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Frank DiLeo’s Michael Jackson Collection For Grab. 23-10-'19

It is sad to see but more Michael Jackson items are going on auction at “Gotta Have Rock and Roll”.

This time they are from Frank DiLeo’s Estate and includes personal items that Frank has kept through the years working with Michael.

The full list has not been released yet but we can reveal that this auction will includes awards and props that where used on Michael Jackson’s videos.

The auction will take place from 13 -22 November 2019.

MJ Memorabilia
'Thriller' Award, Michael Jackson prop sign as seen in the movie 'Moonwalker' and in the music video 'Speed Demon' and 'This Is It' music award presented to Frank personally.

It is said that the DiLeo’s collection is big and many more items will appear on the auction soon.

Go to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Unseen Picture Of Michael Jackson Is Going Viral On The Web. 23-10-'19

This unseen picture of Michael Jackson is going viral on social media.

The shot was taken during the filming of the Pepsi Commercial in 1984 and the photographer is believed to be Michael Leshnov.

The shot is believed to have been taken back stage before the commercial was filmed.

The commercial in question is the one where Michael Jackson was injured and burned during a pyrotechnic effect.

The unseen picture has now been shared over a thousand times on different social media.

Pepsi Commercial - Backstage (27-01-1984)
Michael Leshnov photographed Michael Jackson backstage for the Pepsi Commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

You can find more information about Michael Leshnov here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Freddie Mercury Roasted Michael Jackson For Sleeping On The Floor In His Mansion. 23-10-'19

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson’s famous recording sessions in the 80's are the stuff of legend. The music icons spent days together working on new music at Jackson’s home studio in Encino, California in 1983 and developed a close friendship.

Fans have heard snippets over the years of what really happened inside those four walls, including from Freddie himself. But one man who was there to witness it all was Freddie’s personal assistant, Peter ‘Phoebe’ Freestone. Peter worked for Queen and Freddie for 12 years, right up until the musician’s death in 1991. According to the former PA, hanging out with two of the biggest superstars in the world didn’t feel out of the ordinary. Peter told Metro.co.uk: ‘You accept people how they are. For example, with Michael Jackson, Freddie and I went to his house to record for eight hours one day. This was back in 1983, and Freddie and Michael collaborated on three different tracks at that point. ‘But Michael didn’t treat me any differently than he treated Freddie. It was just the way people are. Michael and I played video games for half an hour while Freddie was outside smoking.’

According to Peter, Michael later took him and Freddie on a tour of the house, situated on Encino’s Hayvenhurst Avenue. When they got upstairs, Freddie couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a mattress on the middle of the floor of the king of pop’s million-dollar mansion. ‘Freddie just could not keep his mouth shut because right in the middle of the floor, was this big mattress made up as a bed,’ Peter recalled. ‘Freddie said, “You’ve got money why don’t you buy a bed?” And Michael just said, “I feel so much better when I’m closer to the Earth”. Freddie said, “Well how much closer does not having a bed make you? We’re upstairs”.’ Peter added: ‘That was the sort of thing that happened.’ Not many are privy to the inner workings of two music icons in the studio, and it’s an experience Peter is able to recall in minute detail, even after all these years. ‘It’s actually amazing to see two amazing talents working off each other,’ he revealed. ‘Basically Michael had a track ready, which was called State of Shock, which he wanted Freddie to put his voice on, so he did.’

Michael Jackson backstage at The Forum in California (07-1980)
Michael Jackson backstage at The Forum in California. He was at the Queen show that evening and came to see the band afterwards.

‘Then they worked on a track of Freddie’s, which was 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', that he was working on for a Queen album. ‘But the thing is, there was hardly any words or anything. So a lot of the time Michael was ad-libbing putting his own words in. In fact, there was a third track. The combination of the two of them, but just being there while they were actually, they were feeding off each other.’ Peter continued: ‘Each of them were just giving out everything they could to create something and to be present at that sort of thing is amazing. The same the same happened with David Bowie with 'Under Pressure' for Queen. ‘To be present when you have… it’s almost like electricity. Then you feel tension in the air and there’s that o-zone smell. It’s almost like that.’ Fans are able to enjoy Freddie’s music with fresh insight thanks to the release of the Never Boring box set, which features a specially-curated selection of the singer’s music, visuals and written and spoken words.

