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Michael Jackson's Estate Shades HBO On Twitter Over 'Leaving Neverland'. 17-01-'19

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Cable TV network HBO broadcast on October 10, 1992 another version of the Bucharest concert earning the highest cable TV ratings in history!

Michael Jackson's estate calls out HBO for disloyalty after the late singer gave them their highest ratings.

Although we remember Michael Jackson for the musical legend that he is, allegations of child molestation have had an impact on his legacy. Next week, HBO's Leaving Neverland documentary will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on HBO the week after. The estate of the late Michael Jackson already put HBO on blast, saying, “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson." However, the estate's Twitter account threw more shade at the TV network on Twitter, claiming MJ gave HBO their highest-rated special ever.

Michael Jackson's estate is continuing to discredit HBO for their upcoming 'Leaving Neverland' documentary which features two of Jackson's alleged molestation victims. On Twitter, the estate wrote, "In 1992, Michael gave HBO their highest rated special ever. Now, to repay him they give a voice to admitted liars. #StopLeavingNeverlandNOW," along with a poster for the concert that aired on HBO.

The new documentary follows the release of 'Lifetime's Surviving' R. Kelly docuseries which explores the age-long allegations against R. Kelly. Although these allegations have been known for years, it shed new light on the victims and their stories.

Leaving Neverland will focus on the stories of two of Jackson's alleged victims, who were 7 and 10 at the time of meeting the singer, and their families. Both alleged victims, who are now in their 30s, open up about the allegations and how they came to terms with it as adults.

Source: Hotnew Hip Hip / Billie Jean


Louis Vuitton VS Michael Jackson. 17-01-'19

Virgil Abloh has just revealed his new Men collection for Louis Vuitton’s fall/Winter 2019 inspired by Michael Jackson!

The show was staged in the lush Tuileries Gardens – that’s the green expanse between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde and started at 2.30pm local time. The show was live on LV website for the world to see!

The show started 30 min late (fashionably late) but we could wait listening to Michael himself with 'Beat It', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Liberian Girl', 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Bad', 'Billie Jean' and 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'.

Then here we start! The set looks like the set of the 'Billie Jean' video! Live music starts mixing some of Michael’s 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. The collection is sober – As Louis Vuitton does! But with some touches of Michael then and there, very settled! Some sparks, some references like the 'Beat It' T-shirt design, The Toes, references to the sparkles Michael used to wear, the glove, the military style, the colorful and vibrant suits… Nothing was missed! References to some short films costumes like 'Black Or White', 'Stranger In Moscow', 'Billie Jean', 'Remember The Time', 'Scream'… Even the J5 made it to one of the jumper!

'The Wiz' is also set in print on some of the designs and a design looking like the 'You Are Not Alone' shirt…

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Macaulay Culkin Says His Friendship With Michael Jackson As A Child Was 'Normal' And 'Made Sense'.
16-01-'19

Macaulay CulkinThe 'Home Alone' star Macaulay Culkin has opened up about his relationship with the King of pop during an interview on a podcast late last night leaded by Michael Rosenbaum.

He was asked about the falsely documentary which is about to be shown at Sundance Festival and his relationship with the King of Pop. He answered: “He [Michael Jackson] reached out to me because a lot of things were happening, big and fast with me and I think he identified with that.”

“At the end of the day, it’s almost easy to say ut was weird or whatever, but it wasn’t because it made sense. At the end of the day, we were friends.”

Macaulay also re-enforced that “I’ve fallen asleep in the same bed with him. I’d just flop down” – he called the allegations against Michael “absolutely ridiculous.”

Macaulay did go to court to defend Michael Jackson in 2005 and never stopped defending him! [we love you for it].

During his chat with Rosenbaum, Macaulay argued that the world only viewed their friendship as strange because of Michael Jackson’s immense fame—and, when pressed by Rosenbaum about the big difference in age, explained that Michael could relate to what he was going through more than his school classmates.

“Nobody else in my Catholic school had even this much idea of what I was going through and he was the kind of person who’d been through the exact same frickin’ thing and wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone,” said Macaulay.

“For me, it’s so normal and mundane,” he added. “I know it’s a big deal to everyone else, but to me, it was a normal friendship.”

They also talked about the fact that Macaulay is Paris Jackson’s godfather and explained he is very protective of her. “I’m going to warn you now, I am very protective of her so just look out. I am a very open book when it comes to things but, like, with her, she is beloved by me”

Source: ET / Billie Jean


The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

Message From The Estate Of Michael Jackson To The Fans. 16-01-'19

Here below the message from the Michael Jackson Estate regarding the upcoming documentary:

Hello MJFam!

