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Michael Jackson's Son Prince, 22, Celebrates His Graduation From LA's Loyola Marymount University.
12-05-'19

Prince Jackson
Prince Jackson and TJ Jackson

Prince Jackson is a graduate.

The son of Michael Jackson, 22, wrapped up his stint Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Saturday (May 11), and was hailed by his cousin TJ Jackson for the milestone.

'Prince, it’s been a long road but you did it,' TJ said in a tweet in which he and Prince posed together. 'Keep learning, keep growing and keep giving back! So so proud of you. I love you. #graduation #congrats #proudcousin

The Encino, California native was clad in a blue cap and gown on the big day, as he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Prince first enrolled in the college in 2015 following his graduation from the Buckley School, where Kim Kardashian previously was a student.

In a series of Instagram Stories clips, Prince sat in the crowd with friends, showed off his class ring and noted that it was hot day on the Sunken Garden at the Southern California campus, which sits by the Marina Del Rey area.

Prince, who's older brother to younger sister Paris, 21, and Blanket, 17, later shared a clip after he removed his cap and gown and had his motorcycle humming as he prepared to depart.

'For those of you wondering - yes, I did ride my motorcycle to my gradation,' said Prince, who was only 12-years-old when his famous father died June 25, 2009. (His birth mother, Debbie Rowe, gave up her rights to Prince and Paris in 2001.)

Prince also commemorated the occasion with an anecdote, as he explained how he mistakenly purchased a coffee mug three years ago that read, 'Loyola Marymount University Alumni.'

'I can finally take my first sip of coffee out of it and truly be a Loyola alum,' he said before sipping out of it.

Prince opened up to the Los Angeles Times in 2016 about his ambitions to enter his family's business, music - but not necessarily as a performer.

'Music is a big part of my life,' he said. 'It shaped who I am because of my family, but I’ve always wanted to go into production.'

'My dad would ask me what I wanted to do and my answer was always producing and directing.'

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Mom Katherine Says 'Leaving Neverland' Accuser Wade Robson Is ‘Lying Through His Teeth’ 11-05-'19

Katherine JacksonMichael Jackson’s mom, Katherine, has said she is certain that 'Leaving Neverland' accuser Wade Robson is lying. Katherine made the assertion during an interview on 60 Minutes Australia in which she talked about her late son, the pop superstar Michael Jackson and the challenges of raising his children, Paris, Prince and Blanket.

She said raising them on her own was harder than rising her nine sons, including Michael.

“Today it’s a little more difficult than it was in the day I raised my kids,” the 83-year-old Jackson family matriarch said, “It’s a little more harder, because the world changed a lot.”

Katherine then lamented that Michael’s untimely death has “caused problems in a lot of ways.”

The interviewer then pressed her to comment specifically about the sexual abuse allegations against her late son.

Referring to the court cases after the allegations were made when Michael was alive and the new claims made in HBO’s 'Leaving Neverland' documentary after MJ’s death, Katherine said she knew from the beginning that Michael was innocent and that the families that accused him of child sex abuse were lying.

“It was hard on me because I knew all the time that Michael didn’t do it. I had no doubt,” she said. “I know he didn’t do it — both families lied.”

She claimed that Wade Robson lied about what happened because he wanted a share of Michael Jackson’s estate.

“Wade Robson is lying through his teeth and he knows it,” Katherine said. “And anybody can say it that knows it, knows Michael. Wade knows better. Wade just wants money.”

Katherine’s latest denials and defense of her deceased son come after Michael Jackson’s estate announced it is suing HBO for $100 million over the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary. The family of the late pop star say they have “overwhelming evidence” that Robson is lying but they have so far not shared the evidence they claim to have.

Source: Monster & Critics / Billie Jean


The Seventh Annual Birthday Celebration At 'Michael Jackson ONE'. 11-05-'19

The Official Michael Jackson Birthday Party has been announced!

As usual, the festivities will take place at 'MJ ONE', Las Vegas, USA on August 29.

Here the details of what to expect (not much changes for the last 7 years):

On Thursday August 29th, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are hosting the 7th Annual 'Michael Jackson ONE' celebration for the King of Pop’s birthday. Gather together with all of the other Michael Jackson fans for a celebration in Las Vegas and plan to spend the afternoon at the 'Michael Jackson ONE' Theater enjoying all of the festivities! Attendees of The Michael Jackson One Celebration of the King of Pop’s Birthday will:

– Get a sneak peek at actual Artist Training/Rehearsal for the show.
– Participate in a Q&A with Joe Vogel who wrote “The Man In The Music”.
– Enjoy a special dance performance by the 'Michael Jackson ONE' cast members created especially for Michael’s birthday.
– Annual Michael Bush Book Signing at the 'Michael Jackson ONE' Boutique for Mr. Bush’s book about his years spent working with Michael Jackson, “King of Style”.
Meet & Greet Reception with the Estate team as well other invited guests and VIPs along with
– Cake to celebrate Michael’s birthday
– Step and repeat photo opportunity with artists
– Guests will have an opportunity to leave a birthday video message for MichaelCheck back to see a full schedule of the events!

