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The World’s Largest Rockabilly Event, Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, Celebrates its 25TH Year April 14th-17th!

We are pleased to announce that the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, a four-day music festival, now in its 25th year, is just three months away, returning April 14th-17th to The Orleans Hotel and Casino. VLV was voted “Best Music Festival in Vegas” (2019) and is also the Longest Running Music Festival in Las Vegas and the Largest Rockabilly Event in the World. VLV attracts some of the most eye-catching, stylish, head-turning people you will ever see in one place.

This year’s VLV will feature 80 bands, 30 DJs, Classic Car Show, a Burlesque Showcase and Competition, a Vintage Fashion Show, Dance Lessons and CompetitionTiki Pool Parties, Swimsuit ContestsBurlesque Bingo, a Pin-Up Contest, over 120 Vendors, Record Hops till 7am, and more. 

Some of the biggest attractions this year include: The Blasters, The Rhythm Shakers, and Big Sandy & the Flyrite Boysperforming at the Car Show on Saturday, April 18th.Filmmaker and comedian John Waters will host three VLV Burlesque Showcases on Friday Apr. 15th in the afternoon and evening in the Orleans Showroom.

The Viva Las Vegas Car Show is one of the largest classic car shows in North America, featuring 800–1,000 vintage cars, all pre-1964, as well as famous movie cars, the annual VLV Pin-up Contest, and 5 bands. One day tickets are available for the car show and children of all ages are welcome. Kids under age 15 get in free with an adult.

VLV is held at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103. Tickets are available for the event until they sell out. VLV works with several hotels to provide discounts to accommodate the fans, listed on the website. VLV is compliant with all state and county health and safety requirements, and Covid updates are included on the website.

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“An Evening with Silk Sonic” to Debut at Park MGM in Las Vegas Beginning Friday, February 25

Multi-GRAMMY Award-nominated duo Silk Sonic announced today it will debut an extended engagement at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning Friday, Feb. 25. The full list of Silk Sonic’s performance dates are:

  • February 25 – 26
  • March 2, 4 – 5, 16, 18 – 19, 23, 25 – 26, 31
  • April 2
“Silk Sonic, Live in Las Vegas” to Debut at Park MGM Beginning Friday, February 25
“Silk Sonic, Live in Las Vegas” to Debut at Park MGM Beginning Friday, February 25

**All shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Tickets start at $125, plus applicable service charges, and go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. PST. Pre-sales begin Wednesday, Jan. 19. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

M life Rewards loyalty members, as well as Live Nation customers, will receive access to a pre-sale running Wednesday, Jan. 19 at noon PST to Thursday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. PST. To join the M life Rewards program, or for more information, visit mlife.com

About Silk Sonic:
Silk Sonic introduced “Leave The Door Open” in March 2021 alongside an official music video directed by Mars and Florent Déchard, which won Best R&B Video and Best Editing at the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards. The track was followed by a hugely popular social media campaign, #LetSilkSonicThrive, which earned them a debut live performance at the GRAMMY® Awards (plus a powerful tribute to Little Richard) followed quickly by iconic live sets at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the BET Awards.

“Leave The Door Open” became Silk Sonic’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #1 and 18 consecutive weeks in the top 10. In the meantime, their infectious jingle co-written and performed for SelvaRey Rum amassed widescale praise over the summer. The duo then coasted into their sophomore release of “Skate,” which saw them glide into a second top 10 hit on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as it debuted at #4 and began as the genre’s best-selling song of the week.

“Smokin Out The Window” arrived in November 2021 with Billboard noting how “Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars take it all the way back to the 1970s Soul Train era in the retro video. [It]finds them going through their choreo on an old school TV set while rocking wide lapel tuxedo jackets.” Following the vibey single, the duo released the critically acclaimed album, An Evening With Silk Sonic. Silk Sonic is officially GRAMMY nominated with their debut hit and 2021 summertime anthem, “Leave The Door Open,” earning four 2022 GRAMMY Awards nominations in Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song categories.

