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Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough! Celebrate Michael Jackson At 'Thriller Live'! in Cairo. 30-04-'16

Thriller LiveFor six glorious days in May all of Cairo will be able to enjoy the music of Michael Jackson in 'Thriller Live'!

Brought to us by Fun Factory Egypt, 'Thriller Live'! is a spectacular concert celebrating the career of the King of Pop.

Created by award-winning director Gary Lloyd in 2006, the show toured the U.K. and across Europe and is now touring the world. Over two hours of non-stop hits “pay homage to the world-class spectacle of Jackson’s legendary live performances,” bringing to life once more our beloved Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

The show is brought to Cairo Festival City by Fun Factory Egypt, “a new and exciting venture where the focus is on providing top quality entertainment and events for children.”

You – and your children – can enjoy your favorite Jackson hits from Wednesday, May 11 through Monday, May 16 at The Marquee by Cairo Festival City.

Tickets range from 200-800LE, and can be purchased through ticketsmarche.com or by clicking here.

Please note that children under 6 are not permitted in the concert.

Source: Albawaba / Billie Jean


Dance Audition For ‘Generation Moonwalk’ In France. 28-04-'16

On August 12, 2016, the famous French event 'Generation Moonwalk – a Tribute to Michael Jackson' will take place in Cannes, South of France. Organised by Rachid Ferrache, the event is based on a competition between singers, dancers and musicians. Over 30 artists will be on stage for a fantastic evening starting at 9pm.

A dance audition is organised this Saturday (April 30) between 2pm and 6pm in Cannes. Check below the full address and map.

Reservations will be available at the usual outlets and on the ticket to the Festival Hall 04 92 98 68 77.

To book tickets click here.

Generation Moonwalk
Dance Audition for ‘Generation Moonwalk – a Tribute to Michael Jackson’ in France on August 12, 2016.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Dangerous Leotard At The Indiana State Museum. 27-04-'16

Dangerous Leotard
The famous Dangeorus Gold Leotards at the Indiana State Museum.

The Indiana State Museum will show case one of Michael Jackson Dangerous Leotard in a new exhibition from April 30, 2016. The museum which already hold few artifacts from the Jackson 5 will hold a brand new exhibition called “Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration”. The exhibition will also have a jacket that Elton John gave to Ryan White.

PRESS RELEASE:

The Indiana State Museum is presenting a variety of programming to honor Indiana’s past and present as part of the statewide celebration of the bicentennial of Indiana’s statehood. The exhibition Indiana in 200 Objects will be on view April 30, 2016 through January 29, 2017 and will feature superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents.
“This exhibition will introduce significant moments, events, artifacts and people from Indiana’s past and present, as well as present our state’s amazing natural history,” said Dale Ogden, chief curator of history and culture. “The experience will showcase the breadth and depth of Indiana’s history including its contributions to the nation and the world.”

In addition to nearly 140 artifacts from the Indiana State Museum collection, contributions from institutions, museums, libraries, corporations and private collections from throughout the nation will be utilized to tell Indiana’s story. The US National Archives, Indiana Historical Society, Rolls-Royce, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Cummins Inc., Cranbrook Institute, Butler University, Indiana University, Notre Dame and Purdue University are among the 40 partners on this project.

A tiny sample of the artifacts to be exhibited includes a fully mounted mastodon skeleton, Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 fire suit, a leather jacket Elton John gave to Ryan White, a Duesenberg automobile, Reverend Theodore Hesburgh’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, Amelia Earhart’s flight jacket, Johnny Appleseed’s drinking flask, Indiana’s electric chair, a copy of the 13th Amendment signed by Abraham Lincoln and a military drone built by Rolls Royce.

“There are so many amazing objects in this exhibition like Larry Bird’s college player of the year trophy, the Act of Congress that officially made Indiana the 19th state, astronaut Gus Grissom’s U.S. Air Force uniform and Cole Porter’s Tony Award… and that’s just barely the tip of iceberg. The curators could present a similar inventory with completely different artifacts that are as important and familiar as those on this list and we’d still just be getting started,” Ogden added.

200 Objects is organized into nine themes addressing some aspect of Hoosier life from statehood to globalization, local to universal and inspirational to cautionary.

HOURS AND LOCATION
The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis.

Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice.
For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

For more information, visit the Indiana State Museum Website

Source: MJ Vibe / Washington Time / Billie Jean


The Jacksons Launch New Official Website. 26-04-'16

The Jacksons just launched a new official website at www.thejacksons.live, and they arrived on Instagram with a new official account at www.instagram.com/hayvenhurst and they now have a page on Soundcloud at www.soundcloud.com/hayvenhurst.

Follow the official pages to stay updated on the latest of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon...The Jacksons!

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


How Michael Jackson Almost Built A Theme Park On The Detroit Riverfront. 25-04-'16

Imagine this: You walk down to the Detroit Riverfront, and see a Michael Jackson themed casino, hotel and amusement park inside of a giant dome.

It could have happened.
In 1998, Don Barden, Detroit multimillionaire and the first African American casino owner, submitted a proposal for one of the three casino licenses in Detroit.

Barden's business partner in the project was Michael Jackson. Yes, that Michael Jackson.

The billion dollar project was named the "Majestic Kingdom" -- an amusement park along the Detroit Riverfront, including an aquarium, a casino and a hotel.

The amusement park would be called "The Thriller Theme Park," and the hotel would be called "The Mansion in the Sky."

The plan also included restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Majestic Kingdom Press Conference (07-07-1998)
Michael Jackson presents plans for his Thriller themepark 'Magestic Kingdom' at the Majestic Kingdom Press Conference (07-07-1998). He teamed up with Don Barden to own and operate the $1 Billion Entertainment Complex.

Michael Jackson himself made several visits to the Detroit area trying to drum up support for the project.

Barden and Jackson were denied a casino license by Detroit City Council and Detroit mayor Dennis Archer. Barden tried to get the decision overturned, but Detroiters voted down the proposal in August of 1998.

Eventually, the three licensees were approved for MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown Casino.

Michael Jackson died in 2009, and Don Barden died in 2011.

Source: Click On Detroit / Billie Jean


Ah Meng
Ah Meng (circa 18 June 1960 – 8 February 2008) was a female Sumatran orangutan and a tourism icon of Singapore.

When MJ Met Ah Meng. 24-04-'16

The primate was taken to meet the pop icon at Raffles hotel, recalls its resident historian, who has met other famous guests there.

Those who want to see an orangutan will have to make a trip to the Singapore Zoo, but Michael Jackson had the special privilege of having an orangutan brought to him.

The King of Pop met the grand dame Ah Meng at the Raffles Singapore’s poolside in 1993. Both have since died.

Mr Leslie Danker, 76, the hotel’s longest-serving employee, recounts this specially arranged meeting in one of 12 videos uploaded on the hotel’s Facebook page recently.

Titled The Raffles Stories, the videos cover interesting aspects of the hotel’s past and were launched this month in commemoration of Mr Danker’s 44th year of service.

In his time at the hotel, he has met movie stars including Jackie Chan and Elizabeth Taylor, but he counts meeting Jackson as one of his most memorable encounters.

He had reportedly asked to have the zoo all to himself for a day, but the request was turned down.

Mr Danker says the zoo subsequently drove Ah Meng over to meet Jackson at the hotel’s poolside. Jackson was accompanied by his actress friend Taylor.

The animal lover was not satisfied with this exclusive meeting. “He still insisted on going to the zoo after that,” says Mr Danker.

Michael and Leslie Danker
Michael stayed at the hotel in 1993 when he was here for his Dangerous world tour.

Jackson’s stay was meant to be low profile, but word got out and about 400 fans gathered at the hotel driveway for a glimpse of him when he arrived.

Because of the crowd, he got in via the staff entrance instead.

Inside the hotel, staff lined the corridors to greet him as he was escorted to the presidential suite.

Just before entering his room, he heard the crowd at the driveway. “They were shouting his name,” says Mr Danker.

Jackson stopped and waved to his fans from the window.

“The crowd went wild and this ‘Jackson wave’ was telecast worldwide,” he adds.

He describes the pop star as a soft-spoken, pleasant man without airs and who seldom came out of the suite apart from going for rehearsals and his performances.

Source: The Straits Times / Billie Jean


Sony Music Rivals Said To Seek EU Action On Michael Jackson Deal. 20-04-'16

Sony Corp.’s planned purchase of the late Michael Jackson’s stake in a heavyweight music-publishing business is drawing opposition from rival music companies asking European regulators to intervene, according to people familiar with the matter.

