Saturday, October 26, 2013

Michael Jackson One: Enables a lucrative Empire and legacy.

Michael Jackson One: Piece Of A Postmortem Empire

“It’s me. It’s Michael.” Those words—spoken by the King of Pop’s disembodied voice—proclaim the beginning of One, the Las Vegas spectacle that’s the latest piece of Michael Jackson’s lucrative legacy.

Indeed, there’s plenty of Michael. As One unfurls, the hard-rocking riffs of “Beat It” blare out across the show’s permanent home at the 1,804-seat theater at Mandalay Bay as ersatz paparazzi, sporting oversized cameras and red trench-coats, zip-line overhead en route to the stage (the characters return throughout the show, a reminder of Jackson’s under-the-microscope life).

What follows is a 90-minute extravaganza that pairs some of Jackson’s most popular songs with Cirque du Soleil’s signature touches—acrobats performing feats in midair that would seem impossible even on the ground while contorting their bodies like human Gumby toys.

“The most important thing for the estate of a deceased performer is keeping his or her name or persona in front of the public,” says entertainment attorney Donald David, whose résumé includes representing the postmortem interests of late rapper Tupac Shakur. “They are no longer here to give performances or interviews … thus, the secret is to keep the deceased star in the public’s mind.”

With its posters plastered all over Las Vegas, One seems to be doing exactly that. The show should also play a major role in generating income for the estate in the coming years. How much, exactly, is difficult to pinpoint—data provider Pollstar doesn’t track the grosses of Vegas shows. (“Casinos frequently comp significant parts of the house to high-rollers and that distorts sales stats,” says Gary Bongiovanni, the outfit’s president and editor-in-chief.)

Even so, FORBES estimates that One is capable of grossing between $150,000 and $250,000 for a sold-out show; that figure doubles on nights with two performances. And when the show made its official Vegas debut this summer, it gave Jackson the remarkable ability to tour in two places at the same time.

The other half of Jackson’s postmortem performance empire  is the Michael Jackson Immortal world tour, also a joint venture between the estate and Cirque. The show has been crisscrossing the globe since late 2011 and recently topped the $300 million mark for gross tickets sales, winning the Creative Content honor at last year’s Billboard Touring Awards as well.

One and Immortal were conceived at the same time, the product of conversations between Jackson’s estate and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, who pushed to launch the traveling show first and follow with the Vegas show. He and Jackson estate co-executor John Branca tapped Jamie King, who got his start as a dancer on Jackson’s Dangerous tour, to write and direct both productions.

Unlike Immortal, however, One got its own permanent home in Vegas. That meant a chance for additional overhead daredevilry—acrobats moonwalking up the walls, for example—and opened the door for audiovisual extravagances including floor-to-ceiling video screens on either side of the stage and speakers in and around every single seat.

“There’s nothing better than being handed the keys to a brand-new Bentley, right?” says King. “This was a perfect opportunity for me to work with my design team and craft a show for a theater designed for this show.”

The “Stranger in Moscow” sequence toward the beginning of the show is among the best examples of this. A single acrobat climbs a silk rope and performs a lengthy series of twists and flips, his movements so effortless it seems he’s surrounded by water rather than air. Meanwhile, snowflakes improbably descend from the ceiling, seemingly evaporating before they hit the ground.

There are plenty of other jaw droppers: a “Thriller” sequence where performers in zombie costumes bounce back and forth between a trampoline on the ground and another 20 feet above it (or up to an even higher ledge); and later, to the tune of “Dirty Diana,” a dance routine where a lady in red gyrates up and down a 30-foot pole.

Though the storyline stringing the sequences together can be tenuous at times—the show follows four youngsters as they zip from scene to disparate scene, imbued with mystical powers from Jackson’s shoes, sunglasses, fedora and trademark white glove—the plot isn’t the point.

At its core, One is a flying, twisting, twirling rock concert. Each scene brings yet another feat of eye-popping physical prowess, another classic Jackson song, another set of oohs and ahhs from the crowd. Ultimately, that means more cash for his estate’s coffers. Says David: “I can virtually guarantee you that every guest [at One] is going to buy a Michael Jackson album at the very least.”

Having a permanent theater also enables the inclusion of the show’s most crucial performer: Michael Jackson. More accurately, a hologram-like illusion that looks and moves like the King of Pop appears and performs “Man In The Mirror” right there with the rest of the show’s dancers toward the end of the show.

“The cool thing is that kids who didn’t grow up with Michael are now discovering his genius and legacy … his spirit is with us,” says King. “And his music will live forever.”

It seems his hefty earnings will, too.

Source: Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Forbes Staff

Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson's Estate

Seems Quincy is upset he wasn't included in the production credits for 'This Is IT'  and thinks he should  have had first right to remix or edit the songs for the Cirque du Soleil shows.  This should be an interesting law suite, as if they don't  have enough on their plate already. Eta:  Gradstein & Marzano (the same firm representing Wade Robson) are representing Quincy. :( ~ Qbee

Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson's Estate
LOS ANGELES October 26, 2013 (AP)

Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson's estate on Friday claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar's greatest hits.

