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Did Michael Jackson Have Crush On Whitney Houston? 31-05-'16

Brandy has reignited speculation that tragic stars Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston were more than friends after revealing that the late King Of Pop has a secret crush on the 'I Will Always Love You' hit maker. The 37-year-old singer stunned fans when she shared a vintage snap of the Thriller hitmaker planting a kiss on the cheek of a glowing Houston.

She captioned the nostalgic shot of her friend Houston with the caption: "She told me that Michael had a crush on her... I was like, whoa!!!!!!

The news was welcomed by fans, with one saying: "I think they both was feeling each other. I could tell that whitney adored him! Not to mention them babies would have been priceless!!" Another added: " They prolly woulda been good for each other.

Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel suite on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February 2012. The official coroner's report ruled that she accidentally drowned in a bathtub because of heart disease and chronic cocaine use.

Jackson died on 25 June 2009 after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol from Conrad Murray. The late King of Pop was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts at the time of death.

Whitney Houston at Neverland
Whitney Houston was on April 12th, 1989 at Neverland and presented Michael the "Philips Hall Of Fame Award For Special Achievement in Video", for his "enormous contribution on the state of the art of video", and his "consistent artistic and technical excellence in all forms of video, and for raising the standard of the art form to new horizons". He also wins the World Music Video Award for number 1 Video In The World, 'Dirty Diana'.

In 2012, Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes sent shockwaves through the music industry when claimed the pair had had a two-week tryst in 1991.

"Whitney practically moved in to Michael's ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple," Fiddes told The Sun newspaper. "But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her."

Jackson's alleged crush is not the only secret that Houston entrusted Brandy with. Just days before her death she handed Ray J's older sister a note during an E! News interview for the upcoming Grammy show. Earlier in this year Brandy made it clear to a fan that she has no intention of revealing what the note read "because she gave it to me and no one else!!! So I haven't shared it with everyone because she ONLY shared it with ME!!! Love"

Source: International Business Times / Billie Jean


Zumba Class Dance PartyTribute To Michael Jackson: Zumba Class Dance Party. 30-05-'16

June marks seven years since Michael Jackson’s passing. In his memory, Dance Spa is a Michael Jackson themed Zumba class.

Dance to all your favorite MJ hits, like 'Smooth' Criminal', 'Thriller' and 'Beat It', with moves inspired by the King of Pop himself. 80’s dance attire is encouraged.

The class will be taught by Cristina Sanchez. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer. She has performed around the world as a vocalist, singing with major artists such as R. Kelly, Heather Headley, and Paulina Rubio, as well as performing as a solo artist. She has always loved to dance and has been a certified Zumba instructor for about 5 years. Cristina has been with Dance Spa since January 2016, and is very excited to share her MJ Zumba class with us!

When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)

Where: Dance SPA – 1890 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 United States.

Tickets are here available.

Source: Eventbride / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Thriller Villa' Is Up For Sale. 30-05-'16

Synergy Sotheby's International Realty presents 'Thriller Villa'.

Michael Jackson's Las Vegas rental home is up for sale for $9.5 million.

According to The Daily Mail, the late King of Pop never owned the giant property but rented it from 2007 until his death in June, 2009.

The 24,276 square-foot home was originally built by theatre owner Horst Schmidt in the 50's in Mexico and then transported to Nevada, the website reports.

Since the singer's death the home which features seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a private art gallery, has been redesigned with replica furniture.

Rooms are currently furnished with large sofas, rich tapestry, art and a replica of the famous boy in the moon statue found at Jackson's Neverland home.

The property has been listed by Nevada celebrity agent Kristen Routh Silberman who has previously represented celebrity clients including Beyoncé and Jay Z and Wayne Newtown.

Thriller Villa
The 'Thriller Villa' is up for sale: 2710 Palomino Lane Las Vegas, Nevada, 89107 United States.

Look here for more pictures of the 'Thriller Villa'.

It houses artwork featuring Michael's face, and a replica of the boy in the moon statue originally found at Michael's most famous home Neverland.

The listing, by agent Kristen Routh Silberman, shows photos from inside the property - and the walls surrounding it.

It was this home where Michael is claimed to have taken his kids to spend time away from the public eye - and even reportedly prevented his extended family visiting him.

Showing his secretive side, the basement can reportedly be accessed by an outdoor tunnel, and the singer is said to have used it to escape the paparazzi.

