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Will.I.AmWill.I.Am Won't Release Michael Jackson Tracks. 18-03-'18

Will.I.Am insists he would never release the songs he recorded with the late Michael Jackson because he has too much ''integrity''.

Will.I.Am has too much ''integrity'' to release the songs he recorded with the late Michael Jackson.

The Black Eyed Peas star was the last person to work with the King of Pop before he died from acute propofol intoxication in 2009, and though he would make millions from bringing out the tracks they worked on together, he knows the 'Thriller' hitmaker wasn't happy with what they'd done and he respects his idol's ''legacy'' too much to ignore that.

Asked about releasing the songs, he said: ''I would never do that. I grew up obsessed with Michael Jackson. When he called me to ask him to work with him I didn't believe it was him. But those songs weren't perfected in the way someone like him wanted them to be perfected. You don't do that. You have integrity. You respect the legacy.''

The 42-year-old star believes a lot of young people think they can reach the heights that Michael did, but he doesn't think that's possible if they don't put in the ''work''.

He told Event magazine: ''It's all about work. You need to be prepared to stand up, get knocked down and stand up again. Society has created a lot of snowflakes and social media has created a generation of kids who think they can be Beyoncé or Michael Jackson on social media. You don't get to be that person unless you give it everything.''

The 'Where Is The Love?' hitmaker is single and has no children, but insists his legacy is about more than passing down his genes because his work in technology and the scholarship programme he set up in the Los Angeles neighbourhood where he grew up is far more valuable to the future.

He said: ''I don't want to talk about marriage and kids. But it is completely egotistical to think that a legacy is all about you having children. For me, a legacy is the things you do.

''I have a whole generation of kids from my streets going to college and being educated, I'm part of a movement of people working in technology and artificial intelligence trying to make a better future.

''Today we have racism, sexism, a celebrity president [in] Donald Trump, and that's scary. Tomorrow we can make it a better world.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

O.J. Simpson Reveals Michael Jackson Gave Him And Kids Free Pass To Neverland. 17-03-'18

O.J. SimpsonO.J. Simpson has claimed that the late Michael Jackson opened-up Neverland Ranch to him and his kids after his murder trial.

Simpson made the confession in an interview with The Buffalo News claiming he was upset he could not attend the King Of Pop’s funeral.

He also reveals that he and his two youngest children, Sydney and Justin, received comfort from Jackson after the trial.

He revealed: “There came a point where my kids would come up with their best friends and stay long weekends at Neverland Ranch, with everything available to us.

“We were the only ones there, explained Simpson. This place was incredible, like being at the zoo and amusement park at the same time, with a Ferris wheel and bumper cars and a big movie theater.

“He had first-run movies and nobody behind the counter. The popcorn and candy, the kids would go get whatever they want.”

Simpson, 70, explained that he and the Jackson family were close on account of the fact that his home in Encino, where he lived with his first wife Marguerite and their children, was near the Jackson compound.

Jermaine Jackson would come over with his oldest son, who grew close to Simpson’s two older children.

After the trial Simpson told Jermaine it was terrible he could not take his kids anywhere – soon afterwards Michael phoned and offered the facility to them.

According to Simpson this arrangement continued for years and he was unaware about the rumors surrounding Jackson.

“I don’t know what his sexual thing was – I thought he was asexual. But he came to my aid,” revealed Simpson.

The former NFL player could not see or speak with Jackson during his final years.

And to make matters worse, many of the other inmates at Lovelock Correctional Facility were not that upset about Jackson’s passing.

He added: “It hurt me. This is prison. You got Aryan Warriors, 311s, 88's. Heil Hitler, KKK, you got all that.

“It’s tough when you hear them denigrate this guy who has been so great to my family.

“Then when he dies, you can’t get into an argument because some guy is cracking on Michael.”

