Bryan J Samples Michael Jackson’s Human Nature On New Single

Sources: Spin – By Megan Bradley | All Things Michael

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You may remember one of R&B’s more chivalrous romantics, Bryan J, from 2010’s sprightly “Let Me Take You Out,” featuring Decatur, Georgia rap crew Travis Porter. Five years later, he’s struck a different pose with 2 Chainz on steaming slow-roller “Back 2 Back,” toggling over the chorus between his own renditions of Usher and the Weeknd’s signature vocal stylings. He’s also added to his songwriting resumé stints with Zendaya and Tinashe.

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Now he’s getting ready to release his debut LP, HOGANSVILLE — a.k.a. the name of his hometown, also in Georgia — for later in 2016. Twinkling with a sample of Michael Jackson’s Thriller stunner “Human Nature,” the album’s first single, “Why?”, sees Bryan J emulating M.J. in his lyrics, as well as his voice: “Why, it’s only in our nature, babe.” Listen below.

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Actress Alicia Vikander Shares Her Best Concert Experience

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Swedish actress, dancer and star of The Danish Girl Alicia Vikander lists Michael Jackson’s History tour as the best concert that she has ever attended:

“Michael Jackson came to Gothenburg, my home town, with his History tour in 1997. I was totally blown away by the whole experience, I had never experienced anything like it. I guess from a kid’s perspective, standing in that audience of 60,000 people, I felt totally absorbed and felt like I was transferred to another world and universe.

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The feeling that show gave me, with it’s combined music, dance, special effects and storytelling, has always stayed with me in memory. It was addictive, but mostly I got the wish to be a part of passing that feeling forward, for others.”

Check out the full Gothenburg concert below:

 

Sources: Forbes | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video Changed My Life!

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Bollywood choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D’Souza shares how Michael Jackson impacted his life:

“My father was an Indian Airforce officer. I could tell if it’s a MiG-21 or a MiG-29 on hearing the sound of fighter planes in my classroom. I was that obsessed with airplanes! But as I grew up, I ventured into sports. I was the best 100 metres runner at the state level. Later, I got obsessed with karate and wanted to be a martial arts specialist,” he laughs. The moment of epiphany arrived when Remo first saw Michael Jackson’s video Thriller. “It changed my life. I wanted to be him. It played in my mind for a year. I practised those very steps. I’m a self-taught dancer. Nobody has taught me anything till date.”

Sources: Filmfare | All Things Michael

Artists Unite To Help The Healing After San Bernardino Tragedy

Sources: The Press Enterprise – By Stephen Wall | All Things Michael

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It happened 30 years ago, but Frankie J remembers it like it was yesterday.

Watching a video of “We Are the World” on MTV resonated with the R&B singer who was eight when the pop single topped the charts.

“I’m a huge fan of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie,” he said. “Even at that age, I felt their love and care for the world through this particular song they wrote.”

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Frankie J is carrying on the beat of his childhood heroes by appearing in a benefit concert for people affected by the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino. He was among the scheduled performers in the San Bernardino Healing Memorial Show on Sunday, December 27 at the National Orange Show Events Center. A classical music concert is planned tonight at San Bernardino Valley College.

“Music is a very powerful tool,” Frankie J said by phone. “It can bring unity, awareness, a sense of relief, a sense of peace.”

The two events are the most recent examples of how art and music can relieve suffering following a tragedy. Other instances include Live Aid, a concert that raised money for Ethiopian famine relief in 1985, and the Concert for New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“More than anything, I think music helps people heal because it brings us into an emotional place where we can reflect and appreciate the difficulties and pain of others,” said Manuel Alberto Aybar, an orchestra and opera conductor who helped organize the San Bernardino Cares concert set for Monday, December 28th.

The San Bernardino Cares show features more than 100 performers aiming to soothe wounds through song. Singers and musicians from throughout Southern California will offer opera and classical selections as well as compositions written for the occasion.

Date: 8 p.m. Monday, December 28th

Place: San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium, 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino.

Admission: Free

Information: 909-326-2223 or sanbernardinohealing.com

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Save The Planet: Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” And “Love Song To The Earth”

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“Love Song to the Earth” was released on Friday, September 4, 2015 to support the United Nations Foundation and Friends of the Earth call to action on climate change. Sixteen artists came together at the Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the song: Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’Orianka Kilcher.

“We wanted to create a song to unify voices in a positive uplifting chorus to support the world’s leaders as they gather in Paris this December,” Jerry Cope, the song’s executive director and co-director/producer of the video, told Rolling Stone in September. “We wanted to finally forge a binding ambitious global climate treaty to address carbon emissions and anthropogenic [effects] that is resulting from human behavior climate change.”

A lyric video was also released on September 4.

The official video premiered this month at the UN COP21 climate change summit in Paris. McCartney appears in the clip alongside Sean Paul, Natasha Bedingfield and others.

