Michael Jackson

Why Michael Jackson Remains An Inspiration

By Hala El-Djazairy | January 8, 2015

Michael Jackson lived and breathed excellence; he made millions because he gave to millions; world changer, people changer; one of the greatest performers of all time, a legend who left an immortal legacy and a shining example of the pinnacle of human achievement.

10 Songs: November 13th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | November 13, 2014

A not untypically lachrymose Jackson sounding tearjerker ballad recorded during the Queen sessions for The Work in 1984. Freddie takes the first verse and it is a jolt when MJ takes the second, but there really isn’t enough of it.

William Murrell, Limo Driver For The Stars, May Write A Book

By Alyson Camus | November 6, 2014

William Murrell, the most famous limo driver of the planet, the guy who drove James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince Mary J Blige, Chris Rock, Don King, Reverend Al Sharpton,…has confided that the godfather of funk has not been buried yet!

Not With The Band: When Uber Fans Go Under The Knife

By Alyson Camus | September 23, 2014

‘The treatment, which Dr. Mason perfected by slicing a small section of the eyelid, has been dubbed by local fanatics as the “Yorke cut.” In the simplest terms, the $600 surgery gives fans a chance to re-create on their own person the trademark Thom Yorke amblyopic left eye.’

Medium Cool: The Week In Talk Show Hosts 9-22-14

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2014

I haven’t been to Las Vegas since 1975 so maybe next year I should do it. I wanna see the Beatles “Love”, Britney’s solo show and this the second Michael Jackson-Cirque De Soliel collaboration. I skipped the first show when it played MSG and I kinda regret it. On Letterman on Thursday I can take a a look at # 2.

A Few Musicians With Chronic Illnesses

By Alyson Camus | September 17, 2014

Among the dead ones, Woody Guthrie had the terrible degenerative neural disorder called Huntington’s disease, Frederic Chopin had cystic fibrosis, and Miles Davis had sickle cell anemia! The problem is that musicians have to tour to make a living, illness or no illness, plus we have to consider that many of them can’t afford a nice health insurance!

1983 – A+ List

By Steve Crawford | August 14, 2014

“Age of Consent,” New Order. Three years after permanent mope Ian Curtis offed himself, New Order effectively established a new post punk sound, sounding a bit like a less attention needy version of the The Cure. An unexpected entry on your “Songs About Jailbait” playlist.

Michael Jackson? Enough Already…

By Iman Lababedi | August 13, 2014

If Jackson was indeed a child molester these stories need to be told if only to change the vision of what a child molester really is, but do we need this nonsense from his maids? he had three children, he wasn’t living in squalor and he had a battery of maids to clean it up if he was.

Michael Jackson's Estate Is Facing New Child Molestation Claims

By Alyson Camus | August 8, 2014

The rapport is full of graphic allegations such as ‘putting his hand over Robson’s clothed penis’, ‘putting his hand inside Wade Robson’s underpants,” and even ‘penetration of Wade Robson’s anus with [Jackson’s] penis. Of course Jackson invited the family to stay at the ranch and according to Robson, ’employed an audible alarm system for his bedroom [and] hung ‘do not disturb’ signs on his bedroom door.’

Some Photographers Trespassed Neverland A Few Years Ago

By Alyson Camus | June 30, 2014

As everyone knows, the place is huge, with a petting zoo, an arcade, some amusement park rides, a Disneyland-like railroad train station, a large garden with a collection of children statues, and a mansion with a toy room and game stations set up all around the house….

Not With The Band: My Problem With Posthumous Music

By Alyson Camus | June 18, 2014

I continue to have a problem with posthumous releases and I don’t trust them, they generally do not represent the artists’ intentions, they do not truly reflect his or her work, and I feel so uneasy when it happens to an artist I deeply care about. But there are posthumous releases and posthumous releases, they aren’t all equal on the moral scale

US Top 10 Albums 6-14-14

By Iman Lababedi | June 5, 2014

Yes, folks, at the top of the charts is the only Coldplay album I don’t actually hate. Young Chris problem as a composer is he is a magpie and too obvious, as a lyricist he doesn’t have a poet’s soul but as a manic depressive he will do nicely.

