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Michael Jackson's Son Prince On The Moment He Realized Dad Was The King Of Pop. 31-10-'17

Prince JacksonMichael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr. admittedly can't sing or dance, but he is following in his famous father's footsteps in a much more meaningful way.

The oldest of Michael Jackson's three children, Prince has evolved from the subject of intense fascination as a child of the King of Pop to an adult looking to give back to others.

Prince, 20, founded the foundation Heal Los Angeles, a charity to help foster children who have aged out of the system and further the cause of Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" organization.

"I think he would definitely be proud of the type of work that we're doing and giving back to the community,'' Prince told Natalie Morales on TODAY Tuesday from the Jackson home in Encino, California.

They held their second annual "Costume for a Cause" event on Sunday to benefit the foundation, with Prince and his siblings, Paris, 19, and Blanket, 15, joining in the fun. Blanket, who has changed his name to the initials B.G., helped design a haunted house and maze for the event.

"I think it's just the way my dad raised me and my siblings,'' he said. "It's just like something that's bred into us to really give back to the community."

As far as inheriting his father's voice or legendary dance moves, Prince admits that was not passed on.

"I can't dance,'' he said. "It's very sad, it's very sad. I didn't get that gene."

While the world couldn't get enough of Jackson's music during the days of 'Thriller' and 'Bad', his children had no real idea about him dazzling crowds on stage.

"He didn't really like us watching his work,'' Prince said. "We didn't really know who he was as the King of Pop until we were significantly older. When we saw a video of his concert and him performing, and then girls were passing out, and dudes were passing out, and it was crazy."

The three siblings formed a tight bond as they endured intense scrutiny despite their father's attempts to shield them from the public.

Paris opened up earlier this year about her struggles with depression, drug addiction and her attempts to commit suicide in the wake of their father's death in 2009.

"Me and my siblings, we get along really well,'' he said. "Especially my sister, she's grown so much, and I think she's been able to really step up. And I don't really see myself as her older brother. It's kind of like we're equal partners when it comes down to it. And B.G.'s just so mature for his age - it's a pretty strong bond."

They all now look to honor their father's legacy through their charity efforts.

"My dad always taught me to lead by example, so I hope that I can set a good example that you can have fun by helping other people, and you can make a change just by doing that, so encouraging other people to do the same,'' he said.

An extended interview with Prince Jackson will air on NBC's "Access Hollywood" on Tuesday night.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


'Scream' Set To Go Back In The Top 40. 31-10-'17

Michael Jackson’s Halloween themed album 'Scream' is set to vault 88 places to Number 11 following a glow-in-the-dark vinyl release.

The sales of the vinyl, one of the kind item, has pushed the sales of the Halloween compilation and the final figures will be released soon!

This is a great news for Michael Jackson and the first Halloween compilation of this kind and might push the Estate to release more themed albums! (Valentin’s day soon guys… you never know!). Not to mention the collector glow-in-the-dark vinyl which is a piece of art on its own and that pleased any collectors out there!

Scream Album Cover
Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music released a new compilation album, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Katherine Jackson Files Docs To No Longer Be Blanket's Guardian. 30-10-'17

Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson has decided she no longer needs to be a joint guardian to all three of Michael Jackson's kids.

Two of the children -- Prince and Paris -- are now legal adults, which they weren't when Katherine took over those duties in 2012, along with TJ Jackson.

TMZ reported that the Jackson family matriarch filed documents requesting to no longer be the guardian of 15-year-old Blanket. She said in documents that Blanket has reached his adolescence, so there is no need for two guardians. TJ, she said, can handle the parents solo.

In her filing, she said her age of 87 is a reason for wanting to step away from the role. A judge still has to sign off her request, but that seems to be nothing but a formality as long as TJ agrees, which he's expected to.

It's not known how much contact Katherine has had with Michael's three children. According to multiple media reports, Katherine went through a multi-month span earlier this year in which she didn't see the children at all.

