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'Farewell My Summer Love' CD Album (re-issue) Will Be Released End August. 13-07-'18

Farewell My Summer Love (re-issue) CD Album Cover'Farewell My Summer Love' cd album will be re-released on August 24 in France and August 31 in the UK through Motown Records.

'Farewell My Summer Love' (originally titled 'Farewell My Summer Love' 1984 and later re-issued as 'Here I Am (Come and Take Me)' in Germany) is a compilation of unreleased archived Michael Jackson recordings from 1973 until 1975.

The album was for the first time released by Motown Records on June 2nd, 1984 in the USA as a "lost" Michael Jackson solo album that was meant to be released in 1974 but was later held off because of the Jackson 5's renewed success with 'Dancing Machine'.

The nine songs featured on the album were originally recorded in 1973 but had not been previously released. To give the album a more 1980's sound, Motown remixed the songs and added all new musical overdubs. The task of playing the updated sound was given to musicians Tony Peluso, Michael Lovesmith and Steve Barri. Together with drummer Mike Baird, they recorded new guitar, keyboard, percussion drum parts for the songs.

Track list:

A:
1. Don't Let It Get You Down - 3:01
2. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - 3:30
3. Melodie - 3:21
4. Touch The One You Love - 2:47
5. Girl You're So Together - 3:09:
6. Farewell My Summer Love - 4:21
7. Call On Me - 3:38
8. Here I Am ( Come And Take Me) - 2:53
9. To Make My Father Proud - 4:04

Record label: Motown
Series number: ?
Printed: UK
Guide price: 11,2 €

Pre- order the album here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


The King Of Pop Endures In Michael Jackson ONE. 13-07-'18

Choreography is important in all Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas productions, but only Michael Jackson ONE was entirely inspired by an icon of dance who directly influenced most, if not all, of its cast members. Whether emulating Jackson’s style, paying tribute to his trademark moves or expressing his spirit through entirely fresh and original choreography, the fleet feet that touch the stage at Mandalay Bay belong to seasoned professionals who all came of age after the King of Pop’s influence on the world of dance had become both widespread and well-established.

Michael Jackson ONE’s fifth anniversary this month is a landmark for both the production and the careers of the people who have been involved with the show since its inception. Dance coach Tiffany Baker, who joined Michael Jackson ONE during its creation, says the show is at a strong point right now. “We’re consistently working on trying to strengthen different elements, make a storyline really visible with the audience,” she says. “With the cast constantly changing we bring in different strengths and different skills that can really help elevate a lot of our acts.”

Baker cites the 'Thriller' number as an example of one that went from good to breathtaking thanks to the growing skills of its trampoline acrobats. Like Jackson’s style itself, the show’s choreography is a mix of classical, contemporary and street styles originally developed by Olivier Simola and Rich + Tone Talauega. Signature Jackson accouterments such as spangled gloves, penny loafers, sunglasses and fedoras inspire entire scenes. Teams of Smooth Criminals, MJ Warriors, Paparazzi and Tabloid Junkies deliver synchronized moves, while 'Dirty Diana' is brought to life as a pole-dancing siren under the spell of the malevolent machine-monster Mephisto.

MJ One
Michael Jackson ONE is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop, immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music. Driven by his biggest hits heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil performs exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Acting scenes have been revised to strengthen the narrative of four misfits who discover hidden powers after being drawn into Jackson’s magical world. “We really try to keep faithful to what the original directors and choreographers wanted and what their vision was,” says Baker. “But then sometimes in putting something together you realize this works, and this doesn’t. If we do it this way, people will understand it better.” Slacklines, martial arts and juggling figure in the evolution of the misfits into heroes, and Jackson’s image is prevalent via video and holographic imagery. Awe-inspiring special effects and multi-directional sound add to the experience, but Michael Jackson One is primarily a celebration of Jackson through his music and body movement.

Baker says the scene set to 'Smooth Criminal' is the most difficult to pull off. Dancers don gangster suits and fedoras to transform into King of Pop avatars and evoke actual choreography created by Jackson for performing the song live. “For the dancers, you really want to look like Michael as much as you can,” she says, adding that while his inspiration was prevalent, no one can really pull off Jackson’s moves like Jackson did. “Every dancer, some time in their life has been influenced by Michael Jackson in one way or another, no matter what age you are.

