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Gas Engineer’s Large Collection of Ancient Rings May Fetch $130000 at UK Auction

Gas Engineer’s Large Collection of Ancient Rings May Fetch $130000 at UK Auction

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A stunning assemblage of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Viking, and medieval rings is going up for auction next week. They come from a remarkable ancient rings collection which was once owned by a Leicester gas engineer, who amassed his personal treasure during the 1950s and 1960s.

The rings’ seller may be in for a large windfall, especially if the rings manage to raise the estimated amount of between £80,000 and £100,000 (approximately $105 to $131k) at the auction. The event is to be held at Hansons, in Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire, UK on June 28.

Altogether, the collection includes 54 rings. One of the most interesting of which is a 4th-1st Century BC East Greek Hellenistic gold ring adorned with cabochon garnets. Alone, that ring has an estimated sale price of £3,500-£4,500 ($4,608-$5925).

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James Brenchley, of the auction house which will hold the sale, provided some more insight on the timeline of that particular ring, saying:

“This stunning piece of ancient craftsmanship portrays the beauty and elegance the Hellenistic period gave to the ancient world. This period is often referred to as the birthplace of western civilisation. It laid the platform for architecture, art and religious customs. This ring was crafted in the time after the death of Alexander the Great in the context of events such as the wars of the Diadochi, which ended in 275 BC, witnessing the fall of Argead and Antipatrid dynasties; the Cretan war between the Macedonians and alliance led by Rhodes in 221-179 BC and the Ptolemaic period in Egypt where Macedonian Greeks ruled Egypt.”

The East Greek Hellenistic gold ring. ( Hansons/www.pictoriapictures.com)

The rings are being auctioned by the grandson of the gas engineer, who died at the age of 93 in 2003. The grandson did not want himself or his grandfather named, but told the Leicester Mercury about how the collection was formed and why he is selling it:

“My grandfather was an engineer working for the Gas Board when they were first putting gas into houses. He worked all over the country. He was a quiet man and never said if any of the rings were found on site when they were working but I do know he bought many of them at auctions, some up north. After he died, we put the rings away for many years but now we’ve decided to sell them as we’d very much like other people to enjoy them. They are fascinating.”

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Some of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Viking, and medieval rings up for auction. ( Hansons/www.pictoriapictures.com)

Brenchley told the story of how the owner approached Hansons and the reaction he received upon showing the remarkable ring collection:

“The owner just popped down to one of our free valuation days at our saleroom and we couldn’t believe our eyes. The sheer quantity was incredible. These rings are between 2,200 and 1,800 years old and many are exceptional and extremely rare. Each one is unique and many demonstrate extraordinary craftsmanship. The Roman and Greek rings are particularly spectacular.”

Rings are often very personal and prized possessions, which makes me wonder about the sentimental value they may have held for their original owners so long ago. Perhaps some are examples of ancient Roman engagement or wedding rings ; which served both legal and loving purposes. Or maybe the collection includes some of the open-ended rings which Vikings proudly wore and traded in place of other forms of currency. There may even be rings that once adorned the fingers of powerful Greek warriors . The stories of these many rings are surely priceless.

Roman Key wedding ring. This ring was made of iron and worn by the wife. (Rama/ CC BY SA 2.0 fr )

    10 Underestimated Items that Turned Out to Be Worth a Fortune

    A postcard-sized painting that was bought as part of a job lot for $46 (£30) at an auction and left hidden away in a drawer for a decade has been identified as a work by John Constable worth more than $390,000 (£250,000).

    Robin Darvell bought a cardboard box full of items, including the small artwork -- which depicts a rural scene of trees, a bright blue sky, and a meadow -- at a sale in Canterbury, southern England more than 10 years ago. Only a faint signature on the back of its gold frame hinted at its origin. But when Darvell passed the painting on to his son Robert, Darvell junior decided to look into the painting's story and find out who painted it.

    Robert Darvell, 45, the director of a film marketing company, contacted fakes and forgeries expert Curtis Dowling from the American TV show Treasure Detectives, who embarked on a year-long journey, analyzing the paint, canvas, and signature to help solve the mystery.

    Darvell and Dowling believe that Constable painted the work as a gift for his father-in-law. It is thought that it has never been on public display before.

    In 2012, the Constable painting "The Lock" became one of the most expensive British paintings ever sold, fetching £22.4m ($34.8 million) at an auction at Christie's in London.

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    55 Things in Your Attic That May Be Worth a Lot of Money

    Don't throw away those boxes! You might be sitting on a gold mine.

    We get it&mdashyou're stuck at home with a lot of extra time on your hands. You've looked up how to clean blinds and how to paint a room&mdashand then actually did the work! You've even resorted to Googling "What to do when you're bored." So now it's time to consider tackling the long-neglected task of cleaning out the attic or storage room. We all have that stash of boxes, you know the "priceless family heirlooms" that Grandma gave you ages ago. They're those boxes that haven't unpacked in several moves and too many years to count. While there is nothing more satisfying than dropping a pile of forgotten goods at the donation center (you know what they say about one man's trash. ), it might be worth taking a gander through your hoards of stuff to make sure you're not sitting on a treasure trove. Through the years, items can appreciate in value more than you think. So before you toss or donate anything, take a look at this list of 55 items that are worth a lot of money today and may just be hiding in plain sight in your storage. Who knows? Even those garage sale items you bought for a dollar could be worth a fortune now!

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    What it's worth: $200 to $10,000

    Video game consoles from the 1980s are nabbing big dollars, especially when they&rsquore unused and/or a rare edition. The Nintendo PlayStation prototype shown here sold at auction in March 2020 for a whopping $360K. Individual video games&mdashwhile available at every price point&mdashcan bring more than $20,000.

    What it's worth: $20 to $360,000

    Julia Child is one of America's favorite chefs, and her first cookbook swept the nation when it was published in 1961. If you've hung onto an original copy, you may be in the market for more than just a satisfied appetite&mdasha first edition in good condition with the original jacket is rare and earns top dollar on Ebay and other online auctions sites.

    What it's worth: $2,000 and up

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    What it's worth: $50 to priceless

    Post WWII, Americans were in a celebratory mood, and at-home entertaining (especially cocktail parties) was all the rage. Important to the affair was the offering of the appropriate graphic and colorful barware&mdashwith just the right dose of gold glitz&mdashby well-known glassware companies such as Libbey, Federal Glass, Hazel-Atlas, and Culver. As the craze for retro cocktails has grown, so has love for the accompanying accoutrements. But you don&rsquot have to wait for a party to enjoy them. These modern pieces make a fun addition to your everyday table.

    What it's worth: $15 to $1,500

    Lately, Country Living's style editors have been coveting monochromatic vintage coverlets like the pretty pieced quilt shown here. Their back-to-basics patterns (typically a single color mixed with white) were popular in the 1930s and &rsquo40s and are reminiscent of early quilters&rsquo designs, when color and fabric options were limited.

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    What it's worth: $100 to $10,000

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    What it's worth: $25 to $1,000

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    What it's worth: up to $4,000

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    What it's worth: up to $800

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    What it's worth: Up to $4,000

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    In its most basic form, the slide rule uses two logarithmic scales to allow rapid multiplication and division of numbers. These common operations can be time-consuming and error-prone when done on paper. More elaborate slide rules allow other calculations, such as square roots, exponentials, logarithms, and trigonometric functions.

    Scales may be grouped in decades, which are numbers ranging from 1 to 10 (i.e. 10 n to 10 n+1 ). Thus single decade scales C and D range from 1 to 10 across the entire width of the slide rule while double decade scales A and B range from 1 to 100 over the width of the slide rule.

    In general, mathematical calculations are performed by aligning a mark on the sliding central strip with a mark on one of the fixed strips, and then observing the relative positions of other marks on the strips. Numbers aligned with the marks give the approximate value of the product, quotient, or other calculated result.

    The user determines the location of the decimal point in the result, based on mental estimation. Scientific notation is used to track the decimal point in more formal calculations. Addition and subtraction steps in a calculation are generally done mentally or on paper, not on the slide rule.

    Most slide rules consist of three parts:

    • Frame or Base, two linear strips of the same length held parallel with a gap between.
    • Slide, a center strip interlocked with the frame that can move lengthwise relative to the frame.
    • Runner or Glass, an exterior sliding piece with a hairline.

    Some slide rules ("duplex" models) have scales on both sides of the rule and slide strip, others on one side of the outer strips and both sides of the slide strip (which can usually be pulled out, flipped over and reinserted for convenience), still others on one side only ("simplex" rules). A sliding cursor with a vertical alignment line is used to find corresponding points on scales that are not adjacent to each other or, in duplex models, are on the other side of the rule. The cursor can also record an intermediate result on any of the scales.

    Multiplication Edit

    Operations may go "off the scale" for example, the diagram above shows that the slide rule has not positioned the 7 on the upper scale above any number on the lower scale, so it does not give any answer for 2×7. In such cases, the user may slide the upper scale to the left until its right index aligns with the 2, effectively dividing by 10 (by subtracting the full length of the C-scale) and then multiplying by 7, as in the illustration below:

    Here the user of the slide rule must remember to adjust the decimal point appropriately to correct the final answer. We wanted to find 2×7, but instead we calculated (2/10)×7=0.2×7=1.4. So the true answer is not 1.4 but 14. Resetting the slide is not the only way to handle multiplications that would result in off-scale results, such as 2×7 some other methods are:

    1. Use the double-decade scales A and B.
    2. Use the folded scales. In this example, set the left 1 of C opposite the 2 of D. Move the cursor to 7 on CF, and read the result from DF.
    3. Use the CI inverted scale. Position the 7 on the CI scale above the 2 on the D scale, and then read the result off of the D scale below the 1 on the CI scale. Since 1 occurs in two places on the CI scale, one of them will always be on-scale.
    4. Use both the CI inverted scale and the C scale. Line up the 2 of CI with the 1 of D, and read the result from D, below the 7 on the C scale.
    5. Using a circular slide rule.

    Method 1 is easy to understand, but entails a loss of precision. Method 3 has the advantage that it only involves two scales.

    Division Edit

    The illustration below demonstrates the computation of 5.5/2. The 2 on the top scale is placed over the 5.5 on the bottom scale. The 1 on the top scale lies above the quotient, 2.75. There is more than one method for doing division, but the method presented here has the advantage that the final result cannot be off-scale, because one has a choice of using the 1 at either end.

    Other operations Edit

    In addition to the logarithmic scales, some slide rules have other mathematical functions encoded on other auxiliary scales. The most popular are trigonometric, usually sine and tangent, common logarithm (log 10 ) (for taking the log of a value on a multiplier scale), natural logarithm (ln) and exponential (e x ) scales. Some rules include a Pythagorean ("P") scale, to figure sides of triangles, and a scale to figure circles. Others feature scales for calculating hyperbolic functions. On linear rules, the scales and their labeling are highly standardized, with variation usually occurring only in terms of which scales are included and in what order:

    A, B two-decade logarithmic scales, two sections each of which is half the length of the C and D scales, used for finding square roots and squares of numbers
    C, D single-decade logarithmic scales, single sections of the same length, used together for multiplication and division, and generally one of them is combined with another scale for other calculations
    K three-decade logarithmic scale, three sections each of which is one third the length of the C and D scales, used for finding cube roots and cubes of numbers
    CF, DF "folded" versions of the C and D scales that start from π rather than from unity these are convenient in two cases. First when the user guesses a product will be close to 10 but is not sure whether it will be slightly less or slightly more than 10, the folded scales avoid the possibility of going off the scale. Second, by making the start π rather than the square root of 10, multiplying or dividing by π (as is common in science and engineering formulas) is simplified.
    CI, DI, CIF, DIF "inverted" scales, running from right to left, used to simplify 1/x steps
    S used for finding sines and cosines on the C (or D) scale
    T, T1, T2 used for finding tangents and cotangents on the C and CI (or D and DI) scales
    ST, SRT used for sines and tangents of small angles and degree–radian conversion
    Sh, Sh1, Sh2 used for finding hyperbolic sines on the C (or D) scale
    Ch used for finding hyperbolic cosines on the C (or D) scale
    Th used for finding hyperbolic tangents on the C (or D) scale
    L a linear scale, used along with the C and D scales for finding base-10 logarithms and powers of 10
    LLn a set of log-log scales, used for finding logarithms and exponentials of numbers
    Ln a linear scale, used along with the C and D scales for finding natural (base e) logarithms and e x >
    The scales on the front and back of a Keuffel and Esser (K&E) 4081-3 slide rule

    The Binary Slide Rule manufactured by Gilson in 1931 performed an addition and subtraction function limited to fractions. [9]

    Roots and powers Edit

    To extract a cube root using a slide rule with only C/D and A/B scales, align 1 on the B cursor with the base number on the A scale (taking care as always to distinguish between the lower and upper halves of the A scale). Slide the slide until the number on the D scale which is against 1 on the C cursor is the same as the number on the B cursor which is against the base number on the A scale. (Examples: A 8, B 2, C 1, D 2 A 27, B 3, C 1, D 3.)

    Roots of Quadratic Equations Edit

    Trigonometry Edit

    The S, T, and ST scales are used for trig functions and multiples of trig functions, for angles in degrees.

