16, 2001 news broke that Michael will perform live in New
York! The King of Pop is celebrating his 30th anniversary
as a solo artist with a regal concert. Among the celebrities slated to appear are Jill Scott, Whitney
Houston, Britney Spears, 'NSync, Marc Anthony and Shaggy,
said Cheri Fine, Jackson's spokeswoman. The concert will also mark a reunion between Jackson
and his brothers, the first time all of them have performed
together since the 1980s. In a statement, Jackson, 42, said: "I am very
excited to celebrate my 30th anniversary as a solo artist
with such a distinguished array of talent, friends and
fans. I look forward to performing live and reuniting
with my brothers on this special night."
It is anticipated that Jackson will duet with both Houston
and Spears, as well as performing material from his
long-awaited solo album, tentatively due for release
later in the year. With the Jackson 5, it is anticipated the group will
perform a medley of their greatest hits. The event will
reunite Jackson and his brothers for the first time
since the '80s, with the Jacksons teaming with 'NSync
on at least one song, according to Jackson's publicists. According to a press release from Jackson's publicists,
the show's lavish production will include a 300-member
gospel choir, a 200-member children's choir, a 48-piece
orchestra, 40 dancers and 12 background singers. The
show will climax with "40 Pop, R&B and Country
legends singing together" in tribute to Jackson,
the press release said. The concert will be taped for broadcast on television,
Fine [Jackson's publicist] said.
June 06, 2001 news hit the world that Michael has
completed recording of new album!
Twelve days later, on June 14, 2001 WKTU Radio in
New York let the cat out of the bag when it announced
the title of Michael's new album: "Invincible".
day before, June 13, 2001 producer David Gest confirms
that "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration,
The Solo Years" is a go! The all-star salute
to the King of Pop is confirmed for two concerts at
Madison Square Garden, will feature more than 200
stars and take place in New York on September 7, 2001
and September 10, 2001. CBS announced they will broadcast
the mega event in fall as a two-hour special on CBS.
On June 15, 2001 Sony Music and Michael Jackson confirmed
the final release date for "Invincible"
for September 25, 2001, later it will be postponed
to October 29, 2001.
On June 19, 2001 news broke that Michael Jackson had
chosen "You Rock My World" to be the first
single to be released from the forthcoming album.
28, 2001 Jay-Z, the headliner at Thursday's "Hot
97 Summer Jam 2001", shocked the sold-out crowd
at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum when he brought Michael
Jackson onstage during a break in his performance.
Although Michael didn't perform, just his presence
was enough to elicit the loudest pop of the night
from a crowd that had already seen performances by
Ja Rule, Destiny's Child, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Eve,
Nelly and Outkast.
Jackson's only words to the crowd were "I
love you all" before he exited the stage,
but Jay-Z fans can expect to hear more from him. According
to Roc-a-Fella Records, Jackson will make a guest
appearance on Jay's next album, and although Jay attempted
to return the favor, his contributions are not currently
scheduled to appear on Jackson's long-awaited new
July 11, 2001 it was announced that "You Rock My
World", the King of Pop's first single off "Invincible"
will not be commercially released in the U.S.A.
On July 31, 2001 tickets went on sale for "Michael
Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years"
- and had virtually sold out the two concert dates set
for Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September
10, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in less than five
hours, with ticket prices ranging from US$ 45.-- to
On August 01, 2001 Michael launched his official website
with own domain, www.michaeljackson.com.
On August 17, 2001 Michael's long-awaited first single
off "Invincible", titled "You Rock My
World" premièred on the US radio station
"Jammin 105.1". An unidentified source leaked
the song to the radio without authorization from Sony
Music or Michael Jackson.
At the end of the month, on August 30, 2001 Michael
Jackson, opened up the Nasdaq stock market.
Shortly after he pushed the opening button, the singer,
who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Wednesday, was presented
with a huge birthday cake and a vintage poster of Shirley
Temple. "I'm deeply moved at this very special
moment for me," said Jackson. "Thank
you David and Wick and Nasdaq. Thank you so much. I
love you and all the fans. Thank you." Michael
was also presented with an award by Nasdaq Chief Executive
September 06, Michael Jackson made a surprise
appearance at the Metropolitan Opera House in
New York where the MTV Video Music Awards were
being held. The King of Pop appeared on stage as part of
'NSync's performance of the song "Pop". Michael Jackson surprised the crowd with a short
but dazzling dance number. His
cameo made headlines all over the world and
was considered by observers and critics as the
highlight of the show.
