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TJ JacksonTJ Jackson Says He Is Now Sole Guardian Of Michael's Children. 16-09-'19

TJ Jackson says he’s now the sole guardian of Michael Jackson’s children, having taken over caring duties from the late singer’s mother.

Michael’s nephew discussed the family’s situation recently on the podcast Black Hollywood Live, saying Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, has “relinquished” the guardianship.

When Michael died, Katherine, now 89, was granted custody of his children Paris, Prince, and Blanket. That decision was in accordance with the singer’s will.

But 10 years after Michael’s death, TJ, who has four children and two stepchildren of his own, says he and Katherine felt that it was time for him to step up and care for his uncle’s children.

While Paris and Prince are now adults at respectively 21 and 22 years old, Blanket is 17 and thus still needs a legal guardian.

“When [Michael] passed, my brothers and I, we went to our grandmother and basically told her, however we can help, we want to be there,” TJ said.

“... And then, you know, whenever she’d go out of town she’d always call me to see if I can come by, come to the house and, and watch them, you know, and I think she knew I was the only one with a child, so she knew I thought like a parent and I would take care of them like a parent.

“In time, as she’s gotten older, she’s kind of phased out of it and now I’m officially just the sole guardian. She relinquished it recently.

“But I was always there with my brothers, and I think it’s important because she’s almost 90 years old and she’s a grandma, you know, and, and she needs to relax and it’s tough raising kids, let alone teenagers so, for anyone, let alone a 90-year-old. So I think it was the right thing and she needs to relax and enjoy her grandkids as a grandmother.”

Source: Independent / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Estate Responds After 'Leaving Neverland' Wins Emmy For Outstanding Documentary.
16-09-'19

Dan ReedHBO's high-profile documentary 'Leaving Neverland', which addresses allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, took home the award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday (September 14), and the late singer's estate is slamming the decision.

"For a film that is a complete fiction to be honored in a nonfiction Emmy category is a complete farce," the Jackson estate said in a statement released to ET, in response to the film's win.

"Not one shred of proof supports this completely one-sided, so-called documentary which was made in secrecy and for which not one person outside of the two subjects and their families were interviewed," the statement further claims.

'Leaving Neverland', a two-part HBO documentary focusing on accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct leveled by James Safechuck and Wade Robson, has been met with polarizing responses since its release, and was slammed by the Jackson family, at the time, for being a "rehash of dated and discredited allegations."

Meanwhile, director Dan Reed -- who thanked Safechuck and Robson during his acceptance speech on Saturday -- spoke with ET's Denny Directo on the red carpet ahead of the show and opened up about what getting recognized by the Emmys with five nominations meant to him and to the documentary.

"It does help to validate the film, [which has] been so controversial," Reed said, adding that increased awareness of the doc "confronts people with a crime that they don't really want to know about, and wish didn't exist."

The 54-year-old British director admitted that he and his producing partners never expected the film to have such a big cultural impact and to divide people so sharply between the film's supporters and vehement detractors.

"We thought it would make some noise, but we kind of thought people would go, 'Oh yeah, it's another film about the allegations against Michael Jackson.' But this has been taking us completely unawares," Reed admitted. "It's been a tsunami of love, of hatred, of attention and noise, of thoughtful critical reaction and unthinking reaction. It's been a journey into the heart of the world media."

"I just hope there are people out there, who have had a similar experience to the guys in my film, who feel more at ease with themselves having watched it, and have a way to articulate what happened to them," Reed added.

The Creative Arts Emmys air Saturday, Sept. 21 on FXX.

Source: ET / Billie Jean


NIMAX Plans Major Refurbishment Works For The Lyric Theatre 'Thriller Live' Will End Its Record-Breaking 11-Year Run There In April 2020. 13-09-'19

Thriller LiveWest End theatres owners Nimax are planning to carry out a major refurbishment of the Lyric Theatre, with work due to commence in May 2020.

To allow for this work to be completed 'Thriller Live' will end its record-breaking 11-year run at the theatre on Sunday 26 April 2020, at which point the show will have completed 4,705 performances making it the longest running show ever at the Lyric theatre and the 11th longest running musical in West End history.

Plans are in hand to transfer 'Thriller Live' to another West End theatre and a second production will start a 12-month world tour, opening in Lausanne Switzerland on 27 December 2019.

'Thriller Live' will now spend its final 7 months at the Lyric theatre celebrating its record-breaking success there with a series of special events, big name surprise guest stars following in the footsteps of Peter Andre at the 4,000th performance, and starting with the publication next month of the show’s award-winning Director/Choreographer, Gary Lloyd’s revealing fly-on-the-wall book, 'My Life With Michael: 10 Years Of Thriller Live!'.

