Michael Jackson fan site MJStar.com has heard from Jacko’s friend Uri Gellar that the gloved one is getting help from former astronaut Edgar Mitchell and Gellar himself to fly into outer space. The site adds NASA and Michael Jackson are “setting the stage to moonwalk into space.”
Friedman Responds To Sony Denial Of Jacko Buyout
March 8, 2002 – Well anyone that read the denial from Sony earlier this week to Variety could figure out it was weasel-worded that they wouldn’t ‘buy-out’ Michael Jackson’s share of the Beatles catalog. Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman, who originally broke the story, said, “Indeed, this is mighty good spin-doctoring on Sony’s part since they wouldn’t have to buy the catalog – they would actually be foreclosing on it.” As for how that might shake out publicly, Friedman offered, “Merely taking the Beatles’ song catalog from Jackson could be a publicity nightmare for Sony, which could be accused of making and breaking its onetime megastar. Look for Rowe to work out some deal in which everyone saves face, and Jackson can still live in the style to which no one else is accustomed.” Read more.
Sony Denies Effort To Buy Out Jacko’s Beatles Collection
March 6, 2002 – Variety reports Sonic Music has denied reports that the company is trying to buy out Michael Jackson’s share of The Beatles’ song-publishing catalog. A company spokesman told Variety, “We are not in discussions with Mr. Jackson over the sale of his share of the ATV catalog (which includes the Lennon-McCartney compositions) … these rumors are completely baseless.” This may have been a carefully worded response, as the report was they were going to call Jackson on his loan, not buy out his share.
Jacko To Be No-Show At World Music Awards
March 5, 2002 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC reports Michael Jackson will be a no-show at Wednesday’s World Music Awards. A source told Walls, “Michael was nominated for World’s Best-Selling Male Artist along with Robbie Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Shaggy, and a lot of people think he stands a good chance of winning, so his decision not to attend is sort of startling.” The source adds that some close to Jackson say he may be “entering into a period of a much less public” life.
Michael Jackson Doing North American Tour
March 5, 2002 – The New York Post reports Michael is set to announce a North American tour two weeks from now. Meanwhile, rumors that he wanted to leave Epic look unlikely as a source at the label explained he has “two more records with us. He isn’t going anywhere.”