Beyonce and Jay-Z Dresses Blue Ivy As Michael Jackson For Halloween

Sources: Daily Mail | Edited By _  All Things Michael

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She has previously claimed Michael Jackson made her the artist that she is today, and Beyonce again paid tribute to the late star on Friday with help from her only child.

The hitmaker’s daughter Blue Ivy emerged in New York dressed as the King Of Pop to attend a Halloween bash with her parents in the city’s West Village.

The little one was carried to the car by her father Jay Z while dressed in the Billie Jean singer’s iconic red and gold jacket, while Beyonce, 33, channeled his sister Janet.

The two-year-old clutched a microphone, while dressed in a replica of the top that was first worn by Jackson to the American Music Awards in 1984.

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With her short hair hidden under a black hat, Blue looked adorable in her dark aviator shades and famous sparkly glove.

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Beyonce also embraced the holiday spirit and dressed up as Janet in a replica of the singer’s Rhythm Nation ensemble.

The hit – which was released in 1989 – saw the singer sport an embellished jacket and chunky cap, which Beyonce copied to perfection.

The stunner’s trim pins were hidden under a pair of skinny jeans, which were teamed with a pair of heeled boots.

However her rapper husband failed to dress up, and instead wore a blue checked shirt, jeans and chunky Timberland boots.

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What 45 Minutes With Michael Jackson Taught Me

Sources: Huffington Post – Jody Michael | Edited By All Things Michael

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When I was 16 years old, I had a 45-minute conversation with Michael Jackson. As you might imagine, the experience was thrilling. But what I was unaware of at the time was how that brief conversation would shape the trajectory of my life.

It was the spring of 1974 when I heard that my favorite band, the Jackson 5, was coming to Chicago. I immediately mailed away for tickets. When they arrived, I couldn’t believe my luck: I got front row seats! From that moment on, all I could think about was meeting Michael.

When the day finally arrived, my father drove my best friend, Linda, and me out to the suburbs and dropped us off at the concert venue. We found our seats, fortuitously located right next to Michael’s mom, Katherine. She was warm and friendly and after I engaged her in a conversation about how much I loved her boys, she got the whole group to sign my program. After the show, program in hand, I told Linda that we HAD to meet Michael.

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Our brilliant plan was simple: stay after the show and wait for him outside. Unfortunately, about 100 other people had the same brilliant plan, but we were determined. Over the next two hours, the group kept dwindling until it was just us two. We knew, we just knew in our hearts, that Michael was still inside the theater. Eventually, the manager of the venue came out and asked what we were doing; I responded matter-of-factly, “We’re waiting to meet Michael.” He told us they had left hours ago and I confidently replied, “It’s your job to tell us he’s not here. I know he is and we’re not going anywhere.”

Finally, fed up with the obstinate teenagers, he unlocked the theater and let us search the place. There was not a Jackson family member to be found. We were despondent.

When he asked us how we planned to get home, we realized that the train back into the city had long since stopped running for the night. In all of the excitement, we had completely lost sight of such practical matters. He was kind enough to give us a ride. On the drive home, we were oblivious to our driver; all Linda and I could talk about was our failed attempt to meet Michael and the punishment that awaited us both at home.

Right before dropping us off, the venue manager took pity on us and told us where the Jacksons were staying. I felt that surge of excitement and hope all over again, just as I did when the tickets first arrived. Even getting grounded for a week didn’t dampen my mood or resolve.

Determined to meet Michael, the very next day, I defied my dad’s orders and rushed to the hotel after school. I sat in the lobby waiting patiently for five hours. When it was obvious that the concert had already begun and Michael was nowhere in sight, I approached the man at the front desk only to be told, “I can’t confirm or deny that the Jackson 5 are staying here.” After much pestering, he finally pointed out that if a famous musical group was staying at the hotel, they probably wouldn’t leave through the lobby.

Crushed by the sobering realization that I had missed him again, I sat down and wrote a heartfelt letter to Michael explaining how hard I had tried, how long I had waited to meet him and how much trouble I had gotten into through my attempts to connect with him. When I tried handing it to the man at the front desk, he refused to take it. Unfazed, I got into the elevator and stopped on every floor. When I reached the top, there was a hulking security guard who warned, “I think you’re on the wrong floor.” Bingo! I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. After much cajoling, I finally convinced him to take the letter. Then, I went home and got in huge trouble. Again.

