Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

The latest news and remembrances of the pop legend

Michael Jackson, pop icon, dies at 50
Michael Jackson, the erstwhile King of Pop who went from child star to one of the world's biggest celebrities before his career was derailed by legal problems and personal issues, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 50. Full story

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Jackson tribute to be televised globally
VIENNA -- Next month's tribute to Michael Jackson on the grounds of a 17th century palace in Vienna will feature a three-hour, star-studded show to be televised live to a global audience of 1 billion people, the event promoter said Tuesday. Full story

Pharmacy searched in Jackson investigation
LAS VEGAS -- A law enforcement official says Michael Jackson's personal physician purchased a powerful anesthetic from a Las Vegas pharmacy. Federal and local authorities searched Applied Pharmacy Services on Tuesday morning. The official said agents uncovered evidence that Conrad Murray legally purchased the anesthetic propofol there. Full story

Official: Doctor gave Jackson sedatives
Hours before Michael Jackson's death, his doctor administered multiple sedatives along with a powerful anesthetic the pop star used to sleep, according to a law enforcement official. It's a safe combination if done properly; potentially lethal if not. Full story

New Michael Jackson songs missing
Another thriller is developing in the complex afterlife of Michael Jackson. His sister LaToya has taken possession of computer hard drives that contain a trove of unreleased songs he recorded with A-list singers such as Ne-Yo, Akon, and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Full story

Columbia, AEG Live ink Michael Jackson deal
Columbia Pictures and concert promoter AEG Live have struck a deal to make a Michael Jackson movie using video of his "This Is It" concert rehearsals taken days before the King of Pop died in June, according to court documents. Full story

Jackson's mom gains permanent custody
Michael Jackson's mother has gained permanent custody of her late son's children during a hearing Monday that saw a last-minute objection by the pop icon's former dermatologist. In addition to approving Katherine Jackson's guardianship petition, the judge also granted monthly stipends to the 79-year-old and the three young grandchildren she is now charged with raising. Full story

Michael Jackson doctor investigated in death
Michael Jackson's personal doctor is the target of the manslaughter investigation into the singer's death, according to court documents filed Thursday, the day after agents seized items from the physician's Houston clinic. Full story

Jackson's estate recovers $5.5 million
Court filings show that the temporary administrators of Michael Jackson's estate have recovered $5.5 million from a former financial adviser. Full story

Police search Michael Jackson doctor's clinic

HOUSTON -- Los Angeles police and federal drug agents searched the Houston clinic of Michael Jackson's doctor Wednesday, while investigators in California sought more information from him. Full story

The Jackson movie you never saw
He may be known for his music, but few knew Michael Jackson also enjoyed another artistic outlet: the movies. The King of Pop's long association with a small-time filmmaker led to a featured role in a campy 2007 film unknown to many of his fans, and may well have led to another project he was developing. Full story and video

Sony bids $50 mil for Jackson rights
Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series. Full story

Unseen Jackson footage on the way
LONDON -- ITV is promising exclusive unseen footage of Michael Jackson from the private collection of the singer's friend Uri Geller in a forthcoming documentary, "My Friend Michael Jackson: Uri's Story," its production and distribution division ITV Global Entertainment said Friday. Full story

L.A. mayor: City will pick up Jackson tab
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is trying to quell the escalating debate over who should pick up the estimated $1.4 million tab for police, traffic control and other services related to Michael Jackson's memorial service. Full story

Jackson's father suspects foul play

Michael Jackson's father said Friday that he suspected "foul play" in the death of the singer, adding that his son had apparently taken drugs to help him relax and that he "never woke up." Full story

China replicating Neverland Ranch
SHANGHAI -- Chinese developers are commemorating the late Michael Jackson by building a scaled-down replica of his Neverland Ranch on an island off Shanghai, a state-run newspaper said Friday. Full story

Nielsen: 31 million U.S. viewers watched Jackson memorial
Tuesday's lavish Michael Jackson memorial was seen by 31.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Though a staggering audience for a midweek morning after the Fourth of July holiday, the number falls shy of the linear viewership for the burial of Ronald Reagan (35.1 million) in 2004 and the funeral of Princess Diana (33.3 million) in 1997. Full story

Jackson setting new chart records
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 setting all kinds of new records. Full story | Billboard charts

King of Pop celebrated
It was more an orderly congregation than an unruly circus, more spiritual than spunky in tone, the crowd that coalesced Tuesday morning to pay its last respects to Michael Jackson. What they got was an often touching, occasionally disjointed 2 1/2-hour outpouring of testimonials celebrating the King of Pop. Full story and video

Michael Jackson memorial
Smiles and laughs outnumber tears in tasteful, often moving tribute to a showbiz legend. Full story | Blog | Image gallery

