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Review: The Internet Thinks This Woman's Boyfriend Is Michael Jackson. 20-09-'17

Sergio Cortes
Sergio Cortes is a professional impersonator who lives in Germany.

A woman’s so-called boyfriend, who could double for the King of Pop, is getting affectionately skewered on Twitter for his striking resemblance.

On Monday (September 18), Twitter user Lourdes tweeted a photo of a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a car and wrote, “Y’all my man is so cute, look at the selfie he just sent me.”

The photo was retweeted 1,300 times, was liked 5,200 times, and received 1,800 comments from people in disbelief over the man’s likeness to Michael Jackson.

It's fair to say that the man does look a lot like Michael Jackson. He's a doppelgänger, no doubt. And people are astounded at the resemblance. The jokes are flooding in.

There are more than seven billion people on the plant. These lookalikes happen from time-to-time. But more often is your aunt Sharon, who lives in Swindon, resembling Susan from Co-op in Durham.

Michael Jackson makes for an altogether more shocking double-take.

The man @gossipgrill shared, by the way, is Sergio Cortes. He's a professional impersonator who lives in Germany.

“Unfortunately he's not actually my man. I found his picture on Twitter,” she told Daily Mail Online.

“The post was just a joke between my friends and me. I posted the picture to be funny and I didn't think so many people would see it and believe it.”

Source: MSN / Billie Jean


Scream CD Album CoverLondon 'Scream' Screening For The Fans, Register Now… 21-09-'17

London is the first city to hold a special celebration for the release of the Michael Jackson 'Scream' album hosted by The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music. The event will take place in Central London on Tuesday 26th September.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the first 120 people to register by 11:59pm on Friday 22nd September!

The first 120 people to enter will receive an email confirming their place on the guest list with a plus one, as well as additional venue information.

Please note this is an 18+ event.

Register here.

Source: Sony Music / Billie Jean


Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming To Lend Voice On Michael Jackson's Halloween Special On CBS.
21-09-'17

Michael Jackson's Halloween, a new one-hour animated adventure with Michael Jackson's acclaimed music as its soundtrack, will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.

The special follows millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (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 are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson's Halloween was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer, and Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director.

Michael Jackson's Halloween
Michael Jackson's Halloween special will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


Andy Warhol PortraitMichael Jackson's Impact On Art Explored In London Show. 20-09-'17

Michael Jackson is to be the subject of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery looking at the late singer’s influence on art.

Almost 10 years after his death, the London gallery said the way he inspired contemporary artists was “an untold story”.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall will open next summer to coincide with what would have been his 60th birthday. The show, featuring loaned items from around the world, will be curated by the gallery’s director, Nicholas Cullinan.

While Jackson’s legacy in music, video, dance and fashion has been celebrated, his influence on art has not, the gallery said. There will be more 40 artists featured, including Andy Warhol, the first to depict Jackson in 1982, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume, David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry.

New works will also be made for the show.

Cullinan said: “Michael Jackson: On the Wall takes an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art.

“All the artists included, despite coming from different generations and parts of the world, and employing a range of media, are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented.

“It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case. The exhibition breaks new ground for the National Portrait Gallery in its subject matter and the breadth and profile of the artists who have been invited to participate.

“It will open up new avenues for thinking about art and identity, encourage new dialogues between artists, and invite audiences interested in popular culture and music to engage with contemporary art. Like its subject, we hope this exhibition will be inclusive in appeal, uncompromising in artistic integrity and in the process, break down barriers.”

Michael Jackson: On the Wall is being produced with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson estate.

Jackson died in 2009 aged 50 after an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol, as he prepared to make a live comeback with a string of shows at the O2 Arena in London.

• Michael Jackson: On the Wall runs from 28 June to 21 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Book tickets here.

Source: The Guardian / Billie Jean


Michael's Daughter Paris Is New Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador. 19-09-'17

Paris JacksonRising model and actress Paris Jackson has landed a new role as an ambassador for the AIDS charity founded by her late godmother Elizabeth Taylor.

