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Michael Jackson “alive” hoax video came from German TV station

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German television station RTL has admitted to producing that video that emerged last month and appeared to show Michael Jackson alive and getting out of a Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office van, whichmichael-jackson spread quickly after it was posted on the Internet.

The station told U.S. news outlet CNN on Tuesday that the video was produced to show how easily rumors can spread online, such as the rumor that Jackson faked his death, used a coroner’s van as his private, incognito “taxi” service and then emerged in the bowels of a building, where he no doubt is hard at work cutting another album for later sale, Tupac-style.

Well, Jackson is definitely dead, in fact sadly his family will gather for his burial on Thursday in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale. But until then, his fans can always pretend he is alive by watching this German production. The video is below. In the meantime, do Fan Fare readers believe the German station was acting in good faith by producing this video, and claiming it was all for the good of public experimentation?

Did Michael Jackson switch from “Billie Jean” to “Mary Jane”?

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A newly unsealed search warrant issued in California suggests that bags of marijuana were found at Michael Jackson’s Los Angeles mansion after he died. The discovery may earn Jackson a new nickname: King of Pot.michael-jacksonshow

The Los Angeles TImes reported on Thursday that authorities discovered the marijuana in Jackson’s home, after they searched it when his family members discovered what was initially believed to be tar heroin at the residence. Tests revealed the substance was not tar heroin, various media outlets reported.

August 29th = Jackson Squared

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jackson-squared1August 29 is a notable day in U.S. history — it’s the birthday of the late pop icon Michael Jackson (in 1958) and the day that Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, flooding 80 percent of the city and killing 1,500 people (in 1995).

A group of musicians who think the King of Pop has stolen the Crescent City’s thunder are seeking to combine the two through an art campaign called “Jackson Squared.”

Search warrant in Michael Jackson investigation

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Pop star Michael Jackson died from a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol given in a cocktail of drugs, leading authorities to suspect his doctor of manslaughter, court documents showed on Monday.

An investigation by state and federal agencies have focused on Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal doctor who was at his bedside the day he died. The findings, contained in a warrant to search Murray’s home and offices, paint a picture of an insomniac pop star who could not sleep without heavy medication.

Michael Jackson’s doctor speaks out

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Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal doctor to Michael Jackson who was with the King of Pop when he suffered cardiac arrest and died on June 25, has spoken out in a video statement. And you can read about it here. But to watch his own words, click below.  

Will this video do anything to dampen the public interest in Murray that has arisen since the police probe into Jackson’s death? On Monday, an attorney for Jackson’s mother, Katherine, reportedly said she is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray. But while police are investigating Jackson’s death and the treatment he received from doctors, they have not formally charged Murray or anyone with any wrongdoing.

No “Dancing” for La Toya Jackson

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La Toya Jackson will not join the cast of hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars,” because of what she has been going through since her brother Michael Jackson died in June.la-toya-jackson

“I’ve been approached to do ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” she told celebrity news show Access Hollywood. “The fact of the matter is, I won’t be doing it, simply because of the circumstances that (are) going on at the moment.”

Berry Gordy to pen intro for “Moonwalk” re-issue

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berry-gordy(Writing and reporting by Christine Kearney)

As it gears up for a major re-issue of Michael Jackson’s autobiography “Moonwalk,” Harmony Books on Thursday said Motown founder Berry Gordy would write an introduction with his recollections of the singer he helped launch into pop superstardom.

Gordy, who also ushered the likes of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye into prominence and signed the Jackson 5 to a recording contract in 1968, will share his thoughts on why Michael rose to fame so quickly and his first impressions of the group’s audition, Harmony revealed.

Country duo Sugarland’s new album strikes sour note on U.S. chart

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The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but the music industry just keeps getting sicker. On Wednesday, the country duo Sugarland set a dubious new record by debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with the lowest tally since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking retail sales in May 1991.

sugarlandThe group’s Wal-Mart-exclusive CD/DVD combo pack “Live on the Inside” sold just 76,000 copies during the week ended August 9. The previous record was set in May, when R&B singer Chrisette Michele’s second album “Epiphany” reached the top with 83,000.

Dr. Klein has his say in court, but not for long

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dr-arnold-klein1During a court hearing on Monday to deal with issues surrounding the guardianship of Michael Jackson’s children and the administration of his estate, one episode stood out from a morass of legal maneuverings, when an attorney representing Jackson’s dermatologist asked to be heard.

Ears pricked up in the courtroom and the level of tension rose, as attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan made his case for why Dr. Arnold Klein deserves a say in health, education and welfare issues related to Jackson’s children.

Joe Jackson says he knew of Michael’s fourth child

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joe-jackson1Last week, when the British tabloids ran a story saying Michael Jackson had a fourth child — a rumor that had been passed around years ago — it was hard to believe and even harder to verify. But Thursday it seemed too hard to pass up when the King of Pop’s own dad, Joe Jackson, said in an interview he knew Michael had a fourth child.

There are only three children named in Jackson’s will, Prince Michael Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Joseph Jackson II.  But in the days after Michael’s death on June 25, the speculation about a fourth again resurfaced.

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