Second Annual King of Pop Birthday Party In Las Vegas

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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For the second consecutive year, Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson are inviting fans to the King of Pop’s official birthday party Friday, Aug. 29 at an exclusive all-day celebration at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

This year, the daylong birthday celebration is truly fit for a king culminating with the added birthday performances of Michael Jackson ONE at 7:00p.m. and 9:30p.m. Guests who book their tickets to one of the birthday performances with the special offer code at www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjbday will be invited to attend a private “meet & greet” with representatives of the Estate, members of the show’s creative team and other special guests from the day’s activities as well as receive access to an exclusive room offer from Mandalay Bay which includes a commemorative birthday ticket and gift bag. Guests also will be able to enjoy other special events throughout the day including: a book-signing with Forbes senior editor and “Michael Jackson, Inc.” author Zack O’Malley Greenburg, a screening of the behind-the-scenes documentary from Michael’s latest album XSCAPE, and a Q&A with record producer Rodney Jerkins and “Man In The Music” author Joe Vogel who also contributed the liner notes to the album package.

The album, which contains all new material, took over the top spots on the global charts in May, hitting No. 1 in 52 countries and Top 5in 87 others. It debuted at No. 1 on the Hits Magazine chart and No. 2 on the Billboard chart. The first single from the album, “Love Never Felt So Good,” lit up the charts around the world, giving Jackson his highest Billboard chart bow since 1995 and fourth-highest debut ever at No. 20. It is now the last song played as the audience leaves the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre.

Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson.

Driven by Michael’s powerful, multi-layered music – heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment – ONE takes the audience through a series of seamless visual and musical tableaux, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming.

In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael’s artistry and spirit are expressed through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration.

ONE is a heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

Michael Jackson ONE is Cirque du Soleil‘s8thproduction in Las Vegas since Mystère in 1993. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil who celebrates its 30th anniversary this year has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over 40countries on six continents.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Read more at Broadway World

Message From The Estate Of Michael Jackson: Sale Of Neverland Ranch

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You will soon be reading news reports stating that Colony Capital has decided to sell Neverland. As the property manager, they have the right to do this.  The Estate has issued the following statement in response to a media request for comment:

We are saddened at the prospect of the sale of Neverland which, under the agreement negotiated during Michael’s lifetime, Colony has the right to sell. The Estate will maintain Michael’s family home in Encino, including its iconic recording studio there. We continue to build upon Michael’s legacy as an artistic genius and humanitarian through his music and new projects such as the Michael Jackson ONE show in Las Vegas.  We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property.  Michael’s memory lives on in the hearts of his fans worldwide.

It is also important to the Estate that Michael’s fans understand that although the Estate has no right to stop or obstruct the sale, The Estate did explore a number of potential options for Neverland with Colony but zoning, financial and land use restrictions limited the alternatives and ultimately Colony made the decision to sell.

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Is About To Be Sold

Source: Forbes – By Zack O’Malley Greenburg

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Though Michael Jackson moved out of Neverland years before his untimely passing, the 2,700-acre property remains indelibly associated with the King of Pop to this day. Soon, however, the connection will be only in thought, not deed: Neverland is set to be sold.

According to sources familiar with the matter, billionaire Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital is preparing to put the Los Olivos, Calif. property on the market. The firm became Neverland’s managing partner after Barrack struck a deal with Jackson in late 2007 to take over the $23 million note held by private equity fund Fortress.

“We are frustrated, bitterly disappointed and saddened that it has come to this,” said a representative for Jackson’s estate in an electronic message to FORBES. “Sadly, Michael lost control of Neverland during his life as a result of advice from a former manager.”

Representatives for Colony Capital could not immediately be reached for comment.

As I reported in Michael Jackson, Inc: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire , the agreement between Jackson and Colony was a complex one. Barrack himself said he only took on the note as a favor to Jackson (in an interview for the book, he recalled his words to the singer: “Don’t have me do this … unless you’re really interested in building a program going forward to create some revenue for yourself.”)

