The Albums Of Michael Jackson

Source: Forbes

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Since his adult solo career began in earnest in 1979, Michael Jackson has sold hundreds of millions of records. Click through for a look at the cover of each studio album, in chronological order, paired with worldwide sales estimates.

Off The Wall (1979)


Estimated worldwide sales: 25 million
Source: Man In The Music
(For more on the business of the King of Pop, check out Michael Jackson, Inc).

Thriller (1982)


Estimated worldwide sales: 110 million
Source: Man In The Music

Bad (1987)


Estimated worldwide sales: 35 million
Source: Man In The Music

Dangerous (1991)


Estimated worldwide sales: 40 million
Source: Man In The Music

HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book I (1995)*


Estimated worldwide sales: 22 million (*double album)
Source: Man In The Music

Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix (1997)


Estimated worldwide sales: 6 million
Source: Man In The Music

Invincible (2001)


Estimated worldwide sales: 11 million
Source: Man In The Music

Michael (2010)+


Estimated worldwide sales: over 1 million (U.S. only; + = postmortem release)
Source: RIAA

Xscape (2014)+


Estimated worldwide sales: TBD (+ = postmortem release)
(For more on the business of the King of Pop, check out Michael Jackson, Inc)


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Jeffrey Hornaday On Working With MJ On Captain EO And More

Source: The Global Dispatch

Michael Jackson Captain EO

While Jeffrey Hornaday may be forever remember as the choreographer on Flashdance, Dick Tracy and Captain Eo, Hornaday is now building a legacy directing successful TV movies on the Disney Channel. In fact, Teen Beach Movie earned Hornaday his second DGA nomination.

The director and choreographer broke away from his schedule to discuss this recent success, bringing the 60′s surfer movies back to the forefront as well as reflecting on his amazing projects with Michael Jackson, Madonna and even Paul McCartney with The Global Dispatch/Dispatch Radio.

Hornaday worked with Michael Jackson on Captain Eo and explained how the famous King of Pop approached choreography and collaboration.

“I kind of let him create this choreographic vernacular,” Hornaday explains while reflecting on the creative process as a means to develop a “library of moves” for Jackson.

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Interview about Michael starts at 10:42 – 13:48

The Making Of Captain EO Dance Choregraphy & Rehearsal (Michael /Jeffrey Hornaday)


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Michael Jackson May Have Been the Greatest Beat Boxer Ever!

Source: ColorLines – By Jamilah King


An old demo tape of Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” has recently been making the rounds on Tumblr and it’s an incredible display of his musicianship. Here’s a video of it:

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As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

And here’s another clip, from the annals of MJ YouTube fandom: 

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A Musicless Version Of Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’

Source: Laughing Squid – Justin Page


Mario Wienerroither recently stripped the catchy music out of the music video for “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson. He then dubbed over the music deprived video with sporadic sound effects and vocals. We’ve previously written about Mario’s great musicless music videos.

Here is the original music video for comparison:


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Greatest Albums Of The 80′s – Thriller #1, Bad #14

Source: Soul Tracks

630742_Michael-Jackson-Thriller-Album-CoverOver the course of several weeks, thousands of Soul Trackers nominated and then voted on the Greatest Soul Albums of the 1980s. The results were a great selection of essential albums for Soul Music lovers. 

