Michael Jackson- HIStory: 1958-2009
Steel Town & Motown Records
Michael was born Michael Joseph Jackson on August 29th, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. Michael is the 2nd youngest brother in the family. He has three sisters, Janet the youngest of the three, and 2nd most successful sibling behind Michael, LaToya, and Maureen or Rebbie. Michael also has five brothers. Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, and Randy. Their father, Joseph or Joe as we know him, and Katherine, saw the brothers' talent and got their family started as a musical group. At first Michael wasn't involved because Joe believed he was just a little too young. But after wowing the crowd at a Elementary talent show, Michael was added to the line up. After winning a few talent shows in the area, the group signed their first deal with Steal Town Records. Their first, and only hit with Steal Town was called "Big Boy". During the summer of '68, the brothers were set to appear on a TV show, but Joe canceled it because of a better gig they got to do at the Apollo Theater in New York. That's where their lives changed and soon, they were ready to audition for Motown Records.
When Motown founder Berry Gordy told the Jackson 5 that they had passed auditions, they we're very jubilant. At first Gordy didn't want to even hear them let alone sign them because of their age. It's reported that Suzanne De Passe, who later on would help the band with their everyday training and stuff, told Berry quote "All I ask is a slow yes, instead of a fast no". After their "performance" to Gordy he left the room and began his brilliant thinking of getting the group started and promoted. As for Suzanne, she helped the brothers with their personal effects besides the music. Once they moved to Los Angelas she also helped them with the styles of clothing and the hair that they would wear. She ate with them and even played with them. Motown gave them classes on manners and grammar to help them with their interviews with the media. That also include giving them a list of questions that they might be asked about later on. After this, they were ready to learn and record their first song, "I Want You Back".
"I Want You Back" was released in 1969, and it sold 2 million copies in six weeks. The song was a hit. It went to number one. Some of their big hits at Motown were "ABC", "The Love You Save", "I'll Be There", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Mama's Pearl", "Got To Be There", "Ben" and "Dancing Machine". In 1974, the Jacksons, as well as their manager, their father Joe, began to preach that they wanted to write and produce their own songs and albums, but Motown felt they were not ready yet and that they still needed outside help. When their contract was up with Motown, Joe went record label shopping and found the deal they were looking for. Epic Records, who was a division company under CBS, who later sold to Sony, were very much interested in the group. After Michael thought about it, he agreed and the Jacksons all signed with Motown, with the exception of one member of the group.
The Jacksons Go Epic: Minus One
When the Jacksons moved on to Epic Records, Jermaine decided not to go and to stay at Motown to begin a solo career. It hurt Michael very much, and made Joe very angry. With the departure of Jermaine, their youngest brother Randy would join the group. The line up change and record label switch wasn't the only change they had to make. Motown told the group to change their name because the Jackson 5 name was a copyrighted trademark to Motown. The group agreed and changed their name to simply, The Jacksons. Some of their first big hits with Epic were "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", and the masterful "Can You Feel It". They biggest and most successful album in their careers, from Motown and Epic combined was "Destiny".
During this time, Michael was beginning his own career. He stared in a movie with Diana Ross entitled "The Wiz", a Broadway musical to "The Wizard Of Oz". This is were Michael met acclaimed music producer Quincy Jones. One day Michael called "Q", (Quincy) and asked him if he knew any producers that could help him produce a album for him. Q said, "Why don't you let me do it?" Michael said "Oh sure, great idea!" They got together in no time and began work on Michael's debut solo album "Off The Wall".
"Off The Wall"
The "Off The Wall" album was released in August 1979. The biggest hit singles off the album were "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough", "Rock With You" "Off The Wall", "Working Day And Night", and "She's Out Of My Life". During the recording of "She's Out Of My Life", Michael began to break down and cry at the end of the song. Michael apologized but Quincy thought it was a good touch to the song and left the emotional outlet in the song. The album to this day has sold over 10 million copies. After a 2 year period, Michael and Q began their plans for the follow up album to "Off The Wall". What they began work on, would be the start of a major change in music, and the ship that Michael was on, would soon blast off into light speed.
