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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Raymone Bain Releases Statement
- Michael To Attend Christ Celebration in Tokyo
Raymone BainThe following statement comes from Michael Jackson's spokesperson Raymone Bain, (pictured left) and reveals Michael's plans next month;

MICHAEL JACKSON TO ATTEND CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN TOKYO, JAPAN BEING GIVEN IN HIS HONOR TO COMMEMORATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF "THRILLER"
December 19, 2006

On Tuesday, December 19, 2006, Michael Jackson will be attending a Christmas celebration being held in his honor, hosted by Mr. Broderick Morris, CEO, Positive Productions Yokohama, and Mr. Daisuke Kodo, CEO, God Gate Investment. The celebration is being given to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of "Thriller."

Messrs. Morris and Kodo hosted Mr. Jackson during his May, 2006, visit to Tokyo. The Christmas celebration will be held at Tokyo Studio Coast.

Says Mr. Morris, "Mr. Kodo and I are delighted to be hosting Mr. Jackson in Tokyo again, for what will be a wonderful, inspirational, fun-filled celebration. He has many fans and friends here in Tokyo, and his record sales in Tokyo exceed that of any other artist. We also congratulate him on the 25th Anniversary of 'Thriller,' and worldwide record sales of 104,000,000 units. When Guinness recently presented him with the award certifying this record-breaking achievement, we were all so very happy for him. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Jackson in December."

Says Michael Jackson, "I look forward to visiting Japan again, and greeting my fans and friends. I would like to thank Messrs. Morris and Kodo for inviting me back, and for hosting the event."

 

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Friday, 17th November 2006
WORLD MUSIC AWARDS APPEARANCE HAD SOUND CUT
- Head Of Public Relations Baffled
Michael Jackson Arrives at WMA Negative media is of course nothing new to Michael Jackson or his fans, however, when certain media outlets claimed that it "appeared a struggle" for him to sing on stage at the World Music Awards, certain fans who attended were left confused.
The sing along with We Are The World suddenly cut short just as Michael started to sing a few lines of the charity hit he penned with Lionel Richie in the 80's.

I was standing watching Jackson perform... and suddenly he stopped," said Julius Just, head of Public Relations for the awards. "They cut the sound on one of the greatest living artists in the world." Almost embarrassed, Just went on to tell the BBC, "It's the first time anything like this has happened in 18 years of the World Music Awards."

Earl's Court organisers deny they cut the song short, "We accommodated the show and the show's organisers," said spokesman Jeremy Probert.

The assembled teen choir who were on stage with Michael also found it strange that the song had been cut. "We were rehearsing to sing the whole song - so we were a bit confused because we never got to the actual song. The music was just cut off," said Paulo Mariani, a 17-year-old who was handpicked last week for the choir. "I can see that fans might have felt let down, but for us it was amazing."

Mariani said his appearance alongside Michael was the "best experience of (his) life" and that the choir hadn't even rehearsed with the greatest entertainer of all time, just with a choreographer that day. We got there at one o'clock on the day of the show and basically rehearsed in a room with a choreographer for a couple of hours."

Since the Awards ended, media have been heavily (and harshly) critical of Michael's apparent performance at the event. Although, he did deny that he was ever meant to perform while on the red carpet entering the event, saying that it was a "misunderstanding" and "a rumour." Michael Jackson, nor any member of his management team, never actually confirmed that a performance was to take place in the run up to the show.

AllmichaelJackson says All day on the news channels BBC, ITV, SKY News they reported how Michael stopped singing and how bad his performance was given he had rehearsed it. Well above the official head of PR for the awards says the sound was cut as did some of the choir children, and also note how the choir children said they had not rehearsed with Michael.

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Friday, 17th November 2006
WORLD MUSIC AWARDS APPEARANCE HAD SOUND CUT
- Head Of Public Relations Baffled
Michael Jackson Arrives at WMA Negative media is of course nothing new to Michael Jackson or his fans, however, when certain media outlets claimed that it "appeared a struggle" for him to sing on stage at the World Music Awards, certain fans who attended were left confused.
The sing along with We Are The World suddenly cut short just as Michael started to sing a few lines of the charity hit he penned with Lionel Richie in the 80's.

I was standing watching Jackson perform... and suddenly he stopped," said Julius Just, head of Public Relations for the awards. "They cut the sound on one of the greatest living artists in the world." Almost embarrassed, Just went on to tell the BBC, "It's the first time anything like this has happened in 18 years of the World Music Awards."

Earl's Court organisers deny they cut the song short, "We accommodated the show and the show's organisers," said spokesman Jeremy Probert.

