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Michael Jackson News August 2001

Aug. 31, 2001: "You Rock My World" Makes Smashing Debut

The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

The King of Pop's new single has made a smashing debut around the world.

It is this week's top debut track on the US Billboard Hot 100. Early airplay places the song at #34.

In Europe, the new single has made history. It entered the Airplay charts at #1 in France, a feat that no other artist has ever achieve. "You Rock My World" has also enter the charts at #1 in Norway and Denmark.

The release of the new song in the United Kingdom has also been a great event. 80% of stations included the song on heavy rotation by the weekend following the premiere. On TV, the single was even broadcast on both GMTV and Big Breakfast. Only with Michael Jackson!

In Germany, the launch of "You Rock My World" was also a smashing event. The release made all the news programs including the dailies, networks and music channels. All major radio stations started to play "You Rock My World" immediately and it went into the official playlists on the following Monday.

In Holland, the release of "You Rock My World" was a typical Michael Jackson event. At 8:30 in the morning of Friday, September 24, six members of Sony Music walked into the offices of the six biggest radios of the country. At 8:45, all stations premiered the new single simultaneously, thus reaching a total audience of 25% of the country's population.

In Japan, Michael Jackson's return to the airwaves has been a huge success. Major stations in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Sendai have instantly added the new track to their playlist.

In Australia, Friday, September 24 has been declared "Michael Jackson Day" around the country. The release of the song enjoyed a massive coverage and instant airplay success.

In Latin America, the major markets of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico massively played the new song since its release, making it the biggest hit of the week.

In Asia, The reaction to "You Rock My World" was incredible according to media observers. The single went on all stations at the official time. The airdate was news on all the dailies, music channels as well as the networks. Even in a market where international artists get little exposure, Michael Jackson is the exception.

"You Rock My World" has been an instant success around the world.

Stay tuned for updates on the life of Michael Jackson's smashing new single.

[source: Planet Jackson]



Aug. 31, 2001: "You Rock My World" Video Clip - Update
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

The world premiere of the "You Rock My World" short-film has been postponed to September 20th.

It was originally planned for September 17th. The video will be available in two versions. A full-length version [approx. 9min] and a short version [approx. 5min].

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 31, 2001: Nasdaq Stock Market Opening !!!

[August 30, 2001 - ABCNEWS.com & MJNI]:

Jackson's Nasdaq Appearance Marks Trend.

The economy? It's bad. It's bad. You know it. You know it.

Michael Jackson opens the Nasdaq stock market.

In one of the more bizarre moments in stock market history, the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, opened up the Nasdaq stock market to kick off his upcoming 30th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden.

Wearing a dark suit with a gray armband around his right arm, the moonwalking megastar looked slightly uncomfortable as he walked around the Nasdaq market site, waving and blowing kisses to the onlookers and chatting with Nasdaq's Chief Executive Officer Wick Simmons and Executive Vice President David Weild.

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." Jackson was presented with an award by Nasdaq Chief Executive Hardwick Simmons.

Though Michael Jackson might not be the first person you think of when it comes to investing in tech stocks, Nasdaq's feting of the star marks the latest chapter in the ever-growing bond between entertainment and finance.

Thriller of an Opening

"We're always looking for people that have an impact on America and American culture and the economy to do the opening," says Nasdaq spokeswoman Judy Inosanto. "Michael Jackson is opening his tour in New York and he is certainly a big part of American culture. The synergies were just sort of there.".

[source: ABCNEWS.com, MJNI]

Aug. 31, 2001: 'NSYNC To Perform At MSG Concert After All...
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson [August 30, 2001]:

'NSync will perform a special number with the Jacksons at the Michael Jackson tribute concert on September 7th.

After being cancelled due to conflicting schedules, the collaboration is now back on tracks. 'NSync will definitely perform with the King of Pop and the Jacksons on stage at the Madison Square Garden.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 29, 2001: Michael To Open The Nasdaq Stock Market Tomorrow
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Tuesday, August 28, 2001]:

Superstar Michael Jackson to Open The Nasdaq Stock Market on Thursday, August 30th

The Nasdaq Stock Market[R] announced today that superstar Michael Jackson will preside over the Nasdaq Market Open ceremony on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 9:30 A.M. at its MarketSite building located in Times Square.

Jackson's appearance kicks off his "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" performances at Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001, which are being produced by David Gest.

Nasdaq Vice Chairman Alfred R. Berkeley, III, and Executive Vice President David Weild, will host a dinner in Jackson's honor at Tavern on The Green following the September 7, 2001 concert. They will be joined by their event co-chairmen: Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves [President & CEO, CBS], Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Nasdaq Stock Market is thrilled to serve as the launch pad for the "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concerts.

"The Nasdaq Stock Market recognizes Michael Jackson for his extraordinary vision and commitment to excellence in the entertainment industry as well as being a humanitarian who is continually seeking creative avenues in which to help others," said David Weild, Executive Vice President of The Nasdaq Stock Market.

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com [Nasdaq: AMZN] and another co-chairman of the "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concerts, will preside over the market open ceremony at Nasdaq MarketSite on Friday, September 7, 2001 at 9:30 a.m.

Due to the prime location and broadcast capabilities of Nasdaq MarketSite, this event can be seen by the public and easily captured for broadcast by the media. Details for the Thursday, August 30, market open ceremony are as follows:

- The Nasdaq MarketSite is located at 4 Times Square, at the corner of 43rd and Broadway.

