||  HOME  ||  SITE INFO  ||  NEW MERCHANDISE  ||  MUSIC  ||  HISTORY  ||  DOWNLOADS  ||  WEBMASTER  ||  COLLECTION  ||  LINKS  ||  CONTACT  ||

Home / News Archive / News October 2020

December / November / October / SeptemberAugustJulyJuneMayAprilMarchFebruaryJanuary

Ghosts Video Clip'Ghosts' Coming To YouTube This Halloween. 24-10-'20

The Michael Jackson Estate will release 'Ghosts' on YouTube for a LIMITED time.

STATEMENT:

"With the spooky season coming up soon, the MJ Estate has some exciting news for this year! The Estate is putting the full-length version of Michael Jackson's 'Ghosts' on the MJ YouTube channel for Halloween. The video will be available on Thursday, October 29, and remain up until Sunday, November 1st."

It is unclear if the short film will be HD quality or why this is a limited time only.

The last time the Estate has released 'Ghosts' was in some cinemas in 2017 with the release of 'Scream', the Halloween compilation with a 'Thriller 3D' version.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Prince AzimBrunei's Prince Azim Dies At 38. 24-10-'20

Brunei's Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim died today at the age of 38 after a long illness.

The Prince was close to Janet Jackson and also met Michael on May 26th, 2007 at Stapleford Park Leicestershire for his lavish Birthday Party that year.

All our condolences to the people of Brunei, his family and friends.

Rest in peace Prince Azim!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


New Michael Jackson Podcast: 'MJ News Digest'. 23-10-'20

A new Michael Jackson Podcast has arrived: 'MJ News Digest'.

'MJ News Digest' was already available on YouTube for just over a year now and the aim to the YouTube channel is to give fans all the news found in the world wide web and digest it… as the name suggests.

'MJ News Digest' also created videos about specific topics or "from the archives" with behind the scene footage. You are able to see special report of 'Captain EO' or 'Stranger In Moscow'.

MJ News DigestYesterday (October 22), Tony, the owner of 'MJ News Digest' has created a Podcast due to popular demand.

We highly recommend both, the 'MJ News Diggest' YouTube Channel and the 'MJ News Digest' Podcast.

Source: MJ News Digest / Billie Jean


Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq: Michael Jackson Tried To Buy My House. 22-10-'20

On October 3rd, 2020, arguably the greatest center of all-time, Shaquille O’Neal revealed something incredibly interesting. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and clarified that the 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson, tried to purchase his house at one point.

He says Jackson showed to his house "wearing overalls and a big hat," and only let him in "because it was Michael Jackson." Jackson reportedly stayed upstairs in Shaq's bedroom watching television in his bed for hours. When Shaq came to his senses, he went upstairs to confront him, and says Jackson told him "I wanna buy your house." He respectfully declined due to the fact that his house was not for sale. Jackson then left the house and the two went their separate ways.

Jackson apparently wanted O'Neal's house so bad, that two years later, he reportedly showed up to his doorstep and asked to purchase it for a second time!

Source: Talk Basket / Billie Jean


Smith WordesSmith Wordes Dies At 65. 22-10-'20

Smith Wordes passed away on October 19 from late stage cancer. She was only 65 and was surrounded by her loved ones.

Smith Wordes worked on multiple projects with Michael Jackson as a dancer and choreographer.

First seen in 'Captain EO' in 1986, then 'Moonwalker' in 1988 and 'Black Or White' during the morphing sequence.

Fans will remember her from her amazing dancing skills on 'Moonwalker' where she was one of the ladies of the club 30 during the 'Smooth Criminal' segment.

Smith Wordes worked also with Madonna and was also an actress appearing on 'Beverly Hills Cop III', 'Star Trek: First Contact' and many more.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Rest in peace Smith Wordes.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Tries To Block Documentarian From Filming ‘Finding Neverland’. 21-10-'20

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson's estate is reportedly trying to keep the 'Finding Neverland' director from reporting on more allegations from the two men who accused the late pop star of sexual assault when they were minors.

Dan Reed has been film a sequel to the Emmy-winning documentary in the Los Angeles Superior Court as Wade Robson and James Safechuck pursue legal cases against Jackson's estate, but the singer's lawyers are trying to hold up the production and discredit Reed as biased, Deadline reported Wednesday.

