- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Jacko the expat

Michael Jackson may pop by for a hello, but the King of Pop is leaving America for good, his father says.

“He’ll come back to visit, but not to stay, not to live,” Joseph Jackson told Associated Press.

Mr. Jackson said his son, who was acquitted in June of child molestation and now lives in Bahrain, has received threats in the United States.

“They didn’t treat him right here. I know if I was him, I wouldn’t come back,” he says.

Canadian bacon

Singer K.D. Lang is suing her former business manager, claiming that hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of dollars in excessive fees were fraudulently drawn from the musician’s account.

The Grammy-winning Canadian vocalist filed suit this week in Los Angeles Superior Court against Annabel Lapp; her company, the Annabel Lapp Group; and Lapp Group employee Dina Correale, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The suit claims that the total amount of misappropriated money could not be determined because Miss Lapp has failed to turn over the vast majority of Miss Lang’s financial and business records.

Concert cutbacks

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has cut back this year’s season at the Music Center at Strathmore to 42 concerts from a projected 53.

The decision was made because of a deficit at home and because the symphony has been unable to sell tickets for an ambitious new schedule in Montgomery County.

“Nobody is happy about this outcome,” Michael Mael, vice president for the BSO’s operation at Strathmore, told AP. “In a perfect world, we would have done this before the concerts were announced.”

Cast in stone

Jessica Alba is starting to feel creatively stifled.

The bikini babe, who starred recently in “Into the Blue,” told Zoo magazine, “The scripts I get are always for the whore, or the motorcycle chick in leather, or the horny maid.

“I get all those screenplays that start, ‘Tawnya is in the shower. The water streams down her naked, perky breasts.’

“Somehow, I don’t think this is happening to Natalie Portman.”

Darkness falls

Justin Hawkins, singer of neo-hair-metal band The Darkness, paid more than $400 for a leaked copy of his own band’s new album on EBay a month before its release.

The BBC reports that the disc was sent to select record company employees and journalists and wound up on the Internet auction site in Australia.

“It’s encoded, so we’ll have a name and a number. So we’ll know which disc it is, who distributed it and who they distributed it to. And that person is going to go down,” Mr. Hawkins said.

The band’s sophomore album, “One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back,” is set for release Nov. 29.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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