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How Michael Jackson's Kids Are Coping. 15-02-'10

While Dr. Conrad Murray's formal charging in the death of Michael Jackson is certain to pose another emotional time for the pop superstar's surviving family members, his three children – Prince Michael I, 12; Paris, 11; and Prince Michael II ("Blanket"), 7 – have been dealing with their grief with the help of a close-knit family and something new to them: a sense of normalcy.

"They're doing great, thanks to the love and support they've gotten," Adam Streisand, an attorney for their grandmother and guardian Katherine Jackson, told PEOPLE in an interview before Murray's surrender.

Seconds longtime family friend Kathy Hilton, "They're getting along and they have an incredible family."

Since their father's death last summer, the children have been living at Katherine's Encino, Calif., estate with cousins and other relatives, growing in maturity and confidence as they play with friends and go on outings – now without wearing masks and free of the chaos that once followed their father.

"With the kids running around the house, laughing, playing, they've given each other a lot of joy," says Streisand.

The trio's older cousins, who joined Prince and Paris on stage at the Grammy's Jan. 31 when they accepted their father's Lifetime Achievement Award (shy Blanket was deemed "too young" to take the stage that night, says Streisand), have become mentors to Michael's kids, who remain a tight-knit group.

Helping Katherine raise the kids is their nanny Grace Rwaramba, who had stopped working for Michael before his death but returned afterward upon Katherine's request. Some Jackson family members don't support Rwaramba's involvement, but a source says, "Katherine's made it very clear that it's important to her that Grace is around. She knows the kids are more important to her than anything."

Katherine and Rwaramba are working to ensure that Michael's kids lead as normal a life as possible. "Nothing over-the-top happens" at home, says a family source. Instead, there are school lessons (they are tutored at the house), iChatting sessions and family dinners.

The children go to karate lessons, the library and church. And even though Katherine may be strict (Prince and Paris had to go behind her back to attended the New Moon premiere last November, says a source), she is also giving them room to grow. "Katherine really listens to the kids," says Streisand. "She wants to give them a sense of freedom when she can. She wants to encourage them."

Source: people.com / Billie Jean


New Michael Jig-saw. 14-02-'10

The Nashville Game Company has produced a range of puzzles which celebrate the accomplishments of great African–American’s. Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama and others are included in the series and now they’ve added Michael to their collection.

The Michael puzzle is a copy of a painting and measures 19″ by 26.75″ (inches). It contains 1026 pieces and is priced at $18.95 (U.S.)

Please be aware it is unsuitable for children under the age of 4.

Source: Nashville Game Company / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Son To Give Evidence. 14-02-'10

Michael Jackson’s eldest son is to testify against the singer’s personal doctor at his trial.

Prince Michael, 13, will give evidence about what he saw in the days leading up to the Michael Jackson’s death on June 25 last year.

Dr Conrad Murray, 58, has denied involuntary manslaughter and will face a court in Los Angeles.

District Attorney Steve Cooley was initially reluctant to subject the teenager to cross-examination.

But a source in his office revealed: “Prince Michael is an intelligent, articulate youngster who wants justice and resolution over his father’s untimely demise.

“He could turn out to be one of the most important witnesses we have.”

Source: dailystar / Billie Jean


Judge Delays Ruling On Medical Records. 13-02-'10

A judge has delayed a ruling on whether Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson can obtain medical records related to the death of his son.

Mitchell Beckloff, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, said Thursday he wants to further consider arguments raised by Joe Jackson's attorney. Beckloff says he will issue a ruling next week.

Joe Jackson's attorney, Brian Oxman, sought Michael Jackson's medical records as part of an effort to obtain a monthly stipend for the Jackson family patriarch. Oxman says his client has a right to know more about his son's death and the records could also determine how to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Attorney's for Michael Jackson's estate have opposed releasing the medical records.

Source: MJFC / AP / Billie Jean


"We Are The World" New Video. 13-02-'10

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) "We Are The World 25 For Haiti", in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

 

Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Has Cameo In New 'We Are The World' Video. 12-02-'10

Track the action song by song, mingle with fellow fans and keep current with Brian Mansfield's updates at our American Idol community.

The late Michael Jackson has a prominent role in the revamped version of We Are the World.
Lionel Richie, who wrote the original charity anthem with Jackson, says the King of Pop can be seen in the new video for the track, singing with his sister Janet.

"We left the original footage of that part, but now he is singing with his sister," Richie said.

