Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday: Michael Jackson

This is the day when we pay homage to our beloved Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop, who was a man of many hats. Singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, inventor, activist, philanthropist, actor, and so on. Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, IN, the eighth child of Joe & Katherine Jackson. Starting from humble beginnings with his family in a small home, The Jackson family would eventually take the world by storm. From his start with the Jackson Brothers, later changed to The Jackson 5, Michael gained more success as both a solo act and with The Jacksons.

Michael Jackson recorded ten studio albums with Thriller being the greatest selling album of all time worldwide. Estimates have reached far over 110 million in album sales. Seven of the nine songs off the album were released as singles and all seven of the singles reached #1 on Billboard music charts. BAD would come in second with more than 30 million copies sold and is considered his best musical project of his career. Despite it's commercial success, BAD is considered a relative failure in comparison to Thriller. Off The Wall is his third best selling album with more than 20 million copies sold. Michael Jackson was disappointed with the one Grammy it received and vowed to never let that happen again.

In honor of the King of Pop, who we all refer to the GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME, DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Greatest DJ of all time put together a mixtape of Michael Jackson tunes and included a few rare remixes. Take a listen or download from the player below. Enjoy!

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