Quickies: Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer
The video for Michael Jackson‘s “They Don’t Care About Us” has hit a major milestone by surpassing one billion views on YouTube. The defiant protest anthem was originally released in 1996 as a single. The famous clip was filmed in Brazil and was directed by Spike Lee. This is his second to join the elite club on YouTube, it’s followed by “Billie Jean.
A new book featuring Amy Winehouse‘s handwritten lyrics, photos and personal journals will be released this summer. The hardcover of Amy Winehouse: In Her Words, will be available on August 29. Winehouse died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in 2011. She would have turned 40 this year.
The first leg of John Mayer‘s The Solo Tour came in with big numbers and earned $39.3 million. According to Billboard, Mayer has been one of the most consistent touring artists of the 21st century, launching 11 solo headline runs, plus co-headline jaunts with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Dave Chappelle.