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Michael JacksonAnti-Semitism Could Cost Jackson. 31-01-'06

Pop superstar Michael Jackson's lawyer fears alleged anti-Semitics comments the singer made in taped voicemail messages could damage his child custody battle with ex-wife Debbie Rowe.

Jackson is reportedly heard calling Jews "leeches" in messages he left for a former advisor. Critics also accuse him of singing, "Jew me, sue me, everybody do me, kick me, kike me," in the track 'They Don't Care About Us'.

The accusations have already caused Jackson massive embarrassment and cost him the friendship of spoon-bender Uri Gellar.

Now his Jewish lawyer Michael Abrams fears it may cost him custody of Prince Michael, eight, and Paris, seven, his children with Rowe - in a forthcoming hearing in front of private arbitrator, retired judge Stephen Lachs.

According to website TMZ.com, Abrams wrote in secret court documents that the comments may work against him.

In previous documents, Abrams reportedly wrote, "Judge Lachs is Jewish, as am I. He has made me aware of this in the past and I understand Judge Lachs' concern about anti-Semitism."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Hamburg AirportMichael Jackson Leaves Hamburg. 31-01-'06

Michael and his children left Hamburg yesterday (January 30) morning.

Unable to go out because of the fans & reporters in front of the house, Michael, Anton, Grace & the kids leave Hamburg and fly to Venice. Before he entered the car, he stopped shortly to wave to the fans.

They land in Marco Polo airport and travel to Florence where they check in Weistein Excelsior Hotel.

While at the airport, a fan had his hat taken so that Michael could sign it. But it seems that Blanket, who was there, admired the hat so much that he was allowed to keep it! Michael then took Blanket's T-shirt signed it and gave that to the fan instead! The shirt read "Blankets T-Shirt love Michael Jackson."

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Hamburg AirportMichael Jackson Visits Friends In Hamburg. 29-01-'06

The American super star Michael Jackson is alight in Hamburg, so the police confirmed.

Together with Prince and Paris he's staying in a home in the district of Niendorf. According to the German popular newspaper Bild the 47 year old singer is visiting a friend which he has known since a 1995 television appearance in Germany. Jackson is accompanied by two of his three children, Prince (8) and Paris (7), and landed Thursday evening on the airport of the German seaport town.

The police has placed blocking ups so the fans couldn't reach his private territory. A friend told to Bild of the family of Hamburg about earlier visits of the super star. He had been playing hide-and-seek with his children in the home. He was sleeping in the visitor's room and has been walking with the German family along the Elbe and took in a movie in the cinema.

How long the King of Pop will stay in Hamburg, isn't clear. Bild seems to know that there are booked some other flights on his name to Munich, Venetia and Paris. After his acquittal of ten accusations, about child abuse, has Michael Jackson settled himself in Bahrein.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMJ Second Highest Seller Ever. 28-01-'06

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has just published its updated list of the 150 highest selling artists.

Michael is the 2nd highest selling artist EVER!

What's even more interesting is the fact that he also owns rights to the music of half of the artists in the top 10, particularly #'s 1 & 3, and including his own.

The top 10 is as follows:
01. The Beatles: 40 400,000,000 UK 60's (1962-1970) Rock/Pop Guinness/EMI
02. Michael Jackson: 14 350,000,000 US 70's-00's (1979-) Pop/R&B
03. Elvis Presley: 150 300,000,000 US 50's-70's (1956-1977) Country/Rock
04. Madonna: 16 275,000,000 US 80's-00's (1984-) Pop
05. Nana Mouskouri: 450 250,000,000 Greece 60's-00's (1959-) Pop
06. Cliff Richard: 60 250,000,000 UK 50s-00s (1959-1969,1977-1979,1986-1999) Rock/Pop
07.The Rolling Stones: 54 ~250,000,000 UK 60's-00's (1! 964-1981) Rock
08. Mariah Carey: 14 230,000,000 US 90's-00's (1990-) Pop/R&B
09. Elton John: 43 ~220,000,000 UK 70's-00's (1972-1976,1989-1991,1997-) Pop
10.Celine Dion: 21 220,000,000 Canada 80's-00's (1990-) Pop Music/Pop

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Spotted In Robe And Veil. 25-01-'06

Pop star Michael Jackson took a shopping trip to a Bahrain mall, covering himself in a black abaya robe traditionally worn by Bahraini women and a veil hiding his face, along with three children — apparently his — with their faces covered with dark scarves.

