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Tommy HilfigerTommy Hilfiger's 'Crazy' Michael Jackson Encounter. 26-10-'16

Tommy Hilfiger's first encounter with the late Michael Jackson was 'crazy'.

The 65-year-old fashion designer has recalled meeting the 'Thriller' hitmaker at his 'deserted' Neverland home to discuss plans to collaborate on a clothing line, and he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw elephants and a giraffe in the grounds of the abode.

Speaking about the music legend - who died in 2009 - in his memoir 'American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion and Business', he wrote: 'A choo-choo train, with a conductor and everything, picked us up. We were driving through Neverland, and no one was there. As we passed the Ferris wheel, it started up. Every seat was empty. We saw teacup rides and a racetrack and an amphitheater, all deserted.

'We pulled up in front of the house, and a butler came out wearing white gloves. 'Hello,' he said. 'Michael will be coming; he is expecting you.' We were standing in front of this massive gingerbread-style house when a giraffe walked by, followed by a string of baby elephants. Ally and Andy were looking at each other, like 'This is crazy!''

'Prince and Paris came barreling down the stairs dressed as characters from a Broadway show or 'The Sound of Music' - velveteen knickers, dirndl jumper, ruffled blouses, patent leather shoes, each in full makeup, their hair bleached blond with dark roots. Blanket was an infant in nanny's arms.'

Tommy - who founded his eponymous label in 1985 - revealed Michael was perched on an 'enormous' throne, but appeared nervous and 'fidgety' whilst pitching his idea to him.

He explained: 'He was sitting in an enormous gold-and-burgundy throne ... His face was heavily made up and he had a Band-Aid across his nose. He was fidgety. He said, 'We really have to do this clothing line together. I have millions of fans all over the world who are waiting for it.' He spoke in the same wispy voice we had all grown accustomed to.'

While Michael was persistent in his efforts to join forces with Tommy, the creative mastermind was adamant it wouldn't work and continued to reject the musician's offer.

He said: 'Michael continued to call and ask us to reconsider, but our decision was firm, and he never did the clothing line.'

Source: Sky News / Billie Jean


Lady Gaga Spoke About Michael Jackson’s Items She Bought At Julien’s Auctions. 26-10-'16

Lady GagaLady Gaga was on the Carpool Karaoke with James Corden last night (October 25) and she spoke about her collection of Michael Jackson’s items.

When James asked her how many items she had she replied she has around 400 items from one of the 'Thriller' Jacket, a Glove and Tour costumes.

She confirmed that they are preserved in a air controlled room to protect them and that they are pristine for the future generation.

Gaga bought the items 4 years ago at Julien’s Auction from the Tompkins & Bush Collection. The collection toured in Ireland, LA, London and Tokyo before been sold but Gaga was the main buyer of the collection.

It is still unclear what’s Gaga’s plan with those amazing items!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Jane Doe
Jane Doe

Michael Jackson Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse In New Lawsuit. 25-10-'16

More than seven years after Michael Jackson’s death, the sordid allegations against the deceased King of Pop keep coming.

A California plaintiff identified only as Jane Doe filed a negligence lawsuit against the late King of Pop’s production companies Tuesday claiming Jackson molested her as a child then paid close to a million dollars in hush money to keep her quiet.

The anonymously filed lawsuit claims that Jackson sexually abused the victim between 1986 and 1989, when the defendant ranged from 12 to 15 years old.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names a pair of unidentified companies that Jackson allegedly ran.

“The thinly veiled, covert second purpose of these businesses was to operate as a child sexual abuse operation, specifically designed to locate, attract, lure and seduce child sexual abuse victims,” the lawsuit reads.

The suit claims that the plaintiff and her parents met Jackson in 1986 while sightseeing at his Hayvenhurst Ave home in Encino, California.

The 'Beat It' singer asked for the family’s home phone number, after which the abuse allegedly began.

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s estate, blasted the new lawsuit as “without any merit.”

“This is yet another attempt to hit the lottery by suing the Estate of Michael Jackson more than seven years after Michael’s death and close to 30 years after these incidents supposedly occurred,” Weitzman said in a statement to The Wrap. “We believe this claim was created from whole cloth and is without any merit. It’s also no coincidence that this woman is represented by the same attorneys involved in two other frivolous claims against the Estate.”

Claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, negligent supervision and other counts, the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean


‘Spirit Of Michael Jackson’ Laser Spectacular At Stamford Palace. 24-10-'16

Laser Spectacular’s “Spirit of Michael Jackson” comes to the Stamford Palace on Friday, Oct. 28, featuring a dance troupe and a state-of-the-art “artistic laser and light performance.”

The Palace says “through the use of animated laser graphics, laser beams and aerials, the lights and lasers re-create images of Michael with 3-D holographic effects. The lighting show is a concert-style configuration. It’s certain to wow the audience with the same power and excitement of a live concert.”

According to the announcement, dancers perform using Jackson’s choreography “to perfection.”

Large-screen video projections and concert sound also are featured. The tribute spans his 40-year career, highlighting “the essence of Michael Jackson’s worldwide concert appearances, his most recent achievements and his early years as a child prodigy.”

The show’s producers say “many of Michael Jackson’s hits lend themselves to an artistic laser and light performance, much in the style of the ‘Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular.’

Laser Show
Laser Spectacular’s “The Spirit of Michael Jackson” comes to the Stamford Palace on Friday, Oct. 28.

Source: New Canaan / Billie Jean


Scream PrintLimited Edition Michael Jackson Prints Available To Buy. 24-10-'16

Photographer Steven Paul Whitsitt, recognised in the MJ community for his stunning images from the 'HIStory' era, has teamed up with King of Shop to offer you the chance to purchase a limited edition 8×10 photograph of Michael Jackson from his archives.

The 5 images on offer feature shots from 'Scream', the 'HIStory Teaser', 'You Are Not Alone', 'Childhood' and the 'Smile' shoot.

Each image has been produced as a high-quality, gloss photo print and is available for £23.00 with 5 to choose from and each print is strictly limited to 10 prints of each!

You can get yours right here.

Whitsitt recently featured a selection of his Michael Jackson work in London at Kingvention – The Michael Jackson Fan Convention back in September.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Jacksons'The Jacksons: Legacy' Book To Come In 2017. 21-10-'16

The Jacksons will be releasing an Official Book about the band and their journey from Motown to Epic in 2017!

The Jackson siblings’ first ever official publication will be released by Thames & Hudson in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Jackson Five’s début single 'Big Boy'.

'The Jacksons: Legacy' is a “comprehensive” and “definitive” book that tells the band’s story in their own words, alongside “outstanding” visuals.

The publisher holds world rights in all languages.

The title features never-before-seen pictures gained from “unparalleled access” to the family’s archives, and includes images of their mother, Katherine.

T&H will support the book with a “multilayered” promotional programme with the four surviving brothers’ involvement --Michael, the youngest of the original quintet, passed away in 2009— including a proposed TV special and live events worldwide.

Clearly the book will have some unseen pictures of Michael while he was still part of the 2 bands “The Jackson 5” and “The Jacksons”.

More information coming soon so stay tuned!

Source: The Book Seller / Billie Jean


Moonwalk Game On November 27, 2016 At RetroCon At Ahoy, Rotterdam. 19-10-'16

(Dutch) Moonwalkers ATTENTION! Are you a Moonwalker or do you want a go? Then join the Moonwalk contest on RetroCon (by Comic Con Rotterdam) on November 27, 2016.

Best Moonwalker is receiving except the title a very cool MJ price, you're one of the five runners-up then you get something fun with it!

You can register via info@comiccongroup.com o.v.v. Moonwalker. Followers of this Jackson Source page receive rebate where you 15,75 instead of 17,50 Euro pay for tickets via this link.

Moonwalker Championship
Moonwalk game on November 27, 2016 at RetroCon at Ahoy, Rotterdam.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


Number Ones (Off The Wall) CD Album Cover'Number Ones' Certified Gold In Italy. 18-10-'16

The FIMI Certification for 2016 has just arrived and surprisingly Michael Jackson best of 'Number Ones' hit GOLD in the Italian version of RIAA.

Well, it is not a surprise to us fans as Michael Jackson’s music is clearly timeless and popular. Not a surprise that he is the King of Pop or should we say Re del Pop!

Anyway, another massive congratulation to Michael Jackson to have another certification 13 years after the release of this album!

'Number Ones' is a greatest hits album by Michael Jackson that was released on November 17th, 2003 worldwide and on November 18, 2003 in the United States by Epic Records in the trademark of Sony Music.

The album also features the last original single released during Jackson's lifetime,'One More Chance'.

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

There were four covers for the 'Number Ones' album, a 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'HIStory' cover.

