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Lewis Wilton Felder Bass Line Of The Song 'I Want You Back' Died At 75 Years. 29-09-'15

Lewis Wilton FelderLewis Wilton Felder, saxophonist and bassist best known for being the founder of jazz group The Crusaders died Sunday, September 27 at the age of 75 years. This native of the city of Houston in Texas permanently marked the history of music with his unavoidable bass line of the song 'I Want You Back' but Jackson 5 'ABC' or 'The Love You Save' the first three number 1 of the career of Michael Jackson and his brothers.

He was born in Houston, Texas in 1940. Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, and Stix Hooper founded the group while in high school in Houston. The Jazz Crusaders evolved from a straight-ahead jazz combo into a pioneering jazz-rock fusion group, with a definite soul music influence. Felder worked with the original group for over thirty years, and continued to work in its later versions, which often featured other founding members.

Wilton Felder’s name won’t often get mentioned with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, or Billy Joel but these three superstars know Wilton’s name well. One of the greatest saxophone players and bassist's of the 70’s and 80’s left his mark on music history with some of the biggest hits of the decade. Remember that incredible bass line in 'I Want You Back'. It looked like Jermaine Jackson was playing, but it was studio musician, Wilton Felder. How about that nasty funk on Marvin’s 'Let’s Get It On' and 'I Want You' All done by Wilton Felder.

Source: Billie Jean


Wade Robson Wins Legal Victory In Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Suit. 28-09-'15

Wade RobsonMichael Jackson‘s alleged sex abuse victim, Wade Robson, has won a legal victory in his lawsuit against the late singer’s companies.

A judge dismissed Robson’s X-rated molestation claims against the singer’s estate back in May, but he subsequently filed an amended complaint against Jackson’s production companies over similar claims of rape.

Lawyers for Jackson’s estate asked Judge Mitchell Beckloff to dismiss the claim against the companies because the statute of limitations had expired.

But in a written ruling, Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled in favor of Robson. He wrote, “Plaintiff Wade Robson has alleged sufficient facts of a business environment connection between him and defendants. Certainly, there are allegations Michael Jackson sexually abused plaintiff prior to any business relationship.”

“Defendants arranged for Wade Robson and plaintiff’s mother’s immigration to the United States. Plaintiff’s residency in the United States and involvement with Michael Jackson was facilitated and promoted by defendants,” the documents state. “Defendants employed plaintiff and his mother to promote the sexual abuse. The demurrer on the issue of statute of limitations is overruled on the grounds set forth above.”

Now, the claim can proceed to summary judgment, but Robson still has numerous legal hurdles to overcome before the case would even proceed to trial.

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean


Three Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson Duets Releasing This Fall. 28-09-'15

That's right, Freddie Mercury of Queen and the King of Pop Michael Jackson have three duets being released later in Fall of 2015.

All three songs were recorded in Jackson's home studio in Encino, CA back in 1983 when both stars were at the pinnacle of their game. Queen just released their 'Hot Spice' album the year before, and Jackson was still king of the world after releasing his 'Thriller' album from the previous year as well.

The three duets were meant to be released on a full separate album consisting of duets between the two stars, however the project was cut short after three songs due both of their the complex schedules. Not to mention that their relationship turned sour because Michael Jackson insisted on bringing his pet llama into the studio.

Freddie Mercury was very put off by Jackson's behavior. According to Queen's former manager Jim Beach with the Times of London, Mercury called him saying, "Can you get over here? You've got to get me out of here, I'm recording with a llama." Jackson also had some complaints with Mercury's behavior. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Mercury subsequently fell out with Jackson because the U.S. star objected to Mercury taking too much cocaine in his living room."

Michael and Freddie

The three recorded songs that were recorded before the project was scrapped, are named 'State Of Shock,' 'Victory,' and 'There Must Be More To Life Than This.'

Source: Waaf / Billie Jean


How Michael Jackson’s Nephews Tried To Help Him Live A Normal Life. 26-09-'15

To the tabloid-reading public, Michael Jackson’s disguises were a sign of his eccentricity — much like his extensive plastic surgery and childlike home at Neverland Ranch.

