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Just Keeps Getting Better... 06-03-'09

Could the news be any better for MJ fans right now? Well, according to Randy Phillips of AEG Live, the news just keeps getting better. Phillips spoke to a CNN reporter today on video and this is what he had to say:

He's gonna do all the hits...the way people want to see it, but with some fabulous new production that we're in the process of designing. But there will be a couple of new songs and some new music, which I've heard, and it's ... spectacular. There's a reason he's Michael Jackson....there's a reason he is the King of Pop!"

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Statement On Auction Network. 06-03-'09

The following statement is now posted on the Auction Network web site:

Due to the legal controversy that has arisen between Julien's Auctions and Michael Jackson/MJJ Productions, Auction Network is withdrawing as the online bidding service provider unless and until the controversy is resolved between the parties.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but this controversy is not a matter that is within our control. Please check back periodically for updates.

Source: auctionnetwork.com / Billie Jean


AEG Live: Potential Three-year World Tour And Release Of New Album? 06-03-'09

While many fans expressed concerns today over Michael Jackson's remarks that "This Is It!" as far as performances in London go, Randy Phillips of AEG Live confirmed to the media that this is likely just the first step in what could evolve into a three-year worldwide tour and the release of a brand new music album. "Surviving the press conference was the first step.

We’ve a three-year plan for Michael Jackson and if it all goes well we will gross $400 million (£280 million) in total." Phillips added that Michael Jackson stands to earn "probably something pretty close to £50 ($70.5) million for the London shows." Future concerts may be held in New York, Paris and Mumbai." Again, only the first 10 concerts in London have been confirmed as of now.

With regards to the concerts themselves, Phillips promises that they will be two-hour "all-singing and all-dancing spectaculars" and gave ticket estimates of £50 ($70.50) to £75 ($105). Due to reportedly high demand, presale information has not yet been made publicly available.

"There is still much more to come from Michael Jackson. My passion for music has never stopped."

Source: Times Online / Billie Jean


WARNING: Beware Of Fake Tickets! 05-03-'09

Yes, they are out there already...fake tickets! Fans are being urged not to buy tickets for Michael Jackson's upcoming concerts at the O2 unless they are being sold by official vendors.

Graham Burns, of the UK Association of Secondary Ticket Agents, stated today that,

We are warning people not to buy tickets that are not yet on sale because it is unlikely that they will receive those tickets. It’s impossible when the dates haven’t been announced to be selling tickets for something when there are no announced dates."

So, even though the posters are already going up, please don't purchase tickets until the after the dates have actually been announced. Otherwise, chances are good that you are buying a bogus ticket.

Source: Billie Jean


Lawsuit To Stop Auction. 05-03-'09

Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against Julien's Auction House to stop the sale of his personal possessions. The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, claims that Darien Julien, founder of the Auction House, promised to send Jackson an inventory of sale items, but that the singer hasn't given permission to move them all.

The suit also claims that many of the items are "priceless and irreplaceable" and states that the attempt to sell them is "malicious, fraudulent, extreme, outrageous and without any legal justification whatsoever."

Julien had this to say about the lawsuit,

"[It's a] total surprise to us, because Jackson had been apprised of everything since the day we started. His manager ... has approved everything."

The Auction House announced in December that it would hold a five day auction in April that would feature almost 2,000 of Jackson's personal items, including an American Music Award for 'Thriller,' a velvet cape that was given to him by his children for Father's Day in 1998 and a basketball that was signed by 'the other MJ,' Michael Jordan.

Julien also stated that, there was no other intention when they picked up the items but to put them up for sale. He did admit that Jackson's camp had since requested some items be returned, which the firm honoured.

Julien is now in Ireland on a promotional trip and has not been served with the lawsuit but he says that he will be getting in touch with the Jackson camp before deciding what to do next.

Source: Associated Press / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Announces 'Curtain Call' Concerts. 05-03-'09

Reclusive pop icon Michael Jackson will perform 10 concerts in London in July in what he described Thursday as a "final curtain call."
Michael Jackson announces the London dates at the O2 Arena.

1 of 2 The summer shows, Jackson's first major live performances in 12 years, will take place at the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena from July 8.

Jackson, 50, appeared in front of fans and media at the venue Thursday to announce the "This Is It" shows.

"These will be my final shows performing in London. "This Is It" really means this is it," said Jackson, wearing a trademark black military-style jacket with sparkling embroidery and black sunglasses. Jackson blew kisses and saluted his fans as they chanted "Michael! Michael!"

