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Albert Watson’s Photos On Display. 31-01-'17

Albert Watson, the photograph behind 'Invincible' album photoshoot will display his photos from January 24 to March 11 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.

The exhibition will of course include photos of Michael Jackson.

FOTOfusion, the popular cultural festival “where creativity and technology fuse,” attracts hundreds of professional and hobbyist photographers to West Palm Beach for five days of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, portfolio reviews, hands-on computer classes, demonstrations, and photo shoots taught by more than 60 world renowned photographers, digital imaging artists and picture editors. The 2017 FOTOmentor Award will be presented to Albert Watson.

Address: 415 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, USA.

Albert Watson Photoshoot
Albert Watson shoot images in New York for the inside of the album 'Invincible'.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland’ Casts ‘Switched At Birth’ Star Sam Adegoke. 31-01-'17

Sam Adegoke'Switched at Birth' star Sam Adegoke has been cast in the lead role of Michael Jackson’s bodyguard in the Lifetime biopic, 'Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland.'

Based on the best-selling book 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days', the film is told through the eyes of the King of Pop’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.

Adegoke will play Beard, while Chad L. Coleman will play Whitfield. Navi, a renowned Michael Jackson tribute artist, will star as Jackson in his acting debut.

Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Robert Teitel are executive producing. “Searching for Neverland” is produced by Silver Screen and Dianne Houston is directing from a script written by Elizabeth Hunter.

Jackson has been the subject of numerous film and television depictions over the years. Most recently, uproar arose after Joseph Fiennes was cast to play the legendary musician in an episode of the British series 'Urban Myths'.

Following public outcry, British TV outlet Sky pulled the episode. The now-scrapped episode was based on a Vanity Fair story in which a former employee of Jackson’s claimed that the pop star invited Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor to see him perform in New York City prior to the 9/11 attacks.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


The_JacksonsThe Jacksons Mark 50th Anniversary With Blenheim Palace Show. 30-01-'17

Motown legends The Jacksons are marking their 50th anniversary with a show at Blenheim Palace. The band, known for hits including 'ABC', 'I Want You Back' and 'I’ll Be There', are celebrating the milestone with a world tour and will be stopping off at the palace in June.

Originally know as The Jackson Five, the band now features four members – Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson – following the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.

Kool & The Gang will be the special guest at the concert. The R&B act toured with The Jackson Five in the 70's.

The show will be part of this year’s Nocturne concert series, which sees musicians perform against the backdrop of the palace in Oxfordshire.

Last year featured performances from Sir Elton John, Jack Savoretti and The Corrs.

The 2017 event runs from June 15 to 18, with The Jacksons on stage on June 18. Other acts are due to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now.

Source: Bucks Free Press / Billie Jean


Benny CollinsBenny Collins Died At 68. 28-01-'17

Benny Collins, production and tour manager and 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, died on Jan. 27. He was 68. The long list of acts and artists he worked with include Journey, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Lionel Richie and U2.

Michael Jackson kept him busy in the 1990's, where he said it was a thrill to meet “every star I ever dreamed of. I was sitting on a case on the side of the stage, as I always did for the first two songs, because if you got through the first two songs, you knew you weren’t going to have trouble. While sitting there, Michael’s security came up and asked if two people could sit with me. I look up and I see Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren and I say, ‘Sure! No problem!’”

“Benny is one of the most honest, most ethical people I know — it’s that simple,” production manager Charlie Hernandez states. “He’s always able to tell the truth, whether it’s to a cab driver or the King of Pop.” Hernandez was working for Billy Squier when he first met Collins when Squire was opening for Journey. “He was the drum tech at the time and he was always the hardest working guy on the crew. Then later he gave me one of the greatest jobs I ever had — site coordinator for Michael Jackson.”

After Michael Jackson, he did a variety of acts, including Counting Crows, that took him around the world.
Then a different Jackson called: Janet, who shared her brother’s appetite for Big Ideas. Collins’ first tour with her, Rhythm Nation 1814, involved a black panther for her hit song “Black Cat.” Collins found one in Pensacola and brought it and the trainer into rehearsal. The bit involved Jackson being put into a cage by the dancers, and being replaced by the panther via a trap door. During the tour’s premiere night, the kitty apparently thought it a good idea to relieve himself during his stage début. “Have you ever seen a tiger piss?!?” Collins asked. “It’s like a river!” Several of her dances were slipping and falling in the urine. The panther was fired — his rock star career was over.

