Michael Jackson’s Memorial Expected To Be Watched By The World

Fans leave messages on a Michael Jackson poster outside The Staple Center. Photo: Getty

Fans leave messages on a Michael Jackson poster outside The Staple Center. Photo: Getty

Michael Jackson’s Memorial will be held on today live at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and is expected to be the most watched event in history.

Among the stars signed on to perform in a celebration of the singer’s life and career are Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Kobe Bryant, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Usher and John Mayer. There is expected to be an estimated 500,000 or so outside of The Staples Center who also want to celebrate the life of the pop star.

Most of the major broadcast networks will cover the memorial live, as will the cable news nets and MTV, VH1, BET and TV One.

AEG has arraigned for the memorial to be broadcast live on 88 theaters across the country, including Mann 6 in Los Angeles and Jackson’s home state of Indiana.

E! plans to cover the service and devote a full day of programming to Jackson. MTV will have a special day called  “Michael Jackson Television” on Aug. 1, for the channel’s 28th anniversary.

Many news-based and streaming video sites will be airing the Michael Jackson memorial live at 10am PST on Tuesday.

CBSNews.com, which is owned by CNET parent CBS, plans to stream video provided by Los Angeles-based CBS station KCBS, as well as other sources. TV.com , also a CBS property, plans to stream the CBSNews.com content as well.

CNN plans to stream the memorial service with hosts Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon, and Soledad O’Brien.

ABCNews.com plans to stream live with commentary from Charles Gibson.

Fox News‘ live stream will be hosted by Shepard Smith, with from Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly providing live reports from the scene.

Video and social networking
Hulu, which by nature of being one of the most popular video Web sites may be one of the best-prepared sites to handle the load, plans to stream the Fox News feed.

MySpace members will have access to a live stream provided by entertainment company AEG, which owns the Staples Center and was underwriting the planned Jackson tour.

Facebook members will have access to CNN Live feed thanks to a partnership with the TV news channel.

All of the networks will pre-empt their regularly scheduled programming with coverage of The Michael Jackson Memorial. Most will air coverage of news and events related to Michael Jackson all day.

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Fan Proposes At A Beyonce Concert

Beyonce On Tour Photo:beyonceonline

Beyonce On Tour Photo:beyonceonline

Beyonce surprised the crowd and one lucky lady at a concert stop on her current tour when she helped one of her audience members propose to his girlfriend. While on stage singing her popular song and anthem for women everywhere, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), the singer suddenly stopped it in the middle of it. Unsure of what was taking place, a stunned crowd sat in confusion. According to Radar Online, who reported the event on their site, the stage lights went as Beyonce asked for a single spotlight.

“I’m not sure if production knows about this,” she told the audience, “but Lindell has something he wants to sing.” She handed the microphone to a man in the audience, who instead of singing, said: “Beyonce, you told me if I like it, I need to put a ring on it.” He then dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him in front of a sellout crowd. His girlfriend, now fiancee, accepted and the crowd gave the newly engaged couple a round of applause.

Read the full article at THE Examiner

American Idol Season 8 Tour Kicked Off In Portland

American Idol Season 8 Contestants Photo: Fox

American Idol Season 8 Contestants Photo: Fox

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and the American Idol Season 8 finalists performed their opening night concert in Portland on Sunday. The first show of the scheduled 50 city tour, highlighted some of the Idols most memorable performances from the show,  including Alison Iraheta’s Barracuda and Danny Gokey’s version of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T”, which  became an impromptu tribute to the late singer.  Although the song was chosen before Jackson’s death, Gokey said, “It’s definitely to honor Michael Jackson. All that he’s done for music”.

Media sensation and runner up, Adam Lambert,  performed a true “rock concert” style set, singing a medley of David Bowie songs . Season 8 winner Kris Allen closed out the show in an intimate “club style” set, singing his popular versions of  “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Heartless” before being joined onstage by all of the Idols for the closing numbers.

American Idol is on tour across the country, through September.

Dates are as follows:

DATE MARKET VENUE
July 5 Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 8 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 14 West Valley City, UT The E Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 17 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 18 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
July 20 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena
July 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 25 N. Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
July 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
July 28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
July 29 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 31 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 1 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 2 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
August 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center
August 5 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 9 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 12 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
August 16 Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19 Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26 Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills
August 28 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
September 13 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
September 14 Syracuse, NY WarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena