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Laser Michael Jackson Returns To The Edelman Planetarium. 01-11-'17

During the month of November, the Edelman Planetarium is showing people the king of pop in laser form after a more than three-year hiatus.

“Laser Michael Jackson,” a laser light show that combines the music of Michael Jackson with visual design had stopped playing at rowan due to a technical malfunction with a projector in the planetarium. The projector has recently been replaced and the show is now screening along side a similar Pink Floyd Laser Show.

The most recent screening of “Laser Michael Jackson,” was on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. A group of 21 people filled the planetarium to relax and enjoy a time machine that cultivates Jackson’s biggest hits from the 60's, 80's and 90's, a touch of present day laser design.

A variety of colored lasers form diverse shapes that twist and turn on screen that creates a sense of motion, along with hits like 'Beat It', 'Thriller', 'Human Nature', 'ABC' by the Jackson 5, and others.

Betty Bates and Eileen Monahan, two sisters both from Williamstown NJ decided to see the show with a group of children to enjoy their chilly Saturday night.

Both sisters enjoyed the show and mostly enjoyed how the children found it amusing as well. For both sisters, it was their first time experiencing a laser show at the Edelman Planetarium.

Laser Show

“Laser Michael Jackson” will continue its run with three more showings Nov. 4, 11, and 18. All shows start at 7 p.m.

The Edelman Planetarium airs Laser Michael Jackson and other laser shows through “Laser Fantasy,” the company which produces them. The planetarium gets the rights to air the show, and then Planetarium Director Amy Barraclough maps out when each will be shown.

This is the first semester during Barraclough’s tenure as director that laser shows have returned to the planetarium. Nearly five years ago, the system in the planetarium used to ventilate the room broke and was not replaced. Barraclough replaced the broken projector with a new one that is brighter and more energy efficient, so laser shows could return to Rowan University this fall.

One of the shows Barraclough has been frequently asked to show was Laser Michael Jackson. After being absent since the laser system broke, Barraclough decided to fill the request from people and brought the show back to Rowan.

“Laser Michael Jackson was one [show] where faculty and students were coming by my office going, ‘when are you going to bring this back? We used to play it all the time. It was great, and we’d love to see it again.'” Barraclough said. “People are really excited that the shows are back.”

Source: The Whit Online / Billie Jean

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Updates Of The Month November. 01-11-'17

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

The days are shorter, the nights get longer. The winter is coming on and have time to work on a new wallpaper for the anniversary of my website. On December 6 celebrates this website's 15th birthday. Version 1 came online on December 6th, 2002 with limited links and was only available for Dutch readers.

The glow-in-the-dark vinyl of 'Scream' was released on October 27th. It include a collectible poster with which you can unlock an immersive augmented reality experience with your mobile phone.

A must to have in your collection.

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:

Item of the month:

The Item of the month are this time the Michael Jackson Rub N' Play Transfer Set, it's a set of little figures of Michael that you stick on, unstick, stick on again, unstick, etc... That's the game.

More info click here.

Remixes of the month:

The 15 remixes, sure worth downloading. We have this month 4 official remixes and 11 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 11 new remixes on the page Remixes.
Go to the Remixes pages.

3 official remixes:

The Jackson 5 - Jam Session (Ronald David Extended And Remixed Version) - 4:03
The Jackson 5 - Lonely Heart (Ronald David Extended And Remixed Version) - 2:57
The Jackson 5 - Michael The Lover (Ronald David Extended And Remixed Version) - 3:23

8 unofficial remixes:

Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana (Jakmuv House Mix) - 7:35
Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor (SWG Extended Version) - 10:06
Michael Jackson - Human Nature (Louis La Roche Remix) - 5:02
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - Scream (Soulkrates' MJ Acapella Skit 1) - 1:58
Michael Jackson vs Art Of Noise - Scream & Beat Box (MJMR3 Mashup) - 4:52
Michael Jackson vs George Michael - Smooth Criminal (MJMR3 Go To The City Remix) - 6:11
Michael Jackson vs George Michael - Who Is It (MJMR3 Who Is It Figure Remix) - 6:30
The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There (Jason Nevins Remix) - 3:14

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

Michael Jackson's Son Prince On The Moment He Realized Dad Was The King Of Pop. 31-10-'17

Prince JacksonMichael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr. admittedly can't sing or dance, but he is following in his famous father's footsteps in a much more meaningful way.

