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Immortal World Tour – FAN PRESALE: London, Stockholm, Helsinki. 30-01-'12

The Michael Jackson Estate and Cirque du Soleil have made the following shows available for presale to FANS ONLY. You now have the change to get your tickets before the public sale starts. Fans do not require to sign-up to Cirque Club to access the presale! Make sure to get the best seats now!

London (UK) – FAN PRESALE HERE (public sale starts Feb. 3)
Stockholm (SWE) – FAN PRESALE HERE (public sale starts Feb. 2)
Helsinki (FIN) – FAN PRESALE HERE (public sale starts Feb. 6)

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate, Cirque du Soleil / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Announced Immortal World Tour In London O2 Arena. 29-01-'12

London, January 29, 2012 – The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today that Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour™ will perform in London on Friday 12th October at the O2 Arena, London.

This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will use Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Written and directed by Jamie King, the show includes 64 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

Starting tomorrow, 30th January, fans will have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets online. Presale link will be sent tomorrow!

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Announced Immortal World Tour In Vienna. 29-01-'12

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today that Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour™ will perform in Vienna on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd of December at the Stadhalle.

This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will use Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Written and directed by Jamie King, the show includes 64 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

Starting Tuesday, 31st January, fans will have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets online.

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / Billie Jean


Murray Seeking Freedom Pending Appeal. 28-01-'12

Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, asked on Friday to be released from jail pending an appeal that could take a year to be heard.

In court papers filed in Los Angeles, Murray said he would agree to electronic monitoring or other conditions but he asked to be set free while he appeals his conviction.

Murray was sentenced to four years last November after a six-week trial where witnesses testified that he was guilty of gross negligence for giving Jackson regular doses of the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, and failing to properly monitor him.

According to Murray's attorney, Michael Flanagan, Murray is being held in a solitary cell and has his hands chained to his waist or to a table when he is allowed to leave his cell.

Murray, who pleaded not guilty and did not testify at his trial, said in the court filing that he was told his appeal would take "well over a year before an opinion is rendered." He asked for his request for release be heard by the court on February 24.

Last month, Murray asked for a publicly funded lawyer because he could not pay for his appeal himself. He said in Friday's papers that he would try to find work to support his children if he was allowed out.

In court papers, Flanagan insisted that "Murray may have made wrong choices and not have exercised good medical judgment at times, but he never intended to injure anyone."

Jackson died on June 25, 2009. His cause of death was ruled as 'acute propofol intoxication.'

Source: MJFC / reuters / Billie Jean


PRESS RELEASE: Joe Jackson Pulls Out Of HappyLand. 28-01-'12

Mr. Joseph Jackson through his publicist, Angel Howansky, and off his official website confirmed that after careful due diligence and discussions with his wife, family and advisers, he has decided not to proceed with any further involvement or investment in Project Happy Land Vietnam.

Project Happyland Vietnam, backed by Khang Thong Group was projected to be the largest theme park development in South East Asia. It was to be inspired by the late Michael Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch.

Mr. Joseph Jackson would like to thank the people and the government officials of Vietnam for their warmth, hospitality and kindness.

"I Believe in the growth potential of Vietnam. and plan on visiting again soon to look for new opportunities over there," Mr. Jackson said.

HappyLand Vietnam is a theme park project owned by Khang Thong Group, one of Vietnam's largest conglomerates. They are involved in Mining, Real Estate, Commodities and Entertainment.
For more information on Happyland Vietnam visit http://www.happylandmedia.vn

Source: MJFC / prweb / Billie Jean


Europe Get Ready For The Immortal World Tour, First Countries Announced! 28-01-'12

Although there are no final dates scheduled, the first cities and countries that will host the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour are announced. On the Cirque du Soleil website, dedicated to the Immortal World Tour, they are listed as “coming soon”. At this point it is unknown if the tribute shows will take place in 2012.

The Immortal World tour is now in the United States and Canada and the final scheduled show is in Los Angeles CA on August 14th 2012.

Here are the first cities and countries in Europe:

London, United Kingdom
Herning, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Stockholm, Sweden
Helsinki, Finland
Frankfurt, Germany
Oberhausen, Germany
Munich, Germany
Hanover, Germany
Vienna, Austria
Mannheim, Germany
Leipzig, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Madrid, Spain

Source: Cirque du Soleil / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Kids Pay Tribute. 27-01-'12

Michael Jackson's children took part in a hand and footprint ceremony to pay tribute to their late father in Los Angeles on Thursday (January 26).

