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L'uomo Vogue Magazine Cover'L'uomo Vogue Magazine' Is Released. 10-'07

'L'uomo Vogue' magazine number 384 is released in October 2007 in Italy and published monthly by Condé Nast.

Michael Jackson is on the October 2007 cover of 'L’UOMO Vogue' magazine for 'Thriller's' twenty-fifth anniversary as photographed by Bruce Weber.

The magazine shoot is reportedly part of a deal struck between Michael Jackson and Roberto Cavalli. According to said deal, Michael would do the photo shoot for Cavalli and in return, Cavalli would create clothing for Michael for his new look supporting the 25th Anniversary of the release of 'Thriller', the most successful and most sold album in the entire world.

The magazine contains exclusive photo session held in September 2007 plus a backstage report by Bruce Weber, 18-pages dedicated to MJ.

Publisher: Condé Nast
Pages: 352
Printed: Italy
Guide price: 25 €

Order the magazine here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Calendar 2008 (Limited Edition) CoverMJ Official Calendar 2008 (Limited Edition) Is Released. 31-10-'07

MJJSHOP presents the first of many tribute items to come created for Michael Jackson's 50th Birthday.

The new official Michael Jackson calendar of 2008 is on the market, the calendar presents the 12 months of 2008 with a nice face.

This limited edition calendar has a silver spiral bound with its own hanger.

Featuring 12 previously Never-Before-Seen Official Photographs of the King of Pop (incl.: Behind-the-scenes and short films set from: 'Black Or White', 'Ghosts', 'In The Closet', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Come Together' performance, rehearsals from 'Moonwalker', Live in concert Dangerous Tour, HIStory Tour, LA Gear photoshoot, awards ceremonies and Celebration of Love Event) on high-quality deluxe glossy paper UV-LAMINATED offset printing technology!

Specifications
Publisher: MJJ Investments CTE Productions
ISBN: 978-0955540714
Pages: 14
Guide price: 9 €

Order the calendar 2008 here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael In Brooklyn. 31-10-'07

The New York Post has reported that Michael recently went to Brooklyn, New York, for a photoshoot for the cover of Ebony magazine, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of 'Thriller'. Their source says that Michael was “sweet” and spoke to all the crew, asking questions about their lives, and declaring his love for his children.

Source: The New York Post / Billie Jean


Thrill The World Update. 31-10-'07

The Thrill The World website currently claims that 1,722 people in 52 cities on 5 continents all danced to 'Thriller' at the same time making it an unofficial record and showing that the song is still breaking records after 25 years.

Source: Thrill The World / Billie Jean


30th Anniversary Release Of 'The Wiz'. 31-10-'07

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of legendary movie 'The Wiz', Universal Studios Home Entertainment is planning to release a special DVD edition on February 5, 2008 and should retail at around $19.98.

The original recording will be digitally remastered and will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Bonus material will be a 'Wiz On Down The Road' featurette, the theatrical trailer, and an 8-track bonus CD featuring songs by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

'The Wiz', originally released in 1978, is an African-American adaptation of the famous Broadway musical 'Wizard Of Oz' and features Michael Jackson as the scarecrow. It was nominated for 4 Oscars in 1979.

The Wiz - On the set (10-1977)Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross and Ted Ross on the set of 'The Wiz.'.

Pre-order the DVD here at Amazon.

Source: DVD Active / Billie Jean


will-i-amWill.i.am Says Jackson Is Still Relevant. 30-10-'07

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am says any new album put out by the king of pop Michael Jackson will be relevant because his music is universal.

The songwriter and vocalist is working on Jackson’s new album, which is due for release early next year, and says Jackson is in a unique position as an artist.

“Michael Jackson is probably one of the only artists that whenever he puts out a record it will still be relevant,” {tag will.i.am} told reporters in Sydney.

“No matter where you go in the world they’re playing Michael Jackson’s music, and no matter what artists come out they’re going to be doing Michael Jackson moves and emulating what he did.

“So that’s hard when you’re going to make new music with him.”

The hip hop star said people should listen to Jackson’s new music with an open mind.

