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State Of Shock Single CoverMichael Releases 'State Of Shock' With Mick Jagger. 30-06-'84

In 1984, there was no figure on the pop landscape larger than Michael Jackson. Although his monster hit ‘Thriller’ was released two years earlier, he was still riding high off that album’s singles. Videos for ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Beat It’ and the title track remained in constant rotation on MTV.

Nonetheless, he returned for a final family recording with his siblings, helping complete the Jacksons’ ‘Victory’ in the summer of 1984. The album — which was followed by a stadium tour — would become the group’s last Platinum effort, and its highest-selling non-Motown recording. Michael and company, then known as the Jackson 5, had begun their career in 1969 on that iconic R&B label, selling 13 million copies over their initial three 1969-70 album releases alone. That ‘Victory’ ultimately emerged as a half-baked effort, made up of tracks worked out by the Jackson brothers in solo settings, meant little to a fan base hungry for any new product from Michael.

As such, it’s of little surprise that the best-known track from ‘Victory’ remains ‘State of Shock,’ one that Michael Jackson penned with Jacksons guitarist Randy Hansen. He upped the ante, however, by inviting a famous rock star along for the sessions. Initially, the duet was scheduled with Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury but, when that recording couldn’t be completed, Jackson called on the Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger to step in.

Jagger certainly had nothing to prove as a member of the Stones, having remained relevant into a new decade via massive tours and the great critical reception for 1981's ‘Tattoo You.’ But with the future of the Stones in doubt by this time, Jagger was looking to establish himself as a solo artist — he was working on ‘She’s the Boss’ when ‘State of Shock’ came out — and hitching a ride on Jackson’s rocket-like trajectory was a perfect place for him to start.

The plan worked as well as expected when ‘State of Shock’ was released on June 30th, 1984. Critics may have panned it for being a manufactured event, simply noteworthy for the duo singing on it, but the public saw things differently. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest-ever charting Billboard Hot 100 song. For the Jacksons, it became their final single to be certified Gold.

Incidentally, demos of Jackson’s original, aborted collaboration with Mercury still exist. Queen stalwart Brian May announced last year that he plans to release those recordings soon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock / Billie Jean


The Jackson 5 Are Leaving Motown For CBS Epic Records. 30-06-'75

The Jackson 5 announced that they were leaving Motown for Epic. They changed their name to the Jacksons since Motown owned the name the Jackson 5.

The Jackson family, minus Jermaine, held a press conference at the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room on June 30, 1975, to announce their new contract with Epic.

Jermaine’s position in the group was still in question, though they were hoping he would ultimately side with them.

Earlier that week, Motown’s lawyers informed them that they held the copyright to the name "Jackson 5", and threatened to sue if that name was used at all. The group soon decided to use the name "The Jacksons".

With nine months left to go in their Motown contract, Joseph refused to let the group record more material for the label, prompting Motown to file a lawsuit against them. The Jacksons counter-sued the label for the right to leave the label.
A week after the press conference, at the group’s next live date (at Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, July 6th), Jermaine performed with the group in the first of two performances.

However, during the break, he received a phone call from Berry Gordy, who told him to leave the group there and then, which he did. The group went on without him, but the family was deeply hurt by Jermaine’s decision, especially Joseph, who had always resented Gordy’s patriarchal relationship with his sons.

Jermaine remained at Motown as a solo artist he was released from his contract upon request in August 1983, in time for him to rejoin his brothers for their Victory album and tour. Little brother Randy, performing as a non-official member since 1972, stepped in to become the fifth official Jackson, while Marlon took over Jermaine’s existing lead vocal spots in their older songs.

Rainbow Grill Press Conference in Manhattan (30-06-1975)
The Jackson 5 at the Rainbow Grill Press Conference in Manhattan, where Joseph Jackson announce that The Jackson 5 will not be renewing their contract with Motown when it expires in 1976.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael At The Summer Jam 2001. 28-06-'01

Jay-Z, the headliner at Thursday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam 2001, shocked the sold-out crowd at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum when he brought Michael Jackson onstage during a break in his performance. Although MJ didn’t perform — not live, anyway, considering a sample of the Jackson 5’s 'I Want You Back' was used in the set-closing 'H to the Izzo' — just his presence was enough to elicit the loudest pop of the night from a crowd that had already seen performances by Ja Rule, Destiny’s Child, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Eve, Nelly and Outkast.

“I know Michael Jackson better come from behind that muthaf—in’ curtain,” Jay-Z said during what had to be 90 of the longest seconds of his career. Jigga had just announced Jackson to the crowd, but the music icon failed to make his entrance. The audience seemed to think Jay was joking — who would expect Jackson to appear at such a hip-hop-heavy concert?

