Michael Jackson's life

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For Michael J ackson By Jianjun Shi

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Michael Jackson (August 29,1958 – June 25, 2009) A superstar who spanned pop, disco and MTV , Michael Jackson was one of the great music heroes of the late 20th century.

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Michael Jackson Birth name Michael Joseph Jackson Born On: August 29, 1958 Died On: June 25, 2009 Occupation: Singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, dancer, choreographer, actor, author, businessman, financier Years Active: 1967-2009 Website : http ://www.michaeljackson.com

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Michael Jackson – The pop star Dies Principal dates in the life of pop star Michael Jackson, who died in Los Angeles on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest .

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August 1958 Born in Gary, Indiana As the seventh child of The Jackson Family

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August 1968 First Jackson Five contract with Tamla Motown, Detroit's black-owned record label . Michael's voice propels the group onto the hit " ABC" and "I'll Be There".

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March 1969 Singing debut with his brothers, "The Jackson Five".

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1970 Release of "Off The Wall" album, produced by Quincy Jones, which Sold 11 million copies.

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December 1982 Release of "Thriller" album, whose seven hits included "Billie Jean" and "Beat It", pushing sales to 50 million copies worldwide .

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December 1985 Buys ATV Music -- a company with rights to John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs -- for 47.5 million dollars. Jackson writes "We Are The World", which benefited the fight against hunger in Africa.

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1987 Release of "Bad", Which sold 26 million copies and marked the end of his collaboration with Quincy Jones.

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1988 Jackson released his first autobiography, "Moon Walk", which took four years to complete . "Moon Walk" reached the top position on The New York Times best sellers ' list Jackson was known for his trademark moonwalk and crouch grabbing moves and high pitched yells.

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1989 Jackson's success resulted in h is being dubbed the "King of Pop", a nickname conceived by actress and friend Elizabeth Taylor when she presented Jackson with an " Artist of the Decade " award in 1989.

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From 1985 - 1990 Jackson donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund, and all of the profits from his single "Man in the Mirror" went to charity.

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1991 Jackson renewed his contract with Sony for $65 million; A record breaking deal at the time. Also, released his eighth album " Dangerous" in 1991 .

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1993 In 1993, Jackson performed the song at the " Soul Train Awards" in a wheelchair , saying he had suffered an injury in rehearsals.

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May 1994 Married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis .

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1995 "You Are Not Alone" was the second single released from HI Story ; it holds the Guinness World Record for the first song ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Release of "History" album

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June 1996 In early 1996, the Anti- Defamation League (ADL) issued a press release charging Jackson with antisemitism regarding lyrics in the song " They Don’t Care About Us", the fourth single from HI Story .

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November 1996 - October 1999 Marriage to Debbie Rowe, a 37- year-old nurse with whom he has two children, Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine.

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2000 In 2000, Jackson was listed in the book of Guinness World Records for his support of 39 charities, more than any other entertainer of personality .

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2001 Jackson released "Invincible" in October 2001 To help promote the album, a special 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden occurred in September 2001 to mark the singer's 30th year as a solo artist.

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2002 Jackson's third child, Prince Michael Jackson II also known as 'Blanket' was born in 2002, however the identity of the mother is not known. In the same year Jackson caused outrage in Berlin dangling his child over a hotel balcony .

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2003 In 2003, Sony put out a compilation of Jackson's hits on CD and DVD .

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November 15, 2006 Jackson was awarded "The Diamond Award" on November 15, 2006, for selling over 100 million albums, at the World Music Awards.

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2007 Jackson and Sony bought Famous Music LLC from Viacom in 2007 . This deal gave him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira and Beck, among others.

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2008 To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thriller, Jackson issued "Thriller 25 ", comprised of original material from the album , re-mixes , the previously unreleased song "For All Time " and a DVD. "Thriller 25" stood at 688,000 copies, making it the best-selling catalog album of 2008.

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2009 March 5, 2009: Jackson announces series of comeback concerts in London -- billed as the "final curtain" -- his first major shows for more than a decade. May 20, 2009: Jackson delays comeback shows. Concert organizers say singer's health is "fantastic". June 25, 2009: Jackson died in Los Angeles due to cardiac arrest at 2:26 pm. The autopsy is said to be scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2009.

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Let's pray and wish peace for the departed soul .