Club Plans Clearing House Party For Record Giveaway (Includes MJ)

Sources: Now. Here. This. | All Things Michael

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We can all agree that club nights are often over-priced and lacking in free stuff, right? Here to change that are vinyl-enthusiasts Tim and Aaron, who are taking over Bloomsbury Lanes for one night only, when they’ll be giving away every single vinyl they’ll be playing on the night.


Expect loads of disco, funk, soul, Motown, dance, hip hop – oh and Michael Jackson fans will be pleased to know there’s about 30 copies of ‘Don’t Stop til’ You Get Enough’ ready to be flung into the crowd, along with loads of other 7″ singles. Tickets are only a fiver and as well free records, there’s craft beer and the usual seven lanes of bowling if you fancy a break from the dance floor. Don’t forget to bring a bag for your 7″ swag.

The house clearance house party is on May 16 at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, WC1H 9EU. Advance tickets £5, or £6 on the door before 11pm/£8 after.

Find out more about the event and book your tickets here.


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Old McDonald’s Training Video Tells Employees To “Clean It”

Sources: The Stranger – By Mike Nipper | All Things Michael


I know a lot of folks like the music of Michael Jackson, and a lot of folks also seem to like McDonald’s, but I had no idea the two kinda met during the mid-’80s for a McDonald’s training video titled, “Clean It.”

Fair warning: The video isn’t quite top-shelf parody—it’s not quite Weird Al‘s “Eat It“—but, for a “how to clean” McDonald’s training video, the lip sync and choreography ain’t too shabby. I would like to think, since the last time I ate at McDonald’s was in the mid-’80s, it’s because of THIS video I didn’t contract salmonella OR E. coli!


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India Carney Sings Michael Jackson’s Earth Song

Sources: Bustle | All Things Michael


It hasn’t been an easy ride for India Carney, 21,  so far on The Voice, but tonight she proved why she’s still here. Carney has landed in the bottom two the past two weeks, and it was nothing short of a miracle that she made it through both times — she won by only a few votes each time. Many were upset with the fact that she stayed over Kimberly Nichole last week — myself included — but she proved tonight that she was worth saving. Carney owned the stage with her emotional rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” and secured a spot in the Final Four.

One thing that Carney has lacked in this competition is consistency. She’ll give an amazing performance one night but follow it with only an okay performance the next. She seems to still be finding her as an artist — which is totally normal seeing as she is only 21. But tonight she finally found herself. Carney’s performance of “Earth Song” was powerful, dramatic, and even a little weird — but it was totally awesome. It became evident that Carney shines when she’s able to really perform the pieces she’s singing. Her performance of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” earlier in the night was good, but it was nothing compared to “Earth Song” because she wasn’t able to get into character in the same way.

The special thing about Carney is that she’s both a singer and an actress — seriously, the girl belongs on Broadway. Her talent is larger-than-life, which is why it doesn’t necessarily work for The Voice. Carney would do well in the music industry, but not as well as some of the other contestants could. Her talent is made for the theatre and that’s where she really belongs. Hopefully being on this show has given her the visibility she needs to really score those major parts because after tonight’s performance it’s obvious this girl deserves to have her name in lights.


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L.A. Gear’s Lance Jackson Talks Relaunching Iconic Brand

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For many kids who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, summer days were defined by fast-melting Neapolitan ice cream cones, jungle-gym climbing, seesaw riding — and shoes that lit up as they hopped from one playground attraction to another.

Nostalgic yet?

Well, the pioneers behind the original light-up sneaker, L.A. Gear, sure hope so.

The brand, founded by Robert Greenberg in 1983 and acquired by ACI International in the early 2000s, recently nabbed rap star Tyga as a brand ambassador and creative adviser and is relaunching in a whole new way, according to L.A. Gear President Lance Jackson.

The Los Angeles-based company has taken several other stabs at relaunching over the years, so what makes this time different?

Jackson says a combination of factors have created the right environment for a comeback.

Here is FN’s Q&A with the man at the helm of the brand’s relaunch.

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Former MJ Choreographer Fatima Robinson Joins NBC’s TV Production Of The Wiz

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael


The Emerald City just gained two new residents! has learned that choreographer Fatima Robinson has joined NBC’s live television production of the hit Broadway musical THE WIZ, with Stephen Oremus as music director. As previously reported, the musical will air on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

Entering into a unique partnership with NBC on “The Wiz” – to be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron- is Cirque du Soleil, whose new stage theatrical division will co-produce the live TV event and then present it as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of “The Wiz” in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

Universal Television will produce. Casting for both the NBC telecast and Cirque du Soleil’s  Broadway production will be announced at a later date.

Music video director and choreographer Fatima Robinson has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson, Aaliyah,Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Prince, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas (including their 2011 Super Bowl Halftime show) and more. She choreographed HBO’s Inauguration event for President Obama, commercials for Nike and Heineken, and the 2007 and 2009 Oscars — she was the second African American woman in history to do so. Her work has appeared on such shows as DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and AMERICAN IDOL, as well as the films SPARKLE, SAVE THE LAST DANCE and DREAMGIRLS. Robinson has received multiple nominations for American Choreography Awards, Choreography Media Honors and aLucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreographer- Off-Broadway, for her theatrical debut, RADIANT BABY, a musical based on the life of artist Keith Haring, produced and directed by George C. Wolfe at the New York Public Theater.



