Patrick Donoghue Wins The Voice of Ireland With His Rendition Of Man In The Mirror And Mama Knows Best

Sources: Irish Times | All Things Michael

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Dubliner Patrick Donoghue has won the final of RTE’s The Voice of Ireland after impressing viewers with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Mama Knows Best by Jessie J.

The 23-year-old Dunnes Stores employee beat off competition from runner-up Emma Humber (19), a student from Dublin; Sarah McTernan (21), a shop assistant from Clare; and Kieran McKillop (23), a sheep farmer from Antrim.

The final, broadcast on Sunday evening, included coaches Bressie, Una Foden, Rachel Stevens and Klan Egan performing their version of Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash.

The judges were effusive in their praise for Donoghue, who wins the prize of a recording contract with Universal Music.

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Bressie, who coached the runner-up, confessed to being a big fan.

“You really don’t need me to tell you I think you’re incredible. I don’t think I’ve heard you hit a bum note in this whole series.”

Rachel Stevens said: “Soul diva was out in force tonight. You’ve got such an incredibly powerful voice. It’s faultless. You do get very nervous but you channel your nerves so well.”

Kian Egan said: “I feel really happy for you dude. For me, listening to your story, this is it, you’re here on The Voice of Ireland singing Michael Jackson.

“You’re a superstar. On that performance you could win the show tonight and if you do I’ll be 100 per cent behind you.”

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Kokorokoko Vintage, where the 80s and 90s meet

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CHICAGO – Clothing store features 80s and 90s garb.  Along with many through backs from these decades.  It is where the 80s meets the 90s.   At 1323 N. Milwaukee in west town.  Recently named one of the 25 coolest businesses in Chicago.

Whether you’re searching for an authentic old-school party outfit or an addition to your wardrobe, this shop is packed with one-of-a-kind finds from the ’80s and ’90s. From electric sweatshirts to floral print dresses, there’s always something new to uncover.

You can pick up accessories featuring your favorite ’90s icons, such as a Michael Jackson necklace or Wu-Tang Clan earrings.

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The Handiwork Of Hand And Lock Has Been Worn By Michael Jackson

Sources: Caller Times – By Rob Boscamp | All Things Michael

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Tucked away on an unremarkable road, just to the north of Oxford Street’s fast-fashion hustle, Hand & Lock is keeping alive the historic tradition of hand embroidery.

The history of Hand & Lock begins with M. Hand, a Hugenot refugee lacemaker from Flanders, who added embroidery to his services when he founded M Hand & Co in 1767. Spending much of his time occupied with ceremonial work for the military and royalty, he eventually gained the royal warrant. Then, in 1956, a young designer called Stanley Lock was working for the 1898-founded CE Phipps & Co, creating embroidery for the top fashion designers of his day, such as Norman Hartnell and Christian Dior. Taking over the reins when Mr Phipps retired, Lock boldly renamed the company after himself. In 1998, Alastair Macleod (himself from a family of tailors) acquired M Hand & Co and, in 2001, merged the two businesses to produce Hand & Lock, combining Hand’s stately decoration with Lock’s stylish flair.

Today, the mix of traditional versus high-fashion work covers military, royal and ecclesiastical commissions to jobs for designers including Burberry and Anya Hindmarch. While commissions from the clergy can involve restoration work of historic pieces, the team was recently approached to design an altar cloth from scratch for a church in Westminster. Likewise, military orders placed daily from around the world (for the RAF, US Navy and Royal Marines, as well as enthusiastic collectors) are mostly for standard beret badges, epaulettes and aiguillettes, but recently the house was asked to create a badge for a new regiment. Theatres order runs of handmade synthetic braid to mimic the goldwork for costumes when budgets and deadlines run too tight to accommodate the real thing.

For Michael Jackson, however, there was no expense spared: the gold work for the sumptuous Gieves & Hawkes tailcoat designed for his late-1980s Bad tour is one of the finest examples of Hand & Lock hand embroidery. “If you were to commission one today, it would cost in the region of £75,000,” a Gieves & Hawkes spokesperson tells me.

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Houston Symphony Presents The Music Of Michael Jackson

Sources: Houston Symphony | All Things Michael

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From Motown to his mega success as a global figure in pop culture, Michael Jackson made HIStory(1995 Platinum album) for his iconic dance moves, over-the-top performances, and of course, his music. The Houston Symphony brings you the Music of Michael Jackson, a high-energy spectacle with the orchestra and amplified with a full band and vocals. This one-night only performance features blockbuster hits like “Thriller,” “Black or White” and “Rock With You,” along with a nod to his Jackson 5 days, including “A-B-C” and “I’ll Be There.” Capturing M.J.’s utter brilliance is singer-dancer James Delisco. Rolling Stone declared M.J. “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Come hear why as we celebrate his phenomenal legacy this summer at Jones Hall.

