2002 ~ Prince Michael (Blanket) is born ~ Exeter Football Club Speech ~ Devilish Mottola ~ Neverland Pictures company ~ “Sony Sucks” ~ MJ’s 44th birthday at MTV awards ~ “What More Can I Give”
- January 9 :
At the end of the American Music Awards Ceremony, Chris Tucker
presented the Artist of The Century Award to Michael Jackson.
Chris introduced film director Brett Ratner to Michael.
- February :
Michael was on the cover of VIBE magazine with an exclusive interview & pictures taken at Neverla nd.
- February 9 :
Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attended the fund-raiser Art For Aids : A Tribute To Rock Hudson at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach .
Later in the evening, they attended a private dinner at Dana Point with Michael’s dermatologist Dr Arnold Klein.
- February 13 :
- February 21 :
Prince Michael II (nicknamed Blanket) was born at the Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, California. Soon after Michael took Blanket to Neverland. Mark Lester is Blanket’s Godfather.
- February 24 :
Michael, Elizabeth Taylor & Brett Ratner attended a private party at Mark Damon’s house to announce that Neverland Entertainment and Raju Sharad Patel have signed with Damon’s Independant film company MDP Worldwide Entertainment to create a new division called Neverland Pictures.
- March 16 :
Angry with Sony Music who refused to release What More Can I Give & finance the video for Unbreakable, Michael invited several fans to his suite to explain them the situation and encouraged them to push the promotion of Invincible.
Michael also decided to finance & produce the Unbreakable video himself. He hired Brett Ratner to direct it and asked Chris Tucker & Mel Gibson to play in it. He also contemplated the video of a new world tour.
- April :
Michael was about to start shooting the Unbreakable short film when Sony announced that they wouldnt release the single. The promotion of the Invincible album was over with only 2 singles.
Michael’s former business manager Myung-Ho Lee filed a $13 million lawsuit claiming that on September 14, Michael met him in Los Angeles and signed an agreement to pay him those fees but he never got them. Michael’s lawyer Zia Moddaber answers that his client never signed anything and was not even in Los Angeles on that date.
- April 03 :
Michael hosted a party for Paris 4th birthday at Neverland with Prince, Blanket, Brett Barnes and Grace.
- April 12 :
Michael talked to the the actionnaires of MDP Worldwide through a recorded video message asking them to rename the company Neverland Pictures. The first movies project was called Wolfed.
Michael filmed a scene for the movie Miss Cast Away at Neverland directed by Brian Michael Stollers. Together, they worked on a movie project called They Cage The Animals At Night based on a novel.
- April 20 :
At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Michael recorded a performance of Dangerous for Dick Clark’s 5Oth Anniversary of American Bandstand.
- April 22 :
The three biggest Michael Jackson’s fan-clubs in the world gathered their effort to denounce the lack of promotion of Invincible from Sony Music and they organized many demonstrations of fans to re-launch the album.
Michael performed Dangerous, Black Or White & Heal The World (with Diana Ross) during a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee’s Every Vote Counts ‘campaign held at the mythic Apollo Theatre in Harlem .
Brett Barnes, Prince, Paris, Blanket, Grace, the Cascio family Chris Tucker & Rodney Jerkins attended the event. Afterwards Michael Bill Clinton posed for pictures.
While in NYC Michael introduced Prince, Paris & Blanket to President Clinton.
Michael Jackson fanclubs issued a joint Statement, exposing Sony’s sabotage of the Invincible album as a strategy to acquire full control of the Beatles Catalog.
Worldwide Fanclubs organize to re-launch Invincible album.
- June 6 :
Michael joined the NAC (National Action Network), a recently formed coalition which has been set up to investigate artist exploitation by major record labels supported by lawyer Johnnie Cochran and civil rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton. He also denied owing $200 millions to Sony Music.
- June 10 :
Michael arrived in London and checked in to the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.
- June 11 :
Michael had dinner with Uri Geller and his family. Geller introduced him to British journalist Martin Bashir who wanted to do a TV documentary on Michael.
- June 12 :
Michael went shopping at Hamley’s.
- June 13 :
Michael went shopping at HMV store.
Michael was inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Liza Minnelli & David Gest accepted the award on his behalf.
Michael visited the Houses of Parliament accompanied by Uri Geller and magician David Blaine.
Later, Michael left Paddington Station, on a train ride to Exeter with Geller, Blaine, Mark Lester & 200 fans. They went to St James’ Park where 10 000 had gathered for this fund-raising event, organized to raise money for the footclub club and two charities aimed at combating Aids and malaria.
