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Afrojack Took Deep Breath Before Remixing 'Bad'. 31-08-'12

At first, Dutch superstar DJ/house producer Afrojack wasn't sure he wanted to create two remixes of the song 'BAD' for the 25th anniversary reissue of the album.

Despite the daunting nature of the task, though, the Dutch house producer decided that his love of MJ's catalog was bigger than his fear of coming up musically short.

"The first time I heard about it, I was like, 'I'm not sure if I even want to do this because it's f---ing Michael Jackson. It's an honor, but I was like, 'are you sure?' I talked about the schedules not working and they tried everything to get me to do the remix. They even got a plane to fly me to the original studio where it was recorded in L.A. to make it happen.

You sit down and you first take a good, deep breath and realize what the f--- you're doing. Then you just do it. It's scary s---. He's passed away, he's the biggest legend of pop music ... ever. People will say it's disrespectful, it sucks or you can never touch anything Michael did."

Michael's family and estate personally reached out to Afrojack for the remixes:

"I accepted it and started on it and tried to make a 2012 version of the song for a new generation. And a lot of people like it and the family is happy with it and they're pushing it as one of he main singles, so I'm quite honored."

The producer said the family and estate chose him because they knew he was in a good place with lots of hype on his career, but also because Michael always wanted to work with the newest talents and sounds around.

"I'm pretty sure if the family says this is what he wanted, this is what he would have wanted. It's all done out of respect for Michael."

The 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's 1987 smash album not only features a remastered version of the original release, but a second disc of rarities and remixes, a live CD and live DVD. Included are both an extended club mix by 'Jack with a faster tempo, harder bass line and relentless dance beat and another one with a rap by Pitbull that was put together by Pit's frequent collaborator, DJ Buddha.

Source: MTV / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Kids Celebrate Dad’s 54th Birthday In Gary, Indiana. 30-08-'12

Michael Jackson's children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, are celebrating their father's 54th birthday in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. According to TMZ, the kids traveled with their grandmother, Katherine, aunt, La Toya, and co-guardian, T.J., to participate in the four-day Goin' Back To Indiana: Can You Feel It festival that began Wednesday, Jackson's birthday.

The events kick off with a Candlelight Tribute Vigil at 8 p.m. at the King Of Pop's old home located at 2300 Jackson Street. Reverend Jesse Jackson will open the program with a "message on love, peace and understanding," according to a statement on the ceremony's Facebook page.

On Thursday, the Jackson children will receive honorary uniforms from the Gary SouthShore RailCats, the city's independent professional baseball team, and will throw the night's first pitch. The game will be preceded by special musical performance by The Gratitude Project and will be followed by a moment of silence.

Katherine will be recognized on Friday during a dinner reception hosted by Gary mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. On Saturday, a musical salute will be held at the West Side Theatre Guild at West Side High School.

Paris posted a birthday greeting about her father on Twitter. "thru my joy & my sorrow, in the promise of another 2morrow, I'll never let u apart for ur always in my heart … happy birthday I love u daddy," she wrote Wednesday morning.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Documentary By Spike Lee To Run On ABC. 29-08-'12

Michael Jackson is coming to ABC, easy as 1-2-3.

The network said Tuesday that it will air "BAD25," a documentary about the deceased King of Pop directed by Spike Lee.

The documentary, which chronicles the creation of Jackson's 1987 album "Bad," will air on Thanksgiving. Further details will be released at a future date.

Using archival footage from the Michael Jackson estate, the film "focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the 'Bad' album and launch the Bad Worldwide Tour," according to ABC.

The documentary also includes interviews conducted by Lee with Jackson confidants, choreographers and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, who directed the "Bad" video, and Joe Pytka, who helmed the "Heal the World" video.

Lee himself directed the video for "They Don't Care About Us," from Jackson's "HIStory" album.

"This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson," said Lee, who filmed the documentary in advance of the album's 25th anniversary. "Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson's 'Bad' album."

Released on Aug. 31, 1987, "Bad" won two Grammy awards and was nominated for six, and spawned hits such as the title track, "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal." The album's anniversary will be marked by the release of deluxe 25th anniversary editions of the album.

The album's 25th anniversary will be celebrated on Sept. 18, 2012 with the Legacy/Epic Records release of deluxe 25th anniversary editions of the album.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Happy Birthday, Michael! 29-08-'12

Today, August 29th, 2012, it would bee Michael's 54th birthday celebration... As the years go by, it seems like he has not really left. Today commemorate fans and fan clubs each in their own way, Michael.

Love you Michael, Gone Too Soon.

Webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean


Celebrate Michael Jackson’s 54th Birthday With Dance Parties At D.C. Clubs. 28-08-'12

Michael Jackson would have been 54 on Wednesday. Since his 2009 passing, the week of his birthday has become a time of celebration and nostalgia at D.C. area clubs. Here are three ways you can remember the King of Pop this week.

