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Michael Jackson
1958 - Forever

What are the names of Michael's brothers and sisters, and what are their birthdays?

Michael is the seventh of nine children born to parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson. His siblings are, in order of birth; Maureen (Rebbie) born May 29, 1950; Sigmund (Jackie) born May 4, 1951; Toriano (Tito) born October 15, 1953; Jermaine born December 11, 1954; La Toya born May 29, 1956; Marlon born March 12, 1957; Steven Randall (Randy) born October 29, 1961; and Janet born May 16, 1966.

Did Michael had any children?

Michael had three children; "Prince" Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. was born February 13, 1997, and a daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born April 3, 1998, with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe. A third child, a son that has been nicknamed "Blanket" by Michael has also joined the Jackson family. This child was said to be about 6 months old in August of 2002, however an official birth date, name, and who this child's mother is has not been confirmed or announced. Michael has mentioned that Blanket is his biological child, carried by a surrogate mother.
[Source: EMJ, 'Living With Michael Jackson' Documentary, 2003]

Can I visit 'Neverland'?

No, not anymore. The 'Neverland' Valley Ranch was Michael's home from 1988 to 2008 and has sold in November 2008.

Why has Michael's skin got lighter?

Michael has got a skin disorder called 'Vitiligo'. This banal physiological disorder causes a depigmentation of the skin causing blotchy white patches. Often there is a family tendency to develop the condition. Two people in every 100 suffer from this condition, so Michael is definitely not alone. 'Vitiligo' can occur at any stage in life, and Michael has mentioned that he first noticed that he had the disorder when he was in his 20's. He has NEVER bleached his skin or tried to make his skin lighter. All rumors saying that he has done this are simply not true. He has tried to even out the blotches on his skin by using make up to cover them up.
You can log on to the 'Vitiligo' Society website by visiting to find out more information about this disorder.
[Source: EMJ, "The Family Medical Guide", "Michael Jackson Talks to Oprah", The Vitiligo Society website UK]

Why did Michael wear a silk mask whenever he was going out in public?

Because of his Vitiligo Michael couldn't go out into the sun. He has said that he is completely allergic to the sun, and that he really isn't even supposed to go outside at all. By wearing the silk face mask, along with long sleeved clothing, pants, sunglasses and his fedora Michael can gon outside and enjoy himself just as everyone else can.
[Source: Michael Jackson - "VH1" and "Simulchat" interviews]

Where did Michael learn all of his cool dance moves, such as the moonwalk?

Michael has said that the moonwalk came from the black children from the inner city ghettos. "They just have that natural talent for dancing...they come up with these dances, all I did was enhance the dance." Just to note, Michael has never taken any formal dancing lessons. He has choreographed, or had a hand in choreographing most of his music videos or performances.
[Source: "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah" and 'Simulchat' Interviews]

Where did Michael get his cool clothes?

All of Michael's clothes since the Bad era have been made especially according to his measurements by his stylists Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins.
[Source: HIStory Magazine]

What were some of Michael's favorite songs that he's recorded?

Michael's favorite songs that he has recorded is "Ben", or "Got To Be There". Off of his HIStory album they are "Stranger In Moscow", "Childhood", or "Earth Song".
For 'Invincible' Michael stated his favorites were "Unbreakable", "Speechless" and "The Lost Children".
[Source: Michael Jackson - "Simulchat" Interview (1995), and "Online Audion Chat (2001)"]

Is Michael the biggest selling artist ever?

Yes, Michael Jackson still holds the title for having the greatest selling album of all time with his album Thriller.
Thriller was, and still is the most amazing album ever created selling over 104 million albums worldwide to date, going Platinum in 15 countries, gold in 4 countries, producing 7 hit singles (4 written by Michael himself!) and winning 8 Grammy Awards.

Did Michael play any of the instruments on his albums?

Michael played several instruments, and used to play them on his albums! On the 'HIStory' album Michael is credited with playing the keyboards, synthesizer, drums and percussion, and guitar. On the Blood On The Dance Floor album Michael is credited with playing the drums and percussion, and guitar on the song titled 'Morphine'.
[Source: Sony Music - 'HIStory' & 'Blood On The Dance Floor' album notes]

How did Michael compose his songs?

MJ explained his composing process on the June 7, 1995 "Prime Time Live" special "Michael Jackson: The Man and His Music", on the videotaped deposition he gave for the "Thriller"/"The Girl is Mine"/"We Are the World" copyright lawsuit heard in Mexico City (Nov. 1993), during his testimony in the "Dangerous" copyright lawsuit heard in Denver, Colorado, and in the Internet Chat. He does not read or write music, so he sings the melody and vocally imitates the bassline, strings, and other parts into a tape recorder. As he said in the Internet Chat, "The process is creating a vocal rhythm to a click track -- which is a sound, a timed beat. And you're doing these mouth sounds to that beat. These sounds can be looped according to how you sample it in the computer again and again. This is your foundation for the entire track -- everything plays off this. It's the rhythm, like the beatbox rhythm. Every song I've written since I was very little I've done that way. I still do it that way! .." A lso, as guitarist David Williams related in Rolling Stone in 1992, at times MJ sings the sounds directly to the musicians, and when they accurately reproduce his ideas, this is recorded. The tape is then turned over to others who transcribe the notes onto staff sheets.

How many songs has Michael written, including the ones that have not been released?

According to his testimony in the 'Dangerous' copyright lawsuit, he has written a few hundred songs.

How many concerts has Michael given throughout his career?

In his solo career Michael has performed 277 concerts:

.: Bad World Tour 1987-1988 - 123 concerts
Dangerous World Tour 1991-1992 - 67 concerts
HIStory World Tour 1996-1997 - 82 concerts
Michael Jackson & Friends 1999 (Korea/Germany: with other artists) - 2 concerts
Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 (USA) - 2 concerts
United We Stand 2001 (USA: with other artists) - 1 concert

When Michael Jackson has died and how it's happened?

Michael Jackson has died on 25th of June 2009. He was only 50 years old. Gone Too Soon...

Michael Jackson has announced that he is returning to the stage for a historic 50 shows at The O2 arena performing in London for the last time. The King of Pop was planning to perform his greatest hits for the event of the summer, the concerts of 2009-2010 and the decade's hottest gigs.

It was one of the most eagerly awaited returns to the stage of all time, Michael Jackson has not played a series of concerts since he last toured 12 years ago. These dramatic shows promised an explosive return with a band of the highest calibre, state-of-the-art stage show and incredible surprise support acts. "I am coming to London to play the songs my fans want to hear." - Michael Jackson. It was planned to perform 50 nights at The O2 arena starts on July 13th, 2009.

But unfortunately just couple of weeks before his so long-waited comeback, Michael Jackson has passed away.

We love you Michael so much! You are always in our hearts and you music will live forever! Rest in peace.

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