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Michael Jackson“I Just Can’t Stop Loving Him” Exhibition In Paris. 27-11-'18

While Paris is set in the colours of Michael Jackson with the “Michael Jackson: On The Wall” taking place at the Grand Palais, another exhibition is currently taking place showing photos of the King of Pop.

A. Galerie – 4 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris, France – sets a selection of Michael Jackson’s pictures from the Jackson 5 to his last photo shoot.

The Exhibition called “Michael Jackson, I Just Can’t Stop Loving Him” started on November 21.

Check out some of the photos present at the Gallery:

Perfect to visit if you are in Paris for the “Michael Jackson: On The Wall” or instead of if the latest is not your cup of tea!

For more information visit A. Galerie.

Source: MJ Vibe / A. Galerie / Billie Jean


Annotated Book Revealing The Thoughts Of Michael Jackson Expected To Fetch £8,000 At Omega Auctions. 25-11-'18

The 48 Laws Of Power Book CoverA book closely annotated by Michael Jackson that gives a fascinating insight into the thoughts and interests of the King of Pop is expected to fetch up to £8,000 when offered for sale by Omega Auctions on November 27.

Robert Greene’s 'The 48 Laws Of Power', published in 1998, is a bestseller assessing the factors that have made people powerful throughout history. Popular with Hollywood celebrities among others, the book clearly enthralled Jackson, who wrote notes throughout this copy, including exclamations of Wow, True and Great, as well as more detailed inscriptions.

The relatively juvenile handwriting in which he puts down his thoughts may well be a legacy of Jackson’s lost childhood, as he sacrificed stable schooling for a life on the road, but his views are sometimes incisive. On one page he writes: “You create your own circumstances even in the manner in which you are treated and looked upon.”

The 500+ lot Music Memorabilia, Instruments and Equipment sale is just the latest major offering of star-studded lots by Omega Auctions, who sold over £250,000 worth of unseen early Beatles photos in March this year and David Bowie’s first-known studio recording for almost £40,000 in September.

The auction house has just announced the sale of a collection of guitars and memorabilia relating to the ground-breaking bands Joy Division and New Order. Consigned by Peter Hook, the bass player for both bands, the auction will take place on March 2 next year.

The 48 Laws Of Power BookThe King of Pop clearly paid a lot of attention to the writings, highlighting many passages and even writing 'do this' above a section that recommends lying and cheating to prevent bad news.

Source: Art Daily / Billie Jean


'This Is It' Is Coming To Netflix This Christmas! 20-11-'18

Netflix has released their list of everything that is debuting on their streaming service beginning on December 1.

This month’s list is quite extensive and there’s one major title on here that many fans are going to be very excited about.

And one of them is Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It' on December 10.

This Is ItJust two days before he died, he practiced his moves during a rehearsal at Staples Center in L.A. for the London concerts.

The movie is the fourth highest grossing documentary ever. It shows Michael rehearsing for what were to be his upcoming concerts at the O2 Arena in London. Entitled 'This Is It', the King of Pop was meant to perform for 50 dates, however all of that was cut short when less than a month to go Michael suddenly died. His death shocked the world.

The documentary came out later that year to movie theaters including the IMAX. It was directed by Kenny Ortego who was producing the concerts. The movie became an instant hit and showed Michael in a light the public had rarely seen; where he was rehearsing but at the same time clearly in control of how he wanted the show to be.

Source: MJ Vibe / Netflix / Billie Jean


Black FridayKing Of Shop Black Friday's Offer. 20-11-'18

Christmas is coming!

King of Shop, the online Michael Jackson emporium store is offering a massive discount of 15% on all Official Michael Jackson merchandise!

For the first time, the store sets a Black Friday discount available across the store to ALL items! This offer is valid until Sunday 25th November!

What a perfect way to select presents for Christmas especially the store has over 3,000 items to chose from!

How to get the discount? Easy! Simply enter BLACKORWHITE at the checkout to get your 15% off!

Start your Christmas shopping here.

Source: MJ Vibe / King of Shop / Billie Jean


Motown Goes Cartoon On Netflix. 18-11-'18

How do you follow up the success of Beat Bugs, the Netflix animated program that creator Josh Wakely based around insects living their lives to the sounds of the Beatles? The series which quickly became both a merchandising juggernaut on the toy aisles and a painless introduction to the sounds of the Fab Four for younger generations who have never even heard of the term “oldies station”?
Just base your next show on the foundation of what you consider the perfect song, of course.

