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Startin’ Somethin’ – An MJ Docuseries – Episode Three. 24-11-'21

The third episode of 'Startin’ Something' docuseries from 'MJ The Musical' is out.

In this episode they talked about how they selected Myles for the role of Michael Jackson. Lynn Nottage, who few years ago stated she believes Robson and Safechuck's accusations, also made an appearance and talked about the content and story line for the show. "We try to do is a mixed tape of Michael Jackson's life. Is to use the frame of making the Dangerous Tour over the course of 2 days and filter it through a documentary team from MTV who are there to capture what it is to be Michael Jackson."

The show is to open previews on December 6th with full on shows to start on February 1st, 2022.

MJ tickets now on sale.

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Dangerous' Returns To The Billboard Charts After The LP Re-Release. 22-11-'21

'Dangerous' is again on the Billboard 200, earning the highest rating since 1993.

Michael Jackson's classic 'Dangerous' album returned to the Billboard 200 at #85 after the release of the double LP reissue.

The album reached the top of the chart after its release in November 1991, with more than 600,000 copies sold in its first week, making it the 'King of Pop's most successful album in a week of opening to date.

 

Source: Spotify / Billie Jean


GloveMichael Jackson Glove On Display At Swarovski’s Exhibition. 20-11-'21

The Art of Performance celebrates Swarovski's longstanding relationship with Hollywood's top entertainers and creatives.

This Chamber of Wonder is an immersive presentation of Swarovski's rich history in the world of entertainment, iconic outfits from the screen and the stage will be exhibited against a dazzling backdrop celebrating the brilliance of Swarovski Crystals.

In this landmark exhibition, curated by famed wardrobe designer Michael Schmidt and dreamt up by award-winning set designer Derek McLane, a timeline of illustrious history is explored.

From costume design and red-carpet creations to global sporting events, Swarovski has inspired generations through its collaborations with world-renowned designers and artists.

Original outfits worn by Elton John, Cher, and Dita von Teese will stand alongside recreations of Marlene Dietrich's 1932 'Blonde Venus' outfit, which marks the first time Swarovski appeared on the big screen, Marilyn Monroe's 'Birthday Dress' that wowed not only John F. Kennedy but the world at the president's legendary birthday dinner, and Katy Perry's Moschino Chandelier gown she wore to the 2019 Met Ball. Elsewhere, Björk's Foraeva dress and pieces by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé make up just some of the notable items on display.

You can also see one of Michael's 'Gloves' incrusted of the famous crystals.

Buy tickets here.

Source: Kristallwelte Swarovski / Billie Jean


Earth Song CD Single Cover'Earth Song' Wins Second Single Multi-Platinum In The UK. 20-11-'21

The 'King of Pop' continues to show great sales performance in several countries, ensuring another certificate for its list of achievements.

One of Michael Jackson's biggest hits in Europe, the track 'Earth Song' was certified double platinum in the UK! This means that 1.2 million copies were sold in the country alone.

The song was the third single from the 1995 album 'HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book I' and also reached #1 on the UK's top hit chart. With this new achievement, the song joins 'Billie Jean' and is the 'King of Pop's second with 2x platinum.

'Earth Song' was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare. 'Earth Song' was made for the 'Dangerous' album but it failed to make the album. The song was written and composed by Jackson; the task of production was split between Jackson, David Foster and Bill Bottrell.

Source: MJ Beats / Billie Jean


Celebrating Michael Jackson In Saudi Arabia. 11-19-'21

A tribute in sound and images to the 'King of Pop'.

Twelve years after his passing, Michael Jackson remains celebrated more than any other western artist or group in Saudi Arabia.

This Friday during the Riyadh Season, the biggest entertainment event in the history of Saudi Arabia, the 'King of Pop' was honored in a spectacle of sound and images on giant screens.

Watch here.

Source: Twitter / Billie Jean


Wade RobsonJustice Orders Wade Robson To Pay Estate Of Michael Jackson. 18-11-'21

Choreographer who accuses Michael Jackson of sexual abuse loses case and is forced to pay court fees.

After losing the lawsuit he had filed since 2013 against Michael Jackson's companies, federal judge Mark Young issued this Thursday that Wade Robson must cover the court costs of his lawsuit and reimburse the Michael Jackson Estate $75,426.93, $7,332 more than was ordered in 2018.

