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Colour Collection CD Album Cover'Colour Collection' CD Album Is Released. 28-09-'07

The CD album 'Colour Collection' of the pre-disco-era super group Jackson 5 is released in Germany through Motown under the Universal Music label.

From the super-sweet 'I Want You Back' to the peppy pop of 'Dancing Machine', the period's essence is in every single high note. The Afros, the bell-bottoms, Michael pre-identity crisis, it's all there and so much more fun than anything any of the clan has done since. This is a great party album: classics like 'ABC', 'Never Can Say Goodbye'.

Track list:

1. I Want You Back - 3:00
2. ABC - 2:59
3. The Love You Save - 3:06
4. I'll Be There - 3:59
5. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:02
6. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:24
7. Sugar Daddy - 2:34
8. Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson - 3:08
9. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 3:01
10. Maybe Tomorrow - 4:46
11. Dancing Machine - 2:41

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: 060249849192 (8)
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 5 €

Source: Billie Jean

Vogue, Vogue, Vogue! 28-09-'07

L’Uomo Vogue, or Vogue for Men, the highly respected Italian men’s fashion magazine is about to publish its October issue.

It features a beautiful picture of Michael on the cover, and will also include a twenty page spread, with the latest photographs of Michael – It is thought that Michael has not been photographed in this way for sixteen years, but it is truly worth the wait!

Source: AP / Billie Jean

Frank DiLeoFrank DiLeo Has A New Job. 28-09-'07

Frank DiLeo who worked for Michael as his manager during the 'Bad' years and beyond, has been installed as President and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of ValCom, an entertainment company.

In 1984, after the record-setting success of his 'Thriller' album, Michael Jackson asked DiLeo to take over as his manager. DiLeo was the executive producer for the full-length movie 'Moonwalker', wrote and executive produced three Pepsi-Cola commercials (including negotiating a landmark endorsement deal), and eight music videos including the Grammy winning video 'Leave Me Alone'. DiLeo managed Jackson's Bad World Tour, and the Jackson family's Victory Tour. DiLeo managed Jackson until February 14, 1989 when Jackson accused DiLeo of tampering with money.

ValCom have reported that they are pleased that he is replacing their previous CEO and Dileo is said to be excited to be working with the company.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Not Married. 28-09-'07

Wide spreading reports regarding Michael Jackson being married are not true.
Documents stating otherwise are a hoax.

Thank you.

Source: Raymone K. Bain / Billie Jean

Don't Stop The Music CD Single Cover'Don’t Stop The Music'. 27-09-'07

'Don’t Stop The Music' will be the third single release from Rihanna’s 'Good Girl Gone Bad' album.

The song samples the Makossa chant; “Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa” taken from Michael’s 1983 single 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'. 'Don’t Stop The Music' will be released in the UK on October 29th, 2007 on the Def Jam label.

You can listen to the complete song for free in CD quality on her official website www.rihannanow.com and you can download the song from the Def Jam music store.

The song is also available through iTunes.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

25TH Anniversary Of 'Thriller'. 27-09-'07

On December 1st, 1982, Michael Jackson released the album that was about to change the History of Contemporary Music: 'Thriller'.

25 years later, this masterpiece is still as young as Day One and remains a Cornerstone Classic of Pop Music.

'Thriller', the world's biggest album selling of all time, is back in stores... Soon, with a 1CD + DVD deluxe edition including previously unreleased tracks and videos !!!

Source: Sony BMG / Billie Jean

Italian Vogue Pictures On Serbian TV. 25-09-'07

While fans are waiting on the October edition of the Italian Vogue magazine are there already leaked out some hazy pictures on the internet.

In the photoshoot is Michael modelling the clothes of Roberto Cavalli.

The pictures were seen on the Serbian TV show. The stylist who let shown the pictures to the Serbian TV was Rushka Bergman, she worked along with Michael on the photoshoot.

