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Arno Bani Photoshoot
Michael Jackson picture were taken in Paris in July 1999 by French photographer Arno Bani.
Jackson is wearing a golden cape, the Egyptian pharaoh.

Michael Jackson Photo Sells For Just Under $35,000. 15-12-'10

A photograph of Michael Jackson posing as an Egyptian pharaoh sold for 26,000 euros ($34,880) Monday at an auction featuring four never-before-seen portraits of the "King of Pop."

The portrait of the late 'Thriller' singer as a pharaoh, dressed in a gold cape and with dark shaded eyes, was bought at the Paris auction by Ora-Ito designer Ito Morabito. With the added commission, the final price ran at 32,240 euros.

"I have been a fan since I was born," Morabito said. "It is unique and really represents who he was. 50 percent man, 50 percent god."

Since his sudden death in June 2009 due to an overdose of drugs, Jackson photos and memorabilia have sold for record prices. The 'Billie Jean' singer's trademark white glove sold at an auction of Jackson memorabilia for $350,000 last year in November, a few months after his death.

A posthumous album with new material and entitled "Michael," hits the stores this week.

A second portrait showing Jackson with sparkling blue glitter around his left eye soared to 25,000 euros in less than a minute. A third picture showed the singer in a black shirt pulled up to below the eyes standing against a screen of multicolored beads. It sold for 22,000 euros.

The fourth portrait, featuring Jackson standing in front of a red curtain, fetched 9,000 euros. Most of the other lots sold for around 1,500 euros.

The pictures were taken in 1999 by French photographer Arno Bani, then just 23. Jackson had reportedly wanted him to take the pictures for his 10th album 'Invincible', released in 2001, the singer's last studio album.

The photographer signed over the rights to Sony for 10 years but the pictures were never used by the record label.

About 200 fans and dealers turned out at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, a private mansion in Paris. The sale was run by the house Pierre Berge & associes.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean

Michael’s Fans Celebrate New 'MICHAEL' Album In New York. 15-12-'10

Many Michael Jackson fans lined up outside of the Roseland Ballroom on Monday night to celebrate the release of the King of Pop’s posthumous Michael album. Dozens of dancers and fans filled the ballroom’s floor, decked out in costumes inspired by Michael’s iconic looks from throughout his esteem career. One of those fans also happened to be the evening’s master of ceremonies, DJ Cassidy.

“I’m here to make the fans dance,” he told MTV News. “I think that’s why Michael essentially made the music. He wanted to make people dance. He wanted to make people feel the emotion he felt, and I’m here to do just that. I’m here to help the fans in the celebration of the king.”

Dressed in a leather suit with a pink shirt and socks, a red bowtie and shell-top Adidas, Cassidy said that he’s been a fan of Michael for as long as he can remember. Michael has been his inspiration in anything artistic in his life, from music to fashion.

“So much of my fashion comes from Michael,” Cassidy explained. “So much of how I play music comes from how he formed his songs, how he created his sound that really inspired the way that I DJ. And really, it inspired me to want to be a DJ, to want to make people dance.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Estate Pursued By Tax Officials. 14-12-'10

California tax officials are chasing the executors of Michael Jackson's estate for $131,000 in unpaid bills. In March, staff at the state's Franchise Tax Board filed a creditor's claim with the estate administrators for $1,647.

However, tax chiefs filed an amended claim on Friday, December 10, adding $130,000 to the total amount due. The new amount includes interest and penalties which stem from the 2009 tax year, according to the Associated Press.

It is the latest in a long line of claims from individuals and companies who were allegedly left with unsettled bills following Jackson's death last year.

On another news, TMZ reports that a new finding about the singer's death has surfaced. Another doctor beside Dr. Conrad Murray was reportedly present because there was evidence that certain potent drugs were "prescribed and prepared" for MJ to self-medicate.

