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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's nephew, T.J. Jackson, appeared in court yesterday (27th June). He claimed his uncle had been murdered and spoke about the difficulties his cousins (Michael's children) Prince, Paris and Blanket are facing as a result of media attention.
Michael Jackson's nephew T.J. Jackson appeared in court yesterday and has stated he believes his uncle was murdered. His thoughts stem from conversations he had with Michael shortly before his death.
Apparently Michael Jackson believed he would be murdered. T.J. said under oath that this belief was founded "because he did tell me and the brothers that he was going to be murdered on a couple of occasions". Michael does not appear to have been specific about who the perpetrator of the murder would be but he thought he was at risk because of "his position".
The law suit was first filed in 2010 by Katherine Jackson, Michael's Mother. She is suing concert promoter AEG for hiring Dr Conrad Murray as Michael's private physician. Prince and Michael Jackson's two other Paris and Blanket are also named as plaintiffs.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Death Was 'Murder' According His Nephew T.J. Jackson
A lawsuit has been filed against Justin Bieber. The paparazzo plaintiff claims Bieber assaulted him in May 2012. However there is good news: Bieber's former pet Mally, the capuchin monkey, has been happily rehomed in a German zoo.
Justin Bieber is being sued by a paparazzo over an alleged assault which occurred in May 2012.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday (Wednesday 16th June) by Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran, according to E!. The photographer claims Bieber kicked and punched him. Hernandez Duran was one of many photographers attempting to take the pop star's photograph as he left a L.A. shopping mall with then girlfriend Selena Gomez.
A variety of statements have been made both by Hernandez Duran and Bieber's representatives. L.A. authorities apparently investigated the incident but chose not to press charges.
Michael Jackson's death anniversary is marred by his family's lawsuit against AEG, though perhaps we should take a look back at fonder times.
Michael Jackson's death anniversary should have been a moment of appreciation and remembrance. Appreciation at the King of Pop's lengthy stay at the very top of the pile of the finest entertainers and remembrance of his finest albums, singles and live shows. However, on June 25, 2013, attention in the Jackson camp was fixed firmly on the lawsuit against AEG, with the controversy surrounding the entertainer's death continuing to swirl.
Michael Jackson Announcing His London O2 Arena Shows
Earlier this month, Jackson's 15-year-old daughter Paris was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt that involved an overdose of pills as well as a kitchen knife to cut her own wrists.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Death Anniversary: What Was His O2 Arena Set List?
Paris Jackson is a victim of cyber-bullying. Michael Jackson's daughter has been attacked verbally by her peers. A source revealed, to TMZ, that comments made on Facebook could have contributed to her attempted suicide earlier this year.
Paris Jackson has been bullied online which may have caused the teenager to self-harm, resulting in her hospitalisation, according to sources close to the daughter of Michael Jackson. At only 15, Paris is at risk of cyber bullying perhaps more than anyone else as she is in the public eye. The bullying extends far beyond her own circle of acquaintances as the rest of the world has plenty to say about her.
A number of 'official' Facebook pages exist for Paris Jackson fans, of which she appears to have many. Whilst many offer supportive comments wishing the teenager well and for her health to improve, a few are highly critical making comments about Paris' relationship with her parents.
On Paris' personal Facebook page accusations by acquaintances, according to TMZ, have centred on the relationship she shared with her father including references to molestation.
On the 4th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, his close friend Jason Pfieffer reveals he is only the natural father of one of his three children. Pfieffer confirms Prince and Paris were fathered by British actor Mark Lester.
Michael Jackson revealed months before his death that he only fathered one of his three children, according to a new report. Jackson's youngest child, Blanket, is his natural son whilst British actor Mark Lester (most famous for playing the title role in the musical Oliver) is allegedly the biological father of his two eldest children: Prince and Paris.
According to clinic worker Jason Pfeiffer, giving an interview in the Mirror, Jackson decided on Mark Lester as the sperm donor because "Michael felt Mark was one of his closest friends. He said he was a great actor and very good man".
Furthermore Jackson does not appear to have been without choices in who should father his children as "he had taken several people's sperm and decided on Mark".
The lawsuit against AEG continues to reveal startling details about the late pop star.
