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Michael Jackson News January 2001

Jan. 30, 2001: Michael Jackson To Attend MJ Day

Adrian Grant is proud to present:

The 10th Annual MJ Day
An evening with Michael Jackson

In aid of "Heal The Kids" & Sargent Cancer Care for Children

Brought to you in association with MJWN, MJFC & TMC

Michael Jackson will be on stage to make a speech and collect an award from his fans at The 10th Annual Michael Jackson Day!

Wednesday, March 07, 2001 [London, U.K.]

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Showtime 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

After-Party 9:45 pm - 12:00 am

To buy tickets and get detailed information, please visit MJWN or MJFC!

Being held at one of London's most prestigious venues, the event promises to be the most spectacular Michael Jackson party ever! Not only will Michael be attending, but he will also be making a speech about his new charity, "Heal The Kids", along with its co-founder, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Another very special reason to attend this event is to help raise over £ 100'000 for "Heal The Kids" and "Sargent Cancer Care For Children", an organisation that works to provide assistance to children with cancer and their families, and one that is very close to Michael's heart. All profits from the event will be donated to these two charities.

[source: MJWN

Jan. 28, 2001: Movie Action For Children

The following has been published on Movie Action For Children's website:

The undisputed "King of Pop", Michael Jackson holds the world record for album sales.

Considered a pioneer of modern popular music, dance and video technology, his most famous albums are Thriller [1982], Bad [1987] and Dangerous [1991].

This one-of-a-kind coat was made for Michael Jackson. Black synthetic material with two full-length tails that wrap around the legs. The left arm has a gold embroidered design filled with silver lamé. The back has a similar design, with a floral pattern and crown. The number "7" is embroidered in silver in the center. Interior lining is black silk. Closes in front from the collar to below the waist with two strips of velcro. Interior label reads "Dennis Tompkins - Michael Bush". Michael Jackson wore this coat to the Monaco Music Awards 2000.

Michael Jackson has made a very generous gesture by donating a private and personal 'birthday phonecall' to the lucky designated recipient. This auction item is priceless, and the call will be made within the week of the designated person's birthday.

For more information, please read news bit dated January 19, 2001.

A personal note
: The coat looks very much like the one Michael Jackson was wearing to the Dame Elizabeth Taylor event - and not to the World Music Awards.

Movie Action For Children,]

Jan. 26, 2001: New Album Release Date
After announcing the new release date for the "HIStory" Greatest Hits re-issue, Sony Music have rescheduled Michael Jackson's new album as well.

Planet Jackson report on their website on January 25, 2001: Sony Music have rescheduled the new Michael Jackson album to June 26th in the USA and June 25th in Europe [2001]. In order to meet this release date, the recording of the new album will have to be over by the end of March.

[source: Planet Jackson,]

Jan. 24, 2001: To The World's Greatest Fans !!!

The following has been taken by courtesy of MJWN and MJFC:

Michael Jackson invites his fans to join him on February 14, 2001 - the first public event of Heal The Kids at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Click on the letter to read Michael's message to his fans.


Jan. 22, 2001: Michael Jackson To Be Best Man At Wedding
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Michael Jackson will be Israeli-born psychic Uri Geller's best man at his wedding next month. Uri and Hanna Geller married 10 years ago but want to exchange vows again in a traditional Jewish ceremony.

Uri Geller told the press: "It is going to be a very quiet and spiritual event. Michael and I go back many years, we have done spiritual things together. We are very close."

The wedding will take place at the Geller mansion in Sonning, Berkshire [England], in the second week of March. The service will be conducted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Jan. 19, 2001: Michael To Chat With Fan...
Today, Movie Action for Children announced in a press release that their scheduled auction will boast a coat from Michael Jackson, gloves used by Sugar Ray Leonard, Bono's wraparound shades … and much more.

Further to this, Michael Jackson has agreed to ring a fan anywhere in the world on their birthday and chat and sing Happy Birthday down the phone, as Worldpop reports.

"It's a great offer," says a spokesman for the charity. "Michael has agreed not just to sing Happy Birthday but to chat for a while to a fan. He sang Happy Birthday Lisa on The Simpsons a few years ago when he played a character called Michael Jackson. He says he might sing that song down the phone and change the name."

