New Music: Wale – ‘My P.Y.T’

Calling all pretty young things. Wale is back to serenade the ladies on his new single “My P.Y.T,” which pays homage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller classic. In addition to borrowing lyrics from the King of Pop, the self-proclaimed “James Bond ni**a” crowns his queen and promises to be the only man she needs.

“I wanna love you, pretty young thing / You need some lovin’ from a real one,” he sings on The Dope Boyz-produced track.

The day he wrote the record, he met MJ’s mother, Katherine Jackson. “It inspired me so much that it was pretty much all I could think about in the studio later that night,” Wale told EW. “I wanted to pay homage to the legend that is Michael in some way, and the chorus popped into my head and just felt right with the music. It’s just one of those songs that’s been omnipresent in my life since I was a kid.”

The D.C. spitter has been in the studio working on his fifth album SHINE (Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy), the follow-up to 2015’s The Album About Nothing, due this fall.

“This is my first upbeat, ‘for the clubs’ record in years,” he added. “I’m coming back with an album of straight hits.”

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Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson at NJPAC

A huge thanks goes out to the wonderful people @ The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. I got an email several ago informing me of a great event taking place in their Arts Center: The Invincible Show!
The event with take place on June 11, 2016 in Prudential Hall @ 8:00 PM. This amazing show pays tribute to the King Of Pop in a very extraordinary way! You’ll take a trip down memory lane; listening to the catchy Jackson 5 vibes, and also getting in the groove with some of Michael’s most famous hits!
As part of Michael Jackson day, a Michael Jackson collection of memorabilia, never before seen, will be on display for VIP guests.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse and be sure to book your tickets today:

If you have any further questions please contact NJPAC by email or social media outlets.

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Paris Jackson Gets Her Dad Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Album Cover Tattooed on Her Arm

Paris Jackson was only 11 years old when her father passed away at the age of 50 in 2009. “To everyone else, he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart,” Jackson wrote of the late Michael Jackson in an Instagram post from April 2016. Last night, she showed her love for her father with a new tattoo on her forearm.

The tat is a re-creation of Michael Jackson’s iconic album cover for Dangerous, which was released in 1991. “Black or White” was the album’s biggest single. Paris’s new tattoo depicts the part of the album cover with her father’s eyes peering through a filigree framework containing a monkey’s head, elephant, ram, and other assorted animals. The quote Paris chose to accompany the photograph of her new ink comes from her father’s 1992 book, Dancing the Dream. According to Paris’s tattoo artist, Justin Lewis, it’ll take one more session to complete the piece, during which he’ll add some shading.

Paris got her first tattoo in honor of her father in April of this year. It reads “Queen of my Heart,” in Michael Jackson’s handwriting.

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Joseph Jackson Hospitalized

The 87-year-old was undergoing a routine checkup with his primary doctor in Los Angeles last week when he fell ill. TMZ reports that the music manager was having some tests done when he ‘became weak’ and came down with a high fever. Sources told the website that Jackson saw his doctor on Friday and was immediately hospitalized. He is currently still at hospital as doctors are still attempting to find a diagnosis.

Joe, patriarch of the Jackson family of musical performers, suffered a stroke in Brazil last year where he was treated in a Sao Paulo hospital.

The manager, who was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday, was diagnosed with a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia, the Albert Einstein hospital said in an e-mailed statement.

Joe was estranged from Michael – who became one of the world’s most successful and best-known performers – before his 2009 death.  He also strayed apart from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other eight children.

In 2010, Joe confessed during an interview with Oprah Winfry that he beat his children.  ‘I don’t [regret the beatings],’ he said. ‘It kept them out of jail and kept them right.’

Joe was initially defensive about his relationship with Michael, insisting: ‘I don’t think he was afraid of me. What he was afraid of, he may do something wrong and I’d chastise him but not beat him. I never beat him like the media tried to say.’But he was forced to admit he used the strap on his nine children when his wife Katherine stepped in. She said. ‘He used a strap. Yes, he did use a strap.’ Joe then chastised his wife for being too soft.

‘Katherine is too easy with people… just like Michael,’ he said.

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Timbaland Wins Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson’s Song ‘Chicago’

Timbaland won a legal battle against a songwriter who claims he stole his song and used it for a Michael Jackson posthumous project.

