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New Loan Will Save Neverland. 27-02-'08

Michael Jackson will avoid foreclosure on his Neverland Ranch property with a new loan, a Jackson insider told CNN Wednesday. Documents show that Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, California, is scheduled for a public auction on March 19 at Santa Barbara’s downtown courthouse. But the Jackson source said that won’t happen.

“Michael Jackson’s ranch is not going to be auctioned off at the courthouse,” the Jackson insider said. “The financing is all being worked out. There are plenty of lenders willing to work with him. The real estate market is very bad right now and Jackson is being affected just like many other Americans,” the source said.
A real estate source inside Santa Barbara County said the trustees filing is only the first step in a long process that could drag on for months. The real estate source said other options are available to Jackson, including selling the ranch directly to another party or making a payment on his $24.5 million Neverland debt that would satisfy the trustee.

The recorder's Web site also reveals there was a release of lien on Jackson on February 4, showing he paid off all or part of delinquent taxes to the state of California.
"It seems unlikely that someone would pay off back taxes, only to let the ranch go up for auction a few weeks later," said the real estate source.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Jackson’s Neverland Foreclosed. 26-02-'08

According to Fox News, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is set to be sold at auction on March 19. The King of Pop received word Monday from Financial Title Company, the trustee, that unless he pays off $24,525,906.61 by that date, a public auction will go forward in Santa Barbara, Calif., in front of the county courthouse. Sadly, It’s not just the house either.
When Neverland is auctioned, it will include everything: all personal property inside, all fixtures and appliances, furniture, and “all merry go round type devices,” any rides, games. The auction literally includes every single thing that is or isn’t nailed down.
At this point, Jackson may just let the auction proceed. He hasn't been at Neverland since June 30, 2005, when he departed for Bahrain. No one lives there, the animals in the zoo are all gone, the rides are either sold or shut down.

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Financially, Jackson remains in no position to cure his dilemma. Even though he refinanced his $300 million loan from Fortress Investments with help from Sony Music, HSBC and Barclays Bank, the Neverland loan was not part of that deal. Fortress would clearly like to get out of the Jackson business altogether now, so selling at auction is their answer.

What if no one comes up with a decent bid? Fortress will likely take possession and list the property with a Santa Barbara real estate broker. Neverland could be marketed as a corporate retreat. Or perhaps a very wealthy new owner will show up and make a fire sale pitch.
But an era is about to end forever: Jackson, who brought this on himself, is about to lose one of his two biggest assets. All that will remain after that will be his song publishing interests, and they are leveraged into the next millennium.
More to come...

Source: Fox News / Billie Jean


Thriller25 Charts Update. 26-02-'08

'Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition’ remains at #3 on the Official New Zealand Album Charts this week.
Also remains at #2 on the Dutch Albums Chart and remains on the #1 spot on the French Album Chart (February 17-23, 2008).

Source: Billie Jean


Dangerous Tour: Live In Bucharest On VT4. 25-02-'08

As a result of the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's album Thriller, brings Belgium TV station VT4 you on Friday February 29th on 11.55 PM the concert in Bucharest of his Dangerous Tour.
The `Dangerous Tour' which was greatest in its time, 69 concerts and 3.5 million fans saw the King of Pop live in action.
In Bucharest he brings the largest hits: Beat It, Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Smooth Criminal, Black or White, Man in the Mirror…
Don't miss it!!!

Source: VT4 / Billie Jean


Thriller25 Charts Update. 25-02-'08

On the US Billboard Top Comprehensive Albums chart, where catalogue titles mix with current best-sellers, Thriller 25 debuts at # 2, runner-up to Jack Johnson’s 'Sleep Through The Static'.
Thriller 25 is the highest-charting catalogue album in the history of the comprehensive survey.
Thriller has risen 3 places on the Irish Album Chart to #2 (week ending February 21, 2008).

Meanwhile, ‘Live In Bucharest - The Dangerous Tour’ remains in the Irish Music DVD Chart at #4.
In its original run, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was on The Billboard 200 for 122 weeks, 37 of which were spent at No. 1. The re-entry of “Thriller” puts the classic album back on the catalog chart for the first time since the week of May 12, 2007. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller 25″ is the highest-charting catalog album in the history of the comprehensive survey.

