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Friday
Nov052010

Album of Unreleased Michael Jackson Recordings Coming Next Month

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- The long-rumored album of unreleased Michael Jackson recordings will finally hit stores Dec. 14.  The album, called Michael, is made up of songs described as "newly-completed," indicating they were finished after his death.

A statement from Jackson's record company says that with the album, "fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created, along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition."

On Friday, an exclusive teaser for the album will be posted on MichaelJackson.com, and Monday, a song called "Breaking News" will stream on that site for a week.

"Breaking News" was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and, according to Jackson's record company, it was "recently brought to completion."

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Thursday
Nov042010

Michael Jackson's Cirque du Soleil Show to Tour Arenas Next October 

Photo Courtesy - Cirque du Soleil [dot] com(MONTREAL) -- Michael Jackson's music and moves will live on, thanks to Cirque du Soleil. The Canadian entertainment company, famous for its acrobatic, visually-stunning shows like O and Wintuk, will put its own spin on the King of Pop's music and choreography with Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a show that will begin touring arenas in October of 2011.  The production, which will feature 60 international performers, has the full cooperation of Jackson's estate.

Jamie King, who worked as Madonna's creative director for the past 12 years, will write and direct the show.  He's also directed shows for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jackson himself -- he worked with him on the Dangerous tour. 

King says of Immortal, "It's very much a collaboration -- a marriage, if you will -- of a rock-pop spectacle, and Cirque.  So if you can imagine those two worlds meeting, what we have is this great, magical experience."

King says that the show will be set at Neverland, and focus on "The Giving Tree" -- an actual oak tree on the property that Jackson found particularly inspiring.  The 90-minute show will feature all of Jackson's hits, with his original lead vocals, but the music will likely be remixed and mashed-up, just like the music in another Cirque show, The Beatles: Love.

In addition, King says, the show will feature unreleased Michael Jackson songs that he has exclusive access to.  King explains, "Michael is really our narrator -- the lyrics of his songs, I put them in an order that really guides us through, and on, this journey."

The scheduled 30-city tour is set to begin Oct. 2, 2011 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, and will tour Canada before hitting the U.S. with a Seattle debut on Nov. 9, 2011. Other dates announced will include the Honda Center in Anaheim on Jan. 24, Los Angeles' Staples Center on Jan. 27, and New York City's Madison Square Garden on April 3. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, Nov. 6.

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Wednesday
Oct272010

Movie Based on Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in the Works 

Photo Courtesy - Epic/1982 MJJ Productions Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- In the past, there have been several movies based on albums, but now word comes that there's a film in the works based on a single song: Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Deadline.com reports that Kenny Ortega, who was behind the documentary This Is It, is attached to direct, and Jeremy Garelick, who wrote The Hangover, is on board to pen the screenplay.  The plot is a secret, but is said to involve the song's "folklore."

Since "Thriller" already inspired a 14-minute music video, it's probably not much of a stretch to imagine it as a film.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Michael Jackson Tops 'Forbes' List of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Sixteen months after his death, Michael Jackson is still profiting from his music career.  Forbes magazine has named the pop icon the top-earning dead celebrity, having raised $275 million during a one-year period beginning Oct. 1, 2009.

Sales of Michael Jackson's music following his death in June of 2009, plus the success of the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It, are major reasons why his estate pulled in so much money -- more than the collective earnings of the other celebrities in Forbes' top 10.

Elvis Presley ranks second on the list, with $60 million. The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and former Beatle John Lennon round out the top five.

Here are the 10 top-earning dead celebrities, according to Forbes magazine:

1. Michael Jackson, singer, $275 million.
2. Elvis Presley, singer/actor, $60 million.
3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings author, $50 million.
4. Charles Schulz, Peanuts creator, $33 million.
5. John Lennon, former Beatles musician, $17 million.
6. Stieg Larsson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo author, $15 million.
7. Dr. Seuss (real name Theodor Geisel), children's book author, $11 million.
8. Albert Einstein, scientist, $10 million.
9. George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees owner, $8 million.
10. Richard Rodgers, one-half of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical duo, $7 million.

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Friday
Oct222010

Lisa Marie Presley: Michael Jackson Thought His Life Was in Danger

Photo Courtesy - Peter Kramer/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Michael Jackson believed his life was in danger before he died last year, according to his ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley.  In an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired Thursday, Presley recalled Jackson's concern during their last conversation, in 2005. 

She said Jackson told her "that someone was going to try to kill him to get hold of his catalogue and his estate."  She said he specifically mentioned people who might be targeting him, but Presley wouldn't divulge those names to Winfrey.

Presley, who married the pop icon in 1994 and was divorced from him two years later, said Jackson resisted efforts from people who tried to help him with his drug addiction, but she still wishes she had been there for him.

She said, "Had I just said, 'How are you?' Can I try to make a phone call? I really...regret that I didn't."

Michael died in June of 2009 of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

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Thursday
Oct142010

The King of Pop's Video Collection Hitting Stores Soon

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music EntertainmentMichael Jackson's Vision, a complete catalog of the late King of Pop's videos, will be released Nov. 22.

The set, spread over three DVDs, will feature four-and-a-half hours of music in over 40 videos, including the previously unreleased short film "One More Chance," a song written by R. Kelly.

The set will also include the full-length versions of Jackson classics such as "Black or White," "Bad" and "Thriller."

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Monday
Oct042010

Michael Jackson's Estate Sued; Video Collection Being Released 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music EntertainmentA Bahrain-based company has filed suit against the estate of Michael Jackson, claiming the King of Pop's camp still hasn't paid a million-dollar tab. AQ Consulting alleges it was responsible for saving Jackson's financial ship back in 2005, when it helped the deeply-in-debt star secure $300 million in financing, reports the New York Daily News. Jackson moved to the island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia after his acquittal on child molestation charges in the same year.

In other news, a compilation of Michael Jackson videos will be in stores in time for the holiday season. TMZ.com reports a three-DVD set titled Vision will be released Nov. 22. It will reportedly contain various MJ videos, plus one unspecified, never-before-released clip.

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