L'uomo Vogue Photoshoot
Michael Jackson photoshoot for the of L’uomo Vogue magazine.

The pictures are been photographed by Bruce Weber, a famous photographer.

The respectively result of the Italian Vogue is foresee to release in October 2007.

Source: MJ Star / Billie Jean

will-i-amWill.i.am Hangs Up On Michael Jackson. 25-09-'07

Rapper will.i.am thought he was the victim of a prank when he got a call from a man claiming to be Michael Jackson - so the Black Eyed Peas star hung up on him.

The 'My Humps' hitmaker - real name William Adams - was so dubious of the authenticity of the phone call, he mocked the 'Thriller' singer and demanded to know the real identity of the caller, before cutting him off.

He says, "(Jackson) called me out of the blue. I'm like: 'How did you get my number?' Pretty MI5. He was like, 'What's up? It's Michael.' And I was like: 'Stop playing around dude. Who is this?' He's like: 'It's Michael, seriously. No one ever believes me.' I'm like: 'Stop playing. I'm hanging up the phone.' Click!"

And the 32-year-old believes anyone else in his position would act in the same way if Jackson ever called them. He adds, "If someone rings you up and says it's Michael, you ain't gonna believe them because it's easy to imitate his voice."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

'Blood On The Dance Floor / Invincible' (Limited Edition) Box Set Is Released. 24-09-'07

Blood On The Dance Floor / Invincible (Limited Edition) [2CD Set] Box Set CoverThe limited edition box set of 'Blood On The Dance Floor / Invincible' is released in Europe through Sony/BMG Records.

Sony/BMG bundled the Michael Jackson's 'Blood On The Dance Floor' and 'Invincible' albums in in Europe. Apart from retailing for a price lower than the sum of the two discs bought separately, there's nothing special about the package

It consists of the two CD's, as they were originally released, inside a thin cardboard shell that isn't particularly attractive.

Track list:

CD 1:
1. Blood On The Dance Floor - 4:13
2. Morphine - 6:28
3. Superfly Sister - 6:27
4. Ghosts - 5:08
5. Is It Scary - 5:35
6. Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix) - 5:30
7. Money (Fire Island Radio Edit) - 4:23
8. 2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix) - 3:32
9. Stranger In Moscow (Tee's In-House Club Mix) - 6:54
10. This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix) - 4:05
11. Earth Song (Hani's Club Experience) - 7:55
12. You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix) - 7:37
13. HIStory (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson) - 8:01

CD 2:
1. Unbreakable - 6:25
2. Heartbreaker - 5:10
3. Invincible - 4:45
4. Break Of Dawn - 5:32
5. Heaven Can Wait - 4:49
6. You Rock My World - 5:39
7. Butterflies - 4:40
8. Speechless - 3:18
9. 2000 Watts - 4:24
10. You Are My Life - 4:33
11. Privacy - 5:05
12. Don't Walk Away - 4:25
13. Cry - 5:01
14. The Lost Children - 4:00
15. Whatever Happens - 4:56
16. Threatened - 4:19

Record label: Sony/BMG
Series number: 88697149662
Printed: EU
Guide price: 26 €

Order the box set here at Amazon.

Source: AllMusic / Billie Jean

Will.i.am On Working With Michael Jackson: “We’re Taking It Day By Day”. 24-09-'07

Will.i.am is locked away in a New York City recording studio working with Michael Jackson on the Gloved One's highly anticipated comeback album.

Will tells, 'We're taking it day by day, we've finished some songs. I like what I'm doing, I’m really happy with it, but it’snot my project to talk about.

I know how to work with Justin, Fergie and John Legend. I know how to work with thee people, but it probably took four or five days [for me to figure it out with Michael].' He's like, 'Why? What do you mean, "will recalls, doing a disturbingly spot-on imitation of Jackson's falsetto whisper. "Well everything you do I like."

