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Saturday, November 07, 2015
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Friday, October 09, 2015
The new calendar is your first look at what’s to come from the Michael Jackson Official Store, which is coming under new management. Look out for other new products, and a new look to the store, coming soon
It’s time for a new official Michael Jackson 2016 Calendar! Featuring 14 images from Michael’s legendary career and Michael’s image from Invincible, available in 5 colors, this calendar is now available for preorder.
* Calendars will begin shipping in early December, 2015.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
|Francis Apesteguy / Getty Images website.|
Michael Jackson’s death anniversary will soon be remembered by fans June 25, and this time of year often brings out new Michael Jackson-related memorabilia with it.
As the inquisitor reports, A year after Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, fans gathered together in major cities throughout the world to remember the King of Pop — and took the time to share memorabilia. Each year, this trend of gathering on Michael Jackson’s death anniversary and Birthday to share memories and memorabilia has continued.
In 2010, Cleveland Magazine reported that Michael Jackson fans who could not visit his grave in Los Angeles gathered at the Apollo Theater in New York City — where Michael Jackson’s career was launched.
Those fans who gathered at the Apollo Theater also shared memorabilia of Michael Jackson exclusively from the theater’s collection that included, "Jackson’s black hat and sequin glove."
At a similar celebration in Tokyo, Japan, treated Michael Jackson fans to memorabilia that included "a collection of his possessions, including costumes from his tours and even a 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom that he used to drive around Los AngFor 2015, a celebration of Michael Jackson’s life will happen at his Los Angeles gravesite thanks to the annual One Rose for Michael Jackson group. Anyone looking for new Michael Jackson memorabilia to share will be happy to know that new pictures from his epic 1988 Bad World Tour have emerged.
Although they are from 1988, they were not posted until June 3, 2015. Within the newly published photo set, Michael Jackson can be found in three photos by Francis Apesteguy at the Getty Images website. Taken on June 27, 1988, the three photos show Michael Jackson performing in Paris, France, for his Bad World Tour. The official Michael Jackson website shows he also played Paris on June 28.
Memories about the Bad World Tour are always fun for fans because it was one of Michael Jackson’s longest (at 17 months) — and some say most thrilling.
As Michael Jackson traveled through Europe during June 1988 (21 years before his death), he left behind a long trail of reviews that capture him at the height of his personal best.
For instance, Michael Jackson’s 1988 show in Basel, Switzerland, on June 16 was covered by the local Swiss English-speaking newspaper, Stripes. They stated that St. Jakob Stadium was filled with 55,000 fans and that Michael Jackson was paid about $1 million for the show.
What is different about listening to Michael Jackson live versus recorded? Anita Gosch writes the following in her review of Michael Jackson’s Basel show.
About Michael Jackson’s Bad World Tour date in England, the famous and unforgettable music reviewer John Peel wrote the following about the July 17, 1988 performance for the Observer. It was reprinted in 2009 for the Guardian.
In addition to a long list of 2015 Michael Jackson celebrations throughout tThe he world held during the week of June 25, fans can also purchase a rose for his gravesite until June 16 from the One Rose for Michael Jackson group
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Michael Jackson's eldest son, Prince (Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.) has just graduated with honors from Buckley High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Saturday, May 30th.
On top of graduating with honors, Prince will also be attending ... College to further his education. He wants to major in film making, which he was intoduced to by his father. I'm sure Michael would be so very proud of his son.
Neverland, the famous ranch once the home of the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson was just listed on the market for $100 millionThe late legendary pop star built up the 2,700 acre ranch in Los Olivos, just outside Santa Barbara and named it Neverland Ranch. The zoo animals and amusement rides were removed prior to his death in 2009. But the train station with the famous flower clock that spells out Neverland still graces the property as well as his personal dance studio and the giving tree where Michael stated he often climbed to write many of his hit songs and prose. One llama still remains on the property.
The property has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, (it's original moniker before Mr. Jackson purchased it in 1987. It has 22 structures, which include a 12000 sq ft., bedroom French Normandy style house with attached staff quarters, a 2 bedroom and 4 bedroom guest house, a 50 seat movie theater and stage, a tennis court, train station and tracks, swimming pool , 2 lakes, bridges, streams and fountains and even it’s own fire house. Plus many more enmities.
