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March 31, 2000:

Michael Jackson Among Invited Performers at New York Music Show
From company press release: Michael Jackson is among superstar acts that have been invited to take part in a special concert and television show "From Spirituals to Hip Hop", to be held on June 8, 2000 at the Apollo Theater, located in New York City's neighborhood of Harlem. Other invited acts include TLC, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Macy Gray, Lauryn Hill, and Aretha Franklin. The show promises to be the most significant music entertainment event ever staged in Harlem. Marketing Director Ricky Day says, "Harlem USA will play host to a first class event with artists representing all genres of music appearing on stage at the Apollo. We will include artists from rap to jazz; from gospel to hip-hop and are trying to include as many Harlem legends as possible.'' The proceeds of the concert will benefit two charities: Harlem Center for Education Inc and Harlem Educational Activities Fund Inc. The show is part of a weekend of celebrations that will mark the official opening of Harlem USA, a $66 million retail and entertainment complex. The 285,000 square foot complex is located in Harlem, on 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. To coincide with the event, a Harlem ``Walk of Fame'' on 125th Street will be launched. Every year, a number of new artists will be inducted into the Walk of Fame. Store customers will choose the inductees, and recipients will receive a plaque within the sidewalk on 125th Street. [source: Harlem USA Press Release] Michael Jackson last performed at the Apollo Theater in 1967, when the Jackson 5 competed there in a talent show contest, winning first place.
News by: Skywriter
Source: MJIFC

March 27, 2000:

Seeing Voices", New Song Recorded By Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson recently recorded a song for Sony called "Seeing Voices". The song is about "signing", the communication language of the deaf. It features Sidney Fine's music and lyrics, and Ray Charles' choir. Sidney Fine recently celebrated his 95th birthday. Among other songs, he also wrote "Lady" for the Disney movie "The Lady is a Tramp" in 1954, along with Ed Penner and Oliver Wallace. Ray Charles and Jackson previously collaborated on "We Are The World."
News by: Skywriter
Source: Playback, MJIFC

March 14, 2000:

Negotiations have been frozen
Pop star Michael Jackson has canceled a visit to Warsaw after talks on building an amusement park in the Polish capital broke down, the city mayor's office says today. Jackson's representatives and the mayor say in a statement that the March 14-15 visit was called off after discussions with a private investor stalled. After his first visit to Warsaw in 1996, Jackson declared an interest in building a family recreation park in the city and signed a letter of intent for a $500 million project. The project was held up by difficulties in finding an appropriate site. The statement says that Jackson still hopes to go ahead with the theme park plan in the future
News by: Skywriter
Source: reuters

March 13, 2000:

Poland Trip Cancelled
Michael Jackson has cancelled his visit to Poland. More infos as soon as available...
News by: Skywriter
Source: various sources

March 10, 2000:

Michael Jackson's Europe Trip
Polish officials announced that Michael Jackson and President Pawel Piskorski will be attending a press conference during his Poland-Visit in Warsaw on Wednesday March 15th. Michael Jackson is currently enjoying a few days' rest in a European city before leaving to Poland next week.
News by: Skywriter
Source: PlanetJackson

March 7, 2000:

Jackson in Warsaw
Michael Jackson is to visit Warsaw/Poland next week. City officials and Jackson's U.S. press office confirmed the March 14, 2000 visit. The office of Warsaw's major released a statement according to which Jackson was coming at its invitation. The entertainer is expected to stay until March 16, 2000. In 1997 Michael Jackson had signed a letter of intent with the city for a project to build a family recreation park. The project then stalled because the city was unable to go ahead with the originally planned location by the Wisla river because of protests by local residents and some government departments. The project is now planned for another part of the city and Jackson is expected to discuss further details with local officials.
News by: Skywriter
Source: Reuters / PAP (Polish Press Agency)

March 1, 2000:

New Album Planning
According to PlanetJackson, Sony Music International executives just had an important meeting where the release date of Michael Jackson's new album was discussed and four new songs premiered. As of now, a new schedule is on. The new album is now expected to be released by September 2000. Read more in the New Album Section
News by: Skywriter
Source: PlanetJackson


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