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Michael Jackson News September 2001

Sept. 30, 2001: More Video Clips Added To Official Site

The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

In anticipation of the forthcoming DVD release of "HIStory - Video Greatest Hits", a special selection of Michael Jackson short-films, including the rare long versions of "Bad" and "The Way You Make Me Feel" are now available at http://www.michaeljackson.com.

Also available there is Michael Jackson's "Your Rock My World" short-film.

For non-American fans, this is your chance to discover Michael's new edit of the long version. It contains new footage, dialogues and sound effects that were not in the previously released international version.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Sept. 29, 2001: "You Rock My World" Clip At Official Site

The Michael Jackson "You Rock My World" short film is up now - full-length, online and on demand at:


Click over and check it out!

[source: michaeljackson.com

Sept. 26, 2001: New Short Version Of "You Rock My World" Video
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Michael Jackson is currently working with director Paul Hunter on a new edit of the short version of the "You Rock My World" video.

The new short version will be slightly longer than the first one and is expected to be released worldwide very shortly.

Michael Jackson the perfectionist was not entirely satisfied with the first edit of the short version.

[source: Planet Jackson

Sept. 26, 2001: "Invincible" Vinyl LP To Include Bonus Track
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

The vinyl album version of "Invincible" may include a bonus track not available on the CD.

A special tracklisting for the vinyl pressing is currently being considered. "Invincible" will be released as a double-12" vinyl album in America and other countries.

Here is the tentative tracklisting:

Disc 1 - Side A
3- INVINCIBLE [4:45]
4- BREAK OF DAWN [5:32]

Disc 1 - Side B
4- SPEECHLESS [3:18]

Disc 2 - Side A
1- 2000 WATTS [4:24]
2- SHOUT [4:17]
3- DON'T WALK AWAY [4:25]
4- PRIVACY [5:05]

Disc 2 - Side B
1- CRY [5:01]
4- THREATENED [4:19]

Note: "You Are My Life" would be replaced with "Shout".

[source: Planet Jackson

Sept. 26, 2001: "You Rock My World" Video Clip Premiered In U.S.
The Michael Jackson short film "You Rock My World" starring Marlon Brando, Chris Tucker, Michael Madsen and Michael Jackson premiered as follows on Wednesday 9/26:

* Short version premieres on TRL between 4:30pm & 5:00pm.
* Long version premieres at 8:00pm.
* Regular rotation starts 10/1.

* Long version premieres at 5:00pm, repeating at 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, & 11:30pm.
* Regular rotation starts 10/1.

* Long version premieres on "106th & Park" between 7:00pm & 7:30pm.
* Short version will play every hour on the hour on 9/28.
* Regular Rotation starts 10/1.

Much Music USA
* Long version premieres 9/26 at 9:00pm.
* Regular rotation starts 9/27.

Vote for Michael at
MTV.com and make him number one at "TRL"!!!


Sept. 25, 2001: U.S. "You Rock My World" Video Clip Premiere
The following has been taken from MJNI:

U.S. fans will get the chance to see Michael's new video, "You Rock My World", when it premieres on MTV's "Total Request Live" on 26th September. The show airs at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Following the videos debut, fans need to surf over to MTV.com and click on the "TRL" link to begin voting for Michael. Let's make him number one!

[source: MJNI
Sept. 25, 2001: "Invincible" - Limited Editions
[Picture courtesy of Planet Jackson]:

On October 29th, as "Invincible" is released internationally, four limited editions of the new album will be available to collectors around the world. Each limited edition will feature a different cover artwork, pictured above.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Sept. 24, 2001: Anti-PC Technology Being Used To Guard Against Pirates
The following has been taken from Dotmusic [Sept. 24, 2001]:

Michael Jackson has employed brand new technology in an effort to protect his latest single, "You Rock My World" from internet piracy.

Jackson's record label, Sony Music is reportedly printing promo copies of the single with anti-PC technology that will only allow the CD to play on conventional players.

