Michael Jackson

Singer, Dancer, Composer
A star since the age of 10 when The Jackson Five registered four No. 1 hits in 1970, Michael Jackson parlayed his remarkable singing and dancing talents into mega-stardom, the likes of which few entertainers have ever ... Read more »
Born: 08/29/1958 in Gary, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

Jackson 5 in Africa 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Miss Cast Away 2014 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Living With Michael Jackson 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Michael Jackson Number Ones 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Radio Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20: Living with Michael Jackson 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Agent M (Actor)

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 World Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lionhearts 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

BET's 15th Anniversary Gala 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

Superghoul (Actor)

The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 World Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The BRIT Awards '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Jones: Godfather of Black Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson Changes HIStory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth Taylor 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl Live 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXVII 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 Billboard Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 World Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Dance Now 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson: The Dangerous Tour! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribute to John Lennon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

1988 MTV Video Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy Can't Read 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson Around the World 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson... The Magic Returns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Disney's Captain EO 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Eo 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Diana 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's 25th Anniversary 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wolfman Jack Radio Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

Scarecrow (Actor)

The Jacksons 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Free To Be...You And Me 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jackson Five 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Voice

Switched at Birth (TV Show)

Actor

United We Stand (TV Show)

Actor
Music (59)

A Thousand Words 2012 (Movie)

"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Song)

All Cheerleaders Die 2012 (Movie)

("Next Phase") (Song)

Pitch Perfect 2012 (Movie)

"Don't Stop The Music" (Song)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("(Dance And Shout) Shake Your Body Down To The Ground") (Song)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

("Bad") (Song)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

("Bad") (Song Performer)

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

("(Dance And Shout) Shake Your Body Down To The Ground") (Song)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

("Bad") (Song Performer)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

("Bad") (Song)

Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 (Movie)

("This Is It") (Song Performer)

Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 (Movie)

("This Is It") (Song)

Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

"Workin' Day And Night" (Song Performer)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

"Workin' Day And Night" (Song)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Thriller") (Song Performer)

Drumline 2002 (Movie)

("Can You Feel It") (Song)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("Beat It") (Song Performer)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("Beat It") (Song)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

("Smooth Criminal") (Song)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

("Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough") (Song Performer)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

("The Way You Make Me Feel") (Song Performer)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

("Billie Jean") (Song Performer)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Another Part of Me") (Song Performer)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

("Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'") (Song)

The Red Corner 1997 (Movie)

("Night Deeply Sunk" "Jasmine Flower (traditional)") (Song)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

("On the Line") (Song Performer)

Fox on Ice 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

song producer & performer("Will You Be There (Theme From 'Free Willy')") (Song)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

("Can't Let Her Get Away") (Song Performer)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

MTV Generation 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

MTV Rewind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

("Beat It") (Song Performer)

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Outrageous Animation 1989 (Movie)

song "Beat It"(("Late Night With Myron")) (Song)

The Ryan White Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song

Disney's DTV Monster Hits 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues 1988 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues 1988 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

("Beat It" "Bad" "Billie Jean" "Dirty Diana" "Smooth Criminal" "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" "Leave Me Alone" "Speed Demon" "The Way You Make Me Feel" "Come Together" "Ben" "Human Nature" "Man in the Mirror" "Rock With You" "Thriller" "Music and Me" "St (Song Performer)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

songs("Beat It" "Bad" "Billie Jean" "Dirty Diana" "Smooth Criminal" "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" "Leave Me Alone" "Speed Demon" "The Way You Make Me Feel" "Blame It on the Boogie" "You Can Feel It" "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" "State of Shock (Song)

Captain Eo 1986 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Captain Eo 1986 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Playing for Keeps 1986 (Movie)

("Muscles") (Song)

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

("Thriller") (Song Performer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

("Off the Wall") (Song Performer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

("Can You Feel It") (Song)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

("Thriller") (Music Producer)

Modern Romance 1981 (Movie)

("She's Out Of My Life") (Song Performer)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

("You Can't Win" "Ease on Down the Road" "Be a Lion" "Emerald City Ballet") (Song Performer)

Ben 1972 (Movie)

