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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15 Truly Beautiful Songs

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

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Music causes folks to experience all sorts of emotions: happiness, sadness, jubilance, anger or otherwise.

This epic list features songs of true beauty – at least in regards to song title.  Some songs are considered classics, others contemporary gems, and others are, well otherwise!  Regardless of the characterization, here are 15 truly beautiful songs:

Michael Jackson, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (Thriller, 1982)

“P.Y.T.” is definitely among Michael Jackson’s greatest hits – no doubt about it. Even so, “P.Y.T.” does gets overshadowed by its Thriller colleagues “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.” Yeah, those are tough tunes to beat, but who can resist a song being attracted to a hot girl? It’s rhetorical!

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Michael Jackson Laser Light Show To Be Held At The University Of Wyoming

Sources: University of Wyoming | All Things Michael

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The University of Wyoming will feature the planetarium show, “This Month’s Sky” on Friday May 1, at 7 pm at the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium. If you are into stargazing, then this a wonderful opportunity to discover which constellations and planets will be shining this month and how to find them.  We may even be able to find some hidden cosmic treasure! A Michael Jackson laser show follows at 8:20 p.m.

Tickets cost $2 for students and $3 for non students. Children under 5 are free. Tickets can also be purchased online. Please note that all online tickets are $3, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets can be picked up at the door 15 minutes prior to the show. Click here to buy tickets online. Please call 307-766-6150 or email physics@uwyo.edu for more information or to set up a show.

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is located in the basement of the Physical Science building. Advance tickets are available in Room 204 of the Physical Sciences Building. Enter the Physical Science building at the SW entrance, go down the stairs and follow the signs pointing to the planetarium. Physical Science is located at D 10 in the map below.

University of Wyoming map: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/tour/_files/docs/uw-laramie-campus.pdf

For parking information please contact Transit and Parking Service at 307-766-9800 or visit their webpage at:

http://www.uwyo.edu/tap/parking/parkingoptions.html

Doors open 20 minutes before show.

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Learn The Fascinating Stories Behind These Classic Rock Guitar Riffs

Sources: MTV – By Frank Donovan| All Things Michael

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Usually we’re told that rock stars make their success only look easy, when in reality long, hard hours are spent behind the scenes in the studio crafting their masterpieces. But sometimes, writing a riff that sticks really is as effortless as they make it seem.

For some of music’s biggest names, classic riffs have come to them while trying to create a “filler” track, in a dream, or while aimlessly “messing around” on the guitar.

Riffing (no pun intended) on other artists and genres, like Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles have done, is also a common approach that’s yielded some of music’s most memorable riffs. If you ask us, it’s downright unfair how quickly some artists have slapped together a song that’ll last forever.

Here are 10 such stories behind rock’s most memorable riffs!

“Birthday” by the Beatles (1968)

One night when the Beatles were recording The White Album, the 1956 musical comedy The Girl Can’t Help It was airing on TV. One of the younger studio engineer had never seen the movie, so they took a field trip to Paul McCartney’s house to watch. When they returned to the studio, they were so inspired by the simple ’50s rock sound that they wrote “Birthday” on the spot in the studio.

“Beat It” by Michael Jackson (1982)

Producer Quincy Jones asked MJ to come up with a song along the lines of The Knack’s “My Sharona.” Makes sense now, doesn’t it? Jackson clearly delivered on Jones’ request with an upbeat electric guitar riff that gets everyone on the dance floor–just like MJ wanted. He once told Ebony that with “Beat It,” he wanted to write a rock and roll song that kids of all ages would enjoy.

 

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Michael Jackson and Stephen Schwartz? 10 Surprising Pop Covers of Broadway Songs

Sources: Playbill -By Ben Rimalower | All Things Michael

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The Jackson 5, “Corner of The Sky” from Pippin

Motown Records invested in the original Broadway production of Pippin and produced the cast album, so it was no surprise when Motown artists released their own recordings of songs from the score. These weren’t enormous stylistic departures as Stephen Schwartz‘s music was of the same era as most of what these singers were doing anyway, but Michael Jackson’s solo recording of “Morning Glow” did not sell a lot of discs and The Supremes’ “I Guess I’ll Miss The Man” was only a minor pop. The Jackson 5’s “Morning Glow,” however, was in the Top 20 the week Pippin opened. And all three recordings are delightful.

