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Joe JacksonSoul Train Interviews Joe Jackson, In His Own Words. 31-10-'14

The story of how the Jackson 5 rose to fame from Gary, IN is a well-known tale. It’s also a well- publicized story of how the entire Jackson family cemented their role in all facets of entertainment, making them music royalty. However, the true story of the patriarch of one of music’s most famous families has never really been told.

Over the years, Joe Jackson has faced his share of the wrath of the media—the same media that preyed on his family, especially his son Michael Jackson before and after his death in 2009. Mr. Jackson says it’s time to tell his story, his way. Jackson is currently working on his latest venture, a book tentatively titled, A Journey in My Shoes. At 86 years old, one would think Jackson would be laid back, enjoying the fruits of his labor from a long career of managing his children. Instead, he stays busy traveling, supporting his multi-talented family, and working on his own business ventures, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

In a rare exclusive interview, SoulTrain.com spoke with Joe Jackson to discuss his new book and his thoughts on what’s missing in the music industry, and the King of Pop’s Soul Train Award nominations.

See here the whole interview.

Source: Soul Train / Billie Jean


Paterson Arrests Man Accused Of Posing As Michael Jackson's Nephew In Alleged Scam. 31-10-'14

Andre VannA fugitive authorities say is wanted in three other states on charges that he scammed people out of tens of thousands of dollars by convincing them he was related to deceased pop star Michael Jackson was arrested in Paterson early Friday morning, police said.

The suspect, 30-year-old Andre Vann of Massachusetts, was apprehended without incident at an apartment on Sandy Court at about 5 am by the officers from the Paterson police department's patrol division and warrant squad, said Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez.

Vann was charged with being a fugitive from justice, Rodriguez said. Police say there's no evidence that Vann tried to swindle anyone in the North Jersey area. Rodriguez said he's not sure why or how Vann ended up in the Silk City. But authorities say he used New York City as a base of operations in at least one other instance in which he allegedly conned a Stamford, Ct. woman out of $20,000 by telling her he was Jermaine Jackson's son.

Det. Edward Arena of the Natick, Mass. police department said his investigation alerted him that Vann was in Paterson this week, so he contacted New Jersey authorities leading to Vann's arrest.

Vann had been convicted of larceny in Natick, which is about 15 minutes west of Boston, earlier this year, Arena said. Vann allegedly duped a woman from the Natick area he met online, leading her to believe he was Michael Jackson's nephew and that he was going to get her a modeling job, police said. He convinced the woman to make thousands of dollars in purchases on behalf of a bogus clothing company, police said.
Vann was incarcerated in Massachusetts when authorities there released him so that he could go answer to criminal charges in Stamford, Arena said.

But instead of turning himself in to authorities in Stamford, Vann went on the lam, police said.

Stamford Police Sgt. Peter DiSpagna said Vann met a woman from the Connecticut town while in New York City and swindled her by using the same Jackson family ruse. In the Stamford case, Vann allegedly conned the woman out of $20,000, according to authorities.

Vann also is wanted in Georgia, according to Arena and Rodriguez. Arena said the Georgia case is similar to the two in New England, but he could not provide details.

Source: North Jersey / Billie Jean


Scene It Before: The Thriller House. 30-10-'14

Halloween is almost upon us, and most Angelenos likely have their holiday plans in full effect. For those who have yet to cement their trick-or-treating itinerary, I have a tip for you: The 1300 block of Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights is not only one of the most popular candy-grabbing venues in all of SoCal, it also happens to be the site of a rather famous spooky filming locale.

In the middle of the block, at 1345 Carroll, is the Sanders House, a 3,532-square-foot manor that was featured in Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'. The stately property, which has been undergoing renovations for years and always seems to be in a half-dilapidated state, was built in 1887 for a local warehouse operator named Michael Sanders. The dwelling has long been a darling of the screen. It was featured in the Season 4 episode of Charmed titled “Size Matters” and in 1989’s Teen Witch. In 'Thriller', it is where Ola Ray runs while trying to escape a gaggle of dancing zombies.

