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The Magic & The Madness Book Cover'The Magic & The Madness' Book By Author Randy Taraborrelli. 31-08-'03

'The Magic & The Madness' of Michael Jackson will be released on September 5th in the UK, 72-page soft back book by J. Randy Taraborrelli from publisher Sidgwick, the fruit of over 30 years of research & hundreds of exclusive interviews with the Jackson family.

Including Michael himself, cutting through tabloid rumours, this traces the real story behind the Jackson we see & hear today, from his drilling as a child star through the blooming of his talent to his ever-changing personal appearance & bizarre publicity stunts, includes the behind- the-scenes story to many of the landmarks in his life: his legal & commercial battles, marriages, addictions & children).

Publisher: Sidgwick
Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
Pages: 672
ISBN: 0283073799
Printed: UK
Guide price: 12 €

Pre-order the book here at Abebooks.

Source: Acebooks / Billie Jean


Nisha KatariaMichael Invites Nisha Kataria To Live At Neverland. 31-08-'03

Singer Nisha Kataria was invited to the ranch after Jackson heard a demo of her music and asked her to record a duet with him. Jackson was impressed by Kataria's voice describing it as "like an angel".

Nisha Kataria to live at Neverland for 6 weeks in order to record a song with her. Dieter Wiesner become her manager.

Michael invited her to perform at his 45th birthday party (August 30) at the Orpheus Theater at 842 South Broadway in Los Angeles, California.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael's 45th Birthday PartyFans Share Jackson's Birthday Fun. 30-08-'03

The day after his 45th birthday Michael attends a special birthday party held in his honour; the 'Celebration Of Love' at the Orpheus Theater at 842 South Broadway in Los Angeles, California. The party was organised by Deborah Danelly's internet fanclub MJFC, along with MJWN and TMC.

Host for the evening was Steve Harley, with the entertainment supplied by Michael Jackson impersonator Navi, Bling Dynasty, Patty Boulaye, Jay Kid and the Kennedy Tap Company.

Fans paid up to $100 each for an invitation to the event, a three-hour party, which included a brief appearance from the star.

Billed as a party "in the spirit of love, celebration and unity", fans also had the chance to win one of their hero's famous fedora hats.

Fans lined the streets chanting and singing 'Happy Birthday' to their idol. He was also presented with a large, decorated cake.

While Brian McKnight sang Happy Birthday to Jackson, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and R&B hunk Usher were guests at the 'Celebration Of Love' party, which was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey.

At least one fan travelled from London for the event and another family came from Pakistan.

Michael arrives just before the start of the show, and is shown to a private box where he remains seated until just before the end when he takes the stage to thank everyone for organising the event and gave a heartfelt thank you speech dedicated to his fans:

"Over the years we became a family. You are all my family. My children are your children and all children of the world are our children and our responsibility.

This is a time when a person reflects on the child that will always live inside him,but more importantly,the grown man that continues to emerge intellectually,but never lost his child-like innocence.

A lot of what you’ll be seeing from me in the future will celebrate the youthful imagination that has always been a part of who I am,but also the adult perspective of a father and artist and member of our community.

My birthday wish is that you, my fans ,will join me in some new undertakings and that we all travel into a bright future together.

I feel young enough to look into the future with great optimism."

Source: BBC / Billie Jean


Watch MJ Birthday Celebration Sept 2 Online! 28-08-'03

Get a front-row seat at Michael Jackson's 45th birthday party. Michael Jackson's fans are throwing him a 45th birthday party, and MSN has been given exclusive access along with Access Hollywood to cover the three-hour gala, which takes place this weekend at the Orpheus Theatre in Los Angeles.

Officially titled 'A Celebration of Love,' the event will be hosted by Steve Harvey and is scheduled to include performances by Navi, Bling Dynasty, Patty Boulaye, Jay Kid, Kennedy Tap Company and Brian McKnight.

The King of Pop himself will be in attendance, as will approximately 2,000 fans who purchased tickets to the event. In addition, event organizers say that there are a number of "surprises" in store, including performances and taped tributes from some of music's biggest names.

MSN will be the exclusive online source for full party coverage. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back for photo galleries, video from the performances as well as a behind-the-scenes view of who showed up and what went down.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


Neverland Valley Entertainment Press Release. 27-08-'03

Neverland Valley Entertainment released the following Press Release on 26th August:

Charities to Benefit From Artist's Tribute At Michael Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch Tuesday August 26, 7:01 am ET.

Donations From Event to Honor Internationally Renowned Brazilian Artist, Romero Britto, Will Go to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Oneness and E Ai Como E Que Fica.

A golden ticket invitation-only, star-studded celebration honoring pop artist Romero Britto will be hosted on September 13, 2003 at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. 250 couples will enjoy a day-long extravaganza
in royal style, including red carpet access to Neverland's amusement park, zoo, immaculately groomed gardens and more. Other events will feature a tribute to Romero Britto, 'Songs Of Oneness' concert, silent auction and check presentations to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Oneness and E Ai Como E Que Fica.

Neverland Ranch

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch – 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, California.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Make A Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and Tri-counties California are proud to be one of the beneficiaries of the 'Once In A Lifetime' event at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. We appreciate the support of the donors, volunteers and attendees who will help children with life-threatening medical conditions experience the power of a wish.

