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Johnny Depp Producing Michael Jackson Musical Told By His Iconic Glove. 29-11-'19

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp is apparently producing a Michael Jackson musical – told from the perspective of the singer’s famous sparkly glove.

It will feature both actors and puppets of people and animals such as Bubbles the chimpanzee, who Jackson once kept as a pet.

Nitzberg said the idea came to him 17 years ago when a TV network wanted him to make a film about the King of Pop, but that the question of how to deal with the child abuse allegations surrounding the star came up.

He said: “I said, how’s this? Everything MJ has been accused of has actually been caused by his glove, which is actually an alien from outer space [and] feeds on virgin boy blood.

“They laughed and said, can you do the normal version?”

The movie did not get off the ground but Nitzberg said that nearly two decades later he decided to return to the idea and make it as a musical.

Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil then got involved.

The musical is said to be a “look into the strange forces” that shaped the star and the “scandals that bedevilled his reputation”.

It will debut in Los Angeles in January.

The new show comes in the wake of the controversy sparked by this year’s 'Leaving Neverland' documentary, in which two men claim that the star abused them when they were children.

Jackson’s relatives and estate have disputed the allegations, saying the claims are an attempt to cash in on the late singer.

The singer died in 2009 aged 50 following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean

Musical 'For The Love Of A Glove', An Unauthorized Musical About The Life Of Michael Jackson As Told By His Glove. 26-11-'19

For The Love Of A Glove MusicalNot sure about this one but great concept! While we are also not sure of the content of this new musical set by Julien Nitzberg and called 'For The Love Of A Glove, An Unauthorized Musical About The Life Of Michael Jackson As Told By His Glove', will open Friday, January 25, 2020 in LA.

'For The Love Of A Glove' stars Jerry Minor in the title role THRHIL-LHA (aka The Glove) and Eric B. Anthony as Michael Jackson. As with the hit Broadway musical AVENUE Q, the actors in 'For The Love Of A Glove', perform their 20 roles while visible to the audience. Unlike AVENUE Q, this show does not use “Muppet style” puppets, rather specially designed, meticulously built Japanese Bunraku-style puppets. Realistic and close to life size, these 20 all-original works of art portray all members of the Jackson 5, Donny Osmond, Emmanuel Lewis, Corey Feldman and Bubbles the Chimp.

As AVENUE Q, this is maybe very crud and the language used might be rude. It is set to be funny but to what extent? Laughing is good but laughing at Michael Jackson, that’s less cool!

Here the description of the musical:

'For The Love Of A Glove: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, As told by His Glove.

Welcome to the developmental premiere of a new original musical.

'For The Love Of A Glove' takes a decidedly off-kilter approach to telling the life story of Michael Jackson. Using Michael Jackson’s glove as the play’s narrator, this show gives audiences a freshly revisionist look into the strange forces that shaped Michael and the scandals that bedeviled his reputation. By taking real life events from Michael’s life and re-telling them through the perspective of a glove who happened to be a musically talented alien trying to take over humanity, the show re-examines Michael’s life in a fresh and comical way that will surprise audiences by its unique take on all the strange unexplainable moments of his life.

In real life, Michael’s favorite musical was 'The Sound Of Music'. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic did not feature any of the actual music performed in real life by the von Trapp family, featuring instead a completely original score. Inspired by this, 'For The Love Of A Glove' does not use any of the Jackson 5’s or Michael’s music to tell his story. Using only original music created for the show, this musical presents a comic retelling of Michael Jackson’s life as a way to address the incendiary trifecta of race, religion and sexuality that were always controversial undercurrents in Michael’s story. The show hits on these topics that are just as much a part of our national conversation today as they were in Michael’s own heyday.

Deeply researched, 'For The Love Of A Glove' puts at its center the Amadeus/Salieri relationship that existed between Michael and Donny Osmond, suggesting this as the key to understanding much of Michael’s life. This aspect of Michael’s story is not known to many people. Before cultural appropriation became a contemporary buzzword, the Osmonds were appropriating the Jackson 5’s look and sound in a way that caused controversy in the black community but was ignored in the white world.

