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'HIStory - Past, Present And Future, Book I' 2CD Album Is Released In Mexico. 05-'04

HIStory Past Present And Future Book I (2CD Set) CD Album Cover'HIStory - Past, Present and Future, Book I' is the ninth album and is a triple album (one half greatest hits, one half studio album) released on June 15th, 1995 in the USA by the Epic Records division of Sony BMG.

Now is this month the album released in Mexico, whilst it is still a two CD, 30 track set, you will notice that the first CD is gold with a black silhouette of Michael, where the second CD is black with a gold silhouette of Michael. It looks different from the regular 'HIStory' releases, a nice touch.

Unlike the first edition of the album, which came in a double box, it is presented in a type 'jewel' box; for budgetary reasons I think, because it is precisely the aim of this edition: put this great album again the market at a more affordable price. A wonderful change the original booklet of 50 pages sacrificed.
Yet another disc manufactured here are only for the Mexican market!

Track list:

CD 1:
1. Billie Jean - 4:54
2. The Way You Make Me Feel - 4:57
3. Black Or White - 4:15
4. Rock With You - 3:40
5. She's Out Of My Life - 3:38
6. Bad - 4:07
7. I Just Can't Stop Loving You - 4:12
8. Man In The Mirror - 5:19
9. Thriller - 5:57
10. Beat It - 4:18
11. The Girl Is Mine - 3:41
12. Remember The Time - 3:59
13. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 6:05
14. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - 6:04
15. Heal The World - 6:24

CD 2:
1. Scream (with Janet Jackson) - 4:38
2. They Don't Care About Us - 4:44
3. Stranger In Moscow - 5:44
4. This Time Around - 4:21
5. Earth Song - 6:46
6. D.S. - 4:49
7. Money - 4:41
8. Come Together - 4:02
9. You Are Not Alone - 5:45
10. Childhood (Theme From "Free Willy 2") - 4:28
11. Tabloid Junkie - 4:32
12. 2 Bad - 4:49
13. HIStory - 6:34
14. Little Susie - 6:13
15. Smile - 4:55

Record label: Epic
Series number: E2K- 59000
Printed: Mexico
Guide price: 45 €

Source: Billie Jean


The Very Best Of The Jacksons (2CD Set) CD Album CoverNew Jacksons/Jackson 5 CD Delayed. 31-05-'04

Normally May 31st the new Jackson 5 CD will be released, successor of 'The Essential Jacksons'. For the US Sony has foresee a different release opposite to Europe, however for which reason the CD shall only be released on June 28th.

It will contain hits from the Jackson 5, as well as the Jacksons.

The track listing is confirmed:

CD 1:
1. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 - 2:58
2. ABC - The Jackson 5 - 3:00
3. The Love You Save - The Jackson 5 - 3:05
4. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 - 3:58
5. Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5 - 3:12
6. Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 - 2:58
7. Sugar Daddy - The Jackson 5 - 2:34
8. Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5 - 2:38
9. Lookin' Through The Windows - The Jackson 5 - 3:37
10. Doctor My Eyes - The Jackson 5 - 3:10
11. Ain't No Sunshine - Michael Jackson - 4:12
12. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:24
13. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:34
14. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:45
15. One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson - 4:11
16. Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson - 3:42

CD 1:
1. Can You Feel It - 6:00
2. Blame It On The Boogie - 3:33
3. Enjoy Yourself - 3:42
4. Show You The Way To Go - 5:28
5. Dreamer - 3:07
6. Even Though You're Gone - 4:33
7. Goin' Places - 4:30
8. Torture - 4:56
9. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - 3:47
10. Lovely One - 4:52
11. Heartbreak Hotel - 5:45
12. Walk Right Now - 6:27
13. State Of Shock (with Mick Jagger) - 4:32
14. 2300 Jackson Street - 5:07
15. Nothin' (That Compares 2 U) - 5:25
16. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Live 1981) - 4:45

Pre-order the cd album here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Macaulay CulkinCulkin Blames Jackson's Poor Communication For His Troubles. 30-05-'04

Macaulay Culkin has leaped to the defence of his friend Michael Jackson, insisting the pop superstar is only involved in a child molestation scandal because he's a poor communicator.

