(August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Birthday wishes are going out to The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who is recognized by the world as being the most successful entertainer of all time. During the late 70's and 80's, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. By the mid-1980's, he became a permanent fixture in pop music and a staple of MTV (Music Television), having several music videos in heavy rotation. Jackson also is a pioneering figure in making music video more artistic.
Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock 'n' roll. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award); 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century"); 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era); and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which have made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.
Below is a tribute mix I did in his honor. The cover art for this mix was done by me as well. To view complete track listing, visit my podcast page here. Enjoy!