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Blanket JacksonMichael Jackson's Youngest Son Blanket Has Changed His Name. 26-05-'17

The 15-year-old was just seven when his famous father passed away.

Blanket Jackson is no more! The 15-year-old son of late superstar singer Michael Jackson has changed his name, after reportedly being bullied about his unusual moniker for years. Since 2015, the teen has gone by the name Bigi, which comes from German origin and means idealistic, sensitive and inspirational. A new report this week has revealed how the 'shy' youngster is growing in confidence since deciding to go by a different name. A family friend told People that Bigi is still "shy around people he doesn't know", but is now "confident" at his private LA private school, and is focused on his grades, sports, movies and hanging out with his friends.

Bigi is the youngest of Michael's three children; the star was also a father to Michael Jackson Jr, 20, most commonly known as Prince Jackson, and 19-year-old daughter Paris Jackson. But it was Bigi who apparently struggled the most with his father’s death, back in June 2009.

"The kids live like Michael is constantly looking down on them," the insider said, adding that Bigi "has had the most problems adjusting after Michael died. He acted very lost and extremely upset". The teenager – whose mother is an unidentified surrogate – currently lives at his grandmother Katherine Jackson's home in Calabasas, California, under the custody of Michael's 87-year-old mother and co-guardian T J Jackson, Michael's 38-year-old nephew.

Earlier this year, big sister Paris shared a very rare photo of Bigi in celebration of his birthday. "ughhhh my little man is 15 today," she wrote alongside a picture of the pair pulling silly faces for the camera. "…I want you to stay a baby forever." She continued: "This lil dude right here is one of the strongest, intelligent and determined people I know. Watching you grow up and slowly become a man is like super terrifying but I honestly can't tell you how proud I am. I love you so much B."

Source: Hello Magazine / Billie Jean


Back For MoBack For Mo: Motown Musical Gets Philly Encore. 25-05-'17

After a best selling run that broke box-office records in Philadelphia a few years ago, Broadway Philadelphia is bringing back 'Motown: The Musical' May 30-June 11 at the Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center.

The musical is the true story of the legendary record label founded by music mogul Berry Gordy that was the launching pad for pop and R&B music icons like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many, many more.

Out ensemble cast member Matthew Sims Jr. said that the show strikes a balance between telling the label’s story and raising the roof with live performances of classic and timeless hits.

“It is kind of difficult on those two-show days,” Sims said. “But something about the music kicks in and then it’s like, ‘OK, let’s do it!’ You get a sense of the determination and drive that these people had just to become artists and be known. Someone could come off the street as a regular kid and walk out a star. That’s the mentality that they had. Berry Gordy could make them a star. He would take it personally that if he signed someone he would make them a star. And if he couldn’t, it wasn’t their fault, it was his. So in order for them to work with him, they had to have talent, drive and determination. You can see that in this story.”

“Motown: The Musical” returns to Philly May 30-June 11 at Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999 or visit www.motownthemusical.com.

Read the whole article here.

Source: EPGN / Billie Jean


Supreme: The Full Range. 24-05-'17

Here we are!! Here the full details of the Supreme new range!

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana to a large working-class family. Michael made his musical debut at six years old alongside his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. Exhibiting prodigious talent, Michael began singing lead vocals for the group and in 1972 began his long and successful solo career.

In his career, Jackson released 11 solo albums including 'Thriller', the best selling album of all time; won 13 Grammy's, and earned himself the title as the King of Pop. Michael Jackson passed away on June 25th, 2009 but to this day is considered the greatest entertainer of all time.

This Spring, Supreme will release a collection featuring imagery of Michael Jackson. The collection consists of a Hooded Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, short sleeve Work Shirt and a Skateboard Deck.

Available in-store NY, LA, London, Paris and online May 25th.
Available in Japan on May 27th.

SupremeThis felt fedora was owned, worn and signed by the King of Pop himself - Michael Jackson.

Look here for more images at Supreme.

Source: Supreme / Billie Jean


Hard Rock Cafe Valencia. 24-05-'17

Hard Rock Cafe will open a new restaurant in Valencia with a two-storey building and 1,200 square meters of surface that will open its doors to the public “at a glance” at 6 Marqués de Sotelo Avenue in the center of The city and next to its Town Hall and the North Station.

And guess what? Of course a Michael Jackson memorabilia will be there! It is a Fedora.

