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TIME TO CELEBRATE MICHAEL!

December 13, 2010

In a couple of days we will resume vindication work – we are human too and sometimes need to make a celebration.  The release of Michael’s new album MICHAEL is so big an event that we definitely need to arrange a party on this occasion. We cannot expect anyone else to make it for us – so let’s do all by ourselves and together with Michael in the first place.

When Michael was writing those songs he was most probably hoping for a day when people would hear them – and this day has finally come. Just imagine how long he has been waiting for it and you will realize that it is a great day not only for us but for Michael as well.

Listen to him – Michael is here again, singing to us, talking to us, telling what he wanted to say but never had a chance to, so put everything aside and catch the magic of the moment….

Since the idea to celebrate has come to me only just now, no arrangements have been made for it. Let’s make it as natural as it can only be and compile it of all good pieces of news about Michael’s album that come our way these days.

The first news was sent by Olga.   It is an update on I-tunes Music Charts for Michael in Europe, Dec. 13, 2010 where the album was released last week:

UPDATE ON I-TUNES MUSIC CHARTS for “Michael”

-Germany: #1   Belgium: #1   Denmark: #1    Italy: #1   Luxembourg: #1
-Switzerland: #1    New Zealand: #1   France: #1    Greece: #1
-Sweden: #2    Austria: #2    Australia: #3   Netherlands: #3
-UK: #4

ITUNES STORE TOP 10 ALBUMS Dec. 14, 2010

Out of the 22 countries mentioned below MICHAEL is:

  • No.1 in six of them,
  • No.2 in another six countries
  • No.3 in four more countries (15 countries altogether).

http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/charts/top10albums.html

In Holland the album had 30.000 sales (gold) and in France 25.000 (gold) the first day of its release sometime last week. Today they also counted 25.000 in Netherlands (gold). In Greece is no 1 album in sales as we speak –  it was released last Friday.

Susanne reports that a press release in Germany of Dec. 21, 2010 says the album has become No.1 in their country. Cheers to all Germans!

  • I proudly would like to let you know that “Michael” is a big success in Germany. It is #1 in the official German album charts of Media Control (leading market research enterprise incl. charts research).
  • Headline: ‘The “King of Pop” grabs the crown of the charts’.
    It says that MJ returns to the throne of the album charts and that “Michael” shooted up to the top rightaway, now being the 7th #1 record of the King of Pop.Link of the press release: http://www.media-control.de/der-king-of-pop-schnappt-sich-die-krone-der-charts.html

Louise has sent information about Kadir Nelson, author of a cover picture for the album:

The California-based artist Kadir Nelson has been drawing Michael Jackson since he was eight years old. Now, his art work will grace the cover of Jackson’s posthumous album, “Michael”:


Other Michael’s friends who are also celebrating have turned the picture into a gigantic poster:

Look at those tiny figures on the poster and you'll see how big it is

The album opens with “HOLD MY HAND”. Isn’t it something Michael Jackson is expecting of us right now ? To hold him by his hand? Especially when many of his supporters are so confused, lost and don’t know whom and what to believe…

HOLD MY HAND:

Joe Vogel says about the song:

    • “Hold My Ha and” is a simple, but powerful song that embodies so much of what fans loved about Michael Jackson. Intro is a variation of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major (Jackson was an avid lover of classical music). Jackson’s vocal is understated, but effective, capturing a combination of joy, yearning, and sadness. The opening lyric (“This life don’t last forever…”) is a poignant reminder of the transience of life. This is a catharsis song for many listeners. There will always be a place and need for songs that bring people together, reminding us to love, bridge divides and connect.

Here are some more opinions and the first reviews:

Michael Jackson’s New Album: It’s Out, and It’s Really Pretty Good

By: Roger Friedman in Celebrity // December 7th, 2010 at 5:11 PM UTC

Michael Jackson‘s new album, “Michael,” is out. I have my copy. And guess what? An electronics store in mid town Manhattan actually put a pile of them on sale today by accident. They were a week too soon– or “Much Too Soon” to quote a title from the new album. Anyway, after I told them, they put it away. My copy didn’t come from the store. (I was buying a camera.)

The best thing about the finished album: “Breaking News” is great. It’s all Michael singing all the way through it. Sony screwed up the mix on the Michael Jackson website last month, which sent his fans into shock. But the real mix is clearly Michael’s vocals from beginning to end. It’s a very good track.

The other tracks made with Eddie Cascio, first conceived by his brother Frank Cascio with co-writer James Porte, are excellent. Both “Keep Your Head Up” and “Monster,” the latter featuring 50 Cent, are destined for singles. Again, they are clearly all Michael. “Monster” is destined to be a Monster hit.

The other standouts are the Lenny Kravitz recording, “Another Day,” and “I Like the Way You Love Me.” The latter is a different version from the one known to fans, and on the video in this column. It’s been totally re-conceived. And it has a nice snippet of Michael talking on work tape. This also is so ready for radio play–it will be a welcome addition to the airwaves.

The sleeper track: a little funk number called “Behind the Mask.”

Considering all his complaining, I was surprised to find Michael’s nephew, Taryll Jackson, featured on a track. On the album’s liner notes, the album is dedicated to “Michael’s children, Katherine Jackson, and the entire Jackson family.”

http://www.showbiz411.com/2010/12/07/michael-jacksons-new-album-its-out-and-its-really-pretty-good

Critics say Michael Jackson album better than feared

By Jill Serjeant Jill Serjeant Fri Dec 10, 4:30 pm ET

June 27, 1999

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A sentimental video for Michael Jackson’s new single “Hold My Hand” was released on Thursday as music critics paid grudging respect to the first album of new Jackson material since his death 18 months ago.

Heart-tugging clips from the King of Pop’s performance archive, mixed with children singing and multicultural images of happiness, mark the four-minute music video for “Hold My Hand” — a duet recorded with R&B singer and producer Akon in 2007 that is the first official single on the album “Michael”.

It was released on Jackson’s official website, http://www.michaeljackson.com, ahead of the December 14 debut of “Michael” — a collection of 10 songs completed by various record producers after the singer’s sudden death in June 2009 due to an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other drugs.

Despite media skepticism and some dissent within Jackson family ranks, early reviews largely found “Michael” better than expected, if below the perfectionist standards the “Thriller” singer might have wished for.

“He would not have released anything like this compilation, a grab bag of outtakes and outlines assembled by Jackson’s (Sony) record label,” said Rolling Stone. But the magazine acknowledged that the songs were recognizably Jackson songs, adding that “‘Michael’ can be compelling.”

USA Today said the collection of ballads, dance songs and R&B tracks, including collaborations with rapper 50 Cent and rocker Lenny Kravitz, “is a credible musical effort that can’t be dismissed” and contained a few treasures.

Entertainment Weekly awarded the album a “B”, calling it “certainly no great affront to his name”, while The New York Times said it was a “miscellany of familiar Jackson offerings: inspirational, loving, resentful and paranoid.”

Opinion in Britain — where Jackson had planned a series of 50 comeback concerts in the summer of 2009 — was generally more enthusiastic.

Music website NME.com said the track “Behind the Mask” was “an absolute revelation” on which “Jackson howls a solid-gold melody at his fearsome best.”

Telegraph newspaper critic Neil McCormick said Jackson “bursts with verve and confidence” and said the album “may well be Jackson’s best work since his Eighties glory days.”

“It is certainly a great deal better than anyone had the right to expect…Jackson is finally about to get the comeback he craved,” McCormick wrote.

“Michael” is the first album of new Jackson material since his disappointing “Invincible” in 2001, and the first in a $250 million deal between Sony and the executors of Jackson’s estate to release 10 albums of new material through 2017.

Jackson’s physician at the time of his death, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and he has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101210/en_nm/us_michaeljackson_5

Dec: 6-12: Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Album: Tribute Or Classic?

Posted Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:44am PST by Billy Johnson, Jr. in That’s Really Week

Critics question how “Michael” could live up to the King Of Pop’s legacy since he was not around to have input on the final product.

But producers and collaborators who worked on the project feel confident that the world-renowned artist would approve of the material.

“I would say that this is a masterpiece,” long-time Jackson collaborator Teddy Riley told the Associated Press, comparing the record to Jackson’s best work, “Thriller” and “Off The Wall.”

Rock musician Lenny Kravitz, who worked on the album’s song “I Can’t Make It Another Day,” feels the same way about his contribution to the record. “I know he stood behind it, so I’m cool with what I did,” Kravitz told AP. “I was proud to put it out and knew that he’d be all over it, that he’d be really with it.”

John Branca, a former Jackson attorney and co-executor of the singer’s estate, believes “Michael” will be received as positively as Jackson’s “This Is It” documentary, which was in theaters four months after Jackson’s June 2009 passing.

Akon‘s perspective might best reflect the way the album should be perceived. “I wouldn’t compare this album to any of his albums,” Akon told AP. “The albums that he made up ‘til now were legendary … Mike at his peak, at the height of his creativity,” said Akon.

“This is not like a finished product that you can compare anything to,” he said. “It’s more of an album that you can hold onto to commemorate and appreciate his legacy.”

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/thatsreallyweek/124962/dec-6-12-michael-jacksons-posthumous-album-tribute-or-classic/

Posthumous Michael Jackson album leaves others to fill in the blanks

01:00 AM EST on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

By Rick Massimo

Journal Pop Music Writer

The album comprises the single “Breaking News” and nine more tracks “recently completed using music from the original vocal tracks and music created by the credited producers.” They include Teddy Riley, Theron “Neff-U” Feemster and Lenny Kravitz, according to the back cover.

In other words, the album tracks are demos — reportedly dating from the early ’80s to shortly before Jackson’s 2009 death — whose blanks have been filled in without his oversight.

That affects the final product, not surprisingly, in different ways. Some of these tracks feel skeletal: The opening “Hold My Hand,” with skilled but ultimately unnecessary guest vocals from Akon, truly feels unfinished, lacking in scope. You get the feeling that if Jackson had had a shot at finishing it off, there would have been more grandeur, as the gorgeous “(I Like) The Way You Love Me” makes clear by contrast. (A piece of that track was released on 2004’s “Ultimate Collection,” but is stunningly reworked here.)

On the other hand, Jackson’s more recent work (relatively, that is — he hadn’t had a disc of new material out since 2001’s “Invincible”) felt driven by his compulsions — to not only return to the charts but to dominate them, as well as to dish out body checks to the media stars who had covered his personal problems to distraction. And there’s some of that on “Michael” — “Monster” (despite a surprisingly strong cameo from 50 Cent) and the single “Breaking News” are too angry to groove, and “Hollywood Tonight” isn’t far behind.

But there are great moments as well, including the classic-sounding “Best of Joy,” with a lovely vocal performance; “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day,” with Kravitz in full force, is a rock anthem that manages to be chilly and future-driven, without sacrificing soul; and “Much Too Soon” is leavened with accordion and harmonica, a reminder that for all his dance-floor mastery Jackson could sing anything.

The questions remain: How close to finished are any of these tracks? How close to Jackson’s vision do the final products come? Would he have even released these songs? Would “Michael” have heralded an artistic and commercial comeback, or been another step in the frustrating decline of the man who basically redefined the role of pop star?

We just don’t know, but we have some beautiful music to listen to while we wonder. Which seems to be the answer to nearly every question we’ve ever had about Michael Jackson. http://www.projo.com/news/content/JACKSON_ALBUM_12-14-10_LDLF3IA_v12.3162208.html

The album hits stores in the UK.  TOO GOOD TO MISS

Michael Jackson’s posthumous album ‘Michael’ is occasionally thrilling

Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7:00 AM

Jay Lustig/The Star-Ledger
The new Michael Jackson song “Breaking News” can be heard as one last cry from the grave by the King of Pop, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50.

Once again, we hear him professing to abhor the media attention he lived with every day: “Everybody wanting a piece of Michael Jackson/Reporters stalking the moves of Michael Jackson.”

Once again, he tells us that he wasn’t who we thought he was: “Who is the boogie man you thinkin’ of?”

He had to live with the public’s obsession with him. Even in death, it won’t go away.

“No matter what, you just wanna read it again/No matter what, you just wanna feed it again,” he sings, accusingly, his pain sounding very real, not just the affectation of a superstar crying “poor me.”

“Breaking News,” recorded in the Franklin Lakes home where Jackson lived for three months in 2007, is from his posthumous album, “Michael.” The 10-track album, which also features two other songs recorded during his time in Franklin Lakes, is being released today amid yet another wave of Michael Jackson scandals.

Jackson’s brother Randy has claimed — without presenting any evidence — that the vocals on the album aren’t Michael’s. (If so, Epic Records found the world’s greatest imitator.) The Discovery Channel is planning to broadcast a reenactment of Jackson’s autopsy next month, in the United Kingdom. Executors of Jackson’s estate are squabbling with his mother.

The album itself is bound to set up another round of debate, too, about whether the producers and musicians called in to finish Jackson’s leftover tracks did right by him.

There are some choices that just don’t work: a clunky rap by 50 Cent on “Monster”; the corny cheering-crowd sound effects and lite-jazz sax on “Behind the Mask.” But the album is not a travesty, either.

“Much Too Soon,” believed to date back to the “Thriller” era, is a lovely, vulnerable ballad. “Hold My Hand,” featuring Akon (and starting with the eerie line, “This life don’t last forever”), is an irresistible pop song, as is “(I Like) the Way You Love Me” (previously available, in demo form, on the 2004 anthology “Ultimate Collection”).

“(I Can’t Make It) Another Day,” featuring Lenny Kravitz and Dave Grohl, is one of Jackson’s most convincing stabs at heavy rock, and “Behind the Mask,” if you can get beyond the cheesy production, is a psychodrama that can hypnotize you, much like “Billie Jean” did…

Read more: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2010/12/michael_jacksons_posthumous_al.html

Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’: A solid album

By Leah Greenblatt, EW.com

December 14, 2010 — Updated 1305 GMT (2105 HKT)

(EW.com) — Whatever creative evolution Michael Jackson intended for himself in middle age, we will never really know; his legacy now falls to the executors who control his vast musical estate.

One can understand, though, why the superstar went quiet after releasing his last album of new material, 2001’s respectable if ultimately underwhelming “Invincible.” A famously relentless perfectionist in the studio, he kept his post-“Invincible” recording sessions under wraps while peers like Prince and Madonna remained relatively prolific.

But death, as late icons from Johnny Cash to Tupac Shakur have shown us, can be a great motivator — at least for the beneficiaries left behind. Even before Jackson went on to become by far the best-selling artist of last year, the posthumous product rush seemed inevitable. Now, in addition to the MJ-themed videogame, docu-film, and Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, his estate has promised seven more releases over the next seven years.

The material on “Michael” is not by any means a deep dive into the Jackson archives; nearly all the songs are culled from the last five years of his life. Opener and first single “Hold My Hand” supplies the broad, pleasing fervor of an official theme song for a World Cup or Summer Olympics — an ideal repository for soaring choruses and generic lyrical uplift. “Hollywood Tonight,” from 2007, feels leaner and more urgent, crackling with Jackson’s trademark percussive shuffle and pop. The gospel-tinged bromide ”Keep Your Head Up” offers a well-intentioned but somewhat soggy lead-in to the feathery, sweet-toned swoon of “(I Like) The Way You Love Me.” Window-smashing theatrics juxtapose with airy, danceable coos and a rat-a-tat 50 Cent guest spot on ”Monster” (the beast in question, it turns out, is fame).

”Breaking News” delivers Jackson’s now-requisite anti-tabloid screed, albeit with satisfyingly melodic gall, while ”(I Can’t Make It) Another Day,” featuring Lenny Kravitz and Dave Grohl, galvanizes him further, yielding the album’s most genuinely fierce moment. The propulsive synths and vocodered trills on the otherwise intriguing ”Behind the Mask” seem oddly dated by sax flourishes — though perhaps that makes it a good companion to the lilting closer ”Much Too Soon,” an actual relic of the early ’80s (the track dates back to his “Thriller” days).

As musical epitaphs go, “Michael” is a solid album, arguably stronger than “Invincible” and certainly no great affront to his name. But it can be hard to listen and not wonder what he would have done differently — or if he would have wanted us to hear it at all. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/13/michael.jackson.ew/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Fans gather as Jackson’s new album hits stores

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sandy Kenyon
Entertainment News

NEW YORK (WABC) — Michael Jackson’s new album comes out Tuesday, more than a year after his death.

Hollywood on the Hudson had a listening party Monday night for the music left behind by the late King of Pop. Just hours before the release of the album, called simply “Michael,” devoted fans gathered at Roseland Ballroom in Midtown.

And for the fans, it was a “Thriller” of a night – the chance to be among the first to hear new music from the legendary performer.

The first single is a duet with Akon called “Hold My Hand.”

“You know, the holding of the hands just unites everyone as one,” Akon said. “So ‘Hold My Hand’ was the whole thing. Let’s find a way, through music, that can get in these ears and pass this message down.”

Other guest stars on the record include rappers 50 Cent and Jay-Z.

Three tracks were recorded in the basement of a home owned by New Jersey family who befriended Jackson.

“What this album is, is the best they could do with the material they had,” said Christopher Farley, of The Wall Street Journal. “And it certainly falls short of Michael Jackson’s standards of perfection.”

Farley listened to an advanced copy of the album and talked with those close to the late superstar.

“What the representatives of the estate told me, they said it would’ve been a sin to sit on this material,” he said.

Fans surely would agree.

“Michael Jackson means everything to me,” one fan said. “His music is everything to me.”

More new music is better than no new music, even if it falls short of Jackson’s very best. And like it or not, look for more where this came from, because in the 18 months since he died, the Michael Jackson estate has earned $275 million in profit.

There were also concerns from members of the Jackson family who came forward to question the record’s authenticity. But Jackson’s record company hired experts to determine whether or not it was really him singing, and they are very confident the tracks are genuine. And they say there is at least another album’s worth of material left in the vaults.

(Copyright ©2010 WABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/entertainment&id=7842425&rss=rss-wabc-article-7842425

New CDs in Review (12/14/10)

By The Denver Post

Posted: 12/14/2010 01:00:00 AM MST
“Michael” is a collection of 10 songs cobbled together since the King of Pop’s death in June 2009. (Associated Press file )

It’s OK to seek solace in the warmth of Michael Jackson’s voice on “Michael,” his first CD of new material in nine years.

It’s also fine to feel dirty while listening to the disc, a collection of 10 songs cobbled together since the King of Pop’s unusual death in June 2009.

“Michael” creates a conundrum similar to that of the release of the film “This Is It” last fall, just a few months after Jackson’s death, and that is no coincidence. With the film, we couldn’t not watch it. Jackson remains that magnetic a personality. We, as a world, watched intently.

I saw the film in New Zealand in a theater packed full of Kleenex-wielding Kiwis in mourning. We were still in awe of his talent. And we felt guilty about viewing concert-rehearsal footage, because we were watching something he never meant for us to see.

The feel-good notes surrounding the release of “Michael” often try to sidestep the fact that these songs were finished posthumously. From the press materials: “Using the roadmap Michael provided with his notes, his voice and the creative ideas he had shared, they (the producers) took the songs left by Michael in various stages of production and completed the album. Here is Michael’s work, brought to life by them.”

It’s nice and all, but even Jackson’s casual fans are aware of the artist’s intense, perfectionist work ethic and his legendary, controlling personality when it came to his music. Is this really “Michael’s work?” Kind of. But should we settle for kind of?

If you’re the kind of fan who demands new MJ jams, you don’t have much choice. There are parts of “Michael” that sound like him. His recent work is marked by inconsistency, sprinkled with genius and riddled with anachronistic ’80s pop sensibilities — and “Michael” is all of those things.

His work with rapper 50 Cent is wildly incoherent, a missed attempt at Lady Gaga’s postmodern zeitgeist. But his collaboration with Lenny Kravitz, “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day,” is the strongest song on the record — a throwback to a “Bad”-era Jackson who still defined American pop/rock sensibilities.

There’s a difference between demo-ing a song — even bringing a track into post-production — and deciding to include it on the final product. Many artists will finish a song only to cut it from the record. Jackson was known for a discerning ear when judging his own work.

Yes, he was obsessed with his public image, but it’s hard to imagine a world where he would have let the ridiculous “Breaking News” out in its current form. And “Keep Your Head Up” has all the good intentions in the world, but it’s still a failed R&B jam.

The record’s anthemic single is “Hold My Hand,” a collaboration with Akon, and it’s a natural hit — thanks in part to the smart, modern, dub-tinged production that makes the song sound like something off a Rhianna record. Cheers to Akon for modernizing Jackson’s inimitable style — and to Kravitz, too, for lending his slinky brand of funk to the Jackson camp.

The Kravitz song, which features Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums, helps bring “Michael” to an unusually strong close — with the help of “Behind the Mask,” a smart update on the Yellow Magic Orchestra song of the same name.

It’s not what we would have gotten from Jackson, but some fans will argue that it’s better than reissues of older material. Ricardo Baca http://www.denverpost.com/music/ci_16850155?source=rss

Michael Jackson’s new album Michael – exclusive track by track review

by Clemmie Moodie, Daily Mirror 2/12/2010

Michael Jackson ' One More Chance' video

THE wait is over – and the biggest and most unlikely album of the decade is here.

I’ve had the first ever listen to Michael Jackson’s new collection of tracks, compiled 17 months after he died.

And the album, called Michael, is not half Bad – even if some of the vocals sound slightly less than Jackson-esque.

MJ’s brother Randy has said it’s not Michael on the record but after having an earwig myself, I am satisfied it really IS Michael Jackson.

His voice is unmistakable in the majority of tracks, including personal favourites, Monster and Hollywood Tonight. Now the late star, who died aged 50, is odds-on to trounce his rivals from beyond the grave.

Yep, it’s game on between Take That and Jacko as the Thriller star is tipped to land the No1 Christmas album slot.

HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “There’s a huge chance Michael will sneak in and get the top spot from Take That.

“Take That have sold over one million copies already, but someone of Michael Jackson’s status, with his fanbase, has a massive chance of knocking them off. His fans are so excited – like Elvis it keeps adding to the MJ momentum.”

You just can’t Beat It.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/12/02/michael-jackson-s-new-album-michael-exclusive-track-by-track-review-115875-22755516/

A look back at Michael Jackson’s successful posthumous career

by Ashleigh Rainbird, Daily Mirror 2/12/2010

  • June 25, 2009 Dies at rented mansion in LA.
  • July 7, 2009 Memorial held in LA’s Staples Centre, right, featuring Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie and Shaheen Jafargholi.
  • March 16, 2010 Jackson estate signs new deal with Sony covering back catalogue.
  • June 15, 2010 Song and dance game Michael Jackson: The Experience is announced for release, being the first to combine Kinect and PlayStation Move.
  • June 21, 2010 Jackson reported to have made $1bn since his death, selling 35 million albums.
  • June 25, 2010 Fans besieged his Hollywood Walk of Fame and family home on the first anniversary of his death.
  • November 3, 2010 Cirque du Soleil announced Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour in October 2011 in Montreal.
  • November 4, 2010 New album, called Michael, announced.
  • November 15, 2010 First single from the album – Hold My Hand, a duet with Akon – is released.
  • November 25, 2010 Pre-orders put Michael first in the run-up to the Christmas No1 album.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/12/02/a-look-back-at-michael-jackson-s-successful-posthumous-career-115875-22755514/

Jackson’s ‘Michael’ imperfect but worth it

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY

The Associated Press

updated 12/13/2010 10:43:02 AM ET 2010-12-13T15:43:02

Anyone hoping that “Michael,” an album culled from Michael Jackson’s vaults, would rival “Thriller,” “Off the Wall” or even “Dangerous” will likely be disappointed when they hear the first posthumous release credited to the King of Pop.

But that’s not to say that “Michael,” consisting mainly of material Jackson was working on during the last two years of his life, should be considered a disappointment or an artistic letdown — especially if the listener accepts it for what it is, and that’s not a Michael Jackson album.

Had Jackson not died last year, chances are he’d still be working on a follow-up to his last album, 2001’s “Invincible,” spending millions of dollars and untold hours trying to come up with an album that would outdo Kanye, Beyonce and whoever else was ruling the charts at the moment. None of the songs on “Michael” had been completed at the time of his death, and there’s no way of knowing if the perfectionist Jackson would have deemed them worthy of the album he was trying to create — or thrown them into the discard pile.

“Michael” should then be judged for what it is: a snapshot of Jackson’s musical thought process — Photoshopped and airbrushed, but still enjoyable.

Jackson’s estate selected producers such as “Dangerous” producer Teddy Riley and Tricky Stewart (Beyonce, Rihanna) to put the finishing touches on the album’s 10 tracks.

It’s unclear how much studio wizardy was required to get the songs into top shape, but if “Hold My Hand” (the first single with Akon) is any indication, there wasn’t much. The song had leaked onto the Internet a few years ago, and while this version is more polished, Jackson’s vocals — tender, sweet but strong — sound almost identical to what circulated on the Web years ago. The ballad itself is saccharine and generic, but Jackson’s soulful performance gives it all the charm it needs.

Story: Jackson album required digital enhancement

Jackson co-wrote several of the songs on “Michael,” and the recurring themes that ran throughout Jackson’s work are evident here as he paints himself as the victim of the tabloids in “Monster” and “Breaking News,” two of the album’s weaker tracks. “Breaking News,” while it has noteworthy lines (“he wanna write my obituary” Jackson intones in one part), seems the most unfinished with nonsensical lyrics and a chorus that repeats Jackson’s name incessantly. “Hollywood Tonight” also warns of the dangers of seeking fame, this time with a young woman fooled by its lure.

There’s no song on “Michael” that will rank among Jackson’s best work, but there are a few that stand out. “(I Like) the Way You Love Me” is a groovy midtempo song that recalls a classic doo-wop sound; “Best of Joy” is a dreamy, airy track that features Jackson’s vocals at their heart-melting best, without a melange of sound effects and the vocal hiccups that often distracted the listener from that amazing voice; and “Keep Your Head Up” is a lovely inspirational anthem that accomplishes its mission with each listen.

We’ll never know whether “Michael” would have been anything close to the album that Jackson might have released had he lived, but by releasing these songs, fans can know that the King of Pop was off to a promising start.

“Michael” does nothing to detract from Jackson’s amazing legacy and, if anything, gives us a little bit more to cherish, however imperfect.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40641295/ns/today-entertainment/

Michael Jackson Lives On at Roseland Ballroom

After much screeching, whining and jumping up and down, I was lucky enough to score VIP admission to last night’s party at Roseland Ballroom, commemorating Michael Jackson’s career and celebrating today’s release of the posthumous album Michael on Epic Records. The album features unfinished material recorded before Jackson’s death, and includes tracks featuring Akon, Will.I.Am and others.

Admission to the party was free but not guaranteed, even with a ticket. Though I didn’t actually see any screaming, crying or kicking, getting in the door required a little persistence and some willingness to ignore the demands of multiple police officers, no matter whose list you were on.

Inside, as DJ Cassidy spun Jackson’s greatest hits and tracks from the new album, shiny jackets, sparkly gloves, loafers and fedoras began to fill the room. Some attendees sported only one or two glimmering accessories, while others came fully decked out in impressive impersonator garb. The earliest to arrive took advantage of the opportunity to show off their crotch-grabs and moonwalks on the still-mostly-empty dance floor, complete with spotlights.

Upstairs, I ran smack into an old friend from high school and band camp: Kwabena Edwards. “What are you doing here?!?” I shrieked, before I managed to put two and two together. “Oh my God, Oh my God!” I said, “Are you dancing in the show?!? Oh my God!” After a hug and some more shrieking (on both ends), Kwabz excused himself to go perform in a professional dance troupe in the middle of the crowd.

“Michael always has and will always be one of the biggest inspirations in my life,” he told me later. “I do what I do for a living because of him. Tonight was the best night of my life and I would do it all over again for him. I love you Michael! Miss you!”

Kwabena’s words echoed the sentiment of the whole evening. Even if you’re not a nutjob like us, there’s an undeniable air of euphoria that Jackson fans bring to any celebration of his work. People from all walks of life dance together, and all the drama seems to fly out the window.

A drink or two after running into Kwabz, I went out for a smoke and ran into another familiar face: That of my boss, who promptly instructed me to drink more and start talking to minor celebrities. I had to make a fool of myself in front of some vaguely important people before he would allow me to make a fool of myself on the dance floor.

First, I spotted Danielle Staub, of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and asked about her favorite Michael Jackson songs. (Known for being a massive bitch on TV, Staub was surprisingly friendly in person, but when I told her I was a reporter, she still yanked her publicist over to supervise our conversation.) “Thriller,” she said, and “back in the day, ‘Ben’ – the Jackson Five.” I asked her if she’d ever seen Jackson perform live. “Well I am 48, but shhhh! Don’t tell. I wore the glove.”

Next, I asked one of several massive bodyguards, surrounding a much smaller man, if the celebrity he was guarding was Akon. To be fair, it was dark, I was tipsy, and he was wearing a hat and sunglasses. But my pasty white ass was still very, very wrong. The client was Blackstreet member Teddy Riley, one of the co-producers Michael. I was disgusted with myself: “No Diggity” was, hands down, my favorite song of the ‘90s. Teddy told me his favorite MJ song is “Remember The Time”—surprise, surprise—one of the handful of earlier MJ songs he also helped produce.

Finally, I accosted Emil Wilbekin, former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe magazine. My editor and I couldn’t believe Emil’s claims that he’d never actually spoken to MJ in person, but he did tell me that he saw Michael in both the Jackson Five and in a Madison Square Garden performance just before 9/11. His favorite MJ song?“ ‘Off The Wall’ —no, wait—‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.’”

Alas, the night stopped before we’d gotten nearly enough. The doors opened at 8, but the hall wasn’t full until around 9, and the music stopped promptly at 10:57. On the way home, my cab driver, Anthony, blasted Christmas carols on the stereo. After politely ignoring his request to take me out to dinner, I asked him if he liked Michael Jackson. He smiled enthusiastically, and shouted, “Of course! Everyone loves Michael Jackson!”

Photo courtesy of Wire Image. http://www.nypress.com/blog-7908-michael-jackson-lives-on-at-roseland-ballroom.html

Rehearsal an hour before the party:

Dance Highlights from MICHAEL NYC CD Release Party:


NEW JACKSON ALBUM OUT

9.43AM   Tue Dec 14 2010

Inside the Roseland Ballroom

Crowds gathered at the launch of Michael Jackson’s new album at the Roseland Ballroom in New York.

His classic songs were played out while dancers performed to hits such as ‘Remember the time’ and ‘Billie Jean’.

Music producers Teddy Riley, Theron “Neff-U” Feemster and Eddie Cascio went there to launch “Michael” a ten-track album featuring collaborations with Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz.

Cascio said:

  • “I think he would love it. I really do. It’s a great album. One song is stronger than the other and I think he’d be very happy. I think he’s smiling on all of us right now.”

Riley a friend of Michael Jacksons said:

  • I think he would come out, wave his hand and go like this ‘I love you.'”

It’s the first album of new Jackson material since ‘Invincible’ in 2001. http://www.itv.com/news/new-jackson-album-out28673/

Michael Jackson’s MICHAEL Has King Of Pop’s ‘Spirit,’ producer says. “This feels like Michael, this feels like the spirit of Michael,” Teddy Riley tells MTV News.

Dec 14 2010 12:59 PM EST 1,109

By Jayson Rodriguez  with reporting by Steven Roberts

Teddy Riley at MICHAEL release party

Teddy Riley had a long-standing working relationship with Michael Jackson, and the producer said Jackson’s latest project, Michael, is as authentic an LP as any of the superstar’s past work.

“Oh, they’re gonna say this is him, that’s the first thing,” Riley told MTV News about fan’s anticipated reaction to the set. “And this feels good. This feels like Michael, this feels like the spirit of Michael. And we love him, that’s what they’re gonna say.”

The project, which arrived in stores and online Tuesday (December 14), is the first posthumous MJ collection since the singer died in June 2009.

Riley, along with Akon, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, The-Dream) and a host of other producers and songwriters were commissioned to complete the project, which was birthed from a spate of unfinished material in Jackson’s archives. In the past, Riley has helmed MJ’s Dangerous album, on which he produced “Remember the Time” and “Jam,” among other tracks.

For Michael, which Riley was called in to work on during the last three months of production, the former Guy and Blackstreet member had a handy trick to help him retrieve the vibe he shared with MJ.

“Just by bringing his spirit in the room, in the actual studio,” Riley explained. “I had his pictures all over the place. Time after time, I would [also] go back and forth to Thriller and listen to all the music to get the spirit and keep his spirit in the room. To keep the bad energy out of the room.

He was always about the good energy. Anytime there was a negative energy, nothing would happen. The computers would react, they would just go out.

There was serious spirits in the room. Shutting down computers. That was the problems we were going through. But when it felt good and the energy was good, everything went smooth and we got through the project.”

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1654228/20101214/jackson_michael.jhtml

Randy Taraborrelli speaks about the new album with CBS news:

look at the star

Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ Track-By-Track

by Jason Lipshutz with Gail Mitchell and Gary Graff  |  December 08, 2010 12:00 EST

Before his untimely death in June 2009, Michael Jackson had been formulating a new batch of material that would have served as the follow-up to 2001’s “Invincible.” Although Jackson would sadly never see the release of this group of songs, an all-star team of producers and collaborators was assembled to complete the King Of Pop’s vision and finish “Michael,” Jackson’s first posthumous album.

Set for a Dec. 14 release on Epic, “Michael” is bursting with pop hooks and Jackson’s unique vocal energy. The 10 tracks form an impressively cohesive disc that features production from C. “Tricky” Stewart, Teddy Riley and Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, and guest spots by Lenny Kravitz and 50 Cent. Most importantly, “Michael” maintains the uplifting tone that Jackson intended for this collection of songs: “He wanted to put out music that was positive enough to bring the world together,” says Akon, who duets on first single “Hold My Hand.”

Several of the album’s key producers and collaborators — including Akon, Riley and Stewart — talked to Billboard.com about the making of each track, and what it meant to contribute to a project as monumental as “Michael.”

1. “Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon)
Akon originally wrote this uplifting single for himself, but after being tapped by Jackson to help piece together the King of Pop’s next album, the Senegalese singer decided that Jackson’s presence on the track was vital. “The song was pretty much finished, but his delivery creates a whole other environment — his tone and energy just made that record seem completely different,” says Akon, who ended up recording the song with Jackson in Las Vegas in 2008. “We decided we would make it his record featuring myself, because I felt like he’d give it more mileage, and the record would be so, so much bigger if it was a Michael Jackson record.”

2. “Hollywood Tonight
A cautionary tale built around breakneck beats, “Hollywood Tonight” finds Jackson telling an intense story of a girl who lets glamour go to her head. The track sounds like Britney Spears’ “Lucky” crossed with Justin Timberlake’s “Lovestoned,” but co-producer Teddy Riley had Jackson’s own hits in mind when concocting its danceable sound. “I was looking at just doing the next level of ‘Billie Jean’ meets ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Doggin’ Me Around,'” says the producer, who previously worked with Jackson on tracks like “Remember the Time” and “Dangerous.” “It’s like one of those driving bass lines that you will remember.”

3. “Keep Your Head Up”
“Give me your wings so we can fly,” Jackson sings on this inspirational track, which feeds off of swelling backing vocals and slow handclaps at its conclusion. R&B producer C. “Tricky” Stewart was brought in to “add a last bit of polish” to the track, but he says that all of the components of a classic Jackson song were already in place. “It starts small, gets big and ends with a big choir and big drums-the Jackson sound that everybody has come to know and love,” says Stewart.

4. “(I Like) The Way You Love Me
“(I Like) The Way You Love Me” begins with the audio recording of a voicemail Jackson left his engineer, in which he sings the hook and describes the drum arrangement of the track. The simple sketch eventually led to this blissful love song, which recalls “The Way You Make Me Feel” with its layered vocals and gentle percussion. “It’s a song he had in his heart for many years,” says Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, who worked with Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx prior to co-producing the track alongside Jackson in Los Angeles. “I’m glad he trusted me enough to complete his vision.”

5. “Monster” (featuring 50 Cent)
After opening with a terrifying scream, “Monster” quickly unveils its stuttering beat as Jackson begins lashing out at those who see him as “an animal;” at its climax, the singer can only manage the painful question, “Why?”