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Pete Wentz: The Music That Made Me

Sources: Rolling Stone | All Things Michael


1. “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses, 1987
I remember watching the video and thinking, “Wow, that’s a thing that I want to be.” I thought it was cool that Axl wore a kilt and an N.W.A hat. I realized, this guy is just himself on adrenaline, and he doesn’t care how he looks.

2. “Come Together,” Michael Jackson, 1995
I think I heard this before I heard the Beatles. I thought it was a Michael Jackson song. I remember seeing him on TV playing in front of hundreds of thousands of people, just standing still, like a statue, somewhere in Europe. That image stuck with me forever.

3. “You Belong to Me,” Bob Dylan, 1992
When I was in high school, a lot of Dylan’s songs didn’t resonate with me. But this one was kind of magical.

4. “Master of Puppets,” Metallica, 1986
This song is so theatrical, and the rapping at the end is just absolutely insane. I loved how fast they played. I remember having a yellow Walkman in the back of my parents’ station wagon, driving down Lakeshore Drive in Chicago and just listening to this tape to the point where I was ruining it.

5. “Start Today,” Gorilla Biscuits, 1989
From heavy metal I got into punk rock, and then I got into Green Day, and from there I got into Screeching Eagle and more hardcore stuff. Gorilla Biscuits was one of the standout bands. They were doing a little bit of melody — but just the slightest bit.

6. “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix),” Kanye West feat. Jay Z, 2005
When I heard Jay Z’s verse on this, I got chills. I think about “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” in terms of how we thought of Fall Out Boy. I am the brand. It’s one of those songs where every line is a zinger.

7. “I’ll Be There,” Jackson 5, 1970
This one shaped me in a way that was beyond. I heard this for the first time in the back of my dad’s car. It’s a warm memory in my head.

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Kimberly Nichole Sings “Dirty Diana” On The Voice

Sources: Celebrity Dirty Laundry – By AnnieMarie Leblanc| All Things Michael


Kimberly Nichole of Team Christina Aguilera sang, “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson this week for one of her song choice.  On tonight’s show the top six artists performed live in front of coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams for America’s votes. Each of the Top 6 will have to give the performance of a lifetime to make it to the next round.  Just in case you missed last night’s show, we have you covered! You can read our full and detailed recap here!  If you missed the videos, click right here.


Kimberly sang “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson and this is what the judges said about her rendition:  Pharrell says she just had her first official rock and roll moment in front of millions of people. He says she rocked out and that’s clearly her destiny. Christina says she knows it’s always going to be electrifying when Kimberly comes out and says she’s incredible and embodies how to perform and says she can’t say enough. She says she’s truly a rock star.


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Doctors May Soon Operate On Digital Humans

Sources: CNBC – By | All Things Michael

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Music fans received a surprise last year when a lifelike hologram of Michael Jackson performed at the Billboard Music Awards. Now, the creators behind that technology want to bring the first digital human to healthcare.

Florida-based Pulse Evolution creates computer-generated human likeness, or ‘virtual humans.’ Its technology has already been featured in Hollywood blockbusters like ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,’ and ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.’ In the education sector, Pulse is working on a recreation of Albert Einstein to teach math at the University of Beijing.

Speaking to CNBC on the sidelines of the Smart Nations Innovation conference in Singapore, managing director Rudy Mazzocchi said he intends to turn the company’s focus to medicine.

“We can do a MRCP scan of your brain or heart and create a hyper-realistic holographic image of your organs and help educate physicians, train nurses, technicians, show you what’s wrong with an abnormality in your heart and how the physician is going to correct it.”

Personalized healthcare

The goal is to provide doctors a personalized map of a patient’s body, according to Pulse. Doctors already use advanced mapping technology like positron emission tomography for that purpose, but Pulse’s software will have the extra benefit of touch, Mazzocchi said.

“It’s data capture, so we can take data from an MRI, do a merge with CT images, positron emission and recreate the organ. Eventually, we’re going to integrate sensors so we can actually put on a surgical glove and have the feel of a real organ. We’ll match the biometrics of the tissue with the sense of touch.”

This means surgeons can do accurate pre-surgical planning with personalized recreations of a patient’s organs. “A surgeon can run through an iteration of different procedures and ensure they are going to optimize the outcome,” Mazzocchi said.

Personalized healthcare solutions have rapidly gained traction over the past year.

Last May, a UK research team at the University of Sheffield began engineering a computer simulation of the human body. Called ‘The Virtual Physiological Human,’ it’s aimed at testing treatments and the effects of new drugs before giving them to real patients.

Challenges ahead

The use of artificial intelligence and virtual human software is spreading beyond traditional fields. For example, demonstrators in Madrid took part in the world’s first hologram protest earlier this month to challenge a law that penalizes citizens for protesting in front of parliament buildings.

Like any technology, the software must be properly regulated to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, Pulse Evolution noted.

So, who will regulate this?

“Regulation is going to come from each individual industry. In the U.S., we have our FDA regulatory agencies for medicine and we’re going to have FAA intervene as we put a face to artificial intelligence. It’s going to vary country by country,” Mazzocchi said.


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