"I'll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. I'll see you in July and I love you so much." Watch Michael Jackson's announcement.

Tickets for the shows will cost £50-75 ($70-105) and will go on sale on March 13. Fans can pre-register to purchase tickets at MichaelJacksonLive.com.

The O2 Arena has acquired a reputation in recent years for staging "must-see" musical events. Last year it hosted Led Zeppelin's one-off comeback gig and in 2007 Prince staged a 21-night residency there.

Britney Spears, the Pet Shop Boys and Lionel Richie are among performers due to play the venue this year.

Event promoter Rob Hallett welcomed Jackson's return, saying: "We are delighted to facilitate the return of the king of pop, long may he reign! When Michael Jackson performs the eyes of the world will be watching."

Jackson's appearance Thursday was not as slick as some of his signature dance moves.

The star was held up in traffic as he traveled from his central London hotel to the venue on a peninsula of the River Thames in southeast London. An exclusive video that was to be shown before his arrival on stage then failed to play on cue.

Several hundred Jackson fans had waited up to five hours to show their support for their idol.

"I'm quite excited about him coming back," said Lee Gibson, 36. "He's got great songs despite all his issues. It's going to be massive."

Owen Griffiths, 29, said: "It will be interesting to see what he does. If he puts on a good show like he used to do back in the day it will be a turning point for him just like it was for Prince here. If he's playing a greatest hits concert I would definitely pay £50 to see that --- so long as it's "Thriller" and "Off the Wall" only."

Jackson, a child star with the Jackson Five who went onto enjoy stellar solo success with classic albums such as "Thriller" and "Bad," has rarely been seen in public since he was acquitted on child molestation charges in the U.S. in 2005.

Rumours of financial difficulties and health problems -- in 2008 he was photographed being pushed in a wheelchair -- have swirled around the famously eccentric star in recent years.

Last year he sold his iconic Neverland ranch and he has spent much of his time since his acquittal living in Bahrain.

The auction house, Julien's, is selling Jackson's Neverland property including the gates, the singer's famed white-jeweled glove and a stretched Rolls Royce. Watch what Jackson memorabilia is being sold »

Jackson hasn't recorded a studio album since "Invincible" -- his 10th solo record -- in 2001. His last major series of concerts was a world tour to promote the "HiStory" album in 1996 and 1997.

"Thriller," released in 1982 and containing classic Jackson hits such as "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and the title track, is the best selling album of all time. Jackson is estimated to have sold more than 750 million albums in total.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


New Michael Jackson Site. 05-03-'09

A brand new site has been launched to not only stream the special press announcement Thursday, but also to provide ticket and date information about the concerts. The site, MichaelJacksonLive.com, currently allows the public to sign-up for alerts and presale information regarding the exciting upcoming events.

The site is expected to feature a live countdown to the events and shows, along with tour/concert dates and related information when the official announcement is made.

In addition to the above official site and MichaelJackson.com, are expected to stream the announcement live as it happens.

It is anticipated that Michael Jackson will announce a series of O2 concerts, expected to kick-off July 9th and run for 10 shows before being extended based on demand and desire.

Source: MichaelJacksonLive / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson lands In London. 04-03-'09

Michael Jackson arrived into the UK yesterday (03.03.09) with his three children - Prince Michael, 10, Paris, nine and five-year-old Prince Michael II - in preparation for the 30-date comeback, which is expected to raise the cash-strapped star £150 million.

The 'Thriller' star flew into Luton airport where he was shielded by a team of security guards, before being taken by a white limousine to a hotel in Knights bridge, West London, to prepare for the official announcement tomorrow (05.03.09).

Michael has already exchanged contracts with the 20,000 seat venue and is to reveal the exact dates of the residency at a press conference, as well as possibly confirming a new album.

Tickets for some shows are expected to go on sale soon, with more to follow depending on fan demand.

It is believed the series of concerts will be the only live performances Michael - who has not been to the UK since a disastrous appearance at the 2006 World Music Awards - gives this year.

In 2007, it was reported Michael - whose finances have been dwindling away since his 2005 child molestation case, of which he was acquitted of all charges - was planning to perform at the venue in an effort to solve his money woes.

A source said at the time: "The general consensus is that Michael has the fan base to attract enough people from all over the world to make this a huge success.

Source: Billie Jean


The Rumours Are True!!! 04-03-'09

I can now tell you that the rumours that have been swirling around the internet all day long do appear to be true.

