Michael Jackson Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

31st January 2017

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris will make her acting debut in the current season of drama series Star, it has been confirmed. The 18-year-old will guest star as Rachel, an intimidating social media guru who has an impact on the show's lead characters.

19th January 2017

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson has jetted off to her namesake French city to film her first modelling campaign for Chanel. Looking just like a young Madonna, the teenager posed with models made up to look like U.S. servicemen from World War Two for the photo shoot.

12th August 2016

Tweet: "RIP Mrs Heidi Vaughn. Not only were you an amazing art teacher, but you taught me so much about life. You made Jr High worth it. I love you." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson remembers a favourite teacher.

24th May 2016

Fact: Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris has added to her body of art by inking a tribute to her late dad on her arm. Almost two months after dedicating one of her first tattoos to her father, Paris has showed off her latest addition - a rendition of Michael's Dangerous album cover - on social media. She added the caption: "The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation. Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from."

25th February 2016

Fact: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch home is still on the market for $100 million (£71.8 million) and the sellers at Colony Capital have posted a YouTube video to entice prospective buyers. The King of Pop died in 2009.

23rd November 2015

Fact: R&B star The Weeknd is the proud new owner of a one-of-a-kind 1984 tour jacket worn and decorated by Michael Jackson. The Can't Feel My Face singer was presented with the gift, which was signed by the King of Pop's brothers, The Jacksons, backstage during his two-night tour stop in Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center last week (ends20Nov15) by venue officials.

14th August 2015

Quote: "He comes in, he's tall, standing there, two beautiful women walk in, he kisses one. It's a moment! It ain't like no peck, it's a situation. (The women) look Brazilian, and I'm like, 'Wow!' He's the king of catching you off guard." Superproducer Pharrell Williams recalls an odd encounter with the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

1st June 2015

Fact: Michael Jackson's son Prince, 18, received his diploma from California's exclusive Buckley School on Saturday (30May15) after graduating with honours.

13th April 2015

Fact: Producer Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson picked through over 800 songs while trying to find the right mix of tunes for the King of Pop's classic Thriller album.

14th November 2014

Quote: "He was incapable of showing anger." Actress Anjelica Huston recalls working with late superstar Michael Jackson on 1986 sci-fi film Captain Eo.

12th September 2014

Fact: Michael Jackson is still a huge draw five years after his death - Cirque du Soleil's tribute show, Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour, has become the eighth top-grossing tours of all time after wrapping a three-year trek. The tour played its final performance on 31 August in Mexico, grossing $360 million (Gbp212 million), according to Billboard Boxscore. The tour hit 157 venues in 28 countries worldwide. U2's 360° tour between 2009 and 2011 is the greatest draw of all time, grossing $736 million (Gbp433 million).

14th August 2014

Fact: Michael Jackson will make music video history from beyond the grave on Wednesday night (13Aug14) when the promo for his posthumous single A Place With No Name becomes the first to premiere entirely via Twitter.com. The video will be released on Twitter at 10pm eastern time. It will be the first to be featured as a part of a tweet, not as a link leading to an off-site page.

24th July 2014

Fact: Michael Jackson's mother is working with educators in the King of Pop's native Gary, Indiana to rename a school after the Thriller star. Local officials hope the initiative will boost standards in the town, where six of 17 schools have closed.

22nd May 2014

Quote: "It was freaky. It freaked me out. It was Mike, it was brilliantly done. But it made me a little uneasy because I keep waiting for him (to come out) and I realise that it is him, but it's not him. It was a little over the top for me." Singer Lionel Richie was not a fan of the hologram of his late pal Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14).

20th May 2014

Quote: "Michael Jackson as a hologram is the best idea anybody has had in the past couple of years. I was too young when he was around, so to be able to sit back and watch is pretty incredible." Singer Jason Derulo was amazed by the Michael Jackson hologram at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (18May14).

14th February 2014

Tweet: "I owe you everything you gave me everything, a chance to be the greatest and Heal the World like you. You gave us hope, and the ability to Keep the Faith, I was lucky enough to learn from a legend I appreciate everything thank you I love you and miss you." Michael Jackson's teenage son Prince remembers his late pop star father.

13th January 2014

Fact: A one-off Ferrari sports car once driven by Michael Jackson is set to go under the hammer in Scottsdale, Arizona. The black convertible Testarossa was specially built in 1986 and was used by the King of Pop for a 1987 Pepsi commercial. The vehicle will be sold off at auction this week (begs13Jan14).

30th July 2013

Fact: A selection of Michael Jackson's hit tracks including Thriller and Billie Jean have been transformed into lullabies for babies on a new album. Bosses at U.S. company Rockabye Baby have also previously reworked classic tunes by artists including U2, The Rolling Stones and Prince for their popular lullaby series. The Lullaby Renditions of Michael Jackson will be released on 13 August (13).

18th July 2013

Fact: Michael Jackson's teenage son Prince ran into trouble with the law on Wednesday (17Jul13) by landing a speeding ticket, reports Tmz.com. Cops clocked the 16 year old doing 40 miles-per-hour (64 kilometres-per-hour) in a 25 mph (40 kph) zone and he will now have to pay a fine.

9th July 2013

Fact: Michael Jackson's eldest son Prince Michael has earned his blue belt in the martial art of Jiu Jitsu. The 16 year old achieved the feat last week (ends05Jul13) after attending classes at the prestigious Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills, California, reports Tmz.com.

3rd July 2013

Fact: Rapper Snoop Dogg has revealed he recorded a track with Michael Jackson prior to the star's death in 2009. The hip-hop star, also known as Snoop Lion, made the revelation during an online chat with fans on Reddit.com, telling them, "Did a song with Michael when he was alive! It's in tha (the) vault."

25th June 2013

Fact: A group of Michael Jackson's fans delivered 13,447 red roses to the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, on Tuesday (25Jun13) to mark the fourth anniversary of the King of Pop's death.

6th June 2013

Tweet: "Positive happy thoughts goin (sic) out 2 Paris Jackson 2day! Smile." The Goonies star Corey Feldman is thinking of his late friend Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter following her reported suicide attempt on Wednesday (05Jun13).

5th June 2013

Tweet: "@ParisJackson praying for you mama." Singer/actress Jordin Sparks sends her love to Michael Jackson's daughter, who was admitted to hospital early on Wednesday (05Jun13) after an apparent suicide attempt.

10th May 2013

Tweet: "Call me gingie. Ohmygod i look like ron weasely idk (I don't know) if this is awesome or not... do i qualify for hogwarts now?" Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris accidentally dyes her dark hair red like Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.

24th April 2013

Fact: A court date has been set for the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial after six men and six women were selected to serve on the jury on Monday (22Apr13). The civil trial, in which the star's mother is suing promotion giants AEG Live, will begin in Los Angeles on Monday (29Apr13).

22nd April 2013

Fact: Scottish Dj Calvin Harris has broken Michael Jackson's U.K. chart record to take the title for the most top 10 singles from one album. The producer scored his eighth big hit from his 2012 release 18 Months on Sunday (21Apr13) when I Need Your Love, his collaboration with British singer Ellie Goulding, reached number seven - beating the King of Pop, who previously racked up seven top 10 mentions from his 1987 classic Bad.

16th April 2013

Fact: Michael Jackson's son Prince fell foul of the law on Monday (15Apr13) after he was reprimanded by police for installing illegal strobe lights on the grill of his new Ford truck. The 16 year old removed the light kit before driving off with a warning.

14th April 2013

Quote: "I want to help people, that's it." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris on her ambition to qualify as a heart surgeon.

5th April 2013

Fact: Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael is reportedly dating a real-life princess. The teenager was recently spotted out and about with school pal Remi Alfalah, who is a Kuwaiti royal.

20th February 2013

Tweet: "Here's to teenage romances and never knowing why they hurt like hell." Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris shares her angst with fans on Twitter.com.

20th December 2012

Fact: The contestants of America's The X Factor paid tribute to the victims of the Connecticut school massacre with a rendition of Michael Jackson's moving hit You Are Not Alone during Wednesday night's (19Dec12) episode. Six staffmembers and 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary on Friday (14Dec12).

30th November 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller album was released 30 years ago on Friday (30Nov12).

18th November 2012

Tweet: "one day i want to find love like John and Yoko." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris hopes to find real love.

15th November 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson insisted on calling his comedian pal Chris Tucker "Christmas" because his first name sounded like the winter holiday.

16th October 2012

Fact: Rocker Mark Hoppus followed in the footsteps of stars including Michael Jackson, Shakira and Jon Bon Jovi by addressing students at England's prestigious Oxford University on Monday night (15Oct12).

12th October 2012

Tweet: "am i the only person that's noticed that women have genetically gotten more beautiful throughout the centuries? compare em (sic) to the 1700s lol (laugh out loud)." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris celebrates the beauty of modern women.

1st October 2012

Tweet: "For Halloween should i be the girl from Hotel Transylvania or the girl from the Nightmare Before Christmas...? OK Sally it is then." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris asks Twitter followers for a little ghoulish help and opts to dress up as Jack Skellington's girlfriend.

13th September 2012

Tweet: "5th day of school... rumors already?? You'd think these kids would leave their immaturity behind them in middle school but noooo the bs just continues." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has to deal with teenage drama at school.

3rd September 2012

Tweet: "i hate politics, but at least i care about this country... if Obama wasn't president, America would be flushed down the toilet... if romney wins i'm moving to africa." Michael Jackson's politically-aware daughter Paris pledges her support for U.S. President Barack Obama as he prepares for re-election in November (12) against Republican Mitt Romney.

31st August 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris helped the SouthShore RailCats baseball team in her dad's hometown of Gary, Indiana kick off their game on Thursday (30Aug12) by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the U.S. Steel Yard stadium. The 14 year old, who was accompanied by her brothers Blanket and Prince Michael, appeared to be good luck for the home team - they triumphed over Minnesota's St. Paul Saints.

29th August 2012

Tweet: "Thru (through) my joy & my sorrow, in the promise of another 2morro (tomorrow), I’ll never let u (you) apart for ur (you're) always in my heart… Happy birthday, I love u daddy." Paris Jackson quotes her late father Michael Jackson's song Will You Be There to mark what would have been the pop superstar's 54th birthday on Wednesday (29Aug12).

29th August 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday Michael! You will always be missed but never ever forgotten! We all thank you for the memories!" La Toya Jackson remembers her brother, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, on what would have been his 54th birthday on Wednesday (29Aug12).

14th August 2012

Fact: Firefighters were called to Michael Jackson's fabled Neverland Ranch on Tuesday morning (14Aug12) after a blaze broke out ahead of a planned barbecue. Three engines from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department in California were dispatched to the property, but the flames had already been extinguished by the time emergency services arrived on the scene and the backyard party was cancelled as a result of the incident. The King of Pop sold the estate in 2008.

14th August 2012

Tweet: "congratulations to my bro prince!! ....we're all gonna get run over by his car." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris applauds brother Prince for passing his driving test.

