* It would have been Michael Jackson‘s 55th birthday today, and the late pop icon’s record label has kept re-issuing his music in the years since his death. Now, Producer Timbaland has revealed he is working on a new project that blends MJ’s voice with his music. There is already a first single in the works called Chicago.
* While the 70th Venice Film Festival kicked off yesterday with a showing of the laudable Gravity, the 40th edition of the Telluride Festival in Colorado gets underway today with Inside Llewyn Davis, which premiered in Cannes. Both fests are showing movies that will be screening at next week’s Toronto International Film Festival too.
* Paul McCartney has released a new single, aptly named New, produced by Mark Ronson, from an upcoming album of the same name. It will be his first album of new solo material in six years, and the 12-song record is set for release in October. If the single is anything to go by, it’ll sound like classic McCartney.
* Kendrick Lamar has finally addressed his ‘controversial’ verse on Big Sean’s Control track. Speaking to 106 Power FM, the rapper, who will be performing in South Africa in November, said he was just trying to up the game a little. No surprise that’s what his view on the blow-up would be.
* Designer Tracy Reese got an unexpected boost yesterday when America’s First Lady Michelle Obama decided to wear one of her dresses to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington commemoration event. It was indeed a striking design – a black flared sleeveless dress with huge red flowers by one of her FLOTUS’ favorite designers. The event itself featured a number of stirring speeches by the likes of President Obama and Forest Whitaker.