1988: Dirty Diana Reaches #1 On Billboard Hot 100

Sources: Billboard – By Gary Trust | All Things Michael

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July 2, 1988 – Michael Jackson made Billboard Hot 100 history, as “Dirty Diana” reached No. 1, becoming the fifth leader on the list from his album Bad. The set remains the only album by a male artist to produce five Hot 100 No. 1s. Since, only Katy Perry’sTeenage Dream (2010-11) has also yielded five toppers. Meanwhile, “Dirty Diana” is enjoying new chart life: Shaman’s Harvest’s hard rock cover has become aMainstream Rock Songs hit.

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Listen To The First Recorded Performance By A 9-Year-Old Michael Jackson, “Big Boy”

Source: VH-1 – By Jordan Runtagh | All Things Michael

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Many believe that the King of Pop’s career started when the Jackson 5 signed to Motown Records. But the band of brothers actually had an earlier deal with Steeltown Records, a small-time label in their hometown of Gary, Indiana. In 1968 they cut two singles for the imprint, the first of which being “Big Boy” —a hilarious title when you realize that lead-singer Michael was just 9 years old during the sessions.

The Jacksons played their own instruments and even produced their own sessions, for which the band were rewarded with a the not-so-princely sum of 3 cents per record sold. Though it wasn’t a massive chart success, it was a regional hit and sold nearly 10,000 copies. More importantly, it provided the Jacksons with a treasured family memory when they first heard the song on the radio. “We all laughed and hugged one another,” Michael told biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. “We felt we had arrived.”

They released their final single for Steeltown, “We Don’t Have To Be Over 21 (to Fall in Love),” but plans for a full-length album were scrapped and they signed to Motown in July ’68. And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

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Watch Michael Jackson Get Emotional While Honoring James Brown At The 2003 BET Awards

Sources: BET – By John Kennedy | All Things Michael

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Let’s take a spin in a time capsule. Coordinates: June 24, 2003. Los Angeles’s Kodak Theater. Behold. The Godfather of Soul. The King of Pop. Together. One stage. One cape.

When Michael Jackson busted a move alongside James Brown under Black culture’s brightest spotlights, draping him in a shimmering cape, it was a monumental moment of peak blackness. Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Throne” is a mere potty seat compared to this tag team.

Together, the two music icons stood, MJ gushing over JB before presenting him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture the biggest superstar this planet has ever seen getting emo over the mere presence of another.

“I couldn’t refuse to give this award tonight because nobody has influenced me more than this man right here,” Mike said tearfully, giving the impression that he might’ve clammed up if not for the prepared speech inscribed on the paper in his hand. “Since I was a child at six years old, he was the one that I looked up to more than any other entertainer, and I still do today.”

On the sixth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, and days before the 2015 BET Awards, take a look back at one of entertainment’s greatest television moments. Ever. There will never be another pair of guys like these.

 

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World Music Day 2015: Bands That Define Their Generation

Sources: International Business Times – By  | All Things Michael

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In many ways, Music does make the world go round; it brings the world together, regardless of language barriers, racial differences and geographical distances. Sometimes, music defines a generation or an era and the musicians, who make such impactful music, are remembered even beyond their time.

They are some of the many reasons we celebrate World Music Day on Sunday, 21 June. In this article, we have listed the bands that define their generation.

Although music groups like the Barbershop Quartets and Sweet Adelines quartets existed since the 1930s, it was in the 1960s that music began to transcend time and geography.

1960s

The Beatles: Even after five decades, the English rock band from Liverpool is considered the greatest music group of all time. The Beatles members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are household names and icons for anyone remotely interested in music, with “Hey Jude”, “Love me do”, and “Yesterday” still ringing in fans’ ears.

The Jackson 5: Formed in 1964, initially under the name Jackson Brothers, this family band is the main reason behind the world getting its King of Pop Michael Jackson. “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” are among the Jackson 5’s most popular songs that still resonate with music lovers around the world.

1970s

Menudo: The Puerto Rican boy band formed in 1977 may not be remembered by many now, but it is what put heartthrobs like Ricky Martin and Darco Rosa in the map.

1980s

New Kids on the Block: NKOTH is an American boy band that was assembled in 1984 and consisted of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. They were among the few American bands of the 80s that were capable of gaining worldwide popularity with their catchy songs “Summertime”, “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “Step By Step”.

Salt-N-Pepa: Cheryl James (“Salt”) and Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) formed their band with Latoya Hanson (who was later replaced with Deidra Roper) in 1985, becoming one of the first all-rap female bands. Their “Push It” is still very popular and was even covered by “Glee” in Season 1, while “Let’s Talk About Sex” was covered by Treblemakers in “Pitch Perfect”.

