Chinese Michael Jackson Has ‘Thriller’ Moves

Sources: CCTV News| All Things Michael

Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers during an interview with Reuters in Beijing

Zhang Guanhui is not your typical Beijing resident. It is fair to say that he is obsessed with Michael Jackson. So much so that the 30-year-old has given up regular jobs and now spends all his time impersonating his idol.

Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances during street performance in Beijing

Sporting various different flashy outfits and equipped with a mini amp, Zhang performs his routine in streets of Beijing to the crowds of curious commuters.

Even in his house Zhang’s fascination is there for everyone to see, with pictures of the late pop star hung up on the walls.

Pictures of Michael Jackson are hung on a wall in a small one-room house Zhang Guanhui, a Michael Jackson impersonator, in Beijing

In July he got the chance to play out one of his dreams by dancing as the King of Pop at a small music concert in Hebei Province.

Zhang’s increasing popularity coincides with what would have been the late singer’s 56th birthday last Friday.

Zhang Guanhui, imitating Michael Jackson, checks his make-up as he prepares for his performance, in a dressing room in Langfang

While the real Michael Jackson has been dead now for more than five years, impersonators like Zhang will continue to thrill young and old alike.

 

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Long Live The King!

Sources: DNA India – By Shannon Pereira | All Things Michael

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On Michael Jackson’s birth anniversary, Bandra resident Shannon Pereira of Shannon & The Silent Riot, talks about MJ’s influence on his musical journey.

A guitar being plugged into massive speakers…LOUD (turning the volume knob)… LOUDER… ARE YOU NUTS?!! Followed by a child actor’s epic words, “Eat This!” and striking a power cord, which catapults his father right up in the sky, only to land in Africa between a hunters’ dance party.

I was five and the above picturisation (of MJ’s song Black or White) is one of my earliest memories of Michael Jackson. When approached to do this mini-tribute, my memories rushed back to all the MJ videos I used to watch as a kid. I would stop everything to watch MJ on television, probably just the way he did to watch James Brown.

MJ seemed to have it right with every single thing—the beats, catchy lyrics, the moves! And let’s not forget his trademark fashion—jackets, ankle pants, white socks. He was driven by his hunger to learn, to constantly top himself and be the best. He was a shy, soft-spoken personality, but when he hit the stage he was a riot. He electrified his audience with signature dance moves—the robot, moonwalk, anti-gravity lean.

Apart from being a musical great, MJ was also a philanthropist and a humanitarian. He was dedicated to many causes, right from children to the environment and that is inspiring too.

Recently, I had the privilege to pay a tribute to MJ and it was one of my best experiences. It made me push myself beyond known boundaries. Firstly, I picked out the best songs. Then, I planned out the show just like Michael would have done it. Given another chance, I know that I would do it better, because just like MJ, I’m a perfectionist.

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Even in the music I write, my arrangements work on the formula I’ve derived from all those years of following MJ’s music. His This is It documentary has had the biggest impact on my life and I wish that the tour had really happened. His book Moonwalk remains close to my heart. Man in the Mirror is like an anthem to me.

 

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Raising A Toast To The King of Pop

Sources: DNA India – By Vivaan Kapoori| All Things Michael

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On Michael Jackson’s birth anniversary, Nepean Sea Road resident and drummer Vivaan Kapoor, talks about MJ’s influence on his musical journey.

Michael Jackson was my first window into the music world. I started playing drums when I was three; I learned to play by simply watching a video of one of my favourite albums of all time, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. His music has such an edge to it that even today it inspires me just as much as it did 19 years ago. As a drummer, listening to his music pushed me to try and experiment a little more in every groove that I played, much like Michael Jackson did with every song.

I recall an amusing incident as a child; after seeing Michael Jackson’s iconic music video for Earth Song, I would spend hours in the sandpit at Joggers Park pouring sand on my head, imitating my hero and thoroughly embarrassing my grandmother.

