24. 12. 2009
This remix album is as diverse in sound as its dazzling array of notable producers, which includes Tricky Stewart, DJ Cassidy, Steve Aoki, Frankie Knuckles, and Benny Blanco, among many others. "We jumped at the opportunity to be involved with this project because Michael is a legend who influenced our entire career and redefined the world of music," says Pharrell Williams from The Neptunes, whose seductive and synthy reworking of "Never Can Say Goodbye" is anchored by an irresistibly heavy bass line. For Salaam Remi's reggae remix of "ABC," he "imagined the Jackson's taking a trip to Jamaica in the early '70s with a Jamaican band playing behind them." And for DJ Cassidy's cheerful rendition of "The Love You Save," he says his goal was to "unite the sounds of Michael's work with both The Corporation and Quincy Jones to create something fresh but equally timeless, classic, and inspiring as the original."
Universal Motown Records has enlisted the hottest producers in the game to pay homage to Michael Jackson by remixing their favorite tracks from The Jackson 5's timeless catalog of gems and jams. Akon, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Ryan Leslie, and Rodney Jerkins are just a few of the superstar producers who are featured on MICHAEL JACKSON: THE REMIX SUITE
More info here - http://www.michaeljacksonexhibition.co.uk/fan_day.html
On Ebay here
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This is an hour of never before seen footage of Michael Jackson in the studio recording one of his albums. It is the only copy of the original 8mm tape.
More details to serious buyers only. It is the only one of its kind and before you think anything weird......THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!! SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY!!This is a REAL Chance for someone to make a great investment or for a fan, just have something that no one else has in the world! It's off to the Biography channel or TMZ or something.
22. 12. 2009
Michael Joseph Jackson, a celebrity pop star, was born on August 29, 1958. He died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.
Between 1993 and 1994 and separately between 2004 and 2005, Mr. Jackson was investigated by California law enforcement agencies for possible child molestation. He was acquitted of all such charges. The FBI provided technical and investigative assistance to these agencies during the cases. The Bureau also investigated threats made against Mr. Jackson and others by an individual who was later imprisoned for these crimes.
This release consists of seven separate files, as described below:
This file details a Los Angeles field office investigation into extortion threats against Michael Jackson and others in 1992. The subject of this investigation pled guilty and was sentenced to prison in 1993.
A total of 111 pages were withheld to prevent duplication of material already released or to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices. Some information was referred to the U.S. Secret Service.
This file involves a Los Angeles field office investigation opened to assist local authorities with a child molestation case in 1993. The case never went to trial.
Ninety-five pages were withheld to prevent duplication of material already released or to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices.
This file was opened by the FBI’s legal attaché office in London when it assisted local authorities with a child molestation investigation in 1993.
Thirteen pages were withheld to protect personal privacy and the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence.
This file details a request made to the FBI to analyze a VHS videotape provided by the U.S. Customs Service as part of a child pornography investigation.
Some information was redacted to protect personal privacy. Four pages were referred to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for a release determination.
Our Los Angeles field office opened this file when it was asked by local authorities to provide forensic computer analysis assistance in a child molestation investigation in 2004. The examination of evidence in this case was conducted by the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART). Mr. Jackson was ultimately acquitted of these charges in a California court.
One hundred and twenty-three pages were withheld to protect personal privacy, the identity of sources that provided information to the FBI in confidence, and internal rules and practices or to prevent the disclosure of techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.
This Los Angeles field office file was opened in 2004 to investigate child molestation allegations. Due to lack of witness cooperation, the case was closed.
This file involves a request made of the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group to provide advice and assistance to local authorities concerning a child molestation investigation in 2004.
26. 10. 2009
22. 6. 2009
"Lost Boy" is currently available in PDF format only. (printing allowed)
- Number of pages: 64 (110 including 2 appendixes)
- Shipping: Download Only
- Author: Kit Culkin
- Distribution: "Lost Boy" is published and distributed exclusively through KitCulkin.com.
- Original Release Date: May 09, 2005 (Updated Oct.05)
"Lost Boy" is a highly detailed story on Michael Jackson and his private world, dealing with controversial issues of the present and past. Kit and his family were frequent guests at Jackson's Neverland Ranch in the 90's and got to know Jackson quite well. This is neither a pro or against Jackson story, but does provide some interesting views seen in the light of the trial. However, Kit does not take any stand as to whether Jackson is guilty or not. Also including his opinion on the so-called sexual episodes between his son Macaulay Culkin and Jackson, that some witnesses claim to have seen.
Name: MJJ Productions LLC and Inc.
Profile: Management (Old company, re-activated)
Established: Re-activated on 07-31-2008 (10-30-1979)
Name: Michael Jackson Company LLC
Profile: Management (Established in the "rachael bower era", it's future is still unknown)
Name: Jackson International LLC
Profile: Management and investment
The newly created MJJ Legacy Inc. has been already defaulted.
Fire Mountain Services LLC set up in the Marc Schaffel era is still active.
Name: MJJ Kingdom LLC
Profile: Music production (Newly established, exact profile still unknown, legal firm: Robin C. Gilden from Reish Luftman Reicher & Cohen LLP)
Name: MJJ Records LLC (dba as MJJ Music)
Profile: Music label
Status: Cancelled on 04-26-2002
Name: MJJ Ventures Inc.
Profile: Video production (Old company, re-activated)
Name: MJ Licensing LLC
Established: 10-10-2003 (Re-activated on 04-18-2007)
Name: Triumph International Inc.