His three kids - Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Prince Michael II, better known as 'Blanket' - took part in the memorial ceremony outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater and used one of the King of Pop's iconic sequin gloves and a pair of his dancing shoes to make the imprints.

The children also made marks with their own hands.

Addressing the assembled crowd, Prince said: "This, right here, is his lifetime achievement award. This is what he strived to get, and this is what we are giving him now."

MJ Kids Pay Tribute

Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson pay tribute to their late father, Michael Jackson, at a hand and footprint ceremony on at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Other members of the Jackson family present for the honour included Michael's mother Katherine - the children's legal guardian - and his brothers Tito and Jackie.

A host of stars were also in attendance to remember the 'Smooth Criminal' singer - who died in June 2009 from Propofol intoxication.

Justin Bieber, Chris Tucker - who appeared with Michael in the video to his 2001 hit 'You Rock My World' - Smokey Robinson and Quincy Jones, who produced the pop superstar's three classic albums 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad'.

Justin, 17, said: "He meant so much to me. He was more than entertainer; he was an inspiration."

Source: Big Pond News / Billie Jean


Michael To Be Immortalized At Grauman’s Chinese Theater Hand & Footprint Ceremony! 26-01-'12

On January 6th, the Estate of Michael Jackson announced that Michael will be immortalized in a hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood’s legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012, starting at 11:00am PST.

In a giant celebration of the legacy of the King of Pop, and the Los Angeles debut of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and “Blanket” will use their father’s shoes and sequined glove to make impressions in the cement in the famous forecourt of the theatre (alongside such entertainment icons as Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks).

Fans are allowed to begin lining up at 6:00 a.m., on the morning of January 26, on the south west corner of Highland & Hollywood Boulevard, across from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. No fans are allowed to line up prior to that time.

The location and start of the line will be set up by event security and all other non official lines will not be recognized. Loitering prior to 6:00 a.m. is not permitted.

Fans will be given wristbands starting at 6:00 a.m. Wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and each fan must be present to receive a wrist band. Each wristband will reserve a space in the Fan Viewing Area for the Michael Jackson Immortalized Event brought to you by the Estate of Michael Jackson. Wristbands must be worn until the event is over and any wristband that has been tampered or removed will NOT be considered valid. Any fan arriving without wearing the original wristband they were provided will not be allowed into the viewing area.

Partial list of rules and codes of conduct:
Absolutely no drugs or alcohol allowed on premises.
No amplified music.
Smoking only in designated areas outside of the lineup.
Fans are responsible for their own property. The Grauman’s Chinese Theatres, event security, ELS Lights, and the Estate of Michael Jackson are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Everyone must please pick up after themselves. A fine will be enforced for anyone who litters on LA City property.
Guests must follow the rules and directions of event security at all times.

This event is being taped and transmitted as a news event to domestic and international media outlets, for both news and entertainment programming. By accepting a wristband and attending this event you do hereby waive and relinquish any and all rights to the usages of your, voice, likeness or image as it relates to the above.

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / Billie Jean


MJ Wax Figure Tribute Moves To D.C. 24-01-'12

Michael Jackson's likeness is on tour at Madame Tussauds wax museum. The exhibit, which hit Washington, D.C. this weekend, is the first-of-its-kind. It features three Michael Jackson figures from various stages of his career - The Jackson 5 Years, The Bad Era and the "This Is It" Michael.

The "This Is It" figure is Jackson's thirteenth wax incarnation. It shows the superstar in the pose he struck on the "This Is It" tour poster (arms outstretched, white v-neck t-shirt, pelvis thrust forward, black fedora tipped, white socks, black loafers, sparkling black jacket, white glove). It took 20 people four months to construct this particular figure.

Jackson's relationship with Madame Tussauds began with his first sitting in 1984. He did several sittings over the years. Jackson has been sculpted six different times and is the most widely exhibited figure in the Madame Tussauds worldwide empire.

The exhibit is on display in our Nation's Capital through March 13.