For more information click here.

MJ FedoraThis felt fedora was owned, worn and signed by the King of Pop hemself - Michael Jackson.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ Scientific GameMichael Jackson™ Wanna Be Startin' Something In The Bahamas. 23-05-'17

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or “the Company”) today announced new agreements to provide an expansive range of casino systems solutions, table products, games and platforms at Baha Mar Casino in Nassau, The Bahamas for its 100,000 square foot casino, which held its soft opening on April 21, 2017.

Alex W. Pariente, Executive Vice President, Casino Operations and Marketing at Baha Mar, said, “We are pleased that Scientific Games is our technology partner at our new sophisticated casino. Scientific Games provides us with a one-stop-shop, helping us efficiently run our gaming operations while delivering an engaging experience to our international guests.”

Scientific Games Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan said, “Our agreement with Baha Mar Casino truly showcases our ability to provide a floorwide gaming experience across an entire casino enterprise. Baha Mar is leveraging a variety of Scientific Games’ transformational solutions to drive operating efficiencies and offer the best of entertainment to its players – and we are thrilled to be a major technology partner to this long-awaited and spectacular new destination in The Bahamas.”

From Scientific Games’ premium portfolio, Baha Mar Casino will offer engaging game titles such as Michael Jackson™ Wanna Be Startin' Something in the Bahamas.

Michael Jackson™; Rights of the Publicity and Persona Rights: Triumph International, Inc. © 2017 Triumph International, Inc. Licensing Representative: Authentic Brands Group, LLC.

For more information about Scientific Games, Click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Final Film, ‘This Is It,’ Screens In Oakland. 22-05-'17

The fact that the documentary 'Michael Jackson’s This Is It' came out a mere four months after the singer’s death in 2009 suggested that it was going to be a cheap piece designed to make a quick buck.

Instead, it is one of the great cinematic portraits of a musical artist.

After his death from an accidental prescription drug overdose, Jackson was portrayed as an addict barely able to function. But the movie, shot during rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for his upcoming world tour, shows an alert, engaged artist involved in every aspect of the production, from choreography to set design to collaboration with performers and crew. The music’s good, too.

The director, Palo Alto-born Kenny Ortega, was on the 'This Is It' team, and he was the perfect man for the job: The dancer and choreographer has worked with Gene Kelly and Madonna. He understands iconic artists.

'This Is It': 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. $10. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland. (510) 658-7900.

This Is It - Rehearsals (23-06-2009)Michael Jackson, just two days before he died, he practiced his moves during a rehearsal at Staples Center in L.A. for the London concerts.

Source: SF Gate / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Issues Statement Not Sanctioning Lifetime And Netflix Projects. 22-05-'17

The Estate Of Michael JacksonThe estate also said it has "numerous projects in development.

Michael Jackson's estate today released a statement saying it did not sanction two upcoming Michael Jackson projects, one by Lifetime TV and another for which a script was recently purchased by Netflix. At the same time the estate indicated it has several unannounced Jackson projects in development.

Last week, Lifetime TV released a trailer for its film 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' based on 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', a 2014 book written by Jackson’s bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Michael Jackson impersonator Navi stars as the late pop icon. The film is slated to be released later this month.

News also broke that Netflix was nearing a deal for a script on the life of Michael Jackson as told from the perspective of his pet monkey Bubbles. Isaac Adamson penned the non-traditional biopic, which was the top title on the 2015 Black List. Taika Waititi, who directed the upcoming 'Thor: Ragnarok', was slated to co-helm the stop-animation feature with Mark Gustafson. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the deal neared $20 million and included worldwide rights.

The statement from the estate implied that litigation could follow for what it is claiming is unauthorized use of Jackson's "music, images, video and films" that seek to exploit Jackson's legacy.

The estate also claimed it has "numerous project in development" which, presumably unlike the aforementioned projects, "respect, honor and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy." The executors said they were were not yet ready to announce these projects.

Full statement from the Michael Jackson Estate:

"To clear up any confusion or misperceptions about unsanctioned Michael Jackson projects currently in the news -- including a Lifetime television movie and an animated film script recently purchased by Netflix -- the Estate of Michael Jackson does not license or permit the use of any rights it owns, including to Michael’s music, images, video and films, for use in unauthorized works seeking to exploit Michael's legacy. The Estate itself has numerous projects in development, all of which respect, honor and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy along with his extraordinary artistry that touched fans throughout the world. When the executors are ready to announce them, they will. As Michael said countless times about his own work, the quality goes in before the name goes on."

