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Michael Jackson's Rug Returned. 31-12-'12

Members of the Beat It star’s entourage turned up at the West London store with the £15,000 carpet still neatly rolled and unused.

They said Jacko had personally picked out the lavish 12ft by 9ft silk and wool floor covering after spotting it on the shop website in 2009 and aides had come in to pay for it.

The singer had intended to place it in his dressing room at the O2 Arena for his final concert dates — but died before he ever had a chance to use it.

Staff at The Rug Company in exclusive Holland Park were amazed when aides returned with it asking if they could have their money back.

A Rug Company insider said: “Michael personally chose the rug so it would complement his concert dressing room. But the tour was scrapped.”

Amazingly, despite the long time gap staff DID give back the money.

The insider added: “The rug was sold with a lifetime guarantee and as it was unused and in immaculate condition we paid a full refund.”

The firm, which also supplies Madonna with rugs for her tours, has since put Jackon’s back on sale.

Source: The Sun / Billie Jean


GLEE's Kevin McHale Talks Michael Jackson's 'Bad'. 30-12-'12

Kevin McHale, actor in the US tv series 'Glee' (Artie), talks in a video about the experience of recreating 'Bad' for season 3's Michael Jackson tribute episode and the 'The Way You Make Me Feel' video. He also talks about his obsession with Michael and the major influence Michael had on his career.

'Glee' is a musical comedy about a group of eager and ambitious students who strive to outshine their singing competition to win Nationals while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High. Since its debut, 'Glee' has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors including the Golden Globe and Peabody Award and single handedly made glee clubs cool again. In addition to the regular cast, it has featured guest appearances by a wide range of talented performers, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Carol Burnett, Kathy Griffin, Cheyenne Jackson, John Stamos, Britney Spears, and Olivia Newton-John.

To view the video, please click here.

Source: MJFC / TV Broadwayworld / Billie Jean


Murray Prosecutors Try To Block Bid For Freedom. 29-12-'12

If prosecutors have their way ...Conrad Murray will stay locked up, even though an appeals court could reverse his manslaughter conviction in the death of Michael Jackson.

According to new court docs obtained by TMZ ... the California Attorney General is scoffing at Murray's bid for release pending appeal, arguing that he's totally unconvincing when he says he's not a flight risk. Murray is claiming if he gets out he'll live with his GF/baby mama Nicole Alvarez in Santa Monica, but prosecutors are quick to point out ... he has 7 kids with 5 women, which does not exactly make him the poster child of stability.

And get this ... Murray argued that he can't flee because he's a celeb and therefore can't run and hide. But prosecutors blanch at the doctor's argument, claiming it would be a travesty to reward him for becoming a celebrity by killing a true celebrity.

Prosecutors also say the fact that Murray has shown no remorse is a red flag that he might continue to be a danger to the community if set free.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Among Celebrities Whose Autographs Are Most Likely To Be Forged. 29-12-'12

Facebook.com/MichaelJacksonMichael Jackson is named on a newly-revealed list of the most-forged celebrity signatures. The "ten most dangerous autographs" tally was compiled by PSA/DNA, a group that bills itself as "the world's leading third-party authentication service for autographs and memorabilia." The organization notes that signatures from many popular entertainers and historical figures are more likely than not to be counterfeit.

Michael comes in at #5 on PSA/DNA's list of most-forged "Historical and Entertainment Autographs" list. The organization points out that the number of Michael forgeries rose in 2010, following his death a year earlier. As for authentic Michael memorabilia, the organization reports that a genuine signed photo fetches $1,000 and higher on the open market. PSA/DNA adds that the King of Pop's handwritten lyrics have been known to pull in five figures at auction.

Other music luminaries appearing on PSA/DNA's list of most-forged celebrities are Elvis Presley at #1, The Beatles at #2 and Jimi Hendrix at #8.

The company also released a separate list of the most-forged sports figures, which includes such stars as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.

Source: Magic1017 / Billie Jean


Michael's ID Card From TDCAU Short Film. 29-12-'12

Director Spike Lee posted on his Twitter account an image of an ID card that was created for the shooting of the prison version of the 'They Don't Care About Us' short film.

Spike Lee tweets:

"A Gem From My Vault. MJ's ID From THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT US-Prison Version Short Film. SHAMON."

Michael signed the ID card for Spike Lee:

"To Spike Lee You Are Truly Genius Love Michael Jackson"

To view the ID card, please visit Spike Lee's Twitter account.

