Neverland Ranch: Realtor Says, “I Think You Need To Let The People Know It’s Michael Jackson’s Estate”

Sources: CBS8 News | All Things Michael

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – More than six years after the death of Michael Jackson, his Southern California ranch is still up for sale, but the property has undergone a dramatic transformation.

The listing calls it Sycamore Valley Ranch, and boasts a 12,500 square-foot main house. The main house is surrounded by extensively landscaped gardens and a four-acre lake complete with a waterfall.

The asking price? $100 million.

The Sycamore Valley Ranch used to be Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, but missing from the estate listing is any mention of the amusement park and the train station.

In fact, the amusement no longer exists.

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La Jolla Real Estate Agent Marti Gellens sells multi-million dollar homes, and said dealing with famous property tricky. Sometimes, highlighting its history can work, and sometimes it can work against a deal, she said.

“I think you need to let the people know it’s Michael Jackson’s estate. I would definitely let them know that, but I would get rid of all those things that’s a reminder of it. So now, they can imagine themselves there. It’s not Michael’s house, but it used to be Michael’s house,” said Gellens.

Jackson bought the property in 1987 for $19.5 million. He lived there for more than 15-years, but lost the property in 2008, following financial problems.

After he died in 2009, fans turned the front gate into a huge memorial site.

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The property had been neglected for several years, but since then has been cleaned up. Only a single llama still lives in the zoo.

Also still remaining from Michael’s day is the the station house modeled after the one at Disney World, with topiary Neverland clock in front of it.

You can view the real estate listing, which includes more pictures of the property here.

 

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MJ Tribute: Youth Musical “The Glove” Coming To Anthony Bean Theater, New Orleans

Sources: The Times-Picayune | All Things Michael

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A youth musical, “The Glove,” will be presented July 24-26 and 31 and Aug. 1-2 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S.  Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans. Tickets are $15. For information or tickets, call 504.862.7529.

Anthony Bean Community Theater and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission are working together to present the show, written and directed by  Bean.

The show features James Compton V, Brittani Johnson, Chyleah Green and Alivia Duplessis.

In the show, the year is 2011 and Michael Duplesis, a devoted fan and namesake of Michael Jackson, is having a hard time dealing with the death of the amazing mega star. Michael D’s only wish is to own one of the infamous gloves of his idol. The glove he believes is the source of Jackson’s power. He believes the glove gave Michael Jackson the ability to stand on his toes, kick his legs up and moonwalk across the stage.

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(center) James Compton V plays the lead Michael Duplesis.

Jackson’s hits such as “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Beat IT,” and “Billy Jean” will be featured in the show. More than 75 ABCT/NORDC summer campers ages 7-17 will perform in a tribute to Jackson.

The creative team includes: Vic Woodward (scenic), Lyn Caliva (lighting designer), Kiersten Moore (choreography), Asia Nelson (vocal directions), Ms. B (costumes), and Staci Tolliver (stage manager.)

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Who’s Bad Returns To Model City Music Fest For Free Concert

Sources: Anniston Star – By Alexandra Woolbright | All Things Michael

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The Michael Jackson tribute band that played Anniston’s Model City Music Festival concert series in 2012 will return for a performance Friday.

Lee May, owner of the CD Cellar in downtown Anniston and an organizer of the festival, said that after seeing how much people enjoyed the 2012 show, he asked Who’s Bad, The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band to return to Zinn Park.

Friday’s show is free and open to all ages. Gates open at 7 p.m. Friday in Zinn Park, and food and drink vendors will be on site.

The concert series is sponsored in part by the city of Anniston, as well as organizations like the Calhoun County Commission, Regional Medical Center and Anniston Water Works.

May said the events aim to bring people to downtown Anniston so they can patronize local shops and restaurants.

“We want to raise the level of Anniston,” he said.

Acts like Midnight Star and Blues Traveller have played Model City Music Fest, and May said he’s excited to bring back Who’s Bad.

“It’s a dynamic show,” May said.

According to Raymond McCall, trumpet player and tour manager for Who’s Bad, the show will feature a variety of Jackson’s greatest hits—from “Thriller” to “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.”

“It’s high energy,” McCall said. “It comes with the glove and the moonwalk — everything that people remember about his music and his performance.”

The band, formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has 10 members, including six musicians, two dancers, and two frontmen who are the “Michaels,” McCall said.