    For angles from around 5.7 up to 90 degrees, sines are found by comparing the S scale with C (or D) scale. (On many closed-body rules the S scale relates to the A and B scales instead and covers angles from around 0.57 up to 90 degrees what follows must be adjusted appropriately.) The S scale has a second set of angles (sometimes in a different color), which run in the opposite direction, and are used for cosines. Tangents are found by comparing the T scale with the C (or D) scale for angles less than 45 degrees. For angles greater than 45 degrees the CI scale is used. Common forms such as k sin ⁡ x can be read directly from x on the S scale to the result on the D scale, when the C-scale index is set at k. For angles below 5.7 degrees, sines, tangents, and radians are approximately equal, and are found on the ST or SRT (sines, radians, and tangents) scale, or simply divided by 57.3 degrees/radian. Inverse trigonometric functions are found by reversing the process.

    Many slide rules have S, T, and ST scales marked with degrees and minutes (e.g. some Keuffel and Esser models (Doric duplex 5" models, for example), late-model Teledyne-Post Mannheim-type rules). So-called decitrig models use decimal fractions of degrees instead.

    Logarithms and exponentials Edit

    Base-10 logarithms and exponentials are found using the L scale, which is linear. Some slide rules have a Ln scale, which is for base e. Logarithms to any other base can be calculated by reversing the procedure for calculating powers of a number. For example, log2 values can be determined by lining up either leftmost or rightmost 1 on the C scale with 2 on the LL2 scale, finding the number whose logarithm is to be calculated on the corresponding LL scale, and reading the log2 value on the C scale.

    Addition and subtraction Edit

    Slide rules are not typically used for addition and subtraction, but it is nevertheless possible to do so using two different techniques. [10]

    The first method to perform addition and subtraction on the C and D (or any comparable scales) requires converting the problem into one of division. For addition, the quotient of the two variables plus one times the divisor equals their sum:

    For subtraction, the quotient of the two variables minus one times the divisor equals their difference:

    This method is similar to the addition/subtraction technique used for high-speed electronic circuits with the logarithmic number system in specialized computer applications like the Gravity Pipe (GRAPE) supercomputer and hidden Markov models.

    The second method utilizes a sliding linear L scale available on some models. Addition and subtraction are performed by sliding the cursor left (for subtraction) or right (for addition) then returning the slide to 0 to read the result.

    Generalizations Edit

    Using (almost) any strictly monotonic scales, other calculations can also be made with one movement. [11] [12] For example, reciprocal scales can be used for the equality 1 x + 1 y = 1 z >+>=>> (calculating parallel resistances, harmonic mean, etc.), and quadratic scales can be used to solve x 2 + y 2 = z 2 +y^<2>=z^<2>> .

    Standard linear rules Edit

    The width of the slide rule is quoted in terms of the nominal width of the scales. Scales on the most common "10-inch" models are actually 25 cm, as they were made to metric standards, though some rules offer slightly extended scales to simplify manipulation when a result overflows. Pocket rules are typically 5 inches. Models a couple of metres wide were made to be hung in classrooms for teaching purposes. [13]

    Typically the divisions mark a scale to a precision of two significant figures, and the user estimates the third figure. Some high-end slide rules have magnifier cursors that make the markings easier to see. Such cursors can effectively double the accuracy of readings, permitting a 10-inch slide rule to serve as well as a 20-inch model.

    Various other conveniences have been developed. Trigonometric scales are sometimes dual-labeled, in black and red, with complementary angles, the so-called "Darmstadt" style. Duplex slide rules often duplicate some of the scales on the back. Scales are often "split" to get higher accuracy. [ further explanation needed ]

    Circular slide rules Edit

    Circular slide rules come in two basic types, one with two cursors, and another with a free dish and one cursor. The dual cursor versions perform multiplication and division by holding a fast angle between the cursors as they are rotated around the dial. The onefold cursor version operates more like the standard slide rule through the appropriate alignment of the scales.

    The basic advantage of a circular slide rule is that the widest dimension of the tool was reduced by a factor of about 3 (i.e. by π). For example, a 10 cm circular would have a maximum precision approximately equal to a 31.4 cm ordinary slide rule. Circular slide rules also eliminate "off-scale" calculations, because the scales were designed to "wrap around" they never have to be reoriented when results are near 1.0—the rule is always on scale. However, for non-cyclical non-spiral scales such as S, T, and LL's, the scale width is narrowed to make room for end margins. [14]

    Circular slide rules are mechanically more rugged and smoother-moving, but their scale alignment precision is sensitive to the centering of a central pivot a minute 0.1 mm off-centre of the pivot can result in a 0.2 mm worst case alignment error. The pivot, however, does prevent scratching of the face and cursors. The highest accuracy scales are placed on the outer rings. Rather than "split" scales, high-end circular rules use spiral scales for more complex operations like log-of-log scales. One eight-inch premium circular rule had a 50-inch spiral log-log scale. Around 1970, an inexpensive model from B. C. Boykin (Model 510) featured 20 scales, including 50-inch C-D (multiplication) and log scales. The RotaRule featured a friction brake for the cursor.

    The main disadvantages of circular slide rules are the difficulty in locating figures along a dish, and limited number of scales. Another drawback of circular slide rules is that less-important scales are closer to the center, and have lower precisions. Most students learned slide rule use on the linear slide rules, and did not find reason to switch.

    One slide rule remaining in daily use around the world is the E6B. This is a circular slide rule first created in the 1930s for aircraft pilots to help with dead reckoning. With the aid of scales printed on the frame it also helps with such miscellaneous tasks as converting time, distance, speed, and temperature values, compass errors, and calculating fuel use. The so-called "prayer wheel" is still available in flight shops, and remains widely used. While GPS has reduced the use of dead reckoning for aerial navigation, and handheld calculators have taken over many of its functions, the E6B remains widely used as a primary or backup device and the majority of flight schools demand that their students have some degree of proficiency in its use.

    Proportion wheels are simple circular slide rules used in graphic design to calculate aspect ratios. Lining up the original and desired size values on the inner and outer wheels will display their ratio as a percentage in a small window. They are not as common since the advent of computerized layout, but are still made and used. [ citation needed ]

    In 1952, Swiss watch company Breitling introduced a pilot's wristwatch with an integrated circular slide rule specialized for flight calculations: the Breitling Navitimer. The Navitimer circular rule, referred to by Breitling as a "navigation computer", featured airspeed, rate/time of climb/descent, flight time, distance, and fuel consumption functions, as well as kilometer—nautical mile and gallon—liter fuel amount conversion functions.

    A simple circular slide rule, made by Concise Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, with only inverse, square, and cubic scales. On the reverse is a handy list of 38 metric/imperial conversion factors.


    1958–1975: Early life and the Jackson 5

    Michael Joseph Jackson [7] [8] was born in Gary, Indiana, near Chicago, on August 29, 1958. [9] [10] He was the eighth of ten children in the Jackson family, a working-class African-American family living in a two-bedroom house on Jackson Street. [11] [12] His mother, Katherine Esther Jackson (née Scruse), played clarinet and piano, had aspired to be a country-and-western performer, and worked part-time at Sears. [13] She was a Jehovah's Witness. [14] His father, Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, a former boxer, was a crane operator at U.S. Steel and played guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons, to supplement the family's income. [15] [16] Joe's great-grandfather, July "Jack" Gale, was a US Army scout family lore held that he was also a Native American medicine man. [17] Michael grew up with three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy). [15] A sixth brother, Marlon's twin Brandon, died shortly after birth. [18]

    In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by their father which included Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine. [19] [20] Michael said his father told him he had a "fat nose", [21] and physically and emotionally abused him during rehearsals. He recalled that Joe often sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed, ready to punish any mistakes. [14] [22] Joe acknowledged that he regularly whipped Michael. [23] Katherine said that although whipping came to be considered abuse, it was a common way to discipline children when Michael was growing up. [24] [25] Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon denied that their father was abusive and said that the whippings, which were harder on Michael because he was younger, kept them disciplined and out of trouble. [26] Jackson said his youth was lonely and isolated. [27] In 2018, Jackson's physician Conrad Murray said that Joe had chemically castrated Michael and forced him to undergo hormone treatment as a child to stop his voice changing. [28]

    Later in 1964, Michael began sharing lead vocals with Jermaine, and the group's name was changed to the Jackson 5. [29] In 1965, the group won a talent show Michael performed the dance to Robert Parker's 1965 song "Barefootin'" and sang the Temptations' "My Girl". [30] From 1966 to 1968, the Jacksons 5 toured the Midwest they frequently played at a string of black clubs known as the Chitlin' Circuit as the opening act for artists such as Sam & Dave, the O'Jays, Gladys Knight, and Etta James. The Jackson 5 also performed at clubs and cocktail lounges, where striptease shows were featured, and at local auditoriums and high school dances. [31] [32] In August 1967, while touring the East Coast, they won a weekly amateur night concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. [33]

    The Jackson 5 recorded several songs for a Gary record label, Steeltown Records their first single, "Big Boy", was released in 1968. [35] Bobby Taylor of Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers brought the Jackson 5 to Motown after they opened for Taylor at Chicago's Regal Theater in 1968. Taylor produced some of their early Motown recordings, including a version of "Who's Lovin' You". [36] After signing with Motown, the Jackson family relocated to Los Angeles. [37] In 1969, Motown executives decided Diana Ross should introduce the Jackson 5 to the public—partly to bolster her career in television—sending off what was considered Motown's last product of its "production line". [38] The Jackson 5 made their first television appearance in 1969 in the Miss Black America pageant, performing a cover of "It's Your Thing". [39] Rolling Stone later described the young Michael as "a prodigy" with "overwhelming musical gifts" who "quickly emerged as the main draw and lead singer". [40]

    In January 1970, "I Want You Back" became the first Jackson 5 song to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 it stayed there for four weeks. Three more singles with Motown topped the chart: "ABC", "The Love You Save", and "I'll Be There". [41] In May 1971, the Jackson family moved into a large house on a two-acre estate in Encino, California. [42] During this period, Michael developed from a child performer into a teen idol. [43] Between 1972 and 1975, he released four solo studio albums with Motown: Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973), and Forever, Michael (1975). [44] "Got to Be There" and "Ben", the title tracks from his first two solo albums, sold well as singles, as did a cover of Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin". [45]

    Michael maintained ties to the Jackson 5. [44] The Jackson 5 were later described as "a cutting-edge example of black crossover artists". [46] They were frustrated by Motown's refusal to allow them creative input. [47] Jackson's performance of their top five single "Dancing Machine" on Soul Train popularized the robot dance. [48]

    1975–1981: Move to Epic and Off the Wall

    In 1975, the Jackson 5 left Motown. They signed with Epic Records, a subsidiary of CBS Records, [49] and renamed themselves the Jacksons. Their younger brother Randy joined the band around this time Jermaine stayed with Motown and pursued a solo career. [50] The Jacksons continued to tour internationally, and released six more albums between 1976 and 1984. Michael, the group's main songwriter during this time, wrote songs such as "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (1978), "This Place Hotel" (1980), and "Can You Feel It" (1980). [51]

    In 1978, Jackson moved to New York City to star as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, a musical directed by Sidney Lumet. It costarred Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross. [52] The film was a box-office failure. [53] Its score was arranged by Quincy Jones, [54] who later produced three of Jackson's solo albums. [55] During his time in New York, Jackson frequented the Studio 54 nightclub, where he heard early hip hop this influenced his beatboxing on future tracks such as "Working Day and Night". [56] In 1979, Jackson broke his nose during a dance routine. A rhinoplasty led to breathing difficulties that later affected his career. He was referred to Steven Hoefflin, who performed Jackson's subsequent operations. [57]

    Jackson's fifth solo album, Off the Wall (1979), established him as a solo performer and helped him move from the bubblegum pop of his youth to more complex sounds. [43] It produced four top 10 entries in the US: "Off the Wall", "She's Out of My Life", and the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You". [58] The album reached number three on the US Billboard 200 and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. [59] In 1980, Jackson won three American Music Awards for his solo work: Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". [60] [61] He also won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for 1979 with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". [62] In 1981, Jackson was the American Music Awards winner for Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. [63] Jackson felt Off the Wall should have made a bigger impact, and was determined to exceed expectations with his next release. [64] In 1980, he secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry: 37 percent of wholesale album profit. [65]

    1982–1983: Thriller and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

    Jackson recorded with Queen singer Freddie Mercury from 1981 to 1983, recording demos of "State of Shock", "Victory" and "There Must Be More to Life Than This". The recordings were intended for an album of duets but, according to Queen's manager Jim Beach, the relationship soured when Jackson brought a llama into the recording studio, [67] and Jackson was upset by Mercury's drug use. [68] The songs were released in 2014. [69] Jackson went on to record "State of Shock" with Mick Jagger for the Jacksons' album Victory (1984). [70] In 1982, Jackson contributed "Someone in the Dark" to the audiobook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Jackson's sixth album, Thriller, was released in late 1982. It was the best-selling album worldwide in 1983, [71] [72] and became the best-selling album of all time in the US [73] and the best-selling album of all time worldwide, selling an estimated 66 million copies. [74] It topped the Billboard 200 chart for 37 weeks and was in the top 10 of the 200 for 80 consecutive weeks. It was the first album to produce seven Billboard Hot 100 top-10 singles, including "Billie Jean", "Beat It", and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". [75]

    On March 25, 1983, Jackson reunited with his brothers for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, an NBC television special. The show aired on May 16 to an estimated audience of 47 million , and featured the Jacksons and other Motown stars. [76] Jackson's solo performance of "Billie Jean" earned him his first Emmy Award nomination. [77] Wearing a glove decorated with rhinestones, [78] he debuted his moonwalk dance, which Jeffrey Daniel had taught him three years earlier, and it became his signature dance in his repertoire. [79] Jackson had originally turned down the invitation to the show, believing he had been doing too much television. But at the request of Motown founder Berry Gordy, he performed in exchange for an opportunity to do a solo performance. [80] Rolling Stone reporter Mikal Gilmore called the performance "extraordinary". [43] Jackson's performance drew comparisons to Elvis Presley's and the Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. [81] Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times praised the perfect timing and technique involved in the dance. [82] Gordy described being "mesmerized" by the performance. [83]