'Motown Magic', the highly anticipated animated follow up to Bugs from Wakely, who took inspiration for the creation from the Motown catalog of hits. Premiering on Netflix Tuesday, Nov. 20, the series is based in the fictional city of Motown, where eight-year-old Ben follows his heart and imagination — along with a magic paintbrush — to bring the street-art that decorates his building to life, alongside a wide cast of family and friends.

The song in question is the Jackson 5’s 'ABC', both the answer to a question asked of Wakely often during the production of Beat Bugs, and the theme song for Motown.

“The idea [for Motown] came originally from whenever someone would ask me what I thought was the best song ever created for children, and I would immediately say that it was ‘ABC',” Wakely tells Billboard. “One of the reasons Motown music was so astronomically successful was because at one level it was extraordinarily simple music, but the lyrics were often about amazingly complex things. I was convinced that it would work well for children.”

The songs that Wakely is working with on Motown may be universal in theme and emotion, but the producer’s latest project may prove to be slower in gaining popularity than his last. Whereas the Beatles’ albums remain perennial presences on the charts decades after the band’s dissolution, Motown appearances are fewer and further between in the years since Detroit became synonymous with pop R&B in the mid-1960's.

Obviously a lot of reference to Michael and the Jackson 5 are including especially with the music.

Check out the trailer here:


Motown Records has released a soundtrack album for the Netflix animated series 'Motown Magic'. The album features the Motown hits from the show covered by artists including Ne-Yo, Becky G, BJ the Chicago Kid, Calum Scott, Skylar Grey, Trombone Shorty, as well as Smokey Robinson who serves as the project’s executive music producer. The soundtrack is now available to download on Amazon, where you can also check out audio samples. A CD version is available to order here.

Motown Magic CD Album CoverTrack list:

1. Zachary James & Motown Magic Cast - ABC - 3:00
2. Becky G - For Once In My Life - 2:54
3. Smokey Robinson - My Girl - 3:55
4. BJ The Chicago Kid - Living For The City - 5:46
5. Skylar Grey - Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours - 3:15
6. Motown Magic Cast - Ben (feat. Julia Stone) - 3:38
7. Ne-Yo - Superstition - 4:07
8. Calum Scott - I Heard It Through The Grapevine - 4:47
9. Road Runner - Trombone Shorty - 3:16
10. Motown Magic Cast - He’s Misstra Know-It-All (feat. Jacquez “Quizz” Swanigan) - 4:08
11. Smokey Robinson - I’ll Be Doggone - 2:47
12. Motown Magic Cast - The Tracks Of My Tears (feat. Jacquez “Quizz” Swanigan) - 3:37
13. Motown Magic Cast - Reach Out I’ll Be There - 4:01

Order the cd album here at Amazon.

Source: Billboard / MJ France / Billie Jean


Les Inrockuptible2 Magazine Cover'Les Inrockuptibles2' Magazine Of Michael Jackson Is Released. 16-11-'18

The magazine 'Les Inrockuptibles2', will release a special Hors Serie of Michael Jackson this November 16, 2018. Surfing on the exhibition 'On The Wall' that will take place at the Grand Palais from November 23, the Inrockuptibles want to pay tribute to the King of Pop in this special issue of 80 pages with the program:

• Never can say goodbye: the editorial of Azzedine Fall.
• The deciphered major epochs, from Jackson 5 to 'Invincible'.
• Portraits of Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder.
• His heirs, his flagship albums, his sensational concerts, his music videos.

If the cover is very pretty and presents a Michael Jackson as we like, do not be fooled by the appearances of a magazine that tries to attract its audience and behind this facade, made more than regrettable remarks about the King of Pop in their old editions.

Indeed, for 'Les Inrockuptibles2', in previous editions, Michael Jackson has not released anything particularly remarkable since the album 'Bad' and trying to find a qualifier replacing the name of the artist, has been nicknamed "Bambi the chochotte".

Publisher: Les Inrocks Hors Serie
ISBN: 3663322102486
Issue: Nr. 84
Pages: 80
Guide price: 9 €

Order the magazine here at Pollen Difpop.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


The Show FOREVER "The Best Show About The King Of Pop" Arrives In France In 2019. 12-11-'18

ForeverAfter a triumphal tour in Europe and more than 500 000 spectators, FOREVER "The Best show about the King of Pop" arrives in France in 2019.

This tour will begin November 26, 2019 in Niort, will pass through Paris, Nantes, Tours, Lievin, Lyon, Montelimar, Marseille, Montpellier, Perpignan and Bordeaux to end on December 15, 2019 in Toulouse.