Source: aceshowbiz / Billie Jean

Jackie Jackson’s Holiday Memories Of Michael. 14-12-'10


J. Randy Taraborrelli “Great Album”. 14-12-'10

J. Randy Taraborrelli, who wrote the authoritative biography Michael Jackson: The Music and the Madness and knew the singer since childhood, says Michael’s new album is up to Michael’s exacting standards.

“The estate called me and said, ‘Would you like to hear the album before anybody else?’ and I thought to myself, ‘Yeah, I think I would like to do that,’” Taraborrelli said in an interview on CBS’ “The Early Show” Monday.

Taraborrelli called it it a “great album… It really shows you Michael’s versatility. I mean, this album shows, you know, his range in pop, R&B, hip hop, even a little bit of country.” After playing a snippet of the single Breaking News, anchor Harry Smith asked Taraborrelli to weigh in on the debate over whether the vocals are truly Michael’s.

“Well, you know, the estate did its due diligence in this regard,” Taraborelli said. “I mean, they talked to many people who worked with Michael Jackson over the years—artists, producers, arrangers, recording engineers—and they played the songs for forensic musicologists, two independent musicologists… Well, these guys actually analyse the sound, and they both came back with the same conclusion, that it was undoubtedly Michael Jackson, so I think everybody here did what they were supposed to do. The family had these concerns and they raised them, as well they should have, and the estate did what it should have done, which was to clear it up.”

“The estate and sony did its due diligence where the matter of the vocals are concerned and gave me a chance to review all of the evidence they gathered to prove it is MJ on Breaking News. I also got a statement from Bruce Swedien who was the recording engineer on ‘Thriller,’ ‘Bad,’ and just about all of Michael’s adult hits. He knows Jackson’s voice like no other recording engineer, and he confirmed for me that the voice is MJ’s.”

Taraborrelli added: “I was in the studio with Michael for much of Thriller and Bad and, actually, on songs going all the way back to the Motown days and so I know how he worked. He often laid down demo vocals, or ‘scratch’ vocals, with the intention of going back in later and perfecting them.

“The vocal on Breaking News sounds like a rough unpolished performance to my ears, not the polished and perfected and fully realized MJ we know and love, but MJ as an interesting work in progress.”

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson -- 'Off The Wall' Remaster In The Works. 14-12-'10

Sources connected with the Michael Jackson/Sony deal tell TMZ ... among the 10 albums in the works is a remaster of "Off The Wall" -- with the help of none other than Quincy Jones.

We're told the plan is for Quincy to take charge of the project, which will include some never-before-heard outtakes.

Another album will feature the soundtrack to the upcoming Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.

There are reports circulating that Sony will release 10 original albums, but that's not true. In addition to the release of "MICHAEL" on Tuesday, we're told there will be at least one other album with original songs and at most two.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

Michael Album Puzzle CoverMichael Jackson 'Michael' Jigsaw Puzzle Is Released. 13-12-'10

The Michael Jackson puzzle 'Michael' album cover is released in the USA by Bravado International.

The puzzle exists out of 1000 pieces and measures 17" x 35" when complete.

The album features vocal performance s by Michael Jackson that were not previously released on any records. The album over of 'Michael' was created by painter Kadir Nelson - the oil painting, created in 2009, takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson's life.

Manufacturer: Bravado International
Series number: BGAMMJ65
Printed: USA
Guide price: 20 €

Source: Billie Jean

Teddy Riley Opens Blog, Starting With A Message To Michael. 13-12-'10

Teddy Riley has opened his own blog to communicate with fans on teddyrileyblog.wordpress.com. His first message is one for Michael:


Your wishes have been made. I’ve done your first command. I am here as your servant… This project was a trip. The fans beat me up for a minute til they started finding out the truth. Some of the family tried to sabotage the project, but I am your defender.

This is my blog site: you can hit me anytime. If you have anything you wanna say… You know where I am.



Source: Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Appears As A Lonely King In Unreleased Images (PHOTOS). 13-12-'10

These previously unreleased images of Michael Jackson popped up over the weekend — oddly enough, just before the massively anticipated release of the Michael collection. The pics were reportedly shot by Arno Bani, circa 2000, in a photoshoot evidently planned for Michael's Invincible album, and then scrapped in favor of other images.