MJ OneCombining dance, music and awe-inspiring visuals, 'Michael Jackson ONE' by Cirque du Soleil brings alive Jackson's creative genius in a new adventure.

To purchase tickets, visit Cirque du Soleil/MJONE.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Chris Brown Faces Backlash For Suggesting Michael Jackson Handed Crown To Him. 10-05-'19

Chris BrownIt may have been fan art, but fans were not behind this picture’s message. Chris Brown shared a drawing of Michael Jackson handing over a crown, and ‘No’ was echoed throughout the comments section.

The late Michael Jackson is known as the King of Pop, and many fans don’t want to see that title go to Chris Brown, 30. The R&B singer appeared to think otherwise when he shared fan art on May 10, which showed Chris wearing the crown now, which was actually the shadow of MJ’s crown. Breezy shared the art on May 10 — you can see it here. Explaining the picture, Chris wrote, “Learn from the greatness in a person .then learn from the greatness in you!❤️” But fans interpreted a much different message.

“No one replaces Michael Jackson period RIP LEGEND ALL THE TIME,” one angry fan commented, while another wrote, “No boy, no… Never!!! Michael is the only king.” The outrage piled on — “THIS Is stupid,” “SORRY BUT, NO” — and many more pleaded with Chris to delete the picture.

This isn’t the first time fans were offended by the idea of Chris being likened to Michael’s legacy. Justin Bieber, 25, who is one of Breezy’s biggest supporters in Hollywood, posted a “legendary” equation to Instagram on May 3, which claimed that MJ and Tupac Shakur added together equals CB. The suggestion disappointed many of the Biebs’ fans, as they resurfaced Chris’ attack against Rihanna a decade ago, which led the hip hop artist to plead guilty to a felony assault that year. Justin took to Instagram a day later to write that “Bullying is not okay.”

Source: Hollywood Life / Billie Jean


The Book 'Michael' By Christophe Boulmé Will Be Released In November. 10-05-'19

Michael Book CoverAs announced in March, the book 'Michael' by French photographer Christophe Boulmé was supposed to be released in May.

His book entitled 'Michael' by Christophe Boulmé will be released on November 6 at Harper Collins, is already announced as a beautiful book that all fans of the King of Pop will be sure to own. He promises unpublished photos of Michael Jackson. Sold for 29,90 €, the dimensions of this book will be 9x11 inches.

More information coming soon!

Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Christophe Boulmé
Pages: 150
ISBN: 979-1033903215
Printed: ?
Guide price: 29,90 €

More information about Christophe Boulmé.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Jermaine Jackson Rips Quincy Jones For Scrubbing MJ's Name From London Show. 10-05-'19

Jermaine JacksonJermaine Jackson is slamming Quincy Jones for removing Michael Jackson references from his orchestral show in London ... Jermaine thinks Quincy's caving to outside pressure.

We got Jermaine at LAX and asked him about Quincy's decision to scrub all references to the King of Pop from his upcoming concert across the pond ... and Michael's big bro had a very stern message for the legendary producer.

Quincy's orchestral show at The O2 arena in London next month was originally billed as a live performance of 3 classic MJ albums -- 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' -- but now Quincy is calling it a "soundtrack of the 80's."

As you know ... Quincy produced Michael's 3 biggest albums, and the 2 will forever be linked. Jermaine tells us it's grossly unfair for Quincy to try and distance himself from Michael.

So far, Quincy isn't saying what prompted the change ... but there's been a lot of media pressure in the UK to mute Michael in the wake of 'Leaving Neverland'. Jermaine feels Quincy is listening to the wrong voices. BTW, the movement fizzled in the U.S.

Check out our clip ... Jermaine demands Quincy to brush up on his history.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Lawsuit Filed By Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Dr. Tohme Tohme Goes To Trial. 09-05-'19

Tohme TohmeMichael Jackson's last days will reportedly be resurrected in a Los Angeles court next week as a trial gets underway in a 7-year-old lawsuit filed by his ex-manager looking to claim his commission for burnishing the image of the troubled superstar.

Tohme Tohme, who came into Jackson’s life in 2008 with claims of connections in the Arab world, alleges he provided the necessary "advice, guidance and skillful work" to improve Jackson's image, help his financial situation and put the singer in a position to go on tour, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Estate counters Tohme got a $35,000 monthly fee on top of a 15 percent commission, that the contract terminated before Jackson's death – and that he was stealing from Jackson to boot.

