Christmas Joy At Everland Haiti

Sources: Michael Jackson’s Legacy | All Things Michael


We all know that Michael loved Christmas, and we think he would be delighted and proud to know that, thanks to his beloved fans, the children of Everland Haiti put up and decorated their first ever Christmas tree this year. We’re told that the children were brimming with excitement over the tree and are counting down the days to Christmas Day. These special moments are the very things that make for happy childhood memories, something so dear to Michael’s heart.


Our other piece of good news from Haiti, just in time for Christmas, is that the building of the preschool is now FULLY FUNDED! With the building work well under way, that means we can now focus on fundraising for the next phase: electrics, plumbing, painting and finishing. If you would like to contribute to this phase of the project, simply click on our website, or send your gift via Paypal to



Forget the lords-a-leaping this year – if you want a truly original gift to give to your loved ones this Christmas, then head over to the MJL shop , where we have everything from calendars to mugs and gift certificates, all beautifully adorned with exquisite artwork by our very own Mimi. Not only will your loved one have a wonderful gift to treasure, but you will be helping to realize a dream at Everland Haiti too, as all profits will go towards the plumbing, electrics and finishing work at Everland Haiti.


Please consider making a donation today and thus keeping Michael’s legacy of love alive. You can donate via the orange Paypal button on our homepage, or by logging into your own Paypal account and sending your gift to the Paypal-linked email

If you haven’t yet ‘liked’ our Facebook Page, please consider doing so, since up-to-the-minute news is posted there. If you HAVE like the page, please be sure to click on the ‘down’ arrow on the ‘liked’ button and choose ‘get notifications’ – that way you will get all the news as it happens and you will see frequent pictures and details showing where and how your money is being spent.

Discovery Suites Ortigas Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson On New Year’s Eve

Sources: When In Manila | Edited By – All Things Michael

Come and be merry at Discovery Suites Ortigas this New Year’s Eve as it takes you to a trip down to memory lane to honor the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.


A thrilling party awaits guests this New Year’s Eve at Discovery Suites as it pays tribute to the King of Pop through a festive midnight celebration entitled “Do You Remember the Time?” The evening commences with a superb dinner at 22 Prime as Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon features an exquisite spread featuring foie gras, US Angus Prime Rib and seafood bar as highlights of the sumptuous menu. After the festive dinner, an exciting Countdown party follows at the Columbus Function Room to usher in the New Year. Beloved fans of the pop icon will surely be captivated by the show band Human Race as they perform the greatest hits of Michael Jackson. The countdown will be made even more special with a panoramic view of the Ortigas skyline lit by amazing fireworks. Tickets to the New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown party is at P 2,650 nett per person. Likewise, a special room package inclusive of two tickets to the event is offered starting at P9,200 nett for a Junior Suite.

Date: December 31, 2014

Dinner: 7:00pm, 22 Prime  |  Show: 10:00pm, Columbus, 42nd floor

When booking online please use promo code: NEWYEAR

To make an online room reservation using this promotion:
1. Select preferred travel dates and key in the applicable promo code.
3. Select preferred room type and fill up the required booking details.
4. Select mode of payment.
5. Status of your reservation will be sent via email for your reference.



Contact Number | 719 6931 / 719 6932 / 719 6934

Address | 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig


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Filmmaker Alex Muñoz Wins Audience Award for Best Webisode Series For MJ Tribute “Griot’s Lament”

Source: Mercury News | Edited By – All Things Michael


San Jose native Alex Muñoz’s web series, “Griot’s Lament,” has been viewed by more than 6 million people online and recently won the Audience Award for Best Webisode Series at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta. The series is an interesting tribute to late pop star Michael Jackson, using snippets of his lyrics as dialogue layered over a narrative about urban violence.


The awards may not be done for Muñoz, either. The filmmaker, who is in preproduction on a feature about his hometown titled “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?,” is nominated in the category of Best Director for the series at the CreaTiVe video awards, which will be held Jan. 10 at the California Theater in downtown San Jose. A list of finalists in all categories, plus ticket information for the ceremony, is available at

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Michael’s Army Excels In The Gift Of Giving!

Source: Michael Jackson’s Legacy | All Things Michael


As Christmas draws near and we reflect on sharing love and giving, we would like to celebrate and share with you some of the achievements you have helped make possible in 2014. Once again, your love, generosity, support and giving of your time and resources have exceeded all expectations and helped to fund, in this year alone:

- Pastures of LOVE, providing respite for needy horses in California;

- the provision of solar power and water for Everland Haiti;

- furnishings for Everland Haiti;

- a playground for Everland Haiti Children’s World;

- 129 faucet buckets to support the Ebola drive in Liberia;

- 22 young Haitian children sponsored in Michael’s memory;

- the building of Everland Haiti Preschool.


And here’s how you did it…

Michael’s army continues to make him proud! So, now you know what you have helped to achieve this year, here is how you did it:

- You spread the word about MJL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

- In Norway, Canada and Australia, you Walked the World for Michael.

