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20 Dec, 2016

Rolling Stone’s UFC Fighter of the Year

Other Awards

Bising is awarded Rolling Stone’s UFC Fighter of the Year. The magazine:

Bisping is one of the longest-tenured fighters on the UFC roster. He debuted in June 2006 after winning Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter reality series and, since then, it’s been a roller coaster of triumphant highs and forgettable lows. After all the ups and downs, Bisping seemed destined to end his career as a high-quality fighter with a polarizing personality who could never quite reach the pinnacle of the sport. Then 2016 came along, and his 10th year in the UFC ended up as his best.

27 Oct, 2015

Highest earning dead celebrity

Financial Report

Forbes says Jackson has earned more than $1 billion pre-tax since his death, which is more than enough to pay off his personal debts. in 2105 the estate made $115 million, in part from the Vegas Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson One, the Mijac Music catalogue, recorded music sales and half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which includes the rights to 250 Beatles songs.

9 Sep, 2015

Rolling Stone cover

Magazine Cover

donald-trump-rolling-stone-cover-imageRolling Stone profiles Trump in an article written by Solotaroff, titled Trump Seriously: On the Trail With the GOP’s Tough Guy. On not having to raise campaign funds.

I’m owned by the people! I mean, I’m telling you, I’m no angel, but I’m gonna do right by them!

When Solotaroff is sitting with Trump watching a newscast, a video clip zooms in on Carly Fiorina.

Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?

27 Aug, 2015

Rolling Stone profile


Rolling Stone publishes a profile of Karpeles and Mt. Gox, titled The Rise and Fall of a Bitcoin Kingpin. On stealing Gameboys and mobile phones as a teenager by hacking shopping websites:

A lot of people respected me for that. I did feel more important, in a way. If I need something, I press a button and I get it.

On what he felt like when he realized $650 million in bitcoins were gone:

It really felt unreal. I don’t know how to describe that. When you get a hospital operation without any anesthetic, it hurts at first, but at some point the pain reaches a point where you don’t feel anything anymore.

15 Dec, 2014

Friends of alleged victim refute article’s claims

Three friends of the alleged rape victim at the University of Virginia mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s article come forward to refute the article’s claim that they discouraged the victim from reporting the attack. Kathryn Hendley, Alex Stock, and Ryan Duffin tell AP in an interview that the facts reported are incorrect. Duffin:

I couldn’t help but notice that everything that the article said about me was incorrect. My first reaction was, ‘We need to go to police.’ I wanted to go to police immediately. I was really forceful on that, actually. And I almost took it to calling (the police) right there. But she didn’t want to and I can’t do that if she doesn’t want to do it.

Stock corroborates:

Jackie’s response was, ‘I don’t want to.”I don’t want to do that right now. I just want to go to bed.’

7 Dec, 2014

Revises apology to readers

Rolling Stone revises it’s apology to readers for the story published about a woman, “Jackie”, who claims she was gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party. The new apology states that the magazine should not have complied with “Jackie’s” request that they not interview any of the men she said raped her. The revised apology also questions discrepancies in “Jackie’s” story.

We should have not made this agreement with Jackie, and we should have worked harder to convince her that the truth would have been better served by getting the other side of the story. These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie. A friend of Jackie’s (who we were told would not speak to Rolling Stone) told the Washington Post that he found Jackie that night a mile from the school’s fraternities. She did not appear to be ‘physically injured at the time’ but was shaken. She told him that that she had been forced to have oral sex with a group of men at a fraternity party, but he does not remember her identifying a specific house. Other friends of Jackie’s told the Washington Post that they now have doubts about her narrative, but Jackie told the Washington Post that she firmly stands by the account she gave to [reporter Sabrina Rubin] Erdely.

5 Dec, 2014

‘Our trust in her was misplaced’

Rolling Stone says it has found discrepancies in a story it published about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, details the gang rape of a UVA student referred to as “Jackie” at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The magazine now considers their trust in her story ‘misplaced’. Will Dana, Rolling Stone‘s managing editor, on the magazine’s website:

In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.

1 Dec, 2014

Names Songs of Innocence best album of 2014

Rolling Stone names U2’s Songs of Innocence it’s choice for the best album of 2014.

There was no bigger album of 2014 — in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of Seventies Dublin.

19 Nov, 2014

Article alleges gang rape at UVA fraternity

A Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely details the alleged gang rape of a freshman woman called ‘Jackie’ at Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity on the campus of the University of Virginia. ‘Jackie’, now a Junior, says she is worried about campus reaction to the article.

One of my roommates said, ‘Do you want to be responsible for something that’s gonna paint UVA in a bad light?’ “But I said, ‘UVA has flown under the radar for so long, someone has to say something about it, or else it’s gonna be this system that keeps perpetuating!’ My friend just said, ‘You have to remember where your loyalty lies.’

4 Sep, 2014



Rolling Stone releases the full text of an interview with Rivers from 2012. The magazine had only used some snippets of the text before.

Part of my act is meant to shake you up. It looks like I’m being funny, but I’m reminding you of other things. Life is tough, darling. Life is hard. And we better laugh at everything, otherwise we’re going down the tube.

29 Aug, 2014

Rolling Stone cover

Magazine Cover

williams-rolling-stoneRolling Stone devotes its cover to Williams. A tribute from Tom Hanks to Williams’s start in television:

The legend is true. In 1978, word came from the set of TV’s Happy Days. That week, Fonzie’s ultracool was threatened by a stranger from another world. The guy playing the alien was hilarious.

27 Aug, 2014

56th Birthday Celebration

Jackson’s 56th birthday celebration in Gary, Indiana has been transformed to a three day festival event, initiated by his mother Katherine Jackson. The event titled The Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts is there to encourage other artists to reach their potential. Karvin Johnson, one of the event promoters, comments:

The main thing is to encourage kids that you can express yourself through art.

Another event promoter, Sharon Chamber comments:

I was just kind of hoping this becomes an annual thing… a national tribute to Michael.

13 Aug, 2014

A Place With No Name Twitter video release

Jackson’s music video for A Place With No Name debuts. It is the first music video to be premiered on Twitter. The video is directed by Samuel Bayer and choreographed by Travis Payne from the show So You Think You Can Dance. The short film also includes outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson shot during the production for In The Closet  in 1992. A preview of the video airs on a special Jackson-themed episode of So You Think You Can Dance as well as being shown on a massive screen in Times Square at the same time.

Michael Jackson – A Place With No Name

7 Aug, 2014

Man claims child sexual abuse


James Safechuck, claims that Michael Jackson sexually abused him as a child. The 36-year-old alleges the was abused by Jackson after the two appeared together in a late ’80s Pepsi commercial when Safechuck was 10 years old. He claims that Jackson had allegedly “brainwashed” him into believing that the incidents of sexual abuse were “acts of love,” and that, in 1988, during the Bad tour, Safechuck regularly shared Jackson’s bed and that the abuse continued until he reached puberty.

Howard Weitzman, an attorney for the Jackson estate, responded by saying that Safechuck’s claims should be dismissed.

Mr. Safechuck’s request to file a late claim against the Jackson Estate so he can recover money from Michael’s beneficiary will hopefully be rejected. This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him.

Safechuck’s petition is scheduled to be heard Sept. 4.

1 Aug, 2014

Neverland Ranch for sale

Home purchase/sale

For the first time after being bought by Michael Jackson, Neverland Ranch is up for sale and could sell for up to $85m.

We’ve really just been custodians of an irreplaceable estate and are proud to say we’ve restored it to the original elegance Michael first envisioned. We are now considering putting it up for sale.

13 May, 2014


Album Release

aEpic Records and MJJ Music releases the second posthumous album Xscape by Jackson. Singles include Love Never Felt So Good, and A Place With No Name. Timbaland, executive producer:

This was very trying, not because it was just a Michael Jackson… kept hearing his voice, it was like, I’m doing Michael Jackson. It got emotional. I had to tell my engineer to stop — we gotta go to something else. It took about a week process to really grasp what I’m doing. And once I grasped what I’m doing, I had to call my mom for prayer like, I need some help, I need some guidance on this, ’cause this is hard

14 Apr, 2014

Gabriel on reunion, Hall of Fame induction


Gabriel is interviewed by Rolling Stone, about the possibility of a future Genesis reunion tour:

I never say never. It really didn’t happen last time. I think there’s a small chance, but I don’t think it’s very high.

