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Janet JacksonJanet Jackson More Hints Of Jacksons Tour. 16-01-'08

The Jackson 5, one of the most successful US groups of all time, could be getting back together, according to Janet Jackson, who urged her older brother Michael to get back on stage for a reunion.

Rumors that the Jackson brothers could be planning a comeback have been circulating for years, but Janet Jackson told AFP in a recent interview she hoped the time was finally approaching.

"I hope so. I really hope so because I'll be the first in line to buy a ticket," she said. "I do know that my brothers want to and I know it's been kind of tough for Mike. He's kind of on the fence, from what I know about it."

The Jackson 5, who last performed as The Jacksons with six members, were rumoured to be planning a reunion just before Michael Jackson went on trial for child abuse in 2005.

"Maybe he just wants to continue to be a solo artist and if that's what he wants then you have to respect his wishes," Janet said. "But what an impact it would have on the world and he has to see that because everyone else does.
"I think he'd have to be blind not to see that," she added.

Source: AFP / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Staying At The Palms? 16-01-'08

Michael Jackson has been camped out atop the Palms in a suite with his children for almost two months, according to spies.

He may have arrived under the radar, but he’s been out in the public with regularity.

Twice in a week, Jackson has taken his three children out to see the sights.

They attended the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur on Saturday and took an after-hours tour of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas the previous Monday (January 7).

Jackson spent six months in a Summerlin home last year before vacating it at the end of June. The multimillion-dollar home was left a mess, with a Christmas tree still in place.

Michael at The Palms Recording Studio (Las Vegas) (11-01-2019)
Michael Jackson meets Los Angeles Power106's Big Boy at The Palms Recording Studio in Las Vegas, NV.

The former King of Pop moved to Virginia after he had no luck in getting takers for a headliner gig here.

Sources told me over the holidays that Jackson’s handlers were making overtures for a six-figure deal to have Jackson host a New Year’s Eve countdown party. But, again, he got no takers.

"Too radioactive," is the term I keep hearing.

Source: Review Journal / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael’s MySpace Launched. 16-01-'08

MySpace Michael Jackson has launched! Currently included on these web pages is information relating to the 'Thriller 25' campaign, including the release in the US of a new version of 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin', with Akon and Michael sharing the production and performance of the song.

There are opportunities to hear many of Michael’s songs, watch his videos, share thoughts with other people online and many other facilities.

To visit the pages please go to: www.myspace.com/michaeljackson.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Kapon Case Dismissed Against Michael. 14-01-'08

At last justice is seen to be done in the long awaited court case brought by Daniel Kapon against Michael. The lawsuit brought against Michael by a twenty-two year old man whose testimony was characterised as “the ravings of an unbalanced celebrity stalker” by Michael’s lawyers, was dismissed Monday after the plaintiff failed to show up for the start of his trial.

Kapon claimed that Michael had systematically abused and tortured him from the age of two and his allegations were so ridiculous that the judge, who was to try the case, had previously dropped many of the allegations. Added to this, Kapon was deposed for the trial last December 2007, and made such outrageous claims that his lawyer asked the judge to remove him from the case.

The judge granted a motion filed by Kapon’s most recent attorney, Barry Fischer, to be relieved as counsel. Fischer said that he hadn’t heard from Kapon since November and didn’t know whether he is “ill, dead or simply refusing to respond.”

The lawyer filed a missing persons report with the L.A. Police Department on January 3rd and attached it to his request to step down.

At the time, Kapon testified that he fathered Michael’s two oldest children, Prince and Paris, by artificial insemination, and that his mother swapped vows with the entertainer multiple times. Elizabeth Taylor, Celine Dion, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé Knowles and Diana Ross were among the guests at their various weddings, Kapon said. He also added that his mother was in the 'Thriller' video, and Michael later fell “madly in love” with her.

“He was obsessed with geniuses and blood lines and he told me that he wanted to continue my blood line, which he believed to be related to the Rothschilds,” Kapon said.