After the King of Pop's death in 2009, Katherine was awarded permanent custody of the children. In 2012, she and TJ were granted permanent co-guardianship.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Is The Top-Earning Dead Celebrity Of 2017. 30-10-'17

This past weekend, audiences were treated to the debut of CBS special 'Michael Jackson’s Halloween', an hourlong magical adventure in which the King of Pop comes to life in animated forms including that of a dancing pumpkin, an arachnid security guard and a feline scientist, set to a soundtrack of Jackson’s music.

“Michael's songs are very important to people,” says Mark Dippé, the program’s director. “We just wanted to sort of tell a story that was based around the world that Michael had created with his music, and his dancing, and his performances.”

That level of continued interest is precisely why Jackson tops our Halloween-spooky list of the 13 highest-paid dead celebrities for the fifth year in a row--with earnings of $75 million. His postmortem empire is going strong, boosted by the Halloween special and new album 'Scream' joining a list of ventures including a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalogue.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer claims the No. 2 spot with $40 million.

Elvis Presley finishes third with $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million sum thanks to the new $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex and recently-opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland.

As for the King of Pop, his 2017 earnings pale in comparison to last year’s $825 million haul—the highest annual total for any entertainer dead or alive—mostly from the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue. But his $75 million tally this year still places him on par with the seventeenth-best-paid living entertainer, Bruce Springsteen.

Here's the full list:

1. Michael Jackson: $75 million
2. Arnold Palmer: $40 million
3. Charles Schulz: $38 million
4. Elvis Presley: $35 million
5. Bob Marley: $23 million
6. Tom Petty: $20 million
7. Prince: $18 million
8. Dr. Seuss: $16 million
9. John Lennon: $12 million
10. Albert Einstein: $10 million
11. David Bowie: $9.5 million
12. Elizabeth Taylor: $8 million
13. Bettie Page: $7.5 million

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Memorabilia Museum Could Have Its Doors Shut. 27-10-'17

A Michael Jackson memorabilia museum could have its doors shut permanently before it even opens.

Richard Fossaas, a Michael Jackson superfan from Norway, has amassed an impressive collection of over 3000 items relating to the 'Billie Jean' hitmaker - who died in June 2009 - and had teamed up with Henry Vera to display that collection to the masses.

However, the pair are now in a legal battle after Fossaas claims he has been left without a venue after he offered Vera 30 percent of the business to find a home for the museum in Hollywood but says Vera had no contacts to make this happen.

Richard Fossaas
Richard Fossaas wants to sell his Michael Jackson collection for $ 5 million in 2014.

Fossaas also claims Vera borrowed $20,000 and has yet to pay it back and is now suing Vera for that money as well as damages and he also wants to void the agreement they made, the court papers seen by The Blast reveal.

However, Fossaas' museum - which was expected to display a signed 'Thriller' jacket - may have never got off the ground anyway as the Michael Jackson estate wasn't involved in the project.

Michael Jackson memorabilia has been displayed in many exhibitions across the globe including at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in late 2009 in memory of the singer, who had passed away earlier that year.

Some of the items on display included the white suite he wore on the cover of his album 'Thriller', as well as the iconic red leather jacket and the Letterman jacket that he wore in the 'Thriller' music video. One of his sequin gloves and the fedora he wore for the live performance of 'Billie Jean' during the 1984 Victory Tour also went on display.

Source: The Penn / Billie Jean


'Scream' Album Is Released. 27-10-'17

The album 'Scream' is released in Europe by Epic/Legacy Recordings, a new compilation of Jackson's "most electrifying and danceable tracks" set. 'Scream' is the fourth Jackson compilation album and besides the ninth album to be posthumously released since his death, the eighth album being 'Xscape'.

This cd album has a collectible fold out poster sleeve, a full colour poster of Michael Jackson with which you can unlock an immersive augmented reality experience with your mobile phone.

The 'Scream' album pulls famous songs from 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Dangerous', 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I', 'Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix', 'Invincible' and the posthumous album 'Xscape'. In a statement, Epic/Legacy Recordings noted that, "the choice of tracks for 'Scream' reflects The King of Pop's affection for this time of the year and its themes of costumes and disguise, darkness and light, character transformations and surprise."

