Posts tagged "Michael Jackson"

Choreographer Wade Robson Accuses Michael Jackson Of Molestation

The late Michael Jackson has been hit with new claims of sexual abuse, as celebrity choreographer Wade Robson has filed a suit against Jackson’s estate over alleged child molestation that occurred when Robson was a child, TMZ reports.

Robson is best known for his MTV show The Wade Robson Project and for his work as a choreographer and creative director with Britney Spears, NSYNC and Demi Lovato. (Pop history trivia: Back in the day, it was rumored that Robson’s relationship with Spears caused her breakup with Justin Timberlake and eventually inspired him to write “Cry Me a River.”) More »

Britney Spears’ ‘Shape’ Cover Marks The Return Of Godney: Morning Mix

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:: Britney Spears slays on the cover of Shape‘s June issue. What more can we say? [Twitter]

:: British actor Mark Lester is claiming to be the biological father of Michael Jackson‘s children. Lester says he donated sperm to help Jackson conceive children and was made the Godfather of the children thereafter. No comment from the Jackson family (yet). [NY Daily News]

:: Ja Rule has been released from prison, rejoice! The troubled rapper was sentenced to two years on gun charges and tax evasion. He is said to be returning home to complete work on his memoir (and hopefully do more collaborations with Ashanti). [TMZ]

:: Toni Braxton may not be retiring from music after all. The legendary singer has been garnering support from Missy ElliottBabyface and Anita Baker, all encouraging her to get back in the game. [Rap-Up]

:: Snapchat what? Snoop Dogg/Lion has unveiled a new photo sharing app, Snoopify, that allows fans to take photos and turn them into “Snoop-themed masterpieces.” [NME]

:: Cher Lloyd is prepping for a busy summer. The British starlet has songs with Demi Lovato (“Really Don’t Care”) and Ne-Yo (“It’s All Good”) on the way. [MTV]

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Kelis’ New Album Is Tentatively Titled ‘FOOD’: Morning Mix

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::There seems to be a theme afoot with Kelis‘ forthcoming album. The buzz track is called “Jerk Ribs” and the culinary school graduate has revealed that the album’s working title is FOOD. And we are now hungry. [Billboard]

:: Sharon Osbourne has been subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial. Osbourne claims she spoke with certain people at AEG Live who demonstrated to her that they were actively ignoring MJ’s health issues leading up to the This Is It tour. [WENN]

:: Emeli Sande‘s debut album, Our Version of Events, has broken The Beatles‘ British chart record. Sande’s album has been in Britain’s Top 10 for 63 straight weeks, and the previous mark was set with Please Please Me, which spent 62 consecutive weeks in the UK’s Top 10. [THR]

:: Former *NYSNC member Lance Bass claims NBA player Jason Collins, who recently came out as gay, had spoken about the decision with him and had been mulling it over for months. [Gossip Cop]

:: Bruno Mars has announced his next single (“Treasure,” out June 17) and added a handful of UK dates to his Moonshine Jungle World Tour due to high demand. [Digital Spy]

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Jessie J Forced To Pay $1.5 Million To Former Manager: Morning Mix

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:: Jessie J must pay her estranged former manager Raymond Stevenson £1 million (roughly $1.5 million) to settle an ongoing dispute. Stevenson was the one who did the world the great service of discovering Jessie 10 years ago; the £1 million amounts to 20% of the profits of her album Who You Are. [The Sun]

:: The civil trial regarding the death of Michael Jackson began this week. The case is based on allegations from MJ’s mother that concert promoter AEG Live (which was promoting his comeback) failed to adequately investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, and may have even forced Murray to sign off on Jackson’s demanding rehearsal schedule. [Billboard]

:: Former American Idol champ Fantasia Barrino has lost her home in North Carolina after falling behind on mortgage payments. She attempted to sell the property, but after no offers came through, she signed the property deeds straight over to the bank. [WENN]

:: A couple months ago, Lil Wayne came under fire for a lyric he rapped on Future’s “Karate Chop” that referenced Emmett Till in a decidedly vulgar way. Weezy has yet to apologize to the Till estate for the distasteful line (although it was removed from the song). As a result, Till’s descendants are attempting to garner support for a boycott of Mountain Dew, with which Wayne has a partnership. [MTV]

:: Country star Jason Aldean has filed for divorce from his wife Jessica Ussery, a little over half a year after he was photographed kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles. [Reuters]

:: Wiz Khalifa is starting a clothing and lifestyle brand called FRESHKO. The official launch for the brand will be May 1, with a special pop-up store and event hosted by Wiz at the Beverly Center in LA. [HipHop-N-More]

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Azealia Banks’ “Yung Rapunxel” Video To Premiere On April 16: Morning Mix

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:: Whether Azealia Banks‘ “Yung Rapunxel” left you confounded or hungry for more, in a couple weeks we’ll have a chance to analyze it all over again. The music video for the lead single from her long-delayed Broke with Expensive Taste will premiere on April 16. [Twitter]

