Are You Ready For Mack Wilds’ Michael Jackson Remake? It Could Be His Next Single

Source: MTV – By Rob Markman


Mack Wilds took music fans by surprise when he dropped his debut album New York: A Love Story last Fall. Not only did the actor-turned-singer (and rapper) churn out a couple of head-nodding singles, he earned himself a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

The “Own It” singer isn’t done though; he still has a number of tracks he’s working to release. “The one thing that I really liked about this album is that we had so many joints, that we felt like could be potential singles,” he told MTV News when he sat with us on April 17. “We still have yet to really roll-out ‘My Crib,’ we still have yet to even hit ‘Remember the Time’ or even ‘Magic.’ These are joints that I feel like could really rock out if positioned the right way.

“I think right now is more so about shooting the visuals and being creative, being dope and getting it out to the people and letting the people decide what’s next,” he continued.

“Remember the Time” is a remake of Michael Jackson’s 1991 chart-topping hit, while “Magic” is a slow and winding love song written by Rico Love. Both are fine single choices, but the upbeat and pulsating “My Crib” may be Wilds’ best bet. The track samples elements from Jay Z’s “You, Me, Him and Her,” a fan favorite from Jigga’s 2000 The Dynasty: Roc La Familia LP. Mack’s version started when his musical guru Salaam Remi invited him to the studio to hear a rough version of the beat.

“‘He said, ‘It’s a homerun, all you have to do is step up to the plate,’” Mack recalled, excited at the thought that New York City DJ Funk Master Flex would take a liking to it. “It was dope, it was an organic creation. We did it specifically because we knew it was going to be a homerun and Flex was going to drop bombs on it and go stupid.”

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Michael’s Visit To Legends In Concert

Source: (Published November 2, 2009)

(Michael Jackson with Legends in Concert’s former Director of Marketing, Mary Anne Beaman)

(Michael Jackson with Legends in Concert’s former Director of Marketing, Mary Anne Beaman)

The thumping beats of “Billie Jean” started up. On the dark stage, a spotlight illuminated the performer wearing a black hat and a single glove. The crowd erupted with loud cheers and applause.

But it wasn’t Michael Jackson — at least not the real one. Still, it was about as close as it gets.

William Bostick had been perfecting his Michael Jackson tribute for more than a quarter of a century and was an integral part of “Legends in Concert” for many years. He was so good, in fact, that the superstar had befriended Bostick after one of his tribute shows and offered him some tips.

Michael and Bostick

Michael and Bostick

Though William had always put on a great show, that October night in 1998 was different. He was moonwalking his heart out on the stage at Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace – for the real Michael Jackson in the audience.

Sue Cirone, then a captain at the casino, recalls hearing from a coworker that morning “that Michael Jackson might be coming to the ‘Legends’ show that night. And he said that I might want to bring my daughter to meet him. She was 9 years old and a huge fan. She was really excited, and nervous, too. Everyone was.”

“No one was sure that Michael was going to show up, but it was a real possibility,” remembers Jillian Hrushowy, a production manager for ‘Legends’ for the past 15 years. “The band was sitting in their places, getting ready for the 7:30 show, and a stagehand told us, ‘Yes, it’s true, he’s here.’ Well, right then you could absolutely feel the electricity in the room.”

Jackson, wearing a signature black hat and dark sunglasses, had quietly slipped into booth 206 after the lights went down, and was completely surrounded by his entourage. “I have never seen that much undercover security here, ever,” says Sue, who’s worked at the Imperial Palace for 29 years.

Sue has witnessed the real Kenny Rogers sing at a “Legends” show (“Nobody in the audience knew it was the real Kenny!” she says, laughing). Other high-profile celebrities like Shania Twain and the Righteous Brothers have dropped by to see themselves portrayed on stage. But nobody matched the star wattage of Michael Jackson. “He was certainly the most celebrated personality that we’ve ever had come to the show,” says Jillian.

And even though the audience didn’t have a clue that the Gloved One was in the same room -– “Only the people who worked at the I.P. and at ‘Legends’ knew that he was there,” says Sue – they sensed that there was something different about this performance.

“There was definitely a buzz in the room,” Sue recalls.

 Jillian agrees. “The band – everyone in the show – worked their butts off that night. The whole place was on fire. It was amazing!”

 Michael Jackson stayed to watch his impersonator sing, twirl and of course, moonwalk, through five songs: “Remember the Time,” “Thriller,” “Jam,” “Heal the World” and “Billie Jean.” 
“For ‘Heal the World,’ there was a scrim with a globe projected on it,” remembers Zach Thalheimer, a technician for “Legends” who had a bird’s-eye view of the show. “I remember looking out and seeing Michael pointing up at it and him saying, ‘That’s cool.’”     

To memorialize that eventful night, Sue has a picture of her daughter and her friends with Jackson. Thalheimer didn’t get a photograph, but he did come down from his perch high above the stage to mingle with excited fans. “I definitely got a bit giddy,” he says. “And I just thought it was really special that he would take the time to come see William.” 

In fact, the superstar later met up with the performer and congratulated him on a great performance. “William told me that Jackson was very proud and very pleased,” says Jillian.

But when she thinks back to that fateful night, Jillian does wish she could change one thing. As production manager, it was she who had filled out a comp slip with Jackson’s name on it. “I was going through some stuff a while ago and saw that slip that I’d saved,” she says. “I thought, ‘What will I ever want this for?’ Boy, do I regret throwing it away.”

After the passing of Michael Jackson on June 25, the performer portraying the King of Pop in “Legends” became even more important. Currently that honor belongs to Damian Brantley, a 10-year veteran of the tribute artist genre, who introduced Foxwoods’ audiences to the tribute show this summer at the casino property in Connecticut.
Damian, who is now headlining “Legends,” still gets very emotional recalling that June day. “We happened to be rehearsing my set in the Fox Theater and were in the middle of ‘Billie Jean.’ One of the techs came by and told us that Michael was gone. It seemed so out of left field.” 
But as they say, the show must go on. “I’m here to help audiences remember Michael and highlight the memories that they hold dearest,” Damian says. “That’s my job, to recreate the highlights. I’m just playing my very small role in helping his legacy live on.”
And most important, he notes, is honoring Michael’s memory in a respectful way. “With his passing, there are people coming out of the woodwork calling themselves tribute artists, when in fact, they are turning it into a parody,” Damian laments. “At ‘Legends,’ we have handled the situation delicately; we have been doing this a long time and I do my utmost to do a respectable rendition of the man.” 

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Zendaya Coleman Channels Her Inner Michael Jackson

Source: Teen Info Net

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Zendaya Coleman took to Instagram tonight to share some stylish photos. Z is channeling her inner Michael Jackson with this “Smooth Criminal” inspired look!

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Zendaya says, “Thank you @Ellemagazine for a great night.”

We can’t wait to see more rockin’ photos of Zendaya. She always has great style!

