James Bourne Suffers Backlash For Michael Jackson Friendship

With James Bourne’s new band Son Of Dork reportedly being asked to play on ’s Hurricane Katrina charity single, and with gossip that James was invited by the King of Pop to hang out with him while he stayed in London, the former Busted star spoke with New magazine about the subsequent backlash. “I have been spat at and pelted with bottles at gigs,” Bourne claimed. “It would seem people think there is something wrong with being Michael’s friend. Some of the band think it’s bad for our image, but I think he’s a hugely influential man in music.”

Troubles For Jackson Charity Single

October 25, 2005 – The New York Post reports Michael Jackson’s hopes for a big turnout to record ‘From the Bottom of My Heart’, his song to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, are unlikely. The King of Pop won’t even be there, instead he’ll remain in London. Meanwhile, the musicians were notified late, partly because the travel agent assigned to make arrangements is on vacation in Italy. “The whole thing is a cluster[bleep],” said the manager for one singer who plans to skip the event.

Madonna Uses Jacko Sample On ‘Confessions’ Track

October 22, 2005 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that Madonna’s ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’ track ‘Sorry’ contains a segment from ‘Can You Feel It?’, a song Michael Jackson wrote in 1981 with brother Jackie. It appeared on the Jacksons’ ‘Triumph’ album. Read more.

Jackson Is The Perfect Juror

October 21, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “This just in, Michael Jackson has received a a summons for jury duty. Yeah. Aren’t you supposed to be judged by a jury of your peers? I mean, who is on trial, E.T.? How does that work? … Actually, you know, I think Michael Jackson would be the perfect juror. He’s black, he’s white, he’s male, he’s female. He’s the perfect juror. You only need one guy. You don’t need 12, you need one guy.”

Jacko Called For Jury Duty

October 21, 2005 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday night, “Yesterday, in California, Michael Jackson was summoned for jury duty. When asked about it, Jackson said, ‘I don’t want any part of a system that lets people like me off’.”

Michael Jackson’s Charity Single In Limbo

October 20, 2005 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that Michael’s plans for a new sort of ‘We Are the World’ for Hurricane Katrina relief are fading fast since he has no record deal and nobody is jumping in to distribute the project. Read more.


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