It includes three CD's with 32 tracks, a Blu-ray and DVD featuring 13 promo videos and an interview, a 120-page 10”x10” hardback book full of photos, and an introduction from Rami Malek himself. Earlier in October, the previously-banned music video for Freddie’s song 'Living On My Own', was released for the first time completely remastered. The visuals were shot at Freddie’s 39th birthday party and basically, it was a raucous affair. Recalling the night it was shot, Peter said: ‘The party was always meant to be filmed. It was going to be part of this video. So they set up a camera on a track going all around the room and everything. ‘People knew it was going to be filmed.’

He added: ‘The thing is, it still didn’t stop all the alcohol flowing. ‘It really did get quite crazy at the end. I mean, I can remember more about staggering home at four o’clock in the morning, than the three or four hours before that. It was a nonstop round of dancing, drinking. It just became totally crazy.’

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


Peter Andre Defends Michael Jackson’s Music Ahead Of 'Thriller' Musical Role. 23-10-'19

Peter AndrePeter Andre has defended his decision to take on a guest role in the 'Thriller' musical despite renewed sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.

Historic allegations against Jackson hit headlines again earlier this year after the release of the documentary 'Leaving Neverland', which featured graphic claims of abuse.

Jackson’s estate vehemently denied the allegations against the star and unsuccessfully urged to Channel 4 to rethink their plans to screen the two-part film.

Andre, 46, will take on the lead role in the West End production of 'Thriller' this December, and has defended the continued prominence of Jackson’s music.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, he said: “I’ve always said that I think we’ve got to keep the music separate.

“If you’re going to go there and say you can’t listen to the music because there are allegations, OK, well do you listen to the music pre and supposed allegations? Where do you go with it?

“This show is about the music. I always have to say that they are allegations.”

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Ed Cherney'Off The Wall' Engineer Ed Cherney Dies Age 69. 22-10-'19

Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Ed Cherney passed away today after a battle with cancer. Cherney had a long and successful career as one of the industry’s most respected and premier recording engineers for his work on both studio and live remote recording projects.

Born in Chicago in 1950, Cherney began as an amateur musician, but later roadied for some friends’ band and eventually began mixing their live shows, and ended up in the studio working with them, followed by more P.A. gigs mixing with a local sound company, while studying electronics at DeVry University. After taking a short course with legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien, Cherney was hooked on studio life and took an entry-level job at Paragon Recording Studios, and over the next three years, built his engineering chops.

He then moved to southern California, snagging an assistant engineering gig at Westlake Studios, a favorite haunt of Bruce Swedien and Quincy Jones and starting with working on Michael Jackson’s 'Off The Wall', began a lifelong association with Swedien and Jones and a host of other top producers including greats like Phil Ramone and Don Was.

Artists he worked with included: Bette Midler, Bob Dylan, Bob Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, Buddy Guy, David Lindley, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Goo Goo Dolls, Iggy Pop, Jackson Browne, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo, Ry Cooder, Spinal Tap, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Wallflowers, Willie Nelson and Wynnona Judd. Scores and soundtracks Cheney worked on included Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Coming To America, The Bourne Legacy, Green Hornet, The Hobbit, Hairspray and Sex & The City — among many others.

During his career, Cherney received three Grammy Award nominations, an Emmy Award, five TEC Awards, and was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame in 2015. Yet through it all, he always remained humble. “What success I’ve had owes much to the musical greats I’ve sat behind over the years — giants like Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, Don Was and Phil Ramone — listening through their ears, learning how they make great music,” he once said. “The secret was to just be cool, stay in God’s graces and work it out.”

Cherney was generous with his time, often sharing his knowledge at NARAS, NAMM and AES events and seminars, and had many friends throughout the industry. Rest well, old friend. You will be missed and never be forgotten.

Ed Cherney is survived by his wife Rose Mann-Cherney. No plans for a memorial had been announced at presstime.