Michael Jackson's daughter was just 12 when the iconic actress passed away in 2011, just two years after the death of the King of Pop.

Paris, now 19, has since chosen to continue the philanthropic legacy of her father and godmother by signing on as a new spokesperson for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), which was established in 1991.

She recently travelled to Malawi to witness first-hand how locals benefit from the work of the ETAF, which raises funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, and she spoke about Taylor's inspiring activism at the Global Citizen Live event in New York City on Monday (September 18).

"She (Taylor) was passionate, she was outspoken," Paris said of her godmother, as she addressed the audience in the lead up to this weekend's (September 23) Global Citizen Festival. "She was a real bada**..."

The teen then got political as she attacked U.S. President Donald Trump without actually naming him, stating, "So, here we are 30 years later, living under a president who lost the popular vote and has proven himself to have the compassionate empathy of a dead flashlight battery.

"His budget proposes slashing healthcare funding for HIV and AIDS worldwide. So, now here I am hearing my godmother's voice urging me to be heard and not allow all that's been accomplished in finding a cure to fall by the wayside."

Paris is also hopeful that embarking on her philanthropic journey at such a young age will help her make a significant impact on all the causes close to her heart.

"As an activist, I find it really important to take on different sections in what is making our world so difficult to live in," she told Vanity Fair at the event. "I kind of want to touch on every single (topic) as much as I can, which is why I'm starting so young, so hopefully, by the time I'm, like, 50, I'll have touched on every single thing that I can."

And the youngster isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and get involved on the ground, just like she did in Malawi.

Discussing her new role on U.S. breakfast show Today, she said, "I'm just gonna be much more involved in things that they (foundation bosses) do, whether it's hosting events or actually getting my hands dirty, flying out to the Malawi district and really doing my part."

Source: Film News / Billie Jean


Collector Says He Has Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' With A Chiptune 'Thriller'. 18-09-'17

A collector says he found a cartridge of Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' for the Sega Genesis in which the King of Pop’s 'Thriller' — apparently left out of the game because of licensing issues or similar reasons — accompanies the second board of the game’s third stage.

The video was uploaded yesterday. It shows Jackson in his 'Smooth Criminal' getup, getting down to a 'Thriller' chiptune as he karate kicks the zombies. The original music for stage 3-2 was 'Another Part of Me'.

According to the poster, the cartridge was found at a flea market for $20. Some Redditors challenged its veracity, wondering if it was a bootleg cart with a custom ROM. No, insists the poster. “It's a preproduction with EPROMs. This thing is real. He provided this image of the cart and its label.

The Collecting subreddit references this cart, or at least a description of it, two years ago. “From what I can gather online, there is a copy (REV00) that includes Thriller in the graveyard scenes when triggering Michael's dance move.” A post on GameFAQs seven years ago acknowledged the different versions.

Moonwalker Sega Genesis
A collector says he found a cartridge of Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' for the Sega Genesis in which the King of Pop’s 'Thriller'.

Yes there are copies of this game that have 4 small clips of 'Thriller' on levels 3-1, 3-2, 3-3 and 5-3 which are activated by holding down the A button until Michael starts dancing. Only the original release also known as REV00 has 'Thriller' in it, the second release also known as REV01 replaces the 'Thriller' clips with clips of the level song 'Another Part Of Me'. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell the difference between the two without playing the game up to level 3-1 and activating the Dance Magic (hold A button).

Whether licensing kept 'Thriller' out of the video game, it still wouldn’t have fit with the 'Moonwalker’s theme anyway. This was a multimedia vehicle for Jackson’s worldwide Bad tour, his first as a solo performer. While the film, which launched on VHS in the United States at tour’s end in 1989, included a biographical segment involving earlier work the point was to promote the newest album. By 1990, when this game launched, 'Thriller' was ancient history.

