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Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an [American] singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, businessman, philanthropist and record producer. Referred to as the [King of Pop] , he is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time and one of the most influential. His contributions to music, dance and fashion,film.com: [Jackson: A Fashion Retrospective,] 29. November 2009 and a much-publicized personal life made him a global figure in [popular culture] for over four decades.

Jackson made his debut in 1964 as lead singer and youngest member of [The Jackson 5] alongside his brothers. His solo career started in 1971 and he produced ten studio albums. The 1982 album [Thriller] remains the [best-selling album] of all time, having sold more than 110 million copies. Four of his other albums rank among the world's best-sellers. Jackson is credited with having elevated the [music video] from mere promotional tool into an art form. His videos for [Billie Jean] , [Beat It] and [Thriller] made him the first [African American] artist to amass a strong [crossover] following on [MTV] . He popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the [robot] and the [moonwalk] . His distinctive musical style, vocal style, and choreography continue to transcend generational, racial and cultural boundaries.

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