Jackson played two amazing shows at Madison
Square Garden on September 07 and 10.
what New York Daily News' Sept. 8th edition
had to say about the first show [Sept. 07]:
U.S. concert return packs Garden
[By Isaac Guzman and Leo Standora]
Jackson took the stage at Madison Square
Garden last night to show the world he still
counts himself the King of Pop. Seeking
to recapture the magic that put "Thriller"
and "Bad" among the best-selling
albums ever, he performed with a galaxy
of stars in his first U.S. concert in 11
Reuniting with his brothers for a medley
of hits recorded when they were the Jackson
5, and heating up the auditorium with a
steamy version of "They Way You Make
Me Feel" with a miniskirted Britney
Spears, Jackson once again rocked his fans'
Jackson donned his trademark sequined jacket,
single sequined glove and black fedora,
then launched into an electric version of
"Billie Jean", the crowd went
still to it", announced one fan,
as Jackson danced up a storm with his moonwalk,
pop and lock, the robot and a series of
bash began at 08.40 p.m. - a full hour late
- amid earsplitting cheers, applause and squeals
of delight as Whitney Houston, Usher and Mya
belted out "Wanna Be Starting Something"
while 24 dancers in caveman outfits hotstepped
it across the stage.
43-year-old Jackson watched the opening number
in a kind of off-stage royal reviewing box with
his father, Joe Jackson; Elizabeth Taylor, draped
in a purple boa, and actor Macauley Culkin.
band 'Nsync, icon Liza Minelli and Latin crooner Marc
Anthony did their thing onstage for the lavish tribute
to Jackson's 30 years as a solo artist.
Among others who attended or performed were Jill Scott,
Destiny's Child, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Tucker and
Nearly 1'000 fans waited on the steps of the post office
across from the Garden when Michael's brothers - Jermaine,
Jackie, Marlon and Tito, of the 70's-era Jackson 5 -
arrived early for the show.
The high point of the show came when Taylor brought
Jackson onstage with his brothers. Going back to their
moves and dance steps from the Jackson 5 days, the brothers
stopped the show with a medley of hits including "I
Want You Back", "ABC", "Rockin'
Robin" and "I'll Be There".
The concert ended at 12.25 a.m. with an ensemble rendition
of "We Are The World".
The second show will be taped for broadcast on CBS TV
September 20, 2001 "You Rock My World" hit
the US Billboard Charts at # 10 - a huge accomplishment
for a single that is not available commercially and
is based on airplay points alone.
Some of America's biggest popstars, led by Michael Jackson,
are to record a single - "What More Can I Give"
- to raise money for the victims families and survivors
of last week's terrorist attacks in New York, a press
release stated on September 20, 2001. The list of participants
so far includes Jackson [who will produce the track],
Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, N Sync's Justin Timberlake
and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.
"I believe in my heart that the music community
will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands
of innocent victims," said Jackson. "There
is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and
through this effort each one of us can play an immediate
role in helping comfort so many people. We have demonstrated
time and again that music can touch our souls. It is
time we used that power to help us begin the process
of healing immediately."
Michael Jackson's statement to Rolling Stone magazine
on last week's terrorist attacks in the US: "I'm
not one to sit back and point the finger and say, 'Oh,
I feel bad for what happened to them'. I want to do
something, to give to help those who lost their parents,
who lost their mothers and their fathers. Those are
our people. Those are our children. Those are our parents. I
want the whole world to sing [What More Can I Give],
to bring us together as a world, because a song is a
mantra, something you repeat over and over. And we need
peace, we need giving, we need love, we need unity."
On Friday, September 21, 2001 Michael Jackson's new,
fantastic short film premièred throughout the
world [with the exception of the U.S.A.]. On September
26, 2001 the clip premièred on TRL in the U.S.A.
The short film, directed by Paul Hunter, is showing
the "King of Video" in a new look. The story
was written by both Michael Jackson and Paul Hunter.
The video clip is starring Michael Jackson, Chris Tucker,
Kishaya Dudley, Marlon Brando, Michael Madsen and Billy
Drago. Responsible for the choreography of the simply
amazing dance routines were Michael Jackson, Anthony
"Tone" Talauega and Richmond Talauega.
Monday, October 08, 2001 Michael Jackson's first single
off "Invincible", titled "You Rock My
World" hit the stores. Two days later, on October 10, 2001 www.cc.com confirmed
that Michael will perform on Sunday, October 21, at
RFK Stadium in Washington, DC at "United We Stand
- What More Can I Give". A star-studded music spectacular
to raise money in support of the recovery efforts from
the September 11th attack on America.
Monday, October 15, 2001 all four re-issues ["Off
The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad",
"Dangerous"] containing previously unreleased
material plus a new booklet with new photos, were
ABC sealed a deal with event producer Clear Channel
Entertainment to air the "United We Stand"
special on November 01, 2001.
On Sunday, October 21, 2001, Michael took
over the stage again, performing "Man
In The Mirror" and "What More
Can I Give".
