interesting facts about Michael Jackson by anamaulida

      His crown may have slipped
somewhat in recent years, but there's still a lot of love for Jackson
around the world.

  Skin diseases, child molestation charges, baby dangling and cosmetic
surgery aside, there's a lot to celebrate about the man nicknamed Wacko
Jacko.      So here's a few facts, stats and figures about Jackson that
may have passed you by:      1. Jackson's Billie Jean was the first video
by a black artist to air on MTV.      2. Jackson owns the rights to the
South Carolina State Anthem South Carolina on My Mind, recorded by Hank
Martin and Buzz Arledge.      3. Jackson's waxwork features in five
Madame Tussauds museums across the world. Only Elvis Presley and Madonna
have more Tussaud figures - they have six each.      4. Jackson's total
lifetime earnings from royalties, solo recordings and music videos,
revenue from concerts and endorsements have been estimated at $500
million (#271 million).      5. Jackson has two stars on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame: one for radio play, located at 1541 Vine Street, and one
for recording at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.      6. Jackson received a
Presidential Humanitarian Award from Ronald Reagan in 1984 for his
support of charities helping people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
7. Michael Jackson is the seventh of nine children.      8. Jackson
fought fellow 50 year old Madonna on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch - he
lost.      9. Three of Jackson's albums - Bad, Dangerous and Thriller -
are among the bestsellers of all time.      10. Thriller remains the
biggest-selling album since records began.      11. Jackson has sold more
than 300 million records worldwide.      12. Jackson wears his trademark
black armband to remind fans of the suffering of children around the
world.      13. Jackson's favourite superhero is Morph from the X-Men.
14.Jackson picked up his iconic moonwalk moves, which he debuted at the
Motown 25th Anniversary show in 1983, from streetdancers he spotted
performing outside a hotel.      15. MC Hammer once challenged Jackson to
a dance-off. He was told to Beat It. Jackson reportedly responded, "I've
seen your videos and every single dance move you use, you got off of me."
16. Little Richard wanted Jackson to play him in a biopic.      17.
Bubbles the chimp and Ben the rat are two of Jackson's most famous pets,
but he also befriended a ram called Mr Tibbs, a python called Crusher and
Louie the llama.      18. An obsessed French Jackson superfan committed
suicide in 1984 after his mother refused to allow him to undergo surgery
to look like the star.      19. In 1984, a U.S. library accused Jackson
of owing it over $1 million in overdue book fines. Officials said they
would scrap the fines if he returned the books autographed.      20.
Jackson dedicated his 1997 Blood On The Dancefloor album to Sir Elton
John.      21. Jackson is a vegetarian.      22. Jackson was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Jackson 5 on May
6, 1997. He was inducted as a solo artist on March 19, 2001.       23.
Jackson once dated Brooke Shields and Tatum O'Neal.      24. Jackson has
several media nicknames. They include The Gloved One, Wacko Jacko, Jacko,
The King of Pop, and MJ. Close friends call him Smelly!      25.
Jackson's music video for Thriller was voted the greatest music video of
all time in a recent Channel 4 (UK) poll.      26. Jackson won an MTV
Movie Award for Best Movie Song in 1994 for his song Will You Be There
from the movie Free Willy.      27. The Scream music video Jackson made
with sister Janet is the most expensive promo ever made, costing more
than $7 million (#3.8 million).       28. Jackson's double album HIStory
is the biggest selling double album ever released in the U.S.        29.
Jackson's Blood on the Dance Floor is the biggest selling re-mix album of
all time.      30. Jackson really is a King in West Africa - he was given
a royal title by villagers in Gabon, Ivory Coast in 1992.       31.
Jackson's pre-concert ritual includes drinking Ricola candy dissolved in
hot water. He claims the beverage helps to keep his throat and his
singing voice clear.      32. Jackson owns the patent for a stage shoe