1. Michael Jackson


2. Anita Baker


3. Prince


4. Luther Vandross

5. Prince


6. Stevie Wonder


7. Whitney Houston


8. Sade

9. Sade


10. Luther Vandross


11. Janet Jackson


12. Isley Bros

13. Maze


14. Michael Jackson


15. Phyllis Hyman


16. Soul II Soul

17. Keith Sweat


18. Rick James


19. Quincy Jones


20. Tina Turner


21 Chaka Khan – Chaka Khan

22 George Benson – Give Me The Night

23 Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814

24 Whispers – The Whispers

25 Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love

26 Quincy Jones – The Dude

27 Freddie Jackson – Rock Me Tonight

28 Guy – Guy

29 Earth Wind & Fire – Faces

30 Anita Baker – The Songstress

31 Teddy Pendergrass – Joy

32 Cameo – Word Up

33 Teena Marie – Must Be Magic

34 Alexander O’Neal – Hearsay

35 The Time – What Time Is It?

36 Babyface – Tender Lover

37 Bobby Womack – The Poet

38 Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle

39 New Edition – Heartbreak

40 Zapp – Zapp I

41 Jeffrey Osborne – Jeffrey Osborne

42 Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down

43 Stephanie Mills – Home

44 Kool and the Gang – Celebration

45 Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel

46 Debarge – In a Special Way

47 Gap Band – Gap Band IV

48 Terence Trent D’arby – Introducing The Hard Line…

49 Patrice Rushen – Straight From The Heart

50 Regina Belle – All By Myself

51 SOS Band – On the Rise
52 Patti Labelle – I’m In Love Again

53 Karyn White – Karyn White

54 Temptations – Truly for You

55 Mtume – Juicy Fruit

56 Al Jarreau – Breakin’ Away

57 Hall and Oates – Private Eyes

58 Midnight Star – No Parking On The Dance Floor

59 Diana Ross – Diana

60 Rene & Angela – A Street Called Desire

61 Loose Ends – The Real Chuckeeboo

62 Gladys Knight and the Pips – All Our Love

63 Jones Girls – At Peace With Women

64 Roberta Flack/Peabo Bryson – Tonight I Celebrate

65 Simply Red – Picture Book

66 Billy Ocean – Suddenly

67 After 7 – After 7

68 Stylistics – Closer than Close

69 Aretha Franklin – Jump to It

70 Peabo Bryson – I Am Love

71 Atlantic Starr – Radiant

72 Natalie Cole – Everlasting

73 Al B Sure – In Effect Mode

74 Glenn Jones – Glenn Jones

75 Shalamar – The Look


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“Best Disco Songs”

Source: Soul Tracks

off-the-wall-michael-jackson-music-videos-10229783-1600-12001 “Shame” by Evelyn “Champagne” King
2 “Last Dance” by Donna Summer
3 “Le Freak” by Chic
4 “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
5 “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross
6 “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson

7 “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead
8 “Don’t Leave Me this Way” by Thelma Houston
9 “Good Times” by Chic
10 “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer
11 “Disco Inferno” by Trammps
12 “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real” by Sylvester
13 “Got to be Real” by Cheryl Lynn
14 “Upside Down” by Diana Ross
15 “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer
16 “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind and Fire
17 “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
18 “The Hustle” by Van McCoy
19 “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees
20 “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward
21 “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson

22 “You Should Be Dancing” by Bee Gees
23 “Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson
24 “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang
25 “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
26 “Boogie Ooogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey
27 “Night Fever” by BeeGees
28 “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton
29 “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer
30 “I Love Music” by O’Jays
31 “The Love I lost” by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
32 “Ain’t Nobody” Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
33 “And the Beat Goes On” by Whispers
34 “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Barry White
35 “Car Wash” by Rose Royce
36 “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” by Tavares
37 “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind and Fire
38 “The Boss” by Diana Ross
39 “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc.
40 “Native New Yorker” by Odyssey
41 “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave
42 “Got to Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye
43 “Love Train” by O’Jays
44 “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry
45 “Pick up the Pieces” by Average White Band
46 “Second Time Around” by Shalamar
47 “That’s the way (I Like it)” by KC And The SunShine Band
48 “On the Radio” by Donna Summer
49 “Best of My Love” by The Emotions
50 “Stomp” by Brothers Johnson
51 “You Know How to Love Me” by Phylis Hyman
52 “More Than a Woman” by Tavares
53 “Rock the Boat” by Hues Corporation
54 “Shake Your Body” (Down to the Ground) by The Jacksons
55 “You and I” by Rick James
56 “Everybody Dance” by Chic
57 “Disco Nights” by GQ
58 “Shake Your Groove thing” by Peaches and Herb
59 “Love Come Down” by Evelyn “Champagne” King
60 “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays
61 “I Need Your Lovin’” by Teena Marie
62 “Never Can Say Goodbye” by Gloria Gaynor
63 “Get Down Tonight” by KC And The SunShine Band
64 “Knock on Wood” by Amii Stewart
65 “Let It Whip” by The Dazz Band
66 “Don’t Stop the Music” by Yarbrough and Peoples
67 “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman
68 “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” by Carl Carlton
69 “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” by Lou Rawls
70 “Pull Up to the Bumper” by Grace Jones
71 “Love’s Theme” by Love Unlimited Orchestra
72 “Somebody Else’s Guy” by Jocelyn Brown
73 “YMCA” by Village People
74 “MacArthur Park Suite” by Donna Summer
75 “Fire” by Ohio Players
76 “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang
77 “Found A Cure” by Ashford and Simpson
78 “The Glow of Love” by Change
79 “It’s Raining Men” by Weather Girls
80 “The Groove Line” by Heatwave
81 “Working My Way Back to You” by The Spinners
82 “Do It (Til Your Satisfied)” by BT Express
83 “It’s A Love Thing” by The Whispers
84 “Working Day and Night” by Michael Jackson

85 “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind and Fire
86 “Fly Robin Fly” by Silver Convention
87 “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall and Oates
88 “I’ll Be Good to You” by Brothers Johnson
89 “Make that Move” by Shalamar
90 “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae
91 “Walk Away From Love” by David Ruffin
92 “Bad Luck” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
93 “I Love the Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges
94 “Get off” by Foxy
95 “Heaven Knows” by Donna Summer
96 “Love is the Message” by MFSB
97 “Take that to the Bank” by Shalamar
98 “It Only Takes a Minute” by Tavares
99 “Lost in Music” by Sister Sledge
100 “Jump To It” by Aretha Franklin

Note: Selection ranking based on poll results by Soul Tracks viewers:  Read more


Brad Sundberg and Captain EO: “Just Another Part of Me”

Originally posted on dancing with the elephant:

Willa: This week I’m thrilled to be joined by four people doing fascinating work researching, thinking about, and writing about Michael Jackson. Lisha McDuff is a professional musician and musicologist whose graduate research focused on Black or White . Sylvia J. Martin is a visiting assistant professor of anthropology who has written numerous articles on Michael Jackson’s cultural function, both in the U.S. and around the world. Several of her articles can be accessed from our Reading Room. Eleanor Bowman is an environmentalist with a master’s in theology, and she is currently working on a book that looks at how Michael Jackson’s art can help move us toward a new relationship with nature. And Veronica Bassil has a Ph.D. in English and American literature and has written two books on Michael Jackson: Thinking Twice about Billie Jean and Michael Jackson’s Love for Planet Earth . Thank you all so much…

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CBS This Morning Playlist: Feb. 25, 2014

Source: CBS


We take our music seriously at “CBS This Morning.” Keep up with the music we play on the broadcast by following our CBS This Morning Spotify playlist, updated daily and checking CBS This for daily playlist posts.

“Fire On The Mountain”- The Marshall Tucker Band
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”- Neil Sedaka
“Black Or White”- Michael Jackson
“Jenny”- Tommy Tutone
“Respect”- Aretha Franklin
“Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell
“You Can Call Me Al”- Paul Simon
“Black Cat”- Janet Jackson
“You Really Got Me”- Van Halen
“You Met Your Match”- Stevie Wonder
“Ants Marching”- Dave Matthews Band
“Penny Lane”- The Beatles
“How Sweet It Is”- James Taylor
“Big Bang Theory Theme”- Barenaked Ladies

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The Reflex Mixes Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”

Source: Stage Door FM


British producer The Reflex has turned his attentions to Michael Jackson’s iconic hit Rock With You, taken from 1979 album Off The Wall. Utilizing some funky disco riffs, akin to some current Daft Punk, the remix is simply divine. Unlike other remixes that surface, The Reflex’s rendition keeps the soulfulness of the original, whilst selecting specific stems, re-edits and then reworks to produce something so funky you’ll not want to stop dancing.

