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Posts Tagged ‘michael jackson’

Akon Plays Pop Associated, Talks Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Whitney Houston & More

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While Akon stopped by the Idolator to discuss his philanthropic work with the Akon Lighting Africa Project and Peace One Day, we also made a point of asking him about the sheer volume of other artists the smooth crooner has collaborated with over the last 10 years. After all, this is the guy who signed Lady Gaga to his Kon Live label, sang the memorable wooh hoo hook on Gwen Stefani‘s “Sweet Escape,” worked with Michael Jackson on several songs before the pop king’s death and penned tracks for Whitney Houston‘s final album I Look To You.

We also couldn’t help singling out one of the hands-down best collabs Akon has ever done (in our humble opinion) — Kardinall Offishall‘s 2007 smash “Dangerous” — and getting the full scoop on how the song came together.

Above, watch Akon as he rattles off the first thing that comes to mind with each artist we mention. Then head below to watch him school us on his hit “Dangerous.”

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7 Questions With Akon: Unreleased Michael Jackson, Harlee, ‘Stadium’ & His Lighting Africa Project

0a700014ede0456a68d242ed7e13ed81 7 Questions With Akon: Unreleased Michael Jackson, Harlee, ‘Stadium’ & His Lighting Africa Project

Akon has been hitting the pavement to get the word out about two of his passion projects, but this time they’re not music releases. (That said, he does have a single out, “So Blue,” which you can purchase on iTunes here.) Rather, the hit-making music mogul is putting his power behind two philanthropic endeavors: Akon Lighting Africa, a project that aims to bring electricity to 1 million households in rural areas of the continent, and Peace One Day, a concert in the Congo this September 21 that Akon will headline in an effort to promote nonviolence on a day dedicated to cease-fire in war-torn areas.

Akon stopped by our studio to talk about these campaigns, and while chatting he let on that there are still a few unreleased “ideas” — in some form or other — with regards to collaborations between he and Michael Jackson that he’s holding onto.  One music-related project that will see the light of day in 2014, according to the singer, is his long-delayed fourth album Stadium.

“I’m definitely committed to putting out an album before the end of the year,” Akon tells Idolator, in the video interview posted above. “It’s goin’ out. I’ll be able to give you the exact dates very soon, but I have a huge plan on how I’m going to release it.”

Aside from his own music, Akon also recently collaborated with famed choreographer Laurieann Gibson (aka Harlee) on her single “Dream Warriors.”

“I’m looking forward to her, just on the road,” he says. “I think once she goes out on tour, people will really see a performance [that's] out of this world. She’s one of the most innovative, creative type of artists in a long time.”

Catch Idolator’s full interview with Akon above.

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Tame Impala Covers Michael Jackson’s “Stranger In Moscow”: Listen To The Hazy Delight

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Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala has recorded a surprisingly great cover of Michael Jackson‘s 1996 single “Stranger In Moscow”. While far from MJ’s biggest hit (it peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100), few tracks in the King of Pop’s discography do a better job of capturing the isolation and alienation he must have been feeling toward the end of his life.

The lo-fi rock interpretation is thought to be part of Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker‘s disco-inspired side-project. He has a busy year ahead. The band is working on the follow up to breakthrough sophomore set Lonerism and recently featured on Kendrick Lamar‘s Divergent soundtrack cut “Backwards”. Listen to their hazy take on “Stranger In Moscow” after the jump.

Did the band do Michael justice? Have your say in the comments below.

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Michael Jackson’s Timbaland-Produced “Slave To The Rhythm”: Hear A Snippet Of The New Track

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Back in August 2013, Timbaland revealed L.A. Reid enlisted him to work on a posthumous Michael Jackson album featuring Jackson’s unreleased vocals and Tim’s production. Tim said back then that he’d have the work done by the end of 2013, but only now are we hearing the first bit of music from the project.