"It's something we wanted to see, but his mother requested it too, for Janet to sing with Michael," said Quincy Jones, who produced the original track and helped orchestrate the re-recording. "It was perfect. It was meant to be."

The video is set to make its debut Friday during coverage of the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. We Are the World — 25 for Haiti features 80 artists, including Pink, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson.

Proceeds from sales of the song will benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.

Source: usatoday / Billie Jean


Lionel Richie And Quincy Jones Spill 'We Are the World' Secrets. 10-02-'10

Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones dish to ET's Mary Hart about producing the star-studded re-recording of "We Are the World," and they reveal more details about Michael Jackson's role in the upcoming music video!

Lionel and Quincy tell Mary exactly how Michael, who co-wrote the original charity anthem with Lionel and appeared in its music video, will be inserted into the remake's video.

 

"In his original spot," Quincy reveals. "It's exactly like his original spot. And you'll also have an image of Janet there with him."

"When you're doing the song again, the only person that I was missing in the room that I really, really missed was Michael's presence, and I'm sure Quincy felt the same way," Lionel says. "So, to have him singing that part again was just comforting I think for both us because it needed to be there."

Keep watching the video for Lionel and Quincy's take on overseeing the "organized chaos" of the star-studded re-recording -- and for the dish on whether they had to deal with any divas!

Plus, see ET's exclusive, first look at newly released behind-the-scenes footage of the session!

Source: ET/ Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate - You Got It Wrong, Joe. 10-02-'10

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's estate have fired back at Joe Jackson's request for MJ's medical records in order for Joe to sue a news outlet over death photos.

Joe claims a published photo of an already dead Michael Jackson is an invasion of the family's privacy. As we first reported, although Joe didn't name the news outlet, "Entertainment Tonight" aired a photo of Jackson -- whom paramedics believed was already dead -- as he was taken into an ambulance from his home.

Joe's lawyer, Brian Oxman, asked the judge last Friday to dislodge MJ's UCLA medical records so he can prepare the lawsuit.

But in papers filed today, estate lawyer Howard Weitzman claims Oxman is all wet -- that Oxman misstated the law in legal docs and that UCLA medical records are totally irrelevant to a death photo lawsuit.

Weitzman also claims the physician/patient privilege prohibits the estate from anteing up the med records.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Autopsy Has No Real Surprises. 10-02-'10

After a long wait the Michael Jackson autopsy results have finally seen the light of day, and there’s no real surprises.

Top of the list was cause of death, with the autopsy noting that the standards for administering Propofol were not met, and that “recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation was not present.”

Jackson’s argument over the years that he did not bleach his skin white were confirmed with the report noting that Jackson was suffering from Vitiligo, a condition resulting in white patches appearing on his dark skin.

On the bizarre side, the report noted that Jackson’s hair was not real, and that he wore a wig. Further, Jackson’s ” eyeliner, lips and eyebrows permanently tattooed.”

The Michael Jackson autopsy has been made public following the charges against Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray.

Here are the autopsy report.

Source: the smokinggun / Billie Jean


Family Reacts With Outrage To Charge. 09-02-'10

Involuntary manslaughter wasn't a tough enough charge against Michael Jackson's doctor, his family said Monday.

"He's a monster," said the pop singer's mother, Katherine Jackson, after a hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray, who has denied any wrongdoing, surrendered to face allegations of administering a lethal dose of the hospital anesthetic propofol to the late singer.

“Michael was murdered and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan," said Jackson's sister, LaToya. "There are other individuals involved and I will not rest and I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served."

Source: MJFC / People / Billie Jean


Murray Pleads "Not Guilty" & Judge Sets Bail. 09-02-'10

Conrad Murray has pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. He entered his plea in Los Angeles Superior Court hours after he was charged.

If convicted, Murray will only face four years in prison.

Murray appeared in court wearing a gray suit. Michael's parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson sat behind the prosecutors along with siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Randy.

Murray has been taken into custody and is being held on $75,000 bail after pleading not guilty to causing the death of Michael Jackson. Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz set the bail at three times more than what most people charged with involuntary manslaughter face.

The prosecutors had been seeking $300,000 bail for Murray, who was taken into custody by deputies, but not handcuffed in public.

Judge Schwartz told Murray he must surrender his passport and not travel overseas although he may travel throughout the United States.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the courthouse located adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport as well as members of Michael's family and crowd of reporters.

