Michael passes his driving licence. One day he’s arrested by a cop thinking he has stlolen his Rolls Royce and he is put in jail but a few hours later, Bill Bray comes to his rescue and Michael is released!
Michael consults the dermatologist Arnold Klein because he has a skin disesase called Vitiligo which depigmentates the color of his skin. He meets the nurse Debbie Rowe.
Michael appears in media adverts for Suzuki in Japon using Don’t Sop Til You Get Enough.
Michael does backing vocals on the song Going Back To Alabama by Kenny Rogers and on “The Dude”, an album by Quincy Jones.
The Jacksons receive the NAACP’s Image Award for best singing group of the year.
- January 30:
Michael attends the American Music Awards where he receives three awards for Off The Wall (one of them is presented by sister LaToya) and he also pays tribute to Chuck Berry. Diana Ross is his date for the evening.
- January 31 :
LaToya attends the 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
- February :
Michael buys a condominium in Encino.
- February 5 :
During a Diana Ross concert in Los Angeles, Michael gets on stage to sing Upside Down with her!
Epic releases the single Can You Feel It. To accompany the song, a promotional short film called The Triumph is released. It’s conceived, written & produced by Michael and contains amazing special effects.
Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine.
- March 2 :
CBS airs a Diana Ross’s TV Special featuring Michael.
Together, they perform Rock With You & Ease On Down The Road (with Quincy Jones on the piano)
- March 25:
Motown releases the album & the single One Day In Your Life (with old material by Michael)
- March 31:
Michael attend the Academy Awards with Diana Ross and then they go to an after party where he meets and befriends actress Brooke Schields.
Michael does backing vocals on Carole Bayer Sager’s song Just Friends produced by Burt Bacharach & Michael.
- April 4:
Michael appears on the cover of ’s NME which included an exclusive interview given to Danny Baker in Los Angeles .
- May 8 :
LaToya’s second album “My Special Love” is released by Polydor. Janet co-writes the song “Camp Kuchi Kaiai” with sister LaToya and sings background vocals”
Epic releases the fourth and last single from The Triumph album titled Walk Right Now.
The Jacksons start rehearsing for The Triumph Tour.
- Triumph Tour
July 8, 1981 Memphis United States Mid-South Coliseum $118,528
July 10, 1981 Oklahoma City MCC Arena —
July 11, 1981 Dallas Reunion Arena $153,252
July 12, 1981 Houston The Summit —
July 15, 1981 San Antonio HemisFair Arena —
July 17, 1981 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex Arena —
July 18, 1981 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium —
July 22, 1981 Atlanta Georgia, The Omni Coliseum (for the Atlanta Children’s Health Foundation)
July 24, 1981 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum —
July 25, 1981 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum —
July 26, 1981 Hampton Hampton Coliseum —
July 28, 1981 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center $107,000
July 31, 1981 Washington D.C Landover Capital Centre —
August 1, 1981
August 2, 1981 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium $115,000
August 4, 1981 Richmond, Richmond Coliseum
August 5, 1981 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens —
August 7, 1981 Uniondale United States Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum —
August 8, 1981 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum $166,038
August 9, 1981 Richfield Township The Coliseum at Richfield —
August 10, 1981 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
August 12, 1981 Atlanta Omni Coliseum $163,773
August 13, 1981 Pittsburgh Civic Arena —
August 15, 1981 Philadelphia Spectrum $224,881
August 16, 1981 Providence Providence Civic Center $146,000
August 18, 1981 New York City Madison Square Garden —
August 19, 1981
August 21, 1981 Detroit Joe Louis Arena —
August 22, 1981 Chicago Stadium
August 23, 1981 Dayton UD Arena —
August 26, 1981 Milwaukee MECCA Arena —
August 28, 1981 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
August 29, 1981 Detroit Michigan Joe Louis Arena
August 31, 1981 : Nashville Tennesse – Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium
September 2, 1981 St. Louis Checkerdome —
September 3, 1981 Denver McNichols Sports Arena —
September 5, 1981 Chicago Stadium
September 7, 1981 Paradise Las Vegas Convention Center
September 8, 1981 Kansas City Missouri Kemper Arena
September 15, 1981 Tempe ASU Activity Center —
September 16, 1981 San Diego Sports Arena
September 17, 1981 Daly City Cow Palace —
September 18, 1981 Inglewood The Forum —
September 19, 1981
September 22, 1981 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena $149,633
September 25, 1981 Inglewood The Forum $633,029
September 26, 1981
- Early September :
Michael visits Katherine Hepburn in her Manhattan home and she attends a Jacksons concert at the Madison Square Garden .
- September 23 :
Birth of Marlon Jackson Jr, third child of Marlon & Carol.
The Jacksons are on the cover of Ebony magazine.
- October 3 :
Michael gives an interview to Randy Taraborrelli with Janet by his side
- October 16:
While at the Studio 55 in Los Angeles , Michael sings backing vocals on the song Don’t Let A Woman Make A Fool Out Of You by Joe Carrasco.
Epic releases The Jackson Live, the first live album the group recorded during the Triumph Tour at the Madison Square Garden .
- November 5:
Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine in which he is voted most popular male entertainer.