During the making of Michael's follow up to "Off The Wall", his appearance was changing. He had to have a nose job done after breaking his nose during a performance. His skin was beginning to change color, due to a skin disease that he inherited. While making the new album, Michael told his producers that he wanted his new album, entitled "Thriller", to be the biggest selling album of all times. They laughed at him and thought it was a joke. But after the album was released and the producers witness the explosive fan fare to the album, they shut right up. As of January 2,000, "Thriller" has sold an estimated 52 MILLION COPIES WORLD WIDE! Michael's biggest hits off the album are "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Thriller", "Girl Is Mine", "Wanna Be Startin' Something", and P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing).
On May 16th, 1983, Michael and other former and current Motown Record performers gathered for a televised gala to celebrate Motown's 25th Anniversary. At first Michael did not want to be at the show. But after Berry Gordy talked him into doing it, Michael gave in. Michael told Berry he'd do it on one condition, that he be allowed to have a solo spot. Berry said ok. Everyone thought Michael would sing one of his so called "solo" songs from Motown, the same songs that his brothers can be heard on, such as "Got To Be There", "One Day In Your Life", or "Ben". But as usual, Michael surprised everyone.
After the Jackson 5, with brother Randy finished their greatest hits performance, they hugged each other for a job well done. Everyone left the stage but Michael. He talked to the crowd for a second.
"I'd have to say those were..the good ol' days. Those were magic moments, with all my brothers, including Jermaine. You know those were good songs I like those songs a lot but..what I especially like..are the newer songs"
The crowd went nuts as Michael grabbed his black fedora hat off the stage floor, he slammed the hat on his head and set up in a pose as his hit song "Billie Jean" played. Michael's performance would be the only non Motown song performed that night. As the crowd continued to stand and dance in their spots towards the end of the performance Michael did something no one will ever forget. He did a spin, then stopped and posed, then he glided on his feet backwards. The trick was to think he was going backwards and forward at the same time. He called this move, "The Moonwalk". The performance finished and Michael received a standing ovation. His album sales tripled shortly there after. The next morning Michael's good friend and a great mentor Fred Astaire called him and said quote "I taped the show and watched it over and over again this morning, You're a hell of a mover". Michael's other friend and mentor Gene Kelly also called and congratulated him. Michael was now on top of the world. In the year that followed though, Michael would feel that he was falling out of space and back onto earth as disaster laid ahead for him and his family.
In 1984 Michael and his brothers shot a TV commercial for the soft drink giant Pepsi. While filming, Michael came down a set of stairs and stopped, that's when special effects fireworks shot off and accidentally set Michael's hair on fire. Michael was rushed to the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his scalp. In time he would be healed but his health never actually recovered 100 percent after that. Michael thought about suing Pepsi for the injury after it turned out the director screwed up in telling Michael which step to stand on when the explosions occurred. In time he back off, and Pepsi apologized. Michael would later on do other commercials with Pepsi to promote his albums "Bad" and "Dangerous".
Awhile after his injury, Michael was back and ready to be with his brothers one more time. They planned the "Victory Tour" with heavy weight promoter Don King. This was to be their final tour together. The tour would be the biggest tour ever done by a musical group at that time. It has since then been passed over by such acts as The Eagles, and the Rolling Stones. Michael also had other projects going on. Michael teamed up with Q and fellow music sensation Lionel Richie to write a song and sing with other big name singers about famine and hunger in Africa entitled "We Are The World".
"We Are The World"
"We Are The World" was a major hit. In no time it hit number one all over the world. People got the message of the song and began to send food, clothing and health items to Africa for those in need. Before Michael went back into seclusion to work on his follow up album to "Thriller" he worked on a project for Disney World. The theme park wanted a special "movie" if you will, that featured Michael. The title of the attraction is called Captain Eo. Michael would write and perform all the songs from it, including the song "Another Part Of Me", which would appear on his next album "Bad".