If nothing else, it’s a throwback to the days of licensed celebrity vanity products, ranging from 'Moonwalker' to Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball. We tend to think of licensed video games today as well disciplined products, usually adapting sports leagues under tight controls (movie adaptations died about 10 years ago). But there was a time when neither developer nor celebrity really knew what they had on their hands, only that they could make some money in this newfound medium. That’s what you’re seeing here.

Source: Polygon / Billie Jean


Black & White Nr.26 Devoted Magazine CoverRecently AddedTo My Collection. 16-09-'17
Black & White Nr.26 (Devoted Magazine)

Black & White is a German quarterly magazine dedicated to Michael Jackson, edited by Captain EO Productions. The name of the magazine is a reference to the title 'Black Or White'.

This magazine was released in July 1999 in France and has nice colour glossy 36 pages in A4 format, it includes 4 big glossy colour posters.

Description:

Black & White magazine contains exclusive news, report and photographs of Michael Jackson.

Here are the highlights of the magazine:

- Hot News.
- Reportage: the King of Pop to travel.
- Interview: confidential by Michael.
- Flashback: Pepsi-Saga.
- Did you know that about Michael.
- The Maxi shop: items are discussed.
- Call Hector: collectors are discussed.

My magazine is printed in France.

Publisher: Captain EO Productions
Publishing Director: Julien Derain
Editor: Laurent Hopman
Artistic Director: Christophe Boulmé
Released: 07-1999
Language: German
Pages: 36
Printed: France
Guide price: 15 €

Go and see my collection

Source: Billie Jean


Black & White Nr.22 Devoted Magazine CoverRecently AddedTo My Collection. 16-09-'17
Black & White Nr.22 (Devoted Magazine)

Black & White is a German quarterly magazine dedicated to Michael Jackson, edited by Captain EO Productions. The name of the magazine is a reference to the title 'Black Or White'.

This magazine was released in July 1998 in France and has nice colour glossy 36 pages in A4 format, it includes 4 big glossy colour posters.

Description:

Black & White magazine contains exclusive news, report and photographs of Michael Jackson.

Here are the highlights of the magazine:

- Hot News.
- Black & White in Los Angeles.
- Rebbie Jackson: the essential interview.
- Secrets about 'Ghosts' (part 2).
- Michael and Don Barden.
- Did you know that about Michael.
- The Maxi shop: items are discussed.
- Call Hector: collectors are discussed.

My magazine is printed in France.

Publisher: Captain EO Productions
Publishing Director: Julien Derain
Editor: Laurent Hopman
Artistic Director: Christophe Boulmé
Released: 07-1998
Language: German
Pages: 36
Printed: France
Guide price: 15 €

Go and see my collection

Source: Billie Jean


Calendar 2018 CoverMichael Jackson Official 2018 Calendar Is Released. 14-09-'17

The official Michael Jackson 2018 calendar is released by Danilo.

The king of Pop is back with a bang in this new 2018 official calendar. Features a collection of stunning images from Micheal Jacksons iconic music carear, each month also has a monthly date panel.

Specifications
Height: 420 mm
Width: 297 mm
Product code: 118
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the calendar here.

Michael Jackson (Collector's Edition) Official 2018 Calendar.

Calendar (Collectors Edition) 2018 CoverThe official Michael Jackson (collector's edition) 2018 calendar will be released by Danilo on September 26.

A square format is also released, this limited edition 2018 calendar has a special record sleeve cover & each month contains a classic photo of the king of pop Michael Jackson. This square format wall calendar also has a monthly date panel on each page with space for notes and appointments.

Specifications
Height: 305 mm
Width: 305 mm
Product code: 183
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the calendar here.

Source: Danilo / Billie Jean


Earth Song (3rd Edition) Book Cover'Earth Song' (3rd Edition) Book Is Released. 13-09-'17

On September 10, there is a new edition released of the book 'Earth Song' written by Joseph Vogel.

