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Michael Jackson’s Legacy Lives On After ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy. 29-06-'19

Michael JacksonThe initial wave of criticism following the release of the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary did very little to tarnish the legacy of the King of Pop.

The HBO doc portrayed Michael Jackson as a child molester, and the negative publicity prompted Britain’s Channel 4 radio stations in Canada to stop playing his music while the producers of 'The Simpsons' removed an episode that featured Jackson’s voice. ABC News notes “that’s been the most visible extent of the backlash.”

The outlet also writes that, “There’s been no rescinding honors like has happened to Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, or mass movements to stop playing Jackson’s music, as R&B singer R. Kelly has faced.”

“He still commands prices compared to most any other celebrity,” said Darren Julien, president and CEO of the Culver City, California-based Julien’s Auctions.

“He’s the only celebrity where we would have lines of people to get in whenever we had stuff of his to auction,” he continued. “There’s only one person that compares to Marilyn Monroe in collectability, and that is Michael Jackson.”

Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell said she and several of her colleagues believe Jackson’s legacy will withstand the 'Leaving Neverland' controversy.

“There was an aura about him,” Mitchell said of Jackson. “He had an energy in terms of his talent and the dancing, and I still think that aura still exists to a point. I know it’s been tarnished, but I think overall that there is no denying what he brought to the table.”

Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of his death. Despite the disturbing allegations made in the documentary, Jackson’s nephew said his legacy will never be destroyed by a lie.

“No lie can destroy what was given to us as a blessing from God, and that’s what my uncle was,” said Sigmund “Siggy” Jackson, son of Jackson’s eldest brother, Jackie Jackson. “You can never destroy his legacy with a petty lie. He will be here. And even after God calls us home, his legacy will live on and never be torn down.”

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean

'HIStory' Statue Removed From Las Vegas. 27-06-'19

You all know that the original 'HIStory' Statue used in the Teaser of the album has been on display at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, the same hotel holding Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE.

The statue has been removed from the lobby. When asked, the hotel stated that the statue has been removed for the summer only.

We are awaiting for more information from the Mandalay Bay and Estate to comment.

History StatueLegendary Michael Jackson 'HIStory' Statue unveiled at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 28th, 2016.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson 'Knew He Was Going To Die' Two Days Before Fatal Drug Overdose. 27-06-'19

Matt Fiddes
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes.

Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes has hinted the King of Pop knew he was going to die two days before suffering a fatal drug overdose.

The world was stunned when the King of Pop died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50 after going into cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles mansion.

However, Matt Fiddes, who worked with the star for more than a decade, is convinced the star predicted his own demise.

He's revealed that just two days before his death Jackson was trying to gather his loved ones around him.

The singer was asking friends he hadn't seen in years, including British actor Mark Lester, to fly in from around the world to visit him.

Fiddes claims Jackson even asked his dad Joe, with whom he had a famously stormy relationship, to go see him - suggesting he had predicted his own demise.

In a post on Instagram , he wrote: "He begged myself and Mark Lester to come and see him two days before @michaeljackson passed away in LA.

"And he wanted his Dad (Joseph) too to be with him.

"We sensed something was wrong but thought he just wanted to get out the 50 shows planned for London a few weeks later.

"Myself and Mark had young family’s and commitments and had we known what was going on in LA. We would of be on the next flight."

Fiddes goes on to vow to keep fighting to protect Jackson's reputation after he was accused of abusing children in shock documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

He added: "I was your bodyguard when you were alive and will look after you in death the best way I can.

"RIP my friend. Let us take care of the nonsense. As you would say 'The bigger the star the biggest the target'.

"You will always be the greatest entertainer of all time and the most intelligent man I have ever met! RIP my friend."

Jackson's death was attributed to an overdose of Propofol, a surgical anaesthetic used in operating rooms.

It had been administered by the star's personal doctor Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the star's death.

He was sentenced to four years behind bars, but was released from prison in 2013 after a two-year stretch.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean

The King Of Pop Dressed As A King! 26-06-'19

Michael Jackson shocked Sue and Darron Goldman when he dropped by for dinner on a night on December 20th, 2002 at their home in Jupiter, Florida.

The King of Pop was visiting Florida in search of a new property and his real estate agent offered to take him to dinner, calling up his friends the Goldmans.

'I thought he was joking, then an hour later the King of Pop was on my doorstep. It was honestly the most surreal evening I've ever experienced,' Sue, 55, said.

Jackson, who was traveling with children Prince, then five, and Paris, aged, four, requested to eat KFC, Domino's Pizza and orange-crush soda.

The couple, who run a costume supply company, asked Jackson if he wanted to try some costumes and Jackson agreed.

The pop superstar insisted on dressing like a king - wearing a plastic royal crown and ornate glittery gown, in photos obtained exclusively by Daily Mail TV on the 10th anniversary of the eccentric singer's death on Tuesday (June 25).

Michael in Florida for couple's dinner party (20-12-2002)Jackson’s Children privately honor 10th Anniversary of his death as media mostly ignores the day.

