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3T3T To Reunite For Michael Jackson Tribute. 05-11-'13

Michael Jackson’s nephews Taj, Taryll and T.J. are set to reunite as 3T for a tribute concert to their late uncle next year to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.

A source told the New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l column: ”Taj, Taryll and T.J. believe they have a sound and appeal which would make them a success all over again.”

The brothers have reportedly recorded an entire album of new material in secret and are planning to tour the US and Europe.

3T enjoyed moderate success in the later part of 1990s when they were pitted against the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC at the height of the boy band boom. Their hit singles include ‘Why’ (featuring uncle Michael), which was a duet with Michael, and ‘Anything’.
3T released their debut album ‘Brotherhood’ in 1995 and followed it up nearly a decade later in 2004 with ‘Identity’.

The group have come together several times in the years following their famous uncle’s death in June 2009, appearing on stage with Michael’s oldest children – Prince Michael and Paris – as they accepted a lifetime achievement award at the 2010 Grammy Awards on behalf of their father.

3T also reunited on stage in 2011 at a tribute concert for Michael in Cardiff, Wales, where they performed ‘Why’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by The Jackson 5.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait Finished. 04-11-'13

In case you haven’t heard, on May 25, 2013 the last dots were placed in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. Click here to see the large version of the final portrait.

Since the artist, David Ilan, drew ahead, people can still sign up to get “unclaimed” dots that have already been drawn. This way future MJ fans can be part of this tribute as well. The last two dots were given to two very deserving children, Gavin and Millie, who Michael had wanted to visit after they were tragically burned when a car they were in was firebombed.

Following the final portrait MJTP has decided to downsize their website on December 1st. It has been a place for so many fans around the world to make friends, share photos, and talk about all things MJ.

MJ Tribute Portrait

On December 1st, the social networking portion of the site will transition exclusively to the MJTP Facebook and Twitter pages. The website will stay open for new dot-members to join and get their dots, but we they will remove the ability for members to have photo albums, groups, private messages, and all other social networking functions. MJTP articles and other informational pages will still be active.

Fans will have until December 1, 2013 to log into the MJTP site to retrieve any text and photos they want to keep.

For more information visit the MJTP website.

Source: MJTP / Billie Jean


Actor Kevin Bacon And His Brother Michael Were Musically Inspired By Michael Jackson. 03-11-'13

The Hollywood star’s sibling, Michael Bacon, tells Confidenti@l that in 1972 his little bro Kevin was less than six degrees from music superstardom.

“We actually did a demo, which I don’t have anymore, unfortunately,” Michael tells us. “I think we did 10 songs and Kevin was singing them all. We wrote some songs and covered some songs, and were going to make Kevin the next Michael Jackson. We had a plan. I remember pitching it to my publisher and he turned it down.”

Kevin, who was around 13 at the time, remembers his five siblings’ attempt to become a functional version of the Jackson 5.

“We were almost the same age, Michael [Jackson] and me,” says Kevin, who was born a month before MJ in 1958.

Despite Kevin and Michael Bacon being born nine years apart, they tell us Jackson was one artist they bonded over when they were growing up. There were others, of course.

Bacon Brothers

“Michael introduced me to music when I was a tiny little boy,” says Kevin, citing bands like The Seeds and Big Brother and the Holding Company as groups his older brother turned him on to in the ’70s.

“He was bringing home ’60s rock records, and I was being exposed to them. The music was a little hard-edged and sophisticated for what might have been appropriate for my age range, and it turned out to be hugely influential.”

They never made it as a child act, but in 1995, Kevin and Michael began playing together again as the Bacon Brothers. They will release their sixth studio album, “36 Cents,” by the end of the year.

On Dec. 8, Kevin, Michael and other relatives will play a one-night-only performance under the name A Band Called Holmes at Murray Hill’s The Cutting Room, mixing covers and original songs. For now, there are no Michael Jackson tunes on the playlist.

“The Bacon Brothers used to do ‘I Want You Back,’ ” Michael says. “It’s not on the set list anymore.”

Source: New York Daily News / Billie Jean


Healthy Living Magazine CoverHealthy Living: Michael Jackson: Did He Need To Die? (Magazine). 03-11-'13

We started to write a piece on the medical issues of the wrongful death trial with AEG Live sued by Michael Jackson’s family (which was concluded when the issue went on press), when we found the trial too insignificant, as the entire life of the superstar is an impactful health, physical and psychical subject. As intense as his dance, Michael Jackson’s life was burned on both ends at a rhythm of his anti-gang violence hit “Beat It” by himself and by the media frenzy.

