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Michael Jackson's Pet Chimpanzee 'Would Help Out In The Kitchen'. 26-04-'18

BubblesMichael Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles loved helping out in the kitchen.

The iconic musician - who died of cardiac arrest, aged 50, in 2009 - bought Bubbles from a Texas research facility in the 80s and he was always happy to assist the Jacksons in the kitchen.

LaToya Jackson, Michael's sister - who is set to star on season 13 of 'Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition' - recalled: "He was just adorable trying to help the chefs in the kitchen cook. My mother was always against that, but there's nothing you could do about it when the chefs are saying, 'Bubbles, go get the plate over there! Go get the knife!' And he's trying to stir the pot and my mother goes, 'Do not let that animal stir the food!'"

LaToya, 61, explained that she spent so much time around Bubbles during that period of time, he eventually felt like part of their family.

Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, LaToya shared: "Bubbles was like one of us. That's how we treated him. We didn't know any differently."

LaToya also revealed Michael's go-to snack in the kitchen.

She said: "[Michael] just loved vegetables. He didn't eat meat, so he would have vegetables constantly and they're done differently. And then, of course, his go-to snack food was always chips."

By contrast, Janet Jackson was much less fussy about what she'd eat.

LaToya said: "Janet would eat anything. Actually, she was so cute as a kid. When she was in kindergarten, she would come home from school, pull her whole little stool up to the oven, put a steak in, go watch cartoons.

"As soon as the cartoon goes off, she knows the steak is ready. We used to get the biggest kick out of it, laughing. She would go to the oven and pull it out and eat it and then go back and sit down and watch her little cartoons."

Source: The Press / Billie Jean

Thriller Live'Thriller Live' Announces A New West End Booking Period. 25-04-'18

West End hit 'Thriller Live', a spectacular concert- style show that celebrates Michael Jackson's enduring musical legacy and ground-breaking dance moves, today announces it has opened a new booking period to Sunday 7 April, 2019!

190,000 new seats go on sale today.

The new booking period includes several exciting events and Michael Jackson-related celebrations:

Wednesday 29 August would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday.

And on Wednesday September 12, 'Thriller Live' will celebrate its 4000th West End performance at the Lyric Theatre with a special gala show.

'Thriller Live' now holds the record as the sixth longest running musical currently playing in the West End.

It also recently became the 14th longest running musical in West End history.

The 'Thriller Live World Tour' continues with dates across the UK, Germany, Poland, Kuwait and Dubai through to summer 2019.

Next month 'Thriller Live' will welcome several new cast members:

Dancers Leona Lawrenson, Mari Macleod, Matt Vjestica and Vivian Gayle

'Thriller Live' has now been seen by over 4.5 milion people in 33 countries and played over 6,100 performances worldwide, never failing to get a standing ovation!

Buy 'Thriller Live' tickets at Broadway World.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean

Michael’s 60th Birthday At Michael Jackson ONE On August 29, 2018. 25-04-'18

The Estate of Michael Jackson invites the fans to celebrate Michael’s 60th birthday at Michael Jackson ONE on August 29, 2018.

Make sure to RSVP on the event page so you are the first to know as details about this special celebration emerge.

Go to the facebook page.

More info to follow on this post…

Michael's 60th Birthday
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil will host the 6th Annual Michael Jackson ONE celebration in honor of the King of Pop’s birthday on Wednesday, August 29.

Source: MJ Vibe / The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

The JacksonsThe Jacksons Know Michael Is Still On Stage With Them. 24-04-'18

Jackie Jackson says a short drive from his house is all it takes to bring music legend brother Michael to mind – and start the tears flowing.

Jackie, eldest of the Jackson brothers, lives in Las Vegas where a Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show is a massive attraction.

So, even after nearly a decade since the Thriller star’s death in 2009, his image is still everywhere.

“I still miss him very much,” Jackie, 66, tells iN10.

“Every time I go to the Strip and stop at a red light, there’s a bus or a billboard with Michael’s face all over it.

“It seems to happen without fail, seeing him right beside me. I say, ‘Hey, little brother’ and he says, ‘Hey, Jackie, what’s going on?’

“He’s always there with me and my eyes get teary, but with a smile.”

Jackie, who’ll be playing in Scotland with his brothers at Scotfest this summer, insists he’s so proud of the work his younger brother did.

