Source: MJOnline, The Official Online Team of The Michael Jackson Estate™ / MJ-Upbeat.com
Source: MJOnline, The Official Online Team of The Michael Jackson Estate™ / MJ-Upbeat.com
Source: Inside Facebook
Singer Shakira has been growing in Facebook influence, as she has now surpassed rapper Eminem to become the 4th-most popular page on Facebook. Shakira has gained more than 800,000 Facebook fans in the past week, according to PageData.
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Other major changes since February:
Source: News Sky
It is the news Michael Jackson fans have been waiting for – but those desperate for a new album by the King of Pop may have to buy a new mobile phone to hear it.
Sky News understands Sony Music Entertainment will release an album of the late singer’s unreleased material and lost tracks by the end of April.
However, it will initially be available only as pre-installed music on the Sony Xperia Z2 phone.
An advert for the Xperia Z2 phone uses a song from the album – a remix of Jackson track ‘Slave 2 The Rhythm’.
The ad features a ballerina dancing with a red sheet, and Sky News sources believe this will form part of the music video.
The album is being produced by Epic Records, which is owned by Sony, and its chief executive LA Reid is thought to be personally involved.
It would be the first Jackson album featuring fresh material since 2010′s ‘Michael’.
Music journalist Kevin Hughes said Jackson would probably have welcomed the move to release the songs on the smartphone.
“A couple of years before his death Michael became very interested in YouTube and the future of music and the delivery of it to his fans and how they would purchase or download his music,” he told Sky News.
“Average fans might be initially disappointed but there is such expectation they will do anything to get hold of it so likely they will invest in the phone.
“It has worked for artists in the past so could do again.
“But from what I have heard these tracks are such high quality it will definitely get people talking about his music again in 2014.”
Jackson was said to be working on new songs when he died in 2009 and rumours of an album surfaced last year.
Renowned producer Timbaland is known to be working on several tracks.
His official DJ, Freestyle Steve, tweeted last year: “So last night I heard some of the new tracks Timbaland is doing for the King of Pop … WOW!”
Sony’s official price for the Xperia Z2 is £599 in the UK and is expected to cost about $600 in the US.
The company is not the first to use music to sell phones.
Rapper Jay Z made the first million copies of his 2013 album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ available for free download to Samsung customers.
Source: In the Studio With MJ – Facebook
On June 23rd, 2014, I will be going back to my studio home: Westlake Studios.
Westlake was where I learned about music and technology, but it was a lot more than that.
Quick story – got a second?
In 1984 I moved to LA and went to a recording school. It was a good school, and I learned a lot. I also worked in movie studios fixing editing machines to pay the rent. I knew I had to get a job in the music industry at a studio, but of the more than 300 recording studios in LA, I chose to apply at just one: Westlake. Why? Because of an album called “Thriller,” which was recorded there just a few years earlier. In my mind, no record sounded as good as “Thriller,” so that’s where I wanted to work. I got the job, and the saga began.
Westlake was my new school; I refer to it as my studio “boot camp”. I learned not just how to record, but how to listen. I learned that music is more important than equipment, and to trust your ears more than your eyes. I learned that sometimes less is more. I learned that people skills often beat tech skills. I was surrounded by everyone from Quincy Jones to Stevie Nicks to Barbra Streisand, and of course my mentor, the legendary Bruce Swedien. To be honest, I can’t remember if I actually finished my recording school because I had found a new home; A home called Westlake.
In 1986 I was a small part of the team that created the “Bad” album, in Westlake Studio D. I would essentially live in that room for the next two years, spending many nights grabbing a few hours of sleep in the lounge upstairs. I would set up microphones and prep headphones for a guy that I became pretty good friends with by the name of Michael Jackson. He would be singing scales at the piano with Seth or practicing a circular moonwalk in the studio while I prepped his quartz heater and adjusted the height of his mic stand. We would talk about Disneyland or banana puddin’ or movies… it didn’t really matter, he was just pleasant to be around. I think we both felt at home.
I have joked with people that during a Michael album I spent far more hours in the studio with Michael and the team than I did with my own family. It is no understatement when I say that Westlake became a second home to me for a long, long time. I loved the guys in the tech shop, the studio managers, the runners and the other engineers. We would welcome some of the most amazing musicians alive into our home, like you would invite family and friends into yours. I was always aware that I was working on a special product, with a special team, in a special place.
