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Bobby Brown Did Not Teach Michael Jackson To Moonwalk, Insists Family Rep. 12-09-'17

Bobby BrownIt’s Bobby Brown’s prerogative to claim that he taught Michael Jackson how to moonwalk — but “outraged” sources including longtime Jackson family friend and publicist Steven Manning tells Confidential that his story is way off the wall.

Brown made headlines last week when he told "The Cipher Show" podcast that it was he who taught the King of Pop how to do one of the most famous dance steps of all time.

But people close to Jackson and Jeffrey Daniel of the band Shalamar tell us that it was Daniel who taught Jackson the “Back Step,” which the 'Beat It' singer mastered and rebranded as “The Moonwalk.” In fact, Manning vividly recalls Jackson hosting Brown and his New Edition bandmates in his home and insists there was no moonwalking going on.

“I invited the New Edition to have dinner at the Jacksons' Havenhurst estate in December of 1983,” Manning says. “It was right before Christmas. LaToya, Michael and Janet hosted the dinner.”

The moonwalk leapt into mainstream pop culture after Jackson performed the move while singing 'Billie Jean' on the May 1983 TV special 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever'. That would have been seven months before Brown came to the Jacksons’ home, according to Manning. New Edition’s debut album 'Candy Girl' came out in March 1983.

“The timeline isn’t even right,” Manning notes.

Another insider familiar with that dinner party recalled there was no dancing or music at all and “chicken cutlets, corn dogs, salad, rice and beans” were served.

That source tells us it was at that holiday dinner where Brown met Janet Jackson, whom he briefly dated after Jackson's marriage to James DeBarge ended.

“Joseph (Janet’s dad) ended that because he thought Bobby was too wild for Janet,” says that source. “As far as I know, Michael was never around Bobby much after that. It's awful that Bobby is trying to change history.”

As Brown told the story to "The Cipher Show," he was indeed with his bandmates at Jackson’s home when he taught MJ to moonwalk.

“He saw me do the moonwalk,” Brown told "The Cipher Show," claiming that Jackson asked him, “What is that?” prompting him to repeat the dance step for Jackson.

“(Jackson) just started doing it,” said Brown, who claimed he learned the move from a guy in Alabama whom he didn’t name in the interview.

Source: Daily News / Billie Jean


Grammy MuseumMichael Jackson Item In New Grammy Museum On East Coast. 12-09-'17

The East Coast version of the Grammy Museum– featuring exhibits and rare historical artifacts from Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and more – will have its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 20 in Newark, New Jersey.

The 8,200-square foot Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center is dedicated both to celebrating the legacy of the greatest musicians in history and inspiring musical education, according to Variety.

It will be open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with tickets ranging from $9 to $12.

The museum include the Michael Jackson’s gold lamè suit from the 'Thriller' era, designed by Bill Whitten.

“The Experience highlights the power music has to inspire, educate and celebrate,” said Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “There is something for everyone – from exhibits designed to educate to those that underline the history of music and its special place in our culture. We are proud to work alongside partners like Josh Harris and David Blitzer, and support the incredible work they have done to make the Prudential Center a major destination for music and entertainment on the East Coast.”

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Convention To Rock London In 3 Weeks Time! 11-09-'17

Europe loves Michael Jackson! and Michael loved us, which is why he spent so much time here. On September 30, Kingvention – The MJ Convention will be taking place in London where we’re going to get the chance to spent 15 full hours (15!) celebrating the world’s greatest entertainer!

Kingvention is open to fans of all ages and is the perfect forum to meet other fans, hear stories, meet special guests and party in to the early hours of Sunday morning.

This year, Kingvention is welcoming three special guests who worked with Michael Jackson:
•Eddie Garcia – Dancer: 'Speed Demon', 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Smooth Criminal', Bad Tour, Dangerous Tour, Superbowl.
•Dorian Holley – Backing Vocalist / Vocal Director: Bad Tour, Dangerous Tour, HIStory Tour, This Is It.
•Steven Paul Whitsitt – Photographer: HIStory Teaser, 'Scream', 'You Are Not Alone', 'Childhood', 'Smile', Various shoots.

