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Michael Jackson 'Scream' Debuts #3 Current And Overall On Both R&B And Pop Album Charts. 10-10-'17

Scream CD Album CoverMichael Jackson 'Scream', a collection of 13 of his all-time most electrifying and danceable tracks including 'Thriller', 'Dangerous', 'Blood On The Dance Floor', 'Ghosts', 'Torture', and 'Dirty Diana', debuted on the album charts at #3 on Current and Overall Pop and #3 on Current and Overall R&B and #8 and #10 for Physical and Overall Album sales, respectively.

It also debuted in the top 10 landing at #9 in the UK. 'Scream' is the essential playlist for the Michael Jackson takeover of Halloween, which also includes 'Michael Jackson's Halloween', an animated special which premiered at Comic Con last week, and will have its official premiere on October 27 on CBS.

Fans are invited to official Michael Jackson 'Scream' album celebrations this fall. The first of these celebrations took place in London and Sydney. Paris and Berlin are hosting events this week and the celebrations in Los Angeles and Tokyo will be later this month. The events will feature the full-length 40-minute Michael Jackson's 'Ghosts', rarely seen following its initial screening at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and 'Michael Jackson's Thriller' in 3D. An after-party will follow each celebration.

Source: PR Newswire / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland DVD CoverMichael Jackson: Searching For Neverland (DVD) Is Released. 10-10-'17

Based on the best-selling book written by the late Michael Jackson's most trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby, the scripted film, 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland', arrives on DVD October 10 from Lionsgate. Featuring the acting debut of Navi, a Michael Jackson tribute artist who worked closely with the pop legend as his body double for many years, the Lifetime® Original Movie gives an intimate view of The King of Pop both as a caring father and as a man enduring untold hardships during the last years of his life.

A behind-the-scenes perspective from those closest to the music icon, the Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

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

The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.

Publisher: A&E Home Video
Series number: 0031398272076
Playing time: 105:00 minutes
Sound: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
Printed: USA
Guide price: 12,5 €

Order the DVD & Blu-ray here at Amazon.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


Thriller 3D‘Thriller 3D’ And Future Releases. 09-10-'17

This week the Michael Jackson fanclub MJWN were given the opportunity to see a couple of new projects that the Michael Jackson Estate have been working on. In addition to this, we also had the chance to chat with John Branca, the co-executor of Michael’s Estate, Karen Langford and others that have been involved in these latest projects.

During the two days that we were in New York, Mr. Branca spoke about a range of topics that included unreleased music, concert releases, his vision for the future and even Neverland. He also answered a number of questions that were put to him by the team in New York.

‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ 2017
Our first sneak preview took place in a small screening room at the new Sony Music building. We were shown ‘Blood On The Dance Floor 2017’ – A new version of the original music video. The video footage included some of what we’ve already seen in the 1997 release but also included new dancing featuring the fantastic talents of the Cirque Du Soleil cast. It’s a great modern interpretation of this Michael classic which was initially due to be released earlier last week. However, in light of the awful incident in Las Vegas, it was decided to postpone the release out of respect.

‘Thriller 3D’
Next we were shown something that we all have been very excited to see ever since it was announced – ‘Thriller 3D'. Whilst it was great to see Michael’s classic masterpiece brought even more to life using modern technology and on a big screen, the real treat came with the fact that it has been brilliantly remastered. It makes you feel like you’re watching the short film for the very first time! I couldn’t quite believe that after all of these years and seeing it, and obviously there’s been a lot, I actually started to squirm during the werewolf transformation scene. I was also able to really watch the dancers and see tiny details that I had never seen before. This is going to be such a treat for all Michael’s fans and the public alike.

The plan is to release ‘Thriller 3D’ at IMAX’s around the world as a special preview when you go and watch a big Halloween themed movie. Unfortunately, as there haven’t been any suitable movie releases planned for this Halloween, the Estate have decided to hold the release back until next Halloween.

After these screenings we headed upstairs to the roof of the building, for a cocktail party which was hosted by the Estate. This is where we got the chance to ask questions and were told about forthcoming projects.