Riley says that the harrowing song was too slow ( it is amazing that Riley says that – it proves my hypothesis that the record was sped up and this was what enhanced Michael’s vibrato!) this is when he first began working on it, and that he spent a while adding some funk to the darker themes. “I brought in guitars. I brought in bass. I brought in keys. I brought a lot of effects and sounds that kinda took it to the next level,” says Riley. The producer also worked with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who added a bruising verse to the song earlier this year. “Michael always wanted to work with 50,” says Riley. “He came right in and did what he does, and took it in another direction, and it came out incredible.”

6. “Best of Joy”
One of the last songs that Jackson worked on before passing away, “Best of Joy”‘s message of commitment takes on a new resonance in the wake of the singer’s death: “I am forever,” Jackson coos, adding, “We’ll never part/Our love is from the heart.” Feemster says that the track was completely finished before Jackson’s death, and that it was meant to be unveiled during his “This Is It” tour. “You can’t help but smile when you hear it,” the producer says of the song.

7. “Breaking News”
When it first debuted in early November, “Breaking News” presented a more defensive side of Jackson, who attacks the media for turning him into a “boogie man.” Recorded in the New Jersey home of co-producer Eddie Cascio in 2007, the song’s simmering beat and throwback feel can be credited to Riley, who claims responsibility for many of the song’s major musical elements. “‘Breaking News’ was a track that, when I first heard it, I wanted to take to the next level and make it very exciting, very interesting, and kind of change things up,” says Riley, “and we completed our mission doing that.”

8. “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
After seven songs of R&B-influenced pop, “Michael” takes a left turn with this Lenny Kravitz collaboration, which develops an industrial rock groove that’s a bit reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails. “You’re the fire that keeps me warm!” Jackson bellows on the chorus, as guitars envelop his voice and Kravitz repeats the song title like a lullaby. Aside from Kravitz’s blistering solo on the bridge, “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” is highlighted by some spectacular percussion courtesy of Dave Grohl.

9. “Behind The Mask”
This kinetic pop song was originally performed by Yellow Magic Orchestra before Jackson asked to add some lyrics to match the danceable beat. A saxophone solo soon segues into a series of electronic blips, and Jackson offers the command, “Take off the mask, so I can see your face!” while computerized backing vocals contribute to the tightly packed production. “Mask” is a must-listen if only because, out of all the songs on “Michael,” it holds the highest number of Jackson’s signature “hee-hee!” exclaims.

10. Much Too Soon
“Michael” ends with its most somber song, as “Much Too Soon” finds Jackson wistfully looking back on a relationship that he could not make work. “I’m hoping that my prayers will see, The day that you come back to me/But I guess I learned my lesson much too soon,” sings Jackson, who produced the song alongside McClain. Written around the time of the “Thriller” album, “Much Too Soon” stands as a powerful final reminder of Jackson’s emotional vocals and effortless songwriting.

http://www.billboard.com/news/jackson-boyle-swift-battling-for-no-1-on-1004134745.story#/features/michael-jackson-s-michael-track-by-track-1004133939.story

‘Michael’ by Michael Jackson tops HMV Canada CD sales chart

By: The Canadian Press

Posted: 16/12/2010 10:30 AM

  • The following is HMV Canada’s top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending Dec. 18.

1 Michael _ Michael Jackson

2 Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album _ Glee Cast

3 Loud _ Rihanna

4 Doo Wops & Hooligans _ Bruno Mars

5 Speak Now _ Taylor Swift

6 The Gift _ Susan Boyle

7 Glee: The Music: Season Two, Volume 4 _ Glee Cast

8 Greatest Hits _ Bon Jovi

9 Teenage Dream _ Katy Perry

10 The Beginning _ The Black Eyed Peas

Michael Jackson vs. Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift for No. 1 album

By Keith Caulfield Keith Caulfield – Thu Dec 16, 5:38 pm ET

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Michael Jackson’s first posthumous studio album is in a tight race for honors on next week’s chart with reigning champ Susan Boyle and former queen Taylor Swift, according to early industry prognostications.

Jackson’s “Michael” could move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week’s end on Sunday, December 19. But Boyle’s “The Gift” could also sell as many copies (if not more), as could Swift’s “Speak Now,” which is currently at No. 2. The Billboard 200 chart will be published on Wednesday.

Jackson’s last release, the “This Is It” compilation soundtrack, started at No. 1 a little over a year ago with 373,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it’s difficult to compare their relative sales fortunes since they are such different projects. “Michael” is a much-discussed assemblage of new recordings coming nearly a year and a half after his death, while “This is It” was essentially a greatest hits collection, released in conjunction with the popular concert documentary film.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101216/music_nm/us_albums_2

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann has written in her blog about the new album:

“I am more interested in the message than the music. ‘Monster’ is an important message and particularly haunting given where it comes from. So I will say that ‘Breaking News’ is particularly important because it is Michael speaking from beyond the grave about what put him there.

When Michael says in ‘Hold My Hand’ This life doesn’t last forever I think he is talking to us. If you’re looking for Michael – he’s there. So is his real messsage. His last message”.

Read more:  http://www.innermichael.com/2010/12/the-soul-train-has-left-the-station/

Michael Jackson’s New Album Finishes at Number 3 in US, But It’s an International Hit

By: Roger Friedman in Celebrity, Music // December 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 AM UTC

Michael Jackson‘s “Michael” album enters the charts at number 3 this week, right behind Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle.

“Michael” sold 224,000 copies, about 25,000 less than the two women.

On the other hand, “Michael” was the highest debut album of the week according to hitsdailydouble.com. It outsold new CDs by R. Kelly and P Diddy by more than 100,000 copies. Around the world, however, Sony says it’s an international hit. (See further below.)

However, Jackson’s last album, “Invincible,” sold 363,000 copies in its first week, back on October 30, 2001.

Given the modest amount of money that went into marketing “Michael” and the huge sums wasted on P Diddy, you could say “Michael” is even a bigger hit.

What it lacks, though, is a break out hit. And the album still has not overcome the stigma of Jackson’s vocals possibly not being his–and they are.

Sony sort of screwed this up from the beginning. The version of “Breaking News” that was put on the website for streaming in November didn’t sound like Michael Jackson. It was in fact the wrong mix. This led the rabid Jackson fans to scream that they were being fooled.

It’s too bad: “Breaking News” is a great single. On the album, it’s clearly Michael Jackson singing all the way through the lead. Jackson fans are denying themselves a real treat if they think otherwise.

The real first single, “Hold My Hand,” with Akon, has not been a crowd pleaser.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but I do think Sony rushed the release. They had no marketing campaign, no focus, and a lot of negativity to overcome. If they’d waited til spring, some more thought could have gone into how to launch this CD.

Yeesss!

“Michael” has plenty of potential singles. “Monster,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Another Day” are all great. But Sony’s going to have to implement some out of the box thinking to make them happen.

Around the world, “Michael” is a different story. Here’s a press release from Sony:

  • # MICHAEL shipped Platinum in 14 territories including the United States, UK, Germany, France (2x), Italy (3x), Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic (4x), Canada, Korea and the Middle East.
  • # The album debuted at #1 in Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden.
  • # And on top of the # 1 album chart entry in Germany, sales of MICHAEL broke the country’s 2010’s first-week record with over 85,000 units sold.
  • # Opening week sales of more than 113,000 in the U.K. scored the biggest opening week for a new Michael Jackson studio album since ‘Dangerous’ nearly 20 years ago.
  • # In Japan, the album is the fourth Michael Jackson album to ever debut in the top 3, joining Bad, Thriller and last year’s “This Is It” companion album.
  • # The album is in the top five in Belgium (#2), US (#3), Japan (#3), the UK (#4), France (#4), Denmark (#4). In the US, the album shipped platinum and debuted at #3 of the Billboard Album chart with just under 230,000 copies sold.
  • # The album went Gold in 17 territories on arrival in Japan, China, Australia, Ireland, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, India, Philippines and Taiwan.

http://www.showbiz411.com/2010/12/22/michael-jacksons-new-album-finishes-at-number-3-so-so-showing

Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

by Gary Trust   |   December 23, 2010 4:35 EST

Return of the King

RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard’s charts.

While “Michael” arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift‘s “Speak Now” (2-1) and Susan Boyle‘s “The Gift” (1-2), Michael Jackson‘s posthumous set claims top honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

The album is Jackson’s eighth No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop album tally:

Peak Year, Title, Weeks at No. 1
1979, “Off the Wall,” 16
1983, “Thriller,” 37 (the longest reign in the chart’s 45-year history)
1987, “Bad,” 18
1992, “Dangerous,” 12
1995, “HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1,” two
2001, “Invincible,” four
2009, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” (soundtrack), four
2011, “Michael,” one

Jackson ups his total to 94 cumulative weeks atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the most among solo acts. Only the Temptations (109) have spent more time at the summit. Jackson has spent an additional 39 weeks at No. 1 with five leading albums as a member of the Jackson 5.

The arrival of “Michael” spurs a 65-39 jump on the Billboard Hot 100 for the set’s first radio single “Hold My Hand,” with Akon. The song is Jackson’s 38th top 40 hit on the Hot 100, breaking a tie with Neil Diamond. Among male artists, Jackson trails only Elvis Presley (80), Elton John (57), Stevie Wonder (46), James Brown (44), Marvin Gaye (41), Lil Wayne (41; see below) and Frankie Valli (39) for most top 40 charted titles among solo males.

“Hold My Hand” is Jackson’s first song to ascend to the Hot 100’s top 40 since “Butterflies” took flight to No. 14 in January 2002. With the new track’s advance, Jackson becomes the first artist to reach the top 40 on the Hot 100 in each of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

http://www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat/weekly-chart-notes-michael-jackson-lonely-1004137157.story?tag=hpfeed#/column/chartbeat/weekly-chart-notes-michael-jackson-lonely-1004137157.story?tag=hpfeed

In the amazing video below called “THE MAKING OF “MICHAEL” Michael’s friends and musicians speak of him with tenderness, love and nostalgia:

  • “Michael said, “Let’s make some music that’ll change the world”,
  • “He was a dream come true”
  • “He made me better”
  • “People will be blessed to hear it”
  • “He sounds powerful and inspired”
  • “Hearing his voice again and knowing that he is not with us any more … it’s tough, it’s tough”
  • “It’s a great example how art, the art material will last longer than we will”

The video says: “After Michael Jackson’s passing it soon became  clear to both the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony music that there was an obligation – not only to Michael’s fans, but to Michael himself – to keep this amazing music from gathering dust in the vault. It was decided, that album that was taking shape needed to be properly completed and released in a thoughtful, dignified way that would honor Michael’s legacy…”. Here is the 24 min video which is a must see for everyone:

http://www.deejay.it/dj/music/artist/special/video/965/4412/Michael

And while the boycotters hail the news of Michael failing to be No.1 in the US – well, to each his own – we are thrilled by this news:

‘Michael’ is Jackson’s fastest selling studio album in 20 years

December 20th, 2010

Let the wind blow

‘Following the highly anticipated release on December 13th of Michael Jackson’s new studio album entitled ‘Michael,’ The King of Pop is once again dominating the UK charts.

This week the album achieves the biggest opening week for a new Michael Jackson studio album in the UK since ‘Dangerous’ in 1991, almost 20 years ago. Selling over 113k copies and entering at No.4, ‘Michael’ continues the musical legacy of Jackson that started over 40 years ago.

The album is Jackson’s 19th to reach the UK Top 10, while the lead single ‘Hold My Hand (Duet With Akon)’ extends Jackson’s incredible run of success to 55 UK Top 10 hits; his first being ‘I Want You Back’ in 1970, 4 decades ago.

Critics and fans have hailed the new album as ‘Brilliant’ with ‘Stunning collaborations’ and ‘Certainly worthy of the legacy of the King Of Pop;’ proclaiming that it ‘Bursts with verve and confidence with lots of inspirational, uplifting anthems and melodic, sweetly sung ballads.’

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo adds to the phenomenon:

  • “What was particularly evident this week was the large number of younger customers buying Michael’s album in our stores.
  • Michael’s ability to inspire clearly remains undiminished, and I would say that we are witnessing the torch being passed on to a new generation of fans, who will continue to believe in the power of his music to ensure that his unique legacy remains secure.”

Michael Jackson has 9 UK No.1 albums and 9 UK No.1 singles.

http://mog.com/blog_posts/2632290/mogbar?a=mn22921

Album Chart
week 52 / 2010 – January 1

the top-selling albums according to global

sales figures and national album charts

issue date: December 23, 2010

copyright (C) 2010 – all rights reserved

http://www.mediatraffic.de/albums.htm

1

NEW

Michael Jackson – Michael
Epic – 734.000 – 1 week at No.1 – Hot Shot Debut

2

1 / 2
week 6
Susan Boyle – The Gift
Syco Music / Columbia – 455.000

3

2 / 4
week 5
Take That – Progress
Polydor – 414.000

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March 2011 saw the release of a fantastic video “HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT”!

They slightly altered the beat, and they took out the spoken rap, but otherwise it’s the same great song!

Here is an exclusive report from Joe Vogel – author and music critic – about the song and making the video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel/inside-michael-jacksons-h_b_834857.html

Joe Vogel

Posted: March 14, 2011 06:21 PM

Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson’s “Hollywood”

Michael Jackson was so impressed with dancer, Sofia Boutella — star of the late icon’s new music video for “Hollywood Tonight” — he was ready to offer her the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to dance alongside him on his This Is It concert series at the O2 Arena in London. Unfortunately, she was still under contract for Madonna’s Confessions Tour at the time and couldn’t get out of it. Seeing how disappointed Boutella was, Jackson turned to a couple of his collaborators and said: “I used to date Madonna. I should call her.”

While Boutella ultimately missed out on This Is It, she pays admirable homage to the King of Pop in his most recent posthumous video, which paints the story of a young, ambitious girl trying to make it in Hollywood without being swallowed by its trappings and illusions. It’s a well-worn tale, but is carried out tastefully by director, Wayne Isham, and sparked by the infectious energy and talent of Boutella. The video also reminds — along with recent MJ tributes on American Idol and Glee — how profound Jackson’s influence continues to be on new generations (many of whom only “discovered” him after his tragic death in 2009).

Hollywood Tonight” is the second single to be released from Jackson’s posthumous album, MICHAEL (“Behind the Mask” is the alternate single for several countries, including the United States).

The song has a long and winding history. Jackson first put down a sketch of the lyrics in 1999 while staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Soon after, he began working out the music with longtime friend and collaborator, Brad Buxer (who co-wrote the song). The song traveled with them from Los Angeles to New York, Miami to Neverland, during the early Invincible sessions. Jackson and Buxer were pumping out some outstanding material around this time, including songs like “Beautiful Girl,” “The Way You Love Me,” “Speechless,” “The Lost Children,” “Shut Up and Dance” (a great dance track Jackson and Buxer worked on with Michael Prince and Eric Kirkland with echoes of Stevie Wonder and MJ circa Bad which, unfortunately, doesn’t have complete vocals) and “I Was the Loser” (a nice, melodic mid-tempo tune about lost love that is mostly finished), among others. A couple of years earlier Jackson and Buxer had also worked on artistic standouts like “Morphine” and “In the Back.”

Jackson loved parts of “Hollywood” — the opening Gregorian chant (his idea), the “westbound, greyhound” harmonies, the whistling in the outro — but stopped working on it once producer Rodney Jerkins came on board for Invincible.

Over the next ten years, however, he returned to the track numerous times. For the bass line, he was searching for something similar to “Billie Jean,” but distinct. “Do smooth muted bass on ‘Hollywood,'” he indicated in one note. His early demos feature two layered bass lines (Michael Prince added the “Billie Jean”-esque kick and snare in the last mix MJ requested). Jackson and Brad Buxer continued tinkering with it in Las Vegas in 2007. For a while, he liked the idea of ending with the sound of a bus leaving or arriving. Yet he ultimately decided to conclude with the whistling, since the juxtaposition was a bit awkward.

In October 2008, Jackson, now living in Los Angeles, asked recording engineer Michael Prince to put the latest mix of “Hollywood” on CD so he could listen to it and see what might be improved. Sadly, he never got around to working on it again.

The new single of “Hollywood” is truer to this last version than the album cut. Of course, Jackson had intended to keep working on it, which is why his estate and Sony originally brought in two of Jackson’s close collaborators, Theron Feemster (aka Neff-U) and Teddy Riley, to try to finish it. Feemster had the first crack and came up with some solid mixes; yet Sony didn’t feel it was quite right and subsequently gave Teddy Riley a shot. Riley’s production, which retained much of Michael and Brad’s demo (including the intro and outro) and elements of Feemster’s mix (including the fantastically funky guitar riff), became the album version.

After it was released, however, many fans voiced concerns about a) the over-processed vocals, and b) the lengthy spoken bridge. Jackson had, in fact, written lyrics for his own bridge, which were much darker than Riley’s. Jackson’s bridge reads:

She doesn’t even have a ticket
She doesn’t even have a way back home
She’s lost and she’s alone
There’s no place for her to go
She is young and she is cold
Just like her father told her so

While Jackson’s version highlights the tragedy and uncertainty of a dream deferred, Teddy Riley’s bridge opted for a more positive and tidy resolution. “With the bridge we kind of made her succeed,” Riley explained. “[She] completed her mission.”

Riley would have undoubtedly used Jackson’s version had their been vocals for it. Unfortunately, they were never recorded. With the new single, however, Sony decided to cut the spoken part completely and showcase instead some of the heightening drama and tension Jackson intended for this section. They used his beatboxing, his idea of swelling horns and strings, and his operatic vocal (pulled from a tape left running during a recording session in a hotel room). In addition to the bridge, the vocals on the new single are left un-processed and the production is scaled back. The result is a single that has a rawer, funkier, but less finished feel than the album version.

“Hollywood Tonight,” then, has gone through many incarnations: the several different demos Jackson recorded with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince, from 1999 to 2008; the two versions Theron Feemster worked on following Jackson’s death (one of which is reportedly quite impressive); the polished album version completed by Teddy Riley; and, of course, the new single. All are necessarily approximations to what Jackson would have ultimately put out in finished form. That’s the nature of posthumous releases. They will always be imperfect and they will always generate fierce debate.

But for most music lovers, we will take whatever new Michael Jackson we can get, whether demos, new mixes or remixes. “Hollywood Tonight” could be gathering dust in a vault; instead, it has people dancing in the streets.

This article is crossposted at The Official Blog of Joe Vogel. Joseph Vogel is the author of the forthcoming Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson (Sterling 2011).

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel/inside-michael-jacksons-h_b_834857.html

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Another great piece of news is about the MICHAEL JACKSON IMMORTAL TOUR by Cirque Du Soleil:

The Canadian Cirque Du Soleil which is starting the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour on October 2, 2011 in Canada and is then moving it to the US, has announced in March 2011 that it is adding more shows and expanding the tour to 17 more US cities.  The new sale of tickets began on March 12 and five days later the show was already No.3 in the bestseller list according to http://www.ticketmaster.com/

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Expanding to 17 New Cities, Adding Dates As Anticipation Grows

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

With anticipation growing for the launch of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil announced today it is adding 17 new cities to its tour in advance of its World Premiere October 2 in Montreal. In addition, new dates are being added to the existing schedule or extra seats released in more than 25 cities across North America.

About the show
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

The Immortal World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—a wellspring of creativity that illuminates for the audience Michael’s thoughtful inner world, offering new paths to express his love for music, dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of The Immortal World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/news/2011/mj-tour-expanding-to-17-cities.aspx

John Branca, Co-Executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson, commented,

  • “This will not just be a tribute to Michael’s musical genius, but a live entertainment experience that uses the most advanced technology to push every creative boundary as Michael always did. Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan. We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael’s music.”
The army of Michael’s soldiers is growing

Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil, commented,

  • “Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and an all-time phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary. As a creative challenge, this project is the ultimate. Through the use of cutting edge technology, we will produce a Cirque du Soleil experience not only worthy of Michael but unlike any other we have created before. We are also so pleased that our longtime partner MGM MIRAGE has once again joined us in presenting another unique creative experience in Las Vegas. ”

John McClain, Co-Executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson, commented,

  • “There will never be a multi-faceted entrepreneur, humanitarian and innovator like Michael and it is only befitting that this partnership be with Cirque du Soleil. No artist electrified the stage more than Michael did. We expect that his fans will come away from these Cirque du Soleil performances feeling the exhilaration of a Michael Jackson experience and with an even greater appreciation of his legacy.”

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil added

  • “We are honored and thrilled to be in partnership with the ultimate and most important record selling artist of all time. This association between two international entertainment brands promises to deliver to fans of both Michael and Cirque du Soleil unique artistic experiences”

Here is a video about the unique CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW:

Another video gives the schedule of  the performances:

Jamie King, Writer and Director of MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR by Cirque Du Soleil talks about the show:

  • “It starts with the music… The show is the reflection of Michael’s energy, essence and spirit…. When people leave the arena I want them to feel inspired, I want them to be excited, I want them to be celebrating Michael’s life. I also want them to leave knowing something more about Michael”.

ALL 47 PERFORMANCES ARE IN CANADA AND UNITED STATES ONLY. We envy you……

UPDATE (April 13, 2011)

Michael Jackson: The Experience tops 3 million sales
Thursday 7-Apr-2011 4:32 PM

Ubisoft dancing all the way to the bank

Michael Jackson: The Experience has sold over three million copies on Wii, PSP and DS.

Ubisoft told MCV it was “delighted” with the title’s success ahead of its arrival on PS3 and Xbox 360 next week.

UK marketing director Murray Pannell said: “We’re delighted with the sales success of Michael Jackson The Experience to date.

It’s a hugely fun and well-loved game in the UK. The Wii version has been extremely well received and we’re now looking forward to bringing the game to a wider group of consumers when it launches on Kinect and PS3 later this month.”

While the game received a poor 59% review score in ONM, its sales clearly justify Ubisoft’s faith in the genre.

In February, CEO Yves Guillemot said “there’s a good chance this dance segment can be strong for four or five years like Guitar Hero.”

[ Source: MCV ]

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/297269/news/michael-jackson-the-experience-tops-3-million-sales/

The latest edition of the Guinness World Records 2011 has been dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson

And this is the ultimate accomplishment. Little girl being very excited about getting her “Michael cd” as Christmas present

UPDATE (3 JUNE 2011)

For Immediate Release                                                                         June 2, 2011

 

 

MICHAEL JACKSON HITS #1

 

“HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT” TOPS BILLBOARD DANCE CLUB CHART THIS WEEK

New York, NY – The King of Pop crowns another chart this week as the hit song “Hollywood Tonight” lands at #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart.   This is Michael Jackson’s eighth #1 Billboard Dance Club hit which puts him on the top of the list for most #1’s by a male artist. “Hollywood Tonight” joins Michael’s other number one dance hits including “Thriller,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Scream” which was his last #1 from sixteen years ago.

“Hollywood Tonight,” which USA TODAY said, “pulsates with Billy Jean-esque energy,” was written by Michael Jackson and Brad Buxer and the track was produced by Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson with Theron “Neff-U” Feemster as co-producer.

The striking video for the song features the work of award-winning director Wayne Isham, the genius of superstar choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega and stars the undiscovered talent of dancer Sofia Boutella. The clip can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjGtTUfPcI4&hd=1

MICHAEL, featuring “Hollywood Tonight,” is the unique collection of songs featuring Michael’s performances completed posthumously and released in December by the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music. MICHAEL was the #1 global album upon its release in December and has shipped over 3 million units worldwide making it one of the biggest albums of 2010.  The album’s success continues to underscore Michael’s importance as a global icon and superstar, transcending cultures and languages.

More information can be found at www.michaeljackson.com

SOURCE: The Michael Jackson Estate

Update (8 June 2011)

For Immediate Release                                                                 June 8, 2011

THE WORLD UNITES ON NEW MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO “BEHIND THE MASK”

Groundbreaking “Crowdsourced” Video to Debut on June 14th on Facebook.com/MichaelJackson

New York, NY – This spring, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music gave everyone around the world the opportunity to be a part of Michael Jackson’s video legacy with The Behind the Mask Project.  This groundbreaking, global online casting call prompted people in all corners of the planet who love Michael Jackson’s music to shoot, upload and submit their own unique performances for inclusion in the video; the project elicited an unprecedented response from 103 countries in the world.  And on June 14th, The Behind the Mask Project will be unveiled on www.Facebook.com/MichaelJackson .

Led by the creative team at @radical.media and acclaimed director Dennis Liu, TheBehind the Mask Project launched in March 2011 with a state of the art website http://behindthemask.michaeljackson.com loaded with simple tools that defined the different roles one could play.  Upon entering the site, users selected an action like playing an instrument, singing a lyric, acting out a crowd reaction or demonstrating a classic MJ dance move.  Then, using the site’s split-screen template, contributors were able to shoot their move right on the website or with their web cam and upload the clip at the precise time it occurred in the video.

Dennis Liu comments, “This has been the most exciting and fun project I think I’ve ever been involved in. It’s been such a privilege, and was incredibly moving to see so many people from all over the world join as one, their creative voices, dance and musical talents bound together by Michael Jackson’s spirit and incomparable artistry.  We received submissions from the Sahara Desert to Venice Beach, from mountaintops to suburban backyards, with some shots featuring well over one hundred people apiece. All who participated delivered brilliantly.”

After submissions poured in from all over the globe they were carefully edited down by the director to the best 1600 submissions (including 50 kids and 36 animals). On June 14th, the 35 million Facebook fans of Michael Jackson will get the first look at this landmark video.  New fans can log on to www.Facebook/MichaelJackson and click “Like” to view the video.

Technology journalist Natali Morris comments, “Michael Jackson was crowdsourcing his videos before crowdsourcing even existed. This project is a perfect way to honor his connection with his fans.”

The song “Behind the Mask” is a critic and fan favorite from MICHAELthe unique collection of songs featuring Michael’s performances completed posthumously and released in December by the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music. MICHAEL was the #1 global album upon its release in December and has shipped over 3 million units worldwide making it one of the biggest albums of 2010.  The album’s success continues to underscore Michael’s importance as a global icon and superstar, transcending cultures and languages.

Dennis Liu is an award-winning digital filmmaker at @radical.media.  Dennis quickly made a name for himself winning awards for clients that include Apple and Microsoft and being honored in the renowned “Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase”.   @radical.media is a global transmedia company that creates some of the world’s most innovative content and the home to @radical.media design+digital. @radical.media’s award-winning projects include the Academy Award®-winning documentary “The Fog of War”; the Grammy®-winning “Concert for George”; the Independent Spirit Award-winning “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”; the award-winning digital experience “The Wilderness Downtown” for Google Creative Lab and Arcade Fire; the Grammy-nominated “The Johnny Cash Project”; the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning pilot episode of the hit series “Mad Men”; the Emmy®-winning “10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America” for the History Channel; and five seasons of the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel series “Iconoclasts,” among others.

www.Facebook/MichaelJackson

Twitter @michaeljackson  #MJBehindtheMask

www.MichaelJackson.com

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate

UPDATE 16 JULY 2011

MJ holds the Guinness World Record for the longest span of US Top 40 singles…39 years and 2 months! He first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 6, 1971 with “Got To Be There” and last with “Hold My Hand” on January 1, 2011.

335 Comments leave one →
  1. sanemjfan permalink
    April 4, 2013 8:31 am

    Good news! Teddy Riley has confirmed that he has the master vocals of MJ’s unreleased song “Joy”, which was recorded for the album Dangerous, but wasn’t used. Riley’s group Blackstreet released a cover of the song in 1995, and it’s one of my all time favorite songs!

    Here’s Riley confirming that he will return the song to the Estate, and hopefully they’ll include it on the next posthumous MJ album! I’m giddy with excitement! lol

    And here’s Blackstreet’s version of the song:

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  2. December 18, 2012 10:08 pm

    “Helena you put the same link as the one I did.” – Truth Prevail

    I was quoting you, this is why. Now I have put your name to that link in the same way it is done in this comment.

    “Good news Michael is NUMBER ONE”

    Yes, this is good news. Michael has 2500 votes more than Lady Gaga, but this is still not enough. Michael was and is by far a much more famous person than any of those mentioned in the list. Please VOTE for MJ – he deserves it! http://mostfamousperson.net/

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  3. Truth Prevail permalink
    December 18, 2012 1:46 am

    Helena you put the same link as the one I did.

    Good news Michael is NUMBER ONE🙂

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  4. Rodrigo permalink
    December 17, 2012 11:08 am

    I voted a few days ago🙂
    No one more deserving of great recognition than that man.

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  5. December 17, 2012 10:31 am

    http://mostfamousperson.net/ – Truth Prevail

    Fans and non-fans alike, VOTE for Michael Jackson as the most famous world person!
    It is complete TRUTH and no exaggeration!

    Who else could have brought so many people together?

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  6. Truth Prevail permalink
    December 17, 2012 3:02 am

    Vote for Michael Jackson!

    http://mostfamousperson.net/

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  7. Truth Prevail permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:38 am

    Hey guys thought i would share this with all you.

    This is truly VICTORY for Michael and his fans.

    http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Gardner_EL/Site/%28NEW%29_Michael_Jackson_MusIQ_Lab.html

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  8. November 15, 2012 1:10 am

    “The book I’m talking about is “Michael Jackson: The Complete Story of the King of Pop”, by Lisa D. Campbell! http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson-Complete-Story-King/dp/0988413019/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352731769&sr=1-1

    David, this is great news. Lisa Campbell is a very credible source and is exceptionally thorough in recording every minor detail. We can expect a lot of new and breathtaking information from her. I hope we will be able to find her book on the net the way she made her “Darkest hour” book available to everyone.

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  9. sanemjfan permalink
    November 14, 2012 7:56 pm

    A few weeks ago, a new MJ book was released that I believe is very much worth reading! And no, I’m NOT talking about Randall Sullivan’s trashy book “Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson”, either! The book I’m talking about is “Michael Jackson: The Complete Story of the King of Pop”, by Lisa D. Campbell! http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson-Complete-Story-King/dp/0988413019/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352731769&sr=1-1

    If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she has written two excellent books about MJ: 1993’s “The King of Pop” (http://books.google.com/books?id=BVC9zltjf-EC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false), and 1994’s “The King of Pop’s Darkest Hour” (http://books.google.com/books?id=n1S4bMjM8LoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=king+of+pop's+darkest+hour&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iIqhUK-EGYiArAHHroH4DA&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA).

    (Both of them can be downloaded for free from Google books by pressing the drop down button in the upper right hand corner of the screen under the “Sign in” button, and I also have PDF copies that I can send to anyone who requests them.) I haven’t read “The King of Pop” yet, but I’ve skimmed through it, and it appears to be a retrospective of MJ’s career and humanitarian accomplishments up until that point when it was published in March 1993.

    Not only have I read “King of Pop’s Darkest Hour” multiple times, but me and the other admins of the Vindicate MJ blog have referenced it in our work many, many times. It was published in late 1994, and tells the complete story of the Chandler allegations, and it’s a great supplement to “Redemption” by Geraldine Hughes, and Mary Fischer’s GQ article.

    “MJ: The Complete Story of the King of Pop” is 702 pages long, which make it the second longest book written about MJ (behind JRT’s “Magic, Madness, The Whole Story”, which was over 900 pages.) Judging by the description, it is a comprehensive book that covers MJ’s entire life, and all of the ups and downs he faced. It also covers the Conrad Murray trial.

    I will buy this book ASAP, and read it with a high level of excitement and enthusiasm, because I was so impressed with “King of Pop’s Darkest Hour”, and I believe that this book will be the perfect antidote to Dr. Moriarty’s poorly researched trash. It’s a shame that this book literally came out of nowhere, and was published with no advertising or notice to the MJ fan community. Hopefully we can get in touch with her, and get her to do an interview with Rev. Cate Gross’s Blog Talk Radio show! (Hint, hint!)

    Here’s some additional info on Cambpell:
    MJ was so impressed by her first book “The King of Pop” that in 1993 he sent her three dozen roses for her birthday! http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2009/06/flints_michael_jackson_connect.html (Read the last few paragraphs.)

    Here is the only footage that I could find of Campbell: she made a few brief appearances in the 2005 E! True Hollywood Story documentary on MJ. She defends MJ twice in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2krwT1yg3U&list=UUuDKopbtNbMu5SRMjgaDSow&index=21&feature=plcp I truly hope that she tries to reach out to the online MJ fan community to help promote her book. Unfortunately, there is no way to contact her, because she doesn’t have a website, Twitter, or Facebook fan page.

    Finally, MJ’s former manager Bob Jones wrote the foreword to Campbell’s second book, and said that MJ was “impressed with her work and greatly appreciates the painstaking measures taken for accuracy”. If Campbell’s books were good enough for MJ, then they’re good enough for us! LOL!:)

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  10. shellywebstere permalink
    September 6, 2012 6:53 am

    From the bad 25 dvd


    The author of the comment represents AEG’s views

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  11. Truth Prevail permalink
    August 31, 2012 3:18 pm

    Your Welcome

    Here is More🙂

    The Royal Brunei Concert

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  12. August 31, 2012 1:29 am

    Truth Prevail, thank you for the wonderful link to MJ’s concert in Munich. I added it to Susanne’s post for everyone to see and enjoy.

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  13. Truth Prevail permalink
    August 30, 2012 2:59 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL JACKSON!

    Here is a treat for all🙂

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  14. sanemjfan permalink
    August 16, 2012 7:17 am

    Have you guys seen this? It’s video of MJ’s 1992 visit to the White House to receive an award from Pres. Bush! It was posted a few days ago. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v2QZt0JRq4

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  15. August 6, 2012 1:03 pm

    “Hey Helena! Look at what these Russian synchronized swimmers did during their routine at the London Olympics!”

    Hello, David. Yes, Michael is going strong! Recently I saw a street artist selling a picture of Michael Jackson in the street. This is something new, before that I had never seen Michael’s portraits being offered to the public. Happy to register these new signs of Michael Jackson coming back to us.

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  16. sanemjfan permalink
    August 6, 2012 3:31 am

    Hey Helena! Look at what these Russian synchronized swimmers did during their routine at the London Olympics!

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  17. sanemjfan permalink
    June 5, 2012 9:35 pm

    Here is Joe Vogel’s new article on MJ’s demo “Don’t Be Messing Round”! Notice how he said that there are DOZENS of unreleased songs from the Bad sessions!

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/06/the-story-behind-michael-jacksons-infectious-newly-released-song/258115/

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  18. David permalink
    June 2, 2012 2:08 am

    Here is information straight from the Estate regarding the quality of the footage that will be used in the Bad 25 concert DVD this fall:

    http://www.mjjunderground.com/2012/06/01/bad-25-dvd-the-estate-release-a-statement/

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  19. sanemjfan permalink
    May 21, 2012 6:39 pm

    Good news! Here is the complete press release regarding the Bad 25 3CD + DVD box set! It will contain a DVD of MJ’s Wembley concert, 1 live CD, 1 remastered CD, and 1 CD of demos and outtakes!

    It will be released on September 18th, 2012!

    http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/news/25th-anniversary-michael-jacksons-landmark-album-bad-celebrated-september-18-release-new-bad-25

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  20. Truth Prevail permalink
    May 21, 2012 3:12 am

    Hey Guys check this out very educational worth watching.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMJAcademiaProject/videos

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  21. Suzy permalink
    April 19, 2012 7:42 pm

    Wade Robson talking about Michael:

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  22. sanemjfan permalink
    April 13, 2012 1:29 pm

    Here is a clip from a documentary on Akon’s life where he discussed how his father worked with Joe Jackson in the 70’s, and he met MJ when he was only a small child, and he also discusses working with MJ on “Hold My Hand”:

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  23. sanemjfan permalink
    April 3, 2012 3:16 am

    Here is the ENTIRE Victory Tour concert from Dallas in 1984!

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  24. sanemjfan permalink
    March 24, 2012 7:14 pm

    Here is a video from July 2009 about the wide reaching influence of MJ’s music!

