Like the rest of the world, Lady Gaga is a huge fan Michael Jackson and would love to see his old home restored it to its former glory. The late King of Pop bought the 3,000 acre ranch in 1988 at the height of his fame and modified it with a rail track, petting zoo and a fairground. It later fell into disrepair as he came into financial difficulties.
A source told The Sun newspaper “Lady Gaga is obsessed with Michael. She’s become good friends with his sister La Toya and would love more than anything else to restore Neverland to its original state. His kids are all desperate to hold on to their childhood home so they can decide what they want to do with it properly when they’ve grown up. Gaga would love to help with the financial costs by buying a share.”
Although Neverland was sold in 2008 to investment group Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, Michael’s children, including Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and ‘Blanket’, 10, and his mother Katherine all still hold a share of it. Gaga, 26, also recently bought 55 items in an auction of Michael Jackson’s costumes. After making the purchases she tweeted “The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide (sic).”
The star has also recently said she was in talks to open for Michael on his This is It 50 show run in London, which was scheduled to start just days after his death. She said “There was some talk about the openers doing duets with Michael on stage. But Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether I was supposed to go on tour with him.”
It’s difficult to believe that today marks the third anniversary of the untimely passing of Michael Jackson, one of the greatest musicians of all time. The singer left a permanent mark on music and pop culture, with the superstars of tomorrow consistently exhibiting Jackson’s influence in their music and videos.
On Monday, July 2nd MuchMore is celebrating the King of Pop with a marathon of Michael Jackson videos. Starting at 5 pm ET tune into MuchMore for a Michael Jackson music video flow, following by the 30th Anniversary Special of Jackson’s musical accomplishments at 6 pm ET.
Airing at 8 pm ET on Monday, July 2nd will be This Is It, the music documentary chronicling Jackson’s last days as he prepared for his worldwide farewell tour. Directed by Kenny Ortega, This Is It features an unprecedented look into the private and professional world of Jackson, showing that after more than four decades in the business, the King of Pop was still King.
Tune into MuchMore this Monday beginning at 5 pm ET for a Michael Jackson marathon.
MuchMore host Matt Wells is counting down The Top 100 Big Tunes of The 90s every day at 12 pm ET between now and January 6. Watch as we go from Kriss Kross to The Tragically Hip and everything in-between. Find out what we crowned the number one video of the 90s and don’t miss a single episode of The Top 100 Big Tunes of The 90s!
25 George Michael // Freedom
24 2Pac // Keep Your Head Up
23 Len // Steal My Sunshine
22 Snoop Dogg // Gin and Juice
21 Guns N Roses // November Rain
20 Barenaked Ladies // Brian Wilson
19 Michael Jackson // Black or White
18 Madonna // Ray of Light
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Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson (1997)
It’s been just over a year since the death of Michael Jackson and there have already been a handful of new MJ albums released. The latest, simply titled Michael, hits shelves this month, but it is actually the first album with NEW MJ material since Invincible in 2001. Michael is the first of 10 albums as part of the deal between SONY and Jackson’s estate, which is said to be worth about 250 mill and already there is controversy (which shouldn’t surprise us). The issue is the sound of his voice, which someone in the Jackson family claims isn’t actually Michael’s, a statement Teddy Reilly (who produced three of the 10 tracks on the album) has fought hard to prove otherwise. He says MJ’s voice sounds different because they were working with vocal tracks that were not what would usually be considered final takes, which meant they had to use a studio tool know as Melodyne (basically auto-tune). Whaddya gonna do?
I can’t quite bring myself to consider letting new, somewhat altered, MJ performances into my life quite yet anyway, so the question I pose, “Is it possible to pick a favourite Michael Jackson track?” (that’s not one of the usual suspects). A tall order, but I’m gonna go with Blood on the Dance Floor, which was originally supposed to appear on the Dangerous album in 1991, but ended up on a remix album six years later. Produced and co-written by Teddy Reilly, who is a hip hop/R&B producing legend (and if we could have anyone working on posthumous MJ music, he’s the guy). I love how aggressive this song is and have always been a fan of the lower register of MJ’s vocals. I’m not sure who Susie is in this song, and there has been some debate as to what Susie represents, but whoever she is supposed to be I love how she made Mike sing.
Ain’t no Grave – Johnny Cash (2010)
So when first I started this paragraph it was something righteous about young musicians spending more time on cover songs rather than originals, hoping to score a viral hit on YouTube, and how there are times I love covers and times I don’t….then I deleted it. I also thought about trying to find the words that might somehow do justice to the legacy of Johnny Cash…impossible. So I will just say this: I love that I have new music to learn about, because of him. Rick Rubin was recording music with Johnny Cash right up until Cash’s death in 2003, producing six albums for Cash. The sixth instalment of those albums includes a song that was written in 1978 by a Pentecostal Preacher by the name of Brother Claude Ely (ee-lee), whose music inspired everyone from Elvis to Cash. The track Ain’t no Grave has been around for a long time and within gospel music it’s a classic, but now it’s become part of the Johnny Cash legend and has given me a new musical road to go explore.
Father’s Son – Fistful of Mercy (2010)
This past February, Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur and Dhani Harriosn (yes, George Harrison’s son) found themselves sitting in a studio together, staring at each other, with no songs. Dhani Harrison bumped into Ben at a skate park and was invited into the studio, assuming he was gonna be asked to play guitar on some of Joseph Arthur’s tunes…..instead, the three wrote and recorded nine songs in three days and now call themselves Fistful of Mercy. The first album is called As I Call you Down and perhaps the best track of the year-is Father’s Son. This is one of those times where music was made for the sake of making music. No pressure, no expectations, just three guys connected by a love of making music who decided to see what would happen if they made it together.
Fill Them In – Local Rabbits (2001)
Sometimes the best songs are the ones you haven’t heard yet. I’m not sure who said that, or if I made it up, but I like it. Peter Elkas is a Montreal born singer songwriter who has been busy making really good solo albums(which you should hear). He has also been helping Joel Plaskett fill out his live sound for quite some time playing guitar, keys and singing, but I first heard about him in a band called Local Rabbits. In their early days they were signed to Sloan’s Murder Records and in my Going Coastal days to a cool label called Brobdingnagian Records. I remember interviewing them for their last album This is it Here We Go, which is the home of this track and Pete told me the story behind the album title. If I recall correctly, they had a gross accident on tour and rolled their van. Just before the van went ass up, somebody said “this is it here we go”….and the name kinda stuck. It’s a damn shame that more people didn’t hear them before they broke up but thanks to the magic of the internet I can tell you about them and you can buy their music, and you should.
P.S. A girl named Leslie (Feist) told me the Rabbits are back together in some new type of 50’s doo-wop vibed band…I think. Maybe it was a dream.
Since the devastating passing of the King of Pop in 2009, the world was let into the genius behind the man in Kenny Ortega’s beautiful documentary, This Is It. A perfect send off to the artist who demanded nothing short of perfection, Akon, with the permission of the Jackson family, has released an unfinished collaboration between himself and MJ. Hold My Hand hit the airwaves a few weeks ago and we’ve got the exclusive teaser to Thursday’s premiere of the music video the track.
Check out the video below.