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Michael Jackson's Debt Is Paid Off. 30-11-'09

The debts that plunged Michael Jackson’s life into turmoil have been cleared, barely five months after his death.

Music royalties and box-office takings for the film This Is It have brought in almost half-a-billion dollars to the King of Pop’s estate.

The phenomenal flow of cash, which does not include income from Jackson souvenirs and memorabilia, more than covers the estimated $ 400million he owed. Administrators John Branca and John McClain still face at least six lawsuits, originally filed against the singer but now transferred to his estate.

These include a $ 300-million action by New Jersey based company AllGood Entertainment that claims Jackson reneged on a planned pay-per-view TV reunion concert with his brothers in Texas.

Hollywood director John Landis, who made the singer’s 1983 Thriller video, is also suing for an undisclosed sum over alleged non- payment of his share of the profits.

A spokesman for the administrators said yesterday: “Our attorneys are in negotiations with various parties on a number of unresolved issues. We expect these to be amicably resolved by early in the New Year.”

Even hefty out-of-court settlements and legal fees won’t make much of a dent in Jackson’s posthumous fortune and future earning potential, according to financial experts.

Jackson was already No3 on Forbes Magazine’s annual list of highest- grossing dead celebrities, behind fashion icon Yves St Laurent and composers Rodgers & Hammerstein, before This Is It was released last month. By yesterday, the film had raked in almost $240million worldwide, according to online monitor Box Office Mojo, with eventual income from DVD sales expected to double that. Sales of the spin-off double CD, which has made the top 10 in more than 120 countries, as well as re-releases of Jackson’s classic albums, are “conservatively” expected to top $ 300million by Christmas, according to Sony Music.

So far, the beneficiaries of Michael Jackson's will (his 3 kids, his mother Katherine and several charities yet to be named by the executors) have collected money from sales of Michael Jackson's memorabilia and products : books, calendars and everything that is not related to AEG, Bravado and Sony Music. In the near future, they shall benefit from sales of future CD's, DVD's and other projects.

Also: soon or later, the Estate will have to deal with the Neverland Ranch situation. The ranch was transferred from Jackson to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC in late 2008.

This company was announced as a joint venture between Michael Jackson and Colony Capital, Inc.

What does the future hold for the property ?...

Will it be transformed into a Jackson museum or sold to someone else ?

More to come on that... Hopefully.

Source: Sunday Express (edited) / Billie Jean


‘This Is It’ Cued To Grammy's. 30-11-'09

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, having kept the release of Michael Jackson concert pic "This Is It" out of the fourth quarter to give theaters a longer window, will tie the DVD and Blu-ray discs to the Grammy Awards with a January 26 release.

Positioning "This Is It" as the first big homevid title of 2010, SPHE said the DVD and Blu-ray discs will offer a fuller experience than the theatrical cut, which has already drawn more than $70 million in U.S. box office. The standard DVD ($28.96) will contain an hour of extra footage, and the Blu-ray version ($39.95) will hold an additional hour and a half of material.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray version is a "Smooth Criminal" vignette that was originally intended to screen prior to Jackson's planned London concerts. There is also the featurette "Making Smooth Criminal," as well as Sony Web-enabled feature movieIQ.

"We're thrilled with the date that we ended up with, where it's at an opportune time in the market," said Marc Rashba, Sony's VP of worldwide marketing. "The Grammy's follow right after the release date (on Jan. 31). There will be a lot of Grammy areas in stores, and we can play into that."

Retailers are also expected to push "This Is It" pre-orders during this heavy fourth-quarter shopping period.

Both standard DVD and Blu-ray editions, carrying a Dec. 24 pre-order date, include two making-of documentaries. The two formats also hold three featurettes, covering costuming, memories of Jackson and auditions of the concert dancers.

To further boost the title's appeal, Sony will attach different collectible components at various retailers.

"We're looking at new channels of distribution, and working with digital partners," Rashba said.

Source: MJFC / Variety / Billie Jean


Jermaine: Suicide Proves MJ Didn't Molest. 26-11-'09

Jermaine Jackson came out swinging at an event at the Magic Johnson theater in L.A. yesterday, claiming the 1993 molestation accusations against his brother were false ... and the suicide of the accuser's dad proves it. 

Jermaine -- who spoke at a Michael Jackson charity event -- said the accuser's dad could not live with a guilty conscience and that's why he killed himself. Jermaine also latched onto Internet rumors that the accuser himself said Jackson didn't touch him.

Michael Jackson settled the '93 case by anteing up $20 million.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael's Car Has New Home. 25-11-'09

One of Michael Jackson's cars has a new home nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains and will be displayed alsong side legendary automobile icons like the Batmobile, Herbie the Lovebug and the Flintmobile.

The 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL will arrive at Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg on Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving. It will be displayed in the lobby along with one of Jackson's Suits of Light, one of his many costumes he wore performing on stage.

