Are the Bottle Boys the next big YouTube thing or have they gone straight for television?
Covers of classic tracks and unconventional instruments are a big thing on youtube, so you can bet the Bottle Boys’ rendition of Billie Jean got some attention after it was posted this week. The Bottle Boys are a Danish band, who cover popular songs, using (you guessed it) glass bottles.
Continue reading: Coolest Thing Online This Week? The Bottle Boys Cover "Billie Jean"
Nearly two decades into their career, Coldplay have somehow managed to stay relevant.
Coldplay’s sixth studio album “Ghost Stories” landed straight at No. 1 in the Billboard chart on its debut this week. The record sold 383,000 million had sold 383,000 copies in the week ending Friday, May 25, making this the best sales week for any album in 2014 so far. The previous record holder was Eric Church's "The Outsiders", which sold 288,000 in the week ending Feb. 16 (all figures calculated by Nielsen SoundScan, via Billboard).
The album's sales number were boosted by a promo deal with NBC.
In fact, “Ghost Stories” is the biggest seller since Beyonce dropped her surprise album last December, selling 617,000 in the week ending Dec. 15 (as an iTunes-exclusive). Barring Bey's smash hit, "Ghost Stories" also had the biggest digital debut since One Direction's "Midnight Memories" last year. Chris Martin and co. sold 245,000 in digital copies, or 64% of the album's total.
Continue reading: Coldplay Break 2014 Records With "Ghost Stories's" Billboard Debut
Chart-crushing blues rock and building-smashing monster movie antics: another week in news brings shocks and laughs.
Cannes Continues: We're nearly at the end of the second week of the Cannes Film Festival and have been mentally noting which new movies have soared or been scorched at the hands of critics. Map to the Stars, Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Foxcatcher have all received glowing reviews whilst Lost River, Grace of Monaco, and The Search... well, less so. Click on links for reviews highlights and details for each movie.
Carter-Knowles Camp Content?: The Jay Z/Solange brouhaha confusion still hasn't been publically illuminated but the Carter-Knowles family seems to be intent on proving to the world that everything is just fine, fine, fine, thank you very much after footage leaked showing the singer attacking her rapper brother-in-law in a lift. Beyoncé's statement did little to explain her sister's violence but her newly-posted family photos do a good job of sweeping it all under the rug, for better or worse.
The Black Keys' new album has kept Jackson's 'Xscape' from the top of the charts.
The Black Keys have earned their first number one album, Turn Blue, having outsold Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape by just 7,000 copies in the US. Meanwhile, the rock duo's lead single 'Fever' has managed to top both the Alternative airplay and Rock Airplay charts.
The Black Keys Have Taken First Place In This Week's Chart Race With 'Turn Blue.'
Turn Blue sold 164,000 copies in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan, via Billboard, while Xscape sold a close 157,000. The sales figures are good news for both records, which were only predicted to sell around 150,000 to 155,000 each.
Continue reading: The Black Keys Give Michael Jackson A Chart Attack After Angry Tirade
A hologram of Michael Jackson performed at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, marking the second time a dead musician has been resurrected by a visual effects company. Are holograms the future of musical performances?
So, the King of Pop performed at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. Yes, you heard us right and no, there’s not a new King of Pop who has finally claimed the late Michael Jackson’s crown. Michael Jackson himself performed on stage at the award show. Sort of. Before any of you start panicking that a bunch of necromancers organised the event, let’s clear something up. It was a hologram of Michael Jackson that took to the stage, and not the singer, who died in 2009 from a cardiac arrest.
A hologram of Jackson, dubbed the 'King of Pop' performed at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards
The scarily realistic hologram performed Jackson’s song “Slave To The Rhythm,” taken from the upcoming posthumous album. The hologram, dressed in a gold jacket and red trousers, even performed Jackson’s signature moonwalk. This is not the first time that a hologram of a dead musician has performed at a large-scale event. Back in 2012 a hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996 aged 25 years old, performed onstage at Coachella Music Festival.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur, Now Michael Jackson. Are Hologram Performances The Future?
Michael Jackson is the indisputable King of Pop, with some of the most well-known pop songs and albums of all time under his name. His 1982 album 'Thriller' still stands as the biggest selling album of all time. Having tragically died at the age of 50 following a cardiac arrest in 2009, we now see his second posthumous album of previously unreleased material in the form of 'Xscape'.
There are two trains of thought when it comes to posthumous albums. On the one hand, they're a great opportunity for people to listen to music that otherwise would never be heard. On the other hand, the artist isn't here to help make any improvements and give the album their blessing and so posthumous albums run the risk of being poorly executed with the quality solely coming down to how the songs are produced, not how the artists can better them. This can ruin the legacy of an artist for some people, but for others it's merely songs pilling onto a back catalogue. So does 'Xscape' spoil the legend of Michael Jackson?