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  25. sanemjfan permalink
    February 16, 2012 6:59 pm

    Here is a remastered version of the unreleased MJ song from the Thriller era “Love Never Felt So Good”. It sounds much better and clearer than the rough demo bootleg that most of you have probably already heard!

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  26. sanemjfan permalink
    February 6, 2012 5:36 am

    Here is an interesting story about the behind the scenes negotiations in 1993 to get MJ to perform at the Super Bowl! http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/sports/football/30sandomir.html

    How Jackson Redefined the Super Bowl

    Michael Jackson’s legacy will forever include this title: King of Pigskin.

    Michael Jackson’s halftime performance raised ratings for Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.

    His three-song medley at halftime of Dallas’s 52-17 trouncing of Buffalo in 1993 signified a tectonic shift for the N.F.L. For years, the league had packed its halftimes with a roster of the unhip: Up With People, Pete Fountain, Carol Channing, marching bands, the Rockettes, Elvis Presto and Disney characters.

    Jackson produced a stunning first: raising NBC’s halftime rating higher than the Super Bowl action before it. The N.F.L. had grasped the need to enlist big-name, contemporary, broad-appeal artists to keep viewers from straying. So it used Jackson to continue expanding the notion of the Super Bowl as a mega-event that includes a game.

    After Jackson came an A-list of stars, including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, U2, Shania Twain, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.

    Performers in an ever-fragmenting musical market don’t need to be convinced of the importance of 12 minutes at halftime in front of 90 million to 100 million viewers in the United States and many more around the world.

    Eleven years after Jackson sang, his sister Janet bared her breast (or had it stripped bare by Justin Timberlake), leading the Federal Communications Commission to fine CBS $550,000. Michael was no angel on stage at the Rose Bowl; he grabbed his crotch repeatedly, especially as he sang “Billie Jean.”

    “We talked to him about that during rehearsals,” said Jim Steeg, then the league’s executive director of special events and now chief operating officer of the San Diego Chargers. “But he did better than we thought.”

    Still, he said, “We got a lot of letters about that.”

    Jackson was hired before any charges of sexual molestation were leveled against him publicly, but after his appearance began to change drastically. His album “Dangerous” had been released in 1991. But for the N.F.L. he was still a potent, audience-grabbing antidote to what happened during halftime of the Super Bowl in 1992.

    Fox, not yet an N.F.L. broadcast partner, directly challenged the ’92 halftime show (Gloria Estefan, Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano) with a live edition of its raunchy comedy series “In Living Color.” The ploy did its damage: CBS’s halftime rating fell 10 points from game action in the previous half-hour.

    The league needed a game-changing artist who could appeal much more to 18- to 34-year-olds.

    “Our thought afterward was we had to step it up a notch,” Steeg said.

    A contingent including Steeg and Arlen Kantarian, then the chief executive of Radio City Productions, which would produce the halftime show, met in Beverly Hills with Jackson’s manager, Sandy Gallin.

    Steeg and Kantarian sensed that they had to brief Gallin extensively because they surmised that Jackson knew little about football. “We knew we were explaining this to somebody who would then have to explain it to Michael,” Steeg said. In subsequent meetings, Jackson displayed a naïve curiosity about a world he knew little of.

    “He’d ask: ‘Who plays in it? What is it?’ ” Kantarian said. Jackson’s interest became riveted on the Super Bowl being broadcast in more than 100 countries, including third world nations, and on United States military bases.

    “He said, ‘Man, I’ll never tour there,’ ” Kantarian recalled him saying. “We talked to him about the blue-collar football fan that might not otherwise be a Michael Jackson fan and about how he could build a new fan base. He got that as well. He was very sharp and very shy.”

    Gallin said no to the N.F.L.’s proposal three times before saying yes, Kantarian said. At one point, he added, Gallin asked for a $1 million fee. “ ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’ ” Kantarian said Gallin told him. “ ‘This is Michael Jackson.’ ” The N.F.L. pays performers only for their expenses, but it donated $100,000 to Jackson’s Heal the World Foundation, which is named for one of the songs he sang at halftime.

    Kantarian said that he recalled Jackson pushing to sing newer songs from “Dangerous,” not older songs, like “Billie Jean” and “Black or White.” According to Kantarian, Jackson said, “ ‘Billie Jean’s just a tune, it doesn’t mean anything” and “It’s a new world, this has to be about ‘Heal the World.’ ”

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  27. sanemjfan permalink
    February 5, 2012 5:57 am

    This story from the Huffington Post goes into further detail about the boy who was suspended for grabbing and thrusting his crotch at a school talent show, and it has the video of the performance too!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/04/minn-student-suspended-ov_n_1254831.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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  28. sanemjfan permalink
    February 4, 2012 7:43 pm

    Check this out! A 9 year old boy was suspended for doing an imitation of “Billie Jean” at his school’s talent show! http://lacrossetribune.com/news/a-show-stopper-boy-suspended-after-imitating-michael-jackson-at/article_470d061a-4eeb-11e1-bde0-001871e3ce6c.html

    A show stopper: Boy suspended after imitating Michael Jackson at fundraiser

    By Amy Pearson Winona Daily News | Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am

    WINONA, Minn. — A 9-year-old boy at St. Stanislaus Elementary School was immediately and indefinitely suspended Thursday night at a school lip-sync fundraiser after mimicking Michael Jackson’s famous groin grab during a rendition of “Billie Jean.”

    Mindy Boberg said St. Stan’s principal Pat Bowlin approached her and her son, Lenny, during the event and told her the performance — specifically the handful of times Lenny reached for his groin area to imitate one of Jackson’s best-known dance moves — constituted gross misconduct and that Lenny was suspended.
    Bowlin declined comment Friday, saying the situation was an internal issue.

    He said he plans to meet with the Boberg family Monday morning to discuss the suspension.

    Boberg said Lenny has performed similar Michael Jackson routines the past two years without incident at the St. Stan’s event, and that the Winona Area Catholic Schools’ Parent-Teacher-Partnership approved all event performances during a Tuesday rehearsal.
    Boberg said she is upset with how Bowlin handled the situation and doesn’t understand why her son was singled out, particularly because some students at the fundraiser performed acts wearing boxer underwear and others shook their “tail feathers.”

    At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Bowlin sent an email to all WACS faculty, staff and families titled “Thank you/ apology.” It read:

    “On behalf of the Winona Area Catholic Schools, I would like to thank all the students, teachers, parents, and friends of our school for your support of our Lip Sync contest. So many people worked incredibly hard to make it a great event. We did have one act that was clearly inappropriate. I want to extend my apology for that situation.”

    The WACS student/parent handbook states that a school principal may immediately suspend a student for gross misconduct. It defines gross misconduct as an action that “creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to another person or serious damage to the property of the school or another person, or conduct which substantially impairs the discipline and order of the school environment.”

    By the way, this is what it means to “shake your tailfeather”! If female students were allowed to dance provacatively like this, yet that young boy was suspended for thrusting his crotch, then that shows serious anti-MJ bias on the part of that principal!

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  29. January 17, 2012 10:03 am

    Guys, Ivan Gutierres Pessoa is sending us another great video and says:

    Who is this incredible man that even presidents will be proud to introduce him and say such words of praise!!!

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  30. January 16, 2012 5:05 pm

    Here is splendid information sent to us by Ivan Gutierres Pessoa. Please read and enjoy:

    Confirmed: Michael Jackson Sells Over 1 Billion Records Worldwide

    He’s breaking records even from the grave.

    Yes, despite passing away now three years ago, Pop deity Michael Jackson is continuing to extend his lead as the most groundbreaking creative act of all time.

    For, as of this year, he has has exceeded worldwide sales of 1 billion copies.

    Full story below…

    According to the Michael Jackson Estate, the icon- who scored a whopping 13 #1 singles and 17 Grammys- to name just two of his achievements- has shifted over 1 billion albums across the globe since his solo debut in 1972.

    Calculated by combining the sales sales of the icon’s oft celebrated back catalog of music, the news is expected to be confirmed by Sony Music in coming weeks following Jackson’s immortalization at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on January 26th, in celebration of his impact on Pop culture.

    HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD EVENT WITH JACKSON’S CHILDREN, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL & MORE WILL BE STREAMED LIVE VIA TWITTER @michaeljackson

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Estate of Michael Jackson announced today that Michael Jackson will be immortalized in a hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood’s legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012, starting at 11:00am, in a giant celebration of the legacy of the King of Pop and the Los Angeles debut of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production and top grossing tour in the United States, according to Pollstar.
    (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120105/LA30335)

    The Estate will be joined by Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and “Blanket” who will use their father’s sequined glove and shoes to make impressions in the cement in the famous forecourt of the theatre as family, friends and fans celebrate the legacy of the King of Pop. The event is produced by the executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, John McClain and John Branca. A special live presentation from the cast of THE IMMORTAL World Tour will be performed, and the event will be M.C.’d by Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live’s anchor Billy Bush.

    The entire event will be streamed live via Twitter @michaeljackson with additional photos and live coverage of the event tweeted from Twitter’s music channel @twittermusic.

    Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour performs in Los Angeles at Staples Center January 27-29, 2012. The production is a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world. The show literally turns his signature moves upside down, unfolding his artistry before the eyes of the audience.

    USA Today called it “A Thriller of a show!” and Rolling Stone raved about ‘the hit-packed King of Pop spectacle.”

    Commenting on IMMORTAL’s success, Forbes noted “That should come as no surprise, given the extraordinary spectacle that audiences witness with each performance” while Entertainment Weekly said that, “Even the most casual of Jackson followers will be entertained, and Jackson acolytes will revel in every glittering, peculiar moment.” http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson

    Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. “His legend lives on,” wrote US Weekly. The album, IMMORTAL, available on Epic Records, is the soundtrack for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

    Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time. To date Jackson has sold an estimated 1 billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and “Thriller” as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 17 Grammy Awards including 8 in one year, a record in itself, and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award.

    Jackson defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking short films as “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and the classic “Thriller,” which in 2009 became the first and only music video inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Jackson’s sound, style and dance moves continue to inspire today’s performers and new generations of fans worldwide continue to discover his artistry.

    At Grauman’s Michael Jackson’s legacy will be enshrined alongside such entertainment icons as Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Michael Jackson’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on the sidewalk in front of the theatre.

    The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt is one of the most photographed tourist sites in the world, annually attracting as many visitors as the Taj Mahal in India and the Prado Museum in Madrid. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre hands and footprints ceremony is rich in tradition and provides the four million plus people a year who visit the site an up close look at the hand and footprints of Hollywood’s most notable talents. Movie exhibitor Sid Grauman, one of Hollywood’s most creative showmen, opened The Chinese in 1927 and launched the handprints-footprints ceremony a year later. The event is one of the most selective in the world, and very few are chosen to be honored.

    Follow the coverage at: Michael Jackson @michaeljackson and Twitter Music @twittermusic

    Fans can go to findeventdetails.com/mjlegacy on January 19 for line up information.

    SOURCE The Estate of Michael Jackson

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-estate-of-michael-jackson-plans-graumans-chinese-theatre-hand–footprint-ceremony-celebrating-the-king-of-pop-january-26-2012-136740033.html

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  31. sanemjfan permalink
    January 15, 2012 2:26 am

    Hurry up and download this video before Sony deletes it! It contains a snippet of all 12 Cascio tracks!

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  32. sanemjfan permalink
    January 14, 2012 1:44 am

    Ever wondered what if MJ grew up with a Google+ account? This video shows what his status updates would have looked like! I loved this!

    And here is an excellent article from Forbes Magazine on Joe Vogel’s new book Man In The Music!

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2012/01/13/michael-jackson-man-in-the-music/

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  33. sanemjfan permalink
    January 7, 2012 6:55 am

    Here is a promotional video for Joe Vogel’s book “Man In The Music”!

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  34. January 5, 2012 9:07 pm

    From the MJ Estate:

    The Estate of Michael Jackson announced today that Michael will be immortalized in a hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood’s legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012, starting at 11:00am PST.

    In a giant celebration of the legacy of the King of Pop, and the Los Angeles debut of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and “Blanket” will use their father’s shoes and sequined glove to make impressions in the cement in the famous forecourt of the theatre (alongside such entertainment icons as Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks).

    The cast of THE IMMORTAL World Tour will perform a special live presentation, and the entire event will be streamed live via Twitter @michaeljackson with additional photos and live coverage of the event tweeted from Twitter’s music channel @twittermusic.

    Fans can go to findeventdetails.com/mjlegacy on January 19 for line up information!!

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  35. January 5, 2012 6:42 am

    Here is a great article about Joe Vogel, and the surge in interest his book is getting!

    http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3979

    University of Rochester Scholar Explores Cultural Legacy of Michael Jackson

    2012-01-04

    Controversy and scandal marred Michael Jackson’s reputation as the most influential entertainer of all time, however a new book about the King of Pop is designed to change that.

    “I wanted to help shift the discussion back to what made him famous in the first place, which is his music,” said Joseph Vogel, a doctoral candidate in the University of Rochester’s English Department and author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson (Sterling Press, 2011).

    The book assesses Jackson’s solo catalog from the 1979 album Off the Wall to the music he created before his death in 2009. In order to understand the creative process behind each song and how the albums were created, Vogel drew on hundreds of sources, including archives from Jackson’s estate, Jackson’s own words, and interviews with his collaborators— some of whom are speaking out about their experiences for the first time.

    In addition to receiving positive reviews in the national media, the book caught the attention of film director Spike Lee, who wrote:

    “Mr. Joe Vogel has brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Joseph Jackson. I want to stress the word ‘artistry’ because people have forgotten or never understood that’s what MJ is, that’s what he worked at day and night. This is the book I have been long awaiting — a pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work. Mr. Joe Vogel breaks it down album by album, song by song.”

    Lee reached out to Vogel after reading his book to offer his support and invite him to speak to students in his graduate film class at New York University. Vogel also has received positive feedback from scholars who plan to use the material in courses that look at popular culture, African American studies, and music.

    “I’ve always been fascinated with Michael Jackson’s music and given his cultural impact it is remarkable how little information about his body of work is available,” said Vogel, who categorizes most current literature about Jackson as fan adulation or tabloid “tell-alls.”

    Vogel began writing the book during Jackson’s 2005 trial on child molestation and other charges, when speculation about Jackson’s guilt was used to ridicule everything from his appearance to his children. Jackson was later acquitted of all charges.

    “The book started as a way for me to use my literary background to analyze his songs, but after his death especially it also became a way to document history by putting the music in context and learning about the creative process,” said Vogel, who describes the book as a “hybrid between popular reading and scholarly research.”

    Vogel writes about music, popular culture, and politics for The Huffington Post and is the author of three books, including a memoir, Free Speech 101: The Utah Valley Uproar over Michael Moore (WindRiver Publishing, 2004) and The Obama Movement: Why Barack Obama Speaks to America’s Youth (Silverton House, 2007). He is an instructor in the University’s writing program and a fourth-year doctoral candidate studying 20th century American literature, popular music and culture, and romanticism.

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  36. Suzy permalink
    December 20, 2011 5:16 pm

    @ Thetis

    This is so wonderful! The best Christmas present!

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  37. December 20, 2011 4:10 pm

    The official music video of “All in your name”

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  38. December 17, 2011 2:16 pm

    Michael Jackson and high speed racing are brought together at the Nissan Nismo Festival in 2011:

    A lot of people have gone to great lengths to create Michael Jackson memorials, but the one we are talking in this piece of news tops everything we’ve seen until now. No, this isn’t Photoshop. It’s areal Nissan GT-R with Michael’s face all over it. A tuned GT-R that is. The vehicle was caught on camera by Rob Shaw during the Nissan Nismo Festival 2011.

    You see, the GT-R has a bad habit of overtaking everything in its way and once you’re in this car’s dust, you will be looking the man in the eyes. However, if you somehow managed to get past the aftermarket Godzilla, you’ll get the same treatment, as the vehicle is basically wrapped in Jackson images.

    Our say: definitely a Thriller!
    http://www.autoevolution.com/news/nissan-gt-r-gets-michael-jackson-memorial-livery-41055.html

    Nissan GT-R as MJ

    Nissan GT-R as MJ in 2011

    Michael Jackson is the epitome of SPEED.

    For some reason each time I am thinking or writing about Michael I have the image of an express train running at a high speed with all his detractors left hopelessly behind.

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  39. December 11, 2011 3:39 am

    Shelly, thank you for the find! It is great as far as I can see. My mobile internet downloads it so slowly that I’ve seen only two thirds of it yet – several times though!

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  40. December 11, 2011 1:36 am

    I like that video

    Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov – Smooth criminal

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  41. December 10, 2011 4:59 pm

    Guys, I am fresh from the rally for honest elections. Only one TV channel is broadcasting news about it. But look at the host in the studio!
    People like that simply cannot tell lies like everyone else!

    rain studio

    rain studio

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  42. Suzy permalink
    December 10, 2011 10:53 am

    According to Pollstar, Immortal is the Nr 1 tour in the US right now!

    Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    Published: Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 8:53 AM ET

    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS

    1. (1) Cirque du Soleil — “Michael Jackson: The Immortal”; $1,924,258; $116.04.
    2. (2) Taylor Swift; $1,320,833; $69.53.
    3. (4) Marc Anthony; $961,805; $84.29.
    4. (5) Enrique Iglesias; $806,680; $69.00.
    5. (7) Journey; $651,018; $58.05.
    6. (6) Foo Fighters; $647,638; $47.97.
    7. (8) Keith Urban; $591,247; $61.55.
    8. (New) Caifanes; $530,209; $50.38.
    9. (10) Katy Perry; $519,977; $45.17.
    10. (9) Jason Aldean; $497,140; $36.39.
    11. (11) Def Leppard / Heart ; $462,876; $57.22.
    12. (14) Santana; $422,280; $69.91.
    13. (13) Train / Maroon 5; $396,126; $42.71.
    14. (15) Tiesto; $323,043; $48.38.
    15. (New) Paul Simon; $267,685; $75.16.
    16. (16) Jeff Dunham; $242,954; $45.91.
    17. (17) “So You Think You Can Dance”; $206,626; $53.92.
    18. (18) Widespread Panic; $172,259; $37.83.
    19. (19) Ray LaMontagne; $164,002; $48.20.
    20. (21) Rain — A Tribute To The Beatles; $159,431; $47.15.

    http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-12-01/news/30471057_1_cirque-du-soleil-concert-tours-alison-krauss

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  43. sanemjfan permalink
    December 10, 2011 4:47 am

    Here is an amazing post on the Dancing With The Elephant blog that analyzes “They Don’t Really Care About Us”!!

    http://dancingwiththeelephant.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/some-things-in-life-they-just-dont-want-to-see/

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  44. sanemjfan permalink
    December 7, 2011 7:18 pm

    Here’s an interview that Debbie Kunesh did with Ray O’Hara, MJ’s driver when he was in Ireland: http://www.youtube.com/user/ReflectionsWebsite#p/u/0/g8vJeuBTsuI

    And here’s an interview that she did with Dick Zimmerman, the photographer who did the Thriller album cover, and MJ’s and LMP’s wedding photos. http://www.youtube.com/user/ReflectionsWebsite#p/u/6/A_MDTWGiivY

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  45. lynande51 permalink
    December 3, 2011 10:51 am

    I think I’ll write a book about Michael it seems like everyone else is going to either write a book or make a movie.

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  46. Suzy permalink
    December 3, 2011 10:12 am

    I would be glad if Joe aired the dirty laundry on himself and finally he would admit the lots of wrongs he did to Michael. But I have the feeling it won’t be about this.

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  47. sanemjfan permalink
    December 3, 2011 1:13 am

    Looks like Joe Jackson is getting ready to release his own tell-all documentary! It is aptly titled “Confessions of a Father”!

    Confessions of a Father is produced by Johnny West and award-winning producer George Paige, whose credits include the “Motown on Showtime” series featuring the special “Michael Jackson…the Legend Continues,” “The Doors: Dance on Fire,” and scores of other TV programs and feature films. “For the first time, Joe Jackson lifts the veil and airs the dirty laundry, like it or not,” says Paige. “If you think you know the Jackson history, think again.”

    Filmed partially on location at the Jackson family Havenhurst estate in Encino, the documentary will give viewers a never-before-seen look at Michael Jackson’s personal theatre and the special room where the Jackson family and Michael’s children were home schooled. “We filmed in Gary, Indiana too,” says West, who also directed. “Seeing the Jackson house and hearing the voices of people who knew them before, during and after their rise to stardom sheds new light on a family that rose from slavery to global celebrity in only four generations.”

    Of special interest to Jackson enthusiasts will be the newly uncovered audio recording of The Jackson 5 in their first ever studio session. “Big Boy” was recorded at Steel-town Records by Gordon Keith, who appears on camera to talk about guiding the dynamic young performers in those early sessions. “There is a huge appetite for our cultural heritage,” says Paige, “and the birth of the nation’s most fascinating musical dynasty holds a special place in the hearts of fans of all ages.”

    Media tie-ins with Atria Books will include exclusive bonus footage from the documentary, which will be available to purchasers of the Jackson biography through QR codes printed in the book.

    The documentary will have a limited engagement theatrical release in 2012 before a nationwide home entertainment blu-ray and DVD release.

    If you look closely at the photo of Joe on the home page, it looks as if he’s holding a gun!

    http://jacksondocumentary.com/Jackson_Documentary/Home.html

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  48. sanemjfan permalink
    November 29, 2011 6:59 pm

    Here is a group called Das Racist (yes, that’s their real name!), and las night on the Conan O’Brien show they performed a song called “Michael Jackson”. I won’t describe it for you; instead, I’ll let you watch and judge for yourself!

    http://www.prefixmag.com/media/das-racist/michael-jackson-live-on-conan-video/59108/

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  49. November 27, 2011 2:45 pm

    “April 26,th 1986 is the day of the Chenrobyl disaster.It was part of USSR, but now isn´t it Ukraina?”

    Oh yes, Kaarin, I am sorry, my memory is no good for dates. Now it is Ukraine. As far as I remember that day no one reported the information on the official TV or press. The disaster took place on the eve of the usual annual May 1 government-organized manisfestation so it was top important for the authorities to conceal the fact of the radiation leakage from the public – people were supposed to go to that manifestation and it was “impossible” for the authorities to ruin the organized event.

    However since official sources never told the truth our people learned how to get it in other ways. When someone noticed that the Party (Communist party) officials were sending their families away from that area the rumor spread like fire and people started realizing that something was wrong. No one knew what it was. When the radioactive cloud crossed the border we learned it from foreign radio stations only.

    The nastiest thing in the whole matter is that our totally criminal authorities did not cancel the May 1 manisfestation in 1986 and the people who did not know that they were in deadly danger went outdoors. It was several days after the radiation had been saturating the environment all around.

    P.S. If you think why I am so responsive to virtually unnoticeable grains of truth regarding Michael Jackson the answer is here – it comes from my past when many of us had to turn into investigators despite our will. The truth was never told so we had to think on our own and learn the truth by totally unorthodox methods.

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  50. November 27, 2011 2:02 pm

    April 26,th 1986 is the day of the Chenrobyl disaster.It was part of USSR, but now isn´t it Ukraina?

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  51. November 27, 2011 1:15 pm

    “Like I said before the forensics proved that it was Michael singing, and that was all the proof I need.”

    Teva, EXACTLY.

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  52. November 27, 2011 1:08 pm

    “I love the pics of crowds around him on the red square,or whatever it is called these days. Is the red star still there or has it been changed?”

    Kaarin, as far as I know the ruby stars are still on the Kremlin towers. Frankly I never look and haven’t been there for decades but Wiki says so. The square is still called Red square, but “red” has nothing to do with communist times – it comes from the 17th century and is an archaic word for “beautiful”.

    For proof you can have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Square

    “I happened to be in the USSR on that fatal day of 4/26 86”

    What fatal day are you talking about? If you’ve been to my country three times you know that almost every day here is at least an adventure, LOL, so which one do you have in mind?”

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  53. November 27, 2011 12:41 pm

    “Cirque Du Soleil dropped the Breaking News, Monster, and Keep Your Head Up from their show at the request from fans because they don’t want to deal with the controversy, and I think they made the right decision. I’m glad that fans can go to the show and just relax and enjoy the music without being distracted by any controversies.”

    For Cirque Du Soleil it is a right decision because this is not the right place to introduce anything new. New records should be introduced as new records and not mixed up with the old ones – like in “Michael” album.

    “The fans have had to deal with so much controversy with the allegations, vitiligo, his sexuality, etc., that we shouldn’t have to deal with any controversies regarding his music!”

    If we follow what Michael’s detractors want us to discuss by imposing various controversies on us the game is played according to their rules. They want to discuss it and we readily involve ourselves in this discussion. I think it is a totally wrong thing to do.

    When those DJs asked their audience whether they thought that the Cascio songs were real it was a provocative ignition of fire among fans. Unfortunately fans easily fell for the game and jumped to what Michael’s detractors wanted of them.

    The consequences of that controversy were far-going ones – if the songs are fake, so the Cascio family is and so everything this family says about Michael is a lie too. This automatically means that Frank’s book about Michael is a lie same as everything he says about Michael’s innocence.

    See my point? The best way to compromise Michael is to compromise his friends first who are capable of saying anything good about him.

    If those DJs had worded their question in a different way and asked whether fans thought that unfinished Michael’s material was worth releasing the discussion would have taken a totally different direction.

    Of course a big part of fans want only Michael’s finished songs, while some (like me) prefer to hear new ones no matter how unpolished the songs are. The outcome of that discussion would have been in Sony releasing a limited number of albums – only for those interested – and this would be it.

    All sides would have been satisfied and this would have been a normal thing to do.

    But the way this matter was treated was absolutely abnormal. The Cascios were harassed and trashed just like Michael and everything they say now is scorned at and ridiculed.

    Who won?

    Michael’s detractors did.

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  54. ares permalink
    November 27, 2011 3:45 am

    I just feel that because of the controversy that they bring, those songs should not be included on future releases.- David

    Agree 100%. Another reason for me would be because the “Michael” project just proved that no one can understand or just follow MJ vision or his way of creating things. Those who tried to do it, failed miserably. So it would be better to not release anything new at all than release butchered tracks. By the way i was one of those who defended the “Michael” project like crazy.But as David said MJ legacy doesn’t need another controversy.

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  55. Teva permalink
    November 27, 2011 2:17 am

    @Sanemjfan

    I disagree, it was the fans that created that controversy I remember it like it was yesterday. Without any proof the Jason Malachi nonsense spead like cancer, and again damage control had to be done. Personally Monster is my favourite song from “Michael” and one of my favourite all time MJ songs.

    Katherine Jackson and her partner (don’t remember his name) put out some outtakes from destiny the day before the album dropped that were horrible, those outtakes people thought belonged to the new album, so it was already predudice in the media, then “breaking news” did not sound like the “traditional” Michael, and otherwise sensible people went off the rails. Well Michael always sound different because he liked to mix it up and keep people interested. I do not intend to comment on this topic anymore either because it irritates me, and I am sick and tired of all the nonsense. Like I said before the forensics proved that it was Michael singing, and that was all the proof I need.

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  56. November 26, 2011 11:08 pm

    Thank you VMJ for the documentary about Michaels trip to Russia in 93.
    I love the pics of crowds around him on the red square,or whatever it is called these days. Is the red star still there or has it been changed? I have seen vid.clips from that trip on youtube quite some time ago, but have never found them again.That square is known to me from 3 trips. I happened to be in the USSR on that fatal day of 4/26 86,which happens to be my sons birthday(not the year),so I´ll never forget the date.My handbag with 3 rolls of pics from the trip was stolen once back in NYC.On another occasion my son got lost on the Moscow subway.I found him being guarded and safe by some official ,police or something.

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  57. November 26, 2011 9:06 pm

    I mean the ones with snippets.

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  58. November 26, 2011 8:56 pm

    Those vids are already deleted.

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  59. November 26, 2011 8:54 pm

    @ Teva
    ACtually, it wasn’t the fans who created the controversy, it was the Jackson family and the Estate who initially complained about the inclusion of those songs. They made a valid point when they questioned why the Cascios were unable provide any outtakes of those songs, which are usually readily available for any other song, not just by MJ, but by any artist! By them not being able to provide outtakes, the Cascios added fuel to the fire of doubt that surrounded those songs.

    Here is an outtake from the “Thriller” song where you hear both MJ and Vincent Price talking on the track, and you hear the producer speaking in the background:

    I remember when Breaking News came out last year, DJs and radio hosts all over the country would have their listeners call in and vote on whether they thought the song was real or not, and the majority of them voted that it was fake! And these weren’t hardcore MJ fans who read the blogs daily, but casual fans who could instantly recognize his voice anywhere, so for them to have doubts shows how awful the vocals were. They weren’t prejudiced against the song by reading blogs and being exposed to the negative rumors of the songs, so the fact that Sony “verified” the songs doesn’t mean anything to them, because their ears told them it wasn’t real!

    I’m not trying to start another debate, because we have beat this issue into the ground enough as it is. I just feel that because of the controversy that they bring, those songs should not be included on future releases. There will always be some fans who like the songs, and others who don’t (whether they can be proven to be real or not), and to me it’s not worth it. The fans have had to deal with so much controversy with the allegations, vitiligo, his sexuality, etc., that we shouldn’t have to deal with any controversies regarding his music!

    For example, Cirque Du Soleil dropped the Breaking News, Monster, and Keep Your Head Up from their show at the request from fans because they don’t want to deal with the controversy, and I think they made the right decision. MJ has more than enough hits to replace those 3 songs with, and I’m glad that fans can go to the show and just relax and enjoy the music without being distracted by any controversies. http://www.mjjunderground.com/2011/09/21/confirmed-cirque-du-soleil-drop-breaking-news-and-monster-from-the-immortal-world-tour/

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  60. November 26, 2011 7:34 pm

    “In my opinion, those songs should not have been released because they create controversy”

    David, I must be running, and will just say that the songs are most probably authentic as Frank Cascio is incapable of lying and Sony will not risk its reputation either by presenting us with anything fake. What for? As you rightfully say, in order to have a huge number of lawsuits later?

    So if the recordings are genuine, then despite what anyone says, they will undergo the same process as the music of all best composers of the past did. First Michael’s finished songs will be published, then his unfinished pieces and then will come the turn of fragments only.

    Michael Jackson was a genius of a composer and his melodies are priceless. The desire and curiosity to hear them, same as the thoughts he put into his lyrics will one day overcome all these considerations of “poor vocals”, “it is not him singing”, etc. From this perspective the release process simply cannot be stopped and fighting it is useless.

    But even though the process is essentially unstoppable it can be indefinitely delayed and this is where all the harm is. The work of some composers was uncovered centuries after their death! Such a release will do good only to the connoisseurs of music and no one else, as centuries after no one knows what kind of music they will be listening to.

    However if Michael’s full legacy were disclosed to us now the effect would be totally different – it will keep up the interest in Michael and in very many cases will help to promote his positive image (through the lyrics of such songs as “Do you know where your children are?” for example). Hearing new Michael’s music will be a way to learn Michael better and better – and learn now, when his vindication requires it most.

    Those conservatives who do not want anything new may stick to well-known Michael’s songs only – no one is forcing them to do otherwise. This is their right and they can fully enjoy it.

    But allowing them to wage a sort of a war against new Michael’s songs is equivalent to ridding the rest of us of our right to learn of Michael’s full musical legacy.

    Why do we have to depend on these people? Especially since I do not rule out that many of them are haters in disguise who cannot but know that by fighting new releases they are doing extreme financial harm and damage to Michael and his children.

    And saying that the Cascios are profiteering by those songs is BS – if they had kept these songs long enough for them to become a rarity they could have skyrocketed in price and could have brought them much more at some auctions in the years to come. Imagine what would happen if someone sold John Lennon’s unknown songs now? Their price would be incomparable to the one at the time of his death. You can see the tendency by the growing worth of Michael’s Beatles catalog alone.

    What the Cascios and Sony are actually doing with the help of new songs is keeping Michael alive. At least I feel that way.

    While there is still a lot of Michael to discover in the future I feel that it isn’t the end yet, while having to limit myself to only what we have would be unbearably final.

    I cannot put up with this finality. I am still looking forward to the future of Michael and his new songs!

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  61. Teva permalink
    November 26, 2011 5:18 pm

    The fans created that controversy and as far as I am concern the case was closed when the forensics were done. I like science.

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  62. sanemjfan permalink
    November 26, 2011 8:50 am

    @ Helena
    I’ve been asked by numerous people why I referred to those songs as “those damned Cascio tracks”, and the reason that I used that term is because, whether you like them or not, and whether you believe they are real or not, those songs create controversy! No matter what side of the fence you are on, there will always be fans who are on the other side of the fence. If they had been demos from any other era of MJ’s life, whether its the Off The Wall or Invincible eras, there wouldn’t be any controversy, because regardless of the quality of the songs, we would all know that they are MJ’s true vocals.

    But with the Cascio tracks, the vocals are so poor in some areas that many fans have a lot of doubts about them, regardless of whether its the Cascios or Joe Schmoe who sold the songs to Sony! There is even a site that claims to “prove” that the songs are inauthentic: http://www.fakemichael.com/

    One thing that should be considered is the fact that Arista records settled multiple class-action lawsuits in the early 90s after Milli Vanilli was exposed as a fraudulent group that lip-synced their entire debut album. Just imagine how many lawsuits Sony would have to settle if they released fake vocals on a Michael Jackson record! MJ’s popularity dwarfs Milli Vanilli’s popularity a trillion times over, so the losses that Sony would suffer are immeasurable, and for that reason I believe that the songs are authentic, to a certain extent.

    In my opinion, those songs should not have been released because they create controversy, and with everything the fans have had to put up with since 1993, we should be able to buy a new MJ record and not have any controversy associated with the music.

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  63. November 26, 2011 2:36 am

    “hurry up and watch this video before it’s deleted! It contains snippets of some of MJ’s demos! I think most, if not all of them, are those damned Cascio tracks! The songs sound good, but the vocals are, well, “off” if you know what I mean! Let me know what you think!”

    David, I absolutely love “All I need” and several other songs but if you imply that the voice is that of Jason Malachi I don’t know. I must admit that his voice is very close to Michael’s. And he has this vibrato which seems to be different from Michael’s, but I hear that vibrato develops with time due to breathing techniques.

    I went to Jason Malachi’s site and listened to several of his songs, and when returned to these Michael’s demos thought that they sounded different from Malachi – the voice is deeper and there is a special touch. And “All I need” does not have a vibrato and is an absolutely fabulous song!

    My favorite Monster is slower in tempo in the demo version and just as the producers explained they made it quicker which only enhanced the vibrato – however the change was probably necessary as the tempo is indeed a little bit slow.

    I have no reason to doubt Frank Cascio’s word and believe someone else saying that the songs are not Michael’s. Frank was a true friend to Michael and therefore earned my great respect while the people now trashing Frank I know nothing of.

    Frank is very sincere and very sad – Michael’s tragic life had its toll on him too. He still takes everything happening to Michael close to his heart and is still missing him a lot.

    In an interview on livestream http://www.livestream.com/myfriendmichael he says he started writing about Michael as some sort of therapy in order to cope with the emptiness Michael’s death created in him. He is on the verge of tears when he says he was blessed to know the human side of Michael. He calls Michael the greatest teacher in the world. He says he sometimes could not proceed with writing as it was too painful to remember things. He says Michael’s fans besides his children gave Michael a purpose to live, they were Michael’s extended family and Frank thanked fans for being there for Michael.

    If you look at Frank it is impossible not to notice that he values each single memory of Michael so much that accusing him of betraying his friend is similar to accusing Michael of doing harm to those who he loved most – children.

    This is reason enough for me to believe in those songs. If Frank says they are Michael’s to me it means that they are. Who else to believe if not Frank?

    Now Frank seems to be wearing a seal of sadness even when he smiles. In Michael’s presence Frank looked more cheerful:

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  64. sanemjfan permalink
    November 25, 2011 9:56 am

    hey guys! hurry up and watch this video before it’s deleted! It contains snippets of some of MJ’s demos! I think most, if not all of them, are those damned Cascio tracks! The songs sound good, but the vocals are, well, “off” if you know what I mean!

    Let me know what you think!

