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MJJ Magazine Cover Issue #8 Unveiled, Celebrating The Blood On The Dance Floor Album. 31-05-'12

From our valued Michael Jackson Alliance Partner MJJ Magazine:

“Here we are again with another worldwide exclusive that can’t be missed! MJJMAGAZINE #7 only gave you a tease of what issue #8 is celebrating: the Blood On The Dance Floor album’s 15th anniversary! It was released in May 1997 and still today is the best selling remix album ever released, with 6 million sales worldwide.

Loads of never-before-seen pictures from the rehearsals and backstage of the title track short-film are waiting for you! Plus, interviews with the director and choreographer Vincent Paterson and some of the dancers that shared the set with the King of Pop!”

Special Nice Price Pre-Order.

Source: mjjmagazine / Billie Jean


Producer Jamie King Talks About Upcoming Show. 31-05-'12

In an exclusive interview to Robin Leach, producer Jamie King talked about the progress of Cirque du Soleil's second Michael Jackson show, which will become a resident attraction at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas (USA) one year from now. Although he already directed "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" which is currently on tour worldwide the new show will be a totally new experience:

"That will be a different feel completely, altogether. I am already excited, but not yet confident. I'll get there, though. Right now, I'm just excited. I am excited about being here at Mandalay Bay and doing the theatrical version of Michael’s show. I've already walked the theater. It's under construction, but for now it looks a mess. It has much potential, and I am excited for the future.

There is no official name yet for the show, so it's just the Michael Jackson 2013 show. We are in pre-production now, and at the end of September, early October, I'll be relocating to Montreal for about three to four months. I'll stay there through the holidays, and then we'll all come to Vegas. I will live here for a while.

It will be completely different from the 'Immortal' show -- completely. This will be a theater show, not an arena production. The entire 90-plus minutes will be different from what you experienced with the touring show. I've done a whole new concept and theme. It involves many more characters and acrobatics. It will be much more fantastical and theatrical, with less arena rock 'n roll. However, you will get as much of Michael Jackson's music as we had in the touring show. I've kept some magical moments from the touring show I felt could translate here -- some bits and bobs, as you'd say!

I had to create something new, though, because the touring show will go on for a long, long time overseas while we have the permanent show here. I've sort of shot myself in the foot by having two shows for Michael Jackson, and both must be different -- and they will be."

Source: MJFC / Las Vegas Weekly / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Creepy 'I Can't Sleep' Letter Yanked From Auction. 30-05-'12

A letter Michael Jackson wrote to Lisa Marie Presley -- complaining about the problem that ultimately killed the singer -- has been yanked from the auction block after Lisa Marie pitched a fit.

Lisa Marie has not said why she wanted the letter pulled, but it's pretty clear -- Michael struggled with sleep deprivation for years until he found a quick fix in the form of Propofol.

The letter -- written sometime between 1993 and 1996, reads as follows: "Smell here [arrow with box] Lisa I truly need this rest I haven't slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im' [sic] crazy for you Love Turd."

As TMZ first reported, Jackson was doctor shopping for Propofol before he hooked up with Conrad Murray.

So Julien's Auction in Beverly Hills -- the same company selling off Elvis' crypt -- has capitulated to Elvis' daughter. Owner Darren Julien tells TMZ, "I'm assuming it's a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley."

We can read between the lines.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Julien's Music Icons Auction To Feature MJ Items. 30-05-'12

Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity estate auction house, announced Music Icons and Sports Legends, an unprecedented collection of music and sports memorabilia being offered in a two-day auction, June 23-24, 2012. The historic collection of items to be auctioned include iconic pieces from contemporary stars of Rock-n-Roll to legendary icons and sports heroes who made history.

Highlights in a curated collection of unique items from Michael Jackson dating from his earliest career to his final rehearsals will also be offered at Music Icons. The assembled collection include Jackson's APOLLO Theatre performance worn fedora (Est: $8,000-$10,000), a 1984 MTV Viewer's Choice Moon Man Statue presented to Jackson (Est: $8,000-$10,000), Jackson's handwritten "Morphine" lyrics (Est: $2,000-$4,000), a Michael Jackson signed drawing (Est: $800-$1,200), a handwritten note to Lisa Marie Presley by Jackson (Est: $800-$1,200) and many other items that include a history of both his personal and professional life.