According to Jasmine BRAND, a musician named Sidney Swanson filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against MJJ Productions, which oversees all of the late King of Pop’s music, as well as Timbaland and Sony Music.

In his suit, Swanson claims that he released a song titled “On the Move” back in 2002 and accused Timbaland of stealing it for the song “Chicago,” which appears on Michael Jackson’s posthumous 2014 album, Xscape.

Swanson was seeking damages for the copyright infringement along with an injunction against MJJ Productions, Timbaland and Sony from distributing the song.

The veteran hitmaker countersued and denied all the allegations that he stole Swanson’s tune. Timbo insists that he created the “Chicago” track by himself and since the musician doesn’t own a valid copyright to his 2002 song, he can’t sue for infringement.

On March 24, Swanson filed documents to dismiss his lawsuit and agreed to not seek monies from Timbaland and the other parties involved for his court fees. Furthermore, Swanson was not paid by anyone to drop the case.

Attorneys for Timbaland had no comment on the matter.

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Paris Jackson Posted a Touching Tribute to Her Father on Instagram

As the daughter of a celebrity, it goes without saying that Paris Jackson’s Instagram is going to be pretty next level. Whether it’s posting a meme that perfectly displays her personality or chronicling her ever-changing, always awesome hair, she’s quickly rising in the ranks of “who to follow NOW.”

And over the weekend, she proved that photo inspiration can and does stay very much in the family when she posted a tribute to her father, Michael. She posed in front of a still of her father from the “Bad” music video, in a similar leather jacket to the King of Pop, and even mimicked his stance in the image, which she captioned “archangel.”

archangel 😎💘

A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on

Paris has been open about the scrutiny she faces both online and in real life as the daughter of someone so exceedingly famous. She has even been known to defend herself from people who comment maliciously without knowing the first thing about her. So to see her in such a vulnerable and heartfelt moment is pretty poignant, and proof that she’s not letting the haters keep her from celebrating her roots.


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Sony Buys Michael Jackson’s Stake In Lucrative Music Catalog

The Sony Corporation has announced it will pay Michael Jackson’s estate $750 million for Jackson’s 50 percent share of the Sony/ATV music publishing company.

The backstory here has more twists and shouts than a long and winding road (Couldn’t resist, but note that the rights to both “Twist and Shout” and “The Long and Winding Road” belong to Sony/ATV). Sony’s purchase marks the culmination of one of the most remarkable stories in the history of the music business.

It all started when Paul McCartney advised his young friend Michael Jackson that, to really make money in the music industry, you needed to own the publishing of hit songs. McCartney told CBS-TV in a 1989 interview that Jackson joked to him “One day I’ll own your songs.” To McCartney’s shock, Jackson was true to his word.

A music publisher owns the rights to a song’s lyrics and composition. Anytime a song is performed, played on TV or radio, used in a commercial, etc., the publisher collects royalties. Contracts vary but, traditionally, that money is split 50/50 with the songwriter.

In 1985, music publisher ATV owned the rights to some 4,000 songs, including more than 200 by The Beatles. It also owned Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti. Michael Jackson’s lawyer, John Branca, knew Jackson was looking for songs to buy. When Branca learned that the Australian tycoon who owned ATV was putting the company up for sale, Branca and Jackson put in a bid. After long, tense negotiations, Jackson was able to purchase ATV for a reported $47.5 million.

In the mid-1990s, when Jackson was in debt, he sold half of ATV to Sony, forming the joint venture Sony/ATV. To get full ownership, Sony offered Jackson’s estate $750 million.

The Sony/ATV catalog has swelled over the years and now owns or administers the copyrights to more than three million songs, including hits by Sting, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keyes. The company controls some of the best known songs in the world, including “Over The Rainbow” and “New York, New York.” One analyst tells Bloomberg, with the increase in streaming, the trove’s worth is more than what Sony’s paying for it.

As for Michael Jackson’s estate, it still owns Jackson’s master recordings as well as Mijac Music, the publishing company that owns all of the songs he wrote. In a statement by co-executors John Branca and John McClain, the sale to Sony will allow them to maximize the “the value of Michael’s Estate for the benefit of his children.”

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