'For The Love Of A Glove' delves into this strange history while also surveying the damage that the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Michael’s own religion) caused in his life. Controversial, daring, but always funny, 'For The Love Of A Glove' is not like any musical you’ve ever seen before.

For more information and tickets click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' Gets A Brand New Official Video. 25-11-'19

Motown just released a brand new video of 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' from the Jackson 5. This is part of a set of official Christmas videos that Motown just released to celebrate Christmas!

The video is a mix between live character & cartoon.


Source: YouTube / Billie Jean

Poll Results: Your Favorite Michael Jackson Album Of All Time Revealed. 24-11-'19

Off The Wall Album CoverThe Albumist, a music website created in 2016 in New York and all about artists’ album, has done a poll for “Your Favorite Michael Jackson Album of all Time” including all the albums of the King of Pop and the result is in!

1. Off The Wall (1979) (506 votes)
2. Dangerous (1991) (422)
3. Thriller (1982) (379)
4. Bad (1987) (293)
5. HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book I (1995) (213)
6. Invincible (2001) (96 votes)
7. Got To Be There (1972) (39)
8. Xscape (2014) (37)
9. Forever, Michael (1975) (25)
10. Ben (1972) (17)
11. Music & Me (1973) (9)
12. Michael (2010) (6)

As the result is interesting, we were not expecting 'Off The Wall' to be on the top of the list but the feel good Album is perfect for any occasion!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Music Biopic In The Works From 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Producer. 22-11-'19

Graham King
'Bohemian Rhapsody' producer Graham King.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' producer Graham King has struck a deal with the Michael Jackson Estate for the pop star’s life and music rights, with plans to make a feature film based on both.

King has tapped 'Gladiator' and 'The Aviator' screenwriter John Logan on the project. The film currently has no studio or distributor attached.

The film will not provide a “sanitized” look at the life of Jackson, accused of harrowing child sexual abuse in the explosive documentary 'Leaving Neverland' this year, said a report from Deadline Hollywood, which first broke the news.

A King spokesperson confirmed the project with Variety, but would not comment on whether Logan’s script would include Jackson’s accusers.

More to come…

Source: Variety / Billie Jean

The Michael Jackson Broadway Musical 'MJ The Musical' Has Found Its Moonwalking Star. 21-11-'19

Ephraim SykesTony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes will moonwalk on Broadway, playing Michael Jackson in 'MJ The Musical'. The show, which its the Great White Way after a rocky gestation.

It begins previews on July 6, 2020, at the Neil Simon Theatre with an official opening set for Aug. 13.

He's also had roles in productions like Hamilton, Newsies and Memphis. Real musical lovers might also recognize him from NBC's 2016 production of 'Hairspray Live!'. His newest project, 'MJ The Musical', will highlight Michael's life and career, and of course use his hits like 'Thriller', 'Billie Jean', 'Man In The Mirror' and 'The Way You Make Me Feel'.

'MJ The Musical' will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Who still hasn’t publicly clarified her view on Michael Jackson’s innocence since she spoke out in different interviews saying she believed the accusers). Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon ('An American In Paris') will direct and choreograph the show. The show is produced by Lia Vollack and the Michael Jackson Estate.

Source: E! News / Billie Jean

Taylor GiftsMichael Jackson’s Gifts To Elizabeth Taylor On Auction. 21-11-'19

Some of Michael Jackson’s gifts to Elizabeth Taylor will be put on auction along side many personal items from the famous actress and Friend of Michael Jackson.

The auction will take place in Beverly Hills on December 6, 7 & 8.

Here some of the items that will be available:

A custom made grisaille wool portrait rug of Elizabeth Taylor, the image from the White Diamonds perfume campaign, gifted to Taylor from Michael Jackson, inscribed lower right, “Elizabeth I Love You, Michael.”