Nica Burns for Nimax said: “'Thriller Live' has had the most extraordinary run at the Lyric making our audiences very happy. The show will continue to thrill and entertain worldwide for many years to come.”

Thriller Live'Thriller Live' in London is moving out of the Lyric Theatre in the West End and currently looking for a new home.

Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol said: “Audiences at the Lyric Theatre have had a wonderful 11 years enjoying the magic of Michael Jackson’s outstanding musical legacy. A big thank you to the Nimax team particularly the fantastic staff at the Lyric theatre for our record breaking run as we plan the next chapter of the show’s incredible journey”.

Source: Thriller Live / Billie Jean


Let The Music Of 'Michael Jackson ONE' Inspire You All Over Again. 13-09-'19

MJ OneMichael Jackson ONE doesn’t just use the late King of Pop’s music as the soundtrack for a typically dazzling, inventive showcase of acrobatics and dancing. The show is all about Jackson and a storyline inspired by his conflicted relationship with fame. Even before the show formally begins, performers dressed as paparazzi roam the theater in a playfully exaggerated imitation of the constant media attention that troubled Jackson throughout his life.

Although his struggles are an important element of the show, it’s primarily a celebration of the inspirational power of music. The four main characters discover their inner strength on a journey through Jackson’s catalog of hits, witnessing and participating in intricate numbers set to enduring classics like 'Beat It', 'Bad', 'Black Or White' and more, from Jackson’s childhood days in the Jackson 5 to his more eccentric late-career work.

Cirque du Soleil’s dancers re-create Jackson’s moves, including the moonwalk and the anti-gravity lean from the 'Smooth Criminal' video. Zombies take to trampolines during 'Thriller', and dancers move in electric light outlines in the pitch dark during 'Billie Jean'.

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Source: Las Vegas Magazine / Billie Jean


AkonAkon Defends Michael Jackson. 11-09-'19

Michael Jackson's love for children was humanitarian:

In a recent interview with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning, American singer-songwriter Akon spoke about his relationship with Michael Jackson and the charges brought against him in the controversial HBO documentary. By Complex, Akon responded by saying that Michael Jackson's love for children was humanitarian

According to Akon, Jackson was tapped on several occasions during his illustrious career. He claims that the music industry has tried to "push it out" many times and expressed astonishment at how cruel big corporations can be. As for Jackson's proximity to the children, Akon doesn't believe it to be a character flaw. "But it wasn't even a failure, it was all humanitarian and just loved the kids," said Akon.

Akon suggests the allegations are false, saying those closest to Jackson would have noticed signs that he was abusing children if he were really a pedophile. "In Mike's name, it's people who were rewarded for making these reports ... you can't even prove any of it and half of that, you can prove that they were rewarded for saying these things," he said.

Source: MJ Beats / Billie Jean


'The Definitive Collection' (Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD) - Limited Edition) CD Album Will Be Reissued.
10-09-'19

The Definitive Collection (Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD) - Limited Edition) CD Album Cover'The Definitive Collection' is a compilation album of Michael Jackson that will be reissued in Japan on November 27 by Universal Music. The limited edition CD album in HQ definition, you need an MQA enabled DAC to hear the MQA files per se.

It is a 19-track collection of highlights from his Motown recordings, including the hits he had with his brothers in the Jackson 5. This emphasizes Michael's solo hits over the Jackson 5's -- there are ten cuts of him alone, nine with his brothers (and one of those is an alternate "minus mix" of 'I'll Be There') -- which skews this a little bit toward puppy love over bubblegum, something that may be a little too syrupy for some listeners, but there's no denying that for fans lacking a collection of Michael's earliest hits.

This definitive collection features original hit recordings including 'I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'I'll Be There', 'Got To Be There', 'Rockin' Robin', 'Ben', 'One Day In Your Life' and plus the much-talked about B-side, 'Who's Loving You' and a BONUS Minus mix of 'I'll Be There').

Track lists:

1. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 - 2:58
2. ABC - The Jackson 5 - 2:57
3. The Love You Save - The Jackson 5 - 3:02
4. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 - 3:56
5. Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 - 2:59
6. Maybe Tomorrow - The Jackson 5 - 4:44
7. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:23
8. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:31
9. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:59
10. Ain't No Sunshine - Michael Jackson - 4:10
11. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:44
12. With A Child's Heart - Michael Jackson - 3:32
13. One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson - 4:13
14. We're Almost There - Michael Jackson - 3:44
15. Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5 - 2:37
16. Just A Little Bit Of You - Michael Jackson - 3:11
17. Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson - 3:41
18. Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5 - 4:00
19. I'll Be There (Minus Mix) - The Jackson 5 - 3:54

Record label: Universal Music
Series number: UICY-40291
Guide price: 24 €

Pre-order the cd album here at CD Japan.