Catherine Jackson’s lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG continues and now the testimonies are going into the pop star’s deep, dark and personal secrets. At one point MJ was an extremely successful pop-star with bestselling records and Grammy award winning hits. But this was not the Michael Jackson of 2009. According to Randy Phillips, an executive at AEG, when planning his supposed comeback tour, the king of pop just wanted to make enough money to buy a permanent home for himself and his children. Jackson broke down in tears as he confided that he was tired of "living like vagabonds" — shuttling his family between a Las Vegas rental and a Bel-Air hotel, Phillips recalled, quoted by the LA Times. He also told the story of an emotional Halloween meeting at Jackson’s hotel room, with his three children running around.
"I felt incredibly bad that this incredible star was at this point where he just couldn't buy a house with all this money he made," Phillips testified. "It just didn't make sense."
Phillips told the court that the emotional meeting was the first time Jackson had expressed a desire to go back to work. Apparently, the performer even had his sights set on a huge 40,000-square-foot house with a $93-million price tag in Bel-Air. But Phillips said he told Jackson the house was too much — "you'll put every dime you make into this house," he recalled telling the singer. Instead, the Jackson family had to settle for a rented place - a $100,000-a-month Holmby Hills estate he paid for using a multimillion-dollar advance he received from AEG.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Needed The Tour To Buy A House, Says AEG
The youngster is on the mend
There has been an update in the Paris Jackson attempted suicide saga, as the apparently troubled teenager has been transferred to UCLA Medical Centre, the same hospital in which her famous father, Michael Jackson, died.
Jackson was rushed into hospital and kept under psychiatric watch after she attempted to kill herself in the early hours of Wednesday (June 5). Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, the man overseeing the guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children, has ordered an enquiry following this incident. "There have been communications between the court and counsel and we're completely supportive of the court's actions," Perry Sanders Jr, the attorney for Paris's grandmother Katherine Jackson, said. Tito Jackson's son, TJ, was appointed co-guardian over the children. "This is standard protocol in a high profile case," his attorney Charles Shultz explained. "The court is doing what we fully expected the court to do." Michael Jackson's former lawyer Tom Mesereau, said he is “heartbroken over the news.” He told RadarOnline: “I'm heartbroken over Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt. I’m shocked, and frankly, at a loss for words. 'Paris is just a wonderful young lady, beautiful, and extremely bright.”
Prior to the attempt, Paris posted some cryptic tweets to her Twitter account. “i wonder why tears are salty ?” was the first one, followed by: “yesterday , all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay."
Even after suicide attempt, Paris Jackson's career is going full steam ahead.
Trouble just haunts the Jackson family, even 15-year-old Paris Jackson. The young daughter of the late Michael Jackson was set to begin work on her budding film career with her very first movie – Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys. Unfortunately, following the potential actress’s suicide attempt and subsequent hospital stay, the company behind the production, will have to take out a hefty insurance policy for Paris, TMZ reports. Still, sources connected to the film have commented that this would not be a problem for the production.
"There's a policy that we will have to buy now that we would not have had to buy prior to the incident." The source goes on, "We're prepared to pay a large amount of money for the policy," adding, "Fortunately, we have a big budget."
In addition, Paris’s engagement with the production doesn’t begin for another six months – plenty of time, the producers feel, for the young woman to recover and get back on track with her career. And while no, it does not sound like the healthiest decision for Jackson herself, apparently it is the most viable decision as far as the film’s producers are concerned. Oh well, we’ve already known for a while that mental health isn’t exactly top priority in Hollywood, so decisions like that one should come as no surprise.
The troubled star has plenty of support... from celebs
Following Paris Jackson’s attempted suicide, the stars have come out in support for her. None of them had dedicated a song to her, though, until now, but Manson didn’t stop there. He created controversy by mimicking slicing his wrists shortly after dedicating the song to Michael Jackson’s only daughter.
"This song is for Paris Jackson," said Manson to his crown before going into his rendition of 'Disposable Teens' – probably not the best track to dedicate to a teenager who has just attempted to take her life, but Marilyn hasn't always been the best at behaving appropriatly in public. The first verse of the track reads: "And I'm a black rainbow/ And I'm an ape of god/ I've got a face that's made for violence upon/ And I'm a teen distortion/ Survived abortion/ A rebel from the waist down."
