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Barbara WaltersMichael To Be Subject Of A Barbara Walters TV Special. 29-11-'16

Barbara Walters is sticking with Investigation Discovery. Recently, the network announced they’ve renewed the TV series Barbara Walters Presents for a second season.

Hosted by Walters, the docuseries explores famous scandals and features interviews with the people who were there. Season two will cover Michael Jackson, Leona Helmsley, and Gary Hart.

The new season of Barbara Walters Presents debuts on December 6th.

Just as fascinating as the stories themselves, are those that tell them. In all-new interviews, Walters speaks with Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson’s older brother and Jackson 5 bandmate, as well as TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and guardian of his children ; Rudy Giuliani, the prosecutor for Leona Helmsley’s “tax cheating;” and Donna Rice, the woman who’s alleged relationship with Gary Hart sparked his political downfall. They – and others – share their thoughts in Barbara Walters Presents premiering on Tuesday, December 6 at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery (ID).

Michael Jackson: The Man In The Mirror
Premieres Tuesday, December 20 at 9/8c

Michael Jackson is one of pop culture’s greatest icons and noted philanthropists. But to the public over the years he was a mass of contradictions: a sensitive man who swaggered through his videos; a proud African-American who altered most of his identifiably black features; an innocent accused of stealing the innocence of others. Barbara Walters interviewed the Jackson family for years. Now, never before seen moments from Barbara’s past interviews with Michael and a revealing new interview with Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson’s older brother and Jackson 5 bandmate, as well as TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and guardian of his children. Tito and nephew TJ shed light on the myth behind the man. In this premiere episode, the people who knew Michael Jackson speak of a man – not a myth.

Source: TV Series Finale / Billie Jean


ABCJackson 5 'ABC' Inducted In Grammy Hall Of Fame 25 Recordings. 28-11-'16

In keeping with its ongoing dedication to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the 25 newest additions to its Grammy Hall Of Fame and among the songs is The Jackson 5's song 'ABC'.

This year's collection acknowledges a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. The Hall, now in its 44th year, currently totals 1,038 recordings.

"The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history."

Representing an array of tracks and albums, the 2017 Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees range from the Jackson 5's 'ABC' to N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton'. The list also features David Bowie's 'Changes', Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', 'Billie Holiday's 'Lady Sings The Blues', Prince's 'Sign "O" The Times', etc...

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Source: Grammy / Billie Jean


Iconic Magazine 23 CoverIconic Magazine Celebrates 'Dangerous 25'. 26-11-'16

25 years ago, Michael Jackson released his 4th Studio album under EPIC records.

As always, Iconic Magazine is celebrating this incredible album with a special Issue all about 'Dangerous'!

Issue 23 will highlight this album song by song, Let’s celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ album in style!

Highlights for Issue 23:

– Exclusive Interview with Timothy White, Photographer
– Exclusive Interview with Thom Russo, Engineer on the Dangerous Album
– Exclusive Interview with Dan Beck, former SVP Marketing & Sales Manager at EPIC/SONY

Also Featured:

– She Drives Me Wild – Michael’s respect for women of colour
– Remember The Time – The best short film?
– Can’t let her get away – Dear Michael
– Who Is It & Give in to me – The Hidden Gems
– Dangerous – The Single that never was

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

Release date: November 26, 2016 – Start shipping December 3, 2016.

You can order your copy of Iconic Magazine Issue 23 here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Katherine and Paris
Katherine and Paris Jackon.

Michael Jackson’s Children Celebrate Grandmother Katherine. 24-11-'16

This Thanksgiving, it’s all about family for Paris and Prince Jackson.

On Wednesday (November 23) , the 18-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson shared a touching photograph of herself and her 86-year-old grandmother, Katherine, on Twitter.

“Nothing more important than family,” she captioned the image.

Paris’ cousin, TJ Jackson, chimed in on the snapshot, replying with, “I love this photo!!!”

Paris later posted a photo with her 19-year-old brother, Prince, who later took to Instagram to pay tribute to the Jackson family matriarch with a note of his own.

“To my grandmother: You are the strongest woman I know. You’ve shown me the beauty of the world. You’ve taught me forgiveness and love. You are an example to our generation and all those to come. I can only pray my children will turn out half the woman you are,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, Prince told told the Los Angeles Times he was still struggling with his father’s death. “It’s always going to be a part of your life that’s missing,” he said.

