Michael Jackson

  1. Video: Ortega, Payne, Portnow Reflect On Jackson

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music industry leaders greeted each other outside Staples Center after the July 7 memorial for Michael Jackson, "This Is It" director Kenny Ortega was in a reflective mood. He joined the associate director and choreographer of what wa ...

  2. Have Media Overplayed Jackson Story?

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two in three Americans said news organizations gave too much coverage to the sudden death of Michael Jackson in the days following his June 25 heart attack in Los Angeles, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. ...

  3. Nielsen Analysis: Michael Jackson Sales Surge

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The untimely death of Michael Jackson has set off an unprecedented surge in interest in his musical legacy. The self-proclaimed "King of Pop" certainly ruled the Billboard charts in the 1980s and beyond, but his posthumous sales are sett ...

  4. 6 Million-Plus Watch Jackson Memorial In U.K.

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 6 million people in the U.K. watched the live prime-time broadcasts of Michael Jackson's memorial service on domestic TV channels. The service was screened live on BBC Two, which attracted an average 4 million viewers and a 19% audi ...

  5. Michael Jackson Continues To Shake Up Charts

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the first full week following Michael Jackson's death on June 25, his catalog of solo albums shifted 800,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up a whopping 90% compared with the previous week, when his solo sets moved 422,000 . ...

  6. Jackson Memorial A Somber, Spiritual Celebration

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It was not spectacular, extravagant or bizarre. There were songs and tears but little dancing. Instead, Michael Jackson's memorial was a somber, spiritual ceremony that reached back for the essence of the man. Singer, dancer, superstar, human ...

  7. World Will Watch Jackson Memorial

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Talk about event television: The mega-blowout to celebrate Michael Jackson's life and music is expected to draw some of the biggest daytime audiences stateside in decades and through-the-roof ratings in Europe, where the show will air live in ...

  8. Jackson Dominates U.K., Australian Charts

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death has sparked an extraordinary sales drive in Australia, while the singer has 49 singles in the top 200 in the U.K. and nine albums in the top 75. The U.K.'s Official Charts Co said that Jackson's combined sale ...

  9. Jackson Family Seeks Delay In Naming Will Executor

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's family wants a judge to delay a hearing Monday (July 6) to designate two men listed in the pop superstar's will as temporary administrators of his estate so that they can look deeper into his affairs, a person close to ...

  10. Editorial: Remembering Michael

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This is the second time in my life I've been heartbroken to miss a Michael Jackson concert. The first time was when I was in the sixth grade, and my 17-year-old sister came home and surprised us with the news that she had tickets to the Jacks ...

  11. Video: AEG’s Phillips Discusses Canceled Michael Jackson Concerts

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips sat down with media outlets today (July 2) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to discuss the fallout of what would have been a 50-show run by Michael Jackson at the O2 Arena in London. Jackson's concerts at the O ...

  12. Exclusive: Michael Jackson Was Working On Two Albums

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At the time of Michael Jackson's death, it was well-known that he was preparing for a 50-show concert series at London's O2 Arena. What was less well-known—and what many are now speculating about—was what kind of recordings Jackson had d ...

  13. Exclusive: AEG Live CEO Addresses Michael Jackson Fallout

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after Michael Jackson's death, organizers of what would have been a 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London have made significant strides straightening out what one touring executive called "the biggest mess in the history of our bu ...

  14. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of J ...

  15. Jackson Funeral Date Set As More Details Emerge

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sources said AEG Live, which owns the arena and the adjacent Nokia Theatre, will use both facilities and the surrounding plaza. Meanwhile, things keep getting ...

  16. Pew Study Finds Most Believe Jackson Death Was Overcovered

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed believe coverage of Michael Jackson's death was excessive, according to a report from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Sixty-four percent felt this way, with 29% disagreeing. Many mor ...

  17. DEA Joins Michael Jackson Death Probe

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use. Following Jackson's death, ...

  18. Michael Jackson's Will Cuts Out Ex-wife, Names Mother As A Beneficiary

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust and cutting out his former wife Debbie Rowe. The will, dated July 7, 2002, estimated his estate at that time at more than ...

