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Jermaine JacksonJermaine Jackson: 'More People Involved' In Michael's Death. 23-06-'17

Michael Jackson’s older brother Jermaine Jackson says he believes “more people,” other than convicted doctor Conrad Murray, are to blame for his brother’s death ahead of the 8th anniversary of the pop icon’s passing Sunday.

“I’ll just say my observation to the whole thing that happened, during the time it happened, was that he [Conrad Murray] was just a finger to a bigger hand, there were more people involved in taking my brother’s life but his spirit will live on. He’s with us all the time,” Jackson told Fox Business.

Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson’s personal physician at the time of his death in 2009, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering a lethal dose of propofol — an anesthetic used in hospital settings. Murray was sentenced to four years in jail but only served two and was released in 2013.

Earlier this month, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reported that the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago (MBTT) was investigating claims that Murray was attending to patients at a local private medical facility without a license. However, a week later, the Trinidad Express reported that Murray is fully registered with the MBTT and has been seeing patients locally as a cardiovascular consultant. While Murray is banned from practicing in the U.S. since his conviction, he is legally able to practice medicine internationally.

Jackson says his family has learned to deal with all the sensationalized headlines surrounding Michael’s death, including family rifts over the pop icon’s estate, which is estimated to be worth over $600 million, according to Forbes.

“I really don’t know much about him. I don’t care. I don’t care where he goes,” Jackson said about Conrad Murray.

“We know who we are, and the rest is propaganda and it’s sensationalism,” he added. “People can say what they want to say about us but at the end of the day, we were family, we had each other before success so we’re going to continue being a family.”

Instead Jackson says the family is focused on healing and new beginnings, which is why he and his brothers Tito, Jackie and Marlon decided to go on tour to celebrate 50 years since the start of the Jackson 5.

And though Michael is not physically present to perform with his brothers, Jermaine adds: “He’s with us all the time, he’s even with us on the stage and we miss him every day.”

Source: Fox Business / Billie Jean

The Jacksons On Their 50-Year Career, Their Music, And Michael's Influence. 22-06-'17

Sam Delaney was joined by some very special guests on his show, after the Jacksons swung by talkRADIO for a chat.

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon told listeners about their 50-year music career, including details about their first trip to the UK.

They said: "We were on the plane, and we were told we had about 8,000 screaming fans at the airport waiting for us.

"It was chaotic, pandemonium. We didn’t quite expect it, to see fans in sleeping bags waiting for us."

Tito has also released a solo record, entitled Tito Time. He told Sam about how his pop legend brother had inspired him to finish the record.

He said: "After fifty years, I finally decided to do a solo record. I’d been busy being married, and having children, and raising sons and stuff.

"Michael had heard the songs and encouraged me to continue to record. But then right in the middle of it, he passed away.

"I laid off it for two or three years, and then I remembered what he’d said, and it encouraged me to continue."

The group revealed how they "cherish" the memory of their brother, saying they felt "his spirit" whenever they performed.

The group have a busy summer coming up - they're due for several performances, notably at Glastonbury and Love Supreme Festival in July.

The JacksonsThe superstar group swung by the studio for a chat with Sam Delaney.

Source: Talk Radio / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Songs: What Is Your Favorite No. 1 hit? 20-06-'17

From 'Ben' and 'Beat It' to 'Man In The Mirror' and 'You Are Not Alone', vote on your favorite chart-topping single from the King of Pop's solo career.

Vote now in the poll.

Source: Grammy / Billie Jean

'Thriller 3D' Will Resurrect Michael Jackson This Summer. 19-06-'17

Michael Jackson will be scaring fans from beyond the grave later this summer with a reworked release of his iconic music video 'Thriller' in 3D.

Director John Landis, who shot 'Thriller' in 1982 with “The King of Pop,” will oversee the project, according to industry sources.

We’re told that for three years, Landis has been secretly re-working the iconic 14-minute music video, which was a groundbreaking piece of music history.

Sources say that Michael's son Prince and daughter Paris have been involved in the project, but details are being kept under wraps.

"'Thriller' is coming out again in movie form this summer and it will be something very special,” we're told. “John took the original footage, cleaned it up and has made it into something very unique.”

Our insider says Jackson, who died in 2009 and would’ve turned 59 in August, would have likely been pleased with this project.

Thriller Video Clip (02-12-1983)The World première of the video clip took place on December 02, 1983 on MTV.

“Michael’s vision before his death was to bring ‘Thriller’ to movie theaters and use IMAX and 3D technology to make fans feel they are in the video with him,” we're told. “There is a marketing plan in place to launch the new version with a huge PR drive with (Jackson’s children) Prince and Paris involved.”

We also hear that Prince, a filmmaking enthusiast, has expressed particular interest in this project. Our sources also say that fans are in for a double-feature.

“As part of the celebration relaunch, a new documentary exploring the incredible story behind the movie’s creation will be released,” we're told.

Landis joined the project after actually being caught up in a bitter legal war over the original 'Thriller' after Michael’s passing. That beef has apparently been buried.

