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MJ Estate & Paul Anka

Sued Over 'This Is It'

For $24 MILLION

10/30/2012 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A music producer claims he's owed at least $24 MILLION for his work on the Paul Anka/Michael Jackson collaboration "This Is it" -- and now, he's suing Anka and the MJ Estate for the money.

The producer -- named Michael Jonzun -- filed the lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court, claiming he helped remake Paul and MJ's 1983 song "I Never Heard" ... into what eventually became MJ's 2009 song "This Is It."

According to the lawsuit, Jonzun owns one-third of "This Is It" but he never got paid his share of the song's proceeds -- so he's suing.

Paul Anka tells TMZ, he has never even heard the name Michael Jonzun before today -- and any claims Jonzun owns a portion of "This Is It" are "BS."

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31.

Rainbow    

Meu Deus!!!!! Quando isso vai acabar?????

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33.

O'sean    

why it take this long for him to say something

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⇛⇛⇛ Wacko Jacko's Cat (◉_◉)    

?? Michael Who ??

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Marie    

Michael Jackson has been dead for over three years and people are still suing him for huge amounts of money. It ain't easy being Michael Jackson at all. The man could not live in peace when he was alive and he still can't rest in peace while he's in heaven.

724 days ago
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MiMi    

The Top Earning Dead Celebrities of 2012

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Michael Jackson may not be the top-earning dead celebrity anymore–last week he ceded that title to his friend, Liz Taylor, on FORBES’ annual list–but he’s still the world’s best-paid musician, living or dead. The King of Pop pulled in $145 million in 2012, the third straight year of nine-figure earnings for the “Thriller” mastermind.

Jackson isn’t the only musician raking it in from beyond the grave. In honor of Halloween, we present this year’s list of the top-earning dead musicians: six singers, songwriters and composers who earned more than $5 million from October 2011 to October 2012 despite no longer walking the Earth. They account for nearly half the names on our overall dead celebs list, thanks to continued demand for their music, image, name and likeness.

Some of the most creative business deals of music’s dead legends have come from the estate of Michael Jackson. In addition to continued revenues from the work of other artists (through his 50% stake in the Sony/ATV publishing catalog) and his own material (the Mijac Music catalog), the Gloved One’s latest large revenue stream is the Michael Jackson Immortal World tour. The joint venture with Cirque Du Soleil grossed $160... million during its first leg, making it the most successful tour in North America during the first half of 2012.


Jackson’s $145 million total would be even higher if FORBES hadn’t credited the advance for the Cirque show to last year’s $170 million total. Expect the bonanza to continue in 2013 as the tour goes to other parts of the world, where Jackson enjoys arguably even greater popularity that he does in the United States.

Elvis Presley ranks second on this year’s list with $55 million (matching the earnings of Justin Bieber). The King of Rock n’ Roll’s earnings are flat this year—the closure of his Viva Elvis show in Las Vegas was offset by an uptick in Graceland attendance due to 2012′s unusually warm weather. The estate’s value was clear to billionaire Leon Black, whose Apollo Global Management purchased CKX, the parent company of American Idol and the estates of both Elvis and Muhammad Ali, for $509 million last year.

Bob Marley claims the third spot on the list with $17 million–more than living herbal enthusiasts like Wiz Khalifa or Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snopp Dogg). Not necessarily known for commercial ventures during life, Marley has become a diversified businessman from beyond the grave. In addition to selling over 75 million albums in the past 20 years, he’s recently added the Marley Beverage company (home to the “relaxation drink” known as Marley’s Mellow Mood) and House of Marley (producer of eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products) to his portfolio.

The rest of the list is rounded out by Beatles–John Lennon and George Harrison continue to share in the group’s spoils (over 63 million albums sold in the U.S. alone since 1992)–along with composer Richard Rodgers. Though the latter’s Rodgers and Hammerstein body of work sold for a reported $200 million back in 2009, his estate continues to benefit from his solo works and collaborations with Lorenz Hart, including songs like “Blue Moon” and “This Can’t Be Love.”