10th August 2012

Tweet: "claude debussy is a pure genius…im pretty sure no other composer can match his brilliance." Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris is a lover of the classics.

8th August 2012

Tweet: "I kinda (sic) want to get August Xxix tatted on my back." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is considering getting a tattoo of her late father's birth date.

6th August 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has paid the ultimate teen tribute to her dad by pasting posters and photos of the late pop icon all over her bedroom wall. Posting a photo of her handiwork on Instagram.com, she writes, "my new wall... took me 3 effing hours." She later added: "Someone commented on my pic saying 'obsessed much?' yeaa u better believe it... a whole wall of his pics is the LEAST i could do."

4th August 2012

Fact: Bosses of the U.K. version of The X Factor are planning a spectacular stunt for the series this year (12) by enabling contestants to perform with holograms of late singing legends such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

27th July 2012

Tweet: "(I'm going to) have my 7777th tweet in honor of my dad... 7 was his favorite number." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris pays tribute to the late superstar.

26th July 2012

Tweet: "About 276,000 teens try to commit suicide every year. About 5000 succeed. Most are caused by bullying/stress/abuse/bad grades. Stop bullying." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is campaigning against bullying.

13th July 2012

Tweet: "my cousin spent the night last night and she told me this morning that i apparently sing in my sleep." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is always carrying a tune.

3rd July 2012

Tweet: "Heading to get a gift card to buy Fortune!" Michael Jackson's daughter Paris wants to be one of the first people to buy a copy of Chris Brown's new album.

26th June 2012

Tweet: "the media always thinks that just because someone is a teenager they have to have a boyfriend.. not everyone is "boy crazy" .. calm down." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris dismisses reports she's dating the 'friend' she was spotted at the cinema with at the weekend (23Jun12).

26th June 2012

Tweet: "To All the MJ fans, friends, and of course family: My Heart and thoughts R with U on this difficult day of remembrance! Long Live The King!" Actor Corey Feldman remembers his late pal Michael Jackson on Monday (25Jun12), the third anniversary of the superstar's death.

26th June 2012

Tweet: "I cried watching Michael Jackson rehearse - I knew I was witnessing the unsurpassable. It was never 'just a rehearsal' w/ (with) him. When I choreographed the Victory tour I saw him Become the music. He lived every moment - he Was the dance. It was a transformation. Michael Jackson is the epitome of a legend - a true icon that can only, at best, be emulated." Paula Abdul remembers the late King of Pop on Monday (25Jun12) - the third anniversary of his death.

25th June 2012

Fact: A group of Los Angeles-based Michael Jackson fans arranged for the delivery of over 10,000 roses to the King of Pop's final resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California on Monday (25Jun12) to mark the third anniversary of their hero's death.

20th June 2012

Tweet: "Anyone wanna teach me how to play Be Alright on guitar?" Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is on the hunt for a good music teacher.

17th June 2012

Tweet: "i'm such a daddy's girl hahah and proud". Michael Jackson's daughter Paris misses the late King of Pop on Father's Day (17Jun12).

14th June 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has named her new rabbit Makaveli after slain rapper Tupac Shakur's alter-ego.

11th June 2012

Quote: "The social life has gotten better. I mean there's drama but I try to stay away from that... People have tried (to bully me) but it doesn't always work... Some people try to cyber-bully me; they try to get to me with words, but that doesn't really work... A lot of people don't like me... There are kids at my school that talk so bad behind my back and they don't think that I can hear them." Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris on her battles with bullies at school.

7th June 2012

Quote: "He told us that when he was younger, he didn't really have a childhood; he would always be stuck in the studio, singing, while other kids were out playing. He wanted us to have that, so a lot of times we'd go to Chuck E. Cheese... Chuck E. Cheese was one of our favourite places to go." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has many happy memories of visiting America's fast food and arcade game chain with her late dad.

7th June 2012

Quote: "I see other kids and their parents and I compare them to my dad. Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us; we would get grounded if we did something bad... He would say, 'You're on punishment'." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris insists her late father was a disciplinarian.

7th June 2012

Fact: A previously unreleased Michael Jackson track has been released in the U.S. Don't Be Messin' Round will appear on the upcoming reissue of the late singer's 1987 album Bad. The song was recorded for the album but never made the cut.

6th June 2012

Quote: "Prince has started to drift off; he's a teenager and teenage boys are gonna do that - they try and separate themselves from the rest, but me and Blanket have found a lot of things in common... so me and him have gotten a lot closer." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris admits she's not as close to her big brother as she once was.

5th June 2012

Tweet: "history exam today .. 3 down , 2 to go then it's hello summer vaca (vacation)!!" Michael Jackson's daughter Paris can't wait for the end of the school term.

21st May 2012

Tweet: "i leave prince playing minecraft @ 2am last night.. i sleep till 2pm 2day.. i go downstairs 2 check on him & what do i see? more minecraft... i mean, really, what's so interesting about a game where you destroy squares all day?" Michael Jackson's daughter Paris reveals her brother is obsessed with the videogame.

17th May 2012

Tweet: "I’m just gonna stop posting things on instagram cuz ya’ll make a big deal out of everything." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has vowed to stop posting snapshots on the photo sharing programme.

30th April 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's former rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, has launched a bid for a U.S. congressional seat. The King of Pop's longtime pal, who resides in New Jersey, tells the New York Post, "Michael lost his values... The problems we face as a nation are the erosion of values. We need a spiritual revival. It's highly unorthodox - no pun intended - for a rabbi to run for Congress. But who else is to bring values to the public arena?"

19th April 2012

Tweet: "Won our volleyball game today. So proud of my team, they were awesome." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris enjoys a sporting success as her high school team wins a big game.

21st March 2012

Fact: The rented home where Michael Jackson died has been put on the market for a whopping $23.9 million (£14.9 million). According to Tmz.com, the estate boasts 13 bathrooms, a pool and a guest house.

7th March 2012

Tweet: "There r (are) so many conceited celebrities out there... if ur (you're) gonna be like that, u (you) dont deserve nothin (sic)! Be Humble. at least be appreciative!" Michael Jackson's daughter Paris takes aim at arrogant stars.

16th February 2012

Fact: The co-executors of Michael Jackson's estate have honoured tragic Whitney Houston with a full-page ad in Thursday's (16Feb12) edition of the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The simple tribute features a single rose under the words, 'Whitney. In loving memory of her majestic voice, her radiant beauty and the magic she created onstage.'

16th February 2012

Tweet: "Thank you J.K. Rowling for my childhood." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is a big fan of the Harry Potter books.

1st February 2012

Quote: "Time helps but you know I think it's an ongoing process. It's something you start learning how to live with after a while, you have to." Lisa Marie Presley on coping with the loss of her longtime pal and ex-husband Michael Jackson. The former couple wed in 1994 but divorced two years later.

31st January 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris appears to have a career as a motivator mapped out if her acting career stumbles - she posted a series of inspiring words on Twitter.com on Monday (30Jan12) to help followers greet the week - in a five minute period, she wrote 12 separate tweets containing words like "prosperity", "love", "respect" and "believe".

30th January 2012

Tweet: "J.K.Rowling. She made my life magical." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is a big Harry Potter fan.

30th January 2012

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is such a big Justin Bieber fan she has changed her official Twitter.com photo to a snap of her with the Baby hitmaker at last week's (26Jan12) Hollywood celebration of the King of Pop.

26th January 2012

Tweet: "I cried during Red Tails… amazing movie. my new fav

6th January 2012

Quote: "He would call me late (and say), 'Where you at...?' He couldn't sleep and I couldn't sleep; I have a hard time sleeping because of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), but I sleep when I sleep... We would talk on the phone, but he would call me on Father's Day and Mother's Day, birthdays and things like that." Hitmaker will.i.am on his friendly phone relationship with Michael Jackson.

26th December 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson's mother Katherine checked out the talent at the Legends in Concert show at Harrah's Las Vegas on Friday (23Dec11) and even agreed to pose for a photo with a King of Pop look-a-like after the event.

16th December 2011

Quote: "I'm no Beyonce but I sing a little bit... and I teach myself piano." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris on her music skills.

15th December 2011

Quote: "I'm like, 'This is stupid. Why am I wearing a mask?' But I kind of realised the older I got that he only tried to protect us. He'd explain that to us too." Michael Jackson's daughter Paris felt embarrassed in the disguises her superstar dad made her wear in public as a little girl.

28th October 2011

Fact: Paris Hilton's mother Kathy lent her support to the family of her childhood friend Michael Jackson on Friday (28Oct11) by joining them in Los Angeles County Superior Court for DR. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, reports Tmz.com. The medic is accused of administering the fatal drug that cost the King of Pop his life.

26th October 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson's daughter Paris plays American football with former Bond star Timothy Dalton's son Alexander, whose mother is Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend OKSANA GRIGORIEVA. The teenager recently became the first girl in the history of her exclusive Los Angeles private school to land a role on the squad.

20th October 2011

Quote: "Michael and I were on tour together, so he and I were on the bus and I was clearly the odd guy in my band, no question about it, and he was clearly the odd guy in his band... We gravitated towards each other and I used to read comic books to him and stuff and we had a blast... I was almost the older brother." Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers on his relationship with the late Michael Jackson.

18th October 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris has become the first girl in the history of her exclusive Los Angeles private school to land a role on the American football squad.

9th October 2011

Quote: "I was there (in court) last week and it's very hard. But we have a large family and there are only so many seats in the courtroom. Half of the family wasn't attending anyhow because there wasn't appropriate seating. I want the fans to understand that." Tito Jackson explains why some of his famous family are not attending the trial of DR. Conrad Murray. The medic stands accused of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol that killed Michael Jackson in 2009. He denies a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

4th October 2011

Quote: "I really enjoyed it and it captured Michael very well. It was kind of emotional for me but it was very, very good. Done very, very well." Michael Jackson's mother Katherine on Cirque du Soleil's hit new show, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, which premiered in Montreal, Canada at the weekend (02Oct11).

31st August 2011

Quote: "I'm scared out of my damn mind." R&B star Ne-YO is nervous about his performance at a tribute concert for Michael Jackson in Wales in October (11).

30th August 2011

Tweet: "Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! Ure (your) music has impacted the world! And ure videos have inspired me! Thanks 4 timeless music!" Missy Elliot pays tribute to late singer Michael Jackson, who would have turned 53 on Monday (29Aug11).

26th August 2011

Fact: R&B star Ne-YO has been added to the line-up for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will also sing at the Cardiff concert in October (11).

15th August 2011

Quote: "What I've learnt from her is similar to what I learnt from him - and I know that's blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator - but I think she's like the second coming. The hard work and dedication that she puts into her shows. It just makes you want to work harder at your own craft." Jay Z compares his superstar wife Beyonce to late legend Michael Jackson.

24th June 2011

Fact: A motorcycle which has been customised in tribute to Michael Jackson will be driven through the California cemetery where the late King of Pop is interred on 25 June (11) to mark the second anniversary of the singer's tragic death. The bike was created by a Jackson family friend.

