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Children Of The Light / Early Classics / Music & Me (3CD Box Set)

'Children Of The Light / Early Classics / Music & Me' box set of The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson is released on November 16th, 2001 in the UK through Motown/Spectrum.

'Children Of The Light' CD contains a single disc. Budget-priced compilation featuring 14 of the greatest songs that Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael cut for Motown in the early 70s. Features the #1 smash 'The Love You Save'. Alongside their renditions of contemporary pop hits like 'Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing', 'Little Bitty Pretty One' and 'Doctor My Eyes'.

'Early Classics' CD compilation featuring 18 super classics from the family band from Gary, Indiana that conquered the pop and soul charts as well as the hearts of many. Not just the hits, this disc compiles more LP tracks as well for a more complete portrait of the group.

'Music And Me' CD compilation featuring 14 super hits from Michael his solo career. Jackson, who was 14 years old at the time, as he was experiencing vocal changes and facing a changing music landscape. Features the #1 smash 'Rockin' Robin', 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'We've Got Forever'.

Track lists:

CD 1:
1. The Love You Save - 3:01
2. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - 2:27
3. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:37
4. Don't Let Your Baby Catch You - 3:10
5. I Can Only Give You Love - 2:31
6. Little Bitty Pretty One - 2:48
7. Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah - 3:12
8. Ready Or Not, Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) - 2:36
9. E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ne-Mo (The Choice Is Yours To Pull) - 2:49
10. If I Have To Move A Mountain - 3:14
11. Don't Want To See Tomorrow - 2:40
12. Children Of The Light - 2:23
13. Doctor My Eyes - 3:11
14. My Cherie Amour - 3:39

CD 2:
1. I Want You Back - 2:59
2. Can You Remember - 2:58
3. Who's Lovin' You - 3:59
4. True Love Can Be Beautiful - 3:28
5. In Our Small Way - Michael Jackson - 3:39
6. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:33
7. Can I See You In The Morning - 3:11
8. I'll Bet You - 3:16
9. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:33
10. People Make The World Go Round - Michael Jackson - 3:15
11. Doggin' Around (Michael Jackson Solo) - 2:52
12. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:00
13. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:38
14. We've Got A Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson - 3:03
15. The Young Folks - 2:57
16. My Little Baby - 2:58
17. (We've Got) Blue Skies- 3:23
18. With A Child's Heart - Michael Jackson - 3:27

CD 3:
1. Rockin' Robin - 2:34
2. Johnny Raven - 3:32
3. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - 3:21
4. Happy (Love Theme From 'Lady Sings The Blues') - 3:23
5. Too Young - 3:37
6. Up Again - 2:47
7. With A Child's Heart - 3:30
8. Ain't No Sunshine - 4:13
9. Euphoria - 2:49
10. Morning Glow - 3:35
11. Music And Me - 2:38
12. All The Things You Are - 2:55
13. Cinderella Stay Awhile - 3:09
14. We've Got Forever - 3:10

Record label: Motown/Spectrum
Released: 16-11-2001
Series number: 544 6962
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

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Michael Jackson Voice Upon A Time Book Cover'Michael Jackson Voice Upon A Time' Book Is Released. 10-07-'20

For our English-speaking friends who sometimes read these lines, know that Isabelle Petitjean's book 'Michael Jackson Il Était Une Voix' is available in English under the title 'Michael Jackson Voice Upon A Time'.

Prefaced by Bruce Swedien, this book is available in printed format and dimensions 17.5 x 25.5 cm on 312 pages, as well as in E-book PDF format.

Michael Jackson’s voice was first heard in a maternity ward in Gary, Indiana, on a summer evening of 1958. It was last heard on a warm summer morning in 2009 under the sunny sky of California. Still…

It was soon clear that Baby Jackson had much more to say than most toddlers of his age. It was soon clear that his voice would be heard for a long time, that it would haunt, resonate, support, accompany, awaken, as it had always done, our lives and those of future generations. What is this voice? Where does it come from? Is it a gift from heaven and nature? Is it a work shaped by labor? If so, for what message? What words did it choose to embody? What is the Good Word it wanted to spread?

