After months of testimony, the verdict in Katherine Jackson‘s case against AEG Live has been handed down in a Californian court room.
The concert promoter has been found Not Guilty of causing the death of the King of Pop Michael Jackson by way of negligence.
As has become cemented in history, the iconic star died on June 25th 2009, after being administered a fatal dose of Propafol by Dr Conrad Murray.
Though Murray was found Guilty of causing Jackson’s death back in 2011, this case (brought jointly by Katherine and the singer’s three children) decided whether AEG were at fault for hiring Murray and ultimately causing Jackson’s passing.
In life and now death, the name Michael Jackson denotes more than a musician, it denotes an industry.
It’s no surprise then that another project is being cooked up to add to the late icon’s catalogue.
The singer, who died of cardiac arrest on June 25th 2009 aged 50, was housed at Sony’s Epic Records for the vast majority of his career, and continues to be after his passing. ‘Michael’, the King of Pop’s first posthumous set, arrived in 2010 to much controversy (see: debate over legitimacy of vocals). Hoping to right those wrongs and restore the anticipation for “new Michael” that followed his death, label head L.A. Reid has called on hitmaker Timbaland.
Speaking with Diddy’s Revolt TV, the music maestro revealed that he has been tapped to work on the “big” project and dished on the pressure attached to working on fresh MJ.
Four years after his untimely passing, Michael Jackson returns to his fans via a new song named ‘Slave to the Rhythm‘, produced by Tricky Stewart and reportedly recorded by the ‘Liberian Girl’ over a decade before his death.
Today, that number has made its way to the net featuring contributions from Pop Prince Justin Bieber, who rocks the feel good as best he could.
Is it any good?
Listen and let us know what you think of it below!
Four years may have passed since the King Of Pop tragically left us, yet the dazzling memories Michael Jackson leaves behind are ever-lasting.
Case, point, the megastar’s show-stopping performance at the MTV Video Music Awards 1995. Journeying through a medley of his countless hits, the late, great icon delivered an emphatic performance that visually embodies everything he “is” about. And, no, the present tense is no mistake. For, the legend of Michael Jackson “is” very much alive. Greatness doesn’t die, it lives on and inspires…
Indeed, the coveted biopic role has launched many-an-act to stardom in its tenure by bringing to light the real personal lives of celebrated public figures.
Most recently, VH1 has taken the reins in preparation of a TLC biopic and continues to tease fans with snaps from the set of the highly anticipated film (like the one seen here). With many great biopics of yesteryear to live up to, our excitement for the venture leads us to ask you – That Grape Juice faithful:
Hollywood’s buzz for the 2013 Academy Awards is in high gear, but as ever, That Grape Juice loves to stroll down memory lane to salute the best of performances past. This year we tip our hats to the 1991 performance of ‘Sooner Or Later’ by Queen of Pop Madonna.
The pop vixen, accompanied by date/King of Pop Michael Jackson, took on the task of performing the number from her critically panned film ‘Dick Tracy’. A film that inversely spawned her biggest and (arguably) most iconic music hit to date – ‘Vogue’. Regardless, the performance saw Madge pay an updated, post-‘Material Girl’ (video) homage to idol Marilyn Monroe while Jackson, amongst other high profile onlookers, spectated what few would believe was an awesome vocal showcase from the songstress.
Despite being known mostly for racy on air antics and questionable vocal skills prior, the showing saw the diva belting and sustaining notes with a passion and control rarely demonstrated in her previous hits. Minus her normal troop of dancers, Madge stood center stage with a microphone and mink sole and stole the show (despite her nerves getting the best of her in parts).
Press ‘PLAY’ above and see one of the many steps Miss Madonna took to cement her name beside Michael’s as pop’s reigning royalty.
P.S. – We’d love more of these vocal show-stoppers from Madge before retirement!
The name Tommy Mottola is one which factors into the success and drama narratives of many a musician. Indeed, in a number of such cases, the music exec has played both the “hero” and the “villain”.
Case, point his ex-wife Mariah Carey.
As reported earlier this month, Mottola has penned a book entitled ‘Hitmaker’ which spotlights his illustrious career, as well addresses Carey’s claims that he was too controlling and abusive both “mentally and emotionally” during his time as her manager and husband in the early to mid 90s.
Naturally, then, when hitting the promo rounds in support of the biography, the 63 year old was quizzed about Mimi, as well as another megastar who famously hit out at him – Michael Jackson.
Peep his words Mariah, MJ, and more on the Today Show below…
This week’s That Grape Juice‘Cover Star‘ comes from up-and-coming crooner Kenny Wesley. Watch as the US native performs an eye-popping cover of King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s fan favorite ‘Rock With You’:
Yes yes and yes again! If you ever wanted to hear what Stevie Wonder would sound like tackling a Michael tune, then Wesley may have just given you a hint. Of course, there is an unmistakable innocence and character in MJ’s vocal performance of the song that makes it completely his, but Wesley certainly brought his own spin to it and we ain’t mad at him for it.
The power, added harmonies, and tastefully done melisma mix for the perfect recipe to a perfect redo.
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Much like “epic”, “diva”, and “underrated”, recent years have seen the term “swagger-jacking” used in overabundance. Indeed, even the slightest note, move, or visual reminiscent of art past has found fans defending their favorites against accusations of copycatting…