|1999 - November|
November 30, 1999
Michael Featured On MTV Special
Michael will be featured in an MTV SPECIAL "TOP 100 GREATEST VIDEOS EVER MADE" beginning December 6th - December 11th 1999. 8 P. M. (ET) / 7 P. M. ( CT) A Full length interview with Michael will also be featured following the countdown on Saturday December 11th.
November 29, 1999
Michael Jackson On Cover Of TV Guide
Michael will be on the cover of the December 4-10 issue of TV Guide. Along with giving the fans previews of his new look with three wonderful new photos, the TV Guide has a full interview with Michael inside.
Michael says in the interview that he loves fatherhood so much, he wants to have at least 10 children.
"I thought I was prepared because I read everything about child rearing but it's so much more exciting than I ever imagined it would be, "Michael said. `The only regret I have is that I wish I had done it earlier."
Michael also talks about Thriller, his love for animals, his new album and more.
November 12, 1999
Michael To Play Poe In "The Nightmare Of Edgar Allen Poe"
Michael's wish has come true. As star and executive producer of the upcoming theatrical feature, which is due to start production late next year, Michael is perhaps playing the perfect part. As we have seen in "Ghosts", the 35 minute short film in which Michael plays a maestro, a mayor, a ghoul mayor, super ghoul, and even a skeleton, Michael is not only a gifted singer and dancer, but has also got a flare for acting.
Gary L. Pudney and Jim Green will be executive producers along with Michael on the film which is packaged as an independent European co-production, jointly financed with funds from Germany, France and Quebec, Canada.
We know all the fans will be looking forward to seeing Michael in his upcoming film!
November 10, 1999
Michael In 'Ebony'
Michael is featured in the December 1999 issue of Ebony as one of the 100 Most Important Blacks In The World In The 20th Century.
"Michael Jackson dubbed " The King of Pop," his music and videos had unprecedented world appeal."
Berry Gordy, has also been listed among the 100 Most Important Blacks In The World In the 20 Century.
November 5, 1999
Michael Voted #8 in Entertainment Weekly's "The 100 Greatest Entertainers" (1950-2000)
Even though Michael is number 8 behind the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Steven Spielberg, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Saturday Night Live, Tom Sinclair tells a story of Michael that is well worth reading. In the few short pages (2) he grasps the readers attention with comments such as: "That the name Michael Jackson doesn't immediately conjure such images-that he more often inspires thoughts these days of a freakish sideshow act- is entertainment's great tragedy." or "it's tempting to use the past tense when talking about him. But if we convince you of one thing in this issue, it's that Michael Jackson should be celebrated for what he meant to share with us, rather than the media sideshow (though entertaining to some) he's become infamous for." and his final comment (obviously written before news of the postponed millennium concerts) "Because of the 20 hour time difference between the two cities, he will be able to ring in the new year twice. It figures. Who else but Michael Jackson could be in two places at once?" For the rest of the story you'll have to purchase the magazine!
November 4, 1999
Jackson Found Not Guilty Of Plagiarism
The Court of Appeals of Milan has rejected the appeal of Italian songwriter Albano Carrisi, and confirmed the lower court's judgment in favor of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, in a lawsuit involving Jackson's hit song "Will You Be There." Al Bano claimed that Jackson copied his song "I cigni di Balaka" (The Swans of Balaka). In November of 1997, the Trubunal of Milan ruled that there was no plagiarism, and Al Bano appealed.
Jackson's copyright lawyer, Eve Wagner of Saucer & Wagner commented on the victory:
"This lawsuit has been pending for (7) seven years, and we are delighted that Michael Jackson has once again been vindicated, and that justice has been served. This is the fourth time Mr. Jackson has triumphed in an unsubstantiated copyright infringement case."
Ms. Wagner also said that Al Bano was ordered to pay legal expenses to Jackson and Sony, among others.
Ms. Wagner also commented on a ruling earlier this year by a criminal court in Rome finding Jackson guilty of plagiarism in a lawsuit involving the same two songs- "Will You Be There" and "I Cigni di Bulaka." Wagner stated that:
"The criminal court's ruling was groundless and a travesty. The criminal court had not only ignored the previous rulings by (6) six other judges in Jackson's favor, but also the opinion of the court's own expert that there was 'no possibility of plagiarism.' The court of appeals in Milan considered the criminal judgment and nonetheless concluded that Jackson was not guilty of plagiarism."
Source: Law Offices of Saucer & Wagner
November 2, 1999
Thriller Millennium Edition Update
The re-released Millennium Edition of Thriller is available in the following countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Norway, Finland, Poland, Turkey, New Zealand and Greece. All sales will count towards the total album sales of Thriller. The catalogue number is: MILLEM4.
All of Michael's albums are being re-mastered and will probably be re-released at some point in the year 2000.
The DVD of Thriller is currently being worked on and has a tentative release date of Feb. 2000.
Source: MJWN with many thanks to Sony UK
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