Sixth Anniversary: Beyonce’s Best ‘Halo’ Performances

Sources: Billboard – By Erin Strecker | All Things Michael

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Need a little extra Beyonce inspiration today?

You’re in luck: It’s the sixth anniversary of Beyonce’s single release of “Halo,” one of her all-time great ballads. “Halo,” which won best pop vocal performance at the Grammys, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. To celebrate the song, we rounded up some of her best performances of the hit over the years.

Check them all out below.

1. On The Run Tour
On her 2014 summer tour with Jay Z, “Halo” was once again part of the finale, but this time it was snuck in mid-way through a “Young Forever” duet with her husband. The part that makes this version sweetest, of course, is the screen behind them showing home movie footage of one Blue Ivy Carter. Cut to overjoyed-looking Bey and Jay.

2. Beyonce’s Michael Jackson Tribute
It’s no secret Beyonce idolizes Michael Jackson (we all saw Blue’s Halloween costume, right?), so when Jackson sadly passed away in 2009, Beyonce honored him in concert with a very special performance. The sweetest part may have been the home movie footage of a young Bey excitedly telling her parents they were going to a Michael Jackson concert that evening. This performance made its way onto her live CD of this tour.

3. Beyonce Sings to Fan
During the I AM… World Tour, Beyonce made time to sing the inspirational track to a very special fan battling cancer.

4. “Halo” Acoustic
Hot off the release (and subsequent worldwide phenomenon) of the “Single Ladies” dance craze, it was time to put the focus back on Bey’s vocals. She did that with this viral acoustic performance.

5. Beyonce at the Super Bowl
Sensing a pattern? Beyonce closed out her 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance with a particularly powerful version of “Halo” that allowed her to really belt. If you’ve ever felt the climactic chorus of the tune needed actual fireworks, well, this production has you covered.

6. Beyonce at Glastonbury
Bey has referred to playing Glastonbury as a career highlight, and her entire 90-minute set it absolutely worth watching. But the ending — a show-stopping performance of one of her most emotional tracks — is the high point.

 

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Wise Advice: 24 Classic Song Lyrics To Live Your Life By

Sources: NME | All Things Michael

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“If you wanna make the world a better place/Take look at yourself and make a change” – Michael Jackson, ‘Man In The Mirror: Change begins within, as the old saying goes, and didn’t the King of Pop know it, harnessing it into a glimmering 1980s aspirational classic.

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“Anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain/Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders” – The Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’: This Paul McCartney pearl of wisdom is an important one: there’s no point carrying burdens and losing yourself in worry, echoing another of the Fab Four’s finest: ‘Let It Be’.

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“And so, become yourself, because the past is just a good bye” – CSNY, ‘Teach Your Children’: Don’t cling onto so-called better days, Graham Nash’s ‘Deja Vu’ standout track seemed to suggest in this 1970 release: better to be who you are now, and pass on everything you’ve learned to younger people around you.

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“All that money you made will never buy back your soul” – Bob Dylan, ‘Masters of War’: Bob knows where it’s at. A searing suckerpunch to the heart of capitalism, this Zimmerman classic is a reminder that financial greed can wreck you spiritually.

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“Work it harder, make it better, do it faster… that that don’t kill me will only make me stronger” – Kanye West, ‘Stronger’: Ain’t that the truth, Kanye. The song’s pulsating electronics, borrowed from Daft Punk, expertly reinforce the song’s sense of empowerment.

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“Losing love is like a window in your heart/Everybody sees you’re blown apart/Everybody feels the winds blow” – Paul Simon, ‘Graceland’: Don’t worry about hiding heartbreak, is the lesson to be learned from this warming Paul Simon lyric – it’s a universal part of life. There’s no shame to be felt in a failed romance. Better to have loved and lost, and so on…

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Vincent Price’s Daughter Remembers Her Father, Recognizes Michael Jackson And Tim Burton

Sources: Baltimore Post – Examiner | Edited By All Things Michael

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Behind the Mustache: The Lives of Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe gave fans a chance to honor Poe on the eve of his 206th birthday and to remember the life of actor Vincent Price, who passed away twenty-one years ago. On hand to honor Poe was John Astin, best known for playing Gomez in The Addams Family. And remembering Price was his daughter Victoria, author of Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography. The celebration took place at Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds, 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

Victoria Price spoke first, and in a presentation which lasted close to an hour, fondly recalled memories of a man whose life was immersed in art, movie-making and burlesque.

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“St. Louis had a beautiful art museum,” Victoria explained, “but they didn’t have a first rate theatre. They were, however, first rate in burlesque, so my dad developed quite a fondness for burlesque. His nickname in high school was Carrie, because he had a crush on a stripper named Carrie. My mother told me that burlesque remained such a part of my dad’s life, that at very inopportune moments at parties, he could be heard yelling, ‘Take it off! Take it all off!’”

Price also enjoyed sports, including baseball and deep-sea fishing. But it was in acting he lived his dream, despite the early advice of a famous friend.

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“At Yale, dad studied art history, English, and poetry. And he also sang in the glee club. But he had a secret ambition to become an actor, so he sought out the advice of a famous friend – James Thurber, the great American humorist, essayist and cartoonist. Now, dad had never been cast in anything at Yale; he had never been cast in high school. He told Thurber about his secret ambition, and Thurber laughed at him and said, ‘Are you kidding me??? You don’t have a chance at becoming that.’ So my dad decided he would pursue artistry and went off to study at the University of London. However, dad did have the last laugh, because in a 1944 New Yorker essay about giving young people advice, Thurber wrote, ‘Ever since I told Vincent Price not to become an actor, I never give young people advice.”

Better advice would come from the first lady of the American stage, Helen Hayes.

