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Let's Shut Up & Dance'Let’s Shut Up & Dance’ Tribute to Michael Jackson. 22-02-'19

As announced last August, The tribute project to Michael Jackson is now out!

Global Pop Superstars Jason Derulo, Lay Zhang (EXO) and NCT 127 Collaborate to Tell the World ‘Let’s Shut Up & Dance’ with new single, video.

7SIX9 Entertainment releases first single and music video Inspired by and Dedicated to the Art and Genius of Michael Jackson.

7SIX9 Entertainment today announced the release date for the single and video 'Let’s Shut Up & Dance' by global pop music superstar Jason Derulo, Lay Zhang (EXO) and NCT 127. On February 22, the video will have its broadcast premiere on MTV and will be available on YouTube. Written by Derulo, Ant Clemons, and written and produced by Bongo ByTheWay, Ali Prawl, Ray Key and Robot Scott, this is the first single from a four song EP and box set entitled 'The Greatest Dancer', inspired by and dedicated to the art and genius of Michael Jackson. The box set is scheduled for June 25, the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s untimely death.

The song and accompanying video may serve as an homage to Jackson, but don’t be mistaken, it does not imitate. 'Let’s Shut Up & Dance' acknowledges and draws inspiration from many of the greats, and Derulo and his team morphed it with his own unique sound and style to create something fresh and new.

 

The video for 'Let’s Shut Up And Dance' was produced by FREENJOY, directed by Daniel Russell, choreographed by Danielle Polanco with assistant choreographers Jeremy Strong, Andrew Carter, with featured dancing by Derulo, Lay and NCT 127. It encompasses sweeping locations from dark alleys to lush international locales, evokes the mood of 'Black Or White', 'Bad' and even 'Smooth Criminal' and yet, those that have never seen those iconic Jackson works will still see innovative, infectious choreography to a song that has the same rhythmic sensibility and artistry that Jackson demanded.

Created as a short film, Derulo said, “I want people to get up and dance when they see this video. A lot of the dance and movement is intricate and showcases the talent that was pulled together for this – from Lay and NCT 127 to the amazing dancers.” The intricacies come from the dancers who were choreographed by veteran Danielle Polanco and span across the globe. “They all brought this crazy energy to each shoot – energy that I get inspired by; they’re the most incredible talents on the planet,” Derulo said.

The producers’ goals were to keep everything as authentic as possible: From the award-winning crew, to hiring the best underground street dancers and professionals, shooting in locations from South Korea, Ethiopia, Jamaica, London and Los Angeles, the video is meant to capture the marriage of music and dance on an epic, gritty and authentic cinematic scale.

Together, Derulo, Lay and NCT 127 have collaboratively put their own stamp on pop music and the enormity of visuals to celebrate the mastery of Jackson’s global, musical influence.

More information is available at 7SIX9.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Hits HBO With $100M ‘Leaving Neverland’ Lawsuit. 21-02-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

The burgeoning battle between the estate of Michael Jackson and HBO over the controversial 'Leaving Neverland' sex abuse documentary is moving into a full-scale legal war that could cost the premium caber up to $100 million.

“The Jackson Estate will seek 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 to the legacy of Michael Jackson,” said an injunction and arbitration seeking breach of contract complaint filed today by lawyers from Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LL and Freedman + Tailtelman LLP in L.A. Superior Court.

“Petitioners further pray that the arbitrator award punitive damages in the maximum amount permissible if and when Petitioners show their entitlement to such damages,” the 53-page filing adds.

Having premiered under a heavy police presence at the Sundance Film Festival last month, the Dan Reed directed 'Leaving Neverland' is set to debut on HBO on March 3 and 4.

“HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself,” Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman told Deadline Thursday.“

“HBO could have and should have ensured that 'Leaving Neverland' was properly sourced, fact checked and a fair and balanced representation,” he added in language similar to a letter sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler over a week ago. “Instead they chose to fund and produce a film where they knew the two subjects had for many years testified under oath and told family, friends and law enforcement that Mr. Jackson did nothing inappropriate to either of them.”

HBO did not respond to request for comment on today’s legal move.

However, HBO execs asserted earlier this month that they stood by the film and nothing was going to stop it from airing in early March. “The one thing I would say about this documentary is I would ask everybody to watch it and make their judgments after seeing it,” the premium cabler’s programming chief Casey Bloys asserted on February 21.