The trial, expected to start on Tuesday in LA Superior Court, is being split into two phases, the first dealing with Tohme’s contract, THR reported.

But testimony will heat up in a second phase parsing the relationship between Jackson and Tohme, THR reported. At that time, witnesses expected on the stand will include Jackson's mother, Katherine, his brother Jermaine, top agents and lawyers in the entertainment industry and Thomas Barrack Jr., the President Donald Trump confidant whose Colony Capital spared Jackson from being evicted from Neverland after buying the loan on the property, THR reported.

Source: NewsMax / Billie Jean


The Wiz Blu-ray Cover'The Wiz' (Limited Edition) Blu-ray Will Be Released In Germany. 09-05-'19

Germany will see a re-edition of 'The Wiz' on June 21!

The re-edition called 'The Wiz Mediabook' will be on Blu-ray and includes the soundtrack 2CD of the movie!

So much better than a “documentary”, experience Michael as an actor, singer and dancer in his first movie with Diana Ross!

The package is only available in Germany and is a limited edition! With German and English languages and a booklet within.

The magical Land of Oz jumps out of the pan in this spectacularly musical based on the Broadway case success.

In this Motown-production Dorothy 's a shy nursery school teacher out of Harlem. During a heavy snowstorm she goes to look after her lost dog Toto and she's taken along with to a fairy-tale land where she should follow the yellow way.

Director Sidney Lumet wanted more than filming only the theatre production and has conjured New York City into the magical Land of Oz.

Diana Ross plays the beautiful role as Dorothy and is working together with stars such as Michael Jackson the scarecrow), Nipsey Russell (the tin man), Ted Ross (the cowardly lion), Lena Horne (Glinda the good witch) and Richard Pryor (the big magician of Oz).

With such a cast, splendid musical songs and fantastic visual effects 'The Wiz' shall charm movie fans of different generations.

Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross
Director: Sidney Lumet

Track list 2CD OST :

Disc 1
1. Main Title (Overture) - 2:36
2. Overture (Part Two) - 1:57
3. The Feeling That We Have -- Theresa Merritt - 3:31
4. Can I Go On? -- Diana Ross - 1:55
5. Glinda's Theme -- Snow Babies - 1:09
6. He's The Wizard / March Of The Munchkins -- Thelma Carpenter - 4:08
7. Soon As I Get Home / Home -- Diana Ross - 4:03
8. You Can't Win -- Michael Jackson - 3:13
9. Ease On Down The Road #1 -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson - 3:55
10. What Would I Do If I Could Feel -- Nipsey Russell - 2:17
11. Slide Some Oil To Me / Now Watch Me Dance -- Nipsey Russell - 2:50
12. Ease On Down The Road # 2 -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell - 1:30
13. (I'm A) Mean Ole Lion -- Ted Ross (2:24
14. Ease On Down The Road # 3 -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross - 1:26
15. Poppy Girls - 3:27

Disc 2
1. Be a Lion -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross - 4:03
2. End Of The Yellow Brick Road - 1:01
3. Emerald City Sequence -- Richard Pryor - 6:44
4. So You Wanted to See the Wizard -- Richard Pryor - 2:46
5. Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme) -- Diana Ross - 3:21
6. Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News -- Mabel King - 3:04
7. A Brand New Day -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross - 7:49
8. Believe In Yourself (Dorothy) -- Diana Ross - 2:55
9. The Good Witch Glinda -- Lena Horne, Richard Pryor - 1:09
10. Believe in Yourself -- Lena Horne - 2:15
11. Home -- Diana Ross - 4:02

Publisher: Universal
Series number: ?
Playing time: 135 Minutes
Sound: English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1ch / Japanese Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo
Picture format: 1080p HD Wildescreen
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 32,71 €

Pre-order the DVD here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Book Cover'Michael Jackson' Book Is Released. 09-05-'19

The Rockyrama Classic collection expands a new book by Nico Prat dedicated to Michael Jackson's career. The book is released in France by publisher Ynnis Editions and called simply 'Michael Jackson'.

The French book published by Ynnis Editions will concentrate on Michael Jackson’s career with the biggest names out there: from Spike Lee to Francis Ford Coppola, from Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg.

He was nothing less than the greatest pop star of all time. A total artist, mastering each note, each step, each appearance. There were hundreds of Michael Jackson, but only one of us interested here: the creator. This book only talks about Michael Jackson musician, dancer, artist. Michael Jackson is the director of Thriller, the best-selling album in history. He is the inventor of the clip as we know it today and has worked with the greats, from Spike Lee to Francis Ford Coppola, to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg ... But Michael Jackson is also a career marked by genius collaborators (Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Berry Gordy ...), dance steps, pharaonic concerts ... This book traces the path of an early talent, become a global icon.

