Sony/ATV Music Publishing And Pandora Sign Unprecedented Licensing Agreement

Source: Business Wire | All Things Michael

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Pandora (NYSE:P), the world’s most powerful music discovery platform, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the world’s leading music publisher, today announced a multi-year licensing agreement for Sony/ATV’s catalog of musical works. The direct publishing deal creates business benefits for Pandora, while modernizing compensation for Sony/ATV and its songwriters in the U.S.

“We believe that this agreement with Pandora is a major step in the right direction to ensure that our songwriters are fairly compensated for the use of their music on streaming services,” said Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO. “We are pleased that our songwriters will begin to enjoy the benefit of better rates on one of the most important platforms for music consumption and discovery. It is part of our ongoing strategy to ensure that all digital music services recognize the indispensable value that the words and music of a song bring to their businesses.”

“This is a significant milestone in our long-standing effort to strengthen ties with the music maker community,” said Brian McAndrews, chief executive officer of Pandora. “Over 10 years, Pandora has built music’s most powerful marketing engine, which we put into action every day for Sony/ATV’s storied catalog. By partnering directly with Sony/ATV, we are proud to lock in our opportunity to connect an incredibly talented community of songwriters with streaming music’s largest and most passionate audience.”

While specific terms of the multi-year agreement are confidential, the companies worked together to build an innovative win-win approach to publisher economics. Sony/ATV achieved its goal of delivering improved performance royalties for its songwriters while Pandora will benefit from greater rate certainty and the ability to add new flexibility to the company’s product offering over time.

The public performance royalties Pandora also pays to rights holders of master recordings are not affected by this agreement.


Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform – a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.


Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world’s leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV owns or administers around 3 million copyrights including those from such iconic music catalogs like Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. Sony/ATV also controls many of the best known songs ever written like “New York, New York”, “Hallelujah”, “All You Need Is Love”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Moon River”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “The Mission Impossible Theme”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Stand By Me”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ in the Rain”. In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, The Supremes, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Akon, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, P!nk, RedOne, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stargate, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.


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How Billie Jean Calmed Steve Jobs

Sources: CNet | All Things Michael

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On Monday, Andy Cunningham hosted a panel in Palo Alto, California, where the three women talked about how Steve Jobs challenged, infuriated and pushed them to achieve great things. They were joined by Hoffman and Barbara Koalkin Barza, a former product marketing manager for the Mac and later director of marketing at Pixar, the animation studio Jobs bought after being fired from Apple in 1985.

Jobs “made it possible for you to do anything you wanted,” Cunningham said. The women of the Mac team “had the freedom to do what we were good at doing.”

Hoffman, speaking during the panel Monday, said “what is true is that so often Steve was so enthusiastic and so brilliant and visionary and not necessarily reasonable.” Barza noted that “Steve had a laser focus on details,” which is a something she has taken to heart throughout her career.

Here is a story that Andy shared about how Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean soothed Steve’s surly temperament when being photographed:

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“Billie Jean is not my lover/She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one/But the kid is not my son/She says I am the one/But the kid is not my son.” — lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Introducing a major product is a lot like planning a crucial battle. Both can succeed or fail on the campaign’s logistics. For the January 24, 1984, introduction of the Mac, those logistics included the then-unheard-of idea of “multiple exclusives,” in which Apple served up different slices of information to leading US publications.

About two weeks before the Mac’s launch, Cunningham and Jobs flew to the tony Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side. They had reserved a suite for several days’ of one-on-one interviews and photo shoots.

There was just one wrinkle: Jobs “absolutely hated” having his picture taken and would turn “surly and kinda nasty” with the photographer, recalled Cunningham.

The soothing sounds of music came to the rescue.


“I discovered he loved Michael Jackson and the song ‘Billie Jean,'” she said. “And I discovered that when I played it on a cassette player, he became really docile and friendly and smiled for the cameraman. As soon as the song was over, he would go back to his snarling self.”