"United We Stand: What More Can
I Give?" raised about $ 2 million through
the sale of more than 46'000 tickets. It
was one of three benefit concerts over the
weekend. Under a spray of red, white and blue confetti,
Jackson - joined onstage by the other artists
- sang his new song written for the attack
victims, "What More Can I Give?". To the families of the victims, Jackson
said, "You are not alone. You are
in our hearts, in our thoughts and in our
Monday, October 29, 2001, Michael Jackson's
first studio album in six years, "Invincible"
had officially been released [US release
date: October 30]. The absolutely amazing album is available
in five different colors [cover] - for a
limited time - and features over 77 minutes
of new, groundbreaking and truly invincible
music! Without a shadow of a doubt the best
album of the last six years!!!
"Invincible", the most recent release
from Epic Records Group superstar Michael Jackson,
had claimed the #1 spot on charts in countries
around the world including The U.S., The U.K.,
Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany,
Holland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
Mega event on November 08, 2001 at New York's
of Jackson fans gathered in the streets surrounding
the Virgin Megastore, where the King of Pop emerged
on a small stage covered with red carpet. After
greeting the crowd, Jackson signed autographs
within the store for a select few, as he promotes
current album and worldwide chart-topper "Invincible".
On Monday, November 12, 2001 "Greatest Hits:
HIStory Volume I" had been released [US release
date: November 13].The disc feat. 15 remastered
greatest hits and 72 minutes of music that made
November 14, 2001 again invincible news: In one
of the most competitive nights so far this year
on American television, the King of Pop proved
invincible in preliminary ratings released this
morning. "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary
Celebration" had trumbled the competition,
including ABC's "NYPD Blue" - garnering
an 18 percent share of the TV audience. Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary concert special
draw a record 25.7 million American viewers this
Tuesday, November 13th, on CBS.
On November 11, 2001 figures revealed: as of then,
"Invincible" had sold an astonishing
4.4 million copies worldwide - in just 2 weeks!!!
On December 03, 2001 "Cry", the second
single release off "Invincible" had
been commercially released. The release feat.
the previously unreleased track "Shout".
Sadly, it would prove to be the last single release
off "Invincible". The single was not
commercially released in the U.S.A., instead "Butterflies"
should have been commercially released but it
was canceled later.
Good news followed two days later, on December
05, 2001 radio station KIIS-FM announced that
the King of Pop will make a special appearance
at "KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball", taking place
on December 19, 2001 at Staples Center, Los Angeles. Also on that day, news broke that Michael will
be Best Man at Liza Minnelli's and David Gest's
wedding in March next year. Plus, also on December 05, 2001 the NAACP Image
Awards announced six nominations for Michael Jackson's
new album and the "30th Anniversary"
for next year's NAACP Image Awards.
On December 21, 2001 Michael Jackson made a
special appearance at "KIIS-FM's "Jingle
Ball" in Los Angeles, receiving the "Lifetime
Achievement Award". With the words "I
love you very much" and "Merry
Christmas" Michael left the stage.
At the end of the year, on December 30, 2001
it was announced that Michael will attend the
"American Music Awards" next year,
and be awarded with the "Artist of the
great start into the new year for Michael
Jackson: On January 10, 2002 the King
of Pop made a special appearance at the
"29th Annual American Music Awards"
and was presented with the "Artist
of the Century" Award. As Jackson took the stage to a standing
ovation, he thanked a long list of people,
including actor Marlon Brando - "my
other father" - and then split. Acts who perform on the earlier show generally
do not get invited to the more prestigious
Grammy Awards in February, putting Jackson
in a fix.
had initially backed out of the American Music
Awards altogether, prompting show producer Dick
Clark to file a $ 10 million lawsuit against Grammys
boss Michael Greene for unfair competition.
On January 17, 2002 it was announced that Michael's
vocals are used on "It's Not Worth It"
- a brand new song off Brandy's new album titled
"Full Moon", due in stores March 05,
On February 09, 2002 Michael
Jackson made a brief appearance alongside
Elizabeth Taylor at the "Art for AIDS"
fund-raiser held at Laguna Art Museum in
Laguna Beach, California. At
the beginning of the event commemorative
t-shirts signed by various stars including
Michael, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Ringo Starr,
Sharon Stone, Halle Berry and others were
auctioned. Michael's, which was signed twice,
went for an amazing $ 700, well above the
and Elizabeth arrived late, to the strains of
"Elizabeth, I Love You". Both stars
appeared later briefly at a private $ 2'500 per
plate dinner, also in support of the fund-raiser.
On February 11, 2002 the
"16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards"
announced that Michael Jackson is nominated in
the category Best R&B/Soul Album, Male for
news two days later, on February 13, 2002 it was
announced that Michael Jackson, Sting, Barry Manilow
and Randy Newman are amongst the latest names
to be inducted into the "Songwriters Hall
of Fame". The songwriters will be honored during the "33rd
Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame" induction
ceremony and dinner in June, at Manhattan's Sheraton
New York Hotel and Towers. A songwriter must have been a "professional"
for over 20 years and penned a significant canon
of music to be included in the coveted list.
