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Quincy Jones Claims He’s Owed $30 Million From Michael Jackson Recordings. 11-07-'17

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones is owed about $30 million in unpaid royalties from Michael Jackson’s estate, the veteran producer’s attorney told a jury on Tuesday.

Attorney Mike McKool delivered his opening argument in the trial, which is now underway in Los Angeles Superior Court. McKool said that before Jackson’s death in 2009, Jones had received his customary royalties from producing three albums: 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', and 'Bad'.

But, McKool argued that that changed when Jackson died and the singer’s estate took control of his finances. Jackson’s death brought a surge of interest in his catalog, and the estate reaped an increased share of the royalties from his hit songs. But Jones was not allowed to share in the bounty, McKool contended, and indeed was not even informed of the increased royalties until after filing suit in 2013.

“He hasn’t been adjusted as Michael was adjusted,” McKool told the jury.

McKool also contends that Jones was shorted on his share of the profits from 'This Is It', the behind-the-scenes concert documentary released after Jackson’s death. McKool said the film made use of Jackson’s original recordings, but that Jones was not given an adequate share of the licensing fee. McKool said the film grossed more than $500 million, of which the estate took $90 million, but that Jones was paid only $455,000.

Zia Modabber, the attorney for Jackson’s estate, countered in his opening argument that Jones has been richly rewarded for his producing work even after Jackson’s death.

“We believe the evidence will show that Mr. Jones is not entitled to anything but a fraction of the money he’s after,” Modabber said. Since Jackson’s death, he said, “Mr. Jones has been paid over $18 million, and he will make millions more.”

Modabber showed the jury a 10-minute clip of 'This Is It' before the trial broke for lunch.

More to come.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Estate And CBS Team For Animated Halloween Special. 11-07-'17

The special will feature the music of the late pop star, as well as the voices of Christine Baranski and Alan Cumming.

CBS is looking to the music of Michael Jackson for its next project.

The network has teamed with the estate of the late pop star for a new animated special for which his extensive discography will serve as the soundtrack, it was announced Tuesday.

Titled Michael Jackson's Halloween, the hour-long telecast will follow millennials Vincent (MacGyver star Lucas Till) and Victoria (The Flash film's Kiersey Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria go an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Jackson.

Michael Jackson's Halloween
The Estate of Michael Jackson has announced an Animated TV Special coming this fall.

CBS has tapped a variety of network stars past and present for voice roles, including Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Jim Parsons, Lucy Liu, George Eads and Brad Garrett.

Optimum Productions created the special and will produce, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, will exec produce. Daniel Chuba will serve as producer, and Mark A.Z. Dippé is attached to direct.

The special will air sometime this fall.

Source: Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean

King of ShopKing Of Shop Live From Las Vegas. 10-07-'17

King of Shop, the online shop dedicated to Michael Jackson Merchandise, will be taking orders live from MJ ONE Boutique in Las Vegas from July 13.

As the MJ ONE store in Vegas doesn’t deliver, King of Shop is going to be helping you out! King of Shop will be live from Vegas from Wednesday taking and collecting your orders. That way you can get your hands on some of this exclusive official merchandise… including Sunglasses, Watches, Jackets, Hoodies, Tees and more!

King of Shop will be listing the items from July 13!

This one off event will take place on July 13, 2017 and end on July 17*.

Start shopping here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Ben DVD Cover'Ben' On DVD & Blu-Ray In Japan. 09-07-'17

The American horror movie 'Ben' from 1972 will be on DVD & Blu-ray in Japan from September 13. The theme song of the movie also called 'Ben' is performed by of course Michael Jackson.

'Ben' is a film about a young boy and his pet rat, 'Ben'. The film is a sequel to the 1971 film Willard.

Publisher: ?
Series number: 4988003847814
Playing time: 94:00 minutes
Sound: Dolby, Widescreen
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 15 €

Order the DVD & Blu-ray here at Amazon.

Source: MJ France / Amazon / Billie Jean

Review: 8527 Roses Delivered From Around The World For Michael. 25-06-'17

Final rose count... 8527 roses are delivered at Forest Lawn.

