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Jermaine Jackson On Detroit Motown Museum's Future: 'I Have Some Ideas I Want To Implement'.

Jermaine JacksonMichael Jackson's brother Jermaine appears to have a bold vision for the future of Detroit's Motown Historical Museum at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard.

And Jermaine Jackson told MLive.com he intends to share it with the powers that be who helped preserve Motown Records founder Berry Gordy's hub for music innovation and make it such a landmark.

"I have some ideas I want to implement and share with the people there," said Jackson, when asked if he'd like to see a bigger, more prominent Motown Museum in Detroit. "I would love to see an institution where you have to look up at it.

"When you think of Motown, it's a pyramid; it's something you can't just look at, you have to look up at it."

Jackson didn't get into specifics about his vision during a phone interview Friday but said he'd like to see a revamped Motown Museum that's "monumental" because it has worldwide appeal.

"I'm going to find the the time to meet with certain people there (in Detroit)," Jackson said. "Who knows (Motown) better than me? I lived it, and I was part of it.

"And (Berry Gordy) was my father-in-law for many years, and I have the utmost respect for him."

Jackson could possibly meet with those in charge of the Motown Historical Museum in a matter weeks since he'll be in town with brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito for a June 12 concert at Detroit's Motor City Casino.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show range in from from $55 to $89.90 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster outlet.

For more information visit SoundBoardDetroit.com.

Source: MLive / Billie Jean

Motown The Musical Tickets On Sale. 31-05-'14

Heard it through the grapevine that tickets just went on sale for “Motown the Musical.”

This is the inside story of Barry Gordy’s journey from boxer to music mogul, adapted from his 1984 autobiography “To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown.”

Gordy founded the Detroit-based record label Motown in 1959, and went on to launch the careers of everyone from Diana Ross and Michael Jackson to Smokey Robinson.

The nostalgic Broadway hit, which premiered in April 2013, dashes through some 50 classic Motown songs, including “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” “Dancing in the Street” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Mercy Mercy Me,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and many more.

The production runs Aug. 15-Sept. 28 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $45-$210; www.shnsf.com.

Motown The Musical

Source: Mercury News / Billie Jean

HipHopDX Readers Rank Best Albums Of The Week – 'Xscape' And 'Number Ones'. 31-05-'14

Michael Jackson’s 'Xscape' and 'Number Ones' earn the Top 2 spots.

HipHopDX users were recently asked to rate the week’s top charting Hip Hop albums.

The Ranker list, which HipHopDX uses to assess reader responses below, calculates the votes based on a “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” system and it creates a list with the data users input. Ranker lists the albums from top to bottom, based on the total number of votes and regardless of how many thumbs up a particular album gets. The order of the albums featured on the lists fluctuates as votes are cast.

Michael Jackson’s 'Xscape' topped this week’s list with 69 thumbs up and 24 thumbs down. This wasn’t the only Jackson album on the list. Michael Jackson’s 'Number Ones' earned 50 thumbs up and 23 thumbs down.

Source: Hip HopDX / Billie Jean

Love Never Felt So Good CD-Single Cover'Love Never Felt So Good' CD-Single Is Released. 30-05-'14

'Love Never Felt So Good' is the first single taken from Jackson's album 'Xscape', released on May 30th, 2014 in the EU on the Epic/Sony label.

Two reworked versions of the 1983 demo track originally composed by Jackson and Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka. The first version is a solo produced by American record producer John McClain and Dutch record producer Giorgio Tuinfort. The second version is a duet featuring American recording artist Justin Timberlake, produced by American record producers Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon. It is the second collaboration between Jackson and Anka to be released since Jackson's 2009 death (the first being 'This Is It').

