Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Hits 32 Million Platinum!

Sources: RIAA | All Things Michael

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WASHINGTON–The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced a new Album Award methodology for its Gold & Platinum Program, the industry’s premier award for recognizing artistic achievement in the music marketplace.

Effective Feb. 1, RIAA will include on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent in Gold & Platinum (G&P’s) Album Award.  The modernization of the program’s album rule follows a similar update made to digital single certifications in 2013, when the RIAA first added on-demand streams to its Digital Single Award.  Collectively, this now means that the program’s iconic benchmarks – 500,000 (Gold), 1,000,000 (Platinum) and 2,000,000 plus (multi-Platinum) – will count both sales and streams for single and album certifications.

“For nearly six decades, whether it’s vinyl, CDs, downloads or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.  “We know that music listening – for both for albums and songs – is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications.  Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.”

Seventeen titles, encompassing albums from dozens of music labels and spanning many genres, are included in the inaugural certifications for the newly expanded Album Award.  RIAA is today awarding the following artists with new certifications: Alt-J “An Awesome Wave” (Atlantic Records) Gold, Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise” (Def Jam Recordings) Platinum, Brett Eldredge “Bring You Back” (Atlantic Nashville) Gold, Coldplay “Ghost Stories” (Atlantic/Parlophone) Platinum, Elle King “Love Stuff” (RCA) Gold, Fifth Harmony “Reflection” (Epic) Gold, Halsey “Badlands” (Astralwerks) Gold, Hozier “Hozier” (Columbia) Platinum, Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope) Platinum, Michael Jackson “Thriller” (Epic/Legacy) 32X Multi-Platinum, Miranda Lambert “Platinum” (RCA Nashville) Platinum, Romeo Santos “Fórmula Vol. 2” (Sony Latin) 11X Diamante/RIAA Latin G&P Program, Sam Hunt “Montevallo” (MCA Nashville) 2X Multi-Platinum, Shawn Mendes “Handwritten” (Island Records) Platinum, The Weeknd “Beauty Behind the Madness” (XO/Republic Records) 2X Multi-Platinum, Vance Joy “Dream Your life Away” (Atlantic Records) Gold and Wale “Ambition” (Atlantic Urban) Gold.

After a comprehensive analysis of a variety of factors – including streaming and download consumption patterns and historical impact on the program – and also consultation with a myriad of industry colleagues, the RIAA set the new Album Award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.  Also effective today, RIAA’s Digital Single Award ratio will be updated from 100 on-demand streams = 1 download to 150 on-demand streams = 1 download to reflect streaming’s enormous growth in the two plus years since that ratio was set.

The RIAA created its Gold & Platinum Awards Program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard to measure the commercial success of a sound recording.  The program trademarked the Gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements.  Almost 60 years since its inception, the iconic Gold & Platinum brand is the preeminent form of recognition for success in the music marketplace.

Music dominates the conversation on popular social media platforms, with artists being the most followed people across these channels, and Gold & Platinum recognition is often among the most celebrated news in an artist’s social media feed.  The RIAA utilizes a myriad of social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,Flipagram, and a YouTube page – to market and publicize artist award achievements.  The RIAA also recently unveiled a new RIAA.com and Gold & Platinum database where fans can more easily search and share the award recognition.

First awarded to LP recordings but expanded to a number of formats over time to include cassette tapes, CDs, digital tracks, digital albums, ringtones, and streams, nearly 30,000 certifications have been awarded by the RIAA during the last 58 years.

All certifications are calculated by the firm Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, which has audited title sales for the RIAA for more than 30 years.  Complete lists of all album, single, and other awards can be accessed athttp://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/.

 

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getTV To Air Black History Month Programming Featuring The Jackson 5 And More

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getTV will be honoring Black History Month in February with a lineup of shows that will feature rare interviews and performances by African-American icons. Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are just a few that will be featured this month.

The kicks off begins on February 1 at 9 p.m. EST with “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” with special guests Michael Jackson at age 14, with his brothers the Jackson’s and Governor Ronald Reagan. The show originally aired January 2, 1972. The Jackson 5 performed “Lookin’ Through The Windows” and “Ben.”

