Insanity X Lives (-X1) Blanaid X Lives

12/1/10

~THE NEVER-ENDING INXTIGATION SERIES: WE WILL EXPLOIT HIS IMAGE FOREVER 3~

"THE GATEKEEPER: HOW DARE YOU EVER FORGET ME???
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!"
-Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
Scottish Author & Novelist
(1771 - 1832)
X1:

The Gatekeeper: How dare you ever forget me?--asks one Tommy Mottola! Remember me??? You already know who he is--he is the monkey on George's back, the groomer of understudies, the reason of protest. He is the cause of betrayal and the epitome of destruction to a recording artist. Yes indeed, the Gatekeeper--destruction--the maker of agendas--or breaker of careers. What you don't realize is lots of times when things are stated and if you don't have all of the pieces of the puzzle--it does not occur to you what they mean. Unless facts are presented in chronological order amongst havoc & chaos, you do not see the devil when he is looking you square in the eye. The recording industry's weapon of mass destruction.


ENTER THE GATEKEEPER:

Please let's be clear regarding the term "GATEKEEPER". The "GATEKEEPER" is recording industry jargon for a person that deals with the A&R business of a recording label. Let's also be clear about just what is the capacity and modality of Mr. Mottola's function here. Mr. Mottola is the recording industry's leviathan according to one Mr. Michael Jackson!

Tommy Mottola Former CEO of Sony Records
Currently CEO of Casablanca Records
Tommy Mottola Considers Himself The Gatekeeper of Michael Jackson's Catalog: Shortly after Michael's passing Tommy Mottola went on the air as a guest on the NBC Today Show regarding Michael's unreleased music--here is a video clip of this interview:
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BX:

This interview on NBC left many people puzzled about the statements he made on this  occasion - as they did not seem to fit in with what is known about the relationship between him and Michael. So, what was this interview about? Often, in a situation like this, analyzing the text close to the textual level in a first step without jumping to premature conclusions helps. The text will then start to reveal itself. So let us take the slow approach here and see where we get with this.

The interview opens with a statement about the wealth of material that Michael seems to have left behind and thus, like any introduction, reveals the topic of the text:

"The King of Pop is said to have left behind a mountain of material..."

The audience cannot be mistaken that the interview will be about the unreleased material Michael left behind. It tells us that there is a wealth - the metaphor the interviewer is using is "mountain" - of material that is waiting to see the light of the day. The audience's mind will now certainly be thinking of all the great songs they may get to hear. It is what the audience wants - unreleased songs of Michael. Our attention most certainly got captured.

We will see that this is anything but a simple interview about unreleased material, however.

Right after that, in the second part of this introduction, we get to hear the, at the surface, most puzzling statement made in this short and highly condensed interview which hardly can have been spontaneous - this was scripted from beginning to end:

"Tommy Mottola who worked closely with Jackson at Sony Records for fifteen years considers himself as the gatekeeper of Jackson's catalog."

Judging from Tommy Mottola's reaction to this statement we can assume he is pleased to hear this. He has that pleased-with-myself-smile on his face. And then, these words - "considers himself" - you hear the claim, the arrogance, the shere expression of power? As nothing in this interview is left to chance, we can also assume this smile was meant to be smiled. We will return to this most amazing statement at a later point but let us first continue listening to this interview.

Right after that statement we hear Mr. Mottola talking about how "talented" Michael Jackson was. After reviving our memories with regard to some commonly known facts Tommy Mottola sums it all up:

"Michael Jackson in total was the single most talented person I ever worked with."

In other words, Tommy Mottola places himself in a superior position in relation to Michael as he makes a statement regarding the artistic qualities and accomplishments of Michael. Just think about it. Your parents did that, your teachers at school did that - what entitles Tommy Mottola to do this?

On the surface his statement appears to be praise - and the interviewer actually uses this word - but if you read it closely, it is a highly dismissive statement - after all, he is saying he is in a position to judge Michael, and that Michael was "talented" (I will get back to the meaning of his choice of words at a later point), and from all people possible, Tommy Mottola (!) is weighing in on his qualities as an artist, on his creative approach - think about the presumptuousness and arrogance of this act. Here he sits in a studio, in bright daylight - well, studio light - and tells us he is in a position which allows him to judge Michael Jackson's creative qualities as if that was nothing. Like the gatekeeper statement, we will revisit this at a later point in this blog.

Right after that we return to the wealth of unreleased material that is waiting to be released. Again, he addresses its quality - using a metaphor, "hidden gems" - and even more, he sets expectations with what he is saying. But alas,

"Those songs are still in the can, unreleased..."

This may not sound like much of a message, but think of the emotional message in there - still in the can... and watch his face when he states that, the emphasis he is putting on this. But also, he makes it clear how familiar he is with these songs - he heard most of them.

What is at stake for him here, talking about these songs and judging their quality? It sounds very matter of factly what he is saying here; however, in this way he is putting himself in a position of control in relation to Michael Jackson's unreleased material. This is culminating in the following statement:

"There could be a whole new life just from these songs alone."

Why would he be using the auxiliary "could" here? This is not a statement like "There will be a whole new life", this is a hypothetical statement and a fragment of a more complex sentence we all have in our minds when listening to these words. The complete sentence reads:

"There could be a whole new life just from these songs alone if they were released."

Is this not what you had on your mind when you first heard these words? Nowhere in this interview do you hear him stating he believes the songs will not be released, and yet, he gets this thought into our heads. In fact, he is implying that there is a requirement that needs to be met in order for them to be released.

And if they get released there could be a whole new life - if not, there is no new life, right? And immediately following that we find ourselves in a discussion about the property rights - which is just logical as those who own them will release them, right?

"At the moment it is still the property of Sony to my belief." And so financially does Sony reap the rewards of that or does the Jackson Family Trust?" "Obviously Sony and the Jackson family because the Jackson family will receive royalty income from the sale of those recordings."

What does he mean by saying "At this moment it is still the property"? Something that is a property at a certain moment is not necessarily a property of that same entity the next moment. We hear a message to Sony in there as well. These songs may be technically and legally Sony's property... we will see in a moment how much Tommy Mottola thinks these property rights are worth.

We are also listening to another message - you cannot have possibly have missed out on it. He makes us aware of the potential financial benefits of these unreleased songs, for Sony and for Michael's trust. So a lot hinges on the release or non release of these songs, right? And if we read the news we may be aware that times are difficult for recording companies, and that times are difficult for many members of Michael's family so here you are. You got property rights for unreleased songs which upon release may contribute to your financial well being. Now recall what we just heard him saying - there *could* be a whole new life... *could*... All that royalty income, the whole dream - *could* if... yes, if what? What does it take to get to the carrot Tommy Mottola is dangling in front of Sony and Michael's family?

At this point, after we got to understand that there is a wealth of material the release of which is by no means a straightforward task, that this is right now just hypothetical, that the true relevance of the property rights is questioned, that certain requirements need to be met, that this material would lead Michael's legacy into the future ("a whole new life") and that the release would make a financial contribution to Sony and Michael's trust:

At exactly this point, the interview takes an interesting and surprising turn:

"What was it about Michael Jackson that allowed so many of his staunch fans to ignore the other headlines in his life, the controversy in his life, and continue supporting him, it seems, unconditionally?" [Lengthy statement by Tommy Mottola not addressing the "other headlines" as such, allowing for a probing question] "But in the years he was making the headlines for all the wrong reasons did that severely impact his marketability?" "No one likes bad news. I think at one point in time when the accumulation of all the bad news was there it certainly did have an effect."

And with this, the interview ends. If you read the last paragraph closely--do you see the interviewer or Tommy Mottola stating that these "bad news" were unfounded? I do not see it. This is an underhanded attack. Apart from being a suggestive way to put Michael in a bad light, and reminding the audience of the molestation charges, Tommy Mottola's final statement points us right back to the introductory part of the interview. We need to connect the beginning and the end here.

Do you recall the "gatekeeper" comment at the beginning? People were looking at it from a single perspective only, i.e. a gatekeeper as someone letting material *out*. This is why people were puzzled. How can Tommy Mottola be a gatekeeper of Michael's material if he is not in a position at Sony anymore? How can he control the process of releasing material, i.e. letting it *out*?

But in fact, we have to see it from the opposite direction. The gatekeeper is the one who lets material *in*. And this is the point.
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"The A&R [Artists & Repertoire] department of a record label is often regarded as the gatekeepers of the record company. A&R departments have a powerful reputation because they have the all-important job of finding and nurturing the musical talent. Imagine your importance in the music industry if you were the one who first discovered Madonna or Aerosmith or Britney Spears Industry Stats."
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BX:
Here is a little bit on the process, how new artists - talents (remember Tommy Mottola using this word in relation to Michael?) - are let in. Read it carefully, as in order to understand this interview in its entirety (as well as the remaining parts of this blog) you need to be familiar with the definition of "gatekeeper" in the context of the recording industry.
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  • "If you ask A&R people, they will tell you that they are always completely inundated with new material. They often barely have time to listen to the numerous demo tapes given to them by friends, agents, managers, attorneys and other reliable sources. With only a few people serving as the gatekeepers and thousands of aspiring bands and singers out there, you can imagine how difficult it can be to break into the record industry. The best way to find out about what kind of talent A&R people look for and how they find it is to take a sampling of opinions from some of the major label executives. For instance, Tom Devine of Columbia Records has worked in the business long enough to know a lot of people. Devine looks first at the demos given to him by his most trusted business sources and works his way down from there. Other executives, like Max Gousse of Epic Records, examine the music industry itself to see if there is a void in the market. Gousse may seek out a certain type of artist that he feels is doing a different kind of music than what is already in the stores. To read more about how A&R executives find talent, check out "Record Label 101" on the Record Labels & Companies Guide. It is also important to remember that when A&R executives discover and promote a particular artist, they are putting their own name on the line. If the artist fails, an A&R executive's job may be at stake. As this part of the recording industry becomes clearer, you can see how difficult it is for an average band without record industry contacts to "make it." The other thing to remember about this industry, though, is that while a lot bands get rejected, some still make it through the gates of A&R. When an artist is discovered by a record company, then the full machinery of the record label must begin the work of producing, promoting, marketing,   distributing and selling the album."
  • http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/record-label2.htm
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BX:

This is what Tommy Mottola is referring to. He knows the unreleased tracks as if they were demo tapes by some talent that ended up on his desk, he will judge their quality and he will decide if the talent is let in. He acts as if he controls Michael's unreleased material like an A&R executive controls demos of talented artists they get on their desk.

