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Sony is releasing a Michael Jackson album this Christmas, featuring 10-12 original songs. The reason this is noteworthy? His kids say some of the tracks are bogus!

Five of the tracks were recorded at the New Jersey home of record producer named Eddie Cascio, where Michael and his children stayed for four months in 2007.

Many tracks were recorded then, plus remixes that were released on the Thriller 25 album. But the children say the soon-to-be-released ones aren't real.

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Michael Jackson's kids, who are also in the news because of an upcoming interview with Oprah this Monday, believe the Cascio tracks in question are fakes.

The theory is they were performed by a Michael Jackson sound-alike instead. Hard to believe? Maybe, but MJ's oldest, Prince Michael Jackson, is adamant.

He says he was upstairs at the Cascio's house when many tracks were recorded and heard the music, none of which match the Sony tracks, he says.

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As we've talked about, Oprah Winfrey is airing an interview with Michael Jackson's parents and children Monday, but not every family member is happy about it.

Michael's brother, Randy Jackson, has long resented O for doing a show on pedophilia during the jury deliberations of MJ's molestation trial. Just a coincidence?

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Maybe, maybe not. But next week, once again, her interview with MJ's kids will be immediately preceded by ... a special on child molestation. Makes you think.

Oprah sits down with the Jacksons. And some creepy old guy.

Oprah's sit-down with MJ's kids - Prince, Paris, and Blanket - is scheduled for Monday. The episode before? "200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward."

A rep for Oprah's production company denies this, telling TMZ that "There is no connection whatsoever between the two shows. This is purely coincidental."

They could switch it if that were true, though. Just saying. Why not air it some other time just to quiet the speculation that you're trying to send a message?

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The embattled Dr. Conrad Murray reportedly plans to call some star witnesses in his involuntary manslaughter trial stemming from Michael Jackson's death:

The late King of Pop's children.

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Murray believes their testimony could help get him off the hook for giving Michael Jackson a lethal overdose of Propofol that authorities believe killed him.

Could Paris and Prince actually get Dr. Conrad Murray off the hook?

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson may be called as defense witnesses and will be asked about specific statements supposedly made soon after his death.

Dr. Conrad Murray believes Prince and Paris Jackson will admit their father had long-standing drug addictions, a key component of his defense strategy.

A source said: "After saying goodbye to her dad at the hospital, Paris said, 'My daddy is so cold again. He was always cold. He would sit by the fire to get warm. We were always afraid he would fall in as we was so close to the flames."

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Home schooled throughout their lives, Michael Jackson's eldest two children are finally branching out - at the most exclusive private schools in the country.

Prince Michael Jackson, 13, and Paris Jackson, 12, have started classes at The Buckley School in the San Fernando Valley this Wednesday, TMZ reports.

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Paris and Prince Michael Jackson with younger brother Blanket.

Sources say Prince wanted to go to Buckley to have "a social experience." Initially, Paris Jackson was reluctant but changed her mind in a big way.

As for MJ's youngest, eight-year-old Blanket (a.k.a. Prince Michael Jackson II), he's still going to be home schooled, at least for the near future.

Katherine Jackson, their grandmother and legal guardian as requested in Michael's will, feels he's too young to venture out. Maybe down the road.

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It's been almost a year since their famous father's death, and Michael Jackson's children have understandably attracted a great deal of attention in that time.

We've seen them at his memorial service, the Grammy Awards and on YouTube. But who are they really? They're unique individuals, each a bit like their dad.

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At 13, Prince Michael Jackson is, in the words of family, "very smart" and an aspiring filmmaker. A year younger, Paris Jackson is "the strongest" of the three.

That's according to their grandmother and guardian, Katherine Jackson, who recently opened up to London's Daily Mirror about caring for the star's children.

Their baby brother Blanket (real name Prince Michael Jackson II) is, well, a baby brother. His uncle, Jermaine Jackson, says he's a water-gun-toting prankster.

"As soon as you turn your back," he told London's Sun of Blanket, who his own son was accused of trying to taser, "he shoots you and you're left soaking wet."

While Katherine Jackson recently said the home-schooled Prince, Paris and Blanket "don't have any friends" she says they're going to school come September.

In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Katherine Jackson's lawyer Adam Streisand noted only that Prince Michael would be heading off to school.

But deep down, they're pretty regular kids, just like MJ wanted. They're upbeat, they're into video games, movies, karate, and just playing with each other.

If you caught Blanket going bonkers with his light saber moves YouTube, you already know he's come out of his shell a bit. His older siblings are no different.

The children are thriving, and what is often overlooked is how Michael Jackson, who lacked a real childhood himself, raised these three without mothers.

Perhaps he was more human than people gave him credit for being.

"The kids are happy," said their godfather and Michael's friend Mark Lester, the former child actor of Oliver! fame. "Things are settling down. That's good."

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As we reported in late April, Katherine Jackson wants four of her grandkids out of her house so that she can better care for Michael Jackson's children.

The problem is Alejandra Jackson, who's gearing up for a fight.

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson

She's been living at the family compound in Encino with kids Donte, Randy Jr., Jaafar and Jermajesty - two born to Randy and two to Jermaine Jackson.

Jaafar's bid to taser Blanket a few months ago sparked a DCFS probe and prompted Katherine to kick them out so she can care for Michael's offspring.

Katherine's bid to give Michael's kids a better environment is being challenged.

While downsizing the brood at home, Katherine Jackson is allowing Alejandra and her kids to move into a nearby condo owned by the Jackson family.

But Alejandra is far from pleased here.

When Katherine, who is out of town until June 10, comes back to L.A., Alejandra has to move. But she's lawyered up to negotiate a separation deal.

Alejandra wants some assurance that her family will be financially protected and is likely to challenge the move until she gets something on paper.

