NZ Top 10 Singles – 29/06/2009

1 I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
2 Knock You Down
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West
3 Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
4 My House
Kids Of 88
5 Battlefield
Jordin Sparks
6 New Divide
Linkin Park
7 You Belong With Me
Taylor Swift
8 Rock N Roll
Eric Hutchinson
9 When Love Takes Over
David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
10 All On Our Own
Midnight Youth

Courtesy of RIANZ

Michael Jackson Tribute Weekend

This weekend we’ve two shows to celebrate the music of the late Michael Jackson

“Grated and Grilled” – Saturday July 4th @ Midday

DJ Spook spins some MJ tracks as his personal tribute to the man himself!

“Rewind with Jimmy Jay” – Sunday July 5th @ Midday

Celebrating old and new music of Michael Jackson, with your host Jimmy Jay. Jimmy brings you music from the man including trivia and interviews with those close to Michael Jackson.

Versatile Mr Oldfield Returns

Mike Oldfield pioneered progressive music in the 70s with  hit albums like  Tubular Bells.  He moved into commercial singles too in the 80s teaming up with vocalist Maggie Riley on Moonlight Shadow.  The remastered version of Tubular Bells is due for release this month and on The 80s Lunchbox we pay tribute to Mike’s 80s offerings by making his website our Website Of The Week.  Find out more Monday to Friday from midday on The Cheese.

King Of Pop dead?

Reports are coming in that Micheal Jackson, 50, of Jackson 5 fame has died.

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BREAKING NEWS: Pop star Michael Jackson is reportedly dead after being found not breathing at his Los Angeles home.

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead by doctors on Thursday (7.21am Friday, NZT) after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told the LA paper.

Officials at UCLA Medical Centre where Jackson was treated also could not be reached for comment.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales would not confirm Jackson’s identity but said paramedics went to an address corresponding to the star’s home at 12:21pm (LA time) and the person was taken to UCLA Medical Centre.

“We’ve just learned Michael Jackson has died,” TMZ website said this morning.

“Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back,” the entertainment site said.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Captain Steve Ruda said Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30pm (7.30am NZ time).

The newspaper said paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene before taking him to the UCLA Medical Center hospital.

Hundreds of fans have begun gathering outisde the LA hospital.

Jackson had been due to start a series of comeback concerts in London on July 13 running until March 2010. The singer, whose hits include “Thriller” and “Billie Jean,” had been rehearsing in the Los Angeles area for the past two months.

The shows for the 50 London concerts sold out within hours of going on sale in March.

Jackson started out as a child star in the band “The Jackson 5″ more than 40 years ago.

He has lived as a virtual recluse since his acquittal in 2005 on charges of child molestation.

There have been concerns about Jackson’s health in recent years but the promoters of the London shows, AEG Live, said in March that Jackson had passed a 4-1/2 hour physical examination with independent doctors.

Jackson was born on Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. Five Jackson boys – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael – first performed together at a talent show when Michael was 6. They walked off with first prize and went on to become a best-selling band, The Jackson Five, and then The Jackson 5.

Jackson made his first solo album in 1972, and released ”Thriller” in 1982, which became a smash hit that yielded seven top-10 singles. The album sold 21 million copies in the United States and at least 27 million worldwide.

The next year, he unveiled his signature ”moonwalk” dance move while performing ”Billie Jean” during an NBC special.

In 1994, Jackson married Elvis Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Jackson married Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting in 1999. The couple never lived together.
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Jackson has three children named Prince Michael I, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II, known for his brief public appearance when his father held him over the railing of a hotel balcony, causing widespread criticism.

– Reuters
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Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans worldwide.

Top NZ Singles – 22/06/09

1 Knock You Down
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West
Universal
2 I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
Universal
3 Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
Universal
4 My House
Kids Of 88
DrydenStreet/DRM
5 Rock N Roll
Eric Hutchinson
WEA/Warner
6 You Belong With Me
Taylor Swift
Universal
7 All On Our Own
Midnight Youth
WEA/Warner
8 Battlefield
Jordin Sparks
SonyMusic
9 RSVP
Nesian Mystik
Bounce/Universal
10 Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
A.R. Rahman feat. The Pussycat Dolls
Universal

Courtesy Of RIANZ

Top 10 NZ Singles – 15/06/09

1 Knock You Down
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West
2 Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
3 My House
Kids Of 88
4 Rock N Roll
Eric Hutchinson
5 You Belong With Me
Taylor Swift
6 All On Our Own
Midnight Youth
7 I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
8 Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
A.R. Rahman feat. The Pussycat Dolls
9 We Made You
Eminem
10 Ghetto Flower
J.Williams

Courtesy of RIANZ

Chicago and Peter Cetera – A Hit Combination

Chicago’s history dates back to the early 70s when they had success as a rock act.  When they added Peter Cetera to their line up as lead singer, his unique vocals ensured a string of hits in the 80s.  Peter too would have similar hits as a solo artist.  Peter’s fan club site is our 80s Lunchbox Website Of The Week all this week.  Find out more from midday Monday to Friday here on The Cheese.

NZ Top 10 Singles – 08/06/09

1 Knock You Down
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West
2 Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
3 My House
Kids Of 88
4 Rock N Roll
Eric Hutchinson
5 Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
A.R. Rahman feat. The Pussycat Dolls
6 We Made You
Eminem
7 You Belong With Me
Taylor Swift
8 Ghetto Flower
J.Williams
9 All On Our Own
Midnight Youth
10 Waking Up In Vegas
Katy Perry

Courtesy of RIANZ

Four Decades Of Rod

From Rod Stewart’s early work with The Faces in the 70s to his current work with the American Songbook series there’s no denying Rod’s power as a music superstar.  He had some great hits in the 80s too and we feature his fan club website, Smiler,  as our Website Of The Week this week on The 80s Lunchbox, weekdays from midday on The Cheese.