‘This Place Hotel’ By Just Beat It!

Sources: MJWN | Black Pig Productions| All Things Michael

__. Heartbreak Hotel (Cover)

Here is a wonderful tribute to Michael by Just Beat It with ‘This Place Hotel.’ The group have done a wonderful rendition of the Jacksons 1980 hit recording of ‘This Place Hotel,’ (originally named ‘Heatbreak Hotel.’)

Sounding true to the original song but giving it their own flavour, you may even be forgiven if you think it sounds a little like the man himself, Michael.


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State of Shock: The Michael Jackson And Mick Jagger Collaboration

Sources: Chicago Today – By Adam Franklin | All Things Michael


While driving in my car, a song came on the radio that sounded eerily familiar. I was trying to figure out who this rip off artist was, as I thought it was a newer song, when I head Michael Jackson’s voice.

Then I heard Mick Jagger’s voice! WHAT? What song is this? Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger did a song together? Yes. They. Did.

I completely forgot. This was a REAL song, and twenty-one years later, it still sounds really good.

If you too forgot, here’s a quick recap. In 1984, when Michael Jackson was fronting The Jacksons they did a song with Mick Jagger for the Victory Tour.

This song, “State of Shock,” was originally supposed to feature Freddy Mercury and appear on the Thriller album. The stars couldn’t align their schedules and eventually the Jackson’s did this song with Jagger instead of Mercury.


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The Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection

Sources: Something Else – By Beverly Patterson | All Things Michael


Rare is the group that appeals to both squealing girls and picky critics, but such was the Jackson 5.

Formed 1964 in Gary, Indiana, the band of siblings, whose ages ranged from 13 to 6, honed their skills and paid their dues playing local gigs before landing their big break early in 1969 when signing a deal with the Motown label. Comprised of Michael Jackson on lead vocals, Tito on vocals and guitar, Jermaine on vocals and bass, Jackie on vocals and tambourine, and Marlon on vocals and tambourine, the Jackson 5 may have been kids, but they were extremely talented and professional. Come 1975, the youngest brother of the brood, Randy, was recruited on drums.

The years 1969-75 belonged to the Jackson 5, and The Ultimate Collection (Motown Records) duly concentrates on this period. The one exception is the group’s remixed version of “It’s Your Thing” from 1995. Originally written and waxed by the Isley Brothers, the Jackson 5 recorded the song in 1969, but never received a proper release until appearing on Soulstation! The 25th Anniversary Collection in 1995. The Jackson 5’s initial take of “It’s Your Thing” is included on The Ultimate Collection as well…..


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Spotify Re-Ranks Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs List

Sources: Rollingstone | All Things Michael


Spotify has given their own update on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

With the help of Spotify Insights, the streaming service tallied up play counts for every track to see what songs are favored by audiences today, with Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Crazy in Love” displacing Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” for the top spot.

Two playlists are now available with the data culled by Spotify Insights. The first is a ranking of play counts by all Spotify users. Rounding out the diverse top five following the Beyonce and Jay Z collaboration are Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix),” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

A second playlist features results determined solely by streams from “millennial” users in the 18- to 34-year-old range. The list contains only a minor shake-up as Jackson and Kelly swap places and the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” finds itself knocking down Van Morrison to fifth place.

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The Piano Guys Combines Michael Jackson With Bach

Sources: Classic FM –  By Kyle Macdonald| All Things Michael


1770s meets the 1970s? Johann Sebastian Bach meets The Jackson 5? ‘I Want You Bach’, the new video from The Piano Guys, is the ultimate disco/sonata/viola da gamba/harpsichord smash.

How on earth does this work?

Well, take a harpsichord and a cello (or gamba, we’re not fussy):

Add all the wigs and powder from a Blackadder episode:

Add a bit of the greatest composer the world has ever known:


And finally a cracking Motown hit:

The coming together of arguably two of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known – the great Baroque composer and virtuoso JS Bach, and the king of pop, Michael Jackson. Both masters of kicking basslines and catchy melodies. It’s a match made in music geek heaven.

Enjoy the full-flared, afro-ed, regal Baroque experience here:

The Utah duo are proving to be one of the music’s biggest viral stars, to date clocking up well over half a billion YouTube views with their blend classical and pop juxtapositions.

Fancy a bit of the original?

It’s basically the same minus the harpsichords and silly wigs…

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This Keyboardist’s “Thriller” Tutorial Is Pretty Impressive

Sources: Keyboard | All Things Michael


Umut Erhan of Turkey sent us a link to his cover-meets-tutorial of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” performed mainly on a Korg Kronos X workstation, using its KARMA features. While it’s certainly not news that a full-featured keyboard workstation can cover enough multitimbral parts to do something like this, we were impressed with Umut’s thorough explanation–via pop-up text–of both what chords to play and what’s going on sonically with the various parts at any given time.

