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Judge allows song from Michael Jackson memorial to go on iTunes

August 7, 2009 |  6:13 pm

Jermaine Jackson’s rendition of the song “Smile,” sung at his brother Michael Jackson’s public memorial last month, will soon be available on iTunes.

Acting in advance of a hearing Monday at which the singer’s posthumous merchandising is expected to be addressed, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff allowed administrators for Jackson’s estate to enter into an agreement today with Apple Inc. to distribute the song and video on Apple Inc.’s popular downloading website.

Administrators for Jackson’s estate wanted to strike the deal quickly, citing a “heightened demand for such products due to Jermaine Jackson’s moving performance during the memorial service, which may diminish over time.”

Jermaine sang the song, which was written by silent film star Charlie Chaplin, wearing a single sequined glove, one of his brother’s signature fashion statements. Beckloff also gave the go-ahead for the production and distribution of the reissue of the singer’s 1988 memoir, “Moonwalk,” and Jackson memorabilia including a 2010 calendar, commemorative coins, school supplies, cardboard cutouts, posters and buttons.

At Monday's hearing, Beckloff is expected to consider other Jackson deals, including a movie project featuring rehearsal footage from preparations for his comeback concerts at London’s O2 Arena.

-- Chris Lee