On February 23, 2002 Michael won three awards
[out of six nominations] at the "33rd Annual
NAACP Image Awards" which
took place at the Universal Amphitheatre, Universal
City, CA. Michael won for Best Variety
Special: "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary
Celebration", Best Performance in a Variety
Special: "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary
Celebration" and Best Music Video: "You
Rock My World". However, Michael did not
attend the ceremony.
Three days later, on February 26, 2002 another
public appearance: Michael
Jackson's Neverland Entertainment invested $ 15
million - $ 20 million in Mark Damon's production
and distribution company MDP Worldwide, making
Michael and his new producing partner Raju Patel
major shareholders in the company. Michael
Jackson showed up along with longtime friend Elizabeth
Taylor and "Rush Hour" helmer Brett
Ratner to tout the deal. Until his arrival, it
was not clear whether Michael Jackson would show
up at the event, but suddenly he appeared from
a nearby dining room and entered the dinner tent
to a standing ovation, arm in arm with Elizabeth
After making it to their thronelike chairs onstage,
Michael Jackson took to the microphone and explained
his decision to invest in MDP and enter the independant
film business. "I dream great dreams," Michael Jackson said. "Everything I've
achieved started with a dream, and of all the
dreams, this is the one I am most passionate about.
The painter paints, the sculptor sculpts, but
they just capture a glimpse of life - of the subject.
And film, this medium, you live with the protagonist,
you suffer with the protagonist, you laugh with
the protagonist, you despair with the protagonist.
It's the most artistic, influential medium of
all. I am very proud of what we're doing, and
I promise you wonderful and fantastical things
his onstage appearance, the notoriously shy
King of Pop elaborated in an interview about
his plans for Neverland Pictures. He said he
will be involved in all aspects of the company,
such as reading scripts, plucking talent and
directing. "I have a lot to express
in film," Michael Jackson said, revealing
that his favorite movie is "To Kill a Mockingbird." "I'll be doing the whole thing, behind
and in front [of the camera]. I love it."
wedding in New York: on March 16, 2002 Michael
arrived with Elizabeth Taylor for Liza Minnelli's
and David Gest's wedding. Elizabeth Taylor and actress Marisa Berenson
stood as maids of honor and Jackson and his
brother, Tito, childhood friends of Gest, were
the best men. The ceremony, at the 147-year-old Marble Collegiate
Church on New York's Fifth Avenue, was the first
for Gest, 48, who orchestrated Michael Jackson's
tribute concert at Madison Square Garden in
September. For Liza Minnelli, it was her fourth
included Diana Ross, Patricia Neal, Luther Vandross,
Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing. Others on the
list of more than 200 invited guests included
music icon Sir Elton John and Kiss frontman Gene
Simmons, actors Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas,
Anthony Hopkins, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber,
and property tycoon Donald Trump.
On March 29, 2002 it was announced that Michael
Jackson will make a special live performance at
the "American Bandstand 50th Anniversary"
TV special. The 2-hour special will commemorate
the 50th anniversary of famous TV show American
Bandstand. It will air on ABC on May 3rd.
Shortly after, on April 11, 2002 another performance
was announced: Michael's participation to the
Democratic National Committee's "Every Vote
Counts" event that will take place in New
York City on April 24 at the Apollo Theatre in
On Saturday April 21, 2002 Michael Jackson performed
"Dangerous" at the "American Bandstand
50th Anniversary" TV special in Pasadena,
California. He did his "Dangerous" performance
The show will be aired on May 05th on the ABC
network. On his way into the taping, Michael stopped to
greet adoring fans who had gathered to support
the King of Pop.
April 24, 2002 Michael Jackson rocked the US
Vote: Michael had given a rare performance to launch
a campaign aimed at persuading United States
citizens to register to vote. Jackson was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd
at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, performing
"Dangerous", "Black Or White"
and "Heal The World". The iconic venue saw Jackson perform there in
his youth, as well as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie
Holiday and Stevie Wonder. The pop superstar shared the stage with former
president Bill Clinton and singers Tony Bennett
and kd lang at a concert that raised almost
$3m for the Democratic National Committee.
The money would be used for the new "Every
Vote Counts" campaign, the committee said.The
1'400 audience members paid up to $ 5'000 each
to see the array of stars, which also included
comedian Chris Tucker and actress Cicely Tyson.Mr
Clinton introduced Jackson as "one of
the most remarkable performers in American history" - but he did not accompany him on the saxophone,
as some had hoped.
