The Winner Of Satin Kisses Is…..

Sources: Saddle Up Therapeutic Riding Stables | Poli Bruckner

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It was a beautiful day for the party. Everyone had a great time. Santa pulled the winning ticket for Satin Kisses.. The winner is………..

Louise Greer!!!!

Thank you all for supporting this raffle and a HUGE THANK YOU to Debbie Rowe for donating this beautiful horse.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

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Vote For The Best Albums Of 2014

Sources: NPR Music – By Robin Hilton | All Things Michael

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For the past few weeks, the NPR Music team has been huddled together, trying to agree on a list of our 50 favorite albums. We’ll post our final list on Dec. 8, followed by hundreds of our favorite songs on Dec. 9 and much more to follow. But we want you to get in on the act by telling us your favorite albums from 2014.

Below you’ll find a (massive) list with hundreds of albums released in 2014. Check the ones you loved the most. You can select up to ten. It’s a lot to scroll through, but it’s a nice way to remind us all of some of the great records that came out this year. If you’d like a printable list, we’ve put all the nominees into a downloadable pdf.

Of course, even with more than 500 albums on the list below, we inevitably miss something someone out there dearly loves. So if you don’t see your favorite record listed, you can enter it in one of the write-in spots at the very bottom.

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. We’ll present the results on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Now vote! And when you’re done, listen to All Songs Considered‘s discussion of the year in music.

Click here to vote

WIN Tickets To Thriller Live

Sources: Daily Telegraph | All Things Michael

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The King of Pop’s legacy lives on as the theatrical celebration of Michael Jackson’s music makes its way to Australia for the first time. 40 lucky readers have a chance to win a double pass to see the performance.

After six record-breaking years in London’s West End, Thriller Live will tour the country with a stop at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star next year from February 26 to March 15. For tickets please visit www.thrillerlive.com.au

A touring company of 45 international and Australian performers, musicians and crew will bring a two-hour show of non-stop hits that pays homage to Jackson’s 45-year musical history.

The production includes all of Jackson’s favourite songs ABC, Can You Feel It, Beat It, The Way You Make Me Feel,Bad, Billie Jean and Smooth Criminal along with the stunning choreography and innovative dance moves he was famous for performing.

We have 40 double passes to give away to see Thriller Live on Thursday, February 26 at 8pm at the Lyric Theatre.

To enter, click on the link below and complete the entry form.

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Win Tickets To Thriller Live, The Spectacular Theatrical Michael Jackson Tribute

Sources: Herald Sun | All Things Michael

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THRILLER Live is over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that pays homage to Michael Jackson’s legendary live performances and the magic of his 45 year musical history.

The Australian premier production follows the record breaking six-year run of the show at London’s West End, and features a touring company of 45 international and Australian performers, musicians and crew.

Created to celebrate the career of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, this spectacular theatrical production features hits including Can You Feel It, Billie Jean, Bad, Thriller and many more.

Thriller Live features stunning choreography, with Michael Jackson’s innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that fans will never forget.

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The show combines high-energy dancing, eye-popping video footage and a myriad of special effects. Plus dazzling costumes, sequins and hot pants, not to mention that signature white suit and glove!

For show information go to www.thrillerlive.com.au. For ticketing, contact Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 002 787 or www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

Leader has 15 double passes to the 8pm performance on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, to give away. Each prize is valued at $140.

Click here to enter and read full Terms and Conditions.

Win Queen’s Forever Deluxe Edition

Sources: RTE Ten | All Things Michael

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RTE Ten is giving you the chance to win the Deluxe Edition of Queen Forever.

Along with Queen hits and classics, the album also features the Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson track There Must Be More to Life Than This and a previously unfinished Freddie Mercury-Queen song, Let Me in Your Heart Again.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:

The Queen song A Kind of Magic was the theme to which 1986 film?

Send your answer, name and address, marked Queen Comp, to:tencompetitions@rte.ie. One entry per person. Closing date: Friday November 28.

