New Rockabye Baby Birthday Compilation Features Michael Jackson’s Rock With You And More

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Rockabye Baby transforms rock favorites into beautiful instrumental lullabies.

In honor of Rockabye Baby’s 10th anniversary, the children’s lullaby label is releasing a new compilation entitled, “Birthday Party” on October 14th. The album’s first release is a tune entitled, “All My Friends” by  LCD Soundsystem.

The track list features the lullaby version of songs by Daft Punk, Outkast, Miley Cyrus and includes renditions of songs smash hits from David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and the Beatles “Birthday.”

Rockabye Baby! Birthday Party Tracklist:

01 The Beatles: “Birthday”:
02 Kool & The Gang: “Celebration”
03 Black Eyed Peas: “Let’s Get It Started”
04 Pitbull: “Don’t Stop the Party”
05 Miley Cyrus: “Party in the U.S.A.”
06 Cyndi Lauper: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
07 David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”
08 Daft Punk: “Get Lucky”
09 P!nk: “Get the Party Started”
10 Deee-lite: “Groove Is in the Heart”
11 Chic: “Good Times”
12 Marvin Gaye: “Got to Give It Up”
13 Michael Jackson: “Rock With You”
14 OutKast: “Hey Ya!”
15 LCD Soundsystem: “All My Friends”

You can listen to sample tracks and pre-order your copy here.

Sources: Rockabye Baby | Pitchfork | All Things Michael

 

 

Honey The Family Dog Sings To MJ!

Honey the family pet loves long car rides with her owner, especially when Michael Jackson’s hit song “Will You Be There” (from the movie Free Willy) comes on the radio. From the first piano notes, Honey is beside herself with emotion and starts belting out along with the King of Pop!

Just like Jackson’s lyrics, “Hold me like the River Jordan, and I will then say to thee, ‘you are my friend,’” couldn’t be more appropriate as dogs love to be held and are also man’s best friend.

The adorable video was posted by I Love My Dog, a Facebook group made up of dog lovers who share precious, uplifting, and funny moments with their pets. Honey, a beautiful black-and-white mix, lifts her head up to the ceiling, howling and praising the music legend. She hits some high notes in the intro of the song as if she’s singing along with Jackson’s church choir.

Some dogs love MJ and others love the news… “My dog sings to the nightly news with Lester Holt song! Every night. We all join him!” added Facebook user Lori John Edwards, who liked the video of Honey singing in the car.

Jackson was a pop culture icon and phenomenon whose music continues to influence and inspire canines and humans alike, such as the little boy whose mommy catches him dancing to “Thriller,” and the female a cappella group from South Korea whose version of “Beat It” went viral.

Please SHARE this adorable story with dog lovers, die-hard fans of The King of Pop, and fans of the 1993 hit movie Free Willy! (You know you’re out there!)

Read more at Little Things | I Love My Dog |All Things Michael

Modern Vice Releases Michael Jackson-Inspired Bootie In Honor Of His Birthday

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Modern Vice’s latest shoe is fit for a King of Pop.

The brand recently released the MJ Band bootie in honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday on Aug. 29. The late singer would have turned 58 this year.

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Paying tribute to one of the entertainer’s most striking jackets, the MJ Band shoes feature gold-embroidered twists and ornament details on soft black suede, and a back zipper.

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The boots retail for $550, available online now and in Modern Vice’s New York City store next week.

The brand also honored rock-pop icons David Bowie and Prince with shoes honoring their style.

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The Purple Rain cut-out boots feature Prince’s signature logo, retailing for $375, and the silver Bolt Handler shoes reimagine Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character with lightning bolts designed on silver boots, available for $398.

 

Read more at Footwear News

Iraqi Society Frowned Upon His Moonwalk, But He Kept Dancing Anyway

Sources: Pri.org | All Things Michael

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The moonwalk was easy for him. He could mimic almost all of Michael Jackson’s moves. But Adel Al-Jaf, known by his stage name “Adel Euro,” would have to dance in isolation while living in Iraq.

He fell in love with dancing after watching Michael Jackson and Britney Spears perform together. That was the moment he decided to become a dancer. Since then, he would start collecting Michael Jackson’s CDs and mimic the performer’s dancing.

But men who sing and dance are judged differently in Iraq, Al-Jaf said in an interview with the BBC in 2015. They’re derided as feminine, weak or homosexual.

His parents warned him that his breakdancing and rapping could lead him into trouble.

Al-Jaf was one of the 250 people killed in the Baghdad bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group on Sunday at the Karrada district.

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“They told me what I’m doing could be dangerous in Iraq — because this is not our culture,” Al-Jaf said in that 2015 interview. “I cannot be dancing in the street or doing these moves outside. They said that this will bring you more trouble in your life. There is no future for this art, for this thing or this hobby you like in Iraq.”

Al-Jaf kept dancing, singing and rapping anyway. He would choose isolated areas within parks to practice his moves. When the police would stop him, he’d say he wasn’t dancing, he was performing martial arts — a more masculine and therefore more acceptable physical activity for Al-Jaf to practice.

Through YouTube and Skype, he would receive feedback on his dancing from Jonathan Hollander, the founder of a New York dance group, Battery Dance.

Al-Jaf later performed with Battery Dance in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

This was Al-Jaf’s first time performing in front of an audience. Here’s the video of his first performance.

When he returned from Jordan to Iraq, Al-Jaf said he fell into a depression.

“In our culture, they’ll fight these kind of hobbies. A man who dances is not a real man,” he said.

But he pushed himself to keep dancing anyway, despite the negative connotations his society had with men and dancing.

