Blige, Brown to perform at Vienna Jackson tribute

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VIENNA – Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole will be among the top artists performing at a Sept. 26 Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, organizers said Tuesday.

VIENNA – Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole will be among the top artists performing at a Sept. 26 Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, organizers said Tuesday.

But they left open the possibility that major stars such as Madonna might still be part of the show that will take place outside a 17th-century palace in the Austrian capital.

“Just hold your horses!” Jackson’s brother Jermaine told reporters at a packed news conference in Vienna’s city hall.

Event promoter Georg Kindel said that up to 25 performers are expected to participate in the concert that is being billed as the main global tribute for the King of Pop, who died June 25 in Los Angeles. More names will be unveiled later this week in London and Berlin, Kindel said.

Sister Sledge, Akon, Angela Bassett, and the Germany-based boy band US5 also are among the 13 artists confirmed so far, Jermaine Jackson said. In addition, Jackson’s original band and dancers will take part.

“We’re very excited – the list is growing more and more,” Jermaine Jackson said, adding that “many major Bollywood names” and artists from the Middle East also would be involved. All the artists will play some of Jackson’s greatest hits at the concert, including “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White” and “Bad."

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In photo: Singer Mary J. Blige attended the premiere of Tyler Perry’s "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" in New York on Tues., Sept. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

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