The Home Alone star is sure his pal is innocent of all charges currently levelled against him, and feels Jackson wouldn't have landed in trouble in the first place if he was better at conveying "what he's actually trying to say to people".

Culkin, who grew up playing with the King of Pop and sleeping over at his Neverland home, insists his friend has been vilified because he has failed to explain exactly what he means when he says he allows children to sleep with him in his bedroom.

The former child star says, "They go, 'Oh, you slept in the same bedroom as him.' I don't think they understand - Michael Jackson's bedroom is two storeys and it has three bathrooms.

"The thing is, with Michael, is that he's not very good at explaining himself and he never really has been, because he's not a very social person. He doesn't quite understand why people react the way that they do."

Culkin also thinks Jackson's critics have made too much of his fondness for children.

He adds, "It's the same reason why he liked me - it's because the fact I didn't care who he was. That was the thing. I talked to him like he was a normal human being, and kids do that to him.

"He's Michael Jackson, the pop singer but he's not the King of Pop or anything like that. He's just a guy who's actually very kid-like himself."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Janet JacksonJanet Defends Brother Michael. 30-05-'04

Janet Jackson has leaped to her brother Michael Jackson's defence - insisting the troubled singer is the "most down-to-earth" person she knows.

Janet told British TV presenter Jonathan Ross that her brother is "just like everyone else" - despite him facing trial on child molestation charges.

Jackson told Tonight with Jonathan Ross, which aired in the UK on Friday (May 28), "He is the warmest, most down-to-earth, silliest person.

"He has been made out to be someone he isn't."

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson Trial Date Set For September. 28-05-'04

Michael Jackson will stand trial on child molestation charges on 13 September, a California judge has decided.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville set a provisional date for the trial - but said the date could be moved if lawyers provided him with a good reason for delay.

Melville said he would rule later on a request by the defence team to reduce Jackson's $3 million bail, which is being opposed by prosecutors who claim he may flee if faced with a prison sentence.

Jackson's lawyers contest the bail amount is excessive and claim he should get the same bail as anyone else in his situation.

The singer will stand trial, indicted on charges of lewd acts upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Source: TMC / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson's "Excessive" Bail. 28-05-'04

Michael Jackson's defence team are fighting to reduce his $3 million bail.

The superstar's lawyers contested in court claims by the prosecution that Jackson - who faces multiple counts of child molestation - may flee bail, insisting the $3 million is "excessive" and "violates" Santa Barbara County standards for bail on child molestation and conspiracy charges.

A defence filing states, "Three million dollars has no basis in logic, fact, or law, and the prosecution does not even begin to establish a basis for such bail."

Meanwhile, defence attorney Thomas Mesereau has hinted in a court filing that the case is unlikely to reach trial this year, unless the prosecution immediately starts complying with discovery orders.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin Defends His Friend. 27-05-'04

On Larry King Live, Macaulay Culkin spoke in defence of his long - time friend, Michael Jackson. King asked Macaulay some different questions about his opinion on the case and the behaviour of Michael and this is what Macaulay replied:

If someone had done something like that to my kid, I wouldn't settle for some money. I'd make sure the guy was in jail. It just really goes to show as soon as they got the money they ran. I actually had met him before I was doing Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. I was playing Fritz and he came backstage.

Why don't you come over to my house?
I talked to him like he was a normal human being. He's just a guy, you know, who's actually very kid-like himself.
I slept in the same bedroom as him. I don't think you understand. Michael Jackson's bedroom is two stories and it has like three bathrooms and this and that... So I slept in his bedroom but you have to understand the whole scenario.

He's not very good at explaining himself and he never really has been cause he's not a very social person and so when he says something like that. You know he doesn't quite understand why people react the way they do.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Thomas Mesereau
Michael Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mesereau.

Jackson's Attorneys Demand Evidence. 27-05-'04

Michael Jackson's legal team are attacking the prosecutors in the pop star's child molestation case, claiming they're holding back vital information, which could be key evidence.

The defence team are keen to get their hands on 300 items, including interviews with witnesses and Jackson belongings seized in raids, which they're entitled to see by law.

Under California law, the defence must be given "discovery" of prosecution evidence in order to prepare for the trial.

