- .January 3 :
A&E airs the 4th episode of The Jacksons : A Family Dynasty
- January 10 :
A&E airs the 5th episode of The Jacksons : A Family Dynasty
- January 17 :
A&E airs the 6th and final episode of The Jacksons : A Family Dynasty
- January 26 :
This Is It is released on DVD & Blue Ray in the US & Canada.
- January 31 :
The Recording Academy pays tribute to Michael during the 52nd Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A and live on CBS.
It features a 3D mini movie of his song Earth song that was designed for his This is It Tour.
The following perform alongside the mini movie :
Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood & Usher.
And then Lionel Richie presents the Michael Jackson's Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award to Prince & Paris (joined by the 3T) who give a short and emotional speech.
Backstage after the tribute, Prince, Paris & Blanket pose for a picture with Lionel Richie.
- February 1 :
25 years after recording the original version with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones is re-recording the charity song We Are The World for Haiti.
- February 8 :
Joe, Katherine, Jermaine, LaToya, Jackie, Tito, Randy, Rebbie and Austin attend the hearing.
Coroner's report has been released
Joe Jackson is a guest on Larry King Live on CNN with lawyer Brian Oxman.
- February 13 :
Prince celebrates his 13th birthday with family and friends.
- February 17 :
- February 21 :
The Jackson family gets together at Hayvenhurst for Blanket's 8th birthday and Bryce's 2nd birthday (Bryce is the son of Taryll)
- February 23 :
Captain EO returns to Disneyland (California).
- March 1 :
L.A Children & Family Services go to Hayvenhurst to check on Michael's children after receiving a secret call from Grace Rwaramba claiming that Blanket was threatened by a stun gun purchased online by Jaafar. When the family finds out that Grace made the call she is fired.
TMZ reports that the investigators believe that Dr. Murray may have tried to cover up the fatal dose of propofol. They state that the amount that Dr. Murray told the cops that he gave to Michael Jackson versus the amount of propofol in Michael's system does not match up. They also report that there was an empty bottle of propofol with a tear in the stopper in a hidden compartment in a closet.
- March 15 :
TMZ has confirmed the Michael Jackson estate has signed the biggest deal ever in music -- worth up to $250 million with a guarantee of $200 million. The estate made the deal with Sony Music Entertainment -- the contract is for 10 projects over seven years.One album will debut in November, which contains never-before released recordings. We're told Jackson left enough material for at least three albums of fresh material. A source tells TMZ the royalty rate on foreign sales is the key to the deal -- and 2/3 of the sales of MJ records traditionally have been outside the U.S.And we're told Sony gets a two-year extension for the right to distribute the Michael Jackson catalog -- to 2017. The deal has nothing to do with The Beatles' catalog -- it's all about MJ original recordings.The agreement was brokered by John Branca and John McClain, executors of the MJ estate.
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- April 3 :
Paris celebrates her 12th birthday at Hayvenhurst with family and friends.
- April 5 :
Katherine, Joe, Jermaine, Randy and Janet attend the court hearing. Murray enters the courthouse from back entrance to avoid fans and media. Judge Pastor does not allow cameras into the courtroom.
- April 6 :
TMZ reports that Murray will not plead to involuntary manslaughter or any other charge (in other words he will not take a plea bargain) as he's adamant that he's innocent. However TMZ states that Murray is afraid that the medical boards can pull his licence.
TMZ reports that Dr. Murray found Michael Jackson eyes open and pupils dilated. They state this could be a possible defense strategy/evidence that Michael woke up and injected himself (and therefore his eyes were open when he died).
In a news conference Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that California Medical Board will go ahead with their own investigation and proceedings to take Murray's licence.
Arnold Klein (long time Michael Jackson dermatologist) on twitter refutes a possible defense strategy by saying "As Michael Jackson's physician for 25 years i can assure the world he could never self-inject. He was needle phobic."
- April 19 :
Raymone Bain -- Jackson's longtime publicist/manager/friend -- had filed the docs claiming MJ owed her more than $44 mil in back wages and profit sharing. But today, MJ's estate finally got back to Bain -- with a big, fat, rejection stamp. Bain is the latest in a series of creditors' claims to be denied by the estate -- with more denials expected to be on the way shortly.
