Michael Jackson is in Seoul, South Korea for Wednesday's inauguration of President Kim Dae-jung. Press sources report that Jackson arrived Sunday and was supposed to have been accompanied by Elizabeth Taylor, but the actress cancelled due to an unspecified illness.
Jackson is also expected to further his previously announced plans for a giant fund-raising concert October 10 for the benefit of North Korean children, tentatively titled "We are the World 2" (see "Michael Jackson Revives 'We Are The World' For North Korea").
Jackson had previously been in South Korea in November 1997 touring a financially troubled ski resort with an eye towards investment (see "Jackson Exploring Underwear Company's Kids Park").
Meanwhile, Jackson is a step closer to making his proposed Polish amusement park a reality. The AP reports that the Polish government said on Friday that they wanted Jackson to sign a letter of intent to develop the $500 million theme area at a former military airport in Warsaw being made available to Jackson by the Military Property Agency. The AP says Jackson picked the site during a visit last year and is expected to return in May to sign the final agreement. They add the 222-acre site is expected to be built by June 1, 1999.
Also, it's been confirmed that Jackson was the voice in the Simpsons episode "Stark Raving Dad," credited to "John Jay Smith," and that Jackson wrote the cartoon's popular rap theme, "Do The Bartman" which was released on the 1991 CD, "The Simpsons Sing the Blues." Variety reports that Simpsons' creator Matt Groening spilled the official beans at an animation convention in Pasadena last week.
In addition to all his extra-curicular activities, Jackson is continuing to work on a new album. R. Kelly told a chat room earlier in the month that he was working on two songs with Jackson. Babyface had previously been announced as a producer, and web sources report that Puff Daddy, Blackstreet and David Foster are also involved. The record is expected out later this year.