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Was Michael Jackson Framed? (Paperback) 29-09-'12
The Untold Story That Brought Down a Superstar.

Release date: 04-10-2012

The original GQ story that became an international sensation by exploring, for the first time in the media, the other side—the defense side-- of the 1993 Michael Jackson scandal. Today, it remains a sought-after story by the superstar’s fans around the world.

Until now, the original, unedited version of the GQ article has not been available. Now, three years after Michael Jackson’s death, in the midst of a resurgence of his music and popularity, the official GQ story is being released, with a new cover and foreword written by the author, award-winning journalist Mary A. Fischer.

As the media rushed to judgment about the ’93 allegations—that Jackson had molested a 13-year-old boy—no one bothered to look in depth at Jackson’s adult accusers. GQ senior writer Mary A. Fischer, known for investigating controversial, under-reported stories, took on the assignment.

She spent months delving into the backgrounds of Evan Chandler and his attorney Barry K. Rothman, Jackson’s main accusers. What emerged from Fischer’s examination, based on court documents, business records and scores of interviews, some with confidential sources who would only meet in out of the way places, was a persuasive argument that Jackson molested no one and that he himself may have been the victim of a well-conceived plan to extract money from him.

More than that, it was a classic story of greed, ambition, misconceptions on the part of police and prosecutors, a lazy and sensation-seeking media and the use of a powerful, hypnotic drug.

Today, it remains an important, relevant story about how a case was simply invented. And now, for the first time in over a decade, it is available to Michael Jackson fans everywhere.

Publisher: Argo-Navis
Author: Mary A. Fischer
ISBN: 9780786754137
Pages: 40
Guide price: 5,45 €

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Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Info About The 'Bad 25 Deluxe Box'. 29-09-'12

Here's more information about the audio CD (CD 3) of the 'Bad25 Deluxe Box'.

The tracks on the audio CD (CD 3) are different than the live concert in Wembley (DVD), first the bonus tracks are not on the CD and the tracks 'Wanna Be Startin 'Somethin', 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', 'I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Dirty Diana', 'Thriller', 'Working Day And Night', 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', 'Bad' and 'Man In The Mirror' are shortened.

To bad that it isn't the same as the DVD.

Greetings from webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Is VH1's Greatest Male Artist! 29-09-'12

Polls are closed, the numbers are in and we are very proud to announce that you have voted Michael Jackson to be the VH1's Greatest Male Artist! Before he could claim his crown, Jackson had to beat out many other worthy fellows. He faced-off with his talented protégé Usher and the glamorous Adam Lambert in early rounds; and he went head-to-head Lil Wayne, the Best Rapper Alive, in the final and toughest round. And still he took the title easily, winning in the end by a landslide. They don’t call him the King of Pop for nothing, you know.

Michael being no longer with us, Canedy Knowles accepted the honor in his place. In lieu of a speech, she donned fedora and a leather glove, and did her best MJ routine. And though they may not be so smooth as his, her moves are enough to recall some of the things we love most about Mike: the effortless “Beat It” hat flip, the willing to fight for what’s right elbow throws from “They Don’t Care About Us” and of course that one finger to the sky.

Source: VH1 / Billie Jean


Unity! Is The Message... 28-09-'12

A new (Flemish) Belgian Michael Jackson Fanclub is born. And a most fitting name has been found!
Unity!... (yn-t) The state of being one; oneness, togetherness in harmony.

This new and fresh Fanclub aims to be a group by fans, for fans, and they are ready for a great adventure!
It's a homage to Michael Jackson's lifelong message. When we listen to Michael's lyrics, read all of his quotes, watch all of his video's the message is clear... Unity and love.

Join them on their path and let your voice be heard, share your memories, experiences and ideas. Come together!
Subscribe to their Facebook-page and website to stay notified about all future events and messages.

Source: Unity! (Vincent, Johannes, Iris, Michelle & Cindy) / Billie Jean


‘Bad25’ Hits The Top. 28-09-'12

Just one week after release the ‘Bad25’ CD packages and the ‘Bad’ Tour DVD are all achieving the top positions on charts around the world.

The ‘Bad’ Tour DVD filmed live at Wembley debuted at Number One in the United States, as well as in most major markets around the world.

The ‘Bad25’ CD packages is charting in countries including Japan (#2), Spain (#2), Germany (#4), France (#5), Hong Kong (#5), Korea (#5), the United Kingdom (#6), Holland (#6), Austria (#10), Belgium (#10).

The CDs and the DVD are available separately and as part of a special package in a deluxe ‘Bad25 Anniversary Box.’

The DVD provides a rare glimpse of one complete and thrilling show from Michael’s legendary ‘Bad’ Tour – the July 16, 1988 concert just as he performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the other 72,000 fans. This footage was only recently unearthed from Michael’s personal archives, and is the only copy of the show known to exist.

‘Bad25’ is available at all usual online sites and all the usual music stores.

Source: MJOnline / Billie Jean


The Jacksons At The Night Of The Proms (Belgium). 27-09-'12

With The Jacksons put Night of the Proms again a legendary name in music on the program.