Now that we have reduced Michael to a ghost, it's striking to consider how haunted and alone he appeared, even in life. Photos via That Grape Juice.

Source: idolator.com / Billie Jean

Last Poll "What Do You Think About This Site”. 12-12-'10

The Last Poll has run from November to December 11th, I ask "What do you think about this site" and must say that a lot of visitors VOTE for Really Good. Below you see the results.

1. Really Good: 79%
2. Good: 14%
3. Not Bad: 3%
4. Bad: 5%

The new Poll has been started yesterday and will be open until the end of December. The question is now "What is the best song of the new album".


Results will be published on Billie Jean.

Source: Billie Jean

R. Kelly Covers “You Are Not Alone”. 12-12-'10

R. Kelly says he is paying tribute to the King of Pop with a new version of his uplifting Michael Jackson classic ‘You Are Not Alone.’ The track will appear as a bonus cut on his upcoming Love Letter album. Kelly actually wrote and produced the song for Michael upon its original release on his HIStory album in 1995.

“In loving memories of my hero, MJ, forever,” says Kells over some intense synthesizers before breaking into a modern take on the highly positive torch song. Love Letter hits stores and digital retailers on December 14th (just as the new MICHAEL album does).

Source: Billie Jean

Murray’s Attorneys Want Judge To Order Testing On Syringes From MJ’s Home. 12-12-'10

Attorneys for Conrad Murray, charged in Michael’s death, are asking a judge to order testing on syringes found in Michael’s home that they say is rapidly deteriorating. Attorney J. Michael Flanagan told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he has submitted a motion asking a judge to order the testing after being unable to reach an agreement with prosecutors in recent months.

Conrad Murray’s attorneys are asking the Los Angeles coroner’s office to determine the quantities of fluids, believed to include the anesthetic propofol and lidocaine, in two syringes and an IV bag found after Michael’s death in June 2009. Flanagan says time is running out for the testing to be done. The substance in one of the syringes has been described by Murray’s attorneys as “salt.”

Source: AP / Billie Jean

Inside The New Michael Jackson Album. 12-12-'10

In 2007, Michael Jackson began working on new music that he wouldn't live to finish.

Since the King of Pop's untimely death, several producers and songwriters have picked up where he left off, finishing the album, Michael, out Dec. 14.

I think he'd be very proud," says producer Tricky Stewart, who worked on "Keep Your Head Up." "If I didn't think he's be proud, I wouldn't do this."
The songs on the album, he adds, appear "as they were written, but it was up to us to produce and deliver them to their fullest potential."

One of those songs, "Hold My Hand," was co-written by songwriter Claude Kelly. "Michael loved everything about it," says Kelly, who wrote the song with rapper Akon. Though the track was originally intended for Whitney Houston, Akon liked it so much that he kept it for himself.

Enter Michael Jackson. When Akon played it for him to get his feedback, "Michael was like, 'I have to get on this; this is me, and exactly what I want to talk about,'" says Kelly.

Like many who worked with the music icon, Stewart has a memorable story of the day he first met Jackson, back in 1993.

He would send a bunch of stuff to personalize the studio, and in this case, he sent arcade games," says the producer. "I was young and not really thinking and I started playing Pac-Man when I heard this voice – and there's no mistaking that voice – saying, 'You know those are my games, don't you?'"

Luckily, the star was happy to share.

He was really cool and nice about it," Stewart recalls with a laugh. "He even let me keep playing."

Source: MJFC / People / Billie Jean

KJ's Biz Partner: Estate Doesn't Care About MJ's Kids. 12-12-'10

The man doing business with Katherine Jackson just thumbed his nose -- BIGTIME -- at the Michael Jackson Estate ... essentially saying they're just a bunch of lawyers who don't care about MJ's kids.