I say with a great deal of forethought that Michael felt safe there. He laughed, sang, played pranks, ate meals, shared stories and grew as an artist. We lived part of life together – all in that room. It was our home.
On June 23rd – 25th, 2014, I will be bringing “In The Studio With MJ” to the place where it all began: Westlake Studio D. I can’t think of a more fitting place, and a more fitting time to celebrate the music, humor and creative genius of Michael. There will be some very special guests and a few surprises. It will be an event that I think will be very special and memorable.
Seating is very limited, so tickets will go on sale for everyone on Friday, March 14 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (New York time zone), exactly nine days from now. There will be more details in the coming days, but I would like to personally invite you join me back at Westlake. It will always feel like home.
In The Studio With MJ – The Homecoming
June 23 – June 25
Source: The Examiner – By William Phoenix
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 2013.
On this day in 1943 Chris White, future bass player for The Zombies is born in the UK.
On this day in 1945 Arthur Lee, future frontman/multi-instrumentalist of the band Love is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
On this day in 1954 Jo Stafford’s “Make Love to Me” hits number 1 in the US.
On this day in 1977 The Eagles’ “Hotel California” hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1985 The “We are the World” single is released. It becomes a worldwide success. The song was co-written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. It was recorded for charity to help fight famine in Africa. It is performed by the supergroup USA for Africa and includes a list of big names in music including Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper and Dionne Warwick.
The song and related promotions eventually raised about $63 million. Source: UPI.com (See link at the end of the article)
On this day in 1987 the first Beatles LPs are released on CD including Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale and Help!. This is also the first time the official UK platters are available in the US.
On this day in 1994 the rap artists 2 Live Crew is cleared in a lawsuit brought by the publisher of Roy Orbison‘s music over their parody of Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman”. The publisher denied 2 Live Crew permission to sample the Orbison’s tune so the rap group wrote a parody instead, which held up in court.
On this day in 2013 Peter Banks, the guitarist of Yes dies at the age of 65.
Source: Brooklyn Paper – Max Jaeger
This one is sure to be a thriller.
You may never be able to sing with the King of Pop, but if you wanna be startin’ somethin’ you can star in a musical full of his hits at “The Michael Jackson Jukebox Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience” at Cameo Gallery on March 10. The show promises to be an off-the-wall mish-mash of Jackson tunes and audience participation, where viewers get a chance to get on the floor and burn that disco out.
“We wanted to create a piece that engaged people and also kind of felt like a party,” said organizer and Lefferts Garden resident Jo Firestone.
Firestone and fellow Upright Citizens Brigade comedians Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson have written the script, and will take audience volunteers to act and sing. Firestone said they aren’t exactly workin’ day and night on the plot — it is more a vehicle for song.
“It’s a very shoestring plot,” Firestone said. “There are mermaids and a dead cat that comes back to life in every scene.”
To make things easier, the lyrics are projected on a screen, and you don’t have to worry about being somebody’s fool, because participation is not mandatory.
“We never pull up anybody who doesn’t want to go up there,” Firestone said. “Most people just dance and sing along. It can feel pretty anonymous if you want.”
Don’t expect it all to be bad karaoke, either. At a past “Jukebox Musical,” one audience member turned out to be a Broadway singer, who belted Beyonce’s “Halo’ and put on the greatest show on Earth, Firestone said.
And if you like the way it makes you feel, you don’t have to stop ’til you get enough — Firestone and crew put on a similar show at Cameo Gallery every other month.
May’s jukebox might be one step down the royal succession, Firestone revealed.
“We’re pretty sure it’s going to be Prince,” she said.
“The Michael Jackson Jukebox Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience” at Cameo Gallery [93 N. Sixth St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, (718) 302–1180, www.cameony.com]. March 10 at 8 pm. $10.
Source: Daily Voice – By Tom Renner
NORWALK, Conn. – The Carver Center of Norwalk is offering a chance for a person to be featured in a music video promoting a Michael Jackson Tribute Album to be released on Aug. 29.
