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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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Judge Declares Prince’s Six Siblings The Heirs To His Estate |The Republican News

 

By AMY FORLITI
Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, 2008.© Chris Pizzello/AP Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, 2008.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge confirmed Prince’s six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend’s multimillion-dollar estate.

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formally declared that Prince died without a will and that his heirs are his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings — Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

The siblings will still have to wait to inherit their shares of Prince’s estate, which court filings suggest has an estimated value of about $200 million, though taxes are expected to consume about half of that.

More than 45 people came forward in the wake of Prince’s death, claiming to be his wife, children, siblings or other relatives. Some, including a Colorado prison inmate who said he was Prince’s son, were ruled out through DNA testing. Others, such as a woman and girl who claimed to be Prince’s niece and grandniece, had their claims rejected as a matter of law.

Some of those people filed legal appeals, and Eide said that if appellate courts send any of the rejected claimants back to him, he will consider them. And until the appeals are resolved, Eide said the siblings won’t be able to collect anything without his approval.

Eide previously signaled that the six siblings would likely be named Prince’s heirs, but he also had said he wouldn’t make the declaration until appeals had been decided. Lawyers for the siblings didn’t want to wait, though, saying further delays would increase costs to the estate and impede its efficient administration. The siblings’ attorneys didn’t immediately reply to phone calls seeking comment Friday.

Attorneys for rejected claimants had urged Eide to wait for appeals to be resolved before naming the heirs. Andrew Stoltmann, a lawyer for the woman and girl who say they are Prince’s niece and grand-niece, said Friday that he hadn’t seen the new ruling but would examine it and determine whether to appeal it.

Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Since his death, Prince’s Paisley Park studio complex and home has been turned into a museum and concert venue. His estate has also struck deals to make his albums available by streaming, and next month plans to release a remastered “Purple Rain” album as well as two albums of unreleased music and two concert films. The values of those deals and revenue generated from Paisley Park tours have not been disclosed.       (AP)

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ED Sheeran Music Breaks Guinness World Records With ‘Divide’ Album

Andrew Shuster

 

Ed Sheeran has broken several Guinness World Records with his latest album, ÷ (Divide), which was released earlier this month.

The British singer’s third studio album has become the fastest-selling pop album in the U.K. by a male artist after debuting at number one. Sheeran’s new record has also sold more copies in its first week than the rest of the U.K.’s Top 500 albums combined. Additionally, 16 of the U.K.’s Top 20 tracks belong to Sheeran, nabbing him the record for most simultaneous U.K. Top 20 singles.

The album’s first single, “Shape of You,” became the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours, hitting more than 6 million streams when it was released in early January. That number trumps the previous record held by One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”, which had 4.75 million streams in 2015. Sheeran also broke many global records, and became the first artist to debut two Top 10 singles simultaneously in both the U.K. and U.S.

These are just a few of Sheeran’s latest achievements, and his second album, x (Multiply), also broke a number of Guinness World Records when it was released in 2015. As Gossip Cop reported, Sheeran announced his 2017 Divide Tour on the “Today” show earlier this month, with the singer slated to perform in arenas around the U.S. between June and October.

2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Los Angeles 05 Mar 2017 Ed Sheeran

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