15th June 2011

Fact: The newsman who made his name by interviewing Princess Diana and Michael Jackson has become a reggae star. Roots fan Martin Bashir released the album Bass Lion last year (10).

1st June 2011

Quote: "He came and visited when Paris was born and then he ended up moving into the Waldorf for six months when we were living there for eight years. Right before he died he was at the hotel where we were living so we got to spend time (together)." Michael Jackson was a constant presence in Kathy Hilton's life.

1st June 2011

Quote: "I believe in my heart as he got into the concert thing, it was hard for him to sleep. He was not a drug addict. He had a problem going to sleep. This is not someone who would recreationally abuse something. I guess his levels just went up and up and up." Kathy Hilton is convinced her pal Michael Jackson turned to pills to help his sleep issues when he began performing. Jackson died in 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol.

25th May 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson's children have been spotted spending time with Will Smith's kids. Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine, were photographed hanging out with Willow Smith, 10, and her brother Jaden, 12, on a movie set in Los Angeles earlier this week (beg23May11).

18th May 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson's father Joe unveiled his new line of fragrances at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday (18May11). The family patriarch debuted a cologne named Tribute and a perfume called Legend, while he also showed off a unisex scent titled Jackson - all dedicated to the late King of Pop. A release date for the collection has yet to be announced.

24th April 2011

Quote: "It could be Justin Bieber, but that wouldn't be that high then would it so you'd be able to walk over it. I don't know, it's a bit silly isn't it." Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher isn't impressed with the statue of Michael Jackson which has been erected at the London ground of British soccer club Fulham.

17th March 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson is to be honoured with his own statue outside the grounds of London soccer team Fulham Football Club. The King of Pop was a close friend of team chairman Mohammed Al Fayed and even paid a visit to Fulham's home venue, Craven Cottage, in 1999 to watch the team in action.

25th February 2011

Quote: "You don't even have to make them get up, the just get up and go to school." Michael Jackson's mother KATHERINE has no problem encouraging her grandchildren to pursue their education after enrolling them in public school following the King of Pop's death in 2009. Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket had previously been home schooled.

25th February 2011

Quote: "There's not an hour of a day that goes by that I don't think about my son. That's hard." Michael Jackson's mother KATHERINE is still struggling to come to terms with losing her son.

22nd February 2011

Fact: A female Michael Jackson impersonator was the centre of attention in Los Angeles on Monday night (21Feb11) as she performed the late King of Pop's signature dance moves in front of the Pantages Theatre as part of the video for his latest posthumous single, HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT.

16th February 2011

Quote: "He was sweet, very gentle, incredibly smart. Always about love, always about love. He knew who he was." Janet Jackson reveals what late brother Michael Jackson was really like.

11th February 2011

Quote: "Mike named me Dunk and we shared every dream, every confidence. I was his little sister, he always knew I had his back." Janet Jackson pays tribute to her late brother Michael Jackson in her new self-help book, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, which is dedicated to the King of Pop.

27th January 2011

Quote: "I was terrified of it. I believed in spirits and the supernatural as a kid, so to see Mike as a monster was a frightening image." Soul singer Cee Lo Green was scared of Michael Jackson's THRILLER video as a child.

27th January 2011

Fact: Michael Jackson's teenage son PRINCE MICHAEL joined his Uncle Jackie courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night (25Jan11).

26th January 2011

Quote: "Getting used to the attention from paparazzi is something new. When I think of them I think of Tom Cruise and Michael Jackson. I'm a rapper - it's unusual." Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj is baffled by the attention she receives.

5th January 2011

Quote: "I look at Michael Jackson, and before he passed away, I can only imagine the pressure he had to live up to for the next moonwalk. And the reality is physically, he wasn't able to live up to that. I would have loved to see him come up with the next level, without even dancing, just using his creativity. It's all about evolving and that's what I want to do, evolve." Rapper Nas sympathises with the pressure MICHAEL JACKSON faced to live up to his icon status.

10th December 2010

Quote: ''He's like the god of performing, so every time I perform I would like to think he's watching over all of us entertainers." Beyonce believes late superstar Michael Jackson watches over her on stage.

10th December 2010

Quote: "A lot of this album centred around Hollywood. He called the paparazzi 'monsters' because they would just pop up, like the bogeyman. That's what the song Monster is about." Michael Jackson's longtime producer TEDDY RILEY reveals the inspiration behind the new track, which features on the King of Pop's first posthumous album, MICHAEL.

9th December 2010

Fact: One of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch theme park rides, Balloon Samba, has been rented out to a fairground in San Jose, California.

9th December 2010

Fact: An enormous billboard marking the release of Michael Jackson's posthumous album MICHAEL has been officially named the world's largest poster. The 8,840 square-metre (29,000 square-foot ) hoarding is located near London's Heathrow Airport.

7th December 2010

Fact: Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl features on Michael Jackson's first posthumous album, MICHAEL, drumming on the track (I Can't Make It) Another Day, alongside Lenny Kravitz on guitar.

6th December 2010

Fact: A jewel-encrusted glove worn by Michael Jackson on his Bad tour in the 1980s has sold for a massive $330,000 (£220,000) at auction. A fedora hat once donned by the late superstar also sold for $72,000 (£48,000) at the Julien's Auctions Icons & Idols sale on Saturday night (04Dec10) in Los Angeles. Two empty prescription bottles belonging to Marilyn Monroe sold for $18,750 (£12,500).

30th November 2010

Fact: The mini Michael Jackson impersonator in the video for the late star's new single HOLD MY HAND is the nephew of Tae Bo creator BILLY BLANKS.

18th November 2010

Fact: The stars of Glee will reinvent Michael Jackson's THRILLER video during their post-Super Bowl episode next year (11).

7th November 2010

Quote: "It's a really beautiful song called Lovely Way. I don't know if it's made the album but I hope he would dig it if he was here." Superproducer Mark Ronson is hoping the track he recorded with late star Michael Jackson is on the singer's upcoming posthumous album.

22nd October 2010

Quote: "I saw him intoxicated. I didn't see the Michael that I knew in that Martin Bashir interview. He was as high as a kite... He was either too speedy or he was sedated." Lisa Marie Presley believes her ex-husband Michael Jackson was drugged during the taping of newsman Bashir's controversial 2003 TV special Living With Michael Jackson.

22nd October 2010

Quote: "When I came home after being in England so long I wanted to drive by and see where it was... I had several birthdays there. She (my mother) said, 'It's right across the street...' and I drove and it literally is... I don't even know how to describe that, how that felt... These things keep happening in the universe and I'm like, 'OK... what is it that I need to know?'" Lisa Marie Presley was chilled to find that the mansion where Michael Jackson died was across the street from her late father Elvis Presley's former California home.

8th October 2010

Quote: "With the passing of Michael Jackson, I feel a responsibility to bring things to our generation that can inspire and bring real culture to pop culture. I don't sleep anymore thinking how we are going to fill this gap and create something to inspire on the level he did." Kanye West has high hopes for the future of the music industry.

21st September 2010

Fact: The executors of Michael Jackson's estate have signed a deal to create a new website which will host a virtual world called Planet Michael. The multi-player online game will enable fans to keep in touch, trade virtual King of Pop merchandise and earn credits by performing Jackson-themed challenges. The site will launch next year (11).

20th August 2010

Fact: Dutch jazz singer CARO EMERALD has set a new chart record - her debut album, DELETED SCENES FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR, has occupied top slot in her native country for 27 weeks, smashing the record previously held by Michael Jackson's THRILLER.

11th August 2010

Fact: Michael Jackson has been resurrected to appear on rap group CALI SWAG DISTRICT's new song - the Teach Me How to Dougie stars have gained clearance to use a sample of the King of Pop's 1972 track I Wanna Be Where You Are for their single, Where You Are, reports TMZ.com.

24th July 2010

Fact: Late superstar Michael Jackson will be honoured with a floral tribute when he is inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York in August (10). Officials will create a permanent flower garden at the facility to honour his memory.

28th June 2010

Tweet: "Watching 'You are not alone'... Love and Prayers to MJ 'King of Pop'. You will be remembered forever. We miss you." Mariah Carey pays tribute to Michael Jackson on the anniversary of his death.

27th June 2010

Quote: "It brought back a lot of memories and then it brought back a lot of tears, but, all in all, I had fun writing it." Michael Jackson's mother KATHERINE on compiling pictures and thoughts for her Never Can Say Goodbye memoir, a tribute to her late son.

26th June 2010

Fact: Troubled R&B star Chris Brown will join Michael Jackson's niece GENEVIEVE among performers at Saturday's (26Jun10) unofficial Forever Michael tribute to the King of Pop, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

26th June 2010

Tweet: "Sorry Big Bro, for not getting ur children there on the anniversary of ur last day. I tried." Michael Jackson's brother RANDY is disappointed he wasn't allowed to take the King of Pop's three kids to the anniversary memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Friday (25Jun10). Randy joined siblings Janet, Jermaine and Tito at the event.

25th June 2010

Fact: Two anonymous Michael Jackson fans had 1,000 sunflowers and 3,000 roses delivered to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California on Thursday (24Jun10) to mark the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death. The cemetery will be awash with fans, friends and family members on Friday (25Jun10) for what is the official anniversary.

25th June 2010

Fact: Hundreds of single-stem sunflowers were delivered to Michael Jackson's graveside at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California on Thursday (24Jun10) in preparation of his anniversary memorial on Friday (25Jun10). The late singer's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley urged fans earlier this year (10) to send the flowers to his grave as it was the King of Pop's favourite bloom.

24th June 2010

Fact: Hollywood's Madame Tussauds will mark the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death by putting the King of Pop's $300,000 (£200,000) waxwork on display to the public in the courtyard outside the tourist mecca on Thursday (24Jun10) - yards away from the late singer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jackson died on 25 June, 2009.

24th June 2010

Fact: Michael Jackson's mother KATHERINE will mark the first anniversary of her son's death on Friday (25Jun10) by opening up about the tragedy and the King of Pop's kids in her first full TV interview. The family matriarch has taped a candid interview, which will appear on U.S. news show Dateline.

23rd June 2010

Quote: "That was my homage to him and the impact that he had on the world that I live in... Especially, unfortunately what happened to him, just to honour him was great." Rapper Drake explains his decision to reference Michael Jackson in the lyrics for his song OVER.

23rd June 2010

Fact: Fans and friends of Michael Jackson will be treated to a performance from the late King of Pop's niece Genevieve at the celebration of his life on Saturday (26Jun10) in Los Angeles. Attendees will also be able to pick up the first copies of Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson's new book Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Archives at the Beverly Hilton Hotel event.

21st June 2010

Quote: "Dr. Murray will be mourning privately. He doesn't want to distract people by reminding them of Michael's death. He'd rather people remember his friend, Michael Jackson, as he was in life." A spokeswoman for DR. CONRAD MURRAY's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, confirms the physician will stay away from his most famous patient's grave on Friday (25Jun10), the first anniversary of the superstar's death.

