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  1. Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Unreleased Material From Michael Jackson, Other Sony Artists

    January 13, 2013 5:05 PM EST British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment. Officials said that music afi ...

  2. Alleged Michael Jackson Catalog Thieves Claim Innocence

    March 07, 2012 2:17 PM EST LONDON - Two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony's computers are confident they can prove their innocence in court, their lawyer said Wednesday. Solicitor Karen Todner said James Marks a ...

  3. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  4. Michael Jackson Estate Sues Former Manager

    February 17, 2012 6:00 PM EST Michael Jackson's estate sued the singer's former manager on Friday, claiming he lined his own pockets by persuading the pop superstar to sign unconscionable contracts in the final year of his life. The lawsuit against Tohme R. Tohme cam ...

  5. Chart Moves: Madonna's Sales Surge; Michael Jackson's 'Glee'-ful Impact, fun.'s 'We Are Young' Climbs

    February 10, 2012 7:32 AM EST The Billboard 200: While Adele's "21" spends an incredible 19th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die" debuts at No. 2 on the chart. Right behind Del Rey, perhaps shockingly, is veteran singe ...

  6. 'Glee's' 'Smooth Criminal' Selling Big; Heading For High Chart Debut

    February 02, 2012 2:14 PM EST Santana (Naya Rivera, second from L) and Sebastian (guest star Grant Gustin, third from L) perform with 2Cellos (Sulic, L and Hauser, R) (Photo: ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX ) "Glee's" take on Michael Jackson's ...

  7. Backbeat: Inside Michael Jackson's 'Immortal' Album Via Music Designer Kevin Antunes

    November 11, 2011 7:30 AM EST It's one thing to listen to music. It's another to feel like you're inside of it. The latter was definitely the case during a 90-minute preview (Nov. 9) of Epic's upcoming Michael Jackson "Immortal" album. Los Angeles ...

  8. Executors To Give $30 Million to Michael Jackson Heirs

    September 13, 2011 9:44 PM EDT The executors of Michael Jackson's estate say they will distribute $30 million to the Jackson Family Trust for the benefit of the singer's mother, his three children and charities, under the terms of Jackson's will. The executors sa ...

  9. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Big on Hoopla, Short on Details

    July 25, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Several members of Michael Jackson's family held a press conference in Beverly Hills on Monday (July 25) morning to announce a tribute concert for their brother, who died two years ago. Aside from a location, a date and a name for the event, ...

  10. Michael Jackson: Two Years Since His Death How Much Has He Sold?

    June 25, 2011 12:05 AM EDT While it's been two years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his solo catalog of music continues to post solid numbers in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. From his passing through the week ending June 19, 2011, Jac ...

  11. Posthumous Michael Jackson Album Sells 3 Million Worldwide

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, but he's being challenged by the current queens of music. Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, followed by Susan Boyle's "The Gift. ...

  12. Michael Jackson Estate Has 'More Songs to Share,' Collaborators Say

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST A couple of Michael Jackson collaborators involved with the posthumous "Michael" album say there's more where these tracks came from -- and they hope to see them released in the future, too. "My sense is they have lots more son ...

  13. Michael Jackson Songs Needed 'Considerable Digital Enhancement,' Says Teddy Riley

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST According to famed producer Teddy Riley, one of the main producers on the posthumous Michael Jackson album, "Michael," which drops today (Dec. 14), the late King of Pop's vocal tracks required considerable digital enhancement. " ...

  14. New Michael Jackson Song, 'Much Too Soon,' Debuts on Ping

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following the release of first single "Hold My Hand," a new song from the forthcoming Michael Jackson album "Michael" has debuted online. The somber love ballad "Much Too Soon," which is the 10th and final track on th ...

  15. Why Michael Jackson's New Album Could Debut Stronger Than 'This Is It'

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nearly a year and a half after the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop continues to play a significant role in boosting the fortunes of his label Epic Records and its parent Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson's total U.S. music sa ...

  16. Michael Jackson 'Hold My Hand' Duet with Akon Debuts

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The first official single from a controversial new Michael Jackson album was released on Monday to good initial reviews and expectations of strong digital sales. "Hold My Hand," a duet Jackson first recorded with Senegalese rapper and re ...