Each of these guests will take part in a live, on-stage interview followed by a personal meet and greet with you, the fans!

Moonwalker GraphicBut that’s not all this Michael Jackson Convention has to offer! There’s also a gallery of live images, Never-before seen images of Michael, the robot transformation bust of Michael’s head from 'Moonwalker', storyboards from the making of 'Captain EO', Unique Michael Jackson Dolls and a trip down memory lane on all the world tours!

Plus! King of Shop which is a fully stocked Michael Jackson shop with over 5,000 official items including T-Shirts, CDs, Dolls, Vinyl's, Books, Sunglasses and much much (much) more!

The early evening will offer the chance to settle down with some popcorn and enjoy Michael on the big screen!

Last, and by no means least is Club 30’s, the Michael Jackson evening Celebration where you get to hit the dance floor and round up a full day of all things MJ with other fans.

Did we forget to mention live performances? Dorian Holley, Michael’s vocal director will be taking to the stage to give a live performance and SupaFresh Dance Movement will bring their crew to open this year’s event with an energetic dance performance.

Over 250 are already booked to attend and we still have tickets available. ALL tickets give access to the day’s events and you’ll have a great view of the stage no matter where you’re sat.

Kingvention
KINGVENTION, the 2017 Edition will take place on September 30th in London!

Buy tickets to kingvention, the European Michael Jackson Convention here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Visit Japan's Secret Story Book CoverMichael Jackson Visit Japan's Secret Story Book Is Released. 08-09-'17

The book 'Michael Jackson Visit Japan's Secret Story' from Japan is released, to celebrate Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour & album.

The book is over 200 pages and will tell you everything you need to know about Michael in Japan during the Bad era! from the tour to TV appearances, to album released and video phenomena!

Only issue, it’s in Japanese so get cracking with your Japanese courses people!

Publisher: DU BOOKS
Author: Baeki Chuang
ISBN: 978-4866470337
Pages: 224
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 12,48 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album CoverMichael Jackson's Estate Details 'Scream' Compilation. 06-09-'17

Epic/Legacy Recordings and Michael Jackson's Estate have curated 'Scream', a new compilation of Jackson's "most electrifying and danceable tracks" set for release on September 29th.

The 'Scream' album pulls famous songs from 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Dangerous', 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I', 'Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix', 'Invincible' and the posthumous album 'Xscape'. In a statement, Epic/Legacy Recordings noted that, "the choice of tracks for 'Scream' reflects The King of Pop's affection for this time of the year and its themes of costumes and disguise, darkness and light, character transformations and surprise."

In addition to the songs from Jackson's solo LP's, 'Scream' includes two songs that appeared on records by the Jacksons – 'Torture' and 'This Place Hotel' – plus Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me', which featured Jackson on hook duties. 'Scream' also features one newly created piece of music, 'Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous', a bonus mash-up put together by production duo The White Panda.

Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music will release a new compilation album on CD and digitally on September 29th, followed by a glow-in-the-dark vinyl on October 27th. Both formats will include a collectible poster with which you can unlock an immersive augmented reality experience with your mobile phone.

Scream Album Cover
Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music will release a new compilation album, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl on October 27th.

'Scream' is one of several projects that Jackson's estate has in the works. "Now we have 'Thriller 3D', and two more announcements are coming up in the next couple of weeks," estate co-executor John Branca explained recently. "Michael had an expression: 'The quality goes in before the name goes on.' So we are not ready to announce them yet."