Source: Guitar / Billie Jean


HBO Taking Michael Jackson 'Leaving Neverland' Dispute To Appeals Court. 21-10-'19

HBOHBO wants another shot at convincing a court that the Michael Jackson Estate can't go to arbitration over its Emmy-winning sex abuse documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. On Monday, the pay network filed paperwork for a high-stakes appeal.

The Michael Jackson Estate is attempting to enforce a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract — one that provided HBO with rights to air a televised concert following the release of Jackson's album 'Dangerous'. That contract had provisions pertaining to secrecy and non-disparagement, which the estate is seizing upon to litigate 'Leaving Neverland', which focuses on allegations against Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck. In February, a petition to compel arbitration was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court just days before HBO aired the documentary.

In response, HBO had the case removed to federal court and attacked it as a "transparent effort to bolster their publicity campaign against the documentary."

The pay cabler argues that the legal claims are premised on an old agreement that has been fully performed by the parties and thus terminated. It further contends that the Michael Jackson Estate is attempting to trample on its First Amendment rights by using a quarter-century-old, nearly forgotten contract as "a perpetual platform to police HBO's speech."

Ultimately, though, a federal court deferred to the primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act and decided that the arbitrator would have a crack at tackling the controversy. In making this decision, U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu rejected HBO's bid to have a petition for arbitration stricken under California's anti-SLAPP statute, which provides special recourse to those hauled into court on frivolous actions targeting First Amendment activity.

HBO is now going to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"This bogus appeal is nothing more than HBO’s latest desperate attempt to cover up the truth about its shoddy journalism," responds Bryan Freedman, an attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate. "For seven months HBO has tried and failed to avoid a public arbitration. This appeal, which is its latest Hail Mary attempt, is even more pathetic than all of its other attempts to avoid public scrutiny. If HBO truly wanted to avoid a judgment, it should have thought about that before it aided and abetted a one sided documentary without any journalistic integrity and in which the subjects have a huge motivation to lie — namely the millions of dollars for which they are suing the Estate. Our client will never stop until justice is served."

Although Freedman characterizes the appeal as a "Hail Mary," that was hardly the assessment of Wu, who during a Sept. 19 hearing stated that "a lot of these issues are so close and up in the air that I think no matter which side wins or loses, they are going to appeal."

The judge also told the parties at the hearing that "this stuff should be decided in the Circuit Court."

Although HBO hasn't spelled out the grounds for its appeal before the Ninth Circuit, the network — represented by the all-star legal team of Daniel Petrocelli and Ted Boutrous — will likely argue that California's anti-SLAPP statute isn't preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act and thus the Michael Jackson Estate can't go to arbitration unless it can demonstrate the likelihood of its victory there.

The use of SLAPP laws in federal courts is a particularly hot topic, and there's some reason to believe this case might be a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, particularly since it also addresses the topic of arbitrability, something that has attracted close attention by the high court justices in recent years.

If the case does eventually wind up in arbitration, it could be an odd one. The Michael Jackson Estate says it wants an "open" proceeding, which would be rare for an arbitration forum like JAMS. Additionally, it's not clear that 'Leaving Neverland' needs to be factually inaccurate for the estate to prevail over HBO. After all, this is not a defamation suit. It's a dispute based on an agreement not to disparage Jackson. Nevertheless, the estate is eager for the opportunity to show off evidence it has collected in prior legal disputes with the Jackson accusers featured in 'Leaving Neverland'.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson X Halloween. 19-10-'19

Sony just released a brand new Michael Jackson play list special Halloween called: 'Michael Jackson X Halloween' on Spotify!

37 Michael Jackson tracks to play during the Halloween season and Halloween parties!

The album (digital) cover takes the last year 'Halloween' compilation 'Scream' artwork:

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonNew Michael Jackson Documentary Coming On Netflix In 2020. 19-10-'19

A new documentary will see light in 2020 on Netflix. The documentary is directed by Spanish film maker Marcos Cabota and is about Michael Jackson, the artist and the man.

Cabota has been posting about the movie for a while now and will have many people who worked with Michael Jackson and his family.

