Jackson 5 to reunite in 2009, sans Michael

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Close your eyes and try to imagine the following: peanut butter without jelly. Beer without alcohol. She without Him. Doesn't work right? Well, that looks to be where the Jackson 5 reunion is headed, with the buzz-kill news that Michael Jackson will not be participating in the new 2009 album or tour.

The mere idea sounded too good to be true at first. Jermaine Jackson broke the news while working in Australia, and said the following in a statement: "It is going to be more like a family affair, Janet's going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5...Michael, Randy and the whole family. We're in the studio, we're planning on being out there next year."

Well, low and behold, Jermaine may have jumped the gun. Michael, in a statement of his own, said: "My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we've certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them. I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon." No further reasoning is given, but it's likely because that would require explaining years of sibling rivalry and fighting.

Michael's project has been rumored to involve Akon and Will.I.Am., but this is the first official confirmation of a release date window, and will be the infamous singer's first album since 2001's Invincible. There's no word on release dates for the album (or the Jackson 5 one for that matter). Despite Michael's non-involvement, it will be nice to see all of the Jackson family members return to prominence in the coming year, even if they have to call it the Jackson 4.

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