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Michael Jackson In Contemporary ArtMichael Jackson: Contemporary Art Talk Online. 26-11-'20

'Michael Jackson in contemporary art: icon, light and death' is the title of a talk that will take place online via zoom organised by the 'Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile'.

The talk will take place on November 30th, 2020 at 6.30pm in Chile and directed by Professor Claudia Campaña to discuss the impact of the 'King of Pop' has on contemporary Art.

Similar to some of the discussions and the whole concept of the 2018ts 'Michael Jackson: On The Wall' Exhibition which started in London.

The Chilean University has actually selected an artwork of Gary Hume which was viewed at the Exhibition to promote this digital event.

Places are limited and in Spanish but if you are interested, email your registration to astrid.munoz@uc.cl

Source: Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Personal, Tour And Video Items For Sale! 24-11-'20

More items of Michael Jackson will be on sale at Julien's Auctions on December 1 & 2, 2020.

Along side with personal items such as photo albums, t-shirts, shoes, awards, the auction will also have tour merchandise and items from Tours and videos.

Some items are historical such as:

A Michael Jackson 'Leave Me Alone' Cannes Gold Lion Award presented to Jim Blashfield for Michael Jackson's 'Leave Me Alone' music video in 1989 at the 36e Festival International du Film Publicitaire.

A pair of black leather penny loafers, likely by Florsheim and likely size 9 1/2, though label and size are worn off due to use. The sole of the left shoe is signed in black felt-tip ink "Love/ Michael Jackson", and the sole of the right shoe is also signed in black felt-tip ink "Michael Jackson".

A pair of black lace-up Track 'N Trail boots worn by Michael Jackson in his 1995 music video for 'Stranger In Moscow'. These were the boots worn by Jackson in the dry scenes of the video.

Michael Jackson Apollo performance costume; a white silk, long-sleeve button-down shirt sold together with a white cotton, right-hand forearm brace.

MJ MemorabiliaMichael Jackson personal, tour and video items for sale at Julien's Auctions.

A custom black jacket with satin lapels with rhinestone accents on the left lapel, cuffs, and armband on right sleeve, worn by Michael Jackson to the MTV Video Music Awards held at Yoyogi National Athletic Stadium in Tokyo on May 27th, 2006.

A white nylon right-hand glove with a silver-tone metal hook-and-eye closure at the back wrist, entirely adorned with hand-sewn Swarovski loch rosen crystals graduating in size from the fingertips to the wrist.

A tall, foldable director's chair made of dark-stained wood with a brown canvas seat and a same color backrest with text on the front and back reading "Michael Jackson". Consigned directly by the widow of Bill Bray, Jackson's longtime head of security, who relayed the story that Jackson used this chair during the filming of his 1986 'Captain EO' film that was shown at Disney theme parks for over a decade.

The auction will also contain items from the Jackson 5, personal drawings, signatures and so on…

Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
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Monday, November 23rd – Friday, November 27th, 2020
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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
Session III (Lots 394-612): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
Session V (Lots 842-1223): 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
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Friday, December 4th, 2020
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Source: MJ Vibe / Julien's Auctions / Billie Jaen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Variety / Billie Jean

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

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

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

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

RIP Mr Gordon Keith.

From Moonwalk, the official biography of Michael Jackson:

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

Moonwalk, Michael Jackson, 1988.

Source: Billie Jean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Roger Friedman; Showbiz411 / Billie Jean

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: MJ Vibe / MJWN / Billie Jean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Cirque du Soleil / Billie Jean

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

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

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

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

Start your Christmas shopping now here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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