But Jay quickly figured out that with cargo as precious as this, it’s probably best to hand-deliver it to the crowd.
“You want me to go back and get him myself?” Jay asked a girl in the front row. “OK, I’m ’a go get him.”

Seconds later the two walked out and posed for photos together. In one of the pictures, Michael struck a b-boy stance with his arms folded. Jackson’s only words to the crowd were “I love you all” before he exited the stage.

Michael at the Summer Jam 2001 (28-06-2001
Michael Jackson makes a surprise appearance at the 'Summer Jam 2001' in Long Island, USA.

Source: MTV / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson And Friends Charity Concerts. 25/27-06-'99

The 'Michael Jackson and Friends' concerts were performed in June 1999. The first concert was held in Seoul, Korea at the Chamsil Olympic Stadium on June 25th and the second show was held in Munich at the Olympic stadium on June 27th, 1999.

The concert series entitles "What More Can I Give" was a benefit charity concert for “The children of Kosovo” and had a long list of performers from Luther Vandross to Vanessa Mae to Status Quo! The proceeds were donated to the "Nelson Mandela Children's Fund", the Red Cross and UNESCO.

The song by Michael, 'What More Can I Give' was apparently to be premiered. It’s title was up on the sideboards of the stage in the shape of a child’s face, the show of Seoul and Munich was essentially the same track listing as the 1995 MTV music awards plus 'Earth Song'.

It’s very interesting to compare the 2 shows and there are differences between the two. The first one over in Seoul, Korea went exactly as planned on some errors after but the concert of Munich was not to turn out the same! There are a lot of small issues and a couple of major ones which affected Michael as well as the show.

The worst of the show was almost at the end of 'Earth Song' the crane collapsed and Michael was dropped 50 feet or more to the floor. The force of the drop was obvious as it actually bounced the whole contraption that he was on at least twice. The amount of force needed to do this is a lot considering the probable weight of it! Michael was forced to climb out and up onto the stage and proceed with the show. It’s also interesting to see the stage manager jump a clean 12 feet at least down to try and get him.

Michael was rushed to the hospital after the show and it was interesting to see close up what happened in between 'Earth Song' and 'You Are Not Alone' close up.

MJ and Friends concerts (25/27-06-1999)
During the performance of 'Earth Song' the bridge prop fell from the top of the stage to below the stage with Michael on it.

Performance list of the two concerts are the same:

1. Medley
2. Dangerous
3. Earth Song
4. You Are Not Alone

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson, The ‘King Of Pop,’ Dies At 50. 25-06-'09

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead on June 25th, 2009 after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after a heart attack left him in a coma, according to published reports. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time, Michael was 50.

Michael Jackson's death due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest was a shocking end to a glorious talent.

The stress of the upcoming concerts in London - which would have earned him $50 million to $100 million to get out of debt - killed Michael Jackson, says ex-publicist Stuart Backerman.

The King of Pop, who had earned $750 million, was reportedly in debt between $300 and $500 million when he died. He was working hard for his 50-date comeback 'This Is It' tour beginning July 13 in London.

Jackson, a singing and dancing star who found fame at an early age as a member of The Jackson 5, went on to become the “King of Pop,” a sort of Elvis for the MTV and internet generations.

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

MJ Dead (25-06-2009)
Michael Jackson was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 25) after suffering cardiac arrest.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson visit in Korea, Seoul Before The MJ & Friends Concert. 21-06-'99

Michael Jackson visit in Korea, Seoul (22-06-1999)Pop superstar Michael Jackson arrived at Kimpo International Airport in Seoul on Monday (June 21) with his son Prince who has recently recovered from a viral infection and daughter Paris.

Jackson, along with 16 world pop groups is due to hold a show that will raise funds for the hungry children in the world, at Chamsil Olympic stadium on Friday (June 25).

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his two children were greeted by hundreds of police, bodyguards and screaming fans at Kimpo International Airport in Seoul.

Jackson, who is performing at a charity concert on Friday (June 25) alongside sixteen other acts to raise money for the world's hungry children, was more than happy to pose for pictures and wave at the hysterical fans.

However, he wasn't very impressed with photographers who were taking close-up photographs of him."Zoom out. Not this close," said Jackson, gesturing for the press pack to stand back and not take face-only shots.

Surrounded by a mass of burly bodyguards, Jackson walked through the airport, to be met by hoards of fans, most of whom were schoolchildren who had taken the day off to catch a glimpse of their idol.