“We … treat Michael Jackson as a new artist and just make songs with infectious melodies,” he said.

“The songs will speak for themselves.”

But he wouldn’t give away any hints on how the songs sound.

“I am sworn to silence or Michael is known to get pretty violent,” he joked.

Source: Nine MSN / Billie Jean


Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons (3CD Set) [Digipack] CD Album Cover'Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons' (3CD Album) Digipack Is Released. 29-10-'07

The triple CD album 'Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons' of Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 is released in Europe by Motown/Universal. The triple CD album housed in a digipack with a black and white picture of The J5.

With a collection of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 you have the unique opportunity to go back in time a few decades back and remember the beginnings of a future pop music legend. There is a whole series of hits on the border between pop and soul, songs from The Jackson 5 as 'I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'I'll Be There', 'Sugar Daddy' or 'Never Can Say Goodbye'. Songs from Michael Jackson as 'Farewell My Summer Love, 'Got To Be There' and 'Ain't No Sunshine'.

The triple CD album whose 50 tracks provide a good, all-round introduction to the work of young Michael Jackson and Jackson at Motown.

Track lists:

CD 1:
1. ABC - 2:59
2. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:01
3. Ready Or Not (Here I Come) 2:32
4. Love Song - 3:25
5. Forever Came Today - 6:21
6. The Life Of The Party - 2:34
7. Doctor My Eyes - 3:10
8. All I Do Is Think Of You - 3:12
9. I Am Love (Parts 1 & 2) - 7:25
10. Darling Dear - 2:37
11. Maybe Tomorrow - 4:46
12. I Found That Girl - 3:09
13. It's Too Late To Change The Time - 3:59
14. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:36
15. Who's Lovin' You - 3:57
16. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:55
17. I'll Be There - 3:59

CD 2:
1. I Want You Back - 2:57
2. Dancing Machine - 3:28
3. Sugar Daddy - 2:32
4. Little Bitty Pretty One - 2:47
5. Hum Along And Dance - 8:35
6. Corner Of The Sky - 3:39
7. I'm So Happy - 2:46
8. Get It Together - 2:48
9. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:30
10. Skywriter - 3:09
11. The Love You Save - 2:59
12. Mama's Pearl - 3:08
13. Touch - 2:59
14. La La (Means I Love You) - 3:28
15. It's Great To Be Here - 2:59
16. Hallelujah Day - 2:44
17. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - 2:26

CD 3:
1. Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson - 3:43
2. You've Got A Friend - Michael Jackson - 4:53
3. My Girl - Michael Jackson - 3:08
4. One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson - 4:17
5. Just A Little Bit Of You - Michael Jackson - 3:14
6. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:23
7. We've Got A Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson - 3:01
8. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:32
9. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:45
10. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:57
11. Girl You're So Together - Michael Jackson - 3:09
12. We're Almost There - Michael Jackson - 3:44
13. Wings Of My Love - Michael Jackson - 3:21
14. Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me - Michael Jackson - 3:47
15. Music And Me - Michael Jackson - 2:37
16. Ain't No Sunshine - Michael Jackson - 4:10

Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons (3CD Set) [Digipack]

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: 530 0446
Printed: EU
Guide price: 28 €

Order the CD album here at CD and LP.

Source: CD and LP / Billie Jean


Thrill The WorldThriller Dancers All Over The World. 28-10-'07

In 1982 Michael released his fabulous 'Thriller' album. It became the most iconic music of an entire generation, and with sales of 104 million copies, (figure supplied by The Guinness Book Of World Records), it will probably never be surpassed in our lifetime.

This year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of 'Thriller', yesterday (October 27) people from all over the world are gathering together in large groups, small groups, one and twos, in an attempt to break the record for simultaneously dancing to song. They are dancing in halls, driveways, schools, colleges and pubs wearing zombie and ghoul make-up and everyone concerned are enthusiastic about joining in the fun.

Collections will also be taken up at some events to help the people of California affected by the wildfires there earlier this month, the Red Cross and the Sick Kids Foundation.