Status: Cancelled on 03-01-2003 - Triumph International LLC established the same time
Name: MiJac Music Inc. (under Waner-Tamerlane Publishing)
Name: Sony ATV Music Publishing LLC
Name: MJ ATV Publishing Trust (Jackson's 50% stake in Sony ATV Music Publishing LLC)
Name: MJ Publishing LLC (Jackson's 100% stake in Mijac Music Inc.)
Name: New Horizon Trust
Name: New Horizon Trust II.
Name: New Horizon Trust III.
Name: Sony MJ Music Publishing LLC
Name: MJ Sony Music Trust
Status: Cancelled on 05-31-2006
Name: Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC
20. 6. 2009
Today, several key motions were filed by Michael's defense to both respond to and oppose rachael's claims. A summary of the VERY REVEALING claims as made by Michael's attorneys is included below:
- On December 27, 2007 both Michael Jackson and rachael bower entered into a "Payment and Release Agreement" whereby rachael acknowledged that she was "not owed any additional monies under any other agreement from the beginning of time until December 27, 2007." As such, Michael's team claims that "any monies allegedly owed under the May 30, 2006 agreement between the parties were extinguished under the Payment and Release."
- The defense notes that this Payment and Release form is, not surprisingly, "completely and conspicuously absent from any of Plaintiffs’ pleadings and filings with this Court."
- More legal jargon which ultimately reiterates their stance that rachael's claim is legally "not only without merit, but is frivolous."
- A deposition from Londell McMillan confirmed that rachael bower, as part of the Payment and Release Agreement she signed into in 2007, was paid $488,820.05 and was fully satisfied, with total acknowledgment that NO OTHER MONEY was owed to her under ANY past agreements. This makes it clear why she avoided mentioning that release agreement in her complaint.
- The actual payment and release agreement states, in part:
Mr. Jackson shall render a payment made payable to you [Plaintiffs] in the amount of four hundred and eighty-eight thousand, eight hundred and twenty dollars and five cents ($488,820.05) as full and final satisfaction of any and all monies, known or unknown, to be owed to you by the Jackson Parties with respect to any and all agreements whether verbal or written that you may have entered into with the Jackson Parties from the beginning of time until December 27, 2007 (the "Payment").
Except as otherwise set forth herein, in consideration of the Payment and other consideration provided herein, you [Plaintiffs] on behalf of yourself, your respective predecessors in interests, successors and assigns, representatives, partners, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, members, officers, directors, agents, attorneys, employees, insurers, donees and licensees and each of them as applicable, do hereby absolutely, fully and forever release, relieve, waive, relinquish and discharge the Jackson Parties and each of their respective predecessors in interest, successors and assigns, representatives, partners, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, members, officers, directors, agents, attorneys, employees, insurers, donees and licensees and each of them as applicable of and from any and all manner of action or actions, suits debts, liabilities, demands, claims, obligations, costs, expenses, sums of money, controversies, damages, accounts, reckonings, and liens of every kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected which you shall or may have, own or hold, or which they at any time heretofore had owned or held against the Jackson Parties by reason of, arising out of or in connection with any matter whatsoever.
This agreement contains the entire understanding between and among the parties hereto and supersedes any and all prior understandings, agreements, representations, covenants, warranties, and releases, express or implied, written or oral, between any of the parties...
The defense argument goes on to describe how the court will have to uphold the agreement put in place by rachael and Michael Jackson in 2007, and how her claims exist based on "hearsay lacking any evidentiary support." Also, information and past court cases are cited as to why she cannot freeze any of Michael Jackson's assets or accounts without first obtaining a judgment, which again would be very unlikely given the release agreement acknowledging that she was owed nothing more regardless of any past agreements.
In conclusion, with this BINDING AGREEMENT now revealed and on the table, rachael has "no viable case against the Jackson Parties and are therefore unlikely to succeed on the merits."
Reason for the delay in responding
In addition to the bombshell information I mentioned previously, Michael's side also explained the delay in response, and why the original notice of default should be tossed now that a formal response has been made within the allocated time the court provided.
According to the claim, Michael Jackson only became aware of this case on June 7th whereby he quickly acted to appoint the legal team he now has in charge of it. He was only informed of it through Frank Dileo who learned of it via the media, and never through a formal summons. rachael alleged that a summons was given to a security guard and to Dr. Tohme Tohme, but none of them actually made their way to Michael. Dr. Tohme Tohme no longer has any personal nor professional association with Michael Jackson, nor did he at the time the original summons was served and he did not in any way communicate the information to Michael.
In addition, the lawyers state that "because of the existence of a valid and binding payment and release agreement between the parties, this action came as a complete surprise to [Michael Jackson]... Despite rumors and innuendos that may have surfaced before that date, Mr. Jackson did not conceive any lawsuit would be possible based on the payment and release agreement executed by rachael K. bower."
Michael Jackson submitted a signed declaration to these facts.
P.S., Also revealed and confirmed was the official termination of Dr. Tohme Tohme, which went into effect May 5th and disbarred him from having any subsequent affiliation with Michael Jackson or any of his numerous established entities (including MJJ Productions and the newer MJJ Kingdom).
The defense is also calling for the dismissal of rachael's complaint based on the agreement she signed into which prevents her from profiting any further from Michael Jackson and contradicts her very claim.
In fact, paragraph seven of the Payment and Release Agreement below, makes it absolute certain that she was fully aware of the agreement and all of its terms and that she had the ability to have an independent legal counsel review the entire agreement with her. So, any such excuse that she wasn't aware of what she signed would fail in court.
