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Michael Jackson posthumous earning power unscathed by Murray trial

The private world of Michael Jackson, fiercely shielded by the superstar in life, was exposed in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. But rather than suffering harm from revelations of drug use, experts say Jackson’s legacy and posthumous earning power will survive any damage done and could actually grow after he was portrayed as a victim of a money-hungry doctor.

Jackson died before he could launch a series of highly anticipated comeback concerts in London as he tried to regain the towering status he enjoyed when he released the “Thriller” album in 1983. But his death did breathe new life into record sales and boosted other projects to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for his estate, even as his already tarnished personal life took another hit by revelations about his drug use. Jackson zoomed to the top of the Forbes Magazine list of highest earning dead celebrities and his executors are moving quickly on more projects designed to burnish the performer’s image and expand the inheritance of his three children. A Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour opens in Las Vegas this weekend, a precursor to a permanent installation at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and fans are expected to flock there for a “Fan Fest” exhibit of Jackson memorabilia. READ FULL STORY

Dr. Conrad Murray given maximum sentence for his role in the death of Michael Jackson

Conrad Murray has been sentenced to the maximum four years in prison for his involvement in the death of Michael Jackson.

Murray was convicted Nov. 7 of involuntary manslaughter after the prosecution “painted him as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star,” according to the AP.

CNN reports that presiding judge Michael Pastor, in a lengthy statement delivered before sentencing Murray for involuntary manslaughter, said that he felt a significant responsibility to determine the appropriate sentence, utilizing his “sense of fairness and decency.”

“There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint,” Pastor said. “There are those who feel Dr. Murray is the devil. He’s neither. He’s a human being. He stands convicted of the death of another human being.”

According to CBS, several members of Jackson’s family, including mother Katherine and siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie, attended the proceedings. Before the sentencing, a representative read a statement on behalf of the Jackson family.

While they didn’t explicitly ask for the maximum penalty for Murray, their statement stated that “the cardiologist should be punished in a way that reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder.”

Readers: Do you think the maximum sentence was fair? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lady Gaga splits with longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson

It’s not looking pretty in Monster-land.

This past weekend, it was announced that Lady Gaga has ended her partnership with her longtime creative director, Laurieann Gibson.

The move is a shocking one for Lady Gaga, who is known for her loyalty to her friends in the Haus of Gaga. Indeed, Gibson has been with Gaga since the pre-Fame days, and is the choreographer behind all her big hits. Fans can rightly be concerned about this new direction, as Gibson should definitely be given credit for having a hand in essentially everything Gaga has done up until now in her videos.

Gaga, for all her vocal prowess, has said herself that she’s not a dancer, and Gibson has been able to work with that and still choreograph a distinctive style in “Just Dance” “Poker Face” “LoveGame” “Paparazzi” “Bad Romance” “Telephone” “Judas” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” (Yup, you read that correctly. It’s pretty much all the hits).

The reasons for the break up have not been officially commented on, but problems first became apparent to fans during the filming of the “Judas” (which Gibson also co-directed) video this past spring, where the religious imagery, particularly Lady Gaga as a sexified Mary Magdalene, made Gibson uncomfortable. “At one point, there was two completely different views and after the third glass of wine, I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me. I believe in the Gospel and I’m not going there,” Gibson said at the time. READ FULL STORY

Conrad Murray on 'Today': 'Something happened when I was not in that room'

Just two days after Dr. Conrad Murray was declared guilty in Michael Jackson’s June 2009 death, the Today show has released a preview of a sitdown between Murray and correspondent Savannah Guthrie. Guthrie’s chat with Murray — filmed before the verdict was handed down — will air in two parts on Thursday and Friday morning in advance of a two-hour special Michael Jackson and the Doctor, which Murray filmed with U.K. Broadcaster Steve Hewlett in November 2009, before he was charged in Jackson’s death. The documentary features behind-the-scenes footage of Murray’s defense team as well as a particularly unsettling set of photos of Jackson’s disordered home. In his Today interview, the doctor steadfastly maintained his innocence, essentially blaming Jackson’s addiction for the singer’s death. See exactly what Murray had to say and watch the full preview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Andy Williams says he has bladder cancer

Singer Andy Williams told the crowd at his Christmas show Saturday night that he has bladder cancer.

