Katie Piper Reveals Why She Loves Michael Jackson’s History Album

Sources: Edited By – All Things Michael | Express.Co.UK – Caroline Rees

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Former model and TV presenter Katie Parker’s life drastically changed in 2008 after being raped, then attacked with industrial-strength sulphuric acid. The substance was thrown in her face by a hired accomplice of her former boyfriend, left her severely burned. She was blind in one eye. In a fight to not only save her life and reconstruct her facial features, the surgeons removed all the skin from her face, before rebuilding it with a skin substitute and skin graft. It was the first surgery of it’s kind to be completed in a single operation. Her vision was restored by a procedure known as  Ex-vivo limbal stem cell allograft transplantation (EVSCALT) at the Centre for Sight to restore her vision. Both men are now serving sentences for their crimes.

As you can imagine, the effects of the ordeal left her devastated, but she has come a long way. Relying heavily on family and friends, and thanks to the outstanding treatment she received in France, alongside her own incredible determination, she no longer feels that her burns define her. In 2009 she went on to set up her own charity The Katie Piper Foundation to help other burn victims.

In a recent interview, Katie listed Michael Jackson’s History as one of her six favorite albums to show how music has helped or inspired her life.

Michael Jackson: History (Sony)

I’m a diehard fan and love all the tracks. After I was attacked, I didn’t like songs about sex or violence but his songs are on world issues and not just about love. The music is uplifting and he stood up for what he believed in, which I admired.

Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits (BMG)

My dad is a massive Elvis fan and whenever I hear him I think of dad on family holidays doing karaoke versions of Always On My Mind. He’s so supportive that it’s music that makes me feel warm inside.

Spice Girls: Spice (EMI)

Cheesy but one of the first cassettes I bought. I was a teenager in the 1990s and this was my first experience of girl power. I knew the words to every track. It makes me smile if I hear it now because of those fond childhood memories.

John Legend: Love In The Future (Columbia)

For me and my partner, the beautiful ballad All Of Me from this is our song. The lyrics talk about loving somebody’s imperfections and my boyfriend related to it in the way he felt about me. We danced to it on holiday when someone sang it in a piano bar.

Bruno Mars: Doo-Wops And Hooligans (Atlantic)

The song Just The Way You Are came out when I was single and it resonated with me that there was no point trying to be something you’re not. Bruno’s style is similar to Michael Jackson and he’s got a fantastic range. I do charity runs and this is motivating when you’re exercising.

Mariah Carey: Music Box (Sony)

In my early recovery I made a video to track my progress and to thank my surgeon. For the part about him, I used Hero from this as the backing track. The lyrics jumped out at me and her voice is incredible.

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Wayne Rooney Uploads Cute Footage Of Son Kai Dancing To Michael Jackson In Full Costume

Sources: 101 Great Goals | All Things Michael

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney uploaded some adorable home video onto Instagram on Monday evening.

Starring eldest son Kai Rooney in the central role, the Red Devils showed his offspring entertaining the family with his enthusiastic Michael Jackson routine.

Wearing the full costume for Thriller, Kai performed the hit song for his parents with elaborate dance moves that included breakdancing.

On Facebook Wayne wrote: “Mine and Coleen Rooney entertainment for the night! Haha”

 

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Brooke Shields: Michael Jackson “Was A Unique Genius”

Sources: Healthy Living – By Yana Mandeville | All Things Michael

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In the January 2015 issue of Healthy Living Magazine, Brooke Shields discusses her eminent personal relationships, stardom and her struggle with her mother’s alcoholism.

Healthy Living: What about Michael Jackson? It’s extremely rare to have a person in your life of a such consequence such as Michael Jackson, as it was becoming clear with time that Michael Jackson’s art will survive us all. Did you feel at the time how special he was and how his legacy would continue?

Brooke Shields: He was a unique genius. He was sort of a miracle in many ways with regard to his capacity and his talent. So, I think that I was very aware of his uniqueness. But I was also aware of his sensitivity and the way his heart worked. He was a really polite, sweet, sweet person. Just innately, we both realized that we could trust each other. That is something in the entertainment industry very hard to find.

This issue of Healthy Living  Magazine is on sale now.

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L’Uomo Vogue: Ciara Calls Michael Jackson “Most Important World Presence” Talks New Music And More

Sources: Pop Glitz – By Teonny Spears | L’Uomo Vogue | All Things Michael

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Ciara covers Italian fashion magazine L’Uomo Vogue‘s Big in 2015 issue. Inside the issue, the singer and dancer speaks on her love for Michael Jackson, being a mom, new music (she previously announced the title of her lead single) and much more.

She’s also featured in a gorgeous black and white photoshoot, which was shot by famed photographer Francesco Carrozzini, where she wears pieces from Gucci, Givenchy, Valentino, Agent Provocateur and Phillipp Plein. Take a look at a few of the excerpts from the interview followed by her full photoshoot afterwards:

On dancing: “I love to express my sensuality, it makes me feel good. I think that goes for all women, we all want to express our sexuality. It is a form of power, it makes you feel self-assured, in control. Every woman wants to feel sexy, and I like to play with hints and suggestions, turn it into a performance.”

