Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

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There seems to be a lot of mis-information about track six on the forthcoming ‘Xscape’ album, with many believing the track originates from the early 1990s, when Michael was embroiled in allegations.

This was not the case.

The inner sleeves of the ‘Xscape’ album will contain information about each track, including when they were recorded and the lyrics. At the LA playback, co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, John Branca, said that actually this track was written by Michael in the mid 1980s and based on the American public service announcement that was played on television.

The question was asked around 10pm or 11pm (Michael’s song uses 12 o’clock) and asks “Do you know where your children are?”.

The phrase was regularly broadcast from the 1960s – 1980s, however has been sporadically used since, and was brought back into circulation in 2008. Often celebrities made cameos saying the famous line on camera just before the news, predominately in New York City.

The song is a definite dance floor filler with a stomping beat. We can’t wait for you to hear it! Similar to ‘Abortion Papers’, which was released on ‘Bad 25′ in 2012, the song has a serious meaning, though Michael makes it into a song you can’t help but sing along to with a catchy melody.

As well as Michael’s track, there have been many other cultural references to the announcement, including this humorous one from The Simpsons:

 

 

Read more: http://www.mjworld.net/news/2014/04/14/do-you-know-where-your-children-are/

Weekly Recap In Billboard Chart History

Source: Billboard – By Gary Trust

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Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey

April 14, 1990
Tommy Page tops the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’ll Be Your Everything,” a song he co-wrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, with whom he’d been touring. “My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts,” Page remembers.

April 15, 1995
Montell Jordan’s explanatory jam “This Is How We Do It” began its seven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

April 16, 1983
“Billie Jean,” the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from Michael Jackson’s monster album “Thriller” spends its seventh and final week atop the chart. After a one-week break while Dexys Midnight Runners reigned with “Come on Eileen,” Jackson returned to the top with “Beat It” for three weeks.

April 17, 1971
Three Dog Night commenced its longest Billboard Hot 100 command, as “Joy to the World” began a six-week reign. The band had led for two weeks in 1970 with “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” and would rule for a week in 1972 with “Black & White.” The group’s Hot 100 history spans 1969-75, with all 21 of its entries reaching the top 40.

April 18, 2009
Five years ago today, the Black Eyed Peas begin their unprecedented six-month stranglehold atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Boom Boom Pow” reaches No. 1. The song would lead for 12 weeks and be dethroned by the group’s follow-up, “I Gotta Feeling,” which led for 14 frames, giving the Peas a record 26 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100.

April 19, 2008
Mariah Carey spent her second of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Touch My Body,” her 18th (and most recent) leader. She boasts the most Hot 100 No. 1s among solo artists. She releases her new album, her first studio set since 2009, on May 6.

April 20, 1991
Wilson Phillips lands its milestone third No. 1 from its self-titled album with “You’re in Love.” “Hold On” and “Release Me” had reigned in 1990. The act remains the only group (of at least three members) to notch three No. 1 hits from a debut album in the Hot 100′s history.

 

Read more: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6049864/this-week-in-billboard-chart-history-black-eyed-peas-begin

MDF COULD WIN $50,000 WITH YOUR HELP!

Originally posted on Michael's Children's Hospital:

We are currently in the running to win $50,000 from the Give Back Challenge from Ty Pennington. But we can only win if you vote for us. Imagine all the good we could do with that money – and how many Dream Boxes we could deliver! It would mean so much to help us to help even MORE children for Michael!

Please do visit the link below for details and to cast your vote – and please please please – share it with your friends and ask them to vote too!

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4 Other Things We Learned At MJ’s Xscape Listening Event At Top Of The Rock

Source: Vibe – By John Kennedy

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As you’re ascending to the penthouse 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, the elevator shaft illuminates with a red and blue mini light show, with Michael Jackson’s face looking down on you from the elevator’s transparent roof, as if inviting you upward to the musical heavens. Yes, Tuesday’s (April 8) listening event for Michael Jackson’s second posthumous album, Xscape, pulled out every stop, from the majestic view of Manhattan’s skyline to speeches by Epic Records President Sylvia Rhone, Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid and a representative from the Jackson estate.

As is the case with many posthumous projects, there’s been a cloud of cynicism hovering over Xscape (out May 13), which oddly shares its title with Kandi Burress’ ’90s R&B group. But this is no Biggie Duets affiar—you won’t hear Future babbling nonsensical adlibs or Drake crooning choruses. The tunes sound organic—simultaneously nostalgic and contemporary, without annoying of-the-moment stars hitching a ride. Timbaland’s, Rodney Jerkins’ and Stargate’s instrumentals don’t overpower Michael’s unique vocals. And from the moment the first track plays, you remember how much you miss Michael.

