Soundscan: since 2009 in the US MJ has sold…

  • 12.7 Million Albums
  • 34.4 Million units total.
"Michael Jackson – Prime position in my pantheon of musical heroes and the most iconic cultural figure of all time in regards to my life. Coming from an atheist background I genuinely believe that at an early age he was the only person / bloke that I saw of as different or higher to others; yet oddly felt like he was one of my own, divinely connected. His production techniques are all over our music.

I remember once, I was sat in front of the TV – I must have been about six – and my dad’s mates are all welders. They were sat behind me watching a video of Michael Jackson. And they were expressing their opinions about how alien he was, how unrelatable he was. And I remember thinking to myself: ‘Well, I’m a lot more like him than I am like you.’"

— Matt Healy from the 1975 speaking about Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson either teasing paparazzi with his phone or holding it out so the person on the other end could hear the noise they were making. October, 2008.

“I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. ‘Cause the planet is sick like a fever. If we don’t fix it now it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have. It’s like a runaway train. The time has come. This is it. People are always saying 'Oh they'll take care of it, the government'll do it.' They’ll…they who? It starts with us…us…or else it’ll never be done.”~Michael Jackson

(Source: beyondtheplanetsandthestars, via mj-foralltime)

MJ at an LA Lakers game sometime around 1983.

Kobe Bryant speaking about his friendship with Michael Jackson.

"We would always talk about how he prepared to make his music, how he prepared for concerts. He would teach me what he did: How to make a ‘Thriller’ album, a ‘Bad’ album, all the details that went into it. It was all the validation that I needed - to know that I had to focus on my craft and never waver. Because what he did - and how he did it - was psychotic. He helped me get to a level where I was able to win three titles playing with Shaq because of my preparation, my study. And it’s only all grown. That’s the mentality that I have - it’s not an athletic one. It’s not from [Michael] Jordan. It’s not from other athletes. It’s from Michael Jackson."

"I never liked the glove, although when I saw his monstrous hand, I got it. And I admired what he’d done to cover it up. It was never clear to me if that hurt or not, but I imagine it did. Think about the beauty of that. Putting sequins on your open wounds. Think about the entire world staring at the one thing that makes you feel most ugly.”

(Source: peppermintlester)

Lisa Marie Presley on Michael Jackson.


"But we had such a good time, sitting on the floor, eating that bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken." - Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Michael wanted him in the video after he heard about his HIV diagnosis.

(Source: thatdoggonegirl)