Source: Billie Jean


Fashion Show Inspired By MJ. 22-02-'08

On January 25, 2008, the International Fashion Week took place in Amsterdam (Netherlands). The show of the uprising fashion designer Sherida Augustin stood completely under the sign of the best selling artist of all time: Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson's influence on the new generation is bigger than Justin Timberlake's, Ne-Yo's and Usher and it is more visible than ever. His unique style already had a great influence on the trends in '80s fashion.

And now it is the basis for Sherida Augustin's new collection. The young designer was influenced by Michael Jackson's glittering jackets and other typical trademarks. And she accompanied her fashion show with MJ tunes.
In her third collection, Sherida gives her own twist on the Jackson style from the 80s.
"I worked from an angled perspective, what has a futuristic influence. Caps that have been made angular, and a lot of triangles as shapes are worked into the collection."

Next to the obvious Michael Jackson jackets, you could also see a lot of asymmetrical aspects in the collection, which consisted mostly of silk, wool, and leather. Sherida combined wide-flowing street wear items with very tight tios, jeans, and leggings and there was even a pair of "high water" pants in King of Pop style. The main color was an electric blue in combination with a lot of glitter and white accents. The styling was rounded off with typical Michael Jackson accents like white socks and gloves, the white tape around the fingertips, and the hat - but worked in Sherida's own style into a cap.

Source: www.toostylish.com / Billie Jean


Thriller25 Charts Update. 22-02-'08

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition’ has debuted on the Album Charts this week.

#1 CHART ENTRIES IN BELGIUM, COLOMBIA, FRANCE
#2 CHART ENTRIES IN AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, KOREA, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PHILIPPINES, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND
#3 CHART ENTRIES IN DENMARK, NEW ZEALAND, PORTUGAL & UK
TOP 5 ENTRIES IN AUSTRIA, CANADA, IRELAND, POLAND & SPAIN
TOP 10 ENTRIES IN CZECH REPUBLIC, FINLAND, HONG KONG, ITALY & JAPAN
THRILLER 25 IS AMERICA’S #2 BEST-SELLING ALBUM THIS WEEK!!!
Already One of 2008's Top-Selling Albums, Thriller 25 Enters The US Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart At #1, With 10x The Average First Week's Sales of Albums Topping That Chart During The Past 52 Weeks.

Source: Billie Jean


BRAVO Magazine Feature And Poster. 22-02-'08

The German BRAVO is the biggest teen magazine in Europe. Alex Gernandt of BRAVO magazine told German fan club Jam that Thriller 25 will be a topic in the BRAVO hip-hop special, on newsstands March 7, 2008.
The magazine will include a major story on Thriller 25 and also a large poster of Michael in the Thriller look.

Source: Jam-FC / Billie Jean


Thriller25 In Story Magazine. 22-02-'08

Belgium fans, Michael Jackson are this week with the 25th Anniversary of Thriller in the magazine 'Story'.
It's available since Wednesday, don't forget it because they have 3 pages with a lot of info about Thriller25.

Source: Billie Jean


T25 'Bad Tour' Poster Not By SonyBMG. 21-02-'08

In response to many inquiries we've received through MJJSHOP.COM from fans around the world: According to the SonyBMG headquarter, the 'MJ T25 'Bad Tour' Poster' has not been commissioned and/or produced by SonyBMG.

Amazon UK is offering an official poster for the 25th anniversary of Thriller (see image on the right).
The poster meets 36 x 24 Inches (91.5 x 61 cm).
Please note that delivery is only possible within the UK.
For more details please visit the Amazon UK web site, click here

Source: Sony BMG / Billie Jean


Thriller 25 Sells 166,000 In U.S. - #1 Top Pop Catalog Albums. 21-02-'08

Thriller 25 -- the newly-expanded deluxe 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller, the world's best-selling album of all-time -- is America's #2 Top-Selling Album this week, more than a quarter century after the album's original release. Already shaping up as one of the hottest albums of 2008, Thriller 25 has rocketed into the Top 5 (or better) in a variety of territories across the planet following its worldwide release the week of February 11.

With first week's sales in the United States totalling 165,805 units, Thriller 25 enters the Billboard Top Pop Catalog chart at #1. (During the past 52 week period, the average first week's sales for an album hitting #1 on the Top Pop Catalog chart has been 16.6 thousand pieces; Thriller 25 entered the chart with 10x that number. Because of a technicality in the rules of Billboard charting, Thriller 25 is ineligible to chart on the Top 200. Based on first week's sales, Thriller 25, if eligible, would have entered the Top 200 at #2, nestled between Jack Johnson at #1 and Amy Winehouse at #3.)