Mo Pleasure, a former member of Jackson’s This Is It tour a and former member of Earth Wind & Fire, will randomly select a Carver donor who gives on Friday, March 7, on Fairfield County Day of Giving. The person will be in the music video of the song “Wanna B Startin Somethin” on the Tribute album.
The musical instrument, singing, dance and/or speaking skills of the winner will determine how he/she will be featured in the music video. Video shoots will occur in Fairfield County in June and in other locations before June. If the winner cannot make it to one of these locations, Pleasure and his production team will work through Youtube to include the winner in the music video.
Send an email to email@example.com pledging social media support of this one-day campaign and your name will be entered into the Michael Jackson Tribute music video drawing. A donation is not required to win.
Source: MyBorderfest (March 6-9, 2014) Hidalgo, Texas
BorderFest is dedicated to the celebration of the diverse and unique cultural and musical heritage of South Texas and the border area, and to the perpetuation of that heritage through musical performances, the arts, entertainment, education and participation. It is now the largest and oldest such celebration in South Texas, attended by enthusiastic people of all ages, ethnicities, and tastes from Texas, many of the Unites States, Canada and Mexico.
More than 20 Entertainment Areas
100′s of Entertainers
Budweiser BorderFest Grand Parade
3 Illumnated Parades
Action 4 News Argentinian Stage
HEBuddy & Friends Kids Club
Ventriloquist & Magicians
And MUCH MORE!
Event site: http://www.myborderfest.com/index.html
Source: Mullins Center
The March 5th performance of Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, scheduled at the Mullins Center, has been canceled. Individuals who purchased tickets for this performance can receive a full refund via their original method of purchase. If purchased at the Mullins Center Box Office, please make sure you bring your tickets and method of payment with you in order to receive the refund.
The March 6th performance will continue as scheduled.
Source: Concordy.com - By Kate Collins
This Tuesday, some may have noticed the Black History 101 Mobile Museum in the atrium of Schaffer Library. The exhibit this year was focused on the “3 M’s: Martin, Motown & Michael.” The exhibit was followed by presentations by museum curator Khalid el-Hakim and singer and songwriter Dee Dee McNeil.
Last year, the exhibit was featured in the Nott, yet this year Director of Multicultural Affairs Jason Benitez decided on a new location. When asked why, he answered, “The Nott, while a very beautiful building, was challenging last year to get people to come who maybe didn’t read the flyer or it wasn’t on their radar. Because we were inside, I had to go to the door and yell at people outside, sometimes, to come in.
“Here, we felt like there was going to be a lot more foot traffic just day-to-day because of where we are. And we felt that it was important to bring it here so that it could get a little more exposure,” he continued.
Last year, the exhibit was titled “Necessary” and was focused on the contributions and life of Malcolm X; so, most of the artifacts that were present last year were pertinent to him. This year, the exhibit was focused on the 3 M’s, which focused on Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jackson and Motown Records.
Despite the difference, Benitez stated that, “Both exhibitions have the same goal, which is to expose people to a chapter of history that you don’t really learn. But the focuses are a little bit different.”
Museum curator and founder Khalid el-Hakim has been collecting memorabilia and artifacts relating to African-American history for over 20 years, obtaining some very profound and thought-provoking material.
He spoke about the connection of the “3 M’s” to the exhibit, stating, “The connection happened in Detroit in 1963, prior to the March on Washington. Most of us have been taught that the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was given first at the March on Washington in August of 1963, but most people don’t know that that speech was actually given first in Detroit in June of 1963 at Koppel Hall, and there’s an album that Motown Records recorded and put out during that time period that has that speech on there. So, that’s a little-known black history fact.”
He then went on to talk about the relationship between Michael Jackson and the exhibit. El-Hakim described how Jackson lived his life along the same lines of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his humanitarian records and his global impact in raising social and political commentary on environmental issues and feeding needy children, among other things. El-Hakim remarked that he wanted to formally bring both King and Jackson together with Motown to create this exhibit.
El-Hakim spoke of a non-blood-related “Aunt Dee Dee” who was friends with his mother, who had given him a coloring book when he was a kid.
He spoke about how important he found the book to be, and how it remained prominent in his life for many years, not knowing the context of the life of the woman who had given it to him.
