Michael Jackson's legal woes continue: A New Jersey financial company has filed a $48 million lawsuit against the singer for breach of contract. The company asserts that Jackson failed to pay for services rendered -- specifically, helping the artist refinance debts and increase his stake in the publishing rights to songs by the Beatles. The lawsuit claims the financially embattled star hired Prescient Acquisition Group Inc. in November 2004 to secure $537 million in financing to pay off bank debts and purchase the remaining 50 percent of the Beatles library he didn't already own -- then failed to pay up. Brian Oxman, an attorney for Jackson, said, "We're going to take a look at the lawsuit and we're going to handle it in a good and professional manner and make sure appropriate contacts are made with everyone concerned." It was unclear whether Jackson had executed the deal to obtain the other half of the rights to the catalogue. . . . Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are coming together again. Twenty years after they organized the first Farm Aid music festival in central Illinois to aid cash-strapped farmers, the artists will take the stage Sept. 18 at the Tweeter Center outside Chicago to celebrate its anniversary. The Dave Matthews Band is also scheduled to perform . . . In related news, Nelson's new album, "Countryman," which came out yesterday and features a marijuana leaf on the cover, was visually sanitized for sale at Wal-Mart stores, according to E! Online. Instead of a marijuana leaf, the Wal-Mart version features a palm tree on the cover.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
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