“Nearly four years after Michael died they suddenly changed their recollections, sued the Estate of Michael Jackson for hundreds of millions of dollars and had all of their lawsuits dismissed,” Weitzman continued in his statement attacking Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim in the film that they were sexually abused by the ‘Thriller’ superstar when they were children. “Yet they are still seeking money, having appealed. HBO and the director were well aware of their financial motives and that ample opposing facts are available from numerous sources, but made the unconscionable decision to bury any evidence casting doubt on their chosen narrative. Had they made an objective film it would have allowed viewers to make up their own minds about these allegations, instead of having a television network dictate to them that they must accept these false claims about Michael Jackson.”

Since it was announced in early January that 'Leaving Neverland' would open at Sundance, Jackson fans around the world have taken to social media and elsewhere to condemn the documentary.

Source: Deadlne / Billie Jean


MoneyStreaming “MONEY” From 2-8 March 2019. 18-02-'19

In our fight against the so called “documentary” lamely named 'Leaving Neverland', streaming one of Michael’s song might also get the attention of the media and the general public or diverge the attention from this horrible documentary! Many fans online have been talking to stream 'Money' from the album 'HIStory'.

The best day to do this is maybe the day the documentary is aired on HBO and Channel 4. But we can start now and listen to the most relevant song for this event! The more you listen/stream it, the more chances the song will appear in the charts! and the more chances some media will pick up on it and check the lyrics and meaning of the song and how relevant this is!

As Charts are recording Friday to Friday, the best week to stream the song is between 02 and 08 March 2019!

Who’s best to defend Michael? Michael himself! With his music!

Where to Stream “Money”?
This has to be as official as possible.
You can stream “Money” here:
– Spotify
– Pandora
– Google Play Music
– SoundCloud
Those are the main streams to make it count!

Please note that you will have to play it 150 times to count for 1 sale! So keep playing!

Or you can purchase the song on itunes directly! Every purchase will count for 1 sale!

Facebook Event Page, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Lisa Marie Presley Reveals All About Wild Sex With 'Screeching' Michael Jackson. 18-02-'19

Lisa Marie PresleyLisa Marie-Presley has revealed the reality of sex with Michael Jackson and told how he 'sang and screeched' his way to orgasm.

Elvis' daughter, who was married to the singer between 1994 and 1996, told a friend it was the best sex she'd ever had.

The revelations are included in book, 'Dark Lady' by Anthony Gregoreli, where it's claimed Lisa Marie insisted on wild sex with the King of Pop before they married - because she wanted to make sure he could fulfil his spousal duties.

Lisa Marie, now 51, said she and Michael were spending a weekend at Donald Trump's Florida mansion when she first pulled him into bed.

She told a pal they romped 'all night' and that the Thriller singer preferred having sex from a standing position.

"It was absolutely wild. He was slow getting started, then he just wanted more and more," she said.

Lisa Marie added that Michael liked to sing and shriek as they got intimate , which often left her in fits of giggles.

The pair first met in 1975 when a seven-year-old Lisa Marie attended Michael's concert in Las Vegas.

But a friend of the pair revealed their 'adult friendship' began in 1992.

While Lisa Marie was still married to musician Danny Keough, she was invited to move into the Neverland Valley Ranch.

Twenty days after divorcing Danny, Lisa Marie and Michael tied the knot in a top-secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

The daughter of Elvis and Priscilla supported Michael through the child abuse claims that emerged in 1993.

"I believed he didn't do anything wrong, and that he was wrongly accused and, yes, I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it," she said in 'The Magic And The Madness' by J. Randy Taraborrello.

After the allegations, Lisa-Marie had encouraged Michael to settle out of court and check into rehab when the stress left him self-medicating.

In January 1996 Lisa-Marie filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010, the singer revealed she and Michael spent four years after their split trying to reconcile.

Michael was Lisa-Marie's second husband. After their divorce in 1996 she went on to marry Nicholas Cage, (2002-2004) and then Michael Lockwood (2006-2016).

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Wax Figure Grévin Museum ParisNew Michael Jackson At Grévin Museum Paris. 18-02-'19

The famous French Wax museum Grévin has gone for a refurbishment and while they were at it, they got a new Michael Jackson wax work!