The assembled teen choir who were on stage with Michael also found it strange that the song had been cut. "We were rehearsing to sing the whole song - so we were a bit confused because we never got to the actual song. The music was just cut off," said Paulo Mariani, a 17-year-old who was handpicked last week for the choir. "I can see that fans might have felt let down, but for us it was amazing."

Mariani said his appearance alongside Michael was the "best experience of (his) life" and that the choir hadn't even rehearsed with the greatest entertainer of all time, just with a choreographer that day. We got there at one o'clock on the day of the show and basically rehearsed in a room with a choreographer for a couple of hours."

Since the Awards ended, media have been heavily (and harshly) critical of Michael's apparent performance at the event. Although, he did deny that he was ever meant to perform while on the red carpet entering the event, saying that it was a "misunderstanding" and "a rumour." Michael Jackson, nor any member of his management team, never actually confirmed that a performance was to take place in the run up to the show.

AllmichaelJackson says All day on the news channels BBC, ITV, SKY News they reported how Michael stopped singing and how bad his performance was given he had rehearsed it. Well above the official head of PR for the awards says the sound was cut as did some of the choir children, and also note how the choir children said they had not rehearsed with Michael.

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Thursday, 16th November 2006
MICHAEL: 'PERFORMING "RUMOUR" WAS "MISUNDERSTANDING

Michael Jackson Arrives at WMA
After media outlets labelled last night's performance at the World Music Awards as (amongst other things) "embarrassing" and "disappointing," it turns out that Michael Jackson's appearance on stage was not a performance at all!
Michael received the Diamond Award as planned from Beyoncé Knowles (as well another Guinness World Record certificate) and closed the show by appearing on stage with an assembled choir of teenagers as they sang the 80's charity hit We Are The World.

Although he sang a few words of the song himself, that didn't stop some fans from booing as the show closed, obviously expecting much more from the most successful entertainer of all time. Michael had been rumoured to perform by various media outlets. Awards host Lindsay Lohan didn't do herself, Michael or the fans any favours by introducing the stage appearance as one of his first "performances" for years.

However, according to the BBC, he was never actually meant to perform. During a red carpet interview as Michael arrived at the awards, (pictured above, click to enlarge) he was asked by a BBC reporter if he would be performing, "Oh, I'm receiving an award, It's not a performance," he replied defiantly while also shaking his head vigorously. "It is a misunderstanding."

When asked again (by another reporter) if he was performing, Michael once again shook his head, "No!" he said with conviction. "It's just a rumour."

Michael Jackson collects awardMichael appeared in front of the anticipating crowd on two separate occasions, but fans had to wait (as usual) until the end of proceedings to get a glimpse of their hero, and not until after a spectacular tribute to the Thriller album with a performance by U.S. R&B star Chris Brown who performed his version of the single of the same name.

His first appearance was to receive his Diamond Award. (Pictured right, click to enlarge) When introducing him, Beyoncé lavished praise upon one of her biggest icons, "If it wasn't for Michael Jackson, I would have never, ever performed. He has made such an impact on my life and every performer's life. Michael Jackson, I love you!" She wasn't the only celebrity to get behind Michael. Katie Price and her husband Peter Andre, Peaches Geldof and Rachel Hunter all joined in with the crowd as they presented various awards. Host Lohan even chanted Michael's name when introducing him to the stage, calling him a "God" in the process.

The crowd went wild as he strolled down the steps looking healthy and gave Beyoncé a friendly hug and kiss. "There have been so many who have loved me and stood by me throughout my 42 years I have been part of this business," he said during his acceptance speech. "I would like to thank my wonderful children, Paris, Prince, and Blanket, for their unconditional love and support."

Michael Jackson sings chorus of We Are the WorldMichael then left to go backstage with his awards, leaving the announcer to present a performance from Barbados born singer Rhianna. Fans who felt aggrieved that the performance they wanted from their favourite star looked unlikely then decided (wrongly, harshly and disgustingly) to boo the R&B singer as she started her performance. Rising above the pettiness, the singer delivered a great rendition of her hit Unfaithful.

Lohan then introduced Michael to the ecstatic crowd. We Are The World belted out of the speakers as the choir sang along before he came back out (Diamond Award still clutched in hand) and greeted them. Michael had a distinct swagger as he sauntered about the stage with the same confidence and attitude he showed when delivering his speech. He then sang along with a few words (pictured above, click to enlarge) before letting the choir and the crowd sing the rest.