- At 9:30 a.m., Michael Jackson will preside over the market open ceremony from the broadcast studio, which faces the corner of 43rd and Broadway. The broadcast studio has large picture windows to give the public a clear, unobtrusive view into the studio from the street.

- Nine plasma screens outline the broadcast studio, facing the street, for fans not positioned close to the windows.

- The MarketSite Tower, which is seven stories tall and is the largest stationary video wall in the world, will feature a live broadcast of the market open ceremony.

- The entire market open ceremony will be available live on Waterfront loop 1418 from 9:25 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

- A camera is positioned at the Northwest corner of 43rd & Broadway will tape the crowd standing outside Nasdaq MarketSite. Video will be available live on Waterfront loop 1623.

About The Nasdaq Stock Market The Nasdaq Stock Market lists over 4'300 companies and trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market.

For more information about Nasdaq, visit the Nasdaq Website at http://www.nasdaq.com or the Nasdaq Newsroom at http://www.nasdaqnews.com.

[source: The Nasdaq Stock Market, PR Newswire
]

Aug. 29, 2001: Video Clip - "You Rock My World" - Scoops
The following has been taken from British tabloid The Sun [August 29, 2001]:

Michael Jackson could not get Robert De Niro to star in the video for his new single - so he has called in Marlon Brando instead.

"You Rock My World" is Jacko's first release since 1997. Above is an exclusive look at the Big Brother-style cover [note: see news below].

The king of pop held up work on the promo - said to be more like a short film - for three weeks hoping megastar De Niro could make it. But Bob, in Italy filming his latest movie "City By The Sea", finally said he could not guarantee when he will be free.

So Jacko - who celebrates his 43rd birthday today - convinced another Hollywood legend, Brando, to take his place. Filming is due to start later this week.

The video, by top director Paul Hunter, will also feature "Traffic" star Benicio Del Toro, US comic Chris Tucker and the cast of top TV gangster show "The Sopranos".

An insider told me it will be even better than Jacko's classic "Thriller". He added: "This will be a video like no other - with some of the top names in showbiz. Michael wants to come back with a bang and he knows people will expect a great video. It will also show Michael in a new light and should even blow Thriller away."

The video problems mean the single, originally due out on September 3, will now be released on October 8.

[source: The Sun]

Aug. 29, 2001: Happy Birthday, Michael !!!
Today, Michael Jackson is celebrating his 43rd birthday.

From millions of loving fans all around the world: "Happy Birthday, Michael, and lots of happiness and love. You are the most golden of stars.

We love YOU."


[source: www.neverland-valley.com]

Aug. 28, 2001: "You Rock My World" - US 7" Single Release
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Although "You Rock My World" won't be released as a commercial CD or cassette single in the USA, it will be available to collectors and jukebox owners as a commercial 7-inch vinyl single.

This rare edition will be a double-sided pressing with the album version on both sides.

The 7-inch vinyl single of "You Rock My World" will be released on October 2nd.

[source: Planet Jackson]
Aug. 25, 2001: "Invincible" Campaign - Planning Update
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

SEPTEMBER
7th - Michael Jackson Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
10th
- Michael Jackson Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
17th - World premiere of the "You Rock My World" short-film.

OCTOBER
8th - Commercial international release date of the "You Rock My World" single [no commercial release in the USA].
15th - International release date of the expanded editions of Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
16th - American release date of the expanded editions of Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
29th - International release date of the "Invincible" album.
30th - North American release date of the "Invincible" album.

NOVEMBER
12th - International release date of HIStory - Greatest Hits Volume 1.
13th - American release date of HIStory - Greatest Hits - Volume 1.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 24, 2001: "You Rock My World" Video Clip - Update
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Filming of the "You Rock My World" short-film was officially finished on Tuesday, August 21st.

Director Paul Hunter is currently working on editing and post-production of the film.

The release of the "You Rock My World" short-film has been rescheduled. It will now premiere worldwide on September 17th.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 24, 2001: No Third MSG Concert
The following has been taken from MJNI:

MJJ Productions: "We would like to thank you for your patience and all of your efforts in connection with the possible third concert on Sunday, September 9, 2001. However, due to extreme time restrictions World Events LLC has decided not to pursue the third concert on September 9, 2001.

We thank you so much on Michael's behalf for your support and look forward to seeing you at the other shows."

[source: MJNI]

Aug. 24, 2001: Paul Hunter Directed 1st Clip / Album Rel. Date...
The following news has been reported by Reuters [August 23] and Launch [August 24]:

The much-anticipated "Invincible" album from Michael Jackson is now scheduled for U.S. release on October 30. With yesterday's [August 23] press release confirming the date and name of the set, Sony Music and Epic Records have hopefully signaled an end to the countless delays of Jackson's first album of all new material in more than eight years.

According to Sony Music head [and former Mr. Mariah Carey] Tommy Mottola, "Invincible contains some of Michael Jackson's finest work to date. He continues to grow as an artist and, together with his talented co-writers and co-producers, he has created a fresh body of music that is destined to take its place alongside the greatest recordings in pop history. Music lovers around the world will be surprised and delighted by the power, depth, and range of Invincible."