Shortly after news changed: Michael breaks his
silence in his feud with Sony's boss Mottola about
the lack of promotion for this new album "Invincible"
- read below a report published in The Mirror:
Jackson and his record company boss Tommy Mottola
are at war over the music legend's fading career. The
self-styled King of Pop has sold more than 120
million albums in a 24-year solo career with
the giant Sony corporation but in an astonishing
attack, Jackson, 42, accused the company's chief
Tommy Mottola of:
his career by refusing to release any singles
from his latest album "Invincible",
which would have helped world-wide sales of
the struggling record.
to advertise and promote the album during a
record-breaking US television special about
the superstar and
possible plans to sign a lucrative record contract
with another label.
Jackson has told close friends that he is disgusted
with the treatment he has received.
pal said: "Michael wants out of Sony,
and he believes that some of the highest people
in that company are hoping to make him pay the
price for his disloyalty. The company has have stopped all promotion
on the "Invincible" album, prevented
him from releasing singles and basically sabotaged
his career. Jackson is furious at Mottola
and any working relationship they had is now
over. They are the two most powerful men in
music going head to head in an all out war."
sales of "Invincible", the star's
seventh for Sony-owned Epic Records, has sparked
the bitter row which has been kept a secret
until now. Michael believes the feud has been triggered
by his shrewd business ventures which will entitle
him to 50 per cent of Sony's revenue even if
he leaves the record label.
1995 Jackson merged his music publishing catalogue,
which contains more than 1'000 songs including
251 Beatles titles, with Sony's publishing catalogue.
Sony and Jackson share the cash in a 50-50 split
of the catalogue earnings, which DOESN'T include
his own albums.
fulfiled his contractual obligation to Sony
by releasing "Invincible" - and a
future greatest hits album - and wants to leave
the company while still making a huge profit
The source said: "Tommy Mottola is angered
by all this to say the least. Michael believes
that Tommy wants to make sure that all the time
and money invested over the three-year "Invincible"
project will be lost.
Michael sees it as a punishment for him outsmarting
the corporate minds of a record company that
is already in financial difficulty."
He staged two Jackson Five reunion concerts
at New York's Madison Square Garden to mark
his comeback. Both concerts sold out in FIVE
hours grossing more than $ 12 million. The shows
were then televised by CBS last November netting
a record-breaking 26 million viewers - the most
watched TV speciality programme in that network's
But sources claim that despite requests from
the star his record company failed to place
a television advert publicising his new album
during the broadcast. The insider said: "It was crazy. It
was the perfect platform to sell the album to
a massive TV audience. Sony claimed CBS had no airspace for the advert.
Jackson again put in the request for a repeat
airing of the show in January but they said
there was no air space - this is bizarre when
the show on TV is a Michael Jackson concert."
Then Jackson recorded an all-star tribute
to the Victims of September 11 which included
stars such as Ricky Martin, Destiny's Child,
Shakira, Celine Dion and Gloria Estefan. But
despite the commercial power of such a line
up Sony did not release the song, much to Jackson's
bewilderment. The source added: "This song was to
raise money for charity and there's no doubt
that it had so many stars involved that it could
have been a success. "
Jackson offered to create a Sony Playstation
game which would have attracted considerable
interest. "He also offered to participate
in film ventures for Sony Pictures for no fee
as a part of his own promotional effort." Neither offer was accepted, said the source. Jackson's sudden loss of popularity has baffled
the music industry and fans alike.
last major album, "HIStory", released
in 1995, was the biggest selling double album
of all time. He toured and sold out arenas around
the world including the RDS in Dublin and Wembley
Stadium for three nights. Then in 1997 he released "Blood On The
Dance Floor" as a remix album. Despite
critics in the media branding it a failure,
it was the biggest selling re-mix album of all
Yet by the end of March Sony had deleted "Invincible"
from their international priority list of projects.
As a comparison, his last album "HIStory"
didn't cease to be an international priority
until more than TWO years after its release. A source said: "Even if Michael walks
out of Sony today he gets half the revenue that
many of their artists are bringing in. That's
a bitter pill to swallow for bosses at the company
who probably feel that Michael has outwitted
them. In retaliation they are making it as difficult
as possible for Michael to be appealing to any
record company. Poor album sales, a lack of
promotion and the frustration this will cause
amongst fans will really hinder Michael's ambitions.
Lots of the fans have started to think that
Michael is not interested in music any more
and has given up. But this couldn't be further
from the truth.
when he launched "Invincible" late
last year he was working around the clock to
make it a success. He even staged a record signing
in New York where thousands of fans got to meet
him - he had never done that before. What has
happened can not be put down to simple indifference. Only
five years ago Michael was still on top of the
pop world and selling millions of records. He
is still regarded by people in the music industry
as the most talented and gifted artist in the
companies would still fall over themselves to
sign him up and he has already received a number
of high profile offers It's only a matter of
time before Michael signs up with a new company. Despite
the rumours that have been created around him
he is still determined to keep a high profile
in the music business. Michael believes he is
still a big player in the music business
because the album has dropped away so quickly
many are presuming that Jackson has lost the
old magic. It just doesn't make sense that his
new album has disappeared without trace."