Known people already on board are Brad Buxer (who also worked on the music of the documentary), Toto, Bruce Swedien, Tarryl Jackson, Siedah Garrett.

The documentary will show how Michael was as an artist, his work and legacy in the music industry.

On twitter, Cabota has posted many pictures of locations where he filmed the documentary: The Thriller house, Neverland Ranch, New York recording studio, London Quincy Jones’ concerts and so on.

On Cabota’s website, 'Music. Love. Billie Jean' is showing as the title of the up coming documentary.

It is also said that the documentary will be on Netflix around the time of the opening of the new Broadway show “MJ” in 2020.

It is unclear if the Estate of Michael Jackson was involved in this project but we are looking forward to see a very positive documentary about Michael Jackson coming to the masses.

To be continued…

Source: JR / Marcos Cabota / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Stuck In Neverland: Streams Of Michael Jackson's Music Have Actually Increased Since HBO Doc.
18-10-'19

Michael JacksonIn March, HBO's harrowing four-hour, two-part documentary 'Leaving Neverland' reexamined allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck that Michael Jackson had repeatedly sexually abused them when they were children in the 1980's and 1990's. And the explosive program had the late star's fans — as well as radio programmers — fiercely debating whether his hits would, or should, be played again.

The backlash was fast and fierce. Reviewers predicted the film would devastate Jackson's legacy; Oprah Winfrey agreed to sympathetic interviews of Robson and Safechuck on HBO; radio stations in New Zealand and Canada pulled Jackson's music. In response, Jackson's family called the allegations a "public lynching," pointing out that Jackson, who was found innocent of child-­molestation charges in a 2005 trial, was not around to defend himself. The late singer's estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO. (The estate declined to comment.)

In the immediate aftermath, U.S. radio airplay of Jackson's catalog dropped precipitously. According to a Billboard analysis of Nielsen Music data, in the four weeks prior to 'Leaving Neverland', his songs averaged 14,000 spins per week at radio, while in the 31 weeks afterward, through Oct. 3, stations played his music an average of 11,000 times. The radio audience for Jackson's music fell 32.1% during this period.

Yet people kept listening to Jackson's music. During the same 31-week period, Billboard found that streaming consumption of Jackson's catalog never saw a decline — on-demand streams of Jackson's catalog actually increased by 22.1%, outpacing the industry's 21.8% growth.

"After I saw the documentary and played Michael Jackson, I got on the mic and said, 'I hope no one here saw the documentary,' and people didn't say a word," says Jeff Wittels, owner and DJ at Retroclubnyc, a New York dance club that spins 70's, 80's and 90's hits. "They couldn't care less."

WFEZ Miami, which reaches 1 million listeners, "backed off" on the amount of spins of Jackson's music after the documentary aired, according to branding and program director Gary Williams. "But as far as complaints go, I maybe got two emails," he says. "As soon as we went back [to playing Jackson's music], we got a positive response."

"These are some of my top-­testing songs, and you want to give the listeners what they want," adds WRRM Cincinnati program director Brian Demay. "If the listeners haven't complained, don't sacrifice your product."

Such listener loyalty bodes well for the Jackson estate, which has been rolling out new projects including a Broadway musical, set to debut in August 2020, and a 1,000-copy box set containing LP's and Blu-ray discs. Sony reps were prepping the box set before 'Leaving Neverland', and Scott Carter, senior vp marketing for Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, says the allegations had no impact on the release: "The basics for this were drummed up before that even happened."

"We got more emails saying, 'Thank you for playing this' versus 'Why are you playing it?' " says WALR Atlanta branding and program director Terri Avery. "And what would Halloween be without 'Thriller'?"

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Message From The Estate Of Michael Jackson About MJ The Musical. 18-10-'19

The Estate Of Michael JacksonAs we are sure you have recently read, tickets for the new Broadway play, 'MJ The Musical', go on sale January 15 with previews starting at the Neil Simon Theatre on July 6, 2020 and the show will premiere on August 13, 2020.