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POP SINGER ALYA TIES ADELE FOR MOST ADDS IN A SINGLE WEEK – AND MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST RUSSIAN BORN ARTIST TO HIT THE TOP 100 POP RADIO AIRPLAY CHARTS WITH HER LATEST SINGLE “PLEASURE IS MINE”

Catching pop radio fire with her latest infectious single, the female empowerment anthem “Pleasure is Mine,” independent pop singer/songwriter Alya pulled off a dynamic double coup the week of November 23.

In addition to tying Adele’s latest release “Oh My God” with Most Adds (12) on the Mainstream Top 40 Most Added section of the Billboard Pop Airplay/Mainstream Top 100 National Airplay chart, the multi-talented performer made history as the first Russian born artist ever to hit the chart.

Inspired by her native Slavic mythology, allegories and metaphors – including numerous references to rushing water, waves and rushing rivers – the sensual and sultry, subtly exotic and richly symphonic song was written by Alya and produced by Grammy, Emmy and Dove Award winning engineer/producer Bill Schnee, who has worked with everyone from Steely Dan and Chicago to Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston throughout his five decade career.

Released September 17, “Pleasure is Mine” is the follow-up single to Alya’s breakthrough single “American Beauty” (also produced by Schnee), which generated nearly 500,000 Spotify streams and whose dance remix by Dave Aude (Grammy winner for his remix of “Uptown Funk”) reached #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronica Club Songs chart in only two weeks.

“Though the imagery of ‘Pleasure is Mine’ is rooted in my Slavic culture, I am grateful that the song is connecting with people in so many unique ways,” Alya says. “During the pandemic when so many were isolated, people had the opportunity to be more introspective about who they are and what they want to do with their lives. At heart, it’s a song about understanding who you are and staying true to yourself. There are a lot of stereotypes about Russian women and I hope that the song serves to broaden people’s understanding a bit and explain femininity from our perspective, using lifegiving water imagery so many can relate to.

“The message of the song comes to life with music that also taps into my Russian heritage with the exotic and orchestral sounds,” she adds. “The title is all about female empowerment and the way the expression of femininity can lead to people feeling pleased with themselves and their innermost truths.”

The just released video for “Pleasure is Mine” features exotic dancers in a desert near the wreckage of a recently crashed airplane. The earthy yet sexy, eye-popping costumes were designed by fashion stylist Tara Swennen, whose clients have included Kristen Stewart, Matthew McConaughey and Allison Janney, in addition to campaigns with Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Target and Netflix. The clip received over 14,000 views the day it dropped.

On December 10, Alya will be releasing a beautiful acoustic version of “Pleasure is Mine,” which, the singer says, “will open up new, rich, tasteful and aristocratic dimensions of the song,” allowing listeners to connect with the message in a whole new, deeper way.

Connecting the theme of “Pleasure Is Mine” with her life journey as a global citizen, Alya created the Beautiful Journey series, now available on alyamichelson.org. It offers a mix of written, podcast, and video interviews that focus on the lessons that brave, beautiful, generous women have learned while building lives in a new homeland. Alya is currently working on the follow-up album to her 2019 debut collection Ten Years of Solitude, which will be fully devoted to her Slavic culture, as she continues to climb the pop charts.

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NEW EPISODE OF EARTH WITH JOHN HOLDEN AIRS DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022

The docu-series EARTH with John Holden airs Sunday, December 26th at 3:30 pm EST and Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, at 3:30 pm EST on Bloomberg TV; and on Sunday, December 26th at 10:00 am EST on BNN Bloomberg (Canada) Sunday, and January 2nd 2022, at 5:00 pm EST on Fox Business Network. EARTH with John Holden is also available on the streaming platforms Vimeo, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV, and YouTube. 

