Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Its May 1992 " Deep Cover " Soundtrack was in the stores,
and the Dr. Dre Produced material that was Copyrighten to Sony
Records and Solar Ruthless Records had there attornies mail
letters that said Dre was signed to Ruthless and Sony's deal
with Dre was interfering with that. The Letters Also described
the violent means by which the releases were obtained, and
asked if Sony didnt think it strange that Eazy E recieved
nothing in return for releasing his artist.

"We told them that the releases were invalid" said Michael
Klein a scurity specialist hired by Jerry Heller. But they
then drew up a Deep Cover Contract.

We told Sony "Don't Put it out" but they did anyway.
" The whole Goal was to raid Rutheless Records asset's"

And while this may go on in the music business all the time
it doesnt make it lawful" Dre insisted that Eazy signed the
release papers becasue it was the right thing to do.
"Im not a gangster" he said. Rutheless included him in
the RICO claim it hoped to file against Suge, Solar and
Sony Music.

Through Wayne Smith, a partner at Gibson ,Dunn & Crutcher
Sony expressed their position: Dre was having a problem with
Eazy-E and Ruthless Records. Sony was interested in Signing
Dr. Dre. as a songwriter producer and artist. But Sony
didn't sign anything but a Publishing Deal because they felt
Dre wasn't free to enter any other agreement.

Sony's position was that they entered into Deals with
Dre believing that Dre was not prohibited from selling
publishing rights to his work as a freelance producer
due to a preexisiting contract with Ruthless Records.
If he was not free to do it Ruthless and Dre have a Breach
of Contract, said Smith. It turns out he did not have the
right to sell us what he sold us, then Ruthless had a breach
against Dre and Sony Has a breach of warranty against Dre.
But thats not a Rico suit or a conspiracy. According to Smith
Ruthless's attornies said the labels relatiuonship with Dre
was dead in December 1991. the Judge asked "Well if it was
dead in 1991, why are you complaining about anything that
happened in 1992?

They would reply " Holy Cow , we we just realized,
"Sony entered a Conspiracy in December 1991!"

This would be inserted in to the latest complaint!!!

They never thought we were going to sue said Ruthless
security specialist Michael Klein, they thought we would be
able to work something out, pay peanuts for what happened
and they would have Dr. Dre. was going to go with Sony
They had it all planned out...

They had the new Album scheduled to be released titled
The Chronic it was going to be a Sony release.
Not until we sued did they take it off the schedule
Then Sony said "this is getting alittle too deep for us
were going to have problems if we go ahead".
At that point Sony back out of the deal.

Griffey then gave Suge the ammunition he needed for a
take over. The Chronic was going to be a Death Row Records
release and Griffey had to go...Suge was now becoming the man.

The Rise and Fall of Death Row Records


Sunday, August 29, 2010


Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

was an American recording artist, entertainer, and philanthropist.
Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most
successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records.
His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-
publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture
for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family,
he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers
as a member of The Jackson 5 in the mid-1960s, and began his solo
career in 1971.

In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in
popular music. The music videos for his songs including
"Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller", were credited with
transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional
tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring
the relatively new television channel MTV to fame.

And the Rest is HIStory..


NOTE: There appears to be some debate over the middle
name of Michael Jackson. It appears on Wikipedia as Joseph.
It appears on most all current court documents as Joseph.
But is that accurate, as his life caused great controversy/
debate, so his death has caused great controvery/debate..
What do you think really Happened To MJ?

The Jackson's "An American Dream"
Stop Tape at 3:21 The Birth Of Michael Jackson
If this information is accurate he is named here ...


Wherever you are Michael we are sending you a Message...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY..Can you feel it?
#HappyBirthdayMJ #MessagetoMJ

#MessagetoMJ #HappyBirthdayMJ via txt


Saturday, August 28, 2010


AUGUST 28, 1963 " I HAVE A DREAM "

"I Have a Dream" is the famous name given to the ten minute
public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., in which he called
for racial equality and an end to discrimination.

