An Icon of the Century
The US entertainment magazine Variety made a list of the Top 100 icons of the century, covering the world of showbiz since 1905.
Parts of the explanatory statement read as follows:
He led the Jackson 5 to sales of more than 100 million records, and repeated the feat as a solo artist with such hit-producing goldmines as "Off the Wall" and "Thriller." For more than two decades Michael Jackson’s fame, wealth and notoriety grew exponentially as he became a global superstar.
Jackson was the first Black artist to crack MTV, and his concerts broke box office records. He wrote musical stories and created song-length films that set new standards in performance and production…