The first live concert I ever attended was of Michael Jackson himself at the Andheri Sports Complex in 1996, which I still remember to this day—I still have my concert ticket! When Michael Jackson announced his This is It tour back in 2009, I was jubilant to know that after what seemed like an eternity, I would see him take the stage once again, and that too at London’s incredible O2 arena. Little did I know that I would hear of his untimely death just a month later. To me, that has been the greatest loss of the music industry. When the film of what-the-tour-would-have-been was released in October 2009, I saw it three times! And even today, when I’m working on a new song and need fresh inspiration, this DVD comes to my rescue.

Michael Jackson is my greatest musical influence and will forever be my reason for being a music lover. If I could change one thing, it would be to get Michael Jackson back and wish him a ‘Happy Birthday’ today.

Vivaan Kapoor, a prolific drummer and percussionist, has been playing drums since the age of five. Being completely self-taught, he has performed with a number of artists such as Spud in the Box, Leslie Lewis, Vasuda Sharma, Sid Coutto, Ankur Tiwari, The Other People, and The Whirling Kalapas. Drawing inspiration from great musicians such as Mike Portnoy, Alex Acuna, James Kottak and Giovanni Hidalgo, Kapoor is well versed in a number of percussion styles like the Djembe, Cajon, Timbale and Shakers in addition to the drum kit. He has attended the first annual Dog Camp featuring Mike Portnoy, Billy Shehan and Richie Kotzen in New York in July 2014.

 

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See DSP’s Cool Musical Tribute To Michael Jackson!

Sources: Malligadu.com | All Things Michael

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Devi Sri Prasad the sensational south Indian Music director recently returned from USA. He went there for Live in concerts, mesmerized audience with his on stage performances. He released a Video yesterday as tribute to Michael Jackson on Eve of the great’s birthday on August 29.

Devi Sri Prasad, has created a special track Jalsa and made it a tribute to legendary Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was the king of the pop and he is no more with us but there are many followers who are still in ave of Michael across the world and music director Devi Sri Prasad is one among them.

DSP’s Musical Tribute to Michael Jackson

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Marsha Ambrosius’ Michael Jackson Stories Make Us Miss Him All Over Again [VIDEO]

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The late Michael Jackson certainly had the Midas Touch and any artists would be honored to work on music with him. Marsha Ambrosius was his last collaboration before he passed when they produced Butterflies in 2001. She remembers their time together and her stories make us wish Michael Jackson all over again.

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The King of Pop Lives On With Michael Jackson ONE!

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Today we spread Michael’s message of unity, harmony and hope for a better world. Help celebrate Michael’s birthday by joining this annual worldwide movement. Visit this link http://birthday.michaeljackson.com/ and let us know how you’ve made the world a better place since last year or what you plan to do today and over the coming year. #MJWeAreOne

Experience the world of one of the greatest artists of all time with Michael Jackson ONE, hitting the stage at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. In a riveting fusion of music, dance, and visuals, 63 vibrant dancers take the audience on a heart-warming journey through the life and times of an innovative, musical genius.

Relive the glory of the King of Pop. Show times are 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday, and 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. Call 877.632.7400 or 800.745.3000, or head this way for tickets.

Sources: Eater | Michael Jackson.com | All Things Michael

A True Soldier of Love: A Birthday Wish For Peace In Honor Of Michael Jackson

 Written By – All Things Michael

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In preparation for Michael’s 56th birthday, I began to think about what he would have wanted if he were still with us. As the result, I would like to honor Michael’s birthday by using his words and songs of inspiration to bring some hope and encouragement to others.

Being raised as a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, it was forbidden to celebrate birthdays. Over the years, his position seemed to change somewhat as he politely accepted well wishes, birthday events and gifts from his fans who wanted to show their love and appreciation. He also allowed his children to experience having their own birthday parties, something that he could never enjoy as a a child.  But without some type of acknowledgment from others, Michael would probably not indulge in the usual birthday fanfare for himself. Being the unselfish person that he was, he used his 45th birthday blow out as an opportunity to raise money for charity.