Jackson's companies claim Reed is not a "legitimate journalist", according to Deadline, and demanded that he turn over all of his material. Lawyers have also tried to ban Reed from court, where he has been following the proceedings by Robson and Safechuck.

"The follow-up documentary for which I am currently filming in these cases is about current events taking place partly in public view and will be an unfolding narrative with multiple points of view," Reed said in his formal response.

The director also argued that he invited Howard Weitzman, a lawyer with MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, to appear in the new documentary, but was rejected.

"Understandably, the MJJ companies are not happy with 'Leaving Neverland' or the making of the follow-up documentary," Louisa Compton, head of news and current affairs for Channel 4, which aired the original documentary, said, according to Deadline.

"It is easy to see why they do not want the subject matter of these films to be reported to the public. However, as much as they may dislike the messages that are being conveyed by these documentaries, we strenuously oppose their efforts to 'shoot the messenger.'"

The 2019 'Leaving Neverland' gave air to Robson and Safechuck, who claimed Jackson subjected them to repeated sexual assault at Neverland Ranch when they were both children.

Jackson's estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO in February 2019, accusing the network of violating a 1992 agreement never to disparage Jackson’s public image. Several of the late singer's friends, including Madonna, continued defending him.

Source: Daily News / Billie Jean


James SafechuckJames Safechuck Court Case Dismissed. 21-10-'20

The judge Honorable Mark A. Young has dismissed James Safechuck's case against MJJ Productions Inc and MJJ Ventures Inc on October 20 in the Superior Court of California. Safechuck is ready to appeal.

All failed to prove any wrong doing and Safechuck failed to give hard evidences of his saying.

In his recently amended complaint, Judge Young determined that the claims against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures have not been adequately argued and that Jackson's corporations could not be held responsible for the alleged actions of Michael Jackson himself. It is Safechuck's third time being dismissed by a California court. It is also the second judge to review their cases and rule a dismissal. Wade Robson, whose claims and arguments are almost identical to Safechuck, is likely to be dismissed as well. Both men have continuously added to their claims over the years, even though corroborating witnesses and evidence have consistently failed to materialize.

While Safechuck can of course appeal the court decision, this decision will be again considered in any future appeals. Hopefully Wade Robson's case will get the same treatment! And it seems Dan Reed will have some difficulties to do a 'Leaving Neverland 2' when the truth has been exposed by the court!

A hearing on Reed's motion to quash the subpoenas is scheduled to take place on April 9 next year. LA County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young dismissed Safechuck's lawsuit on Tuesday (October 20). Robson's case goes to trial on June 14th, 2021.

Source: MJ Vibe / Deadline / Billie Jean


Cirque VirtualCirque Du Soleil Going Digital. 19-10-'20

With the pandemic, all Cirque du Soleil shows have been halted including 'Michael Jackson ONE' in Las Vegas.

Cirque also filed for bankruptcy protection last June and so far only one show has re-opened in China 'X: The Land of Fantasy'.

Now Cirque is looking at different way to entertain its fans until all shows resume.

Started on October 14, Cirque created a new platform called 'CirqueClass' where fans can explore the creative thinking of the creators and artists of the shows through in-depth intimate masterclasses with a wide range of subjects such as art, creation, inspiration, imagination, performance and so on.

The series will be presented every 3 weeks. The upcoming episode will include costume designer for Rupaul, Zaldy Goco who designed the costumes for 'This Is It' and 'Michael Jackson ONE'.

Other content such 'Cirque Up!' offering children a chance to learn the tricks of the trade starting October 25, and 'Cirque Me Out', a series of work-out classes that fans from around the world can join to train and exercise with real Cirque du Soleil artists starting October 15.

"While our fans are eagerly waiting for us to get back on stage, we want to keep providing original, and exciting content for them, all in one place," said Sebastien Ouimet, Director of global content and strategic partnerships at Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.

"'Cirque du Soleil's mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions, and CirqueConnect's programming embraces this in a genuine way as it aims to bring a bit of the extraordinary to the life of our fans all over the world."

Originally launched in March 2020, the CirqueConnect content hub provides a source of high-quality entertainment for fans to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. To date, it has attracted some 60 million views and offered more than 50 original programs.

Its aims to offer fans of all ages "a new way to experience the unparalleled content" from its iconic vault, as well as a chance to view newly-produced series that go beyond the big top and the company's various live entertainment creations.

