Michael Jackson’s Thriller Tops Halloween Poll – Source: Contact Music

Late superstar Michael Jackson has topped a Halloween-themed online poll to find the scariest song ever recorded.

The King of Pop’s 1984 classic Thriller was named the creepiest tune by editors of Billboard.com, seeing off competition from party favourite Monster Mash by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers.

Third place was claimed by Ray Parker Jr.’s track Ghostbusters, while Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London and AC Dc’s Highway to Hell rounded out the top five.

Runnin’ With the Devil by Van Halen and Witchy Woman by the Eagles also made the top 10.

http://www.contactmusic.com/news/michael-jacksons-thriller-tops-halloween-poll_1253318

 

The “Thriller” Dance, A Halloween Tradition – Source: NRP Music

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 A fan dressed as Michael Jackson’s zombie character participates in the 2009 “Thrill the World: A Global Tribute to Michael Jackson” in Astoria Park in the Queens section of New York.

In cities big and small this weekend, people will gather as they do every Halloween weekend, for an annual ritual. From Johnson City, Tenn., to Midland, Mich., zombies will emerge to re-enact … the “Thriller” dance. In addition to the annual Halloween gatherings, people are still making remixes of the song. And a quick search of YouTube reveals dozens of tribute videos.

Nearly 30 years after its debut, Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” is still hugely popular. To put it in context, the same-name album had been out over a year and was the No. 1 selling album of all time, and videos had been made of two of its songs (“Billie Jean” and “Beat It”). After Jackson saw An American Werewolf in London, he contacted John Landis, who had directed that movie.

“Michael contacted me and he just wanted to turn into a monster,” says Landis in an interview with All Things Considered host Michele Norris. “And I thought about it and I thought, ‘No, I don’t want to do a rock video. They’re just commercials for records.’ But then I thought, ‘You know what, Mike? How about a theatrical short?’ And he said, ‘Sure.’ “

Unsurprisingly, Landis says that the dancers were not hard to come by because they all wanted to dance with Michael Jackson. But seemingly everyone wanted to be a part of history.

“Working with Michael Jackson at that time was really nuts. Fred Astaire came by, Gene Kelly came by, Jackie Kennedy came by, Marlon Brando came by, I mean, it was insane,” says Landis, laughing. “They really kind of felt privileged to be working with him. At that time, Michael was 20 years old and he was wonderful and full of beans — I mean, he was great. He did everything I asked. I remember when I wrote it, I said, ‘Mike, you know this line — I’m not like other guys — is gonna get a laugh.’ And he said [in falsetto voice], ‘Why?’ ‘Well, because Mike, you’re not like other guys and people will laugh.’ He said, ‘That’s OK.’ I mean, he really was terrific to work with.”

One thing you may not know about the theatrical version of “Thriller” is that the engineer Bruce Swedien and producer Quincy Jones wouldn’t let Landis have the original tracks for the song. Landis wanted to do a “movie mix,” which isn’t the same audio that you would hear on an album. So cinematographer George Folsey and Landis got into Jackson’s Rolls-Royce (with Jackson) and went to Studio City at 3 o’clock in the morning with a big suitcase.

“We took the reels off the racks, went out, drove across town to Todd-AO in Hollywood, duped all the tracks and then returned them,” says Landis. “The whole thing took an hour. If you watch the video — people never notice that the song is 11 minutes long. It’s the same original tracks totally recut and remixed. In fact, Vincent Price re-recorded the narration for me because I couldn’t use the record narration because it was mixed with a synth track. Mr. Price very graciously came in and redid it.”

Five Really Great ‘Thriller’ Dance Videos

The Original ‘Thriller’

Filipino Prison ‘Thriller’

Wedding ‘Thriller’

South Indian ‘Thriller’

Chattanooga Fire Academy ‘Thriller’

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/28/141803346/the-thriller-dance-a-halloween-tradition?ft=1&f=2&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NprProgramsATC+%28NPR+Programs%3A+All+Things+Considered%29

“Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon” World Premiere Live From London On Livestream, Wednesday, Novemeber 2, 2011

“Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon” World Premiere in London -This Wednesday at 1:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time US)

 

 

In celebration of “Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon” Blu-ray and DVD release, Universal Studios Entertainment wants to take you to the World Premiere in London LIVE on Nov. 2nd

 

Coverage starts at 5:45pm GMT with the Red Carpet hosted by Edith Bowman. This will be followed at 6:50pm by a Question and Answer panel with Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson, brother Tito Jackson, sister Rebbie Jackson and moderated by producer David Gest. 

You may view the live stream here: http://livestre.am/14X2W

http://www.livestream.com/mjlifeofanicon

Brett Ratner Tells Kimmel About Playing Pranks With Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

Source: TV Replay

Director Brett Ratner stopped by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live'(Weeknights., 12AM ET on ABC) and reminisced about his friendship with Michael Jackson. They were such good buddies that Ratner even stayed in “The Elizabeth Taylor Suite” at Jackson’s house when Taylor wasn’t there.

They met when Ratner was making the first ‘Rush Hour’ movie and he says all the King of Pop wanted to do was play practical jokes on people. One night the pair went for a drive around Santa Barbara in Jackson’s enormous stretch limo and they got their kicks by throwing water balloons out the window.

Unfortunately for a homeless guy who just happened to be walking by, Jackson had a good arm and hit him with a water balloon before driving off. Fortunately for Jackson, he was wearing a Hulk mask so his victim never knew who’d soaked him. Until maybe now, that is …

 

Donations For Flowers For Michael and Katherine (Please Read)

Source: The Michael Jackson Fan Club

As you all may know, the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray will soon be drawing to a close. Prosecutors and defense attorney’s have indicated that the case will likely go to the jury by next week. Jury deliberations are not expected to last very long and we will soon have a verdict in the involuntary manslaughter case.