    At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards, Thriller won eight awards, and Jackson won an award for the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial storybook. Winning eight Grammys in one ceremony is a record he holds with the band Santana. [62] Jackson and Quincy Jones won the award for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical). Thriller won Album of the Year (with Jackson as the album's artist and Jones as its co-producer), and the single won Best Pop Vocal Performance (Male) award for Jackson. "Beat It" won Record of the Year and Best Rock Vocal Performance (Male). "Billie Jean" won two Grammy awards: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance (Male), with Jackson as songwriter and singer respectively. [62] Thriller won the Grammy for Best Engineered Recording (Non Classical), acknowledging Bruce Swedien for his work on the album. [84] At the 11th Annual American Music Awards, Jackson won another eight awards and became the youngest artist to win the Award of Merit. [85] He also won Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Artist. "Beat It" won Favorite Soul/R&B Video, Favorite Pop/Rock Video and Favorite Pop/Rock Single. The album collectively won Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. [85] [86]

    Jackson had the highest royalty rate in the music industry at that point, with about $2 for every album sold (equivalent to $5 in 2020), and was making record-breaking profits. Dolls modeled after Jackson appeared in stores in May 1984 for $12 each. [87] In the same year, The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, a music documentary, won a Grammy for Best Music Video (Longform). [62] Time described Jackson's influence at that point as "star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too." [87] The New York Times wrote "in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else." [88]

    On May 14, 1984, President Ronald Reagan gave Jackson an award recognizing his support of alcohol and drug abuse charities, [89] and in recognition of his support for the Ad Council's and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. Jackson allowed the campaign to use "Beat It" for its public service announcements. [90]

    1984–1985: Pepsi, "We Are the World", and business career

    In November 1983, Jackson and his brothers partnered with PepsiCo in a $5 million promotional deal that broke records for a celebrity endorsement (equivalent to $12,991,981 in 2020). The first Pepsi campaign, which ran in the US from 1983 to 1984 and launched its "New Generation" theme, included tour sponsorship, public relations events, and in-store displays. Jackson helped to create the advertisement, and suggested using his song "Billie Jean", with revised lyrics, as its jingle. [91]

    On January 27, 1984, Michael and other members of the Jacksons filmed a Pepsi commercial overseen by Phil Dusenberry, [92] a BBDO ad agency executive, and Alan Pottasch, Pepsi's Worldwide Creative Director, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. During a simulated concert before a full house of fans, pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson's hair on fire, causing second-degree burns to his scalp. Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars and had his third rhinoplasty shortly thereafter. [57] Pepsi settled out of court, and Jackson donated the $1.5 million settlement to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California its now closed Michael Jackson Burn Center was named in his honor. [93] [94] Jackson signed a second agreement with Pepsi in the late 1980s for $10 million. The second campaign covered 20 countries and provided financial support for Jackson's Bad album and 1987–88 world tour. Jackson had endorsements and advertising deals with other companies, such as LA Gear, Suzuki, and Sony, but none were as significant as his deals with Pepsi. [91]

    The Victory Tour of 1984 headlined the Jacksons and showcased Jackson's new solo material to more than two million Americans. It was the last tour he did with his brothers. [95] Following controversy over the concert's ticket sales, Jackson donated his share of the proceeds, an estimated $3 to 5 million , to charity. [96] During the last concert of the Victory Tour at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Jackson announced his split from The Jacksons during "Shake Your Body". [97] His charitable work continued with the release of "We Are the World" (1985), co-written with Lionel Richie, [98] which raised money for the poor in the US and Africa. [99] It earned $63 million (equivalent to $151,593,750 in 2020), [99] and became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with 20 million copies sold. [100] It won four Grammy Awards in 1985, including Song of the Year for Jackson and Richie as its writers. [98] The project's creators received two special American Music Awards honors: one for the creation of the song and another for the USA for Africa idea. Jackson, Jones, and promoter Ken Kragen received special awards for their roles in the song's creation. [98] [101] [102] [103]

    Jackson collaborated with Paul McCartney in the early 1980s, and learned that McCartney was making $40 million a year from owning the rights to other artists' songs. [99] By 1983, Jackson had begun buying publishing rights to others' songs, but he was careful with his acquisitions, only bidding on a few of the dozens that were offered to him. Jackson's early acquisitions of music catalogs and song copyrights such as the Sly Stone collection included "Everyday People" (1968), Len Barry's "1–2–3" (1965), and Dion DiMucci's "The Wanderer" (1961) and "Runaround Sue" (1961).

    In 1984, Robert Holmes à Court announced he was selling the ATV Music Publishing catalog comprising the publishing rights to nearly 4000 songs, including most of the Beatles' material. [104] In 1981, McCartney had been offered the catalog for £20 million ($40 million). [99] [105] Jackson submitted a bid of $46 million on November 20, 1984. [104] When Jackson and McCartney were unable to make a joint purchase, McCartney did not want to be the sole owner of the Beatles' songs, and did not pursue an offer on his own. [106] [105] Jackson's agents were unable to come to a deal, and in May 1985 left talks after having spent more than $1 million and four months of due diligence work on the negotiations. [104] In June 1985, Jackson and Branca learned that Charles Koppelman's and Marty Bandier's The Entertainment Company had made a tentative offer to buy ATV Music for $50 million in early August, Holmes à Court contacted Jackson and talks resumed. Jackson's increased bid of $47.5 million (equivalent to $114,296,875 in 2020) was accepted because he could close the deal more quickly, having already completed due diligence. [104] Jackson agreed to visit Holmes à Court in Australia, where he would appear on the Channel Seven Perth Telethon. [107] Jackson's purchase of ATV Music was finalized on August 10, 1985. [99] [104]

    1986–1987: Changing appearance, tabloids, and films

    Jackson's skin had been medium-brown during his youth, but from the mid-1980s gradually grew paler. The change drew widespread media coverage, including speculation that he had been bleaching his skin. [108] [109] [110] Jackson's dermatologist, Arnold Klein, said he observed in 1983 that Jackson had vitiligo, [111] a condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment, and sensitivity to sunlight. He also identified discoid lupus erythematosus in Jackson. He diagnosed Jackson with lupus that year, [111] and with vitiligo in 1986. [112] Vitiligo's drastic effects on the body can cause psychological distress. Jackson used fair-colored makeup, [113] and possibly skin-bleaching prescription creams, [114] to cover up the uneven blotches of color caused by the illness. The creams would have further lightened his skin, and, with the application of makeup, he could appear very pale. [115] Jackson said he had not purposely bleached his skin and could not control his vitiligo, adding, "When people make up stories that I don't want to be who I am, it hurts me." [116] He became friends with Klein and Klein's assistant, Debbie Rowe. Rowe later became Jackson's second wife and the mother of his first two children. [117]

    In his 1988 autobiography and a 1993 interview, Jackson said he had had two rhinoplasty surgeries and a cleft chin surgery but no more than that. He said he lost weight in the early 1980s because of a change in diet to achieve a dancer's body. [118] Witnesses reported that he was often dizzy, and speculated he was suffering from anorexia nervosa. Periods of weight loss became a recurring problem later in his life. [119] After his death, Jackson's mother said that he first turned to cosmetic procedures to remedy his vitiligo, because he did not want to look like a "spotted cow". She said he had received more than the two cosmetic surgeries he claimed and speculated that he had become addicted to them. [120]

    In 1986, tabloids reported that Jackson slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow aging, and pictured him lying in a glass box. The claim was untrue, and tabloids reported that he spread the story himself. [121] They also reported that Jackson took female hormone shots to keep his voice high and facial hair wispy, proposed to Elizabeth Taylor and possibly had a shrine of her, and had cosmetic surgery on his eyes. Jackson's manager Frank DiLeo denied all of them, except for Jackson having a chamber. DiLeo added "I don't know if he sleeps in it. I'm not for it. But Michael thinks it's something that's probably healthy for him. He's a bit of a health fanatic." [122]

    When Jackson took his pet chimpanzee Bubbles to tour in Japan, the media portrayed Jackson as an aspiring Disney cartoon character who befriended animals. [123] It was also reported that Jackson had offered to buy the bones of Joseph Merrick (the "Elephant Man"). [124] In June 1987, the Chicago Tribune reported Jackson's publicist bidding $1 million for the skeleton to the London Hospital Medical College on his behalf. The college maintained the skeleton was not for sale. DiLeo said Jackson had an "absorbing interest" in Merrick, "purely based on his awareness of the ethical, medical and historical significance." [125]

    These tabloid stories inspired the name "Wacko Jacko," which Jackson came to despise. [8] [126] According to music journalist Joseph Vogel, the demeaning name first appeared in British tabloid The Sun in 1985. The name's origins come from Jacko Macacco, the name of a famous monkey used in monkey-baiting matches at the Westminster Pit in the early 1820s. "Jacko" was subsequently used in Cockney slang to refer to monkeys in general, hence a racist connotation behind the name. [127]

    In 1987, Rolling Stone described Jackson as "the flighty-genius star-child, a celebrity virtually all his life, who dwells in a fairy-tale kingdom of fellow celebrities, animals, mannequins and cartoons, who provides endless fodder for the tabloids. But it’s the same child in Michael who inspires the artistry that fuels all the subsidiary industries, who turns his primal fears and fantasies into wondrous, hyperkinetic and emotional music." [123]

    Jackson worked with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola on the 17-minute $30 million 3D film Captain EO, which ran from 1986 at Disneyland and Epcot, and later at Tokyo Disneyland and Euro Disneyland. [128] After having been removed in the late 1990s, it returned to the theme park for several years after Jackson's death. [129] In 1987, Jackson disassociated himself from the Jehovah's Witnesses. [130] Katherine Jackson said this might have been because some Witnesses strongly opposed the Thriller video. [131] Michael had denounced it in a Witness publication in 1984. [132]

    1987–1990: Bad, autobiography, and Neverland

    Jackson's first album in five years, Bad (1987), was highly anticipated, with the industry expecting another major success. [133] It became the first album to produce five US number-one singles: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", and "Dirty Diana". Another song, "Smooth Criminal", peaked at number seven. [58] Bad won the 1988 Grammy for Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical and the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form for "Leave Me Alone". [62] [84] Jackson won an Award of Achievement at the American Music Awards in 1989 after Bad generated five number-one singles, became the first album to top the charts in 25 countries and the best-selling album worldwide in 1987 and 1988. [134] [135] By 2012, it had sold between 30 and 45 million copies worldwide. [136] [137]

    The Bad world tour ran from September 12, 1987, to January 14, 1989. [138] In Japan, the tour had 14 sellouts and drew 570,000 people, nearly tripling the previous record for a single tour. [139] The 504,000 people who attended seven sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium set a new Guinness World Record. [140]

    In 1988, Jackson released his autobiography, Moonwalk, with input from Stephen Davis and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. [141] It sold 200,000 copies, [142] and reached the top of the New York Times bestsellers list. [143] Jackson discussed his childhood, the Jackson 5, and the abuse from his father. [144] He attributed his changing facial appearance to three plastic surgeries, puberty, weight loss, a strict vegetarian diet, a change in hairstyle, and stage lighting. [145] [118] In October, Jackson released a film, Moonwalker, which featured live footage and short films starring Jackson and Joe Pesci. In the US it was released direct-to-video and became the best-selling video cassette. [146] [147] The RIAA certified it as Platinum. [148]

    In March 1988, Jackson purchased 2,700 acres (11 km 2 ) of land near Santa Ynez, California, to build a new home, Neverland Ranch, at a cost of $17 million (equivalent to $37,200,056 in 2020). [149] He installed a Ferris wheel, a carousel, a movie theater and a zoo. [149] [150] [151] A security staff of 40 patrolled the grounds. [150] Shortly afterwards, he appeared in the first Western television advertisement in the Soviet Union. [152]

    Jackson became known as the "King of Pop", a nickname that Jackson's publicists embraced. [22] [153] [154] When Elizabeth Taylor presented him with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989, she called him "the true king of pop, rock and soul." [155] President George H. W. Bush designated him the White House's "Artist of the Decade". [156] From 1985 to 1990, Jackson donated $455,000 to the United Negro College Fund, [157] and all profits from his single "Man in the Mirror" went to charity. [158] His rendition of "You Were There" at Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th birthday celebration won Jackson a second Emmy nomination. [77] Jackson was the bestselling artist of the 1980s. [159]

    1991–1993: Dangerous, Heal the World Foundation, and Super Bowl XXVII halftime show

    In March 1991, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony for $65 million (equivalent to $123,504,764 in 2020), a record-breaking deal, [160] beating Neil Diamond's renewal contract with Columbia Records. [161] In 1991, he released his eighth album, Dangerous, co-produced with Teddy Riley. [162] It was certified seven times platinum in the US, and by 2008 had sold 30 million copies worldwide. [163] [164] In the US, the first single, "Black or White", was the album's highest charting song it was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks and achieved similar chart performances worldwide. [165] The second single, "Remember the Time" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. [166] At the end of 1992, Dangerous was the best-selling album of the year worldwide and "Black or White" the best-selling single of the year worldwide at the Billboard Music Awards. [159] In 1993, he performed "Remember the Time" at the Soul Train Music Awards in a chair, saying he twisted his ankle during dance rehearsals. [167] In the UK, "Heal the World" made No. 2 on the charts in 1992. [168]