Jackson 5’s ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ Like You’ve Never Heard it Before (Listen)

Source: Eurweb


Not that we need a reminder of Michael Jackson’s vocal talent, but here’s one nonetheless.

Posted back in January by YouTube user Ph Jo, here’s a clip of The Jackson 5, led by a young King of Pop, singing “Never Can Say Goodbye” without the accompanying music.

Listen below.

From Michael, Ellen, Psy, Elvis, Bill And Lorde: Top Ten Signature Dance Moves (Video)



There’s no doubt about it – Lorde’s dance moves have a different kind of buzz. All eyes were on the young star as she took her signature grooves to the Grammy stage to perform Royals. And we thought it ruled.

Here’s our list of the top-10 signature dance moves.

1. Lorde
She’s kooky, mysterious and spooky – and 17-year-old Lorde could quite possibly be mistaken for a member of the Addams Family when she’s in the throes of a performance. She tosses her hair, bares her teeth and twitches like a woman possessed. Most well-known is the Lorde “claw”, which punctuates her songs like a rhythmic T-Rex.


2. Michael Jackson
The late King of Pop is famous for too many dance moves to list, but the moonwalk is undoubtedly his signature. The slick move gives the appearance of gliding backwards, and is notoriously difficult to master. Jackson first pulled out the move in 1983, at the end of his hit song, Billie Jean. With his white glove and sparkly socks adding to the overall effect, it became legendary.

Moon walk

3. Elaine from Seinfeld
We all have that friend who loves to cut shapes a little too enthusiastically. Elaine Benes of Seinfeld fame (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is that friend. She jerks her body to the point of limb dislocation, and brings out the cringe-worthy “groovy thumbs”. Her moves are described by character George as “a full-body dry heave set to music”.


4. James Brown
He was known as the Godfather of Soul, and it was his dance craft that started it all, influencing everyone from Michael Jackson to Chris Brown. The soul man performed right up until he died aged 73. Signature dance moves involved some seriously fancy footwork, with fluid ankle rolls and slides. One of the most famous of these was called the Mashed Potato.


5. Elvis Presley
In the conservative 1950s, the King roused a generation with his provocative performances. When he performed Hound Dog for the first time, his gyrating became so suggestive that he was nicknamed “Elvis the Pelvis” and caused a moral panic across America. TV censors famously demanded he be shot only from the waist up during his performances.


6. John Travolta
The 1977 disco film Saturday Night Fever inspired a generation of bad fashions and worse haircuts. But it also brought us the Bee Gees and John Travolta, a formidable combination. In his tight pants and funky shirts, Travolta struts his stuff on a psychedelic dance floor. He claps, finger points, pelvic-thrusts and man-splits his way to glory. The moves were known as the Hustle.


7. Bill Cosby
Everyone’s favourite TV dad was known for his hilarious, but also skilful dance moves. These are most notably demonstrated in the openings of The Cosby Show, where the whole family had the chance to show us their stuff. One of the most memorable episodes involves Cosby partaking in a tap-dance challenge with Howard Sims, otherwise known as the Sandman.


8. Ellen De Generes
She is known for her love of dancing, and begins every episode of her talk show by grooving with her audience. As she is not a trained dancer, her signature moves are more akin to a “mum shuffle”. She prances about her studio waggling her hips endearingly, before returning to the stage and straddling the coffee table. She also popularised the “dance dare” game – dancing furiously behind people’s backs before they notice.


9. Psy
It was the dance move that put K Pop on the map. Gangnam Style, performed by 36-year-old South Korean singer Psy, became the most watched video on YouTube, mainly thanks to its crazy dance moves. Psy said the mantra behind the video was, “dress classy and dance cheesy”. His signature dance is the “pony”, which involves the dancer crossing their hands and pretending to ride a horse, intermittently throwing in a “lasoo” move for good measure.