When one looks at the cover of Michael's 3rd solo album "Bad", he might say "This is not Michael Jackson!. Hold on a second. It was Michael. Michael was back in force with a new album, and a new look. Michael grew his hair out to shoulder length, had another nose job done after the first one was messed up and he had trouble breathing, and his skin was now more, if not all white. Michael's skin disorder got worse now and the tabloids wrote it as if he didn't have a skin problem, but rather he had bleached his skin to be white. Michael denies that and says the skin problem he has is true. His personal life might have been under the tough spot life but his album was under the successful spot light. "Bad" sold over 25 million copies and had a total of five number one hit songs. They were "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", and "Dirty Diana". "Bad" would later become the 2nd Biggest Selling Album Of All Times, which would be topped later on by his 4th album to come, and by other artist later on. Michael was all set to wow the fans again with his "Bad World Tour"
The Bad Tour
Michael's tour went through 15 countries and had 123 concerts in total. The tour made over 125 million dollars in sales with 4.4 million people to see the shows. During and after the "Bad" tour Michael worked on and released his home movie "Moonwalker". The movie had clips of Michael's greatest performances from the past, and included a short movie staring Joe Pesi, Sean Lennon, and others in his smash hit video clip "Smooth Criminal". The Moonwalker movie ended with a tribute live performance to the Beetles classic hit song "Come Together". The song was mysteriously not on the final cut for the "Bad" album. The song wouldn't appear on an album until Michael's 1995 album "HIStory". After the tour and the movie were out, Michael announced to shocked fans that he would never tour again. With that, he again went into his private life at his new ranch home and began work on his 4th album "Dangerous".
Before his album was released Michael made music history signing a major record deal with Sony Music. Sony, who bought CBS and now controlled Epic Records, signed Michael to a six album contract. Then in 1991, Michael made his first appearance after a 2 year hiatus. In August he released his 4th album "Dangerous". His first single and video "Black Or White" came out. Some people were angry about the last 4 or so minutes of the 11 minute video. People said it was too violent and included inappropriate sexual content. Michael released an apology and had the last part of the video removed. The full length video would be released however on Michael's home video's "Dangerous: The Short Films" and "HIStory: Greatest Hits I". So did the controversy stop "Black Or White" dead in its tracks? Heck no. The song went to number one anyways.
The big hits off this album were "Remember The Time", "In The Closet", "Jam", "Who Is It", "Heal The World", "Will You Be There", "Give Into Me", and Michael's greatest award show performance rendition of "Dangerous". The album to this date is around 28 Million albums sold and surpassed "Bad" at one point as the 2nd Biggest Selling Album Of All Times. But with the surge of new talent, that record has been blown away, but to many, "Dangerous" is by far Michael's greatest and best album ever, despite "Thriller" being the top selling album ever. Michael was so famous by now that fans, friends and media dubbed Michael the "King Of Pop, Rock, And Soul". Michael was called the "King Of Pop" for short. Later on it was written that Michael started it so everyone continues to call him the self proclaimed "King Of Pop", that is everyone except the fans and friends. Everyone knew that Michael's friend Elizabeth Taylor started that saying and to this day Michael's titles have changed from "King Of Entertainment" to "King Of Music", to one person's favorite "Master Of Pop".
In 1993 Michael broke his promise and went back on tour again. The fans adored him so much. "The Dangerous Tour" was a major success in Europe and Asia. Michael was so hyped up he was planning to do a US tour. But in August of 1993 while on a stop in Europe, controversy and allegations were brewing about Michael back home in the United States. Controversy far greater and worse than the skin disease and Elephant Man bone stories.
Los Angeles, California detectives began investigating allegations that Michael sexually molested teenage boys from a period in the late 80's to just before the "Dangerous Tour" began. Michael denied the rumors and continued on. The press didn't believe him, or his family and friends who supported him and wrecked havoc on his life. Finally in 1994 after a tough time on the tour, his health growing worse after some surgery on his teeth, and a drug addiction to pain killers, Michael fled with Liz Taylor and her husband to some undisclosed location to kick his drug addiction and to get healed up. Sony announced the cancellation of the rest of the "Dangerous Tour".
For a short time no one knew where Michael was. It was if he had fallen off the face of the earth.
The police questioned Liz Taylor to his where about's and threaten jail time for with holding information if she didn't tell. Finally in 1994 news stations broke the story that Michael was back in the United States ready to clear his name. One bystander who worked at an airport that Michael's plane stopped for gas at said "I saw Michael through the window as I filled it up. I waved to him and gave him the peace sign to show I still cared and supported him. He gave the peace right back and they took off for L.A." Michael arrived in L.A and went to the Police and gave a deposition and had his body searched and had pictures taken.
After wards he went on TV and made a worldwide announcement of the hell he went through saying he would never ever do what people were saying about him. Because of no significant evidence, the charges were about to be dropped, but Michael's lawyers told him to resolve the case cause it would go on for years and make him look worse. Michael reluctantly agreed and paid the family off for an undisclosed amount. The saga was over in the courts but in the public's eye, Michael was tarnished for life. The case remained open for 6 years in case of other allegations. There would be one more but it turned out to be fictitious.
