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    10/08/2001 Access Hollywood Updates On Rehearsals

    Today, Access Hollywood showed footage of the Jackson brothers going into the hollywood studio yesterday to have their rehearsal for the tribute concerts. All the brothers, except Michael, were shown on camera, but they said Michael was there. He must have snuck in the back way. Jermaine Jackson gave a thumbs up sign as he was going in. Marlon spoke to Access Hollywood and said there was never any feuds going on between the brothers. I noticed that Access Hollywood is the only show that has updates on the tribute concerts.

    Source: EOnline


    10/08/2001 Original Jackson 5 to Reunite at Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years

    NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The original Jackson 5 will reunite with Jermaine to perform at the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop,' MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS at Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001," announced producer David Gest (pronounced guest). According to Gest, "Jermaine was always an integral part of the Jackson 5. I am delighted he has signed his contract and will be joining his brothers: Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Randy for these very special evenings. Personally, all the brothers and I have been friends since our early teens and it is very gratifying that a dream will become reality as we celebrate these events together. Michael is extremely happy that all his brothers, the original Jackson 5 and the original Jacksons, will be involved in these milestone events."

    The events 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, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Jermaine) 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; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; 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; *NSYNC; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher and many surprise guests.

    Monday, September 10, 2001 (alphabetically): Marc Anthony; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; 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).

    For further information contact: Susan Blond, Inc. at (212) 333-7728.

    Source: Susan Blond Inc


    30/07/2001 Jacksons Are Family

    The parents of Michael Jackson have released a statement insisting the family is united and stating that brother Jermaine will appear at the forthcoming 30th anniversary tribute concert.

    Joseph and Katherine Jackson have stepped in to quell reports of growing disquiet amongst the brothers, after it emerged earlier this month that the Jackson 5 reunion had been thrown into doubt.

    The parents, who played a famously influential role in launching their children into the pop limelight, have insisted the reunion will take place, despite confusion prompted by Jermaine's public protestations about charitable donations from the New York shows in September.

    The statement explains: "During the past few days we've read and heard reports of press statements and interviews by our sons Jermaine, Randy and Marlon. Unfortunately, these statements have cast a cloud over the anticipated celebrations.

    "We have spoken to Jermaine and know that his intentions were not to hurt anyone, especially Michael. Because the Jackson family have always been a family that sincerely cares about the plight of those throughout the world, Jermaine was confused as to why this event has not named a charity".

    The statement concludes: "For anyone to say that a reunion of the Jacksons is complete without Jermaine or any other member shows that person's ignorance toward family, especially the Jackson family."

    "This is a family that, despite what you've read and heard throughout the years, has stuck together. The great trials we've faced because of the family's success have at times been hard to deal with.

    "But we've stood behind one another time and again and will always be there for each other... We are proud of our children and will not stand idle while anyone attempts to separate them."

    Source: Dotmusic


    25/07/2001 Jackson Strife

    The ongoing saga surrounding the Jackson 5 reunion in September has taken a further twist, as the brothers continue to bicker over who will appear.

    The highly-anticipated performance, which is part of Michael Jackson's 'All Star Tribute to Michael Jackson - The King of Pop', had been thrown into doubt by Jermaine Jackson last week.

    A statement issued on behalf of him and brother Randy claimed neither would appear at the Madison Square Garden event, because of fears over ticket prices and a lack of charitable donations.

    However, Marlon Jackson has now issued a statement, insisting that Randy will definitely be performing. "Randy Jackson will reunite with the original Jacksons: Michael, Jackie, Marlon and Tito.

    "I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy. "The statement from Jermaine was totally false regarding Randy's non-participation in the show. Randy has never even seen the statement that Jermaine sent out. Randy will be a part of these evenings and the public will see the original Jacksons reunite."

    Meanwhile, Jermaine Jackson has now claimed that he never had any intention of dropping out, following claims from, David Gest, president of the concerts' organizers, World Events LLC. "David is painting me out to be a bad person who's twisted this whole thing up," Jermaine claimed. "I just want the show to be a special moment. It was my understanding that it was just going to be a reunion and that the profits would go to charity."

    Tickets to the tribute concerts on September 7 and 10 go on sale on July 31 at 10am. Other stars expected to appear include Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Whitney Houston, Shaggy, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige.

