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Memorial DayMemorial Day In Holland For KiKa. 18-05-'18

The Michael Jackson Fan Club in Holland are once again having a Memorial Day for Michael on June 23rd. The event will take place at:

The Beach Club,
Noorderstrand 58,
2586 ZZ Den Haag

Entry is FREE!

The Michael Jackson Memorial Day is aimed at the entire family. This year their timetable includes;
•Michael Jackson ‘Xscape’ Game
•Neverland Music Train
•FREE 30 minute MJ Dance Workshop
•A Painting & Jewellery Workshop
•A Giant Wheel & Carousel
•Disney Heroes & Disney Sing-along
•Meet and have your photograph taken with MJ Performers in the photo-booth
•Competitions and Much More!

The days activities are followed by an MJ Tribute Night with performers:
•David Boakes – UK
•Jonathan Ortega Solano – NL
•Leon Loyal – UK
•Marciano Martie – NL
•Mickael Dancer – France
•Milly Magic – NL
•The Jackson Experience – UK

Once the performances finish, a Michael Jackson ‘Lanterns of Love’ ceremony will take place on the beach at Sunset.

All the profit from the activities on ‘Michael Jackson Memorial Day’ will go to KiKa, which is a foundation that focuses on children’s cancer research and better treatment for children fighting cancer.

The Memorial runs from 11.00 a.m. right through to 1.30 a.m. the following morning. For more information, please visit their website.

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Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

'Last Days Of Michael Jackson' Trailer: Doc Features Never-Before-Seen Interviews. 18-05-'18

ABC has unveiled the new trailer for its upcoming documentary, 'The Last Days Of Michael Jackson'. The two-hour special features never-before-seen interviews with the late singer conducted by ABC News anchors Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

The documentary traces Jackson's rise as the King of Pop, from growing up in Gary, Indiana, and his Jackson 5 days through to his comeback concerts and untimely death. The clip opens with a montage of Jackson's fast-paced life, with footage of him onstage and being hounded by paparazzi. "The star needs some space, give him a chance to relax," Jackson says. "He has a heart. He is human. Let him have a bed, a pillow. What more can I give?"


Later, he alludes to the increasing pressure he was under. "People expect more and more because once it's done, it is immortal," he says. "You can't go back."

The clip includes his sister Janet Jackson reflecting on the loss of her brother. Others in his circle also discuss the drugs that were administered to the singer leading up to his final days.

Prior to his death, Jackson announced his final tour, but 18 days before the first date, Jackson died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. The coroner ruled that Jackson died of "acute Propofol intoxication." 'The Last Days Of Michael Jackson' will air on May 24th.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean

The Jackson FiveDetroit To Name Street In Tribute To Michael Jackson. 17-05-'18

Nearly half a century after Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 ignited their career with a successful Motown audition, the City of Detroit will officially commemorate the group's local history.

A stretch of Randolph Street in the city's theater district will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue, announced Stephen Brady, chief of staff for Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. A ceremony will be held on the site June 15 as part of the Detroit Music Weekend festival.

The surviving Jacksons, who will headline the fest, will also be bestowed a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan, said Alexis Wiley, the mayor's chief of staff.

The Indiana group was signed to Motown in 1968, recording at the company’s West Grand Boulevard studios before migrating to Los Angeles as Berry Gordy Jr. steadily moved operations there. The Jackson 5 was with Motown through 1975 — racking up hits such as 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'I’ll Be There' — and renamed itself the Jacksons when the group signed with Epic Records.

The street renaming was announced Thursday morning at a media event for Detroit Music Weekend, a festival to be headlined June 16 by the surviving Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon.

Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson were on hand for Thursday’s press event at Music Hall.

The free festival, spearheaded by Music Hall, will run June 14-17 in the city’s theater district.

Detroit Music Weekend debuted last summer with a headlining performance by Aretha Franklin, in what may have been her final hometown show. In a tearful, emotional event that week, the Queen of Soul was honored with her own street — a stretch of Madison unveiled as Aretha Franklin Way.

Detroit Music Weekend will also include performances by Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner, actor-musician Jeff Daniels, funk bandleader Will Sessions and country-rocker Craig Brown. Detroit techno DJs will play at the fest’s newly added Paradise Valley stage.