It begins with the strong single 'Love Never Felt So Good' which leads with its disco beat accompanied with warm strings, classy piano, rhythmic clicks and lush guitars that get you in the mood for a good time. What stands out is Jackson's unmistakable voice, which always adds character to his work. The song gives hope that this album could be something great but, sadly, that hope quickly diminishes. After second song 'Chicago', a good R&B number featuring well-crafted synth-pop elements, the album goes downhill with some tracks that are just plain boring.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson - Xscape Album Review
Despite Jermaine Jackson's disappointment, the album is a hit with critics.
Michael Jackson’s posthumously released album of previously unheard songs is just falling into the hands of critics. It’s the first posthumous album, released by Epic Records, under the guidance of LA Reid himself. As such, a team of high-profile producers, including Timbaland, Stargate and Cory Rooney, was hired to work on the songs, which Reid rescued from the “Jackson vaults.”
Xscape is predicted to be the bestselling album of 2014.
One possible collaboration, however, was notably overlooked. The Jackson Five don’t feature on the album at all – not even as solo artists. According to TMZ, Jermaine Jackson in particular is a bit peeved by the oversight.
The 59 year-old brother is disappointed none of his siblings were involved in the reworking of his late brother's latest posthumous album.
Jermaine Jackson is not pleased how Michael Jackson's posthumous album 'Xscape,' was put together.
The brother of the late superstar expressed his disappointment in not being involved in the record, which features 8 unreleased tracks from Jackson's archives, when speaking to TMZ this past Sunday (May 11th).
'Xscape,' which is Michael's second posthumous album, was reworked by world renowned producers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain, but Jermaine feels like he should have taken one of their places.
'Love Never Felt So Good', the first single from Michael Jackson’s long awaited posthumous album, Xscape has been given its debut at the iHeart Radio awards. The single sees Justin Timberlake duet with Jackson on the track that he originally demoed in 1983. So now we've had a listen, what's the verdict? Has Jackson never felt so good or does he need to Xscape from Timberlake?
Firstly we can’t technically call ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ a new track. The song was written by Jackson with Paul Anka and originally demoed in 1983. Still this version has been updated and produced by John McCalin with some extra vocals added by Justin Timberlake, so it is pretty much 'new'.
Re-mastering and producing the material left behind by Michael Jackson is an unenviable task, just the slightest change to Jackson’s well known sound could incur the wrath of the King of Pop’s legion of fans. Luckily the first thing you notice when listening to ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ is that it’s unmistakably Jackson. Better than that, it’s vintage Jackson, and fits in perfectly with his early 80’s output from when it was originally recorded.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good Single Review
Just who is Debbie Rowe, the ex wife of Michael Jackson?
Debbie Rowe might have once been married to one of the most famous men in the world, Michael Jackson, but really little is known about the woman herself. Right now she’s found herself back in the media after announcing her engagement to Michael’s former business manager, Marc Schaffel. But who is the woman who was once married to the King of Pop?
Debbie Rowe, ex wife of Michael Jackson
Deborah Rowe was born in 1958 and adopted by a wealthy family living in Malibu, California. She is said to have had a very lonely upbringing and didn't had her first serious relationship until aged 30. After the break up, Rowe went to work at the office of dermatologist for Dr Arnold Klein, Klein’s most famous client was Michael Jackson, who was being treated at the clinic for vitiligo. Jackson was recently divorced from his first wife Lisa Marie Presley and is said to have struck up a close friendship with Rowe soon after.
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Debbie Rowe is making some major life decisions after her cancer scare.
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson’s ex wife and mother of his first two children, has had some major ups and downs recently, but it looks like things are turning for the better. Rowe has just announced her engagement to Michael Schaffer, TMZ reports. According to the website, Schaffer proposed three whole weeks ago, but it took his now fiancée a while to make it official. Rowe initially declined, fearing that she might be diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Rowe has been making time for her family and reconnecting with daughter Paris in recent months.
Now that her condition has been diagnosed as the autoimmune disease sarcoidosis (Rowe was diagnosed on Wednesday), she has said yes and the couple are moving forward with their wedding plans. They don’t seem to be rushing anything – in fact, the couple are yet to set a wedding date.
Michael Jackson's former wife has been told she has sarcoidosis - and not cancer.
Debbie Rowe, the former wife of the late pop star Michael Jackson, has announced that she is engaged to long-time friend Marc Schaffel. Rowe had two children with the late King of Pop, Paris, 16, and Michael Jr., 17, who were born before she and Jackson divorced in 1999.
Debbie Rowe Has Confirmed That She Is Engaged To Marc Schaffel.
Schaffel reportedly asked Rowe to marry him three weeks ago with a 3.55 carat diamond ring but the 55 year-old former nurse was reluctant because she thought that she had cancer. However, she was told on Wednesday by her doctors that she has sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that causes patches of swollen tissue to appear throughout the body. There is no known cure for the condition but unlike cancer it is not terribly life threatening.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Ex, Debbie Rowe, Gets Engaged After Health Fears
The late pop star's latest posthumous release falls under critics' gaze.
Michael Jackson's Xscape may not be released until next month but the new posthumous release from the late pop star has already fallen into the hands of critics who have given the brand new collection of songs a first listen verdict. Featuring eight previously unreleased songs, the new album will be released in May, announced the executive producer L.A. Reid.