    Jackson founded the Heal the World Foundation in 1992. The charity brought underprivileged children to Jackson's ranch to use the theme park rides, and sent millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war, poverty, and disease. That July, Jackson published his second book, Dancing the Dream, a collection of poetry. The Dangerous World Tour ran between June 1992 and November 1993 and grossed $100 million (equivalent to $179,152,269 in 2020) Jackson performed for 3.5 million people in 70 concerts, all of which were outside the US. [170] Part of the proceeds went to Heal the World Foundation. [171] Jackson sold the broadcast rights of the tour to HBO for $20 million, a record-breaking deal that still stands. [172]

    Following the death of HIV/AIDS spokesperson and friend Ryan White, Jackson pleaded with the Clinton administration at Bill Clinton's inaugural gala to give more money to HIV/AIDS charities and research [173] [174] and performed "Gone Too Soon", a song dedicated to White, and "Heal the World" at the gala. [175] Jackson visited Africa in early 1992 on his first stop in Gabon he was greeted by more than 100,000 people, some of them carrying signs that read "Welcome Home Michael". [176] During his trip to Ivory Coast, Jackson was crowned "King Sani" by a tribal chief. He thanked the dignitaries in French and English, signed documents formalizing his kingship, and sat on a golden throne while presiding over ceremonial dances. [176]

    In January 1993, Jackson performed at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in Pasadena, California. The NFL sought a big-name artist to keep ratings high during halftime following dwindling audience figures. [177] [178] It was the first Super Bowl whose half-time performance drew greater audience figures than the game. Jackson played "Jam", "Billie Jean", "Black or White", and "Heal the World". Dangerous rose 90 places in the album chart after the performance. [108]

    Jackson gave a 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey on February 10, 1993. He spoke of his childhood abuse at the hands of his father he believed he had missed out on much of his childhood, and said that he often cried from loneliness. He denied tabloid rumors that he had bought the bones of the Elephant Man, slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, or bleached his skin, and stated for the first time that he had vitiligo. Dangerous re-entered the album chart in the top 10, more than a year after its release. [22] [108]

    In January 1993, Jackson won three American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Album (Dangerous), Favorite Soul/R&B Single ("Remember the Time"), and was the first to win the International Artist Award of Excellence. [179] [180] In February, he won the "Living Legend Award" at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. [62] He attended the award ceremony with Brooke Shields. [181] Dangerous was nominated for Best Vocal Performance (for "Black or White"), Best R&B Vocal Performance ("Jam") and Best R&B Song ("Jam"), and Swedien and Riley won the award for Best Engineered – Non Classical. [84]

    1993–1995: First child sexual abuse accusations and first marriage

    In August 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year-old boy, Jordan Chandler, and his father, Evan Chandler. [182] Jordan said he and Jackson had engaged in acts of kissing, masturbation and oral sex. [183] Jordan's mother initially told police that she did not believe Jackson had molested her son however, her position wavered a few days later. [184] [185] Evan was recorded discussing his intention to pursue charges, which Jackson used to argue that he was the victim of a jealous father trying to extort money. [185] Jackson's older sister La Toya accused him of being a pedophile, which she later retracted. [186] Police raided Jackson's home in December and found books and photographs featuring young boys with little or no clothing. The books were legal to own, and Jackson was not indicted. [187] Jordan Chandler gave police a description of Jackson's genitals. A strip search was made, and the jurors felt the description was not a match. [188] [189] [190] In January 1994, Jackson settled with the Chandlers out of court for a reported total sum of $23 million. [191] The police never pressed criminal charges. [192] Citing a lack of evidence without Jordan's testimony, the state closed its investigation on September 22, 1994. [193]

    Jackson had been taking painkillers for his reconstructive scalp surgeries, administered due to the Pepsi commercial accident in 1984, and became dependent on them to cope with the stress of the sexual abuse allegations. [194] On November 12, 1993, Jackson canceled the remainder of the Dangerous Tour due to health problems, stress from the allegations and painkiller addiction. He thanked close friend Elizabeth Taylor for support, encouragement and counsel. The end of the tour concluded his relationship with Pepsi-Cola which sponsored the tour. [195]

    In late 1993, Jackson proposed to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, over the phone. [196] They married in La Vega, Dominican Republic, in May 1994 by civil judge Hugo Francisco Alvarez Perez. [197] The tabloid media speculated that the wedding was a publicity stunt to deflect Jackson's sexual abuse allegations and jump-start Presley's career as a singer. [198] [197] Their marriage ended little more than a year later, and they separated in December 1995. [199] Presley cited "irreconcilable differences" when filing for divorce the next month and only sought to reclaim her maiden name as her settlement. [198] [200] After the divorce, Judge Perez said, "They lasted longer than I thought they would. I gave them a year. They lasted a year and a half." [197]

    Jackson was set to compose music for the Sega Genesis video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994), but left the project around the time the sexual abuse allegations surfaced and went uncredited. Jackson was a Sonic fan, [201] and had collaborated with Sega for the 1990 arcade game Moonwalker. [202] The reasons for Jackson's departure and whether his compositions remain in the released game have been the subject of debate. Sega Technical Institute director Roger Hector and Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Naoto Ohshima said that Jackson's involvement was terminated and his music reworked following the allegations. [201] [203] However, Jackson's musical director Brad Buxer and two other members of Jackson's team, Doug Grigsby III and Ciorocco Jones, said the music remained and that Jackson went uncredited because he was unhappy with how the Genesis replicated his music. [204]

    1995–1997: HIStory, second marriage, and fatherhood

    In June 1995, Jackson released the double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The first disc, HIStory Begins, is a greatest hits album (reissued in 2001 as Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I). The second disc, HIStory Continues, contains 13 original songs and two cover versions. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US. [205] It is the best-selling multi-disc album of all time, with 20 million copies (40 million units) sold worldwide. [165] [206] HIStory received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. [62] The New York Times reviewed it as "the testimony of a musician whose self-pity now equals his talent". [207]

    The first single from HIStory was "Scream/Childhood". "Scream", a duet with Jackson's youngest sister Janet, protests the media's treatment of Jackson during the 1993 child abuse allegations against him. The single reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, [166] and received a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". [62] The second single, "You Are Not Alone", holds the Guinness world record for the first song to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [208] It received a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Vocal Performance" in 1995. [62]

    In 1995 the Anti-Defamation League and other groups complained that "Jew me, sue me, everybody do me/ Kick me, kike me, don't you black or white me", the original lyrics of "They Don't Care About Us", were antisemitic. Jackson released a version with revised words. [209] [210]

    In late 1995, Jackson was admitted to a hospital after collapsing during rehearsals for a televised performance, caused by a stress-related panic attack. [211] In November, Jackson merged his ATV Music catalog with Sony's music publishing division, creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He retained ownership of half the company, earning $95 million up front (equivalent to $161,348,548 in 2020) as well as the rights to more songs. [212] [213]

    "Earth Song" was the third single released from HIStory, and topped the UK Singles Chart for six weeks over Christmas 1995. [168] It became the 87th-bestselling single in the UK. [214] At the 1996 Brit Awards, Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" was disrupted by Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, who was protesting what Cocker saw as Jackson's "Christ-like" persona. Jackson said the stage invasion was "disgusting and cowardly". [215] [216]

    In 1996, Jackson won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form, for "Scream" and an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. [62] [217]

    Jackson promoted HIStory with the HIStory World Tour, from September 7, 1996, to October 15, 1997. He performed 82 concerts in five continents, 35 countries and 58 cities to over 4.5 million fans, his most attended tour. It grossed $165 million . [138] During the tour, in Sydney, Australia, Jackson married Debbie Rowe, a dermatology assistant, who was six months pregnant with his first child. [218] Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (commonly known as Prince) was born on February 13, 1997 his sister Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson was born a year later on April 3, 1998. [219] Jackson and Rowe divorced in 1999, and Rowe conceded custody of the children, with an $8 million settlement (equivalent to $13,981,822 in 2020). In 2004, after the second child abuse allegations against Jackson, she returned to court to reclaim custody. The suit was settled in 2006. [220]

    In 1997, Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which contained remixes of singles from HIStory and five new songs. Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies, making it the best-selling remix album of all time. It reached number one in the UK, as did the title track. [221] In the US, the album reached number 24 and was certified platinum. [163]

    1997–2002: Label dispute and Invincible

    From October 1997 to September 2001, Jackson worked on his tenth solo album, Invincible, which cost $30 million to record. [222] In June 1999, Jackson joined Luciano Pavarotti for a War Child benefit concert in Modena, Italy. The show raised a million dollars for refugees of the Kosovo War, and additional funds for the children of Guatemala. [223] Later that month, Jackson organized a series of "Michael Jackson & Friends" benefit concerts in Germany and Korea. Other artists involved included Slash, The Scorpions, Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, A. R. Rahman, Prabhu Deva Sundaram, Shobana, Andrea Bocelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. The proceeds went to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, the Red Cross and UNESCO. [224] From August 1999 to 2000, he lived in New York City at 4 East 74th Street. [225] At the turn of the century, Jackson won an American Music Award as Artist of the 1980s. [226] In 2000, Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer. [227]

    In September 2001, two 30th Anniversary concerts were held at Madison Square Garden to mark Jackson's 30th year as a solo artist. Jackson performed with his brothers for the first time since 1984. The show also featured Mýa, Usher, Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Monica, Liza Minnelli, and Slash. The first show was marred by technical lapses, and the crowd booed a speech by Marlon Brando. [228] Almost 30 million people watched the television broadcast of the shows in November. [229] After 9/11, Jackson helped organize the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2001. Jackson performed "What More Can I Give" as the finale. [230]

    The release of Invincible was preceded by a dispute between Jackson and his record label, Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson had expected the licenses to the masters of his albums to revert to him in the early 2000s, after which he would be able to promote the material however he pleased and keep the profits, but clauses in the contract set the revert date years into the future. Jackson sought an early exit from his contract. [231] Invincible was released on October 30, 2001. It was Jackson's first full-length album in six years, and the last album of original material he released in his lifetime. [231] It debuted at number one in 13 countries and went on to sell 6 million copies worldwide, receiving double-platinum certification in the US. [163] [165]

    On January 9, 2002, Jackson won his 22nd American Music Award for Artist of the Century. [232] [233] Later that year, an anonymous surrogate mother gave birth to his third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (nicknamed "Blanket"), who had been conceived by artificial insemination. [234] On November 20, Jackson briefly held Blanket over the railing of his Berlin hotel room, four stories above ground level, prompting widespread criticism in the media. Jackson apologized for the incident, calling it "a terrible mistake." [235] On January 22, promoter Marcel Avram filed a breach of contract complaint against Jackson for failing to perform two planned 1999 concerts. [236] In March, a Santa Maria jury ordered Jackson to pay Avram $5.3 million. [237] [238] On December 18, 2003, Jackson's attorneys dropped all appeals on the verdict and settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. [239]

    On April 24, 2002, Jackson performed at Apollo Theater. The concert was a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and former President Bill Clinton. [240] The money collected would be used to encourage citizens to vote. It raised $2.5 million. [241] The concert was called Michael Jackson: Live at the Apollo and this would be Jackson's final on-stage performance. [242]

    In July 2002, Jackson called Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola "a racist, and very, very, very devilish," and someone who exploits black artists for his own gain, at Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem. The accusation prompted Sharpton to form a coalition investigating whether Mottola exploited black artists. [243] Jackson charged that Mottola had called his colleague Irv Gotti a "fat nigger". [244] Responding to those attacks, Sony issued a statement calling them "ludicrous, spiteful, and hurtful" and defended Mottola as someone who had championed Jackson's career for many years. [243] Sony ultimately refused to renew Jackson's contract and claimed that a $25 million promotional campaign had failed because Jackson refused to tour in the US for Invincible. [222]

    2002–2005: Second child sexual abuse allegations, trial, and acquittal

    Beginning in May 2002, a documentary film crew led by Martin Bashir followed Jackson for several months. [235] The documentary, broadcast in February 2003 as Living with Michael Jackson, showed Jackson holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with a 12-year-old boy. [21] [245] He said that he saw nothing wrong with having sleepovers with minors and sharing his bed and bedroom with various people, which aroused controversy. He insisted that the sleepovers were not sexual and that his words had been misunderstood. [246] [247]

    On November 18, 2003, Sony released Number Ones, a greatest hits compilation. It was certified triple platinum by the RIAA, and six times platinum in the UK, for shipments of at least 1.2 million units. [163] [248]

    On December 18, 2003, Santa Barbara authorities charged Jackson with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of intoxicating a minor with alcoholic drinks. [249] Jackson denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. [250] The People v. Jackson trial began on January 31, 2005, in Santa Maria, California, and lasted until the end of May. Jackson found the experience stressful and it affected his health. If convicted, he would have faced up to 20 years in prison. [251] On June 13, 2005, Jackson was acquitted on all counts. [252] After the trial, he became reclusive [253] and moved to Bahrain as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah. [254]

    2006–2009: Final years and This Is It

    In April 2006, Jackson agreed to use a piece of his ATV catalog stake, then worth about $1 billion, as collateral against his $270 million worth of loans from Bank of America. Bank of America had sold the loans to Fortress Investments, an investment company that buys distressed loans, the year before. As part of the agreement, Fortress Investments provided Jackson a new loan of $300 million with reduced interest payments (equivalent to $385,127,105 in 2020). Sony Music would have the option to buy half of his stake, or about 25% of the catalog, at a set price. Jackson's financial managers had urged him to shed part of his stake to avoid bankruptcy. [213] [255] The main house at Neverland Ranch was closed as a cost-cutting measure, while Jackson lived in Bahrain at the hospitality of Sheik Abdullah, the ruler's son. [256] At least 30 of Jackson's employees had not been paid on time and were owed $306,000 in back wages Jackson was ordered to pay $100,000 in penalties. [213]