10. Carlton from The Fresh Prince

A perfect demonstration of dancing like nobody’s watching. The popular character in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was famous for his dance routine to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual. The Carlton Dance typically required wobbly knees, flailing elbows, and a wide grin of pure, unadulterated joy. The actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, even went on to author a dance guide – Alfonso’s Breakin’ and Poppin’ Book.



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Learn How To ‘Moonwalk’ Like A Pro In Minutes (VIDEO)

Source: Huffington Post – By William Goodman


In the year 1983, a young performer by the name of Michael Jackson changed the way we looked at dancing forever with a set of seriously slick moves. Thus, the “Moonwalk” was born.

Twenty years later, you can learn how to perform the iconic dance like a pro in a few short minutes, regardless of your dance talents or even knowledge of the actual moves. How? With this handy-dandy, video tutorial from Sam Tucker above.

Guess who’s starting off 2014 knowing how to moonwalk with the best of them, while also being able to exterminate any bugs around the house? You are, that’s who! You’re welcome.

2013 Michael Jackson Album Top 10 Results Shows ‘Bad’ As Most Popular Album And MIM As Most Popular Song Among Fans

Source: Legendary Michael Jackson


Following the 2013 Michael Jackson Song Top 100, LMJ and MjTunes are happy to present the results of the 2013 Michael Jackson Album Top 10.

Once again hundreds of Michael Jackson fans around the world have voted for their favorite songs, albums, music videos and concerts. In the upcoming days we will also reveil the results of the best music videos and concerts.

Although the ‘Thriller’ album is still ranks the world’s best selling album list, fans have voted more for ‘Dangerous’ which reached position 2 and ‘Bad’ which has been voted as Michael’s best album.

2013 Michael Jackson Album Top 10

2013 Album
1 Bad
2 Dangerous
3 Thriller
4 Invincible
5 HIStory
6 Off The Wall
7 Blood On The Dancefloor
8 Bad 25
9 Michael
10 Immortal


Once again hundreds of Michael Jackson fans around the world have voted for their favorite songs, albums, music videos and concerts. In the upcoming days we will reveil the results of the best albums, music videos and concerts.

Following the premiere on MjTunes Radio on December 27th we present the final results. ‘Man In The Mirror’ remains the best songs according to the fans. 13 songs have been voted among the best 100 that were not on the 2012 list.

‘What More Can I Give’ was not on the 2012 list but entered on position 30 this year! Another remarkable thing is that four unreleased tracks have made it to the list of best Michael Jackson songs of 2013.

Click here to view the 2013 Michael Jackson Top 100.


Give Love On Christmas Day

Source: Christmas Songs


Year: 1970

Written By: Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Christine Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards

Motown Records was first where ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ was recorded. ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ is a Christmas song which came from probably the most famous musical family in the world, The Jackson 5. The Jackson 5 was an extremely successful family quintet led by Michael Jackson. This Christmas classic was written by the label’s song writing-producing team, who were known as The Corporation (this team consisted of Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Christine Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards). The recording of this Christmas song was intended to be featured on one of The Jackson 5′s album; the album was called The Jackson 5 Christmas Album.

This Christmas album by The Jackson 5 was released in 1970.This song was extremely popular when released. ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ was first released in the Philippines and when released, it was released as a single. It was not until 1986 that ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ was released as a CD single in the United States. This Christmas classic was released as CD single at the same time as the release of the first CD version of The Jackson 5 Christmas Album.

The team that wrote this Jackson 5 hit, who were known as The Corporation, had beforehand also written many songs for this highly successful pop group and so the success of this song was another example of a brilliant display from The Corporation. Example of hits, which The Corporation had written for the Jackson 5 are; ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’ and ‘The Love You Save’.

