The Rock Center for Dance Performs Special Tribute To Michael Jackson At The 6th Annual Toys For Tots Fundraiser In Las Vegas

Sources: Examiner – By Stephen Thorburn| All Things Michael

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The 6th annual benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas, was held at The Westgate (formerly LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino ) on Saturday, December 13.

“Our goal is to have every child in Las Vegas wake up on Christmas morning and have a new toy,” said Jonathan Scott, Executive Producer of this concert. “It’s great to have the new Westgate Las Vegas carry on the tradition of this great U.S. Marine Corps benefit concert.”

The theme of this year’s event was Pop! Goes Las Vegas!”. Las Vegas entertainer,Zowie Bowie‘s Chris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel acted as host of the show which featured a lineup of Las Vegas entertainers, with many performing popular music. There was also a special tribute to the late Michael Jackson by the young dancers from The Rock Center for Dance.

David Perrico returned as the Musical Director this year, along with his 12-piece band and Pop Evolution’s Naomi Mauro and Laura Shaffer. Performers included comedians Geechy Guy, Dennis Blair and Paul Scally, singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, British singing sensation Ben Stone and former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, sultry singer Nieve Malandra, singer/actress Pia Zadora performing a duet with her daughter Katie, accompanied by Frank Sinatra’s conductor and piano player Vinnie Falcone, BBR with Anne Martinez and Savannah Smith, singer Maren Wade, entertainer Eric Jordan Young performing a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., American Trilogy’s tribute artists Rob Garrett (Neil Diamond) Justin Shandor (Elvis) and Gary Anthony (Frank Sinatra); singer Rosanna Telford, the cast of Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show at the Westgate, actor/singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, powerhouse vocalist Lyssa Lynn, Kent Foote and the Vegas Good Fellas, an emotional rendition of “God Bless America” by Vegas! The Show star Lorena Peril with the Marine Corps Honor Guard, and a special appearance from rocker Vince Neil, the lead singer of Motley Crue.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Proceeds from this concert will go to the Toys for Tots Program.

Tickets to this benefit were $20, or guestd who gave a donation of an unopened toy or stuffed animal valued at $20 or more were given a complimentary ticket. Prior to the 8 p.m show there was a celebrity red carpet at 6 p.m.

 

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CMT’S ALL TIME TOP 40: Artist’s Choice TV Marathon Starts Today (MJ#12)

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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This past year on CMT, country artists have been recognizing the most influential music across all genres that has helped shaped their lives in CMT ALL-TIME TOP 40: ARTIST’S CHOICE. Now, CMT will start at the beginning of the list and count down the selected top 40 artists in a five-hour marathon kicking-off today, December 27 at 9:00 a.m., ET/PT.

CMT’s ALL-TIME TOP 40: ARTIST’S CHOICE began its countdown this past March, with weekly segments airing in CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN. A few weeks ago the highly-anticipated No. 1 spot was revealed on HOT 20 as recent CMT “Artists of a Lifetime” recipient, Merle Haggard. Each influential musician or band on the list was ranked based on an artist poll conducted by CMT among the biggest stars in country music. Other notable artists who made the list include Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteenand more. Over 100 country artists participated in CMT ALL-TIME TOP 40, from LEGENDS including Haggard, Dolly Parton and George Strait, to today’s superstars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean.

ALL-TIME TOP 40: ARTIST’S CHOICE is executive produced by Quinn Brown. For more information visit CMT.com, download the CMT app, like the CMT‘s official Facebook page, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram.

 Michael Jackson is listed as number 12.

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Note From All Things Michael: This show will be repeated on the CMT channel on 12/28, 12/30 and 12/31 according my local TV network.  Check your local listings as days and times may vary. 

Best Selling Albums Of 2014 (Xscape Is #14)

Sources: spyghana.com | mediatraffic.de | All Thing Michael

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Frozen soundtrack was the best selling album of the year 2014. The album which was released as far back November 2013, sold 7,057,000 copies in 2014.

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ follows second, after it sold an incredible 4,619,000 copies in only two months of release. The album dropped worldwide on October 27th but the ‘Out of Woods’ singer’s amazing selling power ensured she beats her competitors who released their albums way before her.