In the meantime, we wanted to say how excited we are about the show. We were excited when we worked with Cirque du Soleil and Jamie King in creating 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' which went on to become one of the most popular and highest grossing touring shows of all time. And we were equally excited about working again with Cirque de Soleil and Jamie King in creating the 'Michael Jackson ONE' show in Las Vegas which just enjoyed its 3,000th performance and remains one of the top selling shows in Las Vegas.

We also were very pleased about the work we did with Spike Lee in creating the 'Bad 25' documentary and the documentary 'Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall'.

We are confident that this new Broadway show will be every bit as good as any show we have had a hand in creating.

Some of you have expressed concern about Lynn Nottage. Let us assure you that Lynn Nottage is a huge Michael Jackson fan. We are always careful about selecting the creative talent who will work on a Michael Jackson project. She was ambushed by the UK tabloid reporter and statements made in casual conversation were taken out of context and have been misconstrued. No show we ever create about Michael will be anything other than truthful and positive, and of course we would never validate the lies and slander that have been perpetrated by Reed, Robson, Safechuck and HBO in what the fans have called a “bullcrapumentary.”

The creative team on this Broadway show is outstanding. Lynn Nottage is the only living playwright who has won two Pulitzer Prizes. Christopher Wheeldon, also a huge Michael Jackson fan, is an acclaimed director and choreographer who won the Tony Award for his work on 'An American In Paris' on Broadway.

Having seen rehearsals and read the book we can assure you fans will be very excited. Of course, no one can replace Michael. No one can do what Michael did. There was a reason that Berry Gordy confirmed that Michael is the greatest entertainer who ever lived. However, just as in any movie where a famous historical figure is portrayed, once we enter the playhouse, we have to suspend our disbelief and look forward to seeing a great show paying homage to Michael’s legacy.

You all know that the media has tried very hard to negate Michael’s influence in the world. To use their term, they tried to cancel Michael. The Michael Jackson fans and the Michael Jackson Estate will not allow that to happen. The love of Michael is too strong, it will always be with us. While some media outlets might be hesitant to telecast new Michael Jackson programs in the short term, that will turn around in the long term since everyone wants to see and enjoy Michael and his work. This Broadway show will go a long way toward reminding the world who the King of Pop is. Let’s celebrate it, let’s embrace it and let’s remind everybody that Michael is the greatest of all time.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Michael Tops The Lyric Find Chart. 17-10-'19

As Halloween is approaching, Michael’s 'Thriller' is top of Billboard’s October 12th LyricFind Global Chart. The Global Chart includes all lyric queries worldwide with data provided by more than five thousand publishers and more than one hundred services. These include; Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Settlement Between Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager, Estate Falls Apart. 17-10-'19

Tohme TohmeA seven-year-old lawsuit between Michael Jackson's estate and his former manager Tohme Tohme appears to be back on with a Los Angeles Superior Court judge refusing to enforce an oral settlement agreement.

Tohme was one of the last managers for Jackson before the superstar died in 2009. He sued the estate, claiming he was owed a 15 percent commission on money Jackson made during the last year of his life, a cut of This Is It revenues and a finder's fee for a loan that stopped Neverland Ranch from going into foreclosure.

In May, a trial began — one that explored Jackson's final days and the estate's contention that Tohme got Jackson to sign an unconscionable agreement and stole money from the performer.

Then five days into trial, the parties settled in open court. Or so it appeared, with the parties sending The Hollywood Reporter a joint statement about the "amicable" resolution.

But after the lawyers read the material terms of the settlement to the judge (and then had the transcripts sealed), according to court documents, the Michael Jackson Estate refused to pay Tohme his settlement money unless he agreed to a non-disparagement clause and an agreement to not sue again.

So without payment, Tohme asked the judge to enforce the terms of the settlement.

"The settlement terms did not include a non-disparagement clause or an agreement not to sue," writes Mark A. Young in his ruling. "However, the law requires the settling parties’ presence in order for an oral agreement to be enforceable under §664.6. Counsel, and not the parties themselves, were present when the terms of the settlement agreement were stated before the court."

