Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Block Party This Saturday

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This weekend, Lee will be honoring a musical legend with his annual Michael Jackson block party.

The free party, slated for Aug. 27, is dubbed “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson.” It will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, which is also known as “Do the Right Thing Way,” named after Lee’s iconic film.

This will be Lee’s sixth annual birthday party for the late King of Pop, and with each passing year, the celebration seems to gain more popularity.

This year’s gathering will be co-hosted by Lee and rapper and radio host Sway. DJ Spinna will be providing the tunes all day long, and he will surely play some of Jackson’s classics.

Anticipation for the party is already growing this week; many attendees are using the #BKLovesMJ hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

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A spokesperson from Lee’s production company 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks could not be reached for comment by press time, but the company’s Facebook page assured its followers in a post that “DIS IZ GONNA BE EPIC.”

Jackson would be turning 58 on Monday, Aug. 29.

For more information on this weekend’s celebration, visit 40acres.com.

 

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Couple Buys Michael Jackson Cassette Tape For 25 Cents, Discovers Hidden Treasure

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– A Concord couple is on Cloud 9 after making what they call a ‘once in a lifetime discovery’. They walked into a local thrift store, spent 25 cents, and may have come away with something absolutely priceless.

Mike and Amber Hernon are huge Michael Jackson fans and when they saw one of MJ’s cassette being sold for just a quarter they know they couldn’t pass it up.

“I remember when I was 7-years-old I told my mom that I want Michael Jackson to come out of my birthday cake,” Amber Hernon said.

Amber never got that birthday surprise but she’ll settle for what she and her husband Mike came across a couple of weeks ago.

“She’s just like babe, babe, babe, this is signed…and I was kind of like, no way!” Michael explained.

Unknowingly, the couple bought a Michael Jackson “Bad” cassette album that appears to be autographed by the King of Pop himself.

“Definitely a once in a lifetime chance here.”

The couple found it at Heavenly Treasures in Concord, North Carolina. It’s a thrift store the Hernon family regularly shops at. They were in the music section and noticed the Michael Jackson cassette being sold for as low of a price as you can get .

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Michael Jackson Tribute At Motown On Mondays (MOM)

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Michael Jackson’s music has touched the lives of millions and his music has defined several generations across the globe. Although the world lost Michael over 7 years ago, his spirit will forever live on and his extensive musical catalog remains timeless. No one has ever done it better than MJ, which is why Motown founder Berry Gordy dubbed Michael “The greatest entertainer that ever lived!”

We invite you to come experience the magic of Michael Jackson with us at Motown On Mondays on August 29th as we celebrate the life, legacy, and music of the King Of Pop at our 5th annual MJ tribute! For one special evening MOM LA switches up to “Michael On Monday” and we play non-stop Michael Jackson songs, productions, and more! This particular year we are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original opening of “CAPTAIN EO” at Disneyland, and the 25th anniversary of MJ’s “Dangerous” album release. For those of you that joined us over the previous years, you already know how ‘Off The Wall’ this event is! We’d like to welcome you back for another fantastic evening…. and for those of you that haven’t made it yet, you really don’t want to miss out on this! The MOM LA crew has some extra special treats in store for all of you, so be sure to join us for this special once-a-year MJ extravaganza!

MOM DJs: EXPO, JEDI, MONALISA spinning originals, remixes, covers, and sampled tunes of your favorite MJ and Jackson family songs, related productions and more!

Special features: “CAPTAIN EO” and “GHOSTS” full length short films showing 8:00pm – 9:00pm, plus MJ photo booth.

When: August 29, 216 from at 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM.  Happy Hour from 8pm-10pm. Must 21 and over to attend. Limited capacity, EARLY ARRIVAL STRONGLY ADVISED

Cost: Free. RSVP to get VIP entrance (see details).

Where: The Short Stop1455 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA 90026

**Special FREE GIVEAWAYS, including MJ gloves, posters, and more!!**

HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY CAPTAIN EO and HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO MICHAEL JACKSON’S DANGEROUS ALBUM!

See the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754062774833171/

Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute At Hollywood Blvd Cinema

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August 29th is Michael Jackson’s birthday, so we decided to celebrate “The King of Pop!”

Join Hollywood Blvd  on August 27, 2016 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm for a day of music, dance contests and a screening of “The Wiz.”

Tickets are required for “The Wiz,” but everything else is FREE and family friendly!

For tickets to see “The Wiz”- Click Here or visit the box office.

This is sure to be a Thriller of an event!

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Hollywood Blvd Cinema is a movie theater and full-service restaurant with in seat ordering service. Unlike most  restaurants, we don’t take reservations – we take tickets!  Our auditoriums do not have assigned seating, so take a seat wherever you please!  Once seated, you will have the opportunity to view our food menu and drink menu (also available online). Our friendly wait staff will be around shortly to take your order.  Then just sit back, relax, and enjoy the film!  Your food will be freshly-prepared and delivered to you at your seat.

You can also order a drink or an appetizer from either of our full-service bars in our beautifully decorated lobby. We can take care of any order from soda and a bucket of popcorn to draft beers and an order of calamari, we truly do it all!

For more information, call 630-427-1880. The Blvd is located at 1001 W 75th St. Woodridge, IL.

