The Veronicas Talk Webster Hall, Michael Jackson And New Music

Sources: Digital Journals – By Marko Papadatos | All Things Michael

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Australian pop duo The Veronicas chatted with Digital Journal about their recent performance at Webster Hall, Michael Jackson and their plans for the future.

They performed at Webster Hall in New York City last week, and had nothing but the greatest remarks for the venue. “Webster Hall is such an iconic venue. Feeling that energy through the room, and up on stage was really powerful,” they said.

The duo, comprised of idential twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Marie, noted that their greatest musical influence was the late “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson was, and continues to be our greatest musical influence. The way he bared his soul, and inspired social change through his music, is something that forever inspires us,” they said.

On their plans for the future, they said, “Eat the rich, give to the poor. Inspire progression for all young people drawn to us through our music or our minds. We’re also working on another album, touring, writing a book, developing a documentary on the search for progressing consciousness through a shifting pop culture.”

Their proudest professional moments include each time that they made their parents and fans smile. They listed Jay Buchanan from Rival Sons and Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins as their dream male duet choices.

The Veronicas defined success as having joy and balance in one’s life. “It does not mean a chart number, or a monetary amount. Although those things might make you ‘feel’ successful in the short term, it is only temporary. Success is not something that be can achieved from material gain, or granted by someone else. True success comes from true inner happiness in life with a greater value system. Treating our bodies like a temple (food, yoga), giving our time and passion joining in activist work for wild life and charities. Call your Grandma. Find alternatives to capitalist corporations pushing their own agenda. Know that you deserve better. Respect mother earth. Practice kindness to yourself, and those around you,” they said.

For their fans, they concluded, “Thank you for believing in us when we weren’t sure if we could believe in ourselves.”

To learn more about The Veronicas and their music, check out their official website and on Facebook.

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LNFSG On UN’s World’s Happiest Playlist

Sources: The Independent | All Things Michael

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It might not bring peace to Syria and end global poverty but the United Nations has done its bit to increase international harmony by unveiling the “world’s happiest playlist.”

Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, David Guetta and John Legend were among the musicians and actors who contributed to the UN’s official feel-good selection, designed to spread cheer among listeners and raise awareness of the International Day of Happiness on March 20.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, led the way with his nomination for Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder, himself a UN messenger of peace, who advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.

Ban said: “On this day we are using the universal language of music to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world suffering from poverty, human rights abuses, humanitarian crises and the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.”

The celebrity playlist created by MixRadio, and available for free on the website www.happysoundslike.com.

#HappySoundsLike…the UN playlist

A R Rahman  – Infinite Love by A R Rahman

Andra Day – If This World Were Mine by Luther Vandross

Angelique Kidjo – Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba

Ban Ki-Moon – Signed Sealed and Delivered by Stevie Wonder

Britney Spears – Kiss by Prince

Carl Barat – The Who Who Song by Jackie Wilson

Charli XCX – Say You’ll Be There by The Spice Girls

Charlize Theron – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay

Cody Simpson – Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Cody Simpson – Mambo No5 by Lou Bega

Conchita Wurst – All The Lovers by Kylie Minogue

Damian Lazarus – I am the Black Gold of the Sun by Rotary Connection

David Carreira – Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake

David Fonseca – Kiss Me, Oh Kiss Me by David Fonseca

David Guetta – Imagine by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Ed Sheeran  – Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child

Fatboy Slim – Harvest for the World by The Isley Brothers

Groove Armada – For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder

Henry Krinkle – Recognise by Oscar and Martin

HMD – Days Like This (DJ Spinna Mix) by Shaun Escoffery

James Blunt – We Are Young by Fun

John Legend  – Got to Give it Up by Marvin Gaye

Juan Diego – Florez Largo al factotum by Rossini

Lang Lang – Made to Love by John Legend

Michael Douglas – Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah by James Baskett

Midori – The Russian Dance from Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Nicole Sherzinger – Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Paloma Faith – I Feel Good by James Brown