Monday: DJ Jahsonic ’s annual tribute to Michael and the Jacksons at Marvin is one of our favorite dance parties of the year.

Friday I: U Street Music Hall’s annual “Michael Jackson is Still Alive” party features perennial favorites Jerome Baker III (of Rock Creek Social Club’s Goodlife Tuesdays) and James Nasty (Baltimore City Paper’s “Best DJ in a Club” for his Ottobar parties) spinning their favorite MJ songs starting at 5 p.m..

Friday II: DJ Dredd is one of Washington`s top party DJs and his annual tribute to Michael Jackson at the Howard Theatre is one of the best going.

Source: Washington Post / Billie Jean


Friedman: Mystery About Unreleased Songs From BAD25. 28-08-'12

EXCLUSIVE There are some mysteries about a couple of unreleased tracks including in the upcoming Michael Jackson “Bad25″ album. Two of the eight tracks– which are really wonderful–are unknown entirely to the engineers who worked on “Bad” in 1986. Those tracks are a lovely ballad called “I’m So Blue” and a slice of funk called “Song Groove (aka Abortion Papers).” Neither Bruce Swedien nor Bill Bottrell has any memory of them. I played the songs for each of them this weekend, and came up with no answers. “Michael must have gotten out and recorded with someone else,” Bottrell told me.

But don’t worry–they are completely by Michael Jackson.

Here’s some more info from the boxed set of Michael Jackson’s “Bad 25″ anniversary project coming on September 18th. Jackson fans should be ears up on this since we get some explanations for how the estate put the project together after Frank DiLeo unexpectedly and tragically passed away. Here’ an excerpt, plus a description of some of the unreleased songs I wrote about this morning. I’m telling you, “I’m So Blue” is one I cannot get out of my head. Very annoying, in a good way.

DON’T BE MESSIN’ ROUND

It is well-known that Michael might start a song for one album, and then choose not to use it. The song would later be pulled from his vaults for possible use on a subsequent album project. “Don’t Be Messin’ Round” is an example of one such song, and how it took shape at the time of BAD. Indeed, Bruce Swedien has called it one of his favorites.

I’M SO BLUE

For Michael, creating a demo is how he let someone (in this case Quincy and Bruce) know what he wanted to hear in the finished recording. It also was a vehicle for writing both the lyrics and the music (since he didn’t actually write lead sheets). And because he was such a perfectionist, this really meant giving them a demo that, to most people, would be considered a finished “record” and not a demo at all as Bruce Swedien, among others, have noted. This is an example of one of those “demos.”

SONG GROOVE (A/K/A ABORTION PAPERS)

As noted earlier, this is a song that Michael knew could be controversial and, as a result, he spent a lot of time thinking about the story for the song and the voice through which the song should be told. The song is about a girl whose father is a priest; she was raised in the Church and on the Bible. She gets married in the Church but decides, against the Bible, to have an abortion and she wants “Abortion Papers.” As Michael indicated in his notes, “I have to do it in a way so I don’t offend girls who have gotten abortions or bring back guilt trips so it has to be done carefully… I have to really think about it.“ This is an early example of a song with a controversial subject.

FREE

Generally, Michael’s process for creating a song would start with the chorus and harmonies first and it would build from there to include melodies and the lyrics for the verses. This piece shows a song that is clearly still a “work in progress” but with a full, finished chorus and harmonies.

PRICE OF FAME

Sometimes a song is written with a story in mind. In Michael’s work notes we found the story for this song – blind obsession. He described the story as “the girls who are over-obsessed with me, who follow me, who almost make me kill myself in my car, who just give their lives to do anything with me, to see me – they’ll do anything and it’s breaking my heart. It’s running me crazy. It’s breaking up my relationship with my girl, with my family. That’s the ‘Price of Fame’.”

AL CAPONE

When you listen to some early demos of songs, you can tell instantly what song it is. This is NOT one of those songs. It is an example of how different a song can be during its early stages of development from its later, finished polished version. If it were not a well known fact that “Smooth Criminal” was developed out of “Al Capone,” it would be hard to know that it had its roots in the material based on listening to this early recording.

Source: MJFC / Showbiz411 / Billie Jean


Jennifer Batten Tour. 27-08-'12

Jennifer Batten will honor the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's album BAD with an innovative multimedia music/visuals show for dance clubs. Batten toured the globe as Michael Jackson's lead guitarist during all three of his solo tours. Afterwards she toured for three years with British guitar legend Jeff Beck. In October 2012, she will begin performing in dance clubs with her innovative multimedia Michael Jackson music show, featuring all new films, live guitar, and Michael Jackson music remixes.

For additional details please click here.

