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tulip49
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posted June 15, 2001 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tulip49   Click Here to Email tulip49     Edit/Delete Message
I'm a child of the 80s and I must say Jacko was a God to me then. I just read a story and I'm putting the link to it here about a new album that everyone at his record company is very excited about. Does anyone think he can really make a legitimate comeback after all this time away? I listen before I say anything...
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,27356,00.html

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posted June 17, 2001 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
I know it's been like 5 years since his last album... but I'd be willing to wait until 5 years after my death before I hear the next Michael Jackson album.

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posted June 20, 2001 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" suit, which went up for sale last week, failed to meet its reserved bid during an auction on HobbyRat.com. Jackson wore the white suit on the cover of his 26-times platinum 1982 album "Thriller," and photographer Richard Zimmerman has kept the suit in a glass display case since the famous cover was shot. Bidding on the item failed to reach $25,000 by the time the auction ended Thursday. It is not known if Zimmerman will offer the suit for sale again.

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posted June 25, 2001 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
The star-studded Michael Jackson concert originally set for Sept. 7 in New York will be broadcast this fall as a two-hour special on CBS. The event, celebrating Jackson's 30th anniversary as a solo artist, may encompass multiple nights at the venue, according to sources. As previously reported, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and 'N Sync are among the artists expected to participate. The festivities will come a few weeks before the tentative Sept. 25 release date for Jackson's "Invincible," his first album of new studio material for Epic since 1995's "HIStory." Jackson previewed many tracks from the single disc for key worldwide Sony executives June 12 in New York, sources say. Louis Levin, who is rumored to be negotiating to become Jackson's new manager, could not be reached for comment.

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posted July 02, 2001 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Michael Jackson is expected to help in the search for Sabrina Aisenberg, who vanished from her crib as an infant nearly four years ago. It seems a plea for help from parents Steve and Marlene Aisenberg has caught the attention of the international pop icon. Jackson's new album will include a song about missing children and is expected to have a picture of Sabrina on the inside cover, the couple told WTVT-TV Wednesday. The Aisenbergs say someone snatched their 5-month-old daughter while they slept in their suburban Tampa home in November 1997. They believe she is alive somewhere, being raised by surrogate parents. They have never given up hope of finding her and repeatedly have appealed to the public for help. Police say over the years they exhausted hundreds of leads and found no trace of the chubby-faced child, who would be 4 years old now. They believe she is dead and her parents know what happened to her. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children says Jackson picked Sabrina and several other missing children to feature on the album.

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posted July 13, 2001 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
This whole concert that he is throwing for himself is getting ridiculous...
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Tickets to the highly publicized Michael Jackson 30th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in Sept. will likely be tough to come by, but it's the party after the show that will most definitely require a platinum credit card. New York's Daily News reports that producer David Gest, acting on Jackson's behalf, sent out invitations to a select group of high rollers, offering guests an "unforgettable salute" in "one city," on "one stage," featuring "one man." A pricey package for $50,000 includes 10 seats to one concert and admission to the special Sept. 7 post-concert Champagne And Caviar All-Star Dinner And Carnival at New York's famed Tavern On The Green, where the buyer will have access to Jackson and receive a signed poster. Another slightly more economical package runs for $30,000, giving the buyer 10 tickets, the party and the poster, but no meeting with Jackson. For those on a tight budget, $15,000 buys dinner and the show.
Often when a famous person asks for such sums of money for an event, it's usually for the benefit of a charity. None of the invitations mentioned who will benefit from Jackson's hefty charges, and a publicist for the event said the invitations were printed and sent out before a charity could be locked in. Artists slated to perform in the shows include Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Britney Spears, Gladys Knight, *NSYNC, Missy Elliot, Billy Gilman, Mary J. Blige, the Jacksons and more. Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and other stars of stage and screen will also participate in the events. Tickets to the concerts go on sale July 26, with prices ranging from $45 to $500. The entire event will be filmed for a prime-time special that will air on CBS in the U.S. and various outlets worldwide.

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posted July 20, 2001 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kc   Click Here to Email kc     Edit/Delete Message
How does he do it? I need his publicist. The last time he was really REALLY popular was 18 years ago. Britney Spears was 1 in 1983. he's been popular since then but not like the Thriller years. After being such a freak, how does he get so many people to care about his anniversary concert?

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posted July 24, 2001 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
The creepy name on that list is Billy Gilman. If I were that 10 year old kid's parents I would keep him far away from the King of Pop...
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Tickets for Michael Jackson's two tribute shows at New York's Madison Square Garden will be priced far above the range most fans are accustomed to, with the best seats in the house carrying a $2,500 price tag. Set for Sept. 7 and Sept. 10, "An All Star Salute To Michael Jackson - The King of Pop" will feature the artist and a wide array of acts at each of the shows celebrating his 30-year career. The lineup for the Sept. 7 show will feature Ray Charles, Gloria Estefan, Billy Gilman, Whitney Houston, James Ingram, Quincy Jones and the Legends of Jazz, 'N Sync, Jill Scott, Shaggy, Britney Spears, Tamia and 3T. The Sept. 10 tribute will include performances by Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Gloria Gaynor, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Lil Romeo, Ricky Martin, 98 Degrees, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick. Marc Anthony, Deborah Cox, Mya and Usher are slated to perform both nights, as is Jackson, solo and with his brothers in the Jacksons - Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Randy. The extravaganza will be taped for later broadcast on CBS.