You can bid for Michael's message, along with a coat he has donated and movie memorabilia from other stars.

Movie Action for Children is a major fundraising event organised by UNICEF Ireland, under the chairmanship of Liam Neeson, and sponsored by IONA Technologies PLC.

For more information, please visit: http://movieaction.iona.com/

Sotheby's will host and conduct the auction both live and online. The live auction will take place in New York on March 6, 2001 and the online auction will be held on www.sothebys.com from February 15 to March 7, 2001.

[source: Movie Action For Children, Sothebys, Worldpop,]

Jan. 19, 2001: Bonus Tracks For Re-Issues Confirmed
Planet Jackson reported on their website on January 18, 2001:

Sony Music has released today the official tracklisting information for Michael Jackson's remastered editions of "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous".

Tracklisting as follows:

01. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
02. Rock With You
03. Working Day And Night
04. Get On The Floor
05. Off The Wall
06. Girlfriend
07. She's Out Of My Life
08. I Can't Help It
09. It's The Falling In Love
10. Burn This Disco Out
Bonus Tracks:
11. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
12. Sunset Driver
13. You Can't Win

01. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
02. Baby Be Mine
03. The Girl Is Mine
04. Thriller
05. Beat It
06. Billie Jean
07. Human Nature
08. P.Y.T. [Pretty Young Thing]
09. The Lady In My Life
Bonus Tracks:
10. Vincent Price
11. Got The Hots
12. Carousel
13. Someone In The Dark

01. Bad
02. The Way You Make Me Feel
03. Speed Demon
04. Liberian Girl
05. Just Good Friends
06. Another Part Of Me
07. Man In The Mirror
08. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
09. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone
Bonus Tracks:
12. Bumper Snippet
13. Streetwalker
14. Someone Put Your Hand Out
15. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
16. Fly Away

01. Jam
02. Why You Wanna Trip On Me
03. In The Closet
04. She Drives Me Wild
05. Remember The Time
06. Can't Let Her Get Away
07. Heal The World
08. Black Or White
09. Who Is It
10. Give In To Me
11. Will You Be There
12. Keep The Faith
13. Gone Too Soon
14. Dangerous
Bonus Tracks [on additional disc]:
01. Bumper Snippet [Kid]
02. Monkey Business
03. Work That Body
04. If You Don't Love Me
05. Serious Effect
06. Happy Birthday, Lisa
07. She Got It
08. Black Or White [Remix]
09. Dangerous [Alternate Version]
10. Who Is It [Remix]

[source: Planet Jackson]
Jan. 18, 2001: New Release Date - "HIStory" Re-Issue
According to Planet Jackson the "HIStory" Greatest Hits re-issue will now be released on February 26 [Europe] and February 27 [USA]. This due to slight delays in production.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Jan. 17, 2001: Dame Elizabeth On Friendship With Michael

On January 15, 2001 - 9:00 p.m. ET, Michael Jackson's friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor talked to CNN's "Larry King Live" about her friendship to The King Of Pop:

KING: The friendship with Michael Jackson.


KING: What? How did that begin? You mean you seem on different planes.

TAYLOR: No! Why do you say that?

KING: You just seem on different planes. He's a very shy..

TAYLOR: No. We were both child stars.


TAYLOR: We had no childhood, either one of us. We were brought up by tutors. We had no children of our own age to play with or relate to. We were performing the whole time. He was on the stage; I was on the...

KING: The screen.

TAYLOR: ... the soundstage. We would go home. I, in my case, I would learn my lines, learn my homework, get up early in the morning. I would go out to the polo field, where they had 40 jumps set up, and to get some of my steam off as a little girl I would take 40 jumps before I would go into work.

KING: And he had the same kind of life, in a sense. He had to get up and take the bus to wherever they went to the next concert or...

TAYLOR: Yes and get his steam off dancing.

KING: But we don't -- we know you. Look at you. We don't know Michael, do we?


KING: What don't we know about him we should know?

TAYLOR: He's so tender. He is so compassionate. He hurts, literally pains for other people's suffering. If there is -- like -- the starvation of children in this country, in India, in Africa...