Both ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ and the Jackson 5 album it appeared on, The Jackson 5 Christmas Album, received very positive reviews. An example of this can be seen in the magazine Ebony (this was a popular magazine which was African-American orientated), in this magazine, journalist Lynn Norment reviews Michaels Jackson’s vocals for both ‘Give Love on Christmas Day’ and also the rest of the album. The conclusion Lynn Norment came to in her review was to describe Michael Jackson’s vocals as ‘angelic’. Billboard also reviewed the festive album, and in particular said that both ‘Give Love On Christmas Day’ and another song off the album, ‘Someday at Christmas’, were ‘potent numbers’.

This seasonal track has been covered on numerous occasions, by artists such as; The Temptations and Faith Evans.

On The 3rd Day of Christmas… “Jackson 5 Christmas Album” (Review)

Originally posted on pophiss:


Contrary to popular opinion, “Thriller” isn’t Michael Jackson’s only holiday-themed musical treat. In 1970, The Jackson 5 dropped Jackson 5 Christmas Album. As the album showcases Jackson and company’s early work, there isn’t any moonwalking, crotchgrabbing, or ironically, high-pitched screaming. One would naturally assume that the younger MJ would exhibit higher pitches than adult MJ. Clearly, one assumed wrong.

Running down the tracklist, it’s evident that the Jacksons opted for well-known pieces. Beloved Christmas anthem “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sets the mood with a soul-infused interpretation of the holiday classic. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” follows quickly, boosting the tempo, and featuring little Michael. He pretty much steals the show with energetic delivery and impressive vocal range. He jazzes up the track with “oh yeahs” in between lines. The album fluctuates between the soulful and upbeat tracks. While the songs found on Jackson 5…

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Final List Of The ’2013 Michael Jackson Top 100′ Songs To Premiere On MJTunes Radio Show

Source: Legendary Michael Jackson


This year’s list is proudly presented by Michael Jackson Radio and the Legendary Michael Jackson Fanclub (LMJ). Thanks to hundreds of fans around the world we have a brand new Top 100 list.

The final list of the 100 most popular songs among Michael’s loyal fans in 2013 will premiere on MJTunes radio on December 27th 9:00 PM (GMT+01:00) – December 28th 4:00 AM (GMT+01:00).

Check out the details

In the days following this special broadcast LMJ will publish the full list and reveal the most popular Albums, Concerts and Music Videos.

Janet and Michael Jackson’s Scream Listed As No. 12 Best Video Ever Made On AV Max Poll

Source: Av Max


No 12
Song: “Scream”
Album: HIStory: Past, Present & Future
Artist: Janet and Michael Jackson
Director: Mark Romanek
Premiere: 1995

Only the King of Pop can make a video shot entirely in black and white look sexy! In hibernation onboard a spaceship, Michael and Janet suddenly wake up as the spaceship’s systems come alive and proceed to do what they do best — create mayhem, while looking ‘oh-so’ cool. The pristine white interiors only make the two, in wicked black, stand out all the more. Romanek has also used dizzying camera work and shots of Michael and Janet floating through the spaceship, crawling up walls or suddenly dancing on ceilings to effectively portray the disorientation of outer space. The shots of MJ sitting on the couch as the camera zooms up to him or of Janet as she is walking down the corridor are just a few highlights of this very stylishly done clip.

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Update On Dangerous Book By Susan Fast

Source: Fast – Twitter


In other series news, I’ve just received the manuscript for Susan Fast’s book on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. Think that’s an odd album to pick? Think again.

MJ will have the honor of being our 100th volume in the series! Coming September 2014!

Oh…and did you know you can be entered to win the ENTIRE 33 1/3 series. Click here!


Michael Jackson? More Like Metal Jackson!

Source: Noise Creep

Cover songs can be really tasteful or an abject failure in paying tribute to one of a band’s favorite artists. Every now and then some peculiar covers pop up in metal where a band will play something entirely out of their realm. In this case, the band Raintime covers the Michael Jackson hit ‘Beat It.’

Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on the original tune, so ‘Beat It’ isn’t so far out of focus, but it’s still unexpected for a metal cover. Raintime go all out here, giving the song’s groovy upbeat feel some distortion with some soaring, gritty vocals. Gang chants dominate the chorus to help add some more metal flavor and it couldn’t be better!

Michael Jackson’s Acapella Vocals For ‘Man In The Mirror’ Are Raw Emotion

Source: Huffington Post – By Ryan Kristobak


Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” is undoubtedly one of the King of Pop’s greatest masterpieces, but you’ve never heard it this way before. Stripped of all accompaniment, Jackson’s vocals are allowed to shine even brighter. The power and raw emotion behind each syllable is dumbfounding, and there’s nothing better than getting to hear all his grunts, yells, and “shamones” in all their glory. Give the isolated vocal track a listen above, and then compare it with the full-body work below.


Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Louis La Roche Remix)

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Louis La Roche is giving away a tasteful remix of Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ which he created using the original 1982 multitrack tapes.

Whether this is the MJ track the La Roche talked about last year when he suggested Soulwax were remixing MJ we are not sure – but we’ve got a sneaky feeling it might well be.

Speaking about the remix, La Roche said: “I wanted to do a remix that didn’t take anything away from the original legacy of the track but updated it for club play, as well as putting my own twist on it.”

I love it! :)

Video: See Officer’s Dance Off To Billie Bean At Marine Corps Ball (See End of Post)

Video source: Live Leak / Youtube – By reddittleak /

Article – The Examiner

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Even though is Veteran’s Day, we shouldn’t forget those who are currently serving in the military.  They work very hard, but apparently, they also like to play hard.  Michael Jackson is commonly favored dance choice for many military personnel as you can see here:

When Michael Jackson died, fans across the world, including troops stationed at U.S. military bases felt the loss of music industry’s biggest pop star in history, and couldn’t help but reflect on how Jackson’s music and original dance moves influenced multi-generations of lives. With blockbuster hits such as ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Beat It’, and Thriller, the backward-gliding moonwalk and provocative crotch-grabbing trademarks, Michael will be remembered, arguably, as one of the most exciting performers of all time.

What many may not realize is that Jackson was a strong supporter of U.S. Military troops and was introduced to Bob Hope and the Hollywood USO in the 1970’s during the Vietnam War era. In those days, a young Michael was performing with his famous brothers as The Jackson Five and the group frequently joined Bob Hope on USO domestic tours.



Michael Jackson was also a huge addition to the “United We Stand- What More Can I Give” 24 hour benefit concert that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Performing with more than 25 artists to unite and heal America with a single theme, “…that no matter the obstacles thrown before us or the challenges that await, we shall overcome.”

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Impatient fans chanted “Michael, Michael”  as they waited 11-and-1-half hours for the concert finale`, a collective rendition of “One Voice” led by Michael Jackson. Organizations that were to benefit from the concert were the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund and the Rewards for Justice Fund, which supplies rewards to those who help identify and apprehend individuals who are planning, or have committed, terrorist attacks.

United We Stand Concert - ShowJackson was also no stranger to U.S. military bases overseas and traveled to greet 3,000 plus U.S. troops and their families in March of 2007 at Army base Camp Zama, Japan, just south of Tokyo. Jackson was flown in on a Black Hawk helicopter from Hardy Barracks in Tokyo and gave the frenzied crowd an unforgettable appearance at the Yano Fitness Center gymnasium located on the base.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be here,” Jackson told the spectators. “You people are among the most special in the world because you haven chosen a life of service. Because of you here today and others who have given their lives, we can enjoy our freedom at home. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I love you.

Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer, Commander U.S. Army Garrison Japan, presented Jackson with a Certificate of Appreciation for his devotion to U.S. Military troops and their families.  Source: The Examiner

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Please watch these talented officer’s bust a move at the Marine Corps Ball to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. The event occurred on November 10, 2013.