To the nephews that grew up down the street from their famous uncle, though, the masquerade was necessary for a man trying to live a normal life.

Taj, Taryll and TJ — the sons of Michael’s brother Tito — recall one time when Michael wanted to go to a mall, but was afraid of being recognized. So the boys, then teenagers, decided to create their own camouflage for the King of Pop.

“My brothers and I put him in all sorts of crazy gear — baseball hats, everything that was so un-Michael Jackson,” TJ, 34, tells The Post. “When we got there, we put him in a wheelchair even.”

“It worked maybe for about eight minutes,” Taryll, 39, adds. “He wanted to experience what everyone else was experiencing, but he was kind of in a cage in that way.”

The Jackson name comes with its own set of pressures for the siblings, who are letting reality cameras into their world with their new Lifetime series “The Jacksons: Next Generation” — premiering Friday at 10 p.m. — in an attempt to rehab their family’s public image.

“In today’s world . . . everyone wants to know everything about you. If you don’t open up, they think you’re hiding something,” Taj, 41, says. “We wanted to let down the walls [and] let people see who we really are and . . . how we’re a loving family.”

The six-episode series will explore the more quotidian issues of their lives — TJ’s son’s driving lessons and his daughter’s first day of school; Taryll’s weight struggles — as well as ones decidedly more “Jackson”: Dealing with the parole board in regards to the murderer of their mother, Dee Dee, who was killed in 1994, and confronting a woman who makes a living by claiming to be their sister.

The Jacksons: Next Generation

The Jacksons: Next Generation, about Tito Jackson’s three sons, T.J., Taryll and Taj, as the navigate their professional and personal lives. Michael Jackson’s kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket.

Also addressed is the status of the siblings’ music group 3T, which sold 3 million copies of its 1995 debut album. Over the past few years, the band has only performed sporadically.

“The [Jackson] name helps [in music] because people are interested. You do have that door open in the beginning,” Taj says. “But at the same time . . . [there’s] a certain level of music that people expect, and there’s also people rooting for you to fail.”

The brothers saw that same cynicism in the child sexual abuse allegations against Michael and his ensuing public vilification. Even six years after their uncle’s death, Taj says the restoration of his legacy is “never going to be completely done.”

“In this age of the Internet, lies can keep circulating until they’re addressed,” he says. “People in the public were shocked at the verdict, but . . . if you read the transcripts, there’s nothing shocking about it.

“It’s now leading people to it — if they want to see it — and saying, ‘Hey look, the evidence has always been there that my uncle was innocent and never did anything.’​”

Source: New York Post / Billie Jean


'This Is It' To Be Shown On Big Screen In Italy. 26-09-'15

The Library System Lametino launches a new project which will start on October 2. It is "Biblio Live – Big Concerts on the Big Screen."

From October 2nd, The Library will promote music through the projection of concerts for Lamezia and Lametino . "Biblio Live"”, in the early evening, will propose Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It'. The festival wants to explore other art forms. For this reason, for each event will be held "Art Session". Each artist can submit a painting, a drawing, a graffiti, a poster or any other work to be exhibited during the evening. The set of works will be featured in a permanent exhibition that will be part of Biblio Live.

"Biblio Live is cross platform and in collaboration with Instagramers Lamezia Terme contaminates Instagram. Users of social photo can publish their shots using the official hashtag of the event #BiblioLive and will also participate in themed photo contest, launched for each individual event. The photos will be exhibited during the evenings and guests of Palazzo Nicotera will choose the three winning photos. The set of shots rated, will be on display throughout the exhibition and will form a photographic heritage unique. During the first evening the contest theme will be Michael Jackson. The official hashtag, to participate in the selection is #BiblioLiveContestMJ. The show is interactive. The next concerts of Live Biblio will be chosen directly by the spectators during the evenings and through surveys launched official Facebook page event ".

Biblio Live

Source: Lametino / Billie Jean


Albums Of Michael Jackson And The Jacksons Announced In Blu-Spec CD2 In Japan. 25-09-'15

Almost all the albums of Michael Jackson and The Jacksons were announced in output Blu-Spec CD 2 in Japan on November 18, 2015 several sales sites like Amazon.fr. However, it appears that many sites have referenced the Japanese release in early have since deleted their pages and some of them announced that this release was postponed.

