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Postage Stamps Neslon Mandela With Michael Jackson. 18-11-'17

The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe published a four postage stamp with the theme Nelson Mandela including Michael Jackson. Sao Tome and Principe is one of the smallest countries in Africa that occupies an archipelago of the South Atlantic located in the Gulf of Guinea.

You can buy these new stamps in the philatelic agency's official store for € 5 (+ € 7.50 shipping cost) in non-perforated version. Two copies are available via Amazon.

Nelson Mandela 4 Stamps
Postage stamps Neslon Mandela with Michael Jackson.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'Scream' Premiere In Paris With 'Thriller 3D'. 30-09-'17

On October 16, Paris will see the launch of 'Scream' and 'Thriller 3D' in a special screening at “Grand Rex”, 1 Boulevard Poissonniere, Paris, France.

To get your invite and please email alexandre.bex.stage@sonymusic.com before October 1

Doors open at 7pm and the programme is the same as the London one!

Source: MJFrance / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Steve Aoki Remixes Michael Jackson’s Classic 'Thriller' For New Augmented Reality Experience.
29-09-'17

Thriller (Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix)On the list of articles I thought I wouldn’t be writing today, this is pretty far at the top. Epic/Legacy Recordings and Michael Jackson’s estate have teamed up to release a new album of Jackson’s “spookiest” songs, just in time for October, including 'Thriller', 'Ghosts', and 'Scream'.

The project released today the cd album and on October 27th a collectible glow-in-the-dark 2LP vinyl release. Along with your purchase of the physical album, called Michael Jackson 'Scream', which is available to stream today, you will receive an exclusive poster that will launch the first-ever augmented reality (AR) experience designed for a Michael Jackson album.

The project is expected to release October 27, with a CD and collectible glow-in-the-dark 2LP vinyl release. Along with your purchase of the physical album, called Michael Jackson Scream, which is available to stream today, you will receive an exclusive poster that will launch the first-ever augmented reality (AR) experience designed for a Michael Jackson album.

In addition to the album, a Steve Aoki remix of Jackson’s massive hit 'Thriller' is released as a standalone single. This isn’t the first time that Aoki has been tapped for a special remix, having remixed the 'Ghost In The Shell' theme song earlier this year. However, when it comes to Michael Jackson, we have to ask ourselves… was this really necessary? It’s certainly not a bad remix, but 'Thriller' is one of those songs that never had to be remixed, and it still doesn’t now.

 

Source: Youredm / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album Cover'Scream' CD Album Is Released. 29-09-'17

The cd 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 CD Album Poster'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: 88985480612
Printed: EU
Guide price: 19 €

Order the cd album here at Amazon.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album CoverWin A Trip To The LA ‘Scream’ Album Party. 27-09-'17

Michael Jackson’s Estate are giving you reasons to 'Scream' with excitement for the release of the forthcoming compilation album!

If you pre-order ‘Scream’ before September 29 or make your purchase of the album by October 4th 2017, you can email your receipt (with your payment and personal details hidden) and one lucky fan will win a trip to Los Angeles for the album release party at the end of October.

Five additional lucky fans who pre-ordered or bought the album by October 4th 2017 will be selected at random to win a Sony Prize Pack to ensure the best listening experience possible. The prize pack will include premium sound equipment from Sony to ensure an optimum listening experience for your Halloween party.

This is an exclusive contest only for Michael’s most dedicated fans – it will not be promoted to Michael’s general audience on his social media properties, so your chances of winning are extremely good.

We know that Michael’s fans take pride in showing regional support for Michael. Here is your chance to show the rest of Michael’s community where the most supportive fans live. The territory with the most pre-orders of ‘Scream’ will unlock a high-resolution photo of Michael from the Estate’s archive that hasn’t been shared before! This special item will be posted to Michael’s social profiles geo-targeted to the territory with the most pre-orders so they can see it before anyone else (and we will let you know which territory managed to unlock it!)

It’s going to be a great Halloween!

Pre-order the cd album here at Amazon.