For Timbaland Thursdays, the producer posted a 1:07 snippet of a new song called “Slave To The Rhythm.” The majority of the chunk is a typically busy Tim arrangement, with his syncopated percussion intertwining with 20/20 Experience-type strings. Then the King of Pop storms in with his angry voice, repeating “She’s a slave to the rhythm.”

To be honest, the Timbo sound kind of overwhelms MJ on this one, but it’s tough to really know with such a short sample. Hear it for yourself below.

[via Miss Info]

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Michael Jackson Could Have An Illegitimate Son: Morning Mix

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:: A DNA test has allegedly confirmed that Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s illegitimate son. Conspiracy theorists point out that Brandon’s mom, R&B singer Miki Howard, went by the name Billy in the early ’80s and claim that MJ’s classic hit “Billie Jean” was written about her. [TMZ]

:: Aaron Carter jumped on Twitter to declare his undying love for ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff and expressed his desire to win her back. This is either extremely creepy or romantic. I’m not quite sure. [Gossip Cop]

:: The things we do for family. Dannii Minogue revealed that big sister Kylie Minogue made her sit through the entire season of The Voice UK for feedback. Hopefully the Australian pop legend provided lots of popcorn and wine. [Digital Spy]

:: Pink is being sued by a producer that worked on her 2000 debut LP Can’t Take Me Home. Sony Music puts the dispute down to a clerical error and an address change. This could get complicated. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

:: Live With Kelly & Michael (syndicated) — Lea Michele
:: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Broken Bells
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Joan Jett & The Blackhearts



 

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Bastille Mash Up Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” & Pulp’s “Common People” For Live Lounge: Watch

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Bastille are no strangers to mashing up classic ’90s pop jams, as evidenced by their Corona vs. Snap! tour de force, “Of The Night.” And this time around the London band chose Michael Jackson‘s “Earth Song” and Pulp‘s “Common People” to blend together, for their BBC Live Lounge performance.

With the BRIT Awards just around the corner, this particular choice of songs is a bit of a wink back to the 1996 Brits, when Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker rushed the stage during Jackson’s overblown performance of “Earth Song” and playfully mooned the audience.

Above, catch Bastille’s soulful “Earth Song” and “Common People” performance, and then see the notorious prank Cocker pulled at the Brits below.

Michael Jackson — ”Earth Song” at the 1996 BRIT Awards

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FOX Says ‘American Idol’ Is “Winding Down” : Morning Mix

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:: FOX president Chase Carey says that American Idol is “winding down” due to ratings that have “fallen faster than we hoped.” This news arrives shortly after FOX canceled the U.S. edition of The X Factor. [Digital Spy]

:: The IRS reports that Michael Jackson‘s estate now owes more than $702 million in taxes and penalties due to underpayment. Get this: Jackson’s executors had reported his net worth at above $7 million, while the IRS placed it at $1.125 billion (!). [Los Angeles Times]

:: The FAA started investigating reports that Justin Bieber smoked enough marijuana on his private jet to force pilots to wear oxygen masks. Sources also say that pilots asked a flight attendant to remain in the cockpit because Bieber and his father were being “extremely abusive verbally” toward her. [CNN]

:: KatyCats, watch out: Katy Perry teases that she will release a “Dark Horse” video soon. Next question: Will it be anything like her American Horror Story-inspired Grammy performance? [Twitter]

:: A Panic! at the Disco concert at Atlanta’s Tabernacle was evacuated after the venue’s floor started to crack. “”Atlanta you rocked so hard we literally broke the floor and you set the record for the shortest… show ever! Glad no one got hurt,” the band said on Twitter. [Access Atlanta]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — The Orwells
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Eric Church
:: The Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) — Rico Love
:: The View (ABC) — Candice Glover
:: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) — Bruno Mars
:: The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) — Chicago



 

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Justin Bieber Compares His Plight To Michael Jackson’s In New Instagram Post

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Justin Bieber really thinks the world is out to get him. The 19-year-old, who was arrested in Miami yesterday (January 23) for DUI and drag racing, finally responded to the situation this morning. Instead of issuing an apology to shocked fans, the Canadian superstar updated his Instagram account with side-by-side photos of him and Michael Jackson.

