Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thriller Raises Awarenes For UNC Annual Eve Carson Scholarship.

Students dance to "Thriller" for scholarship awareness
On Friday afternoon the University of North Carolina Dance Team led students in a choreographed dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to raise awareness for the Ever Carson Scholarship.


Students tapped into their inner Michael Jackson Friday as they danced the iconic “Thriller” choreography while promoting the Eve Carson Scholarship.

The annual event raises awareness of the scholarship for juniors. Winners of the scholarship are awarded money to supplement some of their school expenses senior year and a stipend for the summer.

The scholarship — which honors the former student body president killed in 2008 — is typically awarded to two students. Because of the success of fundraising, three juniors will receive the scholarship this year.

“We are embodying the scholarship, which is students celebrating students,” said Rachel Gogal, director of campus development for the Eve Carson Scholarship committee.
Members of the UNC dance team led participants in step-by-step instruction of the dance to the 1982 hit, “Thriller.”

After walking through the dance a couple of times, the music was turned up for the true debut. Following the dancing, participants and others in the Pit sang the alma mater.

Sarah Buchanan, a junior from Morganton, said she didn’t know about the scholarship before the event, but it was impossible to miss as she walked out of class.

“It’s a really easy way to promote the cause — the Pit is focal to Carolina,” Buchanan said.
After seeing the dance, Buchanan said she would consider applying for the scholarship.

Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Student Body President Andrew Powell attended and danced at the event. Powell said that he has participated in the Thriller in the Pit before, but this year was the most fun.

“I feel a special connection to Eve, especially as student body president. I’ve always looked up to her and it is inspiring to see how much of an impact she still has,” Powell said.

Gogal said the event, which is in its third year, has grown in more ways than one.

Gogal said, in past years, the event has only included Thriller, but this year the committee decided to make the event longer and incorporated additional dances, such as The Wobble and the Cha Cha Slide.

Junior Miranda Barrigas danced to “Thriller” and said she will consider running in the upcoming Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education. A part of the proceeds from the race goes toward the scholarship.
Barrigas, who plans to apply, said the energy set this event apart.

“I didn’t know Eve Carson, but I think that this would embody what she would want,” said Barrigas. “I think her spirit was here today.”

Applications for the Eve Carson Scholarship will be accepted until Oct. 10 at 5 p.m.

Source: MAURA DEVETSKI /.dailytarheel.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Look Forward to a 3-D 'Thriller' video 2015

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video going 3-D in 2015

An enhanced version of Jacko's 'Thriller' video is due in 2015.
Michael Jackson will soon be scaring fans from beyond the grave with the release of his iconic 14-minute 1983 film “Thriller” — in 3-D!

The video’s original director, John Landis, is helming the project now that a dispute with the singer’s estate has been put to rest.

The revamped short film/music video is expected out next year. There’s even discussion of its running in theaters, as well as on Blu-ray and promotional outlets yet to be decided.

“That lawsuit went on for so many years, (but) we settled and they paid me finally,” Landis said of the legal dispute. “And so, actually there is something happening with ‘Thriller.’ ”

Landis tells us: “It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen.”

Pressed on what fans can expect to see, Landis showed his scary side.

“I cannot tell you any more,” he joked. “I might have to kill you.”

A source close to the Jackson family confirms that “John has been secretly working away on this for several months now.

“The iconic video has never been released on Blu-ray or seen in cinemas and 3-D, and that was always a vision Michael had. In fact, his ‘This Is It’ London show was meant to feature a segment which included a 3-D performance.”

We’re told there’s no end to where the “Thriller” concept can go from here.

“The estate has been looking at gaming ideas, too, and ‘Thriller’ fits into the genre,” says our insider. “It could a be a dance experience or a zombie-style,shoot-’ em-up-style movie. There are so many possibilities with this creative masterpiece.”

Official paperwork from the Jackson estate — run by lawyers John Branca and John McClain — revealed that they’re working on ventures including “multiple albums,” “Internet games” and “film, documentary and a Broadway play about Michael.”

