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Parents Vote On Removing Michael Jackson’s Name From L.A. School Auditorium. 24-04-'19

Michael Jackson’s name was given to the Gardner Street Elementary School’s Auditorium back in 1989 and removed in 2003 and put back in 2010 after the King of Pop passing.

It seems the school is under pressure to remove the name AGAIN!

Following the aired 'Leaving Neverland' fictional movie, many parents are concerned and want the name to be put down again by vote this week.

“It would be a terrible shame to remove Michael’s name from the auditorium based on an intentionally one-sided film,” Weitzman said. “There is no fair consideration when you only hear from one side. Michael Jackson is not guilty and he, like all citizens, is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”

Garden Street Elementary SchoolMichael Jackson goes back to school when he visits Room 8 at the Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The issue has divided the school based just north of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood where the Michael attended the school for 7 month when he was 11 years old.

Michael revealed the naming himself in 1989 and said:

“I am deeply touched and honored that the PTA, principal and faculty members and students have been so kind as to dedicate the auditorium, where I sat as a child, in my honor, We must all never forget that the children are our future and without them humankind will become extinct.”

We will keep you updated on the result of the vote but it seems that we will see Michael Jackson name covered again on the “Michael Jackson Auditorium”:

The Estate of Michael Jackson has been contacted for comment on this matter.

Source: Los Angeles Times / Billie Jean


Review: Box Set To honor Motown’s 60th Anniversary. 24-04-'19

Motown’s 60th Anniversary celebration is in full swing, with a host of special commemorative initiatives taking place throughout the year. Motown/UMe is pleased to announce global release plans for a newly-expanded edition of the collectible Motown: The Complete No. 1’s box set. The special 11-CD and digital anniversary edition will be released everywhere around the world on June 28.

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s features 208 chart-topping Motown hits in one must-have 11-CD box set and digital collection. Showcasing the iconic American label’s universal cultural significance, the collection includes classics that topped U.S. and international charts. The Four Tops’ 'I Can’t Help Myself', Marvin Gaye’s 'What’s Going On', The Jackson 5’s 'ABC', Martha & the Vandellas’ 'Dancing In The Street', The Marvelettes’ 'Please Mr. Postman', Diana Ross’ 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough', Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ 'I Second That Emotion', The Supremes’ 'Where Did Our Love Go', The Temptations’ 'Ain’t Too Proud To Beg', and Stevie Wonder’s 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)' are just a few of the timeless masterpieces featured in the essential collection.

Motown The Complete No. 1’s Box SetMotown to release a full 11 CD's Box Set to celebrate its 60th Anniversary.

The box set’s new edition peppers 10 bonus tracks across its first 10 discs – all Motown classics that had cover versions by other artists that went to No. 1, from David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s chart-topping turn on Martha & the Vandellas’ 'Dancing In The Street' to Coolio feat. L.V.’s re-working of Stevie Wonder’s original 'Pastime Paradise' for the smash hit 'Gangsta’s Paradise'. The set’s newly-added Disc 11 adds six more Motown No. 1’s, including two that were not included in the set’s original release and two Diana Ross remixes that have more recently topped the Billboard Dance/Club chart: 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (2017 Remix) and 'I’m Coming Out'/'Upside Down' (2018 Mix).

Housed in a lovely replica of Motown’s original Hitsville U.S.A. headquarters in Detroit, Michigan (now home to the Motown Museum), the box set also includes an exclusive 100-page book with rare and classic photos, detailed track annotations, and an introduction by Smokey Robinson, who is himself responsible for 20 Motown No. 1’s, both with his group The Miracles and as a solo artist.

Pre-order the box set here at Universal Music.

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: 774763
Printed: ?
Guide price: 138,90 €

Source: Goldmine Magazine / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael Jackson: Caution On Neverland Ranch Campaign. 23-04-'19

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The Estate Of Michael Jackson

The Online Team from the Michael Jackson Estate has just sent a caution regarding a group/campaign trying to collect money to buy Neverland Ranch.