Here are five takeaways after a first listen of Michael Jackson’s contemporized collection of outtakes from the Dangerous and Invincible sessions.

Thriller Was Born Out Of Dissatisfaction
After being presented with the largest plaque I’ve ever seen (it required two men to lift it by it’s thick, black frame), celebrating Thriller’s 100 million album sales worldwide, a member of Jackson’s estate spoke about the drive behind the holy grail of pop music. He says Michael felt snubbed when his Off The Wall album won only one Grammy: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.” That disappointment was the thug motivation that fueled Thriller.

You Will Two-Step To “Love Never Felt So Good”
This opening track from the album has an old-school, ‘80s feel that’s simply irresistible. Don’t fight it. Move those feet.

Michael Sings About Being Boyfriend #2
On “Chicago (She Was Lovin’ Me),” MJ sings about being blindsided by a woman he’s dating. Turns out, o’girl has a husband and kids! Michael reportedly co-wrote pieces of the track. Go ahead and sip your tea.

MJ Found Inspiration In Televisions PSAs
Everyone remembers that old public service announcement that preceded the nighttime news: “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” In a similar fashion, Michael tells the story of a runaway kid on “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” over a galactic synth loop that’s still stuck in my head, two days later.

2Pac And Michael Jackson Would’ve Made Great Music Together
On the second playback of Xscape, after many of the attendees were already retrieving phones and bags from coat check, L.A. Reid unearthed a version of the title track with vocals from Tupac Shakur’s “Changes.” And believe it or not, it was epic. You can only imagine Mike and Makaveli dapping each other in upstairs in Thugz Mansion.

 

Read more: http://www.vibe.com/article/what-happens-when-michael-jackson-and-2pac-mashup-plus-4-other-things-we-learned-mjs-xscape

5 Songs To Sing At Your Next Birthday Party

Source: NHPR

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While the traditional “Happy Birthday” song is ubiquitous, there are a few alternatives. We even tried our hand at a new way to sing the praises of someone celebrating their birthday.

You can weigh in on our version at our Facebook page. Or, send your own version as an .mp3 to wordofmouth@nhpr.org, or call and record it on our listener line at 603 223 2448.

Meanwhile, here are few alternative singing options for your next Birthday soiree.

1. The Mr. Rogers Version

2. Happy Birthday Lisa (A cover from a fan.)

The Simpsons featured a new Happy Birthday song with a little help from Michael Jackson. A talented fan remixed it for his own use.

3. Stephen Colbert’s Royalty-Free Birthday Song

See full complete skit here:

4. Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday Song

5. The Beatles: “Birthday” Song

Here’s a list of potential Happy Birthday alternatives from the Free Music Archives.

 

Listen to short broadcast about the song here: http://nhpr.org/post/5-songs-sing-your-next-birthday-party

Former Body Guard For Michael Jackson Mike Garcia On King Jordan Radio 4-10-14

Source: King Jordan Radio

MJ-stunning-emotion-filled-close-upMike Garcia will be on King Jordan Radio Thursday April at 9:00 pm eastern time. Mike was a Body Guard for the late King of Pop Michael Jackson as well as Miley Cyrus,William Shatner,Lindsay Lohan and many others. This is Mike’s debut on the KingJordan Radio Show and will be one interview you do not wanna miss!!

We Will also be taking your calls at 347-857-2950. Feel free to call in and if you do please shut your sound off.  This will be a Great Show!!

King Jordan Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jordan-king/2014/04/11/former-body-guard-for-michael-jackson-on-kingjordanradio-4-10-14

This Dog Does The Thriller Dance Better Than You!

Source: The Daily Edge

Want the full experience?

1. Start Thriller with the sound on.

2. Mute the sound on the dog video and press the play buttton when you get to :30 on the Thriller video.

3. Watch both at the same time.

Amazing! :)

CAUSE THIS IS THRILLERRRRR!!!!

 

Read more: http://thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/thriller-dog-dance-1260931-Jan2014/

Gana Bala Tributes Michael Jackson

Source: Cinema Grind

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Gana Bala is no doubt the recent phenomenon of the Tamil industry. At least one movie in every month will feature a song of him. Now for a movie poetically titled as ‘Mozhiyavathu Yathenil’ the singer cum lyricist has gone one step further. He has dressed himself as the legendary pop icon Michael Jackson and performed some stunning dance steps.

Under the composition of Nithin Karthik and lyrics of Nigaran a song which goes like “Attakathi… Mokka piece… Vethuvettu…” was crooned and performed by Ganna Bala. ‘Thambi’ fame Siva has choreographed this song and Rajapandi has cranked the camera.

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Composer Nithin Karthik said, “Gaana Bala’s presence is seen in almost all the movies. He has created a new trend and made Gaana genre songs very popular. We wanted to show a different gaana Bala in our movie, hence we opted for western style. He danced like Michael Jackson for this song and the entire team is happy with the output. Surely this will be one of the important song in Gaana Bala’s singing career!”

