Get An Autographed Bad 25 Documentary On DVD And Blue-Ray From Spike Lee

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RESTOCK ALERT: For all the Michael Jackson fans out there, here is your chance to own Spike Lee’s BAD 25 on Blu-Ray and/or DVD.

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In anticipation for Friday’s television premiere of MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL on Showtime, copies of Spike Lee’s BAD 25 on Blu Ray and DVD are once again available. Get rare behind the scenes footage and hear the stories that led to the creation of Michael Jackson’s Bad album.

Purchase your copy with an autographed signature from Spike Lee at SpikesJoint.com

Showtime Presents Spike Lee’s MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL Documentary

Sources: Broadway World | All Thing Michael

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Showtime will debut the world television premiere of Oscar nominee Spike Lee’s latest documentary, MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL, tonight, February 5th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with multiple plays throughout the month on-air, on demand and over the internet.

The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, seminal 1979 pop record, Off The Wall. Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jackson’s and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team. This illuminating portrait traces how an earnest, passionate, hard-working young man becomes the “King of Pop.”

MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL contains a wealth of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, and in his own words. The documentary also includes interviews with prominent entertainment and sports stars including Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, L.A. Reid, and more, as well as his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson. Off The Wall created a whole new category in pop music. Written by Michael Jackson, the first single from Off The Wall, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” earned Jackson his first Grammy® and was his first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S. and internationally as a solo artist. The album was an enormous commercial success; as of 2014 it is certified eight times platinum in the United States and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Off The Wall not only “invented pop music as we know it,” wrote Rolling Stone, it transcended music and entertainment altogether, BECOMING an important moment in African-American history.

The film is produced by Spike Lee, John Branca and John McClain.

SHOWTIME is available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to Showtime via Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Sony PlayStation® Vue.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Hits 32 Million Platinum!

Sources: RIAA | All Things Michael

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WASHINGTON–The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced a new Album Award methodology for its Gold & Platinum Program, the industry’s premier award for recognizing artistic achievement in the music marketplace.

Effective Feb. 1, RIAA will include on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent in Gold & Platinum (G&P’s) Album Award.  The modernization of the program’s album rule follows a similar update made to digital single certifications in 2013, when the RIAA first added on-demand streams to its Digital Single Award.  Collectively, this now means that the program’s iconic benchmarks – 500,000 (Gold), 1,000,000 (Platinum) and 2,000,000 plus (multi-Platinum) – will count both sales and streams for single and album certifications.

“For nearly six decades, whether it’s vinyl, CDs, downloads or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.  “We know that music listening – for both for albums and songs – is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications.  Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.”

Seventeen titles, encompassing albums from dozens of music labels and spanning many genres, are included in the inaugural certifications for the newly expanded Album Award.  RIAA is today awarding the following artists with new certifications: Alt-J “An Awesome Wave” (Atlantic Records) Gold, Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise” (Def Jam Recordings) Platinum, Brett Eldredge “Bring You Back” (Atlantic Nashville) Gold, Coldplay “Ghost Stories” (Atlantic/Parlophone) Platinum, Elle King “Love Stuff” (RCA) Gold, Fifth Harmony “Reflection” (Epic) Gold, Halsey “Badlands” (Astralwerks) Gold, Hozier “Hozier” (Columbia) Platinum, Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope) Platinum, Michael Jackson “Thriller” (Epic/Legacy) 32X Multi-Platinum, Miranda Lambert “Platinum” (RCA Nashville) Platinum, Romeo Santos “Fórmula Vol. 2” (Sony Latin) 11X Diamante/RIAA Latin G&P Program, Sam Hunt “Montevallo” (MCA Nashville) 2X Multi-Platinum, Shawn Mendes “Handwritten” (Island Records) Platinum, The Weeknd “Beauty Behind the Madness” (XO/Republic Records) 2X Multi-Platinum, Vance Joy “Dream Your life Away” (Atlantic Records) Gold and Wale “Ambition” (Atlantic Urban) Gold.

After a comprehensive analysis of a variety of factors – including streaming and download consumption patterns and historical impact on the program – and also consultation with a myriad of industry colleagues, the RIAA set the new Album Award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.  Also effective today, RIAA’s Digital Single Award ratio will be updated from 100 on-demand streams = 1 download to 150 on-demand streams = 1 download to reflect streaming’s enormous growth in the two plus years since that ratio was set.