As a responsible citizen of this earth, Michael didn’t want to just make number one hits; he wanted to utilize his celebrity as a platform to raise public awareness. Though a task this great may seem impossible to some, he believed that anything is possible. He wanted everyone to be as concerned as he was about the social, economic and moral issues that plague our world.

“I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then hope to surpass those boundaries.”

“You can always dream, and your dreams can come true. But you have to make them come true.”

“There’s nothing that can’t be done if we raise our voice as one.”

With all the tragic events that we see and hear daily on the news, I believe that it would his fondest wish to see the world and its inhabitants healed and restored from the onslaught of bigotry, war and famine.  He always dreamed of a better place for our children to live in. It hurt him immensely to see any living creature suffer, yet many can watch it everyday and not even flinch.

“I feel guilty just sitting around when I know I can be doing something.”

This was his life’s mission, even as a child.

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“My dear mother instilled in me very young to give back, and as I grew in God I knew what I had to do as a believer in Christ. I hate to see suffering, I hate to see people in need, and I feel God gave me a gift, and I have to use it responsibly by giving back, and I’ll do it until I have pennies left or the good Lord …calls me home”

KATHERINE JACKSON:You remember when they used to show the little African kids starving to death, flies all around their mouth? We, Michael and I, would lay there on the floor watching TV…Michael would look up at me and said, ‘Mother,’ he said, ‘one day’ – he was only a kid then – “I’m going to do something about this.”  Katherine said he kept his promise, sending boxes and boxes of food to people who needed it, paying tuition for those who couldn’t afford it. After he got old enough to manage his own money and do things, everything he did was for the children. “I was very proud of him because he remembered and he gave, up until his last day.” 

It would be so wonderful if I could say that our world’s compassion for humanity has advanced so much, we no longer need teaching in learning to love and being involved in changing our world for the better, but sadly, I can not. Michael’s songs and his messages of peace are still just as relevant today as they were when they were written.

“Michael’s passion for humanitarianism, equality, and world peace comes across in many of songs. The most prominent include “Can You Feel It,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “We Are the World”—undoubtedly the most famous of the group. Michael teamed up with Lionel Richie for “We Are the World,” to aid the poor in Africa and the U.S. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief. MJ also supported the green movement in eco-tunes like “Earth Song”—the video for which showed images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution and war.” Source

Michael was indeed a true prophet among us and like most of the great prophets, the masses fail to realize the value of the message until the messenger is gone or it is too late.  After Michael passed, people rediscovered “Man In The Mirror” and it has now become one of his most downloaded songs. But at the time that the video was released, he was accused of using the plight of others to promote a video for his own self-gain. As usual, nothing could have been further from the truth.

“We knew we had a responsibility and the effect it would have on the world.  We cried for 30 days straight making it. Michael watched the first half with us but did not see the finished Video until it played while he was singing it live for the first time on the Grammys, and they helped him off stage overcome with his emotions.” ~ Don Wilson – Producer of MIM short film

Though critics totally missed his message in the beginning, Man in the Mirror has now become as symbolic to Michael Jackson as Imagine is to John Lennon.

Prophets are often crucified for being “different.” They make people feel uncomfortable because they demand that we stop and take a look at all our mistakes. The burden of the message is so heavy on their hearts, they may cry and wail as if in mourning. They want us to to see and feel what they are feeling so that true “revival” can really come to solve these problems.

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“It was not hard to find the good people who wanted to solve the earth’s problems. As I listened to their solutions, I thought, ‘There is so much good will here, so much concern.’ At night before going to bed, that one in the mirror looked back at me seriously. ‘Now we’ll get somewhere,’ he declared. ‘If everybody does their part.’

But everybody didn’t do their part. Some did, but were they stopping the tide? Were pain, starvation, hatred, and pollution about to be solved? Wishing wouldn’t make it so-I knew that. When I woke up the next morning, that one in the mirror looked confused. ‘Maybe it’s hopeless,’ he whispered. Then a sly look came into his eyes, and he shrugged. ‘But you and I will survive. At least we are doing all right.’

