January : Jermaine, Margaret & Jeremy moves into Hayvenhurst (in Janet’s bedroom). Some time later, Latoya leaves Hayvenhurst and goes to New York City with her manager Jack Gordon to work on her new album and upcoming concert in Atlantic City.
Latoya becomes national spokeswoman for Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ anti-drug campaign.
March 27 : The single “You’re Gonna Get Rocked!” is released throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada. It will peak at #103, barely missing the Billboard Hot 100. Latoya shoots a music video for this song.
March 29 : LaToya gives her very first full concert at Donald Trump’s Castle Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City before a sold-out audience. Katherine, Rebbie, Janet & Rene attend the performance and visit her backstage with Donald Trump.
While in New Jersey, Janet & Rene have dinner with LaToya & Jack at the Cascio family restaurant and they all pose for a picture with Dominic & Connie Cascio.
Mid May : Michael moves out of Hayvenhurst to his recently purchased ranch in the Santa Ynez Vallez. He bought the Sycamore Ranch for $17 millions dollars and soon renames it Neverland Valley Ranch.
June 10 : LaToya performs at Businessman Donald Trumps 42nd Birthday Celebration at Trump Plaza Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
June 14 : LaToya and Lisa Hartman attend Donald Trump’s 42nd Birthday Celebration at Trump’s Castle Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
July 2 : LaToya is a guest on german TV show ARD-Show “Die verflixte 7”, in Wuppertal, Germany.
September 2 : Latoya & her manager Jack Gordon attend Michael’s concert at the Niedersachsenstadion in Hannover, Germany with Katherine and visit Michael at his hotel later. It’s the last time Michael & Latoya sees each other until 2002!
September 12 : LaToya is a guest on german TV show in Munich.
September 23 : LaToya is a guest on The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross.
October 25 : LaToya’s 5th studio album titled “LaToya” is released by RCA.”You’re Gonna Get Rocked!” is released as a single. The video is directed by Greg Gold. A huge promotion campaign followed in the fall of 1988, with LaToya performing the song live on many different TV shows worldwide.
November : LaToya poses for Playboy during a top secret photoshoot at Neil Simon Theatre in NYC.