Source: MJFC / Jennifer Batten / PowerPressKits / Billie Jean


MJJ Magazine Issue 10 With Poster. 27-08-'12

Michael personally selected the picture (cover of issue 10) for a private Disney-related project back in 1991, then he picked it again in 2008 for a Julien’s Auctions Exhibition.

This issue will feature lots of official never-before-seen photos from the Bad Era.

MJJ Magazine incl. megaposter - 36 pag. glossy - feat. official never before seen live and still photos from mjj productions archives - facts news articles reports - unpublished photos - bad world tour backstage rehearsals show in pictures - the exclusive interview nate giorgio fine arts & paintings - plus: bad25 documentary the premiere - the king of style dressing michael jackson - king of pop slot machines launched in las vegas & much more.. - inspired by black&white magazine - rare & hard-to-find collector's magazine - printed with a special realistic amazing photo effect!

You can pre-order here.

Source: MJJ Magazine / Billie Jean


Thrill The World 2012. 26-08-'12

Thrill the World, the annual worldwide participatory zombie dance event set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller", will take place at Occidental Park in Seattle (USA) on October 27, 2012. rehearsals will resume August 26, 2012 and will continue on September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, with dress rehearsal on October 20. Rehearsals take place at Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle.

Rehearsals and participation in the event are free, but donations are encouraged. This year's donations benefit 'The Lighthouse For The Blind'. The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. helps create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency of people who are blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities. It was founded in 1918 as a social enterprise nonprofit organization and now employs over 240 individuals who are blind or have a visual disability. Employment is made possible through adaptive technology, braille, and special support to make jobs accessible.

For additional information and events in other cities please visit http://www.seattlethrillers.com or http://thrilltheworld.com/.

Thrill The World is the annual global attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous Thriller dance while raising money for charities. October 2012 will mark the 29th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. The Seattle Thrillers will join Thriller groups all over the world at the same time to perform on October 27th 12:00 pm.

Source: MJFC / Seattle Times / Thrill The World / Billie Jean


Friedman: Remembering 'Uncle Tookie'. 25-08-'12

Roger Friedman posted the following on his Showbiz411 column: Remembering Frank DiLeo, “Uncle Tookie,” A Great Friend and Music Biz Genius.

Frank DiLeo died a year ago today, August 24th. But really, he died on March 21st, after open heart surgery at Cedars Sinai Hospital left him in a permanent coma. He never woke up. What should have been relatively common surgery turned into a nightmare. Some time during the night after the surgery, Frank had another attack or a stroke. He lost too much oxygen, unattended, and had no way of fighting back.

Frank was a famously colorful figure in the record business. His success with Michael Jackson on “Thriller” and then “Bad” probably inflated him beyond anything normal. I didn’t know him then, I met him later. Nevertheless, he was the architect of those triumphs, and Michael knew it. Over the years as a long line of swindlers and con men worked their way through Neverland, it was always Frank to whom Michael turned. In the winter of 2008, Michael was already calling Frank after many debacles. By the spring, when the London concerts were announced, it was Frank who Michael wanted by his side. If they’d gone to England, Frank was going to be right there.

Sony is about to release the 25th anniversary edition of “Bad,” complete with a Spike Lee documentary. Frank was working on that project when he got sick in February 2011. He knew more about “Bad” then almost anyone except for Bruce Swedien. He used to talk about the outtakes from “Bad” all the time. One song you’ll hear in the boxed set, “Don’t Be Messin’ Around,” was his favorite. I’m just sorry he doesn’t get to see all the hoopla and receive the accolades. And I’m told there are still unresolved issues between him and Sony regarding money. (Isn’t that always the case in the record business?) As much as Michael was a genius, Frank was the one who knew how to execute the singer-performer’s dreams.

It’s a terrible thing to lose a friend; I’ve thought about Frank every day since he left us last year. He had already lost his own friend, Michael. He was with him in the hospital room when Michael was pronounced dead. It broke his heart. Even through their times apart, Michael was the highlight of Frank’s professional life. Once Michael died, Frank was a little lost, I think. Like Michael, he always expected to reclaim their glory days. I know they’re together right now in heaven–Frank chomping on a cigar and getting ready to celebrate Michael’s birthday on the 29th. And they’re free of the burden of re-creating the most successful star-manager combo since Colonel Parker and Elvis.

Rest easy, Frank.

Source: MJFC / Showbiz 411 / Billie Jean


Come And Get It : Rare Pearls (2CD Album). 25-08-'12

Hip-O Select, in cooperation with Motown, has unearthed 32 of these tracks for Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls, available directly from the company on the end of August.

The two-CD set is housed in a special box with a vinyl 7" single, rare photos, essays and detailed recording information.

Bonus tracks are: producer Deke Richards' original unedited version of That's How Love Is, a rarity which first appeared on 2009's I Want You Back!: The Unreleased Masters; Richards' original extended mix for If I Have To Move A Mountain, an LP track issued in 1972; and a super treat for J5 fans, the demo for Mama's Pearl, previously hidden deep in Deke's personal vault.