"Invincible" will be available internationally on October 29. The album's first single "You Rock My World" was played on two New York City stations last week, and should expand nationwide in the very near future.

"The release of this new album is a global event," said Epic Records Group Chairman Dave Glew. "As a singer, composer, producer, arranger and musician, Michael Jackson is one of the most talented and influential artists in the history of recorded music,'' he said.

Continues Polly Anthony, " 'You Rock My World' represents the very best of Michael Jackson. Simply put, this record is a global smash!''

Paul Hunter - who has helmed videos for Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz, and Aaliyah, among others - served as director on the short film for "You Rock My World".

[source: Reuters, Launch]

Paul Hunter is known from directing the following video clips:
Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely"; Mariah Carey "Honey"; Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away", "American Woman"; Marilyn Manson "The Dope Show", "I Don't Like The Drugs [But The Drugs Like Me]"; Whitney Houston "Step By Step"; Puff Daddy feat. Mase "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"; LL Cool J "Phenomenon"; Brandy feat. Mase "Top Of The World"; Will Smith "Wild Wild West", "Freakin' It"; TLC "Unpretty"; Puff Daddy & The Family feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Mase "Been Around The World"; Jennifer Lopez "If You Had My Love"; Dr. Dre Feat. Snoop Dogg "The Next Episode"; and the recent "Lady Marmalade" by Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya and Lil'Kim; to name but a few.

[source: www.neverland-valley.com]

Aug. 24, 2001: The Jackson 5 Will Perform "Dancing Machine"
The following has been reported by Dotmusic after NSYNC's drop out:

The Jackson 5 will still perform "Dancing Machine" along with a host of other classics, reuniting onstage for the first time in 15 years.

[source: Dotmusic]

Aug. 24, 2001: "You Rock My World" Online Premiere
Michael Jackson will release his first studio album in six years, "Invincible" on 10.30.01.

The first single, "You Rock My World", was produced and written by Michael Jackson and Rodney Jerkins.

"You Rock My World" makes its official online premiere on Friday, August 24, at 11:45 AM [PT] / 2:45PM [ET] - http://www.michaeljackson.com.

[source: michaeljackson.com]

Aug. 24, 2001: "You Rock My World" Radio Premiere
Successful radio world premiere today for Michael Jackson's first single "You Rock My World". The song received great feedback from the public - making some radio stations playing it hourly.

[source: various radio stations]

Aug. 23, 2001: "You Rock My World" Radio World Premiere - Advanced
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Sony Music has advanced the radio release of Michael Jackson's new single.

"You Rock My World" will premiere worldwide tomorrow morning [Friday, August 24, 2001].

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 23, 2001: Chris Tucker Added As A Presenter For Both Shows
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Wednesday, August 22, 2001]:

Chris Tucker to Join Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Samuel L. Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal as a Presenter at Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years on Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 at Madison Square Garden

"Actor/comedian Chris Tucker, whose current film 'Rush Hour II' is topping the box office charts, will join Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Samuel L. Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal as a presenter at Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years on Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 at Madison Square Garden", announced event producer David Gest [pronounced guest].

According to Gest, "Michael is delighted Chris will be a part of this evening as he is featured on the opening monologue of his new single, 'Rock My World'. They have been close friends for years and Chris will definitely add his great sense of humor to the festivities." Tucker will attend both shows.

The event will mark Michael Jackson's first live performance on a mainland stage in eleven years. He will debut a new single, "Rock My World" from his first Epic Records release in more than five years, titled "Invincible".

Jackson will also reunite on both nights with his brothers the Jackson 5 [Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael and Marlon] and the Jacksons [Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Randy] for the first time in twenty years. The Jacksons will perform a medley of their Motown and Epic Records hits. Jackson will also perform a number of his greatest hits.

According to Gest, in addition to Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:

Friday, September 7, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & The Legends Of Jazz including Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; Usher and many surprise guests.

Monday, September 10, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Aaron Carter; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Whitney Houston; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98o; Jill Scott; 3T; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.

Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley lll [Vice Chairman, Nasdaq], Jeff Bezos [Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com], Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves [President & CEO, CBS], Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild [Executive Vice President, Nasdaq].

They will host a Champagne & Caviar Dinner in honor of Michael Jackson at Tavern On The Green following the concert on Friday, September 7, 2001. More than two hundred stars from the motion picture, television, recording and sports fields will join together for this special celebration in honor of Jackson. Among those already confirmed are: Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Jane Russell, Liam Neeson, Franco Nero, Liza Minnelli, Muhammad Ali, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sean Lennon, Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Angie Dickinson, Master P, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Shaquille O'Neal, Janet Leigh, Reggie Miller, Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Esther Williams, Macaulay Culkin, Naomi Campbell, Patricia Neal, Quincy Jones and many, many more.

[source: David Gest, PR Newswire
]

Aug. 23, 2001: Over 50 Legendary Ladies To Attend MSG Shows...
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Wednesday, August 22, 2001]:

50 Leading Ladies of the Silver Screen to Attend Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years

"Over Fifty Legendary Ladies Of The Silver Screen will attend MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS," announced event producer David Gest.

In a throwback to the film industry's Golden Era, Hollywood's Glamour Girls will gather together in force at this star-studded spectacular in salute to the "King Of Pop".

According to Michael Jackson, "I am honored these legendary ladies of the silver screen will be a part of those evenings. Each one of them is fondly remembered by moviegoers throughout the world for their unforgettable performances which have stood the test of time. To be in the same room with so many screen greats is a real honor."