Mandalay Bay, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Thurs.-Mon., $69-$180 plus tax and fee. 877.632.7400

Buy tickets here.

Source: Las Vegas Magazine / Billie Jean


Gotta Have Rock and RollMore Michael Jackson Items To Go On Auctions! 12-07-'18

Michael Jackson memorabilia including unreleased recordings, performance video, fairy-tale film depictions, and clothing are going under the hammer.

Ultra-rare personal Prince of Pop items, including tracks never heard by the public, could fetch more than $800,000.

The prized piece, worth $300,000, is a collection of five unreleased tapes from his last recording session and his personal playback device.

The songs, produced by Brad Buxer, featuring Michael Jackson and a session singer, are entitled Jungle City, 'What More Can I Give', and 'The Way You Love Me'.

An alternate album for Invincible with five songs marked ‘not finished’ and one unheard song entitled ‘Shout’ omitted from the 2001 release is also on sale.

The DAT has a total playtime under 74 minutes featuring full studio dynamics and could sell for $250,000.

They are up for grabs alongside a 2014 unreleased CD for the song 'Get Your Weight Off Of Me' features ‘lots of ad-lib’ with an $150,000 estimate.

An unreleased video recording of Michael Jackson’s performance at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo could sell for $15,000.

This is only a part of the items that you can sell, in totally 52 items to go on auctions, click here to see the items.

The Michael Jackson memorabilia is up for auction as part of The Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction July 11-20, 2018.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Moonwalker' To Be Screened In London On Michael’s Birthday. 11-07-'18

On August 29, BFI (British Film Institute) on the Southbank London will be screening Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' on Michael’s Birthday at 8.40pm.

On what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, music collective Amplified presents this special screening plus afterparty.

Michael Jackson changed the game when it came to the relationship between music and the moving image. On what would have been his 60th birthday, music collective Amplified presents a special screening of Moonwalker, an anthology film made up of shorts and music videos, including ‘Man in the Mirror’ and ‘Smooth Criminal.’ The screening will be followed by Amplified’s now-legendary Michael Jackson afterparty in the BFI Bar & Kitchen (free to attend).

Moonwalker Poster
'Moonwalker' to be screened in London on Michael’s Birthday.

Buy tickets here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The WizNational Portrait Gallery Screening 'The Wiz'. 11-07-'18

On July 20, the National Portrait Gallery will screen the so famous 'The Wiz' staring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fashion scholar Sequoia Barnes introduces this cult classic, a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (which features an entirely African American cast including Michael Jackson as Scarecrow to Diana Ross’ Dorothy) and explores its cultural significance. Dir: Sidney Lumet, 1979. Cert: U. 134 minutes.

With a background in museum studies, material culture, and design history, Sequoia’s scholarly research encompasses fashion history/theory and black cultural studies as intersectional fields of research. Her particular subjects of focus encompass fashion as a medium of black expressions from gender and sexuality to the bodily performance of dress.

Part of the programme of events complementing 'Michael Jackson: On The Wall'.

Source: National Portrait Gallery / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Earns 30TH Hot 100 Top 10 As Featured On Drake’s 'Don’t Matter To Me'. 10-07-'18

Scorpion Album CoverThe single becomes Jackson’s fourth posthumous Hot 100 hit.

Nine years after his death in 2009, Michael Jackson is back on the Billboard Hot 100 posthumously for the fourth time, as he debuts at No. 9 on the chart (dated July 14) as the featured artist on Drake’s 'Don’t Matter To Me'.

The song, now being promoted to pop radio by Republic Records, is from Drake’s double album 'Scorpion', which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the biggest week of consumption for an album in 2018.

'Don’t Matter To Me'. features previously unreleased vocals from Michael Jackson, which were originally recorded in 1983.

The new song becomes Michael Jackson’s 30th solo Hot 100 top 10, making him one of just five artists to reach the milestone in the chart’s 59-year history. Madonna leads with 38, followed by The Beatles (34) and Drake and Rihanna (31 each). Drake also breaks the barrier of at least 30 top 10s this week, as he adds five to his résumé: 'Nonstop' (No. 2), 'In My Feelings' (No. 6), 'I’m Upset' (No. 7), 'Emotionless' (No. 8) and 'Don’t Matter To Me'. (No. 9).

