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Frank DiLeo’s Michael Jackson Collection For Grab. 23-10-'19

It is sad to see but more Michael Jackson items are going on auction at “Gotta Have Rock and Roll”.

This time they are from Frank DiLeo’s Estate and includes personal items that Frank has kept through the years working with Michael.

The full list has not been released yet but we can reveal that this auction will includes awards and props that where used on Michael Jackson’s videos.

The auction will take place from 13 -22 November 2019.

MJ Memorabilia
'Thriller' Award, Michael Jackson prop sign as seen in the movie 'Moonwalker' and in the music video 'Speed Demon' and 'This Is It' music award presented to Frank personally.

It is said that the DiLeo’s collection is big and many more items will appear on the auction soon.

Go to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Unseen Picture Of Michael Jackson Is Going Viral On The Web. 23-10-'19

This unseen picture of Michael Jackson is going viral on social media.

The shot was taken during the filming of the Pepsi Commercial in 1984 and the photographer is believed to be Michael Leshnov.

The shot is believed to have been taken back stage before the commercial was filmed.

The commercial in question is the one where Michael Jackson was injured and burned during a pyrotechnic effect.

The unseen picture has now been shared over a thousand times on different social media.

Pepsi Commercial - Backstage (27-01-1984)
Michael Leshnov photographed Michael Jackson backstage for the Pepsi Commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

You can find more information about Michael Leshnov here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Freddie Mercury Roasted Michael Jackson For Sleeping On The Floor In His Mansion. 23-10-'19

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson’s famous recording sessions in the 80's are the stuff of legend. The music icons spent days together working on new music at Jackson’s home studio in Encino, California in 1983 and developed a close friendship.

Fans have heard snippets over the years of what really happened inside those four walls, including from Freddie himself. But one man who was there to witness it all was Freddie’s personal assistant, Peter ‘Phoebe’ Freestone. Peter worked for Queen and Freddie for 12 years, right up until the musician’s death in 1991. According to the former PA, hanging out with two of the biggest superstars in the world didn’t feel out of the ordinary. Peter told Metro.co.uk: ‘You accept people how they are. For example, with Michael Jackson, Freddie and I went to his house to record for eight hours one day. This was back in 1983, and Freddie and Michael collaborated on three different tracks at that point. ‘But Michael didn’t treat me any differently than he treated Freddie. It was just the way people are. Michael and I played video games for half an hour while Freddie was outside smoking.’

According to Peter, Michael later took him and Freddie on a tour of the house, situated on Encino’s Hayvenhurst Avenue. When they got upstairs, Freddie couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a mattress on the middle of the floor of the king of pop’s million-dollar mansion. ‘Freddie just could not keep his mouth shut because right in the middle of the floor, was this big mattress made up as a bed,’ Peter recalled. ‘Freddie said, “You’ve got money why don’t you buy a bed?” And Michael just said, “I feel so much better when I’m closer to the Earth”. Freddie said, “Well how much closer does not having a bed make you? We’re upstairs”.’ Peter added: ‘That was the sort of thing that happened.’ Not many are privy to the inner workings of two music icons in the studio, and it’s an experience Peter is able to recall in minute detail, even after all these years. ‘It’s actually amazing to see two amazing talents working off each other,’ he revealed. ‘Basically Michael had a track ready, which was called State of Shock, which he wanted Freddie to put his voice on, so he did.’

Michael Jackson backstage at The Forum in California (07-1980)
Michael Jackson backstage at The Forum in California. He was at the Queen show that evening and came to see the band afterwards.

‘Then they worked on a track of Freddie’s, which was 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', that he was working on for a Queen album. ‘But the thing is, there was hardly any words or anything. So a lot of the time Michael was ad-libbing putting his own words in. In fact, there was a third track. The combination of the two of them, but just being there while they were actually, they were feeding off each other.’ Peter continued: ‘Each of them were just giving out everything they could to create something and to be present at that sort of thing is amazing. The same the same happened with David Bowie with 'Under Pressure' for Queen. ‘To be present when you have… it’s almost like electricity. Then you feel tension in the air and there’s that o-zone smell. It’s almost like that.’ Fans are able to enjoy Freddie’s music with fresh insight thanks to the release of the Never Boring box set, which features a specially-curated selection of the singer’s music, visuals and written and spoken words.