Charlie Moore, owner of the museum, bought the car for $100,000 Saturday online at Julien's Auction, which was held at the Hard Rock Cafe at Times Square in New York City. Moore said he expected to pay $50,000 to $60,000 for it, but that the car was worth its hefty price tag.

Moore says that he is a Jackson fan and that he bought the car because of Jackson's popularity. He says, "He [Jackson] is gonna be an Elvis of this generation." Moore's collection of more than 40 vehicles also includes a 1975 Lincoln Town car that once belonged to Elvis.

Moore sets the cars up in scenes that are reminiscent of the movies or shows in which they were featured. The 1982 Jeep pickup that starred in the movie "Twister" is set in a thunderstorm, while a dinosaur keeps watch over the "Jurassic Park" vehicle.

Of all the vehicles in his collection, the car from "The Beverly Hillbillies" was the hardest to get, he said. The Twister Jeep was the least expensive. In fact, the set on which the Jeep is housed was more expensive than the actual vehicle, said Moore.

Moore said when the museum runs out of room to hold cars, they sell or trade their cars out for new ones. Jackson's car will replace Dolly Parton's 1997 Cadillac D'Elegene as the newest addition to Moore's collection. He hopes it will draw a crowd.

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is open 7 days a week 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $11.99 for adults and $6.99 for children age 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

Source: MJFC / knoxnews.com / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Unreleased Interview Recording Tape Sold For $2,04800 At Julien Actions. 23-11-'09

On Saturday (November 21) by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square in New York City and online at juliensauctions.com were sold MJ items. One of the rarest items was the Michael Jackson unreleased interview recording tape. The late Patrick Salvo interviewed Michael and his brothers.

Cassette recording of a 1978 unpublished 19 minute interview with Michael Jackson and 12 minutes of the Jackson brothers without Michael. Memorex 90 cassette accompanied by a CD copy of the tape; these are the only two copies of this recording and the winning bidder will be the sole owner.

The interview occurred after Jackson's filming of 'The Wiz' (Universal Pictures, 1978) and prior to the release of The Jacksons 'Destiny' album. The Michael Jackson interview, conducted by Patrick Salvo, touches on The Jackson 5 leaving Motown Records, Jermaine's solo work, if Jackson can be himself while living in the spotlight, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross' attempts to introduce Jackson the the philosophical movement EST and Ross' wonderful treatment to Jackson on the set of 'The Wiz.'.

Unreleased Interview Tape
Michael Jackson unreleased interview recording tape sold for $2,04800 at Julien Actions.

The soft voiced Jackson can be heard over clicking camera shutters in the background. He deflects some questions about race and if he has a "normal" life. There are many revealing comments including Jackson saying he has never had jitters on stage and prefers to be on stage than anywhere else.

The interview with the other members of the Jackson 5 are jovial, while the interviewer asks about different people the band is involved with including Joe Jackson, Berry Gordy, Diana Ross and current events including the Jonestown Massacre, the Alex Huxley book "Roots" and the Jackson's reaction to visiting Africa. Both Michael and his brothers discuss Peacock Productions, their own production company and the symbolism behind the peacock.

These interviews were purchased after Patrick Salvo's death from his estate.

Source: Julien Actions / Billie Jean


MJ Items Sold. 23-11-'09

On Saturday (November 21) by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square in New York City and online at juliensauctions.com were sold MJ items.

Other MJ items sold included sparkle-encrusted shoes and socks, portraits of Charlie Chaplin that Michael drew as a child, an autographed shirt, a 1985 Mercedes, handwritten letters, lyrics and posters. Clich here to view featured MJ itmes.

Almost every lot was sold, usually at three or more times the estimated price and often at least ten times over. Bidders from Australia, Dubai, France, Hong Kong and Japan competed by telephone or Internet with the raucous crowd in the room.

In total there were 329 items included in Juliens Auctions' 2009 "Music Icons" Auction; 78 different Michael Jackson lots. According to Juliens Auctions website, the Michael Jackson items netted 2.2 million dollars, accounting for 78% of the auctions total sales.

A black jacket decorated with multiple zips and buckles that Jackson wore for his 1987-1989 "Bad World Tour" -- his first as a solo artist -- sold for 225,000 dollars before commission, leaving the estimated price of 8,000-10,000 in the dust.

A fedora hat estimated to go for just 1,000-2,000 dollars ended up going for 22,000 dollars. The page is marked '2' which indicates there may have been another page or two.

A single sheet of paper of unreleased lyrics by Michael sold for 9,600 dollars.

Even a simple signed photograph of the Jackson Five sold for 1,600 dollars, way above the 200-400 dollar estimate.

Many of Michael's trade-mark single gloves are in the hands of collectors. Another crystal-studed white glove sold in Melbourne in September for $49,000. But the glove that sold Saturday has the unique claim to fame in that it is the one Michael wore when he first performed the moonwalk to 'Billie Jean' on Motown 25. Darren Julien of Julien's Auction said that the golf glove originally cost about $30. Michael had it adorned with Swarovski crystals for the performance.

