Michael Jackson’s father Joe ‘out of intensive care’ after suffering stroke on 87th birthday

The superstar’s dad has been left temporarily blind as he was taken ill in Brazil on his 87th birthday just two days after his family threw a party to celebrate.

Michael Jackson’s father Joe is reportedly out of intensive care as he continues to recover after suffering a stroke on his 87th birthday.

Jackson family sources originally claimed he was rushed to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after waking up feeling dizzy, with no vision last Sunday morning.

Now, according to Us Weekly, he has been transferred to a regular room at the hospital.

A source claims Jackson is regaining his motor skills and starting to walk with assistance, with doctors hopeful he will be able to eat well again once he recovers more.

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Pool Pop star Michael Jackson arrives with his father Joe Jackson
Pop star Michael Jackson with his father Joe Jackson

Once well enough, it is thought Joe will return in his daughter Janet’s private jet, before being transferred to a hospital in LA.

Janet cancelled preparation for her tour to be by her father’s bedside this week.

The All For You singer was busy preparing for The Unbreakable World Tour when her father Joe Jackson suffered a stroke.

Sources confirmed to Us Weekly the superstar took a private jet to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where her father is currently being treated.

An insider added the 49-year-old is expected to stay with her father until his condition is stable.

Janet Jackson has flown to be by her father Joe’s side

On Monday Joe, the man behind the Jackson 5 – the band that catapulted his son Michael to global superstardom, took to his website to reassure fans that he hoped to make a “quick recovery”.

Under a blog entitled ‘Thank You,” he wrote: “To my family, friends, acquaintances and fans all over the world. I want to thank you all for your prayers, unwavering support and kind well wishes during these trying times.

“Through God’s intervention the wonderful Doctors, Nurses and caretakers at the Albert Einstein Sao Paulo hospital have taken great care of me.

Getty Janet Jackson

“God willing, I should be able to make a quick recovery and travel back home soon. Thank you all once again for your prayers and support.”

Jackson family sources have said he was rushed to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo after waking up feeling dizzy, with no vision on Sunday morning.

Joe, who suffers from diabetes, was treated to a party in Brazil to mark his birthday two days before.

Janet’s The Unbreakable World Tour begins in Vancouver on Aug 31.


Joe Jackson Reportedly Suffers Stroke

Joe Jackson has reportedly suffered a stroke that left him at the very least temporarily blind.

Jackson family sources confirm to TMZ, Joe was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo after reportedly waking up Sunday feeling dizzy, with no vision.

Joe, who has diabetes, was in the city for his 87th birthday party that was being thrown for him.

These pics were taken hours before the reported stroke.

Family sources tell TMZ, doctors are running tests and they’re trying to decide whether to fly Joe back to the U.S. for further treatment.

Someone just paid $38.5k to own a Michael Jackson song 🎤

The full publishing and songwriting rights to Do The Bartman, the 1990 novelty hit from TV series The Simpsons, have been sold to an anonymous buyer for US $38,500, MBW has discovered.

Despite its jokey pop-rap style, Do The Bartman is a serious piece of real estate: not only did the track become a No.1 hit in the UK, Ireland, Norway and Australia in 1991, but it was technically co-written by a certain Michael Jackson.

That’s ‘technically’ because Jackson’s name still does not officially appear on the credits of the song – or, therefore, the $38,500 package  (pictured) snapped up by its anonymous buyer.

In September 1990, Simpsons producer James L. Brooks issued a press release claiming that reports linking Jackson to the track were misplaced. He stated that 100% of the song was written by Jackson’s friend, Bryan Loren.

This was a lie.

In 1998, Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally gave the game away, confirming that The King Of Pop really had co-written and co-produced Do the Bartman alongside Loren.

The team behind The Simpsons were apparently forbidden from publicly giving Jackson any credit – whether for songwriting or backing vocals – because he was under a heavily exclusive contract to Sony Music as a recording artist.

“It has always been amazing to me that no-one ever found out that michael jackson wrote that song.”

Matt groening, speaking in 1998

Do The Bartman came out on rival Geffen and Jackson’s involvement remained a secret for the best part of a decade.

According to Variety, Groening told an audience at the Annual World Animation Celebration in Pasadena in 1998: “[It has] always [been] amazing to me that no one ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song…

“He was a big fan of the show.”

According to auction site Royalty Exchange, the new owner of the song just bought a 100% share of ‘both BMI and Sony Publishing royalties’.

The $38,500 lot also includes royalties for a collection of other songs by Bryan Loren.

The average yearly revenue generated by Do The Bartman and Loren’s other songs between 2010-2012 was $4,357.

But in 2013, the last accounted-for year, they amassed less than $1,000.

In its heyday, Do The Bartman sold over 400,000 units in the UK market.

It was never officially released as a single in the US, but reached No.11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay chart.

So there you have it: Just $38.5k (around £25k) for a No.1 Michael Jackson smash.

Ay caramba!


Chris Tucker – His deep and abiding affinity for Michael Jackson

His deep and abiding affinity for Michael Jackson

Tucker is an excellent impersonator, a talent that even made him a favorite of Clinton’s, whom he imitated repeatedly at the former president’s behest while the two were traveling through Africa together. But perhaps more than anyone else, he’s an eerily flawless mimic of the late King of Pop — and not just his voice, but his dance moves, too.

Tucker indulges his audience with some old material and some new — he told his jokes about how Jackson enjoyed the music of Rick Ross and 50 Cent when he hosted the BET Awards in 2013. The two men would ride around in Jackson’s car, and Jackson would start rapping along to “In Da Club” in his trademark soft-spoken falsetto.

Tucker also talk about his experience on the set of the “You Rock My World” music video. He would screw up shots because he was supposed to be dancing and he couldn’t stop watching Jackson. Apparently Jackson decided one day to start calling Tucker “Christmas.”

Tucker recalled visiting Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and yes, he took the train to Jackson’s front door. Jackson would be sitting in his living room, Tucker said, like Michael Corleone.

“You’d be sitting there talking, all of a sudden, something magical would happen, like two giraffes walking by the window,” Tucker said. “You’d be like, ‘What the f— was that? Michael, was that two giraffes just walked by the window?’”

And Jackson would answer, as if giraffes in one’s front yard was a perfectly everyday occurrence:

“‘It was three. It was three giraffes, Chris.’”

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