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Michael Jackson Gives Halloween Interview. 31-10-'03

On October 30, Michael Jackson got up early (no easy job for Michael who readily admits to being nocturnal) to talk with Los Angeles disk jockey, Rick Dees on KIIS-FM Radio in Los Angeles, California. Michael talks about his plans for Halloween trick or treating with Prince, Paris, and Blanket and his favorite candy, among other things.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Third Annual 'Power Of Oneness' Awards To Honor Michael Jackson. 31-10-'03

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson, Ed Begley, Jr., and The Jim Henson Company will be among the illustrious honorees at the 'Third Annual Power of Oneness Awards' to be held November 15th at the Universal Studios Hollywood Globe Theater in California.

Michael Jackson will receive 'The Power of Oneness Lifetime Achievement Award' for his lifelong commitment to writing, singing and speaking about the need for us to take responsibility for the worlds children and making the our world a better place. 'Man In The Mirror', 'Heal The World', 'Black Or White', 'Lost Children', 'We Are The World' and 'What More Can I Give' are but a few of the inspiring songs Michael has recorded during his career, showing by example how music can be used to entertain, heal and educate.

'The 2003 Power of Oneness Awards' ceremony will be preceded by a dinner & silent auction; items for auction have been donated by Universal Music, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, artist Romero Britto, Tiffany & Co., and many more. The awards program (written and directed by off-Broadway playwright and choreographer, Kamal Sinclair-Steele) promises to be a vibrant fusion of dance, music, multi-media, spoken-word and theatrical presentations representing a vivid celebration of the creativity and diversity of the human family -- a celebration of our oneness.

Source: PR Newswire / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonJackson Accused Of Diverting Cash. 28-10-'03

Michael Jackson has been accused of diverting cash intended for the victims of September 11 to the Church of Scientology.

The singer recorded 'What More Can I Give' after the terrorist atrocities with a list of high-profile names, including Beyoncé Knowles, Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin, and all profits were meant to go to the families of victims.

However, according to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, Jackson has donated cash raised from the single - which was launched on the internet on Monday (October 27) - to an organisation called The Hollywood Education And Literacy Project (Help).

The group are associated with the controversial Church of Scientology, which has been attacked by religious leaders for alienating followers from their families.

Celebrity columnist Roger Friedman says, "What More Can I Give' will be collecting money for causes many stars may not have intended."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

MJJ Forum Congratulations Message From Michael. 27-10-'03

Michael sends a written message to one of the fan forums he most respected and enjoyed, MJJ Forum (now MJJCommunity) on their then 2nd Anniversary:

"Congratulations, MJJ Forum Fan Community on your 2nd Anniversary. Your hard work and dedication is appreciated more than you know. I feel grateful and blessed to have such wonderful and loving fans. I wish you God's speed towards all your dreams."

With all my love,

Michael Jackson

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Michael Accepts The First Ever Humanitarian Award At The Radio Music Awards. 27-10-'03

Michael Jackson premieres the short film for 'What More Can I Give' in the conference area at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the Radio Music Awards, Michael accepts the first ever Humanitarian Award from Beyoncé.

Beyoncé Knowles introduced Michael, taking the stage with a smile she began, "I am honored to be here tonight to introduce a music Icon. As a little girl, groovin' to his music, I like millions around the world, tried to mimic his unique and thrilling singing and dancing. He's still doing it! But today what I am trying to mimic is his passion for helping others. It is an example for all of us. He believes we can really change the world and he's doing it.

Michael enters wearing a black satin shirt & velvet pants with two belts, One silver and the other one silver and sparkly with matching sparkly shin guards and boots. *the crowd is standing, yelling, clapping* Michael embraces Beyoncé and moves center stage. Smiling the entire time, *cut to enthusiastic crowd, applauding vigorously* Michael bows graciously and laughs.

Radio Music Awards (27-10-2003)
Michael Jackson receives from Beyoncé the first ever Radio Music Awards Humanitarian Award at the Radio Music Awards at Aladdin Hotel and Casino, at Las Vegas.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

What More Can I Give Single CoverJackson's Charity Single Released At Last. 27-10-'03

Michael Jackson's 2001 charity record 'What More Can I Give' is finally being released - as an Internet download.

The track and accompanying video have been locked in a legal wrangle since it was discovered Jackson's partner in the benefit project was a former pornography movie maker.

The track is now available as a $2 download through the web sites, whatmorecanigive.com and musicforgiving.com. A portion of the proceeds from the download fee go to children's charities, including Oneness, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and the International Child Art Foundation.