Over the past 10 years, el-Hakim’s mother, knowing that he had started to work in the music industry, began giving him more information on his beloved Aunt which he had not previously been aware of.
He talked about a revolutionary group on the West Coast called the “Watts Prophets,” which, he came to find out that his Aunt Dee Dee had been a singer for. Around that time, he started to collect hip-hop memorabilia.
El-Hakim went on to introduce his illustrious “Aunt Dee Dee,” who proceeded to speak about her hardships of working as a singer/songwriter for Motown Records and beyond.
Having written songs for groups such as The Four Tops and later on Rita Marley, she struggled to get the credit that she well deserved in the industry. Having known many people in the music industry, she provided anecdotes to the audience about Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, etc.
The presentation and museum served as a proper conclusion to Black History Month and the events presented at Union, bringing together people and generations in a visual way to further educate our campus community.
I was thinking about someone to continue my effort to pay homage to the musicians who made such tremendous contributions to Black Music. Now, I have a confession to make before I go further – I got chills thinking about this amazing lady who in my view is one of the most unsung female artists of our time Siedah Garrett.
Siedah is a Grammy Award Winning and twice Oscar nominated songwriter and recording artist. As I began writing this article, I was astounded by her accomplishments that included writing songs and performed backing vocals for many of the legends in the music industry. Such as Michael Jackson, Dennis Edwards, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summers, Madonna, and Jennifer Hudson to name a few of the many great artists.
Source: Damien Shields
The Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music’s treasure chest of unreleased Michael Jackson material suffered a blow yesterday, with yet another one of the King of Pop’s unpublished work-in-progress recordings finding it’s way onto the internet.
The song, called “Days In Gloucestershire”, comes from collaborative sessions between Jackson, his long-time arranger/producer Brad Buxer, and trusted recording engineer Michael Prince. It is essentially the remedy to Jackson and Buxer’s previous track, “I Am A Loser”.
Those not familiar with the story behind “I Am A Loser” can read all about it here.
In a nutshell, Jackson and Buxer were staying in adjoining hotel rooms while working on music together in early 2003. Buxer, who was going through a breakup at the time, was awake late one night, pacing around his room repeating, “I’m a loser! I’m just a loser!”
Before long Jackson, who could hear Buxer through the wall, knocked on his door, came in and asked, “What’s the problem?”
“Oh I’m a loser… I’m just a loser!” answered Buxer, before explaining his situation.
“Let’s write a song about it,” suggested Jackson. And they did!
Fast forward to 2004; Jackson and Buxer were at it again – this time working together with Michael Prince at Neverland Ranch.
Although there was a state-of-the-art studio at Neverland, “Days In Gloucestershire” was recorded in one of the ranch’s bungalows.
Buxer had a little studio set up in a bungalow, Prince had one set up in a bungalow, and Jackson was staying in one of the bungalows with his three children.
Jackson began staying in the ranch’s bungalows with his children after his home, including his bedroom and private office, were raided by police on November 20, 2003 in relation to allegations of child molestation. Jackson was arrested, charged, and was awaiting trial at the time (at which he would later be found not guilty on all counts).
After writing a song about being a ‘loser’ Jackson and Buxer began talking about things that made them happy and lifted their spirits when feeling down.
Michael recalled that when he was in The Jackson Five he visited a beautiful place in England called Gloucestershire. Jackson, however, took creative license (as he often did) on the pronunciation of the South West county – pronouncing it as it reads, not as it really should be.
According to Jackson, the time he spent in Gloucestershire as a teenager three decades earlier while on tour with his brothers was still one of his fondest memories. And so, just like they did with “Loser”, Jackson and Buxer turned life into art.
Buxer did the music and Jackson wrote the lyrics, then Brad left to go home for a few days. Prince stayed at the ranch with Jackson and went on to record all the King of Pop’s vocals in a makeshift studio right there in the bungalow’s bathroom – not an uncommon thing for Jackson.
However unfortunately, as with the vast majority of material he was working on during the final years of his life, Jackson never got to bring the track to completion.
As it stands in its final version, the song has just one verse and a chorus which Jackson sings over and over again.