Michael Jackson's Latest Posthumous Album, 'Xscape,' Will Be Released On The 13th May.
"Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," the former US X Factor judge said in a statement, via Billboard. "We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."
Michael Jackson is unsurprsingly not the only artist to keep bringing us music from beyond the grave
There’s a new Michael Jackson album on the way in May, Xscape, which will be the singer’s twelfth studio album. The only confusing part is, Michael died in 2009. Jackson of course isn’t the first artist to bring us ‘new’ material from beyond the grave, actually it seems it's common practice for a singer to leave behind pleanty of unreleased work. Take these five for examples of who have shown that not even death can bring an end to a recording career.
Michael Jackson's Xscape will be released in May
Continue reading: Michael Jackson And Five Other Artists With Posthumous Releases
Michael Jackson's XSCAPE is likely to sell over a million copies this year.
Michael Jackson's new album XSCAPE is the odds-on favorite to become the biggest selling album of 2014 in the UK. The record - co-produced by Timbaland - is set for release on May 13, via Epic Records.
Bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 1/10 to sell a million by the end of 2014 and 1/4 that it will become the biggest selling album of the year. One area that it could fall down is in generating the year's biggest selling single of the year - with Pharrell Williams' Happy looking set to bag that accolade with odds of 2/1. Any song from Xscape can be backed at 5/1.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's XSCAPE Set To Be Biggest Selling Album Of 2014
Michael Jackson's new album XSCAPE hits in May.
A new Michael Jackson album featuring eight previously unheard recordings will be released on May 13 through Epic Records. The posthumous record, titled XSCAPE is produced by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome Harmon and John McClain.
Michael Jackson at the 15th Annual American Music Awards
According to a statement, the combination of Jackson's material with revamped contemporary production adds a "fresh sound" that retains Jackson's essence and integrity. Epic Records Chairman L.A Reid was reportedly granted unlimited access to the four decades of Jackson's vocal only material. He then teamed up with Timbaland and other producers to "contemporize" the songs
Continue reading: XSCAPE: New Michael Jackson, Produced By Timbaland, Set For May 13
We'll find out tonight whether the pop star branded the "reincarnation of Michael Jackson" is telling the truth.
DNA test results from a man rumoured to be the son of the late Michael Jackson will be revealed live on the internet tonight. Pop singer Brandon Howard, who performs as B. Howard claims that he is the product of a fling between his mother, the jazz/R&B singer Miki Howard, and Jackson in 1982. The two share undeniable similarities but Jackson's estate lawyers are sceptical.
A Singer Named Brandon Howard Is The Rumoured Son Of Michael Jackson.
FilmOn.com will unveil the DNA results tonight which Howard is convinced shows that he is the King of Pop's heir. He claims to have obtained Jackson's DNA from an old orthodontic device and that the test results show a match, according to TMZ. Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman said, "We've never even heard from him," adding, "Any deadline for claiming to be Michael's child has long since passed."
Keyshawn Johnson is moving house but claims Justin Bieber living down the street has nothing to do with his decision. Johnson has had numerous disputes with his 19-year-old neighbour including complaining his driving is reckless and nearly injured his daughter.
Keyshawn Johnson is selling his huge house in Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles to none other than Kourtney Kardashian. But the celebrity connections do not stop there: Justin Bieber may well be a contributing factor in Johnson's decision to move from the star studded area.
Justin Bieber's overly cheerful mugshot.
Bieber is, as attested in numerous reports, a neighbourhood menace. He was recently caught egging a neighbour's house near his Calabasas home and has had numerous run-ins with Johnson. On a number of occasions, Bieber was recklessly driving around the area, Johnson claimed. According to reports in The Guardian, last May, Bieber nearly hit former football player Johnson's young daughter as he drove around the neighbourhood in his white Ferrari. Johnson followed Bieber home only for the singer to disappear inside his house before anything could be said.
Continue reading: Keyshawn Johnson Denies Move Related To Justin Bieber's Close Proximity
The veteran rockers may have suffered some turbulence in their ranks, but that hasn't stopped them bringing in the Benjamins
Bon Jovi made over $205m (£125m) collectively over the last twelve months of being on tour; an impressive amount by all means, ensuring they finish 2013 as the highest grossing touring group of the year. Since January, the band have performed 90 sets to over two million fans, according to Billboard's yearly rankings, with each show a sell-out, making them easy victors in this year's rankings.
Bon Jovi performed to millions of people across the globe and made millions back in return
The Michael Jackson-inspired 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' by Cirque Du Soleil came in second and despite not scoring a single sell-out performance, they contortionists still managed to bring in $157m Third and fourth place was decided by a few (hundred) thousand, with Pink edging out Bruce Springsteen for the No. 3 spot. Her 114 shows in 2013, 111 of which sold out, earned the singer $147.9m as she performed to over 1.5 million people across the globe. Springsteen saw his 53 tours sell out in 36 locations, with over 1.3 million people paying a combined $147.6m to see The Boss.