The reported $500,000 budget for “Thriller” was more than 10 times the cost of the average video in 1983. Producers were able to justify Jackson’s risky vanity project thanks to the success of the “Thriller” album’s hit songs, which also included ““Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”

In 2009, the “Thriller” video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress — the first music video to receive the honor, which recognizes works that are “culturally, historically or esthetically” significant.

Landis was honored last week at the Eyegore Awards at Universal Hollywood Theme Park in L.A. His horror movie résumé also includes “An American Werewolf in London” and “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”

Source: nydailynews

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A New Statue of Michael Jackson is Unveiled in Prague.

On 27 September 2014 a beautiful bust of Michael Jackson on a stone pedestal was unveiled in Prague. Funding for the construction of the column came from public collections. organized by Michael's Jackson fans.

The bust made ​​of resin material, closely resembles bronze and was sculpted by Daniela Kartáková . It has been placed in the gardens of Charlotte Masaryk children's home in Zbraslav, Prague.  Michael Jackson visited this orphanage, September 1996 during his HIStory Tour.

During a program of events, Mayor Zbraslav Aleš Háněl was present to help unveiled the bust of Michael Jackson.  Adam Mišík sang and MJ tribute artist Krisztián Kolozs  and others performed for the gathering. The event was attended by Michael Jackson fans, representatives of the city, the children's home and Children's Home director Iva Truellová.

                     Video: Martin Jurů
"There are not many world famous personalities who visited Zbraslav. Why omit the personality of Michael Jackson, who was here?"
~ Mayor Zbraslav Aleš Háněl, 
"The visit of Michael Jackson in 1996 was for our children's home an amazing and memorable event," ... "We were very honored by the request of academic sculptor Daniela Kartáková and representatives of the Michael Jackson fan club in the Czech Republic about the possibility of installing a Michael Jackson memorial on the site of the orphanage," 
~ director Iva Truellová home.
"If Michael Jackson could choose, he would have chose this place."
 ~ Zvolská Helena  (MJ fan  who helped organise the event.)

Michael Jackson visits Charlotte Masaryk orphanage in Prague 1996

In 1996, Michael paid a visit to Charlotte Masaryk orphanage in Prague, and the director of the orphanage commemorated his visit.
 "I believe that children observed what is missing in today's life: the immediacy, the truth, and a completely natural behavior...  It was Friday, 6th September 1996, and Michael visited our orphanage in Zbraslav, Prague. It was a unique and unforgettable experience, both for children and for us adults. Michael was in our orphanage for almost an hour. During that time he was natural, quiet and pleasant. His relationship with the children was very honest. I think he's a very sensitive, gentle and modest, almost shy man. We were  very pleased that we had the opportunity to know him from a different angle rather than all we hear through the television and the press..."
Dr. Petra Vorlí Kova (director of Charlotte Masaryk orphanage in 1996)

Sources: 74MICHAELFOREVER  Daniela Kartáková  praha.idnes  UK Loves MJ

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Excellent In Depth Book Review : "Dangerous 33 1/3" by Dr. Susan Fast

"Dangerous” by Dr. Susan Fast
Book Review by Karin Merx

Dangerous by Dr. Susan Fast, volume 100 33 1/3, Bloomsbury, ISBN: PB: 978-1-6235-9; ePDF: 987-1-6235-6102-4; ePub: 987-116235-6156-7

'Dangerous’ is a must read
for every Michael Jackson fan, non-fan, critic or music lover. 
 Dr. Susan Fast meticulously researched Michael Jackson’s 1991 album in a way that has never been done before and in doing so she puts Jackson back where he belongs; in the spotlight as the highly talented black musician and artist he was… and he was dangerous too!
The book also makes readers want to re-listen to the music and re-watch the short-films again and again.
Book Review
Fast structures the book by dividing the songs on the Dangerous album into categories: ‘Noise’, ‘Desire’, ‘Utopia’, ‘Soul’ and ‘Coda: Dangerous’. Before she starts analyzing the songs, she places them in the context of the time addressing the problems that surrounded Jackson, to make clear this album is by no means the end of his career but foremost the start of his adulthood. Fast explores the use of noise in the Dangerous album, Jackson’s adaptation of hip-hop and classical music through his own interpretation and she integrates his short-films into the discourse.
Fast explores the use of noise in Dangerous, including Jackson’s adaptation of hip-hop and classical music through his own interpretation and she integrates his short-films into the discourse. On her way, Fast debunks the dominant narratives that surrounded Jackson’s life and explains in-depth how he fought against racism and other world problems, while maintaining his sense of self as a (hetero) sexual being. A closer look reveals that he is not at all the man-child that the critics persistently described him as. Counteracting these narratives is Fast’s representation of a mature intellectual man, artist and performer who knew exactly what he was doing and why he was doing it. 

