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The Silver Collection CD Album Cover'The Silver Collection' CD Album Is Released. 31-05-'07

The CD album 'The Silver Collection' of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 is released in the EU by Universal and contains previously released Jackson 5 material originally on Motown in the 70's, including 'Goin' Back To Indiana' and 'I Want You Back' and Michael solo song 'Rockin' Robin'.

This compilation should be avoided especially when compared to similar budget sets that contain a majority of hits, specifically, Greatest Hits on Motown.

Track list:

1. I Want You Back - 2:59
2. Rockin' Robin - 2:32
3. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:31
4. (Weve Got) Blue Skies - 3:22
5. Don't Let Your Baby Catch You - 3:10
6. Skywriter - 3:09
7. Can You Remember - 2:58
8. Morning Glow - 3:34
9. Children Of The Light - 2:20
10. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - 3:13

Record label: Universal
Series number: 9846942
Printed: EU
Guide price: 10 €

Order the CD album here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


EminemJackson Buys Eminem Rights. 31-05-'07

Michael Jackson now owns the rights to Eminem's back catalogue, after his partnership company Sony/ATV purchased the publishing company Famous Music for $370 million.

Bjork, Shakira and Beck are also among the many artists whose publishing rights were sold by Viacom, of which Famous Music is a subsidiary, at auction yesterday (May 30) afternoon.

The acquisition comes just months after speculation that Jackson would be forced to give up the rights to the Beatles back catalogue because he was facing bankruptcy. Jackson outbid Sir Paul McCartney in 1985 for the rights to the Beatles music at a cost of $47.5 million, but rumours that the singer has been living beyond his means were reinforced when he sold 25% of Sony/ATV back to Sony last year.

Yesterday's deal means Sony/ATV own the rights to over 125,000 songs, of which Eminem is one of the most high-profile and profitable. In an interesting twist, Jackson once attempted to have the video to Eminem's song 'Just Lose It' taken down because it features the rapper dressed as Jackson and later rapping the words: "Come here little kiddies on my lap / Guess who's back with a brand new rap / And I don't mean rap as in a new case of child investigation accusate."

Speaking about yesterday's acquisition, Sony/ATV CEO Martin N. Bandier said: "The Famous Music catalogue is a world-class asset filled with evergreen songs that people know and love. The depth and breadth of the catalogue is what truly makes it great."

Source: The Guardian / Billie Jean


Sony/ATV Acquires Another Music Giant. 30-05-'07

Michael and Sony/ATV have announced that they have acquired another major song catalogue to add to their already gigantic holdings.

Famous Music LLC includes 125,000 songs, from classics to contemporary hits from stars like Shakira and Eminem. Michael has called this purchase a ‘milestone event’, and is delighted with the transaction.

Famous Music was founded in 1928 and is one of the largest independent music companies.

Martin Bandier, CEO and Chairman of Sony/ATV, thinks that; “The depth and breadth of the catalogue is what truly makes it great, and I strongly believe that the addition of the Famous catalogue and its songwriters to Sony/ATV is another step in our long-range growth plans. In addition, we are pleased to be entering the production music business through Famous’ Extreme division. Extreme’s valuable creative team and unique business model will be a terrific complement to our core music publishing business.”

The catalogues owned by Famous Music included Bjork, Boyz 2 Men, Duke Ellington, Bush and Beck, to name but a few. Also purchased are songs by Akon, Shapiro and Buster Rhymes, among many others.

This acquisition follows on the heels of the purchase of the Lieber/Stoller legendary catalogue by Sony/ATV.

All of this is good news for Michael who is, of course, co-owner of Sony/ATV.

Source: Daily Hip-Hop News / Billie Jean


Memorabilia Auction News. 30-05-'07

At the Hard Rock Resort Hotel today in Las Vegas, the auction of the Jackson Family memorabilia began. Michael’s MTV award for 'We Are The World', his gold discs for 'Off The Wall' and the Jackson 5’s 'I Want You Back' raised thousands of dollars, while a platinum disc for 'Billie Jean' reached only $100, as did a copy of the purchase contract for Neverland Ranch.

Some of Michael’s beautiful stage jackets were the most expensive purchases to date, but there is a long way to go, before the complete collection has been auctioned.

The Jacksons Auction

Universal Express who are the company auctioning the memorabilia, think that this auction is just the first stage of many more.