Michael Jackson, considered by many to be the greatest entertaining artist of all time, wrote some of his top recording hits on the ranch and generously opened it to his friends, business associates and under privileged children to enjoy all on his dime. It was once called the happiest place on earth.
Jackson moved from the premises after Neverland was completely ransacked and raided by 75 officers from the Santa Barbara sherifs dept. ordered by D.A Tom Sneddon who accused him of child molestation. In 2005 after Michael was completely acquitted and found NOT Guilty of All charges, he moved from the premises and CA. With his children, vowing never to return, feeling they had tainted and destroyed it’s innocence. Michael wanted to keep the property for possible future ventures but refused to live there again
In 2008 Thomas Barrack Jr.´s Colony Capital investment firm paid off a 23 million defaulted mortgage for Michael when he fell into financial difficulty and paid Mr Jackson to partner with them and maintain an interest in the property now listed for cool 100 million. It has been beautifully renovated and maintained by the investment firm.
The 2700 acre property is strictly zoned a residential, agricultural area and therefore cannot be used by Colonial or Michael's Estate as a tourist attraction or museum such as Graceland is for Elvis. Therefore the house has remained dormant but for occasionally entertaining of guests and by staff and maintenance, who keep the property in pristine condition until it can be sold. Preferably to someone who can respect the historical significance and enjoy the beautiful home and surrounding area.
The properties is listed by Suzanne Perkins and Harry Kolb of Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jeffrey Hyland of Hilton & Hyland. The listing agents stated they will be doing "extensive prequalification" of potential buyers before showing the property. "Our seller is not encouraging a lot of showings," "We’re not going to be giving tours."
To read more about the listing and see more pictures visit http://www.wsj.com/articles/michael-jacksons-onetime-neverland-lists-for-100-million-1432838117
Thursday, May 28, 2015
After waiting over two years, Michael Jackson fans and supporters can rest easy. A Los Angeles judge dismissed dancer Wade Robson’s sexual molestation accusations yesterday, tossing out the creditor’s claim against the King of Pop.
The attorney also said the case "cries out" for equity to ensure that Robson has a full court hearing and can heard out.
One of the attorneys for the Jackson estate, Jonathan Steinsapir, however, stated that regardless of why Robson took so long to file the claim, the fact still remains that he waited to file well past the statute of limitations in California. Statute of limitations are set into place to ensure that people cannot file lawsuits years after the alleged incidents occurred.
Judge Beckloff agreed with Steinsapir. In a 19-page ruling, the judge tossed out the case, rendering it impossible for Robson to move forward to a full court hearing.
lawyer representing the Jackson estate, Howard Weitzman, released a statement shortly after the judge’s decision, bringing up Robson’s 2005 court testimony in which the choreographer was one of the key witnesses for the Michael Jackson’s defense.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2124227/michael-jackson-victory-court-dismisses-wade-robson-lawsuit/#IJ9oukqhRdko62yr.9
Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Brothers Johnson enjoyed chart hits with tracks like I'll Be Good to You and Stomp!, while their acclaimed 1980 album Light Up the Night famously featured Michael Jackson on backing vocals.
Paying tribute to Johnson, Quincy Jones told Rolling Stone, "Louis 'Thunder Thumbs' Johnson was one of the greatest bass players to ever pick up the instrument. "As a member of the Brothers Johnson, we shared decades of magical times working together in the studio and touring the world. From my albums Body Heat and Mellow Madness, to their platinum albums Look Out for #1, Right On Time, Blam and Light Up the Night, which I produced, to Michael's solo debut Off the Wall, I considered Louis a core member of my production team. He was a dear and beloved friend and brother, and I will miss his presence and joy of life every day."
Other tributes have come from Bootsy Collins, The Roots' Questlove and Lenny Kravitz, who tweets: "Thank you for blessing me and the world with your original #funk. RIP."
