Elvis Presley’s teenage grandson has landed a record deal worth $5 million. Benjamin Presley has landed a five-album contract with Universal, and has already started work on his first LP, which he hopes to release next year. However, Benjamin – the 16-year-old son of Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley – won’t be copying his grandfather’s defining rock ‘n’ roll sound. He said: “The Continue reading →
Michael Jackson and his father Joe Jackson arrive more than an hour late for Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial at Santa Barbara County Superior Court on March 10, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. A new Michael Jackson song entitled “This Is It” will be released as a single on Oct. 12, Sony Music Entertainment announced a few days ago . The song — which features backing
Gladys Knight performed at the funeral, which was attended by Stevie Wonder, Macaulay Culkin, Elizabeth Taylor and more.After an hour-and-a-half delay, Michael Jackson’s funeral got under way around 8:30 p.m. PT on Thursday (September 3) at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. The Jackson family and close friends, who departed their Encino compound in a police-escorted caravan around 7:30 p.m. PT, arrived at Forest Lawn at about 8:10. Solo piano renditions of Michael’s songs began to play as the family — including Michael’s three children, his sisters Janet and La Toya, brothers Continue reading →
Joe Jackson wants Priscilla Presley to help him transform Neverland into the next Graceland. The 79-year-old father of the late Michael Jackson sought out Priscilla and her daughter Lisa Marie Presley – Michael’s ex-wife and the daughter of Elvis Presley – because he is keen to turn Michael’s former home into an attraction for fans. Joe believes Neverland could be as successful as Elvis’ former residence Graceland. National Enquirer magazine reports: “Joe secretly set about soliciting advice from ex in-laws Lisa Marie Presley and hard-nosed mom Priscilla Presley on how to turn the ranch into a perpetual money-machine, like Graceland – which has netted the Presleys hundreds of millions!” Joe is said to be amazed at the amount of money Priscilla and her family have made from Graceland. He is keen to buy the Neverland ranch – which Michael moved out of in 2005 following his acquittal of child abuse charges – from the mortgage company which is currently in charge of it as soon as possible. Joe is also said to be considering exhuming Michael’s body after it is buried and moving it to Neverland – even though the 50-year-old pop icon had said he never wanted to return after police raided the estate in 2003. A source said: “Joe tortured Michael in life. If his scheme to bury Michael in Neverland succeeds, his son may never rest in peace. Turning Neverland into Graceland is one thing – imprisoning Michael’s spirit in a hated place is a shocking betrayal.”
MICHAEL JACKSON has asked will.i.am to record with him a comeback song. The King of Pop will join forces with the Black Eyed Peas star as he heads back into the studio before he takes up residency at London’s O2 Arena this summer. He has also asked Ne-Yo (see picture)to collaborate with him on his new record. It is also reported that Kanye West has submitted a track for Jackson’s approval. The Thriller star will be at the O2 from July for a 50-date comeback run which will take him through until February next year.
More about Michael Jackson
One of the great pop music stars of the 1980s, Michael Jackson is now known less for his music than for his erratic behavior and plastic surgeries. Jackson became a singing superstar at age 11, when he had four consecutive #1 hits with his youthful band of brothers, The Jackson Five. He went solo in 1972 with the album Got to Be There and embraced the glitter of disco with Off the Wall (1979). After his smash 1982 album Thriller yielded seven top-ten hits, Jackson was dubbed “The King of Pop.” His next album, Bad, topped the charts in 1987 as Jackson became one of the early stars of MTV and an international hitmaker. Then his eccentric lifestyle began to overwhelm his recording career, and Jackson became a favorite of the gossip sheets. In 1994 he married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis (a.k.a. “The King”), but they divorced in 1996. Also notorious were Jackson’s long series of cosmetic surgeries, rumors of exotic pets and superstar peccadilloes at Jackson’s estate (which he dubbed “Neverland”, a reference to the story of Peter Pan), followed by another brief marriage to Deborah Rowe (1996-99) and multiple accusations of inappropriate conduct with children. In 2005 he was tried on charges of child molestation and conspiracy related to his relationship with a 13-year-old boy. Jackson was acquitted on all charges after a trial that year.
Extra credit: Jackson played the Scarecrow in the 1978 movie The Wiz, a takeoff on The Wizard of Oz; the role was played by Ray Bolger in the original 1939 film… Jackson’s sister, Janet Jackson, was a pop superstar of the 1990s… Michael Jackson did not buy the bones of the Elephant Man, despite rumors to the contrary… Jackson has two children with Rowe: son Prince Michael (b. 1997) and daughter Paris Michael Katherine (b. 1998). He also has a third child, Prince Michael II (2002), whose mother has not been publically named… The name of Jackson’s famous pet chimp is Bubbles… Thriller has sold over 100 million copies, making it the best-selling album of all time… Jackson is no relation to the British food and liquor expert Michael Jackson.
Jackson joins nose-free astronomer Tycho Brahe in our loop on the Facially Challenged.