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The Estate Of Michael Jackson
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Michael Jackson Estate: 'Thriller' 3D In IMAX. 19-09-'18

From the Michael Jackson Estate:

“We know a lot of you are anxious for information about where you can see 'Thriller 3D' in IMAX.” The short film will be shown in all 400+ IMAX theaters in the United States. 'Thriller 3D' in IMAX will also be shown in select theaters in Canada and the United Kingdom starting on September 21. For those of you in the US, UK, or Canada, you can head to http://imax.com/thriller3D to find a theater near you and buy tickets.

'Thriller 3D' in IMAX will also be shown in select markets in the Middle East and Latin America before The House with a Clock in its Walls, so the dates of the showings are dependent on when that film opens in those countries.

We hope you enjoy the experience!

Source: MJ Vibe / The Estate of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Janet Jackson First Heard Michael's Hit 'Thriller' While Sat In His Car. 18-09-'18

Janet JacksonWhen Michael Jackson first revealed his song 'Thriller' to the world, you’d have expected him to have thrown a huge listening party with his friends and family.

However, it appears he did something very different, and a lot more humble.

Surprisingly, the star flung open his car door, invited his sister Janet into the passengers side, and asked if she’d like to hear his new hit.

A little less extravagant than a party, but a lot more modest – and we quite like it.

Speaking to The Official Vodafone Big Top 40, the 52-year-old opened up on how she and her brothers would make music, as well as the first time she head some of Michael’s hits.

She said: ‘Mike used to always throw me in the car and play me his albums before he played them for anybody.

‘[We would] just sit in the car and this major sound system, and just listen to everything from front to back. He played me Thriller and Off The Wall to see what I thought.’

She then went on to speak about her family’s song writing process, and it appears they all chipped in together.

Janet said: ‘If we’re around and there’s a piano and someone’s playing and someone said “I just wrote this the other day” and started playing it and next thing you know somebody is singing a melody to it and you know that would happen a lot and that’s how a lot of songs got created, that way.’

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


What To Expect From The Broadway-Bound Michael Jackson Musical. 16-09-'18

Christopher Wheeldon
Christopher Wheeldon

Director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon shares preliminary details of the production.

Christopher Wheeldon It’s early yet to determine exactly what the Michael Jackson musical will look like when it hits Broadway (projected to bow in 2020), even for director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. “We’ve done one 29-hour reading, so we’re still working on the book,” he says of working with book writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.

As previously announced the musical is a collaboration between The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage. Wheeldon is about to begin a dance lab for the show, which leads into “a four-week overall lab” as the duo develops the work.

But one thing he is clear on is that this is not a sweeping bio-musical of the King of Pop’s entire life. “The show is very much anchored in one particular moment in time,” Wheeldon tells Playbill. “I always bring up the fabulous movie that Spielberg made about Lincoln: You take one key moment, I suppose, in the history of someone’s life and then sort of use that as an anchor point for past storytelling and, perhaps, some kind of prophecy of what’s to come. We’ll be doing that with this story.”

Aside from the script, Wheeldon has another daunting task ahead of him: choreographing the man who popularized the moonwalk.

The Tony winner for Best Choreography for his 'An American In Paris' likens this project to that Broadway adaptation. “In the same way fans of the 'American In Paris' movie would have wanted and, I hope, felt that they came away with a real sense of the style of that period and of [choreographer and star] Gene Kelly and of [star] Leslie Caron, that might kind of be the route we go with Michael,” Wheeldon reveals. “I also intend to put quite a lot of Michael’s work in the show, as well.”

Source: Playbill / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson x COOKMAN - Chef Trousers Are Released. 14-09-'18

OK! We all know now Buddyz shop in Japan now, Official Michael Jackson Merchandise created by “Rock a Theater” and officially licensed from the Michael Jackson Estate.

“Rock a Theater” just licensed 4 pairs of chef trousers to the Japanese Chef wear “COOKMAN”

That’s right! If you are a Chef in Japan, you can now cook with a Michael Jackson branded chef trousers!

Not sure where the relation between cooking and Michael is but never mind! At least, MJ fans who are chefs in Japan can now cook in style! LOL.

MJ Chef Trouser
You can get 'Bad' in 2 different colours or 'Thriller' again in 2 different colours!

Available only at Cookman.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Named Most Inspiring Album Of All Time. 14-09-'18

Thriller Album CoverMichael Jackson’s album 'Thriller' is the most inspiring album of all time, according to a survey of British people.