Jackie says Bruno Mars was working on some of Michael’s music earlier this year and it’s indicative of its staying power.

“It’s still around because it’s great music,” he adds.

“That’s what happens with great music, it lives on because that’s what people want to hear.

“The songs put you in a happy state or in a sad state. There’s something for every mood.”

The Jacksons will be star attractions at Scotfest at the beginning of July. Boyzone, B*witched, Liberty X, Five and East 17 are among the other acts on the bill.

Jermaine, Tito and Marlon will, as usual, be alongside Jackie on stage but having performed with Michael since his earliest childhood, he still feels the loss.

“You never forget those days,” says Jackie.

“We’ve been out there performing without him for years now but at any given time we know where he was going to be on that stage.

“We feel the emotional vibration all the time. It gives us a big charge because he’d have given 110% and that’s what we try to do to.

“No one could do what he did but we try to do the best we can knowing he’s up there on stage with us.”

It’s as high-energy a routine as ever and Jackie admits he hits the gym to get in shape before taking to the road.

The workout sessions start at 5am as he has a full family life.

He and third wife Emily have four-year-old twin boys, River and Jaylen, and Jackie gets back from his workouts to get them ready for school.

“I love being a dad,” says Jackie.

“They know every Jacksons song, every Janet Jackson song, every Michael Jackson song. They’re pretty sharp boys and can do all the routines. I watch them and reminisce as they’re doing all the things I used to do.

The Jacksons, Scotfest, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, July 6 & 7.

For tickets, see scotfestuk.com.

Source: Sunday Post / Billie Jean

Hector Shows Us 3 Different 'Thriller 25' Picture Discs. 23-04-'18


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Michael Jackson Moonwalk Loafers To Be Auctioned. 20-04-'18

The original loafers worn by the King of Pop during his first-ever moonwalk will be auctioned off, ahead of what would have been the icon's 60th birthday.

Michael Jackson made history when he performed the iconic moonwalk for the very first time and now, fans may be able to take home a piece of that history.

GWS Auctions announced Friday that several pieces of Jackson memorabilia will be put up for sale, including the pair of black Florsheim loafers he wore during his iconic 'Billie Jean' performance during NBC's 25th anniversary of Motown special in 1983. The King of Pop dazzled audiences with his moonwalk, which eventually became his signature dance move.

Motown 25 Moonwalk Shoes
Michael Jackson performed 'Billie Jean' in this shoes at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the TV special Motown's 25th Anniversary.

Other items available for sale include his red Dior cardigan, personally embellished by Bill Whitten, and his Swarovski-encrusted riding helmet.

The auction is set for May 26 at the Hilton in Universal City – just a few months ahead of what would have been Jackson's 60th birthday – with a public exhibition beginning at 8 am.

This is not the first time items from Jackson's estate have been auctioned off. In 2011, furniture from his California mansion were sold by Julien's Auctions, bringing in nearly $1 million.

Auctioned the original loafers here.

Source: Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean

Will Smith Remembers The Time He Met Michael Jackson In A Closet. 19-04-'18

Will SmithWill Smith has shared a video recalling the “first and only time” he met his “idol” Michael Jackson in a closet.

The actor and rapper shared the video on his own Youtube channel, where he revealed that the antics of Suge Knight at the BET Awards led to him being “shoved me into this dirty-ass utility closet”, complete with “mops and interrogation lightbulbs” – where he found that he was not alone.

“I’m standing there and I got my head up against the door and I’m listening to people running and I’m hearing screaming and stuff, and I’m like ‘yo, this is crazy – Shuggs is a lunatic,” says Smith, before checking that Knight was still in jail so as to avoid repercussions. “Then all of a sudden, it starts to quiet.

“Then I hear ‘hey’,” continues Smith, delivering a high-pitched Jackson impression. “And I’m like ‘oh shit!’ Then I turn around and Michael Jackson is behind me in the closet. I was like ‘Oh! Mike?'”

Source: NME / Billie Jean

Jackson Family Upset By Rumors That Katherine Is On Her Deathbed. 19-04-'18

Katherine JacksonNews that Katherine Jackson suffered a “sudden and devastating stroke” over the weekend came as a shock to the Jackson family — especially Katherine.