Michael died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of an anesthetic, propofol, at age 50.

Following his passing, his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, went to live with their grandmother Katherine at the family’s Hayvenhurst, Los Angeles estate.

Source: Page Six / Billie Jean


John Branca
John Branca is an entertainment lawyer.

Unreleased Music Unlikely In The Foreseeable Future. 21-11-'16

In September, John Branca and John McClain finalized one of the largest music publishing deals in history: The $750m sale of the Michael Jackson Estate’s 50% interest in Sony/ATV to Sony Corp. One of the most important business attorneys in the game, Branca is a genuine music guy—a sensibility shaped by his background as a musician—with a 360-degree understanding of the nuances of branding.

Yes, Jackson represents something of a pinnacle in his career spent mostly at Ziffren-Brittenham LLP, but Branca is also the lawyer/strategist behind the deal that reunited Carlos Santana with Clive Davis and resulted in Supernatural, and the movement of the Rolling Stones to Virgin from Sony. He is currently working on a new catalog deal for the Bee Gees and another deal for the Beach Boys, the band that was his first client back in 1978. “I love working with legacy artists,” Branca tells HITS. “It’s what I grew up with; it’s what I appreciate.”

As the co-executor of the Jackson estate, you are heavily involved in the multiple projects associated with him, the Cirque du Soleil shows, 'This Is It', the posthumous albums. Has your involvement with Jackson expanded what you do for clients, or is it just a highly visible example?

I haven’t been a traditional lawyer in the sense that we’re only there to review contracts. We always encourage our clients to have managers, but we are usually part of a strategic team that oversees touring, branding and various issues that may come up. David Lande and others at the firm work with managers and agents to make touring deals with Live Nation and AEG for clients like Justin Timberlake and Fleetwood Mac. Another example is the Rolling Stones, for whom we helped oversee and make the deals for the Steel Wheels Tour.

What John McClain and I really do with the Jackson estate is manage that brand. It’s not traditional legal work—we produced two shows with Cirque du Soleil: a touring show, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, and a permanent show in Las Vegas, Michael Jackson ONE. The tour is in the Top 5-grossing touring concert shows of all time and ONE has been one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas since it opened. We put out two new studio albums, the first with Rob Stringer, the second with L.A. Reid. What we do for the estate is not unlike what we do for an artist or a brand—we are involved with records, deal with touring and branding as well as overseeing various aspects of their career. It’s not different than the work we did when Michael was alive, in particular during the 'Thriller' era, when Michael did not have a manager.

On your end, what do you see as the key to all the Jackson projects?

What we did with 'This Is It' was to try to show the real Michael Jackson, the entertainer and not the tabloid sensation. It was really a rebranding effort.

Do you see this continuing with other legacy acts?

I think that what you have to do with legacy acts and estates is to reintroduce them to new generations, not to try to reinvent who they are. If you rep a legacy artist, whether it’s Led Zeppelin or [a lesser known act], the hardcore fans are there, but you have to keep reintroducing the artist to new audiences.

In the case of Michael, part of the equation was releasing unreleased material. First, will we see more from the Jackson vaults? And second, where do you draw the line for what should be released?

We have some incredibly exciting projects coming up in 2017, although we probably will not continue to release unreleased music. In the case of 'Xscape', the most recent release, L.A. Reid said he was only going to work on songs where Michael did complete vocals, because that showed he actually cared about the songs. And of course, that album produced the worldwide #1 hit track, 'Love Never Felt So Good', a duet with Michael and our client Justin Timberlake.

When we put out 'This Is It', some said, “Michael would never put this out. This is rehearsal footage.” We said, “We agree Michael wouldn’t have put this out when he was around because he would have finished it with a multi-camera shoot.” We wanted to show the world the real Michael Jackson. Thus, people really responded to it and it became the #1-grossing music documentary in history.

What about cases where a band is involved? Perhaps some members have died or are no longer active, but you’re representing the group.

It’s a matter of doing your best to maintain authenticity. You walk a fine line. I’m working with Barry Gibb, and Barry’s just put out a new album and there’s a tour and, of course, he sings Bee Gees songs since he was the lead singer. But Barry would never go out and present himself as the Bee Gees because of [his respect for] authenticity of who the Bee Gees were. Certain acts take account of that, but others don’t, and I think they suffer because of that.

