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Michael Jackson Estate Says Ex-Manager Cannot Start A Foundation In His Name Or Use His Likeness At All. 22-08-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's ex-manager announced today the formation of a foundation in the pop star's name but the MJ estate says she has absolutely no right to do so.

Raymone Bain, who worked with Jackson for many years, held a press conference on Thursday morning where she announced the establishment of the MJ Legacy Foundation to "preserve, protect and defend his name while supporting the numerous organizations he supported during his life."

But Bain does not have the right to use his image or name in any company, even a charity.

A spokesperson for the MJ estate tells The Blast, "Raymone Bain is not authorized to act on behalf of the Michael Jackson Estate nor to use Michael Jackson’s name in any way for charitable or her own commercial purposes. We do agree with her comments about 'Leaving Neverland' and her encouraging a boycott of HBO over its inexcusable disparagement of Michael Jackson’s character."

The estate's reference to 'Leaving Neverland' comes after Bain spoke about the inaccuracy of the documentary and how it is tarnishing his legacy. The estate understandably agrees with that part.

Sources close to MJ's family tell us they have a huge issue with Bain because they feel she "failed as Michael Jackson’s manager" and was eventually terminated from that job in 2007.

Also, Bain sued Michael Jackson in 2009 before he died for $44 million and then his estate after he passed away for over $50 million in two separate lawsuits.

Both lawsuits resulted in dismissals or verdicts against Bain.

Bain also went off about trying to find some sort of will she says may tell a different story than what has been used by his family since his death.

She said, "I have wished, I have hoped and I have prayed that Michael Jackson's will — dated October 6, 2006 — would be found, revealed, discovered, dropped from the sky. Because in it, he painstakingly outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained."

The will has come up several times after Michael's death but at this point, an earlier will has been used for probate by a court in Los Angeles and laid out the beneficiaries as his children and mother.

Source: Blast / Billie Jean


New Documentary Explores 1993 False Allegations With Explosive New Testimony In Michael’s Defence!
22-08-'19

There have been quiet rumblings for the past few months that somebody was due to come forward and speak about meeting Jordie Chandler and what he said to them.

Well that time has arrived! In a new independent documentary ‘Square One’, Danny Wu investigates the false accusations against Michael Jackson from 1993.

The documentary will premiere on 28th September at the Chinese Theater, L.A. and be released on 5th October on YouTube.

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Raymone K. BainRaymone Bain’s Announcement About Michael Jackson’s Legacy. 22-08-'19

Michael Jackson's spokesperson, Raymone Bain, made a “huge” announcement today about the late popstar’s legacy, as she hit out at his Estate.

Raymone Bain addressed how Michael Jackson’s legacy has been handled by his estate, which is not run by his family, in a press conference today.

His former spokesperson slammed his estate for not “preserving or protecting” his legacy.

In response to this, Raymone revealed they were setting up the “Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation” to his honour.

“That man has been a victim since his death, a victim over and over again and it’s time for it to stop,” she said.

Raymone said she had enough of “witnessing and questioning behaviour about decisions made by the very person who had been given the charge to protect and enhance his legacy”.

She went on: “In 2019 we should celebrate his genius, a trailblazer, a humanitarian, a man who gave almost 350 million dollars away to various charities and sold over a billion records during his lifetime.”

Raymone, who worked with the King of Pop for eights years before his death, also said in the press conference, Michael’s secret will revealed how he wanted his fortune to be spent.

She announced: “Michael Jackson’s will will be discovered. In it, he outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained.”

Raymone also spoke about the documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', which explored allegations made by two men James Safechuck, 40, and Wade Robson, 36, who said they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Michael when they were children.

“At the beginning of this year special year we were all confronted with a biased one-sided documentary,” she said.

“I am equally appalled it’s been nominated for five Emmy Awards.”

She added: “Neither I, or anyone on my team would work for or compromise our integrity, turn our back or represent anyone who would wilfully harm a child, I am appalled.

In response to the allegations made in the documentary, the Jackson estate have repeatedly dismissed the film as “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” on the superstar.