device that allows performers to lean forward and appear to defy gravity.
33. Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958. The town is planning a
tribute museum to the pop superstar.       34. Movie star Macauley Culkin
is godfather to Jackson's two eldest children, Paris and Prince Michael.
35. Culkin helped Jackson design the amusement park at his Neverland
Valley Ranch home in California.       36. Lisa Marie Presley's former
brother-in-law and his wife were the witnesses at her Dominican Republic
wedding to Jackson in 1994.       37. Jackson shares the record for the
most Grammy Awards won in one year with Carlos Santana and Norah Jones -
they each won eight.      38. Jackson co-wrote charity anthem We Are The
World with Lionel Richie.       39. Jackson is godfather to Nicole Richie,
Bee Gees star Barry Gibb's son Michael, and Oliver star Mark Lester's
kids.      40. Jackson and brother Tito were best men at Liza Minnelli
and David Gest's wedding.       41. Jackson's performance during the 1993
SuperBowl half-time show drew the largest TV audience in American
history.      42. The directors of Jackson's videos have included Martin
Scorsese, John Singleton and John Landis.       43. In 1999 Jackson paid
$1.5 (#810,000) for the 1939 Best Picture Oscar, which was presented to
producer David O. Selznick for Gone With The Wind.       44. Jackson
appeared on a postage stamp in the Virgin Islands in the mid-1980s after
locals voted him the superstar they'd most like to honour.       45. An
extensive 1997 survey declared Jackson was the Most Famous Person in the
World.      46. Jackson helped plan neighbour Gregory Peck's funeral.
47. Jackson once described close friend Elizabeth Taylor as "a warm
cuddly blanket that I love to snuggle up to and cover myself with."
48. Jackson provided a voiceover on The Simpsons - but it remained a
secret for 12 years. He voiced a character in a mental institution in the
Stark Raving Dad episode, which aired in 1991, but, because of a
contractual problem, Jackson had to be credited as John Jay Smith. His
contribution to the classic cartoon series remained a rumour among fans
until The Simpsons creator Matt Groening confirmed it really was Jackson
when the episode was released on DVD in 2003.       49. Jackson shares the
same birthday as U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who
turns 72 today. Other celebrities who share Jackson's birthday include
moviemakers Sir Richard Attenborough and William Friedkin, and actresses
Rebecca DeMornay and Carla Gugino.       50. Jackson's comeback plans have
been scuppered by a new online poll - 71 per cent of 59,000 people voting
on website answered `Not a chance' to the question 'Can the
King of Pop make a comeback?'             Michael's grandmother suggested
his name to his mother.       Michael is the seventh of nine children, and
the fifth son of 6 boys.       Joseph Jackson (Michael's father) performed
with a group called 'The Falcons'.       Michael's mother Katherine played
the clarinet, piano, and guitar when she was younger.        Gladys Knight
discovered The Jackson Five.              Michael gave his first public
appearance at the age of 5 singing 'Climb Every Mountain'.       The
Jackson 5's first paying gig was at a place called Mr. Lucky's. They were
paid US$ 1 each for their performance.       When Michael was younger, he
enjoyed hiding spiders in his sister LaToya's bed.       Tatum O'Neal was
Michael's first date.      Michael is very ticklish.
Michael's nickname is "Smelly"      Michael subscribes to Disney
Adventure.      Michael favorite Disneyland ride is 'Pirates of the
Caribbean'.      'Come Together' is one of Michael's favorite Beatles
song.      Michael's drawing of Mickey Mouse is included in a book called
'The Art of Mickey Mouse'.             On November 20, 1984, Michael
received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.       In 1987, Michael
embarked upon his first solo tour for his BAD LP.       When touring,
Michael loses about 10 pounds of water weight during his performances.
To help keep his voice clear, Michael would normally put 2 Ricola drops
in a cup of hot water and drink this.      In 1992, Michael was crowned
'King Sani' in a West African village in Gabon, Ivory Coast.

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