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Zac Efron Reveals He & Michael Jackson Once Cried Together. 30-12-'17

Zac Efron is opening up about an encounter with one of his biggest heroes! During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the 30-year-old actor revealed that he and the late Michael Jackson once chatted on the phone & and made each other cried!

Zac went on to share that High School Musical director Kenny Ortega was once on the phone with the late King of Pop and passed the phone off to Zac who went on to gush about Michael.

I picked up the phone and I go, ‘Hello?’ and he goes, ‘Oh this is Zac from High School Musical, and I was like, ‘Uh, Zac shared. And he was like, ‘Oh I love what you do. I’m a huge fan."

Zac continued: “That made him cry. We’re both crying to each other on the phone and he ended the whole phone call conversation along the lines of, ‘Hey Zac. Isn’t it awesome? Dreams really do come true, don’t they.

 

Source: Just Jared / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Estate May Avoid Penalties In IRS Dispute. 29-12-'17

The estate of Michael Jackson looks to have escaped a possibly hefty penalty for allegedly undervaluing the late singer’s assets.

A U.S. Tax Court judge denied the Internal Revenue Service’s bid to provide additional evidence in a case that was tried in Los Angeles in February. Because the agency didn’t show that it complied with certain procedural requirements, it’s barred from seeking as much as 40 percent of the allegedly understated tax in penalties.

“What happens if a party with the burden of production on an issue fails to introduce sufficient evidence at trial to meet that burden?” Judge Mark Holmes said in his Dec. 20 order. “Well, he loses.”

The executors of Jackson’s estate, lawyer John Branca and former music industry executive John McClain, have been busy monetizing the legacy of the singer, who died in 2009, for the benefit of his children.

'This Is It', a documentary about Jackson’s preparations for his ill-fated 2009 tour, went on to be the highest-grossing concert movie of all time, with $261.2 million in worldwide sales, according to researcher BoxOfficeMojo.com. Last year, the estate sold Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATVmusic publishing business to Sony for $750 million.

In 2013, the IRS went after the estate with a “notice of deficiency,” claiming it had undervalued assets including real estate, a Bentley automobile and the late singer’s “image and likeness.”

The court ruling didn’t quantify how much the assets were allegedly undervalued, but Bloomberg Businessweek reported in February that the IRS claimed Jackson’s name and image should have been valued at $434 million. The estate claimed that it was worth a mere $2,105, implying that his image had been rendered all but worthless by stories about skin bleaching, his obsession with plastic surgery, prescription drug abuse, and allegations that he molested young boys who visited Neverland Ranch.

“The court’s order denying the IRS’s request to reopen the trial record was well reasoned and could prevent the government from seeking penalty assessments on their claim against the Estate of Michael Jackson," said Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the estate.

A representative for the IRS said the agency can’t comment on ongoing lawsuits.

The case is Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. IRS, 17152-13, U.S. Tax Court (Washington).

Source: Bloomberg / Billie Jean


Ferrari Testarossa Convertible From Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial For Sale. 21-12-'17

Back in January 2014, the so famous car of Michael Jackson’s Pepsi Commercial was sold and here it is again through MotorGT.

Back in the 1980's, Michael Jackson was the undisputed King of Pop and Ferrari was the king of the supercar. Imagine if you combined the two? That's just the thought that Pepsi had for a commercial back in 1987. Pepsi took it another step further and commissioned a convertible Testarossa for its shoot of a commercial called 'The Chopper'.

The task of chopping the top off the Italian supercar fell to California customizer Richard Straman. Starting with an all-black Ferrari, the roof was removed and a convertible top was fitted in place. Additionally, the side mirror was moved high up on the driver's side so it stands out dramatically from the body lines of the car.

Ferrari Testarossa Spider (1986)
The 1986 Testarossa, which was famously seen in a Bad-era Michael Jackson commercial for Pepsi.

Straman built a handful of his Testarossa Spyders at a cost of $40,000 a piece. That was, of course, on top of the starting price of a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. We're sure it all fit in Pepsi's budget, though. After all, the cost to hire Michael Jackson alone must've been a hefty line on the final accounting tally for this commercial shoot.

Motor GT's asking price? A cool $799,900. That's a hefty sum more than the $73,700 the car went for at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, if you're a fanatical MJ fan with a bank vault of cash burning a whole in your pocket, then this could be your big ticket item.