1990s

Destiny’s Child: Along with being the band that introduced Queen ‘B’ Beyoncé Knowles to the world, Destiny’s Child is also the group that sang so much about feminism that women finally began to consider it as cool. The soulful R&B song, “Survivor”, gave little girls reason to think of women as strong and independent. Songs like “Independent Women”, “Happy Face” and many others also had the same effect.

Backstreet Boys: AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell shot to fame in 1993, and reached the kind of stardom, which all celebrities wish for, in just a couple of years. Songs like “I Want it that Way” and “Everybody” became anthems for young boys across the world to get girls swooning in a short span.

Spice Girls: Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”), Victoria Beckham and née Adams (“Posh Spice”) became a global phenomenon as soon as their first single, “Wannabe”, was released in 1996 and every girl was soon taking quizzes to see which spice girl they were.

NSYNC: Every 90s kid will have an NSYC story to share. Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass became popular with “Bye Bye Bye”, which is still as catchy as it was a decade ago.

2000s

Maroon 5: Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick are all childhood friends, and their chemistry and combined love for music strikes a chord with the fans when they see them perform. With songs like “Moves Like Jagger” and “One more Night”, Maroon 5 made their way into millions of hearts worldwide.

Las Kethup: The Spanish family pop girl group, founded by flamenco producer, Manuel “Queco” Ruiz got worldwide popularity, but only for a short span of time. Their first single, “The Ketchup Song”, which was released in 2002, is still considered an iconic number and is played at dance parties even today.

2010-Present

One Direction: Simon Cowell may be rude as hell on X-Factor, but he sure knows the formula for success and stardom. He picked out five contestants, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik (not a member since March 2015) and Louis Tomlinson, who failed their individual auditions and made a world-dominating band, “One Direction”, out of them. They are some of the most influential people in the world currently and their fandom is only getting bigger by the day.

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Throwback Thursday: Reliving Disney’s Michael Jackson Marvel ‘Captain EO’

Source: Travel Pulse | All Things Michael

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Back in 1986, 3D movies didn’t feature at every cinema like they do now, Michael Jackson was an immensely popular icon and Disney was about to unveil a show that would delight tourists for years.

It’s time to once again hop in the time machine and appreciate a classic attraction with modern eyes.

Last week we regaled you with the moment Jurassic Park: The Ride opened. Now it’s time to honor the magnificence that was “Captain EO,” which opened to fans on Sept. 12 1986.

Below is a commercial that touted the 3D attraction that was set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland respectively.

Before we revel in the misadventures of Captain EO and his band of musically inclined pals we have some dreadful news.

Billboard reported back in 2014 that Disney Parks would shutter EO for the time being; with various outlets saying the closing was permanent.

This came after the attraction opened anew in 2010 following the death of star Michael Jackson.

Now the report does point to a previous release that mentions the following: “Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.”

And, a quick look at Disneyland’s attractions shows a page for Captain EO, although no schedule is available.

So there is hope, however scant, that a presentation that delighted us as kids may again return at some point in the future.

But the Internet is a kind place to those in misery, because you can watch versions of the short movie online. It’s perfect for those who enjoy shots of nostalgia or those who have no inkling as to the show about which we are talking.

Just watch this and imagine being in a theater and having the added amenities of actual 3D technology and a big screen:

Getting “Captain EO” to screen was no small affair, featuring a collaborative effort from the likes of Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola (director), George Lucas (screenplay) and actress Anjelica Huston who played the part of Supreme Leader.

Simply watching the “Making Of” documentary is a mesmerizing experience:

That wasn’t enough ’80s for you? Well, perhaps watch nearly 50 minutes of its grand opening, which features youthful versions of Patrick Duffy and Justine Bateman.

Jefferson Starship, Belinda Carlisle, The Moody Blues and Robert Palmer perform as a cavalcade of stars scoot on down the iconic Main St. at Disneyland.

It’s the kind of gigantic and indulgent celebration that will have you yearning for the decade that gave us a 3D space odyssey featuring Michael Jackson and a bumbling sidekick named Hooter.

 

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20 Years Later, 20 Things You May Not Have Known About Michael Jackson’s HIStory

Sources:  People – By Drew Mackie | All Things Michael

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By 1995, Michael Jackson had people talking more than ever, but not just about his music. The King of Pop had endured a rough stretch since his previous album, 1991’s Dangerous, and public scrutiny.

The album first hit shelves on June 20, 1995, and we have taken the occasion to collect 20 HIStory trivia items that the casual Michael Jackson fan may not know.

1. It’s one of the best-selling double albums ever.

Sales estimates vary, but it’s purported that HIStory sold between 20 and 30 million albums, meaning that it sold 40 to 60 million units, as a result of being a double album. By contrast, Thriller sold an estimated 51 to 65 million units, and Bad and Dangerous both sold between 30 and 45 million.