A source said that Paris “has suffered terrible bullying recently. All the allegations about Michael abusing children have been back in the news, plus details of his drug use and even questions about whether he is the kids’ biological father.” Jackson wanted to see Manson in concert, but wasn’t allowed to go. "I hope you feel better," Manson said in a statement, "you will be on my guest list anytime you want."
Continue reading: Marilyn Manson Dedicates A Song To Paris Jackson, Mimics Self Harm
Suicidal Paris Jackson's family had told her she wasn't allowed to attend a rock concert: a decision that could have provoked her drastic actions.
Paris Jackson's shock suicide attempt yesterday (5th June) left her in hospital last night.
She reportedly sliced her arm with a cleaver knife and took an overdose of painkillers after a relative forbade her from attending Marilyn Manson's rock concert in Los Angeles.
The 15 year-old daughter of Michael Jackson also rang a suicide hotline after she left a note to her family and was later found unconscious.
Daughter of the megastar is finding the endless court dates and the approaching anniversary of her father's death tough
It would appear as though the continuing court action regarding Michael Jackson’s death is have a profound effect upon his children. Paris, in particular, has found it difficult, and was hospitalized after cutting one of her wrists.
"Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are," attorney Perry Sanders said Wednesday (June 5) morning. "It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family's privacy."
Paris sent out some pretty cryptic tweets Tuesday evening, before calling a suicide counselling hotline early on Wednesday. She posted: "i wonder why tears are salty?", "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away” and "now it looks as though they're here to stay". At 1.27am on Wednesday, The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said its deputies "responded to a medical situation".
The daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe is believed to be recovering in hospital and is being kept under lock and key for the next few days
Paris Jackson seemed to be like most other 15-year-olds to most of us; she was hardly ever off Twitter or Instagram, has dreams of being an actress, works hard at school - where she is also a cheerleader - and had even given an online make-up tutorial for girls her age, so when the news was broken by TMZ on Wednesday (June 5) that Paris had attempted suicide earlier that morning, to say it was shocking would be an understatement.
Paris regualrly updates her Twitter and Instagram pages and has a strong online presence
There has been some light shed on what might have led Paris to attempt to take her life, with June 25, the fourth anniversary of her father Michael Jackson's death, the 15-year-old would have understandably been in a state of bereavement. As she quite clearly showed during Michael's televised funeral, she had very close and loving relationship with her father and the loss must have given her emotions a severe beating. As the Jackson's lawyer, Perry Sanders, told TMZ, "Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you."
AEG has the opportunity to settle with the Jackson family, but chose not, signalling confidence in the ongoing lawsuit.
A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family say they offered to settle their wrongful-death suit against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, but that they never received an answer. The revelation suggests AEG are confident they will win the lawsuit, given the company's insurance company would have paid. "They could have settled the case without them paying a dime of their money," said attorney Kevin Boyle.
Boyle added that AEG has never offered to settle "and they haven't apologized" at any point during the suit. Marvin Putnam, an attorney for AEG, said it was inappropriate to discuss settlement discussions. "We don't settle matters that are utterly baseless," he said, according to Los Angeles Times. "We believe that is the case in this matter. I can't see why we would consider a settlement as anything other than a shakedown."
AEG was the promoter and producer of Michael Jackson's comeback shows in London, before he took an overdose of the anaesthetic Propofol administered by Dr Conrad Murray and died. The Jacksons say that AEG negligently hired and supervised Murray, though the concert promoter says Jackson hired Murray and that any money the firm was supposed to pay him would have been loans to the singer.
Continue reading: AEG Ignored Michael Jackson Family's Offer To Settle Wrongful-Death Suit
The live events company have been handed a document in court that greatly contradicts previous statements.
AEG Live are currently defending themselves in court from the Jackson family estate, claiming that they have no place in the wrongful death trial of the late Michael Jackson. Whilst in court on Monday (May 20) however, the defendants were presented with a piece of evidence contradicting their claim that they did not hire Dr Conrad Murray, placing their whole defence in jeopardy.
AEG Live took to the stands claiming that they did not hire or pay the doctor convicted in Jackson's death, but were forced to do a u-turn on their initial claim when it was revealed that they had asked the Jackson estate to repay the $300,000 spent on Murray just weeks after the singer's death. A previous testimony from AEG Live Senor Vice President and General Counsel Shawn Trell - and prior to that, AEG LIve controller Julie Hollander - also showed the company's budgets at the time of Michael's death included $1.5 million set aside to pay Murray his $150,000 a month fee.