The past week has been a difficult one for the Estate just as we know it has been for you. We understand that the fans want to see the Estate take public action to stop the documentary screening at Sundance in the coming days but doing so isn’t necessarily the best or only way to counter the actions of these 2 admitted liars and their co-conspirators. The Estate is here to protect and grow Michael’s legacy, and that also means keeping the public focused on his music and the true Michael that we know through projects that will capture the hearts and attention of both fans and the general public.

In the coming weeks, the Estate will be sharing information about several partnerships that celebrate Michael’s life, art, and enduring influence – some are partnerships that the Estate has already told you about and others that have been in development and not yet acknowledged publicly. The first is the reveal of the invitation to Virgil Abloh’s Paris Fashion Week show, which was a single, sparkly glove, inspired by Michael. Read more about it in this piece on Vogue, which also says “The late, great Michael Jackson is set to be honored this Thursday (January 17) in Paris…Jackson will be honored by one very high-profile, very pop culture–obsessed designer at the Fall 2019 menswear shows. Back in December, Virgil Abloh announced that his second collection for Louis Vuitton as artistic director of men’s would be inspired by the man who gave us 'Thriller', 'Smooth Criminal', and the moonwalk.“

Read the rest of the story here. In addition to your efforts to publicly shame HBO, Channel 4, Sundance, and the filmmakers for making such a vile documentary, spreading news focusing on Michael’s legacy will help combat the impact and help shift the focus where it should be. The Estate is working to do the same.

Best,

The MJ Online Team

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Naomi Campbell Tells Her Story With Michael Jackson. 15-01-'19

Naomi Campbell just released a video on her YouTube channel telling her experience working with the King of Pop Michael Jackson on the video 'In The Closet' directed by Herb Ritts.

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Virgil AblohVirgil Abloh Reveals Jackson-Inspired Louis Vuitton FW19 Show. 15-01-'19

Virgil Abloh‘s eagerly-awaited Louis Vuitton debut is just about to hit LV stores around the globe, but not before the designer introduces his next collection for the Parisian luxury powerhouse.

Abloh took to Instagram to tease the invitation to his follow-up runway: a white glove emblazoned with sequins in the vein of Michael Jackson’s iconic single white glove. One the palm is a poem written by Abloh, his first “since a high-school homework assignment a million years ago.”

A robotic voiceover in the teaser reads the prose: “See, the thing is, there is only one. There was only one. Not me, but you; us. There was only one us.”

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


John G. Branca Named Marquis Who’s Who World’s #1 Music Attorney. 15-01-'19

John BrancaSince 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who’s Who in America®, Marquis Who’s Who® has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who’s Who in America® remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world.

The 2018 edition of Marquis Who’s Who® shows John Branca as N#1 Music attorney!

The fans knows Branca as one of the executors of the Michael Jackson Estate since 2009 and responsible for deals with Sony for 'This Is It', 'Michael', 'Xscape' but also the deal with Cirque du Soleil helping to bring to the world 'Immortal World Tour and the 'ONE' show in Las Vegas.

Often hated by a large part of the Michael Jackson fan community for a foggy right to be in charge of the Estate, including fake songs to posthumous album and aloof to the fans. This new status is a hope for the fans for John Branca to deliver not only more new music, products and shows but also to be able to put down one and for all those issues we all know too well, like with the latest documentary from HBO & Channel 4.

Read the whole article here.

Source: PR Newswire / Billie Jean


'Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5' And 'ABC' Will Be Reissued. 15-01-'19

The Jackson 5’s 'Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5' and 'ABC' will be re-issued in Japan in Limited Low-priced Edition. Both editions will be around 7euro each and will be available from March 20, 2019.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the prestigious record label Motown Records, Universal Music has decided to release some of the most famous albums and other best-sellers of the renowned label.

Note that a Motown 60 compilation will also be released on the same date. It will be composed of 3 CD's containing the best of the Motown with among others, 'I Want You Back' by Jackson 5 and 'I Want to Be Where You Are' by Michael Jackson.

