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La Toya Jackson

Forgiving the MJ Haters

8/22/2011 2:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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La Toya Jackson thinks a lot of Michael Jackson haters have had a change of heart since her brother died -- but it's unclear whether she's including Gene Simmons in that group.

You'll recall KISS got dropped from the upcoming MJ tribute concert in part because Gene has said he believes Michael was a child molester.

This weekend in Bev Hills we asked La Toya if she thought the concert should be off limits to artists who disrespected Michael. Her answer is all about forgiveness ... but are you buying it?

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61.

Tangerine    

Listen all you uninformed ppl. LaToya is rich as is the entire family of Jacksons. OK? Get over it. If you read up on her at Wikipedia you will see that she has done a LOT to EARN money. What do you EXPECT that any J5 sibling should be driving? But no, that ol' NASTY Gene Simmons should NEVER be allowed to perform for MJ! He is one of the most VILE celebs ever and he had a lot of nerve to diss MJ that way bc he does not know the facts! Gene Simmons is ignorant, obnoxious and downright GROSS with his OLD behind.

1120 days ago
62.

Guest    

It's not a question of being "haters." I still like his early solo music, and I actually feel sorry for a man who was severely abused, by a family who saw him as a cash cow. It's just calling a spade a spade. In spite of the mentally unbalanced rabid fans flaming people on every single article about Michael Jackson on the web, the legal do***ents, at the Santa Barbara County website, show too much evidence Michael molested children.

The Jackson family has lied before, and I personally wish they'd stop talking and quitely live their lives.

1120 days ago
63.

Kathysprings    

It is obvious...It must have been LaToya's idea to book
KISS. I can tell by her comments.

1120 days ago
64.

Pegasus    

MICHAEL FOREVER TRIBUTE CONCERT: WILL TICKETS GO ONSALE? WILL THE GIG GO AHEAD?

Friday, 19 August 2011 Written by Elliott Batte


The situation with the Michael Jackson tribute concert ‘Michael Forever’ has finally reached a boiling point with fans, and many are now calling for the gig, set to take place on October 8th at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, to be cancelled.

The concert has been dogged with criticism from all quarters. The timing of the event came under scrutiny from Michael’s brothers Jermaine and Randy Jackson, which was always going to result in some of the most militant of MJ fans refusing to attend and boycotting the event. Following blunder after blunder including the announcement of KISS being added and consequently removed from the line-up, as well as a very misleading charity donation scheme, it looks like the only fans who will be buying tickets will be JLS, Craig David and Christina Aguilera fans – great, but nothing to do with the main man himself. This concert currently looks more like T4 On The Beach than a tribute to the King of Pop.

Sharing that thought is the largest online Michael Jackson fan forum, which boasts thousands of members. The community site put out a statement this week saying that they didn’t support the concert, and they “urged” fans to boycott the gig. With such a large section of fans already turning on the organisers of the show, and the largest fan forum telling MJ lovers to boycott it, who is actually going to turn up?

The event’s official Facebook page won’t be bringing many more fans... it has around 3800 members - a good 68,000 short of the 72,000 tickets due to go on sale for the gig, with a large chunk of those 3800 people there solely to condemn and dispute the gig with the helpless admins. The registration process, bought in to give fans a “fairer chance” of getting hold of tickets, seem like overkill right now. Unfortunately for the promoters, tickets for Michael Forever seem to be about as desirable as a street riot.

In fact, the process of getting tickets has been so poorly advertised and handled, that it’s caused the registration period to be extended yet another 72 hours – days after they were initially forced to postpone the registration by a few days after the organisers failed to tell anyone who would actually be performing. Not to mention the fact that no-one really wants to spend a Kings Ransom to see another glorified X Factor lineup, jiggling around on stage for 4 hours.

And, as if the fans not supporting the concert wasn’t enough, Michael’s estate have also publicly made it known that they aren’t supporting the show either. They even published an open letter they wrote to Global Live Events for all to see, confirming that the organisers couldn’t use Michael’s name, image, songs or property during the event, which certainly puts any live global TV rights and merchandising in to serious doubt.

Now, I’m not an event organiser myself, but I know I’d have a tough time putting on a Michael Jackson tribute show without being able to even use his name, image, likeness or songs during the event. This is probably why the concert is called ‘Michael Forever’ – it doesn’t contain his full name because the organisers didn’t have the rights to use it. In fact, none of the official pages or sites for the show uses his full name or image. Don’t expect to get your hands on any event merchandise with the Michael Jackson name or Michael’s image on either.