The judge adds that Tohme can file a new lawsuit aiming to enforce the settlement agreement. But Young won't quickly do as Tohme asks. In the meantime, the ex-manager's 2012 suit seeking about $20 million remains active. And Tohme is apparently free to disparage his ex-client.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Thriller DanceLearn The 'Thriller' Dance With Eddie Garcia. 13-10-'19

We all know Eddie Garcia, one of Michael’s dancer and choreographer, also was at Kingvention 2017 and had a dance workshop in London with 'Thriller'.

Eddie is doing a 'Thriller' workshop on October 18 at 11.30am in Los Angeles at the EDGE Performing Arts Center.

Eddie will be teaching the original Michae Peters choreography so better be there!

6300 Romaine Street, Suite 100Los Angeles, California.

You can sign up for the class here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Elton John: Michael Jackson Was ‘Mentally ill,’ A ‘Disturbing Person’ In Final Years. 11-10-'19

Elton JohnElton John’s new book is said to claim that Michael Jackson was ‘a disturbing person’ and suggested the singer had ‘totally lost his marbles’ by the 2000's.

The star is baring all in a new soon-to-be-released memoir, Me: Elton John, in which he’s detailing his battle with drugs and his run-ins with royalty. But he also opened up on the so-called King Of Pop, reportedly questioning ‘what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of’ and claiming that he ‘couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all’.

‘The poor guy looked awful, really frail and ill,’ the 'Rocket Man' singer allegedly wrote in his book, writing that Jackson’s nose was ‘covered with a sticking plaster’ and his make-up has been applied by a ‘maniac’.

According to Radar Online, Elton shared that during a lunch together in the 1990's, the 'Man In The Mirror' singer disappeared ‘without a word’ and was later found inside of the cottage of John’s housekeeper ‘quietly playing games’ with her 11-year-old son. For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all,’ the book alleged reads, with John reportedly later writing that Jackson was ‘genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around’ and that he had ‘totally lost his marbles’ by the 2000's.

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


MJ OneMJ ONE Celebrates 3,000 Shows! 11-10-'19

On June 29, 2013, the world premiere of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil open its doors at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

This week, MJ ONE celebrates its 3,000th show!

Written and Directed by Jamie King, MJ ONE has grown to be one of the fans’ favorite MJ related show. The music, the dance, the acrobats, the emotions, all in the spirit of Michael Jackson!

Congratulations to the Cirque du Soleil, MJ ONE cast and staff for carrying on the magic of Michael Jackson and if you haven’t seen it yet, go! It’s worth the trip!

Get your tickets here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ Musical'MJ The Musical' Announces Broadway Premiere. 10-10-'19

MJ, a new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson, has been rumored to be Broadway-bound for some time. Today, producers have made it official. The jukebox musical, drawing from the canon of hits performed by the pop music superstar, will begin previews on July 6, 2020, toward an opening night of August 13. MJ will have its run at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre.

The new musical will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat). Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon (An American In Paris) will direct and choreograph. More details about the production, which remains in development at studios in New York City, will be forthcoming. Tickets for 'MJ The Musical' will go on sale on January 15, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Source: Broadway Direct / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Back To The Simpsons. 08-10-'19

Last March, the international press and the French press in particular, were eager to echo the withdrawal of the episode with Michael Jackson of the famous animated series The Simpsons.

This decision was made by historical producer James Brooks and creators Matt Groening and Al Jean after 'Leaving Neverland' aired.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has just announced 'The Simpsons: The Complete Seasons' 1-20 Limited Edition, a brand-new collection containing every episode – 441 to be exact - from the series’ first twenty seasons, will be available on December 3, 2019.

The Simpsons Box Set
Only 1,000 copies of ‘The Simpsons: The Complete Seasons 1-20 Limited Edition’ collection, containing every episode of iconic series’ first 20 seasons.

Journey to Springfield to witness the adventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie from their humble and heartwarming beginnings in 'Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire' and through all of the wild adventures of their first twenty seasons, featuring iconic episodes such as 'Marge vs. The Monorail', 'Bart The General', 'You Only Move Twice' and the legendary two-parter, 'Who Shot Mr. Burns?' The beloved series won 34 Emmys and introduced the world to several celebrated guest appearances by fan favorites including Kelsey Grammer as the criminal mastermind, Sideshow Bob, Glenn Close who brilliantly played Homer’s loving and sweet mother, Mona Simpson and Albert Brooks as the evil genius, Hank Scorpio.