King's delivery of the speech on August 28, 1963, from the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington
for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American
Civil Rights Movement.

Delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters the speech
is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable
speeches in human history and was ranked the top American speech
of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.


Today is the 47th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream”
speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 47 years later, the
“restoring honor” rally is being celebrated at the Lincoln
Memorial, the exact same place in which the speech took place.


Monday, August 23, 2010


“The fact [of the way] that he died was a mystery a year ago, and still is,” Houston attorney Ed Chernoff told CNN.

Dr. Conrad Murray was back in Court today. Also present were several members of Jackson's family, including his mother Katherine and father Joseph. Members of Jackson's family have attended each hearing since Murray's arrest in February.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office determined that Jackson, 50, died as a result of acute propofol intoxication. A judge says a preliminary hearing for the doctor charged in the death of pop legend Michael Jackson will begin on Jan. 4.

After hearing from both sides in the case at the January court date, the judge, Michael Pastor, will determine if there is enough evidence to mount a full trial. Pastor granted a protective order covering all evidence in the criminal case, meaning it cannot be released to anyone other than the lawyers, paralegals and investigators in the case.

Murray's defense team reportedly asked for access to three fluids collected by the coroner's office, including ones taken from syringes and an IV tube to re-examine test results. Pastor ruled that the coroner's office must preserve the samples, and if defense attorneys and prosecutors cannot agree on the request, he will schedule a hearing on the matter.

The success of a criminal case against Murray could hinge largely on the timeline of events that occurred inside Jackson's rented home The Carolwood Property http://tinyurl.com/2dy2jv2 (scene of the crime) is currently up for sale. http://twitpic.com/2cwfx1

When brother Jermaine Jackson left the last hearing in June, he indicated some of them were not satisfied with the case against Murray.

"Dr. Murray's the fall guy," Jermaine Jackson said after the hearing. "This is bulls**t."

"The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing," Aldous Huxley observed long ago.

"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth."

http://larrykinglive.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/23/doctor-charged-in-michael-jacksons-death-returns-to-court/ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1646329/20100823/jackson_michael.jhtml http://www.tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/news/editorials/15578-everything-is-a-lie-the-deliberate-intent-to-deceive-people-is-at-an-all-time-high.html



You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out. You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip, Skip out for beer during commercials,

Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised,
will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.




Wednesday, August 4, 2010



Kenny Ortega, Michael Jackson and Simon Fuller ...
It was here the secret mtg. was held in Steve Wynn’s
Wing Lei Hotel & Casino. Fuller in Las Vegas with
Michael and Kenny Ortega.
Michael Jackson Talks About His New Life in Vegas
and His Comeback.
Posted Feb 5th 2007 by Robin Leach
Michael, Simon and Kenny happily posed for our Luxe Life photos.
I told them all that everybody was eagerly awaiting Michael's return
to the limelight and that Vegas was delighted he now called our city
his new home. " Its all going to be good, very good" said Michael,
and Kenny added:"We're going to get it done and when it is you'll
know it'll be the right way working out for the best for everybody
In the last few months there has been great activity taking place
around Fuller /CKx the Company that Robert Sillerman Created
owned and that Simon Fuller has a great interest in with his
company 19x and American Idol. CKx, Inc. Company Overview
On February 7, 2005, an investor group led by Robert F.X. Sillerman
acquired control of the Company, simultaneous with the Company's
acquisition of an 85% interest in the Presley business. At that time,
the Company began to operate under the name CKX, Inc.
The name of the company was officially changed to CKX, Inc.,
following shareholder approval on March 25, 2005.
On March 17, 2005, we acquired 19 Entertainment Limited
and entered into a long-term employment agreement with Simon
Fuller,its founder and the creative force behind its most successful
projects. In addition to continuing to oversee the operations of 19
Entertainment and its subsidiaries.
NEW YORK, May 7, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX
News Network/ -- CKx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKXE) announced today that
Robert F.X. Sillerman has resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of the Company and from the Company's board, effective
NEW YORK, May 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CKx, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CKXE) confirmed that it received a proposal today from
a group of investors led by Simon Fuller to acquire CKx.
Go to Universal August 3, 2010
It’s done.
19 Entertainment and American Idol creator
Simon Fuller have announced a long-term strategic alliance
to develop, distributeand market the hit Fox show’s musical
artists with Universal Music Group.
The deal was announced today by UMG Chairman/Co-CEO
Doug Morris, Co-CEO Lucian Grainge and Fuller.
The show previously had a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
STAY TUNED More to come