Here the full statement:

The Estate recently learned of a new website supposedly dedicated to buying Neverland at www.wesaveneverland.com.

While the site does acknowledge that it is not connected to or have any relationship with the Estate, the Estate has asked us to take this opportunity to remind fans to take a stance of “buyer beware” whenever they consider contributing to a campaign such as this. While we are not familiar with the people operating this site, the #4 question on the FAQ indicates that if the effort fails to reach its stated goal of buying Neverland, the monies will be donated to an unnamed charity. We do not want any fans to be taken advantage of and disappointed if monies they contribute to the campaign do not go to their intended purpose.

We urge all fans to please take caution whenever participating in online campaigns that involve the exchange of money, or donating to any efforts that are not affiliated with accredited charity organizations.

There are many people out there who take advantage of the kindness of Michael’s fans, so please use caution.

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


More Michael Jackson Items In Auction Including The Neverland Train Ride. 23-04-'19

Neverland Ranch TrainMore items from Michael Jackson will be auctioned at Julien’s Auction house on May 18.

Including personal items, memorabilia, signed photos, O2 'This Is It' tickets, the auction will also have one of Neverland’s train ride, a life-sized American Indian figure which was at the ranch, a Jacket that Michael worn in July 1996 for Nelson Mandela’s Birthday and a 'Scream' guitar prop for the video.

Go to Julien's Auctions here.

Live and online auction:
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Session I: 9:00 a.m. ET
Session II: 12:00 noon

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien's Auctions / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Musical Creators: ‘We’re Not Judge And Jury’. 23-04-'19

A Broadway-bound Michael Jackson musical is already stirring controversy, and it hasn’t even been seen yet.

Last week, the show’s book writer, Lynn Nottage, stepped into a minefield when she gave an interview to the Daily Mail in which she suggested that she found the two men who detailed abuse allegations against Jackson in a new documentary to be truthful.

Jackson’s most passionate defenders — a group known for its ardency — went to war, immediately demanding that Ms. Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer winner and one of America’s most respected dramatists, be fired.

This was not the first time the documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', has cast a shadow over the embryonic musical, 'Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough'. In the days before the documentary aired on HBO in March, the musical’s producers — the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage — postponed a scheduled developmental session, citing a labor issue, and canceled a planned pre-Broadway production in Chicago.

MJ 2020 Broadway ShowA billboard for the planned Michael Jackson musical is already up on 44th Street in New York’s theater district.

But now the musical’s producers say they are back on track, planning a workshop this fall and aiming for Broadway next summer.

And Ms. Nottage, joined by the musical’s director and choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, sat down for an interview to discuss the documentary and their show.

Both are lifelong Jackson fans — she was wowed by 'ABC' and 'Off The Wall', and he by 'Bad'. And both have impressive credentials — Ms. Nottage, best known for the plays 'Ruined' and 'Sweat', is now adapting 'The Secret Life Of Bees' as an Off Broadway musical, and Mr. Wheeldon’s 2015 stage version of 'An American In Paris' earned 12 Tony Award nominations.

Source: The New York Times / Billie Jean


La Belgique De Michael Jackson Book CoverReview: 'La Belgique De Michael Jackson' Book Will Be Released. 22-04-'19

Through exclusive testimonials and truculent anecdotes, this new book 'The Belgium Of Michael Jackson' written by Christophe Charlot will be released on June 15, returns in details and photos on all the crazy new stories linking Michael Jackson to "Flat country".

This book will offer interviews with Daddy K, Kid Noize, François Glorieux, Paul Ambach, Christine Decroix, Pad'R ... as well as exclusive photos and documents. In total, the book will contain 120 pages and will interest all fans of Michael Jackson francophones who will discover the particularities of Michael Jackson's history with Belgium.