Warner Music Group and a group of independent record labels have approached the European Commission, saying the $750 million agreement would give Sony too much power over pricing and deal terms, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named discussing private conversations. Bertelsmann’s BMG Rights Management is considering contacting the commission with similar complaints, another person said.

Sony already owns half of the publishing venture, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which controls a catalog of artists from the Beatles and Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. This week it signed a definitive agreement to buy the rest from the Jackson estate, after a preliminary deal in March.

A key concern is that Sony, already the largest music-publishing business, will have more leverage when negotiating licensing deals with the likes of Spotify Ltd. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube in an online music market worth $6.9 billion in revenue last year.

Sony/ATV
Sony to buy Michael Jackson’s half of Sony/ATV for $750 Million.

Impala, a lobbying group representing independent labels, wants the regulators to block the deal or to force Sony to divest worldwide rights to some artists and catalogs, in line with previous steps they took when Sony and Universal bought EMI Group in 2012.

“It’s difficult to imagine how the Sony/ATV deal could get any kind of green light from the European Commission,” said Helen Smith, Impala’s executive chair. “Just three years ago the EC effectively set a limit when it already said Sony was too big and had to divest assets.”

Lawyers for Warner Music met with European regulators this month to discuss the deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Spokesmen for Warner Music, BMG and Sony declined to comment. The European Commission declined to comment.

Read the whole article here.

Source: Bloomberg / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson named attorney John Branca (family friend) and music executive John McClain as the executors of his estate.

Michael Jackson Estate Faces Billion-Dollar Tax Court Battle. 20-04-'16

IRS insists its value is more than $434 million. "This is bizarre," says the estate's lead attorney, Howard Weitzman.

This story first appeared in the May 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Of all the befuddling legal matters in the entertainment business, there's perhaps none that causes attorneys to scratch their heads like the battle between Michael Jackson and the Internal Revenue Service over what the late entertainer should be paying in estate taxes. In the years after his death in 2009 at age 50, Jackson has experienced a commercial rebirth thanks to the savvy executors who have managed his assets. The 2009 documentary 'This Is It' grossed $261 million, a Cirque du Soleil tribute show packs in fans, and there have been albums, video games and other lucrative memorials. Now the IRS wants its share, claiming the value of Jackson's name and image upon death amounted to more than $434 million. The estate's own valuation? Just $2,105.

That's a huge discrepancy, and even that difference undersells the stakes. With interest and penalties, lawyers estimate the case — set for trial at a Los Angeles tax tribunal in 2017 — could be worth more than $1 billion. Some tax specialists even wonder if it could lead to criminal tax evasion charges. The outcome could impact celebrity estate planning. "This is the biggest estate tax case I've ever seen," says attorney and tax specialist Gary Wolfe.

Given that, it might be surprising to learn the Jackson reps have little idea about what to expect in the case. Speaking publicly about the IRS battle for the first time, Howard Weitzman, the estate's lead attorney, says both sides haven't exchanged much information and the IRS hasn't explained how its independent auditor determined the huge valuation. Executors John Branca and John McClain have overseen a remarkable turnaround, wiping out Jackson's debt and making enough revenue to generate about $100 million in tax payments already. But Weitzman estimates that Jackson earned no more than $50 million from the licensing of his name and image when the pop star was alive, even during Jackson's Thriller heyday. "It seems preposterous that the IRS would arrive at a value 10 times this amount," he says. "This is bizarre."

And importantly, what matters most for tax purposes is the value of Jackson's name and likeness at the time of his death — not now, after his executors have worked their magic. "Michael Jackson had no merchandising deals then," says Weitzman. "Only after we began the resurrection and This Is It did things begin to change. The IRS says, 'You should have known about the documentary.' That's like [saying] we should have known he was going to die."

And why didn't the King of Pop earn licensing money in the years before his death? See: charges of child molestation, rumors of drug use and no tours back then. In fact, when he died of an overdose, he was preparing for a "comeback" tour. It's enough to take a wonky tax case into sensational territory.

The IRS declined to comment, but one source in Hollywood's legal community says the agency has asked for some of the documents in the Jackson family's wrongful death case against AEG, the concert promoter that was set to stage the Jackson tour before he died. (AEG won the case against Jackson's estate, and the family lost its attempt to appeal.)


Taxpayers are suing the IRS over that huge hack, of course.

