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Bear ToysAfter 'Thriller', BE@RBRICK × Michael Jackson Goes 'Bad'. 24-05-'19

Last January, BE@RBRICK released a selection of their Bears in a 'Thriller' version!

Today, they just released a 'Bad' version! Officially licenses,, they will come in different dimensions and will cost between £90 and £362: 70mm/280mm ones or 700mm ones!

OK! It’s weird and not very pretty! But weirdly enough.

Bearbrick (rendered Be@rbrick) is a collectible toy designed and produced by the Japanese company Medicom Toy. The name is derived from the fact that the figure is a cartoon-style representation of a bear and that it is a variation of Medicom's Kubrick design. The at sign in the place of the letter a is a visual device that is a part of the Bearbrick brand, and as such, a trademark of Medicom Toy.

Michael Jackson TM;
Rights of the Publicity and Persona Rights:
Triumph International, Inc.
(C) 2019 Triumph International, Inc.
Licensing Representative:
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BE@RBRICK TM & (C) 2001-2019
MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION. All rights reserved.

Order here the Bear Toy here at Bearbrick.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Estate And Former Manager Tohme Tohme Settle Lawsuit. 24-05-'19

Tohme TohmeA settlement has been reached in a lawsuit between Tohme Tohme and Michael Jackson’s Estate.

The settlement announced Thursday (May 23) with Tohme Tohme ends one of the last remaining legal fights involving Michael Jackson’s Estate.

The deal came after five days of the trial had already been held. Terms of the agreement were not released.

Tohme had initially sought nearly $20 million in commissions from the Jackson estate when he first filed the lawsuit in 2012.

Before trial began, a judge threw out part of the lawsuit in which Tohme sought part of the profits of the concert film 'This is It', which was released after Michael’s death.

Also, the Estate has started the lawsuit against HBO regarding 'Leaving Neverland' and maybe the will to get this one out of the way as quick as possible to concentrate on HBO was maybe why this has been settled quickly.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Radio Stations Drop Michael Jackson's Music After 'Leaving Neverland' Documentary. 22-05-'19

Leaving NeverlandA number of radio stations worldwide have dropped Michael Jackson's music in the wake of a new documentary publishing sexual assault allegations against the singer.

Two-part documentary 'Leaving Neverland' has already aired in the US on HBO, and is set to air on Channel 4 at 9pm today and tomorrow.

The two hour-long episodes hear from Wade Robson and James Safechuck - now grown men - who claim that Jackson abused them as children.

While the Jackson Estate has reacted with threats of legal action against the documentary and called it a "public lynching", the response from viewers has led a number of radio stations in New Zealand, Canada and other countries to make the decision to pull MJ's music.

"Michael Jackson isn't currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations' playlists," company director for radio Leon Wratt said in a statement.

He added: "This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences - it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear."

Radio NZ said that it would only play Jackson's music if it was "part of a news story or to provide colour around a commentary piece".

And NZME director Dean Buchanan said: "Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them."

Four radio stations in Canada - three in Montreal and one in Quebec - are not playing Jackson's songs.

Amsterdam-based NHRadio and Norway's NRK have also followed suit.

However, the BBC has denied that it has pulled his music after it was reported by Variety it had been "quietly dropped" from one station.

Wade Robson says Jackson began abusing him aged seven, and Safechuck says he was aged 10 when the alleged abuse started.

Directed and produced by Emmy Award-nominated British filmmaker Dan Reed, the 'Leaving Neverland' synopsis reads: 'Leaving Neverland' is a two-part documentary exploring the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson.

"Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 37, and Robson, now 41, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of his own."

'Leaving Neverland' airs on Channel 4 tonight and tomorrow at 9pm.

Source: Pretty 52 / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Bodyguard Matt Fiddes Warns New Doc Will "Ruin 'Leaving Neverland' Director's Career". 22-05-'19

Matt FiddesMichael Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes has shared a clip from an explosive new documentary which he says will ruin the career of 'Leaving Neverland' director Dan Reed.

Fiddes, who worked with the singer for 10 years, is backing new movie 'Michael Jackson: Chase The Truth', which aims to debunk the child sex abuse claims made in 'Leaving Neverland'.

Click here to watch the video.

In a post on Instagram today, Fiddes gave fans a look at the film ahead of its release next month and warned it will "get the real truth out".

He wrote: "I have just been sent the 2nd teaser for the @michaeljackson documentary being released next month.

"Here it is! It’s looking good! If I was the director of #leavingneverland I would be very concerned about my career right now!

"Let’s all get behind this #michaeljackson documentary and get the real truth out!

"I will update you on this page as and when @entertainmeproductions give me release dates and maybe a premiere date of the film."

In harrowing Channel 4 documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', Wade Robson and James Safechuck both claimed Jackson groomed and molested them. 