  17. Michael Jackson's 'Hold My Hand' Single, 'Michael' Album Tracklist Announced

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The lead single from the late King of Pop's upcoming "Michael" album will be "Hold My Hand," a duet with Akon, which will debut as a stream on michaeljackson.com this coming Monday (Nov. 15), at 12:01 a.m. EST. The news co ...

  18. Sony: New Michael Jackson Album Could Sell 400,000 In First Week

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial U.S. shipment of Michael Jackson’s "Michael," due Dec. 14 on Epic Records, is 900,000, according to retail sources. Sony is projecting first-week CD sales of 340,000 and digital album sales of 60,000. That projection is simil ...

  19. Jackson Producer, Manager Vouch For Jackson Song

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some of Michael Jackson's family members are unhappy with the release of the posthumous single "Breaking News." But the late legend's longtime producer and manager say it is indeed Jackson's voice on the newly released tra ...

  20. Michael Jackson 'Breaking News' Song Debuts Online, Stirs Controversy

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Breaking News," the dancefloor-ready first taste of the upcoming Michael Jackson album "Michael," was posted in full Monday on the singer's website and has since led some fans, and even members of Jackson's family, t ...

  21. New Michael Jackson Video Hits The Web

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Michael," the Michael Jackson album comprised of original material recorded by the King of Pop before his death, will be released Dec. 14 but the video from the first single, "Breaking News," has already hit the Web. The video ...

  22. Michael Jackson's New Album Out Dec. 14

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Michael," the Michael Jackson album comprised of original material recorded by the King of Pop before his death, will be released Dec. 14 on Epic Records in conjunction with his estate, it was announced today (Nov. 4). The first full tr ...

  23. Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil Tour Will Be 'A Celebration,' Says Director

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is going on the road in 2011 -- even if the late Jackson isn't there to be part of it. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a Cirque du Soleil production based on Jackson's music and career, begins its North American ...

  24. Calif. Court To Hear Jackson Dad's Estate Appeal

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday (Oct. 6) on whether Michael Jackson's father should be allowed to challenge the administrators of his son's already lucrative estate. Joe Jackson has appealed a probate court's dismissa ...

  25. Appeals Court Sets Hearing In Jackson Estate Case

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An appeals court has scheduled a hearing for lawyers for the father of Michael Jackson to argue that he deserves a role in decisions involving his son's multi-million dollar estate. The Second District Court of Appeal said Thursday (Sept. 2) ...

  26. Judge Dismisses Promoter's Lawsuit Against Jackson

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a concert promoter against the late Michael Jackson over a failed reunion concert that would have featured the Jackson Five and his sister Janet. U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. gr ...

  27. Will.i.am Doesn't Support New Michael Jackson Album

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Michael Jackson album is expected by the end of the year, culled from unreleased material in his vaults. But Jackson collaborator and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is vehemently opposed to the idea. "I don't think that should ...

  28. Eminem's 'Recovery' Explodes At No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 741,000 Debut

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 741,000—the largest sales week for a single album since October 2008 . . . It's his sixth straight No. 1 debut and sixth overall chart-topper . . . He also tops t ...

  29. Michael Jackson U.K. Sales Snapshot

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the year since his death, Michael Jackson's combined album and track sales in the U.K. total 4.31 million according to the Official Charts Co. For the 12 months since June 25, 2009, Jackson moved 2.77 million albums and 1.54 million tracks ...

  30. Jackson Fans Pay Tribute To The Billion Dollar Man

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson fans around the world lit candles on Friday (June 25) to mark the death one year ago of the controversial pop star whose posthumous popularity has returned him to a pedestal and made him a billion dollar man. Fans in Hanoi, Vietnam ...

  31. 'Glee' Scores Highest-rated New Series Finale

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox's "Glee" finale rose to a strong performance Tuesday evening, easily ranking as the highest-rated entertainment program. The first season "Glee" swan song drew 10.9 million viewers and a 4.6 preliminary adults 18-49 ra ...

  32. Michael Jackson in $200 Million-plus Recording Deal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The estate of Michael Jackson has landed the late King of Pop the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. T ...

