Michael Jacksonwas born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. He is sometimes called the King of Pop music. He is an American musician who has become very successful during his musical career. He has released many top hits and albums. He has also received some very bad publicity when he was accused of child molestation, several times. Michaelís father worked in a steel mill but he also performed with a R&B band called, The Falcons, along with his brother, Luther. Michaelís father was a very strict father and it was said that he often spanked or whipped the children for misbehaving. This action was not uncommon in that era. There were ten children in the family and Michael was number eight on the list.
Michael was one of the first performers to do the moonwalk or robot dance. Michael was one of the top performers of the 1980's. He has released such hits and albums as, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, History, Invincible. Michael began singing when he was only five years old. He sang with his brothers and they were called, The Jackson Five. While he was still singing with the group, he also started singing solo. His first solo recording was called, Got To Be There, and it was released in 1971. His recording, Thriller, was said to be the best selling album of all time. The album sold over 104 million copies.
Michael received 13 Grammy Awards, charted 13 number 1 hit singles, in the United States. It was announced by the World Music Awards, that he had sold over 750 million copies of his recordings, and given over $300 million to charity during his musical career.
Michael lived in his Neverland Ranch home between 1988 and 2005. He built an amusement park and private zoo there for the disadvantaged and terminally ill children to visit. The children were invited to overnight sleepovers and the children sometimes slept in Michaelís bed. This was what brought on the sexual abuse charges and lawsuits, first in 1993. In 2003, he was accused of sexual abuse of a child again. He denied it all. He was again accused in 2005. Michael had a TV Documentary called, Living With Michael Jackson, and after that he was tried and acquitted. Michael lived in another country such as Bahrain and Ireland after the charges and has since returned to the United States.
Michael is expected to release another album in the latter part of 2007. He has released a total of 13 number one hit singles, 12 studio albums, 6 films, and 13 music videos during his musical career and it sounds like he isnít finished yet.
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