UK Top 10 Singles, May 31st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 26, 2014

Two new songs here, yet to be released in the US, promise mountains for the modern soul sounds of the UK. “Stay With Me” is as great as the beautiful voiced soul singer Sam Smith gets and this is not simply quite possibly his best song yet, it is also his potential big time US breakthrough. “Extraordinary” is no “Rather Be” but it is still damn good.

US Top 10 Albums, May 31st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 22, 2014

Wow, that really sucks. Worst list ever in fact. I think I might have gone easy on Black Keys, Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts, they are all “D”ish. It is real strange that a chart that takes so little to make an impression on could be so terribly bland.

A Michael Jackson Hologram At The Billboard Music Awards

By Alyson Camus | May 19, 2014

Hologram USA Inc, and Musion Das Hologram Ltd own rights to this kind of technology (they already did Tupac at Coachella 2 years ago) but a judge decided that this new one, a planned 3-D image of Jackson, was not violating patents held by the companies

UK Top 10 Albums, May 24th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 19, 2014

What does it mean when the leftover scraps fallen off Michael Jackson’s dinner tape and tossed into a stew with roadkill is the # 1 album in the UK. It means better the leftover scraps you know than the warmed over TV dinners you don’t know.

10 Songs, Sunday, May 18th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 18, 2014

16 Shades Of Blue – Tori Amos – Her best song in years isn’t much different that her worst song in years, but any song with a line like “50 is the new black, hurray” is getting her Emily Bronte on musically while watching the clock carefully – B+

10 Songs, Saturday, May 17th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 17, 2014

1. When Did I Stop Loving You, When Did You Stop Loving Me – Marvin Gaye – From one of the greatest little know albums of all time, Gaye’s contact obligated last record to his ex-wife’s brother, stands as the most adult of divorce albums and this jazz freaked torturous broken up song is a…

10 Songs, Friday, May 16th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 16, 2014

Man, Solange has been hot lately: beating up Hay Z and having it caught on camera, a side trip to a wedding in South America, filled it at Webster hall on the Saturday, tweeting that Mother’s Day was one of the best days of her life, and then on Tuesday, she released this masterful new r&b track with Chromeo. Hot indeed – A

Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of New Album Releases, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 13, 2014

White Women – Chromeo – I’ve never been much of a fan of this disco duo, never hit me as inventive as Holy Ghost for one, but they get it right here. High energy, melodic, if a little old fashioned. The Solange song is terrific the Ezra Koenig song uses his falsetto to great effect and the opening track masterful – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good" w/Justin Timberlake Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 4, 2014

Jackson could certainly suck, any time he mentioned children your skin began to crawl, but This Is It and Michael are not on the same planet as Invincible. The truth is the post-mortem MJ has sucked from beginning to end “Love Never Felt So Good” doesn’t help in the slightest.

Primatologist Jane Goodall: Michael Jackson's Chimpanzee Was Abused

By Alyson Camus | March 18, 2014

The chimp had been beaten while he was in the care of the king of pop. She said she didn’t know who was responsible for the beating but she had even confronted the pop star about it in 2009 and this had ‘ticked off’ Jackson. La Toya’s ex-husband, reported about the abuse: ‘I saw Michael punch Bubbles, kick him in the stomach. Michael used to say, ‘He doesn’t feel it. He’s a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him’.

New DNA Tests Confirm That Brandon Howard Is Michael Jackson's Son?

By Alyson Camus | March 12, 2014

To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson.’… ‘This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV’, and was asked to give a sample of my DNA.

Pharrell William's "GIRL" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2014

Listen to “Billie Jean” for a song that seemed everywhere and nowhere, the song is so deep in the closet we still don’t know for certain what closet it is hiding in. Nothing Pharrell does, very little Timberlake, Usher, any of the pretenders do, can get beyond emotional checkers