The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour – Season 2 featuring The Jackson 5 And Ronald Reagan – February 1st –  9:00 PM eastern & 12:00 AM eastern; February 5th – 2:00PM eastern; February 7th – 10:00AM eastern

(The following shows are also featured at other times throughout the month)

February 1

The Merv Griffin Show Featuring Richard Pryor, Phil Spector, And Eartha Kitt – 10:00PM/ET & 1:00AM/ET

February 15

The Bing Crosby Special Featuring Bob Hope, Diana Ross & The Supremes, And José Feliciano – 9:00PM/ET & 12:00AM/ET

The Merv Griffin Show Featuring Woody Allen, Hedy Lamarr, Moms Mabley, And Leslie Uggams – 10:00PM/ET & 1:00AM/ET

February 22

The Andy Williams Kaleidoscope Company Featuring Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel, And Mama Cass –  9:00PM/ET & 12:00AM/ET

The Merv Griffin Show Featuring Aretha Franklin And George Hamilton – 10:00PM/ET & 1:00AM/ET

February 29

The Judy Garland Show – Season 1 Featuring Lena Horne And Terry-Thomas – 8:00PM/ET & 11:00PM/ET

The Dionne Warwick Special: Souled Out Featuring Burt Bacharach, Glen Campbell, And Creedence Clearwater Revival – 9:00PM/ET & 12:00AM/ET

The Merv Griffin Show Featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. And Harry Belafonte – 10:00PM/ET & 1:00AM/ET

getTV will also showcase the career of Sidney Poitier on Friday, February 19th. The tribute will start at 8 p.m. eastern with “All The Young Men,” followed by “The Bedford Incident” at 10:05 p.m. and “The Bedford Incident” at 2:40 am.

Find the getTV channel by state here (US only).

“Super Bowl’s Greatest Halftime Shows February 5th On CBS

Sources: Futon Critic |CBS – ABC | All Things Michael

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“SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST HALFTIME SHOWS,” A NEW TWO-HOUR SPECIAL CELEBRATING THE BEST HALFTIME PERFORMANCES IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY, TO BE BROADCAST SATURDAY, FEB. 5 ON CBS

Featuring Interviews with Halftime Show Performers Beyoncé, Bono, Missy Elliot, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Sir Paul McCartney and Katy Perry

Narrated by “NCIS: Los Angeles” Star Chris O’Donnell.

Two days before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers kick off in SUPER BOWL 50, SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST HALFTIME SHOWS will celebrate the best halftime performances in Super Bowl history and trace the evolution of the event over 49 years. Narrated by NCIS: LOS ANGELES star Chris O’Donnell, the new two-hour special will be broadcast Friday, Feb. 5 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. As previously announced, Coldplay will be among the artists that will take the stage during SUPER BOWL 50’s halftime show.

In addition to highlighting past shows, the anthology includes fresh interviews with top performers who have made the Super Bowl Halftime Show one of the most highly anticipated live 12 minutes on television, including Beyoncé (2013), Bono (2002), Missy Elliot (2015), Bruno Mars (2014), Sir Paul McCartney (2005) and Katy Perry (2015).

A variety of producers, journalists, music executives and former NFL personnel will be sharing their memories of past performances like Michael Jackson ’s 1993 show and Madonna ’s 2012 spectacle, among many others.

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Goosebumps

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Goosebumps.

It happened again this afternoon, working on some edits. I heard a section of a guitar solo by Slash and I I was thrown back in time, back into the studio. It was weird and amazing.

Michael was complicated in many ways. He wasn’t just a singer, he wasn’t just a dancer. He didn’t just love pop music, he didn’t just love classical. He didn’t just love statues, he didn’t just love books. He loved it all and wanted more. He pushed the limits constantly in terms of music, dance, creativity, philanthropy and fashion. He was complicated, and loved extremes. “More guitar!” he pleaded with Bruce during mixes. “More strings… I love the strings!!”

I have mentioned this before, but Michael had this habit – for lack of a better word – where his emotion would get the best of him and he would throw his head back and shriek or howl if he loved something. And it wasn’t an act – it was him fully letting go of what he was feeling. Since I am a stoic Swede, this took me a while to understand. If you are not ready for a Michael Jackson shriek next to you, it will wake you up.

Over time I started to love seeing him light up over a mix, or a new ride, or a even a piece of classical music. I remember clearly building him a giant sound system at the ranch – which filled an area about the size of a football field – and bringing him out to hear it. I chose DeBussy as my demo music, as I knew how much he loved that composer. As the music swelled he clenched his fists, closed his eyes and raised his face to the sky – and let out the loudest “HOOOOOO!!” you can imagine.

Goosebumps.

So this afternoon I was listening to some of the music with Slash’s guitar. Slash and Michael had the coolest friendship. Michael wasn’t going to be pigeonholed as a pop singer, or an R&B artist, or a great dancer. He blew the doors of genre. He brought in Steve Stevens and Slash and Eddie Van Halen. And the New York Philharmonic. And Biggie Smalls. And Babyface. And Paulinho. It was hard to keep up with him musically.