Thriller House

'Thriller', which is recognized by the Library of Congress as “the most famous music video of all time,” was shot over four days’ time in Los Angeles in October 1983. The Palace theatre in downtown Los Angeles is where MJ comforts a frightened Ola (it is rumored that only the exterior of the theatre appears in the video and that the interiors were shot at the Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena). The Zombie dance was filmed at 3701 E. Union Pacific Ave. in Boyle Heights, and Griffith Park is where the 1950s werewolf movie scenes were lensed. The cemetery scene and interior haunted house sequences were both shot inside of a soundstage at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Source: LA Magazine / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Cloned Himself Before Death. 30-10-'14

Michael Jackson cloned his DNA before his death, it has been claimed.

The King of Pop passed away in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication but in the years leading up to his demise he paid millions of dollars to European scientists engaged in cutting edge genetic research to create replicas of himself.

Michael's wish was that the replicas would be able to carry on his legacy after his passing and he made "safe deposits" of his sperm in three different medical facilities across the world to be used if he died.

Director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research

Michael C. Luckman has made the claim, revealing the information was given to him by late celebrity fashion designer Andre Van Pier - who designed stage costumes for Michael and his sister Janet Jackson, and was friends with their sibling LaToya Jackson.

Luckman said: "Van Pier first learned of the futuristic cloning experiments and the secret sperm deposits from a close associate at a longevity centre based in Panama. Michael's enthusiasm for cloning began with the successful cloning of Dolly the Sheep and escalated following false claims by the Raelians, a UFO cult group with headquarters in Canada, that they had cloned the first human baby."

The alien expert claims samples of Michael's sperm were recently moved from a Los Angeles fertility clinic to England by the Jackson family for safekeeping.

Luckman - who has just completed his book 'The Battle for Michael Jackson's Soul', which documents the 'Thriller' singer's fascination with human cloning - believes the work could be being carried out now.

He said: "Michael wanted this happen, and spent time and money trying to achieve his goal. We could see many dead stars resurrected with science. Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk purchased one of John Lennon's teeth at auction and has announced plans to use the DNA from the tooth to create a perfect double of the former Beatle."

Source: Yahoo Entertainment / Billie Jean


Thriller Single CoverMichael Jackson's 'Thriller' Is Most Popular Halloween Song. 29-10-'14

Spotify reveals 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson as the most popular scary song for Halloween.

Today Spotify reveals the most popular scary songs set to be streamed at parties in New Zealand this Halloween.

Spotify analysed over 60,000 Halloween themed play lists with 'Thriller' coming out as the most featured song, with Monster Mash following closely behind.

Halloween continues to grow in popularity and Spotify predicts that this Halloween is set to be one of the biggest ever with themed play lists growing by 117% globally year on year.

Top Halloween tracks in New Zealand:

• Thriller – Michael Jackson
• Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
• Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
• Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
• (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
• Time Warp – Richard O’Brien
• A Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
• I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
• I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
• Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne

Download the Spotify app for free here and enjoy our Top NZ Halloween Tracks.

Source: Scoop.co / Billie Jean


Kenny Loggins Talks About His Colloboration With Michael Jackson. 29-10-'14

Kenny LogginsIn a recent interview, singer Kenny Loggins shares memories of his the 'Keep The Fire' album released 35 years ago. He also shared a story about his musical collaboration with Michael Jackson for the single, 'Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong' and how he wishes that he had used Michael’s talents for a better song.

“I’ve been a natural collaborator most of my career. Certainly starting with Jimmy Messina, and as I became more and more comfortable and confident in a collaboration scenario, I started doing it more and more,” he points out. “When it really started opening up for me was collaborating initially with David Foster on a lot of ‘Celebrate Me Home’ and then with Mike McDonald once we met with ‘What a Fool Believes.’ But then I started collaborating a lot, that’s when Richard Page came along, and Stephen Bishop, and other artists I started writing with … I started out writing everything alone, and then gradually I started collaborating — what I discovered was that I got other perspectives that I never would have gotten.”

