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'Michael Jackson ONE' keeps Thrilling Las Vegas Crowds. 17-01-'20

During his life, Michael Jackson always worked to create a sense of wonder in his music and other artistic projects, and the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson ONE is a perfect realization of those ambitions, even though Jackson is no longer around to see it. Created around a fantastical story of four young people who collect magical artifacts associated with Jackson (his sequined glove, his fedora, his dance shoes, his sunglasses) and eventually meet up with him in a version of his home at Neverland, the show brings Jackson's music to life for new audiences while taking care to honor his memory.

MJ One
Combining dance, music and awe-inspiring visuals, Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil brings alive Jackson's creative genius in a new adventure.

It also features all of the astounding talents that Cirque is known for, including amazing dancers (performing iconic Jackson moves like the moonwalk and the 'Smooth Criminal' anti-gravity lean) and limber acrobats (zombies on trampolines during 'Thriller'), plus live musicians augmenting Jackson's recorded vocals or shredding on intricate guitar solos. The show is packed with Jackson hits (including 'Bad', 'Beat It', 'Human Nature', 'Black Or White'), from his youth in the Jackson 5 through the end of his career.

Mandalay Bay, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Sun.-Mon. & Thurs.-Sat. (dark through Jan. 20); 7 p.m. show only Jan. 23, starting at $69 plus tax and fee. 702.632.7580.

Source: Las Vegas Magazine / Billie Jean

Thriller Single Cover'Thriller' Made Big Moves On The Billboard 200 Chart This Week. 16-01-'20

Michael Jackson’s hit single 'Thriller' returns to the Hot 100 almost every year when Halloween rolls around, as it has become a staple of that season...but that’s not the only time when people are pressing play on the album it’s featured on.

'Thriller' is preset on the Billboard 200 fairly consistently, and this week, it reaches a special milestone at numbver 149. 'Thriller' has now spent 400 frames on the tally, and it’s just the twelfth release to hit that mark.

Refresh your memory: 'Thriller' is the sixth single out Michael's album 'Thriller', released in November, 1983 in the USA on the Epic label. Written and composed by Rod Temperton and Michael Jackson, produced by Quincy Jones.

'Thriller' was one of Jackson's signature songs and featured a rap by horror actor, Vincent Price.

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean

Farewell My Summer Love Maxi-Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 15-01-'20
Farewell My Summer Love (Maxi-Single)

'Farewell My Summer Love' is the first single from Michael's album 'Farewell My Summer Love', composed by Keni St. Lewis, arranged and produced by Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell. The single was released in the UK on May 26th, 1984.

This song was recorded by Michael on 31st August 1973 in the USA (at the age of 14) on the Motown label - the same day he also recorded 'Don't Let It Get You Down' and 'Girl You're So Together'.

This remained unreleased until May 26th, 1984, when it was one of nine previously unheard songs remixed and included on a 'new' Motown album, 'Farewell My Summer Love 1984' (the '1984' was quickly dropped).

The versions on the maxi-single is the same as the album version.

My maxi-single is printed in the UK with the series number: TMGT 1342.

Track list:

1. Farewell My Summer Love (45 RPM Disco Mix) - 4:21

1. Call On Me (45 RPM Disco Mix) - 3:38

Record label: Motown
Released: 26-05-1984
Series number: TMGT 1342
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 20 €

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Source: Billie Jean

MJ Musical'MJ The Musical' Pre-Sale Code. 13-01-'20

Get special access to the first tickets on sale for 'MJ The Musical'. Preview performances on Broadway begin July 6, 2020, and the official opening of the show is August 13, 2020.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14th at 10am (EST), please click here and use code MJFAN3. When you do, you will see a list of dates/events to purchase. When you click on a specific date/event, it will prompt you to put in the code for either “tickets” or “premium tickets” – the same code works for both. Then, the seating map will open up and you can pick your seats and purchase tickets within your preferred dates and budget.

If there are any technical glitches, then as the website is being monitored carefully, it should be remedied quickly.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

We're Almost There (Promo) Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 12-01-'20
We're Almost There (Promo) [Single]

A promo single (short for promotional single) is a single that is made available to radio stations and nightclubs, a recording that is or soon will be commercially available'.

'We're Almost There' is the first single lifted from Michael's album 'Forever Michael', released by Motown on February 2nd, 1975 in the USA (no UK release).

The promo single 'We're Almost There' was later released as the second single of the compilation album 'One Day In Your Life' (with old material by Michael) in the UK in July 1981 by Tamla Motown as a follow-up to the chart topping 'One Day In Your Life'.

The song was composed by Eddie and Brian Holland.

As Jackson's voice matured, Motown found it difficult to find material to suit the 16-year-old Jackson, who had sung in a higher voice for most of the duration of his Motown tenure.

The cover of this single is so beautiful, Michael painted with a smile.

My (promo) single is printed in the UK with the series number: TMG 977.

