Pop Culture Music History – Four Of Jackson 5 Sue Motown.

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Back in April of 1976, four members of the Jackson 5 sued Motown records, seeking a Superior Court judgment granting termination of any contractual responsibilities to the label and an accounting on alleged royalties due them.

The four were Tariano, Sigmund, Esco, Marlon and Michael Jackson. The suit asked the court to order Motown to allow their accountants to audit Motown books covering royalty statements from 1972 to the present (1976).

Some 1985 Pop Culture – Madonna and Sean Penn Get Married. Pop Culture Entertainment History.

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1985 – And you can catch it week-by-week right here:
Top Trending TV – “Moonlighting” with Bruce Willis.
Madonna and Sean Penn marry.

New Coke is out, then bombs.
We loved, “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox.
Madonna becomes the Material Girl after her hit.
Whitney Houston is on top of the pop charts.
Pee Wee gets his big adventure.
Swatch Watches
The Chicago Bears’ lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry
The Brat Pack in the movies.
“We Are The World” rocks the world.
Michael Jackson buys Lennon-McCartney songs for about $47 million.

This Week In Pop And News History – Week of December 22, 2006. Five Years Ago.

Christmas Eve – Rome – Pope Benedict XVI ushers in Christmas at midnight mass, saying that the image of the baby Jesus born in a manger should remind everyone of the plight of poor, abused and neglected children.

Iraq – Four U.S. troops die during insurgent attacks…In Samawah – nine are dead after clashes with police…The execution of Saddam Hussein will come within 30 days – so says an appeals court… Saddam Hussein is put to death by hanging. He declined to wear a hood. His last utterance was the word, “Muqtada.”… After the execution – 78 die in area unrest.

Disarmament talks with defiant North Korea take a recess without any progress.

Just back from Iraq – Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others at Camp David. Looks like he’ll recommend more troops in the area.

No isolation – Shiites in Iraq say they want extremists in the national government, that the country should govern itself with the help of anti-U.S. firebrand Muqtada Sadr.

The U.N Security Council votes to impose sanctions on Iran – to curtail their nuclear program.

At least 260 people are killed when a gasoline pipeline ruptured by thieves, exploded into an inferno as neighborhood residents scavenged the spurting fuel.

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi resigns and pleads guilty to a felony for using a state employee as his wife’s chauffeur.

Mogadishu – Somalia’s beleaguered capital – falls to Ethiopian and Somalian government troops.

In Durham, NC – the DA abruptly dropped rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players. They still face kidnapping and sexual offensive charges.

Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra and the U.N. pledged $2 million to help survivors.

Nevada Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons will not be prosecuted on allegations that he assaulted a cocktail waitress in a parking garage three weeks before the election.

Passing – Gerald R. Ford – the 38th president of the United States. He was 93. Memorials will be observed in Palm Desert, continue in Washington and continue to Grand Rapids where he’ll be buried.

Technology –
Microsoft Windows Vista – the newest operating system – and one the company says is the most secure ever – has a flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers. Microsoft says though – that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an attack.

Bad trend – It’s called “Ghost Riding the Whip” where a driver gets out of his car and dances around and on top of the vehicle – while its moving. Ghost rider is of course, the absence of a driver and “the whip” is urban hip-hop speak for “your car.” It was introduced to the mainstream by rapper E-40 with his “Tell Me When To Go” video and lyrics (how to lyrics that is). If you YouTube ghost riding – you get all kinds of videos.

The stock market closed out a great year – its best since 2003 as the Dow gained 16% for the year. The Nasdaq was up 9.5% as were other important indexes.

Sports –
Long game – The NY Knicks outlast the Detroit Pistons in three overtimes. Final – 151-145. The Knicks’ Richard Hamilton had a career-high of 51 points.

Radio news –
Danny Bonaduce is set to join Adam Corolla on his morning West Coast radio show.

Entertainment news –
The American Film Institute (AFI) proclaims Clint Eastwood a national treasure. Also – AFI called the emergence of YouTube as “the awakening of an age when the audience is both producer and distributor.”

Since she debuted on “The View” in September, Rosie O’Donnell has stirred the pot. She accused Kelly Ripa of homophobia and said that Oprah and Gayle King were typical of gay relationships – among others. But the show’s ratings are up – about 3.3 million per show – up 13%.

But wait – this week – Rosie blasts Donald Trump about the near-firing of Miss USA – Tara Connor, because of her underage drinking. O’Donnell said the twice-divorced Trump had no right to be a “moral compass” for Connor. Trump fired back saying such things as: “She (O’Donnell) is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully.”

Head to head – Both Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest will be back for their second New Year’s specials (duels). Both cite Dick Clark as a huge influence – but Daly says he has his own producing ideas.

Relaunching – Britney Spears will usher in the New Year in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She’ll be toasting from a $100,000 bottle of Champagne. Is this her comeback?

