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A Michael Jackson Thriller-Style ‘Monster March’ Is Planned In A Welsh Town For Halloween. 28-09-'18

Thriller Video ClipIt’s October!!! Yeap! And people and fans are getting ready for … HALLOWEEN!!

And we all know Halloween is clearly Michael Jackson’s!

Neath, a Walsh town, is planning a big MJ day on October 31 (Obviously)! The free event, entitled Terror In The Town, will see people meet in the town square, outside Next at 2pm, before being taught the Thriller dance by Stage 8 Studios. Then, an hour later at 3pm, a ‘Monster March’ will take place starting from Cafe 46 in Queen Street. At 3.30pm, the march will then arrive The Round House Cafe for free refreshments.

The march will feature a fancy dress competition when there will even be a category for dogs.

To find out more about the event head to the website www.neathinspired.co.uk

More scary events are organised all over the world and we will try to update you on all of them as soon as we can.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


L'intégrale Book CoverMichael Jackson - 'L'intégrale' Book Is Released. 27-09-'18

The book 'L’intégrale' is released in France and goes about Michael Jackson’s music: All his singles, albums and videos put under a microscope.

Known or unpublished facts are scrutinized: his greatest collaborations with Quincy Jones, Gamble & Huff, Paul McCartney, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Wonder, Paul Anka ..., his cinematic work with the greatest directors of Martin Scorsese to Francis Ford Coppola via Sidney Lumet, David Fincher, John Landis or George Lucas, his failed projects with Prince, Madonna or Freddie Mercury.

The book is written by Riad Bettouche & Benoit Cachin and published by Gründ.

Publisher: Grund
Author: Riad Bettouche & Benoit Cachin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-2324019517
Printed: France
Guide price: 29,95 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


TCM Cinéma To Have A Special Michael Jackson Night. 27-09-'18

French Channel TCM Cinéma is to have a special Michael Jackson night on November 23.

The programme will start with the movie 'Moonwalker' at 8.45pm followed by 10 Michael Jackson short films:

'Thriller', ' Billie Jean', ' Bad', ' Liberian Girl', 'Black O White', 'Remember The Time', 'In The Closet', 'Who Is It', 'Scream', 'They Don’t Care About Us'.

Source: TCM / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Vic Reeves and Bob MortimerVic & Bob To Make A Film About Michael Jackson's Glove. 27-09-'18

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are working on a new film project together.

The movie will be focused around the iconic white glove worn by singer Michael Jackson, and will follow the adventure of two childhood friends - played by the comedy duo - as they go in search of it in order to try and settle a debt.

Vic & Bob wrote the screenplay for 'The Glove' a decade ago. They have now received financial backing from StudioPOW, the production company out of which Funny Cow producer Kevin Proctor is working.

The company posted a blog saying: "We had a fantastic meeting in our Soho offices with the legends that are Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer yesterday. There wasn't a dry eye in the house but we weren't crying. Time was spent reading aspects of the script and discussing cast. What should have taken 2 hours took 4 due to the ongoing laughter breaks! We are hugely excited at the potential of this laugh out loud comedy. We already know that it will be packed full of legendary comics and actors."

Speaking to The Mirror, Vic Reeves confirmed: "We wrote it, we're in it and we're filming it next year."

Reeves described the plot as being about "a new Hold Grail, but the Holy Grail is Michael Jackson's glove."

The comedy duo are busy on a number of comedy projects at the moment. They're making four more episodes of Vic & Bob's Big Night Out for BBC Four. A sold-out screening and Q&A is due to be held at the BFI in November ahead of the TV broadcasts.

Mortimer is also due to star in a second series of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing for BBC Two, whilst Reeves has been preparing 200 sketches for an art exhibition.

Reeves has also written another film being made by StudioPOW. The comic will star as "a flare-wearing mover and shaker" in Disco Pier. The upcoming film, which chronicles the 1979 finals of the Disco Dancin' Championships, will be filmed next year too, and will feature his wife Nancy Sorrell as a rival dance team member.

Further casting details for The Glove will be announced at a later date.

Source: Comedy.co / Billie Jean


Thrill The World Paris 2018"Thrill The World" Paris 2018. 26-09-'18

The organizer of the Flashmob "Thrill The World" 2018 informs us that it will take place on October 27 from 10:45 to 11:15 on the forecourt of the Sacred Heart in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Spread the word !

The Prefecture of Police has given its permission and you just have to learn the choreography of 'Thriller' from home or participate in dance classes.

