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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Turns 35, New MJ Artifacts Displayed At Grammy Museum. 09-08-'17

Grammy MuseumIt's hard to believe that Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is now 35 years old!

Yep, the number one, best-selling album of all-time has marked another milestone, and so to celebrate, The Grammy Museum in LA has rolled out some amazing artifacts from The King of Pop!

"It was really difficult to get them," Grammy Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa shared. "We worked with some great collectors and obviously the Michael Jackson estate who provided artifacts to this exhibit."

And that includes the "Gloved One's" famed military style jackets from back in the day, including one which weighs as much as 15 to 20 pounds!

"This was also worn during the Victory Tour in Kansas City in 1984, so he would have been performing some of those hits obviously off the 'Thriller' album like 'Billie Jean' in this coat here," Onwusa revealed.

But the thrills don't stop there!

Remember MJ's high school letterman jacket from the 'Thriller' video?

That's here, too!

"So, we are celebrating 35 years of Thriller," Onwusa said. "The album was released in 1982 and was produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. And that is actually his signature on the left sleeve there."

And even that famous white suit that MJ sports on the 'Thriller' cover is displayed at the exhibition.

And of course, perhaps the most famous jacket of all-- the one that launched a fashion craze in the 80's, along with parachute pants!

"We have this jacket here, and again, just pushing the button in fashion as well as music during that time," Onwusa added.

So many memories-- and all in one magical place! Go to the site of Grammy Museum.

 

Source: CW39 / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael JacksonReview: Michael Jackson Estate May Appeal Quincy Jones Award. 31-07-'17

Last week, a jury awarded music producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in unpaid royalties from the estate of Michael Jackson.

But the case may not be over yet.

Howard Weitzman, a lawyer who represented Jackson’s heirs at the trial, is exploring “post-trial options to overturn the verdict,” including an appeal, he told the New York Post.

The dispute centers on contracts dating back to 1978 and 1985.

In a lawsuit seeking $30 million, Jones argued those agreements granted him royalties on songs he produced for the King of Pop on albums including 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad'” as well as the first right to remix the master recordings, but that Jones was granted neither when they were used in the concert documentary 'This Is It' released shortly after Jackson’s death as well as two Cirque du Soleil shows.

The jury agreed, though it awarded Jones less than a third of what he was asking.

That was still too much, Weitzman told the Post.

“We probably wouldn’t challenge an award up to $2.5 million,” he said.

In comment both after the verdict and again to the New York Post, the lawyer appears especially bothered by Jones’ spinning the award as a win for artists’ rights.

"This lawsuit was never about Michael. It was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created,” Jones said in a statement after the verdict. “I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”

“The jury’s verdict was wrong,” Weitzman countered to the Post. “The real artist is Michael Jackson, and it is his money.”

Source: L.A. Biz / Billie Jean


35 Years After 'Thriller', Michael Jackson’s Iconic Sunglasses Get A Modern Reboot. 08-08-'17

The Michael Jackson Estate revamps Michael Jackson sunglasses to celebrate 'Thriller'.

Grab a pair of sunglasses called MJ’s style. The King of Pop’s shades are receiving a revamp thanks to eyewear company Illesteva, which has teamed up with the Michael Jackson estate in celebration of the 'Thriller' anniversary.

The frameless sunglasses come in a thin reflective gold, a reinterpretation of the aviators that Michael wore during the late 80's and early 90's.

“Michael Jackson, one of the most iconic performers of all time, was rarely seen without sunglasses. When we think of him, the aviator immediately comes to mind,” says CEO and designer Daniel Silberman. “We wanted to design a shape that he would wear on stage today but combined with modern technology. The frame is made out of a 2.55 millimeter mask lens in custom gold gradient with lightweight steel temples.”

Only 200 of the glasses will be produced and will be priced out at $240 each.

Sunglasses
35 years after 'Thriller', Michael Jackson’s iconic sunglasses get a modern reboot.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' Available On DVD 10/10. 08-08-'17

Michael Jackson Searching For Neverland DVD CoverBased on the best-selling book written by the late Michael Jackson's most trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby, the scripted film, 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland', arrives on DVD October 10 from Lionsgate. Featuring the acting debut of Navi, a Michael Jackson tribute artist who worked closely with the pop legend as his body double for many years, the Lifetime® Original Movie gives an intimate view of The King of Pop both as a caring father and as a man enduring untold hardships during the last years of his life.

A behind-the-scenes perspective from those closest to the music icon, the Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Based on the best-selling book, 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', and told through the eyes of Jackson's trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.

