Lip Sync Battle Will Open Season 3 With An All Star Cast Tribute Of Michael Jackson’s Beat It

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Lip Sync Battle is taking on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” recreating his famous music video for season 3 of the hit show — and EW has your first look at the trailer, above.

The performance finds host LL Cool J and commentator Chrissy Teigen facing off, dressed in costume and backed by dancers. Best of all, it shows the talent taking part in season 3, all of whom offer a peek at their lip-synching skills while sporting a version of Jackson’s famous, red jacket.

That talent includes Don Cheadle, Sir Ben Kingsley, Wanda Sykes, Uzo Aduba, Craig Ferguson, T.J. Miller, DeAndre Jordan, Jay Leno, Jeff Dye, Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Lupita Nyong’o (see the teaser photo she posted to Instagram here), John Cho, Rob Riggle, America Ferrera, Sarah Hyland, Regina Hall, Laverne Cox, and Samira Wiley.

We know who to expect, but how will they perform? That is the question… See what tricks the stars have up their sleeves when LSBreturns to Spike with its season premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

 

Sources: EW | All Things Michael

The Doors/Michael Jackson Connection

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At first blush there isn’t any connection between The Doors and Michael Jackson (or the Lizard King and the King of Pop). While the groups were contemporaneous of each other they never played on the same bill together. But The Doors and Michael Jackson have one thing in common, the Hard Rock Café.

Doors fans are familiar with how the Hard Rock Café, a bar in the skid row section of Los Angeles (300 E 5th St), became part of rock and roll lore. After shooting what would become the cover photo for the Morrison Hotel album in early January of 1970 (see “The Doors Release Morrison Hotel February 9, 1970“), Henry Diltz and The Doors wanted to have a beer after taking the Morrison Hotel photographs and they discovered the bar. Or perhaps Diltz had already known about the bar. The band stopped in for a few beers with the bar’s regulars. They shared stories while Diltz continued to shoot pictures that would later be incorporated as the back cover of the album.

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Thirteen years later MTV was the new thing in rock and roll and bands were producing videos for the TV station (The Doors also released videos for MTV by going through footage shot their documentary “Feast of Friends” and matched it the best they could to Doors songs). Michael Jackson wasn’t just producing videos of his songs he was producing mini-movies for his songs. The video for “Beat It” shows Jackson step between rival gangs and through dance and music reconcile their differences.

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Around March 9, 1983 Jackson and his company were filming on east 5th street and the barroom scenes from “Beat It” were filmed in the still extant Hard Rock Café. As you can see in the video (above) by the time of Jackson’s filming the bar still retained its skid row ambiance. It isn’t known whether Jackson knew of the bar’s previous part in rock and roll history. “Beat It” premiered on MTV March 31, 1983. The building still exists and now houses the Green Apple Market.

Sources: The Examiner | All Things Michael

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Charity Dog Fashion Show Features 80’s Hits And MJ Impersonator Michael Kiss

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The theme of the fifth annual Le Chien fashion show presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill set the tone: I the ‘80s. And ticketholders filled the big white tent decked in full regalia.

The ultimate accessory of the night, however, strutted on all fours at the end of a leash. Fashion Week’s runway show that benefits the Humane Society of the Desert has become a family-friendly event that includes loyal canine pets in the audience who support the fellow canines on stage.

After a live auction that quickly raised more than $6,000 for the important work of the Humane Society, a familiar pair of white socks and black loafers made quick footwork on the runway. Opening to the first heart-thumping notes of Beat It, internationally recognized tribute artist Michael Kiss performed three flawless numbers (including Thriller and Billie Jean) with just as many costume changes.

The moonwalks and toe stands weren’t lost on the constituent of young attendees. Kids who missed experiencing the flashy 1980s by several decades were as eager to capture the King of Pop and his perfected dance moves on their cellphones as their parents were…..

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Sources: Palm Springs Life | All Things Michael

Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ Campaign

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Former first lady Nancy Reagan died today at the age of 94. The Reagan Library said in a statement that the cause of death was “congestive heart failure.”

Nancy Reagan may best be remembered for three words: “Just say no,” the motto of her years-long anti-drug crusade.

“Just Say No” was an advertising campaign for United States “War on Drugs” during the 1980s and early 1990s. The message was designed to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. The scope of the campaign expanded to cover violence and premarital sex in addition to drug use. 

Mrs. Reagan had been concerned about drug use prior to her arrival at the White House, but as first lady she made prevention of youth drug addition her signature cause.

She said the slogan had come from a meeting with children. The Ronald Reagan Library tells the story this way: “A little girl raised her hand,” Mrs. Reagan recalled, “and said, ’Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?’ And I said, ’Well, you just say no.’ And there it was born.”

The library says that by the end of the Reagan administration in 1989, more than 12,000 “Just Say No” clubs had been formed worldwide.

Nancy Reagan worked with a New York advertising firm to shape the campaign and used popular culture to propel her message. In 1983, she played herself in an episode of the popular sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. Diminutive star Gary Coleman portrayed a reporter for the school newspaper who discovered drugs being sold on campus, and Mrs. Reagan came to the school to offer support for anti-drug efforts.

Another popular kids television show, Punky Brewster, aired an episode about resisting peer pressure to take drugs, and started a partnership with Mrs. Reagan’s “Just Say No” clubs organizing anti-drug “Punky Brewster Marches” at schools around the country.

Michael Jackson got involved to help spread the message, lending his song Beat It to a public service announcement against drunk driving in 1983.  The President and First Lady Reagan presented him with a special award at the White House in 1984.

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In 1988, Michael appeared in cartoon form for a special “Just Say No” episode of the Flintstones Kids. The voice of Stone Age Michael, was played by Kipp Lennon.