Michael also won in other cases involved in the molestation saga. Tabloid show giant Hard Copy reported they had a video showing Michael molesting a young boy. Michael sued for slander and won. A year or two later, Hard Copy was dropped from TV line ups and was canceled by producers. Michael's fight to shut the tabloids up continued where he left off, only this time, Michael did it with a vengeance.
When Music Families Collide
In 1994 more rumors began to go around. But these were true rumors. The press reported that Michael had married Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. Lisa Marie is the daughter of the late Elvis Presley, who, strangely enough is like Michael, only he's the "King Of Rock". Weeks later, Lisa confirmed the rumor and said they were married and happily together in New York at the Trump Towers while Michael worked on his 5th solo album. To top it all off, the two appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards. Michael welcomed everyone to the show and said quote "And just think...no one thought..this would last". After that Michael took his sun glasses off and gave Lisa a major kiss on stage in front of the fans and the world. Some said it was just a passionate kiss, others say it was a french kiss. I guess Michael will have to tell us someday what kind it was! Hee hee! After that the happy couple went back to Trump Towers while Michael finished his 5th album that was to be his biggest and greatest work to date.
"HIStory: Past Present & Future: Book 1"
In May of 1995 Sony released two greatest hits video's for air play. A 5 minute Megamix of Michael's greatest hits, and a 10 minute Megamix. The two Megamix video's were in part of the first cd on the album to represent the Greatest Hits. While this was going on, Michael finished shooting for the promotion trailer to his 5th solo album "HIStory: Past Present & Future: Book 1". The trailer was shown in movie theaters world wide. Mixed emotions flew for the trailer. The worst reviews for it were in the United States. Shortly there after, Michael released his first single from the album entitled "Scream".
The song features sister Janet and the two sing about the press dogging them and controlling them. In it, Michael sings quote "Tired of injustice, tired of schemes, lots of disgust, so what does it mean? Damn it! Kick me down, gotta get up, as jacked as it sounds, the whole system sucks, Damn It!". The fans loved the song. The song would debut at number 5, the highest debut by any song ever on the top 100 charts. Michael was back with a vengeance. In his songs "Scream" and "This Time Around", Michael's fans heard something never ever heard before. Michael swearing. Producers said Michael swore in his music because of the rage he had for the tabloids to hear.
In June "HIStory" was released and debuted at number one on the album charts. His 3rd single "You Are Not Alone" would be his biggest hit off the album and win him a Grammy. "Y.A.N.A" would debut at number 1 making it the highest debut song ever on the hot 100 charts. Michael's other big hit songs include "Earth Song" "Stranger In Moscow" and the controversial "They Don't Care About Us". On that song the Jewish population was angry over the following lyrics. "Jew me sew me everybody do me, Kick me Kike me don't you black or white me".
The Jewish threaten a protest if Michael didn't change the lyrics. Michael agreed and changed the lyrics. For the video to the song, Michael had two versions to the song. A prison version which was banned from MTV and VH1 USA for the violent content, and a version shot in Brazil with local people dancing in the streets with Michael. The video was well done and very tame but because of the lyric controversy from before that video too was banned from the United States. Many fans are still angry to this day at the banishment of the Rio Version and have written letters of anger and even vowed not to watch MTV or VH1.
Another song that stirred up controversy, was "DS". It's a song attacking Santa Barbara District Attorney Thomas Sneddon, who was the figure head to go after the molestation charges against Michael back in 1993. The period from 1995 to 1998 was a busy time for Michael with many ups and downs. First Michael made his comeback known with a 11 minute performance at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards show in L.A. The fans went nuts. Michael and his fans proved that the tabloids were wrong and that he STILL had fans in the United States despite the horrid lies and rumors. The performance was dubbed one of his greatest since the Motown Show. Michael then went back on tour for the "HIStory World Tour" Michael debated hard weather or not to do a US Comeback Tour but only decided on a Hawaii show and a Puerto Rico show.
