Michael Jackson Plans Star-Studded NYC Show
The King of Pop is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with a regal concert. A spokesperson for Michael Jackson announced yesterday (April 16) that the superstar will be feted Sept. 7 atThe King of Pop is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with a regal concert. A spokesperson for Michael Jackson announced yesterday (April 16) that the superstar will be feted Sept. 7 at an all-star concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Among the artists slated to appear are the Jacksons, Jill Scott, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Marc Anthony, and Shaggy.
The concert, which will be taped for TV broadcast, will also feature a reunion between Jackson and his brothers, marking the first time all of them have performed together since the 1980s. As previously reported, the group is planning a reunion album, which will be their first since 1989's "2300 Jackson Street." Michael has not appeared on a Jackson family album since 1984's smash hit "Victory."
Jackson hasn't performed at a concert in the United States since his ''Bad'' concert tour in the late 1980s. He's working on a new album, slated for release in the fall, and will debut material from the album at the show. The success of the album is considered crucial to his career, which has suffered due to his eccentricities and allegations of child molestation.
In a statement, Jackson, 42, said: ''I am very excited to celebrate my 30th anniversary as a solo artist with such a distinguished array of talent, friends, and fans. I look forward to performing live and reuniting with my brothers on this special night.''
Jackson first hit the charts with the Jackson 5 in 1969, and started his career as a solo artist two years later. The title track of his 1972 solo debut album, "Got To Be There," reached No. 4 on The Billboard Hot 100. His 1982 album "Thiller" is one of the best-selling albums of all time, having been certified last year for U.S. sales of 26 million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America.
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