TLC’s T-Boz: Today’s Music Has No Substance

Sources: Entertain This | All Things Michael

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When you’re part of one of the most successful musical acts of all time, you can get away with being critical of the current state of pop music without too many people rolling their eyes.

Enter: T-Boz of TLC, who says modern music is frivolous fluff.

There’s not a lot of superstars out anymore, if you’ve noticed. Like, they’re sprinkled here and there, but back in the day, in the ’90s, you would have REM out with Hootie and the Blowfish, Garth Brooks, TLC, Michael Jackson, Janet. It would be like everybody back-to-back — Madonna. But now, those days aren’t here anymore! … There’s hardly no lyrical content. That’s missing. It’s more about twerking and whatever’s happening (and is) hot for that moment. That type of music just doesn’t last. It’s good for today.

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Supermodel Elle Macpherson Talks About Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Donald Trump, Michael Jackson And More

Sources: Mstar News – By Jaymz Clements | All Things Michael

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Elle MacPherson has revealed some of the secret stories behind being a supermodel in the 1980s, talking about how she would hang out and party with celebrities like Whitney Houston, Donald Trump, Michael Jackson and was there when Christie Brinkley met her eventual husband Billy Joel. The Australian supermodel-turned-super-succesful-businesswoman also told Jimmy Kimmel Live! how she trademarked the phrase ‘The Body’ and struck out on her own with her famous calendar.

She also explained to Kimmel just how crazy the ’80s were. “It was interesting;” she admitted.”I’d just come from Australia and moved to America and was exposed to a lot.”

Macpherson then regaled Kimmel with a couple of classic ’80s stories, saying that she may’ve hooked up Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley — who were married form 1985 to 1994 — as well as setting Whitney Houston on the path to stardom!

Said Macpherson, “I remember one of my first jobs I was invited to go to St Barts… and I remember thinking ‘No, I can’t go, I don’t have enough money for the plane ticket,’ and my agency said, ‘No, the magazine actually pays for you to go,'” she laughed.

Once she got to St Barts she says “A friend of mine called me and said ‘you’ll never guess who’s playing the piano down at the piano bar,’ and it was Billy Joel!”

Down she went with her Whitney Houston, who Macpherson was working with. “She started as a model,” remembers Macpherson, “so Whitney and I were working together and then Christie Brinkley was shooting her beauty book there. So it was Whitney, Christie, and me, and Billy Joel, and the rest is history. He ended up with Christie and very much in love…

“And,” she added, “I remember Whitney made a tape and gave it to him and said ‘do you think I could be singer?’ and there you go.”

She also remembers having “dinner at a casino in New Jersey I think it was, at one of the Trump Towers, with Michael Jackson and Donald Trump,” which was “pretty cool,” she laughed.

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So… how was it hanging out with Michael Jackson in the ’80s? “He was cool,” revealed Macpherson. “He was sweet and funny, and very wry. I remember people chasing him and he would run the other way up the escalators to try get away and I was like ‘How did he do that? How do you even go up a down escalator?’ But that was what he could do. He was nifty on his feet.”

That’s for sure.

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How The NFL Convinced Michael Jackson To Perform For The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Sources: Sports Illustrated – By Austin Murray | All Things Michael

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The calculus changed radically in 1992, after ice skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill got their heads handed to them by In Living Color comedians Keenen and Damon Wayans. CBS’s Nielsen rating dipped from a 42.1 to a 32.8 during that halftime, and the NFL suits had seen enough. Overnight it was decided: The days of jayvee, dinner theater–caliber entertainment were over. The league sent everyone deep. They decided to go after Michael Jackson.

For a month they got nowhere. Steeg sat down with the King of Pop’s manager, Sandy Gallin, 11 months before Super Bowl XXVII. “I remember pitching them,” he says, “and them not really having a clue what we were talking about.” At a subsequent meeting, producer Don Mischer pointed out that the Super Bowl would be broadcast in more than 120 countries. Now he had Jackson’s full attention.