Pre-order the vinyl album here at Amazon.

Source: MJ Online / MJWN / Billie Jean


The Internet Dug Up The Song Behind That Enthusiastic Michael Jackson Reaction. 26-09-'17

The internet has just unearthed what might be one of Michael Jackson’s favorite songs and if there wasn’t video evidence to back it up, it would be hard to believe.

In a recently-surfaced clip that is making its way around Twitter, Jackson is sitting in the audience of his 30th Anniversary concert with Macaulay Culkin and Liz Taylor, naturally. On the stage at Madison Square Garden are singers Shaggy and Rikrok performing their hit song, 'It Wasn’t Me'. It’s a raunchy wild ride of a tune that tells the cautionary tale with Rikrok playing a foolish man who was caught “creeping with the girl next door” after forgetting he gave his girlfriend his extra key. In the chorus, Shaggy provides some sage advice for navigating the situation, suggesting that his young friend simply pretend it wasn’t him—even though it clearly was him she saw on the counter, the sofa, and the bathroom floor.

30th Anniversary Celebration concerts (07-09-2001)
Michael Jackson on the tribune looking at the 30th Anniversary, Madison Square Garden, New York City, U.S.A.

The fun really starts, though, when Shaggy pauses the performance, takes the microphone, climbs on a speaker, and asks Jackson—the King of Pop himself—to join in because he has heard that this is one of Jackson’s favorite tunes. Jackson instantly confirms this with a nod and a smile. (This was not the weirdest moment at the concert, which was full of weird moments, like Marlon Brando showing up to lecture everyone.)

Jackson’s love of the song even took Shaggy by surprise. Back in 2013, he told Hot Morning Crew radio program about what it was like meeting Jackson. “[W]e had a conversation, because ‘Wasn’t Me’ was one of his favorite songs, and he says to me ‘So Shaggy, did you write that song?’ and I said ‘Yeah.’ And he said ‘That sounds like something I would write.’ And I said ‘So you be bangin’, huh?'”

So there’s no denying it—the King of Pop absolutely loved 'It Wasn’t Me'.

Source: Time / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson (Collector's Edition) Official 2018 Calendar Is Released. 26-09-'17

Calendar (Collectors Edition) 2018 CoverThe official Michael Jackson (collector's edition) 2018 calendar is released by Danilo.

A square format is also released, this limited edition 2018 calendar has a special record sleeve cover & each month contains a classic photo of the king of pop Michael Jackson. This square format wall calendar also has a monthly date panel on each page with space for notes and appointments.

Specifications
Height: 305 mm
Width: 305 mm
Product code: 183
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the calendar here.

Source: Danilo / Billie Jean


LawsuitJudge Tells Michael Jackson’s Estate To Pay Quincy Jones. 25-09-'17

A California judge has told Michael Jackson’s production company to beat it.

The late singer’s company had hoped to cut the $9.4 million award a state court jury handed to producer Quincy Jones on July 26, but a judge last week turned that effort aside.

Jones claimed Jackson’s company cheated him out of money for work on the 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'Off The Wall' albums because music from those best-selling discs was included in the posthumous Jackson documentary, 'This Is It'.

The producer also claimed Jackson’s MJJ Productions remixed the master recordings to deprive him of profits and shortchanged his royalties after the singer’s death in 2009 spurred catalog sales.

MJJ agreed that Jones was entitled to more money — but claimed the amount was limited to $392,000. Jones had demanded $30 million.

The jury determined its award after a two-week trial, which MJJ followed up by asserting Jones had failed to prove remix damages, royalty withholdings and other neglected payments factored into the judgment.

Source: New York Post / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album CoverLondon 'Scream' Screening For The Fans, Register Now… 21-09-'17

London is the first city to hold a special celebration for the release of the Michael Jackson 'Scream' album hosted by The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music. The event will take place in Central London on Tuesday 26th September.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the first 120 people to register by 11:59pm on Friday 22nd September!

The first 120 people to enter will receive an email confirming their place on the guest list with a plus one, as well as additional venue information.