**Michael Jackson Speech, 2002 Exeter Football Club:
“Sadly, sadly, we live in a state of fear.
Every day we hear of war.
On the news.
On the radio.
Always of war.
We hear of nations hurting each other.
Of neighbors hurting each other.
Of families hurting each other.
And of children killing each other.
We must learn to live and love each other.
Before it’s too late.
WE HAVE TO STOP!
We have to stop the prejudice.
We have to stop the hating.
We have to stop living in fear of our own neighbors.
I would like all of you now to take the hand of the person to the left and to the right of you.
GO ahead, right now. I mean it. Right now.
Don’t be shy…DO IT. Right now. I mean it. It starts now.
The person to the left and the right of you.
Go ahead, right now. I mean it. Right now.
Don’t be shy…DO IT.
Now, tell the person…
tell the person next to you that you care for them.
Tell them that you care for them.
TELL THEM THAT YOU LOVE THEM.
TELL THEM THAT YOU LOVE THEM.
THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.
Together, we can make a change in the world.
Together, we can help to stop racism.
Together, we can help to stop prejudice.
We can help the world live without fear.
It is our only hope.
And without hope, we are lost.
To all the children of the world,
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
Thank you, and GOD BLESS.” ~Michael Jackson
- June 15 :
Later, Michael attended a fan-club event with Uri Geller at the Equinox nightclub where he spoke for the first time of his problems with Sony and his CEO Tommy Mottolla.
- June 17 :
Michael had business meetings with Mohamed Al Fayed and Adrian Grant.
- June 18 :
Michael returned home.
- July 6 :
Michael attended a fan demonstration at the Sony Music offices in Manhattan, New York. As he did in London, Michael arrived on the top of a double-decker bus.
Later, Michael went to a civil rights meeting to speak out against the music industry’s treatment of the artists and he called Tommy Mottola a racist, mean and devilish man.
In the evening, Michael attended a fan-club party with Grace & Karen at the Webster Hall where he accepted the 3Oth Anniversary Fan Award.
- July 7 :
Michael completed his Last Will and appointed John Branca, John McClain and Barry Siegel as co-Executors of this Will.
- July 9 :
Michael went to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem where he again spoke of a conspiracy in the record industry against black artists.
Michael gave an interview to Rita Cosby for Fox News TV. He spoke about corruption and conspiracy in the record industry.
- July 13 :
- Mid July :
Michael settled at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas with Prince, Paris & Blanket, their nannies Grace & Patricia & bodyguards.
- July 30/31 :
Michael invited British journalist Martin Bashir to Neverland to record a documentary on his life.
- August 26 :
Michael invited Chris Tucker to Las Vegas so that they can work on film projects together.
He also invited the Wolf family, a family who lost everything during the recent floods in Germany to visit Neverland .
- August 29 :
Michael went to New York City to appear at the MTV Video Awards Ceremony where Britney Spears presented him a birthday cake for his 44th birthday and Michael gave a thanking speech for the Artist of the Millenium award.
Michael opened the gates of Neverland to all the fans that came for his birthday.
- September :
Michael invited journalist Martin Bashir to Las Vegas for interviews and a shopping spree with Prince, Paris & Grace.
- September 26 :
Michael was at Neverland with Martin Bashir to film an interview with Gavin Arvizo whom Michael saved him from cancer.
- October 12 :
Michael invited more than 2OO members of the US Air Force and their families to spend the day at Neverland.
- November 2 :
Michael accepted the World Arts Awards through a recorded video message during the World Awards For Men in Vienna.
- November 13/14/15 :
Michael went to the Santa Maria Courthouse to testify in the Marcel Avram trial.
- November 19 :
Michael arrived in Berlin, with his three children and Grace.
Later he introduced Blanket to the world by holding him over the balcony of his hotel suite.
In the evening he went to a restaurant with journalist Martin Bashir & business partner Dieter Wiesner.
♥ I would give anything to be able hear Michael sing in the streets.. “Butterflies.. Hee Hee..”
- November 20 :
Michael took Prince & Paris to the zoo (with Grace, Wiesner & Bashir).
In the evening he attended the charity gala “A Tribute to Bambi” with Wiesner & Bashir where he donated one of his jackets for the auction.
- November 21 :
Michael attended the Bambi Awards with Wiesner & Bashir where Boris Becker presented him the Pop Artist Of The Millenium award.
