The singer appears in London to confirm his Summer residency

Michael Jackson appeared in London on Thursday (March 5) to announce that he will perform ten live shows at London’s O2 Arena this July, his “final” shows in the city.

Jackson will perform for ten nights which are tagged “This Is It”, at the London venue from July 8.

Tickets, which are priced £50 – £75, will go onsale on March 13 at 7am, fans are able to register for pre-sale tickets at Michaeljacksonlive.com. If demand is there, there may be additional shows added at the venue.

Jackson arrived at the press conference 90 minutes late, but told the gathered media and fans that he would be playing “the songs the fans want to hear.” Adding a hint that he would be retiring in the near future, saying: “This is it, these will be my last shows in London.” He repeated: “When I say this, I really mean this. This is it.”

Rob Hallett, President International Touring of AEG Live who have brought Michael Jackson to play at the O2 Arena declared: “We are delighted to facilitate the return of The King of Pop, long may he reign! Michael at The 02 this summer will surely be the highlight of the musical year. When Michael Jackson performs, the eyes of the world will be watching.”

Click here to watch a BBC news video of Jackson’s press conference appearance.

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