In addition to the songs from Jackson's solo LP's, 'Scream' includes two songs that appeared on records by the Jacksons – 'Torture' and 'This Place Hotel' – plus Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me', which featured Jackson on hook duties. 'Scream' also features one newly created piece of music, 'Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous', a bonus mash-up put together by production duo The White Panda.

Scream Album Cover
Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music released a new compilation album, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

'Scream' is one of several projects that Jackson's estate has in the works. "Now we have 'Thriller 3D', and two more announcements are coming up in the next couple of weeks," estate co-executor John Branca explained recently. "Michael had an expression: 'The quality goes in before the name goes on.' So we are not ready to announce them yet."

Track list:

1.This Place Hotel - The Jacksons - 5:44
2.Thriller - 5:58
3.Blood On The Dance Floor - 4:13
4.Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell featuring Michael Jackson - 3:57
5.Dirty Diana - 4:41
6.Torture - The Jacksons - 4:54
7.Leave Me Alone - 4:40
8.Scream (with Janet Jackson) - 4:38
9.Dangerous - 6:58
10.Unbreakable - 6:25
11.Xscape - 4:05
12.Threatened - 4:19
13.Ghosts - 5:13
14.Bonus Track: Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up) - 3:38

Record label: Epic/Legacy
Series number: 88985480231
Printed: EU
Guide price: 45 €

Order the vinyl album here at Amazon.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


‘Michael Jackson Loved Halloween’: John Branca On CBS Animated Special. 25-10-'17

John BrancaMichael Jackson will always will be synonymous with Halloween. The late pop star’s music still resonates deeply with fans all over the world and his music videos such as 'Thriller' and 'Ghost' demonstrate that Jackson had a strong affinity for the scary and spooky in life. On Friday, October 27, Jackson’s fans will be able to hear his music in a brand new way when CBS premieres 'Michael Jackson’s Halloween' at 8pm EST. Produced by John Branca and John McClain, the executors of Jackson’s estate, this one hour animated special features some of the King of Pop’s most iconic tracks.

Branca spoke with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about how the project came together, what it was like to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and his long professional & personal relationship with Michael Jackson.

DJ Sixsmith: How did this animated special come to life and why did it make sense to do it on CBS?

John Branca: Michael loved Halloween, he was a big fan of it. In a way, Michael was a big kid. If you look at some of his music videos for 'Thriller' and 'Ghost', they reflect that. What he did for the California Raisins commercial, he used to like to have fun. Every October, there is a huge interest in Michael and 'Thriller'. We thought it was natural and logical to do something that Michael wanted to do. We surveyed the field and picked Hammerhead Productions because they are one of the best animation studios in town. In terms of CBS, we talked to Jack Sussman, who took an immediate interest in the project. CBS is obviously the best network out there. Michael had a long history of doing projects with CBS, so it was a natural combination.

DS: You mentioned how much Michael loved Halloween. What would he think of the final product you guys created?

JB: I think he would’ve loved it and had a lot of fun with it. Michael appears as several characters in the show. He appears as a pumpkin man, as a Halloween cat and as a spider and they perform some of Michael’s great dance moves. He really would’ve liked this.

DS: Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Alan Cumming were all part of this project. What was it like working with some of the top talent in Hollywood?

JB: They really were our first choices. Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Alan Cumming were all on the list of actors that CBS provided us. We were really fortunate to get them.

DS: You knew Michael for a long time. How would you describe your relationship with him?

JB: I met Michael in January of 1980 after Off The Wall' had just been released. We worked on 'Thriller' together, 'Bad', 'History' and a number of his albums and tours. Michael was a perfectionist. We all know what a genius he was and a great entertainer he was. Not everyone knows what a perfectionist he was. He worked very hard to get the results that he got and for that we all really respected him.

DS: Michael’s music is still synonymous with Halloween. How did you guys incorporate his music into this animated special?