We established that Tommy Mottola being the "gatekeeper" refers to letting Michael *in*, i.e. into the process of producing, marketing, promoting, distributing, and selling - and only then will there be revenue streams for Sony, and royalty income for Michael's trust. This is the requirement I alluded to before - Tommy Mottola considers himself to be in this position, he will decide.

But we are still faced with the same question - how can he achieve this if he is not with Sony anymore? How can he decide about Michael's unreleased material? Tommy Mottola actually gives us part of the answer to this. I am pointing you back to the end of his interview:

"No one likes bad news. I think at one point in time when the accumulation of all the bad news was there it certainly did have an effect."

This statement describes the means by which he will assume the role of the gatekeeper - although technically not being in the position to do this: This will be achieved via the media, via tabloids, via social networks, via his network (oh what a tangled net... more on this below) - "it certainly did have an effect" has to be read as "like before - which refers to the events 2003-2005 - it certainly will have an effect". Tommy Mottola will not allow any new album to be released against his wishes. He judges the material, he controls this process. If new material gets released without him having let it in as the gatekeeper of Michael Jackson's unreleased material, he will destroy it - via the media ("bad news"), and any other platform of public opinion. Who wants to buy songs from some questionable artist? Remember what happened in relation to the discussion of the Bashir documentary. Michael's music was not aired anymore! "The Essential Michael Jackson" flopped! But Tommy Mottola has more means at hand than "bad news" as he has woven a whole network which we will describe in more detail at a later point.

*In the following we will show you how Tommy Mottola achieved his goals in his past when an artist did not comply.
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The Monkey On The Other Michael's Back:
Recording Artist George Michael
http://www.georgemichael.com/
  • "GEORGE MICHAEL has revealed former SONY MUSIC boss TOMMY MOTTOLA was at the centre of his decision to quit the record label and fight them for his artistic freedom in court. After swearing he wanted nothing else to do with Sony after the bitter 1993 court case, which he lost, Michael resigned with the record company last year (03). He insists Mottola's departure was the main reason for his decision to come back. Michael says, "It had everything to do with Mottola leaving. I never had any problems with Sony in the UK, but America holds the purse strings."
  • http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/story/george-michael-blames-sony-split-on-mottola 
  • "Of course, Sony, as a well-known company that knows the musical audience very well did have certain restrictions towards Michael's songs. It wanted certain music from Michael, music that would be popular among the audience 100% and it did have the experience to claim that. The company constantly investigates the popularity of different kind of music and has reasonable facts for not wanting the singer to change his musical direction or so. It seemed that it was a question of creative freedom that was not given by Sony, according to George's Michael's words, but at the same time during the court case Michael named both Tommy Mottola, and another of his close business associates at Sony, Don Lenner as the people he blamed for souring his attitude towards Sony. That gave the case a negative color from Michael's side, because it started including emotional aspects. "Artistic freedom" was what George Michael urged and he was ready for anything to fight for it. At that moment Michael had followed up the best-selling album "Faith" with "Listen Without Prejudice Volume I", which sold to a far more selective audience. Sony had to deal with a major grievance from George Michael. Relations between Michael and Sony got worse to a point in October 1993 when he started legal proceedings against the company to get out of his contract."

 
  • "Of course George Michael tried first to solve the "problem" without any court introduction, but could not manage it. He tried to make the hearings happen sooner, but the judge, Mr. Justice Knox, rejected a plea by Michael's lawyer, Mark Cran, to bring the case to court in June. And in stead of this the hearing was in October. Though Michael was disappointed with that, Michael's solicitor, Tony Russell, said that October was not the worst case direction. And added that it could have happened even two or three years later if the case had to wait its turn. Another wrong step that was made by Michael was his massive campaign about Sony being undertaken for Mariah Carey (who was later to marry the Sony boss Tommy Mottola).Sony responded properly and said that it was a provocation not based on any valuable facts. Such conduction was not on Michael's hand. And the legal forces supported Sony."
"Better watchout baby who's that don't look now there's a monkey on your back!"-George Michael
  • "The case lasted from October 1993 till July 1994. Sony is musical recording giant and being involved in such a law case was a big matter for them. It was their priority to win the case to show that the company was, is and will be very competitive. Among George Michael's complaints was that the company's American branch was "not prepared" to support the singer's change of career direction, as evidenced by their handling of "Listen Without Prejudice". And George Michael seeking "artistic freedom" was a case of honor to win in front of all the world audience. According to Michael's attorney, the singer's decision to not appear in his own music videos was a major factor in the suit: "Following the success of "Faith", Michael felt that he needed a change of direction--he wanted to concentrate on his music and play down the image of being a sex symbol..."
NEW FAITH RELEASE DATE BOX SET & PRE ORDER!
http://www.georgemichael.com/news/ 
  • "He was entitled by his contract to make these decisions, but at the same time he realized he needed the cooperation of the record company, and was anxious that it should support him...However, he felt that his record company in the United States was not prepared to do this." So from George Michael's words he wanted no more to be a sex symbol and the company pushed on him. But the "pressure" was fair for being a pop-star for so many years, and being a sex symbol too does put certain obligations of the star. So when George Michael called his collapse in relations with the record label irreversible and said he wanted out of a contract that tied him down for the rest of his career - was not completely honest towards the company's policy. He wrote a 66 page-long statement concerning his complaints against Sony Music. Michael claimed the 15-year contract he signed with Sony "amounts to unfair restraint of trade for the rest of his career". Michael insisted that he was made to sign the contract in 1988 after Sony took over his old label, CBS United Kingdom. Gordon Pollock, Sony's attorney after all these accuses Michael performed in court did not hesitate is accusing George Michael in being a super-rich pop star with an oversexed image who had broken many promises and contracts. His statement was supported by numerous examples."

  • "Though Michael decided to tone down his image as a sex symbol because as he claimed he had grown out of it and become more serious he had nothing to say when Mr. Pollock suggested the star had manipulated his earlier, sexy image, made "particular use of the pelvic waggle" and knew he risked losing fans by later changing that look. Michael's lawyer, Mark Cran, said his client wasn't just trying to wriggle out of the eight-record, $16 million contract signed in 1988. "It's about an agreement which binds George Michael for the whole of his professional career in terms which are capable of being worked to his substantial disadvantage," said Cran. George Michael, who was looking forward his "divorce" from Sony faced a big gap in his career. And a lot of problems in connection with that. And though he insisted on court's declaration of his Sony 1988 contract null and void he made a lot of wrong steps and failed the case. The results of the court were that the Sony deal was "reasonable and fair". George Michael blamed his Sony management team for the rift. In conclusion he added that he expected "that the consequence of his new direction would be a loss of sales. He cannot blame Sony for the fact that he was right". He was left facing a legal bill in the around 7 million and was not released from the contract. And only in July 1995, Sony agreed to release Michael from his contract in return for the rights to a greatest hits package, a share in the profits from future albums, and a $40 million lump sum from his new labels, Virgin in the UK and DreamWorks in the US. And when Sony finally gave "freedom" to the pop-star Sony declared to the disappointment of the audience that "both parties have agreed to keep terms of the agreement confidential." Author: Aaron Schwartz
  • http://articles.smashits.com/articles/legal/109671/george-michael-s-dispute-with-sony-music.html
George Michael Faith Press Release 31st Jan Final _________________________________________________
X1:

I have been addressing what transpired with George Michael for ages now on INX anyone that has been resident of INX since its conception can attest to the fact that I have shown plenty of evidence to support George Michael and his conspiracy claim regarding artist associated with the recording industry!

An important thing to note here is after Mr. Mottola's departure the artists went back to Sony to strike up deals again! All you need to do is look at the time line of the albums published if you indeed seek the truth! Please see the release dates for the albums below:

Released Noverber 16, 2004
Released July 16th, 2005
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Essential_Michael_Jackson
Released: February 8th, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_25

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X1:

If you analyse Michael's statement above you will see that Michael over fulfilled his required contractual obligations to Sony. Yes, many of the songs Sony had the rights to; however, there were some tracks which were unreleased material. If you analyse one of the songs: "We've Already Had Enough" after your assessment you can establish that this song is recent by noting the styles and techniques utilised in the music.

This is no antiquated amateurish recording from that Vault Dungeon that was fused together with scarce scraps of vocal samples. My, what a horrible production engineer that was... Nor is this track from the Thriller or Bad demos respectively as this song would not denote the Thriller/Bad era! This track sounds similar to Michael's "Stranger In Moscow"/HIStory through Invincible era more than anything. In listening to another Invincible track-- you can hear the same sort of bass effect and sub-harmonics blend in the song "Butterflies".

However, there is another song from Invincible which points to the distinctive sound which you hear in "We've Already Had Enough" from The Ultimate Collection. The song is called "Heaven Can Wait". *Another important detail to add as well is that during the History Era through B.O.T.D.F Michael used lots of remixes of previous songs. Invincible was the last full studio album published while Michael was amongst us--it also had all new material! 
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There is no embellishment regarding the one dubbed "Opis None"! Again, let's make no mistake. "We've Already Had Enough" was NO prehistoric track from the

comprised 
of vocal clips / 
ad libs from an eight track analogue setup full of miserably poor production from yester-year! This was studio sound quality! It is a masterful piece of music to my ears! *Honestly even as kind as Michael was--I can see him taking an aluminium bat to the setup in the Vault Dungeon!