The next class will take place on October 6th at 14:00 at the Alésia Dance Center (- Salle BERAUD), 119 Avenue du Général Leclerc 75014 Paris (Metro: Porte d'Orleans).

Manifest and join "Thrill The World" Paris 2018 on the Facebook page created for the occasion. The organization is counting on you! And if you do not want to dance, you can always go see what it is.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'Thriller 3D' Is A Success After All. 25-09-'18

Despite the mess generated by IMAX website especially for the rest of the world excluded America and Canada, the reviews of 'Thriller 3D' has been fantastic!

Fans who managed to see 'Thriller 3D' before the movie “The House with a Clock in its Walls” have been ecstatic!

They have enjoyed seeing Michael Jackson in 3D either as a Zombie or a werewolf! The feedback from fans across the US and Canada has been huge! #thriller3d is trending and people are sharing pictures of the big screens, their emotions and feedbacks!

Thriller 3D
Not long now before 'Thriller 3D' disappear from the IMAX so if you can, get to see it as it is worth travelling for!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Unseen Photos Of Michael Jackson By Jonathan Exley. 25-09-'18

Every single fan out there knows Jonathan Exley and his amazing pictures of Michael Jackson.

Susan Exley posted on instagram 2 unseen pictures of Michael Jackson.

The first one is from the 'Scream' video set posted on Michael Jackson’s Birthday and the second is from 'You Are Not Alone' shoot posted just few days ago.

Scream Video Clip - On the set (05-1995)
Scream Video Clip - On the set (05-1995)

You Are Not Alone Video Clip - On the set (06-1995)
You Are Not Alone Video Clip - On the set (06-1995)

Source: Susan Exley / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Philipp PleinPhilipp Plein Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson. 23-09-'18

Philipp Plein is a German fashion designer and founder of the Phillip Plein International Group which includes the Philipp Plein, Plein Sport, and Billionaire Couture brands.

For the Spring / Summer 2019 fashion show, the designer recalls one of his heroes of all time, bringing his iconic symbols to the catwalk: from gloves to the white socks of 'Billie Jean'.

Philipp Plein decides to pay tribute to one of his long-time heroes: Michael Jackson.

Even the deco is magically referring to Michael: the track covered with mirrors, to make us all feel like man in the mirror. With symbols, the king of pop is present in every detail: from gloves to hats, up to the iconic white socks of 'Billie Jean', obviously revisited in a Plein key. You can see in the design some of Michael’s famous costume through videos, performances and awards like 'Dirty Diana' outfit and others.

Philipp Plein Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson
Is that BAD? Dirty Diana! Ah! Dangerous! The Girl is So Dangerous!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Moving Violation (Yellow Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album Cover'Moving Violation' Album (Yellow Vinyl) Is Reissued. 21-09-'18

The site of Fnac announces that the album 'Moving Violation' of the Jackson Five, released under the Motown label on May 15th, 1975, is reissued in yellow vinyl. This reissue is announced as a limited edition of 2000 copies.

By the end of their six-year run in Motown, all five Jackson brothers had matured dramatically in both age and vocals: youngest member Michael was, at 16, the only non-adult in the group. With the boys now becoming men, it was difficult for the group to deal with Motown's policies against writing and producing their own material.

Like 'Dancing Machine' before it, 'Moving Violation' was an early-disco album. The group's funk-based version of Diana Ross & the Supremes 1968 single 'Forever Came Today' was a club hit, while the single's b-side, the R&B ballad 'All I Do Is Think Of You', became a popular and frequently covered song in its own right.

Moving Violation (Yellow Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] AlbumThe Jackson 5 closed out their celebrated Motown tenure with 'Moving Violation', a slight if intermittently engaging LP buoyed, as always, by the brothers remarkable vocals.

All songs produced by Brian Holland, Mel Larsen, Jerry Marcellino & Hal Davis.

Track list:

A:
1. Forever Came Today - 6:25
2. Moving Violation - 3:36
3. (You Were Made) Especially For Me - 3:24
4. Honey Love - 4:33

B:
1. Body Language (Do The Love Dance) - 4:05
2. All I Do Is Think Of You - 3:14
3. Breezy - 3:36
4. Call Of The Wild - 2:34
5. Time Explosion - 4:03

Record label: Motown
Series number: MS-829S1
Printed: USA
Guide price: 24 €

Order the album here at Fnac.

Note that this album referenced amazon, announces an exit for October 16.

Source: Fnac / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson.

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 merchandise 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

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