The cassette player got plenty of exercise. (His musical choice is ironic given that he was in a paternity battle with the mother of his eldest daughter, Lisa, before the Mac was unveiled.)

“While we were doing the shoot, I was constantly rewinding, rewinding, rewinding,” Cunningham said. “It calmed the waters.”


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TJ Jackson On Raising Kids And Missing His Mom & Michael

Sources: Yahoo Parenting – By Elaine Sir | All Things Michael

On being a parent:

I’m the strictest with my own kids.  First, it’s because I can be but I’m also careful about Royal [because he’s a teenager] and I want him to be strong and set an example for the younger kids. I am committed to them all.  I haven’t missed one parent – teacher conference for any of them. I remember how important it was to my mom to be there. And I want to be there too.

I struggle in the same way Michael did: Wanting to give my kids everything; but also wanting them to be normal.

Being a guardian: 

Kids [with guardians] may go through phases where they say or think, “You’re not my parent” but I never wanted to risk that with Prince or Paris.

When my uncle Michael passed, Prince was 11 or 12, and he had already solidified me as a cousin, so I couldn’t just appear as a parent. So I took the “older brother” approach, rather than that of an authoritative parent.  If was at a parent-teacher conference at Buckley for Prince or Paris, it was more from an “I’m proud of you” standpoint.


Growing up with Michael Jackson

I always knew my life wasn’t typical. My brothers and I would go see Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Huey Lewis and the News in concert on school nights — and then we’d leave at 1:00 in the morning after hanging out backstage. I would meet legends and not even really realize it.  I remember falling asleep on the way home from concerts, in a limo, but having school six hours later.

One time, Uncle Michael stayed at our house during high school finals week. There was no way I was going to study!  We went to the movies, toy stores and had the best time. One morning at 4:30 a.m. as I was falling asleep after studying, the big Northridge ’94 Earthquake hit. So we drove straight from our house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. to Neverland — a magical, an amazing place of pure happiness. Then we took a private plane from a nearby airport and flew to Vegas where we stayed at Caesars Palace for a week.

Every morning Michael would run and slide into our hotel room and say, “They had another one” [talking about the aftershocks]. “Aren’t you happy we left?” Meanwhile it was chaos over in Los Angeles, but we were [safe] in Vegas because of Uncle Michael.


My mom, my role model 

My mother has played the biggest role in [shaping] my thoughts on parenting. When I was a kid, there would be a positive message from a fortune cookie in my lunch bag every day. I remember her reading parenting books, trying to be an even better mother than she already was. Her level of commitment and love is what I try to implement with my own kids and cousins daily.


Moving on without mom and Michael

The world remembers my uncle as a legendary artist — but I remember him as a legendary uncle.  Our television show is an opportunity to humanize him and speak of how great of a person he was.  Michael was filled with such incredible love, generosity, happiness, and empathy.

We were at the Beverly Hills Hotel one morning.  My brothers and I were just waking up – and he had been up reading or doing his music. He looked so sad so I asked him what was wrong.  He had heard that a plane had crashed — and he rattled out the statistics of how many were dead – and he knew the exact amount of kids that died.  He was torn up for the entire day because of the innocent lives that were lost.  He didn’t understand why these precious lives had to go.  That’s how he was.  He had the greatest heart.  Others’ lives affected him personally.

But, many times people took advantage of Michael’s kindness and saw it as an opportunity.  And I know he was too naive to [suspect] it; he was too kindhearted and trustworthy.

There is never a day where I don’t think about both my mother and my uncle.  I keep in mind what Michael told me when I lost my mother: to make her proud and present her well.  He told me to do good in the world.  Michael gave my brothers and I so many great traits and advice for how to live properly and healthy — and I take that to heart because I want to make Michael and my mom proud.

It gets hard though when you realize your own child lost out on an amazing grandparent and uncle.