Elsewhere, Raymone sent out a special message to Michael’s only daughter, Paris Jackson.

“Like your father, you have some immense grace and class, you are beautiful, smart, articulate you’re giving and you were the apple of your father’s eye,” she gushed.

Addressing Paris, Raymone continued: “Your father would speak to me for hours on the phone about his vision for you and for you to be like his best friend Princess Diana.

“have no doubt you will not disappoint him.”

Watch the press conference here:

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Publicist To Make Mystery Announcement About His Legacy. 20-08-'19

Raymone K. Bain
Raymone K. Bain

Raymone K. Bain, who represented the late singer, has said she'll hold a press conference to make a "major announcement" 10 years after the star's death.

Michael Jackson 's former publicist has said she'll soon make a "major announcement" about the late star's legacy.

Raymone Bain, who used to represent the singer, has released a bizarre statement saying she'll hold a press conference to deal with a mandate made by him three years before his death.

Bain, who was Jackson's media spokesperson throughout his 2005 child sexual abuse trial, in which he was acquitted on all counts, told the Daily Star that she's planning to hold a press conference to make "a major announcement regarding Michael Jackson and his legacy... in conjunction with a mandate made by him on October 6, 2006".

It's not known what the "mandate" refers to, but her announcement comes just a few months after controversial documentary 'Leaving Neverland' aired on Channel 4.

The much-discussed documentary featured interviews from two former child companions of Jackson - Wade Robson and James Safechuck - who both claimed the singer had sexually abused them.

The Jackson family have furiously denied the claims made in the film.

Michael died in June 2009.

A new documentary, named 'Chase The Truth', has been made in the wake of 'Leaving Neverland', and it brands the men featured "lying money-grabbers".

The film featured interviews with a number of Jackson's closest pals, including former bodyguard Matt Fiddes and actor Mark Lester.

Fiddes, who worked for Jackson for 10 years, insists Safechuck and Robson's sexual abuse allegations were motivated by money.

He says: "It's always financial. It's hard to understand how these allegations can be true."

Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe added: "Now two accusers going to sue the Jackson estate.

"All of Michael Jackson's accusers - it's always been about money."

'Chase The Truth' details how Robson and Safechuck launched a failed legal challenge against Jackson's estate before filming 'Leaving Neverland', which aired in the UK earlier this year.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Art Show Opens In Finland Despite Controversy. 20-08-'19

An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organisers insisting it was not a "celebration" of the singer, still dogged by abuse allegations a decade after his death.

'Michael Jackson: On The Wall' brings together old and new works depicting the iconic pop star and his impact on popular culture, by artists including Andy Warhol, American photographer David LaChapelle and British potter Grayson Perry.

The show of 90 works first hung in London's National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It then toured in Paris and Bonn before coming to Helsinki.

The German and Finnish shows come after a new raft of allegations that Jackson groomed and sexually assaulted children, detailed in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

The exhibition will nevertheless run in the Finnish capital "as planned", organisers said, with a text at the entrance acknowledging that "current conversations may have changed the way the exhibition is interpreted".

"We can't shy away from these difficult subjects and we of course condemn all kinds of abuse," Arja Miller, chief curator at Espoo Museum of Modern Art, told AFP.

"But we also want to provide a platform for open discussion and for artists' voices," she said.

On The Wall ExhibitionProduced by the National Portrait Gallery and with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson Estate, the exhibition will open on 21/08 and ends on 26/01/2020!

"This exhibition and these artists are not celebrating Michael Jackson, but analysing his meaning in our culture," Miller added.

Miller said some organisations refused to sponsor the exhibition over concerns about the controversies surrounding the singer, despite not having seen the show.

"I'm convinced that if everyone would have seen the exhibition they'd gladly be our partner because the exhibition is so diverse," she told AFP.

Many of the Jackson-inspired works veer between the gaudy and the grotesque, including an oversized golden statue of the megastar with his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, by Paul McCarthy.

Elsewhere, a life-size portrait by Kehinde Wiley, commissioned by Jackson himself shortly before his death in 2009, features the star in jewelled armour on horseback surrounded by cherubs, after a portrait by Rubens of King Philip II of Spain.

