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Michael Jackson Convention To Rock London In 3 Weeks Time! 11-09-'17

Europe loves Michael Jackson! and Michael loved us, which is why he spent so much time here. On September 30, Kingvention – The MJ Convention will be taking place in London where we’re going to get the chance to spent 15 full hours (15!) celebrating the world’s greatest entertainer!

Kingvention is open to fans of all ages and is the perfect forum to meet other fans, hear stories, meet special guests and party in to the early hours of Sunday morning.

This year, Kingvention is welcoming three special guests who worked with Michael Jackson:
•Eddie Garcia – Dancer: 'Speed Demon', 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Smooth Criminal', Bad Tour, Dangerous Tour, Superbowl.
•Dorian Holley – Backing Vocalist / Vocal Director: Bad Tour, Dangerous Tour, HIStory Tour, This Is It.
•Steven Paul Whitsitt – Photographer: HIStory Teaser, 'Scream', 'You Are Not Alone', 'Childhood', 'Smile', Various shoots.

Each of these guests will take part in a live, on-stage interview followed by a personal meet and greet with you, the fans!

Moonwalker GraphicBut that’s not all this Michael Jackson Convention has to offer! There’s also a gallery of live images, Never-before seen images of Michael, the robot transformation bust of Michael’s head from 'Moonwalker', storyboards from the making of 'Captain EO', Unique Michael Jackson Dolls and a trip down memory lane on all the world tours!

Plus! King of Shop which is a fully stocked Michael Jackson shop with over 5,000 official items including T-Shirts, CDs, Dolls, Vinyl's, Books, Sunglasses and much much (much) more!

The early evening will offer the chance to settle down with some popcorn and enjoy Michael on the big screen!

Last, and by no means least is Club 30’s, the Michael Jackson evening Celebration where you get to hit the dance floor and round up a full day of all things MJ with other fans.

Did we forget to mention live performances? Dorian Holley, Michael’s vocal director will be taking to the stage to give a live performance and SupaFresh Dance Movement will bring their crew to open this year’s event with an energetic dance performance.

Over 250 are already booked to attend and we still have tickets available. ALL tickets give access to the day’s events and you’ll have a great view of the stage no matter where you’re sat.

KINGVENTION, the 2017 Edition will take place on September 30th in London!

Buy tickets to kingvention, the European Michael Jackson Convention here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Visit Japan's Secret Story Book Cover'Michael Jackson Visit Japan's Secret Story' Book Is Released. 08-09-'17

The book 'Michael Jackson Visit Japan's Secret Story' from Japan is released, to celebrate Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour & album.

The book is over 200 pages and will tell you everything you need to know about Michael in Japan during the Bad era! from the tour to TV appearances, to album released and video phenomena!

Only issue, it’s in Japanese so get cracking with your Japanese courses people!

Publisher: DU BOOKS
Author: Baeki Chuang
ISBN: 978-4866470337
Pages: 224
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 12,48 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Scream CD Album CoverMichael Jackson's Estate Details 'Scream' Compilation. 06-09-'17

Epic/Legacy Recordings and Michael Jackson's Estate have curated 'Scream', a new compilation of Jackson's "most electrifying and danceable tracks" set for release on September 29th.

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.

Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music will release a new compilation album on CD and digitally on September 29th, followed by a glow-in-the-dark vinyl on October 27th. Both formats will include a collectible poster with which you can unlock an immersive augmented reality experience with your mobile phone.

Scream Album Cover
Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music will release a new compilation album, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl on October 27th.

'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: (Vinyl and CD Album):

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

Fans are also invited to official Michael Jackson ‘Scream’ album celebrations later this year. These will take place in six major cities around the world: Paris, London, Sydney, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. The events will include screenings of Michael’s seven short films from the ‘Scream’ album including the full-length 40 minute Michael Jackson’s ‘Ghosts,’ rarely seen following its initial screening at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

You can listen to the new megamix bonus track here:


Record label: Epic/Legacy
Series number cd album: 88985480612
Series number vinyl: 88985480231
Printed: EU
Guide price cd album: 19 €
Guide price vinyl: 39 €

Pre-order the cd album here at Amazon.