A special presentation piece presented to Quincy Jones for “the sale of more than / 21,000,000 copies” of this most famous album 'Thriller'; gifted to the star by Jones himself.

A group of eight vintage Disney Pinocchio items including a Schmid white porcelain figurine, a carved wood seated Pinocchio, a plaster standing Pinocchio with moveable arms, a seated resin figurine with moveable legs, a plush Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket and Figaro, and a cardboard standee signed by Michael Jackson to Elizabeth Taylor on the verso; all gifted to the star directly by her good friend.

A black rayon blend chiffon heavily adorned with various black beads interspersed with large faux rubies and diamonds, boat neck, long sleeves, black beaded ‘fringe’ trim, back zip up closure, no label present, but designed by Gianfranco Ferre; worn by the star on September 10, 2001 in New York City when she attended the gala event honoring her dear friend at Madison Square Garden. And more...

All information about the auction go to the website of Julien’s Auctions.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael PutlandPhotographer Michael Putland Dies At 72. 20-11-'19

Michael Putland, famous English Pop photographer died yesterday (November19) at the age of 72 following a long illness.

Acknowledged as the one who absolutely photographed all artists from A to Z or rather from Abba to Zappa, Michael Putland photographed Michael Jackson many times, including in 1977 in New York but also during other periods like the Jackson 5.

His book 'The Music I Saw', released in 2018 in both English and Italian, offers many photographs of several artists, including Michael Jackson. Some of them are currently exhibited at the Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards On Sea, England until 20 January 2020.

You can see some pictures of Michael Jackson and get the book 'The Music I Saw' from the official michaelputland.com website.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Accusers Robson, Safechuck Likely To Get New Trials. 18-11-'19

Wade RobsonThe 2 men who sued Michael Jackson's estate and were the subject of the gut-wrenching 'Leaving Neverland' documentary are set to get their day in court to press their sexual abuse claims against the singer's estate.

As you may know ... Wade Robson and James Safechuck sued MJ for sexual abuse, but their lawsuits were dismissed in 2017 -- partly due to the statute of limitations. Both men appealed their rulings and the cases have been stuck in appellate court ... until now.

We've learned the California Court of Appeal just issued a tentative ruling which would overturn the dismissals, on grounds a new California law extended the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases. That means Robson and Safechuck can have their cases heard before a jury.

It's not a done deal. As we said, the ruling is tentative. Oral arguments are set for this week, and the justices could change their minds, but typically the tentative ruling stands.

Now the MJ Estate has a number of other objections to claims, which will be addressed by the trial judge.

James SafechuckWade and James' story aired on HBO in January, and their molestation claims sparked a movement to mute Michael Jackson and further tarnished his legacy. Jackson's family called 'Leaving Neverland' an unfair "public lynching."

The pair claimed in the bombshell HBO film that they were abused by the late King of Pop when they joined him on tour as children.

Wade alleged he was sexually abused by Michael from the age of seven until 14, while James claimed he was a victim from the age of 10 until he hit puberty.

The movie's director Reed defended the documentary and claimed that it shows the other side to what he called Michael's ''Peter Pan-ish image''.

The Jackson estate has denied all allegations made against the singer and in August, another documentary, 'Chase The Truth', was released to defend the 'Bad' singer against the claims.

We reached out to reps from the MJ Estate and reps for the alleged victims. They all had no comment.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume III' (Pocket Edition) Will Be Released. 16-11-'19

The Ultimate Collector Book Volume III (Pocket Edition) CoverSixteen11 releases 'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume III: Bad' on pocket edition on December 16.

Today is a very special day for all the fans involved in MJVibe, King of Shop, Kingvention and 'The Ultimate Collector Book Series'; all part of Sixteen11 Media Group.

Pez Jax met Michael Jackson on November 16, 2006 and named the publishing company after this special day!

