Michael Jackson Listed As One Of The Top 10 Global Recording Artists Of 2014

Sources: IFPI | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Taylor Swift has has been given the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014 Award after being named as the world’s biggest-selling artist last year. The annual award honors the most popular recording artist across music downloads, streaming and physical format sales worldwide.

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IFPI Top 10 global recording artists of 2014 are:

Taylor Swift
One Direction
Ed Sheeran
Coldplay
AC/DC
Michael Jackson
Pink Floyd
Sam Smith
Katy Perry

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Must Read Review Of Michael Jackson One

Sources: The Examiner – By Gaia Best | All Things Michael

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I believe no article or review could actually do this show justice. The reason I say this is that the absolute grandeur and visual/auditory impact has to be experienced, it needs to be seen and heard. The analogy is like someone describing a song. You can repeat the lyrics and tell someone about the song, but it’s not the same as hearing it, for example, Billie Jean or Thriller. Two of the many songs that you will get to experience from the array of Michael Jackson’s brilliant career.

When I tell you that my senses were bombarded throughout the hour and a half, I am expressing bombarded in the sheerest delight of the senses. Michael’s music has always been at the top for me and this performance takes it over the top… Liken it to a buffet of the best of Michael Jackson’s music coupled with Cirque du Soleil style entertainment. It’s the best of both worlds.

It’s surround sound music and entertainment. I was constantly deciding where to put my attention. Both side walls, overhead, and the stage area were providing visual excitement.

The overall show is powerful, and unlike The Beatles Love, where I left feeling a sense of lightness, joy, hugs and kisses, with Michael Jackson’s One, I felt more of a sense of empowerment, and a need to do something meaningful in the world to make a difference. I felt a stirring in my own personal life and creativity. Power and inspiration were the themes for me.

There is really no comparison for me in terms of the other Cirque du Soliel shows and I have seen many of them. They are all well worth attending and have a sense of magic and wonder to them however, for me, Michael Jackson’s One goes three steps further.

The standout number comes towards the end of the performance when Michael has been recreated as a hologram. I trust that you will be seeing the show when you head to Las Vegas, so I want this to remain a surprise for you. I had never seen anything like it and I am still left awe struck by this artistic feat.

I have the highest regard for Michael Jackson’s creativity and artistry and Cirque du Soleil has found a way to bring this magic to life for us in Michael Jackson’s One. This show is Not to be missed.

Some details:

  • Websites for Michael Jackson One: www.cirquedusoliel.com  www.mandalaybay.com (There’s a tab to click on for Michael Jackson ONE.
  • Ticket price range: $69-$160 with limited gold seating that starts @ $180
  • 90 minute show
  • Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort is located @ 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
  • Ticket Office: 800 745-3000 or 877 632-7400
  • Fri. Sat. Mon. & Tues. 7 PM & 9:30 PM Sun. 4:30 PM & 7 PM
  • Dark Days: Wed. & Thurs.

The Mandalay Bay Website has Lots of details and the web sites have FAQ’s. Be sure and see Michael Jackson ONE next time you visit Las Vegas. I know you will enjoy it and have those memories for years to come.

Mahalo to Michael Jackson for creating timeless, incredible music!

Watch for my interview with Brandi Chun, one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson ONE coming soon!

 

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MJ Featured In Revolutions 2 Music Art Exhibit At Forest Lawn – Glendale

Sources: SBSun – By Michelle Mills | All Things Michael

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Since Alex Steinweiss created the first record cover for Columbia Records in 1938, music and art have had a love affair.

The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale celebrated this union 10 years ago with the exhibition “Revolutions,” toasting the artists behind seminal work linked to the music of the 1960s-’80s. And now it’s revisiting the concept with a new exhibit.

On Saturday, the venue will unveil “Revolutions 2,” a show commemorating its predecessor with more than 175 artworks, ranging from album covers and posters to paintings, photographs and sculpture by more than 35 artists.

“The art itself is fabulous and beautiful. People are familiar maybe with the album cover or the poster — seeing the art and how it was created is interesting,” said Joan Adan, director of the Forest Lawn Museum and curator of “Revolutions 2.”

Musicians from a range of genres are represented, from Black Sabbath to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson, who was buried in the grounds of the Great Mausoleum in 2009.

Exhibiting Glendale artist Hugh Brown started out photographing bands but now works in a range of media. While in England, he shot musicians like the Talking Heads and Patti Smith before they were famous, and later they asked him to design their album covers. Brown went on to become the creative director of IRS Records and Rhino Records.

“I have tons of records in my collection that I bought; I had no idea who the band was, but thought ‘Wow, what a great cover, this must be good,’ and rarely was I ever disappointed,” Brown said.

