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

 

 

Bruno Mars Performs Music Medley At White House Concert For Military Families

Sources: PopCrush – By Emily Tan| All Things Michael

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Bruno Mars spent his 4th of July by playing a lively gig at the White House yesterday.

As part of President Barack Obama’s festivities for this weekend, the “Locked Out of Heaven” crooner entertained the crowd on the South Lawn in Washington, D.C. with a medley of songs that brought everyone back to the hits of the 80s and 90s.

“Thank you so much, you guys, for celebrating with us today,” Bruno said before hopping into his set. “But it wasn’t too long ago that we were playing bars and pubs […] in L.A., trying to make a buck. So now that we’re on the lawn, we just feel like doing something, do you mind if we just do what we used to do like six years ago?”

Before going down the musical memory lane, he added, “We’re just going to jam out. This is what we’re going to do.”

He and his band covered Led Zepplin “Whole Lotta Love,” The Outfield’s “Your Love,” Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison,” Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It,” Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step,” and Michael Jackson‘s “Rock With You.” After the medley, Bruno then hopped into an extended version of his song, “Runaway Baby,” off his 2010 album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

After performing a packed set of upbeat songs, Bruno introduced Barack and Michelle Obama who greeted the guests and inspired the crowd. You can see the president’s speech here.

Before the performance, Bruno and his crew had a little photo shoot in front of the White House where they did two of today’s popular dances, the Whip and the Nae Nae.

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Review: 35 Years Of MJ’s Off The Wall

Sources: Philstar Entertainment | Editted By – All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson started work on his album Off The Wall with Quincy Jones as producer when he was only 19 years old. They met when he starred in the movie The Wiz to which Quincy provided the music and they agreed that the famous Q would produce his next solo album. It was to be a most important one.

What came to be called Off The Wall was Michael’s fifth outing away from his brothers, the famous Jackson Five. He did four solo albums in his old Motown contract which produced the hits I’ll Be There, Ben, Rockin’ Robin, One Day In Your Life and others. This one was his first solo album under a new recording deal with Columbia’s Epic label. He would remain with Columbia, which later became Sony, up to the time of his death 30 years later.

Michael and Q finished Off The Wall early in 1979 and the album was released on Aug. 10, 1979. Michael turned 21 a few weeks later on Aug. 29. He celebrated not only his birthday but also a most successful solo debut that would change the sound and the look of popular music forever.  Everything would come into full bloom three years later with Thriller, but Off The Wall was the seed out of which a worldwide phenomenon for the ages would grow.

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To this day, I still believe that Off The Wall is superior to Thriller in terms of content. And Michael was so natural with the music. He was young, sexy and happy and it showed. Take a look at that bright-eyed guy on the album cover in a tux with his cute socks. There is not one hint in him about how complicated everything about him would become only a few years later.

Admittedly, there were already hints of his growing insecurities in Off The Wall. Listen to the first cut and first single release, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough. He sings in the opener: “ You know, I was…I was wondering, you know, if you could keep on… keep on with The Force, don’t stop ‘til you get enough…” Those words, so full of fear, doubt and uncertainty, were to get Jackson on the road to undreamed of stardom.

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For those who remember and also for those who still have to experience this great album, here is Off The Wall once again, song by wonderful song.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: This is old disco with a funk spin but it still packs quite a charge when heard. And have you ever heard anybody sing falsetto the way that Jackson did? It was almost other-worldly. The first No. 1 single.

Rock With You: This is so nice and easy but still the sexiest song in the album. I still recall watching Michael sing this with that teasing smile on his face and his smooth hip thrusts.

Working Day And Night: This was never released as a single but Michael so probably believed in the song that he kept performing it live. Nowadays, it is not unusual to find this song in the Bad, Dangerous and other tours live recordings. This was also sampled in the Jackson/Justin Timberlake single Love Never Felt So Good from the posthumus album Xscape.

Get On The Floor: This is the album’s ultimate dance track. No way you will not get on the floor when you hear this one with Michael’s frenzied grunts.

Off The Wall: Another Top 10 single and the third hit tune from the album. MJ shows more confidence in this one and his vocal style shows a foretaste of what Thriller would be like.