Track list:

1. Love Never Felt So Good - 3:56
2. Love Never Felt So Good (Michael & Justin Timberlake) - 4:06

Record label: Epic/Sony
Released: 30-05-2014
Series number: 88843087052-9
Printed: EU
Guide price: 7,35 €

Source: Billie Jean

4 ‘MJ IMMORTAL’ Presales Available Now (Texas). 30-05-'14

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour is coming to four Texas cities – Dallas, Laredo, Cedar Park and Houston — in July and August. As a member of the MichaelJackson.com newsletter, you now have access to exclusive presale links before the general public:

July 25 – 26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
August 1 – 2 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena
August 5 – 6 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
August 8 – 9 Houston, TX Toyota Center

Created by Cirque du Soleil and directed by Jamie King, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour features 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity. The tour, which currently ranks as the ninth top grossing music tour of all time, was awarded Billboard’s prestigious Creative Content Award in 2012 and was named a finalist for Billboard’s Top Tour Award in 2013.

Read more At MichaelJackson.com and go to the site of Cirque du Soleil.

The Immortal World Tour

Source: MichaelJackson.com / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson One To Offer Sunday Matinees Beginning June 29. 29-05-'14

MJ OneCirque du Soleil announced this morning that its popular “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay will begin offering 4:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances June 29 that will continue through year’s end.

The 7 p.m. Sunday performance will remain unchanged (that’s a quick turnaround!). Tickets for the new Sunday matinee performances go on sale this morning at 10.

Jerry Nadal, senior vice president, Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows Division, said in a news release:

“Mandalay Bay has a history of matinee performances being popular with their resortists, and with the success of ‘Michael Jackson One,’ we have a new offering for afternoon audiences within the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil portfolio.”

“Michael Jackson One” is one of eight Cirque productions on the Strip, and Cirque’s newest, alongside “Mystere” at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio, “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage, “Zarkana” at Aria, “Zumanity” at New York-New York, “Believe” at Luxor and “Ka” at MGM Grand.

Source: Las Vegas Sun / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ Returns To Hot 100; Legend Lands 50th Hit! 29-05-'14

Billie Jean Single CoverThe late King of Pop's 1983 smash returns thanks to a viral video. Plus, 'Slave To The Rhythm' debuts, marking Jackson's milestone 50th Hot 100 hit.

A week after becoming the first artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in five different decades (and six including his work with the Jackson 5), as 'Love Never Felt So Good,' with Justin Timberlake zoomed 22-9, Michael Jackson makes news again, as his 1983 No. 1 'Billie Jean' returns. The song re-enters at No. 14 thanks to the popularity of a viral video featuring the track.

Meanwhile, Jackson scores his milestone 50th Hot 100 hit, as 'Slave To The Rhythm' from his new album 'Xscape,' debuts at No. 45.

'Billie Jean' revisits the Hot 100 with 95 percent of its chart points from streaming. It debuts on the Streaming Songs chart at No. 2 thanks to the styling's of Brett Nichols, a junior at Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif. Nichols performed Jackson's iconic dance sequence from 1983's "Motown 25" TV special for his school's talent show, with the clip featuring the song's original audio. The video went viral and Jackson's classic bows on Streaming Songs with 11.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending May 25 (a 320 percent surge), according to Nielsen BDS. It debuts with 95 percent of its streams from YouTube (non-Vevo) activity.

'Billie Jean,' from 'Thriller,' the best-selling studio album of all time (it's been certified 29 times Platinum by to the RIAA), spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in a 24-week run in 1983. It and 1991's "Black or White" mark the longest reigns of Jackson's 13 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most leaders among solo males.

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, 'Billie Jean' re-enters at No. 6. It spent nine weeks at No. 1 in 1983, passing 'Rock With You' (six weeks, 1980) for his longest command on the genre tally.

Jackson also earns his landmark 50th Hot 100 entry, as 'Slave To The Rhythm' begins at No. 45. With 75 of its chart points from streaming, the song enters Streaming Songs at No. 11 (3.9 million, up 345 percent). Fifty-six percent of its streaming activity is owed to the official Vevo video of the much buzzed-about virtual Jackson performing the song at the Billboard Music Awards on May 18.