A spokesman for Jackson's new attorney Thomas Mesereau says, "Mr Jackson's right to a fair trial is jeopardised by the undue delay of discovery by the prosecution."

Jackson's lawyers will go to court in Santa Maria, California, tomorrow (May 28) to demand the materials be handed over to them immediately.

Prosecutors in the case claim the items are still undergoing forensic examination and are not available.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Debra Opri
Attorney Debra Opri.

Jackson Family Hires Extra Lawyer. 25-05-'04

Michael Jackson's father has hired another lawyer to represent "family interests" in Michael's child abuse trial.

Joe Jackson has asked American TV legal analyst Debra Opri - who has also represented singer James Brown - to help out his son's defence team.

Opri says, "I am a person who believes in justice and I believe Michael Jackson is innocent. I don't believe that he has the capacity to formulate a criminal intent.

"Joseph Jackson loves his son and wants to be kept updated on everything."

Although Michael has pleaded not guilty to 10 child molestation charges, including a charge of conspiracy to abduct a child, he is hoping to reduce his $3 million bail payment.

But the plea is being opposed by prosecutors, who fear he may be planning to flee the country.

The motion is to be argued at a hearing on Friday (May 28).

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Miss Cast AwayJackson Film 'Miss Cast Away' In Trouble. 24-05-'04

Bosses at Twentieth Century Fox are attempting to keep Michael Jackson's new movie 'Miss Cast Away' out of cinemas because the title is too close to their hit Tom Hanks film 'Cast Away'.

Director Bryan Michael Stoller, who shot Jackson at his Neverland Ranch home in California for his cameo, is calling Fox chiefs "bullies" for attacking him over the film title.

Stoller says, "They don't want me using the name 'Cast Away.' They say they own the name. I think they're just being bullies to an independent filmmaker."

But Fox's lawyers insist Stoller ceases and desists from using the title 'Miss Cast Away', claiming the title "capitalises on the notoriety and goodwill" of the Hanks film.

Stoller says the wrangle is holding up the release of his comedy, which also stars Eric Roberts.

He adds, "I've been getting hundreds of emails from people asking, 'When is 'Miss Cast Away' coming out?'"

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson 'Is A Flight-Risk' Argues Prosecutor. 24-05-'04

Michael Jackson must pay the full $3 million bail to ensure he faces trial on child molestation charges - the prosecution against him has argued.

Michael would have been required to pay just $522,000 under Californian law if he was an ordinary citizen. But the prosecution team believe that, without the financial hold over him, he would be tempted to flee America and set up home elsewhere to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

The motion - put together by deputy district attorney Gerald Franklin - argues, "The temptation to flee must surely be strong for an individual in the defendant's circumstances. To suppose otherwise would be to blank reality.

"We can envisage Jackson living out the rest of his life as a wealthy absconder rather than facing a life term in a California prison.

"The people mean no disrespect by the following, but Michael Joe Jackson's situation is truly unique. By all accounts, the defendant is well-to-do.

"The defendant here is 'Michael Jackson, international celebrity', a man whose lifestyle to date would not have prepared him to adapt readily to a prison environment and routine, and whose physical stature will present its own problems for him in making the necessary adjustments."

Jackson's defence team - headed by attorney Thomas Mesereau - have yet to respond to the motion.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Bryan Michael StollerInterview With 'Miss Cast Away' Director Bryan Michael Stoller. 22-05-'04

MJNews Online recently conducted an interview with Bryan Michael Stoller, writer/director of 'Miss Cast Away', the new movie co-starring Michael Jackson.

What is your relationship with Michael Jackson, and how did he come about having a role in the movie?

Michael and I have been friends for a long time. We are also co-directing a movie together called, 'They Cage the Animals at Night'. As a favour to me, Michael played the part of "Agent M.J." in 'Miss Cast Away'.

It has been reported that some of the movie was filmed at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, tell us more about that.

We filmed Michael's scenes at Neverland Ranch in his library. We had to stop filming a few times because Michael's train was going around the property and kept blowing its whistle too loud! We had fun shooting Michael's scenes.

What differentiates 'Miss Cast Away' from any other parody, spoof movie?