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posted October 19, 2001 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
The reviews of the new album or horrible. It looks like MJ has struck out.

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posted November 13, 2001 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FilmGuru     Edit/Delete Message
I just watched his special on CBS and may I just say: MICHAEL JACKSON IS A FREAK!

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posted November 28, 2001 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Invincible is at No. 12 after four weeks, with a total of around 934,000 copies sold.

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posted January 12, 2002 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jollyjoe   Click Here to Email jollyjoe     Edit/Delete Message
Has he really had plastic surgery? He says he hasn't. Why wouldn't I believe the King of Pop?

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posted February 20, 2002 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
I feel real sorry for wacko Jacko.
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Jacko's Invincible Off the Charts

In modern lingo, if something is "off the charts" that usually means it's huge, big stuff, so good you can't measure it.

Unfortunately for Michael Jackson, in his case "off the charts" means precisely and exactly that. If the numbers hold up, his album Invincible has fallen out of the top 50 after less than 5 months. Last week, Invincible was No. 35.

Jackson's problems are only now beginning to manifest themselves. Financially, he is in hot water without much to fall back on. Sony commercially released only one single from Invincible "Rock My World" and has hesitated to put out another one. For several weeks they attempted to get "Butterflies" on the radio, had some success, then scheduled the single. But at the end of January the company changed its mind. Another single, "Unbreakable," is headed for European, but not American release.

This means that a record that cost $30 million, made by a singer with a $200 million loan, has no current single on the radio.

Additionally, as I reported last week, Jackson has never fulfilled his promise of releasing his charity single, "What More Can I Give?"

What will happen next? My sources say that the $200 million loan situation is going to fester. Sony Music can call the note on the loan at any time. And their fiscal year ends March 31, which is coming soon. If Jackson can't come up with the funds to pay them back, he will likely lose his rights to the Beatles song catalogue.

And that may not be all. The current climate in the recording business is so bad that Jackson could find himself, like Mariah Carey, shopping for a new home. Invincible may be double platinum, but that doesn't account for the massive returns, which Sony will likely incur soon. When those numbers are in, Neverland's Al the Chimp may have to start swinging from a new vine.

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posted March 04, 2002 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
From Fox News. I have a feeling even a corporation like Sony owning the Beatles catalog will be better than a cash strapped Michael Jackson who selling the songs to anyone with a checkbook.
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The clock is ticking quickly now on the sale of the Beatles' songs to Sony Music.

I am told that Sony Music Publishing's President Richard Rowe is now in constant contact with Michael Jackson and his representatives. The reason? It's time for Jackson to relinquish his half of the Beatles' song catalog to Sony. (Jackson bought the catalog in 1985 from Sir Lew Grade's estate for $47.5 million. He sold half of it to Sony in 1991 for a reported $100 million.)

A nevertheless cash-strapped Jackson, as noted here and in other places for the last couple of years, borrowed $200 million from lenders in the mid-90s and used Sony as the note holder. Jackson with debts incurred from out-of-court legal settlements and high personal expenses needed the big bucks. Sony was more than willing to accommodate him.

Jackson's only collateral for such a loan was his 50 percent ownership in the Beatles' meaning John Lennon and Paul McCartney's nearly invaluable collection of hit songs. The catalog is valued at between $400 and $600 million and is the richest song catalog of any kind. "Yesterday" ranks as one of the most-played songs live and on the radio some 35 years after it was first released.

How rich and pervasive is the Beatles' inventory? "Let It Be," "Michelle," "Hey Jude," "And I Love Her," and "Penny Lane" all rank on the top of BMI's lists of three million or more all-time airplays. An astounding 14 more Lennon-McCartney compositions have 2 million airplays. An additional 20 or so Beatle tunes rank as BMI's "million-airs."

That comes to a total of 40 songs, or roughly a quarter of the total catalog.

Jackson had counted on sales of his Invincible album to bail him out of his debts. But Invincible now in the bottom half of the record charts has been a bust in the U.S. with far fewer than 2 million copies sold.

"Sony will either make him a cash offer for the catalog or just call the note," says a source familiar with the situation. "But it's going to happen. Richard Rowe is on the phone with them all the time."

Sony's fiscal year ends March 31, which is impetus for Rowe to work out the deal quickly. Sony Corp.'s stock price is just about half of what it was last May. The addition of such a rich asset as the Beatles would do a lot to as McCartney once wrote take a sad song and make it better.

Why, you might ask, doesn't much-publicized Beatle billionaire Paul McCartney step in and buy the songs? He's made two attempts in the last 20 years, but in each instance he and Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, were unable to come to any agreement about partnership. McCartney thinks that "Yesterday," for example, should carry only his name since he wrote it himself without Lennon. Ono has insisted that the songwriting duo's original agreement that their names appear on all their songs together regardless of authorship continue in place.

Regardless of who owns the catalog, by the way, the publisher still has to split the profits with the songwriters. So McCartney and Lennon's estate will still realize huge amounts of money once Sony takes over. Indeed, Lennon's estate, courtesy of copyright laws, will get an even higher portion than McCartney.

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posted April 19, 2002 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Lots of "Jacko" news today. He put up a watch as collateral to borrow money from a bank.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,50695,00.html

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