michael jacksonMichael Jackson is one of the artists you’re likely to hear more than just one song from on THE BEAT CHICAGO. Our Hump Day Classic Concerts are an opportunity for us to highlight the most important people in the music we bring to you each day. The voices, the bands, the real artists, artists that will stand the test of time, artists that are true Beat Chicago artists. Their music brings back memories from a much better era of music, an era we treasure and cherish.

Today we invite you back to 1988 for one of the many worldwide sold out performance Michael took on the road for his BAD tour.

At the bottom of this page you’ll find more concerts, interviews, music videos and everything else you could possibly want from the undeniable King of Pop music for the entire latter part of the 20th century, Michale Jackson.




Really, what can we tell you about the King Of Pop that you don’t really know? Born in Gary IN. on August 29, 1958, Michael passed away in his home on June 25, 2009.

One of the most amazing performers ever here on this planet, here’s some of the story and a ton of his accomplishments while here.

For more, we’ve provided links for you to learn more along with music videos, interviews, more live concerts and everything Michael.

On November 14, 2006, Jackson is recognized by Guinness World Records as the “First Entertainer To Have Officially Ratified Sales of More Than 100 Million Albums Outside The USA” during his visit to Guinness World Records London Headquarters.

Jackson’s Thriller (1982) remained at the top on the Billboard 200 album chart for thirty-seven weeks, setting a record for the longest run at number one by a studio album. It is only one of two albums to have sold more copies in the United States than any other in two separate years, topping the sales charts in 1983 and 1984. With sales of over 33 million copies to date, Thriller is the best selling album and the most certified album in the United States. Worldwide, its sales total has been estimated at 65 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album of all time.

Jackson’s Bad (1987) remained at top 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart for thirty-eight weeks, setting a record for the longest run at top five by an album from a male solo artist.

In November 1999, Jackson and Thriller were named the “Top-selling R&B/pop Artist of the Century” and “Top-selling Solo Studio Album of the Century” by the RIAA, respectively.

In July 11, 2009, three of Jackson’s albums (Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller) claimed positions 1–3 respectively on Top Pop Catalog Albums and Top Comprehensive Albums in the week following Jackson’s death, marking the first time any catalog album outsold the number album on the Billboard 200. Additionally, eight of the top nine positions on Top Pop Catalog Albums were owned by Jackson, with a ninth held by a Jackson 5 hits collection. This made Jackson the only solo artist to achieve such a feat.

Five of Jackson’s albums, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory, Invincible, and the soundtrack to Michael Jackson’s This Is It, debuted at number one in the United States.

“We Are the World”, co-produced and written by Jackson became the first-ever single to be certified multi-platinum; it received a 4× certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. The estimated global sales of “We Are the World” are said to be 20 million, making it the biggest-selling singles of the 1980s.

Jackson (aged 11 years, 155 days or 11 years, 5 months, and 2 days) is the youngest vocalist ever to top the Hot 100. As part of the Jackson 5, he topped the charts with “I Want You Back” on the week of January 31, 1970.
Jackson was the first artist to chart four Top 10 singles from one album (Off the Wall).

Jackson was the first artist to chart seven Top 10 singles from one album (Thriller), a feat matched only by his sister Janet and Bruce Springsteen.
Jackson is the only male and the first artist to chart five number one hits from one LP, Bad (“Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, and “Dirty Diana”).

With “Thriller”‘s “Billie Jean”, Jackson became the first to simultaneously have the number one album and number-one single on Billboard’s pop and R&B charts.

Jackson is the first vocalist to have # 1 in US Billboard charts in 4 decades: The 7th (1961–1970), 8th (1971–1980), 9th (1981–1990), 10th (1991–2000).

Jackson has the largest quantity of # 1 singles (10) during the 80s in the US: “Rock with You”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Say, Say, Say”, “We are the World”, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana”.

Following changes in Billboard’s methodology, Jackson became the first to have a song debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (“You Are Not Alone”).

In 2009 Jackson became the first in history to have four of the top 20 best selling albums in a single year in the United States
Jackson has had 14 #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100, making him the male artist with most No. 1 Hits in the Hot 100 era.

Jackson has 18 U.S. platinum singles, the most by any male artist.
Jackson had 31 top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, trailing Elvis Presley (36) and Madonna (38).

Jackson holds the record of Longest Span of US top 40 singles with a span of 42 years and six months. He first charted on the Hot 100 with “Got to Be There” on November 6, 1971, and the last hit with “Love Never Felt So Good” on May 21, 2014

1972: “Ben” (1 week)
1979: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1 week)
1980: “Rock with You” (4 weeks)
1983: “Billie Jean” (7 weeks)
1983: “Beat It” (3 weeks)
1983: “Say Say Say” (with Paul McCartney) (6 weeks)
1985: “We Are the World” (4 weeks)
1987: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (with Siedah Garrett) (1 week)
1987: “Bad” (2 weeks)
1987: “The Way You Make Me Feel” (1 week)
1988: “Man in the Mirror” (2 weeks)
1988: “Dirty Diana” (1 week)
1991: “Black or White” (7 weeks)
1995: “You Are Not Alone” (1 week)

Michael Jackson is one of three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Phil Collins) and the first American artist who have sold over 100 million records worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.

