Why Akon’s ‘Hold My Hand’ Duet With Michael Jackson Won’t Be On ‘Freedom’
December 12, 2008 – Akon did an interview with Billboard, where he discussed overcoming legal drama, working with Michael, and his new album ‘Freedom’.
Asked about rumors of Jackson being on his new tour, Akon responded, “Well Mike is working on a lot of stuff period. I mean, just an incredible all out person man. He opened up a lot of opportunities for me.”
Akon added that because ‘Hold My Hand’ was leaked, it won’t be on ‘Freedom’. “It was leaked, so it took all the excitement away from it,” Akon explained. “We wanted it to be special. We wanted it when people got the album, it would be something that was every heard and would be the biggest exclusive ever.”
Watch the interview below.
Michael Jackson Eyes JLS As UK Opening Act
December 7, 2008 – The Mirror reports ‘X Factor’ boy band JLS have caught the attention of Michael, who has been watching the British reality singing show online in the U.S., and the King of Pop wants to have the boys support him during his comeback tour stops in the UK. “It’s fantastic news for JLS,” the group’s mentor Louis Walsh told the British tabloid. “I hear Michael had been looking around for some fresh young talent for a long time. If talks go well then going on tour with Michael would be an amazing opportunity for JLS.” Read more.
Michael Jackson Musical ‘Thriller Live’ Comes To The West End
December 4, 2008 – Layton Williams, Sterling Williams and Kieran Alleyne will be playing Michael in the West End musical ‘Thriller Live’. ITN spoke with the trio about the shared role. Kieran is the sole newcomer to the West End, though he did play Jacko in a school production. Asked what his friends thing about the role, Kieran responded, “They’re a bit jealous, but there’s not really much they can do about it.” Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Michael Jackson Settles Out Of Court With Prince Abdulla
November 24, 2008 – Michael has reached an out of court settlement with the King of Bahrain’s son Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, meaning the singer would not have to appear before a judge in London on Monday. The prince of Bahrain was suing the singer for $7 million. Jackson’s London-based spokeswoman said, “As Mr. Jackson was about to board his plane to London, he was advised by his legal team to postpone his travels since the parties had concluded a settlement in principle.” Watch a report from ITN via YouTube below.