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Christmas Album Album Cover'Christmas Album' Of The Jackson 5 Back On Vinyl! 22-11-'17

The Jackson 5 'Christmas Album' is back on vinyl! It will be released on December 15th by Universal/Motown Records, just for Christmas!

'Christmas Album' is for the first time released by Motown in the USA on October 15th, 1970, the album showcased the brothers' harmonies and vocals. Lead singer Michael Jackson is prominently featured on the album tracks. All songs produced by The Corporation / Hal Davis.

Track list:

1. Have Yourself A Merry Christmas - 5:19
2. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - 2:24
3. The Christmas Song - 5:11
4. Up On The House Top - 3:16
5. Frosty The Snowman - 2:39

1. The Little Drummer Boy - 3:15
2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - 2:32
3. Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year - 2:31
4. Give Love On Christmas Day - 2:55
5. Someday At Christmas - 2:44
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - 3:01

Record label: Universal/Motown
Series number: 3794576
Printed: EU
Guide price: 20 €

Pre-order the vinyl album here at Universal/Motown.

Source: Motown/Universal / Billie Jean

Neverland RanchMichael Jackson's Neverland To Become Museum. 21-11-'17

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch looks set to become a museum dedicated to the King of Pop.

Triumph International, the company in charge of intellectual property for the Jackson estate, has filed documents registering the title 'Neverland Ranch' for multiple entertainment purposes, including "operating museum and providing guided tours of the museum," and "non-downloadable musical performances, musical videos, film clips, photographs and other multimedia materials featuring music and/or visual representations of Michael Jackson".

However, the location of the memorial to Jackson's life and career may not be on the site of the original ranch.

Sources close to the estate told website The Blast that several locations are being considered for the Michael Jackson museum including the ranch in Sycamore Valley, California and the Jackson childhood home in Encino, Los Angeles.

Though the location is yet to be decided, items from the original Neverland could be used, such as the ornate front gates.

The ranch - which features a lavish landscaped garden, Disneyland inspired architecture, a petting zoo and fairground rides - is co-owned by the late singer's estate and a private equity firm and has been on the market since 2015. It was originally listed for sale at $100 million US dollars [£75.5 million], but in March this year [2017] the price was slashed to $67 million [£50.5 million].

Source: Daily Sun / Billie Jean

Review: Postage Stamps Neslon Mandela With Michael Jackson. 18-11-'17

The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe published last September a four postage stamp with the theme Nelson Mandela including Michael Jackson. Sao Tome and Principe is one of the smallest countries in Africa that occupies an archipelago of the South Atlantic located in the Gulf of Guinea.

You can buy these new stamps in the philatelic agency's official store for € 5 (+ € 7.50 shipping cost) in non-perforated version. Two copies are available via Amazon.

Nelson Mandela 4 Stamps
Postage stamps Neslon Mandela with Michael Jackson.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean

Manhattan MansionMichael's Former Manhattan Mansion Hits The Market For $39M. 16-11-'17

The former Upper East Side home of the late pop star Michael Jackson has been listed for $39 million. Built in 1898, the home is “optimally located on one of the world’s most prestigious Central Park residential blocks” between Fifth and Madison avenues, according to the listing by Modlin Group. American architect Alexander Welch, who was behind Alexander Hamilton’s well-known residence in Harlem, designed the six-story house in the Beaux-Arts tradition. Jackson rented the mansion in the 1990's.

Before that, it was the home of modern artist Marc Chagall. It was also in the series "Gossip Girl," where it was used as a stand-in for character Nate Archibald’s home, according to Curbed. Most recently, it was owned by billionaire and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, who recently put it on the market with a $39 million price tag, Curbed reported.

It comes with a long list of amenities, including a garden-level terrace, a rooftop deck, and 10 fireplaces.

The 119-year-old home at 4 E. 74th St. is less than a block away from Central Park.

