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MJ Music DayMJ Music Day With Brad Buxer. 12-09-'17

The On The Line Association, which offers its first event to meet Brad Buxer (musical director) and Michael Prince (sound engineer), both privileged collaborators and friends of the King of Pop, has just posted a video about YouTube with a teaser for this essential rendezvous of this last quarter 2017.

The MJ Music Day, which will take place on November 18th, will offer you an exceptional and unprecedented visit to France, during which you will immerse yourself in the intimacy of the music of Michael Jackson and or you can share (benefiting from a translation direct and interactive) unique anecdotes about his songs, his personality and his life.

Relive the HIStory Tour behind the scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound by attending a preview of the Gareth Maynard film "King of Sound", dedicated to Bruce Swedien.

Better than a master class or a conference, a real chance, to live a time of friendship, exchange and sharing with two close friends of Michael Jackson, from the afternoon to dinner.

Not to mention the presence of authors Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and Hector Barjot, and Jacksonian exhibitors.
Info and ordering mjmusicday.com.

 

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album CoverMichael Jackson's Estate Details 'Scream' Compilation. 06-09-'17

Epic/Legacy Recordings and Michael Jackson's estate have curated 'Scream', a new compilation of Jackson's "most electrifying and danceable tracks" set for release on September 29th.

The 'Scream' album pulls famous songs from 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Dangerous', 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I', 'Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix', 'Invincible' and the posthumous album 'Xscape'. In a statement, Epic/Legacy Recordings noted that, "the choice of tracks for 'Scream' reflects The King of Pop's affection for this time of the year and its themes of costumes and disguise, darkness and light, character transformations and surprise."

In addition to the songs from Jackson's solo LP's, 'Scream' includes two songs that appeared on records by the Jacksons – 'Torture' and 'This Place Hotel' – plus Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me', which featured Jackson on hook duties. 'Scream' also features one newly created piece of music, 'Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous', a bonus mash-up put together by production duo The White Panda.

Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music will release a new compilation album on CD and digitally on September 29th, followed by a glow-in-the-dark vinyl on October 27th. Both formats will include a collectible poster with which you can unlock an immersive augmented reality experience with your mobile phone.

'Scream' is one of several projects that Jackson's estate has in the works. "Now we have 'Thriller 3D', and two more announcements are coming up in the next couple of weeks," estate co-executor John Branca explained recently. "Michael had an expression: 'The quality goes in before the name goes on.' So we are not ready to announce them yet."

Track list:

1.This Place Hotel
2.Thriller
3.Blood On The Dance Floor
4.Somebody’s Watching Me
5.Dirty Diana
6.Torture
7.Leave Me Alone
8.Scream
9.Dangerous
10.Unbreakable
11.Xscape
12.Threatened
13.Ghosts
14.Bonus Track: Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)

Fans are also invited to official Michael Jackson ‘Scream’ album celebrations later this year. These will take place in six major cities around the world: Paris, London, Sydney, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. The events will include screenings of Michael’s seven short films from the ‘Scream’ album including the full-length 40 minute Michael Jackson’s ‘Ghosts,’ rarely seen following its initial screening at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

You can listen to the new megamix bonus track here:

 

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


Scream PosterRumor Has it: New Album? 05-09-'17

A few posters have been photographed in Munich Germany saying 'Michael Jackson – SCREAM – Album September 29' and a screening in New Zealand called 'Official Michael Jackson Scream Album Celebration' have shook the fans online!

Now, no confirmation from the Estate or Sony yet but they have been contacted for more information on the matter But this photo indicates the artwork is indeed official!

We can only speculate on the content at this stage: This could be the album for the Cartoon series that is planned to be released in October or even a Halloween compilation of Michael’s horror songs? or just 'Thriller' album with a DVD with 'Thriller 3D'? Who knows!

The official Michael Jackson social media accounts have released a 15 second teaser video, with fan rumours circulating of a new album being released very soon, potentially a compilation to support the new ‘Thriller 3D’. The teaser is entitled ‘Scream’.

But for sure we will keep you updated!

Source: MJ Vibe / MJWN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Turns 35, New MJ Artifacts Displayed At Grammy Museum. 09-08-'17

Grammy MuseumIt's hard to believe that Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is now 35 years old!

