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Breaking: Supreme Court Rules To Hear Case Of Fan Versus Sony Music & Michael Jackson Estate In Fake Songs Lawsuit. 13-12-'18

Michael CD Album CoverThe Supreme Court of California has today ruled that it will hear the case of Vera Serova versus Sony Music and The Estate of Michael Jackson regarding the advertisement and commercial distribution of three allegedly-forged songs attributed to the late pop superstar on the 'Michael' album since December 2010.

The ruling is a huge step towards justice for plaintiff Serova as she attempts to hold Sony Music and the Jackson Estate accountable for their decision to falsely advertise and sell a fraudulent product to Michael Jackson fans around the world.

Last month, on November 7, 2018, Serova and her legal team completed the process of petitioning the Supreme Court of California to intervene as a last gasp attempt to force Sony and the Jackson Estate to face the music. The corporations were controversially dismissed from the case in August this year, when the Court of Appeal ruled that they should be able to sell forgeries as the real deal—as long as they didn’t know the songs were fake.

Today, the seven Justices of the Court who reviewed Serova’s petition ruled that the Supreme Court should hear the case. The Justices felt the Court of Appeal’s ruling that corporations should be allowed to advertise and sell fake art as authentic was problematic in the eyes of the law.

Serova contends that the three songs at the centre of her lawsuit ('Breaking News', 'Keep Your Head Up' and 'Monster') were released by Sony and the Jackson Estate with fake vocals—sung not by the King of Pop, but by a soundalike.

The three allegedly-fake songs were sold to Sony and the Jackson Estate in mid-2010 by music producers and longtime Jackson friends Eddie Cascio and James Porte as part of a collection of twelve songs they claim Jackson recorded in their basement in 2007. Serova’s lawsuit contends Jackson did no such thing, instead claiming that Porte and Cascio masterminded the most high-profile art forgery in the history of the music business.

Additional litigation remains pending against Cascio and Porte, who have been sued by Serova for fraud. The case against Cascio and Porte has been on hold for almost two years now. The delay comes as a result of Sony and the Jackson Estate’s continued appeals. But the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case could result in new activity in the fraud component of the case, including the possibility of new defendants being added.

The obvious candidate for inclusion in the fraud component of the lawsuit would be the alleged singer of the songs, Jason Malachi. The Jackson family alerted Sony and the Estate to the fact that they believed Malachi was the singer of the songs in question way back in October 2010—two months before the 'Michael' album was released. Upon the album’s release, Malachi’s longtime producer and vocal coach, Tony Kurtis, went public with his insistence that Malachi was the singer of the songs. At that time, countless Jackson fans around the world also identified Malachi as the singer, recognising his voice—not Jackson’s—on the songs in question.

Participating in the recording of vocals that Michael Jackson did not record and passing them off as work by Jackson constitutes art forgery, which is a felony in the Unites States. If pursued by the authorities, such a crime carries the potential penalty of prison time. At this point, however, Serova’s civil litigation is the only course of action being taken.

UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, plaintiff Vera Serova made a blockbuster revelation via Twitter. Serova was asked by a fellow Twitter user whether she had seen Malachi’s response to the above-mentioned YouTube comment.

Serova, using the Twitter handle @MorinenMJ, responded by not only confirming she had seen it, but by revealing that she and her legal team have ‘direct evidence of his involvement’ based on correspondence with Malachi’s lawyer!

What this means for the case remains to be seen, but the fact that Serova’s lawyer and Malachi’s lawyer have been in contact, and that such contact resulted in ‘direct evidence of his involvement’ with the songs, is a major development.

Stay tuned for further updates on the Serova vs Sony Music, Jackson Estate, Cascio, Porte et al case. I will provide more information as the case progresses. You can also subscribe to my upcoming podcast series about these songs and this case, called FAKING MICHAEL, and listen to the trailer by clicking here.

Source: Damien Shields / Billie Jean


MJ HologramMichael Jackson “Come Back To The X” Holographic Concert. 13-12-'18

You heard right! A Michael Jackson Holographic Concert will take place in Shanghai on December 21.

Thanks to some pretty impressive technology, you can watch as the MJ digital apparition moonwalks his way across the stage and performs some of his greatest hits. Think ‘Thriller,’ ‘Beat It’ and ‘Man in the Mirror,’ to name a few.

The Michael Jackson Come Back to the X Holographic Concert will take place on December 21 at the Mixing Room at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, No. 1200, EXPO Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai.

Not sure the Estate has approved this as we all know that China has a different point of view on Copy rights, Trademarks and licencing.

This concert happened last August but we couldn’t find any reviews or pictures from the show so we do not know the quality of the hologram or if it is a real Michael Jackson footage or again an impersonator. As soon as we can find more information, photos or reviews, we will keep you updated.

To buy tickets, click here.

For more information, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Brazilian Singer Pays Tribute To The King Of Pop In New Video. 12-12-'18

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte is currently recording her new video paying tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

She recreated the “Brazilian” version of Spike Lee’s video for 'They Don’t Care About Us'.