Last night Howard Mann slammed the Estate for the suggestion it's more invested in helping MJ's children than he and Katherine -- saying, "I would ask if the Estate has ever met those children, ever spoken to those children. To me it's a farce that they care about what happens to those children."

Mann was In Beverly Hills ... outside the "Unveiling of the Jackson Secret Vault Lithographic Collection" -- his ongoing business venture with Katherine -- and an event that prompted MJ's Estate to fire off a cease and desist letter.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

‘The Trials Of Michael Jackson’. 11-12-'10

Film-makers Barry Shaw and Dana Gedrick live in California, quite near to Santa Maria. When Michael’s trial came there, they decided to film it, thinking they would have an interesting few weeks.

They initially filmed the fans, the media and the reporters, but soon came to realise that what they saw reported did not seem to be what they actually witnessed. They saw the media report their own personal feelings, regardless of what was actually happening inside and outside the courtroom, with no apparent thought of the principle of ‘innocent until proved guilty.’

They published a DVD of their findings called, ‘The Trials Of Michael Jackson.’ The more people see this film, the more chance that they will realise that Michael was completely innocent of any crime.

Source: Billie Jean

MJ Estate Challenges Michael's Mom. 11-12-'10

The Michael Jackson estate has laid down the gauntlet by demanding that Katherine Jackson's business partner immediately stop exploiting MJ's image -- or else!!!

Howard Mann -- the guy who had been partnering with Katherine on numerous MJ ventures including her book "Never Can Say Goodbye" -- is now the target of a cease and desist letter ... obtained by TMZ.

The executors -- who until now have tolerated Mann's business ventures with Katherine -- have been pushed over the line and are demanding that Mann stop using MJ's image on banners to promote tonight's "Unveiling of the Jackson Secret Vault Lithographic Collection" in Beverly Hills.

In fact, Katherine herself is scheduled to make an appearance at the event ... and even sign autographs.

The cease and desist letter -- which is often the prelude to a lawsuit -- is hugely significant because it marks the first time executors, along with estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, have gone after anyone directly associated with Katherine Jackson.

As we have been reporting, Katherine's unauthorized business ventures have irritated the executors who are trying to clear up Michael Jackson's debt and turn the estate into a profitable asset for the benefit of Michael's children.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

Fans Pissed Over Televised 'Michael Jackson Autopsy'. 11-12-'10

Michael Jackson fans are scrambling to stop the Discovery Channel from broadcasting a gruesome reenactment of MJ's autopsy ... calling the whole thing an "affront to human dignity."

TMZ has learned ... fans have already collected nearly 1,500 signatures -- all demanding the network pull the plug on a special entitled "Michael Jackson's Autopsy" ... in which MJ's bloody autopsy is expected to be reenacted in gory detail.

The fans behind the petition call the documentary "an affront to human dignity" -- adding, "This type of sensational and unscrupulous reporting can only cause harm."

The petition states, “We ask the directors of the Discovery Channel programming to proceed with the outright cancellation of this indecent documentary.”

The doc is scheduled to air January 13th in the UK.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

Michael Collaborators Talk About Album. 11-12-'10

Akon, Lenny Kravitz, Tricky Stewart and others who contributed to Michael Jackson's posthumous album recently spoke about their involvement on the controversial CD. Most of them were contacted by Jackson himself for the collaborations before he died.

“I know he [Michael] stood behind it, so I'm cool with what I did,” Kravitz told the Associated Press. “I was proud to put it out and knew that he'd be all over it, that he'd be really with it.”

50 Cent echoed the sentiment, explaining that he had a phone conversation with the King of Pop about his contribution to the song 'Monster' and producer Teddy Riley added that Jackson had already sectioned a portion of the song off for 50 while he was writing it.

While some of the songs were written back in the 80's, others were offered by different artists, like 'Hold My Hand.'

Akon told Billboard, “[‘Hold My Hand’] was pretty much finished, but his delivery creates a whole other environment... his tone and energy just made that record seem completely different. We decided we would make it his record featuring myself, because I felt like he’d give it more mileage, and the record would be so, so much bigger if it was a Michael Jackson record.”