Michael Jackson Avenue is the latest in a recent flurry of Detroit-area musical street tributes, including Aretha Franklin Way, Stevie Wonder Avenue and Glenn Frey Drive. A campaign to christen a Bob Seger Boulevard in Ann Arbor was launched last week.

Source: Detroit Free Press / Billie Jean

The Maxi 45 Promo Tour Of 'Smile' Will Be Exhibited At The Yuz Museum In Shanghai.. 17-05-'18

Charlie ChaplinA major exhibition entitled Charlie Chaplin, A Vision will be proposed from June 8 to October 7, 2018 by the Musée de l'Elysée and co-produced by the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.

Designed chronologically, it aims to better understand the modernity of Charles Chaplin and his timeless character, shedding new light on their profound humanism. Who was Charles Chaplin? What did he see of this world and how did it shape his art? What was he trying to convey to us? How the world and the artists of his time and our days have perceived the man and the vagabond? The exhibition explores what made its success, which resulted in and nurtured its critical fortune and measured the role that the photographic image played in the prosperity of the legend. Through a set of counter-fields on his life and career, and unveiling the secrets of his cinematic language, the exhibition also attempts to re-evaluate Chaplin's revolutionary artistic legacy.

With more than 300 photographs and documents from the Chaplin Archives and nearly two hours of film clips, the exhibition includes various works from private collections and public institutions (original posters, videos, paintings, drawings, lithographs) that highlight the impact of Charles Chaplin's figure on the production of international artists from the avant-gardes of the 1920's to the present day.

Smile Maxi-Single CoverAnd be aware that among the objects from private collections that will be on display at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, will be the maxi-single 'Smile' of our dear friend Hector Barjot which you follow the videos here and on You Tube.

You can also find the special video where Hector interview Steven Whitsitt, the author of the photograph featured on 'Smile's maxi-single here.

You can also find the video of Hector which details you this famous vinyl because unfortunately copies exist and fans are still made by crooks. This is happening here.

The presence of such a collector at this exhibition once again demonstrates the importance of Michael Jackson's fans in preserving his artistic heritage. And since we have the opportunity to say it here, we strongly encourage you to keep your collectors as well as no one else but the fans will do as well.

Source: Elysee Museum (Lausanne) / Yuz Museum (Shanghai) / MJ France / Billie Jean

The Producers Of Motown The Musical To Hold Open Auditions For Forthcoming UK And Ireland Tour.

This autumn, Motown the Musical will embark on its first ever UK and Ireland Tour whilst the show continues to play at Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End.

The producers announced today that they will be holding open auditions for talented child and adult performers to play iconic Motown artists in the touring production.

The open auditions will take place on Saturday 16 June on stage at Manchester Opera House and Sunday 17 June at the workshop spaces in Birmingham Conservatoire.

The producers are looking for black and mixed-race boys, aged between 8-13 with unbroken voices and under 4'11" to play Little Michael Jackson, Little Stevie Wonder and Little Berry Gordy. Children auditionees will be taught a short dance routine and the song I Want You Back. Please bring trainers, comfortable clothes to dance in and plenty of water. The children's auditions will be from 10.00am-1.00pm with registration from 9.00am to 10.00am.

In addition, producers are also looking for black and mixed-race male and female performers aged over 18 to portray the iconic stars of the Motown era. They must have fantastic singing voices with dance/movement and acting skills. Auditionees need to prepare two Motown songs with the sheet music (no backing tracks) and will need to bring a CV and recent photograph/headshot. The adult auditions will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with registration from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Motown The Musical
Here’s your chance to star as a music legend in a hit musical – as producers of West End show Motown the Musical are looking for talented child and adult actors to star in the first ever UK tour.

Charles Randolph-Wright, Director of the show said: "Not only will you get to play Michael Jackson, you will also step into the shoes of young Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder. We are looking for boys who have excellent singing and acting skills and of course, you must also be able to move like Michael!".