"This was his most historical performance... It was his first performance of [the] 'moonwalk.' He performed it in his kitchen at home two nights before," Julien said.

The glove was purchased by a hotel in the glitzy gambling haven of Macau. Hoffman Ma, deputy chief executive of the Ponte 16 gaming resort, made the winning bid on the hotel's behalf. The five-star hotel, which is half-owned by gambling tycoon Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, will open a gallery early next year to showcase the glove and nine other Jackson items from the auction, spokeswoman Jennie Yeung said.

The decision to buy Jackson memorabilia had been discussed by Ponte 16's senior executives for several months, Yeung said.

"Michael Jackson is a legendary entertainer and so it was very important to buy some of his collectables. We're definitely planning to exhibit the glove with some of the other items we bought."

In a statement, Ma said: "We aim to create a 'Rendezvous' to reminisce this great performer of the 20th century."

Among the nine other items Ponte 16 bought were a pair of sequin-encrusted socks, portraits of Charlie Chaplin drawn by Jackson as a child, and a shirt he wore in his Thriller video.

Source: Yahoo.com / thewest.com.au / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Wins 4 At AMAs; Swift Top Artist. 23-11-'09

Michael Jackson was made history by winning four American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he couldn't beat Taylor Swift as the year's favorite artist and the evening's top winner.

The 19-year-old took the show's top award, giving Jackson his only loss of the night, and giving her five trophies in all.

"Music has never been ultimately about competition," she said as she accepted the top prize via satellite from London, where she is to perform Monday. "To even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who we will miss and love forever, is an unimaginable honor."

Swift was also named favorite female pop/rock and country artist and favorite adult-contemporary artist. Her album, "Fearless," won favorite country album. Jackson was voted favorite male artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. His 2003 greatest-hits album, "Number Ones," also won favorite album in both categories, bringing his career AMA total to 23, making him the most honored artist in AMA history.

Jermaine Jackson accepts the award for best soul R&B favorite male artist on behalf of his late brother Michael Jackson at the 37th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Los Angeles.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Jackson Investigation Will Go Into 2010. 22-11-'09

It will be at least a couple of more months before authorities decide whether to arrest Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician who treated Michael Jackson before his death.

"A decision (on whether to prosecute) will be made in 2010. It is not going to be made this year," LAPD Commander Patrick Gannon told People Magazine.

Although Jackson's June 25 death was ruled a homicide by the county coroner, which found lethal levels of the toxic anesthetic propofol in his body, and Murray admitted to administering propofol at Jackson's bedside to help him sleep, authorities have to determine whether Murray was solely responsible, and to what extent any negligence can be considered criminal.

According to a search warrant unsealed Friday, Murray "said he was not the first doctor to introduce Jackson to propofol. ... Jackson referred to it as his 'milk,'" and Jackson had several doctors locally and abroad who gave him propofol.

Police are being careful, and consulting with other agencies including the state medical board and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, which will ultimately decide what charges to file, if any, Gannon says.

"We have taken our time with this to make sure it's done correctly," Gannon says.

Michael's sister, Janet Jackson, and other family members say they blame Murray for Jackson's death, but the doctor has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Source: People / Billie Jean


Don't Forget To Watch The AMA's Tonight. 22-11-'09

Just a reminder that the 2009 American Music Awards will broadcast this evening in the US on ABC at 8 PM EST. Michael Jackson has recieved five nominations this year for his 2003 greatest hits collection, 'Number Ones.' Michael Jackson was eligible because the AMAs are based on sales and air play, not on the year that the material may have been released.

The King of Pop is up for Artist of the Year, Pop Rock Male, Pop Rock Album, R&B/Soul Male and R&B/Soul Album.

Additionally, Michael's youngest sister Janet will open the show with a performance of her new single "Make Me" featured on her latest release Number Ones.

Source: MJFC / AMA / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Moonwalk Glove Sold For $420.000. 22-11-'09

A rhinestone-studded glove was the star of the show yesterday (November 21) at a pop music auction in New York. The Jackson memorabilia was the highlight of an auction of hundreds of rock'n'roll items, including many not associated with the "King of Pop," who died in June.

The iconic accessory became the late star's signature after he wore it while moonwalking through 'Billie Jean' at Motown's 25th anniversary TV special in 1983.

The opening bid of $10,000 leaped immediately to $120,000 before peaking at $350,000.

So who was the lucky (and well-heeled) bidder?

Hong Kong native Hoffman Ma, who after taxes, will pay $420,000 for the 'Thriller' crooner's glove—a price, the 36-year-old winner said, was a bargain.

Ma purchased the glove on behalf of the Ponte 16 Resort Hotel in Macau.

While there were more than 300 items from the likes of The Beatles to Elvis Presley in the "Music Icons" sale held by Julien's Auctions, Jackson's items seemed to be the most coveted.

Motown 25 Glove

It's the single glove Michael Jackson wore for the Motown 25th anniversary show in 1983.