This ISN’T It: Next Jacko Tribute in London
Exclusive: Today’s memorial for Michael Jackson won’t be the last. Sources tell me that Jackson insiders are planning a true memorial concert for what would have been the singer’s 51st birthday on Aug. 29. Full story

L.A. seeking donations for Jackson memorial
Deficit-ridden Los Angeles is asking Michael Jackson fans to help pay the bill for police and other public servants needed for the entertainer's memorial service. Full story

Michael Jackson's family has private service
A motorcade that began at the home of Michael Jackson's parents reached a cemetery in the Hollywood Hills early Tuesday for a private service in advance of a star-studded memorial in downtown Los Angeles. Full story

Judge backs Jackson's lawyer over estate
A judge said Monday that Michael Jackson's longtime attorney and a family friend should take over the pop singer's estate for now, rejecting a request from Jackson's mother to be put in charge. Full story

Jackson funeral is center stage
If the interest shown in the memorial service for Michael Jackson is any indication, the pop star's comeback would have been a rip-roaring success. Full story | List of participants

Cinedigm to simulcast Jackson memorial
Digital cinema integrator Cinedigm said Monday it's arranged to simulcast the Michael Jackson memorial planned for Tuesday morning at the Staples Center in about 85 movies theaters nationwide. Full story

Michael Jackson rehearsal video released
AEG Live has released the first video clip of Michael Jackson's rehearsal two nights before he died, on June 23. Jackson and his dancers perform "They Don't Care About Us" and it's, frankly, thrilling. Full story

LAPD under scrutiny in Jackson death
The investigation of Michael Jackson's death is widening as questions intensify about the drugs he took, the doctors who provided them and the actions of police. Full story

Viewers irked at BBC's Jackson coverage
LONDON -- The BBC has defended its coverage of pop singer Michael Jackson's death after nearly 750 viewers complained that the pubcaster had given too much airtime to the topic. Full story

Michael Jackson's will cuts out ex-wife
Michael Jackson's 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust but cutting out his former wife Debbie Rowe. Full story | Read the will

Michael Jackson breaks Billboard records
As predicted, Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts. Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the entire top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house Jackson-related titles when the tally is released in the early morning on Wednesday. Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night. Full story

Jackson story just getting started
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. Full story

Diana Ross: Michael chose her as back-up mom
Stop in the name of love: Michael Jackson, I am told by sources, chose his one and only idol, Diana Ross, as alternate guardian for his three kids. Full story

Jacko bragged to old friend he felt great
Little by little we're able to fill in the blanks from Michael Jackson's last few weeks. Now it turns out that back on May 5th he ran into an old friend and not only told her that he felt great, but showed off, too. Full story

Michael Jackson drives ratings
The cable news networks touted record ratings as the second quarter came to a close, with Fox News leading the pack and MSNBC posting its first win in some key measurements over CNN. Full story

Michael Jackson's mom eyes his estate
Michael Jackson's mother, having won temporary guardianship of her late son's three children, is now attempting to take control of the King of Pop's estate, according to a person close to the court proceedings. Full story

Michael Jackson tickets to be refunded
AEG Live has announced that full refunds will be given to fans who purchased tickets through authorized agents to Michael Jackson's 50 planned concerts at the O2 Arena in London, according to a news release from the promoter, which operates the O2 Arena. Full story

Jackson rehearsals caught on tape
Was Michael Jackson really on the comeback trail? That tantalizing possibility may be answered more definitively than many of the more lurid questions surrounding his death because rehearsal tapes were duly recorded and have been recovered. Full story

Jackson named mom his kids' guardian in will
Michael Jackson assigned guardianship of his three kids to his mother, Katherine Jackson. He gave his 80-year-old mother the responsibility of raising his two sons and daughter but made no mention of his father. Full story

Jackson family: Where there's a will, there's a way
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. Full story

Debbie Rowe interview: 'I lost my best friend'
Debbie Rowe, mother of Michael Jackson's two eldest children, is holed up at her ranch a couple of hours away from Los Angeles. She can't leave because paparazzi have been staking out her house since Thursday. It doesn't matter. She is "inconsolable." Full story

Foxx leads Jackson salute at BET Awards
The BET Awards kicked off on Sunday night with a musical tribute to Michael Jackson in which host Jamie Foxx did Jackson's famous moonwalk and sung his hit song "Beat It" in a classic King of Pop costume -- red leather jacket and one white glove. Full story

Doctor's lawyer: Jackson still had pulse
Michael Jackson still had a faint pulse and his body was warm when his doctor found him in bed and not breathing, a lawyer for the doctor told the Associated Press on Sunday. Full story