Music art is a form of advertising, so it’s fitting that Steinweiss came from an advertising background and told Columbia Records that it should put pictures on its record covers — at the time, covers were plain paperboard and sometimes had only the music genre or artist’s name written on them. Adding images boosted record sales.

“So it’s advertising art, but totally creative, and because it was the music business you could get away with a lot and do crazier stuff,” Brown said. “You wanted to push the edge a lot and it was really fun. It was a way to do something that you’d want to do for yourself but get paid for it.”

Photographer Mike Salisbury of Venice sold greeting cards door to door at age 6 to raise money to buy a camera. He has since worked for major magazines in the United States and Europe and photographed celebrities like Truman Capote, Ricki Lee Jones and George Harrison. Salisbury also has been an art director and designer and is noted for creating Michael Jackson’s black-and-white look and Levi’s 501 brand name.

“The thing about the music business is it always was a cooperative effort with many artists and somebody like me taking the picture and doing the design,” Salisbury said. “I didn’t do anything but present it to them, they didn’t dictate and say it’s got to work like this. It was always very much a partnership with the artist and the producer and myself.”

In many ways, “Revolutions 2” will offer a touch of nostalgia.

Artis Lane — a Los Angeles-based sculptor and painter who has captured the likeness of Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and Miles Davis — said that wandering through “Revolutions 2” provides an opportunity to remember a favorite concert.

“If they went to that performance, this is a way to hold on to it. The painting is the artist’s thought objectified,” said Lane. “It comes alive again for you.”

When: Opens Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 2.

Where: Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Information: 800-204-3131,www.forestlawn.com.

 

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller Contract To Be Auctioned

Sources: The Guardian – By Harriet Gibson | All Things Michael

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A signed contract which stipulated the security and payment agreements on the set of Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller music video is to be auctioned.

The signed document between Michael Jackson’s Optimum Productions and the Screen Actors Guild covering requirements for two-dozen actors in the video will be sold by Nate D Sanders Auctions. The contract had to be signed prior to production, which Jackson did on 10 October 1983.

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As a result, his epic 13-minute video for his 9m-selling single was shot in downtown Los Angeles in October 1983. Winning the Grammy for best video album in 1984, as well as best long-form music video in 1985, the blockbuster work altered the boundaries for what a pop-music video could be – so much so, that in 2009, the Library of Congress added Thriller to the National Film Registry. It remains the first and only music video to be selected for the registry.

Those with a cool $25,000 (£16,000) or so lying around can place a bid at the auctioneers website.

 

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Video Dance™ Workshop – Learn The Steps To Michael Jackson’s BAD!

Sources: Austin Monthly | Ballet Austin | All Things Michael

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Learn to dance popular music video choreography during this 4-week Videodance™ workshop. Learn Michael Jackson’s BAD – 4 weeks (with a 5th class for Flash Mob! – No class during Spring Break)

Experience workshopping dance in a fun build-it-from-the-beginning music video dance class. While this is not a dance technique class, Videodance™ focuses on ‘workshopping dance’ and experiencing the fun of putting together music video choreography. Learn the choreography, sing along if you’d like, and dance it out with the crowd! We’ll turn up the music, teach you the moves, and you will have the time of your life!

It’s both dancer-friendly and non-dancer friendly. Everyone welcome! For all ages, sizes, experience levels and genders! Learn the choreography full out or modify the steps as you feel comfortable.

Check out the choreography of BAD and come videodance!

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Feb 24, 2015 to Mar 31, 2015
08:30 PM until 09:30 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Tuesday. (No class on March 17 due to Spring Break)

Cost

$60 for 5 weeks

Location

Ballet Austin
501 W. 3rd St
Austin, TX

Ph. 512 501-8704

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James Delisco To Celebrate Legacy Of Michael Jackson

Sources: CT Now.com – By Michael Hamad | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson died tragically six years ago. But did he ever really go away?

In 2011, Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” started circling the globe, offering the specter of MJ’s voice surrounded by live musicians and aerial acrobatics. (An immersive spin-off, “Michael Jackson: One,” took up residence in Las Vegas in 2013.) Every year, Jackson is the subject of several new books, while his music reaches millions daily on FM and satellite radio. Just last year, Jackson’s estate released “Xscape,” a set of previously unheard vocal takes, recontextualized by producers like L.A. Reid, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins.

Still, we don’t expect to see people moonwalk at the classical concert hall, a space usually reserved for Mahler, Beethoven and the occasionally living composer.

