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Michael Jackson may have dubbed himself the King of Pop, but the late icon didn't hold the box-office crown for long. Less than a year after the posthumous MJ documentary "This Is It" became the most successful concert-themed film in U.S. history, Justin Bieber is poised to snatch the mantle.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" has earned $72.2 million in domestic box office so far, passing Jackson's $72.1 million haul. And while Bieber has racked up those impressive numbers in just six weeks, he's got a long way to go before he laps the global receipts for the MJ doc.
"This Is It" has grossed $189.1 million overseas for a global total of $261.2 million. Music films don't typically play well overseas, and THR noted that "Never Say Never" has grossed a more modest $10.8 million overseas so far, with Paramount executives predicting that it could top out around $20 million internationally.
A never-before-seen picture of Michael Jackson is to go up for auction later this year.
The portrait, entitled Michael Jackson's Blue Eye, was shot by French photographer Arno Bani in 1999 and was one of the options for the cover shot of the singer's tenth and final studio album Invincible released in 2001.
The solemn photograph depicts Jackson with super-smooth skin and a round blue patch of glittery make-up around his eye.
His trademark flowing locks have been scraped away from his face, and he is artfully made up.
It will be put up for auction, along with 11 other never-before-published portraits of the late singer and 50 contact boards, by Auctioneers Pierre Berge & Associates in December.
Source: Daily Mail
A recording detailing the moment paramedics broke the news of Michael Jackson's death has emerged online.
The tape, believed to feature a Los Angeles Fire Department medical worker calling the UCLA hospital, will reportedly become evidence in the trial against his doctor Conrad Murray.
The voice is heard saying: "Patient is Michael Jackson, the popstar singer. No pulse, no breathing. Unresponsive. Tried to resuscitate him. Unsuccessful.
"We've done everything we can. We should be there in five minutes. It doesn't look good. It doesn't look good."
If the tape is ruled genuine, it could provide vital evidence in the case against Murray, who claims that Jackson still had a pulse when he put him in the ambulance.
Source: The Sun
An unreleased song called "Another Day" is making the rounds, an alleged duet with Lenny Kravitz. The verse Michael sings seems to be the same as from an older Kravitz song called "Storm."
Kravitz gave an interview with Spinner shortly after Michael's death where he mentioned working with him on a song that hadn't been released. Kravitz called it "the most amazing experience I've had in the studio."
“I got to work with Michael on a track that has not been released and it was the most amazing experience I’ve had in the studio. He was funny. Very funny and we laughed the whole time.”
A source does say that it’s an outtake of “Invincible”, and that it was remade in 2004 between Lenny Kravitz and Jay-Z. In any case it means a new song of Michael Jackson, which is a delight for his fans!
Michael Jackson was named best pop/rock male artist and best soul/R&B male artist at the 37th American Music Awards's ceremony in Los Angeles.
His greatest hits compilation Number Ones also won the best album award in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.
The late star's trophies were accepted by his brother Jermaine, who said his sibling's message "would live on forever".
"He saw good in everyone and he wanted everyone to do good," said the Jackson 5 singer. "He always started with love."
One of Michael Jackson's iconic white gloves has sold for $70,000.
The late pop star’s famous accessory — which he wore on his 1984 Victory Tour and which featured 50 tiny lights — sold for the huge sum at the Profiles in History auction in Calabasas, California, at the weekend.
As well as the lights — which were powered by a nine volt battery in the cuff and included a power switch — the white mitten also features bugle beads and Austrian crystal rhinestones.
The glove was created by Ted Shell for the 55-date concert run which was the last time the Jackson brothers toured together.
Source: Show Biz Spy
Michael Jackson's new single "This Is It" began streaming on the late singer's Web site and hitting radio airwaves Monday at midnight.
The upbeat R&B track features vocal backup by Jackson's brothers and the lyrics "This is it, here I stand/I'm the light of the world, I feel grand."
The two-disc album This Is It will be available in the U.S. on Oct. 27, the day before the release of the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It on Oct. 28.
A video that purports to be evidence that Michael Jackson did not die on June 25 has surfaced online.
The legendary singer's death sparked a slew of 'sightings' and conspiracy theories, including the claim that the Thriller star was alive and well and living with Elvis in an underground bunker.
But this is the first time someone has alleged to have caught Jackson on film after his death.
The person who uploaded the video to LiveLeak wrote: "This video shows that Michael was still alive after his dead body was transported to the Los Angeles Dept. of Coroner I checked the license plate number and it looks like the King of Pop is jumping out of the same van, his dead body has been in. I got the original video tape from a trustworthy source. I know him for years. And I am sure it´s real and Michael is alive."
We're "sure" it's "real" footage of a long-haired person in a white shirt jumping out of a van. But proof that Jackson is still alive?
Watch the video below and decide for yourself!
Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson are getting equal attention in September's Vanity Fair.
Half of the copies will feature a cover photograph of Fawcett by Bruce McBroom; the other half will feature a cover photograph of Jackson by Annie Leibovitz.
Subscribers will get one of the two at random, but the magazines, which will include the same content, will be on newsstands nationwide Aug. 11.
USA TODAY runs down talking points from the articles on the two celebrities, who died June 25.
Source: USA Today
Usmagazine.com has exclusive, never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial accident, filmed in L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 27, 1984.
The clip shows one take where the pyrotechnics exploded as planned -- after Jackson descended the stairs and began performing with his brothers.
On the sixth take, though, things went horribly wrong: The fireworks erupted too early, igniting Jackson's head in flames. Jackson is at first unaware he's on fire, and continues dancing.
He was never the same after the accident, reports the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands today.
To relieve the second and third-degree burns on his scalp and body (and later to help him tolerate multiple surgeries on the scorched spot on his head), Jackson was prescribed several medications -- which kicked off his addiction to painkillers and obsession with plastic surgery, multiple sources tell Us.
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