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'The Sing-Off' Finale: And the Winner Is... (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:27AM
'The Sing-Off' Finale:  And the Winner Is...Well, it's that time already. It's the final countdown. After a mere two weeks, we've reached the finale of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). Heading into the finals, only four groups remained. All of them were battling it out for $100,000 and a recording contract. But who would make the cut?

First to be eliminated was Talk of the Town, led by 66-year-old Jerry Lawson, who has been singing a cappella for over forty years. The Backbeats -- the only group in the finals with any female singers -- were the next to go home.

This set up an all-male, all-Southern battle for grand prize. Two groups remained: Committed, from Huntsville, Alabama, and Street Corner Symphony, from Nashville, Tennessee.

And the winner of 'The Sing-Off' was ...

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The Producers of Michael Jackson's New Album Defend Their Work Against Charges of Imperfection (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 7th 2010 12:00PM
Teddy Riley talks about the new Michael Jackson album on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Oprah Winfrey sat down with songwriter/producer Eddie Cascio and producer Teddy Riley today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (Weekdays, Syndicated) to talk about a new Michael Jackson album completed after the King of Pop's death last year. The new album contains tracks Jackson had started, and were finished off by Cascio and Riley, including one that pairs Jackson with rapper 50 Cent. The album hits stores next week.

Some have questioned the motives and timing of the release. In the clip, Oprah says that will.i.am, a friend to both her and Jackson, has questioned whether the former icon would have wanted these recordings to be released, "because it wasn't perfect."

Cascio and Riley both give somewhat vague reasons for the release, saying that Jackson was dedicated to his fans and that, "Michael did it for his fans, he recorded for his fans, and it deserves to come out, and the fans deserve to hear what the musical genius of Michael really is." Riley acknowledged that some say the recordings aren't perfect, saying, "But this is Michael's art, and we must continue his legacy."

When Oprah asked what Jackson would have thought of the buzz around the album, Riley replied, "He lives for controversy." Except, of course, for the sad fact that Jackson is no longer living.

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The Jackson Family: Memories of Michael on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Nov 8th 2010 7:44PM
Oprah Winfrey spoke with Michael Jackson's parents and his kids about their memories of Michael on Monday's edition of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

Winfrey first chatted with dad Joe Jackson and mom Katherine Jackson and went straight for the jugular with Joe, asking him point blank if he ever beat Michael as a boy. When Joe began to hem and haw, Katherine broke in, saying "You might as well admit it. That's the way black people raised their children. He used a strap." But Joe didn't regret the discipline. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right," he said.

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Lisa Marie Presley Shares Details About Her Relationship With Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 21st 2010 5:51PM
Lisa Marie Presley sat down with Oprah Winfrey and broke her silence about her marriage to Michael Jackson.

The daughter of the late Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie was married to Jackson between 1994 and 1996. Before filing for divorce in 1996, Presley said it became clear to hear that Jackson had an issue with drugs.

So, what prompted Presley to break her silence about Jackson? "Every time I've ever had an interview in the past, I tend to get very defensive because I was usually promoting something and it would always cross into my personal life," she said.

"I wanted to sit and really have a conversation about things that are more on a personal level, before I do have an album coming out," she said.

"I didn't understand my relationship with him," Presley admitted of how she felt when she was with the King of Pop from 1994 to 1996.

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LL Cool J Talks Working with Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 28th 2010 7:30AM
LL Cool J Talks Michael Jackson on 'Lopez Tonight'Hip-hop artist LL Cool J has performed and recorded with a lot of talented people, but working with Michael Jackson ranks as "the most amazing" experience, he shared on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS).

The two artists did "quite a few songs" together, but they were never released. One evening in the studio, sitting at a baby grand piano, LL asked MJ, "In the 'Smooth Criminal' -- how'd you lean forward like that?"

MJ, sitting cross-legged atop the piano, replied: "We had a Swami come in ... He did a ritual and he leaned forward, and we all leaned forward together." LL told George Lopez, "I was like, 'Really?' He was like, 'No, silly!'"

The 'NCIS: Los Angeles' star then divulged a story he'd never told before -- about farting in front of the King of Pop.

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Chris Brown Tries for Redemption at the 'BET Awards 2010' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 28th 2010 2:40AM
Chris Brown Tries for Redemption at the 'BET Awards 2010'The 'BET Awards 2010' (Sun., 8PM ET on BET) took place tonight. The show featured performances by Alicia Keys, Enimem, and Drake. Among the nominees for awards were Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, as well as many others.

Kanye West also showed up to perform -- in one of his first high-profile events since notoriously interrupting Taylor Swift at the 'MTV Video Music Awards.'

But the highlight of the show was an performance by Chris Brown, who paid tribute to Michael Jackson. Brown famously pled guilty last year for assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, and ever since then, his sales and reputation have suffered. But he appeared to make a stab at redemption with his emotional rendition of several of Michael Jackson's hit songs -- including 'Billie Jean' and 'Man in the Mirror.' At the close of his performance, Brown broke down into tears. Were they tears of remorse for what he had done to Rihanna?

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Specials Planned for Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Death

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 18th 2010 10:40AM
michael jacksonSeveral TV networks will mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death next Friday with a number of specials and tributes.

