Michael has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. He had seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist of all time. Some of his greatest hits include: Faith, Freedom, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Father Figure, Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me (with Elton John), etc. His song: Do They Know It's Christmas? became the U.K.'s greatest single until Elton John's song Candle In The Wind about Princess Diana came along. He's won several American Music Awards and Grammy's and has numerous awards in the U.K.
He has been involved in so many charities that I can't list them all but some include help for famine victims in Ethiopia, funds for terminally ill children, education scholarships, and AIDS.
Whether you like him or not he has had an amazing career through all the ups and downs in his personal life. He recently passed away in London on Christmas day, with a lot of music left in him especially soul music.