‘Ghosts’
More news that will delight every fan is that the Estate are hoping to remaster and release ‘Ghosts’ in 3D next year too. This is a project that hasn’t been started yet, therefore they would rather not commit to saying exactly what it will be like or when it will be released. However, it is great to hear that they are planning great things for this 1996 Michael masterpiece and shows the Estate are listening to what the fans want – Whilst at the same time trying to introduce Michael to a new audience.

Unreleased Songs
On the topic of unreleased material, Mr. Branca explained that he doesn’t believe there’s enough high quality recorded music for a whole album. We all know that Michael recorded a lot over his lifetime, but music that’s been completed and reaches the same quality as previous releases, are few and far between. Even the music Michael recorded with will.i.am didn’t include vocals. However, a recording of Sly and the Family Stone’s song ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ (which Michael bought the rights to) does exist. Mr. Branca explained that Michael has recorded multiple harmonies for the chorus of this song, but unfortunately not any of the verses. So, they may look into getting a popular singer to make this a duet at some point in the future.

The Estate are also keen to give us, the fans, what we want. New music for example. However, they are very conscious that it’s hard to please everyone and appreciate that some fans find it difficult to accept new music. They do receive a lot of feedback from the fan community and Mr. Branca said they respect the passion and love the fans have for helping set Michael’s legacy. He spoke of expanding Michael’s fan base with releases like ‘Scream’ that are aimed at attracting a new audience; an audience who may not be too familiar with Michael Jackson and get them excited about his work.

Tours
Mr. Branca told us that Michael’s ‘HIStory’ tour (1996-1997) was really the only tour filmed that is suitable for high definition, surround sound, multi camera angles etc… He foresees that the tour could possibly be released when they come to commemorate that album or during an anniversary. He did add that ‘HIStory’ is his favorite album but doubts it would ever be a theatrical release, meaning it would probably go straight to DVD/Netflix.

Neverland
Regarding Michael’s former home Neverland Valley Ranch – The Estate would have loved the opportunity to open Neverland to the public, but reiterated what we’ve been told before. Zoning laws in California would not allow the amount of traffic along the single long road that leads up to the gates of the ranch. Mr. Branca spoke about his hope that they could have at least done something on a much smaller scale, whereby they furnished Neverland with its original belongings and allowed the property to be hired for special private events. However, at the end of the day the rights of the ranch do not fall into their hands and the private investors wish to sell. In spite of this Mr. Branca said that they are looking into the possibility of opening up Hayvenhurst, where Michael spent many years living and recorded the demos for ‘Billie Jean’ and others for the ‘Thriller’ album.

Final Thoughts
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on how I think the Estate are doing and my ‘takeaway’ of their objectives. Personally, I think since June 25th, 2009 they’ve done an exceptional job. What they strive to do is continue Michael’s legacy, constantly introduce him to new audiences and appease his fan base. Those three goals make a hard juggling act. Some fans have been disappointed with previously unheard music being released and others have been disappointed with compilations. However, this just goes to show that you can’t please everyone, yet they are trying their best to appeal to the existing fans whilst introducing him to a new generation. Their real successes have been in projects such as Cirque Du Soleil and the Spike Lee documentaries – A happy middle ground for old and new fans alike – Re-imagining Michael's work and giving us an insight into his life and career. I believe the forthcoming animation special ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ will also fall into this category.

With the release of ‘Scream', there comes a new chapter for the Estate. This is the most strategic release they’ve done, as they try and pair the season of Halloween with Michael Jackson. Each Halloween ‘Thriller’ has continued to hit the charts. Using that as a starting point, they want Michael to be connected to Halloween for a long time to come. Their hope is that the ‘Scream’ album will re-immerge every year, that the new animation ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ will be on TV every October and more seasonal releases will come out year after year, starting with ‘Thriller 3D’ and the potential for ‘Ghosts'. It’s a very clever idea, getting the public to start associating Halloween with Michael Jackson and creating longevity for decades to come. It also couples with Michael’s love for Halloween and all things scary. ‘Thriller', ‘Ghosts', ‘Is It Scary', ‘Threatened’ etc… This was obviously a subject Michael had a love affair with that the Estate are now continuing.