Read the whole article here.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson’s Children Privately Honor 10th Anniversary Of His Death As Media Mostly Ignores The Day. 26-06-'19

The 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s unexpected passing (June 25) came and went without much attention from mainstream media.

The allegations made in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' left many fans and outlets in a precarious position on how to honor the anniversary, eventually just letting the day pass with little acknowledgment.

And don’t expect Jackson’s children to make any public tributes either. A source exclusively tells Hollywood Life Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket don’t place significance of the years of their father’s passing and choose to honor him privately by sharing stories with family and watching home videos.

MJ KidsJackson’s Children privately honor 10th Anniversary of his death as media mostly ignores the day.

“They are just going to remember the good times and be around family and friends and talk about him,” the source said.

“The great thing for all of them is that they have so many home videos to look back on and their Dad is always with them through music. They can always hear his voice when they need it. Obviously, that never replaces the real thing but they all feel that he is with them always.

“They all are older and realize the impact he not only gave them but the world and they just want to honor that legacy and will mourn and celebrate privately.”=”

Source: Gossip On This / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Bodyguard Claims Singer Was 'Killed By Stress Of Allegations'. 26-06-'19

Bill Whitfield
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Bill Whitfield.

Michael Jackson's former bodyguard claims the singer was wracked with stress when he died ten years ago.

Bill Whitifield, now 53, wasn't with Jackson when he died but believes he couldn't have saved him -even if he was right beside him.

He said the singer’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, gave Jackson an overdose of powerful anaesthetic drug propofol.

He was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but Whitfield said that Jackson's final days were hours of great stress.

Whitfield revealed that the weight of child abuse allegations and various family feuds had become too much for the King of Pop and the stress 'was implicit in Jackson passing away.

It has been 10 years since Jackson passed away and Whitfield said that business pressures were taking their toll as well as anxiety over a 50-date residency in London.

Whitfield said that Jackson was not in a great place the last time he saw him.

He told The Sun: "The last time I saw him was about two weeks before he passed away. He didn’t seem happy."

Whitfield said that he was unaware of Jackson having any serious health issues and he claims that he never saw the singer taking any drugs and blamed the death on Murray who "f****** up" the dosage of the medication given to Jackson.

He summed up the situation at the time of Jackson's death, saying it was down to "all forms of stress, whether it was coming from his family, his lawyers, his management, some fans, the negativity of being labelled a child abuser."

Whitfield went on to say that it was all "absolutely taking its toll on him."

Speaking about the financial predicament that Jackson had found himself in, he revealed: "We were going through a time where a lot of people were not getting paid because of the financial situation with Mr Jackson's companies and management...

"Mr Jackson got quiet. He was more reserved and seemed down."

Whitfield also took aim at Dan Reed, the filmmaker who produced the damning HBO documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', that detailed the alleged grooming and sexual abuse of Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

He said: "Anyone who personally knew Mr Jackson knows he was not the individual they’re describing in any shape or form.

"Listening to these gentlemen speak on the Mr Jackson I knew tells me how much they are seeking to get money out of it."

Whitfield believes that as a 10-year investigation by the FBI had drawn blanks, "then there’s nothing there to find."

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean

Documentary 'The Man Behind The Dance' by Lavelle Smith Jr. 25-06-'19

It has been 10 years since my friend Michael Jackson passed away and I’m sure we all miss him very much.

These last few months, we’ve been working on this non-profit project called 'The Man Behind The Dance' where I share my experience and memories collaborating with the one and only King of Pop.

Thank you, David Van Hoesen, Thibault Weewauters for the concept and hard work, Timmy Ropero for the heartfelt soundtrack and Richard Mendelsohn for the constant support and ideas.

Keep watching till the end. After the credits is a bonus video.


More: http://www.themanbehindthedance.com

Source: MJ Vibe / YouTube / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Estate Releases Statement On 10th Anniversary Of Singer's Death. 25-06-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian. The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before. Messages of condolences from Nelson Mandela and others were read as was a poem written for the occasion by the esteemed Maya Angelou. Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown, eulogized his protégé by saying, “…the King of Pop is not big enough for him. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived.” United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother.

A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others which came in many forms. He comforted the unfortunate at hospitals, in long term care facilities and at halfway houses. He equipped Neverland Ranch with medical facilities to accommodate patients seeking refuge from their lonely hospital rooms, and thousands came. He visited troops on bases around the world serving their country. Guinness World Records acknowledged his efforts with an award for Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.

In a world where numbers are the measure of a man, Michael Jackson is a resounding success, whether by his 16 #1 singles and 8 #1 albums in the US or the fact that his album Thriller is owned by more people on the planet than any album ever made and Thriller the short film is the only music video to have been inducted into the National Film Registry. And when mastery of a craft is the measure, Michael Jackson’s divine abilities remain the yardstick by which others are measured and against which today’s masters still measure themselves.

But we best remember Michael by paying tribute to his legacy of philanthropic work and ask music fans everywhere to make a difference in their community - whether it’s planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. “I believe each person can make a difference in the life of someone in need,” he said. This is how we honor Michael.

