NOTE: I need to start this post off by saying it was months and months ago that I approached Brad Sundberg to bring his seminar to Toronto, it was just a “Pie in the Sky” dream and never in a million years did I think it would happen. Brad let me know what we needed to do and connected me with another MJ fan who was interested in making it happen as well.
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On Friday, Julien’s Auctions will put some iconic pop music memorabilia on the block for sale, including jackets worn by music legends Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
Source: Fun Trivia
Test your Thriller knowledge without peeking at the answers!
1) On which of the following record labels was “Thriller” released?
2) How many tracks are on the original U.S. release of the album, “Thriller?”
3) Was “Billie Jean” the first single to be released off “Thriller” in the U.S.?
4) Which of the following tracks did Michael write for the album?
5) How many Grammy awards did Michael Jackson win for “Thriller” in 1984?
6) What were the only two tracks that weren’t released as singles in the U.S.?
7) Who is the original guitarist that played a guitar solo on “Beat It”?
8) Was “Thriller” inducted into the “Guinness Book of World Records” in 1984?
9) Which of the following songs is the longest track on the album?
10) Is Janet Jackson one of the P.Y.T.s that can be heard singing in the background on the song “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)?”
Source: Cambridge News – By Ella Walker
Pop star, singer, baker, TV talent show personality and mother; Cleo Higgins is quite a character. ELLA WALKER chats to the lead vocalist before Thriller Live tears up Cambridge Corn Exchange
Interviewing popstars from the 90s is just amazing.
Not only does it make you imagine for 15 minutes or so that you’re actually working at Top of the Pops Magazine or Smash Hits! (rest in peace, you crazy, sticker-covered glossies), but as a general rule, they’ve had absolutely no media training, or if they have, they couldn’t give a toss about using it.
This was the case with Cleo Higgins, one of the chattiest, bubbliest, frankest interviewees you could possibly hope to snag.
Not sure you know who Cleo Higgins is?
Oh, you do, you really do. Cleo Higgins is Cleo, lead singer of manufactured Comin’ Atcha! singing girl group Cleopatra, who, alongside her sisters Yonah and Zainam ruled the charts in the late nineties with seriously catchy pop, colourful outfits and ropes of impressive braids.
Now 31, Cleo’s Top of the Pops days are over, but recently she’s back performing having completed a stint on The Voice (Will.i.am got her to the semi-finals), and is currently coming to Cambridge as one of the vocal leads in Thriller Live, a show dedicated to all things Michael Jackson. It’s basically a two hour Michael Jackson concert, just without the man himself.
Which fits: Cleo is absolutely obsessed with Michael Jackson.
“I am a ridiculous Michael Jackson fan, I was born into Michael Jackson music,” she buzzes giddily in the midst of rehearsals. “For me to be a part of his legacy – I listen to his music, I’ve imitated his music – to be able to release records and then live the same kind of lifestyle in the sense that we grew up from being children in the music industry, into adults, I always felt there was a closeness to myself and him.
“I literally learned everything that I do mainly from Michael.”
Even before Thriller Live came along, Jackson kept sneaking into Cleo’s repertoire, from covering I Want You Back in Cleopatra, to performing Leave Me Alone on The Voice: “I felt like yay! I’m a little bit in there again! For me it was a representation of who I really looked up to, and the fact that he’s not around to have seen that is quite sad.”
So how does a former popstar go from post-Cleopatra obscurity (the band disappeared after their second album, Steppin’ Out), to The Voice and a massive touring show, complete with an up and coming turn in the West End?
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the role as female lead singer, WOOOO!” she yells down the phone with a cackle. “My dreams of being a singer and a musician have never really stopped, so I’m always doing something, whether I’m writing songs for other people or writing for myself; it’s always been there in the background.”
But, she admits, she did take a rather surprising side-step in between having her two children and braving The Voice auditions.
“I thought, do you know what? Just in case, I’m going to open my own shop.”
So she began studying and qualified as a pastry chef. Saladly, or not-so sadly depending on your perspective, The Voice scuppered those plans.
“But I’ve got the quallies for it and I’ve got the skill, the know-how, so you never know, I might still have Mama Cleo’s Bakery or patisserie open. I wanted to have one called Love Muffins – trust me it will happen!”