The Romanian artist Dan Mihaltianu's installation draws on the impact of Jackson's seminal 1992 concert in post-Communist Bucharest, using newspaper photos alongside concert footage.

Mihaltianu said that interest in his piece, from 1994, has grown again every time Michael Jackson has hit the headlines over the years.

"He will stay as an icon somehow, you cannot just erase him," Mihaltianu told AFP.

"I remember already when he died, people were kind of, 'OK, now he's got to rest in peace.' But 10 years later, it's a new story coming up."

For more information and tickets to 'Michael Jackson: On The Wall', click here.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Called Out By HBO Over Wade Robson, Network Wants Lawsuit Dismissed.
16-08-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

The Estate of Michael Jackson is being ripped by HBO in their $100 million battle over 'Leaving Neverland'.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, HBO is not holding back in court against Jackson’s estate. They are continuing to demand the estate’s legal action against them over 'Leaving Neverland' be dismissed.

They explain the entire case was brought, “Less than two weeks before 'Leaving Neverland' was scheduled to premiere on HBO, Optimum Productions, John Branca, and John McClain (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) very publicly filed a Petition to Compel Arbitration that aggressively attacks HBO for exercising its free speech rights when it chose to exhibit the documentary, seeks to compel an unavailable 'public' arbitration over an expired contract, and asserts they are entitled to more than $100 million in damages— including punitive damages—allegedly arising from statements made in the film about Michael Jackson.”

HBO takes the estate to task saying, “ The only possible reason why Plaintiffs filed their Petition in court was to attract maximum attention to their public relations campaign against 'Leaving Neverland' and the documentary’s subjects, two men who recount in the film in extraordinary detail how, as boys, they were serially sexually abused by Mr. Jackson”

The continue, “But neither the Estate of Michael Jackson nor anyone else owns history, especially history involving a world-famous and controversial public figure. 'Leaving Neverland’s filmmakers were fully within their rights to tell Mr. Robson’s and Mr. Safechuck’s important stories, and HBO was fully within its rights to exhibit the newsworthy documentary."

Earlier this year, MJ’s estate filed a petition to compel HBO to arbitration over the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’.

They argued that Jackson had a longstanding contractual relationship” with HBO, and believe there is a non-disparagement clause that was breached. They accused HBO of being in breach of a 1992 deal, which they had with Jackson to air his Dangerous Tour special.

MJ’s estate is seeking all “damages proximately caused by HBO’s reprehensible disparagement of Michael Jackson, which could exceed $100 million should HBO succeed in the damage it is intending to cause the legacy of Michael Jackson.”

HBO has been trying to get the whole thing thrown out of court, denying all allegations of wrongdoing.

HBO says the original contact is very clear any legal issues arising would not be heard in private court. They call the estate’s interpretation of the contact “mere fantasy.”

They said 'Leaving Neverland' only briefly mentioned the 1992 concert and had nothing really to do with the documentary. They also argue the documentary came out more than 25 years AFTER the termination of the 1992 agreement and “long past any reasonable period of time thereafter.”

In a statement to The Blast, the estate of Michael Jackson says, "A contract doesn’t expire just because you wish it so as HBO does here. There is no expiration term in the contract, nor does it terminate as a matter of law. Likewise, the First Amendment does not protect HBO from willfully and blatantly violating its contractual obligations, as it did here."

The statement continues, "The Estate of Michael Jackson is confident that HBO’s latest attempt to avoid its contractual obligations will fail."

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Doc 'Chase The Truth' Brands 'Leaving Neverland' Accusers ‘Lying Money-Grabbers’.
14-08-'19

Chase The TruthFriends of the superstar have filmed a new documentary defending him over the sexual abuse allegations in 'Leaving Neverland.

Michael Jackson ’s friends have called his 'Leaving Neverland' accusers lying money-grabbers in a shocking new documentary.

Friends of the superstar came together to defend him in new movie 'Chase The Truth' over the sexual abuse allegations in the previous Channel 4 doc.