– The Estate Of Michael Jackson

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson (Full Documentary). 25-06-'19

So much has been written about Michael Jackson.
The majority of it manufactured, twisted and just down-right untrue.
Until NOW…

In the year 2000, Michael Jackson was listed into the Guinness book of world records for breaking the WORLD record for the "Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.“ An achievement that was accomplished by a lifetime of effort & tireless dedication, yet a little-known fact that has been overshadowed by years of fiction.

In a world first, author Paul Dwyer takes a look into the every-day world of Michael Jackson, stripping away the rumours, the media and the mayhem to take an in-depth look at The MAN - The humanitarian.


Based on the book, the documentary delves into Michael Jackson’s charity involvement over the course of his career. It includes a diary of Michael Jackson's visits to orphanages & children’s hospitals around the world, charity appearances and documents his body of work that was never celebrated or publicised by the mass media & is just as big, if not more-so than his musical career.

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean

18757 Roses Delivered From Around The World For Michael. 25-06-'19

Final rose count... 18757 roses are delivered at Forest Lawn.

One Rose for Michael Jackson raised 18757 roses this year. Seeing all the roses donated from fans around the world moves me to tears as I am enveloped in the sea of love of thousands of roses. Every year, all the roses are donated to various charities after June 25.

This is the 10th year MJ fans from around the world keep the red rose LOVE alive. Every year around June 25th, cards, letters, roses, flowers, gifts, balloons and sunflowers begin arriving at Forest Lawn Glendale and Neverland.

We all remember this day... June 25, 2009. Where we were... what we were doing... the smell, sounds, people around us on that fateful day when the world stopped to mourn the loss of Michael Jackson. This year is the 10th anniversary of losing the most inspirational, talented... simply the greatest entertainer and humanitarian the music industry and the world has ever known. There will never be another like the beautiful Michael Jackson!

This year as the ugly liars and frauds shame his memory and attempt to destroy Michael's legacy all for $$$$ and as the media jumps on board once again to believe the deceivers and money grubbers... it is up to us, the MJ fans from around the world, to exhibit this June 25th at Forest Lawn, Glendale, a giant Michael Jackson size show of L.O.V.E.

Thank you so much to Robyn Starkand who leads this beautiful tribute to Michael Jackson every June. Thank you for all your incredible, hard work in making it possible for MJ fans around the globe to continue to show our LOVE to Michael in this most spectacular way on the June 25th anniversary each year since his passing.

Forest Lawn
18757 roses are delivered at Forest Lawn: 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA.

Source: Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's 10th AnniversaryMichael Jackson's 10th Anniversary. 25-06-'19

Hi Michael Jackson fans,

Today June 25th 2019, marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. When the shocking news of Jackson’s death was announced then years ago, the world seemingly came to a halt. As millions of fans mourned Jackson’s death, news coverage around the globe exposed lurid details that Jackson died of long-term use of prescription drugs.

Michael died in Los Angeles after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, Michael Jackson died at age 50. Initial reports were that Jackson suffered from cardiac arrest.

With the 10th anniversary of Michael’s untimely passing closing in on us, I can’t help but wonder how quickly the years have passed. It seems like only yesterday and yet, when I allow my mind to drift back to June 25th, 2009 and then look ahead from there, I realize that ten years are by no means “yesterday".
So much has happened.

Here below are the highlights of ten years since we lost Michael:

September 3-2009:

Michael is finally buried in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA. The service is attended by approximately 200 family and close friends. The pallbearers are Michael’s five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson. At the beginning of the ceremony, Prince, Paris & Blanket put a crown on their father’s coffin to signify the final resting place of the King of Pop. Following the funerals the family and the guests go to Villa Sorriso Ristorante -- an Italian restaurant in Pasadena.

December 7-2009:

'The Michael Jackson Opus Book' is released by Kraken OPus, Jeff Wald.

September 13-2010:

The MTV Video Music Awards ceremony opens with a Michael tribute. Madonna makes a moving speech then the 'This Is It' dancers perform 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'Smooth Criminal' and finally Janet performs 'Scream' with Michael on the background video screen.

October 12-2010:

The song 'This Is It' of Michael Jackson is premiered at midnight on http://www.michaeljackson.com/. The single 'This Is It' is made available to radio stations and nightclubs through Epic/Sony Records. Sony Music Entertainment misleadingly referred to the song as a "new single" during its promotion, but it was later confirmed that the song would only be sent for airplay, and not be available to buy as a single release.

October 28-2010:

'This Is It', opens worldwide (and in more than 3,400 theaters in the United States and Canada).

November 22-2010:

The 'Michael Jackson's Vision' box set is released by Epic/Sony, it includes 4,5 hours worth of material, including the full version of 'Black Or White', which was cut short after its initial release due to violent imagery and Jackson's gyrations, as well as a never-released clip for his song 'One More Chance.'

November 23-2010:

'Michael Jackson: The Experience' is a music video game based on Michael Jackson's music and songs. It was licensed by Triumph International, developed by and published by Ubisoft, and was released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable.

December 14-2010:

The CD album 'Michael' is released by Epic/Sony.

June 25-2011:

The song 'All In Your Name', a duet with Michael Jackson & Barry Gibb, is now officially available for download on Barry's website.