In fact it almost already did. Considering Cleo spent her teens touring the world, hanging out with Mariah Carey, (“She was one of the people that I looked up to the most, I wanted to be like Mariah and Michael. She came into the room and it was like I didn’t recognise her. It was like Oh! That’s ok, that’s Mariah Carey. Hahaha. It took me to meet her a second time to really let it sink in,”), signing albums for Lionel Ritchie and starring in adverts on Miami Beach for Cover Girl Makeup, you wouldn’t think she’d struggle with an audition for a TV talent show…
“I bottled it!” she screeches with a laugh. “I missed the audition in Manchester, I had to go to the audition in Birmingham because I was so scared hahaha! I said no! I’m not doing it and I decided against it, the whole time, I was like that’s it, I’m not doing it, I’ve decided now. Everyone was like Cleo! You’ve plucked up the courage to do it and then on the day of the audition I was like NOOO!”
Arguably the setting – a live audience, the backs of four red chairs that you’re desperate to see whirl round – is a tad different from touring in your own right. “It was strange, not necessarily to be on stage, but to be on stage so publicly. That was the one thing I was really apprehensive about,” Cleo admits.
“I don’t like the idea of being judged! Haha! That’s just not my cup of tea at all!”
Eventually she sorted her head out though, wowed Will.i.am and careened through to the semi-finals thanks to a booming, soulful voice (and a few hardcore Cleopatra fans, we’re assuming):
“I’m glad I did it in the end. It woke people up and reminded them that I’m here.”
So what’s Will.i.am really like? “Will.i.am is Will.i.am. The way he is, that’s him,” she promises. “On stage, off stage, that’s just who he is. He’s fun, he’s got a serious side to him, he’s got a strength that not many people see as well, and I really enjoyed working with him.”
Are they still in touch? “I do have his number, he’s got my number, he can call me,” she laughs. “You never know, he might have one of those off days and go CLEO! Come and help me! That’d be really interesting.”
For now though, she’s theatre-bound. “It’s not somewhere I’d have expected to go,” she tells me. “Don’t get me wrong, I love the theatre. Whenever I go I’m like an innocent child, like there you go, BANG! Watch this one, how about this one, BANG! I love it!”
Her plan is to stay with Thriller until July, but she’s frank about the fact there are a lot of factors she didn’t take into consideration when signing up.
“I’m a mum and I’m away from my children, so that’s the hardest thing,” she says, adding: “However, they seem to be dealing very well, they seem to be ok, they want me to do what I’m doing.”
Then there’s the strain of performing night after night: “I had to go on voice rest for a couple of weeks, I didn’t expect my voice to go! I’ve had issues where I might not be able to sing for a few hours but never for days on end. That’s never happened. I was like oh my god! I cried, I came to the rehearsal and I opened my mouth to sing and nothing came out, I was in floods of tears, I couldn’t believe it! I was devastated, I just wanted to get back to work.”
And when it comes to work, Cleo has big, big plans.
“I do want to be a recording artist, and I genuinely want to be able to put my album out there and see what comes back,” she says directly. “The Voice has opened up a lot of doors for people to know who I am and who want to know me as a solo artist – which is brilliant – so I hope, I really hope, the fans I’ve made myself and the fans of Cleopatra will come together and buy my record when it comes out.”
Fingers crossed… at least there’s always Mama Cleo’s Bakery to fall back on.
Thriller Live, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Friday, November 29 – Saturday, November 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets £25.50 – £32.50 from (01223) 357851 / cornex.co.uk
Source: Salisbury Journal – By Jill Harding
DIRECT from London’s West End, Thriller Live celebrates the music of Michael Jackson and is coming to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre next week.
Featuring the music of the King of Pop, Thriller Live celebrates the career of the great entertainer.
The show contains more than two-and-a-half hours of non-stop hits including I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous, Heal The World and Thriller plus many more.
Already seen by more than two million people in over 25 countries, Thriller Live reflects on the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and pays homage to the world-class spectacle of Jackson’s legendary live performances.
Thriller Live. Mayflower Theatre, Southampton. Monday Dec 2-Saturday December 7. Call 02380 711811 or visit mayflower.org.uk.
Source:Las Vegas Sun – By Robin Leach
A peek at early voting for the Broadway World Las Vegas Awards provides some fascinating insight into the Strip entertainment scene through the eyes of out-of-town professionals.
Interestingly, there’s only a spread of seven percentage points between the top three contenders for best choreography: “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, Jamie King for Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay and Emma Rogers for “Dancing Queen” at Planet Hollywood.
“Michael Jackson One” leads in two categories: best theater and best spectacular. Brad Garrett is in a dead heat with legendary veteran Don Rickles, but Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand out totals his two closest rivals.