Continue reading: Bon Jovi Record Highest Earning World Tour Of 2013
After being rejected by a jury in October, the Jacksons' legal reps are attempting to open a new lawsuit.
Katherine Jackson is seeking to re-launch the wrongful death suit after a judge ruled against her and in favor of Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG back in October. Attorneys for Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children have filed a request for a new trial, citing misconduct of the jury and insufficient evidence as some of the key reasons, Reuters reports. Another reason cited by the Jacksons’ legal team is newly uncovered evidence, although the documents do not specify any further details.
This will be the second time that the Jackson matriarch has opened the lawsuit, having originally asked for a billion from AEG.
The wrongful death suit was launched by Katherine Jackson earlier this year, aiming to prove that AEG had been negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray as Michael’s physician and thus participated in his death. Jackson died in 2009 after receiving a lethal dose of the drug propofol at the hand of Murray. The physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison. Thanks to automatic credit for good behavior, however, his sentence was lowered to just two years and Murray was released on October 28 this year.
The music mogul is taking the Jackson estate to court over unpaid production royalties and breach of contract
Quincy Jones is taking Michael Jackson's family estate to court over allegedly unpaid royalties, with his estimates claiming that he is owed $10 million from the estate of the late King of Pop. Jones produced the majority of Michael's most popular works, and believes he is being duped out of millions of dollars worth of earnings generated by the ever-profitable recordings he worked on.
Jones says he is owed big bucks from the Jackson estate in unpaid royalties and contract breaches
The 27-time Grammy winner served as the producer on some of Michael's most successful albums, including Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad, and he is now taking Sony Music Entertainment and MJJ Productions - a song company controlled by MJ's estate - to court over unpaid royalties. Among the ventures associated with the late pop icon that Quincy wants compensation from include the This Is It film and OST album, the two Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil productions and the 25th anniversary edition of the Bad album that was released in 2012.
Music Legend Quincy Jones claims he is owed millions of dollars over some of Michael Jackson’s posthumous music releases.
TMZ reported, Jones is suing Michael Jackson Productions (MJJ) and Sony citing the works 'This Is It' movie, the Cirque du Soleil stage show and the 25th Anniversary of the 'Bad' album, which contain music that Jones produced.
The lawyer for the Michael Jackson addressed these allegations to the gossip website and said;
Continue reading: Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson Estate Over Owed Royalties
Rakin' it in from the grave.
Michael Jackson's family may have lost their $1 billion lawsuit against AEG Live, but the dead pop star is still the highest earning deceased person in the world, according to yet another list from Forbes. Jackson was cremated so there'll be no chance of a Thriller-style resurrection where he returns to spend his riches but from his grave he earned a mighty $160 million (£99 million) over the past 12 months.
Though Dead, Michael Jackson Is Exceedingly Rich.
Amazingly, and four years after his death, Jackson is also earning more than any living star, surpassing the top living earner Madonna's yearly earnings by a tidy $35 million. Second place by a long way on Forbes' list was Elvis Presley whose post-mortem earnings total $55 million.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Is The Highest Earning Dead Person With $160m
The late King of Pop isn't just the top earning dead celebrity, but the highest earning celeb of the last year in total
In it's most recent list of top celebrity earners, Forbes has named Michael Jackson as the highest earning dead celebrity of the last year. With his estate earning an estimated $160 million between October 2012 and June 2013, not only is Michael the top earning dead celebrity, but the top earning celebrity in general.
Michael Jackson tops the list once again
Michael's earnings over the last year amount to $35 million more than the top-placed living celebrity, Madonna, who Forbes estimates earned $125 million between 2012 and 2013. As reported by Forbes, this marks the "third time in the past five years" that a dead celebrity has been crowned the highest earner of the year. How appropriate for a list that is released just before Halloween.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Named Top Earning Celebrity Dead Or Alive
In his new autobiography, the former child star says that he, Corey Haim and others were often sodomized on the set of their films
Corey Feldman will release his memoirs, Coreyography, in the coming weeks, describing his rise to stardom at a young age, before falling from grace and into relative obscurity as his years progressed. Perhaps known best for his work with off-screen best friend Corey Haim, the actor has admitted for the first time that both he and Haim were the victims of sexual assault in their formative years. What's more, Feldman also claims that some of Hollywood's leading figures were behind the attacks.
Feldman goes into detail about the sexual abuse he, Haim and many others have endured in Hollywood
Both Feldman and Haim were known for their consuming drug habits, and the autobiography goes into vivid detail about some of the nights of debauchery the former teen heart throbs went through in their younger years, but Feldman's memoir also reveals a much darker side to Hollywood that surpasses child drug use. Feldman explains in Coreyography that at the height of his fame, the crop of young stars dominating the Hollywood scene at the time were regularly picked off and sexually abused by senior Hollywood personel.
Katherine Jackson isn't going down without a fight. Another fight.
Katherine Jackson's lawyer Brian Panish has acknowledged that his client is "obviously disappointed" at losing the $1.5 billion damages case against concert promoter AEG, though told the New York Daily News, "There's going to more to this story."