Benny Collins will be honored at the Parnelli Awards gala Nov. 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Source: Foh Online / Billie Jean


Thriller Live'Thriller Live' At The Waterfront Hall, March 16 To 18. 27-01-'17

The 'King of Pop' may be long dead, but 'Thriller Live's' smash-hit showcase of Michael Jackson's best-loved tunes has been keeping his music and signature stage moves alive for the past eight years.

Returning to Belfast this March, the production is a shamelessly plot-free celebration of Jackson's music from the days of the Jackson 5 and his early solo work through the 1980s superstardom precipitated by 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' and on to his more 'selectively appealing' 1990's oeuvre.

Created by Michael Jackson fan club founder Adrian Grant, 'Thriller Live' offers three decades of hit tunes presented as a two-and-half-hour long, all-singing all-dancing live revue that has been entertaining fans since its West End debut shortly before Jackson's sudden death in 2009.

A fun night out for devotees.

Tickets priced from £20.50 on sale now via Waterfront.co.uk.

Source: The Irish News / Billie Jean


Not Meeting Michael Jackson My Biggest Sorrow, Says Boy George. 27-01-'17

Boy GeorgeSinger Boy George says one of his biggest “sorrows” is not being able to meet King of Pop Michael Jackson, but he praised his daughter Paris as a “lovely girl”.

The 55-year-old singer opened up about his meeting with Paris on Andy Cohen’s 'Watch What Happens Live'.

“I told her that she was very beautiful and I told her that her dad was amazing, said that I never met him. It was one of my big sorrows that I never got to meet him. She was lovely, she’s such a lovely girl,” George said.

Paris recently opened up about her life with her legendary father. In the interview she said she believes her father was murdered.

Source: MB Entertainment / Billie Jean


The Kingvention 2017 Will Be Held On September 30 In London. 26-01-'17

The first European convention Michael Jackson entitled Kingvention which took place in the months of September 2015 and 2016 in England, the third edition returns to London on September 30.

Recommended by MJ France, this Kingvention offers unprecedented meetings with people who have a direct connection with Michael Jackson or have worked with him.

All the details of this unmissable appointment will be given to you in the near future.

Kingvention
KINGVENTION, the 2017 Edition will take place on September 30th in London!

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Glove In Auction. 25-01-'17

One of Michael Jackson’s glove will be in auction at Nate D. Sanders Auctions this Thursday (January 26) in Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson owned white rhinestone glove, circa 1984. Regarded globally as the greatest entertainer in recorded history, Jackson commandeered several classic fashions for use in crafting his larger-than-life image, among them the black fedora, aviator sunglasses and sequined military jackets.

Certainly no other item was used so inventively and exclusively by Jackson in his fashion statements however, and worn so proudly than the single white rhinestone glove, worn on his right hand. Off-white cloth glove is encrusted heavily with iridescent crystal beading and features a single snap closure. Custom-sewn glove bears no size labeling. Measures 9.25'' at its longest from cuff to fingertip and 4.25'' across the center. Some scattered stress to fabric between stones, wear to fingertips and minor separation to inner seams of pinky and thumb, with some chipping to white paint on snap, else near fine.

MJ Glove
The glove was already sold by Paul Bedard in 2005 to a private collector and now in auction for a debut price of $75,000!

Extensive provenance includes documentation from the man to whom Jackson gifted the glove in 1984, his personal artist Paul Bedard. Bedard was commissioned by Jackson to collaborate on the creation of over a dozen now readily recognizable original works of art for Jackson's home and his Neverland Ranch estate.

Fittingly, one of the works of art depicts half a dozen famous characters -- George Washington, the Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and even E.T. all following Jackson's lead, each donning the white glove and aviator shades.

This painting was in Neverland Ranch and believed to be still in the Estate’s possession.

MJ Painting
Michael gave this glove in 1984 to the artist Paul Bedard who painted the famous painting.

Included in the provenance are images of the art and photocopies of Jackson's handwritten notes to Bedard regarding the development of the commissioned pieces, juxtaposed with copies of snapshots of Jackson and the artist; one photo shows Bedard wearing the glove circa 1984 before delivering the finished painting to Michael. Accompanied by an original 2005 typed declaration signed by Bedard attesting to the authenticity of the glove and its ownership.