Jackson's son, Prince and daughter, Paris were covered with blankets as they were carried through the airport.It is the first time Prince has been seen since the announcement that he was seriously ill with a viral infection. Jackson had cancelled his appearance at the recent Pavarotti concert in Modena, Italy to be at his son's bed-side.

This is Jackson's fourth visit to South Korea: he visited Seoul to hold his first concert in 1996, to check possible investment opportunities in Korea in 1997, and to attend President Kim Dae-jung's inauguration ceremony in 1998.

Source: ITN Source / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Signs High Tech Merchandising Deal With European Partners. 19-06-'01

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's MJ Net Entertainment AG has finalised a major international merchandising agreement with TePax GmbH (Kronberg im Taunus, Germany) and Peerless A/S (Karlslunde, Denmark).

The 50 million euro contract, signed, February 14th, grants TePax and Peerless exclusive rights for a three-year period on behalf of Michael Jackson new technology and home entertainment merchandising products.

Peerless and TePax promise a unique line of state of the art three-piece satellite/subwoofer loudspeaker systems. The range of innovative products is expected to retail for 60 - 499 euro. TePax and Peerless will develop and manufacture the products, while TePax will establish a dynamic distribution system to fully exploit 24-hour-global commerce.

Products will be distributed and sold through Michael Jackson's exclusive channels such as his Internet portal and chain of retail outlets as well as through traditional channels via TePax.

The linking of the expertise of two major technology-driven companies in a powerful long-term collaboration with the global recognition of Michael Jackson will be a model for business strategies in the new millennium, stated chief executives of TePax and Peerless following the official announcement.

Products will employ cutting edge technologies in high performance loudspeakers made to look like a photograph of Michael Jackson. All satellite speakers will feature ultra-compact NXT™ flat-panel technology.

The first wave of products will receive a high-profile launch simultaneously with the release of the new Michael Jackson CD scheduled for June, 2001.

TePax is a leading company in the field of new technologies.

Peerless is a leading supplier of loudspeaker components.

Source: MJ Net Entertainment AG / Billie Jean


Jackson Thrills Homeless German Family At Neverland. 16-06-'03

Michael Jackson is living up to his famous reputation for generosity by offering a homeless German family the chance to visit his Neverland Ranch home.

Michael was horrified when he saw TV footage of the floods that devastated parts of Europe in August, 2002.

Heiko and Susann Wolf and their daughters, Saskia and Sabrina, had watched in horror as their Meissen home was washed away by the floods.

They visited MJ and spent 3 days enjoying the ranch's facilities and also met with MJ's kids.

Michael also donated 16 autographed items: CD's, videos and cotton napkins to aid in the support of the victims of the floods.

Susann Wolf said the 3-day trip to Neverland was a "magical experience" which has given her and her husband a new perspective of pop's strangest star:

"Before, I was fascinated, like everyone else, with the way Michael Jackson looks. I read about all the horror stories and I was panicking a bit.

When I met him briefly in Germany and then again at his home I realized he's normal - like us.

The children immediately became friends with his. Paris ran to her dad and said,
'Dad, here is my friend Saskia. It was wonderful and they all played great together!

My children ate with his children and it was spectacular. They just talked and talked. Saskia can speak a little English, but they found another way of communicating using hand gestures."

Wolfs Family visit Neverland
After meeting Michael in a Berlin Hotel, Michael invited the family to Neverland Ranch where they spent three days.

Source: BBC / Billie Jean


Michael Attends A Charity Fundraiser At Exeter City FC. 14-06-'02

Michael leaves Paddington Station, London, on a train ride to Exeter with Uri Geller, magician David Blaine and 200 fans on June 14th, 2002 at 12.30pm. Reuters describes the event as bedlam, saying that the scene at the station was "Pure chaos", recalling Beatlemania back in the Sixties. Tickets for the journey were priced at 100 pounds each, including travel in luxury first class seats and access to the benefit concert at St James Park, home of Exeter City Football Club, which Michael was also attending.

On his arrival in Exeter, Michael is first taken to a hotel then later to St James’ Park where 10,000 had gathered for this fund raising event. It was organised to raise money for the football club and on Michael’s condition that he would attend the event provided that the Exeter chairman brought along some sick kids from hospitals and also gave half of the money raised to children with Aids and malaria.

Michael Attends A Charity Fundraiser At Exeter City FC (14-06-2002)
Michael Jackson attends a charity fundraiser at Exeter City FC organised by Uri Geller.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson at Courthouse - The Verdict (13-06-2005)Michael Not Guilty On All Counts! 13-06-'05

Pop superstar Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all counts of his child molestation trial today (June 13) in Santa Maria, Calif. Jackson, 46, had been charged with molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003, serving him wine and conspiring to hold the boy and his family hostage at his Neverland estate in order to get them to rebut a television documentary.