Source: MJFC / Twitter / Billie Jean


MJ Hat On Auction In Paris. 26-12-'12

A felt hat custom-made for Michael Jackson is among celebrity memorabilia up for sale in Paris (France), the Drouot auction house announced today. The fedora was crafted by Los Angeles firm Maddest Hatter and he gave it to US singer Jonathan Davis at a 1984 concert in Buffalo.

The February 11, 2013 auction also features a leather ecritoire, or writing case, used by Marilyn Monroe, a pocket knife owned by Napoleon III, and a silver platform Armani shoe tossed to the audience by Lady Gaga.

Source: MJFC / NY Post / Billie Jean


Behind-The-Scenes: Michael Jackson’s Costume Designer Visits Fox 8. 23-12-'12

Michael's costume designer Michael Bush visited FOX 8 News Celeveland (USA) while being in the city for a book signing and brought along some of the famous costumes and accessories he created for Michael. You can see several pieces up close in two videos that were done during the visit and you can also hear some interesting background information on the pieces and on Michael.

Bush and his partner Dennis Tompkins worked with Jackson for more than 24 years, designing the costumes, apparel, shoes & accessories worn by Michael Jackson.

In addition to the book signing, many of Jackson’s iconic outfits will be on display at the Rock Hall.

Look here are the 2 videos.

Source: Fox8 / Billie Jean


The Kings Of Music Are Coming To Lee’s Summit. 23-12-'12

A former graduate of Lee’s Summit High School is returning to Lee’s Summit from the stages of Las Vegas in blue suede shoes.

A few years ago, Elvis impersonator, Matt Lewis, began working with Lee’s Summit CARES as a judge for Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent.

“The more I got involved with them, the more I thought it would be nice if we could team up,” Lewis said.

Lewis is bringing his show, “Forever Kings” to Lee’s Summit this March. “Forever Kings” brings the King of Rock n’ Roll and the King of Pop together in one amazing performance. The money raised from this performance will go to Lee’s Summit Cares.

For eighteen years, Lewis was working two shows a night, six days a week. This schedules left him little to no time to return to Lee’s Summit.

“Now that I run my own show, and we set our own hours, it’s really satisfying and fun to come back and do something for the community,” Lewis said.

This particular show has been running for three years and has been performed all over the world.

“We are bringing our dancers from Las Vegas along with our Michael Jackson,” Lewis said. “Michael fans at the end of this show will be Edward Moss fans.”

When Michael passed away, Lewis got the idea to bring the two biggest stars in the music industry back to the stage.

“This is a true dedication to Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley,” Lewis said.

Of course, Lewis can’t take all of the credit for this show.

“My wife, Janell, is the creative director of all of our shows. She is definitely the heart and soul of the whole production,” Lewis said.

Even though Lewis has made it to the spotlight, he has not forgotten his roots.

“Lee’s Summit has been very supportive of my career. Even though I live in Las Vegas, Lee’s Summit will always be my home,” Lewis said.

Lewis plans to continue working with Lee’s Summit CARES and hopes that the success of this performance will lead to many more.

“Forever Kings” will be preformed three times at the John Knox Pavilion: March 15th at 7:30 p.m. and March 16th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $25, $35, $45 and can be purchased at local Hy-Vee stores, Lewis Law Office, Lee’s Summit CARES, and the Examiner. For more information visit lscares.org or call 816-347-3298. Forever Kings tickets would make a perfect Christmas gift.

Source: Lee's Summit Tribune / Billie Jean


Documentary Bad25 On Belgium TV. 22-12-'12

The Belgium TV Station Canvas has tomorrow the documentary about Bad25, put your decoder ready at 10.15 PM.

Documentary by Spike Lee about the legendary album 'Bad' by Michael Jackson, made ​​on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the plate (1987) and the accompanying world tour.

Spike Lee talked to dozens of people from the entourage of Jackson confidants, choreographers, musicians, etc. Their story is illustrated with archival and concert footage. "Bad" was good for five No. 1 hits in the United States, nine catchy video clips, two Grammy Awards and 45 million copies sold. Among the best known songs include "Bad," "Dirty Diana," "Speed ​​Demon," "Just Good Friends," "Man in the Mirror" ...

Source: Canvas / Billie Jean


Mat Horne: "For Me, Christmas Is Michael Jackson’s Bad LP". 22-12-'12

When he was asked to share his festive memories, British actor and comedian Mat Horne ('Gavin and Stacey') revealed that for him christmas is Michael's 'BAD' album:

"Michael Jackson’s Bad LP. Everything about Christmas makes me feel nostalgic! As soon as the first tinsel appears in shops – you know, just after Easter – it all begins. I love buying gifts for people anyway, so I guess it’s that point, for me, when I think, “Oh, that would be a good Christmas prezzie for him/her.