'Miss Cast Away' has a lot more heart than other parody movies, and I tried to make the characters more real so the audience would care what happened to them. The movie also has no swearing, no nudity and is pure family entertainment. It also doesn't make fun of anyone or anything. It's clean, pure comedy.

The movie is currently having a hard time picking up a distributor, what are your feelings on that?

The studios don't even want to see it. It is a tough industry in Hollywood. The studios say they are seeking out independent films but they are not as willing to look at Indy films as they say they are. If the film isn't in a major film festival, they often won't look at it.

Right now 20th Century Fox trying to stop the release of the film because they think our title is too close to their Tom Hanks movie, 'Cast Away' and that general audiences will be confused between the two movies. Normally a title can not be copyrighted or protected, but 20th Century Fox is threatening me if I try to release the movie.

Finally, what inspired you to create this movie?

I wanted to make a fun, feel good movie, that was a good escape in this day and age. I want people to have a good laugh and be entertained. I also thought people would enjoy seeing Michael Jackson in a rare film appearance and would see that he's a great actor and has a great sense of humour.

Source: MJNews Online / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonGag Order Remains In Jackson Case. 21-05-'04

News organisations trying to end a gag order in Michael Jackson's child molestation case have been told their arguments will not be considered by the California Supreme Court.

The gag order bars Michael, his accuser, and attorneys on both sides from publicly commenting on the case, except through statements approved in advance by the judge.

The court issued a one-line order on Wednesday (May 19) that said only, "Review and application for stay denied."

Attorney Theodore Boutrous, who represents a coalition of media organisations, says the conflict over the gag order between the court and the press will not go away. He had argued that a blanket gag order imposed by Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge Rodney Melville was an unconstitutional restriction of freedom of speech and press, reports the Associated Press.

The state's highest court had expressed interest in the case at first, requesting letters from the defence and prosecution explaining their positions. District Attorney Thomas Sneddon's office responded with a letter alleging that journalists covering the Jackson case were pandering to a "gossip hungry" audience.

Boutrous said lifting the gag order would "ensure that more accurate information will be disseminated, and will reduce the amount of rumours, speculation and gossip about which the District Attorney complains".

Jackson's former lawyer, Mark Geragos, had told the court he would file his own letter advocating removal of the gag order. But the attorney who succeeded him, Thomas Mesereau, sent a letter saying he supported the gag order.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Gavin Arvizo
Gavin Arvizo accusing Michael of child molestation.

Accuser In The Middle Of Custody Fight. 20-05-'04

Father's lawyer suggests mother keeping her sons away so they don't tell the truth about what really happened at Neverland.

The following article comes from Roger Friedman's May 19th column.

The 14-year-old boy at the center of the current Michael Jackson case is right in the center of a family at war.

The boy's parents, who are in and out of family court over custody and visitation issues, recently crossed swords again.

This time the mother, who has been called an opportunist and a manipulator in this column by many who have had dealings with her, really said a mouthful. In court papers she said that not only do her two sons and one daughter not want to see their father, but - and this is only according to her - the two boys sleep with baseball bats because they fear this man. She also said they go through putting up a series of barricades so they can sleep soundly.

But it turns out, according to the father's lawyer, that the daughter has seen and spoken to her father. "The mother doesn't care whether she seems him or not," says H. Russell Halpern. "She's only interested in keeping the boys away from him. She's afraid they'll tell him that the whole Michael Jackson story is made up."

In fact: sources have told me from the beginning that when the 14-year-old underwent chemotherapy treatments a year and a half ago, it was the father who took care of him. When the family first came to Neverland, it was the father, not the mother, who accompanied them.

"When the boy got sick, the father took a leave of absence from his job and slept next to his bed. The boy wanted him there for comfort."

The mother's latest court statement, says Halpern, "demonstrates her lack of credibility." And there may be some evidence to back this up. When the mother sued J.C. Penney a couple of years ago, she gave a deposition in which she allegedly testified that her ex-husband - whom she later accused of beating her kids and killing her dog - was a "wonderful man."

Halpern is busy right now trying to get the deposition unsealed. He claims that the Pasadena, California lawyer who handled the case has been pressured by the mother's attorney, Larry Feldman, to keep the papers hidden. But attorney Tom Rothstein told me yesterday, "I've never spoken to Larry Feldman in my life." Feldman, of course, is better known as the lawyer who got a $20 million settlement for another family from Jackson in 1994.