I felt strange when he said that. There was something very wrong here. A faint suspicion came to me, one that had never dawned so clearly before. What if that one in the mirror isn’t me? He feels separate. He ‘sees’ problems out there to be solved. Maybe they will be, maybe they won’t. He’ll get along. But I don’t feel that way-those problems aren’t ‘out there,’ not really. I feel them inside me. A child crying in Ethiopia, a sea gull struggling pathetically in an oil spill, a mountain gorilla being mercilessly hunted, a teenage soldier trembling with terror when he hears the planes fly over: Aren’t these things happening in me when I see and hear about them?” ~That One In The Mirror – Michael Jackson (Dancing The Dream)

“We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment. Often this alienation has its roots in an emotionally deprived childhood. Children have had their childhood stolen from them. A child’s mind needs the nourishment of mystery, magic, wonder and excitement. I want my work to help people rediscover the child that’s hiding in them.” ~ On Children of the World -Michael Jackson (Dancing The Dream)

“The years rolled by and they got old. Sitting in their comfortable houses, they took stock. “We’ve had a good life,” they said. “and we did the right thing.” Their children looked down and asked why poverty, pollution, and war were still unsolved. “You’ll find out soon enough.,” they replied. “Human beings are weak and selfish. Despite our best efforts, these problems will never really end.”

The head said yes, but the children looked into their hearts and whispered, “No!” But the Heart Said No – Michael Jackson (Dancing the Dream)

Such profound words! Not only could Michael write so beautifully, he could effectively sing and convey each heartfelt emotion he felt into every lyric. Whenever I am feeling down, Michael’s music and words of inspiration has been like a healing balm to me. It touches my soul and it’s the closest that I can get to heaven on this earth. Even though I may have heard a song many times, ideas, encouragement, inspiration or an answer to a problem will jump out at me. When I am happy, his music makes me ecstatic! I’m in my own little world with Michael and everything is as it should be! Not only do I listen to his music for enjoyment, I listen to learn. I want to understand what the lyrics mean. I listen for new sounds that I didn’t notice before.

Michael made music that touches people; whether it had a message or was just a feel good tune, nothing he did was ever done lightly. Not only did he fully understood the power of music and it’s effectiveness to reach people, he also knew the source from which it came.

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“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So I stay in the moment and listen.

What I hear is never the same. A walk through the woods brings a light, crackling song: Leaves rustle in the wind, birds chatter and squirrels scold, twigs crunch underfoot and the beat of my heart holds it all together. When you join the flow, the music is inside and outside, and both are the same. As long as I can listen to the moment, I’ll always have music.” ~ “How I Make Music – Michael Jackson (Dancing the Dream)

“The songwriting process is something very difficult to explain, because it’s very spiritual. It’s, uh…You really have it in the hands of God, and it’s as if its been written already – that’s the real truth. As if its been written in its entirety before were born and you’re just really the source through which the song come. Really. Because there is…they just fall right into your lap in it’s entirety. You don’t have to do much thinking about it. And I feel guilty having to put my name, sometimes, on the songs that I – I do write them – I compose them, I write them, I do the scoring, I do the lyrics, I do the melodies but still, it’s a…it’s a work of God.” ~ 2001 interview

“I love to write songs. It´s one of my favorite things to do. It´s very spiritual. It´s a connection. I´m just a source through which it comes. I’m inspired by a lot of things but it´s done in the heavens. I listen to the music and I just create from there.”

Michael used every God given talent to raise our social and spiritual level of consciousness, which all played a part of his ability to reach to the world. We connected to him like no other and we couldn’t get enough. Singer Sheryl Crow said that when “he walked into the room, the molecules changed.” You can’t effectively touch people until you have had an epiphany yourself.