November 7-2011 (Murray Trial: Verdict):

Conrad Murray guilty of manslaughter.

May 5-2012:

In China, a Pepsi: 330ml (limited edition) can will be available at retail locations nationwide.

August 31-2012:

The 'Bad 25th' anniversary documentary was shown at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

September 18-2012:

The double CD album, Deluxe Collectors Edition, Deluxe Box and Picture Disc from 'Bad 25' of Michael Jackson is released by Epic/Legacy.

May 13-2014:

The CD album and digipack (deluxe edition) 'Xscape' of Michael Jackson is released by Epic/Sony.

February 26-2016:

The 'Off The Wall' CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray (deluxe softpak) of Michael Jackson is released by Sony/Legacy.

October 27-2017:

The double album 'Scream' of Michael Jackson is released by Epic/Legacy.

June 27-2018:

Michael's father Joseph Jackson has sadly died after a hard-fought battle with cancer, he was 89.

July 31-2018:

Sony buys out Michael Jackson Estate’s EMI share for $288M.

August 24-2018:

The box set 'The Picture Disc Collection' of Michael Jackson is released by Sony Music.

January 26-2019:

The Michael Jackson Estate has issued a statement on the film 'Leaving Neverland', which premiered at Sundance on Friday morning (Jan. 25). The documentary was screened at Park City, Utah’s Egyptian Theater. The Estate issued its statement about 12 hours after the film debuted, taking issue with what it calls “the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death.”

March 9-2019:

Michael Jackson‘s nephew has revealed that he will be releasing a new documentary about his pop star uncle.

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Over the past ten years there are a lot of merchandise released of him; books, CD albums, Blu-ray's, box sets, etc... but as hard as anyone tries to encapsulate what we had before, it’s not the same and never will be, because it didn’t come directly from Michael.

Michael was so good for the world, his fans and of course his children, he will be living for ever in my heart.

For me was Michael a human being of whom I loved, like to see him dancing and singing. His smile was so special, the child in him has always affect me. Have never spoken to him, nor shake him the hand, still I had the feeling knowing him.

Michael I shall miss you for ever, you get a place in my heart next to my beloved Rita and my 2 children.

Love you forever "Gone Too Soon".

Webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean

Bela Farkas
Bela Farkas

Without Michael Jackson, I Would Be Dead! 24-06-'19

We all remember Tamas aka Bela Farkas back in 1994. The young boy, orphan, was dying and in need of a organ transplant in a hospital in Budapest.

For the first time, Bela/Tamas has open up and talked to the Belgium Press RTBF.

Michael and Lisa-Marie visited the hospital in 1994 while in the city to film the teaser of his new album 'HIStory.

At the time, Michael asked if he could take the child to the US to treat him. The hospital explained to Michael that they have already arranged treatments in Brussels, Belgium but the money was lacking to do so.

Michael Jackson decided then to finance the full treatment, the operation and the transportation of Bela from and back to Hungary via his foundation “Heal The World”. The bill came to nearly €150,000.00.

While in Hospital, Michael made sure to send some present like a wooden Pinocchio or a big teddy bear named “Lisa” after Lisa-Marie”.

After 3 transplant, Bela was safe and he was invited with his adoptive family to the HIStory World Tour in 1996 as VIP and Michael also booked the whole family in a luxurious hotel. “It was magical! it was the most spectacular concert I’ve ever saw” recall Tamas.

“Michael Jackson saved my life. Until today, every day, I am asking myself: Why me? Why did he chose me?”

Asked about 'Leaving Neverland', Tamas said “I don’t believe a word! I am a dad of two and I cannot believe you can wait 30 years to unveil such monstrous things. Michael Jackson was a good man. These accusations are misleading and grotesque.”

He also added “My dream is to go where he is resting in the US. This is my only wish. I do not ask for anything else. No money, no help, Michael Jackson already gave me the biggest present ever: Life!

Source: MJ Vibe / RTBF / Billie Jean

Killing Michael_JacksonTelefacts Summer About 'The Death Of Michael Jackson'. 24-06-19

On Tuesday, June 25, Michael Jackson passed away 10 years day by day. 'Telefacts Summer' (Belgium TV channel VTM) gives that evening a unique look at the investigation into the death of the much-discussed singer.

Ten years after the death of the pop star, the three main detectives who led the investigation tell their story for the first time. Exclusive evidence and extraordinary new details outline what happened ten years ago in the rental property on Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles and demonstrate the involvement of his personal physician Conrad Murray.

'Telefacts Summer' shows Conrad Murray's interrogation and various evidence from the judicial file. Photographs of Jackson's home on the day of his death and the autopsy show that Propofol, a drug normally used for anesthesia, is responsible for Jackson's death. It was Conrad Murray who gave him the medicine in an uncontrolled and medically irresponsible way. How ethically did the doctor work? Why did he give Michael Jackson Propofol? And how aware was he of the dangers of the medicine?

The work of the detectives reveals the bizarre relationship between the star and his doctor through an in-depth investigation into Murray's private life. 'Telefacts Summer' shows how the researchers presented their evidence to the judge and how and for what Murray was ultimately convicted.