At this point, Loggins also had enough stature to attract a number of high-profile guests, including sax player Michael Brecker, Little Feat guitarist Fred Tackett, and — adding background vocals to the song 'Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong' — none other than Michael Jackson.

“I was at a benefit that Michael was at, and I asked him if he would like to sing on the record. He said yeah — I think he had just finished 'Off The Wall' and I just got lucky. He was available, he wanted to do it, he was a fan,” recalls Loggins. “Had I really thought it through, I should have probably recorded something up-tempo with him. I kick myself and think that was a waste of his talent. Great tune and everything, but just not the right tune for Michael Jackson to be singing on.”

Still, Loggins did manage to get some genuine Jackson on the track. “He was a total sweetheart and was willing to go in any direction. I remember at one point I said, ‘Put more of your ‘thing’ on it, it feels a little too stiff.’ And he said, ‘You mean you want it stinky?’ ‘Yeah! I want it stinky.’ So he put more juice on it.”

Loggins would slacken his pace over the next decade, completing an album every three years instead of maintaining the annual release schedule he’d maintained since the first Loggins & Messina LP, but his solo career only got bigger during the ’80s — partly as a result of the extensive soundtrack work he did for hit films like ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Footloose’ and ‘Top Gun,’ all of which afforded him major hit singles that continue to be a big part of his image today.

It all had to have been a blur for the guy at the center of it all, which is probably why he sounded somewhat bemused by the prospect of ‘Keep the Fire’ celebrating a milestone anniversary. Asked for his thoughts looking back on the album now, he can only say, “I can’t believe it’s been 35 years.”

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock / Billie Jean


Roger TaylorQueen's Roger Taylor Talks Solo Work & MJ. 27-10'14

Roger Taylor is taking a minute to shine a spotlight on his work outside Queen.

The drummer has two collections of his solo work coming. Best, due out Oct. 27, features 18 selected tracks ranging from his 1977 rendition of Parliament‘s 'I Wanna Testify' to his 2013 album Fun On Earth, as well as material from his side band The Cross that included guest appearances by Queen mates Freddie Mercury and Brian May. That will be followed on Nov. 11 by The Lot, a boxed set of all of Taylor’s solo material on 12 CDs and one DVD, including a 64-page hardbound book.
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He’ll next be moving back into Queen mode. First up is Queen Forever, a compilation coming Nov. 11 that includes three unreleased tracks, including the late Mercury’s duet with Michael Jackson, 'There Must Be More to Life Than This.'

“It was really something the record company wanted,” Taylor says, “and we did have these three tracks that have never been heard, so we tried to put together an interesting collection.”

'Queen Forever' comes in both single- and double-disc editions, and Taylor says there’s another track that Mercury and Jackson recorded together, but Queen hasn’t received permission to release that.

“Obviously with different companies involved, it’s quite complicated,” he notes. “We seemed to resolve something and we have permission to release this one track, but it was not the easiest (negotiations). And I think, what a shame — Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, two great talents, neither of them is with us anymore.”

Taylor adds that the group did film a show in Sydney and also recorded audio every night, which will result in some sort of release “that will be out there at some point,” though no details have been determined.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'. 27-10-'14

ThrillerBet you didn’t know these facts about Michael Jackson’s “Thriller' music video…

1) The Making of Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller', which includes the video in full, was the best-selling musical on VHS ever, worldwide. It was sold at a lower price point than most VHS tapes at the time, which helped boost sales.

2) Director John Landis Had Previous Experience With Werewolves. Jackson hired Landis on the strength of his work on An American Werewolf In London, which came out in 1981.

3) 'Thriller' was originally titled Starlight

4) Jackson’s Dad Scared Him With Monster Masks As A Kid

5) 'Thriller' Was The Seventh Single From 'Thriller'

6) Michael’s Red Jacket Sold For $1.8 Million

7) An executive at Sony freaked out and rejected a $900,000 budget Jackson proposed for the video, and talked him down to $500,000. (An expensive video at the time would top out around $100,000.) To balance the budget, a behind the scenes documentary was sold to MTV for $250,000 and Showtime for $300,000.