FREE PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Monday, June 18th – Friday, June 22nd, 2012

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Saturday, June 23rd Sunday, June 24th
Sports Legends
Session I: 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.
Music Icons
Session II: 2:00 p.m. P.S.T. Music Icons
Session III: 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.
Session IV: 2:00 p.m. P.S.T.

EXHIBITION & AUCTION LOCATION
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 150
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For more information email
info@juliensauctions.com
or call 310-836-1818.

Source: MJFC / Julien Actions / Billie Jean


Hong Kong ‘Michael Jackson Statue Opening Ceremony’. 27-05-'12

An Hong Kong artist Alex To, who is a super fan of Michael Jackson. Recently build a 1:1 scale copper statue to tribute to his King Of Pop! It is placed in Shan Yuan. This beautiful temple is located in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Michael Jackson Dance Tribute (HKMJDT) performed on Michael’s music and had the fantastic opportunity to dance in front of Michael’s family members and the Statue of Michael Jackson! The ceremony was attended by Genevieve Jackson & Alejandra Jackson!

Source: mjjcommunity / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Bad 25 Hits Worldwide Sept. 18th. 23-05-'12

25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s landmark album Bad celebrated with September 18 release of new Bad 25 packages.
Michael’s personal VHS copy of his July 16, 1988 performance at Wembley Stadium unearthed for the release.
Newly discovered outtakes and demos from Bad album recording sessions to be released as well. #whosbad Twenty-five years after the phrase "Who's Bad" became a generation's cultural catchphrase, Epic/Legacy Recordings,
in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will celebrate the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour on September 18, 2012 with the release of a deluxe package, BAD 25, which includes three CDs, two collectible booklets,
and features the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour.

The BAD 25 anniversary deluxe edition will feature three CDs and 1 DVD as follows:

· The highlight of the package is the DVD of Michael's legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night's sold out show. This show was one of the record-breaking seven nights played at the venue attended by more than half a million people – three times that many people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson's personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night.

· A CD of the re-mastered original BAD album

· A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael's personal studio at Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing has been added. In addition, this CD will also include new remixes from internationally renowned DJ/producers.

· A CD showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only concert from the BAD Tour known to exist on multi tracks.

This magnificent 3 CD/1 DVD box set will also include two extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster and more. A BAD 25 two CD standard edition featuring the original album plus the CD of demos and new remixes will also be made available as will a stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.

On June 5 in the U.S. (June 4th ex-U.S.), Epic / Legacy Recordings will re-release the original first single from the album "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" as a CD Single with a previously unreleased bonus track from the BAD sessions, "Don't Be Messin' 'Round (demo)." This is a Wal-Mart exclusive CD single in the U.S. and will not be available digitally.

On June 26 a replica edition of the original 7" vinyl of this single with the original B-side "Baby Be Mine" will be made available to the world. The first single for BAD, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," was originally released on 7" vinyl in 1987. The 7" single edit of the song has only been available on that original 7" vinyl until now.

Recently, Pepsi announced an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson as part of its new "Live for Now" campaign. Starting this month, Michael Jackson and Pepsi fans in more than 20 countries around the world will experience this partnership in a variety of ways, including a retail campaign featuring one billion special edition Michael Jackson Bad 25 Pepsi cans, live events, and opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise and new music from BAD.

The BAD album was the third Michael Jackson album produced by Quincy Jones and was originally released on August 31, 1987. It was monumental in many ways; Michael wrote nine of the album's eleven tracks and received co-producer credit for the entire album. The album was #1 around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard chart, produced ten chart-topping singles, nine ground breaking short films and to date, the Bad album has generated over 45 Million units in sales. BAD was nominated for six Grammy's and won two; the album earned Michael the first-ever Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMA Awards. Songs on the original album are: "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Speed Demon," "Liberian Girl," "Just Good Friends" featuring Stevie Wonder, "Another Part of Me," "Man in the Mirror," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Dirty Diana," "Smooth Criminal," with "Leave Me Alone" added to the album once released.

