Today’s memorial service for Michael Jackson is expected to be the biggest event in the history of the internet. As media companies prepare to cover the service with live broadcasts on television and simultaneous streaming online, analysts are predicting that the enormous worldwide interest in the death of the King of Pop will lead to a surge in internet use, and could even crash some servers.
Michael Jackson will be buried at Hollywood Hills, California’s Forest Lawn Cemetery. AEG Live, the concert promoter behind Jackson’s This Is It! concerts in London and today’s memorial service said that there would be no funeral procession. While it’s unclear whether Jackson’s body will be at the memorial service, his brother Jermaine Jackson said last week that the family was plotting a funeral service this morning before the 1 p.m. PST start of the memorial service.
Nearly 1.6 million people registered for the Staples Center memorial service, for which only 8,750 pairs of free tickets were available. Fans began being notified on Sunday whether they should go to Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium to receive a pair of tickets to today’s service. According to CNN, tickets were handed out yesterday outside the Staples Center, using a wristband system to circumvent the scalpers. This Is It! co-director Kenny Ortega will direct the memorial service, while Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event. Jennifer Hudson will be among the performers, CNN confirms. TMZ adds that Mariah Carey will also perform the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” at the memorial.