Remembering Michael Jackson… 8 Years Later

Sunday, June 25th marks the 8-year anniversary of the death of the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

It all started in 1964 when the pop star’s father, Joe Jackson, formed what is now considered one of the most iconic boy groups of all time: The Jackson 5. The Jackson 5 consisted of his sons, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, Jackie, and Michael Jackson. The musical family rose to fame in 1968 when they joined Motown Records and released some of the most popular music that is still relevant today, such as; “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” and “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

Shortly after in 1971, when Michael was 13 years old he began his solo career and had number one hits from his first album ever, titled “Got to Be There,” but it wasn’t until 1979 when he really took the music world by storm with his second solo album “Off the Wall.”

From then on his music career soared. His work was iconic in that it broke down racial barriers through his words and music videos. Some of his music videos, such as “Thriller” and “Beat It” helped bring the popular television station, MTV, to fame.

His album “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time to this day with over 65 million copies sold. His album “Bad” has the record of the first album to have five number-one singles. He also is known for giving a name to and mastering the ‘robot’ and the ‘moonwalk.’

The singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actor and philanthropist played a large role in many lives across the nation, including other superstars and revolutionaries alike.

“Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can’t seem to find words to express,” said legendary singer Diana Ross.

“Michael was a giant and a legend in the music industry and we mourn with the millions of fans worldwide…he will be missed and memories about him cherished for a very long time,” said philanthropist, politician and revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

Lifetime gave a little more insight into the last few years of Michael life in the biopic, “Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland,” released in May. The biopic is told from the perspective of Michael’s closest bodyguards and based off of the book the two wrote in 2014 that sought out to capture the drama Michael endured in the last two years of his life.

Fans hope to learn more about the beloved artist and feel closer to him after this film, yet no matter the outcome Michael will forever be a music icon and go down in pop history.

Michael Jackson has received the Guinness World Record for most successful entertainer of all time and I think the world can agree that music would not be what it is today if it weren’t for Michael Jackson: The King of Pop.

  • Contributed by Briana Wright

WHUR Contributor

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