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Thriller 25 (Limited Edition) [Picture Disc] Album Front'Thriller 25' (Re-issue) Picture Disc Album Is Released. 30-06-'09

On September 30th, 2008 the 'Thriller' 25' limited edition picture disc was released in the USA by Epic/Sony BMG. Now just after Michael's death the re-issue is released in the USA.

There is a special mention on it, 'the world's biggest selling album of all time' is printed below on the front cover of the picture disc. The 25th anniversary logo is removed on the front en back cover.

'Thriller' is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson, issued in the USA on December 1st, 1982 by Epic Records as the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful 1979 album 'Off the Wall'. 'Thriller' explores similar genres to those of 'Off The Wall', including funk, soul, pop, easy listening, R&B, rock and post-disco music.'

'Thriller 25' has the same tracks as the original album of December 1982. The two sides of the picture disc album depicted the new, Classic and Zombie edition, sleeves.

Thriller 25 (Limited Edition) [Picture Disc] Album BackAll songs produced by Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Bruce Swedien, will.i.am, Kanye West, Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort, Anthony Kilhoffer.

Track list:

A:
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. Baby Be Mine
3. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
4. Thriller

B:
1. Beat It
2. Billie Jean
3. Human Nature
4. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
5. The Lady In My Life

Record label: Epic/Sony BMG
Series number: 88697353391-1
Guide price: 20 €

Order the picture disc album here at Juno Records.

Source: Juno Records / Billie Jean


Dancing The Dream (re-issue) Book Cover'Dancing The Dream' Book Will Be Re-Released. 30-06-'09

'Dancing The Dream' book is first published in 1992 with dust jacket and after his dead the book will be re-released on July 27th, 2009 in the UK by publisher Doubleday. The book has another front cover ('Beat It' live from 1987 Japan Tour) and on the back side stars like Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Madonna voicing their grief over the King of Pop's passing.

'Dancing The Dream' is an extraordinary book and very dear to Michael's heart. The book is dedicated to Michael's mother with a foreword from Elizabeth Taylor.

'People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It's like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So, I stay in the moment and listen.' MICHAEL JACKSON (1958 - 2009).

Dancing the Dream is one man's hauntingly beautiful, provocatively personal view of the world around us, and the universe within each of us. Whether his prose and poetry focused on creativity, the people that surrounded him, or the plight of the noble elephant, his observations and concerns all illustrated his belief that trust, love and faith are the foundation stones for a life well lived.

Containing Michael Jackson's personal writings and over one hundred glorious photographs, drawings, and paintings from his own collection, this book is a must have for all fans of an incredible, inspiring man who died as he lived - dancing his dream.

Go to Amazon.

Publisher: Doubleday
Author: Michael Jackson
Language: English
Pages: 149
ISBN: 9780385403689
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Offered Me £500,000 For Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car. 30-06-'09

The Midland owner of the world’s most famous movie car today recalled how Michael Jackson offered him £500,000 after falling in love with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The offer came in 1990 as Pierre entered Chitty in the British Film Rally, sponsored by BAFTA, to raise money for the Save The Children charity.

Pierre Picton was driving the original Chitty in a charity rally in 1990 when it was spotted by the tragic music legend, who wanted the car for his Neverland ranch.

Representatives of the pop star approached Mr Picton with the big-money bid.

But the now 75-year-old turned down the offer, saying no amount of money could tempt him to sell the car he drove in the movie and has owned since 1972.

Pierre, from Stratford-upon-Avon, said: “I was driving in the rally and that must have triggered something.

“Somebody in his organisation approached me. The offer came as a total surprise. I had no idea he wanted the car until then.”

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car

Pierre, who was reminded of the offer after hearing of Jackson’s death last week, said he thought about it for two days, even though he knew he didn’t want to sell the car.

“In the end I turned him down. My reply was ‘Michael Jackson enjoys playing with his toys and I enjoy playing with mine’,” he said.

“It is sad he has passed on. No matter what people thought of his life in later years, they should remember him as he really was.”

Built by Alan Mann Racing, of Buckinghamshire, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang became the star of the big-budget musical and children’s favourite of the same name.

Pierre, who was working in the film business, was employed to drive the car in the long shots, as actor Dick Van Dyke was only used to automatic gears.

“She was a wonderful drive then and she still runs very smooth now.”