Announced as a rhythmic and vibrant show, it is the only one approved by the Jackson family and will bring you back to the world of the King of Pop.

Presentation by Indigo Productions:

This meticulous production accompanied by a live orchestra accurately respects the choreography in the smallest detail to satisfy the fans of Michael Jackson, and pay homage to the ROI of the POP, 10 years after his death!

The 25 artists on stage will make you live a passionate and timeless journey through the greatest hits of the Star World.

Come vibrate in the footsteps and sound of FOREVER "The Best show about the King of Pop "in a twirling passion.

"I would like to be remembered as someone who came and brought light to the world" Michael Jackson.

You can find and book your tickets at a point of sale near you via Indigo Productions or via the Fnac and Ticketmaster.

All dates:
• November 26, 2019: Niort
• November 28, 29, 30, 2019: Paris
• December 1, 2019: Paris
• December 2, 2019: nantes
• December 3, 2019: Tours
• December 4, 2019: Lievin
• December 6, 2019: Lyon
• December 7, 2019: Montélimar
• December 10, 2019: Marseille
• December 11, 2019: Montpellier
• December 12, 2019: Perpignan
• December 13, 2019: Bordeaux
• December 15, 2019: Toulouse

Sources: Sortir à Paris / MJFrance / Billie Jean


No New Albums Planned As Label Embraces One-Off Singles Model. 12-11-'18

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson.

After the statement from the Michael Jackson Estate in Las Vegas during the Diamond Celebrations, we knew already that no new album is in the pipeline.

With the success of 'Don’t Matter To Me' with Drake, the industry is looking at a different way to put Michael Jackson unreleased material out there!

Sony Music CEO, Rob Stinger, revealed over the week-end they are planning to release unreleased Michael Jackson in a more one-off songs rather than full albums.

“We’re constantly scouring the catalogue for ideas, but there are no plans at the moment to put any more full-fledged albums out.

“We are looking at one-off songs. In this streaming world, that works because it’s a track-based world. There are a few gems out there that we may unearth individually over the next months and years, but we’re also very, very careful to make sure the fanbase doesn’t feel like they’ve been asked yet again to buy material they have. We are very careful about repacking and extremely cognisant of the fanbase that has everything.”

“What’s interesting with Michael is that not all artists have managed to bridge the gaps from the physical world to the iTunes world to the streaming world, but with Michael that’s not the case.

His streaming numbers are incredible. The technology at the moment enables us to do something different and highlight different songs and create concepts that will lead people to a greater understanding of the wider catalogue of Michael’s work.”

By going the route they did with Drake, the Estate and Sony will keep the momentum of anticipation going among the general public and the fans.

Not ruling out the repackaging of existing material but Sony is looking at a clever and more sensible repackaging like the 'Scream' compilation done last year for Halloween.

Source: LA Time / Billie Jean


Julien's Auctions Announces Results Of Its Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll Sale. 12-11-'18

Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, held its two-day music extravaganza Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 live in Hard Rock Café Times Square in front of a pumped up crowd of collectors and music fans bidding live on the floor, online and on the phone across the globe. The mega-star lineup featured over 800 historical items of music legends Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Bernie Taupin, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and more.

Michael Jackson’s 'Bad' tour jacket, which was being sold for an amazing $298,000. Prior to the auction the jacket was expected to sell for $100,000, which means it almost reached three times more than the asking price.

The item is considered the one of the most recognized jackets worn by The King of Pop and was part of nearly 100 items collected by acclaimed philanthropist and businessman Milton Verret, who owns a world renowned collection of some of the most important pieces of rock-n-roll memorabilia, including Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' jacket. Another 'Bad' item, a pair of custom created black spandex, fingerless forearm gloves with covered thumbs, worn by Jackson while performing on his 1987 to 1988 Bad tour sold for an incredible $41,600 more than four times its original starting estimate of $10,000. A portion of the proceeds from Milton Verret’s auction will benefit the Recording Academy’s MusiCares that works to help musicians and music-related people in need.

MJ JacketsJackets work by Michael Jackson are on display at the Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll press preview at Julien's Auctions at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square.

Other notable Michael Jackson items sold at this weekend’s event included a pair of black leather Florsheim loafers, each signed on the bottom in black marker "Love Michael Jackson” worn on stage by Jackson in his 1993 Dangerous World Tour that sold for an incredible $21,875 (estimate: $4,000 - $6,000); a collection of never before seen original drawings by Jackson including a 1985 black marker illustration on paper with red and purple marker embellishments, titled Little Me (sold for $15,625) and Left Hand, Ungloved, a black marker illustration on paper signed and titled by Jackson (sold for $18,750) and more.

