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.
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
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
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
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
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
After days of waiting for official word from AEG Live, fans who purchased tickets to Michael Jackson’s lengthy London concert series will receive full refunds. The concert promoter made its announcement on June 29, after originally stating only briefly that consumers should hold on to their ticket vouches and... Read more
“National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) – Members to Issue Full Refunds or Credits for Cancelled Michael Jackson Shows” WASHINGTON, DC (PRNewswire) June 29, 2009 – The National Association of Ticket Brokers (“NATB”) announced today that, as per its Code of Ethics and policies, all of its members are... Read more
The world mourns the loss of Michael Jackson as questions arise about the performer’s planned 50-show residency in London. These stories and more are in the daily tour recap for June 26, as compiled by TicketNews. The legendary pop musician known widely as the King of Pop died at... Read more
The untimely death of Michael Jackson on June 25 brought an outpouring of remembrances and testimonials from his friends and peers within the music industry. Recording artists across genres and industry professionals alike voiced their respect for the man and his music, as well as condolences for the children... Read more
While individual ticketing companies are stepping forward to address issues of refunding Michael Jackson’s star-crossed residency in London, one thing is clear: Most of the financial weight will fall on the shoulders of AEG Live. What remains to be seen is how the fallout of Jackson’s unexpected death will... Read more