Milyoni and Ridgeline Entertainment have announced that the Michael Forever Tribute Concert will be streamed live on Facebook (mfortribute) from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. They are calling it "the first live Pay-Per-View event available to Facebook's global audience." The concert will take place on October 8 starting at 10:00 AM PST (1:00 PM EST).
Viewers can purchase access to the live broadcast in advance for 40 Facebook Credits or $4.00 via PayPal. On the day of the event, tickets will cost 50 Facebook Credits or $5.00 via PayPal.
Millions of fans from over 100 countries are expected to participate in honor of MJ. The event will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and will feature performances from leading recording artists, including Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, and Smokey Robinson, among many others.
Milyoni's Social Live technology allows participants to Like, comment, chat, and share the live concert experience with fellow fans online. In addition, viewers can easily purchase related music and event merchandise through a shopping cart application embedded within the concert's official Facebook Page.
If Milyoni sounds familiar, that's because Universal Pictures partnered with it last month. The movie studio used the F-commerce developer's Social Theater to offer movies for rent on Facebook.
"Hosting a concert on Facebook is instantly a worldwide event," Milyoni founder and CEO John Corpus said in a statement. "With the incredible venue and the global appeal of these artists, the Michael Forever Tribute promises to be the biggest concert event available on Facebook to date."
"The ability to broadcast concerts into every corner of the globe and connect directly with fans through Facebook is the most significant opportunity that can happen within the entertainment industry today," Charlie Stuart Gay, president of fanetwork and executive producer of Ridgeline, said in a statement. "We are fortunate that technology can complement the producers and artists to pay tribute in a manner that is as utterly unique as the legend that will forever remain 'The King of Pop.'"