Matt Blank on behalf of MJWN

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album Cover'Scream' Album Debuts At Number 9 In The UK. 06-10-'17

It’s Friday! Which means it’s chart time! and this week, Michael features not once, but twice on the UK top 100 albums.

'Scream', the new collection of previously released material makes its official debut at Number 9 marking Michael’s 18th UK top 10 album release (this includes 'Greatest Hits' packages from both Epic and Motown).

Elsewhere in Europe (whilst we await results), 'Scream' did not fare so well, reaching 47 in Germany and 38 in Italy; two countries where all Michael releases, including 'Greatest Hits' usually do a lot better.

Also on the UK charts this week, the stalwart Michael Jackson’s 'Number Ones' climbed 9 places to number 36 continue the successful run of the record that Michael released 14 years ago!

Source: MJ Vibe / Official Charts / Billie Jean


Métamorphoses Musicales Unofficial Book CoverMétamorphoses Musicales Unofficial Book Will Be Released. 06-10-'17

Music, nothing but music, not the gossips ... Olivier Cachin chose to explore the musical metamorphoses of the king of pop, Michael Jackson, whose world was celebrating the disappearance in June. The book will be released on October 27.

From his childhood in Indiana to his arrival in the legendary Motown label; from the first funk hits with the Jackson 5 to his pop-rock masterpiece 'Thriller' with Quincy Jones, and until his last concert, the author immerses us in the daily life of a genius of music, dance and the image.

An eccentric artist who has forged a destiny in contempt of the conventions and imposed figures of showbiz. As an exclusive bonus featured in the book, the DVD 'Moonwalker', the only motion picture film starring Michael and his hits, is one of the many stunning choreographies of his song 'Smooth Criminal'.

In this beautiful book object, more than 200 pages richly illustrated of unpublished documents and rare photos of Claude Gassian, Michael Ochs & Bettmann. With the complete discography of Michael Jackson, from the Jackson 5 to the King Of Pop, by Olivier Cachin.

Without forgetting the DVD of the film 'Moonwalker' which accompanies and illustrates the musical metamorphoses of Michael Jackson.

Publisher: ?
Author: Olivier Cachin
ISBN: ?
Pages: 200
Printed: ?
Guide price: 20 €

Pre-order the book here at Fnac.

Source: Fnac / Billie Jean


Madrid Seeks Children And Adults Actors For A New Musical About Michael Jackson. 06-10-'17

Forever King of PopThe Casting will take place at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo in Madrid on Wednesday October 18 at 4.30pm for the new Michael Jackson Musical called 'Forever King of Pop'.

To apply, fans and actors/dancers/singers will need to send a video interpreting 'Beat It' for women and 'They Don’t Care About Us' for the men and Children aged between 6 and 10 years old to have a choreography of the King of Pop famous moves.

The show should start in January 2018 and is endorsed by the Jackson Family (Jackson Family Foundation) and promoted by Summum Music.

For more information and applying click here.

Source: 20minutos / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Stance Released Three Pairs Of Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ Socks Just In Time For Halloween. 03-10-'17

One thing is clear, Stance has had the socks game on lock for years with their comfy brand of luxury footwear to keep you cozy 24/7 365. They’ve got you covered in the world of sports and music, and even Rihanna is part of the Stance family. They have commemorative socks for every occasion and they’re continuing to add to their diverse array of socks, this time releasing a special set of Michael Jackson 'Thriller' socks just in time for Halloween.

“The collection pays tribute to all three of Jackson’s looks during the short film – the artist in his unforgettable red leather jacket, the zombie featured in the unforgettable dance sequence, and the werewolf,” Stance said in a press release. The special edition 'Thriller 3 Pack' includes those three socks in a unique box, embossed with the iconic 'Thriller' logo. The socks can also be purchased separately, with Zombie Michael as one pair, and a mismatched human Michael with the trademark leather jacket for one foot and werewolf Michael for the other foot.

Thriller Socks
Stance released three pairs of Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ socks just in time for Halloween.

The set is an absolute must have for any Michael Jackson fan out there who wants to flaunt their fandom in every way possible. The special edition Thriller 3 Pack can be purchased for 55 bucks here and the socks can be purchased separately for $18 on Stance’s website and select retailers globally.

