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Bad Album Cover'Bad' Abum Passes The 1.5 Billion Streams Mark On Spotify. 30-06-'21

Michael Jackson's 'Bad' hymnal surpassed 1.5 billion streams on Spotify, making it the 'King of Pop's second album to achieve such a feat!

Released on August 31, 1987, 'Bad' was written and recorded for over three and a half years — in addition to being the final collaboration between himself and Quincy Jones. The album received six Grammy nominations — it won the Best Music Video and the Best Engineered Recording — Non Classical. It entered Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums list and is the fifth best-selling album of all time — with nearly 45 million copies worldwide. In 2017, it was certified with a Diamond Plaque for sales in excess of 10 million in the United States.

Nine songs were released as singles; five reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — a record that was only equaled more than 20 years later by Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' (2010).

Source: MJ Beats / Billie Jea


'I Want You Back' Is Officially Certified 2x Platinum For 1.2 Million Copies Sold In The UK. 30-06-'21

I Want You Back Single CoverThe Jackson 5 received a new certification for UK sales.

BPI Music, responsible for publicizing music certifications in the United Kingdom, revealed that the group Jackson 5 has won a new certificate there.

The smash hit 'I Want You Back' was certified 2x platinum for an incredible 1.2 million copies sold.

The song, which was #2 in the UK when released, is one of Michael Jackson and his brothers' biggest hits.

'I Want You Back' is the first single of the 'Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5' album, released in the UK on January 16th, 1970 by Tamla Motown.

Source: MJ Beats / Billie Jean


'MJ The Musical' Cast Shakeup, Myles Frost Replacing Ephraim Sykes As Michael Jackson. 29-06-'21

MJ Musical'MJ The Musical', the upcoming musical about the life of pop singer Michael Jackson, will begin performances in December, but when it does, a new actor will be moonwalking into the role of 'The Gloved One'.

Newcomer Myles Frost will make his Broadway debut in the production, replacing Ephraim Sykes, the 'Ain't Too Proud' and 'Hamilton' veteran who had originally been tapped to play Jackson. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the opening of 'MJ The Musical' by several months and shut down the theater business. It also created a scheduling conflict for Sykes, who has to shoot a role in a feature film.

"It's with a heavy heart that I depart 'MJ'," Sykes said in a statement. "This year has brought a lot of change and opportunity, and although it's bittersweet to say goodbye to an iconic role and production, I look forward to what is to come. Thank you to the 'MJ' team and congratulations to Myles. I can’t wait to see you shine as the 'King of Pop' and for us all to celebrate the return of Broadway."

Frost was cast following a long search for performer who could convincingly play the 'King of Pop', one of those performers who could hit the right notes while also believably pulling off the singer's elaborate dances. 'MJ The Musical' will begin performances on Broadway on December 6, 2021, with an opening night set for Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Jackson's long list of hits includes 'Billie Jean', 'Bad' and 'Thriller' continue to draw fans, but his career was mired in controversy after he was accused in 1993 of sexually abusing a child. That case was settled out of court, but in 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of additional sexual abuse allegations involving minors. 'MJ' is backed by the Jackson estate, which denies the allegations, so it's unclear how it will handle or if it will even address that part of the singer's legacy. Jackson died from an overdose of propofol in 2009 at the age of 50.

'MJ The Musical' features a book by Lynn Nottage ('Sweat') and will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon ('An American In Paris').

For information an tickets to the show, click here.

Source: Variety / Billie Jean


Janet Shared A Rare Photo Of Herself With Late Brother Michael For This Sad Anniversary. 28-06-'21

If you are a Michael Jackson fan, then you probably remember where you were on the day of his death; June 25th, 2009. We can only imagine how hard this week must be for his family — he was survived by sons Prince Michael, now 24, and Prince Michael II, now 19, as well as daughter Paris Jackson, now 23, and siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Randy, Marlon, Rebbie, LaToya, and Janet Jackson.

It's been 12 years since that shocking event, and sister Janet is in a special way. She's posted some pretty awesome throwback pictures of her family on her Instagram in the past and her latest definitely stole our hearts. This year, on the anniversary of Michael's death, she shared a rare photo of herself posing with her famous brother and it made our hearts go out to his family.

Michael and JanetThe picture were taken during the 35th Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Michael is presented with the Grammy Legend Award by his sister Janet.

