Q Sues Michael Jackson Estate

Quincy Jones ‘ musical direction took Michael Jackson from being a star to being an international superstar, Had there been no Q – the production quality of Jackson’s three biggest albums would have been different, and arguably less stellar.

So this one is a bit of a shocker.

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson’s estate

Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson’s estate on Friday claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits.

Jones’ lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film “This Is It” and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in “This Is It.” His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, “Off the Wall,” ”Thriller” and “Bad.”

Jackson’s estate wrote in a statement that it was saddened by Jones’ lawsuit. “To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music’s New York offices was not immediately returned.

Jackson’s hits “Billie Jean,” ”Thriller” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer’s fee. Jones’ lawsuit states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

 

Wedding Dance – Smooth Criminal

Trends come and go relative to Wedding Parties. One which seems to have caught on in recent years is a new form of Wedding dance which replaces the old style Waltz with a closely choreographed set of steps by the groom, bride or family.

Have to admit – these are fun, and add to the memory of what is a joyous occasion.

My only question though – is 30 years from now…

Do you show this to the kids?

Guilty in Conrad Murray Trial

No big surprise here.

Is it just me, or is Dr. Murray beginning to look a lot like Herman Cain? Faces of the guilty… Indeed.

Doctor Found Guilty in Michael Jackson’s Death

 Michael Jackson, among the most famous and beloved performers in pop music history, spent his final days in a sleep-deprived haze of medication and misery until finally succumbing to a fatal dose of potent drugs given to him by the private physician he had hired to act as his personal pharmaceutical dispensary, a jury decided on Monday.

The physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter nearly two and a half years after the star’s shocking death at age 50. The verdict came after nearly 50 witnesses, 22 days of testimony and less than two days of deliberation by a jury of seven men and five women. The trial had focused primarily on whether Dr. Murray was guilty of abdicating his duty or of acting with reckless criminal negligence, directly causing his patient’s death.

Dr. Murray now faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license. Judge Michael Pastor denied a defense request for bail for Dr. Murray and ordered him handcuffed and taken into immediate custody in the courtroom…

Joe Jackson – Charges Against Dr. Murray Not Enough

The circus continues…

Michael Jackson Doctor, Conrad Murray – Manslaughter Charges?

Michael Jackson death investigation may be coming to a conclusion

There were growing signs Wednesday morning that the half-year investigation into the death of Michael Jackson could be coming to a conclusion.

L.A. prosecutors continue to decline comment on when — or if — they will charge Jackson’s personal physician in connection with the pop star’s death. But law enforcement sources have told The Times it’s possible a decision will come sometime this week.

A lawyer for the Houston-based doctor, Conrad Murray, said Tuesday that his client is in Los Angeles and prepared to surrender if authorities file charges against him.

“I don’t have any specific information that leads me to believe he is going to be charged this week,” lawyer Ed Chernoff said, “but if he is, we’ve made it clear he’s available to turn himself in.”

The arrival of Murray and Chernoff, his lead attorney, from Houston set off a new round of speculation that authorities, who have been mulling a manslaughter case against the doctor since last summer, were about to file charges.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to say whether prosecutors planned to file a case against Murray. “All I can tell you is that we have not filed anything. When and if we do, we will let everyone know at one time,” spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

The Zoo goes on…

Jackass AKA Kanye West

Kanye West was at it again during the MTV awards, dissing Taylor Swift’s Award for best Music Video -

Proving once again, an IQ above room temperature is not a prerequisite to becoming a rock star (or a member of Congress for that matter).

More interesting was this tidbit -

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Mr. President, trying to work with Republicans – you have become the world expret on Jackasses.

We bow to your expertise. Now as to the reporter who released the “Off the record” comment – Very bad.

One of the few things of real interest in the MTV show was Madonna’s Eulogy to Michael Jackson, this was a real jewel -

King of Pop… Dead by Manslaughter

As has hit every news outlet in the world by now, Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled Manslaughter, which is to say…

Murder.

Police have yet to establish a motive for the crime, beyond malpractice by MJ’s Doctor – Dr. Conrad Murray. What is apparent though, is that significant portions of Dr. Murray’s initial testimony to police don’t stand up to closer scrutiny.

Whether other people were involved, or whether there was a plot of some sort appears to be pure conjecture at this point. Conjecture which morbidly will likely become legend as time goes on.

The most damning evidence against Dr. Murray is the timeline established by police and sequence of events leading to MJ’s death – Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s Doctor to Be Charged With Manslaughter According to Faux News Source

Michael Jackson’s personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks, a law enforcement source told FOXNews.com.

The source initially said Dr. Conrad Murray could be arrested as soon as next Wednesday — but investigators have decided to execute one more search warrant, likely at a Los Angeles pharmacy, next week in an attempt to gather more evidence against him. The arrest is now expected the following week.

Murray isn’t the only doctor who faces criminal charges in connection with Jackson’s death on June 25. A law enforcement source told FOXNews.com that Jackson’s longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, will be hit with charges related to medical malpractice. Investigators are still building their case against Klein, and he will not be arrested for at least another two weeks, the source said.

Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, denied that prosecutors had decided to charge Jackson’s physicians. “Until police complete their investigation and bring it to our office, there is no way to know what charges may be filed and against whom,” she said.

But the source told FOXNews.com that the DA’s office is currently in talks with investigators about whether they will offer Murray the option of surrendering in Los Angeles, or if he will be arrested in Houston, where he is currently staying.

Michael Jackson’s Doctor May Have Been His Pusher

Saw a report last night that claimed Jackson was paying Dr. Murray $150,000 a month – but that Murray had several defaulted debts in the $400,000 range…

$150k a month will buy a whole lot of poison.