It also has a plush salon, with a giant painting of the star sitting above the fireplace.

Several original features remain, the listing states, including the master bedroom - which spans a whole floor - and includes a wet bar, a fireplace and giant mirrors, where Michael is claimed to have rehearsed his choreography.

There is also a private art gallery/vault hidden in the home's basement.

Meanwhile the chapel outside has a painted sky roof, and can seat 70, the listing claims - because it is Las Vegas after all.

The spacious outdoor area also has a stunning courtyard with a fountain and even room to keep animals.

However, it's not the first time it's gone on the market - and has reportedly previously been listed four times - with the listing being removed each time.

With stunning furnishings inside, wooden panelling and even a roped off piano - it gives fans the feeling of heading back in time.

In 2014, it hit the market for a staggering $19.5million, before having $10million slashed off it.

Source: Sotheby's / Mirror.co / Billie Jean


John LandisJohn Landis Will Shoot Another Video For 'Thriller' In 3D. 29-05-'16

John Landis was at the Madrid Fantastic Film Festival which was weirdly the 35th anniversary of the premier of 'Werewolf' in Spain.

During the talks, he, of course spoke of his art and movies but also about Michael Jackson.

He revealed that he has more stories on the King of Pop on the sets of ‘Thriller’ and ‘Black Or White’. Like the time they were filming ‘Black Or White’ and Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin disappeared from the set to go to buy some toys.

Landis had been chosen for the project almost ten years after to lead the legendary video 'Thriller', with which revolutionized the genre of music videos, including different scenarios, revolutionary special effects and a controversial final segment and censored later.

He also talked about the 'Thriller 3D'. This news is not new to the fans and there were talks even to have this ready for 2015 but nothing has yet been confirmed. The only little revelation he made was that the ending will be different to the one we know.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMJ Art Exhibition & Sale. 28-05-'16

‘MJ On the Wall’: The count-down has begun!

3 Amazing days – 2 Gallery spaces – 1 Unique and unrepeatable event in tribute to the Legend that is Michael.

Do you remember the time? All of Michael’s history (represented by professional and fan artists worldwide) has been drawn, painted and sewn into the wonderful tapestry of this exhibition, on show at ‘Gallery Different’ in London from 28th – 30th July 2016. As well as providing an opportunity to view never-before-seen-in-the-UK artworks, make new ‘MJ’ fan acquaintances and meet old friends, the event will also include:

A covetable cornucopia of vintage collectable's available at a daily ‘table top’ sale (when they’re gone, they’re gone!)
•Prize Raffles on 28th and 29th July
•A free-to-enter competition
•A display of beautiful OOAK MJ costume dolls
•A silent auction of selected art and collectable's, ending at 15.00 pm on Saturday 30th July…and More!

For one special day in your life, don’t miss this event at ‘Gallery Different’. Will you be there?

The Details: Location: Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1T (Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road / Goodge Street)

Opening times: Thursday and Friday 28th and 29th July 11.00 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday 30th July 11.00 am – 3.00 pm. Collection of auction items 3.30 – 5.30 pm

Entry: Charity donation of £3 (Accompanied children under age 10 free of charge)

Event organised by the fans, for the fans; very kindly promoted by MJ World Network
100% of proceeds are in aid of Charities: Unicef and Street Child. After the event, some exhibition ‘furniture’ including collectors’ glass display cabinets will be available for purchase.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Alleged Secret Lover Talks Molestation Scandal. 26-05-'16

Shana Mangatal
Shana Mangatal

In the 1990's, Michael Jackson’s epic musical career was thrown for a complete loop when the parents of several young children accused Michael of molestation during their visits to his Neverland estate.

The scandal, which literally rocked the world, even saw the 'Bad' crooner heading to court for vindication, however, a new tell-all book by alleged secret lover Shana Mangatal may be able to clear his name nearly seven years after his untimely death.

In the tome, Shana plans to reveal the shocking truth about the molestation charges, and according to her, the only thing the King of Pop was guilty of was his inability to say no.

During a chat with Radar Online, she claimed her alleged beau never laid a hand on the children he housed at his estate. In fact, according to her, the famed Jackson was constantly approached by parents begging for their children to be in his company, and “his problem was that he couldn’t say no to anybody — especially kids.”

She continued, “he was just so sweet and kind. He could never say no and when he finally did, parents would become upset.”