Source: E! News / Billie Jean


Download 'The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am'. 14-01-'08

Michael’s new single with will.i.am, 'The Girl Is Mine 2008', is available as a digital download as of today.

You can download the song as a one track single through iTunes, by either searching for 'The Girl Is Mine 2008' within your iTunes store.

The song is also issued to radio stations from today, so we urge everyone to contact their local radio stations to request the song.

The single will get its full CD and three track digital release in two weeks, on January 28th.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


AkonAkon Are 'Startin' Somethin' On 'Thriller 25' Track. 14-01-'08

The first single from Michael Jackson's forthcoming 'Thriller 25', a collection of tunes celebrating the 25th anniversary of the King of Pop's classic LP, will be a newly recorded rendition of 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' that features Akon, will.i.am and, of course, Jackson himself.

"He's incredible," Akon told MTV News about working with MJ. "He's a genius. Just to be in the same room [with him], I felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life has been achieved. That aura ... that's how incredible that aura is. We about to shake the world up, man. You know how you be with somebody and you can't even explain [the feeling]? I used to sit and think, 'How does somebody sell so many records and dominate a whole business genre to a point [where] nobody can't be a part of that without associating with you?' The way he thinks ... some artists think regional, some think national, I was thinking international. He thinks planets. It's on another level."

The track is a new take on the original, according to a press release, and was produced by Akon and Jackson. MJ mixed and mastered the new cut.

'Thriller 25', which is due in stores February 12, will include the original version of the 1982 record, in addition to five tracks previously unreleased in any form, including a Kanye West-helmed remix of 'Billie Jean'; will.i.am's reworkings of 'The Girl Is Mine' and 'P.Y.T.'; Fergie's version of 'Beat It'; and an outtake from the original 'Thriller' sessions called 'For All Time'.

The set will also feature a DVD, including all the 'Thriller'-inspired short films ('Thriller', 'Beat It' and 'Billie Jean'), in addition to Jackson's Emmy-nominated performance of 'Billie Jean' during the 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever' TV special. The DVD reportedly will also boast an exclusive, Jackson-penned greeting to his fans.

Initial reports suggested Jackson had also worked with Pharrell, Ne-Yo, Neff-U, Jerkins, Chris Brown, Dallas Austin and Teddy Riley on the project, but it remains unclear whether those collaborations will materialize.

Source: MTV / Billie Jean


Raymone K. BainRaymone K. Bain About Michael's Tour In London. 14-01-'08

Dear Gary,

Happy New Year to you.

Nothing has been confirmed, at this present time, regarding any tour dates.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Best regards,
Raymone K. Bain

Dear Jeannette,

Happy New Year to you! Discussions are continuing but nothing has been finalized at this time.

Best regards,
Raymone K. Bain

Source: MJ Europe / Billie Jean


BET Honors SpecialBET Honors Special. 12-01-'08

According to michaeljackson.com, Michael is the latest recipient of a BET Honors special. The show will reportedly feature a large segment on 'Thriller'.

The 2008 BET Honors will be taped on January 12, 2008 starting 7pm at the Warner Theatre in Washington, USA. The show will feature as key guests of honor Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Richard Parsons, Maxine Waters, and Cornel West. John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Wyclef Jean are also expected to appear.

Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, said via statement:

"We are thrilled to pay tribute to the thinkers, trailblazers and trendsetters whose accomplishments serve as inspirations for current and future generations. Each of these remarkable individuals has made significant contributions to the Black community and American culture overall, and BET Networks is proud to recognize them through this very special, new tentpole event."

Hosted by Cedric The Entertainer, the program will air on BET (Black Entertainment Television) on February 22, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Bet Honors celebrate black achievement in business, entertainment, social justice and philanthropy while providing outstanding musical performances that make BET specials deliver huge results.

Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


O2 Speculation. 12-01-'08

Over the past few weeks we have all heard about a series of rumours that Michael plans to take London by storm by performing a series of concerts at the 02 Arena. These rumours claim that he will perform anything from ten shows to thirty and he will be in residency for one month netting him $30 million.