No.3 on the biggest selling albums of the year list is ‘X’ by British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. ‘X’, which is Sheeran’s sophomore album, sold 3,486,000 copies worldwide.

Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce’ was the sixth best selling LP of 2014. The surprise album was released December 2014 but it was still able to sell even without hype. ‘Beyonce’ sold 2,289,000 copies worldwide in 2014.

Riding on the blockbuster success of lead single, ‘Happy’, Pharrell Williams second studio album, ‘GIRL’ sold a respectable 1,879,000 copies worldwide in 2014. The critically acclaimed album was 8th best-selling album of 2014.

Even in death Michael Jackson remains the King. The King of Pop’s second posthumous album, ‘Xscape’ was the 14th best selling album of 2014. Despite little hype or promotion, MJ’s ‘Xscape was able to sell  more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Check out the full list of best selling albums of 2014 below…

01 Soundtrack – Frozen
Walt Disney 7.057.000 copies

02 Taylor Swift – 1989
Big Machine 4.619.000 copies

03 Ed Sheeran – X
Atlantic / Watertower 3.486.000 copies

04 Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Parlophone / Atlantic 3.037.000 copies

05 Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Capitol 2.879.000 copies

06 Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Columbia 2.289.000 copies

07 One Direction – Four
Syco Music 1.936.000 copies

08 Pharrell Williams – G I R L
Back Lot / Columbia 1.879.000 copies

09 Lorde – Pure Heroine
Republic / Universal 1.815.000 copies

10 Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Rhino / Columbia 1.717.000 copies

11 One Direction – Midnight Memories
Syco Music 1.708.000 copies

12 Katy Perry – Prism
Capitol 1.620.000 copies

13 AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
Columbia 1.539.000 copies

14 Michael Jackson – Xscape
MJJ / Epic 1.523.000 copies

15 Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
Interscope 1.517.000 copies

16 Barbra Streisand – Partners
Columbia 1.412.000 copies

17 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Aftermath / Interscope 1.389.000 copies

18 Stromae – Racine Carrée
Vertigo / Mercury 1.386.000 copies

19 5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer
Capitol 1.284.000 copies

20 Soundtrack – Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1
Hollywood 1.264.000 copies

21 Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Polydor / Interscope 1.203.000 copies

22 Arctic Monkeys – AM
Domino Recordings 1.187.000 copies

23 Helene Fischer – Farbenspiel
Polydor / Universal Germany 1.180.000 copies

24 Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Atlantic 1.167.000 copies

25 Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me
RCA 1.134.000 copies

26 Avicii – True
Positiva / Island 1.099.000 copies

27 OneRepublic – Native
Interscope 1.087.000 copies

28 Maroon 5 – V
Interscope 1.071.000 copies

29 Ariana Grande – My Everything
Republic 1.062.000 copies

30 AKB 48 – Tsugi No Ashiato
King Records Japan 1.052.000 copies

31 Bastille – Bad Blood
Virgin 980.000 copies

32 John Legend – Love In The Future
Columbia 945.000 copies

33 Michael Bublé – Christmas
Reprise 941.000

34 Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
Roswell / RCA 925.000 copies

35 Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
Columbia 914.000 copies

36 Linkin Park – The Hunting Party
Machine Shop / Warner Bros. 900.000 copies

37 Black Keys – Turn Blue
Nonesuch 877.000 copies

38 Eric Church – The Outsiders
EMI Nashville 863.000 copies

39 London Grammar – If You Wait
Metal & Dust Recordings 849.000 copies

40 Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Daft Life / Columbia 844.000 copies

SOURCE: MEDIATRAFFIC.de

 

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Going To See MJ One? The Hotel At Mandalay Bay Has New Name And Multi-Million Dollar Facelift

Source: Chron.com – By Greg Morago  | All Things  Michael

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At first, the idea of re-branding the all-suite Hotel at Mandalay Bay sounded strangely unnecessary. The discreetly elegant sister property to Mandalay Bay always has functioned as a more mature, quieter alternative to the party-minded connecting hotel.

But MGM Resort‘s collaboration with the Morgans Hotel Group has proved to be a smart move. The Hotel is now the Delano and sports a new $80 million aesthetic even more likeable than its predecessor, along with the international sparkle of its South Beach sister property.