("Ben's Song") (Theme Song Performer)

The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Show)

Song Performer
Producer (5)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Michael Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

("Smooth Criminal") (Executive Producer)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

(("Speed Demon" "Leave Me Alone")) (Producer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Creator

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

from original story idea (From Story)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

(part-one) (Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Before We Go 2015 (Movie)

Conform Editor(Illuminate) (Camera)

The Red Corner 1997 (Movie)

video clip("Blood on the Dance Floor") (Video)
Other (8)

Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

Thriller Choreographer (Choreographer)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

dance sequences staging and conception (Other)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

choreography("Smooth Criminal") (Choreographer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

choreography(part one) (Choreographer)

Biography

A star since the age of 10 when The Jackson Five registered four No. 1 hits in 1970, Michael Jackson parlayed his remarkable singing and dancing talents into mega-stardom, the likes of which few entertainers have ever known. By the time he released Thriller in 1982, which quickly became the best-selling album in the history of recorded music, Jackson was the biggest pop icon in the world. Yet at the very height of his fame, allegations of child molestation severely damaged his career, sending the eccentric performer into an even more reclusive posture than usual. The son of an abusive father who drove him and his brothers mercilessly to their success, he missed out on a normal childhood, forced not only to convey the composure of an adult in his little boy's body as the frontman for the popular group, but also to branch out simultaneously as a solo artist. Jackson was more than equal to the task as his stunning accomplishments attested, but what price did he pay for a lifetime in the spotlight? It was not so farfetched that his penchant for surrounding himself with children was an attempt to vicariously experience the joys of a childhood sacrificed at the altar of the recording industry. But even that was subject to intense scrutiny when he was accused of sexual abuse of a child in 1993 and in 2004; the latter resulting in a media circus trial that ended in his acquittal. Regardless of his status - either as a pop icon or alleged child molester - there was no doubt that Jackson was the subject of endless public fascination. On June 25, 2009, his position as a tragic American icon was solidified when, after rehearsals for a series of comeback concerts in the U.K., he was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, where he was pronounced dead at age 50. The announcement sent shock waves around the world, as fans mourned the one and only King of Pop.

Relationships

La Toya Jackson Actor

Sister
Born May 29, 1956; posed nude for Playboy magazine in 1989 and wrote 1991 autobiography La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family

Joe Jackson Screenwriter

Father
Born July 26, 1928; managed The Jackson 5

Katherine Jackson Actor

Mother
Born May 4, 1930; served as The Jackson 5's designer throughout the mid-to-late 1960s

Jermaine Jackson Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 11, 1954; formed the Jackson 5 with brothers

Marlon Jackson Actor

Brother
Born March 12, 1957; formed the Jackson 5 with brothers

Jackie Jackson Actor

Brother
Born May 4, 1951; formed the Jackson 5 with brothers

Randy Jackson Song

Brother
Born Oct. 31, 1961; officially joined the family band in 1976 - replacing Jermaine - when they signed with Epic Records and changed their name to The Jacksons

Tito Jackson Actor

Brother
Born Oct. 15, 1953; formed the Jackson 5 with brothers

Janet Jackson Actor

Sister
Born May 16, 1966

Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson Actor

Sister
Born May 29, 1950; performed the 1984 hit "Centipede"

Paris Michael Jackson Actor

Daughter
Born April 3, 1998; mother, Debbie Rowe

Prince Michael Jackson Actor

Son
Born Feb. 13, 1997; mother, Debbie Rowe

Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II Actor

Son
Born on Feb. 21, 2002 in La Mesa, CA; conceived through artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and Jackson's own sperm cells

Tatum O'Neal Actor

Companion
Couple had a brief romance in the late 1970s

Lisa Marie Presley Actor

Wife
Married on May 26, 1994 Divorced on Jan. 18, 1996, less than two years after their wedding

Nicole Richie Actor

Godchild
Born Sept. 21, 1981; adopted daughter of Michael's friend Lionel Richie

Debbie Rowe Actor

Wife
Rowe was a dermatologist nurse Married on Nov. 14, 1996; Rowe was reportedly six months pregnant at the time of their wedding Divorced on Oct. 8, 1999, with Rowe giving full custody rights of the children to Jackson Rowe's custody rights were reinstated by a judge in 2005

