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June 2000 News Archive

June 30, 2000:

New Release Date?
Accordin to PlanetJackson the "late 2000" release date has been cancelled....
Read more about it in the Album News Section
News by: Skywriter
Source: PlanetJackson

June 25, 2000:

Jackson in Semi-Finals for Hall-Of-Fame Induction
The nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has revealed 31 semi-finalists for the class of 2001. Also on the list is Michael Jackson, who has already been inducted in th Hall Of Fame as a member of the Jackson 5. The committee will now consider this list in making its final group of nominees, which will be submitted to the larger voting body to choose the performers who will actually be inducted into the Hall of Fame early next year.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, established in 1983, honors those who have had major influence on Rock and Roll. Performers become eligible for a nomination 25 years after the release of their first record

The entire list (with the number of times they've previously been up for consideration in parentheses):
AC/DC, Aerosmith (1), Black Sabbath (3), Jackson Browne, Solomon Burke (8), Chicago, Dick Dale , Miles Davis, the Dells , the Flamingos (4), Michael Jackson , Carole King, Kraftwerk , Brenda Lee (1), Lynyrd Skynyrd (1), MC5, Willie Nelson, the New York Dolls , the O'Jays (1), Gram Parsons, Gene Pitney (6), Queen (1), Lou Reed (1), Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, the Stooges (2), Donna Summer, Ritchie Valens (2), and Tom Waits.
News by: Skywriter
Source: Launch.com

June 23, 2000:

Promoter Sues Michael Jackson for $20 Million
Michael Jackson has been sued for over $20 million by his Germany-based concert promoter who accused the American pop megastar of pulling out of two concerts scheduled to mark the new millennium. Lawyers for Marcel Avram filed a suit in the California Superior Court in Los Angeles Friday seeking damages of $21.2 million plus interest, Avram's company Mama Concerts & Rau said in a statement issued in Munich, Germany. The statement said Jackson had pulled out of a four-concert deal signed in early 1999 without fulfilling his contractual commitment to perform two New Year's Eve shows in Sydney and, on the other side of the international dateline, in Honolulu. It added that Avram, who made an up-front payment to Jackson of $1 million, had tried for six months to reach an amicable settlement even though the singer's contract had no get-out clause. Avram estimates production and other costs at $11.2 million and lost profits and income from broadcasting rights at a further $10 million. ``There is nothing else we can do but to remind Michael Jackson of his responsibilities as an artist and businessman. Saying 'I love you' is not enough,'' said Avram, who has been Jackson's concert promoter since 1972. Avram last hit the headlines in December 1997 when he was jailed for three and a half years in Germany on 12 counts of tax evasion totaling around five million marks ($2.4 million).
Only Two Shows Performed
Jackson only performed in two of the shows foreseen in a five-page agreement reached with Avram in January 1999 under which the reclusive former child star was supposed to earn $15 million. He performed in Seoul on June 25 of last year in a benefit concert headlined ``Michael Jackson & Friends'' which featured a duet performance with soul diva Mariah Carey, and played Munich, Germany, two days later. But, even though other stars like former Beatle Ringo Starr agreed to lower their fees, proceeds for charities such as the Red Cross, Unicef and a children's fund set up by former South African President Nelson Mandela were small. ``Michael Jackson exceeded the cost of all other performers by at least 10 times,'' Avram's lawsuit was quoted by Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper as saying. ``The profits foreseen from the benefit concerts shrank more and more under Michael Jackson's bombastic spending,'' the newspaper quoted the writ as saying. Avram took over the costs arising from the Seoul and Munich shows and transferred money to the aid organizations in the hope of earning it back at the two millennium concerts. But Jackson pulled out of the New Year shows in October, citing recording commitments. ``Eight months of work had been in vain,'' Avram told the paper. ``We had booked everything -- stadiums, hotels, flights. And there was no way we could cancel at the start of the new millennium.''
News by: Skywriter
Source: AP; Reuters

June 6, 2000:

Michael on new 3T album
The music group 3T's new album 'Deja Vu' is scheduled for a July 18, 2000 U.S. release according to Billboard. In an online chat they said that at least one song will feature a duet with Michael.
News by: Skywriter
Source: MJIFC, Billboard

June 4, 2000:

Dangerous certified 7x Platinum by RIAA
Michael Jackson's 1991 Dangerous album has been certified 7x Platinum on May 31, 2000 by the RIAA. This means the album sold 7 million units in the US alone.
News by: Skywriter
Source: RIAA

June 2, 2000:

Jackson invests in internet-company
According to a company press release, Michael Jackson has become a strategic partner of HollywoodTicket.com, Inc., through an investment by his company Jackson International, LLC. HollywoodTicket.com, to be fully launched in Summer 2000, is an interactive entertainment, promotional and marketing web site that will cover television, Internet, music, sports, merchandise, books, and movies. Jackson will play a major role in securing participation by important people from show business. About the company, Jackson says, "Through HollywoodTicket.com, talent professionals have a business and artistic opportunity to get involved on a much more active level in the creation and distribution of innovative entertainment for our fans. The Internet allows us to bring fans together with top talent in creative new forms of entertainment that provide fun, adventure and meaningful interactive experiences for everyone." Note: Jackson International, LLC is owned by Michael Jackson and focuses on investments, strategic partnerships and other business ventures in the global media, entertainment and leisure industries.
News by: Skywriter
Source: MJIFC, PlanetJackson, HollywoodTicket.com, Inc.

 

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