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.
MJ – The Michael Jackson musical – was set to kick-off this summer following a postponement, however, now fans will have to wait even longer to see the Broadway show amid the coronavirus pandemic. The show was slated to begin previews at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York... Read more
The Michael Jackson-based musical, which was derailed for a bit, now plans to head to Broadway in 2020. The musical, originally dubbed Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, will be called MJ. The show was cancelled this past February due to the recent sexual allegations that surfaced against the... Read more
Ticketholders are demanding refunds for an upcoming Quincy Jones show after Jones removed Michael Jackson’s name from the concert title, likely due to the negative attention against the singer. The show was originally titled “Quincy Jones Presents Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad.” It was understood that Jones, a longtime... Read more
The Michael Jackson musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, will no longer hit stages in Chicago ahead of its Broadway debut in 2020. The show was scheduled to debut at the James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29 in Chicago and close on December 1. However, according to... Read more
Fans of the legendary pop icon Michael Jackson can reminisce the singer’s life in a new musical, set to hit the Broadway stage in 2020. Jackson’s estate, along with Columbia Live Stage, announced the agreement to develop a stage musical on Tuesday. The production, which is unnamed as of... Read more
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
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
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’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
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