The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty—a six-episode series that will chronicle the efforts of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy to embark on a reunion tour, which was shelved by producers but revived after the June death of their brother Michael—will debut on A & E on Dec. 13. Because what better way to gear up for the holidays than to watch the adventures of a dysfunctional family trying to get its livelihoods back, right? Sigh. [AP] More »
The Jermaine Jackson-headed tribute concert to Michael Jackson that was scheduled to take place in Vienna later this month and include marquee names like Mary J. Blige and Natalie Cole has been postponed until 2010 and movied to London, according to a statement from Jermaine on the concert’s official site. Part of the reason is time: “Instead of eight weeks we now have eight months to prepare and some of the stars who would not have been able to participate in the Vienna concert, but expressed their wish to participate in this event, will be able to perform live on stage in London in June 2010.” But another reason for the switch? According to Jermaine himself, it was the meanies in the Austrian media! More »
OK, so it was the baseball kind. And the former Jackson 5 member was basically just catching a foul ball that made its way to the section of Dodger Stadium where he’d been sitting. But still! More »
The other day, Jermaine Jackson was shooting off his mouth about next year bringing a reunion of the Jacksons, one that, in his words, would be “more like a family affair, Janet’s going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5 … Michael, Randy and the whole family.” Well, Michael apparently wasn’t apprised of this before Jermaine started working the press angle, because he’s released a statement saying that he is too busy in the studio to fritter his time away with his siblings. “My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them… I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon.” Some of you may hope that said projects are more “exciting” than the Fergie version of “Beat It,” but I’m sad because this means Michael won’t be around to lend his vocals to my favorite song from Jermaine’s catalog:
Jermaine Jackson told reporters in Sydney that… More »
Last night’s BMI Urban Awards in Los Angeles honored the Jacksons for “lifetime achievement,” and featured Lloyd singing “I’ll Be There,” which sadly has not shown up on YouTube yet. More »
The second season of Gone Country, the “anyone can be a Nashville star–especially people who have already been famous once” competitive reality show on CMT, is filming in Nashville right now! Aspiring amateur paps in the 615 should be on the look out for Sebastian Bach, Irene Cara, Mikalah Gordon (who came in 11th on season four of American Idol–Amanda Overmyer, there’s hope for you yet!), Jermaine Jackson, former Eminem target Chris Kirkpatrick, Lorenzo Lamas, and Sean Young. Why this show is really necessary or “funny” is still up for debate, given that Cascada’s version of Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts The Most” was only the most recent example of the ever-shrinking boundaries between country and every other pop genre today. But hey, I guess everybody needs a job, and this season of the show will pair each contestant with two songwriters for country-songwriting purposes. Which made me wonder: what would happen if some of the contestants recast their own work for the show?
The rise of groomed-from-birth-to-be-a-star David Archuleta, the premiere of the Danny Bonaduce-hosted TV show where stage parents compete to be the least crazy ones, and the recent travails of such former child stars as the Spearses and [insert recent TMZ featuree here] have got me thinking a lot lately about the upside to being a child star, for both the parents and the children. Sure, the paydays can be decent in the short run, but the long-term effects can be deadly, from the dreaded, unshakable feeling of having peaked way, way early in life to the current state of celebrity culture, in which any D-lister of yore has the “opportunity” to humiliate themselves on TV and keep their names in the press. Well, yesterday’s New York Post story on the current travails of the Jackson family–one is currently bagging groceries at Vons; another is a boomerang child–only served to further my suspicions about the sanity anyone who wants to make their kids a star. Namely, they’re crazy.