ATL Collective Presents Michael Jackson’s Thriller (Two Nights)

Sources: ATL Collective | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Okay. By now, you know what we do. But let’s review quickly: We hand-select the finest albums, match the songs with the best of local acts who collectively cover the record head to toe. We pair all that with a thematic food or beverage and, in short, put on a show that is always memorable. It’s a top shelf operation, our tastes are refined, our standards are sky high, our hearts are in the right place. But we’ve never yet been able to say that this month’s album is the best-selling album of all time. Yes, you read that right, assuming you didn’t stutter over the phrase: “best-selling album of all time,” This month’s album has sold more than any other. And on Wednesday the 31st of October, known by pagans as Halloween, you’ll see why.

Michael Jackson’s epic Thriller. Oh yes. The name itself sends a little tingle up and down the spine. Released in 1982 won 8 Grammies and had 7 singles that hit top 10. Most consider it to be the best album of the 80s, and well, if it’s the best album of the 80s…

Oddly, the first single released was “The Girl is Mine,” which didn’t hit as hard as most expected. But that was followed up with a little song called “Billie Jean,” and more than a handful of kids dug that one. After that, they released a tune some of you may know called “Beat it,” which actually features Eddie Van Halen on guitar. “Thriller” was the third single, and once you toss in “Wanna be Startin’ Something,” it’s hard to deny that Thriller can hold its own against nearly any record ever released.

Of course it’s hard to hear the song “Thriller,” without picturing the masterpiece video (or rather short film) that accompanied it. Its hilarious yet oh-so-cool group choreography has been mimicked all over the globe, from Bollywood to that proposal video that went viral recently. Demand was so high for that video when it was first released that MTV was playing it twice an hour. Clocking in at 14 minutes, you can do the math, it basically means that “Thriller” was virtually all they aired for a while.

We can’t promise Jackson’s dance moves. But we can promise an unforgettable evening as we conjure up the magic, the mystery, the mayhem that made Thriller the King of Pop’s crown jewel.

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A Look Back at Singapore (1990 – 1994) – MJ, Mother Teresa And More

Sources: In Sing | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Do you remember what Singapore was like in the early 1990s?

In 1990, Lee Kuan Yew stepped down as Prime Minister after 25 years, and Goh Chok Tong was handed the baton.

In 1993, the late Ong Teng Cheong won the elections and became president. That year also saw the king of pop, Michael Jackson’s first and only performance in Singapore on his 35th birthday.

inSing looks back at the major news highlights back then.

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This August 29, 1993 file photo shows American pop music star Michael Jackson performing the first of two concerts at the National Stadium in Singapore, marking his 35th birthday. He performed in front of 47,000 people.

Two Italian Michael Jackson fans hold up a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner in front of the Raffles Hotel 28 August 1993 where Jackson is staying. Jackson celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday 29 August. The pop idol was expected to be joined by his sister, Janet and Elizabeth Taylor in support for Jackson who was battling allegations of child abuse in California.

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Fans of pop singer Michael Jackson hold banners, shout and give the thumbs-down while leaving Singapore’s National Stadium 30 August 1993, after the concert was postponed to Wednesday 01 September. Jackson called off his second Singapore concert citing ill health an hour after its scheduled start. Thousands of fans stormed the promoters’ office asking for ticket refunds.

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Michael Jackson fan Lilly Kowsar of Los Angeles holds a poster of a child outside Singapore’s Raffles Hotel 31 August 1993. Jackson called off his second concert late 30 August 1993 citing ill health.

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U.S. actress Elizabeth Taylor walks to a van after disembarking from Michael Jackson’s private plane which brought them both from Singapore 3 September 1993. Jackson gave two concerts in Taiwan 4 and 6 September 1993.

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Mother Teresa (L) gives her blessing to a child at the Gift of Love Home on 20 October 1993 in Singapore. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner was on a stop-over while enroute to China where she set up a fist home for Chinese handicapped children in Shanghai.

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Newly-elected President of Singapore Ong Teng Cheong (C) is greeted by his supporters, 29 August 1993, soon after he was declared the winner in Singapore’s presidential elections. He was the fifth President of Singapore and was in office from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999.

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A handout picture dated 12 February 1993 of the missing tanker Petro Ranger anchored off Singapore water. The vessel’s shipping agents, Petroships Pte Ltd. in Singapore, said they believed it was hijacked by pirates while navigating the South China Sea.

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The Singapore delegation is pictured 20 September 1990 in Beijing prior to the 11th Asian Games.

