Scandals. Michael was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993 and also in 2005. Michael was tried and acquitted on both cases. Adding insult to injury was when La Toya, Michael’s sister who was a trying-hard singer at the time, accused him of pedophilia. But that statement was eventually retracted by La Toya.
Living With Michael Jackson, a documentary shown on Granada Television in 2003 showed the King of Pop holding hands with Gavin Arviso. The teenager later accused Michael of child sexual abuse and of administering an intoxicating agent in order to commit a felony.
Own family. Michael proposed to Lisa Marie Presley on the phone. The King of Pop married the daughter of The King of Rock and Roll in the Dominican Republic sometime in May 1994. They divorced before their 2nd year anniversary.
In 1980, Michael met Deborah Rowe, a practising nurse and dermatologist, when he was first diagnosed of vitiligo. Their association blossomed into a relation beyond friendship and they married in 1996. Debbie bore Michael a son and a daughter – Prince Michael and Paris Michael. However, the couple separated in 1999, leaving the children’s custody to the father.
Michaels 3rd son, Prince Michael II was conceived thru artificial insemination of Michael’s sperm cells to an unidentified surrogate mother. Also known as Blanket, the baby which was born in 2002 caused an uproar when Michael held Blanket in his arms over the railing of a 4th floor balcony.
Awards and records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and had multiple entries in the Guinness Book of World Records for his 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles and the sale of 750 million records worldwide. He was granted the Living Legend Award at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
The song You Are Not Alone holds the Guinness World Record for the first song to debut at number one the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single is part of the Michael Jackson’ History album.
The record for the highest royalty of 37% or approximately 2 dollars per album was paid to Michael Jackson for his Thriller album. It was reputedly the world’s best-selling album of all time.
In 1982, Michael won a Grammy Award in the Best Album for Children category. It was for Someone In The Dark, his contribution to the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
In 1992, The Jacksons: An American Dream, a 5-hour TV documentary, was produced by Jermaine and Suzanne de Passe. As the highest rated show of the week, the miniseries also won an Emmy Award and won two Young Artist Awards.
In 1995, the most critically-acclaimed music video for Scream gained 11 MTV Video Music Award Nominations and won Best Dance Video, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction. This video was a direct reprisal to the media regarding the child molestation issue that Michael was accused of in 1993. After a year, the Scream video won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form and had entered the Guinness World Records as the most expensive music video ever made.
The video for Ghosts is the record holder in the Guinness World Record as the world’s longest music video which has a running time of 38 minutes.
Charities. Michael’s fondness for charitable work could be seen in his monetary donations and service contributions. Thru fund-raising activities and also from his personal funds, Michael had donated countless of millions of dollars given to several charities.
His share of $5 million from the Victory Tour went to charity. The $1.5 million damage settlement paid to him by Pepsi Cola was donated to Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, the hospital where he had been treated. In return, the hospital’s burn ward was renamed Michael Jackson Burn Center.
In 1992, Michael founded the Heal The World Foundation. It is the organization that sends millions of dollars worldwide in helping children who were threatened by war and disease. It also gave indigent children the privilege to experience the theme park in Neverland located in Michael’s private recreational ranch.
For a benefit concert in Modena, Italy in 1999, Michael joined Luciano Pavarotti on the stage as his share of support to Warchild, a non-profit organization for the Kosovo refugees and for the children of Guatemala. The concert was successful in raising a million dollars.
In that same year, Michael Jackson & Friends, a benefit concert held in Germany and Korea was organized by Michael himself for the benefit of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Red Cross and UNESCO. Lending support to the affair were Luciano Pavarotti, Mariah Carey, Boys II Men, Andrea Bocelli, Slash, The Scorpions and some other notable singers.
Collaboration works. We Are the World, the banner song of the USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) in 1985 was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. It was performed by 39 celebrity singers including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Dione Warwick, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan to name a few. The non-Americans in the recording were Bob Geldof, who’s an Irish, and Dan Aykroyd, who’s a Canadian.
Michael and Paul McCartney had written and recorded the hit singles The Girl Is Mine and Say Say Say. The duo is also behind the song The Man.
For the video of Michael Jackson singing Come Together of the Beatles, click the link – http://www.beatlestube.net/2009/06/26/come-together-michael-jackson/
Somebody’s Watching Me was recorded in 1984 by Michael and Rockwell, a childhood friend and son of Motown’s Berry Gordy. Although Rockwell did not appear in the video, his voice was unmistakably there.
Goodbye Michael. On the morning of June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson made his final wave and didn’t even say goodbye. But true to his words, “this is it, it’s final.” He was in Los Angeles rehearsing for his London concert slated in July when cardiac arrest got him. The King of Pop was 50.
Cherilyn Lee, a nurse and serving as Michael’s nutritionist, said that early this year Michael had requested her for Diprivan, a very strong sedative used in the operating room to induce consciousness. It was for Michael’s severe insomnia. Lee refused because the drug may cause cardiac arrest.
Further, Lee received a call in Florida on Sunday, 4 days before Michael passed away. The aide said that Michael was not feeling well and Lee even heard Michael say that one side of his body felt cold and the other side felt hot. Lee advised the aide to bring the King of Pop to the hospital.
Lisa Marie Presley, Michael’s ex-wife, was saddened, “I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.”
A will signed by Michael on July 7, 2002 with lawyer John Branca and John Mclain, a music executive close to Michael, and accountant Barry Siegel as executors. The will leaves the entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust. Michael’s mother Katherine was named guardian of his 3 children. Soul diva Diana Ross was named as back-up to Katherine as guardian.
Even before the implementation of the will, Katherine Jackson was granted by the court of temporary guardianship of Michael’s 3 children – Prince Michael, 12, Paris Michael, 11 and Prince Michael II, 7.
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