Fiddes, who worked for Jackson for 10 years, insists James Safechuck and Wade Robson's sexual abuse were motivated by money.

He says: "It's always financial. It's hard to understand how these allegations can be true."

Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe: "Now two accusers going to sue the Jackson estate.

"All of Michael Jackson's accusers - it's always been about money."

'Chase The Truth' details how Robson and Safechuck launched a failed legal challenge against Jackson's estate before filming 'Leaving Neverland', which aired in the UK earlier this year.

It also features Smallcombe going over key allegations he first made in an exclusive interview with Mirror Online earlier this year.

He claimed to have debunked some of the sex abuse claims, alleging incidents that are said to have happened in the Neverland train station couldn't have taken place as the building didn't exist at the time. 

As the documentary was released, Fiddes shared a trailer and posted an explosive message slamming 'Leaving Neverland', the accusers and the doc's director Dan reed.

He wrote: "I expect Wade and James are hiding behind a rock along with Dan Reed somewhere with embarrassment right now!

"I would love to invite Wade, James and Dan Reed to come and challenge us on live UK TV about the man we knew, our friend.

"I doubt you will face us as we know the truth and your gutless!

"We don’t need 4 hours of edited footage to show the truth about our friend Michael Jackson and the lies about him. I have had enough of this nonsense. We told the truth in 1 hour!

"I believe this crushes 'Leaving Neverland' and I hope stops the documentary winning the nominations for the Emmy awards!! Complete Madness!"

'Leaving Neverland' was nominated for a total of five Emmy Awards last month, including a director nod for Reed.

The gongs will be decided on September 22nd.

Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50. He'd previously been acquitted of child molestation charges and his family vehemently denied the accusations made in 'Leaving Neverland'.

The Jacksons even compared the documentary to a "public lynching".

To watch the trailer of 'Chase The Truth click here'.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Accuser Wade Robson's 2016 Deposition Released In Video Exposing 'Lies Of Leaving Neverland'. 14-08-'19

Wade Robson was videotaped for a 2016 deposition as part of his lawsuit against Michael Jackson's companies, and pieces of it have just been released in a video pointing out all the alleged flaws and issues with Robson and James Safechuck's accusations against the singer.

The video, which has been posted online yesterday (August 13) under the title 'Lies Of Leaving Neverland', is a direct attack on the validity of 'Leaving Neverland', the documentary about Robson and Safechuck's claims they were abused by Michael Jackson.

The video says 'Leaving Neverland' is filled with "provable lies, conflicting accounts, contradictions, staged reshoots, faked scenes, reconstructed memories, critical information omissions, manipulated news clips, discredited source material" and that "key motives" are ignored.

The video is around 30 minutes long and lays out what its makers believe are key holes in the accusers' stories.

 

The first point of contention centers around Safechuck's story that he was molested in the train station at MJ's Neverland Ranch sometime between 1988-89. But, as previously reported, the blueprints for the train station clearly show it was built years later.

The video also uses footage of both Wade Robson and his mother's depositions to poke holes in Robson's abuse claims. In the documentary, Robson says while his family went on vacation to The Grand Canyon, he was assaulted by Jackson. But in the deposition video, his mother testifies that her whole family was on the trip.

The anti-'Leaving Neverland' video also takes issue with alleged "staged reshoots" of key interviews with Safechuck. In the documentary, Safechuck claims he received jewelry from MJ including a wedding ring. But the new video claims the interview was actually filmed as a reshoot "a year and a half" after the first one.

A major moment in the documentary comes when Wade Robson lights on fire to a bunch of Jackson memorabilia he owned. But, as The Blast previously reported, Robson had already sold all items that were worth money through Julian's Auctions in 2011. The auction house said at the time Robson wanted to be anonymous in the sale, but they refused.

During the deposition video, Robson was asked to confirm his testimony from Jackson's 2005 molestation trial where he said MJ never molested him. The lawyer who conducted the deposition repeatedly asked Robson, "That was a lie, correct?" Wade answers several times with, "That was not the truth, correct."