- April 20 :
TMZ has learned the executors for Michael's estate have signed a huge deal with Cirque du Soleil. Co-executor John Branca tells TMZ, the first show will open in fall of 2011 -- and will travel throughout North America including the Staples Center in L.A. ... the same venue where MJ's memorial was held. The show will be heavily focused on dancing -- honoring the legendary moves of MJ. It will also feature Jackson's songs and have the trademark Cirque du Soleil acrobatics.In 2012, a second show -- in partnership with MGM MIRAGE -- will open in Las Vegas which will be far more theatrical with emphasis on technology and 3D. "It will be a theme-park-like show," says Branca. Sources say the shows will be worth a fortune to the estate. Cirque and the estate will split costs and profits 50-50Read more:
- June 14 :
Katherine, Joe, La Toya, Tito, Jermaine and his wife and his son (Jermaine Jr) attend the hearing.
The preliminary hearing date has been set for August 23
Michael is inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall Of Fame in NYC. Jamie Foxx introduces Michael's induction and Chris Tucker accepts Michael's award on behalf of his family and children.
- June 15 :
Randy is taken to the hospital after suffering from chest pains
- June 16 :
Katherine, Prince, Paris, Blanket, Alejandra, Genevieve, Stevaanna, TJ, Taj & Austin attend Randy Jr & Donte's graduation.
- June 17 :
Katherine gives a two hour long interview to Marc Schaffel in order to promote her new book "Never Can Say Goodbye : The Katherine Jackson Archives"
- June 20 :
In a new interview with the Mail On Sunday, Katherine reveals that Michael's children will go to a private school for the first time in September.
- June 23 :
Prince, Paris & Blanket leave L.A and go on vacation in Hawaii with their cousins ( Taj with his girlfriend, Taryll with wife and son Byce, TJ with wife and kids Royal & Dee Dee, Jermajesty & Jaafar).
- June 25 :
On the first anniversary of Michael's death. The whole world pays tribute to the King Of Pop.
Michael is on the cover of Billboard magazine.
ITV1 's GMTV airs a new LaToya's interview about Michael.
MTV & BET have Michael Jackson tribute's week end.
CBS's Early Show airs a special musical tribute with Smokey Robinson, Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, LL Cool J and John Landis among others.
Randy, Janet, Jermaine, Tito, Austin, Jermaine Jr, Autum, Jaimy, Jeremy, Frank Cascio, Tom Mesereau & Karen Faye attend a private memorial at the Forrest Lawn Cemetary.
Katherine & Genevieve attend the unveiling of a MJ monument outside the old family home in Gary, Indiana.
NBC's Dateline airs Katherine's first interview since Michael's death.
ABC's 20/20 airs a two-hour special featuring new interviews with Frank Cascio, Frank Dileo, Dr Tohme, Brian Oxman, Kai Chase, Randy Philips, Travis Payne, Ola Ray, Karen Faye & Michael Bush among others.
CNN airs a new documentaty "Michael Jackson : His Final Days" followed by a new Jermaine's interview on Larry King Live which was taped on June 22 at Forest Lawn Cemetary.
Joe & Brian Oxman file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Dr Murray.
- June 26
Katherine & Joe attend a tribute party for Michael named "Forever Michael" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with speeches by Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman & Anthony Jackson and a performance by Genevieve Jackson. The money from the event will go to the Jackson Family Foundation.
- June 27 :
Chris Brown gives pays tribute to Michael during a performance the BET Awards and he breaks down crying during "Man In The Mirror".
- July 7 :
After 2 weeks of vacation in Hawaii & Florida, Prince, Paris, Blanket & their cousins fly back to Los Angeles.
- August 23 :
A short hearing happens on August 23rd. The prosecutor is arguing there have been issues with witness availability. The judge sets preliminary hearing date for January 4, 2011. Also Murray is due back in court on Oct. 26 for another status hearing.
Murray's defense team reportedly asked for access to three fluids collected by the coroner's office, including ones taken from syringes and an IV tube to re-examine test results. Pastor ruled that the coroner's office must preserve the samples, and if defense attorneys and prosecutors cannot agree on the request, he will schedule a hearing on the matter.
