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Leave Me Alone
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Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
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Born into a musical family, Michael Jackson emerged a true star from an early age as a member of the Jackson 5, a group formed by his father, Joe, that included Jackson and his four brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon. The Jackson 5 struck a deal with Motown Records in 1968 and proceeded to top the charts with songs such as "ABC," "I'll Be There," "I Want You Back," and "The Love You Save."
Jackson's debut solo album, Got To Be There, was released in 1972 and peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 20 hits "Got To Be There" and "Rockin' Robin." Later that year Jackson scored his first chart-topping solo single with "Ben."
When Jackson starred in 1978's The Wiz, he met GRAMMY-winning producer Quincy Jones. The pair collaborated on Jackson's 1979 breakthrough album Off The Wall, which climbed to No. 3 and scored four Top 10 singles, including the No. 1 hits "Rock With You" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Jackson teamed with Jones again for 1982's Thriller, which ultimately became a pop culture touchstone, spawning seven Top 10 singles, including the No. 1 hits "Billie Jean" and "Beat It," and eight GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for "Beat It." Thriller sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and spent nearly 40 weeks at No. 1.
Jackson continued to spin platinum with 1983's "Say Say Say," a duet with Paul McCartney that hit No. 1, and 1985's "We Are The World," a song he co-wrote with Lionel Richie to benefit USA for Africa. Bad was released in 1987 and included the hit title track plus the No. 1 hits "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Dirty Diana," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," and "Man In The Mirror." Dangerous followed in 1991 and spawned the hits "Black Or White" and "Remember The Time."
In 1995 the King of Pop released HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book 1, a double album featuring greatest hits and new material. The collection climbed to No. 1 on the strength of the No. 1 hit "You Are Not Alone." Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2001 and that same year released Invincible, which reached No. 1. Off The Wall and Thriller were inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008.
Jackson was due to begin a series of comeback concerts at London's 02 Arena beginning in July 2009 when he died on June 25, 2009, from cardiac arrest. Jackson was posthumously awarded a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.