8) The Zombie Costumes Were Made From Clothes Picked Up At A Salvation Army

9) 'Thriller' Was Screened In Theaters So It Would Be Eligible For An Oscar

10) Michael Jackson was the best-selling pop star in the world, but was living with his parents in Encino, California. This is part of the reason why Landis and the producers rejected Jackson’s offer to pay for the entire video out of his own pocket.

11) 'Thriller’s' phenomenal success led to a breaking down of traditional racial barriers on FM radio at the time.

12) It’s The First Music Video Ever Inducted Into The National Film Registry

13) Jackson Made Out With His Co-Star Ola Ray

14) Ola Ray Was A Playboy Model

15) Michael ordered the film to be destroyed when he found out that he was in trouble with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but the editor and director hid the film canisters until the singer changed his mind.

Source: Malaysian Digest / Billie Jean


Suzanne De PassSuzanne De Passe Looks Back On MJ & ‘Motown 25’. 27-10-'14

On May 16, 1983, much of America was sitting in front of the television watching the event that was 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever'. Featuring a star-studded guest-list including Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, the anniversary special still holds a special place in the hearts and memories of many. Now after 31 years, the vibrant program has finally been released on DVD in various editions.

EBONY.com recently spoke with executive producer Suzanne de Passe about the magic that was Motown 25.

EBONY: The day following Motown 25, it seemed that everyone in the country, regardless of race or class, was talking about the show. Did you anticipate such a major reaction?

Suzanne de Passe: We were so focused on getting that sucker in the can, we didn’t think about what the reaction might be. But from watching the rehearsals, we knew we had something special. Honestly, the program took on a life of its own; it made a lot of people very happy.

EBONY: What was it like to have so many big names together after all those years?

SP: It was like when Quincy [Jones] recorded 'We Are the World,' people just automatically checked their egos at the door. People walked in and saw all their old friends and it turned into a party.

EBONY: Well, it might’ve been a party for them, but you were chaperoning.

SP: It was more like being the ringmaster with a whip and a chair. [laughter]

EBONY: Of course, Michael Jackson performing “Billie Jean” and doing the moonwalk for the first time became the highlight of the show.

SP: A letter came by massager during rehearsals saying we were forbidden to tape 'Billie Jean.' The reason was that Michael wanted to do it for the people in the theater, but he didn’t want it on the broadcast. I went to Michael, and said, “Are you serious? I’ll tell you what, we will tape it and you come to the editing room. And, if you don’t like it, we won’t use it.” Luckily he not only liked it, he loved it. His manager later told me that performance helped sell four million more copies of 'Thriller'.

EBONY: What was Berry Gordy’s reaction when you proposed the special?

SP: He had mixed emotions, which was understandable. Many of the biggest artists, including Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and the Jacksons, were no longer on the label.

Read the whole article here.

Source: Ebony / Billie Jean


Julien ActionJulien’s Auction To Offer MJ & Other Memorabilia, November 7-8. 27-10-'14

Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier music and entertainment memorabilia auction house, has announced the highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction event to take place on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard.

The auction will feature hundreds of items from the lives and careers of some of music’s biggest artists including The Beatles, U2, Chris Martin, The Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Kurt Cobain, Heart, Mick Jagger, James Brown, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher, Prince, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis and even a bit of Liberace and many more.

From the flamboyant entertainer Liberace to the King of Pop himself, the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction will also include a collection of items befitting of rock royalty. These highlights include Liberace’s “Stars & Stripes” ensemble ($6,000-$8,000), Whitney Houston’s stage worn cat suit (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000), Michael Jackson’s Breakaway jumpsuit (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), a Michael Jackson video worn jacket (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000), a Michael Jackson “Dangerous” tour costume (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000), Lady Gaga’s Harper Bazaar worn sunglasses ($8,000-$10,000), Rihanna’s stage worn ensemble (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000), Frank Sinatra’s signed “Witchcraft” lithograph (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000), an Elvis Presley Bomber Jacket (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Elvis Presley’s TCB eyeglasses ($8,000-$12,000), an Elvis Presley gifted ring (Estimate: $16,000-$18,000), an Elvis Presley overcoat (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000) and an Elvis Presley white Deerskin North leather ensemble (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000).

