Quincy Jones’ New Book Paints A Shy Jacko

The Globe reports Quincy Jones upcoming memoir Q due out in November reveals details of the music moguls work with Michael Jackson when they worked together on the 1983 Thriller album. Jones says, “He was so shy he’d sit down and sing behind the couch with his back to me, while I sat with my hands over my eyes with the lights off.”

Jones adds, “Michael lived in a fantasyland because that’s what worked for him. I don’t know how anybody could expect him to end up like Mr. Joe Next Door… he’s been in the public eye since he was 5 years old.”

SNL Jokes On Michael Jackson’s Johnson

October 7, 2001 – Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey joked during Weekend Update last night, “In women’s health news, the FDA announced that it has approved a new highly effective birth control device for women. It’s two inches long and releases a continuous low dose of estrogen, just like Michael Jackson’s penis.”

Jacko An Alien In ‘MIB 2’?

October 5, 2001 – The Daily Star reports Michael Jackson is set to star as an alien in the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starring sequel, Men in Black 2. Jacko’s scene will have him waiting in line with other aliens at Earth’s immigration service.

What Will And Won’t Make The Jacko Cut

October 5, 2001 – Fox News’ Roger Friedman is getting feedback from execs at CBS as to what will and what won’t make the cut for Michael Jackson’s 2 hour television special that netted Jackson $5 million. It appears the reunion portion with the Jackson 5 is in, of course, and the *NSYNC/Jackson performance. What likely won’t be broadcast will be Marlon Brando, Liza Minnelli, Billy Gilmer, and the skeletal Whitney Houston performances. The story at Foxnews.com has since been removed.

Bush Backing Jacko CD?

October 5, 2001 – The New York Post’s Neil Travis reports Michael Jackson is telling friend that President Bush has formed a friendship with the singer following the terror attacks last month. Bush is apparently backing Jackson’s ‘What More Can I Give’ CD with Michael aiming to raise $50 million towards the relief fund.

Jacko’s New Album Includes Song About Di

October 2, 2001 – The Sun reports Michael Jackson’s new album includes a track that is about death of his pal Princess Diana, entitled Privacy.

The close friend of the Princess sings:
Some of you still wonder why one of my friends had to die
To get a message across, that yet you haven’t heard
My friend was chased and confused, like many others I knew
But on that cold winter night, my pride was snatched away
Now she get no second chance, she just ridiculed and harassed.

The chorus adds: “I need my privacy, I need my privacy, so get away from me.”

Jacko Had Planned Money Raising Song Before

September 30, 2001 – Time magazine’s Ellin Martens says Michael Jackson’s plans for an all-star ensemble to record his new song ‘What More Can I Give’ to aid victims and survivors of the World Trade Center terror attacks may sound familiar because “In April 1999 Jackson promised to raise millions for the Albanian children of Kosovo with proceeds from his new song, ‘What More Can I Give?'”

Michael Jackson Releases Cry… But Why?

September 26, 2001 – Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman is reporting that Nile Rodgers did ask Michael to take part in his ‘We are Family’ remake to benefit World Trade Center victims but the offer prompted Jackson to try and organize his own effort. That effort broke down though when Britney Spears and *NSYNC declined his offer and instead, Jackson rushed to release ‘Cry’ off of his ‘Invincible’ album. The article at FoxNews.com has since been removed.

Conflicting The Jacko Tribute Turn-Down

September 26, 2001 – A different twist on the story that Michael Jackson was declined an invitation to perform at the America: Tribute to Heroes telethon last Friday as the New York Daily News is reporting the pop star wanted to perform a track off his new album entitled ‘Cry’. Jackson reportedly did however want to let a CD version of the song out as it would cannibalize sales of his ‘Invincible’ CD. Jackson also didn’t want to perform one of his old songs as show producers wanted him to.

Michael Jackson “Didn’t Fit The Spirit Of The Show”

September 24, 2001 – The New York Daily News’ Rush & Molloy report Michael’s efforts to get on the “Tribute to Heroes” telethon were met with a no thanks. We had reported earlier this week he’d perform based on early reports, but a source who was involved in the planning told the Daily News Jackson “didn’t fit the spirit of the show” adding, “The fear was that his performance would have been about him, not the victims.”

As for the show itself, it was surprisingly devoid of egos according to spies on the set one of whom revealed, “There was a sign that said, ‘No applause,’ but there was a lot of emotion. Sheryl Crow and other people were crying and hugging. But everybody was a professional. Rehearsals went like clockwork. I don’t think we’ll see anything like it again.”

‘You Rock My World’ Single Has Anti-PC Tech

Michael Jackson 'You Rock My World' single cover

Dotmusic reports Michael Jackson’s CD single for ‘You Rock My World’ was copy protected using key2audio technology, which only allows the CD to play on conventional players.