'Telefacts Summer', Tuesday 25 June at 21.45 on VTM.

Source: VTM / Billie Jean

'Remembering Michael Jackson: The Man. The Music. The Magic'. 24-06-'19

Worldwide commemorations and odes to Michael Jackson.

Tuesday, June 25, it is ten years ago that the King of Pop suddenly died. Michael Jackson fans will commemorate him worldwide on that day.

Remembering Michael Jackson25 June 2009 in Los Angeles after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, Michael Jackson died at age 50. Initial reports were that Jackson suffered from cardiac arrest.

Billboards in the Netherlands:
The action group MJ Innocent will commemorate Michael's musical legacy and philanthropic activities. They do this by providing billboards with pictures and text: 'Remembering The Man, The Music, The Magic, Michael Jackson'. In the Netherlands, Michael Jackson is commemorated with this promotion in Rotterdam. The city where the pop icon performed in 1998 and 1992 during the Bad and Dangerous world tours, and made history with six sold-out concerts. Spread across the center of Rotterdam, the image of Michael Jackson can be seen on nine billboards.

Musical tribute in De Melkweg:
In the evening the Dutch fans gather in De Melkweg in Amsterdam. There singer-songwriter Bo Saris and musical friends David Goncalves, Jared Grant and Sarah Jane will pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, the brothers of Michael Jackson, made a video message to express their support for this tribute.

Charity of fans #HonorMJ:
The legacy of the legendary pop icon created the social media campaign #HonorMJ a few weeks ago. With this action, fans were called on to help put together a mosaic of images. Fans show how they make a difference in a person's life by performing an act of charity. This mosaic is unveiled on June 25 and is a tribute to Michael Jackson's philanthropic efforts.

Michael Jackson statue in China and Milan:
In March, after 23 years, McDonald's Netherlands removed the well-known towering statue of Michael Jackson at their location in Best. Fans in China have had their own sculpture made and it was recently unveiled in Zhengzhou. In the Italian city of Milan, a statue of Michael Jackson was refurbished last week and festively unveiled. Michael Jackson’s statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Guangzhou City, China and, Hong Kong, received extra visitors in recent weeks.

19,000 roses at Michael's grave:
After the death of the King of Pop, American fans have been organizing since 2010 that roses are delivered to Michael's grave on his death day. Through an online campaign, fans from all over the world can make a contribution through PayPal and buy a rose. This year there are a record number, about 19,000 roses, more than in all previous years. The roses are donated to charities on 26 June.

A difficult year for Jackson fans:
The Jackson community has had a difficult six months. Michael Jackson accusers, known since 2013, received worldwide attention for their allegations of alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson. This after broadcasting their film, just a few weeks after they lost their civil lawsuits. A reply was not included. After a lot of research, fans (including many themselves victims of sexual abuse), but also non-fans, came to the conclusion that these allegations are largely in contradiction with the previous testimonies of the same men in their own civil lawsuits, dating from 2013 and 2014 The 10-year death of Michael now coincides with the appeal for financial compensation that the men have filed.

However, on June 25, the fan community will commemorate Michael's music and make extra efforts for charity. The way Michael wanted it to be.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean

MJInnocent Group Honouring Michael Jackson With Digital Billboards. 24-06-'19

MJ InnocentThe MJInnocent Group, who was responsible for the London Buses adverts “#MJINNOCENT – Facts don’t lie, people do”, have arranged digital billboards in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland with a commemoration picture of Michael Jackson by Harrison Funk.

The Billboards will be display on June 25 and it is unknow where and how many there will be but what a great idea to honor Michael Jackson!

Here the full statement from the MJInnocent group:

Dear MJFAM across the globe.

It’s Sunday, June 23rd 2019 and it’s night here in the UK. In almost 24 hours, the time will mark the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson.

MJINNOCENT have been working around the clock for the past number of days to ensure that he is remembered and celebrated by as many people as possible. We are proud to announce that on June 25th, digital billboards in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland will advertise the MJI official commemoration image, and we encourage the International fan community to also take part alongside us during this time. We are doing all we can to have the advert featured in a similar manner in India and the US just in time before Tuesday. Sleep will have to wait for a few days yet, in order to pull this task off.

The image was kindly provided to us by its owner and Michael’s personal photographer, Harrison Funk and we are so incredibly grateful.

A massive thanks to Hayden at HARDesign for adding the text to the picture and meticulously formatting Harrisons magical image so it can be used to suit a range of measurements.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Fans Defiant As Abuse Claims Loom Over Anniversary. 24-06-'19

MJ FansDefiant fans are preparing to mark 10 years since Michael Jackson's death as fascination with the King of Pop remains undimmed despite lurid claims of child sex abuse.

On Hollywood's Walk of Fame, the singer's star continues to draw a constant scrum of selfie-snapping tourists, while nearby souvenir shops, street performers and even tattoo parlors report a brisk trade in all things Jackson.

Across the street at Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, a statue of the singer is strategically perched above the box office to entice tourists. Staff at Madame Tussauds say Jackson's waxwork remains a top draw.