The song called 'Saudade' can be heard playing in the background. The video is a full copy cat of the original 1996 video directed by Spike Lee.

Look below at the video.

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Recently Added To My Collection. 12-12-'18
Michael Jackson: United States Discography – Vinyl Records (1971-2015) [Book]

Michael Jackson: United States Discography – Vinyl Records (1971-2015) Book Cover'Michael Jackson: United States Discography – Vinyl Records' book was released on April 22nd, 2017 in the USA by publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and it is all about Michael Jackson’s vinyl's from America between 1972 and 2014.

The book is just over 300 pages and has around 300 items. Just like the 'Ultimate Collector Book Series', but only for vinyl's from America.

Michael Jackson vinyl records full-color discography + 1100 images + 302 pages, lp's, singles 7" & 12". Images of front and back covers and A/B side labels of every Record. Discography edited in United Statesby Motown / Epic (1971 - 2015). A full-color guide for everyone. A consultation for those who want to remember or who are beginning to know the best artist of all time: The King of Pop.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Juan Carlos Irigoyen Pérez
Pages: 302
ISBN: 978-1545552513
Printed: USA
Guide price: 66 €

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Source: Billie Jean


Review: Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson Book Is Released. 09-12-'18

Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson Book CoverThe book 'Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson' is released on october 1st, 2018 by publisher Independently published.

"Humanitarian” delves into Michael Jackson’s charity involvement over the course of his career.

It includes a diary of Michael Jackson's visits to orphanages & children’s hospitals around the world, charity appearances and documents his body of work that was never celebrated or publicised by the mass media & is just as big, if not more-so than his musical career.

Publisher: Independently published
Author: Paul Dwyer
Pages: 103
ISBN: 978-1724197948
Printed: ?
Guide price: 50 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


More Personal Michael Jackson Items On Auction. 07-12-'18

More personal items from Michael Jackson will be auctioned on December 8 in Los Angeles.

The items are from the Ira & Larry Goldberg Collection and includes:

Michael Jackson Completed and Signed Application For Lost Passport With Photos. Sometime between 1993 and 1994, Michael Jackson lost his passport and had to fill out an application for replacement. Offered is a near completed original form with the four image Polaroid photograph one submits to have included in the passport. The information has been filled out including place and date of birth, occupation (Entertainer), mother and father’s name, height and the like. Jackson has signed the form in black fine point pen but is undated. The second document is the Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport with none of the information completed. Photo and documents and signature are in excellent condition. Estimated Value $750-UP.

Michael Jackson: Outstanding Handwritten and Supremely Heartfelt Letter To Bill Bray For His Love and “Being a Father”. (1958-2009) “The King of Pop”. Exceptional and rare handwritten letter to Bill Bray on a simple, ruled sheet of yellow 12 x 8″ note pad paper, expressing his heartfelt appreciation for his love and friendship. Bill Bray officially held the position of Executive Director, Office of Special Services with MJJ Productions. But Mr. Bray proved personally much more to Jackson and very much a mentor, a friend and father figure as clearly evident in this beautiful letter of love and thanks. “Bill, It’s been a long long road, we have traveled throughout the years, concert tours, meeting dignitaries, kings and queens of countries, touring around the world twice, making people happy through the gift and love of Music. I’m coming of age now and really [sic] realize the importance of true love. Joseph never ever had time for me, he only saw me as a way for him to make money. And as you know Mother was a perfect mother. But I never was with her, my childhood was on stage away from Mother. What I’m Simply Trying To Say Is Thank you For Being a FATHER. I don’t know what would have happened to me if you were not around. I love you, M.J.”Letter was twice folded and addressed on verso “Bill The Joker”. Letter is undated and in excellent condition. Estimated Value $7,500-UP.

MJ ItemsPersonal Michael Jackson items on auction at Invaluable.

Michael Jackson: Handwritten and Sincere Note To Bill Bray For Being a Father Figure For Him. (1958-2009) “The King of Pop”. Rare handwritten letter to Bill Bray on a simple, ruled sheet of notepad paper, 8 x 4″ expressing his heartfelt appreciation for his love and friendship. Bill Bray officially held the position of Executive Director, Office of Special Services with MJJ Productions. But Mr. Bray proved personally much more to Jackson and very much a mentor, a friend and father figure. “Bill thank you so much for all the years of love and compassion. You have become more Father like than Joseph. Thank you for being there at the right time and sharing your love. M.J.” This wonderful note has been beautifully kept for 25 years. Executed by Jackson in blue ball point pen. Estimated Value $2,500-UP.

Auction details and information here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Invaluable / Billie Jean


Girl You're So Together Maxi-Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 06-12-'18
Girl You're So Together (Maxi-Single)

'Girl You're So Together' is the second and last single lifted from Michael's album 'Farewell My Summer Love', released by Motown on August 11th, 1984 in the USA. Arranged and produced by Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell.

This song was recorded by Michael on 31st August 1973 in the USA (at the age of 14) on the Motown label - the same day he also recorded 'Don't Let It Get You Down' and 'Farewell My Summer Love'.