Source: Motor Authority / Billie Jean


Quincy Jones' Kids Called Michael Jackson Pop-Ins "Normal" At Their House. 21-12-'17

The music mogul poses for THR's Hollywood Legacies issue with Rachel, Kidada, Rashida, Martina and Quincy III as Rashida reveals: "We laugh a lot, and there is nothing better than that."

One of only 15 recipients of Grammy's Legend Award, music mogul Quincy Jones also has 28 Grammy's for his prolific music-producing career, which includes iconic albums such Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'.

Five of Jones' seven children posed with him for The Hollywood Reporter's legacy issue.

The Jones Family
(L-R): Rachel Jones, Kidada Jones, Rashida Jones, Martina Jones, Quincy Jones, Jr., Quincy Jones III.

Martina, a model, joined her father and brother Quincy III, a record producer as well. They are the children of Swedish actress Ulla Andersson. Kadida, an actress, model and designer joined her sister Rashida, an actress and producer who had her break on Parks and Recreation. The sisters are the daughters of actress Peggy Lipton (Twin Peaks). Jones' second youngest daughter Rachel also joined the family, making the only absent Jones children the eldest Jolie and youngest, Kenya (daughter of actress Nastassja Kinski).

Playing "Fishing for Answers" with THR, the family shared their favorite movie snacks, favorite curse words, their worst habit and, of course, music.

"Every few years, it keeps happening," Quincy, III said of when he learned his father was a big deal. "I see different levels of it. Sometimes it's personal greatness, sometimes it's professional, but there's always some kind of epiphany that you have along the way that keeps growing and keeps going."

Source: Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Mitchell Beckloff
Judge Mitchell Beckloff

Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dismissed. 19-12-'17

A judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by a choreographer who alleged Michael Jackson molested him as a child, resolving one of the last major claims against the late singer's holdings.

Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff's summary judgment ruling against the now-35-year-old Wade Robson found that the two Jackson-owned corporations, which were the remaining defendants in the case, were not liable for Robson's exposure to Jackson. He did not rule on the credibility of Robson's allegations themselves.

Robson's attorney, Vince Finaldi, said he strongly disagrees and plans to appeal.

Robson, a native of Australia who has worked with Britney Spears and NSYNC, met Jackson when he was 5 years old.

He testified in Jackson's defense at the singer's 2005 criminal trial, saying he had spent the night at Jackson's Neverland Ranch more than 20 times and usually slept in Jackson's room, but Jackson never molested him. Jackson was acquitted in that trial.

Then in 2013 about four years after the singer's death, Robson sued the Jackson estate for what his attorneys described as molestation that spanned a seven-year period.

A court ruled in 2015 that Robson had filed his lawsuit too late to get any of Jackson's estate. That left two remaining defendants, both corporate entities owned by Jackson in his lifetime: MJJ Productions, Inc., and MJJ Ventures, Inc.

The judge ruled Tuesday that those two corporate defendants could not be held responsible for Robson's exposure to Jackson, the way a school or the Boy Scouts can be found liable for bringing together an abusive adult and a child victim.

Finaldi said the reasoning sets a dangerous precedent.

Wade Robson
Wade Robson

"What the judge is saying is that you if own a corporation or a company, you can hire people, use these people to facilitate your sexual abuse, use them to facilitate victims," Finaldi told The Associated Press by phone. "So long as you're the sole owner of that corporation, the corporation can't be held liable."

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said in a statement that he "believes the court made the correct decision in dismissing Wade Robson's claim against it. "In my opinion Mr. Robson's allegations, made 20 plus years after they supposedly occurred and years after Mr. Robson testified twice under oath — including in front of a jury — that Michael Jackson had never done anything wrong to him was always about the money rather than a search for the truth."

Finaldi replied that the Jackson camp's interest in the truth was "hollow."

"If someone's trying to search for the truth, why not let the lawsuit proceed?" Finaldi said. "Why not exonerate him and let a jury decide."

During the criminal trial, Robson bristled at testimony by other witnesses that they had seen Jackson molest him.

"I'm telling you nothing happened," Robson testified at the time when a prosecutor challenged him.

Another Robson attorney said when his lawsuit was filed that stress and sexual trauma led Robson to finally accept that he had been molested by Jackson.