Source: Art Daily / Billie Jean


Central African Post Publishes Michael Jackson Stamps. 10-11-'18

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the birth of Michael Jackson, the Central African Post has published several stamps bearing the image of Michael Jackson.

There are five stamps presented under different formulas:
• A board with a stamp at 3600 Francs CFA.
• A board with a stamp at 650 Francs CFA.
• A board of 4 stamps at 900 Francs CFA each, for a total value of 3600 Francs CFA.
• A board of 4 stamps at 162 Francs CFA each, for a total value of 648 Francs CFA.

MJ StampsNew stamps of Michael Jackson released by Stamperija.

Order the stamps of Michael here.

Sources: Stamperija / MJFrance / Billie Jean


Giuseppe Zanotti Pays Tribute To The King Of Pop. 09-11-'18

To commemorate the King of Pop, Italian footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti honors Michael Jackson with a one-of-a-kind sneaker to be auctioned off in New York on November 9 and 10. Covered in 108 carats of black diamonds and 18 carats of rubies, the sneaker will be auctioned off by Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols Auction with a starting bid of $15,000. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Named the “Number One” shoe, Zanotti wanted to pay tribute to one of his favorite artists, who he created many custom pieces for over the course of Jackson’s five-decade-long career. While this will be the only sneaker covered in precious stones, there will be 1,999 pairs of limited-edition sneakers sold in Giuseppe Zanotti stores nationwide, as well as Neiman Marcus. Colored Swarovski crystals will take the place of diamonds and rubies, and the shoes will be available in black, white and silver. Jackson’s name is engraved on the buckle of the shoes, and custom packaging with Jackson’s initials will be emblazoned on the dust bags.

SneakersGiuseppe Tribute to Michael Jackson sneakers, starting bid: $15,000.

The auction will be held at the Hard Rock Café on November 9 and 10, hosted by Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols Action, and you can place your bid here.

Source: Elite Traveler / Billie Jean


The Wiz'The Wiz' Celebrates 40TH Anniversary In London. 08-11-'18

'The Wiz' is celebrating its 40th anniversary and what best than to watch it on a big screen again!

Cinema+Kitchen will be screening the famous movie on November 28th in London and all is for a good cause!

Welcome Cinema + Kitchen is a monthly screening and supper club uniting Londoners of different backgrounds through a love of Film, Food & Friendship.

*For each ticket bought, a refugee or asylum seekers attends free*

This month our screening honours the 40th anniversary of iconic, cult classic 'The Wiz'!

Film: 'The Wiz' is musical adaptation of 'The Wizard Of Oz', featuring an all African-American cast, including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. ‘The Wiz’ is pure black excellence – NBC News.

Food: from St Lucia, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Syria.

Friends: Bring a friend or meet a new one while helping support London’s refugee community.

Q&A – TBC

Join Welcome Cinema + Kitchen for a night of magical and musical glory!

Amnesty International Action Centre, EC2A 3EA

Doors at 6pm, food at 6.30, film 7.30, Q&A straight after.

Tickets free to refugees and asylum seekers. Please email to secure your place – welcomepresents@gmail.com

Get your free tickets here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Returns To Hot 100, Thanks To Halloween Gains. 06-11-'18

Thriller Album CoverMichael Jackson's horror pop classic 'Thriller' re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 31, thanks to its annual Halloween gains.

'Thriller' returns with 15,000 downloads sold, surging by 189 percent from the prior week, and 15.2 million U.S. streams, up 198 percent, in the week ending Nov. 1, according to Nielsen Music. The gains also help the song re-enter both the Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs charts at No's. 11 and 30, respectively.

'Thriller' peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 on March 3, 1984, and has returned to the Hot 100 thrice before during this decade. With its No. 31 re-entry, the track reaches its highest point since April 7, 1984, when it stood at No. 23.

(How is an over 30-year-old single eligible for the Hot 100, which ranks, almost exclusively, current hits via a blend of streaming, airplay and sales data? Songs not in a current release cycle can re-enter if they log notable gains in chart metrics and rank in the top 50.)

Further, Jackson's iconic 'Thriller' LP earns Greatest Gainer honors on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as it vaults from No. 102 to No. 42 (up 83 percent to 14,000 equivalent album units), also thanks to Halloween gains.