In the first two chapters, ‘Noise’ and ‘Desire’, Fast takes us along on a journey of the album’s first six songs. She dissects them, places them in context what Jackson meant and what critics made of them. At one points she has to ask herself if she watched the same short films that the critics did at that time. She describes in detail the sonic enhancements Jackson used as ‘non-musical’ sounds. She writes that on Dangerous, the noises are more than just a ‘cheap thrill,’ especially the breaking glass in the “Panther Dance” where Jackson ‘unleashes his profound rage against structural racism’.
In discussing the album cover art by Mark Ryden, where the globe is the central focus of the painting, Fast defines the fundamental idea at the heart of the Dangerous album as: ‘something is breaking, is broken.’ Jackson obviously used noise as a signifier for critique and he incorporated the hip-hop soundscapes, but he did it in his own way. From this album forward, he begins to use his voice more and more roughly, adding even more grittiness, “blackness”, machismo, noise and danger.

Read full review at http://journal-culturalstudies.karinmerx.com

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Also see  Michael Jackson - Dangerous: The Short Films

Friday, September 26, 2014

Open Auditions for “Motown The Musical” will be held at historic Hitsville USA Oct. 21

Now's your chance to show off your Hitsville chops, as Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and his co-producers of "Motown: The Musical" will hold auditions in Detroit at 9 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 21, at the Motown Historical Museum.

Gordy, Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced an open call casting search Thursday for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of "Motown: The Musical" (currently on hiatus), and the national tour. A London production will also launch in 2015.

The auditions will be held Oct. 21 at 2648 W. Grand Blvd., the historic Hitsville U.S.A. location, where so much Motown music was recorded in Studio A. Aspiring performers will audition in Studio A.

Producers are seeking African-American men and women, from their 20s to their 40s, "with exceptional voices."

They are also seeking an 8-13-year-old African-American boy to play a triple role, enacting the young Michael Jackson, the young Berry Gordy and the young Stevie Wonder. Prior theatrical experience is not necessary, and all vocal parts are encouraged to attend.


  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 21
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Location: Motown Historical Museum, 2648 W Grand Blvd., Detroit.

What to Bring:

Sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.

A picture and resume including contact information (cellphone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.


For more details  http://www.motownthemusical.com/casting.php

"Motown: The Musical" will run at Detroit's Fisher Theatre from Oct. 21 – Nov. 16, 2014. Single tickets are now on sale, available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayindetroit.com.

Source: swhitall-detroitnews  motownthemusical  Love Survives

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Zombies will rise from the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Sunken Gardens.

World Dance for Humanity

At exactly 3:00pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014, hundreds of World Dance Zombies will rise from the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens to perform Michael Jackson’s iconic dance as part of a global phenomenon, Thrill the World

This will be the 5th year World Dance has hosted Thriller Santa Barbara. It’s a fantastic opportunity for dancers and non-dancers to take part in an incredibly fun, spirited, inclusive community event!

PRACTICES HAVE BEGUN! (You can start anytime… :)
$35 one-time event fee – come to a few lessons, or many – mix n’ match practices times that work for you! Classes start ON TIME!

