The only person in the whole world that can match Michael Jackson’s steps and his legacy is Michael Jackson himself. Although he departed from this planet to some other world, he managed to imprint himself in the hearts of people. Just like your shadow never leaves you, the same way Michael Jackson never left us. He is still relevant in today’s world of music and entertainment. His music and his style is evergreen and he is setting example for the current and next generations to come. Whenever music, dance or entertainment is mentioned, his name will never fail to be cited. He is also known in history as a triple threat. The multi talented superstar, had a unique knack for composing music, singing and choreographing his own dance. Starting from an early age, he gave up his childhood, to live his dream by entertaining people. Now, he is the world’s biggest superstar.
Even at a young age, Michael was able to captivate millions of people’s hearts all around the world. When he started singing with his 4 brothers in the Jackson 5 Band, many people always thought he stood out from the rest with his unique dance style, his fun energy, and ability to entertain. His popularity lead to his fans committing suicide when he passed away. His funeral had been witnessed more times than the 9/11 incident on the news channels and social media. It caused the Internet to crash and many search engines to stop working. Popular singers in this generation, incorporate his dance style and fashion into their own music and fans remember him through new singers in this way. The rhythm and tunes in his music is also used in new music and has inspired a new generation of artists.
Even though, Michael Jackson was a legend of his time, others may say that he was just as famous as other stars. Singers like Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Britney Spears were loved by millions of people and won an incredible amount of awards and achievements. When Whitney Houston died, fans mourned her death as well as famous celebrities. They remembered the type of person she was and the powerhouse voice she had. Similarly, when Michael Jackson died, many fans mourned as well and took their lives. He was just as famous as the rest, toured the world, and broke records throughout his career. Whitney Houston has sold 230 million albums while, Michael Jackson sold 730 million albums. They both sold the most albums in the world. Whitney Houston was called the Queen of Pop as Michael Jackson was called King of Pop. Madonna was also just was famous as Michael Jackson and sold out the most records after Whitney Houston proving that Michael Jackson was just as famous as the rest. Many of the top celebrities contribute most their earnings and concert money toward charities. Michael Jackson has done the same and visited children hospitals and sponsored many hospitals like other celebrities. His charity work was just as similar to other celebrities particularly singers. Celebrities are well known for drug issues and being greedy about money. They also do not take no for an answer. Many people have claimed that Michael Jackson was just like them as he took a lot of drugs, did not take no for answer, and always wanted money no matter what. People he was just an ordinary celebrity.
Although he might be seen as an average celebrity by some people, he was a legendary singer with the sweetest heart in the world. He stood out from all the singers because he was different from dancing, singing, to entertaining and helping many people who were in need. He was not like others because he donated a large amount of money, like no other celebrity, to many poor people and the African American. Jackson dedicated his life to the joy of children and inspired them to live their dream. He had the most incredible and supportive fans that no other celebrity experienced before. He has been a saviour to the African American community and raised millions of dollars with the song, We Are the World, and donated all the money to them. He visited many Medical Centres for leukaemia and other cancer research and donated a 19 bed unit to the hospital with his own money. He donated 1.5 million dollars from his Pepsi Commercial when he founded the Michael Jackson Burn Centre. Towards the end of his life, he setup the Michael Jackson United Negro College Fund for education for poor people who could not afford an education. He always knew the importance of education and accomplishing their dreams. He set up this outlet for young children to find a purpose in their lives with his own money. It is very rare that any celebrity would do this much for people in need. Most celebrities would spend the money for themselves or to small charities, but all his money and earnings went towards people who were in need. The amount of lives he has helped with those foundations and charity work, is something that sets him apart from others. His heart was like no other celebrity or human being and gave instead of gaining. Michael was extra ordinary when it came to his achievements. He sold close to 750 million copies of his album. Compared to modern day celebrity, Beyoncé has sold close to 150 million. Michael Jackson has surpassed great expectations. Even though he lived a short life, he has achieved the goals of a life time that no other person can achieve.
Looking back at all the things Michael has done for the world of entertainment and music, there is no doubt that he stands out from the other singers. He has helped so many people in need and personally visited sick people and even donated his hard earned money to them. Jackson has donated a lot towards education, hospitals, research centres for the happiness and health of people. There are no tabloids or articles that can make anyone forget all that he has done for people. Michael Jackson was not only a legend in music, but also became a legend in the hearts of people around the world. Even though, he is not this world with us, his charity work continues to help the poor and his music is still played to this day.
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