The RIAA created its Gold & Platinum Awards Program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard to measure the commercial success of a sound recording.  The program trademarked the Gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements.  Almost 60 years since its inception, the iconic Gold & Platinum brand is the preeminent form of recognition for success in the music marketplace.

Music dominates the conversation on popular social media platforms, with artists being the most followed people across these channels, and Gold & Platinum recognition is often among the most celebrated news in an artist’s social media feed.  The RIAA utilizes a myriad of social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,Flipagram, and a YouTube page – to market and publicize artist award achievements.  The RIAA also recently unveiled a new RIAA.com and Gold & Platinum database where fans can more easily search and share the award recognition.

First awarded to LP recordings but expanded to a number of formats over time to include cassette tapes, CDs, digital tracks, digital albums, ringtones, and streams, nearly 30,000 certifications have been awarded by the RIAA during the last 58 years.

All certifications are calculated by the firm Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, which has audited title sales for the RIAA for more than 30 years.  Complete lists of all album, single, and other awards can be accessed athttp://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/.

 

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Goosebumps

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Goosebumps.

It happened again this afternoon, working on some edits. I heard a section of a guitar solo by Slash and I I was thrown back in time, back into the studio. It was weird and amazing.

Michael was complicated in many ways. He wasn’t just a singer, he wasn’t just a dancer. He didn’t just love pop music, he didn’t just love classical. He didn’t just love statues, he didn’t just love books. He loved it all and wanted more. He pushed the limits constantly in terms of music, dance, creativity, philanthropy and fashion. He was complicated, and loved extremes. “More guitar!” he pleaded with Bruce during mixes. “More strings… I love the strings!!”

I have mentioned this before, but Michael had this habit – for lack of a better word – where his emotion would get the best of him and he would throw his head back and shriek or howl if he loved something. And it wasn’t an act – it was him fully letting go of what he was feeling. Since I am a stoic Swede, this took me a while to understand. If you are not ready for a Michael Jackson shriek next to you, it will wake you up.

Over time I started to love seeing him light up over a mix, or a new ride, or a even a piece of classical music. I remember clearly building him a giant sound system at the ranch – which filled an area about the size of a football field – and bringing him out to hear it. I chose DeBussy as my demo music, as I knew how much he loved that composer. As the music swelled he clenched his fists, closed his eyes and raised his face to the sky – and let out the loudest “HOOOOOO!!” you can imagine.

Goosebumps.

So this afternoon I was listening to some of the music with Slash’s guitar. Slash and Michael had the coolest friendship. Michael wasn’t going to be pigeonholed as a pop singer, or an R&B artist, or a great dancer. He blew the doors of genre. He brought in Steve Stevens and Slash and Eddie Van Halen. And the New York Philharmonic. And Biggie Smalls. And Babyface. And Paulinho. It was hard to keep up with him musically.

But today it was Slash. I heard a song I had not listened to in quite a while, and Slash owned it. He owned it, battered it, deep fried it and served it. And even though it isn’t on the track, in my mind I could hear Michael howl. And I got goosebumps. It stopped me in my tracks. My daughter Amanda has been working with me on some of the show edits and production, and I made her stop and let me listen to it again. Just for fun. Just for that momentary throwback into the studio. I didn’t want to leave.

It’s funny when I am somewhere unexpected and I get thrown back into the studio with Michael. It might be in a grocery store when I hear Smooth Criminal while picking out a bag of spinach. Or ice skating in New York (this actually happened a few weeks ago) when they decided to play You Are Not Alone. Just for a few seconds the world stops and and I’m back in a session from more than two decades ago, listening to Michael record a vocal.

I don’t have a time machine. I can’t take you there, though I wish I could, because I think you would really like it. I think you would get goosebumps.

After listening to Slash a couple more times I regained my focus and continued with some of the last-minute edits. But it’s weird. You know that dumb saying, “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?” OK, maybe it’s not dumb, but hear me out. In my daily life I very rarely play Michael music. Don’t get me wrong – I love many of his songs, and dislike a few also. But I don’t just hear the song. I feel the memories, like they happened yesterday. I hear his laugh. I hear his curious questions. I hear his ideas. I hear the vocal layers. I hear the snare and the kick. And, sometimes, I get the goosebumps. Like today.