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean

769 Entertainment And Laurieann Gibson Collaborate On 'Shut Up And Dance'. 16-03-'18

769 Entertainment 769 Entertainment announces multi-talented choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson has been chosen to record an homage to Michael Jackson, 'Shut Up and Dance'. Headed by former Atlantic Records and Michael Jackson's MJJ Music President Jerry Greenberg, 769's ambition for the recording is to launch "a movement crossing racial, social, political, and economic lines as a celebration of dance," that keeps in line with the UN statement, "It can promote ideals like peace and solidarity."

'Shut Up and Dance's casting of Laurieann Gibson lines up perfectly with 769's mission for the recording. In 2017, Gibson told Life And Style, "Working with Michael Jackson, I finally understood that the gift of dance is born in the heavenly realm. He embodied the purest form—the world calls it magic, I call it dance." Understanding that 'magic,' this former 'In Living Color Fly Girl' and current 'Dance Moms' host has choreographed many of the world's greatest entertainers including Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Britney Spears. Now Laurianne Gibson will be applying her talents to herself, not only singing lead on the recording but also choreographing and creative directing the Jackson tribute's associated videos.

Jerry Greenberg, head of 769 Entertainment and driving force behind 'Shut Up And Dance' also worked with Michael Jackson and dozens of artists as well as behind the scenes of many successful creative projects. "Meeting Michael Jackson for the first time was like meeting Walt Disney," Greenberg said in a 2009 statement. "His vision, creativity, and instinct for great talent and intelligent business sense all showed at our first meeting. Michael cared about finding new artists and discovering and developing the best music possible." During his tenure running various labels and A&R departments, Greenberg himself signed artists ranging from ABBA to Genesis. He also brought in dance acts like Chic and gave production deals to groove-heavy artists such as Dr. Dre and Easy E.

Recording 'Shut Up and Dance' is yet another achievement for Gibson, a frequent, on-camera personality featured on various series including 'Making The Band', So You Think You Can Dance, the aforementioned Dance Moms, and Starmaker. Behind the scenes, Gibson currently is working on the potential Fox series 8-Count that Deadline Hollywood describes as, "a music-filled drama that follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer who has one last shot at stardom." It is based loosely on aspects of Laurieann Gibson's life, and is being developed by multi-platinum selling and Grammy™-award winning artist, Mary J. Blige.

Laurieann Gibson
Laurieann Gibson is a Canadian choreographer, director, television personality, singer, actress and dancer. She has choreographed dance numbers for musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.

Source: PR Newswire / Billie Jean

One Of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Gloves Can Be Yours (For The Right Price). 15-03-'18

MJ GloveThree things usually come to mind when people recall Michael Jackson's stratospheric fame in the 1980's: His music videos were events unto themselves; he toted around a chimp named Bubbles (who once bit Quincy Jones's daughter Rashida); and Jackson was often seen wearing a single white sequined glove.

There's no official count on how many gloves Jackson owned and wore during his career, but one performance-used mitt is now up for sale via GWS Auctions and their Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction. Used by Jackson during his 1997 HIStory tour, the Swarovski crystal-covered glove is unique in that Jackson had it made for his left hand, as he wanted to keep the wedding ring—courtesy of his marriage to nurse Debbie Rowe—visible on his right. (Though wedding rings are traditionally worn on the left hand, Jackson was known to wear his on the right.)

According to Jackson associate John Kehe, Jackson allegedly got the idea for the glove in 1980, when he was touring a production company and saw a film editor at a control panel wearing a white cotton glove. Jackson himself wrote in his autobiography, 'Moonwalk', that he had been wearing a single glove since the 1970's. Either way, it was Jackson's performance of 'Billie Jean' during a television appearance for 'Motown's 25th Anniversary' in May 1983 that cemented the accessory in the eyes of the public. That particular glove sold for $350,000 in 2009.

The HIStory glove will be up for auction March 24; pre-bids currently have it in excess of $5000. The Legends of Music and Hollywood Auction is also set to feature a prescription pill bottle once owned by Frank Sinatra and a hairbrush used by Marilyn Monroe.

Source: Mental Floss / Billie Jean

Is There A Song Called 'Miracle' With 3T? 14-03-'18

While doing a little storage, Taryll Jackson found a lot of audio tapes from the time of the recording of the album 'Brotherhood' in which Michael Jackson duet on the title 'Why' and choirs on the title 'I Need You'.