A few lucky fans were sent into a frenzy by Michael throwing his new jacket (designed by Roberto Cavalli, who was in attendance!) into the crowd. The adoring choir then engulfed Michael as they walked off stage. The announcement then came that the show was over and the booing by fans commenced, obviously unaware of the misunderstanding that had taken place.

For fans, or indeed certain outlets of the media, who wish to see the red carpet interview by the BBC click on the link below and select the "watch" option to the right of the article.

View Red Carpet Interview which also included video footage of the red carpet questions.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2006
MICHAEL PICKS UP GUINNESS AWARD CERTIFICATES

Michael Jackson With Guiness World Records Certificates
Michael Jackson visited the London Head Quarters of the Guinness World Records today, for an honorary presentation.
He received several certificates acknowledging many of his greatest achievements. Awards that state (as fact) there is literally no one better than him in the world at many things he does, and has done.

When presented with his (many) awards (Pictured left, click to enlarge), Michael said that he was all the more pleased due to him being a fan of the book since he was a child. "I've always been a big fan of the book. Thank you so much – it’s a great honour to visit the Guinness World Records offices."

Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, greeted Michael and took him on a tour of the offices as well as exhibits from the 'Guinness World Records Cabinet of Curioddities'. As well as his multiple certificates, Glenday also presented Michael with a copy of the latest edition of the book as well as a special edition from the year he was born, 1958.

Glenday explained how staff have not been as exited about a visit since the Queen! "We always expect the unexpected here at Guinness World Records. From the world’s tallest man, woman with the longest fingernails and most pierced woman, we’re used to all walks of life stopping by the office, but we haven’t been this excited since we met the Queen last year. Michael is one of the greatest superstars of all time and his unwavering success has kept him at the very top of the record-breaking charts throughout his career. We’re absolutely delighted that Michael holds Guinness World Records in such high regard and honoured that he’s taken time out of his busy schedule to stop by and collect them in person."

Amongst the awards Michael received was a certificate for greatest selling album ever. The certificate itself (pictured right, click to enlarge) states the album has sold over a staggering 104 million albums worldwide since its 1982 release.

Michael will be accepting a Diamond award tomorrow evening at the World Music Awards for the very same album, and Glenday is said to the man who will be presenting him with yet another award on the night. According to Guinness World Records, Michael is due to sing tracks (that's plural) from the album to help celebrate its upcoming 25th anniversary.

Amongst the other certificates that were presented were for youngest vocalist to top the U.S. singles chart, highest paid entertainer of all time and what is said to be his ultimate, most successful entertainer of all time.

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Monday, 13th November 2006
MICHAEL IS IN LONDON! Staying at the Hempel Hotel

Michael Jackson pictured at the London hotel
Michael Jackson is in London now, and fans have already gathered outside the hotel where he is staying.
Joined by two of his three children, Michael arrived last night according to the Metro. He has been staying at the Hempel Hotel in Bayswater.

Fans have been getting glimpses as Michael has appeared at his balcony window ahead of the World Music Awards on Wednesday. As previously reported, it's rumoured he is to perform as part of a spectacular tribute to Thriller, with the biggest selling album of all time due to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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Monday, 13th November 2006
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD INTERVIEW (PART 2) AIRS

Access Hollywood has held an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson while he was in Ireland.
Part 1 of the interview aired in the U.S. on Thursday (November 2nd) and showed Michael in great spirits as he discussed his new music alongside producer Will.I.Am in the recording studio. Part 2 aired yesterday, and Michael discussed his future comeback.

"Do you see something big with the music that you make again, or getting that ground swell going? Doing clubs and intimate things and getting it bigger and bigger and bigger?" asked Access Hollywood's Billy Bush. "You know I'm not sure, on that level," was the answer from a cautious Michael.

Black Eyed Peas producer Will.I.Am was a little more forthright, answering Bush's question as a fan, claiming any future project would be "Big!"

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Monday, 13th November 2006
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD INTERVIEW (PART 2) AIRS

Access Hollywood has held an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson while he was in Ireland.
Part 1 of the interview aired in the U.S. on Thursday (November 2nd) and showed Michael in great spirits as he discussed his new music alongside producer Will.I.Am in the recording studio. Part 2 aired yesterday, and Michael discussed his future comeback.

"Do you see something big with the music that you make again, or getting that ground swell going? Doing clubs and intimate things and getting it bigger and bigger and bigger?" asked Access Hollywood's Billy Bush. "You know I'm not sure, on that level," was the answer from a cautious Michael.

Black Eyed Peas producer Will.I.Am was a little more forthright, answering Bush's question as a fan, claiming any future project would be "Big!"

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