For the attention of our readers:

Despite the recent release of the documentary about Michael Jackson and the legitimate emotion caused by it, we decided to keep the release of our book in preparation for almost a year. A decision motivated by our esteem for the work of the author, Nico Prat, who had made the choice, throughout these pages, to dissociate the man and his career. If we, like everyone else, are aware of the repeated accusations over the years and in no way denigrate the words of the alleged victims, we do not feel that they are sufficiently legitimate to address them in these pages. We hope that this decision will not come up against any sensitivity.

Publisher: Ynnis Editions
Author: Nico Prat
Pages: 168
ISBN: 978-2376970521
Printed: France
Guide price: 19,91 €

Order the book here at Fnac.

Source: Rockyrama / Billie Jean


Paul Anka: Michael Jackson Collabs a 'Pleasure'... Creatively, At Least. 08-05-'19

Paul AnkaPaul Anka isn't down with muting Michael Jackson's music -- especially the hits they made together -- because he only has fond memories of their time together.

The iconic crooner and songwriter co-wrote Michael's 2 posthumous hits -- 'This Is It' and 'Love Never Felt So Good' -- so when we got him Wednesday at LAX, we wondered if 'Leaving Neverland' changed his perspective on their studio time.

Our photog asked Paul which of his many, many collaborations were his favorite ... keep in mind the guy wrote and recorded 'My Way' with Frank Sinatra. Still, Michael's name was on the tip of his tongue.

He remembers their studio time as "a pleasure," but watch the clip. It seems pretty clear Paul wants to draw a line between Michael's professional life and his personal controversies.

For what it's worth ... Paul worked with MJ in 1983 -- that's when they initially recorded both songs -- so, it was years before the public rumors about Michael spending time with young boys like Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


'Dancing Machine' And 'Skywriter' Will Be Reissued In Colored Vinyl's. 07-05-'19

After the yellow vinyl reissue of the album 'Moving Violation' of last September, the Culture Factory will propose a reissue of the 'Dancing Machine' album in brown vinyl on May 17 and the album 'Skywriter' in bronze vinyl on June 14, 2019.

If these dates are to be confirmed, 'Dancing Machine' is announced for May 31 on Amazon and 'Skywriter' for June 14, know that as for the previous editions colored vinyl Culture Factory, they will be limited editions announced in 1000 copies.

The next releases are planned for the album 'Get It Together' in September 2019, the live album 'In Japan!' in October 2019 and the 'Christmas Album' in November 2019.

'Dancing Machine' was for the first time released on September 5th, 1974 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during November 1974 by Tamla Motown.

Although the Jacksons were back on the charts, the brothers still complained of their artistic direction. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Around this time the Jacksons were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family leaving this album with low promotion.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson & Hal Davis.

Dancing Machine (Brown Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverBrown vinyl ... limited edition of only 1000 copies!

Track list:

Dancing Machine

A:
1. I Am Love - 7:26
2. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:55
3. She's A Rhythm Child - 2:37
4. Dancing Machine - 2:41

B:
1. The Life Of The Party - 2:33
2. What You Don't Know - 4:21
3. If I Don't Love You This Way - 3:24
4. It All Begins And Ends With Love - 3:07
5. The Mirrors Of My Mind - 2:59

Record label: Motown
Series number: M6 78051
Printed: Europe
Guide price: 25 €

Order the album here at Culture Factory.

'Skywriter' was for the first time released on March 29th, 1973 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during July 1973 by Tamla Motown.

Lead singer Michael's vocals were now showing the signs of his maturing tenor voice, while Jermaine's voice had gotten much deeper in tone. Notably, one of 'Skywriter's' songs, 'Touch' (originally recorded by the Supremes in 1971), features Michael and Jermaine singing about satisfying a woman in the bed. As such, 'Touch' was one of the most controversial singles Michael sung on until his solo career took off again in the 1980's.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino & Mel Larson, Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards, Hal Davis, and Sherlie Matthews.

Skywriter (Bronze Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverBronze vinyl ... limited edition of only 1000 copies!

Track list:

Skywriter

A:
1. Skywriter - 3:10
2. Hallelujah Day - 2:43
3. The Boogie Man - 2:58
4. Touch - 3:00
5. Corner Of The Sky - 3:30

B:
1. I Can't Quit Your Love - 3:04
2. Uppermost - 2:30
3. World Of Sunshine - 2:45
4. Ooh, I'd Love To Be With You - 2:45
5. You Made Me What I Am - 2:53

Record label: Motown
Series number: M 761L
Printed: Europe
Guide price: 25 €

Pre-order the album here at Culture Factory.

Source: Culture Factory / Billie Jean


Madonna Speaks Out About Michael Jackson Abuse Claims: 'People Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty'.
07-05-'19

MadonnaMadonna has spoken about the Michael Jackson sex abuse allegations, saying ”people are innocent until proven guilty”.

