People: Jul. 22, 2002

Taking the Glove Off

All these years, we thought MICHAEL JACKSON was beyond race, beyond gender, beyond defeat. Now we learn he loves to trumpet his ethnicity and is willing to admit he can fail. The problem is, he's having trouble accepting responsibility for that failure. Angry that his last album, Invincible, sold only 2 million copies in the U.S., Jackson is blaming his record label, Sony, for not promoting the CD with ads on his TV special, among other things. So the dethroned King of Pop rented a bus and, clutching a picture of Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola sporting...

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