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Madame Tussaud's InstanbulMichael Jackson's Wax Statue Will Be Exhibited In Istanbul. 31-08-'16

Madame Tussauds will open in central Istanbul, famous pop star Michael Jackson's wax statue will be exhibited, the wax was revealed on August 29 to celebrate Michael Jackson Birthday!

A leading brand in bee’s wax statues, Madame Tussauds will open its 21st center in Istanbul in December this year.

The museum was launched at a press conference on May 31 at Pera Palace Hotel with the participation of Legoland Discovery Center Director and Madame Tussauds Istanbul Group General Director Sarper Hilmi Suner and Merlin Entertainment Director of New Openings Marcel Kloos.

He also noted the museum was proud to open a branch in Istanbul, where the East and the West unite.

The press conference also featured bee’s wax statues of pop singer Madonna and Argentinian football player Lionel Messi.

Madame Tussauds Istanbul will cover an area of 2,000 square meters on the first two floors of Grand Pera on İstiklal Avenue. The museum will offer a historical visit to the Ottoman and the republic eras.

Statues of figures like Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Zeki Müren, Mazhar Fuat Özkan (MFÖ), Barış Manço and Mimar Sinan will be in the museum. The full list of the statues will be launched later because of the nondisclosure agreement with the figures whose statues will be made.

Source: Daily News / Billie Jean

Paris Jackson Reconnects With Mom After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. 30-08-'16

Paris JacksonDebbie Rowe just found out she must undergo chemo and radiation to fight her breast cancer that was recently diagnosed -- but if there is a silver lining, it's that the illness has brought Paris Jackson back into her life.

We've learned Paris -- who went radio silent on Debbie 2 years ago -- has been spending time with her mom since we broke the story last month she's fighting breast cancer. Paris has been visiting Debbie at her ranch and Debbie has gone to Paris' home, where the 2 have reestablished their bond. They're also texting ... a lot.

Debbie and Paris became very close after Paris' dad, Michael Jackson, died back in 2009. But a couple years ago Paris cut all ties ... wouldn't even return Debbie's calls.

We're told Debbie starts her chemo next month, and Paris is at the center of her support system.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

'Elizabeth & Michael: The Queen Of Hollywood And The King Of Pop - A Love Story' Book Is Released.

Elizabeth & Michael: The Queen Of Hollywood And The King Of Pop - A Love Story Book CoverThe book 'Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop - A Love Story' is today released by publisher Atria Books.

One of the country’s leading authorities on popular entertainment presents an eye-opening and unique biography of two larger-than-life legends—Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson—and their unlikely yet enduring friendship.

From the moment Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson met, they were hooked on each other. He peered into her violet eyes and was transfixed; she, in turn, was dazzled by his talent, intrigued by his sweet-tempered childlike personality, and moved by the stories she had already heard about his troubled early life. Soon a deep friendship blossomed, unexpectedly unlike anything either had ever experienced. Through thick and thin, through their various emotional upheavals, through the peaks and valleys of their careers, through their personal traumas and heartaches, through the unending health issues and extreme physical pain that each experienced, and through the glare of the often merciless public spotlight, their bond held them together, and their love for each other endured.

Donald Bogle skillfully recreates the moving narrative of Taylor and Jackson’s experiences together and their intense emotional connection, without shying away from the controversies that swirled around them. Through interviews with friends and acquaintances of the two stars, as well as anonymous but credible sources, Elizabeth and Michael emerges as a tender, intimate look at this famous “odd couple” and a treasure to their millions of fans.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Publisher: Atria Books
Author: Donald Bogle
ISBN: 978-1451676976
Pages: 400
Printed: ?
Guide price: 17,5 €

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

Let's Make History Book Cover'Let’s Make History' Book Is Released. 29-08-16

The book 'Let’s Make History' is today released by publsiher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

'Let’s Make HIStory' is a collection of interviews from Rob Hoffman and many more of the double ' HIStory' album released in 1995, as a way to understand the King of Pop’s working process in the studio.

This new work will be based on the testimony of musicians and collaborators of the time.

Brice Najar was born in Annecy, France, in 1979. He is the author of three books about Michael Jackson's musical world. The first one tackles the subject of his solo discography, through his singles released between 1979 and 2008. The second approaches the albums he recorded with his brothers as The Jacksons from 1976 to 1989. Both books can be read independently but also complement one another.