Source: FIMI / Billie Jean


Carole Bayer Sager Discusses Her Friendship With The ‘Tortured’ Michael Jackson And Elizabeth Taylor In New Memoir. 18-10-'16

They're Playing Our Song Book CoverAcademy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager opened up about her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson in a new memoir, 'They’re Playing Our Song'. In the book, out Tuesday, Sager shares intimate insights into the lives of both legendary entertainment figures —from Taylor’s relationship with men, drugs and jewels, to Jackson’s “tortured genius child-man” persona. According to Sager, the pair struggled under the weight of celebrity, which ultimately drew them together.

“Theirs was a special relationship,” Sager writes of her friends in 'They’re Playing Our Song'. “Two of the world’s greatest superstars, with lives that were lived on stages or on movie screens since they’d been children. How could either of them find anyone else who could understand their lives?”

“He sat on my bed looking very handsome, dressed all in black. He had not yet gone over the top in his facial surgeries,” writes Sager. “He was quite beautiful looking in a Diana Ross way. He had not altered his skin tone and he had not yet begun to sabotage his career. Still, he was afraid.”

Jackson allegedly told Sager that he was shy, so she suggested he stay in her room. When Jackson finally joined the party, “he never left Elizabeth’s side, even holding her hand for most of the evening,” writes Sager.

“I had real empathy for him and the unloved childhood his abusive father robbed him of,” writes Sager. “As Elizabeth often said, she connected with Michael on a soul level because they were both deprived of a childhood by early stardom, yet they each looked at life at times through the eyes of a child.”

According to They’re Playing Our Song, one of her last interactions with Jackson occurred in 2006, at a party held by Barbara Davis. Even for Sager, who had partied and worked with celebrities for years, the evening was surreal. Marvin Hamlisch, Sager’s ex-boyfriend, fell asleep at the table and their host, Davis, looked like she was about to as well, writes Sager. Even though Michael Jackson’s two young children were present at the table, he also nodded off. According to Sager, Jackson said he was exhausted because he had been traveling in the Middle East. In reality, Sager writes that she learned Jackson had “been home for three weeks and was on some heavy narcotics” that caused him to slur and fall asleep.

So when Sager learned of Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, she wasn’t shocked — “just terribly sad.” Elizabeth Taylor, in contrast, was inconsolable. According to Sager, she held Taylor’s hand as “she cried through the whole telecast.” Sager feels that “losing Michael accelerated [Taylor’s] decline.” Taylor died less than two years later, in 2011.

Sager continues to mourn the loss of both her celebrity friends. To her, Elizabeth was great because of her “humanity,” while Jackson was a “phenomenon.”

“Singular in his stunning talent and stunted beyond measure in the rest of his life,” Sager writes. “And to the extent that he was capable of love, I believe he loved his children, his mother, and he loved Elizabeth.”

Source: People / Billie Jean


Motown Museum’s $50 Million Expansion Plans Include Theater, Studios, Interactive Exhibits. 18-10-'16

The Motown Museum, already one of the country’s premier music destinations, announced a $50 million expansion plan Monday that would add interactive exhibits, a performance theater, record studios, retail, and public spaces.

The project, which would increase the museum’s footprint to 50,000 square feet, has a planned completion date of 2018.

The goal is to “narrate and celebrate on a much larger scale what the Motown legacy is recognized for: unmatched creative genius that transcends every barrier imaginable by bringing people together from all walks of life to share in that unmistakable Motown Sound,” Motown Museum CEO and Chairwoman Robin R. Terry says in a statement.

The expansion will be funded through a forthcoming capital campaign, according to the museum.

Motown Museum
Motown Museum’s $50 million expansion plans include theater, studios, interactive exhibits.

In addition to soundtracking the childhoods of metro Detroiters, Berry Gordy’s storied label helped establish the careers of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Michael Jackson, all of whom are members of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists” list.

The label moved to Los Angeles in 1972, and the Motown Museum opened in 1985 at the “Hitsville U.S.A.” house on West Grand Boulevard.

“It brings me real joy, and I am proud and humbled to know that the inclusive legacy of Motown, and the most talented people who are so near and dear to my heart, will have their stories told in this new museum,” Gordy says in a statement.

The lead designer for the initial museum expansion plans is Phil Freelon, who helmed the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates is the architect of record for the project.