Source: Daily Sentinel / Billie Jean


Borsalino, Whose Hats Were Worn By Michael Jackson, Declared Bankrupt. 19-12-'17

Famed Italian hatmaker Borsalino, the company behind Humphrey Bogart’s fedora in Casablanca and Harrison Ford’s lucky headgear in the Indiana Jones movies, was declared bankrupt on Monday, a trade union said.

A court in Alessandria in northern Italy threw out a rescue plan for the legendary company and put it into administration, Mr Elio Bricola from the UIL labour union said.

He added that while “it is likely industrial activity will continue” for now, “employees are angry and worried about their future”.

Michael Jackson loved Borsalino hats, music star Pharrell Williams is a contemporary fan and David Bowie opted for one of its black fedoras for what was to prove his final photo shoot.

MJ Fedora
Jackson's famed fedora, which he sported at the 1995 MTV Music Awards, sold for $73,800. It was one of three hats Jackson wore during a 10-minute medley before hurling it into the crowd.

The 1970 French gangster film Borsalino was also named after the distinctive fedora-style hats worn by heartthrob actors Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

But even the endorsement of film and music royalty could not protect the 160-year-old company from the consequences of reckless management.

The Haeres Equita investment fund took control of the ailing company in 2015 in the hope of turning the situation around.

The hatter’s former boss Marco Marenco, who was on the run from fraud and tax evasion charges, was arrested in 2015 in Switzerland.

A judge initially approved Haeres Equita’s proposals for repaying Borsalino’s creditors, giving the green light for a new chapter in the history of a company that produced two million hats a year in the 1920's.

But the plan to save the business and its estimated 120 employees was later rejected by the court and a second such plan, presented a few weeks ago, was also thrown out.

Source: ST / Borsalino / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson ExhibitionA Michael Jackson Exhibition Is Coming To The Grand Palais. 18-12-'17

The Grand Palais in Paris is planning to hold a major exhibition next year entitled ‘Michael Jackson: The Birth Of An Icon.’

Various artists have all lent pieces for the show including; Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, Klara Liden, Glenn Ligon, Paul McCarthy, Dexter Dalwood, Mark Flood, Isa Genzken and David Hammons.

The exhibition, which will run from November 21st, 2018 to February 2019, aims to explore the creative side of Michael by displaying diverse works which have been created over the past thirty years.

Source: Hype Beast / Billie Jean


Moonwalker 30th BirthdayJapan Will Celebrate The 30th Birthday Of Moonwalker. 15-12-'17

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of its first broadcast in Japan, Michael Jackson's 'Moonwalker' will be broadcast in two Zepp theaters on January 15, 2018 in the land of the rising sun.

Tokyo and Osaka will be able to offer fans of the King of Pop a new experience with this broadcast in rooms that according to their characteristics offer a dynamic sound pressure and a large volume giving the impression of watching a live in real life but on the big screen.

Zepp concert halls have hosted major musical events with the large-screen broadcast of films or concerts by artists such as Prince, Led Zepplin, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, David Bowie and many others. Zepp is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan.

The Moonwalker movie was broadcast in Japanese theaters in October 1988.

Official page of the event.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Watch Michael Jackson's New 'Blood On The Dance Floor 2017' Video. 15-12-'17

Short film combines footage from Cirque de Soleil's performance of 'HIStory In The Mix' track.

Michael Jackson's classic 'Blood On The Dance Floor' short film seamlessly integrates new footage from Cirque du Soleil in a new video for the song.

The video, approved by the Jackson estate and choreographed by Jamie King, features the Michael Jackson One delivering their one-time-only performance of 'Blood On The Dance Floor', which they debuted during their annual tribute on Jackson on the King of Pop's birthday.

'Blood On The Dance Floor', released in 1997 as part of Jackson's remix album 'Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix', received a pair of new remixes on the singer's recently released 'Scream' compilation, a Halloween-themed collection that boasted tracks like 'Torture', 'Thriller' and Rockwell's Jackson-featuring 'Somebody's Watching Me'.

2017 also saw the debut of the restored 'Thriller 3D' music video, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

 

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


Christmas Album (re-issue) Album Cover'Christmas Album' Is Re-Released. 15-12-'17

The Jackson 5 'Christmas Album' is back on vinyl! The album is re-released by Universal/Motown Records, just for Christmas!

'Christmas Album' is for the first time released by Motown in the USA on October 15th, 1970, the album showcased the brothers' harmonies and vocals. Lead singer Michael Jackson is prominently featured on the album tracks. All songs produced by The Corporation / Hal Davis.