The BAD World Tour was Michael's first concert tour as a solo artist. The legendary tour included 123 concerts attended by more than 4.4 million fans over sixteen months. When it concluded, the tour had shattered all previous touring records for attendance and total gross revenue adding three new entries in the Guinness World Records for the largest grossing tour in history, the tour with the largest attended audience and the most sold out shows at Wembley Stadium.

More details on this and other exciting projects relating to BAD's 25th anniversary will be announced soon.
Pre order now

Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


Dressing Michael Jackson: Behind The Seams Of A Fashion Icon Book. 20-03-'12

Dressing Michael Jackson: Behind the Seams of a Fashion Icon is a fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael Jackson’s brilliant fusing of costume, personality, and performance to create his iconic image. This is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes, and accessories worn by Michael Jackson, including hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of collaborating with him on the making of his wardrobe, written by his longtime costume designer Michael Bush.

Dressing Michael Jackson will feature exquisite photographs of the striking fashions worn by Michael at the height of his career, as well as images showing the carefully planned construction of the clothes to incorporate his unique dance moves and the details of the dynamic fabrics, metals, and other materials used. Accompanying text will provide insight into the artists’ methodology and captivating stories from the decades-long relationship between Michael Jackson and his fashion designers Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. Their stories are funny and touching, and show a personal and artistic side of Michael Jackson never before revealed.

Release date: 16-10-2012
Publisher: Insight Editions
Author: Michael Bush
ISBN: 978-1608871513
Pages: 224
Guide price: 17 €

Go to Amazon

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Prosecutor Walgren Appointed Judge. 19-05-'12

On Friday, Los Angeles County deputy district attorney David Walgren (43), who was the lead prosecutor at the trial of Conrad Murray, was appointed a judge. Walgren was among eight attorneys named to the L.A. County Superior Court bench by Governor Jerry Brown.

In the past, Walgren, a Democrat from Calabasas (USA), has worked on several high-profile cases during 16 years at the district attorney's office. Besides his involvement in convicting Conrad Murray for manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, he prosecuted a photographer accused of trying to blackmail actress Cameron Diaz and he headed an unsuccessful attempt to extradite director Roman Polanski from Switzerland for sentencing in a three-decade-old child sex case.

Source: MJFC / latimes / Billie Jean


MJFanvention 2012 Celebrates Bad 25 In Chicago On August 24, 25, 26. 19-05-'12

This is the third year of the MJFanvention -- the event that celebrates the life and talent of the King of Pop, August 24 - 26. It's more than just a party. Attendees will learn what made Michael Jackson such a phenomenal talent. Was it just merely talent? Or did he carefully craft his performances and study his audience?

We will also talk about his creativity and his pioneering role as an African-American artist working in an industry still plagued by segregation with Joe Vogel, author of three books on Michael Jackson, including Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson (Sterling Publishing, 2011). Vogel has been published in the Atlantic, Huffington Post and PopMatters.

Delve into the physical ailments that led him to Dr. Conrad Murray and the fatal dose of anesthesia that led to his death. Cherylin Lee, RN, Ph.D. tearfully testified at the trial of Murray. She was a friend and confident of Jackson and counseled him weeks before his death on his health issues.

Enjoy special guest performances and a presentation of unseen video footage from the Chicago Blues Museum. Then later, join the MJFanvention2012 Dance party at L26 Restaurant at the Chicago South Loop Hotel in Chicago at 7 p.m. on August 25th.

Source: mjfanvention / Billie Jean


Neverland: The Life And Death Of Michael Jackson Book. 19-05-'12

From the creators of The Sex Pistols Graphic Novel, Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic and Eminem: In My Skin comes an explosive new graphic novel about the King of Pop.