The fans already know the museum and the wax work there which was inaugurated by the man himself on April 19, 1997. Marcel Marceau event came for the event! The wax work was made by Sculptor Denis Lonchampt and decorator Laurent Teboul which both men met with Michael Jackson in June 1996.

This wax work has now gone and replaced by a new one sculpted by artist Jean Baptiste Seckler which the fans know well.

The museum re-opened its doors on February 9 and a main campaign went out with Michael on the front!

For more information and tickets click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Gyles Brandreth Recalls His Awkward Encounter With Michael Jackson. 17-02-'19

Gyles BrandrethSunday Brunch was full of celebrity name-dropping from the get-go today (February 17), kicking off with host Simon Rimmer remembering meeting Prince Charles and quickly being followed by actor Luke Treadaway recalling the time he met Prince the singer.

But it was presenter Gyles Brandreth who delivered the best story, as he told today's guests and hosts all about the time he awkwardly attempted to show off his moonwalk while in a lift with Michael Jackson himself.

"I was once caught in a lift with Michael Jackson," Gyles began, which is a solid start to any story.

"He was wearing gloves, the mask, and everything. I was with Uri Geller, who knew him, and we were going up in this lift and I thought, 'I'm not going to get much opportunity to meet Michael Jackson again'."

The 70-year-old then went on to explain how he "chatted away" to the star but received no reply, so he decided to take things to the next level.

"So I then thought I'd demonstrate my moonwalk," he continued. "It was quite restricted in the lift, sort of bumping into Uri at the same time, and then Michael Jackson got out at the end and didn't say a word.

"I said to the minder, 'That's a bit rude of Michael Jackson'," Gyles remembered. "He said, 'It's a Monday, Mr Jackson never speaks on a Monday'.

"Michael Jackson apparently never spoke on a Monday – conserved his energy."

Source: Digital Spy / Billie Jean


MJ One‘Michael Jackson ONE’ Salutes The King Of Pop. 15-02-'19

Michael Jackson went from being the King of Pop to becoming one of the most posthumously revered entertainers in history, rivaled only by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. Jackson is a perfect fit for Cirque du Soleil production 'Michael Jackson ONE', because the gloved one was practically a one-man Cirque show himself. His history and beliefs lent themselves well to a thriller of an extravaganza with no shortage of what Jackson did best: dancing.

One of the reasons 'Michael Jackson One' succeeds is the decision to have four protagonists whose lives will be touched by Jackson’s spirit. Each character—Clumsy, Smarty Pants, Shy and Sneaky—receives a gift from Jackson that leads to them to acquiring new abilities. They find they have double slackline skills, or new martial arts or dancing prowess, or encounter a spangled glove that seems to have a life of its own. The tale unfurls against a high-tech backdrop of futuristic expressionist design and culminates in a battle of light versus darkness. Don’t try to fight the moistness in your eyes that will occur during the show’s most poignant moments.

Mandalay Bay, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Thurs.-Mon., starting at $69 plus tax and fee. 877.632.7580

Source: Las Vegas Magazine / Billie Jean


The Backstage Pass Collection Book Cover'The Backstage Pass Collection' Book Is Released. 14-02-'19

The Chronica Editions are very happy to announce the launch of the English version of its successful book collection: « Jackson Collector Books Series ». This series of books will take fans to the heart of Jackson collectors. Whether it’s listing all the collectors of a certain period, or specific themes, this qualitative series will help the fans complete and improve their collection. This book series contains descriptions, information and photos of each collector.

The Jackson Collector Books Series collection is now available in English after its successful release in French in 2018. Each book is released in small size, and deluxe quality. Each new book will be released in a limited amount. Only 777 copies will be released for each new book.

The English book series comes with have a white cover, while the series in French comes in black.

The first book of the collection “Jackson Collector Books Series” in English is called 'The Backstage Pass Collection' dedicated to backstage passes of every tours. This book contains 116 pages and includes passes of Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Janet, Jermaine and 3T. A never before seen! More than 300 backstage passes of all shapes and colors are listed. An ultimate reference for every fan and collector.

This book is published by “Editions Chronica” with the support of its friendly partners Jackson Source and The MJ Cast.

Publisher: Editions Chronica
Author: Christophe Charlot
Pages: 116
ISBN:
Printed: ?
Guide price: 24,66 €

Order the book here at Peecho.