Ines Markeljevic is organising this current attempt on the record and has spread the word via her web site, MySpace and YouTube. Last year she earned the Guinness World Record title for 'Largest Thriller Dance' with sixty-two people taking part.

Unfortunately, Guinness does not include a category for a specific simultaneous dance conducted in multiple locations but Markeljevic has received approval of this current attempt from the Record Holders Republic Registry of Official World Records. The group is not affiliated with the Guinness organisation.

Source: AP / The Toronto Sun / Billie Jean


What Really Happened Documentary'What Really Happened' Documentary. 26-10-'07

British television station Channel 4’s broadcast of 'Michael Jackson – What Really Happened' was a scurrilous attempt to revile Michael’s character last Wednesday night.

Following the broadcast, the British newspaper The Telegraph, in its own inimitably twisted fashion doubted the reliability of the interviewees.

It contained interviews and statements from Bob Jones, Diane Diamond and Victor Gutierrez. (If you remember, Gutierrez previously was proved to tell untruths about Michael in court and was ordered to pay Michael millions of dollars in compensation, however, he declared himself bankrupt and to our knowledge Michael hasn’t received a penny!)

The programme was compiled and produced by Jacques Peretti, who claimed to be a life-long Michael fan – We find it a little bit odd then that he couldn’t even get simple dates and events in the correct order, let alone the facts right!

Source: The Telegraph / Billie Jean


Thriller Video Clip‘Thriller’ Is The Ultimate Entertainment. 24-10-'07

In the Arts and Entertainment section of a California Media magazine website, Nicole L. Browner praises the whole concept of Michael’s groundbreaking and best known song and video, 'Thriller'.

Browner says that Halloween is the best time of the year to honour the best music video of all time and adds; “The fourteen minute video directed by John Landis in 1983 reflects flawless choreography, costumes, staging and overall theatrical performance. It redefined what a music video could be – a short film with a story, worthy of both listening and paying attention to.” She also admitted to still being scared by the line; “Something evil’s lurking in the dark”.

The fact that so many people in the world, from prisoners in the Philippines to various dance troupes and even wedding parties, find the video so much fun to re-enact, prove the worldwide appeal of Michael’s masterpiece.

The 'Thriller' album, according to sales reports, is still selling upwards of 60,000 copies every year!

Source: California Aggie / Billie Jean


Legal Papers Show Michael Jackson Must Pay Millions Or Risks Losing His Neverland Ranch. 23-10-'07

The singer risks loosing Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley if he can't come up with $23 million dollars.

Legal papers show Jackson has less than three months to make the hefty payment or risk losing his property forever.

The singer must pay more than $23 million or lose his Neverland Ranch.

"Even though he's Michael Jackson he's a regular human being, the county's not going to go out of their way to do something special for him or give him any special prevalence because he is who he is," said Wendy Baker, a Santa Barbara Loan Consultant.

According to documents Action News obtained from the Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder's Office, Jackson was issued, a notice of default on October 22 for failing to make payments on a loan he made. If Jackson does not make the required payment within 90 days, Baker says the singer could faces major legal repercussions in addition to loosing his home.

Neverland Ranch
Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch – 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, California.

"He might have some serious tax ramifications absolutely other than having a foreclosure on his credit report and trying to borrow money," she said.

Baker says a Notice of Default is the second step a lender will take before the county can legally foreclose on a home.

"If the borrower still doesn't bring it current five days prior to the trustee sale it will go on auction at the courthouse steps," Baker said.

According to recent reports the singer is living in a rented home in Washington, D.C., while his multi-million dollar estate sits vacant.

Some question if Jackson 's financial troubles will push him to file bankruptcy. Baker says bankruptcy laws have gotten much stricter and she doesn't believe that kind of legal move would be in Jackson's best interests.

In addition to the $23 million, Jackson also owes more than $200,000 in interest. We have copies of all the documents filed so far in the Neverland default.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean


Thriller CD Single/Ringle Cover'Thriller' CD Single/Ringle Is Released. 23-10-'07

The CD single/ringle 'Thriller' is released in the USA by way of the record label Legacy/Epic. This new release is a part of the 'Thriller 25th' Anniversary CD/DVD set.