Read more http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/20150522_WENN_Brothers_Johnson_founder_dead_at_60.html#goV0WrXOBGqoHEjs.99
Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Charles Schulz, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Albert Einstein and more ...
- Elvis Presley
- Charles Schulz
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Bob Marley
- Marilyn Monroe
- John Lennon
- Albert Einstein
- Theodor Geisel
- Bruce Lee
Monday, May 18, 2015
2 CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser playing their arrangement of Michael's ''They Don't Care About Us'. To accompany the recording 2 Cellos have created a powerful video depicting the truth about war.
It was another Michael Jackson interpretation that brought 2CELLOS to prominence in 2011. Their version of Smooth Criminal went viral and landed them a recording deal with Sony Masterworks.
Since then, they’ve enjoyed incredible success with their live performances, touring with famous names like Elton John, and playing alongside Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang. Other famous names with whom they have collaborated include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age.
Their third and latest album is called CELLOVERSE and was released in January.
Source: as shared on UK loves MJ Facebook
CELLOVERSE album or single available on iTunes and Amazon
Friday, May 15, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Meet The Mystery Man Who Rapped ‘Black or White’
A couple of years ago, I heard the song ‘Black or White’ by Michael Jackson on the radio in my car. When it got to the rap (” See, it’s not about races, just places, faces, where your blood comes from is where your space is, etc…”) I realized that I had no idea who had done the rapping on the song. After googling, I saw that it was credited to someone called L.T.B. who, according to what I could see online, had done nothing before or since dropping that verse.
A friend of mine who I mentioned this to emailed the producer of the song, Bill Bottrell, who is also credited with writing the lyrics to the rap, and asked him for more info on L.T.B.
Bottrell responded the same day and provided a Gmail address that he said belonged to L.T.B. I sent a message to the address asking for an interview, but never received a response.
The mystery of L.T.B. sat in the back of my brain for the next couple of years, rearing its head whenever I heard the song. Each time it crossed my path, I would take to the internet again to try and figure out who the mystery rapper was, but was never able to find anything. Despite the fact that he had rapped on a song that was number one in over 20 countries, with a music video that broke records by being watched by 500 million people on its initial broadcast in 1991, L.T.B.’s internet presence is limited to personnel lists for ‘Black or White’ and unresolved Yahoo Answers threads asking who he is.
Then, last week, after hearing the song again, I thought **** **, and decided to try hitting up Bottrell again to ask if he’d talk to me about the rap. “I can do that,” he emailed back. “It’s not a long story.”
When I spoke to Bottrell on the phone the next day, he admitted that he was the one who had actually performed the rap, using the name L.T.B. as a pseudonym. He explained that, when my friend had emailed him, he had given us another email address of his with the intention of pretending to be another person named L.T.B. to **** with us. “I was gonna do a ruse,” he explained, but had backed out when he realized it would most likely fail. “I think there are a lot of people who already know and the joke wouldn’t have worked so well,” he said.
The video for “Black or White.” The rap, as lip-synced by Macaulay Culkin, comes in around 4:35.
The story of how Bottrell became, in a way, one of the most popular rappers of the 90s started because ‘Black or White,’ a song he had co-written and was producing with Jackson, had a big hole in the middle. “After the first few days of working on it, we really had the core of the song, the verses, the chorus, and Michael sang it really early on,” he told me. “All we had was this big gaping middle section, that sort of just sat that was and on our minds for many months.”
The idea for the rap popped into Bottrell’s head one morning while he was at home, with lyrics inspired by the themes Jackson had covered in his parts of the song. Bottrell recorded a version of the rap which he intended to serve as a temporary filler and played it to Jackson. “He just loved it,” Botrell told me.
Bottrell’s initial plan with the rap was to get an actual rapper to record over his part, and suggested to Jackson that they use LL Cool J or Heavy D, who were both in the studio working on other tracks for the album.
Jackson, however, insisted that they use Bottrell’s recording, something the producer told me he wasn’t entirely comfortable with. “I’m, you know, a songwriter and record producer,” he said. “I’m not a rapper, and I did not intend to be a white guy who’s rapping on there.”