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  65. November 22, 2011 7:41 pm

    Hey guys, here is the documentary about MJ’s trip to Russia in 1993. It was removed from youtube, but you can temporarily watch it here!
    http://vkontakte.ru/video_ext.php?oid=4681293&id=161314151&hash=74263ad9bd5ff2bc&hd

    David, thanks! I don’t agree with Artem Troitsky (these musical guru are sometimes weak in the head) but the rest of the documentary is good.

    I’ve seen another documentary the same concert. It was before that very concert that Michael was sitting in his full stage costume hesitant whether he should do a show at all. The organizers were in a panic as he had full right to refuse to perform and they would suffer huge losses.

    A woman came and brought a portrait of Michael made by her blind daughter (I can imagine what a picture it was). She wanted to show it to Michael and get his signature on it. No one wanted to deal with her but finally someone said something like – let her go to him with her drawing, we are waiting for his decision anyway. They took her to Michael, she talked to him about her daughter and how much love she put into that portrait and to the organizers’ amazement Michael said then and there that he would do the show.

    He could not say “no” to a child!

    The concert was delayed by 2 hours or so and some people had probably left by then. It was middle of September but the weather was like end of October – it was not only pouring rain but was freezing cold too. When Michael sang he had steam going from his mouth. And he must have been wet all over. And freezing.

    There were still some losses sustained by the organizers and as far as I remember Michael covered them himself.

    This is an instance of that show (he is doing a great job – but the video is hilarious):

    I’ve just realized that the concert came just after the civil suit was filed by Larry Feldman in the Jordan Chandler case. So we can imagine the mood he was in in addition to the weather.

    There is something symbolic in all this cold and rain falling on his head in his darkest hour.

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  66. Suzy permalink
    November 22, 2011 1:24 pm

    The IMMORTAL album is out. I like it a lot even though I’m not a huge fan of remixes, but this one is good. I think some of the songs sound even better than the original, for example Dancing Machine which is a bit dated by now, but with this new mix it could be played in clubs again. And what about the “stripped down” version of “I’ll be there”? OMG what a beautiful voice! In fact, Michael’s vocals have been pushed in the foreground on this album which emphasizes that not only he is a great songwriter and dancer but also a great singer.

    You can buy it in two version one “normal” with one CD and one “deluxe” version with 2 CDs. For fans I recommend the latter.

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  67. sanemjfan permalink
    November 22, 2011 9:30 am

    Hey guys, here is the documentary about MJ’s trip to Russia in 1993. It was removed from youtube, but you can temporarily watch it here!

    http://vkontakte.ru/video_ext.php?oid=4681293&id=161314151&hash=74263ad9bd5ff2bc&hd

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  68. Suzy permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:20 pm

    There will be an album released with the mixes used in the Cirque du Soleil Immortal show. Actually the album has two versions – one “normal” and a delux version. Here you can listen in:

    http://www.7digital.com/artists/michael-jackson/immortal/

    I like the mixes, I will buy this.

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  69. November 8, 2011 1:02 am

    Guys, I must take if off my chest or otherwise I can’t live with this burden on my conscience.

    At the time Michael was in Moscow I didn’t even want to go. I could have but I didn’t.

    It was the autumn of 1993 and the news of the scandal had reached our part of the world. I was totally shocked and thought that he was coming to us to sort of hide from the rest of the world. Or that he probably had no other place to go to.

    Even if they had given me a free ticket I wouldn’t have gone. And most probably many others thought that way. But not all as we see it now. For which I am extremely thankful to these people.

    This is why it is such a sore point with me.

    Now that I know the truth about Michael’s innocence this documentary is almost unbearable to watch.

    It is too late to cry now.

    Everything should be done in the proper time.

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  70. November 8, 2011 12:36 am

    Suzy, thank you!!!
    The documentary was such a treat! My handicapped Internet made me watch it in half-minute episodes but it was worth it!
    I hope I haven’t missed the verdict yet?

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  71. Suzy permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:04 pm

    This is a very good new documentary about Michael’s 1993 visit and concert in Moscow. It isn’t just about Michael but at least as much about how Russia was in 1993. I liked it a lot.

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  72. Suzy permalink
    November 6, 2011 12:14 pm

    Message from Joe Vogel:

    Hey everyone:

    Thank you for all your help in spreading the word, writing reviews, and otherwise supporting Man in the Music! We’ve had a great first week in spite of very little media. Next week we are expecting an AP review so that should be extremely helpful in reaching a broader audience. I will also be running a 1,000 word excerpt from the book in the HuffPost.

    The key item for now is what we are calling “Surge Sunday.” This is the last chance to make a big push for the first-week bestseller list. My publicist tells me that preorders count toward first-week sales; for that reason, and for the fact that bookstores will be looking at the numbers in deciding how to stock for the holidays, it’s a crucial week.

    So our goal for “Surge Sunday” is very simple:

    We are trying to get Man in the Music into the Top 100 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The highest it has reached in the US to this point is #211, so we’ve been pretty close.

    Top 100 makes it officially an Amazon and B&N bestseller and gives it a very good shot at the NYTimes (and could compensate for what was lost due to the Amazon glitch on Wednesday). We also want to push for Top 100 on Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, and Amazon Japan, all of which have seen big surges in the past few days.

    So any help you can give in pushing Man in the Music this Sunday would be much appreciated. Let’s prove the media/publishing industry wrong and show that serious, respectful work on MJ can find success.

    Justice for MJ Monday and beyond!

    Joe

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/e15f60

    I already have the book and I recommend it to everyone. It’s a great book, please support it.

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  73. October 31, 2011 4:07 pm

    Letter from John Branca re the new album:

    I wanted to write you personally to share our enthusiasm for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour and the upcoming Immortal soundtrack album.

    I’m very appreciative that a number of Michael’s fans were able to come to Montreal to see the rehearsals and share in the creation of this wonderful new show. The show has only gotten better since then, and the reviews have been extremely positive, as Michael deserves.

    What also excites me is the opportunity it provides for those just discovering Michael for the first time. As much as Immortal is for Michael Jackson fans, it offers new fans a magical journey into Michael’s music, his dance and his compassion for others. The show’s creative team, led by writer/director Jamie King, have done a masterful job of weaving Michael’s songs, choreography, videos, voice, and, most important, Michael’s spirit into this experience.

    The Immortal soundtrack album will be released on November 21. Kevin Antunes worked with Jamie King in reimagining Michael’s original recordings for the show, as they sync with the visuals onscreen and the live action on stage. The music is incredibly exciting, and it stands on its own as a listening experience. While no one can improve upon Michael’s music, these remixes, mashups and enhancements, while intended for the show, give us the chance to hear Michael’s music in a new and fresh way. All in all, we think it is a must-have album. My favorite way to listen to the album is from start to finish because it brings back vivid memories of the Immortal show, but I also enjoyed listening to the music before I ever saw the show.

    The physical album is available for pre-order now. The digital album will be available for pre-order on iTunes on Tuesday, and people who pre-order the deluxe version of the digital album will be able to download the Mega Mix single immediately. This will be everyone’s chance to hear one of the show-stopping highlights from Immortal, and begin to understand how incredible this album really is. The single track will also be available for purchase.

    Because we all love Michael and believe that he is the greatest artist of all time, we want to encourage Michael’s fans to unite in a worldwide campaign to support this album during its first week of release – November 21-28. We are asking for everyone to help the album debut as high as possible on charts around the world.

    This is for Michael – he deserves it!

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  74. October 31, 2011 3:01 pm

    For Immediate Release
    October 31, 2011

    “IMMORTAL MEGAMIX” THE DEBUT TRACK FROM THE NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM IMMORTAL TO PREMIERE TODAY

    “IMMORTAL MEGAMIX” WILL ALSO BE STREAMED ON MICHAELJACKSON.COM

    IMMORTAL SET FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 21

    New York, NY – At 11:00 AM EST today, October 31st the debut track from the upcoming Michael Jackson album, IMMORTAL, entitled “Immortal Megamix”, will be unveiled to the world on http://www.AOL.com. The track is comprised of four of Michael’s greatest hits redesigned and re-imagined as never before. Included in the unique mix are “Can You Feel It,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean,” and “Black Or White.” “Immortal Megamix” is a show-stopping highlight of the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour show and a showcased track on Michael’s forthcoming Epic Records release, IMMORTAL.

    Following the premiere on AOL, the “Immortal Megamix” will be available to stream at http://www.MichaelJackson.com and on Michael Jackson’s Facebook page.

    Starting tomorrow Tuesday, November 1st, IMMORTAL will be available for pre-order on iTunes in both the deluxe double disc and single disc edition. Upon completion of a pre-order for the deluxe double disc edition, “Immortal Megamix” will be downloaded instantly.

    On November 21, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release IMMORTAL – the highly anticipated soundtrack for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. IMMORTAL will be released as both a deluxe double disc edition and single disc.

    Esteemed musical designer, Kevin Antunes, worked with Jamie King, the writer/director of the Immortal show, in redesigning and reimagining more than 40 of Michael Jackson’s greatest original recordings to synch with the visuals on screen and the live action on stage. After spending a year in the studio working with Michael’s original multi-track master recordings, Kevin created a new soundscape to Michael’s artistry while preserving the power and familiarity of his unparalleled voice and his legendary tracks.

    Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour includes over 100 minutes of Michael’s original recordings reimagined for Cirque du Soleil. Placing all of this incredible music onto a single disc proved impossible hence the single disc edition which is jam-packed with nearly 78 minutes of highlights and the double disc edition which offers listeners the opportunity to enjoy music from the Immortal show from start to finish as it is experienced during the performance of the show.

    To pre-order IMMORTAL, and view footage from Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour please visit http://www.MichaelJackson.com

    IMMORTAL DELUXE ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

    Deluxe Disc 1:
    1. Workin’ Day And Night (Immortal Version)
    2. The Immortal Intro (Immortal Version)
    3. Childhood (Immortal Version)
    4. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Immortal Version)
    5. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (Immortal Version)
    6. Dancing Machine/Blame It On The Boogie (Immortal Version)
    7. Ben (Immortal Version)
    8. This Place Hotel (Immortal Version)
    9. Smooth Criminal (Immortal Version)
    10. Dangerous (Immortal Version)
    11. The Mime Segment: (I Like) The Way You Love Me/Speed Demon/Another Part Of Me (Immortal Version)
    12. The Jackson 5 Medley (Immortal Version)
    13. Speechless/Human Nature (Immortal Version)
    14. Is It Scary/Threatened (Immortal Version)
    15. Thriller (Immortal Version)

    Deluxe Disc 2:
    1. You Are Not Alone/I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Immortal Version)
    2. Beat It/State Of Shock (Immortal Version)
    3. Jam (Immortal Version)
    4. Planet Earth/Earth Song (Immortal Version)
    5. Scream/Little Susie (Immortal Version)
    6. Gone Too Soon (Immortal Version)
    7. They Don’t Care About Us (Immortal Version)
    8. Will You Be There (Immortal Version)
    9. I’ll Be There (Immortal Version)
    10. Immortal Megamix: Can You Feel It/Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough/Billie Jean/Black Or White (Immortal Version)
    11. Man In The Mirror (Immortal Version)
    12. Remember The Time/Bad (Immortal Version)

    IMMORTAL SINGLE ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

    1. Workin’ Day And Night (Immortal Version)
    2. The Immortal Intro (Immortal Version)
    3. Childhood (Immortal Version)
    4. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Immortal Version)
    5. Dancing Machine/Blame It On The Boogie (Immortal Version)
    6. This Place Hotel (Immortal Version)
    7. Smooth Criminal (Immortal Version)
    8. Dangerous (Immortal Version)
    9. The Jackson 5 Medley (Immortal Version)
    10. Speechless/Human Nature (Immortal Version)
    11. Is It Scary/Threatened (Immortal Version)
    12. Thriller (Immortal Version)
    13. You Are Not Alone/I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Immortal Version)
    14. Beat It/State Of Shock (Immortal Version)
    15. Jam (Immortal Version)
    16. Planet Earth/Earth Song (Immortal Version)
    17. They Don’t Care About Us (Immortal Version)
    18. I’ll Be There (Immortal Version)
    19. Immortal Megamix: Can You Feel It/Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough/Billie Jean/Black Or White (Immortal Version)
    20. Man In The Mirror (Immortal Version

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  75. October 28, 2011 2:25 am

    Guys, at a hard time like this here is a video to help. No matter what Michael goes on living!

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  76. Suzy permalink
    October 26, 2011 12:34 pm

    The Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

    It’s been two years since Michael Jackson passed away at the age of 50 but the King of Pop’s earning power shows no sign of waning. For the second year in a row, Jacksontops our annual list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. Over the past 12 months Jackson’s estate brought in $170 million from sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog. That’s a big drop from the $275 million Jackson earned in the previous 12 months but it’s still enough to make him the second highest-earning pop act over the past year, dead or alive, after U2.

    The 15 people on our list earned a combined $366 million between October 2010 and October 2011, which just goes to show that death is not the end when it comes to celebrities.

    Songwriters who own their own work usually fare best on our list because their catalogs can keep selling well long after they’ve passed away. But now there’s a new way for dead pop stars to earn big: Cirque Du Soleil.

    Jackson headed out on tour again this month with the Cirque Du Soleil showMichael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. If it’s successful, Jackson could net more touring in death than he did in life. Cirque and the King of Pop’s estate will split costs and profits evenly, and the cost of touring a Cirque show is less than that of a glitzy Michael Jackson round-the-world extravaganza. On top of that, the estate will collect performance royalties every night because the show uses his songs, most of which he has songwriting credits on.

    The Cirque show Viva Elvis helped Elvis Presley rank second on our list with $55 million. Of course Presley’s iconic songs, like “Hound Dog” and “Heartbreak Hotel,” still sell well and fans flock to Graceland. But a long-running Vegas show where tickets sell for as much as $175 a pop definitely gooses earnings. John Lennon, who ties for fifth on our list with $12 million, and George Harrison, tied for 13th with $6 million, both also benefited from Cirque. The show Love, based on Beatles music, has been running at The Mirage in Las Vegas since 2006.

    For celebrities who don’t have a music catalog to profit from after death, it helps to have been incredibly glamorous. Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away in March, joins the list this year in fifth place (tied with Lennon) with $12 million. Most of that money comes from Taylor’s best-selling perfume White Diamonds. According to Euromonitor sales of the scent brought in $54 million in the U.S. alone in 2010.

    Taylor’s estate is poised to earn much more in the coming months though when Christie’s auctions off the star’s jewels, art work and gowns starting Dec. 16. The jewels alone could bring in as much as $30 million. Taylor was so beloved that Christie’s has taken the items out on tour in the run-up to the auction.

    Depending on how the executors of her estate decide to move forward with licensing her image, Taylor could soon become as big as Marilyn Monroe, who returns to our list with $27 million in earnings over the past year, ranking her third. Earlier this year Authentic Brand Management bought the rights to Monroe’s estate. The company, which also holds the rights to Bob Marley’sestate, is now trying to revamp the star’s image by going for more highbrow licensing deals like upscale clothing, fragrances and cosmetics. A line of Marilyn Monroe cafes is in the works and don’t be surprised to see Monroe starring in films again. She’s already appeared opposite Charlize Theron in an ad for J’Adore perfume.

    To place on this year’s list a deceased celebrity had to have earned at least $6 million between October 2010 and October 2011. To compile our list, we spoke to agents, lawyers and other sources to estimate each star’s gross earnings (before taxes, management fees and other costs).

    Like Monroe, Bettie Page is enjoying a renaissance. The pinup girl, who died in 2008, is more in style than ever before, with a chain of stores called Bettie Page Clothing in places like Hollywood and Las Vegas selling clothes inspired by the model and B movie star. Those stores helped her estate earn $6 million this year, tying for 13th place on our list with Andy Warhol and George Harrison.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2011/10/25/the-top-earning-dead-celebrities/

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  77. Suzy permalink
    October 9, 2011 7:55 pm

    Joe Vogel’s book “Man in the Music” is already available here: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781402779381/Man-in-the-Music

    (On Amazon it will be available only in November.)

    I support the book and already ordered it. It’s focus is Michael’s art and music and it was time for such books instead of the tabloid garbage we have out there. Let’s show the publishers it’s worth publishing positive books on MJ!

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  78. Susan permalink
    October 4, 2011 7:03 pm

    Hi Everyone again:

    I guess you have to type in “Michael Jackson Estate Lawyers on Piers Morgan Part 1” in order to view. Also Part 2 is available and Howard Weitzman is being interviewed.

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  79. Susan permalink
    October 4, 2011 6:56 pm

    Hi Everyone:

    Here is a video of John Branca on Piers Morgan October 3, 2011.

    Notice at 3:32 how he explains about the acquisition of the Beatles catalogue. Paul and Yoko were both asked if they were going to be bidding on the catalogue. Answer: NO. So, just more confirmation for the media and haters that Michael did not approach Paul with a gun and force him to give up catalogue.LOL.

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  80. Suzy permalink
    October 3, 2011 10:00 pm

    Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil Show
    Credits: Jillian Zacchia .World Premier of Michael Jackson’s Cirque de Soleil
    By Jillian Zacchia, Montreal Dance Examiner..

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I say not taking one is worth a thousand more.

    Rather than trying to take a bunch of pictures of the breath taking sets and unbelievable costumes during tonight’s premier of the Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil show, I decided to sit back and enjoy the show instead, for myself. With iphones and Facebook it’s so easy to share everything about yourself with others, but we can’t live life through a lens, because we’ll lose the moment by trying the capture it.

    What I can share is that there is so much to say it’s indescribable. You’ll have to see it for yourself.

    The show starts off with a mind boggling set and the first few songs paint a picture of Michael’s life. In no way was the show a simple acrobatic act set to the Michael Jackson soundtrack, each song told a story and after the act to ‘thriller’ the shows’ atmosphere took a more dramatic turn. Songs like ‘earth,’ ‘why,’ and ‘man in the mirror’ made the audience realize how powerful Michael’s songs really are, and how much of his music promotes his message of change.

    The show’s theme seemed to be about accepting differences and embracing unity, so in its cast there was a male dancer with only one leg. His impressive hip hop dancing with crutches was only a small part of the broad mix of dancers and acrobats that worked really well together on stage and with the music. There was a lot more dancing in this show than any other Cirque de Soleil show. There were of course some great acrobatic and high flying moments, including one very risqué acrobatic pole dance, but for the most part it was a Michael Jackson show more than a cirque performance.

    Michael lived an extraordinary life and this show captured so many of it’s highlights. Even with a headache from the mix of loud music, pyrotechnics and the fact that there was no intermission, there was something special about this show that made it exceptional. But that’s something that no picture or blog can capture.

    Whether you like Cirque or Michael, this show was something else. Word of advice to those who go: you miss a moment by trying to capture another on camera. Be selfish about this show and keep it for yourself.

    Enjoy!

    http://www.examiner.com/dance-in-montreal/world-premier-of-michael-jackson-s-cirque-de-soleil

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  81. Suzy permalink
    October 3, 2011 4:13 pm

    This is awesome! I can’t wait for the show to come to Europe!

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  82. October 3, 2011 3:40 pm

    Opening Montreal 2011 The Immortal Tour

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  83. Alison permalink
    September 25, 2011 6:38 pm

    Its almost October, when for those that wish to, its the month to buy Invincible to try to get it to Number 1 to mark its 10 year anniversary. if you haven’t heard of this campaign, go to http://mjsinvincible.wordpress.com or to mjjjustice.

    I’m not particularly in favour of the tribute concert in Cardiff happening at this time but seeing as its happening it would be great of they took the opportunity to promote Invincible.

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  84. shelly permalink
    September 6, 2011 2:42 am

    I love that song

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  85. August 29, 2011 9:05 pm

    Michael’s song ‘Beautiful Girl’

    The making of the song:

    The song itself – it is staggering:

    If Michael keeps singing to us we will probably survive?

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  86. August 29, 2011 8:10 pm

    Hello Thetis! The Tribute you’ve posted is no longer available (was removed by Viacom). Here is another version under the same title – is it the same as yours?

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  87. August 29, 2011 4:29 pm

    This song is the sweetest thing on earth! Sorry for my usual typos.

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  88. August 29, 2011 4:25 pm

    MIKE it´s your birthday,God bless you this day…
    I wish you happt birtday..I am proud of you…..
    I wish you love and good will..
    I wish you praise AND JOY..!! That is what you gave so many!
    Sorry ,I know you are Mike ann not Lisa,but not bring a songwriter myself I had to copy a bit.I would have likes to change the words :
    Iam proud of you, true too, but it sounde also:in the Paradise…
    it sounded a bit like that .
    And I am sorry I don´t know how to place a link on this blog.You can
    find it on you tybe, be sure to get a version with Michaels authrtic voice there are to uploads by §1 ellerby 456 And Paluk 3K.

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  89. ares permalink
    August 29, 2011 3:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Mike.

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  90. Suzy permalink
    August 29, 2011 3:23 pm

    Thanks, Thetis7!

    And happy birthday to Michael!

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  91. August 29, 2011 2:14 pm

    The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award is back

    from the MTV VMA’s 28 August 2011

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  92. Suzy permalink
    August 12, 2011 7:22 pm

    To cheer everybody up. Michael being funny and adorable. (He’s giving instructions to a commercial here.)

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  93. Teva permalink
    August 11, 2011 6:07 am

    @Suzy

    This is wonderful! I was tweeting about the famine in Africa on Monday using parts of Man in the Mirror to make a statement. I have made a donation, but I didn’t know there was a specific Michael group. If funds permit I hope to make a monthly donation. Thanks for the post this is good to know.

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  94. Suzy permalink
    August 10, 2011 11:20 pm

    MICHAEL JACKSON FANS UNITED FOR FAMINE RELIEF: http://inside.unicefusa.org/site/TR/Events/General?pg=team&fr_id=1050&team_id=22520

    Please donate if you can!

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  95. August 9, 2011 10:00 am

    I believe MJ wouldv’e been happy with this donation. Oh, that note Blanket wrote on his dad’s sketch is beautiful :’O|

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  96. lcpledwards permalink
    August 9, 2011 8:46 am

    Here is video of the MJ3, Latoya, and Katherine, joined by Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart, donating some of MJ’s own artwork to a children’s hospital! MJ was definitely a jack of all trades! I never knew he could draw, but what couldn’t he do?

    http://www.ktla.com/videobeta/fcc23355-057c-467c-bc68-b05ddb560127/News/KTLA-Michael-Jackson-s-Art-Donated-to-L-A-Children-s-Hospital-Leila-Feinstein-Reports

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  97. Alison permalink
    July 29, 2011 3:44 am

    I’ve been listening to the Blood on the Dancefloor album quite a lot recently. I’ve needed to hear the anger of it for some reason. I love ‘Morphine’ – the song that is- and what i didn’t realise before, MJ is on the credits for the drums and percussion. i would love to know exactly which of the drums is him. it is so full of feeling and its an amazing song. its also a strong indicator, proof even, of him fighting the stuff and beating the problem.

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  98. lcpledwards permalink
    July 28, 2011 7:00 am

    Justice4MJ has carefully and succinctly laid out their opposition to the “tribute” concert, based on how the tickets will be alloted. I couldn’t have said it better myself! Here is their letter to the Jacksons: https://www.facebook.com/groups/324254322849/doc/?id=10150257020842850

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  99. July 28, 2011 12:02 am

    “The only problem I have with Musikfactorytwo ‘s site is that it is extremely negative.”

    I have the same problem with it.

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  100. July 27, 2011 11:48 pm

    i guess what everybody is talking about with the tribute concert….is the money stuff………….i can only assume this was booked before the trial date was changed and they are stuck with it and spinning it anyway..

    Nan, of course it is the money stuff. Your guess about the arrangements being made well in advance and suddenly falling on the time of the trial seems to me a correct one. They could have cancelled it when they learned of the date of the trial, but of course the money is a weightier argument. And also possible legal repercussions are to be taken into account.

    “they are just a distraction.”

    It seems to me that all this talk about the family is a distraction from something much more important – for example, finding out who is standing behind Michael’s murder.

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  101. Julie permalink
    July 27, 2011 5:46 pm

    The only problem I have with Musikfactorytwo ‘s site is that it is extremely negative. None of us truly know what is going on behind the scenes on anything. On the one hand, the family members that showed up to announce the tribute (except for LaToya) are the ones that have never gone on record and said anything negative about Michael and I can remember Jackie even on a talk show in the early 90’s before all of the trouble started when he was asked if there was jealousy regarding Michael and he stated that Michael had worked extremely hard to get where he was in the music business and therefore deserved the accolades. I also remember watching Marlon give that beautiful speech at the memorial and when he got to the part where he said, “No one will ever know what he had to endure…” in the background Jackie just broke down when he said that. It broke my heart.

    I just hate when everyone wants to judge every single thing that anyone in that family does (once again except LaToya) and the only reason I say LaToya is because she is promoting a book and so she’s being grilled regarding the contents of the book. So she gets on these shows and spouts out the same stuff on every one of them and yes it’s probably not a good idea for her to do that with the impending trial, but that’s what she’s chosen to do.

    I like to just sometimes listen to Michael and yesterday chose to listen to his interview during the trial with Jesse Jackson. If you haven’t listened to it you should — he is such a precious man. Nevermind the amazing musical talent — he is just a precious man and it makes me so sad the way that he was treated. He does say during that interview that there was a lot of conspiracy going on right at that time and it had to do with his music catalogue and then he said he didn’t want to say anything further. So, yes he did tell people what LaToya is saying. LMP said so as did Teddy Riley, but LaToya is pushing it toward the gentlemen handling the estate and that’s kind of dangerous in my mind because Katherine and those kids are dependent upon the estate. I think Katherine handled her statement in response appropriately and once again shouldn’t be judged as to what her motives may or may not be.

    For the two family members that disagree with the tribute — that’s their choice and it should be respected too. Jermaine further stated he did not want his book released nor would he be promoting it during the trial. Since the trial has been postponed numerous times, things were probably already in the works and scheduled so it’s hard to put the breaks on things because the court system is the way it is. Anytime there is any type of tribute for Michael — I applaud that because he deserves all the tributes he receives, but family members all have different feelings about things. Michael even told that to Geraldo — he said that every one of them is different, but that’s what makes them a family.

    On another note, ever since I heard Gene Simmons spout his lies about Michael last year, I have been unable to watch or listen to anything that has anything to do with him. I feel that his comments came from jealousy, were unbelievably inappropriate, and downright disrespectful and competely false. It’s truly sad to see him at 62 years old still donning the ridiculous makeup and getup and going on stage. That group was not in any way innovating or original and they still aren’t. However, I did catch a glimpse of what is happening between him and Shannon and what his daughter said to him during a therapy session, which would be difficult for any father to hear. She told him that he was a good provider but not a good dad. The son then told him that he was a liar by omission. I realize it’s a reality show, but either those two children are darn good actors or it’s real. It had to be rather humbling to deal with if Gene has anything to him at all. Just as it had to be rather humbling for Rupert Murdoch to be grilled about the inappropriateness and criminal activity of his enterprise. It almost feels like at least there is a little justice happening as God is in control.

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  102. nan permalink
    July 27, 2011 9:25 am

    i guess what everybody is talking about with the tribute concert….is the money stuff………….i can only assume this was booked before the trial date was changed and they are stuck with it and spinning it anyway..
    at any rate ..this stuff is just par for the course…i get so much info regarding mj on this site , i kinda hate to see the family added to the mix because they are just a distraction.
    i dont disrespect his family but ….i take mj words first because he had nothing to gain from what he said.i just think you have a big family ,bound to be different opinions,,

    ,before mj died ., i felt he was an innocent being bullied but it was like white noise to me …so constant……….he said he could deal with it.. i believed him:((……. i now realize what he was put through…..well. what human being could take that.amount of mental torture and yet he did ..amazes me….. .this thing with this tribute will sort itself out very shortly imo..i want to stay focus on his good name ….. love this site ,,thanks for all you do🙂,,i tried to post this earlier ..sorry if it goes through twice..:)

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  103. nan permalink
    July 27, 2011 9:11 am

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2011/07/worst_press_conference_ever_ja.php?page=2
    i suppose this is what everybody is talking about with the tribute concert..i can only assume this was booked before the trial date was changed and they are stuck with it and spinning it anyway..
    at any rate ..this stuff is just par for the course…i get so much info regarding mj on this site , i kinda hate to see the family added to the mix because they are just a distraction.
    i dont disrespect his family but ….i take mj words first because he had nothing to gain from what he said.i just think you have a big family ,bound to be different opinions,,

    ,before mj died ., i felt he was an innocent being bullied but it was like white noise to me …so constant……….he said he could deal with it.. i believed him:((……. i now realize what he was put through…..well. what human being could take that.amount of mental torture and yet he did ..amazes me….. .this thing with this tribute will sort itself out very shortly imo..i want to stay focused on his good name,,always love this site ,,thanks for all you do🙂

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  104. lynande51 permalink
    July 27, 2011 8:16 am

    What I want to see someday is a complete Concert Video Library come from the Estate. So many of the US fans never did get to see his best performances. It would be great.

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  105. lcpledwards permalink
    July 27, 2011 8:00 am

    @ Teva
    I agree with most of what Muzik said, and with what the people she quoted in her post said. If it was a unified effort from all parties (the Estate, the ENTIRE Jackson Family, Sony, etc.), and if took place on either June 25th or August 29th, then I would support it. But on the same day the damn concert is announced, you see Jermaine and Randy already distancing themselves from it, Janet has commented publicly, and the Estate released a very brief, terse statement merely saying that they are not involved at all. The Jackson family had BETTER make sure they line up some top of the line artists for this tribute, or else it will fall flat on its face before it even takes place!

    One AMAZING point that Muzik stated that I didn’t even realize is that Katherine released a statement refuting Latoya’s claims that someone in the Estate was responsible for MJ’s death. It’s funny how after almost 2 months of Latoya’s nonstop interviews to any and everyone who would listen, Katherine waits until a few days before the announcement of the press conference to defend the Estate and refute Latoya. Why couldn’t she do it behind closed doors? Why didn’t she ask Latoya not to say those things BEFORE she started her book tour? Muzik thinks its a sneaky way of trying to gain favor with the Estate so that they can give their approval. Sounds plausible to me………….

    I was reluctant to even post that because the purpose of the blog is to vindicate MJ, and not to nitpick each and every decision and business venture that the Estate or Jackson family takes on, but I’m upset at how things are going so far. But I’m a fan, and not family, and it’s beyond my control, so all I can do is wish them the best, and continue with the work that I have already started in my efforts to annihilate the false charges against MJ once and for all. To me, that’s how I support the Jackson family……………………….and NOT by buying so-called “tribute” books that are filled with numerous errors and typos, buying autographed belts or perfume, a new Jackson 5 clothing line, “tell all” books, or whatever else that family hawks this week.

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  106. Alison permalink
    July 26, 2011 7:08 am

    The timing of this “tribute” is very weird i agree, and if the details re tickets on musicfactory’s blog are true it really does sound like they are just for the money – i am very surprised about it, why the alleged trust fund for the children? the estate is doing very well isn;t it, Michael set up the only trust fund they need.
    i do not think many people in the UK would be able to spare the money to get a ticket – most of us are living on baked beans, the store economy type not even heinz anymore – and i can’t see why people would come from other countries at this time, if fans have the money and the time to go anywhere they will be going to the court in LA.

    i think John Branca should stop it, but i think it will die anyway when not enough people register for tickets.

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  107. Teva permalink
    July 26, 2011 6:07 am

    “What are your thoughts? Personally, I’m putting a muzzle on my mouth for this story…………….” – .lcpledwards

    Why are you muzzling? Tell us what you think. I agree with Randy and Jermaine that it is ill timed. I can’t put my finger on it, but their is sometime a bit off to me.

    IDK about the Jackson’s putting together a spectacular show, maybe they can do it. I just remember reading the book by Margaret Maldonado about the Honors show they did in the 90s and how that turned out. Or the way Michael felt about the victory tour and what a nightmare it was behind the scenes that he said he would never tour with his brothers again. Maybe Katherine, Latoya, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Joseph can pull this off IDK, but I wish them the best.

    I wonder how Janet and Rebbie feel about this, or will Janet perform. I hope she does.

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  108. lcpledwards permalink
    July 26, 2011 5:44 am

    Well, since this post is about celebrating MJ, this would be the right post to paste these links to. As you guys probably know by now, the Jackson family (minus Randy and Jermaine) are backing a “tribute concert” to MJ this October in Wales. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/07/25/michael-jackson-siblings-announce-tribute-concert/

    Here are Randy and Jermaine’s thoughts: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/bv2nr3

    Here are MuzikFactoryTwo’s thoughts🙂 : http://muzikfactorytwo.blogspot.com/2011/07/michael-jackson-fans-protest-michael.html

    What are your thoughts? Personally, I’m putting a muzzle on my mouth for this story……………..

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  109. July 16, 2011 1:24 pm

    MJ holds the Guinness World Record for the longest span of US Top 40 singles…39 years and 2 months! He first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 6, 1971 with “Got To Be There” and last with “Hold My Hand” on January 1, 2011.

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  110. Alison permalink
    July 11, 2011 8:44 pm

    @ VMJ – ““The Greatest Entertainer of All Time”.
    Yes, he is. But he is also much more than that.” – yeah, I know, i was just reacting to the videos!! LOL!

    “Michael has given us so remarkable an example of selflessness that these fans must be complete blind and deaf not to see it. They probably get so much focused on other things about Michael that they never listen to the lyrics of his songs.” – absolutely, totally agree. which would so frustrate him because he wanted people to understand so much.

    forgot to say also – the kid opening the present ! – priceless!

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  111. July 11, 2011 7:20 pm

    “Michael would SO hate that and he would hate all the nasty comments. it doesn’t matter if this ebay seller HAS been collecting stuff for 40 years, a true fan should not take that attitude. It was so depressing because this is from the fan community.”

    Alison, I don’t understand it at all. Michael has given us so remarkable an example of selflessness that these fans must be complete blind and deaf not to see it. They probably get so much focused on other things about Michael that they never listen to the lyrics of his songs.

    “The Greatest Entertainer of All Time”.

    Yes, he is. But he is also much more than that.

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  112. Alison permalink
    July 11, 2011 4:32 pm

    There’s some great news here – greatest singer of all time – and there are several great singers in the list below him.

    Anyway continued from other thread:- (on ebay) and i’ve noticed for a while the way people are ripping each other off, alright they are not all fans many are just there to make money or will be dealers. but cd singles are topping £25 now depending on which they are. the visionary ones can be more than that, some much much more, and people have clearly bought them cheaper off ebay then hiked the price and relisted. If something is genuinely very rare and people want to bid high for it thats one thing but most of the stuff is not rare, although it all has ‘rare’ by it. people are just trying to make money out of each other. But today i saw an advert for – “Michael Jackson the Wiz 1979 concert programme mint”. listed by someone who then said in the description – ” many of you looking at this are not real fans. you know who you are. you’ve only become fans since his death, I’VE been collecting Michael’s concert items for 40 years”.
    it was just nasty and so snobby. since there was no concert of the Wiz and because i have a copy of the Destiny programme i could tell this was actually a Destiny Tour programme but showing an inside page of the scarecrow as if it were the front cover, this guy was obviously trying to mislead people who might not know into buying something they thought was a programme of The Wiz. i admit he did put in the descriptor info relating to the Destiny tour programme but he did not specifically say this WAS it. he did not show the real cover and i started to recognise it first because i recognised some of the other inside photos. it was misleading if you didn’t know. and i think it was deliberate. Michael would SO hate that and he would hate all the nasty comments. it doesn’t matter if this ebay seller HAS been collecting stuff for 40 years, a true fan should not take that attitude. It was so depressing because this is from the fan community. Can this change do you think? i would like to think so.

    Its also a warning to people to just be cautious about what you buy. there seems to be a massive industry out there creating new stuff and making it look like its real.

    But back to something positive – Michael Jackson! what a man! His beautiful face, his cute butt, those fluid movements, that giggle, that VOICE, and with a great personality too! can’t help it, whenever i see him i get overwhelmed. enjoyed the video. The Greatest Entertainer of All Time.

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  113. shelly permalink
    July 10, 2011 7:50 pm

    Thank you for those videos.

