23, 2001: Michael Meets Israeli Prime Minister
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sits with pop
star Michael Jackson, Rabbi Shmuley
Boteach and psychic Uri Geller at
a private reception in New York on March
Sharon attended the reception at the conclusion
of a three-day visit to the United States. Sharon
told reporters that Jackson said he was a "big
fan of Israel".
20, 2001: Michael Inducted Into Hall Of Fame !!
joined Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Queen
and Steely Dan in the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame on Monday [March 19, 2001].
Both Simon and Jackson already were members - Simon as part of the 1960s duo Simon & Garfunkel
and Jackson as part of the Jackson 5 -
and were being honored for their solo work!!
Jackson, who broke his foot recently at his ranch,
hobbled on stage after a tribute by boy band 'NSync.
"As you can see, there's not going to be any
moonwalking tonight," said Jackson.
a typically short speech, Jackson thanked Motown founder Berry
Gordy and Diana Ross, whom he called his "second mother".
He also paid tribute to his parents for blessing him
with his talent. "To me, the gift of music has been
a great blessing, from the time I was a child," Jackson said.
Jackson's 1982 "Thriller" is the biggest selling album
Jackson gave a brief acceptance speech and apologized because
his broken foot prevented him from moonwalking.
He posed for pictures for the press, but declined to answer
The ceremony, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, was being taped
for telecast Wednesday on VH1.
The names of honorees are on exhibit at the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.
On March 21, 2001 VH1 will air the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame Induction - set your vcr's!!
[source: AP, Reuters, New York
18, 2001: Michael To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Tomorrow [March 19, 2001], Michael Jackson will be inducted
into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a Solo Artist.
The sixteenth annual induction ceremony for the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel in New York City. VH1 will air the ceremony
on March 21, 2001.
already inducted along with the rest of the Jackson
5 in 1997.
Musicians become eligible for induction twenty-five
years after the release of their first album, and sidemen
become eligible twenty-five years after the commencement
of their career.
18, 2001: Michael's Message For "Wetten dass...?"
most successful European TV show "Wetten dass...?" ["Wanna
bet...?"] is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Michael Jackson recorded a special message for the
Michael's kind words for the TV Special:
"Hi, this is Michael Jackson. I'd like to say
hello to all my fans in Germany and ZDF. Congratualtion
for 20th of Anniversary of 'Wetten dass...?'. Thomas,
there will be at least 20 more successfull years. Ich
18, 2001: Michael On The Cover Of Hello Magazine
Jackson is on the cover of the latest issue
of "Hello" magazine from the
"Michael Jackson - Best Man At Uri Geller's
The magazine is available now and feat. some world
exclusive pictures of Michael.
18, 2001: HIStory Greatest Hits Released In Argentina
Sony Music International has officially postponed the
release of Michael Jackson's "HIStory - Greatest
Hits - Volume I", Sony Music Argentina has released
the record on March 03, 2001.
Argentina is the only country where the CD is
currently available commercially.
The release is the result of a mistake; the record should
not have been distributed so early. Nevertheless, it
is now on sale throughout Argentina and has become quite
a hit there. Since its release, 2'500 copies of "HIStory
Greatest Hits" have been sold, making it a success on
that rather small market.
On another note, contrary to various reports, Michael
Jackson's reissued classics, "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous", haven't been released
in Japan yet. As of now, Michael Jackson's "Expanded
Edition Series" albums are planned to be globally released
worldwide on June 18, 2001 [Europe] and June
19, 2001 [USA].
18, 2001: Michael Cleared Of Plagiarism Charges
the final chapter of a trial that started in
1995, Michael Jackson has been totally cleared of
plagiarism allegations brought about by Italian
songwriter Al Bano in 1992.
The Rome appeals court has ruled that Michael Jackson
was not guilty of plagiarism allegations and didn't
steal a part of the melody of Al Bano's 1987 song "I
Cigni Di Balaka'' in composing "Will You Be There".
In May 1999, a lower court in Rome found Michael Jackson
guilty of plagiarism and ordered him to pay court costs.
But Michael Jackson's lawyers appealed the decision.
This week's ruling finally puts an end to this criminal
In 1999, in a separate civil case inititated by Al Bano
and involving the same song, a Milan court had also
found Michael Jackson not guilty of copyright infringement.
18, 2001: Michael Salutes Janet's Career - MTV Icon
March 13, 2001 MTV USA aired the first MTV Icon Gala,
a new annual tribute show to honor artists who made
a significant contribution to the recording industry.
Janet Jackson was the first artist to become
an MTV Icon.
During the show, Michael Jackson appeared in
a pre-recorded video clip where he congratulated his
sister, saying: "Janet, I am so thrilled that you
are being honored tonight. No one deserves this more
than you. You have achieved so much and you will only
keep climbing higher and higher. Your talent knows no
boundaries. I am honored and proud to be your brother.
