Sony’s Michael Jackson Bet Gets Complicated
Michael Jackson had been one of Sony Music Entertainment’s brightest stars before his 2009 death. And the seven-year, $250 million deal it struck with Jackson’s estate in 2018 to continue distributing his recordings was one of the biggest the industry had seen in some time.
But now, following the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, Sony’s Jackson bet is looking like a risky play, the WSJ reports.
The two-part film (which was the third-largest premiere of any HBO doc in a decade) details the claims of two men alleging Jackson sexually abused them as boys. And in the era of #MeToo and #MuteRKelly, sales, streaming, and commercial use of Jackson’s music could fall...
Which means lost business for Sony. Several radio stations in Canada and New Zealand have stopped playing Jackson, and (believe it or not) radio is still a big moneymaker for music companies—Deloitte estimates global radio revenue will climb to $40 billion this year, with more than 85% of adults listening to radio once a week.
One of Mercury’s longtime idols was the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Mercury had admired Jackson all the way back to his Jackson 5 days, and in 1983, barely a year after Jackson’s Thriller had become the biggest album in the world, Mercury got the chance to collaborate with Jackson. They began recording three demos that were, sadly, never completed. Asked in 1987 why things didn’t work out, Mercury evasively blamed the fact that the two stars were never being in the same country long enough and commented that Jackson had “retreated into his own little world.” Another story emerged wherein Jackson had allegedly picked a fight with Mercury after catching him using substances during the recording session. A third explanation, from Queen manager Jim Beach, stated that Jackson brought his pet llama into the studio, which astonished and frustrated Mercury’s attempts to record. Turns out you shouldn’t ever meet your heroes.
By Guest Indiana
In the new HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, both men accuse the late singer of sexual abuse.
On Sunday, HBO will debut its two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, featuring interviews with two of Michael Jackson's former child companions.
The documentary focuses on James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who filed lawsuits claiming they were sexually abused as boys at the Neverland Ranch. It also follows their families, who speak at length about their entanglement with Jackson, in the aftermath of the scandal.
According to Slate, Safechuck and Robson both say in the film that Jackson promised them jewelry in exchange for sexual favors. The men also allege that Jackson, who died in 2009, told them they could go to jail if they spoke out.
These accusations weren't new. On two other occasions, Jackson was hit with lawsuits alleging abuse. But in 2005, Jackson was acquitted of criminal molestation charges, which did not involve Robson or Safechuck. Robson testified at the trial, saying he had slept in Jackson’s room many times and nothing happened. Safechuck gave a similar statement to investigators when he was young.
By Guest Indiana
Robson was only 5 years old when he met Jackson after being called up on stage at a concert in Brisbane, Australia. The boy was a fan of Jackson and impressed the crowds with his spot-on “Smooth Criminal” dance performance.
Jackson invited Robson and his mom up to his hotel room after the concert. Nothing happened that night, but Jackson told the Robsons to get in touch if they ever came to America. In January 1990, when Wade was 7, the Robsons went to the U.S. for the first time to visit Disneyland. Wade’s mom, Janet, found the number for Jackson’s personal assistant, who said Jackson remembered Wade and invited them to his recording studio in Sherman Oaks. Jackson then invited the family to Neverland for the weekend. Wade stayed at the residence with Jackson while the rest of his family left to tour the Grand Canyon. Robson says that’s when the sexual contact began—and it continued for four years.