  33. Sade Soldiers On Atop Euro Chart

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sade's "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) secures a fourth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. But there's a surprise on Hot 100 Singles where, in a close-fought race, Belgian singer-songwriter Stro ...

  34. Lenny Kravitz Denies Leaking Michael Jackson's 'Another Day'

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lenny Kravitz took to Twitter on Monday (Jan. 4) to "set the record straight" about a leaked version of Michael Jackson's "Another Day," a song the rocker recorded with the King of Pop before his passing. Kravitz posted a ...

  35. Michael Jackson Estate Administrators Seek Payment

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The administrators of Michael Jackson's estate and a cadre of attorneys are seeking millions for managing the King of Pop's affairs after death, court documents show. It's unclear how much exactly will be paid out. The administrator ...

  36. Michael Jackson Poised For Top Spot On Billboard 200

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Michael Jackson's movie "This Is It" is about to open in theaters, the film's companion album of the same name is already doing brisk business. Industry prognosticators suggest that the Epic Records set -- which was released ...

  37. Katherine Jackson Picks New Lawyer In Estate Case

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A shake-up in Katherine Jackson's legal team left her unrepresented during a hearing Thursday to clarify the power two attorneys have over her pop star son's estate, but it didn't stop the judge from issuing orders upholding those p ...

  38. 'New' Michael Jackson Single Written In 1983

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson didn't do it his way after all. Hours after the pop singer's first posthumous single "This Is It" was released amid great hype on Monday, it emerged that the tune had been recorded 18 years ago by an obscure P ...

  39. New Michael Jackson Single Hits The Airwaves

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's new single "This Is It" began streaming online and playing across the radio airwaves Monday, nearly four months after the "king of pop" died of a prescription drug overdose aged 50. The track, which featu ...

  40. German Comedian's Chart Challenge Fails

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany's most successful comedian Mario Barth has failed in his attempts to have his latest Sony Music release "Männer Sind Peinlich, Frauen Manchmal Auch" ("Men are embarrassing but so are women sometimes") moved from th ...

  41. Jackson Movie To Get Mass Worldwide Premiere

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" -- based on footage from concert rehearsals before his death in June -- will have simultaneous premieres in more than 15 cities around the world next month, the studio behind the film said. "Th ...

  42. Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug' Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys' third album "Humbug" (Domino) becomes the British modern rock band's first No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is relegat ...

  43. Michael Jackson Memorabilia Shows Gets Judge's OK

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge on Friday firmly approved a deal between Michael Jackson's estate and a concert promoter to exhibit his memorabilia, praising the arrangement that the singer's mother had fought in court over her concerns that it could harm his l ...

  44. Judge OKs Jackson Deal, Burial Planned

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge has approved a deal for the sale of Michael Jackson merchandise, but delayed making a decision on a traveling exhibition dedicated to the King of Pop, amid objections from the singer's mother. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell ...

  45. Promoter: Jackson Tribute To Be Televised Globally

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next month's tribute to Michael Jackson on the grounds of a 17th century palace in Vienna will feature a three-hour, star-studded show to be televised live to a global audience of 1 billion people, the event promoter said Tuesday. Georg Kinde ...

  46. Michael Jackson Is King Again In Europe

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson replaces himself at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "The Collection" moves 2-1 to swap places with another Epic/Sony Music Entertainment compilation, "King of Pop." Meanwhile, Pitbu ...

  47. Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas Control U.K. Charts

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas, already boasting the longest successive stay at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with 17 weeks in total for "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope/Universal), jumped 3-1 in the U.K. with the latter s ...

  48. Michael Jackson Controls Euro Chart

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) continues its chart-topping run on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey, with Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1) moving in ...

  49. Michael Jackson Still Dominates Euro Chart

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson continues to hold down the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums, as European Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new bestseller in Pitbull's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1 ...

  50. Michael Jackson Theatrical Release Deal Close

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sources have confirmed to Billboard that a deal between the Michael Jackson Estate, AEG Live and Sony for a theatrical release of the Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from the ill-fated This Is It concerts could close today, though there are stil ...

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