Adored by millions of fans around the world The Jacksons forever changed the landscape of popular music. The brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson were together with their lamented brother Michael as The Jackson 5, later The Jacksons, in the seventies and eighties, one of the most popular musical acts. More so, with their unique soulful pop-funk, their many hits and their impeccable live performances redefined the pop music.

The last tour of The Jacksons took place in response to the album 'Victory' in 1984. The Jacksons' Victory Tour raised in America more than 2.5 million people in the leg. It had to wait until 2012 for seen the brothers together again on the podium. This summer played The Jacksons in the United States quite a few concerts with all their big hits and a tribute to their deceased brother. For their first appearances outside the U.S. chooses the best selling family of music "our" Night of the Proms.

With the announcement of The Jacksons is the poster of Night of the Proms complete. The Jacksons, Anastacia, Naturally 7, Ozark Henry, John Miles, harpist Remy van Kesteren and the symphonic orchestra Il Novecento led by Robert Groslot care from 8 November for an unparalleled feast in the Antwerp Sportpaleis!

Source: notp / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Costumes Coming To Westfield Stratford City. 26-09-'12

A jacket worn by the King of Pop, soon to be on display at Westfield Stratford City.

Costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, who worked closely with the King of Pop for more than 25 years, are bringing a collection of personal and concert tour outfits to the shopping complex on October 5 for the UK-leg of a worldwide tour.

Called ‘The Collection of Tompkins & Bush: Michael Jackson Wardrobe’, the exhibit will feature dozens of iconic costumes and fashion artifacts.

Highlights include one of Jackson’s infamous right-handed crystal covered gloves, the complete ‘Scream’ video outfit, a suit from the 1987 ‘Smooth Criminal’ video and the 30th Anniversary of Madison Square Garden’s Show’s illuminated helmet sported by the late singer.

Die-hard fans will also recognise a host of costumes from outfits worn to various awards ceremonies, music videos and Jackson’s legendary live performances including the ‘BAD’, ‘HIStory’, and ‘Dangerous’ tours.

Myf Ryan, general manager marketing UK, said: “It is an honour to be the exclusive UK host for such a unique exhibition. “In our first year, Westfield Stratford City attracted 47 million shoppers and we are increasingly becoming the destination of choice for exclusive events.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors and fans to get up close and personal with music and fashion history.”

‘The Collection of Tompkins & Bush: Michael Jackson Wardrobe’ will exhibit at The Getty Gallery, The Street, in Westfield, E20 from Friday October 5 to November 4.

Open seven days a week from 10am to 9am Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturdays, and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays, tickets are £10 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk from September 30.

Source: Newham Recorder / Billie Jean


Official BAD25 T-Shirt *World Exclusive*. 26-09-'12

King Of Shop have teamed up with Bravado to ensure that Michael's fans are not left behind! Originally this T-shirt was only available from Sony Music; incorporated in a boxset, retailing at £125.00. The Team at King Of Shop know that with so many Bad25 releases available, some fans would not be able to afford the boxset but would still like a new t-shirt to wear. So here it is! For the fans... Who's Bad!

Pick up your size here

Source: MJVibe / Billie Jean


Everyone Who Worked On 'Bad' Says It Was Best Time Ever... 25-09-'12

Says Bad docu director Spike Lee as record is to be re-released.

The King of Pop had been under lots of pressure to deliver a strong follow-up to Thriller and he didn’t disappoint.

Bad set a record for scoring five consecutive US No1 singles — I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In The Mirror and Dirty Diana — and went on to sell more than 40million copies.

To coincide with the release of the Bad 25 album, which contains a disc of rarities and remixes, film maker SPIKE LEE has directed a documentary about the making of the record.

It’s well worth a watch, if only because you’ll find out who Annie is — of “Annie are you OK?” fame in Smooth Criminal.

SL: Not Bad at all ... new Michael Jackson release.

Biz caught up with Spike when he was in London earlier this month...

Hi, Spike, why did you want to make the film?

SL: I’m a film maker, I love what I do and I grew up admiring and loving Michael Jackson.

I saw him in 1969 on TV. He had a big afro and I wanted to be him.

Was it daunting, knowing that Jacko has such an ardent fan base?

SL: No, it’s good pressure. You can’t let people down. If this had been sub-par I’d have been torn limb from limb.

Who were your favourite interviewees for the film?

SL: I loved them all. The funniest to me was KANYE WEST, he’s hilarious. MARIAH CAREY was very busy but she wanted to do it. I wanted to make it contemporary and talk about how Michael influenced them growing up.

STEVIE WONDER sang at my wedding so I know him well.

You take issue with the Michael/ Stevie song Just Good Friends in the film, which is arguably the one dud on the album...

Neither of them wrote it and even Bad’s producer QUINCY JONES says they had the wrong song.

What were the overriding memories of the people who worked on the Bad album?

SL: They said it was the best time of their lives and they knew they were working with someone great. Michael was coming off the back of Thriller so he was happy.

What are your feelings about his problems?

SL: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out why he had those problems.

Who we are as human beings is greatly impacted by our childhoods.