After Jackson’s death, James “Delisco” Beeks (also known as Delisco James), who won the 2005 E! Network reality show “The Entertainer Starring Wayne Newton,” developed “The Music of Michael Jackson” with conductor/arranger Brett Havens. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Delisco and Havens will perform Jackson’s music at The Bushnell in Hartford, backed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, a pop-rock rhythm section and supporting vocalists.

The show, Delisco said, consists of 19 hits, spanning Jackson’s career from the Jackson Five to his blockbuster solo albums. In Havens’ arrangements, Delisco thinks you’ll hear new perspectives on Jackson’s music. “It really brings it to a whole different level,” he said. “There are so many different parts to it. For me, it was exciting to hear, and I’m sure it was for audiences too.”

Delisco, a Florida native, first encountered Jackson’s music in ninth grade. “I did ‘Bad’ with my show choir, and I also choreographed the show,” Delisco said. “He was a huge influence on me.”

After winning “The Entertainer,” Delisco earned a million-dollar contract to perform in Las Vegas. He’s also a veteran of shows at Disney World and Universal Studios and on Broadway. For “The Music of Michael Jackson,” he sings, dances and wears MJ-inspired costumes while retaining his own vocal range and phrasing; this isn’t an impersonation, but rather a loving tribute to an artist whose work has influenced generations of fans.

Delisco and Havens perform the show up to 10 times a year. Audiences, Delisco said, always respond enthusiastically, and with no shortage of nostalgia. “People say, ‘You brought me back to a time when I met my first girlfriend,'” Delisco said.

Half of every crowd consists of symphony subscribers, Delisco said. But the other half tends to be the Michael Jackson fanatics, who wear T-shirts, sequined gloves and kinds of MJ gear. They dance in the aisles. “It can be infectious,” Delisco said. “One time in Dallas, this five-year-old kid came down to the front of the stage. He knew all the Michael moves. He stayed there all night.”

Chances are, you’ll hear “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal,” some “Off the Wall” numbers, and probably “Thriller.” And if you don’t get out of your seat, Delisco might help you with that. (Also: watch for Havens wearing a sequined glove, which he’s been known to do.)

“[Havens] and I came up with the setlist,” Delisco said. “It’s a well-paced show. I have to pace myself to the ballads when I’m huffing and puffing, but it’s a great show.”

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA POPS! SERIES: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON takes place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $20 ($10 for students with ID). Information: hartfordsymphony.org or 860-987-5900.

 

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Make That Change: The Music of Michael Jackson

Sources: MLive  – By Eric Lacy| All Things Michael

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DETROIT, MI — The Mosaic Youth Theatre’s first-ever tribute to Michael Jackson will take next month at The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

The spring concert series called “Make that Change: The Music of Michael Jackson” will have shows on the following dates: 10 a.m. March 6, 8 p.m. March 7 and 4 p.m. March 8.

Mosaic Youth Theatre founder and artistic director Rick Sperling said in a press release the concert is “an amazing opportunity to see the range of talents Mosaic’s young artists possess.”

“Our young artists master challenging traditional choral selections and immediately transition to iconic Michael Jackson songs with full choreography,” Sperling said. “It’s a true showcase of their immense talent, and we are thrilled to present this to the region.”

“Make that Change” will open with a choral rendition of Jackson’s hit song “Human Nature”, and will fuse classical choral selections.

The second act, according to the press release, will be “full-out, Jackson-themed performances” with singing and choreography to hits like “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Beat It.” Each show is expected to have performances of 27 songs.

Tickets for the performances are $24 for general admission and $16 for students and seniors with valid ID. Priority reserved seating is available for $32 per ticket. Children under five are not admitted.

The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is located at 350 Madison St. in Detroit. For more information visit musichall.org or mosaicdetroit.org.

 

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Michael Jackson Tribute Show Delayed Due To Illness

Sources: Royston Crow – By Alan Davies | All Things Michael

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A touring tribute show to the music of Michael Jackson scheduled to rock two Hertfordshire venues has been postponed until later in the year.

Jackson Live in Concert was set to take the stage at Watford Colosseum on Thursday, and then Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre on Friday, March 13.

But the show’s Michael Jackson was taken ill during the opening performance of the 2015 tour and needed surgery.

A statement from the show’s promoters said: “Unfortunately Ben, the star of the show, became unwell after his opening performance for the 2015 tour and had to have an operation.

“He is very keen to get his sequinned glove and black fedora hat on as soon as he can and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

The Watford date has been rearranged for Sunday, May 24, and the Stevenage show will now take place on Sunday, June 21.

Organisers added: “Ben and the team are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and are looking forward to seeing everyone later in the year.”

Tickets for the Stevenage show cost £21.

Tickets for the Watford Colosseum date are £19.50 and £17.50.

 

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