Are they or aren’t they?
According to multiple published reports, the Jackson 5 were set to appear at Jermaine Dupri’s J5-themed New Year’s Eve bash at the multiplatinum producer’s Studio 78 nightclub in Atlanta.
JD supposedly announced the famed quintuplet’s appearance at his party while hosting his radio show on Atlanta’s V-103. But in a statement released exclusively to MTV News, JD clarified his comments.
” ’Jermaine Dupri and Friends’ is a Jackson 5 celebration,” he explained, “meaning music is in the air and lots of J5 loving everywhere. [But] if you’re coming to stargaze and not party, don’t come.”
Jermaine Jackson recently confirmed that the Jacksons are attempting to reunite for a tour early next year, and he said high-profile siblings Michael and Janet were onboard. But according to the New York Post, JD was said to be against Janet — his girlfriend — participating. A source told the newspaper that the producer was insistent Jackson stay in the studio recording her next album, due next year on her new label, Island Def Jam, where JD serves as an executive. The report also said that JD allegedly wanted to distance Janet from Michael specifically for fear of her getting sucked into some of the bad press he has received.
Amid the rumors of tension between Dupri and the Jackson family, the producer spoke of the group and announced his New Year’s Eve plans over the radio airwaves.
A representative for JD said the producer didn’t exclude the Jackson 5 from the party, but he wanted to emphasize that the gala was primarily a theme celebration, not a promoted event featuring the legendary group.