Daily News reporter Stephanie Dubois recently interviewed Carole Bayer Sager. The famous songwriter spoke about her collaboration with the King of Pop.
"I co-wrote two of the tunes that may be featured on the new album. I heard the song I co-wrote with Rodney Jerkins and it sounds great, as great as anything everyone remembers from Michael.
I believe that if you're an icon and I think Michael fits into that description the most important thing is to have an undeniable album, with 10-12 undeniable hit songs on it. I don't see any reason to rush. The only thing that matters is to keep that bar up high, and don't go below it.
The other song I co-wrote with David Foster and Michael is partly recorded. We're just waiting for Michael to finish the vocal."
05/04/2000 World Music Awards 2000
Today, producer Gary Pudney confirmed that Michael Jackson will definitely attend the World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco on May 10th. However, it is not known yet whether the King of Pop will perform during the show or not.
07/04/2000 Rodney Jerkins Continues To Work With Michael
Yesterday, Rodney Jerkins issued the following statement through his publicist Courtney Barnes.
" Grammy Nominated producer Rodney Jerkins will continue to produce and write songs for the forthcoming Michael Jackson album as he has for over a year. Jerkins is furious about numerous rumors and stories that have surfaced over the past several weeks claiming he was fired by Jackson.
Jeff Kwatinetz, manager for Michael Jackson, upon hearing of the rumor, said 'Of course it's not true. Rodney was not fired. It's just silly internet gossip.' "
Today, Planet Jackson talked to Fred Jerkins, Rodney's brother, who is also working on the Michael Jackson project. Here are excerpts from that interview.
"This story about Michael firing Rodney is absolutely not true. Rodney has done 12 songs with Michael and Michael will choose some for the album. Right now, Rodney is busy with the Spice Girls project, but he will get back in the studio with Michael some time later. Anyway, Rodney is perfectioning the songs even if Michael is not there. The sound on Michael's album will be totally different from anything Rodney did before. Because Rodney is very versatile.
I think the album will be released next year. Actually, maybe this year. We're not sure."
14/04/2000 New Releases
Sony Music has three Michael Jackson special product releases scheduled for this year.
The first one is the long delayed DVD Audio Album version of "Thriller" that is now expected to be commercially available this Spring.
The other two releases are DVDs:
-Dangerous - The Short Films
-HIStory On Film
Both Video DVDs are scheduled for a release on September 12th in the USA.
More details on the content of these new products available soon.
19/04/2000 Soulshock & Karlin
Successful Danish producers Soulshock & Karlin have been working on the new Michael Jackson album.
L.A. based company Soulpower Productions was founded three years ago by Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin (a.k.a. Soulshock & Karlin). The team of Danish producers has produced songs for the likes of Whitney Houston, Toni
Braxton, Mary J. Blidge, Monica and 2Pac, and remixes for Madonna, Babyface and Brandy, among others.
In a recent interview with French magazine "L'Affiche", Kenneth Karlin spoke about the Michael Jackson project.
"We first got connected to Michael Jackson when we produced one track on the first Brownstone album, for MJJ Music. Last year, Michael's management contacted us. Michael wanted us to work on songs for his new album. We did two tracks, fast ones. That's what Michael does best. Hopefully they'll be on the new album, but we hear he has so many songs already..."