There were a few big names who didn’t make the Top 13, perhaps most prominently Whitney Houston. Though the singer signed a $100 million record deal in 2001, she still hasn’t earned back the $30-$40 million advance she received as part of the deal, and didn’t leave behind much in the way of unreleased material (for more, see the story “Why Whitney Houston Didn’t Make Forbes’ List Of Top Earning Dead Celebs”).

Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul and Tupac Shakur all pulled in more than $3 million, but not enough to make our list. Watch out for Shakur next year–his holographic appearance at Coachella in early 2011 could be a sign of big things to come.

For more on the business of entertainment, check out my Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind and my upcoming book on Michael Jackson. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2012/10/31/the-top-earning-dead-musicians-of-2012/

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37.

HumanNature    

LONG LIVE THE KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!


AND DON'T FORGET TO WATCH ABC SPECIAL THIS THANKSGIVING NIGHT ON SPIKE LEE DO***ENTARY OF MICHAEL JACKSON: BAD25

724 days ago
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HumanNature    

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' brings downtown Lexington to life


For a place crawling with the undead, downtown Lexington was pretty lively Sunday evening.

Thousands of people lined Main Street in the chilly wind and peppering rain to watch the 11th annual re-enactment of singer Michael Jackson's Thriller, the groundbreaking 1983 music video in which zombies climb from the grave to dance in the street with the pop star.

The crowd cheered when Albert Ignacio and Caroline Powell, playing Jackson and his girlfriend, emerged from the lobby of The Kentucky Theatre to begin the parade a little after 8 p.m.

The production has become one of downtown's signature events.

This year, 1,200 zombies registered to dance in the street, up from 800 last year and about 50 the first year, said Teresa Tomb, owner and director of Mecca Live Studio & Gallery, which puts on the event with Lexington Parks and Recreation.

"Every year, more people want to do it," Tomb said. "Every year, they make more zombies. We just can't kill it."

The event has gotten so popular that dancers started from four spots along Main Street with four Jackson impersonators.

There were several events before the main performance, including more than a dozen children doing the Thriller routine on a stage at CentrePointe.

Jaylen Washington, 10, wowed the crowd with his spot-on imitation of Jackson. Jaylen's sister Amaya Young, 7, played the role of Jackson's girlfriend from the video.

Jaylen's mother, Shaleta Washington, said he has been imitating Jackson for years.

"It's like I'm addicted to him," Jaylen said.

Among the zombies who danced in the main reproduction were Jenny Wells, Allison Perry and Allison Elliott, who work in public relations at the University of Kentucky.

Wells, 28, calls herself a Jackson "superfan," complete with a shrine of sorts to him in her basement.

That's what brought her to the parade the first time, in 2006.

"It's fun. I'd do it even if I wasn't an obsessed Michael Jackson fan," Wells said.

Perry, 30, said she's a "mild" Jackson fan. She grew up cheerleading and dancing, so the chance to dance down Main Street was just too good to pass up.

"It's one of the coolest things that Lexington does," Perry said.

Wells and Perry had tickets to see Jackson in London in 2009, but he died before the concerts.

They went to Europe anyway and did the Thriller dance in London, Paris and Ireland as a tribute to the King of Pop.

Elliott, 33, said this was the sixth year she had joined the Thriller reproduction in Lexington with her two friends.

"It's fun to get dressed up and play a part at Halloween," she said.

The three huddled under a blanket before the dance started, then joined hundreds of other zombies who, despite staggering into the street like, well, zombies, turned out to be pretty light on their feet.

Many of the spectators were parade veterans, but Hugh Loeffler, who came with his daughter Amelia, said it was his first time.

He said it was nice to see so much activity downtown.

"It's part of the downtown resurgence," Loeffler said.

Liz Wilhelm, 55, a zombie who wandered around in the crowd scaring people before the dance — or at least creeping them out — said Sunday's dance was the coldest of the five she's been in, but she didn't care.