The track also features the talents of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé Knowles.

Jackson originally wrote the song in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 ('01), and the superstar performed the song at the United We Stand: 'What More Can I Give' benefit concert in Washington DC on October 21.

In the evening, Michael show the video of the song during the Radio Music Awards where Beyoncé also presents him with the Humanitarian Award.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

'What More Can I Give' Premiered At Aladdin Hotel. 27-10-'03

In the conference area of the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael Jackson premiered the short film for his latest charity single titled, ‘What More Can I Give' The short film was first premiered to a small Clear Channel audience. Clear Channel is a collection of media and entertainment companies.

Michael thanked the disc jockeys, producers, and radio in general and stated that he did not think that they get enough credit. He went on to say that they help artists get their music out and he wouldn't be here without their support. During the video premiere, Michael sat on the floor and watched with the audience. He invited the children in the audience to sit with him.

‘What More Can I Give' Premiered At Aladdin Hotel
Michael Jackson and a group of unidentified children sat on the floor and watched with the audience. He invited the children in the audience to sit with him.

Immediately following, Michael went next door where the short film premiered again for a larger audience of radio stations. Again, he sat on the floor for the premiere. He thanked everyone and was extremely personable. Michael said that he feels his music is channeled from God; he sings it, but it's the radio that gets it out. He expressed his appreciation again for the continued support of his work.

Following the premiere of the short film Michael went back to the Art of Music store and did another signing. Some fans were able to get in and get tee shirts, and other memorabilia signed. He also made sure to greet the fans that were standing outside of the store.

In regards to this charity single, Michael simply stated, "Let's make this happen!" The single, ‘What More Can I Give' will be available to download for a $2.00 fee on http://www.musicforgiving.org.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson To Present At Radio Music Awards. 26-10-'03

King of Pop to introduce star-studded charity single 'What More Can I Give'.

In a report on 25th October, Entertainment Tonight confirm that Michael is to present the premiere of the charity video and single, 'What More Can I Give', which features stars such as Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake, at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas on Monday 27.

However, NBC have denied reports that Michael will receive a humanitarian award at the show, stating that he is to be a 'special presenter.'

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Michael Awarded Key To The City Of Las Vegas. 26-10-'03

Michael Jackson was yesterday (October 25) in Las Vegas to receive he Key To The City from Mayor Goodman by the afternoon ceremony at the 'Art of Music' Store at the Desert Passage Mall, Las Vegas. He is accompanied by his friend Mark Lester & manager Dieter Wiesner.

In true Michael style, the King of Pop arrived close to an hour late, accompanied by his friend Mark Lester & manager Dieter Wiesner. The ceremony began about an hour later than the original 3:00 time with the King Of Pop being introduced by one of the leading tribute artists, E' Cassanova.

Michael spoke briefly, thanking the Mayor and the audience, telling the fans that "I love you more." He then walked through the crowd, greeting the fans and signing autographs. Michael definitely looked 'Bad,' wearing silver boots, black pants, red beaded applique shirt and double belts along with the traditional sunglasses! Jackson is also there to promote song 'What More Can I Give'.

Jackson caused such excitement among his faithful fans that one woman broke through security to get near her idol.

One onlooker says, "It really was Jackson mania but he seemed very happy about it."

After the ceremonies, and away from the crowd, Mayor Goodman told MJ how much he believes in him. He told MJ that he was so proud that Michael would come to the city, and be accessible to the public. He went on to say that MJ is one of the greatest people in the world, and he was going to make it his business to tell everybody how special MJ was. And would you believe it... he then begged MJ for tickets (for his daughter) to the RMA's.

Michael Jackson returned in the evening to the Art of Music store to be present at a special sale of his memorabilia.

Key To The City of Las Vegas (25-10-2003)
Michael Jackson is in Las Vegas to receive he Key To The City from Mayor Goodman by the afternoon ceremony at the Art of Music Store at the Desert Passage Mall, Las Vegas.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Kevin McLin - New Orleans Co. To Redesign MichaelJackson.com? 22-10-'03

Kevin McLin
Kevin McLin, Michael Jackson's publicist.

BayouBuzz.com is reporting that New Orleans based web consulting firm, Out the Box Web Productions, LLC, will design his new website.

The report says that the new site is to launch November 17 to coincide with the release of Jackson's new single 'One More Chance'.