McCall said the band is excited about the upcoming show and ready to put on a great performance.

“It’s always fun to be a part of an event where everyone comes together,” he said.

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Casting Call Auditions For Thriller Live

Sources: Backstage.com | All Things Michael

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Think you’ve got what it takes to be a part of one of the best Michael Jackson tributes shows around? Thriller Live is looking for new casting talent.  “Thriller-Live,” was created by longtime Michael Jackson associate Adrian Grant. The show celebrates the career of the world’s greatest entertainer, Michael Jackson.

Rehearsals begin September 7th in the UK. The job pays $1,000 per week, with housing and transportation provided.

Thriller Live is now seeking talent for the following roles:

Male, Ages 18+, All Races

Man 1: (Lead) excellent soul/funk voice, very high baritone or tenor, sustained top B in chest is minimum requirement; needs great personal warmth and charm; think Marvin Gaye meets James Brown meets James Ingram; audition material (lead sheets available): “Rock With You,” “Shake Your Body Down,” and “Man In The Mirror.”

Man 2: (Lead) excellent soul/funk voice, with exquisite falsetto, tenor, top B in chest and minimum high F in falsetto; needs very strong movement skills; think Sam Cooke meets Usher; audition material (lead sheets available): “Off The Wall,” “Remember The Time” (video version), “Man In The Mirror” and “Don’t Stop.”

Man 3: (Lead) excellent rock/funk voice with incredible range, high tenor, minimum sustained top C in full voice with high F in rock scream/falsetto; think Jon Bon Jovi meets Lenny Kravitz; audition material (lead sheets available): “She’s Out Of My Life,” “Beat It,” “Dirty Diana.”

Male Swings: (Supporting) must be the best singers of all; need to be able to sing all three male roles listed above; audition material (lead sheets available); select a representative sample from the three male roles, including at least one of “Beat It” and “Dirty Diana.”

Female, Ages 18+, All Races

Female Lead: (Lead) soulful, powerful, and charismatic voice of enormous polish and elegance; think Patti La Belle meets Christina Aguilera meets Beyoncé; attractive and sexy; audition material (lead sheets available): “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Who’s Loving You (in F)” and “Blame It On The Boogie.”

Company: Flying Music and Key Concerts, Dale Brown, Casting Director

AUDITIONS: July 30th at the Madilyn Clark Studios in North Hollywood, CA from 10am – 4pm, in Studios A & B. Lunch will run from 1pm-2pm. August 3rd auditions will be held in New York, NY, time TBA.  Sign up or Log In to apply.

Casting notice expires: August 4, 2015

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Sources: Backstage.com | All Things Michael

BRYAN LOREN DENIES THAT MICHAEL JACKSON CO-WROTE ‘DO THE BARTMAN’

Sources: Gigwise | All Things Michael

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Bryan Loren, the writer of the iconic Simpsons single ‘Do The Bartman’, has spoken out for the first time to deny that Michael Jackson co-wrote the novelty song.

The song was first released in 1990, and was performed by Nancy Cartwright, who has voiced 10-year-old Bart Simpson since 1989. It quickly topped the charts across Europe, and was certified gold in the UK.

According to the show’s creator, Matt Groening, Jackson was a huge fan of the show and co-wrote the novelty song – without receiving any credit because he was under contract to another record label.

Now though, responding to news that an anonymous buyer has purchased the rights to the song, Bryan Loren has contacted Music Business Worldwide to deny Jackson’s involvement extended beyond backing vocals.

“The story of the song and its creation has been a thorn in my side since I did it,” said Loren. “But, despite Matt Groening’s repeated confessions, I am the sole writer of the song.”

He added, “While it’s true, along with me, Michael Jackson does sing backing vocals. And it WAS his idea to call the song, DTB. AND, he did insist I include his name in the lyric. Hence, ‘If you can do the Bart, you’re bad like Michael Jackson.’ And so, obviously, he was involved. Perhaps this tidbit of info is not as sensational as saying MJ co-wrote the song, but I assure you, he did not.”

The rights to the song sold on auction site Royalty Exchange this week for £25,000.

 

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St. Luke’s Steel Band Salutes Michael Jackson

Sources: New Haven Independent  – By Brian Slattery| All Things Michael

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“Sit back and relax,” said Kenneth Joseph, the musical director of St. Luke’s Steel Band. “Or dance, clap, and sing. Make them smile. They love to smile.”

