Janet Jackson to join Jackson 5

Last updated 05:00 23/02/2010

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Janet Jackson has agreed to join the Jackson 5 world tour later this year.

The singer will take the place of her late brother Michael in the group, following his death last year. Michael's brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie have been keen to perform a series of shows in their brother's honour since his untimely passing, but had previously struggled to find something to take the pop icon's place.

Janet has now stepped in, after deciding a tour would be a fitting tribute to her brother.

"Janet will be joining us. We're all talking about it now. She has never played with us before so that will be very special. She definitely wants to do it," Jermaine said while completing a promotional tour of Australia. "We had a conference call and Janet has agreed to join us on tour."

Jermaine explained the details are still be ironed out, but hinted the shows could use some of the sets Michael was planning to debut during his This Is It comeback tour. The 'King of Pop' was working on the performances, due to take place in London, at the time of his death. "We own that stage," Jermaine said.

Michael died after taking a cocktail of drugs, including powerful anaesthetic Propofol. His personal physician Dr Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death, but denies any wrongdoing.

Jermaine and the rest of the Jackson family have been open about their feelings towards Murray, claiming he should have been charged with the more serious offence of second degree murder. Jermaine claims he has important information about his brother's death, but has to keep it under wraps.

"Michael was not with us way before he arrived to the airport ... I mean way before he arrived to the hospital," he said. "Murray didn't act alone, it's all going to come out."

Meanwhile, Michael's father Joe Jackson has been given access to his son's medical records, following a court ruling on Friday. Joe's attorney Brian Oxman wanted the details to help get a monthly payment for Joe, and also plans to use them to see if a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.

- Cover Showbiz

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