    Source: Dotmusic


    23/07/01 Jackson Family Feud May Be Brewing!

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It appears that a family feud may be brewing among pop superstar Michael Jackson and his five brothers over plans for what would be their first performance together since their 1984 ``Victory'' tour.

    A reunion of all six brothers had been billed as a highlight of two all-star concerts slated for September at New York City's Madison Square Garden to celebrate Michael Jackson's 30 years as a solo artist.

    But an open letter last week attributed to two of the brothers -- Jermaine and Randy -- raised objections to ''exorbitant ticket prices'' being charged for the shows and to plans for the Jacksons to share the stage with other performers during their reunion.

    In response, the producer of the shows, David Gest, issued a statement Friday excluding Jermaine Jackson from the talent lineup and leaving unclear the status of Randy, the only one of the brothers who was not a member of the original Jackson 5.

    On Monday, promoters issued another statement, this one attributed to Marlon Jackson, saying Randy would join him, Michael and two other founding members of the Jackson 5 -- Jackie and Tito -- for the reunion but that Jermaine would not appear.

    ``I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement, which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy,'' Marlon wrote. ``Randy has never seen the statement that Jermaine sent out .... We wish Jermaine all the best on his solo career.''

    A Jackson family spokesman, John McLaughlin, said on Friday that Jermaine and Randy ``were together'' in the memo circulated to the media. He said then that despite their misgivings about certain aspects of the show, both planned to participate.

    But a spokeswoman for the producers said Monday that Gest ''only wanted people (in the show) who are happy doing it'' and he ``interpreted'' Jermaine's remarks in the memo to mean that he ''did not want to participate in the event.'' Gest also was described as irked by the way in which Jermaine aired his complaints to the media instead of addressing them to organizers of the event.

    While the Jermaine-Randy memo last week insisted there was ''no rift between Michael and any of his family members,'' the statement from Marlon indicated that five of the brothers were closing ranks with Jermaine being left out.

    Marlon Jackson noted that it was Jermaine who split off from the group when the four other members of the original act -- Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael -- left Motown in 1975 and signed with Epic, adding Randy to the lineup and changing their name to the Jacksons. Motown retained rights to the name the Jackson 5.

    Jermaine, who was then married to Motown founder Berry Gordy's daughter, Hazel, initially stayed at Motown but rejoined his brothers at Epic in 1984 for the ``Victory'' tour and album.

    Source: Susan Blond Inc


    23/07/01 Randy Is In!

    [Press Release]

    Marlon Jackson Announces: The Original Jacksons to Reunite with Randy at ``Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years''

    NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--July 23, 2001--``Randy Jackson will reunite with the original Jacksons: Michael, Jackie, Marlon, and Tito,'' announced Marlon Jackson, an original member of the group.

    According to Marlon, ``I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy. The statement from Jermaine was totally false regarding Randy's non-participation in the show. Randy had never even seen the statement that Jermaine sent out. Randy will be a part of these evenings and the public will see the original Jacksons reunite. Randy is as excited as all my brothers about this reunion and we all look forward to singing with 'N Sync on Dancing Machine. We love 'N Sync and are so glad they are part of this tribute to Michael.''

    Marlon went on to state, ``When the Jackson 5 left Motown and changed names to the Jacksons, Jermaine was not a part of the group. He was not featured on any of our hits, including Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground), Heartbreak Hotel, Lovely One, Show You The Way To Go, and Blame It On The Boogie. We look forward to performing many of these songs as well as a number of the Jackson 5 classics at both the Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 shows.''

    Tickets to the public will go on sale Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 10:00A.M. through Ticketmaster for the Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 performances. Ticket prices begin at $45.00.

    For further information contact: Susan Blond, Inc. at (212)333-7728

    Source: Susan Blond Inc


    23/07/01 Jacksons Trade Statements About Michael's Tribute!

    Jackson family members and their publicists exchanged pointed statements regarding who will and who will not be performing at the Michael Jackson 30th anniversary celebration concerts on September 7 and 10. On Friday (July 20) morning, Jermaine Jackson and Randy Jackson sent out a letter detailing why they've opted out of the reunited Jacksons for the upcoming shows.