The agreement, which took effect in early 2008, called for Colony to manage Neverland as a sort of joint venture with Jackson. For every dollar the company invested in the property, its equity would increase. This meant that while Jackson—and, later, his estate—retained a stake in the property, it decreased on paper as time went on.

Over the past six years, Colony has continued to fund the upkeep of Neverland. That cost, if it’s anything like it was in Jackson’s day, is likely in the neighborhood of $5 million per year. Add in the $23 million note, and back-of-the-envelope math suggests the firm may have invested more than $50 million in the property to date. It also retains the right to sell the property at will.

Still, many options were explored over the years. Toward the end of his life, Jackson himself is said to have been intrigued by the idea of turning Neverland into a school for the performing arts; after his death, many have suggested that the property be turned into an attraction like Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

But as anyone who’s been to Neverland (this writer included) can tell you, Los Olivos isn’t exactly Memphis. The area is nowhere near an interstate, and its narrow mountain roads aren’t conducive to accommodating hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

“The Estate explored numerous options, including a purchase,” continued the aforementioned representative’s statement. “But financial, land use and zoning restrictions have made all of the proposed options prohibitive given our duty as Executors to be fiscally responsible in protecting and growing the assets of the Estate for Michael’s children.”

Indeed, Jackson’s estate has pulled in more than three quarters of a billion dollars in a little over five years since his death. But that’s before taxes and expenses, not to mention the specter of a $702 million IRS bill that the estate is currently appealing.

Buying back Colony’s share of Neverland—not to mention footing a multimillion-dollar annual upkeep bill for a property that does not generate income—would seem to be an imprudent financial choice.

And so, Neverland may soon have a new owner on paper. But any buyer will have to understand the property will always be the King of Pop’s realm in the minds of millions.

 

Read more at Forbes / All Things Michael

Santiago’s Museo de la Moda Fashion Museum Celebrates The King of Pop

Source: Fibre2Fashion | Museo de la Moda | All Things Michael

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Five years since his death, the aura surrounding Michael Jackson refuses to cease as the late King of Pop continues to allure people through his iconic stage costumes and personal belonging exhibits.

A similar exhibition featuring some memorable costumes worn by the American singer in few of his stage performances and videos have been put up on display at the Museo de la Moda (Museum of Fashion) in Santiago, Chile.

The major attractions of the exhibit include a round neck T-shirt, featuring an angel and a pink heart with an inscription ‘Il n’y a plus que l’amour. Sauf Amour’ (There is only love. Except for Love), which he wore with a red zippered jacket in the Beat It video from his 1982 album Thriller.

The display also features the unforgettable metal studded leather jacket, donned by MJ for the cover shoot of the Dangerous World Tour program (1992-1993). Designed by the singer’s official stylist duo Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, the broad shouldered jacket features a scoop military neck.

Also, a 1974 patchwork detailed denim jacket, sported by Jackson in Ebony magazine’s December 1974 issue, and a 1984 replica doll wearing the legendary musician’s Beat it attire have also become a part of the exhibit.

Read more: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/fashion-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=165763

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye And More To Be Inducted Into The 2014 R & B Music Hall Of Fame – August 24

Sources: R & B Museum | All Things Michael

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The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum is recognized as the one and only official institution that honors and memorializes the accomplishments of the many individuals and organizations that have contributed to the Rhythm and Blues genre. Our collection of artifacts and other objects of historical importance will be available for public viewing through permanent and temporary exhibits.

The Museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate about the various aspects of the world of Rhythm and Blues Music. Artifacts and materials that we have collected and are collecting, are not only owned by the museum but are also borrowed and created for the various displays.

On August 17, 2013 at Cleveland State University in Ohio, many Detroiters and Motown alumni were inducted into the R&BHOF freshman class such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Dramatics, and Jackie Wilson to name a few.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held August 24, in Canton, OH at the Canton Palace Theater, and will include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, The Whispers, The Funk Brothers, The Sweet Inspiration, Marvin Gaye, Chubby Checker, Norm N. Nite, Deon Dantes, The Delfonics and Gene Chandler.