It is not clear yet if more content from 'Michael Jackson ONE' will be included in the virtual Cirque du Soleil but you can get CirqueConnect here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Lenny_KravitzKravitz And Prince ‘Messed With’ Michael Jackson. 20-10-'20

Kravitz appeared on Naomi Campbell's YouTube vlog as her latest celebrity guest and the two old friends chatted about their personal and professional lives. Campbell asked Kravitz to share his story about being in the studio with Prince and Jackson.

He said that Prince called him and said, "I need you to be ready in 30 minutes. I'm coming to get you." Curious, Kravitz asked where they were going and the purple one responded, "We're going to mess with Michael."

They drove over to Sony Studios in New York where Jackson was working at the time. Kravitz said he booked the entire place for himself. "Prince and I went there and we hung out with him all afternoon and just had fun—made fun of each other, laughed, hung out."

Kravitz added that he felt normal sitting between the two of them as the "ruffian". "I've got my dreads and I'm unshaven, probably a little funky," he joked. "Prince and Michael are pristine. The hair is done. The makeup is done. Every crease is in place."

He said there are no pictures or videos that captured the special moment, but he was highly entertained by the two.

Roughly 10 years ago, a leaked Michael Jackson track hit the internet called 'Another Day', a rumored collaboration between him and Kravitz.

Kravitz later confirmed that he wrote and played instruments for the unreleased song and Jackson sang it. The leak caught him off guard. He issued a statement to say that he'd work to get the entire song released.

He also teamed up with Prince in the studio and the pair worked on multiple songs together. Where are they? In Prince's famous vault.

According to his interview with Sirius XM, Kravitz said Prince called the songs souvenirs and put them away. He has a copy of one of them which he may share with the world one day.

Source: The Cheat Sheet / Billie Jean


NTV Japan Interview December 1996. 18-10-'20

One of the things that gives Michael's fans such joy, is watching videos of his glorious big smile light up a room and hearing his infectious laugh. Over the years, while there's many clips that come to mind, there's perhaps none as funny or beloved as watching Michael constantly break down in giggles during his December 1996 NTV Japan interview, during promotion for his HIStory World Tour.

For years you've been able to go to YouTube and watch a fuzzy and grainy version of the interview; but now the HD version of the 24 year old video has surfaced online, which means we can now sit back and watch that big loving smile once again shine light into our lives.

 

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean


The GloveMovie: 'The Glove'. 16-10-'20

The first look at a new comedy movie called 'The Glove' has been revealed.

The movie will be filmed next year (due to COVID-19) and will be starring comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer who also been writing the script for the last decade.

'"The Glove' is a comedy road movie about two best friends in search of Michael Jackson's glove. The pair own and live in a junk shop which is financially struggling. The Landlord gave them an ultimatum: Eviction or find him the famous glove.

Speaking to British Comedy Guide in August, It has been confirmed: 'The Glove' is happening. With this virus, everybody's projects have been pushed and everybody who is going to be in it, scheduling this movie around our director, our cast, it’s one of those things where you’ve got to get it right. And to get it right, it means that we're going to shoot it next year."

So it seems it is pretty positive with some humor. We will update you as soon as we have more information on the cast and release date.

The movie poster was made by comic book artist Lee Garbett who worked on Batman and Judge Dredd.

Source: British Comedy Guide / Billie Jean


'The Ultimate Collection' (Lavender And Sea Glass Vinyl) 2LP Album Will Be Released. 15-10-'20

The famous American distribution chain Walmart will be offering from November 6 an exclusive edition of 'The Ultimate Collection' of the Jackson 5, in colored double vinyl.

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. If we learn more about this colored double vinyl we will be sure to let you know.

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.

If the song list isn't posted on Walmart, here's the one that appeared on the original 1996 CD edition:

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. Who's Lovin' You - Jackson 5 - 4:01
7. Mama's Pearl 3:12
8. Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5 - 3:00
9. Maybe Tomorrow - Jackson 5 - 4:46
10. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:23
11. Sugar Daddy - Jackson 5 - 2:32
12. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:32
13. Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson - 3:03
14. Lookin' Through The Windows - Jackson 5 - 3:38
15. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:57
16. Get It Together - Jackson 5 - 2:48
17. Dancing Machine - Jackson 5 - 2:36
18. The Life Of The Party - Jackson 5 - 2:34
19. I Am Love - Pts. I & II - Jackson 5 - 7:28
20. Just A Little Bit Of You - Michael Jackson - 3:12
21. 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 €

Pre-order the double album here at Wallmart.