Yet according to the groundbreaking HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', released earlier this year, it was just a few hours' drive from the heart of Hollywood that Jackson used his celebrity and glamor to molest young boys at his fairytale-themed ranch.

While most fans who spoke to AFP were aware of the documentary, the adoration fostered from growing up with the 'Thriller' megastar's many hits supersedes all else.

"I came here actually only for him. I don't take pictures with any other star," said Dutch tourist Hooman Nazemi.

"Some stuff that they were saying in the doc was kind of hard, but you cannot say 100 percent it's true ... I just love him. I love him and I think everybody does."

Antoine Baynes, 31, a Jackson impersonator who moonwalks along Hollywood Boulevard for tourists' tips, said the allegations had done nothing to diminish his performances' appeal -- in fact, the opposite.

"After the HBO special came out I received just as much if not more attention than before. It kinda gave it publicity," he said.

"Honestly I've married people as Michael Jackson. I have two weddings to do this Sunday, to do as Michael Jackson!"

The claims in the HBO documentary by two men who say Jackson sexually abused them for years as minors were not the first, but reignited the scandal after the star's fatal overdose at age 50 in 2009.

In his lifetime, Jackson denied all child sex allegations and his estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO for "posthumous character assassination."

On Tuesday (June 25), the anniversary of Jackson's passing, die-hard fans from around the world have planned an "MJ Innocent Love Rally" through Hollywood to gather at his star on the sidewalk.

Other events include a "zombie dance" on Venice Beach and screenings of fan-made tribute films.

Those who cannot attend are invited to donate money for an annual ceremony placing roses by Jackson's grave in the nearby Forest Lawn cemetery.

Organizers did not respond to a request for comment, but claim on Twitter that a record of more than 18,000 roses have been bought this year.

Yet numbers signing up to the events' Facebook pages are conspicuously low, and pro-Jackson message boards are rife with complaints about the lack of mainstream enthusiasm for anniversary events this year.

If the controversy has dampened commemorations -- with Variety reporting that TV networks and producers have pulled the plug on long-planned anniversary programs -- Jackson's commercial clout remains substantial.

T-shirts, keyrings and coasters bearing the singer's likeness remain on prominent display at Hollywood tourist stores lining the boulevard, outnumbered only by images of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

Of a dozen such shops visited by AFP, only one had removed Jackson memorabilia from its shelves, citing a decline in interest.

And for some die-hard fans, a throwaway souvenir just won't cut it.

"We get people asking for the silhouette, with the hat, sometimes his signature," said tattoo artist John Lopez.

"Maybe five or six each year. It's no different this year."

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean

Janet Jackson Promises Michael Jackson’s ‘Legacy Will Continue’ Amid Sex Abuse Claims. 23-06-'19

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson is standing by her late brother Michael Jackson amid the sex abuse allegations against him, and believes his legacy ‘will continue’.

The 'Rhythm Nation' singer has maintained a wall of silence in the midst of the controversy involving the late 'Thriller' hitmaker, who is accused of sexually abusing Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were young boys.

In the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland,' Robson and Safechuck alleged that Michael groomed and molested them during their childhood.

Without directly addressing the claims, Janet, 53, says she is proud of the musical legacy Michael has left behind.

Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine, Janet said:

‘It will continue. ‘I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world.’

Michael died on 25 June 2009 at the age of 50 following an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Janet’s other family members, including nephew Taj Jackson, have been vocal in supporting Michael over the serious allegations.

Michael’s brothers, Marlon and Jackie, claimed the controversial 'Leaving Neverland' film ‘did not present any evidence’ to prove their brother’s guilt.

During an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this month, Marlon said: ‘No I have not seen it. But I’m not interested in seeing something where someone’s telling a story that do not present any evidence or facts about anything.

‘These type of things always come up, this isn’t the first time. When you’re in this business they take shots at you and people try to make money off you. This is one of those moments.’

He added: ‘Yes it’s been difficult for us but we get through it. We manage to get through it through the blessings of the lord who is in control of everything, so I’m not worried.’

Elsewhere in her interview, Janet addressed the #MeToo movement regarding sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

The popstar said: ‘I am sick, I am repulsed, I am infuriated by the double standards that continue to treat women as second-class citizens. Enough.’

Source: Metro / Billie Jean

Lima Jackson Fest'Ghosts' And 'Thriller' In Cinema Lima Peru. 22-06-'19

To celebrate Michael Jackson birthday, fans in Peru will be able to watch 'Ghosts' and 'Thriller' on a big silver screen!

The event will start at 11am at Cinestar Cinema in Lima on August 25.

'Ghosts': Michael Jackson's 40 minute short musical film is an event in itself. Critics praised the skill Michael exhibited by playing all the lead characters with diverse looks and voices and the special effects in 'Ghosts' which set new standards.