However, critics of the auction think that many items included in the catalogue were not originally part of the memorabilia purchased by Universal Express, and seem to have been added later. This is unconfirmed at this time.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Attends Prince Azim's Birthday Party. 27-05-'07

Michael Jackson was the guest of honour at a flashy birthday party for Brunei's Prince Azim at the weekend (Saturday May 26) but he had to leave the festivities early due to feeling ill reports say.

Michael Jackson, The King of Pop, was paid £5 million to be the guest of honour at the lavish party to celebrate the Princes 25th held at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel in Leicestershire.

Michael complained of feeling ill after eating some of the food from the lavish buffet. Apart from feeling ill it looked like Michael has some fun at the party which included star guests such as former super model Jerry Hall and designer Roberto Cavalli.

Michael attends Prince Azim's 25th birthday
Michael Jackson attends Prince Azim's 25th Birthday Party at the Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, Leicestershire.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoJackson Invited To Vegas Auction. 26-05-'07

Spanning decades of music and performances by Michael Jackson and his talented siblings, the upcoming Guernsey’s auction of Jackson Family memorabilia will not only appeal to fans, it will also benefit children throughout the world.To help raise even more money, Universal Express, owner of the collection, has invited Michael Jackson to attend and personally autograph all memorabilia items that command more than $150,000.

Ten percent of the proceeds of the sale of the spectacular personal Jackson Family items will be donated by Universal Express. Charities benefiting from the auction include:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Save the Children

In recognition of this great event, Universal Express has invited celebrities affiliated with the charities, including Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Lee Curtis, Oscar De La Renta, Jeff Gordon, Grammy®-nominated Kelis, Marlo Thomas, Denzel Washington, and more, to be auctioneers for some of the items. Participation by these great luminaries would help increase awareness of their respective charities, as well as garner more money to support them.

"We are thrilled to be involved in auctioning one of the all-time greatest collections of music memorabilia,'commented Richard Altomare, Chairman and CEO of Universal Express. "It is particularly gratifying to know that the generation who enjoyed the Jacksons" music from their first appearances as The Jackson Five through the early 1990's,can now help support today’s children through their winning auction bids."

The Jackson Auction will take place at the famed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, on May 30th and 31st.

Source: Universal Express / Billie Jean


Quincy JonesQuincy Jones 'Too Busy' For Jackson. 25-05-'07

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has turned down the chance to work on Michael Jackson's comeback album, because he's too busy.

Jones produced Jackson's classic albums 'Off The Wall' (79), 'Thriller' (82), and 'Bad' (87). But as Jackson prepares to launch his comeback following his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005, Jones insists he won't be contributing to the album.

He says, "Man please, I've got enough to do. We already did that. I have talked to him about working with him again but I've got too much to do. I've got 900 products. I'm 74 years old. Give me a break."

Source: MJ KOP / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson Gets $9.9 Million Party Invite. 23-05-'07

Michael Jackson is getting paid a massive $9.9 million to simply show his face at the birthday party of a Prince.

A host of A-list stars are being paid to attend what is likely to be the showbiz party of the year, as HRH Prince Azim of Brunei celebrates his 25th birthday in England this weekend.

Jackson, who hasn't performed since he warbled a few lines at the World Music Awards last year, flew in from LA yesterday (May 22) for the event.

However, the moon-walking star won't be getting up and singing at the event, the $9.9 million price tag is simply for the star's presence at the party.

A source told the Mirror: "Even though Michael won't be performing, the very fact that he'll be in this stately home mingling with all of the Prince's pals makes it worth every penny to Azim."

The bash is set to be held at a plush English mansion at a cost of millions, although the prince is the son of the Sultan of Brunei - one of the world's richest men.

Other VIP guests included Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Pamela Anderson, while Barbra Streisand is also being tempted over from the US.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


King Of Pop Arrives In England. 22-05-'07

Michael Jackson has made a surprise visit to Britain. The singer flew in from Los Angeles and swept through Heathrow Airport with a police escort.

Dressed in a smart, blue-and-white pin-striped shirt with dark sunglasses, the former King of Pop waved to fans before being whisked away by minders.

There was no sign of his children Prince, 10, Paris, nine, and five-year-old "Blanket".

It is believed Jackson, 48, will be meeting record company executives in London and hooking up with old friend David Gest.