The oldest of Michael Jackson's three children, Prince has evolved from the subject of intense fascination as a child of the King of Pop to an adult looking to give back to others.

Prince, 20, founded the foundation Heal Los Angeles, a charity to help foster children who have aged out of the system and further the cause of Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" organization.

"I think he would definitely be proud of the type of work that we're doing and giving back to the community,'' Prince told Natalie Morales on TODAY Tuesday from the Jackson home in Encino, California.

They held their second annual "Costume for a Cause" event on Sunday to benefit the foundation, with Prince and his siblings, Paris, 19, and Blanket, 15, joining in the fun. Blanket, who has changed his name to the initials B.G., helped design a haunted house and maze for the event.

"I think it's just the way my dad raised me and my siblings,'' he said. "It's just like something that's bred into us to really give back to the community."

As far as inheriting his father's voice or legendary dance moves, Prince admits that was not passed on.

"I can't dance,'' he said. "It's very sad, it's very sad. I didn't get that gene."

While the world couldn't get enough of Jackson's music during the days of 'Thriller' and 'Bad', his children had no real idea about him dazzling crowds on stage.

"He didn't really like us watching his work,'' Prince said. "We didn't really know who he was as the King of Pop until we were significantly older. When we saw a video of his concert and him performing, and then girls were passing out, and dudes were passing out, and it was crazy."

The three siblings formed a tight bond as they endured intense scrutiny despite their father's attempts to shield them from the public.

Paris opened up earlier this year about her struggles with depression, drug addiction and her attempts to commit suicide in the wake of their father's death in 2009.

"Me and my siblings, we get along really well,'' he said. "Especially my sister, she's grown so much, and I think she's been able to really step up. And I don't really see myself as her older brother. It's kind of like we're equal partners when it comes down to it. And B.G.'s just so mature for his age - it's a pretty strong bond."

They all now look to honor their father's legacy through their charity efforts.

"My dad always taught me to lead by example, so I hope that I can set a good example that you can have fun by helping other people, and you can make a change just by doing that, so encouraging other people to do the same,'' he said.

An extended interview with Prince Jackson will air on NBC's "Access Hollywood" on Tuesday night.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean

'Scream' Set To Go Back In The Top 40. 31-10-'17

Michael Jackson’s Halloween themed album 'Scream' is set to vault 88 places to Number 11 following a glow-in-the-dark vinyl release.

The sales of the vinyl, one of the kind item, has pushed the sales of the Halloween compilation and the final figures will be released soon!

This is a great news for Michael Jackson and the first Halloween compilation of this kind and might push the Estate to release more themed albums! (Valentin’s day soon guys… you never know!). Not to mention the collector glow-in-the-dark vinyl which is a piece of art on its own and that pleased any collectors out there!

Scream Album Cover
Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music released a new compilation album, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Katherine Jackson Files Docs To No Longer Be Blanket's Guardian. 30-10-'17

Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson has decided she no longer needs to be a joint guardian to all three of Michael Jackson's kids.

Two of the children -- Prince and Paris -- are now legal adults, which they weren't when Katherine took over those duties in 2012, along with TJ Jackson.

TMZ reported that the Jackson family matriarch filed documents requesting to no longer be the guardian of 15-year-old Blanket. She said in documents that Blanket has reached his adolescence, so there is no need for two guardians. TJ, she said, can handle the parents solo.

In her filing, she said her age of 87 is a reason for wanting to step away from the role. A judge still has to sign off her request, but that seems to be nothing but a formality as long as TJ agrees, which he's expected to.

It's not known how much contact Katherine has had with Michael's three children. According to multiple media reports, Katherine went through a multi-month span earlier this year in which she didn't see the children at all.