Agents descend on Vegas home of Jackson doctor

LAS VEGAS — Authorities searched the sprawling Las Vegas home and medical office of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor Tuesday, seeking documents as part of a manslaughter investigation into the singer’s death.

Los Angeles police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents entered Dr. Conrad Murray’s home in a gated community while others across town searched Murray’s medical offices, Global Cardiovascular Associates Inc.

Michael Flanagan, assistant special agent in charge of the Las Vegas DEA office, said the warrants were sealed and he couldn’t say what documents agents were seeking. He said he expected the search would last five hours.

It was the second time in less than a week that investigators targeted Murray’s property. Last week in Houston authorities searched his clinic and storage. Court records show they were seeking evidence of whether the doctor committed manslaughter.

With toxicology reports pending, investigators are working under the theory that Murray gave Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him go to sleep, and the drug caused his heart to stop, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Murray told investigators he administered propofol sometime in the early morning of June 25, the day Jackson died, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The official told AP that Murray left the bedroom where Jackson was sedated and returned to find the star unresponsive.

Police have said Murray is cooperating and have not labeled him a suspect.

Gotta go with Nina here…

Breaking – Federal Agents Raid Michael Jackson’s Doctor’s Office

Federal Agents Raid Michael Jackson’s Doctor’s Office

Los Angeles detectives, federal drug agents and Houston police raided the offices of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was with Michael Jackson when the entertainer was stricken at home last month.

Dr. Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray

Acting on a search warrant, a caravan of 15 cars descended on the clinic at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, with officers in Drug Enforcement Administration windbreakers seen entering the building.

Agents are focusing the investigation on the drug Propofol, the powerful anesthesia that Jackson may have taken before his death, a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE.

“It is Conrad Murray they’re looking at,” the source says. “They are looking for Propofol, along with anything else they find. But Propofol is the big one.”

Numerous reports suggest that Jackson likely died after being administered the powerful sedative Propofol, or Diprivan, an anesthetic that’s only supposed to be used in hospitals. As Rock Daily reported, Jackson’s nurse/nutritionist said Jackson desperately sought Diprivan in the weeks before his death. An overdose of the sedative could cause someone to stop breathing, which leads to a buildup of carbon dioxide buildup in the body that could result in sudden cardiac arrest, which is what ultimately caused Michael Jackson’s death.

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) Disses Michael Jackson

Conservatives don’t even like music.This conservative hates Michael Jackson, saying it is wrong to glorify a “pervert”.

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Rev Long Legged Mack Daddy (Other -Brother) is At it Again!

Here he goes again! This time on Michael Jackson’s funeral – demanding President Obama bump the Jackson family out of the way and take a front row seat!

You know – I now think I know what happened to Geraldine after Flip Wilson passed away!

Geraldine has a brand new gig!

Geraldine has a brand new gig!

The Devil Made Him Do It! Mark Sanford

In case you didn’t know it – the recent spate of Republican legislators being caught with their pants down with (men and) women (thank goodness it’s not children this time) other than their wives…

Is Obama’s Fault!

What’s a poor, pitiful, out of power religious conservative to do?

Some folks turn to wine or drugs when depressed… Not conservatives!

For them, it’s bimbo-boffing and cheating on their spouses.

Wonder how long before someone comes up with a 12 Step Program for that?

Blame it on the Boogie… Indeed – Continue reading

Michael Jackson Stories

While Motown artists of the 60’s were the first black artists to break down the commercial barriers between black and white music, Michael Jackson almost singlehandedly shredded the historically imposed barrier. Starting with the Jackson 5, he and his brothers tore down the last vestiges of “race music” to become truly international superstars. Almost everyone old enough to remember the 5 brothers, led by “little” Michael performing on television or the stage has a favorite memory associated with the music of Michael Jackson.

Unlike previous greats, such as Elvis and the Beatles, the fact that Michael grew up before our eyes starting as a child himself extended his popularity into a whole generation of pre-teens – a heretofore untapped market wherein previous pop artists had concentrated on the teen market. What this did was to build an audience of fans broader than any artist before, and more loyal than any artist since.

My fondest Michael Jackson music moments were during the “Off the Wall” period, in my 20’s.

I had befriended a guy from work whose parents had immigrated here from India. He was the first generation born here in the United States, and grew up here. We were both at this point seriously dating the women we would eventually marry. One of the reasons for the friendship had to do with similarities in our background. Coming out of growing up in the 60’s, as a minority you tended to have two (or more) very separate and distinct groups of friends, with the oldest group based on the racial environment prevalent in the country during the era. The folks from the “hood” you grew up with and went to school with, and the sometimes eclectic collection of people you met professionally in the now integrated work world.

Our friends invited us to a “hood” party at their place. Brave new world here – socially what do you expect? At a black folks “hood” party, you expect music and dancing. At a white folks party (at the time), you expected a lot of standing around, drinking wine or beer,  and conversation, principally to the soundtrack of rock musicians (at least until disco took over). So what could we expect at a party of principally 20 something Indian folks?

Turned out to be Michael Jackson, and some serious footwork stepping to the music. A seriously fun party.

Having just come back from a trip to Asia, where I had heard Michael Jackson’s music being played on a radio in Korea in a shop – I realized something…

Michael Jackson was a worldwide phenomena, and even before the release of Thriller – quite possibly the biggest thing to hit pop music at least since the Beatles… And possibly ever. He crossed the oceans, and cultures, and grabbed a market worldwide.

Michael Jackson Dead

TMZ and Newsday are now reporting that Micheal Jackson has died.

Update – CNN, and LA Times are now confirming Michael Jackson has passed away.

At the Motown 25 Celebration, possibly Jackson’s greatest performance – Billie Jean… and the Moonwalk.

This one of the early days of the Jackson 5, with an introduction by Bill Cosby and Tom Smothers

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