There’s an air of familiarity about this press conference… The clothes, glasses…
And just WHO is he welcoming to America?? lol
These series of events are to happen in December. Hopefully, nothing will happen to Prince in November,lol
I happen to love both MJ and Prince…
Touching performance by Chris. I hope this turns his career around. He needed to apologize to Rihanna, not the world. Just as she needed to apologize to him. “They’ve” done a good job making the public bring him down. Hope people realize that.
Remember what Michael stood for : love. Chris Brown is one talented artist, and I for one, will not turn my back on him…
And of course, I had to include Prince,lol, my second favorite artist after MJ…
hhhmmm , interesting. Yet the Michael Jackson estate signed on for a few more years with Sony… or did they? What was the real purpose of that?
June 09, 2010
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Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs during ‘In Rainbows’ tour in 2008 in London.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is warning the music industry is on the brink of collapse, insisting young musicians should resist signing record deals because the major labels will “completely fold” within months.
The British rockers broke away from their longtime label, EMI, in 2007 and went on to embrace the new digital era with the release their seventh album, In Rainbows, which they offered up over the internet and allowed fans to choose the price.
Yorke has now issued a warning to upcoming artists, urging them not to sign traditional record deals because they would be tying themselves to “the sinking ship.”
In an interview for a new high school textbook called The Rax Active Citizen Toolkit, which aims to inspire youngsters to become more politically literate, Yorke claims the music industry is on the verge of a major crisis and could collapse completely within “months”.
He says, “It will be only a matter of time – months rather than years – before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world.”
— World Entertainment News Network
Published: 9:11AM Sunday May 02, 2010
Source: BANG Showbiz
Source: ReutersMichael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s former lawyer has been found shot dead.
Peter Lopez – who was married to Dukes Of Hazzard actress Catherine Bach – was found at the couple’s home in California on Sunday (NZT).
A neighbour heard the shot, and Lopez, 60, was found by someone who was at the house. Police are not looking for anyone in relation to his death.
A spokesperson for Catherine – who played the character of Daisy Duke in the TV series – and the couple’s two daughters Sophia and Laura said: “The Lopez Family has suffered a tragic personal loss. Catherine and the girls ask for your prayers.”
Lopez had been late King Of Pop Michael’s lawyer since 2006 when he was appointed by the singer’s former general manager, Raymone Bain, to re-organise his business affairs.
Raymone said: “I’d known Peter for 20 years, I can’t think of a nicer individual. He was a good guy. I’m just so shocked.”
Lopez also represented artists including The Eagles, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble.
The law firm where Lopez was a co-founder, Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy and Klein also spoke of their shock.
A statement from the firm said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unexpected loss of our friend and partner.”
Author : Bang Posted: April 9, 2010
Wesley Snipes wants Michael Jackson to come back as an angel.
The ‘Blade’ actor, who appeared in the late singer’s ‘Bad’ video in 1987 – was devastated when he died last June at the age of 50 and would like him to return because he was so special.
He said, “I danced in the video for ‘Bad’. His death was a great loss for all of us. And I hope and pray that his creator – or whatever you believe in – will send him back as an angel to entertain us. With Michael we lost more than an ‘ordinary’ person. There has to be something angelic about someone who reached and inspired so many different people all over the world. Maybe we just didn’t look after him well enough.”
Another hero of Wesley’s is legendary soul singer James Brown, who died in 2006, and is currently working on a movie about his life.
He told website Skip.at, “We’re working on it. It’s on the way, but we are trying to figure out how to finance it at the moment. I guess I’ll give you James Brown when the world ends in 2012!”
The 47-year-old star is so keen to portray the ‘Sex Machine’ hitmaker in a realistic way, he has been practicing his famous scream.
He said, “That’s easy! I started as a dancer and singer and where I come from James Brown and Michael Jackson were very influential. We literally listened to them every day, so I can certainly do the screams.
