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Michael Jackson Singapore 1993 Personal Home Movies With Elizabeth Taylor And On His Personal Jet.
30-07-'16

Michael in SingaporeThis is Michael Jackson's personal home movies featuring Elizabeth Taylor at his hotel room in Singapore while he was on tour (also with her then husband Larry Fortensky), footage of Michael on his private jet, visiting a zoo and holding orangutans and more.

Watch Michael singing Beatles songs, waking up in his bedroom and other never before seen personal moments. Approximately 50 minutes in length. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Frank Cascio and a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity.

Watch a 6min clip here.

Auction closed on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Source: Gotta Have Rock And Roll / Billie Jean


Jermaine Jackson Has Reacted With Outrage To Reports That Conrad Murray. 29-07-'16

Jermaine JacksonMichael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson has reacted with outrage to reports that Conrad Murray is to appear on I'm A Celebrity calling it "sick entertainment." The disgraced medic, was convicted of manslaughter in 2011 after it was found that he had given the legendary singer a fatal dose of the drug Propofol.

He has now reportedly been approached by ITV to appear on the UK jungle reality TV show.

In an angry rant, Jermaine took to Twitter slamming Murray for profiting from the death of his brother and appealing both to ITV and Geordie hosts Ant and Dec, not to include the doctor in the show's line-up.

Calling on fans to lobby against Murray he tweeted:

"1. Jurors didn't believe a word out of Conrad Murray's mouth. Nor should anyone now. He & his trashy book can't be taken seriously. #clown

"2. Murray's recklessness killed Michael, and his book-promoting lies are transparent: the desperate deflections of a guilty, odious man.

3. Also, Conrad Murray reportedly in talks re UK show 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!' No way @itv & @antanddec can stoop so low.

"4. I urge @itv to maintain sense of decency & not use Michael's death/killer for sick entertainment value. Despicable to even consider it.

"5. Every fan should lobby @itv and @antanddec to ensure they do the right thing, and NOT reward Michael's killer w/$$$ & spotlight."

Jermaine later said that he had not had a response from ITV as to whether the rumours that Murray would be appearing on the show were true. "Silence from @itv re our concerns that Murray is being lined up for 'I'm A Celebrity...' All producers have to say is 'No, he won't feature'," he said.

"As @CEThomson points out, Murray "is only famous for killing someone". That someone was Michael, a son, brother, uncle, father, legend @itv.

"And IF @itv mngmnt/producers equate Murray's criminality with ratings, then their moral compass is hideously skewed. We await a response..."

Responding to the reports according to Mirror Online, ITV reportedly told the Daily Star: "Our official line-up will be announced in due course."

Murray's publicist Max Markson has however confirmed that the medic is in discussion with ITV executives about the possibility of taking part in the show. "It is true. We are talking to the show's producers about having Conrad in the jungle for the next show," he said.

Markson claims that if Murray were to appear on the show, he would open up about the time he spent with Michael Jackson.

"I'm sure everyone will be fascinated to hear what Conrad has to say about his time with Michael," explained Markson. "He's a doctor, very calm and great with people and he has some extraordinary stories to tell. He'd be a great draw and I'm sure he'd be a fascinating guest for the show."

A week ago Dr Murray released his memoirs, in which he made shocking claims about Jackson alleging that the singer wanted to marry the 12-year-old daughter of his best friend and was obsessed with Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

Jackson's daughter Paris hit out at Murray's claims on Twitter saying "the fact that people are actually listening to and believing a cold blooded murderer is honestly beyond me."

Dr. Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's personal physician before his death in 2009. The 50-year-old singer died as a result of an overdose of the general anaesthetic propofol which Conrad had administered to him as Jackson struggled with insomnia during rehearsals for his This Is It tour.

In 2011, Murray was jailed for four years after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He served two years of his sentence before being released on licence.

He has not worked since the scandal and it is thought he is now planning on a career in TV overseas before returning to the US.

Source: International Business Times / Billie Jean


Mandalay Bay Reveals Michael Jackson 'History' Statue! 28-07-'16

Following the news yesterday, here it is! Mandalay Bay reveals Michael Jackson 'History' Statue!