British newspaper ‘The News Of The World’ reports from a source that; “Michael will be back on stage soon. He’s been working hard in the studio mixing tracks and getting his vocals back in shape.”

O2 Arena
The O2 is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, England,

We would all like to see Michael performing again and we can understand why everyone is getting excited, however, until we have official confirmation that these concerts are going to be taking place, we will not be reporting on any further rumours or speculation in connection with these shows.

Source: Associated Press / Billie Jean


Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana To Work With Michael & Quincy Jones? 11-01-'08

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and his son Salvador appeared on the tv show 'Mas Vale Tarde' on the Telemundo channel Thursday night (January 10). During the interview Santana reportedly spoke about working again with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

In the past, Michael Jackson and Santana have already worked together. The guitarist appeared on the 'Invincible' album on the song 'Whatever Happens'.

Telemundo is an American television network based in Florida, USA and the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world.

Source: SoHood / Billie Jean


'The Wiz' (30th Anniversary Edition W/ Bonus CD) DVD Will Be Released. 10-01-'08

The Wiz (30th Anniversary Edition W/ Bonus CD) DVD CoverThe DVD 'The Wiz' will be released on February 5, 2008 in the USA by Universal Studios. Universal Home Video has announced a 30th Anniversary release of 'The Wiz' with stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor.

'The Wiz' will be released worldwide in an all region format. Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC.

The original recording will be digitally remastered and will be presented in 1.85:1.
The magical Land of Oz jumps out of the pan in this spectacularly musical based on the Broadway case success.

In this Motown-production Dorothy 's a shy nursery school teacher out of Harlem. During a heavy snowstorm she goes to look after her lost dog Toto and she's taken along with to a fairy-tale land where she should follow the yellow way. Director Sidney Lumet wanted more than filming only the theatre production and has conjured New York City into the magical Land of Oz.

Diana Ross plays the beautiful role as Dorothy and is working together with stars such as Michael Jackson the scarecrow), Nipsey Russell (the tin man), Ted Ross (the cowardly lion), Lena Horne (Glinda the good witch) and Richard Pryor (the big magician of Oz).

With such a cast, splendid musical songs and fantastic visual effects 'The Wiz' shall charm movie fans of different generations.

Extra bonus:
Wiz on Down the Road featured
Theatrical trailer

Track list CD album:

1. He's The Wizard
2. You Can't Win
3. Ease On Down The Road
4. Slide Some Oil To Me
5. (I'm A) Mean Old Lion
6. Emerald City Sequence
7. A Brand New Day
8. Home

Publisher: Universal Studios
Series number: 025195002844
Playing time: 171 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Printed: USA
Guide price: 20 €

Pre-order the DVD here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael To Have A BET Honours Special. 09-01-'08

Sony official website for Michael, www.michaeljackson.com, has announced that Michael is to have a BET Honours Special which will be televised in February.

The special will also feature a large 'Thriller' segment.

Once we receive more information on this we will of course let you know.

Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


Michael Visits Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. 09-01-'08

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Michael Jackson was spotted with his three children taking an after-hours tours of Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas (Venetian, USA) on Monday night (January 7).

They showed up about 9:45 p.m. and made stops for photos in front of the wax icons, including Michael's own wax figure. Michael also asked to see the newly arrived Evel Knievel figure, which was in the studio where repairs are made.

Source: King Of Pop FC / Billie Jean


A Message From Michael Jackson. 06-01-'08

The website of Amazon USA has already published a special feature on the upcoming 'Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition'.

Included on the page is also a special message from Michael and beautiful pictures.

Source: Amazon USA / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Settles Millions In Debts. 04-01-'08

Michael Jackson apparently has gotten his money.

On Thursday (January 3), he began paying off millions of dollars in debts, thanks to settlements and lost legal cases.

The payoffs could amount to at least $20 million, by some accounts.

