TYREKE EVANS PERFORMS IMPRESSIVE “MOONWALK” TRAVEL THAT GOES UNCALLED

Sources: DimeMag – By Spencer Lund | All Things Michael

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It’s hard to be an NBA ref. We try our best to give them the benefit of the doubt, but they’re often found by fans to be lacking. Last night, when Anthony Davis was busy destroying the Pelicans, his teammate, Tyreke Evans, performed an egregious travel of at least four steps backwards in an impressive moonwalk display that went completely unnoticed by the refs.

By way of the always-entertaining and usually on-point r/NBA reddit community, comes this gem. After ‘Reke collects the ball from the swiping hands of Nene and Otto Porter, he moonwalks back from Porter’s defense before making his move.

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There’s no call, but it was an impressive display of the dance popularized by the estimable Michael Jackson.

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See Classic Album Covers Brought To Life In Cool New Video: Michael Jackson, David Bowie And More

Sources: Gizwise – By Andrew Trendell | All Things Michael

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The iconic album sleeves of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Bowie, The Smiths and Prince have all earned themselves a place in our record collections and on our walls, but have you ever wanted to see them brought to life to beatbox? 

Well, now you can – thanks to Tel Aviv comic artist Roy Kafri who has made an incredible animated music video for the beatbox-based track ‘Mayokero’.

It’s brilliant, hypnotic and actually pretty unnerving to watch Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie and more come to life. Understandably, the owner of these records can’t cope with having them in his possession any more, so eventually trades them in for a Mini Disc player.

 

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Halloween Songs To Get In The Spirit Of The Season [Video]

Sources: GuardianLV.com – By  Jonathan Gardner| All Things Michael

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With Halloween a little over a week away, party planners rush to make last minute acquisitions to make their shindig perfect. Decorations must be hung, food and candy distributed, and, of course, no Halloween party is complete without some music to get in the spirit of the season. While Halloween does not have the same massive musical outpouring that Christmas does, there are some time-tested classics that should be added to any seasonal playlist.

5. Time Warp - 1973, Rocky Horror Show: There is no better way to get the party-goers moving than putting on this number. A classic song from the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, Time Warp teaches the listener how to “Do the Time Warp” with a catchy tune and just the hint of something sinister behind it. While the lyrics do instruct how to do the accompanying dance, they also mention a descent into madness and “a snake of a guy with devil eyes.”

4. Werewolves of London - 1978, Warren Zevon: The song has been covered by numerous artists, but no one can perform this absurd hit like the original singer. Werewolves of London easily has the best opening lyrics on the list, discussing the connection between the mythical beast and its love for Chinese food. A fun party game would be to see how many people can resist joining Mr. Zevon in the telltale werewolf howl spread throughout the tune.

3. Ghostbusters – 1984, Ray Parker, Jr.: The theme song of the film by the same name, Ghostbusters has been a staple of Halloween music since the beginning. One can not go through October without hearing the catchy, pop beat at least once. Parker Jr. did such an excellent job with the pseudo-commercialized jingle that it earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Song in the 57th Academy Awards. Just watch out for any oversized baked goods that may be terrorizing the city and don’t cross the streams.

2. Monster Mash – 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett: One of the few songs that was specifically made for Halloween, rather than simply adopted by the holiday, Monster Mash references all of the classic movie horrors, from the Wolf-man to Frankenstein to Dracula and his son. Though the lyrics claim the dance is simply a variation of the “Transylvanian Twist,” the Monster Mash was actually heavily influenced by the Mashed Potato dance craze popular at the time.

1. Thriller – 1983, Michael Jackson: The undisputed No. 1 Halloween song, the “King of Pop” proved to be the King of Halloween when he released Thriller in the early 1980’s. The funky, deep bassline of the song, interspersed with various creepy sound effects, like doors slamming or dogs howling, make it the perfect song to get the party into full-swing. The 14-minute music video, which shows off Jackson’s unique chorographical skills, will have party-goers shuffling like zombies throughout the night. Horror buffs will also recognize the voice of horror movie legend Vincent Price among the lyrics.

Honorable mention: A Nightmare On My Street - 1987, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: Not quite good enough to make the Top 5, this horror rap tells the story of The Fresh Price’s encounter with Freddy Krueger, the villain from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. However, the real horror came later, as the use of the character got the rap group in a bit of hot water, after they were sued by New Line Cinema for copyright infringement.

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Jeans ‘n Classics: King of Pop Remembered In Show

Sources: Oa Online – By Gregory Blane| Edited By – All Things Michael

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Organizers hope to celebrate the life and music of Michael Jackson with lead singer Gavin Hope and the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.

Conducted by Gary Lewis, the MOSC will join Hope and the Jeans ’n Classics vocal and rock ensemble for an epic ride through the King of Pop’s incredible music legacy.