HIStory Statue
The cast of Michael Jackson ONE performing on 'Scream'.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MotownNetflix Announce Motown Inspired Animated Show. 28-07-'16

Netflix have announced plans for a new Motown-themed animated show.

The show follows the success of the Beatles-inspired Beat Bugs, which aired to widespread acclaim on Netflix earlier this year.

The new series will use a series of Motown hits as prompts for the storyline, and will be helmed by writer/director Josh Wakely.

The story loosely follows an 8 year old child name Ben (much like the Michael Jackson song, then) who lives in a city called Motown.

Tantalisingly, Smokey Robinson will act as executive producer, with a host of modern artists putting a new spin on 52 Motown classics.

More info in the future…

Source: Clash Music / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Nephews Suing Radar Online For $100M Over Abuse Allegations. 28-07-'16

3T
3T

Gossip site wrote multiple stories alleging sexual abuse and cited a report that the pop star ‘used sexy photos of his own nephews to excite young boys’.

Michael Jackson’s nephews are suing a celebrity gossip site that published stories alleging they were sexually abused and bribed by their pop star uncle, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson filed a $100m libel lawsuit against Radar Online on Wednesday (July 27).

The suit comes after Radar Online wrote multiple stories last month stating the king of pop stockpiled “images of pornography, animal torture, S&M and gore in a bid to seduce innocent young boys”, based off of a 2003 police search of his Neverland Ranch home.

“The detectives’ report cites Michael even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys,” one article on the site alleged, referring to the three Jackson nephews.

The band’s first album, Brotherhood, came out in 1995. Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson are the sons of Michael Jackson’s brother Tito, a member of the Jackson Five. The brothers were the subject of a Lifetime documentary series last year.

“Radar has tried to profit by launching a vicious and unrelenting attack on [Jackson] based on claims that, years ago, he was guilty of sexual abuse, even though, at the time, he was found ‘not guilty’ of that very charge,” entertainment lawyer Bert Fields, who represents the Jacksons, wrote in the suit.

“Radar represents its ‘reports’ as ‘new’ and based on official ‘Detective Reports’. Not only have those Detective Reports been available to the public for many years, Radar has misrepresented what the Reports say,” Fields continued.

The suit claims the stories are false and defamatory, spawned similar reports about Jackson and his nephews by other news outlets and damaged Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson “personally and professionally”, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The family members said the “sexy” photos were from an album photo shoot and denied that the images were used to “excite young boys” or that they were bribed to stay quiet about it, according to the Times.

“None of them was ever sexually abused by Michael Jackson or ever had any sort of sexual contact with him,” Fields wrote in the complaint. “None of plaintiffs ever, in any way, resisted any effort by detectives to inquire about Michael Jackson’s supposed criminal conduct.”

The Jacksons requested the stories be corrected, but were denied, according to the suit.

A statement by American Media Inc , which owns Radar Online, said the article does not accuse Michael Jackson of molesting his nephews and it does not accuse the Jackson nephews of accepting any bribe.

“The Radar article clearly states that detectives reported that Michael Jackson may have used photos of his nephews ‘to excite young boys’. This theory was, in fact, presented by the prosecution during Michael Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial,” the spokesman said. “Radar looks forward to correcting plaintiffs’ misstatements in a court of law.”

Source: The Guardian / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson 'HIStory' Statue To Be Unveiled At Mandalay Bay. 27-07-'16

The Estate of Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE and Mandalay Bay invite the public to join cast members of the popular and critically acclaimed show for the unveiling of Michael Jackson’s 'HIStory' Statue at 11:30 a.m. Thursday (July 28) in Mandalay Bay’s main lobby.

The ceremony will include the unveiling of the statue, a performance by cast members of ONE and photographs with the artists post-performance. Also expected to attend: Jerry Nadal, senior vice president, Resident Shows Division at Cirque, and Darren Davis, Mandalay Bay vice president of Entertainment.

