K-Pop Singer Lee Hi Reveals Why She Is A Michael Jackson Fan

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Kicking off Tuesday’s Naver V app was YG solo artist Lee Hi, launching her first episode of “Hi TV.”

The first segment of her episode was the “Hi Playlist,” in which Lee revealed the songs and artists who personally inspire her and her music.

“So the first artist that I want to talk about today is, Michael Jackson,” she added. “He is one of my favorite artists. I mean, he is the King of Pop.”

During the live broadcast, she confesses, “I’ve been a fan of Michael Jackson since I was little.”

Lee Hi explains, “I have so much respect for him. I fell for him because he had a really long career, from when he was part of Jackson Five until he promoted as Michael Jackson. He has his own unique beat.”

She continues, “I learned about him through my older sister. She loved him so much that she would pull the television into an embrace when he came on. I even remember a time she cried while declaring she would marry him. I should thank my sister for that.

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The starlet even went on to reveal that prior to coming up with the title “Seoulite” for her previous album, she originally wanted to name it “Simmering,” which Lee said was something she heard Jackson saying during one of his TV concert performances.

“After learning this word I really wanted to use it and thought it would be a perfect fit to my album. But after much discussion we all eventually decided that ‘Seoulite’ was the best way to go,” says Lee.

Lee then unveiled her Top 4 favorite Jackson hits which included, “I Want You Back,” “Thriller,” “Xscape” and “Love Never Felt So Good.”

Lee Hi then enjoys Michael Jackson’s music with her viewers as she plays Jackson Five’s classic hit “I Want You Back.”

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Later on in the near hour-long episode Lee went on to the “Hi Healing” segment of her show where she doles out consoling advice to fans struggling in life.

Video: http://www.vlive.tv/video/10786/HI-TV—Episode-01

 

Sources: KPop Herald | Soompi | Allkpop | All Things Michael

Tigor Shroff To Tribute Michael Jackson In Upcoming Musical

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Director-actor duo Sabbir Khan and Tiger Shroff are reuniting with an action-musical, Munna Michael. Revolving around Munna, a boy from the streets of Teen Batti, where Tiger’s father, Jackie Shroff grew up.

The lead character, Munna, idolizes Michael Jackson, which is also true of Tiger. Tiger has appeared in several movies and dance tributes to the King of Pop. The film will have lots of dance sequences.

Leading choreographers from Los Angeles and London will be flown down for the film. “The film will have my usual andaaz – powerpacked action sequences. It’ll be a mass entertainer,” smiles Sabbir, who recently returned from a two-week vacation in Kashmir, Spain and France.

Produced by Viki Rajani of NextGen Films, the musical will roll in September.

Viki says that, “Tiger is phenomenal in his action as well as dance and his role in Munna Michael is tailor-made to showcase his winning moves.” Sabbir and Tiger have proven their hit pairing and audiences can once again look forward to magic.

The 26-year-old Tiger is keen to do this film. He narrated the story a year ago while filming Baaghi. Sabbir narrated the final script to him after he returned from Madrid and he loved it,” exults Sabbir.

The leading lady for the part is rumored to be Disha Patani, Tiger’s girlfriend, but no official announcement has been made as of yet.

 

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Sky Ferreira Talks About How Michael Jackson Helped Her Confidence As A Child, “He Saw Something In Me That Other People Couldn’t”

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Sky Ferreira isn’t a ‘think-piece’, but she does make you pause for thought. The musician, model, face of Jimmy Choo fragrance and former InStyle cover girl dishes out details of her time spent with Michael Jackson, MySpace days and her modelling career in an East London studio against a reggae soundtrack, having flown over from her native LA just for the InStyle September 2015 cover shoot.

Michael Jackson gave her music lessons 

Sky was predominantly raised by her grandmother, who was also Michael Jackson’s hairdresser. As a result she spent a lot of time at Jackson’s home Neverland as a child.

From Left: Michael Bush, Carol LaMere (Sky's grandmother), Karen Faye, Janet Zeitoun

From Left: Michael Bush, Carol LaMere (Sky’s grandmother), Karen Faye, Janet Zeitoun

‘It was magical for me’ she told us ‘Michael was just a guy with a cool house. I was like “oh yeah, he has the rollercoaster!” And I can sing for him because nobody else wants to listen to me! He was one of the only people that treated me like there wasn’t something wrong with me. I was so shy and felt like an outsider, and he saw something in me that other people couldn’t.