The King of Pop’s classic record was identified as the album to have had the biggest impact on people's lives.

To date, it’s sold around 66 million copies worldwide and features some of his biggest hits - including 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It' and 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'.

The second spot went to The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', while third place went to Abba and their 'Gold: Greatest Hits' compilation.

Other records in the top 40 list include 'Definitely Maybe' by Oasis, Pink Floyd’s 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' and David Bowie’s 'Heroes'.

The poll of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned ahead of the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize, which takes place on Thursday 20 September.

Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai Motor UK president and CEO, said: “These results are a great example of exactly why we are a title sponsor of the Hyundai Mercury Prize.

“Music means so much to so many people in the UK, creating memories, inspiring changes and lifting moods.

“I’m sure we can all relate to sitting in the car listening to the end of your favourite song, even as you’ve reached your destination.”

Source: Independent.co / Billie Jean


Diamond Supply x Michael Jackson - New Merchandise Are Released. 13-09-'18

Diamond Supply x Michael JacksonA brand new set of Official Michael Jackson merchandise is about to come to life in the US with the brand Diamond Supply Co.

The set is formed of 4 T-shirts, 5 long sleeve jumper, 5 hoodies, 1 sweat pants, 1 cap and 1 skateboard deck. The designs are pretty cool (already used on other Official Merch released since 2009) but the Diamond logo is also present which makes this even more cooler!

Not to mention the skateboard deck is way better looking than the Supreme ones!

The range is officially approved by the Michael Jackson Estate and ready for this coming Saturday!

What a best way to still celebrate Michael Jackson’s Diamond Birthday with the Diamond range!

Check here the full range.

Source: MJ Vibe/ Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMore To Come Of Michael Jackson In The Future. 12-09-'18

At the Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration in Las Vegas was a question and answer session with Michael’s Estate.

•John Branca explained that he is asking the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to check the sales of the Eagles ‘Greatest Hits,’ as he doesn’t believe that ‘Thriller’ is now 2nd in album sales in the U.S.

•The Estate would like to open a Michael Jackson Museum and release a ‘Dangerous’ and a ‘HIStory’ documentary. Mr Branca said there is some good ‘HIStory’ footage and the ‘Dangerous’ documentary will be about the making of ‘Dangerous.’

•A version of ‘Ghosts’ in 3D will be released, but not next year.

•Regarding previous short film and video releases – Mr Branca said that once the technology becomes available to better what they have, they will use this technology to enhance Michael’s work.

•They will never sell MIJAC.

•They are currently focusing on the Michael Jackson Broadway show which they are looking to open around 2020. There will also be some trials of the show in Chicago prior to the official release.

•Drake approached Michael’s Estate with the idea for the song ‘Don’t Matter To Me.’ It was taken from the same session as ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ with Paul Anka.

•The Estate has ten more years of things they would like to do.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Prince JacksonPrince Jackson Vows To Carry On Father Michael's Charity Work. 12-09-'18

Prince Jackson vowed to carry on his father Michael Jackson's charitable legend as he collected the Motif Lifetime Medal of Honor.

The 21-year-old star picked up the youth advocacy award over the weekend at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and promised he would continue the King of Pop's charitable legacy.

He said: ''This is a really special moment for me. My dad did some cool things, but his biggest passion was helping others. I learned how important that was from him. We called the foundation Heal L.A., because the goal was to further the cause of dad's Heal the World organisation and start locally by helping out at home. John and I got together with a few of our friends at school and decided to do little things to help out. All of a sudden, it just got bigger and bigger. We were giving more and hosting more events, and all of these amazing people started helping. Let's heal L.A. and Heal The World.''

And Prince thinks his father ''would be very happy'' with his charitable efforts.

He shared: ''Our generation, they focus on the wrong things, like, 'Who's wearing what? Who's doing what? Who's vacationing where?' There are real problems going on in the world that can be helped not by powerful people but by everyday people who just go in and devote their time,'' he said at the time. ''You should be decent enough to help out or want to help out your fellow man or woman.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Master & Dynamic x Michael Jackson - Limited Headphones Are Released. 07-09-'18

Master & Dynamic are known for making some excellent devices with some exceptional sound quality.

The Estate of Michael Jackson teamed up with Master & Dynamic to create a unique Headphones.