To celebrate this Anniversary, Sixteen11 Media Group just released the pocket version of 'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume III: Bad'.

The sold out book about all official Michael Jackson merchandise during the 'Bad' era has gone small and perfect to take with you on the hunt for your next collector!

Volume III is the fourth instalment in the series, marking 'Michael Jackson’s Diamond Celebration' as well as the great album 'Bad'. This paperback, features over 700 pages of collectors items from the 1987 – 1990 time period. Complete with colour images, the book is split in to various chapters to make it easier to navigate through the different types of collectable's that have been carefully catalogued.

Merchandise includes Tape, 7″, 12″, CD Singles, Maxi Singles, Albums, Tour Merchandise, toys, memorabilia and much more.

Oh and not to mention, King of Shop is also celebrating with a special Discount on all products! 13% Discount to celebrate!

To redeem your discount, just use the discount code: MJ1611 at check-out!

Publisher: Sixteen 11 Media
Author: Sebastian Mille & Fabrice Ancellet
Pages: 722
ISBN: 978-0-9931780-5-4
Printed: ?
Guide price: 40 €

Order the book here at Sixteen 11.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Prince And Paris Jackson Share Memories Of Dad Michael Jackson For Vogue. 15-11-'19

Prince and ParisParis Jackson and Prince Jackson are keeping their father's legacy alive.

Michael Jackson's eldest children represented him at Motown's 60th-anniversary celebration in Paris and, unsurprisingly, the momentous occasion inspired many memories of their late father. In a behind-the-scenes video from Vogue, Paris and Prince reminisce about days past and how they keep their father's memory alive in subtle but important ways.

One such way is in their choice of dress. The two siblings reveal that they still work with their father's stylist Rushka Bergman, who is able to achieve the flashy styles that Michael was known for. This is evidently clear when she helps Prince into a jacket that is "the most divine."

"I remember Rushka was my dad's stylist. She would always come in with these large racks... my dad loved shiny things, blingy, you know? So when I came in yesterday to look at the jacket, it was almost nostalgic," Prince shares. "It was very cool that to see that I am like, not really being put in the same shoes, but almost doing a very similar thing."

He adds that it felt like everything was coming "full circle."

Paris, on the other hand, opts for a more rocker look combined with touches of sparkle, thus representing the more daring side of her father's sense of fashion. One of her two dresses for the night features a thigh-high leg slit, which compliments her lean legs and torso.

Clearly, dressing in styles that their father would approve of is of importance, especially since they're doing it for a label that their father loved so dearly. They reveal that Michael's history with Motown is one that their father spoke of "fondly." According to Prince, "Motown is, I mean, how do you explain Motown? If you're part of Motown, it's kind of like an extended family. Like, 'Oh, you were a part of that too?'"

And his big sister agrees. She tells the cameras, "I think of my childhood when I hear the word Motown. I grew up listening to all of that and it's very nostalgic."

Source: E! News / Billie Jean

'Greatest Hits' (Clear Vinyl - Limited Edition) Album Is Reissued. 15-11-'19

The reissue of the 'Greatest Hits'' album in transparent vinyl is released in Europe by Motown/Universal.

The album 'Greatest Hits' was for the first time released on December 9th, 1971 in the USA by Motown and in the United Kingdom during August 1972 by Tamla Motown.

The original release of the Jackson 5’s 'Greatest Hits' album in 1971 was cause for celebration, as it encapsulated an extraordinary 18-month strings of back-to-back-to-back-back-etc. hits and was itself a hit souvenir of Jacksonmania. It featured eight smash records, led by the group’s phenomenal Motown debut, 'I Want You Back', plus two immensely popular B-sides – 'I Found That Girl' and 'Who’s Lovin’ You' – and something new: 'Sugar Daddy', a just-dropped single which went top 10 pop and no. 3 R&B; it was then not available on any other J5 album.

