Michael Joseph Jackson was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. Jackson, King of Pop is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time. Jackson contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure .
Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. Music Videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame.
Videos like "Black or White" and "Scream" made him a staple on MTV in the 1990 and with stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of dance techniques like the robot and the moonwalk. Jackson distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced numerous hip hop, pop, contemporary R&B, and rock artists.
Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time and other records, include Off the Wall), Bad, Dangerous, and History were also rank among the world's best-selling.