JB: We hired Kevin Antunes to put the soundtrack together. Kevin worked with us on the two Michael Jackson Cirque Du Solei shows in Las Vegas and on Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Kevin has been a Michael Jackson fan all of his life and he has also been a musical director for Madonna. The show uses over 25 songs of Michael’s and they’re woven throughout the show and help to tell the story. If all you wanted to do is listen to the music, I think you’d really enjoy the show.

DS: When people watch this special, what do you want them to walk away thinking?

JB: I want them to walk away with a smile on their face. It’s fun. We were all just trying to have fun with this project and celebrate Michael and Halloween. There’s a lot of double entendres in this show, so it’s good for kids and good for adults.

DS: When you think about Michael’s legacy and his career, why do you think his music is still relevant?

JB: Michael was universal. He’s one of the few artists that you can say is popular in every country in the world. His music is timeless. It’s been influential to subsequent generations and current artists. Really, all the top artists today look to Michael for inspiration. New generations are continuing to discover him. We find that kids enjoy Michael’s music just as much as adults do. I think his videos are part of that as well.

'Michael Jackson’s Halloween' premieres this Friday, October 27 at 8pm EST on CBS.

Source: CBS / Billie Jean


'Scream' Launch Party In LA. 25-10-'17

Fans in LA were for a “trick or Treat” event with the official Michael Jackson 'Scream' album celebration!

The Event took place at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Not only the fans have watched all the following videos:
•Blood On The Dance Floor
•Ghosts
•Thriller 3D

But they were also treated to a special trailer of the “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” animation.

The whole theater and actually street where Michael’s Hollywood star lays was all #MJSCREAM! Fans were treated also to popcorn, drinks, goodie bags, little games and an amazing after party!

The whole front of the theater came to life just before Halloween Week-end!

To note the presence of the Estate, Joe Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Travis Payne ('Ghosts'), John Landis ('Thriller'), Ola Ray ('Thriller) and Shana Mangatal ('Ghosts') and many more celebrities…

Scream Launch Party
Fans in LA were for a “trick or Treat” event with the official Michael Jackson 'Scream' album celebration!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


John Landis Reflects On The Creation Of 'Thriller' And Working With Michael Jackson. 24-10-'17

It’s fairly common knowledge that Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' music video was inspired by John Landis’ movie 'An American Werewolf In London'. After watching the film, Jackson contacted Landis, who agreed to direct the video. In the video below Landis talks about the conceptualization of 'Thriller', his experience working with Michael Jackson, and what finally convinced him to direct a music video.

 

Source: AV Club / Billie Jean


Taika Waititi's Michael Jackson Movie 'Bubbles' Is A LONG Way Off. 24-10-'17

Taika Waititi‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi says his movie about Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee Bubbles will take about 5 years to make, which means we may have to wait until 2022 for its release.

The Kiwi director, who signed up to co-direct ‘Bubbles’ with ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ animation director Mark Gustafson, tells Yahoo Movies he’ll work on the stop-motion film “on the side” for Netflix, while continuing to direct live action projects.

Netflix is said to have paid around $20m (£15m) for ‘Bubbles‘ at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

“[‘Bubbles’] is just such a big departure from [‘Thor: Ragnarok’],” Waititi explains.

“Just to do something that’s very unique and artistic – not that [‘Thor’] isn’t artistic – but just something that takes some time and has a real human touch attached to it. Stop motion is just that very cool, pure human art form. It’s just something that I feel like I can have on the going on the side as I do other films, because it’s going to be going for five years or something.”

‘Bubbles’, written by Isaac Adamson, topped Hollywood’s “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays back in 2015. Told from the perspective of the chimpanzee adopted by Michael Jackson in the 1980s, the story “details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life”.

Waititi says stop motion seemed to be the most natural way of approaching the “weird” story.

Waititi recently told Digital Spy the film would be “respectful” of Michael Jackson’s legacy.

Bubbles, now 34, once lived in Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, reportedly sleeping in a crib in the singer’s room and using the King of Pop’s own toilet, but was eventually released into an Florida ape sanctuary in 2005 after growing too aggressive for Jackson’s young family.