SCHEDULE:

Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll
PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
Monday, November 3rd – Friday, November 7th, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Daily)

Icons and Idols: Rock n’ Roll
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Session I – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session II – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Session III – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session IV – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

EXHIBITION AND AUCTION LOCATION:
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210

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

Registering to Bid – Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com/signup/ to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.

Source: MJ-Upbeat / Billie Jean


Former Soul Train Dancer William Byrd Talks About The Day He Met Michael. 27-10-'14

William McByrdChicago native William McByrd grew up watching the local version of Soul Train years before he went to dance on the nationally televised version of the show. He also appeared on the UK version, 620 Soul Train, which ultimately led to a connection with former Soul Train dancer and ex-Shalamar member, Jeffrey Daniels.

With his singing roots in gospel, McByrd is a multi-talented singer, dancer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. His soon-to-be-released CD is a combination of soul and funk plus smooth ballads, with a voice that ranges from tenor to falsetto and is a throwback to the era of true soul singing. In his story he talks about the day he met Michael.

SoulTrain.com: Did you ever dance in music videos?

William McByrd: I was paid to select dancers for Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” video, which Jeffrey co-choreographed. The name of the video was originally “Chicago Nights.” While working with the video, not only did I get a chance to learn about dancing but also about the business. While Jeffrey and Casper would be working on choreography, I got to see a lot of stuff that happened before the video was shot, such as when Casper and Jeffrey went to New York to work with Michael practicing choreography for the “Bad” video. So although I was not a dancer in these videos per se, I got to see a lot of things that went on behind the scenes so when the opportunity came to actually be in a video, I’ve experienced tons of things that were helpful for me as far as being an artist in terms of how a video was shot and how the dance segments were choreographed.

SoulTrain.com: Did you ever meet the King of Pop?

William McByrd: I met Michael on the last day of filming “Smooth Criminal.” Jeffrey would always tell me you can be a fan of somebody but you have to allow people to have their space. He told me that when people would rush over to get Michael’s autograph and take photos with him, not to do that but just stay in a zone. I felt so bad because I wanted to go over and meet him. So I got up to go outside off the soundstage trying to gather myself. When I was getting ready to come back inside somebody said, “Hey!,” and I looked up and it was Michael! He asked me my name and if I was enjoying myself and I told him my name and that I was having a great time and I told him I appreciated being able to watch the filming of the video. So instead of me going up to meet him, he actually came to meet me….

Read the full story here.

Source: Soul Train / Billie Jean


Why 1984 Was Michael Jackson’s Defining Year -- And The Beginning Of His Downfall. 27-10-'14

Michael JacksonAlthough Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' was released in December 1982, the artist and the album's immense cultural impact solidified in early 1984. 'Thriller' spent 17 of its 37 weeks atop the Billboard 200 during an uninterrupted streak that ran from Dec. 24, 1983 through April 14, 1984, second only to the West Side Story soundtrack. The pop star, then 25, would take home eight Grammy's for the album in February and break a Hot 100 record for the most top 10 singles from the same album -- seven -- when the title track, buoyed by its groundbreaking John Landis-directed video, peaked at No. 4 on March 3.

Along with the fame came a fortune. According to the RIAA, 'Thriller' is tied with the Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 as the best-selling album of all time in the United States, with 29 million copies shipped. And in July, Jackson reunited with his brothers for the Victory Tour, which grossed $75 million.

But, in a twist worthy of a Dickens novel, Jackson's brilliant year also marked the beginning of his personal downfall when a Jan. 27 commercial shoot for Pepsi ended in near tragedy. He suffered second-degree burns from an on-set fire, leading to an addiction to painkillers that many have attributed to the legend's premature death at age 50 in 2009.

