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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.
07-05-'17

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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