Track list:

A:
1. Have Yourself A Merry Christmas - 5:19
2. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - 2:24
3. The Christmas Song - 5:11
4. Up On The House Top - 3:16
5. Frosty The Snowman - 2:39

B:
1. The Little Drummer Boy - 3:15
2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - 2:32
3. Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year - 2:31
4. Give Love On Christmas Day - 2:55
5. Someday At Christmas - 2:44
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - 3:01

Record label: Universal/Motown
Series number: 3794576
Printed: EU
Guide price: 20 €

Pre-order the vinyl album here at Universal/Motown.

Source: Universal/Motown / Billie Jean


Sony MusicMichael Jackson Estate And Sony Extend Recorded-Music Deal. 14-12-'17

Sony Music and the estate of Michael Jackson have agreed to a recording deal that will continue the label’s 42-year relationship with the singer and his music, it was announced today by Rob Stringer, Sony Music CEO and John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate.

Effective January 1, 2018, Sony Music will extend the term of their administration of Michael’s record catalog in a long term recording agreement. Sony will also have the opportunity to partner on additional projects that the Estate may produce during the term of the agreement.

Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer said, “Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment. The music—and videos—he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history. We’re proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael’s music available to future generations of fans.”

Branca and McClain added, “We couldn’t ask for more creative and innovative partners than Sony and Rob Stringer (whose history working personally with Michael goes back to the 1990's). Michael continues to inspire generations of artists who have come after him and attract new fans who understand that his music and message are more important than ever. We look forward to continuing to preserve and develop his remarkable musical legacy with Sony.”

To date, Michael Jackson has achieved 40 RIAA certifications and 40 #1 chart positions and 102 Top 5 chart positions. According to a press release, Michael Jackson’s overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold including over 100 million sales of 'Thriller' which remains the biggest selling album in history.

In July, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the estate announced a long-term extension of Sony/ATV’s worldwide administration of Jackson’s Mijac Music catalog. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded by Jackson in 1980 as his personal publishing company, Mijac Music grew into a formidable catalog, including his own compositions as well as the Sly and the Family Stone catalog and songs by the legendary Philadelphia soul team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, as well as songs made famous by other artists such as Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin.

Source: Variety / Billie Jean


Lip Sync Battle To Celebrate The Music Of Michael Jackson With Special Live Episode. 13-12-'17

'Lip Sync Battle' will salute the late King of Pop next month with a one hour live special featuring performances of strictly Michael Jackson songs.

“Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration,” produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment in conjunction with the estate of Michael Jackson, will be filmed live at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, and double as the launch of its new cable home Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV.

“The King of Pop is the most groundbreaking, theatrical superstar of all time and we are thrilled to be performing and celebrating the electrifying music of Michael Jackson on our big night,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer. “We are taking ‘Lip Sync Battle’ to new heights, LIVE at The Dolby Theater for the launch of The Paramount Network.”

Lip Sync Battle
The television special, hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, will also feature a performance from Michael Jackson ONE, the Cirque du Soleil show currently in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson theater in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

“Lip Sync Battle,” featuring LL Cool J and Chrissy Tiegen as hosts, will begin airing in its regular Paramount Network timeslot of Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Jan. 25.

Nominated for two Emmy's, “Lip Sync Battle” has been a cross-platform hit with more than 1 billion multi-platform views since launch, more than 2 million Facebook followers and more than 2 million YouTube Subscribers.

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean


Leon Kompowsky Returns To Sing Happy Birthday To Lisa. 07-12-'17

The famous character Leon Kompowsky played by Michael Jackson back in 1991 has returned to sing “Happy Birthday Lisa” in the new episode of The Simpsons!

The episode called 'Mr. Lisa’s Opus' was aired on December 3rd (Season 29, Episode 8). In this episode, Lisa turns 12 and the family brings back Leon to sing new verses of the famous song!

We know that Leon Kompowsky was supposed to come back as Prince but this episode never happened.

Glad to see Leon back as Michael Jackson!

The actor/singer doing the singing part of Michael Jackson is the same as the 1991 episode 'Stark Raving Dad': Kipp Lennon (who also provided Michael Jackson’s singing voice in 'The Jacksons: An American Dream').

