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

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


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.

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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


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.


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


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


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.

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

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


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.


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


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


Private Footage From The “Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot” Documentary Triggers Lawsuit With The Estate

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – By Eriq Gardner | All Things Michael

Craig Williams seeks to confirm his company has valid rights on unseen footage from a 2007 photo shoot.


The production company behind Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot has filed a lawsuit against the executors of the late singer’s estate.

At the center of this dispute is never-before-seen footage taken of Jackson in 2007, two years before he died.

Craig Williams, the film’s director, has described the footage as having been taken at the Brooklyn Museum of Art for Ebony magazine as Jackson attempted to make a comeback and gave his first magazine interview in a decade. Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot features interviews with the singer’s friends, photographers and stylists as Jackson prepared. The documentary also shows, of course, images of Jackson.

But Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson estate, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the images are private.

“The makers of the documentary are attempting to exploit footage and photographs of Michael Jackson, which we believe are owned by his Estate,” says Weitzman. “The documentary contains footage of Michael during private moments that he never agreed could be publicly and commercially exploited without his consent and/or involvement. Michael never authorized or approved the use of this material in the film.”

Noval Williams Films asserts that it has validly obtained rights.

According to its complaint filed in New York federal court, the Jackson camp was offered the opportunity to purchase rights in 2011, but passed. In May, 2013, Williams stepped up to allegedly acquire rights. More deals were then made by Williams’ company with distributors.

But about two months ago, Weitzman wrote a letter to the production company stating that the singer had allowed the footage be taken for his own use and that the footage was done as a “work-for-hire,” meaning that Jackson should be considered the author for copyright purposes.

The production company responded that it had legally acquired rights, prompting the Jackson estate lawyer to make another demand to see the film.

Now, the documentary maker has decided to go to court seeking declaratory relief that it isn’t infringing copyrights and that the defendant doesn’t have a valid claim arising from the contracts by which the images were first created.


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Help Michael’s Dream Foundation Win $50,000! Voting Ends July 8th

Source: Michael’s Dream Foundation | Poli Bruckner | All Things Michael


Good News! Michael’s Dream Foundation has made it through the first round of the Ty Pennington’s Ultimate Giveback Challenge to the semi-finals!

But we still need YOUR help to win the $50,000 prize.

If you’ve ever wanted to help us and couldn’t or didn’t know how to, now is your chance! It takes only a second and it’s FREE!

The voting deadline for the semi-final round is July 8.

NOTE: Because the voting is done through an “app” you will need to allow the app access to your PUBLIC information only, before it will direct you to the voting page. There is no harm in doing this as none of your PERSONAL information is ever made available to them. Also note that some iPhones will not take you to voting but if you do it from a computer it will work.

Please help us win by giving us your vote!  Do it for L.O.V.E!

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Vote here: Ty Pennington’s Ultimate Giveback Challenge

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