The King of Pop, Michael Jackson,  is back! Well.... Technically.

The official Michael Jackson Twitter page, tweeted about the album and release date.  The new album, titled, XSCAPE, will release on May 13, 2014, and include unreleased songs.

The question is, who isn't excited? No one! Everyone has been waiting for this moment!

Jackson's team claims that this album is "the best you've never heard".  What does this hold for all the MJ lovers? Brand new and great music coming from the King of Pop, himself.  Even though, no track list has been revealed to fans, we have a snippet of the song titled "XSCAPE" as well as an album teaser.

Watch the album teaser, right here on Popdust.

While we wait for the release of XSCAPE, we can listen to all of MJ's hits, as well as "Hold My Hand" featuring Akon.

Hold My Hand (feat. Akon):

For more Michael Jackson updates, stay tuned on Popdust.com and follow @Popdust on Twitter.

If you've been wondering why Akon is never seen with Lady Gaga any more, then here's your answer: He "cashed out" and split!

In a new interview with Sway in the Morning, Akon revealed that he sold his stock in Gaga when she was at her peak because he could see her decline coming.

"I cashed out," he said. "I got out while the goin' was good. It's like a business; you build it to sell it. When I got it to the peak of where I felt it couldn't go nowhere, and there was nowhere left to go but down, I cashed out. I sold my share and got out."

He added, "I know how the business works. You're only hot for so long before you go cold."

Akon's company, KonLive, distributed Gaga's first three albums --The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way-- but wasn't involved for ARTPOP, which has drastically underperformed compared to her past releases.

Although Akon added that it was a "strictly business" decision and that he still considers Gaga "family," it still felt a little harsh hearing him refer to the woman he was once so involved with as just some product he made money off.

It makes you wonder if Gaga was referencing Akon, among others, in her infamous rant about the "Do What U Want" video delay.

"I never thought after all the years of hard work that those I called friends and partners would ever care so little at a time I needed them the most," she wrote at the time.

"I have lost loved ones to the greed of money."

Hmm.

Though Akon may think she is in decline, people are still rushing to grab Lady Gaga tickets for her upcoming tour and you can too by checking out Front Row Tickets!

 

The Billboard Music Awards were last night, and there were a lot of performances. You may have heard of some of them. Read our instant reviews of the night's best, watch the full slate below, and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post!

BRUNO MARS, "TREASURE"

SELENA GOMEZ, "COME & GET IT"

THE BAND PERRY, "BETTER DIG TWO"

ICONA POP, "I LOVE IT"

CHRIS BROWN, "FINE CHINA"

ED SHEERAN, "LEGO HOUSE"

MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS, "THRIFT SHOP"

KACEY MUSGRAVES, "MERRY-GO ROUND"

TAYLOR SWIFT, "22"

JUSTIN BIEBER, "TAKE YOU"

PITBULL FT. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, "FEEL THIS MOMENT"

MIGUEL, "ADORN"

JENNIFER LOPEZ FT. PITBULL, "LIVE IT UP"

WILL.I.AM FT. JUSTIN BIEBER, "#THATPOWER"

DAVID GUETTA, AKON AND NE-YO, "PLAY HARD"

NICKI MINAJ FT. LIL WAYNE, "HIGH SCHOOL"

PRINCE, "LET'S GO CRAZY/FIX YOUR LIFE UP"

Which was your favorite? Vote below!

Fans of the Wonder Girls received some bittersweet news this week when the group's talented leader, Sun, finally confirmed something that's been rumored for months: She's getting married. In an official statement released through allkpop, Sun's label announced that the 23-year-old is taking some time out of the spotlight to focus on her personal life, and that the rest of the Wonder Girls will now concentrate on individual activities, such as TV presenting, solo music, and acting.

Sun's departure hasn't exactly come at a good time for the girls, who have spent a good chunk of the past two years trying to crack America. They've already cancelled their scheduled performance with Akon at the high-profile KIIS-FM Jingle Ball next month, and with Sun now taking a lengthy time out, there's a chance that the Wonder Girls may have finally given up on their American dream.

We can't say we blame them, though. Their Teen Nick telemovie and English-language single, "Like Money," did next to nothing for them, and there's been no mention in months of their rumored Nickelodeon sitcom. They haven't fared much better in Japan, either, with their first Japanese single, "Nobody for Everbody," missing the top ten, and their compilation album, Wonder Best, only reaching a disappointing No. 32 on the Oricon chart. The only place that the group still enjoys real success is in Korea, where they're buoyed by a nostalgic public, much like Britney Spears is in the States. They're still an A-list act over there and perfectly capable of churning out hit songs (they've yet to chart a lead single lower than No. 2) but even their biggest hits no longer dominate like they used to, and their album sales are poor in comparison to their peers like KARA and Girls' Generation.

