Legendary salsa star Cheo Feliciano has died in a car crash at the age of 78. A vehicle driven by Feliciano, real name Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, collided with a post in the Puerto Rican city of Cupey in the early hours of Thursday morning (17Apr14), according to a spokesperson for the country's police.
Feliciano began his career as a percussionist in a number of high-profile salsa bands, including Tito Rodriguez's orchestra, before becoming the singer for the Joe Cuba sextet. He later joined Fania Records' Fania All-Stars.
The musician became a determined anti-drug campaigner after beating an addiction to heroin at the end of the 1960s, and he volunteered to help with the rehabilitation of other salsa stars who had were battling drugs.
In 2008, New York's then-mayor Michael Bloomberg declared 20 June Cheo Feliciano day in honour of his 50-year career in the music industry, and he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Grammy the same year.
Feliciano was inducted into Puerto Rico's Music Hall of Fame in 2013, months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer. It is not known how far the illness had progressed when Feliciano died.
Michael Jackson's brothers are determined to challenge the King of Pop's ex-wife Debbie Rowe if she attempts to fight for custody of her two children. Reports suggest the former nurse, the biological mother of Prince and Paris, is concerned for the pair's welfare under the care of their legal guardians, grandmother Katherine Jackson and uncle TJ, and is planning to file court papers to take them in herself.
However, the late superstar's siblings, Tito, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie, insist Rowe has no right to uproot the teens after agreeing to give Michael full custody of Prince and Paris in exchange for a big cash payout following their 1999 divorce.
A statement issued by The Jacksons to TMZ.com reads: "(The children) are well loved and well taken care of. We are quite taken back (sic) that Ms. Rowe has decided now to enter their lives, after she abandoned her children many years ago for money.
"Our only desire is to see our niece and nephews continue to go on with happy, healthy and safe lives. We will do everything and anything with in our power to help make that happen."
Michael was also father to youngest son Blanket, although the identity of the 12 year old's mother has never been revealed.
The King of Pop died in 2009.
The existing members of the Jackson 5 are working on their first new album in 25 years. Michael Jackson's brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Jackie and Tito reunited as The Jacksons in 2012 to embark on their first tour in almost three decades, and they are currently gearing up to kick off a residency in Las Vegas next week (20Feb14).
Now Jackie reveals fans will have even more to look forward to as they have been busy in the studio working on the follow-up to 1989's 2300 Jackson Street.
He tells Billboard.com, "I'm so happy all the brothers will be together in Las Vegas. During the day time they can finish recording and then do the shows during the evening time."
The veteran singer claims they have completed "quite a bit" of the project and he cannot wait for fans to hear the results.
He adds, "It sounds like (old) Jacksons music, with today's sounds. People still want to hear that Jackson 5 harmony; we can't get away from where we came from. That's what they want to hear. But there's a lot of new flavours we can combine that with."
And he insists the world still loves the Jacksons' signature soul sound: "Something like Bruno Mars' Treasure, that's like an old Jacksons song. When I first heard that song I said, 'That could have been on one of ours!'"
Michael Jackson's nephew TJ has asked a U.S. judge to dismiss a petition filed by a relative challenging his guardianship of the King of Pop's three children. TJ Jackson, 35, was placed in charge of Prince, Paris and Blanket in July, 2012, following a family feud, which was sparked by the apparent disappearance of family matriarch Katherine Jackson, who had previously been appointed the guardian of her grandkids following the Thriller hitmaker's 2009 death.
She subsequently agreed to co-parent the youngsters with TJ, but the pair has since been faced with a new fight from Anthony Jackson II, who has filed his own legal papers asking to be named the children's new guardian.
However, TJ claims Anthony, who is said to be his cousin, has failed to properly outline the reasons for his petition and he is therefore requesting the challenge be thrown out of court, reports TMZ.com.
In his documents, TJ, son of Tito Jackson, reveals he and Katherine are doing well as co-guardians and insists Prince, Paris and Blanket are happy with the arrangements.
R&B legend Babyface met Michael Jackson for the first time as a child after tricking a concert promoter in his native Indiana into allowing him to meet and interview the young superstar. The songwriter/producer reveals he was just a kid with dreams of making it in the music industry when he learned his pop idol would be performing in his hometown - so he concocted a plan to meet The Jackson 5 and land a chat with Michael.
Babyface tells U.S. TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, "The Jackson 5 came to town and I figured out how to interview them. I lied and said I was a news reporter and got in to interview the Jackson 5... at 12, 13 years old.
"I looked up the promoter (in the phonebook)... and when I got him, I had to put on my grown voice (sic). I had a Jimmy Stewart (classic actor known for his distinctive drawl) impression, that I did back then, so I talked like Jimmy Stewart and said, 'Hello can I speak to Charles Williams (promoter) please...? I hear that you've got these kids called The Jacksons and they're coming to town and I thought it would be a great idea if I could get my kids to talk to your kids. That'd be swell, what do you think?' And he goes, 'I think it's a great idea...!' He took my number down and he called me 10 minutes later...
