On April 2, Michael's new video "Blood On The Dance
Floor", from his forthcoming remix album "Blood On The
Dance Floor / HIStory In The Mix" was premièred
on VH1 in the U.S. The
same day in Germany, safes containing the latest single
were shipped to DJ's across the country, opened at a
specific time and played.Airplanes,
with white banners reading "Michael Jackson - Blood
On The Dance Floor", flew across various parts of Germany
for promotion of the new single and album.
On April 27, Michael Jackson debuted at number one in
the U.K. charts with his single "Blood On The Dance
Floor". Michael's latest single was a chart-hit in many
countries around the world!
May 6, 1997 The Jackson 5 were inducted into the Rock
And Roll Hall Of Fame. At the induction ceremony,
held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland
Ohio, Michael was joined on stage by his brothers.
Diana Ross presented the awards to the Jackson 5 and
said that "... since the beginning of their careers,
I feel very much as if they are my children...". The
Jackson 5 did not perform but brought Berry Gordy, founder
of Motown Records and their mentor, onto the stage to
share this very special moment. Michael to Mr Gordy
on stage: "Berry, you promised us four consecutive
number one records. You delivered them all... I'll never
forget it. I just want you to know that without you
and my mother and father, I don't think we'd be here...
and of course God." Michael also thanked his parents
who were in the audience, "Mother and father, you
were there to protect us with unselfish love. Because
you were there, we are here," he continued, "Now
we are in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, so... whatever
you call our name... I promise, I love all of you. We'll
be there!" Berry Gordy: "The Jackson 5 gave black kids in the
ghetto a license to dream, and many of those same kids
went on to realize their own dreams. They had something
Parke Puterbaugh of the "Rolling Stone" magazine described
the scene as, "Gordy and Michael are paying each
other the highest tribute and compliments. It's almost
more of a reconciliation than the Motown 25th Anniversary
TV special. It really is quite a moment!"
On May 8, 1997 Michael's new short film "Ghosts" was
shown at the 50th Cannes Film Festival. Michael attended
the screening which took place at midnight in the main
auditorium. Michael received excellent critics for his
acting, the ground-breaking special effects and for
the story of the film itself. "Ghosts", with excellent
critics, a great success for Michael. The
film was directed by Stan Winston and written by Stephen
King and Michael Jackson. Plans for the film were
already confirmed in May 1994. News said that Stan
Winston, the special effects wizard who worked with
Michael on "The Wiz" in 1978, is involved in Michael's
planned musical remake of the fantasy film, "The Seven
Faces Of Dr. Lao". Their collaboration turned out
to be the film "Ghosts".
On May 14, "Ghosts" received its U.K. première. The
film also premièred in various other European cities
- very successfully. "Ghosts" had already been premièred
in 11 selected Sony Movie Theatres in the US [on November
5, 1996] and in Tokyo, Japan [on December 19, 1996].
Michael was present at the Tokyo première of his 35-minute
on May 14, 1997 Michael Jackson's first ever remix album
"Blood On The Dance Floor / HIStory In The Mix"
was released. The album contains 13 tracks, with 5 new
songs and 8 previously unreleased remix versions from
the "HIStory" album. Work on the album had taken
place all around the world as Michael had been touring,
and the remixes had been done by many of the leading
producers and creators in this field.
"Blood On The Dance Floor / HIStory In The Mix"
becomes a success all around the world and proves all
critics wrong. The album earns Michael another record:
"Blood On The Dance Floor / HIStory In The Mix"
becomes by far the biggest-selling remix album of all
time and holds this record up to today!
On May 31, 1997 Michael kicked off the second leg of
his "HIStory World Tour" with a sold-out performance
in Bremen, Germany.
In 1997, the results of an official survey revealed
that 99% of the world's population between 5 - 65 years
know who Michael Jackson is. Michael is therefore the
most famous person of all time! At the second position
is Pope John Paul II followed by the King of Rock 'N'
Roll, Elvis Presley, at number 3.
On August 6, a special screening of Michael Jackson's
film "Ghosts" was shown at the opening night of the
1997 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
in California. Bruce Fessier described the festivities
in an article published in the "Dessert Sun" the following
day, "The opening night of the 'Palm Springs International
Short Film Festival' showcased the potential of short
film and video and the talent of Michael Jackson. Almost
450 people filled the Palm Springs Dessert Museum's
Annenberg Theater on Wednesday to view 2.5 hours of
film... and a screening of Jackson's 40-minute short
musical film, 'Ghosts', with remarks by its director,
Stan Winston... the night ended with praise for Jackson.
The crowd buzzed over the special effects in 'Ghosts'
and the skill Jackson exhibited by playing all the lead
characters with diverse looks and voices. Winston said
'Ghosts' is a hit in Europe but can't get promoted here
because 'people believe what they read' about Jackson.
'I stand here and say he's a really great guy', Winston
On August 27, 1997 news broke that singer Joni Mitchell
and Sony / ATV Music Publishing signed a major deal
[effective July 1, 1997] to administer Ms Mitchell's
music catalogue. Sony / ATV is a joint venture owned
equally by Sony Corporation and Michael Jackson, and
is the world's 3rd largest [!] music publishing company.