In this episode, viewers find how Novipax packaging prevents food waste, Electrolux builds greener appliances, LKQ recycles end-of-life vehicles, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol supports sustainable crops, and giant Wurth Group keeps ecology “all in the family.”

First, host John Holden travels to Grenada, Mississippi to discover how the company Novipax produces innovative packaging designed to prevent food waste. As our global population grows, billions of people go hungry while in richer countries, consumers waste a third of the food they buy. Novipax is working to create new kinds of packaging that extend the shelf lives of all kinds of food products, keeping them edible and delicious as long as possible. One new product is absorbent food pads that keep meats fresh longer by inhibiting bacterial growth.

Next, Andrea Ocampo travels to North Carolina to explore how Electrolux, one of the world’s leading global home appliance manufacturers, makes the household appliances we depend upon greener. Today’s consumers evaluate the eco-friendly aspects of appliances they buy, with good reason. Our homes can have long term impacts on the environment. Electrolux is designing washer/dryers that help make clothes last longer and use less water; and refrigerators that keep food fresher. The company even uses less packaging to ship their products. It’s all part of their company-wide goal to reduce CO2 emissions. 

John visits a gigantic 21st century salvage yard in Casa Grande, Arizona. He finds out how LKQ Corporation, the world’s largest auto recycler, processes more than 800 thousand cars every year at their worldwide facilities. Recycled parts from these end-of-life vehicles include electronics, transmissions, tires, metals, headlamps – even usable oil. In all, LKQ’s recycling team scours vehicles for more than 130 parts that are resold rather than dumped into a landfill. They’re used for car repairs, or repurposed for new items such as playgrounds, steel parts, and roads. The result: less pollution and reduced global warming.

Next, John visits a cotton farm in Louisiana, to find out how today’s crops are saving water, land, soil, and energy – while using fewer chemicals than in past years. New sustainability methods mean crops can remain productive and sustainable for generations to come, while our drinking water runs clean. Bringing down the carbon footprint for an entire industry is a major initiative of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. Its 500 members include retailers, brands, and agricultural interests, all working together to produce more eco-friendly cotton for the fabrics and fashions we love. 

Finally, John travels to Kunzelsau, Germany to explore how family-owned Wurth Group maintains sound environmental practices throughout 400 companies in 80 countries, with a company-wide commitment to sustainability and circular economics. Wurth’s parent company expects to achieve climate neutrality by 2024 through expanding its electric vehicle fleet, using renewable energy, greener packing systems, and more. One example is Wurth’s 3D printing products, which allow manufacturers to streamline supply chains and distribution. Another is the company’s new industrial complex, constructed entirely of wood.

Throughout the series our host, six-time Emmy Award winner John Holden, takes viewers around the globe to showcase companies with inspiring, eco-friendly initiatives that enhance our lives through the latest technologies and innovations. With insightful interviews and amazing on-site discoveries, Holden highlights the ways businesses protect our environment, to fight global warming and create a better world for everyone.

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Weezer to Headline Free Concert at the Drone Racing League’s Vegas Championship Race Presented by T-Mobile at CES

The opening night of CES is about to get more exciting! Weezer will join the Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier, professional drone racing property, and T-Mobile, America’s 5G leader, to perform a free concert at the DRL Vegas Championship Race Presented by T-Mobile outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 5. 

The Grammy Award winning rock band, who recently released “Van Weezer” and “OK Human,” will take the stage to perform at the exhilarating final race of the 2021-22 DRL World Championship Season, the most competitive drone racing series in the world, where elite drone pilots race custom drones through spectacular courses. The concert will glow in T-Mobile magenta, celebrating the biggest event of the largest global tech conference and wowing thousands of fans in attendance.

“We’re really excited to head back to Las Vegas, a city we love to play, and be part of this year’s epic Drone Racing League’s Vegas Championship Race with T-Mobile,” said Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo.