The item that makes me think of Christmas is Michael Jackson’s Bad LP. I remember wanting and getting it one year and it was such an iconic cover anyway, but the distinctive image and gatefold vinyl always reminds me of Christmas.

I play it a lot but it’s not something I tend to do at Christmas. But, I always wonder if I’ll ever get the same feeling of joy from a Christmas gift again or indeed, if some young music-head out there is getting the equivalent gift."

Source: The Big Issue / Billie Jean


Jackson Glove Sells For Almost $200,000. 21-12-'12

One of Michael Jackson's single gloves has sold for almost $US200,000 at a Los Angeles auction on Thursday (December 20).

At $US199,069 ($A190,448), the Swarovski-crystal-encrusted glove earned the record for the highest price fetched for memorabilia from the late King of Pop, the Nate D Sanders auction house said.

The autographs and memorabilia specialty seller said Jackson wore this black glove, a departure for the singer who had previously sported white ones, at the 1984 American Music Awards, when he was honoured for 'Thriller', still the best-selling album of all time.

The megastar had originally given the glove to a terminally ill boy during a visit arranged by a charity organisation. It was accompanied by a book with three Jackson autographs and an inscription that reads 'My original glove, Love, MJ'.

The auction house did not specify who the buyer was.

Glove and Beat It Jacket

The black Swarovski-crystal-encrusted glove wore at the 1984 American Music Awards has sold for almost $US200,000 at the Nate D. Sanders auction house + the 'Beat It' jacket worn on the 1984 Victory Tour, which went for $84,422.

In 2010, a beaded white glove worn by Jackson sold for $US192,000 ($A183,685) in a Las Vegas auction on the first anniversary of the star's death.

Jackson died in 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts.

Asked in 1999 by Barbara Walters why he wore only one glove, the mega-star replied simply, 'cooler than two', according to the auction house.

Also sold at the auction were one of the Jackson's 'Beat It' jackets, worn on the 1984 Victory Tour, which went for $84,422 and a drawing by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which sold for $65,959, the auction house said.

Source: Sky News / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Inspired Musical Heads To Vegas. 20-12-'12

Some key figures who helped manage Michael Jackson's career are teaming up to create a stage musical about the behind-the-scenes making of a superstar that producers call a cross between "Goodfellas" and "Dreamgirls."

Producers Mark Lamica, Quincy Krashna, Jerry Greenberg, Raymond Del Barrio and Larry Hart will join forces to present "The Man," a fictional show inspired by the rise of Jackson, Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston. The story will be told through the eyes of a manager.

"We want this project to be a compelling, gritty, entertaining tale, that tells the story of the price of fame in a new way," said Lamica, who served as a partner with the late Frank Dileo, who was Jackson's manager.

"The Man," with a book by Lamica and Grammy Award-winning composer Hart, is expected to open in Las Vegas in the late fall of 2013. The show will have all original music and will follow the superstar from the 80s to 2005.

The producing team last combined to create "Larry Hart's Sisterella," a pop-rock update of the Cinderella fable that Jackson was an executive producer on before his death.

Greenberg was president of Jackson's jointly owned record label with Sony Music for 11 years. Krashna is another Dileo partner who also worked with Jackson.

Lamica, in a statement, called the musical an "epic, music driven dramatic work" and said he is drawing widely from personal experiences. "This is a fictional template and story that, with some variation, fits a number of global celebrities," he added.

Source: Huffingtonpost / Billie Jean


Parafin Corp. Announces Deal With Katherine Jackson. 20-12-'12

The Resource Development group announced in a press release a deal with Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson. According to the press release Resource Development Group, Inc., the strategic partner of Parafin Corp., and Katherine Jackson signed a letter of intent:

"The Resource Development Group, Inc. is internationally oriented and active as an advisory and investment company. The company develops new business concepts for the economy and public infrastructures, offers, as an independent advisor, know-how and capital for start-ups as well as small businesses and develops investment concepts for the financial service sector, banks, re-insurers and pension funds.

The Resource Development Group is happy acknowledge receipt of a signed letter of intent from the Matriarch of the First Family of Music, Mrs. Katherine Jackson. The Parties agreed not to disclose information’s as to terms and conditions. Resource Development Group has consequently given its legal counsel the mandate to begin work on drafting a contractual agreement for Mrs. Katherine Jackson’s legal counsel’s review. A contractual agreement should be reached quickly for a unique venture in 2013."

The Resource Development Group, Inc. is based in Wilmington, Delaware (USA).