    In early 2006, it was announced that Jackson had signed a contract with a Bahrain-based startup, Two Seas Records nothing came of the deal, and Two Seas CEO Guy Holmes later said it was never finalized. [257] [258] That October, Fox News reported that Jackson had been recording at a studio in County Westmeath, Ireland. It was not known what Jackson was working on, or who had paid for the sessions his publicist stated that he had left Two Seas by then. [258] [259]

    In November 2006, Jackson invited an Access Hollywood camera crew into the studio in Westmeath, and MSNBC reported that he was working on a new album, produced by will.i.am. [165] On November 15, Jackson briefly performed "We Are the World" at the World Music Awards in London and accepted the Diamond Award honoring the sale of over 100 million records. The event was Jackson's last public performance in his lifetime. [165] [260] He returned to the U.S. in December 2006, settling in Las Vegas, and attended James Brown's funeral in Augusta, Georgia later that month, where he gave a eulogy calling Brown his greatest inspiration. [261]

    In 2007, Jackson and Sony bought another music publishing company, Famous Music LLC, formerly owned by Viacom. The deal gave him the rights to songs by Eminem and Beck, among others. [262] [263] In a brief interview with the Associated Press in Tokyo, Jackson said he had no regrets about his lifelong career despite difficulties and "deliberate attempts to hurt [him]". [264] That March, Jackson visited a US Army post in Japan, Camp Zama, to greet over 3,000 troops and their families. [265] [266]

    In September 2007, Jackson was still working on his next album, which he never completed. [267] For the 25th anniversary of Thriller in 2008, Jackson and Sony released Thriller 25, with two remixes released as singles: "The Girl Is Mine 2008" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008". [268] For Jackson's 50th birthday, Sony BMG released a series of greatest hits albums, King of Pop, with different tracklists for different regions. [269]

    In 2008, Fortress Investments threatened to foreclose on Neverland Ranch, which Jackson had used as collateral for his loans. Fortress sold Jackson's debts to Colony Capital LLC. [270] [271] In November, Jackson transferred Neverland Ranch's title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC, a joint venture between Jackson and Colony Capital LLC. The deal earned him $35 million . [272] Jackson arranged to sell a collection of his memorabilia of more than 1,000 items through Julien's Auction House. On the eve of the first public exhibit, Jackson canceled the auction after earning between $200 million to $300 million of initial sales from a series of concerts to be held in London. [273] [253]

    In March 2009, amid speculation about his finances and health, Jackson announced a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, at a press conference at The O2 Arena. [274] The shows were to be his first major concerts since the HIStory World Tour in 1997. Jackson suggested he would retire after the shows. The initial plan was for 10 concerts in London, followed by shows in Paris, New York City and Mumbai. Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, predicted the first 10 dates would earn Jackson £50 million. [275] The London residency was increased to 50 dates after record-breaking ticket sales over one million were sold in less than two hours. [276] The concerts were to run from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010. Jackson moved to Los Angeles, where he rehearsed in the weeks leading up to the tour under the direction of choreographer Kenny Ortega, whom he had worked with during his previous tours. Most rehearsals took place at the Staples Center owned by AEG. [277]

    On June 25, 2009, less than three weeks before the first This Is It show was due to begin in London, with all concerts sold out, Jackson died from cardiac arrest. [278] Conrad Murray, his personal physician, had given Jackson various medications to help him sleep at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. Paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22 pm Pacific time (19:22 UTC), and arrived three minutes later. [279] [280] Jackson was not breathing and CPR was performed. [281] Resuscitation efforts continued en route to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for more than an hour after arriving there, but were unsuccessful, [282] [283] and Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm Pacific time (21:26 UTC). [284] [285]

    Jackson was administered propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam [286] his death was caused by a propofol overdose. [287] [283] News of his death spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crash from user overload, [288] and putting unprecedented strain [289] on services and websites including Google, [290] AOL Instant Messenger, [289] Twitter, and Wikipedia. [290] Overall, web traffic rose by between 11% and 20%. [291] [292] MTV and BET aired marathons of Jackson's music videos, [293] and Jackson specials aired on television stations around the world. [294] MTV briefly returned to its original music video format, [9] and aired hours of Jackson's music videos, with live news specials featuring reactions from MTV personalities and other celebrities. [295]

    Memorial service

    Jackson's memorial was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty. Over 1.6 million fans applied for tickets to the memorial the 8,750 recipients were drawn at random, and each received two tickets. [296] The memorial service was one of the most watched events in streaming history, [297] with an estimated US audience of 31.1 million. [298]

    Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson and Shaheen Jafargholi performed at the memorial, and Smokey Robinson and Queen Latifah gave eulogies. [299] Al Sharpton received a standing ovation with cheers when he told Jackson's children: "Wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with. But he dealt with it anyway." [300] Jackson's 11-year-old daughter Paris Katherine, speaking publicly for the first time, wept as she addressed the crowd. [301] [302] The Rev. Lucious Smith provided a closing prayer. [303] Jackson's body was entombed on September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. [304]

    Criminal investigation and prosecution of Conrad Murray

    In August 2009, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that Jackson's death was a homicide. [305] [306] Law enforcement officials charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter on February 8, 2010. [307] In late 2011, he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter [308] and held without bail to await sentencing. [309] Murray subsequently was sentenced to four years in prison. [310]

    Posthumous sales

    At the 2009 American Music Awards, Jackson won four posthumous awards, including two for his compilation album Number Ones, bringing his total American Music Awards to 26. [311] [312] In the year after his death, more than 8.2 million of Jackson's albums sold in the US, and 35 million albums worldwide, more than any other artist in 2009. [313] [314] He became the first artist to sell one million music downloads in a week, with 2.6 million song downloads. Thriller, Number Ones and The Essential Michael Jackson became the first catalog albums to outsell any new album. [315] Jackson also became the first artist to have four of the top 20 best-selling albums in a single year in the US. [313]

    Following the surge in sales, in March 2010, Sony Music signed a $250 million deal (equivalent to $296,696,170 in 2020) with the Jackson estate to extend their distribution rights to Jackson's back catalog until at least 2017 it had been due to expire in 2015. It was the most expensive music contract for a single artist in history. [316] [317] They agreed to release ten albums of previously unreleased material and new collections of released work. [316] [318] The deal was extended in 2017. [319] That July, a Los Angeles court awarded Jones $9.4 million of disputed royalty payments for Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. [55] In July 2018, Sony/ATV bought the estate's stake in EMI for $287.5 million. [320]

    In 2014, Jackson became the first artist to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades. [321] The following year, Thriller became the first album to be certified for 30 million shipments by the RIAA [4] a year later, it was certified 33× platinum, after Soundscan added streams and audio downloads to album certifications. [322] [nb 2]

    Posthumous releases and productions

    The first posthumous Jackson song, "This Is It", co-written in the 1980s with Paul Anka, was released in October 2009. The surviving Jackson brothers reunited to record backing vocals. [324] It was followed by a documentary film about the rehearsals for the canceled This Is It tour, Michael Jackson's This Is It, [325] and a compilation album. [326] Despite a limited two-week engagement, the film became the highest-grossing documentary or concert film ever, with earnings of more than $260 million worldwide. [327] Jackson's estate received 90% of the profits. [328] In late 2010, Sony released the first posthumous album, Michael, and the promotional single "Breaking News". Jackson collaborator Will.i.am expressed disgust, saying that Jackson would not have approved the release. [329]

    Video game developer Ubisoft released a music video game featuring Jackson for the 2010 holiday season, Michael Jackson: The Experience it was among the first games to use Kinect and PlayStation Move, the motion-detecting camera systems for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. [330] Xscape, an album of unreleased material, was released on May 13, 2014. [331] Later that year, Queen released a duet recorded with Jackson and Freddie Mercury in the 1980s. [69] A compilation album, Scream, was released on September 29, 2017. [332]

    In October 2011, the theater company Cirque du Soleil launched Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a $57-million production, [333] in Montreal, with a permanent show resident in Las Vegas. [334] A larger and more theatrical Cirque show, Michael Jackson: One, designed for residency at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, opened on May 23, 2013 in a renovated theater. [335] [336] A jukebox musical, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, is due to debut on Broadway in 2021. [337]

    In April 2011, Mohamed Al-Fayed, chairman of Fulham Football Club, unveiled a statue of Jackson outside the club stadium, Craven Cottage. [338] It was moved to the National Football Museum in Manchester in May 2014, [339] and removed from display in March 2019 following renewed sexual assault allegations. [340]

    In 2012, in an attempt to end a family dispute, Jackson's brother Jermaine retracted his signature on a public letter criticizing executors of Jackson's estate and his mother's advisers over the legitimacy of his brother's will. [341] T.J. Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, was given co-guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after false reports of Katherine Jackson going missing. [342] A duet between Jackson and Justin Timberlake titled "Love Never Felt So Good" was released in 2014, making Jackson the first artist to have a top 10 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when the single reached number 9. [343] In November 2019, it was reported that a Jackson biopic, produced by Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) producer Graham King, was in the works, with the screenplay written by John Logan. Jackson's estate granted King the rights to his music and will work with King. [344]

    Posthumous child sexual abuse allegations

    In 2013, choreographer Wade Robson filed a lawsuit alleging that Jackson had sexually abused him for seven years, beginning when he was seven years old (1989–1996). [345] In 2014, a case was filed by James Safechuck, alleging sexual abuse over a four-year period from the age of ten (1988–1992). [346] [347] [348] Both had testified in Jackson's defense during the 1993 allegations Robson did so again in 2005. [349] [350] In 2015, Robson's case against Jackson's estate was dismissed on the grounds of being filed too late. Safechuck's claim was also time-barred. [351] In 2017, it was ruled that Jackson's corporations could not be held accountable for his alleged past actions. [352] [353] The rulings were appealed, and on October 20, 2020, Safechuck's lawsuit against Jackson's corporations was again dismissed, with the presiding judge ruling that there was no evidence that Safechuck had a relationship with Jackson's companies. [354] [355] [356] On April 26, 2021, Robson's case was dismissed because of a lack of supporting evidence that the defendants exercised control over Jackson. [357]

    Robson and Safechuck described allegations in graphic detail in the documentary Leaving Neverland, released in March 2019. [358] Radio stations in New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands removed Jackson's music from their playlists. [359] [360] [361] Jackson's family condemned the film as a "public lynching", [362] and the Jackson estate released a statement calling the film a "tabloid character assassination [Jackson] endured in life, and now in death". [363] Close associates of Jackson, such as Corey Feldman, Aaron Carter, Brett Barnes, and Macaulay Culkin, said that Jackson had not molested them. [364] [365] [366] Rebuttal documentaries, such as Square One: Michael Jackson, Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary and Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, presented information countering the claims. [367] [368] [369] Jackson's album sales increased following the documentary. [370] Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell said she and a colleague interviewed about thirty music executives who believed Jackson's legacy could withstand the controversy. [371] In late 2019, some New Zealand and Canadian radio stations re-added Jackson's music to their playlists, citing "positive listener survey results". [372] [373]

    On February 21, 2019, the Jackson estate sued HBO for breaching a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract. The suit sought to compel HBO to participate in a non-confidential arbitration that could result in $100 million or more in damages rewarded to the estate. [374] HBO said they did not breach a contract and filed an anti-SLAPP motion against the estate. In September 2019, Judge George H. Wu denied HBO's motion to dismiss the case, allowing the Jackson estate to arbitrate. [375] HBO appealed, but in December 2020 the appeal court affirmed Judge Wu's ruling. [376]

    Jackson has been referred to as the "King of Pop" because he transformed the art of music videos and paved the way for modern pop music. For much of Jackson's career, he had an unparalleled worldwide influence over the younger generation. [210] His influence extended beyond the music industry he impacted dance, led fashion trends, and raised awareness for global affairs. [377] Jackson's music and videos fostered racial diversity in MTV's roster and steered its focus from rock to pop music and R&B, shaping the channel into a form that proved enduring. [43] In songs such as "Man in the Mirror", "Black or White", Heal the World, "Earth Song" and "They Don't Care About Us", Jackson's music emphasized racial integration and environmentalism and protested injustice. [378] [379] He is recognized as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time by Guinness World Records. [380] [381] He is considered one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, [382] and his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. [383] [384] [385]

    Trying to trace Michael Jackson's influence on the pop stars that followed him is like trying to trace the influence of oxygen and gravity. So vast, far-reaching and was his impact — particularly in the wake of Thriller ' s colossal and heretofore unmatched commercial success — that there weren't a whole lot of artists who weren't trying to mimic some of the Jackson formula.