Source: Reuters / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Doctor 'Waited Over An Hour' Before 911 Call. 21-11-'09

LAS VEGAS — Michael Jackson's deathbed doctor waited over an hour to call for help when he realized the pop star wasn't breathing, and could not be found for hours afterward, according to a search warrant.

The document, which police filed to support their request to search a Las Vegas pharmacy in August, provide new insight into what went on at his Los Angeles mansion on June 25 when the 50-year-old "King of Pop" went into cardiac arrest and died.

The warrant states that personal physician Conrad Murray of Las Vegas told authorities in interviews days after the death that he administered the powerful anesthetic propofol only after trying many other medications to help Jackson sleep, and after Jackson's "repeated demands/requests" for the drug.

Jackson then went into cardiac arrest within 20 minutes of that injection, while Murray had stepped out for a bathroom break, the doctor told authorities in an interview a few days after the death.

By Murray's own account to police, he did not call for help until 12:22 pm, more than an hour after he realized Jackson wasn't breathing.

Phone records showed Murray on his mobile for 47 minutes with three different callers from 11:18 am to 12:05 pm, a period during which Murray said he was conducting CPR.

"Murray did not mention this to the interviewing detectives," the document stated. Police have not disclosed to whom they believe Murray spoke in those calls.

Police found pill bottles for at least eight different sedatives by Jackson's bed or in his home and, in executing the pharmacy warrant, traced the origin of the propofol to a purchase by Murray at Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas on May 12.

Murray, 56, has not been charged with a crime, but the details in the unsealed documents show authorities were suspicious of his behavior even as they took Jackson to UCLA Medical Center to try to revive him.

Murray was asked to sign the death certificate but vanished from the hospital premises.

"Upon arrival at UCLA Medical Center, neither the coroner's investigators nor detectives could locate Murray to re-interview him," according to the documents, and repeated attempts to contact him were unsuccessful.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Opus Now Available To Preview At London Store. 20-11-'09

The monumental 404-page Official Michael Jackson Opus is the definitive book on the ‘King of Pop’. It features over 300 spectacular photos, including many rare and previously unpublished images, by some of the world’s foremost photographers, plus the personal remembrances of the people who knew him best and were inspired by his work including a foreword written by Rev. Jesse Jackson and special contributions from:

Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Mike Tyson, Suzanne de Passe, Paula Abdul, Sugar Ray Leonard, Olivia Newton-John, Shaquille O’Neal, Spike Lee, Jane Fonda, John Landis, David Foster, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, Ken Kragen, John Singleton, Arsenio Hall, Savion Glover, David Blaine, Frank Dileo, Jerry Greenberg, Dr. Jane Goodall, Wade Robson, Raphael Saadiq, Cris Judd, Travis Payne, Verdine White, Peter Guber, Buz Kohan, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tony Jones, Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Lionel Richie.

The Opus will also contain photographs from Matthew Rolston, Neal Preston, Jim Britt and Steve Whitsitt in addition to artwork from Nate Giorgio, David Nordahl and Celine Lavail and writing from Serena Kim, Kim Morgan and Thane Tierney.

The Opus will be organized in 10 Chapters:

01 - Child Star 06 - One Glove
02 - Voice 07 - Friend
03 - Composer 08 - Heart
04 - Moonwalk 09 - Art Lover
05 - Vision 10 - Global Icon

The Official Michael Jackson Opus will not be published until December 7, 2009 but in the meantime fans can preview a copy of the book at the Opus Store in London which is located at 10-13 King Street (WC2E 8HN).

Proceeds of the Opus will benefit Michael’s Estate and his designated beneficiaries – his children, mother and the charitable causes that were important to him.

For more detail about the Official Michael Jackson Opus and how to order, visit MichaelJacksonOpus.com

Source: MJFC / Kranken Opus / Billie Jean


Michael Kids See "Twilight: New Moon". 19-11-'09

Michael Jackson’s kids are in a good news, bad news situation: two nights ago they quietly attended the Los Angeles premiere of “Twilight: New Moon.” Prince, Paris and Blanket went with family friends, got in through a side door, saw the teen vampire fest and didn’t even raise an eyebrow. “They loved it,” a friend told me.

With the kids: nanny Grace Rwaramba. She’s living in the Jackson house on Hayvenhurst in Encino, and is paid to watch the kids. As she did when Michael was alive, Grace has been put in the position of surrogate mother. It’s a little strange as she married her second husband earlier this year, a fellow Ugandan. Also, what happened to Rebbie, Michael’s eldest sister? She and Grace had a physical fight during the summer over the kids. Now Rebbie is gone.

But it’s a weird situation at best. Katherine Jackson was appointed the three kids’ guardian by the court. Yet she is not always with them. Mrs. Jackson travels, apparently: to London to see one son, to Phoenix to see her sister, and so on. “She can’t be there all the time,” says an insider.

And this has made Grace’s role problematic. Some people in the Hayvenhurst house want her gone. I received one call insisting that Rwaramba took the kids to “Twilight” without Mrs. Jackson’s knowledge and that the grandmother didn’t know where the kids were. Another caller insisted that everything was fine, and that Mrs. Jackson had agreed to the evening’s plan. And still in the middle of this, there are questions about who’s tutoring these children, and what kind of education they’re receiving at home.