Michael arrives in London
Michael Jackson arrives in London at Heathrow Airport with a police escort.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonJackson Calls Off Bid To Stop Auction. 19-05-'07

Michael Jackson has dropped his bid to block a memorabilia auction featuring his personal belongings.The pop superstar was expected to appear in a Las Vegas court via video link yesterday (May 18) to claim he is the rightful owner of the items.

But Jackson's lawyer opened the Clark County Court hearing by telling a judge that a confidential agreement had been reached between the singer, his family members and representatives of an auction house hoping to sell off the memorabilia. The items were snapped up by a New Jersey businessman after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court.

Jackson's attorney Gregory Ross told Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, "The matter's been resolved."In his efforts to prevent the auction from going ahead, Jackson insisted all the keepsakes, claimed from a storage facility, were his property and should be returned.

Bosses of Universal Express Inc., the Florida company which owns the items, claim the memorabilia is worth an estimated $50 million.Guernsey's auction house of New York plans to go ahead with the auction on 30 and 31 May at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Raymone K. Bain
Raymone K. Bain

Press Release: Jackson And United Express Settle. 18-05-'07

Michael Jackson and United Express reach settlement - auction to proceed as scheduled.

Michael Jackson and United Express are pleased to announce the completion of a confidential resolution to the action disputing title to the items being auctioned at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 30 and 31, 2007, or by logging on to liveauctioneers.com.

"Mr. Jackson is satisfied with the negotiated settlement,"stated Raymone K. Bain, Jackson spokesperson, "and is pleased that some of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to certain charities. As this is a confidential agreement, we will be making no further comments."

"Although the road to auction has been long, we look forward to being able to introduce to the world the glory of the Jackson family and take great pride in the five charities that will benefit from the sales proceeds,stated Richard A. Altomare, Chairman and CEO of Universal Express.

Items belonging to Mr. Jackson, included in the auction,will be accompanied by written authentication.

Source: Raymone K. Bain /Billie Jean


Michael Not In Court. 17-05-'07

Mr. Michael Jackson will not be personally appearing in court in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, May 18th, 2007, regarding the auction items issue. Thank you.

Source Raymone K. Bain / Billie Jean


Henry VaccaroAsbury Man Henry Vaccaro To Face Pop Star In Court – APP. 17-05-'07

Asbury Park contractor Henry Vaccaro said he’s gonna teach this boy a lesson when he squares off against pop star Michael Jackson in a Las Vegas courtroom Friday (May 18).

Some observers who have read the article say it is racist for Vaccaro to use the word “boy” to describe a grown man when not used as a term of endearment. If you remember, Tom Sneddon once referred to Chris Tucker as a “boy” on the stand during Tucker’s testimony. The comment drew public criticism.

Vaccaro is expected to testify about his battle for the ownership — and his subsequent sale — of nearly 2,000 items of Jackson family memorabilia that the “gloved one” claims still belong to him and his siblings.

Source: Asbury Park Press / Billie Jean


Simon Fuller and Simon CowellSimon Fuller & Simon Cowell Too Busy For MJ. 14-05-'07

Michael Jackson’s comeback plans have taken a bit of a blow with two of the music industry’s biggest names turning him down.

The former King of Pop was desperate to work with Simon Fuller – the man who gave the world the Spice Girls and the Beckhams.

However, naught came of the several meetings Fuller held with Jackson.

The singer then turned to American Idol judge Simon Cowell,only to be turned down with a firm "No thanks".

A source revealed that the reason why Cowell and Fuller turned down Jackson, was because they were just too busy with TV and music projects.

"Both Simons are busy with TV and music projects so are unable to commit to him," The Sun quoted the source, assaying.

Source: Sun UK / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Attorneys File Hearing Notice To Universal Express. 11-05-'07

GuernseysUniversal Express and the auction house Guernsey's have in the past few days received a hearing notice for early next week from Michael Jackson's attorneys contesting ownership of some of the legally purchased collection.

Universal Express and its attorney's have stated they will respond to the frivolous accusations of Mr. Jackson's attorneys. "When the legal facts of this issue are presented we anticipate that the auction will continue as planned," said Mr. Richard Altomare, CEO and Chairman of Universal Express.