Jackson, who seems to be settling in the Persian Gulf, was seen leaving Marina Mall in the Bahrain capital, holding a child by the hand. On the way out through a back door, he shook hands with security guards.

He was wearing an abaya, a robe with long sleeves, under which his pants, white shirt and men's shoes could be seen, and his head and face were wrapped in a black veil. He had black gloves on his hands.

Shopping Mall, Bahrain
Michael Jackson and his children behind a shopping mall in Manama, Bahrain.

The veil, abaya and gloves were of a style typically worn by conservative Bahraini women, though Jackson appeared to be wearing them to hide his identity.

With him was woman — also in an abaya and jeans and a scarf over her head that partially covered her face — who had the two other children. All three children's faces were wrapped in black scarves, and they wore yellow shirts and sweatpants or khakis without robes. The woman's identity was not known.

The woman asked photographers to respect their privacy saying they are scaring the children, as the five left in a White Lexus Infinity with darkened glass.

Source: mlive.com / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Fans To Celebrate New Release In London. 24-01-'06

On April 23rd of this year, fans from across the globe will unite in London's west end to celebrate the remarkable career, song, and dance of the King of Pop, their idol, Michael Jackson. Hundreds upon hundreds are expected to attend, making for a truly memorable day.

It is being called an extravaganza, and will feature two parts: a cinema screening, and the Visionary Party - an event all in its own, to honour Michael Jackson's upcoming 'Visionary Video Singles' release, set to launch this February.

Spanning from 1-3pm, the cinema screening will highlight performances from Jackson's greatest tours and concerts, giving fans the chance to watch their idol on the big screen, in all his glory.

Visionary Party
Following the successful Unbreakable Party, which took place on August 28th 2005, in London, MJ News Online will be organizing a Visionary Party, set to take place on April 23rd, 2006.

The 7-hour Visionary Party will feature some of the worlds greatest Michael Jackson impersonators and tribute artists; two Michael Jackson art exhibitions; DVD and book signings; merchandise; and even more yet to be announced.

The fan club organizing this extravagant day, MJ News Online, hosts the largest Michael Jackson fan community on the web, which houses nearly 10,000 members worldwide. Their bimonthly fan magazine, entitled "ontheline," reaches up to a thousand fans from all over the world.

Fan club president, Paul Akinbanjo had this to say of the event: "Our motto is 'bringing the fans closer together', which is simply what we're doing here.

"We're all coming together in our support of Michael Jackson, to have an incredible time, and to enjoy the music that he has given to us; to move on from any obstacles we may have faced, and to look to the future.

"Visionary describes Michael perfectly, and we hope to convey that with this day."

Source: PR Web / Billie Jean


Neverland’s Veterinarian Dr Martin Dinnes Reveals That Lawsuit Over Unpaid Bills Has Been Settled.
23-01-'06

Dr Martin DinnesAs reported two weeks ago, Michael Jackson was sued by veterinarian Dr. Martin Dinnes concerning unpaid wages for his work at Neverland Valley Ranch, the suit has now since been settled.

"The animals are fine. Our dispute is all settled," Dinnes told the Santa Barbara News-Press. The Doctor also responded to an investigation into the welfare of animals at the ranch by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The investigation followed a complaint by the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) following tabloid reports the animals were being mistreated. "Attacking the health and welfare of those animals is a direct attack on me, and my credentials are impeccable," said Dinnes. "We really have nothing to hide. Our doors are open, to the right people. You could eat off the ground on that property."

