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Thriller Single Cover'Thriller' Made Big Moves On The Billboard 200 Chart This Week. 16-01-'20

Michael Jackson’s hit single 'Thriller' returns to the Hot 100 almost every year when Halloween rolls around, as it has become a staple of that season...but that’s not the only time when people are pressing play on the album it’s featured on.

'Thriller' is preset on the Billboard 200 fairly consistently, and this week, it reaches a special milestone at numbver 149. 'Thriller' has now spent 400 frames on the tally, and it’s just the twelfth release to hit that mark.

Refresh your memory: 'Thriller' is the sixth single out Michael's album 'Thriller', released in November, 1983 in the USA on the Epic label. Written and composed by Rod Temperton and Michael Jackson, produced by Quincy Jones.

'Thriller' was one of Jackson's signature songs and featured a rap by horror actor, Vincent Price.

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean


MJ Musical'MJ The Musical' Pre-Sale Code. 13-01-'20

Get special access to the first tickets on sale for 'MJ The Musical'. Preview performances on Broadway begin July 6, 2020, and the official opening of the show is August 13, 2020.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14th at 10am (EST), please click here and use code MJFAN3. When you do, you will see a list of dates/events to purchase. When you click on a specific date/event, it will prompt you to put in the code for either “tickets” or “premium tickets” – the same code works for both. Then, the seating map will open up and you can pick your seats and purchase tickets within your preferred dates and budget.

If there are any technical glitches, then as the website is being monitored carefully, it should be remedied quickly.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Singalong Performance Of 'Thriller Live' To Be Hosted At The Lyric Theatre. 10-01-'20

Thriller LiveTo celebrate 'Thriller Live’s' 11th anniversary in the West End, a singalong performance of the Michael Jackson inspired production has been announced. A singalong performance of Thriller Live’ will take place at the Lyric Theatre on 22nd January 2020.

A singalong performance of 'Thriller Live' will take place on the evening performance on 22nd January 2020, inviting audiences to sing along to their favourite hits by Michael Jackson.

A spokesman for 'Thriller Live' said “For many, the temptation to join in with the show’s catchy hits ... can be almost unbearable. Our Singalong night will be a celebration of that and a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast. This unique performance promises to be a night at the theatre, a party and a rock concert all in one!”

Celebrating the legendary career of the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, 'Thriller Live' is jam-packed with hits spanning his entire musical catalogue, including The Jackson 5’s 'I’ll Be There' and 'I Want You Back', to iconic tracks including 'Beat It', 'Thriller' and 'Billie Jean'.

'Thriller Live' began previews at the Lyric Theatre on 2nd January 2009, with an official opening night on 21st January 2009. 'Thriller Live' will be performed in the West End to 26th April 2020, as a result of renovation works to take place at the Lyric Theatre.

'Thriller Live' tickets are available now.

Source: London Theatre / Billie Jean


Sony Wins Fake Michael Jackson Recording Claims For Second Time. 10-01-'20

Sony MusicFor a second time, Sony Music beat claims in California state court that it deceived customers about whether some tracks on a posthumous Michael Jackson album were sung by Jackson.

The Court of Appeal of California affirmed Jan. 8 that Sony’s statements were still protected under state law following a relevant California Supreme Court opinion published after its initial ruling.

Vera Serova, the Michael Jackson fan that took the Estate & Sony to court over the 3 fake songs ('Breaking News', 'Monster' & 'Keep Your Head Up) has again lost her appeal to prove wrong doing from Sony Music in the promotion of the album 'Michael' released in 2010.

Sony, the Estate of Michael J. Jackson, and MJJ Productions appealed from the superior court’s order partially denying their motion to strike under the anti-SLAPP statute. Plaintiff alleged that defendants marketed a posthumous Michael Jackson album in violation of the Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). Plaintiff also brought a fraud claim against the Cascio Defendants, alleging that they knowingly misrepresented to defendants that Jackson was the lead singer on the three tracks at issue.