"I walked in the (hotel) room (for the interview)... there were two beds there: Jackie and Jermaine were on one bed, Marlon and Tito were on the other bed, and Michael was sitting at the table at the end. I walked in and just ignored them (older brothers) and walked straight to Michael and Michael said, 'Hey, how you doing?' I said, 'It's an honour to meet you' and he said, 'It's an honour to meet you, sit down, have a seat.'
"It was unbelievable. They let me stay in there about 30 minutes."
Michael Jackson's nephews are set to reunite their group, 3T, to pay tribute to the King of Pop on the fifth anniversary of his death. Tito Joe Jackson, Toriano Adaryll Jackson II and Taryll Adren Jackson have been working on a new album and are planning to tour Europe and the U.S. next summer (14).
A source tells the New York Daily News, "Taj, Taryll and TJ believe they have a sound and appeal which would make them a success all over again."
3T formed in 1995 and have not appeared on stage together since 2011, when they performed two of their uncle's biggest hits at Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert.
Jackson passed away in June 2009 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
Debbie Rowe is set to become Paris Jackson's co-guardian, according to a U.S. report. The 54-year-old mother of Michael Jackson's eldest children, Paris and Prince, will replace the pop superstar's nephew, Tito Jackson Jr., as co-guardian with Katherine Jackson.
Tito was appointed co-guardian of the King of Pop's three children last year (12).
A lawyer formerly associated with the family's legal matters tells the New York Post that an upcoming hearing on 15 October (13) will deal with the removal and appointment of a guardian.
The new arrangement would reportedly pave the way for Paris to leave Katherine's home and move in with her mother in Palmdale, California.
However, the financial agreement would stay the same for all parties. Katherine currently receives $86,000 (£57,330) a month from Michael's estate, with approximately $20,000 (£13,330) going to Paris' expenses.
A source says, "Debbie will get whatever Paris may need in terms of resources, but (Katherine) will continue to be in control of most things, including when and how some of the monies are disbursed."
Paris has been undergoing psychological treatment in California since her alleged suicide attempt in June (13).
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Some things should just be left as they are, and that definitely goes for certain bands getting back together. Whether it’s pop, rock, R&B, or metal acts, reuniting with your long-lost band has become something of a trend as of late. Many bands claim to get back together to revive their creative talent, but it’s really not too hard to see that bands get together when bank accounts start to empty out.
Recently, Joan Jett wisely refused to do a Runaways reunion, and it got us thinking about what other bands should’ve done the same to keep their legacy intact.
Spice Girls Though the tour may have been a success, the Spice Girls reunion tour in 2008 was more than awkward. The girls were all grown up, and all that was left from the platform-shoed, UK-flag-clothing empire that the Spice Girls created in the mid-'90s was a bunch of washed up pop stars trying to relive their glory. Posh Spice couldn’t even be bothered to show up to certain promotional events, and spent most of the concerts posing and lip synching for her life.
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was always known to be a talented band full of quick-tempered divas, so when they announced a VU reunion in 1992, fans everywhere were pretty shocked. The group got together for a European tour in 1993, with John Cale filling in vocal parts for Nico, who had passed away in 1988. The European tour went well, and the band decided to move forward with an American tour, as well as an MTV Unplugged set and maybe even a new record. Not surprisingly, though, the legendary beef between Cale and Lou Reed reared its arty head, and Cale stormed out of the group before any of their future plans could move any further.
The Jacksons What are the Jacksons without Michael? Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon got together in 2012 for the Unity tour, supposedly dedicated to their late brother, Michael (Randy sensibly declined to join the tour). The tour seemed doomed from the get-go, having being met by the public with more eye-rolls than excitement, especially with rumors going around that the group might use a MJ hologram on the tour. Not surprisingly, the ill-fated vibes surrounding the tour at its inception ended up being legit – out of the thirty-eight tour dates that the Jacksons announced, eleven U.S. shows were canceled, and although the tour was supposed to last from June to December, wound up ending in late July. Should've listened to LaToya, boys!
The Police The Police was legendary for the tension between lead singer/bassist Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland, which culminated in many dramatic moments, like the time Copeland “accidentally” broke one of Sting’s ribs in the studio. The band broke up in 1984, so it was surprising to hear that they were getting back together in 2007. However, it didn’t take long for the claws to come out –after their first performance, Copeland published a statement on his website, giving his own band a phenomenally crappy review. Copeland compared the beginning of the show to premature ejaculation, called the show "lame," said that Sting looked like a “petulant pansy” (points for awesome alliteration), and declared that the band was merely playing “avant-garde twelve-tone hodgepodges.” Now that’s pure poetry.
New Order This reunion was awkward for a lot of reasons. For starters, if New Order is Joy Division without Ian Curtis, shouldn’t New Order only be New Order when bassist Peter Hook is around? Clearly, the band didn’t think so, going forward with a 2011 reunion with a different line-up. Hook had refused to join the band for a series of tour dates, but the band went forward with their reunion, anyway. Hook released a series of zings in response, including “The truth is, [singer] Bernard’s a twat and he always has been” and “I don’t think they’re New Order, because I was in that band.” Ruined in a day, indeed.