In total, 1,000 copies of 'The Simpsons: The Complete Seasons' 1-20 Limited Edition will be created, with 500 available at Best Buy, and another 500 available at Amazon.com. The collection is currently available for pre-order and will be available on December 3, 2019.

Source: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / AWN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson: Black Or White? Book Cover'Michael Jackson: Black Or White?' Book Is Released. 08-10-'19

French author, Isabelle Petitjean, just released her 3rd book about Michael Jackson titled 'Michael Jackson: Black Or White?'

In this book, all in French, Petitjean is talking and analyzing the influence of Michael Jackson on a racial, political, social and breaking barriers ways.

Hopefully this book will be also available in English soon as this topic is essential to understand what Michael Jackson, a black American man, did for the world.

However, this book is for only French speaking fans for now.

The forewords were written by Brad Buxer.

Publisher: Editions-Delatour
Author: Isabelle Petitjean
Pages: ?
ISBN: 978-2-7521-0394-9
Printed: France
Guide price: 25 €

Order the book here at Editions-Delatour.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Remembering A King Book Cover'Remembering A King' Book Is Released. 08-10-'19

The book 'Remembering A King': a compilation of biographical poems written in tribute to “The King of Pop” is released.

How can one describe something such of greatness as this book? Awe-inspiring, captivating, amazing, and insightful are just a few works to describe how I felt while writing this book. I hope you will feel the same way and more. Upon reading this book, I promise you your life will never be the same. Your thoughts, truths, and what you believed or heard to be true about Michael will be confirmed or made false. You will come to know the true person of who Michael was and always will be. Remembering a King is a collection of his last words and insights into his life from his perspective and his point of view. Those choice words are spoken directly from his heart. I am just the vessel chosen to be bestowed with the honor of carrying the torch of his truths. Here lies his truths, spoken truly from the heart of Michael Joseph Jackson, concerning his life and ultimately his death. Read with an open heart and an open mind. Allow his words to speak to you and wrap you in his love. You are what made his Never, Never Land of imagination into a reality. He lived before us. Keep his legacy and his wishes alive. Keep his dreams and music too.

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Author: Euphonious Poet
Pages: 110
ISBN: 978-1643501383
Printed: ?
Guide price: 12 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Taj JacksonUpdate On Taj’s Documentary. 06-10-'19

Taj just updated the fans on his untitled Michael Jackson Documentary:

A lot has been happening, all of which is good.

Applehead Club Productions:
The project will officially be made under this production name. The name “Applehead” is very important to me. It is the name my uncle Michael use to call me and my brothers as well as other friends. The name actually comes from the 3 Stooges. However to me hearing the word “Applehead” represents an incredible time of pie fights, water balloons, crank calls, and stink bombs. Since this project is being made with the help of some of those Appleheads from Michael’s life, I thought this would be the perfect name for the production company.

The Square One Screening:
On Sept 28th we attended the 'Square One' screening.
The movie was amazing, and everything I hoped for and more. Danny Wu did an incredible job. It comes out today on YouTube for free in less than an hour. It specifically deals with the 1993 MJ allegations. Please help spread this amazing doc cause the truth cannot be ignored any longer.
I know we are trying to trend it on twitter today. Use the hashtag #SquareOneMJ

Here’s where to see 'Square One'.

The tide has turned and everyone is feeling it. Expect extreme pushback and more.
The other side is desperately trying to stop this huge momentum we now have for the truth to be known.

As for this project. We have secured a couple of really important key MJ people and friends who are now onboard with this project. Please note…I am not trying to win a battle, my goal is to win the war. My purpose of this project is to rightfully reclaim and solidify my uncle’s legacy once and for all. This project will be for the history books.

I hate that I have to be so secretive but as you have seen even before 'Square One' was shown, they are trying to discredit anyone who is pro Michael and stands up for him or any pro Michael news. I don’t want to tip my hat too early and give them a chance to sabotage this project. At the same time I know how important it is to keep you guys in the loop.
More to come…

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