There’s nothing subtle about this. Justin thinks he is being wronged by the media — much like the late great king of pop. “What more can they say,” he wrote on the post and even included a crown emoji. There’s no denying that the Journals singer is subject to a high degree of media scrutiny but that hardly gives him carte blanche to break the law.

The comparison with Michael is also galling because he was ruthlessly hounded for 30+ years (both before and after child abuse allegations arose in 1993) and, with all due respect to Justin, was in an entirely different league. See the teen’s misguided post and some MJ/JB side-by-side stats after the jump.

Michael Jackson

US number one hits: 13

US top 10 hits: 28

Grammys won: 13

Highest selling album: Thriller (50+ million copies sold worldwide)

Justin Bieber

US number one hits: 0

US top 10 hits: 5

Grammys won: 0

Highest selling album: My World 2.0 (5+ million copies sold worldwide)

What was Justin thinking? Speculate in the comments below.

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Paris Jackson Returns Home After Hospitalization: Morning Mix

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:: Michael Jackson‘s daughter Paris has returned to her grandmother Katherine’s home in California. Paris was hospitalized in June 2013 immediately following a suicide attempt. [E!]

:: Queen guitarist Brian May confesses that he’s undergoing tests that will reveal whether or not he has cancer. “I’ve seen so many of my dear friends fighting it… and my Dad lost his battle at age 66, exactly the age I am now,” May says. “So over the last few days I’ve been in various states of unrest.” [Billboard]

:: Eve celebrated the new year with wonderful news — she’s engaged to British fashion designer Maximillion Cooper. The two have been dating for several years, and in interviews promoting her latest album Lip Lock, the Pop School alum even talked about how she’d approach raising their future children. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Beyonce‘s “XO” contains a sample from the space shuttle Challenger explosion, which compares its “major malfunction” to a failing relationship. NASA criticized the usage, saying the Challenger incident is “a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized.” [USA Today]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Two Door Cinema Club (repeat)
:: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) — Tenacious D
:: Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) — Kitten (repeat)
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Megadeth (repeat)
:: Live with Kelly & Michael (ABC) — Colbie Caillat (repeat)
:: The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) — Willow Smith (repeat)



 

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Rihanna Ties Michael Jackson’s Hot 100 Record, Thanks To Eminem’s “The Monster”

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Well, Rihanna‘s really startin’ somethin’ now (ba-ziiiiiing!). Thanks to her feature on Eminem‘s second Marshall Mathers LP 2 single “The Monster,” which bumps Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” off the top of the Hot 100 this week, the Barbadian songbird has now tied Michael Jackson‘s string of 13 #1 singles in the US, according to Billboard. This puts MJ and RiRi behind only The Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18) as far as the most #1s, and it has them now just ahead of Madonna and The Supremes (both have 12).

Of course, it should be noted that 12 of Michael Jackson’s #1s were billed to the King Of Pop alone (only “Say Say Say” was a pair-up, with Paul MCartney). Three of Rihanna’s chart-topping singles are features: T.I.‘s “Live Your Life,” Eminem‘s “Love The Way You Lie” and, now, “The Monster.”

And if we want to get really technical, Michael Jackson also hit #1 as part of the USA For Africa lineup, with 1985′s “We Are The World,” a song he co-wrote and features on vocally. Likewise, four Jackson 5 singles featuring Michael on lead vocals peaked at #1 in the 1970s: “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.”

As for Eminem, “The Monster” is his fifth #1, following “Lose Yourself,” “Crack A Bottle,” “Not Afraid” and “Love The Way You Lie.” He now ties Diddy and Ludacris as the rappers with the most chart-topping singles on the Hot 100.

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