Source: NBC New York / Billie Jean

First Look At The New Cast Of 'Thriller Live'. 15-11-'17

New production photos have been released of the new West End cast of 'Thriller Live', which recently announced a new booking period to 30 September, 2018.

On 15 February, 2018, 'Thriller Live' - a spectacular concert-style show that celebrates Michael Jackson's enduring musical legacy and groundbreaking dance moves - will overtake Jersey Boys to become the 14th longest running musical in West End history. On 19 August, 2018 the show will celebrate its 4000th West End performance.

The new cast features Charlotte Berry, Vivviene Ekwulugo and young MJs Giles Corden and Christian Posso, David Jordan, Stefan Sinclair, John Moabi, Haydon Eshun, Alex Ko, Cordell Mosteller, Reece Bahia, Shakara Brown, Ella Coghill, Aisling Duffy, Ella Redhead, Sophie Usher, E.M. Smith, Jorgia Vaughan, Brett Baxter, Peter Cleverley, Jamal Crawford, Joel Ekperigin, Jamie Mason, Florivaldo Mossi, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Aled Arhyel Charles,Marcellus Virgo Smith, AndreFaulds, Iasiah Mason.

'Thriller Live', a spectacular, high-octane concert specially created to celebrate the career of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of?Pop, has now played in more than 23 different countries and been watched by more than 2 million people.

Thriller Live
'Thriller Live' celebrating the music of The Jackson 5 and the solo work of Michael Jackson. It had already been performed in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and Scandinavia before opening at the Lyric Theatre, London on 2 January 2009. The show was conceived by Jackson family friend and author, Adrian Grant.

'Thriller Live' creator AdrIan Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of 'Michael Jackson - The Visual Documentary', said: "Eight years ago the world lost one of it's greatest ever entertainers. He was an inspiration to millions, through his music, videos and humanitarian acts of goodwill. Michael was unique - an amazing vocalist, sensational dancer and great songwriter, he created work that opened the doors for many generations to follow. On stage he was pure magic - and this is where he said he felt most comfortable, in a life where off it he was often persecuted for being different. There will never be another Michael Jackson, he was as an innovator and creator who dared to live his dreams and give art a whole new expression.

"Thriller Live pays tribute to Michael Jackson not just today, but every day with a show that is full of love and respect for his work. Whilst we cannot replicate the King of Pop on stage, we can certainly honour his memory - and our cast, band and crew all work tirelessly to recreate just a taste of Michael's persona and talent on stage. We thank you Michael for everything, you may be gone but you are certainly not and never will be forgotten. Love Always."

Look here to the pictures of 'Thriller Live'.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean

48 Years Ago Today, 'I Want You Back' Kicked It All Off For The Jackson 5. 15-11-'17

I Want You Back Single CoverThe single that launched one of music’s most famous dynasties debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 exactly 48 years ago today. 'I Want You Back', the first Motown single by the Jackson 5, began its journey up the chart dated Nov. 15, 1969.

It wasn’t the first single by the group of five brothers from Gary, Indiana. Their father, Joe, approached a local label, Steeltown, about signing his five sons. The Jacksons spent several consecutive Saturdays at Steeltown, recording a number of tracks, and on Jan. 31, 1968, the small independent firm released 'Big Boy'.

'I Want You Back' entered the Hot 100 at No. 90. Eleven weeks later, the single began a four-week reign at No. 1.
“When I heard ‘I Want You Back’ on the radio for the first time, I was driving in my car by myself on Fairfax in L.A. and I pulled over to the side of the road,” Jackie remembers. “Hearing your song for the first time on the radio is unbelievable. You hear it in the studio all the time, but when you hear it on the radio, it sounds 10 times better.”

Motown’s Suzanne de Passe called the family at home to let them know 'I Want You Back' was No. 1. “I didn’t wait for them to send us a copy of Billboard,” says Jackie, who went right to a newsstand and bought five copies. “There we were, on top of the pop and R&B charts, in front of all the other acts. There’s nothing more exciting than to be No. 1 with your very first record. We worked so hard in the recording studio and it paid off.”