17th June 2010

Fact: Bosses at U.S. cable network TV Guide will mark the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death by premiering an in depth investigative account of the final years of the King of Pop's life. Gone Too Soon will debut on 25 June (10).

16th June 2010

Fact: MEKIA COX, the dancer star of Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT concert movie, has landed a leading role in J.J. ABRAMS' new TV drama. Cox will replace Jessica Parker Kennedy in spy series Undercovers, as CIA espionage expert Gugu Mbatha-Raw's younger sister.

12th June 2010

Fact: U.S. Congresswoman SHEILA JACKSON LEE, who eulogised Michael Jackson at his Los Angeles memorial last year (09) will reportedly attend a support rally held in honour of Dr. Conrad Murray on Monday (14Jun10). Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug that ultimately led to Jackson's death.

11th June 2010

Fact: Diana Ross has dedicated her new More Than Yesterday Tour to late pal Michael Jackson. The concerts feature a medley of Jackson hits.

8th June 2010

Quote: "To me it's like a bad dream. I'll go in a store and they'll start playing his music and it gets to me. It's like when I go in stores, they put his music on (purposely). (But) I know it's not like that..." Michael Jackson's father Joe still can't listen to his late son's hit songs, almost a year after his death (Jun09).

2nd June 2010

Fact: Stevie Wonder visited late pal Michael Jackson's tomb over the weekend (29-30May10) at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. The singer was at the cemetery to pay his respects to his mother, who died four years ago (06).

28th May 2010

Fact: Michael Jackson's one-time vocal director, DORIAN HOLLEY, has joined the King of Pop's former musical director MICHAEL BEARDEN on America's late-night TV circuit. The former American Idol coach has signed up to become part of comedian Jay Leno's house band on The Tonight Show. Bearden is the bandleader on George Lopez's Lopez Tonight show.

23rd May 2010

Quote: "Working on this film helped me to heal - it was very cathartic. The tears I cried in this film were real and from a special place. I had a job to do but it never left my mind that Michael had gone. It was a difficult time." Janet Jackson grieved over Michael Jackson's death while filming WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?.

14th May 2010

Quote: "I've been doing this 18 years now and my icon is well on its way. Michael was doing it for 50 years and that's something I'd like to grow towards. At the same time, I am one of a kind, a worldwide pop icon." Usher wants to be the next Michael Jackson.

13th May 2010

Fact: Ozzy Osbourne's new song, LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM, was inspired by the death of Michael Jackson. The track was originally titled Peter Pan is Dead.

4th May 2010

Fact: Late superstar Michael Jackson is set to be inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York in August (10).

12th March 2010

Quote: "I never played on Black or White. If you listen to (it) that's gay. I'd never play that. I played on Give in to Me and in the Black or White video, when MACaulay Culkin was trashing around - that's me playing." Rocker Slash dismisses the myth that he came up with the famous riff on Michael Jackson's Black or White hit.

9th February 2010

Fact: Deputy District Attorney DAVID WALGREN, who will try the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's doctor CONRAD MURRAY, is also handling the attempt to extradite movie director Roman Polanski from Switzerland to face sentencing in a 33-year-old child-sex case.

3rd February 2010

Fact: Janet Jackson will sing her late brother Michael Jackson's part in the revamped We Are The World anthem.

18th January 2010

Fact: A widely viewed video of an ambulance rushing Michael Jackson from his rented Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles was shot by a tourist on a Starline tour bus.

7th January 2010

Fact: The 2010 Brit Awards will have a new category to mark their 30th anniversary - the Most Memorable Brits Performance. Contenders include The Who, Michael Jackson, the Spice Girls and Kanye West. The annual ceremony will take place in London on 16 February.

30th December 2009

Fact: Tragic British reality TV star Jade Goody is the most mourned celebrity of 2009. The former Big Brother favourite's page on memorial website Lasting Tribute received more hits than any other star who passed away this year - including Michael Jackson, whose page came second to Goody's.

29th December 2009

Fact: Beyonce has paid tribute to Michael Jackson by sampling his track DON'T STOP 'TIL YOU GET ENOUGH on her new song BLACK CULTURE.

17th December 2009

Fact: A hat and a pair of shoes belonging to Michael Jackson sold for $36,500 (£22,800) at a London auction on Wednesday (16Dec09).

15th December 2009

Fact: A pair of Michael Jackson's shoes is expected to fetch $19,200 (£12,000) when auctioned in the U.K. on Wednesday (16Dec09).

10th December 2009

Quote: "He was a big lad. They were builder's hands Michael Jackson had." U2 star Bono on the late King of Pop.

2nd December 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's June (09) death has pushed Britney Spears out of the top spot as the most-searched internet subject of 2009 on Yahoo.com, ending the Toxic hitmaker's four-year reign at number one.

19th November 2009

Quote: "Paris is so cute, she has these hawk eyes. She can spot a camera from a mile away." Michael Jackson's daughter PARIS is always on the look out for paparazzi, according to her aunt Janet.

17th November 2009

Fact: A company in California is formulating a line of fragrances based on the DNA of dead celebrities including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe. The firm will make the perfumes using a "secret process" involving DNA tests performed on clippings from a celebrity hair collector.

13th November 2009

Quote: "Michael Jackson thought I had nice cheekbones. He told my manager that... I thought that was special." Queen Latifah on a career highlight.

12th November 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's concert rehearsal movie THIS IS IT has passed the $200 million (GBP125 million) mark at the global box office. The film was released on 28 October (09).

11th November 2009

Fact: The costs for Michael Jackson's September (09) funeral at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California sailed past $855,000 (£534,400), according to new documents.

30th October 2009

Quote: "It's a wonderful tribute to Michael. It's a great way for the kids to remember their dad." Michael Jackson's ex-wife DEBBIE ROWE is a big fan of the King of Pop's new concert rehearsal movie THIS IS IT.

30th October 2009

Fact: Fans will be given another opportunity to get their hands on Michael Jackson memorabilia at an auction in New York on 21 November (09). The latest in a series of sales of King of Pop-related goods will include a scarf worn by the singer, which he gave to his aunt, and the mold for the star's Thriller fangs. More than 30 of the items up for grabs at the Julien's Auctions event were personal gifts from the star to his friends and family.

30th October 2009

Quote: "Michael deserves one. What we did was create a film for fans to understand what Michael dreamed for them. A wonderful story about a brilliant man." THIS IS IT tour director Kenny Ortega is convinced Michael Jackson should be handed a posthumous Oscar for the documentary detailing his doomed comeback concerts.

30th October 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's concert rehearsal movie THIS IS IT grossed $20.1 million (£12.5 million) in its first 24 hours at the worldwide box office.

29th October 2009

Fact: Actress VIVICA A. Fox was an extra in Michael Jackson's REMEMBER THE TIME video. The Kill Bill star says, "My shadow was the one handing (co-star) Iman a drink."

29th October 2009

Quote: "The main thing you get out of the movie is that the dude was still very much alive. You gotta see it for yourself." Rapper/actor ICE-T was impressed with Michael Jackson's performance in his concert rehearsal film THIS IS IT after attending the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary on Tuesday night (27Oct09).

29th October 2009

Quote: "This has been an incredible journey... This really takes the cake. I'm gonna kick my shoes off and walk in the sand." Moviemaker Kenny Ortega confirms he's no longer attached to direct movie musical FOOTLOOSE after planning Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT comeback shows and subsequent movie.

28th October 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT movie has got off to a great start at the North American box office - late-night screenings in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday/Wednesday (27/28Oct09) raked in $2.2 million (GBP1.4 million).

28th October 2009

Quote: "I got to meet her last week during the Michael Jackson tribute. It was great, incredible. I almost cried. This is Michael Jackson's mom! This is the lady who gave birth to Michael Jackson!" R&B star Mya on meeting the Jackson family matriarch backstage at hit U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars.

28th October 2009

Fact: The red carpet at the THIS IS IT movie premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (27Oct09) was lit up like the pavement in Michael Jackson's BILLIE JEAN video.

27th October 2009

Quote: "He was full of energy. As soon as he got up on that stage, he was keeping up with 20-year-old dancers. He wasn't sitting in the corner looking really ill." Singer/guitarist Orianthi, who was due to perform alongside Michael Jackson during his London This Is It concerts, insists the late King of Pop was a picture of health during his final days. Jackson died from a prescription drug overdose in June (09), just days before the start of his comeback shows in the British capital.

23rd October 2009

Fact: ADAM STREISAND, the new lawyer hired by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine, is Barbra Streisand's cousin.

22nd October 2009

Quote: "I loved it and I thought they did a really, really wonderful, beautiful job." Michael Jackson's mother, KATHERINE, was thrilled by the tribute to her late son on her favourite TV show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday night (20Oct09). The Jackson family matriarch was a special guest at the show and sat in the front row with daughter La Toya and son Jermaine.

21st October 2009

Quote: "(It) was his final curtain call. Michael wanted to retire from performance and focus on film-making and other things. He didn't intend to be out there in the world performing for much longer, so this opportunity came along where he thought that he was young enough.. he wanted to share it with his children, to do it for the fans." Michael Jackson's choreographer Kenny Ortega insists the star intended to slip out of the limelight following his doomed comeback concerts.

20th October 2009

Fact: A dozen strands of Michael Jackson's hair, which were collected after the star's head was burnt during the filming of a Pepsi commercial 25 years ago, has been sold at an auction in London for $1,710 (£1,140).

16th October 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson will be remembered on Dancing With The Stars as the U.S. show's professionals perform tribute dances to three of the King of Pop's hits on 20 October (09).

14th October 2009

Fact: British psychic DEREK ACORAH will try to make contact with Michael Jackson during a live seance on Sky TV next month (Nov09).

30th September 2009

Fact: More than 550 screenings of Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT concert rehearsal movie have sold out, four weeks before the film hits cinemas. Tickets went on sale on Sunday (27Sep09).

21st September 2009

Quote: "He plays Michael Jackson, Jackson 5 clips on constant rotation." Actor Tracy Morgan worships the King Of Pop, according to his 30 ROCK co-star KEITH POWELL.

16th September 2009

Quote: "I always wish they had made a movie together." Queen Latifah would have been the first person in line if Michael Jackson and his sister Janet had teamed up on the big screen.

15th September 2009

Quote: "The show was incredible. JANET did a fantastic job, and I was very proud and honoured to be there. That's just part of the responsibility we have as a family to keep MICHAEL's legacy alive." Jermaine Jackson applauds his sister Janet Jackson's dance tribute to their late sibling, the King of Pop Michael Jackson, at Sunday's (13Sep09) MTV Video Music Awards.

14th September 2009

Quote: "There I am sitting behind Joey Ramone and then I look up and there's Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley kissing onstage. It was a trip." Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong on his memories from the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.

10th September 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson fans will get a sneak peek at the upcoming documentary about the star's doomed THIS IS IT tour at Sunday's (13Sep09) star-studded MTV Video Music Awards. MICHAEL JACKSON: THIS IS IT, which features rehearsal footage taken before the King of Pop's death in June (09), is set for a two-week worldwide theatrical release next month (28Oct09).