One Rose for Michael Jackson raised 8527 roses this year. Seeing all the roses donated from fans around the world moves me to tears as I am enveloped in the sea of love of thousands of roses. Every year, all the roses are donated to various charities after June 25.

The sea of red roses are there at Forest Lawn, Holly Terrace for Michael again this year! This is the 8th year MJ fans from around the world keep the red rose LOVE alive. It's a beautiful event that not only blesses Michael and others but also makes a huge statement to the entire world that Michael is LOVED and still in our hearts... no amount of positive PR could say to the media and the world what the roses do on June 25th.

Every year around June 25th, cards, letters, roses, flowers, gifts, balloons and sunflowers begin arriving at Forest Lawn Glendale and Neverland.

Forest Lawn
Forest Lawn: 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA.

Source: Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's First Molestation Accuser Is Being Sought By lawyers. 09-07-'17

Jordy Chandler
Michael's first accuser Jordy Chandler.

Lawyers working on a $100 million sex-abuse lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s former companies are on a global manhunt for the late singer’s first molestation accuser, in hopes of convincing him to testify, reports the NY Daily News.

Investigators are searching the U.K. and other European countries trying to find Jordy Chandler, who received a $20 million settlement after his father alleged that Chandler, then 13, had been molested by Jackson.

Lawyers for Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, who were companions of Jackson as children, now claim that they were sexually abused by the pop star. According to a source close to the case they believe that Chandler has left the U.S. to avoid them.

“Wade and Jimmy want to look Jordy in the eye and talk to him about what they suffered,” said the source. “They feel that they may appeal to him to finally tell his story.”

Lead attorney Vince Finaldi confirmed that investigators are searching for Chandler.

“He’s a key piece of the puzzle surrounding this case, and we’re not going to stop until we find him,” said Finaldi, whose team has tracked down dozens of former members of Jackson’s staff and entourage.

Robson alleges he was abused dozens of times by the pop star during trips. The choreographer, 34, filed an amended complaint in September claiming that the 'Thriller' singer and key staffers at his companies ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.”

He claims that staffers worked to arrange private meetings with young fans, covered their travel expenses and showered them with pricey gifts.

Source: Fox News / Billie Jean

Who Is It (Promo) [2x12" Single Set] Maxi-Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 08-07-'17
Who Is It (Promo) [2x12" Single Set]

A promo single (short for promotional single) is a single that is made available to radio stations and nightclubs, a recording that is or soon will be commercially available'.

'Who Is It' is the fourth single lifted from Michael's album 'Dangerous', released by Epic on July 13th, 1992 in the UK, sixth single in the USA. Written by Michael and produced by Jackson and Bill Bottrell, early versions were allegedly titled 'Lying To Myself' and 'It Doesn't Seem To Matter'. The latter was mentioned in Revolution magazine, in a list of supposed songs for the album.

The song is about Jackson, who raises the question of who his girlfriend is cheating.

'Who Is It' is made available to radio stations and nightclubs in 1992 on the Epic label and was released in the UK. This maxi-single contains 11 remixes of 'Who Is It', 6 remixes are made by Brothers In Rhythm for DMC (Disco Mix Club) and 5 remixes are made by Moby.

My (promo - 2x12" single set) maxi-single is printed in the USA with the series number: E2S 4686.

Track list:

1. Who Is It (Brothers In Rhythm House Mix) - 7:13
2. Who Is It (Tribal Version) - 7:45
3. Who Is It (Patient Beats) - 3:26

1. Who Is It (Brothers Cool Dub) - 5:47
2. Who Is It (Lakeside Dub) - 6:35
3. Who Is It (Brotherly Dub) - 5:45

1. Who Is It (Moby's Raw Mercy Dub) - 9:02
2. Who Is It (IHS Mix) - 8:04

1. Who Is It (The Brothers Patience Mix) - 7:38
2. Who Is It (P-Man Dub) - 7:23
3. Who Is It (Acapella) - 2:20

Record label: Epic
Released: 1992
Series number: E2S 4686
Printed: USA
Guide price: 30 €

Go and see my collection

Source: Billie Jean

Mitchell Beckloff
Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff.

