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Billie Jean’s History World Tour Jacket And Glove On Show In Geneva. 25-02-'18

Three Michael Jackson fans who managed to get Michael Jackson’s 'Billie Jean' jacket and glove from the History World Tour will show them off in a Charity event in Geneva.

On March 3 at the Centre Pathe Balexert cinema in Geneva, Switzerland, the film 'This Is It' will be shown at 9am and this event is only for children and their parents. No tickets need to be purchased but instead, kids will have to come with a drawing of their favourite animal. Those drawings will then be given to kids in Geneva hospital.

And kids will also be able to see Michael’s 'Billie Jean' jacket and glove from the History World Tour from 1997.

Ricky Galliano
Ricky Galliano, Negotiator for the items and Director of the hotel, Jean-Vital Domézon, in front of MJ jacket and glove.

The 2 items were presented at Hotel de L’Angleterre in Geneva where Michael used to stay.

Both items were purchased by the 3 fans who one of them works for a big Financial company, purchased the items for around £88,000.

For more information, click here.

Source: MJ VIbe / Billie Jean


Blanket JacksonHappy Birthday, Blanket! 21-02-'18

Blanket, today it's Michael Jackson's youngest son his Birthday and he may blow out 16 candles.

Prince Michael Jackson II, also known as "Blanket", is the third child of famous pop-singer Michael Jackson. Born February 21, 2002, his mother is unknown to the public.

We are so proud of the upstanding young man you've become and we wish you a day full of laughter and love, surrounded by family and friends! Please know that you are in our hearts on this special day and always.

With Love,
Michael Jackson Fan Site Billie Jean

Source: Billie Jean


Wax Museum Of Theodoros Kokkinidis Celebrates Its 25THh Anniversary. 21-02-'18

Wax Museum Of Theodoros KokkinidisThe Wax Museum of Theodoros Kokkinidis, Greece, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and you will ask, what is it to do with Michael Jackson?

The founder of the museum has actually open the museum in 1993 with the first item to be… Michael Jackson! (he was only 16 at the time) A dream come true for a fan!

Today the museum has grown and you can visit the museum located in the village of Kipia, few kilometers from Eleftheroupoli.

Happy Anniversary!

For tickets, location and direction, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / K-Tipos / Billie Jean


'The Jacksons: An American Dream' Will Be Released In Germany On DVD. 19-02-'18

An American Dream DVD CoverOn April 13, Germany will be able to get 'The Jacksons: An American Dream' on DVD.

The miniseries was released in 1992 and was based on the history of the Jackson family and was produced by Suzanne de Passe and Stan Marguiles.

Based on the inspiring and true story of the First Family of music, 'The Jacksons: An American Dream' is an epic account spanning five decades -- beginning with the family's rise from a Midwestern steel town to the premier stages of the world.

The Jacksons is a hit-studded triumph with an all-star cast including Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Angela Bassett, Jason Weaver, Jermaine Jackson II, Holly Robinson, and special appearances by Billy Dee Williams and Vanessa Williams as Suzanne de Passe.

Featuring music from the Jackson 5, Boyz II Men, Jermaine Jackson & Syreeta Wright and Jason Weaver.

Publisher: Universal
Series number: ?
Playing time: 228:12 minutes
Sound: Stereo / Dolby Digital 2.0
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 20 €

Pre-order the DVD here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Tyler HenryTyler Henry Contacted Michael Jackson About Death. 19-02-'18

Michael Jackson has painted a picture of his final moments from beyond the grave to Tyler Henry, the medium has complained.

Tyler Henry claims the late Michael Jackson ''came through'' to explain the final moments before his death.

The 'Hollywood Medium' star sat down with the King of Pop's sister, LaToya Jackson, who wanted to ask questions about the 'Thriller' hitmaker's death from acute propofol intoxication in June 2009, which ultimately saw his personal physician Conrad Murray convicted of involuntary manslaughter after administering the lethal dose of the painkiller.

And after claiming to have made contact with Michael's spirit, Tyler promised the upcoming episode of his show will give his fans a ''deeper sense of closure'' about the 'Beat It' singer's death.

Tyler told E! News: ''It's hard to even talk about the subject casually because he did, he came through! It's still one of the most surprising, bizarre, surreal experiences in my life...

''He conveyed various messages and I think LaToya was still very curious about the nature of what exactly happened to Michael in his final moments. There were some questions about the timeline as far as who was around at the time.