Sources: Hollywood Blvd Cinema | All Things Michael

Vaporize Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson With Its 2017 Fall/Winter Collection

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Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha has been quietly killing it in the streetwear game with his Vaporize label for over a decade and a half, and the brand has returned with a fall/winter collection inspired by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The collection features modern reworks of some of MJ’s most iconic fits and pieces, including a leopard-print redux of the iconic red letterman jacket and a tailored take on the “Billie Jean” look, complete down to the fedora.

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Check out the collection in its entirety here.

IMPALA Group Says Sony’s Buyout Of Michael Jackson’s Catalog Is Wrong

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IMPALA has slammed the EU’s decision to allow Sony Corp to buyout the 50% stake of Sony/ATV owned by the Michael Jackson estate, labelling it as “clearly wrong.”

The controversial deal, which was approved last night, means that Sony Corp will now own the copyrights for music by Michael Jackson, The Beatles and acts like Taylor Swift outright.

Despite concerns that the deal would be anti-competitive, the European Commission stated: “The transaction will not materially increase Sony’s market power vis-a-vis digital music providers compared to the situation prior to the merger.”

Now, Impala has publicly slammed the decision, with the company’s executive chair Helen Smith, stating: “This decision is clearly wrong. It goes against the EU’s previous analysis of concentration in music, as well as the concerns raised during this market investigation.

“We will need to read the decision in full when published to understand properly why the Commission has allowed this transaction to go ahead – there is a fundamental flaw somewhere.”

Earlier this year, the Independent Music Publishers Forum, which represents independent music publishers worldwide, joined Warner Music Group and Impala in expressing its “concern” regarding the agreement between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson for the purchase of the remaining shares of its catalogue in Sony/ATV.

For IMPF, the transaction worth an estimated $750m, would lead to a “concentration of catalogue in the hands of Sony ATV, a company which arguably holds some 30% of the music publishing market,” and would “put further strain on pricing and give Sony/ATV even more negotiating power on deal terms with over the top companies in the music market.”

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EU Approvals Sony’s Acquisition Of Michael Jackson’s Catalog

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Sony Corp has been given the green light by EU antitrust regulators to buy out the Michael Jackson estate’s share in its Sony/ATV publishing business.

The deal now means that Sony Corp will own the copyrights to The Beatles catalogue and music by Taylor Swift.

According to the European Commission the deal would not harm competition in the recorded music and music publishing sectors.

“The transaction will not materially increase Sony’s market power vis-a-vis digital music providers compared to the situation prior to the merger,” the EU competition enforcer said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the Independent Music Publishers Forum, which represents independent music publishers worldwide, joined Warner Music Group and Impala in expressing its “concern” regarding the agreement between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson for the purchase of the remaining shares of its catalogue in Sony/ATV.

For IMPF, the transaction worth an estimated $750m, would lead to a “concentration of catalogue in the hands of Sony ATV, a company which arguably holds some 30% of the music publishing market,” and would “put further strain on pricing and give Sony/ATV even more negotiating power on deal terms with over the top companies in the music market.”

Pierre Mossiat, president of Brussels-based IMPF said that “IMPF intends to complain to the European Commission over the acquisition which needs to be carefully considered not only on the grounds of the distortion of the market it will cause, and in particular to independent music publishers, but also in the long run, the risk of reduced consumer choice and increased prices”.

More details and industry reaction to follow.

Read more at Music Week

Michael Jackson’s Family Sues Radar Online for $100 Million Over Sexual Abuse Reports

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Nephews of deceased singer claim libel by online publication

Relatives of deceased pop-music legend Michael Jackson have filed a $100 million libel lawsuit against Radar Online, over Radar’s suggestion that the singer might have sexually abused his nephews.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday by Jackson’s nephews Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson, accuses Radar Online of wrongfully reporting that Jackson “sexually abused young boys [and] implied that this included his ‘nephews,’ but added that his ‘family’ (which, of course, includes plaintiffs) resisted any inquiry into that criminal conduct.”

“Radar reported that Michael Jackson ‘bought them’ a ‘brand new car’ to ‘shut them up,’” the lawsuit reads, adding that Radar also reported that a relative, which readers would have understood to be one of the nephews, was “‘spirited off to an island’ to buy his silence, after which he refused to tell police anything ‘bad’ about Michael Jackson.”

“Radar’s statements were entirely false and defamatory,” the complaint reads. “In fact, although plaintiffs are Michael Jackson’s ‘nephews,’ ‘relatives’ and ‘members of the family,’ none of them was ever sexually abused by Michael Jackson or ever had any sort of sexual contact with him.”

The lawsuit also takes issue with Radar’s report that the late King of Pop “even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys.”

A spokesperson for Radar Online has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“In publishing Radar’s libelous stories, Radar was aware that its defamatory assertions, which the public will understand to include and refer to plaintiffs, were, in fact, not true of plaintiffs or any of them,” the suit continues. “Radar’s conduct alleged hereinabove was fraudulent, oppressive and malicious, calling, in addition, for an award of exemplary damages in an amount sufficient to punish Radar and its owners and to deter them from publishing such vicious, false and defamatory ‘reports.’”

The suit seeks a judgment for “$100 million and such other and further sum as shall be found.”

 

Source: The Wrap | All Things Michael