Friday, October 2, 2009
Kanye West and Lady Gaga's co-headlining Fame Kills Tour has been canceled, according to a press release from tour promoter Live Nation.
No reason was given for the cancellation (poor ticket sales). The press release stated that refunds are available at the point of purchase, and that tickets purchased online and via phone will be refunded automatically.
Rumors about the tour's possible cancellation have been swirling for days, largely related to the negative publicity stemming from West's interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last month. We'll see over the coming days if it was Kanye or Gaga who pulled out...
I will post this story later today when I have time. (It's crunch time at work.) Basically, Michael had no major health conditions which would have killed him. He had no meds in his system other than those given that last night by Dr. Murray. He was NOT on any drugs and had no alcohol at all in his blood stream. He was in good physical condition and would have put on a hell of a show. RIP Michael!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, one of Michael Jackson's former spiritual advisors has been making the media rounds for the past two weeks to promote his latest
exploitative moneygrubbing book detailing conversations he had with Michael.
According to tapes he made of these conversations, Boteach said Michael held women in high regard but at the same time was very suspicious of their motives; Michael had encountered many women who used their womanly wiles to manipulate the men around them:
Jackson: "Women can do some things that make guys very unhappy. I see it with my brothers. I see my brothers crying in tears and pulling the grass out of the lawn out of frustration because of their wives."
Boteach: "Do you think all their wives were interested more in their success than in them?"
Jackson: "Absolutely. They were after their money. That's why I said to myself, 'I'll never be married.' I held out the longest. I stayed at home until I was 27, 28."
Boteach: "What was part of the attraction to Lisa Marie? That she had her own money? She had her own fame. You knew it wasn't about any of that."
Jackson: "Absolutely. She didn't take a penny, didn't want anything."
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Celebrities are very much alive when it comes to earning money for their estates, but 84,000 Elvis tribute artists? Marilyn Merlot anyone? Check out the 60 Minutes clip...
Monday, September 28, 2009
The October 27th Los Angeles sneak peak for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" sold out within two hours. If you were one of the lucky 3000 people to get a ticket holla at us. The film opens nationwide on October 28th for a two week limited engagement.
It's been a year of excruciating decisions for publishing companies—layoffs, pullbacks, reduction in advertising dollars, closures. Now it appears Johnson Publishing’s chairman and CEO, Linda Johnson Rice, has reached what must have been an agonizing decision: Johnson Publishing is seeking a buyer or investor for its flagship publication, Ebony, in an effort aimed at securing the survival of the nation's oldest magazine devoted to African-American life. It's unclear whether the company's other properties, including Jet, would be part of a possible sale-perhaps to Time Warner. You can read the rest of the Newsweek article here.
In 1942, with a $500 loan collateralized with his mother's furniture, John Johnson launched what would become the world's largest African-American-owned publishing company. Three years later he began publishing Ebony, which changed the face of publishing and media merely by its existence and mission. Johnson, who died in 2005, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996.
CENTRIC is a 24-hour entertainment channel that’s the result of a partnership with BET Networks and MTV Networks. The channel is focused on the influential target audience, ages 25 to 54 years and will be available on major satellite, cable and telcom providers.
CENTRIC will kick off the week with a series of shows that commemorate the unforgettable legacy of Michael Jackson. November will feature a Soul Train Marathon.
“This couldn’t be a more perfect time to launch a fresh brand dedicated to the African-American and multi-cultural adult audience,” said Scott Mills, BET Networks President and Chief Operating Officer. “CENTRIC is all about reflecting the beautiful life that our audience has created for themselves and the one they are still reaching for."