June 15, 2002 Michael made his first
appearance regarding the Sony affair
at a demonstration against Sony
in London, U.K. The unprecedented
event took place in front of the
European offices of Sony Music,
in Great Marlborough Street, central
London. Michael Jackson made a surprise
appearance at the demonstration,
standing on the top deck of an open-top
Later that day, he appeared at the
party of U.K. based fanclub, "MJNI"
where he openly talked about Sony.
Read below what Michael had the
want to thank all the great, incredible
talents. As long as you play the music,
I want to dance! [referring to Ernest Valentino]
I want to thank this guy for a wonderful
performance. I thought Bryton McClure was
amazing, too. He's a great singer as well. Anyway, I first wanted to say, I really
don't like to talk that much. I really don't.
I prefer performing than talking. I really want you to know what I say. The
tradition of great performers: from Sammy
Davis Junior, James Brown, to Jackie Wilson,
to Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly. The story is
usually the same, though. These guys worked
really hard, and they're crabbed, for the
story ends the same. They are usually broken,
torn and usually just sad, because the companies
take advantage of them, they really do.
And being the artist that I am, at Sony
I've generated several billion dollars for
Sony, several billion. They really thought
that my mind is always on music and dancing.
It usually is, but they never thought that
this performer -myself- would out think
So, we can't let them get away with what
they're trying to do, because now I'm a
free agent. I just owe Sony one more album.
It's just a box set, really, with two new
songs which I've written ages ago. Because
for every album that I record, I write -literally,
I'm telling you the truth- I write at least
120 songs every album I do. So I can do
the box set, just giving them any two songs. So I'm leaving Sony, a free agent, owning
half of Sony. I own half of Sony's Publishing.
I'm leaving them, and they're very angry
at me, because I just did good business,
you know. So the way they get revenge is to try and
destroy my album. But I've always said,
you know, art -good art- never dies.
And Tommy Mottola is a devil! I'm not supposed
to say what I'm going to say right now,
but I have to let you know this. [Points
to crowd.] Please don't videotape what I
am going to say, ok? Turn it off, please.
[Pausing, then changing his mind] Do it,
do it, I don't mind! Tape it!
Mariah Carey, after divorcing Tommy, came
to me crying. Crying. She was crying so
badly I had to hold her. She said to me,
'This is an evil man, and Michael, this
man follows me'. He taps her phones, and
he's very, very evil. She doesn't trust
We have to continue our drive until he is
terminated. We can't allow him to do this
to great artists, we just can't. I just wanted to let you know, I appreciate
everything you've done, you've been amazing.
"You're so loyal! [Scanning the audience].
Diana, everybody, Waldo, all the people
here! I love you all. You've been amazing,
I love you! But still, but still, I promise you, the
best is yet to come!"
July 03, 2002 "MIIB - Men In
Black II" premièred in
the movie theatres and surprised its
viewers with a cameo appearance by
Michael Jackson as "Agent M".
Both critics and the public praised
days later, on July 06, 2002 Michael Jackson protested with some 150 people
in front of Sony Music Headquarters in New York.
Earlier that day, in front of a crowd of 350
people inside Sharpton's National Action Network
headquarters in Harlem, Jackson said of Mottola: "He's a racist, and he's very, very,
very devilish." Following the demonstration,
Jackson attended a fan event where he was awarded
with the "30th Anniversary Fan Award".
Music artists, producers and executives, including
Michael Jackson, demanded Tuesday [July 09]
better treatment for blacks from major record
addressed panelists at the Rev. Al Sharpton's
National Action Network headquarters in Harlem,
but ducked into a stretch limousine before he
could be asked about his attack on Tommy Mottola,
head of Sony Music Entertainment.
official: On August 23, 2002 People Magazine reported
that Michael became daddy again!! People magazine
reported that the "King of Pop" has
a 6-month-old boy, whom he calls Prince Michael
II. The identity of Prince Michael's II mother
was kept a secret.
On August 29, 2002 news broke that Michael is
singing back-up on Monica's new album [same titled
first single] "All Eyez On Me". Also on August 29, 2002, Michael's birthday,
the King of Pop was named the "Artist
Of The Millennium," on MTV's Video
Music Awards in New York City. The award
was presented to him by Britney Spears.
I was a little boy growing up in Indiana
if someone told me I'd be getting the artist
of the millennium award, I'd never believed
it," Jackson said from the stage.
September 08, 2002 Michael Jackson recorded
a video message to the German people to
express his concern and condolences following
the devasting floods that have afflicted
the country. Michael's message was as follows: "To
the people of Germany, I send my deepest
concern, my deepest and most heart-felt
condolences. You are NOT alone. I am here
in spirit with you and you are in my prayers.