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Martin Bandier, chief executive of the music publisher Sony/ATV
Jackson Estate Steers to Next Challenge: Loan Refinancing
June 21, 2010 Wall Street Journal

by Ethan Smith

The estate has collected as much as $125 million in royalties
and advances from Sony Corp.'s Sony Music, which has sold
31.5 million Jackson albums since his death and plans to
distribute an album of previously unreleased music around
November. Corporate sibling Sony Pictures paid another $60
million for the rights to "This Is It," the documentary about
rehearsals for Mr. Jackson's planned comeback concert series.

Mijac, the publishing company that controls the copyrights
to songs written by Mr. Jackson, is on track to generate
$35 million in royalties. The estate is set to collect $11
million in dividends from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the
joint venture with Sony Corp. that controls 251 songs by
the Beatles. Television and merchandise deals could generate
another $10 million, while deals to create a videogame and
two Cirque du Soleil shows based on Mr. Jackson's music
are set to provide additional revenue later this year.

The Sony Music deal guarantees Mr. Jackson's estate
significant additional cash advances in coming years, too.

However, Mr. Jackson's biggest financial obligation remains
unresolved. A $300 million loan from Barclays PLC, backed by
his 50% stake in SONY/ATV, matures at the end of the year.
To secure the loan in 2006, Mr. Jackson appealed for help
from Sony, which dispatched two executives to meet him
in Dubai and negotiate terms under which it would guarantee
the loan.

At the time, Mr. Jackson was in danger of defaulting on
a $270 million loan held by hedge fund Fortress Investment
Group LLC. As part of the agreement under which Barclays
ultimately refinanced that debt, Mr. Jackson granted Sony
an option to buy half of his stake in the company at any
time for a fixed price of $250 million. At the time that was
a generous valuation, but Sony/ATV's value has since
soared to around $2 billion.

The Jackson estate and Sony have held talks about whether
the company will again guarantee a refinancing of the
debt backed by Mr. Jackson's Sony/ATV stake.

If it won't, the estate could be forced to sell its stake in

Sony/ATV at a steep discount, though that would still generate
enough cash to wipe out the Barclays loan with hundreds of
millions to spare. But Sony may have an incentive to reach
a deal on refinancing, because buying out Mr. Jackson's estate
would require it to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for an
asset it already effectively controls.

All of this stands in stark contrast to the state of
affairs when Mr. Jackson died. Despite being poised
for what was heralded as a major comeback concert series,
his finances were in shambles and he was unable to meet
some of his most basic financial obligations.

Among the unpaid bills at the time of his death,
Mr. Jackson had not paid $341,000 to Thomas Mesereau,
the lawyer who successfully defended him against
charges of child molestation in 2005. That bill and many
other creditors' claims, including invoices from several
other law firms, have now been paid.

The singer was also months behind on utility bills for
his longtime family home in Encino, Calif., where his
mother, Katherine, now lives with his three children,
along with the children of two of his brothers.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,
owed nearly $9,000, was threatening to disconnect
service. AT&T Inc. was owed $1,300.

More troubling, Mr. Jackson had fallen behind on the
payments for a $5 million IndyMac loan secured by the
house. The property was scheduled to enter foreclosure
the day after Mr. Jackson died. A nearby condominium,
four months behind on loan payments and homeowners' dues,
was also threatened with foreclosure, according to people
familiar with the matter. Mr. Jackson's representatives
have now paid off those loans.