Legal experts have said that the autopsy findings made public this morning help the prosecution's case and will serve to block the potential defense that Michael hid serious conditions that increased the risk of death from the medications he was being administered. No such conditions were found save a chronic lung inflammation that reduced capacity and may have resulted in shortness of breath.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


A Call For Calm From Michael's Father. 08-02-'10

A MESSAGE TO FANS FROM JOE JACKSON: I have heard about the protests planned for tomorrow (at the Los Angeles Courthouse, Monday, February 8) and I appreciate the fans feeling that they are Michael’s voice now that he is unable to fight for himself. I also want to stand behind the statement made online by a fan that you are a reflection of Michael and you must represent him as he would represent himself – peacefully, respectfully, gracefully, and above all else with love. There is no room for hatred and violence.

While we may not be as quick to forgive as Michael was, we must still conduct ourselves with the grace and dignity he deserves. Please remember this in your protest. Michael WILL get justice, just as we knew he would in his trial. Please remember that your actions will also sway public opinion and that justice can come sooner rather than later depending on the face the fans show the world. The world can see hurt, pain, and outrage, but not the anger. All we want is justice, nothing more, nothing less. This man should be treated as anyone else would in this situation.

Showing your support and love for him in such a big way will not go unnoticed. We all appreciate your unwavering support. Majestik Magnificent plans to attend the protests to show support and appreciation to the fans for all their love.

Source: michaeljacksontributeportrait.com / Billie Jean


'This Is It' On Samsung External Hard Drive. 08-02-'10

Samsung unveiled its S2 portable external hard drive back in September of 2009. The drive has been around for a while now and Samsung has now announced a new special edition version of the S2 HDD.

The special edition version of the S2 has 500GB of storage space and will ship pre-loaded with Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT film. The launch of the special edition HDD is timed with the launch of the Jackson film and will hit stores in Europe on February 22, 2010.

Along with the pre-loaded film, the drive will also ship with software for data backups. The software includes Samsung Auto Backup allowing automatic scheduled backups or real-time backups. The drive will also ship with SecretZone software for encryption content on the drive. Pricing and availability outside Europe is unknown at this time.

Source: Billie Jean


Dr. Conrad Murray To Judge -- I'm 'Not Guilty'. 08-02-'10

Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, will plead not guilty Monday morning when he is arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges ... sources tell TMZ.

We're told the plan is for Dr. Murray to arrive at the courthouse 20 - 30 minutes before the arraignment -- which sources tell us will be at 1:30 PM PT. He will surrender voluntarily.

Law enforcement sources tell us 20 L.A. County Sheriff's deputies will be at the courthouse, some of whom will be evident and some who will not. We're told the Sheriff's Department has had its security plan in place for a while, in part because of crowd control concerns and partly because of security issues surrounding Dr. Murray.

We're told there is a concern about Dr. Murray's safety because of intense feeling on the part of some Michael Jackson fans that Dr. Murray killed the singer.

As we first reported, Dr. Murray will be accompanied by a bail bondsman who will post bail -- expected to be $25,000.

Our sources say Dr. Murray will not waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

Following arraignment and booking, we're told Dr. Murray will leave L.A. and go either to Las Vegas or Houston.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Artists Talk About Michael Jackson And "We Are The World". 07-02-'10

In this video artists, Akon, Jordin Sparks and Celine Dion talk about the recording of the new version "We Are The World", Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Original collaborators, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie decided to ask a new generation of artists to rerecord the song to benefit those in Haiti.

The original "We Are The World" was recorded 25 years ago and was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie with Quincy Jones producing the recording. The original recording generated over $30 Million to help impoverished people in Africa.

Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


Conrad Murray Will Voluntarily Surrender. 06-02-'10

Dr. Conrad Murray will walk into court on his own free will Monday and face the judge after being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say counsel for Murray spoke by phone with members of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office this morning and the D.A. agreed Dr. Murray could surrender without being arrested.

Unless the LAPD intervenes on its own and hooks Dr. Murray up, we're told he'll show up in court with a bail bondsman on Monday. We're also told the recommended bail will be $25,000, which will be posted on the spot.

Sources also tell TMZ the arraignment will take place at 1:30 PM on Monday.

The judge will order Dr. Murray to go to an LAPD station for booking. It's unclear how long Murray will have to appear at the station.