(Along with his 30 solo Hot 100 top 10s, The Jackson 5/Jacksons scored 11 top 10s with Jackson as a member.)

'Don’t Matter To Me'. is Michael Jackson’s fourth posthumous Hot 100 entry. It follows 'Hold My Hand', his 2011 duet with Akon that reached No. 39; 'Love Never Felt So Good', his 2014 co-billed collab with Justin Timberlake that rose to No. 9; and 'Slave To The Rhythm', a solo track that debuted and peaked at No. 45 in 2014.

Notably, 'Don’t Matter To Me'. is Michael Jackson’s first Hot 100 hit (among 51 total) on which he is billed as a featured artist; 41 are unaccompanied, while nine are duets.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Bubbles PaintingBubbles Paintings Also In Exhibition In Miami. 10-07-'18

For a second year in a row, after raising over $11,000 for the Center for Great Apes and attracting worldwide media and participation (including BBC, People Magazine, EFE ), Frames USA is opening its doors again for Apes that Paint 2. The free event will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6pm to 10pm. Attendees will have the unusual opportunity to buy a variety of paintings created by Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s former chimpanzee and many other celebrity great apes living in two different ape sanctuaries in central Florida. Not only are these paintings rare and great conversation pieces but money earned from their sales goes to rescuing and providing lifetime care for abandoned chimpanzees and orangutans. The event will also host the kickoff party to Walk for the Apes, a 5k walk that will take place on September 30, 2018 at Tropical Park benefiting these apes.

At this event attendees will be dazzled by the abstract nature of the paintings and the beautiful vivid color combinations used by the apes. Interestingly all apes paint differently. Last year the BBC interviewed live on the air Estelle Lovatt, a famous British art critic to judge the work of the apes that were being showcased at Apes that Paint. Over 10,000 listeners heard an art critic say positive, stellar, commentary about these fascinating works of art. “Guests of the show were thrilled with the remarkable ape paintings and this year the experience will be even better” says Frames USA & Art Gallery owner Adam Brand.

Brand says they will have additional pieces from residents at Save the Chimps sanctuary as well as orangutan and chimps from the Center of Great Apes. These apes artists include celebrity pieces from Michael Jackson’s former pet chimp, and the twin chimps from the 2001 Planet of the Apes. Moreover, there will be larger variety of canvas sizes for every space and budget. Purchases of these original art works include a custom frame and a 5k walk registration.

Also this year, the event will host ape volunteers from the Center of Great Apes and Save the Chimps, who will be educating and inspiring others about the life of these chimpanzees and orangutans. Event goers will be able to take part in a special presentation about Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee and other celebrity apes. There will be food and drinks and an information desk for attendees to register for Walk for the Apes. All registered walkers and get an exclusive t-shirt design showcasing their support for the rescue and lifetime care of chimpanzees and orangutans, both endangered species.

The event will conclude with the unveiling of the Walk for the Apes 2018 poster and the sale of 18×24 prints.

Save the Chimps is the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce Florida providing lifetime care for chimps rescued from biomedical research laboratories, entertainment and pet trade

Opening Night: July 12, 2018
6 PM – 10 PM
Location: Frames USA & Art Gallery
6822 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Jackson 5’s First Pro Record Contract Up For Sale. 09-07-'18

The Jackson 5’s first pro recording contract, with the King of Pop’s late father Joseph Jackson’s signature, will be up for grabs at Arlan Ettinger’s Guernsey’s Auction House.

The auction will be during a sale of “African American Historic & Cultural Treasures” July 25 and 26 at the General Scott Mansion on Park Avenue. The contract between the Jacksons and Steeltown Records was signed by Joseph on behalf of his five sons, including Michael, who was 9 at the time of the deal in 1967.

The Jackson 5's first label contract
The Jackson 5’s first pro recording contract

Description: First ever, original, signed contract between Joseph Jackson and Steeltown Records, November 21, 1967. This contract signed The Jackson Five to their first professional label. It was on this label that a nine-year-old Michael Jackson sang some of his first recorded songs. This document was the first step along the path of one of the world's most famous and beloved pop groups.

The first sheet of the contract is a copy of the original. Signature sheet is original, measures 13 x 8 1/2'', and has been signed in blue pen. Dated as having been executed on the November 21, 1967. William Adams, of Steeltown Records, has signed on both the President and the Secretary lines. Joseph Jackson has signed the artist line. Document has been stamped and signed by a notary public. Wear around edges of paper, as well as deep crease along bottom due to the paper having been folded. Some slight age spots. Three small tears have been slightly taped on back.

