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Local Music Notebook: Doing The Jacksons

"You may remember 15 years ago the Rev. Jesse Jackson making national headlines with a well-publicized affair with one of his staffers," our favorite press release this week says.

"The affair led to a child named Ashley Jackson. Ashley was considered a miracle baby because her mother, Karin Stanford, was a cancer survivor who was told she would never have a children.

"Now, Ashley (AJae) is all grown up and ready to take on the world musically. She is set to release her new single 'Just Do Me' (as in just being herself) this Tuesday, October 7th via iTunes.

"We can work on quotes from both Reverend Jackson and her mother if interested. Jesse is very supportive of his daughter's career."


Yes, let's "work on some quotes" from Reverend Jackson about his love-child's first single, "Just Do Me."

Krewella's Sobering Split
"Rain Man - one third of EDM superstars Krewella - has split from the group and is suing his former bandmates to the tune of $5 million, The Hollywood Reporter reports," inthemix notes.

"According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Report this morning, Rain Man - real name Kris Trindl - has been muscled out of the group by sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and their manager Jake Udell, following problems that arose from his alcoholism. According to Trindl, the sisters used his struggle with alcohol to 'conspire' to have him removed from the group, so that they could reap a bigger share of the group's profits.

"He's not taking the split lightly: Trindl is suing the group for the damages, submitting that he has a 'contractual right to receive his one-third equity share in any commercial exploitation of the Krewella name.' The dollar amount on that? 'Trindl has been damaged in an amount that is not as of yet fully ascertained but which Trindl believes exceeds $5,000,000.'

"The 18-page court documents, which you can read [by clicking through to the story], chart Krewella's rise from their Chicago beginnings to their current superstar status."


Actually, they began at Glenbrook North High School "in the leafy Chicago suburb of Northbrook," as the court docs describe.

Secret Jackson 5 Stash
"The Minneapolis label Secret Stash Records has released a never-before heard version of the Jackson 5 song, 'Big Boy,'" Minnesota Public Radio reports.

"The song already has the distinction of being the Jacksons' first single, but that version was recorded by Steel Town Records with professional musicians playing backup. This newly-found recording is an earlier demo tape featuring an 8-year-old Michael Jackson, along with his brothers Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon singing back-up and playing instruments. It's believed to be the earliest recording of the group.

"That recording was made by the label One-derful!, a vital part of the 1960s Chicago soul scene known for its work producing and promoting black performers, including the Jacksons.

"Eric Leaner, the son and nephew of One-derful! founders Ernie and George Leaner, first heard that such a demo might exist from a writer for Chicago Reader."


If you follow the links, you can both listen to the song and learn that the Reader writer is Jake Austen.

Sold Out For Jesus
"One of America's longest running gospel labels, Tyscot Records, has started a Christian hip-hop division, Tyscot Loud," Cross Rhythms reports.

"First signing to the company is Chicago-based rapper T.S.O."


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 2, 2014

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BOOKS - Foxconned.


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