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Performing at MJ Tribute Concert

... Via Satellite

8/22/2011 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

just joined the growing list of A-listers performing at the upcoming MJ Tribute Concert in Wales -- but unlike the rest of the line-up ... she'll only be a glimmer of her former self.

Promoters behind the "Michael Forever Tribute" in October just posted the announcement to their Facebook page -- Bey will perform one of her favorite Jackson 5 songs ... via satellite.

Sadly, Beyonce couldn't perform live due to scheduling issues -- but this is almost the same, right? Right?


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seriously who cares? its all a big money grab

1123 days ago


Conrad Murray's attorneys seek sequestered jury in Jackson trialSee show times »By Michael Martinez and Michael Cary,, CNNAugust 25, 2011 1:31 a.m. EDT
Dr. Conrad Murray's attorneys are asking the court for a sequestered jury
His trial is scheduled to start next month; he was Michael Jackson's last physician
Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's 2009 death
Legal analysts, defense attorneys differ on usefulness of sequestered juries
Conrad Murray
Michael Jackson
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles (CNN) -- A Los Angeles County judge will hear arguments Thursday on a request by Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician accused in Michael Jackson's death, to sequester the jury once the trial begins next month.

Citing massive media coverage in the unrelated Casey Anthony murder trial this summer in Florida, attorneys for Murray said his case could draw even bigger publicity.

"There is reasonable expectation that Dr. Murray's trial will be the most publicized in history," his attorneys, Nareg Gourjian and Edward Chernoff, said in court papers.

The jury should be sequestered to ensure that Murray receives a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment, the attorneys said.

"This is an unusual trial," the attorneys said. "Without question, Michael Jackson is one of the most well-known figures in the world. His death, memorial service and every court appearance thereafter involving Dr. Murray has attracted unprecedented media coverage."

Prosecutors haven't filed any court papers in response to Murray's motion, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Rather, Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil will present their arguments in open court Thursday, Gibbons told CNN Wednesday.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, which occurred June 25, 2009, and was caused by an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, combined with other drugs, the Los Angeles coroner has ruled.

Michael Jackson: Fact versus fiction During an unsuccessful attempt at jury selection earlier this year, only one potential juror out of several hundred questioned claimed to have heard nothing about the Murray case, and that potential juror, a woman, couldn't speak English, Murray's lawyers said.

At the time, attorneys didn't consider sequestering the jury. "Then along came Casey Anthony," Murray's attorneys said, citing the murder case as the impetus for their motion. Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to law enforcement.

The case, and the sensationalized media coverage, "demonstrated the danger that is created to a fair trial when basic information is managed for the purpose of entertainment and television ratings," Murray's attorneys said.

The attorneys singled out HLN television host Nancy Grace for "character assassination" against Anthony and "virtually nonstop on-air abuse of not only the defendant but of the jurors and defense attorneys involved."

All news organizations, including ABC News, Fox and InSession, benefited from the Anthony trial, Murray's attorneys said in court records. But some, such as HLN, "cleaned up": That network "drew its biggest total audience in its 29-year history with more than 5 million viewers," Murray's attorneys said.

Turner Broadcasting owns HLN, InSession and CNN, the attorneys pointed out in court papers.

"It is important to note that neither Ms. Anthony nor her daughter were public figures before her case," Murray's attorneys wrote.

The media is likely to air footage of admissible evidence in the Murray case, and jurors who aren't sequestered could also be contaminated by access to the "ubiquitous" Internet, including Facebook, Twitter and Google, the Murray attorneys said.

Partial sequestration, suggested earlier by the court, would be insufficient, the attorneys said.

While the court has said it will instruct jurors not to access television shows, the Internet or newspapers, "it is Pollyanna to expect the jury members to go home each workday and weekend for six weeks and entirely avoid the mass of exposure this trial will engender," Murray's attorneys wrote.

The cost of sequestration would be "comparatively minimal" to the cost of a retrial because of jury contamination, the attorneys said.

Legal experts and defense attorneys not related to the Murray case offered differing opinions to CNN on the efficacy of sequestering a jury.

"The defense wants to sequester the jury because it has seen that sequestered juries vote not guilty," said Marcia Clark, the former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, another heavily publicized case in which the jury was sequestered. "I don't really think there's any need to sequester the jury. To the extent that people know about this case, know about Michael Jackson or Conrad Murray, it's over. It's already been done. It'd be like closing the barn doors after the horse is out."

Ellyn Garofalo, the attorney who represented Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who was acquitted on charges of conspiring to keep Anna Nicole Smith addicted to prescription drugs, said that the usefulness of sequestering a jury "is a really tough question."