The beautiful car, complete with its GEN 11 number plate, has been based in the Midlands for 25 years.

Pierre said: “She is still up and running, roadworthy and fully taxed and insured and still doing charity work and the odd show.

“I have enjoyed the car and want to leave it to my son.”

Source: Birmingham Mail / Billie Jean


Michael's Body Will Return To Neverland. 30-06-'09

Reportedly, the body of Michael Jackson, King of Pop, Rock And Soul, will be driven to Neverland Valley Ranch late on Thursday morning.

Upwards of a thirty car motorcade, including Michael's body, will be traveling from Los Angeles to Neverland at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Law enforcement is currently meeting to discuss security and traffic control.

Sources say that plans are in the works for a public viewing on Friday.

A private memorial service is scheduled for Sunday.

So far there has not been an official announcement by the Jackson family on this matter.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Mazur: Magical MJ Was Back. 30-06-'09

The photos from Michael Jackson's last show rehearsal at Staples Center in Los Angeles (USA) on June 23, 2009 that were published recently were taken by Kevin Mazur.

In a press release, Mazur said:

"I am devastated by the sudden loss of the 'KING of POP' who I have photographed numerous times since the Victory Tour in the 80's.

When he hit the stage at rehearsal, I was thrilled that the magical Michael Jackson was BACK!!! I felt the same adrenaline rush as when I photographed him the 1st time moonwalking.

I was so looking forward to shooting the O2 Arena performances with the amazing production that Kenny Ortega and AEG put together with Michael for his fans."

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


David Gest: Michael Jackson 'Talked, Shook A Hand Like A Real Man'. 30-06-'09

David Gest runs to Brit tabloid The Sun with his story of the King of Pop:

“There is nobody who knew Michael like I did. He was so gifted, it’s hard for me to picture him gone. There is a whole side to him people never saw. For instance, people always think of him as talking in that high, soft voice, but he didn’t really speak like that — it was a facade. Still to this day I am not sure why he did it. The Michael I knew talked like a real man, acted like a real man and shook a hand like a real man.”

Source: towleroa / Billie Jean


Ferrigno: Last Time I Trained MJ, He Looked Fantastic. 30-06-'09

Former The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno said that Michael Jackson"looked fantastic" just last month.

The bodybuilding champion was hired to train the King of Pop for his comeback shows in London, often visiting the star at his Los Angeles home in a bid to prepare him for the strenuous schedule of the 50-date residency.

Ferrigno has spoken out of his shock and devastation over his beloved friend's death, and explained to TV host Larry King that he had never seen the star look so fit.

"I trained him on and off for 15 years. But when I saw him a few months ago, he looked fantastic. The way he moved, I worked with him on different exercises. And I've never seen him look better."

The comments come as pictures of a vibrant Michael dancing his way through a rehearsal, taken just before he died, were published.

And Ferrigno never heard the star complain of feeling unwell.

"Never (complained of heart pains). With him, never. As a matter of fact, sometimes he would be dancing, showing the moves between a set and exercising. And he convinced me. I said this guy is going to pull it off.

When I saw him, he was not frail."

When quizzed over the Thriller singer's reported dependency on prescription drugs, Ferrigno insists there were no signs the star was heavily medicated.

"I don't know anything about his real personal life. But the last month, I don't know what happened. But the time I was with him, he seemed fine, alert, no pain at all. As a matter of fact, he's done a lot of those stretching exercises, because when you have a lot of pain, you can't stretch that much. So he was very eager to do what I told him. He was the same as like 20 years ago."

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Doctor: Michael "Had A Faint Pulse". 30-06-'09

Jackson family attorney Londell McMillan voiced the family's concerns over Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael's personal physician, who was in his bedroom when the entertainer fell into cardiac arrest.

"It's been well documented that Michael was receiving medical care on the bed as opposed to on the floor," McMillan said.

Health care experts recommend CPR be given on the floor or another hard surface.

Meanwhile Dr. Murray claims Michael Jackson had a faint pulse, but was not breathing when he discovered him in his bedroom. His attorney Edward Chernoff told "Dateline" on Sunday night that Michael Jackson was given gentle chest compressions on his bed due to his frail condition.

