Justin Timberlake stopped by Radio 2 on Thursday and they asked the *NSYNC star if he considered himself the next Michael Jackson. “I don’t you know, honestly, I think when an artist comes out, and they have a certain thing to them, what the media does is, they find something close that they can compare it to,” Timberlake said. “Just like when Mariah came out, they said, well this is the new Whitney. I think that people will see all that I have to offer, cuz I don’t feel like I’ve really shown all of it yet, and I still think that there’s a lot out there that I’m probably not aware of as well, just being so young, and this is my first record. I don’t know, I think I have a bit more of a dark side, and a little more of a sense of humor.” Read more.
ITV Documentary Trails Michael Jackson
January 20, 2003 – Martin Bashir has spent eight months travelling with troubled pop superstar Michael for a fly-on-the-wall documentary which will air next month on ITV. Granada’s controller of current affairs Jeff Anderson said, “We have made this film entirely on our own terms. No money has been paid and no areas of the singer’s career or personal life have been off limits.”
NBC To Do Hourlong Special On Jacko’s Face
January 19, 2003 – The Washington Post reports NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker announced on Friday that the network will be doing an entire hourlong special on Michael Jackson’s face during the February sweeps. The ‘Dateline’ special ‘Michael Jackson Unmasked’ was approved by NBC President Andrew Lack, who left the network last week to head Sony Music — Jackson’s record label. “I just hope the folks at Sony Music don’t complain,” Zucker quipped.