“I don’t think we’ll find a person as talented, a person who thought the way he thought. A person with the heart that Michael had. People aren’t that way anymore. He was special. He wasn’t God, but he was certainly God-like. He was the closest thing to a god that I knew.” ~ Latoya Jackson interview – Barbara Walters

Michael was proof that one person can make a great impact, but there is much more strength in numbers. We still time to “make that change” before it is too late.

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“We had him. Beautiful, delighting our eyes… He gave us all he had been given… We are missing Michael Jackson. But we do know, we had him — and we are the world.” ~ Maya Angelou’s Poem, “We Had Him”

Dedicated to Michael Joe Jackson, the world’s greatest soldier of love!

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More Inspiration

Michael Jackson has done so many phenomenal things in the short time that he was on earth, It is difficult to capture it all.  I am sharing some of my favorite articles, speeches and songs. It’s rather lengthy to review in one sitting, but please review whenever you have time.

Articles

Michael Jackson “The Forgotten Humanitarian

Bela Farkas: “Why Did You Choose Me?”

Charity King: Michael Jackson Holds Guinness World Record

Charity – True Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Pays for the Funeral of 9-Year-Old Victim of Gang Violence

Michael Pays for Funeral For Singer David Ruffin and Two Year Craig Fleming

Michael Brings Gifts and Love To Students After Shooting 

MJ Was First ‘Make-a-Wish’ In Wisconsin

Greenville Woman Hopes Michael Jackson’s Good Deeds Will Be Remembered

Christmas Encompasses What Michael Jackson Breathed During Lifetime: LOVE

J5 Benefit Christmas Party For Blind Children 

David Smithee and Michael

Michael Jackson Saves Fan From Death Leap

Michael Jackson and Dave Dave (Click here for more)

Speeches

Giving Back

Songs

 

 

 

 

Michael Jackson Audio Comic Book To Mark King Of Pop’s Birthday

Sources: BlueWater Production | All Things Michael

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Bluewater Productions is proud to announce a new audio comic book about the life of superstar Michael Jackson. The updated release, Tribute: Michael Jackson is in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s fifty-sixth birthday on August 29th. In conjunction with the audiobook, an expanded edition of the original comic book,Fame: Michael Jackson, a 40-page graphic novel, will be available in print and digital formats.

Several Jackson family members have expressed their appreciation regarding this touching tribute to Michael.

Michael Jackson’s reign as the King of Pop is celebrated in the latest biographical comic book from Bluewater Productions. The newest addition to the publisher’s critically acclaimed library features a cover and foreword by artist and friend of Jackson’s Giuseppe Mazzola. The life of the world’s most popular entertainer was infused with fantasy and tragedy. His discography is legendary. His legacy is complicated and unparalleled.

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In a partnership with Colonial Radio Theatre, one of the top, award-winning producers of audio drama, Bluewater has produced audiobooks based off three pop culture subjects of their sold-out comic book series. These updated versions of the comic books have been written by writer Michael Frizell. Audiobooks featuring Princess Diana, One Direction, and Justin Bieber were released earlier this year, while Selena Gomez, Demi Lovat,o and Taylor Swift audiobooks will be released later this fall.

“The stories, and legends, behind the real people featured in Bluewater titles continue to grow. In order to keep the stories timely and current, the scripts had to be expanded. Longtime readers will find something new and up-to-the-minute here, while new readers will be immersed in the topics,” said Frizell.

The Fame series was launched in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful Female Force andPolitical Power biography titles. The comic series allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity status, and continues to produce in the public eye. Individual issues spotlight actors, sports figures, recording artists, and the British royal family.

Bluewater Production’s biography comics have been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show, MTV, and on CNN. Their comics and graphic novels have also been featured in publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, andPeople magazine.

Print copies of the graphic novel of Fame: Michael Jackson as well as the comic book edition can be ordered at Comic Flea Market here: http://bit.ly/18OSz4A. The audio books cost $3.95 and are available through Audible, iTunes and Nook.

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Download the comic to your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, Axis360, Epic!, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender.com, Wheeler, Scoop, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

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