Jackson’s spokesman said of the move, “Following the appearance of the song on the internet, promotional copies of Michael Jackson’s eagerly awaited single ‘You Rock My World’, that were sent to radio stations last month, were copy protected using the key2audio technology – one of several being trialled at the moment.”

“There are no plans currently to use similar technology on commercial releases of this record. As responsible copyright holders, Sony Music Entertainment has long been a proponent of protecting its artists and copyrights from piracy.

“We continue to test available copy protection technologies, and our goal is to implement copy protection on a broader basis to deter digital piracy.”

Wade Robson Wasn’t Thrilled with Jacko Show

September 19, 2001 – The Village Voice’s Michael Musto reports following the Michael Jackson shows in New York, Wade Robson is saying he wasn’t thrilled with the recent concerts of the King of Pop many had criticized because of its dysfunctional list of stars. Musto recalled when Robson was questioned in ’94 because he said he’d slept in the same bed with Jackson.

Top Michael Jackson Searches in August

September 19, 2001 – Goto has their list of the top 100 Michael searches for the month of August. The term ‘Michael Jackson’ got 101,738 searches for the month while 6,672 searched for ‘Michael Jackson lyric’. Very few searches for terms related to his plastic surgery or legal problems. Not included are misspellings such as Micheal or Michel and Jacko managed to get about 22,000 more searches than his sister Janet.

Michael Jackson to Perform on Network Telethon

September 18, 2001 – Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, U2, Bruce Springsteen, as well as a handful of other music industry superstars will be performing Donny Hathaway’s, “SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE” LIVE on the special television event, “America: A Show of Unity.” Alicia Keys joins a stellar group of artists to raise money and pay respect to those individuals who have lost their lives in the World Trade Center Attack. All proceeds will go to the World Trade Center Relief Fund, recently initiated by New York State’s Governor, George Pataki. The program will broadcast live from 9-11pm on Friday, Sept 21st on all four national networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, as well as, multiple networks internationally. Other artists to perform include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Sheryl Crow.

Michael Jackson To Produce Fund Raising Song

September 17, 2001 – Michael is planning to get top artists together to record a new song that will raise $50 million for the survivors of the terrorist attacks in the United States last Tuesday.

Destiny’s Child and the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, Britney Spears, NSYNC’ Justin Timberlake and Mya are already slated to Jacko on the track.

Jackson said in a statement released on Sunday, “I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims. There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people. We have demonstrated time and again that music can touch our souls. It is time we used that power to help us begin the process of healing immediately.”

Michael Jackson Dropping Wacko Ways?

September 12, 2001 – The Globe is reporting insiders have told them Michael has promised to tone down his weirdness and go mainstream. An insider told the Globe, “He’s telling people this is a ‘new Michael.'”

“He’s not hiding out at his fairy-tale ranch or behind some strange disguise. Every time you turn on the TV now, there’s Michael’s smiling face. He’s back – big time!”

Sources say Michael understands his odd behavior has cost him both with fan support and album sales and reportedly admitted to a pal, “I’m a lot different than I used to be. I want to give people something to cheer about again.”

Whitney Bails 2nd Jackson Show At Last Second

Whitney Houston bailed out of her 2nd planned concert appearance for the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary concert last night and refused to say why she declined to participate, giving only 5 minutes notice.

Deborah Cox filled in for Houston’s duet “Wanna Be Starting Something” with Michael. Some speculated she cancelled because Bobby Brown was only asked to perform in the first show.

Joe Jackson: “Thing With Michael And The Little Boy… Never Happened”

September 9, 2001 – Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman talked to Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson and addressed the speculation that his son had molested the boy he later settled a lawsuit with.

Says Jackson, “That thing with Michael and the little boy. That’s the craziest thing I ever heard. It never happened.”

Jackson replied to why Michael chose to settle the lawsuit saying, “He was tired of talking about it. He would have spent 100 years fighting him in court. It was all about money. All about money.”

Concert Headed To Toilet, Michael Saves The Day

September 9, 2001 – Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman reports a booing crowd was rescued from a stinker of a concert when Michael Jackson finally arrived onstage. Friedman joked, the level of cheesiness was so high the audience looked like it was going to need a drycleaner to get out the Velveeta stains.” Friedman’s review of the show, which concluded with Yoko Ono and Kenny Rogers onstage together, has since been removed at Foxnews.com.

Michael & Britney Performed I’m A Slave 4 U Duet?

News of the World’s Rav Singh reported on the Michael Jackson show saying, “Only the appearance of Britney Spears stopped the whole thing resembling a complete freak show.”

Rav reports Michael and Britney performed her new hit I’m A Slave 4 U together on stage… He must be mistaken though as all other reports have them singing “The Way You Make Me Feel”.