McCartney was also quoted in Rolling Stone about his role in the film:

“I’m glad to be a part of ‘Love Song to the Earth,’ aiming to inspire people across the world to urge their leaders to act on climate change,” McCartney said in a statement prior to the Paris climate talks. “We need to be fast and efficient, switching to renewable energy and eating less meat, for example. Big decisions will be made this week, so I am doing everything I can to make sure governments sign up to an agreement, which can protect our planet. Now is the time to act. So please spread the woes and help keep our planet safe!”

Paul McCartney and "Love Song to the Earth" executive producer Jerry Cope (Photo: Trey Fanjoy)

Paul McCartney and “Love Song to the Earth” executive producer Jerry Cope (Photo: Trey Fanjoy)

The new anthem joins the ranks of well-known super group charities like Band Aid’s 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which also featured McCartney, and Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s 1985, “We Are the World,” which raised money for African humanitarian aide. “We Are World” has raised over $63 million dollars in donations.

The beautifully, majestic visuals depicted in the official video of “Love Song,” may remind many observers of Michael Jackson’s dynamic, “Earth Song,” which was released on the 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1. Both songs share the same urgent message, yet each delivers in its own unique way.

Love Song’s message is gentle and beautiful in its approach. McCartney and his fellow artists urge us to learn to care and love this beautiful world and all the splendor therein.  It’s mission is to bring awareness to change the course that we are on. In today’s instant, fast-paced environment, its easy to take what we have for granted.

The song’s co-writer, Natasha Bedingfield, added: “Many people turn a blind eye arguing that everything is OK environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”

Earth Song’s thunderbolt delivery of Mother Nature’s plight will shake your very core as it tackles many themes such as care of the environment, war, pollution, deforestation and animal cruelty. Shy Michael is gone. His clothing is worn and tattered as he digs his hands in the earth’s precious soil and lifts it up to the sky. He expresses his heartfelt anguish and disappointment over the condition of the planet as he screams to the heavens:

Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why?

Michael pulls no punches. His anger has reached its peak as he vehemently stomps the ground, bluntly asking his audience:

“Do we really give a damn?”

As he wails his lament, the earth is gradually restored from the forces that have destroyed it and its displaced inhabitants. His vision shows us how it would be if we would stop abusing the planet.

Here’s how Michael explains how he came up with the song:

“I remember writing ‘Earth Song’ when I was in Austria, in a hotel. And I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth’s Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the Earth. And with the ecological unbalance going on, and a lot of the problems in the environment, I think earth feels the pain, and she has wounds, and it’s about some of the joys of the planet as well. But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is ‘Earth Song.’ And that’s what inspired it. And it just suddenly dropped into my lap when I was on tour in Austria.”

Michael’s love for environment was a life-passion:

“I like to hear the sound of water and birds chirping and laughter. I love all the real natural, innocent things.”

Even as Michael was preparing for the This is It tour, this was one of his last messages that he wanted to get across to everyone.

“I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening, that every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs, you know. It gives some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the Planet, I love the trees. I have this thing for trees – the colors and changing of leaves. I love it. I respect those kind of things.

“I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. Because the planet is sick, like a fever. If we don’t fix it now, it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have, or it’s like a runway train. And the times has come, This Is It. People are always saying, ‘They’ll take care of it. The government’ll–Don’t worry, they’ll–‘ ‘They’ who? It starts with us. It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done…We have four years to get it right. After that it would be irreversible. Let’s take care of the planet.”

Though the messenger is no longer with us, his poetic words and songs are as still relevant as they were when created.

No matter which song you prefer, the message is clear: we must all do our part to save the world we live in before it’s too late. 

“Love Song to the Earth,” is available for purchase. Proceeds from the song will benefit Friends of the Earth and the UN Foundation.

For more information about this endeavor, visit lovesongtotheearth.org

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Sources: All Things Michael |LoveSongToThe Earth.org

 

The 100 Best Selling Albums of All Time…

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Once upon a time, there was a tie for first-place.  But that was before the King of Pop reclaimed the throne: just this week, sales of Michael Jackson’s Thriller crossed the 30 million-mark in the US, edging out longtime sales rival, The Eagles.   That has shifted the deck somewhat, with other mega-sellers like Metallica, Shania Twain, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Madonna, Billy Joel, Journey, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Backstreet Boys jockeying for prime spots in the ranking.

And with that, here are the 100 top-selling albums in history, as of December, 2015, according to certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)…

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Sources: Digital Music News – Paul Resnikoff | All Things Michael

 

MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘THRILLER’ FIRST EVER 30X MULTI-PLATINUM RIAA CERTIFICATION

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller is now the only album in music history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum in the United States, breaking the album’s own historic record. Thriller has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The King of Pop also remains the biggest selling artist of all time with over 1 billion records sold globally. Thank you to all of Michael’s fans who have contributed to this milestone. Read the complete announcement:

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THRILLER REMAINS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME, TOPPING 100 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson’s THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop’s reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall.

“RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”

Michael Jackson’s masterpiece Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, won a record setting 8 Grammys, more than any album ever, and has been earning awards and setting new standards of success since its release on November 30, 1982. Thriller spent nearly 2 -1/2 years on the Billboard album chart and holds a modern day record of 37 weeks at #1. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the more than three decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20X multi-Platinum (October 30, 1984). Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa.

The album was acclaimed for its range and depth. Rolling Stone referred to the album as a ‘’watershed” moment for Michael, and Newsweek prophetically wrote that “Michael’s voice haunts these songs, gives them heart…It is what will make this music endure.” Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and “Thriller”, went #1. ALL nine assumed a permanent place in hearts and memories of everyone on the planet.

More than just an album, Thriller has remained a global cultural multi-media phenomenon for both the 20th and the 21st centuries, smashing musical barriers and changing the frontiers of pop forever. The music on Thriller is so dynamic and singular that it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. ‘“Beat It” was a new kind of pop rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen’s incendiary guitar. On “The Girl Is Mine” a black man and a white man bantered about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and the rhythm and blues based “Billie Jean”. No one had ever released an album with such a vast range of material.

“Perhaps Michael’s most significant racial trailblazing came with music videos,” wrote Joe Vogel in Man in the Music. Fascinated with the fledgling art form Michael wanted to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of “Billie Jean”, a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV’s ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. “He was MTV’s Jackie Robinson,” said cultural critic Touré. Next came the unforgettable short film for “Beat It” which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was “Thriller”. Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention such that more than 30 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The importance of Thriller was recognized by Michael Jackson’s industry peers at the Grammys. Thriller was nominated in a record breaking 12 categories, and won a history making eight, which stands as the record for most Grammy Awards to be won by any album. Seven of those Grammys that year were awarded to Michael for: Album of the Year; Record of the Year (“Beat It”); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Thriller”); Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical (Thriller); Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (“Beat It”); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Billie Jean”); Best R&B Song (“Billie Jean”). (Michael’s eighth Grammy that year was in the Best Recording for Children – Single or Album, Musical or Spoken category for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”). That same year, Michael Jackson took home eight American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller” took home the Best Video Album trophy at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.

During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson sold more than a billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and “Thriller” as the World’s Top-Selling Album of All Time. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.

“It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time,” says LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. “Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying…it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop.”

“100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like Thriller,” says John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. “Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. 30 years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation.

Music from Thriller and Michael’s other hit albums is featured in the hit Las Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, produced by Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson ONE is selling out shows and amazing fans at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

 

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Aakash Gandhi Premieres Mash-up Of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean And Jiya Re At YouTube Space Mumbai

Sources: Forbes – Don Groves | All Things Michael

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US-born, Mumbai-based YouTube star Aakash Gandhi today unveiled his new video, a mash-up of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and A.R. Rahman’s  Jiya Re, at  YouTube Space Mumbai.

Launched also on his YouTube channel 88KeysToEuphoria, the video, Billie Jean | Jiya Re (Mashup Cover), was the first filmed at the  facility, which opened the same  afternoon in the film and television production hub Filmcity.

YouTube Space Mumbai at Whistling Woods International (WWI) is a collaboration with the renowned film school and is designed to teach YT creators and WWI students how to create videos, collaborate with other creators and give them the tools  to realize their creative  goals.

The facility will further accelerate the growth in online production in India. In the past year the amount of content uploaded to YouTube in India has grown by 90%, while watch-time has risen by  80% year on year, according to Google .

“Michael Jackson is one of those artists where it’s almost impossible not to be inspired by his musical legacy,” says Gandhi, whose channel has 138,000 subscribers and has clocked more than 40 million views. “Raised in the U.S., yet surrounded by the rich culture of Indian music, I wanted to intertwine both aspects of my musical upbringing while showcasing how seamless and borderless music really is. My crossover mash-up  is my homage to two ground-breaking artists and the musical diversity they represent.”

At the opening Ghandi, Ash King and Shashaa Tirupati performed the song, which features Gandhi on piano and keyboard, Bollywood playback singer King and Tirupati on vocals, Chandresh Kudwa on guitar, Rax Timyr on beatboxing and Rupak Dhamankar on the cajon and tabla.

“We were fortunate to be the first ones to shoot at  YouTube Space Mumbai and it was a surreal experience, ” says Gandhi. “ India is booming in so many ways, with an explosion in digital media leading the charge. The new YouTube Space will open the door for so many upcoming YouTubers by providing them with guidance and production support that was previously unavailable in such an accessible way.”

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In 2014 he collaborated with Sony Music India to create an Indian make-over of the Michael Jackson-Justin Timberlake song “Love Never Felt So Good” to coincide with the Indian release of Jackson’s posthumous album, Xscape.

 

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