Justin Pays Tribute To Michael

Sources: MJWN | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Justin Timberlake recently showed us the respect he has for Michael by sharing vocals with him in the duet ‘Love Never Felt So Good,’ and he showed it once again, on stage in Adelaide, Australia, during the Australian leg of his ‘20/20 Experience’ Tour.

Justin has always been a big fan of Michael’s work and last night and the night before, he paid homage to him midway through his concerts at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre by singing ‘Human Nature’ to an adoring crowd.

Moving through the isle between fans with Security, he swapped from the main stage that he had been performing to a smaller one towards the back of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, where the VIP section was located to wow the crowd and get a little more up close and personal with his fans and with his rendition of ‘Human Nature.’

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There were many Michael Fans in the crowd, as you could hear by the roar they made when he started singing Michael’s classic. He constantly connected with the audience by getting them to sing the song with him. Pointing up to the sky he shouted to the crowd, “SING IT LOUDER SO HE CAN HEAR US!” A heartfelt gesture on his part and what was sure to make a few MJ fans sigh.

It may have been a Justin Timberlake concert, but Michael’s influence and inspiration was evident throughout the whole night. From the precision of the dancing and the amazing choreography, the way the music was set, stopping and starting again in a song in unison with the dance, just as Michael used to do in his concerts, you couldn’t help but be reminded of the King Of Pop in some way.

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As a local Adelaide review described it,

“Fans wanting to capture a glimpse of JT’s fancy footwork were not disappointed with the singer dancing through most of the show and pulling his signature MJ inspired moves.”

Watch Justin sing ‘Human Nature’ in Adelaide, Australia!!

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Bust of Michael Jackson Originally Intended For Letná Installed At Children’s Home (Updated)

Sources: Radio Prague | Edited By – All Things Michael

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A bust of Michael Jackson has been unveiled at the Charlotte Masaryk Children’s Home in the Prague district of Zbraslav. Speakers at the unveiling of the monument to the pop star, who died in 2009, drew attention to his charity work.

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The King of Pop visited the children’s home when he played a concert on Prague’s Letná Plain in 1996. Sculptor and Jackson fan Daniela Kartáková had campaigned to have her bust of the singer installed at Letná but the plan was dropped after objections from locals.

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“Earth Song” And “Man in the Mirror” To Be Featured At Michagan Band Competition

Sources: MLive | All Things Michael

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PORTAGE, MI — The marching bands from Portage Central, Portage Northern and Gull Lake high schools will kick off their competitive season Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Knight Time Classic at Kenowa Hills High School in suburban Grand Rapids.

Gull Lake, which also is performing Saturday at the Otsego Band Invitational, is performing at 11:30 a.m. at Kenowa Hills, while Portage Northern will take the field at 1:15  p.m. and Portage Central at 2 p.m.

The title of the Portage Central show is “Mad World,” featuring the “Mad World” song in “Iron Man 3,” and the Michael Jackson numbers “Earth Song” and “Man in the Mirror.”

“Man World was created with many discussions from our design staff and hinged on the liking of Earth Song & Mad World by all,” said Patrick Flynn, the band’s co-director.  “I have been waiting to have this written for the band for many years. It was an instant hit with the students.

Portage Central High School Marching Band performs its 2014 show, "Mad World."

Portage Central High School Marching Band performs its 2014 show, “Mad World.”

“The iPhone marimba ringer percussion feature and the inclusion of Iron Man 3 and Man In The Mirror made it a complete package.  Ibe Sodawalla is our music writer and Ryan Jonker is our percussion writer.

“It’s musically and visually intense, colorful, dramatic and fun, and gets the audience to move with the music. The kids have really pushed the show to a new level already in early September.”

The Portage Central band features 152 members this year — the biggest number since 1998 — and consists mainly of students in grades 10-12, with some select ninth graders.

The high school bands are under the direction of Patrick and Rennee Flynn and Allison Patrick.

 

 

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See Hrithik Roshan Tribute To Michael Jackson In ‘Bang Bang!’ (Video)

Sources: The Examiner – By Jim Bessman | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan says that his dancing in the title song of his new movie Bang Bang! is an ode to the inspiration of his hero Michael Jackson.

