Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stuff That Made Me Laugh

These bits of tid were found over at and I'm quite sure none of this information was meant to be funny. You decide.

Beyonce, Paul McCartney To Star In Thanksgiving Specials

TV network ABC says Paul McCartney and Beyoncé will star in back-to-back one-hour specials Thanksgiving night. The evening starts at 9 p.m. EST with a Beyoncé concert that was taped over the summer in Las Vegas.

That will be followed by a McCartney special that includes highlights from his July concert at Citi Field in New York City. The stadium in Queens is next to the former site of Shea Stadium, where he and his fellow Beatles rocked at the height of Beatlemania. Footage from that 1965 concert also will air during the special.

Both specials will offer interviews and personal glimpses of the stars.

Records: Jackson's Funeral Cost Nearly $1 million

The final tally of costs included $855,730 to Forest Lawn for cemetery and funeral charges including the purchase of other plots within the same mausoleum that houses Jackson's body.

Also listed were: $35,000 for burial garments; $1,975 for wardrobe for the family; $2,000 for usher costumes; $3,682 for framing of a photograph of Jackson next to the casket; $959 for embroidery; $11,716 for invitations and programs; $16,000 for flowers; $30,000 for cars and security; and $15,000 for a funeral designer. There was also a charge of $21,455 for the "funeral repast" at a restaurant after the ceremony.

During the period that the family waited to bury Jackson, they were charged $5,000 a month for holding the remains in a temporary vault.

($3,682 for a frame?)

Rapper Lil' Boosie Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Jawbox T.V. Reunion, Reissue May Lead To Tour

Timberlake Granted Restraining Order Against Woman

A judge has ordered a woman to stay away from Justin Timberlake for the next three years. Timberlake wrote in court filings that Karen McNeil repeatedly showed up at his house and trespassed on his property last month.

McNeil, who represented herself in the case, opposed the court order, writing in a court document that she thought she was destined to marry Timberlake and "to rule" with him.

During the hearing on Monday (Nov. 9), Judge David S. Cunningham III ordered a five-minute recess after an outburst by McNeil when the judge issued the order.

Outside court, McNeil said, "That was all lies. I did not break into Justin's house. I was let on the property."

The 28-year-old Timberlake was filming a movie and didn't appear in court. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for songs such as "SexyBack" and "Cry Me a River."

You can always count on Billboard for the latest in music news.

(And thanks Power Pop for the use of the phrase "bits of tid.")


steve simels said...

My two favorite headlines of all time were from the same mid-70s issue of Billboard.

"The Future of Nostalgia"


"Vietnam: A Major Market Fades"

soundsource said...

frame forget about that what the hell is a funeral designer and how do i get that gig at 15 grand per

Grey said...

What shocks me is that they only spent $1975 on wardrobe for the family. Unless that was just for Jackson's three kids, in which case...nah, that's still not nearly overboard enough.

Gene Oberto said...

Wow! I thought the same thing! Over three grand on a frame!
That plus the 35,000 on a dead man's clothes and they spent more on the usher's duds then they spent on the family.
We always talk about Michael, but whacky is a family trait.

Noam Sane said...

Damn, you'd think they were dressing Sarah Palin or something!

My favorite headline of all time was from the NY Daily News in the 80's concerning a severe Darryl Strawberry hitting slump, which he blamed on a pulled hamstring.

"Swoon over my hammy".

Anonymous said...

Sal, you're alot funnier than anything in Billboard and i mean that as a compliment.