Pre-order the double vinyl album here at Amazon.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean

Tito JacksonTito Jackson Still In Therapy For Michael's Death. 06-09-'17

Tito Jackson is still having therapy to help him get over his younger brother Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

The 63-year-old musician was a part of The Jackson 5 pop group with his sibling and other brothers Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon and he shared an extremely close bond with him until his tragic death eight years ago from acute Propofol intoxication at the age of just 50.

Tito and the rest of the Jackson clan - headed by mother Katherine and father Joe - underwent family therapy sessions to try and beat their grief and he has continued to have personal counselling sessions to assist him in coping with his loss.

In an interview on UK TV show 'Loose Women' on Wednesday he shared: ''We did family therapy to deal with that (Michael's death) and I'm still in therapy today ... After he passed away I couldn't work for a number of years because I was so devastated. Yes I was very devastated ... The beauty of my family is that it's such a large family and we have our ups and downs but we all share the same last name.''

Tito believes he is finding it difficult to move on from Michael's death because he is reminded that his brother is dead on a daily basis by fans and by the music the King of Pop left us.

He explained: ''It's constant reminded to me. The therapy helps a lot, it helps tremendously. But you'll never get over it, you're reminded daily of it from listening to his music or seeing his videos, or a fan comes up to you and reminds you.''

One thing that has brought joy to Tito's life this year is the birth of his new nephew Eissa in January to his 51-year-old sister Janet Jackson and he admits it's been great to the see 'Rhythm Nation' singer finally become a mother.

The 'I Want You Back' hitmaker - who has just released his first ever solo album 'Tito Time' - said: ''I've met the baby and the baby is beautiful and a lot of fun, full of smiles and he was just getting passed from person to person.

''You know it's different seeing Janet as a mother because she was always the person that plays with the children for five or ten minutes and then gives them back. To see her with her own baby is great.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Estate Expects New Trial In ‘Next Couple Of Months’ In Dispute With Quincy Jones.

The Estate Of Michael JacksonAs expected, the Michael Jackson estate is appealing the verdict which in July awarded $9.4 million to music producer Quincy Jones in damages for allegedly unpaid royalties. John Branca, co-executor of the late singer’s estate, expects the case to go back in front of a jury “in the next couple of months.”

In an interview with Variety during the Venice Film Festival, where a new 3-D version of the 1983 'Thriller' video directed by John Landis world-premiered Monday (September 4), Branca said that “fairly serious errors were made in the trial.”

“So they are going to seek to overturn the judgment and then appeal it,” he added. Branca also specified that this action is the domain of the estate’s chief attorney, Howard Weitzman.

“We’ve always tried to pay Quincy fairly, and he should be,” Branca said. “His work with Michael was incredible…So he deserves to be paid fairly. And he [was].”

The verdict in Quincy’s favor, in a Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 26, revolved around alleged breach of contract over agreements signed in the 1970's and 80's, when Jones and Jackson worked on three records – 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' – which collectively have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Jones said during the trial that the master recordings for those albums were improperly remixed to deprive him of royalties and production fees that he was entitled to.

The dispute largely concerns profits from the concert film 'This Is It', the world’s highest-grossing concert film.

The Jackson estate says that an accounting error did cause Jones to miss out on some royalties, but put that figure at roughly $392,000 – a tiny fraction of both the $30 million that the producer sought and the $9.4 million that the jury ultimately awarded him.

“What you had there was a jury trying to understand fairly complicated recording contract provisions and accounting provisions that, quite frankly, both without a law school education and years in the music business, most people would find difficult to understand. So that appeal is being processed,” said Branca, who predicted that the case will be “back in front of a jury in the next couple of months.”

Source: Variety / Billie Jean

Ola Ray'Thriller' Star Ola Ray To Sue Michael Jackson's Estate. 06-09-'17

A Playboy model who starred alongside Michael Jackson in 'Thriller' is set to sue the singer's estate for millions in royalties.

Ola Ray, 57, played the King of Pop's girlfriend in the 1983 cult classic music video, which has been viewed more than 437 million times on YouTube.

The former Playboy centerfold, from Los Angeles, tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview she's owed 2.5 percent of the total royalties from 'Thriller' for her role in the production.

Ray claims she's been paid less than $200,000 in the 34 years since the iconic video was created and says she has been forced to live below the poverty line.

She is speaking out after Optimum Productions released the clip in 3D form at the Venice Film Festival on Monday (September 4), and is about to sue for royalties based on the new version.