Janet posted the photo to Instagram with a white heart emoji as the caption. In the photo, Janet and Michael are smiling at one another and wearing matching white get-ups. We would give anything to see these two share the stage and sing 'Scream' once more.

There is no doubt that Michael Jackson was an inspiration to so many and incredibly influential in the world of music. Even 12 years after his passing, his music and memory strongly live on. Our hearts go out to his children and family on this tough anniversary week.

Source: She Knows / Billie Jea


Lil Nas XLil Nas X Pays Tribute To Michael With BET Awards Performance. 27-06-'21

Lil Nas X had everyone talking about his BET Awards performance.

The rapper paid tribute to Michael Jackson while performing his chart-topping hit 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' at Sunday's show.

Dressed in golden Egyptian-themed garb, Nas was joined by an army of male dancers while channeling the 'King of Pop’s classic 'Remember The Time' music video (plus a cameo from Taraji P. Henson). He stopped at one point for a dance breakdown, complete with MJ-inspired moves. At the end, he ascended a staircase before making out with one of his male dancers.

 

Source: Rap-Up / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Is The Best-Selling Solo Artist In History. 27-06-'21

'King of Pop' passes Elvis Presley to officially become the best-selling solo artist of all time.

The Chartmasters platform has updated streaming sales and Michael Jackson is now officially the best-selling solo artist of all time!

The top of the list still belongs to The Beatles, but for a long time, Elvis Presley was the best-selling solo artist of all time. But now, Michael Jackson has taken the throne of the 'King of Rock & Roll'!

The 'King of Pop' is officially the Best Selling Solo Artist of All Time!

Thanks to a huge increase in streaming and LP sales.

Chartmasters PlatformHere is the sum of all the value released by top 10 artists. The figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales).

Source: Chartmasters / Billie Jean


The JacksonsSiriusXM To Play The Jacksons On The Groove All Week-End. 26-06-'21

SiriusXm is to play all Jacksons songs over this week-end on The Groove.

The Groove is the definition of Old School R&B, with jams by Michael Jackson, EW&F, The Isley Brothers, Whitney Houston, Rufus & Chaka Khan, The Gap Band, Luther Vandross and more. We are a sample free channel, where old school and back In the day come together.

So tune in today and tomorrow to hear the best of The Jacksons.

SiriusXM – The Groove

Source: SiriusXM / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 12th AnniversaryMichael Jackson's 12th Anniversary. 25-06-'21

Hi Michael Jackson fans,

Today June 25th 2021, marks the 12th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. When the shocking news of Jackson's death was announced then years ago, the world seemingly came to a halt. As millions of fans mourned Jackson's death, news coverage around the globe exposed lurid details that Jackson died of long-term use of prescription drugs.

June 25th, 2009, Michael died in Los Angeles after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, Michael Jackson died at age 50. Initial reports were that Jackson suffered from cardiac arrest.

There are little events and tributes of the late Michael Jackson on the 12th anniversary of his passing by the coronavirus.

According to social media posts, fans visited the outside of his boyhood home in Gary, Indiana and Forest Lawn where Michael is resting. People left notes, flowers and memorabilia. Fans also used social media to convey their memories, admiration, along with thoughts and prayers for the music icon and his family.

Today I'm feeling sad, but I know that he will be always in my heart. The hole day long I will be playing Michael's music, candlelight into the night.

I am more and more involved with his music, I spend a lot of time on this website and my collection that has been expanded in the last 10 years.

Through my website I keep his fans informed and will continue to do this as long as I live.

Michael I miss you everyday.

Love you forever "Gone Too Soon".

Webmaster Dirk

Source: Billie Jean


News Of Fan Associations' Lawsuits Against Wade Robson And James Safechuck. 25-06-'21

Following the press release dated March 15, 2019 concerning the legal action of the associations MJ Community, MJ Street and On The Line for attacking the memory of a dead man against Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men who accuse Michael Jackson of pedophilia in the film 'Leaving Neverland', MJ Street announced on his Facebook page that the verdict will be rendered on July 26th.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


French Radio RFM To Honour Michael Jackson On June 25. 23-06-'21

RFM, a French Radio, will honour Michael Jackson on June 25. The station will play all Michael Jackson's songs throughout the day.

From 'Thriller' to 'You Rock My World', all his popular songs will be playing!

For more information and listen to the station, click here.

