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Jackson pledges thriller comeback
A scene from the Thriller video
The 14-minute Thriller video broke records when it was released
Pop star Michael Jackson will launch his comeback bid with a performance of the hit single Thriller at the World Music Awards in London next week.

It will be the 48-year-old's first stage performance since being cleared of child abuse charges last year.

He will also receive the diamond award for contribution to music at the ceremony on 15 November.

Jarvis Cocker famously invaded the stage the last time Jackson sang at a UK awards ceremony - the 1996 Brits.

"It's his first performance in a long time," said a spokeswoman for the World Music awards. "It's something of a comeback if you like."

Jackson has lived in the Middle East since his trial ended in 2005.

He formed a record company, Two Seas, with a member of Bahrain's Royal Family earlier this year, and spoke of his plans to return to the recording studio.

In September, the pop star announced he had parted company with the label, although he is still thought to be preparing an album for release in 2007.

The World Music Awards gives out prizes based on global record sales.

This year's ceremony will be presented by actress Lindsay Lohan, and feature performances from Beyonce, Katie Melua and Mary J Blige.

Jackson has made only a handful of public appearances in the UK during the last few years.

In March 2001, the singer addressed the Oxford Union to launch his children's charity Heal the Kids.

And in June 2002 he paid a visit to Exeter City Football Club with illusionist David Blaine and former club chairman Uri Geller.

According to press reports, the singer plans to recreate the ground-breaking video for Thriller during his performance at the World Music Awards.

The 14-minute "mini movie", which features a dancing troupe of zombies, was the most expensive video ever made when it was released in 1983 - costing $800,000 (420,000).

It set the trend for expensive, filmic music videos and has been parodied by comedian Lenny Henry and, more recently, Dutch dance act Beatfreakz.


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