The advertised albums were 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Dangerous', 'HIStory', 'Invincible', 'Michael' and 'Xscape' regarding Michael Jackson (maybe we regret 'Blood On The Dance Floor') and 'The Jacksons', 'Goin' Places', 'Destiny', 'Triumph', 'Jackson Victory Live'!, and '2300 Jackson Street' on The Jacksons.

To recap, the Blu-Spec CD 2 is a high-fidelity format and compatible with all standard CD players. The Blu-Spec CD 2 is announced as a new generation of CD that employs Phase Transition Mastering, Mastering technology developed for Blu-ray discs and more perfect than the characteristics of the Blu-spec CD.

The compilation 'Number Ones' Michael Jackson and compilation 'Can You Feel It'; 'The Jacksons Collection' have already been released in this format in December 2013.

It remains to be seen whether this output will be confirmed or not.

Sources: Billboard Japan / Happinetonline / Kroese online / Face The Music / HMV Japan / Music First / Billie Jean


Iconic Magazine 20 CoverIconic Magazine Issue #20 Is Now Available!. 24-09-'15

Not only this time around the quarterly Fan Magazine is over 60 pages, but also has some amazing exclusive interviews!!

Over a year ago, Editor-in-Chief sat with Bruce Swedien to talk about his amazing journey with Michael Jackson from 'The Wiz' to 'Invincible'.

Highlights for Issue 20:

– Exclusive Interview with Bruce Swedien, Engineer
– Exclusive Interview with Steven-Paul Whitsitt, Photographer
– Exclusive Interview with Rupert Wainwright, Film Director
– Exclusive Interview with Sybil Azur, Dancer

Also Featured:

– Re-writing 'HIStory'
– Tabloid Junkie
– Earth Song (Joe Vogel)
– Kingvention: The Review

Plus the usual News, Collectors Reference, In The Closet Fashion, 2 A3 Posters and much, much more.

To order your copy, click here.

Source: King Of Shop / Billie Jean


Auction Of The Red Shirt That Michael Jackson Wore During The Interview With Diane Sawyer. 24-09-'15

An auction will be held on 29, 30 September and 1 October 2015 in Calabasas, California entitled Hollywood Auction 74 and offering collectibles in the world of Hollywood great values. These collectibles include some items that concern Michael Jackson whose red shirt that the King of Pop was in 1995 when he gave the interview to Diane Sawyer for American television network ABC with his wife Lisa Marie Presley. The indicative value of this shirt that will be auctioned on September 30 is estimated between 20,000 and 30,000 dollars.

Hollywood Auction 74

Michael Jackson shirt screen worn during the 1995 ABC TV interview with his new wife Lisa Marie Presley and Diane Sawyer. (1995) Shiny crimson custom made silk long sleeve dress shirt with integral black silk armband on right sleeve, epaulets with trios of “7” gold metal charms on each shoulder, deluxe detailed red plastic buttons with gold metal unicorn crests central, buttoning front closure, breast flap pockets and on epaulets. Worn by the “King of Pop” in one of his most eagerly watched and controversial appearances. With signs of wear, missing cuff buttons and general soiling.

Go here for the Hollywood Auction 74.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Reggie Rockstone Did The Moonwalk Before Michael Jackson Learnt It. 24-09-'15

Reggie RockstoneGhanaian Hiplife artiste, Reggie Rockstone, has refuted history that records Michael Jackson as the originator of the moonwalk. The legend made pop history on March 25, 1983 when he gave an enthusiastic public their first taste of his signature moonwalk in honor of Motown Records’ 25th birthday.

But Rockstone said before Jackson made that debut, he did that as a student at the Achimota School. “I was the first person to do the moonwalk. Even before Michael Jackson first did it,” Rockstone told Bola Ray on Starr Chat, Wednesday (September 23).