Among the first list confirmed to attend are [alphabetically]: Carroll Baker ["Baby Doll", "Giant", "The Carpetbaggers"], Ann Blyth ["Kismet", "The Student Prince", "Mildred Pierce"], Petula Clark ["Goodbye, Mr. Chips", "Finian's Rainbow"], Angie Dickinson ["Dressed To Kill", "Ocean's 11", "Rio Bravo"], Patty Duke [Academy Award winning Best Supporting Actress for "The Miracle Worker"; "Valley Of The Dolls", "Me, Natalie," "Billie"], Rhonda Fleming ["A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court", "Out Of The Past", "Spellbound", "Slightly Scarlet"], June Haver ["The Dolly Sisters", "Look For The Silver Lining", "Three Little Girls In Blue"], Celeste Holm [Academy Award Winning Best Supporting Actress for "Gentleman's Agreement"; "High Society", "All About Eve", "Come To The Stable"], Sally Ann Howes ["Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "The History of Mr. Polly"], Kim Hunter [Academy Award winning Best Supporting Actress for "A Streetcar Named Desire"; "Stairway To Heaven", "Planet Of The Apes"], Anne Jeffreys ["Dillinger", "Step Lively", "Boys' Night Out", "Trail Street"], Jennifer Jones [Academy Award winning Best Actress for "The Song Of Bernadette"; "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing", "Duel In The Sun", "Portrait of Jennie"], Eartha Kitt ["New Faces", "Anna Lucasta", "St. Louis Blues"], Piper Laurie ["The Hustler", "Carrie", "Other People's Money"], Janet Leigh ["Psycho", "The Manchurian Candidate", "Bye Bye Birdie", "Touch Of Evil"], Gina Lollobrigida ["Trapeze", "Solomon And Sheba", "Never So Few", "Beat The Devil"], Ann Miller ["Easter Parade", "On The Town", "Kiss Me Kate", "You Can't Take It With You"], Liza Minnelli [Academy Award winning Best Actress for "Cabaret"; "Arthur", "New York, New York", "The Sterile Cuckoo"), Patricia Neal [Academy Award winning Best Actress for "Hud"; "The Fountainhead", "The Day The Earth Stood Still"], Margaret O'Brien [winner of an Honorary Miniature Academy Award for "Meet Me In St. Louis"; "Little Women", "The Canterville Ghost", "Journey For Margaret"], Jane Powell ["Seven Brides For Seven Brothers", "Royal Wedding", "Two Weeks With Love"], Debbie Reynolds ["The Unsinkable Molly Brown", "Singin' In The Rain", "The Singing Nun", "How The West Was Won"]; Barbara Rush ["The Young Philadelphians", "Robin And The Seven Hoods", "The Young Lions", "When Worlds Collide"], Jane Russell ["The Outlaw", "The Paleface", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"], Ann Rutherford ["Gone With The Wind", "The Andy Hardy Series", "Orchestra Wives", "Pride And Prejudice"], Lizabeth Scott ["Dead Reckoning", "The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers", "Loving You"], Penny Singleton ["The Blondie Series", "The Best Man", "After The Thin Man"], Jill St. John ["You Only Live Twice", "The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone", "Tony Rome", "The Oscar"], Elizabeth Taylor [Two-time Academy Award winning Best Actress for "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?"; "National Velvet", "Giant", "Cleopatra"], Ruth Warrick ["Citizen Kane", "China Sky", "Guest In The House", "Journey Into Fear"], Esther Williams ["Bathing Beauty", "Million Dollar Mermaid", "Thrill Of A Romance", "Easy To Wed"] and more than forty more to be announced.

Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley III [Vice Chairman, Nasdaq], Jeff Bezos [Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com], Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves [President & CEO, CBS], Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild [Executive Vice President, Nasdaq].

[source: David Gest, PR Newswire
]

Aug. 23, 2001: Jackson & NSYNC Will Not Duet
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Wednesday, August 22, 2001]:

Jackson & *NSYNC Will Not Duet on Friday, September 7, 2001 At Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years

"*NSYNC will not be performing at the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop,' MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS, on the Friday, September 7, 2001 concert at Madison Square Garden," announced producer David Gest [pronounced guest].

According to Gest, "Due to scheduling conflicts, Michael Jackson and *NSYNC will not have time to rehearse the "Dancing Machine" number with the Jacksons in the way Michael planned to present it. Unfortunately, *NSYNC will be rehearsing their MTV Video Music Awards performance on Wednesday and Thursday while Michael will be rehearsing for his shows at the Garden. The two schedules just conflict and *NSYNC will not be in New York prior to that. Michael looks forward to working with *NSYNC in the future as he is a very big fan of the group."

The event will mark Jackson's first live performances on a mainland stage in eleven years and the first reunion with his brothers, the Jackson 5 [Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael and Marlon] and the Jacksons [Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Randy] in twenty years. Michael will also debut his first Epic Records single in more than five years entitled "Rock My World", The two evenings will be filmed as a two-hour primetime special for the CBS Television Network to air during the 2001-2002 Season.

In addition to Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:

Friday, September 7, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & The Legends Of Jazz including Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; Usher and many surprise guests.

Monday, September 10, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Aaron Carter; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Whitney Houston; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; 3T; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.

Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley lll [Vice Chairman, Nasdaq], Jeff Bezos [Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com], Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves [President & CEO, CBS], Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild [Executive Vice President, Nasdaq].

[source: David Gest, PR Newswire
]

Aug. 22, 2001: The Sun On "You Rock My World"
The following report on "You Rock My World" has been taken from British tabloid The Sun [August 22, 2001] - and fasten your seatbelts: The Sun can be positive!

Jacko back on tracko

Michael Jackson's new single is one of the most anticipated tracks in recent years - and after being one of the first to hear it I reckon it will be a monster hit.

Even though there is still no definite release date for "You Rock My World", it's a sure-fire chart-topper and will go down a storm in clubs.

It sounds a bit like the Jackson Five but has a funky keyboard hook you won't be able to get out of your head.

Die-hard fans are already getting their hands on the catchy track after a pirate copy was put on the internet.

The production is layered and stunning and I can't wait to hear the rest of his new album, "Invincible".

"You Rock My World" - Jacko's first release since 1997 - reminds me somewhat of Bobby Brown's "Two Can Play At That Game".

Oddly, it starts off with some meaningless, and unnecessary, dialogue between Jacko and US comedian Chris Tucker before launching into a backing beat that wouldn't have sounded out of place in the mid-Eighties.

This is followed by Jacko's unmistakable vocals, complete with a few trademark "Oows", reminiscent of "Bad" or "Leave Me Alone".

It's not as explosive as "Billie Jean" or "Thriller" but has an unforgettable groove. I doubted he still had it in him but he's proved worthy of his King Of Pop crown.

[Dominic Moran, The Sun]

[source: The Sun]

Aug. 22, 2001: MSG Line-up - Update
According to Planet Jackson Lil' Kim won't be performing at the MSG concerts due to other engagements.

The musical conductors of the shows are Michael's long-time friend Greg Phillinganes and Joey Melotti.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 21, 2001: Possible 3rd Concert At Madison Square Garden !!!
According to Planet Jackson and others, there is a possibility of a third concert this September at the Madison Square Garden!

The concert would be held on Sunday, September 9th.

The show still has to be confirmed.

[source: Planet Jackson etc.]

Aug. 21, 2001: Aaron Carter Added To MSG Show On 10th
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Tuesday, August 21, 2001]:

Teen Superstar Aaron Carter Joins Monday, September 10, 2001 Line-Up at Madison Square Garden For Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years

Teen superstar Aaron Carter, whose most recent hits of "I Want Candy" and "Oh Aaron" as well as "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" [with his brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys] will join the illustrious line-up of stars performing at the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop', "MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS", for the Monday, September 10, 2001 concert at Madison Square Garden announced producer David Gest [pronounced guest].

According to Gest, "Michael Jackson is a huge fan of Aaron's. They are also very close friends. Aaron Carter will perform his smash hit 'I Want Candy'."

Due to the demand for tickets to this concert, a limited number of production holds will be released today through Ticketmaster at [212] 307-7171.

The event will mark Jackson's first live performances on a mainland stage in eleven years and the first reunion with his brothers, the Jackson 5 [Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael and Marlon] and the Jacksons [Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Randy] in twenty years.

The two evenings will be filmed as a two-hour primetime special for the CBS Television Network to air during the 2001-2002 Season.

In addition to Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:

Friday, September 7, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & The Legends Of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; *NSync; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher and many surprise guests.

Monday, September 10, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Aaron Carter; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.

Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley III [Vice Chairman, Nasdaq], Jeff Bezos [Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com], Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves [President & CEO, CBS], Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild [Executive Vice President, Nasdaq].

[source: David Gest, PR Newswire
]

Aug. 21, 2001: Special Michael Jackson Appearance In NYC On 30th
The following has been taken from MJFC [Monday, August 20, 2001]:

Susan Blond Inc. is notifying fans and fan clubs about a special appearance Michael Jackson is making on Thursday August 30, 2001 at 9:30 am in Times Square in New York City at the corner of 43rd Street and Broadway to ring the NASDAQ bell.

This news is being released first to fans because Susan Blond Inc., Press Agency knows that Michael would want his fans to be there. At this event there will be a Jumbotron Screen showing special Michael Jackson video clips.

There will also be an opportunity for fans to see Michael. Located in the heart of New York's Times Square, NASDAQ's MarketSite Tower soars seven stories high and is the largest video screen in the world. CNBC, CNNfn, Bloomberg, CBS Market Watch, and other financial news media broadcast live throughout the day from the Market's Broadcast Studio.

MJFC urges all the fans that can to gather in New York on August 30 to show Michael your love and support. Michael ALWAYS speaks so highly of his fans. Let's all show him our love and support at this event! And do spread the word!

[source: Susan Blond Inc. / MJFC]

Aug. 20, 2001: You Rock My World - Sony's Actions...
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson [Monday, August 20, 2001]:

Unauthorized Radio Debut On Friday, August 17th, "You Rock My World" premiered on two radio stations in New York. An unidentified source leaked the song to the radios without authorization from Sony Music or Michael Jackson.

Shortly afterwards, copies of the track have been created and circulated through the internet, ultimately reaching airplay on radio stations around the world.

Sony Music has now taken action to prevent radio stations from playing Michael Jackson's new single. Both radio stations that originally premiered "You Rock My World" in New York have been ordered to not play the song anymore. And they have agreed to do so.