It is hoped that this system will lead to a massive decrease in "file-swapping", a practice to which Jackson's single has already fallen victim.

A spokeswoman for Jackson said today: "Following the appearance of the song on the internet, promotional copies of Michael Jackson's eagerly awaited single 'You Rock My World', that were sent to radio stations last month, were copyprotected using the key2audio technology - one of several being trialled at the moment.

"There are no plans currently to use similar technology on commercial releases of this record. As responsible copyright holders, Sony Music Entertainment has long been a proponent of protecting its artists and copyrights from piracy.

"We continue to test available copyprotection technologies, and our goal is to implement copyprotection on a broader basis to deter digital piracy."

Unauthorised radio play of "You Rock My World" led to several websites offering the track as a download last month. The official release date is October 7.

[source: Dotmusic

Sept. 24, 2001: "Invincible" - Updated Tracklisting !!!
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

Michael Jackson has made a final last-minute change to the content of his forthcoming "Invincible" album.

The King of Pop has decided to replace the song “Shout” with a new track titled “You Are My Life", produced by Michael Jackson and Babyface.

Here is the complete tracklisting of the "Invincible" album, including timings. All tracks in final order.

[Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith, Christopher Wallace]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins Featuring special rap by The Notorious B.I.G.

[Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Mischke, Norman Gregg]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins Featuring rap by FATS

3- INVINCIBLE [4:45]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Norman Gregg]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins

4- BREAK OF DAWN [5:32]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Dr. Freeze]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Dr. Freeze

[Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Andreao Heard, Nate Smith, Teron Beal, E. Laues, K. Quiller]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

[Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins Intro by Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker

[Written by Michael Jackson, Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Andre Harris

8- SPEECHLESS [3:18]
[Written by Michael Jackson]
Produced by Michael Jackson

9- 2000 WATTS [4:24]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Tyrese Gibson, J. Henson]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

10- YOU ARE MY LIFE [4:39]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Babyface, Carole Bayer Sager, John McClain]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Babyface

11- DON'T WALK AWAY [4:25]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Richard Carlton Stites, Reed Vertelney]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

12- PRIVACY [5:05]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Bernard Bell]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins

13- CRY [5:01]
[Written by R. Kelly]
Produced by Michael Jackson & R. Kelly

[Written by Michael Jackson]
Produced by Michael Jackson Contains audio snippets from the Twilight Zone

[Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Gil Cang, J. Quay, Geoffrey Williams]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley Featuring guitar solo by Santana

16- THREATENED [4:19]
[Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Robert Smith]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins Contains audio snippets of Rod Serling

Some info on the now replaced song SHOUT:
[Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Claude "Quo" Forbes, Samuel "Cyph" Hoskins, Carmen Lampson, Roy Hamilton]
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

[source: Planet Jackson

Sept. 24, 2001: "Cry" Limited Release
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson:

There are currently no plans to release “Cry” as a single internationally. The song has only been delivered to radio stations in America at Michael Jackson’s request as a tribute to the victims of the recent tragedy.

Although there are currently no plans to widely release the single commercially, a special 7-inch vinyl single of “Cry” will be issued on October 2nd in the USA. This rare edition will be a double-sided pressing with the album version on both sides. It will be released to selected record stores and juke-box owners.

[source: Planet Jackson

Sept. 23, 2001: You Rock My World - Short Film

On Friday, September 21, 2001 Michael Jackson's new, fantastic short film premiered throughout the world [with the exception of the USA].

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.

Michael's make-up was created by Karen Faye. Stylist was Michael Kaplan.


Sept. 23, 2001: New Song "Cry" Available To Download
MichaelJackson.com Exclusive!

Listen to "Cry" from Michael's forthcoming Invincible album:

[source: michaeljackson.com

Sept. 20, 2001: You Rock My World Video Clip Premiere Tomorrow !!!
The long version of the short-film will premiere internationally on September 21st!!!!