The Estate was seeking damages of $112,960, but the judge decided to waive Robson's IME (Independent Medical Examination) fee.

Also remember that Robson has a contingency contract with his lawyers, and they can cover the expenses. How they proceed in these cases is uncertain, but they assume that their clients don't spend a penny on their lawsuits and would only get their share if they won the lawsuit or reached an out-of-court settlement.

Anyway, Wade Robson sued for profit and went out of his way.

Source: MJ Beats / Billie Jean


Parachute Exhibition: Michael Jackson Wear. 18-11-'21

Parachute is a wear brand from the 80s created in 1977 in Montreal by American architect Harry Parnass and British clothing designer Nicola Pelly.

Back then the brand reflected to be marginal, rebellious and underground.

The last part of the exhibition reproduces the spirit of the shops. There is also an interview with Harry Parnass, co-founder of Parachute, who died in January 2021.

Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran wore the brand. And of course the King of Pop, Michael Jackson also purchased few items from the store.

You might recognise one of the jacket which he wore in the 80s to promote 'Thriller' and was also on the cover of singles such as 'Beat It' or 'P.Y.T'.

Parachutte ExhibitionThe Exhibition about the brand "Parachute: Subversive Fashion of the 80s" is taking place at McCord Museum from November 19, 2021 to April 24, 2022.

For more information, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Parachute / Billie Jean


HBOEstate vs. HBO: Arbitrator Of The Case Is Finally Chosen. 18-11-'21

HBO may have to indemnify the Michael Jackson Estate by as much as $100 million.

The Michael Jackson Estate lawsuit against HBO took another step in the last week. The 'King of Pop's administrators accuse the station of defamation in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

The case has been in the US court since even before the 'documentary' was released by HBO, and in May, federal judge George Wu had already signaled favoring the prosecution. Now, the lower court has granted the Estate's request to take the dispute to arbitration, as provided for in the contract leading to the choice of Terry B. Friedman as arbitrator in the case.

Friedman recently ruled in Bruce Willis's favor in a case against producer Benaroya Pictures after a "flood of false statements lasted eight months." Friedman, as an arbitrator, concluded that the company and Benaroya broke an $8 million contract for Willis to star in the feature film 'Wake'.

It remains to be seen whether it will be a public or private process; remember that the Estate fights for PUBLIC arbitration, and HBO continues to try to avoid it. If the judgment rules in favor of the prosecution, the company may have to indemnify the Michael Jackson Estate by as much as $100 million.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Kew Media Group

'Leaving Neverland' Distributor Goes Bankrupt. 18-11-'21

Kew Media Group, the distributor that took the documentary of 'Leaving Neverland' to every platform in the world, went bankrupt and was dissolved for default. The court admitted a $113 million class action against the entire council for gross misconduct, falsifying financial documents and more.

The Kew Media Group still owes more than $13 million, including $704,000 to Dan Reed's producer Amos Pictures for the international distribution of 'Leaving Neverland.'

And there's more. Kew Media also continues to owe $304,320 to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which presents the Emmy Awards for "award" for 'Leaving Neverland'.

Note: The company that bought the rights to 'Leaving Neverland' after the bankruptcy of Kew Media Group was Quiver Entertainment. One of the owners is Jeff Sackman, accused of covering up Harvey Weinstein's crimes.

Source: MJ Beats / Billie Jean


'Dangerous' Album Returns To The American Album Chart. 17-11-'21

Dangerous' is the eighth studio album by the 'King of Pop's career completes 30 years of release on November 12th, 2021.

On the eve of its 30th year of release, Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous' album, released by Epic on November 26th, 1991 in the USA, re-entered the Billboard best-selling albums chart in this week's update.

Featuring hits from the 'King of Pop' such as 'Heal The World', 'Remember The Time' and the smash hit 'Black Or White', the disc sold over 600,000 units its original week of release, having debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.

Jackson ended his association with Quincy Jones, and enlisted the producing talents of new jack swing inventor Teddy Riley.

Dangerous (Silver Vinyl - Limited Edition) [2LP Set] Album Cover'Dangerous' limited edition on double silver vinyl.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


'Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. Presents Michael Jackson / Jackson 5 Remixes' In Dub Album Will Be Released. 16-11-'21

Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. Presents Michael Jackson / Jackson 5 Remixes 'In Dub' Album CoverHMV Japan informs us that an album titled 'Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. presents 'Michael Jackson / Jackson 5 Remixes' In Dub will be released in Japan on March 23, 2022 on vinyl.