Remember God is with you, and have faith
in the fact that this too shall pass.
All my love and caring, I love you forever.
Thank you." Michael
invited one German family with four
children to Las Vegas to meet him
and spend the weekend with him.
The family is one of the many victims
that lost everything in the floods. And
even more, he donated some items,
personally signed in Las Vegas,
to be auctioned in support of the
November 02, 2002 Michael was awarded
with the "World Art Award" by Michael
he did not personally attend the event. Michaels
"Dear guest of honor, dear Mr.
Gorbatshov. It is a great honor for me
to be selected by Mr. Gorbatshov and the
jury to receive the World Arts Award 2002.
This year the motto of the World Awards,
peace and tolerance; these values are
especially dear to me. In my own heart
and mind I stand united with you for peace,
love and tolerance for the world. I would
like to thank Mr. Guenter Stampf, Mr.
Georg Kindel and I thank President Michel
Gorbatshov. I love you very much. Thank
you so much. Thank you."
November 13, 2002 Michael took the witness
stand in Santa Maria, California, in a
$ 21 million lawsuit by his longtime promoter
that accuses the singer of backing out
of two millennium concerts. The German-based promoter alleges he was
left with hundreds of thousands of dollars
in expenses after Jackson dropped out
of the performances, which were to take
place Dec. 31, 1999, on both sides of
the international date line in Honolulu
and Sydney, Australia.
About 100 cheering fans greeted the performer
outside Santa Barbara County Superior
Court. Some held signs reading "Free
Michael." About 30 people watched
inside the courtroom after winning a lottery
for seats. Jackson's
attorney, Zia Modabber, said in his opening
remarks Tuesday that it was Avram who
postponed the concerts when he met with
Jackson's representatives in October 1999.
Modabber said Avram, who had agreed to
pay Jackson $ 15 million, realized the
shows would not be as profitable as he
November 14, 2002 Michael appeared for the second
time in court. At one point, Miller questioned Jackson's contention
that he had worked toward the concerts by practicing
dance moves and making plans to include magic
in the act. "Magic?," Miller
said. "Yes, magic, as in abracadabra," Jackson answered, drawing appreciative laughs
from spectators. One
day later, on November 15, 2002 Michael took
the witness stand in Santa Maria, California
for the third time. Jackson maintains that it was Avram, not he,
who canceled the shows over concerns they would
not be profitable. In testimony Friday, Jackson
said he could not recall numerous meetings and
discussions about the shows.
On November 21, 2002 Michael received the "Pop
Artist Of The Millennium" award at the "Annual
Bambi Awards" in Berlin, Germany.
Thank you...Thank you...Thank you very much.
Boris Becker] How
are you? [Becker:
you so much for the nice words.
Oh boy. [Michael takes reading glasses out
of his pocket] I'm sorry, I have to wear
these reading glasses. Oh Jesus...here we go.
Dear Dr. Burda, dear Dr. Turnhofer, ladies
I have wonderful memories of my visits to Germany.
Coming back to Berlin...Berlin, a city so full
of energy - it's very special to me.
Berlin, ich liebe dich! [German for: Berlin,
I love you!]
September 11 has changed our world. Not long
ago the Berlin wall came down. But recently
new walls have been built. In 1989, people in
Germany said: "Wir sind ein Volk." [German for: We are one nation.]
We are Germans. We are Armenians. French,
Italian, Russian, American, Asian, African...
many other nationalities. We are Christians,
Jewish, Muslim and Hindu. We are black, we are
white. We are a community of some many differences,
so complex and yet so simple. We do not need
to have war!!!
And to the children of Germany I want to
say this: We need you! The world needs you!
Please go for your dreams. Whatever your ideals...you
can become whatever you want to become. Become
an astronaut or famous scientist, famous doctors.
And of course become an artist...[he grins] ... and maybe you get a Bambi award like
I want you to know that I love Germany and
that you have a very special place in my heart.
I love you so much ... really!
Always appreciate the gift of life. Be happy
and have fun.
I love you."
in the U.S.A., on December 04 and 05, 2002 Michael
appeared for the fourth and fifth time in court.
Michael was again greeted by hundreds of fans
outside the courtroom.
days later, on December 09, 2002 the "Annual
Billboard Awards" awarded Michael with
a special Billboard award for his 1982 album
"Thriller" [Epic], which spent more
weeks at No. 1  than any other.
Actor/comedian Chris Tucker was on hand at Michael
Jackson's Neverland Ranch to present the King
of Pop with his award. "I'm very honored,
very happy," Jackson said. "I
thank my fans around the world. I couldn't be
me without you."
On January 10, 2003 the L.A. Times reported
that Sony boss Mottola is out!! Sony's Japanese
brass informed Tommy Mottola that the company
was unwilling to renew the extraordinarily lucrative
financial provisions in his contract when it
ran out in August 2004, those sources said.