Upon reconsideration in light of FilmOn.com Inc. v. Double Verify Inc. (2019) 7 Cal.5th 133, the Court of Appeal held that its prior opinion was correct. In the prior opinion, the court held that plaintiff’s claims against defendants arose from conduct furthering defendants’ right of free speech in connection with a public issue, and that plaintiff did not show a probability that her claims under the UCL and the CLRA would succeed because the claims concern noncommercial speech that is not actionable under those statutes.

The court largely adopted the prior opinion, except that it revised the discussion of the first step of the anti-SLAPP procedure to take into account the FilmOn decision and its application to the circumstances of this case. The court held that defendants’ challenged statements were sufficiently connected to an issue of public interest to warrant anti-SLAPP protection. In this case, the representations that plaintiff challenged did not simply promote sale of the album, but also stated a position on a disputed issue of public interest.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Thriller Album Cover'Thriller' In The Top 10 Best Selling LP Of The Decade. 10-01-'20

A list of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums of the past decade has been released.

Here the list of Best-Selling LP from 2010 to 2020 in the US:

01. The Beatles – Abbey Road (558,000 copies)
02. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (376,000 copies)
03. Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (367,000 copies)
04. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend (364,000 copies)
05. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (351,000 copies)
06. Michael Jackson – Thriller (334,000 copies)
07. The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (313,000 copies)
08. Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (304,000 copies)
09. Miles Davis – Type Of Blue (286,000 copies)
10. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (283,000 copies)

Source: Consequence Of Sound / Billie Jean


Hard Rock Casino Indiana To Hold A Jackson Family Museum. 10-01-'20

Tito, Jackie and Marlon were in Indiana for the break ground of the upcoming Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

The Casino is set to have a Jackson Family Museum regrouping some of the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons’s artifacts.

In 2019 Indiana passed a new gaming law that authorized construction of a new casino in Gary. Spectacle Entertainment, who had purchased the two Majestic Star casino boats in Buffington Harbor in March 2019, was granted permission to move the Majestic Star casino licenses to a new casino to be constructed on land in Gary, Indiana.

The site of Hard Rock Casino Gary is a 27-acre parcel on the southside of the Borman Expressway at Burr Street and 29th Avenue.

Construction of the Hard Rock Casino Gary will have two phases. The first phase will build the 200,000-square-foot casino including a Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live concert venue. This phase will open in late 2020 or early 2021. A second phase of construction will add a 200-room hotel and parking structure opening 2022-2023.

Hard Rock Casino Indiana
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will be a $300 million casino with a Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Live concert center and a 200-room hotel. The grand opening is targeted for Dec. 31, 2020.

The 3 Jackson Brothers opened the building site and it is not clear yet on how big the museum will be and how many items will be present.

In addition to a Hard Rock casino, it will include a Hard Rock Café, a Hard Rock Live concert venue, restaurants, and bars, on 30 acres.

The Hard Rock Casino will have up to 2,764 gaming positions, according to a news release.

While in Gary, Jackie and Tito Jackson dropped by Gary’s West Side Leadership Academy on Wednesday for a tour of its performing arts classrooms and to see students demonstrate their talents in orchestra, dance, voice, recording techniques and theatrics.

The last time the brothers visited the school, then known as West Side High School, was for a 1971 concert featured the same year in The Jackson 5’s 'Goin’ Back To Indiana' television special, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

When asked what advice the brothers would give students who want to pursue a career in the performing arts, Tito responded: “You have to work hard.” Jackie added that, “I would tell them to follow their dreams and never give up.”

Source: Sauk Valley / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ PortraitMichael Jackson Ordered 70 Portraits From Pierre Et Gilles. 09-01-'20

Did you know back in the 1990's, Michael Jackson phoned French photographer Pierre Commoy and painter Gilles Blanchard — better known as Pierre et Gilles — to place an order for 70 portraits.