Radio RFMRFM will dedicate a special day to Michael Jackson this Friday, June 25, 12 years after his disappearance.

So I guess Dan Reed and all his minions from the media have failed to erase Michael Jackson from the music history books!

Thank you RFM!

Source: RFM / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Wanted To Be A Part Of 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame'. 21-06-'21

Hunchback Of Notre DameTo this day, 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame' remains one of the most unique animated films Disney has ever produced. The company took some notable risks with the movie, but Michael Jackson's participation wasn't one of them.

Released in 1996 at the height of the so-called Disney Renaissance period, 'Hunchback' eschewed the princess movie fairytale archetypes of films like 'The Little Mermaid' for a darker tone and political story based on Victor Hugo's 1831 novel. In a new oral history over at SlashFilm, the directors, animators, actors, and other filmmakers discuss the making of Hunchback in detail.

One anecdote stands out in particular. Composer Alan Menken, who's hailed by the other oral history participants for creating his best score with Hunchback, reveals that Jackson displayed a strong interest in the project. Previous Disney films like 'Aladdin' had been successful at storming the charts with pop star covers of their songs, and Jackson was willing to try the same for 'Hunchback'.

"I get a call out of nowhere from Michael's assistant, when Michael was at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York," Menken told SlashFilm. "He had to [deal with] allegations about inappropriate behavior with underage kids, and the breakup with Lisa Marie Presley. He's looking to change the subject. And he obviously loves Disney so much. So I mentioned 'Hunchback'. He said he'd love to come to my studio, watch the movie, and talk about it. So we got in touch with Disney Animation. They said, 'Meet with him! If he likes it…well, see what he says.'"

Menken showed Jackson three songs: 'Out There' (Quasimodo's desperate plea to escape his confines in Notre Dame and experience the real world and its people), 'God Help The Outcasts' (Esmeralda's expression of solidarity with Quasimodo), and 'Someday' (which plays over the end credits).

"Michael said, 'I would like to produce the songs and record some of them.' Wow. Okay. What do we do now? Michael left," Menken said. "We got in touch with Disney. It was like somebody dropped a hot poker into a fragile bowl with explosives. 'Uh, we'll get back to you about that.'"

Menken continued, "finally, predictably, the word came back, 'Disney doesn't want to do this with Michael Jackson.' I go,''OK, could someone tell him this?' You can hear a pin drop, no response, and nobody did [tell him]. It fell to my late manager, Scott Shukat, to tell Michael or Michael's attorney. In retrospect, it was the right decision. [But] Quasimodo is a character… if you look at his relationships with his family and his father, I would think there's a lot of identification there."

Menken was probably right about Jackson's identification with Quasimodo. In the book 'Untouchable: The Strange Life And Tragic Death Of Michael Jackson', screenwriter Tom Hedley recalled that Jackson was a big fan of the 1939 film adaptation of 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame', and displayed interest in playing Quasimodo in a possible remake years before the Disney animated version materialized.

Disney and the Michael Jackson estate didn't immediately respond to EW's request for comment on this story.

Source: Entertainment Weekly / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Number Ones' Completes Incredible 500 WEEKS On The UK Official Albums Chart.
18-06-'21

Number Ones (Off The Wall) CD Album CoverIt is the first album released this century to reach this milestone.

Michael Jackson's hit compilation 'Number Ones' completed an incredible 500 weeks within the UK Official Albums Chart, the UK's top album chart, meaning the album has been ranking for the equivalent of nine years!

Released on November 18th, 2003, 'Number Ones' sales were boosted by the single 'One More Chance'. In the United States alone, the album hit 5 million copies —1,825,000 copies in the week after Jackson's passing, becoming one of the best sellers of 2009.

Worldwide, 'Number Ones' has sold around 15 million copies [it's the greatest-selling greatest-hits of the 'King of Pop's career].

'Number Ones' CD album is released in four different covers, a 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'HIStory' cover.

Source: MJ Beat / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Is Inducted Into The Black Music And Entertainment Walk Of Fame. 17-06-'21

Black Music And Entertainment Walk of Fame EmblemMichael Jackson didn't just open the door to a musical revolution. He was, above all, a watershed in the fight against prejudice!

The importance of Michael Jackson for the entertainment industry as a whole is undeniable, be it music, film, TV and to celebrate, the 'King of Pop' was introduced this Thursday (17) on the Walk of Fame at Black Music And Entertainment.

