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Biz Bytes:The #1 bestseller at Barnes & & a new money scandal in the music industry

Holiday shoppers buying into “… a little faith” Mitch Albom, author of the hugely popular, “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” has a new bestseller about faith this holiday season.  “Have A Little Faith: A True Story” is the number one bestseller on the Barnes & Noble website Monday evening. The nonfiction book is about Albom’s renewal of his own faith during an eight year period spent interacting with two men of different religions who share a strong belief in a higher power.... Read More →

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Christmas 2009: Grave Hunter Lisa Burks & a fan pilgrimage to Michael Jackson’s burial site

Photo: Lisa Burks snapped this rare picture of Michael Jackson’s sarcophagus through an open door at Forest Lawn in Glendale on December 3, 2009.   Fellow blogger/photog/writer Lisa Burks had a very interesting experience with some devoted fans of the late pop superstar, Michael Jackson recently. The fans made a Christmas visit to Forest Lawn in Glendale, where Jackson’s body is entombed at the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum.  Burks has a nice report, with photos, here of her time spent with these special fans of the legendary entertainer. Also on Lisa’s Adventures in... Read More →

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King of Pop dances to top of the Box Office

Even in death, the late superstar, Michael Jackson, can still generate millions of dollars in ticket sales. The legendary entertainer’s behind the scenes documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” thrilled enough moviegoers to become the number one film in the country this weekend. The Jackson flick debuted with an estimated $21.3 million, falling short of some expectations, but still winning the domestic Box Office derby just the same. Jackson was in the Los Angeles area rehearsing for his “This Is It” series of London concerts when he died suddenly on June 25, 2009. Later, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s... Read More →

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Michael Jackson’s mother wins custody of his kids

Photo: Carlos Allegri/pool/Reuters A major issue involving the personal affairs of the late superstar Michael Jackson has been solved. Yesterday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Mitchell Beckloff, granted custody of the singer’s three children to his mother, 79-year-old Katherine Jackson. Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, mother of his two oldest children, will retain legal parental rights and have visitations. Even though Jackson’s will expressed his wish to have his mother raise his children, I’m concerned that Mrs. Jackson’s age may make it difficult for her to carry out that function. Hopefully,... Read More →

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Autopsy on Michael Jackson finished, but questions remain

  Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times — Fans line up to view Michael Jackson’s star and pay their last respects.   Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times — a fan reaches under a barricade to touch the star of Michael Jackson in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.   Photo: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times — Fans celebrate the life and music of Michael Jackson in the Leimert Park area of L.A.    Funeral arrangements are underway for Pop Idol, Michael Jackson.... Read More →

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King of Pop Michael Jackson dies at 50

Photo: Reuters/stringer —Michael Jackson performing in Latin America in 1993 The end of an era. Pop Superstar Michael Jackson died today after suffering what may have been a heart attack. There are reports that the singer was not breathing and without a pulse when paramedics arrived at his West Los Angeles home at 12:30 p.m. The 50-year-old music legend was rushed to UCLA Medical Center where efforts to revive him failed. Some of Jackson’s family members, along with the media, converged on the hospital. Also, a large crowd of onlookers and... Read More →

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Singer Gladys Knight to co-star in Tyler Perry’s new movie

Entertainer Gladys Knight has one of the most distinctive voices in the music industry today. Knight is lending her voice and acting talent to the new Tyler Perry flick, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” According to The Hollywood Reporter website, Knight will play a neighborhood matriarch who also sings at a local church where Perry’s Madea character attends. Knight is a seven-time Grammy winner, but she will not be the only singer in the cast with a slew of Grammys. R&B singer Mary J. Blige and gospel artist Marvin... Read More →

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Grammy surprises, Chris Brown and that domestic violence investigation

 Two days after the 51st Grammy Awards ceremony the talk is not about who won, but about two stars  who skipped out on the affair Sunday night at Staples Center. In a surprise to a lot of folks ( me included), Robert Plant, the veteran rocker from “Led Zeppelin,” and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss won five Grammys including the top prize of album of the year for their collaboration on  “Raising Sand.” Also, Coldplay took home three awards and rapper Lil Wayne, nominated for eight, won four. An emotional Jennifer Hudson picked-up best R&B album, her first... Read More →

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