Joe, Katherine, Rebbie and Randy attend the hearing.
- August 25 :
Prince & Paris start private school at the Buckley school in the San Fernando Valley.
Blanket remains homeschooled at Hayvenhurst.
- August 29 :
The whole world pays tribute to Michael on his birthday.
Spike Lee hosts the second annual "Brooklyn loves Michael Jackson birthday celebration" in the Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Teddy Riley & Lenny Kravitz announce that they are working on songs for the "new" album to be released later this year by Sony.
- September 15 :
Katherine, Prince, Paris & Blanket are suing AEG Live -- claiming the company breached its agreement to provide physical care for Michael -- and that AEG was negligent in their hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray as MJ's physician.
In the suit, Katherine claims AEG's contract with Michael "created a legal duty for AEG to act reasonably toward the physical well-being of Michael Jackson." In the document, Katherine also blames AEG for hiring Dr. Murray without a proper background check -- claiming, "AEG did not provide a doctor who was truly looking out for Jackson's well-being and did not provide equipment."
The suit also alleges AEG caused emotional distress to Michael's son Prince because he witnessed Michael suffering and dying, and "he was put in a position as bystander to these tragic events."
Kenny Ortega, who produced the planned London concerts for Michael, is also named as a defendant.
The attorney who filed the suit, Brian J. Panish, released a statement saying, "The purpose of this lawsuit is to prove to the world the truth about what happened to Michael Jackson, once and for all."
- October 9 :
Oprah also speaks to Prince, Paris & Blanket.
- October 13 :
The "Michael Jackson's Vision" boxed set is due out on Nov. 22 and includes 4 1/2 hours worth of material, including the full version of "Black or White," which was cut short after its initial release due to violent imagery and Jackson's gyrations.
Jackson made a short film for the song "One More Chance," but it was never released. He was charged with sexual molestation in 2003, right around the time the single was released. He was acquitted in that case.
- October 15 :
Michael's name once again is on display at Gardner Street Elementary School after the boards covering his name were removed. The sign is unveiled, where a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education said, "It's important for the district to value the artistic impact and humanitarian contribution that will be the lasting legacy of Michael Jackson."
- October 20 :
- October 21 :
Lisa Marie Presley opens up about Michael's Death on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- November 4 :
New York, NY –
The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled MICHAEL will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. Tomorrow, an exclusive teaser for the project will appear on http://www.michaeljackson.com/.
On Monday, November 8th the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only.
The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.
“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion.
Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.
The attached image of the album cover of MICHAEL was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.
Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the official first single from MICHAEL later this month.www.michaeljackson.com
- November 8 :
During a special episode of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" filmed at Hayvenhurst 1 month before, Oprah interviews Katherine &Joe and she meets Prince, Paris & Blanket.
- November 11 :
New York, NY - The first official single from the forthcoming Michael Jackson album MICHAEL will be released globally on Monday, November 15th at 12:01am EST. The song entitled “Hold My Hand” will be unveiled on www.michaeljackson.com and for sale digitally thereafter. “Hold My Hand”, a duet with Akon, is a song they recorded in 2007. A handwritten note from Michael belonging to his Estate indicated his desire that “Hold My Hand” be the first single on his next project. However, in its unfinished state, the song leaked out in 2008. Akon recently completed the new and final production of “Hold My Hand.” Akon comments, “The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it. But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”On December 14th, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release the much-anticipated new album MICHAEL. The album contains ten tracks, produced by an esteemed group of producers along with Michael Jackson. While primarily focused on songs that Michael worked on recently, there are also earlier compelling tracks.
MICHAEL is the first release in nine years of new material by one of music’s most beloved icons whose artistry continues to touch new generations of fans. The album marks another release under the new agreement between the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music announced in March that continues the label’s 35-year relationship with Michael and his music. During that time, Michael sold hundreds of millions of records, had 13 #1 singles and released the pop culture phenomenon “Thriller,” which remains music’s all-time bestselling album with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide.
MICHAEL ALBUM TRACKLISTING:
1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
2. Hollywood Tonight
3. Keep Your Head Up
4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. Best Of Joy
7. Breaking News
8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. Behind The Mask
10. Much Too Soon