You managed the Beach Boys for their 50th anniversary tour, which obviously introduced them to new fans and bolstered their standing. How do you take that result from a short window of time and extend its shelf life?

I co-managed The Beach Boys with Joe Thomas. I actually think they’re an underappreciated brand. Brian is certainly not underappreciated, but the Beach Boys are. I helped them get fair royalty rates on their back catalog, which I also did for artists John Fogerty and The Doors. And I helped Don Henley, and others, get their copyrights back.

Is streaming playing a big role in introducing those types of acts to new audiences?

YouTube helps because you can see the artist in their prime, in their heyday. Streaming helps, but branding is most important to continue to explain to people why they are important. A vehicle like This Is It, you realize this is one of the great artists of all time. It’s like a developing artist: You have to let people know who they are. Sometimes for an established artist, you have to remind people who the artist is.

Source: Hits Daily Double / Billie Jean


14 years On, Jackson's Baby Balcony Incident Was Blown Out Of All Proportion Says Mark Lester.
20-11-'16

Mark Lester
Mark Lester

Fourteen years after former pop star Michael Jackson was lambasted for dangling his baby son over a balcony, his friend Mark Lester says the incident was "blown out of proportion".

The 'Thriller' icon was forced to apologise for making a "terrible mistake" after being pictured on November 2002 holding the baby from a third floor window of the Adlon Hotel in Berlin.

But Cheltenham's Mark Lester was there and said the nine-month-old baby, who had a towel draped over his head, was never in any danger.

"I was there with him in Berlin at the time," said the child actor who shot to fame himself in the musical Oliver! and met the pop star when he was 13-years of age. "Michael was there to accept an award and he asked me over so I met him there.

"I think we were just chilling out. I can't remember exactly who was in the room at the time. There were always a lot of people around Michael and you just got used to it.

"Michael just lifted the baby up because he was excited and wanted to show off his new little one to his fans. It was blown out of all proportion."

At the time the incident made world news, not least because it appeared to confirm rumours that Jackson had fathered a third child with a surrogate mother.

Around 200 fans had gathered at the hotel near the Brandenburg Gate to see the reclusive star's motorcade arrive and there was a scrum as he fought his way through the crowds.

But the singer answered their calls for an appearance and then disappeared back through the window, before re-emerging with a baby and leaning on the balcony leaving the baby hanging over the edge.

As news of the incident spread around the world like wildfire, in the pre-Twitter days of 2002 Mark and Michael did not realise the storm that was brewing.

"We thought nothing about it until it as all over the Press the next day," he said. "Nothing could have happened to the baby but he got scolded for it."

The star was forced to issue a grovelling apology after being accused of being a bad father to Prince Michael, Paris and the new baby known who was named Prince Michael ll but later nicknamed Blanket because he always had his face covered.

"I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children," said Jackson who was in Berlin for the Bambi entertainment award ceremony where he was due to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Michael Jackson in Berlin
Michael Jackson showed up at the window with Blanket of his Presidential Suite at the hotel Adlon, waved down to the fans.

But yesterday (November 19) Mark says the singer did not let it upset him too much: "Michael wasn't like that," he said. "He rarely read the newspapers anyway."

Several years ago Mark admitted he could be the father to Michael's children after the artist asked him to donate his sperm. Although a lawyer who once worked for Jackson denied the claim, the singer's friend Jason Pfeiffer claimed Jacko told him Mark fathered the eldest two with surrogate Debbie Rowe.

Mark says he has not seen his godchildren Prince Michael and Paris since their father's funeral which took place on September 3th, 2009, but believes they are fine and will seek him out when they are older.

"It's very difficult because when you are trying to get through to them you have to go through lots of different levels," he said.

"You have to go through so many different people it's hard to stay in touch.

"I am very fond of them. I used to see them all the time, we'd get together at Christmases and birthdays, but I haven't seen them since the funeral.

"I think they are fine. They are entitled to their private lives and I am sure we will get back in touch some time."

And despite the furore that has surrounded the singer in life and death, the Cheltenham father-for-four continues to defend the memory of his friend.

Only this summer he hit back at disgraced doctor Conrad Murray's claims that the singer had a crush on his daughter Harriet from when she was five and wanted to maryy her.

Mark, 58, told the Loose Woman panel: "He was tactile with the children. But it was in an innocent way. I believe he was totally asexual."

