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Three Michael Jackson songs were removed from the Spotify music streaming service amid allegations that someone impersonated his vocals.
The three songs are "Monster" ft. 50 Cent, "Breaking News" and "Keep Your Head Up."
The songs were released after his death and appeared on a 2010 album titled "Michael."
The accusations that someone else recorded the songs have been circulating for years.
In 2014 a superfan named Vera Serova filed a lawsuit against Michael's estate and Sony Music, accusing them of using a Michael Jackson impersonator to fake Michael's vocals on the three songs.
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Serova accused the labels of trying to profit off of Michael's death by hiring someone who sounds like him to record new songs.
A judge ruled in favor of Michael's estate in 2018 since both parties could not identity the person who imitated Michael's vocals.
Spotify apparently believed the allegations and removed the three tracks from the service.
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Representatives of Michael's estate issued a swift response insisting that Spotify's removal of the three songs did not dispute their authenticity.
"I should point out that the removal of these three songs has nothing to do with their authenticity," said the estate's rep.
Apparently, someone underestimated the loyalty of Micheal's deeply devoted superfans who know their idol's voice when they hear it.
Rihanna's hit single "Don't Stop The Music" reached 500 million streams on Spotify, becoming her 17th song to achieve the feat.
The pregnant pop singer returned to New York City after spending a week on the West Coast. The temperature in NYC is just above 40 degrees, but Rihanna, 33, bared her growing baby bump in a leopard coat, jogging pants and faux fur covered strappy heels.
The 4x certified Platinum hit "Don't Stop The Music" reached No. 1 on the charts of nine countries (including the Billboard Dance Club chart).
"Don't Stop The Music" is ranked No. 9 on Rolling Stone's list of Top 30 Rihanna songs.
Rihanna asked music icon Michael Jackson for permission to borrow his line "Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa" from his 1983 hit song "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin.'"
Janet Jackson claims her late brother Michael Jackson bullied her about her fluctuating weight when they were young.
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Janet revealed her painful relationship with the former "King of Pop" who called her "fat, horse, pig, cow, and dog," during their childhood.
"When you have somebody say you're too heavy, it affects you," she said.
Janet said they both laughed at the time but the taunts left a lasting impact on her.
She discusses her weight issues in the 2-part docu-series, "Janet," which airs January 28 and 29 on A&E and Lifetime.
The 55-year-old pop singer opened up about allegations of child sex abuse made against her brother, saying she was shocked and devastated.
Janet also talks about her marriages and relationships with James DeBarge, Rene Elizondo Jr., Jermaine Dupri and Wissam Al Mana, the father of her 5-year-old son, Eissa.
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Music producer Jermaine Dupri discussed his relationship with Janet on Ryan Cameron's Uncensored on Majic 107.5/97.5 (WAMJ-Atlanta) on Friday, Jan. 21.
Jermaine said he isn't worried that Janet might spill their secrets during the documentary-series. He said Janet controls every aspect of the documents-series.
Listen to Jermaine's interview with Ryan below.
Jay Z insulted legions of Michael Jackson fans worldwide when he called his wife, Beyoncé, an "evolution" of Michael Jackson.
The 52-year-old semi-retired rapper divided Black Twitter during a conversation with singer Alicia Keys and others on a recent Twitter Spaces chat.
Jay Z said:
"It goes back to evolution. If we don't think that people gonna be better than what we created, then we don't believe in evolution. I can give you a million reasons... and Bey's gonna be mad at me for saying this but Michael Jackson ain't never had Coachella."
He claimed Beyoncé was an evolution because she performed at Coachella. As if she ever sold out 50 concerts at London's 02 Arena.
Michael's fans were outraged after Jay Z compared the music icon to a studio singer.
Others called it an insult to mention Beyoncé's name in the same breath as Michael's.
One fan brought up old headlines about crazed Stans stealing a plane and selling a child for a Beyoncé ticket. As if that proves anything.
Beyonce should slap Jay Z's face for embarrassing her like this.
Check out what Black Twitter has to say about Jay Z's delusions below:
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Stephanie Mills says she should have married Michael Jackson to protect him from music industry influences.
Stephanie, 64, posted a photo of herself with Black Michael. The image is one of many photos taken of the friends together.
Stephanie captioned the image: "Michael and I should have married. I would have protected the beautiful one."
There were rumors that Stephanie had a crush on the late pop icon in the 1980s, but they were never romantically involved, according to insiders.
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Stephanie was 17 when she gained international fame for her electrifying performance as Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Wiz from 1974 to 1979.
Stephanie's song "Home" from The Wiz soundtrack was a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for her. The song was performed by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz.
