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.
While many fans are still struggling with the shock of Michael Jackson’s untimely death on June 25, many in the industry are scrambling to address the repercussions. While an official statement from concert promoter AEG Live is forthcoming, companies within the ticketing industry are stepping forward individually to address... Read more
Pop music legend Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after an apparent heart attack on June 25. The King of Pop was rushed to UCLA Medical Center on Thursday afternoon after he was found unresponsive by paramedics. He arrived at the hospital in a “deep coma”... Read more
Concert promoter AllGood Entertainment, Inc. is moving forward with a lawsuit that seeks to bar Michael Jackson from performing his 50-date residency at the O2 Arena in London. The New Jersey based company, operated by Patrick Allocco, claims Jackson and his manager, Frank Dileo, reneged on a contract for... Read more
Since the initial unveiling of Michael Jackson’s epic 50-date residency at The O2 Arena in London, ENG, speculation has swirled around the performer’s ability to successfully complete an engagement of that proportion. The event’s promoter AEG Live is now stepping forward to confirm that Jackson is fully prepared —... Read more
Michael Jackson is going to have some very unhappy fans. But it is not his fault. Tour production delays caused Michael Jackson to push the July 8 kick-off date of his 50-date residency at London’s O2 Arenas back to July 13. Three other July dates also had to be... Read more
The start date for Michael Jackson’s extended residency at the O2 Arena in London has been officially pushed back to July 13. Earlier this month, industry insiders speculated on the possibility of production delays causing a late start for the highly anticipated This Is It concert series. Jackson’s booked... Read more
The fate of Michael Jackson‘s upcoming residency at the O2 Arena in London, England, currently hangs in the balance. A New Jersey-based concert promoter claims to have a contract, complete with a non-competition clause, that could prevent Jackson from performing unless a resolution is reached. If the show goes... Read more
Michael Jackson’s historic 50-show “This Is It” residency at the O2 Arena in London, England, might be over before it even starts. A one-off concert contract with AllGood Entertainment could prove to be a deal-breaker for the King of Pop’s long goodbye in London. The New Jersey-based concert promoter’s... Read more
Michael Jackson‘s comeback performances are supposed to kick off at the O2 Arena in London, ENG, on July 8. All 50 dates reportedly sold out, practically as fast as the tickets could be issued. The 50-show residency in the 20,000-seat capacity venue means 1 million tickets sold. Right? Well,... Read more
Just hours after sales opened to the public, tickets sold out for all 50 dates of Michael Jackson‘s comeback run at the O2 Arena in London. CNN reported that approximately 750,000 tickets were sold-out during a four-hour time slot. Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, 35 shows were added... Read more