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A freed passenger from the hijacked Singapore Airlines Airbus receive a hug from a relative at Singapore’s Changi International Airport on 27 March 1991. The Singapore Airlines jetliner was hijacked on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 27 March 1991. Singapore army commandos stormed the aircraft and killed four Pakistani hijackers with no loss of lives among the passengers. The pirates, who claimed to be members of Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, demanded the release of political prisoners, among whom they mentioned Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari.

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A group of Vietnamese refugees lie down 22 November 1992 while on a hunger strike, which began 17 November to protest their inability to obtain resettlement in a third-country. One protestor committed suicide early 21 November. The refugees had arrived in Singapore after weeks at sea escaping the harsh conditions of communist Vietnam.

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A Philippine Coast Guard personnel wipes off bunker oil from two female survivors of the Cebu City ferry boat which sunk after it was rammed by a Singapore-registered Kota Soria cargo vessel before dawn at the mouth of Manila Bay on 2 December.

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Raffles Hotel still looks the same now as it did in June 1992. This photo shows the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Singapore based Raffles Holdings Ltd., whose flagship is the prestigious Raffles Hotel, said 23 April 2001 it was buying the Swissotel chain of hotels and resorts from the troubled SAirGroup for 439 million Singapore dollars (243 million USD).

 

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No Mere Mortal: Vincent Price and Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Sources: Legacy.com (Published October 25, 2011)| Edited By – All Things Michael

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Vincent Price appeared in more than 90 movies, from 1938’s Service de Luxe to Edward Scissorhands in 1990. He starred and guested on dozens of television shows, maintained a regular spot on The Hollywood Squares, and hosted the PBS show Mystery! throughout the 1980s. He was a noted art collector with well-respected taste, and his gourmet skills in the kitchen even led him to host the cookery TV show Cooking Pricewise.

But if you’re under the age of 40 or so, you probably remember Price best for one of his shortest works: the eerie rap on Michael Jackson’s hit single “Thriller.” To commemorate the anniversary of Price’s death Oct. 25, 1993, we bring you 10 facts about his “thrilling” work on one of pop music’s most iconic songs.

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1. “Thriller” was written for Michael Jackson by songwriter Rod Temperton, who originally titled the song “Starlight” (with the hook “Starlight, starlight sun” instead of “Thriller, thriller night”). After settling on a horror-show theme, Temperton envisioned, in his own words, “a talking section at the end,” but he couldn’t figure out where to go with the idea.

2. Temperton finally narrowed down his “talking section” idea to a vocal provided by “somebody, a famous voice, in the horror genre.” Peggy Lipton, who at the time was married to Jackson’s producer Quincy Jones, knew Vincent Price and suggested him for the role.

3. Price told Johnny Carson that when he agreed to do the voice work, he was given a choice between taking a percentage of the album proceeds or being paid a flat $20,000. He chose the $20K; his career was well-established and money wasn’t a huge issue. When Carson suggested that Price could have done a lot better if he had chosen album proceeds, he laughed amiably and said “How well I know!” Considering that more than 110 million copies of the album have been sold to date, Carson was spot-on.

4. Once Price was booked and the song’s recording session scheduled, the rap still needed to be written. Temperton penned the rhyme in the taxi on the way to the studio.

5. A recording engineer noted that while Price was delighted to contribute his vocals to the song, he was startled by the headphones when he arrived at the studio, never having used them before. When he reluctantly put them on, he jumped out of his chair in surprise upon hearing the funky music track he was to speak over. He ultimately needed a little help with his cues to speak over the music, but he ended up nailing it.

6. Price recorded his portion of the song in only two takes. Quincy Jones noted that recording voiceover work is notoriously difficult, and he praised Price’s work and accuracy as “fabulous.”

7. You won’t necessarily hear Price’s voice when you listen to the song. If you purchased the 7-inch single, you were deprived of his rap and spooky laugh as the song had to be shortened.

8. In case all you’ve got is the 7-inch version, we present the text of Price’s masterful rap:

Darkness falls across the land

The midnight hour is close at hand

Creatures crawl in search of blood

To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood

And whosoever shall be found

Without the soul for getting down

Must stand and face the hounds of hell

And rot inside a corpse’s shell

The foulest stench is in the air

The funk of forty thousand years

And grizzly ghouls from every tomb

Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive

Your body starts to shiver

For no mere mortal can resist

The evil of the thriller!

(cue maniacal laughter)

9. Temperton wrote a much longer version of the rap which Price recorded, but it was cut to the above verses in the original release of the song. However, the full version can be heard on the 2001 remaster of Thriller, along with some brief conversation between Price and Jackson. A portion of the extended version is also included on the 2008 Thriller 25 reissue.

10. As for the famous, groundbreaking, award-winning video? Price had his moment there too. When Jackson and his girlfriend, played by Ola Ray, leave the movie theater, we see that the marquee reads “Vincent Price THRILLER,” a fictional film. On the wall outside the theater, a poster for Price’s real film, House of Wax, is displayed.

