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The Michael Jackson History Years

On February 19, 1994 "The Jackson Family Honors" took place in Las Vegas. Michael did not perform but presented 2 awards. His date for the evening was Lisa Marie Presley. Michael was already seen in company of Lisa Marie on February 2, when they attended a concert by The Temptations in Las Vegas.

Michael spent most of the time in New York, working busy on his new album. He booked into a 3 bedroom duplex apartment at Trump Tower.

On May 26, 1994 Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic in a ceremony which last 12 minutes. Civil Judge was Hugo Francisco Alvarez Pérez. Eva Darling, a friend of Lisa Marie's, and Darling's husband, Thomas Keough, Lisa Marie's former brother-in-law [he is the brother of Lisa's first husband Danny Keough], were witnesses. No members of Michael's family were present. The marriage will not become public until July 11.

July 11: The press covered news that Michael has married Lisa Marie Presley. CNN reported that 3 separate spokespeople from Michael emphatically denied that Michael has married the daughter of Elvis Presley. A spokeswoman for Presley couldn't deny the report, because she was unable to reach Lisa Marie.

On August 1, 1994 after weeks of rumors, it's official. Michael had indeed married Lisa Marie Presley. The bride, announcing that her name was now Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson, released a statement through MJJ Productions: "I am very much in love with Michael. I dedicate my life to being his wife. I understand and support him. We both look forward raising a family and living happy, healthy lives together." The official statement gave no details of the marriage or where it took place.

With this marriage, the 2 biggest names in showbusiness were united: Jackson and Presley. In the media, the marriage of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, to the daughter of the King of Rock 'N' Roll, Lisa Marie Presley, was entitled as "THE Marriage of the Century"!

On September 08, 1994 Michael opened the 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards with his wife.
Their 120 second appearance stole everyone else the show as Michael swept Lisa Marie into his arms, and tenderly kissed her in public for the very first time.
The next day, it's THE event in the media all over the world. Some refered to it as "The Kiss of the Century", others compared the kiss to the famous kissing-scene in "Gone With The Wind" between Scarlett O'Hara and Rett Buttler.

In May, 1995 Michael's "new look" was unveiled for the first time as he posed with Quincy Jones in the June edition of Vibe magazine.

Finally, on May 29, 1995 "Scream", the first single from Michael's forthcoming album "HIStory", a duet with sister Janet, was released around the world.
In the US, the single made history by debuting at number 5 in the Billboard Charts, making it the highest debut ever in the 37-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, toping the previous record held by The Beatles with "Let It Be" which entered the chart at number 6 in March of 1970!!! Michael will later break his own set record!

What the world had been waiting for for 4 years, happened on June 15: Michael's long-awaited new album, "HIStory" was released around the world. The double album is made up of 15 greatest hits and 15 new songs, 150 minutes of music. Statues of Michael Jackson constructed by his record company were ceremoniously unveiled in several European cities to tie in with the Jackson bust which appears on the cover of the album.

A day before [June 14], Michael and Lisa Marie granted their first interview as a couple to ABC's "Primetime". The interview, held by Diane Sawyer, was broadcast live around the world. The interview became the second-most-watched [viewership] interview of all time [the most-watched interview of all time is up to today Michael's interview with Oprah].

In 1997, Monica Lewinsky's interview with Barbara Walters entered at the second position, pushing the Michael and Lisa interview to the 3rd position. During the "Primetime" interview, the video for "Scream" premièred. The futuristic video clip, directed by Mark Romanek, earned Michael another record and is featured in The Guinness Book Of World Records as the most expensive video of all time: US$ 7 million did it cost to make "Scream". The video clip, in which Michael again took the art of making videos to another level, is seen as groundbreaking for the future of computer animated clips!

5 days later, on June 20, 1995 "HIStory" entered the US Billboard LP Charts at number one, like in many other countries around the world.
The album "HIStory" is undisputed the most important album in Michael's career, after what he had to go through in 1993. And it's without a doubt the most personal. With "HIStory", Michael told "his story" about the false allegations, the lies, the avaricious people, the tabloids - the Jackson case. "HIStory" became a tremendous success all around the world and clearly [!] answered the question: "Will he make history or is he history?" The album proved once more why Michael is the world's greatest entertainer and the undisputed King of Pop. And Michael indeed made history with "HIStory": The album becomes the biggest-selling double album of all time! [reported by MTV USA]. It became also the fastest-selling album in Michael's career. Unprecedented 7 million copies were sold worldwide in the first week!!!

Michael collaborated on the album with top producers such as David Foster [Michael did already work with him on "Off The Wall"]. In the 90's, David Foster became by far the most successful producer of the decade, producing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "Run To You" and hits for Madonna, "You'll See", and later in 1999 for Mariah Carey, "After Tonight". Other producers are Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin and R. Kelly. "HIStory" features appearances by supreme names such as Janet Jackson, The Notorious B.I.G., Shaquille O'Neal, Slash, Steve Lukather, Boyz II Men, Steve Porcaro, to name but a few.

On August 15, 1995 "You Are Not Alone", the second single from "HIStory" was released in America, and went on to create chart history by becoming the first ever song [single] to go straight in at number one on the US Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart!!! This has never happened before in the history of the Billboard single-charts! Michael broke his own record which he set with "Scream" 2 1/2 months ago ["Scream" entered the Billboard charts at number 5, being the then-highest entry of all time]. The number one position is the highest possible debuting position on the single-charts. This record can only be tied but never be broken. Michael was honored with the "Billboard Hot 100 Achievement Award" for having the first ever single in the history of the Billboard charts, "You Are Not Alone", to debut at number one on the charts!