Source: Wallmart / Billie Jean


Thriller Album CoverBBC Radio 2 Ultimate 80S Album – Revealed! 15-10-'20

Last month, BBC Radio 2 asked their listeners to vote for the Ultimate 80s Albums and the top 10 has been revealed!

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album came 4th in the list. Ok, this is not the first place we wanted but considering BBC Radios have muted Michael Jackson during a good part of 2019 (no worries, Michael is back on most radio programme's, not as much as it used to be but it is a start!), coming 4th is still a winner!

Not to mention that the radio has given 50 albums to chose from and from what we understand, the top 10 came very close to each other!

A little disappointing to not see 'Bad' in the list as the 2nd Michael's 80s album did not make the cut, even in the top 40.

2019 fashion was based on the 80s, while most High Street shops offered T-shirts of the above artists, Michael Jackson's merchandise was pretty much erased from the shops' shelves due to the fake documentary. Musically, the trend was 80s pop-rock based which justify U2's first place.

Despite all those factors, 'Thriller' still made it to the top 10 and shows that Michael Jackson is still present in the general public's hearts! Clearly Danny Boy didn't manage to mute Michael!

Source: BBC Radio 2 / Billie Jean


Larry NimmerLarry Nimmer To Also Film In Court. 14-10-'20

In April, we told you that Dan Reed, self-proclaimed filmmaker, was granted to film in court for the court cases with Safechuck and Robson against the Michael Jackson Estate.

Today, Larry Nimmer, who is well known from the fans for filming Neverland Ranch during the Trial of 2005 and which helped Tom Mesereau demonstrating few inconsistencies in the trial; filled court papers to be also in the court room filming.

Larry always defended Michael Jackson from what he experienced and filmed and even released a documentary in 2019 called 'Michael Jackson: A Case For Innocence'.

As we all know Reed is good at distort the truth so having just him filming in court meant he had all power to edit whatever he wanted to fit his agenda. Now with Larry on site, the truth can no longer be distort! A real Documentarist!

It is unclear if Larry Nimmer is filming on the request of the Michael Jackson Estate or Tom Mesereau or for his own film company. But for sure, this is a great news!

You can find all information on Larry Nimmer's website here including amazing documentaries on Neverland Ranch.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush To Be Introduced To The Walk Of The Stars Palm Springs. 14-10-'20

Dennis Tompkins and Michael BushMichael Jackson fans will know the names Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush. The couple worked with Michael Jackson for over 25 years to create his costumes for short films, awards ceremonies, photo shoots and concerts. They created some iconic looks for the 'King of Pop' but also dressed other celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Denzel Washington’s wife Pauletta and Britney Spears.

In December 2011, Dennis has sadly passed away and to honor Dennis and Michael Jackson, Bush released a book 'The King Of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson' released on November 6th, 2012.

Nevertheless, Tompkins and Bush had great talent and created amazing and historical pieces for Michael Jackson and today, it has been announced that both designers will be inducted to the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs.

Michael Bush stated on social media:

I was recently surprised by my best friends who told me that Dennis Tompkins and I were approved for a STAR on the Walk of Fame in Palm Springs. The city of Palm Springs gave approval and over the coming months I will be working with them on the exact location as well as the actual date. I know if my partner Dennis was alive today, he would not believe that "Tompkins & Bush" would have a star and I can’t believe that this was given to me in my lifetime. This is a huge honor and I want all the people who I love including friends, family and fans of the celebrities we worked with over the past 30 plus years , know they are welcome to attend this ceremony. I will let you know the dates in 2021 when the city approves the ceremony as I want everyone to feel welcome when it is safe to attend. I am very grateful to the city of Palm Springs as well as my friends who nominated me and Dennis.
Michael Bush on Facebook (13/10/2020)

To be introduced to the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs, you will need to have lived or live in Palm Springs and be nominated.

The ceremony will take place in 2021 (date to be confirmed).

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael and PrinceThe Significance Of Oct. 13 For Both Michael Jackson And Prince. 13-10-'20

"It's been well documented that Prince and Michael Jackson were both personal and professional rivals during the height of their commercial success in the 1980s. But it turns out that both enjoyed significant career markers on the same date, 13 years apart.