10th September 2009

Quote: "People can have rhinoceros skin, but there's a point when something's going to hurt you. Not everyone is stone, stone. I haven't watched the news in weeks. I had to ask my chef, 'How's Obama doing?' I haven't read a newspaper." Michael Jackson's grieving sister Janet has avoided the news since her big brother died in June (09).

10th September 2009

Quote: "Now at least I know that I can step up to the plate and not crumble when I'm needed. When it comes to something like this that is so, so serious, so painful, so traumatic, I can handle it." Michael Jackson's sister Janet insists her grief over the King of Pop's death has made her stronger.

10th September 2009

Fact: The black sequined jacket Michael Jackson wore when he first moonwalked at the Motown 25th Anniversary Special belonged to his mother, Katherine.

9th September 2009

Fact: Oprah Winfrey had to ask Michael Jackson's mother KATHERINE for permission to re-air her 1993 interview with the King of Pop as part of an upcoming tribute to the late star on her daytime talk show.

6th September 2009

Fact: Dancers hired for Michael Jackson's This Is It dates served as ushers at the King of Pop's funeral at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California on Thursday (03Sep09).

3rd September 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson will be laid to rest in a $30,000 (£20,000) gold casket inside the Holly Terrace area of the Great Mausoleum at California's Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday evening (03Sep09).

3rd September 2009

Quote: "They did it with Michael Jackson (with the child sex allegations). People love negativity, people feed on that. If I live my life in a positive way maybe people can see past this." Chris Brown hopes the media will allow him to move forward and work towards making amends for assaulting Rihanna in the headline-grabbing incident earlier this year (09). Jackson was cleared of all charges in his 2005 trial.

1st September 2009

Quote: "Everyone loved Michael. What he did for black artists specifically was get us on the bl**dy television. Before him you never saw us. He was the first black artist who truly crossed over and transcended race." British soul singer Beverly Knight on late King of Pop Michael Jackson.

1st September 2009

Quote: "That kid did more good for people than anybody will ever know, and all of his friends know it." Liza Minnelli pays tribute to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, who was the best man at her wedding to David Gest.

31st August 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson fans in Mexico attempted to break the world record for the largest number of people dancing to the late star's hit track Thriller. The crowd of 12,937 all moved in time to the music in the attempt, which was monitored by officials from the Guinness Book of World Records. The group will find out whether their attempt was successful next week (beg07Aug09).

27th August 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson has been added to Etch-a-Sketch artist George Vlosich III's quirky star gallery. The King of Pop's death in June (09) prompted the famous arty twiddler to create something special in his honour.. The piece joins impressive Etch-a-Sketches of Elvis, Tiger Woods and Barack Obama.

19th August 2009

Fact: Andy Warhol's portrait of Michael Jackson was sold at auction on Tuesday (18Aug09). Owners of New York's Vered Gallery could not disclose the price of the final bid but confirmed the anonymous collector paid more than $1 million (£666,670). The painting shows the grinning King Of Pop wearing a red jacket from his 1980s Thriller heyday.

17th August 2009

Quote: "I once went to the track with Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. I asked Michael to pick a horse. He said, 'Oh no, I'm a Jehovah's Witness.' So I told him to just put his hand down on the race card. His hand came down on this horse that was a 30-1 shot. I bet on that horse and it won. I came over to Michael and said, 'We won!' I tried to give the money to him, but he screamed and tore off running." Actor George Hamilton reflects on an encounter with the late King of Pop.

13th August 2009

Fact: British model Agyness Deyn has paid a colourful tribute to Michael Jackson in the pages of the upcoming issue of fashion bible Harper's Bazaar. The white-haired catwalk star channels the King of Pop for the publication, posing alongside zombies in a re-enactment of Jackson's Thriller video and showing off Grammy Awards with a chimp at her side.

12th August 2009

Fact: Organisers behind the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, Austria have announced the date of the gig. The star-studded event, to be held at the city's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, will take place on 26 September (09) - three months and a day after the King of Pop's death on 25 June (09).

11th August 2009

Fact: A white handkerchief on which Michael Jackson scribbled 'I love England' during a 1997 trip to London is set to go under the hammer at an auction in Shropshire, England.

11th August 2009

Fact: The Michael Jackson movie featuring footage from the King of Pop's final concert rehearsals will be released in 3-D. The film, which was green-lighted by a Los Angeles judge on Monday (10Aug09), is set to hit screens in October (09).

31st July 2009

Quote: "MJ was my biggest inspiration. I had been so looking forward to seeing Michael's show in London and finally meeting him. It's important for my generation of musicians to keep his memory alive." R&B beauty Ciara hopes today's stars will continue Michael Jackson's musical legacy.

30th July 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson was working on a fashion line, based on the outfits he was planning to wear onstage at his London comeback concerts, with French designer pal Christian Audigier before his tragic death last month (Jun09).

28th July 2009

Fact: London's O2 Arena is favourite to scoop the title of world's most popular concert venue for the second year running. The arena - which was set to play host to Michael Jackson's ill-fated THIS IS IT comeback shows before his death last month (Jun09) - is level-pegging with New York's Madison Square Garden in the Pollstar survey. The result will be announced at the end of the year (09).

27th July 2009

Fact: A set of pictures from Michael Jackson's personal photo collection have been published in a U.K. newspaper. The snaps show intimate moments of the star's family life with his children, including a shot of the late star with his two eldest kids and former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

21st July 2009

Fact: TITO JACKSON performed a concert in Madrid, Spain on Saturday (18Jul09) in memory of his late brother Michael Jackson, who passed away on 25 June (09).

18th July 2009

Fact: The white glove Michael Jackson wore on THE jacksons' 1984 Victory Tour is expected to fetch more than $150,000 (£100,000) when it goes under the hammer in October (09).

17th July 2009

Fact: Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol's portrait of Michael Jackson has been put back up for auction after bidding was stalled last week (12Jul09) due to high demand for the late King of Pop's memorabilia in the weeks following his death. The artwork, which shows Jackson smiling in a red jacket inspired by his infamous Thriller costume, is expected to sell for between $1 million (£666,670) and $10 million (£6.6 million) at the Vered Gallery auction in East Hampton, New York when bidding closes on 18 August (09).

16th July 2009

Quote: "It was Christmas. I was at home and my phone rang and a little voice talked to me. I said, 'Who's this?' guarding my privacy. (It was a) private number... I thought it was a little bit dodgy. But he said, 'It's Michael Jackson. Do you want to make some hits?' And I said yeah, sure." Sir Paul McCartney was taken by surprise when the King of Pop phoned him to collaborate on his 1982 album THRILLER.

14th July 2009

Fact: An official motion lodged in the U.K. Parliament to celebrate Michael Jackson's "life and music" has been signed by just one politician out of a possible 659.

14th July 2009

Fact: Coldplay paid tribute to Michael Jackson by performing an acoustic version of the late superstar's hit BILLIE JEAN at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington on 11 July (09). The King Of Pop died on 25 June (09) after suffering a cardiac arrest.

14th July 2009

Quote: "I saw bits and pieces of it on the news. It's heartbreaking when you see his daughter. You realise he was their protective system. They were always with him and he always shielded them from the media. You realise they don't really know anything else. It's heartbreaking." JAY-Z is still upset after witnessing Michael Jackson's daughter PARIS paying an emotional tribute to her late father at his memorial service last week (07Jul09).

10th July 2009

Fact: JUDITH HILL, the singer who fronted a This Is It cast performance of WE ARE THE WORLD and HEAL THE WORLD at Michael Jackson's memorial on Tuesday (07Jul09), was to perform a duet on I JUST CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU with the King of Pop during his 50 comeback shows in London.

10th July 2009

Quote: "I walked up to him and said 'Hi, I'm the president of Epic,' and he said 'Wow, things have changed since I was there'. He knew my work and he thought it was fantastic that a creative had been put in charge." King of Pop Michael Jackson was impressed by songwriter and EMI president Amanda Ghost's rise to the top.

9th July 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's 13th waxwork has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. Only Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed more times by the waxwork museum. Madame Tussauds sculptors started work on the new Jacko in March (09) after the King of Pop announced he'd be playing 50 comeback shows in London. They had intended to display it later this month (Jul09), to coincide with the start of Jackson's This is It concerts.

9th July 2009

Quote: "It was beautiful, it was poignant, it was sad, it was funny. It just had so many moments and it was wonderful to see the people who really knew him like Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie... and everyone just really celebrating the great entertainer that he was. (He was) a great human being." Queen Latifah on speaking at Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday (07Jul09), where she gave a touching public tribute to the King of Pop.

9th July 2009

Quote: "It was a heavy day. You never wanna think about your kids ever having to go through that." Rocker Joel Madden feels for Michael Jackson's three children after attending the King of Pop's memorial service in Los Angeles on Tuesday (07Jul09) with girlfriend Nicole Richie. Jackson was close friends with the socialite's father Lionel Richie and was her godfather.

9th July 2009

Quote: "I don't care what kind of music you're into, there's something special in him that isn't of this world." Michael Jackson's one-time backing singer Sheryl Crow on the late King of Pop.

9th July 2009

Quote: "If you take anything away from this concert tonight, take this: 'Let's not wait to mourn death, let's celebrate life'." Rap superstar JAY-Z urges fans at his Chicago, Illinois concert on Tuesday (07Jul09) to make the most of their lives in the wake of Michael Jackson's sudden death.

9th July 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's memorial brought America to a standstill on Tuesday (07Jul09) - 31.1 million people watched the telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. That's two million shy of the 33.3 million Americans who watched Princess Diana's 1997 funeral and seven million less than those who tuned in to watch U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration in January (09).

8th July 2009

Fact: Deepak Chopra's son GOTHAM partly owes his education to pal Michael Jackson - he's sure the King of Pop's letter of recommendation to Columbia University officials helped land him a place at the prestigious school.

8th July 2009

Quote: "This Mike Jackson thing's dragging on a bit, innit? Who do they think he is, Jade Goody? Listen out for the dedication tonight. There's bound to be one. If it's during Live Forever I may do a little poo-poo...then vomit." Rocker Noel Gallagher was unimpressed with the Michael Jackson memorial ahead of an Oasis show in the U.K. on Tuesday (07Jul09).

8th July 2009

Fact: America's Ebony magazine is set to release a memorial picture book as a tribute to late pop superstar Michael Jackson's life. The 100-page tome will have never-seen-before pictures, celebrity tributes as well as 5,000 words from the singer himself. The book will be released on 13 July (09).

8th July 2009

Quote: "I lost my friend; I lost my whole world... I've lost the best man at my wedding; my daughter's lost her godfather. The Brandos have lost a special family member and our hearts are numb and broken. I will never be the same." Marlon Brando's son MIKO pays tribute to Michael Jackson.