The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D' To Premiere At The Venice Film Festival. 07-08-'17

Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D', long rumored and highly-anticipated by fans, will make its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, announced the Estate of Michael Jackson today. Creating Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D', the original iconic short film, directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Michael Jackson, was not reedited or recut in any way. Rather Optimum Productions brought Landis in and together they supervised an elaborate and labor intensive process that began with the original 35mm film negative from Michael’s archives and resulted in a 3D conversion of the acclaimed film using the latest available technology.

To complement the enhanced visuals, all of the audio, including Michael’s music, Elmer Bernstein’s score and the sound effects, has also been updated to 5.7, 7.1 and Atmos standards in order to create the highest-quality audio and visual experience for in-theater viewing, which is how Michael and Landis intended the film to be enjoyed.

In making the announcement, John Landis said, “I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller!' We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio bringing it to a whole new level. Even though 'Thriller' was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. Let me just warn you, there is a rather shocking surprise in there!”

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael Jackson made 'Thriller' a rich theatrical experience: fun, funny, scary and wildly entertaining. No one before or since has made anything like it. Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D' is a modern day technical enhancement of his and John Landis’ original vision, and I think fans will love it.”

Thriller 3D
Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D' to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

From the beginning Michael Jackson and John Landis set out to produce 'Thriller' with the aesthetics of a feature film. Michael was a fan of An American Werewolf In London, and called Landis to collaborate on the project. Academy Award-winning make-up artist Rick Baker was brought in for the elaborate prosthetic transformation of Michael and the cast. Michael Peters collaborated with Michael on the choreography. John Branca, Michael’s attorney at the time and now the co-executor of his Estate with John McClain, worked out a deal with MTV and Showtime for a first of its kind “making of” documentary, 'Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller', to offset the cost of making the short film.

'Thriller' premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, and it sold out every night for three weeks. It remains the only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It is fitting that Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D' and 'Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller' will premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival (the oldest film festival in the world) that will begin on Wednesday August 30th and ends on Saturday September 9th. The 'Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller' was available on VHS from 1983-1990, and has never been available for purchase in any format since then. Its screening in Venice will mark the first time that the award-winning documentary has ever been shown in a theater.

Source: Coming Soon / Billie Jean


Selmo Wander To Exhibit Is Art Again In Brazil. 05-08-'17

Last April and back in 2016, Selmo Wander exhibit his art in Brazil which was really popular among the public and the fans.

Selmo is back with a brand new exhibition this month in Haras Morena Resort.

The exhibition cost R$150 (around £36) and includes a full entry to the exhibition, Lunch and tour. On Saturdays, you have a DJ spinning Michael’s music and a MJ Dance Class.

The Exhibition will run 17 & 20 August and then again 25 & 27 August.

Selmo Wander
Exhibition Tribute to the King of Pop, 17 & 20 August and then again 25 & 27 August.

For more information, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Black Music Honors The Jacksons With Lifetime Achievement Award. 02-08-'17

The JacksonsThe Jacksons (Jackie, Tito & Marlon) perform and receive the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring their 50th Anniversary at the Black Music Honors taping on Friday, August 18th at 7pm at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville! Tickets are on sale now at www.tpac.org or by calling 615-782-4040.

Black Music Honors is a 2-hour television special honoring legendary African American icons who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.

The Black Music Honors also will feature the presentation of a variety of other awards, including the Crossover Music Icon Award Jody Watley, the Legends Award to Oleta Adams, the Hip-Hop/Rap Music Icon Award to Slick Rick and the R&B Soul Music Icon Award to New Jack Swing originators Guy. In addition, the show will feature performances by SWV, Kid 'N Play, Leela James, Marvin Winans, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and Karen Clark Sheard, among others.

The show will be co-hosted by TV and radio personality Rickey Smiley and singer/actress LeToya Luckett.

Proceeds from tickets sold for the Black Music Honors event will benefit the National Museum of African American Music, which is slated open in Nashville in 2019.

Source: ABC News / Billie Jean


'Motown The Musical’ Has The Moves And Grooves. 02-08-'17

'Motown The Musical' will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 1-6. This is the tour's second visit to Durham. 'Motown The Musical' is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.

'Motown The Musical' is at the Durham Performing Arts Center this week, and it’ll make you want to get out your old Motown records. Packed with song after song from the Detroit-forged record company, “Motown” is a tour through the musical eras of the 1960's, 70's and 80's featuring The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops and many, many more. The national tour of the musical is at DPAC through Sunday, Aug. 6.