Jones' lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from the singer's estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film "This Is It" and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop's songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer's credit on the music in "This Is It." His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate's profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, "Off the Wall," ''Thriller" and "Bad."

Jackson's estate wrote in a statement that it was saddened by Jones' lawsuit. "To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael," the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music's New York offices was not immediately returned.
Jackson's hits "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer's fee.

Jones' lawsuit states the producer's contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

Source: ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Michael Jackson Fans Unite-Tired of Injustice: No Profit for Conrad Murray

Boycott Conrad Murray Campaign 

Michael Jackson Fans Unite-Tired of Injustice: No Profit for Conrad Murray

We are a group of very concerned Michael Jackson fans. We are uniting out of our respect for Michael Jackson and his legacy.  He was a global superstar and while he should be remembered for his artistry, he should also be remembered for his humanitarianism.  Of equal importance was his love for his own children and his loyal fans.  These are the things an individual like Michael Jackson should be remembered for... not the tragic manner in which he was taken from us.

The man responsible for taking Michael away from his children, family, and fans, Conrad Murray is scheduled to be released from jail in a matter of days. Murray is now a convicted felon, who was put in handcuffs and taken to jail moments after his manslaughter conviction. Michael Jackson’s fans from all over the globe are steadfast in our belief that Conrad Murray should not be allowed to profit from his criminal negligence, which resulted in the death of another human being. A human being beloved by millions all over the world.

We are reaching out to all media outlets, broadcasters, public relations organizations, and publishers, in an attempt to encourage them not to give Murray a platform to profit or exploit the life and/or death of Michael Jackson. Murray has shown absolutely no remorse for his crime and accepts no responsibility for his egregious actions and negligence. Instead, he continues to re-victimize Michael Jackson and his children. Murray continues through his agents and through jail house interviews to shift the blame post-conviction to his victim. In a reckless and thoughtless act, Murray released a taped message to Michael’s daughter, Paris. In this act he has demonstrated his selfishness and heartlessness towards the very child he left orphaned by his criminality.

We are determined to hold any organizations accountable for any/and all partnerships with Murray. If necessary, we will reach out to advertisers, sponsors and community organizations, to prevent Murray from profiting. Murray should not be given any platforms to spread 'his truth' especially since he refused to tell 'his truth' under oath. Our fight for justice for a just man such as Michael knows no limits. We believe that all media outlets should respect the fact that Michael Jackson is no longer here to defend himself against any allegations, and let this man, who millions love and continue to mourn, finally rest in peace.

The undersigned groups have pledged their support to this cause:








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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An Inside Look at the "Michael Jackson One" Cirque Du Soleil Show

This is one of the best Interviews of Jaime King by Wall Street Journal's , Lee Hawkins. He really asked some great in depth  questions which brings us lots of details  about Jaime's role, the Michael Jackson One show and those who make it all possible. I really enjoyed this Interview. ~ Qbee

An Inside Look at the "Michael Jackson One" Cirque Du Soleil Show

Jamie King, writer/director of the "Michael Jackson One" Cirque Du Soleil  show and former MJ backup dancer, talks to the WSJ's Lee Hawkins about the challenge of doing a show that lives up to Jackson's high standards and his working relationship with John Branca, chairman of The Michael Jackson Co. and co-executor of Jackson's estate. According to the estate, Jackson has sold more than 50 million records since his death, and 70 percent of his sales come from outside the United States. King also discusses "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which he also wrote and directed.

Published on Oct 22, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thai Puppeteers Bring Michael Jackson's Iconic 'Billie Jean' performance to life.

The art of puppetry has resurrected the King of Pop, Michael Jackson with the unprecedented manipulating technique and the innovative puppet mechanism to emulate the immortal gestures and styles of the King of Pop known and loved around the world.

A free performance of traditional Thai arts dazzled an audience in Washington D.C. last week as the Royal Thai Embassy hosted the “Thai Classical Dance (Khon) and Puppet Show”, performed by the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture of Thailand and the Joe Louis Theatre in Bangkok, at the Warner Theater.

The September 30 show was part of celebrations marking the 180th anniversary of official relations between Thailand and the United States. The event was attended by almost 1,700 people, including invited guests from high-level U.S. governmental and private sectors, diplomatic corps as well as Thai and American general public.

Asian puppeteers bring the King of Pop's most iconic performance to life.

The performance was the last performed before the closing act featuring all the dancers and puppeteers, during a colorful night of Thai classical dance (Khon) and Thai puppetry at Asia Society in New York, presented in conjunction with the Royal Thai Embassy. The puppeteers are artists from the Joe Louis Theatre in Bangkok.

While a huge contrast to the traditional dancers and puppets that were featured, this shows a great appreciation for Michael Jackson's art and how he inspires all cultures with his music and dance. At the end of the last performance as all performers take their bows, you can see Michael's puppet (true to form) waving and throwing kisses to the audience.

 Watch the complete program (1 hr., 54 min.)