We have received confirmation from the Outside Organization's, Celena Aponte, that a press conference regarding a series of concerts will, in fact, take place at the O2 Grand Concourse at 4pm on Thursday afternoon. The Outside Organization handles PR for AEG Live. Ms. Aponte, also stated that all fans are welcome to the press conference so, if you are in the area, go out and show your love for the King of Pop! Let him know that the world is so happy he's back!

WHO: Michael Jackson and AEG Live

WHAT: Special Announcement

WHEN: Thursday, March 5th

TIME: Suggested Arrival Time: 1pm
Press Conference Start: 4pm

WHERE: The O2
Grand Concourse
Peninsula Square
London SE10 0DX

Source: Celena Aponte / MJFC / Billie Jean


Update On John Landis Case. 04-03-'09

As previously reported, John Landis had filed suit against Michael Jackson over the proposed use of the 'Thriller' video in a new Broadway musical. Now, it appears that the director has taken further legal action against the Nederlander Organization.

Landis, who directed both the 'Thriller' video and the very popular 'Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller' video, owns part of the rights to each and claims that he was not consulted when the agreement was made with Nederlander Organization to produce a new Broadway show based on the groundbreaking videos.

Tohme R. Tohme, Jackson's official spokesperson and James L. Nederlander have both been deposed in the case already. The next hearings in the case will take place as follows:

02/03/2009 - Non-Appearance (Case Review)
18/05/2009 - Initial Status Conference
11/05/2009 - Initial Status Conference

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


‘Off The Wall’ 30th Anniversary Edition. 03-03-'09

Sony BMG have confirmed that they will be releasing a 30th Anniversary edition of Michael’s classic ‘Off The Wall’ album.

The new expanded album has got an initial release date of August 2009 in the UK, but this is subject to change.

Similar to ‘Thriller 25′ last year, there are plans to include brand new remixes of some of the original tracks as well as unreleased material. In preparation for the release, michaeljackson.com has recently been re-designed with an ‘Off The Wall’ feel.

‘Off The Wall’ was original released in the UK on September 29th, 1979 and in America on August 10th, 1979. The album was Michael’s first solo album with Epic Records after leaving Motown in 1977. It was also his first collaboration with Quincy Jones after meeting him during filming for ‘The Wiz’. ‘Off the Wall’ also became the biggest selling album of all time by a black artist, until that record was smashed by Michael’s next album ‘Thriller’. It is estimated that it has sold over twenty million copies worldwide to date.

As more details of the forthcoming Anniversary Edition are released we will keep you updated.

Source: SonyBMG / Billie Jean


Michael Speaks: Constantly Making New Music. 03-03-'09

Speaking to a cameraman while at Rodeo Drive several days ago, Michael confirmed that he is "constantly" working on new music. E! News reported that he may debut some of these tracks on his rumoured in-development tour, but that remains pure speculation at this time.

Speaking to Hollywood.tv, Christian Audigier has confirmed that he is helping Michael pick out a word robe "because he is going on tour in July, so he's going to be...for three months, maybe more, and it's going to be a big comeback. He's traveling to UK, London, on Monday. He's going to be--on Thursday--there doing the press conference..." Stay tuned, reportedly a press conference will occur this Thursday unveiling the O2 gigs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2m-V-nqFyE&eurl=http://mjjr.net/news.php

Source: Hollywood Tv / Billie Jean


'Thriller25' Re-Enters Billboard Chart. 01-03-'09

"Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition" has re-entered the US Billboard Top Pop Albums chart at number 18 for the week ending March 7, 2009. This marks Thriller's 261 week on the chart.

Meanwhile, "Number Ones" continues to sell strong taking the number 11 spot on this week's US Top Pop Albums chart. Since its release in 2003, "Number Ones" has been on the chart for 98 weeks.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


MJ & Audigier Go Shopping. 01-03-'09

On February 27, 2009 Michael Jackson and designer Christian Audigier (Ed Hardy) went shopping on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles (USA).

Wherever he goes, he draws plenty of attention. And when Michael Jackson decided to do some shopping there were plenty of paparazzi waiting for him.
The “Beat It” singer was joined by uber-hip designer Christian Audigier as he made his rounds at the Dior and Dolce & Gabbana stores. Michael was seen in a long, black coat and a hat pulled down over his face to disguise himself the best he could.

Come April, Jackon will be having an auction at the Beverly Hills Hilton where many different items from his estate will be sold to satisfy his massive debt.

According to a report, there will be life-size statues of Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman. There’s even a molded rubber Batman costume fitted over a replica of the King of Pop, and an original X-Men arcade game.

Source: joesmoneymaker / Billie Jean

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