Fremont Street Experience leads the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Pearl at the Palms as best concert venue, perhaps because most, if not all, of the shows there are free? In the best DJ category, David Guetta’s run at XS in Encore tops Pauly D at Haze in Aria and Tommy Lee and Aero at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Bellagio’s Fountains and Conservatory lead as the best free attractions, followed by Palazzo’s waterfall atrium. The neighboring Venetian is tops for best themed hotel architecture, while Wynn leads in best non-themed hotel architecture.
Light at Mandalay Bay leads in the best nightclub category. Tara Palsha (“Vegas! The Musical”), Jeff Leibow (“Jersey Boys”), Carrie St Louis and Justin Mortelliti (both from “Rock of Ages”) pick up nods for best performances in various categories.
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Source: Pitch – By Natalie Gallagher
It’s always a beautiful thing when Kansas City’s renowned jazz group Diverse comes together, but it’s downright magical when the collective puts on its annual Michael Jackson tribute. The concert is so popular that Diverse had to book a venue with more capacity; this marks the show’s first time at the Uptown Theater. Diverse explores the breadth of the king of pop’s catalog, from his Jackson 5 days through the early 2000s. In addition to the core trio of trumpeter Hermon Mehari, bassist Ben Leifer and drummer Ryan Lee, the evening also features singers Julia Haile, Anthony Saunders and Lee Langston, plus a slew of other notable musicians and special guests.
Saturday, November 30, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, Kanasas City 816-753-8665) Ticket Information: http://www.uptowntheater.com/CONCERTS.html
Source: Hollywood / MJ-Upbeat
R&B legend Babyface met Michael Jackson for the first time as a child after tricking a concert promoter in his native Indiana into allowing him to meet and interview the young superstar.The songwriter/producer reveals he was just a kid with dreams of making it in the music industry when he learned his pop idol would be performing in his hometown – so he concocted a plan to meet The Jackson 5 and land a chat with Michael.
Babyface tells U.S. TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, “The Jackson 5 came to town and I figured out how to interview them. I lied and said I was a news reporter and got in to interview the Jackson 5… at 12, 13 years old. “I looked up the promoter (in the phonebook)… and when I got him, I had to put on my grown voice (sic). I had a Jimmy Stewart (classic actor known for his distinctive drawl) impression, that I did back then, so I talked like Jimmy Stewart and said, ‘Hello can I speak to Charles Williams (promoter) please…? I hear that you’ve got these kids called The Jacksons and they’re coming to town and I thought it would be a great idea if I could get my kids to talk to your kids. That’d be swell, what do you think?’And he goes, ‘I think it’s a great idea…!’ He took my number down and he called me 10 minutes later… “I walked in the (hotel) room (for the interview)… there were two beds there: Jackie and Jermaine were on one bed, Marlon and Tito were on the other bed, and Michael was sitting at the table at the end. I walked in and just ignored them (older brothers) and walked straight to Michael and Michael said, ‘Hey, how you doing?’ I said, ‘It’s an honour to meet you’ and he said, ‘It’s an honour to meet you, sit down, have a seat.’ “It was unbelievable. They let me stay in there about 30 minutes.”
Source: Billboard – By Ray Waddell
Randy Phillips is out as president/CEO of AEG Live, the live entertainment arm of Anschutz Entertainment Group.
The company said in a statement that it is “restructuring the management of that live entertainment subsidiary” and that Jay Marciano, Chief Operating Officer of AEG, has been appointed Chairman of AEG Live and will assume a more active role in the management of that division. In his new role, Marciano will oversee an LA-based executive team led by Paul Tollett, John Meglen, Shawn Trell and Rick Mueller.
Tollett was named CEO and President of Goldenvoice; Meglen as named President of Global Touring for AEG Live; and Trell has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer, AEG Live, taking over for Tom Miserendino who recently relocated to London to assume the role of President and CEO, AEG Europe.
In February of 2012, Phillips signed a new five-year contract to remain at the helm of AEG Live, the position he has held with the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG since joining the company in 10 years ago.
The company is now the second-biggest concert promoter in the world, reporting grosses totaling $1.1 billion in 2013 according to Boxscore. With tours by Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney (the latter two with The Messina Group) this year, along with a thriving one-off business, AEG Live put up record gross revenues this year, second only to Live Nation Entertainment.
Under Phillips’ direction, AEG Live has become a force in touring and concert promotion. Among achievements on his watch were Celine Dion’s residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas (spearheaded by AEG Live division Concerts West president John Meglen), arena residencies for artists ranging from Garth Brooks to Prince. On the other hand, Phillips has been a polarizing figure in the industry, and was at the center of the storm in AEG’s recent wrongful death trial relating to the death of Michael Jackson, of which AEG was found not guilty by a jury and Phillips was dismissed from.
