Announcement: Please Read

For the first time since I started All Things Michael over 3 1/2 years ago, I will be taking a break starting July 1. During my hiatus, I will focus on updating the sections of my site that generally gets neglected.  I haven’t decided yet if it’s going to be just two weeks or for the entire month. It depends if I can go cold turkey for that long! I love what I do for Michael and it is an addiction! I will definitely be back by August 1 in preparation for Michael’s birthday.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you which reputable MJ sites to go for news as many of you already follow them.

I have met many wonderful people and I appreciate the support that you given me. I hope that you will continue to support the work that I do for Michael.

Thank you once again and I will see you all in a few weeks.

US singer Michael Jackson performs during the tapi

Help “Billie Jean” Get To Number One For Michael’s 5th Anniversary

billie-jean-wallpaper-michael-jackson-16620932-800-500

As the result of the popularity of Brett Nichols virtual video performance, Billie Jean has made its way to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is also currently listed as Number two on the Streaming Songs chartThat is pretty amazing considering it was originally released as a single over thirty one years ago.

Since this month marks the fifth anniversary of the King of Pop’s death, it would be a fitting tribute to see Billie Jean once again become number one on the charts.  We, as a fan community, can do this if we spread the word and all take part.  Although sales is the preferred method, there are other ways to boost Billie Jean’s raking that does not have to cost you a dime. Billboard tracks song play and demand through streaming and social media sites.

While I don’t claim to be any kind of expert on chart ranking metrics, I am presenting you with some ways in which we can use our everyday social media interactions to help the cause.

1. Streaming On Demand – YouTube

The steaming songs chart comprises the weeks’ top streamed radio, on-demand songs and videos on leading online music services. Radio, digital and streaming songs data is used to compile the Billboard Hot 100.

Billboard’s charts are based on data collected by Nielsen SoundScan, which has also been modernizing its data. When the service started in 1991, it gave the music industry its first reliable, third-party sales data, transforming the way record labels, retailers and others did business. Now Nielsen also tracks radio plays and most major streaming services. Billboard editorial director Bill Werde said that the success of the  “Harlem Shake” prompted them to enact the chart measurement policy after two years of discussions with YouTube.

We can see the results of this type of charting based on the popularity of Brett’s video.  We can continue this trend by watching “Billie Jean” on You Tube as well listening and rating it on other music services such as Spotify, Amazon Prime etc. (See list of on-demand music services) You don’t have to necessary purchase a file to download and many are free with limited services.

As of June 2, STTR debuts at #9 on the Billboard You Tube chart

As of June 2, STTR debuts at #9 on the Billboard You Tube chart

2. Digital Downloads

Digital downloads are ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Currently, Michael is at number 17 with “Love Never Felt So Good.”  For those who are not in favor of posthumous releases of Michael’s music, here’s your chance to support Billie Jean in tribute to him for June.

See: 6 WEB SITE FOR LEGAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS

See: BEST FREE AND LEGAL MUSIC DOWNLOAD SITES

3. Social 50 

Working in partnership, Next Big Sound and Billboard, have created the Social 50 and Next Big Sound Chart. The Social 50 is a weekly chart ranking the most popular artists online across all major music sites. The Next Big Sound Chart shows the 15 fastest accelerating artists across the internet most likely to become the next big sound.

The Social 50 combines the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. It also includes charts reactions and conversations across Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and views to an artist’s Wikipedia page.

As of May 29, Michael is trending up at number 32 on the Social 50, one slot a head of Coldplay.

As of May 29, Michael is trending up at number 32 on the Social 50, one slot a head of Coldplay.

4. Twitter

On May 27, 2014, Billboard and Twitter officially launched the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts called the Trending 140 which is an up to the minute ranking of songs shared in the U.S., measured by acceleration over the past hour. This chart can be filtered to present a real-time view of the most shared track in the U.S. over the past 24 hours, with a weekly summary presented as the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart on Billboard.com and in print in Billboard.

Song shares are tracked and incorporated into the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts by:

*  the use of, or the inclusion, of a link to the song via music listening platforms, such as Spotify, Vevo and iTunes.