Yes, what/who gave the:

the idea to release that? Seriously, I am attempting to lessen the blow of what a failure that was with humor.
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The Deconstruction Of Thomas Daniel Mottola Jr.~


Michael Jackson In Protest Al Sharpton (Right)


X1:


What is indeed up for argument here is if Michael was against Sony or Tommy Mottola. For me it is clear that at the time Tommy Mottola WAS in fact Sony. Mr. Mottola made the business decisions for Sony regarding its music holdings and assets. This means that Mr. Mottola was making decisions regarding the operations and contracts of all artists on his roster at the time.

Point #1:
Mottola was Sony for that time!

*Please start the video below at the 7:19 mark so you don't miss any of what he said--then read the post above so that it is clear for you!!! 
(Do this once then proceed to #2.)
Point #2:

Michael was against MOTTOLA who was Sony at the time! *Please start the video below at the 7:19 mark so you don't miss any of what he said then read #3 below so that it is clear for you!!! 
(Do this once then proceed to the rest of the blog:)
Point #3:

Please play the video below and gather your own conclusions.

*Please watch this video and I mean all of it it is very important!

  • "As the lines get drawn, Sharpton tells the Times he didn't know that the dispute between Jackson and Sony was that acrimonious when Jackson called him in May with the idea for the black musicians' initiative. Michael had told me he was involved in a negotiation at that point, Sharpton said. "But I did not know if it had turned hostile or not.  But it had, coming to a head with Jackson's public appearances Saturday, including one at a Sharpton-sponsored rally, at which Jackson called Mottola (who is also Mariah Carey's ex-husband a racist." 
  • http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1455976/20020708/jackson_michael.jhtml


  • "Later in the day, he held up a poster depicting Mottola as the devil. Sharpton distanced himself from those comments, saying he had never known Mottola to say or do anything racist in the 15 or 20 years he has known the exec. Other African-American music executives and producers rushed to Mottola's defense.  At Sharpton's Music Industry Summit yesterday, Jackson continued to call the industry racist, though he no longer singled out Mottola by name. He blamed industry racism for turning the public against him. Once I started breaking sales records,'' he began, I broke Elvis Presley's record, I broke the Beatles' record -- once I started doing that, overnight, they called me a freak, a homosexual, a child molester. (Actually, it was about 10 years between Jackson breaking sales records with 1982's ''Thriller'' and the child molestation allegations, which Jackson settled out of court with a multimillion-dollar payment to his accuser's family. He was never charged with a criminal offense. ''They said I bleached my skin. They did everything they could to turn the public against me. It's a conspiracy. He added, I know my race. I look in the mirror, and I know that I'm black.  Sharpton called Jackson's comments ''eloquent'' and also tried to expand Jackson's complaint into a systemic critique. We are today calling for a meeting with every head of every record company... to begin to discuss artists' contracts and their business dealings in the African-American community, he said. Still, it was hard to see the complaints as pertaining to any artist besides Jackson, since only one other musician seems to have joined Sharpton and Cochran's crusade: '80s rapper Doug E. Fresh. Explained Fresh,There's a lot of artists who are afraid to stand up."
  • http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,319537,00.html
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X1:

You see now, edub (EW) had it half right this is such a pity. It is non-applicable it if were 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 years ago.  Here it is you had a Black Man supersede Elvis in stature just as Michael stated.  In consideration of the industrial racists, this was like 10 nanoseconds ago!  I have factored in all of the implications, damages, and the insult to injury for the industrial racists which assumed this to be an improbability--impossible.


Reality knocks, Michael married Lisa Marie Presley the daughter of Elvis.  Just like old times--hu??? And it really doesn't matter that Michael was no longer married to Ms. Presley at the time! Let's not be misguided here. Although, Michael was who he was this does not mean he did not experience racism. The preceding is irregardless of the high plateau which Michael reached. This revelation is much more complex and relevant than the biased journalism which authored the actual article. Indeed, the journalist's reference to time span albeit biased is factual. No matter how suggestive this journalist was--according to that politically correct excerpt, Michael stopped mentioning Sony and Mottola!!!   This is the reality of it.

Michael at that point began the inclusion of the majority of the recording industry!!! Got That??? This just gets better. I would also like to point out to you in one of the videos above when Michael was asked by a reporter did he think SONY was racist Michael's reply was "NO". It is now time to put this to bed. Michael did not think SONY was racist. Michael stated Tommy Mottola, along with the overall majority of the recording industry to boot were the product of manufactured widespread racism!  And that in this conspiracy there were agents working to exploit Black Artists. This is what the Black Artists Initiative was about.

Furthermore, as depicted in the excerpt above other artists were terrified to join Michael in protest quite possibly because of the financial implications. Undoubtedly, many of them gave in to pressures being applied via the recording industry. This was the catalyst of change. Michael single handedly convinced Sony via pressure to oust Mottola. *Moreover, Michael waged a full fledged one man campaign against the racist practices of recording industry racism. This was also the prelude to the end of Mottola's reign as one of the most notoriously known power brokers and heavyweights in the recording industry. Mr. Mottola's name still rings bells due to his reputation historically. However, Mr. Mottola is not what he once was. Michael saw to that and do you think for a minute Mr. Mottola ever forgot this? The same person which he had hate for was to finalize his paradoxical grip of massive power on the recording industry!

***Michael Jackson IS Black History:)
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"I'm a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity." 
-Michael Jackson.
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This is eating at me:

This was NOT one NOT two--no buts about it--THREE TOP BILLING ARTISTS which have all spoken out in the most profound way against the tactics of Mr. Mottola. Michael Jackson along with Mariah Carey and George Michael are responsible for some of the biggest and greatest hits of the 1990's! They are very talented artists and it is evident that someone wanted to rub their careers out for good!

Because of all of this controversy along with the tabloids being the provoking agents--I think we missed lots of what George Michael would have delivered to the world! George Michael's claim was strong enough to establish and convince many that there was a very serious stench blowing in the wind during the tenure of Mr. Mottola at Sony.  Do we think Mr. Mottola has changed??? I don't think so!

What I need to be vehemently clear about is that I unequivocally see that the same patterns have occurred with all of the artists which you see in this blog. However, there is the exception of one! I guess she was spared the agony by being well liked! Because if this was NOT the case I assure you the same things would have transpired with her as well! I don't think that any of these artists had any reason to fabricate their experiences--NO not for a moment, don't I buy that.

Some of the tactics which are mentioned here are wire tapping, tabloid press, and lack of creative freedom. There were indeed many shake-down like and diabolical tactics conceived here to tarnish and blemish the artists in the public! Is it any wonder how many private tapes with the personal conversations of Michael Jackson were leaked to the public? I am not blaming Mr. Mottola for all this. Trust and know there are people which know things like this sell because we as fans and supporters of huge stars will listen to it! Moreover, what would possess Mr. Mottola assume that he is the "GATEKEEPER" of Michael Jackson's unreleased music catalog does this sound plausible or realistic to you???

Please review the details below :
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  • "According to sources at Sony Music, where the phones have not stopped ringing, Mottola only found out he was leaving when he arrived Thursday morning at 550 Madison. "He was told to go see Sir Howard Stringer, and when he got there they handed him a press release," my source said. Mottola was then given a couple of hours to clear out his office. A deal for a record label was, according to sources, Sony's resolution of the last year of his contract."
  • http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,75046,00.html
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Recording Diva Mariah Carey Attacked By Cory Rooney

X1:



*To Ms. Carey*:

You are a winner look at what you have achieved and thank you for taking place in the memorial for Michael (voice crack or not it was beautiful) X1 Smiles. Mariah was there!


Truth be told this statement below by Mr. Rooney was not only racial it really did not need to be stated. It was inappropriate at best. I think this statement further fueled tensions and made matters worse. During this time there were various reports by the tabloids regarding Ms. Carey and this was uncalled for! I guess this was the price of fame for someone. To mention something like this was just insulting and degrading. I don't know about anyone reading this right now; however, this was very UNMICHAEL like! I cannot see personally how Michael would friend anyone that stated this about someone's ethnicity!!
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"Cory Rooney, Former Senior Executive Vice President of Sony: 

  • "The whole bane of Mariah’s existence is to be accepted by Black people because she’s half-White, half-Black. She looks White, and everybody felt she was White, but she never really could gain acceptance… So when she heard that, she went off, and she called and threatened to sue the label… She demanded that Tommy did something about changing the record… She and Tommy were basically legally separated. 50 was a Columbia artist, but she was the Columbia artist. So they had no choice… Mariah was still a very valid artist, and Tommy was still in power. It’s funny. Mariah had a similar problem with Biggie, when he said, “Mariah Carey/Kinda scary” in “Just Playing (Dreams)”. She hated him so much/"
  • http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=63967
  • "Carey and Mottola officially separated in 1997. Although the public image of the marriage was a happy one, she said that, in reality, she had felt trapped by her relationship with Mottola, whom she often described as controlling. They officially announced their separation in 1997 and their divorce became final in the following year. Soon after the separation, Carey hired an independent publicist and a new attorney and manager. She continued to write and produce for other artists during this period and contributedto the debut albums of Allure and 7 Mile through her short-lived imprint Crave Records."
  • "After she received Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award and the World Music Award for Best-Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, Carey parted from Columbia and signed a contract with EMI's Virgin Records worth a reported US$80 million. She often stated that Columbia had regarded her as a commodity, with her separation from Mottola exacerbating her relations with label executives. Just a few months later, in July, 2001, it was widely reported that Carey had suffered a physical and emotional breakdown. She had left messages on her website that complained of being overworked, and her relationship with Luis Miguel ended. In an interview the following year, she said, "I was with people who didn't really know me and I had no personal assistant. I'd do interviews all day long and get two hours of sleep a night, if that.