Read more: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a26588491/wade-robson-michael-jackson-leaving-neverland/
Michael Jackson - Earth Song
What about sunrise What about rain What about all the things that you said We were to gain What about killing fields Is there a time What about all the things That you said were yours and mine Did you ever stop to notice All the blood we've shed before Did you ever stop to notice This crying Earth, these weeping shores Aah, ooh What have we done to the world Look what we've done What about all the peace That you pledge your only son What about flowering fields Is there a time What about all the dreams That you said was yours and mine Did you ever stop to notice All the children dead from war Did you ever stop to notice This crying earth, these weeping shores Aah, ooh Aah, ooh I used to dream I used to glance beyond the stars Now I don't know where we are Although I know we've drifted far Aah, ooh Aah, ooh Aah, ooh Aah, ooh Hey, what about yesterday? (What about us?) What about the seas? (What about us?) The heavens are falling down (What about us?) I can't even breathe (What about us) What about everything (What about us?) I didn't do? (What about us?) What about nature's worth? (Ooh) It's our planet's womb (What about us?) What about animals? (What about it?) Turned kingdoms to dust (What about us?) What about elephants? (What about us?) Have we lost their trust? (What about us?) What about crying whales (What about us?) Ravaging the seas? (What about us?) What about forest trails? (Ooh) Burnt, despite our pleas (What about us?) What about the holy land? (What about it?) Torn apart by creed? (What about us?) What about the common man? (What about us?) Can't we set him free? (What about us?) What about children dying? (What about us?) Can't you hear them cry? (What about us?) Where did we go wrong? (Ooh) Someone tell me why (What about us?) What about baby boy? (What about it?) What about the days? (What about us?) What about all their joy? (What about us?) What about the man? (What about us?) What about the crying man? (What about us?) What about Abraham? (What about us?) What about death again? (Ooh) Do we give a damn?
Nestled into the rolling landscape of the Santa Ynez Valley, with its dramatic mountain ranges, flaxen-colored fields, and century-old live oaks, this irreplaceable estate exudes the ambience of a grand European manor while remaining an inviting, comfortable, livable oasis.
Formerly known as Neverland Ranch, the estate consists of approximately 2,700 acres and blends effortlessly with the natural surroundings. The land borders the Los Padres National Forest, providing the property with utmost privacy and serenity as well as an inspiring uninterrupted view. Meticulous landscaping — which includes lush formal gardens with seasonally changed plantings — provides vibrant color for much of the year.
The centerpiece of the ranch is a truly impressive 12,000-square-foot main residence, fashioned after the majestic manors that line the coast of Normandy. Tucked between two lakes and standing in the shade of towering trees, it is accessed via a stone bridge and circular motor court paved with indigenous stone.
Splendid in its architectural planning, it features a magnificent formal living room; a handsomely proportioned dining room capable of accommodating two tables; a kitchen with distinctive Old World and copper accents as well as commercial-grade appliances; a relaxed, rustic family room with a Bouquet Canyon stone fireplace; a breakfast room with a garden and lake view; a luxurious master wing with two lavish baths and a library or study; upper-level guest suites affording consummate privacy; and a delightful recreation room.
The interiors boast extensive use of high ceilings, indigenous stone, warm oak, patterned and exposed brick, dark lacquered beams, elegant marble, Portuguese tile, rough-hewn timber, and floor-to-ceiling and mullioned windows.
The vistas — over patio areas and lush formal gardens toward grassy fields and mountains — create a feeling of being embraced by the land.
A breezeway connects the main residence to the office, conference, and four-bay garage complex. Stone pathways meander through the spectacular grounds, linking the home with lakes, a meadow, and the outdoor entertaining areas —among them a barbecue and kitchen pavilion, a swimming pool with undulating French grey bottom, and a spa set amid stalwart stone boulders.
An inviting guesthouse offers four luxuriously sized and distinctively designed guest suites, and the European-style hunting lodge features a subterranean wine cellar and overlooks the estate’s championship tennis court. A leisurely walk from the main residence is the 50-seat movie theater and dance studio.
The property also includes multipurpose barns, a petting zoo, staff housing, an additional two-bedroom guesthouse, an administration building, and a paved helipad. All water needs are sourced through multiple private on-site wells.
Early tweets I saw were unusually vicious, as in "Welcome to hell, Joe"
SOB though he was said to be, though, nobody would have heard of Michael Jackson without him. Raising eight kids in gritty Gary Indiana, where many men walk away; it is not nothing.
One wonders whether his son would have been happier had Joe followed another course. It is one of those "which is better off, a live dog or a dead lion?" deals of Bible verse.
