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HBO Asks Appeals Court to Toss Michael Jackson 'Leaving Neverland' Suit. 19-11-'20

HBOHBO urged an appeals court on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit brought by the Michael Jackson estate over the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary.

The estate sued HBO for $100 million, arguing that the network broke a 27-year-old promise not to disparage the late pop star by accusing him of child sexual abuse.

The estate has also argued that the subjects of the documentary — Wade Robson and James Safechuck — had a financial incentive to fabricate their allegations. Jackson died in 2009, and so HBO cannot be sued for defaming him. Instead, the estate has invoked a non-disparagement provision from a contract for a 1992 concert film from Jackson's Dangerous tour.

In September 2019, Judge George Wu sided with the Jackson estate, granting a request to take the case to arbitration. HBO appealed the ruling, claiming that the 'Leaving Neverland' dispute had nothing to do with the 1992 contract.

Theodore Boutrous, arguing for HBO, urged a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the lower court ruling on Thursday. He argued that the Jackson estate had filed the case as a "publicity stunt", and that HBO would never have given Jackson and his heirs a perpetual veto over the network's First Amendment rights.

"That is on its face absurd," Boutrous argued. "There is nothing that suggests HBO intended that."

Jonathan Steinsapir, arguing for the Jackson estate, countered that Jackson was the biggest star in the world at the time, and had the leverage to bargain for a strong non-disparagement provision.

Jackson "had been the subject of some extremely ridiculous tabloid reporting," Steinsapir said. "It's not crazy he would want that in an agreement."

The judges seemed somewhat open to Boutrous' argument that the 1992 contract is "far afield" from the 'Leaving Neverland' dispute.

"This is pretty remote, isn't it?" Judge Lawrence VanDyke asked Steinsapir.

But VanDyke also seemed inclined to leave the interpretation of the contract up to an arbitrator. Boutrous urged the panel instead to decide the case on its own.

"The court has a duty to interpret the contract to see if the dispute has its real substance in the contract," Boutrous argued. "Consent is crucial. There was no agreement to arbitrate."

Source: Variety / Billie Jean

Gordon KeithGordon Keith Dies At 81. 17-11-'20

Gordon Keith, the founder of Steeltown Records in Gary who discovered The Jackson 5, died at 81. He produced their 1968 first single, 'Big Boy'.

The news about this death has brought deep unhappiness to the hearts of Gordon Keith's friends, family and every concerned persons, and words cannot express how devastated they are at this difficult time of mourning their beloved one.

Two Jackson 5 singles were recorded for Steeltown at a South Chicago recording studio in 1967, 'Big Boy' and 'We Don't Have To Be Over 21'.

RIP Mr Gordon Keith.

From Moonwalk, the official biography of Michael Jackson:

Like dad, Mr. Keith was a factory worker who loved music. But there was also a foothold in recording and record production. His studio and his label were called Steeltown. Come to think of it, I'm sure Mr. Keith was just as excited as we are about making this record. His studio was right in the city center, and we went to his house early on a Sunday morning, just before my favorite TV show: "The Road Runner Show" Mr. Keith greeted us at the door and ushered us into his room. studio; he showed us a small glass cabin with a bunch of devices inside, and he explained to us what they were for; Now was not the time to fiddle with the machines, at least in this studio. I put a helmet on my ears, and with this strange thing running down my neck, I decided to look ready for anything.

Moonwalk, Michael Jackson, 1988.

Source: Billie Jean

RIP Legendary Recording Engineer Bruce Swedien, 86, Worked With Michael Jackson On Most Of His Hits. 17-11-'20

I am really sorry to hear the news that Bruce Swedien has died at age 86 from COVID. He was a brilliant recording engineer, the man who made those Michael Jackson-Quincy Jones hits happen. He was also a good friend to me when I was writing about Michael, especially right after Michael died and there was wild speculation about what was unreleased.

Condolences to Bruce's friends and family and fans, and there were many.

Siedah Garrett, who wrote 'Man In The Mirror', and sang 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' with Michael on the 'Bad' album, wrote on Twitter: "No words to express how sad I am at losing my dear friend Bruce Swedien, who has been with me from the beginning of my career. Sending love, prayers & condolences to wife Bea, daughter Roberta, and to his fans around the world. Brucie, you will never, ever be gone from our hearts."