  • By the month's end, she had checked into a hospital and her publicist announced that Carey would take a break from public appearances."Carey's tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005), contained contributions from producers such as The Neptunes, Kanye West and Carey's longtime collaborator, Jermaine Dupri. Carey said it was "very much like a party record the process of putting on makeup and getting ready to go out I wanted to make a record that was reflective of that." The Emancipation of Mimi became 2005's best-selling album in the U.S. The Guardian reviewer defined it as "cool, focused and urban [... some of] the first Mariah Carey tunes in years which I wouldn't have to be paid to listen to again". But New York Daily News states, "Carey has brought back that trademark dog-whistle that she exploited in the callow part of her career with a vengeance and used it on 11 of the CD's 14 tracks. For Carey, vocalizing is all about the performance, not the emotions that inspired it. Singing, to her, represents a physical challenge, not an emotional unburdening. If no one can question the scope of Carey's voice, it's too bad that she has again used it to say nothing."

  • The album earned a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album and the single "We Belong Together" won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. "We Belong Together" held the Hot 100's number-one position for fourteen weeks, her longest run at the top as a solo lead artist. Subsequently, the single "Shake It Off" reached number two for a week, which made Carey the first female lead vocalist to have simultaneously held the Hot 100's top two positions. (While it topped the charts in 2002, Ashanti was the "featured" singer on the number two single.) 2005 proved to be a good year for Carey, as "We Belong Together" reached number one on Billboard's year end chart for Hot 100 singles, and The Emancipation of Mimi is classed as the best selling album of 2005 by Nielsen SoundScan."
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariah_Carey#Personal_and_professional_struggles_.282001.E2.80.9304.29
  • "Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" wound up selling a little over 400,000 copies this week — quite a bit more than anticipated. This is a big triumph for Island/DefJam's L.A. Reid and her manager Benny Medina. But the basic credit has to go to Mariah.She's the target of a lot of jokes, but she did manage to stage a major comeback. Ex-husband Tommy Mottola must be grinding his teeth at night. His reborn Casablanca Records has yet to yield a hit.
  • http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,153997,00.html

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*Cory Rooney Exposed It Ain't Funny:



Michael Jackson & Cory Rooney
Tommy Mattola's Right Hand Man--Can We Trust This Guy??? It Smells Funny!!!-X1


BX:

So now we had a thorough look at Tommy Mottola and his business approach and understand what drove Michael to do what he did in 2002. We have seen Tommy Mottola's unrelenting claim to control about the artists on his roster. We also understood what the NBC Today interview with Tommy Mottola was about. Tommy Mottola stated he has power over Michael Jackson, speaking about all the unreleased tracks (outtakes) but also saying he will not let Michael Jackson *in*. We cannot stress the importance of this point enough.

So, naturally, if this is the case, we need to look at the events surrounding the upcoming album, Michael, which is the first album containing hitherto unreleased songs of Michael Jackson. This is what Tommy Mottola was referring to - he considers himself the gatekeeper of Michael's unreleased songs. So what are our observations in relation to the upcoming album? Well, we will be starting with a player who enters the playing grounds at a comparatively late stage but is nonetheless the key to many revelations here. The name of this player is Cory Rooney.

On November 11, or around this date, Cory Rooney published the following statement in response to the statement by Howard Weitzman, lawyer to the Estate of Michael Jackson:
Cory Rooney: "I have read the statement from the MJ estate and I have to say that it's just more [EXPLICTIVE]!!!  I was in that room, and the majority of the people mentioned did NOT agree that it was MJ!!!!  Some felt it sounded like him but all agree that there was nothing there that was consistent with any MJ habits like finger snaps, headphone bleeding, foot stomping or just simple things like his voice asking for another take.  Both dr, Freeze and Teddy Riley sat with Taryll Jackson and myself and stated that they felt what we felt.  As for the specialists that were brought in, I don't think anyone from the actual Jackson family got any direct comfimation that made them feel any different then what they have felt all along.  If anyone want to here directly from the family please follow Taryll, TJ, or Taj Jackson on Twitter. There are to many non Jackson's involved in the estate!!!!"


So who is Cory Rooney?

For most fans, he will be best known for the CY interview that was published July 8, 2009.


Let us first introduce the two interviewees, Chris Apostle and Cory Rooney, as per this  source:

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  • "In 1993, music executive Chris Apostle began his stint as Vice President of Special Recording Projects at Sony Music Entertainment. He would become better known as Tommy Mottola’s – the company’s topper and a music industry legend – right hand man, working with everyone from Mariah Carey to Jennifer Lopez to Marc Anthony."
  • http://www.cyinterview.com/tag/chris-apostle-and-cory-rooney-interview/



  • "In 1998, Mottola named Rooney Epic’s Vice President of A&R. VH1 has called Rooney the best kept secret in the music industry. He has written and produced for artists including Jennifer Lopez, Mary J Blige, and Destiny’s Child among others. During his time at Epic, Cory became friends with Michael Jackson."
  • http://www.cyinterview.com/tag/chris-apostle-and-cory-rooney-interview/
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BX:


Well, to us it seems as if those two are Tommy Mottola's boys. Would you agree, or not?

I would like to say the following at this point: This interview was well received by fans and supporters of Michael Jackson and got republished or linked on several websites or blogs supporting Michael. Given his obvious links with Tommy Mottola - which we will expose at a later stage of this blog - to the point where Cory Rooney is referencing Tommy Mottola repeatedly on his website, I wonder if fans and supporters ever bothered to inform themselves about Mr Rooney. 

Tommy Mottola & Michael Jackson
It is easy - all information you need is offered on his own website! So when you reference Cory Rooney supporting Michael, it is as if you reference Tommy Mottola himself. We have just shown the methods Tommy Mottola was using while at Sony - and you heard what Michael stated. I will not delve into an analysis of this interview (available at http://www.cyinterview.com/tag/chris-apostle-and-cory-rooney-interview/; published July 8, 2009), just a few quotes should be sufficient (note, these quotes are not in chronological order).
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"CA: “A powerful artist like Michael, he’s not the first artist that has ever decided when he’s not comfortable at his home, the label to sit there and decides he’s going to take some shots and say his piece. When artists at his level aren’t comfortable they say things. Someone like him, who only dealt with the top level – Japan and Mottola and stuff like that, he came out and said he’s fine. I’m sure the frustration level was out of control. There is a lot of circumstances that pushed him to that point."
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BX:

Is that all? Michael was just not comfortable and decided to take a few shots? "When artists at his level aren’t comfortable they say things." Is that all there was?
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"CR: "Right to the day when they finally had to read the verdict and the verdict was in, I talked to his family cause I remember watching on the news that Michael had 45 minutes to get there. So I spoke to some of his family members that were in the house with Michael. I said, ‘Well, what the hell is he doing?’ He’s upstairs getting dressed. He came downstairs. He said a prayer with his family and he told everyone, ‘I want you guys not to worry about me because I will be ok.’ And he rode there, he had maybe a little nervous energy patting his feet, singing in the car and everything and he rode with his brother and his sister. But he wasn’t worried. I’ll tell you something, I would’ve been  a mess. I don’t even know if I could have stood up in court like that."
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BX:


This is proof Cory Rooney was in contact with family members at the time of the trial. I just reminded you of the fact that Cory Rooney is Tommy Mottola's man, and that guy is being told details about how Michael rode to the court on June 13 by members of Michael's family? Apparently, all he had to do was pick up his phone and call members of Michael's family, and they took time to talk to Tommy Mottola's man and give him details about Michael's status--while they should have been focusing on the court date? How often were they on the phone to Tommy Mottola's man during the trial? Can we assume Tommy Mottola was kept informed about Michael's status throughout the duration of the trial? We will expand on this bit a little bit further down in this blog.
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"CR: Two things. Comparing the Elvis Michael comparisons are obvious considering what they were to the American culture and actually the world culture. Differences, Elvis I believe died at 42. And Elvis, the most money he’s ever made was after he died, far more than while he was alive. Go back to the highs and the lows, all artists have highs and lows. Most of the lows are generally contributed to the lack of creativity, the skill diminishes, the body goes, etc…etc. Michael had the highest of highs and if you remember the highest of highs, there’s never gonna be anything like that in our life.

Number one, the albums were brilliant. The performances were brilliant. He was brilliant. He was an icon, probably the most famous person in the world. I think his lows weren’t totally attributed to creative decline. I think the lows were forced upon him and he was put into caves and holes and by people doing things to him. That to me is really sad. Artists get old like athletes. They change.

They go on different tours. They start playing the casinos. They start picking up the city festivals, the package tours, etc. This guy was forced, he was forced to go lower than an artist should ever have to go. It wasn’t because of lack of skill. Something about Michael that people don’t realize is I would call him a musicologist. This guy knew every song, ever recording, every studio, the whole Sun Studios thing, Memphis, Motown, New York, LA, everywhere. He knew everything. The musicians. The instruments. The mics. No one talks about this. No one discusses this and it’s unbelievable. And by the way, unlike Elvis, this guy was doing it still for 43 years. 43 years Chris. My God man."
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BX:

This sounds like writing off Michael, or does it not? Michael got old, he lost it, like an athlete who is not able to compete anymore? Leonard Cohen was born in 1934, and he still does it!

I do not intend to compare Michael to Leonard Cohen here. This is just to show that you can still capture your audience at an age well beyond 70 - and no package tours involved!


And here is another bit out of that part of the interview:
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Cory Rooney:


"This guy was forced, he was forced to go lower than an artist should ever have to go. It wasn't because of lack of skill."
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BX:


This is where Tommy Mottola wants to see Michael - forced lower than an artist should ever have to go -  Total triumph, and subjugation. To all those who have this interview on their pages, websites or blogs - read between the lines... And take that interview down, but wait there is more:

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"CA: "... You hear all the other stuff going on and everything, but it’s funny you watch like a recent interview, that Martin Bashir thing and Martin was saying, ‘Well, it’s good you’re working on music again.’ And it was extremely poignant when he said, ‘I’ve always been working on music.’ What do you think Cory? He probably has a couple hundred tracks sitting in the tank somewhere.”

CY: There was a news report that I read an article the other day and he has 200 unpublished songs that are left to his children that they can profit off and it’s valued at somewhere near 60 million dollars Chris.