Source: Chronica / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Estate Cancels Chicago Musical Run. 14-02-'19

The Michael Jackson estate, facing questions prompted by a new documentary detailing abuse allegations against the singer, announced Thursday that it was canceling a planned Chicago tryout of a new jukebox musical about him.

The estate and its producing partner, Columbia Live Stage, said that they would instead aim to bring the musical straight to Broadway in the summer of 2020.

The reason for the change in plans, the producers said in a statement, was not the documentary but “scheduling difficulties” caused by a labor dispute. A five-week job action by Actors’ Equity, which was resolved last week, delayed a planned developmental lab for the show, and the producers decided they needed more time before staging the full show.

The musical, called 'Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough', has a highly credentialed creative team. The book is by Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright with a history of deeply researching the subject matters she writes about, and the director and choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon, a prominent English artist who won a Tony Award for choreographing a stage adaptation of “An American in Paris.”

The show was announced eight months ago. It has already had at least one developmental lab to test out the material, and on Thursday the producers said they would schedule another workshop session in New York City this fall.

The cancellation of the Chicago premiere comes three weeks after the two-part documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and two weeks before it is scheduled to debut on HBO.

The film, directed and produced by Dan Reed, details allegations by two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say they were abused by Jackson when they were young. Both men had supported Jackson during a 2005 molestation trial, denying that he molested them, but then sued his estate after he died; the estate has denounced the film.

The show’s publicists have said that the musical will focus on the period of time leading up to Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour which began in 1992. The next year, Jackson unexpectedly stopped touring, citing an addiction to painkillers that he blamed on what he said was a false abuse allegation. It is not clear how the estate’s involvement will affect whether the musical will address that chapter of his life or other complex and controversial aspects of Jackson’s storied career.

The musical is unrelated to other stage productions featuring Jackson’s song catalog, including Cirque du Soleil’s 'One', running in Las Vegas, and 'Thriller Live', running in London and on tour in Europe.

Source: New York Times / Billie Jean


Dangerous Flying SuitMichael Jackson’s Dangerous Flying Suit Is Sold. 14-02-'19

Lot 41 (Out of the Ordinary, 12th February 2019)

MICHAEL JACKSON, a Michael Jackson stage outfit from the 'Dangerous' Tour, 1992-1993, a labelled ...

A Michael Jackson stage outfit from the Dangerous Tour, 1992-1993, a labelled Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush jumpsuit, a helmet, a pair of gloves and Reebok trainers is sold for £16,000.

Bought at a 'Gala Celebrity Night of Fashion' held at the, Park Lane Hotel on 12 December 1994 in aid of 'The Children's Village' rehabilitation centre.

This was bought by David and Anna Yallop. Michael Jackson personally donated this to the charity along with other celebrities, fashion designers and, artists, including Marlon Brando, Angelica Houston, Tony Curtis, Issy Miyake, Calvin Klein and Christian Lacroix.

The Dangerous Tour ran from June 1992 to December 1993 and was sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. The tour was originally scheduled to run into Christmas of 1993, but was cancelled due to the illness and stress Jackson suffered following the allegations towards him.

In the performance, Michael Jackson changes on stage, then reappears with, a jetpack attached to his back and proceeds to fly out of the arena - the illusion was complete, but he had swapped with a stunt double.

Sold with a letter confirming the authenticity from Caroline Kennedy, chairman and main organiser of the, 'Gala Celebrity Night of Fashion'.

For more information go to Sworders.

Source: Sworders / Billie Jean


A New Collection Of 8 Michael Jackson Pins Are Release. 13-02-'19

The website of the London-based company Secret Dreamers Society offers 8 Michael Jackson pins for sale.

10% of the proceeds from the sale of these pins will be collected for the financing of Taj Jackson's documentary and 100% of proceeds from the sale of the "Innocent" pins will be donated. You can also make an extra donation when you purchase from Heal The World For Children Spain.

The 8 pins of Michael Jackson are: Always Believe in Magic, Scarecrow, Are you Scared Yet?, I am Peter Pan, Create Your History, INNOCENT (pre-order), You Are Who You Choose To Be and Bad.

MJ PinsWhen you wear this pins, Michael is always with you.

Description:
•Hard Enamel
•Black Nickel Platting
•1.99" height
•Secret Dreamers Society logo back stamp
•2 silver metal clutches
•Our backing card is a small tribute painting

Publisher: Secret Dreamers Society
Printed: UK
Guide price: 10 € for each pin

Order the 8 pins here at Secret Dreamers Society.