Would you rock this look?


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‘We Mix (Miss) You Michael Jackson’ From Kangana Ranaut’s Film ‘Revolver Rani’


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Kangana Ranaut in Revolver Rani (left)

New Delhi: We are pretty sure that many pop-music lovers as well as an entire generation that grew up in the ’80s misses legendary musician Michael Jackson immensely. But definitely not as much as ‘Revolver Rani’ composer Sanjeev Srivastava and lyricists Puneet Sharma and Shaheen Iqbal.

Don’t believe us? Check out this song titled ‘We mix you Michael Jackson’, sung by Saleem Javed!

With a funky composition comprising low budget wedding-inspired band music, a pop twist on a jagrata tune and a drunken dude singing tunelessly at a local karaoke bar, the song is dedicated to the legendary singer. oh, and it is also punctuated with Jackson-esqe, shrill “Aow”s.

Here are some specimens from the awesome lyrics!

PS: Even after multiple hearings, we were unable to completely decipher the singer’s Mohammed Aziz-Shabbir Ahmed-inspired tunes. This is what we thought we heard.

“It will indeed be dangerous, if the world forgot about you, MJ.” 

“The message that your dance carried, was indeed very noble.” 

“Your cat is crying buckets, please moonwalk back from the heaven.”


Click on the 4th link, “We Mix You Michael Jackson” on the YT screen or start at 11:26 – 15:15


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Rixton Inspired By Meatloaf, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Manson

Source: Anti Music


( When it comes to boy bands there are two distinct classes: the Beatles and Motown. The former play their own instruments and write their own songs, while the latter are strictly singers who tend to tap into a school of top quality songwriters. Both classes, of course, made legendary music, offering a blueprint for all of their disciples.
In theory, Rixton are firmly in the Beatles camp. They’re a band made up of British lads who play their own instruments, yet lead singer Jake Roche surprised us when he said, in the band’s interview with, that Motown’s wunderkind Michael Jackson is his real hero. “Probably because I dance like him a lot,” he said. Verdict’s still out on that one.

The guys recently released the video for their first single, “Me and My Broken Heart,” off their debut EP, Me and My Broken Heart, and lead guitarist Charley Bagnall told us his biggest broken heart was for Jared Leto. Well, not really, but the guys did say they depend on each other to get through the heartache and bassist Danny Wilkin did admit to locking himself in a room for six weeks to write depressing songs after a break up.

Rixton also told us about their musical idols, which range from Meatloaf to Marilyn Manson, how they were all mere teenagers when they first started writing music and admit that they’re still not entirely convinced that being in a band is a viable career option. But they’re not going to stop belivin’. Watch the interview


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From John Lennon to Michael Jackson: Rock Stars Recount The Day That They Heard Thier Musical Heroes Were Gone

Source: Guardian – By Ian Gittens

When Kurt Cobain killed himself in Seattle 20 years ago on Saturday, the death of Generation X’s reluctant figurehead triggered mourning across the world. Music fans frequently invest enormous emotional intensity in their relationships with their rock heroes, and their unexpected deaths can resonate like the loss of a family member or a close friend. Yet for fellow musicians, the relationship can be even more personal – their idols are also influences, inspirations and frequently friends. So how do they react when such iconic figures pass away?

Craig David on Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson.

I was at Heathrow Airport on my way to play a show in Bucharest and I suddenly saw that Michael Jackson’s face was on every TV screen. Everybody in the airport was staring at them, transfixed. Nobody was bothering to check on flights. All the news reports were unclear and saying Michael had been rushed to hospital and was in a critical condition, but I just thought: “Of course they’ll get him to a doctor who will make it right! He’s Michael Jackson!”

Then when I got to Bucharest his face was on the TVs there but with the word “dead” next to it. It was very traumatic and had such an impact on me. It sounds silly, but I never thought he’d die in my lifetime. I’d never seen Michael live and I was going to go to the comeback shows, which would have been amazing. Instead I got to sing You Are Not Alone at the tribute concert to him in Cardiff, with Michael’s band that was going to play with him at the O2 dates. That was a mind-blowing experience – but not the same as seeing Michael Jackson.”

Ozzy Osbourne on John Lennon

John Lennon

Every time I see the f****** a****** who killed him I still get angry, even now. I’ll never forget the moment I learned John Lennon had been shot. I was in a hotel in Monmouthshire writing my first solo album. It was about 8.30 in the morning and Sharon said: “Have you heard about John Lennon? He’s been killed.”

I said: “Killed? What do you mean?” I was in shock.

I was so glad he had just come out of retirement and made the Double Fantasy album and that week I’d heard (Just Like) Starting Over in every pub I went to in Monmouthshire. The Beatles were the reason I got into music. They gave me a reason to live. Before they came along, my only entertainment was pushing a tyre down the road with a f****** stick. To this day, I still ask: “Why?” If he had been a politician you might understand it, but who the f*** wakes up and thinks: “I know, I’ll kill Paul McCartney or John Lennon?”

Leona Lewis on Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston.

I was hoping to see her that night. I was going to [veteran music mogul] Clive Davis’s pre-Grammys party. I’d been to the same event a couple of years earlier and Clive had introduced me to Whitney. She had been so lovely: they say you should never meet your heroes, and I’ve met some famous people who have not been so great, but Whitney knew who I was and was so warm and friendly. She was all I talked about for days.

I was really hoping for a chance to talk to her again and was getting ready when I started getting texts from friends and family in London, saying: “I’m so sorry about Whitney.” And: “You must be so sad.” I was like: what? So I turned on the TV and found out she had died. It was so sad, so awful: she had so much more to give. I was crying and beside myself; there was no way that I could go to the party. I had loved Whitney ever since I was seven and I used to make my family watch me singing I Will Always Love You. I definitely lost my idol that day – and the fact we were going to be at the same party made it even more terrible.

Katy B on Aaliyah


When I was about 11, I used to go to the school music room at lunchtime with my mates. We would print Aaliyah’s lyrics off the internet and sing Try Again into a tape recorder. I really related to her. She seemed like a tomboy, and as a kid I knew if we met we’d be best friends. It was the same with Amy Winehouse. I just figured: I loved their music so much, how could we not be friends?

I was in a design technology class doing graphics and the girl by me said, “Aaliyah died!” It stopped me in my tracks. I felt such a sense of shock and loss. There was a definite denial thing going on. I didn’t want to believe it at first and then I got angry: how can that have been allowed to happen to Aaliyah? It was so sad: she was on the verge of being a massive music and movie star. Years later, when I wrote my song Aaliyah about a girl who was just effortlessly cool and sexy and charismatic, I knew I had to name it after her. She was definitely my muse for that one.

Michael Bolton on Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye.

