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Michael Jackson’s Former Los Angeles School Vote To Drop His Name From Auditorium

Parents at a Los Angeles elementary school have voted on whether to drop Michael Jackson’s name from the auditorium after damaging paedophilia allegations made against the late pop singer in a documentary.

Gardner Street school’s Michael Jackson Auditorium has become a thorny issue ever since the airing of “Leaving Neverland”, an HBO documentary which alleges the singer molested two boys when they were seven and 10 years old.

Jackson attended the school in 1969, but left after his family band, The Jackson 5, scored their first big hit, “I want you back”.

Officials at Gardner Street school would not say when the results of this week’s vote would be released.

“Following remarks by some parents and team members about the current name of our auditorium … we gave the opportunity to parents and employees to decide on the issue,” said principal Karen Hollis.

The auditorium at the school, in the heart of Hollywood, was named for Jackson in 1989 before first allegations of abuse were laid on the singer, who died in 2009 of a drug overdose.

A 13-year-old boy complained about being abused by Jackson in 1993, but the case was settled out of court. The singer was tried in 2005 for the alleged abuse of another minor, but acquitted.

“The name should probably be removed, it’s not right for an elementary school. The documentary gave a very clear picture of the situation”, Robert Fitzgerald, a parent told the Los Angeles Times.

Another parent disagreed, however.

“People in this country have done much worse, have been convicted and still have their names on buildings”, said Myreon Arslan.

AFP.

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Michael Jackson’s Unique Ferrari, Testarossa Goes For Sale |The Republican News

Christopher Smith

To all our Motor1.com readers who weren’t fortunate enough to have grown up during the 1980s, this delightful black 1986 Ferrari Testarossa convertible is a taste of what you missed.

Wait a minute – did we just say Testarossa convertible? Ferrari never made such a creature, but when the year is 1987 and you’re Michael Jackson, anything is possible. And yes, it’s for sale through MotorGT.

This car was driven by the king of pop in a 1987 Pepsi advert, back in the days of acid-washed jeans and long curly hair. It wasn’t just any advert either – the Ferrari was built specifically for a four-part epic display of commercialism where MJ basically becomes Indiana Jones, trying to escape crazy fans.

After sliding down a zip wire into an alley, he jumps into the Testarossa and hits the accelerator. The car only gets a few seconds of screen time, but that’s enough to make it famous.

The entire four-minute (yikes) commercial is available at the bottom of the page if you want a glimpse of the 1980s, though we have set the video to begin with the Ferrari scene at the 1:58 mark.

1986 Ferrari Testarossa Convertible       © Motor1.com UK 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Convertible

The build was carried out by a company in California at a cost of £30,000, which seems like quite a chunk of change for just a few seconds of televised glory but hey, it was the decade of excess and Pepsi had the hottest musical icon in the world.

It’s not clear if the car was ever actually owned by Jackson, but some internet searching shows it’s been bought and sold a few times over the years. Just 17,000 miles show on the odometer, which is something we’d expect given the famous history of this particular Testarossa.

 It’s reported as having received a major service from a Ferrari dealer back in 2013, and it’s located in Fort Lauderdale with an asking price of just under £600,000

Aside from the folding roof the car looks as fresh and original as it did in the 1980s. Combined with the television appearance and connection to a music legend, we reckon this Ferrari isn’t just a cool car, but a proper 1980s time machine as well.  (Motor1.com)

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Paris Jackson Removes Michael Jackson Headline From ‘Harper’s Bazar’ Cover

Alex Ungerman

Paris Jackson apparently likes her cover more than the cover story.The 18-year-old actress shared her chic Parisian photo shoot cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s April issue on Tuesday, after previously expressing frustration over the angle of the headline, which centered on her being late father Michael Jackson’s “favorite.” Paris was quoted in the article as saying, “I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”                                       © Provided by ETOnline

“Paris is very excited for this cover and excited for everyone to see the images,” Paris’ rep tells ET.

In the since-deleted tweet, Paris vented, “When magazines lie to you and tell you they’re not gonna make the headline about something, but go right ahead and do it behind your back :).”

Paris eventually did share the magazine cover, albeit with the headline in question removed.

Despite the drama, hopefully we can all agree that the cover is amazing!

Watch the video below for Paris’ recent smiley sunny beach pic.

Source: ETOnline

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Tops Record 33 million Sales Mark

 

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Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the biggest album in history, on Thursday notched up another mark as it was certified as selling 33 million copies in the United States.

The Recording Industry Association of America gave the new sales total for the 1982 work one year after the group started to factor in streaming.

“Thriller” — which produced all-time hits such as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” — appears unlikely to lose its crown of top-selling album anytime soon.

The album came out in a golden age commercially for music, with album sales robust and MTV reaching new audiences.

Album sales have plummeted in the past decade amid the availability of instant music online, although music industry profits have rebounded due to the rise of streaming.

The second top-selling album in US history is the Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975),” which has sold 29 million copies and last won a new certification in 2006.

Jackson’s estate says that “Thriller” sold more than 105 million copies worldwide, although global data remains difficult to quantify.

Separately, the recording association certified Thursday that Jackson’s high-stakes followup to “Thriller,” 1987’s “Bad,” had reached sales of 10 million copies in the United States.

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