The release is limited to 4,000 copies.

Track lists:

CD1:
1. (We’re The) Music Makers
2. If The Shoe Don’t Fit
3. Come And Get It (Love’s On The Fire)
4. I Got A Sure Thing
5. After You Leave Girl
6. Mama Told Me Not To Come
7. Iddint
8. Since I Lost My Baby
9. Keep An Eye
10. Movin’
11. Feelin’ Alright
12. You Better Watch Out
13. I’m Your Sunny One (He’s My Sunny Boy)
14. Someone’s Standing In My Love Light

CD2:
1. If You Want Heaven
2. You Can’t Hurry Love
3. Keep Off The Grass
4. Going My Way
5. Makin’ Life A Little Easier For You
6. Up On The Roof
7. If I Can’t Nobody Can
8. Our Love
9. I Can’t Get Enough Of You
10. Cupid
11. Let’s Go Back To Day One
12. Would Ya Would Ya Baby
13. Love Trip
14. Label Me Love
15. Jumbo Sam
16. That's How Love Is - Original Complete Version
17. If I Have To Move A Mountain - Original Complete Version
18. Mama's Pearl - Demo (Guess Who's Making Whoopee)

Record label: Hiposelect-Motown
Series number: 602537089116
Guide price: 30,7 €

Go to Amazon

Source: music-news / Billie Jean


Katherine Wants Extensive Audit Of Estate. 24-08-'12

Perry Sanders, the attorney of Katherine Jackson, told RadarOnline.com, that his client wants her legal team to do an extensive audit of Michael Jackson's estate:

"My audit is being done to see the details of where the money is coming from and where it is going. The beneficiaries should be entitled to all detailed documentation so they can see what THEIR money is paying for."

On July 19, Katherine's lawyers submitted legal docs asking for "production of supporting documents for account current," and the docs state, "Ms. Katherine Jackson...hereby requests that representatives John Branca, John McClain and counsel for the Estate of Michael Jackson produce for inspection and audit all supporting documents for the Second Account Current and Report of Status of Administration and Petition.."

However, lawyers for Michael Jackson's Estate have several issues with Katherine Jackson's request, and said in their response:

"John Branca and John McClain object to the Request to the extent that it is vague and ambiguous as to the phrase 'all supporting documents for the Second Account Current' in that the Request encompasses thousands of pages of documents which potentially support the Second Account Current...Responding Party (the executors) objects to the Request to the extent that it seeks highly confidential business and financial information...it will not produce such documents absent the entry of a stipulation and protective order governing, among other things, the access to and use highly confidential documents."

Most of the contracts that the estate has entered into are sealed because they contain trade secrets and other privileged information, and this is routinely done to protect the best interests of the estate. Almost all of the major contracts, business deals and other transactions have all been presented to Judge Beckloff by the executors, in order to be transparent with Michael Jackson's estate. The executors have requested that Michael Jackson's estate be handled in probate court for another year.

Judge Mithcell Beckloff will weigh in on what documents if any, the estate will turn over to Katherine Jackson.

Source: MJFC / Radaronline / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Speed Demon' Remixed By Nero. 24-08-'12

Michael Jackson has been remixed by Nero.

The dubstep act have reworked Jackson's promotional single 'Speed Demon', which originally featured on the soundtrack for 1988 film Moonwalker.
The new version will be included on the upcoming repackaged collection Bad 25, which features further remixes from Afrojack and DJ Buddha.

The three-CD set will include a remastered version of the original Bad album along with two discs of live performances, remixes, unreleased tracks and demos.

An accompanying DVD will include live footage from Jackson's 1988 Wembley Stadium show - where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were in the audience - as well as a couple of performances from other concerts.

Bad 25 will be released in the UK on September 17 and a day later in the US.

To listen to the remix, please click here.

Source: Digitalspy / Billie Jean


Executor Is Cool Under Jackson Family Pressure. 24-08-'12

While family members squabble in public over Michael Jackson's money, the man who holds the purse strings of the estate is a calm center of the storm.

As co-executor of Jackson's will, John Branca chooses to ignore the erupting dramas and personal attacks and keeps his eye on the future, which he says belongs to Jackson's mother and children and to the pop star's musical legacy.

He and co-executor John McClain have been successfully pursuing projects to pay off a mountain of debt left by the superstar, to assure the financial future of his three children and to guarantee that Jackson's music will live forever.

"When Michael Jackson died, he was near bankruptcy," said Branca, suggesting the future for his three young children was uncertain. "Now we know the kids will be OK."

Branca sat down recently with The Associated Press to discuss the current state of the Jackson estate and projects to preserve Jackson's image as the King of Pop.