“He would do is go in and do the first verse, and the chorus, and he would not do a second verse,” says Teddy Riley of Jackson’s habits when writing or recording demos. “It’s just to get the idea down.”
This is the way Jackson worked in order to decipher which tracks he felt good about, and which he didn’t.
“What I do when I write is that I’ll do a raggedy, rough version just to hear the chorus, just to see how much I like the chorus,” explained Jackson. “If it works for me that way when it’s raggedy, then I’ll know it will just work … I do that same process with every song. It’s the melody. It’s the melody that’s most important. If the melody can sell me then I’ll go to the next step.”
“Days In Gloucestershire” is by no means complete, but judging by the positive reaction from Jackson’s loyal fans since it first appeared online yesterday, and to those who are simply looking at it as a piece of art, that lack of completion doesn’t seem to matter one bit.
And he’s still paying the price…….
Originally posted on Stop Global Airwave Abuse:
“Yes. Fame can be imprisoning. But the best part of being Michael Jackson is that I know I can interact with millions of people: and in that interaction we exchange something.”
Source: The Sentinel – By Pete Smith
PETER Odemwingie made last night’s question and answer session with Stoke City supporters a thriller when he did his best Michael Jackson impression.
The 32-year-old forward grabbed the microphone for a rendition of Beat It, although he could not persuade teammate Erik Pieters to make it a duet.
If you think that’s bad … you’ve got the wrong album.
It was another chance for the former West Brom man to show off his quick feet after missing the 1-0 win over Arsenal with a calf strain.
Odemwingie sang a Jackson song as part of his initiation into the Stoke changing room following his arrival from Cardiff in January.
The popular pace man told supporters he expects to be fit again for this Saturday’s trip to Norwich City, where no one wants to be defeated.
He said: “I hope to be fit this week. I manged to tain on Friday but maybe it was a bit optimistic for me to play against Arsenal.”
Odemwingie was sitting in the stands at the Britannia Stadium for that victory, although he did not own up to joining in any of the singing on that day.
He said: “There is a lot of belief in the team after winning against Arsenal, and it will help us to relax and play better football in our coming games.
“If we can back up the Arsenal performance, especially away from home, then it is happy days for the club, players and fans.
“I watched the Arsenal game with my family. I had the fans close to me and saw how they supported the team.”
Source: UK Celebrity Yahoo
Kourtney Kardashian was in a bad mood when she was spotted filming scenes with her mum Kris Jenner. But when we say bad mood, we don’t mean grumpy or upset, we mean Micheal Jackson bad.
With a day of filming ahead of them, Kourtney and her mum were spotted heading into a building and whilst Kris went for the monochrome look, the eldest Kardashian sister opted to go for something different, wearing a pair of brown leather trousers and a Michael Jackson Bad tour tee.
Having been papped at the studio, Kourtney put a selection of photos together in the outfit with the caption:
“Now I’m bad real bad Michael Jackson.”
Source: Star105 Toledo/ USA Today
Not only does he make his voice acting debut in the upcoming animated film Rio 2, but Bruno Mars is also featured on the movie’s soundtrack, which now has a release date.
Rio 2: Music from the Music Picture will arrive in stores March 25, and it features the song “Welcome Back,” which is performed in the movie by Bruno as Roberto, the former boyfriend of the Anne Hathaway’s character Jewel.
Other artists on the soundtrack include Bruno’s longtime musical collaborator Phillip Lawrence, as well as B.o.B, who teamed with Bruno on his first #1 hit “Nothin’ on You.” The soundtrack lineup also includes Janelle Monáe, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth, former X Factor contestant Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann of the pop duo Karmin and Siedah Garrett, who’s probably best known for duetting with Michael Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” and co-writing the King of Pop’s classic “Man in the Mirror.”
Will.i.am, who was in the original Rio, also returns for the sequel.
Rio 2 will be in theaters April 11.
