September 1, 2001 'You Rock my World' released.
'You Rock My World', Jacksons first commercial single in four years was released. The video for the song, featuring Chris Tucker, premiered at September 10th at CBS and MTV. click on the picture to see more pictures
September 6, 2001 Surprise performance at MTV Music Awards
Jackson performed in front of a U.S. audience for the first time in years when he joined 'NSYNC onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Toward the end of the group's performance of "Pop," the words "King of Pop" appeared on a giant Etch a Sketch, only to be replaced by a silhouette of Jackson. As the oversized drawing device was elevated, Jackson came onstage and started to do his famious robotic dancemoves, but he did not sing. Jacksons appearance was concidered the highlight of the show, and the audience gave him a standing ovation. click on the picture to see more pictures
September 7 and September 10, 2001 30th Aniversary Celebration
Michael Jackson and a host of other superstars performed at two 'Michael Jackson: 30 years celebration concerts' at New York's Madison Square Garden, Jacksons first U.S. concerts in 11 years. Jackson debuted a single from his new album and performed some of his greatest hits, accompanied with the Jackson 5, Britney Spears, N*Sync, Slash and Usher. More than two hundred stars from the motion picture, television, recording, and sports field joined together for this special celebration in honor of Michael Jackson. Among those were: Ray Charles, Destiny's Child, N*Sync, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Monica, Shaggy, Slash, Britney Spears, Usher, Missy Elliott, Lil' Romeo and Luther Vandross. Dignitaries from around the globe such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Muhammed Ali ad Elizabeth Taylor where present to see the show.
One of the concerts was broadcasted by CBS in November, and recieved the highest ratings for CBS- with 25.7 million households tuning in. This is CBS's highest rating since 1993. The highest rating back then was..... Michael Jackson talks to Oprah! click on the picture to see more pictures
September 17, 2001 Benefit victims terrorist attacks.
Jackson invited major American artists to join him in the recording of a new song to benefit the victims of September 11th's tragic events. Among the artists who participated where Destiny's Child, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and the Backstreet Boys. Jackson hopes to raise $50 million for the survivors and their families. He recorded a song titled 'What More Can I Give' with an all-star cast of performers. All proceeds from the song will go to a relief fund for the families of the victims and the survivors. Jackson wrote and composed 'What More Can I Give' in early 1999 but never released it. Jackson also plans on recording a Spanish version of the song, named 'Todo Para Ti'.
October 21, 2001 'United We Stand' Benefit concert
Some of the biggest names in music signed on for Michael Jacksons 'United We Stand / What more Can I Give', a eight-hour benefit concert for the victims of September 11th terrorist attacks, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Among them where Mick Jagger, Aerosmith, N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, James Brown, Aaron Carter, Al Green, Ricky Martin, and Kiss.
Jackson performed the hit 'Man In The Mirror' from his 1988 'Bad' album, and together with all other artists his benefit song 'What More Can I Give'. click on the picture to see more pictures
October 29, 2001 'Invincible' released.
After many delays, Jacksons new album 'Invincible' is released. It's Jackson's first studio album in six years, and if 'Invincible' sticks to a formula, at least it's the one that set the standard for pop.
It's all in place: the spiky songs replete with staccato rhythms that jam and spar with sassy vocals and the more sentimental, pensive numbers, topped with either delicate or lush instrumentation. All set in the most perfect, ultra-modern sound that digital technology can provide. 'Invincible' doesn't merely tout past glories; the sound is updated with hard hip-hop beats on some songs, and throughout, the programming is au courant, state of the art. Vocally Jacson sounds in top form. As with many pop culture leaders Jackson accurately reads the times here, while adding his own mark. Formula or not, with 'Invincible', Jackson reclaims his pop crown and wears it well.
'Invincible' outsells Jacksons 1991 'Dangerous' album by selling 5.2 Million copies in two months. It's the fastest selling album for Epic Records in 2001. Some sources even say 'Invincible' is the fastest selling album ever. Jennifer Lopez's album 'J-Lo' is one year old and sold 7 million copies. 'Invincible' sold over 9 Million copies in 5 months, without major promotion and with only one commercial single released. click on the picture for pictures of Jacksons signing session at Virgin Megastore
Januari 10, 2001 American Music Awards
Jackson accepted the 'Artist of the Century Award' at the American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. He didn't perform at the show. The American Music Awards was broadcasted on ABC.