Friday , August 29, 2014 - 5:10 PM
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, would be celebrating his 56th birthday if he was here today.
A singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer became the most successful singer in American history for releasing award-winning hits like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It."
"This is art in its highest form." -Michael Jackson, Moonwalk pic.twitter.com/c0AG0dCL0X— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) August 28, 2014
It’s been 5 years since his death in a rented mansion in California, and since he triggered such a global outpouring of grief. The news online spread so quickly that he caused crashes of websites and search engines.
TMZ and the LA Times suffered outages while Twitter and Wikipedia crashed. Google thought the input from millions of users searching for “Michael Jackson” meant it was under some sort of attack (DDoS). Meanwhile Jackson was still composing and singing new material.
The world had never seen anything like it, and haven’t since. Millions of fans are already tweeting and posting out remembrances on social media today. VH1 Music have even looped a video of his famous moonwalk.
Today would've been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday. RIP King of Pop ❤ http://t.co/ChF1oGdNoK— VH1 Music (@VH1Music) August 29, 2014
His 1982 album Thriller became the best-selling album in history, winning thirteen Grammy Awards. Thirteen of his songs reach #1 on U.S. charts and since his death there have been three posthumous albums released.
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
Let’s face it, there will never be another King of Pop. Check out his website, you’d really believe that he’s still here with us.
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