In the 62-year history of the Billboard 200, only the 'West Side Story' soundtrack has spent more weeks at No. 1 (54) than 'Thriller'. Jackson's signature set ranks at No. 3 on Billboard's Greatest of All-Time Billboard 200 Albums recap, behind only Adele's 21 and 'The Sound Of Music' soundtrack.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Where's Michael Jackson Book Cover'Where’s Michael Jackson' Book Is Released. 06-11-'18

Everyone knows the books 'Where’s Wally' where you have to find a specific character in a picture full of people. Well, here comes 'Where’s Michael Jackson'!

A publishing company in Canada/US called Igloo Books released a 24 pages book of drawings like the ones for Wally but the character you will have to find is… Michael Jackson!

What a great idea! Always thought they should do something like that and here it is!

The pages will go from 'Thriller' to Neverland Ranch themed deco and still have to find MJ in them!

The book will be released on November 6, 2018 but already on pre-order in Amazon Japan and Canada.

Publisher: Igloo Books
ISBN: 978-1499882209
Pages: 24
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 11 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ Vibe / Amazon / Billie Jean


Amazon’s ‘Can You Feel It’ Advert. 05-11-'18

Online retailer Amazon have released their 2018 Christmas commercial, which features none other than a rendition of The Jacksons ‘Can You Feel It.’

The song, which was originally featured on the 1980 album ‘Triumph,’ was written by Michael and his brother Jackie and over the last 38 years has become a classic hit for the family group. The concept for the video of the song was created by Michael and in 2001, it was voted one of the 100 best videos of all time by MTV.

This new rendition for the advert will warm your hearts!

 

Source: YouTube / MJWN / Billie Jean


Katherine JacksonMichael Jackson’s Mother Katherine Suffers Another Stroke. 05-11-'18

Katherine Jackson has suffered another debilitating stroke, RadarOnline.com has confirmed exclusively with multiple sources.

This is her second major health setback since April, when the Jackson family matriarch suffered a previous stroke, Radar first reported.

Now, her famous family is preparing for the worst.

“Katherine had another stroke several weeks ago,” said a source. “Everyone is just bracing for her passing at this point.”

According to another source, the most recent stroke landed her in a Los Angeles-area hospital for about a week toward the end of the summer. Shortly after she returned home to recuperate, she had to see her doctors again.

“She’s not in good condition and is still struggling to speak. She has said she’s ready to be in heaven with her son,” added another source, referring to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who died in 2009.

Sadly, Katherine’s husband Joseph died from an aggressive form of cancer in June of this year.

As Radar has reported, Jackson family members have grown increasingly concerned about the 88-year-old’s health since Joe’s death.

And it turns out, their worst fears are coming true.

“Her health has rapidly declined since Joseph’s death,” said a source. “She’s been in such pain, both internal and external. Katherine seems to have given up on even trying in the past month, and it makes her family very sad to see her like this. She was always such a strong, strong woman.”

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean


Dionne Warwick Recalls Meeting Michael Jackson For The Very First Time. 05-11-'18

Dionne WarwickShe's the globally renowned singer who is in Australia ahead of her highly-anticipated tour.

And while making an appearance on The Project on Monday, Dionne Warwick recalled a very special memory.

The 77-year-old hit-maker recalled meeting the late Michael Jackson for the very first time, when he was just nine-years-old.

'He was nine years old and feisty little thing too, I must say,' she warmly reflected.

Dionne explained that her first encounter with the late star was when American record executive Berry Gordy took Michael to audition for Motown records.

'I was sitting in the living room when they came in... I got up to go to the bathroom and Michael sat down in my chair. So, when I came back I said.. ''Um excuse me, you're sitting in my seat, can you get up?''

'And he says, ''I'm Michael Jackson!'' and I looked at him and I said, ''Well, I'm Dionne Warwick!''

The 'Walk On By' singer explained that Michael quickly expressed that he had heard her songs on the radio.

Seemingly unimpressed with the little boy at the time, Dionne comically responded: 'I said, ''Get your butt off!''

Michael Jackson died in June 2009 of cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. He was 50 years old.

He left behind an incredible music legacy, as well as his three young children - daughter Paris and sons Prince and Blanket.

Meanwhile, legendary soul icon Dionne is set to grace the stage on Thursday night (November 8) in Sydney at The Star Event Centre.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Never Before Seen Self-Portraits By Michael Jackson Have Emerged For Sale For $200,000. 05-11-'18

MJ DrawingThe superstar made over 30 drawings of himself and other family members including his sisters LaToya and Janet Jackson.