In his new book, Brice holds to those musical thematic axes but through a different concept.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Brice Najar
ISBN: 978-1533296696
Pages: 270
Printed: ?
Guide price: 31 €

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Costumes Show Why Nobody Can Beat The King Of Pop When It Comes To Style.
Victory Tour

September 24, 2016 will be marked in the United States with the opening in Washington of the long-awaited Museum of African American History.

Outfits from the Jackson's Victory tour will be part of an inaugural exhibition at the African American History Museum.

Even in an era where new pop music is as ubiquitous as coffee shops and music royalty like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Kanye West make headlines nearly every day, Michael Jackson still reigns king as the best-selling artist of all time.

According to the Recording Industry of America, last year Jackson’s 'Thriller' was the first album to be certified platinum 30 times, and has sold 32 million copies to date. For comparison purposes, behind 'Thriller' are the Eagles’ and Billy Joel’s greatest hits albums at 29 million and 23 million albums respectively.

In a gushing Rolling Stone review from 1983, Chris Connelly noted that 'Thriller’s' producer, the acclaimed Quincy Jones, was “working with what might be pop music's most spectacular instrument: Michael Jackson's voice. Where lesser artists need a string section or a lusty blast from a synthesizer, Jackson need only sing to convey deep, heartfelt emotion.”

Jackson wore these sparkly costume pieces on stage in 1984 during the six-month Victory tour, a series of concerts he performed alongside his brothers. Though the tour, named after the Jacksons’ 1983 album, featured all six Jackson brothers, it was clear that the crowds were there for Michael — 'Thriller' hit the top charts almost two years earlier.

Read more here.

Source: Smithsonian / Billie Jean

Prince Jackson Shares Poem On Michael Jackson “The Man” For Late Dad’s Birthday. 29-08-'16

Prince JacksonMichael Jackson would’ve turned 58 today. In honor of his birthday, son Prince Jackson shared a poem celebrating “the man,” not just “the legend.”

Prince tweeted, “Today we celebrate the birthday of a legend, but don’t forget to celebrate the Man. Here is a sonnet written for him.” The poem is titled, “The Myth, The Legend, The Man,” and is credited to “Michael Jackson Jr.” It begins, “To many he is king, to me, a man/All he inspires, to lead a noble cause.”

Another part reads, “The many know the Legend and the Myth, A lucky few know the Man as he is.” And the last lines are, “He is the archangel known as Michael/He is with us and our tears we must stifle.” Prince also posted the poem on Instagram, writing in the caption, “Happy birthday to the Man who was more than a legend. I love you.”

One fan wrote in response, “Aww prince that’s so sweet. Your dad would be so proud of u.” Another commented, “Great words from the bottom of the heart. Thank You for sharing. His eyes…your eyes and blood…is a Huge message He left. Big Hug for You, P, B and your special mom.” And on Twitter, one follower told Prince, “That’s a great way of remembering Michael Jackson on his birthday. #HappyBirthdayMichaelJackson.”

Source: Gossip Cop / Billie Jean

MTV VMA's: Drake Presents Rihanna With The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. 29-08-'16

RihannaRihanna was honored yesterday (August 28) with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during MTV Video Music Awards.

Mary J. Blige introduced the singer as a "little girl from a small island whose dreams came true," commending the accomplishments of her 11-year career.

Rihanna, who performed a total of four times during the ceremony, took the stage to perform a stripped-down version of "Stay" and "Diamonds" before accepting the ceremony's lifetime achievement award.

Frequent collaborator and rumored beau Drake, making his first appearance of the night, stood at the podium to hand her the Moonman, recalling the very first time he met her years ago.

"When it comes to performance, they swarm in masses to be in her presence — obviously," the rapper said, motioning towards Rihanna, who glowed in a silver floor-length ensemble.

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," Drake continued. "She's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her, even though she's younger than me."

Rihanna, Moonman in hand, then began her speech, "My success, it started as my dream. But now, my success is not my own. It's my family's, my fan's, my country's. It's the Caribbean as a whole, women, black women ... I have to thank you guys for supporting me over and over. Thanks to every director who's taken a chance on my crazy ideas."

She ended her speech by thanking Drake for his "amazing speech" and MTV for the award.