The performance will be to 'Scream', the first single from the 'HIStory' album created for this event by cast members. In 1994, Jackson commissioned U.S. sculptor Diana Walczak to create the statue, which became the inspiration for the cover of his fifth solo album 'HIStory: Past, Present And Future Book I'. The album became the biggest-selling multiple-disc album worldwide. The 10-foot-tall statue was featured at stops on Jackson’s HIStory Tour.

HIStory Statue
This is the 'HIStory' Statue of Michael Jackson that The Estate is lending to the Mandalay Bay (Picture taken at the Mandalay Bay during the Fan Fest in 2011).

On loan from the Estate of Michael Jackson, the statue is the third piece of memorabilia to be lent by the Estate for display at Mandalay Bay. The other two pieces, Jackson’s red-and-gold military-style jacket from the 1984 American Music Awards and a pair of black loafers and crystal-encrusted white socks, are on display adjacent to the Michael Jackson ONE boutique.

An additional historic Jackson item from the Estate will be revealed Aug. 27 to kick off a three-day birthday celebration planned for The King of Pop inside the ONE theater. This will be the fourth-annual celebration organized by the Estate and Michael Jackson ONE for Jackson’s birthday. Jackson died June 25, 2009, in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles.

Source: Review Journal / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Has 2 Albums With 7 Top 10 Singles In The Official Charts. 27-07-'16

60th Anniversary, The Official Albums ChartThe Official Charts have released a very nice little article about artists that have spawned the most Top 10 Singles in the music industry!

And guess what? Of course Michael Jackson is in it!

The Official Charts is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Official Albums Charts and they look back at the albums that have made the biggest contribution to the Top 10 of the singles Charts!

They explained that with the new ways of downloading and streaming, the links between albums and singles are closer than ever with album tracks from big releases regularly hitting the Top 40 whether they are a new released single or not!

And of course Michael Jackson is in the top list with 7 Top 10 Singles with 2 albums: 'Bad' with 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Man In The Mirror' and 'Smooth Criminal' and 'Dangerous' with 'Black Or White', 'In The Closet' and 'Heal The World'.

Still spreading Michael Jackson Legacy!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Harriet And Mark Lester Defend Claims Michael Jackson Wanted To Marry Her When She Was 12.
26-07-'16

Harriet Lester
Harriet Lester

The 22-year-old has hit out at the comments made by Dr Conrad Murray and insisted the pop star was a "wonderful, fantastic" person.

The girl at the centre of claims Michael Jackson wanted to marry her when she was 12 has defended the star.

Harriet Lester, now 22, hit out at the extraordinary comments from the 'Thriller' hitmaker's former doctor Conrad Murray on Loose Women.

She confessed she was "shocked" over the allegations and insisted that Michael was only ever "supportive" towards her when they were in each other's company.

Harriet, who was joined by her dad Mark Lester , said: "[I was] completely shocked. I had never expected that to happen and for anyone to say that.

"I was just a bit shocked and hurt and confused. It was very surprising. All of my friends and family are behind me saying it was completely ridiculous.

Questioned by panelist Sherrie Hewson about whether she remembered anything untoward she explained: "It is obviously very difficult to think in that way, but I have really been forced to look back on things and I can honestly say there wasn't anything at all.

And that is wasn't possible she had been 'groomed' as suggested by Janet Street Porter: "I was actually around 15 or 16 at the time.

"I can't imagine that and also I can't imagine Michael would ever do that to my father."

She added: "I am not going to let this change... I'm not going to let that cloud [my memories]. He was a wonderful, fantastic, really supportive and a lovely, genuine human being. It really saddens me."

When asked why Lester family - who had been very close to Michael and his children who Mark was godfather to - hadn't put their own story forward, he explained: "I think people don't want to hear nice things they want to hear horrible things."

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Hard Rock Café Seville To Have A MJ Item On Display. 23-07-'16

Hard Rock Café is about to open a brand new restaurant in Seville on San Fernando Street.

As usual the restaurant will have a variety of items from the music industry like a guitar of Carlos Santana, a suit from James Brown and …. A Michael Jackson Cardigan.