Producer Tricky Stewart said working on the album made him nervous. “It was a tremendous amount of pressure because Michael was one of the great record-makers in the history of music. Not only are you trying to make sure that you’re keeping the integrity of the record, but you’re also trying to live up to the body of work.”

Still, even within this camp of Jackson devotees, opinions are split. Riley has called the album a masterpiece. Meanwhile, Akon suggested fans look at the album in a different way.

“This is not like a finished product that you can compare anything to,” he explained. “It’s more of an album that you can hold onto to commemorate and appreciate [Jackson's] legacy.”

Source: hiphopdx.com / Billie Jean

Producer Talks About MJ's Low Speaking Voice. 11-12-'10

Michael Jackson's long-time producer, Teddy Riley, says the King of Pop spoke in a high-pitched voice in order to save his famous falsetto and advises teen singer Justin Bieber to use the same trick.

Riley says Jackson adopted his trademark soft speaking voice on the advice of his vocal coach, Seth Riggs. In fact, Riley says the superstar's natural speaking voice was quite low.

"I experienced Seth Riggs telling Michael not to speak low. He had to speak in a high pitch in order to have a high range. That's why Michael's range was always high when he spoke. It was a tip from the coach and very, very true."

Riley said teenage pop star Justin Bieber should follow Michael's lead if he wants to maintain his high vocal range.

"Justin Bieber should talk in a high range. I hope somebody tells him. Otherwise his voice will turn into something like Usher-low," Riley said. "His voice is changing and he can really catch that and keep it high."

Bieber, 16, is said to be working with a vocal coach because his voice is changing.

Riley, who just finished working on Jackson's posthumous album, "Michael," also worked on the singer's "Dangerous," "HIStory," "Blood On The Dance floor," and "Invincible" CDs as well. Speaking about what Jackson was like in the studio, Riley said he was a perfectionist who preferred working in the afternoons.

"Michael was very much a perfectionist. He never took shortcuts. You had to give 150 per cent or he would send you back and re-do things until it was right. We didn't work long hours, we worked long days. His favorite time was 11am until about 5pm. He would not sing after 5pm or 6pm. His spirit was up in the afternoons. It was the best time to work with him. After he got tired, that was it for singing."

Source: MJFC / hearldsun.com.au / Billie Jean

Riley Says There's More To Come. 11-12-'10

Just days before the release of the posthumous album "Michael," producer Teddy Riley indicates there will be more to come, saying, " "It's what he [Michael] would have expected us to do."

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat Riley, Michael Jackson's long-time producer, went on to say, "It's not about the money, it's about making sure everything is right. I look forward to doing the next one and I'm glad I'm on board," he said. "It's an incredible record. We will not do anything with bad character and it will be him."

About claims that some of the vocals on the album may not be authentic, Riley said, "No one could ever duplicate Michael. [Michael] had different textures of voices," he said. "These particular vocals were how he felt when he worked with the Cascios. Different styles and different places of Michael."

Source: MJFC / guardian.co.uk / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Wrote Song On New Album For… Hanson! 10-12-'10

Yes, it ’tis true.

Try and recall 1999. Hanson was the ruling pop group, sort of three Biebers, if you will.

Michael Jackson was writing songs slowly for the album that became “Invincible.”

Now I’m told by a source who knows such things that Jackson wrote a song for Hanson. He simply never gave it to them. And the demo went into a drawer.

“I Like The Way You Love Me” turns up for real, for the first time, on the “Michael” album coming out on Tuesday. A prior version had floated around among Jackson fans, but the new one was produced and remixed for the new album.

Michael, according to my source, had the idea for Hanson. He wrote the song but never got around to sending it to them, I am told. Maybe they can record it now.

Source: showbiz411 / Billie Jean

MJ's Neverland Ride Knows The Way To San Jose. 10-12-'10

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch "Balloon Samba" ride has turned up in San Jose.

