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We celebrate the groundbreaking performer on his special day
Posted: 29/08/2014 12:20 PM
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REGGAE LEGEND Bob Marley once said, "without music, life would be a joke."

And thankfully, the world has never had to face this conundrum with performers such as the One Love star - among many others - producing hit after hit.

Michael Jackson, aptly dubbed the King of Pop, was one of those people.

The performer, known for his groundbreaking moves as well as his music, was one of a kind.

He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when Love Never Felt So Good reached number nine on May 21, 2014.

It was only with the phenomenal success of the star's Thriller album in 1983 that music channel MTV and its harsh color barrier format were broken.

Jackson's 'pluralistic market appeal' paved the way for himself and subsequently other African-American artists who had faced prejudice, which included limited play of their tracks, on the popular music channel.

Even the airing of his hit songs Billy Jean and Beat It - two songs enjoying enormous success on American radio waves were initially rejected by MTV.

It was only when MTV realised the money it stood to lose due to its exclusionary format that it allowed Jackson to be aired. Incidentally, both of Jackson's videos went on to become "two of the most popular videos ever aired on MTV" - putting to rest MTV's belief that it was only R and R which its target demographic desired.

It is without a doubt that Jackson produced some of the most memorable music in history, so on his 56th birthday we pay tribute to one of his most groundbreaking tracks Thriller.

Thriller was released nearly 30 years ago, on December 2, 1983. At the time it was the most expensive music video ever made and to date, is Jackson's most viewed video with over 192 million hits on YouTube.