But grandma [Katherine Jackson] has done so much for me — and she’s a big reason I got through [the losses].  She is the only maternal figure that I have. (To my kids, she’s Grandma, not “Great Grandma.”). My grandmother is the single most important person in my cousins’ lives. She does parent-teacher conferences, everything.  It’s kind of like she’s the founder of a company — but I do the day-to-day management.  She makes all the important decisions and I will always respect everything she says. She did so much for my brothers and me when we lost our mother.  And she’s now doing the same for my three cousins. She is still wise beyond her years.


My uncle left an incredible legacy as well as my mom — so I am starting to think about what I am leaving.  I could have another child but Frances is done, so I don’t push. Now I’m looking forward to being a grandparent.

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Thousands Dance To Thriller In Zombie Flash Mob At Universal Studios Japan

Sources: Crunch Roll – Paul Chapman| Gif- Source: |All Things Michael


Universal Studios Japan suffered an outbreak of the undead at 5:35 PM JST on October 31, 2015, as part of the “Special Zombie Mob 2015” event, in which 3000 people in zombie costumes danced to Michael Jackson’s classic song “Thriller.”


If you’re curious as to what such a large crowd of dancing zombies would look like, check out this footage from 2014, in which a similar flash mob occurred at Universal Studios Japan featuring 2000 costumed zombies:

Participants signed up in advance to part of the zombie horde through Universal Studios Japan’s website.


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Statement From Sotheby’s International Realty: Sycamore Valley Ranch Not For Sale On Taobao

Sources: Business Wire | All Things Michael


SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It has been reported that the Chinese website Taobao, owned by Alibaba Group, conducted an auction this week in an attempt to sell the Sycamore Valley Ranch, former home of Michael Jackson and owned by The Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, LLC.

Taobao has NO relationship with the owners and/or the agents overseeing the sale of this property. The actions of Taobao are unsanctioned and not legitimate.

The official site for the ranch is as follows:


Sotheby’s International Realty
Suzanne Perkins, 805-895-2138

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Imposter Andre Vann Facing Charges In Florida

Sources: WCVB |All Things Michael


NATICK, Mass. —A Natick man who posed as Michael Jackson’s nephew to scam a woman out of more than $2,000 in Natick last year is in trouble with the law again – this time in Kissimmee, Florida.

Natick police arrested Andre Vann, 31, at the probation department in Framingham District Court on a fugitive from justice warrant from Osceloa County, Florida.

The charges originate from 2012. According to a Kissimmee police report, the victim, an Oklahoma woman, met Vann, who identified himself as Gepetto Jackson, on modeling websites. Vann falsely identified himself as Jermaine Jackson’s son and Michael Jackson’s nephew.

Vann told the woman he was recruiting models for a television show for the Walt Disney Company called “The Garcia Twins.”

The woman flew to Florida and met Vann several times, police said. Vann asked the woman for money.

“He told her that he would need an immediate investment,” according to the police report. “(The victim) stated that she thought this was a legitimate opportunity and would be good to advance her career in modeling/acting. (The victim) stated that on the same day, Aug. 17, 2012, she sent Jackson $1,500 via Money Gram.”

Throughout the next few weeks, Vann repeatedly said he needed more money for production costs such as clothing, makeup and camera equipment. He repeatedly told the victim that all of the money she invested would be refunded by Disney, and she would receive an additional sum, according the police report.

In all, between August and October 2012, the victim and her husband gave Vann $67,500, including the final $5,000 payment on Oct. 25, 2012, according to the police report.

“After a few days, Jackson began not answering phone calls from (the victim) and seemed to be avoiding any contact with her,” according to the report.

The victim researched Vann online and discovered the ruse for which he has been accused in several states.

Kissimmee police investigated and discovered deposits into Vann’s account. They said he used a large amount of money for multiple floor seats for Orlando Magic games. While buying tickets, Vann identified himself as Gepetto Jackson to the Magic staff, who put him on the Jumbotron, identifying him as a celebrity.

Police said Vann also used the money to rent numerous cars and limos.

Disney denied any knowledge of the television show Vann told the woman they were working on. Police also contacted Jermaine Jackson, who confirmed that Vann is not a relative.