“In 1935, while appearing on Broadway, my father was offered a million dollar contract to come out to Hollywood. But Dad was very humble and he always wanted to learn. So he went to Helen Hayes to ask if he should accept the offer. She asked him, ‘Do you feel you know your craft?’ and he said, ‘Well, no, how can I? I’ve only been in one and half plays!’ And she said, ‘Exactly. If you don’t want to be a flash in the pan, you turn down that contract and you learn your craft,’ and he did.

Price would learn his craft by doing summer stock and then returning to Broadway, and while working with Orson Wells’ Mercury Theatre. But it would be in Hollywood, and in the sinister roles he is best known for today, that he truly found his niche.

“The first time he knew the audience hated him, he felt at home.”

Only Vincent Price, she said, could sit quietly behind two terrified teenaged girls in a darkened movie house – watching one his horror films – and then at the climax of the picture, lean forward and with his distinctive voice ask, “Did you like it?”

Victoria concluded her reflections with a short glimpse of Vincent’s appearance on the Dean Martin roast of Bette Davis, and by recognizing two people – Tim Burton and Michael Jackson – for bringing her father’s unique persona to a new generation of fans.

“As long as there is Halloween, there will be Thriller,” she said.

“Quite a few people have suggested that my dad may be more famous now than he was twenty years ago at the end of his life and career. And that’s because of his scary movies; because of people like Tim Burton and Michael Jackson, who loved those scary movies; and because of fans like you. Thanks to you, my dad not only has never been forgotten, but he has been introduced to new generations of fans. And, for a daughter who loved him, that makes me happier than you can imagine.” (Source)

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Wayne Rooney Uploads Cute Footage Of Son Kai Dancing To Michael Jackson In Full Costume

Sources: 101 Great Goals | All Things Michael

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney uploaded some adorable home video onto Instagram on Monday evening.

Starring eldest son Kai Rooney in the central role, the Red Devils showed his offspring entertaining the family with his enthusiastic Michael Jackson routine.

Wearing the full costume for Thriller, Kai performed the hit song for his parents with elaborate dance moves that included breakdancing.

On Facebook Wayne wrote: “Mine and Coleen Rooney entertainment for the night! Haha”

 

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Win Tickets To See Chris Tucker At The Riverside Theater In Milwaukee – First Five Rows!

Sources: Jammin’ 98.3 | All Things Michael

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Jammin’ 98.3 has your last chance to win tickets to see Comedian Chris Tucker make his triumphant return to the Riverside Theater on Friday, January 23!

Playing is easy!
• Listen to Jammin’ 98.3 Friday, January 16 – Tuesday, January 20 at 11:59pm for the keyword to text.
• Once you hear it, text the word to 77000 for your chance to win
• It’s that simple!

All Chris Tucker Text rules and WJMR General Contest Rules apply. Deadline to enter is on Tuesday, January 20 at 11:59pm. Five winners will be randomly selected to win a pair of tickets in rows 1-5 on Wednesday, January 21 and contacted by phone.

Don’t want to play? There still time to purchase your tickets. Tickets are on sale now for $60 / $40 at RiversideTheater.org and the Riverside Theater Box Office (fees may apply).

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Casting Call For Invincible: A Glorious Tribute To Michael Jackson

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RossLive Entertainment is looking for talented entertainers for our upcoming INVINCIBLE A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON season and a new forthcoming production. So please spread the word!!! We have an amazing cast of dedicated performers but we now have the need to expand this cast of amazing performers even further for our upcoming seasons.

We need dancers (modern, jazz, hip hop). B-Boys, tricksters, singers, MJ impersonators and power tumblers.

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Think you have what it takes? Then come to the Millennium Dance Complex at 417 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 on  February 7 from 12pm-2pm. Must be available to make weekly rehearsals starting March 2015. See you there!

 

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Sources: Invincible: A Glorious Tribute To Michael Jackson | Edited By – All Things Michael

The City Eats Youth Direction Program To Feed The Homeless

Sources: Genevive Jackson | The City Eats

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Next Saturday, January 24 The City Eats & Youth Direction Program will be hitting the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to feed and give back to the homeless on Skid Row.

We are currently accepting donations of bread, food, water, toiletries or even donations can be made via PayPal – thecityeats@gmail.com. ANYTHING HELPS! Whether it’s your time or a donation!Please Contact us via email if you would like to help out.

We will be meeting downtown Saturday at 9am to prepare the lunch (If you would like to help prep please contact us for meeting point) then meeting on 256 Winston St at 11 to begin passing them out! Start your year off on a positive note doing something for those less fortunate! What goes around comes back around and Thank You to all organizations that will be helping us out! LA WE CAN’T WAIT!

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Real Madrid Defender Sergio Ramos Shows Off Michael Jackson Tattoo

Sources: Daily Mail  – By Rohan Banerjee | All Things Michael

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Real Madrid and Spain star Sergio Ramos has had a tattoo of the late pop singer Michael Jackson drawn on the top of his forearm.

Jackson, who died in 2009, is featured in the ‘Smooth Criminal‘ outfit he wore while filming the music video for the hugely successful 1988 single.

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The tastefully done design is the latest of many ink jobs for Ramos, who has garnered a reputation for his often extravagant body art.

In June last year, the defender celebrated his successes with both club and country by having tattoos of the Champions League and World Cup trophies etched on the back of his calves.

Ramos has played a combined 28 games for Real Madrid and Spain so far this season, scoring six goals.

Madrid are currently top of La Liga with 45 points and have a game in hand over second-placed Barcelona who have 44.

Los Blancos won their last game 3-0 over Getafe with Ramos playing the full 90 minutes.

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