While not a tribute act, Jeans ’n Classics interprets the music of legendary rock and pop artists, like the King of Pop, with their own signature flair.

Jeans ’n Classics set out to create a concert that people would love, Hope said. Peter Brennan’s orchestration of Jackson’s music remains accurate to what one might hear on a studio album.

“We try to make people feel like he’s there. There’s not an unrecognizable tune in the concert,” Hope said.

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For Michael: The Music of Michael Jackson is not only one of the most popular Jeans ’n Classics acts; it’s also one of Hope’s favorite to perform.

Hope said he first heard the King of Pop’s music as a kid, and he would pick up all of his magazines,

albums, and videos at the local record shop.

“I adored his music, and it just spoke to me. I got to know a lot about his music from when he was doing the Jackson 5, all the way up to ‘Thriller,’ and beyond. And the incredible thing is that his music lives on forever.”

The show is packed with spins, jumps, and moonwalks by Hope and the cast. Hope said that everyone ends up having a lot of fun at a Jeans ’n Classics concert.

“With Michael’s music, young people, tweens, middle age people, and older people alike are clapping their hands, smiling, and having a great time. I remember doing a show in Calvary, Alberta, and by intermission, there were people literally standing up and dancing in the aisles; I never thought that I would see that at an orchestra concert,” Hope said.

Hope said he was astonished to see hats, white gloves, and a few red Thriller jackets being sported by the audience. “I saw a woman that was 78-years-old, and she was dancing with a white glove that she knit herself. There’s such a wide variety of people that his music touches.”

Hope recommends “For Michael’ to “anyone who has a heartbeat and likes to have a good time … It’s naturally fun. ‘Why should you see the show?’ is like ‘Why would you eat chocolate?’ It’s that good.”

If You Go

  • What: For Michael: The Music of Michael Jackson feat. Gavin Hope and MOSC Orchestra.
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Where: Wagner Noël, 1310 N FM 1788, Midland, TX 79707.
  • Tickets: $25-$45.
  • Visit: www.wagnernoel.com

 

 

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The Biggest Moments in Ed Sullivan Show History: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jackson 5 and More

Sources: Music Times | All Things Michael | MJ Upbeat

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It’s unreal to contemplate that Ed Sullivan has been dead for 40 years as of October 13. No figure, and we mean no figure who wasn’t a musician themselves, had a bigger impact on the listening habits of Americans than Sullivan did. Need proof? Check out seven of the biggest musical moments on The Ed Sullivan Show, listed chronologically.

Bill Haley and The Comets (1955)

Many of the stories revolving around Ed Sullivan’s musical guests involve how conservative the host was. That may be true but that didn’t stop him from being the first TV host to feature the new genre of rock ‘n’ roll on his program. Bill Haley and his Comets took to the air during 1955 to play a brief version of what would become its signature song: “Rock Around The Clock.” For as devil-riddled as the style was supposed to be, Sullivan would make a legacy of bringing hundreds of rock acts onto his show, including…

Elvis Presley (1956)

Presley was already an established star before he appeared on Sullivan’s show but his appearance only further confirmed the fears of parents and his own sexual magnetism. It’s legend that Sullivan demanded Presley only be shot from the waist up…and just that. A legend. Sullivan told others in interviews leading up to the event that any sexual nature in the performance could be edited using camera angles, however Elvis’s performance itself was full-body and unedited. He would return for two more appearances in years to come.

The Beatles (1964)

This was more than one of the biggest moments in music television: It was one of the biggest moments in both American music and American television history, drawing 73 million viewers. The Beatles’ appearances over the course of three weekends on The Ed Sullivan Show made the band an instant sensation in the United States, one that hasn’t been matched since Michael Jackson (we’ll get back to that). The Sullivan appearance has been hailed as the official beginning to the British Invasion.

Jackson 5 (1969) 

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Pop groups of the ’70s were all fairly talented and all seemed to industrially assembled to some degree. None were as impressive and well established as the Jackson 5 however. The harmonies, the dance moves, the legitimate familial storyline and most of all, youngest brother Michael. This was the first time most of America met Michael Jackson, which essentially means that the three biggest performers in pop music history (Jackson, The Beatles and Presley) were brought to you, to some degree, by Sullivan.

James Brown (1966) 

James Brown was already huge by the time he appeared with Sullivan for the first time during 1966 and he needed the publicity less. What makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show so noteworthy is strictly for his ability as a performer. Anyone who had the chance to catch Brown live or listen to Live At The Apollo knows how dynamite the King of Soul was onstage. Both his footwork and voice set him apart from the majority of all performers. Ever.

The Doors (1967)

Perhaps the most legitimate instance of Sullivan’s family-friendly intentions coming through is his clash with The Doors during 1967. The host insisted that Jim Morrison remove the line “girl we couldn’t get much higher” from the band’s hit “Light My Fire.” The vocalist, of course, forgot *cough cough* and delivered the line—which seems relatively mundane now. The band would never appear on the show again although it’s argued whether that decision was made by the host or by the band’s irritable management.