Jackson becomes the 30th artist to collect at least 50 Hot 100 hits and the 20th solo male to earn the honor (tying Eminem's sum). Lil Wayne leads all male soloists with 121 entries, followed by Elvis Presley (108), James Brown (91), Jay Z (82) and Ray Charles (74). Among all acts, Lil Wayne trails only the cast of Fox's "Glee," which has made 207 Hot 100 visits.

On Hot R&B/Hop-Hop Songs, 'Slave' soars 38-12. Jackson also debuts at No. 50 with 'Chicago.'

'Love Never Felt So Good' (which drops 9-16 on the Hot 100 dated June 7), 'Slave' and 'Chicago' are from Jackson's posthumous album 'Xscape,' which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 dated May 31. It ranks at No. 3 this week with 67,000 copies sold (down 57 percent) in the U.S. in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its two-week sales total stands at 224,000.

Read more.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

Maya AngelouStatement From MJ Estate Re: Maya Angelou. 29-05-14

Maya Angelou was a hero to the millions of people whose lives she enriched with her extraordinary wisdom, powerful words, eternal message of hope as well as her commitment to teaching others and sharing her… gifts. Upon Michael’s passing, Dr. Angelou wrote “We Had Him,” a poetic tribute to Michael in which she poignantly captured the world’s aching feeling of loss with its joy at having known Michael.

“He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style.
We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.
His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.
And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.”

As we mourn the loss of Dr. Angelou, we honor her for having given us all she had been given.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson’s Multibillion Dollar Career Earnings, Listed Year By Year. 28-05-'14

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson’s latest posthumous album, 'Xscape', debuted earlier this month with opening week sales of 157,000, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart. That will undoubtedly fatten the total amount the King of Pop has raked in since his death—well over $700 million in the past five years.

But Jackson earned far more than that during his life, thanks both to his musical prowess and his far less celebrated business savvy. In addition to releasing the best-selling album of all time and grossing hundreds of millions of the road, Jackson paved the way for modern musician-moguls by launching his own sneakers, clothes, video games and other ventures.

His lifetime total: $1.1 billion, or just shy of $2 billion when accounting for inflation. Add adjusted posthumous figures, and the number soars to nearly $3 billion.

“He was extremely smart,” says rapper-actor-entrepreneur Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges. “From my perspective, because I’m business-oriented and savvy, I noticed and even read up on everything he did.”

Jackson helped create a fundamental shift in the monetization of fame, and that’s the notion at the core of my book, Michael Jackson, Inc, the first business-focused biography of the King of Pop, which will be published on June 3rd by Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint.

At the end of the book is a table of annual earnings estimates for Jackson’s entire adult solo career, formulated by talking to over 100 entertainment industry insiders over the course of two years. But today, FORBES readers get a sneak peek at that research.

Highlights include the $134 million he made in the two years after the release of 'Thriller' (an inflation-adjusted $306 million), the $125 million he banked in 1988 at the height of the Bad Tour (an inflation-adjusted $247 million), and the $118 million he earned in 1995 after scoring a nine-figure payout for merging his ATV publishing catalogue with Sony ’s own (an inflation-adjusted $181 million).

“He had good instincts . . . more, more, more; better, better, better,” says manager Sandy Gallin, who managed Jackson for much of the 1990s. “He would, in his mind, negotiate the same way. No matter what anybody would offer, he wanted more.”

Jackson’s earnings prowess was so great that, even after child molestation allegations rocked his career in 1993, he recovered and had one of his best years ever in 1995. But after a second round of accusations turned into a lengthy trial in 2005, the King of Pop was unable to regain his peak financial form—in his lifetime, that is.

Only after his sudden death in 2009 did Jackson once again start earning nine-figure sums annually. The executors of his estate scored a whopping $250 million new record deal from Sony, released concert film This Is It (which grossed over $260 million), and launched two Cirque du Soleil shows.