This rare US 2 track ringle (ring tone+single) is for mobile phones and PC compatible.

On the CD single/ringle are a bonus track, 'Can't Get Outta The Rain', you get also a code with which you can download for free the ring tone of 'Thriller' and mobile wallpaper.

Withdrawn from the market after a few days after it's release.

Track list:

1. Thriller (Single Version) - 4:08
2. Can't Get Outta The Rain (the first time on cd-single) - 4:09

Record label: Legacy/Epic
Series number: 88697 18009 2
Printed: USA
Guide price: 120 €

Source: Billie Jean


'Bad - Gold Award Für Michael Jackson' (Collector's Edition) CD Album Is Released. 15-10-'07

Bad - Gold Award Für Michael Jackson (Collector's Edition) CD Album CoverThe collector's edition CD album 'Bad - Gold Award Für Michael Jackson' is released as part of the official Gold Award Series on October 15th, 2007 in France through Epic/Sony BMG Records and comes in a card picture slipcase designed to look like a music award disc with hanger loop and photo stand on the reverse.

The CD album adds three bonus tracks (the unreleased 'Streetwalker', the Spanish Version of 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' and the song 'Fly Away'), also contains new interview with Producer Quincy Jones discussing the making of 'Bad'.

'Bad' is the seventh album recorded by pop music icon Michael Jackson was released in the USA on August 31st, 1987 by Epic. After the monumental success of 'Thriller', Jackson and co-producer/collaborator Quincy Jones produced a slicker funk/pop confection.

'Bad' is currently certified at 8x Platinum by the RIAA in the United States, and worldwide has sold an estimated 32 million copies. In addition it achieved 5 #1 singles in the U.S., a world record which Katy Perry has equalled.

All songs produced by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

Track list:

1. Bad - 4:07
2. The Way You Make Me Feel - 4:59
3. Speed Demon - 4:01
4. Liberian Girl - 3:53
5. Just Good Friends - 4:08
6. Another Part Of Me - 3:54
7. Man In The Mirror - 5:19
8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You  - 4:25
9. Dirty Diana - 4:52
10. Smooth Criminal - 4:19
11. Leave Me Alone - 4:39
12. Streetwalker (Bonus track) - 5:49
13. Todo Mi Amor Erus Tu (Spanish Version Of I Just Can't Stop Loving You) (Bonus track) - 4:05
14. Fly Away (Bonus track) - 3:26
15. Interview with Producer Quincy Jones (Bonus track) - 2:53

Record label: Epic/Sony BMG
Series number: 88697119212
Printed: France
Guide price: 35 €

Order the CD album here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Bad (re-issue) Album Cover'Bad' Album Is Re-Released. 15-10-'07

The album 'Bad' of Michael Jackson is reissued in the EU on the label Epic/Sony BMG. The remastered album is 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

'Bad' is the seventh album recorded by pop music icon Michael Jackson, the album was released in the USA on August 31st, 1987 by Epic. After the monumental success of 'Thriller', Jackson and co-producer/collaborator Quincy Jones produced a slicker funk/pop confection.

'Bad' is currently certified at 8x Platinum by the RIAA in the United States, and worldwide has sold an estimated 32 million copies. In addition it achieved 5 #1 singles in the U.S., a world record which Katy Perry has equalled.

All songs produced by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

Track list:

A:
1. Bad - 4:06
2. The Way You Make Me Feel - 4:58
3. Speed Demon - 4:01
4. Liberian Girl - 3:52
5. Just Good Friends - 4:05

B:
1. Another Part Of Me - 3:53
2. Man In The Mirror - 5:18
3. I Just Can't Stop Loving You - 4:23
4. Dirty Diana - 4:52
5. Smooth Criminal - 4:16

Record label: Epic/Sony BMG
Series number: 88697159561
Printed: EU
Guide price: 25 €

Order the album here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Los Angeles Judge Orders Michael Jackson To Pay Law Firm $175,000. 15-10-'07

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant
Superior Court Judge James Chalfant.

