Michael Jackson was an American performer and international pop music legend whose career spanned 40 years, from his early years with his siblings in the Jackson 5 through his later solo endeavors. Widely known as the King of Pop, Jackson was just 50 years old at the time of his sudden and unexpected death on June 25, 2009.

In the early years of his solo career, specifically in the 1970s and ’80s, Jackson became an international pop music figure for his songwriting ability, creative dance moves and revolutionary approach to music videos, among other things. Overall, he sold more than an estimated 750 million records internationally, from his 1972 solo debut “Got to Be There” through his final record “Invincible” in 2001. His 1982 album “Thriller” remains the only record in history to have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

By the 1990s, Jackson’s musical genius began to be overshadowed by personal eccentricities and controversies. He grew more reclusive, even as his public appearances became more strange. Jackson was dogged by allegations of child sexual abuse, of which he was ultimately found innocent after a long and very public trial. In most recent years, though, his personal debt and extravagant lifestyle was the primary focus of the media. He was married twice, once briefly to Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie, and had three children.

At the time of his death, Jackson was in Los Angeles preparing for a comeback “This Is It!” concert series at the O2 Arena in London, ENG. Partnered with promoter AEG Live, Jackson originally announced plans for just ten performances. When demand for tickets far exceeded availability, the residency was extended to 50 dates from July 2009 through the early months of 2010. However, there were questions as to whether Jackson was physically and mentally fit for the lengthy engagement that swirled in the media even in the days leading up to his sudden death.

Ticket requirements for Michael Jackson tribute concert spark anger
A planned tribute concert for the late Michael Jackson, called “Michael Forever,” is drawing criticism over the way organizers are tying ticket purchases to donations to charities associated with the show. The October 8 concert in Cardiff, Wales was announced this week and is being promoted by Global Live... Read more
Jeff Dunham, Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil tickets on sale this weekend
Tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, as well as tickets to shows from comedian Jeff Dunham are on sale throughout the weekend ending November 8 as compiled by TicketNews. Kicking off this week’s onsales are tickets to catch one of today’s most popular comedians... Read more
AEG Live president Randy Phillips talks about Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’
There is so much speculation about Michael Jackson’s tribute concerts that every day there seems to be another story paraded around the globe. Perhaps AEG Live‘s President and CEO Randy Phillips is the only person to really know what lies ahead since AEG retains many of the rights to... Read more
Michael Jackson memorabilia tour to start at the O2 Arena in London
Michael Jackson’s memorabilia will hit the road this fall, with the first of three expected stops scheduled for the O2 Arena in London, ENG. Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI) reached an agreement with John Branca and John McClain, co-special administrators of Jackson’s estate, for the touring exhibition. Outside of... Read more
Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ movie tickets on sale September 27
Details about Michael Jackson’s much-anticipated upcoming movie, “This Is It,” have been revealed. The documentary will be released worldwide for a limited, two-week-only engagement beginning October 28, having been moved up two days early by Sony Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. Tickets go on sale beginning September 27 in... Read more
Michael Jackson memorial tickets in limited supply, draw high asking prices online
Even as fans mourn the death of Michael Jackson, the late pop legend is still one of the hottest tickets in the world. More than 1.6 million fans entered their names in a free weekend lottery to attend the King of Pop’s public memorial service on June 7 at... Read more
Michael Jackson rehearsal unveiled in new video clip
In a brief video, an exclusive release from media outlet CNN, Michael Jackson is seen rehearsing for his planned “This Is It” concert series just days before his untimely death on June 25. (See embedded video below.) The footage, just over a minute-and-a-half long, shows Jackson performing the song... Read more
Randy Phillips: AEG Live considering Michael Jackson tribute with siblings, stars
A Michael Jackson tribute featuring family members and an all-star cast could take place in the future, according to Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, the promoter behind the late performer’s comeback concerts in London. In an exclusive interview with England’s Sky News, Phillips said, “At some... Read more
AEG Live activates Michael Jackson ticket refund, angers fans with souvenir offer
When the refund program for Michael Jackson concert tickets went into effect today, July 1, concert promoter AEG Live released extra details for fans hoping to recoup the cost of their tickets or gain a memento from the concerts that might have been. As outlined in the company’s June... Read more
Broadway musical version of Michael Jackson epic ‘Thriller’ is put on hold for foreseeable future
It was announced in January that The Nederlander Organization would be creating a Broadway show based on Michael Jackson’s famous music video, “Thriller.” However, due to the singer’s untimely death, the future of the musical is now unclear. When The Nederlander Organization obtained the rights to produce the show,... Read more