Michael Jackson was once under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of minors and now new reports allegedly from a search of his home are restarting the controversy all over again. Footage obtained by theDaily Mail allegedly shows the Santa Barbara Sheriff office searching Jackson’s famous Neverland home back in 2003 and finding a stockpile of books and images featuring pornographic material.
Police discovered Michael Jackson had a large collection of pornography, which included images of children, animal torture and gore, reportedly used in his bid to seduce young boys. The collection was revealed in newly surfaced documents obtained by RadarOnline that detail a raid on Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch estate in 2003, carried out as part of an investigation into child molestation charges against the singer.
$750 million buys a lot of pop music.
Sony Corp. SNE -0.12% said it signed an agreement with Michael Jackson’s estate to buy for $750 million the deceased pop star’s stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the world’s largest music publisher which controls songs such as The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel exactly one year ago today,Kobe Bryant talked about the influence that Michael Jackson had on him. According to Kobe, the other MJ used to talk to him about how he studied great musicians in order to propel himself to the heights that he eventually reached. Kobe told Kimmel that the King of Pop’s approach really resonated with him and showed him what he would need to do to be considered one of the best basketball players of all time. You can rewatch that Kimmel interview here:
The first bars of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the most iconic sounds in 20th century pop — that teasing entry beat, those half-whispered StarsWars-esque opening lyrics (“The force, it’s got a lot of power”) and that signature falsetto “Woooh!” that uncorks a whole mess of infectious funk from the horns and percussion. Spike Lee takes us back to the first time we heard that classic in Michael Jackson‘s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall, which continues the director’s admirable bid to reclaim the legacy of an innovative artist whose genius was often unfairly overshadowed in his later years by tabloid attention.
The music of Michael Jackson is so popular that it’s pretty much universal and probably timeless and can even transcend instruments. I mean, just watch Yoshimi Tsujimoto play Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal on a shakuhachi (a bamboo flute) with the help of two backup koto instrument players. It’s Michael Jackson across different cultures and traditional instruments. Fun!
In 1983, Suzanne de Passe, still Berry Gordy’s loyal number two, had an idea to revitalize the famous but fading Motown Records. She pitched Gordy a twenty-fifth-anniversary reunion show. Profits would go to charity. Gordy liked the idea and thought he could talk most of his former stars into it. He was wrong, at least at first. Diana Ross was living a new kind of life — without Gordy. She spent her days hobnobbing with fashion designers like Halston and Calvin Klein, dining at the Four Seasons, hanging out at Studio 54, and vacationing at her new manor in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her first RCA album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, hit the top ten, and the follow-up, Silk Electric, had gone gold, thanks in part to Michael Jackson’s heavy-breathing, finger-snapping contribution on the song “Muscles” (which Michael produced, wrote, and named after his boa constrictor).