This album reissue is something new again: it features the rare quadraphonic mixes, originally released in Japan only in 1975. These mixes used alternate vocals and sometimes emphasized instrumentation not heard in the J5 singles or LP and as a result these versions are much sought-after. As within this edition these mixes are the stereo folds, consumers do *not need a special decoder or four speakers to enjoy the music.

All songs produced by The Corporation.

Greatest Hits (Clear Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverThe limited edition album will contain 11 songs from Motown catalogue.

Track list:

1. I Want You Back - 2:58
2. ABC - 3:01
3. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:08
4. Sugar Daddy - 2:32
5. I'll Be There - 4:01
6. Maybe Tomorrow - 4:46

1. The Love You Save - 3:06
2. Who's Lovin' You - 4:05
3. Mama's Pearl - 3:12
4. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:33
5. I Found That Girl - 3:13

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: B0030716-01
Printed: EU
Guide price: 23,99 €

Order the album here at Universal Music and the (limited edition) album here at Universal Music.

Source: Universal Music / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Songs Back On New Zealand Radio Airwaves. 14-11-'19

Michael Jackson songs are starting to seep back on to New Zealand airwaves, after some stations made the call to drop them earlier this year.

In March, the singer's music was scrapped from New Zealand radio stations after 'Leaving Neverland', an explosive documentary by filmmaker Dan Reed, focusing on claims by two men who were close to Jackson as children and claim the singer molested them for years.

At the time, MediaWorks Group Content Director Leon Wratt said the decision to not play Jackson's music primarily affected The Breeze and More FM, but also extended to the network's wider brands.

"We [MediaWorks] aren't deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of paedophilia, we're just making sure our radio stations are going to play the music people want to hear," he said.

He added: "The audience has always been pretty split over Michael [Jackson]," before stressing that audience trends guided the stations' playlists.

A representative for NZME echoed Wratt's statement in March, saying "NZME station playlists change from week to week, and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them".

​NZME brands include ZM, The Hits, Flava, Coast, and Newstalk ZB, among others.

However, in recent months, MediaWorks' The Breeze and NZME's Coast radio stations were playing some of Jackson's music again.

A MediaWorks spokesperson said station playlists were the results of regular listener testing.

"The songs that feature on air are a reflection of audience response," she said.

"In the last couple of months, The Breeze has seen positive listener survey results for some of his songs and, as a result, those songs have been added to the playlist on low rotation."

NZME entertainment group director Dean Buchanan said songs by Michael Jackson had always been included in the bank of songs available to programmers on some NZME radio stations.

"Currently we have a small selection of Michael Jackson songs playing on Coast," he said.

"Our audiences are constantly front of mind when we decide what makes the airwaves, regardless of if it's a song, commercial or an interview. Because of this, NZME radio network's playlists evolve from week to week based on popularity, relevance and to ensure variety for our listeners."

Source: Stuff / Billie Jean

Stark Raving Dad'Simpsons' Episode Featuring Michael Jackson Kept Off Disney+. 13-11-'19

The full Simpsons library is available to stream for the first time in the show's history thanks to Disney+, but a once popular (now infamous) episode was not included.

'Stark Raving Dad', the 1991 installment that kicked off the Fox cartoon's third season, is absent from the newly launched streaming platform. The season now begins with "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," which is properly labeled as No. 2 under chapters.

Disney did not respond to multiple requests for comment as to why the episode is missing and who made the call.

It is assumed 'Stark Raving Dad' is off Disney+ because Michael Jackson (not officially credited) was the guest star. Jackson voiced Leon Kompowsky, a man Homer meets while in a mental institution who sounds like Jackson. The episode was a favorite among fans for several years.

In March of this year, 'Stark Raving Dad' was pulled from broadcast circulation following the release of the HBO documentary film 'Leaving Neverland', in which the late pop star was accused by multiple men of molestation when they were boys.

Pulling the episode was “the only choice to make," said executive producer James L Brooks at the time. “I’m against book-burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter," he explained.