Featuring stunning drawings of iconic periods from Michael Jackson's life and career from his early success at Motown with the Jackson 5 to the moonwalk and Thriller as well as his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, his Neverland ranch and his elaborate costumes.

Released: 15-05-2012
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Author: Jim McCarthy, Brian Williamson
ISBN: 9781849387019
Pages: 96
Guide price: 19 €

Go to Amazon

Source: waterstones / Billie Jean


Donna Summer Speech And Song Tribute To Michael Jackson “Smile”. 18-05-'12

The same day (July 7th 2009) and at the same time of the Michael Jackson Memorial service, Donna Summer was in Paris Singing in a fully booked concert at “Palais des Congrès”.

She gave a short speech and sang a very emotional tribute song….. “Smile”.

 

Source: You Tube / Billie Jean


Donna Summer Dies At Age 63. 17-05-'12

Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 63. The singer was in Florida at the time of her death, according to reports.

Known as the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer was said to be trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. Just a few weeks ago, people close to her say she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

Summer was a five-time Grammy winner who rose to fame with hits – Last Dance, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls – that were synonymous with the 1970s. Donna and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the ’70s, influencing acts like Duran Duran, David Bowie and many others.

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano in 1980. The couple had two daughters together. She was also a close friend to Michael Jackson. Michael sang in the background on the song 'State Of Independence'.

 

R.I.P. to one of the greats.

Source: Billie Jean


AEG Trial Postponed. 16-05-'12

On Tuesday, a judge postponed the trial of the promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated 2009 concert residency. The trial has been pushed back to next year.

Lawyers for AEG Live won a postponement of the trial, which had been set for September, until next April, after arguing that they need more time to prepare their case.

Jackson’s mother Katherine – who claims that AEG Live pushed her son too hard to prepare for a series of 50 shows in London – had asked for a speedy trial. But attorneys for AEG Live filed a request with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos last week for the trial to be delayed, saying they needed more time due to the complexity of the case.

Specifically, Mrs. Jackson alleges AEG was negligent in letting the superstar be cared for by doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed for four years last November over Jackson’s death from an overdose of a powerful hospital anesthetic.

Palazuelos ruled in their favor, pushing the trial back from September 10 this year to April 2, 2013.

After the ruling, Jackson family lawyer Kevin Boyle said he could still seek a priority trial date, but suggested that the delay could actually help his clients.

“That way we keep obtaining more information, it might be beneficial,” he said.

Source: MJFC / dawn / Billie Jean


Only In America: Piers Morgan On Michael Jackson, The Artist. 16-05-'12

On Monday, Piers Morgan used his “Only in America” segment to paint a rarely seen picture of Michael Jackson, one detailed through the stars personal collection of artwork. ”Few have ever seen it until now,” explained Morgan. “This is Michael’s private world of paintings and portraits. We’ve been given rare and extraordinary access inside that hanger. Its location, as I say, has to remain a secret.” Guiding viewers through Michael’s supplies and materials, the host shows a quieter side to the “King of Pop.”

“This is how the icon found happiness away from the stage and studio, with brushes, pencils and, in particular, watercolor,” noted the “Piers Morgan Tonight” host. “He wanted to be known as an artist, not just the most famous entertainer in modern history.”

Estimated to be worth upwards of nine figures, Michael sketched everything from Peter Pan to the Statue of Liberty, the number seven. And he also found truth in the words of famed sculptor Michelangelo, clinging to a message that reads: “I know the creator will go, but his work survives. That is why to escape death, I attempt to bind my soul to my work.” In the words of Morgan, “Only in America”: “Michael Jackson did not escape death, but his soul does live on in the music and art he created and above all, the lives he touched and forever changed.”

 

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Katherine Jackson To Appear On Piers Morgan. 15-05-'12

Piers Morgan invites Katherine Jackson into the studio for a candid and revealing face to face interview.

