Jackson plans Rio gig

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Michael Jackson is coming down to Rio in October, and the pop megastar will be giving away thousands of tickets to poor children.

His agent, Marcel Avram, told the daily newspaper Jornal do Brasil that the contract was signed Friday. Jackson’s stage: Maracana Stadium, the world’s largest soccer stadium.

It was there that Frank Sinatra, followed by Paul McCartney, set records for the largest crowd at a performance of a single artist.

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