Also accompanied by a copy of the check used to purchase the glove from Bedard and the glove's co-owner, Bedard's attorney Rummel Bautista; this check is also from 2005 when Bedard originally sold the glove. Finally, included in the lot is Bautista's business card. Jackson's signature costume accessory, personally owned by the entertainer of the century.

Bid here for the Glove.

Source: Nate D. Sanders Auctions / Billie Jean


Rolling Stone Magazine CoverParis Jackson: Life After Neverland. 24-01-'17

In her first-ever in-depth interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Michael Jackson's daughter discusses her father's pain and finding peace after addiction and heartache.

Paris Jackson turned 18 last April, and moment by moment, can come across as much older or much younger, having lived a life that's veered between sheltered and agonizingly exposed.

Paris Jackson reveals that she believes her pop superstar father Michael Jackson was murdered. The aspiring model says, “Absolutely” when asked about the subject. She goes on to note, “Because it’s obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bulls***.” She explains that her father would often allude to the fact that this might be a possibility, saying that he would drop “hints about people being out to get him.”

Paris has, with impressive speed, acquired more than 50 tattoos, sneaking in the first few while underage. Nine of them are devoted to Michael Jackson, who died when she was 11 years old, sending her, Prince and their youngest brother, Blanket, spiraling out of what had been – as they perceived it – a cloistered, near-idyllic little world. "They always say, 'Time heals,'" she says. "But it really doesn't. You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of 'OK, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.' So going forward, anything bad that happens can't be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it." Michael still visits her in her dreams, she says: "I feel him with me all the time."

Michael, who saw himself as Peter Pan, liked to call his only daughter Tinker Bell. She has FAITH, TRUST AND PIXIE DUST inked near her clavicle. She has an image from the cover of Dangerous on her forearm, the Bad logo on her hand, and the words QUEEN OF MY HEART – in her dad's handwriting, from a letter he wrote her – on her inner left wrist. "He's brought me nothing but joy," she says. "So why not have constant reminders of joy?"

At the moment, Paris lives in the private studio where her dad demoed 'Beat It'. The Tudor-style main house in the now-empty Jackson family compound in the L.A. neighborhood of Encino – purchased by Joe Jackson in 1971 with some of the Jackson 5's first Motown royalties, and rebuilt by Michael in the Eighties – is under renovation. But the studio, built by Michael in a brick building across the courtyard, happens to be roughly the size of a decent Manhattan apartment, with its own kitchen and bathroom. Paris has turned it into a vibe-y, cozy dorm room.

Traces of her father are everywhere, most unmistakably in the artwork he commissioned. Outside the studio is a framed picture, done in a Disney-like style, of a cartoon castle on a hilltop with a caricatured Michael in the foreground, a small blond boy embracing him. It's captioned "Of Children, Castles & Kings." Inside is a mural taking up an entire wall, with another cartoon Michael in the corner, holding a green book titled The Secret of Life and looking down from a window at blooming flowers – at the center of each bloom is a cartoon face of a red-cheeked little girl.

Above an adjacent garage is a mini-museum Michael created as a surprise gift for his family, with the walls and even ceilings covered with photos from their history. Michael used to rehearse dance moves in that room; now Paris' boyfriend has his drum kit set up there.

We head out to a nearby sushi restaurant, and Paris starts to describe life in Neverland. She spent her first seven years in her dad's 2,700-acre fantasy world, with its own amusement park, zoo and movie theater. ("Everything I never got to do as a kid," Michael called it.) During that time, she didn't know that her father's name was Michael, let alone have any grasp of his fame. "I just thought his name was Dad, Daddy," she says. "We didn't really know who he was. But he was our world. And we were his world." (Paris declared last year's Captain Fantastic, where Viggo Mortensen plays an eccentric dad who tries to create a utopian hideaway for his kids, her "favorite movie ever.")

She says Michael emphasized tolerance. "My dad raised me in a very open-minded house," she says. "I was eight years old, in love with this female on the cover of a magazine. Instead of yelling at me, like most homophobic parents, he was making fun of me, like, 'Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.'

Paris is certain that Michael Jackson was her biological dad. She believes it with a fervency that is both touching and, in the moment, utterly convincing. "He is my father," she says, making fierce eye contact. "He will always be my father. He never wasn't, and he never will not be. People that knew him really well say they see him in me, that it's almost scary.