The movie release marks the 35th anniversary of the 'Thriller' album launch.

Shortly after Jackson died, the 'Thriller' video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress. No other music video had been given that honor.

Source: Daily News / Billie Jean

New Ebony Magazine (Collector Edition) Featuring Michael Jackson. 19-06-'17

Ebony Magazine CoverMichael has been so many times on Ebony magazine's in his career, now for the 8h anniversary of his passing a new Ebony special edition is out in the US.

Titled 'Black Brilliance', the 94 pages book is featuring the 50 greatest singers of all time and obviously having Michael Jackson on the cover means that Michael is obviously number ONE!

It's great that they put Michael on the cover, Michael will never forget, he was the greatest artist in the world and will stay that too.

Publisher: ?
Author: ?
Pages: 94
Guide price: 9 €

Pre-order the magazine here at Amazon.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’ Meets Michael Jackson’s 'Beat It' in Seamless Mashup. 18-06-'17

This might be the greatest pop-meets-metal mashup we’ve ever heard. In this Best of YouTube clip, we revisit an incredible mix between Iron Maiden’s 'The Trooper' and Michael Jackson’s 'Beat It'.

YouTuber Nightmare Lyra has created a bunch of mashups, but 'Beat It, Trooper' is by far the most popular with over 370,000 views… which is still not nearly enough for something as good as this. In fact, it’s the only Nightmare Lyra mashup that’s surpassed 4,000 views, so you know this clip is the chosen one.

'Beat It, Trooper' begins with Iron Maiden’s iconic 'Trooper' riff, but before a vocal line even begins, the secondary guitar riff from 'Beat It' adds an extra layer to the Maiden classic almost seamlessly. Instead of Bruce Dickinson’s operatic voice singing the horrors of warfare, we get MJ’s famous lines as Maiden’s instrumental section drops out in the verse’s opening measures.

It’s eerie how well it all comes together, even without Dickinson’s woahs in the mix. In place of Maiden’s most powerful chant, Michael Jackson roars in with Beat it, beat it, no one wants to be defeated.” For a little added depth, samples from Anthrax’s 'Caught In A Mosh', Billy Idol’s 'White Wedding' and Judas Priest’s 'Painkiller', but you’d hardly notice.


Source: 103.7 The Loon / YouTube / Billie Jean

MJ GloveHenry Leutwyler’s Pictures On Show In Switzerland. 16-06-'17

Not sure if you remember Henry Leutwyler, the man who photographed all Michael Jackson Neverland’s content and writer of “Neverland Lost“?

Henry will exhibition few of his pictures in Le Locle, Switzerland from June 18 until October 15 and it does include a massive picture of Michael Jackson Glove:

More information here.

Musée des beaux-arts
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
2400 Le Locle

Open times:
Wednesdays to Fridays: 12h30-17h00
Saturdays & Sundays: 11h00-17h00

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

VH1VH1 Italy Dedicating 2 Days To Celebrate Michael Jackson. 16-06-'17

The Italian music channel VH1 is programming a special 2 days special to Michael Jackson on June 24 & 25.

On Saturday June 24, the channel will play the top 10 most popular songs voted by the fans. Fans can vote for their favorite video at www.vh1.it from June 16 to June 20. This will be aired at 8am and then again on June 25 at 1pm.

On Sunday June 25, at 7pm, for 2 hours, the channel will air videos of the pop star from “Don’t Stop ’Till You Get Enough' to 'Scream' with little videos showing public appearances and moments of Michael Jackson’s career.

At 9.10pm, the channel will play one of the numerous documentary.

Source: Diregiovani / Billie Jean

Ripley’s New Michael Jackson Sculpture To Be Unveiled On June 25. 16-06-'17

Cristiam Ramos, winner of 20 awards and 2 World Records has been commissioned to create a Michael Jackson sculpture for Ripleys Entertainment Inc. owner of “Ripley’s believe it or not!” Museums, The company commissioned Cristiam a Sculpture of Michael Jackson for the anniversary of his death June 25, and this amazing sculpture will be display in some Ripley’s museums in US starting with the Orlando Museum.

MJ SculptureThe Sculpture is painted with over 40 pop icons faces that have marked the music through the years: Prince, Madonna, Elton John, George Michael, and much more.

The Sculpture is a tribute to pop music in general having as the central point the sculpture of the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

The sculpture is made of normal materials like clay, oil paint and acrylic paint, ant took over 4 months, but it is unusual and amazing. And also it is the only one in its type.

For more information about Cristiam Ramos, please visit his website

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

'The Jacksons Legacy: The 50TH Anniversary' Book Will Be Released In October. 16-06-'17

'The Jacksons Legacy: The 50th Anniversary' Book CoverFollowing our October 21 announcement about the upcoming publication of 'The Jacksons Legacy: The 50th Anniversary', the first official publication of Jacksons siblings at Thames & Hudson, October 2017 Is fixed for the output of this book.

