March 5 (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Michael Jackson will
launch a comeback later this year with a series of concerts in
London, he said on Thursday.
Here are some key facts about Jackson.
* Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, the
seventh of nine children. Five Jackson boys -- Jackie, Tito,
Jermaine, Marlon and Michael -- first performed together at a
talent show when Michael was six. They walked off with first
* Their group later became The Jackson Five, and when it was
signed by Motown Records in the late 1960s it underwent its
final metamorphosis to become The Jackson 5. Jackson made his
first solo album in 1972.
* Jackson released "Thriller" in 1982 which became a smash
hit that yielded seven top-ten singles. The album sold 21
million copies in the U.S. and at least another 27 million
* The next year he unveiled his signature "moonwalk" dance
move while performing "Billie Jean" during an NBC special.
* Jackson's lifetime record sales tally is believed to be
around 750 million, which, added to the 13 Grammy Awards he has
received, makes him one of the most successful entertainers of
* In 1993 Jackson was accused of sexually abusing a
13-year-old boy, and police raided his California ranch
* The same year, Jackson announced he had become addicted to
painkillers, and abruptly cancelled a world tour to promote his
* He reached a settlement in 1994, later reported to be $23
million, with the family of the boy he was accused of abusing.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY:
* In 1994 Jackson married Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa
Marie but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Jackson married
Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting
in 1999. The couple never lived together.
* Jackson has three children named Prince Michael I, Paris
Michael and Prince Michael II, known for his brief public
appearance when his father held him over the railing of a hotel
balcony, causing widespread criticism.
* A television documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" was
aired in 2003, saying that Jackson still had sleepovers with
young boys and had his third child with a surrogate mother.
Jackson aired his own rebuttal.
* Jackson went on trial in 2005 on charges of molesting a
13-year-old boy in 2003, as well as conspiring to abduct the
boy. The singer faced nearly 20 years in prison if convicted.
* The four-month trial ended in June 2005 with his being
acquitted of all charges. Jackson has spent time in Bahrain,
Ireland and France since the child molestation case ended.
* After several false dawns, Jackson and music promoter AEG
Live announced a Las Vegas-style "residency" later this year at
London's O2 Arena. Starting on July 8, Jackson said it would be
his "final curtain call" in London.
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