It was all worth it because that same night, the telephone rang at 2 a.m. I was barely awake when I heard my dad answer and say, “Michael? Michael who?” I jumped out of bed and screamed at him not to hang up. He looked at me like I was a crazy person and said, “You tell this Michael Jackson, whoever he is, never to call here again at this hour!”

I grabbed the phone and spent 45 minutes talking to Michael Jackson. He was soft-spoken and kind — it was like talking to a friend. We were about the same age and the majority of our conversation focused on his curiosity around the life of a normal teenager. He asked about school and my everyday experiences; we connected over our struggles with our strict fathers. It was an intimate talk between two kids.

As the conversation was winding down, I remember thinking, “No one will believe this. I have to get evidence.” Then I thought, “No.” Intuitively, I knew that asking for a personalized photo as proof would ruin the moment. The conversation was so authentic and pure. I didn’t ask.

Talking to Michael Jackson was my first stretch goal — something so big and so unlikely that most people wouldn’t bother going after it. Unbeknownst to me at the time, that 45-minute call was one of the most important conversations of my life. It shaped me to be fearless and tenacious in pursuit of my goals.

Too often, we take “no” as a sign that we’re not smart enough, powerful enough or capable enough. We create and tell ourselves stories that limit us. The trajectory of our future changes — often dramatically — when “no” no longer serves as an absolute, and we powerfully change our stories to support the action we need to move forward.

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Sonny G Debuts ‘American Music Icons’ Tribute

Sources: The Pueblo Chieftain – By Amy Matthew | Edited By – All Things Michael

Cab Calloway, Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and Michael Jackson had more than music in common — and Sonny Gonzalez (known as Sonny G.) is ready to illustrate the foot-tapping connection. 

Gonzalez, a Pueblo native, will debut his production, “American Music Icons,” today at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. After learning some of Jackson’s dance moves for a show while he was in high school, Gonzalez continued expanding his impersonation over the last decade. During that time, he was building his acting career with a long list of parts in commercials and corporate training videos, on TV and in theater.

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As he studied Jackson, he learned through the King of Pop’s own interviews who influenced his dance style. The names that kept appearing wereCalloway, Presley, Wilson and Brown. Eventually, Gonzalez, 28, decided to move behind the camera and develop his own show tracing the timeline of all five performers.michael-jackson-thelavalizard

He went through hundreds of videos and listened to each man’s music to better understand the emotions of the songs, which he said find their way into their mannerisms and choreography. In the show, he lip-syncs to some of each singer’s biggest hits.

“Jackie and Elvis had similar movements,” Gonzalez said. “Between Jackie’s footwork and Elvis’ hips, you get James Brown. Cab Calloway was just way out there with his clothing and his movements.”

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Sure enough, watch Calloway and you’ll see the origins of the moonwalk, a little Elvis hip shake and arm windmill, the frenetic, all-over-the-stage dancing of Brown. “Michael was all four of the other characters rolled up into one,” said Gonzalez. “When you see him at the end of the show, you’ll understand where he derived his hip movements and his beats.” Gonzalez’s Elvis moves even got him a job last year in an Starz/Encore movie channel promotion for Elvis month. He had to be approved by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which controls every facet of The King’s legacy.

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“They’ve invited me to Graceland for their big Elvis impersonation contest they do every year,” he said.

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Developing his own show provided Gonzalez with an enormous lesson in music history. “I was surprised at the connections,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know who Jackie Wilson and Cab Calloway were, but if you watch the videos I watched, they’re still relevant today. The music, dance moves and energy — you see them in everyone from Justin Bieber to Usher to Lady Gaga.”

Though he’s lived in Denver for nearly a decade, Gonzalez said he wanted to premiere his show in his hometown.

“We’re all about the arts in Pueblo,” he said. “I want to let people know Pueblo’s a positive place and you can make it if you have a dream and the tenacity to get it done.”

The performance will be filmed by Pueblo company Luminous Media Arts. Tickets for “American Music Icons” are $20. They are available at the arts center box office.