The complete track listing:
What Is Love – Janelle Monáe
Rio Rio – Ester Dean (Featuring B.o.B)
Beautiful Creatures – Barbatuques, Andy Garcia, and Rita Moreno
Welcome Back – Bruno Mars
Ô Vida – Carlinhos Brown and Nina de Freitas
It’s A Jungle Out Here (Brazilian) – Philip Lawrence (Featuring UAKTI)
Don’t Go Away – Anne Hathaway and Flávia Maia
Batucuda Familia – Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy Garcia, and Rita Moreno
Poisonous Love – Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement
I Will Survive – Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth
Bola Viva – Carlinhos Brown
Favo De Mel – Milton Nascimento
It’s A Jungle Out Here – Philip Lawrence
What Is Love (Cast) – Janelle Monáe, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, and Carlinhos Brown
What Is Love (The GoonRock Mix) – Janelle Monáe
Angry Birds Rio 2 Theme – Barbatuques
Source: Al.com – By Steve Doyle
What does that mean?
This short video gives a sneak peek at what you can expect from the free event on the historic Courthouse Square. Students from UAH’s College of Liberal Arts have created a colorful laser and LED light show timed to music, including the Michael Jackson classic, “Billie Jean.” The pulsing, swirling lights will be broadcast on the exterior of the nine-story Central Bank building and several other spots around the Square.
The light show is scheduled for 7-10 p.m., overlapping with the hours of the Quigley arts and entertainment district. There will also be a DJ on hand spinning music, plus glow sticks and LED hula hoops for the crowd.
Source: Grimsby Telegraph
LET’S hope the Central Hall has great sound proofing as the world’s best Michael Jackson impersonator heads for Grimsby.
The lights will be bright, the costumes colourful, the music fantastic and the screams of fans will be heard for miles around as Navi performs at the venue.
The Central Hall box office manager Kimberley Spauls said: “There are many aspects of my job that I simply love, and one of those is the search for fabulous acts to bring to The Central Hall. We are very excited to announce that the world-famous Michael Jackson impersonator ‘Navi’ will grace our stage with his fabulous show The Legend Continues, this October.”
Navi has performed in more than 300 international shows in 58 different countries and is the only Michael Jackson impersonator to be associated with Sony, MJJ Estate and the Jackson family. For more than 17 years, Navi has honed his craft and has been used by the late Michael Jackson himself for album launches, tour promotions and as a decoy. He was also invited to perform at Jackson’s 45th birthday party, at which the legend himself gave Navi a standing ovation.
From the dancing to the singing, the looks and the costumes, this is one man who can deliver an authentic performance. The show is so real, the audience could almost believe they are being serenaded by the King of Pop himself.
Tickets have already gone on sale for this one-off event, priced at £16 for both the circle and stalls. Under 16 and OAP tickets are priced at £14.
Grimsby Central Hall, Saturday, October 25
To buy, visit www.grimsbycentralhall.org or call the box office on 01472 355025.
Source: Atlas Obscura
The death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson effected many people in many ways, and inspired countless tributes and memorials the world over, but none may be as inspiringly analog as Budapest’s Michael Jackson Memorial Tree.
During his tour stays in Budapest, Michael Jackson often stayed at the Kempinski Hotel. Whenever the singer was in town, fans would gather in the park across from the hotel, trying to simply catch a glimpse of the famous pop star. Upon his death in 2009, fans dedicated a tree on the corner of the park to his memory. Devotees decorated the public tree by stapling pictures, flowers, letters and all manner of homemade tributes into the bark. More than a passing memorial to the Jackson’s death, the tree is still regularly plastered with photos and print outs of the singer. In addition, each year on Michael Jackson’s birthday, Hungarian fans gather in the park in impromptu flash mobs to perform one of the celebrity’s dances.
Source: Coventry Telegraph – By Catherine Vonledebur
A total of 88 performers, aged five to 80, from a Coventry drama and music club will be paying tribute to Michael Jackson and American composer Jerry Herman at Nuneaton’s Abbey Theatre.
The annual Stagecraft show is the one time all members get to perform together in one big family concert.
And this year the company includes three generations of two families and a grandfather making his stage debut at 79.
Stagecraft on Stage 2014 is paying tribute to Michael Jackson and Jerry Herman, who wrote the hit Broadway musicals Hello Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles and Mame.
Foleshill-born Stagecraft founder Steve Duncan said: “There are songs from the 1940s up to Miley Cyrus – you won’t see any twerking though.