Some reviews have said you haven’t explored the darker side of Michael...

That wasn’t the intention of this film, it’s about the music and the making of the Bad album.

Some reviews have said: “Why did he show people crying when talking about his death?” but those were real, raw human emotions.

SL: Michael’s life has deeply affected people and they miss him.

His death messed me up for a month or two. He touched so many people.

Bad 25 is out, the documentary will be shown on TV before Christmas.

Source: The Sun / Billie Jean


Siedah Garrett Answers Classic MicJac Duet With New Solo Tribute Song. 24-09-'12

Ask Siedah Garrett about the power of a duet and it’s a sure bet she will proudly testify gaining personal and professional satisfaction from a great pairing.

Especially if you’re duet partner is Michael Jackson. Since singing alongside the King of Pop on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” Garrett has carved her own niche with winning a Grammy for the chart-topping single and two Oscar nominations associated with her work on the movie adaptation of the stage musical “Dreamgirls” and the animated film “Rio.” Still no matter the accomplishments, Garrett is humble when she cites the two people responsible for her success.

“I just owe everything that I am to him [Jackson] and because of Quincy [Jones] I got to be introduced to him through my music. So I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Jones for my life as it is at this moment because he was my introduction to Mr. Jackson,” the former Brand New Heavies member confided to EUR’s Lee Bailey. “I don’t even know how I would be in the same sphere as Michael Jackson if it weren’t for my association with Quincy and his relative association with Michael and the project that he’s done for him.”

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” was the lead single for Jackson’s follow-up to “Thriller,” “Bad. The album, which spawned four other No.1 hits, was re-released Tuesday (Sept. 18) in honor of its 25th anniversary.

After Jackson passed away in 2009, Garrett said she felt the need to “write something that expressed how I felt about having met him, about having worked with him and about how his creative influence has changed my life entirely.”

The result is the singer’s new song, “Keep on Lovin’ You.” The recently released track showcases Jackson as seen by Garrett, who stated how the track captured the bond she shared with the legendary vocalist. The video for “Keep on Lovin’ You” features performance footage of Jackson and Garrett from Jackson’s “Dangerous” tour.

“It’s my answer to our duet. My love letter back to Michael…how I was feeling and how it felt to be with him at that time, how we respected him so much and let me feel like he had as much to learn from me as I did from him,” Garrett said of her friend and mentor. “I think the first line of the song is ‘I know I was nervous and if you were feeling nervous too I didn’t have a clue. I found it so refreshing you turned out to be so cool. You were just cool.’ When I wrote those lines, they really expressed my deepest, most heartfelt feelings about him as a man, as an artist, as my duet partner.”

Garrett’s video for “Keep on Lovin’ You received a worthwhile co-sign from the Jackson family and estate, who gave permission to use the “Dangerous” tour footage for the clip.

“They gave me permission after having seen what we did, how we used it and I am so, so pleased. That was a huge coup for me,” Garrett said. “It’s all well and good to have a video that you feel is a tribute to Michael, but if he’s not in it, it could be anybody. But because they allowed me to use us on tour, on the “Dangerous” tour, it just brought so much legitimacy to this next single…I could not be more happy with the way it turned out with the fact that the family gave their blessing and everybody is just totally alright with the way this came out.”

With “Bad”‘s reintroduction to music fans, Garrett feels the timing couldn’t be better.

“…It was such a great project,” said the entertainer, who believes the second time around is the charm for one of “Bad” standouts, the inspirational “Man in the Mirror.” “That was one of my biggest regrets for the song itself, that it didn’t really get the recognition it deserved,” stated the “Man in the Mirror” co-writer, who added that the song was not nominated for a Grammy in light of it being released a year after “Bad” arrived in stores.

In the coming months, fans can look for more from Garrett, who will release her upcoming album, “Look Inside Myself.” The album, which will feature “Keep On Lovin’ You,” is slated for release later this year.

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean


Publishers Not Interested In Michael Jackson Doctor ‘Tell-All’ Book. 24-09-'12

Dr. Conrad Murray is writing a “tell-all” book about Michael Jackson but publishers have so far told him they are not interested in the tome.

The disgraced physician – who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop – is reportedly penning a memoir about his work for the singer, with friends claiming the ‘Thriller’ hitmaker confided his “inner-most secrets” to him.

A source close to Murray said: “Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he is telling friends will be a tell-all book about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson’s life.

“Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael. Conrad says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings about his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael’s kids viewed him as a family member and loved him.”

The doctor – who has always disputed giving Michael the lethal dose of anaesthetic Propofol which caused his death in June 2009 – is said to hope the book will help his public image and raise some much-needed cash.

The insider continued to RadarOnline.com: “This is all about money for Murray though because he is absolutely flat broke and desperately needs the cash. He feels that the book could help rehab his image and help him to get his medical license back.”

However, Murray – who is expected to serve just two years of his sentence because of jail overcrowding – may face problems getting the tome published as the proposed manuscript has not faced a warm response so far.

The source said: “Several publishers have been contacted and have expressed little to no interest in publishing any book written by or about Dr. Murray.