CR: “Right. I think that was kind of the old Motown way. Stevie Wonder has over 2000 songs that he’s stored and put away for the same purpose. True. Michael was always working on music. Always…always working on music. Like I said, he was never really satisfied with himself."
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BX:
Here we are again, Tommy Mottola's boys talking about the wealth - or mountain - of unreleased material. Do you realize this is the same thing Tommy Mottola is talking about? The same feature here?

Essentially, what it is, is Cory Rooney and Chris Apostle showing how proud they are of themselves in relation to their role in the music industry. They include references to Michael's trial, his quarrelings with Mottola, his not being comfortable at Sony. Yes, they say, he was brilliant as a musician... this is what should be remembered... They also state Michael got old, and kind of out of fashion, suggesting he would have had to do package tours... And on a different note, it transpires that Mr Rooney - Tommy Mottola's man - had contact with Michael's family during the trial - so what do you think? Did Tommy Mottola get information about Michael's most difficult time as well, or did Cory Rooney keep silent about this?

We will not be adding more quotes from this interview. It will suffice to quote some comments one of the interviewees, Chris Apostle, made in a later interview - published March 9, 2010 - that seems to have largely gone unnoticed which says it all:
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"Chris Yandek: Before we get into anything else, looking back on that interview in July with Cory Rooney about the subject of Michael Jackson, the conversation picked up a cult following of some sorts beyond many wildest expectations, translated into numerous languages and seen by people by across the world. Why do you think people were so fascinated by what you and Cory had to say about Michael Jackson and secondly, how has this death now impacted the music industry many months leader?

Chris Apostle: “I imagine the response was what it was because we actually were, we weren’t being what everyone else was. I think we were asking people to look at the good side of him and they’ve disregarded his musical genius and all they discuss is the extra curricular things in his life. I think we were presenting Michael as the way we really believed Michael to be, a genius musician, probably one of the greatest of all time, arguably the greatest of all time. I think that kind of took people back a little bit and it certainly, the fans of Michael I think appreciated it.”

CY: And how has it impacted the industry now looking back on it?

CA: “To be honest, I feel that Michael Jackson, he’s not forgotten but it’s just over. It’s almost like he’s kind of gone. As sad as that is, I feel somewhat sadder that we’re not even up on a year on this thing and people have just sort of put it aside. Sales, of course sales have improved for Sony. With the family, all you read now about is the doctor on trial and the family squabbling over money and stuff like that. And once again it’s gone back to all the side issues, not the music.”

CY: What did you think of This Is It as far as the portrayal of everything that happened with the death of him? Did it basically clear up some thoughts for yourself that maybe what we thought was reported wasn’t really there after seeing that movie?

CA: “I think that movie was just an epilogue to what he was. I think there was just a commercial exercise to put something out there. I don’t think it clarified anything. I think it certainly showed people that Michael was still extremely capable of performing and he was still the genius that we all knew he was. I really think it was just a commercial exercise because it was just rehearsal tapes and they made a lot of money off of it."
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BX:

Then, the interview switches to Chris Apostle having attended an event with Tommy Mottola and his wife Thalia...

But did you see it? Here it is again:
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Chris Apostle: "To be honest, I feel that Michael Jackson, he’s not forgotten but it’s just over. It’s almost like he’s kind of gone."

Is it a far shot now to say that this is what Tommy Mottola is aiming at? Tommy Mottola is in control, he decides, and he will not let Michael Jackson in. It is over for Michael Jackson. And like before, we will show you how this works. Well, Tommy Mottola indicated how this can be achieved at the end of his NBC Today interview when he was referencing the "bad news" in Michael's life which certainly had an effect.
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X1:

And Cory regardless of all of the aforementioned feels comfortable enough to ode his boss to the point of extremes. Mr. Rooney lets you know who is responsible for his success with no holds barred! What is much more worse here is that my instinctive hunches do not fail me ever! I had a feeling that Mottola was involved in this when we began to do research for this blog as we started to dig deeper the connections became apparent and endless!! If anyone trusts or supports his agenda... I just cannot fathom the implications here!

Make no mistake about it Mr. Rooney is the product of Mr. Mottola. His mere existence is like that of a parasite onto a host when it comes down to it! You cannot seem to disconnect the two. It is virtually impossible to separate them--no detachment here!

BX:

I would want to state something very clearly here, just in case. Tommy Mottola did not forget, and will not ever forget. He was around during the time of the trial - most certainly being informed about Michael's state of mind via Cory Rooney - and he is around right now, considering himself the gatekeeper of Michael's life after death--his legacy which could open up new generations of fans for Michael. The most Michael can expect is being put in the category of "remembered, but not relevant" - if Tommy Mottola has his say.
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This is what Cory Rooney is stating in the CY interview in relation to Michael: 


"CR: “Yeah. Then the relationship quickly turned into me being an executive at the time. I think I felt like my strengths for him at the time more so than being a writer or producer, but to be his inside man at the time because it was weird. He felt like at the time at Sony that he didn’t really have any allies or anyone that was going to be in his corner.”
Actress and Recording Artist Jennifer Lopez
  • ‘Ain’t It Funny,’ Jennifer and I were in Canada, and we wanted to write a song [which was originally intended] for her movie, The Wedding Planner,” said Rooney. “The music popped in my head, and I went home and worked on the track. Then I sat with Jennifer and we banged out the song. Tommy (Mottola) was even involved with writing the song. He was so enthusiastic about the track, that he contributed melody ideas to the song."
  • http://www.songwritersuniverse.com/rooney.htm


J-Lo Ain't It Funny


  1. CY: Really?
  2. CR: “It was amazing! I quickly became his number one ally at the company."
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BX: 

Is this what number one allies do, send emails first thing the next day distancing themselves?
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The 2T Cory Rooney Connection:


BX:


Let us now turn to some other players we have seen taking the stage with regard to the upcoming album, the "3T", Taj, Taryll and TJ. 



Michael Jacksons Seen With Nephews 3T on the sleeve art for the song WHY



"Cory Rooney, Lindsay Lohan along with two of Michael Jackson's Nephews Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson wrote the song "Rumors":
  • "3T released their debut album Brotherhood in 1995. The album sold approximately three million copies worldwide. The group achieved an international hit with their debut single "Anything, co-written by Mr BubblesMintman aka Carsten Mortensen (none-credited) . 3T's released several hit singles in Europe, including "24/7", "Why" (a duet with their uncle, Michael Jackson), "I Need You" (with a brief appearance by Michael), "Tease Me" and "Gotta Be You." In 1996, they were ranked second, behind the Spice Girls, as the biggest-selling group in Europe. 3T have also written and produced songs for soundtracks to films as The Jacksons: An American Dream, Free Bubbles' Willy and Free Bubbles Willy 2, Men in Black, andTrippin', and Taryll has written/produced tracks for his aunt Janet Jackson as well as Lindsay Lohan. In early 1997 they went on a hugely successful European tour with their album Brotherhood, which included all of the songs from the album, as well as a Jackson 5 tribute (featuring Tito 'Poppa T') and a surprise performance of the Oasis hit, Wonderwall."
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3T
  • "In 1995, 3T released its debut album, Brotherhood, under the Sony Records label. "Sexual Attention," "Memories," and "Words Without Meaning" are some of the soulful numbers on the group's first full-length effort. Over the next five years, there were a number of singles, like "I Need You," "Gotta Be You," "Tease Me," and "Anything." The brothers also worked on another soundtrack for the big Will Smith hit film Men in Black. Taj, Taryll, and TJ have turned much of their attention to a music label of their own making. TTT Music began operation in January of 2000." ~ Charlotte Dillon, Rovi
  • http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/three_t/artist.jhtml
  • "Brotherhood is the first studio album released by group 3T. Produced by their uncle Michael Jackson and Kenneth Komisar, the album was released on Jackson's record label, MJJ Music. ... The album peaked at #127 on the US Billboard 200, while its success fared better in the UK by peaking at #11 on the UK Albums Chart."
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brotherhood_%283T_album%29
  • "Lindsay Lohan – Rumors Album Speak Label Casablanca Director Jake Nava 2004 written by Lindsay Lohan, Cory Rooney, Taryll Jackson and TJ Jackson Producer Cory Rooney and is the autobiographical account of a pop star trying to escape the rumors that follow her everywhere she goes. There is a remix that features rapper Ludacris. The song was described by Rolling Stone as “a bass-heavy, angry club anthem”. 
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brotherhood_%283T_album%29
  • Its sexually suggestive video reached number one on MTV‘s TRL and was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. On February 25, 2005, “Rumors” earned a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The song has references and similarities to Michael Jackson’s song “Privacy” in his album Invincible in 2001 perhaps because Taryll and TJ Jackson are related to Michael Jackson. The song was going to be titled “Just What It Is”.“Rumors” is Lohan’s most recognized song to date and among her fans it is considered as her “signature song”. It is her most successful single to date internationally."
  • http://www.expressshop.info/lindsay-lohan-rumors-hd
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 BX:

Hold on - "Rumors" was released on Tommy Mottola's label in 2004? What am I missing here? Their uncle had just been on the record about Tommy Mottola in public, and was waiting for his trial to begin, and his nephews go and produce a song for Tommy Mottola?


On Monday, November 15, Taryll Jackson posted the following on his Twitter account:
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Taryll Jackson : "When I listen to "Hold My Hand" so many memories come to my mind. I think about some of the most treasured qualities… loyalty, unity and love. One of his favorite moments on stage was performing "I'll Be There"…he said, "when they turn the lights on you can see the crowd swinging their arms, singing along… it's like a sea of love. It doesn't matter what country, it's the same all around the world." Please listen to the message. Hold My Hand... I will forever.
BX:


Now, the word "loyalty" gets a whole new meaning for me! Yes, this is what you call loyalty, you go and work for the record label of someone your uncle said did him wrong. Is this what you mean by "Hold My Hand... I will forever." ?


