Ticket Sales For Live With The Swediens!

Sources: B-2014 (Email) | All Things Michael


The moment has come to announce the upcoming opening of Live With The Swediens’ official ticket sales!!

This will take place on September 12th at exactly noon, on http://www.b-2014.com.

As you can guess, the number of tickets available is limited..So be sure to be on the starting blocks!

You will be given two options: a standard ticket or a VIP package, the details of which will be communicated to you on September 12th.

Thank you for the massive support and don’t forget to book the date!

Jennifer Hudson Channels Michael Jackson For JHUD

Sources: 2 Paragraphs | Music Times |  Additional Edits – By All Things Michael


Who’s Bad? might be the first song that comes to mind when you see the cover of Jennifer Hudson’s third studio album, JHUD. It features the sexy singer wearing a black leather jacket a la Michael Jackson, with a raised collar and zippers and buckles galore. Or, maybe it’s the old-school graffiti’ed JHUD that reminds us of BAD, the King of Pop’s seventh studio album that had everyone asking each other, in between biting their lower lips, Who’s Bad? The Michael Jackson album is nearly 30 years old (1987) but Hudson is bringing the BAD look back. What worked for Jackson just might work for Hudson. BAD has been cited as one of the 30 best-selling albums of all time.


Produced by Timbaland, the album JHUD features songs with American rapper T.I. (I Can’t Describe The Way I Feel), Australian rapper Iggy Azalea (He Ain’t Going’ Nowhere) and a duet with fellow Chicagoan and R&B singer R.Kelly called “It’s Your World.” The album drops September 23.

JHUD Tracklist:

01. Dangerous
02. It’s Your World [feat. R. Kelly]
03. He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere [feat. Iggy Azalea]
04. Walk It Out [feat. Timbaland]
05. I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) [feat. T.I.]
06. I Still Love You
07. Just That Type of Girl
08. Bring Back the Music
09. Say It
10. Moan

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EXCLUSIVE: Unreleased Mix Of “She Was Lovin’ Me” Surfaces Online!

Source: Damien Shields | All Things Michael


As fans around the world celebrate what would have been Michael Jackson’s 56th birthday today, an unreleased version his song “She Was Lovin’ Me” has surfaced online.

Two versions of this track – the original demo as Jackson recorded it in 1999 and a ‘contemporised’ version remixed by Timbaland in 2013 – have already been released as part of the ‘XSCAPE’ album under the title “Chicago”.

This never-before-heard version of “She Was Lovin’ Me” – produced by the King of Pop’s nephew, Taryll Jackson – takes more of a “rock” approach than previously-released versions of the track, featuring powerful drums, electric guitar, finger clicks and the echoey use of Jackson’s warm-up vocals to create a more mysterious mood throughout.

The full story on this song can be discovered in my previously-published article – newly updated to include additional relevant information. Click here to read the article.

Just for fun I have whipped together a video that fans can watch while listening to the track. The video took me four hours to storyboard and edit together, and was my first-ever attempt at using Final Cut Pro (so go easy on me!)

Watch the video featuring “She Was Lovin’ Me” produced by Taryll Jackson below:

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SoundExchange Releases List of Top Streamed Michael Jackson Recordings of All Time

Sources: PRWeb | All Things Michael


WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SoundExchange announced this morning a Top 10 list of the most streamed Michael Jackson recordings of all time. The list is based on data reported to SoundExchange during the past decade of streaming from non-interactive digital radio services including Internet radio, satellite radio, and cable TV music channels.


The list is being released today in conjunction with and in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s 56th birthday. It features some of Michael Jackson’s most popular recordings including “Billie Jean” (#1), “Beat It” (#7), and “Thriller” (#10). The complete Top 10 list can be found below.

Top 10 Most-Streamed Michael Jackson Recordings of All Time

1. Billie Jean
2. Rock With You
3. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
4. The Way You Make Me Feel
5. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
6. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
7. Beat It
8. Workin’ Day & Night
9. Human Nature
10. Thriller

About SoundExchange

SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,500 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.

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Second Annual King of Pop Birthday Party in Las Vegas Set for Today

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Three-Day Birthday Celebration For ‘King of Pop’ Gets Underway

Sources: Post-Tribute – By Teresa Auch Schultz | All Things Michael


GARY — The Michael Jackson Festival of the Arts kicked off with music and dancing, but the real star was the King of Pop’s mother.