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Shanghai Fans Plan Tribute To Michael Jackson

Sources: China Daily | All Things Michael

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Shanghai-based Xu Hao and his friend Zhao Yongbin have brought the King of Pop to thecity’s biggest outdoor screen.

Estimated to cost at least 500,000 yuan ($76,000), the LED screen covering the CitigroupTower on the Bund is about 140 meters tall and 43 meters wide.

“Michael Jackson has never performed on the mainland. So, to mark the 7th anniversary ofhis death, we tried to arrange for fans to dance with him,” Xu told China Daily.

“It’s a dream come true,” he added.

June 25 is an important day for Jackson’s fans in the country and they hold events to expresstheir love for the idol.

Explaining how the idea came about, Zhao said Xu was not content with flash mobs andcandle-lit nights and was thinking about “something big”.

They then spent time collecting money, not only for the LED screen but for a video shoot withthe Chinese fans.

They plan to release the video clip worldwide on Saturday, together with special events inBeijing and Shanghai.

“We’re glad if the world sees Chinese people act, motivated by their love for their idol,” Xusaid.

According to head of Jackson’s Chinese fan club Zhang Rui, known as Keen, on MJJCN.com,the news of the giant screen reached some of Jackson’s friends in the United States.

 

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Just A Few Thoughts While Remembering Michael

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This Saturday, fans from over the world will come together physically and spiritually to commemorate the 7th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing. The week preceding June 25 has come to be known to fans as “Michael Week.” That being said, Michael Week is a very emotional for the fans who love him.

At the same time, the usual evil forces have gotten together to rile us up. We try to ignore trash news, but many times, you want to lash out about the constant attempts to make Michael Jackson look like some sick monster. What can you do, besides feeling helpless? When will it stop? Sometimes it seems that the more you fight, the more futile the effort may seem.

Ours heart are totally connected to Michael. When he is hurt, we all hurt. We have lost him forever and the haters won’t even let us remember him in peace. They want to keep kicking him and it’s all because they are revengeful, hateful, greedy and jealous.

I ask myself, “What Michael would do in this situation?: Would he ignore it or would he fight back? As we know from history, sometimes he would address it, sometimes he would not. I can understand why he wanted to hide from all these hurtful things said about him.

Question: Does it hurt when you read those stories?
 
MJ: Sometime, but it’s part of the work.
 
Question: Do you every want to lash out in any type of way and say hey that’s not rue?
 

MJ: Yeah, a lot of times but why bring more attention to a thing?

But his frustration over being hounded, talked about and lied on were made abundantly clear in many of the songs and letters that he wrote.

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“Leave Me Alone” Lyrics:
‘Cause there’s a time when you’re right
And you know you must fight
Who’s laughing baby, don’t you know
And there’s the choice that we make
And this choice you will take
Who’s laughin’ baby
So just leave me alone
Leave me alone (leave me alone) (leave me alone)
Leave me alone (leave me alone) (leave me alone) (leave me alone)
Leave me alone, stop it!

Just stop doggin’ me around

“Privacy” Lyrics:
Ain’t the pictures enough, why do you go through so much
To get the story you need, so you can bury me
You’ve got the people confused, you tell the stories you choose
You try to get me to lose the man I really am
You keep on stalking me, invading my privacy
Won’t you just let me be
Cause your cameras can’t control, the minds of those who know
That you’ll even sell your soul just to get a story sold…. 

Stop maliciously attacking my integrity!

In my opinion, Michael was one of the strongest and bravest people who ever lived. I don’t know if I could have taken all the drama that he had to deal with. I am just an outsider looking in and I feel overwhelmed. Many times I have to deal with my own feelings of anger, sadness and frustration about what people have done to him. I want to hit something and scream, LEAVE HIM ALONE! LEAVE HIM ALONE!

It’s hurtful and disheartening to see his long-standing music records being dismissed and reduced by the standards of today’s music industry like it was nothing. Other fan groups try to say that he is not relevant anymore compared to their idol. We’ve watched the things that have meant so much to him; things that he fought for and yes even died for, are gone. People that we thought would always be loyal to him, have shown their true colors. I can see why he trusted no one.

It’s been a very hurtful and rocky seven years since Michael has passed. You’d think by now the drama would stop. Every fan’s reaction to constant drama will be different because we are human. We are tired. Our leader is gone. I missed the days when you could simply enjoyed being a fan. Those days are no more. A wide berth has parted us in unity. There are so many voices of opinion that is has become political. There are days when I even hate to come online because what I see breaks my heart. It doesn’t help when you are dealing with your own personal issues and struggles on top of it.