“The story is bulls---,” said longtime Jackson family publicist and friend Steve Manning, who rarely responds to rumors about the First Family of Pop. “Mrs. Jackson is fine. She’s with (daughter) Rebbie. I don’t know where they get this fake news.”

The shocking report was published on Monday (April 16) by RadarOnline — an American Media Inc. property whose sister publications include Us Weekly and The National Enquirer.

Their story describes a dire situation in which the 87-year-old family matriarch “has the family around her 24/7 since the stroke.”

Multiple Jackson family insiders tell us that Katherine has received visitors in recent days in Los Angeles, but she’s healthy and fully expects to see her 88th birthday in three weeks.

One of Katherine’s nine children, who asked not to be named, also said that their mom is in good shape and doesn’t want friends to worry.

“It’s not true, It’s a rumor,” said that Jackson sibling. “She’s fine.”

Genevieve Jackson, the 28-year-old daughter of youngest family sibling Randy Jackson, posted on @geneviecejaxn: “Guys calm down! This isn’t true. Whoever put that story out is lying. She didn’t have a stroke and her health is definitely not failing. Katherine is okay!”

Genevieve also claimed that Katherine was alive and well on Sunday (April 15) when the kids gathered for “Game Night at Grandma’s.”

A third source, who’d hastily sent best wishes on Facebook after catching wind of Katherine’s alleged health problem, wrote to Confidential contributor Flo Anthony that the posting was a mistake: “I spoke with a family member. I'll take it down. Thanks Flo.”

Katherine’s granddaughter Paris, the daughter of Michael Jackson, doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Paris spent a chunk of her Wednesday (April 18) FaceTiming model Cara Delevingne, whom she was photographed kissing last month, thus setting off new couple alerts.

It was announced Wednesday that along with actress Charlize Theron, the King of Pop’s 20-year-old daughter will be honored at the Life Ball 25th anniversary in Vienna. Paris is being recognized for her work with her godmother Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS foundation.

Source: MSN / Billie Jean

The MJ Backstage Re-issues Its 'Jackson Collectors Book 2009-2010'. 16-04-'18

Jackson Collectors Book 2009-2010 CoverSurprise! In 2011, the MJ Backstage revived the fashion of the 'Collectors Book' by gathering in a big volume of 184 pages all the Jackson releases of the years 2009 and 2010. CD's going through the DVD's, the books, the merchandising, the tribute magazines, etc. Hundreds of Michael Jackson pieces, with descriptions, references and photos.

In 2011, they edited this limited edition press with the black and white interior. Faced with the demand of many fans to repeat this pressing, the MJBackstage is pleased to announce the availability of the MJ Backstage 'Collectors Book 2009-2010' version 2018, today.

This re-issue is an A5 format of 184 pages printed in 100% colors. A unique opportunity to get your hands on this reference book that will complete your "Jackson" collection. To order it, simply go to the special page of the MJ Backstage created for the occasion and follow the steps indicated by their partner Peecho who is in charge of logistics.

Publisher: ?
Author: Christophe Charlot, Gilles Moris and Marie Lefebre
Pages: 184
Printed: France
Guide price: 22,56 €

Order the book here at MJ Backstage.

Source: MJ Backstage / Billie Jean

Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson Suffers Stroke & Can't Speak Or Hear Properly. 16-04-'18

The famous matriarch is receiving urgent medical care.

Numerous inside sources reveal that Katherine Jackson, the mother of pop luminaries Janet and Michael, has suffered a stroke that has impacted her ability to see and hear properly, alleging that she's been suffering from health problems for a while now. The 87 year-old has since returned home and is surrounded by her large family.

Jackson was apparently treated at a San Fernando Valley medical facility, with doctors monitoring her progress following her latest hospitalization. One source notes how this is not the first stroke she's endured, which only helps elucidate some pressing health concerns that are plaguing the matriarch in her later years.

Jackson married her partner Joe back in 1949 and had ten children together, which would eventually result in the formation of the music industry's most powerful dynasty. She and her husband utilized their offspring's musical talents to form The Jackson 5, which helped bolster successful solo endeavours for brothers Jermaine and Michael, alongside Janet's eventual ascent into public notoriety.

Get well, Katherine.

Source: Hot New Hip Hop / Billie Jean

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