DON'T tick of Michael Jackson. Prince recently turned down a Jackson offer to do a world tour together. Jackson was overheard complaining about the snub at the Sultan of Brunei's son's birthday party (which Jackson played) and saying that he'd use his $10 million appearance fee to purchase Prince's music catalog.
It wouldn't be without precedence. While there have been all sorts of reports on Jackson selling off his portion of the Beatles catalog, it appears he's doing just the opposite. Jackson has purchased Famous Music LLC from Viacom and has added music from Eminem, Shakira, Beck and Bjork. Don't forget that Eminem did a parody of Michael in his Without Me video. Payback?
Speaking of Prince, if you are a Verizon Wireless user with the new V Cast song ID feature, you can download the purple ones new single, Guitar, for free. It's just another case of an artist trying to create buzz around a new product by hooking into the latest technology. Guitar is from the forthcoming album Planet Earth.
Iggy Pop and the Stooges will be playing a charity gig in Leeds, U.K. on August 31 in support of The Children's Society.
Pop got involved with the society after his Lust for Life was used by the group as the theme for a garden they entered in the Chelsea Flower Show. Part of the garden featured a burst of water synchronized with the song.
Iggy said, "I'm getting a big kick out of making music for The Children's Society. All kids deserve a good childhood. It's great to know my music reaches out to so many and inspires."
Also on the bill are Idlewild, The Horrors and Sunshine Underground.
The defense in the Phil Spector trial is attempting to get a journal written by victim Lana Clarkson admitted into evidence. The computerized writings are said to show that the actress was depressed, had an interest in guns and had struggled with alcohol and drugs.
Some of those writings included in a "Story of My Life" talked about a struggling actress who didn't make it in Hollywood and killed herself with a gun. E-mail was also found on the computer to a friend talking about money problems, wanting to get her affairs in order and "chuck it."
The writings were never submitted to the coroner as evidence and the judge questioned whether it would have changed the conclusion of the investigation from homicide to suicide. Prosecutors countered that they did not feel that the writings were verifiable and could have been done for a creative writing class. While the judge will be reading the transcript of the writings over the weekend, he did state that he is inclined to allow them into evidence.
Diana Ross was questioned by police in the U.K. after allegedly pushing a three-year-old who was trying to get an autograph into a door.