Michael Jackson will make his very first in-store appearance next week at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square.
Epic Records announced Friday (November 2) that the reclusive pop superstar will appear on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to promote his recently released Invincible, which is widely expected to debut at #1 next week (see "Retailers Predict Big Week For Michael Jackson's Invincible").
Jackson will also promote his first all-new studio album in 10 years with a November 13 television special on CBS. The show will feature excerpts from Jackson's star-studded 30th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in September (see "Michael Jackson Smooth At Tribute, But Wait Was Criminal").
The CBS special kept Jackson from appearing in more than just the finale of ABC's November 1 broadcast of the "United We Stand What More Can I Give" concert staged in Washington D.C. last month (see "'NSYNC, Michael Jackson, P. Diddy, Mariah Stand United At D.C. Concert").
Jackson asked ABC to cut his performances from their special at the last minute because he feared CBS would push back the date of their special, an ABC spokesperson told the Associated Press.
The singer spent several years and millions of dollars on Invincible, which features guest appearances by Carlos Santana, late rapper Notorious B.I.G. and producers Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley and Babyface.