This is a Michael Jackson sky blue cardigan from his personal wardrobe. Rhinestone embellished crest at right breast, silver tone ornaments at each sleeve cuff, accented rhinestones, double grey bands at upper left sleeve. Two exterior pockets each accented with metal ornaments. “Michael Jackson” is typed onto a Western Costume label sewn into the collar. Believed to have been created for Jackson by designer Ted Shell.

MJ Cardigan
The Cardigan was on auction on Julien‘s and was sold for $4,687.50.

Hard Rock Café Seville is located in a beautiful building that was constructed with historical values in mind. We used traditional Sevillian materials and finishes throughout the design to incorporate its unique Spanish features, while also adding in a few signature Hard Rock touches, like memorabilia from music’s most famous artists. Be sure to take some time after your meal to peruse our extensive memorabilia collection and to stop into The Rock Shop® for a memento of your trip to Hard Rock Café Seville.

Keep an eye on the website and facebook for the opening day and be sure to visit the restaurant and check out the Cardigan!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Modern Vice Releases Michael Jackson-Inspired Bootie In Honor Of His Birthday. 22-07-'16

MJ BootieModern Vice’s latest shoe is fit for a King of Pop.

The brand recently released the MJ Band bootie in honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday on Aug. 29. The late singer would have turned 58 this year.

Paying tribute to one of the entertainer’s most striking jackets, the MJ Band shoes feature gold-embroidered twists and ornament details on soft black suede, and a back zipper.

The boots retail for $550, available online now and in Modern Vice’s New York City store next week.

The brand also honored rock-pop icons David Bowie and Prince with shoes honoring their style, look here.

Source: Footwear News / Billie Jean


Motown Will Conclude Broadway Run Early On July 31. 22-07-'16

The Broadway return engagement of 'Motown: The Musical', the last stop on the First National Tour, will play its final performance at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

The 'Motown: The Musical' producers said, "We promised that the hit show would return to New York following the profitable engagement that finished on Broadway in January 2015. Now, after the launch of a record-breaking London company and a hugely successful, sold-out First National Tour, we are delighted that this amazing company of actors and musicians has been able to bring the production full circle back to Broadway where the production began, for the final stop of the tour."

'Motown: The Musical' features the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, stars Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye, and J.J. Batteast and Leon Outlaw, Jr. as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson.

'Motown: The Musical' concluded its original world premiere Broadway engagement in January 2015 following 775 performances at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre.

Motown The Musical
'Motown: The Musical' is a Broadway jukebox musical. the musical is based on the story of Gordy's founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson.

The first National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Chicago in April 2014, and played a standing room only sixteen-week run before going on to break box office records and receive rave reviews in major cities across the country for the last three years and over 900 performances.

The London production of Motown the Musical opened in February to critical acclaim and has extended into 2017 at The Shaftsbury Theatre. In only three short years since its first performance, Motown the Musical has already, around the world, grossed over $300 million at the box office and sold 2.5 million tickets.

Tickets for 'Motown: The Musical can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


EMI Publishing Shareholder Named In Major Malaysia Corruption Scandal. 21-07-'16

EMIThe boss of one of the private equity groups that invested in the Sony-led acquisition of EMI Music Publishing back in 2012 is caught up in a major corruption scandal involving the Malaysian government’s sovereign wealth fund.

The American authorities have accused various people linked to Malaysia’s state-owned investment fund – including, it seems, the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak – of siphoning off over $3.5 billion of monies for their own means, including business ventures and lavish purchases like art and jewellery. The US is now seeking to seize assets in the region of $1 billion linked to the alleged fraud.

One of the key executives accused of involvement is Malaysian businessman Taek Jho Low – generally known as Jho Low – who has no formal role at the sovereign wealth fund, but who is allegedly deeply involved in its operations; though that’s something he denies.

Low’s private equity business Jynwel Capital was one of the vehicles that helped fund Sony’s $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing in 2012 and, according to his official biography, his involvement in that deal resulted in him becoming Non-Executive Chairman of the music publisher in Asia. But according to the Americans, the $106 million Low invested in the EMI songs business was misappropriated from Malaysia’s state fund.