This remained unreleased until May 26th, 1984, when it was one of nine previously unheard songs remixed and included on a 'new' Motown album, 'Farewell My Summer Love 1984' (the '1984' was quickly dropped).

The version on the maxi-single is the same as the single version, we got 3 hits more on this vinyl, 'Touch The One You Love', Ben' and Ain't No Sunshine'.

My maxi-single is printed in the UK with the series number: TMGT 1355.

Track list:

A:
1. Girl You're So Together - 3:09
2. Touch The One You Love - 2:47

B:
1. Ben - 2:42
1. Ain't No Sunshine - 4:09

Record label: Motown
Released: 11-08-1984
Series number: TMGT 1355
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

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Source: Billie Jean


We're Almost There Maxi-Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 06-12-'18
We're Almost There (Maxi-Single)

'We're Almost There' is the first single lifted from Michael's album 'Forever Michael', released by Motown on February 6th, 1975 in the USA. It was later released as a single in the UK in July, 1981 as a follow-up to the chart topping 'One Day In Your Life'. Composed by Eddie and Brian Holland.

As Jackson's voice matured, Motown found it difficult to find material to suit the 16-year-old Jackson, who had sung in a higher voice for most of the duration of his Motown tenure.

The version on the maxi-single is the same as the single version.

My maxi-single is printed in the UK with the series number: 12TMG 977.

Track list:

A:
1. We're Almost There - 3:33

B:
1. We've Got A Good Thing Going - 2:59

Record label: Motown
Released: 07-1981
Series number: 12TMG 977
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

Go and see my collection

Source: Billie Jean


Billie Jean 16th Anniversary'Billie Jean' 16th Anniversary!!! 06-12-'18

Hello faithful Michael Jackson fans in honour of the sixteen anniversary of this fan site "Billie Jean", you gets today an update of the Wallpapers + a megamix of Michael Jackson: The Mix (Edited & ReWorked).

Exactly 16 years ago I started with making this site and has grown to 800 pages where you can find a lot about our idol "MJ".

I thank the fans around the world to visit my website "Billie Jean" and should be proud of so many visitors. Every day I have more than 700 visitors, around the 255000 visitors past year. Less visitors than the year 2017. There's something to perceived for each fan here on "Billie Jean".

On those 16 years I've received much positive mails, where most of the fans are looking for the Latest News of MJ, my Remixes, In The Mix, Wallpapers and the Item of the month is very interested for you.

The top months were:
•June 25, the Michael Jackson's 9th Anniversary.
•June, London’s National Portrait Gallery is opening its Michael Jackson exhibition called ‘Michael Jackson: On The Wall,’ which is produced with the co-operation of the Michael Jackson Estate.
•August, Michael Jackson would have been 60 this year.
•August 24, the release of the box set 'The Picture Disc Collection'.
•At the end of October, 'Michael Jackson: On The Wall' packed up its artistic bags and headed to Paris where on Friday 23rd November, it opened in the Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees, where it’ll stay until the end of February 2019.

Doing my best to spoil you guys (fans) with anything about Michael Jackson. Are there any comments or questions please give us an email, on to the 16th year.

This year there are multiple pages added and more:

1. My whole Michael Jackson Collection includes texts and pictures.

2. I made a wallpaper, 1 remix and 1 In The Mix for the fans all around the world.

3. The 'News Archive' of 2006 is also back online.

4. The 'Merchandise' 2006 is also back online.

5. For the next year there's more to come, I'll tell you next year with the updates for January.

Enjoy the site and Keep Michaeling from webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean


Mijac Counter-Attacks On Copyrights. 05-12-'18

The Estate of Michael Jackson disputes the announcement made by Primary Wave concerning Sly Stone copyrights. The company has issued a statement that reads: “The Sly & The Family Stone’s classic song copyrights are owned by Mijac Music, which is part of the Estate of Michael Jackson, and is administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which handles all licensing requests.”

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired an interest in the Sly & the Family Stone music catalog, the company announced today. The deal includes all music assets of Even St. Productions, which covers music publishing and master royalty streams of all songs written by Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone) including the hits 'Everyday People', 'Thank You', 'Dance To The Music', and 'Family Affair'.

The influential R&B group first broke out in 1968 with the release of 'Dance To The Music'. Helping introduce funk to the masses, Sly and the Family Stone also released No. 1 songs 'Everyday People', 'Family Affair', 'Stand!' and 'Hot Fun In The Summertime', among others. Often sampled, Sly’s songs defined the sound of an era and informed future music by Prince, Public Enemy, The Roots and OutKast.”

In 2015, a Los Angeles jury awarded $5 million to Stone in a breach-of-contract suit against his business partners. Jurors found that Stone’s ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and the company Even Street Productions owed him royalties.

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired an interest in the Sly & the Family Stone music catalog, the company announced today. The deal includes all music assets of Even St. Productions, which covers music publishing and master royalty streams of all songs written by Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone) including the hits 'Everyday People', 'Thank You', 'Dance To The Music', and 'Family Affair'.

Source: Variety / Billie Jean


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