Source: Secret Dreamers Society / Billie Jean


The BE@RBRICK × Michael Jackson Are Released In Japan. 13-02-'19

The BE@RBRICK x Michael Jackson are released in Japan. The little (or bigger) bear toys are all over with different designs and a fashion collectible toy.

Bearbrick (rendered Be@rbrick) is a collectible toy designed and produced by the Japanese company Medicom Toy. The name is derived from the fact that the figure is a cartoon-style representation of a bear and that it is a variation of Medicom's Kubrick design. The at sign in the place of the letter a is a visual device that is a part of the Bearbrick brand, and as such, a trademark of Medicom Toy.

So it is no surprised that the bear will get a Michael Jackson revamp!

OK! It’s weird and not very pretty! But weirdly enough, it is Official! 2 models have been made! 'Michael Jackson Thriller' and 'Michael Jackson Zombie Thriller'! Both models comes in different sizes and the price varies between £90 and £362!

You can get the 70mm/280mm ones or 700mm ones!

Unfortunately (or thankfully) those are only available in Japan for a limited time (from today to beginning of February) and shipping starts in July!

Bear ToysBE@RBRICK × Michael Jackson from Japan of course.

Michael Jackson TM;
Rights of the Publicity and Persona Rights:
Triumph International, Inc.
(C) 2019 Triumph International, Inc.
Licensing Representative:
Authentic Brands Group, LLC
BE@RBRICK TM & (C) 2001-2019
MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION. All rights reserved.

Order here the Bear Toy here at Bearbrick.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Prince JacksonBirthday Of Prince Michael Junior. 13-02-'19

Prince Michael Junior, today it's Michael Jacksons oldest son his Birthday and he may blow out 22 candles.

On Thursday February 13th 1997 Prince Michael Junior has been born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was named after Michael's grandfather and great-grandfather, who were both called Prince.

We hope your special day is filled with love and laughter. We love you!

With Love,
Michael Jackson Fan Site Billie Jean

Source: Billie Jean


MJ Wax Statue DenmarkMichael Jackson Wax Work Back In The Danish Mall. 12-02-'19

After yesterday outrage of Rødovre Centrum mall center in Denmak removing a wax statue of Michael Jackson due to the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary (and after a call from the press…), the fans have gone after the shopping center and their ethic!

And the fans have won this battle! Michael Jackson is back in the exhibition!

Here the full statement:

“The wax statue of Michael Jackson will be part of the vinterudstillingen in rødovre center.

The Rødovre Centre has found that it was an incorrect decision to remove the Michael Jackson wax work from the exhibition of figures of known idols set up by the centre in the wine sector.

Adm. Director Jesper Andreasen believes that it was an expression of unnecessary cautiousness when it was decided to remove the Michael Jackson figure, and he has therefore decided to reinstate the figure in the collection.

” it’s no shame to think about an extra time, and that’s what we’ve done. There are many and very different opinions about Michael Jackson, who were never known guilty of any of the accusations that were directed against him. That is why it was an overreaction to bow him in the exhibition – which is why we are making the decision on,” says jesper andreasen.

The Michael Jackson wax work can be seen at the mall from tomorrow d. 13/2 a.m. 10.

Source: MJ Vibe : Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Niece Brandi Jackson Reveals 7 Year Relationship With King of Pop’s Accuser: “He’s Not A Victim. He’s An Opportunist”. 12-02-'19

Brandi Jackson is one of two children whose father is Jackie Jackson, a member of the Jackson 5 and Michael’s brother.

On Twitter today Brandi revealed that she once had a seven year relationship with Wade Robson, who now accuses Michael of molesting him during his childhood.

She wrote: “Wade: You constantly talked about wanting to be “relevant”. You’ve burned so many bridges that now the only time you are #relevant is when you headline with my family’s name next to yours. It’s time to stop these lies and live your own life.

“I found out Wade cheated on me with multiple woman who he hoped would advance his career. You might know one of them, because it was a huge pop music scandal. Wade is not a victim, he’s an #Opportunist,” she wrote.

Brandi continued: “Wade and I were together for over 7 years, but I bet that isn’t in his “documentary” because it would ruin his timeline. And did I mention, it was my uncle, #MichaelJackson, who set us up? Wade is not a victim, #WadeRobsonIsaLiar”.

