In the 21st century thus far, we've lost many big names in music—Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah—but no one as big or as successful as Michael Jackson.
Known as the 'king of pop', Jackson had one of the most successful careers in music history, with five no. 1 albums and twelve no. 1 singles. Among these chart-toppers are classic hits such as "Bad", "Dirty Diana", "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". These are just a few examples of Michael's extraordinary work. His career is supported by 13 GRAMMY Awards, 86 Billboard Awards, 26 American Music Awards, 38 World Music Awards, and 75 MTV Awards. Jackson is also the record-holder of 31 categories in the Guinness book.
When combined, his albums add up to a whopping 62x Platinum in the United States alone. One of those including 1982's Thriller, which was certified 29x Platinum in the United States, and is by far the best-selling album worldwide to date (over 50 million copies).
Jackson is one of only two recording artists to achieve five no. 1 singles from the same album. In 1988, his album Bad became the first album in history accomplish this, with chart-toppers including "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", and "Dirty Diana". The only other artist to achieve this feat is Katy Perry, whose 2010 album Teenage Dream also managed to score five no. 1's.
Although Michael has unfortunately crossed over, his career has not slowed down since his death in 2009. In December 2010, his producers scraped together some unreleased material to include on a compilation album called Michael. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide.
Now, almost five years after Jackson's passing, his legacy lives on with Xscape, the second compilation album from his producers. The album's lead single, "Love Never Felt So Good", debuted at no. 2 on this week's Top 25 and Pop Songs charts, and no. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart. The Justin Timberlake-assisted track peaks at no. 20 on Billboard's Hot 100, and currently sits at no. 9 on our new Worldwide Songs chart.
Although Michael has unfortunately crossed over, his career has not slowed down since his death in 2009.
On the Charts
Week of May 18, 2014