Four years after shaking the world with his last move—a spectacular (as cynical as it sounds) death, both the press and us, its docile hordes, seem to have begun admitting a scent of doubt. The Niagara waterfall of ridicule and dirt, under which the music genius spent his brief presence with us, finally thinning, reveals the truth universally acknowledged: to make us believe in him, he needed to die.

He will not triumph at our expense over the fact that his art will survive us all, which is not a surmise anymore, as his artistic inheritance proved there is arguably no other in modern art of the same consequence, volume and height of humanitarian essence. Vulnerability, exalted sensitivity of human nature, naivety, agitation, feebleness, pain, hope, despair and search of strength to bear it all became his artistic abode after the unseen scale of popularity, unforgiving of childlike spontaneity and unconsciousness of the media’s predatory nature, had imprisoned a 24 year old Michael Jackson to an unprecedented atrocity of media bullying and public disdain, deadly glued to the former, for the rest of his life.

Read more here.

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Source: Healthy Living Magazine / Billie Jean


Nile RodgersNile Rodgers On Working With Michael Jackson And Others. 02-11-'13

In the history of pop second winds, Nile Rodgers may be setting a record. From the mid Seventies through the late Eighties, Rodgers’ footprint was all over the charts. First, he was the co-founder of the iconic disco band Chic, the man who co-wrote and played guitar on “Le Freak,” “Good Times,” and Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family.” Although Chic disbanded in 1983, Rodgers went on to become one of pop’s most ubiquitous producers, helming records by David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like a Virgin), and Duran Duran (Notorious) and hits by the Thompson Twins, the B-52s and many more.

Talking with Rolling Stone in his Manhattan apartment, Rodgers clicked through some of the legends and newcomers he’s worked with and some of his favorite tales about them.

On talking rehab with Michael Jackson during the making of HIStory (1995):

My part on the Michael Jackson record really took minutes. Minutes. He okayed it, and he was like, “Great.” As I was leaving the studio, he stopped me and said, “Nile, can I talk to you for a while?” We talked for about an hour. I told him about what I was doing to get sober and the day program, and he had never heard this phrase “day program.” I’d never heard it either until I’d gotten to rehab. And I explained to him how a day program worked. I was shocked he was so interested in drug rehab and all this stuff. I didn’t know Michael as anything but this sort of pixie-like character.

I looked at the world through his eyes. He was overly concerned about the way the media was representing him, or misrepresenting him. The world seemed like it was against him. And I offered him a remedy, which was, “Come to my house [in Connecticut], and nobody will even care.” And I could see the look on his face, like, “I don’t want people to not care, I only want them to say good stuff.” I’m like, “Well, Michael, they can’t always say good stuff! Because we’re weird. We’re weird guys, and we do weird stuff. And it’s open for criticism, bro!” He’d been famous since he was a child. So he only knew superstardom, and he only knew when people loved him. When people were weird with him, he couldn’t understand it.

Source: Rollingstone / Billie Jean


Mother Katherine Thanks Ohio State Marching Band For Their Tribute To Michael Jackson. 01-11-'13

Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson contacted Ohio State Marching Band director Jon Waters to offer thanks for the band’s halftime tribute to her son, Michael Jackson. Video of the Oct. 19 halftime performance during the Ohio State game vs. Iowa has gone viral on the Internet.

Waters said “She was very gracious and wanted me to thank the band members and said that on several occasions,” he said. “She was very impressed by the performance of the band and extended the congratulations and thanks of the whole family for our performance.”

Waters said the attention benefits the entire university.

“This has given us global outreach and that is a wonderful opportunity for us and our university and for our great students,” Waters said. “If that inspires some fifth grade or some fourth grade kid to say to his or her mom, ‘Hey, I’d like to play in the band someday,’ then we’ve done our job. We’ve inspired the next generation of musicians and I think that’s a great thing.”

Source: The Lantern / Billie Jean


Corey FeldmanCorey Feldman: Michael Jackson Called Me After I Was Arrested. 01-11-'13

During his heyday in the '80s, Corey Feldman experienced the extreme highs and lows of being a child star in Hollywood. The actor stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss his just-released memoir Coreyography, and revealed details about his friendship with Michael Jackson, who reached out to Feldman when he was at his lowest.

"I don't know a lot of things that happened in the years I wasn't around, but all I can tell you is remarking about the person that I know, the person that was my close friend, that was like a brother to me. He was not that guy," Feldman told host Ricky Camilleri.

