Massive debt, stress, massive heart attack: Michael Jackson, King of Pop. This is IT: lasting legacy. Massive loss
His music is a lasting legacy. As a songwriter, singer and dancer, Michael Jackson was an undoubted genius and the most important pop-music figure since Elvis Presley as well as being related to him, marrying Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie in 1964. Michael Jackson has two lovely children: daughter Paris and son Prince with ex-wife Debbie Rowe. Most of Michael Jackson's closest friends had also been child stars, one of them is actress Elizabeth Taylor who said "I loved Michael with all my soul...I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other - the purest most giving love I've ever known."
Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958) is an American musician and entertainer whose successful music career and controversial personal life have been at the forefront of pop culture for the last quarter-century. His music is a lasting legacy. Jackson began his musical career at the age of seven as the lead singer of The Jackson 5 and released his first solo recording, Got to Be There in 1971, while remaining a member of the group. He began a full-fledged solo career in 1979 and formally parted with his siblings in 1984. In his solo career, Jackson recorded and co-produced the best-selling album of all time, Thriller, which was named as the world's best-selling album at the 2006 World Music Awards. It has worldwide sales exceeding that of 104 million. Michael Jackson has received thirteen Grammy awards and charted thirteen number-one singles in the United States.
Experts familiar with Jackson's horrendous financial situation said the singer was counting on the tour to help pull him out of a reported $400 million in debt. Attorney Jerry Reisman, who represented the Hit Factory in New York when Jackson recorded there, said Jackson desperately needed the tour revenues. "He had substantial debt to creditors throughout the world, and he hoped to use the tour to repay them and create a cash flow for himself," Reisman said. "He had a very high standard of living. He lived like a prince, like royalty, traveling by private jets with a huge entourage. His debt was tremendous, exorbitant." This financial pressure led Jackson to agree to 50 shows, a demanding schedule even for a younger, more fit performer. Reisman said the promoters may try to recoup money already paid to Jackson in order to refund money to customers. Joey Scoleri, a promoter with the North American music division of Live Nation, said Jackson's death had created complex legal and logistical problems for the promoters.
Jackson bought the Beatles songbook from under the nose of Sir Paul McCartney in 1985 — only two years after the men had released a duet called Say Say Say. The deal ended their friendship, with Sir Paul complaining that he had to pay to perform his own music in America. Sir Paul recently claimed that he had no interest in buying the songs back, "…I do get some cash from the publishing already. And in a few years more of the rights will be automatically reverting to me…The only annoying thing is, when I tour America, I have to pay to play some of my own songs. But I don’t think about that. Because if I did, it would be just too annoying."
Michael Jackson Records and CDs:
Another Part Of Me
Black Or White
Blood On The Dance Floor
Farewell My Summer Love
Heal The World
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
In The Closet
Leave Me Alone
Off The Wall
One Day In Your Life
Remember The Time
Stranger In Moscow
The Way You Make Me Feel
They Don't Care About Us
You Are Not Alone
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