American prolific singer , songwriter and great Dancer, Michael Joseph Jackson, who is also known as The King of Pop was first introduced to the world as the youngest member of the boy band, The Jackson Five. The band which consisted of Michael and four older brothers and managed by their father Joe Jackson was a success in America as far back as 1969 when they were signed to Motown Records. Though he was the youngest of the group, he was described as a “a prodigy” with overwhelming music talent and he soon became the lead singer for the group. He soon emerged as a solo performer in the early 1970s whilst still maintaining his ties to the group “The Jackson Five”.
The record breaking and award winning singer, was born on the 29th of August, 1958 in Los Angeles, California. He was a dancing machine and with time, his voice matured greatly and later went on to become an International Celebrity. His first solo album(off the wall), was successful and exceeded expectations as it sold more that 20million copies and became the Best Selling Album Of The Year. With the success of the first album, it became clear to everyone that, Michael is here for the long hols as he kept up with good music and great albums, so also, he kept claiming and continued claiming awards. And was later named, The king of pop.
There were speculations that Michael never got married but had children, maybe because he secretly married Lisa Marie Presley in May 1994 and the marriage lasted less than 2years. Michael got hitched again when he married Debbie Rowe in 1996 while on tour in Sydney, Australia. The marriage produced his first two children Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (commonly known as Prince) and Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson. Debbie and Michael divorced in 1999, and Michael never remarried till he died in 2009.
Just as failure has its own regrets and lessons, success on the other hand, has it’s own regrets and lessons. And, this was the case for Michael. In 1993, Michael’s reputation was seriously damaged as he was accused by a 13-year-boy, of Child Molestation. But, it was settled out of court. That didn’t stop then, as he was accused again, by another victim of Child Molestation in 2003, and he battled with this case for 2years.
As the world went in search Michael Jackson because he suddenly slowed down on music and became an absentee on concert and didn’t go on tours, little did we know, he was having series of financial collapse which led to the sale of his many lavish assets. As that wouldn’t solve his financial needs, he decided to have a come back and do he embarked on serious preparation. As soon as a date was announced and tickets were ready for sale, tickets finished literally before the twinkle of an eye!! That was how much he was loved.
On the 25th of June, 2009, suddenly was agog with the sad news of his death when found unconscious in his bedroom, and a press release came out, stating that, he died of Cardiac Arrest. Oh! What a day it was, a day the whole world stood together in unity and grief to mourn a man so loved by the world, a man who changed how people see music, a man who loves his graft and used it to make people happy and just like that, the cold hands of death, took him away. Oh! what a day, it truly was? Sad it is.. He was only 50years old, when he died. A special memorial service was held for him at Staples Centre in LA on July 7th, 2009. It was greatly attended by friends, family, fans and industry colleagues.
Today, the 25th of June, makes it ten(10) years since his death and he would have been 60years old today.
He survived by three(3) children, he had the first two with his 2nd wife, Debbie Rowe, and the last one was from artificial insemination birthed by a surrogate mother. They are:
- Michael Joseph Prince Jr, 22years: he had the privilege of being raised by his father until the age of 12, when his father passed away. In 2018, he inked his father on his leg as a sign of ultimate tribute to him.
- Paris Michael Katherine Jackson , 21years old: She is the 2nd child of Michael Jackson and was only 11years old when her father died. She is a Model, an Actress and Activist.
- Prince Michael Jackson II also known as Blanket, 17years: he was only 7years old during Michael Jackson’s demise and he seemed to be quit clear on what he wants as to following his dad’s footstep of becoming a musician.
According to Forbes, the King of Pop has made $2.1billion from his estate since his death. Even in death, Michael Jackson remains a hard working celebrity, oh yes! You read it right and put plans on ground to ensure his children’s future for life. Even in death his children lack’s nothing. That is a King.
Before his death, he won numerous award and a 15times Grammy Award winner and recorded quit a number of songs which includes: they don’t care, man in the mirror, earth strong, the way you make me feel, rock with you, you are not alone, black or white, thriller, smooth criminal, you rock my world, in the closet, remember the time, and many more.
We join the rest of the world to celebrate a King and a Legend as he is for ever in our hearts.