Though a proper documentary of Jackson's heyday has yet to be released, the pop star "always had a crew following everything he did," says Aaron Walton, who was a marketing assistant for Pepsi (and present on the set) at the time of the fateful accident. "I remember asking [Jackson] why he did that, and he said, 'You know, I asked Paul McCartney what he loved about touring with The Beatles, and the thing Paul regretted the most was that he didn't document all of the things that he did. It would have been nice to look back at that film now and just relive some of those moments.' And Michael took that literally -- there was not a moment he was out there where didn't document that stuff. I'm sure there's amazing footage of him and very personal moments that would be amazing to see."

An edited version of this article first appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of Billboard.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Fans Of Michael Jackson To Form Largest Flash Mob For 32nd Anniversary Of 'Thriller' Album – Nov 30.
25-10-'14

On Sunday November 30, 2014, the 32nd anniversary of the release date of the 'Thriller' LP thousands of dedicated fans of Legendary Recording Artist, Michael Jackson, will gather at the site of Thriller Run in Los Angeles and in cities around the world to perform the 'Thriller' dance.

At noon PST flash mobs across the country will perform the dance made famous by Jackson in his long form video in 1982.

Michael Joseph Jackson was a multi-Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Known worldwide as the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a key global figure in popular culture.

World Races Is set to present An All Fan Tribute to the King Of Pop, Thiller Run, Sunday November 30, 2014.

MJ Flash Mob

Thriller Run is an incredible combination of danger and undead terror. From the moment the humans leave the start line, they’ll be running and fleeing in horror from the hordes of undead whose only mission is to devour them alive! Will the humans survive not only the obstacles and the ravenous monsters, but the fear within themselves? Only the humans can decide.

For event information visit thrillerrun or call 888-246-2430.

World Races heartbeat is spotlighting local charities. If your an awesome charity organization contact us about what your group is doing locally.

Source: 24-7 Press Release / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Lunch With Free Live Concert On A Big Screen In Cinema. 25-10-'14

Come join us for a great lunch followed by a screening of the Dangerous LIVE concert on a BIG cinema screen.
Tickets (Lunch + free concert) are sold for a democratic price of €25 !
Get your tickets via email: info@mjunity.org

Please note: TICKETS ARE LIMITED - get your tickets now so you won't be disappointed.

Food choices:
- Spaghetti Bolognaise
- Spaghetti Provencale (=veggie)
- French Fries with "stew" (a delicious meat stew)

Michael Jackson Lunch

Vergezel ons tijdens een lekkere lunch gevolgd door het Dangerous LIVE concert op een echt & groot bioscoop scherm!
Tickets (lunch & gratis concert) worden verkocht aan de democratische prijs van €25!

Koop je tickets nu via info@mjunity.org

Aantal tickets zijn beperkt dus koop nu reeds je tickets om ontgoocheling te vermijden.

Keuze uit:
- Spaghetti Bolognaise
- Spaghetti Provencale (=vegetarisch)
- Frietjes met stoofvlees

Source: Unity / Billie Jean


‘Xscape’ Certified Gold By RIAA. 23-10-'14

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) just certified the new Michael Jackson Album GOLD in the US with over 500,000 album sold!

Source: RIAA / Billie Jean


‘Love Never Felt So Good’ Nominated At The NRJ Music Awards 2014. 22-10-'14

'Love Never Felt So Good' is nominated for Best International Song of the year at the NRJ Music Awards which will take place on the 13th December 2014 in Cannes.

International Song of the Year
1. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
2. Problem - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
3. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
4. We Are One - Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez
5. Chandelier - Sia
6. Happy - Pharrell Williams

Vote here.

Source: TF1 / Billie Jean


Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson At Her Final Wedding: Never-Before-Seen Photos. 21-10-'14

For the first time, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has released photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky's lavish 1991 wedding at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch exclusively to PEOPLE.

This inside look commemorates PEOPLE's Oct. 21, 1991, cover story on the biggest and most media-saturated wedding in Hollywood history. (Remember, this was in the days before weddings like George and Amal Clooney's and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's.)

