*The 90-second online ad for Sony Mobile’s new Xperia Z2 phone uses a new version of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm,” an outtake from the late singer’s “Invincible” solo album that was given an unauthorized remix via Justin Bieber.
Jackson’s estate and Epic Records announced the partnership with Sony Mobile at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, reports Billboard.com.
The video, released today (Feb. 24), follows a choreographer as he maps out a routine in the dance studio, before plugging his headphones into the Sony phone on the subway. The experience inspires him, apparently, and moments later Jackson’s voice bursts through amidst a techno-pop beat as scenes from a completed dance sequence flash on the screen. [Click through to watch.]
*He claims childhood memory loss on one hand, the opposing hand calls it BS.
Michael Jackson‘s estate called out Wade Robson on lying about his accusations that MJ molested him and the repressed memories.
And MJ’s lawyer Howard Weitzman is calling out the choreographer for lies.
*An appellate court has refused to grant a rehearing to Michael Jackson’s doctor on the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction.
A 2nd District Court of Appeal panel issued a brief ruling Thursday correcting clerical and grammatical errors in its opinion last month that denied Conrad Murray’s appeal. His lawyer asked for the corrections to prepare for filing a further appeal with the California Supreme Court.
The new document stated simply: “Appellant’s petition for rehearing is denied.”
*A French court has sided with five Michael Jackson fans who claimed they endured “emotional damage” after the artist’s untimely death. And they’ve been awarded a whopping sum of €1 ($1.36) for their troubles.
The AFP news agency reports that 34 fans had sued Conrad Murray, Jackson’s doctor, claiming they had emotional suffering after their hero’s accidental drug overdose in June 2009.
Murray was jailed in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the pop star and served two years of a four-year term for administering to Jackson a fatal dose of Propofol, an anesthetic drug.
The claimants — two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium — were members of the Michael Jackson Community fan club in France. Their lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said they’d proven their suffering “with the help of witness statements and medical certificates.” And the court in Orleans agreed.
*Will Michael Jackson ever really rest in peace?
Just when you think things have gone quiet with all the drama, a new legal situation surfaces. The L.A. times reports that the IRS is asking for their piece of the King of Pop’s estate. More specifically, they’ve informed the executors of the estate that they owe $505 million in taxes and $197 million in penalties. The total amount owed comes up to more than $702 million.