Wolfe speculates the IRS could be interested in rebutting the estate's position that Jackson's likeness held no value at the time of his death by showing interest from AEG and others. "Who were the corporate sponsors?" asks Wolfe. "This is a total clusterf— that makes zero sense. You're telling me that Jackson's name was worth less than a bottle of expensive wine?"

Adam Streisand, a probate attorney who has worked with celebrity estates including those of Ray Charles, Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe, says he doesn't expect the IRS to be able to point to other celebrities' post-death earnings as part of the valuation process. Then again, given that this is the first time ever that the IRS is pursuing estate taxes for name and likeness, it’s hard to say for sure how something like the “Jim Croce effect” — referring to the singer who died in an airplane crash in 1973, and standing for the proposition that many entertainers are worth more dead than alive — will factor. A judge's valuation could focus on what licensors were willing to pay to be associated with Jackson rather than what he actually got in sponsorship and merchandise deals. And so: Might this be like someone who buys a home in a rotten neighborhood upon hearing that the district is about to gentrify? Maybe not? “Unless and until people actually put money into improving the neighborhood, you can’t value it that way,” says Streisand.

Weitzman thinks this is a "once in a lifetime" case, but others aren't sure. If the IRS wins, it likely will pursue other celebrity estates that have increased in value. The business of commercializing dead stars has boomed in recent years as publicity rights have expanded and technology such as holograms and CGI has allowed the dead to live on in entertainment. For that reason, those with the ability to profit from their fame should start preparing — or they will sock their heirs with a huge tax bill.

Streisand helped write the California law that gives celebrities posthumous rights to their names and images. It's been a boon to the spouses and children of these famous people, but there have been ramifications, the Jackson case serving as perhaps the most high-profile example. Asked if he's partly responsible for the IRS' hunt, Streisand responds: "I plead guilty as charged. It's the statute that really codifies the concept that a celebrity's name and image is a property right like a house — and it's hard for me to say it doesn't have value."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Jermaine JacksonJacksons Theme Park To Be Built In Shanghai. 20-04-'16

American singer Jermaine Jackson has signed a deal to set up a studio in Shanghai, consisting of a theme park and art school in honor of his late brother Michael Jackson.

Jackson signed the deal with Hollywood Cultural Industry Development (Shanghai) Ltd. to launch "The EMPEROR Group" studio during his business trip to China last weekend.

He also inspected several locations in Shanghai, looking for sites to build The Jacksons theme park and an art school, while holding a concert in memory of his late brother, superstar Michael Jackson.

In addition, Jackson will also work with his Chinese partners to produce a theme song entitled 'The Shadow of Heaven' for a Chinese-American film co-production about the story of the Jews in Shanghai during 1939.

Source: China.org / Billie Jean


Sony, Estate Of Michael Jackson Complete Sony/ATV Pact. 18-04-'04

Sony Corp. and the estate of pop star Michael Jackson have reached a definitive agreement for a previously announced deal that will give Sony complete ownership of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

In March, Sony SNE, -0.68% said it planned to buy the estate’s 50% stake, and said a memorandum of understanding called for payments of $750 million, including a lump-sum payment of about $733 million by Sony.

Sony/ATV is the world’s largest music-publishing company. Sony and Jackson — and since his 2009 death, his estate — have jointly owned the company since 1995.

Sony/ATV
Sony to buy Michael Jackson’s half of Sony/ATV for $750 Million.

Sony/ATV’s catalog includes the copyrights to most of the Beatles’ songs, as well as songs by stars including Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.

Jackson’s estate said in March that the transaction won’t affect its “substantial interests in other music assets,” including all of Jackson’s master recordings and Mijac Music, the publishing company that owns all of the songs he wrote and certain other songs he acquired.

Source: Market Watch / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson At The Chaplin’s World. 18-04-'04

April 16 was the Grand opening of Chaplin’s world in Corsier Sur Vevey, Switzerland. The museum is located in the familial manor and is a retrospective of Charlie Chaplin’s work throughout his costumes, sets, personal belongings.

And with a big surprise, a wax work of Michael Jackson is also there! The wax work was done by Grevin Museum and has a place in the Chaplin’s World as Michael Jackson was influenced by the artist!

MJ Wax
Chaplin's World is open 7 days on 7 from 10:00am to 6:00pm, (closed December 25th & January 1st.)