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  114. David permalink
    July 10, 2011 10:54 am

    Here is the entire 1996 concert from Brunei!

    Here is the entire 1987 concert from the Bad tour in Japan!

    And here is a HIStory tour concert from 1997!

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  115. June 29, 2011 11:44 pm

    Guys, I naturally missed the news when it came (due to being away from home) but better late than never – Michael Jackson was named the greatest singer of all times!

    In my opinion naming Michael only the greatest singer is too little – he is also the best dancer, best composer, best humanitarian, best father – the best of everything. He is a 100% whole while all the others are only fractions of it!

    June 21, 2011 15:00
    Michael Jackson tops NME’s Greatest Singers poll

    Michael Jackson has beaten Queen’s Freddie Mercury in NME’s poll of the Greatest Singers Of All Time.
    Jackson got an average score of 9.02 out of 10, while Mercury’s was 8.39.
    The poll, which took place on NME.COM saw 10 million votes being cast, 4000 Facebook comments and, initially, saw Mercury at the top spot until Jackson went to Number One.
    Elvis Presley took the Number Three position with an average of 7.17 out of 10 and Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose took fourth place with 6.47.

    The full Top 20 was:

    1. Michael Jackson
    2. Freddie Mercury
    3. Elvis Presley
    4. Axl Rose
    5. John Lennon
    6. David Bowie
    7. Robert Plant
    8. Paul McCartney
    9. Stevie Wonder
    10. Aretha Franklin
    11. Matt Bellamy
    12. Ray Charles
    13. Jim Morrison
    14. Bob Marley
    15. Elton John
    16. Kurt Cobain
    17. Steven Tyler
    18. Mick Jagger
    19. Marvin Gaye
    20. Tina Turner

    http://www.nme.com/news/michael-jackson/57469

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  116. June 29, 2011 11:28 pm

    “the Jackson estate still takes half the profits”.

    Thetis, thank you for the update. Good news. I can’t help feeling that this success was not necessarily connected with Michael’s death only – no, in cooperation with John Branca, Michael could have made the same miracle even if he had been alive.

    That is why saying (like LaToya does) that John Branca can be in any way connected with Michael’s death is a very BIG LIE. Branca’s only fault is that he was rehired a week before Michael’s death and this evidently urged those who wanted to get rid of Michael to step up their efforts. Branca is a lawyer who could have made a difference and they didn’t want it.

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  117. June 29, 2011 10:10 pm

    Michael Jackson’s $400 Million Afterlife
    Jun. 29 2011

    Over the past two years U2 has earned $320 million, fueled by a massive international tour that recently surpassed the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang tour as the most lucrative of all time. The whopping total makes U2 the highest-paid musical act in the world over that period–the highest-paid living musical act, that is.

    The top-earning musician on either side of the grave is Michael Jackson, whose estate has raked in $400 million since the King of Pop’s death two years ago. According to court documents filed earlier this year, Jackson’s estate took in $310 million from July 2009 through December 2010. FORBES estimates that another $90 million has rolled in since then from worldwide sales of posthumous album Michael, DVD sales of film This Is It, other licensing deals and robust publishing revenues.

    “The continuing overwhelming worldwide interest in Michael confirms his status as the greatest entertainer of all time,” says John Branca, Jackson’s longtime attorney and co-executor, adding that the estate has generated over $1 billion in retail sales over the past two years.

    It isn’t just Jackson’s music and likeness that continues to earn prodigious amounts of money. In fact, his most valuable asset is comprised of other artists’ work. Jackson shelled out $47.5 million in 1985 to buy a publishing catalog that included 250 Beatles songs. Ten years later Sony paid Jackson $90 million for half the rights, forming a joint venture called Sony/ATV.

    Today, the Jackson estate and Sony share ownership of the catalog, which now boasts half a million songs including titles by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Eminem and other artists. Insiders place the catalog’s value somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion, based on estimated proceeds of $50 million to $100 million per year; the Jackson estate still takes half the profits.

    Of the $310 million earned through December 2010, $159 million has gone toward paying down Jackson’s debts, supporting his children and covering funeral and memorial service expenses, according to court documents. Branca and the other co-executors have also renegotiated and restructured existing financing arrangements and sought out new deals to generate more income.

    To be sure, Jackson’s estate is still benefiting from the massive wave of publicity and nostalgia set into motion by the Gloved One’s death two years ago, and maintaining the current $200 million-per-year average income seems unlikely. But with a number of other substantial deals in the works–including a very lucrative international Cirque de Soleil tour set to launch this fall–it’s conceivable that earnings could level off in the $75-$100 million range annually. That’s more than Justin Bieber, Katy Perry or Kanye West has ever earned in a single year.

    “The cash flow on an annual basis is tremendous,” explained Donald David, an attorney who handled the postmortem finances of rapper Tupac Shakur, in a conversation with me late last year. “Sure, it’s going to decline eventually, but it’s going to be a huge amount in the foreseeable future. [Jackson’s] kids are going to have grandkids before that money’s gone.”

    http://blogs.forbes.com/zackomalleygreenburg/2011/06/29/michael-jacksons-400-million-afterlife/

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  118. June 29, 2011 1:18 pm

    Michael Jackson: Two Years Since His Death How Much Has He Sold?

    June 25, 2011

    By Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

    While it’s been two years since Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his solo catalog of music continues to post solid numbers in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    From his passing through the week ending June 19, 2011, Jackson’s tracks have sold 16.3 million downloads while his albums have shifted 10.6 million copies.

    The King of Pop’s post-death album sales account for 33% of his cumulative SoundScan-era (1991 through present) album tally (32.3 million).

    “Number Ones” is the artist’s biggest-selling album since his passing, as it has moved 2.74 million. Jackson’s 2009 “This Is It” soundtrack companion album of the same name is in second place with 1.67 million. Next in line are “Thriller” (1.49), “The Essential Michael Jackson” (1.38) and “Bad” (550,000).

    In terms of track sales since Jackson died, his top five best selling tracks are “Billie Jean” (1.26 million), “Man in the Mirror” (1.23), “Beat It” (1.11), “Thriller” (1.04) and “Smooth Criminal” (872,000). That lineup is similar to his overall best-sellers (including sales generated pre-death): “Thriller” (2.28 million), “Billie Jean” (2.18), “Beat It” (1.84), “Man in the Mirror” (1.54) and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1.43).

    While certainly the bulk of Jackson’s post-death sales came in 2009, interest in his work has continued to post solid numbers. From his death until the end of 2009, he sold 11 million tracks and 8 million albums. In 2010: 3.7 million tracks and 2.1 million albums.

    Jackson’s 2010 album sales were bolstered by the release of his posthumous studio set “Michael,” in December. So far, that album has sold a total of 503,000. (“Michael” finished 2010 as the year’s 74th biggest seller, four slots above “Number Ones,” which moved 388,000 in 2010 vs. “Michael’s” 405,000.)

    Now, in 2011, his sales stand — year-to-date — at 1.6 million tracks and 500,000 albums. At this rate, with all things being equal, Jackson could manage a total of 3 million tracks and 1 million albums for the full year.

    http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/retail/michael-jackson-two-years-since-his-death-1005251752.story

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  119. Chris permalink
    June 26, 2011 1:53 am

    As it is drawing to the end of the day here 1 more thing for MJ. Probably the best vocal in a rehearsal your likly to hear.
    Also at the beginning listen 4 MJ’s impersination of “Magic” Johnson. BEHOLDDD!!!!

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  120. June 25, 2011 11:36 pm

    I am turning away from the TV Music program tributes, those that were forced into celebrating Michael with us, those whose host/hostess mocked and defamed MJ
    in the past. Networks broadcasting the infamous Bashir, Peretti and VH1 programs with a disingenuous incredulous when told they are negative. There are many new articles this week on Michael which are inspiring and joyful to read. The words of people who has finally gotten a chance to express their respect, admiration and love of Michael. Those who were ignored before because they would not speak ill of Michael living or dead.

    I am not mourning today, I am celebrating Michael, his generosity, the gifts he worked and scarified to give to us, and the legacy that grows stronger every day. I will always miss you Michael and regret many things, but I will celebrate you on this day.

    http://www.vibe.com/posts/tricky-stewart-speaks-his-michael-jackson-experience

    http://hiphopwired.com/2011/06/25/remembering-michael-jackson-the-global-humanitarian/

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  121. Suzy permalink
    June 25, 2011 6:05 pm

    Thanks David.

    I like the song, though I’m a bit disappointed that there’s so little Michael in it. I know nobody can help that since it was unfinished and it’s better than nothing I just thought there would be more of Michael in it.

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  122. lcpledwards permalink
    June 25, 2011 10:31 am

    Here is the full version of “All In Your Name” by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and MJ!

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  123. Suzy permalink
    June 24, 2011 2:52 pm

    Michael Jackson: King of Pop Was Also King of Compassion: http://www.sawfnews.com/Entertainment/67141.aspx

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  124. June 21, 2011 8:51 pm

    “How it has MJ Fans from so many parts of the world different cultures Races, Ages, Simply Amazing Michael Would Be Proud🙂 Enjoy!”

    @Truth Prevail, it is indeed amazing! All of them are so different but you know for sure that they all speak the same language! And we are also part of it……It is such an honor and joy for all of us. And Michael must be smiling looking at it.

    Everything that’s going on is simply unbelievable.

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  125. Truth Prevail permalink
    June 21, 2011 8:21 pm

    Here Is The The Official Video To Behind The Mask.

    Note: How it has MJ Fans from so many parts of the world different cultures Races, Ages, Simply Amazing Michael Would Be Proud🙂 Enjoy!

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  126. lcpledwards permalink
    June 19, 2011 7:37 pm

    In honor of Father’s Day here in the USA, here is MJ’s beautiful song “To Make My Father Proud”, which was recorded in 1973 but wasn’t released until the 80’s:

    It can now be found on the album “Hello, World”, which was released in 2009. It’s a compilation of 71 of MJ’s solo songs from Motown: his 4 solo albums, as well as 2 unreleased albums that were released in the 80’s to capitalize off of Thriller’s success (hey, Motown did what any good company would do at that time! LOL!)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_World:_The_Motown_Solo_Collection

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  127. Truth Prevail permalink
    June 17, 2011 4:52 pm

    i was reading the booklet for the bad album and then i went to the end were the thank you’s in stuff from MJ & QJ is written there was thank you message for people who gave there time an such it was a long list and included in it was oprah winfrey i really dislike her must have been painful for mike to see that it took 1 accusation to condemn you when you thought that person was kool. Now i jus wnna know wt she was thanked for.

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  128. lcpledwards permalink
    June 11, 2011 10:18 pm

    Good news guys! It looks like we haven’t seen the last of Michael Jackson! While there was never any doubt that we wouldn’t HEAR from MJ again (i.e. his unreleased songs), there was a lot of doubt as to whether we’d ever SEE MJ again.

    This article is about Dr. Murray’s lawyer’s request to see ALL of the rehearsal footage from “This Is It” (so that he could “prove” that MJ was in poor condition prior to June 25th), and Sony’s objection to their subpoena. As I was reading it, the very last paragraph completely jumped out at me!!

    And a Sony boss also submitted a declaration which says the videos “have a high monetary value inherent in their potential for future uses. Those uses include one or more ‘anniversary editions.’”

    Read more: http://www.mjnewsalerts.com/2011/06/11/sony-pictures-reveal-secrecy-surrounding-this-is-it-footage/#ixzz1P0Zr2mMc

    That’s proof that Sony has plans to release more footage in the years to come, which is what I suspected all along. There is waaaayyy too much footage available to just let it sit there and collect dust! There were songs he rehearsed but were not included in the film, such as Dirty Diana, Heal The World, and She’s Out Of My Life.

    Hopefully this news will brighten your day, and will be a welcome distraction from all of the VG filth that we’re currently dealing with.

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  129. Alison permalink
    June 9, 2011 11:31 pm

    at the moment he is top but he’s only just above freddie, then there’s a gap before elvis. from the comments it looks like our boy wasn’t even on the list originally! so lets make sure he wins.

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  130. June 9, 2011 9:39 pm

    Guys, it is very late here and I nearly forgot a very important thing.

    Please vote for Michael for the “Greatest Singer of All Time Award,” England’s NME Awards. Michael must win this one:

    http://www.nme.com/ratemy/216512/greatest-singers-of-all-time/item/216579

    Closing date for votes: JUNE 20.
    Please spread this information everywhere.
    You can vote many times by pressing the star on the right – which is called “AMAZING”.

    I would prefer “Simply the Best” for Michael but “Amazing” is okay too.

    Please vote on a daily basis and remember that others are doing it too.
    Let us do it for Michael and thus bring a small flower to his grave on the eve of the 2nd anniversary of his death.

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  131. June 7, 2011 12:20 pm

    It was like a strange obsessive hatred for him. They just wanted him gone. They seemed to be enraged that he could persist on living and trying to have a career and having fns. I was going back through articles in the early 90s before the allegations and the tabloids were finding anything they could about him, his nose, pages and pages about his nose, how he refused to be photographed because of it, how he was all weird and ignoring kids at an event for sick kids where he’d brought Mickey (LOL true story, imagine them reporting he ignored kids after 1993), how he was an asexual virgin who couldn’t hold conversations, stories from the Quindoys about how he was all weird with writing notes on bedsheets… just endless tripe.

    It’s so strange, imagine if Gaga had caused a fight over a thrown jacket, the newspapers would love a story like that, or in fact a Gaga comparison – there are constant news stories about how Gaga sends food out to her fans, something Michael did all the time, but the only people to report it are the fans.

    Michael once told someone in the mid 90s that he just didn’t know what he could do anymore, he didn’t know what he could possibly say or give in order to make it stop.

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  132. Suzy permalink
    June 7, 2011 11:23 am

    “(keep in mind they reported he was booed and that he was “done” with and forgotten about, but they never reported all this fuss”

    I never understood why the media lied so much about Michael. Whose agenda and interest was it? In that video I posted anyone can see how he was “booed” and “forgotten about”…
    Incredible that after it they have the nerve to write such things.

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  133. June 7, 2011 10:56 am

    @Suzy

    My favourite video from that night (keep in mind they reported he was booed and that he was “done” with and forgotten about, but they never reported all this fuss):

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  134. Suzy permalink
    June 7, 2011 10:53 am

    (Watch till the end. After Rhianna there’s Michael again.)

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  135. Suzy permalink
    June 7, 2011 10:45 am

    2006 World Music Awards. Despite of the media constantly smearing him and evil people trying to destroy him, this is how people react to him. It’s so wonderful.

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  136. June 6, 2011 7:21 pm

    LOL. This is so cute! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehqMvAnU_z0&feature=player_embedded

    Suzy, it is cute and also very encouraging to see new generations following us and taking our place in standing up for Michael!

    They are the future and the more you look at these small ones the more you realize why Michael loved them so much! You know, I have also begun looking at children with Michael’s eyes – the first thought which enters my mind now is They look like innocent little puppies. How is it possible for anyone to hurt them?

    This is a simple thought but for some reason I have never thought that way! Cute – yes, charming – yes, sometimes naughty and noisy – yes, but vulnerable and helpless – no. And now their vulnerability is the FIRST thing I see.

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  137. Suzy permalink
    June 5, 2011 6:53 pm

    LOL. This is so cute!

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  138. lcpledwards permalink
    June 5, 2011 8:36 am

    Here is part 2 of Barry Gibb’s collaboration with MJ titled “All In Your Name”. MJ really held that note, as he always did, and it proves that it wasn’t fancy “studio magic or special effects” that helped him achieve those notes.

    It’s too bad the Cascios didn’t film their recording sessions with MJ………………..

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  139. lcpledwards permalink
    June 5, 2011 8:26 am

    Hey guys, here is a video of MJ accepting multiple awards in 1983! He didn’t attend the ceremony, but they played a different videotaped message from him for each award he received!

    Here is Janet accepting multiple awards during that same ceremony!

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  140. June 3, 2011 7:25 am

    I updated the post

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  141. May 26, 2011 9:07 pm

    “Just then a man came up to the table and asked me to dance. He had an Afro-style haircut, wore a long coat and rumpled clothes and looked like a bum. His voice was soft despite his rough appearance. I had a feeling this guy was someone special and my thoughts jumped to the Good Samaritan story. With absolutely no hesitation, I said “yes.” He helped me out of my chair and I led the way to the dance floor….. I had danced with Michael Jackson! Now it is something I will be eternally grateful for having in my life. It fits with the message Michael Jackson told repeatedly: “It doesn’t matter what we look like, we are all a part of each other. Don’t judge, accept and above all L.O.V.E.”’

    Suzy, ooooohhh!

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  142. May 23, 2011 6:42 pm

    Suzy,

    That video of MJ & Barry is great. I noticed it from Joe Vogel’s tweet. I’ve already instant repeated it several times. Thanks for posting the story from Nancy Caldwell too, great read.

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  143. Suzy permalink
    May 23, 2011 4:34 pm

    This is a funny, nice story: http://www.voiceseducation.org/category/tag/nancy-j-caldwell

    Nancy J. Caldwell
    Case Study: Street Bum, Angel or . . .

    Detroit, Michigan; Summer of 1981. I was with two of my long time friends at our local dance club where our favorite band plays most weekends. We are regulars there. I ordered a coke and both of my friends were appalled and demanded I purchase a real drink. What would people say if they knew I wasn’t drinking? My reply was, “who cares, people can think its Rum and Coke. What difference does it make?” They insisted on buying me a real drink but I declined. I was getting tired of their discussions as if I somehow wasn’t there hearing them pass judgment on me.

    Just then a man came up to the table and asked me to dance. He had an Afro-style haircut, wore a long coat and rumpled clothes and looked like a bum. His voice was soft despite his rough appearance. I had a feeling this guy was someone special and my thoughts jumped to the Good Samaritan story. With absolutely no hesitation, I said “yes.” He helped me out of my chair and I led the way to the dance floor.

    I’d started dancing when I was three years old and throughout my childhood I performed in dance recitals, talent shows, in hospitals and retirement homes. When I wasn’t performing I was taking dance classes or practicing. I love to dance.

    It has been my experience that most guys don’t dance well and I usually lead on the slow ones. So I was doing my thing on the dance floor when I looked over at my partner and realized this guy was nothing short of an amazing dancer with moves I’ve never seen before (and I went out dancing a lot!) I was excited to find someone who could challenge me, so I stepped up my moves. Who was this guy; and how lucky was I to be dancing with him?

    The song ended and I hoped we would stay for another but he walked me back to my table, thanked me for the dance with a slight bow then disappeared. My exhilaration turned to disappointment. It was too fast. We didn’t even talk. I wanted more.

    My reverie was cut dramatically short when both of my friends took turns reprimanding me for not only dancing with a bum but a bum who was a Black man. ‘What was I thinking anyway? I should stick to my own kind. Didn’t I notice his flapping shoes?’ They told me it was embarrassing for them to be with me. I thought: “who are these people I thought were my friends? We are so very different now and I no longer seem to have anything in common with them anymore.”

    Through my life, I have often thought about that evening—sometimes because of my now ex-friends’ behavior and the criticism about my choices in drink and my dance partner. Mostly I think about the fact that whoever I danced with that night was someone special. It was obvious the guy was in disguise and I wondered why he would do that. Was it God testing my ability to accept people as they are and not to judge? I believe that was the case. The guy didn’t smell like a street person at all. Although his clothes were worn and rumpled, they were clean. I never even noticed his floppy shoes. And you have to get past a bouncer and show your ID to get in to the place and they didn’t have a problem with him. I felt very safe with this person. His energy was magnetic and he had manners far better than most guys who ask me to dance. I really wish the experience had lasted longer. It was a highlight in my life that I have returned to many, many times since and wondered who this person was and why it happened.

    Cut to July 7, 2009, Staples Center; Los Angeles, California—Michael Jackson’s Memorial.

    His brother, Marlon, is on stage relating a story about this guy he saw in a record store. He described him as dressed in rumpled clothes, an Afro . . . I froze. He was describing the man I danced with that night in Detroit so many years earlier. He continued his story … ‘So I said, Hi Mike, what are you doing here?’ In that moment I had absolutely no doubt whatsoever who I had danced with that night so long ago. I had danced with Michael Jackson!

    I told myself it was crazy: ‘what would Michael even be doing in Detroit?’ Then I found out that in that very time frame he was on his Triumph Tour, and one of the stops was Detroit. I looked it up on Wikipedia and found out they were performing on August 29th (Michael’s birthday but he and his family did not celebrate birthdays at this time) at the Joe Louis Arena which was an easy drive to the club. So it was possible. Later I saw a picture of Michael dancing with Tatum O’Neal where he was in mid-move—that distinct move. He also did it in the Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough video where first there is one of him doing it, then two and finally three. He leans back a certain way with his leg in a specific position. That was the move I saw across from me on the dance floor back in Detroit.

    Now that I know it was him, I wish more than ever we had danced longer, exchanged a few words, and that he might have revealed himself. That evening when I left the club, feeling a bit down from the treatment from my so-called friends, and the all too short time with the mystery dancer, the bouncer made an odd comment to me that made no sense at the time. I remember this because he rarely spoke to me beyond “ID please” and “go on in” but whatever he said was something about my dancing that lifted my spirits a little even though it was cryptic. Now, knowing who I danced with that night, I realize his comment must have been something about me dancing with Michael without coming right out and saying it given the man’s desire and need to be in disguise. He had to have known since he checked everyone’s ID in this small place and he had a bird’s eye view of the action, including the dance floor.

    I don’t know why I chose not to have alcohol that evening but I think none of this would have happened if I had indulged, especially now knowing that at that time, Michael did not drink. No matter how short that moment when I didn’t know who I was with, it was already tucked away as a standout experience in my memory. Now it is something I will be eternally grateful for having in my life. It fits with the message Michael Jackson told repeatedly: “It doesn’t matter what we look like, we are all a part of each other. Don’t judge, accept and above all L.O.V.E.”

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  144. Suzy permalink
    May 23, 2011 3:41 pm

    Recorded & Filmed at Middle Ear Studios in December 2002. All footage was shot by Ashley Gibb on a High 8 camera. There is over 2 hours of footage.

    And the song will be released, according to Barry Gibb.

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  145. Teva permalink
    May 14, 2011 11:15 pm

    http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/dance-club-play-songs
    Hollywood Tonight is #10 on Billboard’s Dance/club play compilation.

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  146. April 28, 2011 8:06 am

    “Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour and the newly announced permanent show at Mandalay Bay will open the eyes and ears of the world to experiencing Michael’s music in a whole new way, this permanent exhibit will take fans, new and old, on a journey to the next level by giving them the opportunity to access Michael Jackson – the consummate performer, the philanthropist and the person”

    If you come to think of it a whole new entertainment industry could be built around the figure of Michael Jackson and on totally new principles laid by him – spectacular and super professional but also developing human spirit, philanthropic and humanity-oriented.

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  147. April 27, 2011 9:18 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    APRIL 27, 2011

    MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATED IN LAS VEGAS

    Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson confirm plans

    LAS VEGAS – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino President and Chief Operating Officer, Chuck Bowling, Cirque du Soleil President and CEO, Daniel Lamarre and Estate of Michael Jackson Co-Executor, John Branca confirmed the venue for a permanent Michael Jackson production at Mandalay Bay and announced new aspects of the creative relationship in a press conference held today at the resort. Production has begun to evaluate the transformation of the resort’s theater and identification of the creative team for the show, which is slated to open in the spring of 2013.

    Chuck Bowling said: “The world may never again know a force in entertainment of the caliber of Michael Jackson. On behalf of the entire Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams, we are deeply honored and humbled to be home to incredible entertainment celebrating his legacy for new generations to come.

    Daniel Lamarre added: “We are excited about creating this new Michael Jackson production for Mandalay Bay. Michael Jackson is creatively inspiring for Cirque du Soleil artisans and creative teams. There are so many common creative elements between us that it is a pleasure to imagine this new production. It is also very exciting that we will be presenting Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour at Mandalay Bay for an extended run this December and Jamie King and the creative team are promising us a pop rock spectacular to kick things off grandly.”

    In addition to the permanent show opening in 2013, theextensive relationship will include many facets certain to mesmerize new and lifelong Michael Jackson fans alike:

    MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR

    Opening December 3 at Mandalay Bay, Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour will perform in Las Vegas for an extended run on its highly anticipated North American tour. This extended stop will allow fans from all over the world to converge on Las Vegas , the perfect international destination for visitors to discover the new home of Michael Jackson, and experience the pop rock extravaganza imagined by Jamie King.

    THE MICHAEL JACKSON FAN FEST

    To kick-off the tour stop in Las Vegas, fans will have the chance to experience the legacy of Michael Jackson in a whole new way during the first ever Estate-authorized Michael Jackson Fan Fest taking place for a limited time only at Mandalay Bay beginning December 3, 2011. This experience is expected to include a wide variety of elements such as an up-close look at Michael Jackson memorabilia, items from Neverland Ranch, photo opportunities in recreated sets from historic Michael Jackson videos, a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour, a main stage featuring contests, Q&A sessions with members of the creative team fromMichael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour as well as other associates of Michael Jackson, giveaways and more. In addition, the Fan Fest will give attendees the chance to compete against one another in contests centered around the recently released UBISOFT video game “Michael Jackson The Experience.”

    An interactive, engaging, and immersive design will create a larger-than-life environment for all Fan Fest goers and promises to be a unique event. The Fan Fest will be open for 4 hours before Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour shows on December 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 14 in Mandalay Bay’s Bayside Exhibit Halls. In the case of two-show nights, the Fan Fest will have two sessions open to the public at separate starting times. Ticket and session information will be announced in the coming weeks and http://www.MichaelJacksonFanFest.com will offer up-to-the-minute updates on the Fan Fest.

    Said John Branca and John McClain, Executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson: “We are thrilled to establish Michael’s home away from home at Mandalay Bay. Because of its remote location, few people will ever get to visit Michael’s Neverland Ranch. But millions of Michael’s fans will be able to hear Michael’s music and experience him in tangible and exciting new ways at Mandalay Bay. We are especially excited that the Estate has authorized the first Michael Jackson Fan Fest, something Michael’s fans have been calling for and something Michael always wanted for his fans. We look forward to working with our partners – Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International – in implementing these exciting projects.”

    MICHAEL JACKSON ALL ACCESS

    Mandalay Bay also will be the permanent home of a creative collaboration from The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil aimed at giving fans a unique encounter with Michael’s artistic genius, sense of wonder and humanitarian spirit. Just as Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour and the newly announced permanent show at Mandalay Bay will open the eyes and ears of the world to experiencing Michael’s music in a whole new way, this permanent exhibit will take fans, new and old, on a journey to the next level by giving them the opportunity to access Michael Jackson – the consummate performer, the philanthropist and the person – in entirely new ways, in part using the most state-of-the-art interactive technology. This experience is expected to spark memories, inspire hope andhelp us discover new things about Michael and ourselves, engaging minds andinspiring hearts.

    MICHAEL JACKSON LOUNGE

    The Michael Jackson Estate and Cirque du Soleil will create the Michael Jackson Lounge – a space that will bring to life Michael’s music in an atmosphere celebrating his career and legacy.

    About Cirque du Soleil

    From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major international organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its founding, Cirque du Soleil has thrilled over 100 million spectators in close to 300 cities on five continents. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has a privileged partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create andpresent unique and innovative productions. In addition to The BeatlesLOVE at The Mirage, these productions include Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio, Zumanity, the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand, CRISS ANGEL Believe at Luxor, and Viva ELVIS at ARIA Resort and Casino at CityCenter. For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/lasvegas.

    About Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

    Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning destination resort, is set on 60 lush acres with 4,752 rooms and suites and THEhotel, astand-alone all-suite hotel which offers 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites. Mandalay Bay Beach, an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, features real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. Other property highlights include performances of Disney’s THE LION KING, world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, exhilarating nightlife, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay BayConvention Center. Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™. For moreinformation and reservations, visit http://www.mandalaybay.com or call toll free at (877) 632-7800.

    Source: Michael Jackson Estate™

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  148. April 25, 2011 8:30 pm

    Helena, It’s the oppossite for me. I am stuck in the old days. I think you want to live that too through the new releases. I can’t wait for the new album but it’s painful

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  149. April 25, 2011 7:45 pm

    There are rumors about a new album
    http://i55.tinypic.com/n9qnd.png

    Thetis, oh, I am looking forward to it! Despite everything people said about MICHAEL I listen only to this album now and don’t even understand why. Probably because these songs are more intimate than the ones released before his death?

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  150. April 25, 2011 7:25 pm

    There are rumors about a new album

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  151. Suzy permalink
    April 17, 2011 11:46 am

    “A primary school in China has given up gymnastics in favor of mass performances of Michael Jackson dance routines.

    More than 700 students assemble every day in the playgrounds of Duping primary school in a remote corner of south west China for the jaw-dropping performances.

    They dance to Jackson’s hit Dangerous and imitate the routines from Jackson’s classic performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995.

    “We used to do gymnastics but the students said they wanted something more modern, so one of the teachers suggested this,” Headmaster Wan Lu, 36, explained, “It’s fun and also very good exercise for them. They do other routines but this one is their favorite.”

    http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2011-04/13/content_22351005.htm

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  152. April 13, 2011 5:34 am

    Statement from the Estate’s executors regarding the recent reports

    “We know that certain ludicrous statements were made recently that we won’t personally dignify with a response. We will continue to do our best to uphold and further the memory and legacy of Michael with the same passion that we have always held for him. We appreciate all of the support for Michael from his loyal and devoted fans.” – John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors, The Estate of Michael Jackson

    Source: Michael Jackson Estate™

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  153. April 9, 2011 9:06 am

    The latest edition of the Guinness World Records 2011 has been dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson

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  154. April 7, 2011 7:19 pm

    Michael Jackson: The Experience tops 3 million sales
    Thursday 7-Apr-2011 4:32 PM

    Ubisoft dancing all the way to the bank

    Michael Jackson: The Experience has sold over three million copies on Wii, PSP and DS.

    Ubisoft told MCV it was “delighted” with the title’s success ahead of its arrival on PS3 and Xbox 360 next week.

    UK marketing director Murray Pannell said: “We’re delighted with the sales success of Michael Jackson The Experience to date.

    It’s a hugely fun and well-loved game in the UK. The Wii version has been extremely well received and we’re now looking forward to bringing the game to a wider group of consumers when it launches on Kinect and PS3 later this month.”

    While the game received a poor 59% review score in ONM, its sales clearly justify Ubisoft’s faith in the genre.

    In February, CEO Yves Guillemot said “there’s a good chance this dance segment can be strong for four or five years like Guitar Hero.”

    [ Source: MCV ]

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/297269/news/michael-jackson-the-experience-tops-3-million-sales/

    Here is an exclusive sneak peek of Part 1 of the Developer Diaries on the inspiration behind Michael Jackson The Experience

    part 2

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  155. Suzy permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:22 am

    09:51 | Monday April 4, 2011
    By Eamonn Forde

    Data from Gracenote has revealed Michael Jackson is the most popular act of the digital age.

    Alley Insider spoke to Gracenote about the type of music users are searching for and listening to online, based on its metadata.

    It found that Michael Jackson was the artist most looked up on Gracenote’s database, followed by Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur.

    Gracenote’s metadata covers artist names, album and song titles as well as sleeve artwork and the company say it is used in “billions of searches” a month on services like iTunes, Google lyric searches and Sony products. (Sony acquired Gracenote in 2009.)

    The company added The Beatles were popular in Europe and North America but did not appear high in Data for the rest of the world.

    http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1044787&c=1

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  156. ares permalink
    March 29, 2011 6:44 pm

    This is the teaser for the Behind the Mask music video.

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  157. March 18, 2011 10:28 pm

    An exciting new video interview with Kevin Antunes about Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, with more insight into how spectacular this show is going to be!

    Kevin Antunes, Musical Designer for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, talks about working with the original multitracks to Michael’s music and how his voice from the original master recordings drives the show.

    Kevin is a musical designer, musical director, keyboardist and digital audio programmer having worked with everyone from Justin Timberlake to Janet Jackson. And now, fresh from Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet world tour, he joins forces with Cirque du Soleil on this ‘project of a lifetime’.

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  158. Carm permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:56 pm

    I agree Suzy, Michael definitely would have approved of a Cirque du Soleil show dedicated to him. Michael and this troupe had a special bond. He used to go and watch their shows with his kids and I read somewhere (wish I could remember where) that he would invite some of the performers to Neverland for some private shows. They had a mutual admiration and respect for each other–they naturally go together. (Shame on those who see this as exploitation.) This will be an excellent opportunity to show the world what Michael was all about. I’m lucky to be Canadian and to be one of the first to see it in October.

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  159. March 18, 2011 11:37 am

    It’s been a week since Hollywood Tonight was released on YT and it has 5 million views already.

    This weekend it will be aired in UK

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  160. Suzy permalink
    March 18, 2011 5:17 am

    Last December I went to the Saltimbanco show of Cirque du Soleil. It was fantastic, they are truly the best in the art of circus. Michael would love the fact they dedicate a show to him and I think his heritage is in good hands with Ciruqe du Soleil. I already like the idea that it will be built around Michael’s Giving Tree. Fantastic idea. I can’t wait to see their MJ show. (Although I’m afraid it will be a long time until it gets here.)

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  161. March 17, 2011 6:59 pm

    Jamie King talks about working with Michael Jackson:

    “…I went to the casting and ended up getting the job. It kind of propelled me into the world of entertainment. It also cemented my belief that you can make dreams come true…. He was such a perfectionist! He wanted everything larger than life…
    … Everything that I’ve been able to experience being next to Michael Jackson on stage – because I’ve got a taste of what that essence, that spirit was and the memory of it stored in me – I’m taking that and inserting it into the show everywhere I can”.

    “…Being offered this job is obviously a dream for me because it’s really like a full circle – I was a fan, and I was a performer, and got then to collaborate with him on stage. And then, to carry on his energy and his spirit, and his essence is an amazing opportunity for me”.

    http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour/videos-extras.aspx

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  162. March 17, 2011 6:21 pm

    Meet the creators of the future Cirque Du Soleil show:

    Jamie King
    Writer and Director
    Jamie King is the leading concert director in the world of pop music today. In 2006, Variety named King one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, branding him the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours”. A multiple Emmy Award ® and MTV Video Music Award ® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest grossing concert tours of all time.

    For the past twelve years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, having most recently directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, as well as her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour and hit music video, Sorry. He most recently directed Rihanna’s Last Girl On Earth world tour, Céline Dion’s Taking Chances world tour, The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour, Britney Spears’ Circus tour and Avril Lavigne’s Best Damn tour. He previously directed and choreographed world tours for Madonna (Re-Invention and Drowned World); Asian superstar Rain (Rain’s Coming); Ricky Martin (Black & White and La Vida Loca); Pink (Try This); Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics and Stripped); and his first collaboration with Britney Spears (Oops I Did It Again). He has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.

    Chantal Tremblay
    Director of Creation (Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour)
    At the end of the 1980s, while living in New York pursuing a career in dance, Chantal Tremblay decides to join Cirque du Soleil after having seen one the company’s shows. Chantal started out as a dancer on a Cirque project and then became choreographer Debra Brown’s assistant on the creation of Mystère. Chantal has worked on many Cirque projects including the shows Alegría, La Nouba and Mystère for which she once was the Artistic Director. Later on her solid credentials helped her land the position of Director of Creation on both The Beatles LOVE and OVO.

    Kevin Antunes
    Musical Designer
    Kevin Antunes is a musical designer, musical director, keyboardist and digital audio programmer. His most recent tour was working directly for Madonna on her record breaking Sticky & Sweet world tour. Kevin produced the stereo and surround sound audio mix for the live stadium concert from Argentina released on DVD in 2010. Kevin has also worked with Justin Timberlake for the past 12 years starting with *NSYNC, which then transitioned into Justin’s solo career. The stereo and surround sound audio of Justin’s HBO Live Concert Broadcast of his FutureSex/LoveSounds (which was released on DVD) was also mixed by Kevin. Throughout his career Kevin has performed with Janet Jackson, Timbaland, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Lady Antebellum, P Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, and the New Kids on the Block, among others.