“One day I’ll leave Iraq and go to a place where people love dancing and they’re not fighting it.”

Read more here.

 

“Adel, may you rest in peace and forever dance among the stars with Michael.” – All Things Michael

For more about this topic, please watch Desert Dancer, available on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.

 

Michael Jackson’s Speech On Living In Love And A World Without Fear #PrayfortheTurkey #PrayfortheWorld

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“Sadly, sadly, we live in a state of fear. Everyday we hear of war on the news, on the radio and television and the newspapers, always of war. We hear of nations hurting each other, of neighbors hurting each other, of families hurting each other and the children killing each other. We must learn to live and love each other before its too late.

We have to stop! We have to stop the prejudice, we have to stop the hating, we have to stop living in fear of our own neighbors.

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I would like all of you now to take the hand of the person to the left and to the right. Go ahead! Right now! I mean it! Dont be shy! Do it! It starts now! To the person next to you. To the left and the right. I mean it. Right now! Go ahead! Dont be shy. Do it! Do it! Now, tell the person … tell the person next to you that you care for them. Tell them that you care for them. Tell them that you love them. Tell them that you love them. This is what makes the difference.

Together … together we can make a change of the world. Together we can help to stop racism. Together we can help to stop prejudice. We can help the world live without fear. Its our only hope, without hope we are lost.”  – Michael Jackson at  Exeter City Stadium (2002) (Audio)

We’ve Had Enough – By Michael Jackson

Love was taken from a young life
And no one told her why

Her direction has a dimlight
From one more violent crime
She innocently questioned why
Why her father had to die

She asked the men in blue
How is it that you get to choose
Who will live and who will die
Did god say that you could decide ?

You saw he didn’t run
And then my daddy had no gun

In the middle of a village
Within a distant land
Lies a poor boy with his broken toy
Too young to understand

He’s awaken, ground is shaking
His father grabs his hand
Screaming crying, his wife’s dying
Now he’s left to explain

He innocently questioned why
Why his mother had to die
What did these soldiers come here for ?
If they’re for peace why is there war ?

Did god say that they could decide
Who will live and who will die ?
All my mama ever did
Was try to take care of her kids

We’re innocently standing by
Watching people loosing lives
It seems as if we have no voice
It’s time for us to make a choice

Only God could decide
Who will live and who will die
There’s nothing that can’t be done
If we raise our voice as one

Did God hear it from me?
Did God hear it from you?
Did God hear it from us?

We can’t take it
We’ve already had enough

Did God hear it from me?
Did God hear it from you?
Did God hear it from us?

We can’t take it
We’ve already had enough

Did God hear it from me?
Did God hear it from you?
Did God hear it from you?

We can’t take it
(We’ve already had enough)

 

Here’s How Michael Jackson Influenced Hip Hop Today

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The King Of Pop.

Seven years ago, we lost the greatest entertainer of our era, Michael Jackson. The singer was preparing to give one more run with the This Is It tour. It was to be his first major tour since HIStory in 1997, at 50-years-old.

Just days before the tour was set to begin, Jackson passed away, shocking millions and millions of fans around the world.

Jackson’s music was an inspiration for generations. Not only you, but your parents, and even possibly their parents all grew up listening to the sounds of MJ whether it was Jackson 5, Ben, Off The Wall, Bad,Dangerous, or This Is It.

His music has transcended through different genres. Including hip hop. In 1991, he was looking for a brand new flavor to add to his music. That’s when he hired Teddy Riley to produce the classic albumDangerous using the then popular sounds of New Jack Swing. He’s worked with artists such as Eve, Heavy D, Jay Z, Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G. and more throughout his career too.

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Jackson’s influence in hip hop throughout the years has grown as we keep his music alive through samples. Artists such as Jay Z, to Nas, to Fabolous, to Jadakiss has at one time or another shown their appreciation by sampling the King of Pop. Or at least one time or another Moonwalked through the kitchen.

Remember back in 2001 when he even showed up to Summer Jam alongside Jay Z?!

Celebrate the life of Michael Jackson with some of his influence through hip hop below.

 

Sources: Hot97 | The Best of Internet |  All Things Michael

How I Overcame Alcoholism Through God And Michael Jackson

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I was a hopeless and helpless drunk who found the love of God through the soul of a man….

I clearly remember the first time I felt hope. I had just quit drinking and was extremely sick. I was physically, emotionally, and spiritually spent.

Alcoholism is a feeling disease, and music is very therapeutic. I was driving in Gary and I heard Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” on the radio. Tears of joy and gratitude started streaming down my face. Externally, nothing had changed. I was still extremely sick, penniless, and driving a car with a cracked windshield that I could not afford to fix.

At that moment, though, I made a choice to trust God, and that’s when he went to work in my life.

Read the full story here:

Source: NY Daily News | All Things Michael

Who Is The Top Wedding Playlist Artist?

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FiveThirtyEighty recently asked their readers to send in their wedding reception set lists. After compiling them all together, they were ranked by playlist and by artist. First, let’s look at the wedding playlist of the top 200 songs (see the complete list here).

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As you can see, Hey Ya! by Outcast is the number one song.  Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean ties at #7 with Get Lucky and Twist and Shout. He’s also listed at #11 with Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, but ties again at #27 with PYT and at #86 with Thriller. Michael comes in again at #104 with Beat It. That’s not surprising, as we have a whole slew of Michael Jackson wedding dance videos to choose from.

But when it comes to the everyone’s favorite artist, Michael wins hands down. He appears again at #9 as a member of the Jackson 5.

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We urge all you lovebirds out there to keep on riding the boogie as you share that beat of love!

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Sources: All Things Michael | FiveThirtyEight