It is so grieve to hear that “the King of Pop“, Michael Jackson had passed away. I thought it was a fool that the media had played with all MJ fans and the world. But believe it or not, it is true. It could be taken as a big punch to the pop music world. I first knew about MJ when I was quite young in my teenage. I was greatly attracted by his unique dancing and singing. We imitated a lot of his dance moves, like the “moon walking”. And then for a time I was puzzle of what a person him is since there are so many rumors, scandals, and blames pointing to him. But it doesn’t affect my love to his music. I love every piece of his singles and albums in every period of him especially the song, You Are not Alone. I haven’t got the chance to go to any of his tours or concerts. And I was planning to watch the live of his concert this July online, but now there won’t be any chance any more. In memory of this king in Pop music world, here I collected all of his albums and relevant descriptions in his life. The king was gone, let’s keep his songs ringing forever.
All told, he released 10 albums in his entire life. They were, in order: Got to Be There; Ben; Music and Me; Forever, Michael; Off the Wall; Thriller; Bad; Dangerous; HIStory; and Invincible.
MJ's biggest seller was, of course, Thriller.
Got to Be There
Got to Be There was the solo debut album by then-adolescent Michael Jackson. It was released on Motown Records, January 24, 1972. The album includes the song of the same name, which was released in the fall of 1971 as Jackson's debut solo single.
The album peaked at number fourteen on the US pop albums chart and number three on the US R&B album chart when it was released.
"Ben" is a number-one hit song recorded by the teenaged Michael Jackson for the Motown label in 1972. The song, the theme of a 1972 film of the same name (the sequel to the 1971 killer rat movie Willard), spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. It also reached number-one on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot. The song also later reached a peak of number seven on the British pop chart.
Music and Me
Music & Me was the third solo album by American singer Michael Jackson, released in 1973 on the Motown label.
The album was released during a difficult transition period the young singer was experiencing due to vocal changes and a changing music landscape. Having been influenced by fellow Motown label mates such as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Jackson had expressed an opinion on having material he wrote to be featured on an album with Motown. However, the label failed to allow him that option.
Forever, Michael is an album by American singer Michael Jackson, released by the Motown label in 1975.
Off the Wall
Off the Wall is the fifth studio album by pop musician Michael Jackson, released August 10, 1979 on Epic Records. The album follows Jackson's critically well received theatrical performance in The Wiz. While working on the film project, Jackson and Quincy Jones became friends. Jones agreed to work with Jackson on his next studio album Off the Wall. Recording sessions took place between December 1978 and June 1979 at Allen Zentz Recording, Westlake Recording Studios, and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California. Jackson collaborated with a number of other writers and performers such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. Jackson wrote several of the songs himself, including the lead single, "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough".
Thriller is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson and the best-selling album of all time. The album was released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records as the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Thriller explores similar genres to those of Off the Wall, including funk, disco, soul, soft rock, R&B and pop. However, Thriller's lyrics deal with generally darker themes, including paranoia and the supernatural.
Bad is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, 1987 by Epic/CBS Records. The record was released nearly five years after his last studio album. Twenty years after its release, the album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and shipped 8 million units in the United States. Bad is the first, and currently only, album ever to feature five Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles.
Dangerous is the eighth album by Michael Jackson, released on November 26, 1991. It became his second to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, where it spent the next four consecutive weeks. In the space of 17 years, the record has sold over 32 million copies worldwide, with 7 million shipments in the United States alone, making it a faster selling album than his previous record Bad. The album won one Grammy for Best Engineered Album - and is the most successful New Jack Swing album of all time.
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (usually abbreviated to HIStory) is a double album by Michael Jackson, released on June 20, 1995, and is Jackson's ninth album. The first disc, named "HIStory Begins" consists of a selection of Jackson's greatest hits from the singer's past fifteen years, while the second, named "HIStory Continues" features new songs, with the exception of "Come Together", which was recorded in 1987.
Invincible is the tenth and final studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson, before his death eight years later. The album was released by Epic Records on October 30, 2001, six years after Jackson's 1995 double disc studio album HIStory, and the first featuring all new tracks since Dangerous in 1991. The album art, an image of Jackson's face, is available in five different colors - red, green, orange, blue and silver. To date, Invincible has sold 10 million copies worldwide.
Last but unfinished: This is it.
This Is It was a scheduled sellout series of 50 "comeback" concert performances by Michael Jackson, which were intended to take place beginning on July 13, 2009, at The O2 arena in London and continue throughout the year. Less than three weeks before the first show was to begin, Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
The shows, Jackson's first significant concert events since the HIStory World Tour in 1997, had been cited as one of the year's most important musical events. Each of the shows would have had a maximum capacity of 23,000, it was estimated that more than one million people would have attended the shows. Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, stated that the first 10 dates alone would have earned the singer approximately ￡50 million, and all 50 shows would have earned Jackson over ￡200 million.
It is such a pity that we lost this king forever.
Rest in peace Michael you will never be forgotten.