The Walk of Fame for Black Music and Entertainment Artists is located in historic downtown Atlanta (USA) the birthplace of Black Music and Jackson was named a Legacy Artist.

In a statement, the African American Music Association and Georgia Entertainment Policy Convention recognized Michael Jackson as the artist who "preserves, respects and inspires the black community for generations."

Source: Black American Music Association and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus / Billie Jean


MJ One'MJ ONE' Returns And Michael's Birthday Bash In Las Vegas. 17-06-'21

As we announced a couple of weeks ago, Cirque du Soleil's 'Michael Jackson ONE' will return in August with tickets going on sale today (PDT) with the first show to take place on August 17.

The show, like all other shows in the world, had to close due to COVID-19.

The Estate of Michael Jackson also announced that a Michael Jackson Birthday Week-end will take place during the week-end of August 28/29 with more details to be revealed soon.

More information will be released today, more information about the birthday bash will be posted on the facebook event page created by the Estate and tickets will be available later today here.

The Estate added: "An important note, although fans are invited to attend the show on Sunday, August 29th, for those planning to attend the show with the Estate and its invited guests, please make sure your secure tickets for Saturday night August 28th."

Note from MJ Vibe:
For Fans outside the US, travel restrictions are still in place in many countries. Make sure you check your government guidelines before purchasing tickets and attempting travelling. You might also check the regulations on arrival in the US regarding COVID-19.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Belinda DileoBelinda Dileo Asks Sheryl Crow To Stop Lying. 14-06-'21

For the last decade, Sheryl Crow, who was once a back-up singer for Michael Jackson during the Bad World Tour, has been making up stories about Michael Jackson to make her relevant and remind the world she is still there – but who really cares!

This last few days, she is at it again! This time she goes after the late Frank Dileo who was Michael Jackson manager during the period 84-89.

She claimed that Dileo has been sexually harassing her during the Tour.

For years, Michael Jackson fans have been denouncing her shady attitude to get her name in the News headlines with no evidence and some times even proving she was actually lying.

And this time, she is finding her match! Belinda Dileo, Frank's daughter, is fighting back in the name of her late father. She is asking Crow to explain why she has to drag her father in the mud when Belinda was actually around and knows the truth.

Crow is jumping on the MeToo Movement to promote live stream show. Everytime Crow has something to promote or to sell, she gets her name in the news outlets to make sure the general public sees it.

Girl, it's time you get called on your bad behaviour!

And we hope Belinda gets to talk to her and set the record straight!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


PureArts's Michael Jackson 'HIStory Teaser' Revealed. 13-06-'21

As announced few days ago, PureArts has created a new Michael Jackson figurine representing Michael Jackson during the Teaser of the 'HIStory' album.

I would like to say the figurine look absolutely amazing and well represented.

According to MJJCN's president who attended the Wonder Festival Shanghai, more affordable PVC figurines will be released but at the moment, only the high-level priced figurines will be available such as the 'Smooth Criminal' one.

HIStory Teaser Statue The 'HIStory Teaser' statue is different, with a different scale than the 'Smooth Criminal' statue.

Fore more information about PureArts, click here.

Source: PureArts / Billie Jean


Sheryl Crow: 'We've Come A Long Way Since The Sexual Harassment I Endured During The Michael Jackson Tour'. 12-06-'21

Sheryl CrowIn 1987, a 25-year-old backing singer and aspiring songwriter from Missouri gatecrashed her way into the Los Angeles auditions for Michael Jackson's first ever solo world tour. "Hi Michael, my name is Sheryl Crow and I just moved here," she announced. "I'm a former music teacher and I would love to go on the road with you."

A month later Crow was onstage at the Korakuen stadium in Tokyo, her ears filled with the deafening roar of 75,000 fans. It was the first of 123 concerts over the next 16 months, during which she performed in front of a staggering 4.4 million people. Each night Crow, wearing a bustier and voluminous eighties curls, harmonised with Jackson and shared the limelight on songs like 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' and 'Man In The Mirror'” It should have been a dream come true.

"Naiveté is such a beautiful thing," says Crow, now 59, a nine-time Grammy winner and one of the most successful artists of her generation. She is speaking on a video call from her home in Nashville, her bedroom walls behind her filled with the art and arcane curios she collects from around the American south. An acoustic guitar lies at rest on the antique couch by her bed. "It was incredible in every way, shape and form for a young person from a really small town to see the world and to work with arguably the greatest pop star," she says. "But I also got a crash course in the music industry."