    Kevin has performed on many major television events and music award shows including The Grammy Awards, The Academy Awards, two different Super Bowl Halftime Performances, HBO & Showtime Original Live Concerts, Hope for Haiti Now benefit concert, Canadian SARS benefit concert, Amnesty International, Rock-n-Rio, MTV Awards, The Brit Awards, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live.

    Kevin is working with Cirque du Soleil for the first time.

    Greg Phillinganes
    Musical Director
    Greg Phillinganes is one of the world’s most prolific keyboard artists. A Detroit native and music veteran for 35 years, he began his career in 1975 with Stevie Wonder as part of his band, Wonderlove. Phillinganes went on to record, perform, tour and or write with Grammy winning artists such as Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson, Eric Clapton, Ne-Yo, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Anita Baker, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, George Harrison, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Babyface, Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole, John Legend, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan, David Foster, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, John Mayer, Usher, Santana, Diana Ross, Burt Bacharach and Elton John. In addition to being the music director for Lionel Richie’s first solo tour, as well as Michael Jackson’s Bad and Dangerous tours, Greg served as music director for Michael’s 30th Anniversary Special at Madison Square Garden, Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show, The 60th EMMY Awards and the first Annual GRAMMY Nominations Live Concert, as well as special events including the 1999 Super Bowl Halftime show featuring Stevie Wonder. A GRAMMY nominee himself, Greg has been a cornerstone in hundreds of GRAMMY Award winning & nominated albums, including Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life and Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and the latest Michael Jackson release Michael.

    Michael Curry
    Props and Scenic Designer
    Puppet Designer Michael Curry works widely in both conceptual and technical development with the foremost entertainment companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, LA Opera, and Universal Pictures. Michael has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from his peers, including several awards for his puppet and costume work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies as well as his continuing innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design. He has collaborated with Julie Taymor on many stage and opera productions. Among his numerous awards, he received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design in recognition of his work for Taymor on The Lion King. Michael’s other credits include an opera directed by Robert Lepage at the Paris Opera, an opera at La Scala, Milan, directed by William Friedkin, and the Broadway production of Spider Man with music by Bono and Edge, directed by Julie Taymor. After KÀ and Wintuk, Michael Curry collaborates with Cirque du Soleil for the third time.

    Zaldy Goco
    Costume Designer
    Zaldy is one of New York’s most celebrated and innovative designers. Since 2001 he has created custom looks for entertainment icons such as Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J Blige, Will I. Am, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Parker Posey, Gabourey Sidebe, and Mick Jagger among others. In 2009 Zaldy was named head designer for Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert series as well as Lady Gaga’s first North American Monster Ball Tour. He was the man behind Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B. collaborating with Stefani for nearly four years while maintaining his namesake label. This is his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

    and more: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour/show/creators.aspx

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  163. March 17, 2011 6:11 pm

    Jamie King, Writer and Director of MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR by Cirque Du Soleil talks about the show:

    “It starts with the music… The show is the reflection of Michael’s energy, his essence and his spirit…. When people leave the arena I want them to feel inspired, I want them to be excited, I want them to be celebrating Michael’s life. I also want them to leave knowing something more about Michael”.

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  164. March 17, 2011 2:04 pm

    Guys, I’ve updated ‘TIME TO CELEBRATE MICHAEL” with information about the show, some photos of it and a video. For the photos please go to the post. Here is the text only:

    Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Expanding to 17 New Cities, Adding Dates As Anticipation Grows
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    With anticipation growing for the launch of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil announced today it is adding 17 new cities to its tour in advance of its World Premiere October 2 in Montreal. In addition, new dates are being added to the existing schedule or extra seats released in more than 25 cities across North America.

    About the show

    A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

    The Immortal World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—a wellspring of creativity that illuminates for the audience Michael’s thoughtful inner world, offering new paths to express his love for music, dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

    The underpinnings of The Immortal World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.

    http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/news/2011/mj-tour-expanding-to-17-cities.aspx

    HERE IS A VIDEO ABOUT THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW:

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  165. March 17, 2011 10:46 am

    “Since we are on the topic of celebrating Michael. I meant to post this earlier. The “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil” has been a top 10 bestseller at Ticket Master since tickets went on sale this past Saturday.”
    http://www.ticketmaster.com/

    Anna, thank you for the news. Now it is not only among top 10 bestsellers, but is actually number 3 there (as per March 17, 2011)!

    1. Jimmy Buffett
    1. Phish
    3. Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil
    4. Prince
    5. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
    6. Def Leppard
    7. Kenny Chesney
    8. Paul Simon
    9. Kid Rock
    10. Disney On Ice : Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3

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  166. Anna permalink
    March 16, 2011 10:28 pm

    Since we are on the topic of celebrating Michael. I meant to post this earlier. The “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil” has been a top 10 bestseller at Ticket Master since tickets went on sale this past Saturday.

    http://www.ticketmaster.com/

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  167. March 16, 2011 8:47 pm

    Suzy, thank you for the demo – it is amazing! The song is beautiful, the lyrics are great and Michael sounds fantastic!

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  168. March 16, 2011 7:11 pm

    Suzy,

    Oh that is beautiful! thanks for sharing the demo. I can’t wait for the release either. I read the Joel Vogel link yesterday that is very interesting as well. I might get a copy of his book on MJ “The Man in the Music”

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  169. Suzy permalink
    March 16, 2011 6:54 pm

    @ Gigi

    I can’t wait! Michael and Freddie are my two favourite artists of all time!

    Here is Michael’s demo to There must be more to life than this:

    Actually fans already made a “duet” version mixing together Michael’s demo and Freddie’s album version but this obviously not a real duet yet (just mixed together):

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  170. March 16, 2011 6:30 pm

    3 New Michael Jackson songs set to be released!
    http://www.musicaloasis.net/2011/03/three-new-michael-jackson-songs-set-to.html

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  171. March 15, 2011 8:56 pm

    “An interesting article about the new single “Hollywood Tonight”: Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson’s “Hollywood”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel/inside-michael-jacksons-h_b_834857.html

    Suzy, thank you for the link – the article is great, same as the new video! I’ve updated the post with both of them.

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  172. Suzy permalink
    March 15, 2011 1:34 pm

    An interesting article about the new single “Hollywood Tonight”: Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson’s “Hollywood”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel/inside-michael-jacksons-h_b_834857.html

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  173. March 12, 2011 1:26 pm

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  174. March 12, 2011 1:20 pm

    “What happened in a Japan was a terrible tragedy’.

    The tragedy is unimaginable! The Earth is sending its last signals to us to make us stop our destructive behavior. Water keeps memory of our aggression, lies and perversion and then throws it at those who are most vulnerable because they are just in the middle of the ocean.

    In fact all of us are responsible for things happening in other parts of the world and the only way to remedy it is to spread love and understanding among people. Michael felt it and was sending a message of unity and love to all.

    Instead of trashing him haters should better listen to what he was saying. They – with all their unmotivated hatred, intentional lies and mockery at his innocence and purity – bear very much responsibility for what is taking place now.

    The pictures they are showing from Japan are heart-breaking. Let us pray for their people…

    Anna, you are right. Michael has given us the solution – only this can save the world:

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  175. Anna permalink
    March 12, 2011 5:10 am

    So today has been a very sad day for many of us, some more than others. What happened in a Japan was a terrible tragedy. The sadness I felt to today was reminiscent of the sadness I felt for Haitti when they also suffered an earthquake just alittle over a year ago.

    Most of you probably remember that the relief efforts inspired Quincy Jones, and Lionel Richie to remake “We are the World” for it’s 25th anniversary and donate the proceeds to charity.

    It was a lovely gesture I thought, even though I was less than impressed with the remake itself. (the classic version will always be the best)

    However, shortly afterwards I came across another remake of the song. Some of you or maybe most of you saw this one too. It was done by a singer name Lisa Lavie, a Youtube songstress who has covered atleast one other MJ song before organizing this remake. To my knowledge none of the singers of this YT remake were known outside of he Youtube world. Very talented everyday people inspired to be part of a Youtube remake that would hopefully inspire people to by the actual “We are the World” remake for the relief efforts.

    On days like today I find much comfort and inspiration in these songs and the messages they convey. It’s a reminder to me of why I love Michael Jackson so much and what he stood for. That he spent the span of his life and career spreading positive message with his music in addition to his own charitable giving. That with his songs like “We are the World”, “Heal the World”, “Will you be there”, “Earth Song” etc. he inspired hope in the hearts of millions around the world and that he always was there to lend a hand when the world needed it.

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  176. March 11, 2011 8:00 pm

    Guys here is a survey for us from MJ’s Estate

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/michaeljacksonfanfestsurvey

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  177. March 10, 2011 11:37 pm

    I luv what they did with the music video.

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  178. March 10, 2011 6:14 pm

    Here is a great tribute from Mengesha Mystro Francis

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  179. lcpledwards permalink
    March 10, 2011 8:16 am

    Here is the new video for “Hollywood Tonight”!! They slightly altered the beat, and it now sounds like they remixed it with “Billie Jean”, and they took out the spoken rap, but otherwise it’s the same great song!

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  180. lcpledwards permalink
    March 9, 2011 10:10 am

    Here is a video of an Australian born cancer survivor who was inspired by MJ, and got to chance to see the premiere of “Ghosts” with him, and has worked as an MJ impersonator for many years! A very touching story!

    This video is from MSN Australia, and if you do a search of “Michael Jackson”, you’ll see a lot of Australian news stories on MJ that you’ve probably never seen before, as they’re not available on other websites like Youtube or Bing.

    http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/michael-jackson-saved-my-life/xh9auhs?fg=rss

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  181. Chris permalink
    March 6, 2011 10:07 pm

    This is 2nd part of a 3 part interview. I may try find other parts but I had o translate this from french so if sum of the sentences arent clear blame the tanslator. Talking about Blue Gangsta and A Place With No Name.

    Here is the result of the exclusive interview of Elliott Straits best known under the name of Dr. Freeze, producer of “Break Of Dawn” (Invincible), “A Place With No Name” or “Blue Gangsta”.

    Dr. Freeze has worked in the studio with Michael Jackson and book in an exclusive interview very interesting news just for you. And enter more deeply into the secret recordings of the King of Pop when he discovered this three-part interview. Second part today titled: Dr. Freeze found the title of an unpublished …

    Quagmire: As I said earlier, “Break Of Dawn” contains very specific words. It’s very sensual and it’s the first time he talks about making love. How did he feel over this when you made the recordings, in what state of mind was he? Were there any special wishes during these sessions?

    Dr. Freeze: No, he just told me he loved the song. I do not give him orders, he knew exactly what to do. He took control of the plane, I’m just busy taking off.

    Q: Basically, he said: “Go we do what verse again, Ell …” By the way, is what you called Elliot?

    F: No, he always called “Freeze”!

    Q: And you, you immediately called by his first name?

    F: Absolutely! We were really close. In fact, to be precise, I called him by his nickname “Mike” instead of Michael.

    Q: You mentioned video games earlier. Do you remember the video games you play with him at that time?

    F: In his house there were lots of video games. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and also Flight Simulator. We spent a lot of time playing it.

    Q: You were playing in the studio or you go to Neverland?

    F: Yes, I went to Neverland, to relax and work. We worked a lot there. He had a studio at the ranch. So it was working there and sometimes he would say: “Come on, we paused Freeze! Go a little fun, go into the projection room, go to an attraction or will you walk in the zoo!” Neverland was a bit like a second home to me.

    Q: I did not know you worked at Neverland! It’s interesting because we do not have many details on the studio of Neverland. Was it a professional studio?

    F: Yes, completely, it was a lot of professional equipment, Pro Tools, stuff like that, you know?

    Q: Did he use it alone?

    F: Absolutely, Michael was unbeatable when we were talking about the studio.

    Q: Actually, we know he could not really play an instrument, so we always wondered if he was able to record anything on his own without the help of an engineer or producer.

    F: He could do everything himself. You know, Michael was truly a “living instrument”. He could play some chords on a keyboard, he was doing pretty good. He also knew programmed beats.

    Q: Getting back to “Break of Dawn”, can you tell us why Michael Jackson does not sing the chorus of this song?

    F: Well, because he liked my version of the chorus. He found it very beautiful, and he wanted to leave everything as is. He liked my singing. He would not spoil, he loved how I had saved. My trademark is to make the chorus to every song that I produced (“Poison,” “I Want to Sex You Up”). I’ve been doing this forever, and Michael loved my singing on “Break of Dawn”.

    Q: Where does your inspiration come to us for the songs “Break Of Dawn”, “Blue Gangsta” and “A Place With No Name”? How does your creative process?

    F: “Break Of Dawn” is just a romantic ballad that I wrote one day. For “Blue Gangsta” I wanted to make a new “Smooth Criminal”. Something more modern and rooted in the 2000s. It was the idea. “A Place With No Name” is itself a kind of escape, a song where you just close your eyes to find you instantly into a wonderful world. In fact, this song was inspired by “A Horse With No Name” group America. The lyrics of this song are very deep. I wanted to refresh it, make a version of the 2000s.

    Q: Did you have obtained the rights to the band quickly? Did you ask permission?

    F: Oh absolutely, the group America has loved the idea. They found this “update” absolutely terrific. They were really excited about this project. Compared to the extract leaked on the internet, many wonderful items were added to the song by Michael. It’s more dense, much denser. Believe me, when you hear it, you take your foot!

    Q: So you do not touch it, it will emerge as you had finalized with him?

    F: The song will be released the latest version on which we worked. It will be drastically different from the extract (July 2009) and more enormous. In fact, this song is very cinematic in its form. It would have been a perfect song for a movie like Avatar because it shows us a wonderful world it strange, where people are different, but happy. This song is like an escape from everyday life is a song where one is literally transported.

    Q: About “Blue Gangsta” remix was done by Tempamental as “No Friend Of Mine” …

    F: This is not the name of the song, it’s just the chorus that contains these few words. The real title is “Blue Gangsta”. When I heard this remix, I could not believe it. Many people called me because of that and I do not understand what had happened. The concern is that I do not even know who released the song! It remains a mystery. Why did they do that? Where did this rap song? How were they taken? In fact, we knew nothing about this story, me or Michael. We really do not understand where this leak came …

    Q: There are still a few weeks, nobody knew too what was the real origin of this song, and how Michael Jackson had been involved in this project.

    F: Yeah, I know it’s crazy. The name of the song was not even good! [Dr. Freeze humming the chorus of the song on the phone: “You is not no friend of mine, could you put me through, I’m the blue gangsta nah.”] Was just the chorus. This highlights the ignorance of people who are causing the leaks on the internet: they take the song and put it online without knowing its origin.

    Q: For fans, it did not really understand what it could be proposed. It was weird. We suspected that something was amiss, but we did not know exactly what …

    F: Yes, the song was not presented to the public as needed. A guy has just stolen the song, added a rap, and swung on the net. I was not even credited, any more than Michael! She just landed here without any logical explanation …

    Q: Have you done other songs with Michael Jackson, other than these three?

    F: We did some other songs, I do not think we’ve finalized anything. I’m not sure I can tell you much more.

    Q: Overall, how did you write songs for Michael?

    F: Oh, about thirty, and I had to save five or six can be with him.

    Q: And you have these songs in your possession today?

    F: Most of his novel are in the coffers now. We have no control over. They keep everything in the chests.

    Q: So the estate (the Estate) who cares?

    F: Yes, absolutely. John McClain is responsible for it.

    Q: It’s the boss!

    F: Yes, boss!

    Q: Were you able to hear new songs?

    F: Yes, I could listen to most of them. But I can not say anything, sorry. I’m not allowed to disclose anything.

    Q: We can play a little game instead. I give you the names of songs, and you tell me whether or not you’ve heard. Have you heard “Escape”?

    F: “Escape”? That tells me nothing.

    Q: “Fear,” “Face”, it tells you something?

    F: No, nothing at all

    Q: Have you listened to “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

    F: I heard the studios.

    Q: “Crack Kills”?

    F: Never heard of it.

    Q: The “gloved One”?

    F: No.

    Q: Actually, it would be easier if you give us some names … Could you give us the name of an unreleased track that you particularly marked and talk a little?

    F: There’s a song we made together, but I do not know if he has completed his vocal parts. It’s called “Rise Above It All”. It’s a song I wrote and on which we worked.

    Q: What was she talking about?

    F: It’s an upbeat song. If you feel bad, what’s going wrong in the world, be positive and try to be as happy as possible, leaving aside all the negative things. Overcome negativity room, go beyond the woes of the world, all wars, the starving children and all the bad things. Assemble yourselves, hold your hand, raise your hands to heaven and pass it all. It’s a little theme song. I can not say whether he had recorded the song, but in any case, we worked on it. There are other songs on which they collaborated. Most of these songs are mid-tempo, but I can not say anything more.

    You will discover tomorrow’s third and final part of this interview entitled: Dr. Freeze to the book: “Meet Michael was like meeting with Captain Kirk!”

    Thank you to Quagmire, Bud, and Tristan Dovido forum MJFrance

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  182. March 3, 2011 1:13 am

    Here are 2 more blogs that I’ve added to the blogroll!

    This is called “MJ The Man”: http://mjtheman.wordpress.com/

    This is called “And Justice 4 Some”: http://mjandjustice4some.blogspot.com/

    Both are very informative and well rounded blogs!

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  183. lcpledwards permalink
    February 28, 2011 12:07 am

    With all of the drama going on regarding the kids being exploited, the upcoming trial, the re-airing of Peretti’s trash documentary, and war between Katherine and The Estate, I wanted to post these videos to help take your mind of the negative and return to the positivity that MJ brought to this world!

    So here are behind the scenes documentaries for the Victory, Bad, and Dangerous tours! They are all multiple parts, so I will only post the first video of each series, and you can watch the rest on Youtube.

    Victory Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGq-mg80flU&feature=related

    Bad Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0vSeQDkzD4&feature=related

    Dangerous Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvIUZzyCUPk&feature=related

    Also, last fall when the tracklist for “Michael” was being finalized, a song from the early 80’s called “Love Never Felt So Good” was being considered, but didn’t make the album. I heard a snippet, but never knew that it leaked until now! So here it is in it’s entirety, along with the lyrics. (For those of you who haven’t heard it yet.) It’s kinda low quality, but whenever it’s officially released they’ll fix it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBVeIaxihiE

    One last thing: I found yet another great MJ blog, and I added it to the blogroll! http://fb4mj.wordpress.com/

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  184. February 26, 2011 7:18 am

    Everyone, check this out it was posted on Reflections of the Dance FB page.

    ” According to Barry Gibbs official website the song “All In Your Name” will be released soon. http://www.barrygibb.com/

    Michael Jackson and a BeeGee (Barry Gibb) wooo I’m seriously buggin’ 2 geniuses creating and singing together. I’ve already played that snippet several times and it has me smiling ear to ear. I love me some MJ and some BeeGees.

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  185. lcpledwards permalink
    February 25, 2011 8:58 pm

    Jenna Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, works as a correspondent for the Today Show, and yesterday she did a story on an underprivileged school that uses their music & dance program to keep their students on the right track. The kids taught her to dance to “Rock With You”, and she then tried to teach her co-anchors to dance to it as well! (Although she messes up the chorus by saying “I’m gonna rock with you”, instead of “I wanna rock with you”!)

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/41756224#41756224

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  186. lcpledwards permalink
    February 25, 2011 6:06 am

    President Obama recently hosted a celebration of MoTown at the White House, and in honor of that recognition, this website compiled a list of the 25 greatest songs from MoTown.

    There were 3 MJ/J5 songs on the list, coming in at #25, #20, and #2. I’m not complaining about the person and song that was #1, as that person is well deserving of having the top spot!

    http://www.thegrio.com/entertainment/slideshow-the-25-greatest-motown-songs-of-all-time.php

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  187. February 24, 2011 10:17 am

    “There are not one, but TWO new videos coming soon! Videos for “Hollywood Tonight” and “Behind The Mask” were recently shot, and should debut in a few weeks. I’ll admit, I was critical of Sony’s apparent lack of promotion when the album was released (just as most of us were), and I was pessimistic about the future prospects of the album because I didn’t think Sony would shoot another video (nevermind 2 videos!), but Sony has definitely surprised me!”

    David, great news and thank for the previews. If you remember I thought that after the way Michael’s fans treated “Michael” posthumous album Sony would never invest a cent into its promotion and send the fans to hell – but they are nevertheless evidently giving it another chance. Can’t wait to see those videos. And by the way there are several more songs in the album which deserve to have videos too!

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  188. Chris permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:04 am

    @ David
    Thanks for that info. I knew about Hollywood Tonight but wasn’t expecting Behind The Mask. I wonder if they will use HT as a kicker for BTM. I love Hollywood Tonght but if you use one single to get everyones attention then follow it up quickly with another it would have better results for BTM. I know the fan community have been saying these 2 and Monster. I did think that Sony could of done better promo wise when album was released, but if they have been gathering info on most popular tracks to get high chart rankings I fully understand their line of thought.
    I hope it works.

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  189. Suzy permalink
    February 23, 2011 9:30 am

    Carlos Santana talks about Michael:

    “A lot of singers today try to sound like Michael Jackson,” Santana continued. “But Michael was unique, he was number one in making everyone feel childlike, in making us feel the innocence and purity. He gives everybody supreme entertainment, and he gives everybody hope. To me, he’s number one is making people feel happy.”

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/arts-and-culture/music/223051/latin-guitar-legend-lets-it-shine

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  190. lcpledwards permalink
    February 23, 2011 9:29 am

    There are not one, but TWO new videos coming soon! Videos for “Hollywood Tonight” and “Behind The Mask” were recently shot, and should debut in a few weeks. I’ll admit, I was critical of Sony’s apparent lack of promotion when the album was released (just as most of us were), and I was pessimistic about the future prospects of the album because I didn’t think Sony would shoot another video (nevermind 2 videos!), but Sony has definitely surprised me! Can’t wait to see them!

    http://www.legendarymichaeljackson.nl/?p=4226

    Here is a preview of “Hollywood Tonight”: http://www.legendarymichaeljackson.nl/?p=4206

    Here’s another preview! http://www.legendarymichaeljackson.nl/?p=4232

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  191. Anna permalink
    February 19, 2011 12:11 am

    @Suzy

    Thanks for posting that story! I don’t know if anyone else noticed but Piers Morgan seemed to be much more receptive and welcoming to Janet sharing a postive story about Michael unlike Meredith Vierra(sp) the night before. I felt like Meredith Vierra quickly glossed over anything positive Janet tried to say and was on to the next topic.

    Anyway, thanks again, it’s always nice to hear Janet talk so lovingly about Michael.

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  192. Suzy permalink
    February 18, 2011 8:29 am

    Michael and Janet Jackson cruised the streets of Los Angeles handing out dinners to homeless people.

    The superstar singer has opened up about her colourful past and her personal issues in a new book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, and writes about her closeness to her late Thriller hitmaker brother, who died in 2009.

    And during a candid chat with Piers Morgan on his CNN show, Jackson reveals her favourite memory with Michael is when the famous pair would hand out hot dinners to down-and-outs.

    She recalls, “Mike and I were very close. We used to go to this restaurant called Love’s, I don’t think it’s there anymore, and we used to get a ton of dinners. And we’d drive around in the car looking for homeless people to give them to.

    “We used to do it all the time, and just give them food. And one guy said, ‘I don’t want your stinking food!’ And I was like, ‘Let’s get out of here!’ He (Michael) was the one who was driving and I was the one passing out the food. But that’s the only time there was any sort of rejection.”

    To view the video of Janet Jacksons in-depth Interview with Piers Morgan , click here :

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/02/14/janet.jackson.pmt/index.html

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  193. February 16, 2011 10:49 pm

    Making of “Michael” (video)

    http://www.deejay.it/dj/music/artist/special/video/965/4412/Michael

    You can download it here

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JZ5J3XH8

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  194. lcpledwards permalink
    February 13, 2011 11:41 pm

    I wanted to change the tone for a moment because it’s been really heated in these comments lately, in regards to the 60 Minutes interview, whether or not MJ should have testified, dealing with haters, MJ’s faith, etc. So I wanted to post these songs that celebrate MJ:

    This first song was recorded in 1994 by a group of children to show their support for MJ during the Chandler scandal. It was only recently posted on Youtube, and it’s really heartfelt!

    Here is a tribute that was recorded after his death. I’ve posted it already, but I know a lot of you probably didn’t see it, so here it is again. Make sure you pay attention to the third verse ( the lyrics are listed in the description):

    I love how they recreated a lot of his videos and costumes in that tribute!

    Finally, here is an unreleased Cascio track that recently leaked. It’s called “All I Need”:

    http://rutube.ru/tracks/3836205.html?v=89ae375efa52ab33ebe05a14a4cc4e2e&autoStart=true&bmstart=1000

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  195. Suzy permalink
    February 6, 2011 8:22 pm

    @ Anna

    Thanks for that. Here are two other sites listing Michael’s 1993 performance as the best Super Bowl half time show ever!

    http://www.spin.com/articles/5-best-super-bowl-halftime-shows-ever

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/lists/Top_Super_Bowl_halftime_performances?GT1=39002#photo-title=Michael%20Jackson,%20Super%20Bowl%20XXVII&photo=8443168

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  196. Anna permalink
    February 6, 2011 4:55 am

    With the excitment of the Super Bowl coming up there is an online poll where you can vote for best Super Bowl halftime show.

    Right now Michael is in the lead!

    http://bit.ly/dUoDKD

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  197. Anna permalink
    February 5, 2011 9:52 pm

    @vindicatemj

    I’m so glad your back! I hope that means your feeling alot better!

    Michael’s songs definately have a healing affect. They have had that for me anyway. There are only a few recording artists that can bring me out a deep state of depression. Michael is one of them and probably the most effective. Seeing him perform is also so magical. In fact during times like the anniversary of his death or his birthday I watch alot of his performances from different tours as well as listen to his music. There is so something so magical about him, not just his moves but his aura and connnection to the audience. Even though those will always be sad days listening to Michael’s music and watching his performances are the only things that (ironically) can combat the sadness.

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  198. February 5, 2011 6:19 pm

    “He was given so much in talent, fame, money, personality and a love for all mankind. After all that was done to him he was still able to love. I find that impressive. God did require a lot from him and I believe he fulfilled his requirements, and God is pleased with what he did on earth while he was here”.

    Linda, I’ve long noticed that Michael’s songs have a healing effect. Though he was somewhat restrained in his conversation his songs were a way to share his genuine and enormous love and compassion he really felt for people but was too shy to openly disclose. He put so much of himself into his songs, that you can practically feel his touch when you listen to them. It is his love for us which is healing.

    Now that I am so weak Michael’s hymn “Keep your head up” from his posthumous album is my best support and encouragement. Who else could say to you “Keep your head up to the sky, keep your mind (to) stay alive, Give me your wings so we can fly! ”

    WE can fly!

    Only Michael can so generously share himself with you and it is his love which is reviving you again and again – even from the place he is in now…

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  199. Alison permalink
    January 30, 2011 3:07 pm

    for anyone in UK, its showing on BBC2 at 3.45 this afternoon.

    i was just setting my recorder and ended up watching my recording of the grammy tribute and Prince and Paris receiving the award… OMG I thought i was done crying till today. its never going to end is it.
    I’m going out, and when i get back hopefully the figure skating will make me smile again.

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  200. ares permalink
    January 30, 2011 12:58 pm

    I am a big fan of ice scating. Here are some moments that i really love. Both are from 2002 and both have MJ’s music as theme.

    I love Evgeny Plushenko. Am a huge fan of his. I don’t think he was that good here but eh.

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  201. Anna permalink
    January 30, 2011 11:25 am

    @Suzy

    Thanks for posting! It’s always awesome to see all the different ways Michael’s legacy lives on.

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  202. Alison permalink
    January 30, 2011 11:07 am

    Oh Suzy, that was fantastic, Thank you. also watched the next up, all stars tribute, thats made me cry now! So many people love Michael.

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  203. Suzy permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:47 am

    @ Alison

    The European Champion is a French guy called Florent Amodio and he did the music justice. I think he deserved to win too. The third placed skater was a Chech guy called Tomáš Verner and I think he was a little weaker artistically than Amodio, but it was OK. And then there was a third guy using Michael’s music, but I can’t remember his name and he finished much lower. He fell a lot, so it wasn’t that good.

    They each used a mix of his music. There was Don’t stop til you get enough, Dirty Diana, Beat it, Billie Jean, Earth Song, Smooth Criminal, some others, I don’t remember all. I hope they will be up on YT, especially Amodio’s performance. Seems like he is a big fan, here is another MJ routine from him from 2009:

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  204. Alison permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:16 am

    @ Suzy,

    I didn’t watch it, what Michael music did they use? did the routines do the music justice?

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  205. Suzy permalink
    January 30, 2011 7:00 am

    Yesterday I was watching the European Figure Skating Championship. There were at least 3-4 programs to the music of Michael! Including the 1st and 3rd place program! It was great to see.

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  206. Suzy permalink
    January 30, 2011 6:25 am

    @ Linda

    I had a few drinks tonight and might be a little emotional, but I do love Michael. He was such a good person.

    Yes, she was, Linda. I know what you mean.

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  207. Linda permalink
    January 30, 2011 3:55 am

    I have “This is it” on my computer and have enjoyed it many times. I kept his new cd “Michael” in my car for over a month, and I still play it on my computer while I’m surfing. I feel sorry for those fans that are boycotting, what they are missing. I’ll take anything “Michael” that I can get and enjoy it, and refuse to feel guilty about it.
    These are songs that he wanted his fans to enjoy. His demo’s weren’t all done in a professional studio so might not sound as good as they would have, but people that worked closely with him for many years contributed, and knew how he did things. I think they did an awesome job with the movie, the new album and I’m looking forward to all the others that come out.
    I had a few drinks tonight and might be a little emotional, but I do love Michael. He was such a good person. To whom much is given, much is required. He was given so much in talent, fame, money, personality and a love for all mankind. After all that was done to him he was still able to love. I find that impressive. God did require a lot from him and I believe he fulfilled his requirements, and God is pleased with what he did on earth while he was here.

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  208. January 24, 2011 1:04 am

    I say we squash the convo what’s done is done, and can’t be undone. No sense in harping.

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  209. Chris permalink
    January 23, 2011 10:27 pm

    Well IMO if you believe fans are 100% to blame your wrong.
    If you believe Sony are 100% to blame you are wrong.
    There is no absolute reason for the failing of sales and many more than the 2 above.

    Sony boycotters are a pain but are not as big as sum may have you believe couple thousand I saw. Any1 with a brain knows they talk complete rubbish apparently David Edwards, Raven Woods, Charles Thomson,Deborah Ffrench Catherine Gross and many more are Sony Conspirators lol.

    Michael sold 3 million worldwide in first week I believe and it is still in the top 3 of the world chart (which only focuses on certain charts not actually the entire world). 3 Mill by MJ’s standards may seem poor but considering the fact that it was 1 the biggest selling album globally of 2010 and 2 that album sales in general have fallen I would say it’s quite respectable. You won’t see 20 million albums sold again no matter who they are the Biz has changed and technology also has changed.

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  210. January 23, 2011 8:35 pm

    “I predict any future album will be met with the same controvery & conspiracy, and the album sales with dwindle with each release.”

    Yes, unless Michael’s fans grow up and learn their lesson from this terrible experience.

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  211. January 23, 2011 8:25 pm

    “almost every song on the album was leaked before release. It killed the anticipation factor.”

    Chris, I remember clearly that each time the song was taken down from Youtube someone started blaming Sony for their horrible behavior. Why? Isn’t it natural for the producer to try and keep the album a secret until it is released?

    What I am trying to say is that the most natural steps of Sony were regarded as something outrageous. One of my videos was also banned and though I didn’t like it (as it was tied to the text of the post) I knew they were doing the right thing. However most fans poured venom on Sony for that.

    I don’t know how qualified the Sony people are but what I am sure of is that if they had been working in a more comfortable atmosphere of anticipation of their album the result could have been much better. Have you ever tried to work with everyone around being hostile and kicking you from every corner?

    “What impact do you expect a boycott to have on an album? LOL. However the album has not been promoted well enough either.’

    Poor promotion testifies only to the division and confusion among Sony people too. If people invest their money in some project it means they want it to be a success (otherwise why start it at all?) and for it to be a success they need to promote it.

    However at some point of this raging anti-Sony campaign their analysts must have said – “it’s too late to close the project but all our forecasts show that the album is doomed to a failure. The boycott is spreading like fire, fans protest under our very windows, some in the family are calling them not to buy – so let’s finish up what we’ve started, but keep the promotion expenses at a minimum – they will be only a waste”.

    Actually Sony has never worked in such an atmosphere before and was most probably caught unawares. They expected the fans to welcome the new album and what did they get instead? Venom, hatred, mockery and raking up in their past – though those people are long gone..

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  212. January 23, 2011 7:22 pm

    This is what I think about “Michael” and singles.

    One day I was listening to the radio, and I heard this fabulous song called “Poker Face” loved it instantaneously. I was not a fan of Lady Gaga, but because her album “The Fame” had such a smash hit it encouraged me to listen to her other songs, and as it turns out Michael was a fan of hers because she was to be his opening act at the O2 arena. I guess my point is a hit single will bring in more fans. Fans that are interested in the art.

    Sony is an added complication, but if Interscope had produce the album the result would have been the same in the fan community. The rhetoric would have been Micheal is not here to add a certain je ne ce quoi, so no posthumous albums should be made. The Cascio tracks would still have been in dispute by 3T/Randy, and some fans would have said David Geffen owns Interscope, and he and Michael had issues therefore we are not buying the album still. Or the Jackson family does not believe in the validity of the Will therefore anything the estate does we are not going to support. Anyway you dice it they were going to be problems. The fans are great for keeping the memory alive, but as a group we are not business men/women and the vast majority of us do not know the first thing about running an international conglomerate like Sony, or multimillion dollar trust like the Michael Jackson Family Trust. If we did we would not have so much time to blog and twitter. Another thing we also do not know the exact extent of Michael Jackson’s debt or business interest we know only what is made available to the public, and our own analysis of the documents. I don’t believe we have a full comprehension of the big picture; the estate does, but the Jackson Family does not because they are not part of The Trust, and that must be hurtful to them as well, but that is the way Michael Jackson wanted it.

    I predict any future album will be met with the same controvery & conspiracy, and the album sales with dwindle with each release.

    I also think the album might have sold marginally better if Michael was alive because he would have gone out there and done his own brand of promotion. However, IMO it would not have seen any extra great increase in sales because Michael as a recording artist was abscent from the scene for a while; of course he was still Michael Jackson, but in latter years he bacame known more for his private life than his art.

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  213. Chris permalink
    January 23, 2011 6:21 pm

    Suzy said that Sony must be run by amatuers. I looked at the record companies turmoil in last 10 years and I do believe that I could do a better job than some of these people who have been in charge.

    They are poorly educated or just lazy in doing there job. How many times has there been a new head of Sony since Mottola? 2 and about to change again I heard. I believe that is gunna cause unrest as it changes all time and no one has a thought out plan on the direction of the company. Mottola himself was appointed by Yetnikoff. This from justice4some blog.

    Yetnikoff hired Mottola in 1988, replacing Al Teller who Yetnikoff perceived as a threat. “Few agreed with him. In fact, the industry was shocked by Mottola’s hiring. Apart from an ability to coddle artists, Mottola seemed unqualified for the job. He had no record-company experience, no apparent administrative or executive abilities. ‘Most thought Walter could have done better by opening the yellow pages of the phone book and choosing at random’ says one manager.

    At a time when the music industry was losing bllions they managed to alienate there biggest asset. If that isn’t poor business I don’t know what is and sums up Mottola’s business ethic.

    I think Vindicate mas right to say fans are partially to blame for the lack of record sales. What impact do you expect a boycott to have on an album? LOL.
    However the album has not been promoted well enough either. Aparently Sony were supposed to do a facebook promotion to get the 26 million MJ fans on facebook to buy album, i dont know if they did it but it certainly didn’t work. Obviously without MJ any album will struggle but a lot more could of been done by Sony to attract the casual listeners.
    Also almost every song on the album was leaked before release. It killed the anticipation factor. It also means ppl could easily download it illegally again effecting sales.

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  214. January 23, 2011 4:01 pm

    “I’m just displeased and saddened with how this album was handled, produced and promoted”.

