Former Jackson manager signs on with Polish entertainer
Frank Dileo, who once managed the late Michael Jackson, has hitched his wagon to Polish mega-watt performer Kuba Ka, who plans to establish a beachhead in the U.S.According to Dileo, the 24-year-old performer (formerly known as Kuba Stepniak and now referred to simply as “Kuba”) has ambitious plans to resume his recording and performing activities after a six-year hiatus. He relocated to Beverly Hills last year. Dileo said he is in the early stages of assembling a team of producers for a planned album. Dileo has worked at labels such as RCA and Epic, which he helped transform into a powerhouse in the late ’70s, early ’80s, including the signing of Jackson, under CBS Records president Walter Yetnikoff. After Jackson’s success with the “Thriller” LP, Dileo became the singer’s manager, overseeing the Bad World and Victory tours among others. After five years, Dileo and Jackson parted ways, but in 2009, they resumed their relationship until Jackson’s death in June of that year. Dileo will act as Kuba’s manager and oversee the recording project and possible live shows, depending on how the upcoming record is received. Noting that Kuba has millions of followers in Poland, Dileo said the performer has “come to America and wants to plant a flag, and I might as well try digging him a hole.” Dileo also said his client has partnered with an architectural firm to build a Las Vegas hotel and casino, which could be completed within two years. Robert Reel, principal in TR Las Vegas Group, confirmed that the company has assembled a 50-plus acre site in the downtown area for development of the project but that the sale has yet to close.
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