2. There really was a Michael Jackson statue.

In 2014, artist Diana Walczak posted a video showing the creation of the iconic statue used on the album’s cover.

3. “Scream” is reportedly the most expensive music video ever made.

The Guinness Book of World Records has named this collaboration with Janet Jackson the most expensive production ever for a music video, and the reputation has consequently stuck. Director Mark Romanek, however, contests that title is unwarranted, and told NPR in 2010 that he knew of other videos of the era that “cost millions more.” Nonetheless, a 2014 Forbes post still ranked “Scream” the priciest.

4. It also featured the first-ever profanity in a Michael Jackson song.

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“Scream” was Jackson’s response to what he claimed was unfair representation in the media, before and after the sex abuse allegations. It features the lyric “Stop pressuring me / Stop pressuring me / Stop f—— with me,” which was uncharacteristic for the singer who had previously sang for an all-ages audience.

5. “Scream” was leaked before its debut.

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In May of 1995, Jackson heard “Scream” played on Los Angeles radio station KKBT 13 days before the song was to have been released. KKBT and a San Francisco sister station refused to say how they got the song early, according to the New York Times, and they played the song every hour until served a cease-and-desist order.

6. You can see a young Jena Malone in the video for “Childhood.”

“Childhood” is an autobiographical song about abuse Jackson said he suffered at the hands of his father. The video has Jackson sitting in a forest as an army of children flying magic airships flies over, and one of the children is Jena Malone, appearing before her first major film role the following year. (You can see her around the 2:56 mark.) The song later became the theme to Free Willy 2.

7. “You Are Not Alone” was the first song to debut at No. 1.

No song had previously debuted at the top spot on the Billboard Top 100,according to Complex. However, only four weeks later, Mariah Carey’s“Fantasy” became the second song to do so.

8. The video initially had Jackson appearing completely nude.

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The video stirred controversy for showing rather intimate scenes between Jackson and his then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley. However, an early version of the video never released to the public allegedly featured Jackson fully nude – “floating naked in water,” according to the New York Daily News – and the offending part had to be edited out digitally from the final cut.

9. The song got R. Kelly his first-ever Grammy nominations.

Kelly had sent Jackson a demo of the song in which he sang like the pop star in an effort to convince him to do the song. Jackson eventually agreed. In 2010, Kelly recorded his own version of the song as a tribute to Jackson.

10. “You Are Not Alone” was banned in Belgium.

In 2007, a Belgian judge ruled that the song plagiarized “If We Can Start All Over,” written by composers Eddy and Danny Van Passel. (The above video is purportedly a demo of that song, which was purportedly written in 1993 – well before “You Are Not Alone.”) However, the ruling had no effect on the song, R. Kelly or Jackson outside of Belgium.

11. “They Don’t Care About Us” angered the Brazilian government.

Brazilian officials did not want Jackson to use the favela Santa Marta as the backdrop for the video for his fourth single, claiming that he would be taking advantage of the residents and putting forth a negative depiction of Rio de Janeiro. A New York Times article on the matter noted that this controversy erupted around the same time as the one in Argentina over Madonna’s plans to play Eva Peron onscreen. In the end, neither country stopped either pop singer.

12. “They Don’t Care About Us” angered plenty of people in the U.S., too.

The original version of the song featured the lyrics “Jew me, sue me, everybody do me / Kick me, kike me, don’t you black or white me,” which prompted critics to accuse Jackson of anti-Semitism. Though Jackson protested, saying the lyrics weren’t racist because he “could never be a racist,” he eventually changed the offending lyrics to “do me” and “strike me.”

13. “Earth Song” is uniquely popular in the United Kingdom.

The environmentally themed song wouldn’t necessarily be at the top of most American fans’ lists of Michael Jackson songs, but it remains the singer’s best-selling song in the U.K.

 

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When Michael Jackson Visited Exeter

Sources: Express and Echo | All Things Michael

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13 years ago in 2002, Michael Jackson was made honorary director of Exeter City and on June 15 the same year he visited St James Park with celebrity friend Uri Geller who was also a director. Celebrity magician David Blaine also traveled with them.

Michael made an impassioned speech for the world to live in peace and harmony when he appeared at Exeter City Football Club. Below is a recap of that memorable day: 