DRL pilots will race high-speed, custom FPV (First Person View) drones at 90 MPH through a thrilling aerial course around the iconic T-Mobile Arena. Drones will illuminate with a thousand LED lights while soaring through neon-colored and magenta course elements, transforming the race into the most eye-catching technology demonstration on the Las Vegas Strip.

“The Drone Racing League’s Vegas Championship Race Presented by T-Mobile will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before! With thrilling, high-speed drone racing, an incredible live concert from Weezer, and groundbreaking technology showcases, our event will bring the most amazing crowd of sports fans, innovators and music lovers together,” said DRL CMO Anne Marie Giantusos.

The DRL Vegas Championship Race Presented by T-Mobile will air on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 20 at 1 pm EST on NBC and Twitter.

DRL partners, including Algorand, the leading high-performance blockchain platform, Allianz, a global insurance leader, the U.S. Air Force, the world’s greatest air force, and Draganfly Inc., an award-winning, industry-leading drone solutions and systems developer, and Nacon Gaming, makers of premium gaming products, will integrate into the championship race through unique, branded activations and course elements.

Fans can visit drl.io/vegas to request complimentary passes to attend DRL Vegas Championship Race Presented by T-Mobile.

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Daniel Habif Will Take His New “Ruge” Tour To More Than 25 Cities In The United States In 2022

Loud And Live, one of the fastest-growing entertainment, marketing and media companies in the United States, announced today that, once again, it is partnering with Alegría Management, to present the new tour of one of the most important speakers in Latin America, Daniel Habif. The successful writer and speaker will begin his Ruge USA Tour in March 2022, which will take him to 25 cities in the United States, as well as 18 countries extending through 2023.

Tickets Available at  www.danielhabif.com

DANIEL HABIF WILL TAKE HIS NEW “RUGE” TOUR TO MORE THAN 25 CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2022Tweet this

“The moment comes to all of us, when there is no other choice but to make the decision that will determine our entire destiny. There are historical lessons in recent years, and we will need each other stronger, more agile and more courageous. WE’RE BACK! Broken on the outside, but in one piece on the inside,” declared Daniel Habif. “This storm did not come to kill us, but to prune our weaknesses. It is time to transform the deadly blow into the most powerful of our engines. This day, you will hear within you a deafening roar of war that will echo into eternity. We will dream so high, until our legs shake. Regain your energy and fill yourself with vigor along with thousands, and your dreams will be the size of God. ROAR OR WAIT TO BE DEVOURED! “

With over 19 million followers on his social networks and more than 250 million views on his YouTube channelDaniel Habif has become the most influential Spanish-speaking voice in the world. He has shared the stage with icons of leadership such as Barack Obama and Ken Segal, the former creative director of Apple, among many others. His social creations such as Rodéate de Gigantes, El Cartel del Bien and Inquebrantables have profoundly impacted the uprising of a new generation of Spanish-speaking leaders. His lectures, videos and poetry have captivated millions of people in more than 20 countries.

“Once again, we are proud to present this spokesperson of human reconciliation, empathy, and inspiration so that he can bring his unique message to more people, both here in the United States and around the world”, says Nelson Albareda, CEO and founder of Loud And Live. “Habif is one of the most important voices we have in these uncertain and difficult times; it is a voice that needs to be heard.”

Tickets for Ruge USA Tour will be available starting today at 10AM and can be purchased through danielhabif.com and at the box office of each venue.