"7. You acknowledge that (a) you have been represented (or had an opportunity to be represented) by independent legal counsel of Your own choice throughout all negotiations that preceded the execution of this Agreement and that you have executed this Agreement with the consent and on the advice of such independent legal counsel or waived the right to do so; (b) you have carefully and thoroughly read this Agreement in its entirety and fully understand its terms and effects, that the terms hereof are fair and reasonable; (c) you have executed this Agreement willingly and without acting under any duress; and (d) that you shall be bound hereby, in all respects."
In going over the Payment and Release Agreement again, the only item that she could even remotely try and fall back on would be a clause cited from California Civil Code Section 1542. However, even though a default right does exist "not to release existing claims of which you are not now aware of and do not suspect to exist" she legally can't pursue that either, as she also agreed to voluntarily waive that right by signing the agreement! See below:
rachael bower & Michael Jackson Payment and Release Agreement Excerpt
5. Waiver of Rights Under California Civil Code Section 1542. You understand and agree that the release set forth above shall extend to any and all claims related to the matters described above, of every nature and kind whatsoever, whether such claims are known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, and any and all rights under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code ("Section 1542") within the scope of this release set forth above are expressly waived. You acknowledge that you have read Section 1542, which provides as follows:
A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF THE EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.
You also understand that Section 1542 gives you the right not to release existing claims of which you are not now aware of and do not suspect to exist, unless you voluntarily choose to waive this right. Even though you are aware of this right, you nevertheless hereby voluntarily waive the right described in Section 1542, and elect to assume all risks for claims that now exist in your favor, known or unknown, arising from the subject matter of the release set forth above, and expressly waive any rights under any other statutes or common law principles of similar effect.
Londell McMillan has long been in possession of the Payment and Release Agreement, it is now in the hands of court and I have a copy as well. It is three pages long and is signed by both rachael bower and Michael Jackson. From the looks of it, Michael was working closely with McMillan well after rachael was released, he initially faxed McMillan the Payment and Release Agreement in February 2008 (a couple months after it was signed). So McMillan appears to have been the one keeping tabs on all of Michael's business dealings and so on for some time, and he is the man best suited to explain the actual situation between MJ and rachael as he already has.
The agreements and contracts that Michael himself signed in 2006 were far more dangerous, this was a countermeasure to help ensure that she didn't abuse those agreements after being dropped from Michael's team--which she still attempted to do by selectively forgetting to mention that agreement in her complaint.
Thanks to TSCM
15. 6. 2009
Affirming Michael Jackson’s mega superstar status, we are celebrating the King of Pop’s 'This is It' comeback with a brand new figure of the music legend. It will be the tenth time we have portrayed Jackson, making him the most featured star ever, with only The Queen having been portrayed more often.
'It is extremely unusual for a personality to have been portrayed so many times', comments Liz Edwards, PR Manager at Madame Tussauds London. 'But Michael Jackson is totally unique and his iconic status makes him one of the most popular stars here. He has 'appeared' at Madame Tussauds as Thriller Jackson, Dangerous Jackson and with the huge excitement and buzz around his upcoming return to the stage we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate his amazing 40 year career and present the 'This is It' Jackson for the 21st century.'
The new figure recreates the classic Jackson pose of the new tour poster – arms outstretched, pelvis thrusting and tip toed with his trade-mark trilby angled forward – and will be revealed before the eagerly anticipated tour kicks off in July.
Jackson’s current figure was created from a sitting the singer gave to sculptors 15 years ago.
11. 6. 2009
MICHAEL JACKSON ORIGINAL DRAWING
Pencil on paper matted drawing of a boy in the style of Peter Pan. The drawing demonstrates quite advanced technique and artistry in it's representation of the boy. It is accompanied by a color photograph showing Jackson actively working on the piece in which we can see that he was using a Polaroid image as the basis for the drawing. 20 by 16 inches
On Friday, June 26, 2009, Julien's Auctions (the company that was supposed to auction a collection of 2000 Michael Jackson items last April before it was cancelled at the last minute) will sell several Michael Jackson items from the private collection of his long-time friend David Gest.
The items are being auctioned amongst hundreds of other various items as part of the Julien's Summer Sale, which will take place in Planet Hollywood, at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Online bidding will also be possible at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/19068
The Michael Jackson items will be sold during the second session of the first auction day, starting at 2:00 PM (PDT). It is also possible to see these objects during the public exhibition which will be held from Saturday, June 13, 2009 to Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
10. 6. 2009
June 10, 2009
ALLGOOD ENTERTAINMENT FILES SUIT AGAINST MICHAEL JACKSON,
AEG LIVE, AND JACKSON’S MANAGER, FRANK DILEO
New Jersey-based concert promoter, AllGood Entertainment, Inc., filed suit today in Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, against pop star, Michael Jackson, AEG Live and Jackson’s Manager, Frank Dileo.
The suit alleges that the defendants violated the plaintiff’s non-compete clause, part of an agreement with Jackson, entered into by Jackson’s current manager, Dileo, in November of 2008. According to AllGood’s attorney, Ira Meyerowitz, of the law firm of Meyerowitz Jekielek PLLC, “Dileo and the Jacksons must be held accountable for violating plaintiff’s rights under a contract which was signed two full months prior to AEG’s 02 London agreement.”