Among these cassettes is one of them where it is written MJJ & 3T 'Miracle'. Taryll does not specify whether it is a song or a simple inscription but it was enough to attract the attention of fans of the King of Pop. Hope to have more information about this tape and its contents.

Miracle Cassette
These cassettes is one of them where it is written MJJ & 3T 'Miracle'.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean

Lionel Richie Frightened By Animal Encounters At Michael Jackson's House. 14-03-'18

Lionel RichieLionel Richie had to deal with a lot of zany animal encounters while writing charity anthem 'We Are The World' at Michael Jackson's house.

The musicians penned the track at Michael's home in Encino, California and Lionel reveals Jackson's menagerie of pets made the experience a little crazy at times.

"Michael loved to collect animals...," Lionel told U.S. show The Talk on Tuesday (March 13), "so right in the middle of writing this song we're eating downstairs and there's this dog barking hysterically... And then we heard, 'Shut up, shut up!'

"I'm thinking to myself, 'What's going on, Michael?' He said, 'That's the bird. That's the bird having an argument with the dog'. So we went back into the kitchen and there's the bird in the cage and the dog is barking at the bird and the bird is going, 'Shut up, shut up'."

However, Lionel's next animal encounter at the house wasn't quite as amusing.

"It gets worse," he continued. "I'm laying on the floor and we're working on the lyrics... and I hear a (breathing sound)... I'm looking at Michael and all of a sudden out of the corner of my eye the albums that were against the wall were falling down. I'm thinking to myself, 'Well what could this be?'"

"I look over and there is an albino python and he goes, 'There he is Lionel, we found him. We knew he was in the room somewhere Lionel, but we weren't sure. He wants to come out and play with you'.

"I was screaming like the last woman in a horror movie, I was screaming so loud. He kept saying, 'Why are you screaming?' I said, 'Baby, that's a snake, he might be your pet. I'm from Alabama, that's a snake'."

Source: Music News / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson To Perform From Beyond The Grave In Ghostly Duet With Prince? 12-03-'18

Michael and PrinceThe 'Thriller' singer and the 'Purple Rain' legend recorded tracks together in secret before their deaths.

The songs were locked in vaults and have never been heard by their fans.

However, it is claimed Jackson has now sent a message from the spirit world urging his family to “honour his legacy” by releasing them.

Hollywood medium Tyler Henry said he contacted the late singer while doing a reading with Jackson’s sister LaToya.

Last night (March 11) Tyler claimed Jackson even brought along his pal Prince, who died in 2016.

Tyler said: “The key thing he spoke about was how he wanted to be honoured with his music. He wants his new music released.

“There is a specific artist he brought through with him.

“He was interested in releasing something they did together.

“It made sense to LaToya.”

Source: Daily Star / Billie Jean

HIStory Tour (Basel and Johannesburg) DVD CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 11-03-'18
HIStory Tour (Basel and Johannesburg)

Disc 2: Johannesburg
On October 10th, 1997, Jackson gave his HIStory concert in Johannesburg (South Africa) at the Johannesburg Stadium for 50,000 people. His parents were also present in the audience.

Special about the 'opening' of the HIStory tour is that Michael first shows his hand outside the capsule and before the song 'Heal The World' a children's choir begin to sing that song.

Michael sings 14 hits and wears more than ten different costumes, 134 minutes long Michael shows his mastership.

