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MJ Scientific GameMichael Jackson™ Wanna Be Startin' Something In The Bahamas. 23-05-'17

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Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson’s Final Film, ‘This Is It,’ Screens In Oakland. 22-05-'17

The fact that the documentary 'Michael Jackson’s This Is It' came out a mere four months after the singer’s death in 2009 suggested that it was going to be a cheap piece designed to make a quick buck.

Instead, it is one of the great cinematic portraits of a musical artist.

After his death from an accidental prescription drug overdose, Jackson was portrayed as an addict barely able to function. But the movie, shot during rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for his upcoming world tour, shows an alert, engaged artist involved in every aspect of the production, from choreography to set design to collaboration with performers and crew. The music’s good, too.

The director, Palo Alto-born Kenny Ortega, was on the 'This Is It' team, and he was the perfect man for the job: The dancer and choreographer has worked with Gene Kelly and Madonna. He understands iconic artists.

'This Is It': 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. $10. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland. (510) 658-7900.

This Is It - Rehearsals (23-06-2009)Michael Jackson, just two days before he died, he practiced his moves during a rehearsal at Staples Center in L.A. for the London concerts.

Source: SF Gate / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Estate Issues Statement Not Sanctioning Lifetime And Netflix Projects. 22-05-'17

The Estate Of Michael JacksonThe estate also said it has "numerous projects in development.

Michael Jackson's estate today released a statement saying it did not sanction two upcoming Michael Jackson projects, one by Lifetime TV and another for which a script was recently purchased by Netflix. At the same time the estate indicated it has several unannounced Jackson projects in development.

Last week, Lifetime TV released a trailer for its film 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' based on 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', a 2014 book written by Jackson’s bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Michael Jackson impersonator Navi stars as the late pop icon. The film is slated to be released later this month.

News also broke that Netflix was nearing a deal for a script on the life of Michael Jackson as told from the perspective of his pet monkey Bubbles. Isaac Adamson penned the non-traditional biopic, which was the top title on the 2015 Black List. Taika Waititi, who directed the upcoming 'Thor: Ragnarok', was slated to co-helm the stop-animation feature with Mark Gustafson. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the deal neared $20 million and included worldwide rights.

The statement from the estate implied that litigation could follow for what it is claiming is unauthorized use of Jackson's "music, images, video and films" that seek to exploit Jackson's legacy.

The estate also claimed it has "numerous project in development" which, presumably unlike the aforementioned projects, "respect, honor and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy." The executors said they were were not yet ready to announce these projects.

Full statement from the Michael Jackson Estate:

"To clear up any confusion or misperceptions about unsanctioned Michael Jackson projects currently in the news -- including a Lifetime television movie and an animated film script recently purchased by Netflix -- the Estate of Michael Jackson does not license or permit the use of any rights it owns, including to Michael’s music, images, video and films, for use in unauthorized works seeking to exploit Michael's legacy. The Estate itself has numerous projects in development, all of which respect, honor and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy along with his extraordinary artistry that touched fans throughout the world. When the executors are ready to announce them, they will. As Michael said countless times about his own work, the quality goes in before the name goes on."

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

MJ MusicDayMJ MusicDay In Lille (France) With Brad Buxer & Michael Prince. 21-05-'17

For its very first event, the Association On The Line gives you on November 18 the opportunity to meet musical director Brad Buxer and sound engineer Michael Prince, who were both close collaborative partners and friends with the King of Pop.

This exceptional and first-of-its-kind visit in France will lead you through Michael Jackson’s music at its most intimate. Thanks to live interactive translation, you will hear plenty of unique anecdotes about his songs, personality and life.

You will also experience the HIStory Tour from behind-the-scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound with the exclusive preview of « King of Sound », a documentary by Gareth Maynard about Bruce Swedien.

More than a master-class or a conference, this will be a genuine opportunity to share a friendly moment and talk to those men who were very special to Michael Jackson.
Authors Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and Hector Barjot will also be there along with other Jackson exhibitors.

Depending on the option you choose, the program of the day will go as follow:

Starting at 2 pm :
- meeting and interviews of the authors
- meeting and interview of Gareth Maynard followed by the preview of his documentary (subtitled in French)
- meeting and interviews of Brad Buxer and Michael Prince (including personal and studio anecdotes, never-heard before demos or tracks)

At 7:30 pm (approx) :
- Meet & greet with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince
- Private cocktail with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince
- Music dinner with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince

At the venue, you will find exhibitors stalls, drinks & snacks and MJ MusicDay memorabilia.