Source: Uproxx / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Tax Judge Won't Throw Out Testimony Just Because IRS Expert Lied. 03-10-'17

The tax trial of the century gets closer to an ultimate decision.

As U.S. Tax Court Judge Mark Holmes gets ready to render a decision in a huge case examining whether money is owed in estate taxes from Michael Jackson's death in 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has caught a small break. The judge is refusing to strike testimony from Weston Anson despite acknowledging that the government's key valuation expert wasn't truthful during the February trial.

Anson appeared on the witness stand to bolster the IRS' contention that the worth of Jackson's name and image at the time of death was $161 million instead of just $2,105 as the other side submits. The case is a pathbreaking one that will establish some guidance around the value of celebrities posthumous rights for estate tax purposes. (That is, if estate taxes survive any tax reforms being contemplated by lawmakers.)


Taxpayers are suing the IRS over that huge hack, of course.

During the trial, the Michael Jackson Estate cross-examined Anson by asking him whether he worked for the IRS before.

Anson said he hadn't.

But Anson was working on another case where the IRS seeks money from the Whitney Houston's estate.

Questioned about this, Anson said, "We've not yet begun any work on the case."

Attorney Howard Weitzman then asked Anson if he had written an IP valuation of Whitney Houston.

"Absolutely not," responded Anson.

In a motion to strike, the Michael Jackson Estate would present how Anson and CONSOR Intellectual Asset Management had in fact prepared and submitted a report dated June 8, 2015, titled, "Analysis of the Fair Market Value of the Intangible Property Rights Held by the Estate of Whitney E. Houston as of February 11, 2012 for Estate Tax Purposes."

Evidently not willing to determine that untruths were said willfully, Judge Holmes refuses to say whether this was perjury or not.

"We will start first with the question of whether Mr. Anson's false testimony rises to the level of perjury, and here we will duck," writes Holmes in an order. "Perjury is a criminal offense with elements above and beyond misrepresentation. It is governed primarily by two federal criminal statutes ... and this is not a criminal proceeding. We will instead simply find that Mr. Anson lied under oath because the parties don't dispute that he did."

And the ramifications? Does the IRS lose its key expert?

"There has to be some consequences for Mr. Anson's false testimony about his dealings with the IRS, but to in effect strip the Commissioner of any expert-testimony about the value of the Estate's assets because of Mr. Anson's parsimonious relationship with the truth about his dealings with the IRS in other cases seems to us too severe," Holmes later writes. "A more proportionate remedy would be to discount the credibility and weight we give to his opinions."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Thrill The World Paris 2017"Thrill The World" Paris 2017. 02-10-'17

"Thrill The World" is looking for participants for their flashmob to be held in Paris. Here's their release:

Saturday, October 28, zombies and fans of Michael Jackson come together for a 'Thriller' performance in one of the biggest flash mobs in the world!

"Thrill the World" is an international dance where participants simultaneously mimic an adapted version of the zombie dance of the Michael Jackson 'Thriller' clip. It is a world event that takes place on the same day, at the same time, in countries like China, England, Australia, Japan, United States, France, Canada, is every year an attempt to record the world's number of participants in a flash mob!

This is a great opportunity to share a friendly moment by dressing up as a zombie .... And above all, the rule number 1 ... everyone can participate!

To learn dance we offer classes in Paris and in the suburbs.

It is also possible to train at home with the video available online:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuHFna5mcpo&t=1s

Do not forget that it is also for a good cause, because this year, "Thrill The World" Paris dances to promote the association "Cé Ke Du Bonheur".

https://ttwparis.wixsite.com/thrilltheworldparis

https://www.facebook.com/ThrillTheWorldParis

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Halloween To Premiere At New York Comicon. 02-10-'17

Michael Jackson’s Halloween Takeover is just beginning!

The world premiere of Michael Jackson’s Halloween will take place at New York Comicon on Thursday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m.

If you’d like to attend this special screening, you may purchase a badge for entrance to NYCC on Thursday at www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

Source: MJ Online / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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