On opening night Tuesday, one of North Carolina’s own gave a stellar performance as Marvin Gaye. Malcolm Armwood, an East Carolina University alum, stepped into the role for Jarran Muse. On most nights, Armwood is in the roles of Levi Stubbs, Mickey Stevenson, Contour, the Jackson 5 and Rick James. If that sounds like a lot of roles for one person, it is. The ensemble all perform in multiple roles, one after another, dancing and singing with energy throughout. And who is the dance captain who makes sure all that goes smoothly? Another man from North Carolina, Rod Harrelson, who was a cheerleader at UNC-Chapel Hill in the 1990's.

Motown The Musical
'Motown: The Musical' is a Broadway jukebox musical. the musical is based on the story of Gordy's founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson.

Led by Berry Gordy, who wrote the book for the show, the real Motown had a calvacade of singers come through the record label producing hit after hit. “Motown” brings audiences so many of those hits, from 'Stop! In The Name Of Love' to 'Shop Around' to 'Super Freak'. Chester Gregory is convincing as Gordy and David Kaverman embodies Smokey Robinson. The opening number medley of songs that quickly reminds you how much of our American pop culture is because of Motown.

What it also does is show the rest of America during that era, too, including the racism of the Jim Crow South. The scenic design illustrates an artists tour down South with black and white images of segregation. And the worst one is part of this state’s shameful history. One photo is of the Ku Klux Klan billboard announcing its “Klan country” presence in North Carolina. So there are several sobering moments amid the lively dance songs, reminding us about what was actually going on at the same time as the rise of Motown.

'What’s Going On' by Marvin Gaye (Armwood on Tuesday night) is one of the best songs of the musical, maybe because its message is such a classic, and relevant then as much as it is today.

While “Motown” brings up nostalgia for times audiences remember hearing those songs in their own lives, it will likely also bring in new fans. And while it’s a musical, it’s based on reality, down to the replicated outfits worn at the 25th anniversary Motown show and Diana Ross’ concerts. There’s a moment with Ross (Allison Semmes, who does a beautiful job) singing 'Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand' that involves the entire DPAC audience. And Semmes as Ross invites an audience member or two to sing along, which garnered much applause on opening night for a woman from New Bern and man from Jacksonville who took to the spotlight with enthusiasm.

“Motown” is a welcome addition to the stage for August, but it’s only here through Sunday. Already its second visit to Durham, now’s the time to see it.

Source: Herald Sun / Billie Jean


Joseph Jackson Begs Michael’s Estate For $14k To Be Buried Next To Late Superstar Son. 02-08-'17

Joseph JacksonThe ailing famous father desperately wants to spend eternity lying next to singer.

Despite their family feuds and tumultuous father-son relationship, Joseph Jackson still desperately wants to spend eternity next to his late superstar son, Michael Jackson, so he’s petitioned his estate to fork out $14,000 for a burial plot next to his grave site, a source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.

“Joseph isn’t quite ready to go, and he won’t be until he’s assured that he’ll be able to rest next to his son,” a family insider spilled to Radar of the ailing famous father, 89.

As readers know, Joe suffered a stroke in 2015 and was shaken up in a car accident in June. Meanwhile, with his his final days approaching he’s asked the executors of Michael’s estate to purchase a plot adjacent to the King of Pop’s final resting place at Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles, said the source.

Before Michael’s death, the two feuded publicly, with the 'Billie Jean' singer accusing his father of abuse and keeping him at arm’s length. But despite their differences, our sources says, in private, the troubled singer often turned to his father for help. “About one month before he died, Michael had asked that Joseph move in with him,” snitched the source.

“Michael felt people were out to get him, and he was confident that nobody could push mean old Joseph around.” So, in late May 2009, Joe began making plans to leave his Las Vegas home in order to be with Michael in Los Angeles, according to the source.

“Joseph is terrified of earthquakes, which is why he lives in Vegas and not Los Angeles. But he was going to make the sacrifice for Michael,” the insider tells us.

But Joseph did not make the move to California before his beloved son’s life ended on June 25, 2009, from cardiac arrest due to a drug overdose.

“When he dies, he wants to rejoin Michael,” said the source. “It’s like he believes that it would make up for his not making it to Michael on time.”

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean


‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Was Originally Denied The Rights To Use Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.
01-08-'17

Stranger Things Season 2When the 'Stranger Things' season 2 trailer debuted during San Diego Comic-Con, the energy in Hall H was through the roof. Not only does the return of the sci-fi horror show from the Duffer Brothers look incredible, but it was amplified to the max by the surprising use of Michael Jackson‘s iconic Halloween-themed hit 'Thriller'.

Since Michael Jackson himself was always picky about letting his music be used commercially, his estate has also taken on a tough stance when it comes to licensing any of the King of Pop’s tracks for use in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. In fact, they are so picky about how Michael Jackson’s music was used that the Stranger Things season 2 trailer was originally denied the rights to use the song, so much that there’s an alternate version of the trailer that doesn’t use the track.

