How did Michael Jackson Change History?
A friend of mine is doing a project on this and she needs very posific information about how he changed history please no comments saying he did because guess what HE DID. No rude comments about him just facts thank you**
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Michael Jackson was the most successful recording artist of all time. Thriller was the best selling album of all time (still is), at the time of its release, Bad was the second best seller, and Michael has the best selling double-CD of all time. His combined record sales beat out any other artist, and he holds several other musical world records, including most hit singles on an album. He was also part of the Jackson 5, the only music group in history to have four consecutive hit singles (their first four releases).
Secondly, Michael Jackson was the first black artist ever played on MTV, they didn't play black music or artists prior to that, and he broke down a lot of doors for African Americans in the business.
Thirdly, he was the king of music videos, having pioneered the field and turning music videos into a legitimate art form.
Forth, his dancing inspired new generations of dancers, ask any dancer who has succeeded in entertainment and he's the first name that comes up in terms of why they do what they do, same with aspiring singers.
Fifth, he was the largest contributor to charity in the history of pop music, by 1988 he already held the world record for most charitable pop star for having donated to over 40 organizations worldwide, including raising millions of dollars for Africa with We Are The World, the best selling single of all time.Source(s): popspiracy.blogspot.com
- CamillaLv 44 years ago
Michael pretty much CREATED pop music - the J5 were part of the ever evolving music industry that went right through to disco, which, during the 80s, turned into funky pop/electro. When Off The Wall came out, Michael and Quincy broke many musical barriors regarding sound, awards, and successes, which was heightened yet again by Thriller's release. You need to read about some of his awards to really understand, and understand the era of music, around the 70s and 80s too, particularly that change from the 70s to 80s, in which music videos became big, all thanks to Michael Jackson, who's video Don't Stop Till You Get Enough was revolutionary for the times, and again, Billie Jean, using special effects that hadn't been seen before. The way music was promoted was revolutionized by Michael, music did, I'll admit, became more commercial, with MJ's influence, however that wasn't a bad thing at the time, commercial music was great until it got to the point where people made commericial music via autotune etc, which is pretty much killing music. Michael intertwined a black and white musical sound, thus, blurring the barriors between both types of music. I can't explain it any better than that, and I doubt any site can either - you need musical experience in the era that it was first released to really understand.
- Elle B thereLv 51 decade ago
He didn't change history but he helped change the music industry.
He was the first Black to have his video run regularly on TV
He was the first to come up with a video that had a storyline or that's movie-like
First to endorse a product
But his humanitarian efforts changed lives for sure
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Thriller changed the Music Industry...
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
His music opened up a world to us. He had the voice of sumone who could sing opera. His dance moves were unmatched. He always inbraced the goodness of children and humanitarion work:) Honestly, he's done so much for this world that i cant even list them all! But basically he simply was the greatest, the one and only man who opened up a world for all races and ages and inspired people to dream big:) Without him, where would music be?.......
- Anonymous1 decade ago
His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album ever. Thriller was certified for 29 million shipments by the RIAA, giving it Double Diamond status in the United States. It is the best-selling album of all time in the United States. It was, and currently remains, the best-selling album of all time, with 110 million copies worldwide.
He also co-wrote the charity single "We Are the World" in 1985 with Lionel Richie, which was released worldwide to aid the poor in the U.S. and Africa. It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 30 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief.
His success resulted in him being dubbed the "King of Pop." The nickname was popularized by Elizabeth Taylor when she presented him with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989, proclaiming him "the true king of pop, rock and soul." President George H. W. Bush presented him with The White House's special "Artist of the Decade." From 1985 to 1990, he donated $500,000 to the United ***** College Fund, and all of the profits from his single "Man in the Mirror" went to charity.
One of Jackson's most acclaimed performances came during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVII. As the performances began, Jackson was catapulted onto the stage as fireworks went off behind him. As he landed on the canvas, he maintained a motionless "clenched fist, standing statue stance", dressed in a gold and black military outfit and sunglasses; he remained completely motionless for several minutes while the crowd cheered. He then slowly removed his sunglasses, threw them away and began to sing and dance. His routine included four songs: "Jam", "Billie Jean", "Black or White" and "Heal the World". It was the first Super Bowl where the audience figures increased during the half-time show, and was viewed by 135 million Americans alone; Jackson's Dangerous album rose 90 places up the album chart.
In 1997, Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which contained remixes of hit singles from HIStory and five new songs. Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies as of 2007, making it the best selling remix album ever released.
Jackson transformed the art of the music video and paved the way for modern pop music in his own country. Jackson's work, distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced scores of hip hop, rock, pop and R&B artists, including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, 50 Cent, The Game, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, and R. Kelly. For much of his career, he had an "unparalleled" level of worldwide influence over the younger generation through his musical and humanitarian contributions. Jackson's music and videos, such as Thriller, helped break down racial barriers when first shown on MTV, putting the relatively new channel on the map, changing its focus from rock to pop music and R&B, and therefore shaping it to what it is today.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Martin Luther King Jr. changed history
- 1 decade ago
He didn't - really. Irrespective of your opinion of him, he was just a singer with some eccentric propensities. In fifty years, you'd be hard pressed to find a person that could tell you anything about him.