Jackson leaves legacy, legal morass
Overnight, Michael Jackson has entered the realm of myth -- and of mushrooming legal maneuvering. Full story

Michael Jackson burial could be at Neverland
What's the hold up with Michael Jackson funeral arrangements? Roger Friedman has learned that there is a discussion going on within his family and advisors about burying him at Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif. Full story

Jackson poised to top Billboard 200
Next week, Michael Jackson will once again make music history as many of his albums are poised to shake up the Billboard charts with incredible sales increases. Full story

Beatles catalog faces uncertainty
The Beatles' prized catalog -- specifically 267 songs mostly written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney -- is embarking on a long and winding road of ownership uncertainty following the death of Michael Jackson. Full story

Janet, brothers may do MJ tribute tour
Sources are saying that on the table for consideration is a Janet Jackson/Jackson brothers tribute tour to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson. Full story

Jackson's body released to his family
The body of Michael Jackson has been released to his family, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said on Saturday after an autopsy failed to determine what killed the troubled pop star. Full story

Coroner: More tests on Jackson needed
Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said determining the cause of Michael Jackson's death will require further neuropathology and pulmonary tests that will take four to six weeks. Full story

Police seek Jackson's doctor in investigation
Police investigating Michael Jackson's death were looking for one of the pop king's doctors after seizing a car that they said may contain drugs or other evidence. Full story

Jackson's death prompts speculation
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. Full story

Spike in traffic follows Jackson's death
The sudden death on Thursday of Michael Jackson has unleashed of a flood of traffic over the past 18 hours on various news, entertainment and social networking Web sites. Full story

Jackson tops iTunes, Amazon sales
The death of Michael Jackson has had an immediate impact on his sales. Five of the top 10 "trending topics" on Twitter are currently Jackson-related and his death dominates Google trends. Full story

Michael Jackson: King of the pop charts
Michael Jackson's impact on pop music history is impossible to understate. "Thriller," the singer's career-defining album, has gone platinum 28 times over according to the RIAA, making it the top-selling studio album of all time. "Thriller" topped the Billboard 200 for 37 weeks, the second-longest run at No. 1 of any album in history. Full story

BET Awards to honor Michael Jackson
NEW YORK -- Artists like Beyonce, Wyclef Jean and Ne-Yo are scrambling to change their performances for the Black Entertainment TV Awards Sunday to honor Michael Jackson. Full story

Jackson, Fawcett tributes continue on TV
Networks continue to put together tributes to Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, with several new and returning specials scheduled to hit the airwaves this weekend and beyond. Full story

Michael Jackson's last will was completed in 2002
The issue of Michael Jackson's will -- containing disposition of assets and appointment of guardians for his children -- can finally be addressed. Full story

Exclusive: Michael's missing doctor revealed
The doctor who left his BMW at Michael Jackson’s house yesterday and rode with him in the ambulance? His name is Dr. Conrad R. Murray. Dr. Murray, who has offices in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, had been hired by Jackson to accompany him to London and be there for the balance of Jackson’s shows at the O2 Arena. Full story

Jackson's last night: 'He was so happy'
Michael Jackson's last night, spent rehearsing at Staples Center, was a great one, writes THR's Roger Friedman. Full story

Grace-less nanny sells out Jacko
How long has Michael Jackson been dead? Two minutes? The woman who worked for him for 14 years, who served as nanny to his kids and protector of his privacy, has already sold him out, writes Roger Friedman. Full story

Jackson bit cut from 'Bruno'
The sudden death of Michael Jackson on Thursday prompted a series of discussions at Universal Pictures that resulted in the studio cutting a Jackson-related sketch from "Bruno" only hours before its Los Angeles premiere. Full story

Networks plan Jackson specials
Broadcasters are scrambling to pull together retrospective news specials on Michael Jackson, who was pronounced dead Thursday at the age of 50 after going into cardiac arrest. Full story | Friday morning ratings

THR, Esq.: How will Jackson's death affect his legal problems?
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. So while Jackson has passed away, many of these cases are still living. What will happen to these lawsuits now? Full story

Millions at stake for Jackson tour
With more than $85 million already in the bank from ticket sales for 50 sold out shows at London's O2 Arena, what's on the line business-wise surrounding Michael Jackson's reported death can't be overstated. Full story

Asian coverage of Jackson death favors TV, Web
BANGKOK -- The death of Michael Jackson was too late for the morning newspapers in Asia, but TV, radio and electronic media were quick to fill the gap. Full story

European media dominated by Jackson death
LONDON -- Michael Jackson's death dominated newscasts across Europe as the continent woke up to the news Friday morning. All of the news media outlets here cleared the decks to make way for the news of the King of Pop's death. Full story

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