A Fan Club website will launch with the new album, 'Number Ones', in December. The Michael Jackson project will include a Fan Club website where visitors can purchase memorabilia, chat with other fans, view videos, listen to music clips, or tune into a streaming radio station.

In addition to the Fan Club site, MJJProductions.com will be the source for Media inquiries and new releases. "This site will be the source for everything you need to know about Michael Jackson," says Kevin McLin, Jackson´s publicist.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean

'Number Ones' Album Update: Release Dates. 20-10-'03

The projected dates for the release of the new album 'Number Ones' will be as follows:
The album should be released in the UK on November 17 and in the US on November 18.

The new single from the album, a song entitled 'One More Chance', will be released on November 22 in the UK.

Source: Billie Jean

One More Chance Maxi-Single (Promo) Cover'One More Chance' Released To Radio. 16-10-'03

'One More Chance' received its radio premiere yesterday (October 15).

Radio stations in LA and Chicago were the first to spin the record in the States, followed by some European markets. The song has not yet been delivered to every radio station, as calls placed by MJNI to a number of New York area stations resulted in zero familiarity with the song. The UK also has not yet premiered the song.

For fans interested in increasing that awareness of 'One More Chance' at radio, they are encouraged to call their local Top-40 and R&B stations and request the song. Even if radio programmers are unaware of the song, the request should wet their appetites for when it does arrive. The response from DJ's and listeners of stations who have played the song so far has been tremendously positive.

"Speechless" was the word that came from one LA DJ mouth after hearing the song for the first time. Listeners agreed, with 95% of them voting to "smash" the record, versus "trash it."

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean

Mike Misses Out On Nobel Peace Prize This Year. 10-10-'03

The winner for the Nobel Peace Prize has been chosen. It goes to Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi. Of course, it is an honor simply to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and this was Michael's second nomination; his first coming in 1998.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Number Ones (Off The Wall) CD Album CoverOfficial Sony UK Press Release For 'Number Ones'. 08-10-'03

Sony UK have issued a new press release for Michael Jackson's forthcoming greatest hits album, 'Number Ones'. There will be four covers for the 'Number Ones' album released, a 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'HIStory' cover.

The press release, including track listing is below. Please note that the specified track listing does not apply for the USA.

Michael Jackson, is gearing up for another phenomenal release; 'Number Ones' - a retrospective of his national and international No.1 hits; an undeniably thrilling collection on both CD and DVD - release date on November 17th.

'Number Ones' was Jackson's first proper compilation album with Sony, after the release of 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' in 1995 (and after the re-release of that album as 'Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I'). The album included Jackson singles that reportedly reached number 1 in charts around the world.

The CD, 'Number Ones' begins with a track from one of Jackson's penultimate albums, 'Off The Wall' which was the first record by a solo artist to contain four Top Ten hits. 'Number Ones' rounds out with 'You Rock My World', the mid-tempo winner that marked Jackson's return on 2001's 'Invincible'.

And the future begins now. Included on 'Number Ones' is the brand new single 'One More Chance' (written by R. Kelly) - release date on November 22nd - a subtle return to Jackson's roots as a heart-wrenching balladeer.

The DVD, 'Number Ones' will be released with 4 different covers and contains fifteen short films that are easily the ultimate in videography since the invention of the art form.

For the discerning Jackson fan and pop music aficionado, four limited edition covers of 'Number Ones' have been commissioned. Each cover portrays Jackson, during four different eras, in a signature pose, including the glittered-socks and one-glove days of 'Thriller', and his often-duplicated tip-toe move, the four limited-edition Jackson covers are each as special as the music contained within.

It is more than just a collection of greatest hits; it is a timeline, a history lesson, a journey, an escapade, and a cacophony of rich, textured, vibrant sounds. It is a lifetime of music. And at the same time, 'Number Ones' ushers in a new era for Jackson's unmatchable accomplishments.

Track list CD album:

1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (7" Single Edit) - 3:56
2. Rock With You (Album Version) - 3:40
3. Billie Jean (Album Version) - 4:53
4. Beat It (Album Version) - 4:18
5. Thriller (Single Edit) - 5:11
6. Human Nature (Album Version) - 4:06
7. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Album Version) - 4:11
8. Bad (Album Version) - 4:06
9. The Way You Make Me Feel (Album Version) - 4:56
10. Dirty Diana (Album Version) - 4:41
11. Smooth Criminal (Album Version) - 4:17
12. Black Or White (Single Edit) - 3:19
13. You Are Not Alone (Radio Edit) - 4:34
14. Earth Song (Radio Edit) - 5:01
15. Blood On The Dance Floor (Album Version) - 4:11
16. You Rock My World (Radio Edit) - 4:26
17. Break Of Dawn (Album Version) - 5:29
18. One More Chance (Album Version) 3:49 (single - 22nd November)

Record label: Epic
Series number: 450127-2
Printed: Austria
Guide price: 18 €

Order the CD album here at Amazon.