I was writing in Los Angeles when I heard the shocking news that Marvin Gaye had been pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Immediately it was all over every TV and radio news outlet. I just felt that the world had lost one of the greatest musical treasures it had ever known. And leaving the way he did, at the hands of his father – it was beyond tragic. There were no words. I had first heard his voice when I was 12, and I knew I was hearing something special, even though obviously I couldn’t describe it then.

In 1982, we became labelmates on Columbia and ended up releasing singles around the same time, with the videos being played on rotation on MTV. Being on the same channel as my musical hero was mind-blowing to me. It was just too much to comprehend. My records were stiffing back then and I looked to Marvin for inspiration. Even today he is all over my playlists: it still doesn’t get any better than Marvin.”

Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem on Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer.

I was at band practice for one of my first bands when one of my bandmates said Joe Strummer had died. I said: “C’mon! He’s only 50! Died of what?” He didn’t know, so I refused to believe him until I heard the confirmation on the news. Even then I was in denial. I didn’t play Joe’s music for a while afterwards because it meant having to confront the fact that he was dead.

He was always the one for me. The first time I heard White Man In Hammersmith Palais, when I was 13, it totally resonated with me. His voice wasn’t just angry: it was vulnerable and hurt. The Clash had so many more layers than the Sex Pistols. After that, I tried to hear everything he ever did. I read Redemption Song [Chris Salewicz's Strummer biography] and it talked about how Joe would have liked to have been called Woody, after Woody Guthrie, so I wrote a song for the first Gaslight Anthem album called I’da Called You Woody, Joe. It was my letter to Joe’s widow, Lucinda, saying: “This is what your husband meant to me, just a kid in America, 5,000 miles away.” He changed my life.


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Mack Wilds Covers Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”

Source: ABC News Radio


It’s easy to see why Mack Wilds considers himself more hip-hop than R&B following the success of his club anthem “Own It,” but the singer tapped into his soulful side and paid homage to the late Michael Jackson during his promo tour.

Fan footage captured Wilds covering the King of Pop’s 1993 classic “Remember The Time” while performing at the famed Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. on Sunday night.

“Howard Theatre was on another level last night. Thank you for that, DC,” he tweeted after the show, which saw the singer performing material from his debut album New York: A Love Story, including his newest single, “Henny.”

The singer is scheduled to perform next on April 2 at New York City’s Highline Ballroom alongside Mateo.

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Al Sharpton’s Michael Jackson Tribute

Source: National Action Network – By Al Sharpton


It was the mid-1970s. The nation was fresh off the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War was finally over and people began adjusting to a newly, fully integrated society.

Blacks and Whites worked side by side, and women and minorities slowly but surely began to crack open that all too visible glass ceiling in triumphant ways. As society progressed however, we waited – and yearned – for that one individual who could break the mold in mainstream pop culture and truly make it acceptable to not just speak of equality in all endeavors but transform it into an actuality. Someone who defied racial impediments and institutional barriers, and could finally normalize African Americans onto television sets and into living rooms across the country. That someone who possessed enough raw talent that even the most discriminatory of individuals could not help but respect and acknowledge his or her sheer gift. Little did we know then that the youngest member of the Jackson 5 was about to revamp our complete social, political and entertainment structure in unfathomable ways, and in the process reshape the perception of an entire race on the world stage.


I was a young teenager when I first met Michael. We were both blessed to have known the late great Godfather of soul James Brown, who, in many respects, was like a surrogate father to us both. Throughout the decades, we formed a close kinship that many may never be able to comprehend. During his 1984 Victory Tour, Michael and I began working together as I took on the role of his community relations director.


In 2002, the King of Pop came to our National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, and he and I marched together to Sony Music along with hundreds of supporters as we fought for Michael’s ownership of his own music catalogue. And during his tough trials and legal bouts throughout the years, I openly supported Michael – and that itself will never change.

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I was one of the lucky few to have known this Apollo legend and bear witness to not only an exceptional career, but to a compassionate, determined, driven individual whose greatest qualities are often underscored. A man who dominated the charts with sales of some 50 million copies of his ‘Thriller’ album alone, but who never forgot his humble roots of Gary, Indiana. An incomparable artist, dancer and entertainer who dazzled audiences on every corner of the planet, and still created and participated in countless charities. Penning humanistic, moving lyrics like ‘We Are The World’ and ‘Man In The Mirror’, Michael took his message well beyond the TV sets of America. He was a true groundbreaker who paved the way for many of today’s artists who often imitate his signature style, and a man who relentlessly opened endless doors for African Americans to be acceptable idols around the world. During the 1980s, music channel MTV refused to play videos by Black musicians, but it was Michael’s undeniable talent that won him heavy rotation for years to come.


We as African Americans, and people of all races as a whole owe a tremendous deal to Michael Jackson. He not only set the standard for excellence in entertainment, but maintained a positive outlook despite all his trials and tribulations. And in his sheer existence, he forced all of us – White, Black and Brown – to take a good look in the mirror at our own selves, our own truths and our own convictions. Many attempted to vilify and defame Michael; let us not repeat the same mistake after his passing. If he had any shortcomings, they in no way equaled his strengths.

When we suddenly lost the Godfather of soul in 2006, Michael was the only major artist who spoke at his funeral. I’ll never forget when he placed his hand on James Brown and said, “I hope he gets in death what he didn’t get in life.”


I pray the same now for my friend, my comrade and legend Michael Jackson. I hope history will serve him due justice and be more kind than some of our contemporary media. And may he finally attain eternal peace.

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Missing You: 10 Heartfelt Diana Ross And Michael Jackson Moments

Source: Yahoo – By Billy Johnson


Diana Ross turned 70 on Wednesday. In celebration of her birthday, we looked back on the history of the Supreme queen and one of her favorite people — Michael Jackson.

Ross introduced Michael and the Jackson 5 to the world in 1969. Their chemistry and love for each other was evident from their first televised moment. Here is that classic meeting and nine other significant times they shared the spotlight.

1. Diana introduces the Jackson 5 on “The Hollywood Palace” (1969).

When hosting “The Hollywood Palace” variety show on Oct. 18, 1969, Ross introduces the Jackson 5 to perform, and then a 10-year-old Michael participates in comedic skits with Ross and Sammy Davis Jr. In one bit, she begins to announce a special guest and Michael walks on stage before she says his name. When she teases him, saying that he isn’t the person she was referring to, Michael replies, “Well, who else do you think makes the stage come to real life besides me and Ed Sullivan?”

2. “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5″ (1969).


Ross, Motown’s superstar recording artist, adds her name to their debut album, “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.” In her liner notes for the album, released Dec.18, 1969, she sings the praises of the family act from Gary, Indiana. “The Jackson 5 sing honest. Straight out. No tricks. No gimmicks. But good. Very, very, very good,” she writes.

3. Diana and Michael co-star in “The Wiz” (1978).

One of Diana and Michael’s best collaborations is their “Ease on Down the Road” duet from “The Wiz,” an African-American adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.” As Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the two become a pair of giddy school children when they get together. Here, they sing and dance as they skip down the yellow brick road.