    Danyel Smith, chief content officer of Vibe Media Group and the editor-in-chief of Vibe, described Jackson as "the Greatest Star". [387] Steve Huey of AllMusic called him "an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the skills to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility and loads of sheer star power". [8] BET said Jackson was "quite simply the greatest entertainer of all time" whose "sound, style, movement and legacy continues to inspire artists of all genres". [388]

    In 1984, Time pop critic Jay Cocks wrote that "Jackson is the biggest thing since the Beatles. He is the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley. He just may be the most popular black singer ever." He described Jackson as a "star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style, and color too." [87] In 2003, The Daily Telegraph writer Tom Utley described Jackson as "extremely important" and a "genius". [389] In 2007, Jackson said: "Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever." [390] At Jackson's memorial service on July 7, 2009, Motown founder Berry Gordy called Jackson "the greatest entertainer that ever lived". [391] [392] In a June 28, 2009 Baltimore Sun article, Jill Rosen wrote that Jackson's legacy influenced fields including sound, dance, fashion, music videos and celebrity. [393]

    Pop critic Robert Christgau wrote that Jackson's work from the 1970s to the early 1990s showed "immense originality, adaptability, and ambition" with "genius beats, hooks, arrangements, and vocals (though not lyrics)", music that "will stand forever as a reproach to the puritanical notion that pop music is slick or shallow and that's the end of it". During the 1990s, as Jackson lost control of his "troubling life", his music suffered and began to shape "an arc not merely of promise fulfilled and outlived, but of something approaching tragedy: a phenomenally ebullient child star tops himself like none before, only to transmute audibly into a lost weirdo". [394] In the 2000s, Christgau wrote: "Jackson's obsession with fame, his grotesque life magnified by his grotesque wealth, are such an offense to rock aesthetes that the fact that he's a great musician is now often forgotten". [395]


    Jackson was influenced by musicians including James Brown, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Diana Ross, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, [396] and David Ruffin. [397] Little Richard had a substantial influence on Jackson, [398] but Brown was his greatest inspiration he later said that as a small child, his mother would waken him whenever Brown appeared on television. Jackson described being "mesmerized". [399]

    Jackson's vocal technique was influenced by Diana Ross his use of the oooh interjection from a young age was something Ross had used on many of her songs with the Supremes. [400] She was a mother figure to him, and he often watched her rehearse. [401] He said he had learned a lot from watching how she moved and sang, and that she had encouraged him to have confidence in himself. [402]

    Choreographer David Winters, who met Jackson while choreographing the 1971 Diana Ross TV special Diana!, said that Jackson watched the musical West Side Story almost every week, and it was his favorite film he paid tribute to it in "Beat It" and the "Bad" video. [403] [404] [405]

    Vocal style

    Jackson sang from childhood, and over time his voice and vocal style changed. Between 1971 and 1975, his voice descended from boy soprano to high tenor. [406] He was known for his vocal range. [407] With the arrival of Off the Wall in the late 1970s, Jackson's abilities as a vocalist were well regarded Rolling Stone compared his vocals to the "breathless, dreamy stutter" of Stevie Wonder, and wrote that "Jackson's feathery-timbred tenor is extraordinarily beautiful. It slides smoothly into a startling falsetto that's used very daringly." [408] By the time of 1982's Thriller, Rolling Stone wrote that Jackson was singing in a "fully adult voice" that was "tinged by sadness". [409]

    The turn of the 1990s saw the release of the introspective album Dangerous. The New York Times noted that on some tracks, "he gulps for breath, his voice quivers with anxiety or drops to a desperate whisper, hissing through clenched teeth" and he had a "wretched tone". When singing of brotherhood or self-esteem the musician would return to "smooth" vocals. [410] Of Invincible, Rolling Stone wrote that, at 43, Jackson still performed "exquisitely voiced rhythm tracks and vibrating vocal harmonies". [411] Joseph Vogel notes Jackson's ability to use non-verbal sounds to express emotion. [412] Neil McCormick wrote that Jackson's unorthodox singing style "was original and utterly distinctive". [413]


    Jackson had no formal music training and could not read or write music notation. He is credited for playing guitar, keyboard and drums, but was not proficient in them. [414] When composing, he recorded ideas by beatboxing and imitating instruments vocally. [414] Describing the process, he said: "I'll just sing the bass part into the tape recorder. I'll take that bass lick and put the chords of the melody over the bass lick and that's what inspires the melody." Engineer Robert Hoffman recalled that after Jackson came in with a song he had written overnight, Jackson sang every note of every chord to a guitar player. Hoffman also remembered Jackson singing string arrangements part by part into a cassette recorder. [414]


    Jackson danced from a young age as part of the Jackson 5, [415] and incorporated dance extensively in his performances and music videos. [415] According to Sanjoy Roy of the Guardian, Jackson would "flick and retract his limbs like switchblades, or snap out of a tornado spin into a perfectly poised toe-stand". [415] The moonwalk, taught to him by Jeffrey Daniel, [79] was Jackson's signature dance move and one of the most famous of the 20th century. [416] Jackson is credited for coining the name "moonwalk" the move was previously known as the "backslide". [417] [418] His other moves included the robot, [48] crotch grab, and the "anti-gravity" lean of the "Smooth Criminal" video. [415]

    Themes and genres

    Jackson explored genres including pop, [8] [419] soul, [8] [150] rhythm and blues, [419] funk, [420] rock, [419] [420] disco, [421] post-disco, [420] dance-pop [422] and new jack swing. [8] Steve Huey of AllMusic wrote that Thriller refined the strengths of Off the Wall the dance and rock tracks were more aggressive, while the pop tunes and ballads were softer and more soulful. [8] Its tracks included the ballads "The Lady in My Life", "Human Nature", and "The Girl Is Mine", [423] [409] [424] the funk pieces "Billie Jean" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", [423] [409] and the disco set "Baby Be Mine" and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)". [424]

    With Off the Wall, Jackson's "vocabulary of grunts, squeals, hiccups, moans, and asides" vividly showed his maturation into an adult, Robert Christgau wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981). The album's title track suggested to the critic a parallel between Jackson and Stevie Wonder's "oddball" music personas: "Since childhood his main contact with the real world has been on stage and in bed." [425] With Thriller, Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone commented that Jackson developed his long association with the subliminal theme of paranoia and darker imagery. [409] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted this on the songs "Billie Jean" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". [423] In "Billie Jean", Jackson depicts an obsessive fan who alleges he has fathered her child, [8] and in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" he argues against gossip and the media. [409] "Beat It" decried gang violence in a homage to West Side Story, and was Jackson's first successful rock cross-over piece, according to Huey. [8] [40] He observed that "Thriller" began Jackson's interest with the theme of the supernatural, a topic he revisited in subsequent years. In 1985, Jackson co-wrote the charity anthem "We Are the World" humanitarian themes later became a recurring theme in his lyrics and public persona. [8]

    In Bad, Jackson's concept of the predatory lover is seen on the rock song "Dirty Diana". [430] The lead single "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" is a traditional love ballad, and "Man in the Mirror" is a ballad of confession and resolution. "Smooth Criminal" is an evocation of bloody assault, rape and likely murder. [133] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine states that Dangerous presents Jackson as a paradoxical person. [431] The first half of the record is dedicated to new jack swing, including songs like "Jam" and "Remember the Time". It was the first Jackson album in which social ills became a primary theme "Why You Wanna Trip on Me", for example, protests world hunger, AIDS, homelessness and drugs. Dangerous contains sexually charged songs such as "In the Closet". The title track continues the theme of the predatory lover and compulsive desire. The second half includes introspective, pop-gospel anthems such as "Will You Be There", "Heal the World" and "Keep the Faith". [410] In the ballad "Gone Too Soon", Jackson gives tribute to Ryan White and the plight of those with AIDS. [432]

    HIStory creates an atmosphere of paranoia. [433] In the new jack swing-funk rock tracks "Scream" and "Tabloid Junkie", and the R&B ballad "You Are Not Alone", Jackson retaliates against the injustice and isolation he feels, and directs his anger at the media. [434] In the introspective ballad "Stranger in Moscow", Jackson laments his "fall from grace" "Earth Song", "Childhood", "Little Susie" and "Smile" are operatic pop songs. [433] [434] In "D.S.", Jackson attacks lawyer Thomas W. Sneddon Jr., who had prosecuted him in both child sexual abuse cases. He describes Sneddon as a white supremacist who wanted to "get my ass, dead or alive". Sneddon said he had not listened to the song. [435] Invincible was produced by Rodney Jerkins. [8] It includes urban soul tracks such as "Cry" and "The Lost Children", ballads such as "Speechless", "Break of Dawn", and "Butterflies" and mixes hip hop, pop, and R&B in "2000 Watts", "Heartbreaker" and "Invincible". [436] [437]

    Music videos and choreography

    Jackson released "Thriller", a 14-minute music video directed by John Landis, in 1983. [438] The zombie-themed video "defined music videos and broke racial barriers" on MTV, which had launched two years earlier. [43] Before Thriller, Jackson struggled to receive coverage on MTV, allegedly because he was African American. [439] Pressure from CBS Records persuaded MTV to start showing "Billie Jean" and later "Beat It", which led to a lengthy partnership with Jackson, and helped other black music artists gain recognition. [440] The popularity of his videos on MTV helped the relatively new channel's viewing figures, and MTV's focus shifted toward pop and R&B. [440] [441] His performance on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever changed the scope of live stage shows, making it acceptable for artists to lip-sync to music video on stage. [442] The choreography in Thriller has been copied in Indian films and prisons in the Philippines. [443] Thriller marked an increase in scale for music videos, and was named the most successful music video ever by the Guinness World Records. [208]

    In "Bad"'s 19-minute video—directed by Martin Scorsese—Jackson used sexual imagery and choreography, and touched his chest, torso and crotch. When asked by Winfrey in the 1993 interview about why he grabbed his crotch, he said it was spontaneously compelled by the music. Time magazine described the "Bad" video as "infamous". It featured Wesley Snipes Jackson's later videos often featured famous cameo roles. [444] [445] For the "Smooth Criminal" video, Jackson experimented with leaning forward at a 45 degree angle, beyond the performer's center of gravity. To accomplish this live, Jackson and designers developed a special shoe to lock the performer's feet to the stage, allowing them to lean forward. They were granted U.S. Patent 5,255,452 for the device. [446] The video for "Leave Me Alone" was not officially released in the US, but in 1989 was nominated for three Billboard Music Video Awards [447] and won a Golden Lion Award for its special effects. It won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form. [62]

    He received the MTV Video Vanguard Award in 1988 in 2001 the award was renamed in his honor. [448] The "Black or White" video simultaneously premiered on November 14, 1991, in 27 countries with an estimated audience of 500 million people, the largest audience ever for a music video at the time. [165] Along with Jackson, it featured Macaulay Culkin, Peggy Lipton, and George Wendt. It helped introduce morphing to music videos. [449] It was controversial for scenes in which Jackson rubs his crotch, vandalizes cars, and throws a garbage can through a storefront. He apologized and removed the final scene of the video. [154]

    "In the Closet" featured Naomi Campbell in a courtship dance with Jackson. [450] "Remember the Time" was set in ancient Egypt, and featured Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson. [451] The video for "Scream", directed by Mark Romanek and production designer Tom Foden, gained a record 11 MTV Video Music Award Nominations, and won "Best Dance Video", "Best Choreography", and "Best Art Direction". [452] The song and its video are Jackson's response to being accused of child molestation in 1993. [453] A year later, it won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form. It has been reported as the most expensive music video ever made, at $7 million [454] Romanek has contradicted this. [455] The "Earth Song" video was nominated for the 1997 Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form. [456]

    Michael Jackson's Ghosts, a short film written by Jackson and Stephen King and directed by Stan Winston, premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. At over 38 minutes long, it held the Guinness world record for the longest music video until 2013, when it was eclipsed by the video for the Pharrell Williams song "Happy". [457] The 2001 video for "You Rock My World" lasts over 13 minutes, was directed by Paul Hunter, and features Chris Tucker and Marlon Brando. [458] It won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video in 2002. [459]

    In December 2009, the Library of Congress selected "Thriller" as the only music video to be preserved in the National Film Registry, as a work of "enduring importance to American culture". [460] [461] Huey wrote that Jackson transformed the music video into an art form and a promotional tool through complex story lines, dance routines, special effects and famous cameos, while breaking down racial barriers. [8]

    Jackson's estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide [462] [Note 1] make him the best-selling pop act of all time and the third-best-selling music artist in history. [463] He had 13 number-one singles in the US in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era. [464] He was invited and honored by a President of the United States at the White House three times. In 1984, he was honored with a "Presidential Public Safety Commendation" award by Ronald Reagan for his humanitarian endeavors. [465] In 1990, he was honored as the "Artist of the Decade" by George H. W. Bush. [466] In 1992, he was honored as a "Point of Light Ambassador" by Bush for inviting disadvantaged children to his Neverland Ranch. [467]

    He won hundreds of awards, more than any other popular music recording artist. [468] His awards include 39 Guinness World Records, including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time, [380] [381] 13 Grammy Awards, [469] as well as the Grammy Legend Award [470] and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, [471] and a record 26 American Music Awards, including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s". [226] He also received the World Music Awards' Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium and the Bambi Pop Artist of the Millennium Award. [472] Jackson was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 as a member of the Jacksons, and in 1984 as a solo artist. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1997 and 1999, [473] respectively, and again as a solo artist in 2001. [474] In 2002, he was added to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. [475] In 2010, he was the first recording artist to be inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame, [476] and in 2014, he was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. [477]

    In 1988, Fisk University honored him with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. [478] In 1992, he was invested as a titular king of Sanwi, a traditional kingdom located in the south-east of Ivory Coast. [479] In July 2009, the Lunar Republic Society named a crater on the Moon after Jackson. [480] In August, for what would have been Jackson's 51st birthday, Google dedicated their Google Doodle to him. [481] On December 19, 2014, the British Council of Cultural Relations deemed Jackson's life one of the 80 most important cultural moments of the 20th century. [482] World Vitiligo Day has been celebrated on June 25, the anniversary of Jackson's death, to raise awareness of the auto-immune disorder that Jackson suffered from. [483]

    In 1989, Jackson's annual earnings from album sales, endorsements, and concerts were estimated at $125 million. [208] Forbes placed Jackson's annual income at $35 million in 1996 and $20 million in 1997. [484] Estimates of Jackson's net worth during his life range from negative $285 million to positive $350 million for 2002, 2003 and 2007. [485] [486] Forbes reported in August 2018 that Jackson's total career pretax earnings in life and death were $4.2 billion. [487] [488] Sales of his recordings through Sony's music unit earned him an estimated $300 million in royalties. He may have earned another $400 million from concerts, music publishing (including his share of the Beatles catalog), endorsements, merchandising and music videos. [489]

    In 2013, the executors of Jackson's estate filed a petition in the United States Tax Court as a result of a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over US federal estate taxes. [490] The executors claim that it was worth about $7 million, the IRS that it was worth over $1.1 billion. In February 2014, the IRS reported that Jackson's estate owed $702 million $505 million in taxes, and $197 million in penalties. [491] A trial was held from February 6 to 24, 2017, [492] and a decision was still pending as of 2020. [493]

    In 2016, Forbes estimated annual gross earnings by the Jackson Estate at $825 million, the largest ever recorded for a celebrity, mostly due to the sale of the Sony/ATV catalog. [494] In 2018, the figure was $400 million. [495] It was the eighth year since his death that Jackson's annual earnings were reported to be over $100 million, thus bringing Jackson's postmortem total to $2.4 billion. [496] In 2020, Forbes recognized Jackson as the top-earning dead celebrity each year since his death except 2012. [497] [498]


    'So we'll see what happens,' the president added in a meeting with military advisers that was supposed to be about the strategy going forward in Syria after a reported chemical weapons attack.

