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The Estate Celebrates 'HIStory 25' With The Album Capsule. 20-06-'20

The Estate of Michael Jackson just released the 2nd capsule on the day of the album release in the US to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the album #HIStory25.

HIStory 25 Capsule
The range has bomber jacket, hoodies, various T-shirts, a face mask, a set of badges, a cap and neck gaiter.

Check out the full range here.

Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


The Drill 2020 By Travis Payne & Stacy Walker. 19-06-'20

Travis Payne & Stacy Walker, dancers and choreographers on various Michael Jackson project will be doing a 'Live Dance Event' followed by Q&A on June 26 at 6pm PST.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated in Michael’s name to N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund.

Travis Payne and Stacy Walker
Travis Payne and Stacy Walker who both worked with Michael Jackson on numerous projects, will be doing a 'Live Dance Event' followed by Q&A on June 26 at 6pm PST.

For more information and to save your spot, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Chinese Fans Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson Ahead Of June 25. 19-06-'20

The Michael Jackson Chinese fan club [MJJCN] has raised funds to put tribute Billboards around subway stations in Shenzhen, China, ahead of June 25.

The commemoration tribute billboards are made on pictures from photographers Harrison Funk and Hamid Moslehi, fully licensed and placed around the station.

Those billboards will also be shown in four other cities in China: Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanning and Tianjin just before June 25.

Tribute To Michael Jackson
The fans in China are paying respect to the 'King of Pop'.

Source: MJ Vibe / Keen Zhang for MJJCN / Billie Jean


Jacksonology: The Interview ArchivesJacksonology: The Interview Archives. 19-06-'20

A brand new YouTube channel has come to life few days ago stated that a group of people worked with the Jackson family to release a movie that never came.

The group led by Sonia Lowe released a set of interviews made for the movie and decided to put them on Youtube for the world to see.

Named 'Jacksonology: The Interview Archives', the channel has released 2 interviews so far of Prince Jackson.

With more to come from the Jackson family and people who knew Michael Jackson, be sure to subscribe to the channel.

Here the first interviews.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Has The #1 Certified Album Of All Time By A Solo Artist. 19-06-'20

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Michael Jackson has the #1 certified album of all time by a solo artist. 'Thriller' on Epic Records is 33X multi-Platinum and this is the second highest certified album in history (second highest in the United States, 'Thriller' remains the highest certified album worldwide).

Thriller RIAA 2020
Michael Jackson has the #1 certified album of all time by a solo artist.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


Julius Dubose
Julius Dubose

'They Don't Care About Us' Sampled Denied By The Estate. 18-06-'20

An American rapper called "A boogie wit da Hoodie", real name Julius Dubose, wanted to release a new song titled 'This Time' which has a sample of 'They Don’t Care About Us'.

Unfortunately, the song will not be on the EP due to the fact that the Estate of Michael Jackson refused the use of the original song by Michael Jackson.

On Social Media, Dubose stated:

"I know you guys want 'This Time' and I wanted to put it out but we couldn’t get it cleared because the original song Michael Jackson’s 'They Don’t Care About Us' is very relevant these days. The Jackson Estate did not feel comfortable releasing a new song using that sample and I respect their decision. I’;; look to release it at a later."

Source: Genius / Billie Jean


The Story Of HIStory Book Cover'The Story Of HIStory' Book Is Released. 16-06-'20

'The Story Of HIStory book of Michael Jackson is released by publisher Sixteen 11 Media.

Sixteen11 Media Group Ltd released Pez Jax’s 2nd book 'The Story Of HIStory' and as the title is self explanatory, yes, this is all about 'HIStory' album, in the making to hitting the music stores.

'The Story of HIStory' book tells the fascinating story of how Michael Jackson created the most important album of his career, addressing racial prejudice, social injustice, accusations, media intrusion, environmental issues and mental health.

More than ever, this album is so important to our culture and society. Jax will guide you through the making of this incredible album, song by song and explain how relevant this album is today.

This is the 2nd book from Jax. The first was about 'Off The Wall'.

Publisher: Sixteen 11 Media
Author: Pez Jax
ISBN: 978-0-9931780-6-1
Pages: ?
Printed: ?
Guide price: 16;85 €

Order the book here at Sixteen 11.

Source: MJ Vibe / Sixteen 11 / Billie Jean


'The Ultimate Collector Book: Volume V' (Re-Edition) Is Released. 16-06-'20

The Ultimate Collector Book Volume V (Re-Edition) Cover'The Ultimate Collector Book: Volume V' (re-edition) of Michael Jackson is released by publisher Sixteen 11 Media.