Originally planned for September 20th on CBS, the American premiere of the "You Rock My World" video has been postponed to an undetermined date.

The CBS network has decided to reschedule the new Michael Jackson short-film following last week's tragic events. Therefore, the video won't be seen in the USA until probably the end of September. And it is still scheduled to premiere on CBS.

[source: Planet Jackson

Sept. 20, 2001: Re-Issues - Brandnew Artworks Etc.
[Picture courtesy of Planet Jackson]:

On October 15th, Sony Music will release the expanded versions of "Off The Wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous". [American release date is October 16th].

Each CD will be inserted in a cardboard wallet sleeve featuring a new artwork [pictured above]. The four expanded versions of Michael Jackson's classic albums will include a new booklet with additional pictures.

[source: Planet Jackson]

Sept. 20, 2001: Michael's Statement On Terrorist Attacks In USA
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."

Rolling Stone magazine]

Sept. 20, 2001: Charity Single - What More Can I Give
The following has been taken from Dotmusic [Sept. 17, 2001] & Planet Jackson [Sept. 17, 2001]:

Some of America's biggest popstars, led by Michael Jackson, are to record a single to raise money for the victims families and survivors of last week's terrorist attacks in New York.

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.

In a statement Jackson revealed the track, believed to be called "What More Can I Give", is expected to net in excess of £ 30 million.

"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 was heavily involved in the American version of Band Aid, "We Are The World" that he co-wrote and performed. In total the allstar effort resulted in £ 40m being donated to the African famine relief fund.

All proceeds from the song will go to a relief fund for the families of the victims and the survivors.

Michael Jackson wrote and composed "What More Can I Give" in early 1999 but never released it. The song was inspired by Nelson Mandela. On March 1999, as he was preparing "Michael Jackson & Friends", his charity concerts in Munich and Seoul, Michael Jackson released a statement to the press in which he refered to his creating "What More Can I Give".

He said, "In an earlier conversation I had this year with President Mandela, we discussed the concept of giving and the words "What More Can I Give" kept coming into my mind. That will be a song of mine and a theme for my [forthcoming] shows. We all have to give and we all have to do what we can to help end the needless suffering in the world".

Michael Jackson also plans on recording a Spanish version of "What More Can I Give" to be released simultaneously as the original English version. There are currently no plans to include "What More Can I Give" to the "Invincible" album.

[source: Dotmusic
& Planet Jackson]

Sept. 20, 2001: You Rock My World - No. 10 On Billboard Chart
Currently, "You Rock My World" is one of the top ten most played songs in the US and sits at # 10 on this week's Billboard chart, a huge accomplishment for a single that is not available commercially and is based on airplay points alone.

[source: MJNI

Sept. 20, 2001: Jackson Tribute Goes Off The Wall !!!

Michael Jackson played two amazing shows at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 7th and 10th.

Read what New York Daily News' Sept. 8th edition had to say about the first show [Sept. 7th]:

His U.S. concert return packs Garden
[By Isaac Guzman and Leo Standora]

Michael 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 years.

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' world.

When Jackson donned his trademark sequined jacket, single sequined glove and black fedora, then launched into an electric version of "Billie Jean", the crowd went ballistic.

"He's still to it", announced one fan, as Jackson danced up a storm with his moonwalk, pop and lock, the robot and a series of eye-popping spins.

The 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.

The 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.

One of the weirdest moments of the night came when Marlon Brando appeared on stage in a large club chair and launched into a rambling, barely audible pitch for donations to Jackson's charity for children. The audience responded with both applause and boos.

Boy 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 Gladys Knight.

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 performance was the first of two at the Garden before the release of Jackson's long-anticipated "Invincible"album, due in stores Oct. 30.

Monday's performance will be taped for broadcast on CBS TV in November.

[source: New York Daily News newspaper]

Sept. 20, 2001: MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - Cameo

Thursday, September 6, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York where the MTV Video 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.