    A Michael’s fan has the full right to be displeased with some of the musical arrangements there. I am also displeased with too much rap in Monster or some disarray at the end of Behind the Mask as well as that vibrato.

    But I will never question the idea of a posthumous album as such. However in this campaign the people questioned everything – even the possibility of making such an album at all. The pretext, if you remember, was “keeping the legacy intact”.

    But “keeping the legacy” means that no new songs will ever be produced and no more money will be raised to repay the debt because only old songs will be released which won’t bring enough to repay hundreds of millions. There will ALWAYS be a dispute over new songs – whether they are fully finished or whether Michael would have polished them even more. Of course he would have changed something and brought them to perfection!

    All such talk is blocking Michael’s posthumous future from ever taking place and is surely not bringing any more money to the estate to repay the debt. And the debt should be paid NOW – not in twenty years’ time.

    If someone doesn’t like the album he is not obliged to listen to it. But what he is obliged to do – if he is a fan – is to buy it and encourage others to do the same. This way they will bring their cents into repaying the debt and retaining the catalog.

    However the way things are now Sony will receive some money from whatever was sold, deduct their own production expenses and out of the remaining peanuts will pay royalties to the estate – which will hardly cover the salary of these people.

    Now Sony is facing the alternative – take a risk and invest even more into producing singles or close the subject forever and send Michael’s fans to hell.

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  215. Alison permalink
    January 23, 2011 3:45 pm

    ” The fans allowed themselves to be brainwashed by these guys and I don’t understand why they allowed it so easily… Well, let them stop for a second at least now and think whether they are acting in Michael’s best interests this way.”

    I agree with you.

    I think it happened because everyone had strong feelings about Michael, what he went through and were overwhelmed by his death and were feeling adrift with grief.And then also anger that his death was preventable. And the increase in availability of information abiut all the allegations inflamed anger 1000 times.
    Being presented with information that very cleverly appeared to demonstrate that Sony was to blame for everything, especially as it connected with 2002 and Michael himself denouncing Sony and Mottola, it was all too easy to fall into the trap, and it self perpetuated because fans re-told it to other fans with their emotions as well and emotions sneak in the back door of our brains sometimes. whether we like it or not, the ability to succumb to mob behaviour is probably in all of us, just most of the time our brains and our love will keep control, but in this situation i think fans thought it was for love for Michael so it was OK. Unfortunately also I think some innocent people have probably been slandered in the process and I am sorry for that.
    I think this would explain why i personally got swept up in it for a while before i started to step back a bit and question it more,( which was really because of the increase in venom i saw between fans). It was all driven by grief and a sort of desire to fix things, maybe because we wanted to bring Michael back. I know i felt on one level that the more internet i looked at, the more youtube videos i watched, the more i listened to his music, the more merchandise i bought that i was trying to bring him back. i even said to someone once when they asked what i’d done that day or something, that i said i’d been carrying on trying to bring Michael back.
    I can only assume it might have been similar for others.

    You are right though, boycotting Sony only damages Michael’s legacy and his children. Now we need to support the album. We know Michael was working on music and he would eventually have put it out – he’d certainly want us to buy it!

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  216. ares permalink
    January 23, 2011 3:32 pm

    @Suzy
    I agree with what you are saying. I bought the cd but i have some trouble with those Cascio songs. I feel very unconfortable listening to them so i tend to pass them.I think that you are absolutelly right conserning Sony but i also think that some fans did some pretty crazy things too. Just my opinion.

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  217. Alison permalink
    January 23, 2011 2:58 pm

    Hugs to both of you!

    I just went on Amazon.com to browse again and i looked at some reviews of the album and the individual track downloads. its interesting.
    there are many reviews of the album, too many to read and as a whole i think it gets 4 stars tho some comments are not great.
    the individual tracks there were virtually no reviews. Monster had 1, Hold my hand had 1 and Breaking News had 2. they were all pretty low and the second on of Breaking news sounded like he wanted to stop people getting it. so i left a review of each, gave them 5 stars and also the album where i also referenced the individual tracks. although i gave 5 to Monster it only brought the average up to 4.
    It would only take a few more people to do this and the average would go right up to 5 stars.

    i wondered if these reviews could influence another single release?? don’t know.

    Perhaps if there are others who have ‘The Experience’ we could have a losing weight with MJ competition!

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  218. Suzy permalink
    January 23, 2011 1:54 pm

    For the record: I was never a part of any “boycott Sony” campaign. I bought the album. (Just like I bought the Vision DVD.) I’m just displeased and saddened with how this album was handled, produced and promoted.

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  219. January 23, 2011 1:41 pm

    “if you disagree with me then say, but don’t shout at me. i know lots of people will disagree but its something thats been nagging me i wanted to say. if there’s some opposite evidence i can think about it then.”

    Oh, dear me, Alison, I never shout – but when it comes to haters who have brainwashed Michael’s fans I simply cannot and don’t want to hold myself. Even Michael said to a hater: “Go to hell”.

    People like Suzy with whom I have grave disagreements over the present-day activities of Sony are NOT haters of course but I knew Suzy to be very clever and intelligent – so seeing her falling for that slander campaign was too much of a blow. If she believed in that senseless and top harmful Sony boycott it means that the situation in the fan community is really dramatic.

    As to John Branca I don’t know him much, but what I surely know is that his present actions are very much in line with Michael’s interests . Michael never wanted to part with the catalog and this is actually the reason why he had to take those loans (he could have sold the catalog long ago and obtained all those millions – but he didn’t!).

    This means that his catalog is a priority and should be retained by all means – even if some save-up measures are taken and members of Michael’s family have to make do with what they have at the moment.

    The problem is that some of them cannot care less about the catalog – they are either too near-sighted or don’t see how the catalog can benefit them personally. Humans are humans, they are impatient and want to enjoy life now rather than wait until “some catalog” is firmly in the hands of Michael’s children. Probably some in the family have various urgent needs like paying for their house or children’s education and they simply don’t understand why they have to wait.

    In these circumstances the actions of the lawyers who think of the catalog first and of them second look unfair to some of them – “why should all those royalties go into repaying the debt to retain some catalog if we don’t have enough now for our primary needs?” I can readily imagine that some in the family are thinking that way.

    They – same as some fans – don’t understand that everything John Branca is doing for keeping the catalog is being done for Michael and his interests – and those who are helping Branca in his effort are Michael’s REAL SUPPORTERS.

    Yes, it might come as a surprise to some Michael’s fans, but it is actually Sony who is supporting Michael now and is helping him to repay the debt. While the REAL HATERS of Michael are those who organized the campaign of boycotting the produce which will bring royalties to the ‘estate’.

    The haters are working through numerous channels pressurizing fans so much that many of them started doubting. The fans allowed themselves to be brainwashed by these guys and I don’t understand why they allowed it so easily… Well, let them stop for a second at least now and think whether they are acting in Michael’s best interests this way.

    I wonder if it ever occurred to them that what they have done to Michael and his album is nothing else but Michael’s betrayal?

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  220. Alison permalink
    January 23, 2011 12:47 pm

    I’m glad you’ve said this about the estate lawyers, because now I can say the other thing I’ve wanted to say but was frightened to – I don’t believe John Branca is a bad person. I think he has kind eyes. I think he supported Michael while it was his job to do so, when it wasn’t he continued with his plenty of other work for his other famous clients. He doesn’t need Michael’s money, he must have plenty of his own that he’s worked for.

    He said in the beginning he was going to carry out Michael’s wishes, and he is one of the few who would have had the best idea what those really were. For years he watched Michael being bled for money and maybe at times being unable to say no, and how he supported his whole family because he was kind and never forgot where he came from, the J5. Now his job is to sort out a massive estate, pay the debts, keep the catalogue, deal with all the phony lawsuits as well as standard creditors, make the estate solvent and maximise the profits, preserve Michael’s legacy and preserve it all for the children for when they are older and ensure it also generates money for the charities Michael wanted it to support.
    So now, as you say he has priorities to deal with.
    The estate gets criticised for witholding money from the family but nobody is going without food and clothing here, they have enough and a lot more than many people do. They ( i mean the adults) need to value that more, they got used to multi-millionaire lifestyle, and be grateful they are well off. Branca knows that money he releases is not just going to the children and he doesn’t want it wasted. i expect he feels the family should be paying their own way finally.

    I don’t think John Branca is part of anything AEG might have been doing. and I think its fair enough they get a payment for their and their staff time, its not a normal type of estate to sort out and must consume enormous amounts of time, they most probably have had to hire additional staff and will have lots of expenses.

    When Michael died i spent a ton of money on all sorts of things and quite a lot was on merchandise, t-shirts that are too small!, the Opus, music,TII dvd, and the blu ray when i don;t even have a blu ray player yet! i went to see the film 4 times, i went to the memorabilia exhibition in london, money i knew was going to sony and to the estate, and i was quite happy to pay because it helped towards paying Michael;s debts, i consciously wanted to do that for him because of all he gave us and the world. i used to cry that now the money was coming in and if we could have paid it before he wouldn’t have needed to do the concerts and would still have been here.

    i didn’t have concerns until the campaign.
    But now i think i will also buy ‘The Experience’ and save up to buy the wii to go with it!

    if you disagree with me then say, but don’t shout at me. i know lots of people will disagree but its something thats been nagging me i wanted to say. if there’s some opposite evidence i can think about it then.

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  221. January 23, 2011 9:54 am

    Alison, I understand very well why many people are afraid to voice their support for the album. The hatred campaign against is unprecedented and it is all the more crazy as it is carried out on the background of favorable reviews in the general media.

    It looks like the roles have been reversed – the general public is accepting the album and even likes it and the “fans” are strongly against it, thus making them look really rabid.

    Those who designed this hatred campaign were probably even counting on this effect – to show that the fans are unpredictable, inconsistent, full of non-motivated hatred for each and everyone, stupid in the very extreme and should be shrugged off as complete imbeciles.

    The boycott campaign probably had a multitude of goals one of which was discrediting Michael’s fans as haters as such (“What can be expected of these people when they call for Bashir’s dismissal? These “rabid” fans will protest against anything – even Michael’s album”). The other big goal was to deprive Michael’s lawyers who are sorting out his financial papers of the means to repay the debt.

    If the debt is not paid Michael’s share of the catalog will go. The only way to pay the debt is to gain money through various produce which will bring royalties to his “estate” or whatever the name of it is. Who makes this produce doesn’t matter – it may be Sony or anyone else who is ready to invest their money into these projects. The Sony management is completely different now and has nothing to do with Tommy Mottola who harassed Michael, so bringing up the events of 2002 again is a false and highly far-fetched argument.

    Michael’s share of the catalog is now used as a collateral for a loan taken by Michael from Bank of America. Evidently a certain part of that share was used as a collateral under the contract between Michael and AEG against the money they gave to Michael as an advance for the tour (Katherine Jackson stated it in her lawsuit against AEG).

    If the money is not paid Michael’s share of the catalog will go into the hands of these people. Bank of America will most probably not keep their part of that share and will sell it. The remaining part will be kept by AEG.

    If Michael’s fans don’t understand who is who in this situation no one is able to help them. They are hopeless.

    Michael’s relatives are not at one about the album. Some are not happy with the musical part of it (they wanted it better), some expected their share which was denied to them by the lawyers because they have more urgent payments to make (not to lose all), some fell victim to the boycott-Sony campaign (as ordinary fans did) – they are human too and not all of them are geniuses in finances.

    People tend to make mistakes. But some mistakes are unforgivable.

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  222. Alison permalink
    January 23, 2011 9:23 am

    Helena,
    I see what you are saying and that you feel it very deeply. The thing is though, its all been a very confusing time and there’s been so much conflicting stuff said, some of it said with what sounds like great authority, thats its really difficult to know what to believe and what to do.
    For myself I recently posted that I had the CD – but i was a bit concerned that doing so would draw criticism on myself, noy from yourself particularly but in general( i have t0 say i have felt safer here) – and i only said i had been given it for Christmas, i omitted that I’d also bought a second copy because the first had got slightly scratched in the car, and that I’ve ordered the Hold My Hand single and i also bought the Visions DVD – because there is a lot of judgement and venom out there at times (i don’t mean specifically here i just mean generally on sites and blogs)and i was nervous to admit it. I used to visit a blog regularly and comment but i felt told off /shouted down a couple of times, not about this issue specifically, and i was quite upset really so now i still read it sometimes but i no longer comment or participate, because i felt hurt and i feel its too risky.

    The thing is some blogs, present a lot of information against Sony and it all sounds credible and you believe it, and I admit i myself was influenced by it for a while, then later you are not sure and then you just don’t know what to think. and when there’s a lot of voices saying one thing strongly its next to impossible sometimes to say something different, being human.

    Then there was all the controversy about the album – and most powerfully much of it seemed to emanate from Michael’s family, specifically Randy, Taj / 3T’s and reportedly Michael’s children. They are not Michael’s haters so if they are saying things, its diffiult to ignore it. So i just made a decision i would reserve making a decision for a while until i had had chance to listen to it and decide for myself – then i was just given it anyway.

    So thats why i think maybe lots of people may have had similar concerns and not been sure what to do.

    Perhaps it is still possible to turn it around. I actually love ‘ Hold my Hand’ and i play it over and over, I love Breaking News ( i just had that thing that bothered me i emailed you about but it doesn’t stop me loving the song) , i love Keep your Head up and Monster, and Hollywood Tonight is catchy. we can still promote the album and the single – in fact, people , get it its really good! and it IS Michael. i listen to it all the time in the car at the moment.

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  223. January 23, 2011 9:12 am

    Sony did all they could in the circumstances in which they were put by the fans.

    The “fans” screamed, hissed, ridiculed, protested and showed their flat hatred for Sony and their produce. They called for an all-round boycott of Sony.

    They made it clear that all Sony’s production concerning Michael should be boycotted – even T-shirts.

    Will this situation encourage the company to promote the album? What can the producers do if Michael’s fans clearly showed their hostile attitude to each of their efforts? Rely on non-fans and haters instead and expect them to stand in a queue to buy the album?

    They are businessmen and invested their own money in this project. Risking even more money into its further promotion would be sheer suicide in these circumstances. If I were in their place I would refrain from going into more expense.

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  224. Suzy permalink
    January 23, 2011 9:01 am

    Helena,

    I’m not sure why Sony are above criticism here. I haven’t said anything about the authenticity of certain songs, I’m done with that. But IMO Sony messed up with the production and prompotion of the album big time. You can blame everything on the fans, haters whatever, but I think that’s just sweeping the real problems (such as production, promotion) under the carpet.

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  225. January 23, 2011 8:49 am

    “Either Sony wanted this album fail deliberately or that company is full of amateurs.”

    Suzy, if you say one more word of this craziness you will be the first I will strangle with my own hands.

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  226. January 23, 2011 8:12 am

    “With TII Sony/AEG did more promotion because there was a FILM, and a renewed interest in MJ.”

    Teva, your analysis is perfect, however it would be one hundred percent true if the background for TTI and Michael were the same or at least neutral – but it was not!

    I remember clearly the atmosphere of anticipation prior to the TTI release – very few dared a comment they would not watch it and in most cases people were just afraid to see Michael frail or ill. But the general feeling was that of a great gift being made to all of us.

    And with the album the atmosphere was that of hatred – pure, animal, ruthless hatred – where not a single point went unattended – from the musicians who participated in its making to the people who contributed the songs. Everything and everyone was ridiculed and attacked in the same cruel and relentless manner it was done when Michael was alive.

    This by the way happened each time Michael released his album. Only when Michael was alive his fans never allowed themselves to fall for all that propaganda and over here they did!

    Johnnie Cochran said in an interview with Larry King on November 18, 2003 (the day of the police raid) that he noticed a strange coincidence that each Michael’s new album was accompanied by something nasty:

    “CALLER: Johnnie, do you think it’s any coincidence that the — that it was served on the day the album was released?

    COCHRAN: No, I don’t think it’s — I don’t think it’s — I think it’s probably more than coincidence. I think it was planned. I think you can get a warrant at any time. If it’s an ongoing investigation, they could have picked it any time. I think the fact that the — I think it’s a big news day. His album comes out by Epic Records and this happens the same day…

    If you look back at Michael’s history, you’ve seen these things before. Whenever he’s had any particular big (UNINTELLIGIBLE), there’s always some countervailing thing. You know, he has been really, really a target throughout his career, pretty much over this last decade. Anything he does is blown out of proportion. You know, if he…

    KING: … the record’s coming out, I’m going to file today?

    COCHRAN: I think that — I think it’s not just a coincidence”.

    Well, I also think that the hatred campaign unleashed against “Michael” is not just a coincidence.

    It started long time ago – when it was not even clear which songs would be there – and began with Sony and the events of 2002. Everyone spoke about the “greedy Sony” and no one said that royalties would go to pay the many-million debt. And if the debt is not paid Michael’s share of the catalog will be lost. However when I brought up the subject on several occasions the answer was “What debt? There is no debt! And the children are well taken care of and can do without those pennies!”

    This is so near-sighted an approach that, frankly, I lost all respect for these people and even despaired at the futility of our vindication efforts. If these people are foolish enough to fall for this cheap propaganda and cannot see the interests of various parties behind this game NONE of our efforts to vindicate Michael will help – because the very first hater that comes their way will lead them astray and they will obediently follow him like a flock of sheep.

    They don’t think for themselves – that’s the problem.

    – The TTI film was a joint production of AEG and Sony, so AEG was very much interested in its promotion.
    – The album was the sole production of Sony, so AEG was not interested in it. It was interested in something totally different.

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  227. Suzy permalink
    January 23, 2011 7:13 am

    It’s a shame, because Michael has so many great unreleased songs and they could make very good, very strong CDs out of them and have good sales with a good promotion. Either Sony wanted this album fail deliberately (for some reason we don’t see yet….*cough* ATV catalogue? *cough*) or that company is full of amateurs.

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  228. Suzy permalink
    January 23, 2011 7:09 am

    I wouldn’t blame the fans. I thought Sony messed up the promotion big time. Hold my Hand is not a good lead single and Breaking News is the worst possible promotion single with all its controversy and it’s not even a very good song. Also apart from MJ fans hardly anybody is even aware there is a new MJ CD out. Sony couldn’t have messed it up better if they tried. The whole campaign to the Michael CD was amateurish, they made mistakes after mistakes.

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  229. January 23, 2011 3:27 am

    “Who would have ever thought it would come down to this?”

    I did. I have said in the past that the album is almost entirely fan driven; therefore, when the “purchasing” fans have bought their qouta (as Christmas gifts & for themselves) the album will die a natural death. I definetely agree it needs a hit single, as many people see Michael Jackson as old school. However, without promotion it is next to impossible, and I don’t envision Sony doing much in the way of promotion. Music companies know that the big money is not in sales anymore with the prevalence for downloading free music, but in tours. With “Michael” there is no artist to do his own promotion. Some DJ would have to like a song and play it in a hot club, and maybe the public would run with it, but if that didn’t happen to 2000 Watts (which is a fantastic song) I can’t see it happening with any of the “Michael” songs althought I do love Monster.

    With TII Sony/AEG did more promotion because there was a FILM, and a renewed interest in MJ. Travis Payne went around the world doing his flash dancing or whatever they call it in the streets, and there were billboards and tv appearances by Kenny Ortega promoting the film. Not so much for “Michael”. The album was steep in controversy & conspiracy theories from the get go, and there is the not so little matter of another Michael Jackson trial looming. A trial that will paint MJ in a most disrespectful light- again, so the label absolutely had to get the album out before the circus comes to town -again.

    No, I am not surprised.

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  230. January 22, 2011 11:34 pm

    “Billboard speculates that the reason the new album hasn’t sold to its potential is the lack of a killer hit single.”

    David, the hit single there is Monster which had every potential to become a hit. Practically all the songs had that potential if more promotion were given to them. Only after the way the album was met by Michael’s fans we cannot expect Sony to put into it more than they already did.

    It was Michael’s fans who killed the album with their own hands.

    This is a SHAME they will not be able to wash themselves of till the end of their lives.

    They fell for cheap and gossipy propaganda of Michael’s haters who are now laughing at them behind their backs.

    This is a type of stupidity which is worse than a crime. I feel like I can strangle them with my own hands.

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  231. lcpledwards permalink
    January 22, 2011 10:02 pm

    Did you guys see this story yet? Who would have ever thought it would come down to this?

    http://www.billboard.com/news/michael-jackson-s-michael-album-sales-pale-1004139871.story#/news/michael-jackson-s-michael-album-sales-pale-1004139871.story

    If you would have told me a few months ago that the This Is It soundtrack would outsell the new album, I would have laughed in your face! But so far, that is the case! Billboard speculates that the reason the new album hasn’t sold to its potential is the lack of a killer hit single (which Hold My Hand certainly is not!), and lack of promotion. Sony still hasn’t announced a second single or video, and the longer it waits the worse it gets.

    Released Dec. 14, “Michael” debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, lead single “Hold My Hand,” featuring Akon, peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, selling 304,000, according to SoundScan. And while in its first five weeks “Michael” has sold a respectable — especially in this industry climate — 434,000, the figure pales next to that of “This Is It,” which sold 890,000 in its first five weeks. “Vision,” a three-DVD boxed set featuring 40 MJ videos, has sold well for a boxed set, moving 85,000 units since its Nov. 22 release.

    Based on the album’s first five weeks of U.S. availability, however, Sony looks like it has an inventory liability problem on its hands. In its debut week ending Dec. 19, the album scanned nearly 228,000 units, followed by 150,000 the next week. But in subsequent weeks, its total sales have shrunk to 27,000 units, 18,000 units and then 11,000 units for the week ending Jan. 16. There hasn’t been any word from Sony — whose executives were unavailable for comment — as to whether a new single is in the wings. But if the album doesn’t generate another hit and the record keeps selling roughly 10,000 units per week, then the album has a nine-month supply in the marketplace, which might mean retailers could eventually start sending the label returns.

    Who would have thought the the day would come when stores would RETURN excess unsold copies of MJ albums to Sony? And who would have thought that the MJ Experience videogame -which retails for $50 dollars and requires a $150 Ninento Wii system – would have already sold 4x as many copies as a CD?

    Like I said, this is depressing, and I hope that things are done differently when the next album is released in a few years!

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  232. January 13, 2011 9:04 pm

    “A lot of controversy about Michael’s new album. Fans refuse to buy it because they read it’s not Michael. If it isn’t, they found one great imitator. I love it. To me, the more people that buy it, the bigger chance he remains no 1, at the top where he belongs. For that reason alone I would buy it. Hey, it keeps him on top and his kids will reap the royalties. I can’t imagine any of his real fans not wanting to buy this.”

    Linda, I simply applaud you. You’ve managed to make it so short and so precise!

    Just one small addition – even if they don’t like one song it is no reason not to buy the whole album.
    Even if some songs were computer processed it is still Michael’s music and lyrics.
    And if they don’t want to hear the music and lyrics into which Michael put his talent, time and hard work let them be frank and say it directly without finding plausible pretexts.

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  233. Linda permalink
    January 13, 2011 6:54 am

    A lot of controversy about Michael’s new album. Fans refuse to buy it because they read it’s not Michael. If it isn’t, they found one great imitator. I love it. To me, the more people that buy it, the bigger chance he remains no 1, at the top where he belongs. For that reason alone I would buy it. Hey, it keeps him on top and his kids will reap the royalties. I can’t imagine any of his real fans not wanting to buy this.

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  234. January 9, 2011 7:50 am

    http://www.filthytabloidtrash.com/2011/01/08/on-being-a-nonpartisan-fan/
    Oh, and don’t worry Helena! I’ve already added this site to the blogroll!

    David, thank you for this find. Please add to the blogroll any site you think worthy of being among our favorites – I fully trust your choice. I also adhere to the principle given to us from high above “All those who are not against us are with us” (while the other version of the same idea coming from the same source saying “All those who are not with us are against us” is incorrect.)

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  235. lcpledwards permalink
    January 9, 2011 6:13 am

    Here is an excellent article about being a “nonpartisan” MJ fan! If only more fans felt like this (i.e. Bonnie Cox!)

    http://www.filthytabloidtrash.com/2011/01/08/on-being-a-nonpartisan-fan/

    Here is an excerpt:

    I’m on Michael’s side. We all are. At the end of the day, we all want the same things: Justice to be brought to those directly responsible for Michael’s death; a wonderful, happy childhood and brilliant, productive future for Michael’s children; a media culture that recognizes the value of privacy and the need for ethical, fair reporting; and a sustained cultural legacy that fully recognizes the achievements of Michael Jackson as a father, a humanitarian, an African-American, a leader, a role model, a singer, a dancer…and as the greatest entertainer the world will ever know.

    Take a step back the next time you feel compelled to argue about an unknown detail with another supporter, friend, or family member of Michael’s. Don’t point a finger out of a need to make yourself feel better, or to make them feel badly. All you’ll accomplish is a widening of the divide, and more anger directed at all the wrong people. We’re all angry and upset and sad that Michael is no longer with us, but we need to direct those emotions toward causes that can actually affect change and bring about real justice for Michael.

    Oh, and don’t worry Helena! I’ve already added this site to the blogroll!

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  236. January 4, 2011 8:57 pm

    “if that link didn’t work for you, you can watch Akon’s interview here.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7209189n

    David, you’re overestimating my internet here. It is driving me crazy.

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  237. lcpledwards permalink
    January 4, 2011 7:41 pm

    Helena, if that link didn’t work for you, you can watch Akon’s interview here.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7209189n

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  238. January 4, 2011 1:18 pm

    http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-headlines-in-national/michael-jackson-the-studio-akon-talks-memories-of-michael-album-video-video

    David, the most I could see of this video with my present-day internet is the comment on it. If it is that good I support it whole-heartedly:

    “Loved Akon’s comments, seems like he’s keepin it on the real with us MJ fans. He sees things for exactly what they are, no more, no less. I appreciated the sincerity of his thought process. He makes it really clear that there is NOTHING THAT ANYONE CAN DO OR SAY AT THIS POINT, that is going to have an adverse affect on MJ’s legacy. MJ’s legacy cannot be tarnished or looked down upon by anyone with half a brain and two good ears! Thank you Akon, continue to voice the truth.”

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  239. David permalink
    January 4, 2011 2:49 am

    And here is Akon on the Today Show from July 2009! He performs “Wanna Be Starting Something 2008”!

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  240. David permalink
    January 4, 2011 2:32 am

    Here is an extended interview with Akon, where he discusses working with MJ, the new album, and “Hold My Hand”!

    http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-headlines-in-national/michael-jackson-the-studio-akon-talks-memories-of-michael-album-video-video

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  241. December 31, 2010 11:07 am

    Dear Friends,

    It is the New Year Eve now. Let us have a short time out to congratulate and hug our friends, relatives and all our dear ones. I wish all of you a very happy New Year, lots of good news and much (or at least some) progress in vindicating Michael.

    I also wish you good health and a lot of strength we will need to support Michael in the future. When I was starting on this road I thought it would be an easy ride – now I see that it isn’t. It requires much effort, time and stamina to clear up dirt around Michael’s name and stand up to everything Michael’s haters have prepared for us.

    I would very much like to see haters start doubting their hatred creed and doubters turn into Michael’s friends. Let us try and do our best to take them over to Michael’s side not to regret later that we didn’t do it and stayed away from the struggle. It is just like Michael said – if not us who else?

    A MJ’s friend Supermjjfan1 who is giving me much help now (thank you so much, dear!) has sent us a video called: END OF DECADE in style! at the club with MJ which is Michael’s song “Slave to the rhythm”.

    The song is magnificent and as with all Michael’s songs it is not only the great rhythm, melody and some lyrics – it is a sincere message of support and understanding he is sending all of us even after his death.

    Listen, dance, enjoy and marvel at the man:

    She dances in the sheets at night
    She dances to his needs
    She dances ’til he feels just right
    Until he falls asleep

    She dances at the crack of dawn
    And quickly cooks his food
    She can’t be late, can’t take too long
    The kids must get to school

    [Chorus: (2x)]
    She’s a slave to the rhythm
    She’s a slave to the rhythm of
    She’s a slave to the rhythm
    She’s a slave to the rhythm of
    The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

    She dances for the man at work
    Who works her all the time
    She dances so, and she says so
    “I must be home tonight”

    She dances to the kitchen stove
    Dinner is served by nine
    She says this food is the power
    She must be out her mind…

    [Chorus]

    She works so hard, just to make her way
    For a man who just don’t appreciate
    And don’t know it takes
    And was all in vain

    She danced the night
    That they fell out
    She swore she’d dance no more
    But then she did, she did not quit
    And she ran out the door

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  242. December 30, 2010 12:29 am

    Tay, I was about to leave until tomorrow (it is 3 a.m. here) but your comment made me stay.

    “I hate how Sony will have no problem promoting this album, now that he is dead…but refused to promote Invincible while he was alive…”

    What Karen seems to overlook is that Sony of 2002 is not the Sony of 2010 – it is other people who may be having a totally different approach to Michael. And the new album was started when Michael was alive, so Michael was cooperating with them.

    “Sony & Estate should put some of the album promo money into stopping this”

    You mean bribing Discovery?

    ….oops, Discovery is Sony.”

    This is a very catchy slogan, but I prefer facts. However I have no facts either that Discovery is not Sony. The only thing which makes them outwardly different is the methods they are using. Judging by the quality of the album and the effort which went into making it Sony were exceptionally delicate with Michael’s musical material – while the Discovery channel are exceptionally insolent, brutal and insensitive in what they are doing. So judging by that alone, these are totally different people.

    “Sony and estate hires forensic specialists for MJ’s voice….but not for his murder.”

    Probably they did – we don’t know that – however I don’t understand why they should if the case is handled by the police. Are private parties allowed to carry out their own investigation and have access to all the documents which are generally available to the police only?

    Just asking….

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  243. Tay permalink
    December 29, 2010 11:43 pm

    “I hate how Sony will have no problem promoting this album, now that he is dead…but refused to promote Invincible while he was alive…”
    “Sony & Estate should put some of the album promo money into stopping this….oops, Discovery is Sony.”
    “Sony and estate hires forensic specialists for MJ’s voice….but not for his murder.”
    Karen Faye’s quotes.
    You know, MJ’s Make up artist for over 30 years.
    Maybe she knows whats she’s talking about.. Juuuust MAYBE.

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  244. December 24, 2010 11:30 am

    “This is the world chart-he is no 1 http://www.mediatraffic.de/albums.htm

    So it IS impossible to fight the wind?

    I wish they were ashamed of themselves….

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  245. Olga permalink
    December 24, 2010 10:47 am

    Helena I love the title too:)

    This is the world chart-he is no 1

    http://www.mediatraffic.de/albums.htm

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  246. December 24, 2010 9:24 am

    “RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard’s charts.”

    Olga, I LOVE the title of that article. It is much nicer than what I saw yesterday when browsed the Internet: “Michael Jackson’s posthumous album fails to top pop chart in U.S”. The album boycotters must be clapping their hands to this “fail” news. I wonder if they are having any qualms of conscience about what they have done and are doing to Michael?

    Well, to each his own…

    Let me add this one more piece of good news:

    ‘Michael’ is Jackson’s fastest selling studio album in 20 years

    ‘Following the highly anticipated release on December 13th of Michael Jackson’s new studio album entitled ‘Michael,’ The King of Pop is once again dominating the UK charts.

    This week the album achieves the biggest opening week for a new Michael Jackson studio album in the UK since ‘Dangerous’ in 1991, almost 20 years ago. Selling over 113k copies and entering at No.4, ‘Michael’ continues the musical legacy of Jackson that started over 40 years ago.

    The album is Jackson’s 19th to reach the UK Top 10, while the lead single ‘Hold My Hand (Duet With Akon)’ extends Jackson’s incredible run of success to 55 UK Top 10 hits; his first being ‘I Want You Back’ in 1970, 4 decades ago.

    Critics and fans have hailed the new album as ‘Brilliant’ with ‘Stunning collaborations’ and ‘Certainly worthy of the legacy of the King Of Pop;’ proclaiming that it ‘Bursts with verve and confidence with lots of inspirational, uplifting anthems and melodic, sweetly sung ballads.’

    HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo adds to the phenomenon:

    “What was particularly evident this week was the large number of younger customers buying Michael’s album in our stores. Michael’s ability to inspire clearly remains undiminished, and I would say that we are witnessing the torch being passed on to a new generation of fans, who will continue to believe in the power of his music to ensure that his unique legacy remains secure.”

    Michael Jackson has 9 UK No.1 albums and 9 UK No.1 singles.

    http://mog.com/blog_posts/2632290/mogbar?a=mn22921

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  247. Olga permalink
    December 23, 2010 10:22 pm

    RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard’s charts.

    While “Michael” arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” (2-1) and Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” (1-2), Michael Jackson’s posthumous set claims top honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

    The album is Jackson’s eighth No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop album tally:

    Peak Year, Title, Weeks at No. 1
    1979, “Off the Wall,” 16
    1983, “Thriller,” 37 (the longest reign in the chart’s 45-year history)
    1987, “Bad,” 18
    1992, “Dangerous,” 12
    1995, “HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1,” two
    2001, “Invincible,” four
    2009, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” (soundtrack), four
    2011, “Michael,” one

    Jackson ups his total to 94 cumulative weeks atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the most among solo acts. Only the Temptations (109) have spent more time at the summit. Jackson has spent an additional 39 weeks at No. 1 with five leading albums as a member of the Jackson 5.

    The arrival of “Michael” spurs a 65-39 jump on the Billboard Hot 100 for the set’s first radio single “Hold My Hand,” with Akon. The song is Jackson’s 38th top 40 hit on the Hot 100, breaking a tie with Neil Diamond. Among male artists, Jackson trails only Elvis Presley (80), Elton John (57), Stevie Wonder (46), James Brown (44), Marvin Gaye (41), Lil Wayne (41; see below) and Frankie Valli (39) for most top 40 charted titles among solo males.

    “Hold My Hand” is Jackson’s first song to ascend to the Hot 100’s top 40 since “Butterflies” took flight to No. 14 in January 2002. With the new track’s advance, Jackson becomes the first artist to reach the top 40 on the Hot 100 in each of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

    http://www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat/weekly-chart-notes-michael-jackson-lonely-1004137157.story?tag=hpfeed#/column/chartbeat/weekly-chart-notes-michael-jackson-lonely-1004137157.story?tag=hpfeed

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  248. December 22, 2010 8:02 pm

    “MICHAEL shipped Platinum..”

    Olga, thank you for the update – I’ve naturally added the good news to the post. Isn’t it surprising that while the whole world is applauding Michael the fans in his own country are busy doing something else? Clamouring against Sony and Michael’s new album, for example?

    I wonder if they will clamour in the same way against the horrible Michael Jackson autopsy show. I hope so and am curious whether they will. To researchers like us it will be a test showing who they really are.

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  249. Olga permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:05 pm

    Press Release form Sony:

    # MICHAEL shipped Platinum in 14 territories including the United States, UK, Germany, France (2x), Italy (3x), Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic (4x), Canada, Korea and the Middle East.
    # The album debuted at #1 in Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden.
    # And on top of the # 1 album chart entry in Germany, sales of MICHAEL broke the country’s 2010’s first-week record with over 85,000 units sold.
    # Opening week sales of more than 113,000 in the U.K. scored the biggest opening week for a new Michael Jackson studio album since ‘Dangerous’ nearly 20 years ago.
    # In Japan, the album is the fourth Michael Jackson album to ever debut in the top 3, joining Bad, Thriller and last year’s “This Is It” companion album.
    # The album is in the top five in Belgium (#2), US (#3), Japan (#3), the UK (#4), France (#4), Denmark (#4). In the US, the album shipped platinum and debuted at #3 of the Billboard Album chart with just under 230,000 copies sold.
    # The album went Gold in 17 territories on arrival in Japan, China, Australia, Ireland, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, India, Philippines and Taiwan.

    http://www.showbiz411.com/2010/12/22/michael-jacksons-new-album-finishes-at-number-3-so-so-showing

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  250. December 22, 2010 10:18 am

    “I proudly would like to let you know that “Michael” is a big success in Germany. It is #1 in the official German album charts of Media Control’

    Susanne, thank you so much for the great news. MICHAEL WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR IT if he were with us now. He always wanted to be the first!