Jackson’s postmortem totals were also boosted significantly by earnings from the assets he accumulated in life—namely, the Sony/ATV publishing catalogue that contains the copyrights to most of the Beatles’ biggest hits, as well as other songs by the likes of Lady Gaga, Eminem and Taylor Swift.

Today, Jackson’s heirs still own half of that company, worth about $2 billion, through his estate. The King of Pop purchased the catalogue’s core in 1985 for $47.5 million, and it adds tens of millions to his bottom line every year.

“He had a kid’s heart, but a mind of a genius,” Berry Gordy told me in an interview for Michael Jackson, Inc. “He was so loving and soft-spoken, and a thinker. . . . He wanted to do everything, and he was capable. You can only do so much in a lifetime.”

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean

Michael's wax figures at Madame TussaudMadame Tussauds To Hold Michael Jackson Night On June 13. 28-05-'14

Three new wax figures of Michael Jackson, spanning his life, are coming to Madame Tussauds Tokyo in Odaiba, from June 14 until August 17.

The three figures show Jackson when he was a member of the Jackson 5, during his 'Bad' era and finally his 'Billie Jean' era. With 13 figures made for Madame Tussauds London, Jackson—who died in 2009—is the most featured star in Madame Tussauds museums.

To celebrate the three new figures, Madame Tussauds Tokyo will hold a “Michael Jackson night,” showcasing the singer’s music and dance moves. Fans will also be able to dress up as Jackson at the event which will be hosted by DJ Hasebe.

The event will be held on Friday, June 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost ¥1500 each and can be purchased online.

Source: Japan Today / Billie Jean

The Immortal World TourMichael Jackson Immortal Coming To Toyota Center. 28-05-'14

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced that Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time, will return to Houston on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 at Toyota Center. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this electrifying production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

Starting today, Cirque Club members have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets online at www.cirqueclub.com. Starting Friday, May 30 at 8am CDT tickets will be available to the general public at www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson or by calling 1-866-446-8849. Tickets range from $50 to $175 each.

Created by Cirque du Soleil and directed by Jamie King, THE IMMORTAL World Tour is a departure from the company’s previous touring shows. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity.

The underpinnings of The Immortal World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances, the show underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity, and the band includes some of the same artists who previously worked side by side with Michael. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

Source: Your Houston News / Billie Jean

Jacksons Bringing Motown Sound To Mount Pleasant. 28-05-'14

The Jackson 5 rocked the music world long before Michael emerged as the King of Pop.

In 1969, Jackie Jackson and his brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Michael sold 2 million copies of their first single, “I Want You Back” with “Who’s Loving You” on the B side, in a mere six weeks.

In 1970, they became the first group in history with four consecutive No. 1 hits and a year later, they had their own Saturday cartoon series.

At a celebration their mother Katherine organized in 2011, a tribute to Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009, the brothers realized they still had a song in their hearts and an audience eager to hear them.

“We didn’t know how it would turn out,” admitted Jackie Jackson, adding that the brothers hadn’t regularly performed together much since 1984′s Victory Tour. “But with Michael’s passing, we wanted to sing the songs. That brought us together again and it was so good, we decided to go for it.”

And that’s what brings Jackie Jackson and brothers Jermaine, Marlon and Tito at 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. Tickets, on sale at the box office and through etix.com, cost $59, $54, $44 and $34.

The show includes a tribute to Michael, but it’s much more, with a multimedia element that includes vintage takes on their legendary rise to fame.

“There’s never enough time to sing all the songs everyone wants to hear,” Jackson said. “But we do some of the Jackson 5 stuff from the Motown years and some of Michael’s solo music. The Jackson sound is still there and it works out so wonderful for us. There’s really nothing like it; it’s a great show and we have a great time performing together again.”

