Michael Jackson: King of pop would have been 60 today

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The King of Pop died suddenly in 2009 after ingesting a lethal mix of drugs.

Even though the pop legend has been dead for nearly a decade fans all over the world still gather to honor his legacy with celebrations being organized around the world as a way to remember the Thriller singer on what would have been his 60th birthday.

Sixty years after his birth, the music legend's career makes him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. But Jackson had a rough start in life, born as the eighth of ten children in a working-class family in a small steel town of Indiana, USA. Fast-forward to 2018, and it's hard to imagine another musician ever being quite as influential as the smooth moonwalking legend.

A Broadway musical on Jackson's life is currently in the works with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and renowned ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon who is directing the production. The Michael Jackson Estate is also set to release limited-edition sneakers. Earlier in 2018, Supreme brand’s Michael Jackson collection from their skateboard line immediately sold.

As many say, he summed up the ultimate fame-power-influence game. Putting the spotlight on the morally ambiguous parts of the legend’s life has never been easy. Much tragedy surrounded his incredible and eventful life, which has often overshadowed the raw musical talent that drove his success in the first place. A controversial figure, bound to mystery throughout his career. There are various aspects of Jackson’s legacy can seem particularly conflicting. Despite never having been found guilty of any sexual offences, The Michael Jackson’s estate was slapped with lawsuits from alleged abuse victims in the nine years after his death.

Jackson’s unparalleled musical legacy however is still alive. Artists like Beyonce and Lady Gaga have constantly spoken of the huge impact the legend had on their careers.

The legend emerged from his harrowing childhood to pioneer music and music videos that became an art form in itself, breaking the pre-set mold in the industry along with almost every music sale record conceivable. And the masses crowned Michael Jackson as the King of Pop, for time immemorial.