Joining "Piers Morgan Tonight" for an hour long, worldwide exclusive, Michael Jackson's mother addresses her son's legal troubles and prescription medication use, evaluating the role each may have played in the stars 2009 death:

"I think a lot of that was exaggerated, about the different things that he was taking, because I've been to my son's house unannounced and I've been there announced," explains the 82-year-old matriarch. "I have never seen him in that way. I know he was taking painkillers, because he got burnt on the top of his head. Very painful. But all this other stuff they added to it, I don't know if that was the truth or not. But I don't think that have anything to do with the way he died."

 

See here more about the interview.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Costumes To Be Exhibited Globally Before Auction. 14-05-'12

Michael Jackson's glittery gloves, spangled jackets, stage-worn costumes and personal fashion effects are going on a world tour, AP reported.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says clothing created by Jackson's longtime costume designers will be exhibited in South America, Europe and Asia before being sold to the highest bidder in December.

The exhibit opens May 18 at the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile. It features items such as Jackson's Captain EO shirt, the black spandex outfit from his "Scream" video and the breakaway suit he wore during his BAD tour in the late 1980s.

The items will be sold by Julien's Auction on December 2, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

Source: panarmenian / Billie Jean


A Jackson Week Of Celebrations At The Cannes Film Festival, Starting May 20th. 13-05-'12

According to The Jackson Family Foundation, Michael’s father Joseph Jackson is to attend the Cannes Film Festival and to kick off “A Jackson Week of celebrations” starting on Sunday the 20th of May 2012 through the 25th in Cannes at the Private Villa Oxygen, in Cannes, France.

The following announcement was published on their website:

The Jackson Family Foundation is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, Patriarch of the First Family of Music, is to attend this years’ Cannes International Film Festival. Mr. Jackson will use the occasion to kick off “A Jackson Week of celebrations” starting on Sunday the 20th of May 2012 through the 25th in Cannes at the Private Villa Oxygen, Hosted by Lifestyle extraordinary Richard Nilsson owner of Villa Oxygen and Superior Lounge.

The week long Celebrations will include a VIP Gala Bash, Entertainment, Michael Jackson Impersonators, Exclusive Clothing Designers, Fashion Shows and Media. Part of the proceeds from all these events during Jackson Week will be donated to the Jackson Family Foundation to continue with the Legacy. Accompanying Mr. Jackson in the festivities include Mr. Simon Sahouri, President of the Jackson Family Foundation; Founder of Total Prestige, Miss Rose Marie Perez; Michael Jackson’s former business manager, Mr Dieter Wiesner; President of Clean Wide World, Mr. Marco Derhy; President of Artistry Media Group, Inc. Donald A. Barton; President of Dance Holdings, Mr. Charles Everhardt; President of Unico Designs, Mr. Odie Anderson; Founder and CEO of NITV United Mr. Zia Atabay, Producer of “Forever King of Pop” Mr. Carlos Lopez.

Source: Jackson Family Foundation / Billie Jean


Dance Your Way To Fitness…Thousands Groove To Thriller. 13-05-'12

Michael Jackson’s hit song Thriller can get anyone on their toes and move the shoulders. Set against the iconic backdrop of Burj Khalifa, a few thousand dancers grooved to the song at the first-ever dance extravaganza at Downtown Dubai on Friday. From zombie walks to well coordinated dance moves, the event saw high-energy action from every single participant.

“It was a one of a kind exhilarating experience. You are standing among several like-minded people and the backdrop of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain made things pretty amazing,” said dancer and marketing professional at Fitness First Sarah Bell.

Jointly organised by Emaar Properties and Fitness First, the dancers donned their dancing shoes and the Burj Steps, overlooking Burj Khalifa, came alive to a footloose dance spectacle. Mark Botha, sales and marketing director of Fitness First said, “The whole point of the event was to encourage fitness as a community event. It was to encourage people to get into fitness as a lifestyle and the reason we didn’t keep the event as a flash mob is because we wanted people to know about it and take part,” said Botha. He added that fitness is not about boring walks on the treadmill, it can be highly enjoyable.

The dance gala featured both professional dancers as well as rank amateurs with a passion for dance and music. Fitness First choreographed the routine and taught their members the dance steps via social media channels and scheduled rehearsals.