New Year’s – Jessica Alba, Hilary and Haylie Duff will co-host the DKNY Jeans party at the Setal Hotel in Miami.

Spotted – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were in Panama City – spotted at a souvenir shop.

An AP-AOL poll places Oprah Winfrey as the best celebrity role model for 2006. The worst was Britney Spears. Second worst – Paris Hilton.

Music news –
James Brown’s lawyer says the late soul singer and his partner were not legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for estate legal reasons. Brown’s partner, backup singer Tomi Rae Hynie – was already married to a Texas man in 2001 when she married Brown, making the marriage null.

Irish rocker Bono will receive an honorary knighthood from the British ambassador to Ireland, David Reddaway – on New Year’s Day.

Michael Jackson sues his former accountants claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank accounts and did not pay his bills.

Police are called to the Paul McCartney estate where his estranged wife, Heather, reported the theft of oil paintings. They were valued at almost $20 million and included a Renoir and a Picasso.

Television news –
Passing – Frank Stanton – pioneering TV executive and a major force behind the success of CBS in its early TV years. He was 98.

TBS presents “Funniest Commercials of the Year” with Kevin Nealon.

Christmas Day – Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa return to host the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. Look for performances by Beyonce, Andrea Bocelli and cast members from “High School Musical.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Jack Black hosts with musical guest Neil Young. The following Saturday – Matthew Fox with musical guest Tenacious D.

“The Knights of Prosperity” debuts this week on ABC – and the plot centers on a group of guys robbing Mick Jagger – to burglarize Jagger’s fictional $52 million Central Park West apartment.

New Year’s Eve television -
ABC – “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rock Eve 2007” – into “Rockin New Year’s Eve 2007.” With Dick and Ryan Seacrest. Performers include Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Meat Loaf, Rihanna, Rascal Flatts and KT Tunstall.

NBC – New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. Featured – Panic! at the Disco and more!

Fox – New Year’s Eve ’06. Featured – Daughtrey and Toni Braxton.

MTV – MTV Goes Gold: New Year’s Eve 2007.

At the movies –
Night at the Museum
The Pursuit of Happyness
Rocky Balboa
The Good Shepherd
Charlotte’s Web
We Are Marshall
The Holiday
Happy Feet

Has TMZ, The Edgy Website Ever Had A Bad Day? This Week In History.

Mr. Pop History – TMZ is great at edgy, hooky, breaking pop culture news. They work hard at it. Founder Harvey Levin is pretty connected and he created a great niche. His background – a lawyer and a investigative TV reporter among other ventures.

But, being out front has its disadvantages – TMZ does get vulnerable. Earlier this year, it got sued. Take a look at this from February, 2010:

Out Of The Zone – TMZ is being sued for broadcasting allegedly stolen and confidential footage of an interview with Debbie Rowe soon after her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, died last June. The details of the lawsuit raise interesting questions about the gossip Web site’s news operation, copyright issues, and the boundaries between an entertainment clip and a fair-use news product. Suit was filed by Marc Schaffel Productions.”

Michael Branca – Ace Music Lawyer. Pop. Culture. History.

From Jheryl Y – Mr. Pop – When singer Michael Jackson dumped his longtime industry lawyer – wasn’t that the end of him?

Mr. Pop History – It was big music news when Jackson dumped John Branca during the late 1980′s. Branca came back – and then cut multi $million deals with the likes of Prince, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top.

Michael Jackson Question…

From Barton P – Michael Jackson once announced plans for a casino in his native Detroit. Do you know the name?

Mr. Pop History – He did so back in 1998 and it was a casino/entertainment center to be called Majestic Kingdom. The complex was to include a Michael Jackson “Thriller” theme park. And, as pop history tells us – it never happened.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – June 26

BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of Kevin Costner’s centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup. The actor has invested some $20 million and spent the past 15 years in developing the centrifuges. He helped found a manufacturing company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, to advance his brother’s research in spill cleanup technology. In testimony before Congress this month, Costner walked through the device’s operation—explaining how it spins oil-contaminated water at a rapid speed, so as to separate out the oil and capture it in a containment tank.

Michael Jackson’s Swarovski crystal glove worn on his Victory tour sold for $190,000, while his Victory tour jacket sold for $66,000 and his Victory tour shirt sold for $56,250 at Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Top Albums This Week –

Mojo – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Thank Me Later – Drake

Laws of Illusion – Sarah McLachlan

To The Sea – Jack Johnson

Now 34

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

My World 2.0 – Justin Biever

Bionic – Christina Aguilera

Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 1

Passing: (The Buck) – Leslie Buck (87) who designed the iconic Anthora coffee cup – popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s has passed away.

Hitmaker Usher says “American Idol” and shows of its ilk are taking a toll on the music business. Usher says, “The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight. Television is a lie. It can’t happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes. The reason why great singers cannot exist in this time is maybe because they’re not properly managed, and maybe they don’t understand the full gamut of what being an entertainer is.” Usher recently made an appearance on “Idol” as a music mentor.