During the ceremony, the video of What More Can I Give was premiered.
- November 23 :
Michael and his entourage returned home.
- November 28 :
Bunte magazine published an interview of Michael
- December 1:
Michael invited Dieter Wiesner & Ronald Konotzer at Neverland to work on a 10 year plan named MJ Universe.
♥ Michael went to Disneyland with his children.
- December 3/4 :
Michael went back to the Santa Maria Courthouse to resume testimony in the Marcel Avram trial. He arrived on crutches after being severly bit by a spider at Neverland.
- December 9 :
Live from Neverland, Chris Tucker presented Michael a special award to celebrate the 2Oth Anniversary of Thriller during the Billboard Awards. Frank Tyson and several fans were present.
- December 20 :
Gold magazine published an interview of Michael.
Michael went to Miami to visit houses and work with Barry Gibb on a charity song.
- December 24/25 :
Michael celebrated Christmas with Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace.
Michael Jackson’s “Invincible” Album was released on October 30,2001.
On November 7, 2001 Michael made an appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square in New York to promote and sign copies of Invincible. Michael also gave several interviews to the TV shows TRL (MTV), Entertainment Tonight (CBS) et 106th & Park (BET).
2001 ~ Heal The Kids, Rush Hour 2, Invincible Album, MTV Video Music Awards, Michael’s 30th Anniversary Concert, “What More Can I Give”, “You Rock My World”, Men In Black 2, NASDAQ, “Cry”, “Butterflies”
- January :
Michael, Grace & the kids went back to the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC.
- February 13 :
Michael hosted a party for Prince’s 4th birthday
- February 14 :
Michael gave a press conference for Heal The Kids at the Carnegie Hall in New York with Shmuley Boteach & Frank Tyson.
- March 4 :
Michael arrived in London on crutches after injuring his foot. He was accompanied by Frank Tyson.
- March 5 :
Michael went shopping with Macauley Culkin in London before attending the launch party of Shmuley Boteach & Uri Geller’s book at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Michael went to the Oxford University to give a moving speech about childhood. Frank, Uri, Schmuley & german business partner Dieter Wiesner attended the event.
- March 7 :
Michael was Uri Geller’s best man at his wedding celebrated in the Berkshire by Schmuley Boteach.
- March 9-11 :
Michael spent the weekend in Austria before returning to New York .
- March 10 :
Michael congratulated Janet through a recorded message during the MTV Icon Special honoring her.
- March 19 :
N’Sync inducted Michael in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist during a special presentation at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Michael invited Frank and Shmuley Boteach as his guests.
- March 21 :
Schmuley Boteach, Uri Geller & Michael met Isreali Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in NYC
- March 25 :
Michael went to Newark, New Jersey with Frank & Schmuley to distribute books to children under Heal The Kids.
The Heal The Kids Foundation was later dismantled.
- April-June :
Michael, Grace & the kids went to Miami where Michael completed the recording and mixing of his new album.
Michael met comedian Chris Tucker. Michael & Chris become friends and recorded a new version of “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” for the soundtrack of Rush Hour 2.
- April 03 :
Michael hosted a party for Paris 3rd birthday.
- June :
Michael hired F. Marc Schaffel and they created a new company Neverland Valley Entertainment with a common bank account.
- June 12 :
Michael went to the Hit Factory studio in New York to presented his new album called Invincible to Sony executives. He wanted the song Unbreakable to be the first single but Sony insisted for the song You Rock My World and Michael accepted. He started to work on the video with director Hype Williams.
- June 28 :
Michael got on stage at the end of the Summer Jam Concert festival in Long Island to hug rapper Jay-Z with whom he had just completed backgound vocals For his song Girls, Girls, Girls.
- July :
Michael went to Miami with Bruce Sweden to complete the final mixing of Invincible.
Dissatisfied with the video concept of Hype Williams, Michael hired Paul Hunter to direct “You Rock My World”.
He started rehearsing for 2 concerts produced by David Gest and scheduled for September 7 & 10 in New York to Celebrates his 30th Anniversary as a solo artist.
- August :
Michael started working on the video for Unbreakable with director Dave Meyers. He had a very visual concept and asked Lucas films Studio to take care of the special effects
- August 9 :
In a Los Angeles dance studio, Michael started rehearsing a medley with his 5 brothers for the upcoming New York concerts.