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And we can’t exactly call this one of our 10 facts, since there’s some disagreement as to whether it’s true … but rumor has it that the zombie in the very last frames, after all the credits have rolled, is an uncredited Vincent Price in full gory makeup. Maybe you should take a look and decide for yourself if it’s him. We highly recommend the previous 13 minutes and 38 seconds, too!

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Note: Vincent Price was not one the zombies in the last frame. See here for cast credits. Thanks to Rhonda Revercomb for sharing!

Master P Talks The Art Of Negotiation: “Michael Jackson Had The Biggest Deal”

Sources: Crib Notes – By Rodney Carmichael | Edited By – All Things Michael

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When Master P talks, you’d be wise to shut up and listen. This is the man, after all, whose late-’90s No Limit southern hip-hop hustle still serves as the blueprint for independent label success.

He gives AB+L Radio‘s Day1 the business this week in a rare 60-minute interview with hosts Maurice Garland, Brandon Peters and Nadine Graham. P tackles topics ranging from his disregard for ageism in hip-hop to personal matters to future film and business endeavors.

But things get really real when he explains how he scored the groundbreaking 1995 distribution deal with Priority Records, which allowed him to retain 100 percent ownership of his masters and 85 percent of his record sales.

“I made more than the record company that helped me put my record out,” he says. “I always was studying, going to the library and looking up deals, and I found out that Michael Jackson had the biggest deal.”

He goes on to detail how he tracked down Michael Jackson’s attorney, who required a $25,000 retainer before he would even talk to P. After he returned with the retainer fee, the lawyer told P that the key was to go after an 80/20 distribution deal, which the lawyer didn’t even believe Master P would be able to secure. “Probably because I was black and from the projects,” P says. “Who figured I was going to get that?”

But P was so confident, he says, that he turned down a $1 million dollar advance from Interscope in order to pursue a distribution deal with Priority that eventually paid off to the point that he “started employing half the people [at Priority].”

The interview starts around the 22-minute mark, but it’s definitely a classic Day1 episode worth a full listen. When it comes to the art of negotiation, self-worth and independent hustle, P proves he’s still the master.

Administrator’s Note:  This is  a very long interview, so listen to 46:16 – 47:08 to hear specifically about MJ. The full interview contains graphic language in various parts.

 

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Fans Of Michael Jackson To Form Largest Flash Mob For 32nd Anniversary Of Thriller Album – Nov 30

Sources: 24 -7 Press Release |Picture By – BenjaminART | Edited By – All Things Michael

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LOS ANGELES, CA, October 25, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — On Sunday November 30, 2014, the 32nd anniversary of the release date of the Thriller LP thousands of dedicated fans of Legendary Recording Artist, Michael Jackson, will gather at the site of Thriller Run in Los Angeles and in cities around the world to perform the “Thriller ” dance.

At noon PST flash mobs across the country will perform the dance made famous by Jackson in his long form video in 1982.

Michael Joseph Jackson was a multi-Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Known worldwide as the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a key global figure in popular culture.

World Races Is set to present An All Fan Tribute to the King Of Pop, THRILLER RUN, Sunday November 30, 2014.

Thriller Run is an incredible combination of danger and undead terror. From the moment the humans leave the start line, they’ll be running and fleeing in horror from the hordes of undead whose only mission is to devour them alive! Will the humans survive not only the obstacles and the ravenous monsters, but the fear within themselves? Only the humans can decide.

For event information visit http://www.thrillerrun.com or call 888-246-2430.

World Races heartbeat is spotlighting local charities. If your an awesome charity organization contact us about what your group is doing locally.

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Zombies Set To Thrill All Over The World With Michael Jackson’s Thriller!

Sources: Get Surray  – By Laura Nightingale| Edited By – All Things Michael

Scare yourself silly this Halloween by dancing like a zombie, dressing up like a zombie or going to the theatre and watching other zombies swallow swords and throw knives!

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People in cities across the globe are gearing up to be part of Thrill the World, an official world record attempt for the largest annual dance performance on Saturday (October 25) in aid of the NSPCC and SOS Children’s Villages.

The undead dancing in the UK capital will be synchronising their feet with thousands of other zombies in other cities including Hong Kong, Toronto, Los Angeles, Salvador, New York, Melbourne, Kigali and Antigua.

To take part, get yourself zombied-up and catch a train to Covent Garden where you can dance with grizzly ghouls from every corner of the earth at 10pm.

With World Zombie Day having taken place earlier this month, G Live in Guildford has also jumped on the Thriller bandwagon and is hosting a dance workshop on October 31 for 8-14 year olds to learn Michael Jackson’s classic killer moves.