Brooke Shields Actor

Companion
Couple dated on and off throughout the 1980s Jackson died on June 25, 2009; a few days later at a public memorial service held in Los Angeles, Shields gave a moving eulogy for the late pop star

Milestones

2010

Earned a posthumous Grammy Award nomination (Best Male Pop Performance) for "This Is It"

2009

Scheduled for an unprecedented 50 shows at London's O2 arena, when Jackson died from an apparent cardiac arrest

2008

Issued Thriller 25 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thriller; the release comprised of original material from the album

2007

Bought (with Sony) the Famous Music LLC from Viacom, which gave him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira and Beck

2003

Interviewed by British journalist Martin Bashir for the documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" (aired in the U.K. on ITV and in the U.S. on ABC with Barbara Walters presenting)

2003

Appeared in a rebuttal to Bashir's report on the two-hour Fox special "Michael Jackson, Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You"

2002

Returned to feature films with a cameo appearance in "Men in Black 2"

2001

Informed head of Sony Music Entertainment Tommy Mottola that he was leaving Sony; they cancelled all his singles releases, video shootings and promotions for his upcoming album

2001

Released Invincible album to disappointing sales, which led to conflict with Mottola and Sony

1997

Released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix album with little publicity

1997

Inducted (along with the Jackson 5) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1996

Released the controversial video "Ghosts" on Halloween; first shown in U.S. theaters as a warm-up to "Steven King's Thinner"; later played at the Cannes Film Festival

1995

Released the double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I; the single "You Are Not Alone" became the first single to debut at No. 1 on both the pop and R&B charts

1995

Teamed with sister Janet for the duet "Scream"; earned a Grammy nomination; the video garnered a record 11 MTV Music Video Awards

1993

Performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVII

1991

Created controversy with the John Landis-directed video "Black or White" from his Dangerous album

1989

Subject of the documentary "Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues"

1989

Produced the musical fantasy feature-length film "Moonwalker"

1989

Given the title the "King of Pop" by friend Elizabeth Taylor

1988

Released his autobiography Moon Walk

1987

Released first album to ever generate five No. 1 singles, Bad

1986

Starred in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed 3-D film "Captain EO"; produced by George Lucas and shown at Disney's Epcot Center (until 1994) and in Disneyland's Tomorrowland area for nearly 11 years

1985

Bought the catalogue that controls the rights to Beatles songs for $47.5 million

1985

Co-wrote the charity single "We Are the World" with Lionel Richie; produced by Quincy Jones

1983

Introduced the moonwalk on the "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" (NBC) television special; garnered an Emmy nomination

1982

Released his best-selling album Thriller; also starred in the John Landis-directed "Thriller" video; regarded as the best-selling album and best music video of all time

1982

Contributed the song "Someone In the Dark" to the storybook for the film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

1979

Re-teamed with Quincy Jones for the solo album Off the Wall

1978

Made film debut as the Scarecrow in "The Wiz"; first collaboration with Quincy Jones, who scored the music

1976

Featured in the musical variety show "The Jacksons" (CBS)

1976

Signed with Epic Records and changed their name to The Jacksons

1976

First Epic album The Jacksons contained Michael's first published song, "Blues Away"

1975

Jackson 5 sued by Motown Records for breach of contract when they announced they were leaving the label; lawsuit eventually settled in 1980

1972

Released first solo No. 1 single "Ben"; also the title song from the movie and album of same name; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Song

1972

Released first solo album Got to Be There, including the hits "Got to Be There" and "Rockin' Robin"

1970

Along with brothers, inspired the ABC Saturday morning cartoon series "The Jackson 5"; only appeared in the introduction, however the group's music was used

1969

Saw four singles ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There") peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

1968

Signed with Berry Gordy's Motown Records after group got out of their previous contract with Steeltown

1967

With The Jackson 5, recorded several songs for the local record label Steeltown

1967

Assumed lead vocals (with Jermaine); group's name was changed to The Jackson 5

1965

Appeared at amateur night at the Apollo in New York City

1964

Joined the Jackson Brothers — a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine — as a backup musician

1964

First performed in front of classmates and others during a Christmas recital at the age of five

Bonus Trivia

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Michael Jackson's reportedly extensive plastic surgery included four nose jobs, two nose adjustments, a cleft chin, a forehead lift, cheekbone surgery and skin bleaching.