Source: CD Japan / Billie Jean


Bronze SculpturesNeverland Ranch Animal Sculptures, Buy My Jungle Gym!!! 09-09-'19

Michael Jackson's artsy jungle gym is going on the market, so you can take home some of the most interesting pieces of art ever displayed at the famed Neverland Ranch.

A collection of bronze sculptures depicting different animals and a huge tree with a special engraving from the King of Pop is now for sale at $1.75 million, Gary Zimet of Moments in Time tells TMZ.

Michael displayed the artwork at the expansive Neverland Ranch for 11 years, from 1994 to 2005, and it was super popular among kids. MJ hosted lots of terminally ill kids back then, and the tree was hollowed out so they could play inside.

A special plaque was added to the tree sculpture with words from Michael... "Magical children don't worry how, don't delay - this moment's now."

There's a zebra, gecko, tarantula, snails, salamander, python, mouse, warthog, ostrich, orangutan, hippo, giraffe, tortoise, crocodile, monkey and even a toucan!!!

Lots of items -- all things Michael Jackson -- have been bought and sold over the years, and the value has varied wildly. Some items seem like a bargain... others seem like the King of Pop's ransom.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


S.W.G To Premiere Brrand New Extended Video Version Of 'Man In The Mirror' At Kingvention. 08-09-'19

The famous YouTuber S.W.G. (Single White Glove) to premiere a brand new mix of 'Man In The Mirror' at Kingvention, the Michael Jackson Convention in London on September 21.

For over 10 years, S.W.G. have been making extended mixes joined with videos of Michael Jackson’s songs. S.W.G. is very popular in the fan community with thousands of hits on YouTube.

The S.W.G. Extended version of 'Man In The Mirror' will be over 10min long and the video will be played for the first time at Kingvention.

Not to mention that Siedah Garrett will be also present to tell her stories working with the King of Pop himself.

Check out the teaser:

 

For more information and tickets to Kingvention click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Paris Jackson Hits Back At 50 Cent Over His Chris Brown And Michael Jackson Comparison. 06-09-'19

Paris JacksonParis Jackson has hit back at 50 Cent over his ongoing comparison between Chris Brown and her late father Michael Jackson.

50 Cent’s comments sparked debate last weekend after he shared a screenshot of a tweet which highlighted Chris Brown’s commercial success in the US. The rapper wrote “CB better then MJ to me now” in the caption of a now-deleted Instagram post which also made reference to the allegations of abuse which were made against Jackson in the controversial film 'Leaving Neverland'.

Those comments sparked an online backlash, but 50 Cent appeared to double down on his backing of Brown yesterday (September 5) by posting a video of the singer doing several backflips during a live show. “All I’m saying is I never seen MJ come out like this.”

Paris Jackson responded to 50’s post in the comments section as she wrote in defence of her late father by citing his performance at the 1993 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

“Superbowl 1993. True legends don’t need to exert outrageous amounts of energy just to grasp your attention,” she wrote. “Stillness, my friend. Stillness. More power in stillness than you can probably understand.

“And I say this with zero shade to Chris [Brown],” she added. “I love him dearly. This is just for you, 50.”

Source: NME / Billie Jean


Calendar 2020 CoverOfficial Michael Jackson Calendar 2020 Is Released. 05-09-'19

The official Michael Jackson 2020 calendar is released by Danilo.

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

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

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

Specifications
Publisher: Danilo
Height: 420 mm
Width: 297 mm
Product code: 121
Guide price: 11 €

Order the official Michael Jackson 2020 calendar at King of Shop are Danilo.

Source: King Of Shop / Danilo / Billie Jean


'Greatest Hits' (Clear Vinyl - Limited Edition) Album Will Be Reissued. 04-09-'19

Universal Music announced today the reissue for October 25th of the very first 'Greatest Hits' of the Jackson 5 and this in vinyl and transparent vinyl edition.

'Greatest Hits' was for the first time released on December 9th, 1971 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during August 1972 by Tamla Motown.

The original release of the Jackson 5’s 'Greatest Hits' album in 1971 was cause for celebration, as it encapsulated an extraordinary 18-month strings of back-to-back-to-back-back-etc. hits and was itself a hit souvenir of Jacksonmania. It featured eight smash records, led by the group’s phenomenal Motown debut, 'I Want You Back', plus two immensely popular B-sides – 'I Found That Girl' and 'Who’s Lovin’ You' – and something new: 'Sugar Daddy', a just-dropped single which went top 10 pop and no. 3 R&B; it was then not available on any other J5 album.