(Michael) Jackson had made repeated assurances that he wished to perform the disputed concert after the star returned from his London shows. “When pressed to commit on a date, Jackson and Dileo both reneged,” Meyerowitz said.
“This is a case where the little guy followed the rules and was pushed aside by industry giants AEG and the Jacksons for the promise of bigger money and movies,” AEG’s President, Randy Phillips it is known, took part in a secret meeting a few weeks ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he indicated that he had $30 million tied up in Michael Jackson already and that no other promoter was going to interfere with AEG. Phillips is said to have added that Jackson doesn’t even want to do their (AllGood’s) pay-per-view show broadcast.
“Jackson and the other defendants’ actions,” Meyerowitz continued, “appear to be part of a broader pattern of entering into legally binding agreements with companies and individuals and then backing out without just cause.”
The defndants actions are said to have cost the plaintiff millions of dollars.
Founded in 2002, AllGood Entertainment, Inc. is a promoter of live concert events which feature internationally known and acclaimed attractions ranging in ethnic diversity from rock acts, adult contemporary artists and comedians to Latin, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton and Old School artists.
Meyerowitz Jekielek PLLC, is a New York based law firm specializing in contract litigation. Ira Meyerowitz can be reached for comment at (212) 686-7006 and Jon Jekielek may also be reached at (212) 686-7008.
Contact: Ren Grevatt Associates – (973) 785-4201
They have also filed an injunction against the London shows.
Yesterday (June 8, 2009), a court hearing was held to deal with the notice of default. Several motions were heard:
- Motion for Preliminary Injunction; heard and taken under advisement.
- Motion for Default Judgment; heard and taken under advisement.
As of yesterday, Michael Jackson was given 10 days to respond to the lawsuit and/or present an argument to quash the case or summons, otherwise proceedings will begin to automatically award Raymone $44 million based on her claims.
The next hearing is scheduled for June 29, 2009 @ 2:00PM.
6. 6. 2009
By Robin Leach
After the King of Pop Michael Jackson postponed his first five opening shows of the This Is It run of 50 concerts in London’s 02 Arena, the tawdry tabloid tales and rumors have gotten out of control. They escalate and get worse every day.
To clear up all the craziness, I went inside the Jackson camp and got answers to some sensational scoops claimed by British reporters:
Rumor: Michael is dying from cancer!
Fact: Totally untrue, and the top titans producing his show said he’s had another clean bill of health from the insurance company. He’s ready to go!
Rumor: He’s on a hunger strike and angry about doing 50 shows instead of the original 10 that were planned.
Fact: He is not starving himself to beat cancer or protest the rehearsals schedule. He’s getting himself into shape, and both Michael and the AEG producers scheduled the additional 40 shows on the 02 Arena booking calendar if the original 10 shows sold out faster than expected!
Rumor: Michael is worried he’s not strong enough to perform every other night for 50 shows for 1 million fans and has skipped rehearsals.
Fact: He’s attended all of the preparations and rehearsals, and my insiders report that everything is on schedule. Michael, director Kenny Ortega, dancers and choreographers will relocate from Center Staging Studios in Burbank, Calif., to London in the next two weeks to prepare the final elements.
Says AEG Live President Randy Phillips: “The British tabloid stories are untrue. Michael is thrilled at selling 50 shows. The size and scale of this show would not be possible without an extended run, and Michael has been fully onboard from the very beginning. He has not agreed to a world tour to follow at this point, but he has the option to do so at any time.”
I was told that the shows will be “truly spectacular” and unlike anything ever seen. Michael has wrapped the video sequences for the giant projection screens being used in the staging. R&B singer Akon made British headlines, too, saying the King of Pop wouldn’t be singing live. Again, another exaggerated story, my insiders say. “Michael will perform, he will dance, he will sing,” I was told. “You can’t do all three at once live, so of course there will be some pre-recorded tracks. But the fans won’t have a second to be disappointed about what they will see and hear! Akon has promised to be in the front row of the July 16 premiere concert. He said: “It’s going to be amazing. I’m going to have front row tickets. I will have the best tickets in the house and will be so close to the stage, you will think that I am on it.”
The Los Angeles Times reported this past weekend that banker Tom Barrack, who runs Colony Capital, is heavily involved in Michael’s massive show-business comeback. Barrack’s company has major ownership interests here in the Las Vegas Hilton and the Stations Casino group.
Rumor: Michael will open a $3 billion Thriller casino on the Strip.
Fact: Untrue because nobody believes the Nevada Gaming Commission would give Michael a gaming license. The hope is that part of Michael’s memorabilia and Thriller successes could be used inside a casino as an entertainment attraction.
My reporter friend Chris Lee wrote this weekend in the Los Angeles Times: “His backers envision the London shows as an audition for a career rebirth that could ultimately encompass a three-year world tour, a new album, movies, a Graceland-like museum and musical revues in Las Vegas and Macau.” Chris quoted Barrack as saying: “You are talking about a guy who could make $500 million a year if he puts his mind to it. There are very few individual artists who are multibillion-dollar businesses, and he is one.” He also quoted Frank DiLeo, Michael’s manager and friend of 30 years, as saying: “Michael is very focused. He is not going to let anybody down. Not himself. Not his fans. Not his family.”
The inner circle around Michael confirm that he wants to do the London concerts not only for monetary reasons but also because he believes his children are now old enough and want to see him onstage. Sons Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., 12, Prince Michael, 7, and daughter Paris Michael Katherine, 11, have never seen him perform live. “They are old enough to appreciate and understand what I do, and I am still young enough to do it,” Randy quoted Jackson as saying.