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In the mid-1980s, Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo and lupus; both illnesses made him sensitive to sunlight. The treatments he used for his condition further lightened his skin tone and, with the application of pancake makeup to even out blotches, he appeared very pale.

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On Jan. 27, 1984, Jackson suffered second degree burns to his scalp after pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire, while filming a Pepsi Cola commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. PepsiCo settled the lawsuit out of court, and Jackson gave his $1.5 million settlement to the "Michael Jackson Burn Center" at the Brotman Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.

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On May 14, 1984, Jackson was invited to the White House to receive an award presented by President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.

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Jackson bought The Beatles' back catalog from an estate in 1985 for $47.5 million.

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In 1985, Jackson rescued a three-year-old chimpanzee named Bubblesfrom a cancer research clinic in Texas. Bubbles initially resided at the Jackson family's Encino home, but moved to Neverland Ranch in 1988. In 2003, the singer revealed that Bubbles had become overly aggressive and was taken to an animal sanctuary over fears he may attack Jackson's newborn son.

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In March 1988, Jackson purchased land near Santa Ynez, California to build Neverland Ranch at a cost of $17 million. The 2,700-acre property had Ferris wheels, a menagerie, and a movie theater. In 2003, the property was valued at approximately $100 million.

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Jackson revealed in a 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey in February 1993 that he was abused by his father throughout his childhood.

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Following the illness and death of Ryan White in 1990, Jackson helped draw public attention to HIV/AIDS. He publicly pleaded with the Clinton Administration at Bill Clinton's Inaugural Gala to give more money to HIV/AIDS charities and research.

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In 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year-old child named Jordan Chandler and his father Evan Chandler. Under the influence of a controversial sedative administered by Evan Chandler, his son said that Jackson had touched his penis. Evan Chandler was tape-recorded threatening to damage the singer's music career and engaged Jackson in unsuccessful negotiations to resolve the issue with a financial settlement. On Jan. 1, 1994, Jackson settled a civil suit out of court with the Chandler family and their legal team for $22 million. Jordan Chandler refused to testify in the criminal proceedings. The state closed its criminal investigation citing lack of evidence and Jackson was not charged with a crime.

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In November 2002, Jackson brought his newborn son Prince Michael II onto the balcony of his hotel room in Berlin, Germany as fans stood below. Holding him in his right arm with a cloth loosely draped over the baby's face, Jackson briefly extended the baby over the railing of the balcony, four stories above ground level, causing widespread criticism in the media. Jackson later apologized for the incident.

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In a Granada Television documentary titled "Living with Michael Jackson" (2003), the singer was seen holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with Gavin Arvizo, who would later accuse him of child sexual abuse.

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In 2004, shortly after the documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" aired, the singer was charged with seven counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in order to commit that felony; all charges regarded the same boy, Gavin Arvizo, who was under 14 at the time of the alleged crime. After a five month trial in 2005, Jackson was acquitted on all counts.

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After Jackson's 2005 trial, he briefly relocated to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah.

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In 2006, Jackson's financial troubles forced him to close the main house on his Neverland Ranch in California as a cost-cutting measure.

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In 2006, Jackson received eight records – among them "First Entertainer to Earn More Than 100 Million Dollars in a Year" and "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" – from the Guinness World Records.

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Due to financial troubles, Jackson gave up the title to his Neverland Ranch in 2008, transferring the deed to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC – a company he partly controlled.

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At the time of his death, Jackson was scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people at London's O2 arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.

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On Nov. 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA, the late pop star's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death. On Nov. 29, 2011, Murray was sentenced to four years in prison,although due to California law, the former doctor was expected to serve his time in L.A. County Jail.

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