Youngsters will also be able to join an expert make-up artist to create somehorrifyingly brilliant stage make-up effects on the same day.

Circus of Horrors: The Night of the ZombieBut if you don’t fancy dressing up and would rather watch others do it, Circus of Horrors is bringing The Night of the Zombie to the south east as part of a UK tour.

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and is now a West End smash is back to mark its 20th anniversary in spectacular style.

The latest incarnation is set in the year 2020, in a decrepit and corpse-ridden Londonplagued by zombies.

The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shocks – all interwoven with bizarre circus acts, sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf, Sinister Sisters and fire-limboing acrobats.

The show at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, takes place on November 17 and 7.30pm. For tickets, call 01329 231942.

The show at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, takes place on November 10 at 7.30. For tickets, call 020 8688 9291.

 

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 158: Michael Jackson “Ghost”

Sources: Bloody Disgusting – By  Johnathan Barkan | Edited By – All Things Michael

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We’re gonna get a little funky with this Twisted Music Video Of The Week entry by showcasing Michael Jackson‘s “Ghosts”! We’re showing the shortened video, which comes from the longform Michael Jackson’s Ghosts, a near 40-minute video that was co-written by Stephen King and directed by FX wizard Stan Winston! That video was also awarded the title of “longest music video in history” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2002.

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“Ghosts” comes from Jackson’s 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix.

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Michael Jackson ONE’ Is Thrilling Indeed – Plus So Much More!

Sources: Examiner – By Christine Zeiger | Edited By  – All Thing Michael

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On Oct. 25, 2014 official “Thrill the World” events will take place around the globe, giving Michael Jackson fans the opportunity to gather and dance to the beat of one of pop music’s foremost icons.

The next day, the fun continues, as thousands more are set to join even more flash mobs. Thrilling, indeed. When he was alive, thrilling audience seemed to come naturally to Jackson. And so it is with Cirque de Soleil.

Accordingly, the combination of Jackson’s legendary music and Cirque’s breath-taking fanfare can only equal genius. That genius comes to life in “Michael Jackson ONE”.

In this intimate look at Jackson, the production covers an expanse, complete with soul, splendor, sensation, strife, sex, seeking, sensuousness and satiation. “Thriller” is but a part of the fantastic story, written and directed by Jamie King, that elevates Jackson the artist to a pedestal well deserved. As a tribute to Jackson, the show reminds us why he was–and is–loved so much.Yet beyond his ever-popular music, infused with life on stage through the performances of the 61 Cirque dancers and acrobats, there is the promise of something more…

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In fairytale fashion, “ONE” does have a definitive plot. Four unlikely heroes combat the evil one. Perchance, victory comes through the magic of Michael. Along the way, a repertoire of MJ’s hits is the landscape for all the action, stirring up a gamut of emotions and (for those old enough) unforgettable memories.

The multifaceted Jackson lived a complicated life, no doubt. Choosing what parts to highlight in “ONE” could have been daunting. Yet, the essence of Jackson is clearly communicated through song and dance…and the Cirque cast’s peerless, fearless endeavors.

Remembering Jackson as the ultimate entertainer is easy. So is sitting back and being mesmerized by incredible acrobats and dancers. Those MJ Girls in “The Way You Make Me Feel” show what real girl power can be. Sassiness, plus all those feminine curves (and muscles), are liberating for any female worried about her size!

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But as true art cannot help but reflect society at large, remembering Jackson as a social activist cannot be overlooked. “They Don’t Care About Us” is a poignant look at the things we often try so hard not to look at—our weaknesses, our failings, our sins.

There are twenty-three “scenes” associated with musical numbers in the production, each vignette helping to move the plot along its course and helping to further reveal something about Jackson. In rearranging Jackson’s hit songs, producers made it a point to maintain the basic essence of the music, so his diehard fans can be glad. Newcomers to Jackson’s music will have a chance to discover and enjoy his far-reaching talents.

Yet, in the true Cirque spirit, there is more. Several of the technical aspects of the production were painstakingly developed to further enhance the entire audience experience. The sound system was designed so that the music and sound effects penetrate the entire theatre through specially angled speakers. Plus, there are actual speakers in the seats—5,412 to be exact. As well, the utilization of a wide variety of video clips shown on non-conventional projection surfaces is key to adding the utmost visual interest and significance.

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By the end of the show, that (earlier mentioned) “promise of something more” is fulfilled. For Jackson appears there on stage, bearing a message of hope and love. In this unraveling of his complexity, comes the celebration of Jackson the man and the elevation of his spirit that promises to live on and on.

(Performances of “Michael Jackson ONE” are ongoing at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119. Click here for ticket information.)

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