The jury listened to 14 weeks of testimony and deliberated for parts of seven days before settling on a verdict today.

In the documentary, 'Living With Michael Jackson,' Jackson was shown holding hands with the accuser. He also said he allowed children to sleep in his bed but that it was non-sexual.
The prosecution, led by District Attorney Thomas Sneddon, portrayed him as a serial pedophile that utilized Neverland to lure young boys into acts of molestation.

The defense’s case centered on discrepancies in the testimony of the accuser and his mother, who was made out to be a con artist that cooked up the accusations in retaliation for being cut off from Jackson’s good graces.

Source: Billie Jean


Gone With The Wind OscarMichael Jackson Wins Oscar. 12-06-'99

Superstar Michael Jackson paid a record sum to own a coveted Oscar.

Michael Jackson paid over a million for David Selznick’s award in 1999. David O. Selznick Is the only producer winner back-to-back of the Academy Award for Best Picture for 'Gone With The Wind' (1939) and ‘Rebecca’ (1940). 'Gone With The Wind' secured eight statuettes at the 12th Annual Academy Awards, in 1940 and Michael bought his Oscar for 'Gone With The Wind'.

A record price for Hollywood memorabilia was set Saturday (June 12) at a Sotheby's New York auction when Michael Jackson (bidding over the phone through an agent) paid $1,542,500 for producer David O. Selznick's 1939 Best Picture Oscar for 'Gone With The Wind'.

The price shattered the previous mark of $607,500 (set in 1996) for the Oscar won by Clark Gable as Best Actor for the 1934 film 'It Happened One Night'. The pre-sale estimated price for the Selznick trophy had been $300,000.

And the Jackson bid was five times more than the highest pre-sale estimated price at the New York Sotheby's auction.

A Sotheby's spokesman said the purchase had fulfilled Michael Jackson's "lifelong desire to own that particular object".

But the singer, who made his millions with worldwide hits like 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller' and 'Ben', only realised his ambition after a protracted duel with another telephone bidder.

Dana Hawkes, Sotheby's memorabilia and collectibles specialist, said: "It's just one of those objects where the sky is the limit.

"I had no idea that it was going to go as high as it did."

Source: People / Billie Jean


Gary Indiana (11-06-2003)Michael Arrived At Gary City Hall. 11-06-'03

The crowd was ecstatic with enthusiasm and joy. Michael arrived in a black limo with a great deal of security. Press was able to stand on the steps of the City Hall but a view of Michael, himself, was very hard due to security all around him. The fans waited across the street behind barriers. Michael exited the limo on the left side and began up the steps under the always present umbrella. Upon reaching the top of the steps, Michael turned and waved to his fans.

He then entered the City Hall to accept the key to the city and have a brief press conference. He stated this is his first trip back to Gary, Indiana since age 9 and he was very happy to be home. Scott L. King, Mayor of Gary presented the key to Michael and a street sign that said Jackson.

Michael was dressed very nicely as he always does. He was wearing a black jacket with gold trim and black pants. Following the press conference, Michael came outside and began shaking hands with the fans and signing autographs. He also accepted gifts and picked art work out of the crowd that caught his eye and he would point and say he wanted “that one” and his security would gather the pieces of art for him. Michael then stepped up on the top of his limo and walked from one end of the roof to the other. He actually lost his balance in the beginning however regained it rather quickly. The fans got a BIG kick out of this as, in my opinion, this was Michael’s way of showing his enthusiasm for his fans who were able to make it to Gary.

Michael then made the short journey to his childhood home at 2300 Jackson street where he was met by numerous excited fans. Also present were members of the neighbourhood who were all just as excited to see him. Wanda and I met a lady by the name of Ponderosa who was Michael’s child sitter when he was age 6.

Source: MJ Upbeat / Billie Jean


Michael Visited Liseberg Amusement Park In Gothenburg, Sweden. 11-06-'88

In June 1988, the Bad Michael Jackson stops in Sweden. Two concerts are scheduled on 11 and 12 June in Eriksberg, a district of Gothenburg. Michael Jackson went down to the Sheraton Hotel in the city center of Gothenburg and Friday, June 10, he managed to sneak out of the hotel with his friend the young Swedish Anton Glanzelius, to get to the largest amusement park Northern Europe, the Liseberg Park in Gothenburg.