Sources: USA Today | You Tube |  All Things Michael

All Things Michael sends condolences to the Reagan family. May she rest in God’s eternal peace.

Sports Doctor Shares His Musical Playlist To Enhance Athletic Performance

Source: Crave | All Things Michael

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Dr. Costas Karageorghis is a reader in sport psychology and has served as a head-honcho of the ‘former School of Sport and Education’ at Brunel University London. He’s smart. Really smart. And he’s even led breakthroughs in providing proof that there are psychological, psychophysical and ergogenic effects from music.

But those are his words … I told you he was smart.

It’s not necessarily ground breaking that music helps pump us up. But Dr. Karageorghis spoke with me about the details of his findings —  Through real scientific research, the doctor says he’s proven that music can lower perceived exertion during workouts by as much as 12 percent.

“It simply amazes me how the brain lights up like a Christmas tree when you expose someone to a piece of music. And specifically to a stimulative piece of music,” said Karageorghis.

So what kind of music will maximize your potential?

It all has to do with three things: Rhythm, Beats Per Minute (BPM),  and, believe it or not, the lyrics.

Dr. Karageorghis wrote this in a previous piece for the Huffington Post:

“Certain qualities of music can render a particular track appropriate for the sport and exercise domain. For example, the strong rhythmical qualities of a track such as “I Like To Move It” by Reel 2 Real can help listeners to optimize their activation levels during a workout. The lyrical content of a track also has a strong bearing on its motivational qualities. Many of my favorite tracks contain powerful affirmations: For example, “Beat It” by Michael Jackson repeats that no one wants to be defeated, which I find to be quite an uplifting motif.”

Also, it’s more beneficial if you can synchronize the music to your pace.

“We’ve done many studies looking at mechanisms that underlie the effects of music. For example, when we apply synchronous music … we noticed there were measurable benefits in terms of exercise efficiency. We measured this by tracking an individuals oxygen-uptake while they’re exercising, running or cycling” …

“When you sync your movements to a musical beat, you get a six to seven percent reduction in oxygen uptake. Which means in essence that you’re more energy efficient,” said Karageorghis.

But finding your own playlist is key

“It’s a very individual thing – music. The choices are incredibly personal, even when the events are very motoric or cognitive,” said the doctor.

“While running, it’s the rhythmic qualities that will have the most influence … If you apply it synchronously, with your stride rate … It’s the working heart rate that determines the optimal music tempo … There seems to be a sweet spot between 125-140 BPM that works across of broad range of rhythmic intensities,” he said.

What’s new?

Karageorghis has been at the forefront of music + exercise research for years. But just recently he says he’s also discovered that music can even accelerate rehabilitation.

“It can also speed up the recovery processes immediately after training, particularly if it’s of a slow, seductive tempo with simple harmonies and there’s a warm instrumentation,” said Karageorghis.

So which songs are his favorites?

It totally depends on the BPM that matches your heart-rate, so the type of exercise you’re doing is paramount. However, there are a few songs that appear to be mentioned time and time again…

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Dr. Costas Karageorghis’ favs:

“Eye Of The Tiger” (109 BPM), Surivior

“Don’t Stop Me Now” (154 BPM), Queen

“Beat It” (139 BPM), Michael Jackson

“I Like To Move It” (123 BPM), Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman

“Push It” (130 BPM), Salt-N-Pepa

He also included this playlist from 2013. As you can see, it’s mostly up-tempo stuff, with a lot of Michael Jackson.

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Try something else cool? Here’s a site that allows you to type in any song and get the BPM.

Here are some more MJ workouts to try:

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Watch Miguel Rivera’s Fingerstyle Cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”

Sources: Guitar World | All Things Michael

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Here’s a masterful take on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from acoustic guitarist Miguel Rivera that was uploaded today, June 22.

We’ll let Rivera explain the background of his percussive/fingerstyle cover:

“I decided to start working [on] this arrangement because it was a great challenge. When you listen to the chorus of the original song, you can hear the main riff (recorded by Steve Lukather) together with the Michael’s vocal melody and, of course, drums, bass and other instruments.”

”My objective was to play all [of these parts] together: the main riff, the vocal melody and the percussion part. I had to find the proper tuning and make good use of the harmonics, but in the end I got it.”

It’s an impressive arrangement right down to the Eddie Van Halen-inspired solo.

Check out the video below, and follow Rivera on Facebook here.

 

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Just Solve It! White Plains Teacher Parodies Michael Jackson

Sources: WXII12 | All Things Michael

Adam Johnson motivates students for End-of- grade (EOG) tests

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A Surry County teacher is using an interesting way to motivate his students for this week’s end of grade testing.

He’s doing it in song.

White Plains Elementary School teacher Adam Johnson writes music and produces music videos to inspire his students.

In his latest video, he parodies the Michael Jackson hit “Beat It” with a song called “Solve It!”

If you’re on our main website, you can watch the video below.

 

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Old McDonald’s Training Video Tells Employees To “Clean It”

Sources: The Stranger – By Mike Nipper | All Things Michael

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I know a lot of folks like the music of Michael Jackson, and a lot of folks also seem to like McDonald’s, but I had no idea the two kinda met during the mid-’80s for a McDonald’s training video titled, “Clean It.”

Fair warning: The video isn’t quite top-shelf parody—it’s not quite Weird Al‘s “Eat It“—but, for a “how to clean” McDonald’s training video, the lip sync and choreography ain’t too shabby. I would like to think, since the last time I ate at McDonald’s was in the mid-’80s, it’s because of THIS video I didn’t contract salmonella OR E. coli!

 

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