Source: ET / Billie Jean


Jackson's Dad Wants To Sue Over Death Photos. 06-02-'10

Joe Jackson has just filed legal docs asking a court to acknowledge Michael Jackson's family has a right to sue news outlets that published photos of Michael Jackson dead.

Joe Jackson's lawyer, Brian Oxman, filed papers with the court in the Michael Jackson estate case, claiming there is legal precedent for a family suing for invasion of privacy when such photos are published.

Although the legal docs don't state which photos he intends to sue over, "Entertainment Tonight" aired a photo of Jackson -- whom paramedics believed was already dead -- as he was taken into an ambulance from his home.

Oxman is trying to get the estate court judge to allow him access to medical records as a prelude for filing such a case.

Source: MJFC / Variety / Billie Jean


12 Foot MJ Statue At Stone Fair In India. 06-02-'10

A 12-foot high statue of the legendary Michael Jackson weighing in at about 3.5 tons has become the center of attention at the ninth edition of International Granites and Stone Fair in Bangalore. "Stona 2010" is a four-day exhibition and is being organised by the All India Granites and Stone Association in association with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The fair has over 300 Granite and Stone exporters from around the world showcasing their products and the huge statute of the King of Pop has eclipsed all the other sculptures. The statue was built from a single granite stone and was built in just 30 days using the combined efforts of 15 to 20 people.

"We are very much eager to donate the statue to Michael Jackson Foundation, because it is not for commercial purpose, I don't want to use it for business, I don't want to do anything commercial with it," said R Chandrashekaran, MD, RC Golden Granites.

"Stona 2010" showcases the unique range of the country's colorful, eye-catching natural stones and a platform that helps in demonstrating the capabilities, capacity and the most modern and latest techniques in the craft of stone working.

The event showcases the exotic stones of India, granites, marble, slates, sandstone, quartzite and other decorative ornamental and building stones.

About 400 exhibitors are participating in the exhibition from India, Italy, China, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Turkey and several other European countries.

Source: MJFC / calcuttanews.net / Billie Jean


Jermaine Hopes For "Swift Justice". 05-02-'10

In a recent interview with the Insider, Jermaine Jackson spoke out about the charges that Dr. Conrad Murray is reportedly anticipating related to the death of his brother Michael Jackson.

I'm not happy that it has taken this long for charges to be brought against 'anybody' in the death of my brother Michael Jackson, but I'm certainly pleased the time has arrived. It is a painful and difficult time for my family, but we are strong and united in making sure we find swift justice for our brother.

I thank the fans for all their undying support and for standing with our family through all the difficult times. Hopefully with the promised action that will take place in the next 48 hours, we can begin healing."

Source: MJFC / The Insider/ / Billie Jean


LAPD/D.A. Feud Derails Dr. Murray Arraignment. 04-02-'10

The scheduled arraignment Friday for Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson will not take place as scheduled because of the feud between the L.A. County D.A. and the LAPD over Dr. Murray's surrender.

As we first reported, the LAPD was bent out of shape -- and that is an understatement -- because the D.A. had kept cops in the dark and had been working with Dr. Murray's lawyers to arrange a voluntary surrender in court at the time of the arraignment.

The plan as of this afternoon -- Dr. Murray's lawyers would drive him to the L.A. County Sheriff's Office at the Airport Courthouse in L.A. at 5:30 AM Friday, along with a bail bondsman. Dr. Murray would be booked, post bail and then walk into court without handcuffs or chains.

We're told the LAPD so vehemently objected to the plan ... the D.A. finally backed off. The LAPD wants to arrest Dr. Murray, book him and bring him into court in handcuffs and/or chains -- something that is fairly standard in homicide cases.

The plan has fallen apart and we're told ... as of now ... there will be no arraignment tomorrow.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Former Doctor To Be Arraigned This Week. 04-02-'10

Michael Jackson's former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, will be arraigned in Los Angeles on Friday on a charge tied to the King of Pop's death, a source tells the Associated Press.

The AP says its source is a person familiar with the planning and did not specify what Murray would reportedly be charged with. Prosecutors have so far declined to say whether they'll charge Murray, but two law enforcement sources have told the AP that prosecutors intend to charge the doctor with involuntary manslaughter.

A spokeswoman for the L.A. Country district attorney said she could "neither confirm nor deny" that Murray would appear at the courthouse, near Los Angeles International Airport, on Friday afternoon.

Murray has denied any wrongdoing related to Jackson's death. ET confirmed that he is currently in L.A.

