Pop King’s planning his return

[b]Pop King’s planning his return[/b] By Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer MICHAEL JACKSON has kept a low profile of late: He lived in self-imposed exile in Bahrain after his June 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges, then moved to Ireland in May. But now, according to several people who have recently met with him, the King of Pop, 48, has started work on his comeback. Early word is that he’s shifting away from the R&B lite that characterized his last few albums toward a more urban sound. Talent manager Charles “Big Chuck” Stanton traveled to Ireland earlier this month with his nephew, hip-hop producer Ron “Neff U” Feemster — who has worked with Eminem and 50 Cent and is one of the track masters behind R&B phenom Ne-Yo’s hit album, “In My Own Words” — after Jackson sought out Feemster’s services. Not sure what to expect, they say they encountered a musically focused and creatively fired-up Jackson. “He’s ready to take over the world,” Stanton says. “He’s got some hot records. Will.i.am did one, Teddy Reilly. We’re giving Michael a lot of edgy street records. He’s putting melodies to some hard party records.”

Lawyer says Michael Jackson, ex-wife settle child custody battle

[b]Lawyer says Michael Jackson, ex-wife settle child custody battle[/b] LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson and his ex-wife, Deborah Rowe, have settled their lengthy legal battle over custody and visitation rights for their two children, her lawyer said Friday. “We’re still dealing with the details but it addresses all of the disputes between the parties,” said attorney Marta Almli. “I can’t say anything about the terms of the settlement but I don’t think it would have happened if both parties didn’t agree it was appealing to both of them.” She declined to give details on whether the settlement involves monetary payments to Rowe and visitation rights with the children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. “It is the settlement of all the issues,” Almli said. Jackson’s lawyer, Michael L. Abrams, did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press. He told The Daily Journal, a legal newspaper, “My client is very satisfied with the results. Hopefully (Jackson and Rowe) can both get on with their lives now and be through with this litigation.”

Ridiculous Advice: Strip Jackson of What Makes Him Unique – MB #317

Ridiculous Advice: Strip Jackson of What Makes Him Unique – MB #317 Change him? Why do people always think they know what’s best for Michael Jackson? SEPT 21 2006 – Throughout the course of my observations of Michael Jackson, especially after he was acquitted on false child molestation allegations, I’ve noticed some people who are considered ‘friendly’ to the megastar talking about how they would change his image. The changes would apparently be to make him fit in with what segments of society and media would deem an acceptable or more marketable image. Some proffered little changes like making him wear clothes to appear “current” or acceptable. Others want to change the way he makes music, assuming that he is a Johnny-come-lately ‘pop’ artist. Others, still, would prefer that he totally become a different person; losing his individualism, idealism and artistic creativity.

Michael Jackson and Sony search for unsigned acts online

[b] Michael Jackson and Sony search for unsigned acts online[/b] 20 September 2006 Sony ATV, a partnership between Michael Jackson and Sony have partnered with Sony’s phone company, Sony Ericsonn to create a new promotional space for breaking new and developing artists called ‘M-BUZZ’. Is the ‘M’ for Michael? who recently travelled around Kinsale in Ireland, potentially house-hunting in an area famous for it’s reclusive celebrity residents. Even more interesting is the shift from “signed” artists towards “un-signed” artists. More and more audience are shifting from what they are told to like by the industry to what they truly like, recommended by friends or found online. “Sony/ATV Music Publishing is always looking for new and compelling ways to promote our artists and song writers,” said David Hockman, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. NewsCorps MySpace, BT’s Digital Music Awards, Coca-Cola iTunes and others are also looking at new and emerging entertainment artists. What will this mean for the future of the music industry? Has it finally woken up to the fact its audience has moved on, even if they havent? Will Robbie Williams need to get a mortgage?

Princess Diana Driver NOT Drunk on Night of Crash – UK Daily Express

[b]Diana: Scandal of Body Mix-up[/b] 25/09/06 The U.K. Daily Express Online BUNGLING French officials mistook the body of Princess Diana’s lover for her driver in the hours after the fatal crash. The astonishing development, revealed for the first time by the Daily Express today, is one of a catalogue of blunders which plunged the inquiry into chaos from day one. Professor Dominique Lecomte – the pathologist who faces an investigation over the mix-up – registered driver Henri Paul with the number 2146. But this had already been assigned to Dodi Fayed’s body and Paul should have been given number 2147. The numbers were scribbled on bracelets attached to the right wrists of each corpse. Lawyers and medics fear blood samples which were said to prove that Paul was high on drink and drugs may in fact belong to someone not connected to the crash.

Jackson Custody Dispute Goes Public

[b]Jackson Custody Dispute Goes Public[/b] Wednesday, September 6, 2006 By Jessica Garrison Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Starting Wednesday, Michael Jackson will figure in another legal circus — this one centering on attempts by Los Angeles Superior Court officials to show that celebrities and other rich people can’t buy special treatment from the legal system when they have business disputes or want to get divorced. For years, Jackson’s custody battle with ex-wife Deborah Rowe seemed to illustrate the opposite point. Despite the media firestorm that accompanied the pop star when he was tried and acquitted last year on child-molestation charges, he managed to keep the custody dispute largely out of the public eye. He did so by hiring a private judge — a service that celebrities and rich people regularly use.

MTV Awards Suffer Big Hit in Ratings

[b]MTV Awards Suffer Big Hit in Ratings[/b] By Anne Becker — Broadcasting & Cable, 9/1/2006 7:26:00 PM The downward spiral of the MTV Video Music Awards’ TV performance continued Thursday night as the ceremony’s audience plunged from last year and VMA fans headed online. The show, once a ratings juggernaut for MTV, pulled in an average of just 5.77 million total viewers over its three hour telecast starting at 8 p.m., down 28% from the 8 million viewers it averaged last year, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. Just two years ago, the show brought in nearly double last night’s audience-10.3 million viewers. While still about five times what MTV has averaged in primetime this summer, the show’s TV audience last night is a shadow of the 12 million viewers it once earned. The numbers have to be frustrating for MTV executives who moved the show back to its former home, New York City, after last year’s poor showing in Miami.