Gabriel also discusses the recent induction of Genesis to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Getting awards is nature’s way of saying you’re getting old, so you can get a little more reflective. There are very few good things about getting old except you care less about what people think.

17 Jul, 2013

Rolling Stone cover

Magazine Cover

Rolling Stone Tsarnaev coverTsarnaev appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and is profiled in a feature. An editor note accompanies the article:

The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens

18 Apr, 2011

Rolling Stone statement

Makes Statement

The magazine releases a statement defending Hastings and the article’s accuracy following the Pentagon report:

The report by the Pentagon’s inspector general offers no credible source – or indeed, any named source – contradicting the facts as reported in our story, The Runaway General. Much of the report, in fact, confirms our reporting, noting only that the Pentagon was unable to find witnesses “who acknowledged making or hearing the comments as reported.” This is not surprising, given that the civilian and military advisors questioned by the Pentagon knew that their careers were on the line if they admitted to making such comments. Asking unnamed sources to reveal their identities strikes us as an exercise in futility. Rolling Stone stands by our story, which is accurate in every detail. We also note that Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s own response to the story was to issue an apology, saying that what was reflected in the article fell “far short” of his personal standard.

10 Dec, 2010


Album Release

aEpic Records and Sony Entertainment release the first posthumous complication album of unreleased tracks by Jackson titled Michael. Hit singles include Hold My Hand, Hollywood Tonight, Behind The Mask, and (I Like) The Way You Love Me. Brian Oxman, a lawyer for Joe Jackson states:

If Michael had wanted this music released he would have done so before his death. The songs which are being released on the new Michael Jackson album were unfinished and incomplete tracks that Michael said over and over many times he never wanted released. We should honor Michael Jackson’s wishes.

22 Nov, 2009

Wins American Music Award

Other Awards

Jermaine JacksonJackson wins AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. Jermaine Jackson accepts the awards and pays tribute by wearing a sparkly white glove. Jermaine:

First of all, I would like to thank Allah, for blessing our entire family. It’s not just about the winnings, the awards – it’s really the message. The message that Michael had will live forever, and that’s there’s good in everyone. Start with love, and let’s love each other… We love you, Michael.

28 Oct, 2009

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Film Appearance

Michael Jackson’s This Is It is documentary-concert film directed by Ortega. It documents Jackson’s rehearsals and preparation for the concert series, Michael Jackson’s This Is It. The series is cancelled June 25th due to Jackson’s death and it is the last film he starred in. Jackson’s family tried to stop the movie from being released. La Toya:

Michael always wants to give his best. This is a rehearsal. He wasn’t giving his all. He loves to give his all always. That’s just the way he is. He wants people to see him at the top of the ladder and not half-stepping because he doesn’t want to do a full-out rehearsal.

Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT Official HD Trailer

13 Jul, 2009

People cover

Magazine Cover

jacksonJackson appears on the cover of People after dying weeks before his concerts in London were to take place. There were allegations that drug use was involved in Jackson’s death. Source:

Janet was on the phone, but siblings Randy, Jackie and Rebbie were there. Michael got pissed off. He said he wasn’t on drugs. Jackson also drank and took straight morphine, Valium, Xanax, Demerol and OxyContin. It could happen any minute.

25 Jun, 2009



After a late rehearsal the next morning Jackson does not come out of his bedroom. His doctor, Conrad Murray finds Jackson in bed and not breathing. Jackson has a weak pulse, and his body is still warm. After trying to revive Jackson for five to ten minutes Murray calls for help. Murray stated that he was hindered because there was no landline in the house. Murray cannot use his cell phone to call 911 because he does not know the exact address. Murray phones security, but does not get an answer so he runs downstairs, yells for help, and tells a chef to bring security up to the room. By the time security calls 911 at least 30 minutes has passed.

Paramedics reach Jackson at 12:26 p.m. – he is not breathing.

1 Apr, 2009

Wins Golden Elephant Award

Jackson is given a golden elephant as an award for his work in fighting AIDS in Africa. The award ceremony is held at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C., and is presented by AASA (African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association).

This is beautiful. This is a wonderful occasion. I’ve been going to Africa since I was 12 years old, and I take my child on vacation there.