Brandi finished with: “I pray he comes at me for these #truths cause I will happily put him in his place.”

She also posted a picture of her and Wade with Michael when they were children.

LA Gear Photoshoot (07-1990)Michael Jackson's 'LA Gear' campaign began to circulate in magazines in July 1990. His eight year old niece, Brandi, daughter of older brother Jackie, was featured in the promotion and appears in the TV ads.

The impetus for this is the airing on March 3rd and 4th of ''Leaving Neverland', in which Robson makes his claims. I don’t know how to reach Brandi. But she can email me at showbiz411@gmail.com. We’d love to hear the whole story.

Source: Roger Friedman; Fox News / Billie Jean


MJ Wax Statue DenmarkMichael Jackson Wax Statue Removed By Danish Mall. 11-02-'19

Denmark's oldest shopping mall has removed a wax statue of Michael Jackson out of fears it could offend customers and may be vandalized because of accusations that the late pop star molested boys.

Charlotte Andersen, marketing manager for the Roedovre Centrum mall in suburban Copenhagen, told Denmark’s TV2 broadcaster that they had received about 15 complaints about the Jackson statue, mostly from families with children.

The mall had announced an exhibition with wax statues of major stars, including Marilyn Monroe and Julia Roberts, to coincide with Danish schools’ weeklong winter holiday that started Monday.

Michael Jackson’s statue was replaced with one of Brad Pitt.

The roughly 810,000-square-foot mall was the first to open in Denmark in 1966.

Source: NBC News / Billie Jean


Quincy Jones To Celebrate The Iconic Albums He Created With Michael Jackson With Orchestral Show At The O2 Arena. 11-02-'19

Quincy Jones ConcertA one-off orchestral performance of three iconic Michael Jackson albums has been announced, with the concert to be presented by legendary producer behind the records, Quincy Jones.

'Off The Wall', 'Bad' and 'Thriller' will be performed back-to-back by the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Quincy himself, and Jules Buckley. Buckley was recently behind the recent hit Classic House albums with Pete Tong.

The show takes place on Sunday June 23, just two days before the 10th anniversary of Michael's death, and will be held at London's O2 Arena - the venue he was set to perform his 50-date residency 'This Is It'. Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, just weeks before his final live shows were set to begin.

Special guest vocalists still to be announced will take part in the show, with the event also featuring never-before-seen videos about the making of each album. 'Off The Wall' peaked at Number 3 in the UK, while 'Thriller' and 'Bad' both topped the Official Albums Chart. View Michael Jackson's complete UK chart history.

Jones commented: "It’s an absolute dream to present this music live, so I hope you’ll come join me for a hang-thang! It’s time to rock wit y’awl!"

O2 Priority pre-sale opens on Wednesday February 13 at 9am, while a Ticketmaster pre-sale begins on Thursday February 14 at the same time. General tickets go on sale Friday February 15 at 9am.

Source: Official Charts / Billie Jean


Casey Bloys
HBO programming president Casey Bloys.

HBO Boss Stands By 'Leaving Neverland'. 09-02-'19

Despite the amazing 10 pages long letter to HBO’s CEO, Richard Plepler from the Estate of Michael Jackson’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, HBO programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed 'Leaving Neverland' documentary will still go ahead!

To an interview given to Hollywood Reporter, here what HBO has to say in response of the Estate’s letter:

You’ve set a premiere date for 'Leaving Neverland'. Given the Jackson estate’s comments that it’s “a tabloid character assassination,” do you have any trepidation about airing it?

Not at all. All I would ask is that anybody writing or thinking about it would watch it and reserve judgment until they see it. It’s a very powerful documentary.

Are you prepared for potential backlash — or legal action — from the estate?

We have] no plans to not air it.

After the Sundance screening and the estate’s comments, was there a conversation with HBO CEO Richard Plepler or AT&T CEO John Stankey about sticking with the controversial doc?

No. Let’s be clear: What controversy? There were two protesters at Sundance. Reserve judgment and watch it and decide for yourself.

And if the protests grow louder?

We’re standing by it. It’s very, very powerful.

Will you meet with the Jackson Estate given their newly released 10-page letter and claims that it ignores journalistic ethics?