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Reflex 2016 Remasters Freebies CD Album Cover'P.Y.T.' (The Reflex Percapella) And Much More... 17-04-'04

We were talking about 'The Reflex' and the remixes from December 2015 following the discovery of a superb remix of 'Burn This Disco Out' ([The Reflex Revision) available on the digital album entitled 'The Reflex Million Sellers Vol.3'.

Well aware that two other digital album 'The Reflex' containing remixes were created in the month of February and the month of April 2016.

The first, entitled 'The Reflex 2016 Remasters Freebies' contains not only 'P.Y.T.' (The Reflex Revision) Remaster, 2016 (6:57), but also the great version 'P.Y.T.' (The Reflex Percapella), [Bonus Track] (5:57) and 'P.Y.T.' (The Reflex Instrumental) [Bonus Track] (6:57).

The second digital album entitled 'The Reflex 2016 remasters Archive Edits Vol.2' offers his side the release 'Thriller' (The Reflex 'Halloween' Edit) Remaster 2016 (8:06) that you may had discovered via MJ France.

You can listen or buy the digital album 'The Reflex 2016 Remasters Freebies' and three remixes of 'P.Y.T.' on http://thereflex.bandcamp.com/album/freebies-remasters-2016.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' And 'Bad' Albums Are Available. 15-04-'16

As stated in our news back in March, 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' are available on LP and for sale through michaeljackson.com

Each are $19.98 and you can pre-order them.

'Off The Wall':
'Off The Wall' is the fifth studio album by the American pop musician Michael Jackson, released on August 10th, 1979 in the USA on Epic Records, after Jackson's critically well received film performance in 'The Wiz'. While working on that project, Jackson and Quincy Jones had become friends, and Jones agreed to work with Jackson on his next studio album.

Series number: 88875189421

'Thriller':
'Thriller' is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. The album housed in a gatefold picture sleeve was released in the USA on December 1st, 1982 by Epic Records as the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful 1979 album 'Off The Wall'. 'Thriller' explores similar genres to those of 'Off The Wall', including funk, soul, pop, easy listening, R&B, rock and post-disco music.

Series number: 888875143731

'Bad':
'Bad' is the seventh album recorded by pop music icon Michael Jackson, the album housed in a gatefold picture sleeve and includes 4 pages Japanese language lyric sheets. The album was released in the USA on August 31st, 1987 by Epic. After the monumental success of 'Thriller', Jackson and co-producer/collaborator Quincy Jones produced a slicker funk/pop confection.

Series number: 8887514374

Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad Album Covers
'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' albums are re-released.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ The First Glow-In-The-Dark Art Exhibition Of The UAE. 14-04-'14

Le Vault will display American artist Tomyboy’s, who is known as Rocketbyz, unique pieces of art at the Glow-In-The-Dark art exhibition, at Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi, which will be inaugurated and attended by Sheikh Khalifa bin Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan on the 13th of April 2016 at 7:00 pm.

The German born artist started his career in the music industry as a producer. While experimenting with colours and visual concepts for his music production, Tomyboy found his passion in fluorescent colours.

Tomyboy who finds inspiration from the 60’s, is an expert in transforming everyday consumer products into electrifying works of art. His flamboyant style appeals to millennial's and art lovers who harbour a liking to edgy and hip artistic elements. Tomyboy reflects his appreciation for pop culture through his work. The eccentric artist has painted portraits of classic icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and Rihanna using fluorescent paint.

Glow-In-The-Dark Art
Le Vault Showroom will host the Glow-In-The-Dark exhibition, scheduled to start at 7:00 pm at the first floor of Nation Towers.

The Managing Director of Le Vault Mr. Samer Mashal said, “I was truly amazed when I first came across Tomyboy’s work in the USA. On meeting him, I had no doubt in my mind that I had to bring him, and his exemplary ideas and concepts to the UAE. Knowing that nothing of this nature had ever been hosted in the Middle East, it was a privilege to be the first. I am excited to witness people’s response to his work and hope that guests will see be as entranced by his pieces as I was.”
Exhibition goers will find sneakers, a Harley Davidson bike, a Rolex watch, a piano among other lifestyle luxury products that have been used to create powerful and trendy art. The exhibition is the first of its kind in the UAE and is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind experience to guests.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute Is Coming To Bucharest. 12-04-'16

The Ultimate ThrillerMichael Jackson’s first visit to Romania took place on October 1st, 1992 when his career was at its peak.