The firm will handle requests to license Ms Michell's
songs worldwide for use in various outlets, including
film and television, except for Australia, Italy and
October 15, 1997 Michael's "HIStory" World
Tour ended with a sold-out concert in Durban, South
The "HIStory" tour broke all existing records
- Michael Jackson's "HIStory" World Tour is
the biggest world tour any solo performer had ever
done!!! The tour also broke the legendary record set
by the Rolling Stones with their "Voodoo Lounge" World
Tour! The "HIStory" tour spanned the globe with stops
in 56 cities on 5 continents, and included 82 concerts
to about 4.5 million loving fans.
With this, Michael broke his previous record which
he set with the "Dangerous" World Tour. Michael toured
with the widest stage anyone had ever toured with,
and the mega show featured special effects by magicians
David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy. During
the SECOND [!] leg of the "HIStory" tour, Michael
performed 40 shows, grossed over US$ 83.5 million and
had a total attendance of 2'035'189. This equals to
an average $ 2'087'853 gross and 50'880 attendance per
show! These statistics are for the second leg of the
a interview with "LIFE" magazine, which hit newsstands
on November 24, 1997, Michael himself revealed the exciting
news that he and Debbie are expecting their second child!
Michael also told "LIFE" magazine that Prince's godparents
are Elizabeth Taylor and Macauley Culkin.
On February 11, 1998 news broke that Michael Jackson
is nominated for the 1998 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE - Michael
is among the record 130 nominees for 1998's Nobel Peace
Prize, along with Pope John Paul II and US President
Bill Clinton. Nominations for the Peace Prize can be made by members
of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, members of some national
legislatures and governments, previous laureates and
university professors of history, philosophy and political
science, among others. The 1998 prize will be presented
on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Alfred
Nobel, the Swede who invented dynamite and endowed the
prizes in his will. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded
in Oslo. Michael did not win the Nobel Peace Prize for
1998 but it is already a HUGE HONOR to be nominated!
During the Second Annual World Animation Celebration,
held in February '98 in Pasadena, California, "The Simpsons"
creator Matt Groening finally confirmed that Michael
had, indeed, lent his voice to the 1991 episode entitled
"Stark Raving Dad", but the credits identified him with
the pseudonym John Jay Smith. The true identity of the
person behind the voice was kept secret... until then.
Matt Groening further revealed that Michael also composed
the song "Do The Bartman" that was included on the 1991
disc "The Simpsons Sing The Blues". Matt
Groening: "It was always amazing to me that no one
ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song...
He was a big fan of the show." Michael did also sing the background vocals on "Do
The Bartman" together with Brian Loren. Brian Loren,
producer of the song, confirmed this in an interview.
magazine dated March 9, 1998 celebrated its 75th Anniversary
with a special commemorative issue, documenting the
last 75 years. On the cover was a collage of past
covers, incl. the March 19, 1984 Michael Jackson cover
titled "Why He's A Thriller". Michael's 1984 cover
was the 5th biggest-selling issue in "TIME" magazine's
history. Princess Diana's commemorative issue after
her death was number one. To be on the cover of "TIME"
magazine is seen as a major step.
April 3, 1998 Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael
and Debbie's second child, was born at 6:26 am, weighing
7lb. 7oz and 20 1/2" long. "I wanted to name her Michael after Michael, but
Michael said no. So we decided Paris because that's
where she was conceived. Michael because I really want
Michael's name in her name and Katherine after his mom,"
Debbie said in an interview.
In the November 9, 1998 issue, "The Mirror" [UK tabloid]
apologized to Michael Jackson for false statements it
published in 1992 [in an issue of "The Mirror"]. A out-of-court
settlement is reached in Michael's lawsuit against "The
Mirror": Back in 1992 prior to Michael Jackson's then world
tour we published some photos of Michael Jackson, particularly
close up photos of his nose and face. We suggested that they showed him to be hideously
disfigured and scarred. He immediately issued legal
proceedings against us strongly denying the allegations. During the course of the proceedings we recently
went to Los Angeles together with an eminent expert
in plastic surgery to view his face close up. The inspection showed that, in fact, his face is
not disfigured. As a result our lawyers met with Mr
Jackson's lawyers and a confidential deal was thrashed
out bringing an overdue end to the legal proceedings
which we are both happy with. We also apologised for the suggestion that he was
hideously disfigured or scarred. We saw for ourselves
this was not the case. Both sides last night expressed
their satisfaction that the litigation has been amicably
resolved. ["The Mirror's" apologoy to Michael Jackson].
December 12, 1998 Michael attended the Grand Opening
of Sun International's US$ 450 million "Royal Towers
of Atlantis Resort" on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Michael performed "Heal The World" - other performers
were Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, N-Tyce, Tevin Campbell,
James Ingram, Stephanie Mills and many more. Among
the 1'600 invited guests for the "Celebration of Atlantis
Rising" were Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Oprah
Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, Donald Trump, Denzel Washington,
Quincy Jones, to name but a few.
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