Top 10 Facts

Michael Jackson

10. Skin Disease


In 1993 Jackson’s dermatologist said he had a rare skin disease called vitiligo, which causes sufferers to lose pigmentation in their skin.

9. Oxygen Tent

For beauty purposes and to live longer, Michael Jackson used to sleep in an oxygen tent. He later donated the bed to a Californian medical center therapeutic aid for burn victims.

8. Moonwalk

His famous dance move, the moonwalk, is said to have been based on the routine of mime artist Marcel Marceau.

7. Patented Special Boots

Michael Jackson invented and patented special boots that allowed the wearer to lean so far forward that it seems to defy gravity. He used these for the famous “lean’ in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.

6. Gone with the Wind

He bought the Best picture Oscar awarded to David O. Selznick for Gone with the Wind for 1.5 million in 1999.

5. Beatles Catalogue

He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share off to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.

4. Records Sold

He has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.

3. Thriller

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. It spent 122 weeks on the Billboard 200.

2. Highest-Earning Deceased Artist

Michael Jackson is the highest earning deceased artist. He has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in a new category for Highest-Earning Deceased Artist, gaining the top honor. In the first year after his passing in 2009, Jackson’s estate raised in a reported $1 billion.

1. Awards

Michael Jackson is the most awarded artist of all time. He won awards than any other music alive or deceased. He’s received 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammy’s and 26 American Music Awards.