Source: MJFC / glittarazzi / Billie Jean


Gardner St. Elementary: New MJ Music Lab. 23-01-'12

The elementary school where the King of Pop attended sixth grade is set to unveil it's brand new music lab named after it's most famous former student.

Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood will kick off its new Michael Jackson Music Education Lab with an open house Monday for students and parents.

The lab features a new curriculum and interactive music education program created to teach students how to read music, play piano and compose and arrange music.

The MusIQ program and its lab will incorporate personal computers and M-Audio MIDI keyboards into its curriculum. The lab was built with donations from parents and local community organizations and businesses.

Source: MJFC / latimes / Billie Jean


Michael’s Mysterious Symbols 777, CTE & 1998 Revealed In MJJ Magazine. 22-01-'12

Finally, after more than 20 years, ‘MJJMAGAZINE – The Michael Jackson Magazine’ explains the meanings behind the famous symbols that superstar Michael Jackson used to wear on his clothes or write on his autographs by adding mysterious ‘codes’.

The current issue will also feature many never-before-seen official photographs from the Captain EO short film, celebrating 25 years since its premiere. Moreover, it includes a full coverage of the first ever Michael Jackson Estate-authorized Fan Fest in Las Vegas which pulled in thousands of fans from all over the world!

’MJJMAGAZINE – The Michael Jackson Magazine’ (ISSN # 1755-7410) reaches today thousands of fellow MJ fans in every corner of the planet making it an undeniable successful monothematic publication.

MJJMAGAZINE is available at MJJshop.com

Source: MJJ Magazine / Billie Jean


Fans Plan Another Candlelight Vigil For Michael At New York Apollo Theatre. 22-01-'12

Save the date! MJfansofNY invite you to join them at the legendary Apollo Theatre to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Each year, they want this event to get bigger and bigger. It’s all for LOVE and Legacy! “Please share this invitation with everyone you know! We Want to make this the Biggest Showing for Michael EVER!!!”

Here is a video of last year’s tribute:

 

Source: MJfansofNY / Billie Jean


Press Release: New Songs For MJTE HD App For iPad. 19-01-'12

SAN FRANCISCO – January 19, 2011 – Today, Ubisoft announced three new downloadable songs for Michael Jackson The Experience HD App for iPad, the spectacular, interactive adventure that takes players on a journey through the King of Pop's legendary hits. The three new songs are "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel," and "Ghost."

In addition to this update, Michael Jackson The Experience HD, now supports AirPlay, allowing users with Apple TV to enjoy the game on their big screen. True to Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking and visionary work, the app introduces a brand new way of playing rhythm games, allowing users to experience the excitement and the magic of game environments based on Michael Jackson's iconic short films in their own hands.

Designed and optimized specifically for Multi-Touch on iPad, users are able to experience a more natural way to play rhythm games by drawing a series of shapes with their fingers according to the beat and choreography of the Michael Jackson avatar. Players can rediscover environments from Michael Jackson's classic music videos with spectacular high definition graphics and sound.

The Michael Jackson The Experience HD App is available for $4.99 from the App Store on iPad or at http://itunes.apple.com/app/michael-jackson-the-experience/id468677703?mt=8

© 2011 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft and Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. © 2011 Triumph International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Michael Jackson name and associated logos are trademarks of Triumph International, Inc. in the US and/or other countries."iPad" is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.


Source: MJFC / MJOnline, The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate® / Billie Jean


The Family Of Michael Jackson Have Dropped Their $100 Million Restitution Bid Against Dr. Conrad Murray. 19-01-'12

The family of late singer Michael Jackson have dropped their restitution bid against Dr. Conrad Murray.

Relatives of the 'Thriller' hitmaker - including his parents Joe and Katherine and children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Prince Michael II, who is known as Blanket - had been seeking $100 million damages from the medic but have now decided not to pursue the claim because the doctor is close to being broke and his medical licence has been revoked.

As a result, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office have cancelled a hearing which was set for Monday (23..01.12).

District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jane Robison told E! News: "We informed Judge Pastor that the Jackson family is not seeking restitution and asked that the matter be taken off the calendar."

The Jacksons initially argued that Murray - who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the star in November - should make up for the projected earnings from Michael's 'This Is It' 50-date London residency, scheduled to start just weeks after his death from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009.