SATURDAY, 10:15-11:00am – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
MONDAY, 7:45-9:00pm – Brazil Arts Café, 1230 State St Suite C
TUESDAY, 8:15-9:00pm – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
WEDNESDAY, 6:00-7:00pm – Alameda Park (by Kids World at Garden & Micheltorena)

Our purpose in producing the Thriller event each year is to help people in need. We raise the funds through event sponsorships, practice fees (a one-time fee of $35 for 5 weeks of lessons), and sponsorships. 100% of every donation goes to our beneficiaries, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Their  goal in 2014 is to raise $35,000 for our Rwanda Education Fund. This will make it possible for 100 students to attend school in 2015 – who would otherwise have no chance to get an education. A portion of the funds will also go to Santa Barbara’s AHA! Teen Program and the Westside and Santa Maria Boys & Girls Clubs.

Read more about the event HERE

Need the song? Get "Thriller" on iTunes or Amazon

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on  iTunes or  Amazon

Musician sues over Timbaland produced Xscape track Chicago.

An unknown singer/songwriter is taking producer Timbaland to court over a posthumous Michael Jackson song he believes infringes on his copyright.

                  Timbaland                                                                                             Corey Rooney

Sidney Earl Swanson claims the track Chicago, from Jackson's recent Xscape album, is a rip off of his own 2002 tune, Come Home On the Move.

According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles federal court this week , Swanson's lawyer writes, "Defendants copied and incorporated substantial, original portions of the infringed composition in (Chicago)."

He is suing for damages from Timbaland, songwriter Cory Rooney, and bosses at Jackson's firm MJJ Productions and its parent company Sony Music Holdings, and is seeking an injunction to halt the continued sale of the track.

Xscape, which features eight previously unheard tunes recorded before the King of Pop's death in 2009, was released in May (14). The songs were updated by a range of top producers including Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins.

Source: Contact Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Enter "A Place With No Name" Contest - Win a Sony TV and Tablets for Students in your area.

Great news!
There is still time for you or your American friends to participate in the contest for “A Place With No Name!” We are particularly excited about this because these tablets will give a leg up to students in lower-income neighborhoods in their education. Tablets have proved to be extremely effective tools in engaging students in learning material, encouraging further discovery, and helping students at different levels learn at their own pace.

The distribution of the tablets also carries on Michael’s legacy of charitable giving and community engagement. It’s easy to participate!

If you live in the United States, visit http://aplacewithnoname.michaeljackson.com, and upload a video of why YOUR community deserves to win, and encourage your friends and neighbors to vote!

It's easy just Upload a video and start a petition for your city  to officially become "A Place With No Name"! Rally to get your schoolmates, city/town's residents to sign the petition and for them to submit videos telling us why your city/town should be "A Place With No Name". In the spirit of Michael Jackson the winning city/town will receive Sony Tablets to enrich the lives and education of the youth in your community. The city "spokesperson" will win a Sony 4K UHD TV that provides four times the resolution of a full HD! 

Get started today and tell us why your city/town should be a  "A Place With No Name" and win the tablets.

For more details and contest rules  click here

Inspired by the lyrics to “A PLACE WITH NO NAME”, dancers from Michael Jackson ONE  celebrate the release of the second single from Michael’s album, XSCAPE

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

South Florida State College participating in worldwide ‘Thrill the World’ event

AVON PARK — South Florida State College seeks dancing zombies to break a world record and raise money for charity.

For the first time SFSC will be one of the worldwide locations participating in the annual zombie dance of “Thriller.”

The college is inviting folks of all ages to learn the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance and join the global event 4-6 p.m., Oct. 25, tentatively scheduled at the Theatre for the Performing Arts. The site may be moved to another location on campus based upon attendance.

The college’s Performing Arts Club is coordinating the event, which will benefit the United Way, Highlands County division.

SFSC Director of Cultural Programs Cindy Garren said the event started in 2006 and went global in 2007 as a way to celebrate Michael Jackson’s music and raise money for local charities.

Garren stressed, “We are looking for zombies of all ages ... to help us break the world record.”

A lot of people have told her they can’t dance, Garren said. “It’s not about the dance; it’s about the experience.”

“Thriller” dance lessons, led by Nancy McDuffee, will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22, in the SFSC Health Sciences Building lobby.