“Honesty, probably it was the wrong idea, because you really cannot match up to the master—the god of dance,” Roshan said in an interview screened last week on AVS TV Network. “But then I realized I have so much love and so much respect, and he has been someone I have idolized all my life. So I said, for his work and for all the contribution he has made in this world, it doesn’t matter how I dance, it doesn’t matter if I match up. I’m going to do this for my love for the man who started me off on my journey of dance, so I’ve done this in own style.”

Directed by Siddharth Anand, Bang Bang! is an action thriller remake of Hollywood’s 2010 Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It opens Oct. 2 and also stars Katrina Kaif, who appears with Roshan in the video of the title song.

“I have not done it like Michael Jackson, but it’s his steps in my style, and that’s what sets me free,” said Roshan. “When you do something for love, it sets you free.”

 

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Tiger Shroff Talks About Michael Jackson And Dance

Sources: The Indian Express – By Priya Adivarekar

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Q. 1 How did you conceptualise this idea of a Michael Jackson tribute?

The idea came to me after the release of Heropanti. My dance moves were appreciated by the audience and that’s when I decided to pay a tribute to the only individual because of whom I started dancing —Michael Jackson. In the tribute, you can see me performing with my dance teacher, Paresh Shirodkar. So in a way, it’s a tribute to showcase my gratitude to them, and showing it to the world. It is something that I always wanted to do.

Q. 2 Was there any nervousness before stepping into Jackson’s shoes?

Of course! As a performer, there was a certain pressure of living upto the expectations that people have from me. Honestly, nobody can match upto MJ’s style of dance. The idea was not to match steps or copy him, but instead, express my love for his style of dance and perform his moves in my own way. In a tribute, you can wear the kind of outfits he used to sport or try some of his signature moves, like the moonwalk, but in my video, I have only tried to get as close as I can. -

Q. 3 How many days did you rehearse before you began shooting?

The entire rehearsal process took two and a half weeks, where both Paresh sir and I worked on the choreography together.

Q. 4 How influential was the pop star’s journey on you as a kid?

Every dance enthusiast has grown up watching MJ perform. He wasn’t just another dancer or singer, but a complete package. For someone who started off with Jackson 5 and went on to become the most iconic popstar in the world, MJ has certainly influenced all of us and I am no different. Jackson was a big part of my life.

Q. 5 Who did you train under to ace your dance moves?

Well, I am not really professionally trained in dance. For the video, I have been learning some moves under the guidance of Paresh sir. Otherwise, I have always looked up the internet for videos and would usually rehearse on my own. Especially the songs where Hrithik sir (Roshan) has performed, because he is a huge inspiration and I really look upto his dance style. I like to mix and match choreography and then add my own thing to it.

Q. 6 You have always considered Jackson as your idol. When did you first get attracted to his style?

It all started with the Thriller video. Those days, we would watch the song videos on VHS. I was blown away by MJ’s moves. I remember watching his videos and practising the moves. I have always been very shy, so I would lock myself up in a room and keep rehearsing for hours, so that no one could watch me.

Q. 7 Which is your all time favourite Michael Jackson number?

That’s a very difficult question (laughs). It isn’t easy to pick just one, but I will go with the entire Thriller album. Be it Billie jean, Human nature and Thriller, they are all so amazing.

Q. 8 How would you define the significance of dance and music in your life?

It certainly is a big part of my life. Dance is a prominent aspect of our culture and personally, I look at it as a medium of expression. I like to express myself through dance, because I am very uncomfortable when it comes to talking. I’d rather dance it out!

Q. 9 Any particular genre of dance that you really wish to learn?

I would like to learn contemporary, because it is something that I think I can really do justice to, as I am into acrobats and can be pretty flexible. I have never got the opportunity to learn this on a professional level. It’s a very beautiful form to look at and I sincerely hope that I will get a chance to learn it one day.

Q. 10 Do you think sites like YouTube serve as a great platform for learning, especially for those who can’t attend dance classes?

Absolutely! It gives several artistes an opportunity to showcase their work and get noticed. You never really know who is watching and how you might just get that one big break. Platforms like YouTube, Daily Motion among others are perfect for those who want to express themselves. Also, there are a lot of people who are visual learners like me. So for us, video tutorials are a boon, as you can learn the moves on your own.