The 'Work' singer dominated the show, opening the ceremony with a medley performance of her greatest hits, including 'Don't Stop The Music', and 'We Found Love', and making multiple appearances onstage thereafter.

Days before Rihanna accepted the Vanguard honor, Drake congratulated her achievement by buying a large billboard in Los Angeles that read "Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and everyone at Ovo."

Past recipients of the award include Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

Source: Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean

Legendary Michael Jackson Costume From 'Smooth Criminal' Unveiled At Michael Jackson One Theater At Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. 29-08-'16

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Estate of Michael Jackson teamed up with Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil to launch a three-day birthday celebration for the King of Pop, who would have been 58 years old, Aug. 29.

To kick off the festivities, members of the Estate unveiled an iconic piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia, thrilling guests as they revealed the legendary white-and-blue pinstriped suit and matching white fedora famously worn by Jackson in the short film for 'Smooth Criminal'.

'Smooth Criminal', the sixth of nine short films to be produced by the King of Pop for recordings from Bad—one of the best-selling albums of all time—was a masterpiece, winning both the Critic’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. It was in 'Smooth Criminal' that the singer debuted one of his most recognizable dance moves—the anti-gravity lean, a seemingly impossible physical feat.

The unveiling ceremony took place in the Michael Jackson ONE Theater lobby, where guests mingled with cast members, representatives of the Estate, ONE musical director Kevin Antunes, choreographers for the show Rich and Tone Talauega and more during an exclusive meet-and-greet. Guests reveled in the opportunity to witness the live reveal, commemorating the special moment by taking photos and leaving their birthday wishes for Michael at a specially created video booth.

Smooth Criminal Costume
Legendary Michael Jackson costume from 'Smooth Criminal' unveiled at Michael Jackson One Theater at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas.

During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson sold more than a billion records worldwide, released 13 No. 1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans. Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer of all time, which fans can witness when they see Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil.

“Michael was truly an extraordinary individual whose talent, passion and love still lives on today,” said Jerry Nadal, Senior Vice President, Resident Shows Division at Cirque du Soleil. “Michael’s music is a testament to his amazing spirit, thus, it is with great pleasure that we, together with the Estate of Michael Jackson, host the fourth annual King of Pop birthday celebration here at Michael Jackson ONE. Thanks to the Estate, we can celebrate his birthday in true Michael Jackson-style as we unveil another remarkable piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia.”

The costume becomes the fourth piece of memorabilia on loan from the Estate of Michael Jackson at Mandalay Bay.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

'Michael And Me: The Untold Story Of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance' Book Is Released. 29-08-'16

Michael And Me: The Untold Story Of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance Book CoverThe book 'Michael And Me: The Untold Story Of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance' is released by publisher Chicago Review Press. The author and Michael fan Shana Mangatal has followed Michael for years and has put her diaries together into a book.

More than six years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to fascinate the world. Shana Mangatal was one of Jackson’s only constant and true rocks of stability for nearly two decades. Their relationship was quiet and sweet and real—a closely guarded secret, known only to a few trusted employees and friends.

Shana is now coming forward to tell their love story. Her story is rich with every little detail. She witnessed the scandals, lawsuits, the release of groundbreaking albums and subsequent world tours, big-budget short films, addictions. 'Michael And Me' entertains and inspires, but above all, Shana continues to treat Michael (and his legacy) with respect. This is not an exploitative tell-all, but rather a book that shows the side of Michael people never knew. In it, Shana paints a more intimate picture of this beloved, yet very misunderstood man.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Author: Shana Mangatal
ISBN: 978-1613736173
Pages: 240
Printed: ?
Guide price: 24 €

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

'The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson' Book Is Released. 28-08-'16

The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson Book CoverThe book 'The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife' is released by publisher Praeger Publishers Inc.

An essential companion to Michael Jackson’s music, films, and books, this work offers 21 original, academic essays on all things Jackson—from film, music, and dance to fashion, culture, and literature.

Michael Jackson is the biggest-selling music artist ever. What qualities made him a star—and fuel his continuing influence?