Shana, who claimed to have witnessed the gatherings firsthand, added, “I knew many of the families pushed their sons on Michael and they wanted him to spend more time with their kids and if he didn’t, they could become upset and cause trouble.”

The secret girlfriend said the pop icon was “just devastated” once news of the accusations became public and he even halted work on another short film, 'Is This Scary' (a follow up to his 'Moonwalker').

“He couldn’t finish filming and we had to cut it short because he couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Making filming even more difficult was the premise of the film, which was about a town hunting down a man who they “thought was a weirdo because he looked different and he loved children.”

In the interview, Shana also shot down any notion of the entertainer being gay, saying, “He loved women and I know that for a fact — he wasn’t a child molester.” It’s her hope that with her book, she’ll prove to people that he “didn’t ‘love’ kids” the way those in the media attempted to portray.

Source: Wetpaint / Billie Jean


Auction Find Is A 'Thriller'. 23-05-'16

Sometimes a hat is just a hat. Sometimes it is a black fedora worn by Michael Jackson at the dizzying height of his popularity. And it could very well fetch over $3,500 next weekend at John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury.

“He used this hat during the ‘Victory’ tour,” McInnis gallery director Dan Meader said. “It is a black wool fedora and it was made expressly for Michael Jackson.”

Worn by the self-described King of Pop in 1984 and thrown into the audience where a fan’s uncle snagged it (and held onto it for 32 years), the hat is a custom-made 71/8-inch fedora by Maddest Hatter of Los Angeles and is accompanied by a signed letter describing how the uncle came into its possession after winning a radio contest.

“This is what he would use when he was on tour,” Meader said. “And we didn’t clean it or anything. You will find that there is a little bit of staining here and there.”

The fedora will be among a number of Jackson-related memorabilia up for bid during a three-session Memorial Day weekend auction beginning Saturday. Also up for bid are a collection of five painted latex masks used in the production of the ground-breaking 1983 music video for 'Thriller.'

MJ Memorabilia
An autographed photo of Michael along with his fedora and glove will be auctioned at John McInnes Auctioneers.

“That was a huge thing and broke all of the records,” Meader said. “Everyone turned into zombies during one portion of that and we have five of the original masks for the different characters that were in the video. They are from the special effects department. They are deteriorating now, but they are there. With the names of the people in the cast and what they were for, the whole thing.”

One of the masks was worn by Jackson himself during his transformation into a werewolf. The collection will start bidding at $150 with the potential to surpass $500.

A simple pair of Jackson-related (non-sequined) white gloves used for a unique purpose could also go for up to $500 next weekend.

“He sent these out to invite people to the Thriller party at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Feb. 7, 1984,” Meader said.

The Jackson memorabilia will be on display throughout the holiday weekend, which will kick off Saturday with a collection of vintage clocks, pocket watches and timepieces including French, English and American examples as well as a collection of model steam engines.

Sunday will see the weekend’s second session, which will feature Continental items and decorative accessories, bronzes, jewelry, paintings, porcelain and silver as well as an Asian collection and a framed 15th-century watercolor and gouache on vellum painting titled “The Ascension” that was once owned by the first curator of the Frick Museum, James Howard Bridge. That is estimated to hammer for between $4,000 to $6,000.

Memorial Day itself will feature an Americana theme and is when the Jackson pieces will be up for auction. Also to be auctioned is a straw fedora worn by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

Source: Newbury Port News / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Vest Fetches $256,000 At New York Auction. 22-05-'16

If you recall our article (Aril) announcing more Michael Jackson personal and stage items to be sold through Julien’s Auctions this week-end in New York, one of the highlight of the auction was a red neoprene vinyl jacket created by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush for Michael Jackson to wear during the 1996-1997 History world tour.

It scored more than four times the auctioneers’ estimate of USD 40,000 to USD 60,000.

It is not know yet if all items have been sold.

Beat It Jacket
'Beat It' jacket created by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush for Michael Jackson's History world tour.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Official Michael Jackson Birthday Bash Announced. 21-05-'16

With Michael’s birthday falling on a Monday this year, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil decided to make the 4th annual Michael Jackson ONE celebration in honor of the King of Pop’s birthday a three day affair starting on Saturday, August 27.