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“Foreverland” Honors King of Pop At Merced Theatre

Sources: Merced Sun Star | All Things Michael

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It was the 1980s all over again at the Merced Theatre last Friday, as the tribute group Foreverland performed a crowd-pleasing deluge of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

The band played two electrified sets during its Merced appearance, playing songs from Jackson’s massive catalog, including “Smooth Criminal,” “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” and much more.

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The group also played songs from the King of Pop’s days performing with his brothers, including songs such as “Can You Feel It,” “ABC,” and “I Want You Back.”

Some members of the audience also showed up dressed in Jackson-esque attire, and by the second set the aisles were filled with people dancing to the infectious beat of the music. The group also played an encore set, in response to the audience’s demanding and enthusiastic applause.

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Foreverland was inspired to come together in the Bay Area in 2009, after Jackson announced his “This Is It” tour, which was planned as 10 shows at London’s O2 Arena, according to the band. That tour never came to fruition, as Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

At the inception of the band, there were around six members. As the group began to perform more-complex songs, however, more musicians came into the fold over the years, evolving into the band’s current 14-member lineup, which includes four vocalists, a rhythm section, keyboards, two guitarists and a horn section.

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For more information about the group, visit their website at www.foreverland.com. The group is also on Facebook.

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WILL.I.AM Talks About Designing The New Lexus NX: “IT WAS MICHAEL JACKSON WHO GAVE ME A PASSION FOR DESIGN”

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After watches, sunglasses, shoes, Will.I Am launches the automobile. The famous producer, a member of the Black Eyed Peas has agreed to NX designed the new Lexus F SPORT, which was presented in Paris, September 24, 2014 at a special evening. Closer was there …

Let it be forewarned: there is not just music in the life of Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas . This creative,  jack-of-all, and always ahead of his time, was very interested in the design … and this for a very long time.  

“In reality, it was Michael Jackson who gave me this passion ,” he says. “It was there 32 years ago. When I watched the Thriller video, I thought “Ok that’s great, but why?  Why is his better than other music?And my spirit has always wondered about the “why” in why.”

HE CREATED EYEGLASSES, WATCHES AND CAR …

On interrogations questions, he began to talk about how he create glasses, I’ll opticswatches, shoes, and what he is most proud of is probably his “I Am Auto,” a small sports car that cost him 900,000 dollars.

“It  has taken me three years, “he says,” I created it from A to Z .” 

Not to mention the other five cars he owns, including a Bentley Continental, a Corvette and a Tesla.

So normal that Lexus has called on him first to participate in the campaign, Striking Angles. Will.I.Am also composed a song. The artist of 39 years was asked to create a special edition of the Lexus NX, which is equipped with a system Pioneer Surround Sound of ten speakers. With Will I Am, music is never far away.

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LEXUS PARTNERSHIP

Lexus in collaboration with will.i.am have unveiled a one-off NX last night at a special event organized in Paris.

The vehicle is based on the NX 200T F Sport but adds a wider body kit combined with aluminum and carbon vinyl, a monochrome matte pearl white together with a black panoramic glass roof. It has also gained flared front and rear wings, massive 22-inch luminous black machined wheels, orange brake calipers and a lowered suspension setup.

The changes continue inside the cabin where the NX by will.i.am has a monochrome color scheme with soft Nappa leather upholstery embroidered with the “willpower” logo. Other tweaks include brushed aluminum floor mats, ten-speaker Pioneer surround sound system, custom steering wheel and four 180-degree cameras capturing panoramic photographs and video. The obtained footage can be displayed via Bluetooth on smartphones which can be wirelessly charged once placed in the center console where Lexus has installed the Wireless Charging Tray.

Motivation comes from a newly developed four-cylinder, 2.0-liter VVT-iW turbocharged gasoline engine packing 235 bhp (175 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) which grants the NX crossover with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 7.1 seconds. We remind you production started last month and the NX represents Lexus’ first model to ever be powered by a turbocharged engine.

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Sources: Closer Magazine – By Cecile Fournier | Lexus| World Car Fans                                       Edited and Translated By – All Things Michael

Bollywood Can’t Get Enough Of Michael Jackson!