''And so Michael basically came through, to the best of my ability I conveyed the timeline of what I saw to be true as far as painting that picture.

''It just helped I think provide some validation for them because there were some questions about were certain people in the room at the time or if they're weren't. Things like that I think can really help people put things to rest.

''But especially when it's such a public figure, I think everyone who watches this episode will find a deeper sense of closure around Michael's passing as well.''

The 22-year-old star admitted he was surprised to find Michael a ''vulnerable and private'' presence, rather than a showman.

He said: ''What I thought was so interesting when Michael connected to LaToya was that I was kind of expecting Michael Jackson to come through like moonwalking with like a whole audience full of people and a lot of feeling of like celebrity.

''But when he came through he was quite the opposite. He came through very vulnerable, very private.

''He came across just like a brother trying to connect with his sister and it really wasn't that different than if I were connecting any random person to their brother.

''And it was just really special because it showed universally these connections are all something we can relate to. And even if we're a celebrity in life, they still connect on a personal level on the other side.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Precious Moments Book CoverA New Book By Joseph Jackson. 17-02-18

On March 8th, Joseph Jackson will release a new book called 'Precious Moments' (60 Years In Business Show, A Life In Pictures) at Bookbaby.

Officially retired after more than 60 years in show business, relieve Mr. Jackson's adventure through timeless pictures accompanied with his favorite song lyrics, movie and television quotes. A picture captures a moment in time that will never cease looking back at you. This coffee table book of takes captures the zeitgeist of Mr. Jackson's adventure. At Ninety years of age, the pictures evoke sweet memories, bringing them to within one's grasp.

Announced for the moment only in the English language, this 164-page book will offer a look back at more than 60 years of show business career where Joe Jackson returns to these 'Precious Moments' through the images of his life.

Publisher: BookBaby
Author: Joseph Jackson
Pages: 164
ISBN: 978-1543922332
Printed: UK
Guide price: 32 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Share My Bed Abum CoverJ Dilla & Michael Jackson Mixed Together To An album. 14-02-'18

A project came to life mixing J Dilla (for those who don’t know, James Dewitt Yancey of his real name, was an American record producer and rapper who gain fame in the mid 90s and who died in 2006) and Michael Jackson.

This project came from DJ J-Rocc who Dj-ed and produced the (digital) album which is in constant growth as J-Rocc will keep adding tracks to the album.

Any how, So far 8 mixes are available mixing both men’s vocals (mainly Michael’s song with J-D’s vocals interjected in) which includes 'Butterflies', 'Remember The Time', 'Another Part Of Me', 'Beat It', 'Dangerous', 'In The Closet', 'Money', 'Black Or White', 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin' and 'They Don’t Care About Us.

About the title:
J Dilla once said he was gong to make an album of him singing. The cover was a picture of him like Michael Jackson on "Thriller". The title of the LP was going to be "Share My Bed".

Here is the link to the songs.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Secret Sister Was 'Rejected By Family'. 14-02-'18

The half-sister of Michael Jackson has revealed how she was shunned by the Jackson family for most of her life and humiliated by the King of Pop.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Joh'Vonnie Jackson, whose mom was a secret lover of Jackson family patriarch Joe, tells of her heartache at being treated like an outsider by the famous clan.

And revealing details of her new book 'Bastard Child' she claims she was mentally tortured by her older brothers and sisters and cruelly snubbed at music concerts and family events.

Joh'Vonnie - born the day after Michael Jackson's 16th birthday - is the product of a 25-year affair Joe Jackson had with her mom Cheryle Terrell.

She is still close to her father and to his credit he tried to integrate her into Jackson family life.

But despite his best efforts Joh'Vonnie, 43, has faced years of rejection by those she longed to be near.

Joh'Vonnie Jackson
Michael Jackson's half-sister Joh'Vonnie, 43, has spoken out about she was shunned by the Jackson family for most of her life and humiliated by the King of Pop.

'I was very aware that I was in the Jackson family growing up, I saw them on TV, I listened to their music,' she explains.

'But I was hidden away, kept secret for years, not able to become part of that family. It was hurtful.'

Eventually Joe Jackson's secret daughter was revealed to the rest of the family, but the Jacksons wouldn't accept her.

'I have met every single last one of them, but for some reason there has always been something stopping them from accepting me, from being close to me,' explains Joh'Vonnie.