New faces like Viraaj, Rajan, Riyaz, Tej, Meenu Karthika and many more, forms the star cast. The movie is directed by S.Gopalakrishnan.

See more at: http://www.cinemagrind.com/news/3905-when-gaana-bala-turned-in-to-micheal-jackson#sthash.vxxcfhzm.dpuf

The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 11: Michael Jackson Thriller Nail Art

Originally posted on Dry, Dammit!:

Hiya! I know it’s been a while but I wanted to post another Cuteberry Nail Challenge post. This is why I will never do another nail challenge, I am just not dedicated enough! (I’ve been doing this challenge for about, what, five months now!?) So this is day 11 and it’s inspired by your favourite music video. I’ve always loved Michael Jackson so deciding to do something inspired by Thriller was pretty obvious for me.

Thriller nail art by Dry, Dammit!MJ photo courtesy of mjworld.net

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As you can see I’ve done it a bit “abstract” again, but that’s the way I roll. So my thumb and pinky are inspired by MJ’s eyes at the end of the Thriller video and the red and black design on my pointer, middle and ring fingers are inspired by the red jacket with deep V MJ wears. I get it, I hope you do too!

Polishes I used:

  • Revlon…

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

Source: Source: 620wemj.com / MJWN

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‘Make-a-Wish Wisconsin’ is one of 61 chapters in the U.S. It’s constantly working to make dreams come true across the state.

The first dream was for Tina Scharf. Doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumour at age 6.  In 1984, when Tina was 11 years old, more than anything she wanted to meet Michael Jackson.

Make-a-Wish made it happen. It was the first wish ever granted by Make-a-Wish Wisconsin. In 1984, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin sent Catina to New Jersey to meet Michael and see him in concert. Thirty years later, nearly 5,000 families across the state have experienced the transformative power of a wish. Doctors had only given Tina a few years to live, but she is here today to remember that special event.

Tina recalls, “I liked him.  I thought he was cute.”

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Patti Gorsky has been the Foundation President for 15 years.

“In the early days in fact, the board of directors used to put wishes and the expenses for those wishes on their credit cards.  We don’t do that today,” she exclaims.

Patti believes in the magic of a wish. ”It’s just a ripple effect. That’s what Make-a-Wish is all about.  It is for that child and his or her family, but then there is whole communities of people that gather around to really make magic for the kids and their families.”

30 years later, Make-a-Wish Wisconsin has a $5 million budget, three state offices, and 500 trained volunteers. It’s still not enough.

“We granted 340 wishes alone last year, and more than 500 children this year will be diagnosed with a life threatening medical condition … So we’ve got a ways to go,” Gorsky admits.

Over the years, the foundation has granted 5,000 wishes, by taking kids to a special place they’ve always wanted to go, giving them something they’ve always wanted, letting them be someone they’ve always wanted to be, or like Tina, by meeting someone they’ve always wanted to meet.

“Make-a-Wish does one thing. We grant wishes, and it seems very simple, but actually the execution of a wish is very complicated and takes many many hands and open hearts and open wallets to be able to make stuff happen,” Gorsky says.

That stuff is just the start.  Just ask Tina and her mom.

“It gave her a chance to have something she wanted very deeply, and forget about the pain, and the chemo and the radiation and all the things she was going through,” Tina’s mom explains.”

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To learn more about the work of ‘Make A Wish Wisconsin,’ please visit their website.

Read more and see video here: http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/Make-A-Wish-252466551.html

The Hobbit’s ‘Misty Mountain’ Gets A Michael Jackson Remix!

Source: Bachelors Boulevard - By Wreckognyze

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The dwarves from ‘The Hobbit’ sung a mashup version of ‘Misty Mountain’ with the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Beat It. Considering what Thorin and the rest of the dwarves were headed into, the lyrics seem appropriate.

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Download Lake Street Dive’s Cover Of A Classic Jackson 5 Song Performed On World Cafe

Source: The Key WXPN

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Lake Street Dive were recently on World Cafe. During their session they performed a cover of the Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back.” Download it below. The band is currently on tour with a stop in Philly at Union Transfer next Wednesday, April 2nd. The show is sold out.