This new edition, 'The 25th Anniversary Edition' will have over 200 more categorised items from the 'HIStory' era, a brand new cover and a new preface from Rob Hoffman, one of the Studio Engineer who worked on the famous album… 25 years ago!

The catalogue regroups merchandise includes Tape, 7", 12", CD singles, maxi-singles, albums, tour merchandise, toys, memorabilia and much more, during the period 1995-2000.

Complete with colour images, the book is split in to various chapters to make it easier to navigate through the different types of collectables that have been carefully catalogued.

Publisher: Sixteen 11 Media
Author: Sebastian Mille & Fabrice Ancellet
ISBN: 978-0-9931780-0-9
Pages: 584
Printed: ?
Guide price: 50,60 €

Order the book here at Sixteen 11.

Source: Sixteen11 / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Book On The Dance Floor', Brice Najar's New Book Is Coming. 16-06-'20

Brice Najar his new work is in preparation and will be devoted to the 'Blood On The Dance Floor' period.

Entitled 'Book On The Dance Floor' (Let’s Make HIStory In The Mix), this book sounds like an inevitable sequel to the superb book 'Let’s Make HIStory' released in 2016 and become essential.

More info soon...

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


HIStory - Past, Present And Future, Book I (2CD Set) CD Album CoverMichael Jackson's 'HIStory' Resonates At 25. 15-06-'20

'HIStory 25' is the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's most controversial and 9th studio album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future - Book I' (usually shortened to 'HIStory') released by Epic Records division of Sony BMG around the world on June 15th, 1995. This is Jackson's first album on his own label, MJJ Productions.

Starting in the late 1980's, Jackson and the tabloid press had a difficult relationship. In 1993, the relationship between Jackson and the press collapsed when he was accused of child sexual abuse. Although he was not charged, Jackson was subject to intense media scrutiny while the criminal investigation took place.

Several of the album's 15 new songs pertain to the child sexual abuse allegations made against him in 1993 and Jackson's perceived mistreatment by the media, mainly the tabloids. Because of this, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' has been described as Jackson's most "personal" album.

(HIStory Begins) contains fifteen hit singles from the past fifteen plus years of his career to this point (which was re-released in late 2001 as an only-compilation project, entitled 'Greatest Hits - HIStory Volume I'). The track list included fourteen U.S. Top 10 singles (nine of which were number-one hits) plus the worldwide top 5 hit 'Heal the World'.
The second disc, (HIStory Continues) contains fifteen previously unreleased recordings, five of which were released as singles.

(HIStory Continues) comprises new material. Six singles, and two promotional singles were released from 'HIStory'; 'Scream', 'You Are Not Alone', 'Earth Song', 'This Time Around', 'They Don't Care About Us' and 'Stranger in Moscow'. 'This Time Around' was released as a radio only single, and 'Earth Song', 'They Don't Care About Us' and 'Stranger in Moscow' were less successful within the United States, but were successful internationally; all three peaking within the top ten in multiple countries. As part of promotion for the song's, music video's were released, which have become influential on other artist's material.

All songs produced by Michael Jackson, James Harris,Terry Lewis, David Foster, R. Kelly.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Conspiracy (re-issue) Book CoverMichael Jackson Conspiracy Book Is Re-Released. 13-06-'20

Aphrodite Jones re-issued her sensational book 'Michael Jackson Conspiracy' with limited special sale from 13 to 17 June 2020.

The book is now available on kindle and soft copy with a brand new cover. The book was first released in 2007 and then updated in 2009.

This book is essential for any fans who want to understand what happened to Michael Jackson during the 2005 trial.

An insightful read by the New York Times Bestselling author and star of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones.

Michael Jackson was the pop icon the media loved to hate. Tremendously wealthy, inarguably eccentric, and one of the most famous people in the world, Jackson was the unenviable target of constant public humiliation. The media poked fun at his skin, his features, his sexuality, and his lifestyle.

Here, seasoned crime reporter Aphrodite Jones condemns the media for perpetuating hateful rumors and innuendoes, recounting just the sordid details, and reporting only the most despicable accusations and grisly charges made against Michael Jackson during his criminal trial. They had built a highly profitable industry around the superstar’s "freaky life" and banked on his conviction.

And, it turns out, they got it all wrong.