Even though Stephanie never got to first base with Michael, she did marry singer/dancer Jeffrey Daniel, of Shalamar and Soul Train fame.
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Jeffrey, pictured with Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons in 1982, is credited with teaching Michael Jackson the Moonwalk.
Stephanie and Jeffrey, 64, divorced in 1983 after three years of marriage.
Stephanie later married Dino Meminger: (1989–1991) and Michael Saunders (1993–2001).
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The Jacksons will perform a tribute to their late brother Michael Jackson when they headline the Happy Days Festival this Saturday, August 28.
The famed brothers - Marlon Jackson, 64, Jermaine Jackson, 66, Jackie Jackson, 70, and Tito Jackson, 67, will headline the festival in Surrey, England.
The group will perform in concert the day before what would have been Michael's 63rd birthday on Sunday, August 29.
Tito Jackson revealed he and his siblings will sing a selection of songs by the King of Pop - who died in June 2009 at the age of 50.
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When asked if Michael would be remembered during their set, Tito said:
"Absolutely, it's going to be fun. We will sing songs from his albums, like Rock With You and Can't Let You Get Away.
"We've been doing tributes to Michael for some time now, it's one of my favorite parts of the show. We miss him and we miss being on records on with him."
15-year-old Michael is pictured performing with brothers Marlon, left, and Jackie, right, in London in 1974.
The Happy Days gig is the first time The Jacksons will be back on stage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Tito says those in attendance can expect all the hits from the Jackson 5's Motown days.
He told BANG Showbiz:
"I'm excited. The fans can expect to hear the Jackson 5 hit records with a lot of energy."
In what sounds like a scene from Ghost Busters, a woman claims she's "possessed" by Michael Jackson's ghost -- and they are married.
Kathleen Roberts shared her ghostly matrimony in an article she wrote for the Daily Star, according to the NY Post.
Roberts alleges that she doesn't have sex with Jackson's ghostly apparition, however, he possesses her body to dance, sing and eat cookies.
In a video, Roberts claims Jackson "proposed" to her "clairvoyantly" and she accepted.
She also said the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. officiated their nuptials, and that Jackson kept their marriage certificate.
"Michael stays in me all the time," said Roberts, who refers to Jackson as her "husband."
"So he comes to the restroom with me and calls these special bonding moments 'toiletries.' He stays possessed in me (relaxed not channeling and just enjoying living through me and communicating with me as a husband)."
"So he likes to eat in me. He loves cookies. He cusses a lot more than I'd expect him to as a former fan."
Roberts also claimed her supernatural senses have been previously misdiagnosed as schizophrenia.
Jackson died at age 50 from respiratory and cardiac arrest due to an overdose of an intravenous sedative on June 25, 2009.
In 2010, Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
After losing an appeal, Murray served 2 years of a four-year prison sentence. His license to practice medicine in California was revoked.
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Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.
Tamara "Taj" Johnson (left) and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons (center) joined "TMZ Live" on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, "Right Here (Human Nature Remix)," when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.
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TMZ suggested there would be "potential backlash" from the "cancel culture" if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.
Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn't even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, "Human Nature," and they wouldn't be successful if not for Michael.
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The ladies say it's not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.
SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:
"The people with this alleged "potential backlash" won't even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue."
Another user tweeted: "If they DIDN'T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!"
And a third wrote: "People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?"
Kelly Clarkson sang a soulful rendition of the Jackson 5 classic song "Who's Lovin' You" on her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Fans were impressed by Kelly's vocal prowess on the song.
"She's so good I wanna cry," a user commented on the YouTube video.
"I just died. On the 1st note. Yassss Queen Kelly," another fan wrote.
Clarkson recently wowed viewers with her cover of Adele's 2016 song "Water Under the Bridge" on the show.
The J5 is credited with recording the most famous version of "Who's Lovin' You" in 1969. The song was issued as the b-side to the Jackson 5's first single, "I Want You Back", which went to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts.
"Who's Lovin' You" appeared on the Jackson 5's debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, but the song was never released as a standalone single.
The Jackson 5 group was founded by Joe Jackson in 1965 in Gary, Indiana, and comprised of his sons Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Younger brothers Marlon and Michael joined the group later.
"Who's Lovin' You" was originally written by William "Smokey" Robinson and recorded by The Miracles in 1960. You can hear the Miracles' original version below.
Kelly Clarkson - "Who's Lovin' You" (Jackson 5 Cover)
Jackson 5 Perform "Who's Lovin' You" Live on The Ed Sullivan Show
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Who's Lovin' You (Original)
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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