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Saturday, September 30, 2006
Child Custody Case Settled
The long-winded child custody case between Michael Jackson and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe has finally been settled.

Marta Almli, attorney for Rowe, confirmed that the two parties reached a conclusion concerning the custody and visitation rights of Michael's two eldest children Prince and Paris, however no details of the settlement have yet been released.

"We're still dealing with the details but it addresses all of the disputes between the parties," said Almli. "I can't say anything about the terms of the settlement but I don't think it would have happened if both parties didn't agree it was appealing to both of them." Almli told the Associated Press that it "is the settlement of all the issues."

Rowe started the case in 2003 after Michael was charged with alleged child abuse, charges that he was completely exonerated of.

Michael's attorney in this case, Michael L. Abrams also confirmed the case had been settled to legal newspaper The Daily Journal. "My client is very satisfied with the results. Hopefully they can both get on with their lives now and be through with this litigation."

Rowe had previously given up her parental rights in 2001, stating in a court document, "Michael has been a wonderful father to the children, and I do not wish to share any parenting responsibilities with Michael because he is doing so well without me." She went on, "I want to forever give up any and all rights pertaining to the children because I believe that by doing so, it is in the children's best interest."


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Saturday, September 30, 2006
New Album News
It has been just over five months since Michael Jackson announced that he was working on a new album with Bahrain-based 2 Seas Records, which he hoped would be released by late next year. In those five months a lot has happened!

Firstly, the deal with 2 Seas Records is no more. Michael's spokesperson, Raymone Bain, has confirmed that the deal with Abdulla Hamad Al-Khalifa (Prince of Bahrain) had come to an end and he was no longer affiliated with the label.

Gut Records chairman Guy Holmes was said to have been the man in charge of overseeing the project when it was announced, but he told the BBC that no deal was was ever completely formalised and that he was not overseeing any new project.

If that wasn't confusing enough for you, then how about this...

The album has NOT been put on hold despite the 2 Seas deal falling through. In fact, Michael's new company - the Michael Jackson Company - is set to act as a record label, as well as looking after all of his business interests. As previously reported on June 27th, The MJ Company is set to phase out MJJ Productions.

So, with that little complicated change of business regime dealt with, what next for this new album? This is where it gets exciting...

Several reports have been flying around claiming this and that about any kind of new set up, but one name keeps cropping up and has been for months - Teddy Riley.

Back in May we reported that Riley himself confirmed that he had been working with Michael, and many outlets are again reporting of continued production between them, however Bain has denied any work has taken place in the studio.

A few new names have now entered the equation according to the Los Angeles Times. Talent manager Charles "Big Chuck" Stanton and his hip-hop producer nephew Ron "Neff U" Feemster are said to have met Michael earlier this month while he was staying in Ireland.

Stanton told the Times that they met a focused and fired-up artist. "He's ready to take over the world." Stanton also said that Michael has been given tracks by several producers, "He's got some hot records. did one, Teddy Reilly. We're giving Michael a lot of edgy street records. He's putting melodies to some hard party records."

Bain again stated that no studio time has taken place but MP3's may have been submitted for approval. "Michael is moving very much forward with his new music," she did say positively. "He is readying to release an album."

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