Mr. Jackson was living in a rented mansion in Holmby Hills,
a ritzy neighborhood near Bel Air, covering his sizable
personal overhead with a $35 million cash advance from
AEG Live, the concert promoter that was planning to stage
his London concerts. That loan, too, has been repaid.

Mr. Jackson's debts were spiraling out of control in other
ways, too. A loan backed by Mijac carried a crushing 16.5%
interest rate, to be paid out of royalties generated by the
company. When the royalty payments fell short of the towering
cost of servicing the debt, any unpaid interest was piled on
to the principal. As a result, by the time of his death,
the Mijac loan had reached $75 million, with $11 million due
in annual interest, which was several million dollars more
than the catalog was generating annually. The loan has now
been refinanced with an interest rate of less than 4%.
And thanks to increased album sales since Mr. Jackson's
death and a new deal for public-performance royalties,
the catalog is generating enough cash to pay off the
refinanced loan a little more than a year from now.

Looking to raise cash Mr. Jackson had planned,
then scrapped, an auction of most of his personal
effects from Neverland, his 2,600-acre ranch near
Santa Barbara. In 2008, after he had defaulted on
a $24.5 million loan backed by the ranch itself,
the property was spared from foreclosure when
Colony Capital LLC, a Los Angeles real-estate
investment firm, bought the note and put the property
into a joint venture with Mr. Jackson. That venture
is structured in such a way that Colony is responsible
for the ranch's overhead, maintenance and tax costs.

If the property is sold, Colony is entitled to recover
its costs, including the $24.5 million is paid to take
over the busted loan, with the majority of the additional
proceeds going to Mr. Jackson's estate. People with
knowledge of the situation say that because of logistical
issues, Neverland is unlikely to be converted into a public
attraction like Elvis Presley's Graceland, making a
sale the most likely outcome, though it doesn't appear
"The fourth quarter will belong to the Beatles,” Mr. Bandier predicts.

Less clear, however, is what will happen to the Sony/ATV venture
itself. While Sony executives and lawyers for Mr. Jackson’s estate
say they see no changes afoot, the structure of the partnership
would be altered if the estate put its stake on the block.
Sony would have first-refusal rights if that happens, and
company executives say they would be interested in
increasing their holdings. In the interim, the playing field
is still Mr. Bandier’s, which his supporters say they find


We have been entertained in one of the Greatest Shows of all time.

Hope you enjoyed it.


Repost from 5/30/2010





Aug 3, 2010 The Lefsetz Letter

In order to justify overpaying independent concert promoters
for their companies, Robert Sillerman needed to find someone
to buy SFX. That was always the plan, to find a mark
who could beconvinced the company was an endless
money machine, and must be snapped up.

That company ended up being Clear Channel.

But where was the money? In order for concert promotion
to justify the purchase price there had to be a plethora of new
hit acts, that the public wanted to see in droves. People had
to stop going to the movies, stop playing video games and
go to concerts.

And this seemed especially unlikely as the years wore on
and radio itself went into the doghouse and MTV stopped
airing videos.But before those negative indicators truly
became clear, to insure profits, Clear Channel had to fill its
buildings and corner the market.There was no choice but
to overpay.You want the best talent, you pay for it.Suddenly,
Clear Channel was paying in excess of 100% of the gross for
Jimmy Buffett. Because if they got him in the shed, they
could sell beer and merchandise.

Furthermore, their sponsors would be happy...
This was the world Michael Rapino inherited.

Too many shed shows to satisfy sponsors, meanwhile overpaying
talent to play those shows. And like athletes making deals with
sports teams, acts don't turn down the money.Meanwhile, the
remaining independents are crying foul. How can they survive
giving all the concert receipts to the acts?
Where are they supposed to make a profit?