This album reissue is something new again: it features the rare quadraphonic mixes, originally released in Japan only in 1975. These mixes used alternate vocals and sometimes emphasized instrumentation not heard in the J5 singles or LP and as a result these versions are much sought-after. As within this edition these mixes are the stereo folds, consumers do *not need a special decoder or four speakers to enjoy the music.

All songs produced by The Corporation.

Greatest Hits (Clear Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverThe limited edition album will contain 11 songs from Motown catalogue.

Track list:

A:
1. I Want You Back - 2:58
2. ABC - 3:01
3. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:08
4. Sugar Daddy - 2:32
5. I'll Be There - 4:01
6. Maybe Tomorrow - 4:46

B:
1. The Love You Save - 3:06
2. Who's Lovin' You - 4:05
3. Mama's Pearl - 3:12
4. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:33
5. I Found That Girl - 3:13

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: 7797464
Printed: EU
Guide price: 23,99 €

Pre-order the album here at Universal Music.

Source: Universal Music / Billie Jean


LaShawn DanielsLaShawn Daniels Dies At 41. 04-09-'19

The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and producer LaShawn Daniels has reportedly died at the age of 41 in a horrible car crash early this morning, MTO News has confirmed.

Daniels’s reported passing has led to an outpouring of grief from fans and collaborators, who have taken to social media to express condolences.

The songwriter is responsible for songs written for 'Invincible' album with Dark Child: 'Heartbreaker', 'Invincible', 'Privacy', 'Threatened', 'Unbreakable', 'We’ve Had Enough', 'Xscape' and 'You Rock My World' are the song he collaborate on.

Daniels was best known for his collaborations with the music producer Darkchild, with songwriting credits on a litany of pop and R&B classics including Brandy and Monica’s 'The Boy Is Mine', 'Lose My Breath' by Destiny’s Child, 'Telephone' by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, 'If You Had My Love' by Jennifer Lopez and 'It’s Not Right But It’s Okay' by Whitney Houston.

He additionally worked on tracks by the Spice Girls, George Michael, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson.

Source: The Independent / Bilie Jean


'My Life With Michael: 10 Years Of Thriller Live!' Book Will Be Released. 02-09-'19

My Life With Michael: 10 Years Of Thriller Live! Book Cover'My Life With Michael' is an autobiographical look at director Gary Lloyd's journey working with the legacy of Michael Jackson. The book will be released in the UK on October 31st, 2007 by publisher Book Guild Publishing Ltd.

After ten years in London's West End, 'Thriller Live' has become one of the UK's longest running musicals and has played around the world to over 5 million people. The book explores Lloyd's life growing up as a driven and determined male dancer in the 1980's and as an aspiring choreographer/director; and how the inspiration of Michael Jackson's work paved the way for this continued relationship.

We see how the show is cast and follow the journey of various cast members around the world as Jackson's phenomenon continues breathing through this global hit show.

Lloyd has documented many of the amazing, funny and sometimes unbelievable stories as he travels with this show, constantly developing it and documenting its behind the scenes narrative.

Publisher: Book Guild Publishing Ltd
Author: Gary Lloyd
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781912881666
Printed: UK
Guide price: 10 €

Pre-order the book here at Brownsbfs.

Source: Brown Book For Students / Billie Jean


Chris Brown Regulates 50Cent Over Social Media Comment. 01-09-'19

For those who are on twitter, they would have seen the disrespectful comment from 50 Cent over Michael Jackson yesterday (August 31).

In a post the rapper said Chris Brown was better than Michael Jackson and also referred to the allegations insinuating that he [50 Cent] believed them.

50 Cent got thousands of responses from angry fans but the best answer came from Chris Brown himself!

MJ The Greatest EverChris Brown just posted this.

We all know that Chris Brown is a huge admirer of Michael so it is not surprised of his response but the beauty of this post shows the world that Chris Brown does not believe any of the allegations.

After Chris Brown responded, 50 Cent deleted his tweet about Michael Jackson. 50 Cent: You have been regulated!

Maybe 50 Cent is still pissed about his duet with… not Michael Jackson that’s for sure! Or the value of his brain is really 50 Cents!

More and more celebrities are coming out of the hood and are speaking out against 'Leaving Neverland' and the allegations from Wade and James. Many stars on the MTV VMA's red carpet who have been asked the question, all supported the King of Pop.

Akon also spoke out on a Radio station yesterday to defend Michael Jackson and said “Michael loved women”.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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