    'I think it's disgraceful, and so does a lot of people,' Trump said of the Cohen raid.

    Trump circled back and again blamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who stepped away from all Russian-related matters because he had worked on Trump's presidential campaign.

    'The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this, and when he recused himself,' Trump said. 'Or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have used a – put a different attorney general in.'

    'So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for our country,' Trump continued. 'But you'll figure that out.'

    The FBI's warrant to raid President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen's spaces included documents related to hush money payments given to Stormy Daniels (left) and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal (right)

    The FBI agents were looking for records about payments to two women who had alleged affairs with President Trump – porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playmate Karen McDougal.

    Sources told the New York Times that investigators were interested in the role the publisher of the National Enquirer played in silencing McDougal with a $150,000 payment made by the parent company of the tabloid, American Media Inc.

    Cohen, a longtime fixer for the president, has already said publicly that he paid $130,000 in hush money to Daniels in exchange for her signature on a non-disclosure agreement just weeks shy of the 2016 presidential election.

    Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006, while McDougal alleged that she and the then-businessman had a year-long affair.

    The raids on Cohen's office, home and hotel room have rocked Washington and infuriated President Trump, who has lashed out at a number of top officials, including the special counsel, federal investigators and his own attorney general.

    FBI agents swooped in on the offices of Cohen on Monday – seizing a trove of documents – and whisked off the lawyer's phone, personal computer and bank records.

    Cohen is now being investigated for both possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

    If Cohen did in fact lie to obtain credit from a 'federally insured financial institution', he could be charged with a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

    And if the payment is found to be an 'in-kind contribution' to Trump's campaign, as it came just days before the election, Cohen could be facing a second felony.

    Violating campaign contribution limits is punishable by up to five years in prison.

    Hours later at the White House, flanked by cabinet members who were there to discuss how to respond to a chemical weapons attack in Syria, Trump raged: 'They raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning and I think it's a disgrace.'

    Trump called it 'an attack on our country and what we all stand for'.

    He said agents 'broke into' Cohen's Manhattan office, although the search warrants were perfectly legal.

    Trump had been meeting senior military leaders and members of his national security team - including (right) his new national security advisor John Bolton - when he launched his angry tirade against the Mueller raid

    Cohen had been living at the Loews Regency on Park Avenue, close to Trump Tower, and had FBI agents raid his room there on Monday morning

    Cohen's offices are in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which is also home to many of NBC's most high-profile shows including The Today Show, Nightly News and Saturday Night Live

    The president also called Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators 'the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen.'

    'This is the most biased group of people. These people have the biggest conflicts of interest I've ever seen. Democrats all, just about all,' Trump said, although Mueller himself is a Republican.

    Trump also went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions – whose decision to recuse himself set in motion events that led to the appointment of Mueller by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who is revealed to have permitted the raid after hearing from Mueller.

    'He should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself and we would have put a different attorney general in,' said Trump, revising a longtime anger at the situation.

    His admission that he would have replaced Sessions to head off the recusal could figure in Mueller's ongoing effort to establish obstruction of justice.

    Trump continued to tout Mueller's failure to charge Trump or anyone on his team of colluding with the Russians, even as the probe continues to bring in members of his inner circle on other matters.

    'They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia,' said Trump, seated in front of national security adviser John Bolton, experiencing his first day on the job.

    Trump's remarks then meandered into territory explored by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee and the early days of the Russia investigation.

    They also dwelled on Rosenstein – a pivotal figure whose removal might be necessary in order to engineer Mueller's ouster.

    Continuing to go after Rosenstein, Trump said: 'But it turns out he also signed the FISA warrant - Rod Rosenstein who's in charge also signed the FISA warrant and he also signed a letter that was essentially saying to fire James Comey and he was right about that. He was absolutely right about that.'

    'This is a pure and simple witch hunt,' Trump said.

    Those close to Trump said that Cohen's looming troubles has struck the president far harder than those of former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.

    One person went so far to say that Cohen was 'the closest person to Trump that I have ever met who is not family', they told CNN.

    Trump decided on his own to directly address the FBI raid during the Syria meeting.

    It all goes back to this: Daniels claims she and Trump had an affair in 2006. She took a $130,000 payment from Cohen in return for signing a gag order just before the election. That appears to now be at the center of a federal probe

    'You can see how angry he is,' one White House official said.

    Trump also repeatedly sought to cast the probe as a hindrance to his ability to conduct his office, complaining that he was trying to plan to counter a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

    And he called on Justice Department investigators to focus on 'crimes' on the 'other side' – meaning Democrats and the Hillary Clinton camp.

    'It's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch hunt. I've been saying it for a long time. I've wanted to keep it down. I've given over a million pages in documents to the special counsel,' he said.

    'They continue to just go forward and here we are talking about Syria, we're talking about a lot of serious things. and I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now. Actually it's much more than that. You could say right after I won the nomination it started.'

    'When I saw this, when I heard about it, that is a whole new level of unfairness.'

    Trump even blamed investigators allowed a raid on his attorney's office for spoiling what could have been an up day on the stock market.

    'The stock market dropped a lot today as soon as they heard the noise you know of this nonsense that was going on. It dropped a lot,' Trump complained.

    'It was up - it was way up. It dropped quite a bit at the end. That we have to go through that. We've had that hanging over us from the very, very beginning. And yet the other side they're not even looking.'

    'And the other side is where there are crimes and those crimes are obvious - lies under oath all over the place, emails that are knocked out, that are acid washed and deleted, 33,000 emails were deleted after getting a subpoena from Congress. And nobody bothers looking at that,' Trump ranted.

    Cohen's lawyer claims the referral came from special counsel Robert Mueller's office

    The raid prompted a furious response from Cohen's own attorney, who said that 'privileged communications' had been seized.

    'Today the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,' said Stephen Ryan.

    'I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,' he said.

    'The decision by the US Attorney's Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary.

    'It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients.'

    Mueller is overseeing the probe of contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign.

    Daniels is suing to have a nondisclosure agreement she and Cohen signed whereby she agreed not to disclose any details of a relationship with Trump.

    Cohen says he made the payment with his own funds and without Trump's knowledge.

    Bank records have revealed he set up a Delaware LLC called Essential Solutions just weeks before the payment was made to Daniels from the LLC.

    The LLC was set up on October 17, 2016, the same day that Daniels' manager Gina Rodriguez was reportedly trying to sell the porn star's story to the media.

    Some 10 days later, Essential Solutions paid Daniels $130,000 after she signed an agreement not to talk about Trump.

    The agreement used pseudonyms — David Dennison for Trump and Peggy Peterson for Daniels.

    Agents seized tax documents and business records as they raided the Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue where Cohen had been staying, and his office in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, just above NBC's studios.

    The raid comes just days after Trump made his first comments on the porn star aboard Air Force One Thursday – and denied any advance knowledge of the payment that appeared to benefit him and his campaign just days before the 2016 election.

    Asked if he knew about the payment, the president said 'No.'

    The actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, performs at the Solid Gold Fort Lauderdale strip club on March 9, 2018 in Pompano Beach, Florida

    Asked why Cohen made the payment, Trump said: 'Michael is my attorney. You'll have to ask Michael.'

    Then, asked by reporters on Air Force One if he knew where the money came from, Trump said: 'No, I don't know.'

    Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing for relief from a non-disclosure agreement that her lawyer claims is null and invalid.

    Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has been keeping the story in the news, now claiming he has a forensic sketch of a man who threatened her to keep quiet in 2011.

    Avenatti said Cohen 'has been placed in the crosshairs by Mr Trump. He has been set up to take the fall.'

    He also filed court papers Sunday to try to force Trump to answer questions about the agreement.

    Avenatti is seeking a jury trial and wants sworn testimony from Trump and Cohen about the payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election as part of a nondisclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate.

    Michael Avenatti tweeted the photo on Sunday of Stormy Daniels with Lois Gibson, who he referred to as 'the foremost forensic artist in the world'

    'We're going to be releasing that tomorrow along with a significant reward asking that the public come forward,' Avenatti told CNN on Monday. 'We are very close to identifying this individual.'

    He predicted that identifying the man his client says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot will ' tighten the noose, if you will.'

    The threat 'could only have come from one of three places,' he said confidently.

    'My client, which means she threatened herself, which makes no sense In Touch magazine, which makes no sense because why would they threaten my client relating to the publication of an interview in their own magazine? or someone associated with Trump or the Trump Organization.'

    Daniels said in a Los Angeles court filing she always thought Trump was a party to the deal.

    'Such an agreement would not have made sense for many reasons,' she said in the filing.

    'It was my understanding that Donald Trump was a party to the Settlement Agreement and that he was going to sign both documents,' Daniels said.

    Her lawyer is trying to establish a basis for questioning Trump about the deal, even though he is not a signatory.

    Beyond Cohen's attorney's statement, it is not clear what the overall objective of the search was.

    Cohen appears in the infamous Steele Dossier of unverified information about President Trump and ties between his associates and Russia.

    He is suing Buzzfeed for publishing the document.

    Even if Stormy Documents got scooped up, it is possible warrants were seeking information of another variety.

    Cohen was in contact for the Trump Organization with Russian-American businessman Felix Sater in 2015 about a proposed Trump Tower Moscow.


    July 2006: Porn star Stormy Daniels says she meets now President Donald Trump at a Nevada golf tournament. They have an alleged sexual encounter.

    2011: Daniels gives an interview about her tryst with Trump to In Touch Weekly. In 2018 she tells 60 Minutes that she was threatened by a man in Las Vegas over the telling of her story, and so the interview never ran.

    October 2016: In the weeks before voters head to the polls, Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen uses a Delaware-based LLC to make a $130,000 payment to Daniels, in exchange for her to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep quiet about the alleged sexual encounter.

    May 17, 2017: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the Russia probe on the heels of President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

    January 12, 2018: The Wall Street Journal breaks the story that Cohen paid the $130,000 to Daniels, weeks shy of the 2016 presidential election.

    February 13, 2018: Cohen publicly admits to paying the $130,000, but says he did so with his own personal money, and was reimbursed by the Trump campaign nor the Trump Organization. In referencing the payment, Daniels' attorney says the NDA is breached.

    March 6, 2018: The Washington Post reported that Mueller requested documents and interviewed witnesses about incidents involving Cohen. Additionally, Daniels filed a lawsuit against Trump in California Superior Court claiming that the NDA never went into effect because Trump never signed it.

    March 16, 2018: Lawyers for both Cohen and Trump attempt to get the Daniels' lawsuit moved from state to federal court. This marked the first time lawyers for Trump are actively involved in legal action over the Daniels' matter.

    March 28, 2018: The 60 Minutes' interview with Daniels airs. She details spanking Trump with a magazine with his face on the cover and having sex with him once.

    April 5, 2018: For the first time, Trump speaks about the $130,000 payment telling reporters on board Air Force One that he had no knowledge of it at the time. 'You'll have to ask Michael,' the president responded when asked why Cohen made the payment

    April 9, 2018: The FBI raids the New York City offices of Cohen. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan received a referral from Mueller, the New York Times reported. CNN reported that documents related to the Daniels affair were swept up in the search.

    In a note to Cohen reported by the New York Times, Sater wrote: 'Lets make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics. That should be Putins message as well, and we will help him agree on that message. Help world peace and make a lot of money, I would say that's a great lifetime goal for us to go after.'

    'Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,' Sater wrote.

    Mueller is probing an array of contacts between Trump associates and Russians.

    Trump has said repeatedly there was 'no collusion.'

    The White House declined to comment on the raid when asked about it.

    Watchdog group Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission arguing that the payments to Daniels constitute a possible violation of campaign finance laws.