And have they seen their father’s movie, “This Is It”? One source says no, but at the house the word is that Elizabeth Taylor took them to a screening.

Source: Billie Jean


130K New Tickets Released For 'Thriller Live'. 19-11-'09

Due to phenomenal public demand, Thriller Live has again extended its booking period at the Lyric Theatre, this time by five months - until Sunday, May 9, 2010.

The announcement came just a day after Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson - three original members of the Jackson 5 - flew into London, where the first thing they did was see the hit celebration of their music, and the late King of Pop - Michael Jackson.

The brothers loved the show, and enthused backstage on how much they had loved the singing, the choreography and the band.

Following Michael's passing, Director & Choreographer Gary Lloyd, and Producer Adrian Grant, felt it was time to make some slight changes to the production which first played in 2006, by adding 'Gone Too Soon' as a moving tribute at the start of the show. In act two fans can expect a powerful rendition of 'They Don't Care About Us', a song which was very close to Michael's heart and all that he stood for.

Source: Thriller Live / Billie Jean


LA Police Request To Keep Records Sealed. 19-11-'09

A police detective asked a Nevada judge Wednesday to keep warrant documents in the Michael Jackson death investigation sealed until January 18, 2010.

Los Angeles police Detective Orlando Martinez made the request by telephone before Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair closed the hearing to the public.

Martinez did not provide further explanation while the hearing was open.

Adair decided to wait at least one more day before deciding on a media request to unseal the records related to an Aug. 11 search of Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, where authorities say Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, bought the powerful sedative propofol.

Affidavits already made public show Murray told investigators he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives to help Jackson sleep in the hours before the 50-year-old pop singer died June 25 in a rented Los Angeles mansion.

Murray has not been charged, but is the focus of a homicide investigation.

The judge said she wants to meet with a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney on Thursday, then make her ruling.

Source: MJFC / AP / Billie Jean


Janet Jackson Talks To Robin Roberts (ABC News). 19-11-'09

In an exclusive interview, Janet Jackson told ABC's Robin Roberts that her family was not naive about Michael Jackson's drug problem, saying that she reached out to her brother throughout the years, but was unsuccessful.

"I did," she said. "Of course, that's what you do. Those are the things that you do when you love someone. You can't just let them continue on that way. And we did a few times. We weren't very successful."

Jackson, who stood by her brother through the low points in his life -- the molestation trial and his addiction to painkillers -- shared her private thoughts about the death of her beloved brother in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts that aired Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Jackson said Michael understood that the family's motives for the interventions were out of love.

"How do I say this? Understanding. I guess that will be the best way to -- understood that it was out of love, because of caring. But when it's something like that, people can tend to be in denial," she said.

When asked if her brother was in denial about his addiction, she replied, "Possibly."

"I wish he could answer this question for you and not me," she said. "I felt that he was in denial."

"You can't make 'm drink the water. ... I'm a true believer in prayer, a big believer in prayer -- but it's, it's something that you can't do for them. Something they have to do for themselves," she said.

Toxicology results have shown that Jackson had lethal amounts of propofol -- a powerful sedative typically used in operating rooms -- in his system when he died, along with a cocktail of other prescriptions. His death was ruled a homicide.

Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has admitted to administering propofol but has denied giving Michael anything that should have killed him.

Murray is still under investigation in Los Angeles. The district attorney's office has yet to announce any charges against him in Jackson's death, but on Monday, Murray appeared in court on charges that he owes more than $14,000 in child support.

Murray agreed to start making payments to avoid jail time but claimed he had to close his practice because of threats he received after Jackson died.

Janet Jackson said she wants to see that Murray is never allowed to practice medicine again.

"He was the one that was administering," told Roberts. "I think he is responsible."

Source: abc / Billie Jean


World Album Charts. 18-11-'09

Michael’s music and DVDs are still flourishing worldwide. Here are some of the latest chart positions:

Global Album Chart
1 This Is It - 477,000
28 Number Ones - 41,000
36 Thriller 25 - 36,000
40 The Essential Michael Jackson - 30,000

Billboard 200 Chart
2 This Is It

Billboard Catalogue Albums Chart
1 Number Ones
5 The Essential Michael Jackson
6 Thriller 25
10 Bad
12 Dangerous
20 Greatest Hits - History Vol. 1
22 Off The Wall

UK Album Chart
11-This Is It

Australia Album Chart
5 This Is It
38 The Essential Michael Jackson

Australia Music DVD Chart
4 Number Ones
6 Live In Bucharest - The Dangerous Tour
27 HIStory Greatest Hits/HIStory On Film - Volume II (Box-Set)

Dutch Album Chart
2 This Is It
18 King Of Pop
62 The Collection

Irish Album Chart
3 This Is It
18 The Essential Michael Jackson
84 Thriller

Irish Music DVD Chart
6 Number Ones
8 HIStory Greatest Hits/HIStory On Film - Volume II (Box-Set)
9 Live In Bucharest - The Dangerous Tour

Sweden Album Chart
3 This Is It
40 The Collection
45 The Essential Michael Jackson
52 Number Ones
60 Thriller 25

Sweden Singles Chart
42 They Don’t Care About Us
45 Beat It
53 Thriller
60 Billie Jean

Source: World Charts / Billie Jean


Father Of Michael Jackson’s Original Accuser: Suicide. 18-11-'09

Evan Chandler, the dentist father of the boy who accused Michael Jackson of child molestation in the early ’90s, is dead.

