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Hector Barjot: Michael Jackson Little Differences Between Items. 19-09-'21

 

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Something Is Brewing. 18-09-'21

As he was accosted on the street, Prince Jackson said of his father that he was working on something and that the estate was also working on some things but that he could not say anything because that would spoil the magic. It better be a surprise.

It was last May that we learned that Prince is now working with the estate.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


Smooth Criminal Video Clip'Smooth Criminal' Reaches 600 Million Views On YouTube. 17-09-'21

The short film for the song 'Smooth Criminal' by the 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson reached the milestone of 600 million views on YouTube.

The video still has a little more than 6 million likes. This is Jackson's 4th video to reach this milestone.

The song featured on the album 'Bad' is considered by many to be a multi-sector masterpiece and has become one of Jackson's most memorable rhythmic tracks.

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Michael Jackson Could've Starred In 'Labyrinth' Instead Of David Bowie. 16-09-'21

LabyrinthImagine it's the mid-1980s and you're director and puppeteer extraordinary, Jim Henson, casting the Goblin King for your movie, 'Labyrinth'. Which music superstar would you go with: David Bowie, Michael Jackson, or Sting?

Henson, the co-creator of 'The Muppets' with his wife, Jane, ultimately went with Bowie. However, there's a world in which Jackson, the onetime 'King of Pop', could have played the Goblin King in 'Labyrinth'.

'Labyrinth' turned 35 this year, and though Henson himself passed away in 1990, his work has continued to influence filmmakers like 'The Green Knight' director David Lowery. Henson's son, Brian Henson, recently spoke to ComicBook.com, where he outlined some of the other casting options that his father was considering for 'Labyrinth'. Here's what he said:

"I can't speak for my siblings, but I can say for me, I vaguely remember the name Sting coming up. I definitely remember Michael Jackson and David Bowie. I had just been at university for the one year that I went to college, and I can tell you that I was going from nightclub to nightclub, and Michael Jackson and David Bowie were the two biggest names in my generation, for sure.
"So when he asked me, I was leaning in favor of David Bowie. I just felt like Bowie had a quirkiness and yet a really coolness that would work really well for my dad, whereas Michael had a perfection to his work that would have been tough."

Henson elaborated further on why the part of the Goblin King was better suited, in his mind, to Bowie than Jackson: 

"I think it would have been tough for Michael to be Michael in 'Labyrinth'. He would have had to compromise his perfection, and then maybe that's no longer Michael, whereas David was always unpredictable. I remember going with my dad to see David in 'The Elephant Man' on stage and saying, 'God, this is such an unusual artist, David Bowie.' All I remember is when he asked me, I said, 'I think David Bowie.'"

In the wake of HBO's 'Leaving Neverland' documentary two years ago, some might think of Jackson as a sort of Goblin 'King of Pop' anyway. His music was pulled from radio stations and his legacy has taken a hit, but the casting of 'Labyrinth' came when he was at the height of his success — between the albums 'Thriller' and 'Bad' and just about to appear in 'Captain EO'.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 'Captain EO' fortified the Disney attraction of the same name at Epcot and other parks around the world. It opened in 1986, a few months after the summer release of 'Labyrinth', such that its own 35th anniversary was just this week. Instead of moviegoers seeing Jackson in 'Labyrinth', theme park goers got to see him onscreen in a short film that was, at the time, the most expensive movie ever made on a minute-by-minute basis.

It all worked out, and at the end of the day, would 'Labyrinth' really be 'Labyrinth' without David Bowie?

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The Jackson 5’s 'ABC' Re-Issue Album Will Be Released On Blue Vinyl. 16-09-'21

On Black Friday this year, the Record Store Day (USA) will release a special edition of 'ABC' by the Jackson 5 on November 26th, 2021.

The special edition will be available for the first time on 180g blue vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

'ABC' is the second studio album by The Jackson 5, it featured the number-one singles 'ABC' and 'The Love You Save'. Also present on the LP are several notable album tracks, including a cover of Funkadelic's 'I'll Bet You', 'I Found That Girl' (the only lead song from brother Jermaine - Michael takes most of the leads on the album), and 'The Young Folks', originally recorded by the Diana Ross-led version of The Supremes.