In 1997 Michael granted a one on one interview with VH1 to answer questions from fans and to show a sneak peek of his next single and video "Stranger In Moscow". "Moscow" Michael says is his most autobiographical song and one of his favorites. Fans agree worldwide that this is his best song on the album, and maybe his best ever. So when Grammy time came around did the song get a nomination? No. The song was snubbed by the Grammy academy and many fans were left cold. The song hit number 1 in most countries. But in the United States, the song didn't fare well. By this time Michael was working on another album, as well as a new movie, a movie that some proclaim, Michael's greatest video work yet!
"Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix"
In the spring of 1997 Michael released his 6th album "Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix". It was considered an album..to an extent. You see Michael had 5 original songs on it with 8 remix songs from past songs from "HIStory". Some call it an album some only call it a remix album. Despite the debate, the album is counted on MJ's contract as an album and he only has 2 albums left on the contract, since "Dangerous" was the first, and "HIStory" had two with it. "Blood's" new songs included the title track, as well as "Morphine", "Superfly Sister", "Ghosts", and the master piece "Is It Scary". The album in a sense was the promotion to Michael's new movie "Ghosts" a 35 minute dance thriller.
With the release of the movie in Europe and Asia, Sony released a box set for it. It included the movie, a behind the scenes video, and a mini max cd with some remixes on it, and a unreleased single that also appears on the Spike Lee movie "Get On The Bus". The song is called "On The Line". To this date, "On The Line" has yet to appear on a solo album of Michael's, but there are many reports out of LA and New York saying the song MIGHT be on the next long awaited album. Despite Michael's efforts, "Blood On The Dance Floor" has sold at least 5 Million copies worldwide. The album is dubbed the Biggest Selling Remix Album, but it is also considered Michael's worst selling album ever. With disappointing sales to "Blood", Michael vowed he would be back with better music, music that he calls his best yet.
Michael Starts A Family
Michael and Lisa divorced in 1996, and shortly after he married his nurse Debbie Rowe. The two has two children. The first a son. Prince Michael Joseph Jackson. The 2nd was a daughter. Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. During 1999 Michael continued work on his upcoming album and had two charity concerts. One in Korea and the other in Munich, Germany. Michael and Debbie separated and filed for divorce. Michael to this day still loves Debbie for her support and dedication to the kids, as well as to him. As the 90's came to an end Michael announced his plans for two millennium shows. However he canceled them. The reason is he wanted to spend the time with his family, as well as continue work on his long awaited comeback album that has already been postponed numerous times.
On October 29th, 2001, after 6 years of silence, the King Of Pop was back with his brand new album "Invincible". The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Magazine charts. The album generated a top 10 hit single, "You Rock My World". Another song, "Butterflies" was released to radio stations across the USA, and with airplay alone, managed to stay on top of the Billboard R & B singles charts at number 2 for 5 consecutive weeks, a feat hard to do without a music video to back it up. Eventually, the album would drop off the charts due to lack of promotion by Michael's record label Epic Records, and it's parent company Sony Music. Allegations of racism and lack of promotion against Michael Jackson and other Sony Music African American performers were published against Sony. Finally, Tommy Mottola the head of Sony Music was forced to resign his post. For a moment, MJ and his fans celebrated in victory...but the celebration would be short lived, as the 2nd worst year of Michael's life would come to haunt him.
Rocky Roads Ahead
2003 was filled with many ups and downs for Michael. Coming off the heels of dangling his baby son over a hotel balcony in Germany, Michael gave an exclusive interview with a British reporter. At the time there were 2 camera crews on set...Michael's and the british reporter, Martin Bashir. It was a smart move by Michael, as Bashir decided to make Michael out to be a monster. During final editing, Bashir continually called MJ's life "bizarre". The public outcry was great and Bashir was named the most hated person in the UK. After MJ's own documentary on the Fox network came out, it showed just how bias Bashir was...but still showed Michael as a somewhat strange individual. Things seemed to go back towards Michael's way.
In October, Michael and Clear Channel worked together to finally release his charity single "What More Can I Give". On November 18th, 2003, Michael released his final album for Sony, entitled "Number Ones", a collection of greatest hits and one new song entitled "One More Chance"....but Michael got more than he bargained for on November the 18th.
The same day "Number Ones" was released, Santa Barbara police raided Michael's home in southern California, amid allegations that he sexually molested a 12 year old boy. After 13 hours of searching and investigating, the following day, district attorney Tom Sneddon announced an arrest warrant for Michael. Not giving the public any clue what evidence they found..if any, they stated that the best thing for Michael to do is to turn himself in.