'Of course when I was around them there was a show of love, but once I was gone there was no phone calls asking how I'm doing or how is my daughter doing, it's upsetting, real hurtful and I still feel rejected.

'Even when my mother died in 2014 the first person who called me was their mother Katherine, the only sibling to call was Rebbie, she's the only one who really cares.

'I later said to my brother Jermaine, "my mother died," he started stuttering and said, "I was gonna call." It was a wake up call, it let me know my position in the family. As far as I'm concerned they can all kiss my a**.'

Amazingly the wedge driven between Joh'Vonnie and the rest of the family grew so vast from her childhood that she didn't meet older brother Michael until she was 29.

They met in 2003 at Michael's Neverland Ranch where the entire Jackson clan had converged for a family reunion.

But as she stood before her superstar brother, her excitement was snatched away by the singer's cold, emotionless demeanor.

Read the whole article here.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Mirroring Michael Jackson'Mirroring Michael Jackson', A Movie About Global Impersonators. 13-02-'18

A new documentary about loyal fans of Michael Jackson who have chosen to dedicate their lives to honor the King of Pop's artistic legacy by offering imitation and other stage performances, will be presented at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival from February 15 to 25, 2018.

Titled 'Mirroring Michael Jackson', this film by Swedish director Daniel Fridell will feature those announced as the greatest artists to pay tribute to Michael Jackson.

The main artists on the bill are Joby Rogers, Carlo Riley and Ben Jackson whose photos illustrate the poster.

'Mirroring Michael Jackson' will also be broadcast at the Cannes Film Festival as well as in other professional meetings of world cinema and the date of its official release has not yet been announced.

Note that the description of the film indicates the presence of the music of the bassist Alex Al. Credited on the title 'Behind The Mask' present on the album 'Michael', Alex Al was chosen by Michael Jackson for the tour 'This Is It' and appears in the movie of the same name. He was also present for the 'Michael's 30th Anniversary Special' show in 2001 and had declared after the death of the King of Pop to have worked on several studio projects with Michael Jackson which he imagined they could be marketed one day.

Source: Movie Mode Entertainment / Billie Jean


Prince JacksonBirthday Of Prince Michael Junior. 13-02-'18

Prince Michael Junior, today it's Michael Jackson's oldest son his Birthday and he may blow out 21 candles. On Thursday February 13th 1997 Prince Michael Junior has been born in Los Angeles.

We wishes Prince a very happy birthday, lots of love, peace, happiness, good health, many blessings and dreams coming true!

With Love,
Michael Jackson Fan Site Billie Jean

Source: Billie Jean


769 Entertainment A New Michael Jackson Project? 13-02-'18

769 Entertainment has launched and partnered with multi-talented choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson. Helmed by former Atlantic Records, MGM/United Artists, and Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music president Jerry L. Greenberg, 769 Entertainment partnered with Gibson to create “a movement crossing racial, social, political, and economic lines as a celebration of dance.” Jerry and Laurieann have both worked very closely with Michael Jackson so 769 Entertainment is in the process of developing a very special project to be announced.

Says Greenberg, “With so much great music and talent emerging today, along with all the new technologies, social media and countless ways to promote, I feel it’s the right time to get back into the playing field and start a new, exciting and relevant entertainment company.”

Laurieann Gibson is the perfect choice, considering her multi-faceted career and unbridled talent. Transitioning successfully from her early career as a dancer with Alvin Ailey’s dance troupe and In Living Color Fly Girl to in-demand choreographer, director, and creative director, she is one of the most admired dancers of all time—Gibson introduces her next logical, creative pivot. She has been quoted as saying, “Artist development is something I’ve been passionate about from my days at Uptown and Motown Records.” Now it is her turn behind the microphone to bring her ideas and vocal talents to our musical culture through this deal with 769 Entertainment.

Gibson is an on-camera personality featured on various series including 'Making The Band', 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'Dance Moms' and 'Starmaker'. Behind the scenes, Gibson currently is working on the scripted Fox series 8-Count that Deadline Hollywood describes as, “a music-filled drama that follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer who has one last shot at stardom.” It is based loosely on aspects of Gibson’s life, and is being developed by multi-platinum selling and Grammy™-award winning and Oscar-nominated artist, Mary J. Blige.