• Did you know, for example, that Michael Jackson was a fan of the comic book Martine whose original drawings he wanted to buy?
• Did you know that a Belgian wrote the lyrics of the only song Michael Jackson recorded in French?
• Did you know that, at the request of Michael Jackson, a Belgian man biked all the animals in his zoo to make stuffed animals?
• Did you know that Axel Red, Daddy-K or Kid Noize are big fans of the King of Pop?
• Did you know that Michael Jackson and Eddy Merckx exchanged their jerseys in 1992?

For all information and orders, go to the site of pre-orders and crowdfunding.

Publisher: Editions Chronica
Author: Christophe Charlot
Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-1643501383
Printed: ?
Guide price: ? €

Pre-order the book here at Chronica.

Source: Chronica / Billie Jean


Hector Show Us 'You Are Not Alone CD Collection. 22-04-'19

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Happy Easter! 21-04-'19

Webmaster Dirk and Rita wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

Enjoy the Easter vacation and have pleasure with your family.

MJ Kids

Source: Billie Jean


The Exclusive Inside Story Of Sunday Night’s 'Motown 60' Special On CBS. 20-04-'19

Motown 60Why JLO?, Diana Ross says no to the Supremes, no mention of Michael Jackson, and Mary Wilson’s eventual triumph.

Tonight’s 'Motown 60' special on CBS is a mixed bag. It’s certainly worth seeing, but what went on backstage and in the negotiations is far more interesting.

Back in 1983, the 25th anniversary of Motown was the place where Michael Jackson did his Moonwalk to 'Billie Jean', and became a monster celebrity forever. Contrast to this show, where Michael isn’t mentioned and the Jackson 5 are a footnote. It’s jaw dropping. In the Seventies, Motown lived off Michael and the Jacksons.

'Motown 60' features a repeat of Jennifer Lopez’s god awful Motown medley from the Grammy show in February. If you didn’t like it then, you won’t like it now. But to get Lopez, a “contemporary” star, on the Motown special, the producers had to give her a spot on the Grammys.

Ditto Diana Ross, who got a big spot on the Grammys and no one could figure out why. That was her trade off for doing the Motown show. Ross, even at 75, doesn’t want to seem like an oldies act– even though she is one. (A good one, mind you.) And her contribution to the Motown show was NO SUPREMES. So Diana sings from 'Lady Sings The Blues'. She doesn’t go near the Supremes. (One Supremes song is sung in a medley by Meghan Trainor.)

But Ross’s NO SUPREMES decree may have backfired. During the taping, we saw clips from an interview with beloved ex-Supreme Mary Wilson. When the interviews were taped, Mary wasn’t dressed properly, had no make up or stylist. Mary, however, really knows the Motown history. Producer Ken Ehrlich saw that, and invited Mary back to L.A. from Las Vegas. Wise Ken re-interviewed Mary all dolled up, and paid all her expenses. We may see the fruit of that interview Sunday night.

What a nice thing to do considering Mary was among many Motown performers who were left out of the 60th anniversary show entirely. Some of them were in the audience– like Mary, Otis Williams of the Temptations, Scherrie Payne, who sang with the Supremes from 1973-78 — but were seated far away from Diana Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy. Duke Fakir, the only living member of the original Four Tops, wasn’t even invited to the taping– and he was in L.A. Insane! Mary and Otis were treated very badly at the taping. They got their revenge last month when 'Ain’t Too Proud', Otis’s musical about the Temptations, opened on Broadway. Mary came in, too, and was given a huge shout out from the stage.

There’s no denying Berry Gordy’s amazing contribution to our culture with Motown. It’s astonishing. Gordy is 89, and he deserves a Kennedy Center honor. But Motown suffers from revisionist history all the time. If you want to know the real stories, you have to read out of print books like Gerri Hirshey’s 'Nowhere To Run' or Mary Wilson’s 'Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme'.

We’ll see what made the final cut for Sunday (tonight’s) show (April 21).

Source: Roger Friedman; Fox News / Billie Jean


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