But Jackson insisted—possibly, Bottrell thinks, because he’s white and not a rapper. “The fact that I’m white and I did that rap kind of speaks to the content of the song. So in his mind, it all came together.”
So Bottrell agreed, but, still not entirely comfortable with it, decided he wanted to use a pseudonym. He went with L.T.B. as a reference to the show Leave It to Beaver. “It’s a white suburban kid, I’m making fun of myself,” he said.
Jackson’s faith in his rapping turned out to be well-placed. After the song sold millions of copies and spent seven weeks at the top of the US charts, Bottrell says his manager started getting calls asking L.T.B. to do a full album.
Though I’ve been confounded by the mystery of the rapping on “Black or White” for years, Bottrell told me that he has, in fact, publicly revealed that he is L.T.B. before. That was in a 2001 interview with Sound on Sound, a publication that describes itself as the “world’s premier music recording technology magazine.” But, Bottrell said, the revelation flew under the radar due to the technical nature of the publication. (Sample quote: “I just hooked up a Kramer American guitar to a Mesa Boogie amp, miked it with a Beyer M160, and got that gritty sound as I played to his singing.”)
I’m no music expert, but I can’t think of an earlier example of a huge pop star having a rapper come into their song for a guest verse about two-thirds of the way through the track (something that has become pretty ubiquitous today, on everything from Rihanna’s “Umbrella” to Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat”). I asked Bottrell if he had been the first person to do this, and he said, though he had never really thought about it before, he couldn’t think of a song where someone had done this before him.
He also explained that, when the song had first been released, he had to make an edited version with the rap cut out because mainstream radio stations had no-rap policies and wouldn’t play the song otherwise. “I believe this record might have opened some doors,” he explained. “It’s always a process, right? I think it changed over the next two years, very quickly.”
When I suggested that this might mean that Bottrell might be, without realizing it, one of the most influential rappers of all time, he cut me off with a laugh. “Stop.” he said. “No. Don’t even go there.”
by Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
Source: The Vice Channels
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The military style, the sparkling white glove, the black pants and the bunched-up socks: These were Michael Jackson's legendary trademarks.
And the team behind them? For 25 years, Michael Bush, together with his partner Dennis Tompkins, who passed away in 2011, created most of Michael Jackson's personal and concert tour wardrobes, designing the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories.
Some time ago, I spoke with Michael Bush, and we looked back at the golden era that lasted nearly a quarter of a century.
Luka Neskovic: You started working with Michael on the set of "Captain Eo," right?
Michael Bush: Yes! I was first hired to start making the clothes for the cast: the dancers, the characters... and then when the clothes were made I was hired to dress him in his outfit. That was 1985 and then after that job I worked with him ever since.
LN: What was your first impression about him?
MLB: He was very shy. I think he was looking -- because we were the same age -- for someone that he can have fun with, so he was a very big practical joker. He liked to play jokes on people. He made me laugh, and I could make him laugh, and I think that was the biggest part of the job -- to have a good time.
LN: What do you think about his style before you started working with him?
MLB: He was looking for his own style, because when I started with him he was still with his brothers, after the Victory tour, and he started going off on his own for the BAD tour. He was looking for something that fit his style of music, which in the Bad album was very street music, very urban, and he was looking for something that fit the visual of the sound he was producing. So that's what we were doing: a lot of police badges and a lot of street fashion.
LN: He was making a new image for a new album?
MLB: Yes, he did for every album. He changed a little bit for each album, especially for each tour, but it still had a very strong military influence.
LN: How performing would it affect him?
MLB: Michael loved to perform live as his was in his best. He always gave a 100 per cent. So he would lose a lot of water and weight as he was performing and it took a couple of days for him to recuperate to be able to do it again. He was very athletic, and very strong with what he did. Michael would dance every day to rehearse, to be strong enough to do the shows.
LN: Do you think that the second leg of the tour was better than the first one?
MLB: For me the best was when we started in Japan, because that was new, that was Michael's first solo tour. I mean, for me it was the same... The fans in Germany, France, and England, for example, are very aggressive, but a lot of audiences in Asia are very quiet. Michael liked self-expression. He liked to have the audience to express how have happy they were when he would perform.