After the King of Pop's death in 2009, Katherine was awarded permanent custody of the children. In 2012, she and TJ were granted permanent co-guardianship.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonMichael Is The Top-Earning Dead Celebrity Of 2017. 30-10-'17

This past weekend, audiences were treated to the debut of CBS special 'Michael Jackson’s Halloween', an hourlong magical adventure in which the King of Pop comes to life in animated forms including that of a dancing pumpkin, an arachnid security guard and a feline scientist, set to a soundtrack of Jackson’s music.

“Michael's songs are very important to people,” says Mark Dippé, the program’s director. “We just wanted to sort of tell a story that was based around the world that Michael had created with his music, and his dancing, and his performances.”

That level of continued interest is precisely why Jackson tops our Halloween-spooky list of the 13 highest-paid dead celebrities for the fifth year in a row--with earnings of $75 million. His postmortem empire is going strong, boosted by the Halloween special and new album 'Scream' joining a list of ventures including a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalogue.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer claims the No. 2 spot with $40 million.

Elvis Presley finishes third with $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million sum thanks to the new $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex and recently-opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland.

As for the King of Pop, his 2017 earnings pale in comparison to last year’s $825 million haul—the highest annual total for any entertainer dead or alive—mostly from the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue. But his $75 million tally this year still places him on par with the seventeenth-best-paid living entertainer, Bruce Springsteen.

Here's the full list:

1. Michael Jackson: $75 million
2. Arnold Palmer: $40 million
3. Charles Schulz: $38 million
4. Elvis Presley: $35 million
5. Bob Marley: $23 million
6. Tom Petty: $20 million
7. Prince: $18 million
8. Dr. Seuss: $16 million
9. John Lennon: $12 million
10. Albert Einstein: $10 million
11. David Bowie: $9.5 million
12. Elizabeth Taylor: $8 million
13. Bettie Page: $7.5 million

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Memorabilia Museum Could Have Its Doors Shut. 27-10-'17

A Michael Jackson memorabilia museum could have its doors shut permanently before it even opens.

Richard Fossaas, a Michael Jackson superfan from Norway, has amassed an impressive collection of over 3000 items relating to the 'Billie Jean' hitmaker - who died in June 2009 - and had teamed up with Henry Vera to display that collection to the masses.

However, the pair are now in a legal battle after Fossaas claims he has been left without a venue after he offered Vera 30 percent of the business to find a home for the museum in Hollywood but says Vera had no contacts to make this happen.

Richard Fossaas
Richard Fossaas wants to sell his Michael Jackson collection for $ 5 million in 2014.

Fossaas also claims Vera borrowed $20,000 and has yet to pay it back and is now suing Vera for that money as well as damages and he also wants to void the agreement they made, the court papers seen by The Blast reveal.

However, Fossaas' museum - which was expected to display a signed 'Thriller' jacket - may have never got off the ground anyway as the Michael Jackson estate wasn't involved in the project.

Michael Jackson memorabilia has been displayed in many exhibitions across the globe including at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in late 2009 in memory of the singer, who had passed away earlier that year.

Some of the items on display included the white suite he wore on the cover of his album 'Thriller', as well as the iconic red leather jacket and the Letterman jacket that he wore in the 'Thriller' music video. One of his sequin gloves and the fedora he wore for the live performance of 'Billie Jean' during the 1984 Victory Tour also went on display.

Source: The Penn / Billie Jean

'Scream' Album Is Released. 27-10-'17

The album 'Scream' is released in Europe by Epic/Legacy Recordings, a new compilation of Jackson's "most electrifying and danceable tracks" set. 'Scream' is the fourth Jackson compilation album and besides the ninth album to be posthumously released since his death, the eighth album being 'Xscape'.

This cd album has a collectible fold out poster sleeve, a full colour poster of Michael Jackson with which you can unlock an immersive augmented reality experience with your mobile phone.

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.