At that time, the event was so important to Romania. Michael Jackson had included a freshly released country from the communism Strait in his Dangerous World Tour. It not only had great artistic importance, but also political.

The King of Pop performed for the second time in Bucharest in 1996, bringing his new 'HIStory' tour. The concert series had just debuted before coming to Romania and was the third stop of the long string of shows, after Prague and Budapest. National Stadium in Bucharest was attended by over 80,000 fans, 10,000 more than previously estimated.

In tribute to those shows, “The Ultimate Thriller – Michael Jackson The Tribute – LIVE” will be staged in Bucharest, Romania, by the team of musicians, choreographers and dancers who performed with the “King of Pop” on tour. The event will take place on July 7, 2016 in Constitution Square. Ticket prices for the show start at 80 lei. The show will start at 19:00

Jennifer Batten, Lavelle Smith Jr, Michael Prince, Sam Sims and the rest of the Michael Jackson team will meet again on the same stage seven years since his death for a tribute that will combine hits promoted tours 'Bad' and 'Dangerous.'

The Ultimate Thriller`s production team includes LaVelle Smith, who was a choreographer and principal dancer for Michael on the 'Dangerous', 'Bad' and 'HIStory' tours; Mic Thompson, who spent eight years as a principal dancer for Michael and can be seen in the videos for 'Dangerous' and 'Ghosts' and Michael Prince, Michael Jackson`s longtime personal recording engineer and audio supervisor for all live and television performances. Guitarist Jennifer Batten offered the most electrifying solos on the 'Bad', 'Dangerous' and 'HIStory' tours; Sam Smith will be on the drums. Their insight and experience with Michael Jackson have been instrumental in providing unparalleled authenticity to the production.

Ticket prices at “The Ultimate Thriller – Michael Jackson The Tribute – LIVE”:

Normal Category: RON 80
Golden Category: 150 lei
Diamond Category: 300 lei
Rostrum category: 450 lei

Sources: All Things Michael / Billie Jean


David Gest – Michael Jackson’s Best Friend, Liza Minnelli’s Ex, Dead At 62. 12-04-'14

David GestA shady character who was infamous for staging big music shows, David Gest has died at age 62. He was infamous for being Michael Jackson’s best friend in the 90's, and for marrying– albeit briefly– Liza Minnelli. He was also infamous for having a shrine to Shirley Temple in his bedroom.

Gest was a very strange guy. In the music business, he’d been publicist for Hi Records in Memphis where he represented singers Al Green and Ann Peebles.

I used to write about David Gest because he ran a phony foundation called the American Cinema Awards. He often listed dead people as officers of the foundation and took their salaries.

Gest, according to reports from London, was found dead this morning in London at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf. He was going to start a music tour this summer called “David Gest is Not Dead.”

What a character! Many older entertainers will swear by him because he always got them gigs. Condolences to them. Gest always peppered his parties with really old time actors from Hollywood. I still remember sitting with Liz Smith and Dominick Dunne at Gest’s ill fated wedding to Liza. Dominick kept getting up and going over to the other side of the room to see who was there. He’d come back and say things like “Ann Blythe is still alive!”

Gest did succeed at putting on Michael Jackson’s famous anniversary shows in September 2001 at Madison Square Garden; that was his crowning achievement. It was there that he really met Liza, who didn’t seem understand that Gest was gay. Their year long marriage in 2002-2003 was quite a scandal and ended with lawsuits and domestic violence.

Source: Showbiz411 / Billie Jean


Music Icon 2016More Michael Jackson’s Personal Belongings On Auction. 12-04-'16

Julien’s Auctions will hold an auction in New York on May 21 titled “Music Icon 2016” and as always, some of Michael Jackson’s iconic costumes and personal belongings will be auctioned. Between the “Beat It” HIStory Tour Jacket and J5 costumes, over 50 items will be sold!

To participate to the auction, please register to Julien’s Auctions website directly. The live auction will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe and items will be exhibited there too.

Public Exhibition ~ Hard Rock Café
Monday, May 16th – Friday, May 20th, 2016
Daily 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Free to the Public

Live And Online Auction
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Session I: 10:00 a.m. EST
Session II: 2:00 p.m. EST

Exhibition And Auction Location
Hard Rock Café New York
1501 Broadway
New York, NY

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Chris Cadman's New Book Michael Jackson 'Off The Wall' - For The Record Is Released. 11-04-'16

Off The Wall - For The Record Book CoverAfter several reference books as the two volumes of 'The Maestro' of Michael Jackson, Chris Cadman released a new book aimed this time exclusively to the period 'Off The Wall'. The book is released on April 7.