"She's obviously disappointed, but she's a very strong woman," lead plaintiff's lawyer Brian Panish said on Thursday, "She's been through a lot in life, and she's doing the best she can. She only wants what is best for Michael's children, who are her No. 1 priority," he added.
He called the five-month trial "a search for the truth" that likely didn't end with Wednesday's verdict, which acknowledged that AEG Live did in fact hire Dr Conrad Murray as Michael Jackson's doctor, though that they were not responsible for his death.
Continue reading: Katherine Jackson's Lawyer Warns, "This Ain't Over Yet"
The jury in the court case brought against concert promoter AEG Live LLC by Michael Jackson's family has ruled in favour of the promoter.
A jury ruled in favour of concert promoter AEG Live LLC, determining that the company was not liable in the death of singer Michael Jackson in 2009. The court case had been filed by Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, and his three children - Prince, Paris, Blanket- were also listed as plaintiffs. The concert promoters were responsible for arranging Jackson's comeback tour in 2009, the case against them claimed they were negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray as Jackson's doctor.
Michael Jackson died in 2009 after his doctor administered propofol.
Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in 2011 as it was ruled he had administered a fatal dose of propofol which led to Jackson's death. The drug propofol is usually used as an anaesthetic in surgical operations; however Murray administered the drug to Jackson in July 2009 as a sleeping aid, with fatal results. Despite being a difficult drug to administer, Jackson's lawyers argued,"Propofol might not be the best idea. But if you have a competent doctor, you're not going to die."
The family have failed to sue the promoters for hundreds of millions of dollars.
The family of the late pop star Michael Jackson have lost in their case for huge damages after a court ruled against claims that alleged concert promoters AEG Live was negligent over Jackson's death on the 25th June 2009 as a result of an overdose of the anaesthetic Propofol.
The Aftermath Of Michael Jackson's Tragic Death Has Been Riddled With Long Court Cases.
Brought by Jackson's 83 year-old mother, Katherine, the case against AEG Live alleged that the organisers of the star's comeback tour were negligent in hiring Doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed for four years for involuntary manslaughter, and failed to read the signs of Jackson's ill health.
In an interview with BBC DJ Zane Lowe, Yeezy described rap as the new rock and said that he was the king of the genre
Kanye West's ego need know introduction, so when he described himself as the planet's biggest rock star, it wasn't exactly an alarming statement. Speaking to BBC DJ Zane Lowe in an exclusive interview, West went on to discuss the opertunities awarded to him as a black artist thanks to Michael Jackson and the sacrifices in the name of civil rights that his parents and grandparents gave, as well as also discussing his life with Kim Kardashian.
Kanye was promoting his Yeezus tour when he appeared on Zane's Radio 1 show
"Rap is the new rock 'n' roll. We are the real rock stars and I'm the biggest of all of them. I'm the number one rock star on the planet," the 'Black Skinhead' rapper boasted. Kanye, who begins his world tour in support of new album Yeezus next month. The album, released in June this year, received mostly unanimous praise for his sixth full-length release and reached the top of the album chart in the US, UK, Australia and Canada upon it's release.
Continue reading: Kanye West Is "The No.1 Rock Star On Earth," He Claims
The Michael Jackson trial is finally coming to an end - but who will win it?
Billions of dollars are at stake as the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial moves into its closing arguments, with Katherine Jackson and the King of Pop's three children attempting to persuade a jury that concert promoter AEG Live should pay for its role in hiring Dr Conrad Murray.
The five month trial, which has resembled a circus at times, begins its culmination on Tuesday with the closing arguments. A big crowd, which is rumored to include Prince, is expected for the final arguments, meaning court personnel have moved the proceedings to a much larger courtroom with over 200 seats.
A judge at confirmed to the 12 jurors that only nine had to reach agreement on whether AEG hired, retained or supervised Murray through a contract that was written, oral, or created by intentional conduct, according to the New York Daily News.
Continue reading: Billions At Stake As Michael Jackson Trial Moves Into Closing Arguments
As per the request of former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, the statue outside Craven Cottage is to be removed from the football ground
The Michael Jackson statue that was unveiled outside Fulham Football Club's Craven Cottage stadium in 2011 is to be removed by the clubs new owner Shahid Khan. Khan has since stated that he is removing the statue of the King of Pop as per the request of former owner Mohammed Al Fayed, who will re-erect the statue at one of his many other properties.
The Michael Jackson statue that currently sits outside Craven Cottage
Since it was first installed in 2011, the statue garnered criticism from fans who said the money could have been spent better and that the late singer had no connection to the South London club. At the time of it's unveiling, Al Fayed insisted that Jackson was a fan of Fulham (in spite of the fact that he was only ever spotted once in the South London area) and stood by his decision to keep the statue at the back of the Hammersmith stand. When met with further criticism and ridicule from supporters, Al Fayed told them they can "go to hell."
This is a major break in the case for AEG, but it could be a bad sign for Jackson's case.
Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death suit against Michael’s concert promoter AEG took another turn for the worse today. According to E!News, the judge has dismissed AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware as defendants in Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit, in which she is claiming a billion in damages.
Now the company as a whole is left as the sole defendant. Katherine Jackson’s claim is that AEG were negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray, who administered a lethal dose of Propofol to Jackson in 2009. Murray was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison.
The lengthy and complicated trial is now in its fifth month. It is expected to go to jury sometime during this month. Defense attorneys for AEG maintain that Jackson was making decisions of his own free will and that it was his choice to bring Murray onboard. The dismissal of accusations against Phillips and Gongaware is a significant break in the case.
M.J would have been 55 today
It has been revealed that the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, requested the drug Propofol long before he died from an overdose of the very same medication. Dr Christine Quinn told of his want for the drug while testifying for the defence in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against AEG Live LLC.
Dr. Quinn advised Jackson back in the late 90s, that Propofol wasn’t the appropriate drug to use for his symptoms. "I told him that the sleep you get with anesthesia is not real sleep, not restful sleep," she explained. Dr Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, was the person to administer the drug in 2009 – the year that Michael Jackson died.
Cherilyn Lee, a certified nurse who collapsed when giving evidence, also spoke out about his ‘addiction’ to the drug. "I remember telling him that it wasn't something he wanted to use at home," Lee said on Wednesday, according to CNN.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Wanted Propofol A Full Decade Before His Fatal Overdose
Justin Timberlake will hook up with his old band mates at the upcoming Video Music Awards... apparently
N Sync reunion at the VMAs? Surely this is too good to be true! Well apparently this is supposedly what is going to happen at the Snday, 25 August awards show, according to reports coming from within MTV. Vulture first reported that it had heard from people working behind the scenes at the VMAs that Justin, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass and JC Chasez will once again be hooking up for a long, long awaited reunion.
Justin will be awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards at this weekend's ceremony
As already reported, Justin is already going to receive a special award on the night; the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in honour of his long-serving career in the music biz, but as good a news this is, the fact that he'll be there with the boys from his N Sync days just makes this the best news we've heard all week. After a thoroughly triumphant return to the music scene this year with his well-received 20/20 Experience and the upcoming follow-up, The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2, it was thought that Justin's own success would get in the way of any N Sync reunion ever happening, but luckily this clearly isn't the case.
Continue reading: N Sync Reunion On The Way? Band Reportedly Planning Comeback For VMAs
It has really happened: Justin Bieber has added his vocals to a track recorded by Jackson in 2009 with some surprising results.
'Slave To The Rhythm' Was A Known MJ Track But Justin's Vocals Have Been Added Recently.
It would be easy to denounce the supposed collaboration track as fake or too conveniently timed with the current attention brought to MJ's death by his family's wrongful death case against concert promoters AEG Live, but listen to the track for yourself and you'll find it hard to deny that those are Jackson's trademark scralls and 'oohs' ripping through the rising, infectious club beat.
Justin Bieber's attempt at remixing Michael Jackson's posthumous track 'Slave to the Rhythm' has been leaked online. Bieber has tweeted on numerous occasions expressing his admiration of the late singer.
Justin Bieber's latest project is an update of Michael Jackson's posthumous track 'Slave to the Rhythm'. The track was released in 2010, a year after Jackson's death. Nothing much has changed from the original, with the exception of Bieber's rather unoriginal dance beat.
Justin Bieber performing at the GeldreDome in Arnhem, the Netherlands in April 2013.
The track has been leaked early although it is uncertain when it was intended to be released. However, could this be a publicity stunt? Bieber tweeted on Friday, shortly before the leak, promising that "big things were ahead."
Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson in one song? We thought we'd never see the day.
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Bieber must be the least likely musical pairing in the history of forever, therefore the law of the music industry dictates that it must exist. Lo and behold, it does, in the form of the track Slave to The Rhythm. In true Bieber fashion, the teenage popstar took to Twitter to tease the record, saying: Michael Jackson ft. Justin Bieber must be the least likely musical pairing in the history of forever, therefore the law of the music industry dictates that it must exist. Lo and behold, it does, in the form of the track Slave to The Rhythm. In true Bieber fashion, the teenage popstar took to Twitter to tease the record, saying:
Excited for what is to come. MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here...
Excited for what is to come. MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here...— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 16, 2013
Michael Jackson's ex-wife has appeared in court to testify at the AEG negligence trial. She discussed her relationship with her ex-husband; the impact of his death on their children and his use of anaesthetics.
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife, wept whilst standing as a witness in the AEG negligence trial. The trial is into its second day, the suit was filed by Michael Jackson's three children and his mother, Katherine. The suit claims AEG should pay compensation for hiring Dr Conrad Murray who, inadvertently, killed Michael Jackson in 2009. Concert promoters AEG allege that Jackson hired Conrad and that he frequently used anaesthetics.
Michael Jackson in 2008.