Still, on Phillips’ watch AEG Live became a viable global touring deal option with creative marketing and promotion for a wide range of touring artists. When Jackson’s 50-date This Is It run at the O2 in London didn’t happen, Phillips was a key player in saving the company from a huge financial loss as a producer of the “This Is It” documentary. AEG Live now includes 15 regional and international offices as well as stand-alone divisions devoted to touring, festivals (division Goldenvoice produces Coachella, for one), exhibitions, broadcast, merchandise, ticketing and special events. Additionally, AEG Live and its parent AEG own, operate or exclusively book more than 40 venues from the club to stadium level.
Phillips also built a formidable team of savvy touring executives that span the globe, keeping with his early strategy of bringing in key personnel as opposed to acquiring companies or venues. “I decided early on to invest in great people and not pay ridiculous multiples for what ostensibly is a personal service business,” he told Billboard in a 2012 Q&A, ostensibly referring to the promoter consolidation that led to what is now Live Nation. “To me, cash will always be king, but if cash is equal, it’s about relationships. The one thing about AEG, and it’s been my mantra: We invest in people.”
Many felt Phillips’ future might be in doubt when Tim Lieweke, the man who hired Phillips and was one of his staunchest supporters, resigned as CEO of AEG in March when the company came off the block. But at that time insiders at the company told Billboard Phillips status at the company was solid.
Phillips, a former artist manager for such acts as Usher and Lionel Richie, was a creative dealmaker and clearly loved the game. ‘It’s not all altruistic,” he told Billboard. “I like making money. Like anyone else, I like being rewarded when I do good work. But the other side of it is, I love music, and I love working with new talent, watching people break, helping established artists extend their run. I love being part of a team that surrounds artists. There isn’t a day I walk into the office that I don’t enjoy.”
Source: Knaisz Auctions / Radar Online
Rock&Roll Winter Auctions – December 7, 2013 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Michael Jackson’s moonwalking shoes coming to auction expected to fetch $50,000 – Announcing our very first auctions
Knaisz Auctions is proud to present our first auction. This sale includes a fine selection of entertainer and music memorabilia from the life and career of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s legendary moonwalking shoes are set to go under the hammer on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.
Items to be auctioned include a couple drawings made by the King of Pop himself. Also among the rare Michael Jackson items offered for sale are limited and/or signed tour jackets from Jackson’s various world tours, a ‘Smooth Criminal’ style white fedora that Michael wore during one of his concerts, and is signed under the brim “All my Love Michael Jackson 1990”, and bears the words “Michael Jackson” in gold lettering inside. It’s estimated to fetch between $2,000-3,000.
Knaisz Auctions also offers for sale an exclusive memorabilia from Michael Jackson’s wardrobe, a single white crystal glove owne by Michael Jackson. Yeah, Thriller was released in 1982, but two years later a bunch of the higher ups at CBS Records decided to throw a party at the American Museum of Natural History to celebrate its monumental sales achievements. It was a Black Tie affair and invites were, naturally, printed on a replica of the King’s infamous white gloves. Our white glove is not just one from these replica gloves, but this is MJ’s personal invitation glove for the event, customized for his king style. Jackson’s early costume designer, Bill Whitten completely covered the back of the glove in Swarovski crystals. The custom-designed white left-hand glove was estimated for $15,000-20,000.
Another major highlight of the auction is an other Swarovski glove. This is a custom-designed, white cotton right-hand glove, the back side of the glove is completely covered in clear Swarovski loch rosen crystals and the palm is bare of ornamentation. The King of Pop, Michael Jackson owned and worn this glove during his “Billie Jean” performance on the Dangerous and on the first leg of his HIStory World Tour. Custom designed and with label by Michael Jackson’s long time costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. It’s estimated to fetch between $40,000-50,000.
Why does Knaisz Auctions start its very first auction with Michael Jackson? President and CEO, Balazs Nagy gives you the answer. “We feel a great respect to Michael Jackson” – says Nagy – because he is the most important figure in the history of pop-music. That’s why we dedicate our auction to the memory of the one and only King of Pop and of course we would like to allow fans to take home a piece of their idol.
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Adminstrator’s Note: All Things Michael has posted this press release as a news story only and not as an endorsement. As with any auction, participation is solely at your own risk, so buyer please be aware. Thanks. CP ♥
Source: Michael Jackson Inc/ Amazon
Michael Jackson, Inc is the first-ever business-focused biography of the King of Pop — and it will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint on June 3rd, 2014.