The dance lessons are free; you can come to one or to all of them, but participants have to be registered with the college for the event to come to the dance lessons, Garren said. It’s $5 to register to join the zombie dance of Thriller.

Everyone will dance to the 5:58 minute version of “Thriller,” she said. The dance will start at exactly 6 p.m., Oct. 25.

The event will be video recorded and forwarded to the international headquarters of Thrill the World.

After the dance, there will be a screening of the George Romero horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead,” in the University Center. Admission to the movie is free, but a donation to the United Way is encouraged. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Performing Arts Club Vice President Kevin Wheaton said he likes the worldwide concept of the event and also getting the community involved in the fun together at the local level.

Zombies of all ages can register at www.crowdrise.com/thrilltheworld.

For more information check the SFSC Thrill the World Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Thrill-the-World-South-Florida-State-College/1483697055205794.

Last year the Thrill Day was held on Oct. 26 with about 6,451 zombies at 134 events in 22 countries and 6 continents, according to thrilltheworld.com. The biggest dances were at Redmond, Wash. - 256, Istanbul, Turkey–221 and Eugene, Ore.–213.

An estimated $68,000 in food,clothing and charitable donations was raised.

Thrill The World was created by Ines Markeljevic of Canada in tribute to Michael Jackson for world records and for charity.


(863) 386-5826

Source: Marc Valero | Highlands Today

Monday, September 22, 2014

Learn the steps to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ with Free Classes at California Lutheran University.

Learn the steps to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ with free classes every Saturday through Oct. 18 at California Lutheran University. 

Available on Amazon and iTunes

Michael Jackson’s genius moves take the spotlight from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Oct. 18 in preparation for a large-scale “Thriller” performance at California Lutheran University, all leading up to the “Thrill the World” dance event Oct. 25.

For anyone who’s ever wanted to learn the steps for the 1980s hit, here’s your chance.

Students, alumni and faculty will be leading free classes at Gilbert Sports & Fitness Center, 130 Overton Ct., Thousand Oaks.

     Each class is open to the first 55 people.

For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at 805-241-8515

Source:  Sandra Barrera, Los Angeles Daily News

Saturday, September 20, 2014

CMT All-Time Top 40: Michael Jackson Moonwalks in at #12

Country Stars Count Down Their Favorite Artists

 A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is revealed each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Michael Jackson moonwalks in at No. 12 on the list of CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice.

Chris Young, Charlie Worsham, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers  Dolly Parton and The Band Perry were just some of the country stars who cited the "king of pop" as a major influence.

"You know, there's not a lot of people who have sold that many records or had an impact on music in general as much as Michael Jackson," said Young. "I have a lot of Michael songs downloaded on my phone. It probably rivals any one country artist that I have, except for a couple of guys. I mean, I doubt anybody wouldn't want to have the size and scope of his musical career, I don't care what genre you're in."

"How can you not respect and love Michael Jackson as an artist," Worsham agreed. "That's a persona that didn't exist until there was Michael.

"He was a part of so many different eras of music, and he's one of those guys who it didn't matter whether he was the most popular thing at the time or not, you had to take note of what he was doing. His influence on groove and beat and rhythm and the way he infused dancing and entertainment -- not just being a fantastic musician and singer -- is something I think we can all learn from, especially in today's world. You can't just get up and sing. You have to entertain people, and he was the quintessential entertainer."

"I think I always seem to relate [to Jackson] in a lot of ways because I was such a kid, too, when I started out," Rimes said. "To me, he is one of the best singers that's ever lived and entertainers. He had the most insane voice of any 5-year-old that I've ever heard, and the way he connected with the crowd, the way he was so multi-talented and really good at every bit of it. His music ... lived on and will live on forever."

"I met and got to know Michael Jackson pretty well," Rogers said. "There's a guy that was so troubled, but he was so talented. I watched that This Is It documentary. The guy ... had 19-year-old kids out of breath from dancing with him. ... Music wasn't just something he did. That's what he was. He was his music. He not only sang great, but he danced great. He understood what his package was and how to do it."