To honor and celebrate Michael Jackson’s Diamond Birthday, Master & Dynamic has released a limited-edition of MW50+ 2-in-1 Wireless On-Ear + Over-Ear Headphones in black metal and gold and black leather featuring an iconic image of Michael Jackson on each ear cup.

Master & Dynamic Headphone
They are limited to only 20 units and only available at Master & Dynamic’s website!

They are a beauty and the king of Pop deserve a good sound system in your ears so why not to have one officially branded!

Order yours here.

Limited-Edition MW50+ 2-In-1 Wireless On-Ear + Over-Ear Headphones to honor and celebrate Michael Jackson’s Diamond Birthday. Choose on-ear or over-ear. Exposed all-aluminum antenna provides best-in-class signal range. Exclusive drivers use beryllium for superior acoustics. Ear cups fold flat for portability and comfort.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Teaser: Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' Returns In IMAX 3D. 07-09-'18

One of the best music videos of all-time is Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' directed by John Landis ('An American Werewolf In London'). And today we have word that the horror-filled mini-musical will be playing in IMAX 3D!

The restoration of 'Thriller' will be playing ahead on Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in its Walls beginning September 21st and today we have the teaser trailer.

The Estate of Michael Jackson and IMAX have been contacted to have the full list of cinemas and countries where 'Thriller 3D' will be shown. The Estate told us that IMAX is making the decision on where the short film will be released. IMAX cannot share any information at this time.

Source: Dread Central / Billie Jean


Sofia Richie Shares Her Memories Of Godfather Michael Jackson And Neverland Ranch. 07-09-'18

Sofia RichieHer father is legendary singer Lionel Richie, while her godfather was none other than Michael Jackson.

And Sofia Richie revealed on Friday what it was like to be in such close company with the King of Pop.

When asked on Sydney's Fitzy & Wippa radio show what her memories of Michael were, Sofia said simply: 'He was a really sweet guy.'

Sofia, 20, added that Michael's famous Neverland Ranch 'was the Disneyland of Beverly Hills'.

'My dad [Lionel] was like, "Do not think we are building this at our house!"' she joked.

The American model also had nothing but praise for Michael's daughter, 20-year-old Paris Jackson, whom she 'is really close to'.

'A lot of my memories are with her,' she explained. 'Paris is the sweetest girl, she's like family to me.'

Sofia told the Evening Standard in 2016: 'I'm obsessed with Madonna, so it was insane and overwhelming for me. I have met her several times with my dad. I think she is a good role model because she is independent and strong.'

The Richie's are also close friends with Diana Ross and Pharrell Williams.

Recalling her childhood around Michael, Sofia said at the time: 'I remember, when my parents were still together, I walked into their room and Michael was wearing a sparkly jacket. I was like, "Why are you wearing my mum's jacket?" Everybody died of laughter.'

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


The Complete Michael Jackson Book Cover'The Complete Michael Jackson' Book Is Released. 06-09-'18

Michael Jackson's musical popularity was vast in his lifetime and the legend that is the King of Pop lives on, a decade after his death.

'The Complete Michael Jackson' is released and is the ultimate reference book to MJ's long and storied career, from start to finish. It is packed with informative and insightful text and fantastic images incorporating every part of his career, from his artistic debut at five years of age as a member of the Jackson 5 to the preparation for his sell-out season at London's O2 arena.

This is an exhaustive look at a titan of the music industry, and describes every album, recording, award and concert, resulting in a totally comprehensive guide to the pop idol whose songs and dance moves inspire each new generation of performers. If you want the definitive book about Michael Jackson, look no further: This Is It!

Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd
Author: Chris Roberts
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781787391086
Printed: UK
Guide price: 28 €

Order the book here at Book Depository.

Source: Book Depository / Billie Jean


Jennifer Love Hewitt Spent Thanksgiving With Michael Jackson Growing Up! 05-09-'18

Jennifer Love HewittActress Jennifer Love Hewitt has spoken to Jimmy Kimmel on meeting Michael Jackson, when she worked with him for a commercial in 1990.

Jennifer Love Hewitt has the most incredible stories about Michael Jackson!

The 39-year-old actress opened up about the late pop star, who she met while filming an LA Gear commercial together when she was just 10!

Jennifer explained that he taught her some dance moves and she got to pet chimpanzee Bubbles. When he heard she was going to a charity event after the shoot, he sent a generous donation in her name.