Please note this is an 18+ event.

Register here.

Source: Sony Music / Billie Jean


Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming To Lend Voice On Michael Jackson's Halloween Special On CBS.
21-09-'17

Michael Jackson's Halloween, a new one-hour animated adventure with Michael Jackson's acclaimed music as its soundtrack, will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. 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.

The special follows millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who meet "accidentally" on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson's Halloween was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer, and Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director.

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

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


The Internet Thinks This Woman's Boyfriend Is Michael Jackson. 20-09-'17

Sergio Cortes
Sergio Cortes is a professional impersonator who lives in Germany.

A woman’s so-called boyfriend, who could double for the King of Pop, is getting affectionately skewered on Twitter for his striking resemblance.

On Monday (September 18), Twitter user Lourdes tweeted a photo of a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a car and wrote, “Y’all my man is so cute, look at the selfie he just sent me.”

The photo was retweeted 1,300 times, was liked 5,200 times, and received 1,800 comments from people in disbelief over the man’s likeness to Michael Jackson.

It's fair to say that the man does look a lot like Michael Jackson. He's a doppelgänger, no doubt. And people are astounded at the resemblance. The jokes are flooding in.

There are more than seven billion people on the plant. These lookalikes happen from time-to-time. But more often is your aunt Sharon, who lives in Swindon, resembling Susan from Co-op in Durham.

Michael Jackson makes for an altogether more shocking double-take.

The man @gossipgrill shared, by the way, is Sergio Cortes. He's a professional impersonator who lives in Germany.

“Unfortunately he's not actually my man. I found his picture on Twitter,” she told Daily Mail Online.

“The post was just a joke between my friends and me. I posted the picture to be funny and I didn't think so many people would see it and believe it.”

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


Andy Warhol PortraitMichael Jackson's Impact On Art Explored In London Show. 20-09-'17

Michael Jackson is to be the subject of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery looking at the late singer’s influence on art.

Almost 10 years after his death, the London gallery said the way he inspired contemporary artists was “an untold story”.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall will open next summer to coincide with what would have been his 60th birthday. The show, featuring loaned items from around the world, will be curated by the gallery’s director, Nicholas Cullinan.

While Jackson’s legacy in music, video, dance and fashion has been celebrated, his influence on art has not, the gallery said. There will be more 40 artists featured, including Andy Warhol, the first to depict Jackson in 1982, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume, David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry.

New works will also be made for the show.

Cullinan said: “Michael Jackson: On the Wall takes an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art.

“All the artists included, despite coming from different generations and parts of the world, and employing a range of media, are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented.

“It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case. The exhibition breaks new ground for the National Portrait Gallery in its subject matter and the breadth and profile of the artists who have been invited to participate.

“It will open up new avenues for thinking about art and identity, encourage new dialogues between artists, and invite audiences interested in popular culture and music to engage with contemporary art. Like its subject, we hope this exhibition will be inclusive in appeal, uncompromising in artistic integrity and in the process, break down barriers.”

Michael Jackson: On the Wall is being produced with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson estate.

Jackson died in 2009 aged 50 after an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol, as he prepared to make a live comeback with a string of shows at the O2 Arena in London.

• Michael Jackson: On the Wall runs from 28 June to 21 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Book tickets here.

Source: The Guardian / Billie Jean


Michael's Daughter Paris Is New Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador. 19-09-'17

Paris JacksonRising model and actress Paris Jackson has landed a new role as an ambassador for the AIDS charity founded by her late godmother Elizabeth Taylor.

Michael Jackson's daughter was just 12 when the iconic actress passed away in 2011, just two years after the death of the King of Pop.

Paris, now 19, has since chosen to continue the philanthropic legacy of her father and godmother by signing on as a new spokesperson for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), which was established in 1991.

She recently travelled to Malawi to witness first-hand how locals benefit from the work of the ETAF, which raises funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, and she spoke about Taylor's inspiring activism at the Global Citizen Live event in New York City on Monday (September 18).

