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Michael Jackson remembered on 56th birthday

From festivals to celebrations, Michael Jackson is being remembered on his 56th birthday.

Late US singer Michael Jackson. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - King of Pop Michael Jackson is being remembered on his 56th birthday in different ways throughout the world.

The star died at age 50 on 25 June 2009 while in his bed at his rented mansion in Los Angeles.

In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil launched the official #MJWeAreOne campaign in conjunction with the star's official website, michaeljackson.com

The campaign is encouraging fans from around the world to share how they've been inspired by the King of Pop via social media using the #MJWeAreOne hash tag.

And finally, the MJ Global Birthday Party, using the hash tag #MJGBP2014 will see also see fans from around the world celebrate over three days with videos, songs, and a special message board all in 3D via a special website.

IN THE US

Spearheading the 5th annual Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts, the star's mother, Katherine, says she wants to set something in place that will commemorate and celebrate the King of Pop's legacy.

The 3-day music festival is happening in Jackson's birth town of Gary, Indiana and is expected to be attended by 5,000 people including some of Jackson's family.

In Brooklyn, New York director Spike hosted a jubilant street party at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza titled 'Brooklyn Loves MJ'.

Thousands gathered on the streets as Jackson's songs boomed from loud speakers.

Residents from apartments and even police officers bobbed their heads while Thriller and other hits played to the excitement of all.

Jackson's awards during his illustrious career include a number of Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards including the Artist of the Century and Artist of the 1980s (more than any artist) , 13 number one singles in the US in his solo career (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era) and estimated sales of up to 400 million records worldwide,which makes him one of the best selling artists of all time.

Image by STYLIGHT.co.uk