Earlier this year, two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, claimed Jackson molested them as children in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

The Jackson Estate called the documentary a “public lynching” and are suing HBO – who co-produced the film with Channel 4 – for $100 million.

Madonna, who took Jackson as her date to the 1991 Oscars, told British Vogue that she has not watched the documentary.

“I don’t have a lynch-mob mentality, so in my mind, people are innocent until proven guilty,” she contined.

“I’ve had a thousand accusations hurled at me that are not true. So my attitude when people tell me things about people is, ‘Can you prove it?”’

Asked what would constitute proof of Jackson’s guilt, she replied: “I don’t know, I haven’t seen the film.

“But I guess it would be people recounting actual events – but then, of course, people sometimes lie.

“So I always say, ‘What’s the agenda? What do people want out of this? Are there people asking for money, is there some kind of extortion thing happening?’

“I would take all of those things into consideration.”

She said of the HBO and Channel 4 documentary: “I guess I’ll get around to seeing it. I haven’t seen it yet.”

Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie, and his nephew Taj, have dismissed the allegations against the late singer.

Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50, has been labelled a “master manipulator” who “groomed the world”.

In March, singer Barbra Streisand was criticised for saying the men who claim Jackson abused them were “thrilled to be there”.

She later posted an apology online, saying “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims.”

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


KINGVENTIONMichael Jackson Convention In London – Tickets On Sale Now! 06-05-'19

Kingvention, the Michael Jackson Convention is back in London on September 21!

After a horrible start of the year, what best than to celebrate Michael Jackson, the Man, The Music, The Legend!

Kingvention will gives fans the platform to first meet other fans but also to hear from those who worked with Michael Jackson.

This year event will welcome Darryl Phinnessee – who served as Vocal Director and Vocalist on Michael’s Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and This Is It Tours. Darryl was responsible for forming the original vocal band for the Bad World Tour and brings over 20 years of memories and stories about his time on the road with Michael.

The second guest is Larry Stessel who served as Marketing Director for CBS Records – Larry worked with Michael for the albums 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad'. During this time, Larry was the Executive Producer of ALL Michael’s short films including co-creator and Producer for 'Man In The Mirror' and 'Liberian Girl'.

A third speaker guest is still to be announced.

The day will be obviously all about Michael Jackson! Fans will be able to enjoy stories from those who worked with the King of Pop for decades but also enjoy fully the music, check out official merchandise and dance their socks off!

A perfect event to enjoy what Michael was about! The true Michael Jackson!

The event will take place on September 21 at The Shaw Theatre / Pullman London St Pancreas [100-110 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AJ, UK]

For more information and to buy tickets visit KINGVENTION.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Photographer Harrison Funk Slams 'Leaving Neverland' As 'Perpetrator Of Lies'.
06-05-'19

Harrison FunkMichael Jackson photographer Harrison Funk has dismissed the claims made in documentary 'Leaving Neverland' and has called out its director.

The train station at Michael Jackson's Neverland continues to be a bone of contention in the allegations of child sexual abuse against the singer.

Photographer Harrison Funk is the latest to speak out against the controversial HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland' and has called out director Dan Reed for 'twisting his words' on social media.

The date that the station was built has become an important piece of the jigsaw when it comes to the allegations made by accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, with a dispute over when the station was built seemingly pointing to whether the abuse there could have happened.

Harrison Funk has reacted angrily though, after filmmaker Dan Reed posted a link to a Michael Jackson podcast that he spoke on and said this was proof that the station was built as per the claims.

Reed tweeted: "The train station - one of many Neverland locations where @jamessafechuck was abused - was already complete before the 1993 construction permit was approved, says #MichaelJackson personal photographer @harrisonfunk in an engagingly candid Jan 2019 podcast."

Harrison's ire was instant, posting his riposte on Twitter, demanding that Reed's documentary was a 'perpetrator of lies'.

He replied: "Regarding the lies perpetrated by Danny & his posse of haters and for the record: my comments in the @TheMJCast interview did not contain a date.

"Reed fabricated a date and spin to suit his agenda. FACT: the photo shoot that I spoke of was of statues at Neverland June, 1994."

The podcast in question celebrates the life of Michael Jackson and in the clip shared by Reed, Funk is heard speaking about visiting the train station.

He said: "I remember when they built the train station that I went up there to photograph the property and he [Michael Jackson] wasn’t there.

"I was up there photographing the statues, he had animal statues based on the lawn in front of the train station.

"I was up there for three days, photographing the statues in situ and also the train station and I called him and he said ‘don’t photograph the train station’.

"I said why and he said ‘just don’t photograph the train station and then he called me back and he said ‘I need to talk to you but I can’t on this line as I don’t know who is listening’.

"Apparently he didn’t want the train station photographed as he had put it up without permission initially and was fighting with the county about it being there.

