Michael Jackson was a major American pop singer, composer, and performer. Best known as the “Precious Little Dancer” and the “Bad Kid” in his solo career, he was one of the biggest names in popular music of all time. The King of Pop reinvented pop culture and took it to a new level. Notable hits include “Beat It” and “Who’s That Girl?”
In his first year as a solo artist, Michael Jackson had two hits single out on the pop charts. Those were “Hambo” and “That’s All Right.” Both songs stayed at the top of the chart for over a week, making Michael Jackson the first artist to have two songs reach the top of the chart in a single year. While those two singles are no longer with us, he managed to have a six-week stay at number one, a record that still stands to this day.
The last single that Michael had a part in was the epic “A Day In The Life,” which was another huge hit single. Selling over three hundred copies in its first week, the single remains as a single unbroken, and unarguable hit. No other artist has reached that mark since. As an adult solo album, “Thriller” remains to this day, another massive smash which pushed Michael Jackson into superstardom.
With Michael Jackson now is gone, there are now plenty of artists who can claim the throne of greatest R&B/pop artist of all time. One of those artists is Diana Ross, who recently released a duet with her son Damon Dash along with her former partner Michael Jackson. It was later reported that the collaboration did not go smoothly and that Damon Dash quit the collaboration citing the differences between their styles. With Michael Jackson now back in the spotlight, it will be interesting to see what direction Diana Ross takes, specifically given the fact that she is now working with a man who once beat him to the top spot.
Another artist who received the pop star treatment when he was a child was Ben Jonson, better known as Batman to his friends. A childhood friend of both Jackson and Batman, Jonson ended up receiving a five-year sentence for the kidnap and murder of four boys. Two of those boys were actually going to meet Jackson and the other was going to meet Batman, something that would have never happened if it weren’t for the fact that both stars were involved in a controversial trial that captivated the nation. While no one was actually hurt in the ordeal, the press was bombarded with stories about the singer’s long legal battles with the woman who controlled his career.
One of the more colorful figures in rock and roll, Stevie Wonder was given a second chance after his controversial case. He spent the next four decades racking up multiple hits and helped to popularize the song “Who’s That?” by Mary J. Blige, one of her first major hits. Even some of his former detractors believe Wonder to be the greatest artist of all time, saying that he has redefined what it means to be creative.
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