New in the 3rd edition book are new material on Michael Jackson’s humanitarian legacy, one of the most overlooked aspects of his career and new insights on Jackson’s powerful short film for 'Earth Song' based on extensive interviews with director Nick Brandt. New information on the recording of 'Earth Song', including previously unknown details about the first 'Earth Song' demo.

Released in 1995, Michael Jackson’s 'Earth Song' was unlike anything heard before in popular music. Protest songs had long been part of the heritage of rock – but not like this. 'Earth Song’s' vision was more panoramic, its roots more primal. Its unusual fusion of blues, opera, rock, and gospel resembled nothing on the radio.

A massive hit globally, it wasn’t even offered as a single in the United States. Most critics didn’t know what to make of it. Yet decades later, it stands as one of Jackson’s greatest artistic achievements.

In this groundbreaking book, Joseph Vogel traces the song’s evolution, from its inception in Vienna in 1988, to its long gestation in the recording studio, to Jackson’s final rehearsal in 2009. Situating the song within the historical context of the Reagan, Bush and Clinton eras, the book also explores the artist’s broader humanitarian efforts, from his participation in USA for Africa to his Heal the World Foundation. Based on original research, including interviews with the song’s key participants, 'Earth Song: Michael Jackson And The Art Of Compassion' offers a necessary reassessment of this powerful anthem and Jackson’s audacious efforts to change the world.

Joseph Vogel has brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Joseph Jackson." -Spike Lee.

Publisher: BlakeVision Books
Author: Joseph Vogel
ISBN: 978-1976106477
Pages: 122
Printed: USA
Guide price: 10,9 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


'Behind The Gates Of Neverland: Conversations With Michael Jackson' E-Book Will Be Released In November. 13-09-'17

Behind The Gates Of Neverland Book Cover'Behind The Gates Of Neverland - Conversations With Michael Jackson' e-book is due to be released on November 14th, 2017 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. It is priced at $4. The authors are also planning to release a physical book by the beginning of next year.'

The book is a sweet and simple memoir detailing the human side of Michael Jackson....a hidden side which many of his devoted fans were not able to see. Included with the book is a long list of Michael’s charitable donations and humanitarian efforts. This in itself makes the book different and well worth a read.

The conversations with Michael took place during the era of 1988 - 1996 and are told through the kind eyes, open ears and straightforward hand-written notes of Michael's friend and Neverland Amusement Park Manager, Ray Robledo.

This memoir touches on the wedding of Elizabeth Taylor, which was held at Neverland, visits from the Jackson family and the ghost, "George", who roamed behind the gates of Neverland, becoming known to those who worked at Michael's magical palace.

If you are a true Michael Jackson fan who enjoys reading light-hearted memoirs without the rumor-provoking gossip - this book belongs in your library.

Sweet. Simple. Michael.

Publisher: Lori Armstrong
Author: Lori Armstrong, Ray Robledo
ISBN: ?
Pages: 154
Printed: ?
Guide price: 3,36 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


MJ Music DayMJ Music Day With Brad Buxer. 12-09-'17

The On The Line Association, which offers its first event to meet Brad Buxer (musical director) and Michael Prince (sound engineer), both privileged collaborators and friends of the King of Pop, has just posted a video about YouTube with a teaser for this essential rendezvous of this last quarter 2017.

The MJ Music Day, which will take place on November 18th, will offer you an exceptional and unprecedented visit to France, during which you will immerse yourself in the intimacy of the music of Michael Jackson and or you can share (benefiting from a translation direct and interactive) unique anecdotes about his songs, his personality and his life.

Relive the HIStory Tour behind the scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound by attending a preview of the Gareth Maynard film "King of Sound", dedicated to Bruce Swedien.

Better than a master class or a conference, a real chance, to live a time of friendship, exchange and sharing with two close friends of Michael Jackson, from the afternoon to dinner.

Not to mention the presence of authors Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and Hector Barjot, and Jacksonian exhibitors.
Info and ordering mjmusicday.com.

 

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean

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