 RUGE USA TOUR 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022   PHOENIX, AZ            Celebrity Theatre
Thursday, March 10, 2022 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Kiva Auditorium
Saturday, March 12, 2022DENVER, CO            Paramount Theatre
Sunday, March 13, 2022TUCSON, AZ          Centennial Hall
Wednesday, March 16, 2022MIDLAND, TX            Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Thursday, March 17, 2022DALLAS, TX              Majestic Theatre Dallas
Friday, March 18, 2022HOUSTON, TX       Arena Theatre
Saturday, March 19, 2022     MCALLEN, TX              McAllen Performing Arts Center
Sunday, March 20, 2022EL PASO, TX      The Plaza Theatre
Wednesday, March 23, 2022WASHINGTON  DC   Lincoln Theatre
Thursday, March 24, 2022 RALEIGH, NC     Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, March 25, 2022NEW YORK, NY     Radio City Music Hall
Saturday, March 26, 2022MIAMI, FL            James L. Knight Center
Sunday, March 27, 2022   ORLANDO, FL     Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, March 30, 2022READING, PA           Santander Performing Arts Center
Thursday, March 31, 2022     CHARLOTTE, NC   Ovens Auditorium
Friday, April 1, 2022              CHICAGO, IL           Copernicus Center
Sunday, April 3, 2022ATLANTA, GA           Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday, May 11, 2022    FRESNO, CA          Saroyan Theatre
Thursday, May 12, 2022 OAKLAND, CA             Paramount Theatre
Friday, May 13, 2022         SEATTLE, WA      Moore Theatre
Saturday, May 14, 2022 BAKERSFIELD, CA  Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater & Convention Center
Thursday, May 19, 2022 SAN DIEGO, CA      Balboa Theatre
Saturday, May 21, 2022LOS ANGELES, CA      The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sunday, May 22, 2022 SALT LAKE CITY, UT  Capitol Theatre

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With a return to live music, Academy of Country Music awards show airs Sunday

 In Nashville, Tennessee, the traditional home of country songs, the Academy of Country Music will hold its annual awards show on Sunday, incorporating small venue live broadcasts from classic genre landmarks.

With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, for a second year the awards will take place in multiple smaller sites around Nashville rather than the usual Las Vegas venue.

The 56th ACM Awards will, however, feature mostly in-person performances before live audiences – including at Nashville’s emblematic Grand Ole Opry House.

The ACM award show is set to air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (0000 GMT) on CBS and Paramount+, with a lineup of more than two dozen performers, including co-hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, as well as genre stars Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Maren Morris and Luke Combs.

Urban, the 2019 Entertainer of the Year winner, returns after hosting last year, while ACM nominee Guyton will be the first Black woman to host the ceremony.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey,” Urban said in a statement. “I love that everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light.”

Guyton’s performance of her critically acclaimed song “What Are You Gonna Tell Her” at last year’s show featured Urban as a surprise guest on piano.

She was nominated for new female artist of the year and will sing her single, “Black Like Me.”

Morris and Chris Stapleton lead this year’s nominations, with six each. Morris got nods for “The Bones” as both song of the year and single of the year.

Stapleton, a nominee for both best male artist and entertainer, is also up for song of the year for “Starting Over” as both artist and songwriter.

Miranda Lambert follows with five nominations. She is the most nominated female artist in the Academy history, with a total of 68 in her lifetime. This time around, her “Blue Bird” is nominated for single, video and song of the year.

The 2020 show saw an unprecedented tie for entertainer of the year between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett.

Rhett has been nominated for the same award this year, alongside previous winner Bryan, as well as Combs, Stapleton and Eric Church.

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“Demon Slayer” becomes Japan’s top-grossing movie

“Demon Slayer”, the animated tale of a boy fighting human-eating demons that murdered his family, has shattered a nearly two-decade record to become Japan’s top-grossing movie, its distributor said on Monday.

The film, based on a popular manga and television anime series, powered past “Spirited Away”, the mega-hit Academy Award-winning movie by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki that opened in 2001, in just a little over two months.

“Demon Slayer”, with a full official title of “Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie – Mugen Train”, had taken in 32.47 billion yen compared with 31.68 billion yen for “Spirited Away”, according to data released on Monday.

The film got an unexpected boost from the novel coronavirus, film industry watchers said.

People stuck at home because of social distancing got hooked on the manga comic and television series then rushed to watch the film when cinemas reopened.

The film, with its message of resilience, has also spawned a bonanza of merchandise – from toys to canned coffee – generating at least 270 billion yen($2.61 billion) in business as of Dec. 3, said Toshihiro Nagahama, senior economist at the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute.