I wrote something of this long ago:
By Guest Nicole
Raul Salaices Fraire
HENDERSON Funeral services fFuneral services for Mr. Raul Salaices Fraire, 67, of Beckville, will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Charles Holcomb officiating. Interment will follow at Harris Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday June 24, 2018 at the funeral home. Mr. Fraire passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at his residence. He was born August 14, 1950 in Ojitos Juan Aldana, Zac. to Jose Salaises and Marina Fraire. He worked for Sierra Frac Sand and was a member of Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Salaises; mother, Marina Fraire; brothers, Leopoldo, Guadalupe, Carmelo, Asencion; and sisters, Ofelia, and Pimenia. Survivors include his wife, Maria Salaices; sons, Raul Salaices Jr. and wife Holly, Roberto Salaises and wife Yadira, Jose Salaises and wife Lupita; daughters, Elsa Garcia and husband Rodrigo, Maria Trejo and husband Omar, Jennifer Rose Salaises and husband Marco; brothers, Isidro Salaises, Juan Salaises; grandchildren, Rodrigo Ceasar Garcia Jr., Emmanuel Garcia, Rebekah J. Salaices, Ethan Raul Salaices, Andre Salaises, Isai Salaises, Jocelyn Salaises, Victor Trejo, Valeria Trejo, Marco Vazquez, Ismael Vazquez, Yuvia Vazquez, Natalie Alexis Salaises, Jose Carlos Salaises, Emily Lee Salaises, Avanie Marie Salaises, Aiden Mathew Salaises, Jaime Antonio Molina, Michael Anthony Molina, and Guadalupe Caylin Molina. Pallbearers will be Jose Salaises, Roberto Salaises, Raul Salaices Jr., Rodrigo Ceasar Garcia, Omar Trejo and Kim R. Smith. Condolences may be made online at www.crawfordacrim.com.
By Guest Nicole
Steve William Sakas Jr., 73, of Wilson, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday after a lengthy illness. His memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, Wilson. Floyd Norris will officiate.
The family will receive friends from noon to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at JoynerÂ’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson, and other times at the residence.
Steve served as an elder in the Kingdom Hall of JehovahÂ’s Witnesses in Wilson.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Shelley Stallings Sakas of the home; daughter, Kimberly Mondschein of Raleigh; son, Paul Sakas, and wife, Marylee, of Hawaii; granddaughter, Paris Mondschein of Raleigh; and his grandsons, Zane Mondschein of Raleigh and Kai Sakas of Hawaii.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve W. and Marylou Moss Sakas; and his sister, Becky Lou Shouse.
SteveÂ’s family would like to express thanks to Paul Phillips, Marcus Searles and Jamie Williams, Hospice of Wilson and Lighten the Load Elder Care for their loving compassion and care for Steve.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in SteveÂ’s memory to the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses website: jw.org.
Condolences may be directed to JoynerÂ’s Funeral Home at www.joyners.net.
By Guest Nicole
WINSTON-SALEM 09/22/1926 - 06/03/2018 Inez Josephine Roberson, 91, passed away on June 3, 2018. She was born September 22, 1926 in State Road, North Carolina. Her family moved to Winston-Salem when Inez was only one year old, where her father owned and operated grocery stores in the city for many years. Her mother, Della Carter Roberson of Wilkes County, and father, Hermon Butler of Yadkin County, preceded her in death. Inez graduated from Hanes High School and Draughons Business College. She worked for local businesses, especially attorneys in the city, until retiring in September 2006. Being an only child, Inez is survived by many cousins. Sister Roberson gained interest in Jehovah's Witnesses from her great-aunt and uncle, who professed to be of the anointed. She was baptized October 24, 1954. Inez and her mother traveled the world on trips arranged by the Watchtower Society, including much of Europe, the Bible land countries, and Australia. Inez will be remembered for her firm belief that everything she learned and taught was proved from God's work, the Bible. The funeral service will be Wednesday, June 6 at 2 pm at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Rd. The family will receive friends for a visitation at 1:30 pm prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Forsyth Memorial Park.