"Michael Jackson's one of my very favorite performers of all time," said Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry. "And actually, when we get ready to put together an ACM or a CMA Awards performance, we start by looking for Michael Jackson videos. We are always intensely inspired by his dancing but also just his presence onstage.

"You know our performance for 'Done' at the ACMs [in 2013]? There was this Michael video where he was starting his show, and he popped on to the stage somehow and just stood there. Now, we stood there for like five seconds for dramatic effect [during the ACM performance], but he stood there for about a minute. And the crowd was just roaring."

"I think it got louder actually," Neil Perry added.

"I think he's so cool because he crossed all genre boundaries, national/international boundaries, race boundaries. Everybody was in love with this guy," Kimberly concluded. "Just a phenomenal entertainer."

Check out the rest of the CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice list, and find out who will be announced each Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Source: CMT.com/

The Official 2015 Michael Jackson HIStory 20th Anniversary Calendar

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (HIStory) is the ninth studio album by Michael Jackson. It was released on June 16, 1995 by Epic Records. The album consisted of two discs: the first disc (HIStory Begins)  a compilation of some of his greatest hits from 1979 forward, while the second disc (HIStory Continues) was  composed entirely of new material.

June 2015 will be the 20th Anniversary of Michael's HIStory  Album and to celebrate the Estate in conjunction with Bravado has released a special anniversary calendar.

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's HIStory album and the extraordinary life and career of The King of Pop with this striking 18 month wall calendar. Each standard wall calendar features an opening spread with a six-month (July-December 2014) overview. Filled with an abundance of holidays, each month's grid is large enough for daily tasks and appointments. This beautiful wall edition calendar is 24 pages and the closed dimensions are 12 x 12 x 0.2 inches.

 Order yours today on Amazon

Friday, September 19, 2014

Queen and Michael Jackson Duet Premiered on Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

A long-awaited duet by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson has premiered on radio.

The track - titled 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' - was given its first play on Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning (September 19.

The track was originally recorded between 1982 and 1983 by the artists, but ultimately only Mercury's solo version appeared on his debut album Mr Bad Guy in 1985.

The duet form of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' also briefly featured in The Great Pretender, a BBC documentary about the life of Freddie Mercury which aired back in 2012.

A fan made demo of the collaboration has been floating around online for a few years now, but this new final version has been produced by William Orbit.

The new version of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' is the first cut to be previewed from upcoming album Queen Forever, which is scheduled to be released on November 10.

The LP will be available as a 20-track single CD and an 36-track two-CD set. Skipping obvious hits like "We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," the collection focuses on lesser-known tunes like "Mother Love," "The Miracle" and "Drowse."

Source: digitalspy, today  Soundcloud

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Long Awaited Queen & Michael Jackson duet to Premier on BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show

A new Queen (Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson) duet will premier Friday Sept 19, 2014 on the Chris Evans breakfast show on BBC radio 2 (UK)

Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen will join the breakfast show to premiere the new song.

"There Must Be More To Life Than This "
Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson edit by Victor Toivonen

Finally, after such a long wait Queen and Michael Jackson fans will  get to hear the finished duet. The song, was originally  recorded as a demo by Mercury who had Michael sing his version of the song for a duet in 1981. His vocals were recorded but they never got together to finish the project.  Queen eventual released it as a solo effort.  Now both versions have been reworked by Queen and Orbit

You can listen in to the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2  8am (UK Time) on Friday Sept 19  to hear the interview and  new song.  HERE

Here is a audio recording of  the announcement on BBC2
 Posted on Mornings With Michael Facebook Page

Just for you: Large HQ of the above Photo of Freddie and Michael 

Source:BBC  MJJC   Mornings with Michael  im4mj-LoveSurvives

"Michael Jackson in the Royal" Exhibit at the Royal Baths Park in Warsaw

Michael Jackson in the Royal

Michael Jackson in the Royal Baths Park in Warsaw is a unique exhibition of photographs by Czeslaw Czapliński  that will be presented in the Royal Baths Gallery of Outdoor

September 16 - October 12, 2014

Royal Baths Park is a place that is visited by many well-known artists from home and abroad. But not everyone knows, the king of pop, Michael Jackson came to visit almost twenty years ago.