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


MJ MusicDayMJ MusicDay In Lille (France) With Brad Buxer & Michael Prince. 21-05-'17

For its very first event, the Association On The Line gives you on November 18 the opportunity to meet musical director Brad Buxer and sound engineer Michael Prince, who were both close collaborative partners and friends with the King of Pop.

This exceptional and first-of-its-kind visit in France will lead you through Michael Jackson’s music at its most intimate. Thanks to live interactive translation, you will hear plenty of unique anecdotes about his songs, personality and life.

You will also experience the HIStory Tour from behind-the-scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound with the exclusive preview of « King of Sound », a documentary by Gareth Maynard about Bruce Swedien.

More than a master-class or a conference, this will be a genuine opportunity to share a friendly moment and talk to those men who were very special to Michael Jackson.
Authors Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and Hector Barjot will also be there along with other Jackson exhibitors.

Depending on the option you choose, the program of the day will go as follow:

Starting at 2 pm :
- meeting and interviews of the authors
- meeting and interview of Gareth Maynard followed by the preview of his documentary (subtitled in French)
- meeting and interviews of Brad Buxer and Michael Prince (including personal and studio anecdotes, never-heard before demos or tracks)

At 7:30 pm (approx) :
- Meet & greet with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince
- Private cocktail with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince
- Music dinner with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince

At the venue, you will find exhibitors stalls, drinks & snacks and MJ MusicDay memorabilia.

You can also book a room (breakfast included) at the Mercure Hotel and get a discounted price.

Info and ticket order on www.mjmusicday.com/

Source: MJ Community / Billie Jean


Prince Michael Jackson Says He's Proud Of Dad's Success At 2017 Billboard Music Awards. 21-05-'17

Prince Jackson"To see everybody here that is either inspired by him or they want to pursue the same goal, it's inspiring to me and to future generations.'

Prince Michael Jackson, second child of late pop legend Michael Jackson, hit the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday solo. As he stepped onto the red carpet, he opened up about continuing his dad's philanthropic endeavors, and said he was proud of his dad's musical legacy.

"I think it's an honor to be here because I'm proud of the success my father created on his own and what he worked and built himself up to be," the 20-year-old told E! News. "To see everybody here that is either inspired by him or they want to pursue the same goal, it's inspiring to me and to future generations."

"Right now I just finished up the school semester," Jackson continued. "During the school semester we have a student organization called Heal Los Angeles and we focus on child hunger, child abuse and homelessness in Los Angeles county and the L.A. city."

Source: Zimbio / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Iconic Items Sold. 20-05-'17

Following the news from last week that Julien’s Auctions will sell some personal items from Michael Jackson, the auction took place today and the 2 iconic pieces have been sold as follow:

Just sold for $112,500! Michael Jackson’s jacket worn in the video for 'Leave Me Alone'!

Just sold for $62,500! A Michael Jackson music video worn ensemble from 'In The Closet' with Naomi Campbell!

Just sold for $19,200! a pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole. Inscribed “Love Michael Jackson” on right shoe and “All My Love Michael Jackson” on left.

Music Icons 2017 auction happened at Hard Rock Cafe New York, featuring hundreds of iconic items of music memorabilia for sale.

MJ MemorabiliaA Michael Jackson jacket worn in the video for the song 'Leave Me Alone' and a sleeveless stained V-neck shirt, black suede pants, and black suede boots, worn by Michael Jackson in his music video for 'In The Closet' in 1992. A pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole.

Look here for more items that been sold at Julien’s Auction.

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien Actions / Billie Jean


Adrian GrantReview: ‘Thriller Live’ Interview In Macau. 05-05-'17

‘Thriller Live,’ the theatrical concert that commemorates Michael Jackson, is back in Macau. The show returned to The Parisian Theater last week after its successful run in September 2016.

Theater producer and creator of ‘Thriller Live,’ Adrian Grant, talked with Macau Daily Times and said that the team’s new cast members includes singers and dancers.

Macau Daily Times (MDT) – ‘Thriller Live’ is to once again perform in Macau due to its popular demand. Was the group expecting to have such an early return?