But today it was Slash. I heard a song I had not listened to in quite a while, and Slash owned it. He owned it, battered it, deep fried it and served it. And even though it isn’t on the track, in my mind I could hear Michael howl. And I got goosebumps. It stopped me in my tracks. My daughter Amanda has been working with me on some of the show edits and production, and I made her stop and let me listen to it again. Just for fun. Just for that momentary throwback into the studio. I didn’t want to leave.

It’s funny when I am somewhere unexpected and I get thrown back into the studio with Michael. It might be in a grocery store when I hear Smooth Criminal while picking out a bag of spinach. Or ice skating in New York (this actually happened a few weeks ago) when they decided to play You Are Not Alone. Just for a few seconds the world stops and and I’m back in a session from more than two decades ago, listening to Michael record a vocal.

I don’t have a time machine. I can’t take you there, though I wish I could, because I think you would really like it. I think you would get goosebumps.

After listening to Slash a couple more times I regained my focus and continued with some of the last-minute edits. But it’s weird. You know that dumb saying, “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?” OK, maybe it’s not dumb, but hear me out. In my daily life I very rarely play Michael music. Don’t get me wrong – I love many of his songs, and dislike a few also. But I don’t just hear the song. I feel the memories, like they happened yesterday. I hear his laugh. I hear his curious questions. I hear his ideas. I hear the vocal layers. I hear the snare and the kick. And, sometimes, I get the goosebumps. Like today.

I’m not a dancer, I’m not a singer, and you really don’t want to hear me shriek. But maybe Michael’s style of taking a big bite out of everything you do is something I can learn from. Don’t just hire a guitar player – get Slash! Don’t just dance – Moonwalk! Don’t just sing a song – own it with every fiber of your being!

Yes, I loved being in the studio with Michael, and yes, I miss it. I can’t go back, but I can appreciate, study, learn and teach what it was like, what we did right, how we did it, and why. But teaching will only go so far – at some point you have to feel. You have to close your eyes and raise your head and feel. The goosebumps will come.

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Source: In the Studio With Michael Jackson | All Things Michael

Vegas Twin Dancers List Michael Jackson As One Of Their Tap Dance Heroes

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Dance twins Sean and John Scott of Cirque’s “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace recently sat down with Vegas.com to discuss their tap dancing career and experiences in the field.

Vegas.com: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? How long have you two been dancing?
Sean Scott: We’re from Los Angeles born and raised. My brother and I, at the age of four or five, we were always jumping around, we had all of this energy and we would run around the house just causing chaos and my mom wanted to burn that energy somewhere and one day when she was cleaning the house and she saw Sammy Davis Jr. on TV and she thought maybe she’d put us in tap dancing. So, she enrolled us in tap dancing and we’ve been sticking with it ever since.

VDC: How did you end up in Absinthe?
SS: We were actually in another show at first and that’s when we met the producers of “Absinthe” and they embraced us and we had a good chemistry with them and we definitely wanted to do a collaboration with them and I thought it was a good idea because ever since I’ve been working with Spiegleworld, I’ve been happy here.

VDC: If you we’re in a dance off against the Nicholas Brothers what song would you tap to? What move would be your secret weapon?
SS: I don’t know, maybe a Michael Jackson song. Wow. What move would be my secret weapon? That’s a hard question! I always felt inferior to the Nicholas brothers because I idolize them, you know? They’re the best. If they were around right now, me and my brother wouldn’t have a job. But my secret weapon would be…I can’t say splits because they are masters at it, you know? I guess I’d just kill it with my swag.

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John Scott: That’s a good question. Yikes. I probably would do “Pursuit of Happiness.” I don’t think my secret weapon would do anything compared to the Nicholas brothers. I don’t think I would stand a chance, honestly. Not only were they really showy, they were rhythmic as well so they were really good at both of those so I don’t know how I would do. The Nicholas brothers are like everything to me so, I just think if they were dancing now, I wouldn’t be working as much.

VDC: Besides the Nicholas Brothers, who are your tap heroes?
SS: My tap heroes, I would say, I am a big fan of Michael Jackson so I like Michael Jackson. I guess I would say I like Fred Astaire and our tap teacher.
JS: Besides them? I would say Fred Astaire. Fred Astaire was really, really good.

VDC: What is something about tap dancing that most people don’t know?
JS: It’s seriously like, I kind of compare it to insanity. You are the instrument and you can’t just dance to a rhythm, you can’t just dance to a steady rhythm. You’re the rhythm so you have to switch it up. You have to go slower, you have to go faster, you have to go faster, you have to go slower you can go off any beat but you can’t forget that you are the instrument so it’s not just a dance, you know what I mean? That’s why I like tap dancing because it’s like you’re part of a jazz band off to the side because you are a percussionist, you know? But, to answer your question, it’s a full-body movement and so it is very tiring, you know? Very tiring and you can’t fake it especially being in the theater in the round and being that close to everybody, they could tell if you were faking it, you know? It won’t come across as cool or nice if you’re faking it.

