Michael Jackson's This Is It

  1. New Michael Jackson Song Backs Jeep Summer TV Campaign (Watch)

    May 08, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Today Epic Records and Jeep launched a global brand campaign for the car company’s Altitude Edition in which Michael Jackson’s new single “Love Never Felt So Good” is featured in four 30-second TV commercials. The campaign will air from today (May ...

  2. Michael Jackson ‘Was Playing Russian Roulette’ With Drugs, Lawyer Tells Jurors

    September 26, 2013 12:17 AM EDT Michael Jackson died because of his own bad choices involving the drug that killed him and the doctor who provided it, not because of anything done by AEG Live, a lawyer for the producer of Jackson's comeback concerts told jurors Wednesday. ...

  3. Michael Jackson-AEG Trial Reaches Closing Arguments

    September 25, 2013 12:29 AM EDT A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family on Tuesday portrayed concert promoter AEG Live LLC and Jackson's doctor as mercenaries who sacrificed the pop star's life in a quest to boost their own fortunes. Attorney Brian Panish made the ...

  4. AEG Live Wraps Its Defense In Civil Trial Over Michael Jackson’s Death

    September 18, 2013 10:17 PM EDT Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death. The trial is in its 21st week and juror ...

  5. Michael Jackson's Mother Tearfully Concludes Testimony in AEG Wrongful Death Suit

    July 23, 2013 8:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts watched the singer waste away and should have reached out to his family for help, the superstar's mother tearfully told a jury on Monday. Clutching a ti ...

  6. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  7. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  8. Katy Perry Concert Film Pulls In $10.4 Million Over First Weekend

    July 09, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Katy Perry: Part of Me attracted enough paying customers in its opening weekend to make the top 10, but missed crossing a threshold that makes concert-based biographies a mass-market genre. Opening the day after a national holiday, Paramount' ...

  9. 'Hunger Games' Sets Box Office Record With $155 Million First Weekend

    March 26, 2012 7:15 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" is expected to pull in $155 million at the box office in North America over the weekend, making it the biggest non-sequel opening in history as well as the biggest March film ever. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack S ...

  10. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 7:14 PM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart The multi-artist album should sell at leas ...

  11. Michael Jackson Estate Sues Former Manager

    February 17, 2012 6:00 PM EST Michael Jackson's estate sued the singer's former manager on Friday, claiming he lined his own pockets by persuading the pop superstar to sign unconscionable contracts in the final year of his life. The lawsuit against Tohme R. Tohme cam ...

  12. Exclusive: Randy Phillips Re-Ups As President/CEO of AEG Live

    February 09, 2012 8:55 AM EST Randy Phillips has signed a new contract to remain the President & CEO of AEG Live, the position he has held with the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) since joining the company in 10 years ago ...

  13. Michael Jackson Rehearsal Footage Will Not Be Used in Manslaughter Trial

    July 25, 2011 2:57 PM EDT Jurors in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case will not watch previously unseen footage from the singer's final rehearsals to determine the state of his health before his death, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor agree ...

  14. Sony Studios Wants Subpoena For Michael Jackson Footage Quashed

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Sony studios on Friday asked the judge hearing Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial to throw out a subpoena for footage of the singer's final rehearsals after a defense attorney said earlier this week that reviewing them was "a big ...

  15. Michael Jackson: Two Years Since His Death How Much Has He Sold?

    June 25, 2011 12:05 AM EDT While it's been two years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his solo catalog of music continues to post solid numbers in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. From his passing through the week ending June 19, 2011, Jac ...

  16. Sony Fighting Attorneys Over Michael Jackson Film Outtakes

    June 16, 2011 7:26 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Attorneys for Michael Jackson's doctor want access to raw footage that was used for the star's posthumous concert film, "This is It." But Sony Pictures is fighting the request. Lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray and So ...

  17. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, "Michael" Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. ...

  18. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week� ...

  19. Why Michael Jackson's New Album Could Debut Stronger Than 'This Is It'

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nearly a year and a half after the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop continues to play a significant role in boosting the fortunes of his label Epic Records and its parent Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson's total U.S. music sa ...

  20. Sony: New Michael Jackson Album Could Sell 400,000 In First Week

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial U.S. shipment of Michael Jackson’s "Michael," due Dec. 14 on Epic Records, is 900,000, according to retail sources. Sony is projecting first-week CD sales of 340,000 and digital album sales of 60,000. That projection is simil ...

  21. Michael Jackson's New Album Out Dec. 14

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Michael," the Michael Jackson album comprised of original material recorded by the King of Pop before his death, will be released Dec. 14 on Epic Records in conjunction with his estate, it was announced today (Nov. 4). The first full tr ...

  22. Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil Tour Will Be 'A Celebration,' Says Director

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is going on the road in 2011 -- even if the late Jackson isn't there to be part of it. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a Cirque du Soleil production based on Jackson's music and career, begins its North American ...

  23. Ticketing Sites Tumble As Take That Goes On Sale

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Massive demand for Take That's 2011 tour saw several U.K. ticketing sites crashing today as fans clamored for the chance to see the re-formed pop group. Tickets for the band's 14-date U.K. summer tour went on sale this morning at 9am GMT ...

  24. Former Jackson Manager Seeks Financial Records

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's final business manager asked a judge to unseal detailed financial records from the singer's estate, arguing that the sealing of the documents could prevent him and other creditors from being paid. Business manager Tohme ...

  25. AEG Live Sued Over Michael Jackson Death

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother and his three children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the promoters of a series of planned concerts by the singer before his death last year. The civil lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Sept. 15 by ...

  26. Eminem's Huge 'Recovery' Leads Big Week On Billboard 200

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday , Eminem's "Recovery" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with a massive 741,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest sales week for a single album since Oc ...