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Corey Feldman's 1993 Audio Files Naming Alleged Sexual Predators Found By Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. 07-12-'17

Corey FeldmanThe former child actor claimed in October that he had given the names of sexual predators in Hollywood to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 during their investigation into Michael Jackson's molestation charges. The Sheriff’s Office denied those claims, saying they had no records of Feldman revealing such information, until now.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Kelly Hoover told Fox News on Tuesday night (December 5) in an emailed statement, “Following the recent inquiries into the Sheriff’s Office interview of Mr. Feldman in 1993, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conducted an additional review for any stored items remaining from the Michael Jackson investigation. In a container which included the original reports from the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located. The recording is being turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. Due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.”

Fox News had originally reached out to the Sheriff’s Office in October at which time they responded, “We are aware of the statements that Mr. Feldman is making regarding an investigation in 1993. Our records do not indicate that he named any suspects."

Feldman's rep told us, "[Feldman] is in possession of the tapes and justice will be served."

Feldman, 46, had claimed in a Today show interview with Matt Lauer that he “sat down and I gave them names. They're on record. They have all this information.”

The "Stand By Me" star has launched a campaign to raise $10 million in order to make a movie about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

Source: Fox News / Billie Jean


Madame Tussaud's IndiaMichael Jackson At The New Madame Tussaud's New Delhi. 07-12-'17

The 23rd branch of the so famous museum has just opened on December 1st in New Delhi, India!

And of course the biggest star on the planet is part of the wax artworks that visitors can take selfies with!

To mark the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017, Merlin Entertainment has opened a new branch of the international wax museum, Madame Tussauds, in New Delhi.

The iconic Regal building in Connaught Place has been chosen as the location of the India’s very own the Madame Tussauds museum that will be spread over two floors with 50 life-like wax figures of celebrities from India and the world. The museum has waxworks of personalities from different fields such as; sports, Bollywood, history & leaders, Hollywood and music. This new attraction is part of a wider recreation and entertainment zone planned for the city, which is set to be bolstered by further amenities catering for tourists.

The UK-based Merlin Entertainment operates over 100 attractions, 15 hotels and six-holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents and the company will waltz into the Indian market with the launch of Madame Tussauds in Delhi.

Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Merlin Entertainments, said, “We have had an overwhelming response from the people of Delhi and the wider region in the build-up to this opening. They will now have the opportunity to be immersed in this impressive attraction, where they will be encouraged to pose, interact and even perform with the figures in this wonderful setting. It will be the destination for many unforgettable memories for visitors in the coming months and beyond.”

Tickets: Madame Tussauds Delhi

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Voted #1 Best Male Icon By Blog Pop Icon. 06-12-'17

The Blog Pop Icon which is a popular blog about pop music full of quizzes, tests and polls, have ran a poll for Best Male Icon and the result is in!

With more than 170,000 votes in, the top 20 artists voted by the public are now revealed and no surprise here, Michael is #1!

With 40% (69,124 votes) Michael is ahead of Prince (#2) and George Michael (#3).

Full results here.

Source: Pop Icon / Billie Jean


FuzzballFuzzball For Sale! 06-12-'17

A new Auction will take place on December 16 but this time, it’s all about Disney! In this auction you will find 100s of items, posters, staff costumes, signs, manuals, props and so on and as part of Disney, 'Captain EO' is there too!

The most exciting item is the actual Fuzzball!

(Disney, c.1986) An original radio-controlled animatronic puppet of Fuzzball used during the creation of the film 'Captain EO'. This prop includes a signed letter by Rick Baker, certifying the authenticity of the item. The letter reads, “Having personally inspected this piece, I can certify that it is an original radio controlled Fuzzball puppet, created by my studio for the production of the motion picture 'Captain EO'. This puppet is composed of various materials including foam and latex, and was animated via remote control for the film. The puppet comes displayed in a custom frame box along with imagery from the film and an engraved plaque. The puppet measures approximately 18″ tall, including the tail, and is in very good condition with some minor wear from use.

The little 'Captain EO' friend is already at $50,000.

For more information and bid click here.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Unseen Photo From 'Blood On The Dance Floor'. 06-12-'17

An unseen picture of Michael Jackson dressed like in 'Blood On The Dance Floor' album cover and video has emerged on social media's.

The Estate of Michael Jackson released the picture after a competition for the release of the album compilation 'Scream' and only fans in the US can view the picture on social media's (as the winner country of the competition) But All Michael Jackson Fans are winners so here it is!