Jackson's estate has vehemently denied all allegations.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean

Taj JacksonUpdate On Taj’s Documentary. 12-11-'19

I also reconnected with someone (from my uncle’s past) that I believe will elevate our project even more than I ever dreamed of. This project just went up several notches. And I already think big.
That’s all I can say about that for now.

As you can see, there are those who are desperately trying to erase Michael Jackson and his legacy from music history. We must not let this happen. We need to call them out and demand that they correct these calculated omissions.
But have faith, we know the truth, and as long as we keep sharing it and passing it down to our future generations, the truth will become history again. That’s the whole goal of this project… to be a concrete blueprint.

Last but not least…
Thank you again for not only supporting me, but my uncle’s legacy. As I said before, it is an absolute honor to be working on this project. My uncle was the most amazing person I knew and I am grateful to do this for him.
My uncle always said the song “Will You Be There” had a very special place in his heart. I can say, without a doubt, you guys ARE there for him… through thick and thin and I know he is proudly smiling from heaven.

Source: GoFundMe / Billie Jean

Taj JacksonTaj Jackson Slams Jackson Family ‘Erasure’ In ‘Apollo’ Doc. 11-11-'19

Michael Jackson’s nephew, Taj, is demanding answers after the singer and Jackson 5 were barely mentioned in 'The Apollo' documentary that premiered on HBO last week.

“How dare you erase black music history. Where is the Jackson 5? The group you helped launch on your stage. Black artists and celebs need to take note. This can happen to you too in the future. Not just my family, I’m so disappointed. Did @HBO @HBODocs make you edit them out,” he tweeted.

The iconic theater helped catapult the Jackson 5 to stardom when the band won its “amateur night” in 1967. One of Jackson’s last public performances was at the Apollo when he performed at a DNC fund-raiser for Bill Clinton in 2002.

Thousands gathered at the Apollo to mourn Jackson’s death in 2009.

But Jackson’s estate and HBO have been in a contentious, $100 million lawsuit since January when the cable network aired its Emmy-winning documentary 'Leaving Neverland' — about alleged child sex-abuse claims against the late singer. His estate’s denied the allegations.

MTV quietly removed MJ’s name from its Video Vanguard Award in August.

Reps for the Apollo and Jackson’s estate didn’t comment.

Sourece: Page Six / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Desperate Letters To Queen Pleading For Knighthood. 08-11-'19

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson wrote to the Queen demanding a knighthood but she ignored him, his former bodyguard has claimed.

According to Matt Fiddes, who protected Jackson for the final 10 years of his life, says the pop star would often say: "I'm the biggest star in the world, why aren't I Sir Michael Jackson, what's going on?"

He also believed his friendship with Princess Diana would help him get the honour, but it didn't work.

Speaking in 2015, Mr Fiddes told the Daily Mail : "Michael was very ambitious, he never lost it. The one thing he didn’t have, that was very important to him, was recognition from the Queen.

"He was good friends with Diana and he couldn’t understand it. He would say “I’m the biggest star in the world, why aren’t I Sir Michael Jackson, what’s going on?"

"Steven Spielberg was made a Sir, so it’s obviously not just a British thing."

He says the pair wrote letters to the Queen asking her to consider him, and tried a number of other approaches to make it happen.

Mr Fiddes also claims Jackson even agreed to meet a senior politician who offered to help him get the knighthood he so desperately wanted.

He claims that after the meeting the politician acted more like a "starstruck fan" and "harassed" the star for months, begging to visit him at his Neverland Ranch in California.

In another interview in 2017, Fiddes said that his old boss had been in love with Princess Diana and wanted to marry her.

"Michael told me he loved her, and he was in love with her, and he wanted to marry her. He told me she was his ideal wife," he told the Daily Star.

"He felt she was the only person in the world who could understand his life in terms not being able to go anywhere, and the media stories that got out of hand.

"The intrusion into the private life, having no privacy whatsoever, the children being hounded. He felt an immediate bond with her as soon as they met.