4. Diana and Michael go on a date (1980).

Diana and Michael arrive on the red carpet of the Academy Awards, hand-in-hand. When Regis Philbin asks if Michael is her escort, Diana teases, “Absolutely. This is my date, look.” Then she kisses Michael.

5. Michael joins Diana on stage (1981).

Diana is having so much fun performing “Upside Down” at the Forum in Inglewood in 1981 that she decides to spice things up. In the middle of the song, she sends out a request. “Can I get somebody to dance with me? Michael, would you come up?” she asks. Jackson emerges from the audience, joining her on the platform. He dances with her, taking the mic and singing a funkier version of the song. Though he is only on stage for a few seconds, it is unforgettable.

6. Diana rocks with Michael (1981).

The white-suited Michael performs “Rock With You” in a small, nightclub setting for Diana’s 1981 TV special, “diana.” Part way through the song, Ross makes an entrance from the balcony, running down the stairs to duet with M.J. Their energy together is undeniable. In their matching ensembles, they finish singing the song together with Diana following Michael’s dance lead. Afterwards she tells him, “I love to sing your songs.” When he reminds her of her own massive catalog of hits, she replies, “But I want your hits.”

7. Diana presents Michael’s Merit Award (1984).

Diana assists Kenny Rogers and Quincy Jones as Jackson is presented with the American Music Award of Merit during the 1984 telecast. That night he received seven additional honors, including Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Pop/Rock Video for his “Thriller” album.

8. Diana accepts Michael’s Viewer’s Choice Award (1984).

Though Michael wasn’t able to attend the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, his friend Diana Ross was on hand to accept his Moonman for the Viewer’s Choice for “Thriller.”

9. Diana serenades Michael (1996).

At the beginning of her performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” at the World Music Awards in Monaco in 1996, Ross walks off the stage into the audience to greet Jackson, who is sitting in the front row. She hugs him and sits in lap just in time to serenade him with the song’s opening monologue. When she says, “If you need me, call me,” he blushes, covering his mouth in excitement.

10. Diana dedicates tour to Michael Jackson (2010).

The year following Michael’s 2009 death, Diana takes her More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour on the road. She makes sure to reserve some time to remember Michael. “I dedicated this tour to someone I love dearly,” she says before performing her song “Missing You,” Michael’s “You Are Not Alone,” and a snippet of “I Love You (That’s All That Really Matters).” [See 2:40 mark.]


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Singer Barsheem Dedicates New Release To Michael

Source: Singersroom – By Elle Breezy


Barsheem releases the mid-tempo groove “A Love All Mine,” another track from his debut project, What Is To Be Major.

As a student of greats like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Barsheem was also inspired by the sound and spirit of Michael Jackson (to whom this cut is dedicated to), as it has all the nuances of a cut from MJ’s Off the Wall album with Barsheem singing about ownership of love.

What Is To Be Major is the 13-track debut album from the Brooklyn singer-songwriter, which you can purchase here.


Sarah Geronimo and Enrique Gil Talk About Their Love For MJ And Staying Confident

The Phillipian Star – By  Maine Manalansan


MANILA, Philippines – Dancing is slowly becoming one of the most famous forms of exercise. With Zumba classes and Just Dance, everyone is making the switch from good ol’ boring gym to fun, funky group jives. If you don’t have enough confidence to bust your moves in public, you can always turn to YouTube for a quick tutorial, or you can simply turn your TV on for instant inspiration from the country’s pop stars.

Chief among them is Sarah Geronimo. Her career started on Star For A Night, a singing contest in the early ‘00s, where she won the grand prize with her rendition of a Celine Dion song. Since then, she’s made a name for herself as a triple threat—a Whitney-esque singer, a strong dancer, and a bankable actress. Aside from her stint on ASAP, Sarah is now preparing for another season of the top-rated The Voice of the Philippines.

Another hot talent who’s catching fire with his strong dance moves is Enrique Gil. Unlike Sarah, his career started with small roles in indie films such as Pitas and Diego and His Brothers. He later joined Star Magic and played alongside notable actors in various soap operas. One of his most famous soap operas to date is Princess and I where he played the role of a prince alongside Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. 

Aside from starting at an early age and having the late King of Pop Michael Jackson as their childhood hero, another thing that Sarah and Enrique have in common is the “Do The Moves” campaign alongside international pop star and actor Elmo Magalona.

The campaign launched last March 15 in Glorietta Activity Center with performances from endorsers Sarah, Enrique, and Elmo and the Philippine All Stars. Prior to the event, Rexona Teens visited different schools around the country to promote confidence and freshness through an audition process for the biggest Teen Dance Competition this year.

Despite their busy schedules, endorsers Sarah and Enrique took the time to talk to Young STAR about their dreams for the youth, self-expression through dance, and how they stay confident through it all.


YOUNG STAR: You’re known for your Whitney-esque style. What made you decide to incorporate more movement in your performances?

SARAH GERONIMO: No question that Whitney Houston is one of my musical influences. (She’s) one of the international female artists.  Michael Jackson is my biggest musical influence. Singing and dance. I  really love pop music.

Is there a particular Michael Jackson performance or song that inspired you?

Wow. The “Dangerous album,” In The Closet.

Now that you have more movements in your performances, rehearsals must be tougher than before. How do you boost your confidence whenever you feel down?

I’m blessed to have these people around me. The people I work with are very supportive and understanding when I’m tired. The strength of the support system I have, mainly my family, my parents and my team. Those are my friends. It’s where I get my self-confidence.

After a day’s work, what do you do to unwind?

After work, I go out with my friends. I watch a movie. we eat dinner. Then we have a dog at home.

Your idol Michael Jackson has a signature move which is the Moonwalk. If you were to name your own, what would you call it?

(Laughs) My bungisngis move.

What’s your message to anyone who wants to pursue their craft?

They really have to know what they really want.  It may be difficult because their young. There’s nothing wrong starting at an early age and they should be open to trying a lot of things, right? If  they want to play basketball, learn how to play basketball If you want to sing, take singing lessons.

Like me, boy I just knew I’d really be a performer or singer. Should nothing hold them back from doing what they enjoy doing.


YOUNG STAR: We’ve seen you dance everywhere. Is it something you loved doing as a kid?

ENRIQUE GIL: No, I had never danced, never sang, and never acted. We had to learn. So when I learned how to dance, I got to say  “okay.” So, I wanted to learn more.

As you were learning, did you have any inspirations?

Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Poppin’ Pete, and Mr. Wiggles. They’re like some of the best poppers out there.

If you were going to name your signature dance move, what would it be?

I don’t know. (Laughs) Something to do with like ”keep it fresh.“

Do you think dancing is an art form?