Michael Jackson 1997 during his visit to Poland, by Czesław Czapliński

Visitors at the Royal Baths Park, Outdoor Gallery Sept 2014
The opening ceremony of the exhibition took place September 16. The Guests were greeted  by Elizabeth Zychowicz, head of the Centre for the Museum of the Royal Baths.

The memories of this extraordinary visit are alive and now we would like to share them with our guests. Souvenir of the visit are the photos taken by Czeslaw Czapliński - artist, photographer and longtime friend of the Royal Baths.

The next speaker was artist and cinematographer, Czeslaw Czapliński, who recalled the day Jackson Baths
Even today, after almost twenty years I can still remember clearly the eventful moment he visited us. In the afternoon I found the site Polish Press Agency news that hardly anyone had expected him, because it was not previously reported : ” Michael Jackson arrives in Poland. Special aircraft is expected to land at Okecie airport on Tuesday 27 May (1997 ) , around 12.00. Jackson will fly to Warsaw from Paris. Program of the visit is not yet established. It is only known that the star will visit children centres. He also was to meet with the Mayor of Warsaw Marcin Swiecicki . As before , he will spend the night at the Marriott . ” On the first day he visited twice the Royal Baths Park in Warsaw Palace on the Island , where he signed the visitors’ book , and in the evening the Theatre Stanisławowski .

Czesław Czapliński was the only photographer to accopmany Michael Jackson whole days during the private visit of the famous pop star to Poland in 1999. On his photos Czapliński presents unique moments of the visit and personality of Michael Jackson as well as writes about his own experience of meeting Jackson.. His book “Michael Jackson “I love You, Poland!” was published weeks after Michael Jackson sudden death, leaving millions of fans in the world and in Poland with his music … and Czapliński’s unique photos.

Michael Jackson “I love You, Poland! by Czeslaw Czapliński

Michael Jackson photo 1997 during his visit to Poland, by Czesław Czapliński

Director of the Museum of the Royal Baths, Tadeusz Zielniewicz , who was present 17 years ago on this day in Baths, recalled how joyful Michael Jackson was during his visit.  During the opening ceremony of the exhibition  one of  Michael Jackson's biggest fan dressed in his idols stage costume, spoke about the impact that the artist has had on his life.

Czesław Czapliński, Tadeusz Zielniewicz & fans at Royal Baths Park

More about the Exhibit: Here.

Visit the Royal Baths Park Facebook profile, For more information about events and exhibitions

SOURCE: Lazienki-krolewskie  Faces of Warsaw  mjvibe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Animated Interview of Michael Jackson Discussing Music, Perfection and Godliness.

"From John and Yoko to Tupac, PBS Digital Studios' Blank on Blank series has taken music journalists' unheard audiotapes and fused them with clever animation. Now the series has unveiled yet another amazing interview:  An intimate conversation with Michael Jackson from January 1980, years before Thriller and his ascension to the King of Pop. In the interview, Jackson – and, in a way, his sister Janet – discuss labeling music, perfectionism, meeting Quincy Jones and godliness while chatting with music historian John Pidgeon."

As told to John Pidgeon in Los Angeles, January 1980. John had to ask his questions to 13-year old Janet Jackson who relayed them to her brother before he would answer.

Michael Jackson on Godliness

Music: Michael Jackson "Rock With You" | "Off The Wall" |
"Ben" | The Jackson 5 | “The Love You Save

Photograph courtesy of Mike Salisbury.
Cover shoot for Off The Wall in 1979

 Salisbury created the iconic album’s artwork

Off the Wall
Includes FREE MP3 version

Blank on Blank
Famous Names, Lost Interviews. Animated. 
Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

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Read more: Backstory and animated interview transcript

Monday, September 15, 2014

This Time Is For You - Michael Jackson Charity, Tribute show Is BACK

It is titled "This time is for you - Back" and the Michael Jackson tribute show, is now in its third edition.