Reports from various sources say that Chandler, 65, committed suicide at his luxury condo in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Sources also say that Chandler, whose real last name was Charmatz, had been on the outs with his son, Jordan, since an incident in 2006.

Jordy Chandler accused Michael Jackson of molestation in 1993. The result was a settlement in which Jackson paid the Chandlers more than $20 million. The case never went to trial, but it forever tarnished Jackson. It did cause a rift between Jordy and his mother, June, from whom he was estranged until recently.

In 1996, Mary Fischer, a journalist for GQ magazine, published a story refuting many of the child molestation claims. Fisher gathered evidence that Evan Chandler and Jordy’s stepfather conspired to shake Jackson down by drugging the boy and suggesting answers to him.

In 2005, Ray Chandler (nee Charmatz) self published a book detailing his account of witnessing his brother Evan finding out about Jordy’s relationship with Michael Jackson, and how he proceeded from there. The book, “All that Glitters,” caused a stir, but its veracity could never be proved.

Still another book, also published in 2005, by Jackson’s long time press aide Bob Jones — since deceased — questioned the closeness of Jackson in 1993 to the 12-year-old boy. Jones — who was angry with Jackson for firing him without notice or a word after almost three decades — said he observed inappropriate behavior between Jackson and Jordy.

Right after Michael Jackson died, the Internet was overwhelmed with rumors that Jordy Chandler had recanted his story. Alas, it was just an urban myth. To this day, Jordy Chandler has never commented on the case. His mother, June, testified at the 2005 trial — in which Jackson was accused of molesting Gavin Arvizo– that she believed Jackson was guilty of harming her son.

Evan Chandler always had a basic problem in his story about Michael Jackson. His first instinct upon hearing that his son had been allegedly in a sexual affair with Jackson was not to beat the tar out of the singer. His basic reaction was to try and get money and a movie deal out of Jackson. The money proved to be his undoing. For many years, Chandler oversaw Jordy’s finances. They even bought a house in the Hamptons. But in later years he lost that control. By 2005 it was said that father and son weren’t speaking, and that Evan was ill. Now he’s dead, just five months after Michael Jackson. And the only person who really knows the truth of what happened in 1993 is Jordy Chandler.

Source: Showbiz411 / Billie Jean


Viacom's Cable Networks Win Rights To 'This Is It' Film. 18-11-'09

Viacom Inc. says it has won exclusive rights in the U.S. to air "Michael Jackson's This Is It" on its MTV and BET cable networks starting in 2011.

The Sony Pictures film, featuring rehearsal footage from the London concerts Jackson was planning when he died in June, has already pulled in $200 million in worldwide box office returns.

Viacom, led by Sumner Redstone, said Tuesday its rights to the movie last six years and cover all of the domestic cable channels in its MTV and BET networks division. Terms were not disclosed.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


LA Pushes For $3M Payment From Memorial. 18-11-'09

The Los Angeles city attorney still plans to seek reimbursement of the $3 million the city spent for the Michael Jackson memorial, a spokesman said Monday, despite an audit concluding the event pumped even more dollars into the local economy.

The July 7 memorial at Staples Center was a $4 million boon for local hotels, restaurants and other businesses, according to the report released Friday from the city's chief legislative analyst and city administrative officer. The City Council's Public Safety Committee is expected to review the report next week.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is still committed to seeking reimbursement from Staples owner Anschutz Entertainment Group, or AEG.

"The bottom line is the city attorney's very committed to recouping the taxpayer's dollars," spokesman John Franklin said. "During these tough economic times right now, that's big money. We're laying off, people are getting furloughed. ... It's still money that we put out for a memorial service for Michael Jackson."

AEG President and Chief Executive Tim Leiweke has accused Trutanich of trying to bully the company into paying.

The audit said the city spent $3.2 million on the event, including $2 million in police overtime. However, it noted that there was no ordinance in place at the time that would require the organizer to reimburse city costs. That measure was only adopted on Oct. 26.

Given the memorial's economic benefits and the lack of an ordinance, "the city may wish to cease pursuing cost reimbursement," the report concluded.

Calls to representatives of AEG before work hours Monday were not immediately returned.

Michael Jackson, 50, died of an overdose of sedatives on June 25. His star-studded memorial service at Staples Center brought in thousands of people to the city. The city had nearly 4,000 police out at the arena, the Jackson family compound in Encino and a cemetery to deal with expected crowds. There were no reported problems.

