American entertainer Michael Jackson (1958–2009) debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 5, as a member of The Jackson 5, and began a solo career in 1971 while being a member of the group, known as the “King of Pop” , five of his solo studio albums have become some of the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). Thriller has remained the biggest selling album of all time with estimated sales of 110 million.
Through his group, solo, and family work, he became one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Jackson’s other achievements include 39 Guinness World Records—including one for “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”—13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards, 16 World Music Awards and the estimated sale of up 1 billion units worldwide.