 

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Last Month To Purchase Tickets To Win Satin Kisses

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November marks the last month you will be able to purchase that winning ticket, for Debbie Rowe’s filly, Satin Kisses! She is quite the prize!  I know firsthand, what this beautiful gesture means to Debbie. The proceeds  of the  raffle will benefit Saddle Up Therapeutic Stables, who cater to children with disabilities, who receive hands on tutoring and monitored rides by volunteers.

We ask that you share this post on your wall to get last minute entries in. Lets show Debbie how appreciative we are at MSOL, for this generous opportunity she instilled upon us to promote!

The winner will be announced December 6, which happens to be Debbie’s birthday.

Special thanks to Valerie from All Things Michael for a beautiful cover story and for campaigning for us the last year. A big thank you to Heaven Leigh for highlighting  our participation on her Intuitive Spirit Guide show and her continual support and to Dana Brenklin for her coverage,  on her radio show.

Lastly, but certainly not least, thank you Debbie for your friendship and your generous donation that will benefit the beautiful children and their future rides at Saddle Up Therapeutic Stables. Thank you all who have made this a memorable and amazing year! We appreciate you so very much!

Visit: Saddle Up.org

With Love,

Poli Bruckner – Michael’s Soldiers of Love

Hollywood Records To Release Queen Forever November 11 – Bonus: Find Out How Win An Autographed Brian May Red Special Guitar And A Deluxe Edition Copy Of Queen Forever

Sources: Laughing Place.com | classicsdujour.com| Edited By – All Things Michael

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Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 11th 2014 on Hollywood Records.

The tracks include a long anticipated song from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, “Love Kills.”

The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs.

Queen Forever is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new songs featuring Mercury were being explored.

Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said, “There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we’re working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday.”

On the subject, Taylor said, “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.”

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr. Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit.

Talking of his involvement, Orbit say, “I had known Roger for many years, now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure.

“When I first played it in my studio I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.

“The musicianship of all four members of Queen is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi-talented man I’ve always admired; John Deacon’s original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie’s original piano carried most of the song’s musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine.”

Perhaps the biggest revelation on Queen Forever is Brian May’s composition, “Let Me In Your Heart Again.” The song was first recorded by Queen for The Works album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as “Radio Ga Ga” and “I Want To Break Free,” this never-before-heard Queen track shows off Freddie’s timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal.

The third new track, “Love Kills,” was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder’s newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track. Prior to Queen embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of “Love Kills,” which became one of the most memorable moments of the current Queen & Adam Lambert shows. This new Queen-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie’s most adrenaline-charged vocal performances.

Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of Queen Forever feature songs that spotlight the band’s songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It’s a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of Queen were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians.

Queen Forever reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favorite “Nevermore,” a Freddie Mercury song originally included on Queen II, the album that first saw Queen use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited,” once the grand finale of any Queen show, and since revived by Queen & lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single, “You’re My Best Friend,” written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased Queen’s poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and giving John Deacon his first Queen hit single.

Elsewhere, 1977’s “Long Away” remains the only Queen single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year’s B-side “Drowse” includes a rare Queen performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. Queen saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavored “Somebody To Love,” memorably performed by Queen and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and finished on a high with 1979’s US #1 hit, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich.

By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock’n’roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate Queen’s diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop,  yet always sounding unmistakably Queen. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980’s “Play The Game” single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit “Las Palabras De Amor,” and 1986’s “One Year Of Love” featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day Queen hits, including 1991’s #1 hit “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” and 1995’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You,” together with the poignant “A Winter’s Tale,” recorded during Freddie Mercury’s final Queen recording sessions in Montreux in 1991.

Queen Forever is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks.

Queen Forever. Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of Queen new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band’s indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come.

Queen certainly rates in the top among the world’s favorite bands. The UK’s Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmedQueen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album as Britain’s best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million in sales.