“One publisher said that even if Murray were to take full responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson there was no interest. Dr. Murray just isn’t an empathetic person and the public doesn’t want to hear from him, period.”

Source: Noise11 / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson, Defender Of Life? 23-09-'12

Michael Jackson was pro-life?

Yes, according to a new, never-before-released song Jackson penned titled “Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)“. The song, which is a bonus track on the 25th anniversary re-release of Jackson’s hit album “Bad”, hits store shelves this week, and media are scrambling to tell the story.

Catholic site Phatmass posted the complete lyrics here, and Slate magazine included a pro-abortion, anti-God screed here, calling the tune “a goofy mix of religiosity and anxiety about women’s liberation.” Slate’s unlovable columnist Amanda Marcotte shocks with her callous disregard for the unborn child and her disparaging of all considerations except her own: Jackson, she writes, “judges us…for having consensual sex with age-appropriate partners without feeling obligated to go through with every accidental pregnancy.”

In Abortion Papers, Jackson plays the part of a man whose girlfriend chooses to abort his child—even though he wants the child and believes that abortion is outside the will of God. He sings:

Those abortion papers
Signed in your name against the words of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child.

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.

Source: Patheos / Billie Jean


Michael's Dad Dates Girl 51 Years Younger. 23-09-'12

Michael's father Joe has turned his back on his wife and the King of Pop’s children for a female “companion” 51 years his junior.

Wealthy Indonesian beauty Lavinia Iskandar, 33, has been photographed with Joe, 84, at a string of events in Las Vegas since April.

The pair were spotted at former world heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson’s one-man show.

And astonishingly, they were also caught on camera in July at the Jacksons’ Unity Tour gig.

They even spent time with two of Joe’s sons Jackie, 61, and Jermaine, 57, after the show.

A source close to the family said last night: “It’s been an open secret that Joe and Lavinia spend all their time together.

“Joe owns a condo in Vegas and she has been staying there.

“He hasn’t seen his wife Katherine in weeks and simply wasn’t around during the recent dramas about Michael’s estate when she was spirited away to a spa in Arizona, ­leaving his children home alone.”

­Katherine, 82, who has been married to Joe for 63 years, is said to be “seething” over her ­husband’s ­interest in ­Lavinia.

The source added: “This time he’s gone too far.

“Katherine wouldn’t shed a single tear if he never set foot through her door again.”

A spokesman for Joe yesterday insisted Lavinia, who escorted him to the ­Grammy Awards in LA in ­February, is a “business associate”, saying: “He is promoting his new range of ­after-shave and she has extensive contacts in Asia.”

Friends claim, however, the two have become ­“inseparable” and Joe is ­“completely smitten” with Lavinia, who comes from a ­super-rich family in south-east Asia and who is said to be a huge Michael Jackson fan.

They met a year ago, according to one pal of Joe’s, who said: “She’s a wealthy fan who’s ­living out some sort of fantasy by hanging out with Michael’s dad.

“But their relationship is hurting Katherine badly. She has long been used to his self- confessed cheating ways but this time she thinks the age difference of more than half a century is ridiculous.”

Philandering Joe has confessed to fathering two love children, Tawanda and Joh’Vonnie Jackson, in 1972 and 1974 respectively, with two different women. He has said: “I don’t ­believe I was made to be a one-woman man.”

Jackson family sources claim he has ­virtually turned his back on Michael’s ­children – Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 – since they moved with their grand-mother to a new estate in the leafy LA ­suburb of Calabasas late last year.

Like the King of Pop’s brothers and ­sisters, he was completely excluded from Michael’s will.

A friend of Katherine’s said last night: “Sadly, he’s drifted apart from the family and is pursuing a very separate life these days.”

Source: Daily Star / Billie Jean


The Pop Diplomacy Of Quincy Jones. 22-09-'12

In an interview with The New York Times, Quincy Jones, who had worked with Michael on 3 of his albums, talks about this collaboration:

Andrew Goldman: You once wrote that Michael Jackson stopped working with you because he felt threatened by the credit you were getting for his music. Considering he was never able to repeat the success he had with “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad,” how much credit do you deserve?

Q: Well, what do you think?

Andrew Goldman: I don’t know. I wasn’t in the studio.

Q: You heard the albums, didn’t you? That’s nothing to do with any one person. That’s the combination of the two of us. You’re looking at one of the most talented kids in the history of show business. Michael was very observant and detail-oriented. You put that together with my background of big-band arranging and composing, we had no limitations.

Andrew Goldman: Did he really never personally tell you he was moving on?

Q: He didn’t, no. It’s O.K., man. It’s not like I’m gonna roll over and die. He told his manager that I was losing it, that I didn’t understand the business because I didn’t understand in 1987 that rap was dead. Rap wasn’t dead. Rap hadn’t even started yet.

Andrew Goldman: During the “We Are the World” session, great singers like Smokey Robinson didn’t even get solo lines. How do you tell Bette Midler, “Kim Carnes gets a solo, but you don’t”?

Q: It was not easy. If you’ve got 46 people and only 21 solos, you’re gonna have a problem. That’s why we did all the background lines before I told them who would sing solos. If they did the solos first, they’d all disappear.