Steeltown Records, in Gary, Indiana, is best known for being the label with which The Jackson Five got their start. Their first album, The Steeltown 45s, was released on this label. The story of their first signing went as such: Joe Jackson invited the owner of Steeltown to come see the Jackson kids perform at Beckman Junior High in Gary. Hestitant at first, he eventually agreed - and he was hugely impressed by what he saw. After the performance, Steeltown offered the Jacksons a record deal. The Jackson Five ever only recorded eight songs with the label, two of which were unreleased. In July of 1968, The Jackson Five signed with Motown Records - a move that was controversial, as their contract with Steeltown had not yet expired.

This item comes to us from the one of the original founders of Steeltown Records.

The auction of more than 700 lots covers artifacts from the civil rights movement, African-American films and music. Other items include a two-page handwritten letter in which Rosa Parks describes meeting Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time, plus a large collection of original sheet music by Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and the Isley Brothers.

The auction’s expected to break records in various categories.

For more information about the Auction, click here.

Source: Page Six / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Brother Tito Says Singer ‘Made Peace’ With Joseph Jackson Before His Death.
07-07-'18

Tito JacksonTito Jackson has spoken for the first time since the death of his dad Joseph Jackson. Tito saw his father the day before he died and said he ‘thanked him for everything that he has done’. Joseph, who was instrumental in creating the mammoth music careers of his children, especially his late son Michael Jackson and sister Janet, died last month at the age of 89. Tito said that Joseph and Michael would be ‘happy to be reunited with Michael’ and ‘will probably be trying to get new music’. On the last time he saw his dad before he died, Tito said: ‘He couldn’t speak but I thanked him for everything that he has done and the world he had led me to, I thanked him for all the things I learnt from him. He recognised I was there and I was speaking to him. He understood what I was saying but he wasn’t able to reply.’

Michael, who died in 2009, spoke about how his father treated them in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying how he would watch them perform with a belt in his hand and beat them with the belt ‘if you didn’t do it the right way’. However Tito insists they had ‘made peace’ and that he and Michael’s other older brothers Jackie and Jermaine got the brunt of it.

He told The Mirror: ‘He lashed us more than anybody because we were in Gary, Indiana. There is nothing but gangs and no jobs, there are shootings on a daily basis. My father kept a grip on his older sons more than anything. ‘My father actually did a great job. And people don’t understand that because people don’t want to understand it. My father did a terrific job.’

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


'Michael Jackson: On The Wall' Exhibition At The Grand Palais In Paris. 04-07-'18

As we told you in our previous news on this subject, an exhibition entitled 'Michael Jackson: On The Wall' in co-operation with the Estate, has since June 28 in London the influence that the King of Pop could have on the history of art such as fashion, video and of course music and dance.

The work of several photographers and other sculptors is thus highlighted and we thus find exposed, the work of artists like Andy Warhol, Paul McCarthy, David LaChapelle, Kehinde Wiley, Rashid Johnson, Isa Genzken, Candice Breitz, Grayson Perry or Isaac Julien.

This exhibition will pass through Paris via the Grand Palais from 23 November 2018 to 17 February 2019 and the ticket office is already open. To do so, simply go to the official website of the Grand Palais and access its special page provided for this purpose.

On The Wall Exhibition
From November 23, 2018 to February 17, 2019, Paris Grand Palais dedicates an exhibition to the King of Pop. An event offering to return on the singer’s career and his influence on the world of music and art.

Details:

'Michael Jackson On The Wall' Grand Palais, Southeast Gallery from November 23, 2018 to February 14, 2019.

Full price: 12 €
Reduced price: 9 €
Tariff tribe (4 people including 2 young people of 16-25 years): 33 €
Freedom tariff (priority entry and access to the line): 17 €
Guided tour from November 28 to February 14 (duration 1h30, French only): 22 €
Guided tour in sign language on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:30 (duration 2h): € 7 for people with a disability card.
Internet fee: 1 €

Schedule:

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10h to 20h.
Wednesday from 10h to 22h. Weekly closing on Tuesdays.
Closing at 18h on 24 and 31 December 2018.
Early closing at 18h on 23 November 2018.