No. The letter doesn’t change anything. The show is airing. It’s not changing because of the letter and I ask that everybody watch it and decide for themselves. It’s a very, very powerful documentary and I think once they see it, they’ll understand.

So, you have no interest in taking a meeting with the Jackson Estate?

No. There are no plans to take a meeting. We are airing the documentary and the letter is not going to change that.

MJVibe is really disappointed by HBO’s reaction and actions despite all the evidence given that the two men are liars and plead all fans, family and friends to ban/boycott not only HBO but also Channel 4, NPO3, CanvasTV and VPRO.

For more information on how to battle this full of lies so called “Documentary, Check out our article “It’s time to fight Back“

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Jackson Estate Calls 'Leaving Neverland' “Sensationalist” In Letter To HBO. 08-02-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

The estate counsel denounces the film in a 10-page document sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

Earlier today (February 8), HBO revealed the dates the network will air 'Leaving Neverland': March 3 and 4. The two-part documentary, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, follows two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck (now in their thirties), who say they were sexually abused in the 1990's by Michael Jackson. Now, Michael Jackson’s Estate has penned a letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, denouncing the film and its director Dan Reed.

The 10-page document refers to 'Leaving Neverland' as a “one-sided, sensationalist program.” The letter states that the Michael Jackson Estate was never contacted by Reed or anyone else associated with the film “to provide the Estate’s views on, and responses to, the absolutely false claims that are the subject matter of the program.” The Estate also claims that “no one else who might offer evidence to contradict the program’s premise was consulted either, as Dan Reed has publicly admitted.”

The letter claims that HBO and Dan Reed were selective in the selection of their interview subjects—choosing “not to interview anyone who would detract from their story” such as the Jackson family, people who worked with Jackson during the time period on which the film focuses, friends of Jackson, and several others.

The Estate goes on to refer to the documentary as “disgraceful,” and states that they would be “happy to meet with HBO to discuss a solution.” Read the full letter here via Deadline.

In a statement to Pitchfork, HBO said:

“Our plans remain unchanged. The two-part documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', will air as scheduled on Sunday, March 3rd and Monday, March 4th. Dan Reed is an award-winning filmmaker who has carefully documented these survivors’ accounts. People should reserve judgment until they see the film.”

'Leaving Neverland' has been criticized by the Jackson Estate in the past. Just days after it debuted at Sundance, the Estate issued a statement condemning the documentary and referring to the alleged victims as “perjurers.” Filmmaker Dan Reed later responded to the criticism, claiming that the statements from Jackson’s estate and family were “not consistent with having watched the movie.”

Source: Pitch Fork / Billie Jean


HBO Said To Be Reconsidering Showing Controversial Michael Jackson Documentary After Estate Complains. 08-02-'19

Leaving Neverland'Leaving Neverland' may not be ready for prime time, after all.

I’m hearing that Dan Reed’s controversial documentary that portrays Michael Jackson as a pedophile may not show up on HBO’s schedule as planned.

Apparently Jackson’s estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, according to sources, has sent HBO very tough communications about the downside of libeling the King of Pop even in death.

The documentary is incredibly one-sided according to those who saw it at Sundance. It gives only specious claims by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, includes no defense of Jackson or any kind of counterbalance.

HBO’s documentary division is so well respected that I’m told Weitzman’s criticisms, as well those voiced in other places including this column, may wind up killing the doc’s presentation.

No one would accuse HBO of caving in, but rather having a thoughtful re-evaluation of the material at hand. Robson and Safechuck could not find a court of law to help them. An unbalanced documentary would cause damage to Jackson’s reputation that the Estate would have to spend a lifetime correcting.

Also, there may be interference from HBO’s new owner, AT&T. They may not be so keen to see lots of bad press from claims that can’t be backed up. So far the only endorsements the doc is getting are from completely discredited former Neverland employees who were also bounced out of court in the 90's after selling their stories to the tabloids.

I saw revived claims yesterday from Adrian McManus, one of the infamous former Neverlanders who thought they could cash in after Jackson’s payoff to Jordan Chandler was revealed in the 90s. They are, like the stories made up by other staff who were kicked out at that time, ridiculous. Some of them testified against Jackson in 2005, and they were completely unbelievable. If HBO is going to rely on that gang, they should definitely reconsider.

Source: Roger Friedman; Fox News / Billie Jean

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