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Michael to receive the Diamond Award @ the WMA’s

PRESS RELEASE excerpts:

MICHAEL JACKSON TO MAKE FIRST UK PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN 9 YEARS
AT THE WORLD
MUSIC AWARDS

7pm EARLS COURT NOVEMBER 15TH 2006

Michael Jackson will be appearing on stage as part of a spectacular tribute to
Thriller. 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of Thriller the world’s best selling
album of all time. Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones, has sold over 50 million
albums around the globe since its release in December 1982. Thriller has
changed the landscape of pop music and has continued to capture the hearts and
inspire people all over the world. The World Music Awards will honour Michael
and his unrivalled contribution to music by honouring him with the prestigious
and much coveted Diamond Award. The Diamond Award was created to honour artists
who have sold over 100 million albums, which for any act is an incredible
achievement. It is an award that is not presented every year because it is only
for music royalty and who better to receive it than the undisputed King of Pop.

The World Music Awards has a serious charity commitment. This year from the
vent proceeds a brand new World Music Awards Hospital will be constructed in
Africa and a fourth centre in India. To date, there are 19 operating centres in
the third world including a day hospital and school on the Ivory Coast; a
health centre in Orissa, India with an 24 hour ambulance service for a
population of 30,000 people; a school and orphanage in Madras, India; a home
for abandoned children in Brazil; a home for handicapped girls in Katukuranda,
Sri Lanka; a hospital, school and village for the homeless in Madagascar; a
hospital in Mokatam, Egypt; a hospital and school in Niger; a shelter, hospital
and orphanage in Cameroon; a hospital in Cambodia and a hospital and school in
Mali.

The 2006 World Music Awards will be just as spectacular as always. Awards will
be presented to the world’s best-selling artists as well as performances from
the industries biggest and brightest. Unlike many other awards shows, these
awards are decided by the public as opposed to an industry panel. The World
Music Awards are a reflection of genuine public opinion and are achieved by
record sales.
Sales figures are reported to the organization by the record
companies and the national member groups of the IFPI (International Federation
of Phonographic Industries).

Founder and Executive Producer of the World Music Awards, Melissa Corken says
‘We are thrilled to be bringing the World Music Awards to London, the music
capital of the world. The UK is the home of many of the world’s greatest
selling artists of all time. Michael Jackson attending the show is very
exciting for us.’

www.worldmusicawards.com

Michael Jackson will make a
rare public appearance at the World Music Awards in London
next month,
organizers announced Sunday. (10-29) 14:32 PST LONDON,
United Kingdom (AP) –

The reclusive king of pop
will receive a Diamond Award, given to artists who sell more than 100 million
albums, at the industry ceremony on Nov. 15.

"We are thrilled to be
bringing the World Music Awards to London, the music capital of the
world," said founder Melissa Corken. "The presence of Michael Jackson
is very exciting for us."

Jackson last performed in
Britain in 1997. In 2001, he addressed the Oxford Union student debating
society.

The World Music Awards were
held in Monaco for 15 years before moving to the United States in 2004 and
2005.

The annual show business
awards select winners based on the strength of their worldwide record sales.
Previous recipients of the Diamond Award include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and
Celine Dion.

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On the Net:

World Music Awards,

Jackson to visit UK for
awards show

(Sunday
October 29, 2006)

The King of Pop, who has
recently been living in the Republic of Ireland, is to receive an award at the
World Music Awards in London next month.

The Bad star will receive
the Diamond Award – recognising artists who sell over 100 million albums – for
his contribution to the music industry at the star-studded annual show at the
Earl’s Court Arena on November 15.

Jackson’s last UK public
appearance was as part of the HIStory tour in 1997. This year marks the 25th
anniversary of his seminal album Thriller, which has sold over 40 million
copies across the world.

"We are thrilled to be
bringing the World Music Awards to London, the music capital of the
world," said founder Melissa Corken. "The UK is the home of many of
the world’s greatest selling artists of all time. The presence of Michael
Jackson is very exciting for us."

It is the most televised
music awards show in the world with an estimated global audience of one billion
viewers in 160 countries.

The show was hosted in
Monaco for 15 years and has been held in the US for the past two.

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