Michael Jackson Sony Record Deal Will Spawn 10 Albums

The estate of late pop icon Michael Jackson and Sony Corp. have signed a deal for one of the most lucrative recording contracts in history. The deal guarantees the Michael Jackson estate over $200 million in income and will produce around 10 new albums over the next decade.

Michael Jackson 'This Is It' (AEG)
Michael Jackson 'This Is It' (AEG)

The Michael Jackson Sony deal will result in 10 new albums mixed of previously unreleased songs and familiar fan favorites. The Michael Jackson estate stands to garner over $200 million in revenue from the deal, which also includes licensing arrangements for use of the late singer’s material in movies, television and other productions. New lines of Michael Jackson memorabilia will also be on tap for fans.

The Sony deal’s first acquisition will be a retroactive claim to Michael Jackson’s This Is It soundtrack, released last year. A new Michael Jackson album of previously unreleased tracks is scheduled to be released later this year.

“It’s not just a record deal,” Rob Stringer, chairman of the Sony’s Columbia/Epic Label Group division, told the New York Times. “We’re not just basing this on how many CDs we sell or how many downloads. There are also audio rights for theater, movies, computer games. I don’t know how an audio soundtrack will be used in 2017, but you’ve got to bet on Michael Jackson in any new platform.”

Michael Jackson may be gone, but the new Sony deal with his estate ensures his legend will continue to permeate the music industry and our culture at large for many years to come.

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Does Michael Jackson Have A Secret Love Child?!

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July 7: Omer Bhatti (far left) sits beside Rebbie, Janet, Randy, Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine at the L.A. memorial service.

Things just get stranger by the day in the Michael Jackson saga. Now rumors are flying that the gloved one had a fourth, secret love child who attended his funeral! The young man, 25 year-old dancer Omer Bhatti, sat alongside Jackson’s grieving brothers and sisters during the memorial tribute two weeks ago.

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The Sun is reporting that Bhatti is Jackson’s fourth child and that his childhood photos show an uncanny likeness to 7 year-old Blanket, Michael’s youngest “official” child.

Reportedly, Michael told close friends in 2004 that the Norwegian Bhatti was born following a one-night stand in 1984 with Pia Bhatti.

Omer Bhatti is now rumored to be seeking a DNA test to discover the truth. If the test is confirmed, Omar would be Michael’s oldest child, and might join in any contest of Michael’s will. Stay tuned…who knows what the next twist will be in the aftermath of Jackson’s mysterious life and death.

Update: More pictures and footage of Michael’s possible love child.

Live Streaming Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service

For those of you who will be away from the TV and it’s wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial service today at the Staples Center…here are some live streaming links so you can sneak a peek at work.

TMZ is reporting that Michael’s gold-lined casket is on it’s way to the Center, presumably for a viewing during the service. Snarkista isn’t super keen on this idea…but stranger things have happened. Like this: the Ringling Brothers’ circus starts tomorrow at the Center, and the elephant parade is rumored to be part of what’s shaping up to be THE biggest circus on earth. You just can’t make this stuff up. Billions of people around the world are expected to watch Jacko’s last show.

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The star-studded memorial is set to begin soon, and will include Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson and John Mayer, Brooke Shields, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Motown’s Berry Gordy and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
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Michael Jackson’s Kids Not Biologically His; Not Legally Adopted

Bombshell news is breaking tonight that Michael Jackson is NOT the biological father of his three children, nor were they legally adopted by him! Debbie Rowe, long thought to be the biological mother of Jackson’s oldest two children, was really just a surrogate mother who carried another woman’s eggs… fertilized by a father who was not Michael Jackson. Jackson’s youngest child was conceived by a different set of egg and sperm donors. TMZ is reporting that none of the three were ever legally adopted by Jackson.

This explosive news is sure to further complicate the already twisted legal consequences of the King of Pop’s death. He died with a 2002 will. We will update this story as more news becomes available.