From 1956 through around 1970, Bruce worked mostly in jazz, with the likes of Art Blakey, Dinah Washington, Ramsey Lewis, and on Buddy Miles's classic 'Them Changes'. He was in the production booth for Muddy Waters, all those incredible The Chi-Lites records, Eddie Harris, and engineer for Natalie Cole's breakthrough album, 'Inseparable'. It's Bruce's name on Tyrone Davis's monster hit 'Turn Back The Hands Of Time'.

He started working with Quincy Jones in 1977 on the 'Roots' TV soundtrack. With Michael Jackson was involved in 'The Wiz' soundtrack in 78, and 1979 brought 'Off The Wall'. For most of the next 20 years or so, Bruce was wrapped with Michael, with Quincy's other projects, Patti Austin, James Ingram, George Benson, and all their hits. ('Give Me The Night' by George Benson, one of many outstanding records.)

Bad Recording Session Westlake Studios (01-1987)Michael Jackson 'Bad' recording session with Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien at the Westlake Studios in Los Angeles, California. Recording took place between January 5th, 1987, and July 9th, 1987.

Bruce's talent lay in his sonics, the way he could make even a funk record sound warm. Those Michael Jackson songs people will dance to hearing just the opening, like 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' or 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', somehow Bruce knew the magic ingredients. Working with Quincy Jones, they found a groove no one else had ever used, and every one felt deep in their souls.

I am so sorry this is the way things ended for Bruce. In June 2009, he and Frank DiLeo were the only ones I could turn to on a daily basis who knew anything true about Michael's work life. There was so much misinformation and garbage being floated in every tabloid. I would always go back to Bruce and ask, Are you sure about this? or that? He was. He was just incredibly helpful during a difficult time and I will never forget that.

Quincy Jones writes on Facebook: "I am absolutely devastated to learn the news that we lost my dear brother-in-arms, the legendary Bruce Swedien. There are not enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me…He was without question the absolute best engineer in the business, & for more than 70 years I wouldn't even think about going into a recording session unless I knew Bruce was behind the board. Along with the late great Rod Temperton, we reached heights that we could have never imagined & made history together. I have always said it’s no accident that more than four decades later no matter where I go in the world, in every club, like clockwork at the witching hour you hear 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and 'Thriller'. That was the sonic genius of Bruce Swedien, & to this day I can hear artists trying to replicate him. I'm going to miss your presence every single day "Svensk", but I will cherish every moment we shared together laughin', lovin', livin' and givin'…Rest In Peace my brother."

Source: Roger Friedman; Showbiz411 / Billie Jean

Bruce SwedienBruce Swedien Dies At 86. 17-11-'20

Bruce Swedien has passed away last night (November 16). The Engineer behind Michael Jackson's albums was hospitalised with COVID-19 and today his daughter announced the very sad news of his passing.

Fans around the world will remember his charismatic moustache and the importance he played in the success of Michael's albums.

Fifteen time Grammy winner Swedien, has worked with many people in the entertainment industry including Mick Jagger, Nat King Cole and Jackie Wilson, but is also known for his work with Michael and was the engineer on his 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'Dangerous' albums.

In recent years, he was running master-classes via his web site and he also wrote books on recording music.

Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember Bruce. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Swedien's family and friends. Thank you for the magic and JAM! Bruce was just GLORIOUS!

Source: MJ Vibe / MJWN / Billie Jean

MJ One'MJ ONE' Extended But Not RE-Opened Yet. 16-11-'20

Yesterday (November 15), Cirque du Soleil has announced in a statement that "Zumanity" will be definitely closed after 17 years running at New-York New-York hotel and resorts in Las Vegas.

But in the statement, Cirque also confirmed that few shows have been now extended and that includes 'Michael Jackson ONE' at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

"Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International have solidified their commitment to the partnership and the four shows remaining in the Cirque du Soleil portfolio. Contract extensions for "O" at Bellagio, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, KÀ at MGM Grand and 'Michael Jackson ONE' at Mandalay Bay have been signed. Additionally, Treasure Island and Cirque du Soleil have recommitted to Mystère with a contract extension. With these extensions, Cirque du Soleil shows are guaranteed to entertain audiences well into the future."

This means that 'MJ ONE' will stay longer at Mandalay Bay. However the re-opening is still unsure due to COVID-19.