Michael helped his nephews a great deal with their first album, Brotherhood, which was released in 1995, and spawned the release of singles for the next five years.


Six months after Michael had been acquitted of all charges, some members of his family are shopping a reality show around, focusing on the 3T, involving Tito, Latoya , Jermaine, with the 3T, and Michael, of course - produced by Cory Rooney, exploiting the 2005 trial? And this was not the last time family members were trying to get a reality show involving Michael off the ground.
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  • "Michael Jackson To Star In A Reality Show? According to late news, superstar Michael Jackson has been proposed to star in a new reality show about his life after the trial and his future comeback. Producer Cory Rooney is behind the project, which will follow around the sons of Jackson's brother Tito, reunited under the name of 3T, as they try to break into the music business. LaToya and Jermaine would also appear in the show, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday. Their uncle, Michael Jackson, will appear during the pilot of the show, but is still unclear if he will star in the next episodes. According to the newspaper, the Jackson family wanted to show the public how they gathered around Michael and supported him after his California acquittal on child molestation charges and during his struggling to make a successful comeback."
  • http://www.spotlightingnews.com/article.php?news=1512
  • "Music producer CORY ROONEY is behind the project, which would follow the sons of Jackson's brother TITO as they try to resurrect their 1990s boyband 3T. In a pilot, which has been proposed to a number of US cable networks, the siblings receive help from relatives including LaTOYA and JERMAINE JACKSON, but have to clear prejudices surrounding their uncle Michael's various legal problems in recent years. It remains unclear if THRILLER superstar Michael will make an appearance in the show, although footage of him with the former 3T members is in the pilot."
  • http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/story/new-jackson-reality-tv-show-proposed
  • "Tito and his sons are putting the finishing touches to an album and are desperate to get here as they know it's more peaceful than California.Tito will be using the house as a base while his songs Taj, 34, Taryll, 32, and TJ, 29 - who are in the band 3T - finish recording an album while a camera crew follows their every move for a new reality TV show. Michael, Janet and Jermaine are expected to visit the house in the coming months."
  • http://www.tourdates.co.uk/news/12159-jackson-family-heading-to-devon
  • "Earlier this year U.S. network A&E filmed Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Randy Jackson recording a new album for a documentary that was scheduled to be aired in 2010. The brothers planned to recruit their superstar sibling to film a reunion performance for the one-hour pilot but they didn't manage to persuade him to participate before his untimely death in June."
  • http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/popmusic/Jackson+Reality+TV+Show+Coming+To+TV-9187.html
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BX:


Well, none of the attempts at getting their reality TV show worked in the end. But in 2008, they get their chance - however, Michael never showed up, contrary to their announcements and hopes...


We have shown earlier that Cory Rooney was in contact with family members during the time of the trial. Could it be that these reality shows the family was trying to place with a network had been planned *all along*? That in my mind would be outrageous. I somehow lost count, but it seems there were two different projects, a reality show about the family rallying behind Michael, and a reality show focusing on the 3T. Whatever, since these were reality show projects there must be footage from the time of the trial which was shot on Neverland. Remember, Cory Rooney in the CY interview stated that what was going on in the car on the way to the court on June 13 - how did he know? He was either told by family members who were in the car with Michael (imagine, a complete outsider, an ally of Tommy Mottola, being told what was going on in the car!), or he had seen footage of this... I found this:
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  • "Music exec Cory Rooney, who has produced hit records for Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child and Marc Anthony, is said to be producing the unscripted series."
  • "The most shocking footage banked so far, and a key selling point for the potential series, shows Michael Jackson riding to the Santa Maria, Calif., courthouse with family members on his way to hear the verdict in his child molestation trial last June."
  • "Michael is rocking back and forth pretty fast with a Bible open in his lap. He's saying: 'They tried to do this to Job, now they are trying to do it to me. Why me?'" the source said."
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BX:


You be the judge here. Cory Rooney stated a brother and a sister of Michael were in the car with him. It appears his statement in the CY interview is based on footage Tommy Mottola's man *with direct links into Michael's family* - which means Tommy Mottola is right there as well - has seen and was shopping around. In this instance, we can only be thankful to the various networks that they did not buy this reality show footage.


And of course, we must not forget the most recent reality TV show on A&E starring the Jackson brothers (minus Randy Jackson). We see the same pattern here - the family trying to get Michael involved, and he declined. Well, in the end Michael participated - although not having wished to do so.


There is a video of the funeral which says: "Jackson Family Arrives For Michael's Private Burial Service" - Private? And listen to the commentator, Randy Taraborelli. Is this about the Jackson family, or about Michael? Is this not the same as a reality show?


Is this about respecting his wishes? When it comes to the upcoming album we can talk about it, but when it comes to this reality show we just brush his wishes aside? How much hypocrisy can we take? His family should be the first to respect his wishes - unconditionally.
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"... *We should honor Michael Jackson's wishes," Oxman added."
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A05PQ20101105
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X1:

Hey what's Trickey Rickey got to do with this?  I wonder why only two of the members of the group 3T helped to co-write this track? Again, someone had an amazing experience with Mr. Mottola. I know that the three artists mentioned--based upon their statements did not.


BX:


I am thinking... Privacy... so his two nephews work for Tommy Mottola's label in 2004 and if the author here reminisces right Rumors reminds him of Privacy so maybe just maybe Michael was wondering--to put it like that. Viewed now from Mr Mottola's perspective - Michael's nephews contributing to a song under his label... in 2004... wow...
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  • "His 20+ years of relationships with the industryʼs marquee players like Tommy Motolla, Jimmy Iovine, Doug Morris, PDiddy, Jay-Z and LA Reid are just a few who Cory can lean on to help his musical projects explode."
  • http://coryrooneyentertainment.com/
  • "Maintaining his unique position both as senior executive and producer at Sony, he was offered another executive position at Casablanca Records where he also wrote Lindsay Lohan's single, "Rumors". He also produced the album and performed keyboards and provided background vocals."
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Rooney
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BX:

Mr Rooney followed Mr Mottola out of Sony right into Casablanca where he co-wrote Rumors with Mr Taryll Jackson and Mr TJ Jackson which is Ms Lohan's biggest success so far and which was - just to make sure I am getting this right - released on Mr Mottola's label?



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Oh what a wicked web we weave...
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Actress/Recording Artist Lindsay Lohan
  • "Rumors" is a pop song recorded by Lindsay Lohan for her debut album, Speak. It was released as the album's first and lead single on September 21, 2004 (see 2004 in music) in the United States. Although it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at #6 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It was successful in countries such as Australia, where it peaked at #10 on the ARIA Charts, and Germany where it peaked at #14 on the Germany Singles Chart.The song was written by Lohan with Cory Rooney and Tito Jackson's sons, TJ and Taryll Jackson and produced by Cory Rooney. It was the most successful single from her album. It is Lohan's most successful single to date both domestically and internationally, although her 2008 single "Bossy" topped the Hot Dance Club Play chart. "Rumors" is included in Now That's What I Call Music! 18."
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumors_%28song%29
  • "Currently, in MTVʼs heavy rotation is Coryʼs reality show, The Shop, based on Mr. Rooneyʼs Barbershop - owned by Cory - in Jamaica, Queens. Stars like Keisha Cole, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and P. Diddy make current stops. Cory, with Tommy Mottola, are the Executive Producers."
  • http://coryrooneyentertainment.com/
  • "Through his Sony work Cory hooked up with Tommy Mottola. This contact led to Rooney's writing for Marc Anthony. The results included the smash hits "I Need To Know" and "You Sang To Me." The success of these tracks, and "Bring It All To Me," recorded by Blaque with *NSYNC, were responsible for Rooney's award-winning year. Sony recently carved out a significant project studio space for Cory in their West 54th St. complex. "I've got all my equipment here, including Pro Tools, an MPC 3000 and tons of outboard gear. It's great to be writing at Sony." Asked whether he writes to satisfy his muse or the market, Rooney says, "It's a little bit of both. I work directly with Tommy Mottola. He'll give a call saying that Jennifer Lopez or Marc Anthony, for example, needs a song. I'll keep the artist's sound and style in mind and just start writing. These days I'm collaborating with different people, especially Dan Shea. We bounce ideas back and forth."
  • http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/233433
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The Mottola/Greenberg/MJJ Files:



"MJJ Music (Michael Jackson): 
1993 - Sony artist Michael Jackson offered Greenberg the position of President of MJJ Music, Jackson's label distributed through Sony. Greenberg served as President and CEO of MJJ Music from 1993 to 2000."
X1:


How could we forget Mr. Greenberg?  The Mr. Tommy Mottola Underling, Mr. MJJ Capitan Kangaroo Jump-Ship, Mr. Mirage Records, Mr. Sisterella....Yes, he was a Mirage at MJJ that is for certain!!! The connections to this thing just continue to surface. They are endless and comparative to an abyss or free-fall while spiraling downward into an infinite black hole.  You are now being sucked into the web of leviathan. The serpents are below--at the bottom of the pit awaiting for your arrival-- as you scream on the way down!


We have now arrived; this is just profound!!! Please acknowledge that this is an abundance of research. All of it took many hours and much effort to combine and present in its current format.  Now that you can see things in chronological order things begin to formulate and take a shape all of their own.  Just imagine if you will for a moment if all of these linkages would have been revealed before?  You would have seen this coming!

