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Ripley’s New Michael Jackson Sculpture To Be Unveiled On June 25. 16-06-'17

Cristiam Ramos, winner of 20 awards and 2 World Records has been commissioned to create a Michael Jackson sculpture for Ripleys Entertainment Inc. owner of “Ripley’s believe it or not!” Museums, The company commissioned Cristiam a Sculpture of Michael Jackson for the anniversary of his death June 25, and this amazing sculpture will be display in some Ripley’s museums in US starting with the Orlando Museum.

MJ SculptureThe Sculpture is painted with over 40 pop icons faces that have marked the music through the years: Prince, Madonna, Elton John, George Michael, and much more.

The Sculpture is a tribute to pop music in general having as the central point the sculpture of the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

The sculpture is made of normal materials like clay, oil paint and acrylic paint, ant took over 4 months, but it is unusual and amazing. And also it is the only one in its type.

For more information about Cristiam Ramos, please visit his website

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'The Jacksons Legacy: The 50TH Anniversary' Book Will Be Released In October. 16-06-'17

The Jacksons Legacy: The 50th Anniversary Book CoverFollowing our October 21 announcement about the upcoming publication of 'The Jacksons Legacy: The 50th Anniversary', the first official publication of Jacksons siblings at Thames & Hudson, October 2017 Is fixed for the output of this book.

'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the first ever official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. This major volume reveals the untold, unseen and utterly unforgettable story behind the legend that is the Jacksons. Four specially commissioned chapters deftly weave together an unprecedented 12 days’ worth of exclusive interviews with the brothers, recounted in their own words, with contributions from key players throughout their careers. The compelling tale unfolds from their childhood days living at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, through the years signed to Motown as the Jackson 5, their radical move to Epic as The Jacksons, the blossoming of their solo careers, the dizzying successes of the Victory tour, and right up to the present day.

During unrivalled access to the family archives as well as the private collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, bespoke photography captures a multitude of never-before-seen images, rarities and personal possessions. The result is a mind-blowing collection of visual material: intensely personal family pictures; all-angle shots of the first guitars the boys ever held; top photographer Harrison Funk’s exclusive coverage of their professional lives; photos of Michael Jackson on tour with his brothers during the release of 'Off The  Wall' (1979) and the 1982 phenomenon that was 'Thriller' – the best-selling album of all time; editions of teen and black culture magazines featuring the family; and official merchandise, right down to Jacksons-branded breakfast cereal boxes with giveaway 7” records attached.

Published to coincide with their 50th anniversary, 'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the definitive behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons’ lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time.

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 site of Amazon.com sets the date to 12 October while amazon France has set the release date to October 5, 2017.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Author: The Jackson Family
ISBN: 978-0316473736
Pages: 320
Printed: ?
Guide price: 28 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume VI: Invincible' Will Be Released This Summer. 12-06-'17

The Ultimate Collector Book Volume VI: Invincible CoverIn The Ultimate Collector Book series, Sixteen11 Media Group is pleased to unveil the cover of Volume VI 'Invincible: From 2001 to 2008'.

After the volumes devoted to the 'Dangerous' and 'HIStory' periods which you could have the echoes here, this new book of reference of the collectors concerning Michael Jackson will be consecrated to the Invincible period.

Today, the cover of the next volume has been revealed on social media.

The next volume compiled by Fabrice Ancellet (aka Hector Barjot for those who follow him) and Sebastian Mille is all about ‘Invincible’!

Speaking to Fabrice and Sebastian this week, the volume is now completed: “It was really hard one! We both were very surprised on how many items we found and compiled together. It has been a challenge for an era with barely any singles releases from the album! But we found so much more and we cannot wait for all the fans who collect to see them!”

For more information on Hector Barjot, YouTube Channel.

More information is to follow regarding the full content, the pre-sales dates and the price. So keep an eye open!

To be continued.

Source: MJ Vibe / Sixteen11 / Billie Jean


BubblesBubbles, Michael Jackson’s Chimp, Really Does Paint! 12-06-'17

After great success at Art Basel 2012, the paintings by Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee, Bubbles, and many others will be on display for 10 days at Frames USA & Art Gallery in Miami. The opening reception will be on July 21, 2017 from 6pm-10pm where the public can view and purchase a very unique piece of original ape art.

“Purchasing a piece of original art by apes is a collectible. It creates conversation, it is a form of expression, and it is rare”, Adam Brand says, owner of Frames USA. “Not to mention that the proceeds from the sales of the art will go to an amazing cause”

Over the years, zoos and sanctuaries have dabbled into selling artwork at their gift shops by resident animals to raise money. However, the purpose of this art show, Apes that Paint, extends beyond that. It seeks to establish the fact that apes are artists without judgment and second that these ape artists are contributing to the fundraising efforts for The Center for Great Apes, located in Wauchula, Florida.

Aside from artworks from our star artist Bubbles, the exhibition will host other wonderful original pieces from celebrity apes. Among them, the art of chimpanzees from Planet of the Apes, and orangutans from the movie Going Apes, and NBC’s soap opera Passions. The crowd will enjoy complimentary food and wine sponsored by Carolina Ale House and a limited-edition gift with their RSVP to the event. For free admission and gift, RSVP at www.framesusamiami.com by July 18.

Come experience this unique art show and take an exciting piece home that will marvel friends and family, and learn about a sanctuary that helps protect chimpanzee and orangutans.

Source: Community Newspapers / Billie Jean


Disney’s Auction Including Captain EO’s Memorabilia. 12-06-'17

A very special auction of Disney’s memorabilia will take place in California and it will include some items from Captain EO!