“Because we had that conversation, I could navigate the session and not just be like, ‘Ooooh, damn, it’s Michael, oh my God,'” Will remembers. “You can’t let that affect you in the studio when you’re working with new coming artists,” he adds of working with established greats. “New coming artists can have a great idea but because you just worked with Michael Jackson you’re going to think their idea is not superior. You can’t do that. You have to be able to tame a lion and then forget all about it when you’re chillin’ with cats.”

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean

Jason MalachiThe Man Behind The Song 'Mamacita'. 23-09-'07

The artist behind the song 'Mamacita' is Jason Malachi, a mind blowing,eye-popping, break dancing Italian kind of guy ready to unleash his powered force into the wild and the producer of that song is Tony Kurtis.

The song is an unreleased demo from 2000, other songs by Jason Malachi are: 'Bigger Man', 'Let Me Let Go', 'Don’t Walk Away', 'If You Wanna Get With Me', 'Hydraulix', 'Tell It Like It Is', 'You Don’t Have To Do'.

Source: Billie Jean

Marcel MarceauMarcel Marceau Dies At 84. 23-09-'07

Sadly, Marcel Marceau has passed away yesterday (September 22) in Paris. The French mime artist was eight-four years old. The cause of his death is not known at this time.

In his fifty year career he never uttered a word on stage, just used his face and body to convey his meanings, which is a remarkable!

When Michael was to do the 'One Night Only' show in New York some years ago, Marcel was on stage rehearsing with him when Michael collapsed and was taken to hospital. Sadly, due to this, we never got the opportunity to see Marcel Marceau and Michael work together.

Source: AP / Billie Jean

AkonAkon Hails 'Incredible' Jackson. 20-09-'07

R&B singer Akon has hailed Michael Jackson as a musical "genius" after collaborating with him on his latest album.

The 'Smack That' star, 26, has been working with Michael on his highly-anticipated forthcoming record - and the experience has left him completely star-struck.

He tells MTV.com, "He's incredible. He's a genius. Just to be in the same room (with him), I felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life has been achieved. That aura ... that's how incredible that aura is."The way he thinks... some artists think regional, some think national, I was thinking international. He thinks planets. It's on another level."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

Michael On The Cover Of Italian Vogue Magazine. 19-09-'07

Michael was in New York (USA) last week (September 9-15, 2007) to be photographed for the cover of Italian Vogue magazine. According to the New York Post he stayed in a Midtown hotel and left only once, at 5 am, to take part in the 10-hour photoshoot.

The respective issue of the Italian Vogue is due out in October 2007.

Source: Raymone K. Bain / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonUpdate Of The New Album. 19-09-'07

According to the Sun-Times, Michael Jackson has been meeting with several insiders in the music industry regarding a major, new album and an international concert tour promotion. It is cited possibly for the end of 2008 or early 2009.

The reporter at the Sun-Times says that a "long-time Jackson associate" told him "This is something Michael is carefully planning. I think the album is going to be amazing. From what I've heard, it will be as big as 'Thriller' -- and yet will take his music in a new direction to appeal to new, younger fans -- but will still have those Michael touches his traditional fans love."

There is some speculation that Janet and some of the Jackson brothers would possibly be involved on a number of tracks. "Can you imagine what a sensation it would be if Michael and Janet toured together," said the source, teasingly. "That is something that's being discussed."

Source: Sun-Times / Billie Jean

Thrill The WorldAnother 'Thriller' Record Attempt. 17-09-'07

A worldwide unit called 'Thrill The World' set the Guinness World Record for the most people dancing to Michael’s 'Thriller' in Toronto, Canada.

On October 27th this year in eighteen countries and one hundred and twenty-five cities various groups of dancers will gather together to try to beat the 'Thriller' dance record set previously in Toronto.

Many people in Seattle, USA, have joined 'Thriller In Seattle’ and will be practicing their moves for weeks before the record-breaking attempt on October 27th.