The evening will include a Halloween dance party and a costume contest with cash prizes.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: Sonny G.

WHAT: ‘American Music Icons’

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave.

TICKETS: $20 at arts center box office

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Justin Bieber Sings Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Sources: Ad Hoc News | All Things Michael

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Justin Bieber sings the Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” song in a new Instagram video, his latest tribute to the late King of Pop. The Biebs has cited Jackson as a major influence for years, once telling Vanity Fair, “Everybody loved him, and that’s what my goal is — to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me.”

 

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Q&A Will.i.am Launches New Smartwatch And Shares His Thoughts On Apple, Michael Jackson, And Beats Co-Founder Jimmy Iovine

Sources: CNet – By Richard Nieva | All Things Michael

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SAN FRANCISCO — Will.i.am is no stranger to technology. After all, he’s the grammy-award winning artist and member of the Black Eyed Peas who once rapped, “I’ve got that rock and roll, that future flow.”

The musician — born as Will Adams — also served as Intel’s creative director and has a founding stake in Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and streaming music company that Apple bought for $3 billion in August. He has also been a vocal proponent of STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — education.

On Wednesday, Will.i.am added one more thing to his portfolio: He launched the Puls (pronounced Pulse), a sleek minimalist wrist-worn device — he insists it’s “not a watch” — onstage at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference at the Moscone Center here.

The watch can make calls without pairing with a smartphone.

The watch can make calls without pairing with a smartphone.

The device stores music, has a voice navigator named Aneeda powered by the speech-tech company Nuance, and makes phone calls without being paired with a smartphone. While that’s rare when compared with the rest of the smartwatches that have already been unveiled by other companies — including the Apple Watch, coming early next year — it won’t be alone. Samsung’s Gear S watch, demonstrated in September, will also make calls. Network partners for the Puls are AT&T in the U.S. and O2 in the U.K.

While the musician gave the device a proper coming out party on Wednesday, he first showed it off in April, on a British talk show.

The market for wearables is nascent but promising. In 2013, 9.7 million wearables were shipped, according to CCS Insight, a research firm. By the end of 2014, that figure is projected to jump to 22 million units. And by 2018, 250 million wearables will be in use, the research firm estimates.

This isn’t the first wearable device that Will.i.am has put out. Last year, his company i.am+ launched the foto.sosho, an iPhone case worn around the neck that costs $475. The accessory essentially turns your iPhone into a fancier camera, with things like a keyboard, interchangeable lenses, built-in flash and photo editing. On Wednesday, Will.i.am also talked about other connected-wearables his company makes, like shoes, a bag and a jacket.

CNET sat down with Will.i.am in San Francisco, hours before he launched the watch on stage. Below are excerpts of the conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Question: You’ve done wearable tech products before. Why did you think it was important to get into this space?
Will.i.am: The wearable conversation has been led by tech alone. And the fashion world has called it “fashion” for decades. They don’t say wearables. The reason they say wearables is because there’s technology inside of the things you put on your body. And I want to enter the conversation, and suggest, ‘Hey, here’s a device we are bringing to market that is non-tethered.’ And we want to design it from the standpoint of expression.

We’ve created other components that allow you to have two days of [battery] power, or utilize the device with jackets. We’ve created shoes that allow you to weigh yourself and count your steps. Because what good is it to count your steps from your wrist if you don’t know how much you weigh? So we’re completing the conversion by looking at it from a perspective that most folks aren’t looking at if from.

Wearables haven’t gotten mainstream quite yet. What do you think companies haven’t yet done right? And how is your product different?
Will.i.am: That’s a hard question. Because I don’t want to knock other people’s attempt to bring awesome technology to culture. So it’s not my place to say what awesome companies are doing right or wrong. What’s my place is to tell my team what we should aim to do right. Because it’s all relative. Some people like things that I don’t like. I like things some people don’t like. I want to use my energy to corral my team to think of things other companies haven’t thought of.

My colleague saw you at the Apple Watch launch event last month. What do do you think of the watch?
Will.i.am: That’s an amazing piece of technology. It’s awesome. It’s beautiful. It’s Apple. They’re like the most amazing company on earth. [Pauses.] They’re the most amazing company on earth.

