THE Bulletin can confirm that Michael Jackson was looking forward to posing for photographs alongside Chopin's piano in Valldemossa.
The budget for Operation Jackson was just 8 million pesetas, the company staging the visit was required to cover the cost of flying the singer and his entourage to Majorca by private plane, the cost of 15 rooms at a top hotel and a fleet of limousines. While the visit would not have been a strictly promote-Majorca trip, Palma was set to be where Jackson launched his new album in Spain. The obvious spin-off from Jackson spending a weekend in Majorca would have been massive publicity for the island. He was due to have presented his new album at a press conference at Bellver Castle and a visit to Valldemossa was also being organised.
First contact was made between the local company behind the visit and Jackson's management team after the Jackson concert at Madison Square Gardens in New York earlier this year. It appears that Jackson wanted to get to know Spain better and loved the idea of coming to the island.
Initial contact was made with the local government on Monday and a further meeting was due to have been held on Wednesday, but sources have revealed that the government was initially sceptical about Jackson and come Wednesday morning Jackson was wanted by police in the United States.