The Legacy Of Michael Jackson's Life And Legacy

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JaKaysha Bobo
Anthony Murphy
Michael Jackson’s Life and Legacy

In 2007, Michael Jackson told an Ebony magazine writer that "Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world,” author Katherine E. Krohn wrote in her 2010 book, Michael Jackson: Ultimate Music Legend. “Through it I know I will live forever.” This week, five years after Jackson's death at age 50, he remains one of the world's most popular singers. His second posthumous album, Xscape, immediately vaulted to the top of the charts in the U.S. and the U.K, debuting at No. 2 in the U.S., after its release last month. A Jackson hologram performed the album's "Slave to the Rhythm" during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Forbes magazine noted that Jackson's music still resonates with his fans, and his legacy is reflected in the vastness of his social following. As of May 2014, the magazine noted that following included 74 million page likes on Facebook and a Twitter fan base of 1.4 million and growing by the tens of thousands each month. Additionally, Forbes pointed out that Jackson's official YouTube channel saw the video for Xscape’s first single garner 10 million views and 11,000 comments in six days. Last year, a Huffington Post article noted that Jackson was the biggest-selling artist on iTunes and a new generation of Jackson fans have made him the most
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7 on the RIAA's list of top-selling artists of all time. As we approach the five-year anniversary of his death, we look back on 10 royal achievements that made Jackson the King of Pop.
1. Jackson made history with his brothers in the Jackson 5 when they became the first group in pop history to have their first four singles hit No. 1. The songs were "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There," "The Love You Save," and "ABC." The latter earned the Jackson 5 their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a duo, group or
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