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Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 2, 2008

A Quick Serving of News and Gossip from the Music Biz

Remember how the owner of the Las Vegas Hilton bailed Michael Jackson out of losing his Neverland Ranch? Apparently a promoter is saying the King of Pop isn’t capable of performing any shows as repayment in a Sin City stage show ― or anywhere, stating that MJ is “incapable of keeping promises” and that a long-term commitment from the superstar is downright impossible. Not convinced? Consider this: Jackson was supposed to perform at the season finale of American Idol, but apparently backed out the day before the show for fear of being hated by viewers. (He must have forgotten how fans tend to faint at his concerts.)

Ah well, we can’t wait that long for a concert. Fortunately, Live Nation is in talks with Miami suburb Fort Lauderdale for a multi-day music festival full of top headliners. Perhaps that will serve as some solace for the Magic City, who is experiencing some new competition to its Winter Music Conference. This weekend marked the inaugural International Music Summit, which took place in Ibiza, and features the parties, workshops and top talent that the WMC is known for.

Amy Winehouse made her first post-rehab appearance in Portugal, but perhaps she should have pulled an MJ. Fans didn’t appreciate the “Rehab” crooner taking to the stage late before giving an underwhelming 55-minute performance, sans an encore. (Let’s hope she’s not wondering why Beyoncé is now being considered to sing the theme for the next James Bond flick. B tends to have a little trait known as consistency.) No longer able to perform a basic set is Toni Braxton, whose Las Vegas show at the Flamingo slated to end in August has been cut short due to the singer experiencing health problems. (That’s My Jam would nominate Prince as a replacement, but The Purple One has removed his version of Radiohead’s “Creep” from Coachella off YouTube, though the group could care less about Mr. Minneapolis’ video making the Internet rounds.)

A show sure to experience no interruptions is Marc Anthony’s Juntos en Concierto Tour. The multi-act event will have a rotating, somewhat regional set of superstar acts, which in the past has included the likes of Chayanne and Alejandro Fernández. Meanwhile, several Latin artists are collaborating on a new viral video called “Yes We Can,” and ode in support of U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. Contributors include Paulina Rubio, Alejandro Sanz and Yerba Buena.

Alicia Keys has put it out there that she’d like to work with The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age on future projects, while Rihanna hopes to collaborate with Winehouse and Duffy on a “feminist anthem.” No word yet on whether the other two are interested, but the young diva also hopes to work with Mark Ronson, who’s sister, Samantha, has been gal-paling it up with Lindsay Lohan. Now if only we could get a confirmation on whether or not American Idol’s season seven winner David Cook is more than friends with season two alumna Kimberly Caldwell. The two went on a date, and all Cook will reveal is that she’s a nice girl with whom he’d be interested in seeing where things go.

(Speaking of American Idol, fellow season two favorite Clay Aiken is going to be a father, reportedly artificially inseminating a friend who’s in her ’40s. We’re guessing Zac Hanson took the natural route, as he and his wife, Kate, just welcomed the arrival of their first child.) A gift of another sort, New Edition will receive ASCAP’s “Golden Note Award,” honoring them for their 25-year career full of group and solo hits.

So, who’s in the studio these days? Recently reunited LaBelle, who is working with Lenny Kravitz on an album due out in the fall; Pharrell and Timbaland, who are experiencing rave reviews for their work with Madonna, will lend a hand to the sophomore effort of Sean Kingston; Daft Punk and Tricky; Jessica Simpson, whose “Come on Over” signals the singer’s foray into country; Diddy, who’s a fan of Leona Lewis and hopes to have her contribute to his next disc.

Speaking of Diddy, his Making the Band reality show on MTV will take a decidedly different spin next season as he attempts to challenge himself musically with Making the Rock Band. No word yet on where the show will fall on the network’s schedule, but hopefully it will air between T.I.’s reality showcase of his community service and 50 Cent’s The Apprentice-like search for the next hip-hop mogul.

And finally, That’s My Jam readers may remember a poll on this site a few weeks ago asking who was due for a comeback. Though En Vogue, Ace of Base and Deborah Cox received the votes (poor JC Chasez), one of the potential candidates, Cathy Dennis, seems to not be heeding the advice of site visitors. The singer/songwriter has formed an all-girl band called Sexcassettes, that she says will allow her to do music that she can’t write for other artists. Dennis is responsible for writing Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

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