Preliminary jury selection begins today in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, charged in Jackson’s 2009 drug-related death. It won’t necessarily be easy. Before the trial was postponed in May, it took three days just to secure a pool of potential jurors who weren’t already familiar with the case. Last week, the defense requested another delay while the court determined whether the jury ultimately could be sequestered so that it wouldn’t be “poisoned” by media coverage, but an appeals court denied that request yesterday, according to CNN. Direct questioning of qualified jury candidates will begin Sept. 23 and opening statements are expected four days later.
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David Gest—a concert promoter and longtime Jackson family friend perhaps best known as the short-term spouse of Liza Minnelli—is spearheading a tribute to the late King of Pop entitled “A Jackson Named Michael: Remembering a Legend.”
Reuters reports that Gest has recruited Michael’s brother Tito and sister Rebbie, singer Deneice Williams, and others to sing songs and tell stories from the late icon’s life, and participate in a question-and-answer session with audience members at a series of dates throughout Europe and the U.K.
“The majority of the show will be reminiscences and stories about Michael that the public has never heard,” he said in a statement.
The tour is scheduled to kick off in the U.K. in March of 2012; a controversial one-night tribute to Michael is still scheduled for this Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.
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It’s hard not to wonder what Michael Jackson would have thought of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. After all, he was one of the primary artists responsible, nearly thirty years ago, for turning the little upstart music channel that could into a cultural behemoth, and had countless iconic VMA moments of his own.
Some 26 months after his shockingly sudden death at the age of 50, there are a million things to remember about the King of Pop on the occasion of what would have been his 53rd birthday: His remarkable musical and physical genius; his undeniable eccentricities; his ongoing personal struggles.
Personally, I prefer to think of him at his happiest, purest moments: the ones in which you could see how much he loved what he did, and how ridiculously outsized his talent was — even as tiny, precocious boy in a giant lavender hat, way back in 1969 on the Ed Sullivan Show: READ FULL STORY
When the news first broke that a cabal of Michael Jackson’s family members (lead by Michael’s mother Katherine) were planning a tribute concert for the late King of Pop in Wales later this year, the red flags immediately went up.
After all, we’ve been through this sort of thing before (remember that concert that was supposed to take place in Vienna a few months after Jackson’s passing in 2009?), and it didn’t help that the Jacksons announced the existence of the concert without mentioning a single performer on the lineup.
Also not helpful? The fact that only hours after Michael Forever was introduced, another set of Jackson family members (including brothers Jermaine and Randy) issued a statement saying they did not endorse the show—though only because it would take place during the manslaughter trial of Jackson physician Conrad Murray, and not because it’s a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea). That seemed like a good enough reason to close up shop on the whole thing, right?
Nope! READ FULL STORY
During an interview with Miami radio station 99 Jamz, Jay compared his wife’s work ethic to that of late pop icon Michael Jackson. Then he took it a step further, saying she’s the closest thing we’ve got to MJ now.
“What I’ve learned from her is the same thing I learned from Mike,” Jay said after being asked what Beyoncé’s taught him. “And I know it’s blasphemy to compare the two because Mike was such an innovator. But I think she’s like the second coming. The hard work and the dedication that she puts into her shows… It just makes you want to work harder at your craft. She’s like a machine.”
Katy Perry racks up fifth Pop No. 1 from 'Teenage Dream,' is poised to match record set by Michael Jackson
Is anybody having more fun this summer than Katy Perry?
Between Smurfing around with NPH, adopting Justin Bieber, and mopping the floor with the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna to nab nine MTV Video Music Awards nominations, we can’t imagine she’s got much down time. But Perry has somehow found a spare moment on her busy schedule to become the reigning Queen of Pop — officially.
It’s a victory for women who wear baked goods as couture: Perry’s infectious single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” climbed up this week from No. 2 to claim the No. 1 berth today on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, making it the fifth single from her platinum-selling second album Teenage Dream to reach the top spot in the pop chart.