However, personal trainer Fiddes believes that with a team of 100 security guards and 150 staff in total, there's no way Jackson and the boys could ever have been alone at his Neverland Ranch, where the abuse allegedly took place.

Revealing his role in 'Chase The Truth', Fiddes explained: "It is near on impossible for anyone to get past staff and the security in place.

Fans could not get past us and would go to extreme levels to meet Michael. And Michael was never alone when travelling with his friends/family/nannies in tow and many other members of the entourage!"

Both Wade and James claimed they were molested by Jackson in his bedroom and closet, and that the father-of-three had a system of alarms outside his bedroom to alert him if anyone came near.

But according to Fiddes, the "secret room" was actually a panic room that was built before Jackson bought Neverland in 1987.

"People used to parachute into Neverland in the hope to meet their idol and he had to run to his panic room! Corridor alarms when people approach your private space is normal for all superstars!" Fiddes said.

"And even cameras above his bedroom door for surveillance by bodyguards while on the road too as well as nighttime security bedroom door security. He was checked on through the night too by phone calls!"

Chase The Truth also features Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe, who revealed to Mirror Online how he had debunked the theory that the singer abused children in the Neverland train station.

Director Reed later addressed the doubters, tweeting: "Progress - seem to have conceded that Safechuck was molested and are now debating which rooms at Neverland the sex took place in + James' age when it stopped.

"How about adding up total number of nights MJ slept with other people’s sons: was it hundreds or thousands?"

The Jackson family have hit back at the 'Leaving Neverland' allegations and compared the hounding of Michael to a "public lynching", especially as the late singer is unable to defend himself in person.

The superstar, who was previously tried on child molestation charges and acquitted on every count, died in 2009 at the aged of 50.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Dancing Machine (Brown Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 21-05-'19
Dancing Machine (Brown Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue Album]

The album 'Dancing Machine' of the Jackson Five was reissued under the Motown label in Europe on May 17th, 2019 in brown vinyl. This reissue is announced as a limited edition of 1000 copies. The album has the original album art outer jacket with a inner printed sleeve and the brown vinyl has the original label art.

'Dancing Machine' was for the first time released on September 5th, 1974 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during November 1974 by Tamla Motown.

Although the Jacksons were back on the charts, the brothers still complained of their artistic direction. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Around this time the Jacksons were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family leaving this album with low Dancing Machine (Brown Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Albumpromotion.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson & Hal Davis.

My (yellow vinyl - limited edition) [re-issue] album is printed in Europe with the series number: M6 780S1.

Track list:

A:
1. I Am Love - 7:26
2. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:55
3. She's A Rhythm Child - 2:37
4. Dancing Machine - 2:41

B:
1. The Life Of The Party - 2:33
2. What You Don't Know - 4:21
3. If I Don't Love You This Way - 3:24
4. It All Begins And Ends With Love - 3:07
5. The Mirrors Of My Mind - 2:59

Record label: Motown
Released: 17-05-2019
Series number: M6 780S1
Printed: EU
Guide price: 25 €

Go and see my collection

Source: Billie Jean


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Dancing Machine (Brown Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album Cover'Dancing Machine' Album (Brown Vinyl) Is Reissued 17-05-'19

The reissue of the 'Dancing Machine' album in brown vinyl is released by Motown.

This year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the King of Pop. That's why we reissue the album of his Jackson 5 period!I t's a limited edition album (limited to 1000 pressings).

'Dancing Machine' was for the first time released on September 5th, 1974 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during November 1974 by Tamla Motown.

Although the Jacksons were back on the charts, the brothers still complained of their artistic direction. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Around this time the Jacksons were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family leaving this album with low Dancing Machine (Brown Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Albumpromotion.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson & Hal Davis.

Track list:

Dancing Machine

A:
1. I Am Love - 7:26
2. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:55
3. She's A Rhythm Child - 2:37
4. Dancing Machine - 2:41

B:
1. The Life Of The Party - 2:33
2. What You Don't Know - 4:21
3. If I Don't Love You This Way - 3:24
4. It All Begins And Ends With Love - 3:07
5. The Mirrors Of My Mind - 2:59

Record label: Motown
Series number: ?
Printed: ?
Guide price: 25 €

Order the album here at Culture Factory.

Source: Culture Factory / Billie Jean


Taika WaititiTaika Waititi Says Michael Jackson Film Script Is 'Brilliant'. 16-05-'19

Taika Waititi has boasted his 'Bubbles' script about the life of Michael Jackson is ''brilliant''.

The 43-year-old filmmaker's animation tells Michael Jackson's life story through the eyes of his famous pet chimpanzee called Bubbles and although the project is ''stuck in the early stages'' he's proud of his story and thinks the concept is ''so cool''.