The intimate artwork dates from 1985 when he was at the peak of his career having released his 'Thriller' album.

He gifted his drawings, which are in black marker pen, to his plastic surgeon, Dr Steven M. Hoefflin.

One sweet portrait of his sister Toya has the caption ‘little Toya, I love you’, while another shows Jackson as a child wearing a crown with the title ‘little me’.

There is a drawing of his left hand next to which is written ‘ungloved’, a rare occasion he was without his signature white glove.

A child can be seen looking wistfully into the distance with the caption ‘little day dreamer’.

Another portrait which perhaps reflects his struggles with his own appearance and identity is entitled ‘the pains of adolescence’.

And a young woman’s face has been drawn by Jackson, whose private life and relationships were a source of constant speculation, with the words ‘the girl I love’.

Jackson has also written some poetry with one of the drawings which shows the side portrait of a face.

He writes: “As you can see even though I am in the here and now my thoughts are far, far away.”

The drawings have been consigned for sale with American based auction house Julien’s.

Martin Nolan, of Julien’s, said: “There are over 30 unseen drawings by Michael Jackson of himself and his sisters among others.

“He gave them to his plastic surgeon Dr Stephen M. Hoefflin and they are now being sold for the first time.

“It is an amazing collection.”

The sale takes place on November 9.

Look here for the unseen sketches of Michael.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


Former Home To Michael Jackson And Marc Chagall Sells For $32 Million. 02-11-'18

The Upper East Side mansion on East 74th Street was New York City’s biggest closing in October. Trish Regan of Fox Business also had a notable sale.

A six-story, Beaux-Arts mansion on the Upper East Side that was home to several prominent occupants, starting with President Grover Cleveland’s law partner and including the artist Marc Chagall and the pop star Michael Jackson, has sold for nearly $32 million.

It was the most expensive closed sale in the month of October, according to New York City property records.

The seller, noteworthy in his own right, was Marc Lasry, the billionaire hedge fund manager and co-owner of the N.B.A.’s Milwaukee Bucks. He and his wife, Cathy Lasry, had listed the house at 4 East 74th Street about a year ago for $39 million, then recently lowered it to $35 million. They bought it in 2001 for $11 million.

Manhattan Mansion
The 119-year-old home at 4 E. 74th St. is less than a block away from Central Park. The six-story mansion has 16 rooms and a grand parlor floor. Its high ceilings bring in an abundance of natural light.

The new owner appeared to be Michael Thomas Danson, the chief executive of GlobalData, a digital media company based in London. Public records show Mr. Danson took out a $15 million mortgage on the home.

This wasn’t the only property that sold for more than $30 million last month. Several blocks away, at the new condominium tower at 520 Park Avenue, at 60th Street, a full-floor apartment was acquired for $31.5 million by an unknown buyer. The sponsor unit, No. 36, has about 4,600 square feet, with four bedrooms, five baths and views of Central Park. The limestone building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, was developed by Zeckendorf Development; closings began in early September.

Nearby, Vornado Realty Trust’s 220 Central Park South, near 58th Street — another limestone tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects — had its first official closing last month: a three-bedroom, three-bath unit on the 26th floor that sold for $14.6 million.

In other notable October transactions, Alexander von Furstenberg, the son of the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and the Swiss-born aristocrat Egon von Furstenberg, bought an apartment at 432 Park Avenue.

Trish Regan, an anchor on the Fox Business Network, and her husband, James A. Ben, an investment banker, sold their Fifth Avenue co-op.

Source: The New York Times / Billie Jean


Kenny OrtegaKenny Ortega Says Michael Jackson ‘Whispers’ In His Ear. 01-11-'18

Michael Jackson is speaking from the dead according to the King of Pop’s close friend and choreographer Kenny Ortega.

“Michael is here 24/7 . . . and always here whispering in my ear. I mean he is indelible, he is forever. He is alive in spirit with me always,” Ortega said at the 8th annual World of Choreography Awards.

Ortega choreographed Jackson’s 'This Is It' tour before the icon passed away from a propofol overdose.

Jackson’s older sister, LaToya, has made similar claims about the star since he died.

She told “Good Day New York” in 2013 that security guards at their family’s Encino, Calif., compound heard tap dancing in the house.

“When he told me, I said, ‘You’re kidding . . . Michael used to do that every Sunday for two hours.’”

Source: Page Six / Billie Jean

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