“He stopped at the end of the day [and] he was like ‘You don’t know how important it is that you’re doing something that’s special and important for other people.’ And he was like ‘Never lose that. Always be that person,’” Jennifer said.

She also added that she and her mom attended one of Michael‘s Thanksgiving parties at Neverland Ranch, which included a ferris wheel and a candy shop that had freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies!

Source: Just Jared / Billie Jean


A Drug Lord Helped Spike Lee Shoot Michael Jackson Video. 04-09-'18

Spike Lee was prepared to pay off a Brazilian drug lord so he could film Michael Jackson in a Rio slum.

But when I reached out for comment, Lee said, “We didn’t pay a dime. Just asked permission. The guy was a big Michael Jackson fan.”

The “BlacKkKlansman” director shot Jackson's ’96 music video 'They Don’t Care About Us' in the Santa Marta favela, a hillside shanty town that was controlled by Márcio Amaro de Oliveira, aka Marcinho VP.

“To guarantee Michael’s security, we had to speak with the drug kingpin Marcinho VP because the Brazilian police refused to climb the hills of the slum,” Lee, interviewed in London, told the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

They Don't Care About Us Video Clip - On the set
Michael Jackson on the set of the video clip (Brazil Version) 'They Don't Care About Us', directed by Spike Lee.

Brazilian-born Brown University graduate Kátia Lund, who was working for Lee, was sent to speak to Marcinho and negotiate for protection.

Lund was so intrigued by the favela subculture, six years later she co-directed “City of God,” which was nominated for four Academy Awards.

“I didn’t get to know Marcinho. He sent me a message that if we decided to make the video with Michael [in the Santa Marta favela], we could lay $1 million on the street, and our film equipment, and no one would touch it,” Lee said.

Lee said Marcinho assured him, “With Michael Jackson here, this will be the safest place in the world.”

Source: Page Six / Billie Jean


Getty Photographer Dave Hogan Shares His Memories Of The Late ‘King Of Pop’ Michael Jackson.
01-09-'18

Dave HoganWhen British photographer Dave Hogan first met Michael Jackson in 1983, the ascendant King of Pop was wearing a tuxedo and standing in the corner of a side room in London’s Grosvenor Hotel.

Jackson was near the height of his immense fame, having just released 'Thriller' a few months before, a monster collection of songs that is still among the best-selling albums of all time in the United States.

He was in town for the British Recording Industry Awards, a star-studded event with other music-world luminaries like Paul McCartney and The Who’s Pete Townshend in attendance, and Hogan took the opportunity to do what most people probably didn’t in those days: approach Jackson for a chat.

“I went up and just started talking to him,” says Hogan.

“I said, ‘Hello, how’re you doing? How long are you in London for?’ And I think he was just a bit baffled because nobody ever really did that to him.”

That conversation began a long relationship between photographer and subject that lasted almost two decades and across several world tours, from 'Bad' in the late 1980's to 'Dangerous' and 'HIStory' in the 1990's to the '30th Anniversary Celebration' in 2001.

Hogan, a photographer for Getty Images, is known for his striking music-industry work, having captured such acts as David Bowie, U2, and Madonna over the years.

“I’ve just been working with Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones — one of the biggest female stars and one of the biggest rock bands,” he says.

“But there was nobody bigger than Michael Jackson.”

Jackson, who died in 2009, would’ve turned 60 on August 29, 2018. Here, we take a look back at his career through the lens of one photographer who helped document it for the ages.

Read the whole article here.

Source: News.com / Billie Jean


Two Michael Jackson Official 2019 Calendars Are Released. 01-09-'18

Two official Michael Jackson 2019 calendars has just been revealed to Danilo, they will be released in September.

The first one is A3 size with a beautiful smiling Michael Jackson as a cover featuring a mix amazing images, the second one is a collector issue vinyl size with the 'Bad' album cover featuring a mix amazing images.

Calendars 2019
The first calendar has the cover of Michael on the set of the video clip 'Black Or White' and the second calendar is like the 'Bad' album cover.

Specifications first calendar
Publisher: Danilo
Height: 420 mm
Width: 297 mm
Product code: 125
Guide price: 10,9 €

Specifications second calendar
Publisher: Danilo
Height: 312 mm
Width: 312 mm
Product code: 183
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the first calendar here and the second one here.

Source: Danilo / Billie Jean

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