"He was a frail man. He didn't like to drink or eat. He wasn't exactly healthy," Chernoff claimed. "He had one hand behind his back and he was compressing with the other hand… He was compressing hard enough that the doctor knew he was pumping blood throughout the system."

Dr. Bruce Hensel, a cardiologist and emergency room doctor said that if it's true Michael Jackson had a pulse, he could have been saved.

"People who have cardiac arrest, if you get to them soon enough, and their heart rate is such that it will respond to medicines, you can survive."
While it's been claimed Michael Jackson abused the narcotic drugs Demerol and Oxycontin, attorney Chernoff maintains they were not prescribed by Dr. Murray.

"Dr. Murray certainly wasn't prescribing or administering those drugs to Michael Jackson. Now, if toxicology comes back and shows those drugs in his system, it will be a surprise to us."

Source: Access Hollywood / Billie Jean


The “Dome Project” - A Last Video? 30-06-'09

Two weeks ago, Michael Jackson finished what is being called his final video piece. It has been dubbed “Dome Project.”

The details are sketchy at best. Two people who have knowledge of the project confirmed it's existence on Monday to the Associated Press on the conditions that they are not to be identified because of confidentiality agreements. By evening, US West Coast time, it is being repeated in MSNBC news.

The leaks report that the “Dome Project” lasted five weeks and was filmed at Culver Studios. Those studios were the set for the classic film, “Gone With The Wind” some 70 years ago. Four sets were constructed for the production, including one that recalled the epic 1983 “Thriller” video.

The shooting lasted from June 1 – 9, and Michael was on the set for most of that time. The project is now in post – production and is expected to be completed next month.

Producer Robb Wagner, the founder of music video company Stimulated Inc, did not return messages seeking comment and Michael Roth, spokesperson for LA based promoter AEG Live said that he had not heard about this production. He added that it could have been part of the company contract with Michael.

An unidentified worker with knowledge of the project said that Michael left a memorable impression on the crew. He arrived in a caravan of SUV's, surrounded with security guards. The person said Michael introduced himself to the workers on the set. Michael walked with a spring in his step, but at one point needed assistance when descending steps off a stage.

Besides the cemetery set, another was draped in black with a portrait of Michael in his Thriller werewolf costume. Yet another set simulated a lush jungle. A fourth was built to look like a construction site, with a screen behind it to allow the projection of different backgrounds.

Taping of the piece happened in marathon sessions that ended early in the morning. It is still unclear what final forms the final video project will take.

According to Stimulated's web site, the company had been hired to produce the screen content for Michael's concerts in London.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Gone Too Soon - Ryan White's Mother Shares Her Feelings. 30-06-'09

Ryan White and Michael Jackson shared a special bond. Michael met Ryan, who suffered with HIV after receiving contaminated blood during a treatment, back in 1987. Now, Ryan's mother is sharing a telephone recording that he and Michael had:

Ryan White: Hey Michael, I have tickets to the Batman premier. Want to come?

Michael Jackson: 'Yeah, I would love to Ryan, but I might be recording, have to see.'

Ryan's mother, Jeanne White, says that Michael was truly a good hearted person. “He worked so hard ever since he was a kid, that he didn’t have childhood and when you went to Neverland, you too would act as a kid."

Ms White was in the Chicago airport when she heard the news that Michael had been rushed to the hospital. To her, he was not the King of Pop, but a dear family friend. Michael stood by her and her son during the most difficult moments of their lives. And Michael was there when Ryan passed away.

In 1990, Michael wrote the now famous “Gone Too Soon” dedicated to Ryan. And that is how Ryan's mother now feels about Michael...Gone Too Soon.

Source: Fox / Billie Jean


Tribute Comic Book By Bluewater!. 29-06-'09

'Tribute' comic Book' offers lasting remembrance for fans from Bluewater! There will be released three the same comic books on October 28th, each with a different cover.

To millions he was the King of Pop; one of the world’s most cherished entertainers and a celebrated international icon. With his untimely passing, Michael Jackson left an extraordinary and tragic legacy. Bluewater Productions is paying tribute in October to his memory and legacy with a special collectors edition biography comic.

The newest addition to the publisher's critically acclaimed biography library will trace Jackson's rise as a musical prodigy with the “Jackson 5” through last Thursdays sad end. The book will feature highlights from his storied career and cover his enigmatic private life.