The Jackson family claim Michael was practically forced to go on tour
Continue reading: AEG Bosses Put On The Stand In Michael Jackson Trial
Recently unearthed document reveals a determined 21-year-old Michael Jackson after world domination.
We all have plans to achieve our goals and ambitions in life, and for a 21-year-old Michael Jackson he only had one thing on his mind; complete world domination and to be a "a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world."
Well, mission accomplished we suppose, but the recently uncovered handwritten manifesto by the late King of Pop from 1979 reveals more than an overwhelming desire to become the greatest entertainer of all time, it also reveals a young man driven by a strong determination to be the best at what he does and become the King of Pop. MJ's meticulous attention to detail was renowned and his career was one of the most enduring of all time, and with this recently unearthed document we now know that Michael didn't just turn on his drive in the studio or on stage, but had planned his future way in advance and stuck to the plan.
Jackson's manifesto could be the reason we remeber him for all the right reasons
Continue reading: '60 Seconds' Exposes Michael Jackson's Plans For World Domination
Crooner doesn't believe there's any truth in Wade Robson's claims
Hello, is it me you’re looking for? Nope, Lionel Richie thinks that the courts would be wrong to pursue the Jackson family following choreographer Wade Robson’s recent child molestation claims against the late King of Pop, claiming that the accusations are “bogus.”
Wade Robson had actually testified in Jackson’s defense in a 2005 child sex abuse trial, but in a weird twist the choreographer has now launched a claim against the late pop star, saying that he was abused by Jackson over a seven year period. "Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it," Mr Robson's lawyer, Henry Gradstein, said in a statement to a news agency, according to Sky News. He added: "He (Mr Robson) collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child. He lived with the brainwashing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him."
There have been so many claims and rumors about Jackson’s extra-curricular activities over the years, but none have managed to stick, and if you believe Lionel Richie that’s because there isn’t anything to stick on him. TMZ attempted to get a word with the crooner recently about the recent allegations and were dismissed completely. Robson must wait for a judge to decide whether he can pursue his case.
The trial against AEG continues with the testimony of an LA police detective.
The “wrongful death” suit that the Jackson family have filed against Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG is going full steam ahead. Currently, the prosecution is focused on Jackson’s personal physician, employed by AEG, Dr Conrad Murray. Yesterday, May 1st, LA police detective Orlando Martinez testified against AEG, saying that the cardiologist, who has already been convicted of involuntary manslaughter, was in dire financial straits when he was working for AEG. According to Martinez, Murray’s debts on credit card bills, home and student loans, child support and so on amounted to over a million dollars and this is why the doctor was willing to do anything AEG asked in order to get paid.
"Focusing on the financial aspect may have been important for Dr. Murray's willingness to disregard his Hippocratic Oath for financial gain," Martinez testified, and said that in order to get the $150,000 a month, Murray might "break the rules, bend the rules, to do whatever he needed to do to get paid." According to the prosecution, this also meant that Murray was willing to administer the pop star with a dangerous and potentially lethal dose of anesthetic propofol, which did end up killing him in the end.
Martinez also testified that the search of Murray’s girlfriend’s apartment yielded suspicious results, namely just one scrap of paper with the physician’s name on it. According to the detective, this suggested that the place, where Murray had been living for a couple of months, must have been cleaned out in a hurry. "I found one piece of paper with Dr. Murray's name -that had fallen behind the door of a cabinet- in the entire apartment [Murray had] been staying at at least two months," Martinez said. "He was living there, and none of his stuff was there." Martinez assumed that Murray asked Alvarez to cover his tracks.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Doctor Accused Of Negligence In Wrongful Death Suit
LaToya Jackson isn't the only one who claims to have heard the phantom tap-dancer
La Toya Jackson is convinced that she can hear her late brother’s ghost tap-dancing in the family house. The former Celebrity Apprentice star LaToya was talking on Good Day New York when she confessed that she can still feel Michael Jackson’s presence at times. One of her security guards apparently told her that he could hear tapping, like someone tap-dancing, in the house. “When he told me I said ‘You’re kidding,’ that made me want to know even more about hearing someone tap dance over a certain part of the house. Michael used to do that every Sunday for two hours.”