On Michael Jackson: “He’s the most important world presence in the history of music.”

On new music: “It will be an authentic album, real. I talk openly and honestly about my emotions as a woman, mother, about my ambitions, but also my vulnerability, my happy moments and my sad moments.”

On being a mother: “You know, now that I have Future with me, my angel, I am happy. For him I want to be the best mother in the world, and also the best business woman. I want to realize all my ambitions, and I know deep down in my heart that I will.”

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Donny Osmond Remembers His Last Conversation With Michael Jackson

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In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, Donny Osmond looked back on his longtime friendship with the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

“Back in the early ’70s it was the Jacksons and the Osmonds. It was Michael and Donny. We were kind of, like, parallel,” the 57-year-old singer told host Nancy Redd.

The two came from large families, both born as the seventh children in families of nine. Their mothers’ even share the same birthday, he added.

Osmond recounted one of the many conversations the two had before Jackson’s death in 2009. Their last chat, about a year before Jackson’s death, may have been the most indicative of how the lives of both stars had changed so dramatically throughout the years.

“He said, ‘Please don’t tell anybody, but I rented one of those big custom buses, those touring buses, and I took my kids. We’re hiding in Phoenix right now.’ Hiding from the press because everything had hit the fan,” Osmond said.

Osmond was quick to offer a few words of advice to Jackson.

“And I said, ‘Why don’t you do me a favor, Mike. You’re a nine-hour drive from my home in Utah. Bring your kids. No one will know you’re here. They’ll swim in the swimming pool. Have a little normalcy in your life’,” he said.

But the trip to Utah never panned out.

“And he said, ‘You know what Donny, I think I’m going to do that.’ And he never did,” Osmond said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Donny Osmond here.

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Sources: Huffington Post – Rahel Gebreyes | All Things Michael

Actress Plans Michael Jackson Tribute To Her Late Brother

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A Bacup TV actress is planning an Off The Wall tribute following her brother’s tragic death by creating a series of images depicting the songs of Michael Jackson.

When Gavin Moores died following a road accident in Salford, in 1993 his sister Stacey Clegg was only nine.

Gavin was just eight years old when he was knocked off the bike he had just received for Christmas.

He died about two weeks later.

At his funeral Michael Jackson’s Heal The World was played and that is one of 40 songs for which Stacey has already devised a visual image.

She has enlisted a professional photographer to take her storyboards and make those ideas become a reality.

She is also setting up a photography studio for the indoor shots.

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Stacey, 30, now lives in Bacup with her husband Tom and daughters Freya, three, and one-year-old Darcy.

She said: “It is surprising just what I do remember psychologically of what happened.

“I have had the idea for the project for years, but only now do I feel that I am of an age where I am confident and comfortable in myself to do it – the time is right.

“It will be dedicated to my brother’s memory and I hope to be able to get the photographs published in a book.

“I reckon it will take me two years to complete.

“I already have visuals designed for 40 songs but I would like to do 80 of the 120 Michael Jackson songs.

“I too am a very big fan of his music.”

She has been a supporting artist for eight years and has appeared in many TV roles including playing nurses in Emmerdale and Coronation Street. She also portrayed murder victim Kirsty Grabham in Britain’s Biggest Taboos.

Last year Stacey completed filming for a new Channel Four drama No Offence by the writer of Shameless, Paul
Abbott, to be broadcast this year.

She also acts with the Royal Court Theatre and starred in The King and I, works as a chaperone for Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup and is seeking a professional chaperone licence.

 

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Sources: Rossendale Free Press | All Things Michael

Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson

The first ever Latin album salute to the King of Pop from producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar will be released April 14 on Universal Music Classics. The album features over 100 musicians, including Latin superstars Tito Nieves, Jon Secada and Obie Bermudez, among notable others

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NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fueled by his relentless commitment, quiet determination and passionate faith in the loving message behind much of Michael Jackson’s music, producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar has thoughtfully created Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson.   The result is Jackson’s timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “I Want You Back” married with glorious salsa and tropical rhythms, resulting in innovative, vibrant arrangements that snap to life with exhilarating energy. Unity will be released April 14 on Universal Music Classics in collaboration with Universal Music Latin Entertainment. Click to watch: http://vevo.ly/xi3htD

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The groundbreaking album embodies Jackson’s spirit of harmony and bringing diverse cultures together through music.  “The one thing that stood out in Michael’s music was love. The reality was unity,” Succar says. He continues, “I also wanted the title to stand for something: a real marriage between Latin roots and American pop culture, and to help keep Michael’s legacy alive.”

The birth of Unity came when Succar arranged a salsa-infused version of “Thriller” for a Halloween party in Miami.  The reaction was so immediate and overwhelmingly positive that he recorded a version in his bedroom with his band, posted it online and gave away copies. DJs started playing the track and Succar began getting requests from around the world for a full album of Latin-flavored Jackson songs. “That sparked it,” Succar says. “I was such a fan. I felt like I had to do something.”