Ray claims no one contacted her to let her know about the new film and was shunned from its world premiere as the company could make millions from the new version. She now plans to bring the long-simmering battle to an end by taking the case to court in a bid to get what she's owed.

The mom-of-one said: 'I'm outraged, upset and in shock.
'When I heard rumors about a possible 3D version I contacted the director and said, "We need to talk about this," but he never responded to my email.
'They haven't tried to contact me or negotiate anything.
'How do they think they can just do this without paying me?
'These people are making millions of dollars out of me but all I have received over 30 years is $200,000.
'They will make millions more out of this.
'If I'm not getting paid, no one should be able to see it.'

Ray was in her early twenties when she beat hundreds of other hopefuls to play Jackson's girlfriend in the original 'Thriller', released in 1983. The 14-minute short went on to help MJ's 'Thriller' album top the US chart for 37 weeks, selling a reputed 120 million copies and making it the best-selling record of all time.

Ray says she was initially only paid $2,500 for her part in the video, which she admits she would have done 'for nothing'. But she claims MJ promised her 2.5 percent of the royalties from the 'Thriller' film, which was the most expensive music video of its era with a budget of $500,000.

In 2012 the ex-glamour model was awarded $75,000 for back payment of royalties following a court battle but $20,000 of that went to her attorney.

Now Ray claims she should also be paid for the new 3D release of the video.

Director John Landis, who also directed the original 'Thriller', said the new film uses the 'latest available technology' and boasts of the 'highest quality audio and visual experience'.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, he also revealed that it is a preamble to bigger announcements and that two more Jackson legacy projects are to come.

Ray added : 'I was so excited about being in 'Thriller'. I knew it was really big.
'I probably would have done it for nothing but Michael gave me a contract.
'Despite what I was promised I ended up having to raise my daughter, who is now 22, basically on welfare.
'I have had to live below my means and in poverty because of this.
'If I had been receiving the money I should have received my life would be drastically different.
'They are trying to be sneaky again, but I really, truly believe that I will get what's owed to me this time around.'

Attorney Scott Cole, who is advising Ray, said: 'It's shameful Ms. Ray wasn't invited and welcomed with open arms at the Venice festival.

'Ms. Ray had a central role in this iconic production.
'Shutting her out of her full royalties all these years hardly honors the memory of Michael or the spirit of the relevant contracts.'

Last month a jury ruled that Quincy Jones, who produced the 'Thriller' album, was owed $9.4million in royalties and fees by Michael Jackson's estate.
The estate had contended that Jones was owed just $392,000.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean

Quincy Jones Reflects On His Career And Relationship With Michael Jackson. 05-09-'17

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones turned 84 in March, but said he feels like he’s 18.

On Wednesday Jones’ early jazz albums will be celebrated at the Hollywood Bowl. 'Quincy Jones: The A&M Years' will find an all-star lineup jamming through songs from 'Walking In Space' (1969), 'Gula Matari' (1970) and 'Smackwater Jack' (1971).

The winner of 27 Grammy's from a whopping 79 nominations, Jones has crafted his legend as much from assembling the best musicians in the same room as he has being a performer and arranger. The A&M albums feature some of his best-known compositions (themes for the TV series 'Ironside' and 'The Bill Cosby Show') and arrangements ('Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Killer Joe'), but they also demonstrate his knack for playing host to premium musical dinner parties.

Jones met his most successful protege around the time he recorded these albums, a 12-year-old Michael Jackson. A few years later, he produced Jackson’s first solo album, 'Off The Wall,” and then the highest-selling album of all time: 'Thriller'. They fell out after releasing 'Bad' in 1987 because — Jones lamented — Jackson felt the producer was old and out-of-touch.

In July, Jones won a lawsuit against Jackson’s estate for $9.4 million in damages for unpaid royalties, largely from the concert film 'This Is It', which was released in 2009 after Jackson died. In a statement, Jones said the suit “was never about Michael,” and in the interview for this article he reiterated that and further clarified that it wasn’t about the family either.

“The family wants to do business with me,” he said. “Jermaine [Jackson, Michael’s brother] called me right after we announced the lawsuit and said, ‘The family is 100% behind you.’”

