Written on January 1, 2010
Michael Jackson, who came be known as the “King of Pop,” is the best selling artist of all time. He also has the best selling album of all time with “Thriller.” It is estimated that Jackson’s sales as a solo artist are over 750 million albums worldwide. Before launching his solo career, he got his start with his brothers in the popular Motown group— The Jackson 5. Michael released his first 4 solo albums between 1972 and 1975, but they were really just side projects of the Jackson 5 that Motown used to bring more attention Michael and the Jackson 5 group. Michael Jackson eventually left Motown, and signed to Epic records, at which time his popularity really took off, starting with his 1979 release “Off the Wall,” which showed Michael Jackson for the first time as an adult performer. He followed “Off The Wall,” with “Thriller” in 1982, “Bad” in 1987, “Dangerous” in 1991, “History” in 1995, and then finally “Invincible” in 2005. All these albums were immensely popular and they further cemented his reputation as the “King of Pop.” Michael Jackson died an untimely death in 2009, but his contribution to pop music continues to influence pop performers, and his sales figures will stand as the true measure of pop music success.
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Solo Artist: Michael Jackson
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