However, during the medic's sentencing, even prosecutors conceded it would be impossible for Murray to repay $100 million and he filed paperwork last month saying he is almost bankrupt and can't pay $1.8 million in funeral expenses.

Murray is currently serving a four-year jail term over Michael's death, but is expected to be released in just over two years due to overcrowding in the California state prison system.

Source: Contactmusic / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Robert Burns Musical Songs Given To Museum. 16-01-'12

Songs Michael Jackson wrote based on Scottish poet Robert Burns' work are to be heard for the first time - they have been donated to a museum by the late superstar's longtime friend David Gest.

Gest claims to have worked on the secret project with the King of Pop, admitting Jackson was a big fan of Burns.

The producer has offered the album of unreleased tunes to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire.

Gest tells the Bbc, "Both being fanatics, I said to Michael, 'let's do a play of Burns' life' and he said he would help me with the music. Michael believed in the project so much he said, 'I'll give you the studio (in Los Angeles) and I'll pay for all the music.'

"We went to his recording studio at the (Jackson) family house in Encino, where all the Jacksons grew up, and we took about eight or 10 of Burns' poems and we put them to contemporary music - things like A Red Red Rose and Ae Fond Kiss and the story of Tam O'Shanter."

Gest claims the latter poem inspired Jackson to write Thriller.

He says the songs were intended to be part of a musical, directed by Gene Kelly.

Source: Contactmusic / Billie Jean


Paris Jackson Following In MJ's Dance Steps. 14-01-'12

Paris Jackson really is a chip off the old King of Pop.

In the middle of playing high school softball the 13-year-old outfielder broke out one of her late dad Michael Jackson's famous dance steps.

She's got the moves like Jackson.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Unreleased MJ Lyrics Headed To Auction. 10-01-'12

The late singer's dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein is putting the eight-and-a-half line verse - which was given to him by the 'Beat It' hitmaker, who died in July 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication - up for auction after he declared himself bankrupt.

Catherine Williamson - from auctioneers Bonhams, who have valued the note at between $3,000 and $5,000 - said: "It looks like it is written in poetic format. There are eight-and-a-half lines and they feel like lyrics. We could not find it in any of his published music so maybe it was a work in progress or is a song that has not yet been released.

"These lyrics are pretty intriguing and we will expect they will attract a lot of attention."

The Beverly Hills skin expert - who introduced the singer to his second wife Debbie Rowe, who he had two children with, Prince Michael, 14, and 13-year-old Paris - believes Michael may have predicted his own death in the note.

The verse begins: "Across the sea of time, we shall meet on endless shores, counting our blessings of love's eternity."

It is thought the words could have been work in progress for a new song, or even a track he abandoned.

Arnold's medical records were used in the trial of Michael's former physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the singer and sentenced to four years in prison in November 2011.

The auction is set to take place in Los Angeles, on January 23.

Source: Contactmusic / Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Dr. Conrad Murray Back To Court To Prove MJ Partly Caused His Own Death. 10-01-'12

Dr. Conrad Murray is asking the judge in his criminal case to deny Michael Jackson's family full restitution, on grounds MJ caused his own death.

Murray filed legal docs yesterday -- obtained by TMZ -- asking for evidence the defense never received during the trial ... evidence that could show Michael self-administered the fatal dose of Propofol.

Murray's lawyer, Michael Flanagan, argues that in deciding how much restitution the family gets, it's appropriate to consider the victim's responsibility for his own demise.

So Murray will concede he's partly to blame -- he can't argue otherwise because of the conviction -- but he still wants to prove that MJ ultimately caused his own death.

The prosecution is asking for around $100 million in restitution, but the judge hasn't decided on a figure. But once the figure is set, if Flanagan gets his way and the judge were to decide MJ was 50% responsible for his death, the judge would reduce the restitution award by 50%.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


First-Ever Official Jacksons Website Launched At TheJacksons.com. 10-01-'12

A new website for The Jacksons has been launched at www.TheJacksons.com in December. Believe it or not but it is the first-ever official Jackson’s website.

The website opens with an amazing You Tube video featuring the full Motown 25 performance by Michael and his brother in astounding HD quality and widescreen. It offers fans the Jacksons’ history, discography, news and the J5 clothing collection.