KING: He feels it. It's not just a...

TAYLOR: He reaches out. I've been to the Orient with him. And he says: "Roll down the window! Roll down the window!" He reaches his hands out and just touches a baby's face. Oh, you beautiful thing, and he just wants to give that baby everything, his life. He'd give him all his money if he could, and the car keeps on moving. And he'll turn back: "Oh, look at that baby."

The full transcript can be found on CNN where also a video of this transcript can be ordered.


Jan. 14, 2001: Four Re-Issues With Bonus Material
The following has been taken from MJNI:

MJ News International has more information for you on the imminent re-release of Michael Jackson’s back-catalogue.

This year, and ideally to coincide with the release of the new album [currently slated for 23-24 April 2001], Sony Music will re-issue the Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous albums.

Each of these re-releases will be remastered and will include bonus material. This bonus material will consist of a mixture of new tracks and remixes. In most cases, there will be around two bonus tracks per album but Dangerous will be released as a TWO CD set, with one CD entirely dedicated to the bonus material. This is due to the fact that the Dangerous album utilizes all the regularly available space on a CD.

With thanks to Nation Jam Productions.

Planet Jackson's release dates for the re-issues so far:
February 12, 2001 [Europe] - "HIStory - Greatest Hits - Volume I"
February 13, 2001 [USA] - "HIStory - Greatest Hits - Volume I"

[no bonus material]

April 23, 2001 [Europe] - "Thriller" expanded version
April 24, 2001 [USA] -
"Thriller" expanded version

[source: MJNI, Planet Jackson, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 11, 2001: Dr Dre Says No...
The following has been taken from Dotmusic:

Hip hop hero Dr Dre has turned down the opportunity of working with Michael Jackson, because he says the star doesn't need his help, dotmusic can report.

When asked if it was true that he said no to The King of Pop, the producer responded: "Somebody approached me about working with Michael Jackson and I did say no because I like working with new artists."

"I can develop them from the ground up. There's no standard that I have to live up to or anything like that. All I have to do is go in the studio and they're basically going to bust their ass to come in there and do their thing the way it's supposed to be done."

[source: dotmusic, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 11, 2001: New Album Release Date!
According to Planet Jackson, Sony Music has planned a new release date for Michael Jackson's new album:

Reportedly, the new planning coincides with Michael Jackson's latest readjustment in the recording schedule. Sony Music still hopes to deliver the new album to the public before the summer.

The new working release date is April 24th in the USA and April 23rd in Europe. This schedule being very tight, a rearrangement is likely to occur.

Furthermore, Planet Jackson reports that The King of Pop is still working on new tracks for the album. Although the mixing of most of the tracks is done, Michael Jackson is still recording new material.

[Note: In a recent interview with MTV, producer Rodney Jerkins stated that the new album is due out this summer!]

dotmusic, Planet Jackson, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 09, 2001: A1 Write For Michael Jackson
The following article has been taken from Dotmusic:

Just as the King of Pop is set to make a return, bands all over the globe are queuing up to work with him and these include the chart-topping boy band A1. The pop foursome have written some songs that they are hoping will be featured on Michael Jackson's new album, which is set to surface sometime this spring.

Apparently Jackson has listened to the two tracks, which Christian and Ben have written with the legendary songwriter Ray Ruffin, and is yet to make a decision.

Ben's song is entitled "That Kind Of Lover" and Christian's offering is a mid-tempo ballad.

The later said of his track: "I couldn't believe it when I found out Michael Jackson was listening to the song. He's been my hero since I was a kid! It's a dream come true. These things don't happen in real life."

dotmusic, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 09, 2001: Confirmed! Michael To Address The Oxford Union
After the already confirmed date for the Special Evening at Carnegie Hall Valentines Day 2001 in New York City, Michael's second public appearance with Rabbi Shumley Boteach, to take place at Oxford University, has finally been confirmed.

The following has been taken from MJIFC:
On Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 8:30 pm, one of the music industry's most formidable talents will join Judaism's most talked about Rabbi onstage to address the Oxford Union.

Michael Jackson, pop-star extraordinaire and musical prodigy, will make an exclusive appearance with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the man who's shaken the Jewish establishment on both sides of the Atlantic. It is at this event that the duo will announce the official launch of their new foundation, Heal The Kids.

