From the Beginning• In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine. Jackson later began performing backup vocals and dancing. When he was eight, Jackson began sharing the lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, and the groups name was changed to The Jackson 5.• The Jackson 5 recorded several songs, including "Big Boy", for the local record label Steeltown in 1967, before signing with Motown Records in 1968.• The Jackson 5 "became a cutting-edge example of black crossover artists... five working-class black boys with afros and bell bottoms, and they really didnt have to trade any of that stuff in order to become mainstream stars."
King of pop• Michael Jackson, hoped to make the world a better place. As a celebrity he was more involved with charity work, then any other celebrity. Some my say his goal to make the world a better place influenced his singing career; for example, ‘black and white’, ‘Earth song’ etc. You could say that, this was his ideology; to make kids and people happy around the world with his songs, was what he wanted the most out of life.• Not only was his song influential around the world, but also his fashion and his dance moves. His signature moon walk that is still recognised around the globe; everybody wanted to move like him, but if they couldn’t, they wanted to dress like him and look like him. One of the things that I recognised in Michael Jacksons fashion, which never changed throughout his career, was the ‘White sock’, ‘black shiny, pointy shoes’ and ‘Ankle swingers’. This, you could say, was his concept which made him more popular.
Motown• Jackson Brothers toured the Midwest extensively from 1966 to 1968, frequently performing at a string of black clubs known as the "chitlin circuit", where they often opened stripteases and other adult acts. In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Browns "I Got You ( or I Feel Good)", led by Michael.• After transforming in to the Jackson 5, the groups sales began declining in 1973, and the band members chafed under Motowns strict refusal to allow them creative control or input. Although they scored several top 40 hits, including the top 5 disco single "Dancing Machine" and the top 20 hit "I Am Love", the Jackson 5 left Motown in 1975.
Epic• In June 1975, the Jackson 5 signed with Epic Records, a subsidiary of CBS Records and renamed themselves the Jacksons. They continued to tour internationally, releasing six more albums between 1976 and 1984, during which Michael was the lead songwriter, writing hits such as "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", "This Place Hotel", and "Can You Feel It".• Jones and Jackson produced the Off the Wall album together. Songwriters for the album included Jackson, Rod Temperton, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney. Released in 1979, it was the first solo album to generate four U.S. top 10 hits, including the chart-topping singles "Dont Stop til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You".• The move to epic gained Jackson three awards in 1980 at the American Music Awards for his solo efforts: Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Dont Stop Til You Get Enough". That year, he also won Billboard Year-End for Top Black Artist and Top Black Album and a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, also for "Dont Stop Til You Get Enough".
Bad• Concept: "Bad is a song about the street. Its about this kid from a bad neighbourhood who gets to go away to a private school. He comes back to the old neighbourhood when hes on a break from school and the kids from the neighbourhood start giving him trouble. He sings, Im bad, youre bad, whos bad, whos the best? Hes saying when youre strong and good, then youre bad.“• Jackson said that he had gotten the idea for the song from a true story that he had read about in Time or Newsweek magazine. He stated that the story said that a student that went to school in upstate New York, who was "from the ghetto", had tried to make something of his life and planned to leave all of his friends behind when he returned from Thanksgiving break. the students friends jealousy resulted in them killing the student.• Some critics noted that the song helped Jacksons image become more edgy during the Bad-era. Erlewine (critic) also noted that the tracks "authority and boasting helped to humanize" Jackson and "changed his image", remarking that it was "fun hearing him talking trash and being his own bigger booster". http://youtu.be/dsUXAEzaC3Q
Thriller• Michael Jacksons Thriller is a 13-minute-and-43-second music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson.• Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture and was named "a watershed moment for the [music] industry” for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. "Thriller" was the third and final video for the Thriller album. The red jacket that Jackson wore was designed by John Landis wife Deborah Landis to make him appear more "virile".• Kaufman noted that the music video was the "mini-movie that revolutionized music videos" and "cemented Jacksons status as one of the most ambitious, innovative pop stars of all time".• The Los Angeles Times commented that,"Thrillers" phenomenal success led to a breaking down of traditional racial barriers on FM radio at the time. New Yorks WPLJ, a "white" station, played Jacksons "Beat It" because of Eddie Van Halens appearance on it. The song caused a wave of protests from some listeners who didnt want "black" music on their station. MTV also had a reputation for favoring white performers at the time, and its heavy rotation of Jackson videos helped alleviate the criticism. http://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA
Sexual abuse• In the summer of 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year- old boy named Jordan Chandler and his father, Dr. Evan Chandler, a dentist. The Chandler family demanded payment from Jackson, and the singer initially refused. Jordan Chandler eventually told the police that Jackson had sexually abused him. Dr. Chandler was tape-recorded discussing his intention to pursue charges, saying, "If I go through with this, I win big-time. Theres no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever ... Michaels career will be over". Jordans mother was, however, adamant that there had been no wrongdoing on Jacksons part. Jackson later used the recording to argue that he was the victim of a jealous father whose only goal was to extort money from the singer.• In 2003 Jackson was seen holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with a young boy. As soon as the documentary aired, the Santa Barbara county attorneys office began a criminal investigation. Jackson was arrested in November 2003, and was charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to the 13 year old boy shown in the film. Jackson denied the allegations, saying the sleepovers were not sexual in nature.