Rowe married Michael Jackson in 1996 but the marriage only lasted three years. Rowe left their two children with Michael for three years following their divorce, a decision she claims she has no regrets about. She stated: "Michael wanted to be a father, I didn't sign on to be a mom. I loved him very much and still do. I wanted him to be a father, I wanted him to have everything that he didn't have growing up, wanted him to experience it with his own child, his own children."
Continue reading: Debbie Rowe Weeps In Witness Stand "I Almost Lost My Daughter"
Debbie Rowe spoke of odd medical treatments for the simplest of injuries
Michael Jackson announces his tour back in 2009
"Michael had a very low pain tolerance," Rowe, the singer’s ex-wife, explained. "His fear of pain was incredible. I think the doctors took advantage of him that way," she said. Rowe was giving evidence in the AEG court case.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson’s "Incredible" Fear Of Pain Detailed By Ex-Wife
Despite dispute from a rape charity, singer Justin Timberlake dances like Michael Jackson in a newly released music video for his latest single, 'Take Back The Night.'
Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' video has dropped onto our radar, showing the performer dancing his way through the streets of New York City at night in the lead single from upcoming album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2.
Justin Timberlake Was Unaware He had Chosen The Same Name As A Rape Charity.
The release of the music video comes not long after anti-sexual violence charity Take Back The Night accused him of stealing their name - and therefore affecting their brand - without their permission.
Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury collaboration tracks from 1983 will be released in just a couple of months time.
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that he's working on and plans to release previously unheard material from Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury and pop star Michael Jackson. The surfacing of the dead icons' collaboration will mark 30 years since they were originally recorded in 1983, but May and pop producer supremo William Orbit have worked together to tweak and remaster the songs - one would assume - for digital age optimisation.
We Will Hear New Jackson Material In A Freddie Mercury Collaboration.
The tracks in question were reportedly recorded three decades ago at Jackson's home studio in Encino, California, before the pair fell out after Jackson decided to bring a llama into the studio. Yup, the duet tracks could well be llama-inspired, after Freddie's manager Jim "Miami" Beach reportedly got a call from the British star, having said; "Mercury rang me and said: 'Miami, dear, can you get over here? You've got to get me out of here; I'm recording with a llama.'"
A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US and UK number one album 'Yeezus', so his anger when the unfinished video directed by Nick Knight was leaked earlier in July was unsurprising. He described the unauthorised distribution as 'heartbreaking' and no wonder; a video as unique as this was definitely worthy of a grand entrance but, nonetheless, the spoiler has definitely not affected the viewing experience.Watch the video for BLKKK SKKKN HEAD here.
French house star Kavinsky has already become a hit in his home nation with his debut album 'OutRun', released earlier this year, reaching number 2 in the charts and he's certainly turning heads overseas too. Teaming up with Canadian producer The Weeknd on one of his newest singles, Kavinsky delivers a driving dance beat with 'Odd Look' - the single from his new EP of the same name. The track also features on his album as a collaboration with fellow electronic musician SebastiAn. Listen to Odd Look here.
Celine Dion was the surprising focus of AEG's opening defense this week.
A top executive for AEG Live has managed to turn the farcical Michael Jackson trial into an absolute circus by claiming the Canadian singer Celine Dion is a "bigger" artist than the late King of Pop ever was.
Testifying at the long-running wrongful death trial, John Meglin downplayed Jackson's lawyers claim that the singer would have earned $1.5 billion touring the world, according to CNN.
Meglin, who has been a concert promoter since the 1970s, was the first witness called to the stand as AEG Live began its defense in the thirteenth week of the trial. Much of his testimony focused on ridiculing accountant Arthur Much's claims that Jackson would have played 260 shows around the world as part of his This Is It tour, earning $890 million plus more in endorsements and sponsorships before his 66th birthday.
Katherine Jackson concluded her teary testimony in court.
Katherine Jackson concluded her tearful testimony at the on-going trial against the promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts, claiming AEG Live watched as the King of Pop "wasted away" before his untimely death.
Hanging her head and welling up, Katherine Jackson said she didn't know the true extent of her son's weakness until after the start of her family's trial against AEG Live, reports Billboard.
"They watched him waste away," she said after her attorney had cited emails from workers preparing for the "This Is It" shows in London. The messages described Michael Jackson's condition as deteriorating and confirmed that he was unable to rehearse.
Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, told a court she was surprised when her son announced his 'This Is It' tour. In her testimony, Katherine said her son had joked about not wanting to do the moonwalk at 50-years-old.
Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, told a court her son never wanted "to be doing the moonwalk on stage" when he reached 50. The singer joked about this with his mother in the years before his death. Sadly he was forced, by his financial situation, into arranging his last tour 'This Is It' with AEG.
Katherine Jackson at the World premiere of 'Michael Jackson One', Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas
The singer died in 2009 yet continues to make headlines. Most recently the news has surrounded the law suit filed by his mother and children against the concert promoter AEG. Katherine's revelation, reported by TMZ, was addressed to the court trying this case. The suit concerns whether AEG were negligent when they hired Conrad Murray: the doctor who was charged in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter, he had administered a lethal dose of anaesthetic to Jackson on the evening of his death.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Mother Surprised He Announced 'This Is It' Tour
Jackson's former director recalled the singer's deteriorating physical and mental health.