“Michael Jackson's music served as the soundtrack to countless lives…including mine,” said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis, “His influence on our culture has been profound.”

Tribute Comic Book Covers
Three different covers of the Michael Jackson's 'Tribute' Books will be released.

'Tribute: Michael Jackson, King of Pop', features a wraparound cover and foreword by "The Michael Jackson Fan Club’s" artist Giuseppe Mazzola. The issue is being written by Wey-Yuih Loh, (Political Power: Colin Powell” and “Political Power: Joe Biden) and illustrated by Giovanni Timpano (Vincent Price Presents). Noted cover artist Vinnie Tartamella will also provide an alternate wraparound cover.

“This is a celebration of his life and what he meant to a legion of fans,” Davis said. “Although the book won’t shy away from some of his personal troubles, we try to tell a balanced story that shows Jackson as a musical genius, an unparalleled superstar and as a complex person.”

Davis noted that he initially waffled at producing a tribute comic, but after receiving dozens of emails and phone calls he knew it was the proper way to show respect and give fans a lasting remembrance.

In recent months, Bluewater has become one of the leading producers of biography comics. Launched earlier this year, Bluewater’s “Female Force” has featured influential women such as Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Princess Diana, Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey. A follow-up series, "Political Power" launching in July is set to turn the spotlight on politicians like Colin Powell, Barack Obama, and Al Gore.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Publisher: Bluewater Productions
Author: Wey-Yuih Loh
Pages: 32
ISBN: 978-1427641830
Printed: USA
Guide price: 10 €

Source: MJFC / Bluewater / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Autopsy Report Is Horrific. 29-06-'09

An autopsy on Michael Jackson revealed that the King of Pop’s emaciated body was riddled with needle marks and scars, and his head was virtually bald, it was reported today.

Jackson’s body had wasted away to a mere 112 pounds, and his stomach was completely empty except for partially dissolved pills, according to the London Sun.

His hips, thighs and shoulders were covered with needle wounds, believed to have come from shots of painkillers, and he was wearing a wig when he was found because his hair had been reduced to a “peach fuzz” on his scalp, the report said.

“He was skin and bone, his hair had fallen out, and he had been eating nothing but pills when he died,” a source close to the singer’s entourage told the paper.

“Injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement caused by years of plastic surgery show he’d been in terminal decline for some years.”

There were four fresh injections around his heart, presumably from attempts to pump adrenaline into it to jumpstart it, the paper said.

Three of them had penetrated and damaged his heart wall, while a fourth struck his ribs, the paper reported.

He also sustained several broken ribs while authorities administered CPR during his final moments Thursday.

MJ Autopsy

Jackson's body was flown by helicopter to the Los Angeles Coroner's offices in Lincoln Heights, where a three-hour autopsy was performed the next day on behalf of the Los Angeles County Coroner by the chief medical examiner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran. Jackson's family arranged for a second autopsy, a practice that could yield expedited—albeit limited—results.

Jackson had one spot above his left ear that was scarred and completely bald – the apparent result of burns sustained when his hair caught fire while he was filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984.

He also had numerous other scars, apparently from plastic surgery.

In addition, he had mysterious bruises on his knees and shins and cuts on his back, possibly indicating a recent fall, the paper said.

Jackson has had two autopsies performed on him: one by the Los Angeles coroner and a private one requested by the family.

The details leaked came from the official autopsy. The Sun didn’t say how it got the information.

Meanwhile, the cardiologist who was Jackson’s private doctor and performed CPR on him did it the wrong way, a Jackson family confidant claimed yesterday.

Dr. Conrad Murray found Jackson on the floor in his rented Los Angeles mansion and put him in a bed, the source said.

Medical experts say that compressions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation must be performed on a hard surface.

“Michael was on the floor first, and they put him on the bed, and then started compressions on the bed,” said the source, who had spoken to a Jackson relative. “What kind of doctor is that?”

In a transcript of the 911 call, the person seeking help says Jackson is “on the bed.” The dispatcher says, “OK, let’s get him down to the floor.”

Edward Chernoff, a lawyer for Murray, yesterday said the doctor found Jackson in his bed with a faint pulse.

Chernoff told The Associated Press that Murray was at the pop icon’s mansion Thursday afternoon when he discovered Jackson and immediately began administering CPR.