They sent a lengthy letter that became public accusing the executors of deceit and manipulation of their mother and claiming that Jackson's will was a fraud. They have not taken any court action and legal experts say the time to challenge the will, which disinherited them, is long past.

Branca and McClain issued a statement calling the accusations "false and defamatory," adding "we are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress is being made to secure the financial future of his children ..."

This week, they announced an agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing to administer Jackson's Mijac Music catalog, which includes such hits as "Beat It" and "Billie Jean." The deal is expected to generate enough revenues to pay off a remaining $5 million loan by year's end.

Since Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, Branca said the singer's personal debt of $200 million has been paid off and another $300 million tied to his ownership of the Sony and ATV catalogs has been renegotiated.

"Michael had a will and a trust and that's what we follow," he said.

The estate pays Mrs. Jackson $70,000 a month for the children's support, pays the rent on their mansion in Calabasas, and is picking up bills for other expenses including renovation of their Encino home.

Branca's AP interview was his indirect response to accusations by Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie Jackson that the estate was being mishandled. Jermaine later disavowed the incendiary letter and called for peace in the family. But Janet, Randy and Rebbie fired back with a letter of their own reiterating their complaints.

Brimming with excitement, Branca spoke of upcoming ventures he thinks would have delighted Jackson, especially a permanent Jackson-themed extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip. It comes on the heels of the Cirque du Soleil Jackson tribute show, "Immortal: The World Tour."

"The Lion King" theater at the Mandalay Bay Hotel is being rebuilt to house the still untitled show, also a Cirque du Soleil production, which is set to open May 23, 2013.

"It will be highly theatrical and completely different from the arena show, which was more of a concert," Branca said. "We will have the opportunity to create something special and ground-breaking."

Declining to reveal all of the technical wizardry planned, he said, "We've got all kinds of tricks up our sleeves."

Every seat will have its own speakers, while the walls and ceiling will be used to create "a totally immersive experience for the audience," he said.

Unlike the touring show, there will be no live band and all music will come from remixes of Jackson's recordings.

Branca and co-executor McClain, a reclusive recording executive, say they understand Jackson's desires to take care of his mother and children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — financially and keep his music alive.

"We feel Michael entrusted us with his legacy and with the future of his mother and children," Branca said. "We're honored and proud and passionate about celebrating Michael. It's a labor of love for us. We love Michael."

Source: AP / Billie Jean


'BAD' To Be Honored At Concert. 23-08-'12

Michael Jackson's album 'Bad' will be honored at a Pepsi/Billboard concert. Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Bad" on August 29, 2012 at New York City's Gotham Hill with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with additional tunes from DJ Cassidy. The event will mark the conclusion of Pepsi and Billboard's 2012 Summer Beats Concert Series.

In addition to celebrating the music of "Bad," the Summer Beats Concert will also feature performances of the artists' current hits.

Earlier this year, Pepsi also celebrated the 25th anniversary of "Bad" with 1 billion limited-edition cans featuring Jackson's iconic silhouette, worldwide giveaways for special prizes like jackets inspired by the original BAD Tour and tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour and free downloads of custom remixes by dance producers like A-Trak.

Source: MJFC / Billboard / Billie Jean


TJ Jackson Official Co-Guardian. 23-08-'12

A L.A. judge ruled that from now on TJ Jackson will be an official co-guardian of Michael Jackson`s children Prince, Paris, and Blanket. He is permanently sharing guardianship with Michael`s mother Katherine Jackson.

TJ was awarded temporary co-guardianship during the confusion due to Katherine Jackson`s absence some time ago but that was made permanent today. TJ has received enormous support from the Jackson family to take a guardianship role, including Katherine and the kids. He has been a father figure to the children for years. As co-guardian, he will assume many of the day-to-day tasks involved in taking care of the children, including management of household personnel and security.

The judge told TJ in court to be mindful of the giant rift currently tearing apart the Jackson family and asked TJ to make sure the children aren't negatively affected.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Jackson’s “Unity Tour” To Resume This Fall. 22-08-'12

The Jacksons, featuring Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon & Tito Jackson, will bring their “Unity Tour” to Beau Rivage this October, the venue has announced.

According to promotional information released by the Jacksons, the group’s ongoing Unity Tour is the first time it has been on the road since 1984. The group played about two dozen dates in June and July; a full list of fall dates has not yet been released.

The Biloxi show will take place Oct. 20. Ticket prices range from $39.95 to $59.95 plus tax and service charge; they go on sale Thursday, Aug. 23, and will be available at the casino box office and through Ticketmaster.

A casino representative said that the show will go on sale through Beau Rivage phone lines at 9 a.m. Thursday and that Ticketmaster sales should start about the same time. The Beau Rivage ticket line is 1-888-566-7469.