Steeg recalls Jackson saying, “So you’re telling me that this show is going live to all those places where I’ll never do a concert?” A pause. “I’m in.”

“Michael worked harder than anybody [who’s done the halftime show], before or since,” says Steeg, who remembers seeing Jackson still rehearsing his act at seven the night before the game, in a tent outside the Rose Bowl.

And it showed. Jackson, rocking a bandolier-draped frock coat on loan, apparently, from Muammar Gaddafi, was sensational. The final moments of that show were the most viewed in the history of television at the time.

 

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Naomi Campbell Weighs In On Michael Jackson, Diversity In Fashion And More

Sources: Cocoa Fab – By Courtney Willis | All Things Michael

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Naomi Campbell is a veteran in the entertainment and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

The supermodel turned actress recently opened up to Sway on Shade 45 about everything from the fashion world to her friendship with Michael Jackson.

When it comes to diversity in fashion, she says things have definitely improved since she started her career.

“It’s getting better. You know I was here with Beth Ann Hardison who is like my second mother and Beth Ann has taken on this amazing challenge of diversity balance and Iman and I have stood by her. We’ve chosen to stand by her because we feel like we are the two that can speak out with her. The others shouldn’t because they are still working in the field and even though I am still working in the field I feel like I have to help the younger ones underneath me and get them a chance too,” she said.

“It’s like you go forward an inch and then go back a quarter. Yes, there are better quality models of color but you still have to keep talking, got to keep mentioning got to keep reminding.”

She also reminisced about her friendship with Michael Jackson.

“He’s so amazing. I miss him so much. He was very professional, very professional like a perfectionist. Every beat, every move to every beat in the song, I mean He knew what he wanted. But then also he was this amazing man-child at the same time,” she said.

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See 6:50 – 10:06 for the conversation about Michael

 

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo To Perform At Strathmore

Sources: Gazette New | All Things Michael

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Created by Joseph Shabalala based on a series of dreams he had, the all-male a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa has been around for more than 50 years.

The award-winning singers will perform at the Music Center at Strathmore at 8 p.m. Friday.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won numerous awards, including two Drama Desk awards and four Grammys. They recorded their first album in 1973 and have since gone on to record more than 50 — many of those picking up gold and/or platinum certification.

The group is probably better known for their work with Paul Simon on his “Graceland” album, or recording with The Winans, George Clinton, and even Michael Jackson.

Tickets for the show are $28-$69. More more information, visit strathmore.org, or call 301-581-5100.

 

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Watch A Cute Toddler Dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” [Video]

Sources: Lite 98.7 – By Matt Hubbell | All Things Michael

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This little guy may be on his way to stardom. It seems he knows every step to Michael Jackson’s Thriller!  He may not have the red leather jacket and the white gloves yet but this cute toddler knows how to dance just like the King of Pop.

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Super Bowl Halftime: Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Paul McCartney And Others Ranked From Best To Worst

Sources: Al.com -By Mia Watkins | All Things Michael

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It’s almost that time again. While the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots prepare to meet each other on the field at this year’s Super Bowl, Katy Perry is gearing up to take the field as well as the halftime show headliner.

She has some big shoes to fill. The show has become a beacon for pop culture history throughout the years, crossing genres and creating controversy.

Here are some of the of the Super Bowl halftime shows ranked from best to worst:

1. Michael Jackson (1993)

Well, it’s the King of Pop. Who is really surprised here? Michael Jackson took the stage in 1993 to perform a dizzying and show-stopping array of hits ranging from “Billie Jean” to a touching version of “Heal The World” complete with audience participation.

2. Prince (2007)

The Purple One may not have moonwalked his way across the stage, but he still put on a great show armed with his guitar, twin dancers and even a special appearance by Florida A&M University’s marching band. His closing number, “Purple Rain,” brought the house down, despite the, ahem, rainy weather.