Michael Jackson's iconic music film for "Thriller" is currently the #1 music video download on iTunes.

With more than one million copies of Thriller 25 shipped around the world, and re-orders already flooding in, the new edition of Michael Jackson's classic collection has hit #1 in France; #1 in Belgium; #2 in Germany; #2 in Australia; #2 in the Netherlands; #2 in Norway (Thriller's highest position ever in that country); #2 in Sweden; #2 in Switzerland; #3 in the UK; #3 in Denmark; #3 in New Zealand; #4 in Spain; #5 in Austria; #5 in Ireland; #6 in the Czech Republic; and #6 in Italy.

Global response to the release of Thriller 25, the newly expanded deluxe 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller, the world's top- selling album of all-time, reached a fever pitch across the planet with surprise hit singles, an ongoing 40-episode "ThrillerCast" podcast event, the premiere of the "Thrillicious" Sobe Life Water ad campaign at the Super Bowl, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Jackson at the NRJ Music Awards at Cannes and a host of upcoming events and surprises.

In one of the most groundbreaking aspects of the Thriller 25 campaign, fans will soon be able to go online and star in Michael's signature "Thriller" video. Using newly developed technology from innovative media company Big Stage, fans can create photo-realistic 3-D avatars of themselves to be inserted into Michael's role in the classic clip. (Full details TBA.)

The Michael Jackson Thriller 25th anniversary celebration runs throughout 2008 with a multi-faceted global marketing campaign featuring high-profile television, radio and online events around the world and the major re-launch of Michael's official website, http://www.michaeljackson.com/

Originally released in the US on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records, Thriller, Michael Jackson's sixth solo album and second with producer Quincy Jones, first entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #11 in December 1982. The original Thriller went on to spend an astounding 80 consecutive weeks in the American Top 10, 37 of those at #1, while making history as the first and only record to be America's top-selling album two years running (1983 and 1984). Thriller has been certified 27x platinum by the RIAA, giving it Double Diamond Award status in the US. In 1985, the Guinness Book of Records named Thriller the Best Selling Album of All Time, an achievement which remains unsurpassed to this day.

Source: Sony BMG / Billie Jean


Thriller 25 Sells 166,000 In U.S. - #1 Top Pop Catalog Albums. 20-02-'08

With sales that surprised both Sony BMG and the music industry as a whole, Michael Jackson's Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition sold a reported 166,000 copies its first week within the United States alone, and easily made its formal début at #1 on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums, pushing "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits" back down to #2 after one week at the top.

Since Thriller 25 is a back catalog reissue and not a new studio album, it is not eligible for placement on any other official Billboard charts within the United States. Were it permissible on the Billboard 200, Thriller 25 would have made its entrance at #2, ahead of Amy Winehouse and behind Jack Johnson. U.S. sales predictions for Thriller 25 ranged from 90,000 to 120,000, but the final tally from Soundscan of 166,000 copies sold toppled any and all prior predictions. In fact, by the middle of last week, Thriller 25 was sold out at many retail stores across the United States and elsewhere, while other stores hadn't even gotten their shipment in before the end of the week; which undoubtedly affected sales to a degree.

Thriller 25 debuted in the Top 3 throughout many countries around the world, and even went gold in Poland on its very first day. Not bad! Also, according to Billboard.biz, the last time that a catalog title sold as many copies as Thriller 25 was more than 11 years ago.

Source: Sony BMG / Billie Jean


Thriller25 Charts Update. 18-02-'08

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition’ has debuted on the Album Charts this week.

Italy Album Charts #6
Dutch Album Chart #2
Belgium Album Charts #21
Australian Album Charts at #2
German Album Charts #5
UK Album Charts #3

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Featured In German Media. 16-02-'08

Since the promotion of 'Thriller 25' started, Michael Jackson has become more and more popular again in the media. In Germany, 'Thriller 25' is "Album Of The Week" on the German radio station HR3 and Michael the "Superstar Of The Month" on German TV station Sat.1.

HR3 a local German radio station choose ´THRILLER 25´ as the "Album Of The Week".
Sat.1, an important German TV station, chose Michael as "Superstar Of The Month" and airs promotion for 'Thriller 25'. They play a 30 second video clip with information about the album.

Source: Sat 1 / Billie Jean


Great T25 Sales In Poland. 16-02-'08

A Polish fan has forwarded the information that Sony BMG Poland announced 'Thriller 25' achieving gold status in Poland on the first day of its release.
The official day of release was February 11, 2008 but from February 8-10 there was a special T25 weekend in Empik megastore and there was big promotion during whole week in these shops before this special weekend.

