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    • Michael cancels a public auction in April of 2009 and allow Julien auction to present a five-dayexibition of over 2,000 of his possessions included items such as his single white bejeweled glove and everything from his abandoned Neverland ranch, from the amusement rides down to the fixtures and fittings.

    • In March of 2009 Michael released news that he would be performing at London's O2 Arena in July 2009. Originally planning on only ten concerts, he extended this number to 50 due to overwhelming popularity. Initial sales saw 750,000 tickets sold at the rate of 11 tickets per second.

    • In 2007, Michael made a low-key move into a mansion in Las Vegas opposite Wasden Elementary School, which caused worry among parents of young children.

    • In 2008 Michael's friend David Gest revealed that when they ate at KFC together, Michael believed that simply peeling off the skin from the fried chicken would make it organic.

    • In 2008 Michael was featured on a list of the world's worst hotel guests, produced by the website www.concierge.com, after infamously dangling his son Prince Michael II over the balcony of a Berlin hotel in 2002.

    • In 1979, Michael was nominated for a Saturn Award at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA in the category of "Best Supporting Actor"
      for his role in the 1978 movie The Wiz.

    • In 1997 Michael joined Luciano Pavarotti and Paul McCartney on a CD tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    • Michael Jackson was the subject of the controversial 2003 documentary "Living With Michael Jackson." It profiled Jackson's hectic lifestyle and included his children. The show was hosted by British journalist Martin Bashir. Originally produced for the BBC, it earned strong ratings in the U.S. as well when it aired on VH1 and other networks. Jackson has repeatedly referred to the special as inaccurate and unfair. Neither the host nor the show's parent network issued any retractions or modifications, but Jackson later released videos from his personal camera which he'd had present at every interview with Bashir. From that recording it showed Bashir's original answers to Jackson, which he excluded in his documentary, and it showed things in a different light. The documentary made from Jackson's videos is called "The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See."

    • Michael and his brother Tito were co-best men at the Liza Minelli-David Guest wedding.

    • In April 2006 Michael maneuvered himself out of bankruptcy by refinancing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans. He also negotiated a deal with record production company Sony to hand over shares in his treasured "Beatles" back catalogue. All rights to the catalogue had to be given up by May 31st, 2008. Michael had been dealing with financial problems since his drawn-out molestation trial in 2005.

    • Michael took on a new manager in 2006: English music mogul Guy Holmes.

    • In November 2006 Michael invested 1.5 million dollars in two villas and a plot of land in Bahrain, a man-made Amwaj Island.

    • In July 2006 Michael was sued by his ex-wife Debra Rowe for stopping $900,000 a year payments to her. Michael stopped the payments because he said she breached an agreement to keep silent on his private life. Debra accused Michael in public of taking on another prescription pain pill habit, even providing the name of the doctor that filled them. She stated that she was concerned for her children's well-being under his care, and fought to gain her parental rights back. In the end Debra agreed to give up all visitation in exchange for re-instated yearly payments, this time of $750,000.

    • Michael agreed to pay ex wife Debra Rowe $900,000 a year in "hush money" after they split, according to court documents. In the divorce settlement, Debbie also picked up a Beverly Hills mansion, and a $4 million lump sum.

    • Michael has shut down the house on his Neverland Ranch, and dismissed most of the employees on the California estate. He has not closed the ranch in its entirety, but because he now resides in the middle east, he has closed the house, which reduces the need for a full staff. He is also placing his animals on sale as well.

    • Michael's Neverland Ranch was host to a private zoo and an amusement park. It was open for various children's charity events.

    • Michael is the main character in the early 90's video game Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, which was released in both an arcade version and on Sega Genesis.

    • The singer Weird Al has parodied two of Michael's songs: "Beat it" (which he parodied with "Eat it") and "Bad" (which he parodied with "Fat").

    • Michael was featured in clay form in Genesis' music video, "Land of Confusion."

    • Michael fought Madonna on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch - he lost.

    • Michael joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 117 entitled "The Jeffersons."

    • Michael's favorite Beatle's song is "Come Together."

    • Michael has sold over 170 million albums worldwide.

    • Michael was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of his previous group called The Jackson 5 on May 6th, 1997. Michael was then inducted as a solo artist on March 19th, 2001.

    • Michael is a former Jehovah's Witness.

    • Michael has a skin disease called "vitiligo."

    • Michael once dated Brooke Shields.

    • Michael had a chimp named 'Bubbles.'

    • Michael's album Dangerous is his second-highest selling album with over 30 million copies sold.

    • Michael was one of the performers and co-writers with Lionel Richie for the world famous song "We are the World."

    • Macaulay Culkin is the godfather to Michael's first child.

    • Michael was the head of the "Heal the World Foundation." Their goal was to bring food and medical supplies to Sarajevo. He instituted such things as immunizations and drug - abuse education.

    • Michael is known for wearing black shoes with white socks and a white sequined glove. The trademark arm-band that he wears is a symbol of the suffering of children around the world.

    • Michael has several nicknames. They include The Gloved One, Wacko Jacko, Jacko, The King of Pop, and MJ.

    • Michael's music video for "Thriller" was voted the greatest music video of all time in a Channel 4 (UK) poll.

    • Michael won an MTV Movie Award for "Best Movie Song" in 1994 for his song "Will You Be There" from the movie Free Willy.

    • Michael's music video "Scream" is the most expensive music video ever made, costing over $7 million.

    • Michael's double album HIStory is the biggest selling double album ever in the U.S.

    • Michael's Blood on the Dance Floor is the biggest selling re-mix album of all time.

    • Michael's hair caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in 1984.

    • Michael refers to his music videos as "short films."

    • Michael is a vegetarian.

    • Michael stands at 5' 10" (1.78 m).

    • Michael was voted the 14th greatest pop culture icon of all time in a UK poll.

    • In 2005 Michael went on trial in Santa Maria, California on multiple charges of child molestation, but he was found not guilty on all 10 charges.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Jackson: (ruling out a Jackson 5 reunion) My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we've certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them. I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon.

    • Michael Jackson: I ask you all to wait to hear the truth before you condemn me. Do not treat me like a criminal because I am innocent.

    • Michael Jackson: Someone makes it up and everybody believes it. If you hear a lie often enough, you believe it.

    • Michael Jackson: Do not judge a person, do not pass judgment, unless you have talked to them one on one.

    • Michael Jackson: I am proud to be a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity.

    • Michael Jackson: My real goal is to fulfill God's purpose. I didn't choose to sing or dance. But that's my role and I want to do it better than anyone else.

    • Michael Jackson: A lot of people don't believe [in God]. Science is so silly sometimes. The sun has been up there for ages and ages. What holds it up? I don't care how many scientific explanations they give me, it ain't deep enough.

    • Michael Jackson: What I enjoy most about performing is making people happy. Just to make a person smile means more to me than anything.

    • Michael Jackson: I was a veteran, before I was a teenager.

    • Michael Jackson: I'm just like anyone. I cut and I bleed. And I embarrass easily.

    • Michael Jackson: Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. It's very charming. It's very sweet. It's what the whole world should do.

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