Joseph was talking about his students from the St. Luke’s Steel Band and Music Haven summer camp students, just before the group launched into “Black or White.”

It was midway through “This Is It,” a concert of all Michael Jackson songs performed by a collaboration between St. Luke’s and Music Haven students to celebrate what has turned out to be the indelible legacy of the King of Pop, but deeper still, the rich, joy-filled sound that drums and strings can make together this past Friday afternoon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Whalley Avenue.

The concert was a testament to the dedication of the students to the music, and of Joseph and fellow instructions Debbie Teason (also steel pan), Colin Benn (strings), and Kareem Victory (percussion) to ensuring that their students succeeded, whether they were playing solo, in small groups, or all together.

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Victory led his students in a drum demonstration.

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Students conducted students.

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When a cello needed to get to its player in the back of the string section, everyone lent a hand.

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The concert picked up steam as St. Luke’s and Music Haven gave M.J.‘s greatest hits — “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” — a good workout. During “Thriller,” Benn took the mike to fill in for Vincent Price’s rap. The mike was quiet at first, but since half the audience knew it by heart anyway, it didn’t matter.

“I’ll do it for you,” said a woman in the audience, and joined in. By the time Benn got to the part about the funk of 40,000 years, at least a dozen voices were chanting along with him.

“I just want to say how exciting it is,” said Teason during a quick break before the finale, “that St. Luke’s Steel Band and Music Haven are taking their collaboration one step further.” She mentioned that many of the students in the steel pan group and many of the string players had started playing each other’s instruments, many for the first time.

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Not that you would have noticed, as all the students played with drive, concentration, and real heart.

At the end of the program — a rendition of “We Are The World” — Joseph told the assembled audience that they would be cued to sing. “You won’t be able to help yourselves,” said Teason. And as soon as she turned to the audience, everyone in the church proved her right.

Also see St. Luke’s Motown Forever Tribute to The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and more below.

 

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SOMEONE JUST PAID $38.5K TO OWN A MICHAEL JACKSON SONG

Source: Music Business Worldwide – By Tim Ingham|All Things Michael

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The rights to 100% of publishing and songwriting royalties to Do The Bartman, the 1990 novelty hit from TV series The Simpsons, have been sold to an anonymous buyer for US $38,500, MBW has discovered.

Despite its jokey pop rap style, Do The Bartman is a serious piece of real estate: not only did the track become a No.1 hit in the UK, Ireland, Norway and Australia in 1991, but it was technically co-written by a certain Michael Jackson.

That’s ‘technically’ because Jackson’s name still does not officially appear on the credits of the song – or, therefore, the $38,500 package  (pictured) snapped up by its anonymous buyer.

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In September 1990, Simpsons producer James L. Brooks issued a press release claiming that reports linking Jackson to the track were misplaced. He stated that 100% of the song was written by Jackson’s friend, Bryan Loren.

This was a lie.

In 1998, Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally gave the game away, confirming that The King Of Pop really had co-written and co-produced Do the Bartman alongside Loren.

“IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN AMAZING TO ME THAT NO-ONE EVER FOUND OUT THAT MICHAEL JACKSON WROTE THAT SONG.”

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The team behind The Simpsons were apparently forbidden from publicly giving Jackson any credit – whether for songwriting or backing vocals – because he was under a heavily exclusive contract to Sony Music as a recording artist.

Do The Bartman came out on rival Geffen and his involvement remained a secret for the best part of a decade.

According to Variety, Groening told an audience at the Annual World Animation Celebration in Pasadena in 1998: “[It has] always [been] amazing to me that no one ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song…

“He was a big fan of the show.”

According to auction site Royalty Exchange,the new owner of the song just bought 100% of both the publisher’s and songwriter’s shares of ‘both BMI and Sony Publishing royalties’.

The $38,500 lot also includes additional royalties for a collection of other songs by Bryan Loren.

The average yearly revenue generated by the asset between 2010-2012 was $4,357.

But in 2013, the last accounted-for year, the song amassed less than $1,000.

In its heyday, Do The Bartman sold over 400,000 units in the UK market.

It was never officially released as a single in the US, but reached No.11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay chart.

So there you have it: Just $38.5k (around £25k) for a No.1 Michael Jackson smash.

Ay carumba!

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