Harriet said she was upset by the claims and said she hopes to eventually meet up with Michael's daughter Paris again.

'"I haven't seen her since he died," the 19-year-old aid in July. "I would love to be in contact. I don't know why we're not, maybe they have been sheltered by the family since he died. It's really sad, but now we're older, maybe we could make our own choices.

As for Prince ll, alias Blanket, he grew up to become a quiet thoughtful student who chose the name Bigi Jackson.

And Mark insisted: "He was a wonderful man and a lovely father who was unfortunately taken too soon."

Source: Gloucestershire Live / Billie Jean


Akasha Richmond
Akasha Richmond, chef/owner at AKASHA and AR Cucina.

Michael Jackson Loved Thanksgiving. 20-11-'16

Akasha Richmond, chef/owner at AKASHA and AR Cucina, was once a caterer with an impressive client list. She recently shared with us why Thanksgiving always makes her think of touring with Michael Jackson.

"Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Maybe because it’s all about food, family and friends, and not a religious day. I started cooking large Thanksgiving dinners for friends in college, and after I started working as a private chef and a caterer, it has always been a busy day for me.

Some of my favorite times were cooking for Michael Jackson on Thanksgiving. It was one of his favorite meals. Sometimes he requested it when it wasn’t even the holiday, so while on tour with him, I would always bring a few cans of cranberries in my traveling pantry.

I did two Thanksgiving Day dinners for Michael while in Australia. One year we were in Perth, and I cooked with the some of the band and a few others for the entire crew (over 200 people). Everyone made his or her family’s favorite dish. We couldn’t get turkey, so we roasted emu, and we had to have cases of canned cranberries flown in from the States. The concert promoter offered to do all the décor for our big dinner, and to my shock and dismay, they decorated the ballroom at the hotel in red, white and blue! I will never forget it!

My tradition: I order sushi for all my hard working chefs the night before the holiday and we play Michael Jackson music in the kitchen all day long. I always think of him on Thanksgiving."

Source: LA Weekly / Billie Jean


‘Michael Jackson One’ Keeps King Of Pop’s Spirit Fresh. 18-11-'16

Michael Jackson has been gone for more than seven years, but his presence can be felt in Las Vegas more strongly than ever. Jackson felt at home in Vegas and was a part-time resident, but it’s Mandalay Bay’s resident Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson ONE that keeps the King of Pop’s spirit alive on the Strip. That spirit guides cast and crew at every show, and is especially present during special occasions such as this summer’s fourth annual celebration of Jackson’s Aug. 29 birthday at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre, or the observance this week of the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s 1991 album 'Dangerous'.

The weekend birthday celebration attracted hundreds of fans as well as members of the original creative team, including musical designer Kevin Antunes, choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega and writer-director Jamie King. They would all be on hand to witness the unveiling of the pinstripe suit Jackson wore in the video for 'Smooth Criminal', which remains on display in the theater lobby and joined the 10-foot Jackson statue that has stood in Mandalay Bay’s main lobby since July.

“When we opened the show three years ago, we had some of Michael’s costumes out in the boutique windows,” said Jerry Nadal, the senior vice president of Cirque’s Shows Division, in a video interview after several ONE cast members pulled a gold-colored drape from the six-sided display case to reveal the suit. “Now, in the main lobby here, we have the actual ‘Smooth Criminal’ suit that he wore in the video. It’s such an iconic piece of choreography that everybody knows.”

MJ One
Michael Jackson ONE, the immersive musical experience from The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil.

The 1930's gangster-style suit, modeled by a mannequin that performs the “anti-gravity lean” Jackson and his dancers execute in the video, was inspired by Fred Astaire in 1953’s The Band Wagon. The suit’s look and concept— a white, banded fedora, blue shirt and folded pocket square, blue armband and spats—would become an important element in ONE, inspiring the Smooth Criminals that battle the MJ Warriors. Costume designer Zaldy Goco designed the suits with UV drawings that are revealed when exposed to blacklight.

The 'HIStory' statue that Mandalay Bay guests can see when they check in has intrinsic value to the show as well. Commissioned by Jackson for the cover of his 'HIStory' album and created by American artist Diana Walczak, the 1,500-pound statue was brought on the HIStory tour. The album itself was a double-disc package containing greatest hits and a collection of new songs, many of which are included in Michael Jackson ONE and inspired characters and concepts for the show. 'Tabloid Junkie' inspired the creation of Jackson’s antagonists, who wear capes featuring tabloid headlines in several languages, while 'Stranger In Moscow', 'They Don’t Care About Us', 'Scream' and 'Smile' provide moving and unforgettable moments in the show.