Speaking with io9, Netflix series producer Shawn Levy talked about the difficult process of securing the rights to 'Thriller' for use in the 'Stranger Things' season 2 trailer:

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to pull off as a producer. It’s very, very hard, for reasons I won’t go into. We were rejected repeatedly for months. A month ago, it was over. We had another trailer that was being shipped to San Diego, and it did not have that song. The [Duffer] brothers and I would watch it, and it really ate away at us, because we knew it was a good trailer, but with 'Thriller' it’s next level.”

That means there’s a version of the trailer that was almost shown at San Diego Comic-Con that has a different song in it. Unfortunately, Shawn Levy didn’t reveal whether the music would have been another recognizable track or just a sample of the 'Stranger Things' score, but it’s hard to imagine seeing that trailer without the cool mix of Michael Jackson’s spooky signature tune playing throughout. So how did Shawn Levy end up getting the rights? He doesn’t give up any specifics, but says:

“I basically decided to be a massive pain in the ass. I went back into bullheaded producer mode, and I figured out a way to work out a deal to license 'Thriller'. That was a really happy day, the day that we finally pulled off that licensing arrangement.”

Not only does the music add something special to the trailer, but it’s the presence of Vincent Price’s voiceover that really brings the combination of pop music and ominous visuals to life in the best way possible. We’re just glad that 'Stranger Things' season two wasn’t forced to go with some kind of slow, haunting cover of another popular song, because that’s a trailer trend we’re sick of right now. However, even that would have been leaps and bounds better than the awful use of an Imagine Dragons song in the teaser trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, but thankfully, someone already fixed that trailer for us.

Anyway, 'Stranger Things' returns to Netflix for a second season on October 27, 2017.

Source: Slash Film / Billie Jean


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Updates Of The Month August. 01-08-'17

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

We are in the middle of the summer and that's good, playing Michael music on my mp3 player in my garden while admiring the roses how beautiful they are. I love nature, but unfortunately we are destroying nature, listen to Michael's song 'Earth Song'.

For the megamixes fans I have a mixshow of Michael Jackson with the name 'Soulful Genaration Live Show Special Michael Jackson' by DJ DS (France). Below you find more info about the megamix.

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:

Soulful Genaration Live Show Special Michael JacksonSoulful Genaration Live Show Special Michael Jackson By DJ DS (France):

On GHM Radio on June 25th 2017 there was a mixshow of Michael Jackson with the name 'Soulful Genaration Live Show Special Michael Jackson' by DJ DS (France).

France native DJ and producer DJ DS started his career at a very young age spinning Disco, Funk and R&B.

To this day his productions are focused on House, Soulful House, Deep House, Nu Disco, Jackin’ House and The Funk. His mixshows are broadcast several times a week on many worldwide radio stations and internet shows.

Download here the mixshow from DJ DS.

Item of the month:

The Item of the month are this time the 'The History Of Michael Jackson' promo cd album that was released in Japan in 1991, the 17-track compilation CD, includes 'Blame It On The Boogie', 'Rock With You', 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Thriller' and 'Smooth Criminal'.

More info click here.

Remixes of the month:

The 15 remixes, sure worth downloading. We have this month 5 official remixes and 10 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 12 new remixes on the page Remixes.
Go to the Remixes pages.

3 official remixes:

The Jacksons - Nothin' (That Compares 2 U) (Sensitive Vocal Mix) - 6:00
The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - 7:58
The Jacksons - State Of Shock - 5:51

9 unofficial remixes:

Michael Jackson - In The Closet (Remix 2) - 5:45
Michael Jackson - In The Closet (Tommy Musto Underground Remix) - 5:39
Michael Jackson - Dangerous vs Why You Wanna Trip On Me (KonstantinosK Remix) - 3:14
Michael Jackson - One More Chance (MJMR3 About Us Remix) - 3:58
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (MJMR3 Remember Remix) - 7:08
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (MJMR3 Master Rock Remix) - 4:50
Michael Jackson - Rock With You 1979 Disco Purrfection Version - 8:06
Michael Jackson - Stranger In Moscow (Michael Bolencsve Konstantinos) - 4:46
The Jackson Five - Dancing Machine (Luxar Remix) - 5:45

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


‘Thriller 3D’ At The Venice Film Festival. 27-07-'17

For a long time fans have been discussing rumours about a possible ‘Thriller 3D’ that director John Landis has been teasing us with.

Today those rumors became a reality when Michael’s Esta

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

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