'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the first ever official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. This major volume reveals the untold, unseen and utterly unforgettable story behind the legend that is the Jacksons. Four specially commissioned chapters deftly weave together an unprecedented 12 days’ worth of exclusive interviews with the brothers, recounted in their own words, with contributions from key players throughout their careers. The compelling tale unfolds from their childhood days living at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, through the years signed to Motown as the Jackson 5, their radical move to Epic as The Jacksons, the blossoming of their solo careers, the dizzying successes of the Victory tour, and right up to the present day.

During unrivalled access to the family archives as well as the private collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, bespoke photography captures a multitude of never-before-seen images, rarities and personal possessions. The result is a mind-blowing collection of visual material: intensely personal family pictures; all-angle shots of the first guitars the boys ever held; top photographer Harrison Funk’s exclusive coverage of their professional lives; photos of Michael Jackson on tour with his brothers during the release of 'Off The  Wall' (1979) and the 1982 phenomenon that was 'Thriller' – the best-selling album of all time; editions of teen and black culture magazines featuring the family; and official merchandise, right down to Jacksons-branded breakfast cereal boxes with giveaway 7” records attached.

Published to coincide with their 50th anniversary, 'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the definitive behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons’ lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Jackson Five's début single 'Big Boy'. The Jacksons: Legacy is a “comprehensive” and “definitive” book that tells the band’s story in their own words, alongside “outstanding” visuals. The publisher holds world rights in all languages.

The site of Amazon.com sets the date to 12 October while amazon France has set the release date to October 5, 2017.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Author: The Jackson Family
ISBN: 978-0316473736
Pages: 320
Printed: ?
Guide price: 28 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean

'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume VI: Invincible' Will Be Released This Summer. 12-06-'17

The Ultimate Collector Book Volume VI: Invincible CoverIn The Ultimate Collector Book series, Sixteen11 Media Group is pleased to unveil the cover of Volume VI 'Invincible: From 2001 to 2008'.

After the volumes devoted to the 'Dangerous' and 'HIStory' periods which you could have the echoes here, this new book of reference of the collectors concerning Michael Jackson will be consecrated to the Invincible period.

Today, the cover of the next volume has been revealed on social media.

The next volume compiled by Fabrice Ancellet (aka Hector Barjot for those who follow him) and Sebastian Mille is all about ‘Invincible’!

Speaking to Fabrice and Sebastian this week, the volume is now completed: “It was really hard one! We both were very surprised on how many items we found and compiled together. It has been a challenge for an era with barely any singles releases from the album! But we found so much more and we cannot wait for all the fans who collect to see them!”

For more information on Hector Barjot, YouTube Channel.

More information is to follow regarding the full content, the pre-sales dates and the price. So keep an eye open!

To be continued.

Source: MJ Vibe / Sixteen11 / Billie Jean

BubblesBubbles, Michael Jackson’s Chimp, Really Does Paint! 12-06-'17

After great success at Art Basel 2012, the paintings by Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee, Bubbles, and many others will be on display for 10 days at Frames USA & Art Gallery in Miami. The opening reception will be on July 21, 2017 from 6pm-10pm where the public can view and purchase a very unique piece of original ape art.

“Purchasing a piece of original art by apes is a collectible. It creates conversation, it is a form of expression, and it is rare”, Adam Brand says, owner of Frames USA. “Not to mention that the proceeds from the sales of the art will go to an amazing cause”

Over the years, zoos and sanctuaries have dabbled into selling artwork at their gift shops by resident animals to raise money. However, the purpose of this art show, Apes that Paint, extends beyond that. It seeks to establish the fact that apes are artists without judgment and second that these ape artists are contributing to the fundraising efforts for The Center for Great Apes, located in Wauchula, Florida.

Aside from artworks from our star artist Bubbles, the exhibition will host other wonderful original pieces from celebrity apes. Among them, the art of chimpanzees from Planet of the Apes, and orangutans from the movie Going Apes, and NBC’s soap opera Passions. The crowd will enjoy complimentary food and wine sponsored by Carolina Ale House and a limited-edition gift with their RSVP to the event. For free admission and gift, RSVP at www.framesusamiami.com by July 18.

Come experience this unique art show and take an exciting piece home that will marvel friends and family, and learn about a sanctuary that helps protect chimpanzee and orangutans.

Source: Community Newspapers / Billie Jean

Disney’s Auction Including Captain EO’s Memorabilia. 12-06-'17

A very special auction of Disney’s memorabilia will take place in California and it will include some items from Captain EO!

One of the item is a Window Display Model from Disneyland (1985) which is 17" tall! Beautiful! It is set to go for $3,000 to $5,000!

Captain EO Window Dispaly ModelThis figure, created for a display in the Disneyland Showcase preview center on Main Street in 1985, was the public's first view of Michael Jackson in his role as 'Captain EO'.

Auction date: Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 11:00 am PT

Public Exhibition Dates: June 3, 2017 – June 24, 2017
Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm

Van Eaton Galleries | 13613 Ventura Blvd. | Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 | phone: (818) 788-2357 | fax: (818) 788-2368
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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