An amusement company bought the ride from Neverland and rents it out to fairs and carnivals around the country.

Now everyone can get a ride ... courtesy of Michael.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

Akon Reminisces About Meeting MJ. 10-12'-10

With the debut of the 'Hold My Hand' video today, MTV went into their archives and pulled out an interview from August 2009 during which Akon spoke about the day he first met Michael Jackson.

"My favorite moment was the day we actually met, because I didn't expect him to be that cool," Akon said. "I expected him to be this diva — just hard to deal with, rarely speaks, got to send his message through someone else, you know? Because these are the stories you hear."

But Akon soon discovered Jackson was far from the Diva he expected.

"So I'm going upstairs [to meet him], I knock on the door, his bodyguard opens and says, 'OK, he's waiting to meet you.' I walk in, and [Michael's] in this spinning chair, but it's facing backwards," he said. "So I walk in the room, but his back is turned, and the guard says, 'Hey, Mike, Akon's here.' So he spins around, like it was all choreographed — so, off the top, I'm like, 'Oh boy!'

"But as soon as he turns around, gets up, 'Yo, what up, man?!' and I was like, 'What up, Mike?' and he gave me a pound, we hugged each other," he continued. "He's like, 'Yo, I've been waiting to meet you for so long, this is a great honor, thanks for showing up, thanks for making the time.' And in my mind I'm like, 'You know, I should be thanking you for making the time.'

Akon says his fondest memory of working with Jackson is that initial meeting when all of his preconceived notions melted away and he got to know Michael the person.

"It was the craziest thing, because we sat down, we talked about Africa, we talked about my foundation, we talked about the music, we talked about girls. We had a great, incredible time that day," he said. "He was extremely funny, he told jokes, and he liked to have fun."

Source: MJFC / MTV.com / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson New Guinness World Record. 09-12-'10

Guinness World Records confirms yesterday (December 8) Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ album artwork as the world’s largest poster.

The 29,070 ft² poster smashes the previous record by more than 110 ft².

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirms that a poster erected to mark the release of Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ album (released December 13) has set a new record as the world’s largest poster.

Guinness World Records confirmed that the poster of Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ measures 171ft by 170ft with a total surface area of 29,070 ft², smashing the previous record – held by the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver – by more than 110 ft².

To put it into perspective, the ‘Michael’ poster would take over three quarters of the pitch at Wembley stadium, is longer than the equivalent of six Routemaster buses end-to-end and if upright would be higher than Nelson’s column.

The poster, made of PVC and weighing one ton, took engineers three hours to install – and is less than 3,000 meters from one of Heathrow’s main runways, literally viewable by all planes arriving/ departing.

Michael Largest Poster

The poster of Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ smashes the previous record by more than 110 ft², it was displayed at Rectory Farm in Middlesex, England and took 3 hours to put together.

Guinness World Records requires the world's largest poster to be publically displayed and formed of one single piece of material; it must also advertise a commercially available product. Guinness World Records sent an official adjudicator to the site situated at Rectory Farm in Middlesex to officially verify and measure the ‘Michael’ poster.

Tarika Vara, Guinness World Records adjudicator, said: "This is a massive achievement and it brings me great pleasure to confirm that with this new world record, Michael Jackson's 'Michael' has earned its place in history. This poster has not only achieved incredible scale but it has combined this with intricate detail and having seen it up close I can confirm that the quality of the image is fantastic. Michael Jackson already holds a number of Guinness World Records and we are thrilled to award another title to the King Of Pop."

The image of the album cover of ‘Michael’ was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the original oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life. ‘Michael’ is the much-anticipated album of newly completed recordings by the King Of Pop.

The poster will stay at what will be known as ‘Michael’s Field’ until 23rd December, after which, the poster will travel via sea container into continental Europe where it will be toured and displayed.