It is an art, and for me I also think it’s a sport. In a way, competition like dance-offs or crew against crew, are like the Olympics. And it’s really, really athletic. It’s even crazier than the stuff that you see in sports. We do (stunts), we do tricks, we breakdance. It’s a sport and an art at the same time.

What’s on your day-to-day playlist?

(When I) wake up in the morning, I like to play house music like Joel Fletcher, Avicii, and Deorro, relaxing music and hip-hop.

If ever you have a dance partner, dead or alive, who would it be?

King of Pop, any day. Michael Jackson. If not Michael Jackson, Chris Brown. I’d love to work with him. And Les Twins! Hands down, they’re the best dancers I’ve seen so far.

What’s your message for the youth who want to pursue their art?

First you have to work on yourself. Confidence is number one because before I didn’t have enough. Only when I got in the this business, they brought me out of my shell. I got to see what I could really do. I wouldn’t know that I could dance and act if I didn’t even try it in the first place. To try it, you need confidence. Believe in yourself. In order to say that, keep it fresh, stay confident, do what you gotta do.

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Brent Street Dancers Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson

Source: Daily Telegraph


Brent Street performing arts students with three Michael Jackson wax figures by Madame Tussauds. Source: Supplied

The traveling Michael Jackson experience has landed in Sydney for the first time and dance students from the Brent Street performing arts school were on hand with their best moonwalking moves.

The 30 talented young dancers performed a high-energy routine to the hit song Bad, focusing their moves around the three incredibly detailed Michael Jackson wax figures created by Madame Tussauds artists.

The figures capture Jackson in three of his most iconic looks: as a child in the Jackson 5, performing Smooth Criminal in the ’90s, and in the This Is It performance just before his death in 2009 and arrived on the anniversary of his signature move, The Moonwalk.


Tom Redford and Mathilde Stephens with the young Michael Jackson wax figure from Madame Tussauds.Source: Supplied

Each wax figure took a staggering 800 hours to complete and Madame Tussauds staff were thrilled to create the ultimate tribute to one of music’s biggest stars.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to showcase Michael Jackson in his many incarnations. With a career spanning over 45 years, it is impossible to pinpoint his most prolific moment so instead we bring you Michael Jackson through the ages,” said Quinn Clarke, general manager of Madame Tussauds Sydney.

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“Each figure was made with the utmost precision and care and we hope that his fans will appreciate this unique series.”

Brent Street student Chaska Halliday said Jackson had been a huge influence on her life.

“It has been absolutely incredible to dance alongside his wax figures as he is one of the reasons I fell in love with dance,” she said.

The traveling trio of wax figures will remain at Madame Tussauds Sydney, at Darling Harbour, until the end of May.

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Pharrell Williams Talks About Missing Out On Working With Michael Jackson


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THERE is one name which keeps coming up in the reviews for Pharrell Williams’ solo record.

The cat in that hat won’t countenance the affirmation offered by critics who are drawing the natural line between Michael Jackson and his record GIRL.

Yet Williams has made exactly the record that Jackson may have finally attempted if he was still alive.

After all, Williams gave him the chance to make it that album back in 2002. But Jackson’s minders rejected the songs he had written for the King Of Pop.

Instead they would feature on Justified, the debut solo album by Justin Timberlake, who returns the favour with a duet on GIRL called “Brand New”.

While Williams and Jackson would often talk — and the King Of Pop even interviewed his heir apparent for a magazine feature — they never did get to work together.

“Well, there’s no comparison between me and Michael Jackson. He is the King of Pop, an incredible dancer, an incredible writer, incredible visionary, he changed the world in so many ways,” he says.

“I am just a fan who has been given the opportunity to make music.

“I did eight songs for him that never made it to him, that ended up on Justin’s record.

“Later he sang me all those songs and told me they should have been his and I told him they were for him.

“When we did that interview for Interview magazine in 2003, I always said it was the king interviewing the peasant.

“He knew who he was supposed to be and I am still pinching myself.”

Williams has a lot to pinch about. GIRL went straight to the top of the iTunes charts in 60 countries and “Happy” has sold a gazillion copies.

And then there is his fingerprint on the two other biggest hits of the past two years, “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky”.

It was when Columbia Records heard the Daft Punk collaboration that they decided to lure Williams from behind the producer desk to do a solo artist album himself.

He was skiddish about the prospect as his 2005 debut solo record In My Mind flopped.

Hence his genuine gratitude and humility about his purple patch.

“I am doing things the same. It’s the fans, they are doing it and I cannot take authorship of the success because I didn’t do it,” he says.

Even when it is pointed out that he created the music which has generated the success, Williams won’t gloat.

“How lucky are you to be chosen by people to be lifted this high?” he says.

Before anyone else heard “Happy” or “Brand New” or “Lost Queen” or “Gust of Wind” or “It Girl”, Williams knew he wanted the album to be about women and his feelings about them.

So he tested the tracks with his wife Helen, riding around Miami in their “truck”, the American equivalent of a ute.

“You got to play them in the car, you have to, because that’s where people hear it, that’s where you get to see if you feel it,” he says.

“You just wanna hear it again. Oooh, that’s my part, that’s when you know there’s something in there.

Williams is playing his future plans close to his chest about touring about confirmed he is working on plans to take GIRL on the road.

As for the future of hat trends, Williams is “I am not like this guy who is going to show up with all these weird hats.”


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Kourtney Kardashian Channels Michael Jackson As She Films Keeping Up With The Kardashians

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Kourtney Kardashian was in a bad mood when she was spotted filming scenes with her mum Kris Jenner. But when we say bad mood, we don’t mean grumpy or upset, we mean Micheal Jackson bad.

With a day of filming ahead of them, Kourtney and her mum were spotted heading into a building and whilst Kris went for the monochrome look, the eldest Kardashian sister opted to go for something different, wearing a pair of brown leather trousers and a Michael Jackson Bad tour tee.


Having been papped at the studio, Kourtney put a selection of photos together in the outfit with the caption:

“Now I’m bad real bad Michael Jackson.”

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

Source: Atlas Obscura

A random tree outside a Budapest hotel has become a DIY shrine to the late singer

The death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson effected many people in many ways, and inspired countless tributes and memorials the world over, but none may be as inspiringly analog as Budapest’s Michael Jackson Memorial Tree.

During his tour stays in Budapest, Michael Jackson often stayed at the Kempinski Hotel. Whenever the singer was in town, fans would gather in the park across from the hotel, trying to simply catch a glimpse of the famous pop star. Upon his death in 2009, fans dedicated a tree on the corner of the park to his memory. Devotees decorated the public tree by stapling pictures, flowers, letters and all manner of homemade tributes into the bark. More than a passing memorial to the Jackson’s death, the tree is still regularly plastered with photos and print outs of the singer. In addition, each year on Michael Jackson’s birthday, Hungarian fans gather in the park in impromptu flash mobs to perform one of the celebrity’s dances.