Girlfriend: Just a sweet little ballad but it was written expressly for Michael by the most successful songwriter of all time, Paul McCartney.

She’s Out of My Life:  I do not know how it happened that so emotional a ballad got into the album but I am so very glad it did because it turned out to be another hit single and one of Michael’s best recordings. That tearful gasp of his towards the end is now part of pop music lore. Also part of legend is the rumor that this song was composed by Tom Bahler for the departed Karen Carpenter.

I Can’t Help It: Another nice up-tempo ballad that was composed for Michael by Motown cohort Stevie Wonder.

It’s The Falling In Love: A romantic duet with Patti Austin and they sing a song composed by Carol Bayer Sayer and David Foster, who plays the piano.

Burn This Disco Out: And it ends with more dancing in the same vein as Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough and Off The Wall with the then playful and innocent Michael ready to keep the boogie going and party nonstop.

SoundExchange Releases List of Top Streamed Michael Jackson Recordings of All Time

Sources: PRWeb | All Things Michael

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SoundExchange announced this morning a Top 10 list of the most streamed Michael Jackson recordings of all time. The list is based on data reported to SoundExchange during the past decade of streaming from non-interactive digital radio services including Internet radio, satellite radio, and cable TV music channels.

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The list is being released today in conjunction with and in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s 56th birthday. It features some of Michael Jackson’s most popular recordings including “Billie Jean” (#1), “Beat It” (#7), and “Thriller” (#10). The complete Top 10 list can be found below.

Top 10 Most-Streamed Michael Jackson Recordings of All Time

1. Billie Jean
2. Rock With You
3. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
4. The Way You Make Me Feel
5. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
6. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
7. Beat It
8. Workin’ Day & Night
9. Human Nature
10. Thriller

About SoundExchange

SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,500 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.

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Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” Was The Perfect Pop Record

Source: The Root – By Mark Anthony Neal | All Things Michael

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Die-hard Michael Jackson fans know that before Thriller, Off the Wall—released 35 years ago this week—was his signature achievement.

What is Michael Jackson’s greatest album? The answer helps establish whether you were introduced to Jackson via Thriller, the crown jewel of his commercial legacy, or whether you were riding with him long before he donned the sequined glove—since Off the Wall, the classic album released 35 years ago this week, that represents Jackson at his most brilliant musically, and that may be the most perfect pop recording of the late 20th century.

Off the Wall is remembered as the first in a series of collaborations between Jackson and producer-arranger Quincy Jones that would redefine pop. Yet when Jackson and Jones first began to work together, on the set of The Wiz, Jones was actually focused on another young black male vocalist, Luther Vandross, who had contributed “Brand New Day” to The Wiz soundtrack and who was featured on Jones’ 1978 recording Sounds … and Stuff Like That.

That Jackson’s youthful professionalism impressed Jones—himself a veteran of the same chitlin circuit that produced Jackson and his brothers, in the form of the Jackson 5—is no surprise, but Jones also detected a certain something that Jackson possessed—charisma, genius, brashness—that would allow them to push music forward. And “You Can’t Win,” from The Wiz, was the first fruit of their partnership.

Off the Wall, Jackson’s first solo album since his days at Motown, was also the first project he worked on without Berry Gordy, his brothers, superproducers like Gamble and Huff, and, to some extent, his overbearing father. It was a true career reboot—an attempt to grow him up in the face of a public that remembered him as a cherub-faced little boy who had aged out of his cuteness. Though the Jacksons had released their most successful post-Motown album, Destiny—which featured hits like “Blame It on the Boogie” and “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”—the year before, Michael Jackson was adamant that he didn’t want his new solo album to sound like Destiny 2.0.

Jackson’s label, Epic Records, balked at the choice of Jones, best known for working with jazz and blues artists like Count Basie, Dinah Washington and Frank Sinatra, but Jones was crafting a unique sound that borrowed from the full range of American popular music, most evident in his multi-Grammy winning album The Dude (1981). As Joseph Vogel writes in Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, “Off the Wall did for R&B what the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds did for rock,” in reference to an earlier sonic revolution.