Kenny Ortega, the director, who worked with Michael Jackson on his planned This Is It tour, took the stand this week to testify in Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death suit against concert promoter AEG. His testimony was emotional filled with personal details about the singer, such as Ortega’s claim that the last few times he saw the singer, he was “frightened” at the sight.
Jackson was noticeably frail in his final days.
During his Wednesday testimony, Ortega told the jury that at the time, he didn’t think Michael was well enough to continue rehearsals. He recalled Jackson’s peculiar behavior and speculated that the performer had been under chemical influence during at least four rehearsals. Ortega also shared the observation that this delirious behavior tended to follow visits to the doctor.
Dr. Stuart Finklestein said on oath that Michael Jackson was dependent on prescription-strength painkillers and tour organisers at AEG were fully aware of it
Michael Jackson was addicted to prescription drugs and had been for well over a decade before his eventual death in 2009 - that's what his one-time doctor, Dr. Stuart Finklestein, told a courtroom via a video deposition on Monday (July 8) during the wrongful death case brought against tour organisers AEG by the bereaved Jackson family, with Finklestein adding that he had alerted AEG bosses of the singer's condition and the vulnerability of his medical condition, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Jackson's family are blaming AEG for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray
As the wrongful-death trial reached its 43rd day, Finklestein's testimony detailed his long-time friendship with Paul Gongaware, the manager of Michael's extensive 'Dangerous' tour of the early nineties. The doctor discussed how, upon meeting Jackson in 1993 whilst his tour was in Bangkok, Thailand, he was suffering from severe headaches and, under the guidance of Allan Metzger - his LA doctor - Finklestein administered Demoral and later morphine to Michael until he felt hell enough to go on stage. Finklestein told the court that when he first tried to administer a shot of Demerol to Jackson, “his buttocks were so scarred up and abscessed that the needle almost bent. ... He obviously had had multiple injections in his buttocks prior to arriving in Bangkok.”
Michael Jackson allegedly spent millions buying the silence of young boys.
The Michael Jackson trial took an unexpected turn last week after the King of Pop's child pal Wade Robson claimed the singer spent $35 million to silence 24 boys over molestation charges. Robson wants his lawyers to reach out to the FBI about secret documents from a private investigator that allegedly show how much Jackson spent on silencing his apparent victims.
Michael Jackson At The Press Conference For The 'This It It' Concerts
A choreographer and former child pal of the late King of Pop, Wade Robson ordered his lawyers on Sunday (June 30, 2013) to contact the FBI about secret documents that apparently prove Jackson spent $35 million to silence 24 young boys, sources tell the New York Daily News. "Wade knows that if he stands shoulder to shoulder with another accuser, he might be viewed more sympathetically," one of the sources said.
Continue reading: Is There Anything In The Michael Jackson $24 Million Silencing Claim?
Papers detailing how Michael Jackson, allegedly, bought his victim's silence have been uncovered and handed to the FBI, according to reports in The New York Daily Times. Wade Robson, who has accused Jackson of molestation, has come forward with the information.
Michael Jackson is under public scrutiny, once again, over four years after his death. Wade Robson, a former friend of Jackson, has contacted the FBI, claiming he has evidence which shows Jackson bribed those he molested into silence.
Michael Jackson shopping in L.A. in 2008.
Choreographer and former friend of Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, contacted the FBI through his lawyers. A private investigator had compiled a series of secret documents which, allegedly, implicate Michael Jackson in bribing those he was accused of molesting. Apparently, $35 million is involved and had been used to silence 24 boys.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Allegedly Paid Off Molestation Victim's Families
Jennifer Lopez has apologised for performing at the birthday celebrations of Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. The country has an appalling Human Rights record, a fact the singer and her entourage appeared completely unaware of.
Jennifer Lopez appeared on Saturday (29th June 2013) at the birthday celebrations of Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. The nation has a history of abysmal Human Rights, according to Human Rights Watch. Lopez has been criticised for performing, however the situation has drawn attention to the country and its leaders.
Jennifer Lopez at 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala, The Plaza Hotel, New York
Lopez is not the only celebrity to entertain unsavoury characters. Oliver Stone worked with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez; Naomi Campbell accepted a diamond from Liberian dictator Charles Taylor; Michael Jackson was harboured by Prince Abdullah al-Khalifa of Bahrain and Beyonce and Usher performed for Hannibal Gadhafi.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Apologises For Turkmenistan Performance
Michael Jackson Thursday 31st May 2007 Michael Jackson's Motown identification card identifying him as a recording artist of International Management Company. Card expired in 1970 and bears his signature and that of his dad, Michael Joe Jackson, on display at the Michael Jackson family auction at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Michael Jackson May 30, 2007 - Las Vegas, Nevada -The second award Michael Jackson earned for anothert half-million copies of "Thriller" sold on display at the Michael Jackson family auction at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph by Mike Stotts
Date of birth
29th August, 1958