In their efforts to make money and win ratings, the media missed the truth. It wasn’t until after the “not guilty” verdict that Jones had the insight and courage to admit her own unintentional role in the frenzy surrounding the shocking testimony, high drama, and countless celebrities in Michael Jackson’s high-profile criminal trial. Bestselling author and TV host Jones makes amends with what is not only a truthful, well-documented chronicle of the entire trial but a powerful indictment against the media for conspiring to distort, dehumanize, and destroy Michael Jackson. She argues convincingly that the case against Jackson amounted to nothing more than a media-made, tax-paid scandal, and she makes an impassioned call to action for the public-at-large to think critically, question the integrity, and demand the truth in the "news".

Publisher: Aphrodite Jones Books
Author:Aphrodite Jones
ISBN: ?
Pages: ?
Printed: ?
Guide price: 10 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


New Official Michael Neck Gaiters And Face Masks Available. 12-06-'20

More items have been added to the Michael Jackson Online Store, mostly neck gaiters and face masks.

From 'Heal The World' to 'Dangerous', the designs are more finished than the 'Scream' capsule!

Shipping will start between 3 to 5 weeks time.

MJ Gaiters And Face Masks
You see here some of Michael's MJ gaiters and face masks.

Pre-order neck gaiters and face masks here at michaeljackson.com.

Source: michaeljackson.com / Billie Jean


The Ed Sullivan Show (1969)Ed Sullivan Show Performances Of Jackson 5 Finally Go Online. 12-06-'20

A massive trove of digitally restored clips from The Ed Sullivan Show will arrive online during the next three years, reviving more than 10,000 long-buried performances and guest appearances from the iconic variety show.

The global streaming project launches today with seven clips on YouTube and other platforms — a Motown-dominated batch of videos that includes performances by Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 and Temptations and Gladys Knight & The Pips.

They’re the tip of a cultural iceberg contained in the Ed Sullivan Show archives: The Sunday night program ran from 1948 through 1971 on CBS, piping the rock' n' roll revolution, Hollywood glitz and Detroit’s Motown sparkle into American living rooms alongside Broadway, opera, vaudeville, comedy and novelty acts.

Amid the blossoming rock era, the show served up its share of cultural milestones — Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones — while providing a then-unprecedented prime-time launch pad to Black performers, including the first nationwide glimpse of an 11-year-old Michael Jackson in 1969.

Universal Music Enterprises acquired digital rights to the Sullivan catalog in a deal with SOFA Entertainment, which purchased the show’s library in 1990.

"The Ed Sullivan Show is iconic for essentially creating this format and for providing a forum some of the most influential voices and cultural moments of all time, said UME President and CEO Bruce Resnikoff. "We believe there is an incredible opportunity to introduce this show and these unforgettable appearances to new audiences around the world."

Go to YouTube to see The Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: USA Today / Billie Jean


Taj JacksonAn Overdue Update On Taj Jackson's Documentary. 11-06-'20

Taj has just given an update on the upcoming documentary he is making to defend his uncle Michael Jackson.

Due to COVID-19, some major delays has been noticed and Taj explains more about the delays in an update on his GoFundMe page.

Here it is in full:

June 10th Update:

Why the infrequent updates here?

It can be somewhat tricky giving meaningful updates with such delicate information. Especially when I feel I still need to be vague about certain details. There are a group of people online that dissect my every post, livestream or tweet with the intent of finding something to hurt Michael Jackson.
Saying that, I sometimes forget that you guys simply want to be kept more in the loop.

When I tell you that there are multiple attempts to hack my personal emails and social media accounts daily, I’m not kidding. DAILY
But that will soon change because I am finally looking into my legal actions options.

After reading your tweets, comments, and emails; I realize that you guys just want to know if the project is still coming along ok. YES!. I took on this large role knowing that I could successfully honor my uncle’s life and legacy the way it deserves.

I apologize for the lapse in time since the last update, but I assure you, it’s going well.

What’s the latest info and what can you share?

I’ve attempted to keep people up to date in my YouTube livestreams, but I’m seeing that many of you are not finding these.

Seemingly every week a number of associates/friends of my uncle contact me happily wanting to take part in this series or help with it. As mentioned in a livestream, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), I have not been able to continue to set up or film in person interviews right now. This has caused things to slow down but I am doing everything I can that does not require the physical presence of others. Once the virus is more controlled, I will be able to continue the portions that need in person collaborations/work.

Ok, So what else are you doing?

I have been doing several Zoom and Skype interviews about Michael Jackson in the past 3-4 months, and have participated in at least 3 more positive documentaries about Michael Jackson that are coming out.

Why was your gofundme link on twitter taken down?

With all that is going on in the world (Coronavirus "Covid-19" and Black Lives Matter), it felt inappropriate to promote the gofundme page on Twitter. Rest assured that the project is continuing, it is just a personal decision for now.