He, however, admitted he did not invent it. “The reason that this happened was not because I was a genius. I used to watch Soul Train Jeffrey Daniel and that’s how I learnt it.” “I have video prove of Jeff Daniel giving me props on the dance. He came to Ghana and was at my club and he said so himself,” a proud Rockson said. Jackson’s sister, LaToya, also identified the former Soul Train and Solid Gold dancer, as her brother’s primary tutor in this endeavor. Daniel himself is on record to have said Michael Jackson made it popular.

Source: Starr FM Online / Billie Jean


The 'Angry Birds' Movie Trailer, Set To Michael Jackson's 'Bad'. 23-09-'15

Six years and 3 billion downloads (completely serious) later, the mobile time-killer turned worldwide franchise known as Angry Birds is getting Hollywood-ed. Today's our first look at exactly how much the movie will resemble the game, and we're impressed. The requisite narrativizing is in place: Why are the birds so mad? How do their specific demolition abilities translate to personality traits? When did the green pigs come into the picture, and how'd they become the natural enemy to all irate avian's?Watch the Angry Birds trailer below. It lands in theaters in May 2016.

The roll call of voice actors is unreal: Maya Rudolph, Frozen's Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Kate McKinnon and Jason Sudeikis. Even in an age where Pixar and DreamWorks score top-notch talent every time around, this one seems extra flashy.

Best of all is the evidence that this won't be a just-because adaptation, but will actually retain the impact-heavy, slingshot-happy mechanics that made Angry Birds great in the first place. And if Michael Jackson is soundtracking the trailer, we can probably hope for solid tuneage in the actual movie.

 

Source: Fuse TV / Billie Jean


Win Tickets To See Michael Jackson Tribute At The King's Theatre. 23-09-'15

Ben BowmanA top tribute to Michael Jackson is coming to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow - and the Reformer has two pairs of tickets to give away to it.

Jackson Live Starring Ben Bowman will be at the King’s on Thursday October 1.

Ben, who vocally and physically is the most accurate portrayal of the King of Pop to have toured the UK, promises he will give a taste of what it was like to experience Michael Jackson live in concert.

To win tickets to this show, just answer the following question - what was one of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits?

(a) Billie Jean

(b) Ricky Jean

(c) Mickey Jean

Send your answer, with a title of Michael Jackson competition, to jonathan.geddes@trinitymirror.com and include your name, address and a daytime telephone number.

Even if you don’t win the competition, tickets for the show are still available, starting at £18.

Source: Daily Record / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s “Wonderland” Ranch To Be Auctioned. 22-09-'15

Michael Jackson called it “Wonderland” and his daughter said it was “Candyland.” This 10-acre compound in a Las Vegas neighborhood of casino owners, entertainers and royalty (Wayne Newton lives nearby and the Sultan of Brunei was once a neighbor) was designed to be a secure and safe haven for a family, a memorable experience for their guests and a place to safely enjoy their expensive hobbies. This was its appeal to Michael Jackson, who had sights on a Las Vegas residency show and, according to Las Vegas media, had toured the home several times. Jackson was planning on making an offer on the home when he returned from his 'This Is It' London residency show scheduled to run through early 2010. However, Michael died just three weeks before the start of the tour.

Completed in 1994 for Nevada casino and resort developer Gary Primm, the compound was designed for luxury, but security was Mr Primm’s biggest concern. Primm is a big-game hunter and car collector including the “Bonnie and Clyde Death Car” that he has displayed at several of his casinos. The home was completed soon after Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn’s daughter, Kevyn, was kidnapped from the kitchen of their Las Vegas home. Primm was worried about the safety of his two children and designed the home with a 10-foot wall surrounding the property and three gates that can be controlled by the owner, eliminating the need for round-the-clock guards. Throughout are security tunnels, bulletproof doors, secret rooms with entries disguised as walls or cabinets, and a panic room with an oxygen supply and separate underground phone lines.

Wonderland Ranch

The Primm Ranch on a rare 10 acres, located at 7000 Tomiyasu Lane, an exclusive enclave and celebrity-studded street just five minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.. This gated and secluded compound is truly the stuff of legends.