The four brothers rose to fame in the 1970s, along with the late Michael Jackson, as the Jackson 5. According to tour promotional materials, shows will feature music from “the Jackson 5, the Jacksons and Jermaine Jackson’s solo career.”

Source: All Alabama / Billie Jean


MJ’s Hometown Readies For Celebration, Katherine And MJ’s Children Expected. 21-08-'12

Michael Jackson’s Indiana hometown is gearing up for a weeklong celebration marking what would have been Michael’s 54th birthday.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said at a Friday news conference outlining the celebration that Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson and her late son’s three children are expected to take part in some of the events.

Freeman-Wilson said Katherine Jackson “loves the city of Gary and wants to reach out to the city.”

Gary’s Jackson salute will begin Aug. 29 with a candlelight tribute at the Jackson family’s former home on what would have been his 54th birthday.

This is the third year Gary has hosted a tribute for Michael Jackson.

Source: Wane / magazineUSA / Billie Jean


Spike Lee Talks About The Upcoming ‘Bad 25' Documentary. 20-08-'12

During an interview with radio station Power 106 FM Spike Lee talks about the upcoming Bad 25 documentary. Spike says he had access to everything because he worked with Sony Music, Epic and the Michael Jackson Estate. There are things in the documentary that people have never seen before. Besides the DVD release there are also talks about bringing the documentary to TV networks.

 

Source: Power 106 FM / Billie Jean


Announcement: Sony To Represent MIJAC Music Catalog. 20-08-'12

SONY / ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING SIGNS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE
ADMINISTRATION AGREEMENT TO REPRESENT MIJAC MUSIC CATALOG

Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that the company has entered into a worldwide administration agreement to represent Michael Jackson’s iconic Mijac Music catalog. Founded by Michael Jackson in 1980 as his personal publishing company, Mijac Music grew to include – in addition to all of his own incredible songs – the classic Sly and the Family Stone catalog, songs by the legendary Philadelphia soul team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as well as songs made famous by other artists such as Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin.

Of the announcement, Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV said, “We are thrilled that the Estate of Michael Jackson has entrusted us with this incredible catalog of songs, and everyone at Sony/ATV looks forward to finding innovative ways to use these songs, while protecting their legacy.”

Commenting on the deal, John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson remarked, “Michael’s songs in the Mijac Music catalog not only showcase his greatness as a performer but also his creative genius as a songwriter. We are excited that the company Michael helped found, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and in which his Estate remains a 50% partner, will represent these amazing songs along with a rich collection of other music recorded by some of our greatest popular artists.”

The agreement comes in advance of the September 18 release of BAD25, a new two-disc-package and DVD that marks the 25th anniversary of Michael’s landmark BAD album.

The Mijac catalog includes all of the songs written by the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, including “Another Part Of Me,” “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” “Can You Feel It,” “Dangerous,” “Dirty Diana,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Earth Song,” “Heal the World,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Jam,” “Scream,” “Smooth Criminal,” “They Don’t Care About Us,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “We Are The World.”

Also included in the catalog are some of the most iconic songs in rock, pop and soul music history, including “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” “After Midnight,” “Ease on Down the Road,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” “I Got A Woman,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love Train,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “People Get Ready,” “Runaround Sue,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Sixteen Candles,” “The Wanderer”, “What’d I Say,” “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “You Don’t Know Me”. Of special note the catalog includes the songs made famous by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Sly and the Family Stone, including such hits as “Dance To the Music,” “Everybody is a Star,” “Everyday People,” “Family Affair,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “If You Want Me To Stay,” “Sing a Simple Song,” “Stand” and “Thank You.”

About Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world’s leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Leiber Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and the Famous Music catalogs, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than 2 million copyrights, including some of the best known songs ever written. Sony/ATV’s catalog includes “New York, New York,” “All You Need Is Love,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Moon River,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “The Mission Impossible Theme,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Stand By Me,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Beyoncé, Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z, Jessie J, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, P!nk, RedOne, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Stargate, Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


How I Paid Tribute To Michael Jackson - The Story of Michael Forever, The Tribute Concert. 18-08-'12

A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF A CONCERT THAT WENT WRONG IN A LOT OF WAYS...

Andy Picheta, experienced music film producer, steps out of semi retirement and a comfortable life in the Scottish Highlands to work on Michael Forever, a giant tribute concert to Michael Jackson, featuring a host of international stars and Michael's family, children and friends.

It sounds like the project of a lifetime, a perfect return to the world of rock 'n' roll, but wanton greed, massive hubris, secretive executive producers and a very rocky financial structure combine to quickly turn the dream into a nightmare of angry fans, incompetent management and wary performers. Miraculously, Michael Forever made it onto the stage. Whether it should have is a question this book tries to answer.

It’s available on amazon.com for US and amazon.co.uk for the UK. It’s also on amazon.de, amazon.fr, amazon.it and amazon.en or at mytributetomj.