- You filled your JAM jars with spare change to donate to MJL.

- You made gifts, sold artwork, auctioned MJ memorabilia and gave the profits of your creative ventures towards MJL projects.

In addition to your hugely generous individual donations, this was how you showed once again that Michael truly does have the best fans in the world! THANK YOU!


Memorabilia From Historic Caribou Ranch And Recording Studio To Be Auctioned By Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Sources: PR Newswire | All Things Michael

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Michael Jackson and Jim Guercio

DENVER, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built in the Rocky Mountains by Grammy award-winning musician and producer James William Guercio. During its tenure, the studio hosted over 178 musicians and produced 45 top ten albums, 18 Grammys and 20 number-one Billboard Hits.

Caribou Ranch is being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2015 along with Joe Walsh & Barnstorm and Dan Fogelberg. Featuring over 400 lots, the auction and public exhibition will be held at the Denver Design Center and includes studio instruments, memorabilia and ranch furnishings.

Highlights include a Steinway & Sons grand piano, circa 1910, used while recording “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” from Elton John’s 1974 Caribou album. This album was recorded at and named after the studio where his next two albums would also be recorded. A Burton acoustic left on the ranch by a visiting Willie Nelson is available. Another highlight is the Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand piano, which was played by Elton John, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and countless others. This is the primary piano on which Elton John wrote Rock of the Westies. It was pictured with Michael Jackson in a 2014 Rolling Stone special edition.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Steinway and Sons grand piano

Included is a Hammond B3 organ with the sound of rare and unique Leslie cabinet speakers, used by nearly every artist who recorded at Caribou; a Gibson Thunderbird bass played by Terry Kath of Chicago; and the sleek black Bosendorfer grand piano heard on many of the jazz albums recorded by artists such as Chick Corea and Al Di Meola. From Mr. Guercio’s private collection is a 1985 Black Chevrolet Corvette with personalized Caribou plates.

“Rocky Mountain Way” was the first hit recorded on the ranch, and soon after word got out that Mr. Guercio had created a state of the art recording studio away from big city distractions. As the first destination recording studio, music history was made by illustrious artists and groups such as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Billy Joel, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson,Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, U2 and many more.

“Our life on Caribou Ranch was wonderful and memorable, but the ranch has new owners now, and we have moved on to our next Caribou adventure,” said James W. Guercio. “We felt it was time to share with the fans some of the memories and stories that remain from that magical time.”


A portion of the proceeds will go to The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization (EIN 27-2529106) founded in 2011 to honor those individuals who have come to define the state’s amazing and diverse musical legacy.

Additional information and video available at


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The Charm Of “Come Together” And The Dangers Of “Toe-Jam Football”

Sources: – By Andrea Battleground | All Things Michael


In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re highlighting our favorite drum tracks of all time.

The Beatles, “Come Together” (1969)

I struggled to come up with what I considered to be a “good pick” for this topic. Then I decided to get over myself and write about the very first song where I can remember taking note of the drum part. So here we both are: in a music piece where the writer dares suggest to a reader that maybe The Beatles are worth a listen.

“Come Together” will always hold a special place in my music-loving heart, because it’s the first Beatles song I fell in love with as a kid. Although I’ll cop to hearing the 1988 Michael Jackson cover first (I was really into Moonwalker), MJ’s version can’t hold a candle to the original, which I must have heard a year or two later on an oldies radio station. I think the secret ingredient may be Ringo Starr’s drumming on the track; something about it is just downright funky—especially those chunky, stuttering downbeats over the “Got to be a joker / He just do what he please” part.

Much has been made by Beatleologists about the quality and importance of Starr’s drumming in the Beatles’ discography and legacy. But as a 10-year-old kid, all I knew was that I thought this song was great; I became kind of fascinated with it and learned all the words. Not that I had any idea what to make of them, but I sang along all the same. I felt proud that I understood the irony that Old Flat Top had hair down to his knees, and I remember asking my mom what exactly “toe-jam football” was and whether it was contagious. (I didn’t think twice about someone having “ju-ju eyeballs,” though.)

I didn’t hear the entire Abbey Road record until I was a teenager, definitely a pivotal album purchase for my life, but to this day whenever I hear John Lennon’s opening “shoot (me)” followed by Starr’s muted drum fills, it’s a mood-booster that forces me start bobbing my head to that beat and making sounds that approximate those fills. It’s such a touchstone of a track for me, and hearing it reminds me of a time when it didn’t matter to me so much why a song was “good,” or whether I could make heads or tails of the lyrics. What mattered was how the song made me feel and whether it compelled me to dance around and learn all the parts. I also spent a considerable amount of time wondering if Old Flat Top was the type to show up and kill me in my sleep. Something about that dude just didn’t seem right.

