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


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

Official Charts Biggest Selling Albums In 60 Years


60 years ago this month saw the birth of the Official Albums Chart – the UK’s official weekly snapshot of popularity dedicated to one of the most influential art forms of our time.

The first ever chart, which was published in Record Mirror on 22 July 1956, saw Frank Sinatra’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers landing in the coveted Number 1 slot. Now, over half a century of vinyl, cassette, CD and download-purchasing later, nearly 1,100 albums have hit the top spot in the UK.

To mark the chart’s historic milestone and kick off July’s month-long anniversary celebrations, can today unveil the 60 biggest selling albums of all time here in Britain, as compiled by the Official Charts Company.

The “60 at 60” list also forms the centrepiece of an in-store retail campaign, which sees Official Charts team up with the three major record labels and outlets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Amazon and Morrisons to promote and sell some of the UK’s biggest selling albums this summer.

Topping the all time best sellers list is Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits, and stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK (6.1 million sales to date). Queen’s Greatest Hits II also makes it into the Top 10 at Number 10 with almost 4 million albums sold.

Michael Jackson has two entries for Thriller and Bad which sit at #6 and #9 respectively. Acts with two albums apiece in the Top 60 include Michael Jackson, Queen, The Beatles, Adele, Dido, ABBA, Paul Simon (including Simon & Garfunkel) and Fleetwood Mac.

The top ten artist are listed below:

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See the full listing here.

Thrill The World 2016


Thrill The World is friends, families and other local residents who each year join together with thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Michael Jackson’s talent by dancing simultaneously to “Thriller.”

But Thrill The World is more than dressing up and dancing to a song. We are a global community project that is inspiring others to break down barriers, connect people of all religions, race, political and economic persuasions, contribute to helping humanity, encourage environmental stewardship and encourage people to step up as leaders, visionaries, and creators.

Mark your calendars!

Thrill The World 2016 is
Sat. October 29th at 10:00 PM GMT.

Learn the Dance. Thrill The World.

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Y-Studs Release Passover Parody Cover Of Thriller

Sources: Time | All Things Michael


For Passover 2016, watch the Y-Studs (Yeshiva Students) as they guide you on an A Cappella journey through the Seder night, taking you through each tradition from the wine to the matzah to the bitter herbs and more in the most THRILLING fashion.

The Y-Studs broke out big time last May when they released an A Cappella cover video of Gad Elbaz’s “Hashem Melech” (based on Khaled’s “C’est la vie”), totalling around half a million hits online.

Popular Jewish A Cappella groups have received most attention for their entertaining holiday parody videos, a genre the Y-Studs have noticeably avoided. Jason Katz, President of the group, explained, “The Y-Studs sought to craft our unique non-parody niche for quite some time, but we thought we had a amazing idea with this one and put all of our energy into it!” Their presence in the parody market begins now, and with a big splash.

This season, the emerging all-male group from upper Manhattan collaborated with Pitch Perfect and Pentatonix partner Ed Boyer to create a musical explosion of voices covering Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” while paying tribute to the original choreography and voice over with some smooth moves and surprises of their own. You won’t be able to stop hitting repeat when you see these young men dancing near the Seder table, in the “Egyptian” desert, and even under the moonlight.

This might be the most creative Michael Jackson parody you’ve seen.


*The Y-Studs can be followed and reached via, and*


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Mama-Say Mama-Sa Mama-Ko-Sa! Manu Dibango To Hold Concert In Nairobi


Legendary Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player, Manu Dibango (real manes Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango), is headed to Nairobi.

The 82-year-old veteran jazz musician, who rose to worldwide fame thanks to his 1972 monstrous hit, Soul Makossa, will headline the bi-monthly music extravaganza, Koroga Festival, slated for May 8 at the Nairobi’s Arboretum Gardens.

He will be accompanied by his incredible band, the Soul Makossa Gang.

Dibango, who over his illustrious music career has chucked out an amazing 72 albums, latest being the Balade En Saxo in 2013, developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music.


He was a member of the seminal Congolese rumba group African Jazz, and has collaborated with many other musicians, including Fania All Stars, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Adé, Don Cherry, and Sly and Robbie.

In 1998, Dibango recorded the album, CubAfrica, with Cuban artiste Eliades Ochoa.

Soul Makossa, the song, influenced several popular music hits, including Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, as well as his re-recording of that song with Akon, the Fugees’ Cowboys and Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music.


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Sources: The Star | All Things Michael

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

Navy Band Performs Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ And Zombie Dance

Sources: Navy Times – By David Larter | All Things Michael


The King of Pop, zombies and … sailors in summer whites?

The Navy Band went all out for its performance last summer at the Navy Memorial, doing an epic cover of Michael Jackson’s iconic 1982 hit “Thriller.” Not only did they nail the music — as always — they owned it: Look to the 1:30 mark for zombie sailors.

The lyrics are belted out with feeling by Musician 1st Class Maia Rodriguez. The Band was conducted by Capt. Brian Walden and the piece was arranged by Senior Chief Musician Scott Silbert.

Check it out.


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Sports Doctor Shares His Musical Playlist To Enhance Athletic Performance

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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…

Doctor’s orders

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.


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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