USA Today’s Dad Rock Revisits Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall

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On this week’s episode of USA TODAY’s Dad Rock podcast, hosts Patrick Foster and Jim Lenahan take a track-by-track look at Off the Wall.

Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album is a fascinating record in that it presents the rare portrait of the future King of Pop as a hungry, humble artist out to prove himself as more than just a child star.

“If disco could potential evolve into something, and I know inherently it’s probably a form that was inevitably going to burn out … this was one direction that I think disco could have gone,” Foster says of the title track specifically but also the album overall. “It’s little more progressive in the melody; there’s still a really driving beat, but it’s also got that caressing feeling … You could hear it late night on the radio and be comforted by the feeling and the sound of the whole song while still having the theme be ‘off the wall’; I’m gonna get loose.”

The interview starts at 9:30.

 

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Sources: USA Today – By Patrick Foster and Jim Lenahan | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson Winning In Mock Presidential Election In Manilla

Manilla Bulletin – By Leslie Ann Aquino | CNN| All Things Michael

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The late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson won the presidential race at the mock polls staged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday.

The result was from only one of the areas (Robinson’s Place in Manila) selected by the election body to hold the mock polls. It is not yet known if Jackson also won in other areas as voting is allowed until 5 p.m.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) conducted mock elections in 40 villages throughout the country, less than three months before the upcoming national polls in May. Candidates have expressed concern over glitches in the current voting system.

Comelec chair Andres Bautista said “the purpose of these mock polls really is to try to stimulate as early as possible what will happen in the actual elections.”

Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Adam Levine and Taylor Swift were listed under presidential candidates, while those under the vice presidency were Zac Efron, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Nicki Minaj and Ashley Tisdale.

Jackson garnered 20 votes against singer Justin Bieber’s ‎15 votes.

For Vice President, American singer Ariana Grande got the highest vote with 12 votes beating Alicia Keys and Avril Lavigne with a mere point.

For senator, the 12 international singers who received the most votes are Jennifer Lopez (40), Celine Dion (37), Bon Jovi (36), Christina Aguilera (34), Carly Rae Jepsen (31), David Cook (31), Beyonce Knowles (29), Britney Spears (28), Elvis Presley (28), Craig David (28) and David Archuleta (28) and Demi Lovato (25).

Out of the 150 groups listed in the ballot as partylist representative, Air Supply emerged on top with 5 votes.

The Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) posted a copy of the results, right after the voting closed at 12 noon.

One of the voters, however, seemed unhappy with the result.

The voter said he would protest the win of Jackson convinced that his idol Bieber, won the elections eliciting laughter from those around him.

 

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Happy Birthday Wishes To Prince Jackson!

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There are so many opportunities just waiting for you
You’ll accomplishment much no matter what you do

Follow your dreams and give it all you’ve got
Remembering there are many on your side who love you a lot

Praying for your protection, asking angels to clear your way
And sending best wishes for a happy 19th birthday!

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Peace and love,

From All Things Michael

Record of the Week February 12-18: Off The Wall By Michael Jackson

Sources: Camden Review – By Rosalind Gadelrab

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THERE is not a word that we can write that would be worthy of Michael Jackson’s 1979 album Off The Wall, which is being reissued on February 26. So this is a reminder to fans that this new print includes a copy of the new Spike Lee-directed film, Michael Jackson’s Journey, from Motown to Off the Wall.

Pre-order your copy here today!

MIGUEL TO PERFORM MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE AT GRAMMYS

Sources: All Things Michael | Rap Up

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In honor of the reissuance of Michael Jackson’s game-changing 1979 album Off the Wall CD and the new release of the accompanying DVD documentary by Director Spike Lee, Miguel will perform “She’s Out of My Life.” Backing the singer will be the hit song’s original keyboardist, Greg Phillinganes.

Miguel is up for two nominations this year for Best Urban Contemporary Album (Wildheart) and Best R&B Song (“Coffee”).