In the photos, the blushing, bronzed bride is dressed in a pale yellow $25,000 Valentino gown (a gift from the designer). She is seen with her groom – her seventh (she married Richard Burton twice) – and with her close friend, Jackson, who hosted the wedding for 160 high profile guests on his 2,700-acre Santa Ynez Valley, California, estate.

As about a dozen helicopters hovered overhead, a brazen paparazzo even parachuted into the ceremony, landing 20 feet from the shocked bride and groom. (Despite the fact that the wedding was guarded by a former Israeli army officer and a 100-man security force.)

Taylor, then 59, is seen in the photographs sharing a laugh with an upbeat Jackson, and standing with her new hubby, then 39, under the gardenia-draped gazebo where they became husband and wife.

Read more here.

Taylor and Fortensky married at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch (06-10-1991)

Source: People / Billie Jean


Win A New Test Pressing Of The Jackson Five's Lost Studio Debut From The Reader And Secret Stash.
21-10-'14

Next Tuesday eclectic Minneapolis label Secret Stash launches a yearlong reissue program that will give deluxe treatment to singles released on the constellation of Chicago soul imprints owned and operated by brothers George and Ernie Leaner between 1962 and 1971. The first 25-track installment (on a single CD and double vinyl) will focus on singles released on the One-derful label, featuring Chicago fixtures such as Otis Clay, McKinley Mitchell, Betty Everett, and the Five Dutones alongside lesser-known artists including the Lucky Laws, the Admirations, Liz Lands, and Beverly Shaffer.

The singles are a gritty mix of hard soul and raw R&B—blue-collar Chicago music at its best. Subsequent compilations in the Secret Stash series will each focus on another imprint run by the Leaners, among them Mar-v-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin' Town; they'll be released every other month through next September. The Leaners were also a vital force on Chicago's Record Row in another way: in 1950 they founded United Record Distributors, the first and largest black-run distribution company in the country.

Test Pressing Of Big Boy

Secret Stash is also taking preorders for a subscription series that comes in several flavors. The priciest option, at $200, includes all the CDs and vinyl, plus seven bonus seven-inches containing tracks not on the six compilations and a CD compiling the seven-inches. The cheapest option, at $90, gets you the six CD releases along with that bonus CD of seven-inches.

One of those seven-inches is a previously unreleased version of 'Big Boy,' the Jackson Five's first single, recorded at the One-derful studio months before the 1968 version issued by Steeltown Records in Gary, Indiana. The Steeltown single is the Jackson Five's debut release; the One-derful tape, on the other hand, is the group's first known studio recording, but it was shelved for 42 years and considered lost. Jake Austen told the story of its rediscovery in an epic 2009 Reader feature, and then followed up in 2010 after he was finally able to hear the music.

Now the Reader and Secret Stash are giving away a seven-inch test pressing of the One-derful version of 'Big Boy'—but you have to show off your knowledge to claim the prize. Enter the contest here and listen to the track at the same time!

Source: Chicago Reader / Billie Jean


Thriller LiveThriller Live At Eden Court. 21-10-'14

Having entered the record books as one of the longest-running musicals in West End history, Thriller Live opened at Eden Court Theatre on Monday night.

The spectacular non-stop show celebrates the career of what some regard as the world’s greatest entertainer, the late Michael Jackson.

Through a combination of dance, video and a talented cast of five singers, 10 dancers and excellent six-piece band, the audience is taken on a musical journey through Michael’s 45 year career.

Playing to a packed house, the show opened with History before immediately launching in a medley of Jackson 5 hits including 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' sung by Wayne Robinson, J Rome, Alex Buchanan and Deborah Dada and Dak Mashava, while the flexible dancers jigged, somersaulted and back-flipped across the stage.

That set the tone for the evening. Great music, fabulous dancing and numerous hits from different decades.