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Me And Michael Jackson And The Summer of ’71

Source: SweeneyPR – Jim Sweeney (Published July 26, 2009)


Sometime between the release of Jackson 5′s first album (Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5) in late 1969 (coinciding with their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show) and the release of their Greatest Hits in December 1971, I became convinced that Michael Jackson was destined to be the greatest artist of our time… and I can prove it.

I can still picture this 11-year-old wunderkind in a purple velvet fedora performing “I Want You Back” like a seasoned professional. Who couldn’t love that? Actually, a lot of people. Consider that it was not terribly cool to admire a young black male during the late 60s and early 70s. It was a time of civil unrest and protesting and drugs and rock and roll. And it all came to a head for me and Michael in the summer of ’71.


Joe Snodgrass (his real name) was a Georgetown University bohemian (aka, hippie) spending his summer break in his mom’s apartment in the building next to Lottie’s Deli, where I worked for a $1 an hour stocking shelves, sweeeping floors and ringing up sales. Joe was a 6-foot something beanpole with horn-rimmed glasses, a quasi-perm, cut-off shorts and sandals who knew everything. And I was just a kid, 15, who knew absolutely nothing.

Anyway, one hot day during the summer of ’71, Joe saunters into the store as he often did and begins his usual intellectual discussion about everything – the administration, Viet Nam, the toilet paper shortage. Lottie lets knuckleheads like Joe hang around because she is the greatest woman on the planet. And sometimes it is fun to have the company of these older guys around, but not today. Anyway, at some point, Joe hears me listening to the radio and not him, so he takes aim and fires.

“Jesus Christ, Sweeney, what is that bubblegum bull**** you’re listening to on the radio?”

“Michael Jackson,” I respond with disbelief. “

F*** me; turn on WNCR and find some good tunes – Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, the Stones, CCR – anything is better than that pop crap you’re listening to.”

Here’s the thing about me: I have always been a person of diverse tastes. Even at 15, I listened to my parent’s Sinatra and Martin albums. And in my own collection I owned Cat Stevens, Four Seasons, Cactus, The Band, Elton John… I listened to both AM pop radio and FM rock radio. And I liked it all, so long as it was good. But Joe was so smart and so annoying.

“Better than Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5?” I spit back.

“Sweeney, you know nothing… and you know even less about music,” Joe calmly replied.

“Yeah,” what a retort, “let me tell you what I do know. I know that Michael Jackson will sell more records than any of the stupid artists you listen to.”

Now to this day, I cannot say for sure if I was defending Michael or myself; maybe both. But it was out there now and there was no taking it back.

Joe laughed profusely. “How about the Beatles?”

Wow, that question was so thick with sarcasm and condescension that you could chop it with a hand axe. “Do you think Michael Jackson will sell more records than the Beatles?” By now Joe was drooling in his own laughter.

“Yes he will,” I stated with absolute confidence.

Egging me on, Joe asked: “How do you figure?”

“Well, in case word hadn’t made it to DC yet, the Beatles broke up, so they won’t be selling any new albums. And Michael Jackson is just getting started.”

At that very moment, as if cursed by the gods, my older brother walked into Lottie’s.

“Hey Junior,” snaps Joe, “you’ve got to hear this. Your kid brother says that Michael Jackson will one day be bigger than the Beatles.”

My brother Denny, who I always looked up to and admired, and who coincidentally was the person who told me about MJ’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show two years earlier, simply gave me a look and mocked me with sincerity:

“What’s wrong with you?”

That was 38 years ago, and it remains as fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday.

Joe eventually graduated from Georgetown with a degree in Chinese linguistics and spent the rest of his life working in a county job. He is still a hippie and probably has no recollection of that special moment in time – partly because of his arrogance and partly because of all the weed.

My brother Denny is a retired Cleveland Detective. He still questions my sanity and I still admire him.

The Beatles never got back together to release a new album, but Michael Jackson eventually owned the rights to most of their music.

As for Michael Jackson and me, I stand by what I said in the summer of ’71: Michael Jackson was destined to become the greatest artist of our time.


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Jason Derulo Plays Michael Jackson Constantly

Source: Contact Music

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Jason Derulo has to stop himself listening to too much Michael Jackson.

The ‘Talk Dirty’ singer features the late King of Pop on his favourite playlists, but is aware he probably listens to the singer too much.

He said: ”Michael’s ‘Dirty Diana’ never gets old. But I’ve listened to Michael so much in my life, I have to give myself an MJ limit!”

While he’s working out, Jason likes Kanye West’s recent song ‘Black Skinhead’, although it brings back physically painful memories.

He added: ”We work out to that record in rehearsals for my tour. It’s a love-hate relationship because I’m feeling the burn when I hear it, but it gets us pumped up.”

Jason is also hot on listening to both Beyonce and Katy Perry at the moment too.

He told People magazine: ”I’m digging [Katy's song] ‘Dark Horse’. It’s a big change for Katy. She’s bringing her little hood vibe to it.

”I liked [Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love'] immediately. It’s edgy and Jay Z’s verse is one of the best of all time.” 

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Rev. Jessie Jackson Talks About Walking With Martin And Praying With Michael

Source: The Telegraph (India)


In Calcutta on a three-day visit, REVEREND Jesse Jackson, one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders who was a close aide of Martin Luther King Jr and ran for US President twice, took time out for a chat with Metro. (Excerpts)

You’ve been to India twice before. Why was it important for you to visit Calcutta this time?

Dr King’s (Martin Luther King) last work was a poor people’s campaign. I worked with him on the drive to wipe out poverty and protect the poor. To wipe out illiteracy. To be in a project with him was an honour. I feel such indebtedness to India, in one sense, because Mahatma Gandhi began in Durban, South Africa, and then the non-violence drive…. We gained much strength from the Indian liberation movement.

Today, the number one driving force in the high- tech world is India. India has such an abundance of brilliant minds — professors, entrepreneurs, doctors — in the US and around the world. In many ways the minds of Indians are their most natural resource. In Delhi I have been for the Gandhi lecture and the Nehru lecture.

I wanted to come to Calcutta to walk where Mother Teresa walked, to visit her gravesite and to focus on global poverty, which is breathing global fear. One weapon to counter the weapon of mass destruction is to eliminate poverty, fear, hatred and violence. It’s (Calcutta) a vast urban area and I’m aware that the Indian economy is one of the fastest growing in the world. There are political sensitivities and I know poverty transcends the barriers that stop people. I wanted to meet people here and fortify their faith, their commitment to address these issues. On my visit here I wanted to focus on schools and child education. Strong minds help the bodies bridge change.