One common theme in the newly-released video is 'Finding Neverland' director Dan Reed's decision not to ask Jackson's family and other alleged victims for comment.

Specifically, Macaully Culkin is used as someone who Robson claimed was also assaulted but the director never reached out to the "Home Alone" star to get his reaction. Audio is then played of Culkin from a previous interview where he says MJ never was inappropriate with him.

'Finding Neverland' has been nominated for an Emmy and it seems the timing of the release of this video is to remind Emmy voters the issues with the documentary.

Jackson Estate attorney, Bryan Freedman, tells The Blast,

"The consideration of 'Leaving Neverland' for an Emmy in any category other than one based on fiction is preposterous. A documentary is commonly defined as a film or video examining an event or person based on facts."

He adds,

"This new video, entitled 'Lies Of Leaving Neverland' and many others like it actually provide real and truthful facts. These same facts and other indisputable evidence were intentionally ignored by Dan Reed in an effort to disparage Michael Jackson who is not here to defend himself. Anyone who furthered this travesty of justice will be held accountable."

Source: Yahoo / YouTube / Billie Jean


Missy Elliott to Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award At 2019 VMA's. 12-08-'19

Missy ElliottMany Hip Hop heads have been campaigning for MTV to honor Missy Elliott with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The network has finally selected the Songwriters Hall of Famer for the 2019 honor.

"Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Bruce Gillmer, Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming/Events at MTV parent's company Viacom. "Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”

Throughout her three-decade career, Missy created groundbreaking visuals such as 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),' 'Get Ur Freak On' and 'Lose Control'. The Virginia-bred singer-songwriter's 'Work It' won Video Of The Year at the 2003 Video Music Awards.

The list of previous Video Vanguard Award recipients includes Michael Jackson, Madonna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Hype Williams, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Pink, and Jennifer Lopez. MTV's 2019 VMA's are scheduled for August 26.

Source: All Hip Hop / Billie Jean


Jackson Fest 2019 In Chile. 11-08-'19

Jackson Fest Chile is Michael Jackson’s first Fan Convention in Chile and Latin America. This will take place on November 16 in Santiago, Chile in an exclusive auditorium located at Antonio Bellet 314, Providencia. Steps away from Metro Pedro de Valdivia (Line 1), with a limited capacity of 100 people.

There will be international guests, who will tell all about their experiences and how Michael Jackson’s image has affected their lives through seminars and discussion panels. The day will also be full of surprises with exhibitions, merchandising, shows and competition.

International Guests
•Leo Blanco
•Richard Mendelsohn
•LaVelle Smith Jr.

Jackson Fest 2019Jackson Fest 2019 will take place on November 16 in Santiago, Chile in an exclusive auditorium located at Antonio Bellet 314, Providencia.

About the guests.

Leo Blanco:
From Argentina, Blanco is a Michael Jackson Impersonator and he will visit Chile for the first time in Jackson Fest Chile, after his European tour, you will be able to meet him and see his moves!

Richard Mendelsohn:
From Brazil, Mendelsohn is spokesman for MJ Beats.

Mendelsohn is an outstanding fanatic worldwide who has become known for his enormous contribution to the community, being one of the main moderates of the world-famous MJ Beats.

Thanks to MJ Beats, who were the first to publish much of the unpublished material that exists today.
Mendelsohn has worked recently with LaVelle Smith Jr.

LaVelle Smith Jr.:
From the United States of America, dancer, choreographer and friend of Michael Jackson for more than 20 years: LaVelle Smith Jr.

On 3 Michael Jackson world tours: Bad, Dangerous and History Tour. Working as a choreographer in Michael Jackson’s 'Ghost' and for the live version of 'Thriller', LaVelle Smith, was also on the Super Bowl in 1993, which had a record of more than 1.3 billion viewers in a total of 86 countries, becoming the largest audience in the history of television for a live show.

LaVelle has been awarded 4 MTV Video Awards, highlighting his work in the music video 'Scream' (1995), where Michael Jackson appears with Janet Jackson.

