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Today marks the 20th anniversary of Dangerous- the eighth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson, released November 26, 1991 on Epic Records.

It became his second to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where it spent the next four consecutive weeks. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide and won the Grammy for Best Engineered Album – Non Classical.

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The BAD World Tour started on September 12th 1987 at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

When the tour concluded it grossed a total of $125 million, adding two new entries in the Guinness World Records for the largest grossing tour in history and the tour with the largest attended audience. In April 1989, the tour was nominated for ‘Tour of the Year 1988’ at the inaugural International Rock Awards.

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Track Title: Say Say Say

Artist: Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson | Say Say Say

On this day in 1983 - Say Say Say enters the Black singles chart, peaking at number 2 and remaining on the chart for twenty weeks.

kieranic:

Michael Jackson was a massive fan of the Harry Potter books and films - he owned all of the films, loads of memorabilia and even showed interest in going to the premiere of the final film.

In early 2009, he invited Daniel, Rupert and Emma to be VIP guests to the opening night of his then upcoming This Is It tour where they would be given access all areas passes.

Michael would also pitch a musical version of the series to author JK Rowling, who declined.

King of Pop Was Also King of Compassion

The accomplishments of Michael Jackson in the field of music, dance and entertainment have been documented worldwide. He was an innovator who changed the face of modern dance, captivated and influenced generations of music lovers and produced ground-breaking videos that were ahead of their time. What is lesser known, however, is how much he gave of himself, his time and his finances in order to help the suffering and those in need.

Quietly and without the need or desire for recognition, Jackson visited orphanages and schools across the globe, paid the cost of funerals for those who could ill afford the expense, and supported so many charities and good causes that he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most charities donated to by a pop star.

Indeed, the entire proceeds of his 1992/1993 Dangerous Tour went to charity, as well as his cut from the 1984 Victory Tour. Whilst the tabloid media busied themselves in tearing him down, Jackson was using his time to give to the needy, sick or deprived, visiting as many orphanages and hospitals as he did concerts.

From a very early age, Jackson was moved to tears by the suffering of others, and especially the plight of children. As a child watching images of starving African children, he told his mother he was going to ‘do something about that one day’. And, he kept to his word.

On the second anniversary of his death, we look at just a few instances which give us a glimpse into the singer’s heart for the suffering:

In 1985, Jackson co-wrote the song ‘We Are The World’ together with Lionel Richie in order to combat poverty in the Third World. The record sold over ten million copies worldwide and raised a staggering $63 million plus for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.

On February 6th, 1988, the inspirational and spiritually uplifting single, ‘Man in The Mirror’ entered the pop charts. Jackson donated all of his royalties from the single to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who have cancer.

In December 1988, Jackson paid a visit to 12 year old David Rothenburg, who was hospitalised after being doused with kerosene and seriously burned by his father five years previously. Despite an estimated fifty operations, Rothenburg remained disfigured. The star paid for all necessary further operations and the pair remained lifelong friends.

On 7 February, 1989, Jackson visited the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. Three weeks earlier, a gunman had open fired 100 bullets in the school playground, killing five children and wounding 39 others before turning the gun on himself. Jackson spent time comforting the children and helping them to think positively again.

On May 6th 1992, Jackson paid the funeral costs for young Ramon Sanchez. Sanchez was killed by a stray bullet during the Rodney King violent riots in California and the boy’s parents could not afford to bury him.

On November 25th, 1992, Jackson granted the wish of young David Sonnet, who he met through the Make A Wish Foundation, an organisation that grants wishes to terminally ill children. Sonnet had suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 8, leaving him unable to talk or walk. Jackson invited the boy and his mother to his Neverland home and later, his mother credited the singer’s music for helping her son to recover from a coma.

In December 1993, Jackson and his newly formed ‘Heal the World Foundation’supported the UK’s ‘Operation Christmas Child’ in airlifting over 100,000 gifts, toys, sweets, pictures and school items to needy children in Sarajevo.