Jones placed the blame squarely on the lawyers for Jackson’s estate

“After Michael died, Frank [DiLeo, Jackson’s late manager] took over totally, and on 'This Is It' he did not even give me credit for producing Michael’s songs on that, man. I produced Michael’s biggest hits ... and they made $500 million on 'This Is It'. The family got $90 million. He got $50 million and tried to talk me into $450,000. I said, ‘No, baby, you got that wrong.’ ... Because we work our [butts] off to make records, man.”

Howard Weitzman, who represents the estate of Michael Jackson and who has been quoted as saying he plans to appeal the $9.4-million decision, sent a strongly worded rebuttal to Jones’ comments.

“Mr. Jones wasn’t cheated out of any money because he was paid what he was contractually owed for producing the songs recorded by Michael 25 to 30 years ago that were used in the documentary 'This Is It', which he had nothing to do with,” Weitzman wrote.

“The allegation that Frank DiLeo got $50 million dollars in royalties from 'This Is It' is … false. He was not paid any royalties from the film — period. As for the beneficiaries of Michael’s will, they were not supportive of Mr. Jones’ lawsuit against the Estate.”

Jones said he and Jackson were in a good place before the singer died at age 50.

“He wanted us to get back together,” said Jones. “But we were close, man. Always close. You can’t do those kind of records without love, trust and respect. You can’t do it.

Quincy Jones: The A&M Years

Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Tickets: $1-$120

Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com

Source: Los Angeles Times / Billie Jean

Scream PosterRumor Has it: New Album? 05-09-'17

A few posters have been photographed in Munich Germany saying 'Michael Jackson – Scream – Album September 29' and a screening in New Zealand called 'Official Michael Jackson Scream Album Celebration' have shook the fans online!

Now, no confirmation from the Estate or Sony yet but they have been contacted for more information on the matter But this photo indicates the artwork is indeed official!

We can only speculate on the content at this stage: This could be the album for the Cartoon series that is planned to be released in October or even a Halloween compilation of Michael’s horror songs? or just 'Thriller' album with a DVD with 'Thriller 3D'? Who knows!

The official Michael Jackson social media accounts have released a 15 second teaser video, with fan rumours circulating of a new album being released very soon, potentially a compilation to support the new ‘Thriller 3D’. The teaser is entitled ‘Scream’.

But for sure we will keep you updated!

Source: MJ Vibe / MJWN / Billie Jean

Get Free Tickets To ‘Thriller 3D’ Screening. 05-09-'17

If you’re currently in Venice, then take photos of yourself and other MJ fans outside the Sala Theater where ‘Thriller 3D’ and the ‘Making of Thriller’ was shown and send them to alicia@mjonlineteam.com. Please provide your name (and the names of the everyone in the photos if possible) so they can shared publicly.

Also, look for people wearing the below T-shirts outside of the Sala Theater to receive FREE tickets to the screening.

Venice T-Shirt
However, the Estate is distributing tickets for 'Thriller 3D' and the staff is wearing this new T-shirt featuring the same design as the posters at The Venice Film Festival for the release of 'Thriller 3D'!

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

John Landis
Director John Landis.

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Screens In 3-D At Venice. 04-09-'17

Director John Landis said Monday that he is still upset by Michael Jackson's death, but a Venice Film Festival screening dedicated to 'Thriller' is a chance to celebrate the musician's life.

An enhanced version of the landmark Landis-directed music video, 'Michael Jackson's Thriller 3-D', is screening alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary that has never been shown in cinemas before.

Landis told reporters in Venice on Monday that Jackson's death aged 50 in 2009 was a tragedy for his family, his friends and the world.

"Truly great performers are rare, and he was brilliant - and a tragic figure, I think," Landis said. "I was horrified, and I'm still upset about it.

The 14-minute 'Thriller' video, released in 1983, stemmed from Jackson's love of Landis' film 'An American Werewolf In London' and the King of Pop's desire to turn into a monster onscreen.

Landis says modern technology has let him remix the sound and improve the visuals while converting the film to 3-D, so audiences can now "experience it the way Michael wanted you to."

"My only disappointment is that Michael is not here to see it and hear it, because I think he would love it," Landis said.

Landis says the accompanying backstage documentary shows Jackson "happy and joyous" and at his creative peak.

"It's a celebration of Michael I didn't expect, and very emotional for me," he said.

