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Michael Jackson - New Single on October 12th

Sony Music announced Wednesday that on Oct. 12 it will release a new Michael Jackson single called "This Is It" -- the first previously unreleased recording to be put on sale since the superstar's death. The song's debut will be followed by a blitz of posthumous releases from the man remembered as the King of Pop, including a traveling exhibition of Jackson memorabilia and a two-disc album also titled "This Is It" (which hits retail internationally on Oct. 26 and North America on Oct. 27), featuring music that "inspired" the Sony Pictures movie "Michael Jackson's This Is It."

MTV VMAs - A global tribute to Michael Jackson

Here is the trailer of the "This Is It" movie, exclusively premiered worldwide last night at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Based on the trailer, Michael Jackson’s This Is It show looks like it would’ve been the greatest stage show of all time. Between the songs, the costumes, the green screen effects, the massive and breathtaking sets, the videos — and of course, Jackson’s patented moves — director Kenny Ortega will be hard-pressed to pack the hundreds of hours of rehearsal footage into the film’s reported two-and-a-half hour running time.

WATCH THE TRAILER (Video streamed from The VMA ceremony opened with an heartfelt speech by popstar Madonna, and an electrifying performance of Janet Jackson...

MTV VMAs - Janet Jackson to kick off the show

Janet Jackson will take the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13. Janet will perform with the dancers that were to perform with her brother, Michael Jackson on his “This Is It” tour. The MTV general manager, Stephen Friedman told: “This is not something that just came together - we've been in talks with [Janet] for a while. We felt there was no one better than Janet to anchor it and send a really powerful message.” Friedman adds, “She's working with well-known choreographers who've all worked with Michael, as well as the dancers who were going to be on Michael's tour…In a sense, she's carrying on her brother's legacy."

The VMAs are also partnering with Sony to exclusively premiere the official trailer from the highly anticipated film Michael Jackson's "This Is It" movie during the "2009 Video Music Awards" show. The trailer debut will provide audiences their first look at the extraordinary new film which opens worldwide in theaters for a two-week limited engagement beginning October 28, 2009.

Vienna Tribute Postponed

VIENNA — The scheduled Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna has been cancelled and the event will be shifted to London next year, Organizers said, adding they needed more time to put together the show. Event promoter Georg Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine told reporters that too many top performers had scheduling conflicts, and they blamed the media for stirring up a negative atmosphere.

Friday's announcement came at the end of a turbulent week of reports that supposedly confirmed artists including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole couldn't make the event. Many invited artists had scheduling issues, and "maybe we underestimated these issues," Kindel said.

"The purpose for this show is to give something back to the fans ... we have to do this right," Jermaine Jackson said, at one point using a tissue to dab at one of his eyes. "It's not about name-dropping," he added, answering critics who had complained that megastars such as Madonna didn't figure among the headliners.

The original plan had been to stage the tribute Sept. 26 outside a 17th century palace in Vienna. Instead, Kindel said, it will be held at London's Wembley Stadium sometime in the first half of June 2010.Everyone who bought tickets for the scuttled Vienna event will get refunds, he said.

Source: Associated Press

Michael Jackson finally laid to rest

More than two months his death, Michael Jackson was entombed at a private ceremony last night. The service was delayed more than an hour by his family's tardy arrival at Forest Lawn Glendale. Celebrities in attendance included Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis, Stevie Wonder, ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Corey Feldman, Elizabeth Taylor, Barry Bonds, Chris Tucker, Gladys Knight and the Reverend Al Sharpton. On either side of a flower-decorated dais set up in front of the approximately 200 seats stood two pictures of Jackson in a bright yellow shirt and thick gold belt. Helicopter cameras hovering overhead showed that Jackson's family placed his flower-covered casket in front of the audience.

The Jackson family and close friends, who departed their Encino compound in a police-escorted caravan around 7:30 p.m. PT, arrived at Forest Lawn at about 8:10. Solo piano renditions of Michael's songs began to play as the family — including Michael's three children, his sisters Janet and La Toya, brothers Jermaine and Tito, mother Katherine and father Joe — took their seats.