Reverend Jesse Jackson took a tour of Netaji Bhavan on Tuesday, guided by Subhash Chandra Bose’s niece Krishna Bose and grand nephew Sugata Bose. “I am heartened by this visit. To see the spirit of democracy still alive, as Mr Bose saw it and Gandhi saw it. We will achieve that goal. This country is so blessed,” said Jackson, who took a look at the car in which Netaji had fled as well as rare photographs and signed on the visitor’s book

Reverend Jesse Jackson took a tour of Netaji Bhavan on Tuesday, guided by Subhash Chandra Bose’s niece Krishna Bose and grand nephew Sugata Bose. “I am heartened by this visit. To see the spirit of democracy still alive, as Mr Bose saw it and Gandhi saw it. We will achieve that goal. This country is so blessed,” said Jackson, who took a look at the car in which Netaji had fled as well as rare photographs and signed on the visitor’s book

Jackson spent some time at Mother House and said a prayer at her tomb with Sister Prema and Sister Christie by his side. “This is a sacred place not just because she lived and died here. It’s sacred because she suffered her way into permanence. Following the mandates of Jesus she lived among the poor, served the poor and died fighting for the poor. For her it was a life of suffering, sacrifice and commitment. Visiting her tomb was like visiting Gandhi’s tomb in Delhi, Dr King’s tomb in Atlanta and Mandela’s in South Africa. She’s among the greats. Mother Teresa gave her life in service, sacrifice and risk and that is the legacy we must honour,” he said.

Jackson spent some time at Mother House and said a prayer at her tomb with Sister Prema and Sister Christie by his side. “This is a sacred place not just because she lived and died here. It’s sacred because she suffered her way into permanence. Following the mandates of Jesus she lived among the poor, served the poor and died fighting for the poor. For her it was a life of suffering, sacrifice and commitment. Visiting her tomb was like visiting Gandhi’s tomb in Delhi, Dr King’s tomb in Atlanta and Mandela’s in South Africa. She’s among the greats. Mother Teresa gave her life in service, sacrifice and risk and that is the legacy we must honour,” he said.

You ran for President twice, broke grounds as an African-American and fared very strong although you did not win. How do you look back on it?

We won the battle to pull down the walls that separate people. We survived the part where we were divided into religious groups, ethnic groups. We were untouchables. But now that the walls are down, we have to learn to live together. Learning to live together is a bigger challenge than the surviving part but it’s more rewarding. When we work together we create greatness. Our productivity has increased, our limits have increased, the odds are more diversified. There’s greater co-operation than competition and more unity. That doesn’t mean everybody’s bought into the dream but those who did will find that the winning is about going from being untouchable by race for 54 years to the White House 54 years later. So one does call that progress.

Do you remember your first meeting with Martin Luther King?

I met him in 1964, in Atlanta. He had come to give a speech at his school. This was after he picked up his Nobel Peace Prize, he was at the airport and we met. I was astonished that he recognised me because I had been to jail in Greensboro, North Carolina. So he spoke to me. My college president was one of his mentors so we struck up a conversation. I left and went back to school and tried to stay away from wars so I could study. When Selma (The Selma to Montgomery marches, also known as Bloody Sunday) happened, it was so dramatic. He called for all of us to come to Alabama with him and I responded to his call. I was in Chicago and he was in Atlanta. We kept doing things together till I started working officially for him in 1965 in South Alabama. I joined the staff coming out of Selma and then in Chicago.

We talked about a lot of things. How meaningful Gandhi was to him. How Gandhi helped to liberate India from British occupation, not just as a tactic but a way of life. He was deeply into Gandhi spiritually, not just tactically. We talked about putting more money into human development and not so much into nuclear weapons.

I worked with him until he was killed, in 1968. I was walking with him, talking to him when he was killed. We were on our way to dinner. He came out on the balcony of the motel. He was walking and he was shot. It was very traumatising, very hurtful but we were determined not to let one bullet kill a whole movement. So we had to use his death as a stimulus to go forward.

I worked with him (Martin Luther King Jr) until he was killed, in 1968. I was walking with him, talking to him when he was killed. We were on our way to dinner. He came out on the balcony of the motel.  He was walking and he was shot. It was very traumatising, very hurtful but we were determined not to let one bullet kill a whole movement. So we had to use his death as a stimulus to go forward.

I worked with him (Martin Luther King Jr) until he was killed, in 1968. I was walking with him, talking to him when he was killed. We were on our way to dinner. He came out on the balcony of the motel.
He was walking and he was shot. It was very traumatising, very hurtful but we were determined not to let one bullet kill a whole movement. So we had to use his death as a stimulus to go forward.

You knew Michael Jackson since he was a little boy…. Your fondest memories of him?

Well, Mayor Hatcher had just won. It was 1968. A lot of stars at this big event and there were these kids (Jackson Five) who were performing. People accepted them but they were not terribly enthralled. People tend to underestimate children and what their potentials are but Mayor Hatcher kept them involved and they had a little reputation around the city. It wasn’t hard to remember them at that time. Two years later we were having a big expo in Chicago with all the top artistes Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones performing. The programme was pretty set. A friend of mine who used to work with Dr King came by and said “There are some kids performing across the street. They say they want to perform at the expo”. So I said, “We don’t have anymore room. The programme is full”, and he says, “The kids want to meet you. At least say hello and take a picture”. They were waiting in a station wagon car like this van attached to a cart with drums and guitars. I saw them and couldn’t say no. Now, how to include them? We were having these big shows every night, Thursday, Friday, Saturday but we didn’t have anyone on Saturday afternoon. So, Motown put them on their stage and once they (Jackson Five) performed they just stole the show. They just took it, you know.

I knew Michael from then and then he became a solo artiste. I knew his family. Amazingly, they were a family of about 12 people that lived in a four-room house. It was so small that they had to eat by rotation. But again, you never know where gifts of an artiste lie. He (MJ) was a world leader in that group, I had no idea. Every child matters. After he got to Motown and they heard him, his first song ABC was an instant hit. He had all of these dance moves and a very high- pitched voice. You could see that he had extraordinary talents. Of course, I spent a lot of time with him in the last two years of his life. At that time he had his trial on. I was standing with him and fighting for him.

He died so suddenly. I cried and cried, it hurt me so bad to see him leave. Such an impact on the world stage, from the four-room house on Jackson Street.


You also became his spiritual adviser and he would pray with you…

Early one morning he came by the neighbourhood, stopped by my house. No big entourage and suddenly word got out and people from four blocks were running down the street! (Laughs) There were throngs of people. He stopped by our office and I took him by the church. A friend of mine used to pray with him and his family from the time. He was religious, his mother was Jehovah’s Witness but he had an appreciation of God. He was a good person. He had a lot of pressures on him but he was a good person.

You were the only one he spoke to in a rare interview when he was being tried in 2005. Anything that you’d like to say about the Michael people misunderstood and you knew so closely…

He was so fully human, almost like a child. Practising, really practising. When he got to Motown he was performing while other kids were playing. He was so generous with his support to causes. He had a generous spirit. He did a song like Black and White which was his way of celebrating races coming together and that is a philosophy till today for a lot of people. But he lived a full life. We all feel that it ended much too suddenly but he was going through a lot of emotional challenges and he was praying to cope with a lot of that pain.