The King of Pop was eager for his own opulent icon, perhaps having seen the duo’s fairytale depictions of Madonna as a flute-toting Japanese divinity or Boy George as the Hindu god Krishna.

But Michael Jackson had failed to understand the labor of love that went into each image, requiring the construction of a three-dimensional theatre set, built from scratch, with details meticulously hand-painted on each photograph after it is printed.

“Like many others, I think he assumed we did everything in Photoshop,” said Blanchard, one half of the partners-in-life-and-art, whose production has never exceeded 20 portraits a year. “So we sadly had to refuse.”

The story came from an interview of the two artists who are currently holding an exhibition in Paris.

However, in 2017, Pierre et Gilles made a tribute to the King of Pop called “Loving You”.

Shame those pictures did not come to life! We can only imagine how it would have been!

Pierre et Gilles, “Factory of Idols” runs at Cité de la Musique in Paris until 23 February 2020. Pierre et Gilles, “Le Goût du Cinéma” continues at Centre d’art La Malmaison in Cannes until 26 April 2020.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Mike TysonMike Tyson Says Michael Jackson Was A 'Player'. 08-01-'20

Mike Tyson says he hated Michael Jackson's guts for YEARS -- calling him a "cold motherf**ker" -- until he got to know the singer ... and that's when everything changed.

The boxing superstar opened up about his experience with MJ on T.I.'s "Expeditiously" podcast ... saying Jackson dissed him backstage at a concert in 1986.

Tyson says he had just become the heavyweight champion of the world -- and had become super famous -- but Jackson treated him as if he was a nobody. Tyson said MJ straight-up hurt his feelings.

"It broke my ego," Tyson said ... "It crushed me."

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Tyson says he harbored some serious animosity toward MJ for years -- saying, "That cold motherf**ker. I hated his guts forever."

But, a while later, a mutual friend approached Tyson and said MJ wanted to hang out -- so he swallowed his pride and visited with the singer, hoping to squash the beef.

Not only did they bury the hatchet, Mike says he quickly learned Jackson was a cunning genius, and not a "f**king idiot."

"He wasn't no f**king stupid little feeble lookin' boy like Peter Pan. He's f**king sharp. He knew what f**kin' time it was. It blew my mind."

Tyson even says MJ was a "player" who was an expert in seduction -- and the King of Pop would offer up pointers on how to land beautiful women.

"I thought he was a f**king idiot until I met him that day," Tyson said ... "I learned to respect him. I knew he was a player."

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


The Jacksons Give Back To Gary, Indiana And Plan Museum And Cafe Devoted To The Jackson Legacy.
08-01-'20

Jackie and Tito visited West Side Leadership in whirlwind tour of school's arts department. From the minute they stepped into the building, the brothers were treated to performances by the orchestra, the dance department and more.

The Jackson brothers took a stroll down memory lane on Windy City LIVE, reflecting on their rise to stardom and their childhood in Gary, Indiana. Plus, Jackie Jackson shared how his late younger brother Michael Jackson is still a part of his life today.

The Jacksons
The Jackson brothers reflect on rise to fame, brother Michael Jackson, growing up in Gary.

To watch the interview click here.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


'MJ The Musical' Announces More Casting & Ticket Sales Planning. 08-01-'20

MJ MusicalMore casting is here for the upcoming Michael Jackson musical 'MJ'. The production will begin previews on July 6 and open on August 13 at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre.

New cast members include Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor, Gabriel Ruiz, Antoine L. Smith, Joey Sorge, Darius Barnes, Raymond Baynard, Coral Dolphin, John Edwards, Ayana George, Kali May Grinder, Apollo Levine, Ryan VanDenBoom, Lamont Walker II, Naomi C. Walley and Zelig Williams.

They join the previously announced Ephraim Sykes as Michael Jackson. Additional casting is still to come!

'MJ The Musical' will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of Jackson’s song catalogue. Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph. Who both have publicly insinuate they believed Robson and Safechuck’s stories.