Pharrell – This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads

Mr Vegas – My Jam by Pitbull & Mr Vegas

Rob Da Bank – Your love keeps lifting me (Higher and Higher)by Jackie Wilson

Tiesto – Red Lights by Tiesto

Tinie Tempah – Shout by Isley Brothers

Yo-Yo Ma – Prelude from Bach Suite No. 1 conducted by Pablo Casals

Yulia Savicheva Nevesta – (Невеста, Юлия Савичева)

 

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Teacher Uses MJ’s Music And Fundraising To Teach Students About Helping Others

Sources: Arkansas Online – By Linda Haymes| All Things Michael

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LIFE LESSON: The students at Romine Elementary School in Little Rock are learning more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Music teacher Holly Tidball recently led a project to have her students and the entire student body of 380 raise money for Heifer International, the Little Rock-based charity that works to alleviate hunger by helping families around the world raise farm animals. Last Thursday, the children — most of them in poverty themselves and receiving free or reduced-price lunches — presented a check to Heifer International for $750.

In celebration of Black History Month in February, Tidball planned a music program for the third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders to sing “We are the World,” “Heal the World” and “Man in the Mirror,” all recorded by the late Michael Jackson. Then she challenged them to spend a month raising money to help others in need.

“I encouraged them to go home and look around the house and check between the sofa cushions for loose change,” Tidball tells Paper Trails.

“At school, in addition to their lunches, they can also buy a smoothie for a dollar, and a lot of them gave up their smoothies so they could donate,” she says, adding that some of students participate in a program in which local churches send food home in their backpacks for the weekend.

“That’s what made it so special when they ended up raising $750.17 — most of it in coins,” Tidball explains.

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With the money raised, the students “bought” a water buffalo for $250, a goat for $120, rabbits for $60, two sets of honeybees for $30 each, five ducks and geese at $20 each and eight flocks of chicks for $20 each.

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Michael Jackson’s Patent

Sources: Mashable – By | All Things Michael

“A system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface.” ABSTRACT, US PATENT US5255452

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For the video of his 1987 single “Smooth Criminal,” pop sensation Michael Jackson devised a dance routine. He leaned forward 45 degrees, apparently defying gravity, and completely blew our minds.

(In reality, the effect was achieved by wires.)

But Jackson wanted to recreate the same dance move in live performances on tour. So, along with two co-inventors, Jackson developed a special shoe. A slot in the heel engaged with a peg, which could be raised and protruded through the stage floor when activated. With the heel fixed, the performer could lean forward into the attached ankle straps. (However, the move would have required some strength in the legs and upper body to achieve and maintain this position.)

In 1993, Jackson and his co-inventors were granted a U.S. patent for the shoe and its magical heel. The “magic” worked perfectly until September 1996 when, during a concert in Moscow, one of the heels came loose from its peg. Michael went flying, but not in a good way. The result was a hasty reworking of the patented design.

The offending shoe, together with its twin, came into the possession of the Moscow branch of the Hard Rock Cafe, where they remained until after Jackson’s death. Auctioned off, the shoes fetched roughly $600,000.

Even with a faulty heel, it seems the magic remained.

“Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The Creator and the creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing — until there is only … the dance.”
FROM THE INLAY SLEEVE OF DANGEROUS, 1991
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Michael Jackson: One Of Today’s Super Rich And Super Generous Mega Philanthropists

Sources: Fortune – By Daniel Bukszpan | Sent by Cherrelle | All Things Michael

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The King of Pop. The Gloved One. Michael Jackson.

His physical form may have departed this world in 2009, but he remains one of the most influential musicians on earth, and his 1982 album “Thriller” remains the best-selling album of all time, selling 29 million copies in the U.S. alone.

While some philanthropists make one or two large mega-donations, Jackson preferred to make smaller contributions to multiple charities, so many in fact that Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting more charities than any other entertainer. His donations included $600,000 to the United Negro College Fund, $100,000 to the Children’s Defense Fund, $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation, and over 35 others, for an estimated total of over $300 million given to charity all together.

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Janelle Monáe Recalls The Day When Music Became Her Dream

Sources: Vibe – By Adelle Platon | Edited By – All Things Michael

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In a world where pop stars can sprout from YouTube or a syndicated singing show, Janelle Monáe is one of a kind.