Has his family coped? Do you stay in touch with his children?

Sometimes. They’re in school now. I see his parents sometimes. They were in many fights and they’re tired.

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Steven Russell Covers ‘Rock With You’

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Steven Russell an award winning performer, writer, and producer for some of today’s hottest talents and co-lead vocalist of the multi-platinum R&B group sensation TROOP or (Total Respect Of Other People,) has recorded an amazing cover of Michael’s ‘Rock With You.’ Under his own production company, The Motel Media Music, and from his first solo album ‘So Random,’ which has got to be one of the best covers of one of Michael’s greatest songs, after Michael himself.

TROOP’s music was everywhere in the late 80’s and 90’s. When you turned on a radio station you were bound to hear one of their songs. Appearing on legendary shows such as ‘Soul Train’ and ‘The Arsenio Hall Show,’ to name just a couple, the group made it “Big Time.” In 1989 they even released a cover of The Jackson 5’s ‘All I Do Is Think Of You’ on Atlantic Records, which they took right up to Number One on the US R&B Billboard Charts.

Over the last 25 years working in the music industry, Steven has worked on projects for many artists such as Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Brian McKnight and Justin Timberlake. He has written and produced hit songs for the likes of Keith Sweat, Mario, B2K, Chris Brown, Tyrese, Monica and Charles Wilson, to name just a few. He contributed three hits to Chris Brown’s platinum CD ‘Exclusive,’ including ‘Take You Down,’ ‘Help Me,’ and ‘Get At Cha.’ In 2009 he was awarded a Grammy for Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Invisible,’ and co-wrote one of that year’s biggest hit songs, Jordin Spark’s and Chris Brown’s ‘No-Air.’ In 2012 Steven received a Grammy for Chris Brown’s ‘Fame.’ It doesn’t stop there as Steven has also produced music for numerous motion picture soundtracks. Among them are ‘Shrek,’ Kung Fu Panda, Shark Tale, and all 62 songs on the ‘Dream Girls’ soundtrack.

He has stated many times that his biggest influence and inspiration to get him where he is now was Michael Jackson. His love for Michael is evident in an interview with ‘Soul Train’ from 2012. When asked by them on how he started, he replied, “I used to go around Pasadena to Air Force bases when I was like 12 years old, performing Michael Jackson songs.”

On the question by ‘Soul Train’ if he ever got the chance to meet Michael Jackson or work with him, he states,

“Yes, I met Michael Jackson in 2001; It was right after 9/11. I met him on my trip to New York. I was working with the group B2K and I had produced the songs ‘Why I Love You’ and ‘Gots Ta Be.’ I was in the office with a good friend of mine who was running the label at the time, and his boss brought Michael Jackson into the room, and I was like ‘WHAT?!!!’ (laughs). There were four guys in the room at the time and all got quiet like little girls (laughs) when he walked in. He was so petite, so nice, so humble, and not at all walking around all cocky like. I mean this dude is the biggest guy on the planet, and so humble, soft spoken, real cool. I was so happy when I shook his hand. I held his hand for as long as he would let me (laughs). Shoot, that’s Mike right there! Michael Jackson was my everything. It was one of the best days of my life!”

Asked what has been the number one highlight in his career so far, he replies that being on tour and rehearsing were highlights and ends that answer to ‘Soul Train’ with, “ Meeting Michael Jackson was the same level as that for me also.”

Michael gave TROOP great praise at the time for their ‘All I Do Is Think Of You’ cover and I am sure that if he was here he would have done the same to Steven’s awesome cover of ‘Rock With You.’ It isn’t easy to do a cover of one of Michael’s songs, but Steven certainly does it justice.

Listen to Steven Russell’s Great cover of Michael’s ‘Rock With You’ here.

Take a look at TROOP’S cover of ‘All I Do Is Think Of You’ and what got them to Number One here.

For more info on Steven Russell and where you can purchase his cover of ‘Rock With You’ from his ‘So Random’ album click here and go to the ‘Gallery’ and ‘Store’ tab.

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Sochi 2014: Coomes And Buckland Free Dance To Michael Jackson

Source: BBC Sport


British skaters Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland perform their free dance to a medley of Michael Jackson hits.

The European bronze-medallists were 11th after their short dance routine and are awarded 91.78 for the free dance.

The pair come from skating families, with both Buckland’s grandfather and Coomes’s stepfather former national speed skating champions.



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How David Gest Met Michael Jackson

Source: Yorkshire Post


David has been in the music business since he was a teenager and grew up with both Tito and Michael Jackson amongst his best friends in Encino, an affluent neighborhood in the San Fernando region of Los Angeles.

“I was about 14 when I became friends with Michael. I’d be at his place or he’d come to mine. At 16 I was going out with Latoya Jackson, it was just puppy love and nothing serious. She got sick one night and Michael asked if I would drive him to a memorabilia show in Pasadena. We ended up going out regularly to antique and record stores and became best friends.

“I was always the one with the bigger ego and full of myself. When we went to a gas station I hated pumping gas, spilling it and getting it on my feet so I made Michael do it. He’d smile and say, ‘I have the biggest album in the world and I’m pumping gas.”

For the most part he was happy to remain in the background and carved out a lucrative career in TV production. It was Gest who was behind the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special for CBS and who produced many American Cinema Awards shows honoring glitterati such as Bette Davis, Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Tom Cruise, Donald O’Connor, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall and Gene Kelly. Yet the glamorous life he came to live could never quite ease the painful memories of his own childhood.

“I cried when Michael died and also when Whitney [Houston] died. I’m not name-dropping because they both meant so much to me but I still have a hard time crying. Dad beat me for spending my allowance on candy. You don’t beat a kid for buying a dollar’s worth of candy. I don’t cry because I never cried when I was being beaten, no matter how painful it was and no matter how many times that strap would break my skin. I would never give him the satisfaction of seeing me cry. So I don’t cry, I frustrate. I never became close to him. In later life when I became successful he was very proud and enjoyed my success but I could never really look him in the eye.”

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King Jordan Radio Interviews MJ Friend Michael Jacobshagen

Source: King Jordan Radio


As a child Michael Jacobshagen spent time on the move with Michael Jackson. He met Michael Jackson the first time 1995 in Paris, the beginning of a friendship that stretched over years. They visited the famous Circus Krone in Munich, stayed 1998 two weeks in that city, went shopping and spent private time together in hotel suites and elsewhere. When Michael Jackson roamed Europe on his legendary 1997 History Tour, he invited the 13 year old Michael Jacobshagen time and again to various cities his concerts took place in. Now, 16 years later, Michael Jacobshagen lets other fans participate and talks for the first time in detail about his marvelous experiences with Michael Jackson in a profoundly open and personal manner. Among the stories: how they became friends in Munich, played hide and seek, threw water balloons to the fans outside and went on shopping tours.