  19. Promoter: Michael Jackson Tribute Shows Likely

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The promoter who booked Michael Jackson for a sold-out comeback tour said Tuesday that footage of the singer's rehearsals may be released in future, and that an all-star tribute show based on his canceled concerts is likely to take place. Ran ...

  20. Jackson Wrapped Video Before Death

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks before he died, Michael Jackson wrapped up work on an elaborate production dubbed the "Dome Project" that could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop, The Associated Press has learned. Jackson was appare ...

  21. Michael Jackson's Mother Wins Temporary Control Of Estate

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother Katherine on Monday won temporary guardianship of the late singer's children and control of his estate as a legal battle over his kids, money and belongings began to take shape. Katherine Jackson won the first ro ...

  22. Letter From The Editor: Jackson Tribute Issue This Week

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whenever we lose someone we care about, it's nice to be with friends. Like many of you, I ended up in a bar late Thursday night, laughing and talking and listening to Michael Jackson tunes. It was nice, too, to hear from so many of you the ne ...

  23. Jackson Radio Airplay Jumps 1,735%

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Airplay for Michael Jackson's biggest hits, and some of his overlooked gems (including a few dozen spins for some of the Jackson's Christmas songs), blanketed airwaves from coast to coast immediately after his death on Thursday, and cont ...

  24. Macmillan Orders 85k Reprint Of Jackson Biography

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Macmillan is rushing through a reprint of 85,000 copies of J Randy Taraborrelli's "Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness" in anticipation of a surge in demand for Jackson products following the pop star's death last week. ...

  25. 100 Hours Of Jackson's Concert Rehearsals Filmed

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the company producing Michael Jackson's London shows, reportedly filmed all of the star's rehearsals. The promoter apparently has 100 hours of film on Jackson and his shows, including last Wednesday's rehearsal at the Stap ...

  26. Michael Jackson Rules U.K. Chart

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's greatest hits set "Number Ones" (Epic) has entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 1, while four other albums made an appearance in the top 20. The Official Charts Co said that Jackson sold more than 300,000 units, ac ...

  27. Family Members Turn Out For BET Jackson Tribute

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Top black performers paid high tribute to fallen pop star Michael Jackson at Sunday's BET Awards where his sister Janet Jackson and father Joe Jackson made their first public appearances since the singer's death. The show's most mov ...

  28. Michael Jackson Saluted At ASCAP Awards

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tributes continued to pour in for Michael Jackson during the weekend following his death June 25. Before officially launching the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards (June 26, Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), president/chairman Paul Wi ...

  29. Jackson Family: Where There's A Will, There's A Way

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will Michael Jackson's last will and testament be honored by his relatives? That's the question right now as the Jackson family and Michael's team try to figure out what exactly is going on and who is in charge. As it stands now, Ja ...

  30. Michael Jackson's Last Will Was Completed in 2002

    June 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The issue of Michael Jackson’s will—containing disposition of assets and appointment of guardians for his children—can finally be addressed. Sources say that Jackson’s final will was drawn up in 2002, after the delivery/birth/acquisition of baby B ...

  31. Person Close To Jacksons: Will, AEG Role Unclear

    June 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Most of Michael Jackson's family members have gathered in their Encino compound, where they are contemplating funeral arrangements and caring for his three children. They are feeling confused, upset and angry by the lack of information about ...

  32. Michael Jackson Death Still Unsolved After Autopsy

    June 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Doctors conducted an autopsy on the body of Michael Jackson on Friday but could not immediately determine what killed the "King of Pop," amid reports he had been injected with a narcotic painkiller shortly before collapsing. Jackson was ...

  33. AEG: Michael Jackson Ticket Refund Details Forthcoming

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the group behind a long series of concerts Michael Jackson was to perform in London from next month, expressed its condolences to the late singer's family on Friday and said tickets would be refunded. "On behalf of the entire A ...

  34. Radio Remembers Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As news broke yesterday of Michael Jackson's passing, radio reinforced its power to serve as a community forum. In New York City, several stations have since aired Jackson's myriad hits in tribute. Emmis adult R&B WRKS began playing ...