Michael Jackson’s Drug Destruction

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Paramedics’ monitor shows Jackson, a “50 year old male”, was “not breathing at all’ when the 911 call was received. Photo credit: The Sun

In what is a sad but familiar story in Hollywood, another star has likely lost his life due to a prescription drug overdose…facilitated by doctors who function as “drug ATMs” for their clients. Life & Style reports that Michael Jackson was taking a cocktail of up to seven prescription drugs in the months before his death. He allegedly overdosed on Thursday morning after a Demerol injection, causing respiratory and cardiac arrest.

A Jackson family lawyer told CNN he “feared” the drugs could kill the pop star. The star had been taking prescription painkillers including anti-anxiety drugs Xanax, Zoloft and painkiller Demerol in recent months, according to sources close to Jackson.

Demerol is a powerful, morphine-like painkiller that is highly addictive. It is often reserved for hospital/surgery usage, but can be legally prescribed for pain. Why the Demerol injection? There are reports that Jackson had a broken bone in his leg, but was still rehearsing for his upcoming tour.

What is unclear is why his in-house physicians didn’t have (or use) reversal agents such as Narcan (for opiates like Demerol) and Flumazenil (for benzodiazepines like Xanax.) Jackson’s drug use was well-known, and, like Anna Nicole Smith, was facilitated by compliant health-care professionals.

The Sun is reporting that an emergency room source at UCLA Hospital said Jackson’s aides told medics he had collapsed after a Demerol injection. A Jackson source said: “Shortly after taking the Demerol he started to experience slow shallow breathing. His breathing gradually got slower and slower until it stopped.”

L.A. police would not confirm claims that Jackson had been administered the injection, but last night family spokesman Brian Oxman, alluded to “abuse of medications” while speaking to CNN minutes before Jackson’s death was confirmed.

Oxman confirmed Jackson’s leg injury, and said there were discussions that one day “he is going to be dead”. He went on to detail concerns about Michael’s drug use. He revealed that:

“This family has been trying for months and months and months to take care of Michael Jackson. I do not know the extent of medications he was taking but reports we are receiving from his family was that it was extensive.

“It is something that I feared and something that I warned about…it was something I warned people was going to happen and it has happened… there is no smoke without fire.

“It is a case of abuse of medications.”

Authorities have opened up an investigation into Jackson’s death. Was he another Anna Nicole? Snark Food will continue to update this tragic story as more details become available. TMZ’s coverage of the story is here.

Is Michael Jackson Dying?

Update: Very sad news today as it appears that Michael Jackson has died.

The one-time King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, is rumored to be incurably ill, and is possibly DYING. Reports are surfacing that Michael, 50, is suffering from a potentially fatal lung disease according to media reports. The actual disease is called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Ian Halperin, who authored a tell-all book on Michael, told In Touch magazine:

“He’s had it for years, but it’s gotten worse, He needs a lung transplant but may be too weak to go through with it. He also has emphysema and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, which his doctors have had a lot of trouble stopping. It’s the bleeding that is the most problematic part. It could kill him.”

The UK’s Daily Express, says the writer says Jackson may now be fighting for his life, but is too weak to undergo surgery.The facemask was always one hint he was worried about his health. The current claim is that his lung condition has left him so weak he can barely speak, and that he is going BLIND as well. Horrific.

Jackson was acquitted 3 years ago of child molestation, but has never shaken rumors of drug or alcohol abuse. Extreme money problems have forced him out of his “Neverland”, and he still has enormous amounts of debt. In fact, illness was the reason he gave to avoid a recent court date in a big money lawsuit. Now, it looks like that excuse was legitimate. Still, he has somehow managed to rent a home in one of the most exclusive areas of L.A. for a whopping $100,000 a month. The $38 million Holmby Hils pad has seven bedrooms, 13 baths, 12 fireplaces, a screening room and, of course, a cellar for Jesus juice. For sleepovers, there’s a guest house, swimming pool and garden. The deal was done several weeks ago under a heavy-duty confidentiality agreement.

There has been no public comment on his health from Jackson’s official spokeswoman. he singer’s brother has simply said it’s not a good time, and that Jackson’s not doing so well. No matter what your opinion of Michael is, he’s become a truly tragic figure. We hope he gets well. Here’s a look at Michael in his prime…when he WAS on top.

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