A number of investors joined Sony and its long-term business partner, the Michael Jackson Estate, to acquire the songs side of EMI after Citigroup repossessed the British music major and put it up for sale in 2011. Although EMI Music Publishing technically remains a standalone business, with a different ownership structure, it operates as if it was a unit of Sony/ATV, Sony’s Music publisher.

The ownership of Sony/ATV is currently under the spotlight, of course, because Sony is trying to buy the Michael Jackson estate out that business, which would give Sony Corp complete ownership of the company, though that wouldn’t affect the ownership structure of EMI Music Publishing.

In sort of related news, pan-European indie labels trade group IMPALA has confirmed it has now submitted its objections to Sony taking complete control of Sony/ATV to the EU competition regulators who are considering the deal.

IMPALA wants the European Commission to instigate a fuller investigation into the acquisition, which would mean launching a phase two investigation – rather than approving the deal – at the start of next month. Sony has until tomorrow to propose remedies that might overcome the concerns IMPALA and others in the music publishing domain have raised, in a bid convince competition regulators to just green light the deal.

Says IMPALA boss Helen Smith: “The Sony/ATV deal would have a transformative effect. The European Commission knows the situation and the solutions, having already identified concerns about the impact of Sony’s increased market power on prices, and other terms and conditions in the digital market. Brussels has set a limit on how much power Sony should have and it now needs to enforce it”.

If Sony’s deal were to get blocked, perhaps bosses there could see if their mate Low has any more (allegedly) shady Malaysian cash in his pot to buy out the Jackson Estate instead.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Jackson StreetWin A Trip To Gary Indiana For MJ Tribute. 21-07-'16

This coming August, CVPBTV will be in Gary, Indiana, to stream the 7th Annual Michael Jackson Tribute 2016. They will be announcing a contest this week for an all expense paid trip for two to Gary to celebrate Michael with other fans. The winner will receive Air Fare, hospitality accommodations, transportation and tickets to the weekend events.

The festival will take place on Friday the 26th August and Saturday 27th August from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt High School on 730 W. 25th Avenue, followed by an MJ Fan After Party at Ques Lounge on both nights from 8 pm to 1 am. A Charity Dinner will also be hosted at the Raddison on Saturday 27th August from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The events include a Closing White Party at Meyers Castle on Sunday 28th August from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Family entertainment will feature special celebrity guests, Keith Jackson and the Triple Dose Band, the MJ7 100 Voice Children’s Choir, the Alabama State Marching Band and the Florida State Marching Band, a $5000 Singing and Dance Competition, Angelic Voices Artist Showcase and celebrity host and Radio D.J. host.

For additional information on the Festival and on the contest click here.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


'This Is It' - The Secret Lives Of Dr. Conrad Murray And Michael Jackson. 16-07-'16

This Is It - The Secret Lives Of Dr. Conrad Murray And Michael Jackson Book Cover'This Is It' is the never-before-told and often shocking inside story of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Told by Murray who was far more than Jackson's doctor. He was also one of Jackson's closest friends and his only confidante. It was to Dr. Murray that Jackson unloaded years of his and his family's deepest and darkest secrets.

'This Is It', with its pages packed with explosive revelations and startling news, is a riveting and unprecedented accounting of Michael Jackson's final months. It is also Murray's fast paced story and how his life finally crossed with Jackson in a way that bound them together forever.

Murray gives readers a thrilling ringside seat for the destructive wars fought for money and power by Michael's advisors, managers, lawyers, and promoters. 'This Is It' exposes how working for Michael Jackson was often a blood sport as so-called friends and advisors schemed to influence the star and control his rapidly evaporating fortune.

In this no-holds-bar account, Conrad Murray answers all of the mysteries still swirling around Michael Jackson, from whether or not he was a pedophile to what really happened during the last night of Jackson's life, and how Dr. Murray was made a scapegoat for the recklessness and misbehavior of sycophants around the King of Pop. 'This Is It' is the last chapter of Jackson's life, told as no one else knows it. Conrad Murray is the man to whom the singer gave a key to unlock the secrets and finally answer the riddle: "Who was Michael Jackson?"