  35. Jackson Fans Flood Digital Music Services

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's not unusual for artists to see digital sales and streams spike after being featured in the news. But like everything else he did in life, Michael Jackson took this to a new level in his death. As word of the pop superstar's passing ...

  36. Police Searching For Doctor Of Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Police are searching for a doctor who they hope will help in the investigation of Michael Jackson's death. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Rayner says that police towed from Jackson's house a BMW owned by one of the superstar's ...

  37. How Will Michael Jackson's Death Impact His Legal Problems?

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Superstar singer Michael Jackson will be remembered for a lot of things, from hit records to a galvanizing stage presence to his enormous personal troubles. But lately the King of Pop had become the King of Litigation, having been sued by royalty, ...

  38. AEG Facing $85 Million-Plus Jackson Ticket Refund

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The O2 Arena in London has informed Michael Jackson fans that details of how to obtain refunds will be revealed "in due course," while president and CEO of AEG Live Randy Phillips paid tribute to the singer. Billboard.biz understands AEG ...

  39. Mystery Surrounds Michael Jackson's Sudden Death

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT One day after Michael Jackson's sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop" just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. Jackson, a former child star who be ...

  40. Jackson Dominates iTunes, Amazon, Twitter

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of Michael Jackson has had an immediate impact on his sales. Five of the top ten "trending topics" on Twitter are currently Jackson-related and his death dominates Google trends. The singer dominates the U.S. iTunes store' ...

  41. Michael Jackson Leaves Hefty Debts, Unrealized Comeback

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Along with a vast musical legacy and legions of adoring fans, pop superstar Michael Jackson leaves behind a mountain of debt and an unfulfilled comeback many hoped would rake in millions and erase his financial troubles. The King of Pop died sudde ...

  42. Full Coverage: Pop Icon Michael Jackson Dies

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Memorial Ends With Star's Kids On Stage July 07, 2009 An emotional public memorial for Michael Jackson has concluded in Los Angeles. Facebook Flooded With Jackson Updates July 07, 2009 The King of Pop is more popular than the leader o ...

  43. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson died June 25 after reportedly being found unconscious in his Bel Air, Calif., home. Paramedics rushed the 50-year-old icon to UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead. Below, a round-up of the music industry's reaction ...

  44. Michael Jackson: King Of The Pop Charts

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's impact on pop music history is impossible to overstate. The 1982 album "Thriller," the singer's career-defining release, has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association o ...

  45. Fortune At Stake For AEG On Michael Jackson London Concerts

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's planned 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London would have been the highest-grossing single concert engagement. Now it's a major problem for the promoter AEG Live. More than $85 million worth of tickets have already been ...

  46. Pop Legend Michael Jackson Dies

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of Michael Jackson brings to a sudden end the life of a performer who captivated pop audiences with the Jackson 5 and matured into a performer of electric charisma and unprecedented crossover appeal, before living out his final years as ...

  47. Michael Jackson Concerts Face Legal Challenge

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A music promoter has sued to stop Michael Jackson from performing in London this year, claiming his appearances would violate a prior contract. New Jersey-based AllGood Entertainment Inc contends in the lawsuit filed in federal court in New York i ...

  48. AEG Rejects Reports Of Jackson Concerns

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live president and CEO Randy Phillips has rejected U.K. tabloid reports that Michael Jackson told fans that he only wanted to play 10 London O2 Arena shows rather than the 50 that have been scheduled. The Sun reported that Jackson told fans ou ...

  49. Michael Jackson Delays Opening Of London Shows

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has pushed back the opening four nights of his residency at London's O2 arena, with show promoters and producers AEG Live citing the "sheer magnitude of the concerts" for the delay. The first date of the "This I ...

  50. Neil Diamond Re-signs With Sony/ATV

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has re-signed singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to a long-term, worldwide publishing agreement. Diamond, who has been with Sony/ATV since 1992, has sold more than 125 million records, scored 36 top 40 hits and performed at t ...

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