Michael Jackson is regarded as one of the most important musicians of our time. Going well beyond the average celebrity biography, this comprehensive book looks at why that is true, offering insights into every facet of Jackson’s art, his life, and his artistic afterlife. It looks at the methods by which his work was created, presented, received, and appropriated, and discusses Jackson’s varied personas along with his public and private appearances, albums, conceptual art, short films, and dance, as well as his use of costume, makeup, and reinvention.

To help readers understand the phenomenon that was—and is—Michael Jackson, the book focuses on Jackson’s historical context through an analysis of his films, songs, and books, examining him as an artist and shedding light on the political and ideological debates that surrounded him. Not shying away from the controversial aspects of Jackson’s life and legacy, it also tackles questions of sexuality and racism, gender, and class, comparing Jackson to artists ranging from J. S. Bach to Andy Warhol. Through its examination of Jackson’s entire catalog, the work connects all the aspects of his art and life to exemplify—and explain—the performer’s unparalleled influence in the 20th and 21st centuries.

• Takes a sophisticated, academic approach to understanding Jackson’s art and life, providing insights into his entire body of work from a perspective never before available outside of music/culture journals.
• Concentrates on aspects of Jackson’s art that have not previously been researched, such as his use of costumes and clothing, his poetry, and his function as an auteur.
• Includes a section focused on Jackson’s posthumous work and representation.
• Connects with the study of literature, especially early modern English writings and, perhaps surprisingly, the works of William Shakespeare.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc
Author: Elizabeth Amisu
ISBN: 978-1440838644
Pages: 324
Printed: ?
Guide price: 60 €

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonHappy Birthday, Michael Jackson! 29-08-'16

Michael Jackson would have turned 58 today. He died June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.

Jackson lived 40 out of his 50 years in the public eye. He started off performing as a child with the Jackson 5, a pop music group with his four brothers. He had released his first solo album by the age of 14.

More Michael Jackson albums were sold after his death than in the last 13 years of his life.

Legends never die. As long as there are fans to spread his message, Michael Jackson will never be forgotten.

Thank you Michael Jackson for everything ...

Love you Michael, Gone Too Soon.

Webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean

The Ultimate Collection 2CD Album Cover'The Ultimate Collection' 2CD Album Is Released. 26-08-'16

'The Ultimate Collection' cd album of The Jackson 5 is released in Germany by Motown/Universal Music.

The greatest hits of the J5 pressed on a double cd album, provided with a booklet.

The 2 CD is currently available only on Amazon Germany but it is planned to be available in France also.

Track list:

1. ABC (Album Version) - 2:54
2. Sugar Daddy (Single Version) - 2:30
3. It’s Great To Be Here (Album Version) - 3:07
4. Maybe Tomorrow (Album Version) - 4:43
5. Never Can Say Goodbye (Single Version) - 2:57
6. Darling Dear (Album Version) - 2:36
7. Mama’s Pearl (Album Version) - 3:05
8. Goin’ Back To Indiana (Album Version) - 3:30
9. I’ll Be There - 3:57
10. I Found That Girl (Album Version) - 3:08
11. The Love You Save (Album Version) - 2:58
12. The Young Folks (Single Version) - 2:48
13. Who’s Lovin’ You (Album Version) - 3:59
14. Doctor My Eyes (Album Version) - 3:12
15. Forever Came Today (Album Version) - 6:20
16. I’ll Bet You (Original Unedited Album Version) - 3:16

CD 2

1. I Want You Back (Album Version) - 7:26
2. We’re Here To Entertain You (Album Version) - 3:01
3. I Am Love (Parts 1 & 2) - 7:26
4. The Life Of The Party (Album Version) - 2:32
5. Dancing Machine (Album Version) - 3:17
6. It’s Too Late To Change The Time (Album Version) - 3:58
7. Hum Along And Dance (Album Version) - 8:31
8. Get It Together (Single Version) - 2:47
9. Daddy’s Home (Live) - 5:27
10. Hallelujah Day (Single Version) - 2:45
11. Corner Of The Sky (Single Version) - 3:33
12. Love Song (Single Version) - 3:22
13. Lookin’ Through The Windows (Album Version) - 3:43
14. Little Bitty Pretty One (Single Version) - 2:47
15. Medley: Sing A Simple Song/Can You Remember (Alternate Mix) - 2:06
16. I’m So Happy (Single Version) - 2:44

Order the cd album here at Amazon.