On January 15, 2003 Michael attended Bee Gee
Maurice Gibb's funeral in Miami Beach. Gibb's
private funeral was held at Riverside Funeral
Chapel at noon.
Five days later, on January 20, 2003, a mega
announcement: Michael Jackson is to be the subject
of a fly-on-the-wall documentary after Martin
Bashir was granted permission to follow the
singer for eight months.
Granada say Bashir was given "unprecedented
and exclusive access" to Jackson for
the 90-minute profile, which will be shown on
ITV1 on Feb. 03, 2003 as a Tonight with Trevor
previous high profile subjects have included
Princess Diana and Michael Barrymore
Tonight editor, James Goldston, said: "The
film is an extraordinary insight into the life
of one of the most famous and controversial
figures in the world.
have been filming with Michael Jackson throughout
one of the most turbulent periods in his life.
The results are utterly compelling - viewers
will not believe what they are seeing."
February 03, 2003 "Living With Michael
Jackson" aired on U.K.'s ITV1. The interview
will air later all around the world... and a
storm began. Michael spoke openly about money, plastic surgery,
his childhood, Prince Michael II and much more. But instead of portraying Michael in a fair
way, Bashir tried all he could to twist things
in the wrong way. However, most of the viewers did not fall for
Bashir... after the interview viewers all around
the world expressed their support for Michael.
days later, on February 06, 2003 Michael released
a press statement: "Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps
ever before, that someone who had got to know
my children, my staff and me, whom I let into
my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice
the trust I placed in him and produce this terrible
and unfair program," Jackson said in
a statement released in London.
"Everyone who knows me will know the
truth, which is that my children come first
in my life and that I would never harm any child."
Debbie Rowe, Michael's ex-wife and mother
of two of his children, was quoted as supporting
"It breaks my heart that anyone could
truly believe that Michael would do anything
to harm or endanger our children: they are the
most important thing in his life," she said, according to the statement, released
by a London public relations firm.
Figures released Wednesday showed a television
documentary on Jackson attracted 10 times as
many viewers as an exclusive interview with
the Iraqi leader -- despite the threat of imminent
The controversial interview, conducted by Labor
politician Tony Benn and broadcast Tuesday,
boosted the audience figures for Channel 4 news
by 500'000 to 1.5 million, a spokesman for the
But while ratings for the interview peaked at
1.7 million, the Jackson show broadcast on rival
channel ITV Monday drew an audience of 15 million.
In the U.S.A. the interview attracted nearly
27 million viewers on ABC.
Michael strikes back!!! On February 20, 2003
Fox aired outtakes from the controversial interview
with Martin Bashir titled "Michael Jackson,
Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You."
The outtakes, coming from Michael's private
camera man, will later be shown all around the
world and showing closely how things really
were and how much Martin Bashir commented Michael
on his abilities as a father, Neverland etc...
opposite to what was shown during his interview. "The film shows extraordinary scenes
of Martin Bashir praising the way Michael treats
children and commenting on how good a father
he is," a statement said.
"The Jackson footage clearly shows that
Bashir was actually continuing to praise Michael's
abilities as a father and [shows] Bashir making
statements about how he feels it is a pity that
the world is so quick to criticize Michael."
"On the face of it, either Martin Bashir
was lying to Michael or was misleading his audience
on the voiceovers on the film," a statement
said, adding that Bashir had been aware he was
being filmed during his interviews.
On February 28, 2003 Michael Jackson won an
early skirmish Friday in his legal fight to
ban a British television company screening unseen
footage from a controversial behind-the-scenes
documentary about him. The
American singer had asked the High Court in
London to grant an injunction preventing Granada
Media Group showing any more footage from its
hugely popular "Living with Michael Jackson"
show but lawyers for both parties said they
had managed to reach a private agreement.
lawyer, Geoffrey Hobbs, told the court that
his client had agreed not to exploit copies
of the program or any out-takes until a full
hearing of the case after March 31.
March 14, 2003 the Superior Court jury in Santa
Maria decided in the case Avram vs. Jackson:
Entertainer Michael Jackson reneged on a contract
with Marcel Avram and will have to pay the concert
promoter $ 5.3 million for failing to perform
at two millennium concerts. Both sides claimed victory following announcement
of the jury's verdict, which came after a week
Jackson's attorneys said the $ 5.3 million ruling
was a success considering the amount that Avram
sought in the lawsuit. "Facing the realities as they are, it
was a victory," said Zia Modabber.
Steve Cochran, Jackson's lead attorney, would
not discuss his client's financial status, but
did call the ruling a "financial success." "Mr. Avram wanted to take off [Jackson's]
head for $ 34 million," he said. "It
was in his interest to fight."
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