I am reliably told that the only reason Michael’s original July 9 comeback premiere was delayed to July 16 was because of the time needed for the load-in and construction of his giant stage and special effects. “It was the only reason,” my top insider told me. “Nothing else. It was just logistics.”
Madonna ends a two-night run at the 02 Arena on July 5, and Michael’s production people take over July 6.
“We are totally confident Michael will be onstage, healthy, strong and well. The insurance is in place for exactly that, and his doctors have given the green light. It will be the best ever show ever seen anywhere in the world,” my top insider told me.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
The clerk’s office at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered the default entry earlier today. Jackson was sued on May 6 by his former publicist, Raymone Bain, who claimed the singer failed to pay her for her role in several major financial deals. Jackson has yet to officially make contact with the court or name a lawyer. Bain’s attorneys filed a motion for default earlier this week with Judge James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Bain’s lawyer, Cahn & Samuels name partner Frederick Samuels, declined to comment earlier this week on whether he has made contact with Jackson’s lawyers (assuming, of course, he has any).
The official filing (dated 06/04/2009) states:
It appearing that the above-named defendant(s) failed to plead or otherwise defend this action though duly served on , and an affidavit on behalf of the plaintiff having been filed, it is this 4th day of June 2009 declared that defendant(s) is/are in default.
In legal terms "default judgement" means that Ms.Bain won $44 million and should be awarded with the solicited sum.
Default is distinguishable from Negligence in that it does not involve carelessness or imprudence with respect to the discharge of a duty or obligation but rather the intentional omission or nonperformance of a duty.
A default judgment is one that may be entered against a party in a lawsuit for failure to comply with a procedural step in the suit, such as failure to file an answer to a complaint or failure to file a paper on time. A default judgment is not one that goes to the merits of a lawsuit but is procedural in nature.
Of course, there is no judgement yet; it is just default; judgement goes immediately only in some jurisdictions.
Michael most likely will have to pay something , depends on 2 things:
1) if he bothers to show up to the next hearing or sends an attorney (if he does not then he has to pay 44 mil)
2) if he DOES show up and send somebody he needs to show proof as to why he hadn’t gone before (ie. if he wasn’t served, or if the person serving him did so lawfully)
If the judge then grants him the chance to go to trial or arbitration (which he probably will as long as mike shows up) then he could settle for a much smaller amount but the key word is IF he does bother to show up or send someone.
4. 6. 2009
Yesterday Prince Michael I, 12, and Paris Michael, 11, were seen enjoying the fresh air with their faces revealed to the world as they joined their famous father at a Los Angeles recording studio.
Not realising they could be seen from the street, Prince and Paris looked like regular pre-teens as they strolled through the car park.
It was only when they left the studio two hours later, they were wearing masks again.
Also joining the Jacksons at the building was High School Musical director Kenny Ortega, who is creative director of Michael's This Is It UK tour.
3. 6. 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ladd Biro, Champion Management
AllGood CEO Reaffirms Commitment to Jacksons Show
Allocco still believes “Michael Jackson is a man of his word”
Morristown, NJ (June 2, 2009) – Responding to several conflicting reports and mischaracterizations circulating in the media, Patrick Allocco, CEO of AllGood Entertainment, reiterated his desire to produce the Jackson Family Reunion concert with Michael Jackson and his siblings.
“Let me say this as clearly and unequivocally as I possibly can,” said Allocco. “I have spoken with Michael Jackson and I believe that he is an honorable man. A man of his word. I look forward to working with him and his entire family on the historic show we have been planning for more than a year.”
“Unlike so many characters in Michael’s past, we’re trying to put money – big money – in his pockets, not take money out of them,” continued Allocco. “All we want is for our show to go on, per the contract we executed with his manager late last year, and there will be no need for lawyers.”
The Jackson Family Reunion Concert is scheduled for July 3, 2010, at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Sun reported that Michael Jackson told fans outside his L.A. rehearsal space that he wanted to play 10 O2 shows and then go on tour.
In a statement, Randy Phillips, president & CEO, AEG Live, commented: "This is not true; Michael Jackson was thrilled at selling 50 shows. The size and scale of this show would not be possible without an extended run, which Michael has been fully on board with from the very beginning. He has not agreed to a world tour at this point, however, he can at any time."
2. 6. 2009
DOWNLOAD (DivX): - http://rapidshare.com/files/239773723/20090601_TMZ_MJ.avi
"Are you going on tour?"
MJ - Yeez (thats the way he was pronouncing it to me lol, didnt see too happy with being pap'd)
"To london ahh?"
Mj - Yeez
"what about the Jackson5? Going on tour with the Jackson 5?"
MJ - YES
"Oh you are"?
MJ - No Response
"cool Michael, hey the kiddies!"
1. 6. 2009
Full version: (70.55 MB - 51 mins)
30. 5. 2009
Stimulated will serve as the primary production company for screens content, with Robb Wagner assuming the role of Screens Producer. Stimulated will create content, and Wagner will oversee all of the the creative and technical aspects of the production.
More about Stimulated, see the official web
"Michael Jackson - Black Or White" will be release on July 14, 2009 by a German journalist, Hanspeter Kuenzler.
Kuenzler has been approached by a German/Austria publisher, Hannibal to write this book right after Jackson announced his upcoming shows.
Kuenzler wrote a kinda tasteless comment on his website about Jackson's first press conference.