“It’s the strangest thing because you feel something like thick around you or behind you and you’re wondering,” she described. “You don’t see anything, but you feel a presence … It’s very interesting because it is there, it’s definitely there.” La Toya went on to reveal more details about the friendly haunting: “We go up there and no one’s up there … and just tap dancing,” she recalled. “And the dog barks at his room, the window, every single night at the same time … the dog doesn’t even know that that’s Michael’s room, and the security didn’t know … so it’s weird.”
On the show, LaToya explained that she likes to surround herself with positive people. She didn’t seem willing to talk about her clash with Omarosa on Celebrity Apprentice. In fact, she managed to side-step those questions, completely and was so adamant that she didn’t want to answer, that the show’s presenters just skipped straight on to the next topic.
Date set for lengthy, emotional trial
After a painstaking jury selection, the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial will get underway on Monday (April 29, 2013), Reuters reports today (April 24). The $40 billion civil case will pit Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson and other members of the Jackson family against the concert promoters AEG. Katherine, 82, is suing the promoters of Michael Jackson’s never-realized 2009 concert dates, claiming that they were partly responsible for her son’s death.
Six men and six women were finally selected to take part in the trial, in what will most likely be a very protracted and emotional trial. It is thought that the hearing will take around three months to come to completion and the opening statements will take place at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Of an original selection of 100 potential jurors, many were unable to commit to a 3-month trial as they argued that taking part in such a length legal process would be a hardship to them. Other jurors were rejected as they were deemed to have a bias against Jackson, had business ties to AEG, or the Jackson family. Potential witnesses for the case include Michael’s daughter Paris Jackson, 15, his son Prince, 16 and the singer Diana Ross.
Katherine Jackson is claiming that AEG should take responsibility for the hiring of Dr Conrad Murray, who has already been jailed for causing the singer’s death through negligence. Jackson accuses that the promoters failed to check Murray’s credentials, the BBC reports.
Continue reading: Katherine Jackson Vs AEG: Date Set For Michael Jackson Death Trial
Calvin Harris was soaked by a drink-slinging reveller, but continued unperturbed.
Calvin Harris was given an almighty soaking by a member of the audience at this show at London's Project Club at the weekend. The Scottish DJ was 30 minutes into a planned hour long set when he was given a watering by a fan who got a little excited. Ever the professional, Harris stuck up two fingers, downed a shot, and continued with his set which ended up being four hours long.
A club source said: "Calvin took it all in his stride. He even joked that next time he DJs he'll wear waterproofs. The culprit was dealt with very quickly and 95 per cent of the clubbers didn't even notice. Calvin was a pro and carried on unphased and ended up DJing for extra time when a lot of lesser performers would have stormed off." It's probably not difficult for Harris to keep an audience on the dancefloor for four hours - his latest album 18 months is packed with chart hits. I Need Your Love, featuring Ellie Goulding, has become the eighth top ten track from the album. It means Harris now holds the record, overtaking Michael Jackson who scored seven Top 10's from his Dangerous record.
Harris is about to take off to the U.S for a handful of shows, before heading back to Europe for the summer. He'll play multiple shows in Ibiza and Mallorca before returning to the UK for a number of festivals including Oxegen and V Festival.
Continue reading: Calvin Harris Left Soaked By Drink-Hurling Fan At London Show
Six men and six woman, plus three other jurors, will decide whether AEG were negligent in the death of Michael Jackson.
Six men and six women will decide whether concert promoters AEG Live were to blame for the death of Michael Jackson in a $40 billion civil lawsuit that could last three months. The twelve jurors have been chosen after a month-long search, while three alternative jurors still have to be chosen. Opening statements should begin later this week, or early next week, reports Reuters.
Jackson's 82-year-old mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, the promoters of the singer's ill-fated series of concerts in London, for the wrongful death of her son. She alleges that the company was negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he rehearsed for the 50 shows. Of course, Dr Murray is currently serving time for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.
The concert promoters argue that they could not have foreseen that Murray posed a danger to the singer, who died from a lethal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol that Murray was administering to help with sleep problems. Potential witnesses in the trial include Jackson's mother, his two oldest children Prince and Paris, Dr Conrad Murray, singers Prince and Diana Ross and Jackson's ex-wives Lisa-Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe.
Continue reading: Six Men, Six Women Form Jury For Michael Jackson's $40 Billion Lawsuit
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29th August, 1958
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