Jermaine Jackson is not a fan of his late brother's 'new' album because it doesn't sound like the Thriller hitmaker singing the songs. The singer, who has become one of the most outspoken Jacksons following Michael's death in 2009, reveals he and his brothers and sisters were not even asked for their approval before posthumous recordings like the hit Love Never Felt So Good were released on Xscape earlier this year (14) - and he, for one, finds it difficult to listen to the unreleased recordings.
In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air in America on Sunday (17Aug14), he says, "I'll just say this - Michael has a way of doing things. What I'm hearing is not Michael at all.
"If Michael wanted this stuff out, he would've put it out. Bottom line. And for them (producers) to take this, and I'm going to say them, because they know who they are, and to put all these hip-hop beats to it, and this and that... Michael would die over again if he heard what they were doing."
And Jermaine also disapproved of the way the album was promoted at the Grammy Awards earlier this year (14) - with a performance featuring a hologram of the late King of Pop and Usher.
He adds, "My 17-year-old son called me and said, 'Dad, did you see what they did to Uncle Michael?' I said it didn't even look like him. It didn't move like him, and it seemed like it was a body double. I wasn't happy once I saw it later. It's not good."
Janet Jackson is reportedly back in the studio working on new music for her first album in six years. Producer Ian Cross has revealed he is working with Jackson on some new tracks for an upcoming record, which will be the All For You hitmaker's first release since Discipline in 2008.
He tells Barefoot Sound, "Janet and I had a little bit more of a special relationship because we became friends naturally. You meet a lot of people and you become friends with a couple of them, but sometimes there is one person you become really good friends with.
"She asked me to work on an album with her called Discipline in 2007 and, again, just do the same thing, produce the vocals. That led to her hiring me full-time to work with her. That's where I'm at now."
And Cross reveals the new album will be an international affair, adding, "The Janet Jacksons of the world can't just spend their time in one studio in one city anymore... We've been working in Qatar, we've been working in Paris, the Middle East, and now we feel like we can work anywhere. The new album is going to be great. It's a process. There's a lot in store, yet to come."
Lawyers for Michael Jackson's estate have launched legal action over the sale of a batch of concert photographs. Bosses at California-based Premiere Props put up for auction a collection of images of the King of Pop taken on The Jacksons' Victory Tour in 1984, with the lot valued at up to $2,000 (£1,176).
However, it is alleged the snapper who took the pictures had been personally hired by Jackson to shoot the gigs and the Thriller hitmaker's company owned the right to all images, according to TMZ.com.
A legal team representing the late singer's estate have filed legal documents demanding Premiere bosses hand over the profits from the auction.
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.
Two of the world's most famous dynasties are to clash on TV as Jermaine Jackson and Daniel Baldwin trade lives for the new season of U.S. show Celebrity Wife Swap. The brothers of Michael and Janet Jackson and Alec, Billy and Stephen Baldwin will feature in the premiere episode of the reality show's new season on 15 April (14).
Isabella Hofmann, Baldwin's former girlfriend and the mother of his 17-year-old son Atticus, will move in with Jackson for one week, while Jermaine's wife Halima will experience life in the Baldwin clan.
The Jacksons are relatively new to reality TV, but Daniel's weight and drug addiction issues landed him spots on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2005 and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008. He also joined the cast of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!, with his brother Stephen, in 2009.
The latest celebrity wife swappers join a list of odd celebrity couplings, including Dee Snider and Flavor Flav, Coolio and Mark McGrath and Andy Dick and Lorenzo Lamas.
Music duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff are to be presented with a top honour during the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. The songwriters will receive the Johnny Mercer Award in honour of their career achievements at the event in New York City in June (14).
The songwriting and production team, who worked with stars including Dusty Springfield, The Jacksons and Patti LaBelle, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995.
Previous winners of the Johnny Mercer Award include Stevie Wonder and last year's (13) honourees Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
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!'"
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There's a "Will They or Won't They" type of thing going on with The Neighbors. Alien (as in extra-terrestrial) Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo) and Amber Weaver (Clara Mamet) were dating, but due to constant interference from Jane, Reggie's supposed soulmate from his home planet, it looks like they are off now after Weaver threw in the towel in a recent episode. Will they resolve this in a way that'll make people happy by the time that the season ends or will they leave it in a cliffhanger, hoping to be able to continue it in another season. (Hint, it's never a good idea to do that, look at what happened with Terra Nova - we'll never know what was actually going on when they found all those artifacts from other eras in the age of the dinosaurs.)
Mamet - yes, she's a daughter of playwright David Mamet, just like her sister Zosia on Girls - and Jo have a good chemistry behind her sullen teenager mien. It's clear that she still cares about Jackson although they are not together. Witness their looking out the window at each other as they watched movie night at their own home, an activity that was usually shared together, but obviously didn't happen this time due to the breakup.
So what we're looking at may be a Ross/Rachel type of situation, if Ross were an outer space being inhabiting a human form and Rachel made goths look cheery sometimes. This is one of the better opposites attract pairings that I've seen, though, with some really genuinely sweet moments, like when Weaver painted Jacksons' room with glow-in-the dark paint to look like the nighttime sky. It was also painfully obvious that Jackson had strong feelings towards Weaver, with his constantly asking how she felt about him, so this who Jane situation just feels like a temporary roadblock. While I know that there's supposed to be some kind of conflict to drive stories forward, I find Jane a rather irksome overly perky, nearly stalkerish nag who just won't go away.
And hey, if they need good relationship advice between a human and non-human, they could always hit up a certain alien from the planet Ork. Which reminds me that it's a shame that Robin Williams is busy on The Crazy Ones, since he'd be a perfect guest star for this show. Nanoo Nanoo.
The Jacksons are following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Meat Loaf by joining them in Las Vegas for a new residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The legendary group will perform 40 shows for the RockTellz & CockTails concert series, starting on 20 February (14).
A statement from singer Jackie Jackson reads, "We are thrilled to be a part of RockTellz & Cocktails at Planet Hollywood. As a Las Vegas resident, I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this amazing series at one of the most iconic entertainment destinations in the world. My brothers and I can't wait to take the stage and bring our hits - and the stories behind them - to life for the fans."
They will rotate with singer Meat Loaf, who debuted his show last autumn (13) and will return to the Vegas stage in February (14).
The Jacksons reunited in 2012, three years after the death of Michael Jackson, after a 30-year hiatus.
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."