Source: Roger Friedman; Fox News / Billie Jean


Loan ApprovedJackson Gets A Loan. 20-05-'04

Michael Jackson has raised $10 million by putting his Californian Neverland Ranch up as security.

The singer, who is currently awaiting trial on child molestation charges, has long been reported to be experiencing financial difficulties - which have increased following the controversy surrounding his court case.

However, lawyer Brian Oxman, who helped assemble Jackson's legal team, claims Michael's new credit deal means he is in fact financially secure.

He argues, "You don't expand credit lines to people when they're in trouble."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Flex AlexanderJackson Actor Flex Alexander Promises Fair Portrayal. 20-05-'04

The actor playing Michael Jackson in a new TV film documenting the troubled pop star's life has promised to give the singer a fair portrayal.

Flex Alexander admits he "laughed" when he was first offered the role, but after agreeing to appear in director Allan Moyle's 'Man In The Mirror': The Michael Jackson Story, the actor says he will let people judge Jackson for themselves, as he currently faces child molestation charges.

He says, "We're giving him a fair portrayal. It's a controversial role only from the media, which has been crucifying him. They've already judged him like he was already convicted."

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Mother Afraid Accuser Will Tell His Father Jackson Allegation Is False. 19-05-'04

Janet Arvizo
Janet Arvizo, the mother of Gavin Arvizo.

The 14-year-old boy at the center of the current Michael Jackson case is right in the center of a family at war. The boy's parents, who are in and out of family court over custody and visitation issues, recently crossed swords again. This time the mother, who has been called an opportunist and a manipulator in this column by many who have had dealings with her, really said a mouthful. In court papers she said that not only do her two sons and one daughter not want to see their father, but — and this is only according to her — the two boys sleep with baseball bats because they fear this man. She also said they go through putting up a series of barricades so they can sleep soundly. But it turns out, according to the father's lawyer, that the daughter has seen and spoken to her father.

"The mother Janet doesn't care whether she sees him or not," says H. Russell Halpern. "She's only interested in keeping the boys away from him. She's afraid they'll tell him that the whole Michael Jackson story is made up." In fact: sources have told me from the beginning that when the 14-year-old underwent chemotherapy treatments a year and a half ago, it was the father who took care of him.

When the family first came to Neverland, it was the father, not the mother, who accompanied them. "When the boy got sick, the father took a leave of absence from his job and slept next to his bed. The boy wanted him there for comfort." The mother's latest court statement, says Halpern, "demonstrates her lack of credibility." And there may be some evidence to back this up. When the mother sued J.C. Penney a couple of years ago, she gave a deposition in which she allegedly testified that her ex-husband — whom she later accused of beating her kids and killing her dog — was a "wonderful man."

Halpern is busy right now trying to get the deposition unsealed. He claims that the Pasadena, California lawyer who handled the case has been pressured by the mother's attorney, Larry Feldman, to keep the papers hidden. But attorney Tom Rothstein told me yesterday, "I've never spoken to Larry Feldman in my life." Feldman, of course, is better known as the lawyer who got a $20 million settlement for another family from Jackson in 1994.

Source: Fox News / Billie Jean


Jackson And Rowe To Have Private Custody Battle. 17-05-'04

Michael Jackson will fight former wife Debbie Rowe in a bitter custody trial behind closed doors.

According to insiders, Michael and the mother of his two eldest children - Prince Michael, six, and Paris, five - have opted for the secretive trial in order to keep their personal lives away from the media spotlight.

Sources tell British newspaper the Daily Star, Jackson will pay Action Dispute Resolutions Services, a company often used by celebrities, to decide the fate of the youngsters. Rowe moved to claim the children - whom she rarely sees - back after being shocked by the allegations levelled against Jackson by child molestation accuser Gavin Arvizo.

Both parties have consulted lawyers and a preliminary hearing has reportedly already taken place.

Jackson and Rowe
Family: Michael (holding Prince) and Debbie (holding Paris) were married for three years.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Marcel AvramJackson Settles Dispute With Concert Promoter Marcel Avram. 11-05-'04

Michael Jackson has secretly agreed to pay $7 million to end a longstanding court battle two major concerts he backed out of.