Track list:

1. We're Almost There - 3:33

1. We've Got A Good Thing Going - 2:59

Record label: Tamla Motown
Released: 07-1981
Series number: TMG 977
Printed: UK
Guide price: 25 €

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Source: Billie Jean

Singalong Performance Of 'Thriller Live' To Be Hosted At The Lyric Theatre. 10-01-'20

Thriller LiveTo celebrate 'Thriller Live’s' 11th anniversary in the West End, a singalong performance of the Michael Jackson inspired production has been announced. A singalong performance of Thriller Live’ will take place at the Lyric Theatre on 22nd January 2020.

A singalong performance of 'Thriller Live' will take place on the evening performance on 22nd January 2020, inviting audiences to sing along to their favourite hits by Michael Jackson.

A spokesman for 'Thriller Live' said “For many, the temptation to join in with the show’s catchy hits ... can be almost unbearable. Our Singalong night will be a celebration of that and a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast. This unique performance promises to be a night at the theatre, a party and a rock concert all in one!”

Celebrating the legendary career of the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, 'Thriller Live' is jam-packed with hits spanning his entire musical catalogue, including The Jackson 5’s 'I’ll Be There' and 'I Want You Back', to iconic tracks including 'Beat It', 'Thriller' and 'Billie Jean'.

'Thriller Live' began previews at the Lyric Theatre on 2nd January 2009, with an official opening night on 21st January 2009. 'Thriller Live' will be performed in the West End to 26th April 2020, as a result of renovation works to take place at the Lyric Theatre.

'Thriller Live' tickets are available now.

Source: London Theatre / Billie Jean

Sony Wins Fake Michael Jackson Recording Claims For Second Time. 10-01-'20

Sony MusicFor a second time, Sony Music beat claims in California state court that it deceived customers about whether some tracks on a posthumous Michael Jackson album were sung by Jackson.

The Court of Appeal of California affirmed Jan. 8 that Sony’s statements were still protected under state law following a relevant California Supreme Court opinion published after its initial ruling.

Vera Serova, the Michael Jackson fan that took the Estate & Sony to court over the 3 fake songs ('Breaking News', 'Monster' & 'Keep Your Head Up) has again lost her appeal to prove wrong doing from Sony Music in the promotion of the album 'Michael' released in 2010.

Sony, the Estate of Michael J. Jackson, and MJJ Productions appealed from the superior court’s order partially denying their motion to strike under the anti-SLAPP statute. Plaintiff alleged that defendants marketed a posthumous Michael Jackson album in violation of the Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). Plaintiff also brought a fraud claim against the Cascio Defendants, alleging that they knowingly misrepresented to defendants that Jackson was the lead singer on the three tracks at issue.

Upon reconsideration in light of FilmOn.com Inc. v. Double Verify Inc. (2019) 7 Cal.5th 133, the Court of Appeal held that its prior opinion was correct. In the prior opinion, the court held that plaintiff’s claims against defendants arose from conduct furthering defendants’ right of free speech in connection with a public issue, and that plaintiff did not show a probability that her claims under the UCL and the CLRA would succeed because the claims concern noncommercial speech that is not actionable under those statutes.

The court largely adopted the prior opinion, except that it revised the discussion of the first step of the anti-SLAPP procedure to take into account the FilmOn decision and its application to the circumstances of this case. The court held that defendants’ challenged statements were sufficiently connected to an issue of public interest to warrant anti-SLAPP protection. In this case, the representations that plaintiff challenged did not simply promote sale of the album, but also stated a position on a disputed issue of public interest.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Thriller Album Cover'Thriller' In The Top 10 Best Selling LP Of The Decade. 10-01-'20

A list of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums of the past decade has been released.

Here the list of Best-Selling LP from 2010 to 2020 in the US:

01. The Beatles – Abbey Road (558,000 copies)
02. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (376,000 copies)
03. Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (367,000 copies)
04. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend (364,000 copies)
05. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (351,000 copies)
06. Michael Jackson – Thriller (334,000 copies)
07. The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (313,000 copies)
08. Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (304,000 copies)
09. Miles Davis – Type Of Blue (286,000 copies)
10. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (283,000 copies)

Source: Consequence Of Sound / Billie Jean

Hard Rock Casino Indiana To Hold A Jackson Family Museum. 10-01-'20

Tito, Jackie and Marlon were in Indiana for the break ground of the upcoming Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.

The Casino is set to have a Jackson Family Museum regrouping some of the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons’s artifacts.

In 2019 Indiana passed a new gaming law that authorized construction of a new casino in Gary. Spectacle Entertainment, who had purchased the two Majestic Star casino boats in Buffington Harbor in March 2019, was granted permission to move the Majestic Star casino licenses to a new casino to be constructed on land in Gary, Indiana.