It includes three CD's with 32 tracks, a Blu-ray and DVD featuring 13 promo videos and an interview, a 120-page 10”x10” hardback book full of photos, and an introduction from Rami Malek himself. Earlier in October, the previously-banned music video for Freddie’s song 'Living On My Own', was released for the first time completely remastered. The visuals were shot at Freddie’s 39th birthday party and basically, it was a raucous affair. Recalling the night it was shot, Peter said: ‘The party was always meant to be filmed. It was going to be part of this video. So they set up a camera on a track going all around the room and everything. ‘People knew it was going to be filmed.’

He added: ‘The thing is, it still didn’t stop all the alcohol flowing. ‘It really did get quite crazy at the end. I mean, I can remember more about staggering home at four o’clock in the morning, than the three or four hours before that. It was a nonstop round of dancing, drinking. It just became totally crazy.’

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


Peter Andre Defends Michael Jackson’s Music Ahead Of 'Thriller' Musical Role. 23-10-'19

Peter AndrePeter Andre has defended his decision to take on a guest role in the 'Thriller' musical despite renewed sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.

Historic allegations against Jackson hit headlines again earlier this year after the release of the documentary 'Leaving Neverland', which featured graphic claims of abuse.

Jackson’s estate vehemently denied the allegations against the star and unsuccessfully urged to Channel 4 to rethink their plans to screen the two-part film.

Andre, 46, will take on the lead role in the West End production of 'Thriller' this December, and has defended the continued prominence of Jackson’s music.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, he said: “I’ve always said that I think we’ve got to keep the music separate.

“If you’re going to go there and say you can’t listen to the music because there are allegations, OK, well do you listen to the music pre and supposed allegations? Where do you go with it?

“This show is about the music. I always have to say that they are allegations.”

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Ed Cherney'Off The Wall' Engineer Ed Cherney Dies Age 69. 22-10-'19

Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Ed Cherney passed away today after a battle with cancer. Cherney had a long and successful career as one of the industry’s most respected and premier recording engineers for his work on both studio and live remote recording projects.

Born in Chicago in 1950, Cherney began as an amateur musician, but later roadied for some friends’ band and eventually began mixing their live shows, and ended up in the studio working with them, followed by more P.A. gigs mixing with a local sound company, while studying electronics at DeVry University. After taking a short course with legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien, Cherney was hooked on studio life and took an entry-level job at Paragon Recording Studios, and over the next three years, built his engineering chops.

He then moved to southern California, snagging an assistant engineering gig at Westlake Studios, a favorite haunt of Bruce Swedien and Quincy Jones and starting with working on Michael Jackson’s 'Off The Wall', began a lifelong association with Swedien and Jones and a host of other top producers including greats like Phil Ramone and Don Was.

Artists he worked with included: Bette Midler, Bob Dylan, Bob Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, Buddy Guy, David Lindley, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Goo Goo Dolls, Iggy Pop, Jackson Browne, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo, Ry Cooder, Spinal Tap, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Wallflowers, Willie Nelson and Wynnona Judd. Scores and soundtracks Cheney worked on included Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Coming To America, The Bourne Legacy, Green Hornet, The Hobbit, Hairspray and Sex & The City — among many others.

During his career, Cherney received three Grammy Award nominations, an Emmy Award, five TEC Awards, and was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame in 2015. Yet through it all, he always remained humble. “What success I’ve had owes much to the musical greats I’ve sat behind over the years — giants like Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, Don Was and Phil Ramone — listening through their ears, learning how they make great music,” he once said. “The secret was to just be cool, stay in God’s graces and work it out.”