Source: MJFC / AP / Billie Jean


Captain EO’ Will Return To Disneyland. 17-11-'09

“Captain EO” is coming back.

The word from Hollywood is that Disneyland is planning to revive Michael Jackson’s 3D film beginning in January. Heavily influenced by “Star Wars,” the 1986 short film was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Back in those days, Michael had the money from “Thriller” to make anything happen.

Among the cast: Michael, Anjelica Huston, Dick Shawn -- the latter died less than a year after “Captain EO” was released.

It’s the 3D version coming back to Disneyland, but you can watch a less complex version on YouTube.

“Captain EO” was pulled from Disneyland years ago. But with Jackson’s “This Is It” up to about $220 million worldwide, interest in him is rekindled. It’s another tragic irony for Jackson. And, believe it or not, the “This Is It” companion CD looks like it sold well over 125,000 copies last week — even though it’s just greatest hits.

“Captain EO” contains a video of Jackson dancing and singing a song called “We Are Here to Change the World.”

No word yet on whether Huston or any of the other “Captain EO” cast members will get paid for this revival. According to sources, Disney has the right to use the film whenever it wants to. I’m told they’re even thinking of having a premiere — with a red carpet — if they can get Jackson family members to attend. Hey, La Toya — you should call them right away!

Source: Showbiz411 / Billie Jean


Joe Jackson Still Seeks To Dismiss Michael Jackson Estate Executors. 17-11-'09

ET has learned that Joe Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson, is still seeking to dismiss the executors of his late son's estate with a new appeal filed in court.

According to the papers, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jackson objects to the appointment of John Branca and John McClain as executors of the estate and requests that they be dismissed in an appeal of the final order delivered by the judge on November 10.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff decided that Jackson cannot challenge the executors of the King of Pop's will or inherit the late star's assets, according to the Associated Press. The judge said that the 81-year-old Jackson patriarch can follow through with a motion to seek a family allowance from Michael's estate -- but he cannot inherit his late son's assets because he is not named in the will.

Source: ET / Billie Jean


Dr. Murray Gunning For AEG. 17-11-'09

Dr. Conrad Murray is setting the stage for a lawsuit against AEG .... for the medical services he rendered to Michael Jackson ... according to Dr. Murray's rep.

AEG owes Dr. Murray $300,000, according to Miranda Sevcik, publicist for Dr. Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff. Sevcik claims AEG has been "dragging its feet," even though the Dr. has requested payment for 2 months of services.

Sevcik says Dr. Murray has not been paid a penny for his services, in spite of the fact that the doctor claims to have signed a binding deal with AEG before giving up his medical practice.

Sevcik says Dr. Murray will not file a creditor's claim against Jackson's estate. She says, "Dr. Murray needs the money and he's entitled to the money based on the contract he signed with AEG."

AEG could not immediately be reached for comment.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Dr. Murray To Appear In Court Today. 16-11-'09

Dr. Conrad Murray will appear in court today ... asking a judge to let him off the hook in his child support mess. His excuse -- he's broke ... so TMZ has learned.

Dr. Murray is on the hot seat in Las Vegas for not paying child support in California ... he's more than $13,000 behind in support. Authorities in California went to Nevada -- where Murray lives -- asking to enforce the judgment.

The Nevada judge ordered Dr. Murray to pay and scheduled a court hearing for today.

We're told Dr. Murray, along with his lawyer, Chris Aaron, will show at 11:30 AM PT. Dr. Murray will ask the judge to allow him to pay a minimal amount -- $100. Aaron tells TMZ Murray has not been able to get a job since Michael Jackson died and has no money. Aaron says Dr. Murray is not running from his obligation -- he has full intention of paying.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Jackson Custody Lawyer Files Small Claim. 16-11-'09

The law firm that represented Michael Jackson in his custody battle against Debbie Rowe back in 2005 is going after the singer's estate big time, to the tune of ... $1,419.70. Wait, what?

The Law Offices of Michael L. Abrams filed a creditor's claim against the Jackson estate last week, claiming the singer owed the firm for a little bit of legal work earlier this year. And by "little" we mean just 4.35 hours, according to the claim.

Jackson paid part of the bill, the claim indicates, which includes a $14 parking charge.

Considering most creditor's claims against the estate have been six and seven figures, we figure it's easier for the estate to just pay it rather than fight it.

Source: ET / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson For The Record - 2nd Edition. 15-11-'09

The King of Pop's sudden death on 25th June 2009 shocked the world, and a glut of hastily written biographies quickly followed, but this book is different: this book is a revised and expanded edition of the no.1 best selling Michael Jackson book on amazon.com, in the days and weeks following his passing. Now, in response to numerous requests from Michael Jackson fans around the world.

Cadman & Halstead have completely revised and expanded their best selling 'For The Record'. As well as detailing the hundreds of songs Michael was involved with over the years, solo and with his brothers, the second editions also focuses on the King of Pop's albums, his home videos, his films and short films, his books and his chart successes, and it includes complete USA & UK discographies.