The Supremes (1969)

You can argue with Sullivan’s approach to “controversial” material but you have to at least give him kudos for his support of black performers during that era. The Temptations and Supremes played dozens of performances on the show but perhaps the most relevant was The Supremes last appearance during 1969, when Sullivan would announce to America following the gig that Diana Ross was leaving the group to pursue a solo career.

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Nicole Scherzinger Regrets Not Meeting Michael Jackson

Sources: FemaleFirst | All Things Michael

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Nicole Scherzinger says she regrets turning down the chance to meet Michael Jackson.

Scherzinger reveals she was called by will.i.am to say that Jackson wanted to meet her, but passed on the opportunity because she had to rest her voice ahead of a big performance.

And the singer reveals that is one of the decisions that she really regrets.

Speaking to Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, she said: “Michael, that’s the one regret, my friend Will.i.am called me, we were opening the American Music Awards and he was like, ‘Michael’s here in the studio, he wants to meet you’.

“I could hear him in the background but I’m so darn strict about my vocals I was like, ‘No, I’ve gotta rest my vocals for tomorrow, I’ll meet him like next week or something’ and I never went and that’s my one regret.”

Earlier this year, Scherzinger left Interscope and signed for Sony and has since been working on new material.

Single Your Love was released earlier this summer and her new album Big Fat Lie will be released later this month.

Big Fat Lie will be the second solo album Scherzinger and comes three years after the success of her debut Killer Love.

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Mormon Missionary Battles MJ Impersonator In Street Dance Off

Sources: The Blaze – By Zach Noble| Edited By – All Things Michael

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You might wonder, “Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints train missionaries to do a lot more than preach?”

Because some of these guys have some serious skills.

This video was burning up Reddit Saturday morning, and it’s easy to see why: This Mormon missionary has some amazing moves.

According to the video description, the missionary is Elder Gus Garcia, and he holds his own against a Michael Jackson impersonator in the streets of Barcelona, Spain.

The dance video had more than 250,000 views on YouTube as of Saturday morning, and on Reddit, the posting had attracted more than 400 comments.

The top comment on Reddit noted that Mormon missionaries can have a wide range of surprising skills (see video), showing a two-man missionary team playing some intense pickup basketball.

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The Man Behind Michael Jackson’s Jheri Curl Dies At 82

Sources: LA Times – By Elaine Woo| Daily Mail | All Things Michael

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Comer Cottrell, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who turned a small Los Angeles operation into a multimillion-dollar success story by catering to the hair care needs of African Americans, died Friday at his home in Plano, Texas. He was 82.

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His death from natural causes was confirmed by his son-in-law, Eric Brown.

With $600 and a broken typewriter, Cottrell opened Pro-Line Corp. in downtown Los Angeles in 1970. It was not the first black hair care company but it became one of the largest with the Curly Kit, an at-home hair relaxer that made the loose, gleaming Jheri curl — a style popularized by celebrities such as Lionel Ritchie and Michael Jackson — available at a fraction of the salon price.

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In 1980, the company began marketing Curly Kit, the first do-it-yourself product for producing the loose waves favored by many top black celebrities. At about $8 a box, it was a huge savings over the $200 to $300 charged by salons. Pro-Line also sold a similar product for children called Kiddie Kit.

“That’s when his company went from $1 million to $10 million in sales,” said Lori L. Tharps, co-author of “Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America,” published in 2001. Through his company, Tharps said, Cottrell “democratized the Jheri curl.”

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‘You couldn’t find a black person in America in their 30s or 40s who didn’t have a Curly Kit or Kiddie Kit at some time in their childhood or adulthood,’ and its popularity helped drive company sales up from $1 million to $10 million, Tharps told the Los Angeles Times.

With his brother, James, Cottrell turned Pro-Line into one of the most successful black-owned companies in the United States, worth $80 million when they sold it three decades later.

Cottrell headed the Los Angeles Black Businessman’s Assn., which represented about 40 black-owned businesses, and during the late 1970s helped them expand through federal contracts and other opportunities.

After moving to Dallas in 1980, he became the first African American admitted to the powerful Dallas Citizens Council and forged political connections that helped pave the way for the election of the city’s first black mayor, Ron Kirk, in 1995.

In 1989, he became the first African American to own a stake in a major league baseball team when he joined fellow Republican George W. Bush and other investors in purchasing the Texas Rangers.

He used his position to press for more minority involvement in professional sports management. He also plowed some of his wealth into expanding educational opportunities in black communities, including spending $3 million to preserve the Dallas campus of a bankrupt historically black college as the new home of Paul Quinn College, an institution affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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