The veterinarian wanted to clarify that the lawsuit was nothing personal against Michael, and that he's glad that it has been settled. "Michael and I are very close," he said. "We've been close for 20 years. My dispute was not with Michael. It was with his business people. Through everything that Michael went through, their mind wasn't on a lot of things. I've been there with him before, through times when I failed to get a check on time, but they never, ever stuck me, and I was assured they never would again. Something triggered me to file, but it's all settled."

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


The International Jackson Event 2006 - May 7th 2006, Hollywood Music Hall, Rotterdam, Holland. 22-01-'06

TNG Productions and Silva Entertainment would like to invite you all to attend an event which will be unlike any you have seen before… one of music, dance, magic and much more, bringing together Jackson fans from all around the world.
The venue is to be the world famous Hollywood Music Hall in Rotterdam , highly prized for its amazing laser shows and huge stage.

We will also be holding a Jackson Idols Contest so please check the page for more details on how you can enter, plus there will be many stalls selling merchandise, and your chance to win some unique signed merchandise by enter ting our Lottery.

Many of the top professional performers will be on stage to amaze you with their shows, and with the music of the Jackson's, Michael, Janet and 3T what better way to spend the night!

The Jackson family have given their full support for this Event and we expect to have 1000 people attend. Michael has been invited to the Event!

All the profits made will be going to the Ronald McDonald Children's Charity Fund.

We promise to make this a day to remember… and to show that the Jackson family name will go down in HIStory as the World's number one entertainers!

Place: Hollywood Music Hall in Rotterdam.

Source: TNG / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson900.000 Records Sold In 2005. 21-01-'06

According to Neilsen Soundscan, Michael Jackson sold an estimated 882,675 units (CD's, DVD's, etc.) in the USA in 2005.

1. Number Ones: 227,000
2. Thriller: 149,350
3. Number Ones (DVD): 148,630
4. The Essential (2 CD): 96,000 (estimate)
5. Live In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (DVD): 70,000 (estimate)
6. Greatest Hits: HIStory Vol. 1: 56,125
7. Off The Wall: 34,970
8. Greatest Hits: HIStory (DVD): 22,050
10. The Ultimate Collection (4 CD/1 DVD): 20,000 (estimate)
11. HIStory On Film - Vol. 2 (DVD): 16,905
12. Bad: 14,570
13. Dangerous: 11,620
14. Invincible: 7,595
15. HIStory: Past, Present, And Future, Book I (2 CD): 6,085
16. Blood On The Dance Floor: 1,775

Source: Billie Jean


Uri GellerJackson Loses Uri Geller Friendship. 19-01-'06

Michael Jackson's alleged anti-Semitic comments have cost him his friendship with mystic spoon-bender Uri Geller.

The 59-year-old, who is of Jewish descent, is disgusted by reports the 'Thriller' hitmaker slammed followers of his religion as "leeches" on a voicemail message, and has vowed to end his friendship with the star.

Geller, for whom Jackson acted as best man at his 2001 wedding, says, "I don't want to hear from Michael Jackson ever again.

"I'm Jewish, I was born in Israel, and I will never forgive him.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Judge Wants More Evidence In Jackson Child Molestation Claims. 19-01-'06

Eldon Fallon
Federal Judge Eldon Fallon.

A New Orleans, Louisiana, judge is stalling his decision on whether there's any merit in new child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson while he awaits more information.

Federal Judge Eldon Fallon is considering a motion from Jackson's attorney Charles Gay Jr to dismiss Louisiana man Joseph Bartucci Jr's suit, claiming he was abused by the star 20 years ago.

Bartucci claims Jackson molested him, held him at gunpoint and battered him, among other serious allegations.

The accuser claims he recalled incidents from his youth after watching a TV show about the child molestation charges brought against Jackson in 2004.