To date, Jackson is the first and only artist to have 5 albums selling over 30 million copies worldwide: Off The Wall (30 million), Thriller (110 million), Bad (45 million), Dangerous (40 million) and HIStory (30 million) result, Jackson holds the record for the artist with the highest number of best-selling albums worldwide

Jackson has been credited with supporting more charities than any other artist – 39 charitable organizations – either with monetary donations through sponsorships of their projects or participation in their activities.

Jackson is the Highest-Paid Commercial Spokesperson ever; Pepsi Cola paid Jackson $12 million to do 4 TV commercials in March 1988.

David O. Selznick’s 1940 Best Film Oscar for Gone with the Wind (USA, 1939) was bought by Jackson for $1,542,000 on June 12, 1999, at Sotheby’s, New York City. The Academy Awards no longer permits such sales, all but ensuring that it will remain the most expensive Oscar.

In 1995, Jackson financed the most expensive music video: (“Scream”. The clip, which co-starred sister Janet Jackson, reportedly cost over US$7 million.

On November 14, 1991, the debut of Michael Jackson’s music video Black or White was broadcast simultaneously in 27 countries, to the largest audience in television history for a music video premiere: an estimated 500 million people.

Jackson has the two best-selling VHS music videos ever released: “Moonwalker” (1988), and “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1984).

Jackson has been given 405 recognized awards, which has been promoted as being the most for an artist. These include the most Grammy Awards and American Music Awards ever won in a single year. Jackson’s eight Grammys at the 1984 ceremony were equaled only by the musical group Carlos Santana in 2001); his eight American Music Awards (also in 1984) were later matched by Whitney Houston in 1994.

Jackson won four posthumous American Music Awards in 2009, raising his total to 26, the most by any artist.

Jackson has won the most World Music Awards by a male artist, 16. Five of these came in 1996, tying Whitney Houston’s record total from 1994. He has also won the most Billboard awards by a male artist, 26. Jackson’s 13 Billboard awards in 1983 are the highest one-year total.

In 2002, MTV awarded Jackson its one-off “Artist of the Millennium” award.

Jackson was named the “Best Selling Male Artist of the Millennium” at the World Music Awards ceremony in 2000, and the “Artist of the Century” at the American Music Awards ceremony in 2002.

In 2006, the Guinness World Records identified Jackson as the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”, and the “First Entertainer to Have Officially Ratified Sales of 100 Million Albums Outside The U.S”. Also in 2006, Jackson was awarded the “Chopard Diamond award” at the World Music Awards. commemorating sales of over 100 million records.

Jackson’s Bad world tour (1987–1989) was the highest-grossing tour ever at the time, with over $125 million earned. This record was later broken by the Dangerous World Tour (1992–1993) and later broken again by the HIStory World Tour (1996–1997), which is still the biggest tour ever in terms of attendance (4.5 million tickets). 1,000,000 tickets were sold in about three hours for the canceled “This Is It” concert series in 2009.

While the bulk of his sales achievements have come in the fields of pop music and R&B, Jackson has also had success in subgenres. His Dangerous (1991) album (40 million sales worldwide) has been cited as the top-selling new jack swing album, while his Blood on the Dance Floor (7 million sales worldwide) is the biggest selling remix collection.

Jackson’s double album HIStory is the top-selling multiple-disc album of all time by a male solo artist. Though estimates of its worldwide sales total range as high as 30 million copies (60 million discs).

Jackson was once one of the wealthiest artists in the world, with an estimated fortune of more than $750 million. In 2007, the Jackson estate’s assets were calculated to be $1,360,839,979, with 85% of that total being Jackson’s stake in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing song catalog that includes most of the Beatles’ songs.

Following his death, Jackson became the first artist to sell more than 2 million downloads in a week.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It is the top-grossing concert film and the documentary film of all time. The posthumous movie has earned over $260 million worldwide to date. It also set a record for concert films with $103.9 million in worldwide ticket sales in its first five days of release.

On March 16, 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a record-breaking $250 million deal with Jackson’s estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017 and release seven posthumous albums—some of which will feature unreleased material—over the next decade.
According to Nokia’s Ovi Music Store, Jackson is recognized as the most downloaded artist of all time.

In August 2010, Jackson became the 44th dancer/choreographer inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame, and the hall’s first inductee from the world of rock and roll.

Source: Wikipedia


Interviews, more concerts, music videos, documentaries and more below