The Primm Ranch includes a main estate house with 15,000 square feet, a guest villa, grotto villa, staff quarters, horse trainer quarters, equestrian barn, arena, pens and pastures, a dog villa, grotto pool with spa, waterfall and slide, all surrounded by lush lawns and palms. There is also a garage/car showroom that will house 20 cars with its own gas station for diesel and unleaded fuels, a car wash with deionized water and mechanic’s lift. With a total living area of over 21,000 square feet, there are 10 bedrooms and 19 baths. Highlights include a beauty salon, trophy room with recorded animal sounds, driving range, 5,000-bottle wine cellar, theater, casino room, gym and sauna. The grounds include a greenhouse, outdoor kitchen adjacent to the pool with a bar and guest suite accessed under the waterfall and a tennis court. Equestrian facilities include stalls for ten horses with training and riding areas. According to the listing agent, Jackson planned on converting the home’s underground shooting range into a recording studio.

An ideal estate for a high profile family, whether a high roller, top-name entertainer or anyone of means who demands luxury in a secure environment and enjoys living in or often visiting the internationally renowned resort city of Las Vegas. The largest city in the tax-free haven state of Nevada, also known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” it is well-known for its plethora of world-class entertainment, dining, gambling and cultural experiences.

Currently listed at $14.5 million, Primm Ranch, Michael Jackson’s choice for a secure luxury estate with every amenity for raising his children and entertaining guests, will go up for auction on October 10th with no reserve.

Read more here.

Source: Concierge Auctions / Billie Jean


DJ ExpoL.A.'s DJ Expo On The Impact Of Michael Jackson. 20-09-'15

Starting his DJ education at 12-years-old by watching DMC competition videos and seeing the talents of renowned turntablists like Mix Master Mike, Qbert, and the Beat Junkies, DJ Expo spent a whole year studying the culture before actually ever touching a pair of turntables. Lucky for him at the age of 13, his father decided to bless him with his own DJ setup. From there, he began a regimen of countless hours of practice, starting from scratching and eventually factoring in mixing, beat-juggling, and other tricks.

When did you start Down with the King?

Down With The King started last year. I decided to start doing this event in SF after seeing the amazing response received from the Michael Jackson birthday tributes we’ve done at Motown On Mondays in L.A. every year. The first year of Down With The King received a lot of love so we’ve made it an annual event now.

What MJ song has had the biggest impact on your life?

'Bad.' Not my favorite song of his but it defines my generation. I was born just a year before the Bad album was released and the title cut is the earliest memory I have of MJ’s music. I was of course familiar with the 'Thriller' album too, but 'Bad' had a much larger impact on me growing up. I partially blame that on watching 'Moonwalker' all the time at my babysitter’s house when I was a little kid. Something about the energy and groove of 'Bad' always makes you want to sing and dance along to it.

Why do you think his songs have a timeless quality?

Michael created original music and his unique sound can never be replaced. His music saw no boundaries of age, race, gender, religion, etc. Michael has inspired and influenced a huge amount of the music released over the past few decades including music today from Justin Timberlake and Pharrell to Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. Children that have never experienced MJ's music love it when they hear it. We still hear much of his music played on radio, TV, movies and more today. He is the first artist to have a hit record in five different decades. Michael spent his entire life devoted to music and he is loved across the globe for the beautiful music he brought to the world.

Lastly, what’s your favorite rework/remix of an MJ song?

I’d have to say that J Dilla’s beat for Q-Tip’s “Move,” which sampled from Jackson 5 'Dancing Machine.' is one of my favorite reworks of an MJ song. Can’t even explain why except for the way Dilla chopped up that song. I also really enjoy the re-edit that Reflex did of Jackson 5 'ABC', which is a lot more DJ friendly version of the song.

Source: SF Weekly / Billie Jean


Brandon Andreasen Will Host Audio Workshop On Michael Jackson At Live Design Master Class. 18-09-'15

Some of the best in the biz are on tap for the Las Vegas Master Classes at LDI2015. The LVMC takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 – 22, with a combined manufacturer showcase, continental breakfast, and lunches for networking with peers from around the world, as well as a look at the hottest new gear to hit the market. Led by masters of the entertainment design and technology world, these classes focus on the tips, techniques, and technology of today and for tomorrow.