Adrian Grant (AD) – We thought the show would be popular in Macau because there are so many Michael Jackson fans in China, but it is definitely a surprise to be back so soon. However, it is also a privilege to be returning to The Parisian Macao, which has a wonderful theatre and we were honoured to be their first big production.

MDT – What are the main factors that the show has that make the audience want to see more of it?

AD – ‘Thriller Live’ is the ultimate celebration of Michael Jackson’s music. We don’t tell the story of Michael’s life, but we celebrate the King of Pop via ninety minutes of song and dance. It’s a feel-good show that the whole family can enjoy. I’d say we have one of the hardest working casts out there, and the audience certainly gets their money’s worth with a high-tempo, high-energy production.

MDT – Are there differences between Macau audiences and Western audiences? If so, does the group have a different approach/setting for these audiences?

AD – When it comes to Michael Jackson fans there is no difference! His music is universal – whether it is a song about love and peace, or a fast-paced dance song, it all has the same effect on audiences around the world. However, it is true to say that Michael loved China very much, and our cast certainly felt a lot of passion from the audiences in Macau the first time we were here.

MDT – ‘Thriller Live’ is named after the best-selling album of all time. What were the opportunities and challenges it faced as it demanded high expectations from spectators?

AD – From day one it has always been important to cast the best talent we could find. Michael Jackson was a perfectionist and always strived to do his best. I have had this instilled in me, and the whole production team realize that in creating this celebration of Michael’s work, we have to deliver a first-class show.

MDT – Are there plans to hold future tours in Asia?

AD – We have played in thirty-two different countries around the world to over four million people, but yes, there are still many places that we would still like to tour, including parts of Asia – Where Michael Jackson had such a loyal following.

MDT – ‘Thriller Live’ is in its 9th year. What can the audience, who have and haven’t seen earlier versions of the the musical, expect this year? Will there be changes in its dance moves, audio-visual and such?

AD – We are lucky that we have a great team of lead singers, dancers, band and crew, led by our fabulous director and choreographer, Gary Lloyd, and musical director, John Maher. The creative team has kept close to my original vision, but the show has changed a lot from its first tour in 2007 as we constantly look to improve the production. There are many aspects of the show that are updated each year, as we aim to keep it fresh for returning audiences and look to maintain the high standards that Michael Jackson delivered.

‘Thriller Live’ will be performing in town until September 3rd.

Source: Macau Daily Times / Billie Jean


Netflix Near Multi-Million Dollar Deal for ‘Bubbles,’ Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimp. 17-05-'17

Netflix is set to take worldwide distribution rights to “Bubbles,” The Wrap has learned, a top Black List script and super-hot package that kicks off this year’s Cannes Film Market.

The streaming giant will pay just south of $20 million at a highly competitive auction, an individual familiar with the negotiations told The Wrap. It was not immediately clear what other studios or indie houses were involved.

The stop-motion film will be directed by 'Thor: Ragnarok' helmer Taika Waititi and co-director Mark Gustafson ('Fantastic Mr. Fox').

Bubbles was late pop star Michael Jackson’s beloved pet chimpanzee. The film is billed as a coming-of-age tale told through the chimp’s eyes. CAA handled U.S. rights on the project, with Rocket Science taking international.

BubblesBubbles (born 1983) is a common chimpanzee, known for being the one-time pet of Michael Jackson.

Isaac Adamson wrote the script, which topped the 2015 Black List. Andrew Kortschak and Walter Kortschak of End Cue will produce the movie with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries. Adamson and Lee Stobby will serve as executive producers.

“The main thing for me is to make sure it’s respectful of him and his legacy. I’m not interested in making a biopic,” Waititi said when he came on board in February. “I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world.”

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Liftetime Biopic Gets First Trailer. 16-05-'17

“He doesn't want to be the King of Pop: he just wants to be Mike, a normal American dad."

Michael Jackson is the subject of a new Lifetime biopic, 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland'. The network has now shared the first trailer for the film, which stars Michael Jackson impersonator Navi in the lead role.

Watch it below via Rolling Stone. Searching for Neverland is based on 'Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', the 2014 book written by Jackson’s bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. It focuses on the final years of Jackson’s life and his struggles to balance parenthood and fame. Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland is set to debut on Memorial Day, May 29.

See where Michael Jackson landed on Pitchfork’s “200 Best Songs of the 1970's.”

 

Source: Pitchfork / Billie Jean

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