They’re eternal showmen, agreed a reviewer who caught them during an extended run at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. And while Michael is missed, the show stands alone as more than just a tribute to the King of Pop.

There’s even a new album in the works, “but we didn’t rush it,” he said.

“We knew we had one shot at this and we’re very happy with where it is going. We’re making a lot of music, no matter where it comes from. We like it,” Jackson said.

In the process, it helped them work through the grief of losing their brother. But it also returned them to the fishbowl existence they’ve lived since their father Joe had them playing clubs around Gary, Ind., earning $8 and whatever patrons threw onstage for five sets each night.

The Jacksons

Source: MLive / Billie Jean

Moonwalker Sing-A-Long Cinema Screening. 27-05-'14

UK fans, brush up on your Michael Jackson lyrics, as The Prince Charles Cinema in London will be hosting an all singing and dancing Moonwalker screening!

On Thursday 17th July, the unique cinema will be showing the special sing-a-long version of the King of Pop’s 1988 movie so prepare to sing loud and proud to some of the greatest pop tunes of all time!

The cinema shows cult, arthouse and classic films alongside recent Hollywood releases as well as regular sing-a-long versions of musicals such as The Sound of Music, Grease and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cinema has achieved a cult status amongst fans, sticking out as the only independent cinema in London’s West End.

Click here for dates and times for Moonwalker.

Moonwalker Sing Along

Source: The Prince Charles Cinema / Billie Jean

Queen’s Brian May Reveals Title For New Compilation Featuring Unreleased Freddie Mercury / Michael Jackson Material. 27-05-'14

Brain MayQUEEN guitarist Brian May has confirmed that the band will release a new album later this year featuring previously unreleased songs sung by late QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury.

May and QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor recently put finishing touches on some of Mercury’s 1983 demos with Michael Jackson. In addition to that, the other “lost” Mercury tracks in the QUEEN vaults include collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.

Speaking to BBC Wales on May 23, May said (hear audio below): “We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they are quite beautiful. So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We are gonna put out an album which probably is called ‘Queen Forever’. And it’s a compilation, but it will have this new material which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”

Asked to describe the unreleased tracks featuring Mercury, May said: “Most of it comes from the ’80s when we were in full flight. So it’s is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch, because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. And we have Pro Tools these days; and you can do almost anything in Pro Tools.”

QUEEN will return to North America for a 24-date arena tour with “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert once again fronting the band. The 2014 dates begin on June 19 at Chicago’s United Center and wind down on July 28 at Toronto, Ontario’s Air Canada Centre

Source: Blabbermouth.net / Billie Jean

Jazz Guitarist Larry Carlton Talks About Playing For Michael And His Award Winning Career. 27-05-'14

Larry CarltonEven if you’re not a fan of jazz or don’t recognize Larry Carlton’s name, chances are you’ve heard him play.

That’s because the four-time Grammy Award-winning American guitarist has played on big-selling albums – and the theme to the popular television drama Hill Street Blues. And it’s not just simply being a session man. Carlton’s distinctive playing style, usually on his signature Gibson ES-335 guitar, has been essential to the music.

One of the best known is Michael Jackson’s 'She’s Out of My Life', from 'Off The Wall' in 1979, both produced by Quincy Jones. But Carlton, who for a time was doing session work up to 500 times a year, says it was a fluke. “When Quincy was doing 'Off The Wall' I had already discontinued doing session work. Tom Bahler, who works with [Jones], wrote the song. Tom called personally. He said, ‘Larry, we’ve got this one tune for Michael and Quincy and we both looked at each other and said it’s gotta be Carlton’.

“So I went in and did 'She’s Out of My Life' – and that’s the only tune I played on the album.”

Read more here.

Source: Stuff.co / Billie Jean

TJ Grateful For Michael’s Help And Lasting Legacy. 26-05-'14

KING of pop Michael Jackson told family members that he loved living in Ireland — and he was constantly inviting them to visit him at his Irish home.