Access: metro line 1 and 13: "Champs Elysées-Clemenceau" or line 9: "Franklin D. Rossevelt"

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Arthur Phoenix To Auction Off Prized Michael Jackson Memorabilia. 03-07-'18

"1969... I'm sitting in front of those old floor model TV's and there it was, 'The Dave Sullivan's show,' and when I laid eyes on Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, I said, 'that's my dream, I want to be just like him,'" he said.

Then he got the opportunity of a lifetime. Arthur found himself working for the Jackson family and working right alongside a man he'd admired all his life, the "King of Pop."

Having worked as the Jackson family's estate publicist and personal manager to Tito Jackson, he's now auctioning off some items he's collected in past years, so die-hard Jackson fans can get a taste of the experience he once had.

"A fan that gets these is a fan that never had the chance to meet Michael, to even speak with Michael, and this would bring them closer to Michael by helping them to get to know who Michael really was," Phoenix said.

On Wednesday, Arthur will auction Jackson family memorabilia, including hit items like autographed albums of 'Thriller', 'Off The Wall', and 'ABC'.

 

Even some more unique items will be up for auction.

"This was done at a private party after the world's famous "Victory Tour" in 1984," he said.

Arthur says with the proceeds, he plans to give back to charities for children.

"Mike was kind of sweet, gentle, and he's a giving human being that loves to give and he's full of joy," he said.

Because that is what Michael would have done.

Auction taking place in Tempe in Arizona on July 4, 2018. Auction’s details here: Blue Leaf Auctions.

Source: FOX 10 Phoenix / Billie Jean


'Thriller Live' Theatre Review (UK Tour): An Ambitious Show Case Of The Hits Of Michael Jackson, But Can It Live Up To The High Standards Of The King Of Pop? 03-07-'18

Thriller LiveFrom the start the show invites you to relive the decades of music that Michael Jackson bought to the world. His influence is undoubted from his early days in the Jacksons, through to his early death in 2009, he was truly a legend of our time and many of us grew up listening to his hits or copying his dance moves. The difference here is that we have a cast who are the top performers and mimics of Michael Jackson’s unique style. The large cast put a huge amount of energy and precision into making you believe you are actually at a Jackson show, and the result is mostly impressive.

The opening songs were a taster of his hits across the decades. Unfortunately, this felt slightly disjointed and although the songs were good, the narrative didn’t quite tie all of the songs together.

This meant that the first half was a little disappointing, but it did improve during the second. The lead performers in the show each have their own look and style of Michael Jackson throughout his different eras.

The costumes worn by the stars seemed not often match up to the song, such as the song ‘She’s Out Of My Life’ from the ‘Off The Wall’ album, being performed in a 'Dangerous' era outfit, but they were all reflective of the outfits that Michael Jackson has worn for his stage shows. The outfits for 'Thriller' were suitably macabre, recreating the video for the song brilliantly.

The sound of the show was good, and even opening night glitches could almost be forgiven. The vocals just need to stand out more, as the performers were struggling sometimes to break through a heavy bass, and I really expected more impact from the singers, but was not totally blown away.

There was, however, definitely the feel of a party, especially when the entire audience was up on their feet for ‘ABC’, ‘Shake Your Body’ and for the final encore of his greatest hits. The less than packed crowd did respond with notable enthusiasm for the show which was great to see.

Overall, 'Thriller Live' does meet hopes for an entertaining spectacle, which showcases the best of Michael Jackson’s music. The show needs a little more authenticity, and less pastiche to truly stand out again; the first half needs a refresh, but the second came back with a bang with all the top hits.

Thriller Live theatre review (UK Tour) by Katey Thompson, July 2018.

Thriller Live plays at the New Victoria Theatre until the 7th July.

Source: The Hollywood News / Billie Jean


Janet Joins Other Jacksons As Father Joseph Is Laid To Rest Near Michael. 03-07-'18

Joseph Jackson was laid to rest on Monday (July 2), according to multiple reports.

The Jackson patriarch was honored with a private service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., that was attended by family and close friends. It’s the same cemetery where his son Michael Jackson is entombed. In photos obtained by TMZ, Janet Jackson is pictured at the funeral dressed in black.

Joseph’s children and grandchildren — many of whom have publicly posted tributes to the family patriarch — paid their last respects at his gravesite. Joe’s eldest son, Jackie, shared a photo of himself and his son on Instagram Monday afternoon in black suits.