Sex Abuse By Michael Jackson? Judge Rejects Lawsuit. 07-07-'17

A judge dismissed a negligence suit filed by a man who alleged two companies created by the late Michael Jackson shared responsibility for sexual abuses committed against him by the King of Pop.

Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that MJJ Productions Inc. and MJJ Ventures Inc. cannot be held liable for the alleged abuses of 39-year-old James Safechuck by Jackson when the plaintiff was a minor because the companies had no ability to influence or direct the singer’s conduct.

“As plaintiff cannot plead some ability to control the 100 percent shareholder and owner of the entity defendants who perpetrated the abuse under these circumstances, these causes of action cannot withstand (the defense dismissal motion),” Beckloff wrote in his 18-page ruling on June 28.

Jackson began abusing Safechuck in 1988 during the singer’s Bad tour, the lawsuit alleged.

Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50, of acute propofol intoxication.

Safechuck’s lawsuit also alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress and that Jackson put his interests ahead of those of the plaintiff. He maintained he was an employee of the two Jackson companies when he was 8 or 9 years old in the mid-1980s and that he was compensated for his work in part with travel, lodging, medical care and clothing.

However, MJJ Ventures did not file articles of incorporation until February 1991, Beckloff wrote.

“Plaintiff could not have been employed by that entity defendant until after that time,” Beckloff wrote.

Safechuck also maintained that he worked for the Jackson entities when he was 16 and 17 years old, after the alleged abuses stopped.

“This employment appears to the court to have been a more traditional and formal employment relationship than the alleged employment relationship occurring in 1988,” Beckloff wrote.

“While it is not entirely clear when the sexual abuse ceased, it appears the sexual abuse continued until 1992,” when Safechuck reached puberty, Beckloff wrote.

Safechuck maintained that a key moment in his realization that he was a molestation victim was when he saw a May 2013 television interview with Australian dancer and choreographer Wade Robson, who also claimed he was sexually abused by Jackson as a child. Safechuck maintained that he did not fully comprehend what happened until he underwent subsequent counseling.

The 35-year-old Robson also filed a civil suit against the Jackson entities that still is awaiting trial.

Source: My News LA / Billie Jean

Dorian Holley Will Perform Live At Kingvention. 07-07-'17

Special guest to Kingvention 2017, Dorian Holley – Vocal Director for 'This Is It' and backing vocalist on 'Bad', 'Dangerous' and 'HIStory Tour' will be performing a live set exclusively for Kingvention attendees.

Keeping the set under wraps, Dorian tells us “It’s going to be special!”

Don’t miss the chance to attend Kingvention this year! Limited tickets still available at www.kingvention.com.

Dorian HolleyKingvention: Dorian Holley as third special guest.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Off The Wall Album Cover'Off The Wall' Album In Vinyl For £16.99 GBP On July 7th ... 06-07-'17

In England, Sony Legacy offers vinyl fans daily deals throughout July on classic Pop / Rock titles via their online store We Are Vinyl ...

Every day this month, a "deal of the day" will feature a vinyl album featuring artists such as Santana, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Rage Against The Machine for a price of just £ £16.99 GBP (+ shipping).

These special offers will be available for 24 hours only. So, for example, today's deal is for the album of the soundtrack of the film 'Dirty Dancing' of 1987. This is available at reduced price until midnight tonight, when it will be replaced by the next big Offer, namely that of tomorrow July 7, 2017 that concerns the album 'Off The Wall' by Michael Jackson!

Michael Jackson released his fifth studio album on August 5th, 1979. Five singles were released from the album including the Grammy Award winning, number one single 'Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough'.

All songs produced by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

Track list:

1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 6:02
2. Rock With You - 3:38
3. Working Day And Night - 5:12
4. Get On The Floor - 4:44

1. Off The Wall - 4:04
2. Girlfriend - 3:04
3. She's Out Of My Life - 3:36
4. I Can't Help It - 4:24
5. It's The Falling In Love - 3:46
6. Burn This Disco Out - 3:38

Please note, due to high demand, dispatch may take between 3-5 days during the ‘Deal of the Day’ campaign.

