Michael Jackson News Round-Up! (Really just an excuse to post this pic, tho)

(In case you're wondering: YES, that is Michael Jackson . . . swigging some vodka . . . with little people dancers . . . on the set of Captain EO. Yeah.)

Akon vows to never release any more Michael Jackson tracks

Whether you like it or not, Michael Jackson‘s first of many posthumous albums, Michael, is just weeks away from release. Earlier this week, “Hold My Hand,” produced by and featuring Akon, hit the Net as its official single. Even though he let this track out of his vault, don’t expect Akon to release any more M.J. collabs ever again. As he tells MTV in a recent interview, the only reason “Hold My Hand” is featured on Michael is that it’s actually a finished track.

“‘Hold My Hand’ was one of the records that was actually fully complete,” Akon says. “The rest of the ideas aren’t fully complete. They’re just ideas, concepts, and harmonies which the world will probably never see, because I would never put it out unfinished. So I might just burn it after this interview…
We’ve done plenty of records outside of this. But they were just incomplete.” ‘Kon’s sentiment is similar is the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, who refuses to release any of the work he and Jackson did during the latter years of his life.

is reportedly mostly comprised of several unfinished and scrapped songs from prior albums. Are you looking forward to the album?


Oprah To Do ANOTHER Show About Michael Jackson

Yep, that's right! The following was recently posted on Oprah's website:

The Oprah Winfrey Show will be talking about Michael Jackson and the release of the upcoming album "Michael." Have you always been a huge fan of Michael Jackson?? Do you own all of his albums and are intensely interested in hearing more about this new release?? Have you followed his life story and always eager to know more about Micheal? behind the scenes? If you are a huge Michael Jackson fan and would like to be in the audience for this taping on Friday, 11/19, email us now! If there is still availability, you will be contacted through email by a member of the Audience Team.

Unfortunately, the show is no longer accepting submissions. Sorry, fans!

Producer Teddy Riley recently tweeted that he would be a part of the special, as well, in order to promote the new album and, in his words, "represent my mentor, big brother, & best friend, Michael J Jackson."

This latest MJ/Oprah special is slated to air on December 6, so set your Tivos!


Eminem Compares Drug Habit To Michael Jackson's

Eminem has compared his prescription drug habit to that of the late Michael Jackson, revealing he once took up to 90 pills a day.

Em told Rolling Stone magazine: "I was taking so many pills that I wasn't even taking them to get high any more. I was taking them to get normal. In a day I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium. And Vicodin? Maybe 20, 30."

He continued: "Towards the end I don't think the s*** would put me to sleep more than two hours. It's very similar to what I've read about Michael. I read he kept getting up in the night asking for more. That's what I did."

The Love The Way You Lie hitmaker also added to the mag that he was two hours away from death after overdosing on methadone in 2007, claiming: "I'd done the equivalent of four bags of heroin. I knew I had to change my life. I was a terrible person."


LISTEN To New Michael Jackson Song: Do You Know Where Your Children Are / 12 O'Clock

This new song -- about a young girl working the streets of Hollywood after fleeing her dysfunctional home -- recently leaked online. Unfortunately, it won't be included on the upcoming Michael Jackson album. So take a listen!

If the embed won't work, CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

FYI, everyone: Michael Jackson's new single "Hold My Hand" (featuring Akon) is on sale on iTunes right now! So go buy it and/or preorder the upcoming Michael album! :D