On September 7, 1995 Michael gave a stunning performance at the opening of the 12th Annual MTV Music Video Awards. Michael's performance and the standing ovation he received proved unquestionably his continued popularity with the public in general, and his ability to excite and satisfy a live audience. Every other performer at the show praised Michael, from alternative band Weezer to Notorious B.I.G..

Chris Connely of MTV said the backstage area was filled with celebs trying to get a spot in the wings to watch Michael. Michael went on to pick up 3 awards for Best Dance Video, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction for his and Janet's video "Scream".

On November 4, 1995 Michael performed for the first time on the most popular European show "Wetten dass...?" ["Wanna bet...?"] in Germany. The TV special became the biggest TV event throughout Europe [viewership] with 18 million viewers in Germany and another 25 million throughout the rest of Europe. It's THE event of the year 1995 in Europe.

On December 6, 1995 Michael was rushed to Beth Israel Medical Center in New York after collapsing at rehearsals for his HBO special "One Night Only". Early reports from the Center indicated that Michael was suffering from gastro-enteritis, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Michael was due to play at the Beacon Theater on the 8th and 9th. The shows were canceled.

On January 19, 1996 "USA Today" reported that Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson filed for divorce from Michael yesterday [January 18], ending a 19-month marriage that merged pop royalty. A statement from Jackson spokesman Lee Solters said the two "have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. However, they remain good friends." Irreconcilable differences were given as reason. Michael got married to Lisa on May 26, 1994 in the Dominican Republic.

On February 28, 1996 Michael won a Grammy for "Best Video Short Form" for "Scream" at the 38th Annual Grammy Award ceremony.

In March of 1996, it was reported on MTV USA that Michael's "HIStory" album is the biggest-selling double album ever!

On March 19, 1996 at a press conference in Paris, Michael announced plans for his new company, "Kingdom Entertainment", a Paris-based multimedia corporation, jointly owned with Saudi Prince, Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saoud.

On May 8, 1996 after a great "Earth Song" performance at the World Music Awards, Michael received a record-breaking total of 5 [!] of these prestigious awards!

The World Music Awards honor the world's greatest-selling recording artists of the year in the various categories and the best-selling recording artists of the year from each of the major record-buying countries around the world.
These awards are unique in that, they are based purely on record sales, hence it is the record-buying music fans who determine the winners.

On September 7, 1996 Michael launched his "HIStory World Tour" with a high-tech spectacle in Prague, playing to over 125'000 people!!! During his stay in the Czech capital Michael had received police escorts throughout the ancient city, and been treated like royalty.
The spectacle show hit the news around the world, especially Michael's opening [arrival] in the Spaceship MJ 2040!

On October 2, a new official Michael Jackson product - a soft drink - was launched. The fizzy fruit drink carrying the byline "fresh - cool - magic" is called "Mystery", and will be sold on the tour and to retail outlets. "Mystery" is described as an "energy" drink made from fruit and plant extracts and vitamins and minerals.

On November 4, 1996 news broke that Debbie Rowe is carrying Michael's first child. [Liz Smith reported in her column in the San Francisco Chronicle as follows: "Congratulations and good luck to Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, the woman who is reported to be carrying his first child."]

On November 11, "Sisterella", the musical stage production of a black version of "Cinderella" which Michael Jackson co-produced, won an incredible 8 NAACP Theatre Awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The show was a huge success in the Pasadena Playhouse earlier that year, and is in preparation for New York showings.

On November 14, 1996 Michael married Debbie Rowe, a former nurse, in a civil ceremony in his presidential suite at the Sheraton-on-the-Park Hotel in Sydney.

Hotel publicist, Brian Walsh, told the media that Michael has married again, saying that Jackson, 38, married Rowe, 37, before a handful of friends in the Sheraton-on-the-Park Hotel only hours after kicking off the Australian leg of his "HIStory" World Tour. Walsh: "The ceremony was attended by a few friends and people from the tour entourage. Debbie has known Michael for a long time and has been with the entourage for a while and they have a lot of friends in common."
In a written statement distributed on the Internet global computer network, Michael said: "Please respect our privacy and let us enjoy this wonderful and exciting time." The wedding took place only ten days after Michael announced Rowe, who nursed him while he was being treated for a rare skin disorder [Vitiligo], was to give birth to his child early next year.

On January 4, 1997 Michael ended the first leg of his "HIStory" tour in Honolulu, Hawaii. The two concerts held on January 3 and 4 at the 35'000-seat Aloha Stadium made history - no other musical act ever sold out the stadium, and Michael sold out 2 shows in less than 24 hours, a record time. It's his first U.S. tour stop since 1989. Hawaii promotor Tom Moffatt said: "I've never seen anything like it... there's been nothing even close to this - The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Julio Iglesias, The Eagles... ."

On February 13, 1997 Michael Jackson's wife Debbie Rowe gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Michael was present at his son's birth. The boy is named Prince Michael Junior Jackson. According to MTV News the birth time was 1:07 am [PST]. Michael: "Words can't describe how I feel... I have been blessed beyond comprehension and I will work tirelessly at being the best father that I can possibly be. I appreciate that my fans are elated, but I hope that everyone respects the privacy Debbie and I want and need for our son. I grew up in a fish bowl and will not allow that to happen to my child. Please respect our wishes and give my son his privacy."

3 days later, on February 16, Michael arrived in company of Elizabeth Taylor to celebrate her 65th birthday at the star-studded gala, "Happy Birthday Elizabeth - A Celebration Of Life" at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Michael was making his first appearance since the recent birth of his son, whose godmother is Elizabeth Taylor. Michael performed "Elizabeth, I Love You", which he wrote especially for the occasion, and sat by Elizabeth's side throughout the show.

On March 21, 1997 Sony Music presented Michael with a special award to signify sales of 100 million singles and albums OUTSIDE of the United States, since his first solo album for Epic Records in 1979, "Off The Wall".

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