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Michael Jackson’s Videography

One interesting thing about the king of pop is that he started his professional career and came to the limelight at the age of five by being a music group member: The Jackson 5. It was not until the 70s that he started his career as a solo artist. And at various points in time, Michael Jackson made use of music videos to promote and market his solo albums. He mostly referred to them as short films, which largely recorded great applause and recognition from the Guinness World Records. However, some other music videos were criticised because they had triggering elements of sex and violence. At MJ50, we have also compiled a comprehensive listing of the legend’s short films and released video albums. Asides from the films and video albums, he also has TV roles. He has nine video albums, 59 music videos, 13 films, and one television role. For his Short Films, they include ‘Captain EO,’ ‘Moonwalker,’ ‘Ghosts,’ ‘Miss Castaway and the Island Girls,’ ‘This is It,” Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon,’ ‘Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender,’ ‘Bad 25’, and ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown Run Off the Wall.’ Some of the listings of his video albums include ‘Dangerous: The Short Films,’ ‘Video Greatest Hits,’ ‘History World Tour-live in Seoul,’ ‘History on Film, Volume II,’ ‘Number Ones,’ ‘The One’ ‘Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour,’ ‘Michael Jackson’s Vison,’ ‘and Live at Wembley: Bad Tour.’ As early as the 80s, MJ had become a household name and a force to reckon with in the American entertainment scene. He has such a strong fanbase on MTV due to the popularity of his music videos, the likes of ‘Thriller’ ‘Beat It,’ etc. His music videos were thought of as art rather than just a tool for promoting his songs. His videos also helped make MTV famous as it was a new TV station at the time. Just his video on ‘Thriller’ alone had a significant increase in music videos scale. In fact, the video was named most successful by the Guinness World Records. In the 19 minutes video of ‘Bad,’ MJ started making use of his sensational dance moves, which he learned as a child. He reinvented the dancing scene in the African American entertainment scene. In the video of ‘Smooth Criminal,’ MJ tried out an anti-gravity lean, which involved leaning forward at a 45-degree angle which is technically beyond the performer’s centre of gravity. Videos like ‘Leave Me Alone’ received the Grammy for the best music video and the Golden Lion Award despite not being officially released in the United States. In 1988, MJ also received the MTV Music Vanguard Award, which was later renamed in his honour as Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Remarkable MJ videos such as ‘Black or White’ helped usher in an important technology in musical videos called morphing. There was a distinct video of MJ set in the ancient day Egypt titled ‘Remember the Time’ It has starting appearances from stars like Magic Johnson and Eddie Murphy. MJ’s videos were nothing short of sensational.
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