The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney. Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him “that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,” according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein. On April 19, Gizmodo, which is owned by Gawker Media, published a bombshell story about the iPhone prototype, which had apparently been left at the Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. It was left behind by an Apple engineer named Gray Powell.

Peter Lopez (60), a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress Catherine Bach was found dead in an apparent suicide.Bach played Daisy Duke in the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”Lopez was Michael Jackson’s’s music attorney for several years. He also represented The Eagles, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 16

Out Of The Woods – Tiger Woods said he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” Woods has not competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters for his 82nd victory worldwide. Twelve days later, he crashed his car into a tree outside his Florida home, setting off shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife.

Estate Slate - Michael Jackson’s estate has signed the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. The record-breaking contract through 2017 could be worth up to $250 million if certain conditions are met. One of the albums will be of never-before-released Jackson recordings that will come out in November.

The Hunt Is Over - The syndicated “Bonnie Hunt Show” is being canceled after its second season due to low ratings (what else?). The show averaged a .8 share.

Interesting – President Obama is set appear on Fox News to rally last-minute support for the health care reform bill. Bret Baier will sit down with Obama tomorrow for an interview regarding the proposed legislation. The interview will be followed by an in-depth panel that will analyze Obama’s responses. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill later this week.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 2000 -

Madonna says she is pregnant with her British-beau Guy Ritchie.

Paul McCartney confirms he’s involved with a former swim wear model named Heather Mills. “She’s a very impressive woman. We are an item.”

VH-1, in an answer to its “Divas” specials, is doing a “Men Strike Back” concert featuring Sting, Tom Jones, D’Angelo, Enrique Iglesias, and the Backstreet Boys.

Television news –

MTV’s Tom Green says he is battling cancer, but that he should be OK.

Friday night television –

CBS – College basketball, David Letterman

NBC – Providence, Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Boy Meets World, Sabrina, The Hughleys, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

WB – Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, For You Love

Fox – World’s Wildest Police Videos, Greed: The Series

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

MTV – Total Request Live, Dari

VH1 – Movie (That Thing You Do) , The List

HBO – Dennis Miller Live – Tim Robbins

Jay Leno – Michael Imperioli, Enrique Iglesias.

The List – Most underrated artist. Charles Barkely hosts, with Sammy Hagar, M.C. Hammer, Nile Ridgers, Bobcat Goldthwait

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 9

Lindsey Lohan has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over an ad which allegedly used her name and parodied her life for profit. The “Mean Girls” actress is seeking $100 million in damages and compensation over the commercial for financial firm E-Trade, which depicts a baby girl called Lindsay as a boyfriend stealer and a “milkaholic”, reports the New York Post.

Betty on Saturday Night Live - The latest chapter has White confirming, on the record, that she will in fact be appearing on the NBC late-night series. “Yes,” the nearly 90-year-old legend told People magazine Sunday night, while attending the Elton John Oscar bash. This after thousands blogged about her appearance in a Super Bowl commercial – and said they wanted to see her on SNL.

And The Sequel To Phantom Is… “Love Never Dies” – the sequel to Lloyd Webber’s global hit “Phantom of the Opera” debuts in London  “Phantom” is a tale of gothic romance set in the Paris Opera that has been seen by 100 million people around the world since it opened in 1986. It is still playing in London and New York, where it is the longest running show in Broadway history.  “Love Never Dies” picks up the story 10 years on, with disfigured genius the Phantom relocated to the bright lights of New York’s Coney Island and still besotted with beautiful soprano Christine Daae.

Zero On The Richter Scale - Andy Richter who was sidelined as Conan’s sidekick on the “Tonight” show – says NBC just wasn’t cool about Conan’s ousting and Leno’s reclaim to  “Tonight” show fame  “NBC, definitely, everybody said they were going to do something and they didn’t,” said Richter, implying the network broke long-standing commitments it made to O’Brien. It all ended much quicker than he could have imagined, said Richter, who figured his “Tonight” job was “as good as it gets in show business.”

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1993 -

Cult leader David Koresh tells federal agents surrounding his Mt. Carmel fortress near Waco, that he is “ready for war” and controls enough firepower to blow armored personnel carriers “50 feet into the air.”

Michael Jackson has agreed to let three MTV winners into his Neverland Valley ranch – for an entire weekend. “My Weekend at Michael’s Neverland Valley” contest must make a video for Jackson’s song, “Who is it.” Jackson will select the best videos.

Michael Jackson, continuing his media blitz, will appear on the seventh annual Soul train Awards telecast, despite an ankle injury.

Michael Jackson announces the creation of Michael Jackson Productions Inc – an independent movie company, dedicated to improving “this troubled world.”

At the movies this week in 1993 –

Falling Down

Groundhog Day

The Crying Game

Homeward Bound

Amos and Andrew


Best of the Best 2

Mad Dog and Glory

Swing Kids