Needless to say, Clear Channel couldn't find a profit, it ended
up writing off billions on the purchase price before spinning
off the company.Rapino tried to create a system whereby the
acts had to share the risk, unless they were guaranteed
superstars.The acts balked.

Because the economy was so good and Clear Channel,
ultimatelyLive Nation, had such an impact on the market,
other promoters nowoverpaid too. If Live Nation tried to
control talent costs, it was fruitless, there was always someone
willing to step up and pay. The casinos didn't even need to
profit on the show, they wanted everybody in the building
gambling!And the public was part of thefrenzy too.
Because you just couldn't get a good ticket.

The press was filled with stories of sold out shows and
exorbitant prices on the secondary market. Reaching its
peak with the Hannah Montana fiasco, where moms suddenly
couldn't make their kids happy and wanted the government to
intervene. Of course the government couldn't understand the
business,but the pressurehad promoter suddenly coughing up
tons of unsold tickets that had previously been held back.
The market was somewhat satiated, but why hadn't these
tickets been sold on the open market to begin with?

The dirty little secret was that by time the on sale
for the general public took place, usually only crappy seats
were available, all the rest had been pre-sold, to the fan club,
American Express... And then there was the broker problem.

Like day traders in the dot com era, brokers cajoled tickets
and offered them at exorbitant prices, making concerts the new
real estate. Yup, it seemed everybody wanted to go and high
prices were just the cost of admission to the hippest show in town.
Then Hannah Montana went out paperless and didn't sell out.
Sure, we can go back a chapter, to the acts caught up in the mania,
scalping their own tickets, creating exorbitant V.I.P. packages,
trying to beat the brokers and capture all that income for
themselves, but the underlying truth was demand was a
fiction, it was a trumped up story built by the press and word
of mouth.

Most people didn't want to overpay to see the same acts
again and again, they just didn't want to be left out.And yes,
now people don't have as much money. And they're sick of the
exorbitant prices for beer and food that the promoter has
to charge in order to make a profit after giving all the money
to the act.

And the public is pissed off that Ticketmaster fees are sky high,
not knowing that these are kickbacks to the promoter so they can
generate a profit. But the real story is there aren't enough hit acts
to support the system, not at these prices.Since Napster and the
collapse of recording income, there's little money for investment.
And no one wants to wait, those still at the label want their bonus,
they want to make their inflated Wall Street salaries, so there's
no artist development. Suddenly, it's almost impossible
to build arena acts when the infrastructure demands them.
In the old days, radio was king.

Radio built acts. Then MTV. And said acts went on the road
and played gigs for...very low prices.But then Michael Cohl
started to buy tours nationally. INTERNATIONALLY!

And after advancing all that money, prices had to go up.
Isn't it interesting that Michael Cohl ended up as the largest
stockholder in Live Nation. He devised the 360 system.
Which was all about finding another mark to lay this
unprofitable behemoth upon.

But Rapino was afraid of running out of cash, and squeezed
out Cohl before he could convince a Telco that concert
promotion was an endless cash machine, just like Sillerman
convinced Clear Channel.And now, with the acts getting all
the money, the real profit is in ticketing, which is why Rapino
broke from Ticketmaster. But when the Eventim system didn't
work so well and Ticketmaster had little opportunity for growth,
the two companies decided to merge.

So the people at the top of the pile could get rich.
Look at the bonus Rapino got upon closing the merger.

Who could generate that kind of money just promoting concerts?
Live Nation was a Wall Street play. Divorced from the reality of
concert promotion.And then, suddenly, like the sub-prime
mortgage mess, the game crashed. Yup, this summer it turned
out people no longer wanted to overpay to see the old acts and there
were few new acts worth seeing.

In other words, Live Nation was built on a bubble.
And this bubble not only inflated the cost of beer and pretzels,
but talent fees. And now that the public
has declared itself out, nobody wants to take the blame.

