Michael J. Jackson (Born August 29, 1958, and died June 25, 2009) was an American dancer, singer, and songwriter. Named the “King of Pop” by many he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death, 2009. Jackson’s contributions to dance and music made him a global figure in pop culture for almost half a century.The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his siblings as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while singing with Motown Records, a recording company. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a well-known figure in a lot of popular music. His music videos, including “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album, are credited with transforming dance and pop culture as we know it. The popularity of these videos helped bring a music television channel MTV to fame. He continued to reset people perspective of musicians with videos such as “Scream” and “Black or White” throughout the 1990s and created a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through video and stage performances, Jackson popularized a number of new, unknown dance techniques, such as the moonwalk and the robot, named by Jackson himself. His recognizable sound and style have influenced numerous artists of various music genres. Some of which are James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Diana Ross, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gene Kelly, David Ruffin, The Isley Brothers, the Bee Gees, and the West Side Story dancers.Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, selling over sixty-six million copies worldwide. Some of his other well-known albums, including Bad (1987), Off the Wall (1979), Off the Wall (1979) and Dangerous (1991), also rank among the world’s top-selling albums. He is one of the very small groups of artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the only dancer from pop and rock music. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records including the 13 Grammy Awards, Most Successful Entertainer of All Time, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award,, 13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide, 26 American Music Awards—more than any other artist—including the “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”. Jackson won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of pop music. He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when “Love Never Felt So Good” reached number nine in 2014. Jackson is also remembered for his philanthropy and pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising in the entertainment industry. Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer. Michael Jackson was a great performer, singer, songwriter, and great influence on people everywhere.