Track list: (Vinyl and CD Album):

1.This Place Hotel
2.Thriller
3.Blood On The Dance Floor
4.Somebody’s Watching Me
5.Dirty Diana
6.Torture
7.Leave Me Alone
8.Scream
9.Dangerous
10.Unbreakable
11.Xscape
12.Threatened
13.Ghosts
14.Bonus Track: Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)

Fans are also invited to official Michael Jackson ‘Scream’ album celebrations later this year. These will take place in six major cities around the world: Paris, London, Sydney, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. The events will include screenings of Michael’s seven short films from the ‘Scream’ album including the full-length 40 minute Michael Jackson’s ‘Ghosts,’ rarely seen following its initial screening at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

You can listen to the new megamix bonus track here:

 

Pre-order the cd album here at Amazon.

Pre-order the double vinyl album here at Amazon.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


Tito JacksonTito Jackson Still In Therapy For Michael's Death. 06-09-'17

Tito Jackson is still having therapy to help him get over his younger brother Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

The 63-year-old musician was a part of The Jackson 5 pop group with his sibling and other brothers Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon and he shared an extremely close bond with him until his tragic death eight years ago from acute Propofol intoxication at the age of just 50.

Tito and the rest of the Jackson clan - headed by mother Katherine and father Joe - underwent family therapy sessions to try and beat their grief and he has continued to have personal counselling sessions to assist him in coping with his loss.

In an interview on UK TV show 'Loose Women' on Wednesday he shared: ''We did family therapy to deal with that (Michael's death) and I'm still in therapy today ... After he passed away I couldn't work for a number of years because I was so devastated. Yes I was very devastated ... The beauty of my family is that it's such a large family and we have our ups and downs but we all share the same last name.''

Tito believes he is finding it difficult to move on from Michael's death because he is reminded that his brother is dead on a daily basis by fans and by the music the King of Pop left us.

He explained: ''It's constant reminded to me. The therapy helps a lot, it helps tremendously. But you'll never get over it, you're reminded daily of it from listening to his music or seeing his videos, or a fan comes up to you and reminds you.''

One thing that has brought joy to Tito's life this year is the birth of his new nephew Eissa in January to his 51-year-old sister Janet Jackson and he admits it's been great to the see 'Rhythm Nation' singer finally become a mother.

The 'I Want You Back' hitmaker - who has just released his first ever solo album 'Tito Time' - said: ''I've met the baby and the baby is beautiful and a lot of fun, full of smiles and he was just getting passed from person to person.

''You know it's different seeing Janet as a mother because she was always the person that plays with the children for five or ten minutes and then gives them back. To see her with her own baby is great.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Expects New Trial In ‘Next Couple Of Months’ In Dispute With Quincy Jones.
06-09-'17

The Estate Of Michael JacksonAs expected, the Michael Jackson estate is appealing the verdict which in July awarded $9.4 million to music producer Quincy Jones in damages for allegedly unpaid royalties. John Branca, co-executor of the late singer’s estate, expects the case to go back in front of a jury “in the next couple of months.”

In an interview with Variety during the Venice Film Festival, where a new 3-D version of the 1983 'Thriller' video directed by John Landis world-premiered Monday (September 4), Branca said that “fairly serious errors were made in the trial.”

“So they are going to seek to overturn the judgment and then appeal it,” he added. Branca also specified that this action is the domain of the estate’s chief attorney, Howard Weitzman.

“We’ve always tried to pay Quincy fairly, and he should be,” Branca said. “His work with Michael was incredible…So he deserves to be paid fairly. And he [was].”

The verdict in Quincy’s favor, in a Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 26, revolved around alleged breach of contract over agreements signed in the 1970's and 80's, when Jones and Jackson worked on three records – 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' – which collectively have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Jones said during the trial that the master recordings for those albums were improperly remixed to deprive him of royalties and production fees that he was entitled to.

The dispute largely concerns profits from the concert film 'This Is It', the world’s highest-grossing concert film.

The Jackson estate says that an accounting error did cause Jones to miss out on some royalties, but put that figure at roughly $392,000 – a tiny fraction of both the $30 million that the producer sought and the $9.4 million that the jury ultimately awarded him.