Scream Album Cover
Michael Jackson’s Estate along with Sony Music released a new compilation album, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

'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:

1.This Place Hotel - The Jacksons - 5:44
2.Thriller - 5:58
3.Blood On The Dance Floor - 4:13
4.Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell featuring Michael Jackson - 3:57
5.Dirty Diana - 4:41
6.Torture - The Jacksons - 4:54
7.Leave Me Alone - 4:40
8.Scream (with Janet Jackson) - 4:38
9.Dangerous - 6:58
10.Unbreakable - 6:25
11.Xscape - 4:05
12.Threatened - 4:19
13.Ghosts - 5:13
14.Bonus Track: Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up) - 3:38

Record label: Epic/Legacy
Series number: 88985480231
Printed: EU
Guide price: 45 €

Order the vinyl album here at Amazon.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean

‘Michael Jackson Loved Halloween’: John Branca On CBS Animated Special. 25-10-'17

John BrancaMichael Jackson will always will be synonymous with Halloween. The late pop star’s music still resonates deeply with fans all over the world and his music videos such as 'Thriller' and 'Ghost' demonstrate that Jackson had a strong affinity for the scary and spooky in life. On Friday, October 27, Jackson’s fans will be able to hear his music in a brand new way when CBS premieres 'Michael Jackson’s Halloween' at 8pm EST. Produced by John Branca and John McClain, the executors of Jackson’s estate, this one hour animated special features some of the King of Pop’s most iconic tracks.

Branca spoke with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about how the project came together, what it was like to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and his long professional & personal relationship with Michael Jackson.

DJ Sixsmith: How did this animated special come to life and why did it make sense to do it on CBS?

John Branca: Michael loved Halloween, he was a big fan of it. In a way, Michael was a big kid. If you look at some of his music videos for 'Thriller' and 'Ghost', they reflect that. What he did for the California Raisins commercial, he used to like to have fun. Every October, there is a huge interest in Michael and 'Thriller'. We thought it was natural and logical to do something that Michael wanted to do. We surveyed the field and picked Hammerhead Productions because they are one of the best animation studios in town. In terms of CBS, we talked to Jack Sussman, who took an immediate interest in the project. CBS is obviously the best network out there. Michael had a long history of doing projects with CBS, so it was a natural combination.

DS: You mentioned how much Michael loved Halloween. What would he think of the final product you guys created?

JB: I think he would’ve loved it and had a lot of fun with it. Michael appears as several characters in the show. He appears as a pumpkin man, as a Halloween cat and as a spider and they perform some of Michael’s great dance moves. He really would’ve liked this.

DS: Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Alan Cumming were all part of this project. What was it like working with some of the top talent in Hollywood?

JB: They really were our first choices. Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Alan Cumming were all on the list of actors that CBS provided us. We were really fortunate to get them.

DS: You knew Michael for a long time. How would you describe your relationship with him?

JB: I met Michael in January of 1980 after Off The Wall' had just been released. We worked on 'Thriller' together, 'Bad', 'History' and a number of his albums and tours. Michael was a perfectionist. We all know what a genius he was and a great entertainer he was. Not everyone knows what a perfectionist he was. He worked very hard to get the results that he got and for that we all really respected him.

DS: Michael’s music is still synonymous with Halloween. How did you guys incorporate his music into this animated special?

JB: We hired Kevin Antunes to put the soundtrack together. Kevin worked with us on the two Michael Jackson Cirque Du Solei shows in Las Vegas and on Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Kevin has been a Michael Jackson fan all of his life and he has also been a musical director for Madonna. The show uses over 25 songs of Michael’s and they’re woven throughout the show and help to tell the story. If all you wanted to do is listen to the music, I think you’d really enjoy the show.

DS: When people watch this special, what do you want them to walk away thinking?

JB: I want them to walk away with a smile on their face. It’s fun. We were all just trying to have fun with this project and celebrate Michael and Halloween. There’s a lot of double entendres in this show, so it’s good for kids and good for adults.

DS: When you think about Michael’s legacy and his career, why do you think his music is still relevant?

JB: Michael was universal. He’s one of the few artists that you can say is popular in every country in the world. His music is timeless. It’s been influential to subsequent generations and current artists. Really, all the top artists today look to Michael for inspiration. New generations are continuing to discover him. We find that kids enjoy Michael’s music just as much as adults do. I think his videos are part of that as well.

'Michael Jackson’s Halloween' premieres this Friday, October 27 at 8pm EST on CBS.

Source: CBS / Billie Jean

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