Download here: The Key WXPN

Read more about the group: Lake Street Dive

You Are The Moon

Originally posted on Syl Mortilla:

There is a photograph of me as an eleven-year-old boy, in which I am stood proudly in front of one of the walls of my bedroom, holding our pet cat. Behind me, each and every inch of the wall is plastered in pictures of Michael Jackson in various poses: most of them of him on stage wearing wearing either the silver shirt from the Bad Tour or the gold leotard from the Dangerous Tour. Some of the pictures are huge, one of them is as small as a postage stamp. I would have bought an entire magazine solely for that picture. The other walls, the ones not in the photograph, are adorned in the same way. As is the ceiling. My younger brother and I shared the bedroom, and one of our favourite things to do was intermittently agree to rearrange our pictures. It would take us entire weekends. There…

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Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson And Dire Straits: Gary Wilmot’s Six Best Albums

Source: Express.co.uk

GARY WILMOT, 59, rose to fame on New Faces in the 1970s. He’s hosted TV shows such as Showstoppers and starred in musicals Me And My Girl and Copacabana. In June he’s in the West End production of The Pajama Game and will be a special guest on the Don Black Songbook tour from March 25: atgtickets.com. Gary Wilmot’s taste stretches from soul to motown, with a sprinkling of folk.
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DIRE STRAITS: Brothers In Arms (Mercury)

Away from what I’d usually listen to but a bit of air guitar never did anyone any harm. Money For Nothing is great fun and there’s a real synergy there.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Sony)

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I was into soul music but this is so evocative of the period. Loads of folk stuff was coming over to the mainstream but they were head and shoulders above the rest. And it is soulful in that it’s sung from the heart. I’ve always been one for harmonies and theirs were terrific.

GREGORY PORTER: Be Good (Motema)

An incredible singer with a rich, easy voice who has taken the jazz world by storm. The moment I heard him singing Be Good, I bought the album.

Then I got the opportunity to work with him.

He’s the first celebrity I’ve put my arm around for a photo since I met Engelbert Humperdinck 32 years ago.

STEVIE WONDER: Talking Book (Motown)

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I was raised with Stevie because my brother used to copy his stuff on to a tape-recorder he had between our beds. I like the innovative Braille album cover showing Stevie without glasses.

I have seen him live and his energy was extraordinary.

VARIOUS: The Songs Of West Side Story (BMG)

Probably the best show album of all time, featuring the likes of Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea and Salt-N-Pepa doing all the songs.

It has everything Leonard Bernstein’s version had but makes you think about the songs in a different way.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Bad (Epic)

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I remember being in Guernsey on tour and this was the first album that I put on my new CD player.

I couldn’t stop playing it. It was a drug. I couldn’t get over its production. Every song is cutting edge and different.

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/464781/Stevie-Wonder-Michael-Jackson-and-Dire-Straits-Gary-Wilmot-s-six-best-albums

ೋღ❤ღೋ In Loving Memory Of Jaboris Copeland ೋღ❤ღೋ

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It is with a heavy heart that I report that 9-nine year old MJ fan, Jaboris Copeland, recently died in a tragic house fire. I didn’t know him personally, but I would like to dedicate this page to him as one of our beloved family members and because I know that Michael would want him to be remembered. I will not post the details of his death but would rather share the fond memories of his life. May he rest in peace. Please keep his family in your prayers.

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Family members say nine-year-old Jaboris Copeland loved sports, making people laugh and most of all, the “King of Pop.”    

“He loved Michael Jackson. When Michael Jackson died he cried like a baby,” said Brandon Copeland.  

The child’s mother, Thomasina Hobbs, is a paraprofessional at Hand-in-Hand Primary School.

Heather Butler, a fourth-grade Cross Creek math teacher, said “Jay” was a strong leader in her classroom.

“He loved sports and outdoor activities. Whenever we played kickball at recess, Jay would be the one who would get the game and players organized. All the players would be in their correct positions, and he would see to it that the game was played correctly,” Butler said.

She described the boy as “a very good student and would complete his assignments to the best of his ability.”

Butler will miss the boy’s playful side.

“He had a smile that could easily get him out of any little problem he may have had,” she said.

Butler will always remember the child fondly.

“He was well loved by his teachers and classmates, and will be deeply missed,” she explained.

Monday would be a tough day at the school, said Cross Creek Principal Clay Stanaland.

According to Stanaland, Jaboris was a model student who arrived daily with a smile on his face and wanted to better himself each day.

“As several of the teachers put it, ‘He made you want to come to work.’ He will definitely be missed by all students and faculty,” Stanaland said.

Kari Holm, Jaboris’ homeroom teacher, also taught the child English, language arts and science.

“He was the most fun, playful, mischievous,” Holm said.

Holm said Jaboris was a great leader with the other children. “This is going to crush them,” she said.

Because his mother reported to work early at another county school, Jaboris arrived at school early.

The child was always the first one at school, Holm said. He liked to hide in the classroom and jumped out and try to scare the teacher. Holm eventually began entering the classroom, letting Jaboris know she was aware of his presence and was not frightened.

More than anything else, a tearful Holm said, she will miss Jaboris’ “electrifying smile.” The boy attended class every day and was willing to work, the teacher said.