The book will detail the rise, fall and rise of a billion-dollar empire launched by a man whose moves, both onstage and in the boardroom, created a fundamental shift in the monetization of fame. Despite his well-publicized struggles, Jackson inspired a generation of performers to flip the industry paradigm on its head and become employers rather than employees. Today, with two Cirque du Soleil shows, a record-setting biopic, and one posthumous album after another, he continues to out-earn the world’s biggest stars even from beyond the grave.
Since the beginning of my research in early 2012, I’ve traveled from New York to California to Indiana to Nevada to Ireland — and even to Neverland — in an effort to better capture Jackson’s story. I’ve interviewed sources from Berry Gordy to Walter Yetnikoff, 50 Cent to Teddy Riley, Bruce Swedien to Matt Forger, about 100 in all. I’ve also decided to donate a portion of proceeds of the book to a charity I’ll announce early next year.
There’s still more work to be done before the book is finished. If you’d like to receive updates on my progress every few months — including links to my Forbes stories on the King of Pop, notes on my research, and opportunities to pre-order — add your email address below. And be sure to check out my Forbes.com post on why I decided to write the book. Thanks for reading!
Zack O’Malley Greenburg is a Forbes senior editor and author of the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind. His second book, Michael Jackson, Inc, will be published on June 3rd, 2014 by Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint. Zack covers the business of music in The Beat Report at Forbes; in his five years there, he’s tackled topics from public pension fund scandals to Justin Bieber’s budding career as a venture capitalist. He has also written for the Washington Post, Vibe, McSweeney’s and Sports Illustrated; guest-lectured at Yale, Harvard and Georgetown; and appeared as a source for 60 Minutes, MTV, Bloomberg, BBC and other outlets. Full bio here.
See archive of Zack’s Michael Jackson coverage for Forbes here: http://michaeljacksoninc.com/archive/
William Forsche offers you this original life mask direct from his Hollywood collection. A COA signed by William Forsche is included with this auction.
“I have personally been collecting and creating life masks in Hollywood for over 25 years.”
“This is a professionally made life mask created for the production of “Moonwalker”
- William Forsche
This is an “original” life-cast of Michael Jackson made for the production of “Moonwalker” in 1988. The lifecast was used in the creation of vacuum form replicas of Michaels face for make-up and special effects used in the robot transformation sequence. This original cast came from a special effects artist who also worked with Michael and Janet Jackson on their video “Scream.”
There is a small chip in the lower left side of the neck of this rigid plaster cast which also exhibits some surface scratching from production use. The cast measures 10″ x 5 ½” x 3 ½.”
See the article below about the artist
Administrator’s Note: I don’t like to post anything about Murray, but this is one of those times when I will make an exception to show how most people feel about him. I especially loved what Sara had to say about Michael’s kids. CP ♥
Source: YouTube – The Talk
The hosts of “The Talk” did not bit their tongues about Conrad Murray on a recent show. Watch the short video above to hear Julie, Aisha, Sharon, Sara and Cheryl sound off about Murray’s most recent claims.
Source: Zap2It – By Andrea Reiher
On her hip surgery earlier this year:
“I guess I danced really hard and … I don’t know what hurts the most after I’ve been on tour for nine months. And I love you all so much, I don’t know how to not go on. I just love being a performer so much and I’m just happy to be back and I’m, you know, I’m feeling like myself again and I’m just starting to rehearse and I’m getting ready for my next tour which will be next year and I can’t wait to perform for you.”
On buying Michael Jackson’s tour wardrobe:
“I heard that they were auctioning off his tour clothes and these are my most prized possessions. … The ones that are my favorite are the ones that I wear every night when I’m on stage with the fans and I imagine that he felt the same way … so I really wanted to preserve that for him because it made me feel kind of crazy, the thought of a bunch of rich people each buying one piece. Then they get scattered to the winds and where do his tour clothes go? And I thought if I buy them all I can put them somewhere nice.”
When asked if she would dare wear anything, like the “Thriller” jacket:
“No, I would never do it. There’s a couple pieces that spoke to me that they were OK with it … talking to clothes like ghosts, but none of the pieces that his fans would recognize. I would never wear any of them. There was one sweater, that’s like a letterman sweater that says MJ on it and there is a jacket that says ‘Stop the Filthy Tabloid Press’ on the back and I don’t go out in them, but when I’m in the studio or if I’m feeling down I’ll wear them because I think he would have been OK with that. But I don’t know. But I am taking care of his clothes … and for any Michael Jackson fan that’s watching … it’s very pristine … and it’s perfect.”