Some of the news highlights right now are “Jackie, Tito and Marlon: Japan concert rehearsal”, “Q&A at Michael Jackson Fan Fest” and ”The Jackson Brothers Live at the Immortal World Tour Premiere”. Here’s a video of Jackie, Tito and Marlon introducing the new website to the fans:

 

Source: The Jacksons / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Fans Suing Murray For 'Emotional Damage'. 09-01-'12

A group of Michael Jackson fans are suing the singer's former physician Dr Conrad Murray for "emotional damage" over the star's 2009 death.

Last November, Murray was found guilty of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol which cost the ‘Thriller’ hitmaker his life.

He was sentenced to four years behind bars for the crime but his legal woes are far from over - members of the Michael Jackson Community, which is based in France, have launched a lawsuit against the imprisoned medic for causing them pain and distress.

Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot filed the documents on behalf of about 100 fans on Friday.

He tells the AFP, "It's similar to losing a childhood friend in a traffic accident. Because this death affects you, you have the possibility to file a suit and seek compensation."

The case is set to be heard in Orleans, France on 11 April.

Source: WENN / Billie Jean


Joe Jackson Fragrances That Honour Michael To Be Launched In January. 08-01-'12

Michael’s father Joe said on Thursday he will begin selling the much-delayed fragrances that honour his son later this month, without using the name Michael.

Joe Jackson, who was left out of Michael’s will, first promoted the “Jackson’s Tribute” and “Jackson’s Legend” fragrance line at the Cannes film festival in May. But the launch was scrapped when the company that owns the commercial rights to sell products under Michael Jackson’s name (Bravado) filed a lawsuit seeking to ban sales and asking for damages.

Joe Jackson and his partner, Julian Rouas Paris, said on Thursday they will launch the line in Las Vegas on January 21. Called The JRP/Jackson Perfume Collection, it will be sold from a booth in the gambling city’s Fashion Show Mall. “We don’t use Michael’s name. We don’t use his image,” Rouas told Reuters. Rouas said the family “want to stay private” by selling the line through small outlets in U.S. shopping malls rather than through established stores.

The description of the fragrances given back at the Cannes film festival said the they were “inspired by Michael’s story”. Thursday’s statement from the fragrance makers said the scents, which will sell starting at $59, “honor the greatest superstar that has graced the world.”

Source: Reuters / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Number Ones Climbing US Charts. 07-01-'12

Michael Jackson’s Number Ones album has climbed 156 places on the official Billboard chart, taking it to No.27.

At No. 27, his “Number Ones” set zips up 156 slots on the chart — the second-biggest leap on the tally (19,000; up 78%), marking the highest rank for the King of Pop’s 2003 best-of set since the tally dated Jan. 24, 2004, when it was No. 24. However, it did spend six weeks at No. 1 on the now-defunct Comprehensive Albums chart in 2009, after his sudden death.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Will.i.am Will Release His Work With Michael If Jackson Family Approves. 07-01-'12

Rapper Will.i.am has refused to release any of his work with Michael before. The work has not been completed at all. Now Will.i.am says that he will not release any material without approval from the Jackson family themselves.

The Black Eyed Peas rapper started working Michael back in 2006, but Michael had yet to give final approval on any tracks before his death in 2009. Will.i.am says he has been asked to release some of their music together in the past, but refuses to do so unless the Jackson family give their approval.

“Because we became friends I don’t want to be an opportunist,” he told Access Hollywood Live this week. “Now if his mom called me and said, ‘We got to do this’, then yes.”

Will.i.am also spoke about his friendship with Michael, and revealed his favourite thing about him. “We would talk on the phone, he would call me for Father’s Day, call me on Mother’s Day, birthdays, things like that so it surprised me just how down to earth – as big as he is – how down to earth he was.”

Source: Capital FM / Billie Jean


Judge Issues Favorable Ruling For Insurers Of MJ Tour. 06-01-'12

The insurers of Michael Jackson's ill-fated 'This Is It' concerts won a round in court Thursday when a judge said the company can begin collecting information from the promoters of the entertainer's concert series.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey denied a motion by AEG Live asking that the lawsuit brought by Lloyd's of London be put on hold until two other legal actions by the mother and father of the Michael Jackson concerning his death are concluded.

Mackey also said he will delay setting a trial date and will appoint an evidence referee to make recommendations to him in case any disputes arise between the two sides in exchanging information.