“This year’s show should contain something for all musical tastes, and should encourage more people to join our Stagecraft family.”
*Stagecraft on Stage 2014 will take place on March 7 and 8 at The Abbey Theatre, Pool Bank St, Nuneaton, CV11 5DB. Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10 and £9. Ring 07710 222964 or 02476 683297.
THERE are a few easy ways to tell if someone has seen Hook, one of the greatest kids films from the 1990s.
Simply start chanting ‘run home jack’ or yell ‘bangarang’ at the top of your lungs and if their eyes light up, you’ll know they’re a fan of the Robin Williams classic.
The 1991 movie, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, was nominated for five Oscars and is the fifth highest grossing pirate themed film of all-time.
Here are some little known facts about the Peter Pan remake:
Michael Jackson: Steven Spielberg originally wanted to make the movie in 1983 with Michael Jackson playing Peter Pan, according to IMDB . The King of Pop was also going to sing most of the songs on the soundtrack. But Spielberg was too busy with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and held off on Hook until 1991.
Cast: Both Kevin Kline and Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Peter Pan, which of course eventually went to Robin Williams. Rocker David Bowie was offered the role of Captain Hook but turned it down, and Richard Attenborough passed on playing Tootles.
Diva: Julia Roberts played Tinkerbell in the film, but according to IMDB , the actress was such a diva on set that the other cast and crew nicknamed her ‘Tinkerhell’. Another interesting fact: because the Oscar winner appeared barefoot in most of her scenes, she had an assistant whose sole responsibility was to keep her feet clean.
Cameos: Remember when that pirate gets locked in the wooden chest with a scorpion? That pirate was in fact Glenn Close, dressed as a man. Singer Phil Collins also made a cameo in Hook, appearing as a police inspector.
Close shave: Robin Williams is one of the hairiest men in Hollywood, and this didn’t quite suit the image of Peter Pan. So the comedian was forced to shave his chest and arms for the role.
Real word: Bangarang is actually a Jamaican word which means disturbance.
Gwyneth: In just her second film ever, Gwyneth Paltrow played the teenage Wendy in Hook.
Not impressed: Steven Spielberg was pretty disappointed with how Hook turned out. He said in a radio interview last year that, “I wanna see Hook again because I so don’t like that movie, and I’m hoping someday I’ll see it again and perhaps like some of it.”
Source: The Lantern – By Thy Thy Nguyen
One artist was able to garner a national presence through his brand of performance painting.
The Ohio Union Activities Board hosted David Garibaldi, a performance paint artist and former contestant of the television show “America’s Got Talent,” Monday evening.
Garibaldi painted four portraits while he was on stage. He painted a portrait of Michael Jackson in a matter of minutes while the audience listened to Jackson’s song “Thriller.” He painted a portrait of a couple leaning in for a kiss, a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. and another of Albert Einstein.
His journey to becoming a performance painter began when he was growing up in Sacramento where he was involved in graffiti art during his teen years.
“It was illegal. But I was very young. I was 14 or 15 at the time living in Sacramento, Calif. I would find a painting in anything (that was) standing up,” Garibaldi said.
He said he became interested in performance painting after seeing a splattered painting of Jimi Hendrix. The next day, Garibaldi gave it a try.
“It looked more just like me sweating and me covered in paint than anything else,” he said.
After enough practice, he was performing his art for people. Now he uses music while he paints.
“I set up some brushes, some paints and a canvas and I turn all the music up. Music helps me paint the portrait,” Garibaldi said.
He also decided to use his paintings as a way to raise money to donate to nonprofits and charities.
“I set this crazy goal. I challenged myself and my team. Let’s raise $1 million for nonprofit organizations and charities by the time that I turned 30 through auction sales of my artwork. So as years went on, we would do these charity auctions to benefit everyone from the Special Olympics to California Youth Charities. I turned 30 a year ago and we met our goals six months before then,” Garibaldi said.
The performance painter talked about the importance of finding one’s passions.
“It was really about finding those passions. We all have those passions inside of us. They can be creative, competitive, charitable, profitable, scientific and mathematic. The world that we live in today can be passionate about anything. At least in my experiences, when you apply those purposes (of your passions) behind it, that’s bigger than you, you begin to use those passions to change the world around you,” Garibaldi said.
