It Don’t Matter if You’re Black or White: The Changing Face of Michael Jackson

In the music scene, nothing comes close to fame as the legendary Michael Jackson. He will surely be remembered in the hearts of his fans for years to come. But alongside his music and his tumultuous life, one thing that is just as famous is Michael’s physical transformation.

For many years, fans have observed Michael’s radically transformed looks. But despite the obvious changes to his nose, eyes, and jawline, the pop icon denied extensive cosmetic surgery (only admitting to two nose jobs) and blamed his progressively paler skin tone on vitiligo.

Shortly after the death of the King of Pop, a Los Angeles surgeon who shared a practice with one of Michael’s surgeons in the 1990s, revealed that he was “a frequent customer”.

Dr. Wallace Goodstein once said that Michael had multiple surgeries, frequently coming in approximately every couple of months.

“It was about 10 to 12 surgeries in two years, while I was there,” said Dr. Goodstein.

We couldn’t get the specifics, though, but Michael, according to Dr. Goodstein, “had multiple nose jobs, cheek implants and he had a cleft put in his chin. He had face lift … You name it he had it.” The surgeon also added that Michael had undergone several operations that he never should have. “He had so many things that were inappropriate.”

The Clandestine Visits

Like many other patients, the King of Pop struggled to keep his cosmetic surgery a secret. According to one source, “Michael Jackson always wanted to do these operations in a clandestine manner. They were done in the evening when personnel had to come in so no one else in the office could see him going in or out.”

The numerous cosmetic procedures eventually took a toll on Michael’s face, with his nose becoming so small due to his repeated operations. “He has barely anything left for a nose,” the source added.

Seeking for Help

Because of the nose issue, Michael eventually turned to a dermatologist named Arnold Klein for a better solution. In a July 8 interview with Larry King, Dr. Klein revealed that he rebuilt Michael’s nose using fillers.

“I used hyaluronic acids, like botox,  and they worked very well. It’s an arduous procedure, because you don’t want to put too much in. And you have to do it exactly, so you can flow the material so it’s perfectly smooth,” Dr. Klein said.

Michael was definitely happy with the results.

Why the Pale Skin?

Dr. Klein also reported that the pop icon relied on him in treating his vitiligo, a skin condition that destroys skin pigment cells or make them unable to function. This causes patches of uneven skin tone. Klein said that Michael’s condition was pretty bad because “he began to get a totally speckled look over his body.”

Michael’s vitiligo eventually worsened that the easier way is to use certain creams that will make the dark spots turn light to completely even out the pigments. The result is a uniform – albeit shockingly pale – skin tone. It was the only choice for Michael. Otherwise, he would have to wear very heavy makeup during his performances on stage, which is inconvenient for the pop icon.

“And he couldn’t really go out in public without looking terribly peculiar”, Dr. Klein said.

Help Needed

Some, if not most of us want to come closer to the standard of beauty which is currently in fashion, with people going to many extremes just to attain their goal. But before jumping on the bandwagon, you need to consider many factors before taking any medications or going under the knife.

Talk to your physician or surgeon about the advantages and disadvantages of plastic surgery. If you’re in Canada, you’d be glad to know that some of the best plastic surgeons are in Toronto.

Think before you act so you won’t regret it for the rest of your life.

The Effect of Musical Style on Restaurant Customers’ Spending


Classical music, pop music, and no music were played in a British restaurant over the course of 18 evenings. The mean spend per head for each table was calculated for starters, main courses, desserts, coffee, bar drinks, wine, overall drink bill, overall food bill, and total spend. Total time spent in the restaurant was also measured, as well as total bill and gratuity. A MANOVA analysis revealed that there was an overall significant difference between the conditions with classical music leading to higher spending than both no music and pop music. Univariate analyses indicated that there were differences between the conditions on mean spend per head on starters, coffee, total spend on food, tip and overall spend. The impact of music on gratuities was also measured, with restaurant goers using this tip calculator to determine the total tip when only classical music and jazz were being played. When other music was played the tipping rate was found to be lower. These findings were consistent with the limited previous research, which indicated that the playing of background classical music led to (a) people reporting that they were prepared to spend more and (b) higher actual spending. The results indicate that restaurant managers can use classical music to increase customer spending, and the results are discussed in terms of three possible explanations for this.

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Neil Young to divorce wife of 36 years

The 68-year-old pillar of Canadian music has filed to split from his wife Pegi Young, 61.

The singer-songwriter was born in Toronto and has two children with his American wife.

It is said that Pegi was the muse for many of Neil’s most moving love songs, from “Once an Angel” to “Unknown Legend” to “Such a Woman.”