Sources: Rediff | All Things Michael

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“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins.”Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” asked Michael Jackson once.

One of the most dazzling entertainers of all time, MJ’s phenomenal popularity as an accomplished song artist and ace dancer is a worldwide occurrence.

Full of style, rhythm and attitude, the King of Pop rocked the scene like no other. Bollywood too hasn’t escaped the influence of the late legend and his signature moonwalking moves.

And since imitation is the best form of flattery, Hrithik Roshan, a terrific dancer in his own right, is the latest to pay tribute to the Thriller icon with his dynamic jig in the highly anticipated Bang Bang.

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Here are others to do the same before him.

Tiger Shroff, Teacher’s Day Tribute

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Only recently, Tiger Shroff showed off another facet of his Heropanti by paying a Teacher’s Day tribute to his self-confessed guru Michael Jackson in an electrifying music video.

Shah Rukh Khan, Krazzy Four

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Fans of MJ will have no trouble pointing out the source of inspiration behind SRK’s flexible moves in the Break Free item song he performed for Rakesh Roshan’s production, Krazzy Four.

Interestingly, one of the orphan kids he plays guardian to in his little seen cop flick, One 2 Ka 4 also features a precocious kid (Madhur Mittal) who is a hardcore fan of his internationally famous namesake.

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One of the best dancers in the business, Shahid Kapoor began his career as part of Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe.

His know-how in technique and instinctive beat makes the guy a joy to watch as he grooves to MJ’s tune in Chance Pe Dance.

Amitabh Bachchan, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati

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Big B tries to combine his characteristic dhinchak with Jackson’s sass in an abomination named Disco Bhangra.

The outcome is nothing short of absurd in one forgettable sequence of the Manmohan Desai disaster, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati.

Sridevi, Chaalbaaz

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Like Tiger, Sridevi swears by the pop idol to millions. So much that she even painted him for her daughter Jhanvi.

And while you may have missed her fleeting nod to the man behind super hit albums like Thriller, Bad and Dangerous in one endearing scene of English Vinglish, there’s no way you don’t remember her Bollywood/MJ mish-mash in the Naam mera Premkali chartbuster of Chaalbaaz.

Madhuri Dixit, Pukar

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The lithesome Ek Do Teen girl teams up with Prabhudeva’s elastic allure to celebrate MJ’s legacy with some desi tadka in the catchy Que Sara Sara picturisation of Pukar.

Johnny Lever, Mahakaal

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You must have caught Johnny Lever’s hilarious mockery of Michael Jackson in live stage shows.

But did you know the comedian plays a pirouetting fanboy to the hilt in the Ramsay horror, Mahakaal?

Govinda, Raja Babu

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Remember what Govinda said in Partner? ‘When I will dance my dance shall speak for me.’

And that’s precisely what happens to the master of freestyle as pays a wholehearted tribute to the Bad genius.

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The dancer turned director may star in movies named Anbody Can Dance but few can match his nimbleness.

No wonder Prabhu Deva is referred to as India’s Michael Jackson.

And what a crackling demonstration he offers to support that sobriquet in the memorable Muqabla dance, modeled along MJ’s Smooth Criminal in Shankar’s Kadhalan dubbed in Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabla.

Mithun Chakraborty, Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki

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Bollywood’s original disco dancer Mithun Chakraborty too couldn’t resist the temptation to do a MJ.

The actor tries his best to salvage the brazenly copied yet tacky reproduction of MJ’s zombie video in Thriller for Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki’s popular track Jeena bhi kya hai jeena.

Chiranjeevi, Donga

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On the other hand Chiranjeevi’s equally unabashed copy of Jackson’s Thriller in the hilarious Golimaar takes the absurdity with a pinch of salt and has a blast in the Telugu movie, Donga.

Even if you are not acquainted with Telugu cinema, you may recall catching snippets of its video in the opening scene of the zombic comedy, Go Goa Gone.

Javed Jaffrey, Meri Jung

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Break dance meets rock ‘n’ roll meets MJ influence in the dishy Bol Baby Bol of Subhash Ghai’s Meri Jung.

More power to Javed Jaffrey for still making sense of it with his energetic, and not nearly celebrated enough, romp.

 

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