The chimp recently became a recognised artist after some of his paintings were displayed at a Miami art exhibition ‘Apes That Paint’. His paintings has sold for up to $1,500 in the past.

Source: Yahoo Movies / Billie Jean


When Michael Jackson Rode The Roller Coaster At Ocean Park In 1987. 20-10-'17

King of pop’s female lookalike and minder Dr Penguin lead press pack on a wild-goose chase at Kai Tak airport, while singer slipped in to city on a private visit, 30 years ago this week.

“Michael Jackson in Hong Kong”, ran the headline in the South China Morning Post on October 20, 1987, the American singer having arrived on a private visit.

“Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson jetted into Hong Kong yesterday – and, in an attempt to shake off pursuing photographers, immediately joined the lunchtime scramble for a taxi outside Kai Tak airport.”

When a photographer pushed his way into the front seat of Jackson’s taxi, the star’s lone minder, formally attired in the unlikely get-up of tails and a bow-tie, told the aggressive press pack, “If you keep coming on like this, Michael will not come back to Hong Kong again.”

Michael visited Ocean Park, Hong Kong (24-10-1987)
Michael Jackson enjoys a rollercoaster ride with Karen Faye at Ocean Park, Hong Kong whilst taking a break from the Bad Tour.

The game was up the following day. “Michael Jackson ‘twin’ dupes press at air­port,” read the Post’s headline. “The Truth is out. Michael Jackson did fly into Hong Kong from Tokyo on Monday afternoon – but it wasn’t Michael Jackson who led reporters on a wild goose chase at Kai Tak airport. And his so-called ‘minder’ was actually a Hong kong-based American entertainer who uses the stage name Dr Penguin.

Even more embarras­sing [for the Post, presumably], the Jackson ‘lookalike’ who had the press in hot pursuit happens to be a female. She’s Canadian singer Peggy Johnson.”

At the time of the deception, Dr Penguin had been wearing what the Post now referred to as the “standard garb” for a man in his line of business: “his magician’s top hat and tails, and a funny button reading ‘just visiting this planet,’” but no one had twigged.

Dr Penguin said instructions for the ruse had come from Tokyo “via a third part”.

On October 24, under the headline “Thriller ride for the real Jackson”, the Post reported that the singer had visited Ocean Park, and, “rode the dipper three times”.

“Michael just loved the roller coaster. He said it was better than the Colossus at Magic Mountain,” said Dr Penguin, who accompa­nied Jackson to the theme park. Penguin said the outing was, “the most fun I’ve ever had; Michael is like a Pied Piper”.

Jackson left Hong Kong on November 11. There was no sign of the “wily Dr Penguin” at Kai Tak airport on that occasion.

Source: SCMP / Billie Jean


Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Took His Michael Jackson Chimp Movie Bubbles To Netflix. 20-10-'17

Taika WaititiFor 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi, Netflix was the natural home for a stop-motion animation movie about Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles.

Taika is following up his foray in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an ode to Michael and Bubbles's friendship, perhaps not the path most directors would take after shooting the biggest film of their career.

When Digital Spy recently caught up with Taika, he explained to us why the streaming service that has invested big in oddball projects like 'The OA' and Okja was right for him.

"Netflix are very supportive, they're a great company who came on board with us, believing in this project, which really when you look at it, is a crazy idea to do a film like this," he admitted to us.

"But it's actually a very unique way of looking at Michael Jackson's life from the point of view of someone who's so close to him.

"To be honest i'm not sure if they've interviewed Bubbles and what information he actually gave them in terms of the authenticity of his stories, that's yet to be seen. Who knows if Bubbles will be taking us to court at some time in the future?"

Now, that would be the trial of the century! Taika, who'll be directing the film with Mark Gustafson, has previously assured the late

"Most people know I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan, so 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; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world."

Shamone and hee hee, we're on board!

His current movie 'Thor: Ragnarok' opens on October 24 in UK cinemas and on November 3 in the US.

Source: Digital Spy / Billie Jean


Here's What Michael Jackson Planned For Final 'This Is It' Tour That Never Happened. 19-10'17

Before Michael Jackson suddenly passed away back in 2009, he was due to play a massive string of shows in London as part of his 'This Is It' tour.