Why isn’t it moving faster? It needs to be out now!

I understand how difficult patience can be while dealing with immense ignorant views of Michael Jackson. I also read these lies that get regurgitated and spread daily. Great quality takes time though, and my uncle never rushed his albums no matter the pressure or climate and we all have heard and enjoyed the incredible results.
His albums are timeless because he made them that way. I am making something that goes hand and hand with the work he gave us and that he would expect from me and make him proud.

This project also turned into something bigger and better than when I initially put the documentary up on gofundme. It is now a multi-part series that goes much more in depth, which makes the time tables a little different.

Here’s some quick comparisons of two Doc series that were well received and highly regarded.

The Michael Jordan series 'The Last Dance': 10 Part Series, Interviewed 90 people, Cost estimates run over 20 million dollars.

OJ Simpson 'Made in America': 5 part series, Interviewed 72 people, Over two years to make, Cost 5 million dollars, Remember—Time , Budget, or Quality.

Pick 2

Other News:

Square One being and staying in the top 10 documentaries on Amazon Prime (USA) demonstrates that people once again are ready for positive Michael Jackson material.

Whether his music is used as anthems to unite the world during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, or in protests against injustice accompanying Black Lives Matter. The world is ready and needs his message.

Jun 13th Vindication Day

On this day 15 years ago, Michael Jackson’s verdict was read to the world and he was finally declared innocent by the justice system.
I plan to do a special livestream on that day. We also need to trend something on twitter.

Source: MJ Vibe / GoFundMe / Billie Jean


Kanye West Praises Michael Jackson In New Interview With Pharrell Williams. 10-06-'20

Kanye West and Pharrell WilliamsIn a new interview with i-D, Kanye West spoke with fellow studio wizard and Neptunes mastermind Pharrell Williams, comparing his own impact to that of Michael Jackson.

"It felt like you really tore down the walls and the doors much like Michael Jackson did a generation before, and in a way, he’s very similar to Michael Jackson, in the ways where Michael Jackson was doing covert, super gangsta stuff, like he’d just pop the needles off," West said during their conversation. "He kissed Elvis Presley’s daughter on MTV. Black culture used to be… we used to be fronting all night, but Michael was doing stuff that was different to what we were programmed to understand as being what we should do."

And after the compliment, West spoke on Jackson’s influence, later drawing parallels between their own lives by saying that the media’s portrayal of Jackson — similar to that of West — is usually negative.

"We should have something that says we can’t allow any company to tear down our heroes. Not on The Shade Room, not on social media and especially not in documentaries," West said, likely referring to 'Leaving Neverland', the 2019 HBO documentary focusing on Jackson’s child sexual abuse allegations. "I’m like every time the media isn’t happy with me it’s like, ‘Here they go. They’re gonna come and Wacko Jacko me.’ Which in some ways, they’ve tried to do."

Also in the interview, Pharrell and West discussed the pandemic and its lasting impact on the world.

"Life’s going to have a different kind of gravity than it’s ever had before," Pharrell said. "It’s also gonna make us really separated. We’re disconnecting from each other even though online we’re probably more connected than we’ve ever been. It’s a bit like the Tower of Babel, if you will. We’ve never been this close, and there’s a lot of advantages that come with that. There’s a lot of disadvantages, too, and a lot of grey areas."

The discussion follows West’s donation of $2 million to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and his establishment of a 529 education plan to cover Gianna Floyd’s — Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter — college tuition.

Source: Spin / Billie Jean


'Hitsville: The Making Of Motown' Documentary On TV. 10-06-'20

The documentary film about the history of Motown entitled 'Hitsville: The Making Of Motown' will be broadcast this evening at 10:40 pm on the OCS City channel in original version with subtitles.

Broadcast on August 24 on the American channel US Showtime, this documentary was broadcast in many cinemas in England and Ireland on September 30th, 2019 and a DVD was released on October 7th, 2019.

Hitsville: The Making Of Motown Documentary
'Hitsville: The Making Of Motown' documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Reruns of this must-see documentary will take place on:

Friday: June 12, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
Wednesday: June 17, 2020 at 6:40 p.m.
Sunday: June 21, 2020 at 10:45 am
Wednesday: June 24 20210 at 10:35 am
And soon on demand.

You can watch the trailer for this documentary on YouTube.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


The Story Of HIStory Book Cover'The Story Of HIStory' Book Will Be Released. 09-06-'20

A brand new book from a member of our own team is about to hit the shelves of every single 'HIStory' lovers!

