Fans from around the world are celebrating the King of Pop on what would have been his 60th birthday. Born on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson became one of the most celebrated musicians of all time, winning 13 Grammys, 24 American Music Awards, and selling 350 million albums worldwide before his untimely death in 2009.
Now fans are taking what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday to remember Jackson and celebrate his music.
Just announced this week, Jackson’s iconic Thriller video will be remastered and released in IMAX 3D for the first time, hitting theatres for one week only starting September 21.
Hugo Boss is re-releasing Jackson’s famous white suit from the cover of his Thriller album, but don’t expect to see the blazer and pants in stores. Hugo Boss is only making 100 of the limited edition suits and selling them for $1,195.
As for Jackson’s family, including his son Prince Michael Jackson, who presented for the first time at Sunday’s iHeartRadio MMVAs, the Jacksons were in Las Vegas this week to celebrate their father, who was being honoured with an award for his philanthropy.
Musical tributes have also been pouring in, with four official new singles set to be released over the next 10 months. The first tribute song will feature Jason Derulo, K-pop group NCT 127, and Lay Zhang from EXO and will be called “Let’s Shut Up And Dance.”
Fans have also been revisiting Jackson’s vast catalogue, including Pentatonix, who shared a video they shot in 2015 featuring some of the biggest songs from the late musician.
Mark Ronson also put together a collection of Jackson’s greatest hits, remixing the famous songs for “Michael Jackson x Mark Ronson: Diamonds Are Invincible.”
On social media, fans have been sharing their memories and best wishes for Jackson all week.
Pharrell kept his message for the king short and sweet.
Happy Birthday to the King, Michael Jackson.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 29, 2018
Madonna posted two pictures of herself with Jackson, sending a happy birthday wish to the King of all Kings.
Akon also shared a picture of himself with the late singer.
— AKON (@Akon) August 29, 2018
Naomi Campbell, who starred in Jackson’s “In The Closet” video, posted a screengrab from the pair’s time on film.
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) August 29, 2018
Fellow supermodel Iman also shared images from her time on set with Jackson for the video “Remember The Time.”
— Iman Abdulmajid (@The_Real_IMAN) August 29, 2018
Bruno Mars, whose style of performance is undoubtedly inspired by MJ, posted a picture from the singer’s “Smooth Criminal” video.
Still Bad! Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! pic.twitter.com/w1u4rYtaYO
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) August 29, 2018
Chance The Rapper is also a fan of “Smooth Criminal” and not a fan of Joe Pesci trying to give drugs to kids.
It is the 60th birthday of the greatest entertainer to ever live, Michael Jackson. Can I show you how he felt about Joe Pesci tryna give heroin to kids? pic.twitter.com/ZS3QSK3KVh
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 29, 2018
Comedian Eddie Griffin celebrated MJ with every hashtag. Like, ever.
Simply The Greatest of All Time!!!#MichaelJackson #HappyBirthdayMichael #HBDMJ #HappyBirthdayMike #GOAT #HappyBirthdayMichaelJackson #KingOfPop #MyBrother #MyFriend #BillyJean #Moonwalk #Moonwalker #Thriller #EGGC #EddieGriffin #GodsChild #OneTimeForYourMind pic.twitter.com/4JbUD6wDbL
— Eddie Griffin (@EddieGriffinCom) August 29, 2018
Reverend Al Sharpton shared a video from his eulogy at Jackson’s funeral, where he spoke directly to the King of Pop’s three children.
“I want his 3 children to know, wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy, it was strange what your daddy had to deal with…”- speaking at the funeral of #MichaelJackson in July of 2009. Today on what would’ve been his 60th birthday, we honor his life and continue to say thank you pic.twitter.com/bvwSfVIUu0
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 29, 2018
As for Michael’s famous sister Janet, the singer posted a tribute video to her late brother with this cute spoof on MJ’s famous “Remember The Time” video.