"They were both very shy individuals and he loved her, he wanted to marry her truth be told."

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Crept Back Into The Billboard Hot 100 This Week. 09-11-'19

Michael Jackson crept back into the Billboard Hot 100 this week (dated Nov. 9) with his haunted hit 'Thriller', as the Halloween anthem re-entered the chart at No. 44. 'Thriller' also topped the LyricFind Global chart during the Oct. 12.-dated week.

The spooky classic is most memorable for its music video, which stars the young King of Pop watching a scary movie with his date that pales in comparison to the freaky choreography he gets into with his fellow ghouls and zombies.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

The Jacksons In Concert In Belgium. 08-11-'19

Exclusive to Belgium: The Jacksons will perform at W-Fest in Waregem Expo in 2020.

The Jacksons, started in 1969, will perform at the W-Fest festival in Waregem Expo on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9:30 PM. The brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon do that as a result of their "50th anniversary tour". It is an exclusive show for Belgium. Drummer and keyboard player Randy is not touring.

The Jacksons are known for hits such as 'ABC', 'I Want You Back' and 'I'll Be There'. They also like to bring disco numbers such as 'Can You Feel It' and 'Blame It On The Boogie' and ballads such as 'Push Me Away'. They may also bring their moving ballad 'Gone Too Soon' as a tribute to their brother and world star Michael Jackson, who died in 2009.

The JacksonsExclusive Belgian show of the living legends with supporting act Imagination feat. Leee John.

Tickets start at 60 euros. There are many ticket options, also for VIPs. The show also includes a concert by Imagination featuring Leee John at 8 pm as a warm-up. After The Jacksons there is an afterparty with DJs from 11 pm to 3 pm. Info is on www.thejacksons.be.

Source: Billie Jean

HBOJudge Granted HBO’s Bid To Pause Arbitration. 07-11-'19

A federal judge Thursday granted entertainment network HBO’s bid to pause arbitration proceedings with the estate of Michael Jackson over the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary pending HBO’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

The network called the 27-year-old agreement invalid in court papers and moved to dismiss the case under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which protects against meritless complaints that impede free speech rights.

In a September ruling, U.S. District Judge George Wu denied HBO’s bid to toss the complaint and sent the matter to arbitration.

HBO filed court papers a month later seeking to stay Wu’s order until the Ninth Circuit rules on whether the entertainment network would be “irreparably harmed” by arbitration proceedings.

At issue is whether arbitration in this matter has the effect of chilling HBO’s speech by providing Jackson’s estate with a “perpetual forum” to criticize the documentary, court papers said.

“The public interest favors a stay given the strong interests in protecting the exercise of First Amendment rights and promoting expressive, newsworthy works exploring issues of public concern such as 'Leaving Neverland',” attorneys for HBO said in court papers.

At a hearing Thursday (November 7) in federal court in Los Angeles, Wu granted HBO’s motion for a stay and said he’d like the Ninth Circuit to weigh in on the First Amendment questions.

“This is not a typical arbitration case,” Wu said, adding later the case is unique because of the First Amendment concerns and that he “isn’t here just to enforce a contract.”

Jonathan Steinsapir of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert, an attorney for the Michael Jackson estate, told Wu the stay is simply an HBO delay tactic and that multiple courts have rejected the notion that arbitration equals irreparable harm.

“We’re not seeing evidence that anyone has been silenced,” Steinsapir said regarding HBO’s free speech concerns. “Michael Jackson is still the most talked about celebrity in the world.”

“Trump may have superseded him, I think,” Wu said, prompting a chorus of chuckles from the gallery.

Bryan Freedman of Freedman & Taitelman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told Wu he is making a simple breach of contract case more complicated than it needs to be.

“We think it’s a typical contract case. HBO are big boys and they bargained for a contract,” Freedman told Wu. “The harm to us is not being able to put this case before an arbitrator.”

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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