By Guest Nicole
Alice Louise Taylor, formally of Windsor Locks, born on February 22, 1957, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Alice grew up in Windsor Locks, CT and moved to Phoenix, AZ many years ago. She became a member of the Alzona Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Phoenix and appreciated the love and kindness expressed to her there. Alice loved the beach and was caringly concerned about family togetherness. Alice is survived by a son, Corey, and a granddaughter Heavenly. She is also survived by ten siblings, Robert, Gloria, Arlene, Joan, Ollie, Terry, Dorothy, Nancy, Margaret and Valerie. There are also many loving nieces and nephews. Alice is predeceased by both parents, Robert and Gloria Taylor, and three siblings, David (an infant), Maryjean and Janet. The family expresses appreciation to all of Alice's caregivers in her last days and to those who gave spiritual encouragement. Alice believed in the Bible's promise of a future resurrection hope on a restored paradise earth as do over eight million Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. (Psalm 37:10, 11, 29, 34) (John 5:28,29) (Revelation 21:3-5) Faithful ones in her biological and spiritual families look forward to reuniting with Alice on the future earthly paradise with all in good health, as God has promised in the Bible
By Jack Ryan
Jackson, the King of Pop, named one of his children Prince, which only fueled speculation about his feelings toward the elder Prince.
By Jack Ryan
Though Prince portrayed himself as dirty-minded, he noted the irony of Michael Jackson being embroiled in scandal in 2004. "What are my contemporaries doing now?" he said in an Associated Press interview, while Jackson was on trial accused of child molestation. "I'm not entangled in a bunch of lawsuits and a web that I can't get out of. I can hold my head up ... a happily married man who has his head in order. There isn't a bunch of scandal in my life."
By Jack Ryan
Both were Jehovah's Witnesses. Jackson reportedly proselytized door-to-door near his family's home in Encino, Calif. Prince often sang about God and Jesus, including in "I Would Die 4 U." He backed away from some of his dirtier lyrics as he embraced his religion more strongly.
By Jack Ryan
Their race and sexuality were constantly questioned at the peak of their popularity. Both played with the clueless speculation with androgynous wardrobe choices, and their lyrics. "Am I black or white/am I straight or gay?" Prince sang on "Controversy." "Who's black/who's white," Jackson sang on "Black or White."
By Jack Ryan
In 1985, when Prince and Michael Jackson dominated the charts, Prince was criticized for not performing on "We Are the World," a song co-written by Jackson to help starving African children. Prince was reportedly too shy to perform with his fellow artists. Prince & the Revolution did record a gorgeous song for the "We Are the World" album -- "4 the Tears in Your Eyes."
By The Librarian
The estate of deceased music legend Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against ABC and Disney over the special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson.Â”
The suit, filed in federal court in California on Wednesday, alleges copyright infringement.
The suit says that the plaintiffs Â— identified as Â“various companies that comprise a part of the Estate of Michael Jackson Â–were Â“genuinely shockedÂ” when they watched the special on March 24.
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Calling the special Â“a mediocre look back at Michael JacksonÂ’s life and entertainment career,Â” the suit accuses Disney of swiping the estateÂ’s intellectual property.
Â“Unable to make a compelling presentation about Michael Jackson on its own, Disney decided to exploit the Jackson EstateÂ’s intellectual property without permission or obtaining a license for its use. After all, there is always a healthy audience for Michael JacksonÂ’s timeless music, his ground-breaking videos, and footage of his unforgettable live performances. Why not just use Michael JacksonÂ’s works if one can get advertisers to buy time on the program? But in order to use these valuable assets, a license must be obtained for it by the Estate,Â” the suit reads.
The suit continues, Â“Like Disney, the lifeblood of the EstateÂ’s business is its intellectual property. Yet for some reason, Disney decided it could just use the EstateÂ’s most valuable intellectual property for free. Apparently, DisneyÂ’s passion for the copyright laws disappears when it doesnÂ’t involve its own intellectual property and it sees an opportunity to profit off of someone elseÂ’s intellectual property without permission or payment. The extent of DisneyÂ’s use of the EstateÂ’s intellectual property in The Last Days of Michael Jackson is truly astounding.Â”
Among the allegedly infringed-on property: substantial portions of Jackson hits including Â“Billy Jean,Â” Beat ItÂ” and Â“DonÂ’t Stop Â‘Til You Get Enough,Â” as well as extensive parts of Jackson music videos including Â“ThrillerÂ” and Â“Black or White.Â”
According to the suit, JacksonÂ’s estate reached out regarding the Jackson material, and was told by a Disney attorney that the material fell under Â“fair useÂ” because the program was a documentary, a stance that the suit calls Â“patently absurdÂ”: Â“Even setting aside DisneyÂ’s blatant hypocrisy given its notorious history regarding third party uses of its own copyrights, DisneyÂ’s argument here is one that would probably make even the founders of Napster pause.Â”
Prior to the airing of the special, the Estate publicly, calling it Â“another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for MichaelÂ’s legacy, intellectual property rights or his children.Â”
The estate also noted that Â“ABC intends to use music and other intellectual property owned by the Estate such as photos, logos, artwork, and more in the program itself, without having licensed the rights to any such material.Â”
However, a spokesperson for the ABC News denied that the contents of the special infringe on their rights.