While we never got to see how the shows turned out – except in rehearsal form as part of the Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' documentary – the tour's choreographer has opened up about what plans they did have.

"It was really driven by Michael," Kenny Ortega told Good Morning Britain earlier today.

Kenny Ortega
Kenny Ortega was driving force behind Michael's 'This Is It' tour.

"From the very, very start, when Michael called me, he said to me, 'Kenny, this is it'. He said 'this is it' so many times that I went back to him and said, 'Why don't we just call the tour 'This Is It'?'

"But he had given me reasons, and he really wanted to do a tour so that his children could have an opportunity to see him in action, and to see him doing what he's loved all his life.

Ortega also revealed that Jackson wanted to do the tour for his "loyal" fans, as well as using the stage as a "platform to remind the world" of the "vulnerability of the planet".

"So Michael really had a vision for this tour, and every part of it played into those three reasons," Ortega continued.

"He wanted a likefulness to it, and he wanted to make sure that there were really important moments that were reminding his audiences to step out there and to take a responsibility, to do their part to make sure that we have a world that we recognise in the future."

Source: Digital Spy / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson LegacyMichael Jackson Tribute In Gent And Hasselt - One Night Only! 18-10-'16

On Saturday December 2nd 2017, the famous Michael Jackson impersonator Christ'OF comes to the Capitole Gent and on Saturday 9th in Hasselt Ethias Theatre (Belgium). Order your tickets for Gent and tickets for Hasselt now!

Relive during a spectacular show the unforgettable dance moves of the King of Pop! Expect a best-of which all Jackson classics like 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Beat It' and many other hits will pass in review!

Jackson impersonator Christ'OF proved his dancing skills already in many TV shows at home and abroad, and in 2002 even received compliments from Michael himself when he was allowed to occur during an exclusive show for the King of Pop. In 2010 Christ'OF was the deserved winner of the talent show "My Name Is Michael", a program of VTM and RTL 4 it was looking in Belgium and Netherlands for the best Michael Jackson impersonator.

After this victory Christ'OF went on tour. The result? 17 sold-out shows and more than 49,000 fans who enjoyed a dazzling spectacle. In Ostend Christ'OF will not only be on the podium. With live vocals, a live band, dancers and spectacular stunts this promises to be an evening not to be missed!

Source: Capitole Gent / Ethias Theatre Hasselt / Billie Jean


Trailer Michael Jackson’s Halloween'. 18-10-'17

Michael Jackson's Halloween special will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Here is the TV trailer for 'Michael Jackson’s Halloween'.

Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean


How Hocus Pocus Writer Mick Garris Went from 'Thriller' Extra To Michael Jackson Collaborator.
16-10-'17

Mick GarrisHocus Pocus writer Mick Garris began his relationship with the legendary Michael Jackson when he and his wife had the opportunity to play extras in the famous 'Thriller' music video.

“I’m really fortunate to have been able to work with, and become friends with, Michael Jackson,” Garris said on Entertainment Weekly: The Show. “It was right after American Werewolf — Michael had seen that and had been blown away by it. He wanted to do something on film like that. Michael was very frightened of horror films and was fascinated by the makeup of it.”

Though Michael Jackson apparently didn’t remember Garris’ extra work on 'Thriller', the two got to work together extensively on the 35-minute 'Ghosts'. Horror expert Stephen King linked the two together after the pop superstar pitched his original idea to the author. Though the final product did take quite a bit of time and money, Garris stands by the results.

“It had a very large transformation over the course of it and eventually became by far the most expensive music video ever made,” he says. “We shot for two weeks and never got into the music video part because when you work ‘Michael hours,’ they’re not the same as regular hours. By the time everything shut down, we’d spent $7 million dollars. It ended up coming in at about $15 million dollars, all of it out of Michael’s pocket. It became this 35-minute — what do you call it? It’s not really a short, it’s not a music video, but it’s something unique.”