Source: MJFC / Live Trading News / Billie Jean


Bubbles Forgotten By Michael Jackson's Family. 20-12-'12

Michael Jackson's beloved pet chimpanzee has been dumped by the singer's family.

The 'Thriller' hitmaker - who died in 2009 - was extremely close to Bubbles and allowed him to live a life of luxury at his Neverland ranch when he was alive.

However, since Michael's death, Bubbles has reportedly been neglected by Michael's family and don't contribute to the chimp's $20,000 -a-year upkeep.

Patti Ragan, founder of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, where Bubbles is living 'in retirement', told National Enquirer magazine: 'Bubbles was not provided for in Michael Jackson's will.'

Michael's three children, Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and 10-year-old 'Blanket', used to play with Bubbles but have never been to visit their former friend at his new home.

Michael adopted Bubbles in 1983 and the pair formed a unique bond with the King of Pop often dressing the ape in the same outfit he was wearing. He would also be accompanied by his animal pal to awards ceremonies and showbiz events.

It was recently claimed the 'Billie Jean' singer was convinced his pet had an instinct for being able to tell who in his family was trying to live off his fortune.

Michael is said to have barred siblings from his Neverland ranch if the pet did not like them.

The late pop superstar reportedly told staff: 'He is a good judge of character.'

A former housekeeper said: 'Bubbles often would be a gauge for Michael to decide who should stay and go.'

Source: M&C / Billie Jean


Earth Song (2nd Edition) Book Cover'Earth Song' (2nd Edition) Book Is Released. 20-12-'12

Tthere is a new edition released of the book 'Earth Song' written by Joseph Vogel.

Fully and revised and updated! When Michael Jackson's 'Earth Song' was released in in the mid-90's, critics had a difficult time understanding it. It didn’t fit into conventional frames. Its unusual fusion of blues, opera, gospel, and rock, sounded like nothing on the radio. It defied the cynicism of Generation X. It subverted expectations for traditional anthems. In place of nationalism, it envisioned a world without borders or hierarchies. In place of dogma or anthropocentric humanism, it yearned for a broader vision of ecological harmony and sustainability. In place of simplistic propaganda for a cause, it was a genuine artistic expression.

A massive hit around the world (reaching #1 in over fifteen countries), 'Earth Song' was not even offered as a single in the United States. Yet nearly twenty years later, this six-and-a-half minute lamentation stands as one of Jackson s greatest artistic achievements.

In this groundbreaking monograph, Joseph Vogel details the song's evolution from its inception in Vienna in 1988, to never-before-heard stories from the recording studio, to its controversial release and reception. Based on original research, including interviews with the song's key participants, 'Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson s Magnum Opus' offers a fascinating reassessment of one of Jackson's most powerful works.

Publisher: BlakeVision Books
Author: Joseph Vogel
ISBN: 978-0981650678
Pages: 130
Printed: USA
Guide price: 10,7 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Auction: Authenticity In Question. 19-12-'12

An auction featuring Michael Jackson memorabilia owned by the singer’s longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush garnered more than $5 million in one day. However, the auction itself has appeared to have caused a little bit of controversy.

According to an NBC article some experts are questioning the authenticity of some of the signatures. Here are some highlights of that article.

“There’s a zero percent chance that that’s an authentic signature of Michael Jackson,” autograph authenticator Roger Epperson said after examining the signature on the jacket Goodman bought. “The slant of the ‘M’ in ‘Jackson’ leans towards the right. A real one leans more to the left. The shapes are wrong, the slants are wrong, the size is wrong.”

Three of the four experts said it was their opinions that all 11 signatures were probably fakes. “Likely Not Genuine” is how PSA/DNA characterized the 11 autographs. The fourth expert said eight of the autograph samples we sent were “not likely to be genuine,” and on three of them he was “unable to render an opinion.”

“All but a few autographs in the Tompkins and Bush sale (at Julien’s) are so bad they don’t even resemble Michael Jackson’s signature,” said Steve Cyrkin, editor of Autograph Magazine Live.

Michael Bush: “I don’t know how to respond to it,” he said. “I’m going to fake a bunch of signatures, a bunch of clothes, to destroy my reputation for 25 years of working for Michael? No, no.”

Source: nbclosangeles / Billie Jean


Murray Continues Pleas For Jail Release. 19-12-12

According to TMZ, Conrad Murray, the man convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, has made yet another appeal for release. He was sentenced to four years in jail and has since complained of poor conditions and has alleged bad treatment in the Los Angeles County Jail. Lawyers for Murray said earlier this year that they hoped Murray would be back home by Christmas, and argued that he is "not dangerous, violent or the type [of person] you need to take off the streets to punish him".

