Motown 25′: Michael’s 1st Moonwalk

Sources: AZ Central – By Ed Masely| All Things Michael


It barely lasts three seconds. Blink and you’ll miss half of it. But even after all these years, the sight of Michael Jackson in his prime unveiling his signature dance move — a series of backward glides we’ve learned to call the moonwalk — while performing “Billie Jean” on “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” is fascinating television.

You can hear the audience go wild as though they’d just experienced the most amazing thing ever. In the midst of a song then enjoying a seven-week run at No. 1 onBillboard’s Hot 100, you can hear the excitement level surge.

See for yourself when the Emmy Award-winning special returns to television for the first time since it aired that night in 1983 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, on KAET.

Mary Wilson was there the night show was taped, performing as part of a Supremes reunion with Diana Ross and Cindy Birdsong. She remembers being blown away by the moment that marked Michael Jackson’s arrival as the King of Pop.

“Michael and the Jackson 5 became the focal point,” she says, “because it was as new for all of us as it was for the audience. And I would say that perhaps the highlight of the whole show was just seeing him emerge as this new talent. None of us had seen that. This was new. It was a growth. And it was fascinating, as it is today. He became an international star far beyond what any of us had done at Motown at that point.”

Versions of the moonwalk, in which Jackson appears to be trying to move forward while being pulled backward by an unseen force, had been floating around for decades.

“Those of us old enough that we had grown up watching Jackie Wilson doing all of those great moves,” Wilson says, “Michael Jackson took that with James Brown and created a whole new movement, a new dance. So that was very exciting.”

As exciting as it may have been, though, Wilson points to Marvin Gaye’s as her favorite performance of the night.

“I remember when we used to do the Motown Revue tours,” she says, “he was the one everybody wanted to watch. And it was the same that night. I mean, I can’t mention Marvin Gaye enough. Marvin was like an angel. He’s one of those people, I know they say Elvis is the king, but Marvin should be the king as well.”

Other key performances include Smokey Robinson’s reunion with the Miracles, a Stevie Wonder medley and a battle of the bands between the Four Tops and Temptations.

As for Wilson’s performance with the Supremes on the chart-topping “Someday We’ll Be Together”?

“Well, our performance was probably not as fascinating as I would have wanted it to be,” she says. “Everybody else’s performance, to me, was more exciting than ours. And I was not very happy about that. But you know, you have to take life as it comes and it was one of those things where we had to understand that we were just in different places.”

The tension between the Supremes was never personal, she says.

“It was always more about business. That’s one of the sad things that happens sometimes if you’re not family. Sometimes the business gets in the way and you just can’t get ahead of it. So I just tried to have as much fun as I could and still enjoy it. For me, once you’re on that stage, you’re there. So I had to enjoy that moment.”

Despite her disappointment in her performance, Wilson’s memories of the night are mostly positive.

“It’s really more of a family reunion situation because all of the artists, the writers, the producers, we all kind of grew up together,” Wilson says. “We were all very young. So the television special was really like a family reunion, us coming together. We had so much more fun backstage than probably the people out front watching it. Or, should I say, as much fun. Marvin Gaye came in and all the girls were just like, ‘Oh my God, Marvin. He’s still so cute.’ It was a wonderful, wonderful gathering.”

Wilson is thrilled to know the show is coming back to television after more than 30 years.

“The Motown artists inspired most of the people who are out there today,” Wilson says. “I can’t wait to hear what the young people who see it today, what they think. Because when they see this special, it is definitely professionalism at its best. When we used to work on shows with other artists, you could always tell the Motown artists by their professionalism. So I think the world is going to relive a beautiful moment in what show business should be like.”

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, on Channel 8 (KAET).


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Michael Jackson Listed As One Of The Top 10 Global Recording Artists Of 2014

Sources: IFPI | Edited By – All Things Michael

Michael Jackson Performs Live In Rotterdam

Taylor Swift has has been given the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014 Award after being named as the world’s biggest-selling artist last year. The annual award honors the most popular recording artist across music downloads, streaming and physical format sales worldwide.