On her boyfriend, “Chicago Fire” actor Taylor Kinney:
“He’s a hidden weirdo. He is extremely strange, actually, and we complement each other’s weirdness. That’s actually one of the first things he ever said to me. It’s a Dr. Seuss quote that you find in someone else a compatible weirdness. And it was one of the first things he’s said to me. … When we first met we were on the set of the ‘You and I’ video and I looked ridiculously crazy. I mean, cause I really, when we’re putting together some of these set ups I get really excited about what it all means and it’s this scene where he’s electrocuting me to bring me back to life to the woman that he once loved.
So I’ve got these pins sticking out of my head and I’m wearing cork and I got no hair and I’m bald. And I mean, why he found me attractive just completely behooves me. And we were in the middle of this scene and I remember that he kissed me and it wasn’t scripted for him to kiss me and I was sort of like was um, you know, was that real or was that fake? And he didn’t really say anything and that was fine by me and we kept filming. And you know, at the end of the day, he’s my best friend and having your lover be your best friend — I mean, it’s the best thing ever. It’s the best thing I can say about it.”
On Elton John, whose kids are her godchildren:
“He’s my family. He’s like my dad, like a dad. … His babies, they are so amazing. These babies are really incredibly loved, I spoil them rotten whenever I’m with them. When Gaga mother comes, there’s always a basket bigger than they are.”
In the Elton John clip, she also goes on to talk about her problems with substance abuse and how deeply personal her songs are on “ARTPOP,” her new album — especially the song “Dope.” “It’s one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written,” she says.
Source: Mirror – By Christopher Bucktin
Denzel Washington has refused to star in a movie made by killer doctor Conrad Murray about Michael Jackson.
Murray, 60, who injected the star with a fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol, has been touting around a screenplay about his disastrous relationship with the King of Pop.
And the disgraced cardiologist, released three weeks ago, wanted double Oscar-winner Denzel, 58, to play him.
But a Hollywood source said: “Denzel is not interested.”
“He was friends with Michael and was deeply saddened by what happened.
“The thought of helping the man who killed him is preposterous.”
He added: “Murray is deluded if he thinks any Hollywood A-lister will be interested in working with him.
“He is presenting his tale as if he is the victim.”
The Jackson family is also angry that Murray will earn a “six-figure sum” for his first interview this weekend.
Source: Boycott Conrad Murray Campaign
We are officially activating our boycott against 60 Minutes and their sponsors.
60 Minutes Australia is scheduled to air Murray’s first interview since his release. Read details here: Conrad Murray’s First Interview: Michael Jackson’s Death Doc Quizzed By Australia’s ’60 Minutes’ About Whether Pop Star Was A Pedophile
Its time to put our pledges into effect and raise our voices for Michael.
We must send the strong message that any network and their sponsors who provide Conrad Murray a platform to profit off of killing Michael will be met with a boycott on their networks and products.
We’ve talked the talk, now its time to walk the walk and hurt their bottom line…their RATINGS AND PROFITS.
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This time it covers “the making of the Robot from Michael’s film ‘Moonwalker,’ with Colin Chilvers directing.
Source: Daily Mail
Few photographers have had as much access to as many of rock and roll’s biggest stars as Lynn Goldsmith, whose pictures tell a visual tale of the genre spanning nearly half a century.
Goldsmith has documented the careers and received unprecedented access to the personal lives of larger than life rock heroes from Bruce Springsteen to Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones.
Goldsmith’s work is iconic even to those who’ve never heard her name.
She’s won all the awards, her work has appeared on all the magazine covers, and she’s met every music legend one can name.
Her newest book came out this month and lays to rest any question that she isn’t the queen of rock and roll photography.
Rock and Roll Stories is a visual feast that does just what the name says: it tells the story of the genre by catching on film musicians exhibiting the essence of what it means to be rock and roll royalty.
In Rock and Roll Stories, Goldsmith describes the day she spent with Michael Jackson in Disney World ‘Michael’s shyness could take over if there were people around just staring at him when he was not performing, so I blasted a James Brown tape and busted out my best JB dance moves. Michael joined me.’