According to documents obtained by TMZ, Murray has made yet another plea for release, saying that he is not a flight risk because he has a small child who lives in LA.

The appeal bid comes less than two months after Murray was denied the chance to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest and His lawyer, Valerie Wass, said at the time: ''The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department maintains that Murray isn't eligible for house arrest or electronic monitoring.'' Many lower risk criminals have been transferred to tagging schemes due to overcrowding in Los Angeles jails. While no reason was given for Murray's request being refused, he has previously been refused bail on account of his being assessed as a flight risk.

Source: MJFC / TMZ / Contactmusic / Billie Jean


Dance Heritage Coalition Adds MJ To List Of Dance Treasures. 18-12-'12

Founded in 1992, the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) is the sole national non-profit organization in the USA dedicated to documenting, preserving, and creating access to materials documenting America’s dance legacy. Since 1999 the list of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” included 100 dancers. Noone had been added to the list since....until last week. Michael Jackson was among new 12 honorees.

The other honorees include: Jacques d’Amboise, Jane Dudley, Garth Fagan, Frederic Franklin, Loie Fuller, Carmen de Lavallade, John Martin, Sophie Maslow, Daniel Nagrin, The Rockettes, and Maria Tallchief.

They were nominated by a national survey and vote in 2012. The original intention was to add 10 new Treasures to the original 100. However, in recognition of extremely close voting and in honor of the year 2012, it was decided to bring the number up to 12. Afterwards the nominees were confirmed by the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) Board of Directors. The 12 figures are celebrated online along with the initial list of 100 in an Online Exhibition of Dance Treasures.

The list of “America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” encompasses individuals, organizations, and dance styles, and is intended to heighten public interest in the magnificence and richness of America's dance heritage and the imperative to document and preserve it for future generations. “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100” was created by the DHC in 1999 from nominations submitted nationwide and vetted by a panel of experts; the Treasures formed the basis of the DHC’s traveling exhibition, which visited seven locations from 2004 to 2009. With the closing of the touring exhibit in 2009, the commemorative materials have been expanded and collected on the DHC’s website. A separate web page is devoted to each of the Treasures, with essays, resource lists and curated visual materials. New pages for the 12 latest honorees have now been added to the online exhibition, which was launched in July 2012.

Michael Jackson's entry in the press release pf the DHC reads as follows:

Michael Jackson - The pop star who created the best-selling album of all time (“Thriller”), he has long been recognized as an exceptional dancer who combined elements from various vernacular dance styles to create a signature vocabulary and stage persona; his choreographed music videos broke ground in the development of this form.

Source: MJFC / Columbus Alive / Danceheritage / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Musical Bio Coming To MTS Centre. 17-12-'12

A musical biography highlighting the life of Michael Jackson is coming to Winnipeg.

“Michael Jackson HIStory” will visit MTS Centre on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Critics around the world have praised the production as a thrilling example of live entertainment and since the show’s launch in 2011, Michael Jackson fans worldwide have called for the show to tour internationally.

Jackson will be championed by Las Vegas performer Kenny Wizz, who has been channeling the late performer for 25 years.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $79.25 and $99.75.

Source: Chrisd / Billie Jean


'Christmas Again’ With Sugarfoot. 17-12-'12

Touring and working with Michael has been a major part of Jonathan’s life but this year he is going to share something else very close to his and Michael’s heart, in fact, what Jonathan calls; “The Project Of His Heart.” He is going to share ‘CHRISTMAS AGAIN,’ which is a celebration of Christmas through Jonathan’s music and dedicated to Michael. In addition to this, part of the proceeds will be going to the Make A Wish foundation, a foundation that brings magic and joy to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Jonathan shares his sentiment of how he hopes to brighten the lives of children who can’t normally afford it or are ill, with a surprise at Christmas. Quoting Jonathan, “I’m doing my part without hesitation by donating part of the proceeds from the songs purchased to this cause for children. In the spirit of Michael’s love, through giving, and his principal for humanity, as in the ending lyric of one of my Christmas songs, lets “Spread the Love!”

As a gesture of thank you and in appreciation from Jonathan to those that are helping the less fortunate and sick children receive gifts this season and for every holiday season to come, he is also giving away a free copy of his ‘Flame’ tribute with every purchase of his Christmas songs” He says; “This is one way to keep breathing life into Michael and Michael’s dream “To help the children and not forget about them. After all it was, and still is, “All For Love!”