The dramatic entry features columns gracefully shrouded in creamy curtains, a Delano signature. The lobby level also is home to the hotel’s new Franklin, a posh bar serving swell craft cocktails, and Della’s Kitchen, a breakfast and lunch restaurant that calls itself a “farmhouse meets urban eatery” and features a locally and regionally sourced menu of pleasing adult comfort foods. There’s 3940 Coffee & Tea serving gourmet beverages and light take-away fare, as well.

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Mix at Delano, the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the top of the hotel that offers some of the most stunning views of the strip, eventually will be rebranded, too, as Rivea, another concept from the Michelin-star chef. It will serve French and Italian fare inspired by the food markets of Italy and Provence.

The hotel’s 1,117 suites are among the largest on the Strip, at an average 725 square feet. The new monochromatic design is a study in understated luxury with snowy white bedding, oversize tufted ivory headboards, glossy white furniture and modern gray-upholstered couches and seating. The huge bathrooms are thoughtfully stocked with hip Malin & Goetz bath essentials. Complimentary WiFi is available in the rooms and throughout the hotel’s public spaces. Another nice touch is the room’s mini bar that has storage space for guests’ own drinks and snacks without extra charge. And the living area, with its powder room and wet bar, is perfect for working or entertaining.

The nonsmoking, nongaming Delano is only a hallway walk away from Mandalay Bay. And that hallway includes the entrance to the property’s big show, “Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil,” a riveting extravaganza of dance, aerial performance, acrobatics and, of course, music.

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And if Della’s Kitchen and Mix don’t entice, you have all of Mandalay Bay’s restaurants at your footsteps: Fleur by Hubert Keller, Kumi Japanese Restaurant, Stripsteak, Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, and Aureole.

Vitals: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-632-7257; delanolasvegas.com. Suites start at $129.

 

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Who’s Bad To Perform At Whiskey Jacques

Sources: Whiskey Jacques | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Tuesday December 30th we have Who’s Bad (The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute) performing live at Whiskey Jacques!!

Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.

Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move, boasting over 100 years of professional experience and a team of dancers with resumes that include Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera. Vamsi Tadepalli (Who’s Bad founder, composer, and saxophonist) assembled a cast of North Carolina’s premiere musicians and, from Who’s Bad’s inception, believed in the band’s boundless possibilities. The velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontmen Joseph Bell and Taalib York’s combined with the six-piece band’s synchronized dance routines, blaring horns and down-deep rhythms, results in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself. They’ve shared stages with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and hip hop superstar, Pitbull. Captivated fans include LIVENATION’s Anthony Nicolaidis who calls Who’s Bad, “the real deal,” and Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and manager Frank DiLeo who proclaimed after Who’s Bad show in Nashville, TN, “the show was great….Michael would have been proud!”

Doors at 9p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 online or $25.00 day of show/behind the bar.  For more info on Who’s Bad go to:http://www.whosbadmusic.com/

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Five Most Incredible Discoveries Of 2014

Sources: USA Today | All Things Michael

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1. ANIMAL KINGDOM. Meet Dreadnoughtus, Biggest Dinosaur Yet (September): This year saw the emergence of the new king of the dinosaurs, at least in terms of size. Researchers in the Patagonia region of Argentina found a brute they named Dreadnoughtus, and they’re laying claim to it being the largest land animal whose size can be accurately measured. Its name has an appropriate meaning, too. (Runner-up and No. 3.)

Rendering of the massive Dreadnoughtus schrani. Dreadnaughtus had a 37-foot-long neck, 30-foot tail, and weighed an estimated 65 tons, making it the most massive land animal whose size can be confidently calculated. (Photo: Jennifer Hall)

Rendering of the massive Dreadnoughtus schrani. Dreadnaughtus had a 37-foot-long neck, 30-foot tail, and weighed an estimated 65 tons, making it the most massive land animal whose size can be confidently calculated.
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2. HEALTH HAPPENINGS. Huge Breakthrough in Quest for Type I Diabetes Cure(October): There’s no known cure for Type 1 diabetes—but a team at Harvard announced in October that after 15 years of research, it has successfully coaxed human embryonic stem cells into ones that produce insulin. When those cells were transferred to diabetic mice, they cured diabetes in less than 10 days. (Runner-upand No. 3.)