In February 1995, the star made a private request to attend the funeral of Craig Fleming, a two year old boy whose mother threw him over the side of a Los Angeles bridge along with his four year old brother before jumping to her death. The mother and four year old survived. Jackson contributed towards the surviving youngster’s medical expenses and founded a special trust fund for his ongoing care.

On November 1, 1996, Jackson donated most of the proceeds from his HIStory concert in Bombay, India, to the poor. When travelling from the airport, he stopped the car several times to dance with, pick up and hug poor urchins from the streets. On the day of his show in India, he invited around 50 children from local orphanages to his hotel room where they were treated to games, cakes and burgers. Later this same month, the star visited an orphanage and a school for blind children in Thailand. At the orphanage, he distributed toys and gifts to the children before leaving a donation of $100,000. An orphanage spokeswoman at the time said, “They don’t know him as a pop star. To them he is just a very nice man who came here to offer hope.”

New stories of Jackson’s compassion for those less fortunate are surfacing regularly, and his humanitarian legacy continues through the stipulation in his will that the Jackson Family Trust donate 20% of its earnings to a number of undisclosed charities.

Only now that he is gone are we truly realizing what a legacy Jackson left. Yes, his performances left people mesmerized, and his music captivated music lovers worldwide. But perhaps his most lasting legacy will be his humanitarian work which has left an indelible mark on the countless hearts of those whose lives he touched.

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On May 16th 1984, Michael was invited to the White House to receive a plaque for his efforts against drunk driving, after his song Beat It was used in the administration’s anti-drink driving ads aimed at teenagers.

On May 16th 1984, Michael was invited to the White House to receive a plaque for his efforts against drunk driving, after his song Beat It was used in the administration’s anti-drink driving ads aimed at teenagers.

May 28 1975 - The Jackson 5 sign a new contract with Epic Records to begin with the expiry of their current contract with Motown in March 1976. They cite low loyalty payments and lack of artistic control among some of the problems with Motown. Jermaine, who recently married Motown founder Berry Gordy’s daughter, Hazel, is replaced by Randy, and remains with Motown to pursue a solo career.

May 28 1975 - The Jackson 5 sign a new contract with Epic Records to begin with the expiry of their current contract with Motown in March 1976. They cite low loyalty payments and lack of artistic control among some of the problems with Motown. Jermaine, who recently married Motown founder Berry Gordy’s daughter, Hazel, is replaced by Randy, and remains with Motown to pursue a solo career.

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In 1985 the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent paid homage to the King of Pop with a series of postage stamps. 

In 1985 the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent paid homage to the King of Pop with a series of postage stamps. 

Track Title: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Artist: Michael Jackson

Album: Thriller

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

May 28 1983 - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ enters the pop singles chart at number 5 and remains on the chart for fifteen weeks. 

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April 24 2003 - Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies airs on Fox. Michael hosts this two hour special from his cinema in Neverland. Memorable moments include Michael’s first Christmas, a supermarket trip, MJ dancing to R Kelly’s ‘Ignition’, “Salvation Army tomorrow Bill” and footage of Michael in Neverland. Watch Part 1 here. 

April 24 2003 - Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies airs on Fox. Michael hosts this two hour special from his cinema in Neverland. Memorable moments include Michael’s first Christmas, a supermarket trip, MJ dancing to R Kelly’s ‘Ignition’, “Salvation Army tomorrow Bill” and footage of Michael in Neverland. Watch Part 1 here

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idubtheeglittersocks:

Thought that was cool.

That’s no coincidence. If I have a son I’ll call him Michael.

idubtheeglittersocks:

Thought that was cool.

That’s no coincidence. If I have a son I’ll call him Michael.

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Track Title: Never Can Say Goodbye

Artist: The Jackson 5

Album: Maybe Tomorrow

The Jackson 5 - Never Can Say Goodbye

April 3 1971 - Never Can Say Goodbye by The Jackson 5 enters the pop singles chart peaking at number 2 and remains in the chart for twelve weeks.

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