All I know is that no matter what is said about Michael, we must always remember to keep him in our hearts. When bad news happens, we should spread the good news about him even more. I’ve learned that sometimes those outside of the community do not always pay attention to trash news as much as we think. We spread more attention to it by constantly talking about it. The aim of those behind these lame attacks is to get us so upset we inadvertently help circulate coverage. I wholeheartedly agree that we should continue to defend Michael at all times. Have your say, release your anger in constructive ways and then get back to business. Don’t spend days and hours talking about it. There are always going to be haters. That’s life in general, but despite all that has been said and done about Michael Jackson, he is still loved and known all over the world.

I still believe that those who hate him will ultimately lose this fight. It may seem like they are winning, but they are not. There are many fans who have dedicated their lives to writing and preserving the truth about Michael Jackson. I want to urge you all to keep going and don’t give up. I know it’s not easy. Many times you may feel discouraged, but just know that your work is not in vain. We are forever grateful to you risking it all for someone who you love. Michael always appreciated the love and support of his fans.

“Over the years we became a family, all of us. You are my family… My children are your children and all the children of the world are our children and our responsibility.

“It was you who put your heart on the line. It was you who stepped forward to defend someone you love. It was you, on a worldwide basis who supported me as my army, my soldiers of love.

 

“You were always there. You are always loyal and I love you forever.”

There will always be new generations of fans coming forth. They may have been very young when Michael died or not even born, but they love him none the less. Children can see what adults fail to see. The new generations will mimic his dance moves and style. They will name him as their role model. They will not grow up with the influence of the trolls, enemies and media haters of Michael Jackson that we know of today. The promise of new generations of fans to carry on his legacy gives me hope. No matter what, we must never stop believing that one day, Michael will be vindicated and his enemies will be defeated.

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Michael never gave up on this world being a better place. He was a visionary. He always set big goals and high standards for himself and those that worked with him. His songs and messages continue to bring healing to the world when people are hurting. It is during those times, that I believe that the veil of ignorance is lifted and the world can see the beautiful heart and soul of Michael Jackson. This is how he wanted and should be remembered.

I may not have said anything that will change anything or may anyone feel better. I just needed to vent a little and share my heart. One thing that I can say for sure, no matter what, I will ALWAYS love Michael Jackson until the day that I leave this earth! No one can ever take away what he means to me!

He was a beautiful gift that we are all blessed beyond measure to witness and enjoy.

God bless you all this week as we remember our Michael.

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Tribute To Michael Jackson: Zumba Class Dance Party

Sources: Eventbrite | All Things Michael

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June marks seven years since Michael Jackson’s passing. In his memory, Dance Spa is a Michael Jackson themed Zumba class.

Dance to all your favorite MJ hits, like Smooth Criminal, Thriller and Beat It, with moves inspired by the King of Pop himself. 80’s dance attire is encouraged.

The class will be taught by Cristina Sanchez. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer.  She has performed around the world as a vocalist, singing with major artists such as R. Kelly, Heather Headley, and Paulina Rubio, as well as performing as a solo artist.  She has always loved to dance and has been a certified Zumba instructor for about 5 years. Cristina has been with Dance Spa since January 2016, and is very excited to share her MJ Zumba class with us!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)
WHERE: Dance SPA – 1890 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
PRICE: $15.00 – Tickets

 

2CELLOS Perform A Highly Dramatic Live Cover of the Michael Jackson Song ‘Smooth Criminal’

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The incredible 2CELLOS duo, comprised of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, performed a wonderful, highly dramatic live version of Michael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal” at breakneck speed to an adoring audience at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

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Source: Follownews | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson’s Fame Rubs Off On Forgotten 16th-Century Composer

Sources: Wall Street Journal | All Things Michael

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MUNICH—A statue of 16th-century composer Orlando di Lasso in this city’s center draws fans from around the globe. Music lovers come to light candles and leave pictures and other bits of memorabilia.

Di Lasso, a Flemish musician who spent much of his time in this city, was a giant in his day. “He was amazingly famous,” says Franz Körndle, a musicology professor at University of Augsburg and a di Lasso expert. “There’s not been anything like him in music history since.”

The fans swarming to his bronze likeness aren’t devotees. Many have no idea who he was, and don’t even notice he’s there.