Brandon Andreasen, assistant head of audio, and primary front-of-house engineer for Michael Jackson ONE will provide participant’s with a look at the FOH engineer’s daily challenges of running the sound for one of Cirque du Soleil’s technically complex resident shows in Las Vegas.

MJ One

Combining dance, music and awe-inspiring visuals, Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil brings alive Jackson's creative genius in a new adventure.

Brandon oversees the mix of the show, including CueStation programming, and the maintenance of the FOH sound system. He started working on the project in November of 2012.

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 11:45AM-12:30PM

ROOM: N251

Register today for the LVMC!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Wesley Snipes Talks Being Michael Jackson's Bodyguard For 'Bad' Video. 18-09-'15

Wesley_Snipes1esMichael Jackson went epic with his video for 1987's 'Bad' recruiting Martin Scorsese to direct a lengthy short film about urban gangs with choreography nods to West Side Story. Among the sprawling cast was a young Wesley Snipes, who played "Mini Max" – and while the actor went on to higher-profile work in films like 1991's New Jack City, his brush with the King of Pop remains a formidable notch on his resume. Snipes reflected on the experience Thursday (September 17) on The Tonight Show, recalling.

"I auditioned for Scorsese and Q – Quincy Jones – and they selected me out of, I don't know, maybe hundreds of guys who auditioned," Snipes says in the clip. After Fallon asks about his impressions of Jackson, Snipes tells the hilarious story – earning uproarious laughs from Questlove and the Roots.

"The great Michael: the inspiration, the muse," he says. "Michael was very interesting – very, very interesting. He actually was a little nervous filming in Harlem because we filmed some of the 'Bad' video there in Harlem ... He was a little nervous because the fans were a little ambivalent with him. Some of them loved him. Some of them hated him. So you hear them literally yelling out, 'Michael Jackson! We love you! Oh my God – I want to have your baby.' And you have other people going, 'You ain't bleep! Michael Jackson, you ain't never coming back to the 'hood! Michael Jackson, what you do for us?'

"So Michael turned to me and was like, 'Are you scared?'" he continues. "I was like, 'Yo, Mike, what are you talking about?' 'Are you scared? Really, are you scared?' I was like, 'No, Mike, this is Harlem, baby! This is where we grew up. They love you. Really, you're scared?' He was like, 'A little.'"

Snipes jokes that he was "demoted" from actor to "bodyguard." But he says the unorthodox gig was worth it: "I'd do it again any time," he says. "He was such an inspiration, such a wonderful talent."

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Legendary Producer Quincy Jones Rushed To Hospital Due To Severe Chest Pains.
18-09-'15

Quincy JonesLegendary 'Thriller' producer Quincy Jones has been rushed to hospital after suffering severe chest pains.

The 82-year-old was taken for medical treatment in Los Angeles after he fell ill at his Bel-Air mansion.

He was rushed to a local emergency room after an ambulance was called at around 1:20 p.m, a law enforcement source told TMZ.

A representative for Mr Jones told the website: 'Quincy had some shortness of breath and in an abundance of caution he went in for observation. He is fine.'

While he is best known for his work on Michael Jackson's smash hit albums 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad', his career spans six decades in the entertainment industry.

He has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and won 27 Grammy's, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

He is tied with Alison Krauss for having have won the second most Grammy's in history.

Mr Jones was also inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


The Jackson Brothers Paid Tribute To Brother Michael At Bestival. 13-09-'15

The Jacksons paid tribute to Michael Jackson as they performed at Bestival today.

Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie took the stage at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight for a set featuring some of The Jackson 5's biggest hits - and the foursome took a moment to honour the late King of Pop.

Jermaine told the crowd: ''Thanks to our little brother Randy and, of course our brother who's here just in spirit, Michael.''

The Jackson brothers played a string of hits including 'I'll Be There', 'Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)', 'ABC' and 'I Want You Back'. They also played Michael's hit song 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' from his hit album 'Thriller'.

The Jacksons

Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie took the stage at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight for a set featuring some of The Jackson 5's biggest hits - and the foursome took a moment to honour the late King of Pop.

