Many of us can remember where we were when we heard the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died five years ago. In celebration of MJ’s life, here are five major moments in the time since he passed:
1. “This Is It”
The concert doc “This Is It” was released in 2009, within a few months of Jackson’s death. It follows the planned tour of the same name that never happened, featuring some incredible footage of MJ and some fascinating rehearsals from the ill-fated tour.
2. “Thriller” Gets Its Due
In 2009, “Thriller” became the first and only music video to be added to the National Film Registry by the U.S. Library of Congress. It’s truly an honor, and it’s deserved for the greatest music video of all time. With everything that’s changed over the past 32 years, the timelessness of “Thriller” is still clear, thanks to its 180 million YouTube hits.
3. Michael Jackson’s Legacy Michael had a reputation for being a humanitarian, thus, the Michael Jackson’s Legacy charity foundation was founded. MJL continues to donate funds to several charities that he worked with in his lifetime. It’s good to know even after he died, people have continued in his efforts to eliminate poverty.
4. MJ’s “IMMORTAL World Tour”
Featuring the now-iconic hologram of Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil’s “IMMORTAL World Tour” bowed last year. The holographic image of the legendary singer performs his hits alongside live musicians. They took the show on the road last month, performing a new track called “Slave to the Rhythm” on the Billboard Music Awards.
In May, “Xscape” was released, with the previously-mentioned “Rhythm” as just one of the previously unreleased tracks featured alongside reworked songs. His family members say this shall be his last album to feature any new material, so enjoy the icon’s final efforts.