"The timing of the shows' reopening will be dictated first by the safety of guests and employees in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Governor and other government agencies; and second, by the ability to operate the shows profitably."

More than 70 million visitors have experienced Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas since Mystère opened in 1993 and Cirque du Soleil looks forward to continuing that legacy when the shows return safely to their theaters.

We will keep you updated on 'MJ ONE' reopening as soon as possible.

Source: Cirque du Soleil / Billie Jean

Sixteen11Sixteen11 Giving 16% Off. 16-11-'20

Sixteen11 Media Group Ltd is offering a 16% Off on all its available publications!

Today marks the company anniversary and to celebrate, you get a discount of 16% off on all orders by just using the code MJ1611 in the check-out section.

The company published many Michael Jackson books with the latest, tell-all book 'The Story Of HIStory' by Pez Jaz about Michael Jackson's 'HIStory' album.

Start your Christmas shopping now here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Lawyer Claims Martin Bashir Documentary 'Set In Motion A Series Of Very Tragic Events' That Led To Michael's Death. 15-11-'20

Thomas Mesereau
Michael Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mesereau.

Michael Jackson's lawyer claimed the singer's documentary with Martin Bashir 'set in motion a series of very tragic events' which ultimately lead to his death in 2009.

Tom Mesereau defended Jackson during his child molestation trial in 2005, during which he was found not guilty on all 14 counts against him.

The lawyer, 70, claims in an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph that Jackson told him that Mr Bashir 'flattered' the singer.

He was told Mr Bashir promised Jackson a positive portrayal in the 2003 ITV documentary 'Living with Michael Jackson' - similar to Diana's portrayal in her interview with the journalist.

However the sensational programme attracted worldwide publicity after the star - who was notoriously sceptical of the press - admitted that he shared his bed with children.

Two years later, Jackson - who died in 2009 - faced trial for alleged child abuse and extortion but was cleared of all charges.

Mr Mesereau claims he 'always wondered why, of all the people he could have trusted to do a professional interview, he chose Mr Bashir'.

He added: 'What Michael told me was that Martin Bashir had gained his trust, and he was most impressed with his professed relationship with Princess Diana.'

Jackson said Mr Bashir lauded a close personal relationship with the princess and even claimed he was her most-trusted confidante, Mr Mesereau claims.

The lawyer claims Jackson told him 15 years ago that he thought if Diana trusted Mr Bashir, he could as well.

Mr Bashir - who is seriously ill with Covid-related complications - is facing scrutiny over doctored bank statements which the BBC has said Mr Bashir - who interviewed the royal in 1995 - admitted commissioning as he tried to gain access to the princess.

It is not the first time Mr Bashir's documentary about Michael Jackson has come under scrutiny.

Mr Bashir has faced claims he promised the singer that he would organise a trip for the pop star and the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Africa to help children suffering from AIDS, according to court transcripts.

During the pop star's trial for alleged child abuse and extortion, Mr Bashir faced intense questioning over his conduct.

Citing California's 'shield law' which protects journalists who refuse to answer questions about their sources or newsgathering, Mr Bashir blanked a series of questions from Jackson's lawyer.

'You told him [Jackson] that you were going to arrange a meeting with Kofi Annan… and would plan a trip to Africa with Mr Jackson and Kofi Annan to help African children with AIDS?' asked the lawyer.

Asked by the judge if he wished to answer, Mr Bashir replied: 'I don't, your honour.'

In one reply - as reported in Cornwall Live - he said to the court: 'He asked for no conditions whatsoever and agreed that I was free to make the film with him.'

In 2006, Mr Bashir denied that he had given the singer any assurances. 'He wasn't promised anything,' he insisted.

The BBC and Martin Bashir have been approached for comment.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Tops Forbes' Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities List Once Again, Raking In $48M.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson has once again topped the Forbes' list of highest earning dead celebrities for the eighth year in a row, raking in $48million, despite the damning documentary 'Leaving Neverland' that was released last year.

The annual list published Friday revealed the 'King of Pop's Mijac Music catalog, which also includes music by Elvis and Aretha Franklin, accounts for more than 70% of his earnings.

Jackson - who died aged 50 in 2009 from a reported overdose - made $60million last year, after his music streams increased to 2.1 billion in the US, compared to 1.8 billion the year before.