Jackson's body was driven into Forest Lawn in a hearse shortly before 8:30 p.m. and arrived at the Great Mausoleum burial site minutes later. Fans won’t be able to access the crypt in the future.

Michael Jackson's Birthday celebrated around the world

The rain didn't stop Michael Jackson fans from celebrating his birthday in Prospect Park Saturday, where thousands of one-gloved moonwalkers remembered the King of Pop. Famed director Spike Lee organized the massive dance party for what would have been the star's 51st birthday.

Several thousand dancers packed themselves close together on the muddy Prospect Park grass facing a huge stage. Deejays played Jackson's music spanning his whole career - from his childhood with the Jackson Five to his final tracks. There was a giant white birthday cake that read "Happy Birthday Michael Jackson" in red frosting. Balloons dotted the sky.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz took the stage to declare Aug. 29 "Michael 'King of Pop' Jackson Memorial Day" in Brooklyn. "We all know Michael Jackson had fans around the world, but nowhere more than Brooklyn," Markowitz said. Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James last week suggested adding "Jackson" to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station's name. The station served as an iconic backdrop for the 1987 music video of "Bad."

Around the world, thousands of fans of Michael Jackson gathered to celebrate the King of Pop's birthday. Hollywood, London, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sofia, Bucharest, Delhi, Mexico City, Milan are just a few of the many important tributes planned to globally celebrate Michael's Birthday. Also, the search engine Google payed homage to the greatest entertainer ever existed, turning its usual logo into Michael's feet.

Coroner rules Jackson's death homicide

Michael Jackson died June 25 from a deadly dose of the powerful anesthetic drug propofol, according to an affidavit unsealed yesterday. The Los Angeles coroner made that assessment after reviewing preliminary toxicology results from Jackson's autopsies, according to the search warrant affidavit given by police Detective Orlando Martinez.

Conrad Murray, the Las Vegas cardiologist whom Jackson called his personal physician, told detectives that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks, and had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous drip, the report notes.

On the day Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep at 1:30 a.m. with Valium; at 2 a.m. with lorazepam; and at 3 a.m. with midazolam, according to the affidavit. After Murray failed to put Jackson to sleep with additional doses over the next few hours, Jackson then demanded propofol. At 10:40 a.m., the report notes, Murray administered 25 milligrams of the drug and continued to monitor Jackson for 10 minutes, until Murray left for the restroom.

Michael Jackson tribute in Vienna

A global tribute to Michael Jackson on the grounds of a 17th century palace in Vienna will be held Sept. 26, and Jackson's brother Jermaine will announce the concert lineup soon, organizers said. World Awards Media GmbH, the event promoters, said Jermaine Jackson would unveil details at a Vienna news conference later this month.

The promoters said in a statement they were working "briskly" to line up major entertainers and a network to broadcast the event live. They said Vienna agreed to be a partner "in this singularly worldwide event." On Tuesday, World Media Awards chief Georg Kindel told The Associated Press the tribute was expected to run three hours and feature about 10 top artists performing 15 to 20 Jackson hits. They would perform on a crown-shaped stage to be built in front of Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace. Austrian media have reported that Madonna, U2, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston might be among the performers. Kindel declined to confirm those reports and stressed that Jermaine Jackson is still assembling the lineup.

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Michael Jackson's doctor breaks silence

LOS ANGELES — The doctor who was with Michael Jackson when he died and is now the center of a manslaughter probe posted a short video Tuesday thanking his supporters. In the one-minute video, posted on YouTube, Dr. Conrad Murray thanks friends and patients and refers to his two interviews with Los Angeles police detectives. It was the first time Murray had spoken publicly since Jackson died June 25.

"I have done all I could do," a solemn-sounding Murray says as he looks into the camera. "I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail." The video was recorded last week at a private residence in Houston, said Miranda Sevcik, the spokeswoman for Murray's lawyer.

After Jackson died, Murray received death threats, hired a body guard and was forced into seclusion at his Las Vegas home, Sevcik said. He also has received many calls from patients, former patients and strangers offering him support.

Conrad Murray Speaks Out - WATCH VIDEO

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