I’m not a dancer, I’m not a singer, and you really don’t want to hear me shriek. But maybe Michael’s style of taking a big bite out of everything you do is something I can learn from. Don’t just hire a guitar player – get Slash! Don’t just dance – Moonwalk! Don’t just sing a song – own it with every fiber of your being!

Yes, I loved being in the studio with Michael, and yes, I miss it. I can’t go back, but I can appreciate, study, learn and teach what it was like, what we did right, how we did it, and why. But teaching will only go so far – at some point you have to feel. You have to close your eyes and raise your head and feel. The goosebumps will come.

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Source: In the Studio With Michael Jackson | All Things Michael

TJ Jackson And Family Offended Over Michael Jackson 9/11 Comedy Film

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Sky Arts is releasing a film entitled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, which has many in and out of the fan community upset over the content and the actor cast to play Michael in the film.

TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and the guardian of his three children, tells the TRUTH about what really happened in New York in 2001.

“It’s offensive to me and my family for my Uncle Michael to be portrayed in a comedy taking place around 9/11,” Jackson says in a statement released to Entertainment Tonight.

“Like everyone else, he was distraught, saddened and trying to process what had just happened. Following the events of 9/11, my uncle, Michael, stayed with a family friend in New Jersey for a week before flying back. The rest of our family, immediately took buses back to Los Angeles as planes were grounded. There was no road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. I have no comment on the casting of the project.”

Note: All Things Michael feels the exact same way and will not support this film in its mockery and lies about Michael Jackson.

Sources: All Things Michael | TJ Jackson | Entertainment Tonight

Who’s Bad Gets At The Center Of A Michael Jackson Classic

Sources: The Daily Progress – By Mary Blackwell | All Things Michael

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It was January — 36 years ago, last week.

“Rock With You” became the No. 1 single in the country.

It was one of four No. 1 hits off the groundbreaking “Off the Wall” album.

That was the album that launched Michael Jackson’s solo career. It is relevant to this day.

“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Spike Lee’s second documentary on the King of Pop also will air on Showtime on Feb. 5.

It features archival footage from the singer’s personal collection, some of which many have never seen before. John Legend and Pharrell Williams explain why the music is still relevant to them. It follows the young singer from his days with the Jackson 5 to his breakout solo album, his first with producer Quincy Jones.

Jones and Jackson met while filming “The Wiz.” Relevance? The remake of last month’s “The Wiz Live” drew more than 11 million viewers. It was the most-tweeted live special on Nielsen Twitter.

Don’t stop ’til you get enough. And you don’t have to wait. At least not until Friday.

It seems fans still like to get out and dance to the blend of Jackson’s funk, pop, disco and jazz, even nearly seven years after the singer’s passing.

Who’s Bad has been ever accommodating, packing venues across the U.S. since 2004.

The “Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute” band will be returning to Charlottesville for a Friday night show at the Jefferson.

Vamsi Tadepalli put together a group of top musicians and dancers from North Carolina. The composer and saxophonist added the finishing one-gloved touch with not one, but two frontmen — Joseph Bell and Taalib York.

York has been dancing since he was 7, copying the moves of his childhood idol. As an adult, the award-winning dancer and choreographer also will be showing off his vocal abilities. He not only has recorded his own music, but he also has written and co-written for various artists for Motown and Def Jam Records.

Bell, originally from Connecticut by way of Atlanta, has the voice down pat.

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To perfect his craft, Bell worked with Travis Payne, lead choreographer of Jackson’s “This is It” tour, and choreographer Frank Gatson. Gaston was one of the dancers in the “Smooth Criminal” video.

He also appeared in the made-for-TV film “The Jacksons: An American Dream.” His other credits include performing on “Star Search,” as well as the big screen’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

All told, the frontmen are just two members of a nine-person group that enjoys bringing Jackson’s spirit and sound to audiences around the globe. In fact, they have performed on every continent.

Who’s Bad has sold out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom, including London’s O2, where Jackson was scheduled to perform at the end of his tour.

It is all relevant.

