1998

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LaToya goes to Spain where she gives an interview to Alfonso Arus.

January : Michael records a demo version of “What More Can I Give”.

Janet shoots the video for “I Get Lonely” directed by Paul Hunter and featuring the Blackstreet.

January 10 : LaToya appears as herself in an episode of MADtv.

January 18 : Michael wins the copyright infringement case against Al Bano Carrisi for the song “Will You Be There”.

January 26 :  Janet attends the American Music Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where she performs  “Together Again” in a R&B version.

February : Michael & Janet see each other for the first time since December 95 in a Los Angeles hotel and MJ introduces her to his son Prince.

February 7 : Michael has dinner with Lisa Marie at the Ivvy Restaurant in L.A.

February 13 : Adrian Grant holds an exclusive interview of Michael in his hotel suite of Los Angeles.

Michael & Omer host a party for Prince 1st birthday.

February 20-27 : Michael goes to Seoul to attend the investiture ceremony of President Kim Dae Jung on the 25th.

February 26 : Janet tapes a piano/vocal performance of “I Get Lonely” on the Rosie O Donnell Show and Rosie presents her with the Grammy Award she won the night before.

“I Get Lonely” is released as the 3rd single from “The Velvet Rope”. It peaks at #3 on Hot 100 Billboard.

February 27 : Janet attends the Soul Train Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where she performs “I Get Lonely”.

March :  Janet & the Kids rehearse for the new tour in Los Angeles .

Janet gives an interview to BET from her Malibu beach home.

March 3 : An order is entered by District Judge Carl J. Christensen at Clark County, Nevada dissolving the marriage between LaToya and Jack Gordon and awarding LaToya royalties and property.
The order concludes with a response to Jackson’s petition for a restraining order against Gordon; it is ordered by the court that Gordon and Jackson are both strictly prohibited from going within 100 feet of each other, each other’s work place or residence, or any member of each other’s family. Gordon is ordered to provide Jackson with a $350,000 settlement and pay $15,000 to cover Jackson’s attorney fees.

March 5-10 : Michael goes to Vienna with Prince Michael Jr.

March 10-30 : Michael is in Munich with Prince to visit his friends Anton & Francesca and also Marcel Avram, his former concert promoter still in jail. He also takes Prince to the circus.

March 10 : In NYC, Janet gives an interview on CNN’s Larry King Lve.

At night she & Rene attend the Blockbuster Awards in L.A where Janet is presented with an award.

Late March : Janet shoots the video for “Go Deep” in Los Angeles and after she flies to Europe with Rene & the kids to resume the tour rehearsals

April 3 : Debbie Rowe gives birth to Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, second child of Michael, at the Spalding Pain Medical Clinic of Beverly Hills. Michael attends the birth and then takes his baby girl to Neverland where Prince is waiting with Grace, Pia, Omer & Connie Cascio.

Early April : Janet, Rene & the Kids have dress rehearsals in L.A and they fly to Rotterdam Netherland.

April 4 : Janet performs I Get Lonely at the TMF Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

April 17 + 18 : Janet kicks off her Velvet Rope Tour at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

April 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium.

April 21 : Michael gives an interview to Laurent Hopman from in his hotel suite in Los Angeles.

April 22 : Janet performs a private show at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Brunei, South East Asia by request of Princess Hamidah of the Brunei royal family. An exclusive audio recording of the show is issued to attendees of Hamidah’s twenty-first birthday party.

April 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Frankenhalle in Nürnberg, Germany.

April 29 : Janet gives a concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris France.

May 1 : Janet gives a concert at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.

May 3 : Janet gives a concert at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.

May 5 : Janet gives a concert at the Forum in Milan, Italy.

May 7-9 : Michael goes to the Virgin Islands with Don Barden , his new business partner with whom he wants to build casinos.

May 7 : Janet gives a concert at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.

May 8 : Janet gives a concert at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

May 9 : Janet gives a concert at the Messehalle in Leipzig, Germany.

May 11 : Janet gives a concert at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

May 13 : Janet gives a concert at the Turkuhalli in Turku Finland.

May 15 : Michael holds a press conference in Beverly Hills to announce a series of benefit concerts for the World Peace Foundation For Children.

Janet gives a concert at the Spektrum in Oslo Norway, Oslo.

May 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Stockholm Globe Arenaon in Stockholm, Sweden on her 42nd birthday.

May 17 : Michael goes to Namibia n with Don Barden. He pleads for children’s cause during the opening statement of the World Economic Forum Summit. Michael is invited to the State House, official residence of the Namibian President Sam Nujoma and he meets two presidents Theo-Ben Gurirab and Nangolo Mbumba.

Janet gives a concert at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

May 18 : Michael & Don Barden visit an orphanage.

May 19 : During the the Forum Summit, Michael has a private meeting with President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Janet gives a concert at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany.

May 20 : Janet gives a concert at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany.

May 22 : Janet gives a concert at the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.