Confirmed attendees (among others) are Duke Fakir (The Four Tops), Kim Weston, Cissy Houston, Martha Reeves, Joe Jackson, and the families of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and David Ruffin.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS – $60.00

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Other Induction Events

Pre-Induction Celebrity White Party - August 22 – $25.00

Soul Food Party In the Park – August 23 – Free

FOR INFORMATION CALL 330-454-8172

Read more: http://www.rbhalloffame.com/

MICHAEL JACKSON’S ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock – By Ken Kelly | All Things Michael

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The late Michael Jackson will forever be known as the King of Pop. Throughout his record-breaking music career however, Jackson very generously dabbled in rock and roll, collaborating with some of the genre’s musical elite in the process. Let’s take a look at some of those legends that were fortunate enough to work with Jackson before his untimely passing on June 25, 2009.

Kenny Loggins – ‘Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong’ (1979)

In hindsight, it seems strange that a song featuring Michael Jackson wouldn’t be released as a single. But that’s what happened with ‘Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong,’ a deep cut from Kenny Loggins’ ‘Keep the Fire,’ on which Jackson’s background vocals are distinctly heard in the chorus. The album’s big hit was ‘This Is It,’ which features background vocals from another star, five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald.

Paul McCartney = ‘Girlfriend’ (1979), ‘The Girl is Mine’ (1983), ‘Say Say Say’ (1983)

One of the few people whose fame arguably eclipsed Jackson’s was Paul McCartney. The former Beatle penned ‘Girlfriend’ for 1979’s ‘Off The Wall,’ marking the beginning of what was once a good friendship between the superstars. McCartney later appeared on the ‘Thriller’ track, ‘The Girl Is Mine,’ while Jackson reciprocated the favor, duetting on ‘Say Say Say,’ from the latter’s 1983 album ‘Pipes of Peace.’

‘The Girl Is Mine’ climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983, but ‘Say Say Say’ topped the chart. Perhaps most surprisingly about ‘Say Say Say’ is that it ranks as Michael Jackson’s biggest hit on the Billboard charts.

The friendship between Jackson and McCartney would suffer irreparable damage when, a year later, Jackson outbid McCartney for ownership of the publishing rights to more than 250 Beatles songs. Jackson drew further ire from McCartney in 1987 when he licensed the Beatles song ‘Revolution’ to be used in a commercial for Nike.

After Jackson unexpectedly passed away in June 2009, McCartney was gracious and forgiving, described his former song partner as a “massively talented boy-man with a gentle soul. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael,” he said.

Dave Mason -‘Save Me’ (1980)

Best known for his 1977 hit, ‘We Just Disagree,’ as well as his time in Traffic and guitarist-for-hire, Dave Mason duetted with Jackson on 1980’s ‘Save Me.’ The funky track, which appeared on Mason’s album ‘Old Crest on a New Wave,’ only got as high as No. 71 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Eddie Van Halen -‘Beat It’ (1982)

Michael Jackson’s rock collaborations didn’t stop with Paul McCartney. Van Halen‘s Eddie Van Halen agreed to record a free and uncredited guitar solo on the song ‘Beat It’ as a favor for ‘Thriller’ producer Quincy Jones. Van Halen reportedly cut his 20-second solo in less than a half hour.

In an interview with CNN, Van Halen marvelled at the fact he believed that his bandmates would be none the wiser to his appearance on ‘Thriller.’ “I said to myself, ‘Who is going to know that I played on this kid’s record, right? Nobody’s going to find out.’

But according to the Van Halen News Desk, Van Halen says that the collaboration did not go over well with the other members of the band. “Certain people in the band at that time didn’t like me doing things outside the group. But [singer David Lee] Roth happened to be in the Amazon or somewhere, and Mike [Anthony, bassist] was at Disneyland and Al [Van Halen, drummer] was up in Canada or something, and I was home alone. So I thought, well, they’ll never know.”