I dedicate this video to Jaboris. He is now with Michael.  

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Grammy Greats: 12 Artists Who’ve Broken Grammy Award Records

Source: International Business Times – By

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First held in 1959 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the Grammy Awards have come to represent the pinnacle of success for members of the music industry.

Awarded each year by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., the peer-presented awards recognize the excellence of both musical artist and recording professionals, without taking into account records sales or chart performance. Some of the industry’s greatest legends have been awarded multiple times, with the honor remaining a celebrated mark on the career of any artist.

Ahead of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, let’s take a brief look back at some record-breaking Grammy Awards winners and nominees. All the artists and producers below have made music history — whether it be for their insane amount of wins or high number of fails at snagging that Grammy.

1. Milli Vanilli

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After wining the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990, the pop duo Milli Vanilli became the first Grammy-winning artists to be stripped of the award, confirms the Guinness Book of World Records. The group — consisting of Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus — were exposed as lip-syncing frauds during a live performance on MTV, subsequently leading to the removal of their Grammy.

2. Leann Rimes

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The country singer became the youngest Grammy Award winner when she won the honor in 1997 at 14 years old. She was also the first country artist to win the Best New Artist Category, reports the Examiner.

3. Christopher Cross

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Christopher Cross is the only artist to ever win all the “big four” categories in the same year. In 1981, the singer’s self-titled debut album won Album of the Year and the album’s track “Sailing” won Record of the Year and Song of the Year. That night he also won the Best New Artist award.

4. U2

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With a total of 22 Grammy Award, U2 has received the most awards of any group in history.

5. Michael Jackson and Santana

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Both the King of Pop and Santana hold the record for the most Grammys awarded in a single night. Jackson won eight in 1984 and the guitarist/songwriter snagged the same number in 2000.

6. Beyoncé And Adele

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When it comes to the most Grammys awarded to a female in one night, Beyoncé and Adele hold the record. Beyoncé was awarded six on the same night in 2010. Adele tied that record in 2012, taking home six Grammys of her own.

8. Stevie Wonder

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It’s no surprise music legend Stevie Wonder holds the title of the most Grammys awarded to a solo male artist. His record currently stands at 22 awards.

9. Alison Krauss

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Singer Alison Krauss has won a total of 26 Grammy Awards, making her the most honored female solo artist in the history of the ceremony.

10. U2 ‘s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” And Santana’s “Supernatural”

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Santana’s “Supernatural” and U2‘s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” hold the current record for the most honored album, with both albums winning nine awards.

11. Santana, Again

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Carlos Santa and his band also hold the record for the most Grammys won by a group in a single night, taking home eight in 2000.

12. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

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The King of Pop holds the record for the most nominations in one night, with “Thriller” being honored with 12 in 1984.

13. Brian McKnight

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Read more here: http://www.ibtimes.com/grammy-greats-12-artists-whove-broken-grammy-award-records-1546281

 

Celebrities Godparents For Famous Friends

Source: PopSugar

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After Nicole Richie was adopted by her superstar dad, Lionel, he named his longtime friend and collaborator Michael Jackson as her godfather. The late singer is just one close family member that was bestowed with the title. The other is. . . . .

Quincy Jones! The legendary music producer worked with Nicole’s dad, Lionel, on many of his hits throughout the ’80s, including “We Are the World.” Nicole has remained close with Quincy’s daughters, Rashida and Kidada, since she was young.

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Sherry Gordy Presents: Take The Stage – An Open Mike Experience (Las Vegas)

Source: Poli Bruckner ~ Michael's Soldiers of Love (Thanks for sending!)

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If you’re visiting Las Vegas and want a great place to hangout, come to Sherry Gordy’s Take the Stage, every Thursday night, at the Rancho Fiesta Casino. You never know who will turn up! Dawn Michelle Rice & Sherry Gordy have had a great turnout.

Dawn is CEO of DMR Entertainment and happens to be a personal friend of mine. I am looking forward to attending a show soon.

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Source: LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL- By Doug Elfman

Sherry Gordy is the daughter of Berry Gordy, who founded Motown, so her baby-sitters included Richard Street of The Temptations and singer Bobby Taylor. Marvin Gaye was her uncle-in-law.

But Sherry Gordy didn’t use her family’s wealth and privilege as an excuse not to get a regular job. She has her father’s work ethic.

“I’ve been working since I was 15 years old. My very first job was selling tax shelter annuities,” says the bubbly Sherry Gordy, who has been living in Vegas for 18 years. “I love working. I love people. I’m a people person.”

When Gordy relocated to Las Vegas from California, it wasn’t to go into entertainment. She came to fill in for a branch manager for a company.

“I was like, ‘Oh, this feels like home. It’s so different from Hollywood.’ ”

A mortgage and real estate broker, she worked her way up to managing a company, setting up branches around the country.