Source: Detroit Metro Time / Billie Jean


John LandisNew Michael Jackson Thriller Project Revealed By John Landis. 16-10-'16

Michael Jackson fans are to be thrilled all over again with a 'spectacular' new top secret 'Thriller' project, original director John Landis has revealed during a visit to Sheffield. The Hollywood legend says he has just finished work on it but details won't be out until next year.

It is believed it may be in celebration of the groundbreaking video's forthcoming 35th anniversary. Landis directed, co-wrote and produced what is acclaimed as the greatest ever music video, which for the first time merged music and film, after Jackson was impressed by his work with special effects genius Rick Baker on horror comedy American Werewolf In London.

The director, whose other blockbusters include 'The Blues Brothers', 'Trading Places', 'Beverly Hills Cop III' and 'National Lampoon's Animal House', was a special guest speaker at Sheffield Hallam University promoting the eighth annual Celluloid Screams Horror Film Festival, which takes place at The Showroom Cinema, from October 21 to 23.In an exclusive chat before his talk the 66-year-old revealed: "I can tell you something about 'Thriller' that you are going to find out about in 2017. I just finished that and it's pretty spectacular.

The 13-minute 'Thriller' video helped the album to sell 65 million copies and itself sold nine million copies when it was release on VHS tape in 1983.Landis paid tribute to South Yorkshire's own late great actor, Brian Glover - who also featured in his 1981 classic American Werewolf In London.

Source: Morley Observer / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson: Rewind Book Cover'Michael Jackson: Rewind' Book is Released. 15-10-'16

The book ‘Michael Jackson: Rewind' is released by publisher Race Point Publishing.

Relive the incredible history of the King of Pop – in reverse – with Michael Jackson: Rewind.

By the time Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, he had sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide over his career; He had won 26 American Music awards and 13 Grammy awards as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was ranked number three, after The Beatles and Elvis Presley, of best-selling music artists. Five years after his death, the net worth of his estate is more than 600 million dollars. He is, without a doubt, one of the most popular – and controversial – artists of all time.

Now, for the first time ever, author Daryl Easlea will explore the life and history of Michael Jackson…in reverse. Starting with his tragic death and rewinding to his early hits with the Jackson 5 and life in Gary, Indiana, this is a complete illustrated history of the King of Pop: his genius, his life, and his demons. Loaded with over 300 images, a timeline of his life, a complete discography, and more, this is the must-have book for any Michael Jackson fan.

Daryl Easlea is an author, DJ, and broadcaster whose work can be found in Record Collector (where he was once deputy editor), 'The Guardian', 'The Independent', and on the BBC. He is the critically acclaimed author of 'Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel', Cher: 'All I Want To Do', Madonna, and 'Talent Is An Asset: The Story Of Sparks'.

Among his work on 'Thriller' and 'Bad', Ndugu Chancler provided one of the most famous drumbeats of all-time on 'Billie Jean'. He also has played with artists including Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, George Duke, Weather Report, Santana, and Lionel Richie. He played on 'Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)' by Donna Summer. Listed as one of the Top 25 drummers in the world, aside from his ongoing musical career, he is currently Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music Studies at the Thornton School Of Music, University Of Southern California.

Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Author: Daryl Easlea
ISBN: 978-1631062537
Pages: 240
Printed: ?
Guide price: 35 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Barry GibbBarry Gibb Talks About Michael. 12-10-'16

The 'Stayin Alive' singer was good friends with the king of pop and says fame destroyed him.

He has been making music for over 50 years and has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, so it's no surprise that Barry Gibb has some tales from the world of music.

The Bee Gees star has recorded a new album with the help of his sons, and he caught up with Good Morning Britain to discuss the latest record, but first he gave his opinion on the greatest ever artist.

Barry counted Michael Jackson among his closest friends and the two would often hangout together in the studio making music and giving each other advice.

However, Barry claims that despite all of Michael's success as one of the biggest selling musicians of all time, he was incredibly insecure and had some severe self esteem issues.

Barry said: "I've never known an incredibly famous artist that had good self esteem. Michael was the same, very much afraid, afraid of everything."

He added: "He'd say to me, 'Barry, do you think Prince is better than me?' I'd tell him he had no equal."

Barry thinks that fame made the 'Thriller' singer insecure, and that's something he has seen in many other stars in both film and music.

"Mega-fame is destructive", he said. "My wife is the reason I didn't wind up going down that path."

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Is Richest Dead Celebrity With Record-Breaking Annual Earnings. 12-10-'16

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson has earned more in the past year than any celebrity – dead or alive – has ever earned in a 12-month period, according to Forbes’ top-earning dead celebrities list for 2016.