Indian national Kunal Thakur said, “I enjoy dancing and I am a big time fitness freak. I have been working out for four years. The event was fabulous, the crowd was really energetic. You would think that people would not come in because it’s a Friday and the best part was everyone came in with their families and people really enjoyed themselves. A lot of university students participated in the event as well. Besides, I love Michael Jackson. His style is one of my favourite dance moves, so it made the event a lot more enjoyable.”

Source: burj-khalifa.eu / Billie Jean


Jackson Brothers Talk About Forgiving Murray. 12-05-'12

Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine Jackson paid a visit to Piers Morgan earlier this week and during their chat, Tito and Jermaine offered their differing views on forgiving Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray, of course, is currently serving a four year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the death of their brother, the iconic King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

To watch a clip of the interview, please click here.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Katherine Jackson To Appear On Piers Morgan: Four Years Is Not Enough For Conrad Murray. 11-05-'12

Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is slated to appear in a just announced interview with Piers Morgan next week.

In a preview from the forthcoming special, Katherine levies serious allegations against Conrad Murray and talks about life without Michael. ”You know what? I can’t even describe the way I feel about him. He did a terrible thing. And it might have been others involved,” she tells Piers Morgan regarding Murray. “I don’t know that. But I feel that. The only thing he did — for a person’s life, four years in jail is not enough.”

Speaking of her son, Katherine Jackson claims she’ll never get over his death. “Never. Every morning, all through the day, I think about Michael. If I wake up through the night, my mind is there,” says Jackson. “But — I just miss him. But being a Christian and believing in the resurrection, I feel that I’ll see him again.”

Katherine Jackson appears on Piers Morgan Tonight Monday, May 14 (CNN).

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Skins Of Michael Jackson. 11-05-'12

The company sells three skins Skins Music Michael Jackson for tablets, PCs, smart phones and other hi-tech (ADB models, Thriller 25, and Michael).

You can find these three skins directly on the site of Music Skins.

You can now discover the whole range of official skins (designed for Apple, Blackberry, Nintendo etc ...) on the site Amazon.fr.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Settles War With Chick From 'Thriller' Video. 11-05-'12

Michael Jackson's Estate has finally settled its beef with the girl who played MJ's date in the famed "Thriller" video -- three years after she filed her lawsuit.

TMZ broke the story ... Ola Ray sued MJ and his production company in May 2009 -- the month before Jackson died -- claiming she hadn't been paid royalties from the legendary 1983 music video.
The former Playboy Playmate sued for breach of contract, insisting she was still owed a massive chunk of "Thriller" profits.

We don't know how much the Estate settled for -- but from what we can gather, Ola got something.

"Thriller" director John Landis has filed a similar lawsuit against the Estate. We're told both sides are still trying to negotiate a settlement.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Randy Jackson Says Fiddes' Claims "Absurd". 10-05-'12

A spokesman for Randy Jackson told TMZ the allegations made recently by former bodyguard Matt Fiddes "couldn't be further from the truth." He went on to call Fiddes' claims "absolutely absurd."

On Tuesday, Fiddes told the Sun that in 2005, Michael Jackson became so paranoid that he ordered his bodyguards to shoot his brother Randy.

Randy Jackson's spokesman says the Jackson family is choosing to ignore Fiddes rather than engage him in a legal battle because "it's a non-issue."

During that story in the Sun, Fiddes made several claims about Michael Jackson that no one else corroberates, including the alleged two-week romance with Whitney Houston.

Source: MJFC / marinij.com / TMZ / Billie Jean


Rabbi Shmuley: Revolting Lie That MJ Was Nazi Sympathizer. 09-05-'12

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach addressed the current rumors buzzing around the Internet that Michael Jackson was a Nazi sympathizer in his blog on the Huffington Post Wednesday. The Rabbi said, "I was Michael's Rabbi for two years. During that time, we discussed every subject under the sun. Michael detested and despised anyone who would do harm to another human being; he loathed everything Hitler stood for. Michael was a great friend of the Jewish people."