Overview of the upcoming Jackson releases:
June - Larry Nimmber's "Untold Story of Neverland"
June 22 - The Document (unofficial CD + DVD)
June 29 - The Collection (5 CDs)
July 6 - Michael Jackson: Never Surrender (unofficial DVD)
July 6 - Michael Jackson - The Trial and Triumph of The King of Pop (unofficial DVD)
July 6 - Michael Jackson Unmasked (unofficial DVD)
July 8 - Digitally Remastered Solo Albums (Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory - CDs)
July 8 - The Hits (2 CDs)
July 14 - Live in Japan (unofficial DVD)
July 22 - The Essential Michael Jackson (blu-ray)
29. 5. 2009
The Michael Jackson Archives - http://www.the-michael-jackson-archives.com/main_content.html is here for you!
28. 5. 2009
Sony/ATV’s writers won the following awards:
Album: We Started Nothing
Writer/s: Julian De Martino / Katie White Performed By: The Ting Tings UK Publisher/s:
Playwrite Music (administered by Warner/Chappell Music) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing
OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
THE ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
May 27, 2009
Following a record-breaking fourth quarter in 2008, Sony/ATV’s UK office kicked off 2009 by achieving its highest combined market share to date with 19.8% during Q1. This secured Sony/ATV in second place for the quarter, with Universal Music Publishing barely claiming victory with 20.5% (a .7% lead).
Although Sony/ATV’s album market share was its best since 2006, the majority of its success in Q1 was due to its domination of the singles market, where it finished with an incredible 23.5%.
Out of the Top 10 UK Singles of Q1, Sony/ATV had percentages on seven of them, including Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” and “Just Dance,” James Morrison and Nelly Furtado’s “Broken Strings,” Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” Alesha Dixon’s “Breathe Slow,” and Alexandra Burke’s rendition of “Hallelujah.” (All percentages from MusicWeek, 5/23/09)
Release date: July 6, 2009.
"He’s back like never before, and he’s acting like he’s never been away; Michael Jackson’s run of 50 live dates in London will finally put the doubters to bed and prove that jackson is still a force to be reckoned with.
This DVD tells the full story of Michael Jackson from his entry into show-business at the tender age of 4, through his brilliant career to date as a performer of extraordinary talent and, via his trials and tribulations, to culminate in his emergence as an act who can attract over a million people to buy tickets for shows in a single city, after many had foolishly written him off as a ‘has-been’.
Featuring previously unseen film footage, rare and exclusive interviews, contributions from those who have known him best and the finest broadcasters and journalists in the business, plus news reports, location shoots and a host of other features."
27. 5. 2009
A new DVD will be released on July 6, 2009 worldwide, called "Michael Jackson - The Trial and Triumph of The King of Pop".
The description says:
"Michael Jackson is the world's biggest superstar and perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time. His achievements almost came crashing down during his child molestation trial. This film goes behind the scenes of that sometimes chaotic and outrageous trial. MJ's fans from all over the world always believed in his innocence. Found not guilty by the court of law, survived the tabloid onslaught and negative campaigns, Michael Jackson is on the comeback trail to reclaim his past glory with the 02 Arena, London. This film features appearances by: Kanye West, Billy Gibbons / ZZ Top, Jon Voight, Fantasia, Mo'Nique, Ashford & Simpson, Kim Whitley, Dorien Wilson, Yolanda Adams, Shemar Moore, Terry Lewis, Tom Mesereau, Aphrodite Jones, Linda Deutsch, Jermaine Jackson, Geraldine Hughes."
Some scenes has been already released few years ago directed by Pearl Jr.
24. 5. 2009
As the filing says, they want an immediate accounting of all compensation Michael Jackson received from the Thriller 25 and the AEG Live deals within 30 days. Bain furthermore wants to have 10% of these incomes deposited.
Bain says that this is a necessary step because of the substantial risk that payments received by Jackson will depleted or spent prior to judgement, or Jackson will leave the United States for a longer and uncertain time of period.
She gave an example of Jackson's irresponsible spending habits: after the 2007 refinancing of the loan on the Sony ATV Music Publishing catalog, Jackson received approximately 25 million dollars for personal living expenses. Bain states that Jackson spent approximately 6 million dollars to purchase statutes and antiques.
Bain mentioned that when Jackson stayed in a Las Vegas hotel, he said he would not leave until he could purchase the property owned by the Sultan of Brunei, which had an asking price of 100 million dollars. Jackson even sent a purchase proposal to the Sultan's representatives.
The former spokesperson of Jackson's listed 14 settled legal cases saying that 13 million dollars were allocated to pay these settlements.
STATEMENT OF RAYMONE K. BAIN REGARDING THE LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST MICHAEL J. JACKSON IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Video Version)
Washington, DC (May 5, 2009) …… “It is with deep regret that I find myself in this place, having to file a lawsuit against my longtime employer, and someone whom I have greatly admired and respected, Michael Jackson.
“Over the years, as Mr. Jackson’s Spokesperson and General Manager, sometimes during periods of critical and adverse circumstances, I have been his voice to media, fans, supporters, business interests and associates as well as those who dislike, misunderstand and constantly malign him. I have also been the constant defender against those who have, in the past,
attacked him in any fashion or form. Regardless of who you are, I believe you are entitled to a brief explanation about why I felt compelled, at this time, to take the action I have taken.
“Mr. Jackson and I have had a long, productive and mutually beneficial business relationship.