Source: Booktopia / Billie Jean


With Trial Date Approaching, Michael Jackson Accuser Wade Robson Wants An End To Secrecy. 14-07-'16

Wade RobsonRobson's new legal team asks the Jackson Estate to release other alleged Jackson victims from confidentiality agreements.

Attorneys for director, dancer, and choreographer Wade Robson, the former Michael Jackson protégé who has accused the late pop superstar of sexually abusing him from the time he was seven until he turned 14, are asking the Jackson Estate to release the families of other young boys victimized by Jackson from the confidentiality agreements they signed as a condition of receiving huge monetary settlements.

"If Michael Jackson truly had nothing to hide, then the Jackson Estate should have nothing to fear from allowing the families they paid off to speak out freely," said Robson's new lead counsel, John C. Manly of the Irvine, CA, law firm of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi.

With the clock ticking down towards the March 2017 trial date for Robson's civil action against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, the business entities that employed both him and Jackson when the abuse occurred, Robson has shifted his legal effort into high gear by bringing on Manly and partner Vince W. Finaldi to shepherd his lawsuit through trial. Experienced litigators who specialize in child sexual abuse cases, the two attorneys have helped to win more than $1 billion in trial and settlement awards for sexual abuse victims over the past 20 years.

In a letter sent today to attorneys representing the Jackson Estate, Manly noted that under California law it is "illegal to make a child sex abuse settlement confidential" and that "many large institutions in the business of protecting children have publicly released alleged victims from their confidentiality obligations when child molestation allegations have been settled." He went on to point out that "it is widely recognized that only in secrecy can child sex abuse flourish and continue."

Robson's case, originally filed in 2013, is being heard in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Named one of California's "Top 100 Attorneys" and one of California's top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, John C. Manly is California's preeminent attorney representing victims of sexual abuse. Vince Finaldi, a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated litigator, ranked at the highest level of professional excellence, also specializes in sexual abuse cases.

Over the past decade, Manly and Finaldi have been heavily involved in many of the most significant sexual abuse actions litigated across the nation, including a number of prominent cases involving the Los Angeles Unified School District and numerous actions against predator priests and the church officials who protected them in Catholic dioceses in Alaska, California, Delaware, and Oregon. In the process, they not only helped to collect more than $1 billion in damage awards on behalf of sexual abuse victims, but their work has also led to policy and procedural reforms for youth and charitable organizations that help to keep kids safe.

Source: PR Newswire / Billie Jean


‘Number Ones’ In The UK’s Official Top 10 Biggest Hits Collections. 14-07-'16

Number Ones (Off_The_Wall) CD Album CoverMost aspiring pop stars would count themselves lucky to have just one hit single and maybe even an album, but the holy grail for any artist is to enjoy a career long and successful enough to win the ultimate prize: releasing a greatest hits.

Almost all of us grew up with at least one greatest hits collection in the house. Not only are they the perfect way to look back at your favourite artist’s material, they’re also a fantastic introduction to their work for anyone either too young to appreciate them first time round or never interested enough to care until now.

Greatest hits retrospectives are more than just stocking-fillers; they sell in their millions. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Official Albums Chart, Official Charts UK reveal the greatest of the greatest – the hits collections that sold the most.

With a chart record like Michael Jackson’s, you were always going to struggle to pick a selection of his best tracks for a greatest hits. This 2003 retrospective, then, kept things simple: tracks that had hit Number 1 somewhere in the world got a free pass. 2.35 million copies of this chart-topping album, which is as good an introduction to the King of Pop as you’re likely to get, are in homes around the UK.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ StatueRussian Fans Create A Michael Jackson Statue For Moscow. 13-07-'16

After 4 years of collecting funds, a Russian fan club in Moscow is near completion of a new Michael Jackson Statue.

The announcement of the Michael Jackson Monument in Moscow came today on their facebook page.

The project took over 4 years to come to this point with hard work from those fans who have managed to raise over RUR250,000 (nearly £3,000) to start this project. The modeling of the statue took 1 year and a half and you can now see the result here below.

From the initial drawings to the model now made, much more needs to be done to have this statue in bronze on a pedestal in Moscow. The design is taken from Michael Jackson Bad Tour.