8th July 2009

Quote: "It was done with a great deal of style and class. It ran like a piece of glass... He would have loved it." Dionne Warwick insists Michael Jackson would have enjoyed his memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

7th July 2009

Quote: "This was a moment that I wished that I didn't live to see coming, but as much as I can say that you mean it, I do know that God is good... As much as we may feel... we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more." Stevie Wonder pays tribute to Michael Jackson at the King of Pop's Los Angeles memorial service on Tuesday (07Jul09). The soul great performed Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer from his 1971 album Where I’m Coming From as a tribute.

7th July 2009

Quote: "I am glad that I live in this era with the greatest entertainer of all times... The world will never ever forget Michael Jackson. I love you my brother." Smokey Robinson pays tribute to MICHAEL JACKSON at the King of Pop's Los Angeles memorial.

7th July 2009

Fact: Donatella Versace agreed to outfit the entire Jackson family for the Michael Jackson memorial in Los Angeles after Janet Jackson asked her to style the clan. Her late brother was a longtime fan of Versace designs.

7th July 2009

Quote: "I am glad that I live in this era with the greatest entertainer of all times... The world will never ever forget Michael Jackson. I love you my brother." Smokey Robinson pays tribute to MICHAEL JACKSON at the King of Pop's Los Angeles memorial.

7th July 2009

Fact: Donatella Versace agreed to outfit the entire Jackson family for the Michael Jackson memorial in Los Angeles after Janet Jackson asked her to style the clan. Her late brother was a longtime fan of Versace designs.

7th July 2009

Quote: "This was a moment that I wished that I didn't live to see coming, but as much as I can say that you mean it, I do know that God is good... As much as we may feel... we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more." Stevie Wonder pays tribute to Michael Jackson at the King of Pop's Los Angeles memorial service on Tuesday (07Jul09). The soul great performed Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer from his 1971 album Where I’m Coming From as a tribute.

7th July 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson has become the first music artist to sell more than a million digital tracks in a single week - 2.3 million of the King of Pop's records were downloaded in the U.S. in the days following his death on 25 June (09).

7th July 2009

Fact: Twenty one years ago on Tuesday (07Jul09), the date of Michael Jackson's Los Angeles memorial, the pop superstar was at the top of the U.S. Billboard chart with his hit song DIRTY DIANA.

7th July 2009

Fact: The pallbearers who carried Michael Jackson's coffin into the King of Pop's memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday (07Jul09), all wore matching yellow ties, sunglasses and the late pop superstar's trademark glittering glove.

7th July 2009

Fact: Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes and Michael Jackson's trainer Lou Ferrigno were among the first celebrities to arrive at the memorial to the King of Pop in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning (07Jul09), joining news woman Barbara Walters and moviemaker Tyler Perry on the black carpet outside the Staples Center.

7th July 2009

Fact: Tickets for Michael Jackson's free memorial in Los Angeles on Tuesday (07Jul09) are being offered on eBay.com for over $150,000 (£100, 000).

6th July 2009

Fact: A teenage Michael Jackson fan was hospitalised on Sunday (05Jul09) after fainting outside the Jackson family home in Encino, California. The 13 year old was taken to Encino hospital, where her condition is unknown, reports TMZ.com.

5th July 2009

Fact: Los Angeles tourist attraction the Universal CityWalk will become 'Universal MoonWalk' on 9 July (09) as part of a celebration of Michael Jackson's life and career. Screenings of Jackson movie The Wiz and his iconic Thriller video will be shown on a huge screen and there will be a dance retrospective of the King of Pop's musical history.

5th July 2009

Quote: "It's all too unexpected. It's like someone walked up to you and punched you in the stomach. We lost our Michael but those kids lost their father." Michael Jackson's close friend, SHALAMAR star JEFFREY DANIEL, on the tragic death of the music icon.

4th July 2009

Quote: "When I heard he was going to be performing at the O2 I offered to do something with him. I don't know what we could have done together, I could have carried his bags for him maybe!" Madonna would have done anything to be involved with Michael Jackson's comeback shows in London.

4th July 2009

Fact: Official souvenir t-shirts for Michael Jackson's cancelled THIS IS IT concerts at London's O2 Arena are on sale via promoters AEG Live's website. Three designs, bearing the singer's iconic image and a This Is It logo, are priced between $27 (£18) and $30 (£20).

3rd July 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson fans can now 'adopt' his beloved pet chimpanzee BUBBLES, who was moved to Wauchula, Florida's Center for Great Apes in 2005. Animal-lovers willing to donate between $150 (GBP100) and $10,000 (GBP6,670) to the sanctuary will receive an adoption certificate, framed photograph and biography of the late legend's former pet among other membership perks.

3rd July 2009

Quote: "People have speculated that this is going to bankrupt our company. The truth is it isn't... We have a bunch of tours next year and our business will go on." AEG Live CEO RANDY PHILLIPS on reports Michael Jackson's death and the fact his sold out comeback dates in London will no longer take place will ruin his company. AEG Live were the promoters behind Jacko's This Is It tour.

2nd July 2009

Quote: "The thing about Michael is the memories. I'm lucky enough to have memories - actually, physically - with him onstage and off. ...He's created so many cultural photos in people's minds with his music that he was and always will be the King of Pop." Justin Timberlake is still in shock at the sudden death of his idol Michael Jackson, who passed away last week (25Jun09). The pop star shared the stage with the Thriller hitmaker at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, when Timberlake performed with his former band 'N Sync.

2nd July 2009

Quote: "I still can't deal with him being in the past tense. It has me messed up. I can't put it into words. When I was little it felt like you were from the future. You were otherworldly. You mapped out my imagination. Then you made it real. I've never felt this way before in my life about someone I have never met. Thank you for everything." Fall Out Boy star Pete Wentz is finding it difficult to deal with the death of Michael Jackson.

2nd July 2009

Fact: The organisers of the Iowa State Fair will pay tribute to late music icon Michael Jackson by displaying a sculpture of the superstar made entirely of butter. Jackson gave two performance at the annual event with the Jackson 5 in 1971. The fair will take place from 13-23 August in Des Moines, Iowa.

1st July 2009

Quote: "He bit a hole in my daughter's hand! Rashida's hand... She was a little girl and Bubbles bit her hand." Legendary producer Quincy Jones has mixed memories of pal Michael Jackson's beloved pet chimpanzee.

1st July 2009

Fact: Irish rockers U2 dedicated the song ANGEL OF HARLEM to the late Michael Jackson as they kicked off their 2009 world tour in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday (30Jun09).

1st July 2009

Quote: "It's very, very tragic. Some children have lost a father, some parents lost a child. I have great respect for what he's done in his work over the years. A real genius." Johnny Depp laments on the death of Michael Jackson, who passed away last week (25Jun09).

1st July 2009

Fact: A last-minute decision to turn Sunday night's (28Jun09) BET Awards into a tribute to Michael Jackson paid off for the organisers of the event - the telecast of the show drew more than 10 million viewers. That's a 61 per cent increase from the 2008 special.

1st July 2009

Quote: "He influenced me in so many ways, more than just music... as a humanitarian, as a philanthropist, as an artist, as an individual who transcended culture. I wouldn't be who I am today without Michael Jackson. They say if you ever want to be great, you've got to study who the greats studied, so, of course, I studied his moves - studied them down to a T." Usher explains how MICHAEL JACKSON influenced his music career.

30th June 2009

Quote: "Who knows how many lives were saved thanks to Michael's inspiration message." America's former First Lady NANCY REAGAN pays tribute to Michael Jackson in the new commemorative issue of Time magazine.

30th June 2009

Quote: "I had an opportunity to work with Michael coming up, before the tour, and it’s been wild. The same thing happened to me when I was supposed to work with Biggie Smalls before he passed. It’s kind of a sad day... but a good day because his music lives on." Super producer Timbaland remembers Michael Jackson.

29th June 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's father Joe Jackson is developing a record company with CHI-LITES star Marshall Thompson.

29th June 2009

Fact: L. LONDELL MCMILLAN, the lawyer hired to represent Michael Jackson's parents over the weekend (27-28Jun09), previously advised JAY-Z, Spike Lee and Kanye West among others.

29th June 2009

Quote: "People don't get upset when they talk about Michael Jackson dying, they get upset when they talk about how much a part of their life it was. And that's the giant cornerstone that's gone." Rocker John Mayer on the legacy of the late, great pop superstar, who died last Thursday (25Jun09).

28th June 2009

Quote: "They were concerned about his health because he worked around the clock, and he didn't sleep right. He was frail in heart and mind…He was a very frail personality - physically and emotionally." Jackson family attorney Debra Opri admits Michael Jackson's parents had been worried about their son's health for months before his sudden death on Thursday (25Jun09).

28th June 2009

Fact: The inmates of the Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines have reenacted their famous performance of Michael Jackson's THRILLER dance in tribute to the late star. Footage of the group's original performance became an international video hit after it was posted on YouTube.com in 2007.

27th June 2009

Fact: Business tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed is planning a memorial to Michael Jackson at his London department store Harrods.

27th June 2009

Fact: The Streets paid tribute to Michael Jackson during their set at legendary U.K. music festival Glastonbury on Friday (26Jun09) by covering his 1983 hit BILLIE JEAN.

27th June 2009

Fact: British singer Lily Allen wore a white glove on her right hand during her set at U.K. music festival Glastonbury on Friday (26Jun09) - in honour of Michael Jackson, who died on Thursday (25Jun09). The singer also brought a touch of Britney Spears glamour to the stage - she performed a cover version of the star's hit WOMANIZER..

27th June 2009

Quote: "When Michael Jackson did the Moonwalk, the world became a different place. The world is a richer place for his music and a much poorer place for his passing. There will never be another like him." Music producer Pete Waterman pays tribute to the King of Pop, who died on Thursday (25Jun09).

27th June 2009

Fact: Bosses at Los Angeles' Grammy Museum are planning a special celebration of the life and work of the late Michael Jackson, who died on Thursday (25Jun09). A collection of the King of Pop's most iconic wardrobe pieces, including the suit he wore on the cover of the Thriller album, went on display at the tourist attraction on Friday (26Jun09). The exhibition also features videos of some of Jackson's most exciting Grammy performances.

26th June 2009

Quote: "Michael Jackson was extraordinary. When we worked together on BAD, I was in awe of his absolute mastery of movement on the one hand, and of the music on the other. Every step he took was absolutely precise and fluid at the same time. It was like watching quicksilver in motion. He was wonderful to work with, an absolute professional at all times, and - it really goes without saying - a true artist.” Oscar winner Martin Scorsese, who directed the late star's classic BAD video.

26th June 2009

Quote: "There is no one in the world like MJ! Never has been! Never will be! We all know him in one way or another. In some way he has touched us, been the voice of one of our sweetest memories. And what a wonderful, genuine, compassionate, soft spoken giant so full of love. He gave us love, excitement, one of a kind moments in a mundane world. I can't believe he won't be with us here on earth anymore. But long from now, when we are all dust, he will still never be forgotten ... To the best that ever did it! You are loved, admired and respected forever." Alicia Keys pays tribute to her idol, Michael Jackson.

26th June 2009

Quote: "It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy-man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones. I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world." Sir Paul McCartney on the tragic death of Michael Jackson.