“We have experienced quite a lot together, from the child molestation trial in Santa Maria, to transitions from the United States to Bahrain, Bahrain to Ireland, Ireland back to the United States…and, all in between. At almost every step of the way, we have had constant detractors and naysayers. Throughout this relationship, I did not look at him as just a client, but a family
member, a fact that I, and others who were a part of the Jackson team, always considered, when making numerous personal sacrifices, and when making any decisions which would affect him and his children. For this reason, many of you will not understand my actions.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Jackson has elected not to honor the financial obligations of our contractual relationship, despite my numerous attempts to amicably resolve this matter. I have done everything possible to avoid this unhappiness and distraction…I have been left no choice.
“This lawsuit will result in some discussion about the relationship between Mr. Jackson and me. Hypothetical theories, accusations and rumors, if gauging from the past, will be many. However, all of these will be replaced in court with the truth.
“On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the individuals who have given so much of their time, assistance and effort, to help me throughout the Jackson years. To the Jackson fans who have written letters to me, thank you, and I wish you all the best.
“Despite the action I have been compelled to take for professional and business reasons, when looking back, I have no regrets. Michael Jackson, in my opinion, is the ‘King of Pop,’ and I wish him, and his family, only the very best.”
You may download the first set of court papers
23. 5. 2009
A Michael Jackson 2010 Calendar has surfaced on the market. It is produced by Dream International, a well-known bootleg company.
Fans are urged to be wakeful and careful when purchasing Michael Jackson related products. Therefore fans should wait for the OFFICIAL Michael Jackson Calendar to be released later this year.
The Official Michael Jackson 2010 Calendar will be released by Danilo. An additional, but strictly limited special edition and special format official calendar will be released by ML Publishing in the US and Japan. The final art covers of both editions are currently being designed.
22. 5. 2009
21. 5. 2009
MJJC is about community, we are all one big team and together we will do our best to get you all through this as easy as possible.
So You need to post
- An email with your concert/question/complaint which will be subbmitted to AEG to
- We need the details of your loss
- Your Name and forum name
- Your concert date
- Your seat Number
- Your flight carrier
- Your Hotel name and dates booked
- The costs in which you have lost (estimated)
MJJCommunity is here for you, I have been hearing some really heart wrenching stories this evening and me and my team can not sit back and do nothing,
So MJJC is here for you
Nation 2 Nation
Gary M Taylor
President & Owner MJJCommunity.com
The dates affected include: July 8th, 2009 (moved to July 13th, 2009), July 10th, 2009 (moved to March 1st, 2010), July 12th, 2009 (moved to March 3rd, 2010), and July 14th, 2009 (moved to March 6th, 2010). No other dates are affected by the rescheduling.
Continuing on, the statement reads: "Kenny and Michael are, at the same time, both creative pioneers and perfectionists. This show has grown in size and scope, thereby, necessitating more lead time for manufacture of the set, programming the content for the massive video elements, and, most importantly, more time for full production and dress rehearsals in the world’s busiest arena, the O2. As much as we agonized over this change in the original schedule, we are sure the fans will understand when they experience the level of entertainment Michael Jackson intends to deliver while also ensuring the safety of the musicians, cast and crew and the crisp execution of the production. It is AEG Live’s sincere hope that those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will have enough time to change their personal schedules and travel plans if they are coming from outside of London. We do not want anyone to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience...Michael, who is directly involved with all aspects of the styling/choreography/band selection and rehearsals, is working around the clock to ensure this is the show to end all shows! Kenny Ortega, Michael’s directorial partner and creative collaborator said, 'After directing the Dangerous and HIStory tours, I know what the fans expect and myself and the team want to deliver a flawless production. We apologise to all disappointed Michael Jackson fans and remain extremely dedicated and focused on creating an exceptional live music experience.'"
20. 5. 2009
At the Press Conference where both Kenny Ortega and Randy Phillips were present they stated the reason for the reschedules was because they needed more time in the O2 and Randy then went on to say quite briefly that when the concerts were announced it was widely known that the concerts were a working progress...
Tough decision to make. They don't have enough time to work in the O2 Arena to prepare the show. They need 5 extra days.
Kenny Ortega is doing Footloose, and wasn't ready to start the shows at the O2 due to his busy schedule.
FULL VIDEO Interview - http://www.michaeljacksonlive.com/video.php?vid=7#vid
Ticketmaster Announce Rescheduling Of Opening Shows
This afternoon Michael Jackson show producers will be announcing the rescheduling and change of the opening shows in order to meet the challenges presented by such a large and technically complex concert.
Please allow us to apologise. It was not an easy decision to change the schedule but in the end we wanted to ensure that all of Michael's fans attending the concerts get the same quality in staging and level of entertainment. It is AEG Live's sincere hope that those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will have enough time to change their personal schedules and travel plans if they are coming from outside of London. We do not want anyone to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We are writing to let you know that the 8th July concert that you purchased tickets for at the O2 arena is now scheduled for 13th July. The tickets you receive will be printed with the rescheduled date and you will have the same seat you originally purchased. You do not have to do anything as you will be automatically allocated the same seats and moved to the revised date.
We understand the inconvenience this may have caused and for this reason we have secured some excellent hotel deals for Michael Jackson fans traveling to London on these rescheduled dates. Please contact our official travel package provider Thomsonexperience at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0)20 74621563 for discounted deals on hotel beds in London. We can offer a 10% discount on all hotel bookings. Quote 'Michael Jackson rescheduled dates' in order to claim the offer.
