Santana Guests On Michael Jackson Album
Michael Jackson's forthcoming Epic album, "Invincible," will include a collaboration with Carlos Santana, according to producer Teddy Riley, Billboard Bulletin reports. While Epic says no release dateMichael Jackson's forthcoming Epic album, "Invincible," will include a collaboration with Carlos Santana, according to producer Teddy Riley, Billboard Bulletin reports. While Epic says no release date has been set, Riley, who worked on the project, says the album will "definitely be released before the end of the year." A source says it is expected Oct. 29 internationally. The first single from the album will be the Rodney Jerkins-produced "Rock My World."
As previously reported, Jackson will be at the center of pair of tribute shows next month at New York's Madison Square Garden. Dozens of artists will take the stage during the Sept. 7 and 10 shows, including Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, 'N Sync, Ricky Martin, and Britney Spears.
Over the past month, questions were raised as to which members of Jackson's performing family would participate, after brother Jermaine issued a statement saying he and Randy Jackson were at odds with the event's producers and were not confirmed to participate in the shows as had been announced.
In short order, Marlon Jackson countered his brother's claims, saying Randy would part of a reunion of the original Jacksons circa 1975, which included Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito, and Randy Jackson (Jermaine is an original member of the Jackson 5, which also included Michael, Jackie, Marlon, and Tito, but not Randy, who joined his brothers in the group 1984).
Now, following a recent supportive statement released by parents Joseph and Kathryn Jackson, event producer David Gest has announced that Jermaine will indeed take part in the tribute along with all of his brothers.
"Jermaine was always an integral part of the Jackson 5," Gest said in a statement released Friday. "I am delighted he has signed his contract and will be joining his brothers: Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito, and Randy for these very special evenings. Personally, all the brothers and I have been friends since our early teens and it is very gratifying that a dream will become reality as we celebrate these events together. Michael is extremely happy that all his brothers, the original Jackson 5 and the original Jacksons, will be involved in these milestone events."
As first reported here, ticket prices for the event -- which will be taped and edited into a two-hour primetime special for later broadcast on CBS -- range from $45 to $2,500. Although it has been widely reported that the two shows are sold out, at deadline several hundred tickets for both nights were available via Ticketmaster.