ABC's '20/20' will chronicle the investigation into the late pop star's passing and examine how Jackson's three children are coping with his loss. The news program will also feature a new tour of Neverland Ranch and an interview with Jackson's personal stylists and makeup artist, reports Variety.

MTV will celebrate the King of Pop's artistic legacy with the special 'Michael Jackson's Influence on Music,' which features the artists who have been inspired by Jackson's work. The cable net also plans to air 'Michael Jackson's Top 10 Video Countdown' on Friday and a two-hour block of his videos the following day.

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Lady Gaga Talks Michael Jackson Tour, Madonna Comparisons on 'Larry King Live' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 2nd 2010 7:05AM
Lada Gaga Talks MJ, Madonna on 'Larry King Live'Larry King is 76 years old, and traditionally viewed as the go-to guy for interviews with politicians, dignitaries and other somber news-makers. Does he even know who Lady Gaga is? Well, he does now.

In her interview on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), King asked her, "Is it true that Michael Jackson wanted to perform with you on his This Is It comeback tour?"

"I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour," said Lady Gaga. "I believe there was some talk about lots of the openers doing duets with Michael onstage," she said.

King then asked her what she thought of all the comparisons to Madonna, and what it was like performing with her on 'Saturday Night Live.' In addition to Madonna being "very kind and supportive," Lady Gaga discovered there's something both women are "militant" about.

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Conrad Murray Claims That Michael Jackson Killed Himself (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 5th 2010 9:50PM
Conrad Murray Claims That Michael Jackson Killed HimselfConrad Murray -- Michael Jackson's personal doctor -- will attempt to duck manslaughter charges by claiming that the King of Pop killed himself. 'TMZ' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) has the scoop. Murray claims that he only injected Jackson with 25 milligrams of the sedative Propofol, which is the drug that led to Jackson's lethal cardiac arrest.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Janet Jackson on Her Memories of Michael (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 2nd 2010 4:55PM
Singer and actress Janet Jackson appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to discuss her brother Michael. With the release last year of 'This Is It,' Michael's picture was everywhere, and Jackson revealed to Winfrey that she "literally would turn away" it was so painful. Even now "it's hard for me at look at an image of his, or listen to his music," Jackson said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Janet Jackson on Coping With Michael's Death (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 22nd 2010 1:00PM
Michael Jackson died while sister Janet was filming Tyler Perry's upcoming movie 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' And, according to Janet, she channeled her grief over his death into her performance, and found comfort from Perry during this upsetting time, she said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC).

In Perry's movie, Janet plays a successful psychologist whose marriage begins to unravel. Her portrayal, she said, was fueled in no small part by the traumatic news of her brother's passing.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Life and Times of 'Lost's' Ben Linus (Set to Michael Jackson's "Ben")

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:37PM
ABC is releasing videos based on various characters from 'Lost.' This one is for Ben Linus, and it's set to Michael Jackson's "Ben,' a song about a rat (which is how some people see Ben). It's a nice recap of everything Ben has done over the seasons.

You have to give Michael Emerson credit. Even though Ben Linus has lied, cheated, schemed, beaten, and killed, you still feel sorry for him.

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The Full Video for the 'We Are the World' Remake

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 13th 2010 4:02PM
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The original 'We Are the World' was recorded almost exactly 25 years ago to benefit the charity, USA for Africa. Recently, 80 stars got together, including co-writer Lionel Richie and producer Quincy Jones, to remake the classic song to help with Haiti relief efforts. The video was supposed to debut last night during the Olympic opening ceremonies, but they just showed an excerpt. We have the full video here.

It's nice to see some of the same people involved in making the first video in the remake, but this version is populated by mostly new faces including Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean, and Kanye West, among many others. In fact, there were so many artists featured in this video, that I didn't even recognize them all. The new version is about a full minute longer than the original, and the real question is, how does it stack up?

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'We Are the World' Remake For Haiti Premieres on NBC Tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:03PM
we_are_the_world_25_haiti_logoWhen the original 'We Are the World' was created 25 years ago, the music video of the final performance was put together in record time. Over a month of work went into the production. For the remake of the song, which brought together the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas, Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges, Bono, Justin Beiber... and more, the video, which was filmed in 3-D, was completed in about a week. Tonight, 'We Are the World 25' will have its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

This isn't just an entertainment we'll be seeing, although it's going to be something to watch how 80 stars were crammed together into a cohesive, musical chorus as spectacular as the original 'We Are the World' 25 years ago. No, this is also a call for donations because there is still a lot of work to be done in Haiti.

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Mario Cantone Slams 3-D Tribute to Michael Jackson on Grammys (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 1st 2010 3:00PM
We've never had much of a desire to see actor/comedian Mario Cantone close up, but, thanks to 'The View' (weekdays, 11AM ET on ABC), we now can. Cantone appeared on the daytime talk show this morning and slammed the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson on last night's 52 Annual Grammy Awards, taking exception to the quality of the tribute and providing low-rent 3-D special effects of his own.

"Note to CBS: This is the Grammy Awards, not 'Avatar,' and there are 14 people who got the glasses. For those of us that didn't, it was not 3-D, it was blurry, very blurry ... It was not good," Cantone said, pressing his face against the camera again and again to illustrate his point.

Watch the video after the jump.

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