If this cover tells you anything, it's because an album was first released on June 2nd, 2010 on CD, then vinyl on March 7th, 2018 and is called 'Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. presents Michael Jackson / Jackson 5 Remixes' with a blue cover. This compilation of remixes produced by Hiroshima Fujiwara and KUDO is in the reggae and ska style.

This vinyl with the blue cover, which we told you about last March, was reissued on July 28 of this year. The remixed "In Dub" versions were only featured on a limited 2010 double CD version of the album and featured on the second CD.

Track list:

A:
1. We've Got A Good Thing Going (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Michael Jackson - 3:22
2. Never Can Say Goodbye (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 - 3:50
3. All I Do Is Think Of You (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 - 4:31
4. La La (Means I Love You) (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 - 4:40
5. It's Great To Be Here (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 - 3:47
6. Happy (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Michael Jackson - 3:49

B:
1. Love Song (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 -3:45
2. I'll Be There (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 - 4:57
3. I Want You Back (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Jackson 5 - 5:58
4. With A Child's Heart (HF & K.U.D.O. Dub Mix) - Michael Jackson - 4:29
5. Never Can Say Goodbye (HF & K.U.D.O. Drumless Mix) - Jackson 5 - 3:34

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: PROT-7163
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 32 €

Pre-order the album here at HMV.

Source: HMV / Billie Jean


Jeff Wald Dies At 77. 15-11-'21

Jeff Wald might not ring the bel to many many Michael Jackson fans but he was responsible for 'Michael Jackson Opus' book to come to life. He stroke the deal with Michael before the 'King of Pop' past away and the Estate took over the project with Wald.

As you all know, Opus has a chapter written by Wade Robson and when the allegations came to light, Wald took publicly the defence of the 'King of Pop'.

All our condolences to his family and friends and thank you Jeff for this amazing piece of art that is Opus.

Jeff WaldProducer Jeff Wald speaks during the 2017 Personal Managers Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino on May 18, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson May Be The Only Human Ever To Go 2 Months Without Real Sleep. 14-11-'21

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson, the 'King of Pop', is still regarded as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. At only five years old he set the world on fire with the group Jackson 5. From then on, he was destined to be in the spotlight. Best known for songs like 'Thriller', 'Billie Jean', and 'Bad', he definitely made his mark on the music industry.

However, in 2009, Jackson suffered from insomnia and turned to his personal physician, former cardiologist Conrad Murray for help. It led to the singer likely setting a new type of record; Jackson went nearly two months without real sleep and unfortunately, this contributed to his death. Charles Czeisler believes it should never have happened.

Czeisler is an American physician and sleep researcher who's earned many awards and accolades throughout his career. He attended Harvard College in 1974, reports CNN, where he received his Ph.D. in both neuro and bio-behavioral science. He also received an M.D. from Stanford University.

It was proven that Murray had prescribed Propofol to Jackson two months before his death. This drug disrupts the normal sleep cycle so that a person does not enter REM sleep. However, the person taking it will feel as though they were sleeping peacefully, so they wake feeling refreshed, a fact Czeisler discussed during the trial, reports CNN.

After reviewing emails, Czeisler said that Jackson's symptoms would be expected for someone with sleep deprivation. He further expressed that lab rats would die after just five weeks of no REM sleep. Therefore, it was never tried on humans long-term, yet Jackson did it for 60 nights before Murray tried to wean him off.

The emails detailed how Jackson couldn't do standard dances or remember words to his songs. They highlight how he was paranoid; talking to himself, hearing voices, and experiencing rapid weight loss. All could be explained as side effects of sleep deprivation.

"Like a computer, the brain has to go offline to maintain cells that we keep for life since we don't make more," Czeisler said. "Sleep is the repair and maintenance of the brain cells." When Jackson didn't get true REM sleep, his brain wasn't being repaired well enough to keep him going.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 51, while preparing for his comeback concert tour, This Is It. The cause of death was a cardiac arrest triggered by an overdose of Propofol.

Source: The Cheat Sheet / Billie Jean


Number Ones (Off The Wall) CD Album Cover'Number Ones' Album Among The UK's Best Sellers. 14-11-'21

Driven by the Halloween effect that took 'Thriller' to the top of the charts, 'Number Ones', the 'King of Pop' compilation returned to the Official UK Charts Top 20 this week.