Sixteen11 Media Group Ltd will be releasing on June 16, Pez Jax’s 2nd book 'The Story Of HIStory' and as the title is self explanatory, yes, this is all about 'HIStory' album, in the making to hitting the music stores.

'The Story of HIStory' book tells the fascinating story of how Michael Jackson created the most important album of his career, addressing racial prejudice, social injustice, accusations, media intrusion, environmental issues and mental health.

More than ever, this album is so important to our culture and society. Jax will guide you through the making of this incredible album, song by song and explain how relevant this album is today.

Oh and this book will be available in French from July 20 at www.sixteen11.com.

This is the 2nd book from Jax. The first was about 'Off The Wall' and Sixteen11 is also releasing a 25th Anniversary of 'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume V: HIStory'.

Publisher: Sixteen 11 Media
Author: Pez Jax
ISBN: 978-0-9931780-6-1
Pages: ?
Printed: ?
Guide price: 16;85 €

Pre-order the book here at Sixteen 11.

Source: MJ Vibe / Sixteen 11 / Billie Jean


MJ Statue WuhanChina Is Gearing Up Celebration Michael Jackson. 08-06-'20

It is known that Chinese fans are very active to show their supports to Michael Jackson.

In Wuhan, the city where the COVID-19 broke out first, an outside exhibition of Entertainment celebrities statues with animal heads is on display. Of course, Michael Jackson is represented with a dog head.

In the capital Beijing, a brand new mural was created on a container representing a scene from the 'Thriller' video.

Also in the capital of China, fans are going to reveal a new statue of Michael Jackson. The statue is very similar of the 'HIStory' statue.

It is not known where exactly this new statue will be placed in the capital but it will be unveiled in July.

Source: Keen Zhang & Michael Chan / MJ VIbe / Billie Jean


MJ Dance And Solidarity Is Organizing An International Flashmob On 'They Don’t Care About Us' Against Racism. 08-06-'20

MJ Dance And Solidarity RacismHere is a press release from the MJ Dance & Solidarity Association:

MJ Dance and Solidarity is organizing an international flashmob on 'They Don’t Care About Us' against racism, in 2 stages.

First, in the form of a video montage that will be published on Instagram and Facebook where everyone films at home and then sends us their video before Thursday, June 11. Then, the flashmob will be performed live on Zoom (video) on Thursday June 25 to commemorate the disappearance of our 'King of Pop' at 8:15 pm during our 1 hour vigil.

The only rehearsal will take place on Monday June 8 from 6.35pm to 7.10pm. To participate in the flashmob, repetition is compulsory. Each dancer must register by sending his name and country by email to: mj.dansesolidarite@gmail.com.

The soundtrack is here: https://youtu.be/9VMztQbY7Vs.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'Lord Finesse: Motown State Of Mind' (7Singles) Box Set To Include MJ & J5 Will Be Released. 06-06-'20

Lord Finesse: Motown State Of Mind (7Singles Set) Box Set CoverMotown will be release a 7" box set named 'Lord Finesse Presents: Motown State Of Mind'. The box set will be released on July 24 and prices varies from one shop to another. You can pre-order it on Amazon for 88,55 €.

Motown classics remixed by the legendary golden era Rapper, Hip-Hop Producer, and D.I.T.C. member Lord Finesse.

The box set featuring 7 x 7" singles, one of Michael Jackson and one of The Jackson 5:

Track list:

A1. Michael Jackson - I Wanna Be Where You Are (Underboss Remix)
A2. Michael Jackson - I Wanna Be Where You Are
B1. Marvin Gaye - I Want You Underboss Remix)
B2. Marvin Gaye - I Want You
C1. DeBarge - I Like It (Soul Synopsis Mix)
C2. DeBarge - I Like It
D1. Switch - There’ll Never Be (Solidified Soul Mix)
D2. Switch - There’ll Never Be
E1. Eddie Kendricks - Body Talk (TBG Mix)
E2. Eddie Kendricks - Body Talk
F1. Sisters Love - Now Is The Time (The Mack Revisited Mix)
F2. Sisters Love - Now Is The Time (The Mack Revisited Mix) [Instrumental]
G1. Jackson 5 - Tribute Medley (Underboss Remix)
G2. Jackson 5 - Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save

Lord Finesse: Motown State Of Mind (7Singles Set) Box Set
'Lord Finesse: Motown State Of Mind' box set including 7 x 7" singles, one of Michael Jackson and one of The Jackson 5.

Record label: Motown
Series number: 0832266
Printed: ?
Guide price: 88,55 €

Pre-order the box set here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

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