"It's the most fun I've ever had in my entire life," she said.

It was Debbie LaBoone's second year in the performance. She sent the choreography and video to her brother Richard Smith, a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C., so he could practice and join her.

"I'm not going into old age gracefully," LaBoone said. "I want to do things that are fun and different."

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/28/2387965/jacksons-zombie-thriller-brings.html#storylink=cpy

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39.

HumanNature    

BREAKING: “Thriller” Resurrected! John Landis Collaborating With Michael Jackson’s Estate!


*EXCLUSIVE*

While most of you were packing up for the holiday weekend, some monster entertainment news broke over at The Hollywood Reporter. The site reported that the estate of Michael Jackson has put the finishing touches on a deal with director John Landis and producer George Folsey Jr. that resolves litigation concerning net profits on the late singer’s “Thriller” video as well as a fight over a previously planned musical theater production of the hit song/video.

On Friday, the estate released a statement to THR indicating that the settlement had become firm: “The Estate of Michael Jackson, John Landis and George Folsey Jr. have reached an amicable settlement of the actions that were pending in the Los Angeles Superior Court relating to the legendary short motion picture Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the do***entary “The Making of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”" The settlement terms are confidential.”

Being that “Thriller” is my all-time favorite music video, and maybe even earliest horror inspiration, after reading this news I was completely scaled in goosebumps. I immediately obsessed over one thought: “Does this mean we’ll finally get a proper “Thriller” release?“ The answer? Read on for the scoop…


Upon reading the big news I immediately contacted Mr. Landis, who has always been gracious and forthcoming with Bloody Disgusting. He reveals exclusively to Bloody that he’ll now be working directly with Jackson’s estate on future “Thriller” releases!! Blu-ray anyone?!

“The Estate of Michael Jackson has been dealing with all of Michael’s debts and legal obligations and our complaint has finally been addressed,” Landis stated. “So now all is good and there will be exciting things happening with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” that I will be doing in collaboration with the Estate in the future.“

While I’m out of my mind excited, Landis does imply it’s not going to happen immediately: “Right now all of their [the Jackson Estate] energy and focus is on promoting and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the “Bad” album and I am looking forward to Spike Lee’s do***entary that just premiered at the Venice Film Festival about the making of “Bad.”

“Michael Jackson was a brilliant performer and extraordinary star and I feel lucky to have worked with him,” he added. “And I am excited about working with his Estate to celebrate his life and art in the days to come.”

This is major news as Landis reveals that, after all of these years, there will finally be some serious attention given to the greatest video of all time on the greatest album of all time. I expect big things!

I always wonder, and hope that our younger readers love “Thriller” as much as I do. The video was revolutionary, and featured the great Vincent Price. It was the first time a song had been converted into a short film. In the 13-minute-and-43-second “Thriller,” released on December 2, 1983, a night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloody-thirsty zombies – only “Thriller” can save them now.

“Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time, and it is estimated to have sold from between 65 to 110 million copies worldwide.

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3189569/breaking-thriller-resurrected-john-landis-collaborating-with-michael-jacksons-estate/

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40.

HumanNature    

"THRILLER"


THE BEST SELLING ALBUM OF "ALL" TIME


THE KING OF MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON

724 days ago
41.

HumanNature    

THANKSGIVING/FAMILY NIGHT TO WATCH THE KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!


AWESOME!!!!

724 days ago
42.

HumanNature    

ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT, ABC WILL BE TELEVISING SPIKE LEE DO***ENTARY OF THE KING, MICHAEL JACKSON: BAD25


LOVING IT!!!

724 days ago
44.

MiMi    


Insane Clown Posse on Michael Jackson

"He just beamed. He was like a nite lite in the dark."

http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2012/10/31/insane-clown-posse-m...

723 days ago
45.

MiMi    


Well, even those who may not know "how magnets work" seem to realize the genius of Michael Jackson.


Unlike some on these boards....

Cough, cough

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