If you want to watch the reel deal, Spike Lee’s DVD — along with the reissue of 1979’s “Off the Wall” album — will go on sale Feb. 26. You even may be able to find “Bad 25,” which Lee released in 2012. (Don’t be surprised if there is a thriller of a trilogy in the future.)

In the meantime, go see who’s bad. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Who’s Bad — The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute

8 p.m. Friday, January 29th. Doors open at 7 p.m. $17; $15 advance. Call (800) 594-8499 for more information

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Showtime’s Viewing Schedule For Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall

186.1Showtime has released the following schedule for the premiere and viewing of Director Spike Lee’s  Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off the Wall for TV, On Demand and streaming services.

The film documentary takes an in-depth look into the evolution of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson and the cultural significance and lasting impact of his seminal first solo album as an adult, ‘Off The Wall.’

Don’t miss it!

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL:

Upcoming TV Airings on Showtime (All Times ET/PT):

Fri, Feb 05, 9:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Fri, Feb 05, 11:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Sat, Feb 06, 6:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Sun, Feb 07, 12:00 AM – SHOWTIME
Sun, Feb 07, 5:30 PM – SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
Mon, Feb 08, 8:00 PM – SHO 2
Tue, Feb 09, 9:35 PM – SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
Wed, Feb 10, 8:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Fri, Feb 12, 11:00 PM – SHO 2
Sat, Feb 13, 10:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Tue, Feb 16, 9:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Thu, Feb 18, 10:00 PM – SHO 2
Fri, Feb 19, 8:35 PM – SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
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Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off the Wall’ Makes You Want To Dance And Shout

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Picking up from when and why he was such a magnetic presence in the Jackson 5, “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall” builds itself around details meant to not only make audiences remember, but make them appreciate what a true pop star is capable of. Descriptive adjectives are thrown around rapidly, but it’s the passion in the speakers’ voices that stands out. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, pops up a number of times with contextual tidbits relevant to Jackson’s motivations, and Lee uses her descriptions (and others’) as launching pads into more topical material.

While no Spike Lee joint would be complete without a reminder of America’s racial prejudice, the topic is tastefully and appropriately incorporated this time ’round. A few knowledgeable guests make note that the press and fans alike were quick to give Jackson credit for his “natural abilities,” while white artists would be worshiped for their talent and effort equally. To hammer home the point, Lee brings in Kobe Bryant — who the director chronicled in another solid doc, “Kobe Doin’ Work” — to parallel Jackson’s relentless pursuit of perfection as a dancer, singer and musician with the basketball star’s chase to match another MJ — Michael Jordan. Bryant’s story hammers home the work that Jackson put into making himself the true King of Pop and serves as a stark reminder of why it’s important to pay attention to cultural keywords in a racial context.

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The film also broaches how the music biz has changed since Jackson helped build it into what it is today, but what’s truly striking about the doc is how well it flows not only from point to point, but from speaker to speaker. Lee astutely places supporting statements next to each other, slowly building his case for the relevance of this era in MJ’s life, and sometimes he even uses historical footage of a speaker to set up what that same person is saying today. Lee also goes to great lengths to give each speaker the credit they deserve by repeatedly citing their — often lengthy — list of accolades and accomplishments next to their name, rather than just flashing it once on their first appearance and leaving it at that.

And the careful selection of subjects is truly remarkable. In addition to surviving members of the Jackson family, Lee spoke with or found interviews featuring Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, Stevie Wonder and so, so many producers, engineers and songwriters who have an intimate knowledge and unmatched devotion to the music being discussed. It’s not hard to imagine how easy it was for Lee to grab the big names on the above list considering his own stature in the film world (and black community at large), but going the extra mile to dig up some of these unheralded and unknown voices with so much to say truly makes the doc stand out.

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And then, of course, there’s Michael himself. Sure, there’s some gleeful footage of Jackson’s remarkable dance moves and quite a few performances that wow, but you can tell Lee isn’t just interested in recreating concerts. Rather than being the star of the show, Jackson seems to hover around the perimeter of the picture; a voice popping in to lend credence to an argument or remind audiences of what he was trying to do. It works incredibly well. By allowing so many personalities to speak for him and from gathering up not only a large sample size but one with such fascinating knowledge of the man of the hour, Lee makes the “Journey” so much more than a tribute to Jackson. It’s a monument to his significance.

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Sources: Indiewire – By Ben Travers | All Things Michael