It appears that the questionof whether or not Michael Jackson's children will escape the limelight willforever loom over the heads of the members of the Jackson family. Immediately following theKing of Pop's death in June, his father, Joe Jackson, was asked if he anticipatedshow business futures for his grandchildren. Then, Papa Joe could not offer astraight answer, and that same uncertainty remains today.
When asked if Michael'schildren, Paris, Prince Michael, and Prince Michael II, will be featured in thereality show tentatively titled, "The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty," representativesfor A&E said they were unsure, reportedAP. The series will star Michael's brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, andMarlon, following the tragic death of their world renowned sibling.
According to the network, it istoo early to determine which family members would appear on the show. Theyadded that it is possible that the brothers would come in contact with familymembers "who may be included in the finished series." It is interesting,however, that the network did not definitely rule out the children appearing onthe show.
Considering that the kidshave been in the press since their father's passing, and Paris even spoke at the memorial, it appearslikely that they will end up on the show in some capacity. One thing is forsure. If the kids do appear on "The Jacksons," and happen to be capturedsinging or dancing, they would surely make Grandpapa Joe proud. But let's hopethat these kids avoid such media attention.
Prince Michael and Paris'biological mom, Deborah Rowe, does not have a say in the matter. She hasvisitation rights, but not custody. Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, istheir legal guardian. But Debbie isn't too happy with a woman who told "Extra"in July that Debbie emailed her, saying that she did not want custody of PrinceMichael and Paris.
Debbie hasfiled a $500,000 defamation and invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the Florida woman, Rebecca White.Debbie is seeking to be compensated for any money Rebecca received forconducting the interview as well as sums for emotional distress, medical andattorney's fees, and punitive damages.
A hearing is scheduled inNovember, and Rebecca has not responded.
In one additional piece ofMichael Jackson news this week, a bit of the mystery surrounding Michael's new "This Is It" song was revealed. EpicRecords unveiled the song Monday at midnight EST on MichaelJackson.com. Thesong features background vocals from Michael's brothers and offered an oldschool Michael sound. But the origins of the song were not revealed.
However, later Monday it wasannounced that the song was co-written by former '50 and '60s teen pop star PaulAnka. The song was reportedly written in 1983, but was recorded in theearly '90s by the artist Sa-Fire. Her rendition of the song is called "I NeverHeard."
After the release of "This IsIt," Michael's estate quickly clarified the songwriting credit that named bothMichael and Paul.
Music was also at the centerof a controversy including Madonna. On Friday, one of the 51-year-old popqueen's New Yorkneighbors filed a lawsuitagainst her. Karen George, who lives above Madonna's Central Park residence, claims that Madonna uses the apartment as arehearsal studio, and daily subjects her neighbors to "blaring music, stompingand shaking walls."
Orange described the disturbance as, "unreasonablyhigh-decibel, amplified music," and added that it included vibrations pouringthrough walls, ceilings and radiators.
By press time, Madonna'srepresentatives did not respond to AP's requests for comment, but thebuilding's board said that it has warned Madonna that she could be evicted ifthe problem is not resolved.
Well, we hope that Madonna isnot forced to vacate the premises. But unfortunately, a volunteer evacuation hasoccurred this week at another hot party scene-on the set of "So You Think YouCan Dance."
I'm not talking about adeparture from a contestant. I am referring to the surprise, self-imposedelimination from judge Mia Michaels. On Thursday morning, Mia used Twitter andFacebook to inform her fans of herresignation.
"IT'S BEEN AN AMAZING 5 YEARSON SYTYCD.....I THANK THEM FOR ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES AND MOVEMENT I HAVE BEENABLE TO CREATE FOR THE WORLD.....TODAY WAS MY OFFICIAL RESIGNATION OF THE U.S.SHOW AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHATS AHEAD FOR ME," she said in the Kanye West-likeall caps script.
Mia didn't offer anyexplanation for her decision. Our dearest Lyndsey Parker, who blogs all things Reality Rocks and That's ReallyWeek, is personally heartbroken by this news, and has compiled a list of her favoriteMia SYTYCD routine from each season. Be sure to reminisce with us, and letus know your personal favorite Mia moment.
With such sad news, it isonly fair that we wrap up That's Really Week on a high note. And we will takethis one from another reality show. The wait is over for the new single fromAmerican Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
This weekend, the full-lengthversion of "TimeFor Miracles" was released. The song is featured in a new trailer for theend of the world blockbuster "2012." "Time ForMiracles" is produced by Rob Cavallo, whose credits include works for Green Dayand My Chemical Romance, and co-written by Alain Johannes ofEleven/Spinnerette/Queens Of The Stone Age and his late partner NatashaShneider.
Adam is in great company,being associated with this action-packed film with an A-list cast. The videowill premiere in theaters before screenings of Michael Jackson's "This Is It."
Well, that should be plenty musicbusiness shenanigans to hold you over until next week. We'll keep our That'sReally Week radar on, and will be make note of all the drama taking place.Until then, see you next time.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES:
1) Kids Incorporated? - WillMichael Jackson's children's appear on family reality show?
2) Pump Up The Volume -Madonna's neighbor files suit, claiming singer's loud music shakes the walls.
3) Disturbia - Man chargedwith assaulting singer Leona Lewis.
4) Just Leave Her Alone -Michael Jackson's ex-wife files $500,000 suit against woman, claiming interviewwith "Extra" was defamatory.
5) Oops, She Did It Again - BritneySpear's new song debuts at #1.
6) "Miracles" DoHappen! - Adam Lambert's '2012' theme finally released.
7) That Wasn't It - MichaelJackson's "new" song is not really new. Paul Anka gets credit for co-writing.
8) This Is It - Mia Michaels quits "SYTYCD."
9) Keepin' It Real - SusanBoyle sticks to natural look for new album cover.
10) Early Retirement - GarthBrooks' new gig not your old Las Vegas.