Track lists:

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 CD Album CoverDiana Ross Presents The Jackson 5

1. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - 3:15
2. Nobody - 2:42
3. I Want You Back - 2:58
4. Can You Remember - 2:57
5. Standing In The Shadows Of Love - 4:05
6. You've Changed - 3:05
7. My Cherie Amour - 3:39
8. Who's Lovin' You - 3:57
9. Chained - 2:50
10. (I Know) I'm Losing You - 2:13
11. Stand - 2:34
12. Born To Love You - 2:26

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: UICY-78882
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 7 €

ABC CD Album CoverABC

1. The Love You Save - 3:01
2. One More Chance - 2:59
3. ABC - 2:57
4. 2-4-6-8 - 2:57
5. (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need - 2:43
6. Don't Know Why I Love You - 3:49
7. Never Had A Dream Come True - 3:00
8. True Love Can Be Beautiful - 3:27
9. La-La Means I Love You - 3:30
10. I'll Bet You - 3:18
11. I Found That Girl - 3:00
12. The Young Folks - 2:49

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: UICY-78883
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 7 €

Pre-order 'Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5' here at CD Japan.

Pre-order 'ABC' here at CD Japan.

Source: CD Japan / Billie Jean


Thriller Album Cover'Thriller': The Best Selling Vinyl's In 2018 (United States). 14-01-'19

Nielsen Music has just released the 2018 vinyl sales in the USA.

To mention, the sale of vinyl has grown by 14% compared to 2017 in the US and now represent 19.1% of the total of physical sales (CD's, LP's & cassettes).

According to the Dutch company, more than 16 million of vinyl have been purchased in the US! And Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' comes #1 (tight with the Guardians of the Galaxy’s soundtrack both sold 84,000 copies each!)

The best selling vinyl's in 2018 (United States):
1. Michael Jackson, 'Thriller' (84,000)
2. Soundtrack, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1' (84,000)
3. Fleetwood Mac, 'Rumors' (77,000)
4. The Beatles, 'Abbey Road' (76,000)
5. Prince And The Revolution, 'Purple Rain Soundtrack' (71,000)
6. Pink Floyd, 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' (67,000)
7. Bob Marley And The Wailers, 'Legend: The Best Of …' (61,000)
8. Queen, 'Greatest Hits' (60,000)
9. Amy Winehouse, 'Back To Black' (59,000)
10. Panic! At The Disco, 'Pray For The Wicked' (59,000)

It is clear the Michael Jackson is still much loved by the US!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


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Michael Jackson's Nephews Blast HBO's Upcoming 'Leaving Neverland' Documentary. 11-01-'19

Taj and TJ Jackson
Taj and TJ Jackson

A new documentary titled 'Leaving Neverland' is set to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and later air on HBO. The film is said to be covering Michael Jackson’s alleged history of child molestation by focusing on two particular accusers.

"If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to. It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity," stated 'Leaving Neverland' director Dan Reed.

He continued, "I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”

Jackson's estate quickly condemned 'Leaving Neverland', calling the documentary a "lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson" and "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.” The King of Pop's nephews also took to Twitter to blast the doc.

"I’m so tired of these lies about my uncle. MJ fam, I see all your comments and messages about wanting to fight back. I doubt the media wants to learn the truth or is even interested in it. Negativity sells. But please post below on what we all can do to expose this documentary," wrote Toriano "Taj" Jackson, Jr.

Taj added, "There are so many great journalists in the MJ fam. Unfortunately mainstream media makes more money off false stories and rumors about MJ. This won’t go away until we expose the lies and squash the rumors."

The 3T member also posted an email from Wade Robson where the dancer appears to be confirming his attendance at Michael Jackson's 2009 memorial service. Robson and James Safechuck are believed to be the two 30-year-old men featured in 'Leaving Neverland'.

Taj's brother, TJ Jackson, also tweeted, "It will always be a flaw of humanity to cheat and exploit a beloved popular figure for personal gain. Do know the main actors involved swore under oath of my uncle’s innocence. What’s changed? The need for $. I feel terrible for my uncle & my cousins. They are the true victims."

Source: All Hip Hop / Billie Jean


In Memory Of Michael JacksonIn Memory Of Michael Jackson. 10-01-'19

We have received the following information from Albert de Lugt, who is organising an event in the Netherlands on June 28th, 2019, for Michael’s 10th Memorial:

In Memory Of Michael Jackson

Ten years ago on June 25th, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, passed away and we really have to dwell on this.

I can proudly mention that in cooperation with Soulpower on 28th June, 2019, we can honour Michael Jackson with a tribute at the most beautiful place where this could happen, namely Paradiso in Amsterdam.

Here we can all together enjoy all the beauty Michael has brought us. All his hits fly by but also those of the Jacksons, Janet Jackson and family. The line up of this sparkling evening will be DJ Mr Speak & VJ Supreme Cuisine, with more acts to follow.

Venue
Paradiso Amsterdam
Open: 23:30 – 05:00

Tickets can be ordered here.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


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