To read the entire post, please click here.

Source: MJFC / huffingtonpost / Billie Jean


I Just Can't Stop Loving You Single CoverI Just Can't Stop Loving You Single (CD-Single And Single)
Released: 12/26-06-2012

On June 5 in the U.S. (June 4th ex-U.S.), Epic / Legacy Recordings will re-release the original first single from the album 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' as a CD Single with a previously unreleased bonus track from the 'BAD' sessions, 'Don't Be Messin' 'Round (demo).' This is a Wal-Mart exclusive CD single will be released in the USA as a Limited Numbered Edition. The CD-Single is also released as regular edition with the same series number and printed in the EU.

On June 26 a replica edition of the original 7" vinyl of this single with the original B-side 'Baby Be Mine' will be made available to the world as a Limited Numbered Edition. The first single for 'BAD', 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You,' was originally released on 7" vinyl in 1987. The 7" single edit of the song has only been available on that original 7" vinyl until now.

Track lists:

CD-Single:

1. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (with Spoken Intro) (with Siedah Garrett) - 4:17
2. Don't Be Messin' 'Round (Demo) - 4:25

Record label: Epic/Legacy
Released: 12-06-2012
Series number: 88725414922
Printed: EU
Guide price: 7 €

Single:

A:
1. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (with Spoken Intro) (with Siedah Garrett) - 4:17

B:
1. Baby Be Mine - 4:14

Record label: Epic
Released: 26-06-2012
Series number: EPC 887255422137
Printed: USA
Guide price: 13 €

To buy the Single go to Amazon or here
To buy the CD-Single go to Amazon

Source: Amazon / michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


Statement From The Estate: Thank You To The Fans. 04-05-'12

We want to thank fans for all their positive feedback on this morning’s announcement about the Pepsi deal. Michael did three successive deals with Pepsi, on the Victory Tour, the Bad Tour and the Dangerous Tour, so this extends a long and very successful relationship with the brand. Michael would have loved that we are making the record books with his image on a billion cans around the world. And the campaign will be a great kickoff to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of BAD.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Pepsi Announces Global Partnership With The Estate Of Michael Jackson. 03-05-'12

Michael’s Iconic Image to Be Featured on One Billion Pepsi Cans in More than 20 Countries; China is First Market to Launch.

Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Multi-platinum Album, BAD.

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 3, 2012 – Pepsi today announced an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson as part of its new “Live for Now” campaign, which Pepsi fans around the world will experience in a variety of ways including an engaging retail campaign featuring one billion special edition Michael Jackson Bad 25 Pepsi cans, iconic music, epic live events and opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise.

The partnership coincides with the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s multi-platinum BAD album and record-breaking tour, around which the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music have celebratory projects underway.

To celebrate Jackson’s incredible contribution to pop music, Pepsi, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson have teamed up to share new mixes of legendary Michael Jackson music from the BAD album with fans around the world, proving that the King of Pop is not only the world’s most iconic artist from the 20th century but also influencing music in the 21st century as well.

Brad Jakeman, president, Global Enjoyment Brands, and chief creative officer, PepsiCo Global Beverages Group, said, “Pepsi has always been at the forefront of pop culture, helping to shape the music landscape. This unique global partnership, around such a legendary music milestone, invites Pepsi fans from around the world to experience Michael Jackson’s music in an engaging and very NOW kind of way – it’s a model example of how Pepsi’s ‘Live for Now’ campaign can manifest itself in a way that resonates the world over.”

Pepsi will feature iconic silhouette imagery of the King of Pop on cans with the launch of collectible limited edition can designs. Pepsi will also run contests in markets around the world giving fans the opportunity to win merchandise including, a limited number of jackets inspired by the original staff BAD tour jackets and tickets to Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, the #1 touring show in North America.

”We are thrilled to bring Michael and Pepsi back together, as they were in 1988, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BAD album and tour and to put Michael on one billion Pepsi cans – perhaps a Guinness record,” commented John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. Branca and McClain added, “We’re excited to see it all come to life.”

