Hello, Michael? It’s me. Prince Khalifa. Pick up. Where’s my record deal?

November 17, 2008 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

IN THE NEWS — The son of an Arab king is suing Michael Jackson, charging Jackson took $7 million as an advance on an album and an autobiography that he never produced. Lawyers for Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain said Nov. 17 that the money was given to Jackson as an advance on the book and joint recording project with the sheikh, who is an amateur songwriter. Jackson claims the money was a gift. Bankim Thanki, a lawyer for Al Khalifa, said the royal first spoke to Jackson by telephone while the singer was on trial in California on charges of child molestation. Al Khalifa wanted to work with Jackson on rebuilding his career, Thanki said. To that end, the sheikh spent millions paying Jackson’s legal fees, moving him to Bahrain and supporting Jackson, his family and entourage, including Jackson’s hairdresser. The singer stayed nearly a full year in Bahrain as a guest of the son, who serves as the governor of the country’s Southern Province.
COMMENTARY: Three thoughts, and I’m not sure what shocks me more.
* Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa is the son of a multi-billionaire Arab king and still refers to himself as “an amateur songwriter.” How hard is it to break into the music business in Bahrain?
* Al Khalifa first contacted Jackson while the singer was in the middle of a child-molestation court trial in which Jack-o showed up in pajama bottoms and the Prince’s first thought was “Comeback!” ??
* Michael Jackson still has an entourage, or as I like to call it, the Santa Barbara Middle School wrestling team.

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