Written by: Chandni Prashar
August 29, 2012 14:55 IST
Michael Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all times
The king of pop Michael Jackson would have been 54 today. Since he passed away three years back, his birthday has become an occasion of nostalgia and celebration of the contribution he made to the world of music.
The legendary artist is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance and fashion made him a global figure for over four decades. This culture icon is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Michael Jackson burst into the world of popular music with his second solo album, Thriller, which came out in 1983. The music video featuring MJ as a zombie and the foot-tapping songs, including the title track along with songs like Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin Something all shot him to instant fame.
The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy awards and remains one of the highest selling albums of all-time. With videos such as Black or White and Scream he continued to be highly visible on MTV in the 1990s, and also began to forge a reputation as a touring artist. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling albums.
Yet, there is much more that is memorable about Michael Jackson than just music. The moonwalk, which he first did in 1983, changed the very style of dance across the world.
Finally, like many legends, Michael Jackson will be remembered for his untimely death.
His first wife, Lisa Marie Presley once revealed that like her father, Elvis Presley, MJ also feared dying young, and ironically, MJ died at the age of 50.
Michael died acute Propofol intoxication on 5 June, 2009, shortly before his scheduled comeback tour, titled This Is It.
His physician Dr Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug to him.
The controversies surrounding MJ will die one day, but this is one moonwalker who has walked his way into the hearts of fans for all times to come.