I love you."
18, 2001: Re-Issues - New Release Date !!
Sony Music's label Epic Legacy has rescheduled the release
of Michael Jackson's classics "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous".
The four remastered albums are now slated for
a global American release on June 19, 2001.
They will be released on Epic Legacy's new collection:
"The Expanded Edition Series." Each reissued album will
contain bonus tracks and will be available on CD and
Michael Jackson's "HIStory Greatest Hits
Volume I" has also been rescheduled.
The CD is now slated for a release on August 07, 2001 in the USA.
Finally, the June release date for the new album
has just been cancelled due to Michael Jackson's
new recording plan. A new schedule is currently being
made and should be available soon.
12, 2001: Michael In England [March 4 - 9]
very busy week for the King of Pop in England:
Here what happened in England from March 4 - 9,
2001 [reported by Planet
March 04, 2001:
Early Sunday afternoon, Michael Jackson checked
in at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. Later
that day, Michael Jackson went shopping in London
with friend actor Macaulay Culkin. They went to
the HMV records store and bought a selection of
Michael Jackson had lunch with friends Uri Geller and
Shmuley Boteach in a restaurant in the center of London.
Later in the afternoon, he accompanied them to the Royal
Institute of British Architects to attend a brief ceremony
for the launch of a new book co-written by Boteach and
Geller. The book is entitled "Confessions of a Rabbi
and Psychic" and consists of a series of letters that
the two men exchanged over the past years.
March 06, 2001:
Michael Jackson arrived at the Oxford Union this evening
at 8:45 pm. His arrival at the Union was originally
scheduled at 6 pm but a last-minute appointment with
a doctor [following shooting pains in his broken foot]
delayed his departure to Oxford.
In the company of friends Uri Geller and Rabbi Shmuley
Boteach, Michael Jackson addressed the Oxford Union
as expected. He made a very deep and touching speech
that moved the audience. Click
here to read the complete transcript.
March 07, 2001:
Uri Geller renewed his vows to wife Hanna in a traditional
Jewish ceremony. The wedding took place at the magician's
mansion in the small town of Sonning, Berkshire, England.
Michael Jackson attended the ceremony and acted as best
man. A large tent had been set in the garden for the
130 guests. Wearing a white kipa, Michael sat at the
chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy, and followed the
ceremony with great interest and curiosity, sporting
a joyful smile.
As best man, his duty was to hand Uri Geller the wedding
ring. As soon as the ceremony ended, a musical band
played traditional Jewish music. Michael enjoyed the
music so much that he stood up and tried to move to
it for a few seconds untill his broken foot became too
painful. As the traditional ceremony was ending, close
family members and special guests went to see Michael
to thank him and hug him, a honoring gesture.
In the evening, Michael Jackson appeared on stage at
London's Hammersmith Apollo for the 10th Annual Michael
Jackson Day. His scheduled appearance happened at the
end of the evening's program, which consisted of tribute
performances by artists such as Shola Ama, Damage and
the London Community Gospel Choir.
Michael Jackson was introduced on stage by Rabbi Shmuley
Boteach. In front of 3'000 hectic fans, the King of
Pop said: "Thank you all for coming here. I'm overjoyed
and humbled by the incredible entertainment I have seen
tonight. You're beautiful and I love you. I'm still
working on the new album. Two more months... But it
will be incredible, I can assure you. I love you all
from the bottom of my heart, thank you."
Proceeds from the evening went to Michael Jackson's
Heal The Kids Initiative, including money from an auction
held at the beginning of the show where special Michael
Jackson items were sold to the highest bidders, including
a black hat, a birthday phone-call and Michael's jacket
worn at the World Music Awards in May 2000.
March 08, 2001:
Tonight, at 8 pm, Michael Jackson was planning on attending
"Madame Melville", a theatre play with actor Macaulay
Culkin. However, due to sudden shooting pains in his
broken foot, he had to cancel his evening out. Earlier
today, Michael Jackson had expressed his deep thanks
to his fans for their amazing support in London.
March 09, 2001:
Friday morning, Michael Jackson left London. He
didn't fly back to Los Angeles right away as planned.
He has now decided to stay in Europe for an undetermined
period of time before going back to the USA where he
will resume work on his new album.
Exclusive pictures of Michael in London coming soon
02, 2001: Michael To Arrive In London Soon !!
Jackson will arrive at the Lanesborough Hotel in the center of London tomorrow, March 03, 2001. According to MJNI Michael Jackson's travelling plans [arrival] have
changed - please visit MJNI for further details.
4 days left until Michael addresses the Oxford Union! 5 days until MJ Day! You can visit The Oxford Union website at: http://www.oxford-union.org