26th June 2009

Quote: "(He was) one of the great singers. A genius, like Ray Charles; like Stevie Wonder. In later years, I didn't see him that much and when I did see him, his behaviour was very strange to me. And so I didn't relate to that person as well. I didn't really understand him." Cher on the passing of her old friend - tragic superstar Michael Jackson.

26th June 2009

Quote: "Michael Jackson was easily as influential as James Brown, and that's saying a lot. He was the Fred Astaire of his time. Nobody moved like Michael, he was truly the King of Pop." Rocker Alice Cooper pays his respects.

26th June 2009

Quote: "I am really shocked; as I'm sure the world is, to hear the news. I had the pleasure of working with Michael on BEAT IT back in '83 - one of my fondest memories in my career. Michael will be missed and may he rest in peace." Rocker EDDIE VAN HALEN remembers his time in the studio with late legend Michael Jackson, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday (25Jun09).

26th June 2009

Quote: "No artist will ever take his place. His star will shine forever." Mariah Carey remembers the late Michael Jackson.

23rd June 2009

Fact: Fans who missed out on tickets to Michael Jackson's upcoming comeback shows in London will have another chance to see the King of Pop when extra seats to all 50 shows go on sale on Wednesday morning (24Jun09).

23rd June 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's stage costumes for his upcoming concerts at London's O2 Arena will be decorated with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals, said to be worth $1.5 million (£1 million). The pop superstar will kick off his 50-date This Is It tour on 13 July (09).

18th June 2009

Fact: Pop superstar Michael Jackson is looking for a disabled child to share the stage with him at his upcoming London gigs. An email from the singer's promotional agency to casting agencies has asked for a youngster with a "visible disability" to join rehearsals.

3rd June 2009

Quote: "As far as rapping goes, how can I say this? (MICHAEL) JORDAN, Michael Jackson - it's what I do." Kanye West compares himself to the greats of the sporting and entertainment worlds.

20th May 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson fans face a nightmare journey to his comeback concerts at London's O2 Arena in July (09) - the only Underground train line serving the venue will be closed for maintenance work.

12th May 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson is rehearsing for his upcoming London comeback concerts in a hangar at Burbank airport in California. The 50 shows at the O2 Arena, which begin in July (09), will be among the most expensive ever staged and will include as many as 22 different sets, according to Randy Phillips, the CEO of promoters AEG Live.

9th May 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson and Britney Spears' favourite designer Christian Audigier has added motorcycles to his impressive empire. The Frenchman behind the trendy Ed Hardy fashion line has teamed up with Ducati to style a new range of bikes.

4th May 2009

Quote: "I saw Michael Jackson. My friend and I were shopping and there was a commotion at the roadside. People were falling all over the place. We looked into the car beside us and he got in. That made my day." Leona Lewis was delighted to spot the pop legend in Los Angeles.

16th April 2009

Quote: "The young Michael Jackson, not the one now. The one now I still like too, but it's a different thing... it's cool. But in '84, the Victory Tour... I've never seen anybody that incredible. It was all real, no lip-synching." Singer/actor Jamie Foxx was blown away by the Thriller hitmaker's stage performance during the 1980s.

14th April 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch home in Santa Barbara County, California has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. The King of Pop vacated the sprawling estate, which once housed a funfair and zoo, following his child molestation trial in 2005. He is now a co-owner of the vacant property.

13th March 2009

Fact: Tickets to Michael Jackson's 50-date comeback run in London have sold out within hours after going on general sale on Friday (13Mar09) morning. More than a million tickets to the shows have now been purchased, with agents shifting an average of 33 seats per minute.

13th March 2009

Fact: Sales of Michael Jackson's greatest hits album KING OF POP have quadrupled in the U.K. since details of his massive 50-night run at London's O2 Arena were announced.

11th March 2009

Fact: Michael Jackson is reportedly planning to rent rocker Rod Stewart's London home when he stays in the U.K. to perform his eagerly awaited series of live shows at the O2 Arena in July (09).

9th March 2009

Fact: Over a million people have applied online for tickets to see Michael Jackson perform in London this summer (09). The pop superstar will play 10 dates at the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in July (09).

22nd December 2008

Fact: Michael Jackson is reportedly renting a $38 million (GBP26 million) house in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles for $100,000 (GBP68,000) a month.

15th December 2008

Quote: "I'd like to see Michael Jackson most. This inauguration will be making history, and we need the biggest artist in history to go up and do something." Akon would like to see the King of Pop at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month (Jan09).

1st December 2008

Quote: "I don't even like for people to know what my girl looks like, and now I'm in a relationship with Michael Jackson!" Hip-hop mogul JAY-Z struggles to accept the international superstardom of his wife, pop singer-turned-actress Beyonce Knowles.

26th November 2008

Quote: "I was inspired by some shades (sunglasses) from the '80s; I wanted to bring them back. That was an exciting moment for me when I saw them penetrate culture like that (and) get bootlegged. That was the closest (thing) to a Michael Jackson moment." Fashion-forward rapper Kanye West had his own iconic moment, re-popularising shutter shade sunglasses.

1st November 2008

Fact: British boyband Take That's upcoming 2009 tour has become the fastest selling string of live dates in U.K. history - outselling Michael Jackson's 1987 BAD concerts. More than 600,000 tickets for Take That's The Circus - Live sold out within five hours of going on sale on Friday (31Oct08).

28th October 2008

Fact: Thousands of Michael Jackson fans are expected to flock to Madame Tussauds in New York's Times Square on Thursday (30Oct08) - in a bid to break the world record for the most people performing the Thriller dance at the same time.

17th September 2008

Quote: "We hang out and go to KFC - he thinks if you peel the skin off the chicken, it makes it organic. He cracks me up." David Gest on his fun outings with pal Michael Jackson.

10th September 2008

Fact: Michael Jackson has asked Pamela Anderson to star in his new video

4th September 2008

Fact: Both Madonna and Michael Jackson have performed as opening acts for the Village People.

28th August 2008

Quote: "I'm delighted that BILLIE JEAN was recently voted the greatest dance record ever made. I can remember hearing it at the Boutique club in Brighton - the place would go crazy." Radio presenter Zoe Ball pays tribute to Michael Jackson on the eve of his 50th birthday.

28th August 2008

Quote: "I'm delighted that BILLIE JEAN was recently voted the greatest dance record ever made. I can remember hearing it at the Boutique club in Brighton - the place would go crazy." Radio presenter Zoe Ball pays tribute to Michael Jackson on the eve of his 50th birthday.

28th August 2008

Quote: "We love the THRILLER video - we've seen it hundreds of times! Coming from Transylvania and being born on Halloween, we bite only after midnight - like Michael in the vid!" Singing sisters The Cheeky Girls pay tribute to Michael Jackson on the eve of his 50th birthday.

28th August 2008

Quote: "We love the THRILLER video - we've seen it hundreds of times! Coming from Transylvania and being born on Halloween, we bite only after midnight - like Michael in the vid!" Singing sisters The Cheeky Girls pay tribute to Michael Jackson on the eve of his 50th birthday.

28th August 2008

Quote: "When Michael Jackson sings, it's with the voice of angels, and when his feet move you can see God dancing." Bob Geldof speaks of his admiration for Michael Jackson on the eve of the King of Pop's 50th birthday.

28th August 2008

Quote: "The very first record I bought was Michael's LEAVE ME ALONE. I'm a huge fan of his and I can't believe he's 50. I think I own all of his records. He's one of the reasons I'm where I am today." Soul singer Craig David wishes Michael Jackson a happy 50th birthday for tomorrow (29Aug08).

28th August 2008

Quote: "Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson...whenever I see them, I get so nervous I don't know what to say. When I met Michael, I got so excited I was jumping up and down. Happy Birthday!" Singer Beyonce Knowles wishes King of Pop MICHAEL JACKSON happy returns on the eve of his 50th.

28th August 2008

Quote: "I've had a couple of meetings with the man himself - he's an extraordinary artist. He ended up kicking me out because I wouldn't stop asking for autographs." Singer Justin Timberlake reminisces about his hero Michael Jackson on the eve of the THRILLER star's 50th birthday.

28th August 2008

Quote: "Michael was one of the nicest people we've ever met - he came up to us singing the lyrics to our song BOOTYLICIOUS! We just stood there like dumbstruck fans, with our mouths open in shock." Former DESTINY'S CHILD singer Kelly Rowland recalls meeting birthday boy Michael Jackson, who turns 50 on 29 August (08).

19th August 2008

Fact: Soul singer Robin Thicke's new album features the horn section which performed on Michael Jackson's classic OFF THE WALL.

7th August 2008

Fact: Pop superstar Michael Jackson is to release a new greatest hits album later this month (Aug08) - and he's giving his British fans the chance to choose their favourites for inclusion on the LP. KING OF POP is scheduled to hit U.K. shops on 25 August (08). Online voting is set to close on Sunday (10Aug08), reports MTV.co.uk.

7th August 2008

Fact: Pop superstar Michael Jackson is to release a new greatest hits album later this month (Aug08) - and he's giving his British fans the chance to choose their favourites for inclusion on the LP. KING OF POP is scheduled to hit U.K. shops on 25 August (08). Online voting is set to close on Sunday (10Aug08), reports MTV.co.uk.

4th August 2008

Fact: Michael Jackson and his singing brothers are to be honoured with an all-star tribute at the Urban Awards in Los Angeles next month (Sep08). The famous siblings will be named BMI Icons at the event, where the top urban artists and records of the year are honoured.

18th July 2008

Fact: Fans of Michael Jackson will have the chance to decide on which songs make the U.K. version of the singer's Greatest Hits album. British newspaper The Sun is giving devotees the opportunity to vote on which 18 tracks make the LP, which is set to be released on 25 August (08).

24th June 2008

Quote: "I toured with him for a year, and every night he stroked the inside of my thigh, but we barely even spoke." Rocker Sheryl Crow recalls her strange experiences with Michael Jackson when she was a back-up dancer for him in the late 1980s.

5th May 2008

Quote: "I think he's still mad at me because I wouldn't testify at his (child molestation) trial." Hollywood director Brett Ratner has written off his chances of working with Michael Jackson anytime soon.

19th April 2008

Fact: Mexican actor Diego Luna plays a Michael Jackson doppelganger opposite Samantha Morton's Marilyn Monroe wannabe in director Harmony Korine's quirky new movie MISTER LONELY. The movie was shot in Plockton in the Scottish Highlands, where cult thriller The Wicker Man was filmed.

24th March 2008

Fact: Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has spent $8,000 (GBP4,000) on a Michael Jackson puppet used in cult U.K. TV show SPITTING IMAGE. The British rocker is a huge fan of popular culture memorabilia - among the items he owns is the BMX bicycle ridden by E.T. and ELLIOTT in Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi blockbuster E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.

26th February 2008

Fact: Pop punks Fall Out Boy have recorded a cover of Michael Jackson's BEAT IT with a "special guest guitarist" on their new album, oddly titled ****.