LaVelle will show for the first time his exclusive seminar 'Dancing with the King', where he will reveal unpublished videos of his personal library, reviewing his life and best moments with Michael, all with Spanish translation.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Off The Wall Album CoverMichael Jackson's 'Off The Wall' Resonates At 40. 10-08-'19

On August 10, 1979, Michael's fifth solo album 'Off The Wall' was published, the first of his new phase as a world superstar. This album launched Jackson into the stratosphere of music evolution, and in Jackson's mind, had been years in the making.

In 1979, Michael Jackson was already a successful and renowned artist. He has achieved tremendous popularity with the Jacksons 5, and has also embarked on his solo career with four albums, 'Got To Be There' (1972), 'Ben' (1972), 'Music And Me'' (1973) and 'Forever, Michael' (1975).

Clearly not satisfied with the pleasant, but diminutive solo output during his Motown tenure, now at Epic Records Jackson sought to make an impact worth remembering outside of the context of being a charter member of The Jacksons. Enter Quincy Jones, the production maestro Jackson worked with on the film adaption of 'The Wiz' two years prior. Hitting it off personally and professionally, each had a unified vision for what became 'Off The Wall'.

Danceable, groovy, and downtempo elements all cohered on 'Off The Wall'. The bursting 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' was filled to the brim with cascading strings, throbbing bass, varied percussive elements. Through all of this, Jackson whooped, crooned, and sang his heart out. The vibrancy that characterized the searing 'Get On The Floor' and 'Workin' Day & Night' was muscular instead of the prototypical R&B macho-fuel that drove a few of Jackson's male colleagues. The springy 'Rock With You' further found Jackson well-mannered, but not any less enthused.

Five singles were released, with the first four reigning as Jackson standards. All four singles were U.S. Top 10 hits, a first in American music history. 'Off The Wall' also gave Jackson his first solo Grammy win in 1980 for "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance" for 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'.

The record would certify platinum seven times in America and globally moved over 20 million copies. On October 21st, 2001 the record received a generous remastering, tacking on several demo tracks and interview segments with Rod Temperton and Quincy Jones.

Source: Billie Jean


Katherine Jackson, 89, ‘Too Weak’ To Look After Michael’s Son Blanket As She Loses Guardianship.
09-08-'19

Katherine JacksonMichael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson was reportedly ‘too weak’ to continue looking after the singer’s youngest child, Blanket, as news of his new guardianship has been revealed.

The 17-year-old has been under his grandmother’s care since the King of Pop died in 2009, but it’s now been revealed that he will be under the guardianship of his cousin TJ Jackson until he turns 18.

TJ had previously shared the career duties with Katherine, 89, but it’s claimed Blanket – who now goes by the name of Bigi – was eager to get out of his living situation with Katherine.

‘TJ has been a father figure to those kids since Michael’s death and he always puts their needs before his own,’ a source told Radar Online. ‘The current situation that Blanket has been in is not working for anyone, and they needed to get a different situation going stat.’

The source hints that Blanket felt he was being put in a situation where he had to care for his grandmother and that she was ‘too weak’ and didn’t have enough ‘energy’ to parent the growing teen.

‘It was not at all fair,’ the insider continued. ‘Prince and Paris are not around much, and she relies on him to help her. But Blanket was not equipped to handle that role, and he shouldn’t have to.’

Compared to his elder siblings Prince and 21-year-old Paris, Blanket has proven to be quite reclusive and doesn’t often make public appearances. But he recently appeared at the graduation of his brother, 22-year-old Prince, who graduated from the Loyola Marymount University School of Business in May.

Prince shared a photo of the two together at the ceremony on his Instagram page. The two brothers have since teamed up to launch their own movie and TV review series with cousin Taj Jackson on Prince’s YouTube channel.

Blanket spoke enthusiastically about the latest Avengers movie, in a video which has attracted over 200,000 thousand views on YouTube.

Since then, they have discussed other recent film and TV releases, such as 'Disney’s Aladdin' and the 'Game Of Thrones' series finale.

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


Marvin ButtsMarvin Butts Died. 09-08-'19

One of Michael Jackson bodyguard from the 80's died on August 8.