“What you had there was a jury trying to understand fairly complicated recording contract provisions and accounting provisions that, quite frankly, both without a law school education and years in the music business, most people would find difficult to understand. So that appeal is being processed,” said Branca, who predicted that the case will be “back in front of a jury in the next couple of months.”

Source: Variety / Billie Jean


Ola Ray'Thriller' Star Ola Ray To Sue Michael Jackson's Estate. 06-09-'17

A Playboy model who starred alongside Michael Jackson in 'Thriller' is set to sue the singer's estate for millions in royalties.

Ola Ray, 57, played the King of Pop's girlfriend in the 1983 cult classic music video, which has been viewed more than 437 million times on YouTube.

The former Playboy centerfold, from Los Angeles, tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview she's owed 2.5 percent of the total royalties from 'Thriller' for her role in the production.

Ray claims she's been paid less than $200,000 in the 34 years since the iconic video was created and says she has been forced to live below the poverty line.

She is speaking out after Optimum Productions released the clip in 3D form at the Venice Film Festival on Monday (September 4), and is about to sue for royalties based on the new version.

Ray claims no one contacted her to let her know about the new film and was shunned from its world premiere as the company could make millions from the new version. She now plans to bring the long-simmering battle to an end by taking the case to court in a bid to get what she's owed.

The mom-of-one said: 'I'm outraged, upset and in shock.
'When I heard rumors about a possible 3D version I contacted the director and said, "We need to talk about this," but he never responded to my email.
'They haven't tried to contact me or negotiate anything.
'How do they think they can just do this without paying me?
'These people are making millions of dollars out of me but all I have received over 30 years is $200,000.
'They will make millions more out of this.
'If I'm not getting paid, no one should be able to see it.'

Ray was in her early twenties when she beat hundreds of other hopefuls to play Jackson's girlfriend in the original 'Thriller', released in 1983. The 14-minute short went on to help MJ's 'Thriller' album top the US chart for 37 weeks, selling a reputed 120 million copies and making it the best-selling record of all time.

Ray says she was initially only paid $2,500 for her part in the video, which she admits she would have done 'for nothing'. But she claims MJ promised her 2.5 percent of the royalties from the 'Thriller' film, which was the most expensive music video of its era with a budget of $500,000.

In 2012 the ex-glamour model was awarded $75,000 for back payment of royalties following a court battle but $20,000 of that went to her attorney.

Now Ray claims she should also be paid for the new 3D release of the video.

Director John Landis, who also directed the original 'Thriller', said the new film uses the 'latest available technology' and boasts of the 'highest quality audio and visual experience'.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, he also revealed that it is a preamble to bigger announcements and that two more Jackson legacy projects are to come.

Ray added : 'I was so excited about being in 'Thriller'. I knew it was really big.
'I probably would have done it for nothing but Michael gave me a contract.
'Despite what I was promised I ended up having to raise my daughter, who is now 22, basically on welfare.
'I have had to live below my means and in poverty because of this.
'If I had been receiving the money I should have received my life would be drastically different.
'They are trying to be sneaky again, but I really, truly believe that I will get what's owed to me this time around.'

Attorney Scott Cole, who is advising Ray, said: 'It's shameful Ms. Ray wasn't invited and welcomed with open arms at the Venice festival.

'Ms. Ray had a central role in this iconic production.
'Shutting her out of her full royalties all these years hardly honors the memory of Michael or the spirit of the relevant contracts.'

Last month a jury ruled that Quincy Jones, who produced the 'Thriller' album, was owed $9.4million in royalties and fees by Michael Jackson's estate.
The estate had contended that Jones was owed just $392,000.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Quincy Jones Reflects On His Career And Relationship With Michael Jackson. 05-09-'17

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones turned 84 in March, but said he feels like he’s 18.