11th February 2008

Quote: "It's so true. Mick Jagger is still 18. Michael Jackson is still five." Singer KT Tunstall believes celebrities' emotional development halts when they find success.

11th February 2008

Fact: Pop superstar Michael Jackson was conspicuously absent from the Grammy Awards. The singer was expected to make an appearance at the ceremony, to mark the 25th anniversary of his hit album Thriller. But there was no sign of the star - amid rumours he stayed away when organisers refused to present him with an award.

7th February 2008

Fact: Michael Jackson's THRILLER anthem was originally titled STARLIGHT LOVE.

6th February 2008

Fact: Michael Jackson's video for THRILLER is to be shown at cinemas across the U.K. to celebrate the track's 25th anniversary. The iconic 14-minute footage will be broadcast at seven Odeon cinemas across Britain.

23rd January 2008

Fact: Pop superstar Michael Jackson is expected to attend the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France this Saturday (26Jan08), where he will be presented with a lifetime achievement award.

17th December 2007

Quote: "THRILLER was filmed about two blocks from my house, but my mother was really strict and she wouldn't let me go to the factories - she didn't care who was filming a video there." Black Eyed Peas star WILL.I.AM can't believe he was picked to revamp Michael Jackson's THRILLER album for it's 25th anniversary release in 2008 after missing out on meeting his hero when he was a child.

4th December 2007

Fact: A 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's THRILLER album will be re-released with reworked versions of songs by Kanye West, Akon and WILL.I.AM. The reissue is slated for release in February next year (08).

21st November 2007

Fact: A new book by photographer ALISON JACKSON, named CONFIDENTIAL, offers sneak-peeks of celebrities including Michael Jackson, SIR Elton John, SIR Mick Jagger, and Eminem going about their daily lives. The staged images, taken of celebrity lookalikes, also includes photos of Britney Spears lighting a cigarette while holding her baby son, Jennifer Lopez on the toilet, and Madonna ironing.

13th November 2007

Quote: "The key to being a wonderful writer is not to write. You just get out of the way. Leave room for God to walk in the room." Michael Jackson on his songwriting skills.

8th November 2007

Fact: Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING) hit was inspired by a collection of lingerie, called Pretty Young Things, that songwriter Quincy Jones' wife Peggy Lipton brought home, while the legendary producer was working on the THRILLER album.

7th November 2007

Fact: Michael Jackson's new Ebony magazine cover shot marks the seventh time the pop superstar has appeared solo on the front of the revered urban magazine. He has also appeared on the cover five times as a member of The Jackson 5.

5th November 2007

Fact: Michael Jackson will grace the cover of the December (07) issue of urban magazine Ebony to mark the 25th anniversary of THRILLER.

1st November 2007

Fact: Socialite and sex tape star Kim Kardashian celebrated her 14th birthday party at Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch home in California, because she was dating the pop superstar's nephew at the time.

25th October 2007

Quote: "I couldn't possibly imagine Michael Jackson going to the toilet until I was, like, 10 years old, because he was just, like, from another planet." Actor JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS.

25th October 2007

Quote: "I couldn't possibly imagine Michael Jackson going to the toilet until I was, like, 10 years old, because he was just, like, from another planet." Actor JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS.

19th October 2007

Fact: Michael Jackson is re-releasing his record-breaking album THRILLER with four classic remixes. Album hits Billie Jean, P.Y.T., Wanna Be Startin' Something and The Girl Is Mine have been revamped by Kanye West, Akon, and will.i.am for the 25th anniversary release.

19th September 2007

Fact: Michael Jackson is set to return to public life with a spread in fashion bible Italian Vogue. The reclusive pop superstar and his entourage have taken over a New York hotel to shoot cover photos for the publication, according to the New York Post.

4th September 2007

Quote: "Nobody will ever sell as many records... His career is bulletproof." Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am on Michael Jackson.

25th August 2007

Fact: Fall Out Boy performed covers of Akon'S hit single Nobody Wants To See Us Together and tracks by Michael Jackson and HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS at England's Leeds Festival this weekend (25Aug07).

1st August 2007

Fact: A prison warden in the Philippines has come up with a novel way to keep inmates fit - he starts the day off with synchronised dance routines to the tunes of RADIO GA GA by Queen and Michael Jackson's THRILLER.

10th July 2007

Quote: "You sit there quietly because if people in the theatre know Michael is there, the whole place will erupt." Chris Tucker describes going to the movies with Michael Jackson.

24th May 2007

Fact: Dionne Warwick, Pamela Anderson and Olivia Newton-John will join Michael Jackson at the 25th birthday party of Brunei's Prince Azim in an English country home this weekend (26May07).

18th April 2007

Quote: "She blushed when I told her Michael had a crush on her." David Gest reveals his pal Michael Jackson fancies Beyonce Knowles.

9th April 2007

Quote: "What is Michael Jackson's hat worth? Five hundred dollars? Five thousand? Fifty thousand? Who knows." Guernsey auction house president ARLAN ETTINGER admits he has no idea what items in the upcoming Jackson family memorabilia sale are worth. The items, including clothing, letters and contracts, which were obtained in a storage sale, will go under the hammer at the Hard Rock Hotel + Casino in Las Vegas on 30 and 31 May

5th April 2007

Fact: Staff at Las Vegas toy store FAO SCHWARTZ shut up shop on Tuesday (03APR07) to allow Michael Jackson and his daughter PARIS to shop without being disturbed.

20th March 2007

Fact: Former Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell's new solo album, CARRY ON, will feature a cover of Michael Jackson's BILLIE JEAN.

1st March 2007

Quote: "I have talked about Michael Jackson with crackheads and presidents." Comedian Chris Rock insists everyone is fascinated with the King Of Pop.

17th February 2007

Quote: "Sean Lennon used to be my best friend. He lived just down the road from me. We'd go and visit Michael Jackson together all the time." Producer Mark Ronson, who has worked with Kanye West, Robbie Williams and Amy Winehouse, had an interesting childhood.

16th November 2006

Fact: Designer Roberto Cavalli is designing a new debonair vampire look for Michael Jackson's upcoming tour.

14th November 2006

Fact: Michael Jackson has taken over two floors of the Hempel Hotel in London at a cost of almost GBP75,000 ($135,000) ahead of his performance at the World Music Awards tomorrow (15NOV06). The pop star is accompanied by a 25-strong entourage, including his three children, PARIS, PRINCE MICHAEL and PRINCE MICHAEL II.

8th November 2006

Fact: Reclusive superstar Michael Jackson will sing his 1982 hit THRILLER at the World Music Awards in London next week (15NOV06). The BEAT IT hitmaker is receiving the Diamond Award for selling over 100 million albums.

12th September 2006

Quote: "How great am I? That never happened when I was in school. Michael Jackson never came to Stoke-On-Trent." Robbie Williams is unrepentant about forcing local schools to close down during his recent concerts in the English town.

28th August 2006

Quote: "I feel sorry for him because you can look at him and see that he's an unhappy person - you don't change your stamp by doing all that plastic surgery and portray yourself to be happy." Sheryl Crow talks about Michael Jackson, who she sang back-up for when he toured to promote his BAD album.

25th August 2006

Quote: "More people have ever seen the Mona Lisa than ever listened to Michael Jackson. And only three people can see it (Mona Lisa) at once. Talk about impact." Bob Dylan on art's impact over music.

12th August 2006

Quote: "Believe it or not, I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan. Old Michael, when Mike was black. He lost me after (album) THRILLER." Gangster rapper DMX enjoys Jackson's early albums.

9th August 2006

Fact: Paris Hilton boasts her collaboration with Fat Joe, FIGHTING OVER ME, is the "hip-hop version" of Michael Jackson's duet with SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY - THE GIRL IS MINE.

16th June 2006

Quote: "I thought I was going to marry Michael Jackson. I used to draw pictures of us together and send them off to him. I was obsessed." 28 DAYS LATER star Naomie Harris on her childhood crush.

3rd May 2006

Fact: Michael Jackson is experiencing a popularity surge in Spain. The pop superstar has eight singles in the top ten there - including a top three of DIRTY DIANA, THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL and BAD.

7th March 2006

Quote: "He's a friend, but the kind of friend you talk to twice a year." HOME ALONE star Macaulay Culkin on the state of his friendship with singer Michael Jackson.

1st February 2006

Quote: <p>"I guess she can't tell that guys she loves are gay or something, I don't know. I suppose I can relate. I can't tell that the guys I'm marrying are a**holes. I guess it's not that different. But that guy was gay and an a**hole, she's got bad gaydar! I liked his arched Joan Crawford eyebrow. And the friendship with Michael Jackson. There were more than a few clues." Roseanne Barr comments on Liza Minnelli's marriage to David Gest. </p>

20th January 2006

Quote: <p>"He's really a dork undercover. He'll be in my kitchen dancing to, like, Britney Spears or Michael Jackson. He has to have practised in the mirror!" Hilary Duff wonders about boyfriend Joel Madden's smooth dancing moves. </p>

14th December 2005

Quote: <p>"If Michael Jackson could write a song for a rat I could write a song for NOELLE." Gloria Estefan defends her decision to write a ballad dedicated to her beloved bulldog. </p>

6th December 2005

Quote: <p>"I felt bad for the courtroom artist because she had to draw Michael Jackson and that can't be easy 'cos Michael Jackson colour ain't even in the crayon box." Comedian DL Hughley pokes fun at Michael Jackson at the VH1 BIG IN '05 awards on Sunday night (04DEC05). </p>

23rd October 2005

Fact: <p>Michael Jackson isn't the only Jackson family member keen to raise charity cash through music - brother JERMAINE hopes to release a star-studded single to aid his favourite causes. The song Jackson plans to record was written by an unnamed member of the Bahrain royal family. </p>

10th October 2005

Fact: <p>Michael Jackson was granted a private visit to London waxwork museum Madame Tussauds yesterday (09OCT05) evening. Accompanied by his three children, Jackson spent half an hour perusing the tourist attraction. </p>

3rd October 2005

Quote: <p>"Michael Jackson will give back the entire BEATLES song catalogue when realises it's over 11 years old." Comedian CONAN O'BRIEN pokes fun at the troubled singer. </p>

23rd September 2005

Quote: <p>"BUBBLES could have hurled me across the room with his pinkie. At that point he was verging on dangerous." Sheryl Crow admits Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee was a menace when she joined the pop superstar's BAD tour as his backing singer. </p>

22nd September 2005

Fact: <p>TRAFFIC star Erika Christensen appeared in Michael Jackson's CHILDHOOD video when she was 12. </p>

11th September 2005

Fact: <p>Michael Jackson has started lining up stars for his upcoming Hurricane Katrina relief single - he has sent a telegram to Liza Minnelli asking her to join him. KENNETH 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS has signed up produce the single. </p>

23rd August 2005

Quote: <p>"I hope he got a fair trial. Y'know, reasonable doubt. Once that happens, you're off. I wish him well. He doesn't look like a happy man." Sir Paul McCartney on former pal Michael Jackson's child molestation trial. </p>

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