Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that despite Sony Music canning Tommy Mottola from its roster, there is no chance of Michael Jackson being able to reignite his relationship with Sony and Epic Records. Friedman says Jacko will get the masters to his albums back in five to eight years, possibly, but he still owes them $200 million in loans. “The loan won’t be forgiven. Why should it?” asked a source. “We’re happy to collect the interest. But Michael is done here as far as new recordings.” Read more.
Jacko Wants To Be Sandwiched By Bee Gees
January 15, 2003 – Us Weekly reports that Michael Jackson is working on some music with Barry Gibb in Miami. And Jackson may be interested in buying Jennifer Lopez’s $9 million mansion there because it sits between homes owned by Barry and brother Robin.
Townshend And Jacko Working On The Same Book
January 14, 2003 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday, “Pete ‘The kids are alright’ Townshend, arrested in England for having child pornography on his computer. What is with this child pornography? Townshend claimed he was just doing research for a book he’s writing. I think it’s the same book Michael Jackson’s been working on for the last 20 years.”
Jermaine Jackson On Larry King Live
January 14, 2003 – Jermaine Jackson visited CNN’s Larry King Live on Thursday night (January 9) to discuss the ongoing oddities surrounding brother Michael Jackson. Jermaine addressed the $20 million payoff by Michael to a family that claimed he molested their underage child. Jermaine explained the situation by saying, “It was extortion. It was all types of things. And then having the district attorney during the time come to our house and break open medicine cabinets and safes and this and that…What were they looking for? What it is, Michael’s powerful in his art, and that creates problems in other areas. And I do believe that there are attempts in people to try to discredit that.” Check out the entire transcript here.