3. Beyonce (2013)

Beyonce’s performance at New Orleans’ Superdome was so hot, the stadium’s generators couldn’t take it. No, really, the power went out as soon she got off the stage. Queen Bey, along an army of dancers and an all-girl band, stormed the stage for a full 15 minutes. Destiny’s Child even reunited much the audience’s surprise.

4. Janet Jackson (2004)

It’s easy to forget out how good this performance is amid the surrounding controversy.  Jackson, along with guests Nelly, P. Diddy (or whatever he’s going by these days), Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake put on a pyro-heavy and exciting show. The conclusion of the show may have sparked the downfall of Jackson’s music viability, but it also gave us a new phrase for a nip slip.

5. The Rolling Stones (2006)

Rock legends The Rolling Stones went without the usual trappings of a halftime show and relied solely on the hits and frontman Mick Jagger’s sweet dance moves. They rocked the crowd from the time they opened up with “Start Me Up” until closing with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

6. Bruno Mars (2014)

Many said he couldn’t pull it off, but boy did he prove them wrong. Relative newcomer to the pop world Bruno Mars introduced America to his flashy brand of showmanship with a concise performance of his hits so far. Special guests The Red Hot Chili Peppers added a little edge with their trip down memory lane with “Give It Away.”

7. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (2008)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is another halftime act that just relied on the music to see them through the performance. Guitar-heavy songs such as “Won’t Back Down,” “American Girl” and “Free Fallin” translated well in a stadium setting and through TV.

8. U2 (2002)

U2 dedicated their turn on the halftime show to those lost in the September 11thterrorist attacks. The group performed songs such as ” Beautiful Day” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”  in a touching and uplifting tribute that honored each victim by displaying their names on a huge screen behind the band.

9. Paul McCartney (2005)

Yes, Paul McCartney is a legend. But, was he really the right fit for a show known for its high energy? Following the previous year’s “wardrobe malfunction,” the network and the NFL went in the polar opposite direction with meh results.

10. Aerosmith (2001)

This performance was just all over the place. From strange cameos from Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler to the awkward version of “Walk This Way” featuring NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly, it kind of came off as everything that was wrong with the early aughts.

11. Madonna (2012)

Madonna is the kind of artist who is seemingly made for something like the halftime show. While football fans might not be her target audience, she has the hits and the stage presence to put on a good show. Seems like a no-brainer, right? It is until you add guests such as Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, Cee Lo Green and about 50 other acts with disastrous results.

12. The Black Eyed Peas (2011)

Just…why?

 

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MJ Fan Jason Zhang Unveils Three Michael Jackson Wax Figures In Beijing

Sources: China.cn.org – By Zhang Rui | en.people.cn| All Things Michael

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Singer Jason Zhang unveiled three Michael Jackson wax figures in the Beijing branch of Madame Tussauds on Wednesday.

Jason Zhang (Zhang Jie) is a big fan of Jackson, who inspired his music career. He was invited as a special guest to unveil the wax figures.

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“The wax figures are so real,” Zhang said, adding that he couldn’t believe his eyes. One figure is made based on Jackson’s image from his early career in Jackson 5. The other two are from “Dangerous” album era.

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Zhang also noted that he went to the United States to visit a New York hotel and stay in Michael Jackson’s suite for a while. He also went to Las Vegas to see Jackson’s Cirque du Soleil show “One” and even stopped in at the American Music Awards to receive the International Artist of the Year, mentioned Jackson as his idol and sang a clip of “Heal the World.”

“I have been a fan since high school,” Zhang said, “Michael taught us how to love the planet, love children and how to deal with everything with a pure heart. He inspires me to keep a pure heart when I make music and pursue my dream. And he is a memory from my youth.”

The event opened with three Jackson impersonators: Zhao Junlong, Wang Jingyuan, and Wang Zicheng moonwalking to the singer’s classic tunes.

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