They’re Michael Jackson aficionados. They flock to the site because it is in front of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof—a venue where the musician often stayed.

“This is the place where the spirit is, the magic,” says Nena Akhtar, head of fan group MJ’s Legacy, which in 2009 appropriated the pedestal of di Lasso’s statue as an impromptu Michael Jackson shrine to mourn his sudden death. “This place is so Michael-y.”

That Michael vibe is also a discordant reminder of fame’s vagaries. Di Lasso, who died in 1594, was also adored and feted in his day. Like Mr. Jackson, di Lasso traveled widely to perform. His compositions were printed and distributed across Europe in an era when printing was expensive and strictly local. His works were admired in centers of power and money. Four centuries later, di Lasso was largely forgotten.

Ms. Akhtar took little notice of the musician until she started decorating his statue with photographs and other ephemera.

“He was very big in his time,” says Ms. Akhtar. “Michael is big in my time—that’s the difference.”

The devotion expressed by Ms. Akhtar and her peers has sparked turf battles. Last summer, a member of her camp accused someone from a rival fan group of launching an attack with a glass candleholder.

Such dust-ups have helped put di Lasso back in the spotlight, after media reports about the sparring Jackson fans mentioned the composer and his statue as well.

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Thanks to the late King of Pop, the Flemish friend of kings and nobles is now regaining a bit of his old luster as Ms. Akhtar and others are getting acquainted with the forgotten composer. Ms. Akhtar says she was recently inspired to read a di Lasso biography.

Soon, the sculpture itself will regain some of its own sheen. The city plans this summer to clean the 10-foot monument and protect it with a coat of hot wax.

But the beautification project worries Ms. Akhtar. She says she recently heard from Munich officials about the planned renovation and has been fretting “nonstop” about the memorial’s fate.

She is worried about “all the paperwork” the city may require in order for her group to gain a proper permit.

Bavarian culture-ministry spokesman Henning Giessen says city officials had for years “tolerated” the unsanctioned shrine. If fans now want Michael Jackson to enjoy the same recognition from Munich as di Lasso, he says, they must officially apply to put up a memorial.

“Historic preservation cannot be based on current taste,” says Mr. Giessen, who acknowledges di Lasso is a “rather forgotten musician.”

Local di Lasso experts are fascinated by the dissonance at the shrine. “In a way, it shows an appreciation for Lasso,” says Bernhold Schmid, who is completing a definitive collection of di Lasso’s compositions at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. “It has a certain charm.”

Prof. Körndle, a fellow di Lasso lover, says he previously paid little attention to the statue. “All of a sudden” his interest in the sculpture has been piqued, he said, sitting before a wall of di Lasso literature and compositions.

Prof. Körndle notes that di Lasso and Mr. Jackson have something in common beside sharing part of a grassy Munich traffic island: Both gained fame as boys for their remarkable singing voices.

Dr. Schmid says he has at least 40 CDs of Lasso compositions, which he knows is rare. “There’s not really a huge market anymore.”

In his day, di Lasso was also among Europe’s richest composers. Several oil paintings of him survive—images that centuries ago were considered guarantees of a lasting recognition.

By 1849, when Munich erected the statue in memory of di Lasso’s work and death there, his renown was fading. One measure of his obscurity: Sherlock Holmes, in a short story from 1908, is penning a monograph on di Lasso’s “Polyphonic Motets.” Dr. Watson notes it “is said by experts to be the last word upon the subject.”

And so it remained for more than a century—until last summer’s fan disputes put di Lasso back in the public eye.

Ms. Ahktar’s group, MJ Legacy, said rival group MJ Memorial Munich was sabotaging and destroying its decorations. MJ Memorial Munich denied the accusations and said MJ Legacy monopolized the space.

When one fan accused another of the attempted candleholder attack, Munich officials intervened.

“If peaceful coexistence between the different groups of fans behind the Michael Jackson memorial is not possible, then sadly the memorial will have to be removed,” the Bavarian culture ministry said in a letter to fans.

Standing by the monument on a recent sunny afternoon, Ms. Ahktar mused that her idol deserves a statue of his own—next to di Lasso’s.

Yet passersby offered a reminder that even a statue holds no guarantee of lasting fame.

“Everyone knows Michael Jackson,” said Simone Buhovac, who recently stopped by the shrine while walking through town with a friend. She voiced certainty that he will still be famous in 500 years.

She had never heard of di Lasso.

 

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