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The same music governs te rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution and dissolution. It's music... it's rhythm.

Michael Jackson

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Michael became a superstar at an age at which most children learn such things as the alphabet.

The Jackson 5 signed a new contract with CBS Records in June 1975, later Epic Records. In 1978, Jackson starred as Scarecrow in the musical The Wiz. The musical scores were arranged by Quincy Jones, who formed a partnership with Jackson during the film's production and agreed to produce the singer's next solo album, Off the Wall.

Jones and Jackson jointly produced Off the Wall. Released in 1979, it was the first album to generate four U.S. top 10 hits, including the chart-topping singles "Don\'t Stop \'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You". Off the Wall reached number three on the Billboard 200 sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

After Jackson's early 1982 contribution, "Someone In the Dark", Epic issued his second album, Thriller. In what would turn out to be the apex of his career, the album remained in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks, 37 at the peak. Seven singles from Thriller concurrently hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, including "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Wanna Be Startin\' Somethin\'". Beyond its record-breaking success among fans, Thriller instituted multiple changes within the music industry. It raised the importance of albums, while challenging notions about how many prospective hits an album should contain. Thriller helped bring MTV into its heyday, even as MTV helped fuel Thriller\'s success.

Jackson co-wrote the charity single "We Are the World" with Lionel Richie, which was released worldwide to aid the poor in Africa and the US. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time.

With the industry expecting another major hit, Jackson\'s first album in five years, Bad (1987), was highly anticipated. Bad had lower sales than Thriller, but was still a substantial commercial success. In the US, it spawned seven hit singles, five of which ("I Just Can\'t Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana") reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, more than any other album.

Jackson released his eighth album Dangerous in 1991. Dangerous has sold 32 million copies worldwide. Jackson gave a 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey in February 1993, his first television interview since 1979. The interview was watched by an American audience of 90 million, becoming the fourth most-viewed non-sport program in U.S. history.

In 1995, Jackson released the double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The first disc, HIStory Begins, was a 15-track greatest hits album, and was later reissued as Greatest Hits – HIStory Vol. I in 2001, while the second disc, HIStory Continues, contained 15 new songs. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US. It is the best-selling multiple-disc album of all-time.

In 1997, Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which contained remixes of hit singles from HIStory and five new songs. Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies as of 2007, making it the best selling remix albums ever released.

Six years after his last studio album Jackson released Invincible in 2001. Just before the release of Invincible, Jackson informed Sony Music that he was leaving Sony. As a result, all singles releases, video shootings and promotions concerning the Invincible album were canceled.

Jackson was about to begin a series of 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London\'s O2 arena, from July 13, 2009, to March 6, 2010.

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