Source: ET / Billie Jean


Jackson Family Wants Harsher Charge Against Murray. 04-02-'10

Michael Jackson's family believes involuntary manslaughter charges against the pop singer's physician would be insufficient, attorney Brian Oxman said Wednesday.

Oxman told CBS' "The Early Show" that Dr. Conrad Murray displayed recklessness in dispensing powerful drugs to help Jackson sleep, warranting a second-degree murder charge. Involuntary manslaughter - the charge prosecutors reportedly plan to seek - carries a maximum jail sentence of just four years.

"That is just a slap on the wrist, and a slap in the face, because Michael Jackson was someone who we knew was in danger of being brought to his knees, brought [to] his death, by the use of these medications," Oxman said.

Murray's attorney said the doctor is ready to surrender to authorities if prosecutors file charges. While there is no public timetable for charges to be filed against Murray, there are strong indications the move is imminent.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


'This Is It' Dominates Sales, Blu-Ray Charts. 04-02-'10

Michael Jackson fever continues to rage, nearly eight months after the king of pop's death.

"This Is It," the concert film about the comeback tour that never happened, shot to No. 1 on the national home video sales charts its first week in stores, selling through to consumers an estimated 1.2 million copies, according to Home Media Magazine market research.

That's believed to be a record for first-week sales of a music film.

The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release also was the No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller for the week ending Jan. 31, according to Nielsen VideoScan research. Of the film's total disc sales, 21% were on Blu-ray Disc.

"This Is It" was released simultaneously in Japan and, according to Sony, beat expectations there as well. Sony Pictures mounted a huge publicity campaign in support of the release, including a YouTube video of Filipino prisoners dancing to two Jackson tunes from the film that generated more than 3 million hits. The clip included a card at the end promoting the DVD/Blu-ray Disc release of the film.

"This Is It" debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart, and "Saw VI" bowed at No. 6.

Source: MJFC / hollywoodreporter.com / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Pays 10% to Executors. 04-02-'10

The executors for the estate of Michael Jackson just got their 10%.

John McClain and John Branca had asked the judge for 10% of the profits made from a number of estate-related ventures.

The judge just approved the fee request, stating that the arrangement actually could save the estate money -- because the traditional way of making deals with managers, lawyers, etc. costs a bloody fortune.

One item excluded from the 10% -- a portion of the profits from the movie, "This Is It."

The judge also gave McClain and Branca the right to green light deals without going back to court every time for permission.

The judge gave McClain and Branca props for raking in the dough for the estate .... calling their performance "extraordinarily impressive."

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


City Raises Stink Over Dead MJ Giraffes. 03-02-'10

Something was rotten in the state of Arizona ... and it was the carcasses of two dead giraffes previously owned by Michael Jackson.

TMZ has learned the bodies of Rambo and JJ were at the center of a raging conflict in Page, Arizona because locals complained that the bodies stunk up the town.

As we previously reported, the animals died last November and last month respectively and were buried on the Banjoko Wildlife Preserve where they had lived since 2006.

But after several complaints were lodged with the City of Page, the preserve's founder Freddie Hancock was ordered to dig up the carcasses from their burial plots and relocate them somewhere else.

In addition to moving the dead giraffes, the city also ordered Hancock to move MJ's two other live giraffes -- Princess and Annie Sue -- off the property for good.

Hancock tells TMZ the dead giraffes were reburied in a private, undisclosed location outside of the preserve last Thursday. As for the two living giraffes, Hancock won't tell us where they moved them -- but she did say they're no longer in Arizona.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Jackon's Doctor To Be Charged: Report. 03-02-'10

Nearly eight months after Michael Jackson's shocking death at age 50, his former doctor reportedly plans to surrender tomorrow morning in connection with singer's death.

The Los Angeles County DA plans to charge Conrad Murray with involuntary manslaughter as early as this week.

Based on Murray's plan to surrender, the charges would have to be filed before the court appearance, TMZ.com reported.

A spokeswoman for Murray’s attorney told The Associated Press today that Murray arrived in Los Angeles last weekend and one of his lawyers plans to join him.

Jackson died on June 25 from an anesthetic overdose. Murray maintains nothing he gave the singer should have killed him.

The King of Pop's death was ruled a homicide caused by acute intoxication of the powerful anesthetic propofol.
He died after Murray administered propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep, court documents state.

