Michael Jackson London O2 Arena shows sell out

All the tickets for the 50 shows have been snapped up

Michael Jackson's forthcoming residency at the London O2 Arena has sold out after tickets went on sale at 7am (GMT) this morning (March 13).

According to gig organisers AEG over a million tickets were sold in total.

The residency will begin on July, continue through that month then through August and September, then return to the UK capital in January and February.

"We often talk about unprecedented demand, but this week we have witnessed a live entertainment phenomenon," claimed Chris Edmonds, Managing Director of Ticketmaster UK of the rapid sales. "

We have seen a truly amazing level of interest and demand for tickets from fans from across the world for the Michael Jackson shows at the O2 over the last three days. Today, we saw well over 250,000 fans hitting the Ticketmaster site at 7am for the general sale tickets. While queues were long we were selling tickets at an exceptional rate. This was undoubtedly the busiest demand for tickets for an event which we have ever experienced.”

It is rumoured that Jackson may announce details of a world tour soon.

The singer's setlist for the London shows was revealed recently in the British tabloid press.

You can watch Michael Jackson's entire O2 set (in YouTube form, that is) on the NME Video Blog now.

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