In 2006, Jackson spent several months at Grouse Lodge recording studios in Rosemount, Co Westmeath, with his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket.

His nephew TJ Jackson of pop group 3T tells Shuffle: “Our uncle was trying to get us to visit him in Ireland, but we couldn’t get over because we were recording at the time.

He always talked about Ireland after he left, and even today his kids still talk about their time there.”

TJ became the guardian of Prince, Paris and Blanket after the death of their father. “It’s challenging, but they’re doing well,” he tells me. “It’s what our uncle did for my brothers and I when we lost our mother as kids. He stepped in and made sure we were okay, so I’m trying to repay that to his children.”

TJ and his brothers, Taryll and Taj, sons of Tito Jackson, were devastated when their mother, Dee Dee, was found murdered. She was separated from Tito at the time.

A Los Angeles businessman was later convicted of her murder.

“Dad went through a difficult time when he lost mum,” Taj recalls. “She was his best friend since they were 14. I can only imagine what it was like for him.”

Their uncle Michael stepped in to support Tito and the boys. “Our uncle was incredible, there are no words to describe it,” Taryll says. “We could sit and talk for ages on how incredible and genuine a person he was. For us, he was like a big brother role model. We really looked up to him on and off the stage, and he imparted his wisdom to us.

There is nothing bad we could say about our uncle because for us he was pure love.”

Taryll chips in to reveal how Michael Jackson was full of fun. “He was a prankster, a lot of people don’t know that,” he says.


3T are back in the limelight thanks to ITV’s The Big Reunion TV show and tour that also features boybands Blue, 911, Five, Damage, A1 and 5th Story.

“I was so concerned about joining a bunch of bands I didn’t know, but the other acts are so much fun,” Taryll says.

The other groups are thrilled to be touring with members of the famous Jackson family. “It’s funny, several of the band members have said that, but it’s not the way we see it,”

Taj says. “We’re just happy to be on the tour sharing the music with the fans.”

On The Big Reunion, their father Tito is seen taking off his belt and brandishing it as the boys rehearsed. “That’s our father, but he means nothing but love and it was a fun moment,” Taryll insists. “His father, my grandfather Joe, used to do that with the Jacksons.

But I would assume it was a bit more strict. Our father says, ‘You’re lucky Joe is not your father. He would be a lot more tough on you’.”

Taryll and TJ are now dads themselves, so would they encourage their own children to go into showbusiness?

“I would never talk my children into or out of anything they’d have a passion for,” Taryll says. “But, at the same time, the industry is a lot different that what people think.

I’d want to be sure that they understood all the things that could possibly happen. If they still had love for music or acting I would do my best to help them.

“If you don’t have passion for it then you won’t survive in it because you will definitely go through ups and downs.”

Source: Sunday World / Billie Jean

Ron WeisnerMichael Jackson's Manager Planned To 'Kidnap' Star. 26-05-'14

Michael Jackson's manager tried to ''kidnap'' the singer to save him from drug addiction.

Ron Weisner - who controlled the late singer's career during his heyday - came up with a plan to rescue the King of Pop at the height of his troubles in 2006 when he was reportedly being plied with drugs and cash by Bahraini royalty.

According to excerpts from Ron's new book, 'Listen Out Loud', obtained by the New York Post's Page Six, the showbiz mogul concocted an elaborate plan with Michael's sister LaToya Jackson to sneak the 'Thriller' hitmaker away from his exotic haven and take him to rehab.

He writes: ''That's exactly what this was, a kidnapping [on] the other side of the world'' that involved a plane, rehab facility, a team and ''more money than I'd care to admit.''

Despite discussing the plan 10 times over the course of the year, LaToya begged Ron to back out at the last minute.

Ron added: ''In retrospect, it was probably for the best ... as one of my attorneys pointed out. There was little question that [the law] would view this as a kidnapping rather than an attempt to help a colleague.''

