Songs All About Names

Sources: Star Pulse – By Brent M Faulkner | All Things Michael

2014 — Los Angeles, CA — On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by  Michael Jackson.

What’s in a N-A-M-E – “That is the question!” Within the 25 songs on this random playlist comprised of songs featuring name in their title, the simple, everyday word takes on numerous meanings and interpretations. Maybe it’s the disappointment of not knowing a person’s name, the arrogance of ensuring everybody knows THE NAME (aka cockiness), or more thoughtful ideas such as escapism.  Regardless, after diving in to this list, you’ll know every single one of these songs and artists’ names!  

Michael Jackson, “A Place With No Name” (Xscape, 2014)

This song is all about escapism, an extremely popular theme within pop music. If a place has no name that means no one knows where it is and if Jackson could go there, well, nobody would bother him.  Escapism to the nth degree!

America, “A Horse With No Name” (America, 1971)

Can’t have “A Place With No Name” without “A Horse With No Name,” right? Before Michael Jackson’s version reworked as “A Place With No Name,” America nailed theescapism thing perfectly.  “I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name / it felt good to be out of the rain / in the desert you can’t remember your name / cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”

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Revisiting Center Stage: “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Sources: All Things Michael | Center Stage

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Fifteen years ago, an amazing teen dance flick with an awesome soundtrack was born. Nicholas Hytner directed the 2000 film Center Stage, which focuses on a group of young dancers from different backgrounds enrolled at a fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City.

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Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” is one of the great performance soundtracks featured in the film’s reenactment of this classic song. The dance depicts the original short film’s concept of a young suitor chasing and wooing the girl of his affections, but with a different twist. The scene is composed of a unique mixture of ballet, modern dance and props.

For the short film, Michael incorporated some slick moves (see 5: 13 below) enhanced in silhouette form for dramatic effect. Even his clothes became a prop in the story, with the white belt,  t-shirt, blue shirt and trademark shoes and socks that we have come to recognize. But we can never forget the most crucial element throughout the film….the master himself.  He always left his audiences wanting more with each spell bounding performance to his amazing voice that stopped everyone on the set in their tracks.

Tickets For The West End Opening Of Motown The Music On Sale Today

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Tickets for the West End production of Motown the Musical,opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, are released for sale today (15 May 2015). With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. London previews will begin on 11 February 2016 with press night on 8 March 2016 with the show booking to 22 October 2016. Casting and further information about Motown the Musical will be released shortly.

Berry Gordy said: “I am thrilled to be bringing Motown back to the UK fifty years after our first visit back in 1965 when Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and I came to London for our very first UK tour. Half a century later we are delighted to be returning, this time bringing our story and the Motown sound on stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the legendary West End.”

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

 

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Ultimate Tribute To Michael From China

Sources: MJWN | All Things Michael

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Michael was and is still adored all over the World. Nearly 6 years after his passing and the tributes still come from his fans!!

A beautiful tribute to Michael has been sent to us by the Michael Jackson Chinese Fan Club (MJJCN) in the way of a video highlighting their US pilgrimage to all things Michael last year, made with much added LOVE.

Keen, Isabelle, Jeremy and Li Shuguo, team leaders from the Michael Jackson Chinese Fan Club went on an MJ pilgrimage in the United States in 2013-2014 where they met members of the Jackson family, including Katherine, and many people that once worked closely for him such as John Branca.

As part of their pilgrimage they also visited many places where Michael once lived and worked!!

Here is their loving tribute to Michael and the video recording of their amazing trip that they wanted to share with all of Michael’s fans.

 

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Source: Michael Jackson Chinese Fan Club (MJJCN.com) & MJWN, with special thanks

to Keen Zhang.

Study Of 17,000 Hit Pop Songs Identifies The Years To Remember And The Ones Best Forgotten

Sources: The Independant | Edited By All Things Michael

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Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London conducted a scientific study of 17,000 hits songs by patterns, chord changes and tones, allowing researchers to statically identify trends.

The study concluded that 1986 was the least diverse year for the charts, a fact the researchers attribute to the sudden popularization of drum machines and sampling technology.

The Hall of Fame years 

1964 – The Singing Nun and Bobby Vinton are replaced by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But the report says the groups’ musical style merely “exaggerated existing trends… towards increased use of major chords and decreased use of ‘bright’ speech and increased guitar-driven aggression and decreased use of mellow vocals”.

1983 – Michael Jackson, The Police, The Eurythmics and even Dexys Midnight Runners topped the US charts in music’s second revolutionary epoch.

1991 – Considered as the breakthrough year due to the rise of hip hop, rap and other related genresexemplified by the music of Busta Rhymes, Nas, and Snoop Dogg, who all use chords particularly rarely”. However, the academics neglect to explain why “(Everything I Do) I Do It  For You” by Bryan Adams is the year’s top-seller.

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Review: Leon Outlaw Jr. As Young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder And Berry Gordy In Motown The Musical

Sources: EuroWeb – By DeBorah P. Pryor | Edited By – All Things Michael

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It will probably come as no surprise that the audience went nuts when “The Jackson Five” came on the scene. Though there are three actors cast in the role of young Michael Jackson, at this performance Leon Outlaw, Jr. performed the role (to sheer perfection, I might add). Several of the ensemble actors perform multiple roles; and young Outlaw also did well as young Berry and Stevie Wonder (another awesome performance as it is no easy task to prop your head the way Stevie does and look authentic. Kudos also to the older Stevie Wonder as well, played by Elijah Ahmad Lewis).

But as Michael Jackson, this kid was so on point. Not only did Outlaw have that pure, authentic voice we recall in young Michael so well; but he had the spirit of the youngster down pat. The first sign of which was evident in the scene where he and his brothers had finished their audition for Gordy and “Michael” runs over to the CEO and excitedly asks, “Are you gonna sign us?”

Another incredible moment for the audience was that familiar “purple hat” performance (see photo below) on the Ed Sullivan show; where at the beginning, the pose of the group alone, send many into a frenzy.

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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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