Sony Corp, whose music unit is co-distributor, also got a boost from the film, which has opened in several Asian countries and will head to the United States and Canada early in the New Year.

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‘Wonder Woman’ box office hits a pandemic high in cinema, streaming showdown

“Wonder Woman 1984” pulled in $36.1 million at worldwide theaters over the Christmas holiday weekend and boosted streaming viewership on HBO Max, Warner Bros. said on Sunday as it confirmed plans for a third film in the superhero franchise.

An estimated $16.7 million of the box office total came from U.S. and Canadian theaters, the AT&T Inc-owned studio said on Sunday. That ranked as the highest domestic opening since the COVID pandemic shuttered theaters in March, though the numbers were a fraction of usual receipts for a big-budget action flick. The 2017 “Wonder Woman” film opened with $103.2 million domestically.

With two-thirds of North American theaters closed, Warner Bros. opted for an unusual arrangement, making “WW84” available at the same time to U.S. customers of AT&T’s HBO Max streaming service.

Millions watched the film on HBO Max, the company said in a statement, but it did not specify how long they tuned in. Total viewing hours on the platform tripled on Friday compared with a typical day in the previous month, the statement said.

The movie “exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service,” said Andy Forsell, executive vice president and general manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer.

Warner Bros. said it would accelerate development of a third “Wonder Woman” movie also written and directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the lasso-wielding warrior. The studio did not announce a release date.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at research firm Comscore, said “WW84” performed well in theaters given “an extremely challenging marketplace.”

“Considering the availability of this blockbuster film at home, the numbers for the theatrical debut of ‘WW 1984’ should actually be encouraging to theatrical exhibition,” he said.

“WW84” faced competition from critically praised Pixar animated movie “Soul,” which Walt Disney Co delivered to the Disney+ streaming service and some theaters overseas. The story of a music teacher seeking his life’s purpose took in $7.6 million in theaters, Disney said. It did not disclose how many people watched “Soul” via streaming.

Warner Bros. has announced the same hybrid release strategy for its 17 theatrical movies in 2021, sparking a backlash from some top Hollywood directors and cinema operators, who hope for a rebound after COVID-19 vaccinations increase.

Through Sunday, 2020 domestic box office receipts totaled $2.3 billion, down 80 percent from a year earlier, according to Comscore.

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch sold for knockdown price

Michael Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch in California has finally sold, more than 10 years after the death of the pop star who abandoned the property following his trial on charges of molesting a young boy there.

Billionaire investor Ron Burkle, a former family friend of Jackson, recently bought the sprawling 2,700 acre (1,100 hectare) estate, his spokesman said on Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal said the estate, which was renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch several years ago, sold for $22 million according to public records. In 2015, the asking price was $100 million and in 2017 it was re-listed for $67 million.

Burkle’s spokesman said the businessman saw the investment as a land banking opportunity. He spotted the estate from the air while looking at another location and contacted Tom Barrack, the founder of real estate investment company Colony Capital LLC, to seal the sale. The ranch was off the market at the time.

Jackson, who died from an overdose of the anesthetic Propofol in 2009 at age 50, bought the property in Los Olivos, about 120 miles (193 km) north of Los Angeles, in 1988 for $19.5 million. After financial troubles, in 2008 he handed over the title to Colony Capital LLC, which held a loan on the property.

Neverland, a name taken from the “Peter Pan” tale of a boy who refused to grew up, became Jackson’s favorite retreat and famously featured a zoo, a railway and theme park rides.

It also was where he entertained children, one of whom brought molestation charges against the singer that resulted in a 2005 trial and Jackson’s acquittal on all charges.

Jackson vowed never to return to Neverland after the trial.

Burkle is the controlling shareholder of Soho House, a private members club that attracts people in the entertainment and media industries and which has properties in New York, London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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