Source: The New York Times / Billie Jean


Dr. Conrad Murray Writing 'Tell All' Book While In Jail! 21-09-'12

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted last year of killing Michael Jackson, is passing time in jail by writing a tell-all book and hopes a publisher will pay him a substantial amount of money, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

"Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he is telling friends will be a tell-all book about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson's life," a source close to the situation tells Radar. "Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael. Conrad says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings about his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael's kids viewed him as a family member and loved him.

"This is all about money for Murray though because he is absolutely flat broke and desperately needs the cash. He feels that the book could help rehab his image and help him to get his medical license back."

Jackson's former physician was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of the King of Pop and was sentenced to four years in jail. However, because of jail overcrowding in California, Murray, who has served less than a year of the sentence to date, is expected to only serve two years behind bars.

"The conviction is being appealed and Murray is confident that it will be successful, even though legal experts say that it's very unlikely that he will get a new trial. Conrad is extremely arrogant and doesn't accept any responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson. He truly believes he has done nothing wrong," the insider says.

Meanwhile, reps for Murray have reached out to publishers to test the waters to see if there is any interest in releasing the book, and so far, the response has been, "no thanks."

"Several publishers have been contacted and have expressed little to no interest in publishing any book written by or about Dr. Murray," the source says. "One publisher said that even if Murray were to take full responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson there was no interest. Dr. Murray just isn't an empathetic person and the public doesn't want to hear from him, period," the source says.

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean


Koons' Statue Of MJ & Bubbles In New York. 21-09-'12

“Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (USA). The exhibition is divided into five categories that represent aspects of Andy Warhol’s art: every day objects, portraiture, queer studies, seriality and appropriation, and ending with business collaboration and spectacle. The juxtaposition between Warhol and his contemporaries is done in a way that depicts Warhol as the spark that ignited the flame that is Pop Art, or that he is the “old master” of this specific genre.

One of the pieces of art included in the exhibition is Jeff Koons’ ceramic statue of Michael Jackson and his monkey Bubbles (1988).

The exhibition is on display from September 18 to December 31, 2012.

Source: MJFC / Policymic / Billie Jean


Ne-Yo: Remembering His Interactions With Michael. 21-09-'12

Ne-Yo has made no secret of the fact that he had been collaborating with Michael Jackson when he died in 2009. But in the newest episode of VH1′s Behind the Music — which premieres Sunday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. — he delves deeper into how they met and the work they produced. EW has an exclusive clip of that recollection.

In the clip — which you can find below — Ne-Yo recalls that in the spring of 2009, Jackson reached out to him but he hung up the phone, thinking it was a prank call. “I figured it was somebody playin’,” he remembers.

After Jackson called back, he remembers, “we met up in New York, then he smiles and gave me a big hug, and says, ‘You know what my favorite song of yours is? [singing] Please don’t worry about me, I’m fine,’” Ne-Yo says in the clip. “He started singing my damn song ['Go On, Girl].’ I almost lost it at that point. I maintained, but inside, I was jumping around like a six-year-old girl. It was bad. It was really, really bad.”

Source: Music Mix / Billie Jean


Message From The Michael Jackson Estate Regarding 'Bad 25'. 20-09-'12

Hello!

We are so proud to celebrate the release of Bad25 with you. We also want to continue to celebrate Michael’s legacy as the biggest selling artist of all time. In order to do so, when sales of Bad25 reach 1 million units, The Estate will release an exclusive clip on MichaelJackson.com from the forthcoming Bad25 Documentary.

So, buy your copy of Bad25 today if you haven’t already, buy it for a friend if you already have a copy, and we’ll look forward to sharing this special content with you!

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / Billie Jean


Siedah Garrett On Writing Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror’. 19-09-'12

Siedah Garrett, who wrote the lyrics for Michael Jackson's No. 1 hit "Man In The Mirror" and is a featured vocalist on the song, still remembers the day she penned the reflective record 25 years ago for the King Of Pop's Bad album that is being reissued as a special edition this week.

Garrett, who went on to record as a solo artist and write smashes for the likes of Tevin Campbell and Jennifer Hudson, said she immediately knew she had something great. "I called Quincy [Jones] and said, 'Dude, Glen [Ballard] and I have written a great song.' He said, 'Great, great. So turn it into the publishing office, and I'll hear it on Monday.' I said, 'Nope. No. Quincy. Let me just drop off the cassette [now]'," Garrett said during an interview with Yahoo! Music.

Siedah Garrett, Michael Jackson Within a week, Jackson, who preferred to write his own material, was in the studio recording the track that he would later use to close out his concert tours. When he died in 2009, his estate played the song at the conclusion of his memorial.

When Jones assigned a group of songwriters the task to write one last song for Bad, Garrett knew she needed to come upwith something powerful. "I couldn't write a 'oh baby baby [song].' It couldn't be a run-of-the-mill idea," she said. "He had such a huge platform. He had the eyes and the ears and attention of the entire planet, so I wanted to offer him something to say to the world, not knowing if he would get it, not knowing if it would get past Quincy."