July 24, 2015, 7:30 PM

Brent Havens, conductor
James Delisco, vocalist/dancer

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Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Santana Among Finalists For “Billboard” Music Awards

Sources: ABC News | All Things Michael

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The Rolling Stones, the late Michael Jackson, and Santana are among the finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which ABC will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas May 17.

The Rolling Stones are in the running for the Top Touring Artist, and will compete against such younger pop stars as Lady Gaga, One Direction,Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake.

Meanwhile, Jackson’s posthumous 2014 studio effort, Xscape, is a finalist in the Top R&B Album category, facing off against releases by Beyoncé, Chris Brown, John Legend andPharrell Williams.

As for Santana, the veteran band’s first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazon, will vie for the Top Latin Album prize against Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and others.

You can check out the full list of finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at Billboard.com.

TOP R&B ALBUM
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Michael Jackson, Xscape
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

 

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SketchSHE Is Back With ‘Mime Through Time’

Sources: DC101 | All Things Michael

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The beautiful and hilarious Australian trio SketchSHE returns.

In March, their lip-sync cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody grabbed people’s attention.

Now, they’re taking it up a notch.  In their new video, called Mime Through Time, the ladies take us through music history from The Andrews Sisters to The Beatles to Queen to Michael Jackson to Nirvana to Beyonce.

Enjoy.

 

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Why The Goldbergs Couldn’t Make A Michael Jackson Thriller Episode

Sources: Cinema Blend – By Jessica Rawden| The Hollywood Reporter | All Things Michael

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The Goldbergs is a period comedy set in the 1980s, which means ABC’s show gets the unique opportunity to reference 80s pop culture and fashion in a way that most shows never get to (Rest in peace That ’80s Show). Recently, The Goldbergscreator Adam F. Goldberg revealed that the series had an idea for an episode that would have blown pretty much every other plotline the comedy has attempted out of the water. They wanted to do a version of Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video on the series, but the creative team’s planned was foiled when they realized they would have to pay out a boatload for the creative rights to the choreography in the video. Yes, seriously.

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According to Goldberg, if the team had been able to come up with the money to include the “Thriller” dance moves in an episode of The Goldbergs, it would have cost them $100,000 just to secure the rights to the dance moves, and that’s before securing the rights to the song. The TV producer told THR that he really wanted to do a Halloween episode of the series based around “Thriller” but it just couldn’t happen due to all the legalities.

We broke out a whole “Thriller” episode — which would be amazing — but it’s so heartbreaking. Then you get into the nuts and bolts and you can’t do it unless the Michael Jackson Estate says yes, which I don’t think is possible, and unless the choreographer says we can use the moves for free, which I think is impossible. Hopefully if this is printed, they can read it and come back to us! I run into that every week: There’s something that I’m dying to do, but with having a TV show and doing so many episodes, there’s only so much budgeted and so much time to get it done.

While it sucks that a “Thriller”-based Halloween special is probably not in the cards, the show has nodded at plenty of other pop culture icons in the past. The best recent example of this is probably the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off episode, which featured Barry and Adam’s love for the John Hughes classic morphing into the two young men taking their own day off of school in order to get into shenanigans. That episode even saw Charlie Sheen returning to TV to reprise his role from the original movie. It was an epic and valiant attempt for the half-hour comedy, and I can only guess the “Thriller” episode would have been equally likable.

The Goldbergsalso has a Princess Bride-based episode and a tribute to Dance Party USA in the works. Tune in for new episodes on Wednesday at 8:30, only on ABC.

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Watch Michael Jackson’s ‘Immortal’ Cirque du Soleil Tour Documentary

Sources: Entertainment Weekly – By Isabella Biedenharn | All Things Michael

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In 2011, Michael Jackson was the top touring act in America. Were it a previous decade, this wouldn’t be a shock—but, as we all know, Jackson died two years before that.

So how did this seemingly miraculous feat happen? Cirque du Soleil collaborated with the Jackson estate and director Jamie King (not that Jaime King; this one has directed tours for Rihanna) to produce The Immortal World Tour, a Las Vegas show that Jay Z, Beyonce, and Cee-Lo Green attended. Like Cirque du Soleil did with their show The Beatles: LOVE, this Jackson-themed spectacular sees acrobats and dancers performing their interpretations of his best songs.

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The entire Cirque du Soleil show, from inception to performance, was captured in a new documentary, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Watch the trailer below:

To watch the full documentary, head over to Vimeo.

 

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