Katherine Jackson sat on a bench outside the family’s former house in Gary at 2300 Jackson Street and watched as students from Wirt-Emerson High School kicked OFF the festivities with a medley of some of her son’s most famous songs.

Katherine Jackson organized the event to honor her son’s 56th birthday and his fifth since he died in 2009.

Fans gathered around the fence surrounding the house, cheering and waving as Katherine Jackson walked out of the home and sat down.

They didn’t ignore the music, though, as many danced along to the orchestra, which is getting ready to tour China with Michael Jackson’s music.

Rovelli Grib, the orchestra’s director, said the performance was a good chance for the students to practice before their trip.

“We loved it,” he said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson welcomed the fans to the event, pointing out the work done by the Fuller Center’s work to renovate four homes on the same block, which was still going on when the festival started.

“People see that we are rebuilding the city of Gary,” she said during her opening remarks.

Several local residents came by to see that work, including Ron and Peggy Smith of Portage. Although the couple said they aren’t Michael Jackson fans, they have come out to his house two other times since he died.

“I just wanted to see what’s going on,” Ron Smith said, adding that the couple made a point to get there early so they could see the renovation work by the Fuller Center.

Keita Saad mading the trip from her home in Cleveland. Saad said she hadn’t visited the Jackson home before because work usually got in the way during previous events at the home.

She decided to not let work get in her way this year, though.

“If anything, Michael Jackson taught us to seize the day,” she said, handing out pamphlets with a drawing of his face.

The festival is set to continue Friday and Saturday with musical acts and a dance competition.

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Legends in Concert: Michael Jackson’s Birthday Incentive To Celebrate In Myrtle Beach

Source: Myrtle Beach Online – By BY Steve Palisin | All Things Michael

Jimmy Lucas, an Aiken native, is finishing his second summer in a row of paying tribute to the late Michael Jackson at Legends in Concert in Myrtle Beach. Show continue at 8 p.m. daily through Sunday.

Jimmy Lucas, an Aiken native, is finishing his second summer in a row of paying tribute to the late Michael Jackson at Legends in Concert in Myrtle Beach. Show continue at 8 p.m. daily through Sunday.

Michael Jackson would have turned 56 years old on Friday, but his music remains alive in a new, posthumous single, “Love Never Felt So Good,” and on Legends in Concert’s stage in Myrtle Beach for a last hurrah this weekend.

Jimmy Lucas, an Aiken native, has performed as the Gloved One for two summers locally at Legends, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North, catty corner from Broadway at the Beach. This year, he has been joined by tribute artitsts to The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood Blues, portrayed by Dan Meisner and Russ Peterson, respectively), Madonna (Kimberly Goltry), Elvis Presley (Leo Days), and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (Chris Van Dahl). Their shows continue at 8 p.m. daily through Sunday.

The fall lineup, reflecting some of the most requested acts in Myrtle Beach, kicks in Tuesday, going through Oct. 30, with The Blues Brothers (Meisner and Peterson) carrying on, along with Adele (J.C. Brando), Johnny Cash (Paul Eve), Elvis Presley (Dean Z, the overall 2013 Ultimate Elvis Competition winner, sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.), and Barry White (Jourdan Carroll). Brando’s Adele set also might endear James Bond fans, for it includes the tingling theme to the latest 007 film, “Skyfall,” from 2012.

Speaking two weeks before the current Legends roster bids farewell to summer, ushers in a new lineup of artists for fall, Lucas said he always likes to celebrate the anniversary of Jackson’s birthday. Portraying the late King of Pop, whom he admired as a childhood fan, Lucas sees his professional role as adding “more light to his legacy.”

“I always wanted to do something to keep his legacy alive,” said Lucas about Jackson, who died in June 2009.

He remembered studying footage closely of Jackson on and off stage, “his whole style in how he carried himself, and his mannerisms.”

Lucas figured that he watched videos “every single day for four to six hours a day for five to six months,” and the studies continue. Joining Legends in 2009, starting with its Las Vegas site, and later spending two summers in Myrtle Beach, Lucas called his employer and musical colleagues “like a family to me.”

