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Michael Jackson

Icons of the Century

Despite all the bizarre behavior and courtroom drama of recent years, Michael Jackson’s status in the pop pantheon cannot be dismissed.

He led the Jackson 5 to sales of more than 100 million records, and repeated the feat as a solo artist with such hit-producing goldmines as “Off the Wall” and “Thriller.”

For more than two decades Michael Jackson’s fame, wealth and notoriety grew exponentially as he became a global superstar.

Jackson was the first Black artist to crack MTV, and his concerts broke box office records. He wrote musical stories and created song-length films that set new standards in performance and production.

Since proclaiming himself the King of Pop, Jackson’s pursuit of celebrity has overshadowed his career.

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