One of the UK's most popular albums 520 weeks ago, or exactly 10 years ago, 'Number Ones' has sold over 2.5 million copies in Queen's Land and 15 million worldwide!

Jackson is just the second solo musician in U.K. history to see one of their releases spend a decade on the albums chart. He joined Meat Loaf in this showing, and they are alone in this incredible accomplishment. Something that separates the two in their wins is that while Jackson's title is a greatest hits compilation, Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell' is a traditional album of new material. That set has thus far appeared on the chart for 522 weeks.

Released on November 18th, 2003 in the USA, 'Number Ones' features at least 18 songs from across many years of Jackson's impressive career. The track list includes such beloved smashes as 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Smooth Criminal' and 'Thriller', to name just a few. The compilation worked its way to No. 1 in the U.K., and it is one of his 10 chart-toppers in the country.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Merchandise | The Holiday Collection. 12-11-'21

The Estate just released another collection called The Holiday Collection.

While the items are print on demand, some of them are pretty cool. But expect those item to be delivered by…2022?

Anyway here the full collection from mug to T-shirt, from Beanie to Hoodie…

You can try to purchase them on the US MJ store here.

The Holiday CollectionHere what you can get, from mug to T-shirt, from Beanie to Hoodie...

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Dangerous' (2Red & Silver Vinyl - Limited Edition) Album Is Reissued. 12-11-'21

'Dangerous' double vinyl celebrating the 30th anniversary and is today reissued.

So far multiple countries are already showing the new re-issue on their catalogues and we know that Poland will get a red swirl vinyl and Walmart in the US will get a silver special edition.

Those are re-issues so do not expect extra material on them… to be honest 'Dangerous' is perfect as it is!

There are currently two editions: in red vinyl for general retail and in a silver vinyl version for an edition reserved exclusively for US retailer Walmart.

'Dangerous' was released on November 26th, 1991 by Epic Records in the United States.

'Dangerous' is the eighth studio album by Michael Jackson and his fourth solo album for Epic Records, released nearly four years after his previous studio album, 'Bad'.

It is the first album since 'Forever, Michael' not to be produced by longtime collaborator Quincy Jones. Full production credit went to Michael Jackson, with additional production from Bill Bottrell and Teddy Riley.

'Dangerous' has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. 'Dangerous' peaked at number one in nine countries, while charting at the top ten in four other territories. The only songs not released as singles were 'Why You Wanna Trip On Me', 'She Drives Me Wild', 'Can't Let Her Get Away', 'Keep The Faith' and 'Dangerous'.

'Dangerous' received several Grammy nominations, winning only for Best Engineered Album (Non Classical) by Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley.

All songs produced by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley and Bill Bottrell.

Track list:

LP 1:
A:
1. Jam - 5:39
2. Why You Wanna Trip On Me - 5:25
3. In The Closet - 6:32

B:
1. She Drives Me Wild - 3:42
2. Remember The Time - 4:00
3. Can't Let Her Get Away - 5:02
4. Heal The World - 6:24

LP 2:
C:
1. Black Or White - 4:16
2. Who Is It - 6:35
3. Give In To Me - 5:28

D:
1. Will You Be There - 7:40
2. Keep The Faith - 5:57
3. Gone Too Soon - 3:22
4. Dangerous - 7:00

Dangerous (Silver Vinyl - Limited Edition) [2LP Set] Album Cover'Dangerous' limited edition on double silver vinyl.

Record label: Epic/Legacy
Series number: 19439888701
Printed: USA
Guide price: 50 €

Dangerous (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition) [2LP Set] Album Cover'Dangerous' limited edition on double red vinyl.

Record label: Epic/Legacy
Series number: 19439889101
Printed: EU
Guide price: 42 €

Pre-order the double silver vinyl album here at Walmart.
Pre-order the double red vinyl album here at Amazon.

Source: Wallmart / Empik / Billie Jean


Uri GellerUri Geller Museum Opens With Michael Jackson Items. 11-11-'21

Uri Geller just opened a museum in Tel Aviv, Israel.

While the museum is a big personal collection from Geller, it includes Two thousand twisted pieces of cutlery adorn a 1976 Cadillac, and more than 200 items on exhibit—from Pablo Picasso's easel and Harry Houdini's handcuffs to boxing gloves signed by Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and Gary Cooper's script-holder from 'High Noon'.

