From The Estate: Google Play Promotion/Thriller


Many of you have seen tweets and other social media posts today announcing that Google Play is giving away Thriller in the U.S. This is a great promotion that Sony set up with the permission of the Estate. Google Play (or any retailer) is free to set pricing (including giving away) any items that they wish – the label is still paid for those units, just like any other record. The Estate appreciates Google Play wanting to pay homage to the biggest selling album of all time and it’s a great way for Google to celebrate the album and encourage interest in Michael’s music by new fans!

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Michael Jackson’s Timeless Album ‘Thriller’ Free On Google Play Music

Sources: Android Police – By Jeff Beck | All Things Michael


It’s close to midnight and a good deal is lurking in the dark.

Under the moonlight you see a price that nearly stops your heart.

You try to scream, but then decide typing is a better way to share it.

You start to freeze as the horror of missing this bargain looks you right between the eyes.

You’re paralyzed!

‘Cause this deal is a killer, thriller delight.

And no one is going to save you more than Android Police, the site you like.

You know it’s a free killer, thriller tonight.

You don’t have to fight for a great price with this killer, thriller tonight.

OK, that’s enough of that silliness. In case you somehow forgot to read the headline, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is currently free on Google Play Music. You should probably ‘buy’ it since it chalked full of classic, iconic pop hits, and it’s free. Here’s the full playlist. Click on list below to purchase.


This just may be the best album Google has ever gifted. It certainly has more songs that I recognize by title than any other album they have ever given away. Grab a copy while it is still free. When you’ve done that, beat it, there are scary things lurking in the night.


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Company ‘Illegal’ To Register Michael Jackson Trademark

Sources: cn – By Zhang Rui | All Things Michael


Beijing Daily reported that, in early November, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court gave its verdict that a China’s fashion company acted illegally when it rush-registered the name of Michael Jackson as a Chinese trademark.

Triumph International, Inc., a wholly-owned merchandise licensing company owned by the estate of the late singer, filed the complaint against Fujian Funson Fashion Corp. Ltd. which registered “Michael Jackson” as their own apparel trademark. Triumph called it a “malicious action.”

However, the Chinese company argued that the “Michael Jackson” trademark was just a name and had nothing to do with the pop singer, and it had produced and sold several products including a cleansing foam using the singer’s images and likeness in their promotion.

The Trademark Review & Adjudication Board had decided that, according to China’s trademark law, though Jackson had enjoyed prior rights, the singer was dead so that the subject to be protected doesn’t exist anymore. The board, therefore, maintained the usage right of the trademark by the Chinese company.

Triumph International then filed the suit with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, seeking reversal of the Board’s decision.

It was argued in court that Jackson, being dead, no longer enjoyed rights to his name and Triumph International didn’t have standing to sue on his behalf.

However, the court decided to accept the company’s evidence that, although the singer had passed away on June 25, 2009, his name and likeness still have outstanding economic value. Hence, the Chinese company was clearly seeking economic gain when it frequently used Jackson’s name and images on their trademark designs and products, though it had nothing to do with the singer. This action was likely to mislead the public into thinking the products were licensed by Jackson himself or affiliated with his company, creating a wrong assumption regarding the qualities and sources of products and services and harm the public interest.

The court, therefore, revoked the board’s decision and asked it to review and make a new decision according to Triumph International’s appeal.

Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan also encountered a similar trademark dispute with a Chinese sports firm earlier this year. The former Chicago Bulls star sued Qiaodan Sports in 2012, saying the sportswear firm in southern Fujian Province had built its business around his Chinese name and famous jersey number “23” without his permission.

Qiaodan Sports said the trademark was legally registered in China and protected by domestic law. It countersued Jordan for violating Qiaodan Sports’ reputation.

The Trademark Review & Adjudication Board decided in 2014 that “Jordan” was a normal name in English and “Qiaodan” differed from it, while the likeness used in Qiaodan trademark design was not particularly intended to point to or resemble Jordan himself.

A Beijing intermediate court ruled in favor of Qiaodan over the dispute in February, 2015, and this ruling was upheld by the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court in June. However, the basketball star vowed to take the matter to China’s Supreme Court, a spokesman for Jordan’s legal team said.

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MJ Photographer Matthew Rolston Gets Smashbox Visual Impact Award

Sources: WWD – By Jasmin Rosemberg | All Things Michael

ca. 2007 --- Michael Jackson --- Image by © MR Photo/Corbis Outline

To say that Los Angeles native Matthew Rolston broke into the photography business “rapidly” would hardly be sufficient. “My very first client was Andy Warhol for Interview magazine,” he recalls. “My second client was Harper’s Bazaar. My third client was Michael Jackson.” He then rethinks this. “Actually, my third client was Jann Wenner, for Rolling Stone,” he clarifies.

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Rolston had crossed paths with Warhol socially at the artist’s nightclub the Factory in New York, but the opportunity at Warhol’s Interview came when a stylist friend from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena — where Rolston studied photography then, and teaches courses now — called about a last-minute job. “And lo and behold, I got my first assignment for a magazine.” Rolston says, “And it was to shoot Steven Spielberg.”

Photographing Harrison Ford and a then-unknown “Star Wars” cast followed — as did a plethora of covers, and a fashion-forward shoot with Jackson. (Later, Rolston would be the last to photograph the pop icon, for his “Thriller” relaunch, in 2007.) “I actually dressed him in some of my own clothes,” recalls Rolston, who bought an embroidered crest with a crown and the letter “J” from an “English-y” Beverly Hills men’s store, and had it sewn onto a cardigan. “And he started this whole craze that I ended up calling ‘Hollywood Royale.’ It sort of indicated the idea of royalty — that he was the King of Pop.” Only, this was prior to Jackson ever being called such.