Check out Absinthe to see these tapping twins in action Wednesday – Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m.

Read the full article at  Blog Vegas | All Things Michael

MINECRAFT BILLONAIRE AUCTIONING MJ PHOTO AND MORE FOR CHARITY

Sources: Everything But The House | All Things Michael

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From a stunning Beverly Hills home comes a truly exceptional sale. After winning a bidding war against Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Minecraft creator Markus Persson moved into an exquisite $70 million property overlooking the city of Los Angeles, complete with an infinity pool, candy room, home theater, car lift, and interiors by Joseph Ferrugio. Persson has donated many of the items in this sale from the property for auction, including a complete set of like-new furnishings from the Bentley Home Collection (as in Bentley Motors) and a 40-piece chandelier. Shepard Fairey prints, a signed Michael Jackson photo and an Hermès scarf are also up for auction.

Net sale proceeds are being contributed to Design by Donation, an organization supporting at-risk youth through design and aesthetic collaboration. Design by Donation accepts furniture and material goods from hotels, home renovations, and then either repurposes the materials or auctions them to raise funds. Previous collaborations include the restoration of theYWCAGLA Job Corp Building, as well as helping Saving Innocence create the Hope House in Downtown Los Angeles, which serves as a haven for victims of sex trafficking.

“This year we have a mission to assist City Year LA,” says Ferrugio. “Our goal is to make a significant impact in helping at-risk students stay on track to graduate on time. Our leadership is comprised of business professionals, community leaders and devoted alumni of design and architecture schools of Los Angeles.”

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A collectible trio of framed photos of pop star Michael Jackson (1958-2009) with the central photo autographed. The first photo shows Jackson with his face covered in lace from the cover of the alternate edition of his 1987 album Bad. The second autographed photo shows Jackson during a performance of his song “Billie Jean”. The third photo shows Jackson at the Neverland Ranch. The photos are presented in a black wood frame with black matting and glass covering. Wire attached to reverse for hanging.

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Today Marks The 31st Anniversary Of The Recording Of We Are The World

About Entertainment – By Ken Simmons| All Things Michael

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The all-star single “We Are The World” was recorded on January 28, 1985 and released March 7, 1985 to raise money to fight poverty, especially hunger, in Africa and the United States. Composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts, and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It is one of the ten best selling singles of all-time.

Entertainer/social activist Harry Belafonte and Richie’s manager Ken Kragen created the idea for the song and formed the non-profit organization USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa). The organization’s achievements include:

  • Raised more than $75 million to fight poverty in Africa
  • More than 6 million people joined hands to fight poverty in America
  • More than $25 million was raised across the US to fight hunger and homelessness in America.

“We Are The World” earned four Grammy Awards in 1985: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Best Music Video, Short Form.

Here are the “20 R&B Stars Who Made ‘We Are The World’ A Classic”

1.  Michael Jackson (soloist, writer)

Michael Jackson composed “We Are The World” with Lionel Richie and is one of the soloists on the song. They won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1985.

A few of his incredible accomplishments:

He is most awarded artist in history. Among his hundreds of awards:

  • 13 Grammy Awards including winning a record eight Grammys in 1984. Also, a Grammy Living Legend Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 86 Billboard Awards
  • 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist. He was named the American Music Awards “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”
  • 31 Guinness World Records including Best Selling Album in History for Thriller which has sold an estimated 65 million copies worldwide
  • 85 MTV Awards
  • 8 World Music Awards
  • 13 number one singles on the Billboard 100, more than any other male artist
  • First artist to have a Billboard 100 top ten single in five different decades: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
  • Estimated 400 million records sold worldwide
  • Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a member of The Jackson Five and as a solo artist
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Jackson Five and as a solo artist

 

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TJ Jackson And Family Offended Over Michael Jackson 9/11 Comedy Film

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Sky Arts is releasing a film entitled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, which has many in and out of the fan community upset over the content and the actor cast to play Michael in the film.

TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and the guardian of his three children, tells the TRUTH about what really happened in New York in 2001.

“It’s offensive to me and my family for my Uncle Michael to be portrayed in a comedy taking place around 9/11,” Jackson says in a statement released to Entertainment Tonight.

“Like everyone else, he was distraught, saddened and trying to process what had just happened. Following the events of 9/11, my uncle, Michael, stayed with a family friend in New Jersey for a week before flying back. The rest of our family, immediately took buses back to Los Angeles as planes were grounded. There was no road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. I have no comment on the casting of the project.”

Note: All Things Michael feels the exact same way and will not support this film in its mockery and lies about Michael Jackson.

Sources: All Things Michael | TJ Jackson | Entertainment Tonight