Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jackson Tribute Concert Planned in Wales in October

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s mom and four of his siblings announced plans Monday for a tribute concert later this year in Wales, but two of the late singer’s brothers say they oppose the timing of the show. The pop singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and siblings La Toya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Tito Jackson said the show is scheduled for Oct. 8 at Millennium Stadium but did not reveal any performers.

Within hours of their announcement of “Michael Forever — The Tribute Concert” at a Beverly Hills hotel, brothers Jermaine Jackson and Randy Jackson released a statement that said they opposed the show because it will be held during the trial of a doctor charged in their brother’s death. “While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honors our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death,” the brothers wrote in a statement posted on each of their Twitter accounts. Jury selection in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, with opening statements later in the month. The case is expected to last four to six weeks. “There will come a time and place for an amazing and deserving tribute to Michael,” the brothers’ statement read. “But we feel that the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name.”

Michael Jackson’s mother and siblings had indicated they would attend all the proceedings, but Katherine Jackson said in a statement Monday that she would be at the tribute concert. She said the event would be a fitting tribute for her son, who died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009, at age 50. A previous tribute concert in Europe planned by Jermaine Jackson in the months after his brother’s death was scuttled after promoters ran into problems and some of the singers listed as performers said they had scheduling conflicts.

Winehouse’s Death Lands Her Back on the Charts

The British singer’s “Back to Black” album will re-enter the Billboard album chart at No. 9, with 37,000 albums sold in the United States in the past week. Those figures come from Nielsen SoundScan data released late Tuesday. Her debut album “Frank” sold 7,000 copies. All but a fraction of those sales were digital downloads.

“Back to Black” hadn’t sold that many copies in three years. There were also 111,000 digital tracks of Winehouse’s music sold over the past week — a 2,000 percent increase. The most downloaded Winehouse song? Her most famous one, “Rehab.”

Winehouse died of unknown causes at her London home on Saturday. She was 27, and had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for years.

Colbie Caillat Gets Personal

Four years ago, Colbie Caillat burst onto the pop scene with the infectious hit song “Bubbly,” quickly establishing herself as a refreshing and compelling new voice. Since then, the double Grammy winner has worked with some of her musical idols, including Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift and John Mayer, as well as performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.

Her third album, “All of You,” to be released July 12, is her most personal yet, and it focuses on her relationship with guitarist Justin Young. Co-written with top talents Ryan Tedder, Jason Reeves and Rick Nowels, among others, “All of You” also boasts a song with another one of her musical heroes, Common.

Caillat, who is the new spokeswoman for the Humane Society, candidly talked to MSN Music about her love of tattoos, her fear of revealing too much, and why she can see an end to her touring days.

Q: You have gotten a new tattoo to commemorate each album. What’s it going to be for “All of You”?

A: It’s not really for the record; it’s just for me. It’s “Breathe, Smile and Sing.” It’s something I try to tell myself to calm down when I get nervous onstage and just when I’m playing or singing. I can see it right there as a daily reminder. … Tattoos are addicting, and I just don’t want to be cluttered. I don’t want to, in a few years, be like, “What was I doing?” You forget it’s permanent.

Q: What does making your third album mean to you in terms of where you are in your career?

A: The first album, it’s what came out and I really had no thought into it. It was just something that was there. The second record came with a million people’s input and it didn’t end up doing as great as everyone hoped for it to, and there was a lot of pressure on it. And with this record, I just don’t care anymore. It’s like, “You know what? I wrote these great songs. I worked with great people, and the people who are going to like it are going to like it.” I’m not going to play the game of the pressure and hoping and begging for it to do good. If it does, then it does. So now it’s a little more mature. This is me. This is a creation of me and take it for what it is.

Q: Much of this album is about your relationship with your boyfriend. Any qualms about laying out what’s a personal relationship for everyone to see?

A: You know, that’s the thing. “All of You” [is] about giving all of yourself, being honest and telling the truth and not holding back. So I did that with the writing, and now I’m getting a little nervous about it in interviews, keeping up to my word of saying what it’s about. It’s going to be a little awkward. … So that’s something I’m trying to prep my brain [for]: OK, how do I answer this? How do I tell the truth and not get too personal? I don’t want people to be uncomfortable.

Q: One of the songs on “All of You” is called “Dream Life.” Describe your dream life.

A: My family and I, we talk about this every day. We plan our dream life because, as much as I love singing and being on tour, it’s not my dream life. I know I now live in a nice house because of it, and I love the perks of that, but I want to be more creative in an artistic way. I like writing songs from home. I want to live in Hawaii, and we all talk about having a compound where we have all these houses around and all our dogs and start a business that we can live forever like that, but be creative and help people and help the world. So that’s my dream life: Family, friends and spending more time with them.

Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley back as hosts for CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back together again in November. They’ve been picked to host the Country Music Association Awards for a fourth straight year. The 45th annual awards will be aired live Nov. 9 from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

Paisley is the reigning CMA entertainer of the year. Paisley and Underwood have won 19 CMA awards between them. As Paisley notes in a news release announcing their return, they’ve achieved a comic chemistry over the years with Underwood’s class balancing “my non-class act. I’ll try my best to not mess it up.”

The CMA Awards are the most-watched country awards show. More than 16 million viewers tuned in last year.

Tyler Prepares for American Idol Return AND Upcoming Aerosmith Tour

Steven Tyler, the enigmatic lead singer of legendary rock band Aerosmith, is in negotiations at the moment, but looks likely to return along with Randy Jackson for season 11 of American Idol.While Tyler and Jackson are “most likelys,” fellow former judge Jennifer Lopez is currently “on the fence” as to whether to come back or not for another season.

In addition to renewing his moonlighting gig on the popular Fox Network show, Tyler published his autobiography titled “Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?” on May 11th, and has since returned to his hometown to work on the iconic rock band’s first album since 2004. “It’s always great to be home. I’ve been away for so long,” Tyler told FoxNews recently. “You know, we jumped right into writing some songs; we got three already and the band is rockin’. We’re working on the album right now,” Steven continued, “We go on tour November/December, and we should have the album finished in a couple of months.”

While there is no official word on the US tour dates, Tyler and Company recently announced their South American tour will begin on October 22nd in Peru.

Beatles ‘reunion’ in works for 2012 Olympic Games

Is Paul McCartney ready to say “Let it Be” to a Beatles reunion? British newspaper the Sun (via Monsters and Critics) reports that organizers have approached McCartney about performing at the 2012 summer Olympic games in London. What’s more, the event might just develop into a quasi-reunion of the Fab Four, with Ringo Starr providing the backbeat and the children of the late John Lennon and George Harrison filling in for their dads. (Lennon, who was murdered in 1980, had two sons, Julian and Sean, who have both embarked on music careers. Dhani Harrison, George’s son, also followed in the family business, recently collaborating with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur in the band Fistful of Mercy.)

McCartney and Starr have performed together numerous times since the Beatles’ 1970 break-up. At the drummer’s 70th birthday celebration at New York’s Radio City Music Hall last year, McCartney joined his former bandmate to perform — what else? — Beatles song “Birthday.” McCartney’s company, MPL Communications, had no comment for TheWrap. The International Olympics Committee did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.