Record label: Motown/Universal Music
Series number: 0600753707302
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 13,75 €

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

Off The Wall Album CoverMichael Jackson In The 200 Best Songs Of The 70's. 26-08-'16

Pitchfork has done a full list of 200 best songs from the 70's as voted by their full time staff and contributors!

Obviously, Michael Jackson is in the mix and here the results:

#31 Michael Jackson - 'Rock With You'

As the master of the single, Michael Jackson’s most memorable songs often feel like individually wrapped gifts of pop perfection—hits that contain entire standalone worlds within them. 'Rock With You' is something of an exception in that, while it certainly sounds immaculate on its own, it sounds even better in the context of 'Off The Wall', for which it serves as the sonic thesis. The album successfully positioned MJ as a grown-up solo artist with a confident vision; 'Rock With You' is the sound of that confidence. There is, of course, a timeless chorus, but the verses that bridge the hooks together cement 'Rock With You' as the mature breakthrough Jackson wanted. Instead of the falsetto of album opener 'Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough', he shows his range with a sensual lower register (by MJ standards, at least); like the 20-year-old he was, Jackson seemed eager to try out grown folks’ way of singing.

'Rock With You' is also a pure disco song, arriving at a time when the genre was on its way out. Jackson has been praised for defying trends and delivering greatness into the 1980's, when the song peaked at No. 1, but it took someone like him to grow a bounty on ground no longer thought to be fertile. And so 'Rock With You', while not often reaching the highest echelons of the MJ canon, is a triumph: a slightly surprising hit, a transformative moment, and a groove so moving, it can rock you still. – Matthew Strauss

#2 Michael Jackson - 'Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough'

Michael Jackson was a monumental figure in global culture, but before he secured that legacy, there was a time he had to break out of his mold and navigate the choppy transition from child star to solo icon. Having found lasting fame at an age where most people are still grappling with their multiplication tables, Jackson already had a sizable career behind him when he teamed up with the already legendary Quincy Jones to cut 'Off The Wall', his grand entrance into adulthood.

'Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough' has early versions of all the traits that made Jackson’s 80's music so singular: the playful yet unwavering falsetto, his trademark vocal yelps and gasps (heard here in their incubatory form), the unmistakable ear for what constitutes a mega-hit. The video for the song shows Jackson effortlessly finding the courage to crotch-thrust and soft-shoe his way into his larger-than-life identity. Even if, in some dreary and moonwalk-less alternate reality, 'Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough' hadn’t been the precursor to two decades of pop music innovation, it would still stand the test of time as a seminal gem from an artist just realizing his limitless potential. – Cameron Cook.

For the full 200 Best Song of the 70's, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's RIAA Gold Record For 'Thriller' To Be Auctioned By Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Thriller Gold AwardMichael Jackson’s personal RIAA gold record award for his epic album 'Thriller' will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on August 25. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

Jackson was awarded the gold record two months after the album’s release in November 1982. 'Thriller' ultimately attained RIAA diamond status for selling 10 million copies.

Released on November 30, 1982, 'Thriller' featured the hits, 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin',' 'Thriller', 'Beat It' and 'Billie Jean'. Music historians believe the album paved the path for other 1980’s black artists including Prince and Whitney Houston among others. Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' is credited with launching the era of modern pop music.

At its peak, 'Thriller' sold one million copies per week worldwide. It went on to win a record eight Grammies in 1984 including Album of the Year. Jackson also won eight American Music Awards for the work.

The RIAA gold record is displayed in a “17 x 21” frame which includes the gold album and tape, RIAA plaque reading, ''Presented to / Michael Jackson / to Commemorate the Sale of More Than / 500,000 Copies of the / Epic Records / Album and Cassette / 'Thriller'."

Bidding for the RIAA gold record begins at $25,000.

Also going under the hammer is Michael Jackson's RIAA gold album award for 'Eat It', the parody of Jackson’s song 'Beat It', which was performed by comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic on his 1984 album 'Humble Pie'. Bidding begins at $5,000

Source: Art Daily / Billie Jean

Jackson Rape Case Bombshell: Alleged Victim Wade Robson Is ‘At Risk’ Of Suicide! 19-08-'16

Wade RobsonMichael Jackson‘s alleged child rape victim, Wade Robson, could be ready to kill himself over what happened to him years ago, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Robson’s attorneys made the bombshell claim repeatedly in new court documents filed in his molestation case against Jackson’s production companies. (Robson had initially sued Jackson’s estate, but that claim was thrown out in 2015 over statute of limitations concerns.)