You can also book a room (breakfast included) at the Mercure Hotel and get a discounted price.

Info and ticket order on www.mjmusicday.com/

Source: MJ Community / Billie Jean

Prince Michael Jackson Says He's Proud Of Dad's Success At 2017 Billboard Music Awards. 21-05-'17

Prince Jackson"To see everybody here that is either inspired by him or they want to pursue the same goal, it's inspiring to me and to future generations.'

Prince Michael Jackson, second child of late pop legend Michael Jackson, hit the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday solo. As he stepped onto the red carpet, he opened up about continuing his dad's philanthropic endeavors, and said he was proud of his dad's musical legacy.

"I think it's an honor to be here because I'm proud of the success my father created on his own and what he worked and built himself up to be," the 20-year-old told E! News. "To see everybody here that is either inspired by him or they want to pursue the same goal, it's inspiring to me and to future generations."

"Right now I just finished up the school semester," Jackson continued. "During the school semester we have a student organization called Heal Los Angeles and we focus on child hunger, child abuse and homelessness in Los Angeles county and the L.A. city."

Source: Zimbio / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Iconic Items Sold. 20-05-'17

Following the news from last week that Julien’s Auctions will sell some personal items from Michael Jackson, the auction took place today and the 2 iconic pieces have been sold as follow:

Just sold for $112,500! Michael Jackson’s jacket worn in the video for 'Leave Me Alone'!

Just sold for $62,500! A Michael Jackson music video worn ensemble from 'In The Closet' with Naomi Campbell!

Just sold for $19,200! a pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole. Inscribed “Love Michael Jackson” on right shoe and “All My Love Michael Jackson” on left.

Music Icons 2017 auction happened at Hard Rock Cafe New York, featuring hundreds of iconic items of music memorabilia for sale.

MJ MemorabiliaA Michael Jackson jacket worn in the video for the song 'Leave Me Alone' and a sleeveless stained V-neck shirt, black suede pants, and black suede boots, worn by Michael Jackson in his music video for 'In The Closet' in 1992. A pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole.

Look here for more items that been sold at Julien’s Auction.

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien Actions / Billie Jean

Netflix Near Multi-Million Dollar Deal for ‘Bubbles,’ Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimp. 17-05-'17

Netflix is set to take worldwide distribution rights to “Bubbles,” The Wrap has learned, a top Black List script and super-hot package that kicks off this year’s Cannes Film Market.

The streaming giant will pay just south of $20 million at a highly competitive auction, an individual familiar with the negotiations told The Wrap. It was not immediately clear what other studios or indie houses were involved.

The stop-motion film will be directed by 'Thor: Ragnarok' helmer Taika Waititi and co-director Mark Gustafson ('Fantastic Mr. Fox').

Bubbles was late pop star Michael Jackson’s beloved pet chimpanzee. The film is billed as a coming-of-age tale told through the chimp’s eyes. CAA handled U.S. rights on the project, with Rocket Science taking international.

BubblesBubbles (born 1983) is a common chimpanzee, known for being the one-time pet of Michael Jackson.

Isaac Adamson wrote the script, which topped the 2015 Black List. Andrew Kortschak and Walter Kortschak of End Cue will produce the movie with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries. Adamson and Lee Stobby will serve as executive producers.

“The main thing for me is to make sure it’s respectful of him and his legacy. I’m not interested in making a biopic,” Waititi said when he came on board in February. “I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world.”

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Liftetime Biopic Gets First Trailer. 16-05-'17

“He doesn't want to be the King of Pop: he just wants to be Mike, a normal American dad."

Michael Jackson is the subject of a new Lifetime biopic, 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland'. The network has now shared the first trailer for the film, which stars Michael Jackson impersonator Navi in the lead role.

Watch it below via Rolling Stone. Searching for Neverland is based on 'Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', the 2014 book written by Jackson’s bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. It focuses on the final years of Jackson’s life and his struggles to balance parenthood and fame. Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland is set to debut on Memorial Day, May 29.

See where Michael Jackson landed on Pitchfork’s “200 Best Songs of the 1970's.”


