Essay on The Music Of Michael Jackson

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Popular music, "music written and marketed with the intention of achieving mass distribution and sales now principally in the form of recordings" (Merriam-Webster.com), played a significant role in the daily life of people of the 20th and 21st centuries. From psychedelic to rock, modern music encompassed it all. As time progressed, the quality and genre adapted to the people 's interests. Some artists decided to go against the grain and change popular music for the better. These five artists- Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Mariah Carey- should be classified as a snapshot of industry change due to sales, influence, Billboard chart rankings, and awards.
Michael Jackson should be considered one of popular music 's leaders due to his commitment to music, sales history, and awards. He was born on August 29, 1958, and showed his music potential at a young age (Herbert 29). His first music group, the Jackson 5, was best known for the song "ABC." After his childhood groups, the Jackson 5 and the Jackson 's, dissolved, Michael Jackson continued to be a sensation.
As stated by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Michael Jackson is the "biggest selling artist of all time” and has had “worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall" (RIAA, Michael Jackson 's 'Thriller ' First Ever 30X Multi-Platinum RIAA Certification). It was classified as a 32-time multi-platinum record and was number one on The Billboard 200…

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