A trial is scheduled in the new case next spring, but Jackson’s attorneys recently filed documents demanding that they be able to take Robson’s deposition on August 24. Jackson’s team says it’s just too soon.

“The Plaintiff is a victim of sexual abuse, and has a family history of suicide,” Robson’s attorneys warned.

“As has been seen in our firm’s experience in representing sexual abuse victims over the past decades, abuse victims are at an elevated risk of committing suicide … this is not a risk that is taken lightly.”

Robson “may not be actively suicidal,” they admitted, but said “obtaining his testimony at the earliest possible time is imperative in this litigation, in order to preserve his testimony …”

They continued to insist he has a “heightened suicidality risk” because “suicidality is present” in his family, and he “has lost an immediate family member to suicide.”

Taking his deposition as soon as possible, would be “a precautionary measure,” they insisted.

Robson is already scheduled to undergo an intensive medical examination in the case, which was requested by Jackson’s team. They insisted, ‘the damages claimed … are largely based on emotional and mental injuries and we are entitled to test the fact and extent of his injuries and the cause of his injuries.”

That examination will take place on August 22.

Robson, 33, has made an incredible litany of claims against Jackson and his businesses. In court documents, he’s alleged that Jackson anally raped him, mutually masturbated with him, and forced him into fellatio. The documents claim that Jackson committed these acts between 1990 and 1997 at “his ranch in Santa Barbara County” and elsewhere.

He said he suppressed the memories for year and only recently remembered them through therapy.

He had previously denied that Jackson molested him, during Jackson’s 2005 trial against Neverland visitor Gavin Arvizo. Jackson’s estate has denied the latest allegations.

Source: Radar Online / Billie Jean

Classic Pop Magazine CoverClassic Pop Magazine Presents: Michael Jackson. 18-08-'16

In this special edition 132-page magazine, we turn our attention to Michael Jackson – the undisputed King Of Pop – and examine his astronomical career decade by decade from his early days alongside his brothers in The Jackson 5 right through to his turbulent final years and the ill-fated ‘This Is It’ shows that were due to take place in London.

We’re really excited to bring you our new special edition magazine, Classic Pop Presents: Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson is one of the most identifiable cultural icons of the 20th and 21st centuries, and we set out to celebrate every facet of an absorbing and prolific life in pop with this very special magazine. We take a step back and pay tribute to the artists that inspired this icon.

Michael created personas for every song, album and video and took inspiration from acting legends like Charlie Chaplin and Laurence Olivier, as much as musicians like James Brown. In Annemarie Latour’s blog Tramping with Chaplin, she draws parallels from Jackson’s and Chaplin’s lives where childhood sorrow and pain were a spark of inspiration for clowning, acting and performing for both of them. Fred Astaire was also a huge influence to Michael’s sense of cabaret and on-stage joie de vivre and their love for each other is well-documented.

We’ve all been influenced by Michael Jackson but we bring you all of HIS influences throughout his life and career.

The magazine goes on sale on 18th August but as a valued subscriber of Classic Pop magazine, we are giving you the first opportunity to secure your copy before it hits the shops.

Order the magazine here at King of Shop.

Publisher: ?
Pages: 132
Printed: UK
Guide price: 11,5 €

Source: Classic Pop Magazine / Billie Jean

'Thriller Live' Arrives At Macau. 18-08-'16

'Thriller Live' will set a residency at the Parisian Macau from September 30 to November 13. The play is to commemorate the world’s most prominent pop music superstar – Michael Jackson.

The Parisian Macau is the latest integrated resort in Macau Sands resort, 'Thriller Live' will officially open on September 13 with 1,200 seats in Parisian musical theater. Tickets are now on sale through CotaiTicketing.

'Thriller Live' has been performing for the last 8 years including London’s West End, has set foot in more than 30 countries around the world, performing more than 5,000 shows with more than four million spectators.

Macau is 'Thriller Live' next stop and will offer the audience a full pop, rock, soul music and audiovisual tour with “disco” elements in 90 minutes of Michael Jackson 45 years of brilliant musical career.