Source: Guinness World Records / Billie Jean

'Secret Hollywood' Documentary. 09-12-'10

In the United Kingdom, Jacques Peretti is well known for his documentaries about celebrities; and on December 30 at 9.00 p.m., the ‘More 4’ channel in the UK, will present his latest documentary, based on his view of Michael’s life in Hollywood, 'Michael Jackson’s Secret Hollywood'.

He will discuss what he calls; “the huge, sinister entourage of yes men, fixers, advisers and doctors,” around Michael and the, “trust nobody,” chaos of Hollywood!

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean

World Premiere: 'Hold My Hand' Music Video. 09-12-'10

More Details On “Hold My Hand” Music Video Revealed. 09-12-'10

The world has heard the new Michael Jackson single Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon) and fans will soon be able to see its beauty thanks to acclaimed film director Mark Pellington.

The 'Hold My Hand' video will premiere on BET at 9:30pm on Thursday as part of a 30-minute Michael Jackson special. The video will also be aired on MTV, VH1 and FUSE.

Pellington shot Hold My Hand in California with a diverse array of real Michael Jackson fans as its cast. In the video, Pellington tells the story of the song through a collage of images of both Michael and Akon as well as people representing Michael’s legacy, shining a light on the aura left behind by King of Pop. As he describes, “The video is a tribute to all that Michael stands for — life, in all its permutations…love, and its power…. A video of memory, healing and joy.”

Pellington’s clip accomplishes exactly what fans love about Michael Jackson– simple but powerful messages such as that in the song’s opening line “This life don’t last forever.”

'Hold My Hand '(Duet with Akon) is the first single from MICHAEL, which will be released December 14th, 2010.

Source: Billie Jean

The Experience Demo Tour In Mexico. 09-12-'10

The Ubisoft team in Mexico is holding Michael Jackson: The Experience demo events over the next few weeks. Experience this Saturday and Sunday the game the world has been waiting for. The best dancer wins amazing prices!!!

The demo tour will take place at two of the main shopping centers in Mexico City: Santa Fe and Gran Sur.

Additional demo dates:
Gran Sur ; December 11, 12, 15 and 16
Santa Fe ; December 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19

Source: michael jackson estate / Billie Jean

Jackson 5 Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame. 09-12-10

Among the 2011 batch of inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame is the 1970 single "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Recording Academy. Other inductees included the Beatles' 1967 single "Penny Lane," Harry Chapin's 1974 "Cat's In The Cradle," and the Animals' 1965 "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place."

Source: MJFC / examiner.com / Billie Jean

Syringes In Jackson Case Still Not Tested. 08-12-'10

Attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death asked a judge on Wednesday to order testing on two syringes and an IV bag found in the superstar's home that they say are rapidly deteriorating.

The request comes after over a month of private meetings between defence attorneys, prosecutors and the judge to try to get testing on the items performed.

Dr. Conrad Murray's defence team has expressed urgency for the testing, saying fluids in the items are rapidly deteriorating and have become "salt" in one of the syringes.

The testing they are seeking could determine the quantities of drugs in the items, which the cardiologist's lawyers say could be crucial information for a trial.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan told The Associated Press that he submitted a motion asking a judge to order the testing after being unable to reach an agreement with prosecutors about the testing.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death in June 2009 at age 50. Authorities say he gave the singer a lethal dose of sedatives, including the hospital anesthetic propofol and various painkillers.

"We are running out of time," Flanagan said.

Transcripts of the meetings about the syringes obtained by the AP show Murray's defence team is willing to have the items tested by the Los Angeles coroner's office. The fluids have degraded and it is unknown whether the proposed testing will yield any useful information, according to the transcripts.

Murray's attorneys argue that testing, which would establish the quantities of the drugs, should have been done along with other tests directly after the singer's death and Flanagan said he had been trying to get the testing done for more than five months to no avail.

Prosecutor David Walgren downplayed the potential value of the testing during a Nov. 4 meeting, telling a judge his office did not agree the testing Murray's team is seeking "is relevant to anything or important."

Source: AP / Billie Jean

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