Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, announced that he will renew efforts to build a $300 million museum and performing arts center in honor of his son in the family’s hometown of Gary, Ind., reports the Associated Press. According to Jackson, the project, dubbed the Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and the Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theaters, will be funded by the Jackson Family Foundation and the city of Gary. However, a lack of financial details has made some locals skeptical that the idea will ever get off the ground. Michael Jackson originally announced plans for the center in 2003 but made no real progress toward creating it before his death and left no provisions for it in his will. “The Estate of Michael Jackson was never consulted about, nor is it involved in, the Jackson Family museum being proposed in Gary, Indiana,” Jackson’s lawyer said in a statement to the AP. Neither Joe Jackson nor Gary Mayor Rudy Clay provided specifics on how much money the city of Gary and the Jackson Family Foundation would be able to put into the project.
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John Mayer has cancelled shows in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Madrid and Manchester this week due to illness, the singer-songwriter announced on his website yesterday. The short statement goes on to say that Mayer is returning to the U.S., and “a full recovery is expected under a doctor’s supervision.”
The music industry just scored a huge victory against piracy on Tuesday, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood has ruled that peer-to-peer file sharing company LimeWire is guilty of “inducing copyright infringement, committed copyright infringement, and practiced unfair competition.” Wood also said that LimeWire’s move asking users to not infringe copyrights did “not constitute meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement.”
“This definitive ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire creative community,” Recording Industry Association of America chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol said in a statement. “Unlike other P2P (peer to peer) services that negotiated licenses, imposed filters or otherwise chose to discontinue their illegal conduct following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Grokster case, LimeWire instead thumbed its nose at the law and creators. The court’s decision is an important milestone in the creative community’s fight to reclaim the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce.”
Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, John Legend and other musical artists will perform this Sunday, May 16, in New Orleans, at a special Gulf Aid benefit concert to raise funds to protect the Gulf’s wetlands from the ongoing oil spill and provide financial assistance to fisherman and their families affected by the environmental disaster. Kravitz tweeted, “I’ve come home to New Orleans to lend my support to fishermen & wildlife.” The 10-hour show begins at noon at the Mardi Gras World’s River City Plaza.
CMT Music Award nominations: Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum lead the pack
Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood led this morning’s CMT Music Award nominations pulling in three nods each. Winners will be announced in a live ceremony, hosted by Kid Rock, on CMT June 9 at 8 p.m. ET. [Read our (delayed) reaction on the Music Mix blog.] READ FULL STORY »
Peter Lopez, the husband of Catherine Bach — who played Daisy Duke in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard — was found dead on the front lawn of his home with Bach in Encino, the L.A. Times reports. Police arrived at the scene to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Lopez was a music attorney who had worked with Michael Jackson.
following a brain hemorrhage, has suffered a setback in his condition, according to his official website. Tests indicate that, as a side effect of the bleeding in his brain, Michaels is suffering from hyponatremia, an abnormally low level of sodium in the body fluids, which can lead to seizures. Michaels remains in critical but stable condition and is continuing to undergo tests. “With further testing and rehabilitation, [doctors] are hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months,” says the latest statement posted to Michaels’ website. “Michaels remains under 24-hour observation in the ICU and is in positive spirits. He is responding well to tests and treatments. Even though today was a minor setback, doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery and plan to release more specific information next Monday.”Rocker Bret Michaels, who has been hospitalized since Thursday
Bret Michaels’ official website posted a new message on Sunday: “Everyone at Michaels Entertainment would like to thank all fans and friends for their continued thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.UPDATE (4/25):
At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition. He is under 24 hour doctors’ care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.”
ORIGINAL POST (4/24): Despite reports that claimed his status may have stabilized, rocker Bret Michaels’ official website says that the rocker, who was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage on Thursday, is still in critical condition. A brief statement on the site says, “There are several incorrect reports on Bret’s condition. Bret remains in critical condition at an undisclosed location. Further tests are being ran and information will be updated in the coming days.”
Michaels was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night and reportedly suffered from a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage. A source told People, “After several CAT scans, MRIs, and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation.”
This most recent hospital stay comes only 11 days after Michaels underwent an emergency appendectomy in San Antonio, Tex.
Rihanna was taken to a private clinic in Zurich, Switzerland following her concert Monday night, MTV UK reports. The cause was unknown, but the singer was released three hours later and continued on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, playing to a sold-out crowd in Lyon, France last night. She begins the North American leg of her tour in July with Ke$ha.
UPDATE: Rihanna’s rep tells People: “[She] had an injured rib and went to have it looked at to be sure it was nothing serious, and it wasn’t.”
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