The show will also included performances by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Adele, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, the Broadway cast of “Hamilton and more.”

Straight Outta Compton’s Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr.  will team up as presenters as well as Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on February 15th at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The program will be hosted by LL Cool J.

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Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith To Hold Meet And Greet At Morrison Hotel Gallery Today

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To coincide with Grammy week’s celebration of the Music industry, Morrison Hotel Gallery welcomes acclaimed photographer Lynn Goldsmith in a meet and greet and signing for her book, Rock and Roll Stories.

The story of rock lives in Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs. After coming of age in the Midwest in the tumultuous 1960s, she crashed the music scene in New York and emerged as one of its leading image-makers. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stones’ legendary stadium tours, Michael Jackson’s staggering ascent, U2’s arrival in New York, and the brooding force of Bob Marley. Culture heroes like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith became frequent subjects for her lens. The range of her work is staggering.

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In Rock and Roll Stories, she shares the best of this work. Her commentary takes the reader into the studio, the tour bus, the concert hall, and the streets where the pictures were made, offering revealing perspectives on her subjects and herself.

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Joining Lynn for a brief interview is her longtime friend and famed jewelry designer to Rock’s glitterati, Loree Rodkin.

Details:

Date: February 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue:

Morrison Hotel Gallery
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States

Bryan J Samples Michael Jackson’s Human Nature On New Single

Sources: Spin – By Megan Bradley | All Things Michael

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You may remember one of R&B’s more chivalrous romantics, Bryan J, from 2010’s sprightly “Let Me Take You Out,” featuring Decatur, Georgia rap crew Travis Porter. Five years later, he’s struck a different pose with 2 Chainz on steaming slow-roller “Back 2 Back,” toggling over the chorus between his own renditions of Usher and the Weeknd’s signature vocal stylings. He’s also added to his songwriting resumé stints with Zendaya and Tinashe.

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Now he’s getting ready to release his debut LP, HOGANSVILLE — a.k.a. the name of his hometown, also in Georgia — for later in 2016. Twinkling with a sample of Michael Jackson’s Thriller stunner “Human Nature,” the album’s first single, “Why?”, sees Bryan J emulating M.J. in his lyrics, as well as his voice: “Why, it’s only in our nature, babe.” Listen below.

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Zendaya Lists Dressing Up Like Michael Jackson As One Of Things To Know About Her

Sources: USA Today – By Jaleesa Jones | All Things Michael

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In case you needed another reason to love Zendaya, please allow us — or rather, Glamour— to give you the exhaustive list. The 19-year-old K.C. Undercover actress and singer is featured in the magazine’s March issue (on national newsstands today) and dishes on 19 facts you may not have known about her in a Glamour video.

Her rightful stanning over The King of Pop: “There was a period of my life where I dressed like Michael Jackson.”

Her unabashed honesty: “My very first acting gig was James and the Giant Peach and, let’s just say, I didn’t have any lines.”

Her love for pizza: “I’m a vegetarian but I don’t like vegetables. Well, technically, I like vegetables but I would much rather have a pizza.”  (Wouldn’t we all?)

The CoverGirl also discussed the importance of using her star power to champion causes.

“I don’t just sing, dance, and act because I love it.”

Zendaya told Glamour, adding, “You have to have a purpose, and mine is to connect with the world, to get across messages that are important.”

The most important message she’s campaigning to get across? HIV/AIDS awareness. Zendaya is an ambassador for the UNAIDS Foundation and is currently coordinating a return trip to South Africa to speak at the International AIDS Conference this summer.

“AIDS can affect everyone,” she told the magazine. “If I can make it cool for young people to buy a certain handbag, maybe I can make it cool to be safe, protect yourself, get tested—to love yourself.”

For more details on Zendaya’s activism and rising fame, access the full feature here.

Check out some of Zendaya’s past clothing tributes to Michael below.