If you cannot attend the revised date please contact us no later than the 19th June 2009 to obtain a full refund at Michaeljackson@Ticketmaster.co.uk or via the Michael Jackson Customer Support line on 0844 277 9982.
Please note due to the timeline involved in rescheduling this show your tickets will now be dispatched after the 19th of June.
Thanks for your understanding. Michael, who is directly involved with all aspects of the styling/choreography/band selection and rehearsals, is working around the clock to ensure this is the show to end all shows! We look forward to seeing you on 13 July.
Ticketmaster - sent on behalf of AEG Live
8th July 2009 now becomes 13th July 2009
10th July 2009 now becomes 1st March 2010
12th July 2009 now becomes 3rd March 2010
14th July 2009 now becomes 6th March 2010 but LAST SHOW
A complete list - http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Michael-Jackson-tickets/artist/945764?tm_link=michael_jackson_link1
FULL LIST OF DATES:
· 13TH JULY 2009*
· 16TH JULY 2009
· 18TH JULY 2009
· 22ND JULY 2009
· 24TH JULY 2009
· 26TH JULY 2009
· 28TH JULY 2009
· 30TH JULY 2009
· 1ST AUGUST 2009
· 3RD AUGUST 2009
· 10TH AUGUST 2009
· 12TH AUGUST 2009
· 17TH AUGUST 2009
· 19TH AUGUST 2009
· 24TH AUGUST 2009
· 26TH AUGUST 2009
· 28TH AUGUST 2009
· 30TH AUGUST 2009
· 1ST SEPTEMBER 2009
· 3RD SEPTEMBER 2009
· 6TH SEPTEMBER 2009
· 8TH SEPTEMBER 2009
· 10TH SEPTEMBER 2009
· 21ST SEPTEMBER 2009
· 23RD SEPTEMBER 2009
· 27TH SEPTEMBER 2009
· 29TH SEPTEMBER 2009
· 7TH JANUARY 2010
· 9TH JANUARY 2010
· 12TH JANUARY 2010
· 14TH JANUARY 2010
· 16TH JANUARY 2010
· 18TH JANUARY 2010
· 23RD JANUARY 2010
· 25TH JANUARY 2010
· 27TH JANUARY 2010
· 29TH JANUARY 2010
· 1ST FEBRUARY 2010
· 3RD FEBRUARY 2010
· 8TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 10TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 12TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 16TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 18TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 20TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 22ND FEBRUARY 2010
· 24TH FEBRUARY 2010
· 1ST MARCH 2010*
· 3RD MARCH 2010*
· 6TH MARCH 2010*
Rehearsals for the Michael Jackson shows are well underway and already the King of Pop is hard at work preparing his concerts with show director Kenny Ortega and contributing choreographer and dancer from the Dangerous and HIStory tours, Travis Payne.
Shrouded in secrecy and the subject of much speculation as to their content, the shows have created a level of excitement never witnessed before. Fittingly, for such an out of this world show, rehearsals are taking place south of Silicone Valley, west of the NASA Space Center!
One of the highlights of rehearsals has been the dance auditions. With over 5,000 applications received, the number was narrowed down to 500 potential candidates, flying into California from all over America, and as far away as Australia, Canada, Japan, Europe, UK, and South America. They are some of the greatest dancers the world has to offer, and they were there for one reason - Michael! His influence inspired many of them to become dancers in the first place.
The competition was intense during the 3 days of auditioning at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson was present along with Kenny and Travis to make the final selections. The challenge to secure a place in the show became a reality for fewer and fewer as the level of competition increased. Dancers were tested on their strength, skill, style, creativity, fitness, commitment and execution
Ortega says, "The level of dancers that we saw at the auditions was incredible. Michael was extremely hands on throughout the process in working with the dancers and selecting the final candidates. It was an exciting, intense and highly creative process and not an easy decision in the end."
For your front row seat at the auditions log onto www.MichaelJacksonLive.com for behind-the-scene footage.
The final line-up of just 12 dancers includes an exceptional mix of international performers. Selected to perform alongside Michael Jackson at London's O2 arena are US dancers Charles Kapow, Ricardo Reid, Tyne Stecklein, Misha Hamilton, Mekia Cox, Nicholas Bass, Danielle Rueda-Watts and Christopher Grant. As well as, Timor Steffens from Germany, Australian dancer Shannon Holtzapffel, Daniel Celbre and Devin Jamieson from Canada.
Randy Phillips, President & CEO of AEG Live, commented, "Watching Mike and Kenny create this spectacle using the greatest repertoire in contemporary music is one of the most exciting experiences in my career in live entertainment. The fans who are flocking to see Michael Jackson's return to the stage will not be disappointed. From the special effects to the quality of the dancers and musicians, we are setting a new standard for major arena shows".
Be clear that this is not just a concert, "This Is It" will be a fully integrated musical experience combining theatre, film, music and the latest advances in technology. Movies, music and movement all rolled into one! . Michael is present at rehearsals overseeing every detail day in day out and constantly pushing the bar slightly higher.
Ortega adds, "It is an intense and exciting creative period. Onstage with the greatest entertainer of our time, we have a strong, talented, dynamic group of dancers and musicians. These are artists whose talent, dedication, skill and passion for performing with their idol is felt every hour of every day spent rehearsing. What is going to take place on that stage at The O2 arena in July will truly be inspiring."
By the end of the 50 concerts, 750,000 fans will have witnessed one of the greatest musical events in history. This will be the last chance to see the King of Pop in London - a historic stage show, and once in a lifetime concert experience - this really is it!