Janet Jackson When Learning Of Jacko Concert Guests

September 9, 2001 – The New York Post’s Mitchell Fink reports Michael Jackson went to Tavern on the Green to celebrate his concert around 1:30 Saturday morning. A stunned Sean Lennon tried to welcome Michael but he responded, “You never return my calls. I leave messages for you all the time and you never call back.” Janet wasn’t there, and apparently wasn’t impressed with Jacko’s list of performers.

Fans React To Michael… Including An *NSYNC Fan

September 8, 2001 – The New York Post talked to fans attending the Michael Jackson concert last night in New York, including Chris Kirkpatrick who said of he and his *NSYNC partners, “You’re going to see five fans on stage pretending to know what they’re doing.”

Mixed Reaction On Jacko Show, Brando Bashed

September 8, 2001 – The New York Post is profiling the Michael Jackson show last night that was marred by angry fans having to wait 3 1/2 hours for Jackson to perform and an odd appearance by Marlon Brando. Brando told a quizzical crowd, “Hundreds of children have been hacked to death in the minute I’ve looked at my watch. Hundreds more were beaten.” When the crowd then began buzzing after his comments, Brandy blasted, “Don’t chat! Think about what I’m saying. It could be you!” At that point the crowd booed demanding music.

Conan Jokes About Jackson 5 Tour

During Conan O’Brien’s monologue on Thursday, the host joked, “The Jackson Five announced this week that they are planning to record a new album. They’re going to record a new one. Yeah, apparently the album is going to be called ‘help, we’re out of money again.'”

MJ In Financial Trouble?

September 7, 2001 – The New York Post is reporting Michael Jackson is heavily in debt and is dependent on the success of his concerts and new album to recoup his losses. A music industry exec tells the Post, “If this album and the concert don’t do well, Michael is in trouble.”

Access Hollywood: Jacko-Spears Duet Back On

September 6, 2001 – The cancelled duet between Michael Jackson and Britney Spears is back on as a deal has been worked out where she’ll perform but it won’t be part of the televised special. No doubt though the duet will air at some later date outside of the 30 day blackout.

Britney Drops Michael Jackson Gig, HBO Contract Cited

The New York Post reports Britney Spears has been forced to drop out of her planned Michael Jackson performance at the last minute citing HBOs requirement that she cannot appear on any other televised performance within a month of her “Britney Spears Live from the MGM Grand Las Vegas,” special which airs Nov. 18 on HBO.

Spears’ rep Ame Van Iden told the Post, “Britney did have to pull out – and she’s really upset about it.”

Britney originally thought the Jackson special would air before October 18th, but while no date has been set, it appears unlikely that date would be met according to a CBS spokesperson.

Michael Jackson Gets Lost On The Way To NASDAQ

August 31, 2001 – The New York Post is reporting Michael almost didn’t get to the NASDAQ market site to open trading on Thursday as he got lost in the adjoining Conde Nast building.

A witness told the Post, “He got lost and ended up in the messenger center, and then all these people started screaming, ‘It’s Michael Jackson!'”

After a crowd developed around him, Jackson reportedly took out an umbrella and threw it over a security camera and ran away “like a scared little bunny.”

Michael Jackson Opens Trading, Video Budget Balloons

August 30, 2001 – The New York Daily News is reporting Michael’s budget to film Thriller is running over $4 million according to a music insider, where he says the original budget was half of that figure.

Jackson also opened trading on the NASDAQ this morning, but it was no help to the battered market as the tech index is retesting its multi-year low.

The Daily News also reports Michael’s original pick to star in his video, Robert DeNiro, had no interest in the project as an insider revealed, “I don’t think he gave it a lot of thought.”

No doubt Brando’s appearance ballooned the budget as he usually commands multi-millions for any appearance on film.

Michael Jackson Taps Marlon Brando For Video

After Robert DeNiro turned Michael down to star in his newest video for You Rock My World, Jackson turned to Brando, according to The Sun. The video is said to be more of a short film in the same respects as Thriller was, though an insider says it will be even better…

The insider revealed, “This will be a video like no other – with some of the top names in showbiz. Michael wants to come back with a bang and he knows people will expect a great video. It will also show Michael in a new light and should even blow Thriller away.” Video making delays have set the release of the short film to October 8th instead of the original September 3rd release date.

Rodney Jerkins Talks About You Rock My World… Michael’s Latest

With the song You Rock My World debuting last Friday, fans have gotten there first taste of Michael Jackson in quite awhile and the song’s producer, Rodney Jerkins talked to Reuters about the album.

Jerkins admits of the first track released, “It’s like Michael back to the melodies It makes you want to dance. It’s a feel-good song.” Jerkins talked of Michael’s return to the studio saying, “I’ve never heard Michael sing so incredibly well. It was just something about him being in that studio, but he just went crazy and let go in that studio.”

The new album, Invincible, is slated for release overseas Oct. 29 and in North America on Oct. 30. Jerkins said the $30 production figure for the album “sounds about right” which means big pressure on Sony to come through with a hit with the album.