"She (Taylor) was passionate, she was outspoken," Paris said of her godmother, as she addressed the audience in the lead up to this weekend's (September 23) Global Citizen Festival. "She was a real bada**..."

The teen then got political as she attacked U.S. President Donald Trump without actually naming him, stating, "So, here we are 30 years later, living under a president who lost the popular vote and has proven himself to have the compassionate empathy of a dead flashlight battery.

"His budget proposes slashing healthcare funding for HIV and AIDS worldwide. So, now here I am hearing my godmother's voice urging me to be heard and not allow all that's been accomplished in finding a cure to fall by the wayside."

Paris is also hopeful that embarking on her philanthropic journey at such a young age will help her make a significant impact on all the causes close to her heart.

"As an activist, I find it really important to take on different sections in what is making our world so difficult to live in," she told Vanity Fair at the event. "I kind of want to touch on every single (topic) as much as I can, which is why I'm starting so young, so hopefully, by the time I'm, like, 50, I'll have touched on every single thing that I can."

And the youngster isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and get involved on the ground, just like she did in Malawi.

Discussing her new role on U.S. breakfast show Today, she said, "I'm just gonna be much more involved in things that they (foundation bosses) do, whether it's hosting events or actually getting my hands dirty, flying out to the Malawi district and really doing my part."

Source: Film News / Billie Jean


Collector Says He Has Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' With A Chiptune 'Thriller'. 18-09-'17

A collector says he found a cartridge of Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' for the Sega Genesis in which the King of Pop’s 'Thriller' — apparently left out of the game because of licensing issues or similar reasons — accompanies the second board of the game’s third stage.

The video was uploaded yesterday. It shows Jackson in his 'Smooth Criminal' getup, getting down to a 'Thriller' chiptune as he karate kicks the zombies. The original music for stage 3-2 was 'Another Part of Me'.

According to the poster, the cartridge was found at a flea market for $20. Some Redditors challenged its veracity, wondering if it was a bootleg cart with a custom ROM. No, insists the poster. “It's a preproduction with EPROMs. This thing is real. He provided this image of the cart and its label.

The Collecting subreddit references this cart, or at least a description of it, two years ago. “From what I can gather online, there is a copy (REV00) that includes Thriller in the graveyard scenes when triggering Michael's dance move.” A post on GameFAQs seven years ago acknowledged the different versions.

Moonwalker Sega Genesis
A collector says he found a cartridge of Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' for the Sega Genesis in which the King of Pop’s 'Thriller'.

Yes there are copies of this game that have 4 small clips of 'Thriller' on levels 3-1, 3-2, 3-3 and 5-3 which are activated by holding down the A button until Michael starts dancing. Only the original release also known as REV00 has 'Thriller' in it, the second release also known as REV01 replaces the 'Thriller' clips with clips of the level song 'Another Part Of Me'. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell the difference between the two without playing the game up to level 3-1 and activating the Dance Magic (hold A button).

Whether licensing kept 'Thriller' out of the video game, it still wouldn’t have fit with the 'Moonwalker’s theme anyway. This was a multimedia vehicle for Jackson’s worldwide Bad tour, his first as a solo performer. While the film, which launched on VHS in the United States at tour’s end in 1989, included a biographical segment involving earlier work the point was to promote the newest album. By 1990, when this game launched, 'Thriller' was ancient history.

If nothing else, it’s a throwback to the days of licensed celebrity vanity products, ranging from 'Moonwalker' to Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball. We tend to think of licensed video games today as well disciplined products, usually adapting sports leagues under tight controls (movie adaptations died about 10 years ago). But there was a time when neither developer nor celebrity really knew what they had on their hands, only that they could make some money in this newfound medium. That’s what you’re seeing here.

Source: Polygon / Billie Jean


Calendar 2018 CoverMichael Jackson Official 2018 Calendar Is Released. 14-09-'17

The official Michael Jackson 2018 calendar is released by Danilo.

The king of Pop is back with a bang in this new 2018 official calendar. Features a collection of stunning images from Micheal Jacksons iconic music carear, each month also has a monthly date panel.