After having suggested an alternate arrangement for ‘Beat It,’ Van Halen didn’t quite know how Jackson would react to the changes he made to the song.

“I was just finishing the second solo when Michael walked in,” he recalled. “And you know artists are kind of crazy people. We’re all a little bit strange. I didn’t know how he would react to what I was doing. So I warned him before he listened. I said, ‘Look, I changed the middle section of your song,’ Now in my mind, he’s either going to have his bodyguards kick me out for butchering his song, or he’s going to like it. And so he gave it a listen, and he turned to me and went, ‘Wow, thank you so much for having the passion to not just come in and blaze a solo, but to actually care about the song, and make it better.’

As a side note, the guitar riff that underpins ‘Beat it’ was played by Steve Lukather of Toto.

Freddie Mercury – ‘There Must Be More to Life Than This,’ ‘State of Shock’ and ‘Victory’ (1983)

In 1983, Freddie Mercury spent six hours in Jackson’s home studio, laying down vocals on three songs, ‘There Must Be More to Life than This,’ ‘State of Shock’ and ‘Victory.’ Both parties eventually deemed the songs unsuitable for official consumption and have been frequently bootlegged, although the first two were released in other forms (see below). In 2013, Queen guitarist Brian May said that he was building upon the outtakes for a forthcoming album.

Mick Jagger – ‘State of Shock’ (1984)

‘Thriller’ was still high on the charts in 1984 when Michael Jackson’s next association with rock royalty came to pass. He had reunited with his brothers for the Jacksons’ ‘Victory’ album and subsequently recorded the No. 3 hit single ‘State of Shock‘ with none other than the Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger.

Bruce Swedien, the recording engineer for the Jacksons ‘Victory’ album recalled that Jackson instructed Jagger to warm up his vocals in preparation for the session. And while it may seem ludicrous to some that Michael Jackson would be giving pointers to the Rolling Stones frontman, Swedien said that Jagger happily complied. This undoubtedly helped show how much respect Jagger had for Jackson.

“Mick didn’t hesitate. By then, everyone knew how good Michael was,” Swedien said. “If Michael Jackson says warm up, you warm up – even if you are Mick Jagger.”

Various Artists – ‘We Are the World’ (1985)

In order to raise money for African famine relief, Jackson and Lionel Richie co-wrote ‘We Are the World.’ The two, with Quincy Jones producing, gathered together an incredible array of some of the era’s most popular musicians under the name USA for Africa. Among the rockers who contributed to the track were Bruce SpringsteenBob DylanBilly Joel and Paul Simon. ‘We Are the World’ was No. 1 for a month and raised a reported $63 million.

Steve Stevens – ‘Dirty Diana’ (1987)

When it came time to record the follow-up to ‘Thriller,’ Quincy Jones reportedly called producer Ted Templeman to ask who he could recommend to perform a guitar solo on the song ‘Dirty Diana,’ which would become another No. 1 hit for Jackson. Not wanting to repeat themselves by bringing Eddie Van Halen back into the studio, Templeman recommended Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.

When Jones made the initial call to Stevens, the guitarist didn’t believe the person on the other end of the phone line. “I was living in New York at the time and I got a phone call from Quincy Jones,” he said. “The phone rang and I thought someone was f—ing with me. I hung up the phone but then the phone rings again and he goes, ‘Don’t hang up, because this is the real deal.'”

Stating that the original version of ‘Dirty Diana’ that he performed on was over seven minutes in length, Stevens didn’t expect the song to be as dark and heavy as it was.

“Michael was very musical,” he continued. “The things he requested and asked for were all really cool ideas. He understood what I was about and was trying to get the best out of my performance. It was a great session.”