Jason Aiesi, Legends’ general manager in Myrtle Beach, having the same Jackson tribute artist the last two summers set a new precedent locally, because usually any one person – outside of the people who take turns as The Blues Brothers and Elvis, respectively – does not play “the same season two years in a row.”

“I think Michael Jackson has worked his way into that echelon,” Aiesi said.

When Legends reopened in March 2011 at its new Myrtle Beach site at Broadway at the Beach, after relocating from Surfside Beach, William Hall portrayed Jackson in that grand opening lineup for two months. Hall has since gone on to other endeavors, but he still pays tribute to Jackson, Aiesi said.

‘A part of me’

Lucas said performing as Jackson – and triggering memories for fans – “has become a part of me, but I’m not Michael Jackson, and I’m not trying to be Michael Jackson.”

“I am Michael Jackson on stage,” he said, “and that’s as far as it goes.”

Lucas said with Jackson’s extensive musical catalog, going back to his roots with the Jackson 5 on Motown Records, then through his work with the Jacksons, and ultimately, all the record-breaking solo albums, he has had so much material to enjoy and appreciate.

From the “Off the Wall” album in 1979, Lucas said he would love to do “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” in a show and conquer that “vocal range.” He called the song that closes the first side of the vinyl LP, “Get on the Floor,” an “amazing” piece as well.

With Legends, two singles from Jackson’s album three years later, “Billie Jean” and “Thriller,” the title track, remain mainstays “without question” in his set, Lucas said, because they’re among Jackson’s most recognizable recordings and music video hits from MTV’s heyday in the 1980s.

Lucas sees “Thriller” as “by far, the most iconic and most unbelievable album,” and he never can forget the “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” concert and TV special in 1983 where Jackson performed “Billie Jean” with his trademark “moonwalk,” sliding his feet backward in one fluid dance motion.

Noting he had read that hundreds of songs were considered for the “Thriller” CD, Lucas said three of its hits – “Beat It,” “Human Nature” and “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” – were not part of original plans for the album.

Jackson’s next CD, “Bad,” from 1987, with singles such as “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Dirty Diana” and “Smooth Criminal,” captivated Lucas for the style and outfits, as he has exhibited here with Legends with a four-piece band and four dancers.

Dressing the part a few years ago – including fitting the wig, lipstick, arched eyebrows, and makeup and lipstick just right – Lucas said at first, the process took about one hour and 20 minutes, but he has streamlined the routine to about “35 to 40 minutes.”

“Everything about the ‘Bad’ era was it for me,” said Lucas, a golfer who would love to return to Legends for a third straight summer in Myrtle Beach.

“I’m always on the course, playing,” he said.

Information | 238-7827, 800-960-7469 orwww.legendsinconcert.com

Did you know? | Michael Jackson had three recordings that crossed paths with Paul McCartney:

• For “Off the Wall,” released in 1979, Jackson covered “Girlfriend,” which the former Beatle wrote and originally recorded with Wings on the group’s “London Town” album in 1978.

• “The Girl Is Mine,” which Jackson wrote, singing in a duet with McCartney, led the seven singles Jackson’s “Thriller” album, released in 1982.

• Jackson and McCartney composed and recorded “Say Say Say,” the debut single from Sir Paul’s “Pipes of Peace” CD in 1983.

Fans Urged To Use Bus Route For Michael Jackson Tribute Festival

Sources: Post-Tribune | All Things Michael


GARY – Michael Jackson fans wanting to take the bus to the celebration site this weekend are being advised to hop on to the Gary Public Transportation Corp.’s Route 22.

The route runs hourly in the Midtown area and includes a stop at 25th Avenue and Jackson Street, which is two blocks from the Jackson family residence at 2300 Jackson St., said GPTC Planning Manager David Wright. The route picks up at the Village via Taft Street.

Broadway Routes 17 and 18, which travel every half hour on Broadway during the week and hourly on Saturday, also stop a few blocks east of the Jackson House. The routes handle transport to Midtown from Downtown Gary to the north end, and Merrillville and Crown Point on the south end.

GPTC route maps are available at www.gptcbus.com/routes.htm. Anyone with questions about the Michael Jackson Line to the Tribute Festival may contact GPTC at (219) 884-6100 ext. 0, or send them directly via Twitter to @GaryTransit, or Facebook GPTC or email PlanningManager@gptcbus.com.

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