Posted Mar 10th 2010 9:46AM by TMZ Staff
Corey Haim collapsed in the bedroom of his mother’s apartment and four prescription bottles were found nearby … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
We’ve learned Corey had been sick the last couple of days with flu-like symptoms. The medications recovered, however, were not related to his illness, sources tell TMZ.
We’re told no illicit drugs were found in the apartment.
Sources say Haim got out of bed just before 1 AM and collapsed in front of his mother. She called 911 at 12:53 AM and Corey was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 AM.
Corey’s mom told authorities he had been battling prescription drug addiction for years.
Authorities believe — though are not certain — Corey died of an accidental drug overdose.
UPDATE: We’re told the LAPD has wrapped up their preliminary investigation and it’s now in the coroner’s hands.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/#ixzz0hnbiPwAE
Posted Mar 10th 2010 12:28PM by TMZ Staff
A witness at the apartment complex where Corey Haim collapsed tells TMZ, paramedics — who arrived shortly after 1:00 AM — spent 20 minutes inside the apartment before carrying him out on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over his face …. suggesting Corey was still alive when he went to the hospital.
Corey was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital over an hour later.
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Friday 5th February, 2010 (IANS)
Over seven months after his death, Michael Jackson is etched in the hearts of millions of fans – and also in 12 feet of black granite that its maker plans to ship to the late king of pop’s Neverland Ranch in California.
The statue is drawing curious crowds at the ninth International Granites & Stone Fair being held in the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (AIEC), about 20 km from here.
‘It’s a personal tribute to the greatest pop singer of our times! He lives in our hearts as he was on stage for years,’ R. Chandrasekaran, managing director of RC Golden Granites Ltd, told IANS.
As a diehard follower of the American singer who died suddenly June 25 last year, Chandrasekaran, 40, plans to gift the 3.5-tonne statue carved out of black granite to Jackson’s estate in California.
Jackson’s sprawling estate is located at the Neverland Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara County. The rock singer lived there from 1988 to 2005.
‘I have written to Jackson’s family that I want to donate the statue for installing it in his famous estate. I will bear the freight charge, which is about $2,500,’ an elated Chandrasekaran said, while spectators thronged his company’s stall to touch and feel the legendary singer in awe.
The Chennai-based granite firm spent a whopping $25,000 (Rs.1.2 million) in sculpting the statue out of a single block of huge rock that was quarried from a mine near Kanakapura, about 50 km from Bangalore.
‘We employed six artisans to chisel the granite into Jackson’s shape in 45 days at our factory in Kancheepuram. As black granite is brittle, the aesthetic art work was a test of patience, diligence and skill. His face and eyes were the most challenging as we wanted the statue to be expressive and poignant,’ Chandrasekaran said.
The company plans to ship the statue to the US west coast by next month after the family’s consent in writing for securing clearances.
This is not the first time the four-year-old export firm has carved a statue for an icon, as it had sculpted a skeleton in black and white granite last year in aid of the campaign against smoking launched by former central health minister Anbumani Ramadoss.
‘We specialise in sculpting exquisite monuments, statutes and other artefacts carved out of granite rocks, which are the oldest geological formations on earth. All our creations are exported to European customers on order,’ Chandrasekaran noted.
The skeleton statute, seated on black granite and titled ‘Hell’s Preferred Citizen’, was displayed at the Granite Monument Stone Fair in February 2009 in Chennai and at a fair against tobacco products in Mumbai, March 2009.
‘The statue, dedicated to the anti-smoking campaign, has been installed at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi where the health ministry is housed,’ Chandrasekaran noted.
As a music lover, Chandrasekaran also plans to create a statue dedicated to music maestro A.R. Rahman, who won two Oscars and two Grammys for the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
‘We will take Rahman’s consent for making a granite statue in a pose and colour of his choice. At such a young age, he has brought so much fame and acclaim to our country from the world over,’ Chandrasekaran said.
Besides Jackson’s statue, the four-day expo during Feb 4-7 is showcasing a Taj Mahal and a statue of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in granite created and displayed by other companies.