From Motown to Bruce Swedien’s (Michael Jackson’s regular and emblematic sound engineer) studio, the author helps us discover the voice of the artist. A voice that managed to cross boundaries, as the entire work of the 'King of Pop', trans-stylistic, transracial, transgenerational, transcultural and transdisciplinary. Between lyrical pen and technical analysis, the author highlights different aspects of this hard-working and seasoned artist who was also a genius and a messenger, whose leitmotiv was the respect of his talents and his public, and the wish to win and deserve an unconditionnal love. As secular icone, he tried to enlighten the collective consciouscness and to challenge us, singing to us with a voice that will continue to resonate globally for a very long time.

Publisher: Deltour France
Author: Isabelle Petitjean
ISBN: 978-2-7521-0406-9
Pages: 312
Printed: France
Guide price: 29 €

Order the book here at Deltour France.

Source: Deltour France / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Bombshell Never-Before-Seen Diary Unveils Plans To Be 'Immortal'. 09-07-'20

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson was fixated on becoming "the first multi-billionaire entertainer-actor-director" shortly before his death, his diary reveals.

An explosive book tells how Jackson, 50, hoped to become a movie star as well as playing concerts in Las Vegas just months before his death in June 2009.

The musings show the performer grappling with his desperation to be "the greatest ever" and "immortalized", like idols Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney.

According to the diary, Jackson was hoping to earn $20million a week and listed opportunities including Cirque du Soleil concerts, a deal with athletics brand Nike and Hollywood films.

He had been weeks away from gigs at London’s O2 Arena before his death.

He planned to hire "a merchandising guy", and remake movie classics such as '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' and 'The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad'.

"If I don’t concentrate on film, no immortalization," he wrote.

The journal also shows how the singer was trying to take back control of his assets and cut loose managers and advisers he felt were taking advantage.

"I want to sign all cheques over $5,000 now. Hire an accountant I trust now and lawyer. I want to meet him," he wrote.

Jackson was suspicious of his manager at the time, Tohme R. Tohme, and didn’t want him "on plane or in my house."

His physician, Dr Conrad Murray, who administered the sedatives that killed him, gets a mention. He wrote: "Conrad must practice now, I can’t be tired."

At the time, Jackson was taking huge doses of ­painkillers that had no effect on him. He became so immune to his ­medication, he demanded to be dosed ­intravenously, which was a fatal mistake.

The book 'Bad: An Unprecedented Investigation into The Michael Jackson Cover-up' was released in the US this week. The author, Dylan Howard, pieced together how, by the early 1990s, he was reliant on anxiety meds, painkillers and sleeping pills.

By 1999 he was taking painkiller Demerol intravenously. Three years later he was slurping zombie cocktails of the drug mixed with wine.

Family and friends feared for his safety and many attributed his bizarre behaviour to his addiction, such as the time in 2010 when he dangled his baby son, Blanket, over the balcony of his fourth-storey Berlin hotel suite.

Photos taken in the LA house where he was living when he died show a pharmacy of medication, such as Diazepam, Lidocaine and Propofol.

Dr Murray was paid $100,000 a month to obtain and administer his medication At first the doctor secured "downers" including Xanax, Restoril, Ativan and Versed. Jackson racked up a $100,000 bill at a Beverly Hills ­pharmacy, and to prepare for his concerts in London’s O2 Arena, he had his doctor buy 5,000ml of sedative Propofol, which Jackson called "milk".

It was enough to anaesthetise all the pre-op patients in a hospital for a week and it was this drug, administered intravenously, that killed him.

Darker ramblings in the diary show the sad star had become paranoid.

"I’m afraid someone is trying to kill me," he scribbled. "Evil people ­everywhere. They want to destroy me and take my publishing company. The system wants to kill me for my ­catalogue… I’m not selling it."

Howard says: “While the facts of Michael’s demise don’t add up to suicide, they certainly reveal an ­overburdened man who slowly killed himself through drug use.

"And those who surrounded him took advantage of his helplessness."

