While the world is busy celebrating an Indian Festivity – Raksha Bandhan, up in the clouds somewhere, one of the stars is dancing.
It is the day when a star descended from the sky to be a star on the earth. A star who taught the world some of his most famous dance techniques such as the Robot and the Moonwalk, he is none other than the “King of Pop” – Michael Jackson. An American singer, musician, composer who made the world groove. The world is still dancing, grooving to his moves and appreciating his famous compositions.
On his birthday let’s remember the “King of Pop”, who must be jazzing up the heavens.
Five things you should know about the famous Michael Jackson:
Michael Jackson was the eighth child of the Jackson family He was the first and only dancer from pop and rock music, to be inducted in the Hall of Fame and Dance Hall of Fame, one of the few artists to make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
He had an amazing career with 13 Grammy awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement, 26 American Music Awards and the Guinness World Records. The Guinness World Records honored him for supporting 39 charities, more than any artist has ever done.
Jackson has been called as the “King of Music Videos”. His music video, “Thriller” marked an increase in the sales of the music video. It has been named as the most extravagant work and successful music video ever by the Guinness World Records.
His music video for “Scream”, is one of the most acclaimed works of Jackson. It won the “Best Dance Video”, “Best Choreography” and “Best Art Direction” award by the MTV Video Music Awards. It has been listed as the most expensive music video ever made at a cost of $7 million. The song was the response to the backlashes MJ received in the child molestation case. His video for “Ghosts” won the Guinness World Record for being world’s longest music video of 38 minutes.
The entire world mourned after his death. Jackson’s memorial (July 7, 2009) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, saw thousands of his fans turning up for his memorial ceremony. A lottery system was introduced to allow his fans to pay a tribute to the star for the last time. There were about 1.6 million applications submitted by his fans to attend the service. The memorial video was among the most watched videos, registering about 31.1 million of the U.S. audience.
On the first anniversary of his death, (June 25, 2010) Jackson fans traveled to LA to pay homage to the star of the millennium. Even after his death, the world business magazine, “Forbes” ranks Jackson as the top-earning dead celebrity for the fifth consecutive year. The earnings of about $140 million have been registered in his name.
The video game developer Ubisoft also paid tribute to MJ in a great way. They announced a new dancing and singing game, featuring Michael Jackson for the 2010 holiday season. The game was titled as “Michael Jackson: The Experience.” It was the first to use Mircosoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect and Sony’s Play Station Move.