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December 23, 2000:

HIStory & Thriller re-release
PlanetJackson reports that Sony Music has rescheduled the release of two new records.
  • On February 13th 2001, "HIStory - Greatest Hits - Volume I" will be released in the USA. The record will be released in Europe on February 12th. "HIStory - Greatest Hits - Volume I" is a 1-CD compilation of previously released Michael Jackson hit singles. Track-listing as follows: "Billie Jean," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Black Or White," "Rock With You," "She's Out Of My Life," "Bad," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Man In The Mirror," "Thriller," "Beat It," "The Girl Is Mine," "Remember The Time," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Heal The World."
    The repackaged compilation will be available as a single disc. The planned cover for the CD is a close-up picture of Michael's feet.

    Cover taken from PlanetJackson

  • On April 24th 2001, "Thriller" (expanded version with bonus) will be released in the USA. (Please note that release dates are subject to change.)

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: PlanetJackson

    December 23, 2000:

    European Release Date
    Sony Music has set a European release date for the new Michael Jackson album. The new recording is now scheduled for a release on March 26th 2001, the US release of the album has already been slated for March 27th.

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: PlanetJackson / MJIFC

    December 23, 2000:

    Michael Jackson Attends Charity Concert
    Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on Dec 11 evening during the finale of the “Miracle on 34th Street” charity concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. As the evening’s performers gathered on stage to perform the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body,” Michael Jackson came on stage to salute the audience. He then said the following words: “I have laryngitis so I can’t perform tonight. But I wanted to wish you Merry Christmas. I love you all.” Pointing at the performers, including Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, 98°, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony and Destiny’s Child, Michael said: “You all have been phenomenal.” Before leaving the stage, Michael told the audience: “The best is yet to come. Merry Christmas!”

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: PlanetJackson

    December 13, 2000:

    Michael into Hall Of Fame
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2001 have been officially announced today by Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, during a live news event at the VH1 studio. The 16th annual induction ceremony will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, USA on March 19, 2001 and will be aired exclusively on VH1 (March 21, 2001; 9 pm).

    2001 class of inductees: Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens, Chris Blackwell, James Burton, Johnnie Johnson

    In a press release the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame explains the reasons for Michael Jackson's induction as follows:
    "Michael Jackson, who by age five was the designated lead singer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees the Jackson 5, and only a few years later, launched a record breaking trend-setting solo career that included the world's biggest selling album, Thriller, which spent 37 weeks at #1 and sold more than 25-times platinum in the U.S. alone. There is no question that for the generation who came of age in the '80s, Michael epotimizes what rock is about."

    Michael Jackson has released a statement on being inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:
    "I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honor. I could not ask to be in better company than the list of fellow inductees. Each and every one is a master from whom I have learned. My sincere thanks to the rock and roll historians and experts who have chosen me."

    News by: MJIFC / RnR Hall Of Fame / Rubenstein Associates / european TV Stations
    Source: MrShowbiz

    December 8, 2000:

    Articel by MJ published an article which has been written and composed by Michael Jackson entitled "My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom." Click here to read it

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: PlanetJackson / MJIFC /

    December 8, 2000:

    Michael working on new book
    Since the birth of his first child, Michael Jackson has been working on a book project about parenthood. Today, the work is getting near completion. Michael has recently teamed up with friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to author the book. It will deal with "what parents can learn from children," says Michael. Simultaneously, Michael and Rabbi Boteach are also preparing the forthcoming operations of Time For Kids. This humanitarian initiative will stress the importance of children, family life and community, bringing together leaders in business, entertainment, government, science, literature and medicine in efforts to act on global and local child welfare issues.

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: PlanetJackson

    December 8, 2000:

    MJ performinc live at MSG?
    New York radio station WKTU announced that the King of Pop would join stars Destiny's Child, Ricky Martin, and Christina Aguilera for their "Miracle on 34th Street" charity concert, to be held at Madison Square Garden. The singer's representatives could not be reached for confirmation. Though tickets for the show, which also includes Toni Braxton, Marc Anthony, and Sisqo, have been sold out for months, the station is still giving away tickets to listeners and participants in online contests.

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: MrShowbiz

    December 4, 2000:

    New Album arrives in March
    According to PlanetJackson, last week, Michael Jackson and Sony Music have set a release date for the new Michael Jackson album. The new recording is now scheduled for a release on Tuesday March 27th 2001.This working release schedule is for the US market and is subject to modifications.
    The new album is to be released on a record six configurations: CD Album / Cassette Album / Mini Disc Album / Vinyl Album / CD Super Audio / DVD Audio Album

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: PlanetJackson

    December 1, 2000:

    Cancer Group Honors Michael Jackson
    On November 30, 2000, Michael Jackson, US president Bill Clinton and Jordan's Queen Noor were honored by the G&P Foundation for their work to fight cancer at a fundraiser dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, USA.
    Michael Jackson attended the event, wearing a peach colored shirt, a lilac vest and a yellow tie. He gave Bill Clinton a warm tribute:

    "You've been an incredible president and I love you."

    The event, which was attended by about 1,800 guests (including many Hollywood stars such as Robert DeNiro, Jayne Seymour, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn) and featured performances by Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Marc Anthony, raised US$4 million for the cancer foundation. It was hosted by CNN's Larry King.
    The G&P Foundation was co-founded in 1996 by songwriter Denise Rich and her son-in-law Philip Aouad in honor of Rich's daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who died at age 27 of leukemia. It's named for Gabrielle and her husband, Philip and funds research into prevention, treatment and quality of life issues concerning leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers.

    News by: Skywriter
    Source: MJIFC


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