Jonathan would also like to share one of his memories and conversations with Michael about Christmas: “I had always of course been aware of Michael’s love for Christmas as he would ask me smiling like a small kid, ‘…Foot…you love Christmas time don’t you?’ and of course I could tell he knew that I loved Christmas too, as when I’d say, “…Yes, I love Christmas all my life, it’s my favourite time of year.” He’d then say, “I know, I could tell!” in a boyish innocent childlike way, while giggling and laughing. Both of us were excited to be talking about it. He said that he loved all the toys, games, presents and that the ‘giving part’ was what he enjoyed the most. Strangely, I felt the same way throughout my life-time of Christmas history. Each time we would be together on a tour it would come up, again and again, as if we had never said it before.”

A Christmas Message From Jonathan:

There are ten songs, nine of which are my original works. The tenth song is a remake of one of the most popular, famous and most appropriate songs for me to choose to do ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ which is the perfect Christmas holiday classic cover song, best suited for ‘Sugarfoot’ to put his personal touch and taste on! With a vocal falsetto twist on it, I hope it lends a fresh new feel and flavour on my presentation, and lifts the spirits on high, breathing new life into this most beautiful treasured holiday classic! Included also are five ‘Retro Old School Instrumental Chorus’ tracks, five of my original songs! Music to put up the tree to, turn on the lights to and to get you in the mood for this holiday’s delight, showing that ‘Christmas Is Coming!’ You can also listen whilst you’re wrapping those presents and gifts, that’ll bring big smiles to the faces of the ones you love! So, I hope to bring the spirit of Christmas into your home this year with the songs very close to my heart! For after all, “Christmas ‘Is’ Coming,” as you’ll begin to see “The Signs Of Christmas” soon, everywhere, when it’ll come time to begin wishing “Merry Christmas To Your Neighbour” because “No One Should Be Alone At Christmas” especially when it’s time for a “Happy Holiday” to all who come your way! So do just as I do, because “Christmas Is MY Time Of Year”, bringing happiness to ‘This’ little boy’s heart, and just like “Kids Dream Of Christmas Day” I do too!” For ‘This’ little drummer boy knows that pretty soon, it’ll be “Christmas Again” : )

Merry Christmas “To One And ALL!”

Source: Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett / Billie Jean


Bush Book Signing In Miami. 17-12-'12

Tomorrow (December 18th, 2012), Michael`s longtime costume designer Michael Bush will sign copies of his new book “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson” from 4-7 pm at the Hard Rock Café in Miami (401 Biscayne Bouleard, R200, Miami, Florida 33132, USA; Tel: (305) 377-3110). In addition to meeting Michael Bush and getting an autographed edition of his book, fans can see a selection of Michael Jackson’s costume, shoes, and accessories. 

Source: MJFC / dressingmichaeljackson / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Earbuds. 15-12-'12

The South Korean advertising agency Welcomm Publicis Worldwide has created a new campaign for Sony featuring ads that re-imagine music icons like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Mozart as earbuds. However - just in case you wondered - the earbuds are not for sale.

Source: Highsnobiety / Billie Jean


'BAD25' Nominated For NAACP Image Award. 13-12-'12

"Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" is one of five albums nominated for an NAACP Image Award. The nominees in the 'Outstanding Albums' category include:

"Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" - Michael Jackson (Legacy / Epic)
"Girl On Fire" - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
"I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston" - Whitney Houston (RCA Records)
"On the Shoulders of Giants - The Soundtrack" - Chuck D, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yannofsky (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment)
"Perfectly Imperfect" - Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is an African-American civil rights organization in the USA. Their aim is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Winners of the 44th NAACP Image Awards will be announced during a two-hour event, which will air live on February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.

Source: MJFC / NAACP Image Awards / Billie Jean


Michael's Spirit Part Of The Show. 12-12-'12

A family with a history like no other, the Jacksons changed the face of music when they burst on to the scene as the Jackson 5 in the late 60s.

Now almost four decades since their last visit, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson are coming back to Australia to perform the classics that made them famous. Born the year before his late (and most famous) brother Michael, Marlon still recalls their triumphant 1973 tour, which saw them pack out Beatty Park in Perth.

"It was great, the weather was great, and the people were very kind," the 55-year-old says softly. "We had a great time. We went to the outback and visited some of the Aborigines and threw some boomerangs and saw some kangaroos."

That world-conquering tour came only five years after the Jackson 5 were offered their big break to audition for Motown Records.

"We were just little tykes at the time but my father made the decision to go to Motown and do that rehearsal," Marlon recalls. "From that point forward there was no looking back; everything just took off like a jet sitting on the runway getting ready to go."

Having already honed their skills by learning how to play Motown hits such as My Girl and Get Ready, Marlon says he'll never forget playing those songs to the people that actually wrote them at the famed Hitsville USA studio in Detroit.