BBC Devon Online's Andrew Segal was among the crowd and gives his reaction:
"Michael Jackson coming to Exeter." The thought of it was quite extraordinary.
But when the man himself actually appeared - in front of thousands of cheering fans at a Third Division football club's ground - it seemed that "extraordinary" was to be the word of the day.
And if the audience reaction was anything to go by (their cheers of jubilation that their faith in his attendance had been rewarded) it appeared to be more than just the visit of the King of Pop, but more the coming of a musical messiah.
Since the rumours that he was going to visit the county started a few weeks ago, there had always been a healthy degree of scepticism, especially after an alleged siting of Jackson at a North Devon theatre the year before which turned out to be a rather good lookalike.
But as the stands slowly started to fill and we heard talk that some stretch limousines had arrived at about 4.15pm, there was the feeling that something major was about to happen. And nowhere was the change more palpable than in the audience.
It wasn't a full stadium. Another couple of hundred people could have fitted in quite comfortably. It also seemed a little too relaxed at first.
Ticket holders casually walked to their seats, some whistling loudly, glad to be there, but all of them seemed to be measured and controlled.
Several acts came on first, including two bands, a modern dance troop and a tribal African dance group. All were received well, with a good amount of appreciative applause.
But again it was very measured - until the headline act was announced and the security presence was greatly increased. Something was definitely afoot.
Right up until the last minute, there was still the chance that the man might not appear, especially with tales of Jackson being involved in a scuffle at Paddington station earlier that day and a fire having broken out near Exeter St David's train station.
But when an open-topped vintage car drove into the ground with a familiar figure semi-hidden under a black umbrella, there was only one way to describe the reaction - the oft used phrase "The crowd went wild".
However, then things seemed to fall apart somewhat.
The plan had been for Jackson to arrive in the car, which would be driven around the ground so as he could wave to the crowd. Some 100 yards down one side, so many people had gathered around the car that it couldn't move.
The media scrum and over-enthusiastic fans halted part of the plan. The crowd had been warned that if that happened, he would leave. To give him his due, he didn't.
Jackson stepped out of the car for a minute before making a wild run to the relative safety of the specially erected stage in the corner of the pitch.

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Apparently he had been scheduled to talk for just three minutes, but he stayed longer than that, at times hardly being able to make his speech because of constant appreciative shouting and his occasional laughing at the reaction.

But what was most thought-provoking was that this was a man who was used to generating this reaction in people. He wasn't bemused at all. He laughed it off and then carried on.
Fans shouted their glee, their declarations of love, and some children were allowed to join him on stage with magician David Blaine and friend Uri Geller.
He thanked everyone for their support, he requested his audience to give their support for the people of Africa and those with HIV, and told the crowd that "We must learn to live and love each other before it is too late".
But it could well have been a case of his words falling on deaf ears because his audience was completely taken up in the moment.
Magician David Blaine tried to carry out a few tricks after Jackson's speech, but not too many eyes were on him.
Jackson then tried again to make his circuit around the ground in his vintage car, but once again was cut short when more fans came on to the ground, with the car soon making a beeline for the exit.
But though some might have thought that this spoiled the end, it didn't seem to matter.
The people had seen their hero, their king, their pop messiah. He had stayed a while and spoken to them. He politely said thank you, that he believed England would win the World Cup and waved goodbye.
He left, leaving several thousand people with feelings of complete disbelief that they had just witnessed his visit.
Seasoned journalists from the national newspapers who had seen it all said: "I can't believe it".
It was certain the King of Pop is not dead - and "Long live the King", said the fans.

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June 13, 2005: Vindication Of An Innocent Man

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Neverland – A place of joy, beauty, peace, innocence and fun…

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Then Came The Lies, Accusations and Pain…

Lyrics To An Innocent Man – By Michael Jackson

California’s lost her love for me.
Seems she’s trying to convict me now
Seems her heart has turned against me now

if I sail to Acapulco or Cancun Mexico then the odds are all against
me, but god knows that I’m innocent

If I sail to Acapulco or Cancun Mexico there the law is waiting
for me and God knows that I’m innocent
If they won’t take me in Cairo then Lord knows where will I go.
I’ll die a man without a country and only God knew I was
innocent now.

if I sail to Acapulco or Cancun Mexico there the law is waiting for
me but God knows that I’m innocent
If the British try to find me then lord where will I go let the whole world go against me
long as God knows I’m an innocent man now

Farewell to all my years in Hollywood Or Farewell to all my dreams in Hollywood

Let the whole world be against me long as God knows I’m an innocent
man

Now if the British try to find me then lord knows where will
I go

Let the whole world try to find me long as God knows

Sometimes I feel just like a fugitive I’m running for my life
and deep inside I ask the question why

But I’m not running at all I’m just healing a lonely wounded heart
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But God sent two angels to help Michael clear his name. They totally believed that he was innocent and brought the truth to light. They were his friends, allies and confidantes. They were his rock during his darkest hours….

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And as the result, he was found NOT GUILTY! Victory at last! Michael was a free man….

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The reaction to the verdict was intense. Fans rejoiced and wept bitterly…..

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“Without God, my children, my family and you, my fans, I could not have made it through. Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible. 

You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you. Your ever-present love held me, dried my tears, and carried me through. I will treasure your devotion and support forever. You are my inspiration.”

Love, Michael Jackson

The Aftermath – Our Work Continues….

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