Michael Joseph Jackson was the King of pop in '80s, and one of the most successful recording artists of all time. A the height of his fame, he was an "unstoppable juggernaut" who had everything going for him as an entertainer-a sexy voice, enthralling dance moves, great musical versatility, and loads of charisma. His Thriller (1982) became the biggest - selling album of all time and he was the first African-American artist to become a star on MTV. With the advent of Jackson, music video came of age as an art form.
Jackson's success earned him legions of devoted fans. The mere sight of him could unleash mass hysteria. But soon the spotlight turned from his singing to his lifestyle, eccentric by any standards. His numerous oddities led the tabloid press to name him "Wacko Jacko".
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