That’s good news for the creditors, but bad for Jackson. In this latest refinancing of a $300 million loan secured by his interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jackson may only have received about $25 million in fresh cash. He was otherwise so cash poor that he and his kids were living in Las Vegas with his mother, waiting for the deal to be finalized.

Still pending is a deal to let him set up shop at London’s O2 Arena for performances over a three-month period beginning in February. (We reported that story first exclusively on Dec. 11.) But Jackson’s legendary eccentricities have made getting insurance for him nearly impossible.

Sources tell me the new owner of Jackson’s humungous debt is HSBC Private Banking, with Sony Music acting as a guarantor.

It seems that every 18 months, Jackson manages to refinance the loan, originally begun at Bank of America in 1995. Always at risk is his 50 percent stake in the publishing company that contains all the songs written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

“The Beatles catalogue,” as it is known, has come to be Jackson’s only security and the smartest investment ever made by a performer. He can thank his then-attorney John Branca for leaving him with some protection against his own whims.
What remains a mystery is the fate of Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif. Technically, the Ranch is still in danger of being foreclosed on. A default notice, first reported in this column, for $23 million, has been in effect since Oct. 19. Its 90-day grace period runs out in two weeks.

Thursday (January 3), a title company sent a smaller lien holder on Neverland, F. Marc Schaffel, a “Request for Payoff of Lien or Judgment,” asking for information so they could remove him from the bill. But that still leaves Fortress Investments, and their $23 million. It’s unclear whether Jackson has the money or inclination to save Neverland. He hasn’t lived there since June 30, 2005.

In the current rash of payoffs to eagerly waiting parties, Jackson is thought to have divided about $4 million between Schaffel and a former manager, Dieter Wiesner. Another million may have gone to sometime lawyer Brian Oxman. About $5 million is thought to have been owed to Darien Dash, cousin of Damon Dash, who sued Jackson almost 10 times that last year. There are also about four different sets of legal teams awaiting unpaid bills, and one major accountant.

One pending question will be a payoff for Prince Abdulla of Bahrain. He recently sued Jackson in the UK for $7 million.

Source: Roger Friedman; Fox News / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Strokes Lawsuit. 03-01-'08

Michael Jackson, Will Smith and Tupac Shakur are all being sued for stealing the same song.

Blues musician Syl Johnson - real name Sylvester Thompson - has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the three artists claiming they all used his 1967 tune 'Different Strokes' without paying him for the rights to do so.

Johnson claims Jackson's 'Blood On The Dance Floor', Smith's 'Who Stole The D.J' and Shakur's 'Peep Game' all illegally sampled his track.

The 71-year-old soul singer has also filed papers against the rap group N.W.A. for their song 'Real N**gaz Don't Die', and KRS-One for his tune 'Criminal Minded'.

Source: Digital Spy / Billie Jean


Prestige Hong Kong Magazine CoverJanet Is Her Brothers' Biggest Fan. 03-01-'08

Michael's sister Janet graces the cover of the January edition of the magazine Prestige Hong Kong. She also gave an exclusive interview to the magazine where she for example talked about her brothers:

Question: There’s been talk of a Jacksons world tour. Will it happen?

Janet: I really don’t know. I hope it happens. I would love for it to happen. I’m probably [my brothers’] biggest fan. I think it would be great if they did. They’re so loved and definitely missed and there’s so much history there, musically speaking even, there’s so much that they have to give . . . there’s so much youth still there.

I think about how Mick Jagger is 65 million years old, like a dinosaur or something, all of them [The Rolling Stones], and I look at my brothers and none of them look their age. Not that they’re old, they just still don’t look their age and it really trips me out. And I hope they do [stage a world tour]. They still love their music.

Source: Prestige Hong Kong / Billie Jean


Jackson Five No Show For Dupri’s New Years Bash. 02-01-'08

Bless his little cotton socks, Dupri tried but failed to reunite the Jackson Five in a desperate attempt to see in 2008 with a bang! Janet Jackson’s other half had promised a Jackson Five reunion and performance at his Atlanta club Studio 72. Sadly only four Jackson’s made it Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon.

Source: Billie Jean

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