Slash – ‘Give in to Me’ (1991)

Jackson’s desire to seek unconventional collaborations continued with 1991’s ‘Dangerous.’ The pop star selected Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash to play on the track ‘Give in to Me,’ although many mistakenly believe the legendary guitarist played on Jackson’s single ‘Black or White.’

Slash set the record straight in a 2010 interview, saying, “I did not play on [that song]. The sound of the guitar [on that song] is very happy. It just doesn’t sound like me, anyone would know that. It’s not the guitar sound you would expect from me, but somehow I got pigeonholed as the guy who played on that song.”

Of course, that didn’t stop Slash and Jackson from eventually performing ‘Black & White’ together live.


Read more: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/michael-jackson-rock-history/

 

 

Paul McCartney Remembers MJ While Katy Perry Sort of Doesn’t Remember Paul

Source: 997 The Point – By Mike Stanz| All Things Michael

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This is from a couple of weeks ago, but it’s a neat little video clip. Katy Perry and Paul McCartney (who ever thought they would ever share a couch?) were guests on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show.

Katy was trying to salute Paul, but she stumbled a little when she got to “… and the fact that you’re still here today…” Pretty funny the way it worked out.

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And then Paul tells a great story about meeting and working with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and some interesting advice Paul gave him. Check it out…

 

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In Sync Dance of Auburn Proudly Presents “Michael Jackson vs. The Beatles

Source: In Sync Dance of Auburn | Eventbrite | All Things Michael

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Don’t miss In Sync Dance of Auburn’s annual showcase of talent… ‘Michael Jackson vs. The Beatles.’  In their 17th season of bringing exceptional performances to the stage, enjoy 100+ academy students and your favorite Michael Jackson and Beatles music in a fast-paced dance performance with all original choreography. This show is brought to you with love from the academy students and the creative minds of head Mistress Jessie Krick and her academy staff with 150+ collective years of performing and teaching experience. This show is perfect for all ages.

Dates: (June 28) 2PM – 4PM & 7PM – 9PM, (June 29) 2PM – 4PM

Venue: Bear River High11130 MAGNOLIA RD., Grass Valley, CA 95949

Costs: $10 Adults, $7 Senior & Youth ages 13-18, $5 Child ages 6-12, Age 5 and under FREE

Tickets: Eventbrite

Jackson Family To Open Gift Shop In Gary

Source: Post – Tribune – By Michael Gonzalez  | All Things Michael

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GARY — Michael Jackson and Jackson family fans will soon have a place to get their gear and memorabilia locally, officials say.

A city official confirmed that Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the musical clan, is completing permits to open a business on the city’s near west side.

Trent Jackson, a nephew and traveling companion of Katherine Jackson, said the family will convert the house directly east of the family house at 2300 Jackson St. to a gift shop with plans to open Aug. 15.

The annual Michael Jackson birthday celebration begins two weeks later.

The family will make a formal announcement in the coming weeks, Trent Jackson said, but the house will be a pick-up point for fans who buy merchandise online. There will be no money kept at the house, and the pick-up service will be for those who buy a certain amount of merchandise.

Trent Jackson, who lives in Calabasas, California, with other family members, declined to discuss the dollar amount of the purchases that can be picked up, and he did not offer details on the goods that will be sold.

The Jackson family will reinvest the proceeds into the neighborhood and, possibly, Roosevelt High School, which is directly west of the house.

“We want to keep the block looking nice,” Jackson said. “We want to help out with the neighbors here and help out with the school.”

On Wednesday, on the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Trent Jackson and a woman could be seen cleaning the inside of the proposed shop. The lawn outside the small house is well manicured, and it appears much work has been done on the building. Like 2300 Jackson St., the property is surrounded by a high, black fence.

Chelsea Whittington, Gary’s communication director, could not offer details about the gift shop plans, but she said such a project would be “a great complement to the Fuller Center housing build” in the area later this summer.

From Aug. 24-29, the Fuller Center, a faith-based agency building low-income housing around the world, will host a house-building blitz in Gary, building two new homes and renovating two more.

Read more at the Chicago Post – Tribune