:: If Kanye West is (a) god, then that would mean his son is Christ Khrist. Yep, Kanye and Kim Kardashian are no longer rumored to be naming their child North or Knorth. Now the name taking the lead in rumors is Khrist. [Naughty But Nice Rob]

:: The multi-multi-billion dollar Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit will go to trial on April 2. The Jackson family is suing concert promoter AEG Live, suggesting the company pressured Dr. Conrad Murray into forcing an unhealthy MJ to rehearse and perform, leading to his death. [NME]

:: The adorable Anna Kendrick (most recently of Pitch Perfect) teamed up with K-Pop sensations F(x) for a Funny or Die video. We’re not gonna act like we need to try to sell this idea to you, we know you’ll watch it. [ONTD]

:: R. Kelly has launched a Trapped in the Closet soundboard, because he is a national treasure. Say goodbye to the rest of your morning. [SPIN]

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Is Michael Jackson’s Family Seeking $40 Billion From Concert Promoter AEG Live?

Michael Jackson‘s mother and three children may be seeking up to $40 billion from AEG Live, the concert promoter that was in charge of the King of Pop‘s This Is It tour. The family is seeking $10 billion for future earnings that Jackson would have made, if he lived; plus $50 million for “various other damages,” according to TMZ. (The site did not report of the remaining $2.5 billion, but it has based its claims on “legal docs” it’s obtained.) More »

Michael Jackson Demanded MTV Call Him “The King Of Pop” At Least Twice Per Week: Morning Mix

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:: According to a passage in the book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, the moniker “The King of Pop” was bestowed on Michael Jackson by… Michael Jackson. Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks report that MJ decided he wanted a nickname like “The Boss” or “The King” and decided on “The King of Pop” in early 1991, insisting that MTV refer to him by the superlative at least twice a week and that any network airing the video for “Black or White” do the same. [BuzzFeed]

:: We try not to talk politics too much here at Idolator, but this one was just unavoidable. Recently, Senator Marco Rubio took the floor during a filibuster, and he drew some lines from “modern-day poets” Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z to relate to the debate. Though, since they were talking about domestic drone policy, it probably would’ve made more sense to quote El-P‘s “Drones over Brooklyn.” [Billboard]

:: Demi Lovato has revealed that she recently discovered she has a long-lost half-sister. The two just connected within the past year, and the sis is in her 30s (so unfortunately there will be no Parent Trap/Lizzie McGuire Movie shenanigans). [Celebuzz]

:: Like a true rockstar, Prince didn’t leave the stage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week without first smashing his guitar. The only problem is it wasn’t actually his axe. The Purple One had borrowed the instrument from The Roots‘ Kirk Douglas. However, Douglas has assured the public that there’s no bad blood: Prince’s camp reached out and is paying for repairs on the 1961 Epiphone Crestwood. [WENN]

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Was Conrad Murray Pressured Into Making Michael Jackson Rehearse?: E-mail Pins Blame On AEG Live

Newly revealed evidence in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson‘s family against concert promoter AEG Live suggests Dr. Conrad Murray was pressured by the company to sign off on MJ’s grueling rehearsal schedule, despite growing medical concerns. CNN reports that among the recently unsealed documents in the case were e-mails showing AEG Live executives oversaw Murray and may have threatened his job after he kept MJ out of a This Is It rehearsal.

Eleven days before Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009 — and one day after MJ was ordered not to rehearse — AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote: “We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him.” A separate e-mail from an AEG Live accountant also throws AEG President Randy Phillips into the mix: “Randy Phillips and Dr. Murray are responsible for MJ rehearsal and attendance schedule.” Together, this is a significant development since AEG Live’s defense is that the company isn’t liable for Jackson’s death because Murray was acting independently, and was not under the supervision of AEG. More »

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” Tops UK Chart: Revisit 6 Other Mirror-Themed Pop Songs

Justin Timberlake‘s second single off The 20/20 Experience, “Mirrors,” has managed to become his second chart-topper as a solo artist in the UK this week. JT recently performed the song at the BRIT Awards, and has been in England doing promo for his upcoming third LP. Prior to “Mirrors,” the onetime *NSYNC member hit the top across the pond with “SexyBack” — though, curiously, none of his singles with his former boy band ever made it to #1. (Timberlake also landed at the top in the UK by featuring on both Timbaland‘s “Give It To Me” in 2007 and Madonna‘s “4 Minutes” in 2008).

All of this is fine and dandy, but it’s got us reflecting, as it were, on numerous other “mirror”-related songs that have been hits over the years, particularly in England. And would you look at that — we just happened to round up six of them! Head below to stare into their shiny surfaces (and to hear them, of course)! More »

One Direction Might Record With The Jackson Brothers, Says Least Famous Jackson Brother

Jermaine Jackson (er, Jacksun?) is reuniting with his brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie for a tour as The Jacksons, which was the name taken by The Jackson 5 in their later years just before Michael split for good. Performing in the UK this week, the no-longer-boy band naturally was asked about the current crop of British boy bands. “[One Direction] remind me of ourselves so much when we were younger,” eldest brother Jackie told the Daily Star, before adding, “I got some songs for them to record too so we’ll be in touch real soon.” More »