Branson, Missouri’s Tri-Lakes News reports the 83-year-old Williams appeared early in the show at the Moon River Theatre and vowed to return next year to celebrate his 75th year in show business. READ FULL STORY

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard split up

It is a sad day in indie town: Actress/singer/New Girl Zooey Deschanel, 31, and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, 35, have ended their two-year marriage, EW has confirmed.

The duo’s split was first reported by US Weekly; a source says that the parting is amicable, and involves no third parties.

Though they never appeared on an album together, they did sometimes share the stage; watch a clip of the pair performing the Everly Brothers’ “Dream” below: READ FULL STORY

Clear Channel cutting more on-air talent across the country -- is this the end of local radio?

Terrestrial radio is often taken for granted as a free thing that is always around and always will be, and even though most of it is invariably not very good, it’s a comforting curiosity to see how it varies from city to city any time you find yourself driving late at night in a rental car far from home.

There are always left-of-the-dial curiosities to be found and strange, static-filled discoveries to be made, even amidst the standardized pop, hip-hop, and classic-rock playlists. And for artists, there was the ever-present chance that a DJ could fall in love with a song and help it break out on a national level.

Though those playlists are carefully controlled and closely adhered to, there was typically enough room for variation to allow for some surprises in between spins of the latest Rihanna single or the umpteenth play of “Moves Like Jagger.”

Those days may be gone for good, though, with the recent moves made by Clear Channel, the country’s largest radio company and controller of roughly 850 radio stations. The company laid off hundreds of local DJs late last week, further cutting into one of the few things their 600-ish small market stations had going for them: Their inherent connection to the cities and towns they spring from. READ FULL STORY

Adele cancels all live dates and promotional appearances for rest of year


Adele announced today that she is canceling all of her live dates and promotional appearances for the rest of the year. This news comes three weeks after the British singer canceled her sold-out U.S. tour because of a hemorrhage on her vocal chords.

Adele was due to play six U.K. dates next month but, according to an announcement on her website, the singer’s continuing problems with her throat have forced her to bow out of all her commitments until she recovers from an upcoming throat surgery, but that “a full recovery is expected.”

While the singer’s live appearances may be on hold, her album 21 continues to dominate the Billboard 200. The collection is currently enjoying its 13th week at number one. No album has spent more weeks in that position since 1998’s Titanic soundtrack.

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Axl Rose fell down in Mexico City, and it's all your fault

As is wont to happen whenever he steps out the door, Axl Rose’s current tour with Guns N’ Roses hasn’t been the smoothest journey.

There have been multiple complaints of Rose’s vocal weakness, an over-reliance on tracks from the sub-par Chinese Democracy, pacing issues (any show that pauses so that a dude named Bumblefoot can noodle on the theme from The Pink Panther is bound to seem sluggish), and side effects that may or may not include blindness. And on Wednesday night in Mexico City, Rose fell down and went boom in the middle of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

The good news is that Axl didn’t channel his 1992 self and storm off the stage in a huff and shut down the entire concert. But the bad news is that this happened at all. Not because it’s a bummer whenever an artist takes a tumble (even Beyoncé loses her footing sometimes), but because Axl is still doing this, and that people show up. READ FULL STORY

The Academy Is... break up: A tribute to a great, underrated band

After nearly a decade of delivering killer post-emo pop-punk hooks and confounding copy editors at magazines, Chicago-based quintet the Academy Is… have decided to break up.

“After nine years and three albums, the Academy Is… have decided to go our separate ways,” the band wrote in a statement on their official website over the weekend. “The music we have made together is a gift to you. From this point on, the Academy Is… belongs to you. Feel free to listen. Listen as loud as you like.”

Though they only released three albums (2005’s Almost Here, 2007’s Santi, and 2008’s Fast Times at Barrington High), the group left a memorable mark on the strange postmillennial decade in pop-punk that saw the rise of emo and the dominance of bands like Fall Out Boy (whose frontman, fellow Chicago native Pete Wentz, got the band signed to Fueled By Ramen).

Their 2007 single “Neighbors” became an unofficial party anthem among kids pogoing in their Vans, but by far the band’s greatest achievement — and in the end, their final album — was Fast Times at Barrington High, a hook-filled sorta-concept-album about the senior year of high school. READ FULL STORY

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