Good Morning everyone! Right now I think I might have some news about Michael possibly attending Jay-z's grandopening of his 40/40 club in Las Vegas. I encountered an article but can't get to it all because it requires a supscription but I have part of the article where it has names of possible guests I suppose and Michael's name is on it.
In other news it looks as though Michael is being sued yet again by a music company for copy right infringement in using the TV show Different Strokes theme song. Michael is not the only one being sued though looks as though Will Smith, Sony BMG, and Universial Music Group are added to the suit.
Michael Jackson News:
Grand Opening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Las Vegas
Grand Opening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Las Vegas
StreetInsider.com (subscription), MI - 10 hours ago
About 40/40 Club:
The 40/40 Club, named after one of sport's most prestigious achievements -- 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season, combines a multi-level ultra sports bar with a chic lounge all under the direction of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Providing the ultimate in sports and entertainment, the 40/40 Club will feature an eclectic menu including The Picnic (fried deviled eggs and southern-fried chicken sticks with the special 40/40 sauce), signature 40/40 burgers, and wings amongst other items. The sports memorabilia amidst the lavish gold and platinum decor will serve as the perfect backdrop for the ultra luxurious sports bar. For more information visit http://www.the4040club.com.
I think this is part of their possible guest list:
... Foxx**Johnny Gill**Judge Greg Mathis**Lebron James**Magic Johnson**Michael Jackson**Mos Def**Ne-Yo**Talib Kweli** The-Dream**Timbaland**Will. ...
Suit says artists ignored Different Strokes copyright
Artists including Michael Jackson and Will Smith and distributors Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have been sued for copyright infringement for the use of the song Different Strokes.
Sylvester Thompson of Cook County, Ill., and Sly-Zel Music Co. and Twilight Record Co. claim in a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Chicago that since 1991 the defendants were "substantially copying, publicly performing, making and distributing or authorizing the making and distributing" of records and sharing the proceeds from the use of the song.
The other defendants named in the complaint are the estate of Tupac Shakur, KRS One and Boogie Down Production (aka Lawrence Parker), Peedi Crakk & Young Chris, Mijac Music, EMI/Capitol Records, Zomba Enterprises, Amaru Entertainment and Universal Publishing.
The plaintiffs asked the court to prohibit the performers and music companies from making or distributing records that may further infringe on the song's copyright, first issued in 1967. They also seek unspecified damages.
Michael Jackson Mentionings:
Iconic shades still sporty, assertive
MELISSA MAGSAYSAY | Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 12:30 am
Mention aviator sunglasses and "Top Gun" might be the first thing that comes to mind. But a close second should be Ray-Ban, the company that originated the style 70 years ago.
Modeled after military-issue goggles, aviators were developed for pilots who needed anti-glare glasses. They became popular with civilians in the late 1960s and early 1970s, only to be eclipsed by the Ray-Ban Wayfarer in the 1980s.
In Hollywood, aviators never strayed too far from the spotlight. They've shaded the famous faces of Robert Redford, Michael Jackson and Angelina Jolie. They are a perennial classic on the runways too, at Michael Kors and Gucci. And although aviators do get updated with oversized lenses and sleeker materials, their sloping frames always will accentuate the cheekbones.
Aviators are sporty and assertive. (Why do you think they are a police officer favorite?) The shiny metal rims go with everything. And because the recent revival of the Wayfarer is now waning, what better time to shift the focus from that winning style to another classic?
To mark the anniversary, Ray-Ban is releasing 25,000 pairs of 22 karat gold-plated "Ultra" aviators at $485, available at Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Quite a jump from the original $129 price tag.
Also at the high end, Chloe and Lanvin have hot versions for spring.
There's no gold-plating or engraved serial number on Roxy's "G&T" glasses, but for $95 they are sturdy enough, and the little plastic nose guards don't wiggle around.
Mall stores Aldo and Zara are making excellent versions in a rich gold hue at $12.99 and $35, respectively.
The best deal we found was on the wire rack at a 76 gas station. For $5.99, these gold specs are a dead ringer for Ray-Bans, as long as you can look past the malleable metal and lack of UV protection. At this rate, you can buy a pair for home, the office and the plane, er, car.
Drama grips sale of Pickford Oscars
Once or twice a year a statuette goes up for sale. The best picture Oscar for "How Green Was My Valley" sold at Christie's in 2004 for $95,600. In 1999, Michael Jackson set the record for most money ever paid: $1.54 million for the best picture Oscar for "Gone With the Wind."