Questlove’s Remember The Time Michael Jackson Tribute In LA

This Saturday, August 27th, DJ Questlove joins Kiss-n-Grind to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Michael Jackson at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Get your tickets today!

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Reserved Seating is only available with Bottle Service. For bottle service pricing please e-mail us e-mail us at BottleService@kissngrind.com.  You must be 21 and over to attend.

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
WHERE: Rivera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills – 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 – View Map

Sources: Eventbrite | Kiss and Grind| All Things Michael

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.

 

Read more at Brooklyn Eagle | All Things Michael

Pro Wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura Says His Character Took Inspiration From Michael Jackson

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Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist Shinsuke Nakamura is known as the “Strong King of Style.”

Nakamura is well known in Japan as one of the top stars of the area for over a decade. His legend grew and helped him become a very popular name around the world.

In 2015, Nakamura was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He is currently signed to Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

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He appeared on Talk is Jericho for a interview. He said that Michael Jackson is the inspiration for his character:

“If I watch Michael Jackson, I felt, ‘oh, he’s a real master of martial [arts] because of his standing is very straight. Then, no muscles because dancers have muscles, but his moving is quick. His dancing is the best, [better] than other dancers. Michael Jackson gave me a lot of hints, a lot of inspiration…A lot of martial artists – Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan. They are my idols. Also, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, so yeah. My idols.”

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Here he talks more about Michael.

Read more at Pro Wrestling 

SPIKE LEE’S 6TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN LOVES MICHAEL JACKSON BLOCK PARTY

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 12P-6P

Join Spike Lee as we jam to the magic of Michael’s music throughout the day.

Bring your family, friends and a pair of comfortable dancing shoes cuz DIS IZ GONNA BE EPIC!

Where: Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue & Quincy Street

Hosted by Sway & Spike Lee. Music by @DJSPINNA

 

THIS IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT.

 

Source: Spike Lee | All Things Michael

UAE Michael Jackson Impersonator Shares His Story About His Journey And Meeting The KOP

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Meet “Mudassar Jackson,” the UAE impersonator who has spent the past two decades skidding across stages in tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. From stadium showcases to impromptu bar and club appearances – such as this 30-minute set at Tribeca Kitchen and Bar, JBR, Dubai, last Saturday.

As this flexible figure twirls, points and pouts – a minute study of MJ’s mannerisms – the otherwise ambivalent audience can’t hide their visceral reaction to this animated anomaly. They turn, wail and whoop – rapt with a mix of admiration, adoration and disbelief. And, perhaps, a healthy slab of irony.

It is a performance you could only give with wholehearted commitment to the cause, and Mudassar Hussain Muhammad has it by the bucketload.

“I just do it for the love of Michael,” says the 35-year-old Pakistani, sitting backstage before the show, part of local performance platform GoPlayTheWorld.

I’ve long held an odd fascination with tribute acts. What is it, after all, that inspires a person to commit so many hours, weeks and years, so much study and sweat, into the craft of assuming another’s identity? And what effect does it all have on the person under the wig?

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Mudassar appears to be under few illusions. Alongside his moonwalk moonlighting, he holds down a day-job in air traffic control at Al Maktoum International Airport, only emerging in the King of Pop’s shoes after dark. His friends and colleagues however, are not as enthusiastic about Mudassar’s obsession.

“Not everyone is supportive, especially people from Pakistan,” he says gravely.

“I face big challenges because of where I’m from – Pakistani people just don’t understand Michael.

“But I challenge life – I look life in the eye and say ‘try me’.”

But at Mudassar’s side is a sympathetic supporter – wife Caroline Todler, a 27-year-old Norwegian, whose allegiance to Jackson has been pledged with a sizeable back tattoo. The couple married last month, after meeting via sharing Jackson-related images on social media.

“I wouldn’t say that Michael was the reason we met,” she laughs, “but I do think I came to the UAE for a reason.”

Todler, who works as a dressage rider at Abu Dhabi’s W’rsan Stables, still finds her husband’s lengthy rehearsal and make-up routines a novelty. “I love it, I’m always asking, ‘Can I help you?’,” she says. “I’m actually a little bit annoying.”

Make-up typically takes an hour, and at Saturday’s show, Mudassar arrived with a suitcase and several suit bags, changing his customized outfit for every song.

He dons a glittery black jacket for the set climax Billie Jean, strolling outlandishly into the crowd while a live saxophonist improvises a gutsy solo.

These stadium theatrics are quaintly overblown in this intimate setting. “It’s hard to moonwalk on carpet,” he says. But to Mudassar, every crowd is worth winning over, from a few dozen curious diners to the 15,000 punters he performed to at a Sharjah Cricket Stadium family show in 2004.

As a corporate entertainer, a booking for “Mudassar Jackson” costs from Dh2,000 for a one-song solo dance, without vocals, up to Dh300,000 for a 60-minute set, complete with a fleet of six dancers, four vocalists and a six-piece band.

Such a sum must have been unimaginable to the nine-year-old who first fell in love with Jackson in the late 1980s, shortly after his family moved from Lahore to Sharjah, where he still lives today.

By his teens, Mudassar had mastered the moonwalk, performing as Jackson for the first time at a school concert at the emirate’s Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School. In 1999, he was set on his path after being featured on MTV India, hailed as “the World’s Best Michael Jackson Tribute Artist”.

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Now, 17 years later, his passion remains undiminished and he is regularly spotted performing unbilled at Jazz@PizzaExpress’s weekly open mic night in JLT on Sundays.

“It was always Michael,” he says seriously. “Since I started, I just have not deviated from what I was doing – I believe in it and my faith carries me through.”

If Mudassar’s faith needed a signal or sign, it came in 2003 when he came face-to-face with his idol while working in the control tower of Dubai International Airport. When word came in that Jackson was flying to the UAE, Mudassar rushed home, put on his best MJ outfit and mined the courage to make an introduction.

“I almost fainted, I still get goosebumps thinking about it,” he says. “I started blushing and said, ‘I would die for you – I love you and your music so much’. And he thanked me, he was the humblest person. It was the most grateful and blessed day of my life.”

The encounter took place in the days before camera and smartphones were omnipresent, but Mudassar has his memory.

“I don’t need to show pictures to people,” he says. “I have the memory here in my heart, and I will die with that.”

 

Read more at The National

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.

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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.

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‘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.

Read more at InStyle