'I Want You Back', one of the most iconic songs of the rock era, was just the beginning for the Jackson 5. Their next three Motown singles — 'ABC', 'The Love You Save' and 'I’ll Be There' — all topped the Hot 100.

“For me, the musical highlight of our entire career is 'I Want You Back',” says Jackie. “Because that’s the one that put the flag in the ground. When people hear it, they go crazy. That’s the one that got us known around the world and it will be with us for life.”

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

'Behind The Gates Of Neverland: Conversations With Michael Jackson' E-Book Is Released. 14-11-'17

Behind The Gates Of Neverland Book CoverThe e-book 'Behind The Gates Of Neverland - Conversations With Michael Jackson' is released by publisher Lori Armstrong.

The authors are also planning to release a physical book by the beginning of next year.'

The book is a sweet and simple memoir detailing the human side of Michael Jackson....a hidden side which many of his devoted fans were not able to see. Included with the book is a long list of Michael’s charitable donations and humanitarian efforts. This in itself makes the book different and well worth a read.

The conversations with Michael took place during the era of 1988 - 1996 and are told through the kind eyes, open ears and straightforward hand-written notes of Michael's friend and Neverland Amusement Park Manager, Ray Robledo.

This memoir touches on the wedding of Elizabeth Taylor, which was held at Neverland, visits from the Jackson family and the ghost, "George", who roamed behind the gates of Neverland, becoming known to those who worked at Michael's magical palace.

If you are a true Michael Jackson fan who enjoys reading light-hearted memoirs without the rumor-provoking gossip - this book belongs in your library.

Sweet. Simple. Michael.

Publisher: Lori Armstrong
Author: Lori Armstrong, Ray Robledo
Pages: 154
Printed: ?
Guide price: 3,36 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Joseph Jackson Shares Rare Photo Of Grandson Blanket. 14-11-'17

The former talent manager also shared a rare photo of himself with Bigi on Twitter, with both of them smiling at the camera.

Since his late father’s funeral in 2009, Bigi has been seen in public or in photographs just a handful of times.

While Joseph obviously wanted to share a heartfelt message with the world and the youngest of his late son’s children, the grandfather seems to have gotten a little confused.

Joseph Jackson had a strange but heartfelt message to give to his grandson, Blanket, who now goes by B.G. or Bigi, on Monday (November 13). He wrote on his website:

“Hello, Blanket! This is Joe Jackson,” the 89-year-old said. “Your health is… I don’t know what. You’re like your father. Now I understand why your father had you wear masks all the time ’cause news people was bothering him so much and he tried to disguise you as much as possible. But I want you to stay healthy and stay off those bikes!”

“Don’t ride, now,” Jackson continued. “But anyway, tell your brothers I said hello and stay clean and healthy. And see a lot of movies if you can, good movies of course. And be like me, be tough, be tough in a good way. You’ll live a long time. Above all, I love you all.

Bigi Jackson

Joseph Jackson compares grandson Blanket (Bigi) to Michael Jackson.

Source: People / Billie Jean

Scream (with Janet Jackson) Maxi-CD CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 11-11-'17
Scream (with Janet Jackson) [Maxi-CD]

'Scream' is the first single from Michael Jackson's ninth studio album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' released on May 29th, 1995 in the UK through Epic Records.

'Scream' is cited primarily as an aggressive, retaliatory song directed at the tabloid media and their coverage of the child sexual abuse accusations made against Michael Jackson in 1993. It was written, composed and produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson; Michael played many of the instruments. It incorporates elements of pop, electro rock, new jack swing, dance-pop, and funk.

Recording for 'Scream' took place at the Hit Factory in New York City and at Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota in December 1994. The song was leaked to radio stations early, despite Epic Records' attempt to keep it off air until the official release date.

