Michael Jackson ‘XSCAPE’ Out May 13th

Michael Jackson 'XSCAPE' cover art

On May 13th, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release ‘XSCAPE’, an album of new music by Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, ‘XSCAPE’ will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The ‘XSCAPE’ standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1st on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

‘XSCAPE’ is executive produced by L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” remarked Reid. “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

Michael Jackson ‘Immortal’ Out November 21st

Michael Jackson 'Immortal' album cover

On November 21st, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release ‘Immortal’, a musical tapestry for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. ‘Immortal’ will be released as both a deluxe double disc version and single disc.

Led by musical designer Kevin Antunes, ‘Immortal’ takes more than 40 of Michael Jackson’s greatest original recordings that allows listeners to experience the King of Pop’s music in an entirely new way. After spending a year in the studio working with Michael’s original multi-track master recordings, Kevin created ‘Immortal’, which offers listeners a new soundscape to Michael’s artistry.

“Michael’s legacy as the greatest entertainer of our lifetime is inspiring beyond words,” Antunes said. “It was clear from the start that Michael’s voice and overall musical essence was the sole/soul source of creative energy driving the project. From the studio to the stage, there’s an undeniable integrity and resolute truth in Michael’s vocal performances that are highlighted in the Immortal arrangements. It was built with love and respect for Michael’s music, his family, and his millions of fans around the world.”

Cocaine Found In Michael Jackson’s Underpants?

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The News of the World reports that police found cocaine in Michael Jackson’s underpants during the child molestation investigation in 2003, which the late singer’s doctor Conrad Murray hopes to use in his involuntary manslaughter court case. “These dockets are vital to Murray’s defense,” a source close to the case told the British tabloid. “They help show the jury the depth of MJ’s drug issues and how he may have never stood a chance of saving him.”

The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.

Fingerprints On Michael Jackson’s Syringe Aren’t From Dr. Murray

Michael Jackson

The News of the World reports that the fingerprints on the syringe that killed Michael Jackson were not those of Dr. Conrad Murray, and mysteriously nor do they belong to any members of the Jackson family or their staff. “The mystery fingerprints are the biggest breakthrough for Murray so far. If it is handled right it would mean a jury cannot convict him,” a source told the British tabloid.

The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.

La Toya Jackson Doesn’t Doubt Michael Jackson Was “Murdered”

As jury selection begins for Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson sat down with TV Guide’s ‘Hollywood 411’ to remember her brother. See what LaToya has to say about the trial, Michael’s children and the memory of her brother in part one. When asked if she still believes the King of Pop was murdered, La Toya said, “Absolutely, absolutely. I don’t doubt that any second.”

The interview continued with La Toya offering an intimate look into the lives of children Paris, Prince and Blanket and the connection to their father. The interview video at DailyMotion has since been removed.

Daily Star Reporter Confesses To Fabricating Celeb Gossip

Daily Star reporter Richard Peppiatt resigned in protest at what he claims is the British tabloid’s anti-Muslim propaganda, penning a letter to proprietor Richard Desmond which he also confessed to fabricating gossip about celebrities including Michael Jackson and Robbie Williams. The letter reads in part:

Daily Star favorite Kelly Brook recently said in an interview: “I do Google myself. Not that often, though, and the stories are always rubbish. There was a story that I’d seen a hypnotherapist to help me cut down on the time I take to get ready to go out. Where do they get it from?”

Maybe I should answer that one. I made it up. Not that it was my choice; I was told to. At 6pm and staring at a blank page I simply plucked it from my arse. Not that it was all bad. I pocketed a £150 bonus. You may have read some of my other earth-shattering exclusives.

‘Michael Jackson to attend Jade Goody’s funeral’. (He didn’t.) ‘Robbie pops ‘pill at heroes concert’. (He didn’t either.) ‘Matt Lucas on suicide watch’. (He wasn’t.) ‘Jordan turns to Buddha.’ (She might have, but I doubt it.)

I know showbiz is the sand on which your readership is built. And while I didn’t write tittle-tattle dreaming of Pulitzers, I never knew I’d fear a Booker Prize nomination instead.

Check out the entire letter here.

Take That’s First Single With Robbie Back Debuts At #2

November 16, 2010 – Take That’s first single with Robbie Williams back in the fold, ‘The Flood’, has been beaten to number one in the singles chart by Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, even though her song had been out for three weeks. “You know, number 2, number 1, number 3, who cares,” Robbie told ITN a few weeks ago. Watch a report at blinkx.