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9 Song Covers That Topped Charts Like the Original

Sources: Wall St Cheat Sheet – By Michelle Regaldo | All Things Michael

Song covers can be tricky, as there are always those who naysay making any changes to classic tracks. Still, there are a select few covers that managed to become as popular as the originals, with both versions hitting the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here are 9 songs that reached No. 1 by two different artists.

1. “Go Away Little Girl,” Steve Lawrence
Cover: Donny Osmond


Lawrence released the second recording of this song (the first was recorded by Bobby Vee) in late 1962. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963 and remained at the top of the charts for two weeks.

While there have been many covers of the song after Lawrence’s version, Osmond’s is the only other take on the track to also reach No. 1. The cover topped the charts in 1971, maintaining the top spot for three weeks and making “Go Away Little Girl” the first song to become a No. 1 hit single on the Hot 100 by two different artists.

2. “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5
Cover: Mariah Carey

The soul song was originally released as the first single from the vocal quintet’s Third Album in 1970. The track ended up becoming The Jackson 5’s fourth No. 1 hit in a row and their final No. 1 as a group. It also became the group’s most successful track ever released, with 6.1 million copies worldwide.

Carey’s cover was recorded during her appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992. The song was a last-minute addition to her setlist and was performed as a romantic duet, with Carey singing Michael Jackson’s lines and R&B singer Trey Lorenz singing Jermaine Jackson’s lines. The duet version ended up becoming so popular, that her label, Columbia Records, decided to release it as a single off her EP, MTV Unplugged, even though that wasn’t their original plan. The track became her sixth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for two weeks, and also became her biggest hit outside North America at the time.

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Five Music Videos That Made The 80s Great

Sources: 93 XRT – By Mollie Olsem| All Things Michael


By the time MTV premiered in 1981, music videos had already established themselves as a part of American history, but that didn’t stop the new channel from revolutionizing the way music was played on television. Beginning on August 1st, 1981, just after midnight with a voice over speaking “Ladies and Gentleman, rock and roll,” and the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” MTV brought music into homes across the country.  Thanks to MTV, the 1980s saw many incredible music videos that defined the decade’s style.  Here are five of the music videos that made the 80s great:

Thriller by Michael Jackson: Despite a built-in disclaimer about his disbelief in the occult, Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” became an instant Halloween classic. The video starts with Jackson, in his red and yellow varsity jacket, and his date walk through the woods at night after running out of gas.  It’s at this point that the full moon appears and the young man transforms into a werewolf (how romantic!). Turns out that it’s just a movie Jackson and his girlfriend are watching. When she leaves in horror, Jackson chases her into the street to calm her down with a song and dance.  The spooky saga continues with some undead zombies and the synchronized dance we all pretend not to know every move of.

Take On Me by A-Ha:  Norwegian synth-pop, pencil sketch animation and a little romance: what’s not to love?  This video was released in 1985 and took home six MTV Video Music Awards the following year.  The video follows a young woman who is pulled into a comic book and away from her coffee by a young, handsome racecar driver.  Together they explore a black and white sketchbook world and evade the driver’s angry opponents, one of which is British actor Philip Jackson. In the end, the girl returns to her world and brings the driver with her.  How well he adjusted to this 3-D world, we’ll never know.

Money for Nothing by Dire Straits: Starting with a shout-out to MTV, the video continues with cutting-edge computer animation of a few guys and their pup watch television and clips of the band performing live.  At the time, Mark Knopfler was not on board with the colorful concept, but MTV was insistent.  After much convincing, Knopfler gave the go-ahead and the computer-animated men and dog were born.  “Money for Nothing” won Video of the Year at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper: This girl-power anthem  won the 1984 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video and features Lauper dancing around New York City with her fabulous gal pals.  What’s remarkable about this video is its incredibly low budget and everyone who pitched in to help.  Almost everyone from Lauper’s manager, attourney and brother appear in the video as dancers and extras.  Lorne Michaels even loaned Lauper his new million-dollar digital editing equipment to create the final product. Also remarkable: the fashion.

Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel:  Although the technology was not new at the time, the stop-motion animation in Peter Gabriel’s video for “Sledgehammer” brought the lyrics of the song to life and lead to Gabriel winning nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1987. According to MTV, it quickly became the most played music video in the history of the channel.  It took a large team of animators, including the studio famous for Wallace and Gromit, and required Gabriel to sit under a large sheet of glass for 16 hours, filming one frame at a time.  The video also features Gabriel’s two young daughters, winning him the Coolest Dad of the Year award from daughters everywhere.

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