(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After a highly publicized effort to attract talent to help record a “We Are The World”-type single to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, Michael Jackson’s project has made little noise since.
According to a widely circulated press release in September, Jackson had recruited Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Lauryn Hill, James Brown, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz and eight others as guest singers for the tune. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the project is either “falling behind schedule or simply falling apart, depending on who you ask.”
On manager “for a Grammy-winning artist” who’s on Jackson’s list wasn’t very confident about the project.
“It’s going nowhere,” he told the paper. “We had one phone call and nothing has happened since, and I’d be surprised at this point if it did. We’re not really wanting anything to do with Michael right now anyway.”
A spokeswoman for Jackson said that all questions will be answered soon and skeptics will be proved wrong. She said that after traveling over the past few weeks, he was now in the studio recording for the song.
Charles A. Bobbit, executive VP of James Brown Enterprises, told the paper: “We heard from Michael’s people last week…It’s been pushed back about one or two weeks. We’re told that the song wasn’t as Michael wanted it but that it is going forward.”
If the song does come together, the paper reports that it will be released on 2 Seas Records Inc., a label owned by the Bahraini royal, who accompanied Jackson to London for the recent recording sessions. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers