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All the singles and albums of Michael Jackson, peak chart positions, career Michael Jackson, born Michael Joseph Jackson on 29 August , emerged as the lead singer of the Jackson Five from the age of 7. Date, Title, Artist, Peak. From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, was . the all-time sales record, topping the month-end charts for January, . up to date, the supreme Supreme makes her last great single — and . "Taxi" was Top Five R&B, if only Number 90 pop, and even then. But while the Fab Four were mop-topping the UK charts, another he scored a US Billboard Hot No.1 single (and R&B No.1) with the infectious Hot – though another future Motown superstar, Michael Jackson, The Jackson Five's “I Want You Back” topped the Billboard charts in January
Impressed, Taylor brought them to the attention of Berry Gordy, Jr. All three of these sequels went to number one and, striking while the iron was hot, Motown spun Michael off into a solo act. His first solo single, "Got to Be There," arrived at the end ofreaching number four on the Billboard Hotand then a cover of Bobby Day 's chestnut "Rockin' Robin" peaked at two in early Later that year, "Ben," the title theme ballad to an exploitation movie about a killer rat, earned Jackson his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song he would lose.
Not long afterward, the careers of both Michael and the Jackson 5 slowed, victims of shifting tastes, adolescence, and creative battles with their label.
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One last hit for Motown arrived in -- "Dancing Machine," a single that brought the group in line with the disco explosion -- before the group departed Motown for Epic in With the new label came a new name, along with a slight lineup change: Jermaine stayed at Motown to pursue a solo career and younger brother Randy took his place.
By that point, Michael had already made a considerable solo impression by starring as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, Sidney Lumet's musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.Michael Jackson - Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Official Video)
Working on the soundtrack -- a record highlighted by his duet with Diana Ross on "Ease on Down the Road" -- he met producer Quincy Jonesa titan of jazz and pop in the '50s and '60s who had yet to score a smash in the '70s. The pair hit it off and decided to work on Jackson's next solo endeavor, but first the Jackson 5 released Destiny, which raised the profile of both the band and Michael himself. All this was preamble to Off the Wall, the album that definitively established Michael Jackson as a force of his own.
Collaborating with producer Jones and songwriter Rod TempertonJackson consciously attempted to appeal to multiple audiences with Off the Wall, turning the album into a dazzling showcase of all his different sounds and skills.
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Anchored by a pair of number one hits -- the incandescent "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" -- the record turned into a smash, peaking at four on the Billboardselling millions of copies as it raked in awards, but losing the grand prize of Album of the Year at the Grammys, leaving Jackson with the lingering impression that he needed to cross over into the pop mainstream with greater force.
Before he could do that, he had to complete one more Jackson 5 album: After Triumph, Jackson reunited with producer Jones and songwriter Temperton to create the sequel to Off the Wall, crafting a record that deliberately hit every mark in the musical mainstream.
Paul McCartney was brought in to underscore Michael's soft rock leanings, Eddie Van Halen pushed Jackson into metallic hard rock, and the remainder of the album glided from disco to pop to soul in an effortless display of his range. Some of its success can no doubt be credited to its striking music video, the first to break the fledgling MTV's then-unspoken racial barrier; after Jackson, the network began playing more black acts.
Some of the single's success is due to his sensational performance on Motown 's 25th Anniversary Special ina performance aired on May 16, where Jackson unveiled his signature moonwalk dance -- a move that made it appear as if he was gliding backward -- and announced himself to the world as a mature talent.
Pretty Young Thing " kept Thriller at number one and its last single was an extravaganza, with Jackson letting director John Landis turn the song into a short musical horror film. By the time the album wrapped up its two-year run on the charts, it had racked up 37 weeks at number one and sold 29 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling album ever.
Even as Thriller was something of a pop perpetual motion machine, selling records of its own accord, Jackson worked hard. Prior to its launch, Jackson suffered a serious accident while filming a Pepsi commercial designed to accompany the tour. During the shoot, pyrotechnics burned Jackson's head, sending him to the hospital with second degree burns to his scalp; as he recovered, he started using pain killers for the first time.
Jackson earned accolades for his philanthropic work, especially his collaboration with Lionel Richie on the charity single "We Are the World," but along with these positive notes, wild stories began to circulate in the tabloids. Some further bad press accompanied his acquisition of the Lennon and McCartney songwriting catalog ina move that severed his partnership with Paul McCartney. Once this appeared, he started work on the task of following up Thriller. Like Thriller, the first single was an adult contemporary number -- "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," a duet with then unknown Siedah Garrett -- before it cranked out hits: Bad didn't dominate the charts in other countries but its singles reached the Top 10 internationally with some regularity, aided in part with a globe-spanning tour -- the first solo tour of Michael Jackson's career.
This time, he decided to part ways with Quincy Joneschoosing to work with a variety of collaborators, chief among them Teddy Riley, who helped usher Michael into the realm of New Jack Swing. Jackson's period of massive success was starting to end and, as it did, Jackson entered a rough personal period.
Ina year-old boy accused Jackson of molestation. Over the next two years, the case played out in public and in the justice system, eventually settling out of court for undisclosed terms in ; no charges were ever filed. During all this, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in May of ; their marriage lasted just 19 months. Jackson rebooted his career in with HIStory: The Thriller video, and its companion, Beat It, also ended MTV's neglect of black artists, while making the mini-musical blockbuster de rigueur for any self-respecting pop star.
Besides his successful solo career, Jackson also recorded a series of hit duets with Paul McCartney, who had written the Off The Wall track, Girlfriend. Not for the first time, Jackson's ruthless business streak had asserted itself. The Jackson phenomenon showed no sign of slowing down when, inhe released the third, and final, Quincy Jones-produced album, Bad.
Thriller was the biggest-selling album of all time With five number one hits, including Man in the Mirror and Dirty Diana, the album also featured a minute video, courtesy of Martin Scorsese, to promote the title track and a year-long world tour, at the time the largest-grossing in history. Dangerous, Jackson's outing, featured a more stripped-down sound than its three predecessors. But the magic remained, and tracks like Heal the World and Black and White soon became worldwide hits, despite the tabloid headlines and court cases which now threatened to damage the singer's reputation.
But his album, a compilation of old hits and new material entitled HIStory, failed to ignite the popular imagination. Whether this was due to the star's increasingly erratic behaviour, continuing speculation about his private life or just the public turning increasingly to rap and hip-hop, is a matter for debate. But one track, in particular - They Don't Care About Us, with the lyrics, "Jew me, sue me" - outraged many people including Jackson's long-time friend and supporter Steven Spielberg, who saw it as anti-Semitic.
And his appearance at the Brit Awards ceremony in London, surrounded by children and a rabbi, proved too much for some, most notably Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, who showed his displeasure by storming the stage and interrupting the performance. Jackson's live shows were big-budget spectaculars Michael Jackson's final album, Invincible was released at a time when he looked anything but. It seemed an underwhelming end to what had been one of the most spectacular of all musical careers.
In recent years, Jackson was plagued by money problems and shielded himself from public view. Arrested in on charges of molesting a year-old boy, he was cleared in June after a five-month trial.