[source: Planet Jackson
Sept. 03, 2001: More Details On Album Cover
The following has been taken from Planet Jackson [September 02, 2001]:

This cover will be printed with silver ink. All gray parts of the artwork [see picture below] will be silver.

Four limited editions of the "Invincible" CD will be available to the public on the day of release.

Each one will feature a different cover with a new color. Instead of silver, the limited editions will be printed in red, orange, green and blue.

[source: Planet Jackson

Sept. 02, 2001: "Invincible" Album Cover !!!

According to Sony Music Russia, this is the official album cover for Michael Jackson's "Invincible". Click on the thumbnail on the left to enlarge.

Picture courtesy of Sony Music Russia.

[source:Sony Music Russia]

Sept. 01, 2001: Rodney Jerkins Talks About "Invincible"
USA Today [By Steve Jones] - Friday, August 31, 2001:

Jackson is going retro for "Invincible"

Michael Jackson's new album, Invincible, is due in stores Oct. 30. Producer Rodney Jerkins says Michael Jackson's new album, Invincible, due Oct. 30, will remind people of what made Michael Jackson Michael Jackson in the first place.

Jerkins, who oversaw seven of the album's 15 tracks, says it will compare favorably with classics "Off the Wall" and "Thriller".

"My feeling is that his last couple of albums got away from his roots of melody and rhythm," Jerkins says. "So I felt it was my job to get that back."

Jerkins co-wrote and co-produced first single "You Rock My World", which he says has "great rhythm and mixes a little bit of the old influences with some of the new."

While Jerkins couldn't describe the entire album, he previewed the other six tracks he did:

- "Invincible" is a "real street-oriented groove with some incredible vocals."

- On the "hypnotic" "Unbreakable", Michael proclaims that nothing can stop him.

- "Heartbreaker" finds the singer dealing with a girl who plays with his emotions.

- "Break of Dawn" is a pretty, midtempo love ballad.

- "Privacy" is a rock-driven track featuring a string arrangement by Beck's father, David Campbell.

- Of "Threatens", Jerkins will only say, "It's really going to shock people."

[source: USA Today

Sept. 01, 2001: Celebrities To Attend MSG Celebration Concerts
NEW YORK - PR Newswire - [Friday, August 31, 2001]:

Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Alicia Keys, Eminem, Cliff Robertson, William Shatner, Naomi Campbell, Natasha Richardson, Macaulay Culkin, Billy Davis, Jr. & Marilyn McCoo, Dr. Dre, Master P, Ben Gazarra, Mark Hamill, David Hasselhoff, Magic Johnson, Lamont

To Attend
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years
at Madison Square Garden

"Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Alicia Keys, Eminem, Cliff Robertson, William Shatner, Naomi Campbell, Natasha Richardson, Macaulay Culkin, Billy Davis, Jr. & Marilyn McCoo, Dr. Dre, Master P, Ben Gazarra, Mark Hamill, David Hasselhoff, Magic Johnson, Lamont Dozier, Mark Lester, Franco Nero, Fayard Nicholas of The Nicholas Brothers, Freda Payne, Jimmy Ruffin, Paul Shaffer, Snoop Dogg, Edwin Starr, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Montel Williams, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Bryton McClure, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Jerry Butler, Erika Slezak, Roberta Flack, Penny Marshall, Sally Jesse Rafael, Reggie Miller, Gloria Lynne, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole and The Cast Of Everybody Loves Raymond: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Phil Rosenthal, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts will join the illustrious line-up of stars attending the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop,' MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS on Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 at Madison Square Garden," announced producer David Gest [pronounced guest].

According to Gest, "Michael is delighted all these great stars will take part in his thirtieth anniversary festivities. He has admired each of their careers and is thrilled by the support he is receiving from so many artists in the entertainment industry."

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; Aaron Carter; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; 'N Sync; 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).

A limited number of production holds will be released today through Ticketmaster at [212] 307-7171.

[source: David Gest, PR Newswire





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