A judge has ordered Michael Jackson to pay $175,000 in overdue fees to a law firm that sued the pop singer.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant's order means Jackson's legal bill to the firm, Ayscough and Marar, now totals more than $430,000. The firm sued Jackson in February 2006, claiming he did not pay for services it rendered on his behalf.

The firm said it had obtained court orders to delay discovery in civil cases and kept information from being released during the singer's 2005 child-molestation trial, according to the lawsuit.

In July, Chalfant said Jackson would have to pay the law firm $256,000 for unpaid fees. Jackson's lawyers have appealed that judgment.

Monday's award compensates the law firm for having to hire a lawyer to sue Jackson. The firm had asked for nearly $450,000.

Jackson countersued the firm last year, claiming that one of the firm's lawyers threatened to expose confidential information about him to the media.

Chalfant dismissed Jackson's suit, saying it lacked merit.

The law firm, located in Torrance, also helped defend Jackson against a lawsuit brought by former business associate Marc Schaffel, claiming the singer owed him $1.4 million for past work.

A jury last year awarded Schaffel $900,000, but directed him to pay Jackson $200,000 to satisfy a countersuit alleging Schaffel misappropriated funds.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Kayne WestMichael Working With Kayne West. 12-10-'07

Kayne West is reportedly working on new material for Michael Jackson's new album that carries a release date for early 2008.

The rap star said: "I'm working on stuff for Michael Jackson. If I like a person's outlet or what a person brings to the table,then I'll speak to them."

Kayne recently topped the rap charts with the album 'Graduation.'

Of the collaboration, Kayne said "I've been in the lab already,you're already producing for other people and you've still gotto promote yourself."

Source: RTÉ.ie / Billie Jean


Michael To Appear Not On X-Factor. 12-10-'07

Michael Jackson’s publicist confirmed the King Of Pop will not be appearing on the X-Factor in the UK as some reports may suggest.

It is not true that Mr. Jackson will be a part of the X-Factor.

Raymone K. Bain

Source: Raymone K. Bain / Billie Jean


'Thriller 25' To Be Released Next Year. 11-10-'07

Sony Music has told us that the anniversary 'Thriller’ album will now be released during the first few months of next year, and not this year as expected.

We will obviously keep you up-to-date with this release as and when there is more information.

Source: Sony / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Denies Abandonad Nanny Reports. 10-10-'07

Michael Jackson has hit out at reports he has abandoned his children's nanny Grace Rwaramba as she struggles with lupus disease, branding the claims a "hilarious rumour".

Michael was accused of "acting like a child" in his treatment of his long-serving employee - the woman he was rumoured to have married last month (September) - and left her to deal with her illness alone at her home in California.

A source told the New York Daily News on Tuesday (October 9): "(Rwaramba) is not doing well. She's ill, and she could use his (Jackson's) spiritual, mental and financial support right now."I do believe (Jackson) has affection for Grace, but he acts like a child. ...He could at least give her a call and say, 'How are you doing, Grace? Do you need more doctors?' But it's never like that. It's always taking."

But Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain has dismissed the latest rumours. She says, "(It's a) hilarious rumour. I can guarantee she is not very ill. I've spoken to her in the last two hours."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Sends Message To His Fans. 09-10-'07

Michael sends a new message to his fans around the world via his manager at the time, Raymone K. Bain, expressing, among other things, his gratitude for the gifts presented to him by fans on occasion of his birthday on August 29. The message reads:

“I would like to thank you for the beautiful cards, photographs, messages, videos, and gifts, sent to me on my birthday. I was overwhelmed by your kindness. Your continued love and support means so much to me. I really love and appreciate you all… from the bottom of my heart. I’ve been really busy lately.

Hopefully, you’ve all seen the results of my recent photo shoot with ‘L’Uomo Vogue’ (magazine). Soon, I’ll be sharing exciting and surprising news with you from my other efforts. Please know again, that I love and appreciate each and everyone of you, and send to you my heartfelt thanks and warm wishes.

Sincerely, Michael Jackson”.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean

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