Goldsmith documented much of Michael Jackson’s meteoric rise to fame. ‘I was assigned to do a cover shoot with Michael for Life magazine at Disney world,’ she writes.’The Disney people treated him like he was Mickey Mouse reincarnated’
On Bob Marley: ‘We were back stage alone together. I was waiting for him to strap on his guitar and head out to perform in front of a full stadium. He looked tired. I asked him “Are you OK?” He answered, “I have a brain tumor.”‘
The mind of a master: Goldsmith’s list of subjects reads like a lineup of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and her work has been shown around the world. Here, the photographer becomes the photographed as Goldsmith takes a moment to show what the inside of her mind must sometimes look like
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511601/A-date-rock-roll-royalty-Photographer-genres-biggest-stars-captures-essence-music-legends-Bruce-Springsteen-Michael-Jackson-Frank-Zappa.html#ixzz2lNcy1XK8
Source: Vanity Fair - By Alyssa Berenak
After months of voting, readers have selected their favorite Vanity Fair cover of all time: our December 1989 issue featuring Michael Jackson, shot by contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The King of Pop faced some stiff competition. The winning issue was up against covers from over a century, ranging from portraits of classic Hollywood icons, Jazz Age illustrations, heartthrobs, and such pop queens as Lady Gaga. Robert Pattinson’s Cajun-inspired April 2011 cover came in at second place, bolstered by a zealous group of dedicated Twihards.
Other popular covers included Kristen Stewart in couture on our July 2012 issue, a sultry Marilyn Monroe on our October 2008 cover, David Duchovny’s June 1998 cover, and Audrey Hepburn’s May 2013 issue.
To honor our winner, we’ve put together a slide show of important moments in Jackson’s career that led up to our 1989 cover. So c’mon, jam on it.
Growing Up Jackson
The votes are in and our dear readers have deemed Michael Jackson’s 1989 Vanity Fair appearance, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the best cover in the history of the magazine. Considering the King of Pop’s competition—hundreds of Hollywood stars, heartthrobs galore, and gorgeous Art Deco illustrations from another era—we’d say a celebration is in order. As a thank-you to all the Jackson fans who voted, we’ve put together a collection of moments in the rising star’s career that led up to that legendary cover. Click below to see the performer rise from 12-year-old musical prodigy to unstoppable stage presence.
Source: Live Design – By Lance K. Darcy
Once again I will be a stranger in a strange land, a lighting designer sitting amongst projection people as I audit day two of the Projection Master Classes at LDI 2013.
9:30am-11:00am Case Study – Michael Jackson’s ONE Production:
The day begins with a sizzle reel of the show, Michael Jackson’s One from Cirque Du Solei. I have inadvertently chosen a seat right where the projector exhaust fan is blowing. It sure feels nice and warm. A few thoughts on the session:
One, 3d projection mapping has certainly come a long way. What once took hours of painstaking work can be done in minutes. It makes shows like this possible. The same tech can be used to drive moving lights, eliminating the need for cumbersome programing at the desk. It’s impressive stuff, and has exploded the creative possibilities.
Two, projectors are really stepping up their game. When driven through media servers, they can do really amazing things “beyond the box.” There was a moment (I think) some thought LED walls would really dominate. This case study makes clear that LED walls would be prohibitively expensive to use. Plus, LED walls are heavy which makes them more expensive to move around. I work in TV, where LED walls are the goto source. However, it is clear that both projectors and LED walls have their place in the industry.
Three, communicate, communicate, communicate. Clear, concise communication is becoming even more important during the preproduction and build-out phases. More and more people and companies are involved which can muddy the waters if steps are not taken in these ever more elaborate productions. Without clear communication, the stress level gets inordinately amped up for everyone.
Four, the industry needs shows like Michael Jackson’s One to push the envelope so the rest of the industry can benefit by the tech they implement and use. Until some entity (like a casino) with means uses it in a show environment, the tech remains an “edge” technique that remains out of reach for many.
Five, create a system that can adapt. Too rigid and you risk things falling apart when directors, designers, producers, or other creative staff want (sometimes) sweeping changes. Anybody can create a complex, cumbersome system that is difficult to run and manage. The greats make a nimble, flexible system that readily adapts to changing circumstances.
Source: Zap It – By Andrea Reiher
For “The X Factor” Top 10 performances, Josh Levi turned the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” into a cool R&B jam for British Invasion week — complete with some dancing bobbies in the background that judge Simon Cowell thought were ridiculous. But Levi tells Zap2it he’s just flattered Simon thinks he doesn’t need them.
“It’s hard … because I’m performing and can’t see what’s happening behind me,” says Levi. “I am honored that he said I can command the stage without them. But I don’t know, they’re there for a reason. We’ll see what happens next week.”
Levi has become known for his interesting arrangements for the songs he chooses, but he says he definitely can’t take the credit.
“I worked with our producer [Julian Bunetta] who’s really the genius behind the production of my songs. I kind of pitch in my melodies and stuff — it’s collective but Julian is the mastermind behind the stuff,” says Levi.
Judge Demi Lovato has said that Levi reminds her of a young Chris Brown (vocally, not personally), which he says is certainly a compliment, but he’s his own man.