Indeed, Jackson’s decision to work with Jones was a product of his own growing independence. Off the Wall was released only weeks before Jackson’s 21st birthday. At the time, he was living in New York City under the watchful eye of Diana Ross and was hanging out in all the late-night dance spots, including Studio 54. Jackson got the chance to see the disco movement up front, but Jones helped give his sound a sophisticated sheen.

With Jones came a slew of collaborators, who would work intimately with Jackson for more than a decade, including keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, who also served as Jackson’s musical director on tour; and songwriter Rod Temperton, known for his work with the band Heatwave, especially their blue-light-in-the-basement classic “Always and Forever.”

From the opening track and lead single, the Jackson-penned “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (with that precoital purr in the beginning), Off the Wall was a timeless endeavor in pure pop pleasure. Drawing references to Star Wars (“the force”) with a pulsating rhythm that can still move an ass—or a thousand—35 years later, “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” was the ideal reintroduction for Jackson, finding a spot on both the pop charts and the dance floor. The song earned Jackson his first Grammy Award as a solo artist for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

“Rock With You” also topped the pop charts—notable at a time when the slick type of R&B production of Off the Wall was having difficulty finding an audience on pop radio amid thinly veiled racist and homophobic notions that “Disco sucks.” There’s an argument to be made that “Rock With You” and the title track (also a top-10 pop hit), both written by Temperton, are the templates for the black crossover sound of the early 1980s. Indeed, that Temperton magic gave George Benson a top-five pop hit the next year with “Give Me the Night.”

Even without those hit singles, Off the Wall is a seamless listen. “Workin’ Day and Night”—a metaphor for Jackson’s work ethnic—was as “smelly jelly” as anything Jackson ever recorded. Stevie Wonder contributed the mature stepper “I Can’t Help It” to the project. The song was likely initially drawn from an earlier aborted session that Wonder did with the Jackson 5 that also produced “Buttercup.”

That Wonder, who was at the peak of his creative powers, contributed a song to Jackson’s album speaks volumes about the gravitas Jackson held, as was also the case when Paul McCartney provided the sweet little ballad “Girlfriend.” The song was a precursor to “The Girl Is Mine,” the lead single from Thriller that featured McCartney on vocals. And “Girlfriend” wasn’t even the best ballad on the album; “She’s Out of My Life” remains one of Jackson’s most mature and affecting vocal performances.

Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of African and African-American studies at Duke University and a fellow at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is the author of several books, including Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. Follow him on Twitter.

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Jessie J Covers Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”

Source: Click Music.com / All Things Michael

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Jessica J, has done a surprisingly brilliant cover of a classic Michael Jackson song for 1Xtra.

Jessie stopped by the Maida Vale studios to perform ‘Rock With You’ for CJ Beatz’s show on the BBC radio station and surprised everyone with her controlled, sexy version of the pop classic. Most of us would expect Jessie to be belting all over this, but she’s understated for once and opts for a bucket load of honey-soaked smoothness instead.

She even gives it the old Mariah fingers when she does a particularly impressive note, which is all that you could ever want from a pop cover.


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The 15 Michael Jackson Music Videos With The Best Style [GIFs]

Source: Style MTV – Gaby Wilson / Photos: Epic Records/ GIF: Jenny Shafei /MTV

There’s an avalanche of new Michael Jackson music coming out, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited about it! The King of Pop has soundtracked many the poignant moment in my life: learning the alphabet, my very first Halloween party, and even that time I befriended a killer rat. All along the way, MJ has been a beacon of iconic style from his bellbottomed Jackson 5 days to his signature band jackets, so in honor of the forthcoming release of Xscape, we’re taking a look back at his most stylish music videos.

THRILLER

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You can’t talk about MJ’s style without talking about the “Thriller” jacket. That bright cherry red. That angular V-shaped panel. The fact that it’s the style centerpiece of one of the greatest music videos of all-time. This is the definition of iconic.

BILLIE JEAN

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Michael had a knack for striking separates (something he picked up in his youth, perhaps?), and his wardrobe for ground-breaking music video “Billie Jean” was no exception. If you think a pink shirt and a bow tie is soft, try wearing them with an all-leather suit. Now who’s soft, HANH?