The copy of "You Rock My World" that has been played so far has not been validated by Michael Jackson. It is of poor quality and does not deliver the high standard in production that Michael Jackson has always dedicated himself to.

As a result of this unexpected development, Sony Music has decided to advance the official radio premiere of "You Rock My World". The King of Pop's new single will debut worldwide on August 29th, on Michael Jackson's birthday.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 18, 2001: You Rock My World - Radio World Premiere !!!
The following has been taken from MJNI [Friday, August 17, 2001]:

At approximately 6 PM EST [Friday, August 17, 2001], Michael Jackson's new single "You Rock My World" was WORLD PREMIERED on Jammin 105.1, an R&B station in New York City. Twenty minutes later, sister station WKTU 103.5 aired the song in its entirety, including the dialogue intro between Michael and Rush Hour star Chris Tucker.

[source: MJNI]

Aug. 17, 2001: Jay-Z & Michael Duet Around Christmas...
The following excerpt has been taken from MTV [Friday, August 17, 2001, 7:57 AM EDT]:

Fans will have to wait awhile to hear another potential Jay-Z hit, his duet with Michael Jackson.

"I'm 'a hold out - probably put it on the album around Christmas as an added bonus," Jay said. "It's a special song."

Jay revealed that getting Jackson to come out with him at the Hot 97 Summer Jam was easy. "I just asked him," he recalled nonchalantly. "We was talking about doing a song - I did a remix on his album for 'Rock My World' - so we would talk on the phone. He was talking about 'Hard Knock Life' one day, [and] I'm looking at the phone like, 'That's so bugged out!' [He told me,] 'I mean the rhythm, the way you was rhyming on there was so in the pocket.' So I just asked him."

The Blueprint is due in stores September 18th.

[source: MTV]

Aug. 16, 2001: Whitney 'The Voice' Houston Added To 2nd Show...
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Thursday, August 16, 2001]:

Whitney Houston Added to Second Night [Monday, September 10, 2001] At Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years

"Whitney Houston will join the illustrious line-up of stars performing at the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop', MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS," announced producer David Gest [pronounced guest].

Houston has confirmed performances for both Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 at the all-star tribute in honor of Michael Jackson at Madison Square Garden.

According to Gest, "Whitney is one of my closest friends and I am delighted she will share this special occasion with Michael, who happens to be her favorite artist. They will perform a duet together."

According to Michael Jackson, "I feel Whitney is one of the greatest voices in the world. She could sing the yellow pages and I would buy it. I absolutely adore her and am her greatest fan."

The event will mark Jackson's first live performances on a mainland stage in eleven years and the first reunion with his brothers, the Jackson 5 [Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael and Marlon] and the Jacksons [Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Randy] in twenty years.

The two evenings will be filmed as a two-hour primetime special for the CBS Television Network to air during the 2001-2002 Season.

In addition to Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:

Friday, September 7, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & The Legends Of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 'N Sync; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher and many surprise guests.

Monday, September 10, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.

Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley lll [Vice Chairman, Nasdaq], Jeff Bezos [Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com], Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves [President & CEO, CBS], Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild [Executive Vice President, Nasdaq].

Tickets for both the Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 performances are sold out.

For further information contact: Susan Blond, Inc. at [212] 333-7728.

[source: David Gest, PR Newswire
]

Aug. 14, 2001: More Details On MSG Performances...
The following has been taken from MTV [Monday, August 13, 7:22 PM EDT]:

Michael Jackson will perform past hits with new-school pop stars Britney Spears and 'NSYNC at his upcoming 30th-anniversary gala.

Jackson and pop princess Spears will duet on "The Way You Make Me Feel", Jackson's # 1 single from 1987's Bad, at the first of two shows dubbed "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years", the event's publicist said Monday [August 13]. The new information sheds light on a pair of concerts whose content has remained obscure to date.

The Jackson 5, performing together for the first time in 11 years, and 'NSYNC will team up for "Dancing Machine" during the same September 7 show at Madison Square Garden.

Jackson's September 10 "Celebration" will include other superstar performances. Latin singer Ricky Martin will perform "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", Jackson's first post-Jackson 5 solo track to reach # 1 [in 1979], Martin's spokesperson said.

On September 10, Missy Elliott and Nelly Furtado are expected to perform their remix of Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On".

Another Latin heartthrob, Marc Anthony, will tackle Jackson's 1980 ballad "She's Out of My Life" during the first show, Anthony's spokesperson said. Although he has been announced for September 10 as well, his spokesperson said Anthony is still negotiating the later appearance. If he performs both nights, he may sing his upcoming Rob Thomas-penned single, "Tragedy".

Lil' Kim, Deborah Cox, Mya and Tamia will collaborate on "Heal the World" during at least one of the shows, according to a source close to the production. Organizers have advertised Cox and Mya as performing both nights.

Although Jackson friend and seasoned entertainer Liza Minelli's September 7 selection remains unannounced, she will sing the 1995 Jackson single "You Are Not Alone" with a 300-member gospel choir on September 10.

Whitney Houston will sing a ballad, and teen country star Billy Gilman will cover 1972's "Ben" [Jackson's first # 1 solo single] on the celebration's first night, according to the event's publicist.

Lenny Kravitz and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are slated to perform "Beat It" with Jackson during one of the shows, according to a source close to the production.