    The statement from Jermaine and Randy read, in part: "As of today, we have not formally signed a contract to participate in the concerts and dinner celebrations for a number of reasons. The exorbitant ticket prices being charged by promoters will prevent some of our most loyal and true fans from attending. Let it be known that despite the $1,200 fee we have each been offered to participate, Jermaine wishes to go on record stating that he'd do the shows absolutely free for the legion of Jackson fans who have patiently anticipated a reunion since the 1984 Victory tour."

    The statement concluded: "Performing together has been something that all the brothers and our parents have been looking forward to for 18 years. I do not think we should share this most precious and memorable moment with anyone. Despite the aforementioned problems we have with the events surrounding the show, the Jackson family is united in their unfailing support of brother Michael and there is no rift between Michael and any of his family members."

    Moments after Jermaine and Randy issued their reasons for opting out of the gala, concert organizer David Gest issued a reply that read, "I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event. This is an event for Michael Jackson. It is a salute to a truly great and legendary artist. Jackie, Tito and Marlon, original members of the Jackson 5, will join their brother Michael on stage for this very special reunion" Gest's statement concluded: "I only wish Jermaine the best on his solo career and hope he finally gets the attention he so justly deserves."

    Another one of Michael's siblings has yet to confirm her status for the September concerts--Janet Jackson tells LAUNCH, "I'm actually going to be on tour, and I'm trying. He asked me to participate and I don't know if I can because it's one of those things where they ask you, like, two or three weeks a little too late, where everything with the tour is kind of etched in stone, so it kind of switched things around. I'm gonna try and see if I can make it work," she says.

    Of her thoughts about a full Jacksons reunion, Janet says, "I hope that really pans out, 'cause, oh God, I know my brothers are probably sick of me. For the longest time, I've been talking about them getting together because I'm a fan, and I miss that. I miss seeing them perform on stage, and I thought their shows were always so awesome. I don't know. If they do, best believe I'm going to be front row and center. I love watching them--they're really entertaining and they put on a great show as, as brothers."

    Source: Launch


    21/07/2001 Jackson 4?

    It's been announced that the Jackson 5 reunion due to take place at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concerts in New York in September is unlikely to feature Jermaine.

    Middle brother Jermaine has complained about the high ticket prices for the concerts, which take place on September 7 and 10 at Madison Square Garden, and the fact that no charities will be benefitting from the proceeds.

    A joint statement issued by Jermaine and brother Randy yesterday (Friday) says, "We are very honoured to be a part of this much-deserved celebration of our brother, Michael Jackson. As of today, we have not formally signed a contract to participate in the concerts and dinner celebrations for a number of reasons. The exorbitant prices being charged by the promoters for tickets will prevent some of our loyal and true fans from attending."

    Tickets for the concerts are to be set in eight price tiers from $45 to $2,500 and go on sale on July 31. Other performers confirmed to play at the concerts include Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Missy Elliott, Diana Ross and Usher.

    Source: Dotmusic


    19/07/2001 Jermaine Jackson A Question Mark For Jackson 5 Reunion

    The producer of the upcoming "An All Star Tribute to Michael Jackson--King of Pop" has issued a press release expressing his dismay over Jermaine Jackson's decision to not participate in the event. However, according to published reports, he hasn't officially bowed out.

    "I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event. This is an event for Michael Jackson. It is a salute to a truly great and legendary artist. Jackie, Tito and Marlon, original members of the Jackson 5, will join their brother Michael on stage for this very special reunion," said World Events LLC President David Gest. "I only wish Jermaine the best on his solo career and hope he finally gets the attention he so justly deserves."

    According to published reports, Jermaine and Randy Jackson have not signed contracts confirming their participation in the event, to take place Sept. 7 and 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Gest made no mention of Randy Jackson in the press release.

    Jermaine and Randy have stressed that they have every intention of partaking, according to Billboard Online, but in a press release, the two stated that they are upset that the top ticket price is $2,500 and that none of the proceeds are going to charity.

    The show was scheduled to include a reunion of Michael with his brothers, who have not performed together since they toured as the Jacksons in 1984. The event will mark Jackson's first U.S. solo appearance on a mainland stage in 11 years. More than 250 celebrities are slated to attend the event at Madison Square Garden.

