Michael Jackson will take part in a Jackson Five reunion album with his brothers, according to his publicist. His own new studio album, his first since 1995's double-disc "HIStory," is expected to be
Michael Jackson will take part in a Jackson Five reunion album with his brothers, according to his publicist. His own new studio album, his first since 1995's double-disc "HIStory," is expected to be released this year via Epic. "Michael will be recording two to three songs for the new Jackson Five album," the publicist said yesterday (Jan. 8). "He has not gone into the studio yet to do this, and he has not yet committed to touring." The Jackson family has not released an album since 1989's "2300 Jackson Street," which peaked at No. 59 on The Billboard 200. Their previous album, 1984's "Victory," peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and featured the Michael-sung No. 3 single "State Of Shock." In other Michael Jackson news, the artist -- who has endured two failed marriages -- will host a celebrity panel about balancing ''romantic love, familial love, and professional dedication'' at a benefit for his charity, Heal the Kids, on Valentine's Day. Tickets will sell for $45-$65. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of the book ''Kosher Sex'' and a friend of Jackson's, will moderate the Feb. 14 event at New York's Carnegie Hall. Other participants include attorney Johnnie Cochran, TV host Chuck Woolery, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Jackson, 42, is the chairman and Boteach is the president of Heal the Kids, which aims to make children a greater priority in adults' lives. Jackson has two young children of his own by Deborah Rowe, who filed for divorce in 1999. He was also married to Lisa Marie Presley. Jackson was accused of child molestation in 1993, but charges were never filed and he reached an out-of-court settlement with his accuser. Copyright 2001 Billboard.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.