The book again raises questions about the singer’s relationship with boys. One video being touted for sale in Hollywood was seen by the author and shows Jackson and two boys playing weird games in his bedroom.

In it the older boy is standing on his four-poster bed with arms wrapped around a beam like a martyr on a cross. Jackson stands in front of him staring while the second child films.

Jackson orders him down and the child hurls abuse and begins to pant and roll his eyes. Jackson then grabs the boy by his T-shirt. More swearing follows and the child pretends to spit on the pop star before Jackson walks away.

Howard admits he was unsettled by the video, saying: "The scene was worrying and baffling... the level of foul language and simulated abuse cannot be ignored. Although Michael and the kids were engaging in what was clearly over-the-top theatrics, their preferred subject matter was without a doubt age-inappropriate.

"Even if they were playing out some kind of intense-bordering-on-disgusting role play scene, the words and actions are inexcusable on a certain level, but much like Michael, they are not always what they seem."

Howard documents how, in November 2003, Santa Barbara County Sheriff officers raided the star’s Neverland home after ­allegations he had abused children.

They confiscated computers, photographs, secret videotapes, pornographic magazines and medication. He says: "A multitude of books contained photos of children and young adults in varying stages of undress. Authorities believed material like that could have been used by Michael to desensitize kids."

Police also reportedly seized a ­Disneyland bag that contained ­children’s clothes and bloodied linen.

Jackson was cleared of child abuse charges in 2005, but last year, two alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, appeared in Channel 4’s 'Leaving Neverland', claiming they were abused over several years.

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean

'Bad: An Unprecedented Investigation Into The Michael Jackson Cover-Up' Book Is Released. 07-07-'20

Bad: An Unprecedented Investigation Into The Michael Jackson Cover-Up Book CoverHe was the 'King of Pop', a superstar without equal, the idol of millions of young people around the world. But was Michael Jackson also a sexual predator without equal, someone who preyed on the very fans who adored him?

'Bad' book is the revelatory untold true story of the strange and larger-than-life career of Michael Jackson, the 'King of Pop'. In the wake of the controversial two-part documentary 'Leaving Neverland', which told the stories of two young boys who were befriended by the singer and have claimed they suffered years of agonizing abuse, Dylan Howard set out to investigate Jackson’s life and death in unprecedented depth, to determine—as one lawyer suggested—that the pop star ran "the most sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation the world has known."

After all the highly publicized trials and unfounded accusations, stunning new information has finally come to light: irrefutable evidence that one of the best-known, best-loved figures in the world was a monster behind closed doors—a foul-mouthed, abusive, drug-sodden freak whose deeds and the reasons for those deeds are revealed now for the first time.

A dramatic narrative account based on dozens of interviews, Howard shares Jackson’s own riveting personal journal—obtained exclusively for this book—interviews with family members, multiple first-person sources—some of whom have asked to remain anonymous—as well as thousands of pages of court documents. What he uncovers is a man who was both naive and Machiavellian, unorthodox, a devoted father, shrewd businessman, and drug addict whose life was cut short but whose sound and style have influenced artists of various genres and generations.

Remarkably though, in death, there remains two portraits of Michael Jackson: the reigning 'King of Pop', and a pedophile whose pattern of abuse ruined his reputation. Fans and individuals alike will forever be asking if the insidious claims being made about MJ are true. This is the new narrative and the sad legacy of one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Here is his life story, told for the first time with stories and testimony that will leave you shaken.

Publisher: Skyhorse
Author: Dylan Howard
ISBN: 978-1510755093
Pages: 288
Printed: USA
Guide price: 22 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

Billie Jean (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition] Maxi-Single CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 07-07-'20
Billie Jean (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition) [Maxi-Single]

'Billie Jean' limited edition maxi-single of Michael Jackson was released in January 1983 in Mexico in red vinyl under the Epic label. The track written and co-produced, with Quincy Jones, by Michael.

'Billie Jean' was released on January 2nd, 1983 in the USA by Epic and in the United Kingdom in January 1983 by Epic.

