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MICHAEL Jackson was expected to announce a series of comeback shows in London after a long absence from playing live.

About 5,000 fans assembled at London's O2 concert arena yesterday to hear the announcement of 10 shows there in July. But the news had already broken when advertisements appeared on London railway stations beforehand.

Tickets are expected to sell quickly despite concerns the 50-year-old star may not be up for a return to the spotlight.

The King of Pop has been plagued by financial, legal and medical woes for years and has not performed a major concert since 2001. His last studio album was released the same year.

Jackson has sold more than 750 million albums and won 13 Grammys. "Thriller," released in 1982, is still the best-selling album of all time.

But he has rarely appeared in public since being acquitted of child molestation in California in 2005. He has struggled to pay his debts and last year was forced to give up the deed to Neverland, his 1,000 hectare ranch and mini amusement park in California.

On Wednesday Jackson launched a lawsuit against an auction house to stop the scheduled sale of more than 2,000 personal items from Neverland, including platinum and gold records and a Rolls Royce limousine.


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