You are both in the wearables business now. Do you see them as a competitor?
Will.i.am: There’s a guy that I worked with in the past — I’m going to use music as a metaphor. Before I worked with him, he was my idol. His name was was Michael Jackson. He did the most amazing music on earth. He entertained us all. He showed us what to do when you’re successful.

Michael Jackson was the most amazing artist ever. But that didn’t stop me from doing music — because Michael Jackson made music. I didn’t look at Michael Jackson as a competitor. He was my inspiration. He made me want to make music too. Apple makes me want to make products. How can I compete with those guys? Those guys are the masters of the universe. Literally. And they’re my inspiration. And they make amazing stuff.

Speaking of Apple, you have a founding stake in Beats Electronics. What do you think of the company’s acquisition by Apple?
Will.i.am: That came out of the blue. That’s a blessing. Jimmy Iovine, that guy’s amazing. I showed Jimmy my device, and he’s proud of me. Because most people have ideas and are afraid to execute them. And when people tell them no, they stop.

I funded this. People in world are waiting for someone to give them money. They say, hey, I’ll promote your product. That’s going to cost you. Rarely are they ever willing to put down X amount of dollars.

I know Jimmy Iovine is one of your mentors. What advice did he give you as you were starting this company?
Will.i.am: Jimmy would say, [starts doing Iovine impression] “Whatever you do will, just gotta focus on it. You can’t be doing a million different things. You already do too much. Focus on it.”

So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two years. I’ve got to build this company. Not only for me but for the kids I’m telling to get into STEM. I’m telling them not to hang out on the corner, and learn to code. And then I’m not doing the same thing?

 

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Please listen to Will’s beautiful, heartfelt tribute to Michael. It will have you in tears. It’s starts at 1:18

Amazing Girl With Asperger Syndrome Will Perform Michael Jackson Tribute

Sources: KoloTV  | Edited By – All Things Michael

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RENO, NV – 13-year-old Falynne Lewing’s infatuation with Michael Jackson started when she saw his Thriller video at the age of 5. That inspired Falynne to learn his moves, and when she first showed her family, her mom Michelle says they were blown away.

“It was unbelievable. Our jaws dropped. We couldn’t believe that she could do something like that on her own,” she says.

Falynne hasn’t had any formal dance training and only started really working at her craft a little more than a year ago. Despite having Asperger Syndrome, which has been classified as an autism spectrum disorder, Falynne has an incredibly positive attitude and a huge heart.

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“The peace, the love, the message that Michael wanted to share with the world, Falynne equally wants to share that same message,” says Michelle.

Falynne had trouble with her speech until the age of 7. She was also delayed in learning how to walk, which seems hard to believe when you see her move. The teen is transformed into a dancing machine when she hits that stage.

“Once that beat or the bass starts, I just can’t help but move,” she says.

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Her kind nature along with her incredible talent seems to always draw a crowd. Falynne’s mom says when they recently attended Vid-Con and Michael Jackson’s final resting place in southern California people surrounded her.

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Michelle says, “They wanted to meet her, they wanted to hug her, they wanted to see her dance. She brings people to tears when she dances and sings, myself included.”

On October 23rd Falynne will get to show off her talents by taking the stage at the Grand Sierra Resort. Her tribute to Michael Jackson starts at 7:30 p.m. The proceeds from her show will benefit the Nevada Humane Society and the Autism Coalition of Nevada.

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“I know that some of the families can’t afford it, so I really want to help them get the medical care they need,” she says.

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Farah Khan Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson In New The Song ‘Nonsense Ki Night’ From ‘Happy New Year’

Sources: IBN Live | All Things Michael

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Mumbai: Choreographer-director Farah Khan has paid an ode to the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson in song ‘Nonsense Ki Night’ from ‘Happy New Year’.

Farah, 49, said she also turned lyricist with the funny song.

In the song, the male actors Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah are doing signature moves of the late pop star’s ‘Thriller’ and donning his iconic body-hugging shimmery leather red pants and jacket with black design.

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“Nonsense Ki Night is also a sort of tribute to my guru Michael Jackson… Check out the thriller inspired costumes and steps,” Farah wrote and added, “It’s my first credit as lyric writer!”

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