Jackson told Garrett that "Man In The Mirror" and John Lennon's "Imagine" were his favorite songs. His chemistry with Garrett was so strong that he invited her to duet with him on another Bad single, "I Just Can't Stop Lovin' You." Garrett pays homage to Jackson on her new song, "Keep On Loving You."

Garrett last saw Jackson a month before he died, during auditions for his London tour, This Is It, where she ironically sang, "Man In The Mirror."

Garrett said she misses the way he valued his colleagues. "Here's the essence of his genius," she said. "Whenever he found someone whose artistry he respected, he studied that person and would take the good of what they do and internalise and tweak, twist and flip it, and make it his own. So whenever you were in his presence, and he respected you as a talent, he made you feel as if he had as much to learn from you as you did from him. Oh my God. That was the biggest lessen that I learned from him."

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


New Commercial: Pepsi Marks 25th Anniversary Of ‘Bad’. 19-09-'12

Pepsi is set to unveil a 15-second spot marking the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tonight. The spot was directed by Marco Brambilla and features a remix by Afrojack, paired with images of the late singer dancing. The ad will air during the BET special, “Bad25 — The short films of Michael Jackson,” as well as during the X-Factor on Fox.

As part of the brand’s “Live for Now” campaign, Pepsi inked an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson. It is producing one billion commemorative 16 oz. cans featuring the singer.

The brand’s relationship with Mr. Jackson dates to 1984 and the “New Generation” campaign. In 1988, Pepsi sponsored the Bad World Tour. The tour spanned 16 months, with 123 concerts in 15 countries attended by 4.4 million fans. It was the largest-grossing tour in history and the one with the largest audience.

“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,” said Brad Jakeman, president of PepsiCo’s Global Beverage Group. “It’s a model example of how Pepsi’s ‘Live for Now’ campaign can manifest itself in a way that resonates the world over.”

 

Source: The Estate of Michael Jackson / Ad Age / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Live At Wembley (DVD). 18-09-'12
Released: 18-09-2012

Michael Jackson’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. 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.

DVD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988

1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
5. She's Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Bad Groove (the Band Jam section)
13. Working Day And Night
14. Beat It
15. Billie Jean
16. Bad
17. Man In The Mirror (Encore)

Publisher: Epic / Legacy
Series number: 887254010692
Guide price: 14,99 €

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Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


Bad 25 (2CD Album) Released. 18-09-'12

25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s landmark album Bad celebrated with September 18 release of the double CD Album.

· 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.

Track list:

CD1:
1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends (featuring Stevie Wonder)
6. Another Part of Me
7. Man in the Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone

CD:2
1. Don't Be Messin' 'Round
2. I'm So Blue
3. Abortion Papers
4. Free
5. The Price of Fame
6. Al Capone
7. Streetwalker
8. Fly Away
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You, sung in Spanish)
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (I Just Can't Stop Loving You, sung in French)
11. Bad 25 Afrojack Remix (feat. Pitbull - DJ Buddha Edit)
12. Speed Demon (Nero Remix)
13. Bad 25 Afrojack Remix (Club Mix)

Record label: Epic / Legacy
Series number: 88691999702
Guide price: 17 €

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Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


IMMORTAL World Tour Zurich. 18-08-'12

We are happy to inform you that Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour is coming to Zurich. The presale for Cirque Club members begins today. If you are a Cirque Club member, you may buy your tickets for Zurich here:

Tickets go on sale to the public for The IMMORTAL World Tour in Zurich on Friday, September 21st. Tickets will be available to the public for purchase here.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


‘Bad 25': Kylie Minogue, Miguel & More Remember The King Of Pop. 18-09-'12

Today brings the 25th anniversary re-release of Michael Jackson‘s seventh studio album, Bad. Over the past month we’ve celebrated the momentous occasion by revisiting MJ’s 1988 Bad tour performance of “Human Nature”, presenting a rare demo of “Smooth Criminal” (“Al Capone”), listing our favorite pop star covers of Bad tracks and even giving away a copy of the re-release. But we’re not the only ones excited the late King Of Pop’s music milestone.

We chatted up some of our favorite pop stars about what Bad, the fifth-highest selling album of all time, has meant to them. Kylie Minogue, Miguel, Alex Clare, Wonder Girls and more told us their personal stories of the first time they heard Jackson’s final album of the ’80s and the lasting impression its made, not just on their own music, but on the pop landscape. Whether it was on vinyl, cassette or their iPod — or they were taking in the album’s music videos on VHS tape or while glued to the TV set waiting for MTV to play the them just once more — each artist had their own vivid memory to share. 

Source: Idolator / Billie Jean


Q&A: Spike Lee On Bad25. 18-09-'12

Spike Lee wears a Michael Jackson T-shirt that matches the Michael Jackson Air Jordan's the 55-year-old director wears tucked out of his jeans. Lee, director of Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, Malcolm X and five documentaries, recently premiered Bad25, his film about the making of the Michael Jackson record that debuted in 1987. Bad, which will be re-released on Sept. 18, was Jackson’s follow-up to Thriller, still the best-selling album of all-time. Ben Kaplan sat down with Lee on the last day of TIFF and asked him what he misses most about his old friend.