Judge Fallon has asked Bartucci's attorney, Louis Koerner, to depose Dr Mulry Tetlow, a psychologist who agrees that his client had repressed the memory.

The judge says, "I want to look at what he says about repressed memory."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


AAJ HoldingsJackson's New Job With AAJ Holdings. 18-01-'06

Michael Jackson seems to be settling in to the Persian Gulf. He has shopped for real estate here, been spotted in glitzy malls — and now it appears that Jackson is interviewing for a job.

The singer, his reputation in tatters at home after winning a gruelling child molestation trial in California last year, is negotiating a position as a consultant with a Bahrain-based company that plans to set up theme parks and music academies in the Middle East, according to a press release.

AAJ Holdings Ltd., owned by Bahraini businessman Ahmed Abu Bakr Janahi, said it wanted to hire the 47-year-old Jackson to give advice on setting up entertainment businesses.

AAJ, which focuses mainly on urban development projects, played a key role in designing Bahrain's ongoing Financial Harbor development and Oman's Blue City, a multibillion-dollar tourist resort with golf courses, hotels, and several dozen miles of sandy beaches.

According to the statement, Janahi believes Jackson could play an important role in the company.

"Stagnant architectural structures need content in the form of entertainment to revive them and that's where Michael Jackson will play an integral role," the statement said.

Jackson's publicist, Raymone K. Bain, could not be reached for comment Monday (January 16).

Jackson is reported to be in the midst of building a home in Bahrain, an island nation in the Persian Gulf linked to Saudi Arabia by a bridge.

In his last known visit to Dubai in November (05), Jackson was seen checking out some of the world's priciest real estate developments. His host at the time, Emirates champion rally driver Mohammed bin Sulayem, said Jackson was considering buying property here.

News reports out of Manama, the Bahraini capital, have quoted Jackson's publicist as saying the pop star is in the process of finalizing his Hurricane Katrina relief song, which will be released on Bahraini label 2 Seas Records.

The label belongs to Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a regional governor and the Bahraini king's son, who is reportedly spearheading the project.

Recording artists Keisha Cole, Ciara, Snoop Dogg, Babyface and R Kelly are among those taking part in the song, 'I Have This Dream', reports stated.

Since his June (05) acquittal on child molestation charges, Jackson has made several trips to Bahrain as a guest of Al Khalifa.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Neverland RanchNeverland Zoo Reveals Animals Neglected? 18-01-'06

Michael Jackson is been put again under fire. He's pointed with the finger as tormentor of animals. The society for animal rights PETA accused the 'King of Pop' of abandon his animals to their fate on his Neverland Ranch.

Jackson is spending most of his time in Bahrain. Neverland is left behind abandoned. According to PETA are the elephants, giraffes and crocodiles neglected. "We have heard that the workers aren't paid anymore and the animals don't get food", so the spokesmen of the animal rights society.

The animals must find fast a shelter where they will be threatened very good.

PETA has called up the American ministry of agriculture to put on an investigation.

Quarters around the Jackson family stated that the animals on Neverland are doing fine.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMJ Photograph Exhibition In London. 16-01-'06

An exhibition of over 60 photographic images of Michael Jackson will be on display at the Sony Ericsson Proud Central Gallery in London next month.

Photographers Lynn Goldsmith and Harrison Funk have contributed the images, which will be on display from February 17th - April 1st.

Goldsmith's photographs relate to the beginning of Michael's solo career, taken between 1980-85. "Michael is not like anyone else I have ever met," said Goldsmith. "Do you know any 5 year old child who could wake up on Saturday mornings and watch themselves on TV as an animated cartoon? Michael did."

Not only a photographer, Goldsmith also directed film and became a recording artist under the name Will Powers. She has written songs with various artists including Sting. "No one should expect (Michael) to behave as a normal person," Goldsmith explains, "He did not grow up in the same world as us. Besides, what is the point in expecting a genius to behave as a normal person?"