She dabbled in entertainment. In 2000, she produced her first comedy show, “Tickle Me Tuesdays,” at the Blue Note jazz club.

“I went way over budget. I treated (comedians) really well. I sent limos to get them and put them up (in hotels). It was so much fun.”

The Blue Note closed. She kept her day job. But when the housing market crashed, she thought, “I don’t need to be here anymore. What am I going to do? I’m not in the entertainment business.

“So I had to reinvent myself.”

Three months ago, Gordy launched a Thursday show in a 700-seat Fiesta Rancho theater.

It’s a mix of headliner shows and open mics named “Sherry Gordy Presents Take The Stage: The Music of Motown and More.”1972253_3873271805960_144462712_nStar names already have drawn crowds to that Fiesta stage, including the Mary Jane Girls, LJ Reynolds featuring The Dramatics, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Former Temptations sang a tribute to the late Richard Street, who lived here. Las Vegan Joe Jackson appeared for a tribute to his Jackson family legacy. And there was a tribute to Uncle Marvin.

Gordy’s family is rooted here. Two sons raise babies in Las Vegas. Gordy’s mom, Jeana Jackson, lives here. Marvin Gaye’s baby sister, Jeanne, is a Las Vegan. Berry Gordy flies in occasionally, too. Read more: http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/doug-elfman/motown-roots-get-transplanted-las-vegas

Sherry is also behind Las Vegas Soul Festival, 2014 at Thomas & Mack on April 12th. The show will benefit Lazarex Cancer Foundation. You can help extend a life. If you have ever had anyone directly or indirectly affected by by Cancer. I encourage you to learn about Lazarex Cancer Foundation. http://www.lazarex.org/

Festival information: https://www.wegoout.com/event/1999913/Sherry+Gordy+Presents+Las+Vegas+Soul+Festival+2014

UNSUNG: Siedah Garrett

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I was thinking about someone to continue my effort to pay homage to the musicians who made such tremendous contributions to Black Music. Now, I have a confession to make before I go further – I got chills thinking about this amazing lady who in my view is one of the most unsung female artists of our time Siedah Garrett.

Siedah is a Grammy Award Winning and twice Oscar nominated songwriter and recording artist. As I began writing this article, I was astounded by her accomplishments that included writing songs and performed backing vocals for many of the legends in the music industry. Such as Michael Jackson, Dennis Edwards, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summers, Madonna, and Jennifer Hudson to name a few of the many great artists.

What really amazed me most was that she has had huge hits singing duets but not one hit of her…

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The Price of Fame

MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE:

And he’s still paying the price…….

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Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.37.02 PM When interviewed via fax by Glen Palkin in August 1992 Michael was asked about one of his reflections from his book “Dancing the Dream” called “Trust” and if he felt imprisoned by his fame.

“Yes. Fame can be imprisoning. But the best part of being Michael Jackson is that I know I can interact with millions of people: and in that interaction we exchange something.”

Which is….

“Love.  It is exhilarating. It is magic. “

Michael talks about fame and the difficulties of it many times in many songs.  The one that stands out to me the most is of course, “The Price of Fame”  and in particular:

I am the cover of the magazine, what a scene
They know my every do’s
“Just sign your name on the dotted line, you’ll be fine.”
That always bothers me
Get in your car, you wanna take a ride, look behind
Someone…

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From Michael Jackson To The Beatles: The Top 10 LEGO Music Videos Ever

Source: CBC Music – By Jennifer Van Evra / Elke Hassell

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The new LEGO Movie has become a massive hit and topped North American box offices for weeks — but long before the tiny building blocks hit the silver screen, Lego lovers around the world were painstakingly creating music videos out of the stackable plastic pieces.

From U2 to the Beatles, and from the Beastie Boys to Michael Jackson, some of music’s most iconic acts have been immortalized in square bodies, barely movable legs and plastic hair — and the videos are amazing.

Michael Jackson, ‘Beat It’

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The person who made this video painstakingly recreated the “Beat It” video frame by frame, including the gang knife fights — although admittedly, it’s pretty hard to make Lego characters look tough.

Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” The answer becomes clear as the epic Queen classic gets a Lego makeover. Warning: extreme Lego violence, including headless characters.

Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’

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Michael Jackson has always had fans who are devoted in the extreme — and the maker of this video was definitely one of them. This creation not only reenacts the entire “Thriller” video, but includes wonderfully monstrous adaptations of classic Lego characters.

The Beatles, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’

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This early Beatles-era rendition not only features a Lego Fab Four performing one of their biggest hits; it also comes with split screen scenes and screaming girls watching them on a tiny television. Cute as a button.