Part of keeping Jackson’s legacy alive meant incorporating elements of the original production in each of his fresh renditions for Unity.“Even the horn lines, I would transcribe them from Quincy Jones’ productions and then apply them to the arrangement in a different way,” Succar says. “The essence of every song was respected. I gave it my best to create this very thin line between what Michael did with his production and what I brought to the project.”

With Succar taking producer and arranger credits, Unity also features two tracks – “Earth Song” and “Smooth Criminal” — mixed byMichael Jackson’s legendary engineer Bruce Swedien with Nick Valentin.  Grammy winner Carlos Alvarez engineered the rest of the album achieving a sonically crisp sound.

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“American funk, soul, jazz—all those styles that were influencing Michael— were inspired from African music,” Succar says. “Same with Afro-Peruvian music, Cuban music. These songs were meant to be. Their original flavor lends itself to these Latin rhythms.”

Tracklisting:
01: I Want You Back (featuring Tito Nieves)
02: Billie Jean (featuring Jean Rodriguez)
03: Man in the Mirror (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
04: Sera Que No Me Amas (featuring Michael Stuart)
05: Earth Song (featuring India)
06: Human Nature (featuring Jon Secada)
07: Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (featuring Obie Bermudez & Jennifer Pena)
08: Black or White (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
09: Smooth Criminal (featuring Jean Rodriguez)
10: They Don’t Care About Us (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
11: Thriller (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
12: You Are Not Alone (featuring Tito Nieves and Tito Nieves Jr.)
Produced and Arranged by Tony Succar
Mixed by: Carlos Alvarez, Bruce Swedien* & Nick Valentin*
*track 5 and 9

 

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Sources: PRNewswire | All Things Michael

Teen Plans “Golden” Tribute To Michael Jackson

Sources: Wales Online – David Owens | All Things Michael

Beddau teenager Max Hallett will take the lead role in The Golden Glove – a tribute to the pop icon, which will premiere later this year

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Keen dancer and charity fundraiser Max Hallett is hoping to summon the spirit of Michael Jackson when he stages a spectacular tribute to the King of Pop.

The 17-year-old from Beddau will take the lead role in The Golden Glove – a tribute to the pop icon, which will hopefully be premiered in Cardiff in November.

Max, who currently works as a hairdresser, has grand plans for the show – not least giving a platform to talented Welsh youngsters.

“Auditions will be starting in May and I’m putting the call out there now,” he said.

“There are a lot of people that have got talent and I want to give them a chance to shine in the spotlight.”

Having financial backing for the show, the youngster has grand ambitions – aiming for the production to be a lavish affair, with high production values.

“The Golden Glove will take songs from Michael Jackson’s career and then we’re going to remix the songs and stage it like a Cirque du Soleil spectacular – with dancers, singers, actors and circus performers.”

Max recently put his dancing skills to good use when he reawakened Michael Jackson’s most famous dance routine in choreographing a remake of the pop legend’s iconic Thriller video for Pontypridd band Peasant’s King – who reworked the song for Halloween.

He has also gained something of a reputation around Rhondda Cynon Taff for his charity fundraising exploits, hosting dazzling variety shows to raise money for deserving causes.

His most recent charity show raised more than £900 towards sending a six-year-old cancer sufferer and her family to Disneyland.

The dance-mad youngster took it upon himself to organise a talent showcase at the Tynant Club in Beddau, in aid of Ava Jones, from Pontyclun, who was diagnosed with dysgerminoma, a germ cancer, in May last year.

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Ava’s aunty works for Max’s dad in the Hallett family-owned chip shop in Beddau and on hearing the poorly little girl’s story, Max decided he had to do something.

The teenager, a Welsh dance champion who has auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent and appeared on Sky One’s Got To Dance, called on all his contacts to stage the evening of entertainment – the third he had staged within 18 months.

“Helping people gives me a sense of achievement and makes me want to work harder myself,” said Max.

“When I heard Ava’s story, I thought it would be nice to raise enough money to send her and her family to Disneyland.

“We raised £900 on the night and everybody performed for free. The event was completely sold out. In fact, we had about 100 people standing.”

The evening of entertainment featured performers such as Zoe Williams, from The Voice, and dance crew Jukebox, who were finalists on Got To Dance.

In addition to his burgeoning performance career, Max could also be set for a modelling career after he was shortlisted out of 500 hopefuls to make the final of a national competition run by model agency UK Models.

“I sent some pictures in and didn’t expect to hear anything but then I got shortlisted out of 500 and will be going to London shortly to have photos taken,” he said.

“I’m not sure what will happen but they seemed to like my story – especially the charity fundraising.

“Although if I had to choose between modelling and performing, then being on stage would win every time.”

Find out more about The Golden Glove via www.facebook.com/max.hallett.31

 

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