Number Ones DVD CoverTrack list DVD:

1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 4:11
2. Rock With You - 3:22
3. Billie Jean - 4:55
4. Beat It - 4:56
5. Thriller (Long Version) - 13:43
6. Bad - 4:20
7. The Way You Make Me Feel - 6:43
8. Man In The Mirror - 5:00
9. Smooth Criminal (The Sped Up Video) - 4:16
10. Dirty Diana - 5:08
11. Black Or White (Short Version) - 6:22
12. You Are Not Alone - 5:37
13. Earth Song - 7:29
14. Blood On The Dance Floor - 4:15
15. You Rock My World - 10:26

Order the DVD here at Amazon.

Publisher: Epic Music Video
Series number: EVD 202250 9
Playing time: 91:00 minutes
Sound: PCM Stereo
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Up For Nobel Peace Prize. 07-10-'03

This year's Nobel Peace Prize winner is very hard to guess, but US pop star Michael Jackson is among nominees who can forget the award, the director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute said on Monday (October 6).

"This year is very difficult" to guess, Lundestad told Reuters of a record field of 165 candidates. The prize, worth 10 million Swedish crowns (USD 1.29 million), will be announced on Friday (October 10).

Tips for the 2003 prize include Pope John Paul, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Chinese or Iranian dissidents, the European Union and former Czech President Vaclav Havel.

"There are many good candidates, the vast majority of them are serious names. Michael Jackson is maybe not such a serious name, but there are very few in that category," Lundestad said. Jackson has been nominated for promoting peace via pop.

Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
Michael is named as being among the 165 nominees for Nobel Peace Prize.

The 2001 award to the United Nations and Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the 2000 prize to South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung were relatively easy to predict, he said. Former US President Jimmy Carter, a perennial nominee, won in 2002.

Lundestad said the biggest surprise in recent years was when veteran ban-the-bomb scientist Joseph Rotblat won in 1995. Even Rotblat had trouble believing it when Lundestad phoned.

Lundestad typically calls the winner about 45 minutes before the prize is publicly announced at 0900 GMT in Oslo. He said he sometimes does not call when there is a clear favorite - Annan, for instance, did not get a call.

He also said the committee had maintained a left-of-center outlook on world affairs even though three new members joined the five-member panel for six-year terms this year. Lundestad is secretary to the committee, attends all meetings but has no vote.

This year is the first with committee members appointed by five different Norwegian political parties - from far-left to far-right and reflecting the fractured Norwegian parliament since backing for the Labor Party crashed in 2001 elections.

"Norwegians tend to have the same outlook on foreign affairs with two big exceptions - the EU and the Middle East," Lundestad said. "Most Norwegians are automatically, in an international perspective, slightly left of center."

Norway voted "No" to joining the EU in referendums in 1994 and 1972 and the issue is still highly divisive. The Middle East also splits opinion in Norway, which hosted talks on the failed 1993 Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestinians.

Source: Reuters / Billie Jean

Al MalnikJackson In Gangster Riddle With Al Malnik. 06-10-'03

Michael Jackson has struck up a friendship with a man who has allegedly been linked to organised crime.

Businessman Al Malnik - who gossips have called the heir to gangster Meyer Lansky - is letting Jackson stay at his Miami, America house for as long as he likes.

An insider tells Britain's Daily Star, "Michael Jackson hosted a party for Malnik at his restaurant and has been staying at Malnik's house on and off as a long-term guest."

Another source says, "The whole Jackson clan, kids and nannies included, are staying with Malnik. The word is that Al is helping Michael get out of debt. It's all very strange."

But Michael's spokesman says, "Michael knows Malnik socially. There's no business relationship with the two gents."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

Roy HornJackson Distraught Over Roy's Tiger Attack. 05-10-'03

Michael Jackson has been left distressed and sad after learning his illusionist pal Roy Horn has been mauled by a tiger.

Horn - half of illusionist duo Siegfried and Roy - was bitten in the neck by white tiger Montecore halfway through the pair's performance at Las Vegas, Nevada's Mirage Hotel on Friday (October 3) - his 59th birthday.