"Of course they let it be there, whatever he had to do to make it stay, he made it stay."

Funk then turned on Reed again and accused him of twisting his words to meet his version of events.

He tweeted to Reed: "You may try to twist public opinion of someone’s character who is no longer here to defend himself but you will not twist my words in defense of my friend Remove your lies Dan."

There still does not seem to be any retraction of Reed's claims on Twitter and the timing of the station build continues to be a bone of contention between Jackson's accusers and his fans.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Quincy Jones ConcertQuincy Jones Changed His Concert Set List On The Quiet. 05-05-'19

As announced on February 12, Quincy Jones was supposed to do a concert at the O2, London, celebrating Michael Jackson by playing the 3 albums he worked on with Michael: 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad'.

This one-off show at The O2 on Sunday 23 June would have see all three records performed back to back by a symphony orchestra – conducted by Jules Buckley and Quincy himself – accompanied by an array of special guests to be announced.

However on Friday night (May 3), the advertising have started to change on websites and social medias and renamed: “Soundtracks from the 80s” and the set list has nothing to do with the first advertised concert:

Set list:

Rock With You
Off The Wall
Burn This Disco Out
Thriller
Baby Be Mine
P.Y.T
Human Nature
Man In The Mirror
Give Me The Night
The Dude
Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me
Ai No Corrida
Yah Mo Be Here
Razzamatazz
Baby Come To Me
One Hundred Ways
Just Once
Stomp

While the set list includes few of Michael’s hits, this is not what has been promised to the fans or what people have paid for.

We have been in touch with AXS, the company in charge of ticket sales and they have confirmed to us that the promoter SEMBLA has not confirmed anything to AXS to notify any ticket holders.

Many fans have contacted us to check what’s happening and how they can ask for a refund.

As you may know, this is wrongly advertising and against the advertising regulations and standards and if you do wish to have a refund, you should be entitled to one. However, AXS cannot refund anyone until the promoter SEMBLA says so.

While some fans are worried this is to do with 'Leaving Neverland', it seems more likely that it is due to licensing issues. As you can see in the set list, the MJ songs present there are not the ones written by Michael Jackson and made us think that Quincy Jones and the promoter SEMBLA did not have licensing to play Michael Jackson’ songs.

We have also contacted the Estate of Michael Jackson to confirm if there is an issue with the licensing but we have yet to receive an answer.

Quincy Jones and The Estate have not been in good terms since 'This is it' and Quincy has also made few inappropriate comments about Michael in the last few years which might explain why the license was refused (if this is the case).

No matter, the promoter and Quincy should have had all in place before announcing, promoting and selling tickets for a concert as this is not false advertising!

Until SEMBLA announcement, we recommend that you contact AXS and the O2 for any update and also give your feedback on that matter.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Former Bodyguard Matt Fiddes Teases First Look At Amazon Documentary Denying Sex Abuse Claims. 02-05-'19

Matt FiddesMichael Jackson’s former bodyguard has shared a behind-the-scenes look at a new Amazon documentary which will set out to dispute the sex abuse allegations against the late singer.

Matt Fiddes, who worked with the 'Thriller' singer for 10 years, is taking part in a new film to provide an ‘unbiased’ look into Jackson’s life.

It comes after HBO’s documentary 'Leaving Neverland' featured accounts from two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that Jackson sexually abused them when they were young children.

In his latest Instagram post, Fiddes is seen dressed smartly in a suit and sitting in a chair with cameras in front of him. Fiddes, who is now a celebrity personal trainer for stars like Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson, said in the caption: ‘I went to film a documentary to be shown on Amazon which points out the facts in @michaeljackson life that have been incorrectly portrayed recently.’

The former bodyguard went on to claim that security around Jackson while he lived at the Neverland Ranch was so tight that it was ‘near on impossible’ for anyone to get close to him.

He continued: ‘Michael was never alone when travelling with his friends/family/nannies in tow and many other members of the entourage!

‘I hope I have cleared up the myths and explained how Michael was protected like the president with over 150 staff including 100 security guards at anyone time at Neverland alone. And how his “secret room” was in fact his “panic” room which all major stars have.

‘And it was built before he bought Neverland! People used to parachute into Neverland in the hope to meet their idol and he had to run to his panic room! Corridor alarms when people approach your private space is normal for all superstars! Not just for #michaeljackson! And even cameras above his bedroom door for surveillance by bodyguards while on the road too as well as nighttime security bedroom door security.’

Fiddes also recalled his final meeting with Jackson before his death in June 2009, when they were joined by Mark Lester. The trio ate fish and chips on the floor and shared their excitement around Jackson’s ill-fated 'This Is It' tour.

Further teasing the Amazon documentary, Fiddes said: ‘It’s nice to see in this documentary the people who he spent time with giving their unbiased view, correcting timelines and interviewing experts on his legal cases.