“He just happened to find him in his bed, and he wasn’t breathing,” the lawyer said. “Mr. Jackson was still warm and had a pulse.”

Murray, who spoke to cops for three hours on Saturday, is a licensed MD and specializes in cardiology, although he is not board-certified.

Jackson hired Murray last month as he prepared for a grueling 50-date concert series in London that had been set to start in July.

Chernoff also said Murray never prescribed or gave Jackson the powerful painkillers Demerol or OxyContin. He denied reports suggesting Murray gave Jackson an injection of Demerol shortly before his death.

“Dr. Murray has never prescribed nor administered Demerol to Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said. “Not ever. Not that day. Not OxyContin for that matter.”

Source: New York Post / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 02 Performance Filmed For Future. 29-06-'09

Michael Jackson’s last rehearsal at the Staples Center on Wednesday, the eve of his death, was recorded in multi-camera, high-definition video and multi-track audio, and could be released as the performer’s last album, according to several people close to the now-defunct concert tour.

The recordings were made as part of concert promotion company AEG Live’s deal with Jackson, which included a plan to produce both an album and DVD of what Jackson had billed his “final performance” tour, titled “This Is It.”

The entertainer died of heart failure on Thursday.

Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, the nation's second largest concert promoter, emailed that he would not comment for the story.

The recordings also could be used to produce both a DVD or Blu-ray disc of the entertainer’s last performance -- the entertainer singing his greatest hits.

One AEG official boasted to a colleague this weekend, “We have a live album in the can.”

And what an album it would be. Amazon, record stores and retailers like Barnes and Noble sold of all Michael Jackson stock almost immediately -- and in a matter of minutes following the news of Jackson’s death, in the case of Amazon.

Press reports have said that AEG Live stands to lose tens of millions of dollars from the unexpected cancellation of Jackson’s 50-date London tour.

But any audio and video release of the final concert would undoubtedly sell millions -- if not tens of millions -- of units worldwide and would be the music industry’s equivalent of a license to print money.

Jackson had failed to appear at many of the scheduled rehearsals in Los Angeles over the past two months. But he did show up at a full rehearsal at the Staples Center of his scheduled July 13 London concert on the night before his death.

The rehearsal, which went on for several hours, included dancers, musicians and aerial performers. Three people close to the production said it had been captured by multiple cameras, and the audio digitally recorded in a manner that could be used to produce a surround-sound DVD and audio products.

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean


Debbie Rowe: “I Lost My Best Friend”. 29-06-'09

On his web site Showbiz411.com Roger Friedman published a short interview with Debbie Rowe:

Debbie Rowe, mother of Michael Jackson’s two eldest children, is holed up at her ranch a couple of hours away from Los Angeles. She can’t leave because paparazzi have been staking out her house since Thursday. It doesn’t matter. She is, as I told you on Thursday ”inconsolable.”

She told me during a brief conversation today: “I lost my best friend.”

Rowe was married to Jackson when she had Prince Michael I and Paris Katherine. But it was always understood that they’d part. Now, she is in tears missing her friend.

So far, Rowe has not addressed the issue of the kids or custody despite frantic reports. She wouldn’t do that, she says. “Michael hasn’t even been buried,” she says. Rowe has always had an excellent relationship with Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and looks forward to talking to her soon, and possibly even seeing the children when the time is right.

For right now, though, she’s turned off her phones and Internet, and is trying to observe a period of mourning. How utterly sensible!

One thing I didn’t bring up with Rowe, but shouldn’t be forgotten: her friendship with Michael was the thing that saved him at his child molestation trial in 2005. Rowe testified for him in court, clearing up for the jury all misconceptions about the pop icon. Her testimony is generally thought to have been the deciding factor in the jury’s deliberations, and kept Jackson out of jail.

Source: Showbiz411.com / Billie Jean


TMZ Acquires Stolen Facebook Photos. 29-06-'09

Roger Friedman published the following information regarding the stolen family photos that have been published recently by TMZ:

Al Malnik, Michael Jackson’s friend and mentor from Florida, is not happy this morning with TMZ.

The pay-for-play website has published personal photographs belonging to Malnik and his wife, Nancy, of Michael, his three kids, the Malniks and friends that were taken about five or six years ago.

