This month, we are going to offer some information on one of our dearest singers:
Michael Joseph Jackson (Gary, 29th August 1958 – The Angeles, 25th June 2009) was an American pop singer, composer and dancer. His story begins in the sixties when, still a child took part, together with his brothers, in the successful group called The Jackson Five. However, it was in the eighties when he became in the worldwide most successful pop superstar, due to the impact of his extraordinary album Thriller (1982), the best-selling record in the history of music.
Jackson was labeled as an artistic and musical genius (known as “the King of Pop”) but he was also a polemic character, with defenders and detractors, who was surrounded by countless legends and rumors, and who was embroiled by pedophilia accusations of worldwide repercussions. After his death, one of the implicated children announced publicly that the singer was innocent, and that he had lied because his father obliged him to do it, just to get out from poverty with the money that the singer had paid to avoid the trial.
We would like to pinpoint that Michael Jackson devoted part of his efforts and economic resources to humanitarian affairs, and was classified in the World Guinness Book as the artist who donated more money to charity in history, with 300 million dollars. During the filming of a TV ad for Pepsi, Michael suffered from third degree burns and as a compensation, the company paid him with one million dollar, which the artist donated to a hospital for burned people called, since then, “Michael Jackson Burned Center”. Later, he founded the beneficial organization “Heal the World”, which is devoted to help children all over the world. Michael Jackson was honored twice to receive the Novel Prize for Peace and got many other prices for his humanitarian spirit.
This month the English Department wants to pay tribute to his important legacy and his huge humanitarian spirit and for this, we are going to work some of his most famous songs in the classroom. We hope you enjoy them.