Q Given your documentary history — the church bombing in Birmingham and the hurricane in New Orleans — why make a Michael Jackson film?
A I’ve been a fan since I saw him as the lead singer of the Jackson Five on The Ed Sullivan Show — 1969, that was. I wanted to be one of the Jackson Five.

Q In 1987, when Bad was released, you were preparing School Daze. Were you as influenced by Jackson’s visuals as much as his music?
A I was just following what Michael did. He put a great emphasis on his short films and they set the standard and really made MTV, it was mutual. And many people told me that Michael, if he had lived longer, would’ve gone into directing films.

Q You directed Michael Jackson in the video for They Don’t Care About Us in 1996. What do you remember?
A It was one of the highlights of my filmmaking career.

Q Were you having flashbacks to yourself as a 12-year-old in front of the television?
A I wasn’t thinking about Ed Sullivan, I was thinking that I’ve got to do a job right, because I can’t let Michael down. I don’t want Michael being displeased.

Q Let’s talk about Bad, the album. At that time, were you a fan?
A Like everybody, I’d waited five years for the follow-up to Thriller. I remember, and I even put this in the film, that I didn’t understand the song Just Good Friends, the duet with Stevie Wonder. I don’t stand that song.

Q What do you mean?
A I don’t know why two great songwriters, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, would sing someone else’s song that’s not even good. Stevie’s a good friend of mine, too. He knew I was going to ask him about that song.

Q What don’t you like about it?
A Quincy [Jones, the album’s producer] says in the voice over, “I know I made a mistake.” It’s acknowledged.

Q Quincy also says he didn’t like Smooth Criminal. That’s my favourite song on the disc.
A They made 66 songs for Bad; you have to whittle them down.

Q With the record being re-released and you making this film, are you attempting to bring the focus back with Michael Jackson to the music?
A This is a re-examination. The way Michael was treated – Wacko Jacko – it’s criminal the stuff they wrote about him, so I do think a lot of people are going to go back and listen to this album. People were caught up in Thriller and Bad was a follow-up to Thriller and overshadowed, but it stands up on its own legs.

Q You mention the Wacko Jack stuff. Did that taint your impression of the man?
A I didn’t believe that stuff. I hate that stuff. And as we show in the film, that stuff hurt Michael. He’s a human being.

Q You ask everyone in the film where they were on June 25, 2009, when Michael passed. Where were you?
A I was in Cannes for an internet convention and at dinner in Monaco and I got the word. It messed me up for months.

Q Would you call this a personal film?
A All my films are personal. Especially my documentaries.

Q You’ve now spent two lives with Bad, as a music fan and as a documentarian. What’s your favourite song on the disc?
A Man in the Mirror. That’s the anthem and Michael sang the hell out of it.

Bad25, the record, is out Sept. 18 on Sony Records. The documentary by Spike Lee will premiere in November.

Source: National Post / Billie Jean


MJJ Magazine: The Bad 25 Postermag Edition! 18-09-'12

By popular request, MJJMAGAZINE brings you the “BAD25 PosterMag Special Edition”.

The magazine #11 special postermag edition + 6 posters - limited edition collector's item - incl. 4 megaposter + 2 posters -glossy - feat. official never before seen live and still photos from mjj productions archives - exclusive michael jackson 1988 pepsi commercial the unpublished photographs.

Bad25 exclusive never before seen 100% official photos from the bad era - & more.. inspired by black&white magazine - rare & hard-to-find collector's magazine - printed with a special realistic amazing photo effect!

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Source: MJJMagazine / Billie Jean


Paris Jackson Shares Late Father Michael's Geeky Hobby... 17-09-'12

Paris Jackson revealed her inner-geek after enjoying a day out with her brothers at a Los Angeles comic convention.

The 14-year-old daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson stepped out in a yellow top and denim hot pants as she attended Stan Lee's Comikaze event on Sundays.

Flanked by a crew that were the filming the family during their day out, Paris seemed happy as she walked through the bustling crowds at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Comic book fans, games and zombie enthusiasts descended on the pop culture event over the weekend for the annual festival, which is now in its second year and has been re-branded Stan Lee's Comikaze after the comic book creator became a business partner following last year's success.

While Paris and her older brother Prince Michael didn't dress up for the occasion, ten-year-old Blanket got into the spirit of things by wearing a red T-shirt featuring several Marvel comics characters that Lee created, including Spider-Man and The Hulk.

The Jackson children inherited their comic book loving side from their father.

Michael was a huge comic book fan and purchased a host of geek goodies, including life-size statues of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman, as well as vintage X-Men and Marvel Vs Capcom arcade machines.

The King of Pop also struck up a friendship with Stan Lee in his failed bid to buy the screen rights of Spider-Man.

Lee recounted their meeting in a 2009 interview with MTV: 'I had been to his place in Neverland ... and he wanted to do Spider-Man. I'm not sure whether he just wanted to produce it or wanted to play the role, you know? Our conversation never got that far along.
'He thought I'd be the one who could get him the rights and I told him I couldn't, he would have to go to the Marvel company. But we did become friendly... and he was a great guy.'

