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Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958), often referred to as The King of Pop or MJ, is an American musician and entertainer. The seventh child of the Jackson family, Jackson debuted on the professional music scene at the age of eleven as a member of the Jackson 5 and went on to become a pop icon as a solo artist. His successful career and controversial, enigmatic personal life have been a part of pop culture for almost four decades. Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music in the late 1970s, becoming the first black entertainer to amass a strong cross-over following on MTV. He transformed the music video into an art form and a promotional tool through complex story lines, dance routines, special effects and famous cameo appearances. The popularity of videos aired on MTV such as "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" helped to put the relatively-young channel "on the map", while videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson a dominant staple on MTV into the 1990s. Jackson popularized physically-complicated dance techniques such as the robot and the moonwalk, along with a distinctive musical sound and vocal style that have influenced a generation of hip hop, pop, and R&B artists.
In 2006 Jackson received eight Guinness World Records, which included "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time", and best-selling album ever for Thriller.
Jackson has received thirteen Grammy Awards (eight on a single night in 1984), and two of his solo albums have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Jackson has charted thirteen number one singles in the United States, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era. In November 2006, the World Music Awards announced that Jackson had sold 750 million units worldwide and has given several hundred million dollars to charity. However, Jackson's controversial appearance and actions have damaged his reputation amongst some of the public, and album sales have declined since the mid-1990s.
From 1988 to 2005, Jackson lived on his Neverland Ranch property, where he built an amusement park and private zoo that was often attended by disadvantaged and terminally ill children. Rumors of sleepover parties received both negative media coverage and public attention after it was revealed that children had slept in his bed or on the floor in his bedroom. This first came to light when Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993. Jackson's relationship with children was brought into the spotlight again in 2003 when the TV documentary Living with Michael Jackson was broadcast. This became a catalyst for Jackson being tried, and later acquitted, of more child molestation allegations and several other charges in 2005. After this, Jackson traveled to a number of countries that included Bahrain, before starting work on new material in Ireland. In early 2008, he issued Thriller 25, a special edition of the "Thriller" album; it was a commercial success, selling more than 1.6 million copies worldwide in nine weeks.
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