You can follow the progress on the Russian Social Network here where all the photos, documents and reports are presented to the fans around the world.

The statue is about 2.2 meters high and the plan is to have it on a pedestal bringing the final 3.2 m statue to life.

This project was possible thanks to local fans who spent days in the street dancing to collect the money and also from donations.

The location of this statue is still to be secured and the bronzed statue still need to be made which in total will cost around RUR1 million (around £12,000) without the pedestal. So far they have managed to do and pay for the model in plasticine to be made and to finalise the Bronze they will need another RUR150,000 (around £1,800) to get this done.

The fan club is asking all the fans around the world to make a donation to make this happen!

If you wish to make a donation, here the details:

Card number for financial support (in Rubles) 676196000285756046
PayPal for support in Dollars or Euros www.PayPal.Me/MJSculpures

Source: Michael Jackson Monument in Moscow / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Performances E-Book CoverMJ101 E-Book: 'The Performances'. 13-07-'16

Everybody knows about the e-books from Andy Healy and he just released on the MJ Cast last weekend his new volume: MJ101: 'The Performances'.

Michael was the consummate performer. Every time he stepped on stage magic unfolded. Here for the first time is an in-depth exploration of Michael's 20 Greatest Performances.

Please note - To view the e-book you will need the latest version of a pdf reader like Adobe Reader DC or preview. If downloading on an iPad the file will appear in your iBooks library under pdfs.

This MJ101 Series are free to download so don’t wait any longer and download yours today here.

For more information about MJ101, click here.

Source: MJ101 Series / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Spirit Of MichaelThe Spirit Of Michael Jackson Show In Costa Rica. 13-07-'16

On the occasion of the commemoration of the death of Michael Jackson (June 25, 2009), a show will premier in Costa Rica brought from Vienna, Austria.

It is The Spirit of Michael Jackson, a musical that looks at the life and career of the King of Pop. The shows will be on August 3 & 4, at 8 p. m., at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar in San Jose.

The show will be presented as part of the celebrations of the 14th anniversary of the 80’s & More program, which broadcasts the channel VM Latino, according to its producer, Mauricio Alvarado.

In the musical director, dancer and choreographer Californian Julian Jackson who plays Michael will be supported by the use of high quality lights, giant screens and laser effects that emulate concerts featuring the singer’s hits.

“Many fail to see Michael and this will be the best opportunity to get an idea of ​​the shows that he did. Throughout his career, from the early years until the last days of his life are represented in this musical, “commented Mauricio Alvarado.

In addition to the protagonist of the story, the show has more than 14 artists, among which the Italian actor Massimo Ferrera, the Japanese designer Yukyi Lee, the French director Stell Martineau, the engineer José Luis Cervantes (who participated in Cats, The participating phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables) and Chilean singer Caro Molina.

The tickets are already available in www.eticket.cr and Servimás outlets. Until Thursday July 14, the sale will be exclusively for users of American Express cards. From Friday 15 to Tuesday 19, it is only available to customers Credomatic and from Wednesday 20, will be open to any form of payment.

Prices range from ¢ 16,000 to ¢ 46,000 as the location in the theater.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


RaekwonRaekwon Discusses Meeting Michael Jackson. 12-07-'16

N.O.R.E continues his streak of pulling in the top Hip Hop voices from the 1990’s for his Drink Champs podcast. Raekwon sat down with Noreaga and DJ EFN for episode 20, and the interview consisted of the Wu-Tang Clan member discussing meeting the King Of Pop.

“Michael Jackson had big hands man,” said Rae. “We was in Miami… We was in The Hit Factory in the studio, me and [Ghostface Killah]. That’s when we was living out here in Miami.”

The Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… album creator recalled their reaction to seeing MJ and his children arrive at the studio.

“When he walked in, all we did was look up to him like, ‘Wassup Mike? How you doing?'” added The Chef. “He kicked it with us for a good nine minutes.”

Raekwon then shared that Ghostface told Jackson he redid one of his songs. Unfortunately, the legendary entertainer was not aware of the track.

Source: All HipHop / Billie Jean

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