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Jackson Estate Dismissed From Hologram Case

Source: Courthouse News | All Things Michael


LAS VEGAS (CN) – A federal judge dismissed Michael Jackson’s estate and Dick Clark Productions from a patent lawsuit stemming from a Jackson hologram performance during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Plaintiffs Hologram USA, Musion Das Hologram and Uwe Maass filed the joint stipulation to dismiss without prejudice MJJ Productions, Dick Clark Productions and the estate of Michael Jackson from an amended complaint that continues against Pulse Evolution, Pulse Entertainment, Musion3D, and three people.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro signed the order on Nov. 9.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Ryan Baker said the move enables the hologram companies to focus on the defendants who were most involved in the patent infringement.

The plaintiffs claim to own the technology used to create a 3-D Tupac Shakur hologram that appeared during the 2012 Coachella music festival, which they say was used to create the Michael Jackson hologram during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

They claim defendants William James Rock and Ian O’Connell “fraudulently concealed” ownership of the patent, which was assigned in the same series of patents owned by the plaintiffs.

They say the patent is a continuation of two others the defendants used to create the moving image, after which they “made false statements to numerous media outlets and potential customers that they own the technology used to generate the Michael Jackson hologram.”

And they claim the third individual defendant, John C. Textor, a former business associate and CEO of lead defendant Pulse Entertainment, used the patented technology to produce the Michael Jackson hologram.

The Michael Jackson hologram sang “Slave to the Rhythm” and performed with several stage dancers to a full audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The performance was broadcast nationally on ABC.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs describe the patented technology as “an amazing new technique of projecting video to create the illusion of life-size, full color, 3D moving images. All of the images used in this system are three-dimensional, but are projected as two dimensional images into a three-dimensional stage set

Without the technology, they claim, the Michael Jackson hologram could not have been created.

Court documents

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Top 5 African American Moments In Dance

Sources: Lansing State Journal – By Alex Woody | All Things Michael


This winter, Complexions Dance will come to Wharton Center. Known as the first American multicultural company, founded by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, Complexions Contemporary Dance boasts a new exciting genre of dance that combines the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience. Tickets to see Complexions Contemporary Dance can be purchased on or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

Throughout history, African-Americans have pioneered many movements throughout dance history and culture. From crafting iconic choreography, innovating popularized dance, and integrating dance companies, check out these 5 iconic African-American moments in dance!

1. Thriller – Michael Jackson

Perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of dance choreography of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video took the world by storm with its dance choreography. The choreography is still paid homage to today, remembered yearly as Halloween rolls around.

2. Misty Copeland is promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater

This last June, Misty Copeland made ballet history when she became the first African American dancer to be named the principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

3. Josephine Baker’s Banana Dance

Josephine Baker was a famous American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who popularized many well-known dances in the 1920s. Her most famous routine, titled ‘The Banana Dance’, featured her doing the original Charleston in a skirt made of artificial bananas.

4. George Faison becomes the first African-American to win for Best Choreography at the Tony Awards for The Wiz

In 1975, The Wiz took Broadway by storm. Taking home seven Tony Awards, the musical became the first African-American choreographed musical to win the Best Choreography award. This December, NBC will be producing a live television broadcast of The Wiz, be sure to check it out!

5. Complexions Dance

Founded in 1994, this avant-garde dance company became America’s first multicultural ballet company. Today, they tour across the world with their ballets described as ‘innovative’ and ‘awe-inspiring’. Be sure not to miss Complexions dance when it comes to Wharton Center January 19th, 2016!


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Home Alone’s Devin Ratray Talks About When He Met Michael Jackson

Sources: Complex – By Khal | All Things Michael


What’s your favorite story from the Home Alone era?
Michael Jackson came to visit the set of Home Alone 2. That was a pretty memorable day.

Please go on.
It was a Saturday rehearsal, we were just rehearsing a small scene. It was us running out of the house getting into our vans. When I got out of the transport van, Macaulay came up to me and said, “Come here, I want you to meet somebody.” He wouldn’t tell me who, but he was very excited. I followed him into the back of one of the prop airport vans that was there, and in the backseat of the van was Michael Jackson—long gray overcoat and gray fedora and sunglasses. This is seven o’clock in the morning on a Saturday, in February, in the middle of Illinois. I didn’t know what to do or say. But suddenly I’m shaking Michael Jackson’s hand without the glove on. What do I say? I said “Hi, I’m Devin and I play Buzz.” He said, “I know, it’s a real pleasure to meet you!” And I just stood there and I said “Yes, Michael Jackson, it is a real pleasure to meet me.” That kind of made him smile. I was able to make him laugh and that brought his guard down a little.


The only thing I thought to say, I had brought my video camera with me—I was making my own sort of documentary behind the scenes and had this big VHS 1992 video camera and I just said out loud, “Hey, do you think I could interview you later on camera?” He said as long as Macaulay was there. So later, while we were waiting to do another rehearsal running out of the house, Michael comes into the house to use the bathroom. Macaulay said it would be a good time to ask him some questions, so I asked him some questions on camera. I’ve had that tape for like twenty years.

Yeah I never showed it to anybody.

I was going to say, have there been plans to try and turn that into something for the public or are you just trying to keep it for yourself?
I was keeping it mostly for myself. It wasn’t until Michael passed away that Entertainment Tonightcontacted me. They’d heard rumors of me having this tape. I thought now would be a good time to pay tribute to the man. I didn’t want to profit from it, you know? I didn’t accept money or anything. I just thought it would be a good time for a tribute because nobody had ever seen it before—it was just sort of my little piece of history and my connection with Michael.


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