60 Facts About Michael Jackson

1. Michael Jackson sat out Thursday due to a stomach issue Ellis is expected to return to practice next week, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

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2. Michael Jackson might have already been dead, but his legacy lives on as the one and only King of Pop.

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3. Michael Jackson scored 11 of the Eagles' opening 18 points of the second half.

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4. Michael Jackson wore it on his Bad world tour from 1987 to 1989.

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5. In 2010, Michael Jackson was inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first dancer from the world of pop and rock 'n' roll.

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6. Michael Jackson was inducted in several other halls of fame, including Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

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7. In 2007, Michael Jackson said: "Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world.

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8. For the "Smooth Criminal" video, Michael Jackson experimented with an anti-gravity lean where the performer leans forward at a 45 degree angle, beyond the performer's center of gravity.

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9. In the ballad "Gone Too Soon", Michael Jackson gives tribute to his friend Ryan White and the plight of those with AIDS.

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10. Michael Jackson became the first artist in history to have four of the top 20 best-selling albums in a single year in the United States.

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11. In the 12 months after his death, Michael Jackson sold more than 8.2 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide, making him the best-selling albums artist of 2009.

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12. At the time of death, Michael Jackson had been administered propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam, and the Los Angeles coroner decided to treat the death as a homicide.

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13. On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson stopped breathing while attempting to sleep under the care of Conrad Murray, his personal physician.

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14. At the 2009 American Music Awards, Michael Jackson won four posthumous awards, two for him and two for his album Number Ones, bringing his total American Music Awards to 26.

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15. Michael Jackson rehearsed in Los Angeles in the weeks leading up to the tour under the direction of choreographer Kenny Ortega.

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16. In March 2009, Michael Jackson held a press conference at London's O2 Arena to announce a series of comeback concerts titled This Is It.

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17. In September 2008, Michael Jackson entered negotiations with Julien's Auction House to display and auction a large collection of memorabilia amounting to approximately 1,390 lots.

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18. In September 2007, Michael Jackson was still working on his next album, but it was never completed.

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19. In March 2007, Michael Jackson gave a brief interview to the Associated Press in Tokyo, where he said: "I've been in the entertainment industry since I was 6 years old, and as Charles Dickens would say, 'It's been the best of times, the worst of times.

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20. Michael Jackson returned to the United States after Christmas 2006 to attend James Brown's funeral in Augusta, Georgia, where he gave one of the eulogies, saying that "James Brown is my greatest inspiration".

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21. Michael Jackson performed at the World Music Awards in London on November 15, 2006, and accepted a Diamond Award for selling over records.

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22. In November 2006, Michael Jackson invited an Access Hollywood camera crew into the studio in Westmeath, and MSNBC reported that he was working on a new album, produced by will.

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23. Michael Jackson continued to be the custodial parent of the couple's two children.

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24. Michael Jackson agreed to a Sony-backed refinancing deal in April 2006, although the details were not made public.

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25. In March 2006, amidst reports that Michael Jackson was having financial problems, the main house at Neverland Ranch was closed as a cost-cutting measure.

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26. In a particularly controversial scene, Michael Jackson was seen holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with a young boy.

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27. Michael Jackson apologized for the incident, calling it "a terrible mistake".

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28. Michael Jackson alleged in July 2002 that Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola was a "devil" and "racist" who did not support his African-American artists, using them merely for his own gain.

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29. On January 22, 2002, Michael Jackson won his 22nd American Music Award for Artist of the Century.

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30. Michael Jackson discovered that the attorney who had represented him in the deal had been representing Sony.

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31. Michael Jackson appeared onstage alongside his brothers for the first time since 1984.

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32. At the turn of the century, Michael Jackson won an American Music Award as Artist of the 1980s.

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33. In 1997, Michael Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which contained remixes of hit singles from HIStory and five new songs.

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34. Michael Jackson quickly released a revised version of the song without the offending lyrics.

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35. Michael Jackson proposed to Presley over the telephone towards the fall of 1993, saying: "If I asked you to marry me, would you do it?" They married in the Dominican Republic in secrecy, denying it for nearly two months afterwards.

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36. On January 1, 1994, Michael Jackson settled with the Chandlers out of court for $22 million.

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37. Michael Jackson described the search in an emotional public statement, and proclaimed his innocence.

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38. Michael Jackson began taking painkillers, Valium, Xanax and Ativan to deal with the stress of the allegations.

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39. Michael Jackson gave a 90-minute interview to Oprah Winfrey on February 10, 1993, his second television interview since 1979.

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40. In the same year, Michael Jackson published his second book, Dancing the Dream, a collection of poetry, revealing a more intimate side.

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41. Michael Jackson won an award as best-selling artist of the 1980s.

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42. In March 1991, Michael Jackson renewed his contract with Sony for $65 million, a record-breaking deal at the time, displacing Neil Diamond's renewal contract with Columbia Records.

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43. In March 1988, Michael Jackson purchased land near Santa Ynez, California, to build Neverland Ranch at a cost of $17 million.

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44. In 1988, Michael Jackson released his only autobiography, Moonwalk, which took four years to complete and sold 200,000 copies.

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45. Michael Jackson broke a Guinness World Record when 504,000 people attended seven sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium.

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46. Michael Jackson agreed to visit Holmes a Court in Australia, where he would appear on the Channel Seven Perth Telethon.

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47. Michael Jackson raised his bid to $47.5 million, which was accepted because he could close the deal more quickly, having already completed due diligence of ATV Music.

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48. Michael Jackson submitted a bid of $46 million on November 20, 1984.

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49. Michael Jackson was informed of the sale by his attorney, John Branca, in September 1984.

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50. Michael Jackson donated the use of "Beat It" for the campaign's public service announcements.

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51. Michael Jackson signed a second agreement with Pepsi in the late 1980s for a reported $10 million.

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52. On March 25, 1983, Michael Jackson reunited with his brothers for a performance taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, an NBC television special.

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53. Michael Jackson recorded with Queen singer Freddie Mercury from 1981 to 1983, recording demos for of "State of Shock", "Victory" and "There Must Be More to Life Than This".

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54. In 1979, Michael Jackson broke his nose during a complex dance routine.

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55. In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music.

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56. Michael Jackson played 18 minutes off the bench Wednesday against Golden State, finishing with three points and a steal.

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57. Michael Jackson is the richest star in heaven for sixth successive year.

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58. Michael Jackson is the highest paid dead celebrity for the sixth year in a row.

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59. Michael Jackson been named the top-earning dead celebrity for the sixth year in a row.

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60. Michael Jackson heads list of 2018 highest earning dead celebrities.

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