The Estate has also sent an email to fans regarding the ticket sales planning. Advanced tickets will go on sale on January 14 for the people who have registered to the website before general ticket sales on January 15. But a special pre-sale on the evening of January 13 will take place just for the fans (what a threat! really!) through a special link which will be shared by the Estate.

For more information click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ MusicalAudition For 'MJ The Musical'. 06-01-'20

'MJ The musical' has announced a multi-city search for actors of all ages, including young performers to play Michael Jackson at age 10. These auditions come on the heels of the recently announced star casting of Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes as Michael Jackson. Actors are being sought for Broadway stage roles as well as to understudy, and must possess the singing and dancing chops for the role of Michael Jackson at various stages of his life in the upcoming Broadway production.

Auditions will take place across the country throughout January in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles. Complete details on each of these planned open calls is listed below. Video submissions will also be accepted.

Those interested in auditioning can find more information at 'MJ The Musical'.

Audition Dates:

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Open Call from 12-3pm
Hyatt Place Washington DC
1522 K Street NW
Washington, D.C 20005

CHICAGO, IL
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Open Call from 1 – 3:30 pm
Gus Giordano Dance School
5230 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

DETROIT, MI
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Open Call from 10am – 12:30pm
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby
525 W Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit, MI USA 48226

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Open Call from 12pm – 3pm
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

ATLANTA, GA
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Open Call from 12-3pm
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

NEW YORK CITY, NY
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Open Call from 10am – 1pm
Telsey + Company
1501 Broadway, Suite #510
NYC, NY 10036
*Must bring ID to enter the building

LOS ANGELES, CA
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Open Call from 9am – 1pm
Screenland Studios
10501 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Accusers Win Appeal, Can Sue For Negligence. 03-01-'19

Leaving NeverlandWade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who accuse late pop star Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', won an appeal allowing their claims against two of Jackson’s corporations to stand in light of a recently extended statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

In a decision handed down from California appellate court Friday, a previous decision in favor of the corporations was reversed in Robson and Safechuck’s favor, allowing the men to move forward with claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures.

Robson and Safechuck’s claims against the two companies had originally been deemed untimely due to a requirement in California’s Civil Code of Procedure that victims of childhood sexual abuse must make claims against third party nonperpetrators before their 26th birthday. As of Jan. 1 2020, the code was amended to extend the deadline to the victims’ 40th birthday. Both Robson, 37, and Safechuck, 41, filed claims before that amended deadline.

“We are pleased that the Court has recognized the strong protections California has put into place for sexual abuse victims under the state’s new law extending the statute of limitations. We look forward to sharing the facts of the terrible abuse of James Safechuck and Wade Robson with a jury,” Robson and Safechuck’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi, said in a statement.

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean


Taj Jackson'The Truth Runs Marathons', Taj Jackson’s Documentary Named. 02-01-'19

On December 29, Taj Jackson updated his GoFundMe page and revealed the title of the documentary: 'The Truth Runs Marathons'.

Also in his update, he tells the fans that the documentary will be released in 2020!

We will update you as soon as we know!

Full update from Taj:

“With 2019 finally coming to a close, 2020 will be OUR year. There is A LOT of pro Michael Jackson videos, docs and specials coming down the pipe line in 2020 that I am truly excited about. I thank everyone who is out there tirelessly spreading the truth everyday about my uncle. I always knew that there are way more of us then there are of them and 2019 proved it. When we are united and focused, there is nothing we can’t do. Cancel Culture took their biggest and deadliest cannon and fired it directly at Michael Jackson’s legacy. What they didn’t expect was for his friends, family, and incredible fans to put themselves in front of the blast. My uncle would be so thankful and grateful for all of you. I look forward to 2020, because with the release of 'The Truth Runs Marathons', we will finally put to rest all the ridiculous decades of lies and hold those accountable for spreading and profiting off them. “

Source: GoFundMe / Billie Jean

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