Nancy Malnik tells me she posted the photographs to friends only, with all the restrictions necessary, on her Facebook page. One of her 200 or so Facebook “friends” evidently copied 20 of the pictures and sold them to TMZ without permission.

“I can’t believe it,” Nancy Malnik told me this morning. “I’ve looked through the list and can’t figure out who would do such a thing.”

Meantime, Al Malnik cleared up for me a confusion that’s been out in the media. He does not have a 2004 will from Michael Jackson and was never appointed his executor. Michael simply asked him if he’d be the executor of his will. “But I never heard anything about it again,” Malnik told me. Malnik did sign a notarised agreement making him godfather to Michael’s third child, Prince Michael II aka Blanket.

As far as TMZ is concerned, they’re on notice for publishing purloined photos.

Source: Showbiz411.com / Billie Jean


Obama Has Written To Jackson Family. 29-06-'09

On the NBC program "Meet the Press," Obama adviser David Axelrod said the US president believes Michael Jackson was "an important and magnificent performer" who made an undeniable impact on music and entertainment.

Asked why Obama had yet to speak publicly about Michael Jackson's sudden death, Axelrod said: "The president has written the family and has shared his feelings with the family. He felt that was the appropriate way to go."

Source: MJFC / CNN / Billie Jean


Joseph Jackson Gives Press Conference. 29-06-'09

Flanked by the Ref. Al Sharpton, Michael Jackson's father spoke briefly to a gaggle of press and fans outside their home in Encino.

"I am so proud of my son, Michael" the Jackson family patriarch stated.

He told the press that Katherine had been granted guardianship of Michael's three children and reported that they were fine and playing with the other children at the Encino home. Asked about Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of two of the children, Mr. Jackson stated "She has nothing to do with this." When asked about Mrs Jackson, he said that she "was fine."

In response that ex-nanny, Grace, would be returning to assist in caring for the children, Mr. Jackson acknowledged that she was "a friend of the family," but that had not been decided yet.

Mr. Jackson said that no plans for a funeral have been made yet and assured the press that they would be told as soon as that information would be available. The time and place are, naturally, up to the family. Mr. Jackson said that Michael will not be buried at Neverland, as had been speculated.

He also said that he had not seen Michael's will yet.

On the entertainment side, it appears that there is a project in the works to assist talented underprivileged artists in Michael's name.

Source: MSNBC / Billie Jean


MJ Number OneMichael’s Number 1. 29-06-'09

Michael has topped the UK album chart with his 2003 greatest hits package ‘Number Ones’. His hit song ‘Man In The Mirror’ also topped the singles chart, making it his first number one since ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ in April 1997.

On the album charts, as well as ‘Number Ones’ in the top spot, ‘Thriller’ is at number 7, ‘King Of Pop’ is at number 14, ‘Off The Wall’ is at number 17 and ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’ is at number 20. In total 11 Michael Jackson or Jackson Five albums featured in the top 200.

In the singles chart, 43 out of the top 200 singles feature the King of Pop, with Michael’s hits accounting for all but one of the new entries in the top 40. Here is a list of the songs to hit the chart:

‘Man In The Mirror’ - #1
‘Smooth Criminal’ - #11
‘Billie Jean’ - #13
‘Thriller’ - #17
‘Beat It’ - #18
‘I Want You Back’ - #19
‘Black Or White’ - #27
‘Dirty Diana’ - #29
‘Blame It On The Boogie’ - #30
‘Ben’ - #32
‘Earth Song’ - #36
‘You Are Not Alone’ - #37
‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ - #38

Overall, Michael accounted for over 300,000 record sales across singles and albums in just two days this week.

Source: BBC / Billie Jean


Joseph & Janet Jackson Tribute To Michael At The BET Awards. 29-06-'09

Sunday's BET Awards at Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium honored entertainers for their achievements last year and also served as a tribute to Michael Jackson – whose father Joseph Jackson and sister Janet Jackson were present at the event.

Wearing a black hat, sunglasses and a dark suit, the patriarch of the Jackson family walked the red carpet and told CNN about Michael:

"I wish the world had recognized him when he was living. Right now, he's bigger than ever. But I wish he was here to see all this, to hear all this."

The memory of Michael dominated the event. Host Jamie Foxx made his entrance in a red leather "Billie Jean" jacket. "No need to be sad. We want to celebrate this black man," said Foxx. "We gonna go through all of Michael Jackson."

