Discovery Travel & Living to present the Michael Jackson story

MUMBAI: Michael Jackson defined pop music for decades. The King of Pop influenced style, singing, dancing and videos. For sure, he was the ultimate artist. The sheer scale of his success has never been equalled. This year, Jackson announced to perform a staggering 50 concerts in United Kingdom. While the world awaited the King of Pop kick back to reclaim his crown, his untimely death has left his fans disconsolate forever.

Discovery Travel & Living in a one-hour programme, The Michael Jackson Story, to air on 2 August at 8 with a repeat at 10 pm will capture the riveting portrait of Michael Jackson demonstrating his artistry from singing to dancing, from concept to song creation, from The Jackson 5 to The Moonwalk and right up to the announcement of his concert extravaganza in United Kingdom. Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and siblings Latoya and Jermaine, will tell his story and share exclusive revelations about his life. Providing surprising insights about the legendary star, influential star maker Suzanne de Passe, who nurtured his career, Gladys Knight, who first discovered him, Smokey Robinson, who mentored him at Motown, friend and dance director Jeffrey Daniels, and his Thriller video director Steve Barron will share their experiences.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president and general manager, India  Rahul Johri said, "The Michael Jackson Story is a detailed narration of the highly successful life of Michael Jackson. It is the story of a man who – whatever your opinion on the scandals and his reputation – was undeniably the most successful, best-selling recording artist and one of the biggest musical performers of all times. With unprecedented access to his circle of family, friends and musical colleagues and using personal family movies and other exclusive archives, The Michael Jackson Story charts the superstar’s career from his days as a shy young child in Indiana through to his status as a music legend."

After defining much of the 70s with his early Jackson 5 and solo music, Michael Jackson turned the world upside down with his 1982 Thriller. It became the world’s biggest selling album of all time, with sales exceeding 51 million copies worldwide. Jackson was the first artist to win 8 Grammy Awards in one night and was voted ‘Artist of the Decade’. Jackson became widely recognised as the greatest singer and performer of our time, with a ground-breaking inventiveness and massive popularity. But as the world became mesmerised by Michael Jackson’s extravagant and controversial lifestyle, his incredible musical talents began to be obscured by the lurid tabloid headlines.

Uncovering the life and music of one the world’s most influential and pioneering entertainers, the stunningly illustrated programme The Michael Jackson Story captures every nuance of the matchless personality who will forever remain the King of Pop.