Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most influential and best-selling musical artists of all time. Starting out as a member of the Jackson 5 with his older brothers, his solo career boomed in the 80's with the release of the albums Thriller and Bad. He fought against singer and actress Madonna in Deathbowl '99.