So who DOES support Michael Forever? The supporters of the gig within the Jackson family are Katherine, Michael’s 81 year old mother, and a selection of Michael’s siblings – notably La Toya Jackson, Michael’s sister. She is a founder of a US-based media company called Ja-Tail – the company employs Paul Ring as President of Ja-Tail Interactive, and VP of the group’s Business Development. This is according to the Ja Tail website - (jatail.com/paul-ring). For those of you who don’t know, Paul Ring is also the US director of Global Live Events, the organiser of the concert. Could this be why La Toya is supporting the Michael Forever event? It has huge profit potential if it’s done right, as we pointed out in our previous feature.

And money is what the Jackson family need if reports are to be believed – the famous musical family are said to be in massive debt. Michael was believed to have died with over $400million debt, and although he continued to make millions of dollars after his passing, his family didn’t. Rumours are that some of the Jackson family now have normal, day-to-day jobs. Apparently, Tito Jackson plays shows with his blues band for just $500 a show, while Jackie set-up an Internet clothing business that unfortunately didn’t work out, and he’s struggled with money ever since. There are reports that Jermaine declared bankruptcy in 1995 and hasn’t earned significantly since then. Katherine Jackson, probably the biggest supporter of the show, has already received $100,000 payments in the form of trust funds for her children.

Putting all this together, it seems as though the Jackson family are simply in need of a huge pay day – and Michael Forever certainly has the potential to generate a ‘huge pay day’.

Putting the fans, the estate and the family aside, the concert still isn’t appealing to the general public. The line-up generally consists of UK talent show winners, obscure bands and has-beens - like a glorified X-Factor winner’s show. I didn’t know Michael personally, and again I’m no event organiser, but I am certainly confused at the addition of names like 90’s pop-group 3T, American rock band Alien Ant Farm, and Craig David (who hasn’t really done much since the days of ‘Rise and Fall’). No prizes for guessing how 3T got on the bill. And apparently, if you’ve been on a UK talent show, you’re almost guaranteed a spot headlining the Michael Forever concert – JLS, Alexandra Burke, Diversity and Leona Lewis will all be performing there too, and I’m 90% sure Michael or the majority of his family will have never heard of JLS or Alexandra Burke. Even the actual big names, like Christina Aguilera, and less so Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green, have relatively no allegiance to Michael Jackson, they don’t represent anything about him and, in the worlds of Global Live Events themselves, this concert is supposed to “remind everyone just how amazing a talent Jackson was.” Then again, they also described the gig as “the biggest and best concert in the world”.

When you look at all of the facts and take everything in to consideration, it’s more than fair that the fans aren’t happy with the promoters or the concert. What could have been spectacular now seems like a damp squib. Poorly executed and without the necessary support from the estate needed to make it a success. A quote from the promoters ticket registration terms and conditions says “Tickets for the Concert are expected to sell out very soon after they are put on sale.” However, it’s possibly more likely that tickets won’t see the light of day and the concert won’t even go ahead.

And with ticket prices ranging from £55 for restricted view upper tier seats, to £240 for the best seats in the venue, this may be good enough reason, during tough economical times, for many fans to reluctantly stay away from the event.

Will you be buying tickets for the gig? Can you even afford to go? Or will you be boycotting the show? Let us know your opinions on the Michael Forever concert in the comments below

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65.

check yourself    

WHOA... and RIGHT THERE IT IS....

"La Toya Jackson, Michael’s sister. She is a founder of a US-based media company called Ja-Tail – the company employs Paul Ring as President of Ja-Tail Interactive, and VP of the group’s Business Development. This is according to the Ja Tail website - (jatail.com/paul-ring). For those of you who don’t know, Paul Ring is also the US director of Global Live Events, the organiser of the concert."

Now... WHY am I NOT surprised.

Disgusted. YOU BET. Same 'ol same 'ol from the J CLAN = SKANK nasty exploitation of MJ and his children for the "Money".

Now... just how much the J Clan was in MJ's thoughts when we produced "Money".

Exactly. FRONT AND CENTER. Not just the industry...

STFU and SIT DOWN LaToya. "Ja-Tail"... as in "Ja(ckson) ASS". Pretty much ALL inclusive of the CLAN.

GET PPB OUTTA THEIR REACH ALREADY DAMN.

1120 days ago
66.

Tom Joyce    

I don't know how Michael forgave her (if he did).

1120 days ago
67.

sweetmaria3069    

Latoya can just kiss my ass.. Noone cares a **** about her, not even Bubbles liked her... She is just doing it for publicity... So **** HER!!!!!

1120 days ago
68.

ANI    

Is it true that Frank Dileo is dead? Any confirmation on that? Hope NOT,hope he´s ok...

1119 days ago
69.

CloBird    

I just looked up info on Frank DiLeo. He just died:
http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2011/08/24/music-industry-veteran-frank-dileo-dead-at-63
Music Industry Veteran Frank Dileo, Dead at 63
Posted by Jack Silverman on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

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Longtime music industry veteran Frank Dileo, who managed Michael Jackson for much of his ’80s heyday and again during the last months of Jackson's life, died at his home in eastern Ohio at age 63, after a long illness. We just heard the news from a family friend, who said she thinks Dileo passed this morning, though the exact time hasn't been verified.