There will be a special meet and greet with members of the Estate team and other special guests before the 7pm performance on each of Saturday, Sunday and, of course, Monday night. And each meet and greet will offer something unique. During the meet and greet on Saturday evening, the Estate, joined by members of the Michael Jackson ONE cast, will reveal a change to the décor of the theater lobby that will be seen for the first time by those attending that evening’s performances.More details about what that change is and on the other two meet and greet events will be posted in the coming weeks.

And for the afternoon of Michael’s birthday, there will be a book signing hosted by the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique, a special performance by the Michael Jackson ONE cast in the theater and a super special activity that gives a few very lucky Michael Jackson fans an opportunity to display their knowledge of Michael’s music. There will also be a special Michael Jackson ONE Commemorative Ticket for these shows that guests will be able to keep as a souvenir. More details on Monday afternoon’s activities and how to be chosen as one of those lucky fans will be coming soon.

MJ One
Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson.

All activities during the 3 days will be open to those attending any of the performances of Michael Jackson ONE on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the celebration and we are pleased to once also extend an exclusive offer from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the birthday week including special room rates and a gift bag.

Gather together with other Michael Jackson fans for a festive celebration in Las Vegas and spend all or part of the 3-day MJ weekend enjoying the city, the Mandalay Bay property and, of course, Michael Jackson ONE, an electrifying and heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop.

Join us to celebrate Michael’s birthday and stay tuned for more details to come!

To book rooms, visit Mandalay Bay (http://smarturl.it/mbmj)
and to purchase tickets, visit Cirque du Soleil (cirquedusoleil.com/mjone).

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Invincible TributeMichael Jackson Tribute INVINCIBLE Coming To NJPAC, 6/11. 20-05-'16

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Invincible, all-new King of Pop show back by popular demand! This time, not only featuring the show Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson, but taking part in Michael Jackson Day, a dedication to Michael. Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:00 PM at Prudential Hall. Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

This year, the Invincible show will feature portions of the Invincible tour that were created but never toured, featuring the song selection and dance routines that Michael Jackson never had the opportunity to bring to the national stage – featured alongside your favorite greatest hit songs and dances that MJ fans have come to love.

Invincible will delight fans with additional routines Michael rehearsed for the HBO special One Night Only. Also, the audience will be introduced to tunes from the Jackson 5 golden era that never aired and/or were never performed live.

As part of Michael Jackson Day, a Michael Jackson collection of memorabilia (the largest on the East Coast), never before seen, will be on display so that VIP guests (who receive the best house seats, a post-show meet-and-greet with the artists and a commemorative tour poster) can view an array of MJ items depicting different eras from the Jackson 5, up until Michael’s passing. So come early!

The time is NOW, the place is NJPAC, and there are always surprises when the show is Invincible. So get your tickets, bring the entire family, dress in your best MJ outfit, and come celebrate the life and times of the legendary Michael Jackson!

VIP packages include best seats in the house, a post-show meet-and-greet with the artists, and a commemorative tour poster.

Created, produced and directed by Bessie Award winner Darrin Ross of RossLive Entertainment.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


Motown The Musical Extends London Run. 20-05-'16

Ain’t No Mountain High enough to stop Motown The Musical’s conquest of London’s West End. The hit show has extended its run to 28 October 2017 and released 350,000 new tickets.

In addition to today’s extension news, actor Obioma Ugoala has said I’ll Be There to producers; he’ll be taking over the role of Smokey Robinson from 4 July.

Originally a hit on Broadway, Motown The Musical tells the story of Berry Gordy who borrowed $800 from his family to found Motown, the record label that launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more.

Featuring more than 50 of the labels hits – including 'Stop! In The Name Of Love', 'My Girl', 'What’s Going On?' and 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' – the hugely popular show has had audiences 'Dancing In The Streets' since it opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 11 February.

Ugoala, who boasts a host of credits with the Royal Shakespeare Company, joins a cast that includes Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy, Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye.

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.

To book tickets, click here.

Source: Official London Theatre / Billie Jean


Thrill The WorldThrill The World 2016! 20-05-'16

Did you ever want to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'? Did you ever think it would be fun to be listed in a world record? Well get ready because Thrill Day 2016 is Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10 PM, GMT.

Thrill The World is friends, families and other local residents who each year join together with thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Michael Jackson’s talent by dancing simultaneously to 'Thriller.'

But Thrill The World is more than dressing up and dancing to a song. We are a global community project that is inspiring others to break down barriers, connect people of all religions, race, political and economic persuasions, contribute to helping humanity, encourage environmental stewardship and encourage people to step up as leaders, visionaries, and creators.