Propofol, which depresses breathing and heart rate and lowers blood pressure, is supposed to be administered by an anesthesiologist in a medical setting.

Murray told police he left the room to use the bathroom. Phone records show he made calls for 47 minutes around the time Jackson encountered problems.

When Murray realized Jackson was unresponsive, he tried frantically to revive him, but the singer never regained consciousness.

Source: nypost / Billie Jean


Janet To Record 'We Are The World'. 02-02-'10

Janet is expected to participate in a new version of "We Are The World" that is being recorded for Haiti earthquake victims, according to a report from Reuters.

Most of the singers participating in the song, which included Barbara Streisand, Kanye West, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, LL Cool J, will.i.am, and Josh Groban, recorded their vocals together on Monday at the same Hollywood studio where the original version of the song was made.

Janet, however, was not present at the session on Monday but co-producer Lionel Richie told MTV that Janet Jackson would be laying down her version of Michael Jackson's part on Tuesday, and he hinted that some other artists might also be added over the next few days.

Quincy Jones is saving perhaps the most touching moment for last. At the request of Katherine Jackson, Maya Angelou penned a poem to be read at the end of the song. Quincy is going to speak to Michael's children about reading that narration.

Source: Reuters / MTV / ET / Billie Jean


MJ Glove Makes Public Debut. 02-02-'10

From a distance, Michael Jackson's iconic rhinestone-encrusted glove shimmers like a marquise diamond. A closer look, however, reveals that the piece of pop history is a rather less resplendent re-fashioned golf glove with sweat stains and frayed edges.

That is unlikely to deter the late singer's fans who can now see the glove and about 40 other items of Jackson memorabilia up close at a gallery which opened Monday in the glitzy Asian gambling haven Macau.

The Ponte 16 gaming resort - half-owned by gambling tycoon Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Jogos de Macau - paid about one million US dollars for the items at auctions last year in New York, Los Angeles and London. The resort stumped up US$350,000 (S$494,796) for Jackson's left-handed glove - worn by the singer when he performed his first 'moonwalk' dance in 1983.

The singer, who died suddenly last June aged 50, regularly added a single glove to his costume in concert or in his ground-breaking music videos, and many are in the hands of collectors. Another crystal-studded white glove sold in Melbourne in September for US$49,000.

'He is a legend - probably one of the best performers of all time,' Ma told AFP ahead of the gallery's opening Monday. 'We wanted to create a place where all of his fans could come to learn about the legend and look at his signature items.'

Among the other glass-encased memorabilia is a shredded 'Zombie' suit from Jackson's iconic Thriller video, autographed albums, Jackson's painting of Charlie Chaplin, a pair of white tube socks coated with crystals along with two signed Fedoras which the singer wore during his 1998 'History' world tour.

Source: MJFC / AFP / Billie Jean


New Top Level Meeting In Michael Jackson Death. 02-02-'10

Dr. Conrad Murray is one step closer to being charged in the death of Michael Jackson after yet another top level meeting in the L.A. County District Attorney's Office last Friday -- this according to multiple law enforcement sources.

The way it was described to us: It was "a big meeting." D.A. Steve Cooley was on the list of attendees.

As we first reported, the D.A. is ready to charge Dr. Conrad Murray with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson and the case could be filed as early as this week.

The deputy D.A. assigned to the case -- David Walgren -- has all the LAPD's investigative notes, and the D.A. could charge Murray even without having the case formally presented by detectives.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Brothers Still Struggling With Loss. 02-02-'10

The Jackson brothers cannot escape their grief over Michael's death. The siblings have admitted that wherever they go, they can see and feel their brother's presence.

Says Tito, "No matter what we're doing - working in the studio or rehearsing dance steps - there's an emptiness there. You feel it constantly. It's bearing down on you. Emotionally it's very difficult to sing these songs without Michael. Just to hear him on the radio today is very emotional."

Jackie shares Tito's pain, adding, "Michael is with us 24/7. Every time you turn around, there he is on TV. He's always with us."

The brothers say that they were touched by how many fans mourned Michael's passing but say that no one can miss him more than they do.

"I still wake up every day and can't believe my brother isn't with us," says Jermaine.

Marlon echo's his brothers, saying, "Michael was a major part of the Jackson Five and of course he was a brother long before we became famous. I don't think people will ever understand the loss of Michael as a brother verses a pop star. Losing a sibling is devastating."

Source: MJFC / monstersandcritics.com / hollyscoop.com / Billie Jean

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