Cherney was generous with his time, often sharing his knowledge at NARAS, NAMM and AES events and seminars, and had many friends throughout the industry. Rest well, old friend. You will be missed and never be forgotten.

Ed Cherney is survived by his wife Rose Mann-Cherney. No plans for a memorial had been announced at presstime.

Source: Guitar / Billie Jean


HBO Taking Michael Jackson 'Leaving Neverland' Dispute To Appeals Court. 21-10-'19

HBOHBO wants another shot at convincing a court that the Michael Jackson Estate can't go to arbitration over its Emmy-winning sex abuse documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. On Monday, the pay network filed paperwork for a high-stakes appeal.

The Michael Jackson Estate is attempting to enforce a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract — one that provided HBO with rights to air a televised concert following the release of Jackson's album 'Dangerous'. That contract had provisions pertaining to secrecy and non-disparagement, which the estate is seizing upon to litigate 'Leaving Neverland', which focuses on allegations against Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck. In February, a petition to compel arbitration was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court just days before HBO aired the documentary.

In response, HBO had the case removed to federal court and attacked it as a "transparent effort to bolster their publicity campaign against the documentary."

The pay cabler argues that the legal claims are premised on an old agreement that has been fully performed by the parties and thus terminated. It further contends that the Michael Jackson Estate is attempting to trample on its First Amendment rights by using a quarter-century-old, nearly forgotten contract as "a perpetual platform to police HBO's speech."

Ultimately, though, a federal court deferred to the primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act and decided that the arbitrator would have a crack at tackling the controversy. In making this decision, U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu rejected HBO's bid to have a petition for arbitration stricken under California's anti-SLAPP statute, which provides special recourse to those hauled into court on frivolous actions targeting First Amendment activity.

HBO is now going to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"This bogus appeal is nothing more than HBO’s latest desperate attempt to cover up the truth about its shoddy journalism," responds Bryan Freedman, an attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate. "For seven months HBO has tried and failed to avoid a public arbitration. This appeal, which is its latest Hail Mary attempt, is even more pathetic than all of its other attempts to avoid public scrutiny. If HBO truly wanted to avoid a judgment, it should have thought about that before it aided and abetted a one sided documentary without any journalistic integrity and in which the subjects have a huge motivation to lie — namely the millions of dollars for which they are suing the Estate. Our client will never stop until justice is served."

Although Freedman characterizes the appeal as a "Hail Mary," that was hardly the assessment of Wu, who during a Sept. 19 hearing stated that "a lot of these issues are so close and up in the air that I think no matter which side wins or loses, they are going to appeal."

The judge also told the parties at the hearing that "this stuff should be decided in the Circuit Court."

Although HBO hasn't spelled out the grounds for its appeal before the Ninth Circuit, the network — represented by the all-star legal team of Daniel Petrocelli and Ted Boutrous — will likely argue that California's anti-SLAPP statute isn't preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act and thus the Michael Jackson Estate can't go to arbitration unless it can demonstrate the likelihood of its victory there.

The use of SLAPP laws in federal courts is a particularly hot topic, and there's some reason to believe this case might be a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, particularly since it also addresses the topic of arbitrability, something that has attracted close attention by the high court justices in recent years.

If the case does eventually wind up in arbitration, it could be an odd one. The Michael Jackson Estate says it wants an "open" proceeding, which would be rare for an arbitration forum like JAMS. Additionally, it's not clear that 'Leaving Neverland' needs to be factually inaccurate for the estate to prevail over HBO. After all, this is not a defamation suit. It's a dispute based on an agreement not to disparage Jackson. Nevertheless, the estate is eager for the opportunity to show off evidence it has collected in prior legal disputes with the Jackson accusers featured in 'Leaving Neverland'.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson X Halloween. 19-10-'19

Sony just released a brand new Michael Jackson play list special Halloween called: 'Michael Jackson X Halloween' on Spotify!