All songs produced by The Corporation & Hal Davis.

'ABC' album was for the first time released on May 8th, 1970 in the USA by Motown and in the United Kingdom in August 1970 by Tamla Motown.

ABC (Blue Vinyl) Album Cover'ABC' album will be available for the first time on 180g blue vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

Track list:

A:
1. The Love You Save - 3:01
2. One More Chance - 2:59
3. ABC - 2:57
4. 2-4-6-8 - 2:57
5. (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need - 2:43
6. Don't Know Why I Love You - 3:49

B:
1. Never Had A Dream Come True - 3:00
2. True Love Can Be Beautiful - 3:27
3. La-La Means I Love You - 3:30
4. I'll Bet You - 3:18
5. I Found That Girl - 3:00
6. The Young Folks - 2:49

Look here at Record Store Day.

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The Jacksons Live (Promo) Maxi-Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 16-09-'21
The Jacksons Live (Promo) [Maxi-Single]

'The Jacksons Live' promo maxi-single was released in October 1981 in the USA by Epic as a promotional item to push the new title on major radio stations and chart return record dealers.

The live maxi-single was culled from recordings made in August 1981 on the tours stops in Buffalo, NY; Providence, RI; Atlanta, GA; and New York City, NY.

The live show featured songs from the group's Epic catalog, 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Things I Do For You' and a medley of their Motown hits. One song from lead singer Michael's solo album 'Off The Wall'.

All songs produced by The Jacksons.

On the back of the sleeve you will see a golden promo stamp.

Track list:

A:
1. Heartbreak Hotel - 5:25
2. She's Out Of My Life - 4:11

B:
1. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save - 3:01
2. Things I Do For You - 3:31

Record label: Epic
Released: 10-1981
Series number: AS 1351
Printed: USA
Guide price: 50 €

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I Wanna Be Where You Are Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 15-09-'21
I Wanna Be Where You Are (Single)

'I Wanna Be Where You Are' is the third single lifted from Michael's first solo album 'Got To Be There', released on May 2nd, 1972 in the USA by Motown (no UK release).

The song was written by Arthur "T-Boy" Ross and Leon Ware (Diana Ross younger brother), arranged by James Carmichael and produced by Hal Larson.

His third straight top-ten pop hit during his early solo career with Motown. It was the first collaboration between Ware and Ross, the younger brother of Diana Ross.

This song is one of Jackson's most covered songs.

Track list:

A:
1. I Wanna Be Where You Are - 2:58

B:
1. We've Got A Good Thing Going - 2:59

Record label: Motown
Released: 02-05-1972
Series number: M-1202F
Printed: USA
Guide price: 15 €

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Madonna Opens The VMAs With A Shady Michael Jackson Tribute. 13-09-'21

MadonnaMadonna seems to have a standing invitation to MTVs Video Music Awards. After making a surprise appearance to close out the 2018 VMAs, she showed up unannounced at the 2021 VMAs to instead open the show. If you found the moment just a little bit awkward, well, maybe that was on purpose. She was referencing (perhaps in homage, or perhaps as a bit of shade) one of the most awkward moments in VMA history: when Michael Jackson similarly made a surprise appearance to open the 1994 edition of the VMAs. Yes, it’s a reference older than most of the night's nominees.

Back in 1994, Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, for only a few months. Neither the tabloid press nor much of the public really understood the union, and Jackson and Presely opened that year's VMAs hand-in-hand. After a minute of silence, and then a welcome given to the audience, Jackson said, "and just think, nobody thought this would last," while motioning to Presley. The two shared a very public make out session before walking off stage with no further word. The pair would be separated by the end of 1995.

Madonna decided to recreate the moment in her own fashion, though we suppose she meant MTV was the Presley to her Jackson. She, too, quickly walked off with little further comment.