The estimation of pre-tax income – not deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers – takes into account figures from Nielsen Music, IMDBPro and interviews with industry insiders.

Here the full list:

Michael Jackson – $48 million
Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) – $33 million
Charles Schulz – $32.5 million
Arnold Palmer – $25 million
Elvis Presley – $23 million
Kobe Bryant – $20 million
Juice WRLD – $15 million
Bob Marley – $14 million
John Lennon – $13 million
Prince – $10 million
Freddie Mercury – $9 million
George Harrison – $8.5 million
Marilyn Monroe – $8 million

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Has Generated £1.5BILLION Since His Death. 12-11-'20

Clever business deals by his executors have turned his estate's finances around after he left debts of almost £400million.

Money has continued rolling in for the 'King of Pop’s three children despite a controversial documentary in which two former child pals accused him of long-term sex abuse.

Since Jackson's death aged 50 in 2009 his sales have pulled in £119million.

Rights, royalties and licensing deals from the singer's music — and from his Sony/ATV catalogue featuring classics by The Beatles — raked in £42.3million in 2017 alone.

Other merchandising deals and collaborations with companies like Cirque du Soleil were money spinners too, earning almost £12million.

An 80-page report by estate executors John Branca and John McClain said there was £250million kept under "Account Current Change in Cash/Liabilities Held in Business Entities."

His mother Katherine and three kids Prince, 23, Paris, 22, and Blanket, 18, banked £8.4million.

Under a court order, Jackson's nephew TJ remains the sole guardian of the children.

The ex-lead singer of 90s pop group 3T was recorded as having been on holiday with them four times in one year and was paid around £250,000.

The papers also show that Katherine and her grandchildren owe around £750,000 to the estate for money borrowed for a failed lawsuit against entertainment group AEG.

Source: The Sun / Billie Jean

Moonwalk (re-issue) Book Cover'Moonwalk' Book Is Re-Released. 12-11-'20

Michael Jackson's very famous 'Moonwalk' autobiography is reissued in Italy in its 2009 version.

In partnership with the Italian Fan Club Michael Jackson FanSquare, EPC Editore publishes the sale of this book on their site as well as on Amazon Italy.

Note that if you order on the EPC Editore site, you can insert a reduction coupon to obtain free shipping costs as well as two Jacksonian badges. This discount coupon to type in capital letters is: MJFANSQUARE.

And in a few weeks, EPC is also expected to offer a limited edition boxset of around 100 copies containing the book in Italian, two badges, a T-Shirt, socks and instructions for performing the moonwalk.

Moonwalk is the only book about his life that Michael Jackson ever wrote. It chronicles his humble beginnings in the Midwest, his early days with the Jackson 5, and his unprecedented solo success.

In Moonwalk Michael Jackson surrender his personal feelings to a few of his famous friends, like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando and Katherine Hepburn. Without reserve he talks about the crushing loneliness of his fame, about his first love, about his plastic surgery and about the grotesquely and sometimes unfair rumours, which his outstanding career encircled.

Moonwalk is illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael's personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for the book. It reveals and celebrates, as no other book can, the life of this exceptional and beloved musician.

Publisher: Arrow Books
Author: Michael Jackson
ISBN: 978-88-9288-004-7
Pages: 220
Printed: Italy
Guide price: 17 €

Order the book here at Amazon are EPC.

Source: MJ FanSquare / Billie Jean

Rapper Daeshard Who Shot Music Video At Neverland Ranch Accused Of Trespassing. 09-11-'20

DaeshardMichael Jackson's famous Neverland Ranch is the backdrop for a new music video, but it's not for a posthumous MJ track ... it's an artist who allegedly snuck onto the property.

Here's the deal ... up-and-coming artist Daeshard shot his music video this summer, and while he tells us he had permission to be at Neverland Ranch, the folks who run the property say he's full of it.

MJ fans who came across Daeshard's video started to raise the alarm, saying there's no way someone would be approved to film a project at Neverland Ranch. We reached out to honchos at Colony Capital, which owns the ranch, and they tell us the video was NOT authorized.

Colony Capital claims the people who shot the video, including Daeshard, were trespassing and security asked them to leave, which they did.

Sources close to the situation tell us security spotted 3 individuals with 3 GoPro cameras and an iPhone shooting the video on July 23.