    Confirmed performers include:

    Friday, Sept. 7: Marc Anthony; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gillman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones and the Legends of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry and Cassandra Wilson; Monica; Mya; 'NSync; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent and Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; and Usher.

    Monday, Sept. 10 : Marc Anthony; Mary J. Blige; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; and Dionne Warwick.

    Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31. In an earlier press release, Gest said that tickets will range from $45-$500. However, published reports cite the highest ticket price as $2,500.

    At the performance, Jackson is scheduled to debut a new single, "Invincible." The show will feature a 48-piece orchestra, 12 background singers, a 300-member gospel choir, 200-member children's choir and a 40-person dance ensemble. The event will be filmed as a two-hour prime-time special for CBS.

    Source: LiveDaily


    01/04/2001 Randy Profile Up

    The Randy profile is now up at Modern Records!

    Randy Jackson - Chairman and CEO, has over 30 years of performing, writing and producing experience in the record industry. In May 1997 Mr. Jackson purchased controlling interest of Modern Records. Since that time Modern has started the implementation of his strategy by signing new artists, releasing a Christmas CD featuring Jeffrey Osborne and a CD box-set featuring a compilation of Stevie Nicks greatest hits and previously unreleased songs. Mr. Jackson began his career recording and touring with the world renowned "Jackson 5" and "Jacksons" groups. In addition, he has written songs, produced for and influenced the successful solo careers of his siblings, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

    Source: Modern Records


    20/03/2001 MTV Icon: Janet Jackson!

    Randy was scheduled to appear to salute his baby sister Janet on the first annual MTVIcon show, but unfortunately he wasn't feeling well and couldn't not make it. JRU wishes you a speedy recovery Randy!

    Source: MTV


    11/01/2001 Lionel Richie Weighs In On The Reunion

    International Music News - Michael Jackson Agrees To BROTHERLY REUNION Pop prince MICHAEL JACKSON has confirmed he is to record with the JACKSON 5 again. The EARTH SONG star will join brothers TITO, JERMAINE, RANDY and MARLON on several tracks for the upcoming reunion album. Yesterday (09JAN01), soul crooner LIONEL RITCHIE said he wasn't surprised that the Jackson's are going to collaborate again. Lionel says, "They are a family. They know each other better than anyone and I think that they're very clever at the idea of reinventing themselves, which the business is all about. "And whether you have Michael with the group, Michael on the side of the group, they're gonna make the Jackson's work, one way or the other." (RP/AB/CPT)

    Source: KOP Discussion


    10/01/2001 Jackson Reunion Tipped

    RUMORS of a Jackson Five reunion have gained strength.

    Jermaine Jackson told a Las Vegas radio station yesterday that the brothers would record and tour again this year. "We're in the studio working very hard on a new J-5 album that will be released this summer," Jermaine said. "We're going to do a new tour. We're very, very excited." Asked if the new CD and tour would include Michael, Jermaine said: "Absolutely!" Rumors that the Jackson brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Tito would get back together have been around for the past couple of years. Sister Janet Jackson fuelled the fire by saying she would love to get on stage with them all together again. Their last time together, in 1984, was the Victory Tour - and the world has wanted them back ever since. Some of the Jackson Five's big hits include ABC, Never Say Goodbye and I'll Be There. Michael Jackson is in Los Angeles recording his first album for five years. He is said to be joining Janet for another duet to feature on the CD.

    Source: KOP Discussion


    09/01/2001 5 Alive! Jacksons Reuniting

    LAS VEGAS - Jermaine Jackson dropped a musical bombshell yesterday, telling a start-up radio station that the Jackson 5 - with Michael Jackson - will record and tour again this year.

    Jermaine Jackson told a disc jockey with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. that the legendary bubble-gum pop and soul group would play together for the first time since 1984.

    "We're in the studio working very hard on a new J-5 album that will be released this summer," Jermaine matter-of-factly told radio personality Holly Levis. "We're going to do a new tour. We're very, very excited." While Jermaine offered no further specifics, Levis asked if the new CD and tour would include Michael. "Absolutely," Jermaine said.