The late pop icon topped the annual list with a record-breaking income of 825 million US dollars this year.

This was largely due to the 750 million US dollars sale of Jackson’s half in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue, complete with a library of Beatles tracks.

Jackson, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 50, has topped the annual list for deceased celebrities every year since his death – apart from in 2012 when he came second to Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor.

The next closest contender on the list is Peanuts creator and cartoonist Charles M Schulz, who has earned 48 million US dollars in the last year.

American golfer Arnold Palmer is third on the list, Elvis Presley is in fourth place and singer-songwriter Bob Marley is sixth.

Forbes estimated the pre-tax income of personalities from October 1 2015 through to October 1 2016 from a variety of sources before taking away expenses for agents, managers and lawyers.

Source: Breaking News / Billie Jean


New Limited Edition Products From Diana Walczak. 11-10-'16

Last year, with the celebration of 'HIStory', Diana Walczak released 2 amazing products launched at KINGVENTION: an amazing HIStory Police embroidered patch which was a replica of the actual Police badge that Michael Jackson wore on his jacket when he posed for Diana and a cool HIStatue Style T-Shirt.

Both products were very popular and Diana is coming back this year with 2 new products:

The first one is a set of 5 postcards with pictures of the making of the statue used on the Michael Jackson album 'HIStory'. Only 100 copies of this set has been produced including pictures of Diana’s personal collection. Buy it here.

Postcards Pack
Designed by Diana Walczak under license to Sixteen11 Media Group.

The second set is a Pack of 7 A4 sized photos from the Diana Walczak Collection with a letter from Diana Walczak, a limited edition card and all in an elegant black envelop. Only 50 copies of this pack exist in the world! A must to have for any 'HIStory' lovers! Buy it here.

Diana Photos
Designed by Diana Walczak under license to Sixteen11 Media Group.

Both products are only available at King Of Shop and were launched at KINGVENTION this year!

As revealed publicly at KINGVENTION 2015, Diana is planning to build a huge sized Michael Jackson HIStory Statue somewhere in the world. This project is still currently at the first stage: collecting funds. Part of the profit of the sales of all items from The Diana Walczak Collection will go towards the realization of this project.

For more information on Diana Walczak, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


ICON: Michael Jackson Tribute Is Oct. 22 At Jazzanooga Arts Space. 10-10-'16

MJ TributeThe ICON: Michael Jackson Tribute will be held Saturday, Oct, 22, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Jazzanooga Arts Space, 431 East MLK Blvd.

He was born with the name Michael Joseph Jackson. He was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor.

Called the "King of Pop" his contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. He was an ICON.

The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a look in raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson's This Is It which captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his planned final London shows. This part of the evening is free with limited seating.

MJ Karaoke and Dance with DJ JStar on the 1s & 2s will begin at 8:30 p.m. This part of the event is ticketed at $10. A cash bar will be provided.

Click here for ticket information.

Source: Chattanoogan / Billie Jean


Eddie WolflEddie Wolfl Dies At 63. 08-10-'16

It is with great sadness that we’ve learned of the passing of photographer & friend Eddie Wolfl who worked with Michael in the 'Bad' & 'HIStory' eras, most notably capturing Michael and Janet on the set of 'Scream'.

Eddie was an incredibly honest, funny guy who had a great energy and passion for his work. Aside from Michael, Eddie got to capture the greats including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Sting, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé.

In 2014, Eddie interviewed for Iconic Magazine’s Scream issue and gave permission for us to use his entire Michael Jackson 'Scream' work along side his frank and bold recollection of his time with the King of Pop. In 2015, Eddie agreed for his 'Scream' photography to go on display at Kingvention in London and surprised everyone by flying in on the day of the event where he took to the stage and spoke fondly of Michael. He then spent his time talking with all the fans offering words of inspiration to those looking to make it in the photography and dance fields and kept everybody smiling through out the day.

Our thoughts are with Eddie’s family and we’re so blessed to be given the chance to work with such a wonderful, talented, gracious man.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Paris Jackson Gives A Sweet Kiss To Cancer-Stricken Mother Debbie Rowe. 07-10-'16

Paris Jackson shared a sweet moment with her formerly estranged mother, Debbie Rowe, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.

The 18-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson gave a special shout-out to Rowe, 57, on Instagram Friday. “I’m a fighter because she’s a fighter. love you mom,” Paris captioned the photo of her kissing her mom’s head.