While much of ONE was thematically inspired by the newer material on HIStory, it was 'Dangerous' that largely inspired the stage’s look. Set designer François Séguin wanted to bring the stage to life with the baroque look of the album cover and used moving towers, lights and video projections to evoke that. It doesn’t take a 25th anniversary or a birthday celebration to remind fans why ONE is still a thriller, though. To them, Jackson’s legacy is still alive and ONE testifies to why he was crowned the King of Pop.

Mandalay Bay, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Tues., additional 7 & 9:30 p.m. show Nov. 23, $69-$180 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster.

Source: Las Vegas Magazine / Billie Jean


Harrison FunkHarrison Funk Special Photo Box Set. 16-11-'16

Harrison Funk, long time Michael Jackson photographer has released a very nice box set of 7 photos celebrating the 10 years anniversary of Michael Jackson receiving the 'Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award' at the World Music Awards in Earl’s Court, London on November 15, 2006.

A limited 50 box sets are available by emailing Harrison Funk Studio directly.

The set will be available as 7 exclusive photos sized 8×10 (inches) or 11×14. Individual images are also available in the following sizes: 8×10, 11×14 and 16×20.

All images are signed and archival print giclees on the highest quality paper.

For more information and order, please contact studiofunk@me.com

For more information on Harrison Funk, please click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Dangerous 25Share Your Memories About Michael Jackson’s 'Dangerous'. 16-11-'16

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music are considering showcasing some fan’s stories in an upcoming newsletter dedicated solely to the fans’ memories about 'Dangerous'.

Perhaps, you remember where you were when you first heard (or bought) Michael’s 'Dangerous' album. Maybe you don’t remember when you first heard it, but the songs bring up specific special memories for you when you listen. Anyone who has a story that he/she would like to share with the larger Michael Jackson family in a MichaelJackson.com newsletter, please email the MJOnline Team (alicia@mjonlineteam.com) your story directly to be considered for inclusion in this special edition of the newsletter dedicated to fan stories.

In addition, anyone sending me their story should also confirm in their email that he/she is granting The Estate and Sony permission to share their stories in the newsletter. No more than a first name and location will be included in the newsletter as to protect the privacy of the fans.

We look forward to hearing your stories and sharing your memories!

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Four-Story Jackson 5 Mural Towers In Downtown Gary. 13-11-'16

Gary was, of course, home to the Jackson 5, and now the city is celebrating it in towering fashion.

The celebrated graffiti artist Felix "Flex" Maldanado and his assistant Omar "OMS" Marin painted a four-story Jackson 5 mural that the city commissioned on a vacant building at 561 Broadway Ave. The famous singers, including a young King of Pop Michael Jackson, are rendered in vivid detail in black and white paint on the brick facade.

“We are excited about the role public art can play in enhancing an area," Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. "This piece falls in line with ongoing revitalization in our downtown; the Gary State Building project, the Gary Arthouse project, the demolition of longstanding eyesores — namely the former Sheraton, where the City Centre, a green urbanism project is underway. The Jackson 5 mural displays a visual connection to the city while positively promoting the public image of Gary.”

Maldonado painted a similar but much smaller Jackson 5 mural on Lake Street in Gary's Miller Beach neighborhood as part of the Lake Effekt art project. It's been a huge hit. Tiffany Tolbert, executive director of the neighboring Indiana Landmarks Northwest Field Office, said people constantly stop to snap photos.

Jackson 5 Mural
Felix Maldonado painted a massive Jackson 5 mural in downtown Gary.

Maldanado, an East Chicago native who's currently based in Hammond, was a runner-up for the ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen project downtown. That got city officials more interested in his work, and they approached him about a doing mural downtown.

Gary residents got a choice of three designs celebrating Gary's heritage, and ended up choosing the Jackson 5.

"We wanted to come up with something that would cast the city in a positive light," he said.

He scoured the internet for pictures of the young Motown singers and found one he liked where the Jackson 5 were looking upward.

"They looked inspired," he said. "They looked like they were on that journey of success. We wanted something inspiring for Gary."

