Let's take it back to 2009.

This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again. Screen Reader Users: To optimize your experience with your screen reading software, please use our Flixster.com website, which has the same tickets as our Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com websites. [31] At this stage, the sales of King of Pop were up 400% and the sales of Thriller were up 200%.

", Music supervisor Michael Bearden also heard the news from his mom, but couldn't believe it was true.

MICHAEL EALY, MEKIA COX, Richard Cartwright / ABC via Getty Images, Meet ‘Luke Cage’: Marvel’s Bulletproof Black Man on Netflix, 'Birth of a Nation': Nate Parker Makes Directorial Debut. [18][19] Joe Cohen, chief executive of Seatwave, told BBC 6 Music that the shows would generate £1 billion for the economy. HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 24: Actress Mekia Cox attends Broadway at The W Hollywood on June 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. After Jackson's death, AEG Live offered either refunds to ticket holders or a special "souvenir" ticket designed by Jackson.

How did you get this role? [50][51], On June 25, 2009, eighteen days before the first slated "This Is It" performance, Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest caused by an overdose of Propofol and benzodiazepines. Ortega said that the final product would have been a "theatrical musical experience". At the time I was sort of fairly new to the dance world. [32] Tickets appeared on eBay for as much as £10,000.

[9] In 2005, he was acquitted of child sexual abuse charges, and kept out of the public eye in the years following. Your email address will not be published. If it’s a good role and a good script and there’s a journey to this character, I think that's more of what I'm drawn to. Payne then recalled where he was when he heard the tragic news of Jackson's passing.

He went back and looked at the videos and was like, he’s right that girl is good or good enough. ITN has the clip of the 12 lucky dancers plucked from obscurity to join Michael Jackson on stage in his string of shows in London. [62] Of the album, Sony said, "Disc one will feature the original album masters of some of Michael's biggest hits arranged in the same sequence as they appear in the film" and stated that "the disc ends with two versions of the 'never-released' 'This Is It' [...] This song is featured in the film's closing sequence and includes backing vocals by Michael's brothers, The Jacksons and Alvin Chea of Take 6. "I said, 'Don't believe that. But it also can be hard because you don’t get as much time to learn your character and to sit with your character but you do what you can and you just sort of learn on the fly. Randy Phillips, the CEO of AEG Live, told the LA Times that Australia was part of Michael Jackson's international tour plans. So I always just assumed that I would get on stage first but it is kind of happening the other way around. [9], Jackson had not toured since the 1997 HIStory tour. "[6][7] Columbia Pictures acquired the footage of the rehearsals and released a concert film, Michael Jackson's This Is It, accompanied by a compilation album of the same name. Cox has made guest starring roles in CSI:NY, Half and Half, Bones and was chosen as one of the two female lead dancers in Michael Jackson’s "This is It" Tour. So when I actually got picked, I actually did not know that it was actually Michael who picked me until later and the choreographer, Travis Payne, he says it in the documentary.

Follow NBCBLK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, RELATED: 'Birth of a Nation': Nate Parker Makes Directorial Debut, CHICAGO MED -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Mekia Cox as Robin Charles. [52] The O2 Arena stated that full refunds, including all ticket service charges, would be available to those who purchased tickets through authorized agents, but that "fans will have the option to be sent the actual tickets they would have received to attend the shows in lieu of the full refunds which are being offered. [22] In the space of 24 hours, nearly a million people from around the world registered for pre-sale tickets, enough to fill the venue 50 times over. [42], On May 20, it was announced that the first concert would be pushed back five days to July 13 and three other July dates would be reslated for March 2010. ", Unfortunately, the news wasn't gossip — the King of Pop had in fact died.

[61], An accompanying album to the film was also released.

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