Recap: DJ Questlove Celebrates Michael Jackson At Grand Park

Sources: The Examiner – By Monique Reed | All Things Michael

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Pop legend, Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. With a reported 1 billion albums sold, Jackson’s fans cover a diverse spectrum of old and young listeners.

August 30, 2015, in Los Angeles’s Grand Park, Kiss-n-Grind organized many of Jackson’s fans to celebrate his birthday with music curated by DJQuestlove. With the park opening at Noon, early birds were able to find seats under shaded trees, as others grabbed food and ice cream from the food trucks available at the park. By 3:15 p.m. the crowd began to hear some scratches from the DJ’s table, and the sweaty and reserved crowd started to move closer to the vibrating speakers.

With low sounds of Jackson’s childhood voice emerging, the crowd began to get more excited, then finally Jackson’s 1972 hit “Got To Be There,” played clearly for the crowd. Moments later the nostalgia continued with “Rockin Robin.” Not all songs played were by Jackson; instead Questlove played a mixture of songs from people close to Jackson as well. The biggest crowd jumper included Jay-Z’s “H to the Izzo,” a song that brought Jackson out to Hot 97’s Summer Jam to support Jay-Z in 2001. Staying on the East Coast, the crowd danced along to Janet Jackson and Q-Tip’s duet “Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” and Puff Daddy’s, “All About The Benjamins.”

The birthday celebration was an all ages event and many toddlers danced in the grass like mini Michael’s, while adults were stationed in the “beer” garden. By 6 p.m. dancers were blessed with a gust of cool air, as “Rock With You,” played throughout the park. Joining the birthday celebration included Jackson’s sister, Rebbie who sung her hit “Centipede,” while attendees recharged themselves with water and popsicles from the wonderful street vendor who passed by the park.

 

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El-Amin School Remembers Michael Jackson

Sources: All Africa – By Hussein Yahaya and Taiwo Adeniyi| All Things Michael

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Children of the El-Amin International School, Abuja, Sunday, were entertained as the school organised a music concert to honour the late king of pop, Michael Jackson.

A concert with the theme: “Heal the world,” featured Michael’s choreographer, Jeffrey Daniel, and Psquare, both inspired by the late musician, was held as part of the event.

Speaking, Hajiya Jummai Sambo, the school’s director, said the essence of the concert was to remember the late musical icon.

Hajiya Sambo, who said that music helps to remove pains and worries, added: “The children deserve a better place in this world and we must all work towards this by making them happy always.”

One of the artistes who performed at the event, Jeffrey Daniel, thanked the director for organising the concert.

City News reports that children of the school danced to the music of the artistes.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigeria (NAN) has honoured Hajiya Sambo for her contributions to the education sector.

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Young Londoners Trained To Move Like Michael Jackson At Thriller Live Academy

Sources: Evening Standard – Robert Dex | All Things Michael

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These young Londoners are in for an exciting three months after signing up for the MJ Academy which trains school-age performers to take part in the Thriller Live show.

All 17 boys shared the stage with the show’s star, David Jordan, before starting classes in singing and dancing that will prepare them for a possible role in the Michael Jackson musical in the West End.

The show at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, features performances of some of the star’s biggest hits from his solo career and as a child with the Jackson Five.

It is in its seventh year in the West End and is now booking to next June.

The young hopefuls are trained by the creative team behind the show including musical director John Maher. At the end of the three months, they audition for any available roles in the show, which needs six young boys at a time.

Jackson, who died aged 50 in 2009 at his Los Angeles home, would have celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday.

 

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Thank You From The Estate Of Michael Jackson

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Hello MJFam!

First of all, a huge thank you from the Estate of Michael Jackson to everyone who attended Michael’s birthday festivities at Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas this past weekend. The Estate team wanted you to know that they and their guests could all feel the wonderful energy you brought to the theater. The Estate and Cirque are already excited about next year and, in addition to expressing gratitude for your support at this year’s celebration, wanted to let everyone know that they are already thinking about the plans for next year’s birthday weekend experience. It is too early to announce anything now, but we encourage everyone to buy tickets early for next year’s birthday celebration. The Estate looks forward to seeing even more of you there!

Best,

MJOnline The Official Online Team of The Michael Jackson Estate™

This Week in Billboard Chart History: 20 Years Ago, Michael Jackson Was ‘Alone’ At The Top

Sources: Billboard -Gary Trust| All Things Michael

Michael Jackson during 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

In 1995, ‘You Are Not Alone’ became the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Metallica, the Beatles and Aerosmith.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

Aug. 31, 1991
Twenty-four years ago today, the best-selling album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales (in May 1991) debuted atop the Billboard 200: Metallica‘s self-titled set. The album has sold 16.2 million copies in the U.S. since its release. It outranks runner-up Shania Twain’s Come On Over (15.6 million) and the third-best-seller in that span, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.