‘He was a very generous man, helping people and raising millions for charity, but unfortunately when you are one of the biggest stars in the world, you are also one of the biggest targets.

’He added: ‘Let’s please consider that these people who have outrageous things to say about MJ have a movie to push or either owe his estate money or are suing his estate for hundreds of millions of dollars'.

Source: Metro.co / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Book Cover'Michael Jackson' Book Will Be Released. 02-05-'19

The Rockyrama Classic collection expands with a new book by Nico Prat dedicated to Michael Jackson's career. The book will hit the shops in France on May 9 called simply 'Michael Jackson'.

The French book published by Ynnis Editions will concentrate on Michael Jackson’s career with the biggest names out there: from Spike Lee to Francis Ford Coppola, from Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg.

He was nothing less than the greatest pop star of all time. A total artist, mastering each note, each step, each appearance. There were hundreds of Michael Jackson, but only one of us interested here: the creator. This book only talks about Michael Jackson musician, dancer, artist. Michael Jackson is the director of Thriller, the best-selling album in history. He is the inventor of the clip as we know it today and has worked with the greats, from Spike Lee to Francis Ford Coppola, to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg ... But Michael Jackson is also a career marked by genius collaborators (Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Berry Gordy ...), dance steps, pharaonic concerts ... This book traces the path of an early talent, become a global icon.

For the attention of our readers:

Despite the recent release of the documentary about Michael Jackson and the legitimate emotion caused by it, we decided to keep the release of our book in preparation for almost a year. A decision motivated by our esteem for the work of the author, Nico Prat, who had made the choice, throughout these pages, to dissociate the man and his career. If we, like everyone else, are aware of the repeated accusations over the years and in no way denigrate the words of the alleged victims, we do not feel that they are sufficiently legitimate to address them in these pages. We hope that this decision will not come up against any sensitivity.

Publisher: Ynnis Editions
Author: Nico Prat
Pages: 168
ISBN: 978-2376970521
Printed: France
Guide price: 19,91 €

Pre-order the book here at Fnac.

Source: Rockyrama / Billie Jean


HBO Tells Michael Jackson Estate To Beat It In $100M ‘Leaving Neverland’ Lawsuit. 02-05-'19

HBOThe controversial 'Leaving Neverland' made its debut on March 3, but the estate of Michael Jackson and HBO are still fighting over the sex abuse documentary in a $100 million lawsuit. Today, the premium cabler made a move to shut down a shift to arbitration by the deceased performer’s lawyers.

“Optimum Productions and John Branca and John McClain, in their capacities as co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, ask this Court to order arbitration of a poorly disguised and legally barred posthumous defamation claim against Home Box Office, Inc. that arises from HBO’s exercise of its First Amendment rights to exhibit an expressive work on an issue of public concern—the documentary 'Leaving Neverland',” Hollywood Kingslayers Daniel Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers and Theodore Boutrous of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher said in their opposition memo on Thursday.

And, put it this way, they didn’t come to dance with the once proclaimed King of Pop’s crew.

“Petitioners’ purported basis for their claims is a single non-disparagement sentence buried in a confidentiality rider to a more than 26-year-old expired and entirely unrelated contract,” the attorneys’ note of a portion of a 1992 deal between the now decade long deceased Jackson and HBO over a concert special by the Thriller superstar that is being used as the legal wedge in this matter. “Petitioners’ effort to ‘publicly’ arbitrate these issues appears to be part of a transparent effort to bolster their publicity campaign against the documentary, but that undertaking is as poorly conceived as the claims themselves.

Straightforwardly put, the once lucrative and extremely litigious Jackson estate have been on the warpath against the harrowing allegations made against the much-accused but never convicted singer in the Dan Reed-directed project even before its police protected but very well received world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Having failed to convince then-HBO boss Richard Plepler to pull the plug on the docu in mid-February, legal reps for the estate soon after launched a big bucks suit in L.A. Superior Court to be publicly arbitrated and an injunction against the film that clearly they never achieved.

The matter went over to federal court in early March for jurisdictional reasons just over a week after 'Leaving Neverland' played to some of the biggest documentary viewerships that HBO had seen over the last decade. Long-time Jackson lawyer Howard Weitzman of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert and team are trying to get the matter moved back to LASC, with a May 13 hearing on that desire before federal Judge George Wu.

In the meantime, HBO’s stance is not here, not there, not anywhere.

“This Court should deny Petitioners’ Motion, find the 1992 Agreement does not contain a valid agreement to arbitrate the instant dispute, and confirm that any claim that Petitioners might seek to bring in any forum against HBO over 'Leaving Neverland' based on the 1992 Agreement would not be actionable,” the home of Game of Thrones propounded today.

