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June 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
At the same time people involved in rehearsals for Michael Jackson's London concerts were saying he needed therapy, his business manager was asking the concert promoter for a $1 million advance for the cash-strapped singer and the chief executive of AEG Live thought Jackson might be preparing to breach his contract by not rehearsing. There already were worries that Jackson was missing rehearsals for his 50 concerts in London, when, on  June 19, 2009, six days before he died, Jackson was too weak to perform.
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June 26, 2009 | Booth Moore, FASHION CRITIC
Wearing one glove, Michael Jackson reached into the pop culture zeitgeist and influenced an entire generation, giving pieces as simple as military badges and a fedora an imprint that, for a time, was as powerful as his music. At the height of his career in the mid-1980s, he was a fresh representation of how a male pop singer could look, with his perfectly chiseled face, long curls, white T-shirt, black pegged pants, white ankle socks and black loafers.
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May 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Once a key defender of Michael Jackson in his sexual molestation trial, Wade Robson on Thursday alleged that the pop star abused him as a child for seven years, forcing him to perform sex acts, and until now he has been unable and unwilling to understand what happened to him was sexual abuse. Jackson, who died in 2010, "performed sexual acts on me and forced me to [perform] sexual acts on him," Robson said. "He was a pedophile and child sexual abuser. "  He made the accusations during an interview on the "Today Show" with Matt Lauer on Thursday.
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June 28, 2013 | By Kate Mathers
Michael Jackson's hairstylist, makeup artist and longtime friend testified Friday that she was concerned about the star's aggressive “This Is It” tour schedule, saying she worried it didn't give him enough time to “recuperate” between shows. Karen Faye returned to the witness stand in the wrongful death case between Jackson's family and entertainment giant AEG Live, seven weeks after she last testified. During cross examination from AEG attorney Marvin Putnam on Friday, Faye said she looked at the 2009 show dates.
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September 19, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A close friend and doctor who treated Michael Jackson for more than 25 years testified Thursday that the desperate singer asked him for an anesthetic to combat his insomnia a little more than two months before his death. Dr. Allen Metzger, who had accompanied Jackson on a tour of Australia in the 1990s, said Jackson seemed more stressed than usual when he made a house call to the singer's rented Holmby Hills mansion. “The stress of rehearsing, and 'Can I do 50 shows?' was really weighing heavily on him,” said Metzger, who is expected to be one of the final witnesses in the five-month wrongful-death trial.
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January 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson's estate and Lloyd's of London have settled their lawsuit in which the insurer claimed it shouldn't have to pay $17.5 million on a tour cancellation policy after the singer died in June 2009. Jackson's estate countersued for breach of contract. Terms of the settlement are secret. “The estate, and, I'm sure Lloyd's, are glad the matter is resolved,” said Howard Weitzman,  an attorney for the Jackson side. Lloyd's claimed it did not have to pay because the singer did not reveal his drug use. Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered at his home by Dr. Conrad Murray, as he was about to embark on a comeback series of concerts in London.
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August 14, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Michael Jackson couldn't sleep while touring Europe in the mid-1990s, his Munich hotel room was converted to a surgical suite, outfitted to administer the powerful anesthetic propofol, his ex-wife testified Wednesday. Debbie Rowe told jurors Jackson always had difficulty sleeping, but while on his European tour, his sleep disorder “kicked in high gear.” Rowe and Jackson, who were married at the time, contacted Dr. Allan Metzger, the singer's internist. Metzger arranged for a German medical team to administer propofol to the singer for eight hours, Rowe said.
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May 17, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A professional concert tour director testified Friday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that a doctor's demand for $5 million to serve as the singer's tour physician "raised a red flag. " Marty Hom, who has spent 25 to 30 years as a tour director and tour manager, said that Dr. Conrad Murray's original demand was "outrageous. " Murray, a cardiologist who closed his practice to serve Jackson, eventually agreed to work for $150,000 a month. Hom, who testified as an expert witness, also said he would never tell a director he had checked out a doctor if he hadn't, a reference to claims by the Jackson family about an AEG executive.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Todd Martens
A new album will once again offer fans a glimpse as to what music lies inside the Michael Jackson vaults. On May 13, Sony's Epic Records will release "Xscape," a collection of eight, previously unreleased Jackson songs.  The album was executive produced by Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid, who, according to a Sony press release, curated the album and decided on its final tracklist. A host of recognizable producers worked on the Jackson songs, including the project's lead producer, Timbaland.
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