“I’m definitely inspired by Chris Brown’s music and I appreciate her compliments comparing me to someone who’s done so well,” says Levi. “But at the same time I want her to realize that I’m my own artist and I’m not Chris Brown or Michael Jackson. Even though people say I look or sound like him, I’m not Bruno Mars — I’m my own Josh Levi and there’s a place for me. Although I am honored to be compared to all those people.”
Do you think Josh Levi is an “X Factor” frontrunner? We would say he is. Tune in Thursday (Nov. 21) for another double elimination at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Additional reporting by Jean Bentley
Source: Pittsburg Magazine- By Rick Sebak
Already world-famous for his energetic singing and dancing, Michael Jackson was 12 years old when he first came to Pittsburgh with his four older brothers to perform at the Civic Arena on July 30, 1971. They returned to the arena in July 1972 and July 1973; when they came in 1974, they performed at Three Rivers Stadium. In October 1979 and August 1981 — now as The Jacksons, rather than The Jackson 5 — they were back at the arena.
Despite all those earlier shows, Michael’s solo appearance here in 1988 seems to be his best-remembered trip to Pittsburgh. Having just conquered Europe and the United Kingdom, he kicked off the second American leg of his phenomenally successful Bad tour with three shows at the Civic Arena on Sept. 26, 27 and 28.
People who worked at the arena at the time recall the preparation as extraordinary. It was helpful that Jackson’s manager, the late Frank DiLeo, was a native of Point Breeze who wanted his family and friends to see the show. A trio of arena employees traveled to the tour’s first domestic dates at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., seven months in advance, to check out the innovative presentation.
Ida D’Errico, then the Civic Arena Corporation’s director of marketing and public relations, remembers that show: “Everyone in the audience — which included many well-dressed families — was riveted to the stage, mesmerized and awestruck. With everyone standing on their chairs, you couldn’t take your eyes off Michael for fear of missing something.”
Jackson had lots of special requirements in his contract. He insisted on a leather couch in the dressing room — black, navy or gray — which D’Errico borrowed from Kaufmann’s.
Jackson stayed in the penthouse suite at the Vista (now the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh). D’Errico remembers that a “professional wooden dance floor” had to be installed there so Jackson could practice — and “cool down” after his shows.
The three nights sold out quickly. Jackson pleased everyone with a set list that included a Jackson 5 medley as well as huge production numbers for “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal,” ending the main set with an unmatched trio of hits: “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Bad.”
Local music reviewers liked the shows. Peter B. King of The Pittsburgh Press wrote, “It ain’t natural how Jackson moves, like liquid that somehow holds to a human form.” Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was impressed, too: “The show was fresh and even ‘bad’ (in the street sense of the word).”
D’Errico remembers that the gray couch was returned to Kaufmann’s, but it had been scarred with lots of cuts and scratches. Jackson’s costume was decorated with many metal buckles that tore into the leather over the three days that he sat on it. When D’Errico explained to the department store what caused the damage, she wasn’t held responsible. As she pointed out, the couch was now a priceless collector’s item.
Thanks to Lance Jones, Michael Gentille, Scott Mervis and Ida D’Errico.
When: Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Sigma Sound Studios, 212 N. 12th Street
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Live Performances, Giveaways, Open Bar & More
Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artist in Philly. His pop-culture influenced images have appeared on everything from sneakers to t-shirts, gallery walls, and of course canvas. Now, Taqiy is joining forces with Sigma Sound Studios, and using his creative genius to honor one of the greatest artist of all time—Michael Jackson.
On November 30, you can join Ivben Taqiy, Hot 107.9 and the world’s R&B mastermind Kenny Gamble, as they celebrate all things MJ. Along with Ivben’s blazin’ MJ inspired artwork, this annual party and showcase will also feature a Philly-fresh line-up of talent covering all of your favorite MJ anthems and hits, and DJ Aye Boogie will definitely keep the party jumpin’ all night.
Source: King Jordan Talk Show / Blog Talk Radio
Vogel is considered a leading authority on pop icon, Michael Jackson. His comprehensive book on the artist’s solo work – Man in the Music — has been praised as “the definitive book on Michael Jackson.”
Vogel has written several other exclusive pieces on the artist, interviewed many of Jackson’s close collaborators and been consulted as an expert by media around the world, including the Associated Press, USA Today, NPR,Forbes, Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Democracy Now, Spin, AOL Music, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo!, The Root, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show. He has also appeared in several documentaries, presented at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and guest lectured at universities, libraries and conferences across the country.
In 2012, Vogel was featured in Spike Lee’s critically-acclaimed documentary, Bad 25.