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New Year’s Eve Party Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sources: – By Renee Schiavone | All Things Michael

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Murphy Productions and Famous4 Productions are thrilled to present THE New Year’s Eve Party in Marin at the Mill Valley Community Center with Foreverland, the electrifying 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s music powerfully moves audiences’ hearts and dancing feet.

Foreverland does not attempt to do an impersonation of Michael Jackson, they channel his spirit, musicality, and energy in a manner that has satisfied fans worldwide. They exclusively perform Michael’s material spanning over four decades of pop, soul, R&B, rock and dance hits. Their repertoire includes songs from The Jackson 5, the Jacksons and Michael’s duets. You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson fan to enjoy a Foreverland’s show. But, this incredible band will make you a believer.

Opening for Foreverland is the Reggae Soul band Jethro Jeremiah.

For New Year’s Eve there will be a full bar, big dance floor and a limited number of reserved seats at tables that are sure to sell out early.

Mill Valley based non-profit Ripple Jams will sponsor the bar and benefit from the proceeds. RippleJams mission is to bring a comprehensive and creative music curriculum back to the schools and to promote equality in education through music. Find out more and donate to the cause at:

  • What: New Year’s Eve in Mill Valley
  • Who: Foreverland – 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson
  • When: Wednesday Dec. 31, doors at 8:00 show at 9:00
  • Where: Mill Valley Community Center 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley CA 94941
  • Why: Welcome 2015 with your friends and neighbors dancing and singing along to the King of Pop’s irresistible music
  • Tickets: $55 General and $70 Reserved at Table
  • Info @ or Famous4: 415-388-2550
  • Band website:


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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2014 – Xscape Comes In At #19

Sources: NPR Music (Robin Hilton – James Boilen) | Edited By – All Things Michael


NPR’s All Songs Considered conducted a poll of their top listener picks for 2014. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of the Top 100 albums based on those results.

Xscape came in at #19, making the top 25 listener picks as well.

The Top 100 Listener Picks For 2014

1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent

2. Alt-J, This Is All Yours

3. Beck, Morning Phase

4. FKA twigs, LP1

5. Jack White, Lazaretto

6. The Black Keys, Turn Blue

7. Spoon, They Want My Soul

8. The War On Drugs, Lost In The Dream

9. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso

10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

11. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There

12. Future Islands, Singles

13. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager

14. The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers

15. Lykke Li, I Never Learn

16. Broken Bells, After The Disco

17. Phantogram, Voices

18. Aphex Twin, Syro

19. Michael Jackson, Xscape

20. Hozier, Hozier

21. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!

22. Caribou, Our Love

23. Taylor Swift, 1989

24. TV On The Radio, Seeds

25. Perfume Genius, Too Bright

26. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

27. Chet Faker, Built On Glass

28. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold

29. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels 2

30. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

31. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End

32. Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots

33. The Antlers, Familiars

34. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness

35. Interpol, El Pintor

36. Damien Rice, My Favourite Faded Fantasy

37. Cloud Nothings, Here And Nowhere Else

38. Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste


40. Banks, Goddess

41. Coldplay, Ghost Stories

42. Sun Kil Moon, Benji

43. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days

44. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

45. Real Estate, Atlas

46. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack

47. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain

48. Warpaint, Warpaint

49. Ed Sheeran, x

50. St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Half The City

51. Sia, 1000 Forms Of Fear

52. Andrew Bird, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

53. Foxygen, …And Star Power

54. Pharrell Williams, G I R L

55. Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line

56. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems

57. Chromeo, White Women

58. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

59. U2, Songs Of Innocence

60. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom

61. Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams

62. Ty Segall, Manipulator

63. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband

64. Karen O, Crush Songs

65. Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

66. Kimbra, The Golden Echo

67. Ray LaMontagne, Supernova

68. Perfect Pussy, Say Yes To Love

69. Cold War Kids, Hold My Home

70. James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical

71. Imogen Heap, Sparks

72. OK Go, Hungry Ghosts

73. Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

74. The Flaming Lips, With A Little Help From My Fwends

75. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Tyranny

76. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal

77. Kishi Bashi, Lighght

78. J Mascis, Tied To A Star

79. Swans, To Be Kind

80. Robert Plant, lullaby… And The Ceaseless Roar

81. Lake Street Dive, Bad Self Portraits

82. Ex Hex, Rips

83. “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

84. Wye Oak, Shriek

85. Foster The People, Supermodel

86. Tweedy, Sukierae

87. Grouper, Ruins

88. Royksopp, The Inevitable End

89. Prince, Art Official Age

90. Death Grips, The Powers That B

91. Pixies, Indie Cindy

92. Alvvays, Alvvays

93. Hurray For The Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes

94. The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams

95. Mogwai, Rave Tapes

96. Die Antwoord, Donker Mag

97. Pink Floyd, The Endless River

98. Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, Wig Out At Jagbags

99. Shovels & Ropes, Swimmin’ Time

100. Jessie Ware, Tough Love

Audio Broadcast of Countdown (Xscape dialogue starts at 16:10 through 18:18 )



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