News: Michael Jackson's Memorial Location & Date Announced

Friday, Jul 3, 2009 8:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Music pioneer Michael Jackson's public memorial will take place next week in California with Jackson family spokespersons to address attenders.

The memorial will be open to the public but will be restricted to ticket-only entrances.

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)

Despite early claims of the singer passing away from drug abuse, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) CEO Randy Phillips recently denied these claims.

"[A doctor] examined Michael for about five hours at his house and then went somewhere for some other tests," Phillips said in an interview. "The insurance broker told us that he passed with 'flying colors' and that the only issue was with some slight hay fever." (CNN)

OK! Magazine's recent "tribute" issue, which featured him allegedly dead upon being rushed to the hospital, reportedly struck cords with both Jay-Z and Diddy.

Our well-placed source says some staffers objected to owner Richard Desmond's decision to put the ghoulish picture on this week's cover -- and it looks like advertisers and readers may agree. The source told us, "Media buyers have canceled upcoming meetings to discuss rates. It's a disgrace. They've sunk to a new low." In addition, Sean Combs and Jay-Z are said to be so furious, "they're organizing a boycott," according to our source. A rep for OK! said, "This is untrue. No one at OK! has been contacted about any such cancellations as a result of the magazine's coverage of this news event. Any pages booked by the advertising team are running as scheduled." Combs' rep echoed, "Not true." Jay-Z's rep didn't return calls. (New York Post)

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)

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