Source: Sony Music Poland / Billie Jean


Jackson Offered $30 Million To Perform At The O2? 15-02-'08

The King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, has been offered $1 million-a-night to play London’s Millennium Dome. AEG Live, wants Jackson to play its Millennium Dome in London. The deal that’s been offered could total up to $30 million. It begins with a $10 million guarantee for 10 nights, with a maximum of 30 nights adding up to $30 million. It’s not a hard show to do, either.

The proposal, is for Jackson to stage his bestselling album “Thriller” from beginning to end at each show. Then, for encores, he would add in several hits from “Off the Wall” and other albums.
AEG people really wanted Jackson to make some kind of appearance at the Grammy's on Sunday to drum up excitement. “He was too scared,” a source said. “He was nervous about tripping or doing something wrong. He’s paranoid. He’s got to get over it.”

Source: Fox News / Billie Jean


Janet Talks About Her ‘Thriller’ Performance. 14-02-'08

It’s been 25 years since 'Thriller' and to commemorate its release, Michael Jackson just released a 25th anniversary edition. Now, if only sister Janet had a copy.
Fear not! Access Hollywood to the rescue! They were the first folks to give Janet the new version.
“I love this,” she said when Access’ Shaun Robinson presented her with the CD.
Something most people don’t know — a young Janet is featured on one of the tracks. It wasn’t well publicised 25 years ago, but Janet sang backup on Michael’s single, 'Pretty Young Thing.'
“That ‘Nah, nah, nah?’ That’s me,” she enthused. “I was only like 16-years-old. I never got my platinum plaque for that either.”
“Did Michael ask for you to perform on that?” Shaun asked.
“Yeah!” Janet replied. “There were quite a few girls they had called and we were all in the vocal booth together and they asked everyone to leave except for me. And I stayed and they asked me to sing it, so I sang it!”
Janet has her own new studio project, a dance album called 'Discipline,' coming out February 26. Her long-time beau, Jermaine Dupri, produced the effort for her new label, Island Def Jam.
“While in the studio is he your boyfriend, Jermaine, or is he the producer, Jermaine?” Shaun asked.
“We’re all over the place,” Janet laughed.

Source: Access Hollywood / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Pushes Telecom Over 2 Million. 14-02-'08

In New Zealand, Telecom's Music Store reached 2 million tracks with the addition of Michael Jackson's 25th Anniversary Edition Thriller, according to a press release of Telecom New Zealand. The album that has been garnishing world - wide praise, makes Telecom New Zealand's most extensive mobile catalogue of tracks to download.

Source: scop.co.nz / Billie Jean


Birthday Of Prince Michael Junior. 13-02-'08

Prince Michael Junior, today it's Michael Jackson's oldest son his Birthday and he may blow out 11 candles. On Thursday February 13th 1997 Prince Michael Junior has been born in Los Angeles.

Source: Billie Jean


MTV Calls Thriller "All Killer, No Filler". 13-02-'08

According to MTV writer Kurt Orzeck, the lackluster Grammy Awards could have used the help of The King Of Pop, promoting his new reissue of the 25th anniversary edition of the landmark Thriller.
Although the album may be older than many of MTV's viewers, Orzeck notes that it is filled with contemporary appeal. Kayne West, Will.I.Am, Akon and Fergie all did their part as did Chris Brown, Nick Cannon and Imogen Heap participating in a 40 episode podcast series called Thrillercast.

With the nod that Thriller is the top-selling album of all time, of course there is the single going out to promote it. The new version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with Akon, Will and Michael is awesome.
"He's a genius," Akon told MTV News last month. "Just to be in the same room (with Michael) I felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life has been achieved. That aura...that's how incredible that aura is. We about to shake the world up, man."
Orzeck's best picks include Kanye - produced remix of "Billie Jean", Will.I.Am's reworkings of "The Girl Is Mine" and "P.Y.T." Fergie's version of "Beat It"; an outtake of the original Thriller session called "For All Time"; "Someone In The Dark',

"Carousel", ad the original "Billie Jean" demo. There is also a DVD with the related Thriller short films that includes Michael's Emmy-nominated performance of "Billie Jean" suring the "Motown 25" TV special.
"Now that's what you call a reissue."

Source: MTV / Billie Jean

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