The 29-year-old Kansas City songstress danced her way to the top of the charts in a suit and bowtie for her first single “Tight Rope” and pushed out her stellar debutArchAndroid in 2010. Three years later, she followed up with the funkadelic Electric Lady LP featuring Solange, Miguel, Prince and Erykah Badu.

Now, the bouffant-rocking Cover Girl is putting her business acumen to work as the founder of Wondaland Records, an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment’s Epic Records. She recently looped in VIBE over email  on her latest venture, her unique bag necessities and her business motto.

The first moment I realized making music was my dream:
According to my Aunt Gloria, it was apparent that making music was my dream after she took me to Michael Jackson’s “Bad” concert in my hometown Kansas City. The next morning I went to church and started beating on the back of a pew, tapping and singing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” extremely loud during my pastor’s sermon! The whole church chuckled, and I believe I was escorted out. That moment gave me great joy and extra confidence…..

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Michael Jackson’s Skin Disorder Now A ‘Must Have’ 2015 Fashion Accessory

Sources: The Inquisitr | All Things Michael

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Have you heard Michael Jackson’s name coming up lately in relation to his skin condition — and how it is trending in the fashion world? Michael Jackson fans supported him through multiple controversies throughout the decades — one of which was related to the way his skin changed tone over the last decade-and-a-half of his life. Now, this skin disorder that affected Michael Jackson is being cast in a positive light.

Michael Jackson fans usually enjoy his legacy in the form of cute robots that dance like Michael Jackson. However, The Daily Telegraph U.K. recently published an article that stated having a skin condition like Michael Jackson’s is the best fashion accessory you can have. Specifically, they cited Winnie Harlow as having the same skin condition as Michael Jackson — and how it has been her most valuable asset in the fashion modeling world.

The condition is known as vitiligo, and Winnie Harlow and Michael Jackson both had the genetic predisposition for the condition. When Michael Jackson was still alive, he was heavily criticized for using skin bleaching as a way to ameliorate vitiligo. Worse, people wondered if Michael Jackson was lying about having vitiligo — and was simply bleaching his skin to look like a white person.

Michael Jackson talked to Oprah in 1993 about his experiences with vitiligo, and stated that he never purposely bleached his skin — but there was still skepticism. After Michael Jackson died, Hip Hop Wired published an article talking about the large number of skin lightening creams that were found at his residence — but defended Michael Jackson and the skin bleaching products as normal treatments for vitiligo.

When Michael Jackson’s death was put on trial in 2013, it was revealed from his autopsy findings that vitiligo was a genetic condition he actually had.  CNN reported at the time, “The autopsy confirmed what Jackson told people who questioned why his skin tone became lighter in the 1980s. Jackson had ‘vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disease.’”

Interestingly, the skin condition that caused the general public to doubt Michael Jackson over 20 years ago has returned to the celebrity world. This time, it is Winnie Harlow that is taking the spotlight for the condition she and Michael Jackson share. {…}

It seems that no matter where Winnie Harlow’s vitiligo is discussed these days it is always in a positive way — unlike the way the public treated Michael Jackson’s vitiligo. If Michael Jackson was still alive, he might have liked the Instagram photo that Winnie Harlow posted about herself on March 11 that said, “She proves that being different is not only beautiful, it gives you personality, makes you more special and therefore even more attractive.”

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Song Uses Michael Jackson’s Beat It To Protest Bans In India

Sources: Dawn.com – By  | All Things Michael

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Musical comedy collective Enna Da Rascalas has taken the Michael Jackson hit “Beat it,” and made it relevant for India today.

“Beep it. Ban it” sheds light on the ridiculous ban culture that has blossomed in India in the recent past.

It mainly talks about the ban on selling or consuming beef, imposed in Maharashtra.

The offence is punishable by five years in jail.

It also talks about censorship.

The Indian censorship board recently issued a list of banned words. They also beeped out the word “lesbian” from a movie recently released.

And misplaced national priorities.

 

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