On Oct. 13th, 1979, Michael Jackson's single 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart, becoming his second ever solo number one hit after 1972s 'Ben'. On Oct. 13, 1992, Prince released an album with a symbol on the cover that represented both his new professional name and defiant independence.

'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' also represented independence for Jackson. It was the first track on his fifth studio album 'Off The Wall' in 1979, but more importantly, it was the first solo recording over which Jackson had creative control. Critics consider the track to be the first that also showcased Jackson's talent as a songwriter.

And who can forget the video, with its then state-of-the-art, 1979 green screen graphics and special effects showing Jackson in innovative triplicate.

'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' went quadruple platinum, topped the chart in nine other countries and earned Jackson his first Grammy.

Meanwhile, the album that came to be known as 'Love Symbol' was actually an unpronounceable blend of the male and female gender symbols that Prince had featured on past album covers. He copyrighted an enhanced version of the image under the title 'Love Symbol #2', and began using it as his unpronounceable stage name from 1993 to 2001 in protest of his label, Warner Bros. Records. The label distributed the album, which was released on Oct. 13th, 1992 by Prince's own Paisley Park Records.

But Prince instead insisted that 'My Name Is Prince' be the lead single, arguing that its sound would appeal better to listeners that had enjoyed 'Diamonds And Pearls'.

The 'Love Symbol' album was actually a concept album featuring dancer Mayte Garcia, who would become his wife four years later. In visuals for the album, Mayte played an Egyptian princess who falls in love with a rock star (Prince) and entrusts him with a religious artifact, the 'Three Chains Of Turin' (or track 'Three Chains O' Gold'). She is eventually captured, then escapes from seven assassins, as referenced in '7'.

The original cut of the album had eight spoken segues to help tell this story, but most of them had to be cut for time when Prince decided to add one last song, 'I Wanna Melt With U', instead of making it the B-side to the '7' maxi single, as was the original plan.

MJ reportedly said that Prince was "nasty" and "one of the rudest people I've ever met." Although Prince and MJ were rivals, they were respectfully competitive. Prince's good friend Tavis Smiley told Conan O'Brien that Prince was devastated by Jackson's death and "[locked] himself literally in his room for days, and didn't come out. Didn't talk to anybody."

There are videos of Prince playing Michael Jackson songs in concert as a salute to the 'King of Pop' following his death.

Prince dips into the MJ song that reached number one on the very date that he would release his pivotal 'Love Symbol' album 13 years later.

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean


MJ Musical'MJ The Musical' Delayed… Again! 09-10-'20

'MJ The Musical' which was supposed to open last July, originally postponed and cancelled from Chicago and now with the pandemic, the show was few times delayed until March 8, 2021. Today, the Broadway league announced further delay until May 30, 2021 which can again be reviewed depending on COVID-19.

Meaning the show will not open on March 8th, 2012 as shown on the website.

This is a huge stress for the nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city.

Depending on the level of the pandemic, this may change again. Ticket sales were already poor due to a low interest from the general public and the anger of many MJ fans against Lynn Nottage's comments in a couple of reputed press outlets confirming she believes the men in the fake documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. (Nottage wrote the book for the musical)

The MJ Musical confirmed it will now open in September 2021:

On the other side of the country, in Las Vegas, same story with no definitive dates of re-opening 'MJ ONE'. The musical master piece from Cirque du Soleil keeps postponing its re-opening which is now set for November/December but again, due to COVID-19, it is unclear if this will really be the date for fans to refill the theatre of Mandalay Bay Resort!

'MJ The Musical' website.

Source: MJ The Musical / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Moonwalk'Moonwalk' Movie Inspired By Michael Jackson Mania. 07-10-'20

Indian Debutant Director AK Vinod just released a teaser for his new movie called 'Moonwalk'.

Based on true events, the film follows the story of a bunch of young men from a small town in India during the late 80s. The men, inspired by the Michael Jackson mania try to emulate his style and learn break dancing.

The movie will reflect on the 80s/90s, the passion of music and dance but also draw a picture of the economic situation of that time in the country where music and video cassettes were accessible to only a few affluent middle class people.

Michael Jackson and his art (music and dance) have influenced generations of people around the globe and this could be a nice way to show new generation how influential Michael was and still is!

Check out the trailer:

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65. 07-10-'20

Eddie Van Halen, whose innovative and explosive guitar playing kept the hard rock band that bore his family name cemented to the top of the album charts for two decades, died yesterday (October 6) of Throat Cancer at St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, USA after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

The famous guitarist and band leader of Van Halen was born in Amsterdam and moved to the US in 1962 and became famous in 1984 with the single 'Jump' of the album '1984'.