    Paul Ryan of Common Cause told USA Today: 'I'm happy to see the DOJ is doing its job. Donald Trump said he knew nothing about the payment to Stormy Daniels. The FBI will now quickly get to the bottom of whether Trump lied to the American people when he said no knowledge about Michael Cohen's payment to Stormy Daniels,' he said.

    Cohen also hand-delivered a so-called peace plan for Russia and Ukraine that would have lifted sanctions on Russia to fired national security advisor Michael Flynn, according to a Times report on the February delivery of a sealed plan.

    Cohen delivered it a week before Flynn resigned.

    The raid on Trump's longtime consigliere and latest twist in the Russia probe comes as Trump called out Russian President Vladimir Putin on Twitter by name for the first time following a suspected chemical weapons attack by the pro-Russia regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Syrian rebel territory.

    The White House kicked out 60 Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, and leveled new sanctions on Russian entities.

    The raid immediately raised issues of attorney-client privilege. Cohen was the president's personal lawyer during the presidential campaign, which means their communications are assumed to be beyond the reach of law enforcement and the courts.

    A critical loophole exists, however: the 'crime-fraud exception.' That allows prosecutors to use privileged material if it shows a client intended to further or cover up a crime.

    Because of the usually sacrosanct nature of attorney-client communications, the FBI will likely use a 'taint team' to keep prosecutors from seeing anything privileged that could later cause a criminal conviction to be voided.

    Every word of Trump's rant after Mueller's FBI agents raided his personal lawyer in probe

    Here is every word of what President Donald Trump said as released in a White House transcript:

    THE PRESIDENT: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys - a good man.

    And it's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch hunt. I've been saying it for a long time. I've wanted to keep it down.

    We've given, I believe, over a million pages' worth of documents to the Special Counsel.

    They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we're talking about a lot of serious things.

    We're the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now - and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.

    And it's a disgrace. It's, frankly, a real disgrace. It's an attack on our country, in a true sense. It's an attack on what we all stand for.

    So when I saw this and when I heard it - I heard it like you did - I said, that is really now on a whole new level of unfairness.

    So this has been going on - I saw one of the reporters, who is not necessarily a fan of mine, not necessarily very good to me.

    He said, in effect, that this is ridiculous this is now getting ridiculous. They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia.

    Fire and fury: Trump let loose as he hold a session with his top advisers on what to do in the aftermath of a point gas attack in Syria

    The reason they found it is there was no collusion at all. No collusion. This is the most biased group of people.

    These people have the biggest conflicts of interest I've ever seen.

    Democrats all - or just about all - either Democrats or a couple of Republicans that worked for President Obama, they're not looking at the other side they're not looking at the Hillary Clinton - the horrible things that she did and all of the crimes that were committed.

    They're not looking at all of the things that happened that everybody is very angry about, I can tell you, from the Republican side, and I think even the independent side. They only keep looking at us.

    So they find no collusion, and then they go from there and they say, 'Well, let's keep going.'

    And they raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning. And I think it's a disgrace.

    So we'll be talking about it more. But this is the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen.

    The Attorney General made a terrible mistake when he did this, and when he recused himself.

    Or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have used a - put a different Attorney General in.

    So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country. But you'll figure that out.

    All I can say is, after looking for a long period of time - and even before the Special Counsel - because it really started just about from the time I won the nomination.

    And you look at what took place and what happened, and it's a disgrace. It's a disgrace.

    I've been President now for what seems like a lengthy period of time. We've done a fantastic job.

    We've beaten ISIS. We have just about 100 percent of the caliphate or the land. Our economy is incredible.

    The stock market dropped a lot today as soon as they heard the noise of this nonsense that's going on. It dropped a lot. It was up - way up, and then it dropped quite a bit at the end. A lot.

    But that we have to go through that - we've had that hanging over us now from the very, very beginning.

    And yet the other side, they don't even bother looking. And the other side is where there are crimes, and those crimes are obvious.

    Lies, under oath, all over the place. Emails that are knocked out, that are acid-washed and deleted.

    Nobody has ever seen - 33,000 emails are deleted after getting a subpoena for Congress, and nobody bothers looking at that. And many, many other things.

    So I just think it's a disgrace that a thing like this can happen. With all of that being said, we are here to discuss Syria tonight.

    We're the greatest fighting force anywhere in the world. These gentlemen and ladies are incredible people, incredible talent, and we're making a decision as to what we do with respect to the horrible attack that was made near Damascus.

    And it will be met, and it will be met forcefully. And when, I will not say, because I don't like talking about the timing.

    But we are developing the greatest force that we've ever had. We had $700 billion just approved, which was the reason I went along with that budget because we had to fix our military.

    General Mattis would tell you that above anybody. We had to fix our military. And right now, we're in a big process of doing that. Seven-hundred billion and then $716 billion next year.

    So we're going to make a decision tonight, or very shortly thereafter. And you'll be hearing the decision.

    But we can't let atrocities like we all witnessed - and you can see that and it's horrible - we can't let that happen. In our world, we can't let that happen, especially when we're able to - because of the power of the United States, because of the power of our country - we're able to stop it.

    I want to thank Ambassador John Bolton for joining us. I think he's going to be a fantastic representative of our team.

    Welcome to the White House: Trump broke aside briefly from his rant about the special counsel to single out John Bolton, his new national security advisor, for praise

    He's highly respected by everybody in this room. And, John, I want to thank you very much. This is going to be a lot of work. Interesting day. He picked today as his first day.

    So, Generals, I think he picked the right day. But certainly, you're going to find it very exciting. But you are going to do a fantastic job and I appreciate you joining.

    AMBASSADOR BOLTON: Thank you. It's an honor to be here.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you all very much.

    Q Are you concerned about what the FBI might find, Mr. President? Do you have any concern?

    Q Why don't you just fire Mueller?

    THE PRESIDENT: Why don't I just fire Mueller?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on. We'll see what happens. But I think it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened.

    And many people have said, 'You should fire him.' Again, they found nothing. And in finding nothing, that's a big statement.

    If you know the person who's in charge of the investigation, you know about that. Deputy Rosenstein - Rod Rosenstein - he wrote the letter, very critical, of Comey.

    One of the things they said: 'I fired Comey.'

    Well, I turned out to do the right thing, because if you look at all of the things that he's done and the lies, and you look at what's gone on at the FBI with the insurance policy and all of the things that happened - turned out I did the right thing.

    But he signed - as you know, he also signed the FISA warrant. So Rod Rosenstein, who's in charge of this, signed a FISA warrant, and he also signed a letter that was essentially saying to fire James Comey. And he was right about that. He was absolutely right.

    So we'll see what happens. I think it's disgraceful, and so does a lot of - other people. This is a pure and simple witch hunt.

    Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank all very much.

    Q Any more clarity on who was responsible, sir?

    Q Any more clarity on who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack?

    THE PRESIDENT: We are getting clarity on that - who was responsible for the weapons attack. We are getting some very good clarity, actually. We have some pretty good answers.

    THE PRESIDENT: We have a lot of options, militarily. And we'll be letting you know pretty soon. Probably after the fact.

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    Wednesday, 3 May 2017

    Highly decorated

    We're having Work Done on the house. It warrants capital letters, as it involves major renovation rather than just eg slapping up some sticker murals, or changing the lightshades.

    It all started last summer.

    Our next-door neighbours have been engaged on a lengthy and all-encompassing renovation project in their house, which included replacing one of their wood-burning stoves. The stove they took out was not very old, and in excellent condition, so we asked if we could buy it* to fit into our fireplace, and thus be rid of the 1970s sandstone crazy paving fireplace which I have loathed since the day we first viewed the house.

    I've been looking through my photos to see if I ever took one of it, but I think I must have tried to crop it out whenever I used a camera in there, as it was so awful. I did manage to capture the magic of a new log burner being installed, though.

    Once the chimney breast was denuded of the horrible yellow "stone" and given a new coat of plaster, the rest of the room suddenly looked dreadful in comparison.

    Mr WithaY and I had several earnest discussions about What Actually Needs Doing In Here, and each time the list grew longer. By the start of this year we had decided that the answer to the question "What do we need to sort out" was "Everything, including the electrics." Time to make some phone calls, then.

    The first person to call in any event of this nature, as longer-term readers will know, is Kevin the Decorator. He came round, looked at the walls and ceiling, listened to our plans and then said "Yeah, I can do all that. Not the plastering though. I'll give you my mate's number, he's a good plasterer."

    So we called the plasterer. He came round, looked at the walls and ceiling and said "Yeah, I can do all that. Not taking down the ceiling though. It'll be much cheaper if you take the ceiling down yourselves." Mr WithaY and I nodded in agreement. Neither of us has very much experience taking down ceilings, but really, how hard could it be?

    I said "At least you don't have to plaster the wall above the fireplace, that's only been done recently." The plasterer ran his hand over it with narrowed eyes before opining "Yeah. But to be honest, it's a bit shit, isn't it?" Reader, it was indeed a bit shit. We opted to have the whole room skimmed.

    Once the first blow has been struck, there is no going back.

    The first cut really was the deepest. Then it was a festival of hammers and crowbars, and the unstinting practical assistance of our next-door neighbour, who is clearly a bit bored now he's finished renovating his own house.

    Mr WithaY spent a couple of days removing nails from the joists, channelling all the electrical and hi-fi cabling where it will be out of sight, and left the room in a fit state for the plasterer to work his magic.

    In the meantime, Simon the Electrician came round. I like Simon. He is a thoughtful man, prone to long silences when you ask him questions while he thinks deeply about the answer. He knows his stuff, and takes electrical things very seriously. I asked him why he was so meditative in conversation, and commented that he really does like to consider his options before replying. He looked at me for a long moment, before saying: "That's because with plumbing, if you get it wrong you get a wet floor. With electrics, if you get it wrong, the house burns down."

    I hadn't though of it in those terms, and with that in the back of his mind all the time, I can understand why he takes a while to get his ducks in a row.

    Anyhoo, Simon the Electrician plumbed in cables and so on for the new lighting we decided to install, and went away until there was a ceiling in place he could cut holes in.

    And Lo! There was a new ceiling. And it was good.

    The plasterer came back, and in what felt like record time we had smooth walls and a ceiling with no visible lumps and bumps.

    A few days for the plaster to dry, Simon the Electrician returned to fit the new lights (with dimmer switches! How posh are we?) and then Kevin the Decorator was back, transforming the room into something which feels like home again.

    We moved a chair back in there so Mr WithaY had somewhere to sit and review stuff for work. I think it feels a bit cluttered now, to be honest. Maybe the dog basket could go somewhere else.

    The ceiling and walls above the picture rail are the same shade of pale green, and the walls below are a darker shade, which looks absolutely gorgeous. I am very excited about getting our furniture back in there.

    We went for Farrow and Ball paint, which left me in a froth of anxiety about being That Woman, but apparently they are top quality and look superb, so I am prepared to suffer the opprobrium of being middle class as fuck.

    I've been in touch with a company who renovate parquet floors, and they will (I hope) be getting back to me to let me know when they could come and restore ours to shiny, non-damaged loveliness.

    The downside to all this industry, apart from the GAAAAH HOW MUCH cost of it all, is that the house is almost uninhabitable. The kitchen is full of furniture (coffer, coffee table, drinks cabinet, multiple sofa cushions, various electronic items), as is the spare bedroom (blinds, curtains, rug, ornaments, clock), Mr WithaY's study (upended sofa, huge box of DVDs, CD cabinet) and the hallway (upended sofa.)

    There's nowhere to sit and eat a meal. We've been either going out to eat, or pretending we're students/in a hotel and eating upstairs in the bedroom, which is not as much fun as you might think.

    The dog has found it all a bit trying, I imagine. She has taken to coming upstairs to sleep at night - usually she is not allowed upstairs - but as the house is in chaos I am allowing it for now. The downside to that is that she tends to wander up and downstairs in the middle of the night, and if you get up to use the bathroom (women of a certain age blah blah) at 4am, she leaps up, cavorting around you while she wags joyfully, imagining that you might be about to do something fun. Idiot.

    HOWEVER. The end is in sight. The curtains are at the dry cleaner's, the painting is almost finished, the furniture will soon be rid of its thick caking of dust.

    Once everything is moved back into the room, we are going to look at the vast WithaY art collection and decide what we want to hang on the walls. There are several new items from JAPAN (we went, it was great, we're going back, more on this anon) which will be framed and hung as a group, as well as some of the pictures which were in there previously.

    Doing all this - the last time we decorated was in 2003, there was a date and our names written in the wall under the wallpaper** - has made me feel much more positive about making changes to the rest of the house and garden. Sometimes you can get a bit stuck in your environment, and it feels like it's impossible to move on. This has been like opening a window in a stuffy room, allowing fresh air in.

    In the mean time, our kitchen table looks like this.

    *As they are the best neighbours imaginable, they gave it to us as a present.

    **Prior to that it was 1975, by the previous owners I assume.

    The Original Monopoly

    Okay, we all know that there are many versions of this popular board game now. The makers seem to have lost all semblance of creativity and just follow the most popular trend of the day, yielding a new edition for each new fad. You can now be the proud owner of Game of Thrones Monopoly or Monopoly for Millennials (as if it isn’t sad enough that we can’t buy real estate, now we have board games making fun of us for it). There are also versions that cater to those who prefer more firmly entrenched pop culture icons, like Star Wars, Star Trek, or even Pokemon. But of course nothing beats the original.

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    1. Tausida

      However, the author has correctly created!

    2. Lamaan

      the very good idea

    3. Ryscford

      IMHO the meaning is fully developed, the writer squeezed out everything he could, for which my bow to him!

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