Read the whole article here.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


Donald Trump And Michael Jackson: The Full Story Behind A Mysterious Relationship. 20-01-'17

Cornwall Live writer Mike Smallcombe is the author of Making Michael, a biography of the King of Pop's career. Here Mike looks at the relationship between Michael Jackson and Donald Trump, who is about to become one of the most powerful men in the world.

Donald Trump's inauguration is upon us – the 45th President of the United States will take office just ten weeks after what was seen as the biggest shock in the country's electoral history.

Before trying his hand at politics, Trump was known as a billionaire real estate mogul and reality television star.

Trump was also no stranger to parading around with A-list celebrities and he long courted personalities from sports and entertainment, including pop superstar Michael Jackson.

It may come as a shock to Jackson's daughter Paris that her father spent a significant amount of time in Trump's company in the 1990s, with Trump going so far as to call Jackson "a very good friend of mine".

The story of Donald Trump and Michael Jackson begins in March 1988, when the pair met backstage at a concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Trump recalls: "I spoke to him for a little while, he was low-key, and I'd think, 'There's no way this guy is going out to that stage to perform'. And then you see him moonwalk across the stage and the place would go crazy."

The two became properly acquainted in 1990, when Trump opened what was then the world's glitziest casino, the Taj Majal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dubbed the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', the 1,250-room casino hotel was constructed at a total cost of $1.1 billion, making it the most expensive casino ever built.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Opening (07-04-1990)
Michael Jackson arrives as one of the first guests at the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City as a special guest of millionaire, Donald Trump.

On Friday, April 6, 1990 Jackson travelled to Atlantic City to assist Trump with the grand opening, and stayed in the hotel's $10,000-a-night 'Alexander the Great Suite'. "If I ever needed him for something, he'd always be there," Trump later said. "He was very loyal to his friends."

The next day Trump gave Jackson a tour of the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall arena, adjacent to his Trump Plaza casino hotel. On the Sunday, Jackson was due to leave for Indiana to be at the bedside of his close friend, 18-year-old Ryan White, who was losing his brave five-year battle with AIDS

As he arrived at the airport, Jackson was told that Ryan had passed away. Trump, who was about to board his private jet to return to New York, told Jackson he would accompany him on the journey to the White family home, seemingly sensing a golden public relations opportunity.

The pair flew to Indianapolis together aboard a private jet provided by Jackson's record label, before travelling the 20 miles to Ryan's hometown of Cicero in a motorcade of three limousines and several police vehicles.

After arriving at the home, a grieving Jackson sat briefly in the back of a red Ford Mustang GT, which he had given to Ryan as a gift a year earlier. He told the waiting media: "He was a personal friend. It's sad."

Trump extended his condolences to the family, and returned to New Jersey. Jackson remained at the house until the evening, reminiscing and looking through scrapbooks with Ryan's mother, Jeanne.

Jackson spent the next 18 months working on his 'Dangerous' album, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. He and Trump crossed paths again in June 1992, at a charity gala held at the iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York. Trump and his future wife, Marla Maples, accompanied Jackson as he collected an award for his efforts in helping economically disadvantaged children.

The Trump-Jackson acquaintance was at its strongest in 1994. In March that year, with a gruelling world tour and damaging child molestation accusations behind him, Jackson relocated to New York City to work on his next album, which became HIStory.

Jackson reportedly paid $110,000 a month to rent a four-bedroom apartment near the top of Trump Tower, high above Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The apartment, which offers spectacular views over Central Park, was put on the market earlier this year for a cool $23 million.

A couple of weeks later, Jackson asked his host if he could bring his new love interest to Trump's sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. "We flew down in my plane together," Trump said. "On the flight down, he asked if it would be possible for his girlfriend to come over and stay. I said absolutely, I looked forward to meeting her. He said she would be arriving sometime around eight o'clock, about an hour after we got to the house."

In 2004, Trump publically defended Jackson ahead of his child molestation trial. "I'm going to stick up for him, because nobody else is," Trump told Larry King. "But I don't believe it.

In February 2016, Trump was criticised by Jermaine Jackson after claiming Michael lost self-esteem due to "bad surgery".

But Trump also paid tribute to a man he called 'a friend'. Trump said: "He was an amazing guy, but beyond all else, he was the greatest entertainer I've ever known. He had magic. He was a genius. He was also a really good person, and when you got to know him, you realized how smart he was. He was brilliant.