All things considered, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Wonder Girls fall into the same kind of never-ending hiatus as *NSYNC. That's the worst case scenario. The best is that their solo activities reestablishes the group in Korea, the time apart rejuvenates the members, and that they make a comeback towards the end of next year, bigger and better than ever before.

Where do you see the Wonder Girls headed now that Sun has made the switch from pop star to happy homemaker? Is this it for one of K-pop's most legendary acts, or is it just a temporary setback?

Forbes released its annual "Cash Kings" list of rap's highest earners today, and for the most part, the results are what you'd expect. We already knew the Dre makes his money from headphones, Diddy from Ciroc and Eminem makes his from The Marshall Mathers LP. But beyond them, we learned that some rappers make their money in unexpected ways. Let's run down the five weirdest:

FROM AN ENERGY SHOT

50 Cent sold off his stake in Vitamin Water a few years ago, but that doesn't mean he's out of the beverage game. Last year he launched his own 5-hour Energy competitor Street King, an energy shot that promises "100% natural flavors, no jitters, no crash." We can't make too much fun of this business venture, though: For every shot sold, 50 and Street King will provide a meal to a child in need of one.

FROM A GARRY MARSHALL FILM

Did you know that Ludacris studied Business Management at Georgia State? That explains the savvy ways Luda's extended his brand, from launching his own line of headphones (cool!) to appearing in the cheesy Garry Marshall film New Year's Eve (uncool!). He loses points, though, because everybody was Valentine's Day.

FROM SHILLING FOR BING

Theophilus London (honorable mention) endorses Bing because, well, someone had to.

FROM A DISGUSTING CREAM LIQUEUR 

Many rappers have their own vodkas. Fewer have their own cream liqueurs. Qream is a "silky dream" that Pharrell says was "inspired by royalty ... to celebrate the beautiful, intelligent and sophisticated women of today." Though it's become something of an Internet joke, the disgusting drink has sold well enough to bring Pharrell up to #16 on the Forbes list. InQredible!

FROM "A RUMORED DIAMOND MINE IN AFRICA"

Other rappers can play around with their headphones and their clothing lines. Akon has a diamond mine. But, it's one of the good ones, right? "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds," he told The Independent in 2007. "That's just a movie. Think about it. Ain't nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out. Where was all that s--- before the movie?" That's...not comforting.

It's been an odd week for those of us who follow both pop music and politics. Ever since Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) comments last weekend that is was biologically impossible for women to get pregnant from "legitimate rape," the word "Akin" has become shorthand for a nationwide effort by social conservatives to roll back women's rights.

Which is confusing because, before this week, we (and we're guessing many of you) had never heard of Rep. Akin before. We had, however, heard of Akon, the Senegalese-American R&B singer behind "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You." This has led to a brief moment of confusion every time Rep. Akin's name pops up in a tweet. "Wait, Akon said what?"

Complicating matters is the fact that Akon the musician has his own history of spouting horrible misogynistic crap. Is it even possible to tell the two apart? We've rounded up a collection of the various sexist, homophobic or just plain clueless things both Akin and Akon have said, to find out!

Akin or Akon?

1. "Women will start realizing why men don't treat them like ladies. Men are looking at them like, 'You're trying to be like me.' Femininity is all out the window. The sweetness, the love aspect of it, the emotional part of the woman is gone because she walks around with her guard up."

2. "Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived."

3. "I’m looking for someone who’s not trying to compete against me. I’m looking for a woman that's willing to be a woman. Let me do the manly things, [let her] do the female-y things. ... I know today a lot of women like to compete against guys. Like they feel like 'I can do it myself; I don’t need no man.' I don’t like that attitude."

4. "I know that here in the States, it's hard to bump into [women] right away because they've all been tainted a certain way. They all look at men in a certain way. [I'm] not saying that its their fault, because here in the States guys do a lot of things to make women treat them the way they treat them, too."

5. "In a real messy divorce [marital rape laws can be used] as a tool and a legal weapon to beat up on the husband."

6. "I can afford to have as many wives as I can afford to have."

7. "There [are] people who use false [rape] claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade."

8. "There's a misunderstanding about [Don't Ask Don't Tell]. If people are gay they can serve in the military now. It's just that they can't allow their gayness to get in the way of getting the mission done."

9. "Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. People do judge you by your beliefs and how you think. It’s a free country, but it’s really not free."

10. "I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize."

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