For information about this event, click here.

Source: Thrill The World / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Gold Casket Lands In Ghana. 19-05-'16

Last week a similar casket that was used to bury music icon, Michael Jackson, landed at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra – the first of its kind on the African continent.

The 14-carat gold-plated bronze casket said to cost $30,000 was heading for the ancient town of Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region for the burial of Madam Abena Achiaa, who died on March 16, 2016, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The late Abena Achiaa, who died at the age of 71, was the CEO of Achiaa FM at Nkoranza.

She is the mother of Ghanaian business mogul, Nick Danso, described as one of Ghana’s most enterprising young businessmen.

MJ Casket
Michael Jackson was buried in a solid 14-carat gold-plated bronze casket.

Mr. Danso is the owner of Ghana Link, the Royal Nick Hotels chain, the Royal Light chain, Nick TC-Scan (Ghana and Sierra Leone), Alic Inspection Company, Export Gold Ethanol Inspection Company, Global Export Company of Guinea-Bissau, Misyl Energy BDC, Nick Batesville Casket Company of Batesville, Indiana, USA. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of caskets.

The model chosen is called the Promethean, a highly polished 14-carat gold-plated bronze casket which has a flame blue velvet interior.

Batesville has provided caskets for many high profile personalities, including US presidents, sports figures and of course, many in the entertainment business – recent examples being James Brown and Farrah Fawcett.

Source: Ghana Mma / Billie Jean


Joseph JacksonJoseph Jackson, Father of Michael Hospitalized. 18-05-'16

Joseph Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, has been hospitalized as doctors try to work out what is ailing the 87-year-old.

A source tells Us Weekly that the father of 11, whose children also include Janet Jackson and members of The Jackson 5, was recently admitted to a hospital following a check-up at his doctor's office.

"He wasn’t feeling well over the weekend and last week and he was very sick, so they made an appointment for him to see his doctor and the doctor admitted him to the hospital," the source tells Us. "They couldn’t really pinpoint what was wrong with him. He had an extremely high fever."

The former talent manager previously suffered a stroke while celebrating his 87th birthday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in July 2015, and doctors feared he'd suffered another stroke.

"When he went into the hospital they weren't sure which way it would go," the source says, adding that Joe's condition has now been stabilized. Katherine Jackson, his wife of 67 years, as well as some of his children and grandchildren have visited the Jackson family patriarch in the hospital, then insider adds.

Source: US Magazine / Billie Jean


'Michael And Me': The Untold Story Of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance. 17-05-'16

Michael And Me Book CoverThere's a new book to come on August 29th: 'Michael And Me' by fan Shana Mangatal. Shana has followed Michael for years and has put her diaries together into a book.

More than six years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to fascinate the world. Shana Mangatal was one of Jackson’s only constant and true rocks of stability for nearly two decades. Their relationship was quiet and sweet and real—a closely guarded secret, known only to a few trusted employees and friends.

Shana is now coming forward to tell their love story. Her story is rich with every little detail. She witnessed the scandals, lawsuits, the release of groundbreaking albums and subsequent world tours, big-budget short films, addictions. 'Michael And Me' entertains and inspires, but above all, Shana continues to treat Michael (and his legacy) with respect. This is not an exploitative tell-all, but rather a book that shows the side of Michael people never knew. In it, Shana paints a more intimate picture of this beloved, yet very misunderstood man.

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Author: Shana Mangatal
ISBN: 978-1613736173
Pages: 240
Printed: ?
Guide price: 24 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson ONE Could Expand To Other Cities Than Las Vegas. 16-05-'16

MJ OneWith a new show to open in New York as a permanent residency, the company is now looking at having more than one show running in different cities. Therefore, ‘O’, ‘Michael Jackson One’, ‘The Beatles Love’ and ‘KA’, all very successful in Las Vegas, could be produced in other countries!

The Cirque du Soleil targets are China, New York and London but would love to add Dubai, Mexico and Hawaii!

Few of the partners are confident to what they have been presented with and mostly feasible and within 5 years, Cirque should have 2 permanent shows in China with few tours.

Broadway is also on the radar of the multi-million company and are trying to get on the market with ‘Paramour’, especially after few failures in 2009.