Source: Pitchfork / Billie Jean

SupremeSupreme Confirms Michael Jackson Capsule Collection. 12-05-'17

Last month, rumors of a possible Supreme x Michael Jackson capsule collection surfaced online. At the time, reports on the collab remained vague, with no information available for consumers. Today, the streetwear brand confirmed the upcoming release of the Michael Jackson collection with a post on Instagram showcasing one of the apparel pieces from the collection.

Posting a photo online of Supreme and Grind Magazine’s Spring/Summer editorial, the New York City retailer introduced one of the garments from the upcoming collection. Showcasing the backside of a white tee, Supreme highlights a monochromatic image of a young Michael Jackson in red a color scheme.

While Supreme’s IG post confirms the drop of this collection, apparel pieces and accessories from the capsule, details have yet to be released by Supreme. Expect the brand to announce more news of this release as well as detailed images of the collection in the coming days.

Source: XXL / Billie Jean

Gottfried Helnwein Photo Of Michael Jackson On Auction. 11-05-'17

A photo of Michael Jackson taken by artist and photographer Gottfried Helnwein is currently on auction for €4,000.00 and the auction will take place on June 9. The picture was taken on July 3rd, 1988.

Gottfried Helnwein (born 8 October 1948) is an Austrian-Irish visual artist. He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media.

His work is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. His subject matter is the human condition. The metaphor for his art is dominated by the image of the child, particularly the wounded child, scarred physically and emotionally from within. His works often reference taboo and controversial issues from recent history, especially the Nazi rule and the horror of the Holocaust. As a result, his work is often considered provocative and controversial.

Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien). He lives and works in Ireland and Los Angeles.

Gottfried Helnwein PhotoshootMichael Jackson backstage before his concert in Cologne, Germany, photographed by Gottfried Helnwein.

Gottfried has worked with Michael Jackson in HIStory era as per the 2 little girl illustrations in the 'HIStory' booklet and 'Scream' single. He also took some picture of Michael & Lisa-Marie on the set of the Teaser of the same album.

Auction here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Fan Video Call For All Fans In France. 08-05-'17

“MJ Dance & Solidarity”, a French dance club is asking all fans to participate to a video which will take place on June 25 in Paris, France.

This is for a Tribute to Michael Jackson: The video called 'Hollywood Tonight' will be choreographed by 2 professional dancers and will have 4 major dancers within the filming.

They are looking for fans to participate to the video. Open to all and for amateur Dancers (Need to know the basic moves of 'Smooth Criminal' and 'Dangerous' choreography)

Dance classes will take place as follow:
Sunday May 28 4.45pm to 6.30pm
Sunday June 18 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: Paris, 19e, Metro Place des Fetes

To subscribe to the dance classes, please email mj.dancesolidarite@gmail.com before May 22.

To participate to the video, please email mj.dancesolidarite@gmail.com before June 10.

Filming will take place on June 25 from 1pm to 8pm in Paris.

MJ Dance & Solidarity“MJ Dance & Solidarity”, a French dance club is asking all fans to participate to a video which will take place on June 25 in Paris, France.

SOURCE: MJ France / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

'They're Trying To Murder Me': Michael Sent Chilling Letters To A Friend Just Weeks Before His Death.

Michael Jacobshagen
Michael Jacobshagen

Michael Jackson predicted he would be murdered in handwritten notes he gave to a friend weeks before his death of a drugs overdose in 2009.

The letters will bolster the belief of many, including Jackson's daughter Paris and sister LaToya, that the King of Pop was unlawfully killed.

In the 13 messages he declared: 'They are trying to murder me' and 'I am scared about my life.'

Their existence has been revealed for the first time by German businessman Michael Jacobshagen, 34 – who maintained a two-decade-long friendship with the star – in an interview with broadcaster Daphne Barak for Australian TV show Sunday Night.

Jacobshagen tells Barak how a tearful Jackson called him from a Las Vegas hideaway. The star was preparing for a tour at London's O2 but begged his friend to fly from Germany to the US to be with him.

'He was in emotional meltdown saying, 'They are going to murder me,' Jacobshagen recalled. After he flew out and spent three days with the troubled star, Jackson handed Jacobshagen the notes. Jacobshagen said that the notes kept telling him 'they' were trying to murder Jackson.

The singer never clarified who 'they' were but some notes refer to concert promoters AEG, which was organising concerts in London that he was shortly due to perform.