 

Click to see more: http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/2/From-Michael-Jackson-to-the-Beatles-the-top-10-LEGO-music-videos-ever

 

‘Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour’ Coming To Amherst

Source: Masslive – By Keith O’Conner

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Cirque du Soleil may “Love” The Beatles, but they have immortalized the King of Pop with Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour.

The production, which had its world premiere in October 2011, makes its way to the Mullins Center in Amherst on Thursday.

“This is very different from other Cirque du Soleil shows and is set up more like a concert experience. While the premier acrobatics are still present, there is less theatrics and a lot more dancing than in any of our other shows,” said Laura Silverman of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.

“The music, of course, is the driving force of the show which features an 11-piece band whose members previously worked with Michael Jackson, so it really feels like a concert,” she added. 

The large-scale production, now on its second North American tour, combines Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity. Written and directed by Jamie King, the show includes more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats. 

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For his first show with Cirque du Soleil, King brings audiences to a fantastical realm where they discover Jackson’s inspirational and abundant creative efforts. During the show, King promise that the secrets of Jackson’s inner world are unlocked – his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The musical extravaganza features more than 35 of Jackson’s songs, in addition to numerous bits and pieces of songs that have been used for the soundscapes and transitions.

To weave together the all-important musical components of the show, King ought out musical designer Kevin Antunes, who was given unprecedented access to the master recordings, and musical director Greg Phillinganes, who has worked with Jackson for more than 25 years, providing an unparalleled depth of knowledge of his music and live performances.

“Our goal is not to simply cover Michael, but to take his music to a whole new level,” King said.

The director wanted to integrate as many songs into the production as possible, so this meant mash-ups, remixes and new arrangements. It also meant moving them forward emotionally, weaving songs together in new ways so that the music feels new and fresh all the while respecting Jackson’s essence and his voice.

The show also features bigger than life-size video projections which not only act as storytelling devices, but play a key role in making Jackson’s presence felt.

Projection designer Olivier Goulet integrated video content such as footage of the superstar’s performances and real-time projections of the performances on stage.

“Some original Michael Jackson music videos are also shown along with archival footage from the estate of Michael singing as a child and with the Jackson Five. Through video and song his career is covered from the very beginning to the very end,” Silverman said.

Just as Beatle George Harrison was a fan and visited with Cirque du Soleil founder, Jackson, too, was a big admirer, Silverman said.

“Michael Jackson attended one of the very first big top Cirque du Soleil shows held in Santa Monica back in the 1980s and went to Montreal to meet with them. There was great mutual respect between both parties who hoped to someday work together. When Michael passed away, Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson thought what better way to celebrate his legacy than with a show in his name,” said Silverman. 

Event: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour 
When: Thursday, March 6, 8 p.m. 
Where: Mullins Center, Amherst 
Cost: $150, $125, $100, $65 and $50 

For more info: Call (800) 745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/03/

 

15 Choreographed Music Videos

Source:blog.musicmuch

Haim just released their new video for the Days Are Gone track If I Could Change Your Mind directed by Warren Fu. The girls impress us with some great dance moves, choreographed by Fatima Robinson and it’s the kind of dance moves that us, loser, uncoordinated people could possibly pull off. Well, maybe not. But a girl can dream, right!? Watch the music video for Haim’s If I Could Change Your Mind below, along with some other music videos that feature great choreography. (Note: Fatima Robinson and Stretch choreographed MJ”s Remember The Time short film.)

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Here’s another music video that if I didn’t include, I would literally get burned at the stake. I think it’s the only 13-minute music video that you could never get bored of.

Beyoncé – Single Ladies

I couldn’t make a list of choreographed music videos without including this one. Ya’ll would throw me some serious cut eye through the Internet air waves if I made that terrible error. Choreographed by Frank Gatson and JaQuel Knight, this dance will go down in history. It even inspired a ton of parodies like this unforgettable one.

Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

I’m really glad it’s not 2009 anymore because everyone seemed to be doing this dance move. I’ll put aside my annoyances and give this choreography 2 thumbs up.

OK Go – Here It Goes Again

Ok, this choreography might not be in the same category as Beyoncé or Michael Jackson but it deserves to be on the list. I mean, I’m afraid to just walk on a treadmill, let alone perform a choreographed dance. Trish Sie is the brain behind this choreography and also directed the video along with Ok Go.

Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Thom Yorke’s dance moves might be a little awkward and quirky, which is probably why a ton of people made fun of him, but we’re into it. 

Feist – 1234

We saw a different side to Feist in the music video for 1234 and it’s probably the last time we’ll ever see her in a bright, colourful, choreographed music video again. But we’re okay with that because this video is great and nothing like it could top it. 

Kanye West – Runaway

Runaway is not only gorgeously shot but the choreography is equally gorgeous. Ballet is cool, guys.