"We won a lot of talent shows with the Temptations and Smokey Robinson songs, and then we looked around and there they were, and they're enjoying you," he says. "It was amazing, it really was amazing."

Almost as soon as they signed, a run of chart-topping hits followed in I Want You Back, ABC, Blame it on the Boogie and I'll Be There, which saw Jacksonmania sweep the world. Marlon is confident the Jacksons can pull off those songs today, despite their voices getting deeper. "All you got to do is change key, that's all," he laughs. "And if it works right, perfect."

In 1984, the Jacksons did their final tour - and only tour with all six brothers - just as Michael's popularity rose to its most epic heights. In fact, the Victory Tour saw the King of Pop play his first shows following the release of what was to become the biggest-selling album of time, Thriller.

Now, at the request of their fans and three years after the death of Michael, the Jacksons are back on the road and they are making sure the spirit of their fallen brother is part of the show.

"We tried to pick songs that we thought Mike would be proud of, and songs that would be moving, and songs that people would want to hear of his," Marlon says. With a catalogue stretching from their chart-topping 1969 debut single for Motown, I Want You Back, to later hits ranging from 1979 disco number Shake Your Body, 1981 favourite Can You Feel It and the Mick Jagger collaboration State of Shock, selecting a set list will be a challenge.

"We actually got together one day and talked about what we wanted to accomplish, and the following day we went to Jermaine's house and wrote down all the songs and then we put them in a hat and pulled out what songs we wanted to do," Marlon says.
The Jacksons play Perth Arena on March 14. Tickets go on sale from Ticketek on Monday.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Bryan Adams: MJ Was "Quite Sweet And Gentle". 11-12-'12

Bryan Adams (53) is best known for '80s megahits like 'Summer of '69' and "Cuts Like A Knife," but the singer has also scored an impressive career as a professional photographer. He has worked for magazines like British Vogue, shot numerous advertising campaigns, and worked with hundreds of celebrities over the years. The new photography book ‘Exposed’ includes portraits of Amy Winehouse, Judi Dench and Mickey Rourke, to name a few. In a recent interview to Fox411 Adams talked about his work as a photographer and shortly about his work with Michael:

FOX411: You shot Michael Jackson.

Adams: Yes at the World Music Awards around 2008. I’d met Michael a few times. He was quite sweet and gentle.

Source: MJFC / Hollywoodlife / Billie Jean


Michael Bush Is The Man Behind Michael Jackson’s Jackets. 10-12-'12

Who would Michael Jackson have been without his jackets, shiny shoes, fedoras and gloves? His image was as iconic as his groundbreaking music and dancing, and key to his success as the King of Pop.

After 25 years behind the scenes, Jackson’s costume designer Michael Bush is stepping into the limelight. He signs copies of his new book, “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson,” at Book Passage on Tuesday in The City; some of Jackson’s costumes also will be on view.

“When I met Michael he was having some problems with costumes,” Bush says. “He needed them to perform as well as he did, and wanted them to be as interesting on the hanger as they were on him. He knew what he needed. He kept saying, ‘I dance the beat, you have to help me show the beat.’”

Bush first met Jackson in 1985 on the set of “Captain EO,” working as a dressing assistant. After that production, he and co-designer and partner Dennis Tomkins, a former ice dancer who died in December 2011, began making costumes for Jackson.

“Michael was one of those people who could see things that you didn’t know you had,” says Bush of his move from dresser to designer. Jackson also bought Bush a camera, which he used to photograph designs for his own reference.

“I shot most of the photos in the book myself, because of Michael,” Bush says. “He saw my slides and kept saying, ‘You should do a book,’ and I kept saying, ‘Yeah, right.’ He was just one of those mentors that could see all the different levels of how you become an artist.”

In a way, Bush’s career path was ironic. As a child, he helped his mother with an alteration business and hated every minute of it. He swore off sewing until he fell into dressing work in Los Angeles in his 20s.

Bush, who frequently went to Europe to do street fashion research at Jackson’s request, says his boss’ penchant for military garb stemmed from a desire to accentuate his stage movement and be a commanding presence.

“We’d visit museums and he’d see how kings and queens used to dress, and the men were often in military gear,” says Bush. “He loved the detail, the fit and how they’re designed to show off the body but made for movement.”

Jackson also wanted to up the ante design wise, using leather, plastics and rubber to push a rock image.

Touring Europe to promote the book, Bush has met thousands of Jackson fans. He says, “Some of these people are soccer-playing business men. But they want to hold the glove.”