China and the United States will be among the first Pepsi markets to launch the exclusive Michael Jackson King of Pop activity in 2012, with approximately 20 additional markets in Asia, South America and Europe continuing the international roll-out throughout the rest of the year.

On May 5 in China, a 330ml limited edition can will be available at retail locations nationwide. In addition, from May 15 – June 14, 2012, fans will be encouraged to share photos of their valuable Jackson collections or original artwork celebrating him, for a chance to win tickets to Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, as part of China’s “In Honor of King of Pop MJ” promotion.

Later in May, the U.S. will launch a nationwide retail campaign including a limited edition 16oz. King of Pop Pepsi can, as well as initiate a retail, music-themed promotion.

Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer, Global Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo added, “Michael Jackson will always be the King of Pop, and his music has always inspired fans and artists alike. But, this partnership goes beyond nostalgia and will engage with consumers all around the world with iconic imagery on more than one billion Pepsi cans, digital content and epic, live events, so that they can continue to connect with Jackson’s music and honor his legendary impact on entertainment.”

Michael Jackson has a long standing relationship with Pepsi spanning more than 25 years. The legendary King of Pop starred in his first Pepsi campaign alongside his brothers in 1983, as part of the Pepsi ‘New Generation’ campaign followed by Pepsi’s sponsorship of the epic BAD Tour and the iconic “Chase” commercials which served as the impetus for the current reunion. Pepsi also featured Jackson in the ‘Music Icons’ commercial that premiered during The X Factor in 2011.

Pepsi’s new “Live for Now” campaign is a culmination of extensive global research demonstrating Pepsi fans’ desire to capture the excitement of now and live each moment to the fullest. First launched in the U.S. last month, “Live for Now” will come to life through a breadth of global, pop-culture platforms, events and unique partnerships and will begin to roll out globally throughout 2012.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


MJ Wanted To Play Spider Man? 02-05-'12

We all know that the King of Pop had a great love for Marvel Comics. Now comes word from Mr. Marvel himself, Stan Lee, that Michael Jackson was interested in playing your friendly neighborhood Spider Man on the big screen!

Lee, an 89-year-old pop culture legend, recently sat for an interview with Moviefone.com to talk about Marvel's history with the movies, and during his chat, the subject of Michael Jackson came up. An excerpt of the conversation is below:

Moviefone: The most interesting bit of almost-casting that I've ever heard came from a Producers Guild conference last summer: the "X-Men" producers revealed that Michael Jackson seriously lobbied for the part of Professor X.

SL: I wasn’t aware that Michael Jackson wanted to be Professor X. I knew Michael Jackson. And with the things he discussed with me, I felt he wanted to be Spider-Man. That was the character that interested him. He never discussed the X-Men with me.

Moveifone: How do you think he would have fared as Spider-Man?

SL: I think he’d have been good. I think he’d have been very good. But I must say that Tobey Maguire was wonderful.

Moviefone: I’m fascinated by the fact that Jackson worked with Stan Lee Media and attempted to buy Marvel, in the 90s.

SL: Yes, he wanted to. He felt that would be the only way that he could play Spider-Man. [Laughs]

To read the entire interview, please click here.

Source: MJFC / moviefone / Billie Jean


More On Pepsi's New MJ Campaign. 01-05-'12

As reported last month, Pepsi is gearing up for its new ad campaign commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's BAD album.

The campaign is set to begin in mid-May and, according to Billboard, it will include a series of remixes from superstar DJs like Skrillex, Diplo and A-Trak, among others. The exclusive tracks will be accessed through special Pepsi cans that will allow the fans to scan a code with their phones to hear the songs. Frank Cooper, PepsiCo chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement, calls this marketing strategy SoLoMo - or Social/Local/Mobile.

The King of Pop famously struck a ground-breaking, multifaceted endorsement/sponsorship deal with Pepsi back in 1984 and was also famously burned during a commercial shoot for the company.

Source: MJFC / billboard.com / Billie Jean

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