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Michael Jackson: Vegas, Brown And The Death Of The Ego

by Ife Oshun ·

After a year of self-imposed exile from the U.S., Michael Jackson has returned to settle in Las Vegas where reports claim he’s working on putting together some sort of show.

While some people think a run (alá Celine Dion) could never be pulled off by Jackson, there was no doubting the love the faltering King of Pop received, and gave, when he made a rare public eulogy at the funeral of the legend of legends, Mr. James Brown. After a long gaze (alá Billie Jean video) at the body of the music master, Jackson kissed it (watch) and, later, tearfully said:

“When I saw him move I was mesmerized. I’ve never seen a performer perform like James Brown and right then and there I knew that that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. James Brown, I shall miss you and I love you so much. Thank you for everything.” (watch)

Despite all the melodrama (and lack of music) in Jackson’s life, his appearance at the event almost overshadowed the very man over 8,000 people (including a happy-footed MC Hammer) had come to honor. What’s even more amazing is the idea that Brown’s last conversation with Sharpton included the idea of Jackson helping to save Black American music.

As reported previously, Akon has been in talks to collaborate with Jackson and now Chris Brown has come on board as a guest on the upcoming will.i.am-produced album.

“We got a chance to meet at the World Music Awards and we’re talking to his management about when we can set up a date to be working on his album,” the young Brown told Billboard. “It would be an honor and a blessing for me to work with my idol. He’s one of the reasons I do my music.”

If not the adulation of an upcoming sensation like Chris Brown, perhaps the death of James Brown will give Jackson that needed kick in the ass to lose the ego and drop some dope music.

10 Responses to “Michael Jackson: Vegas, Brown And The Death Of The Ego”

  1. bobmoo Says:

    Jacko has still got what it takes to create a dope track. He just needs to get rid of the ‘yes’ men and get wit some real peeps.

    Check this page for a new MJ tune called Gangsta:

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=26853360

    Not sure if he recorded new lyrics or if it samples an unreleased track, but its good.

  2. Mario Coleman Says:

    That was a sick track yo! That gots to get some play time. For you to say Mike still got it, thats an under statement…the boy is born with it and he is ice.

  3. JessicaMJ Says:

    I love Michael. The fact that he’s making another album is like YIPPPEEE! If he preforms in Vegas I am there. No questions asked.
    And hell if Akon is going to be in album, that’s like a doule plus. I might buy one of his albums now. Same with Will.

  4. panos tha greek Says:

    michael was great at the funeral,he is not going to perform at las vegas…he is planing a goood come back with will i am…and t think that we are going to hear something really deferent.his last apearence are good he looks beter from the past…michael is a very big talended man and i love him for a ever!!

  5. Audrie Says:

    I live in las Vegas, NV. I was horrified to learn he is settling here. Doing so puts a whole new bunch of impressionable kids at risk. I am an adult molested as a child. He may be able to sing but his life is a slap to God for his gifts.

  6. dnx Says:

    To Audrie:

    I am really very sorry to hear that you were molested as a child.

    BUT that does not make you an expert on Michael Jackson and his character. You don’t know the man, and he was found not guilty of ALL charges. Furthermore, the family that accused him had a history of extortion.

    Michael Jackson has given so much of himself to America and the music industry in general. He’s never taken his talent for granted and has worked endlessly to entertain his fans and for his success.

    He’s also donated $300 million dollars to charity and supported 40 organisations.

    Other than these allegations, his character is unimpeachable….his songs are clean, he doesn’t do drugs or swear. He’s NEVER said anything malicious about anyone (Apart from Tommy Mottola).

    Just CONSIDER for a minute….if he is innocent as the court thought he was (and I believe he is)…..imagine the injustice of being ridiculed and insulted after all he has given??

    The fact that you had personal experience of being molested, doesn’t make everyone else guilty.

  7. Dave Says:

    dnx your a legend, not as much of one as mj though.
    mike worked so hard for everything hes got, he wasnt handed it on a plate like paris hilton or jlo and he isnt a talentless twit like them either.
    one rediculous allegation that very few people believed was true (even chandlers original lawyer who refused the case after learning the details)almost detroyed the greatest entertainer and humanitarian of our time,possibly the greatest ever. but as the saying goes you cant keep a good man down.
    speaking on behalf of his british fans hes welcome here anytime and narrowminded morons like Audrie who seem to believe everything that the tabloids hand to them need to open their eyes and have an opinion of their own. if not SHUT UP cos nobody cares what you think.
    on a lighter note im so excited about the prospect of another album i could burst.
    lovin MJ forever and always Dave

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