Source: ABC7 / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Was 'Deeply In Love With Princess Diana And Wanted To MARRY Her'. 03-09-'17

The King of Pop felt Lady Di was a kindred spirit and thought she was one of the only people who "understood" him.

Jackson and the Princess of Wales would share late night phone calls as the two found solace in each other's struggles life in the limelight.

Their bond became so deep, Jackson told his bodyguard and close confident Matt Fiddes he was "in love" with the Princess.

Mr Fiddes told Daily Star Online the legendary pop star even revealed he wanted to "marry" the Princess.

Jackson and Diana met just once, on July 16 during his Bad tour in 1988 – but Michael spent thousands of dollars on calling her at Kensington Palace.

The bodyguard, who helped run security of Michael for 10 years, revealed the star's intense grief after her death in a car crash in Paris.

Jackson, who also died in 2009, cancelled concerts out of respect for her – and felt he had lost one of the only people who he truly connected with.

Mr Fiddes said Michael made numerous attempts to meet with Diana again, but the pair could never get together.

He also revealed the pop star thought Prince Charles was "jealous" of him and believed the future king saw him as a "threat”.

“Michael told me he loved her, and he was in love with her, and he wanted to marry her. He told me she was his ideal wife,” Mr Fiddes said.

He told Daily Star Online: “He felt she was the only person in the world who could understand his life in terms not being able to go anywhere, and the media stories that got out of hand.

“The intrusion into the private life, having no privacy whatsoever, the children being hounded.

“He felt an immediate bond with her as soon as they met.

"They were both very shy individuals and he loved her, he wanted to marry her truth be told.”

Mr Fiddes added: “They both had this tremendous amount of pain they suffered due to the role they were in.”

Michael's deep connection to Diana was laid bare when choosing who would make his the now infamous documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson' in 2003.

Michael Jackson meets Princess Diana backstage before his concert in London, England on July 16th, 1988. He presents Lady Di a special presentation collection of his recordings.

The pop star selected Martin Bashir because of his work with Diana on Panorama back in 1995 – with the veteran journalist producing a handwritten letter from the Princess thanking him for the interview.

Diana appeared in the famous interview were she revealed there were "three people" in her marriage – alluding to Charles affair with his now wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Jackson thought Bashir would help him dispel the persona of "wacko Jacko", as he had helped Di lay the groundwork for the "People's Princess”.

Jackson occasionally spoke about the Princess, once after attending a memorial ceremony at St James Church in LA after Diana's crash in 1997.

He spared a brief word for reporters as was leaving, saying: “Diana was my friend, she is no longer here. I love her”.

In a statement, Michael said: "The sudden loss of Diana, Princess of Wales, is one of the greatest tragedies of the millennium. She was a friend to the world.”

The King of Pop also spoke about their first meeting at a concert in London, and revealed he took the song Dirty Diana out his set-list out respect for her.

Michael said when the two spoke, she encouraged him to play the song – and when Charles came over and asked what she said, Di responded “nothing”.

Source: Daily Star / Billie Jean

20 Years Ago Jackson Dedicates Concert To Princess Di. 03-09-'17

Michael cancels his scheduled concert in Ostend, Belgium on August 31st, 1997 due to the death of his friend Diana, Princess of Wales. They had been friends for a long time.

On August 31st, 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris. The accident also resulted in the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, who was the acting security manager of the Hôtel Ritz Paris; Trevor Rees-Jones (Diana's bodyguard) survived the crash.

Michael's prepared statement reads:
"The sudden loss of Diana, Princess of Wales, is one of the greatest tragedies of the millennium. She was a friend to the world. As one who has been under scrutiny the majority of my life, I speak with authority when I say that I am horrified that the paparazzi, supported by the tabloids' animalistic behaviour, may be acceptable to the public. It is totally unwarranted in a civilised society.
The world's acceptance of the practise if continued will accelerate tragedies of this magnitude."

Michael Jackson dedicated a concert in Belgium on Wednesday (September 3rd) to Princess Diana. Minutes before the concert began in front of more than 60,000 people at Ostend racecourse, two 21-foot-high pictures of the princess wearing a tiara were lit up on either side of the giant stage. The crowd applauded and swayed to a recording of 'Smile' from the Jackson's 'HIStory' album.

HIStory Concert Belgium (03-09-1997)
Jackson dedicates concert to Princess Di.

Source: Billie Jean

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