IFPI Top 10 global recording artists of 2014 are:

Taylor Swift
One Direction
Ed Sheeran
Michael Jackson
Pink Floyd
Sam Smith
Katy Perry

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Marlon Jackson Talks About The Jacksons Legacy

Sources: The Press Enterprise  – Timothy Guy| All Things Michael


In the past few months, The Jacksons have performed in Dubai, the Philippines and Jakarta. To kick off their new tour, the brothers will be performing their first show of 2015 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Jacksons formed in 1964 as The Jackson Brothers and when younger brother Michael joined, they became The Jackson 5. The group had hit after hit with songs such as “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “The Love You Save.” After performing with each other for decades, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

As they prepared for the tour and putting together a new album, Marlon Jackson spoke about five fun facts about the brothers’ music and legacy.

1. With so many songs to choose from in the Jacksons’ catalog, the brothers put all of the titles in a hat and start picking.

“We have to watch out for Jermaine,” Marlon said. “He likes to try and slip some of his new material in.”

2. The brothers know how much their music means to people.

“It’s nice knowing the music we created has helped people’s lives,” Marlon said. “It brought joy to people. It has brought people and families together. It makes you feel good.”

3. The reason why the Jackson 5 songs have stuck with people for so long:

“We were young when we recorded them,” he said. “We targeted young kids. A lot of music nowadays, you can’t bring your family to.”

4. Being on-stage when the crowd starts singing along:

“It makes you feel good,” he said. “It energizes you and gets you into the show. I just let it flow and feel it.”

5. Marlon’s favorite songs to perform:

“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” and “Show You the Way to Go.”


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Must Read Review Of Michael Jackson One

Sources: The Examiner – By Gaia Best | All Things Michael


I believe no article or review could actually do this show justice. The reason I say this is that the absolute grandeur and visual/auditory impact has to be experienced, it needs to be seen and heard. The analogy is like someone describing a song. You can repeat the lyrics and tell someone about the song, but it’s not the same as hearing it, for example, Billie Jean or Thriller. Two of the many songs that you will get to experience from the array of Michael Jackson’s brilliant career.

When I tell you that my senses were bombarded throughout the hour and a half, I am expressing bombarded in the sheerest delight of the senses. Michael’s music has always been at the top for me and this performance takes it over the top… Liken it to a buffet of the best of Michael Jackson’s music coupled with Cirque du Soleil style entertainment. It’s the best of both worlds.

It’s surround sound music and entertainment. I was constantly deciding where to put my attention. Both side walls, overhead, and the stage area were providing visual excitement.

The overall show is powerful, and unlike The Beatles Love, where I left feeling a sense of lightness, joy, hugs and kisses, with Michael Jackson’s One, I felt more of a sense of empowerment, and a need to do something meaningful in the world to make a difference. I felt a stirring in my own personal life and creativity. Power and inspiration were the themes for me.

There is really no comparison for me in terms of the other Cirque du Soliel shows and I have seen many of them. They are all well worth attending and have a sense of magic and wonder to them however, for me, Michael Jackson’s One goes three steps further.

The standout number comes towards the end of the performance when Michael has been recreated as a hologram. I trust that you will be seeing the show when you head to Las Vegas, so I want this to remain a surprise for you. I had never seen anything like it and I am still left awe struck by this artistic feat.

I have the highest regard for Michael Jackson’s creativity and artistry and Cirque du Soleil has found a way to bring this magic to life for us in Michael Jackson’s One. This show is Not to be missed.

Some details:

  • Websites for Michael Jackson One: (There’s a tab to click on for Michael Jackson ONE.
  • Ticket price range: $69-$160 with limited gold seating that starts @ $180
  • 90 minute show
  • Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort is located @ 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
  • Ticket Office: 800 745-3000 or 877 632-7400
  • Fri. Sat. Mon. & Tues. 7 PM & 9:30 PM Sun. 4:30 PM & 7 PM
  • Dark Days: Wed. & Thurs.