He’s also very grateful to have worked with the superstar: “It’s astonishing what Michael has given me. Sewing was the last thing I ever wanted to do, and I ended up making some of the most photographed clothes in the world. It’s very humbling,” Bush says.

Source: The Sfexaminer / Billie Jean


40 Years On, 'Free To Be...' Still Resonates. 10-12-'12

In November 1972, the children's album and illustrated book 'Free to Be… You and Me' was released. It was a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women and featured songs and stories sung or told by celebrities of the day. The basic concept was to encourage gender neutrality and individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one's identity. The album was the brainchild of actress Marlo Thomas and was supported by several celebrity friends.

An After school Special using poetry, songs, and sketches, aired in the USA on ABC on March 11, 1974 and went on to win an Emmy. Well-known songs from the project included 'It's All Right to Cry', 'Free to Be… You and Me' and 'When We Grow Up'. On the album the latter was sung by Diana Ross, while on the TV special it was performed by Roberta Flack and a teenage Michael Jackson.

 

Forty years after its release, the album is still a favorite among parents. In a recent interview Marlo Thomas talked about the record's staying power.

On the surprising success of the album

"When we were making the album, we figured we were making a little kid's album, and the record company told us we'd be lucky to sell 15,000 copies. And of course the record went gold and platinum and everything, and it's phenomenal, actually."

On the importance of the song "William's Doll"

"So many men have come up to me through the years and said that song really helped them when they were growing up, that it really made them feel they were going to be OK — that song and "It's Alright to Cry" because every boy should be allowed to pick up a doll if he wants to. Every boy should be able to cry if he wants to."

On whether the ideals in the album have been realized today

"They've been realized for those children who are allowed to have them realized. There are still children whose parents may not believe they are free to be whoever they want to be. I mean, if every child was free to be who they wanted to be, then there wouldn't be gay children killing themselves. The whole point is that we don't seem to have completely grasped the idea that every single boy and girl can be whoever they want to be."

Source: MJFC / NPR / Billie Jean


La Toya Jackson: 'Father Is Almost Back To Normal After Three Strokes'. 07-12-'12

Joe Jackson is "almost back to normal" a week after suffering three strokes, according to his daughter La Toya Jackson.

The Jackson family patriarch and former manager of the Jackson 5 was admitted to a hospital in Las Vegas after falling ill on 29 November (12), and La Toya subsequently told her Twitter.com fans she was "so proud of his strength in recovery".

Now, the star has returned to her page on the social networking site to update them on Joe's condition.

In a post on Thursday (06Dec12), she wrote, "Thank you for asking about my father he's doing extremely well! Almost back to normal thanks to you and your prayers we appreciated you!"

Source: Contactmusic / Billie Jean


Supposed First Coffin Photo Of Michael Jackson Emerges/Fans Outraged. 06-12-'12

A photo of late pop superstar Michael Jackson lying in his casket has emerged today.

And, the publisher of the photo told The Sentinel that it is authentic. If it is, the photo would be the first time the public has gotten a glimpse of the King of Pop postmortem.

Now, Jackson fans are fighting back expressing outrage over the photo. The Sentinel has received telephone calls and emails from fans who have used words such as "disgusting," "horrible," and "thoughtless."

One of Jackson's biggest fans who goes by the name, PearlJr, said it was much ado about nothing. PearlJr said the picture was taken not at Jackson's funeral, but at soul legend James Brown's funeral and it had been made to look like Jackson's coffin photo.

The photo appears in the latest Motown Alumni Association newsletter with the notation: "Facts on Michael Jackson in Death and Life."'

"It's in good taste," Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association, said Wednesday.

"It's the actual picture taken, and the only one I know of with Michael in the coffin, but I didn't show the picture in the story," Wilson said.

Wilson has been president of the MAA for a number of years.

The association helps keep fans of the classic Motown Records label abreast of what's going on today.

The MAA list its primary purpose as scholarly and educational endeavors. It says it has over 10,000 dedicated members with over 20 branches around the world, and roughly 3,500 alumni of Motown identified as alumnus.

An email message to Jackson's estate was not immediately returned.

Jackson died in June of 2009 after being given a lethal dose of the anesthetic drug, Propofol, in combination with other sedatives to treat Jackson’s chronic insomnia.

Wilson, who had known Jackson for years, reiterated that the photo in his newsletter was in good taste. It shows Jackson wearing dark sunglasses, his hair neatly combed with the star wearing what appears to be a sequined jacket trimmed in black, a white shirt and necktie.

Whether one believes the photo to be authentic, it is certain to cause a stir among Jackson fans, family, his estate and other observers.

Source: Cumberlink / Billie Jean

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