Harrison Funk was Michael's official photographer from 1984-95, and his contributions include images taken from 84's Victory tour and 87-88's Bad tour. "Working with Michael was one of the most amazing creative experiences of my life," said Funk.

He has taken photographs of several famous faces, including Madonna, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Nelson Mandela. Funk is also an award-winning video director, including 4 MTV Awards. Some of his entertainment clients include EMI, Warner Records, Universal Music, Universal Pictures and Sony Music. "(Michael) has a way of pushing an artist creatively like no one else," remembered the photographer.

The exhibition will be on display at the Sony Ericsson Proud Central Gallery from February 17th - April 1st, the address is below;

5 Buckingham Street
The Strand
London
WC2N 6BP

Entry to see the exhibition is FREE and will be on display 10am-7pm Mon-Thur, and 11am-6pm Fri-Sun.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Thriller - The Michael Jackson Musical - August 27th 2006, Dominion Theatre London. 13-01-'06

A stage & video spectacular celebrating the amazing career of the World’s greatest entertainer!

This amazing show will feature over 100 performers paying tribute to the King of Pop via song and dance...

This is an event not to be missed! Enjoy the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute show with 100's of other fans from across the world, on Bank Holiday weekend, just 2 days before Michael’s birthday!

The Michael Jackson Musical
Enjoy the unbelievable career of Michael Jackson in this one-off musical presentation with a full live-band, choir, children’s ballet, great singers, dance groups and special guests!

Taking place at one of London’s most popular theatres, The Dominion is currently home to the Queen musical, ‘We Will Rock You’, 5pm-8.30pm.

You’ll also have the chance to buy merchandise, and take part in our raffle and auction.

After-Party details to be released soon.

‘Thriller - The Michael Jackson Musical’, is being produced by Adrian Grant, author of the ‘Michael Jackson Visual Documentary’, founder of the original Michael Jackson British fan club in 1988, and producer of the Annual MJ Day since 1991.

Source: MJ Musical / Billie Jean


Michael Is Invited By The Al Gosaibi Family. 13-01-'06

Michael is invited by the Al Gosaibi family to their wedding celebrations and he surprises everyone by showing up at the marriage ceremony.

He watched the traditional Arabic wedding from the sidelines after politely declining to be seated nearer to the stage where the newly weds were seated and musicians performing.

The guests were urged not to photograph Michael. His appearances at various public gatherings are on the rise "as he feels closer to the people who have welcomed him graciously" following his acquittal in Santa Barbara last June. Only Lebanese superstar Ragheb Alama who was one of the lead singers at the ceremony had his picture taken with Michael.

Michael Is Invited By The Al Gosaibi Family
Michael Jackson with Lebanese pop star Ragheb Alama by the Al Gosaibi, Michael is invited by the Al Gosaibi family to their wedding celebrations and he surprises everyone by showing up at the marriage ceremony.

Michael, Grace and the kids have now moved into a mansion in Sanad, about 10km south of Manama. Michael first lived in a palace upon his arrival. Now, he has moved into a mansion in Sanad. Reports have Michael planning to move to yet another mansion, keeping the Sanad home for visiting relatives and friends. He wants his mansion to be by the sea, something that the Sanad residence does not offer.

Reports also say that Michael now wishes to lead a normal life, far from the eyes of the media that have followed him since his childhood. He does not want to be misquoted or falsely portrayed and he wants to make sure that his children are not under public pressure.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson Accused Of Child Molestation Again. 12-01-'06

The New York Post reported that Michael Jackson has been named in a new sex abuse allegation civil lawsuit case. The story says that a 20 year old claims that Michael molested him when he was 13.

He also claims that Michael "forced" him to undergo cosmetic surgery. And, by the way, he also stole his song ideas.

"It is alleged that my client was present at Michael Jackson's residences and other places from the age of two to 14 and was molested many times over the course of those years," the man's lawyer Michael Mattern said.

"There is also an allegation that my client came up with song ideas, lyrics and melodies which were used by Mr Jackson in his records and made an awful lot of money."