With favourites such as 'Can Your Feel It', 'Off The Wall', 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', 'Dirty Diana', 'Bad', 'Rock With You', 'They Don’t Care About Us', 'Dangerous' and 'Heal The World', it wasn’t long before the crowd were on there feet – 25 minutes in fact, which must be something of a record for Eden Court.

For me, and I suspect I’m not alone, the star of the show was young singer, Alex Buchanan who gave a classy, polished and note-perfect performance.

He made it to the semi finals of TV’s The Voice last year and if he continues to put in performances like this, he’ll be headlining his own shows soon.

After more than two hours of non-stop fun, the show drew to its glitzy end with a fantastic version of Thriller, complete with zombies running through the audience to get to the stage.

If you want to forget your troubles for a couple of hours, and leave the theatre feeling happy, then grab a ticket for this show which is at Eden Court until Saturday, October 25.

Source: The Press And Journal / Billie Jean


Teddy RileyQ&A: Teddy Riley - Chapter 3, “Reinventing Michael Jackson”. 20-10-'14

The best should always work with the best. Given Teddy Riley’s reputation making hit urban and pop music, it was only a matter of time before the innovative, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, musician and producer crossed paths with Michael Jackson.

“The King of Pop” wasn’t content to let the Harlem, NY native simply pass him by. Jackson recognized that Riley was driving such artists as Bobby Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Keith Sweat, and his sister Janet up the charts, wanted to experience this hot vehicle himself.

Credited with creating New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley is considered the catalyst of modern soul, R&B, hip-hop, and pop. He shaped the sound of a generation, creating a sonic foundation current trends have since been built upon. What was it like for Teddy and Michael to build together?

SoulTrain.com: This is cliché, but name the people who made the biggest impact on your career.

Teddy Riley: Michael Jackson, Don Cornelius, Arsenio Hall, Donnie Simpson, and Frankie Crocker: Those are the people who played a very, very, very important part in my life and my whole career. Those are the people who really got me here.

SoulTrain.com: You got here working with a number of really talented artists. Working with Michael Jackson, though, that had to be quite the great experience.

Teddy Riley: It was a great experience working with all the artists I’ve worked with. But Michael…

SoulTrain.com: We can all only imagine. What was it like to be in the recording studio with The King of Pop?

Teddy Riley: It was amazing, man! It was like school; it was like doing a science project that could control the world, and if you failed, you’re out! It was like being nervous but you have to be in control because you’re the producer.

SoulTrain.com: One of the things critics talked about most about the documentary This Is It was how demanding Michael was of his staff to meet his expectation of perfection. He didn’t have a problem with you giving him directions?

Teddy Riley: Michael put me on the spot a few times to become the controller, not the writing partner or collaborator. He wanted me to control what I wanted him to do and sing, and what I wanted him to be for this Dangerous album.

SoulTrain.com: So, Teddy, Michael Jackson just basically presented himself to you like a block of clay for you to mold?

Teddy Riley: Yeah! And that’s how he wanted it! Michael wearing a tank top t-shirt was my idea. Michael pulling his hair back in a ponytail was my idea. Michael wearing what he wore in “Keep It In the Closet” was my idea.

SoulTrain.com: How far did your influence stretch over the entire album process?

Teddy Riley: It went far. I’m very instrumental in Michael picking the album cover he picked because he designed it right in front of me. They wanted the picture with the eyes being his album cover.

SoulTrain.com: A lot of discussions take place on big budget, marquee albums. Were you also included in all the creative meetings?

Teddy Riley: I was invited to all of the creative meetings, except the first one; Michael was about to fire the people because they didn’t bring me to the first artist creative meeting. They stopped the meeting for me to come, for them to drive me over to the meeting for my input. That’s how instrumental I was in the Dangerous album.

SoulTrain.com: And there’s more than a few people out there who feel Dangerous is Mike’s best album. Whether you feel that way or not, it’s hard to deny how great it is.

Teddy Riley: It is! It’s a great album. And that was my first time working with him. Just to give you an idea of what I was to this album and my part, I was put into a position to become the next Quincy Jones by Michael Jackson.

Source: Soultrain / Billie Jean

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