News: Kobe Bryant, Usher, Mariah Carey & More Headline Michael Jackson Memorial
Monday, Jul 6, 2009 4:50PM
Iconic singer Michael Jackson's public memorial tomorrow (July 7) will be headlined by fans and artists alike including Kobe Bryant, Usher, Mariah Carey and more.
Taking place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the list of entertainers was announced by The Jackson family Monday afternoon.
Ron Boyd (family friend), Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on "Britain's Got Talent"), Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend), Usher and Stevie Wonder. (TMZ)
Tomorrow's gathering reportedly drew over a million people who attempted to receive tickets for the event.
Michael Jackson's send-off will include some of music's biggest stars. It will be produced by the man long responsible for the Grammy's, and broadcast across the world. The streets of downtown Los Angeles will be filled with many of the 1.6 million people who registered for free tickets to the event -- which went to only 17,500 fans. The program will follow a private ceremony with Jackson's family. His casket, reportedly the same $25,000 model used for James Brown, will not make any procession through the streets, and Los Angeles police told fans they would enjoy better views of the event in front of their televisions. Officers planned a massive deployment to handle the surge of people and keep them from the event. (Seattle PI)
The memorial location and date were both announced last week.
A free public memorial for Michael Jackson will be held Tuesday (July 7) at 10 a.m. PT at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There will be 11,000 tickets distributed to the general public. PR firm Sunshine Sachs & Associates, hired to speak on behalf of the family, will hold a press briefing Friday (July 3) morning at 10 a.m. PT to announce details on how the public can register for tickets. (USA Today)
In light of his passing, rappers and fans alike praised the singer's legacy and helped him shatter record sales.
The King of Pop's Number Ones will fittingly lead the pack at No. 1 with 108,000 (an increase of 2,340%) while The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller are in the Nos. 2 and 3 slots with 102,000 and 101,000, respectively. Additionally, his classic 1979 studio set Off the Wall re-enters at No. 4 with 33,000 while his 1987 album Bad returns at No. 6 with 17,000. At No. 5, the Jackson 5's The Ultimate Collection debuts with 18,000. Jackson's fourth studio album for Epic Records, 1991's Dangerous, re-enters at No. 7 with 14,000 while his 2001 compilation Greatest Hits: HIStory -- Volume 1 also comes back to the list at No. 8 with 12,000. Finally, Jackson's 2004 box set The Ultimate Collection charts its first week on the Pop Catalog chart, arriving at No. 9 with 11,000. (Billboard)
TV Guide Network, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and E! will reportedly air the event beginning at 1 p.m. EST.