Also, Alejandra has gone after Jermaine in the past for failing to pay child support, and given this forced move, that battle has been reignited too.

Never a dull moment with the Jackson family, that's for sure.

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For all that's been written of Michael Jackson's questionable financial decisions, it looks like he learned his lesson - and didn't want his kids to repeat his mistakes.

He left a fortune to Prince, Paris and Blanket, but with long, long list of strings attached. Under the trust he left for them, the kids get 40 percent of MJ's estate.

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His mother, Katherine Jackson, gets the use of 40 percent during her lifetime (when she dies, the remainder goes to the kids), and 20 percent goes to charity.

The kids' 40-plus percent isn't going to be seen for decades, though.

Prince, Paris and Blanket have no control of the money until they are 30. Until then, they only receive an allowance, determined solely by the estate's trustee.

Paris, Blanket and Prince will learn fiscal responsibility - something that their father showed limited ability to handle despite accumulating such a vast fortune.

When each of the kids turns 30, the trustees must then give them a third of their share outright. When the kids reach 35, they get half of their share outright.

If they screw up, Omer Bhatti gets it all. Just kidding.

At age 40, they get whatever's left. The late icon's will refers to the trust he set up but the trust document itself is separate, and has just now been released.

As for how much the kids will get? That amount, along with the value of the estate, grows every month, thanks to executors John Branca and John McClain.

Jackson's June 2009 death sparked a new generation of interest in his music, and various tributes, movies and song releases continue to rake in the dough.

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Remember Omer Bhatti? Michael Jackson's former protege and alleged secret son, is treating Blanket, the late pop icon's youngest son, as if he were his own.

Bhatti has been living with the Jackson family and telling poor little Blanket, along with his siblings Prince and Paris, that he's their father, according to reports.

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The 25-year-old Norwegian rapper, who is rumored to be Michael’s son, first showed up on the Jackson scene in 1996. There's no doubt he and MJ were close.

But you have to admit, it's pretty weird that Omer Bhatti tells Jackson’s children, “Call me Michael” introduces himself as Michael and is changing his name.

“Omar has even told the children he's changed his name from Omar Jamal Bhatti to Omar Michael Bhatti,” a source close to the dysfunctional family reveals.

At various times Bhatti has told Blanket, Paris and Prince that he is their father, that their father sent him to take care of him and that he is "a real Jackson."

Omer Bhatti holds a picture of Michael Jackson. They must be related!

The chaotic environment of the L.A. compound where MJ’s children live with their grandma, Katherine Jackson, and others has been in the news a lot lately.

California’s Department of Children and Family Services visited several times recently and has an open investigation into a stun gun incident involving Blanket.

As for Bhatti, he's lived there for some time: “He has infiltrated the Jackson family in a way that many find to be disturbing and detrimental to the children.”

He dresses identical to Michael, who seemed to revel in the confusion and controversy Omer generated. Michael even told some people that Omar was his son.

Joe Jackson says he is as well. Still, detractors say that since Michael died, Bhatti has latched on to the family and is manipulating Michael’s kids constantly.

“Prince has been particularly vulnerable to Omar and his claims,” the family source said. “He’s starting to believe Omar’s claims that Michael is his father.”

Long lost love child? Or random dude exploiting Michael’s traumatized children? Either way, he's living off the Jacksons’ money! Sweet deal!

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One of the most touching moments from Michael Jackson's memorial service in July was the brief speech by his daughter, Paris, to her beloved, late father.

Tonight, Paris and brothers Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (a.k.a. Blanket) will be at the Grammy Awards and speak during a tribute to the King of Pop.

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E! reports that Michael's surprisingly normal, well-adjusted children will be on stage during a tribute to the icon to "read some sort of speech" about him.

Several other members of the Jackson family are already planning to be in the audience at Los Angeles' Staples Center for the music industry's big night.

Michael Jackson's children at his memorial service.

On top of Prince, Paris and Blanket, Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood and Usher are among those who will be participating in the Jackson tribute this evening.

Michael's pop star sister Janet Jackson presided over a muscial tribute to Michael Jackson, who passed away in June, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

We'll be very interested to see the children take part in this evening's tribute, which will honor perhaps the most successful and influential artist of all time.

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The family of the late Michael Jackson is reportedly at odds over whether his three children should star in an upcoming A&E reality show about the famous family.

The buzzed-about program will reportedly include Michael's kids - Prince I, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince II (Blanket), 7, although not everyone's happy about it.

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Count eldest sister Rebbie Jackson, 59, who has refused to be in the series (called The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, set to air in December) among the detractors.

Rebbie, who has been rumored to be a potential guardian for the three children now and down the line, along with her mother Katherine Jackson, "feels Michael would be rolling in his grave if he knew his kids would be on this show," says a source.

Given that Michael fiercely guarded the children's privacy and raised them with the hope they would lead the normal life he never had, she's probably correct.

The children of Michael Jackson at the star's July 7 memorial service.

While youngest sister Janet Jackson, 43, is on board, mom Katherine, who the kids are currently living with "is just going along with things," a source continues.

Still, one of the creators of the program - which will be either five one-hour episodes or 10 half-hour episodes - says the entire family shines on the series.

"We have 23 cast members with the last name Jackson," executive producer Jodi Gomes said. "They've done a great job opening up about losing a brother."

In addition to coping with the loss of their father, the children have all been the subject of paternity rumors since he passed away. Should they be left alone?

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Paris Jackson Biography

Paris J. Pic Paris Jackson is the daughter of Michael Jackson. She has an older brother, Prince, and a younger brother, Blanket (also Prince,... More »
Birthplace
Los Angeles, California
Full Name
Paris Michael Katherine Jackson
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