One said: 'AEG. Make so much pressure to me… I'm scared about my life.'

The 'Thriller' singer was found dead just weeks later.

The official cause of death was an overdose of the sedative propofol. His personal doctor Conrad Murray served two years of a four-year jail sentence after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering a lethal dose of the drug.

But Jacobshagen claims Jackson had been using propofol for more than a decade to treat his insomnia.

He says he has gone public with the notes now to support Jackson's daughter Paris, 19, who recently claimed her father was murdered. The interview will be broadcast next month in Australia, the US and other markets to coincide with the anniversary's of the star's death.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean

Adrian Grant ‘Thriller Live’ Interview In Macau. 05-05-'17

‘Thriller Live,’ the theatrical concert that commemorates Michael Jackson, is back in Macau. The show returned to The Parisian Theater last week after its successful run in September 2016.

Theater producer and creator of ‘Thriller Live,’ Adrian Grant, talked with Macau Daily Times and said that the team’s new cast members includes singers and dancers.

Macau Daily Times (MDT) – ‘Thriller Live’ is to once again perform in Macau due to its popular demand. Was the group expecting to have such an early return?

Adrian Grant (AD) – We thought the show would be popular in Macau because there are so many Michael Jackson fans in China, but it is definitely a surprise to be back so soon. However, it is also a privilege to be returning to The Parisian Macao, which has a wonderful theatre and we were honoured to be their first big production.

MDT – What are the main factors that the show has that make the audience want to see more of it?

AD – ‘Thriller Live’ is the ultimate celebration of Michael Jackson’s music. We don’t tell the story of Michael’s life, but we celebrate the King of Pop via ninety minutes of song and dance. It’s a feel-good show that the whole family can enjoy. I’d say we have one of the hardest working casts out there, and the audience certainly gets their money’s worth with a high-tempo, high-energy production.

MDT – Are there differences between Macau audiences and Western audiences? If so, does the group have a different approach/setting for these audiences?

AD – When it comes to Michael Jackson fans there is no difference! His music is universal – whether it is a song about love and peace, or a fast-paced dance song, it all has the same effect on audiences around the world. However, it is true to say that Michael loved China very much, and our cast certainly felt a lot of passion from the audiences in Macau the first time we were here.

MDT – ‘Thriller Live’ is named after the best-selling album of all time. What were the opportunities and challenges it faced as it demanded high expectations from spectators?

AD – From day one it has always been important to cast the best talent we could find. Michael Jackson was a perfectionist and always strived to do his best. I have had this instilled in me, and the whole production team realize that in creating this celebration of Michael’s work, we have to deliver a first-class show.

MDT – Are there plans to hold future tours in Asia?

AD – We have played in thirty-two different countries around the world to over four million people, but yes, there are still many places that we would still like to tour, including parts of Asia – Where Michael Jackson had such a loyal following.

MDT – ‘Thriller Live’ is in its 9th year. What can the audience, who have and haven’t seen earlier versions of the the musical, expect this year? Will there be changes in its dance moves, audio-visual and such?

AD – We are lucky that we have a great team of lead singers, dancers, band and crew, led by our fabulous director and choreographer, Gary Lloyd, and musical director, John Maher. The creative team has kept close to my original vision, but the show has changed a lot from its first tour in 2007 as we constantly look to improve the production. There are many aspects of the show that are updated each year, as we aim to keep it fresh for returning audiences and look to maintain the high standards that Michael Jackson delivered.

‘Thriller Live’ will be performing in town until September 3rd.

Source: Macau Daily Times / Billie Jean

Teddy Riley Talks K-Pop And What He Learned From Michael Jackson. 05-05-'17

Teddy RileyThere are few people who can claim to have birthed a genre. Teddy Riley, the man behind New Jack Swing, is one of them. The 49-year-old music producer is behind some of the biggest hits from the late 80's and 90's including Keith Sweat‘s 'I Want Her', Johnny Kemp‘s 'Just Got Paid', Bobby Brown‘s 'My Perogative' and Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew’s 'The Show'. Not to mention, he also co-produced Michael Jackson's 'Jam', 'Remember The Time' and 'In The Closet'. As a member of Guy and Blackstreet, Riley was also able to show off his singing talents in songs like 'Don’t Leave Me', 'No Diggity', 'I Like', and 'Take Me There' with Mýa and Mase.