1. Intro (Gates of Kiev) - 7:17
2. HIStory Medley: Scream / They Don't Care About Us / In The Closet - 7:54
3. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - 5:57
4. Stranger In Moscow - 5:15
5. Smooth Criminal - 9:19
6. The Wind (Video Interlude) - 1:05
7. You Are Not Alone - 7:39
8. J5 Medley: I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There - 8:57
9. Remember The Time (Video Interlude) - 4:49
10. Billie Jean - 12:48
11. Thriller - 7:12
12. Beat It - 8:34
13. Black Panter (Video Interlude) - 3:45
14. Dangerous - 4:17
15. Black Or White - 6:09
16. Earth Song - 9:58
17. We Are The World (Video Interlude) - 2:07
18. Heal The World -10:53
19. They Don’t Care About Us (Instrumental) - 1:27
20. HIStory - 5:16
21. End - 0:41

Unreleased: 10-10-1997
Playing time: 134:05 minutes
Sound: Mono

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Source: Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Statue Is Missing From His Childhood Gary Home. So Where Is It? 09-03-'18

The Michael Jackson statue is missing from his childhood home. But police say the culprit wasn't a smooth criminal.

Gary police said the monument was removed from the site in October during Janet Jackson's visit to the family home in Gary.

"I guess it was taken down to do a video shoot. They are planning to do some landscaping in the spring. Once they are done, they'll bring it back," Lt. Thomas Pawlak said Friday night.

He said the Gary deputy chief reached out to a family representative personally to get the story firsthand.

MJ Statue
The Michael Jackson statue that stands outside his childhood Gary home has been removed by his family, but it will return in the spring, police said.

"So the family has the monument. It's safe, not stolen," he said.

The iconic statue has stood outside Jackson's childhood home since being unveiled in June 2010.

Source: New York Times / Billie Jean

Smooth Criminal (Limited Edition) [Souvenir Pack] CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 08-03-'18
Smooth Criminal (Limited Edition) [Souvenir Pack]

'Smooth Criminal' (limited edition) souvenir pack was released on November 21st, 1988 in the UK by Epic.

For each single from the album 'Bad', there was a collector's edition released in England. Here we have the 'Smooth Criminal' picture sleeve & vinyl in a special tri-fold picture box complete with four exclusive colour postcards from the movie 'Moonwalker'.

'Smooth Criminal' is the seventh single from Michael's 'Bad' album, written and recorded by Michael.

The opening heartbeat heard on the song was Michael's recorded by Dr. Eric Chevlan, and digital processed using a synclavier.

The song contains a fast-paced beat intertwined with Jackson's lyrics about a woman named Annie, who has been attacked in her apartment by a "smooth" assailant.

My (limited edition) souvenir pack is printed in the UK with the series number: 653026 7.

Track list:

1. Smooth Criminal - 4:10

1. Smooth Criminal (Instrumental) - 4:10

Here below you see the Smooth Criminal' picture sleeve & vinyl in a special tri-fold picture box complete with four exclusive colour postcards from the movie 'Moonwalker'.

Smooth Criminal (Limited Edition) [Souvenir Pack]

Record label: Epic
Released: 21-11-1988
Series number: 653026 7
Printed: UK
Guide price: 80 €

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Source: Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Wanted To Play "The Phantom", Andrew Lloyd Webber Says. 07-03-'18

Andrew Lloyd WebberCould Michael Jackson have played the Phantom? In an interview with Rolling Stone, Andrew Lloyd Webber says the late singer once had his eye on the role early in the run of "The Phantom of the Opera".

The composer’s newly released memoir, Unmasked, features a photo of Michael Jackson backstage at Starlight Express in the 1980's. According to Lloyd Webber, Michael Jackson was a fan of Phantom and expressed interest in getting involved with a filmed version of the show, perhaps attached to the title role: “It would have been incredible, but we weren’t ready,” Lloyd Webber says in the interview. “Phantom was only in its first year on Broadway.”

"The Phantom of the Opera" has long since become the longest-running show in Broadway history, recently celebrating its 30th year in the Majestic Theatre. In addition to his work on "Phantom of the Opera", Lloyd Webber talks about Evita, workshopping his now-iconic shows, and writing music for stage legends in Unmasked. His body of theatre works includes such musicals as Sunset Boulevard, Cats, and the currently running School of Rock.

The Phantom of the Opera
Michael Jackson with Michael Crawford backstage of "The Phantom of the Opera" in Broadway at the Majestic Theater in New York City.

Read the full Rolling Stone interview on Lloyd Webber’s memoir here.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean

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