Michael Jackson fans will know Eddie for his guitar solo on Michael’s single 'Beat It' from 1983.

Before Eddie Van Halen agreed to add a guitar break to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It', he had to be sure the phone call from producer Quincy Jones wasn’t a practical joke.

Victory Tour (14-07-1984)
During the second concert in Dallas, Eddie Van Halen joins Michael on stage to play his solo guitar on 'Beat It'.

Rest in peace Eddie!

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Orianthi Recalls How Michael Jackson Behaved When She Joined His Band, Shares Opinion On Steve Vai. 05-10-'20

OrianthiIn a new interview with Ultimate Guitar's Justin Becknet, guitarist Orianthi speaks about working with Michael Jackson.

During the interview Beckner asks Orianthi about the MJ guitar that had been made especially for the 'This Is It' shows.

"That was actually designed with Michael Jackson and his clothing designer," she explains. "It was my guitar originally. It was just a blue Custom 24. We literally just created that guitar over the span of a month or so for the tour. That guitar was actually bought from me by a big Michael Jackson fan in China who wanted to display it. It was in a storage unit, in a vault, it was pretty much kept in the dark because I didn’t want to play it and lose crystals. I’d rather have it displayed somewhere for people to see than locked up in the dark somewhere."

Orianthi's then asked what Michael had planned for the 'This Is It' shows and if there were any surprises. "There were a lot of surprises," she says. "Obviously, we had to sign non-disclosure agreements and I don't know if they still stand or if I can talk about everything freely these days, but there were a lot of things that were going to be pretty epic. It was going to be one of the greatest shows on Earth! That's for sure." She then goes on to explain how she became chosen to work with Michael. "It was actually through MySpace. I was in the studio working with Diane Warren and I was putting some vocals down and I got an email through Myspace from Michael Bearden saying Michael saw me on the Grammys with Carrie Underwood and my YouTube videos and that I was exactly what they were looking for. He said in the email that he was going to call me that night with Michael. So they called me that evening and asked me if I'd learn 'Dirty Diana' and 'Beat It' and play it for them the next day because they were going to be starting something. So I did it and I didn’t know what to expect. They hired us all on the spot and we started working. It was pretty surreal."

Source: Ultimate Guitar / Billie Jean


New Official Michael Jackson Merchandise And More. 02-10-'20

The Estate of Michael Jackson just sent the below statement regarding new merchandise made in China to be released shortly.

While the statement does not say what collectible, we can reveal it will be a 'Smooth Criminal' 1:3 Scale statue of Michael Jackson.

The high-end item will be available from tomorrow at a high price but the Estate reassure that more affordable items will be also available. Prices on Purearts vary between $89 to over $1,000 for 1:3 statues!

Smooth Criminal Statue
The statue will come in 2 models. The one with the jukebox which will be priced around $1,700 and the one without the jukebox priced around $1,100.

See the statement from the Estate here:

The Estate has asked us to share some news with MJ fans. The Estate has been working with a company based in China, Pure Arts, which manufactures and distributes collectible figures for a variety of different brands and will now be creating a wide range of collectible Michael Jackson figurines to appeal to all levels of collectors. The Estate wanted to make sure MJ Fans knew before anyone else about the new products that will be coming.

The Estate also wanted to make sure that fans know that the roll out of the products will start with one large high-end limited edition piece being previewed at Wonderfest in Shanghai which starts tomorrow, October 3rd. While this piece is quite expensive, fans can be assured that subsequent releases will include options with much more affordable prices as well.

Keep an eye out to see what the Estate and Pure Arts put together!

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

December / November / October / SeptemberAugustJulyJuneMayAprilMarchFebruaryJanuary


Copyright ©2002 Billie Jean, All rights reserved
Website design by webmaster Dirk

Updated: 24/10/2020 7:12 PM

News Archive 2002

News Archive 2003

News Archive 2004

News Archive 2005

News Archive 2006

News Archive 2007

News Archive 2008

News Archive 2009

News Archive 2010

News Archive 2011

News Archive 2012

News Archive 2013

News Archive 2014

News Archive 2015

News Archive 2016

News Archive 2017

News Archive 2018

News Archive 2019

News Archive 2020