LN: At that time did you know about vitiligo, his skin disease that he was trying to cover?
MLB: No, Michael told me in '87, in the middle of a Bad tour. It was very private for Michael, I mean his personal life. He was very afraid people would not like him for something that he could not control. He was very sensitive about people's feelings.
LN: I think somewhere in Bad period he started wearing an armband?
MLB: He wore a little bit before, but it mostly became dominant in the "Smooth Criminal" video with the white suite, with the blue armband. That's when it became pretty well established Michael's trademark in his clothes. He also wore the one in the Pepsi commercial, a red one, but after "Smooth Criminal" there was pretty much an armband on everything.
LN: What was the meaning of that?
MLB: It was Michael's. It was something that he wanted his audiences to identify with. If a jacket had an armband on, that it was Michael.
LN: And what was the meaning of a number 777?
MLB: Michael was the seventh child in his family and he was born in 1958. And if you had 1958 together you get 77. It didn't mean anything. Michael was like: "If I do something like that, people would wonder what that means and they'll remember it." So it was like education, why it was there?
LN: And the CTE?
MLB: CTE. It was just three letters that came out of a hat, to put on his clothes. When we made his first shirts, there were no letter on it, and he said: "We need some detail" and these CTE letters came out.
LN: What about a gold outfit that he wore on History tour. Was it designed by Versace or by you?
MLB: By us -- me and Dennis Tompkins.
LN: But why all the credits went to Versace?
MLB: Because it looked like something Versace would do. And Versace would not tell anybody that he didn't do it. So he became famous for something that he didn't do. Me and my partner -- we knew we did it, the fans knew we did it, and we don't need to tell anybody.
LN: Did Michael have any collaboration with Versace?
MLB: Versace came to the show we did in Milan, on Dangerous tour, and that was it.
LN: What do you think about the work of Ruska Bergman who was Michael's stylist?
MLB: The one that did the Italian Vogue? She did something different. She brought a bunch of clothes -- stuff that anyone could buy, and bring to Michael. I never do that. I only make custom-made for Michael.
LN: Do you think that she changed his trademark style?
MLB: No, because it's somebody else's style. It's pretty easy to go to a store and buy bunch of clothes and bring somebody. It's just a different type of job, and she gave Michael someone else's style, not Michael's style. She gave barman style, not Michael's personal style. That's what she does. All the job she does, that's what she does.
LN: I think her work was very interesting. What about the Ebony cover?
MLB: Oh, very nice, beautiful. Ebony showed Michael as a fashion model, as my job with Michael was to show him as an entertainer, dancer.
LN: How you prepared him for the court during the 2005 trial?
MLB: Every day he looked different. We had Dennis, my partner. He would stay at the studio and make the clothes for the next day, so I can put it in the car at the three o'clock in the morning, I leave my house to drive to Neverland, to meet Michael at six in the morning. His makeup artist Karen [Faye] would finish. He would finish his eating and then we would sit and talk a little bit, and then he would make sure that everything was on him, his tie, details, and then he would go to the court.
LN: What he would talk about?
MLB: He would talk about anything other than the trial to me. He would talk about like the sun outside, or how beautiful the flowers were at Neverland, or what I was doing when I got home. You know, stuff like that, not about what was happening in court. That was too hard for him.
LN: Did you have contacts with Michael after the trial?
MLB: A little bit, because Michael went to Bahrain and I didn't have as much contact with him, because of the time differences. He wanted to be with his family. I created the wardrobe for his personal use that nobody ever saw, because it's his private life.
LN: Was he exited about the comeback?
MLB: Oh, very excited. He wanted to show his children what he did for a living.
LN: What was your last memory of Michael [the night before his death]?
MLB: I told Michael when he was sitting in the car, I said: "Thank you for changing my life again," cause I'm going on a tour, and my whole life has changed, and Michael said: "Oh Burst," --that's what he called me Burst -- "you are changing mine," and I'll never forget our bear hug.