Due to popular demand of the friends who have already seen the first two editions, This time is for you IS BACK and choose to help for the third time the Center for the Genetic Cardiovascular Diseases of Pavia and Magica Onlus, non-profit organization.  Donations of 2010 and 2011 shows have allowed the purchase of a thermal cycler for amplification of DNA sequences, which has doubled the diagnostic activities of the Centre, and of a trans-esophageal probe for monitoring pediatric patients.

The Date is 
September 27, 2014, in Milan, in the central Teatro Nuovo in Piazza San Babila. 

This time is for you,  was you born from an idea of a group of Michael Jackson fans who have decided to give the tribute that Michael Jackson, unquestionably deserves. A wonderful musical tribute dedicated to King of Pop with a charitable purpose, with the help of unique, talented and innovative artists.

You can not imitate Michael.

Michael left us a wide artistic heritage that took inspiration from several kinds of art. That's why This time is for you has the goal of a completely original reinterpretation of the extraordinary journey of the King of Pop with the contribution of professional performers of different artistic disciplines.

The tribute show will be unique and full of emotions, But mostly full of Michael.

More Info and tickets  www.thistimeisforyou.it

This time is for you 
The third edition's performers

Fabio Modica & Tinna Hoffmann 
Latin American Dance

Dana Hesse                Jennifer Batten
Pole dance artist                  Guitarist

Andrea Learned         Vhelade Bale Walls       Carlos Kamizele 
Impersonator                Singer                           Hip hop dancer

The Nices                           International Skating
Vocal Trio                                  Skaters on wheel

Christopher Pisk       Peter Pan Choir         Sergio Sampaoli
 Poet synfhonic           60 Children choir          Caribbean dancers

JAM instrumental Trio 
Piano, flute & cello

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Source:  radiomontecarlo.net    thistimeisforyou.it  im4mj.blogspot.com

Amazing portrait of Michael Jackson in pennies by mosaic artist Talia Hayward.

Talia Hayward is a Zambian born artist with an instantly recognizable style. Her work needs to be seen to be believed. The mosaics contain extremely fine detail achieved through Talia’s painstaking effort, creating her portraits using thousands of Talia’s signature medium of coins as well as washers, buttons or paper.

Talia will be presenting her portraits at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival in the San Diego area on October 11th and 12th 2014. Proceeds will be donated to Talia's charitable organisation called 'Thankful Thinking' ~ Kalingalinga Basic School project.

Talia Hayward is a Zambian born artist with an instantly recognizable style. Her work needs to be seen to be believed. The mosaics contain extremely fine detail achieved through Talia’s painstaking effort, creating her portraits using thousands of Talia’s signature medium of coins as well as washers, buttons or paper.

She decided to create an art collection of portraits made out of pennies of iconic people who have inspired her and have made a positive difference in the world.She dedicating these portraits to her cause. 'Thankful Thinking'

“Being from Zambia and having copper as the main export, I became curious as to why the penny was the only US coin made out of copper,” 

On how her Thankful Thinking Organisation ties up with a penny, Talia says she discovered that a penny is the most wasted coin in the US and people just throw them away or keep them in a jar in their homes.

“I wanted to use something that is least valued, but still has a significant purpose for my portraits. I also want to bring awareness that we are a wasteful society and that what we throw away can be absolutely be useful to so many people living in poverty in Africa, Zambia in particular,” she says.

She goes on to say: “There is also a tradition where people throw pennies in a fountain to make a wish so Thankful Thinking got a wishing well fountain where people throw their pennies to make a wish but also help someone else’s wish come true.”

Subjects of Talia’s mosaic art portraits range from film and music legends to specially commissioned portraits of families, animals and world leaders. Talia says her pieces are available on request. She can create personal mosaic portraits from life or photographs.

If you would like more information about Talia’s mosaic portraits, place an order, or inquire about commissioning a personal mosaic, Taali would be happy to hear from you.   

Contact Talia on her website  http://taliahaywardarts.com

Talia Hayward on Facebook