RIH Chuckie Debise aka Chuckie Cheese is what I use to always called him. Great stand up guy and kept us safe with his presence alone. You might recognise Chuckie in 'Moonwalker' after the “Badder” section.

Emmanuel Lewis, a long time Michael Jackson’s Friend broke the news this week on Twitter.

Rest in Peace Chuckie! Thank you for the magic!

Source: Billie Jean


New Michael Jackson Mural Coming Soon In São Paulo. 09-08-'19

A new Michael Jackson mural is currently at work in the city of São Paulo in Brazil.

The mural is made of different Michael Jackson faces from different era and is near a busy road for all to see!

The artist, Paulo Terra, has posted a video and few pictures on in Instagram account and we cannot wait to see the final result!

Michael Jackson MuralA new Michael Jackson mural is currently at work in the city of São Paulo in Brazil.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Musical 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' To Hold Creative Lab. 08-08-'19

MJ 2020 Broadway ShowThe new Michael Jackson musical 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' has been making its controversial way towards Broadway, first announcing a Chicago run then canceling shortly after the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' premiered. The production wasn't deterred, announcing a cold open on Broadway in summer of 2020. It appears these plans are still in place as the project is seeking cast members for a creative lab this fall.

According to the audition notice, the production is seeking two characters, Rachel - female, any ethnicity, 20's-30's, smart, inquisitive, ambitious but warm, single-minded documentary filmmaker and journalist. Skilled actor and singer; and Young Michael Jackson - 10, Great singer/dancer/actor to portray Michael at age 10.

The lab dates are currently listed as Mid September - Mid November 2019.

The new musical 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


Siedah GarrettSiedah Garrett, The Final Guest Speaker At KINGVENTION. 08-08-'19

Kingvention, the Michael Jackson Convention, has revealed the final guest speaker: Siedah Garrett!

Siedah will join Darryl Phinnesse and Larry Stessel in London on September 21 and will share some amazing stories about her time with Michael Jackson.

No need to introduce Siedah to the fans but here a little description:

Siedah Garrett is a Grammy-winning and twice Oscar nominated singer/songwriter who has become one of the most sought-after lyricists in the world. A collaborator and band member of Michael Jackson’s, Garrett is most famous for co-writing MJ’s megahit 'Man In The Mirror' on his 'Bad' album, and the song 'Keep The Faith', which she co-wrote with him for his 'Dangerous' album. Garrett also recorded as MJ’s duet partner on 'I Just Can’t Stop Loving You', the chart-topping first single from 'Bad'. Due to a prior commitment with her record company, she was forced to decline Jackson’s invitation to perform with him on his Bad tour, but subsequently joined him as a background and featured vocalist on his 'Dangerous World Tour', which lasted over a year and a half.

Garrett has paid homage to Michael in a few of her solo releases, including her 2012 single 'Keep On Loving You', on which she shared her personal feelings and appreciation for his guidance, and for the opportunities he afforded her. Similarly, she recently wrote and recorded a duet with Vanessa Williams entitled 'I’ll Remember', as a tribute to her two favorite songwriters, Michael Jackson and John Lennon.

In addition to Jackson, Garrett has toured internationally with Madonna, Sergio Mendes, and mentor Quincy Jones. As a recording artist, her first big hit was the now classic duet with ex-Temptation Dennis Edwards, 'Don’t Look Any Further'. Artists who have recorded on Siedah’s original songs include Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, Common, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, will.i.am, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Toto, Sheena Easton, Natalie Cole, Barry White, Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, Vanessa Williams, Al Jarreau, and many others. Film and television productions to use Siedah’s music include the 'Shaft' remake, 'Lego Batman', 'Rio', 'Rio 2', 'Dreamgirls', 'The Voice', 'Fuller House', and the Playstation video game 'Nioh'.

Most recently, Garrett has transitioned to lyric writing for musical theatre, and is now collaborating on the musical production of Will Smith’s blockbuster film, 'The Pursuit Of Happyness'.