"I think there is good reason to sequester a jury," Garofalo said. "I also tend to think -- and this is more of a personal opinion -- that a sequestered jury is not a happy jury and may be more anxious to get through the testimony than a jury that is not sequestered."

Richard Gabriel, a jury consultant on the Simpson and Casey Anthony cases, said sequestering a jury is stressful and expensive.

"The difficulty is, I don't think a judge has ever gone as far to say during this trial, please do not use the Internet, period. Just like they say, don'*****ch television during the trial, they say if you see something about the case, please ignore that news item," Gabriel said.

"As a practical matter I think it will be difficult, partly because the county of Los Angeles has no money to do that. It is very, very expensive," Gabriel said. "It puts a pretty big strain on a jury because you are taking them out of a familiar setting and you are putting them into obviously a highly pressurized setting that basically says you are in this trial 24-7 for the length of the trial."

1123 days ago


Michael Jackson News
As many of you know, Michael’s longtime friend and manager Frank Dileo had been dealing with serious health issues for the past several months. It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Frank lost his long struggle this morning and passed away at the age of 63.

Frank had an amazing amount of creative energy, a huge heart, an infectious spirit and a larger than life persona that captured the attention of any room he entered. He also cared deeply about Michael, his children and his fans.

Frank and Michael became friends when Frank was vice president for promotion at Epic Records during the release of "Thriller." In his best-selling book "Moonwalk," Michael wrote: "Frank really worked hard and proved to be my right hand during the years ahead. His brilliant understanding of the recording industry proved invaluable."

Frank went on to manage the incredibly successful Bad World Tour. Even after they stopped working together professionally, the bond between Michael and Frank remained and the family friendship continued. In early 2009, Frank was reunited with Michael once again as his manager as preparations began for the "This Is It" concerts.

After Michael’s passing, Frank proved invaluable to the Executors of his Estate, sharing unique insights that nobody else could possibly have.

Said John Branca, Co-Executor of the Michael Jackson Estate: "I had the privilege of knowing Frank Dileo for more than two decades. He was not only one of the great veterans of the music business, he was a beloved friend to me and all who were lucky enough to have had him in their lives. He was one of a kind. He was a character. He was an original. We loved him, and we will miss him. Our hearts are with his family."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank’s wife, Linda, his son Dominic, his daughter, Belinda, his grandchildren and all of his extended family and loved ones. .

1123 days ago


It is very strange that 'big names' are thin on the ground. You do not buy a ticket for what you have no idea you going to see. Might be all in wrestling in the end.

1123 days ago


Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Frank Dileo Dies At 63Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Frank Dileo Dies At 63
Posted on Aug 25, 2011 @ 06:45AM print it send it
Meet The Famous/WENNFrank Dileo, Michael Jackson's manager through the 1980s and at the time of his June 2009 death, is dead at the age of 63, has learned.

Dileo -- who recently undergone heart surgery and had suffered complications stemming from the procedure -- died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, his rep Karen Sundell told the AP.

In the music business, Dileo got his start working for Epic Records, a subsidiary of CBS, and worked closely with the King of Pop on the historic 1982 Thriller album.

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson Through The Years

The late Gloved One, in his book Moonwalker, said Dileo's "brilliant understanding of the recording industry proved invaluable" in making the album, which spawned hits such as the title track, Billie Jean and Beat It. The record would go on to become the biggest commercial hit of all-time, with more than 50 million copies sold.

"He was not only one of the great veterans of the music business, he was a beloved friend to me and all who were lucky enough to have had him in their lives," said John Branca, the co-executor of Jackson's estate, said of Dileo. "He was one of a kind and we will miss him."

Dileo had also worked with artists including Taylor Dayne, Jodeci, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Prince.

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He’ll also be remembered for a brief acting career in which he appeared in films such as Goodfellas and both Wayne's World movies.

Dileo is survived by his wife Linda, children Belinda and Dominic and grandson Frank.

1123 days ago


mymjj5.: 20 hours ago
@Marie....Last year I wrote on this site that Michael got to Beyonce before Jay-Z and the fiery darts went into orbit on me.......I'll buy your entire post!
Everytime somebody comes up with proof that Michael Jackson hooked up with beautiful women the haters cry foul and say it is not true because they don't want to believe Michael was a red blooded macho heterosexual male. These haters rather believe the lies about Michael and little boys which the media has fed them for years. Beyonce dated Michael before Jay-Z and Puff Daddy even confirmed it.

1123 days ago


michael jackson forever nunca te esqueseremos michael deixou os palcos mas ñ saiu de sena seus swous jamais tera fim michael jackson é a cultura pop vc é o exnplo q todos devia sequir sem precomseito e caridoso michael jackson forever

1114 days ago
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