Oneness, a national non-profit organization located in Calabasas, California, has as its mission the "elimination of racism and promotion of racial unity through music, the arts and education. Founded in 1999, Oneness has produced dozens of programs to implement their mission including multicultural after-school programs, plays, lectures, concerts and more. Among the more notable of programs created include the"Songwriter's Summit for Oneness," where both world-renowned and aspiring songwriters/musicians gather to write songs reflective of racial unity and social justice.

The 'Power of Oneness Awards' honors artists whose work contributes to the promotion of racial unity. Founding supporters of Oneness include Carlos Santana, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Jackson, Common, Chaka Khan, Brian McKnight, B.B. King and many others. Oneness thanks Michael Jackson for supporting its efforts to promote unity among all people through music the arts and education.

E Ai Como E Que Fica is a grassroots organization located in the slums of Rio de Janeiro that provides food, clothing and medical care for children living in poverty. Britto, a native of Brazil himself, states, "[I am] humbled and honored to have a
tribute party that will help E Ai Como E Que Fica .... I am very thankful for this tremendous honor to be part of an event that will serve children living in poverty."

All three charities are honored to receive donations from the upcoming event and are grateful to Michael Jackson for his support. The funds raised September 13th, 2003 will greatly help the organizations continue their vital services.

Source: MJNI / Billie Jean


Neverland RanchMichael Jackson Opens Neverland To The Public. 21-08-'03

Michael Jackson is to open his Neverland Valley to the public - for $5,000 a ticket.

Michael's home will be open for one day only - 13 September - and 250 visitors will be able to enjoy the attractions, which include an amusement park, video arcade, zoo and movie theatre.

The promotional material reads, "From the moment you enter the gates, you will wish that this day could last forever."

However, questions are being fielded as to what will happen to the $4,000 left over after $1,000 from each ticket is given to three charities: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Oneness, which promotes multiculturalism in arts and education, and E Ai Como E Que Fica, which benefits impoverished children in Rio de Janeiro, with the remainder of the money going towards the cost of the event.

A source tells gossip site People News, "(It'll go into) Michael's pocket. He stands to make a million from this - and there's no guarantee he'll even be there!"

Others are speculating that the move may be an effort on Jackson's part to sell the theme park - which is proving cripplingly expensive to maintain in the wake of the 'Thriller' star's many court cases.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Scary MovieAngry Jackson To Sue 'Scary Movie' Makers. 15-08-'03

Michael is so upset about a joke made at his expense in upcoming movie 'Scary Movie 3', he's reportedly suing the makers.

Dimension Films, the studio responsible for the spoof flick, is preparing to face a case brought against them by the 'Thriller' star, who's allegedly angry about a Jackson-related child sex joke.

According to showbiz website People News, lawyers are in the process of trying to get both the trailer and the ending of the film cut to remove all reference to kids, Jackson, or both.

But media law specialists believe he faces a tough struggle in his efforts to enforce any changes.

Legal entertainment expert Michael O'Connor says, "A lawsuit isn't as easy as A-B-C. Parodies and comedies have a lot more licence.

"If a film is meant to be humorous and that's understood, then most likely it will not be considered defamatory."

Jackson was the focus of a police investigation in 1993, following allegations he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy. The case was eventually settled out of court.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Butterflies (Promo) CD-Single Cover'Butterflies' Wins A BMI Award At The 2003 Urban Awards. 06-08-'03

Butterflies' taken from Michael's album 'Invincible' wins last night (August 5) a BMI Award at the 'Urban Awards' held at Club Tropigala at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resorts & Towers in Miami.

The black-tie ceremony was hosted by BMI President and CEO Frances W. Preston, with Executive Vice President Del Bryant and Assistant Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton.

A special highlight of the gala evening featured a salute to soul music legend Isaac Hayes, who was honored as a 'BMI ICON' for his enduring influence on generations of music makers.

Michael Jackson was not present that evening.

Read the whole article here.

Source: BMI / Billie Jean


Interview Magazine Cover (08-2003)Michael Jackson Interviews Pharrell Williams. 08-'03

This interview, which took place in early June 2003, actually came about as the magazine was planning a piece on Pharrell Williams, who at the time was an upstart producer from Virginia.

This 'Interview' (special music issue) magazine was released in August, 2003 and it features interviews with Coldplay, Nina Simone, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Pharrell Williams, Mandy Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Jewel, Sting, and Thalia, plus features on Led Zeppelin, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Cooper, Sean Paul, Charlotte Martin, Nikki Reed, Nora-Jane Noone, and others, plus fashion, reviews, and much more!

As the editors were arranging the story with Williams, he casually mentioned that he’d always wanted to speak to Michael Jackson, who had been in the news after appearing in British journalist Martin Bashir’s infamous television documentary, 'Living With Michael Jackson', which portrayed the singer at his most bizarre.

A complex chain of e-mails and phone calls ensued, messages were passed, reputations were vouched for, and a few days later, Jackson’s office called to say that he would do the interview. You can tell by the art Pharrell was talking that he was very emotional to talk to Michael.

Released: 08-2003
Language: English
Pages: 152
Printed: USA

Order the magazine here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

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