Specifications
Height: 420 mm
Width: 297 mm
Product code: 118
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the calendar here.

Michael Jackson (Collector's Edition) Official 2018 Calendar.

Calendar (Collectors Edition) 2018 CoverThe official Michael Jackson (collector's edition) 2018 calendar will be released by Danilo on September 26.

A square format is also released, this limited edition 2018 calendar has a special record sleeve cover & each month contains a classic photo of the king of pop Michael Jackson. This square format wall calendar also has a monthly date panel on each page with space for notes and appointments.

Specifications
Height: 305 mm
Width: 305 mm
Product code: 183
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the calendar here.

Source: Danilo / Billie Jean


Earth Song (3rd Edition) Book Cover'Earth Song' (3rd Edition) Book Is Released. 13-09-'17

On September 10, there is a new edition released of the book 'Earth Song' written by Joseph Vogel.

New in the 3rd edition book are new material on Michael Jackson’s humanitarian legacy, one of the most overlooked aspects of his career and new insights on Jackson’s powerful short film for 'Earth Song' based on extensive interviews with director Nick Brandt. New information on the recording of 'Earth Song', including previously unknown details about the first 'Earth Song' demo.

Released in 1995, Michael Jackson’s 'Earth Song' was unlike anything heard before in popular music. Protest songs had long been part of the heritage of rock – but not like this. 'Earth Song’s' vision was more panoramic, its roots more primal. Its unusual fusion of blues, opera, rock, and gospel resembled nothing on the radio.

A massive hit globally, it wasn’t even offered as a single in the United States. Most critics didn’t know what to make of it. Yet decades later, it stands as one of Jackson’s greatest artistic achievements.

In this groundbreaking book, Joseph Vogel traces the song’s evolution, from its inception in Vienna in 1988, to its long gestation in the recording studio, to Jackson’s final rehearsal in 2009. Situating the song within the historical context of the Reagan, Bush and Clinton eras, the book also explores the artist’s broader humanitarian efforts, from his participation in USA for Africa to his Heal the World Foundation. Based on original research, including interviews with the song’s key participants, 'Earth Song: Michael Jackson And The Art Of Compassion' offers a necessary reassessment of this powerful anthem and Jackson’s audacious efforts to change the world.

Joseph Vogel has brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Joseph Jackson." -Spike Lee.

Publisher: BlakeVision Books
Author: Joseph Vogel
ISBN: 978-1976106477
Pages: 122
Printed: USA
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


'Behind The Gates Of Neverland: Conversations With Michael Jackson' E-Book Will Be Released In November. 13-09-'17

Behind The Gates Of Neverland Book Cover'Behind The Gates Of Neverland - Conversations With Michael Jackson' e-book is due to be released on November 14th, 2017 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. It is priced at $4. The authors are also planning to release a physical book by the beginning of next year.'

The book is a sweet and simple memoir detailing the human side of Michael Jackson....a hidden side which many of his devoted fans were not able to see. Included with the book is a long list of Michael’s charitable donations and humanitarian efforts. This in itself makes the book different and well worth a read.

The conversations with Michael took place during the era of 1988 - 1996 and are told through the kind eyes, open ears and straightforward hand-written notes of Michael's friend and Neverland Amusement Park Manager, Ray Robledo.

This memoir touches on the wedding of Elizabeth Taylor, which was held at Neverland, visits from the Jackson family and the ghost, "George", who roamed behind the gates of Neverland, becoming known to those who worked at Michael's magical palace.

If you are a true Michael Jackson fan who enjoys reading light-hearted memoirs without the rumor-provoking gossip - this book belongs in your library.

Sweet. Simple. Michael.

Publisher: Lori Armstrong
Author: Lori Armstrong, Ray Robledo
ISBN: ?
Pages: 154
Printed: ?
Guide price: 3,36 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


MJ Music DayMJ Music Day With Brad Buxer. 12-09-'17

The On The Line Association, which offers its first event to meet Brad Buxer (musical director) and Michael Prince (sound engineer), both privileged collaborators and friends of the King of Pop, has just posted a video about YouTube with a teaser for this essential rendezvous of this last quarter 2017.