Rowe and Jackson, who were married from 1996 – 1999, had two children together: Paris and Prince Michael, 19. The former dermatology nurse is not the mother of Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael II, 14, who was born to a still-unidentified surrogate mother.

Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson shares tender moment with cancer-stricken mom Debbie Rowe.

At the time of the pop star’s death in 2009, Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, was granted guardianship of Paris and Prince Michael. Rowe, for the most part, steered clear of the family except for occasional visits with her kids.

Then in April 2013, Paris publicly reconciled with her mother when they were pictured together at Rowe’s horse ranch in Palmdale, California.

Source: People / Billie Jean


More Michael Jackson Belongings On Auction Next November. 07-10-'16

Julien’s Auctions will be holding another auction on November 5th in Los Angeles. The Auction called “Icons and Idols Rock N’ Roll will feature items from Eric Clapton, Prince, Madonna and of course Michael Jackson.

Some of the items were already for auction back in 2013 part of the Tompkins and Bush Collection and some of you might have seen some of them in the Exhibition in LA, London and Tokyo.

The Jacket that Michael wore on the HIStory World Tour for the performance of the song 'Blood On The Dance Floor'. The Song was rarely performed but the Jacket is now one of the kind for the fans!

MJ Memorabilia
Michael Jackson memorabilia going to auction in Los Angeles next month. Called ''Icons and Idles: Rock n' Roll Auction'' it also features pieces from rocker Slash, The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

'Leave Me Alone' is one of the most iconic Music Video from the 'Bad' Album and whole outfit is now going to be sold and might never been seen ever again by the fans.

More personal items like personal shirts and wedding treats from Michael and Lisa-Marie’s wedding day and some of the awards owned by the King of Pop.

Go to Julien's Auctions.

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien’s Auctions / Billie Jean


Quincy Jones Royalty Trial Delayed Because Of Sony Music Conflict. 07-10-'16

Quincy JonesLegendary producer Quincy Jones was set to go to trial next week over royalties he says he's owed from albums released after Michael Jackson's death — but that's not happening now because a recent development means defendants Sony Music and MJJ Productions can no longer share a legal team.

Judge Michael Stern in September gave Jones the green light to pursue damages claims related to payment from permanent digital downloads. The producer is essentially arguing that he was shorted because Sony was underpaying MJJ, a song company controlled by the late artist's estate.

The issue boils down to whether Sony should have been treating those downloads as licenses instead of as sales — which would have given both Jackson's company and Jones more money. Artists get half of net revenue from licenses, but only a 15 percent royalty on sales. The payment of digital downloads is an area of continual conflict between artists and labels and has taken center stage in several major lawsuits in the past decade.

Warner Music, Sony and Universal Music Group each have paid millions to settle class action lawsuits involving digital download payments — following a major 9th Circuit ruling concerning Eminem's music. There, the appellate court held that, because labels spending big bucks on CD packaging is a thing of the past, treating the downloads as licenses is more appropriate.

Jones raising the issue here complicates matters for defense attorneys.

Until now, Sony and MJJ have shared counsel from Kinsella Weitzman and Katten Muchin. Because this will pit the two against each other on at least one argument, Sony will have to retain separate legal counsel. (Sony Music declined to comment.)

The legal fight began in 2013, when Jones sued both Sony and MJJ, claiming master recordings he produced were remixed after Jackson's death to avoid paying him backend profit participation. Many of the King of Pop's biggest hits, including "Thriller," "Beat It" and "Billy Jean," were re-edited for the projects and Jones says MJJ breached his contract by allowing third parties to exploit the works without first offering Jones the opportunity to perform the remixes himself.

In February, judge Michael Stern denied a motion for summary judgment from Sony and MJJ, finding the issues were best decided by a jury. The case was first set for trial in June, but was pushed back to Oct. 11. Now the trial has been put off once again, with no date currently set.

At the center of the delay is an expert report by Gary Cohen. Attorneys for MJJ and Sony fought the inclusion of evidence relating to permanent digital download damages set out in Cohen's Aug. 30 supplemental filing.

Stern agreed to limit Cohen's opinions at trial to those that were offered in his deposition based on his designation, but declined to strike the supplemental report. In response, defense attorneys asked to push the trial back to give Sony a chance to hire separate lawyers. Stern agreed.

It remains to be seen exactly how long it will take for new attorneys to get up to speed and get a trial back on the books, but a status conference is currently scheduled for November.

Source: Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean

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