“Petitioners do not, and cannot, allege that any information HBO obtained during the course of performing the 1992 Agreement, let alone any confidential information or trade secrets, was provided to the filmmakers,” the 23-page filing from the defendants maintains. “Thus, by the express language of the contract itself, Leaving Neverland is categorically outside the scope of the Confidentiality Provisions.”

One of the lawyers representing the Jackson Estate ripped into the WarnerMedia-owned outlet’s argument.

“HBO’s opposition clearly shows that they are afraid to have this matter adjudicated,” Bryan Freedman told Deadline tonight. “The Jackson Estate wants an arbitration open to the public for all to see. If HBO thinks the contract does not apply or is expired then why are they opposing adjudicating it?”

“The reason why is because they know they were complicit in this one-sided farce of a money grab that clearly violates the agreement,” the Freedman & Taitelman, LLP partner added.

“Now they are trying to delay the inevitable beating that they will suffer when this matter is adjudicated,” veteran Tinseltown litigator Freedman concluded. “It won’t work.”

“Stay turned because at least we are offering them a chance to tell their side of the story, unlike they did in the creation of the one-sided fiction intended to disparage Michael Jackson.”

That “stay tuned” actually has a date – this stage in the case is all to be fought out in person in front of Judge Wu on May 23 – I’ll be there, to quote a old tune you might have heard of.

Source: Deadline / Billie Jean


Taj Jackson’s Update On The Untitled Michael Jackson Documentary Series. 02-05-'19

Taj JacksonTaj Jackson has just giving an update on the Untitled Michael Jackson Documentary Series.

As you know, Taj is raising funds to produce and direct a series of documentaries about the truth on Michael Jackson. So far fans around the world have given $141,726 of the $777,000 needed to produce this.

However, Taj confirmed he has started to work on the pre-production and it will be released before the year end to battle the fictional movie 'Leaving Neverland'.

Here the full update dated May 1:

“First I want to thank all of you for your continued support and donations. Together we will cement my uncle Michael’s incredible legacy and the truth.

Please remember, this project is not in direct competition with any other pro Michael Jackson videos, documentaries or specials. Actually, the more the merrier.. And I welcome all of them.

From now on there will be weekly updates. This first one will obviously be much bigger than the next ones because there hasn’t been an update in awhile.

One of the most asked question is, have we started the project yet?

The short answer is Yes. However we are still in the “boring” part of production. And there is A LOT of pre-production.
Writing, Budgeting, Hiring, ROI (for possible investors), Researching. Paperwork…etc
The good news is we are almost at the end of this stage.

I didn’t want to actually start filming and then run out of money and not finish this. It’s too important. That is why we have been a little slower in the pre production phase.

More planning and smarter planning will save us lots of money and your donations will be better utilized.

Will this even be completed and will it be this year?

Definitely it will be completed, We have everything we need to shoot and edit this. (Equipment wise and personnel wise)
However licensing news clips, music, and personal/home videos will not be free or cheap.

Also we know that we can’t count on the media to promote any positive Michael stories. Thus, extra funds will go into online marketing and promotion.

So who’s involved?

I can’t share that list yet, but I can say that I am not doing this project alone. There are some really dedicated people on board. Helping me steer this ship. Also I can say that the amount of people who were very close to my uncle, who have volunteered to help and/or be interviewed is beyond even my expectations. This movie will do my uncle justice.

What is the tone? Is this a direct rebuttal to 'Leaving Neverland'?

This is bigger than 'Leaving Neverland'. This is about all the past lies and allegations that have unfairly plagued my uncle’s life while he was alive and infected his legacy even after his death. This movie is about answers, the facts, and the truth.

So where is the money going?

Have you heard of the saying: Fast,Good,Cheap – Pick any two

Well I am choosing Fast and Good.

I am still aiming to complete the movie this year if all goes according to plan. However I don’t want to sacrifice on the production quality and accuracy. Therefore things will cost more then if we took our time.

I want this to stand the test of time, like my uncle. I want this to be what people reference hundreds of years from now when they look up the legendary Michael Jackson.”

You can still donate here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael Jackson: Caution On Neverland Ranch Campaign – Part 2. 02-05-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

A couple of weeks, the MJ Online Team warned fans about a group collecting money from fans to buy Neverland. It seems another group has popped out and again, the Estate advise to not donate to those organisations.

“We’ve come across yet another organization promising to purchase Neverland on behalf of the fan community. As with any fan-run campaign, we encourage you to please do your research before donating, and understand that these campaigns are in no way affiliated with the Estate.

If the campaign fails to materialize the promised results, there is absolutely nothing the Estate can do to help you recover your donation.

The campaign at www.savingneverland.org and instagram.com/neverlandestate is not official and is not endorsed nor in any way affiliated with the Estate. Please, always take a stance of “buyer beware” in these situations.”

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

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