For MJ fans around the world, this is a great news and hoping to at least see ‘Michael Jackson One’ to be in Europe at some point soon! This has still to be confirmed by Cirque du Soleil.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Iconic Magazine 22 Cover'Iconic Magazine' Issue 22 Out Now. 14-05-'16

Finally it has arrived! Iconic Magazine Issue 22 is focusing on Michael Jackson’s later years!

Here what you can expect from the new issue of Iconic Magazine:

Often omitted by the public, Michael Jackson was really active during the 2000’s! Issue 22 will highlight a few of those moments and also, Let’s not forget to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ album and Tour!

Highlights for Issue 22:

– Exclusive Interview with Carol LaMere, Hairstylist
– Exclusive Interview with Yuko Sumida Jackson, Dancer & Choreographer

Yuko will also be at KINGVENTION in London on September 10! European Fans will be able to meet her in person!

Also featured in the new issue:

– Too much too soon
– Off the Wall: The Review
– Michael Jackson: A New Baraini
– Lend a helping hand
– Aishiteru!

Plus the usual News, Collectors Reference, 2 A3 Posters and much, much more.

You can order your copy of Iconic Magazine Issue 22 here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


When Michael Visited The Phantom. 13-05-'16

British stage and screen legend Michael Crawford, who famously portrayed the very first Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ has spoken about his multiple encounters with Michael Jackson.

The King of Pop went backstage to meet the cast of the musical when he went to see the show on two occasions, one of which was with Liza Minelli. Crawford described Michael as “charming and very shy.” He also recollected a story whereby Michael complimented his hands, saying that this happened on multiple occasions when the two met.

The Phantom of the Opera (26-03-1988)
Michael Jackson with Michael Crawford and Liza Minelli backstage of "The Phantom of the Opera" in Broadway at the Majestic Theater in New York City.

You can watch the interview on the BBC News website.

Source: MJWN / BBC / Billie Jean


Gloved One EventThe Final 5th Annual 'Gloved One' Event. 13-05-'16

On Sunday, June 19, 2016, Bronze and Gold Productions will be hosting their 5th and final ‘The Gloved One’ event, paying tribute to Michael Jackson’s music, his humanitarian legacy, and also honoring his 7th year Anniversary.

In the past 4 years the event’s goal has always been to inspire others to remember what Michael did single handedly in his mission to help save the world, and to continue in his honor to keep his legacy alive through helping those in need.

‘The Gloved One’ has been a platform to bring all of the fans together in honor of MJ’s love and to also bring a sense of purpose to a worthy cause by helping to feed hungry children and their families through Feed The Children’s Foundation and to aid in helping to find cures for ill-stricken children through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the funds raised. This has always been the mission and the purpose for hosting The Gloved One Ultimate Fan Competition/MJ Tribute events, as well as to bear witness to all of the lives Michael Jackson touched throughout the world with his talent and his kindness.

Once again this year fans will see and witness the impact that Michael Jackson left on so many people through the performances of the Artists that have committed to share their talent at this years event.

The message from the people behind the event is “We hope you will join us in our mission to serve others.”

‘The Gloved One’ hosted by Rory Darvel will take place at the Catalina Jazz Bar & Grill on 675 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

To purchase tickets and for more details click here.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Called Prince A ‘Meanie’ After He Goaded Him At Concert. 12-05-'16

PrinceMichael Jackson called Prince a ‘meanie’ after one of his concerts, Will.i.am has claimed.

Giving an insight into the rumoured rivalry between the iconic musicians, the Black Eyed Peas star recalled a time when Jackson was put out after Prince reportedly ‘goaded’ him.

Speaking on this week’s Graham Norton show, he said: “One time we had a show in Vegas and Michael called asking if he could come and what time it started, when I told him nine, he said ‘Oh rats, I’ve got to put the kids to sleep.’

“I told him I was performing with Prince later on and that he should come along. It was a magnificent night with me, Chris Tucker and Michael Jackson watching Prince rock on stage.

He continued: “Prince steps off the stage and plays the bass in Michael’s face.

“Michael invites me over for breakfast the next day and the first words he says as he opens the door are, ‘Why was Prince playing the bass in my face?’

“When I said he was just being nice, Michael said, ‘No, he’s always been a meanie.’”

Paying tribute to both late superstars, Will added: “Bless their hearts, they were both so passionate and we have lost some great musicians.”

While Jackson passed away back in 2009 at the age of 50, Prince died in April aged 57.

Source: Standard.co / Billie Jean

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