The acts don't want to take less money. Live Nation just says
it's a few shows away from being profitable. And the public is
asking WHY SHOULD I GO AGAIN? This summer is not
anomalous. It's been fifteen years in the making.

There is no support for a business of this size. It's gonna
have to shrink.Yes, people want to go see their heart's
desire at a fair price in a small venue.Sure, they got caught
up in the mania of overpaying to go to the big show,
but that's now done.

There's no such thing as a sold-out show. You can
always get tickets, the brokers are blowing them out
outside the venue. Or Live Nation itself is giving you a deal.
And sure, you want to see GaGa and Swift,
but tell me why I need to see the Goo Goo Dolls
or Sarah McLachlan or the American Idols?
Idol was a mania.But that's faded now too.

Sure, new acts will develop. But we're at the end of an era.

We're in the middle of a giant reset.--

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Robert F.X. Sillerman and Simon Fuller to Take CKX Private
and Spin off Shares in Location-Based Entertainment Company
to Stockholders CKX Stockholders to Receive $13.75
Per Share in Cash, and Continued Participation in Elvis Presley
- and Muhammad Ali-Based
Real Estate Projects

Sunday, August 1, 2010



Wednesday, 08 July 2009 (MJHOAXLIVE)repost from Dec. 10,09)


Michael Jackson has entertained the world, with voice and moves, since age six. His recent death has provoked many questions.

More than anything, people around the world want to know: Why the King of Pop suddenly passed on.


CA: “A powerful artist like Michael, he’s not the first artist
that has ever decided when he’s not comfortable at his home,
the label to sit there and decides he’s going to take some
shots and say his piece. When artists at his level aren’t comfortable they say things. Someone like him, who only dealt with the top level –Japan and Mottola and stuff like that, he came out and said he’s fine.

I’m sure the frustration level was out of control. There is a lot of circumstances that pushed him to that point.

The thing that I’m so brutally offended about and it’s only a rumor, but it’s something I really believe, but I really think he got blackmailed at that whole scandal thing.

I think at some point the truth will come out. This man gave people millions and millions of dollars to philanthropic stuff. Never comes out what he did. I think his reactions were natural and I’m sure he was getting pushed. If you look at the quality of his work Chris, go back to Off The Wall, which is my favorite Michael Jackson record.
But every single record, I don’t care if you go to Dangerous, any single one, these records are perfect, blue book standard records, nothing but hits.

Cory and I sat in an office at Sony once and watched
a concert, a live DVD. A colleague of ours Ron Grant
called us in and said, ‘You guys want to watch something?’
And we’re figuring alright, middle of day, we’ll watch
something for five to ten minutes. It was unedited, two
and a half hours from a stadium at Brazil. He never
stopped working for two and a half hours. The point
that I would love to make about him is that he’s not
getting enough play for what he has contributed to
the world musically. He’s probably, arguably the
greatest musician we’ll ever see in our lifetime.

You’ll never see anything like this again.
That has to be discussed and mentioned.”

CR: “I don’t really think the music industry
has taken a deep enough look at what Michael Jackson
meant to everybody, all of us artists, producers,
actors, actresses, all of us, entertainment as a whole.
I don’t think that they took a deep enough look because
everyone is too busy with their head up their own butt.

When Michael was on trial, nobody…nobody stopped to go and support him at the trial.”


But I’m sure their hearts were just as broken as well
and my heart is broken. Moving forward with this business,
all I can say is that I’m happy that there is a time we
live in where we can kinda do things independently and
we don’t have to deal with the hypocrites as much, but
we are surrounded by hypocrites in this business.
It’s just a tragedy. I always wondered what it would
be like if something God forbid happened to Michael.
I don’t think I ever really wanted to feel it.

I just always kind of wondered like my goodness,
what would happen? Well, here we are. And so far
everything that’s happened is pretty much exactly
what I thought what was going to happen.”


THIS IS A POST FROM DEC 10,2009 (REPOST) It appears things are getting quite convaluted out there.