In an interview with The Lantern, Garibaldi described his time on “America’s Got Talent” as difficult.
“It was very challenging. You are put into very high-pressurized situations where you find out what you are made of. I found out that I was made of fourth place. I found out that I was able to push the limit of my art form and create original concepts that had never been done,” Garibaldi said.
Garibaldi had some advice for aspiring young artists who are trying to make it into the art world.
“I always tell artists — create what you’re passionate about outside of art. Focusing is very important. Become an expert at your craft and practice it. It’s going to come so much more naturally to you and you’re going to find other people that are into that same thing as you,” Garibaldi said.
He said hard work is an important element individuals need to have in order to become professionals at their craft.
“Just get used to working. You can’t be lazy. The whole lazy artist hanging out in the studio — that’s a lie. If you want to make it, you have to work. In any profession, you have to work harder than everyone else,” Garibaldi said.
The performance painter said he tries to plan out his artistic performances a little bit before he goes on stage.
“It’s definitely a little planned. I try to get an idea of who’s in the audience and then from there I try to find music to help bring (the art) to life. It’s based on how I want to connect with people in the audience. I’ll always create something that I’m into, but it connects with the audience,” Garibaldi said.
Some students said they enjoyed Garibaldi’s performance on campus.
“I loved seeing his performance come to life after seeing it on TV. I loved seeing the process of how he makes his art work. It was really nice learning about him, instead of just watching a plain performance,” said Puja Chandra, a fourth-year in marketing.
Daniel Foster, a fifth-year graduate student in welding engineering, agreed.
“I thought it was a very creative and exciting event. His use of combining art and music to make a painting was really innovative,” Foster said.
Some students also enjoyed hearing Garibaldi’s personal experiences of starting out as a performance painter.
“I thought it was really cool because you don’t get to hear a lot of stories of hardship from successful people like David Garibaldi,” said Katherine Uhl, a first-year in food science.
Garibaldi said an artist’s work can be inspirational.
“I think art is important for the artist because they can just get out what’s living inside of them, and I think it’s important to the world because artists can contribute their hopefully positive expressions to the world and inspire people,” Garibaldi said.
Source: The Examiner – Ryan Davis
By 2009, it has been nearly twelve years since Michael Jackson embarked on a concert tour. But on March 5th, it seemed that a return to the stage would be in order.
In front of over 300 reporters, and thousands of screaming fans, Jackson announced his This Is It Tour. In his statement, he announced that the ten performances (which later jumped to fifty), would be the singer’s final performances. Public interest was immediate, as over a million pre-sale tickets were sold in 24 hours, and sales of Jackson’s albums also increased with Thriller and Off the Wall both having the highest percentage at 200%.
Preparations for the concerts began in early June, and Jackson rehearsed for the numbers that would be performed in the shows including “Smooth Criminal”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, “Thriller”, and “The Way You Make Me Feel”. But unfortunately, This Is It would never get off the ground. On June 25th, Jackson died from cardiac arrest at the age of 50. The first planned show would have been underway eighteen days later, and the O2 arena would soon begin issuing refunds for tickets buyers. While This Is It would be the concert tour it would never be, it would live on in another realm.
As it was soon discovered there was over 100 hours of footage of preparations and rehearsals, Columbia Pictures released Michael Jackson’s This Is It in October 2009, to worldwide critical and commercial acclaim. Also released was the accompanying soundtrack, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts, and sold over ten million copies worldwide, both further enlightening the musical legacy Jackson left behind.
Source: Soul Train (Forward by Gladys Knight/ Preface By Nick Cannon)
From Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, come this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train – the cultural phenonmon that launched the careers of such artists as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J and Aretha Franklin.
Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program and his text is paired with more than 350 photographs of the show’s most memorable episodes and the larger-than-life characters who defined it: the great host Don Cornelius, the extraordinary musicians, and the people who lived the phenomenon from the stage, dance floor and behind the scenes.
Read more: http://www.soultrainbook.com/
Source: Pop Icons
After the best female icon, best male icon and best iconic band, you can now vote for your favourite iconic VIDEO!
The 2 videos with the higher number of votes will reach the final duel!
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