On Aug. 29, the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music are presenting an event called "Michael Jackson: The Diamond Celebration" at Daylight Beach Club in Las Vegas, to celebrate what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday. MTV and radio personality Sway Calloway is hosting the party, which will take place after a special Michael Jackson ONE performance by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
According to an announcement about the celebration, Michael Jackson's children Paris and Prince will be at the event, and so will Michael's brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon. Daylight Beach Club "will be filled with experiential activations inspired by Michael Jackson’s iconic short films," according to the announcement.
Other celebrities in attendance will be Gabrielle Union and David Arquette. Mark Ronson will guest DJ. Paris and Prince Jackson will accept the 2018 Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award for Humanitarian Service on behalf of their father.
In June, it was announced that Michael Jackson's estate and Columbia Live Stage plan to bring a Michael Jackson stage musical to Broadway in 2020. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) will write the musical's book, and Tony-winning "An American in Paris" choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph. Other details about the Michael Jackson stage musical are to be announced.
Since Michael Jackson's death in 2009, Cirque du Soleil has authorized stage shows that commemorate his musical legacy. From 2011 to 2014, Cirque du Soleil performed the Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. In 2013, Cirque du Soleil launched the Michael Jackson ONE residency show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
On Aug. 3, Sony Music officially released the widely bootlegged, alternate video for Michael Jackson's "Behind the Mask," directed by Aggressive. The song is a cover version of the Yellow Magic Orchestra song that Jackson originally recorded in 1982, but the track wasn't released until 2010 when it was included on the posthumous album Michael.