October 12th, 2009
09:27 PM ET

Michael Jackson's "new" song

So, how was your Monday?

Executives at Sony Music Entertainment thought it would be a big day.  After all, they were releasing "This Is It," the first Michael Jackson song since his death in June, the latest salvo in the media blitz leading up to "This Is It" the album, dropping October 26th internationally and October 27th in the U.S., and "This Is It" the movie, opening October 28th.  Except "This Is It"... isn't.

It isn't really a Michael Jackson song, or a new song.  Turns out Michael and singer-songwriter Paul Anka co-authored the ditty, way back in 1983, for an Anka album.  Latin hip-hop artist Safire recorded and released it in 1990 as "I Never Heard," and then it was "never heard" again... until some poor soul at Sony, whose name will probably never be revealed, unknowingly found the tape in Jackson's archives.  Add some Jackson brothers' backing vocals and orchestration to Michael's voice and Anka's piano, and you've got MJ's first post-mortem single.

Anka's being gracious, saying the producers did a beautiful job of completing the song, and calls the mess "an honest mistake."  Of course, after some no-doubt-frantic negotiating by the Sony folks, Anka now owns 50% of the song.  Monday was a pretty good day for him!

Now, let's get down to what's truly important: did you like the ballad?  Did you stay up until midnight to hear it online as soon as possible?  And does the revelation about its origins make any difference to you?

October 12th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment today:

  • Angelina Jolie is in talks to replace Charlize Theron in "The Tourist," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Theron recently stepped aside from starring in the thriller, about an American tourist who goes undercover.
  • Ben Affleck and Mat Damon related? The Boston Herald reports that the New England Historic Genealogical Society found that the two friends and repeat collaborators are tenth cousins twice removed.
  • Cecil B. DeMille, this is not. 20th Century Fox has picked up a possible film project which would tell the story of "Moses" in the style of "300," according to Variety. Screenwriters Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are best known for the college comedy "Accepted."
  • Why did Miley Cyrus leave Twitter? She explained why in a rap video on YouTube, The Los Angeles Times says. "Everything that I type and everything I do / All those lame gossip sites take it and they make it news," she rapped. The paper also reports that Courtney Love has recently left the social networking site without explanation.
  • "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks married actor Geoffrey Arend in New York yesterday, People reports. The couple were married at Il Buco restaurant.
October 12th, 2009
08:56 AM ET

Kristen Bell goes 'Burlesque'

Jamie Foxx talks "Law Abiding Citizen," Will.I.Am signs up to be a judge in a health care-related contest and Kristen Bell goes "Burlesque." CNN's KJ Matthews has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

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