"Now, Michael wasn't the same Michael for the last 10 years. He was not well. He had a lot of problems, a lot of difficulties. He was embarrassed by it. He was embarrassed by what was happening to him.

"But he's not going to be remembered for the last 10 years; he's going to be remembered for the first 35 years. Michael in his prime — there's never been anybody like him."

Source: Cornwall Live / Billie Jean


Omer BhattiOmer Bhatti Special Guest At Birthday Event. 19-01-'17

We previously shared some details on the Malibu Birthday Event 2017 and it has just been announced that the special guest at the event will be Omer Bhatti.

On the 6th May, 2017, everyone is invited to come and have a fun night at their 30th birthday party.

The party begins at 8.00 p.m. at E-Feld, Koln, at Venloer Street, 601, 50827 Cologne, Germany.

Tickets are limited and can be obtained by emailing party@malibufanclub.de with the amount of tickets required. Further information will then be sent to you.

Malibu Birthday Event
Come to the Party, May 6, 2017 and celebrate with hundreds of Jackson fans.

So, if you are a Michael Jackson fan and happen to be in Cologne at the time, Malibu would love to have you come and join in the birthday festivities MJ style.

Tickets are 24.00 euros and the dresscode is ‘Smooth Criminal’ – 1930’s attire.

You can also follow the event on their Facebook page.

Source: Malibu / MJWN / Billie Jean


Quincy_JonesQuincy Jones’ Michael Jackson Lawsuit Moves Forward. 19-01-'17

Since Michael Jackson’s death, his estate has released a number of posthumous works: Quincy Jones filed suit against the estate for what he considers his share of the royalties. A judge in the case denied a summary judgment, so the lawsuit will go to trial beginning February 21.

The allegations were first made in 2013 when Jones sued Sony Entertainment and MJJ Productions (controlled by the Jackson estate) and claimed that the legendary producer’s contributions were remixed to cut him out of the profits. The music from the film This is It and a reissue of Bad are the subjects of the suit. MJJ lawyer Zia Modabber said this is a breach of contract claim falsely entered as a royalty dispute, but the judge dismissed that opinion.

This is not the first time a summary judgment has been denied: The judge called the situation “deja vu.” Because he determined the case requires more evidence to be decided, a trial will bring forth new dimensions of the case.

Source: Radio / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson ATV Share Sold To Sony – Trigger Paul McCartney Lawsuit. 19-01-'17

Paul McCartneyFormer Beatle Paul McCartney has sued Sony Corp’s music publishing arm in a federal court in New York, seeking to reclaim copyrights to 267 Beatles songs that pop star Michael Jackson acquired two decades before his death.

Jackson famously outbid McCartney for the publishing rights to the songs in 1985, paying Australian businessman Robert Holmes à Court $47.5 million (about €45 million) to obtain the collection as part of a trove of some 4,000 pop music tunes.

The Beatles songs and rest of the collection were then rolled into a joint venture Jackson formed in 1995 with his Sony-based label, creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which grew into the world’s biggest song publisher.

Jackson’s estate sold off its stake in Sony/ATV, including the Beatles collection, to Sony Corp for $750,000 in 2016, seven years after Jackson’s death.

According to his lawsuit, McCartney put Sony/ATV Music Publishing on notice as early as October 2008 that he wished to reclaim rights to the dozens of songs he co-wrote with the late John Lennon from September 1962 to June 1971.

The suit claims Sony/ATV has so far failed to acknowledge the composer’s rights to terminate copyright transfers of that music, including such hits as 'All You Need is Love' and 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', under the US Copyright Act.

“Because the earliest of Paul McCartney’s terminations will take effect in 2018, a judicial declaration is necessary and appropriate at this time so that Paul McCartney can rely on quiet, unclouded title to his rights,” the suit said.

Sony/ATV
Sony buy Michael Jackson’s half of Sony/ATV for $750 Million.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing called the lawsuit “unnecessary and premature” in an emailed statement.

“Sony/ATV has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney, with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon and McCartney song catalogue,” Sony/ATV said.

The lawsuit claimed Sony/ATV attempted to stall talks with McCartney until the conclusion of a separate lawsuit involving similar claims by British pop band Duran Duran in an English court.

Duran Duran lost their legal battle with a Sony/ATV subsidiary in December.

The suit is seeking a declaration from the court that McCartney can reclaim his copyright interests in the songs, as well as attorneys’ fees.