The Mandalay Bay Website has Lots of details and the web sites have FAQ’s. Be sure and see Michael Jackson ONE next time you visit Las Vegas. I know you will enjoy it and have those memories for years to come.

Mahalo to Michael Jackson for creating timeless, incredible music!

Watch for my interview with Brandi Chun, one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson ONE coming soon!


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“Thriller Mom” Finally Gives Birth!

Sources: Baby Center – By Michelle Stein| All Things Michael


Last week, I wrote about Bonnie Northsea, the very pregnant mom who tried inducing labor by dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Now, Northsea is back to share her beautiful birth story — as well as her advice to overdue moms-to-be.

The Gainesville, FL, mom welcomed little Willem Wolf Northsea at 11:04 p.m. on Feb. 19. Weighing in at 9 pounds and measuring 20.75 inches long, Willem made his grand entrance with a home water birth. And the photos are absolutely stunning!

Check out this touching photo slideshow of his birth story, courtesy of Stacey Steinberg Photography.

The entire labor and delivery lasted just over two hours, Northsea told BabyCenter. Willem came so fast, in fact, that the midwives and birth photographer, Stacey Steinberg, barely made it in time for the delivery.

Thankfully, Northsea’s husband, Michael — who was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer — was able to fully participate in his son’s birth. If you remember, Northsea’s original ‘Thriller’ induction dance was created in the hopes that Michael could be present for the delivery in between chemotherapy sessions.

“The medical recommendation was to avoid skin to skin contact with our newborn son for 48 hours after his chemo treatment due to the poison secretion from his pores,” Northsea explained. “My husband completed his last chemo session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Willem was born at 11:04 p.m. on Thursday. He was able to cut the cord after it had finalized pulsating and was able to support me during difficult contractions in the water.”

Northsea described her home water birth as a “dream labor and delivery.”

“All of the adrenaline, natural hormones and the calm at home environment contributed to this powerful rush that I was able to feel at the time of birth,” she wrote. “In this moment, I felt that I could conquer anything. The natural pains immediately dissolved once he was delivered and I smiled/cried tears of joy as we grabbed him out of the water.”

Wondering if any of Northsea’s home induction techniques actually worked? While her dance moves were impressive, they didn’t end up naturally kick-starting the delivery process. (And neither did eating spicy food, exercising or having intimate relations with her spouse.) Once her membranes were swept after a stress test performed at 41 weeks pregnant, however, labor shortly followed.

To other overdue mamas who are anxious to meet their little ones, Northsea had this to say:

“Please know that there is a reason why you are late past your due date. Your baby is just not yet done cooking and although the ‘wait game’ can be the most difficult, it is something that many women go through; you are not alone … Hang in there and remember to treasure every day of being pregnant as it will surely come to an end very soon.”

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MJ Featured In Revolutions 2 Music Art Exhibit At Forest Lawn – Glendale

Sources: SBSun – By Michelle Mills | All Things Michael


Since Alex Steinweiss created the first record cover for Columbia Records in 1938, music and art have had a love affair.

The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale celebrated this union 10 years ago with the exhibition “Revolutions,” toasting the artists behind seminal work linked to the music of the 1960s-’80s. And now it’s revisiting the concept with a new exhibit.

On Saturday, the venue will unveil “Revolutions 2,” a show commemorating its predecessor with more than 175 artworks, ranging from album covers and posters to paintings, photographs and sculpture by more than 35 artists.

“The art itself is fabulous and beautiful. People are familiar maybe with the album cover or the poster — seeing the art and how it was created is interesting,” said Joan Adan, director of the Forest Lawn Museum and curator of “Revolutions 2.”

Musicians from a range of genres are represented, from Black Sabbath to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson, who was buried in the grounds of the Great Mausoleum in 2009.

Exhibiting Glendale artist Hugh Brown started out photographing bands but now works in a range of media. While in England, he shot musicians like the Talking Heads and Patti Smith before they were famous, and later they asked him to design their album covers. Brown went on to become the creative director of IRS Records and Rhino Records.

“I have tons of records in my collection that I bought; I had no idea who the band was, but thought ‘Wow, what a great cover, this must be good,’ and rarely was I ever disappointed,” Brown said.