Several other artists - including Shaggy, Jill Scott, Monica and Luther Vandross - have yet to decide what they will perform, according to their respective publicists.

Diana Ross, who was at one time announced as a performer, is off the schedule, according to the celebration's organizers.

Jackson and his brothers convened in Los Angeles on Friday to rehearse for the shows.

[source: MTV]

Aug. 14, 2001: Michael Jackson To Appear On Jay-Z Album
The following has been taken from Rolling Stone [Tuesday, August 14, 10:24 AM EDT]:

The D-12 album isn't the only place you'll find Eminem this year, as he has just laid down vocals for the upcoming Jay-Z album, The Blueprint. Eminem contributes an animated rap on "The Renegade", a song in which both he and Jay-Z boisterously answer critics who dog them for being bad influences.

Jay-Z's other guests include Q-Tip, Slick Rick and Biz Markie, who join him on "Girls, Girls, Girls" - a thematic update of the Beach Boys "California Girls" and the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls", in which Jay-Z expresses his affection for women of all nationalities. Jay-Z has also recorded a duet with Michael Jackson for the album, according to Damon Dash, CEO of Jay-Z's own Rock-A-Fella Records, and the rapper is also expected to appear on Jackson's upcoming Invincible album.

The fist single from The Blueprint, "Izzo [H.O.V.A.]", also features Michael Jackson, albeit briefly, courtesy of a sample of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back".

The Blueprint is due in stores September 18th.

[source: Rolling Stone]

Aug. 11, 2001: Rehearsals For MSG Shows & More
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Last Thursday, Michael Jackson got together with brothers Randy, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie in a Los Angeles soundstage to start rehearsing their special reunion performance for the Madison Square Garden concert events.

Next week, Michael Jackson will suspend rehearsals to begin principal photography on the first short-film to accompany the new single from his forthcoming album.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 11, 2001: Jermaine To Appear At Michael's Celebration
The following has been taken from Launch [Friday, August 10, 04:57 PM EDT] and Planet Jackson:

Jermaine Jackson Agrees To Appear At Brother Michael's Celebration

Following several weeks of trading blows through both publicists and the media, Jermaine Jackson has agree to appear at brother Michael's 30th anniversary concerts on September 7 and 10.

Concert organizer David Gest announced, "Jermaine was always an integral part of the Jackson 5. I am delighted he has signed his contract and will be joining his brothers Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito, and Randy for these very special evenings. Personally, all the brothers and I have been friends since our early teens and it is very gratifying that a dream will become reality as we celebrate these events together. Michael is extremely happy that all his brothers, the original Jackson 5 and the original Jacksons, will be involved in these milestone events."

Getting Jermaine on the bill was not easy. On July 20, Jermaine and brother Randy issued a joint statement detailing why they had at that point decided not to appear at Michael's show. The statement read: "We have not formally signed a contract to participate in the concerts and dinner celebrations for a number of reasons. The exorbitant ticket prices being charged by promoters will prevent some of our most loyal and true fans from attending."

Next came a July 24 announcement from Marlon that read, in part: "I am sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement, which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy." Marlon added, "Randy will be a part of these evenings and the public will see the original Jacksons reunite."

With Friday's [August 10] announcement that Jermaine has finally signed on, both the Jackson 5 and Jacksons lineups will be on hand to perform at the Madison Square Garden shows next month.

[source: Launch, Planet Jackson]

Aug. 10, 2001: Radio Premiere, Video & Album Title
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

"You Rock My World" is now scheduled to hit radio stations around the world on September 10th.

The accompanying video is planned to premiere on the same day.

The international commercial release date of the "You Rock My World" single is slated for October 8th.

Michael Jackson's new album, now slated for a release on October 29th, might not be titled "Invincible" after all. The King of Pop is currently considering a possible new title for his forthcoming album. Therefore, there is a possibility that the new record will not be named "Invincible".

[Note: As David Gest announced that Michael will be performing his new single at the concert/s, this would now mean that the lucky fans who got tickets for the 7th will be the first who get to hear "You Rock My World"].

[source: Planet Jackson, ]

Aug. 10, 2001: www.michaeljackson.com - The Official Site

Finally, with the forthcoming promotion of "Invincible", Michael Jackson will launch his official website with own domain.

Go to www.michaeljackson.com to check out the King of Pop's official website - coming soon.

[source: www.michaeljackson.com]


Aug. 08, 2001: "Invincible" Campaign - New Planning
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Sony Music has just set a new schedule for Michael Jackson's "Invincible" album and related releases.

The new schedule reads as follows:
- October 8th: commercial international release date of the "You Rock My World" single.

- October 15th: international release date of the expanded versions of "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous". [American release date: October 16th]

- October 29th: international release date of "Invincible". [American release date: October 30th]

- November 12th: international release date of "HIStory - Greatest Hits Volume 1". [American release date: November 13th]

The radio premiere of the first single off of "Invincible" remains to be slated. So does the release of the accompanying video.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 08, 2001: "Invincible" Postponed
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Due to production delays in the filming of two short-films to accompany the first two singles off of "Invincible", Michael Jackson and Sony Music had to postpone the release of the new album, the first single, the expanded versions of "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous", and the "HIStory Greatest Hits" compilation.

There is currently no new release date set for "Invincible".