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3. THE BIG DIG: UNDER THE EARTH AND SEA: Investigators: We’ve Got a Piece of Earhart’s Plane (October): Amelia Earhart’s vanishing has fascinated people for decades. At the end of October, a team investigating her disappearance reported with “increasing confidence” that it managed to identify a piece of her plane that was retrieved in 1991. The piece would also seem to indicate that Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan didn’t crash but rather ended up as castaways. (Runner-up and No. 3.)

An undated 1930's file photo shows US aviator Amelia Earhart at the controls of an aircraft in Essonne, France. At the end of October, a team investigating her disappearance reported with "increasing confidence" that it managed to identify a piece of her plane that was retrieved in 1991.(Photo: AFP, AFP/Getty Images)

An undated 1930’s file photo shows US aviator Amelia Earhart at the controls of an aircraft in Essonne, France. At the end of October, a team investigating her disappearance reported with “increasing confidence” that it managed to identify a piece of her plane that was retrieved in 1991.(Photo: AFP, AFP/Getty Images)

4. HOW THINGS WORK: Antikythera Mechanism Continues to Amaze (November): This ancient astronomical calculator was the gift that kept on giving up more secrets in 2014. Researchers analyzing the astronomical calculator’s own calendar and comparing it to Babylonian eclipse records discovered that its story begins much earlier than previously thought. (Runner-up and No. 3.)

A gearwheel fragment of the ancient astronomical calculator, the "Antikythera Mechanism."(Photo: Tony Freeth)

A gearwheel fragment of the ancient astronomical calculator, the “Antikythera Mechanism.”(Photo: Tony Freeth)

5. SOCIETY AND CULTURE CLUB: Science Determines Catchiest Hit Song of All Time (November): Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” and ABBA’s “SOS” were all contenders. But musicologists at the University of Amsterdam recently conducted a study to find out which song has morphed into the biggest earworm of all time. (Runner-up and No. 3.)

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Michael Jackson during his 1983 short film, ‘Beat It.'(Photo: Handout)

 

 

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Top Stories Of 2014 By Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Sources: Forbes | Edited By – All Things Michael

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With only a few days left in 2014, it’s time to take a look back on the year that was. Earlier this month, I brought you my rankings of the winners and losers of the past 12 months. Today, I’m going to take you through a handful of my own 2014 stories of which I’m proudest.

The year began with a bang, starting with Bruno Mars and the 30 Under 30 Class of 2014 in January. But my biggest story of the year came when I broke the news that the Wu-Tang Clan had recorded a secret album and was planning to release only one copy. That led to a trip to Morocco, which culminated in Dikenta Dike and I creating a mini-documentary about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.

Other highlights included penning a pair of Investment Guide stories, venturing intothe business of freight trains, writing ForbesLife covers on Afrojack and Richard Branson, having South By Southwest adventures with Snoop Dogg and Diddy, organizing the first Forbes 30 Under 30 Music Festival and exploring Hollywood with “Jesus Christ Superhero.” I also released my second book, Michael Jackson, Inc. in June (still, that couldn’t top my biggest moment of the year: getting married!)

For the new year, I’m looking forward to quite a few things, work-wise. Among them: revealing the 30 Under 30 Class of 2015 on January 5th, the list of Top-Earning American Idols on January 6th, and covering the Grammys in February and South By Southwest in March. Who knows–there may even be some more Wu-Tang news mixed in there.

In the meantime, happy holidays.

Note: The sampling below only reflects stories written about Michael Jackson.

Forbes.com, 06.02.14
Buying The Beatles
Inside Michael Jackson’s best business bet.

Forbes magazine, 06.16.14
Michael’s Immortal Money Machine
The King of Pop’s career earnings, listed year by year.

Forbes.com, 08.28.14
Writing About Writing About Michael Jackson
What some critics still get wrong.

FORBES MUSIC LISTS (edited or co-edited by me)
Top-Earning Dead Musicians

ARCHIVE
From Toby Keith To Tech N9ne: My Top Stories of 2013
From Justin Bieber To Michael Jackson: My Top Stories of 2012

 

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