January 8, 2001 18:30

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The full five-star family line-up, including Michael plan an an album and world tour...

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The JACKSON 5 are on their way to recording a new album and are set to tour next year with the full five-star family line-up.

According to reports on the Internet, Jermaine Jackson told an American satellite radio station that they were "hard at work" on a new album, to be released next year and added: "We are going to do a new tour, we are very, very excited."

And he confirmed that Michael would "absolutely" be in the line-up. The last time the Jackson brothers - Jermaine, Michael, Tito, Randy and Marlon - toured together was in 1984, as The Jacksons. Original Jackson 5 member Jackie did not appear on that tour, having been replaced by Randy. However, the original Jackson 5 line-up will play the new dates.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson is to host a seminar on how parents can spend more quality time with their families titled 'Time With Kids' at Carnegie Hall in New York on February 14.

The seminar, organised by the singer's newly-formed charitable organisation Heal The World, will be chaired by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and will feature a panel of celebrities and experts, who will be introduced by Jackson, who will explain how they balance professional and family commitments.

It is aimed at helping parents "rededicate their lives to their children and provide the children with the love and attention they need and deserve".

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Jackson will then arrive in the UK to address the Oxford Union on March 6. According to a spokesperson for the Union, it is likely to be the biggest celebrity speaker event they have hosted. The spokesperson added: "It really is going to be one of the biggest events that we've had.

"In our debating chamber we can get about 700 people, but we are going to be having video links to other roomsin our buildings, so I would hope that around 1,000 people will get to see it.

Previous speakers have included Barry White, Neil Hannon, Mick Hucknall, Michael Heseltine and Michael Barrymore. He added that it was hoped to secure an appearance from Status Quo next term.

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