The Jackson 5, one of the most successful US groups of all time, could be getting back together, according to Janet Jackson, who urged her older brother Michael to get back on stage for a reunion.
Rumors that the Jackson brothers could be planning a comeback have been circulating for years, but Janet Jackson told AFP in a recent interview she hoped the time was finally approaching.
"I hope so. I really hope so because I'll be the first in line to buy a ticket," she said. "I do know that my brothers want to and I know it's been kind of tough for Mike. He's kind of on the fence, from what I know about it."
The Jackson 5, who last performed as The Jacksons with six members, were rumored to be planning a reunion just before Michael Jackson went on trial for child abuse in 2005.
"Maybe he just wants to continue to be a solo artist and if that's what he wants then you have to respect his wishes," Janet said. "But what an impact it would have on the world and he has to see that because everyone else does.
"I think he'd have to be blind not to see that," she added.
The Jackson 5, featuring an 11-year-old Michael Jackson and brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, were scooped up by Motown records in 1968 and soon found fame with hits such as "I Want You Back" and "ABC."
They were later joined by brother Randy and last toured together in 1984, formally disbanding in 1990.
Jermaine Jackson said last year the group had discussed getting back together and were hoping to appear together some time in 2008.
Janet Jackson, currently promoting her latest album "Discipline," due out next month, is the youngest and ninth child in the family.