One of the item is a Window Display Model from Disneyland (1985) which is 17" tall! Beautiful! It is set to go for $3,000 to $5,000!

Captain EO Window Dispaly ModelThis figure, created for a display in the Disneyland Showcase preview center on Main Street in 1985, was the public's first view of Michael Jackson in his role as 'Captain EO'.

Auction date: Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 11:00 am PT

Public Exhibition Dates: June 3, 2017 – June 24, 2017
Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm

Van Eaton Galleries | 13613 Ventura Blvd. | Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 | phone: (818) 788-2357 | fax: (818) 788-2368
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Berry GordyBerry Gordy Talks Motown Magic, Mentoring Michael Jackson. 05-06-'17

The term "icon" is overused, but there’s no denying it’s a fitting descriptor for Berry Gordy. The 87-year-old legend, who in 2013 received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award, tells Billboard the secret of the Motown magic and looks back on his early days mentoring Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

Gordy, who deferred his induction from last year, will be inducted with the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame class -- including Jay Z, Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of Chicago, and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Also to be honored at the June 15 celebration are Ed Sheeran, Alan Menken, Caroline Bienstock and Pitbull.

Here’s Gordy in his own words on Michael Jackson:

"I called him the sponge. When the Jackson 5 came to Motown I was fascinated at Michael’s ability to study my every move. He learned everything I knew and everybody else he was interested in, too. I put a songwriting team together, called the Corporation. 'I Want You Back,' 'ABC,' 'The Love You Save' and 'I'll Be There' -- with those songs the Jackson 5 became the first group in history to have their first four singles go straight to No. 1 on the Billboard [Hot 100]."

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


'The Invisible Man: The Story Of Rod Temperton, The 'Thriller' Songwriter' Book Is Released. 01-06-'17

The Invisible Man: The Story Of Rod Temperton, The 'Thriller' Songwriter' Book CoverA new book on Rod Temperton will be released on June 1st and includes his work with Michael Jackson.

'The Invisible Man' tells the remarkable story of how Rod Temperton worked his way up from a Grimsby fish factory to become one of the most successful songwriters of all time.

Born in Cleethorpes in 1949, Temperton embarked on a career in music with the funk bank Heatwave, for whom he wrote the international hits ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Always And Forever’, before his songwriting talent caught the attention of Michael Jackson’s legendary producer, Quincy Jones.

For Jackson’s 'Off The Wall' album, Temperton penned both the hit ‘Rock With You’ and the album’s title track. Three years later, continuing his relationship with the pair, Temperton started work on what would become the bestselling album of all time – Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' – writing three songs, including the now legendary title track.

And yet despite collaborating with some of music’s biggest stars, including Donna Summer and Michael McDonald, Temperton was famously reclusive and seldom gave interviews, one of the exceptions being with author Jed Pitman, whose Sony Award-winning radio documentary on Temperton allowed him unprecedented access to the great man.

Publisher: The History Press
Author: Jed Pitman
ISBN: 978-0750982566
Pages: 224
Printed: UK
Guide price: 23 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


BubblesDonations For Bubbles. 01-06-'17

The Center for Great Apes was established 24 years ago as a non-profit sanctuary in order to help orang-utans and chimpanzees and provide them with rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent care with dignity. Starting with just five young apes at a tourist attraction in Miami, the Center has grown to take in over 50 great apes who were once exploited as entertainment performers, research subjects or as exotic pets often in dire conditions. Once at the sanctuary, orang-utans and chimpanzees recover and flourish with good nutrition, companionship with their own species, plenty of space in which to move around and explore and care from the staff that is kind and respectful.

Caregiver Corner on #ApeSpotlight Bubbles! Chimpanzee Caregiver Meg talks about what it’s like to work with Bubbles:

“I love all of the chimpanzees at the Center, but for me, Bubbles has always been special. It was hard for me to write this because I didn’t know where to start! I was tempted to just write “Bubbles is perfect” and leave it at that, but I thought I should explain why I think he’s perfect. One of my favorite things about Bubbles is his face. He is a physically imposing guy with the sweetest face. He is very expressive with his long eyelashes and pouty lips. Some of the chimpanzees are hard to identify in their baby pictures but Bubbles is not, thanks to that trademark pout.

Every night, Bubbles makes a nest with blankets and saves one to cover himself up with and then tucks it underneath his feet. Sometimes he uses a pillowcase or a T-shirt to make his “sleeping bag”, but usually it’s a blanket. I know he wakes up early because I can hear him pant-hooting during our morning staff meeting, but he is almost always the last chimpanzee in his group to get out of his nest when I come around with breakfast.

Bubbles has a wonderful sense of humor. He loves to play chase and often takes shortcuts or changes direction, always looking back to make sure his friend (chimpanzee or human) is not too far behind. He is also very ticklish and has what I firmly believe to be the most charming, nasally laugh on the planet. When the weather warms up Bubbles will point at the hose to ask for hose drinks and showers. A lot of the chimpanzees do not like to get wet, but Bubbles loves it! He will stand up and turn around in the stream of the hose until he is completely soaked.

When we work on husbandry training with the chimpanzees we generally use small rewards like raisins to reinforce behaviors. Bubbles, however, is not very food motivated so his reward is usually just attention. When he offers me the correct body part, he gets tickles (with a backscratcher) instead of raisins. He is the only chimpanzee I work with who will train “for free”, or without treats. He seems to really enjoy spending time with his caregivers, and it’s definitely mutual. We all love Bubs!”

Donations for Bubbles here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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