Dileo was the subject of a November 2007 Scene cover piece outlining his storied career. And we mean storied. He worked his way up from the bottom of the music industry to become one of the most powerful men in the biz. During his tenure at Epic Records, he was instrumental in signing or developing the careers of Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, REO Speedwagon, Quiet Riot, The Clash and of course Jackson. Dileo lived in Nashville briefly in the ’70s and then moved here in January 2007 to start a management business, though he spent much of the last three years in Los Angeles after returning as Jackson's manager, and then handling issues with the late pop singer's estate.

His larger-than-life persona landed him a couple of movie roles, most famously as Tuddy Cicero in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. Not only did he play the brother to Mafia boss Paulie Cicero, but he was responsible for one of the most legendary mob hits in cinema history, putting a bullet in the back of Joe Pesci's head in the film's climactic scene.

An excerpt from the Scene story, about Dileo's ever-present cigar:

There’s speculation that when he emerged from the womb, 60 years ago last month, Frank Dileo already had a cigar in his mouth. Look at the pictures on his office walls and in his photo albums, and more often than not he’s either holding or chomping on a fat, unlit stogie.

As a mystique-building accessory, those cigars have long since earned their keep. On the wall of Dileo’s Music Row apartment hangs a framed cartoon by the renowned late cartoonist for the London Evening Standard, Raymond Allen Jackson (known as Jak). An enormous lit cigar, so big that four men are holding it, is coming through the front doors of the Mayfair Hotel. The smoker is not yet visible. The caption reads, “I don’t know about Michael Jackson—but here comes his manager.”

Add to the cigar his gold watch, pinkie ring, manicured hands and Music Row-casual attire, and Dileo could be the poster boy for National Dress the Part Week. At 5-foot-2, he looks like he stepped out of Central Casting’s Music Biz Dealmaker file. And whether or not such visual signifiers are essential to success in the music industry, Dileo’s track record—by 21 he was RCA’s national singles director, by 35 one of the most powerful men in the business—proves they certainly don’t hurt.

1119 days ago
70.

sofi    

check yourself: 13 hours ago

WHOA... and RIGHT THERE IT IS....

"La Toya Jackson, Michael’s sister. She is a founder of a US-based media company called Ja-Tail – the company employs Paul Ring as President of Ja-Tail Interactive, and VP of the group’s Business Development. This is according to the Ja Tail website - (jatail.com/paul-ring). For those of you who don’t know, Paul Ring is also the US director of Global Live Events, the organiser of the concert."

Now... WHY am I NOT surprised.

Disgusted. YOU BET. Same 'ol same 'ol from the J CLAN = SKANK nasty exploitation of MJ and his children for the "Money".

Now... just how much the J Clan was in MJ's thoughts when we produced "Money".

Exactly. FRONT AND CENTER. Not just the industry...

STFU and SIT DOWN LaToya. "Ja-Tail"... as in "Ja(ckson) ASS". Pretty much ALL inclusive of the CLAN.

GET PPB OUTTA THEIR REACH ALREADY DAMN.

Very well said.

And let's not forget the hurry to get Michael's death certificate prior to the autopsy report,her statement on tv that murray was in his room when Michael had the heart attack and walked to murray's room where he collapsed on the floor and of course her presence at Michael's house right after the news of his tragic death,where she was removing things out of Michael's house and loading them into trucks.
Could these items be the ones auctioned?

1119 days ago
71.

mymjj5.    

"La Toya Jackson, Michael’s sister. She is a founder of a US-based media company called Ja-Tail – the company employs Paul Ring as President of Ja-Tail Interactive, and VP of the group’s Business Development. This is according to the Ja Tail website - (jatail.com/paul-ring). For those of you who don’t know, Paul Ring is also the US director of Global Live Events, the organiser of the concert."

Now... WHY am I NOT surprised
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....okay, so what....the man has two jobs!!! the economy is hard on most people...it's hard out here fuh'uh...LOL!!!

1119 days ago
72.

mymjj5.    

Music Industry Veteran Frank Dileo, Dead at 63
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like wow...no jokes....so many people from michael's inner circle have passed away in such a short time since his death......i'm not listing names.....the fanbase is well aware of who those individuals were....

1119 days ago
73.

Pegasus    

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
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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
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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."

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Pegasus    

Michael Jackson News
THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL JACKSON REMEMBERS FRANK DILEO
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. .

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75.

Pegasus    

Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Frank Dileo Dies At 63Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Frank Dileo Dies At 63
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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, RadarOnline.com 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.

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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.

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