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New Michael Jackson album due this May

The King of Pop will be resurrected — at least in the studio. Nearly five years after his death, Michael Jackson’s estate has given Epic Records C.E.O./executive producer L.A. Reid and Timbaland permission to “contemporize” eight previously unreleased tracks for the album Xscape, due May 13.

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MIA's battle with NFL over Super Bowl finger gets uglier

MIA and the NFL are two acronyms that really don’t seem to fit together.

Two years after the singer showed her middle finger during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the NFL is demanding over $16 million in restitution and damages. Today, M.I.A. tweeted an image of an email document that the NFL has also asked her to sign.

As MIA’s lawyer pointed out, the half time show has featured many more risqué performances in the past, most notably Prince’s giant “penis” guitar in 2007 and Michael Jackson who in 1993 “repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia.”

Also not pilloried by the NFL? The young black girls who danced throughout Madonna’s performance. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer said in a recent interview, according to the NY Daily News.. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position.”

“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America …. Like, is my finger offensive? Or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of powerful corporation d–k shaking.”

“They want me on my knees, to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist, and basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female, but then to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”

VMAs 2013: Jimmy Fallon to present Justin Timberlake with Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Justin Timberlake has always looked up to the King of Pop, and now the “Take Back the Night” singer will be honored with a prize in his name. Timberlake is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, the network has officially announced.

The kudos will be given to him by his trusted partner-in-likability Jimmy Fallon and will be serve as a commendation for his role in such video excellence as “Mirrors,” “Sexy Back,” and The One With All The Boobies “Tunnel Vision.”

We’re not sure if Timberlake’s award takes into account his years of service in NSYNC, but any sort of career retrospective certainly boosts the chances of the boy band’s rumored reunion. Fellow NSYNC-er Lance Bass hinted at as much (and first leaked word of Timberlake’s VMA accolade) in a recent radio interview.

Either way, Timberlake will certainly perform along with all the rest of pop radio at the Brooklyn-hosted show. Watch it all on MTV this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and be sure to stop by Music Mix, where our Brooklyn Bureau will be covering the event with live recaps, highlights, and exclusive reporting all night.

Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson song 'Slave to the Rhythm' leaks online -- LISTEN

When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, Justin Bieber was a 15-year-old Canadian unknown who hadn’t yet released his breakout EP, November 2009′s My World. But on Friday, “Slave to the Rhythm,” an apparent duet between the two musical superstars, hit the Web, leading many to wonder where the song could have come from.

Bieber’s Twitter didn’t provide much in the way of answers, but he did tease that something big was on the way that may or not involve the King of Pop. “Excited for what is to come,” he wrote Friday. “MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here…”

As it turns out, the song — sans Bieber — originally leaked following Jackson’s death. This new version appears to be either a remix from Bieber’s camp or a fan-made response to Bieber’s Twitter tease. Check it out for yourself below:
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Unreleased Michael Jackson duets with Freddie Mercury coming this fall

Three decades ago, Michael Jackson recorded a series of duets with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Though a handful of tracks were captured on tape, the pair had a falling out shortly after the sessions and the songs never saw the light of day.

Now though, Queen guitarist Brian May has been working on the recordings, which will be released some time this fall. The Jackson estate granted him permission to work on the recordings, and May has been tinkering on and off for two years with fellow Queen member Roger Taylor and producer William Orbit (who famously twiddled the knobs for Madonna’s Ray of Light). The trio has been adding new guitar parts and vocal harmonies to the demos, which were first captured in Jackson’s home studio in Encino, California.

“There are a few items in progress,” May wrote on his blog. “We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months’ time, hopefully.” He described the work as “exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.”

May has time now that the biopic about Mercury has stalled — Sacha Baron Cohen, who was supposed to play Mercury, recently bowed out of the flick, citing irreconcilable difference. The search is now on for an actor to replace Cohen and portray the legendary late frontman.

There’s no indication of what the Jackson-Mercury sessions might have sounded like, though they could offer up some important insight into Jackson’s mindset in the midst of his post-Thriller victory lap. It would be another four years before Jackson would release Bad, so the music he created between Thriller and its follow-up will make for a fascinating historical footnote. 

Still, they’ve got an uphill battle, mostly because nothing will ever top this amazing Mercury duet, one of the best tag teams of all time.

Michael Jackson's mother safe, 'de-stressing' after mini-stroke, says Jermaine Jackson

Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and guardian of his three children, is safe and with a family member in Arizona, authorities said late Sunday, one day after another relative reported her missing. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope said investigators made contact with Jackson, but he did not have specifics on her whereabouts. The agency previously said they believed she was with a relative and safe, but wanted to speak with her.

Katherine Jackson is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, following a doctor’s orders to “de-stress” and stay away from the phone and computers, her son Jermaine Jackson said in a statement late Sunday. He said access to his mother is not being blocked. READ FULL STORY

2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Pepsi will bring back Michael Jackson's silhouette for new cans. Will you drink the King of Pop's pop?

As part of a new partnership between Pepsi and Michael Jackson’s estate, one billion cans of America’s second-favorite soda will feature a special edition “Michael Jackson Bad 25″ design based on the pop legend’s silhouette.

The marketing move is part of the brand’s new “Live for Now” campaign, which will feature other Jackson-related tie-ins including live events, music, and “opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise,” touts a press release. The deal coincides with the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s iconic “Bad” album and tour, and Sony Music plans to release new mixes from the album — although it’s hard to imagine what hasn’t already been done to MJ’s music on YouTube.

“We are thrilled to bring Michael and Pepsi back together, as they were in 1988, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BAD album and tour and to put Michael on one billion Pepsi cans — perhaps a Guinness record,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate. The double Johns refer, of course, to the 1988 mash-up of pop star and pop soda that resulted in this classic commercial:

Considering the widespread appeal of both Jackson’s oeuvre and the Pepsi brand, the partnership is suitable, but given the potentially distasteful trend of raising the dead via holograms, something tells me that we’ll soon see much more than just MJ’s silhouette popping up.

Read more:
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Michael Jackson's last album featured voice impostor, according to his daughter

Since the release of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Michael, one question persisted: is it really him?

Many have speculated that MJ soundalike Jason Malachi actually performed vocal duties on at least some parts of the record, presented as a compilation of unreleased Jackson tracks. And as it turns out, one of Michael’s own children reportedly has her doubts.

According to TMZ, Jackson’s daughter Paris expressed her misgivings during a recorded video chat she had with her friends in 2010.

“It’s not him … the whole album isn’t even him!” TMZ says Paris Jackson said when asked why the main voice on “Hold My Hand” didn’t sound exactly like the King of Pop. “Go online … go on YouTube and look up Jason Malachi. That’s him [on the song]!”

The site alleges as well that Paris insisted on tape, “I should know if it’s him or not because he would sing to me all the time.”

TMZ claims that the video chat in question “is being shopped to various media outlets,” and that offers are on the table. Until the video itself surfaces, we’ll have to examine this longstanding claim by comparing “Hold My Hand” to one of Malachi’s more well-known songs:

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Judge shifts expenses from Michael Jackson executors

The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate will no longer have to pay some legal expenses and other costs out of their own pockets after a judge approved changes Monday to the estate that has earned hundreds of millions of dollars since the pop star’s death.

The changes approved by Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff mean attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain will no longer pay the costs from their share of the estate. READ FULL STORY

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