[source: MJIFC, dotmusic, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 09, 2001: We Want You Back!?
Dotmusic reported on their website on Jan. 8, 2001 that Jermaine has confirmed that the Jackson 5 are to reform, 16 years after their split, with Michael on-board.

In an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio in Las Vegas, Jermaine said that the band are currently in the studio recording new material, expected to be released this summer.

Jermaine: "We're going to do a new tour. We're very, very excited." Whilst Jermaine refused to reveal the whole story, when questioned whether these new plans included Michael, he simply replied: "Absolutely."

Today [Dec. 09, 2001], The Associated Press published a statement on their website by Michael Jackson's publicist Cheri Fein from Monday, Dec. 08: "Michael will be recording two to three songs for the new Jackson 5 album. He has not gone into the studio yet to do this, and he has not yet committed to touring."

[source: dotmusic, Associated Press, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 08, 2001: The Seminar Center Catalog
Michael Jackson is on the cover of the latest issue of "The Seminar Center" catalog. The issue is available free of charge at The Seminar Center or can be ordered by phone - for more information visit: http://www.seminarcenter.com/

Tickets for the event on February 14, 2001 in New York City can be ordered online as well.


Jan. 06, 2001: Rodney On Michael... Grammy Nominations & More
Launch.com feat. a statement on their website by Rodney Jerkins speaking about what it has been like for him working with Michael:

Jerkins: "Oh, it's incredible. I mean, you work with so many artists that are trying to get to his level, and I'm working with the person that's actually him, you know, who's been around for years. I've learned so much - the key thing I learned is endurance. I've been working for two years and I'm not tired yet. I really learned how to withstand this, you know? And it feels good, man. It feels real good."

Darkchild Entertainment could not have had a better start into the New Year: Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and his brother Fred received a total of seven Grammy Award nominations [four for Rodney and three for Fred].

To visit Darkchild Entertainment's official homepage go to: http://www.rodneyjerkins.com

[source: MJNI, Launch.com, yahoo, www.neverland-valley.com]

Jan. 03, 2001: Michael In New York - Get Tickets!!!

The following has been taken from The Seminar Center:

Michael Jackson's Heal the World Foundation and The Seminar Center present A Special Evening at Carnegie Hall Valentines Day 2001!

International Entertainer and Humanitarian Michael Jackson
Invites You to Join A Star Studded Debate
featuring Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and a Panel of Celebrities and Experts

A Valentine's Day Gift for Ourselves and Our Kids:
"Love, Work & Parenting: Can You Be a Success in the Bedroom and the Boardroom?"

From adversity as children to superstardom as professionals, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson and the London Times "Preacher of the Year" and international best-selling author, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, have had to learn to balance careers and parenthood. Now, as the first public event brought to you by the Heal the Kids initiative, Jackson and Boteach bring you the opportunity to make this year's Valentine's day gift the gift of family love. Join Michael and Shmuley as they present a panel of children's experts and celebrity faces in a lively, insightful and entertaining discourse about romantic love, familial devotion and professional dedication. Can you really have it all? The Heal the Kids initiative is a new project of the Heal the World Foundation that aims to help busy adults reprioritize children. Just one week before his historic lecture at Oxford University in England, Michael Jackson will appear live! to welcome and introduce his guests. Come learn from these celebrities how they balance relationships, kids and high-pressure professional careers and make this a Valentine's Day to remember. The children we raise with love today will lead our world to peace tomorrow! No Refunds or Credit Vouchers for this event.

Ticket Info:
Seminar SP497 Wed. Feb. 14 6:30-9pm
Sec. A Orchestra Seating $ 65.00
Sec. B Box Seating $ 55.00
Sec. C General Seating $ 45.00

Order tickets online at: http://www.seminarcenter.com/ - Support the King Of Pop and his friends!

[source: http://www.seminarcenter.com/ ]

Jan. 01, 2001: Welcome At Neverland Valley
Welcome at Neverland Valley - Happy New Year to Michael and his family and all the fans around the world... as we all know "The best is yet to come!" - The King of Pop is back!!!





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