Let's rock & roll here; I am nowhere near done yet.  Our goal here  is to make you clear on what and how these people operate--while paying close attention to the slippery slime-bucket characters. Please be patient. It will become crystal clear and transparent to you when you see what is fully transpiring here. Thought provoking isn't it??? Please read the information below:
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arry Hart & Michael Jackson 

Pasadena Playhouse in 1996, and now his business partner Jerry Greenberg  
"The King of Pop executive produced "Sisterella" when it debuted at the 
and manager Frank Dileo are reprising the Larry Hart-penned show for another run."



http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2010/10/02/michael_jacksons_sisterella_heading_ba




"The King of Pop had been positioning himself for a possible rapprochement with Sony since the departure of company COO Tommy Mottola. You may remember that last summer Jackson was busy calling Mottola a racist. A few months later, Mottola was forced out of Sony Music and replaced with the former president of NBC News, Andrew Lack. Jackson, who is into Sony for hundreds of millions of dollars, was thought to be completely finished with the music company as far as new music goes. After his "Invincible" album tanked, Michael even announced the formation of a new record label on his own. More recently, however, Jackson made up with his lawyer, John Branca, the same man who negotiated all of Michael’s previous Sony deals. The thought was that Branca and Charles Koppelman, Michael’s manager, might be able to put him back on track with Sony. But now I am told, in very definite terms, that Sony is not interested in new albums by Michael Jackson. "He has one album left, a greatest hits album," said my source. "There’s also a boxed set. But that’s it. Nothing new and nothing more." And let me tell you: The person who said this knows what he’s talking about. As far as Sony goes, Michael Jackson can beat it. Jackson will always have financial ties to Sony, of course. There’s his famous $200 million loan against the Beatles catalog. There’s also all the money Sony laid out for miscellaneous projects like remastering Jackson’s older CDs for re-release in 2001. Jackson, I reported two years ago, ran up bills for millions at Sony Studios choosing improved versions of old songs for the new CDs. But just this month I was able to buy the improved "Off the Wall" album in a Sony clearance sale at Virgin Music in Union Square for a cost-cutting 10 bucks. So what will Jackson do without Sony? He could start his own record label, of course. Or he could make a deal at Dreamworks Records, where his more-or-less permanent manager, John McClain, is an executive. One music company off his list now, though, is Universal, where Mottola is now set up to revive the un-missed Casablanca Records and may eventually go on to bigger things."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,95789,00.html
Michael Jackson & Jerry Greenberg
  • "Pop superstar Michael Jackson is shopping his MJJ Records label, a joint deal with Sony Music, to other label groups, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. MJJ Records, which Jackson launched in 1993 as part of a multimedia deal, is still under contract with Sony. As Jackson, who is signed to Sony's Epic Records Group, continues to be a top-selling act internationally and given that MJJ has not produced any megaselling acts, it is not likely that Sony will prevent the pop star from making changes at MJJ, sources said. MJJ Records president and CEO Jerry Greenberg, who helped form the label, exited his post in February to relaunch Mirage Records. A successor to the role has yet to be named. The label's roster includes 3T, Tatyana Ali, and No Authority, none of whom have yet dented the top half of The Billboard 200." [May 23rd, 2001]
  • http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/miscellaneous-retail-retail-stores-not/4615858-1.html
  • "2003-04 Greenberg has reactivated Mirage Music Entertainment with a distribution deal with Sony Music.  he states, "This is a great time for small new record companies that can find good artists and stick with them"  Greenberg points out that "Music and song is an International language."
  • http://www.miragemusicentertainment.com/flash/jerry/
Larry Hart's Sisterella A Greenberg Production In Association With Taj Jackson
  • "2006 Mirage's Theatrical Division will be co-producing the hit musicak, "Sisterella" which broke the house record at the Pasadena Playhouse. The show also toured Europe and Austrailia.  The show will be opening in Los Angles in 2011."
  • http://www.miragemusicentertainment.com/flash/jerry/

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X1:
To date for the record I have not seen Larry Hart ever speak down of Michael or do any of the things which you are now privy to by reading this blog.  Thus far he speaks very highly of Michael and seems as if he is sincere in his intentions and really thankful that Michael gave his art an opportunity.

Here is what I do think:

I think that Jerry Greenberg being who he is seen an opportunity which would yield revenue.  Let's face it this is the only theatrical venture that Michael supported and it was very well received.  So to relaunch this would most likely be a headliner on Broadway.  As an opportunist I think he seized the opportunity to exploit this foreknowledge and is set to capitalize upon the relaunch of "Sisterella".  Doesn't every vulture swarm around its prey until it is time to dine?
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  • "2010 Jerry Greenberg will be a executive produceer of the show Sisterella which he co produced with Michael Jackson years ago.  The Larry Hart play toured around the world and gross over 40 million dollars.  The show is set to open in spring of 2011 in Los Angles."
  • http://www.miragemusicentertainment.com/flash/jerry/
  • "Elsewhere, she has also acted in a number of films and productions, appearing on Broadway in Sir Elton John's ‘Aida', and is scheduled to star in the ‘Cinderella'-inspired musical ‘Sisterella', alongside TJ Jackson, the King of Pop's nephew. "It'll have the legacy of Michael," she said of the production, set to open in LA in 2011."
  • http://new.uk.music.yahoo.com/blogs/where_are_they_now/5790/taylor-dayne/
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X1:

Now this is some compelling evidence here.  Work with me here people there is such a thing as a web of trickery, conniving deceptiveness, and untruth.  This here is the truth! The reality is they don't expect you to be intellectual enough to connect the dots. Moreover, in the end you are seeing the cataclysmic result of how these affiliations, clans, and alliances conspired to manipulate and infiltrate Michael from every corner--all minions of Tommy Mottola.  How can I be the president of your company and step down once you go against my mentor?

What kind of colleague is this?  I guess one that does not go down with what appears to be a sinking ship--a bridge over troubled water if you will.  To Mr. Greenberg this is what Michael obviously was!  The epiphany shall baffle when you realize that there is more to this story! This is complex to mammoth proportions and extremes--it will bewilder you honestly!  In sincereness, I state this in the most profound way!
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Get Your Dates Right:

X1:
Tommy Mottola & Singer Thalia's Wedding

OK now we are going to dismiss this thing about Michael appearing at Tommy Mottola's wedding for once and for all.  Yes, Michael was at Tommy Mattola's Wedding to Latin Singer Thalia.  There is a statement making its rounds on various message boards.  Now if this is Mrs. Mottola, she has made some statements that I find questionable.  I don't know if they are true because these are statements which have been placed on various message boards. 
Michael Jackson at the wedding of Latin Singer Thalia & Tommy Mottola
Some of these message boards are not related to Michael and they are message boards for Latin Singer Thalia.  She has a huge following and long career.  She is a star in her own right minus Mottola if you get my meaning.
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  • "And with that, Tommy inivited him to our home. At first, Michael declined the inivitation, but then he said yes because I asked him personally. Once he arrived to our home, he began to walk around the house and look at all the pictures. Tommy had gone out and I was the hostess for Michael until Tommy got home. I was so nervous, but I tried to keep it casual, I didn't want him to think I was a crazy fan. He looked at the pictures quietly and then saw one of myself with a white rose on my ear. He picked it up and smiled at it and told me that I looked beautiful. I started shaking. She continued... "After about an hour, Tommy and Michael began to talk to each other when Tommy got home. I told Tommy personally, a day before, for him to apologize and that's exactly what he did. Michael hesitated, but he accepted his apology like a true gentleman. Micheal has such a beautiful soul. And after this, I handed Michael an invitation to our wedding with Tommy. But, he looked at it and quickly said he wouldn't be able to make it and said thank you anyways.
  • http://pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?p=37527269p?p=37527269
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X1:
Tommy Mattola & Wife Thalia The Happy Couple
How anyone could misconstrue this to mean that Michael & Mr. Mottola had mended fences is beyond me.  The dates just do not coincide. 
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  • “Hace mucho no sentía una tristeza colectiva así, de las que se sienten en el pecho y te dejan abrumado. Es un sentimiento de ’shock’ y de pérdida muy específico. Sin opción alguna, esta pérdida te hace revivir momentos personales de vida que fueron acompañados por el ’soundtrack’ de su música y por las imágenes innovadoras de sus videos. Michael me marcó desde mi adolescencia, siendo simple una imparable y continua fuente de inspiración. Lo seguí muy de cerca, admirándolo como artista y más adelante, tuve la fortuna de conocerlo en un nivel personal más como el ser humano que fue”.
  • http://www.latingossip.com/never-forgotten/thalia-on-michael-jackson.html
  1. Singer Thalia On Michael Jackson Translation:
  • There was not a collective sadness long ago, you feel this in your chest and it leaves you overwhelmed.  It is a feeling of shock and loss it is very specific.  With out any choice this loss will make you relive the personal moments of your life that were accompanied by the sound track of music and innovative imagery of his videos.  Michael I know from my adolsence and it is just a hit and a constant source of inspiration.  I followed him closely, admiiring him as an artist and later, I was fortunate to know him on a personal level as the human being he was.
  • http://www.latingossip.com/never-forgotten/thalia-on-michael-jackson.html
  • "Holiday tourists in midtown will be in for a shock tonight when some very big names start arriving at St. Patrick's Cathedral to attend the wedding of Sony Music honcho Tommy Mottola to Mexican singer and TV star Thalia.I'm talking full gridlock alert, considering that Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen are both scheduled to be there, along with Julio Iglesias, Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Tony Bennett, Rosie O'Donnell and Gloria and Emilio Estefan. It was the Estefans who introduced Mottola to Thalia in 1998."
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/lifestyle/2000/12/02/2000-12-02_stars_to_swell_cathedral_for.html
  • "Outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on Dec. 2, thousands of her fans gathered to cheer the 30-year-old singer and her husband, Sony Records president Tommy Mottola. (Mottola, 50, helped turn his second wife, Mariah Carey, into one of the biggest stars in American pop before they divorced in 1997.) Inside, the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro and Ricky Martin watched as the bride paraded down the aisle in a fanciful wedding dress with a 50-foot train. The dress alone needed four attendants."
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/lifestyle/2000/12/02/2000-12-02_stars_to_swell_cathedral_for.html
  • "Michael Jackson took on Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola this past weekend, accusing the head of his record company of being a racist and part of a racist conspiracy against black artists. Though it was anticipated that Jackson would challenge standard practices of the music industry and champion artists' rights when he spoke at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Saturday, his personal attacks against the Sony executive came as a surprise, not least of all to Sharpton himself."
  • http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1455976/20020708/jackson_michael.jhtml
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2000 Relaunch Casablanca Records:
http://www.casablanca-music.com/default.aspx


X1:

I fully had intentions of bypassing this section.  Something is telling me not to do it.This is another one of those strange hunches that I was speaking of prior.  I have visited the website of Casablanca Records and it appears to be a shell company if I have ever seen one.