The host closed his opening monologue with his rendition of Jackson's signature Moonwalk. "I hope I can make it," said Foxx, adding that it was his first attempt since 1983.

Throughout the evening, entertainers, including Beyoncé, paid tribute to Michael as his father sat in a front row seat in the auditorium, accompanied by Rev. Al Sharpton. Beyoncé dedicated her award to Michael, whom she called "my teacher and hero."

Moreover, presenter Marlon Wayans, accompanied by Entourage star Jeremy Piven, addressed Joe Jackson and said, "The Jacksons had a profound effect on my family. If it wasn't for the Jacksons there would be no Wayans. Thank you."
Basketball star LeBron James, collected his best male athlete trophy, told the crowd, "My heart and prayers go out to the whole Jackson family. What they did for us ... was amazing."

At the close of the ceremony, Janet Jackson addressed the audience for the first time since Thursday about Michael. "My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was too painful," she told everyone, including her father who stood and applauded from his seat. "To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. He will forever live in all of hearts."

A visibility emotional Janet added, "On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much."

In the pressroom, where he made a quick appearance, Joe Jackson was asked if Michel might have a message for his fans at this time. He responded, "I think if Michael was here he would've enjoyed the celebration, but … he couldn't be here. It's like he was larger than he was ever before. I think Michael gives his love to everybody and we hope his record will never be broken."

When asked how he would like his son to be remembered, Mr. Jackson said, "Well as you know, since the tragedy has happened, I would like him to be remembered forever all over the world. We know that all over the world everybody will support him."

Source: MJFC / People / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Last Art Purchase. 29-06-'09

Michael Jackson bought some pretty expensive art two weeks before he died.

On June 11, Jackson purchased a picture of the 'Wicked Witch of the West', a painting called 'The Donut Queen' and a painting called 'Play Ball'. The artist for all three works was Nelson De La Nuez.

We're told Jackson was "obsessed" with the Wicked Witch painting.

Pop Art Painting
Michael spent $13,000 on three paintings by artist Nelson De La Nuez. Michael chose 'The Donut Queen', 'Wicked Witch of the West' and 'Play Ball'.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


BET Awards Turns Into A Michael Jackson Tribute. 28-06-'09

Black Entertainment Television has altered it's already scheduled to air awards show this evening into a Michael Jackson Tribute. The network scrambled in 72 short hours to call in additional acts to add to the show for this special evening and extended the awards show by thirty minutes. Chairman for the BET Network, Mrs. Debra L. Lee, called the ceremony a "total overhaul". The network insisted that a Michael Jackson Tribute be a part of the ceremony in honour of his passing.

The New Edition will reunite with Bobby Brown this evening to perform a Jackson 5 medley at the BET Awards being held this evening at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This opener will be part of an extended tribute to Michael Jackson. Other performers that have been scheduled to honour Michael by performing his songs include Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and Maxwell, according to the show's producer and former Jackson rep, Ron Weisner.

Weisner told Billboard.com “A day and a half ago, we had one show and today we have a whole other show. Overnight, literally, it changed. The show was completely rewritten, we booked additional people – we're trying to address a very unfortunate situation.”

The show, that airs on BET at 8:00 ET/PT, will be extended to three and a half hours. The guest list and media requests have grown and the red carpet has been extended to accommodate fans, press and celebrities. As this is being written, there is a report coming in that Michael's father, Joseph Jackson, has arrived on the Red Carpet.

Weisner continues “It's something we had to deal with at the very last minute. I wish we didn't have to but it's just a fact of life.”

Other artists previously schedule to perform include Jay-Z, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Soulja Boy, Keri Hilson, Mary Mary, Fabolous, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, Monica, Young Jeezy, Trey Songz and Tyrese. Also schedule to appear are the O'Jays, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, Tyra Banks, Taraji P. Henderson, Idris Elba, Sherri Shepherd, Anthony Anderson, Paula Patton, Estelle, LeToya Luckett, Nichelle Nichols, Keke Palmer, Ray J, Snoop Dogg, Ving Rhames, Zoe Saldana and Marlon Wayans.

There were rumours that some or all of the Jackson family would appear on the broadcast, but Weisner says that nothing was confirmed. “There's lots of rumours, but as we speak, I have no knowledge of them being here. It might change. I had a conversation with Janet the other night and I spoke to LaToya, but I don't know if they're up for being out in public.”