Additionally, Perry’s single is poised to take over the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100, which would make her the first female artist to ever post five Hot 100 number-ones from the same album, and only the second artist of either gender to do so after Michael Jackson had five chart-toppers off of his 1987 release Bad.
Michael Jackson’s achievement has remained unchallenged until the arrival of Perry’s party-crashing “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” After briefly stalling at the No. 4 position in mid-June, the single is set to eclipse LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” at the top of the Hot 100.
Perry’s other No. 1 hits from Teenage Dream include the title track, “Firework,” the sunny, Snoop Dogg-infused “California Gurls,” and “E.T.,” Perry’s collaboration with Kanye West.
UPDATE: According to Billboard, which has not yet posted its official Hot 100 update but will shortly today, “As Perry achieves a first with her quintet of No. 1s from one album on Pop Songs, she’s seeking to become just the second artist to earn the honor on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘California,’ the title track, ‘Firework’ and ‘E.T.’ all reigned on the Hot 100, while ‘Friday’ last week lifted 3-2 (with Airplay Gainer honors). Should ‘Friday’ reach the Hot 100 summit, ‘Dream’ would join Michael Jackson’s Bad as the only albums in the Hot 100′s 53-year history to produce five No. 1s apiece.
The article goes on to say that “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is Perry’s “seventh topper on the list overall. She scored two No. 1s from her prior album, One of the Boys: ‘Hot N Cold’ (2008) and ‘Waking Up in Vegas’ (2009). She ties Lady Gaga and P!nk for second-most No. 1s in the chart’s archives, one away from Rihanna’s record eight leaders.”
What do you think, Music Mixers? Is Katy due to experience a little of the “cold” side of “Hot N Cold” someday soon, or will her record-smashing summer continue?
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Another year, another King of Pop tribute in jeopardy: Michael Jackson's estate, brothers won't support latest effort
After a sad, strange turn of divisive events for the Jackson family, Michael Jackson fans will likely be left waiting once again for their thriller of a tribute concert to take shape: Michael Jackson’s estate management has released a statement denying their support for an MJ tribute concert that was supposedly in the works. READ FULL STORY
Oasis and Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher has derided a statue of Michael Jackson erected in Britain earlier this month, describing it as “ridiculous.” The statue stands outside Craven Cottage, the ground of British soccer team Fulham F.C. The team’s chairman Mohammed Al Fayed knew Jackson and in 1999 invited him to watch Fulham play Wigan Athletic.
Al Fayed was criticized by some Fulham fans when he unveiled the tribute. Fayed responded by saying that anyone who didn’t appreciate Jackson could “go to hell.”
Liam Gallagher was asked what he thought of the statue while giving match result predictions on the BBC soccer show Football Focus. “Yeah, it’s ridiculous, innit?” replied the singer. “But, you know, it could be worse. Could be Justin Bieber. But that wouldn’t be that high then, would it?”
Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury together? Collabs between the two giants of music being prepped for release
Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are two musical icons who left the world far too soon. The “King of Pop” and the eccentric leader of Queen, one of Britain’s most acclaimed bands, collaborated several times in the midst of their chart-topping ascents in the ’80s.
And though they were not officially released as songs featuring the twosome together, what they did do was lay the blueprint for what became Jackson’s smash with Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger, “State of Shock.” But today 411 Mania reports that “Shock” and other unfinished songs may be dropping soon.
If you’re trying to make it big in the entertainment biz, Los Angeles is the place for you. But as seen in the clip for “Hollywood Tonight,” the latest single from Michael Jackson‘s posthumous Michael, there are often dues to be paid before the bright lights shine. Here, a talented dancer takes a bus to the big city of dreams only to have them crushed at tryouts and waits tables to pay her bills. Will she get a chance to groove on stages in front of adoring fans like her moonwalking idol M.J. once did? Check out the video after the jump to find out.
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