For this to be an active label--where is the artist roster??? I only see two current artists there for which there isn't any latest news or any information.  Providing, that you are in the business of developing and promoting new and upcoming artist on your label why on earth wouldn't they have relevant news???

This is a very odd and peculiar occurrence.  If you go to any record label even an Indie label you will see that there is something there.  This means they are presenting projects and crafting artistic visions there.  Tommy Mottola's net worth is not the issue here as he is worth approximately $100 Mil USD.  

I did presume that by visiting this site that I would be blessed with some new and upcoming talent that I would like finally.  This did not happen to be the case and at least Mr. Mottola has proven me wrong on something (X1 Smiles Huge Grin).  Just what is under the hood of Casablanca Records?  How does a company run with virtually no revenue generating acts after Ms. Lohans smash hit "Rumors" till 2009?  Yes, and why is there no latest news for Mika's latest album or Ryan's Leslie's transition into the Casablanca Family??? Can you count Mr. Rooney as Casablanca's number one  most important asset? I cannot state that this is factual as Mr. Rooney is not listed there as an artist.  Mr. Rooney must be listed under Mr. Mottola's production company perhaps?

I will indeed keep checking the Casablanca Records website as I am patiently awaiting the enjoyment of my visits.  Perhaps Mr. Mottola will surprise me one day with something really nice.  I do pray this is not a knock on my door?  At least I have gotten my thoughts out regarding Casablanca and its shell appearance.  Please see the information below for what I could dig up on Casablanca Records.
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  • "Mottola's re-launch was intended to be started with a girl-group, first known as iNK, but later changing its name to NSS (Not So Sweet) 16. Due to internal problems the group disbanded. Mottola's label has once again become dormant due to main acts Brie Larson and Lindsay Lohan moving on to other labels within the Universal family. The current site is still active, but no longer has any news posted. For a while, it was unknown if the label was still active. More recently, as of Fall 2009, It has been proven that the Casablanca label is still very well active with the recent releases of both Mika's second album The Boy Who Knew Too Much and Ryan Leslie's second album Transition on the Casablanca label."
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_Records
  • "MUSIC Calling all sirens in need of a Svengali: Former Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola has signed an estimated $10 -- 15 million contract with Universal Music Group to relaunch the long dormant Casablanca Records."
  • http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,465473,00.html
  • "The site reports that the "Idol" brain trust has come up with a list of 25 potential Cowell replacements, and 60-year-old Mottola — owner of Casablanca Records — is at the top. Given his 15-year stint at the top of Sony Music Entertainment and long career in the music industry, Mottola is a strong candidate based on his credentials and ability to nurture talent, but his camera readiness is unknown. Over his career, Mottola has helped the careers of everyone from Hall & Oates to John Mellencamp, Carey, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez."
  • http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1630514/20100126/story.jhtml
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BX On Epilogue:

*Last Minute Additions

Will Michael have a life as an independent artist in his own right, being Michael? Other than his brothers and other family members reminiscing the good old times over and over again, doing tribute concerts and tours, rehashing Michael's songs feeding on his existing fan base which is in their own best interest? And some are even openly sabotaging Michael? And you follow them? They went after Michael to join them for reunions, tributes and reality TV shows, none of which Michael consented to, and now we have an abundance of those projects being talked about.

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  • "In her letter to A.I., exclusively revealed to CNNGo, Katherine says “Japan was one of Michael’s favorite places in the world. He loved visiting your beautiful country and always felt much love from his millions of fans.”“By means of having Michael’s brothers headlining the Tokyo Tribute it would provide Michael Jackson’s followers with a true and complete perspective of Michael’s artistic career and life as a brother.  The Jacksons, originally the Jackson 5, were one of the biggest music acts in the world in the 1970s and also helped launch the solo careers of Jermaine and Michael. Following Michael’s death in June 2009, the remaining four brothers recorded vocals for the single, “This is it.” Rumors and speculation of a reunion and tribute show soon followed. The Michael Jackson tribute shows have tentatively been scheduled for 14th and 15th of October 2011, and will feature a number of special guest performers filling Michael’s shoes in The Jacksons. Full details have yet to be released."  
  • http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/play/exclusive-jacksons-reform-official-michael-jackson-tribute-show-japanese-singer-ai-277446

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BX:

Apart from openly tapping into Michael's fan base, I am wondering what this means - "a true and complete perspective of Michael’s artistic career and life as a brother" - after Michael started a life as a solo artist what is there that we would want to look at from the perspective as a brother? Did he see his music and his performances from a perspective as a brother, or his own perspective?
 
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  • "Jackson 5 founding member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jermaine Jackson will perform in a special concert October 2, 2010, at 8 p.m. in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino's Theatre of Performing Arts. Celebrating 40 years in music, Jackson will perform his fans' favorite songs and present a loving tribute in song to his brother Michael, the Jackson 5 and the Jackson family. He will perform hits like "Can You Feel It," "Let's Get Serious," "Beat It," "A-B-C," "Man In The Mirror" and "I'll Be There" with an eleven piece band. Jackson's band includes three of his children, Jeremy on guitar along with Autumn and Jermaine Jr. on background vocals. He refers to his children as "the next generation of Jacksons."
  •  Link To Zimbo Article

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BX:

If you want to get a different perspective on this gig, read about it here:

Jermaine Jackson's Michael Tribute: A Lesson In How Not To Run A Show (http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2010/10/4/102143/985/vegas-travel/Jermaine_Jackson_s_Michael_Tribute_A_Lesson_In_How_Not_To_Run_A_Show)

You can clearly see in the picture that the back rows were not filled. According to Norm Clarke, who works for the Las Vegas Review Journal, there were 300 tickets sold, and free tickets were given away to fill the theater (reference within this article). Jermaine even had three of his children playing in the band! *This* is on the level of the package tours, casino shows and city festivals Cory Rooney and Chris Apostle are referring to:
 
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BX:

Here is part of a comment on a Forbes article about Michael:

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BX:


Latoya Jackson
This is what some, or quite a few, people out there think, and if what I see developing right now is being allowed to continue, this is what will happen. He will be remembered - which refers to the past. But he will not be relevant - which refers to the future.

To be relevant means to be seen as someone who has a voice, someone he has something to say as a person, as a human being, someone who is identifiable, someone who has a message that reaches the audience. You have seen it with his existing work - demand has dropped after the first surge after June 25 - right now he is not relevant, not to new generations - he does not seem to reach them. The Black Eyed Peas are right now dominating the charts with their recent album and single - where is Michael? Somewhere at #35 or #36 in the US, and Tommy Mottola is smiling. They brought him down to exactly that level, devalueing his name to a level Michael himself would not ever step down. Notice what is said in the article about the tributes concerts in Japan with the Japanese singer - this is all about the Jacksons, not about Michael. Go back to the quote I provided, and read it carefully. There is no Michael in there.

Michael as you all know him, the Thriller Michael, the Bad Michael right up unto the Invincible Michael - he is being killed right in front of your eyes, and right now. It is amazing how all this materializes now that Michael is gone. Michael just said "no" when approached for Jackson 5 reunions or reality TV shows. Michael did not want to do those package tours, nor would he ever had to do them. He was so far apart from the rest of his family when it came to his art. He wanted to go into the future, with new music, new projects, he wanted to stay creative and innovative. Memories and history are a good thing--but they do not replace the future. This is where you find life - in the future.  
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*"Everyone always says “Elvis is still alive!” Well, you’re killing Michael, and he’s already dead!" - Teddy Riley, November 7, 2010.*"I’ll have to say it like this: it’s been a conspiracy from……….I can’t directly say it…………I signed a Non-Disclosure on what I could not say, but understand that there’s been a conspiracy from A to Z! Because there are people who are doing this for the good, because they’re doing it for the good of the children. And there are people who are stopping it because they feel the good of the children is not in their best interest." - Teddy Riley, November 7, 2010.
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X1 On Epilogue:

What I find most interesting about the MJ Community is that most everyone professes to know Michael well from his  comings and goings. Me, I profess to know NOTHING and research everything!  Once I have researched my topic then I know as I have been well educated!  I have not really seen many accurate accounts of certain events in Michael's life and this goes for Bloggers as well.

If you consider yourself to be a source of information please take the time to at least know what you are talking about.  I am not perfect.  So I check and recheck what I present to people in my Blogs for accuracy purposes.  If you want to get technical there is a vast wealth of information on any X Page blog or otherwise.  Since we are getting technical here people avoid me because they want to talk--not read.  Before you comment on anything take the time to research it so that you know what you are talking about!  Many people have come to a X Page and have gotten very angry after they have been told that information which they have presented is inaccurate.  

If your information is inaccurate I reject your deposit.  I publish to thousands of people and I don't want a reputation for speaking things that I don't know. If you have any question about my information just check out some of your news articles after me and other members of Team IXL or Team INX--when they finish posting and see what you get.  Also, pay close attention to when something is broke on an X Page and see how quickly it is picked up and outsourced/networked through the entire community!  I don't play games when it comes to doing what my craft is. I promise you I personally along with the rest of the X Team do our best to deliver valid infomation.  You will get sound information perhaps some humor or outrage from the information which has been confirmed by numerous sources. However you will not get garbage--you will get what I know and a mild fusion of what I think. 

***Peace & Love Till The Next One...

-X1
Sources:
http://www.judiciaryreport.com/images/tommy-mottola.jpg
http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/record-label2.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sItXxlQEmMs&feature=related http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,75046,00.html
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http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/233433
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_Records
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1455976/20020708/jackson_michael.jhtm
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http://www.theboombox.com/2010/07/27/rodney-jerkins-to-release-new-michael-jackson-album/
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