Music art is a form of advertising, so it’s fitting that Steinweiss came from an advertising background and told Columbia Records that it should put pictures on its record covers — at the time, covers were plain paperboard and sometimes had only the music genre or artist’s name written on them. Adding images boosted record sales.

“So it’s advertising art, but totally creative, and because it was the music business you could get away with a lot and do crazier stuff,” Brown said. “You wanted to push the edge a lot and it was really fun. It was a way to do something that you’d want to do for yourself but get paid for it.”

Photographer Mike Salisbury of Venice sold greeting cards door to door at age 6 to raise money to buy a camera. He has since worked for major magazines in the United States and Europe and photographed celebrities like Truman Capote, Ricki Lee Jones and George Harrison. Salisbury also has been an art director and designer and is noted for creating Michael Jackson’s black-and-white look and Levi’s 501 brand name.

“The thing about the music business is it always was a cooperative effort with many artists and somebody like me taking the picture and doing the design,” Salisbury said. “I didn’t do anything but present it to them, they didn’t dictate and say it’s got to work like this. It was always very much a partnership with the artist and the producer and myself.”

In many ways, “Revolutions 2” will offer a touch of nostalgia.

Artis Lane — a Los Angeles-based sculptor and painter who has captured the likeness of Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and Miles Davis — said that wandering through “Revolutions 2” provides an opportunity to remember a favorite concert.

“If they went to that performance, this is a way to hold on to it. The painting is the artist’s thought objectified,” said Lane. “It comes alive again for you.”

When: Opens Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 2.

Where: Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Information: 800-204-3131,


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Michael Jackson’s Thriller Contract To Be Auctioned

Sources: The Guardian – By Harriet Gibson | All Things Michael


A signed contract which stipulated the security and payment agreements on the set of Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller music video is to be auctioned.

The signed document between Michael Jackson’s Optimum Productions and the Screen Actors Guild covering requirements for two-dozen actors in the video will be sold by Nate D Sanders Auctions. The contract had to be signed prior to production, which Jackson did on 10 October 1983.

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As a result, his epic 13-minute video for his 9m-selling single was shot in downtown Los Angeles in October 1983. Winning the Grammy for best video album in 1984, as well as best long-form music video in 1985, the blockbuster work altered the boundaries for what a pop-music video could be – so much so, that in 2009, the Library of Congress added Thriller to the National Film Registry. It remains the first and only music video to be selected for the registry.

Those with a cool $25,000 (£16,000) or so lying around can place a bid at the auctioneers website.


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Motown 25 Special: Expansive Box Set Planned for Release

Sources: Rollingstone – By Ryan Reed | All Things Michael


In 1983, music icons like Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross came together for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, a live NBC special that celebrated the 25th year of that legendary label. Now an updated version of the program will air Saturday, February 28th at 8 p.m. EST on over 300 public television stations in the U.S., followed by an immediate repeat screening. Motown 25 featured a number of monumental pop culture moments, including Michael Jackson executing his oft-imitated “Moonwalk” during a performance of “Billie Jean” and reunions from the Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

The special will be accompanied by Motown: Big Hits & More, a new seven-CD box set of classic Motown hits, album tracks and rarities. The massive, 144-track release will feature “25 new stereo mixes of classic songs,” including the Temptations’ “Get Ready,” Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),” Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “I Second That Emotion” and Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heatwave.” The new versions were assembled by TJ Lubinsky, an executive producer for several of PBS’ pledge-driven programs. Working with the “original stages and pre-mixed stages” of recordings made at the famed Hitsville USA studio, his team uncovered a number of revelatory surprises.


“Most often the songs went much longer than the fades we are used to hearing,” Lubinsky says in a statement. “And sometimes even extra verses were uncovered, like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles ad-libbing the line, ‘the tracks of my tears, I’ve been crying for years,’ which has never been heard before because it was on the original session tapes past the fade-out on the 45.”

The release will be available to members who pledge to public television stations during the February 28th broadcast of Motown 25 and at



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