Source: The Irish Times / Billie Jean


Mother So Convinced Michael Jackson Song 'Smooth Criminal' Is About Her. 18-01-'17

Annie
Annie

A former model has lost her job and found herself homeless with her 14-year-old daughter because of her quest to prove that Michael Jackson's song 'Smooth Criminal' is about her.

The mother-of-three has been called “delusional” by her eldest daughter Akeeya, who said that her mum refuses to work because she's owed money from the late singer's estate for allegedly cashing in on her story.

“My mum, Annie, is delusional. She actually believes Michael Jackson wrote the song 'Smooth Criminal' about her,” Akeeya told Dr Phil on his show.

“My mum does not work because she believes she’s entitled to the rights of 'Smooth Criminal', Akeeya continued.

“I am livid. I want my mother to stop trying to cash in on the rights to this song and get a job and support her and my little sister.”

The 1988 song, which was written by Jackson and produced along with Quincy Jones, tells the story of a woman who is attacked in her home by a 'Smooth Criminal'. The name Annie is repeated 46 times.

Annie is so convinced that Jackson was singing about her, that she has even called Quincy Jones for compensation.

“I believe I am ‘Annie’ from Michael Jackson’s song 'Smooth Criminal', Annie explained.

At the same time of the song's release, Annie said that she was a victim of abuse.

“I was in an abusive relationship, on the night that I was being abused I became Annie from 'Smooth Criminal', she told the show.

Drawing parallels between the song lyrics about being 'struck down' and her violent incident, Annie explained that the same thing happened and she ran into the bedroom too.

“When all this was happening I saw a limousine outside the window,” she said. “I believe it could have been Michael Jackson in that limousine. I know that Michael Jackson had family that lived in the area. 'Annie, are you ok?' Why do you think he said that? Because he wanted to know if I was ok.”

Annie explained that there was “friction” between herself and her daughters and while she's homeless she spends most of her time at a doughnut shop with her youngest daughter.

“I've been stolen from all my life. Even my life story from 'Smooth Criminal' was stolen from me and I didn't get anything. I want the rights to my song. I am Annie!” she said.

As Annie explained her theory, she said that upon investigation she claimed Jackson had a similar car in storage and wasn't sure that he was in Phoenix at the time of the assault.

Michael Jackson’s former sound/audio engineer, Matt Forger, who worked on the pop star’s record-breaking album 'Bad', worked closely with the star.

He appeared on the show to reveal who Annie was.

“When we were in the studio working, I noticed there was a green fibre glass case in the corner, so one day I asked him why it was there, and he said, 'Oh that's Annie,” Forger said.

“Because when they teach CPR they have you address the CPR mannequin and that's where the name Annie comes from.”

He said that the doll is where the character emerged from.

Entertainment attorney Chris Chatham, who helps stars and musicians protect their intellectual property rights, said that Jackson could have written Annie's name 46 million times and she still wouldn't have a claim as compensation goes to the author of the song or in this case, the singer's estate as he died in 2009.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


DaniloNew Danilo Video Featuring MJ Fans. 17-01-'17

Danilo, the publishers of the Official Michael Jackson 2017 Calendar, are currently in the process of putting together a new Danilo video and want Michael’s fans to be a part of it. They are asking you to send them a short video clip and photos of either yourself, friends or family enjoying or receiving your Michael Jackson Official Calendar. They are also keen to include lots of different calendar titles to their existing entries.

All fans are welcome to enter and each participant will automatically be entered into the prize draw for one lucky person to win one hundred pounds.

The full details on how to enter can be found by clicking here.

Danilo’s magnificent Michael Jackson 2017 calendar features iconic images of the King of Pop and allows the magic to live on, not just for ‘One Day in Your Life’ but for ever! It is still available to order worldwide with free UK mainland delivery here.

Source: Danilo / MJWN / Billie Jean


'Smooth Criminal' And 'Dangerous' Figure. 17-01-'17

The action of the doll market is out of control and in China are born quickly many brands trying to make their space in this market full of fierce competition. One such brand is just the King of Pop figures, a brand new 1/6 scale action doll dedicated to the King of Pop all time ... "Michael Jackson."

This models, scale 1/6, the sculpt is very similar to the Michael's face as the costume is a faithful reproduction of the original. The dolls are on the market in February.