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"That snail is fast!" This tagline sums up all you need to know about Turbo, the rather ironic tale of a garden snail who races in the Indy 500. The latest computer-animated flick from Dreamworks tells a typically predictable underdog story, with the proper doses of humor and heartwarming moments. It's totally cliché, but still great family fun.
Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Turbo (née Theo) is a simple garden snail who is fed up with his humdrum life in the tomato patch with his overly cautious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti). When he isn't working with overripe fruit at "the plant," the ambitious little snail watches old car race tapes and dreams of being fast like French-Canadian Indy 500 champion Guy Gagne (voiced by Bill Hader). Then one fateful night, Turbo is exposed to nitrous oxide and effectively transformed into a car, equipped with a radio, alarm, headlights, and best of all, super speed. Turbo's newfound abilities quickly come into play when he rescues Chet from a crow attack, but the two brothers are then snatched up by a taco truck driver named Tito Lopez. Just when they think they're about to become escargot, Chet and Turbo are surprised to find that Tito only wants to enter them in a snail race.
Tito and his brother Angelo operate the struggling Dos Bros taco stand in a ramshackle strip mall with a hobby shop, nail salon, and auto repair shop. The owners are friends, racing snails together to take their minds off their failing businesses. But when they discover Turbo's incredible talents, they decide to show him off to the world. With hopes to win the Indy 500 and put their strip mall on the map, the shop owners and their snails band together to travel to Indianapolis. Then, it's all up to Turbo and his supersnail speed.
With a star-studded cast boasting the likes of Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez, Luis Guzmán, Michale Pena and Richard Jenkins, Turbo is an adorable film about a little snail with big dreams. While some animated movies focus solely on entertaining the kids, and others devote too much energy to appeasing the adults, Turbo manages to achieve a nice balance of humor that will have parents and their children laughing together. And it promotes the inspiring messages that we want our children to be exposed to: 1) Follow your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may be. 2) Your heroes may disappoint you, but you can become your own hero. 3) Taco trucks are awesome.
Indeed, Turbo features some nice contemporary touches, like the ever-popular food truck, a viral video subplot, and a French-accented car-racing villain à la Talladega Nights. Still, there is absolutely nothing surprising about this movie, which isn't necessarily to its detriment but certainly makes for a less exciting viewing experience. There's comic relief (most notably Ken Jeong's voice performance as a feisty female manicurist) and a bit of suspense, but we're never too worried that things won't turn out okay in the end. Is it realistic? Of course not. But is it fun? Most definitely. In effect, it's an easy movie to watch and enjoy for 90 minutes or so, but you probably won't find yourself hankering for a repeat viewing. While Turbo is nothing groundbreaking, it's a charming film with a lot of heart.
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Michael Jackson's nephew T.J. broke down in tears in court on Thursday (27Jun13) as he opened up about the late King of Pop, describing the star as his "mentor" following the tragic death of his mother in 1994. T.J. Jackson, son of Michael's brother Tito, testified in Los Angeles as part of the ongoing wrongful death trial against bosses at concert promoters AEG Live, and explained that he agreed to step up and become a co-guardian of the singer's three children because of the close relationship he had shared with his uncle.
The former 3T singer revealed the superstar had given him extra guidance as he struggled to come to terms with the drowning murder of his mum, DeDe Jackson, and he felt compelled to do the same for his young cousins, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, after the Thriller hitmaker's unexpected passing in 2009.
He acknowledged the troubles 15-year-old Paris has faced since the huge loss, although he stopped short of specifically mentioning her apparent suicide attempt which landed her in hospital earlier this month (Jun13).
He told the court that he was working hard to help the embattled teen, but confessed, "It's tough. She was daddy's girl. My uncle was her world."
Calling Paris the "princess" of the King of Pop's world, he added, "Paris has a heart of gold. I just think the loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level. She's in a tough spot, but we're all loving her and doing everything we can to get her where she should be."
The defence lawyers then aired a music video 3T had recorded with the pop icon, after which Jackson said, "He was just everything", before being overcome with emotion.
During the testimony, Jackson also touched on the paparazzi attention his three charges attract and claimed, "In my opinion, I know it's making everything harder for the kids to grieve and recover and progress."
He also used the opportunity to voice his support for actress Halle Berry and her efforts to ban snappers from taking pictures of stars' kids, saying, "I think it's awful what they get away with."
T.J. Jackson's testimony came a day after Prince Michael took the stand in the wrongful death case.
Jackson matriarch Katherine and the singer's three children are suing AEG Live chiefs amid allegations they were responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who is serving time on involuntary manslaughter charges for administering the drug overdose which killed the King of Pop, and ignoring key signs the superstar was seriously ill prior to his passing in 2009.