May 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Zénith Oméga de Toulon in Toulon, France.

May 26 : Janet gives a concert at the Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France.

May 27 : Janet gives a concert at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium.

Late May : Michael & Don Barden go to Las Vegas.

May 29 : Janet gives a concert at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England.

May 30 : Janet gives a concert at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle, England.

May 31 : Janet gives a concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England.

June 3 : Janet gives a concert at the Scotland SEC Centre in Glasgow, England.

June 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.

June 6 + 7 : Janet gives two concerts at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

June 11 + 12 : Janet gives two concerts at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany.

June 14 : Janet cancels her concert in Berlin, Germany due to sickness.

June 15 : “Go Deep” is released as the 4th single from “The Velvet Rope”.

While in Paris, Janet gives a radio interview to NRJ (she is a bit sick after cancelling last night concert in Germany but the radio host comes to her hotel).

June 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France.

June 17 : Janet gives a concert at the Wembley Arena in London (last concert of the European leg).

June 18 : Janet & Rene fly back home to Los Angeles.

July 6 : Michael arrives in Detroit with Don Barden where he is welcomed by hundreds of fans!

July 7 : Michael & Don give a press conference in Detroit to announce a Casino project named Majestic Kingdon.

Janet & Collin Powell from ‘s Promise meet youth in a school.

July 8 : Michael & Don give a secong press conference to support their project.

July 9 : Michael & Don go to New York to speak with potential financers.

Janet gives an interview to Good Morning America. At night, she kicks off the north american leg of the Velvet Rope Tour at the United States MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

July 11 : Janet gives a concert at the Gund Arena in Cleveland.

July 12 : Janet gives a concert at the The Crown in Cincinnati.

July 14 : Michael & Don go back to Namibia.

Janet gives a concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

July 15 : Michael has a two hour long private meeting with the Namibien President.

Janet gives a concert at the The MARK of the Quad Cities in Molina

July 17 + 18 : Janet gives two concerts at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

July 17 : Michael &  Don arrive in Mbabane, the capital of the Kingdom of Eswatini formerly and still commonly known in English as Swaziland) and they have a business meeting with Mswati III, the King of Swaziland.

July 18 : Michael & Don go to Joannesburg, South Africa.

July 19 : Michael attends the 80th birthday banquet and wedding of Nelson Mandela with Stevie Wonder among others. While in South Africa, Michael visits Sun City

July 21 : Janet is a guest on Late Night With David Letterman in New York City.

July 22 : Janet gives a concert at the E-Centre in Camden.

July 24 + 25 : Janet gives two concerts at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont.

July 24 : Michael goes to Tokyo.

July 25 : Michael attends the Kick Boxing Champion All-Star Match in Tokyo.

“Luv Me, Luv Me” is a song by Jamaican-American reggae singer Shaggy. It was first released on July 25, 1998 with Janet Jackson credited as a featured artist. The song was re-recorded in 2000 with Samantha Cole’s vocals after Jackson’s label withheld the song from being included on Shaggy’s next album.

July 27 : Michael holds a press conference in Tokyo to announce a new Japanese Company Wonder World – Land Of Toys .

July 28 : Michael flies back home.

Janet gives a concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

July 29 : Janet gives a concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

July 31 : Janet gives a concert at the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights.

August 1 : Janet gives a concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

August 3 : Michael returns to Detroit to convince the people to vote for his casino project.

Janet gives a concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.

August 4 : Michael and Stevie Wonder visit the Motown Museum in Detroit with Berry Gordy’s sister Ester Edwards.
After learning that his project was rejected by the people of Detroit , Michael returns to Los Angeles.

August 5 : Janet gives a concert at the E Center in West Valley City.

August 8 : Janet gives a concert at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada.

August 11 : Janet gives a concert at the United States Rose Garden in Portland.

August 13 : Janet gives a concert at the The Arena in Oakland in Oakland.

August 14 : Janet gives a concert at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

August 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

August 20 :Janet gives a concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Many stars attend the show as well as most of the Jackson family including Michael and 3T.

August 23 : Janet gives a concert at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim.

August 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Selland Arena in Fresno.

August 25-26 : Michael starts recording news songs such as “A Place With No Name”, “Break Of Dawn” and “Blue Gangsta” at the Record Plant Studio in L.A with producer Elliot Straite aka Dr Freeze and sound engineer Michael Prince. Michael is also working on song ideas with 3T for their upcoming album.

August 26 : Janet gives a concert at the America West Arena in Phoenix.

August 28 : Janet gives a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego.

August 29 : Janet gives a concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Michael spends his 40th birthday with Taj & Taryll and they attend Janet’s concert together. LaToya also attends the concert but doesn’t get to see Michael.

Late august : Disguised as an Arab Sheik, Michael attends a fan convention for the Three Stooges in Burbank, California with TJ & Taryll.

September 3 : Janet gives a concert at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.