Using hydraulic lifts, Maldanado and Marin painted the massive 60-meter-by-60-meter mural over a period of about two weeks. It's the largest piece he's ever painted and likely the largest mural in Northwest Indiana. It's more on the scale of some of the huge pieces on the sides of high-rises in Chicago's South Loop.

"It's a huge wall," he said. "It was exciting and nerve-wracking to do something that big. I knew I could execute it right and was confident in my ability, but when you're doing what you do you encounter some type of fear."

The reception has been extremely favorable thus far.

"The testimony I've got is that it could reinvigorate or spark something in the city," he said. "The best comment was a woman who walked up to the boom list and said, 'That is glorious.'"

Source: NWI / Billie Jean


Madame Tussaud's wax museum in CyprusWax Sculpture Exhibition Opens Tomorrow. 11-10-'16

The important names of historians such as M. Kemal Atatürk, Rauf R. Denktash, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Yavuz Sultan Selim, Hitler, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Zeki Müren will bring together 26 wax sculptors, 1001 Airport Mall Waiting at the wax museum.

The art of wax sculpture began in Europe for the first time in the world, in medieval times, in order to regulate respect and mysterious ceremonies.

Renewed and diversified in time, this art brings us together with famous fashions of history.

Wax sculptures at the exhibition stand, the world famous St. Worked by artists at the Petersburg Wax Museum. On a statue, 8 to 15 artists suffered for a month and a half.

Wax sculpture exhibition, culture-art consciousness, history consciousness and love are overcome in society. It also provides visual and practical training in the education of students and increases their reasoning power and motivation.

The 1001 Airport Mall, bringing Turkey's first wax sculpture exhibition to Cyprus, will open its doors for the museum tomorrow (November 12) until January 2017.

Source: Kibris / Billie Jean


Number Ones (Thriller) CD Album CoverJapan Reissues 'Number Ones' (Thriller Cover) For December. 08-11-'16

Just before Christmas, on December 21st, Sony Japan is re-issuing Michael Jackson's 'Number Ones'.

'Number Ones' is Jackson's first proper compilation album with Sony, after the release of 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' in 1995 (and after the re-release of that album as 'Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I'). The album included Jackson singles that reportedly reached number 1 in charts around the world.

'Number Ones' was successful around the world, originally reaching number 1 in the UK and number 13 in the United States.

Record label: Epic
Series number: SICP-30978
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 8,68 €

Pre-order the cd album here at CD Japan.

Source: CD Japan / Billie Jean


Vote MJ For Pop Music Hall Of Fame. 08-11-'16

Please vote MJ to be inducted into America's Pop Music Hall Of Fame. MJ and The Jackson 5 are nominated for 2017 induction.

You must present a valid email address for your vote to count.

Vote here.

Source: America's Pop Music Hall of Fame / Billie Jean


Wade Robson's Molestation Case Against Michael Jackson Is Getting Complicated. 07-11-'16

Wade Robson
Wade Robson

In May of 2013, Australian dancer and choreographer Wade Robson first accused the late Michael Jackson of childhood sexual abuse that allegedly occurred between 1990 and 1997. Robson also filed legal documents seeking money from Jackson's estate.

At the time, the claims were made even more shocking by the fact that in 2005, Robson testified in defense of Jackson during his molestation trial. And now the case has taken another strange twist.

According to TMZ, Robson wants the deposition of Jackson's most famous accuser, Jordan Chandler (who settled for $20 million back in 1993). But it's going to be hard to find because, according to the publication, Chandler is impossible to locate.

Robson's lawyers are allegedly unable to locate 36-year-old Chandler and have asked to take the deposition of his sister Lily instead because they want to know if she "witnessed any sexual molestation at the [Neverland] Ranch," as well as ask her if she knows her brother's whereabouts.

However, Lily does not want to be involved in this case and has reportedly filed legal documents asking the judge to block the deposition. The reason? She claims that both she and her brother have been "viciously threatened" by Jackson's fans and she doesn't want to resurface. In addition, she reportedly attached several emails from angry fans directed at her brother, including one threat, which reads "fuck you Jordan. U destroyed the king but karma is a bitch. your time will come."

Lily reportedly also claims she was 5 years old when she started going to the Neverland Ranch and that she has no memory of any molestation. A judge is yet to rule on the case, but as you can see, things are very complicated.

