Michael Jackson Becomes The King of Pop

The Undisputed King

Despite all of Michael Jackson’s scandals and his increasingly bizarre behavior, few can question that Michael Jackson is truly the King of Pop. Over the course of his lifetime, Michael had a total of eighteen number one hits! Thus, in spite of media attention regarding Michael Jackson’s changing appearance, his alleged child molestation, and his feuds with his record labels, it is hard to challenge the legend of Michael Jackson King of Pop. Jackson’s solo pop career began in 1971. In 1982, Michael Jackson released Thriller, which would go on to become the best-selling album of all time. After Thriller, Michael went on to film an ad campaign for Pepsi, and he released the album Bad, which had many hits, including Bad, Diana, The Man in the Mirror, and The Way You Make Me Feel. Ultimately, Michael becomes the King of Pop when Elizabeth Taylor presented him with an “Artist of the Decade” award in 1989.

During the time around Michael Jackson’s death and the aftermath of his death, news outlets repeatedly called Michael Jackson the king of pop.

Even after Elizabeth Taylor dubbed Michael Jackson the King of Pop at the end of 80s, he kept making music that would cement his position at the top of the music industry. In 1991, he released the album Dangerous. Dangerous went on to sell seven million copies in the United States and thirty two million copies worldwide. One of its biggest hits was Black or White, which possibly hinted at Michael Jackson’s changing appearance. In addition, Michael performed at the half-time at the Super Bowl; 135 million Americans tuned in to watch his performance! His performance at the Grammy’s drew similarly high crowds.

In the late 1990s, Michael Jackson released a two disc CD called HIStory which emphasized his role as the King of Pop. One CD featured his greatest hits, and the other CD contained 15 new songs. The album debuted at number one, and it is the best-selling multiple-disc album of all time. Finally, in 2001, Michael released Invincible, which was his last CD before his death. The CD did well in spite of the fact that it was not heavily promoted because Michael had split with his record company, SONY.