The red maxi-single is a limited edition (how many examples is been released is a question, I don't know sorry) and housed in a generic Epic company die-cut sleeve with 'Edicion Limitada' text. (The title 'Billie Jean' is misspelled on the label as 'Billy'). There are two color vinyl's of 'Billie Jean' released in Mexico, the other one is green.

The vinyl contains a long version of 'Billie Jean' and on the B-side the extended version of ('Largate') 'Beat It'.

Billie Jean (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition] Maxi-SingleOriginally titled 'Not My Lover' (to avoid any confusion with the tennis player, Billie Jean King), and inspired by obsessive young women who accused Michael and his brothers of fathering their children.

Producer Quincy Jones wasn't too impressed with the demo of the song - he didn't care much for the bass. The song was mixed by Bruce Swedien, who usually did just one mix of a song - but he did 91 of 'Billie Jean', before the second mix was eventually chosen!

"Quincy said, 'okay, this song has to have the most incredible drum sound that anybody has ever done, but it also has to have one element that's different, and that's sonic personality'," said Swedien. "What I ended up doing was building a drum platform and designing some special little things, like a bass drum cover and a flat piece of wood that goes between the snare and hi-hat... the bottom line is that there aren't many pieces of music where you can hear the first three or four notes of the drums and immediately tell what the piece of music is. But I think that is the case with 'Billie Jean' and that I attribute to sonic personality."

Track list:

1. Billie Jean - 6:19

1. Beat It - 5:41

Record label: Epic
Released: 01-1983
Series number: SCL-45,040
Printed: Mexico

Guide price: 90 €

Travis Payne and Stacy WalkerTravis Payne And Stacy Walker Doing Digital Group Sessions. 07-07-'20

After the success of Travis Payne and Stacy Walker’s Online Dance sessions few weeks ago, the pair are now offering customized group sessions.

With COVID-19, it has been hard to learn dance moves but Stacy and Travis have found the perfect way to still learn and be in the comfort of your house.

The idea is great and already few impersonators have now taking the offer and giving fans dance sessions with the 2 MJ choreographers.

If you are interested to hold some sessions with Travis and Stacy for your friends and family, you can email at INFO@ICOACHDANCE.COM

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Naomi Campbell Reflects On Michael Jackson's Drastic Move To Land Her For Music Video. 05-07-'20

Naomi CampbellSupermodel Naomi Campbell has a career that’s not limited to the runway or glossy magazines. Besides gracing catwalks, she’s been in TV shows, helmed charitable initiatives, released a couple records, and snagged a few acting roles.

One of her latest endeavors is running her YouTube channel, but the model recently took the time for an interview with rapper Lil Wayne yesterday (July 4) on Young Money Radio and shared a story about her time working with Michael Jackson.

Most people know her for her modeling career and her occasional cameos in TV shows or movies, but Campbell has been in music videos too. While her first modeling gig was at 15, she was in grade school when she was in the video for Bob Marley’s 'Is This Love'.

Her entire class appeared in the 1978 video, and she loved it. During an appearance on Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio podcast, Campbell spoke about how Marley’s music was part of her household growing up and how she was a bit starstruck. "I never thought I’d meet him at 7 years old or be doing a video, and I just remember he was an incredibly beautiful man."

She was also excited about working with Boy George and Culture Club in 'I’ll Tumble 4 Ya', George Michael for his 'Freedom!' video, and of course as Michael Jackson’s leading lady in 'In The Closet'.

Jackson pulled more than a few strings to recruit Campbell for the memorable 1992 video, and it was a last-minute switch.

Originally, Madonna was supposed to play opposite Jackson, but according to his friend Babyface, she started making too many demands on set and he cut her loose from the shoot. Jackson then placed a call to Campbell.

She wasn’t expecting it, and it was her first time speaking to the singer. Jackson asked her to play the lead part, and Campbell initially turned it down because of her hectic schedule.

She told Lil Wayne:

When Michael actually called me I said to Michael, 'Thank you so much but I can’t do your video because I’ve got 30 shows to do in Paris, and I’ve made my commitment and I can’t cancel them.' And then Michael said, "Well, I’ll pay out the shows so you can come and do the video."