'Thriller': When Michael is at the movies with his girlfriend, there is another young man watching the film. It is none other than Miko Brando, Marlon Brando's son and Michael's long-time assistant.
The haunting voice that can be heard doing a rap at the end of the song is that of Vincent Price. In homage to this mythical character, Michael and John Landis decided to insert a number of references to Price in the short film. If you watch closely, you will notice that the film Michael and his girlfriend are watching is called 'Thriller', and feat. Vincent Price in the starring role. Also, the walls are covered with promotional posters for films that Vincent Price actually played in.
Rick Baker is responsible for the special effects. He later worked with Michael on 'Moonwalker'.

Fans will be able to watch the King of Pop in action and enjoy the music, the dance and the performance!

Make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible as for sure the cinema will be full very quickly!

City: Lima, Perú.
Time: August 25 11:00 Am
Place : Cinema Cinestar

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Had Enough Drugs In Him To 'Drop A Rhino', Say Police. 21-06-'19

Pop superstar Michael Jackson died in 2009 after his doctor Conrad Murray gave him an overdose of powerful anesthetic Propofol.

Michael Jackson had enough drugs in his system to "drop a rhinoceros", according to police who investigated his 2009 death.

The King of Pop, 50, was killed by an overdose of powerful anesthetic Propofol, which had been administered by his personal doctor Conrad Murray.

Jackson suffered a cardiac arrests and paramedics were unable to save him, and Murray was later jailed for involuntary manslaughter.

A new documentary examines what Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, three of the police officers who worked the case have spoken for the first time.

Police OfficersOrlando Martinez, Dan Myers and Scott Smith who were police officers investigating Jackson's death.

'Killing Michael Jackson' features the three US detectives who led the original investigation – Orlando Martinez, Dan Myers and Scott Smith.

In the Quest Red show, Martinez explained: "He had enough Propofol in him to drop a rhinoceros..."

Steve Shafer, Professor of Anaesthesiology at Stanford University, also took part in the documentary and claimed Murray incorrectly administered the drug.

He explained: "Basically, Murray was using the saline bag to hang the bottle of propofol from the stand and also, I think, to hide it because he didn’t want anybody to know he was using Propofol."

The documentary also shows photographs from inside Jackson’s home treatment room, bedroom, and of Murray’s medical bag.

The detectives recall finding Jackson’s treatment room scattered with medicines, a doll, and Jackson’s computer.

Martinez described entering the scene, saying : "There were post-it notes, or pieces of paper taped all over the room and mirrors and doors with little slogans or phrases.

"I don’t know if they were lyrics or thoughts. Some of them seemed like poems. The bedroom was... it was a mess...

"There was a computer on the bed, there was a lifelike doll on the bed, and there was kind of like advertisements pictures of babies."

Dr Murray was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson at a trial in 2011.

He received the maximum sentence of four years in prison. His Texas medical license was revoked and his California and Nevada licenses were suspended.

Dr Murray served two years in prison before being released on parole.

* Killing Michael Jackson airs 10pm Saturday 22 June exclusively on Quest Red.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson10 Years Later, A Look At People Surrounding Michael Jackson. 21-06-'19

A look at the status of the major figures in the life and death of Michael Jackson after 10 years, starting with the King of Pop himself:

Michael Jackson: Jackson, who would be 60 years old were he alive, was rehearsing for a tour intended to rehabilitate his career, finances and image when he died at age 50 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. His death would be a watershed moment, with an outpouring of public affection expressed in an era of burgeoning social media. There was a public memorial service viewed around the world, and a revival of his music and stardom. Posthumous albums, a film drawn from the rehearsals for his final tour and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows using his music helped him become as profitable a pop star in death as he was in life. Allegations of child molestation that dogged him in his final years and peaked with a 2005 trial that ended in his acquittal on criminal charges were mostly forgotten, at least until a revival of them in a documentary earlier this year . He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, nearly two months after his death.

Joseph Jackson, father: Joseph Jackson died on June 27, 2018 , at age 89, becoming the only person in Michael Jackson's immediate family who has passed in the decade since the singer's death. A demanding and fearsome patriarch who guided his son's career through The Jackson 5 and early solo years, Joe Jackson had a difficult relationship with his son. He was omitted from his son's will, and waged a fruitless legal battle seeking compensation. He was buried in the same cemetery as his son.

Katherine Jackson, mother: Now 89, Katherine Jackson became more famous after her son's death than she had ever been. She received roughly half her son's estate in his will, and acted as guardian to his three young children immediately after his death, a role her nephew T.J. Jackson has shared in recent years. She was the lead plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live, alleging that the company's hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who administered the drugs that killed Jackson, made the company responsible for his death. A jury rejected the claim in 2015.

Janet Jackson, sister: The only one of Michael Jackson's siblings who has remotely approached her brother's success as a solo artist, Janet Jackson, 53, has remained popular in the decade since her brother's death. She appeared in films including 2010's 'For Colored Girls', and released a self-help book titled 'True You: A Journey To Finding And Loving Yourself' in 2011. That same year she went on a 35-city greatest hits concert tour, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. She has also focused on charity work and caring for her son, who was born in January 2017.

Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Randy Jackson, brothers: Jackson's brothers have kept the family act alive since his death with tours, recordings and shows in various groupings and as solo artists. Many of the siblings, all of whom were left out of Michael's will, were harshly critical of the administration of Jackson's estate. Youngest brother Randy — who does not tour with his brothers but has co-founded a label with sister Janet — has accused the executors of fraud. The brothers were quick to defend Michael's legacy when the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland' was released this year. They immediately left a tour of Australia to give interviews. "I thought, 'Oh here we go again,'" Jackson's oldest brother, Jackie, told The Associated Press in February. Tito Jackson added, "He's not here no more. He's passed, and, we're his brothers, we're supposed to do this."

LaToya and Rebbie Jackson, sisters: LaToya Jackson, now 63, was among the first family members to arrive at the Los Angeles hospital where her brother was declared dead, and is listed on his death certificate as the person who officially gave notice of his death. A minor pop star who frequently appeared in tabloids in the 1980's and 1990's, LaToya Jackson's career has been mostly in reality TV in the past decade. She was a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice', and had her own reality show, 'Life With LaToya', on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable channel for two seasons starting in 2013. Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson, at 69 the eldest of the Jackson children, is a singer who has continued recording and touring in the past 10 years.

Michael Joseph Jackson II, son: Michael Jackson's oldest child, who goes by "Prince," was 12 when his father died and is now 22. He graduated in May from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he got a bachelor's degree in business administration. He shared graduation-day photos of himself with relatives on an Instagram account where he posts often, leading a relatively public life compared to his childhood, when his father often had him and his two siblings wear masks in public. After their father's death, the three kids were raised by their grandmother Katherine Jackson and cousin T.J. Jackson.

Paris Jackson, daughter: Now 21, Paris at 11 years old became the public face of grief for the singer when she took the microphone in tears at her father's public memorial and said, "I just want to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much." She told Rolling Stone in a 2017 interview that she struggled with drugs and depression in the years after her father's death and attempted suicide in 2015 before finding sobriety and stability. She has dabbled in modeling, acting and music and is a sought-after celebrity who is also subject of intense tabloid interest. "Basically, as a person, she is who my dad is," her big brother Prince Jackson told Rolling Stone , "in all of her strengths, and almost all her weaknesses as well. She's very passionate." She told the magazine she has at least nine tattoos devoted to her father. "He brought me nothing but joy," Paris Jackson said. "So why not have constant reminders of joy?"

Prince Jackson II, son: Confusingly, the Jackson child whose birth name is Prince is not the one who goes by Prince (that's the elder brother). Seventeen-year-old Prince Jackson II, the son of Michael and an unknown surrogate, gained strange fame as a baby when his father jokingly dangled him over a balcony. He was known for most of his life as "Blanket." His father said the nickname was meant to mean being wrapped in blessings, as in being "blanketed" with love. At 17, he now goes by the name "Bigi" (BEE'-gee). He has been the most private of the Jackson siblings. He currently attends the private Buckley School in Los Angeles.

Debbie Rowe, second wife: Michael Jackson's second wife, a nurse he met when she worked for his dermatologist, Rowe is the mother of his two older children. She was absent from the kids' life when their father was alive, but reached an agreement with Katherine Jackson after his death that led to visits with them, though it's not clear how much of a relationship she has with them.

Conrad Murray, Doctor: Murray, now 66, had been hired just a few weeks before he administered what turned out to be a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson. Murray, who had no training in the use of the drug, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. After a televised trial that took more than six weeks in 2011, a Los Angeles jury found him guilty. A judge called him "a disgrace to the medical profession" and sentenced him to four years in prison. He was released two years ahead of schedule because of good behavior and California's prison overcrowding. He lost medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas, and was rejected in 2013 when he tried to regain the Texas license. He has kept a low profile since his release, most recently living alone in a condominium in Florida. He spoke to Inside Edition in 2016, maintaining that he had done nothing wrong. "I lost everything," he told the TV show. "Everything I've amassed has been taken from me as a result of an unjust verdict. I am and I remain an innocent man."

Quincy Jones, producer: The 86-year-old who produced Michael's biggest hits was awarded $9.4 million from the Jackson Estate by a jury in 2017 that ruled he was owed production fees for 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller' and other recordings. Jones had sought $30 million.

Wade Robson and James Safechuck, accusers: Robson and Safechuck, both of whom spent long stretches with Michael Jackson as boys, told authorities when he was accused of child molestation that he had never inappropriately touched them, with Robson testifying as much in the 2005 criminal trial that ended in the pop star's acquittal. But Robson, who became a popular pop-music choreographer as an adult, filed a lawsuit in 2013 alleging that Jackson had in fact molested him. Safechuck filed his own suit with similar allegations the same year. Both suits were thrown out on technical grounds, and are now on appeal. Earlier this year, they told their stories in graphic detail in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', reviving public discussion of Jackson as alleged sexual abuser. Jackson's estate and family have denounced the men's stories as full of falsehoods.

John Branca, Executor of Estate: Branca, an entertainment attorney who worked with Michael Jackson at the height of his fame in the 1980's, had just returned to Jackson's fold eight days before the singer's death. He has played a major role since then as the co-executor of Jackson's estate, turning nearly $500 million in debt into assets of over $1 billion.

Source: AP / Billie Jean

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