As the tour progressed, tabloids around the world reported rumours that Jackson was falling for his "sexy backing singer" and even that he had offered her $2m to have his child. In Crow's audiobook memoir 'Words + Music', released last September, she states her belief that these stories were most likely to have been planted by Jackson's manager, Frank DiLeo, "to make Mike look like he was interested in women."

In truth, it was DiLeo who was interested in Crow. He subjected her to sustained sexual harassment throughout the tour, promising to make her a star while threatening that if she refused, or told anyone, he would ensure her career was over before it had really begun. She had never spoken in detail about her experiences with DiLeo prior to 'Words + Music', but two songs on her 1993 debut album made reference to him: "What I Can Do For You', written from the perspective of a powerful abuser, and the stream-of-consciousness 'The Na-Na Song', which includes the defiant couplet: "Frank DiLeo's dong / Maybe if I'd have let him I'd have had a hit song'.

"It's really interesting to go back and revisit some of this old stuff and the experiences that went along with it, and then to compare it with where we are now," says Crow. "To be able to play that stuff about the long bout of sexual harassment I endured during the Michael Jackson tour and to talk about it in the midst of the MeToo movement... it feels like we've come a long way, but it doesn't feel like we're quite there yet."

When the Michael Jackson tour ended in 1989, Crow returned home to her tiny LA apartment and fell into a lengthy period of depression. A high-powered attorney she'd hired told her she should have put up with DiLeo's advances given what he could offer her. From the inside, the music industry didn't look anything like she'd expected.

Source: The Independent / Billie Jean


Billie Jean Video Clip'Billie Jean' Hts 1 Billion Views On YouTube! 10-06-'21

Another landmark figure for the 'King of Pop' has been achieved today! Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' has passed the billion views on YouTube.

This is the first time for Michael Jackson to get that many views and for a video that was first aired in 1983!

Michael Jackson has now entered a very private club: the Billion View Club. The first member was 'Gangnam Style' in 2012 followed years later by Justin Bieber's 'Baby' in 2015.

Now, all the videos in that club are from an age of digital and to have an artist like Michael Jackson entering the club with a 80s video is a prowess!

A huge thanks to all the Michael Jackson fans who have been working hard to make this happened, from viewing the video to promoting the campaign! Well done all! Michael would have been so proud!

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean


PureArts And The Michael Jackson Estate To Celebrate 'HIStory' In 2022? 10-06-'21

PureArts TeaserPureArts, the Chinese company that made the 'Smooth Criminal' figurines revealed in 2020 and on sale this year, just made a teaser imagery of what they will unveiled this year at the Wonder Festival Shanghai taking place virtually on June 13/14.

As usual, the products showcased at the festival will be released the following year so expect this product(s) to hit the market in 2022.

And from the teaser graphic, we give you Michael Jackson 'HIStory Teaser' figurine! Prices haven't been confirmed but expect prices to be between $500 and $1,500.

Following the FAQ on michaeljackson.com, the Estate did say:

"Although they were never announced, the Estate had plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 'HIStory' album this year, but because of COVID-19, those plans had to be modified. So, while we still have plans to celebrate 'HIStory' with appropriate audio and audiovisual elements, we don't believe in making announcements until we are in a position to share all of the relevant details. It is our hope that the world will open up again soon, and allow our creators to finish their work."

Is 2022 will be the year to celebrate Michael Jackson"s 'HIStory'? Time will tell.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson In The Top 5 Most Valuable Music Publishing Catalogs. 08-06-'21

Michael JacksonForbes just released a list of most valuable music publishing catalogs in the world.

While it is clear that Michael Jackson should have been on the top of the list, but due to the ATV catalog being sold to Sony in 2018, he gets second place.

Still, Michael gain around 26 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone and his Music Publishing Company MIJAC Music get 2nd place from the valuation of industry experts. MIJAC still own songs from Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

Here the 5 most valuable music publishing catalogs according to experts in the music industry:

John Lennon and Paul McCartney – $500 million
Michael Jackson – $375 million
Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II – $350 million
Bob Dylan – £325 million
Paul Simon – $250 million

Source: Forbes / Billie Jean

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