The park was closed specifically to host Michael Jackson and his guests. At 10:45, Michael came in because, in a high-security grounds, with particular Frank DiLeo, his manager, Karen Faye, her makeup artist, and Bill Bray, the head of security.

The weather was warm and sunny and Michael will then enjoy the dodgems where it was hard to leave as he had fun. He spent nearly an hour.

In Villa Opp-A-Bas, a very strange attraction, where objects appear to float, Michael attended a dance performance. Michael took a lot of attractions, sometimes doing more than once, including:
The Breakdance, small two-seater cars that ran on her own,
The Hökfärden, carousel whose nacelles, who took up, looked like hawks (Hök means falcon in Swedish).

Michael visited Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden (11-06-1988)
Michael Jackson with Anton Glanzelius at Liesberg, the largest amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Michael had lunch at the Station Restaurant in the park. After about three hours, before leaving, he made the footprints of his hands and left his autograph as Whitney Houston had done a few days before him.

Michael, delighted at that time, would have thanked park staff by offering tickets for concerts Eriksberg. "Gothenburg is a beautiful city. And so vivid. I could see the park when we arrived at the airport and we decided to make a visit. An amusement park that is always fun," he said .

The roofs were filled with photographers trying to take pictures of a smiling Michael Jackson. The visit lasted 3 or 4 hours. Michael and Anton also benefited bumper cars, Michael loved it.

Anton Glanzelius told Gothenburg postmen "He was amused and laughed like crazy and we had fun catching us He was gentle, humble, warm and charming.."

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Signs A Three-Year Contract To Promote The "Esonic Video Discbaby". 06-06-'97

Michael Jackson did some TV commercials, but what many people do not know is that he also made a TV commercial for a high-tech company in Taiwan, promoting a portable disc player called "Esonic Video Discbaby" in June 1997.

According to CTI News the disc player was developed by a company called "Esonic" and was the first of its kind at the time. Was given to Michael for what he experienced during his 'History Tour' in Taiwan on October 18th, 1996, he loved it! It is no surprise and the company lost no time in asking the King of Pop to be the spokesman of their product. Michael agreed and the wage agreement was broke a record at the time, said to be the highest for a TV commercial in the country, rumored to cost about $350,000 for less than a minute of commercial time.

"Video Discbaby" had his feet logo on the flip and when opened it featured a short video of Michael saying Hello.

In fact, according to another source, Michael's friends in the Taiwan Ms. Ma. And her husband said they had pulled some strings to make the deal happen. They and their twins were following Michael at the time, during the second stage of the 'History Tour'. Michael signed a three-year contract with a "Esonic" representative on June 6th, 1997, while on tour in Bremen, Germany.

The commercial was filmed in the US in October 1997 and is aimed at the Asian market. It also featured the young Omer Bhatti, and twin daughters of Ma, prety and Morly.

HIStory Tour Taipei, Taiwan - Backstage (18-10-1996)
Michael Jackson received a video player during his tour in Taiwan, in 1996, and Michael would have loved. The company wasted no time and asked the king of pop to be the spokesperson for their product.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Paid For The Funeral Of The Temptations Lead Singer David Ruffin. 06-'91

David RuffinMichael paid for the funeral of David Ruffin, who was once the lead singer of The Temptations, who are arguably the greatest R&B group of all time. Ruffin died of a drug overdose, and was so broke that his family couldn't afford to bury him, so Michael stepped up to the plate and took care of it for the family.

The Temptations scored major hits in 1967 and 1968 with Ruffin leading the way, propelling him toward a solo career with Motown records throughout most of the 1970s. Ruffin performed with Hall & Oates at the renovated Apollo Theatre in Harlem, then at the Live Aid concert for African famine victims and on the anti-apartheid record Sun City. David Ruffin was, and will always remain, a pop music legend.

In June of 1991, the three former Temptations had just returned to Philadelphia from a month-long tour of England when Ruffin suddenly died from an apparent reaction to an overdose of cocaine. Ruffin's drug use allegedly dates back to the 1960's. Ruffin's funeral was held at the Swanson Funeral Home with services at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.

According to Ruffin's ex-wife, Genna Sapia-Ruffin, pop star Michael Jackson contributed $7000 to David Ruffin's funeral. Aretha Franklin paid a couple thousand for the printing. The Rhythm and Blues Foundation contributed $2500 for his gravestone. Numerous celebrities attended including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson, and Martha Reeves, as well as members of the Temptations, the Four Tops, and the Miracles.

Ruffin was one of Michael's idols, and Michael even covered the song 'My Girl' on his 'Ben' album. Ruffin returned the favor by covering 'I Want You Back'. They both had a mutual love and respect for each other.

Source: Billie Jean

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