AASA Humanitarian Award Presentation Michael Jackson 2004

30 Oct, 2008

Rolling Stone cover

Magazine Cover

ac-dc-rolling-stone-cover-music-poster-print (1)The band appears on the cover of the October 30th, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The band talks about what it is like to shoot their first Rolling Stone cover and the release of their new album, Black Ice.

13 Nov, 2007

Tabloid Junkie

Single Release

Jackson releases Tabloid Junkie, the  eleventh track from his ninth album HIStory. The song chronicles Jackson’s tarnished public reputation from what it once was and it also tells of how the public quickly believe the headlines. In Jackson’s most recent albums, this has been an ongoing subject written both blatantly and passively.

Remember, the press is a business: Newspapers and magazines are in business to make money – sometimes at the expense of accuracy, fairness and even the truth.

Michael Jackson – Tabloid Junkie (official).flv

2 Nov, 2006

Access Hollywood interview


Access Hollywood interviews Jackson in Ireland, talking about how he works in the studio making music.

I like to take sounds and put them on the microscope, and talk about how we want to manipulate the character of it.

They also talk about revisiting Thriller, DVD’s, remix, web saturation, and how with over 100,000,000 copies sold globally, so much could be done.

No, I haven’t really thought about it in that way. I would give it more thought. We haven’t really discussed it yet on that level, but I’m sure at some point we will, but it’s a great thought.

Michael Jackson Access Hollywood Interview Part 1

27 Mar, 2005

Jesse Jackson interview


Jackson is audio interviewed by Jesse Jackson. He talks about his roots in the industry during his time starting with Motown and who discovered him.

In complete truth it was Gladys Knight and a guy named Bobby Taylor…Berry Gordy wasn’t interested at first but eventually he loved us and wanted to sign us.

Michael Jackson Interview with Jesse Jackson Part 1

1 Feb, 2003

Shooter Series interview


Jackson is interviewed by his friend Ratner. They talk about what motivated Jackson to become a visionary, his first break into the music industry, the showtunes and albums that Jackson likes and dislikes. He also discusses how pioneers like Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, the BeeGees, James Brown and Berry Gordy all pushed him to want to write his hits like Billie Jean, Beat It and Wanna Be Starting Down.

I want to work everyday. Just the idea of creating worlds. It’s like taking a canvas, an empty canvas you know, a clean slate and you paint. You just color and paint, you create worlds. I just love that idea. Anything and to have people see it and they’re awe inspired after they see it.

Michael Jackson Interview with Brett Ratner 1


Shooter Series interview 1


Jackson is interviewed by his friend Ratner. They talk about how Jackson would be inspired by the pioneer dancers such as Jackie Wilson and James Brown at the Apollo, his love of the sixties era. He also leaves a very profound message for all emerging artists to believe in theirselves as they pursue their dreams.

James Brown and Jackie Wilson made me cry. I never seen nothing like that. That kind of fever feeling, it was like on another higher spiritual plain. They were like in a trance and they had the audience in the palm of their hand. I just love how they could control them like that.

Michael Jackson – Private home interview (PART 2/2)


21 Nov, 2002

Wins Bambi Award

Jackson wins the Bambi Award for Pop Artist of the Millennium.

Dear Dr. Burda, Dear Dr. Turnhofer, Ladies and Gentlmen…I have wonderful memories of my visits to Germany…to Berlin, a city full of energy. It’s very special to me. Berlin, I love You.

Bambi Awards Germany 2002

9 Jul, 2002

Rita Cosby interview


Jackson is interviewed by Rita Cosby in New York. They talk about the exploitation of artists who face racism with Sony president, Tommy Mattola, Jackson’s financial situation, his anger over how the media is sold over bad news rather than positive stories. Jackson also highlights how Reverend Al Sharpton’s impact on representing African Americans artists in the music industry.

I think it’s important to be here. I’m not just fighting for myself I’m fighting for all artists. Some great artists who’ve pioneered the entertainment business as well as songwriting as well as incredible staging. But the fact that they have been taken by the system. Totally broken financially and this has to stop it’s a conspiracy.

Michael Jackson Fox News Interview with Rita Cosby 2002

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