"Ninety percent of the items you see here were gifts from people throughout my career," says Geller, "About 5 percent of the items I bought in Sotheby and Christie auctions because they were connected to me in some way. Most of the rest I bought in shops."

Invincible DrawingThe museum also houses some of Geller's own works of art. Such as the drawings he did for Michael Jackson's 'Invincible' album, a signed jacket by the 'King of Pop' and few other memorabilia.

The Exhibition also includes paintings from Bubbles that he purchased in auctions.

Geller receives a mix feeling from the fans as he is responsible for introducing Martin Bashir to Michael which concluded with the 2005 trial due to Bashir's manipulation on his documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson'.

He was also the man organising weird 'King of Pop's visits such as at The Oxford Union, with David Blaine at The House of Commons, and the Exeter Football club…

While Geller publicly defends Michael Jackson, asking ITV to investigate Bashir and how he regrets to have introduced the two men, he also sold many other stories to the press and tabloids.

So if you are in town, and if you think it is worth seeing, all information are here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'Number Ones' Waving In The UK Charts. 11-11-'21

In the UK Charts this week, Michael Jackson's compilation album 'Number Ones' is waving in the top 100!

As millions of fans all around the world have been playing his song 'Thriller' non-stop around Halloween, Michael Jackson's greatest hits compilation 'Number Ones' improves again on the albums chart.

'Number Ones' has now lived on the ranking of the most popular albums in the U.K. for 520 weeks, or exactly 10 years.

Listen to the 'Number Ones album here below:

 

Source: Spotify / Billie Jean


The Way You Make Me Feel Video Clip'The Way You Make Me Feel' Hits 400 Million Views On YouTube. 10-11-'21

Michael Jackson's music video 'The Way You Make Me Feel' has surpassed 400 million views on YouTube. This now makes it the 7th 'King of Pop' video with over 400 million views.

The song is part of the 'Bad' album, a worldwide phenomenon that holds the record for placing five singles from the same album at number 1 on the hit list. With 45 million copies sold worldwide, 'Bad' has held steady with 'Thriller' with one of the best and most influential pop albums of the decade.

Directed by Joe Pytka, 'The Way You Make Me Feel' features Michael Jackson on a street playfully chasing his love interest (played by model Tatianna Thumbtzen)'.

Interesting Facts: The world première of the video clip took place on October 31st, 1987 on MTV.
For the final scene, in which Michael closely hugs Tatiana, he requests the set to be cleared of anyone who is not necessary to the filming.

In some scenes of the video clip, Michael copies John Travolta's dance moves in 'Summer Nights' of the legendary musical 'Grease'.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Leads Halloween Treats On Billboard Hot 100. 09-11-'21

Thriller Single CoverJackson has now placed a solo song in the Hot 100s top 20 in six consecutive decades.

Reflecting the spooky season's soundtrack, four Halloween classics re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Nov. 13).

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' returns to the Hot 100 at No. 19, marking its highest placement since its original chart run in 1984, when it peaked at No. 4. The song tallied 12.9 million U.S. streams (up 109%), 8.2 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 275%) and 6,300 downloads sold (up 71%) in the Oct. 29-Nov. 4 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

The title cut of Jackson's landmark 1983 album was produced by Quincy Jones and written by Rod Temperton, while its video was inducted into the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry.

Notably, Jackson has now placed a solo song in the Hot 100s top 20 in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 10s and 20s. (As a Jackson 5 member, he also ranked in the top 20 in the 60s thanks to the group's debut hit 'I Want You Back', which reached the region in December 1969 on its way to No. 1 the following month).

Jackson sent six songs into the Hot 100s top 20 in the 70s; 17 in the 80s; seven in the 90s; and two each in the 00s and 10s. Jackson, who died in 2009, appeared in the top 20 posthumously in the 10s with 'Love Never Felt So Good', with Justin Timberlake (No. 9 peak in 2014), and as featured on Drake's 'Don't Matter To Me' (No. 9; 2018).

Rockwell (real name: Kennedy Gordy) is the son of legendary record executive and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. 'Somebody's Watching Me' became Rockwell's first and highest-charting hit, its success helped by guest vocals from Michael (in the chorus) and Jermaine Jackson.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

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