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Friday, 7 January, 2000, 11:47 GMT
Jackson might quit pop

Jackson wants to explore new areas

Pop superstar Michael Jackson has revealed that he is considering quitting the music business.

The 41-year-old singer - who has been an almost constant fixture in the charts since fronting the Jackson 5 in the 1970s - said that he would like to branch out into new fields.

He added that his forthcoming album - his first compilation of new work in more than five years - could be his last.

"I think the best work is coming but I'd like to go into other areas, not keep doing album after pop album," Jackson told America's TV Guide magazine.

Tour fatigue

In November, Jackson cancelled concerts planned for New Year's Eve in Hawaii so that he could complete the new album and focus on a future world tour.

Jackson is tired of touring
But, in TV Guide, he also announced that he will not be going on the road again, saying that doing so "takes a lot out of me".

Jackson's last full world tour was in 1995 to promote HIStory - his most recent album of new material.

He is currently working on his next with the help of top rap and soul stars including R Kelly, Will Smith, Boyz II Men and Wyclef Jean.

It is due for release in the early summer and is likely to be eagerly received by Jackson's millions of fans worldwide. They have been deprived of fresh material from their hero since his single History/Ghosts in 1997.

Media pressure

The suggestion that he could give up entertaining them all together will nonetheless come as a huge blow.

Jackson says he has only had surgery on his nose
But the self-styled King of Pop - who has come in for some scathing criticism from the media over the years, especially in relation to his appearance - also told the magazine that he was fed up with coping with his distorted public image.

"People think I'm this monster, this crazy person who's bizarre and weird. I'm nothing like that," he said.

He complained that the constant references to his cosmetic surgery caused him particular concern.

"All of Hollywood has plastic surgery. I don't know why they point me out. The press has exaggerated it. It's just to my nose, you know. They want it to be everything," he said.

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