Back in September, we promised an exclusive photo from the Estate’s archive to the territory that pre-ordered the most copies of 'Scream'. The United States won that contest. For the next twelve hours, this photo is only available to be viewed by fans in the United States. Enjoy your “first look!”

Also Will Wilson revealed in Iconic Magazine Issue #7 that he received a set of photos of Michael Jackson dressed in this outfit and painted the album cover with the recommendation and notes from Michael himself. Maybe this is one of those pictures!

Cannot wait to see the full set of pictures! Hopefully one day!

Blood On The Dance Floor Album Photoshoot (1997)
J. K. Isaac photographed Michael Jackson for the 'Blood On The Dance Floor' album cover.

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


Chris BrownChris Brown Previews Michael Jackson-Inspired Song. 05-12-'17

Breezy is back in the lab. Fresh off the release of his 45-track album, Chris Brown is teasing a new Michael Jackson-inspired song.

“Girl, I’ve got a bad, bad reputation, but you do too,” sings Brown in the snippet, which he posted on Instagram. “She said she’s been down, down for a while now / She’s a renegade on the loose.”

Brown captioned the video: 'Vampire Vibe' session MJ kinda night,” which is likely a reference to the beat, which sounds inspired by Jackson’s 'Leave Me Alone' from 1987’s 'Bad'.

This isn’t the first time Brown has been inspired by the King of Pop. In 2012, he reflected on meeting his idol. “That was probably one of the greatest moments in my career ’cause I got a chance to perform for him,” he explained. “People loved the performance. I went backstage and met him. He said hi to my mom. He was respectful. It was just one of those great times in my life.”

But while he idolizes MJ, he doesn’t want to copy him. “My legacy is not to be Michael Jackson, but to just be me,” he added. “I want to make him proud. I don’t want to make it an effort to copy because I hate clones, so I don’t want to be a clone.”

The prolific streak continues for Breezy. Just last week, he shared another new song, “Sirens,” which arrived shortly after dropping his double album, 'Heartbreak' On A Full Moon'. He also recently collaborated with Dave East, Kap G, Remy Ma, and T-Pain.

Source: Rap-Up / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson: All The Top 40 Hits Book Cover'Michael Jackson: All The Top 40 Hits' Book Is Released. 10-12-'17

The book 'Michael Jackson: All The Top 40 Hits' is released in the UK on December 4th, by publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Michael Jackson first entered a recording studio in November 1967, just three months after his ninth birthday. Two years later, with his brothers, he scored his first no.1 single, I Want You Back. Since then, solo and with his brothers, Michael has achieved an incredible one hundred Top 40 Singles, sixty Top 40 Albums and fifteen Top 40 Music Videos.

He has also contributed to numerous other hit singles, including We Are The World, Somebody’s Watching Me and State Of Independence, and 'Thriller' is widely acknowledged as the world’s no.1 best-selling album of all-time. For the purposes of this book, to qualify as a Top 40 hit, a single, album or music video must have entered the Top 40 chart in at least one of the featured countries.

The Top 40 hits are detailed chronologically, according to the date they first entered the chart in one or more of the featured countries. Each Top 40 single, album and music video is illustrated and the catalogue numbers and release dates are detailed, for both the USA and UK, followed by the chart runs in each featured country.

The main listings are followed by ‘The Almost Top 40 Singles/Albums’, which gives an honourable mention to singles/albums that peaked between no.41-50 in one or more countries, but which failed to enter the Top 40 in any. There is also a points-based list of the Top 40 singles, Top 25 albums and Top 10 music videos, plus a fascinating Trivia section, which looks at the most successful singles, albums and music videos in each of the featured countries.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Craig Halstead
Pages: 564
ISBN: 978-1981413232
Printed: UK
Guide price: 15 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Criminal Kick Limited Edition Print From Daniel Brooks. 04-12-'17

The original painting, Criminal Kick, from The MJ Series was inspired by Michael Jackson's classic 'Smooth Criminal' performance.

From 1st January 2018 the promotional period will end and the print price will be £250.

If you have any questions feel free to get in contact - info@danielbrooksstudio.com.

Criminal Kick Print
Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity and are signed, numbered and dated.

Title: Criminal Kick
Format: Digital Inkjet Archival Print
Paper: Somerset Satin 330gsm Enhanced Paper
Size: 66x87cm (Printed Image 60x80cm)
Print Run: 250 Prints
Delivery: 5-10 Days

To order your limited print click here.

Source: Daniel Brooks / Billie Jean

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