Go to Amazon

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson: 3D Scans Could Bring Star To 'Life'. 14-11-'09

Michael Jackson had 3D scans made of his body in what may have been a plan to build a virtual reality double of himself, the Daily Star reports.

The 3D scan data of the "King Of Pop" was taken in 1997, when the star was 37 years-old, and was put on sale for over $1 million by an anonymous seller.

According to the Daily Star, the seller noted,

The thing about this data is it immortalised him at the age of 37, before his nose was disfigured and when he was in the prime of life.

The Daily Star reports that the imaging could be uses for a 'reincarnation' of Jacko, such as a "robot twin":

Now scientists say following his death on June 25, the eerie images could be used to bring him back in music videos, computer games and even movies.

3D scan data of Michael Jackson was posted for sale on eBay, although this was not confirmed to be the same data referenced in the Daily Star article.

The seller auctioning the item -- titled "Michael Jackson 3D Scan Data From 1996" and selling for $1.5 million -- included pictures of the scans, as well as this description:

The original 3D scan data of Michael Jackson. This scan data was collected when he was 37 years old in 1996 and Michael was in the prime of his career. It also includes the colour map from this scan in either CPV or UV maps.

This data was collected using the same equipment that creates the data used to create video games and or CGI avatars to make him speak, laugh, sing or dance. To make him dance just add a body double avatar. It can also be used for the most accurate collectable memorabilia which can be manipulated to any expression or pose.

The seller also noted that "the sale of this scan data is subject to the purchaser agreeing to clear the proper rights with the MJ Estate before it is publicly used in a promotional or commercial manner."

The eBay item included these pictures with the listing, as well as a link to a video that is reportedly an animation made from the scans:

The YouTube video.

Source: Nintendo World / Billie Jean


MJ Mosaic Breaks Guinness World Record. 14-11-'09

A mosaic of the late Michael Jackson composed of 230,000 paintbrushes by Albanian artist Saimir Strati entered the Guinness World Records as the world's largest paintbrush mosaic on Friday.

Almost as big the side of the truck on which it stood, the mosaic of brown and black paintbrushes showed Michael Jackson singing with his head slightly thrown backwards and his arms outstretched.

"I have measured the mosaic and this is a new Guinness World Record," Guinness adjudicator Andrea Banfi told the crowd, who cheered loudly in Tirana's main Skanderbeg square.

"Saimir is an old member of the Guinness World Record family and we are glad to have him back," says Banfi.

Saimi Strati

Strati worked for 16 hours each day for a month listening to Jackson's music at high volume and showed his work around Albanian towns before taking it to the centre of Tirana.

"All the time I was being guided by his music and made a silent deal with him to help me find the secrets of his great singing," he says.

Jackson's mosaic was the fourth work to earn Strati a Guinness World Record's entry.

He has also created the world's largest mosaic with nails, toothpicks and bottle corks.

Source: MJFC / TV NZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Former Manager Files Creditor's Claim. 14-11-'09

The King of Pop's former manager Dr. Tohme Tohme says the Jackson estate owes him money, and ET has the details.

Tohme contends in a creditor's claim filed Thursday that he has not received any portion of the managerial fee he and the late star agreed upon in July of 2008: 15 percent Jackson's gross compensation within the entertainment industry, including live performances, merchandising, electronic arts, recorded and live telecasts, motion pictures and animation projects.

Tohme also claims he entered into an agreement with Jackson in May of 2008 in which Jackson agreed to compensate the doctor for helping enlist Colony Capital LLC to provide $23 million in funds to purchase a promissory note preventing foreclosure on Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Tohme claims he's owed $2,300,000 (10 percent of the amount of funding) and 10 percent of the gross proceeds of any sale of the ranch property.

Tohme also says Jackson agreed to reimburse him for "reasonable expenses" connected to his services.

Source: ET / Billie Jean


`This Is It' Tops $200 Million Worldwide. 13-11-'09

Michael Jackson's concert movie "This Is It" has taken more than $200 million at box offices worldwide in the first two weeks of release, the studio behind the movie said on Thursday.

Sony Pictures Entertainment said the movie had grossed $61 million in North America and more than $140 million internationally. Japan ($27.2 million) and the UK ($14.3 million) were particularly strong markets.

The movie is now the 22nd biggest grossing movie worldwide of 2009, according to industry tracker boxofficemojo.com

"This Is It", distributed by Sony Corp-owned Columbia Pictures, was compiled from footage of Jackson rehearsing for a series of planned comeback concerts before his sudden death in June.

Sony paid concert promoters AEG and Jackson's estate about $60 million for the right to make and distribute the movie.

The $200 million plus gross is almost three times more than 2008's "Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" -- a movie some box office watchers had used as a benchmark for "This Is It."

The Jackson film opened on October 28 for a planned two week run but has since been extended until early December.

Source: Reuters / Billie Jean

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