Queen Forever – Track Listings

Single CD:

1.       Let Me In Your Heart Again

2.       Love Kills – The Ballad

3.       There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)

4.       It’s A Hard Life

5.       You’re My Best Friend

6.       Love Of My Life

7.       Drowse

8.       Long Away

9.       Lily Of The Valley

10.    Don’t Try So Hard

11.    Bijou

12.    These Are The Days Of Our Lives

13.    Las Palabras De Amor

14.    Who Wants To Live Forever

15.    A Winter’s Tale

16.    Play The Game

17.    Save Me

18.    Somebody To Love

19.    Too Much Love Will Kill You

20.    Crazy Little Thing Called Love

2-CD SET

CD1

1.       Let Me In Your Heart Again

2.       Love Kills – The Ballad

3.       There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)

4.       Play The Game

5.       Dear Friends

6.       You’re My Best Friend

7.       Love Of My Life

8.       Drowse

9.       You Take My Breath Away

10.    Spread Your Wings

11.    Long Away

12.    Lily Of The Valley

13.    Don’t Try So Hard

14.    Bijou

15.    These Are The Days Of Our Lives

16.    Nevermore

17.    Las Palabras De Amor

18.    Who Wants To Live Forever

CD2

1.       I Was Born To Love You

2.       Somebody To Love

3.       Crazy Little Thing Called Love

4.       Friends Will Be Friends

5.       Jealousy

6.       One Year of Love

7.       A Winters Tale

8.       ‘39

9.       Mother Love

10.    It’s A Hard Life

11.    Save Me

12.    Made in Heaven

13.    Too Much Love Will Kill You

14.    Sail Away Sweet Sister

15.    The Miracle

16.    Is This The World We Created

17.    In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited

18.    Forever

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BONUS: Enter for your chance to win an autographed Brian May Red Special Guitar and a Deluxe Edition copy of Queen Forever!

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In celebration of the release of Queen Forever and Brian May’s new book Brian May’s Red Special, Classics Du Jour is giving you the opportunity to win an autographed Brian May Red Special Guitar and a Deluxe Edition copy of Queen Forever!

Grand Prize: Red Special Guitar, autographed by Brian May, plus a deluxe edition of Queen Forever

Second Prize: Deluxe edition of Queen Forever and a copy of Brian May’s new book, Brian May’s Red Special.

Runner Up Prize: Deluxe edition of Queen Forever (multiple chances to win!).

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About Red Special:

Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every Queen album and in all of Queen’s live shows around the world.

In Brian May’s Red Special, fans will discover everything they ever wished to know about Brian’s unique instrument. Brian talks about every aspect of the Red Special, from its birth to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics – and beyond. All of this is accompanied with original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, as well as a great selection of photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and x-rays.

Brian May’s Red Special is also available now on Amazon and iTunes.

Queen Forever is also available now on Amazon and iTunes.

Contest closes January 4, 2015.

See what past contest winners are saying on our Testimonials page or on Facebook.

 

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Tweet To Get Your Country’s Flag Featured On Michael Jackson’s Social Media Sites

Sources: Michael Jackson.com | All Things Michael

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Fans outside the US, support your family and friends in the US in their efforts to get the their hometown selected and here’s your chance to play along in the “A Place With No Name” Contest!

To celebrate Michael Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” internationally, Tweet to get YOUR country flag to take over Michael Jackson’s socials! The country with the most tweets by November 3rd will get their flag featured as Michael Jackson’s Twitter header and Facebook’s cover photo for 48 hours. To enter, tweet your vote with #MJAPWNN and insert your country abbreviation into #CountryCodeXNoName. (or #___NoName) Both hashtags have to be used in order to be counted! Good luck!

Here are some examples:
To enter United Kingdom use both #MJAPWNN and #UKNoName
To enter South Africa use both #MJAPWNN and #ZANoName
To enter Brazil use both #MJAPWNN and #BRNoName

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