Legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien has died, his daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, confirmed on Facebook. He was 86.
"He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage," she wrote. "We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone."
The five-time Grammy winner is best known for recording and mixing Michael Jackson's best-selling solo albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. He also recorded Michael's albums Dangerous, HIStory, and Invincible.
Swedien chronicled his time spent with Michael in a book, titled In the Studio with Michael Jackson (pictured top). No one spent more time with Michael at the peak of his recording career.
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Swedien began working with Michael and Quincy Jones (right) on the soundtrack to The Wiz in 1978. Swedien and Jones are pictured together onstage in 2015.
Swedien began recording professionally at age 21. Early in his career he recorded legendary artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington.
After working with Quincy and Michael on The Wiz soundtrack, Jones asked Swedien to collaborate with Michael on his debut solo album Off the Wall in 1979.
Jones remembered his friend in a tribute post on Instagram:
"There are not enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me... I'm going to miss your presence every single day "Svensk", but I will cherish every moment we shared together laughin', lovin', livin', & givin'... Rest In Peace my brother."
Brunei's Prince Azim has died at age 38, the country’s government confirmed on Sunday. Azim died in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan on Saturday morning following "prolonged treatment for a serious illness".
No cause of death was disclosed, but numerous outlets report he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Consistent with Islamic custom, his funeral was held on Saturday, the same day as his death, and the nation is in a seven-day period of mourning.
The prince is the second son of the Sultan of Brunei who fathered 11 children (only three were Azim's full siblings). The sultan was once the world's richest man.
In addition to being fourth in line to the Brunei throne, Prince Azim was a Hollywood movie producer who mingled with the West's biggest stars including Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Scarlett Johansson.
Prince Azim is best known for paying Michael Jackson $10 million to attend his extravagant 25th birthday party in England. The king of pop didn't have to sing a note to claim his huge paycheck. He was paid to mingle with Prince Azim's guests.
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Janet Jackson (pictured with Azim and actress Faye Dunaway in 2009) mourned the prince in a post on her Instagram stories, implying that Azim would be in "no more pain".
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A judge threw out a revived sex abuse lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson accuser James "Jimmy" Safechuck (pictured right and inset).
The "Leaving Neverland" accuser originally filed a lawsuit in 2014 against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures Inc. It was revived by the State of California earlier this year after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law extending the statute of limitations for alleged sex abuse victims.
Via TMZ -- The upshot of the judge's opinion is that Safechuck and his legal team presented no facts to support their key argument -- namely, that honchos at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures Inc. had a legal obligation to supervise MJ's behavior in the '90s ... when he allegedly abused James as a child back then.
The judge wasn't buying it, concluding MJ was the owner and sole shareholder of both of these companies, so how could his employees rein in their own boss?
The court found that since Mike was essentially the top dog, there was no evidence his subordinates had the power to supervise him. Safechuck had also argued ... while he was hanging out with MJ, the companies served a quasi-parental role -- meaning they would have had a duty to protect him.
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Donald Trump, Jr. defended his father against allegations the he's a racist. Trump Jr., 41, says his dad, the U.S. President, is not racist because he was allowed to hang out with the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.
Black liberals insist President Trump is racist, citing what they consider to be racist remarks Trump has made in the past.
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In his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, Trump Jr. says his dad gave him permission to hang out with Michael Jackson.
"Oh, and by the way, given all the things my father has been called, particularly a 'racist,' it sure sounds odd that he'd let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn't it?'" Trump Jr. added, according to the Daily Beast blog, "If he's a racist, he's sure not very good at it."
Jackson and Trump Sr. were good friends. The pop singer often attended Trump's star-studded events including the Grand Opening of his Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ in 1990.
Jackson passed away at age 50 from a cardiac arrest induced by an IV anesthetic on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.
Missy Elliott released her new music video for "Throw it Back", off her new album Iconology. The 48-year-old rapper/producer/songwriter described the album as "a collection of songs" in an Instagram post announcing the new project on Thursday.
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There wasn't a dry eye in the house when R&B/Soul legend Diana Ross serenaded Michael Jackson's mom, Katherine Jackson, at her sold out Las Vegas residency show. Ms. Ross, 75, sang a rendition of Michael Jackson's hit "You Are Not Alone". Diana posted a video on her Instagram page on Saturday, Aug. 17 (watch video below).
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Michael Jackson fans all over the world are paying tribute to the King of Pop on the 10th Anniversary of his death. Fans in Madrid, Spain paid tribute to Michael with a flashmob at Principe Pio Station on Tuesday, June 25.
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Nipsey Hussle's family is searching for a venue large enough to accommodate the massive crowds expected to attend his funeral. Nipsey, 33, was fatally shot by a former gang banger outside the rapper's clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 31.
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The scandalous allegations made in the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland have begun to unravel.
Jackson's biographer, Mike Smallcombe, found discrepancies in the timeline that forced the film's director to change an accuser's statements.
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Paris Jackson read TMZ for filth after the gossip blog lied about her slitting her wrists in a suicide attempt over the weekend. The actress and model was also upset over reports she fell asleep at the wheel of her car.
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