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BAD

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In fact, a strong leather look was an integral part of many of Michael’s video outfits, like this head-to-toe black, hardware-laden number for “Bad.”

BEAT IT

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Or this red zippered jacket for “Beat It,” where Michael plays the leader of a dance gang.

DIRTY DIANA

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Or this look for “Dirty Diana,” which is softened only slightly by a billowing white button-up. (P.S. Take special note of the grommeted, chained, medallioned belt situation.)

REMEMBER THE TIME

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Do you remember the time…you first saw MJ’s video for “Remember The Time”? I do. How can you forget the image of Michael in a gold lamé turtleneck, a metal winged harness, and a patterned skirt? The gilded Egyptian-themed short (maybe inspiration for Katy’s “Dark Horse”?) features cameos from Eddie Murphy, legendary NBA point guard Magic Johnson, and supermodel Iman. Not style related: there’s also a pretty cool Alex Mack melting effect.

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IN THE CLOSET

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Iman wasn’t the only model to get video shine from MJ. Enter “In The Closet,” which co-stars Naomi Campbell alongside an uncharacteristically casual Michael. HAI, TANK TOP!

JAM

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As with everything, Michael finds a way to make even unremarkable casual dress interesting. Take his wardrobe for “Jam”—a music video wherein one MJ (Michael Jackson) teaches another MJ (Michael Jordan) how to dance and is taught in return how to play basketball. Mike (#23) is in a tank and hoops shorts, but the King of Pop goes with an orange button up with a white paneled stripe at the bicep. #details

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US

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Better STILL is the Michael’s wardrobe for “They Don’t Care About Us”: a rastafarian vest, skin-tight jeans, and a white t-shirt printed with stick figure people with peace signs for heads. Also, he ends up ripping the shirt in half.

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LEAVE ME ALONE

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Of all the super casual Michaels, though, aviator tourist Michael from “Leave Me Alone” might be my favorite. Hawaiian shirts and Liz Taylor, y’all. *makes that phrase her Twitter bio immediately*

WE ARE THE WORLD

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Of course, we’ll always remember Michael by his gold filigree embellished admiral jackets, his crew socks and loafers, and that one right-hand glove. All of it sparkling.

BLACK OR WHITE

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But the true mark of a style star is one’s ability to stand out in anything, and MJ can pull that off a simple look like this black and white outfit (for “Black Or White”) while surrounded by classical Thai dancers in ornate traditional costumes.

ROCK WITH YOU

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Not remembered as often? Michael’s rhinestone-encrusted bodysuit from the “Rock With You” video. Come for the outfit (which, BTW, looks like a lot of the pieces The Blonds are making for all your favorite pop stars today), but stay for the Olan Mills photography-style visuals.

SCREAM

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Fast forward a decade or so and you land at “Scream”—Michael’s angsty duet with his sister Janet. Shot in black-and-white but set in an austere future world, the siblings wear their Jetsons best in matching spiked sweaters and patent leather pants.

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SMOOTH CRIMINAL

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But if there’s one look that tops the list as our favorite Michael Jackson music video outfit ever, it would have to be his look for “Smooth Criminal.” Not just because the tailoring is impeccable or the blue shirt and white separates put a refreshing spin on the classic ’20s mobster suit, but because THE DUDE (or his team) INVENTED SHOES TO PERFORM THIS DANCE MOVE. *drops mic and walks away*

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Read more: http://style.mtv.com/2014/05/08/michael-jackson-music-video-style/

MJ Remixer Frankie Knuckles Dies

Source: MJWN

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Frankie Knuckles, known as the Godfather of House Music, has died aged 59.

During the 1990s Frankie remixed many tunes by Michael Jackson, which were often released as B-Sides to his singles. These included remixes of ‘Scream’, ‘You Are Not Alone’ and ’Rock With You’. The latter is perhaps the most famous remix of Michael’s disco track. In 1997 he won a grammy for Best Remixer of the year.

Listen to his remix of ‘Rock With You’ below:

 

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