Michael Jackson Faces His 50th Birthday


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Mar 19, 2008
(Aug. 22) - It's been a rough decade for Michael Jackson. There was the child abuse trial, countless bizarre public appearances (don't drop Blanket!), deepening cash flow woes -- which nearly cost him Neverland -- and of course, the cringe-inducing changes to his famed visage.
It's safe to say Jackson's forties won't go down as his best era, but there's new hope on the horizon: the troubled King of Pop turns 50 (50!) on Aug. 29 and he's said to be working on a new batch of songs
Have all the scandals and ghoulish makeovers ruined Jacko's chances at making a creative comeback at middle age?
A solid album from Jackson would be a welcome event, "but the likelihood of reviving his career without a tour is very slim," Spin editor Doug Brod remarked to USA Today. "And pictures of him in a wheelchair don't make you think, 'There's a guy ready to perform 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' for 240 nights.'"
Birthdays often lead to moments of reflection, so it's fair to ask whether Jackson's musical triumphs have been permanently overshadowed by his shambolic personal life. After semi-officially setting out on his own in 1979, Jackson cranked out three hit-gushing albums: "Off the Wall" (1979), "Thriller" (1982), and "Bad" (1987). The 1990s weren't as kind, with a round of child sex abuse allegations in 1993 that took the luster off his comeback album, "Dangerous."
His most recent album, 2001's "Invincible," was a poor-selling money pit and there has been nothing but bizarre behavior and scandals since.
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