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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