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Michael Jackson Webchat
24 October 2001 | 10:12:35 GMT/UTC

'Invincible'Michael Jackson will be speaking to fans and premiering his forthcoming album, Invincible, this Friday (26 October).

The "virtual in-store" — as the record company are describing it — will take place at Michael's official website at www.michaeljackson.com.

The sixteen tracks that make up Invincible will be streamed for twenty-four hours in both Windows Media and Apple/Quicktime formats.

Later that day, Michael Jackson will log on for a one-hour live audio/text chat with fans. That will take place at midnight UK time.

Invincible is released next Monday (29 October).

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