michael jackson

*Today is August 29, 2015.

OK and … you say, assuming you didn’t read the headline, “what’s so special about today?”

Well, we’re glad you asked because the answer is today would have been Michael Jackson‘s 57th birthday.

He died June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.

And what better way to celebrate MJ’s b-day than with a top 10 list of things you might not have known about the legendary entertainer.

michael jackson with award

1. 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 raked in a reported $1 billion.

2. Michael is The Most-Awarded Artist Of All Time. He won more awards than any other music alive or deceased. He’s received 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards.

michael jackson wof star

3. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for himself and one for the Jackson 5.

4. His Neverland Ranch is a 2,700-acre property that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater. It was valued at $100 million 10 years ago.

michael jackson bilie jean cd cover

5. Billie Jean is based on a true story. Michael claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.

6. His favorite food was Mexican. A burrito and taco would leave him happy and satisfied.

7. He was fond of pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.

michael jackson special shoe

8. Michael Jackson is credited with inventing and patenting 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.

9. There is an Egyptian sculpture which bears a striking resemblance to Michael Jackson. This was spotted by Flickr user mandalariangirl at the Field Museum in Chicago.

michael jackson looking egyptian sculpture

10. Michael Jackson’s love interest in the “Thriller” video, Ola Ray, was a Playboy Playmate. She later suggested that she and Michael had a fling while shooting the video. This is what she looks like today:

ola ray (today - 2015)

 

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