Speaking to Deadline, he said: ''That script has been around for a long time, and it's a little bit stuck in the early stages of trying to figure out what it could be and what it would look like.

''It's a f***ing brilliant script, though. It's so cool to look at the idea of telling a story like this through the eyes of a chimpanzee.

''But right now I'm finishing two other features - one which I'm looking to do this year - and finishing 'Jojo [Rabbit], and there are a couple of TV shows I'm developing. There's about two or three that I mentioned to the press, and they're way back on my backburner.''

The 'Thor: Ragnarok' director is currently working on dark comedy film 'Jojo Rabbit' which follows 10-year-old boy Jojo, a proud member of the Hitler Youth who falls in love with a Jewish girl he finds hiding from the fascist force in an attic.

Taika plays Jojo's imaginary friend, a version of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, but he didn't do any research for the role because he knows the dictator is ''such a f***ing ****''.

He said: ''I didn't base him on anything I'd seen about Hitler before. I just made him a version of myself that happened to have a bad haircut and a sh*tty little moustache. And a mediocre German accent. It would just be too weird to play the actual Hitler, and I don't think people would enjoy the character as much. Because he was such a f***ing **** and everyone knows that as well.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Prince And Blanket Jackson Launch New YouTube Show. 16-05-'19

Prince and Blanket Jackson have started their own YouTube series.

The 22-year-old and 17-year-old brothers - who are the sons of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson - have teamed up for a movie review show on the online platform, with their first review of 'Avengers: Endgame'.

Taking to Instagram, he wrote: ''We are very excited to announce that we are starting a movie review channel. Right now you can go see our first ever video on my YouTube channel (link in bio) we know that this is a very rough first video but we want to take you on the journey with us as we improve and develop the show. As usual all input is welcome here or in the YouTube comments. Expect more to come y'all #avengersendgame (sic)''

Prince and Blanket JacksonMichael Jackson’s son Prince graduates from College on Saturday (May 11),
Blanket was there to cheer on older brother Prince.

Prince had previously vowed to carry on his father Michael's charity work.

Speaking as he collected the Motif Lifetime Medal of Honor, he said: ''This is a really special moment for me. My dad did some cool things, but his biggest passion was helping others. I learned how important that was from him. We called the foundation Heal L.A., because the goal was to further the cause of dad's Heal the World organisation and start locally by helping out at home. John and I got together with a few of our friends at school and decided to do little things to help out. All of a sudden, it just got bigger and bigger. We were giving more and hosting more events, and all of these amazing people started helping. Let's heal L.A. and Heal the World.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


KINGVENTIONKINGVENTION Needs Your Help. 16-05-'19

As you all know, KINGVENTION – the European Michael Jackson Convention will take place inn Central London on September 21.

Following an earlier post on Social Media, the Event told fans that they have lost all their sponsors following the so called documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

Today, the event organisers are asking a bit of help from the fans, especially those who cannot attend the event.

Their aim is to put a massive Michael Jackson imagery outside the venue: The Saw Theatre which is in the center of London City near one of the busiest Train Station.

Here the facade they would like to cover up with Michael Jackson.

Here the full statement:

Kingvention was always scheduled to return in 2019 after taking a break last year. What we didn’t anticipate was how its return would come at a time of such unrest in the world of Michael Jackson.

So this year is different. We feel compelled to do Kingvention and to make it even bigger, even more celebratory and even more inclusive for Michael’s fans and we’re making every effort to do just that, which includes moving to a much grander venue.

But doing so ultimately comes with something London is famous for…a larger price tag. And we expected that, but we don’t want to comprise of making the event anything less than a huge celebration of Michael Jackson.

So what do we need help with?

– We’d like to be able to absolutely cover the venue in all things Michael Jackson, including the outside facade. We want passers by to see that a Michael Jackson event is taking place, because he is loved and celebrated.
So, if you’re able to help with a small donation, £1, £5, £20, or whatever you’d like to give, we’d love to be able to make this a reality.

Why do we need support?

– When we assessed how we’d like to dress the new venue, many factors came up including the need for specialist personnel and a ‘cherry picker’ (Beat It style!) to cover the outside facade. These all come with additional costs that we didn’t incur previously at our old venue. So any support we could receive in making this happen would be extremely welcomed.

What it’s important to know

– All the team who create and run Kingvention do so for free and aren’t paid for their time, efforts, involvement or participation on the day. They all work to create the event out of love for Michael Jackson. We pull in friends, partners, family members (even Grandparents!) to help so we can ensure every penny goes into making Kingvention even bigger and better each time.

So with all that said, if you’re able to make a small contribution we’d be most grateful. We’ll be sure to share plenty of pictures online after the event and we’ll even put your name in the program as a thank you.

You can also donate what you can:

Donate here.

For more information and tickets click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


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