Although the investigation occurred in 2012, the warrant was not issued until recently due to authorities trying to figure out in which jurisdiction to charge Vann.

Kissimmee police charged Vann with one count each of a scheme to defraud a person of more than $50,000 and grand theft of more than $20,000.

The Natick case was similar, authorities said. In that case, he is also alleged to have met a woman online and claimed to be Gepetto Jackson. He said he wanted to hire her as a model and hire her as a regional manager for his clothing company. In that case, he scammed the woman out of $2,100. He pleaded guilty last year.

In Natick District Court on Friday, prosecutor Susan Harris asked Judge Matine Carroll to hold Vann without bail. She said Florida authorities plan on bringing Vann back to Florida to face the charges.

Vann’s lawyer, Christopher Shannon, argued for his release. Vann just settled another case in Florida and had his probation transferred to Massachusetts. He said authorities never mentioned the charges while in Florida.

“He’s very perplexed and dismayed,” Shannon said.

Carroll ordered Vann held without bail. Vann then waived his right to fight rendition. Vann is due back in court on Nov. 20 for a status hearing.


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FREE Halloween Boot Camp/Cardio with Thriller Flash Mob

Sources: Evergreen Chamber Of Commerce | All Things Michael

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Don your favorite Halloween costume (make sure you can move in it) and join EPRD on Halloween morning for FREE Boot Camp/Cardio combo class — with the last 15 minutes dancing as a Flash Mob to Michael Jackson’s THRILLER!

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 – 10:30 AM (ONLY THE LAST 15 minutes are the Thriller dance. )
Where: Wulf Rec Center Gymnasium

Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

This event is FREE! Please bring a can to donate to Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO).

Drop your kids off for free at Playschool during the Flash Mob.

We’ll be working on the Thriller choreography for a couple weeks before the event during Zumba classes. Visit for details. (Class rates apply.)

Don your favorite Halloween costume (make sure you can move in it) and join EPRD on Halloween morning for FREE Boot Camp/Cardio combo class — with the last 15 minutes dancing as a Flash Mob to Michael Jackson’s THRILLER!

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WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 – 10:30 AM (ONLY THE LAST 15 minutes are the Thriller dance. )

WHERE: Wulf Rec Center Gymnasium

PRIZES will be awarded for best costume.

This event is FREE! Please bring a can to donate to Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO).

Drop your kids off for free at Playschool during the Flash Mob.

We’ll be working on the Thriller choreography for a couple weeks before the event during Zumba classes. Visit for details. (Class rates apply.)

Contact Kendra Lind, 720-880-1226 or

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Brownman’s HALLOWEEN THRILLER: Michael Jackson’s Music Through The Lens Of Electric Jazz

Sources: The Jazz Room | All Things Michael


Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI  will once again lead an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson “Thriller” recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion this multiple National Jazz Award winning improviser has become known for. In addition to the quartet performing Thriller top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured through the night for this unique Halloween weekend jazz party at the KW Jazz Room in Waterloo.

“Delving so deeply into that record always leaves us speechless”, states Ali. “Michael birthed so many incredible tunes over the years, but his collaborations with Quincy Jones on Thriller has to be one of the most towering musical achievements in pop music ever. Using that brilliant material every year on Halloween, as jump-offs for what we do makes for a party that’s both danceable, but still rooted in exploratory improvising and deep reaching solos. We approach it the way Miles might have.”

The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO has won a National Jazz Award, Toronto Independent Music Award, a SOCAN award for composition, and recently won an International Independent Music Award for “2015 Jazz-Funk album of the year” for their latest release “Gravitation”, which hit number 4 on the iTunes USA jazz charts upon it’s release.

:: Brownman Ali – electric trumpet & spookiness
:: Nick Maclean – keyboards & ghoulishness
:: Brad Cheeseman – electric bass & creepiness
:: Paul Delong – drums & goblinishness

Dress up if you like – it’s Halloween!!!



WHEN: October 31, 2015 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

COST: $20

Please note that, for this event, the passholder ticket price is $10

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