We’ve already seen the effect this dance has on people all over the world, from prisoners in the Philippines, to wedding parties in various countries, to all kinds of party celebrations.

Having sold 104 million copies, the 'Thriller' album continues to delight not just Michael fans, but people from all walks of life even after all these years.

Source: King5 / Billie Jean

The Lion KingJackson And Kids Dress Up For 'The Lion King'. 17-09-'07

Controversial pop superstar Michael Jackson appeared yesterday (September 16) with his three children to watch Broadway stage musical 'The Lion King' in costumes that were almost as elaborate as the actors on stage.

A fashion designer who saw Jackson with his kids said, "All of a sudden, Michael Jackson appears with his three kids - who all had wigs and baseball caps on".

Jackson introduced his kids to the cast backstage before taking pictures and leaving, reports pagesix.com.

Commenting on Jackson's appearance, fashion designer Sue Hostetler said: "His face was totally white, he had his wig on, sunglasses and these absolutely wacky pants. It was surreal. There were four bodyguards."

Jackson is currently residing in Las Vegas and was in New York to pose for a cover of Italian Vogue.

Source: Sifyhome / Billie Jean

You Are Not Alone CD Single CoverMichael Jackson Plagarized Hit Tune, Belgian Court Rules. 12-09-'07

A Brussels court has ruled that Michael Jackson's 1995 hit 'You Are Not Alone' is largely similar to a song penned by Belgian twins two years previously, local media reported Tuesday (Septemer 11).

All the authorial rights of the Jackson number one hit, written by Robert Kelly, alias US singer-songwriter R. Kelly, therefore are switched to the brothers according to the court ruling handed down last week.

The twin composers have fought for 12 years to gain recognition for their work, however the judgment is only applicable in Belgium and getting hold of royalties may be no simple task.

'You Are Not Alone' was released in August 1995, the second single off the multi-platinum Jackson album 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I'.

It became the first-ever single to debut at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On their website the Belgian composer-brothers said that the Belgian rights society SABAM had confirmed that "the most important and largest part" of the Jackson hit is "identical" to the Van Passels' work.

Lawyer for the brothers Emmanuel Van Melkebelke said: "We are very happy. Considering the many resemblances, 'You Are Not Alone' is indeed clearly based upon my client's work.

"Further more, R. Kelly failed to produce any evidence that 'You Are Not Alone' was his own creation and not a mere adaptation of my clients' work.

Publicists and the legal representative of R. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, could not be reached for comment.

Source: AFP / Retuers / Billie Jean

Bad Album Cover‘Bad’ To Be Reissued! 11-09-'07

French web site mjlegend.com, has reported that Michael’s great 'Bad' album is being re-issued for its 20th anniversary.

Originally issued in 1987, it will be released as a CD on October 15th, 2007, and on vinyl prior to that on October 5th, 2007. The vinyl edition will be released in Germany, but can be imported from Fnac.

It is not known if it will be the original album, or a special edition.

'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.

Source: Fnac / MJ Legend / Billie Jean

MTV Video Music AwardsMichael Jackson: Chris Brown Is A 'Bright And Shining Star'. 10-09-'07

Last night’s (September 9) MTV Video Music Awards belonged to 18-year-old Chris Brown, whose electrifying performance and homage to Michael Jackson kick started the show into high gear. He performed 'Billie Jean'.

One person who took notice of Brown’s dazzling display was none other than the King of Pop himself, who issued this exclusive statement to Access Hollywood:

“Chris is a bright and shining star whom I enjoy watching perform. I am happy to have had a positive influence on him.”

Justin Timberlake, a big winner at last night’s awards, was also impressed by Brown’s dynamic energy:

“Nobody likes to be reminded that they’re getting older. And whatever Chris Brown just did reminded me of how I'’m getting older,” said the 28-year-old Timberlake on the broadcast. “Cause damn. It’s just exciting to see”.

Source: Access Hollywood / Billie Jean

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