Source: mytributetomj.com / Billie Jean


The Freedom Party's 3rd Annual Michael Jackson Tribute Night. 16-08-'12

Dance along with The King of Pop August 31st at a special edition of The Freedom Party.

On Friday August 31st, The Freedom Party will turn their award-winning weekly hip-hop-classics party into their annual Michael Jackson Tribute. Resident DJs Herbert Holler, Cosi, and Marc Smooth will be joined by guest host Kevin Powell for a night of Michael Jackson sing-along's, dance-offs, video mash-ups, and a special dance party in The Gallery at LPR featuring live congas by House of Rhumba's legendary Paposwing.

Now in it's third year, The Freedom Party's Michael Jackson Tribute night proves why they won Paper Magazine's People Choice for Best Party in NYC. It's a packed room full of dancers, b-boys, costumed Jackson 5 look-a-likes, and general Jackson lovers. This is NYC best Jackson tribute every year.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Dad Drops Wrongful Death Lawsuit. 16-08-'12

Michael Jackson's father has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the former doctor who was convicted of causing the singer's death.

Court records show Joe Jackson's request for a dismissal was granted Monday. The filings do not elaborate on a reason for dropping pursuit of the case, but two attorneys handling the case were recently ruled ineligible to practice law in California.

The Jackson family patriarch initially filed the lawsuit against Conrad Murray in June 2010, on the anniversary of his son's death. A federal judge refused to hear it and it had to be re-filed in state court in Los Angeles.

"It's good finally that this case is dismissed and gone," Murray's attorney Charles Peckham said Wednesday. "It's pretty clear that Joe Jackson intelligently and smartly dismissed this case so he, his wife and children can focus on Michael Jackson's life instead of the circumstances of his death."

He said Murray, who remains jailed and is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction, remains pained by Jackson's death and feels sorry for his family. "His heart goes out to them," Peckham said.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, continues to pursue a case against concert company AEG Live alleging it negligently hired and supervised Murray, who was giving Jackson nightly doses of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Murray's treatments were conducted while Jackson was preparing for a series of comeback concerts.

Her case is scheduled for trial in April.

Joe Jackson's case claimed Murray repeatedly lied to paramedics and doctors about giving Jackson propofol and that he did not keep adequate medical records — all issues that prosecutors raised against Murray during his trial last year.

He had been seeking damages for a variety of issues, including loss of income and support, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

Source: commercialappeal / Billie Jean


MJ's Estate Wants To Cough Up. 15-08-'12

Michael Jackson's estate wants to pay part of Janet Jackson's monthly mortgage.

The estate – which manages the late King of Pop's financial affairs – has filed documents asking a judge to foot part of the property bill for the Together Again star's Las Vegas home, as the house is occasionally used by family matriarch Katherine Jackson.

The estate is said to be willing to pay a share of the mortgage based on how much time the 82-year-old Katherine - who is co-guardian of Michael's three children Prince (15), Paris (14) and Blanket (10) - spends there, gossip website TMZ reports.

The request was submitted before Janet and some of her siblings called for the executors of Michael's estate to resign, claiming his will was a fake, and a hearing is still pending.

However, it is now unclear what will happen as it was recently reported that Katherine is refusing to speak to Janet and her siblings Randy and Rebbie Jackson because she feels they deliberately prevented her grandchildren from contacting her when she made an unplanned trip to a spa in Arizona.

The three of Katherine's children are reportedly banned from entering her home in which she lives with her grandchildren after attempting to remove the three adolescents from the property, and Katherine is said to be "heartbroken" over their recent behaviour and doesn't want to see them.

A source said: "For the time being, Janet, Rebbie, and Randy aren't allowed at the home. The executors were asked to send a letter to Katherine's children after the trio, plus Jermaine, descended onto the house while Katherine was in Tucson, Arizona unaware that her grandchildren had been trying to reach her, and an altercation ensued.

"Katherine is free to see Janet, Rebbie or Randy, just not at that house. However, Katherine has absolutely no desire to see them right now because she is just heartbroken that they betrayed her trust and didn't tell her that Michael's children had been trying to contact her."

The current family feud began when Janet, Rebbie, Randy and their brothers Jermaine and Tito sent a letter to Michael's estate executors John Branca and John McClain demanding their resignation and claiming that Michael's will was fraudulent. However, Jermaine and Tito later released statements in which they said they regretted signing the document.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Fire At Neverland Ranch. 14-08-'12

A grease-filled barbeque torpedoed a big party at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch this AM.

A large group was there for the shindig, when the staff lit the BBQ to get the coals hot. We’re told a grease build-up on the system ignited the hood system and caused some panic.

Three engines from the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. arrived but the blaze had already been put out.

The BBQ was cancelled.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Get’s A UK Re-release Of His 1987 Hit “Bad. 14-08-'12

Bad single release date Sunday 16th September.

