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Friday, October 07, 2005

Michael Jackson, Katrina & Oil

After the trial, Michael Jackson took his two sons and daughter to Bahrain, an island off the coast of Saudi Arabia. It is an oil-rich country about 3 times the size of Washington, DC. The heir to the Bahrain kingdom is generously hosting Jackson and evidently helping to finance his comeback. Michael Jackson is evidently using this oil money to produce a song, From The Bottom Of My Heart, to benefit victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Published reports say that Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of the king of Bahrain, owns the label (2 Seas Records) where the song will be recorded. It is also being reported that he has bought a house on 14 acres in Bahrain.

Although the name appears all kinds of ways, according to the CIA The World Fact Book, here is the hierarchy: chief of state: King HAMAD bin Isa Al Khalifa (since 6 March 1999); Heir Apparent Crown Prince SALMAN bin Hamad (son of the monarch, born 21 October 1969)
head of government: Prime Minister KHALIFA bin Salman Al Khalifa (since 1971)

Performers rumored to be participating on the song include: James Brown, Jaz-Z, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, Lauren Hill, Yolanda Adams, Babyface, and the O'Jays.
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