- August 13-21 :
Michael recorded the You Rock My World short film in Los Angeles directed by Paul Hunter, featuring Chris Tucker and a special appearance by Marlon Brando
- August 24 :
After several leaks, the song “You Rock My World” was finally released to the radios.
- August 30 :
Michael opens the stock exchange at NASDAQ on Times Square (NYC)
He was presented with a birthday cake.
- September 6 :
Michael went to the Madison Square Garden to rehearse his duets with Britney Spears, Whitney Houston & N’Sync.
In the evening, he made a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony to dance with N’Sync at the end of their performance.
- September 7 :
All the biggest stars of music, films & sports gathered to attend his concert at the Madison Square Garden. Michael arrived late with Elizabeth Taylor and during the first part of the show he watched tribute performances of his songs by today’s biggest artist in a VIP section with all his family & friends: Joe, Katherine, Rebbie, Macauley Culkin, the Cascios, Gregory Peck, Mark Lester & many more, while other friends such as Liza Minelli or Marlon Brando paid him respect on stage.
During the second part of the show, Michael performed a live medley with the Jacksons (joined by N’Sync on Dancing Machine), + The Way You Make Me Feel in duet with Britney Spears, Billie Jean, Black Or White with Slash, You Rock My World & We Are The World with Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono and many stars.
After the concert, Michael attended an after party held at the Tavern On The Green.
- September 10 :
- September 11 :
Upon hearing of the terrorist attacks in New York , Michael ordered a bus for his family to return in California and limousines for his close friends. He left New York with Grace, Prince & Paris and they went to the Cascio family house in New Jersey
- September 16 :
Michael announced that he is going to record the song What More Can I Give with many artists for the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York . The song was produced by Marc Schaffel for Neverland Valley Entertainment.
- September 21 :
The video for “You Rock My World” premiered in Europe .
Michael recorded the song You Are My Life with John Mclain in Los Angeles and he likes it so much that he decided to add it at the last minute to the tracklist of Invincible
- October 9 :
The single of “You Rock My World” was released in Europe
- October 15 :
While Quincy Jones was promoting his autobiography On the Oprah Show, Michael called him on the phone to congratulate him.
Michael completed the recording of What More Can I Give. The song included many artists such as Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Aaron & Nick Carter, Luther Vandross, Boys 2 Men, Gloria Estefan
- October 16 :
Sony released special editions of Michael’s classic albums Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad & Dangerous with exclusive new materials (interview, demo & previously unreleased songs)
Michael recorded a scene for the movie Men In Black 2 directed by Barry Sonnefield where he played Agent M.
- October 21 :
Michael was in Washington DC where he participated at a TV concert for the victims of September 11. He performed Man In The Mirror, and What More Can I Give with all the artists of the night (including Usher & Mariah Carey) Prince, Paris, Macauley Culkin, the Cascios, Kenny Ortega & Marc Shaffel attended the concert backstage.
- October 22 :
Michael recorded a Spanish version of “What More Can I Give” called “Todo Para Ti”.
- October 26 :
Michael participated in an online/audio chat with his fans hosted by Yahoo & Get Music.
- October 30 :
- November 7 :
For the first time in his career, Michael made an appearance at the Virgin Megastore of Times Square in New York to promote and sign copies of Invincible. He was accompanied by Frank & Eddie Cascio, and his make up artist Karen Faye.
He also gave several interviews to the TV shows TRL (MTV), Entertainment Tonight (CBS) et 106th & Park (BET)
- November 12 :
Michael was on the cover of TV Guide with an exclusive interview and pictures.
Entertainment Tonight aired the first footage of the “What More Can I Give” video. The song was complete but Sony refused to release it. They also refused to put commercials for Michael’s new album during the airing of his concert on CBS.
Michael was furious against Sony CEO, Tommy Mottola and decided not to appear on the videos for Cry & Butterflies, the next singles imposed by Sony.
- November 13 :
CBS aired an edited version of Michael’s concerts at the Madison Square Garden.
- December :
Michael recorded a photoshoot with Prince & Paris at Neverland for an upcoming VIBE magazine cover story with photographer Jonathan Exley.
- December 5 :
The single of “Cry” was released in Europe while “Butterflies” was played on US radios
- December 14 :
Michael gave an interview to USA Today.
- December 19 :
Michael gave an interview to the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show.
Later he attended the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball Concert in Los Angeles where Rick Dees & Magic Johnson presented him the Legend Award.
- December 24/25 :
Michael celebrated Christmas at Neverland with Prince & Paris.