Michael Jackson’s Mom Wants Sister In Law Out Of Family Compound

Michael Jackson’s estate wants to kick one of his relatives out of the family compound, prompting TMZ to play a game of ‘Family Feud’. Alejandra Oaziaza was requested to leave the family’s Encino compound by Katharine Jackson, who offered to buy Alejandra a condo for her to move into with her five children. Oaziaza has turned down the offer since she’d be barred from writing a tell-all book about the Jackson clan. The TMZ report at MySpace has since been removed.

Dr. Murray In Court For Jackson Manslaughter Case

January 4, 2011 – Prosecutors began outlining their case against Dr. Conrad Murray in a Los Angeles preliminary hearing. Dr. Conrad faces a possible trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Sandra Hughes reported on the story for CBS News, talking with fans of the King of Pop outside the courthouse. Watch it below the cut. (more…)

MJ’s Neverland Amusement Park Rides Available For Rent

Michael Jackson’s old Neverland amusement park rides are currently on tour, with the buyer taking full advantage of the late King of Pop’s fame. Butler Amusements in California purchased six of the fairground attractions Jackson had on his ranch. One was moved to the California State Fair & Exposition in Sacramento, while the other five can be rented for up to $8,500 a day. A report on the rides from TMZ has since been removed.

Michael Jackson ‘Hold My Hand’ Video Ft. Akon

December 9, 2010 – The late Michael Jackson is out with the music video to his new single ‘Hold My Hand’, featuring Akon, off the American pop singer’s posthumous album ‘Michael’, out now on Epic Records. Watch it via Vevo below.

Akon Defends Jackson Posthumous Album Release

November 20, 2010 – Akon, who’s featured on the new Michael Jackson album, disagreed with will.i.am’s criticism that the album is “disrespectful.”

The singer, who teamed with MJ on the recently leaked track ‘Hold My Hand’, told a TMZ paparazzo, “I think that’s probably Will’s opinion. Me personally, I think it’s keeping the legacy alive if you ask me.” A video report from TMZ at MySpace has since been removed.

Positive Public Opinion For Michael Jackson’s ‘Hold My Hand’

November 19, 2010 – Michael’s posthumous new single ‘Hold My Hand’ is out, and over 120,000 TMZ readers weighed in on the Akon featured track, as did the entertainment show’s boss Harvey Levin. “I heard the whole album last night, and it’s great,” Levin said. “It’s totally him. I even heard a song that’s gonna be on the next one after that, which is great.” A video of the TMZ segment at MySpace has since been removed.

Michael Jackson’s Kids Talk With Oprah

November 9, 2010 – In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael’s three children Paris, Prince and Blanket talk about their famous father, living with their grandparents, and their hopes for the future. Katherine Jackson also talked about how the day Michael died was “the worst day in my life.” Watch a report from NBC’s Jeff Rossen, aired on the ‘Today’ show on Tuesday (November 9), via MSN.com below.

Orianthi On The Michael Jackson Tour That Never Was

Orianthi in Lansing

Orianthi did a Q&A with guitarinternational.com, where the Australian singer/guitarist talked about her ‘This Is It’ tour rehearsals with Michael Jackson before the King of Pop’s tragic death on June 25, 2009.

“He gave me a lot of moments, and he wanted me to solo out in the audience,” the 25-year-old said about her role in the production. “He wanted me to come up with an ending to ‘Black or White’, which was actually called ‘Aftermath’, and he asked me to put something together. It’s really guitar-based and it’s all about me and Michael’s other guitar player. At the end of ‘Black or White’ I would just solo with the spotlight on me. I would come through the rubble. There’s gonna be rubble all over the ground with explosions and pyro and stuff. I’d be soloing in the audience, then I’d invite Tommy to come over and play with me and do this trade off thing which you can see on ‘This is It’.”

Orianthi added that “the other day was really hard for me because it’s been a year since he’s passed. I was just remembering the amazing moments that we all had, and how wonderful he was to work with. We had really good times.”

Kimmel Jokes About ‘Michael Jackson And Bubbles: The Untold Story’

June 27, 2010 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ joked about the Animal Planet show ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story’, featuring Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya going to visit Bubbles at a reserve in Florida.”Can you imagine being so famous that when you die a television channel does a documentary about your sister visiting your monkey,” Kimmel asked. “That’s pretty famous.” Video of the comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.

Does Michael Jackson’s Son Prince Michael Have Vitiligo?

Michael Jackson 'The Definitive Collection' 2009

Michael Jackson’s son Prince Michael joined his younger brother Blanket for some fun on the beach near the Jackson family’s vacation apartment in Hawaii on the first anniversary of the King of Pop’s death. Prince was photographed without his shirt on in the water, where a white patch on his armpit led British tabloid The Sun to speculate he inherited the skin disease vitiligo from his father, despite widespread suspicion that MJ is not his biological dad.

The story at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.