*  the use of various track sharing notations, such as the hashtags “#nowplaying” or “#np,” along with song/artist name.

*  the use of various terms associated with the song and song playing, such as “music,” “song,” “track,” “listen.”

The charts are specifically designed to work with how users share and interact with music on Twitter, which is the most discussed subject on the platform in the U.S. with more than one billion Tweets sent about the topic in 2013. One-hundred million of those Tweets came from music accounts, and seven of the top 10 most-followed accounts on the entire platform are musicians.

Use the guidelines above as well the #BillieJeanMichaelJackson for the month of June. With enough participation, this will trend.

I hope that this post will encourage all members of the fan community to come together in honor of Michael to keep him on top where he belongs.

June 25 – Remembering the MAN, The MUSIC,

FOREVER THE KING!

 

Much Love, CP ♥

 

 

Have A Safe And Happy New Year! Please Don’t Drink And Drive!

download

Dear Readers:

We have made it through 2013! It was a very trying year for many of us and also a good year for some.  In other parts of the world, the clock has already turned and many are celebrating.

As we head to a new year, please enjoy your time with friends, family and loved ones as you usher in 2014.  Above all, please also be responsible for yourself and others by not drinking and driving.  Take a cab. Use the buddy system. Do whatever you have to do to arrive home safe. We want you to be around for a very long time! 

Thanks for your continued support of All Things Michael in 2014! It is my hope that you are blessed and encouraged each time you visit here. It’s all for L.O.V.E, all for Michael!

Cheers!  Happy New Year!

1112-hangover-main

alcoholhealthcoverg_600x450

Much love,

Cutie Pie

new-years-eve

2014 Midnight Fireworks: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

 

Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?

HappyThanksgiving

All Things Michael would like to wish you all a very happy and joyful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.  This has been a rough year for many, but we still have a lot to be thankful for.  I thought it would be nice to hear from the children about the things that they are thankful for because children have a way of simply putting things into perspective when life seems so overwhelming.  Enjoy and much love! Cutie Pie ♥

Birmingham Area Schoolchildren Are Thankful For Many Things

Source: Al.com – By Joey Kennedy

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thanksgiving is the time of year we all focus on what we’re most thankful for. This year, Alabama Media Group and AL.com asked area schoolchildren in grades 3-5 to tell us what they’re thankful for. Many have done just that, and some also included illustrations and photographs. So what are you thankful for this year?

School systems and schools within those systems are listed alphabetically. Click on the links below to see more.

Birmingham City Schools
Homewood City Schools
Hoover City Schools
Jefferson County Schools
Leeds City Schools
Mountain Brook City Schools
Shelby County Schools
St. Clair County Schools
Trussville City Schools
Vestavia Hills City Schools
Private Schools

 http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/11/thankful_thoughts_birmingham_a.html#Homewood

happy-thanksgiving

 Administrator’s Note: I removed the picture that I posted earlier of Michael dressed as a pilgrim with a lady pilgrim because someone thought it was me.  I just thought it was a cute picture and didn’t think that people would think that it was me. I apologize for any confusion. Thanks!

 

Happy Anniversary! I Can’t Believe It’s Been Three Years…

michael-jackson-47064--michael-jackson-wallpaper

Today is the third anniversary of my blog “All Things Michael” (ATM).  Michael and his music have been in life since I was a little girl. I love all types of music, but I am also VERY pickly about who I listen to. I grew up during the J5 era. I followed most of the teen idols at the time like Donny Osmond, Foster Sylvers, Tony DeFranco, Shaun Cassidy, etc. but Michael reigned supreme. I watched the J5 cartoon series, the Jacksons variety show and their many TV appearances. I always knew that Michael had something special, but I thought that he would be big on broadway because he was so expressive and eloquent when he sang ballads like “Ben,” “One Day In Your Life,” “Dreamer,” etc.  Watch how he relates to a song.  He just touches me so that I wanna cry! He’s so beautiful!

I love all his songs, every single one, from his lesser known hits to his remixes!  It doesn’t matter what he’s singing, he’s brilliant and magical! He’s an awesome storyteller. I  love listening his ballads when I need to relax.

Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GYsRC-7_S0&list=PL5CE5B9DC6459C86C

When I saw his performance in the Wiz, I was even more convinced that Broadway was his fate and I certainly didn’t know about the manifesto he was writing at the time about his future. Little did we all know how big he was going to blow up during the eighties. Later on in my teens, my family became Pentacostal and secular music was against the beliefs of my church. Much like Michael, I was sheltered and restricted to do many things. It was very hard, but I gave up listening to other artists, but not Michael.  I was in love with him and I couldn’t stay away. He’s always been my friend no matter what, even if I had to sneak and do it. I’ve never got to meet Michael personally and that will alway grieve me, but I know him in my heart. Over the years I have bought many albums, CD’s, DVD’s, books, magazines, posters and collectibles.  Some things were stolen from me by people I trusted and I have replaced what I could.  I still have a lot of stuff that I keep safely packed and hidden. The rest is displayed all around my bedroom and all you see is Michael! 

When I started out with this blog, I wasn’t sure where I was going. I was grieving hard for Michael and I wanted to do something positive so that others could really learn and understand who he really was. I kept hearing the name in my head before I even began. When the idea began to form, I wondered if I could do it.  I am a very private person and not much of a talker at times in real life, so doing this was not easy. I have surprised myself.  I had already started being bolder and more of a cut up when I was an active member at MJ.com. I’ve opened up more with people since his death because I wanted to connect with others who loved Michael as much as I did.  I am still not comfortable about it at times, but I believe that this is what I was meant to do.  It took a lot for me to write this and but maybe this will give you a little more insight about me. It warms my heart when people tell me how much they enjoy this site. I put my heart into it and spend many hours writing, researching, and looking for postive news and information. I work fulltime with a very stressful job so it is not always easy, plus I have a family.  Sometimes I have to rush and I make mistakes.  Please forgive me if I do, because I never want to do anything that would hurt Michael. It’s not easy reading and editing some of the stories that I have see and I cry alot in private about it because I take it very personally. 

This year I opened a Facebook page, a Tumblr page and a Pinterest account for ATM.  My blog has been connected to Twitter for two years but I officially turned my personal account name over to “All Things Michael” this year as well.

Even though this milestone is something to celebrate, my heart is heavy over many things. But in spite of how I feel today, I wanted to acknowledge what Michael means to me.  Thanks to all of you faithfully follow and support me because you love Michael.  It’s not about me, its all about him and I never forget that.  For as long as I am able, I will continue to promote and share the love and magic of Michael Jackson and his children.  I love them all so very much.

michael-jackson-moonwalk-feet

Much love, Cutie Pie ♥

Michael 3rd anniversary tribute

michael_jackson_016magnificence-mj-wallpaper-michael-jackson

Jegan_michaeljackson_fans_blog_worldwidejacksonfans.blogspot.com_images_www-jegan.blogspot_images Michael_Jackson_Wallpaper_3_by_SparklesAndCupcakes Michael-Jackson-History-michael-jackson-24866075-1600-1200 Michael-Jackson-Wallpaper-michael-jackson-31826321-1600-1200 wall-michael-jackson-21312205-1920-1200

AEG Trial Coverage Page (Updated)

AEGs-Latest-Attempt-To-Derail-The-Inevitable

Dear Followers and Visitors:

I just wanted to let you know that I have created a special page this weekend on the top menu for all coverage leading up to  and during the AEG trial.  Please check there to find out the latest developments and information. May God be with you all during these difficult times.

Thanks for your continued love and support of Michael Jackson.

Much love

Cutie Pie ♥

banner2

(Update 6/5/13) I have removed the AEG trial page because of the stress it has placed on our dear Paris and because I am tired of having to read the drama involved each day in order to keep up the page. I will only post any major turn of events that fans would want to know as absolutely necessary.  There are many great and reliable news sources covering this trial such as Anthony McCartney @mccartneyAP, ABC7 Courts @ABC7Courts, Alan Duke @AlanDukeCNN as well as many respected fansites. Thanks for understanding. CP ♥