"I know this is a multi-faceted case and I think that somewhere it's going to settle way down the line," Mackey said. "For what, I don't know."

Paul Schrieffer, attorney for Lloyd's of London, criticized AEG's motion. He said his clients have waited for more than two years to get the documents they need and that any such motion should have been brought months earlier.

"Now they have the epiphany to come into this court and ask for a stay in this case," Schrieffer said.

Schrieffer said he was pleased that the motion was denied. He also said he would be agreeable to the cases by Katherine and Joe Jackson being tried ahead of the Lloyd's case so long as his clients continue to get their information from AEG Live.

Lloyd's filed suit against AEG Live and the Michael Jackson Co. LLC last June. Lloyd's is hoping a judge will rule it does not have to pay AEG's $17.5 million policy on the grounds the insurers were not told Jackson was taking drugs before he died of accute propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009, at age 50.

The Lloyd's lawsuit against AEG claims the company did not tell the insurer about Jackson's medical history, "including, but not limited to, his apparent prescription drug use and/or drug addiction." The company also alleges AEG did not disclose the star's use of propofol, the powerful surgical anesthetic he was being given as a sleep aid.

The singer's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November in Jackson's death. Murray was sentenced to four years in prison, but is expected to spend only about half that time behind bars.

Up until the last day of Jackson's life, Lloyd's executives were asking for Jackson's medical information from AEG Live's lawyer, who in turn was passing those requests to Murray, according to the Lloyd's attorneys' court papers.

In their suits, Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live for the alleged negligent hiring of Murray. That case is scheduled for trial in September. Joe Jackson's complaint names both Murray and AEG Live. No trial date has been set.

Marvin Putnam, attorney for AEG Live, said the company is not interested in settling either case.

"These are just shakedowns of my clients," he said.

Source: MJFC / wavenewspapers / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson To Receive Glove Tribute In Hollywood. 06-01-'12

Michael Jackson will be honoured with an imprint of his shoes and famous sequinned glove outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Michael Jackson will be honoured with an imprint outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

The King of Pop's three children, Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Prince Michael II - known as 'Blanket' - will use his shoes and trademark sequined glove to make handprint and footprint impressions in the concrete.

Making the prints outside the theatre is a long standing Hollywood tradition and Michael's prints will stand alongside those of George Clooney, Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, Clint Eastwood and Brad Pitt.

Also on hand at the event, to be held on January 26, will be the cast of Cirque du Soleil show 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour', who will make a presentation.

The Cirque du Soleil production, which is inspired by the late singer's music, is set to tour the US and Canada in 2012 before taking up residency in Las Vegas. Michael also has a star on Hollywood's famous Walk of Fame, which is located a short distance from the theatre.

Michael died in 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication, after years of struggling with addiction to prescription drugs. While his children were shielded from the public - often wearing masks - during their earlier years, they have been in the public eye much more since his death.

Paris recently admitted she felt the masks they wore were "stupid" at the time.

She said: "I'm like, 'This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?' But I kind of realised the older I got, he only tried to protect us and he'd explain that to us too."

Source: Contactmusic / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson – “Beat It” Figure. 02-01-'12

The Hot Toys Music Icons Series Michael Jackson Beat It figure is a 1:6 representation of Michael as he appeared in the Beat It music video. Offered by Sideshow Collectibles, full specs on the figure can be seen below.

The Michael Jackson – ‘Beat It’ Sixth Scale Figure features:
- Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Michael Jackson in the ‘Beat It’ music video
- Newly developed head sculpt with make-up
- Multi-layered stereoscopic curly hair sculpture
- Slim version of TrueType body with 38 points of articulation
- Stands approximately 30 cm tall
- Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
- One (1) pair of fists
- One (1) pair of relaxed palms
- One (1) pair of posing palms
- Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
- One (1) red jacket with zips and gold patches on shoulders as accessories
- One (1) blue patterned T-shirt
- One (1) pair of black pants
- One (1) orange belt
- One (1) metal chain on waist
- One (1) pair of black shoes and white socks
- Figure stand with Michael Jackson nameplate and ‘Beat It’ title

This collectible item is offered with approval of the Michael Jackson Estate, by Triumph International and Bravado. The price is $ 224.99.

Source: sideshowtoy / Billie Jean

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