Sept. 1, 1973
Kind of impossible to hear this one without thinking of comic genius Louis C.K. Forty-two years ago today, Stories‘ “Brother Louie,” now the theme to the comedian’s FX series Louie, spent its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Sept. 2, 1995
Twenty years ago today: Michael Jackson‘s “You Are Not Alone” becomes the first song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad (the last of Jackson’s 13 No. 1s) was written and produced by R. Kelly.

 

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Reggae Singer Clinark Releases Off The Wall Tribute For MJ’s Birthday

Sources: PRLog | Thanks to Clinark for sharing| All Things Michael

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EDMONTON, U.K.Aug. 28, 2015PRLog — Clinark has just released his second tribute this year, “Off The Wall” to commemorate the birthday of the late and legendary singer, Michael Jackson. UK based singer, songwriter and producer, (real name (Clinarke Dill) has given this cover his now trademark treatment known as “a Reggae twist.”

This song was originally released by Michael Jackson from the same name album “Off The Wall” in 1979 and released as a single in 1980 on Epic Records. It was written by Rod Templeton and produced by Quincy Jones.

The full music production is by Clinark on lead vocals and backing vocals with MJ fan “Sylvia. A” on backing vocals.” The song is will be streaming on Spotify, Revebnation.com/Clinark, Soundcloud  and on iTunes, Amazon and major download stores from 29 August 2015, for $0.99 and less.  A fan inspired video will available on his own YouTube Channel, Nurture Projects on shortly.

Clinark has always been a loyal fan of Michael Jackson.  He has previously released “I’ll Be There” (May 2009) just before Jackson’s passing. He went on to release an 18 track album – A Tribute to Michael Jackson – A Legend and a Warrior (2010). In June 2015 he released another tribute “Forever Came Today”, having composed his own tribute to Jackson called “Happy Birthday MJ” (2014) which saw him move to a more Soulful House style. In 2015 he remixed the song and re-titled the work “Happy Birthday Today” which is on his current E.P, “The Solution.”

Clinark said “I am glad to be able pay tribute to one of my greatest inspirations in music, along with Bob Marley and in my way I feel that it’s fitting to put the two genres together in this way.” Clinark consistently rides in the top 10 of the Reverbnation Charts for the UK in his main genre of Reggae. More information is available on his website: www.Clinark.com.

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Michael Jackson Dance Tribute At Union Square Today

Sources: Fun Cheap SF | Union Square Live 2015 | All Things Michael

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Dance-A-Vision celebrates the life and legacy of Michael Jackson with a performance in Union Square from  2 pm – 4 pm on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Union Square Live 2015 festival in San Francisco.

This event was made not to impersonate, but to emulate the dance moves popularized by the King of Pop.

Dance-A-Vision Entertainment has been in operation for over twenty-five years. Founded, and ran solely by Carla Service, Dance-A-Vision began as a safe place for the youth of Oakland to retreat during hardships in the home. Carla would allow and welcome these teens into her home, and would keep them occupied with school work, learning life skills, and dancing.

Where: Union Square Live 333 Post Street , San Francisco, CA 94108 United States

Phone: 415.477.2610

 

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Nisha Kataria – The Voice That Michael Jackson Adored

Sources: The Times of India | All Things Michael

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PHOENIX: On a bright and sunny day in the fall of 2002, an Indian family living there was walking back to the car after attending a fair. The father asked his daughter to sing. Nisha Kataria, the daughter, started to sing. Within a minute or so, a stranger, who later introduced himself as an agent from Hollywood, approached the family and complimented Nisha on her singing and asked for her contact information.

Time went by and Nisha and her parents took that chance meeting as one of the many when people from the music Industry appreciated her singing but none thought of taking her under their wings. But almost a year since that fateful meeting at the county fair parking lot, Nisha’s dad received a call from Dieter Weisner, Michael Jackson’s manager, telling him that Michael had heard good things about Nisha’s singing and that he wanted to meet her.

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Nisha’s family dropped all engagements and drove down to Neverland. Upon their arrival, Nisha was led into his private home. Nisha and Michael casually talked for a bit before he asked her to sing for him. He requested that she sing “I will always love you” and once she completed the first verse and first hook, Jackson applauded and said, “You have the voice of an angel and not a lot of people can do what you just did.” Ever since, it became Jackson’s goal to make Nisha a star.

Nisha and her mother were invited to move into Neverland, where they stayed for three months. During that time, Nisha trained with Jackson and recorded a duet, which is yet to be released. They were set to go on and on together, but destiny had a different plan. With Michael Jackson having his own problems with court cases and his deteriorating health and his eventual death, his dream of having Nisha debut alongside himself remained unfulfilled.

Till date, Nisha has had a single released in Germany and has toured with boyband Westlife in the UK. After a hiatus, Nisha returns to the music scene with an EP dedicated to the man who believed in her first: Michael Jackson.

Nisha is also working in collaboration with Bappi Lahiri and his “Slum Stars” project. Like Michael, Bappi too has taken a strong liking to Nisha’s voice and wants her to share her music with the world.

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