Paris has also inherited her dad's acting desires.

Source: Dailymail.co.uk / Billie Jean


Fashion Designer Michael Bush Announces The “Dressing Michael Jackson: Get DANGEROUS Sweepstakes”. 17-09-'12

In celebration of the highly anticipated new book “King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson,” fans have a chance to win personal artifacts from the King of Pop’s personal fashion designer Michael Bush, longtime fashion designer and personal friend of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson has announced an unprecedented sweepstakes opportunity for fans of Michael Jackson in celebration of the highly anticipated, limited edition book “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson” which becomes available worldwide on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories created and worn by Michael Jackson includes hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes-look into the process of collaborating with the world’s most legendary and powerful entertainer of our time. The book includes personal stories from the author, never before seen photographs and a fascinating look into the world of music and fashion that only Jackson could have created.

Fans will have the chance to win the ultimate “Get DANGEROUS” prize package. From Monday, September 17, 2012 at 9pm PST through Sunday, October 30, 2012, midnight PST, fans can enter through Facebook at www.facebook.com/dressingmichaeljackson to win a “money-can’t-buy” exclusive prize package. Anyone can enter by clicking on the contest page marked Dressing Michael Jackson: Get DANGEROUS Sweepstakes once they have entered the Facebook main page. Entrants are asked to LIKE the “dressingmichaeljackson” Facebook page and then submit one photo that shows their favorite Michael Jackson fashion memory or pose by clicking on the contest page. The photo submitted with the most creative and unique presentation will qualify to win. The winner will be announced by Michael Bush on Facebook on Monday, November 1, 2012 by 5pm PST.

The “Get DANGEROUS” sweepstakes prize package includes an 8x10 piece of metallic gold stretch fabric cut from the same exact bolt of cloth used to make Michael Jackson’s original DANGEROUS Tour costume (1992-1993) along with a metal elbow piece. The metal piece is one of only a few ever made which were also part of the DANGEROUS Tour costume. This metal piece was in Jackson’s road case during the tour. . This “never-before-offered” collection of items will also include (1) personally autographed limited edition book “King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson” by Michael Bush, (1) autographed photo of Michael Bush, a copy of the limited edition, collectible Julien’s Auctions catalog which will feature hundreds of Michael Jackson costumes from the auction house to the stars, a photo copy of Michael Jackson on stage in the costume that refers back to the prize and a letter of authenticity signed by Michael Bush outlining exactly where the pieces came from. The value for any Michael Jackson fan is priceless and unprecedented. Never before has a prize package of this magnitude been offered. The sweepstakes is open to all entrants from around the globe.
Once someone has “liked” the www.facebook.com/dressingmichaeljackson page they may enter by sending one photograph with a one line caption that shows your favorite Michael Jackson moment or fashion pose. The photo can include any visual of yourself or other creative item that tells your story and gives other fans a look into your favorite Michael Jackson fashion moment. All photos submitted will be collected and fashion designer Michael Bush will pick one as the winner on November 1, 2012. The winning photo will be based on originality, creativity and the showmanship of the true spirit of Michael Jackson. There will also be five runner-up photos chosen.

The runner-up photos/fans will be featured on the www.dressingmichaeljackson.com website and Facebook and will receive an autographed photo of fashion designer Michael Bush. More details on the promotion can be viewed at www.dressingmichaeljackson.com or at www.facebook.com/dressingmichaeljackson.
"Michael Jackson was the world's greatest entertainer. His fashion sense and ideas of design took me on an extraordinary journey for almost 25 years. There was nothing we couldn't do and Michael was full of surprises. We traveled the world together and created designs and fashions that have become iconic. I always say I educated Michael and he educated me through the process," said author and designer Michael Bush. "Michael loved his fans and I can’t think of a better way to honor him then to offer them this chance to own a piece of Michael’s fashion embellishments like never before.”

To order the book go to Amazon

Press Contact/All Media Inquiries:
Caroline Galloway
M2M PR & Partnerships
(440) 591-3807

Source: M2M PR & Partnerships / Billie Jean


Designer Treacy Inspired By MJ. 17-09-'12

After a thirteen year hiatus, designer Philip Treacy has returned to London Fashion Week with a bang. His show included a spectacular collection of hats and headpieces inspired by and paired with the stage costumes of Michael Jackson designed by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. In attendance were McQueen's successor Sarah Burton, Lady Gaga, Dita Von Teese, Kim Cattrall, Grace Jones and Bryan Ferry. Onlookers hollered and danced to a quintessential Michael Jackson soundtrack.

To view the extraordinary designs, please click here.

Source: MJFC / Pedestrian TV / Billie Jean


Calendars 2013. 16-09-'12

“It has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion in the community regarding the 2013 Michael Jackson official calendar. The statement is intended to assert that only the 2013 calendar released by Danilo is licensed by the Estate and ML Publishing is not authorised to put out calendars or any other products.

Source: Billie Jean

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