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

Robyn’s comeback in 2010 with Body Talk Pt. 1, 2, and 3 was flawless: Her music, her look, and her badass dance routines, in platform shoes, at that. Maria “Decida” Wahlberg choreographed this bad boy. 

Blood Orange – Time Will Tell

Blood Orange’s Time Will Tell off of his album Cupid Deluxe got a great video treatment, as does all of his singles. He’s got some slick dance moves, lemme tell ya. 

Janelle Monáe – Tightrope

Janelle Monáe’s dance moves are tight. It’s funny because she’s great at dancing but also her song has the word “tight” in it. 

Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice

The Spike Jonze-directed Weapon of Choice will always remain a classic music video. Christopher Walken (who’s actually a trained dancer) is perfection. 

‘N Sync – Bye Bye Bye

This list couldn’t be complete without some love for the boy bands. They were great at dancing AND lip-syncing and being totes cute.

Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

When I typed this song title into YouTube, I almost clicked on a clip from Everybody Loves Raymond

Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time

Britney Spears hit it big with this song and definitely made this video and dance an iconic one. 

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

If you’re not a dancer, you might be feeling down on yourself after watching all of these amazing dance routines. But don’t fret…at least we could all pull off these SICK moves:

Read more: http://blog.muchmusic.com/watch-haims-if-i-could-change-your-mind-and-15-other-choreographed-music-videos/

Michael Jackson’s Influence on the Next Generation

Source: Essence

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“It’s hard to pick a favorite MJ song. But I would say that ‘Billie Jean’ is one of my favorites. Lyrically how do you make a topic so deep sound so infectious? Only him. That song wows me every time I hear it. He is the force of nature to show us what innovation and fearlessness looks like!” —Alicia Keys

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“Michael Jackson’s precision and professionalism were second to none. I’ve directly encountered him, and he gave 100 percent in anything he was involved in. To apply in life the joy he got out of pleasing others is something I will always have to thank him for.” —Marsha Ambrosius

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“While I think ‘Human Nature,’ is the greatest song ever recorded, it’s hard for me to summarize a lifetime of inspiration. MJ has been the single biggest influence on my music. The poise and drive he had at 50 years old was out of this world.”—Lloyd

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Working Day and Night

“MJ’s work ethic has inspired me the most. Even though he was hands down the best — his music, dancing, singing, songwriting — he was always striving to be better, striving to be the best, and pushing to take it to the next level.”—Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas

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Time Explosion

“Michael Jackson’s music transcends time. It continues to inspire people of all ages. The fact that my child who is four knows Michael and his work shows the true impact of his life. The greatest lesson he taught was the one of balance. Fame comes with a cost. The industry that builds you up can be the very thing to tear you down.” —Raheem Devaughn

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Human Nature

“MJ treated everyone kind, and just loved people. He would hug and kiss the babies, sign autographs, or just stood there and waved just so you could take a picture. That is what made his celebrity fresh.”—Michelle Williams

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Invincible

“I learned from Michael that the sky is the limit, and to always think big — never shortchange yourself.” —Lyfe Jennings

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Dreams Come True

“I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael. I have great admiration and respect for him and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to meet and perform with such a great entertainer, who in so many ways, transcended the culture…His legacy is unparalleled.” —Usher Raymond

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Thriller

“It’s hard to pick my favorite MJ video because, but ‘Thriller’ obviously should go down in history as the best video of all time! I remember it being the first video premiering on prime time tv, and me begging my mom to watch — amazing!” —Kandi Burruss

With A Child’s Heart

“Michael’s music was one of the first things that made me want to become an artist. When I was on the school bus at seven or eight years old I would sing Michael songs to get attention. It was one of the first times I knew that I wanted to be an artist.”—Robin Thicke

Personal Touch

“Michael is one of a kind, a true gift from God. His video ‘Thriller’ took it to another level. One of the first music videos that actually looked like a movie. You have to respect how creative and out of the box he was willing to go.”- Sammie

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“Micheal Jackson has been an influence so much to why I love the stage. I remember particularly a performance of his song, ‘Dirty Diana.’ I was in the nosebleeds section, but I felt so much a part of his whole show. That has never happened since, never happened before that, and don’t think it will ever happen again.” —Keri Hilson

Superstar

“I grew up listening to him and watching him, and he’s the definition of what it is to be a pop star. Everyone who has come after him has not lived up to that yet.” —John Legend

Read more influences here: http://photos.essence.com/galleries/michael-jacksons-influence-next-generation/

Watch Mavs Impersonate Backstreet Boys, Vanilla Ice, Michael Jackson In Latest Spoof

Source: Dallas News

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The Mavs have made headlines for their pretty awesome spoof videos. But this might be their best one yet.

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Don’t believe us? Check out the ‘Mavs Music Mix’ video below:

 

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