Brand new remix of “Bad” worked on as an electrifying collaboration between Pitbull and Dutch DJ Afrojack. US superstar DJ/producer Afrojack last teamed up with Miami rapper Pitbull on the UK No.1 hit “Give Me Everything.”

Brand new “Speed Demon” remix from chart-toppers Nero. UK D&B/dubstep act Nero hit the UK No.1 spot with their debut album “Welcome Reality.”

Source: Sony Music / Billie Jean


The Michael Jackson Spectacular Fan Tribute Event “MJ SPECTACULAR”. 12-08-'12

Dear MJ Fans

In Celebration of the MJ IMMORTAL WORLD Tour coming to the O2 Arena in London (12th Oct – 20th Oct)- finally being able to hear MJ’s music at this great venue and 2012 being the 25th ANNIVERSARY year for the CLASSIC BAD ALBUM, We are pleased and honoured to announce

THE MICHAEL JACKSON SPECTACULAR FAN TRIBUTE EVENT “MJ SPECTACULAR”
To be held on Sunday 14th OCTOBER 2012 at the IndigO2 at the O2 from 12pm-6pm. This really promises to be one of the biggest MJ Fan Tribute days to ever be held and is a MUST ATTEND EVENT for all die hard MJ fans and the more casual MJ fan alike.

MJ SPECTACULAR is brought to you by MJ-LIVE-TRIBUTES an organisation that focuses on working with the MJ Fan clubs from around the world to bring you the BEST MJ Fan related events possible

VENUE: INDIGO2
There really isn’t a more fitting and perfectly amazing venue than the IndigO2 at the O2. It is a 1min walk away from the O2arena where the Immortal Tour will be taking place the very same day/weekend and perfect for fans to attend both events – put simply THIS IS A MICHAEL JACKSON WEEKEND FOLKS!

DATE: SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER 2012
Sunday was deemed to be the perfect day because all feedback from fan clubs suggested that fans wanted to attend an event where they had a day off from work and could relax. Sunday is a family day and as such we the MJ fan family will get a chance to be together.

Source: mjspectacular / Billie Jean


Billboard Awards TIWT. 11-08-'12

At the ninth annual Billboard Touring Awards, on November 8th in New York City, the Creative Content Award will be presented to Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour.’

Immortal, which blends Michael’s music with stunning visuals and the creative touch of Cirque, has been a critical and financial success. Since Oct. 2 of last year, the tour has notched attendance of 1,180,163 and grossed $133 million in ticket sales, according to Billboard Boxscore.

“Billboard is in many ways about the intersection of art and commerce, and the Creative Content Award addresses that in the realm of touring, while also acknowledging the need entertainment venues have for quality content that sells tickets,” says Ray Waddell, executive director of content and programming, touring & live entertainment, for Billboard. “Michael Jackson the Immortal Tour by Cirque du Soleil hits the mark on all levels.”

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Jackson Websites Shut Down For Violating Copyright. 11-08-'12

Howard Mann, the Canadian memorabilia dealer who partnered with Michael Jackson's mother on a tribute book and websites that use Jackson's image and music, violated copyrights held by Jackson's estate, a judge ruled on Friday.

A federal judge in Los Angeles granted an injunction blocking Mann from using the websites "michaeljacksonsecretvault.com" and "MJgives.com" and other similar domain names, saying he infringed on the late superstar's intellectual property.

"There is undisputed evidence that [Mann] intended in bad faith to profit from use of Jackson's name, by registering multiple domain names containing his name or the initials 'MJ' to sell Jackson-related products," U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote in his ruling.

The case against Mann was filed by the executors of Michael Jackson's estate in January 2011, 18 months after Jackson's death. The estate holds the copyright to Jackson's image and music for the benefit of his mother, Katherine and his three children.

Judge Pregerson sided with the executors, who claimed that the websites run by Mann used copyright protected clips of Jackson's song "Destiny," a logo featuring the King of Pop and art from the posthumous concert film "This Is It."

Mann has worked with Katherine Jackson on several projects since 2009, which include a coffee table book entitled "Never Can Say Goodbye," a DVD, and a calendar. All were sold via Mann's "secretvault" website.

Mann claimed he obtained the rights to the material at a bankruptcy sale involving members of Jackson's family several years ago.

The "michaeljacksonsecretvault.com" site failed to load on Friday and Mann could not immediately be reached for comment.

Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Estate of Michael Jackson, said a court date set for September 4, 2012 will involve "how much in damages the Michael Jackson Estate is entitled to collect from Mann and his various entities."

Estate executors, John Branca and John McClain, said in a statement they were "extremely pleased" with the court's ruling which will now prevent Mann from "continuing to unlawfully profit from Michael Jackson and his intellectual property."

Source: Reuters / Billie Jean

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