Michael Jackson’s Fans in Shanghai

Have Many Plans to Honor Him

Michael Jackson announces plans for Summer residency at the O2 Arena at a press conference held at the O2 Arena on March 5, 2009 in London, England. (Photo : Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Fans of the late American King of Pop Michael Jackson in Shanghai must have a lot of love for him, as they will honor the icon with enormous events.

Even though the “Billie Jean” singer never graced Mainland China with his presence, Chinese fans have thought of a unique way to celebrate his career, China Daily reported.

“Michael Jackson has never performed on the mainland,” said Xu Hao, a fan in Shanghai. “So, to mark the 7th anniversary of his death, we tried to arrange for fans to dance with him.”

Xu and his pal Zhao Yongbin spent at least 500,000 yuan ($76,000) to construct a 40-meter-tall and 43-meter-wide LED screen of the late brother of Janet Jackson. The screen covers the Citigroup Tower on the Bund.

“We’re glad if the world sees Chinese people act, motivated by their love for their idol,” he added.

Meanwhile, in an earlier report China Daily revealed that there is a plan to set up a studio in Shanghai in honor of Michael Jackson.

In fact, the late star’s brother Jermaine Jackson has already signed a deal with the Hollywood Cultural Industry Development (Shanghai) Ltd. to launch “The EMPEROR Group” studio, which is composed of a theme park and an art school.

In the meantime, Global Times reported that the performer who popularized the tracks “Beat It” and “Thriller,” among others, just had the first-ever translated version of his poetry collection released.

Called the Dancing the Dream: Poems and Reflections, the compendium was released this month in a Chinese-English edition.

The report said that this Michael Jackson book was first published in 1992.


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