Yep, the number one, best-selling album of all-time has marked another milestone, and so to celebrate, The Grammy Museum in LA has rolled out some amazing artifacts from The King of Pop!

"It was really difficult to get them," Grammy Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa shared. "We worked with some great collectors and obviously the Michael Jackson estate who provided artifacts to this exhibit."

And that includes the "Gloved One's" famed military style jackets from back in the day, including one which weighs as much as 15 to 20 pounds!

"This was also worn during the Victory Tour in Kansas City in 1984, so he would have been performing some of those hits obviously off the 'Thriller' album like 'Billie Jean' in this coat here," Onwusa revealed.

But the thrills don't stop there!

Remember MJ's high school letterman jacket from the 'Thriller' video?

That's here, too!

"So, we are celebrating 35 years of Thriller," Onwusa said. "The album was released in 1982 and was produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. And that is actually his signature on the left sleeve there."

And even that famous white suit that MJ sports on the 'Thriller' cover is displayed at the exhibition.

And of course, perhaps the most famous jacket of all-- the one that launched a fashion craze in the 80's, along with parachute pants!

"We have this jacket here, and again, just pushing the button in fashion as well as music during that time," Onwusa added.

So many memories-- and all in one magical place! Go to the site of Grammy Museum.

 

Source: CW39 / Billie Jea


Stranger Things Season 2 Is A Thriller. 23-07-'17

Fans of ‘Stranger Things’ and Michael Jackson unite!

The award winning show ‘Stranger Things’, which was released on Netflix in 2016 and gained a huge following, have just dropped the trailer for Season 2 at comic-con, and the soundtrack to it is none other than Michael’s classic ‘Thriller.’

Whilst a horror themed trailer seems apt to use ‘Thriller,’ it’s even more befitting as the show is set in the 1980s. The first seasons was based in 1983 and the new season, which will be released on October 27th, will be set in 1984. ‘Thriller’ nicely underscores the trailer encapsulating all that is horror and all that is 80s!

The show is littered with pop culture references, so we will need to wait another three months to see if there’s any more nods to arguably the most popular artist of the decade, Michael Jackson.

 

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Chimpanzee Bubbles Star Of Miami Art Show. 22-07-'17

Michael Jackson's former pet chimp Bubbles sold his artwork at a Miami gallery show on Friday (July 21).

The ape's paintings were selling at prices ranging from $375 to $2,000 while on display at Frames USA & Art Gallery for the charitable Going Ape! art show.

Proceeds from the event will help support Florida’s Center for Great Apes, where Bubbles has been residing along with nearly 50 other primates who have been rehabilitating from a life of forced performance.

“I was invited three months ago to do a tour of the centre and it was there in the orientation centre where I saw a picture, a painting, of a chimpanzee who made something on paper," gallery owner Adam Brand tells Channels Television of his inspiration for hosting the Going Ape! exhibition. "It didn’t dawn on me until the three-and-a-half-hour drive back to Miami where I said ‘wow, they’re talking about a whole expansion, fundraising, they needed money,’ and I said, ‘let’s do an art show'."

Each canvas on sale at Going Ape! was painted by one of the primates who live Florida's Center for Great Apes. The rehabilitation centre is in need of funds to expand housing and care for the animals, who due to their performance backgrounds and exposure to humans are too socialised to survive in the wild.

Although the art show was a hit, prospective buyers of the canvasses admitted they were tripped out by the thought of owning a piece painted by a chimp.

 

“The idea of looking at these paintings and you know on the one hand I say, ‘well isn’t this fascinating?’ but then on the other hand I say, ‘what else would you expect?'” Deana Litowitz, who was eyeing a painting by Bubbles, mused at the gallery.

This isn't the first time the 34-year-old chimpanzee has caused a stir on the art scene - American pop artist Jeff Koons memorialised Bubbles' unique relationship with the King of Pop in a controversial 1988 porcelain sculpture titled Michael Jackson and Bubbles.

The famous ape is also the subject of a forthcoming biopic about his life directed by Green Lantern actor Taika Waititi alongside animator Mark Gustafson.

Source: Music News / Billie Jean


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