Young’s career spans more than 45 years, including the production of over 30 albums; he has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and has won multiple Juno Awards, including Artist of the Year at the 2011 ceremony. In recent years Pegi Young has embarked on a musical career of her own, releasing three solo albums since 2007.

The pair have two children — daughter Amber and son, Ben, who has cerebral palsy. Their son’s ailment inspired Pegi to found the Bridge School in Hillsborough, California, a non-profit organization for children with severe speech and physical impairments.

Pegi Young, left, and Neil Young at a Grammy Awards event honouring Neil Young in Los Angeles earlier this year.


Pegi Young, left, and Neil Young at a Grammy Awards event honouring Neil Young in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Young has one child from a previous relationship with late actress Carrie Snodgress.

A divorce hearing is scheduled for December.

Neil Young’s most recent album A Letter Home was released this April.

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Winesong Artist of the Year chosen

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Winesong 2014  is pleased to announce that world renowned artist, Lowell Herrero will graciously serve as the Artist of the Year. As Winesong 2014’s Artist of the Year, Herrero will be donating The Four Seasons, a unique collection of etched and painted wine bottles, signed by Lowell Herrero. Each season will be featured on a bottle with this year’s showcase piece being Spring.

Throughout a career spanning The Great Depression through the 21st Century, Lowell Herrero has turned his passion for living into art. From his home in California, he has traveled to Tuscany, Provence, and Spain, absorbing the lessons of their sensuous landscapes. The colors of horizons and rich earth, the sensations of sunlight, and the fragrance of flower-covered hillsides mingle in his imagination and flow through his paintbrush onto his canvases.

Feeling a deep affinity with farmers working the land, Herrero is a perfect fit for the Winesong auction featuring many artisan wines and vineyards. His farm scenes are bursting with life, over-large, and enduring — extensions of the very soil they cultivate. In his paintings, vineyards stretch into the distance as grape pickers enjoy lunch under a cloudless blue sky. Lavender harvesters bend to their task, and a field of rolled bales tells us the hard work of haying is at an end. Each painting invites us to smile with pleasure and enjoy the inner vitality and plenitude of the landscape. But above all, the paintings project the irrepressible joie de vivre of an artist who knows how to live.

As a critic recently observed, “There is an earthy vibrancy to his paintings that harkens to a simpler time, where mundane chores take on a proud and romantic quality. Lowell’s landscapes are animated and vivacious, and one can’t help but smile at his distinctive and whimsical images.“

Equally impressive to his body of work is Lowell’s dedication to supporting Winesong and the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Lowell and Janet Herrero first discovered Winesong and the Mendocino Coast by way of a friend’s invitation to attend Winesong. Feeling as if they were back along their beloved New England coast where they were married and made annual trips, Lowell and Janet decided to begin a new annual sojourn to Mendocino, which they affectionately refer to as their “local New England home.”

With many charitable organizations approaching them each year, Lowell and Janet chose to focus on health and research based charities. With that in mind, Winesong became one of only three annual auction events they continue to support. As Lowell and Janet explain, “Winesong fit the bill on three levels: supporting the local hospital, supporting our need to see Mendocino, and supporting our need to have a great time!”

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Country music legend and actor Dwight Yoakam plays Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Aug. 24!

To get a feel of what to expect from Dwight Yoakam’s show this Sunday, Aug. 24, at Vina Robles Amphitheatre (8 p.m.; $45.95 to $66.45;, I’ve been watching videos of him performing songs from his newest album, 2012’s 3 Pears, at The Live Room. The record reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Americana chart and helped him garner the Americana Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2013.

The record also marked his return to Warner Bros. Records after a few years as an independent artist, and, on it, the 15-time Grammy Award nominee, and two-time Grammy winner, demonstrates how he’s managed to chart more than 30 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, sell more than 25 million records, and have nine of his 13 albums go platinum, including 1993’s This Time, which sold triple platinum!

Of course, the days of the youthful Yoakam, in painted-on blue jeans, singing Buck Owens-inspired songs from his debutGuitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and his follow-up, Hillbilly Deluxe, are now gone, replaced by a seasoned performer and veteran of 23 movies, including his breakthrough role in Sling Blade, as well as Panic Room, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Wedding Crashers, and Crank. To say the man has had an amazing career is clearly an understatement.

Yoakam was born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, excelling in both music and drama in high school, where he starred as the lead, Charlie, in Flowers for Algernon, among other roles. After a short stint at Ohio State, Yoakam dropped out and headed to Nashville. He was not well received. The town had turned its taste toward pop “urban cowboy” music, and Yoakam’s honky-tonk, or as he called it “hillbilly” music, was out of vogue. He set out for Los Angeles, where he found a home playing punk clubs alongside acts like The Blasters, Los Lobos, and X.