Natalie Gallacher at Pippa Ailion Casting, Casting Director of Motown the Musical said "Since we opened the show in London we have had the pleasure of working with some great children. We are now looking for the next group of boys from across the UK to join us in our brand-new tour to play one of the most iconic roles in the music industry, Michael Jackson. If you are male, black or mixed race, aged 8 to 13 years old, then we would love to see you at our open auditions. We are also always excited to find brand new undiscovered talent for our adult company. If you're black or mixed race, aged over 18 and have a passion for singing and performing we'd love to see you".

The tour opens at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 and will play in venues across the country until late 2019. Full tour details below with more venues soon to be announced.

The London production of Motown the Musical continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it has entered its third year and is currently booking until 5 January 2019.

With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright's production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'I'll Be There', 'Dancing In The Street', 'Stop' In The Name Of Love', 'My Girl' and 'I Heard It Tthrough The Grapevine' and tells the story behind the classic hits.

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run, and continues to play to packed houses across America.

Motown the Musical has music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp, co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Crook and dance arrangements by Zane Mark. Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by Emilio Sosa, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and video by Daniel Brodie. UK Associate Director is Tara Wilkinson, UK, London Conductor & Associate Music Supervisor is Gareth Weedon, UK Associate Set Designer is Andrew Edwards and UK Associate Lighting Designer is Alistair Grant and UK Sound Associate is Chris Full. Motown the Musical is produced in the West End by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.

The original Broadway cast recording of Motown the Musical is available via Motown Records, a label of UMG Recordings - www.classicmotown.com.

Information on the tour and West End production can be found on the Motown website.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean

Another Part Of Me (Limited Edition) [Picture Disc] Maxi-CDRecently Added To My Collection. 15-05-'18
Another Part Of Me (Limited Edition) [Picture Disc / Maxi-CD]

'Another Part Of Me' is the sixth single written and recorded by Michael for the album 'Bad', released by Epic in September, 1988 in the USA. It originally featured in the short film, Captain EO, a 17 minute 3D space fantasy shot for Disney.

The limited edition Picture CD has no picture sleeve cover (the CD is the same picture as the commercially available "Bad Tour Live" sleeve for the standard vinyl release of 'Another Part Of Me').

The maxi-cd contains 4 remixes of 'Another Part Of Me' made by Bruce Swedien.

The song would not be on the album, but producer Quincy Jones decided to 'Another Part Of Me' still would be on the album instead of 'Streetwalker'. 'Streetwalker' can be found on the reissue of 'Bad' from 2001.

My (limited edition- picture-disc) maxi-cd is printed in the UK with the series number: 652844 0.

Track list:

1. Another Part Of Me (Extended Dance Mix) - 6:18
2. Another Part Of Me (Radio Edit) - 4:24
3. Another Part Of Me (Dub Mix) - 3:51
4. Another Part Of Me ( A Cappella) - 4:01

Record label: Epic
Released: 09-1988
Series number: 652844 0
Printed: UK
Guide price: 180 €

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Source: Billie Jean

The Symphony Experience In Concert In Magdeburg, Zurich And Berlin. 14-05-'18

The Symphony ExperienceFusion of classical music and pop music, The Symphony Experience will meet you on August 18 in Magdeburg (Germany), November 29 in Zurich (Switzerland) and December 3 in Berlin (Germany) for their concert in tribute to Michael Jackson.

Made up of young talents, experienced musicians and the most beautiful German voices, the orchestra of The Symphony Experience will offer you a tribute to the King of Pop with not only arrangements for his orchestral works but also a musical journey through four decades from Jackson 5 to the new millennium.

Whether in instrumental versions, with great staging or simply at the piano, the works of Michael Jackson will be put forward to provide an experience out of the ordinary for fans of the King of Pop.

The Symphony Experience is not only an arrangement of his works for an orchestra, but rather a symbiosis of two worlds, classical and pop.

Official website of the event, video presentation and booking here.

Get your tickets here.

Source: The Symphony / Billie Jean

Hector Shows Us Different 'Bad' Picture Discs. 14-05-'18


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The Very Best Of Michael Jackson And The Jackson 5 (3CD Set) CD Album CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 13-05-'18
The Very Best Of Michael Jackson And The Jackson 5 (3CD Set) [CD Album]

'The Very Best Of Michael Jackson And The Jackson 5' is released in December 2011 in Europe for the subscribers of Readers Digest. Released in a phat 3CD jewel case with booklet.