On Wednesday Jones’ early jazz albums will be celebrated at the Hollywood Bowl. 'Quincy Jones: The A&M Years' will find an all-star lineup jamming through songs from 'Walking In Space' (1969), 'Gula Matari' (1970) and 'Smackwater Jack' (1971).

The winner of 27 Grammy's from a whopping 79 nominations, Jones has crafted his legend as much from assembling the best musicians in the same room as he has being a performer and arranger. The A&M albums feature some of his best-known compositions (themes for the TV series 'Ironside' and 'The Bill Cosby Show') and arrangements ('Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Killer Joe'), but they also demonstrate his knack for playing host to premium musical dinner parties.

Jones met his most successful protege around the time he recorded these albums, a 12-year-old Michael Jackson. A few years later, he produced Jackson’s first solo album, 'Off The Wall,” and then the highest-selling album of all time: 'Thriller'. They fell out after releasing 'Bad' in 1987 because — Jones lamented — Jackson felt the producer was old and out-of-touch.

In July, Jones won a lawsuit against Jackson’s estate for $9.4 million in damages for unpaid royalties, largely from the concert film 'This Is It', which was released in 2009 after Jackson died. In a statement, Jones said the suit “was never about Michael,” and in the interview for this article he reiterated that and further clarified that it wasn’t about the family either.

“The family wants to do business with me,” he said. “Jermaine [Jackson, Michael’s brother] called me right after we announced the lawsuit and said, ‘The family is 100% behind you.’”

Jones placed the blame squarely on the lawyers for Jackson’s estate

“After Michael died, Frank [DiLeo, Jackson’s late manager] took over totally, and on 'This Is It' he did not even give me credit for producing Michael’s songs on that, man. I produced Michael’s biggest hits ... and they made $500 million on 'This Is It'. The family got $90 million. He got $50 million and tried to talk me into $450,000. I said, ‘No, baby, you got that wrong.’ ... Because we work our [butts] off to make records, man.”

Howard Weitzman, who represents the estate of Michael Jackson and who has been quoted as saying he plans to appeal the $9.4-million decision, sent a strongly worded rebuttal to Jones’ comments.

“Mr. Jones wasn’t cheated out of any money because he was paid what he was contractually owed for producing the songs recorded by Michael 25 to 30 years ago that were used in the documentary 'This Is It', which he had nothing to do with,” Weitzman wrote.

“The allegation that Frank DiLeo got $50 million dollars in royalties from 'This Is It' is … false. He was not paid any royalties from the film — period. As for the beneficiaries of Michael’s will, they were not supportive of Mr. Jones’ lawsuit against the Estate.”

Jones said he and Jackson were in a good place before the singer died at age 50.

“He wanted us to get back together,” said Jones. “But we were close, man. Always close. You can’t do those kind of records without love, trust and respect. You can’t do it.

Quincy Jones: The A&M Years

Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Tickets: $1-$120

Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com

Source: Los Angeles Times / Billie Jean


Scream PosterRumor Has it: New Album? 05-09-'17

A few posters have been photographed in Munich Germany saying 'Michael Jackson – SCREAM – Album September 29' and a screening in New Zealand called 'Official Michael Jackson Scream Album Celebration' have shook the fans online!

Now, no confirmation from the Estate or Sony yet but they have been contacted for more information on the matter But this photo indicates the artwork is indeed official!

We can only speculate on the content at this stage: This could be the album for the Cartoon series that is planned to be released in October or even a Halloween compilation of Michael’s horror songs? or just 'Thriller' album with a DVD with 'Thriller 3D'? Who knows!

The official Michael Jackson social media accounts have released a 15 second teaser video, with fan rumours circulating of a new album being released very soon, potentially a compilation to support the new ‘Thriller 3D’. The teaser is entitled ‘Scream’.

But for sure we will keep you updated!

Source: MJ Vibe / MJWN / Billie Jean

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