"He was a guy who was so innocent, so kind of sheltered, you couldn't even swear around him. You couldn't talk about drugs, you couldn't talk about nude women, you couldn't talk about sex. You couldn't talk about anything, because he was a very religious man for much of the early stages of his life and career."

Following an arrest, Feldman was afraid Jackson would abandon him to preserve his own reputation. "When I got arrested, I was afraid, to be honest with you, that he'd never talk to me again because he had such a clean image -- that I really expected that he'd just be like, 'see ya!' you know? And that really showed me the value of what type of person he was."

"The fact that when I did get arrested, even though his image was still squeaky clean and by all rights he could have stepped aside and moved me back, but he didn't," Feldman continued.

"He called me. I got that message on my answering machine, which said, 'Hi Corey, it's Michael. Is everything ok? Call me if you need me.' You know, he was a friend. He was supportive. And thank God for that."

Look at the video.

Source: Huffington Post / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Sony/ATV Catalog Named As A Defendant In Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke Lawsuit.
01-11-'13

Sony ATVRobin Thicke’s summertime hit “Blurred Lines” is an illegal rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” Gaye’s children claim in court documents filed Wednesday.

Fans, journalists and music experts immediately recognized similarities between Gaye’s 1977 hit and the 2013′s summertime smash, Gaye’s heirs contend.

The controversy is a high-stakes legal fight involving an alleged conflict of interest with Sony-ATV, the music publisher half-owned by Michael Jackson’s estate.

Gaye’s heirs not only accuse Thicke and “Blurred Lines” co-writers Pharrell Williams and “T.I.” Clifford Harris Jr. of copying Gaye’s song, but they also contend Sony-ATV failed to meet its responsibility to protect the copyright.

The Gaye family contracted with Sony-ATV after the singer-songwriter’s death to administer his music catalog, but it also represents Williams’ songs, according to a counterclaim filed Wednesday in response to a lawsuit filed by Thicke, Williams and Harris.

The publisher, however, refused to sue the “Blurred Lines” writers when the family asked them to do so, the Gaye’s lawyer said. As a result they “reluctantly” included Sony-ATV as a defendant in their counterclaim, he said.

The “Blurred Lines” writers filed their pre-emptive lawsuit in August asking a federal judge to declare that their song was not a copyright infringement on Gaye’s work amid public rumblings about the similarities.

Thicke’s inital lawsuit contends there are “no similarities” between his song and Gaye’s “other than commonplace musical elements”

“Being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement,” his complaint argues.

The Gaye family counterclaim includes Thicke quotes from an interview with Billboard Magazine published in July.

Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke

“Pharrell and I were in the studio making a couple records, and then on the third day I told him I wanted to do something kinda like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up,’ that kind of feel ’cause it’s one of my favorite songs of all time,” Thicke reportedly said. “So he started messing with some drums and then he started going ‘hey, hey, hey’ and about an hour and a half later we had the whole record finished.”

The filing also quotes what music journalist wrote about the two songs.

New York Times writer Rob Hoerburger: “And that bass line came right from Marvin Gaye’s No. 1 hit from the summer of ’77, ‘Got to Give It Up’.”

Rolling Stone magazine contributor David Ritz: “When I first heard Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines,’ my reaction was the same as millions of other R&B fans: Hey, that’s Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ “

Vice magazine music critic Paul Cantor: “You probably don’t feel guilty for liking ‘Blurred Lines.’ Maybe that’s because it was originally a Marvin Gaye song (“Got To Give It Up”) and Marvin Gaye is … awesome.”

The filing by the heirs also includes a report from musicologist Judith Finell, who identified a “constellation of at least eight substantially similar compositional features between the two works.”

“The signature phrase, vocal hook, backup vocal hook, their variations, and the keyboard and bass lines” are substantially similar and they share “departures from convention such as the unusual cowbell instrumentation, omission of guitar and use of male falsetto,” it said.

Gaye’s heirs also accuse Thicke of stealing from their father’s 1976 hit “After the Dance” when he recorded “Love After War” in 2011. Those tunes “contain substantially similar compositional material in their choruses, including the melodies of their hooks,” the Gaye filing contends.

The family suggests that Thicke has a “Marvin Gaye fixation.”

“Blurred Lines” stayed at the top of Billboard’s pop chart for a record 16 weeks this summer and sold more than 6 million copies, according to court documents.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean

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