 

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Kevin “Sipreano” Howes Recalls His First Time Seeing Michael Jackson On Stage

Sources: Straight | All Things Michael

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Canadian DJ, liner notes writer, curator, producer Kevin “Sipreano” Howes recalls going to his first concert ever as a kid and seeing the legendary Michael Jackson on stage.

As far as pop princes, kings, and or queens go, I don’t believe there’s ever been a bigger musical artist than Michael Jackson in the mid-1980s. MJ was truly a global superstar, bolstered by the power of music videos, Pepsi adverts, the moonwalk, and likely a multi-million dollar marketing campaign. November 16-18, 1984, saw Michael and his Jackson brothers perform a series of sold-out concerts at B.C. Place stadium. Unfortunately for me, the shows had sold-out weeks prior to the big event and my early indecision resulted in missing the boat. As the dates grew closer, I started to have pangs of regret and pleaded to my parents to get some scalper tickets. My mother Nicole, rest her soul, found a ticket tout in the weekend newspaper selling a pair of floor seats and off we went. Though I was only 10 at the time, I remember that the feeling inside the venue was truly electric, even more so than at a B.C. Lions football game, which I’d been to before. There was screaming fans, bright lights, explosions, and of course, the smooth R&B and funk-pop groove of the Jacksons’ backing band. Michael did a solo set of current hits from 1982’s Thriller and my young mind was blown. Since that fortunate night, I’ve been to hundreds of concerts, but it’s hard to forget the first. I’ll never forget my parents’ support of my interest in music, even when I was being a brat!

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Michael Jackson’s Engineer Pal Helped King Of Pop Capture Unusual Sounds

Sources: Contact News | All Things Michael

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The King of Pop’s longtime engineer Matt Forger tells WENN he often joined the pop star on missions to find sounds for album tracks, but as a car enthusiast, he was more than a little concerned when Jackson started banging pieces of wood on Tito’s classic Model T Ford.

Forger, who worked closely with Jackson on albums from Bad to Dangerous, admits it was always a fun adventure when his boss was on the hunt for a specific sound.

He explains, “You’d never know where you were gonna end up. I remember one time Michael said, ‘We’re gonna go to my brother’s house, and we’re just gonna walk around. Bring the portable recorder. We’re gonna try some things.’

“Tito had some antique Model T cars and what does Michael do, but picks up a piece of wood… and he was tapping on the body, tapping on the fender, tapping on the door.

“We went into the house and he found a broom and started banging on a table, on the staircase. He had this ability of wanting to hear a sound and knowing that if he searched for it long enough he’d find it. This happened many times… He would bang about and he loved antique things… In his mind, he knew he was looking for something he hadn’t heard before and he’d find it and say, ‘That’s the sound’.”

Forger tells WENN the sounds were very important to Jackson’s live show as each would serve to prompt the pop star to move a certain way, inspiring his famous dance moves.

 

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Despite The Odds: An Iraqi Boy’s Dream Of Becoming A Dancer Was First Inspired By Michael Jackson

Sources: US News – By Sam McNeil – AP | All Things Michael

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.

For over a decade, he pursued his passion despite daunting challenges and harassment by strangers and police. He taught himself by moving to dance videos in his cramped family home — hiding from a conservative society scornful of the art form and from the chaos that engulfed Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Last weekend, the sweat and tears paid off when the now 22-year-old performed on stage for the first time, to a packed house at the Amman Contemporary Dance Festival in the Jordanian capital.

After his solo — machine-like moves to the haunting Gary Jules’ song “Mad World” mixed with break dancing — the audience erupted in applause, and Faraj raised his fists triumphantly before bowing.

“I felt tremendous joy,” he said, his chiseled frame sweaty after the dance. “It is like a dream.”

It was a long journey from his tiny Baghdad bedroom to the Amman stage — the last stretch helped along by the New York City-based Battery Dance Company that mentored him through lessons via Skype and brought him to Jordan.

The young dancer’s struggle highlights the decline of the arts in Iraq after years of political upheaval.

But such displays came with a price.

Once, as he danced in a park, he was assaulted by three young men. “One of them hit me, saying, ‘You’re dancing, you are gay, you are like a woman’,” he said. He said he fought back…

 

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