“You” is released as the 5th single from  “The Velvet Rope” along with a live video.

September 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte.

September 5 : Janet gives a concert at the Nashville Arena in Nashville.

September 7 : Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine.

Janet gives a concert at the Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas.

September 8 : Michael records his lead vocals on “A Place With No Name” at Record Plant Studio in LA. 

September 9 : LaToya performs on a TV show in Germany.

Janet gives a concert at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

September 11 : Janet gives a concert at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

September 12 : Janet gives a concert at the Ice Palace in Tampa.

September 15 : Janet gives a concert at the Orlando Arena in Orlando. Michael attends the show.

September 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

September 18 : Janet gives a concert at the FleetCenter in Boston.

September 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City.

September 21 : Janet gives a concert at the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge in Bristow.

September 22 : Janet gives a concert at the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater in Burgettstown.

September 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus.

September 24 + 25 : Michael & Don Barden attend the World Gaming congress & Expo in Las Vegas.

September 26 : Janet gives a concert at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

September 27 : Janet gives a concert at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

September 29 : Janet gives a concert at the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada.

September 30 : Janet gives a concert at the Moison Center in Montreal, Canada.

October : Janet is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

October 2 : Janet gives a concert at the United States Worcester’s Centrum Centre in Worcester.

October 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford.

October 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park.

October 6 : Janet gives a concert at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford.

October 8 : In New York City, Janet records the duet “I Know The Truth” with Elton John.

October 9 : Janet makes a surprise appearance on the Rosie O Donnell Show in NYC to promote her upcoming HBO Special.

October 10 : Janet gives a first concert at the Madison Square Garden in NYC.

October 11 : This is Janet’s big night. She performs a second concert at the Madison Square Garden live on HBO around the world. Q-Tips does his rap on Got Til It’s Gone and backstage Janet meets Usher, Missy Elliot & Busta Rhymes among others.

October 14 : Janet gives a concert at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore.

October 16 : Michael records additional lead vocals on ” A Place With No Name’ at the Record One Studio with Dr Freeze. He also starts working with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince on the songs “Speechless” and “The Lost Children”.

Janet gives a concert at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont.

October 18 : Janet gives a concert at the The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills.

October 20 : Janet gives a concert at the Hardee’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh.

October 21 : Janet gives a concert at the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach.

October 23 : Janet performs “What About” with Tina & Shawnette at the 4th annual VH1 Fashion Awards at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York.

October 25 : Janet gives a concert at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City.

October 27 : Janet gives a concert at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis.

October 28 : Janet gives a concert at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

October 29 : Michael & Debbie go to the Getty museum in Los Angeles with Prince & Paris.

October 30 + 31 : Janet gives the lasts concerts of the North American leg of the Velvet Rope Tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

November 1 : Janet & Rene go back home to Los Angeles.

November 10 : Michael arrives in Johannesburg with his kids as well as Lisa Marie & her kids. They stay in Sun City, a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa, located between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg, about 140 km northwest of Johannesburg.

November 14 : Janet gives a concert at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

November 16 + 17 : Michael visits Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, in Southern Africa. While in Town, he meets the presidential couple Robert et Grace Mugabe.

November 17 : “Everytime” is released as the 6th & final single from “The Velvet Rope”.

Michael goes back to Sun City.

November 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

November 21 : Janet gives a concert at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Michael & Lisa Maria attend the show.

November 25 : Back in Los Angeles, Michael spend Thanksgiving at Hayvenhurst with the Jackson family + Lisa Marie & her kids. The whole family attends except LaToya who stays in Vegas.

Janet & Rene fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch, New Zealand.

November 27 + 28 : Janet gives to concert at the WestpacTrust Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Nov 30 + December 1 + 3 : Janet gives three concerts at the Queens Wharf Events Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

December 5 : Janet gives a concert at the Ericsson Stadium in Auckland, New Zeland.

December 7 : Janet gives a concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

December 9 : Janet gives a concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

December 10 : Michael & Debbie attend a dinner in honour of Dr Arnold Klein. It’s their last public appearance together.

Janet gives a concert at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, Australia.

December 11-12 : Michael attends the Grand Opening of Royal Towers of Atlantis resort in with his friend Gerry Inzerillo. He goes on stage to perform a bit of “Heal The World” with a group of children.

December 12 : Janet gives a concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

December 13 + 14 : Janet gives two concerts at the Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.

December 15 + 17 : Janet gives two concerts at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

December 20 : Michael takes Prince & Paris to visit the Hilton family in New York.

Janet gives the last concert of the Australien leg Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

December 21 : Janet, Rene & the Kids leave Australia and fly back home for the holidays.

December 24/25 : Michael celebrates Christmas at Neverland with Prince, Paris, the Cascios & the Bhattis.

December 31 : Michael and the kids spend New Year’s eve on a private yatch near Capri, an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrento Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy.

Previous year : 1997

Following year : 1999

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