You’ve started working with more K-pop artists as well. What made you decide to do that?

Yes. I decided to do that when I was introduced to K-pop back in 2008, 2007. I happened to go to Korea just to check out the scenes and I did a press conference and people really enjoyed it and it just kind of gave me a presence out there to where I said I want to go out and make some music. And I did it.

You mentioned Michael Jackson… in a Billboard interview, you said that when you were around him it felt like going to college because you were learning so much. What was the most important lesson you learned from Michael Jackson?

Well the most important thing that I have learned is how to write to piano more-or-less than a drum machine and synthesizers and all of that stuff. So the traditional way of writing is you get to a piano or you get a band in the room and you just come up with ideas and you tell the guitar player or the bass player to play this, let’s go this way or the singer will sing a few lines and the guitar player or the keyboard player would come up with something that will accompany the lines and the idea and that’s the traditional way of writing. Most times, people, have it already done and they start writing to it. That’s not traditional, it’s not organic. It’s still writing but it’s not as organic as how the traditional folks did it back in the day with just a piano or just writing it to frets and I’ve seen and I’ve witnessed all of that. I’ve witnessed having a session with forty to sixty to a hundred piece orchestra.

I’ve been there when they did 'Heal The World', and they had the whole full orchestra and when I saw that I said man, “I want that too Michael. Which song can we do that for?” And we wound up doing that for the song that we did called “Someone Put Your Hand Out.” And it was just amazing having the composer, Jeremy Lubbock, just write the string parts and the whole orchestra parts for that song. We also did it again on the 'Invincible' album, song 'Don’t Let Go Of My Hands' and there’s another one, 'Don’t Walk Away'. These songs, you know, that’s college, working with an orchestra. You can’t get no better, you can’t get more organic than that.

Source: The Boombox / Billie Jean

More Michael Jackson Belongings In Auction. 04-05-'17

Julien’s Auctions have just announced a new auction 'Music Icons 2017' which includes a lot of music artists including Michael Jackson!

Among the items, there is personal items such as shoes, drawings, awards but also the 'In The Closet' Video outfit from 1992 including the black jeans, the boots and the vest; and the jacket worn during the filming of 'Leave Me Alone'.

Public Exhibition & Live Auction will take place at the Hard Rock Café New York (1501 Broadway, Times Square) on Monday May 15, Friday May 19 from 11am to 9pm.

The Auction will take place on May 20.

More Information at Julien’s Auction.

MJ MemorabiliaA Michael Jackson jacket worn in the video for the song 'Leave Me Alone' and a pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole. Inscribed “Love Michael Jackson” on right shoe and “All My Love Michael Jackson” on left.

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien Actions / Billie Jean

Paris JacksonMichael's Daughter Paris Just Landed Her First Movie Role. 03-05-'17

After landing her first TV gig, Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, has signed in for her first movie.

According to Deadline, the neophyte actress was cast alongside David Oyelowo in an Amazon Studios movie project, which will be directed by Nash Edgerton. Jackson will also work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Thandie Newton.

In the upcoming dark comedy flick, Jackson, 19, will portray the role of 20-year-old Penny, who will intersect ways with Harold Soyinka (played by Oyelowo) as he becomes entangled in a fracas in Mexico.

Jackson previously appeared in the Fox drama series 'Star' and inked a contract with top modeling agency IMG Models.

Source: Inquirer / Billie Jean

Get A Peek At Lifetime Biopic 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland'. 01-05-'17

Navi GoldLifetime's Michael Jackson biopic will no doubt get people once again talking about the King of Pop.

In the first-look trailer for the upcoming film 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland', we get a glimpse of the last few years of MJ's life.

The movie, which will be told through the eyes of his bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard , is based on the two men's 2014 best-selling book 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days'. According to People , it will highlight Jackson's role as a father.

In the biopic, Jackson is played by Navi , a prominent Michael Jackson impersonator. Chad L. Coleman plays Whitefield and Sam Adegoke will play Beard.

"People had no idea the kind of stuff Mr. Jackson's been through all his life," Coleman says in the trailer while talking to Beard. "He didn't want to be the King of Pop. He just wants to be Mike."

Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland is set to premiere on Lifetime on Memorial Day.

Source: MiX929 / Billie Jean

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