37 Michael Jackson tracks to play during the Halloween season and Halloween parties!

The album (digital) cover takes the last year 'Halloween' compilation 'Scream' artwork:

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonNew Michael Jackson Documentary Coming On Netflix In 2020. 19-10-'19

A new documentary will see light in 2020 on Netflix. The documentary is directed by Spanish film maker Marcos Cabota and is about Michael Jackson, the artist and the man.

Cabota has been posting about the movie for a while now and will have many people who worked with Michael Jackson and his family.

Known people already on board are Brad Buxer (who also worked on the music of the documentary), Toto, Bruce Swedien, Tarryl Jackson, Siedah Garrett.

The documentary will show how Michael was as an artist, his work and legacy in the music industry.

On twitter, Cabota has posted many pictures of locations where he filmed the documentary: The Thriller house, Neverland Ranch, New York recording studio, London Quincy Jones’ concerts and so on.

On Cabota’s website, 'Music. Love. Billie Jean' is showing as the title of the up coming documentary.

It is also said that the documentary will be on Netflix around the time of the opening of the new Broadway show “MJ” in 2020.

It is unclear if the Estate of Michael Jackson was involved in this project but we are looking forward to see a very positive documentary about Michael Jackson coming to the masses.

To be continued…

Source: JR / Marcos Cabota / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Stuck In Neverland: Streams Of Michael Jackson's Music Have Actually Increased Since HBO Doc.
18-10-'19

Michael JacksonIn March, HBO's harrowing four-hour, two-part documentary 'Leaving Neverland' reexamined allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck that Michael Jackson had repeatedly sexually abused them when they were children in the 1980's and 1990's. And the explosive program had the late star's fans — as well as radio programmers — fiercely debating whether his hits would, or should, be played again.

The backlash was fast and fierce. Reviewers predicted the film would devastate Jackson's legacy; Oprah Winfrey agreed to sympathetic interviews of Robson and Safechuck on HBO; radio stations in New Zealand and Canada pulled Jackson's music. In response, Jackson's family called the allegations a "public lynching," pointing out that Jackson, who was found innocent of child-­molestation charges in a 2005 trial, was not around to defend himself. The late singer's estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO. (The estate declined to comment.)

In the immediate aftermath, U.S. radio airplay of Jackson's catalog dropped precipitously. According to a Billboard analysis of Nielsen Music data, in the four weeks prior to 'Leaving Neverland', his songs averaged 14,000 spins per week at radio, while in the 31 weeks afterward, through Oct. 3, stations played his music an average of 11,000 times. The radio audience for Jackson's music fell 32.1% during this period.

Yet people kept listening to Jackson's music. During the same 31-week period, Billboard found that streaming consumption of Jackson's catalog never saw a decline — on-demand streams of Jackson's catalog actually increased by 22.1%, outpacing the industry's 21.8% growth.

"After I saw the documentary and played Michael Jackson, I got on the mic and said, 'I hope no one here saw the documentary,' and people didn't say a word," says Jeff Wittels, owner and DJ at Retroclubnyc, a New York dance club that spins 70's, 80's and 90's hits. "They couldn't care less."

WFEZ Miami, which reaches 1 million listeners, "backed off" on the amount of spins of Jackson's music after the documentary aired, according to branding and program director Gary Williams. "But as far as complaints go, I maybe got two emails," he says. "As soon as we went back [to playing Jackson's music], we got a positive response."

"These are some of my top-­testing songs, and you want to give the listeners what they want," adds WRRM Cincinnati program director Brian Demay. "If the listeners haven't complained, don't sacrifice your product."

Such listener loyalty bodes well for the Jackson estate, which has been rolling out new projects including a Broadway musical, set to debut in August 2020, and a 1,000-copy box set containing LP's and Blu-ray discs. Sony reps were prepping the box set before 'Leaving Neverland', and Scott Carter, senior vp marketing for Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, says the allegations had no impact on the release: "The basics for this were drummed up before that even happened."

"We got more emails saying, 'Thank you for playing this' versus 'Why are you playing it?' " says WALR Atlanta branding and program director Terri Avery. "And what would Halloween be without 'Thriller'?"

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


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