Our sources say security told them they were trespassing, and ordered them to erase the footage and get off the grounds. We're told security erased footage right in front of them and thought everything was erased before they left, and that's the only reason they didn't call the police.

But, Daeshard obviously didn't stop till he got enough ... footage. His music video was recently released, and very clearly shows him rapping all over the ranch.

He also posted a pic from the property ... so, it's not like he's trying to hide it.

Our sources claim the group intentionally hid some of the footage when confronted by security.

Daeshard insists he was granted permission to be there and to shoot his project, but he would not tell us who gave him the green light.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

'The Ultimate Collection' (Lavender And Sea Glass Vinyl) 2LP Album Is Released. 06-11-'20

'The Ultimate Collection' double album in lavender and sea glass vinyl of The Jackson 5 is released in the USA by Motown.

The years 1969-75 belonged to the Jackson 5, and 'The Ultimate Collection' duly concentrates on this period. The one exception is the group’s remixed version of 'It’s Your Thing' from 1995. Originally written and waxed by the Isley Brothers, the Jackson 5 recorded the song in 1969, but never received a proper release until appearing on 'Soulstation'! 'The 25th Anniversary Collection' in 1995. The Jackson 5’s initial take of 'It’s Your Thing' is included on 'The Ultimate Collection' as well.

All 21 songs that let you hear the sound that was completed despite being bubblegum soul. There are 4 solo songs from Michael and 1 song of Jermaine.

Unfortunately, Walmart only ships to the US and Puerto Rico.

The Ultimate Collection (Lavender and Sea Glass Vinyl) (2LP Set) Album Cover'The Ultimate Collection' of the Jackson 5, in lavender and sea glass vinyl.

Track list:

LP 1:
1. I Want You Back - Jackson 5 - 2:58
2. ABC - Jackson 5 - 2:38
3. The Love You Save - Jackson 5 - 3:04
4. I'll Be There - Jackson 5 - 3:57
5. It's Your Thing - Jackson 5 - 3:41
6. Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5 - 3:00

LP 1:
1. Mama's Pearl 3:12
2. Who's Lovin' You - Jackson 5 - 4:01
3. Maybe Tomorrow - Jackson 5 - 4:46
4. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:23
5. Sugar Daddy - Jackson 5 - 2:32

LP 2:
1. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:32
2. Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson - 3:03
3. Lookin' Through The Windows - Jackson 5 - 3:38
4. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:57
5. Get It Together - Jackson 5 - 2:48
6. Dancing Machine - Jackson 5 - 2:36

LP 2:
1. I Am Love - Pts. I & II - Jackson 5 - 7:28
2. The Life Of The Party - Jackson 5 - 2:34
3. Just A Little Bit Of You - Michael Jackson - 3:12
4. It's Your Thing (The J5 In '95 Extended Remix) - Jackson 5 - 5:57

Record label: Motown
Series number: B0032584-01
Printed: USA
Guide price: 26 €

Order the double album here at Wallmart.

Source: Wallmart / Billie Jean

Another Jackson 5 Mural Gone In Gary Indiana. 06-11-'20

Last year, a Jackson 5 mural was destroyed due to construction development.

Another one of Gary's tribute mural to the home musical group is currently being demolished. It was painted by local artist Felix Maldonado and Maldonado's image on a brick building in the 600 block of Broadway was the largest in Northwest Indiana.

Last year, Meg Roman, executive director of the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, said the organization owns the building, but hopes to demolish it when it raises enough funding.

"It's iconic. People take photos every day," she said of the mural. It's been up for four years, but she said the particle board surface is chipping and flaking, fading the mural.

The Jackson 5 MuralFelix Maldonado painted this massive Jackson 5 mural in downtown Gary at 561 Broadway Ave in October 2016.

She said the pending building demolition has nothing to do with allegations against Michael Jackson.

With COVID-19 and the financial state of the town, Gary is in a very bad shape! Last week, we reported that Michael's Elementary school was left in despair and this is the case for many other buildings in the city. Not to mention that reports show that people are fleeing the county due to the high unemployment rate, raise of criminal activity and poverty.

Gary is on the US list of becoming a ghost town unless authorities find a solution to save it!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Infectious Groove PodcastInfectious Groove Podcast Tak To Taj Jackson. 05-11-'20

The Infectious Groove podcast, a podcast about music, spoke to Taj Jackson in their last episode.