Source: Billboard.com / Associated Content / Billie Jean


Song Dedicated To Michael. 28-06-'09

Guitarist Jeff Young was in the recording studio putting the final touches on a very special song when he learned the news of Michael Jackson's passing. He decided to dedicate this wonderful song to the King of Pop and wanted very much for the fans to hear it so that we might be comforted. Here is his dedication along with the lyrics to the song:

Millions will forever remember where they were the day Michael Jackson transcended this world. The fact that I was in a recording studio laying the final guitar solo and preparing to mix the following track with the same man that mixed sister Janet's mega-hit "Black Cat" can be no accident... just as Michael Jackson's unending and unprecedented contributions to the world of music, dance, film & racial unity are no accident.

More than any musician in history, his god given gifts were revealed in ways that reached into our souls with a gloved hand, touching the very core of everything that is humanity. Although the "music world" will forever mourn his passing and suffer the loss of his innate creativity, Michael Jackson - the man and his music are forever "Eternal."

ETERNAL (Sergio Assad, Gregg Analla, Jeff Young)

bring the night
set the stage
dim the lights now
stroke the keys
fire the drums
light a candle
i hear a voice slice the silence around me
it's time again...
cascading colors in lyrical flight
shinning and luminous guardian angel
bow your head to the beat it's caressing
keeping time
cascading currents and vibrating cries
shinning and luminous guardian angel sing
voices eternal
tears flowing - life is so frail

guardian angel sing
the voice is eternal
tears flowing life is so frail
beautiful visions caught in the light of this...

place the mic in the shrine of the spotlight
anticipate
vocalize dreams of both present and past
capture emotion in a life everlasting
face the crowd sing your song for the last time
and nevermore
all of your memories caught in a spark
rhythm and light lead you out of the darkness - sing!

voices eternal
tears flowing life is so frail
guardian angels sing
the voice is eternal
tears flowing - life is so frail
beautiful visions caught in a smile on your face

guardian angels sing
voices eternal
tears flowing - life is so frail

flowing full circle
life never faded away

Source: MJFC / Jeff Young / Billie Jean


Jackson Brothers Meet At Neverland Ranch. 28-06-'09

Three of Michael Jackson's brothers visited Neverland Valley Ranch, reminiscing about his life. Jackie, Jermaine and Tito lunched at the ranch with Thomas Barrack, the investor who arranged the joint venture with Michael Jackson after the singer nearly lost the ranch to foreclosure.

Owen Blicksilver, a spokesperson for the joint venture that owns the ranch, said that it is too soon to discuss what will happen with the property. The ranch has recently been undergoing renovations. Mr. Blicksilver said that Mr.Barrack feels close to the family and wants to hear their thoughts on how to best honour Michael's memory.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Michael Had A Pulse When Doctor Found Him? 28-06-'09

Housten attorney Edward Chernoff, representing Dr. Conrad Murray, said today that Dr. Murray reported Michael was in bed and had a faint pulse when he arrived in his room. Dr. Murray stated that although Michael was not breathing, he was still warm to the touch and had a faint pulse. He then immediately began administering CPT. He added that he did did not prescribe nor give Michael the drugs Demerol or Oxycontin. Through the lawyer, Dr. Murry reportedly said that any drugs prescribed were given in response to a specific complaint from Michael.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Cardiologist Completes Interview With Police. 28-06-'09

Cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray who attended to Michael Jackson during his final moments has concluded a three hour interview with investigators in Los Angeles. His spokeswoman said that the interview to explain his actions concluded with findings that he is not a suspect. In the statement, it says that Murray has been in LA since the death and plans to remain until his assistance is no longer needed. The statement added that he was cooperative and provided information that will assist in the investigation.

In his interview with police, the doctor "helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies," Murray's spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik said in a statement Saturday. "Investigators say the doctor is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy."

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Chris Brown Speaks About MJ. 28-06-'09

Singer Chris Brown recently made these comments to eonline about his idol, Michael Jackson:

Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer. I am devastated by this great loss, and I will continue to be humbled and inspired by his legacy. My prayers are with his family. Michael will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He's the greatest...the best ever. No one will ever be better."

Source: eonline.com / Billie Jean

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