To be quite honest, it is an iconic moment in VMAs history, though one MTV itself doesn’t quite celebrate. Of course, leave it to Madonna to bring it up on the edition of the VMAs that also celebrates the channel's 40th anniversary. Between Jackson and Madonna, MTV as we know it wouldn't exist. It's fitting, we guess, that their legacies would intersect, even in such an awkward fashion, this year.

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Positively Collecting Michael Jackson Memorabilia. 12-09-'21

It is not every day that fans are shown in a positive way in the press and this is the case for Vernay and Ryan in New Jersey, USA.

If you recall, Vernay and Ryan won the Hector Barjot Award 2021 for best Michael Jackson Collection.

Today, they made it to FOX29 News where they were portraited nicely and explaining why they are collecting Michael Jackson memorabilia.

 

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Michael Jackson Almost Died On September 11 Before Bizarre Twist Of Fate. 11-09-'21

Michael JacksonOn the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we look at some of the famous figures who have fate to thank for not becoming one of the 2,997 victims of the horrifying tragedy.

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre - a moment that changed the modern world forever.

On the morning of Tuesday September 11 2001, militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked commercial planes and flew then into the iconic New York building.

A third plane was crashed into the west side of the Pentagon, causing a partial collapse of the American military headquarters. The fourth and final hijacked flight crashed into a field in Pennsylvania without making it to its intended target.

The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries and substantial long-term health problems.

In the years that have followed the senseless tragedy, many have opened up about how they narrowly escaped the horrors on that fateful day - including a few famous faces.

Pop star Michael Jackson could have been among those killed in the tragic attack had fate not intervened.

The late singer had been due to attend a meeting in the World Trade Centre on the very day of the incident.

Jackson had left his Neverland Ranch for New York to perform in his 30th Anniversary Solo All Star show on September 7 and September 10 at Madison Square Garden.

The star-studded shows also featured performances by some of the biggest names in music including Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli and Gloria Estefan while the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Macaulay Culkin graced the royal viewing box side of stage.

Britney Spears also joined the 'King of Pop' for a special rendition of 'The Way You Make Me Feel'.

Hours after the second concert, New York's World Trade Centre was under attack.

The same day the planes hit Michael had been due to make an appearance in the tower, but overslept after his show and missed his schedule appointment entirely.

Brother Jermaine Jackson explained in his biography how his late sibling had stayed up late the night before chatting with his mother, Katherine and sister, Rebbie.

"Thankfully, none of us had had a clue that Michael was due at a meeting that morning at the top of one of the Twin Towers," he wrote in he book 'You Are Not Alone: Michael: Through a Brother's Eyes'.

"We only discovered this when Mother phoned his hotel to make sure he was okay. She, Rebbie [Jackson] and a few others had left him there around 3am.

"Mother, I'm okay, thanks to you. You kept me up talking so late that I overslept and missed my appointment,'" Jackson told his mum.

Michael passed away eight years later on June 25th, 2009.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Official 2022 Calendar Is Released. 08-09-'21

The official Michael Jackson 2022 calendar is released by Danilo.

Michael Jackson was regarded as the 'King of Pop' and sprang onto the music scene with his brothers as the 'Jackson 5.' In the early 1970's Michael also started to develop a solo career and by the end of the decade, he was an established pop artist. To date, Michael Jackson has now sold over 350 million songs worldwide.

Michael Jackson's back catalogue of album and singles brought many awards including Grammys and Brit awards and MJ was one of the most significant figures of the last century. Some of Michael Jackson's popular hits were 'Billie Jean,' 'Beat It' and 'Leave Me Alone.' MJ was also an amazing dancer and his move called the 'Moonwalk' was special to watch. Likewise, his music videos were well thought out and no one can forget the icon 'Thriller' video.

Buy today a Michael Jackson Official 2022 A3 Wall Calendar featuring the classic photos of the 'King of Pop'. This A3 Calendar is a Michael Jackson Poster calendar as well as an opportunity for you to write your 2022 appointments in the date boxes.

Specifications
Publisher: Danilo
Height: 420 mm
Width: 297 mm
Product code: ?
Guide price: 11 €

Order your official Michael Jackson 2022 calendar at Danilo.

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