Thriller Live
'Thriller Live' is a concert celebrating the music of The Jackson 5 and the solo work of Michael Jackson.

'Thriller Live' will transport you through the legendary Michael Jackson music and dance, but also to enjoy the talented artists who perfect interpretation of the star’s classic songs, including 'I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'Man In The Mirror', 'Black Or White', 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', 'Dirty Diana' and so on.

Tickets MOP / HK $ 180 and up.

Source: MJ VIbe / Billie Jean

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg Has An Unreleased Song With Michael Jackson. 16-08-'16

With 14 studio albums to his name and over 20 years in the business, Snoop Dogg is undoubtedly a pillar in hip-hop.

Snoop stopped by Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning show last week (August 8) while in New York for The High Road Tour. While Ebro, Rosenberg, Laura and Snoop talked about everything from weed strands to his son leaving football, Snoop made it a point to talk about how he was mentored early in the rap game by music titan Quincy Jones. That led Rosenberg to ask their guest if he had ever spent time with pop icon Michael Jackson.

“Yeah, me and Michael got a song together,” said Snoop nonchalantly. “I don’t know if it ever came out though.”

Snoop then proceeded to tell stories of talking on the phone with MJ and even offering him weed at a party one time, complete with a soft-toned Michael Jackson impression.

Source: XXL / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Museum, Complex Plans In Limbo. 16-08-'16

Plans for a $300 million Michael Jackson entertainment complex appear to have been relegated to the back burner, if they are even still on the stove.

Discussed off and on while the King of Pop was still alive, plans for a family-oriented complex seemed to take a leap forward when his father Joe Jackson and then-Mayor Rudy Clay announced at a news conference in Las Vegas plans for a $300 million complex in 2009 shortly after MJ’s death.

The artist’s sketch of the proposal promised a lavish landscape on a 10-acre parcel owned by the city between City Hall and the Genesis Convention Center with a hotel, museum and a shopping center with restaurants and a state-of-the-art performing arts center.

The fundraising for the project started at the Vegas event with a check presented for $10,000, and Jackson hosted private events to sell memorial bricks, priced from $100, and other features, such as benches for $1,000.

News Conference
Joseph Jackson and Rudy Clay, Mayor of Gary at a news conference on October 28, 2009 to officially announce the start of the Jackson Family Project and Capital campaign inside the Brenden Theatre at the Palms Casino Las Vegas.

A year later, the city gave the project a two-month extension to get registered as a tax-exempt nonprofit in Indiana. By then, the project also included a golf course and stadium and a prediction by Clay that construction could begin as early as 2011.

What’s next

Apparently not much.

Asked for an update of the project, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said, “While the thought of using Roosevelt School or a portion of it was a part of the previous discussions, there is no update in regard to a Michael Jackson Museum.”

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Katherine Jackson Presents The 2016 7th Annual Michael Jackson Tribute, August 26th & 27th, Gary, Indiana U.S.A. 15-08-'16

Michael Jackson’s influence on the world of music has been as far reaching as the vast oceans themselves. It would be difficult if not impossible to imagine the world of pop music without Michael Jackson. In a culture where to copy another is to demean oneself, to copy Michael Jackson, to in some way come close to reaching his level of artistry in song or dance is instead an achievement.

Michael Jackson’s songs were special because he was special. From his voice sprang hope and his music brought forth the unconditional love that united a planet full of Michael Jackson fans of all ages, colors, genders and faiths.

So vast, is his legacy which climaxed with 'Thriller' (which is in many ways the greatest album of all time) to this day many of the our greatest music artists proudly declare themselves Michael’s Disciples:
The Weeknd, Usher, Justine Timberlake, Neyo, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Maroon 5, Janet Jackson. The list is literally unending.

Katherine Jackson with Rych Kydd Producer Greg Coleman Each year in memory of his great achievements, his devoted mother, Katherine Jackson presides over the weekend long gala, the Annual Michael Jackson Tribute held in Gary, Indiana, the birthplace of Michael Jackson in the hometown of the Jackson Family.

Michael Jackson Tribute
Now in its seventh year, the 2016 7th Annual Michael Jackson Tribute kicks off August 26th and 27th and features performances by Tito Jackson and special celebrity guest performances and appearances.

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