Â“ABC NewsÂ’ documentary explores the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide. The program does not infringe on his estateÂ’s rights, but as a courtesy, we removed a specific image from the promotional material.Â”
An ABC News spokesperson reiterated that stance when contacted by TheWrap for comment on WednesdayÂ’s lawsuit. :
Â“We have not yet had an opportunity to review the complaint,Â” the spokesperson said. Â“The ABC NewsÂ’ documentary explored the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide, and did not infringe on his estateÂ’s rights.Â”
By Guest Nicole
Michael Lewis (Mike) Goldsmith, 58, of Greenwood, WV passed away on May 8, 2018 after an extended battle with illness.
Mike was born in Buckhannon, WV on August 25, 1959 the son of the late Lorenza G. (Jack) Goldsmith and the late Kathryn Dowell Goldsmith.
Mike is survived by his two sons, Jason Michael Goldsmith of Greenwood, WV and Jonathan Andrew Goldsmith of Los Angeles, CA; and sister Rebecca J. Goldsmith of Greenwood. He is also survived by many cousins.
Mike began his career and love of machines by working at Palmer Hill's oil and gas company in Pennsboro, WV. After high school Mike moved to Buckhannon, WV, soon after his two sons were born. While in Buckhannon, Mike worked as a mechanic for several years at Jim's Exxon and as a diesel mechanic at Strader's (Buccaneer Enterprises).
Mike and his two sons later returned to Greenwood where Mike worked with his father at Greenwood Auto Repair. While his two sons were in high school Mike was an active member of the Doddridge County Band Boosters. Mike also founded and served as president of the Doddridge County chapter of the WVU Mountaineer Parents Club to support his son Jonathan during his studies. Mike's hobbies included playing softball, fishing, camping, and he enjoyed watching stockcar races.
He was a lifelong animal lover and enjoyed watching and playing with his cats, Black Jack and Bella. Later in life as his health declined, he joined the Greenwood Congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He found great joy and comfort with the group throughout the rest of his life.
The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, Hollie Crum and Jennifer Landers.
A memorial service will be held at Poling St-Clair Funeral Home, 95 S. Kanawha Street, Buckhannon, WV on May 26, 2018 at 11am with a one-hour visitation beforehand. Interment services will follow at Reger Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
By Guest Nicole
Ernest Adolph Garner was born on November 26, 1938. Growing up in Ruffin, SC he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Sal and Maggie Boatwright, where he learned many life lessons. Throughout his life he moved to different places and finally settled down in Manhattan, NY. He met and married a beautiful young woman, Annie Mae Bingley, and that union produced five children. Ernest pursued and accomplished a career in retail sales and bookkeeping and worked many years as a shoe store manager. Anyone who knew him, would say he was very stylish with a flair for brimmed hats. Ernest was delighted when he began to study the bible with Jehovah's Witnesses and learned of Jehovah's purpose for all mankind. He thus dedicated his life to serving Jehovah and symbolized that through water baptism. He served for many years as an elder in the congregation and remained faithful until death. Mr. Garner is survived by his five children Earline Garner, Anthony Garner (Sheila), Janice Garner, Stacey Johnson (Joseph), Carissa Dortch (Jonathan); six grandchildren Philip (Domonique), Dvani, Darshanee, Jayden, Pria and Paxton. A host of brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and innumerable friends. Ernest is preceded in death by his wife Annie Mae Garner, grandson Erroll Vaughn, his sister Janet Williams and her husband Odell Williams.
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