With a collection of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 you have the unique opportunity to go back in time a few decades back and remember the beginnings of a future pop music legend. There is a whole series of hits on the border between pop and soul, as 'I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'I'll Be There', 'Sugar Daddy' or 'Never Can Say Goodbye'.

Popular American singer and songwriter rightly nicknamed the King of Pop, wonderful dancer and fashion icon, all that was Michael Jackson, one of the most successful artists of all time, which is indelible way down in the history of world music.

His stellar career started in just six years old when he began performing with his older brothers. The sibling music group The Jackson 5, Michael sang a number of known and favorite hits on the border of soul and pop. Selection of the best we bring to our unique collection.

My (3cd set) cd album is printed in the EU with the series number: RDCD7241-3.

Track lists:

CD 1:

1. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 - 3:01
2. Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5 - 4:03
3. ABC - The Jackson 5 - 2:59
4. Goin' Back To Indiana - The Jackson 5 - 3:32
5. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 - 3:59
6. Darling Dear - The Jackson 5 - 2:39
7. Ready Or Not (Here I Come) - The Jackson 5 - 2:34
8. The Love You Save - The Jackson 5 - 3:06
9. Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me - Michael Jackson - 3:48
10. La La (Means I Love You) - The Jackson 5 - 3:30
11. Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5 - 3:09
12. Maybe Tomorrow - The Jackson 5 - 4:46
13. Sugar Daddy - The Jackson 5 - 2:33
14. Maria (You Were The Only One) - Michael Jackson - 3:42
15. It's Great To Be Here - The Jackson 5 - 3:10
16. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:24
17. All The Things You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:58
18. Wings Of My Love - Michael Jackson - 3:19
19. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - The Jackson 5 - 3:20
20. Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 - 3:02

CD 2:

1. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:48
2. Ain't No Sunshine - Michael Jackson - 4:13
3. We've Got A Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson - 3:03
4. Doctor My Eyes - The Jackson 5 - 3:15
5. You've Got A Friend - Michael Jackson - 4:54
6. Lookin' Through The Windows - The Jackson 5 - 3:45
7. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:59
8. In Our Small Way - Michael Jackson - 3:39
9. My Girl - Michael Jackson - 3:09
10. Corner Of The Sky - The Jackson 5 - 3:39
11. Love Song - The Jackson 5 - 3:25
12. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:33
13. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Michael Jackson - 2:52
14. People Make The World Go 'Round - Michael Jackson - 3:14
15. Greatest Show On Earth - Michael Jackson - 2:48
16. Happy (Love Theme From 'Lady Sings The Blues') - Michael Jackson - 3:23
17. Girl You’re So Together - Michael Jackson - 3:12
18. Hallelujah Day - The Jackson 5 - 2:47
19. Euphoria - Michael Jackson - 2:48
20. Morning Glow - Michael Jackson - 3:31

CD 3:

1. With A Child's Heart - Michael Jackson - 3:27
2. Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5 - 3:29
3. It's Too Late To Change The Time - The Jackson 5 - 3:59
4. Skywriter - The Jackson 5 - 3:09
5. Get It Together - The Jackson 5 - 2:50
6. Take Me Back - Michael Jackson - 3:30
7. Music And Me - Michael Jackson - 2:36
8. You Are There - Michael Jackson - 3:25
9. We've Got Forever - Michael Jackson - 3:12
10. Dear Michael - Michael Jackson - 2:41
11. All I Do Is Think Of You - The Jackson 5 - 3:13
12. We're Almost There - Michael Jackson - 3:44
13. Cinderella Stay Awhile - Michael Jackson - 3:07
14. Dapper Dan - Michael Jackson - 3:10
15. I'll Come Home To You - Michael Jackson - 3:05
16. Just A Little Bit Of You - Michael Jackson - 3:11
17. One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson - 4:14
18. Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson - 3:44
19. Who's Looking For A Lover - Michael Jackson - 2:51
20. Lonely Teardrops - Michael Jackson - 2:43

Record label: Reader's Digest
Released: 12-2011
Series number: RDCD7241-3
Printed: EU
Guide price: 15 €

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