"I have got photos of my client with these red lips just like you see on Mr Jackson and a big old cleft on his chin which he didn't have previously," Mattern added.

The case is due to be heard in Orange County Superior Court on February 14.

Source: MJFC /Billie Jean


2 Seas RecordsHurricane Katrina Update. 09-01-'06

According to a statement released by Raymone K. Bain, the long-awaited hurricane Katrina relief song is in it's final production. It will be released on Baharani label 2 Seas Records. That label belongs to Southern Governor Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Besides Michael, artists Keisha Cole, Ciara, Snoop Dog, Babyface and R. Kelly are among the singers taking part in the song titled 'I Have This Dream'. Most of the artists recorded their portions in Los Angeles while Michael recorded his in London.

Shaikh Abdulla stated "This project is in response to the widespread devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. It is my hope that the proceeds from this recording will make a tremendous difference to all individuals affected by this tragedy in the U.S."

Michael met Shaikh Abdulla through his friendship with Jermaine, who has long - standing ties with Bahrain and converted to Islam following a visit to the country in 1989.

It was revealed that Bahrain is currently the pop star's legal home after he was summoned for jury duty in the US.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Jackson May Help Local Entertainment Projects. 08-01-'06

Michael Jackson is currently in talks with a Bahrain-based company over a string of possible entertainment projects in the Gulf, from theme parks to music academies according to The Gulf Daily News.

AAJ Holdings & Michael Jackson are discussing various ideas to help bolster the music and entertainment sector in the Gulf, the parties announced yesterday (January 7).

Mr. Jackson would be in the role of consultant, offering advice on how to revitalize the music and entertainment sector in the Gulf. Michael Jackson has been in the entertainment industry well over 35 years and has vast holdings, such as MiJac Publishing and the heavily sought after 50% share of the Sony/ATV publishing house.

AAJ Holdings Meeting
Michael Jackson is holding talks with AJJ Holdings (owner and founder Ahmed Abubaker Janahi), a Bahrain based company, over a string of entertainment projects proposed for the Gulf region.

"Stagnant" properties could be revived through entertainment projects, says AAJ Holdings owner and founder Ahmed Abubaker Janahi.

His group has interests in companies around the world and concentrates on projects involving city and urban developments.

AAJ Holdings was instrumental in the creation of the Bahrain Financial Harbour in Bahrain and the Blue City in Oman.
Officials would not comment further yesterday.

Source: The Gulf Daily News / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson Faces Court Over Unpaid Vet Bills. 07-01-'06

Michael Jackson is being sued for allegedly not paying his vet bills.

Californian vet Martin Dinnes, owner of Dinnes Memorial Veterinary Hospital, insists the animal-loving singer owes him $91,602.

Dinnes helped Jackson build up his impressive menagerie at Neverland, which includes giraffes, elephants, orangutans and flamingoes.

According to his lawyer Brenton Horner, Dinnes continued to take care of the creatures after Jackson moved to Bahrain last year (05), following his acquittal on child molestation charges.

Horner insists his client "filed the lawsuit with great reluctance".

He says, "He has a lot of admiration for Michael. This is just a business matter."

A court hearing has been set for May 2 in Santa Maria, California, where Jackson's highly publicised trial took place last year (05).

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Say Say Say CD-Single Cover'Say Say Say' Remix By Way Of Hi Tack. 06-01-'06

The brand new Michael Jackson sampled danced track remixed by Hi-Tack called 'Say Say Say' (waiting 4 U).

This brand new remix features Michael Jackson sample from the 1983 hit 'Say Say Say'. This item will be released on January 16, 2006.

1. Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) (Radio Edit) - 2:55
2. Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) (Original Mix) - 7:32
3. Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) (Delano & Crockett's Late Nite Dub Mix) - 6:02
4. Beats 4 U - 3:18

Record label: Spinnin' Records
Series number: SPCDS10079
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 7 €

Order the cd-single here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

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