However, the new album is tentatively slated for late October. The first single is expected to be released to radios by late August or early September.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 08, 2001: New Michael Jackson DVD Releases
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

In connection with the King of Pop's new album, Sony Music will release two new Michael Jackson DVD's:

- Dangerous / The Short Films
[including Bonus Features]
- HIStory / Video Greatest Hits
[including the never-before-released commercially full-length extended versions of "Bad" and "The Way You Make Me Feel".]

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 08, 2001: 30th Anniversary Celebration Line-Up - Update
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Producer David Gest has added two new names to the line-up of the forthcoming New York concerts. Lil' Kim will be appearing on both nights and Nelly Furtado will sing on the September 10th show.

In the meantime, due to other engagements, Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross had to cancel their participation to the concert.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Aug. 07, 2001: Official Jackson 5 Website Launched
Check out the brandnew launched Jackson 5 Official Website futuristentertainment.com - the site features never-seen-before pictures, information on the Victory Tour, the Jacksons reunion in September and lots more!!

Fantastic site to visit!!!

[source: futuristentertainment]

Aug. 03, 2001: Shaq & Slash Added To Michael Jackson Tribute
The following has been taken from AP [Friday, August 03, 10:57 AM EDT] and Music365:

Add the names of basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash to the star-studded list of presenters and entertainers set to honor Michael Jackson at his 30th anniversary celebration.

Show organizer David Gest notes, "Michael and Shaquille have been friends for many years and he is thrilled that Shaquille is able to participate in his 30th anniversary festivities."

This is not the first time O'Neal will honor a member of the Jackson family: The Los Angeles Laker center presented Janet Jackson with the American Music Awards' award of merit in January.

Michael Jackson and former Guns 'N Roses axeman Slash are also looking forward to their reunion, which will take place during the King Of Pop's 30th anniversary celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden September 7 and 10.

Michael said: "I am so excited about working with my dear friend Slash again, he is a brilliant guitarist whom I really admire, and I look forward to having Slash perform with me again on these two special nights."

Slash also shared the love, saying, "It's going to be a blast being onstage again with Michael.

I am really looking forward to two great nights of music, and I'm honoured to be a part of any event honouring him. He truly is one of the greatest talents known. Michael is timeless, classic and resilient. Here's to another 30 years."

Slash will join Jackson to recreate their 1991 collaboration, "Black Or White", and on the famed "Beat It", which featured fellow guitar hero Eddie Van Halen on the original version. As well, the guitarist will participate in the Jackson family reunion portion of the show, according to his spokesperson.

The pair first hooked up to record "Black Or White", from Jackson's 1991 album, Dangerous.

[source: AP, Music365]

Aug. 01, 2001: Tickets Practically Sold Out In 5 Hours !!!
NEW YORK - [ENTERTAINMENT WIRE] - July 31, 2001:

Star-studded Concerts Set for Friday, September 7, 2001 & Monday, September 10, 2001 At Madison Square Garden

The all-star salute to "The King Of Pop", MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS has 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.

The tickets for both dates went on sale today, July 31, 2001 at 10AM through Ticketmaster. By 3PM today, it was announced by event producer David Gest [pronounced guest] that the star-studded event was practically sold out in record-breaking time with ticket prices for the concerts ranging from $ 45.00 to $ 2'500.00 per seat.

According to David Gest, "Michael Jackson is looking forward to performing for the first time in eleven years in New York City and is thrilled that his fans have shown so much interest in his shows. He is very excited about debuting his first single from his upcoming Epic Records CD, "Invincible", at the shows. His reunion with the Jacksons [Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy] will certainly be one of the many highlights of the shows."

"As the premiere concert venue in the country, we are ecstatic with the first day of ticket sales," said Seth Abraham, President of Madison Square Garden\Radio City Entertainment. "Michael Jackson's return to live performance in these milestone concerts is on its way to being the largest grossing sellout in the history of Madison Square Garden."

The event will mark Jackson's first live performance on a mainland stage in eleven years and the first reunion with his brothers, the Jacksons [Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy], in twenty years. The two evenings will be filmed as a two-hour primetime special for the CBS Television Network to air during the 2001-2002 Season. In addition to Michael Jackson and the Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:

Friday, September 7, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & The Legends Of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; `N Sync; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher and many surprise guests.

Monday, September 10, 2001 [alphabetically]: Marc Anthony; Mary J. Blige; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98°; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.

More than two hundred stars from the motion picture, television, recording and sports fields will join together for this special celebration in honor of Jackson. Among those already confirmed are: Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem DaFoe, William Shatner, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Jane Russell, Chris Tucker, Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Liza Minnelli, Muhammad Ali, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sean Lennon, Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Angie Dickinson, Master P, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Sir John Mills, Hayley Mills, Janet Leigh, Reggie Miller, Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Esther Williams, Macaulay Culkin, Patricia Neal, Quincy Jones and many, many more.

[Note: Word is that there are very few tickets left in the higher priced categories - Visit the Ticketmaster Michael Jackson section directly.]

Ticketmaster had listed the following 8 different ticket categories:
$ 2'500.--, $ 1'500.--, $ 800.--, $ 500.--, $ 350.--, $ 225.--, $ 95.--, $ 45.--.

[source: ENTERTAINMENT WIRE, Ticketmaster]

 

 

 

 

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