A Santa Maria, California, jury ordered Michael to hand over $5.3 million on 13 March, 2003 - but Jackson's civil lawyers quickly appealed the verdict, which favoured concert promoter Marcel Avram.

But in a surprise move, lawyers from both sides then quietly dropped all appeals, according to court documents filed on 18 December (03) - the same day child molestation charges were filed against him - signalling a settlement.

Avram's lawyer Louis 'Skip' Miller says, "We've resolved everything and Marcel's happy. He's been paid in full, but the actual amount is confidential."

Although Miller refused to detail settlement terms, another source close to Avram tells the New York Post that the Swiss concert promoter got more than $7 million - the $5.3 million judgment plus interest.

Avram's lawsuit originally asked for more than $20 million and charged that Jackson backed out of two New Year's Eve concerts on 31 December, 1999, in Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Miller believes Jackson was smart to settle up, adding, "Michael Jackson's a very wealthy guy. This wasn't so much money that it would have forced him into bankruptcy or anything like that."

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Filming Starts On New Michael Jackson Movie. 08-05-'04

With the release of a new unauthorized TV movie at the end of July, expect to be hearing (and seeing) a lot more concerning the King Of Pop (or, at the very least, a cheesy impersonation of him).

Filming began in Calgary (Canada) this week on the new unauthorized TV movie chronicling the life of Michael Jackson. The film's storyline, which carries the working title 'Family Values', commences with the massive success that surrounded the release of Jackson's 1982 album 'Thriller', and finishes with a look at his present public standing, 22 years later, an accused child molester and general weirdo.

Executive producer Jon Katzman told the Hollywood Reporter that the aim of the film is to take objective look at Jackson's life. It is unclear how the film will cover the details of Jackson's legal problems or his plastic surgery, as Katzman says the film will deal with Jackson's life story and not his face.

The film, which is scheduled for release in late July, is a co-production between Calgary- based Nomadic Pictures and Blueprint Entertainment, a production company based out of Los Angeles. Nomadic Pictures is relatively well-known in the industry and recently finished co-producing 'Going Down: The Rise And Fall Of Heidi Fleiss', an American TV movie detailing the life of notorious Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

The man selected to play the role of Jackson is actor Flex Alexander, star of the sitcom 'One On One' and the 2001 film, 'Out Cold'. Also in the cast are Eugene Clark, Peter Onorati, Amy Sloan and Krista Rae. Look for the TV movie on digital network Movie Central at the end of July.

Source: Chart Attack / Billie Jean


Quincy JonesQuincy Jones Talks About 'We Are The Future'. 07-05-'04

Nearly 20 years ago, legendary producer and media mogul Quincy Jones gathered about 45 top musicians, including Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen, for the charity song 'We Are The World'.
Now Jones has today's hottest acts, like Jay-Z and Norah Jones, set to perform in 'We Are The Future', a benefit concert scheduled for May 16.

Proceeds will go toward opening centers for children in six war-torn areas.

The first center opened in early April in Kigali, Rwanda. Others are slated for Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Palestine and Eritrea. Each will differ based on needs, but most will have access to medicine, arts, sports and information on hygiene and nutrition. They will be run by the Global Youth Parliament, which will teach area kids how to run educational programs there for other children.

At 71, Jones has travelled all the world and seen it all, from total poverty to extreme wealth. He just hopes that other people will be willing help others, and to pick up where he leaves off.

Associated Press asked him de next questions:

AP: Will "We Are The World" be performed at the concert?

Jones: (Laughs) Nah, I don't think so. We did it already.

AP: Is Michael Jackson going to perform?

Jones: He's never asked and we've never brought it up. We're just trying to do what we do here. People are trying to get all 'Fox News' about it and blow this out of proportion.

AP: What about all the stuff that's going on with the Jackson family? You were once pretty close with them. (Jones produced several of Jackson's albums, including "Thriller.")

Jones: Look, I'm not into this. I've shared a very positive side of Michael and I'm not in a position to judge. And this "Nipple gate" thing. I don't understand it. There is so much drama connected with these things. But look, people are starving, and that's important.

Source: AP / Billie Jean

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