Funeral
Janet Jackson, circled in white, attends her father’s funeral.

Prince Jackson, Michael’s youngest son, shared on his Instagram Story on Sunday that he was on his way back to L.A.

Joseph passed away at age 89 on June 27 after battling cancer (it has been reported, but unconfirmed, that it was pancreatic).

The legacy Joseph leaves behind is a controversial one. The architect of the Jackson 5, Joe launched a musical dynasty, taking his family from blue-collar to legendary. However, he was both physically and mentally abusive to his children on their rise to fame. His most complicated relationship was with Michael. The 'Thriller' singer infamously fired his father as his manager and cut him out of his will. Exactly where Joe will be laid to rest in relation to his son is unknown.

The private funeral is the first of two services planned; a public one is expected in the near future.

Source: Yahoo / TMZ / Billie Jean


Joseph JacksonJoseph Jackson To Receive Two Memorial Services. 02-07-'18

Joseph Jackson is set to be honoured in two memorial services on Monday, one private and one public.

The Jackson family patriarch - who is best known for handling the careers of his kids including late son and music legend Michael Jackson - passed away last week at the age of 89 after a battle with cancer, and it has now been revealed he will be remembered in two services to be held this week.

According to 'Entertainment Tonight', both services will take place on Monday and both will be held in Los Angeles, whilst one will be a public memorial, and the other will be a more intimate private service for family and friends of the late talent manager.

As of the time of writing, the exact times and locations for each service have not yet been disclosed.

Since Joseph's passing, several of his family members have taken to social media to pay tribute to the star.

His granddaughter Paris Jackson - whose father was the late Michael Jackson - mourned his loss when she revealed she had made him ''promise'' to visit her as a ghost in the moments before he passed away.

She wrote in part of a lengthy caption on Instagram: ''i made you promise me you'll come visit me. you agreed and i'm going to hold you to it. and i promised you that we will keep telling your story, over and over. to never be forgotten. my great grandchildren will know who Joseph Jackson is.

''i love you grandpa. so so so much that words can't describe. i have immense gratitude for you, and always will. we all feel that way. thank you for everything. truly. rest in peace and transition. i'll see you in my dreams very very soon. (sic)''

Whilst her brother Prince Jackson praised Joseph as ''an example of sheer willpower''.

He wrote: ''This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication. He didn't choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family. You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means, you taught me dedication in the face of adversity and most of all you showed me strength and fearlessness. There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again 'The Hawk'. (sic)''

The retired talent manager had been in hospital for some time, with his wife Katherine and some of his children and grandchildren by his side, and his passing was not unexpected as it was revealed hours before his death that he was ''too weak'' to even return to his Las Vegas home to live out his final days.

A source said: ''He had planned to go to his home in Vegas to live out his final days, but that has not happened. Joseph is very weak and getting significantly weaker. It's now a waiting game, and the end could come at any time.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Nephew Austin Brown Disapproves Of Drake's 'Don't Matter To Me'. 01-07-'18

Austin BrownAt least one member of Michael Jackson’s family isn’t happy about the late singer’s surprising appearance on Drake’s 'Scorpion' album.

Austin Brown, the nephew of Jackson, voiced his disapproval when asked about Drizzy’s song 'Don’t Matter To Me'.

“I mean, I’m not OK with it,” Brown told a paparazzo. “I mean, but Drake’s talented.”

Brown, the son of Jackson’s eldest sister Rebbie, felt the previously unreleased work of his uncle should’ve never seen the light of day. Although he didn’t express any ill will towards Drake, the nephew of the pop icon disliked the idea of MJ’s unfinished work being repurposed.

“I just feel like, if he didn’t finish it, you shouldn’t use it,” he said. “He’s an artist. Everything he made … [I] respect the artist, I just don’t feel like it’s OK to use someone’s vocals and change them. It’s music at the end of the day. It’s art. I’m not gonna say [it’s] taking advantage [of Jackson]. [But] I wouldn’t do it.”

'Don’t Matter To Me' features some slightly altered vocals by Jackson on its hook. The vocals reportedly came from a 1983 recording session with Canadian singer Paul Anka, who is credited as a co-writer on Drake’s track.

Source: Hip Hop DX / Billie Jean

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