The MJ Music Day, which will take place on November 18th, will offer you an exceptional and unprecedented visit to France, during which you will immerse yourself in the intimacy of the music of Michael Jackson and or you can share (benefiting from a translation direct and interactive) unique anecdotes about his songs, his personality and his life.

Relive the HIStory Tour behind the scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound by attending a preview of the Gareth Maynard film "King of Sound", dedicated to Bruce Swedien.

Better than a master class or a conference, a real chance, to live a time of friendship, exchange and sharing with two close friends of Michael Jackson, from the afternoon to dinner.

Not to mention the presence of authors Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and Hector Barjot, and Jacksonian exhibitors.
Info and ordering mjmusicday.com.

 

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Bobby Brown Did Not Teach Michael Jackson To Moonwalk, Insists Family Rep. 12-09-'17

Bobby BrownIt’s Bobby Brown’s prerogative to claim that he taught Michael Jackson how to moonwalk — but “outraged” sources including longtime Jackson family friend and publicist Steven Manning tells Confidential that his story is way off the wall.

Brown made headlines last week when he told "The Cipher Show" podcast that it was he who taught the King of Pop how to do one of the most famous dance steps of all time.

But people close to Jackson and Jeffrey Daniel of the band Shalamar tell us that it was Daniel who taught Jackson the “Back Step,” which the 'Beat It' singer mastered and rebranded as “The Moonwalk.” In fact, Manning vividly recalls Jackson hosting Brown and his New Edition bandmates in his home and insists there was no moonwalking going on.

“I invited the New Edition to have dinner at the Jacksons' Havenhurst estate in December of 1983,” Manning says. “It was right before Christmas. LaToya, Michael and Janet hosted the dinner.”

The moonwalk leapt into mainstream pop culture after Jackson performed the move while singing 'Billie Jean' on the May 1983 TV special 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever'. That would have been seven months before Brown came to the Jacksons’ home, according to Manning. New Edition’s debut album 'Candy Girl' came out in March 1983.

“The timeline isn’t even right,” Manning notes.

Another insider familiar with that dinner party recalled there was no dancing or music at all and “chicken cutlets, corn dogs, salad, rice and beans” were served.

That source tells us it was at that holiday dinner where Brown met Janet Jackson, whom he briefly dated after Jackson's marriage to James DeBarge ended.

“Joseph (Janet’s dad) ended that because he thought Bobby was too wild for Janet,” says that source. “As far as I know, Michael was never around Bobby much after that. It's awful that Bobby is trying to change history.”

As Brown told the story to "The Cipher Show," he was indeed with his bandmates at Jackson’s home when he taught MJ to moonwalk.

“He saw me do the moonwalk,” Brown told "The Cipher Show," claiming that Jackson asked him, “What is that?” prompting him to repeat the dance step for Jackson.

“(Jackson) just started doing it,” said Brown, who claimed he learned the move from a guy in Alabama whom he didn’t name in the interview.

Source: Daily News / Billie Jean


Grammy MuseumMichael Jackson Item In New Grammy Museum On East Coast. 12-09-'17

The East Coast version of the Grammy Museum– featuring exhibits and rare historical artifacts from Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and more – will have its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 20 in Newark, New Jersey.

The 8,200-square foot Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center is dedicated both to celebrating the legacy of the greatest musicians in history and inspiring musical education, according to Variety.

It will be open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with tickets ranging from $9 to $12.

The museum include the Michael Jackson’s gold lamè suit from the 'Thriller' era, designed by Bill Whitten.

“The Experience highlights the power music has to inspire, educate and celebrate,” said Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “There is something for everyone – from exhibits designed to educate to those that underline the history of music and its special place in our culture. We are proud to work alongside partners like Josh Harris and David Blitzer, and support the incredible work they have done to make the Prudential Center a major destination for music and entertainment on the East Coast.”

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean

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