New Michael Jackson Songs Fake?- New Lady Gaga Leak Shot Down- Swine Flu Kills Pop Singer- Zsa Zsa Gabor Loses Leg- Katy Perry Tease- Susannah York RIP- more

01/17/2011
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The Day in Pop Digest for 1/17/11: (Antiquiet) One Jason Malachi has confessed to recording tracks that were sold by Sony Records and the Jackson Estate as Michael Jackson songs. Malachi reportedly wrote on his Facebook "Sheesh guys, I guess it's time to confess. I've lied to many people, including someone today, but… It was me. It was me who sang Breaking News, Keep Your Head Up, Monster and Stay." But now there are claims that his Facebook page was hacked. Read more here

(Jam!) A publicist for Lady Gaga has dismissed the leak of a new song called "Animal", purported to be a track from the superstar's upcoming album Born This Way, as a fake. more

(BBC) Trish Keenan, the singer in the Birmingham electro-pop group Broadcast, dies of pneumonia after contracting swine flu. The band had been touring in Australia and Singapore before Christmas when Ms Keenan contracted the swine flu virus. more

(Billboard) In another example of artists turning to Facebook over troubled MySpace for their Web 2.0 needs, Katy Perry will be visiting Facebook headquarters on Wednesday to make a "special announcement." more

(Jam!) Aretha Franklin was baffled to hear the media attribute her recent health crisis to pancreatic cancer, insisting she has no idea where that rumour came from. more

(BBC) Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's right leg, which was infected with gangrene, is amputated in life-saving surgery her doctors have deemed a success. more

(BBC) The creators of 1980s soap Dynasty have announced plans to turn the US series into a film, according to reports. Esther and Richard Shapiro are working on a prequel about Blake Carrington finding out he is heir to the family's oil empire. more

(Jam!) Debbie Gibson has warned Justin Bieber to slow down on his rise to superstardom, because he will "lose his sanity" if he fails to stay grounded. more

(Yahoo) Aretha Franklin's unheralded recordings at Columbia Records will get another perspective with an expansive 12-disc box set that makes the argument that the Queen of Soul was already royalty before her career-defining hits at Atlantic Records. more

(Yahoo) "The Green Hornet" flew into the top spot at the weekend box office in North America on Sunday despite bad critical buzz for the 3-D superhero comic-book adaptation. more

(Jam!) Serena Williams has dismissed reports she's planning a wedding with rapper Common, insisting he's yet to propose. more

BBC() British actress Susannah York, who appeared in several key films in the 1960s and 70s, dies at the age of 72 after suffering from cancer more

(Yahoo) Showtime says it's teaming with the San Francisco Giants for a baseball program that will follow the defending World Series champs this season. more

(Yahoo) Call them amateur paparazzi. A picture happy couple tried unsuccessfully to catch actor Gary Busey on camera in the wrong place at the wrong time, but police arrested the pair instead. more

Cirque Berzerk will add one last show to their nearly month-long CLUB NOKIA run with a one time only matinee Sunday, January 30 at 4:00 PM. The CLUB NOKIA January 2011 residency kicked off January 7 and a special grand opening celebration was held January 12.

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