Source: EW / Billie Jean


Triumph GloveMichael Jackson's Glove Up For Auction. 13-10-'17

Michael Jackson's rhinestone glove, Prince's "Cloud" guitar and Elvis Presley's aviator sunglasses are among the notable items that will hit the auction block as part of Julien's Auctions' upcoming Icons & Idols: Rock-n-Roll event.

Jackson's white-and-black rhinestone glove, worn by the King of Pop on the Triumph tour in 1981, is expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000. Other Jackson items include a red snakeskin jacket from the Bad tour, Eddie Murphy and Iman's headdresses from the 'Remember The Time' video and other Jackson-related wardrobe.

Other notable items include Madonna's corset pattern from the Blonde Ambition tour, Prince's blue "Cloud" guitar that he used in the late Eighties to early Nineties, the suits worn by the Beatles wax figures at Madame Tussaud's and the event's most expensive item, a grand piano previously owned by Englebert Humperdinck and Jayne Mansfield.

Artists ranging from the Beatles and Miley Cyrus to Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix will also have items up for auction at Julien's, which will hold a public exhibition for the event from October 30th to November 4th in Los Angeles. The live auction itself, which contains over 500 music-related items, will commence on November 4th.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


The Jacksons Legacy Book CoverThe Jacksons Legacy: The 50TH Anniversary Book Is Released. 12-10-'17

The book 'The Jacksons Legacy' book is released in the UK by publisher Thames & Hudson. The historic book release is available in English, French, Spanish and German.

'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.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Author: The Jacksons/Fred Bronson
ISBN: 978-0316473736
Pages: 320
Printed: UK
Guide price: 28 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'Scream' Gets A Video For The New Remix! 12-10-'17

The Michael Jackson Estate has just released a new video for the remix which is on the new compilation album 'Scream': 'Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)”.

The video includes sharp images from 'Ghosts', 'Blood On The Dance Floor', 'You Rock My World', 'Black Or White' and 'Leave Me Alone'!

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Ivana TrumpIvana Trump Talks About Michael. 11-10-'17

During an interview with Good Morning America on Monday (October 10) Ivana Trump talk about Michael Jackson.

President Donald Trump's first wife said that the only person she trusted to be around her children was Michael Jackson, Ivana Trump reveals in her new book.

Ivana, who divorced the President in 1992, said that she and her then husband taught their children not to 'trust anyone' and discouraged young Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric from bringing friends to the house.

One caveat, however, was the world renowned 'King of Pop,' who at one time lived at Trump Tower in New York City, according to her memoir 'Raising Trump.'

Ivana writes that Jackson was a close personal friend of the whole family and was 'the only person who had an open invitation to come to the triplex for playdates whenever he wanted,' according to People Magazine.

'He'd stop by and chat with Donald and me for twenty minutes, and then he'd go up to the kids' floor to hang out with them for hours and hours,' she said.

'They'd watch MTV, play Mario Brothers or Tetris, and build Trump Tower in Legos.'

'Michael was a 30-year-old kid. He could relate to Ivanka and the boys better than to us,' she added.

Ivana stated in her book that 'never believed the accusations that he molested' any children, but said that nannies would always be present in the room with Jackson.

'My read on him was asexual,' Ivana said. 'He was a child himself in a man's body, tender, sweet and gentle … there's no way he could have hurt anyone.'

Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 following a four-month trial, but accusations continued to dog the singer until his death in 2009.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


'Scream' Celebration Lands In LA On October 24. 10-10-'17

We have very special news for you. As many of you have heard, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music are hosting an event in select cities around the world to celebrate the release of 'Scream'. The next party announced is in Los Angeles on October 24 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood!

Those of you who are on our list have the first chance to RSVP in order to reserve a spot for yourself. You MUST RSVP by 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 11 in order to be guaranteed a seat with your RSVP. After the exclusive window has passed, an RSVP no longer guarantees a seat in the screening.

We hope to see you at the party in LA! Screamevent@sonymusic.com

More details are here below.

Scream Celebration
'Scream' celebration lands in LA on October 24.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

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