Eventually, country music tastes caught up to Yoakam, and soon he was singing a duet with his idol, Buck Owens; Johnny Cash was naming him as his favorite country singer; mainstream magazines such as Time (“A Renaissance Man”) andVanity Fair (“Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament”) were singing his praises.

With 3 Pears now two years in his rearview, I expect he’ll be drawing deep into his catalog for this show, playing hits like “Long White Cadillac,” the Johnny Horton cover “Honky Tonk Man,” “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Streets of Bakersfield,” Queen’s “Crazy Little Things Called Love,” Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” and “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.”

No matter what he decides to perform, he’s guaranteed to entertain. He’s Dwight “Freakin’” Yoakam, man! The White Buffalo, an enigmatic mountain of a man who writes poignant and gorgeous songs, will open. He’s played SLO Brew a few times, but his star’s really starting to rise. Two days after opening for Yoakam, The White Buffalo plays Jimmy Kimmel Liveon Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Friends, and The Turkey Buzzards will receive their awards. It’s going to be a blast!

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US singer Will Loomis sues UK singer Jessie J over alleged copyright violation

Will Loomis, lead singer of the US music group Loomis & the Lust, is suing UK singer Jessica Cornish, known by her stage name Jessie J, and Universal Music Group, Lava Records, and Universal Republic Records for allegedly using elements of his 2008 song Bright Red Chords in Cornish’s 2011 track Domino without his copyright permission. In a written statement to Billboard, Chris Arledge, Loomis’s lawyer, said Loomis “never consented to the use of his song” and the prosecuting side “look forward to obtaining an appropriate remedy from the court for this clear infringement”.

On Loomis & the Lust’s Facebook page, Loomis wrote: “When I wrote this melody in my garage I never imagined it would be sung for the King and Queen of England”, adding: “I especially never imagined it would be sung by Jessie J.” Loomis, of the US state of California, placed a YouTube video of Bright Red Chords with Cornish’s vocals overlaid on it, to illustrate the apparent closeness between the two songs, in April. The video was subsequently banned from the website on “copyright grounds” by Cornish’s record label.

Cornish, Łukasz Gottwald, Kelly Claude, Martin Sandberg, and Henry Walter are attributed as the writers of Domino. Representatives of Cornish and Gottwald have not commented on the case, although Cornish has previously said about the song: “People have heard Domino and said, ‘It’s nothing like you.’ But I’m like, ‘Well, the album’s really eclectic anyway, and I never go into the studio and say, “I wanna do another song that’s like Price Tag or another song like Do It Like a Dude.” ’ ”

‘Gangnam Style’ YouTube view count passes one billion

The music video for “Gangnam Style“, a song by South Korean artist Psy, has become the first YouTube video to surpass one billion views. The video, which was uploaded to the video sharing website on July 15, became the most viewed of all time last month after overtaking the music video for “Baby“, a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber, which was placed on YouTube two years ago.

With more than 6.1 million likes, Guinness World Records has recognised “Gangnam Style” as being the most liked YouTube video ever; it also has over 449,000 dislikes. ‘officialpsy’, the YouTube channel upon which the video was uploaded, now has in excess of 2.1 million subscribers and has achieved over 1.4 billion video views overall. According to Google, the company which owns YouTube, the video has attracted between seven and ten million daily views on average since being uploaded to the site.

Park Jae-Sang, the actual name of Psy, explained the meaning of the song in an August 2012 interview withCNN. “People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are — it’s only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are ‘Gangnam Style’ — so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they’re not”, he said. Despite its international popularity, in a separate interview with Reuters earlier in August, Park Jae-Sang said “Gangnam Style” — a satire of consumerist aspects of the Gangnam District of the South Korean capital of Seoul — “never targeted foreign countries. It was for local fans”. He said his intention with the video “was to look uncool until the end. I achieved it.”


“Gangnam Style” has inspired countless parody versions, prompting UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph to suggest it was “the most parodied video ever”. Among the parody versions are one performed by inmates of the PhilippinesCebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, one with students from Eton College in the United Kingdom, one from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and one created in the approach to the 2012 United States presidential election called “Mitt Romney Style”.

Numerous prominent figures have attempted to imitate the “Gangnam Style” dance — which involves crossing one’s wrists over each other and motioning as if “you’re riding an invisible horse in your lower body,” Park Jae-Sang explained — including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama and Google chairmanEric Schmidt.