The businessman - who also controlled Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna's careers - had been axed from looking after Michael's affairs by the star's father Joe Jackson at the time, and didn't see him again until 2009.

He recalled his final meeting with Michael at the Staples Center, just days before he died from acute Propofol intoxication.

Ron revealed: ''He hadn't looked really healthy for a good long while, but this was a whole other level. I thought ... 'He looks like a goddamn prisoner of war' ... He had that look in his eyes ... a look of resignation, a look that said, 'It's over,' and it broke my heart

Source: Contactmusic / Billie Jean

Celebrity Memorabilia Up For Auction. 26-05-'14

ALWAYS WANTED TO try on Michael Jackson’s fedora or perhaps you’d like to wear Madonna’s Live Aid jacket from 1985?

At the end of the month, Whyte’s Auctioneers in Dublin is holding a ‘Rock and Pop’ auction, putting a whole host of great memorabilia from the music greats up for grabs.

Michael Jackson material is also going to the highest bidder with his black Fedora hat up for grabs at an estimated €1,500-€2,000 or if Michael Jackson’s hat isn’t for you, what about Jon Bon Jovi’s? It’s worn and signed and selling for an estimated €200 – €300.

See here more items of celebrities up for action.

MJ Fedora

Source: The Journal / Billie Jean

The Estate Of Michael JacksonMessage From The Estate Of Michael Jackson. 26-05-'14

It has been a whirlwind few weeks and we wanted to share some more good news with you. In the six days since the video of the virtual MJ dancing to 'Slave To The Rhythm' was uploaded to VEVO, it has been viewed more than 10 million times and that number is continuing to grow steadily. The performance gave the Billboard Music Awards its highest ratings in 13 years, and the response in the general public has been overwhelmingly positive – if you look at the VEVO post, you can see that the likes outweigh the dislikes 10 to 1!!!! This tells us it is a major success w/the general public which, after all, is what we all want – for the rest of the world to see and love Michael the way that we all do. The efforts of the last few weeks, and especially, the performance on the Billboard Awards is working!

While expectations might have been built up due to Alki David’s frivolous lawsuit and inaccurate comments (he was not involved with the production at all), and ABC’s efforts to promote the show, the Estate has tried hard to keep expectations in check. The Estate is proud of what has been achieved with the promotional activations over the last few weeks but recognizes, along with all of you, that no one/nothing can replace Michael. Fans all over the world are speaking out with their positive comments online and with their support for 'Xscape' and now the general public is taking notice and joining in.

The general public, and more importantly the media, often takes cues from the fan community. The support of the fan community publicly will only augment the support of the general public for Michael Jackson.

The MJ fans have much to be proud of - HITS Magazine put 'Xscape' in its number one spot based on it’s tallies for US sales, the record is the #1 selling album worldwide for its first week and the #1 streamed record on Spotify for the first week of release! The illusion has put Michael back in the forefront of the entertainment world and helped promote 'Xscape'.

The Estate hopes that the fans are as thrilled as they are to see so much positive press about Michael from every corner of the globe. It is heartwarming to see that the overwhelming reaction from the general public to the new music and to Michael. As we mentioned in one of our emails last week – we’re just getting started. Keep watching for what’s next.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

Celebrating Michael Jackson Art Contest. 25-05-'14

We want fans to show us what the King Of Pop meant to them.

June 25 marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing. To celebrate his contribution to the music world, Star2 is planning something special as a tribute to the King Of Pop and we would like his fans (yes, that’s you!) to take part. Send in your best illustration, sketch or artwork of Jackson and we will select the best ones for publication in the all-new Sunday Star on June 22. You can send the original artwork (in A3 format) or e-mail us the soft copy (between 1MB and 5MB) by June 13.

Snail mail: Star2 Celebrates Michael Jackson

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E-mail: star2@thestar.com.my

Michael Jackson Art Contest

Source: The Star / Billie Jean

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