Entitled Michael Jackson 'Off The Wall' - For The Record, this book in English offers a retrospective on the album and the period around 'Off The Wall' from 1979 to 1981. You will discover not only the album and the singles but also the history around this time, the success in the different rankings, the Triumph Tour, the Motown reissues of the time and that Michael's collaborations on other albums as author or singer.

Description:

“'Off The Wall' is beautiful music. Lovingly crafted superbly arranged and topped by the immaculate vocals of Michael Jackson, who’s probably the best singer in the world just now in terms of style and technique. His singing is so graceful.”

Two weeks before Michael Jackson turned 21 his first solo album with Epic Records was released. 'Off The Wall' came during a period when Michael was hitting his next musical phase. Having not only been well received for his portrayal as the scarecrow in 'The Wiz' film, he and his brothers also proved that they could write and produce their own material with the successful release of 'Destiny'.

Michael also announced that he was to take control of his own career too having been managed by his father since a child. Turning 21 meant Michael was taking care of his own destiny and musical path.

Dedicated to his mother Katherine and ‘The Year of the Child', 'Off The Wall' was a critical success and spawned 4 Top 10 singles on both sides of the Atlantic and by 2015 it had sold well over 20 million copies worldwide, some feat when you consider his next album 'Thriller' was to go on to become the biggest selling album of all time.

'Off The Wall - For The Record' takes a retrospective look at the album that was released in August, 1979 and how Michael and a team of A list writers and producers put it together. 'Off The Wall - For The Record' covers:

The album, The singles, The stories around that period, The chart success, The Reviews, The Triumph Album & Tour, in addition to Motown re-issues and Michael’s appearances has a writer, producer and backing vocalist for other artists during the 1979-1981 period.

'Off The Wall - For The Record' is the first in depth look at the album that in general is virtually skipped by most authors. 'Off The Wall - For The Record' is designed to give a new generation of fans and current ones the chance to look back on what proved to be a very successful campaign for Michael Jackson and the first steps to becoming a global superstar on the same scale bestowed on Elvis Presley and The Beatles. THIS IS OFF THE WALL FOR THE RECORD.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Chris Cadman
ISBN: 978-1530949373
Pages: 218
Printed: ?
Guide price: 14,5 €

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Gary, Ind. Should Play Up Jacksons Connection, Group Says. 09-04-'16

Some Gary residents are attempting to create excitement around a series of events honoring favorite son Michael Jackson and his family.

They’re asking others, including the city, to get involved in something positive for a city that’s seen better days, WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

The Jacksons are “the greatest entertainment family the world has ever seen,” says activist Kwabena Rasuli. “Let’s utilize it, let’s benefit from it.”

Gary Indiana Home
The Jacksons family home in 2300 Jackson Street, Gary, Indiana.

Rasuli says the Jacksons could do for Gary what Elvis has done for Memphis and generate millions.

Locals say a steady influx of tourists come to 2300 Jackson Street, the small house where the Jackson family started their career in music.

Gordon Keith, who early on signed the Jacksons to his Steel Town Records label, says the family said they would never forget their roots in northwest Indiana.

“I’m still waiting on them to keep that promise,” Keith says.

For more information about the Committee To Honor The Jacksons In Gary, go to the group’s Facebook page.

Source: CBS Chicago / Billie Jean


Billie Jean Single Cover'Billie Jean' At Number 1 In The Radio 2 Top 80's. 08-04-'16

In recent days, the Radio 2 listeners voted overwhelmingly for the annual Top 80 of the 80's which the radio station sent out today. Radio 2 (Belgium) had nearly ten thousand voices inside.

Michael Jackson is the winner at number 1 with the song 'Billie Jean', for the first time earned Michael the top place.

'Billie Jean' is the second single recorded by Michael for the album 'Thriller' on the Epic label, released on January 22nd, 1983 in the USA. The track written and co-produced, with Quincy Jones, by Michael.

'I Want To Break Free' by Queen finishes in second place. Bryan Adams last year in the first place, completes the podium with 'Summer of '69'.

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