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Oops, Chris Brown Won't Beat It to Jackson Tribute

by Josh Grossberg and Lindsay Miller

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Chris Brown won't be crooning "I'll Be There" in honor of Michael Jackson.

The "Forever" singer has put the kibosh on any plans to perform at the M.J. tribute concert in Vienna, hours after Jermaine Jackson announced Brown would be among the headliners at the Sept. 26 show.

"Chris is not confirmed to perform or participate in any capacity for this show," the publicist for Brown's label tells E! News.

While we expect Brown to commence his comeback after racking up five years' probation for beating Rihanna, we were surprised to hear his name listed with Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Akon and Sister Sledge for the event. He would need court approval to head overseas and get a break from his 180 hours of community labor. Brown, 20, attended Jackson's funeral and has cited the King of Pop as a major influence.

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There was no immediate comment from organizers of the Jackson tribute, but Jermaine's definitely got some 'splaining to do.

UPDATE: Speaking to reporters in London, Jermaine insists that Brown wants to attend. "Chris Brown is working out some situations but he definitely expressed to us that he wants to be here," said Jermaine. "It's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now."

Meanwhile, publicists for Blige and Cole said neither R&B star had committed to the show.

Source: eonline

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