Order the album here at We Are Vinyl.

Source: We Are Vinyl / Billie Jean

The Estate Of Michael Jackson To Make An Announcement On Monday. 06-07-'17

The Estate has an announcement coming Monday morning, July 10.

Make sure you check out Michael’s website and social profiles any time after 8 p.m. GMT/ 12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT for the news!

More to come on Monday!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Prince JacksonPrince Jackson’s Daddy Drama! 06-07-'17

Michael Jackson’s son Prince appears to not care whether the late King of Pop was his biological father or not!

The 20-year-old says the Moonwalker took care of him, his sister Paris, 19, and his brother Blanket, 15, showering them with love — and that’s what counts!

“The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb,” Prince tweets.

“I was raised by my dad with my brother and sister.”

Prince’s bombshell came in response to internet speculation that Michael’s dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein is his biological father. Klein’s medical assistant Debbie Rowe claims to be Prince and Paris’ mother.

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean

Webmaster Dirk
Webmaster Dirk

Updates Of The Month June. 01-07-'17

Hello trusty fans from all around the world here are the updates of July 2017.

Last month June 25th, it was exactly 8 years ago the King of Pop died of an overdose of propofol. Michael I miss you everyday.

I thought I would never say this, but eight years do have an effect on the sense of loss too. Yes, I still miss seeing articles of him out and about on a shopping spree in Beverly Hills and I miss the excitement of waiting for him to show up on stage at an award show to collect his millionth award, but accepting that it will never happen again does not have that awful sting to it that it once did.

Lyrics (complet):

Sorry fans but the lyrics are done, started it from the first week that my website came online in December 2002. Now you get every week a lyric which I choose from our numerous lyrics.

Record fairs:

Michael fans the time has come for the record fairs again in different country's, which guarantees a very wide range of LP's, singles, CDs and music curiosities, where almost all musical styles are represented. Both passionate collector as ordinary music lover can find their liking and, who knows, really that special bargain tapping the head. Most visitors return all the way home satisfied, and we do it for, uh ... there.
Here are the link of the record fairs.

Here are the updates:

In The Mix 29 (DJ MJMR3):

My 'In The Mix 29' is ready to download, MJMR3 In The Mix is a melting together of a 30 minutes mix work, once a year I make a new In The Mix.

Download here the 'In The Mix 29'.

Item of the month:

The Item of the month are this time the 'Speed Demon' promo single that was released in 1989 before 'Leave Me Alone' was chosen instead. Of this limited edition single are only 200 copies in the world.

More info click here.

Remixes of the month:

The 15 remixes, sure worth downloading. We have this month 3 official remixes and 12 unofficial remixes, click here to download. Do not hesitate if you want to request a remix which you can not find on the web.

MJ RemixRemixes:

I added 9 new remixes on the page Remixes.
Go to the Remixes pages.

1 official remixes:

The Jackson 5 - Hum Along And Dance (United Future Organization Mix) - 6:06

8 unofficial remixes:

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (DBNT Bootleg) - 5:27
Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor (KonstantinosK Remix) - 2:24
Michael Jackson - Invincible (MJMR3 Beat Remix) - 4:54
Michael Jackson - Jam (MJMR3 The Dangerous Jam Remix) - 4:15
Michael Jackson - MJMR3 Breaking The Jam Remix - 5:04
Michael Jackson - Scream (Konstantino's Instrumental) - 4:37
Michael Jackson - The Lady In My Life (Konstantino's Bad Dream Remix) - 3:09
Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Starting Something (Gil Martin Mix 2016) - 5:13

Do you want to read the news of the last month again go to news archives.

Don't forget the Lyric, Pictures and Flashback of the week, also not the This Week In History messages.

So lots of read and listening pleasure from webmaster Dirk (MJMR3), greetings and until the next updates.

Source: Billie Jean

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