The siblings' sister Janet Jackson also made a return to the stage earlier this month, kicking off her 'Unbreakable' world tour in Vancouver, Canada, on September 1.

The 49-year-old star paid tribute to Michael during her set and broke down in tears as she performed 'Scream', the pair's hit 1995 duet.

Michael died in June 2009 at the age of 50.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Ana Matronic: 'Michael Jackson Thought He Was Immortal'. 12-09-'15

Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic found it disturbing that Michael Jackson appeared to believe he would live forever.
The Scissor Sisters singer remembers watching a documentary about the singer - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - where he was asked to contemplate death and seemed baffled by the thought there would come a day when he'd no longer be alive.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''There is a documentary from years ago and there is one part that I was really shocked by and it wasn't anything that other people were on to."

''There was moment were they asked him, there are looking at a sarcophagus and I think it was in Michael's home; and they are asking do you know where this comes from and he explained it and he said he was interested in Egypt and stuff - and then they asked if that is what he would like to do when he dies. Michael looked at the interviewer like he had two heads; like he had never ever considered dying."

''That for me was sort of the most telling and disconcerting moment of that documentary. It was like he thought he would live forever.''

Ana Matronic

Ana Lynch, known by her stage name Ana Matronic, is an American singer, best known as the female lead singer for Scissor Sisters.

The 41-year-old star - who has recently released a book, 'Robot Takeover: 100 Iconic Robots of Myth, Popular Culture & Real Life', through publishers Cassell Illustrated - thinks Michael struggled because he was ''robbed'' of his childhood and was unable to ''express himself'' properly.

She added: ''I don't want to say that I feel pity for him or that I feel sorry for him but I do see him as someone who's childhood had been robbed from him."

''He was somebody who had to work from the time he was a baby or you know a very, very young child and his incredibly obvious talent led to his being worked like an adult and I think that he was someone who was not allowed to express himself.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


KINGVENTION 2015 Celebrated 20 Year Of History In Style! 12-09-'15

KINGVENTION 2015, the first European Michael Jackson convention has now ended with a big party celebrating 20 years of History!

Over 250 fans came to listen to Diana Walczak, Jonathan Morrish and Rob Hoffman who have all worked on the History album in different ways! Fans had the opportunity to listen to amazing stories and anecdotes they has with the man himself.

Fans had also a mystery guest Eddie Wolfl who had a full gallery of Michael and Janet Jackson on set of ‘Scream’ (and some fans got to buy some of the pictures that was for some as big as 2A0!).

King of Shop was also there with Pyramid and Daniel Brooks Studios with over 5,000 Michael Jackson products!

And of course, the cherry on the top of the cake: The original Michael Jackson Statue used for the album cover, Michael Jackson’s sunglasses and costume elements that helped Diana Walczak to create the statue; amazing music sheets and tapes from Rob Hoffman’s personal collection!

This was a day to not miss! And the full MJ Vibe team was so proud to be part of it!

Here some of the pictures KINGVENTION 2015!

Kingvention

Kingvention

KINGVENTION 2015, the first European Michael Jackson convention has now ended with a big party celebrating 20 years of History!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Motown The MusicalMOTOWN National Tour Will Hold Open Auditions In Cincinnati. 12-09-'15

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are pleased to announce an open call casting search for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL and the national tour, with an opportunity to audition at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, September 16.

Motown The Musical is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theater experience is necessary.

All candidates must have amazing soulful voices to play different performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend.

Cincinnati Open Call

Date: Wednesday, September 16

Time: 9:00 AM ET – 12:00 PM ET (sign-in begins at 8:30 AM ET)

Location: Fifth Third Bank Theatre at the Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati. Entrance located at the SW corner of 7th and Main Streets downtown

What to Bring

1. Bring sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.

2. Bring a picture and resume including contact information (cell phone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.

For more information on the open call auditions visit: http://www.motownthemusical.com/casting.

For details about what to bring and what to prepare, email casting@motownthemusical.com.

Motown The Musical is playing the Aronoff Center through September 20: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL start at $29. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.

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