Through statements, Michael has announced his innocence and said he will cooperate with law enforcement. Michael's fan base has united and will continue to stand by him no matter what.
The People Vs Michael Jackson
In November of 2003, Michael Jackson was arrested on 9 charges of child molestation & conspiracy. Michael pleaded not guilty to all charges. The case would go through preliminary hearings to determine weather or not there was enough evidence to go to trial. But District Attorney Tom Sneddon trumped those ideas, and laid out his case to a grand jury, who concluded there was enough evidence to indict Michael. The trial started in February of 2005 and as of March, 2005, the trial continues. The accuser himself, a boy named Gavin, claims Jackson molested him on 2 occasions, maybe more. However, his testimony at the Grand Jury, and at the trial are not jiving well together....neither does his siblings testimony...as well as prosecution witnesses, who we're thought to help the Prosecution, in fact, actually has helped the defense in many ways.
On Monday, June 13th, 2005, a jury of 8 women and 4 men acquitted the King Of Pop of the 10 charges brought against him. Jackson's family, friends and loyal fans stayed true to him through thick and thin. The jury stated that the DA just didn't prove his case that well, and that lack of evidence was also due to their Not Guilty verdicts. After the trial, Michael & his 3 children left the USA to get away from the media and try to rest and heal up. During this time, Michael was planning his comeback.
This Is It
In early 2009, Michael made a historic press conference. He was back. The King Of Pop was to do a 50 concert show at London's O2 arena. The comeback concert series was titled "This Is It". Michael made it clear this would be his final curtain call. At that time, no one knew just how true that comment would become later on. As time moved on, and rehearsals reached their peak into May and June, everything seemed to be going Michael's way. He was in good form, he was hitting his spots with his dance routines. The King was ready. Sadly, Michael would never be able to show the world that he was indeed ready to reclaim his throne atop the music world.
The King Is Silenced
On Tuesday June 25th, 2009, Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital. Michael had suffered cardiac arrest. Doctors and EMT's scrambled to save Michael's life, but it was not to be. Michael Jackson, the 7th of 9 siblings from a Gary, Indiana family had died. He was only 50 years old.
Michael's death sent shock waves world wide. Fans young and old paid their respects to the greatest entertainer of our generation any way they could.
Life Without Michael
Michael Jackson may be gone, but he is still with us in spirit. In 2009, his estate and Sony Music released a movie created with rehearsal footage from his ill fated "This Is It" concert, along with a cd set to coincide with it. In early 2010, the estate reached a 250 million dollar project deal with Sony on future album, dvd, and video game releases. A new album entitled "Michael" was released in December of 2010. "Vision", a 3 disc boxset featuring his music videos, plus extras released in November 2010. A new video game entitled "The Michael Jackson Experience" also released in November of 2010. In September of 2012, Bad25, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael's ground breaking Bad album was released. On May 9th, 2014, "Xsacape", the 2nd posthumus album to feature previously unreleased material was released.
And that's not all. During the years and decades that Michael worked on music, he left hundreds of thousands of music on tape, cd, and on computer. So even in death for years to come, Michael Jackson will still be thrilling his legions of dedicated fans.
What Michael has done for his fans and music truly proves he's the "King Of Pop". His album "Invincible" created a fan fare so great that it felt like 1983 all over again up until Sony stopped promoting the album properly. Michael was rumored to be working on a new album, far greater than Invincible...but with the new allegations against him, that all seems to be put on hold. Michael Jackson lived a full life, filled with many ups and downs. Now that he is gone, the world has taken a step back to recognize his talents. It's a frustrating thing to watch since it was just a few years ago, when Michael was fighting for his freedom, and most people wanted nothing to do with him, or didn't care about him. Now that he's gone, it's like they forgot what he had to suffer.
Michael Jackson will be missed. His legend lives on with the music he's given us, and the unreleased music he's left us. In conclusion, Michael Jackson was 1 of a kind. There never will be another Michael Jackson as long as we live. Michael Jackson will forever be the undisputed King Of Pop
"Where we can hold our heads high and stretch our arms towards perfection. Let us dream of a tomorrow, where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the Ultimate Truth at the heart of All creation"- Michael Jackson (From HIStory Album liner notes)