He was immediately rushed to the University Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery and is said to be in a critical but stable condition.

And Jackson - a regular visitor to the gambling metropolis - is highly distraught over the incident.

In a statement he says, "Roy Horn is a special person who brings joy to the world and has always brought good feelings to my life. I am praying for his speedy recovery, and my heartfelt feelings go out to his family."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

The Billboard Website Story Stated. 04-10-'03

"An hour-long CBS special is in the works for around Thanksgiving, which will feature videos from 'Number Ones', career highlights and a performance of [the new song] 'One More Chance'."

Stuart Backerman, Michael Jackson's official spokesperson, today provided more information about the special in the following statement:

"Michael has a longstanding contractual obligation to the CBS Television Network to do a performance on air. In order to fulfill this contractual obligation, MJ and CBS have agreed, in principal, that at a date TBA (probably by Christmas season).

CBS will air a one hour special using old footage from previous concerts etc, and to shoot MJ doing a taped performance of a new song, possibly 'One More Chance'. However, there will not be an interview segment."

Source: Billie Jean

Stuart Backerman
Stuart Backerman, Official Spokesman for Michael Jackson.

Stuart Backerman Addresses Latest MJ News. 03-10-'03

Stuart Backerman has released a statement to MJJF concerning the latest MJ info about the 'Greatest Hits' and DVD package. Billboard Magazine has reported that in the near future CBS will conduct an interview with MJ to coincide with a live performance of 'One More Chance.'

The reality is slightly different, as follows: Michael has a longstanding contractual obligation to the CBS Television Network to do a performance on air.In order to fulfill this contractual obligation MJ and CBS have agreed, in principal, that at a date TBA (probably by Christmas season) CBS will air a one hour special using old footage from previous concerts etc., and to shoot MJ doing a TAPED performance of a new song, possibly 'One More Chance'.

However, there will NOT be an interview segment. As information regarding this T.V. Special becomes available I will keep you informed.

With Much Love, Stuart Backerman,Official Spokesman for MJ.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

Album Artwork For New Album Released. 03-10-'03

The brand new Michael Jackson album 'Number Ones' will be released with four different album covers. The track listing for the final release is still not decided, however track listings will be different for the European and US versions.

Number Ones Album Artwork
There were four covers for the 'Number Ones' album, a 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'HIStory' cover.

Source: Billie Jean

Charlie Chaplin DrawnMichael's Painting Of Charlie Chaplin Went For £4,112. 01-10-'03

Hundreds of items related to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Michael Jackson and Madonna also went under the hammer at the sale at a Christie's Pop Memorabilia Auction in London.

Rare items sold at the London auction included autographed material, lyrics, gold discs, unpublished photographs and clothing.

A 1976 pencil sketch on paper of Charlie Chaplin by Michael Jackson went for £4,112, above its estimate of £1,200. Paint medium on paper, signed by Michael Jackson in the lower right corner.

Jackson called the star of silent-film comedies a example of "perfectionism" and dedicated his 1991 album 'Dangerous' to Chaplin.

Memorabilia linked to the greatest names in pop is highly attractive to collectors.

Last month auctioneers reported a rare photograph of the Beatles on sale in an internet auction attracted huge interest from bidders. The rare 1962 concert poster advertising a Beatles concert has fetched £11,750 at an auction of pop memorabilia.

Source: Christie's Pop Memorabilia / Billie Jean

Michael Makes An Appearance At A Charity Event ‘Light The Way For Lupus’. 01-10-'03

Michael makes an appearance at a charity event 'Light The Way For Lupus', to raise funds for Lupus LA and Lupus Research at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

During the charity event, sponsored by the Lupus Research Institute, Michael makes a speech and presents the Medical Visionary Award to Dr Alan Metzger in recognition for his work to aid Lupus patients.

Dr. Allan Metzger, rheumatologist specialist lupus took care of Michael during his stay in 1995 and even when Prince became ill in 1999. They were so close that Metzger was the one who video register the marriage of Michael and Debbie and was once the godfather of one of Michael's children.

Actors Kerr Smith and his wife Harmony Smith, James Avery, Wayne Brady, producer Bernie Brillstein also attends the benefit. Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Film Entertainment speaks during the Light the Way for Lupus.

Lupus Benefit
Michael Jackson makes an appearance at a charity event to raise funds for Lupus LA and Lupus Research at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

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