    It's been rumored for years that the brothers would reunite for first time since the much-hyped 1984 "Victory Tour." Brooklyn-raised rap artist Lana Moorer - better known to her fans as MC Lyte - was there when pal Jermaine spoke to the station, and told The Post she believes he's telling the truth.

    "I don't think he'd joke about something like this," Moorer said. MC Lyte is a backer of New York-based Sirius, a new satellite radio operation that's set to beam its 100 music and talk stations on the airwaves in mid-2001. Sirius was broadcasting a trial run at a consumer electronics show here when Jackson unexpectedly came to the broadcast booth to visit Moorer. "I was too young to take myself to see the Jackson 5, so as an adult to have the chance to see them perform would be a just a dream," Moorer said.

    The siblings from Gary, Ind. - brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Tito - performed under a host of names including "The Jacksons," "The Jackson 5," and "The Jackson Family." The brothers produced a string of hit songs in the 1970s, including pop landmarks such as "I'll Be There," "ABC" and "Never Say Goodbye."

    Source: NY Post


    09/01/2001 Michael Jackson Confirms His Jackson 5 Participation

    Amid rumors of his participation, a spokesperson for Michael Jackson has confirmed the pop star's involvement in the upcoming Jackson 5 reunion album, according to a spokesperson for the singer at Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

    Jackson, who became a star in 1969 at the tender age of 11 after performing "I Want You Back" with his brothers on national television, has agreed to lend his skills to two or three songs on the album, which has yet to be assigned a release date. Jackson has not recorded with brothers Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon, and Randy since 1984's Victory and its subsequent world tour. The Jackson 5 has proved an undeniable hit over the years, tallying in some of R&B's most famous hits, including "ABC," "I'll Be There," and the aforementioned "I Want You Back." In related news, Jackson's upcoming as-yet-untitled solo album, his first since 1997's Blood on the Dance Floor, is due on Epic Records in the spring.

    The King of Pop will also be hosting a panel of experts and celebrities discussing the "fine art of balancing romantic love, familial love, and professional dedication" at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 14 from 7-9 p.m. Proceeds from the panel will benefit Heal the Kids, an organization which aims to make children a greater priority in adults' lives and of which Jackson is chairman. Additonal panelists include Johnny Cochran, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Mother Love, Chuck Woolery, and Judith Regan.

    Source: KOP Discussion


    09/01/2001 Michael Jackson To Collaborate With Brothers On Upcoming Reunion CD

    Michael Jackson will go back to his roots this year, reuniting with his brothers to contribute to a new Jackson 5 album for the first time in 17 years. Jackson will record two or three songs for an upcoming reunion album from the group, who have recorded under the name the Jacksons since leaving Motown Records in the '70s, according to his spokesperson, Cheri Fein. Jackson's last collaboration with his brothers was the 1984 Jacksons album Victory and the accompanying "Victory" tour. The singer, who is expected to release a solo album this summer, has not committed to touring with his brothers this time around, according to Fein. The Jacksons Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon, plus later addition Randy last released 2300 Jackson Street, a 1989 album recorded without Michael. Michael began his career as a pre-teen singer with the Jackson 5, who remain best known for such '70s classics as "ABC" and "I'll Be There." No release date has been set for the new album, and a spokesperson for the group could not be reached for comment.

    Source: MTV


    08/01/2001 Got To Be There

    Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine says the Jackson Five will reunite this year to record a new album and tour. He says the line up will include Michael. It will be the first time the brothers, (Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael), have recorded and toured together since 1984's Victory project.

    'We're all really excited,' Jermaine told Las Vegas radio station Sirius Satellite Radio. ' We're in the studio now working very hard on a new album that will be released this summer.' Asked whether the line-up would include Michael, Jermaine replied, 'absolutely.'

    Jermaine's surprise announcement came as Michael Jackson's spokesman claims that Jacko has no plans to tour to promote his new album, due for release in March. The spokesman, Howard Rubenstein also denied there were any problems with the recording of the album and that Sony executives were not happy with the finished results. 'Michael's a perfectionist and he wants the album to be excellent. The album is coming along fine and is not in trouble. The first single hasn't been chosen yet but that doesn't mean there's a problem.'

    Source: Worldpop