Saturday, October 8, 2011

Michael Jackson may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten. The King of Pop's three children -- Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9 -- paid tribute to their late father at the Michael Forever concert in Cardiff, Wales Saturday.
"We're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father," said Paris, who wore a replica of her father's famous red and black leather jacket from his "Thriller" music video.
Several performers took to the glove-shaped stage, includingChristina Aguilera, Leona Lewis and Cee Lo Green. TheBlack Eyed Peas pulled out of the lineup earlier this week citing "unavoidable circumstances."

Despite the current manslaughter trial involving Jackson's former doctor, Conrad Murray, the evening's performers chose to ignore the court case and focus on the singer's musical legacy.
It's not about the controversy," Ne-Yo, who kicked off the show with a rendition of "Billie Jean," said. "It's not about the trial. It's not about his death. It's about celebrating his life. It's about celebrating his music."
Other performers included Jennifer Hudson, LaToya Jackson,Gladys Knight, Pixie Lott, 3T, Alexandra Burke, Alien Ant Farm, Craig David, Diversity, JLS and Smokey Robinson.Beyonce Knowles, 30, also performed via satellite video. More than 50,000 people attended the tribute concert, which was hosted by Fearne Cotton and Jamie Foxx.
Jackson died in June 2009 as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London. Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the hours leading up to his death.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Apple founder and iPhone inventor Steve Jobs dies at 56:

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced his death Wednesday without giving a specific cause.
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement.
"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve"
Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January - his third since his health problems began - before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple's chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.
The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one in a procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company.