Ola Ray, the godmother of video vixens finally settled with Michael Jackson’s estate. She claimed she did not receive a chunk of profits from the hit music video which was a breach of conduct. Her take? $55,000 and her lawyer gets $20,000. Damn boo, you got ‘baby money’. Hope it helps though.
Friday night, I had the pleasure of checking out Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour experience. It’s more than a show or a circus, it is like being inside a Michael Jackson concert. There were shouts of “Michael” from the audience just like he was actually there, letting it “simmer and bathe in the moonlight,” waiting for someone to pass out. The show hits on every era of MJ: looking for his childhood, pondering human nature, getting struck by a smooth criminal, all the way up to his strong desire to heal the world. There is nothing left out of this production. There’s so much happening on stage at different points in the performance that you don’t know where to look… do I watch the flying angel acrobats who lit up like stars during “Human Nature” or do I watch the man dressed like Bubbles who’s hanging from the top of the stage? Should I keep my eye on the man in the oversized glitter glove or the two dudes inside the gigantic white socks and loafers? It’s overwhelming, awesome and tiresome at the same time. I’m watching the dancers do a stellar African dance routine to “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” then there are people propelling off a wall… and flying ninjas… where should my eyes go? There were “wow” moments and audible gasps, jaw-dropping seconds of disbelief at acrobats, a contortionist and a hot cellist dressed in a Flo-Jo outfit (who looked a lot like the Asian Soul Train lady from the ‘80s) who killed each of her solos and the show-stealing one-legged break dancer who did more on one leg last night than I do all week. These French-Canadians sure know how to put on a circus that you need to go see (for the “Smooth Criminal” scene alone!).
The show weaves Jackson’s original vocals with a live band and background vocalists with video footage from his career. His spirit runs through the show from start to finish. There are moments when you look at the screens, hear his voice and look around at the crowd and really believe he is there. And for two hours last night, he was.
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Proving that some things are better left untouched, T-Pain and Robin Thicke have remade the Michael Jackson classic “P.Y.T.” at the request of Quincy Jones (who is getting up in age and maybe he’s a tad senile… ok, that’s the only excuse I have for this mess). Take a listen:
Anywho… Teddy Pain is getting quite a bit of innaweb hatred over the song but he’s firing back (via Twitter):
For all the ppl that hate mr for ruining pyt just stop listening to my shit. But if Quincy jones tell you he want you to do something, no matter how much shot you know ur gonna get from the dumb asses in the world, you god damn do it. The fucked up thing is everybody being so kind to mj after he’s gone, but how can you wish a man to rest in peace when you never gave him peace in a life time? I had the pleasure of meeting MJ and when I left his house I got a call from his lawyer telling mr that MJ wanted me to remake that song. So everybody that’s being overly disrespectful, you don’t have to like me at all, but you also can keep that bullshit to yourself. Like I said I’m making it my job to stay positive on twitter but this is why the image of my ppl is so fucked up cuz we all are to envious and jealous of each other to get passed anything. In conclusion, if you don’t like what I do then stop listening to it, if somebody tells you that my shit is wak, why would you go and try to find it? Just stay off my timeline and my dick and get YO shit together, obviously I’m str8 yasimelike
Well, he told y’all!
Image via Jive Records
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Friday marks one year since Michael Jackson’s death. To mark the sad anniversary, Katherine Jackson is giving an exclusive interview to NBC’s Dateline.
We rarely hear from the 80 year old matriarch of the Jackson fam, so she’s using the interview to get the word out that her son often feared for his life (among other things).
“He told me several times that he felt that people wanted him gone, wanted him dead. He would always say that. For him to say that, he must have known something. Some of the mean, vicious people didn’t want him around for some reason. They’re greedy.”
Katherine Jackson is now raising Michael’s three children. She’s also released a personal photo book of Michael’s life to correspond with the one year anniversary of his death (does anyone else think this family is doing a bit too much capitalizing off the death? No? Ok, maybe it’s just me…).
Dateline’s “Michael Jackson: A Mother’s Story” airs Friday (tomorrow) on NBC at 9 pm (ET).
Will you watch?
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It’s hard to believe but it’s been almost a year since Michael Jackson left us. To coincide with the sad anniversary, the King of Pop’s mother, Katherine, is set to release a book in his memory.
Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Archives will be a coffee-table book with photos from Katherine’s personal collection, chronicling Michael’s life. His mother will add her memories of her son throughout the book. It’s due on shelves Monday.
Michael Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009.
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