Boom. She was caught off guard and didn’t want to just blow off her duties, but Campbell said she went out and did the shoot with Herb Ritts in Los Angeles. They worked something out. Lil Wayne reacted with surprise but admired that Jackson flexed like a boss.

In a video for her YouTube vlog, Campbell recounted her experience for 'In The Closet', and said the video shoot was fun and Jackson was "amazing". She called him a perfectionist and said he knew how he wanted everything to look.
"We just had so many laughs. We were like kids," she said. Campbell said he was a genius and on set, he was also a prankster. They cracked jokes and played around with water guns.

After meeting on set, Campbell and Jackson remained friends up until his death in 2009.

Source: CheatSheet / Billie Jean

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Michael Jackson's Ex-Bodyguard Matt Fiddes Shares Truth Behind Star's 'Secret Child Room'. 03-07-'20

Matt FiddesBodyguard Matt Fiddes, who was charged with looking after the late 'King of Pop', has given new insight into his time with the star and the child molestation allegations he's faced.

Matt Fiddes, who was charged with looking after the late 'King of Pop' before his death in 2009, has spoken out after the child molestation allegations brought against the singer.

Michael has been hit by a string of child abuse claims that were at the centre of documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

His fans were outraged by the claims and his family vehemently denied them.

Michael was taken to trial on child molestation claims in 2005 but was found not guilty.

Speaking on podcast The Scott McGlynn show, Matt, who is now an entrepreneur and celebrity personal trainer, spoke about the allegations that Michael built a secret child room at his home.

He told host Scott McGlynn: "They [critics] try and tell you that he built a secret child room but that was there when he bought the house, it was actually a panic room.

"The guy was a multi-billionaire and it was completely normal to have a panic room… you would push a door and he had stuff in their to keep him entertained for a few days until a problem was solved.

"Many times people used to parachute in and alarms would go off and Neverland staff used to tell him to go into the room. So it was not a secret room, it is the most ridiculous stuff that people make up."

Matt also hinted that fans could get to hear some unreleased music soon.

He said: "I think there’s some more albums to be released. There’s going to be a biopic... a bit like the Freddie Mercury one. I understand they are doing one on Michael Jackson as well. So there’s a lot more to happen.

"It is a shame his reputation has been tarnished by these crazy allegations."

Matt also shared his thoughts on 'Leaving Neverland', which featured two of Michael's former child companions, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both claimed they were sexually abused by the singer.

The bodyguard said: "The timing was very obvious. The thing that they missed out of the documentary is that they are suing MJ for hundreds of millions of dollars. Had they put that in the documentary, I think people would have turned the channel over or taken a different view on it.

"It is quite an important part. Tried to sue him, failed, then appealed, and they make this TV programme! It should have been included in the programme, definitely. And MJ wasn’t here to defend himself, so I was fuming."

He added: "And when things started to be proved to be untrue, as the programme was dissected by Michael Jackson’s estate, now the programme is only about one and a half hours long, instead of the four hours it was.

"He had one thousand law suits in his life, if I remember correctly. People were always out to get money, it was a daily occurrence. People would do anything to try and meet him.

"From what I saw, the parents were the problem, not the kids. The Parents would say 'can’t they have 10 more minutes?'"

Matt was also asked about Michael's sexuality.

The late star married two women in his life, Lisa Marie Presley, from 1994 to 1996, and to Debbie Rowe, from 1996 to 1999.

But many people believe the father of three was gay.

Matt said: "He’d always try and promote that he was single. That was the way he was trained by his record label, 'Don’t let your fan base down'. That was always in his mind and he wanted to keep that mystery going."

And when asked what Michael would think about the media reports surrounding him today, Matt said: "He wouldn’t want me to respond to all of this criticism. His attitude was 'always ignore it. It doesn’t deserve my attention. And if a light is shined on something it just makes the problems bigger'.

"His advice to us all was to ignore it and don’t comment. But we had to [say something] last year as it got to the point were I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

"But I think that [the fall out from HBO airing the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary] is still on-going and they are suing the broadcasters. It is still on-going.

"The documentary needed to be more balanced in my opinion."

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean

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