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.
The King of Pop continues breaking records as he returns to the international concert stage to reclaim his crown. Just a day after extending his run to 30 shows at the O2 Arena in London, Michael Jackson has added an additional 15 shows to the booking. The “This Is... Read more
A week after Michael Jackson announced his return to the concert circuit, details are beginning to emerge about his upcoming residency at the O2 Arena in London, England. Due to overwhelming demand for presale tickets, concert promoter AEG Live has made regular show additions to Jackson’s schedule throughout the... Read more
With thousands of fans chanting his name, iconic singer Michael Jackson took the stage at the O2 Arena in London, England, to announce his final performances during a March 5 press conference. TicketNews confirmed Jackson’s comeback plans earlier this week on March 2. “I just want to say that... Read more
Confidential sources have confirmed to TicketNews that Michael Jackson will be performing live in a series of shows, possibly in 2009, which will be announced within a week. While the exact location and duration of the engagement are forthcoming, recent published reports have conjectured about a 30-show run in... Read more
As Broadway continues to struggle through a rough season because of the economy, news that the King of Pop is riding to the rescue could lift some spirits. Superstar Michael Jackson is reportedly teaming up with Broadway royalty, the Nederlander family, for a musical version of his seminal ’80s... Read more
It seems as though Michael Jackson is taking a trick from the playbook of Led Zeppelin’s frontman Robert Plant. After growing speculation about a Jackson Five reunion tour and affirmative statements from Jermaine Jackson, the King of Pop is sayin’ it ain’t so. Recently the elder Jackson brother told... Read more
The ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson may actually be forced to play Las Vegas for an extended period of time. Colony Capital, a private equity group, recently bought the loan on Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch in California for $23 million. Colony also owns the Las Vegas Hilton and is... Read more