Source: She Knows / Billie Jean


Celebrate The Holidays With Tickets To Michael Jackson ONE And A CD Copy Of 'The Essential Michael Jackson'. 06-11-'16

Celebrate the holidays with tickets to Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil and a CD copy of The Essential Michael Jackson: 2-Disc Collection!

Celebrate the holidays with Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop exclusively at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Play here.

Source: LA Weekly / Billie Jean


‘The Wiz’ Screening In Northampton. 07-11-'16

There will be a screening of ‘The Wiz’ featuring Michael Jackson, in Northampton on Sunday, December 11th at 2.00p.m. It will be a chance for all fans living locally to see it on the big screen once again.

‘The Wiz’ is a 1978 film based upon a Broadway musical of the same name. It features an entire African American cast and is an urbanized version, set in Harlem, New York. Michael played the part of the scarecrow, and it was during the making of the film that he first worked with Quincy Jones. ‘The Wiz’ was filmed at Astoria Studios in Queens, New York.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

The Wiz
'The Wiz' is a American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Universal Pictures and Motown Productions, and released by Universal Pictures on October 25, 1978.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Alleged Molestation Victim On The Hunt for $20 Million Boy. 06-11-'16

Wade Robson
Wade Robson

The man who triggered a cascade of child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson has disappeared ... at least according to his sister who is scared to death her family is getting dragged into a posthumous child molestation lawsuit against the King of Pop.

Wade Robson, a choreographer/producer is suing MJ, claiming he was molested by Jackson for 7 years at the Neverland Ranch ... starting when he was 7.

Robson wants to take the deposition of the most famous MJ accuser, Jordan Chandler, who scored a $20 million settlement from the singer back in the 90's.

Problem is ... Robson's lawyers can't find Chandler, who's now 36. So they've asked to take the depo of Chandler's sister, Lily. They want to ask her if she knows Jordan's whereabouts, and whether she witnessed any sexual molestation at the Ranch.

Lily's freaked out, and has filed legal docs pleading with the judge to block the depo.

Lily claims her family -- especially Jordan -- has been viciously threatened by MJ fans, and if she resurfaces it will only stoke the coals. She attached some emails directed at her brother, including one that says "F*** you Jordan. U destroyed the king but karma is a bitch. your time will come."

Lily also says she was only 5 when she started going to Neverland and has no memory of any molestation.

A judge has yet to rule.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael in BangkokThat One Time Michael Jackson Came To Bangkok 20 Years Ago. 05-11-'16

The year was 1996, and today is exactly 20 years since Michael Jackson’s History World Tour brought him to Impact Muang Thong Thani. It was to be the last time he would perform in Thailand, and an army of thousands flocked to see the King of Pop perform. His visit was on the front page of every newspaper and overwhelmed most television channels.

Wirintip, who had been to his previous Bangkok show in 1993, stalked the 38-year-old singer, upon his arrival a few days prior to the Nov. 5 concert.

When Michael went to the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Wirintip was there. When he showed up at Tower Records in Siam Square, Wirintip was waiting. It was finally at a school for blind children that she got close enough to get his signature.

Today, 20 years later after the concert and seven after his death, Jackson’s Thai fans endure. There are active groups and online communities such as Michael Jackson Club Thailand and Fan Pan Tae Michael Jackson (Hard-Core Fans of Michael Jackson) in which passionate members share rare pictures, video clips and lyrics translated into Thai. Two years ago group members gathered to perform their own tribute music video 'Love Never Felt So Good'.

Read the whole article here.

Source: K / Billie Jean


Gucci Mane Recruits Akon And Chris Brown For 'Moon Walk'. 04-11-'16

Today Gucci Mane is back with some more heat, this time tapping Chris Brown and Akon for 'Moon Walk'.

"Gucci Mane's a 'Smooth Criminal', 'Billie Jean' is not my lover", Guwop raps before dishing out a slew of Michael Jackson references later on in the song like "You can be my baby, it don't matter if you're black or yellow," "King of Pop, come rock with me/ Show you who bad, I beat it, beat it" and "Diamonds dancing on my pinky, like it's Michael Jackson's glove".

The grime-y beat slaps Jackson's popularized screams behind Akon and Chris Brown's vocals, as the two belt risque lyrics about their respective bedroom performances.

 

Source: Billboard / YouTube / Billie Jean

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