"We own the property definitively, and this unwarranted interference may result in substantial damages."
"Any damage, delay, lost momentum or anticipated lost revenues will result in several legal actions for this auction's full potential." concluded Mr. Altomare.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Album Release Date?, Nona Jackson, Neverland, MJ Sees Spiderman 3. 09-05-'07

First of all lets get the tabloid stuff out the way; Nona Jackson, the crazy woman who claims she is the mother of Michael's kids has been granted a 3 month extension in custody case to find evidence to support here case she wants a say in the custody arrangement between Michael and Debbie Rowe.

More Neverland for sale stories...The owner of a cut price retail chain in England has apparently put in a bid for Michael's Neverland Ranch in CA to turn it into a retail outlet? "We'd retain many of the fairground fixtures but combine them with a world-leading retail offering. It will become the perfect family shopping and leisure destination"a man called Mr. Yates said, apparently he's leading a UK consortium to buy the ranch.

According to some of the members over at MJNews Online, a HMV store in London's Oxford Street had posted a release date for an upcoming album by Michael Jackson on their 'future releases' sign. There was no mention of an album title or record label. The date stated 19/11/07 although that did include a big 'TO BE CONFIRMED'. Lets keep our fingers crossed that it is the new album and not another compilation release by Sony to rake in a few bucks.

And last but not least, a Michael Jackson sighting in Las Vegas recently, according to Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Norme Clarke Michael was spotted watching 'Spiderman3' at Brenden Theatres at the Palms on Friday (May 4).

Source: MJ KOP / Billie Jean


Thriller Live'Thriller Live' Starts With The UK Tour. 07-05-'07

'Thriller Live', the musical celebration featuring the hit songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, opens in Reading, for the start of its first ever UK tour.

The show, featuring over 30 performers including a fill company of singers, dancers, gospel choir and live band, celebrates the King of Pop like never before.

It features over two-hours of hit songs including 'I Want You Back', 'I'll Be There', 'Blame It On The Boogie', 'Can You Feel It', 'Rock With You', 'She's Out Of My Life', 'Billie Jean', 'Earth Song' and many more.

Originally created by Adrian Grant for a one-off show at the Dominion Theatre in London to celebrate Michael' birthday in August 2006, Grant enlisted the help of producers, Flying Music ('Dancing In The Streets' and 'The Rat Pack Live In Vegas'), to turn his creation into a touring production.

Source: MJ KOP / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Conspiracy Book Cover'Michael Jackson Conspiracy' Book Will Be Released In June. 01-05-'07

During Michael’s trial in 2005, Aphrodite Jones was one of the media’s main protagonists against him, and was vociferous in her condemnation of his actions.

However, since the ‘Innocent’ verdicts, she has come to believe that she was wrong, and has changed he mind and in doing so, has written a book called ‘The Michael Jackson Conspiracy’.

The book, which she believes will set the record straight, will be released on June 6th and examines in detail the case against Michael.

With a foreword by Tom Mesereau. "To anyone who wants to learn what happened in the Michael Jackson courtroom, this is the book to read." - Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr.

Publisher: iUniverse
Author: Aphrodite Jones
Pages: 296
ISBN: 0-7552-2067-8
Printed: USA
Guide price: 25 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Jackson Family Auction Vegas Catalogue  Book Cover'Jackson Family Auction Vegas Catalogue' Book Is Released. 31-05-'07

The book 'Jackson Family Auction Vegas Catalogue' is created in an extremely limited edition to promote the 'Jackson Family Memorabilia Auction' being held live at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel on May 30 and 31, 2007.

The Jacksons Collection contains thousands of items from the "King of Pop" and his talented siblings from as far back as their first appearances as the Jackson Five on through the early 1990's. Fabulous stage worn costumes and personal clothing, props and instruments, awards, gold records and paper ephemera (from performance contracts and unpublished photographs to hand written music), on to items given to

Michael and his brothers and sisters by other legendary entertainers and sports superstars made up only a portion of this unprecedented collection. Over 1,100 Jackson family items brought in between $1.8 million and $2.4 million. Ten percent of the proceeds of the sale were donated to charities.

This luscious, beautifully designed 235-page catalogue includes hundreds of colour pictures and descriptions of these spectacular personal Jackson Family items. A must-have !

Publisher: ?
Author: ?
Released: 05-2007
Language: English
Pages: 235
ISBN: ?
Printed: ?
Guide price: 50 €

Source: Billie Jean

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