Laurieann Gibson’s professional credits also include work with Sean “Puffy” Combs and director Daniel Kaufman on the Bad Boy label documentary Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. Filmed in conjunction with Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday, Gibson seemed to achieve the impossible by both coordinating and performing for the complex event. “I identified with Puffy and his fearlessness, and his ability to sustain and push me,” Gibson told Fader in its Fall 2017 issue. “We never expected…we walked it. We talked it. We were unafraid to do the work.” That fearlessness and strong work ethic has been the foundation for her success since 1987, her choreographing projects involving Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, plus video directing for classic hits such as 'Love To My Cobain' and 'Judas'.

Greenberg said to the Seoul Economy Daily that they are working on a “Michael Jackson Project” with more information to be released within the next couple of days!

At this stage, we are not sure that 769 Entertainment will be working with the Michael Jackson Estate and what the project in question is.

We will keep you posted.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Joseph Jackson Insists Michael Jackson Wrote ‘Billie Jean,’ Contradicting Quincy Jones. 11-02-'18

Joseph Jackson'Billie Jean' really did claim that Michael Jackson is the one.

After Quincy Jones accused Jackson of stealing 'Billie Jean', father Joseph shot down the claim.

“I raised Michael, he's my son,” Jackson told TMZ. “Quincy Jones, he knows better. I don't want to talk about it.”

He also said it was “correct” that his late son wrote the 1982 single.

Last week, in a wide-ranging interview, Jones claimed that the 'Billie Jean' riff came from the 1982 Donna Summer track 'State Of Independence'.

“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs,” he told Vulture.

“The notes don't lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.”

Source: Daily News / Billie Jean


Quincy JonesQuincy Jones: The Music Legend On The Secret Michael Jackson. 07-02-'18

In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do.) But in person, the 84-year-old music-industry macher is far spikier and more complicated. “All I’ve ever done is tell the truth,” says Jones, seated on a couch in his palatial Bel Air home, and about to dish some outrageous gossip. “I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man.”

Currently in the midst of an extended victory lap ahead of his turning 85 in March — a Netflix documentary and a CBS special hosted by Oprah Winfrey are on the horizon — Jones, dressed in a loose sweater, dark slacks, and a jaunty scarf, talks like he has nothing to lose. He name-drops, he scolds, he praises, and he tells (and retells) stories about his very famous friends. Even when his words are harsh, he says them with an enveloping charm, frequently leaning over for fist bumps and to tap me on the knee. “The experiences I’ve had!” he says, shaking his head in wonder. “You almost can’t believe it.”

You worked with Michael Jackson more than anyone he wasn’t related to. What’s something people don’t understand about him?

I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer’s] 'State Of Independence' and 'Billie Jean'. The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.

How so?

Greedy, man. Greedy. 'Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough' — Greg Phillinganes wrote the c section. Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.

What about outside of music? What’s misunderstood about Michael?

I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bullshit.

How much were his problems wrapped up with fame?

You mean with the way he looked? He had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him3. What do you expect?

It’s such a strange juxtaposition — how Michael’s music was so joyous, but his life just seems sadder and more odd as time goes by.

Yes, but at the end Michael’s problem was Propofol4, and that problem affects everyone — doesn’t matter if you’re famous. Big Pharma making OxyContin and all that shit is a serious thing. I was around the White House for eight years with the Clintons, and I’d learn about how much influence Big Pharma has. It’s no joke. What’s your sign, man?

Pisces.

Me too. It’s a great sign.

Source: Vulture / Billie Jean


Thriller Live'Thriller Live' Enters Its 10TH Year Moonwalking In The West End. 05-02-'18

'Thriller Live', the concert spectacular at London's Lyric Theatre, which showcases his unforgettable music and dazzling choreography will see its record-breaking West End run enter its 10th year. And on February 15, the show will smash yet another West End record by becoming the 14th Longest Running Musical in History. 'Thriller Live' also holds the record as the eighth longest running show currently playing in the West End. Yet more celebrations are planned for the 4,000th West End performance later in the year.

A second 'Thriller Live' company is touring the UK and Europe until July.
The art world will join in the celebrations with "Michael Jackson: On the Wall"at the National Portrait Gallery from 28 June - 31 October. This landmark exhibition brings together the works of over 40 artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition. It will explore the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

The cast of 'Thriller Live' will also be keeping his musical memory alive by performing on some major primetime shows on BBC1 and ITV - watch for updates.

'Thriller Live' recently announced a new West End booking period to 30 September, 2018.