Regardless of the outcome, MJFC has decided it would be fitting to place flowers at the cemetery and to have flowers delivered to Mrs. Katherine Jackson when the verdict comes in. It just seems like the right thing to do. If you would like to donate to the effort to send flowers to Michael and to Mrs. Jackson after the verdict, you can do so Here.

Because we understand that these are lean times for many, and since we already have a couple of contests currently running on MJFC, we have decided to combine the FLOWERS For Michael and Katherine effort with the current MJFC raffle for the set of 2 picture discs. What this means is that, if you have already donated to MJFC in order to be entered in the drawing for the picture discs, then you have already donated to the FLOWERS effort. Thank you!

This also means that when you donate to the FLOWERS effort, you will automatically be entered into the drawing for the picture disc set. In this way, we are basically eliminating the raffle contest and giving away the picture discs to one lucky fan for donating to the FLOWERS project. That way, we are only asking you for money once and you get the chance to win something cool while helping to do something nice for Michael and for his mother.

We will be accepting donations for FLOWERS from now until the case is presented to the jury. When that happens, donations will be closed so that MJFC can make arrangements to have the flowers delivered. Once the flowers are delivered, the winner of the picture discs will be contacted by email.

Administrator’s Note: I have donated to this cause and I wanted to give others the opportunity to do so because I also believe that it is the right thing to do to show Mrs. Jackson how much we care and to remember our darling Michael.

Cutie Pie

Artists With The Most Top 10 Singles In Music History

Source 94.7 The Wave Radio – By Britt Bickel / Morning Show Editor

There’s something to say about an artist who’s cracked the Top 10 on the Hot 100 Billboard Charts multiple times during their career, especially these eight music legends who’ve reigned the charts the most out of any artist in history.  With the Hot 100 charts currently dominated by the likes of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieberand Rihanna, these young artists have a long way to go before ever catching up to these icons!

See the top eight artists who’ve scored the most top ten singles ever in music history from least to most!

#4. Michael Jackson — 28 top ten singles

With the title as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson has graced the charts since he was 10 years old singing with his brothers in The Jackson 5. As he grew older, Michael broke off into his own successful solo career that included hits like “Rock With You,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and the list could go on.

Other Artists Listed:
#1 Madonna – 37 top ten singles
#2 Elvis – 36 top ten singles
#3 Beatles – 29 top ten singles
#5 Elton John – 27 top ten singles
#6 Janet Jackson – 27 top ten singles
#7 Mariah Carey – 27 top ten singles
#8 Stevie Wonder – 27 top ten singles
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Coming Soon: “All Things Michael’s” First Contest and Other Updates

October marks the one year anniversary of “All Things Michael.” My intention was to have a contest to celebrate this milestone during this month, but in the light of the trial, I didn’t feel it is appropriate nor do I feel very celebratory at this time.  Earlier this year,  I stated on a blog update that I planned to have a contest. After the trial is over, I will have the contest in November.  The details and prizes will be announced soon so please stay tuned for details.

Also, I want to thank you for your patience with some of menu updates such as the fanfic stories, poems and the fashion icon page.  All that will be forthcoming. I haven’t felt much inspiration to write at this time, so I have only posted news stories and topics about Michael. I have posted updates to Ingrid’s story “How Different His Life Could Have Been” since it was written previously.

I thank you for your continued support of this site. It was created in love to express the real truth and the inspiration of Michael Jackson. May his sweet compassion, beautiful music and astounding legacy continue to last forever.

Much love,

Cutie Pie ♥

Billie Jean Listed As 100 Greatest All Time Songs

Source: Time.com – Richard Corliss
Michael Jackson
Artist: Michael Jackson
Year Released: 1982

The song-set that made Michael Jackson the sensation of his generation, and the all-time best-selling album by far (110 million to runner AC/DC’s Back in Black’s 49 million), Thriller is a milestone in the history of pop music—and pop movies. With his seven videos off the nine-song album, Jackson crashed the informal color barrier of MTV, while validating the channel’s creed that music videos were not just marketing tools but potent cinematic statements. And the breakthrough came with a song, written by Jackson, that his producer Quincy Jones thought too weak to include. Supposedly based on a sad and absurd real-life incident in which a troubled woman accused Jackson of fathering one of her twins (“She says I am the one,/ But the kid is not my son”), “Billie Jean” is a denial of paternity—a celebrity’s cry of victimhood. To a funky riff in a minor key, the song tells female fans that a star like Jackson is both irresistible and untouchable. They are condemned to heartbreak, he to solitude.

The “Billie Jean” video, directed by Steve Barron, snapped the neck of everyone who saw it with its straight-on display of Jackson’s star quality. A sinister sleuth trails Michael with tabloid allegations, as the singer slouches poutily in his pink shirt and bowtie. Not until nearly two minutes into the video does he start dancing, and then it’s phenomenal. Any pavement flagstone, trash-can rim or back-alley stair his feet land on glows magically. The bed sheets he slips into turn phosphorescent. His moves are no less radiant: little miracles of spinning, strutting, hunching and moonwalking. The new medium had its ultimate showman, for Michael Jackson was not just the Al Jolson and Fred Astaire of music videos but his own beautiful, bad self.

Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2011/10/24/the-all-time-100-songs/#ixzz1br2KmdSf