Garrett has become a go-to lyricist for special events and social causes, such as co-writing the opening ceremony theme songs for the 2007 and 2015 Special Olympics World Games, the musical theme for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, and the American Idol Gives Back fundraising campaign. She also is an active philanthropist, using her name, time and talents to make a difference in her family, community and throughout the world. Garrett is also a frequent guest speaker at many inner-city schools, universities and music industry conferences, in the US and world-wide, sharing her experiences, and offering her advice to our youth.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Calendar 2020 CoverOfficial Michael Jackson Calendar 2020 On Pre-Order. 07-08-'19

The official Michael Jackson 2020 calendar has just been revealed to Danilo, he will be released in September.

If you love the King of Pop, then this is the official 2020 calendar for you. Featuring iconic imagery of the star alongside monthly date panels.

You can now pre-order your official Michael Jackson 2020 calendar at King of Shop are Danilo.

The Fan-run online store & Sponsor of KINGVENTION will donate £1 from each purchase to the Michael Jackson Convention which will take place in London on September 21.

By purchasing your official merchandise at King of Shop, you will help the fan community to pursue more project such as events, books, special interviews, and so on!

Specifications
Publisher: Danilo
Height: 420 mm
Width: 297 mm
Product code: 121
Guide price: 9,9 €

Source: King Of Shop / Danilo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Nephew TJ Jackson Wins Guardianship Of Cousin Blanket Until He Turns 18. 07-08-'19

TJ JacksonMichael Jackson’s nephew has been handed guardianship of the late pop star’s youngest son until he turns 18 in February.

TJ Jackson, who has shared guardianship of Prince Michael – aka Blanket – since 2012, has been granted an extension, which will leave him in charge of his cousin’s welfare for the rest of his childhood.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, TJ filed updated Letters of Guardianship documents earlier this week.

The agreement automatically ends when Blanket turns 18, “is adopted, marries, becomes emancipated by a court order, enters into active military duty, or dies”.

TJ has also been given “full legal and physical custody” of his cousin. He previously shared guardianship with the boys’ grandmother, Katherine Jackson, who stated that none of her son Michael’s kids had a “relationship with their biological mother”, when she first filed for custody of Blanket and his siblings Paris and Prince.

Katherine resigned her position as guardian to Blanket in 2012.

The teenager was seven when his father died in 2009.

Source: Wenn / Billie Jean


'Thriller Live' Competition And Summer Party For Michael’s Birthday! 06-08-'19

August 29 is approaching fast and the London West-end show 'Thriller Live' is going all out to celebrate the King of Pop!

First of all, you can win tickets to the show!

To celebrate the announcement of the 'Thriller Live' summer party, we’re giving you and 3 friends the chance to join us for a night at 'Thriller Live', followed by entry to the after party where you can mingle with the cast and dance the night away.

To be in with the chance of winning, head to ThrillerLive.com and sign up!

Competition closes 9 August. Must be 18+ to enter. Full terms and conditions here.

Thriller Live Summer PartyAugust 29 is approaching fast and the London West-end show 'Thriller Live' is going all out to celebrate the King of Pop!

'Thriller Live' also organised an After-Party at Planet Hollywood and here the details:

The after party tickets does not include a ticket to the show, the show ticket must be purchased separately. Join us in celebrating the greatest music ever written at 'Thriller Live' followed by an exclusive Thriller Summer After Party on Thursday 29 August. After the curtain comes down at the Lyric Theatre, head to Planet Hollywood where you can mingle with the cast and dance the night away.

Party tickets include: Commemorative VIP laminate and lanyard, 1 x drinks voucher (redeemable against, beer, wine or soft drinks). Nibbles and buffet style finger food will be served. Regrettably, we cannot cater for all dietary requirements at the party but vegetarian options will be available. Show tickets and party tickets can be purchased separately. A show tickets does not include a party ticket. A party ticket does not include a show ticket.

Source: Thriller Live / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Fan-Made Cartoon Coming Soon. 04-08-'19

A fan called Yann Segen is working on a 2D animation in honor of Michael Jackson.

Yan just released the first teaser of the cartoon which he is making currently as a personal project.

Yann stated that he is not a professional animator and that he is still working on the short animation movie.

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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