The site of Hard Rock Casino Gary is a 27-acre parcel on the southside of the Borman Expressway at Burr Street and 29th Avenue.

Construction of the Hard Rock Casino Gary will have two phases. The first phase will build the 200,000-square-foot casino including a Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live concert venue. This phase will open in late 2020 or early 2021. A second phase of construction will add a 200-room hotel and parking structure opening 2022-2023.

Hard Rock Casino Indiana
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will be a $300 million casino with a Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Live concert center and a 200-room hotel. The grand opening is targeted for Dec. 31, 2020.

The 3 Jackson Brothers opened the building site and it is not clear yet on how big the museum will be and how many items will be present.

In addition to a Hard Rock casino, it will include a Hard Rock Café, a Hard Rock Live concert venue, restaurants, and bars, on 30 acres.

The Hard Rock Casino will have up to 2,764 gaming positions, according to a news release.

While in Gary, Jackie and Tito Jackson dropped by Gary’s West Side Leadership Academy on Wednesday for a tour of its performing arts classrooms and to see students demonstrate their talents in orchestra, dance, voice, recording techniques and theatrics.

The last time the brothers visited the school, then known as West Side High School, was for a 1971 concert featured the same year in The Jackson 5’s 'Goin’ Back To Indiana' television special, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

When asked what advice the brothers would give students who want to pursue a career in the performing arts, Tito responded: “You have to work hard.” Jackie added that, “I would tell them to follow their dreams and never give up.”

Source: Sauk Valley / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

MJ PortraitMichael Jackson Ordered 70 Portraits From Pierre Et Gilles. 09-01-'20

Did you know back in the 1990's, Michael Jackson phoned French photographer Pierre Commoy and painter Gilles Blanchard — better known as Pierre et Gilles — to place an order for 70 portraits.

The King of Pop was eager for his own opulent icon, perhaps having seen the duo’s fairytale depictions of Madonna as a flute-toting Japanese divinity or Boy George as the Hindu god Krishna.

But Michael Jackson had failed to understand the labor of love that went into each image, requiring the construction of a three-dimensional theatre set, built from scratch, with details meticulously hand-painted on each photograph after it is printed.

“Like many others, I think he assumed we did everything in Photoshop,” said Blanchard, one half of the partners-in-life-and-art, whose production has never exceeded 20 portraits a year. “So we sadly had to refuse.”

The story came from an interview of the two artists who are currently holding an exhibition in Paris.

However, in 2017, Pierre et Gilles made a tribute to the King of Pop called “Loving You”.

Shame those pictures did not come to life! We can only imagine how it would have been!

Pierre et Gilles, “Factory of Idols” runs at Cité de la Musique in Paris until 23 February 2020. Pierre et Gilles, “Le Goût du Cinéma” continues at Centre d’art La Malmaison in Cannes until 26 April 2020.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Mike TysonMike Tyson Says Michael Jackson Was A 'Player'. 08-01-'20

Mike Tyson says he hated Michael Jackson's guts for YEARS -- calling him a "cold motherf**ker" -- until he got to know the singer ... and that's when everything changed.

The boxing superstar opened up about his experience with MJ on T.I.'s "Expeditiously" podcast ... saying Jackson dissed him backstage at a concert in 1986.

Tyson says he had just become the heavyweight champion of the world -- and had become super famous -- but Jackson treated him as if he was a nobody. Tyson said MJ straight-up hurt his feelings.

"It broke my ego," Tyson said ... "It crushed me."

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Tyson says he harbored some serious animosity toward MJ for years -- saying, "That cold motherf**ker. I hated his guts forever."

But, a while later, a mutual friend approached Tyson and said MJ wanted to hang out -- so he swallowed his pride and visited with the singer, hoping to squash the beef.

Not only did they bury the hatchet, Mike says he quickly learned Jackson was a cunning genius, and not a "f**king idiot."

"He wasn't no f**king stupid little feeble lookin' boy like Peter Pan. He's f**king sharp. He knew what f**kin' time it was. It blew my mind."

Tyson even says MJ was a "player" who was an expert in seduction -- and the King of Pop would offer up pointers on how to land beautiful women.

"I thought he was a f**king idiot until I met him that day," Tyson said ... "I learned to respect him. I knew he was a player."

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

The Jacksons Give Back To Gary, Indiana And Plan Museum And Cafe Devoted To The Jackson Legacy.

Jackie and Tito visited West Side Leadership in whirlwind tour of school's arts department. From the minute they stepped into the building, the brothers were treated to performances by the orchestra, the dance department and more.

The Jackson brothers took a stroll down memory lane on Windy City LIVE, reflecting on their rise to stardom and their childhood in Gary, Indiana. Plus, Jackie Jackson shared how his late younger brother Michael Jackson is still a part of his life today.

The Jacksons
The Jackson brothers reflect on rise to fame, brother Michael Jackson, growing up in Gary.

To watch the interview click here.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean

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