This maxi-cd contains the single edit #2 version and 4 remixes of 'Scream' remixed by David Morales, Naughty By Nature, Dave "Jam" Hall and a bonus track of 'Childhood'.

My maxi-single is printed in the USA with the series number: 49K 78001.

Track list:

1. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Single Edit #2) - 4:04
2. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Def Radio Mix) - 3:20
3. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Naughty Radio Edit With Rap) - 4:31
4. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Dave "Jam" Hall's Extended Urban Remix) - 5:09
5. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Classic Club Mix) - 9:00
6. Childhood (Theme From "Free Willy 2") - 4:27

Record label: Epic
Released: 29-05-1995
Series number: 49K 78001
Printed: USA
Guide price: 15 €

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Teddy LakisTeddy Lakis Died At 70. 10-11-'17

All the fans will know the moustache figure next to Michael Jackson during the History Tour. Teddy Lakis was the assistant of Marcel Avram,whose Mama Concerts Agency managed Michael’s appearances for some years.

Teddy was a German figure that Michael got closed to during the Dangerous Tour (Teddy was a translator and help Michael during down time in Germany while on Tour). He was also part of the concerts 'Michael Jackson & Friends' in Munich.

Teddy often informed fans about Michael’s plans; when Michael was due to leave a hotel, or drive to a stadium, or when and where he went shopping. Michael was reserved and shy. Presents and letters from fans made him happy. He read almost all letters from fans.

Unfortunately Teddy Lakis passed away following a heart attack in his home town Munich and his smile will be missed!

Source: Billie Jean

Scream CD Album CoverRanking Of The Best Albums Sales In France. 08-11-'17

After making the 14th place in the best-selling physical album in France four weeks ago, the 'Scream' compilation wins this week 4 places and is in 28th position.

This compilation that was out of the ranking of best-selling downloaded albums has just resurfaced and in 179th position. It finally ranks 48th place merged albums (physical and downloads) is an increase of 28 places.

The progressions of this week are certainly due to the release of the vinyl version of the compilation which has a little boosted sales.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean

The Jacksons Legacy: The 50th Anniversary Book CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 07-11-'17
The Jacksons Legacy: The 50TH Anniversary (Book)

'The Jacksons Legacy: The 50th Anniversary' book was released on October 12th, 2017 in the UK by publisher Thames & Hudson and written by The Jacksons/Fred Bronson.


'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.

My book is printed in China with the ISBN: 978-0316473736.

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Author: The Jacksons/Fred Bronson
Released: 12-10-2017
Language: English
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0316473736
Printed: China
Guide price: 34 €

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Best American Music Awards Performances No. 14: Michael Jackson Leads 'We Are The World' Reunion At 1986 AMA's. 01-11-'17

American Music Awards 1986In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. Here's number 14.

In 1985, Harry Belafonte succeeded in doing what he'd been trying to do for years: record a charity song with a supergroup of the most successful artists in the music industry. 'We Are The World', written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was this unifying anthem of love and aid for our fellow man. Proceeds of the song's sales -- which exceeded 20 million copies -- went towards the eradication of hunger in Africa, specifically Ethiopia, where over 1 million people had died from a recent two-year famine. The 1986 AMA's dedicated a segment to highlighting the making of the song, and to honor Belafonte, Jackson, Richie, and all the artists behind the song and movement it entailed.

After Belafonte received a special appreciation award for his work in organizing the effort, presenter Diana Ross invited Jackson and Richie onstage, before finally extending the invitation to all the artists in attendance who were a part of the song. Jackson's sister LaToya joined him on stage, as well as some who weren't a part of the song's recording but were welcomed on stage -- including Jackson's other sister Janet, actress Elizabeth Taylor, and a budding young artist by the name of Whitney Houston.

You can vote for the AMA's on Billboard.com.

The 2017 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

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