Saturday, June 15, 2024

Michael Jackson Estate Bails Out Sly Stone, Ellen Degeneres Gets Golden Globe TV Award, Elton John’s Book is Number 1 Over Ronan Farrow


Just to keep us all caught up:

Here’s a real irony. The Michael Jackson estate is bailing out Sly Stone, aka Sylvester Stewart. Follow this if you can: Michael’s publishing company MiJAC was always separate from the Sony-Beatles mess. For years, MiJAC was handled by Warner Chappell publishing. But it moved over to Sony ATV after that company bought out Michael on the Beatles catalog. MiJAC had been publishing Sly’s music for years and still does.

But now they’ve taken an ownership position. That bails out Sly, who needs the money after being ripped off for years by his old manager. Details are unknown but hopefully it’s a good deal for Sly. The irony is that Michael was in so much financial trouble while he was alive, and now his estate is rich enough to bail someone else out. Michael would be “thrilled.” And, of course, Sony ATV is really happy because this keeps Sly in the family. His hits like “Dance to the Music” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime” are very, very valuable.

Other reports refer to Sly living in an RV. Well, it’s parked in front of his home, and it’s very fancy. He’s doing okay, which in itself is an irony considering he’s always on the brink of disaster. He is a genius. Prince, Michael Jackson, dozens of artists have been influenced by him…

ELLEN DEGENERES is getting the Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Globes. She’s the second recipient, after Carol herself. Ellen should get the award, she’s had an amazing run on her syndicated show.

ELTON JOHN has the number 1 bestselling non fiction book on the New York Times list. “Me,” his autobiography, is a great read. And it beats Ronan Farrow’s book, “I’m Determined to Ruin Everything,” which is number 2.

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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