Taj talks openly about his future documentary series 'The Truth Runs Marathons', his family, Michael's innocence and his constant mistreatment by the media.

Whether you're an MJ fan or not, this is an episode that might cause you to lose the pause button. Innocent until proven guilty, or guilty until proven innocent? It doesn't really matter because 'Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons'. It's season two, episode ten of your favorite Jackson's favorite music podcast. LET'S GO!

Check it out on their website.

Source: Linktr.ee / Billie Jean

KV GLOBALKV:GLOBAL: New Speaker Announced. 05-11-'20

We announced last August that the team behind KINGVENTION, the European Michael Jackson’s Convention will organise an online event this year.

Due to COVID-19, the convention will not take place in London this year but to keep the fans entertained, KINGVENTION has decided to bring the event to your screen directly! And Free of charge!

Today, KINGVENTION announced the following:

We’re pleased to reveal the second exclusive interview as part of KV:Global is with Engineer Jean-Marie Horvat. Horvat speaks with Pez Jax about working on 'Dangerous', 'Invincible' & the 'Michael' album as well as the MJ he came to know!

More details soon!

Source: Kingvention / Billie Jean

Tik TokSony Music Signs Deal With Tik Tok. 03-11-'20

As announced last September by the Michael Jackson Estate, Michael will have a new platform on Tik Tok.

While some doubts appeared as the Chinese based company Tik Tok was battling the US administration's effort to ban the app, a US federal judge last week issued an injuction temporarily blocking an executive order by President Donal Trump aimed at banning the app or to engineer a sale to American Investors.

Well, it seems Tik Tok has found an American Investor! On Monday (November 2), the App announced a deal to give users access to Sony Music Entertainment's songs catalogue.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the agreement which will let clips of music owned by Sony be used in the app's posts.

"We are thrilled to enter in to this agreement with Sony Music so that we can continue to work together to connect the incredible roster of Sony artists in the US and across the globe to new audiences and harness the power of TikTok, Especially during this time when the artist community is challenged to find new ways to reach fans with their music, we are committed to working together to do just that." said TikTok global head of music Ole Obermann.

TikTok and Sony will also work together to promote artists and help them engage audiences on the platform, as the pandemic has put a halt on live concerts.

As Michael Jackson is part of the Sony artists catalogue, The Estate of Michael Jackson will now receive a cheque from Tik Tok when his songs will be used and it seems Michael's own Tik Tok account will be live soon!

Source: Agence France-Presse / Billie Jean

Travis Payne and Stacy WalkerTravis Payne & Stacy Walker To Teach 'Dangerous'. 03-11-'20

Stacy Walker and Travis Payne are back with a new virtual dance class on November 9 and this time fans will be able to learn the moves of 'Dangerous'.

With COVID-19, it has been hard to learn dance moves but Stacy and Travis have found the perfect way to still learn and be in the comfort of your house.

The idea is great and already few impersonators have now taking the offer and giving fans dance sessions with the 2 MJ Choreographers.

To sign up to the class, click here. Prices start at $125.

Source: I Coach Dance / Billie Jean

Ghosts Video Clip'Ghosts' Viewed Over 2 Million Times. 02-11-'20

For Halloween, The Estate of Michael Jackson released 'Ghosts' on YouTube for a limited time.

The short film has now been removed from YouTube but it was watched over 2 million times over 3 days. [Last viewed count was 2,131,355].

The rare short film was only released in 1996 and was available on VHS (mainly), Laserdisc and VCD in Asia.

Putting the movie for free on the YouTube channel gave the opportunity for many MJ fans and horror fans to see the masterpiece either again or for the first time.

We hope that with such good numbers that the Estate of Michael Jackson will consider either to do the same every Halloween or even better to release it finally on DVD or Blu-ray.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Chinese Fans Unveiled The 6th Michael Jackson Statue. 01-11-'20

As announced few days ago, Chinese fans from Chengdu in China celebrated Halloween by unveiling the 6th Statue of Michael Jackson in the country.

The Halloween-themed celebration took place on October 31st in front of hundreds of people.

MJ Statue ChinaChinese fans will unveil another Michael Jackson statue with a Thrillerween celebration look.

Source: Keen Zhang from MJJCN / Billie Jean

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