Thriller Live has now been seen by 4,483,254 million people in 33 countries and played over 5,929 performances worldwide, never failing to get a standing ovation!

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Drummer ​Ndugu Chancler Dead At 65. 04-02-'18

Ndugu ChanclerProlific session musician and producer Leon Ndugu Chancler, who played drums on classic Michael Jackson tracks ‘Billie Jean’, ‘P.Y.T.’ and ‘Baby Be Mine’, died on Saturday (February 3) at the age of 65. The cause of death is not yet known at this time.

During his six decade long career Chancler performed or collaborated with a host of legendary musicians, including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Weather Report, Hugh Masekela, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie, James Brown and Tina Turner, among others.

Roots drummer Questlove posted a tribute on his Instagram where he broke down Chancler's contribution to Michael Jackson’s tracks ‘Billie Jean’, ‘P.Y.T.’ and ‘Baby Be Mine’ in 1982:

"In my opinion, the 'Billie Jean' intro is the greatest example of something so simple that you take it for granted. But if you truly dissect it. It's a complex compelling performance. The tone is spot on. Enough snap on the snare but not too thin that it enters Ska/James Brown crack snare territory.

"[The performance] literally gives MJ his DNA. You know what it is one second in. Its creator, Jazz/funk great #NduguChancler (mind you on a gazillion other hit songs) passed away today. Giving all due respect and praise to the drummer that sparked a revolution of dance madness breakbeat mania."

Source: Mixmag / Billie Jean


Who's BadShow Pays Tribute To The King Of Pop. 02-02-'18

A spectacular tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is coming to the Civic Theatre.

Starring tribute act Who’s Bad, from the USA, the Jackson Live in Concert Show returns to UK audiences for the third time after sell-out tours in 2009 and 2010.

With a formidable reputation as the world’s longest running and most popular tribute to the King of Pop, Who’s Bad’s power-packed tribute has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.

The only tribute to pre-date his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has sold out nearly 50 venues in the UK, including London’s O2 Arena.

Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance moves.

This band of professionals relentlessly elevates the legacy of the King of Pop, always pushing themselves to be more precise, to raise the level of excitement and awe.

As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, every MJ fan feels the adrenaline, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette, and succumbs to a sure-fire Michael Jackson sing-along.

Julie Sweeney, co-founder of promoters Sweeney Entertainments, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Who’s Bad back to the UK. This is an authentic performance to the ultimate King of Pop – a must-see tribute to one of the most influential artists of all time!”

Jackson Live In Concert will be at The Civic Theatre on March 9.

Tickets cost just £26.50 with concessions available and are available at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or by calling the Box Office on 01245 606505.

Source: Glasgow Evening Times / Billie Jean


The Pepsi Add Featuring Michael Jackson: Watch Now. 02-02-'18

Following our article last week regarding the possibility that Michael Jackson will be used in a Pepsi commercial during the Super Bowl this year, well this has been confirmed!

Even more, the add is now here but don’t get too excited! Michael Jackson is – yes in the add – but a very short instance and not as a main feature.

All imagery used in the add are from past Pepsi Campaigns added to the new campaign “Celebrating Every Generation” which makes sense when you think this is to celebrate Pepsi’s 120th Birthday!

Anyway, enough talk, let’s watch it:

 

See it on your screens during the Super Bowl on February 4, 2018.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Digital Stickers And Trading Cards To Collect At Quidd. 01-02-'18

Quidd, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Authentic Brands Group (ABG) announced a partnership to launch officially-licensed Michael JacksonTM digital stickers and trading cards for iOS and Android users of the Quidd app.

These digital goods are the first and only official Michael Jackson digital stickers and trading cards. Starting today, for the first time ever, fans of Michael Jackson can collect limited-edition Michael Jackson stickers in the Quidd app and use them to communicate with their friends through iMessage.

MJ Digital Stickers
Michael Jackson Digital Stickers and Trading Cards to collect at Quidd.

Fans can also collect limited availability digital trading cards to relive their favorite moments from the inspirational career of Michael Jackson.

In case you aren’t familiar with Quidd, it’s the leading digital platform for buying, trading and using premium, rare digital goods. Available for free on iOS and Android devices, the Quidd app enables fans to buy, own and use digital stuff, like stickers, GIFs, cards, and toys, to express their fandoms. Starting immediately, fans can start collecting Michael Jackson digital goods from the Quidd app at QUIDD.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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