Monday, April 22, 2024

Michael Jackson Posthumous Album Stopped on Charts by Black Keys


It’s been a might effort, Michael Jackson cannot get to number 1 on the charts. His second posthumous album, “Xscape,” has been blunted at the top of the charts by The Black Keys. Released earlier this week, “Xscape” is number 3 on iTunes and number 2 on And so it goes.

Hey– it’s not too shabby to be number 2. “Xscape” has been marketed within an inch of its life, so whatever it’s doing on the charts is good news for the core fans. And who knows? Maybe Sunday’s hologram performance on the Billboard awards will ignite sales and drive “Xscape” to the top spot. Anything is possible.

Meantime, the Jackson estate was hit by its second civil lawsuit filed by an ex Neverland boy in his 30s. First Wade Robson, now Jimmy Safechuck claims that he was molested by Michael Jackson.

The story of the lawsuit has less resonance because it was written by Jackson’s lifetime archenemy, Diane Dimond. She’s determined to stalk Jackson into the next lifetime.

Both Robson and Safechuck and their families have previously sworn that nothing untoward happened with Jackson. But now they’re in their 30s and keep reading about how well the Jackson estate is doing. Dollars signs have popped up in their eyes.

Will more Neverland boys file suits? That’s really key because if they do, he cases will be taken more seriously. Some of those boys include Jonathan Spence, and actors Emmanuel Lewis and Macaulay Culkin. I’ve no doubt Diane Dimond and Jackson’s losing 2005 prosecutor, Ron Zonen, are camped out in their respective garages.

Look for the hologram on Sunday, May 18th on ABC at the Billboard Awards. There’s now a chance that Justin Bieber will be involved. I am so glad I’m out of the country.

Here in Cannes, some producers are peddling a documentary about Jackson’s 2007 photo shoots for miscellaneous magazines. The fight for scraps is on!

Next up is a book by Jackson’s final bodyguards about his last three years. I’ll tell you about that shortly. They claim Michael was obsessed with Bobby Brown’s hit “My Prerogative” and was considering covering it. Like “A Horse with No Name.” If only Jackson had lived, he could have put out a Karaoke album.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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