Details:

•Head sculpt with highly-emulation hair
•A bare body of approximately 31cm 1 set
•Hands: 4.5 pair
•Base plate: 1 set
•Sunglasses: 1 set
•Wireless headset: 1 set
•white hat: 1 set
•white suit: 1 piece
•white tie: 1 piece
•blue shirt: 1 piece
•white suspenders: 1 pair
•T-shirt: 1 piece
•Gold jacket: 1 piece
•Outwear: 1 piece
•Trousers: 1 pair
•Wrist band: 1 piece
•Metal waistband: 1 piece
•Metal belt: 3 piece
•Stockings: 1 pair
•shoe cover: 1 pair
•Leather shoes: 1 pair

MPN: KF003B
Guide price: 200 €

MJ Doll
Michael Jackson 1/6 Figure by King Of Figure.

Pre-order the doll here at Toys Heroes.

Source: Toys Heroes / Billie Jean


Fashion: Versace - Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous'. 15-01-'17

On the occasion of the presentation of the man collection winter 2017, the famous Italian brand Versace has posted on its site and facebook page images of a jacket obviously inspired by the cover of the album 'Dangerous' by Michael Jackson.

Versace
Versace shows some images (too little unfortunately) of the realization of this jacket at Versace.com

Source: Versace Facebook / Versace / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Biopic Heading To Lifetime. 13-01-'17

Cable network Lifetime has ordered a film based on the last few years of Michael Jackson’s life.

The biographical drama, tentatively titled Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, will be told through the eyes of his bodyguards. He will be played by Navi, considered the world’s most prominent Michael Jackson impersonator.

Sky pulls broadcast of show that cast white actor as Michael Jackson.

The project is based on the book 'Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days', and is being adapted for screen by Motown head Berry Gordy whose former creative assistant, Suzanne de Passe, will be the executive producer. It follows in the footsteps of other Lifetime music biopics on Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and the upcoming take on the life of Britney Spears.

The announcement comes soon after UK network Sky’s decision not to air a controversial episode of new show 'Urban Myths' which had caused online ire after Joseph Fiennes was picked to play the singer.

The Jackson biopic is one of a few high-profile films announced by Lifetime at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. Viola Davis, tipped to win an Oscar next month for her role in Fences, will produce and star in the drama Custody, which premiered to lukewarm reviews at last year’s Tribeca film festival. The network will also work with James Franco for the romantic thriller High School Lover, where he will play a father trying to stop his daughter from dating an older man.

Source: The Guardian / Billie Jean


Paris Jackson Reacts To 'Urban Myths' Episode Getting Pulled: 'We Really Do Appreciate It'. 13-01-'17

Paris JacksonMichael Jackson's family couldn't be happier to protect his legacy.

The iconic singer's daughter, Paris Jackson, took to Twitter on Friday express her gratitude after Sky Arts announced its decision to pull its controversial Urban Myths episode, "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon."

"I'm surprised the family's feelings were actually taken into consideration for once, we all really do appreciate it more than y'all know," the 18-year-old tweeted in response to the news.

"It's a huge victory. Casting Fiennes made no sense. It was insensitive and wrong," MJ's nephew, T.J. Jackson, said in a statement to ET. "I hope all production companies long into the future take notice and respect who my uncle was. A proud black man who suffered from the skin disease vitiligo."

"Thank you to everyone who made their voices heard. As I said it wasn't comedy, it was mockery with no taste," he added on Twitter. "A great victory for his legacy!"

Sky Arts confirmed to ET on Friday that its Urban Myths episode about the music icon had officially been cut following backlash from Jackson's family and fans, who criticized the decision to cast a white man, Joseph Fiennes, as the late singer.

"We have taken the decision not to broadcast 'Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,' a half hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family," Sky Arts' statement read. "We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision."

Paris, T.J., Marlon, and Taj Jackson had all spoken out against the project, slamming the episode as a "disgusting mockery."

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


'Beat it' Jacket On Display In Berlin. 13-01-'17

A 'Beat it' Jacket will be on Display in the Berlin “The Pearl” fashion show.

The jacket will be displayed on January 19 right on the red carpet (where it belongs) and then will be auctioned after the show for charity!

Here the details of the show, time and location:

Fashion TV Fashion Week at the Berlin Fashion Week
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9:00 pm
The Pearl Berlin, Fasanenstr. 81, D-10623 Berlin

Beat It Jacket
The original 'Beat It' jacket - 1982.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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