Sales of Michael Jackson’s just-announced comeback performances in London have been thrilling: his run of 50 U.K. concerts scheduled to begin on July 8 sold out five hours after tickets went on sale on Friday, according to promoters.
The 50-year old pop star was originally slated to perform 10 concerts for his This Is It tour at London’s O2 Arena, but the overwhelming fan response – 750,000 tickets have been sold to date at the rate of 11 tickets per second – led organizers to expand the run to 50 shows, ending on February 24, 2010.
“Michael’s already pretty much put together a list of the dancers he wants,” Randy Phillips of promoters AEG Live told BBC Radio. “Michael’s very engaged now.”
The unprecedented sales come despite the fact Jackson hasn’t recorded an album since 2001’s Invincible and has gotten more attention in recent years for his bizarre behavior and, in 2005, his acquittal on child abuse charges.
The “King of Pop” has sold around 750 million records and won 13 Grammys.