  27. Eminem's 'Recovery' Explodes At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 741,000 Debut

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 741,000—the largest sales week for a single album since October 2008 . . . It's his sixth straight No. 1 debut and sixth overall chart-topper . . . He also tops t ...

  28. Michael Jackson U.K. Sales Snapshot

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the year since his death, Michael Jackson's combined album and track sales in the U.K. total 4.31 million according to the Official Charts Co. For the 12 months since June 25, 2009, Jackson moved 2.77 million albums and 1.54 million tracks ...

  29. Jackson Fans Pay Tribute To The Billion Dollar Man

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson fans around the world lit candles on Friday (June 25) to mark the death one year ago of the controversial pop star whose posthumous popularity has returned him to a pedestal and made him a billion dollar man. Fans in Hanoi, Vietnam ...

  30. A Year Later: Michael Jackson's Massive Sales Impact

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After his death, not only did Michael Jackson’s albums sell more units than other recently deceased musicians, but the posthumous fervor for his recorded music catalog was unlike anything seen in recent years. Sales of his four studio albums and t ...

  31. Michael Jackson in $200 Million-plus Recording Deal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The estate of Michael Jackson has landed the late King of Pop the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. T ...

  32. Sade Soldiers On Atop Euro Chart

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sade's "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) secures a fourth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. But there's a surprise on Hot 100 Singles where, in a close-fought race, Belgian singer-songwriter Stro ...

  33. Susan Boyle Deposes Robbie Williams On Euro Chart

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed A Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) moves to the top of Billboard's European Albums chart, while Black Eyed Peas secures a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Meet Me Halfway ...

  34. Robbie Williams' Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams secures a second week at Billboard's European Albums summit with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI), while Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope/Universal), in its 21st chart week, a ...

  35. MTV Nabs Rights To Michael Jackson Documentary

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks has acquired the exclusive U.S. television rights to the posthumous documentary "Michael Jackson's This Is It." The concert movie did well at the box office and should prove of high interest to viewers of MTV, whose air ...

  36. Jackson's 'This Is It' Passes $200 Million Worldwide

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's concert movie "This Is It" has taken more than $200 million at box offices worldwide in the first two weeks of release. Sony Pictures Entertainment said the movie had grossed $61 million in North America and more t ...

  37. Jackson Reign Continues On Euro Chart

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson continues his reign on Billboard's European Albums with "This Is It" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), while there's an eighth aggregate week atop European Hot 100 Singles for "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva ...

  38. AEG Execs Discuss The Making Of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Although the posthumous Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" reportedly grossed more than $100 million worldwide in its first week, the behind-the-scenes work by concert promoters AEG Live to deliver the film could have made for its own fi ...

  39. 'This Is It' Becomes Michael Jackson's Sixth No. 1 Album

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's "This Is It" claims the fifth-biggest sales week for an album this year as it debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—the King of Pop's sixth chart-topping album . . . Additionally, it's Jackson's own b ...

  40. 'This Is It' Tops Billboard 200 With 373,000 First-Week Sales

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST To the surprise of probably nobody, Michael Jackson's "This Is It" will debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart released tomorrow (Nov. 4) with an eye-popping 373,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the fifth-best sales w ...

  41. 'This Is It' Tops Weekend Box Office, Tallies $101 Million Worldwide

    November 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Michael Jackson's This Is It" pulled in $101 million worldwide in its first five days, and distributor Sony is extending the farewell performance film beyond its planned two-week run. The film was the No. 1 Halloween thriller domes ...

  42. The Inside Story: Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For “This Is It,” Michael Jackson’s planned 50-concert residency at London’s O2 Arena, the star’s sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star’s vision never realized. n ...

  43. Michael Jackson Film 'Grosses $7.4m' On Day 1

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" moonwalked to a stellar $7.4 million in estimated first-day boxoffice on Wednesday. Pre-release forecasts projected that the pic should open north of $40 million through Sunday. " ...

  44. Michael Jackson Poised For Top Spot On Billboard 200

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Michael Jackson's movie "This Is It" is about to open in theaters, the film's companion album of the same name is already doing brisk business. Industry prognosticators suggest that the Epic Records set -- which was released ...

  45. Michael Jackson Movie Set For Big Box Office Week

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson looks likely to have a posthumous hit at the box office this weekend. Sony Pictures bows the Jackson documentary "This Is It" as the week's sole wide release. Sony will get the jump on the weekend by moonwalking &quo ...

  46. Mixed Outlook For Michael Jackson Album Sales

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new Michael Jackson record "This Is It" hits stores around the world on Monday, kicking off a week of money-spinning events dedicated to the "king of pop," but the outlook for the two-disc album is decidedly mixed. Experts ...

  47. AEG Execs To Discuss Jackson's 'This Is It' At Billboard Confab

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and a group of top AEG executives will discuss how the Michael Jackson "This Is It" saga played out behind the scenes for the Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Touring Conference on Nov. 5. Phillips, along with ...

  48. Jackson Film Scores Sellouts Galore Before Opening

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Advance sales for "This Is It" look set to make the concert movie starring the late Michael Jackson into one of the hottest tickets of the year. Two weeks ahead of its opening, the singer's concert movie "This Is It" has g ...

  49. New Michael Jackson Single Hits The Airwaves

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's new single "This Is It" began streaming online and playing across the radio airwaves Monday, nearly four months after the "king of pop" died of a prescription drug overdose aged 50. The track, which featu ...

  50. Jackson Sneak Peek Screenings Sell Out In 2 Hours

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is still playing to sell-out crowds. Advance screenings to the music documentary "Michael Jackson: This Is It" sold out within two hours early Sunday as fans who began lining up three days earlier snapped up all 3,000 tic ...

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