LOS ANGELES — When it came time to record the 25th-anniversary remake of “We Are the World,” the legendary African-famine relief benefit’s co-writer and producer, Lionel Richie, said he wanted to approach the project from a modern perspective. That might explain why none of the singers from the 1985 single were in the house for Monday night’s marathon sessions, which took place in the same studios where the original song was laid down.
Instead of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper and the late Michael Jackson (whose previously recorded voice, however, will be heard on the tune), the 2010 version will be headlined by Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, Josh Groban and Will.I.Am. It features a newly penned hip-hop break written by the Black Eyed Peas leader that makes reference to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the victims of which will benefit from the song’s proceeds.
Among the rap artists making the cut for “We Are the World — 25 for Haiti” are T-Pain, Kanye West, Bizzy Bone, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Mann, Nipsey Hussle, Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz.
And though rumored participants such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake were not in attendance, the sessions did feature a number of current stars such as Miley Cyrus, Keri Hilson and Best New Artist Grammy winner Zac Brown.
There were the requisite classic artists who pitched in, including Barbra Streisand; Carlos Santana; Natalie Cole; BeBe Winans; the members of Heart; Freda Payne; Harry Connick Jr.; Earth, Wind & Fire; the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Al Jardine; Tony Bennett; “Slumdog Millionaire” film score composer A.R. Rahman; “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson; Patti Austin; Celine Dion and Gladys Knight. A few actors were in the studio (Jeff Bridges and Vince Vaughn), as well as the offspring of co-producers Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, Nicole Richie and “Parks and Recreation” star Rashida Jones, and the members of 3T (the sons of Tito Jackson), Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson.
Joel and Benji Madden were on hand, as were Akon, Brandy, Melanie Fiona, Mya, Musiq Soulchild, Katharine McPhee, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, “Heroes” actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (“the Haitian”) and former Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi.
Also pitching in according to a press statement from organizers were the members of Sugarland, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Mraz, India.Arie, Mary Mary, Tyrese Gibson, Raphael Saadiq, Pink, Jordin Sparks, Rob Thomas, Usher, the Fray’s Isaac Slade, child prodigy pianist Ethan Bortnick, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, the Jonas Brothers, Nicole Scherzinger and Julianne Hough.
Co-producer Richie said that Janet Jackson would be laying down her version of Michael Jackson’s part on Tuesday, and he hinted that some other artists might also be added over the next few days.
JACKSON’S KIDS TO RECITE SPECIAL POEM ON WE ARE THE WORLD
MICHAEL JACKSON’s three children will “narrate” an introduction to the revamped WE ARE THE WORLD charity anthem.
Prince and Paris, who accepted the King of Pop’s Lifetime Achievement Award on their late father’s behalf at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (31Jan10), have recorded a poem and some special words for the re-release of the 1985 USA For Africa hit, which has been re-recorded to aid the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
Little brother Blanket, who was too nervous to take the stage at the Grammys, has joined them.
A family insider tells WENN, “They wanted to put a special message on the song – a message that echoes everything their father wanted for the world.”
The charity track will also feature Janet Jackson, who has agreed to sing her brother’s lines for the revamp.
Jackson wrote the anthem with Lionel Richie, who teamed up with producer Quincy Jones, to bring stars like Barbra Streisand, the Jonas Brothers, Natalie Cole, Kanye West and Toni Braxton together for the re-recording in Los Angeles on Monday (01Feb10).
03 February 2010 01:37
Michael Jackson’s Kids Will Speak at the Grammys
Today 8:00 AM PST by Ashley Fultz
The King of Pop’s progeny will be represented at the Grammy Awards.
A source close to the Jackson family exclusively tells E! News that, as of late Friday evening, Michael Jackson‘s three children will not only attend the Grammys on Sunday, but will take the stage during the planned tribute to the pop icon to “read some sort of speech” about him.
As we reported before, several other members of the Jackson family are already planning to be in the audience at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, as well.
Janet Jackson presided over a muscial tribute to her older brother, who died last June, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
(Originally published Jan. 29, 2010 at 10:57