    Cheers to all Germans!

    (The post was updated with your information)

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  251. Susanne permalink*
    December 22, 2010 8:49 am

    This is in addition from a press release in Germany of Dec. 21:
    I proudly would like to let you know that “Michael” is a big success in Germany. It is #1 in the official German album charts of Media Control (leading market research enterprise incl. charts research).
    Link of the press release: http://www.media-control.de/der-king-of-pop-schnappt-sich-die-krone-der-charts.html
    Headline: ‘The “King of Pop” grabs the crown of the charts’.
    It says that MJ returns to the throne of the album charts and that “Michael” shooted up to the top rightaway, now being the 7th #1 record of the King of Pop.

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  252. December 20, 2010 9:36 pm

    Rev. Barbara Kaufmann has written in her blog about MICHAEL album:

    QUOTE: “Michael is un-mistakenly on the new album MICHAEL. He began that work and he intended to share.

    I am more interested in the message than the music. ‘Monster’ is an important message and particularly haunting given where it comes from. So I will say that ‘Breaking News’ is particularly important because it is Michael speaking from beyond the grave about what put him there.

    When Michael says in Hold My Hand ‘This life doesn’t last forever’ I think he is talking to us. If you’re looking for Michael – he’s there. So is his real messsage. His last message”.

    Read more: http://www.innermichael.com/2010/12/the-soul-train-has-left-the-station/

    (the blog has been added to the blogroll)

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  253. Raven permalink
    December 19, 2010 5:35 am

    Wow! Thanks for this extensive coverage of all things “Michael.” This is a great capsule of the album’s first week! Thank you.

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  254. Olga permalink
    December 19, 2010 12:09 am

    “Also, I want to clear up this misconception that any song that MJ didn’t release when he was alive was “substandard” or “mediocre”. All artists “over-record” their albums. An average album contains 12-15 songs, maybe more. Artists typically record at least twice that amount, and then select which songs they want on the album. ”

    WELL SAID

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  255. December 18, 2010 11:20 pm

    @Helena

    If you are taking a break from the molestation allegations, and focusing your efforts on the current crisis that’s fine. David, Lynette & the other co-admins are all very capable. Personally I understand where you are coming from. A note of caution, molestation vindication unite fans, but Sony talk devides. Some fans aren’t that interested.

    Personally I don’t know enough to go on a Sony assault. I know early 2000s Michael was on a rampage against Tommy Mottola for not promoting the Invincible album, and all indication is at least up until 2007 he still had bitter feelings towards Sony. Other than Mottola no one knows who else in Sony MJ was mad at. He told Lisa Marie as was revealed during the Oprah interview, but that information was not passed on to us. As much as we the fans think we know about this aspect we really don’t know a whole lot.

    I think the whole spiel about Sony being only interested in money is pointless. They are a global brand, they are into electronics, music publishing, movie franchising, and they have recently partnered with google to create google tv. If they were a charity organization accused of profiteering I would understand the argument, but their goal is the share holders and balance sheet. Also if Sony makes money from the ATV catalog Michael’s estate makes money as well they are partners. Because Sony is a business and about money I think that is good for Michael’s legacy, a corrupt legacy is of no use to an industry giant. I can’t see them purposely sobotaging a potential money maker if anything it is within their interest to have an untainted (as much as posible) legacy.

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  256. lcpledwards permalink
    December 18, 2010 10:08 pm

    @ Helena
    There aren’t going to wait until the kids grow up to release the albums, which is what some fans want them to do. But the Estatate’s first obligation is to PAY OFF MICHAEL’S DEBTS! They have made significant progress, but they still owe hundreds of millions of dollars! If they don’t pay MJ’s creditors through sales of MJ merchandise, then they will be forced to sell the Beatles catalog in order to pay those debts! So they have to choose the lesser of 2 evils: release MJ’s music or sell the catalog, and I think we all know which is the better choice! As soon as the debts are paid off, the Catolog will be safe forever, and will be in the possession of his kids when they become of age!

    Also, I want to clear up this misconception that any song that MJ didn’t release when he was alive was “substandard” or “mediocre”. All artists “over-record” their albums. An average album contains 12-15 songs, maybe more. Artists typically record at least twice that amount, and then select which songs they want on the album. There are a lot of factors that are considered when keeping a song off of an album. It may be a bad song, or it may not “fit” with the album (like Much Too Soon, which the Estate said that MJ “never found a home for it on his albums”), or they may run out of room due to space limitations (“Carousel” wasn’t included on “Thriller” because of this, and the 2nd verse from “The Lady In My Life” was removed in order to make room as well. Vinyl was limited to around 45 minutes or so, while a CD can hold 80 minutes).

    Think about this: out of all of the unreleased songs that leaked, did any of them sound bad? Did “DYKWYCA”, “Slave to the Rhythm”, or “Carry On” sound bad? Did those unreleased songs from the Ultimate Collection sound bad? (Songs like “Someone Put Your Hand Out”, “We Are The World Solo”, or “We’ve Had Enough”). Did you know that “Smooth Criminal” was almost cut from “Bad”? Did you know that “Earth Song” was cut from “Dangerous” but included on “HIStory”?

    There are a lot of decisions that go into selecting songs for an album, and just because a song is excluded, it doesn’t mean it’s a second rate song or a “waste”. That’s a big misconception that I want to address. With that being said, I predict that the next album of unreleased songs will be released in 2013 (since reissues of Off The Wall and Bad are coming over the next 2 years.) Don’t worry Helena, there will always be a stead stream of music, and you will live to see them all. If you want buy them, it’s your right and NOBODY should attack you for it, or make you seem as if you’re less of a fan.

    If they do, tell them to start their own vindication blog!

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  257. okunuga permalink
    December 18, 2010 7:38 pm

    If the album is any good which I personnaly think it is.no amount of boycott sony/mj album slogan will work besides even if the singles do not chart but the album stays for a very long time on the billboard charts it is still a victory for mj and his fans,furthermore it`s not only mj fans thay will buy the album even people that are just curious about the whole situation will also buy so I am not worried at all.

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  258. Chris permalink
    December 18, 2010 4:28 pm

    I personally wanted Victory Tour first. Rarer and more anticipation for the Bad Tour then makes better business sense for all beneficeries. That isn’t evil Sony talk it’s called business stratergy. ANYway.
    @ Helena
    I suggest finishing the Larry Feldman post then go 4 a break and be ready for the hell hole that the New Year is going to bring. Unless David and Lynette are doing the Murray trial. Either way, things are gunna get ugly or uglyER and we need the vindicate team charged up and ready to go as there will be BS flying everywhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more petitions before Febuary. This site is the best for spreading the truth/word around and will be crucial in the New Year.
    No pressure guys! LOL. You must know though what’s coming and fan fighting will be irrelevant compared to a Media Industry salivating to put another black mark on MJJ and more lies to the general public which will make vindication all the harder.

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  259. December 18, 2010 3:59 pm

    “The release of Bad Tour on DVD is something that has been only confirmed recently. This is one of the things that fans are looking forward the most because that’s probably the concert tour when Michael was on his peak as far as live performances concerned. I am personally looking forward to it very much.”

    Suzy, I think everything should be released – the more, the better. Some fans will want to hear and see “old” Michael only, some – like me – will be terribly interested in his later or unreleased music because it will disclose something he couldn’t show to the public before. In my opinion new releases will never take away from the “old” Michael but will only add to our understanding of the man and the message he has left us.

    I personally am happy that now I know MONSTER and that Michael felt like a hunted animal when he was writing it. AN ANIMAL – this is how he was treated by the media and the public, to their total disgrace and shame which they are doomed to take to their grave now.

    And the fact that this song is still being really faked by someone in the web by the totally horrible lyrics attached to them is far more important to me than anything else connected with the song. Yes, guys, while we are here debating the ‘music’ issues the false lyrics are still there and have had 396 views this week!

    Here they are complete with a mocking invitation to “correct them” which we’ve been trying to do since Dec.3, 2010 to no avail! http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/michael-jackson-lyrics/monster-lyrics.html

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  260. Suzy permalink
    December 18, 2010 3:31 pm

    Here is more about what’s planned next:

    “With the Michael album just available on the shelves there are already new projects the Michael Jackson Estate is working on. One of the next projects will be the re-release of Off The wall with the help from Quincy Jones. The plan is for Quincy to take charge of the project.

    Another project is the re-release of the Bad album and a first time official release of the Bad World Tour on DVD. This would only be done with the help of the original crew who worked with Michael in the past.

    The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil will start in 2011. There might be an album featuring the soundtrack of the new Michael Jackson themed Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas. Mind you, it’s a different concept and it’s written by somebody else than the world tour.

    Reports that Sony will release 10 albums of new material as part of their new deal with the Michael Jackson Estate have been confirmed to be false. The deal was made for 10 projects – not all of them feature never-before-released material. Part of the 10 project deal has already been released: This Is It, Vision DVD boxset and the new Michael album.”

    ——

    The release of Bad Tour on DVD is something that has been only confirmed recently. This is one of the things that fans are looking forward the most because that’s probably the concert tour when Michael was on his peak as far as live performances concerned. I am personally looking forward to it very much.

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  261. December 18, 2010 3:06 pm

    “I anticipate a brand new album being released every 3 or 4 years, maybe sooner, depending on how they decide to space it out.”

    I see. Michael’s music will surely find a way to his audience but the TIMING is important.

    Some say that we should wait until the children grow up and until then nothing should be released. Given that Prince is now 13 how long will it take? At least five years more? Or probably eight until he is 21? How many people will be looking forward to hearing Michael Jackson by then, I wonder, if none of his new music is released until then? There will be a totally new generation of people who will listen to I don’t know what – while the healing effect of Michael’s music and lyrics will be kept in the vault and will be lost on the public all these years?

    Five – eight more years of lost opportunities? Never hearing Michael’s new songs which are probably not the best as the best will come only when the children grow up – but nevertheless HIS music and HIS lyrics? If you come to think of it I – given my age – will probably never have a chance to listen to them at all! And some fans have decided it for me that I should never have a chance like that?

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  262. lcpledwards permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:33 pm

    Helena
    There will be many, many more albums coming out in the future, but obviously they are going to space them out! MJ did record all of those 100 or so songs for his kids, and they will be released in due time! The estate signed a deal with Sony that runs through 2017 (I think), and during that time 2 more brand new albums will be released, in addition to the re-releases. And then a new contract will be signed, whether is with Sony or another company, and then the next batch of albums will be released. I anticipate a brand new album being released every 3 or 4 years, maybe sooner, depending on how they decide to space it out. Don’t get discouraged and think that they will run out soon, or that they will intentionally NOT release any songs, because that’s not true.

    BTW, I hear a lot of people say that “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” won’t be released, but if Sony had a problem with MJ singing about children, then why did they release “Lost Children” on Invincible? I expect to hear “DYKWYCA” on a future album, uncensored in any way. There is nothing that anyone can say about that song because it is beautiful and powerful, and has a message that everyone can agree with. It was written during the Dangerous sessions, but didn’t make the album, in case you are wondering how old it is.

    BTW, here is a morale booster for you, Helena. More shows have been added to the MJ Cirque du Soleil concerts! That means that the ticket sales are going extremely well! I bought my tickets for the Houston show in Feb. 2012 as soon as they went on sale!
    http://www.legendarymichaeljackson.nl/?p=3157

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  263. December 18, 2010 2:10 pm

    “The remaining albums will be rereleases”

    David, for me this is disappointing news. I WANT Michael’s new songs, I need to KNOW what he wanted to tell us and what he was thinking of in the later years of his life. He couldn’t release some of those songs NOT because of their quality but because he simply COULDN’T show to the public such masterpieces as “Do you know where your children are?” because of all those allegations.

    Don’t people understand that Michael wasn’t free in his choices and release of his songs after 1993? He was probably extremely angry in those songs but was limited in the opportunity to express himself freely as no one would listen to him at the time – so he was just waiting for the situation to change for the better…

    THIS might be one of the reasons why he didn’t want those songs to be released then. He knew they would meet nothing but ridicule and didn’t want to waste his effort. I will never believe that he was writing songs and recording them in the studio only to throw them away into the wastepaper basket. When you write something angry like “Do you know where your chidlren are” and put all your heart and soul into it, you DON’T want to throw it away – you want people to HEAR it when the moment comes for it.

    P.S. I hear that Michael had lots of unreleased songs plus some 100 songs as a trust for his children, so what we hear now is most probably a correction of the plans which came as a result of a boycott of Michael’s first posthumous album. Why invest in producing more Michael’s songs if the first album is not selling well enough?

    Congratulations, haters – mission accomplished!

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  264. lcpledwards permalink
    December 18, 2010 1:50 pm

    @ Helena & Teva
    Here is a quote from an article on the future of the MJ Estate:

    The fact of the matter is, the deal was for ten PROJECTS and not ten albums.

    When the deal was announced, there was a misconception that there would be 10 albums of new material, when there will only be 3. The remaining albums will be rereleases, such as Off The Wall and Bad, which will be released in 2011 & 2012, respectively. Quincy Jones will be in charge of Off The Wall, and presumably Bad, too.

    http://www.mjnewsalerts.com/news/index.php?&subaction=showfull&id=1292556783

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  265. December 18, 2010 12:34 pm

    “The only way Michael’s name can be cleared in regards to public opinion is for new generations of fans to be interested in Michael at all. I agree that his music has to be active on the charts again to bring in new fans who will take the time to research and learn the truth. I fear if his name vanishes from the public conscious because of the album or other projects not doing well, the interest in learning the truth about him and the unfair treatment by Sneddon and the media will vanish as well.”

    Anna, I couldn’t agree with you more!!!!

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  266. December 18, 2010 11:48 am

    “Sony can’t be boycotted, it’s a huge company with thousands of products. They are not boycotting Sony but Michael. That’s a negative publicity for him and for us. I still can’t believe how a fan has the “boycott MJ” function!”

    Olga, absolutely! I can’t believe it either and that is why brushed off all this boycott nonsense aside thinking that the desire to listen to Michael’s music would be too big for all this nonsense to work. Oh, how mistaken I was!!!

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  267. December 18, 2010 11:35 am

    “I think MJ-777 is entitled to her view. IMO the people that follow her blog (I myself read it) were never going to be in favour of a posthumous album, or any Sony merchandized album. Never ever they just needed a catalyst which was the insinuation that some songs were fake.”

    This boycotting Sony sounds to me highly artificial and the “fake” songs are just a convenient pretext. In the first place if someone doesn’t like Sony they should not be buying their other products and I really cannot understand why Michael’s songs should be sacrificed because of their hatred.

    Secondly, if they don’t like their quality or think that Michael looked at those songs as second-rate ones (which I am ready to believe) let us show the world that even the material which Michael thought as “waste” is better than anything done by other artists now! If the “waste” is a tremendous success it only raises the value of true MJ’s masterpieces and makes them even grander.

    For the most part I like the blog it is one of my favourites even though I don’t agree with everything said. However, after the disaster of this album in the fan base I really wonder if the legacy Can survive another 7 album releases! YIKES!”

    My dream would be for each new Michael’s song to immediately top the charts and stay there until the new song arrives. THIS will make Michael forever. People with live with his music and lyrics day and night, new generations of people will be born to listen to his songs, to dance to his music, to think over his lyrics, to get his message, to think his way of thinking – to listen to him talking to us day after day.

    And if Sony helps I will support Sony with both of my hands. But if Sony’s efforts are boycotted they will probably think twice before releasing something else of Michael’s songs. And we will listen to lady gaga’s sick lyrics instead.

    [I want your ugly, I want your disease I want your everything as long as it’s free I want your love Love, love, love, I want your love, and I want your revenge You and me could write a bad romance I want your love, and all your love is revenge I want your horror, I want your design ‘Cause you’re a criminal as long as you’re mine
    I want your love Love, love, love, I want your love I want your psycho, your vertical stick Want you in my rear window, baby, you’re sick]

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  268. Olga permalink
    December 18, 2010 11:24 am

    Sony can’t be boycotted, it’s a huge company with thousands of products. They are not boycotting Sony but Michael. That’s a negative publicity for him and for us. I still can’t believe how a fan has the “boycott MJ” function!

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  269. December 18, 2010 11:10 am

    “Your not the only one whose opinions she won’t publish. She’s done it to me for along time now even when neutral and trying to raise awareness in Mackenzie case. Are you not aware she supplied her information for the Sony Boycott group before album was released? Which is her choice/right by the way.”

    Chris, this is what hate does to people. I don’t mean hate towards Michael but hate as a feeling and a general phenomenon that can happen to all of us. It is a blinding force, it devoids people of clear thinking, it is something which practically distorts the reality. If we want to get to the truth we should avoid hate by all means – it is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to it. I will even risk saying that it would be unwise to hate even Michael’s haters because it can take us far from the real good that can be done for Michael.

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  270. December 18, 2010 11:03 am

    “Try to say this at mj-777. Very dissapointed in what she is doing lately. Activelly promoting the boycotting and ignoring the positive effects that the album could have.”

    Visitor, this is a sign of a big, big trouble. I don’t want to pass judgment on anyone but same as in 1993 and 2005 many people have been brainwashed by someone clever to an utmost degree. Even true Michael’s supporters are confused, so what can we say about his detractors? How can we expect the general public to buy Michael’s music if his fans don’t do that?

    Who will pay the money which Michael still owes I wonder?

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  271. December 18, 2010 10:56 am

    @Teva, you’ve said it so well that I want to quote the full of your comment:

    Here is why I think it was important for Michael Jackson’s album to do well to help with his vindication. Primary reason MJ needs more active fans.

    Absolutely. If we find the whole truth about Who, Why and How was slandering Michael for about 20 years we need a good and solid fanbase who will spread the news further in the various comments in the web. Without them we’ll be a small lab of researchers who are doing their work quietly with the world unaware of our findings.

    I think fans are fooled into thinking there is this vast, global, rampant fan base – not true. We tend to see the same names, or recognize the writing styles of the same persons as we go from forum to forum. These are the people that actively keep the legacy going by informing other fans of projects and injustices, the group is probably 150.

    Interesting – I didn’t know that. I hope these people are worthy of the proud name of Michael’s folowers.

    Then they are casual fans which are in the millions, they will like MJ’s music, but will not get involved in the vindication process; they are simply not that interested.

    This is unfortunately true. Recently I once again went to the official Michaeljackson.com forum which helped me tremendously when Michael died – the people writing there were simply incredible in their brotherhood bond, true love and appreciation for Michael, compassion for each other, sincerity of their feeling and even strength of their intellect. Today’s forum is a poor caricature of what it was before – the gold pants all over again, look at my cat, today is my birthday, etc. Now I am even happy that my vindication thread has been erased by someone there – I wouldn’t even know what to talk to these people about, not to mention rely on them for vindicating Michael.

    If the singles could chart and do well against other living artists then Michael Jackson would be seen by a new generation as a rival, and talent not just old school. He would be relevant and people 18 and under would want to research more about Michael, and the more they know the more appalled they would be. Right now Justin Bieber is the number search on Facebook because he is relevant. Michael Jackson’s image would get back to its roots, music, the reason why he was famous in the first place. It is not enough for the album to sell well the singles have to compete to get the real attention, and bring in a new generation of fans.

    Teva, thank you for explaining while the singles are so important. YES, Michael should be made relevant for the young and the general public at large. His music should be blasting from every corner, every shop, every radio – it is then that Michael will have his full vindication! Imagine DDimond and Tom Sneddon having to listen to him several times a day and you will see that Michael can very well revenge himself on his own.

    Right now Michael’s fans don’t have the best reputation we are seen are crazy and certifiable, a new infuse of fans will dampen this criticism.

    Part of them are but the other part is being compromised by someone on purpose. Those who cannot be compromised are being divided into fractions which are then dealt with separately. This is a well-known method of eroding the opponent.

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  272. Anna permalink
    December 18, 2010 5:15 am

    @Teva

    Wow, I agree 100 percent with everything you said for why you believe the album suceeding is important for the vindication efforts. i said something similar in an e-mail to someone who was frustrated by the some of the drama in the community. I very much agree that the only way Michael’s name can be cleared in regards to public opinion is for new generations of fans to be interested in Michael at all. I agree that his music has to be active on the charts again to bring in new fans who will take the time to research and learn the truth. I fear if his name vanishes from the public conscious because of the album or other projects not doing well, the interest in learning the truth about him and the unfair treatment by Sneddon and the media will vanish as well.

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  273. visitor permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:33 am

    @Teva
    “Never ever they just needed a catalyst which was the insinuation that some songs were fake.” But stimulating peoples sentiments by constantly trying to dictate who is the boogie man can always help someones goal.Anyway, of course she has the right to her opinion.But i would really like to permit us state our own. I am not going to comment about her again because i can not refuse that her blog is trully helpful. But i think in this case her approach was not fair and balanced.My opinion. I may be wrong but i wanted to state it.

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  274. December 18, 2010 2:03 am

    I think MJ-777 is entitled to her view. IMO the people that follow her blog (I myself read it) were never going to be in favour of a posthumous album, or any Sony merchandized album. Never ever they just needed a catalyst which was the insinuation that some songs were fake. For the most part I like the blog it is one of my favourites even though I don’t agree with everything said. However, after the disaster of this album in the fan base I really wonder if the legacy Can survive another 7 album releases! YIKES!

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  275. Chris permalink
    December 18, 2010 1:23 am

    @ visitor
    Your not the only one whose opinions she won’t publish. She’s done it to me for along time now even when neutral and trying to raise awareness in Mackenzie case. Are you not aware she supplied her information for the Sony Boycott group before album was released? Which is her choice/right by the way.

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  276. visitor permalink
    December 18, 2010 1:05 am

    Try to say this at mj-777. Very dissapointed in what she is doing lately. Activelly promoting the boycotting and ignoring the possitive effects that the album could have. I think she has been sucked in her hatred and it’s too bad because it seems that she is influencing a lot of people. This is my opinion and please don’t delete it.I have tried to post it in her blog but for some reason it is always deleted.

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  277. December 18, 2010 12:40 am

    Here is why I think it was important for Michael Jackson’s album to do well to help with his vindication. Primary reason MJ needs more active fans. I think fans are fooled into thinking there is this vast, global, rampant fan base – not true. We tend to see the same names, or recognize the writing styles of the same persons as we go from forum to forum. These are the people that actively keep the legacy going by informing other fans of projects and injustices, the group is probably 150. Then they are casual fans which are in the millions, they will like MJ’s music, but will not get involved in the vindication process; they are simply not that interested. If the singles could chart and do well against other living artists then Michael Jackson would be seen by a new generation as a rival, and talent not just old school. He would be relevant and people 18 and under would want to research more about Michael, and the more they know the more appalled they would be. Right now Justin Bieber is the number search on Facebook because he is relevant. Michael Jackson’s image would get back to its roots, music, the reason why he was famous in the first place. It is not enough for the album to sell well the singles have to compete to get the real attention, and bring in a new generation of fans. Right now Michael’s fans don’t have the best reputation we are seen are crazy and certifiable, a new infuse of fans will dampened this criticism.

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  278. Olga permalink
    December 15, 2010 5:21 pm

    Taraborelli’s interview. Can someone download this?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7145312n

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  279. Olga permalink
    December 15, 2010 2:35 pm

    Helena, I am glad you used the promo pic:) I sent you the Sony speech video

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  280. December 15, 2010 10:56 am

    “Mottola was fired in 2003, and ironically he was replaced by Andrew Lack, the CEO of NBC! Lack has his own shady record when it comes to MJ”

    David, this is interesting. From what I hear of NBC they do have a very shady record when it comes to Michael Jackson. On the other hand if Sony fired Mottola it means they were not satisfied with what he was doing and they could intruct the new CEO to act differently (mere speculation on my part) – after all the CEO also has his own bosses.

    Well, given Andrew Lack’s shady past we should be probably wary of Sony BUT DEFINITELY NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF MICHAEL JACKSON. If you ask me I would even make it clear to Sony that unless they do their utmost for preserving Michael’s legacy and bringing it to its top perfection possible we would think twice before we buy their other products.

    In a way this discussion of the quality of the 1st posthumous Michael’s album may be useful to both sides – Sony will know that they can get away with only the best for Michael and fans will probably eventually learn to tell the difference between boycotting Sony as such and boycotting Sony at the expense of Michael Jackson.

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  281. lcpledwards permalink
    December 15, 2010 10:06 am

    @ Helena
    Mottola was fired in 2003, and ironically he was replaced by Andrew Lack, the CEO of NBC! Lack has his own shady record when it comes to MJ, which I describe in more detail in my comment from August 28th, in this post. I don’t know if you ever read this comment, so here it is:

    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/thanks-to-you-bashir-nobody-will-ever-see-mj-perform-again-because-you-killed-him-by-d-edwards/

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  282. December 15, 2010 9:25 am

    Hey guys, obviously everyone isn’t in a mood to celebrate the new album! Here is a fan protest outside of Sony offices in Los Angeles! http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Fentertainment&id=7844053

    David, I don’t even know how to call it – they are either completely MAD or completely HATEFUL of Michael. Why doesn’t someone tell them to go and boycott some other Sony’s produce if they are so keen on the protest?

    QUOTE from the above article:
    “This album is not Michael Jackson’s album, and fans should not buy the album. They should totally boycott Sony like Michael asked us to do in 2002,” said De Gosson.

    De Gosson, here is another quote for you which shows that Michael was angry with ONLY ONE SPECIFIC MAN AT SONY. When a reporter asked Michael “you said that Sony is racist” Michael immediately interrupted her. “I didn’t say Sony is racist. I said Tommy Mottola is racist”.

    HERE IS THE WHOLE OF THAT INTERVIEW http://mjhideout.com/forum/noticias-y-rumores/10754-entrevista-a-michael-jackson-fox.html:

    Rita Cosby: “And up next, a Fox Wire Exclusive with the angry King Of Pop. Why is Michael Jackson taking on the head of a major corporation? He’ll tell us why in a rare interview. Stay tuned for Michael Jackson, that’s coming right up.”

    *clip from speech*
    MJ: “We must put an end to this racism… racism is bad. Tommy Mattola made some very racist remarks. What he said was, to one of the artists who work at uh… sony….. he has a contract…. uh with the company… and um.. he called him a fat black ni**er.”

    RC: “Some fire words today – of course today Tommy Mattola is the head of Sony Corporation. Multiplatinum singer, Michael Jackson is feuding with Sony and Tommy Mattola. Sony is of course his big name record company. At a speech and rally with Reverend Al Sharpton in Harlem today, the Gloved Wonder charged that the recording industry was a racist conspiracy that turned profits at the expense of performers. Particulary minority artists. Rev. Sharpton has recently formed a coalition to investigate whether some artists are financially exploited. Right after his speech, I spoke briefly to the King Of Pop for a rare exclusive television interview.

    *goes to the interview – Rita barely visible on the left and Michael standing on the right looking at the floor*

    R: “Michael, why was it important for you to be here and what do you think of the support of Rev. Sharpton?

    M: “I think it’s important to be here, I’m not just fighting for myself I’m fighting for all artists. Those..uh.. great artists who pioneered, you know, entertainment business as well as songwritting as well as incredible staging, you know. The fact that they have been taken by the system. Totally broken them financially, you know, and this has to stop, it’s a conspiracy.”

    R: “You said out there that you felt that Sony was racist..”

    M: “I didn’t say SONY was racist, I said Tommy Mattola is racist.”

    R: “Who is the head of Sony..”

    M: “Yeah, Tommy Mattola.”

    R: “Do you feel the recording industry as a whole has been used in a sort of conspriracy against black artists… why do you think this has happened?

    M: “Why do I think this has.. because money is the root of evil.”

    R: “Um.. you also said out there that you believe… that you believe that Sony and the recording companies take black artists money… you brought up James Brown and some of these others.. at the end of their careers are broke and penniless.

    M: “Yeah…”

    R: “What is your financial situation?”

    M: *getting worked up* “I’m in an incredible financial situation. I just wrote somebody a check for 500 million dollars. But good news doesn’t sell – if it’s something negative and that’s a rumor, that’s… that’s when it’s…. blasted! They don’t expect the person to say anything good.. you know….”

    R: “Well, one of your dreams is to do directing…”

    M: “Yes.”

    R: “Well, what are some of the other things you want to do in your career?”

    M: “Uh……. um.. films.. films. Making motion pictures. I have a movie coming out I’m directing. Uh… you know entertainment.”

    R: “What do you think of Rev. Al Sharpton and why is his support so important at this time for you?”

    M: “Cuz he’s an incredible orator(?) and he is supported by uh.. you know.. the public and.. and uh.. (beautifully?) and he understands we need a mouthpiece. A voice for the voiceless, you know… and he’s.. he’s the guy.”

    R: “One other quick question… just because you’re in New York… one of the frustrations of 9/11 was the charity album… *Michael points at someone appearing not to be paying attention to her LMAO!* just what are your thoughts about 9/11 when you’re here in New York?”

    M: “I hated it. I’d hate it if it was anywhere.”

    -end of interview – back to Rita-

    R: “An emotional and very interesting Michael Jackson. And with the help of Rev. Al Sharpton he is taking on the head of Sony corporation, Tommy Mattola, but no surprise.. Sony music corporation was outraged by Jackson’s comments and they quickly issued a statement today calling his words quote “ludicrous” and “spiteful” they also said they were hurtful and they said it seems bizarre that Jackson has chosen to launch an ugly attack a music executive who has championed his career for many many years.”

    * * *

    Am I wrong or does Mottola have NOTHING to do with Sony any more?

    Thanks to Olga we now have a video with Michael’s speech and the interview where he says it is Mottola who is the racist, not Sony:

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  283. lcpledwards permalink
    December 15, 2010 9:07 am

    Hey guys, obviously everyone isn’t in a mood to celebrate the new album! Here is a fan protest outside of Sony offices in Los Angeles!

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Fentertainment&id=7844053

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  284. December 15, 2010 7:02 am

    “I said that i believe in low sales because of other reasons and not the content of the album. Here are my other reasons :The fact that there is so much controversy for the three Cascio songs.This has and will lead lots of people to download it illegaly. And lately i am seeing an increase in youtube videos that are presenting senarios on why this songs are fake. Many people watch those videos and they tend to believe what those videos are suggesting.

    I don’t see any promotion in general. In my country the promotion is zero and i have read from fans in the US and the UK that the promotions in not quite impressive.

    The other reason is that i feel that people still can’t accept MJ. They still can’t pass by the allegations and all the other things that the media have fed them all this years.

    And we must not forget that for more than 1o years there was more bad press and almost not music at all.A whole generation practically grew up without knowing who MJ is or believing what the press said about him.It is difficult for them to accept him and listen to his music when they have that twisted perception about him.

    I don’t want for a minute the album to fail but i can not overlook how this factors may affect the sales. I am pessimistic about the sales but i am really enjoying the album. I think that the cd has good music. And that is what matters to me.”

    ARES, I agree with every word you are saying here (this is why I repeat the whole of it). Your comment is proof enough to all Michael’s fans that in the circumstances in which the album was released it would be a complete CRIME not to buy it – independent whether you like it or not. It should be a sort of a symbolic gesture from Michael’s supporters – WE ARE STANDING BY HIM!

    I think it is perfectly okay to dispute whether you like this or that song AFTER you buy the album and have thus done your duty to Michael – but disputing whether part of it is authentic or not authentic WITHOUT buying it is the equivalent of turning our back on Michael.

    All this talk about Sony is just an excuse for a complete BETRAYAL of Michael Jackson. If someone worries so much about Sony – don’t buy their OTHER products but do what needs to be done for Michael.

    I am astonished that a great number of Michael’s fans swallowed the bait of Michael’s haters so easily. If the people fighting Sony were Michael’s supporters they would call to boycott Sony in general – but no, they are terribly selective and have their revenge against Sony only at the expense of Michael Jackson!

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  285. December 15, 2010 6:49 am

    iTunes Store Top 10 Albums
    http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/charts/top10albums.html

    Olga, thanks for the information! Out of the 22 countries mentioned MICHAEL is No.1 in six of them, No.2 in another six and No.3 in four countries (15 countries altogether).
    I’ve added the link to the post.

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  286. ares permalink
    December 15, 2010 1:33 am

    I have the album and i like it. In fact there are 4 maybe 5 songs that i am really addicted to.I said that i believe in low sales because of other reasons and not the content of the album. Helena mentioned one of them <>. Here are my other reasons :The fact that there is so much controversy for the three Cascio songs.This has and will lead lots of people to download it illegaly. And lately i am seeing an increase in youtube videos that are presenting senarios on why this songs are fake.Many people watch those videos and they tend to believe what those videos are suggesting./ I don’t see any promotion in general. In my country the promotion is zero and i have read from fans in the US and the UK that the promotions in not quite impressive. /The other reason is that i feel that people still can’t accept MJ. They still can’t pass by the allegations and all the other things that the media have fed theM all this years.And we must not forget that for more than 1o years there was more bad press and almost not music at all.A whole generation practically grew up without knowing who MJ is or believing what the press said about him.It is difficult for them to accept him and listen to his music when they have that twisted perception about him. I don’t want for a minute the album to fail but i can not overlook how this factors may affect the sales. I am pessimistic about the sales but i am really enjoying the album. I think that the cd has good music. And that is what matters to me.

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  287. Olga permalink
    December 15, 2010 12:42 am

    iTunes Store Top 10 Albums

    http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/charts/top10albums.html

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  288. December 15, 2010 12:38 am

    @Helena
    “I really don’t know who did more damage to the album – Sony and the producers or all this negativity from Michael’s fans who categorically refuse to buy the album. “-Vindicatemj

    You should know by now that if “MICHAEL” was completed without Melodyne and all the tracks were in acapella the result would have been the same; this is as obvious to me as the sun. Fandom is made of cliques, and some people will never accept a posthumous album regardless. The phrases would have been the same:

    -Sony wants to profit from Michael’s death so I am not buying the album.
    -Michael is not here to give it that final touch, so I am not buying the album.
    – ………………

    Just imagine when some producer decides to make a movie of Michael’s life. It will be a long summer. I am quickly accepting everything Michael Jackson will have some controversy.

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  289. December 14, 2010 11:37 pm

    Even the UK Daily Mail speaks of the album more favorably than the relentless Michael’s fans:

    “THE wait is over – and the biggest and most unlikely album of the decade is here.

    I’ve had the first ever listen to Michael Jackson’s new collection of tracks, compiled 17 months after he died.

    And the album, called Michael, is not half Bad – even if some of the vocals sound slightly less than Jackson-esque.

    MJ’s brother Randy has said it’s not Michael on the record but after having an earwig myself, I am satisfied it really IS Michael Jackson.

    His voice is unmistakable in the majority of tracks, including personal favourites, Monster and Hollywood Tonight. Now the late star, who died aged 50, is odds-on to trounce his rivals from beyond the grave.

    Yep, it’s game on between Take That and Jacko as the Thriller star is tipped to land the No1 Christmas album slot.

    HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “There’s a huge chance Michael will sneak in and get the top spot from Take That.

    “Take That have sold over one million copies already, but someone of Michael Jackson’s status, with his fanbase, has a massive chance of knocking them off. His fans are so excited – like Elvis it keeps adding to the MJ momentum.”

    You just can’t Beat It.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/12/02/michael-jackson-s-new-album-michael-exclusive-track-by-track-review-115875-22755516/

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  290. December 14, 2010 11:33 pm

    “Has it ever occurred to you that some fans WANT the album to be fake.”

    It has.

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  291. December 14, 2010 11:20 pm

    Hey Helena,

    Has it ever occurred to you that some fans WANT the album to be fake.

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  292. December 14, 2010 11:00 pm

    – If it’s a flop I won’t consider it Michael’s album and Michael’s flop, because what happened is not his doing.

    – I also believe that in the US and in the UK the album won’t do well.

    And has any of us ever estimated the damage done to the album by those who have consistently worked against it for many months now?

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  293. Olga permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:42 pm

    @David here is Vanity’s info. It’s self explanatory:

    Vanity Goddess
    “It’s been a while since I had to write a profile about myself, but I’ll try. Let’s see. Where do I begin? Well, I’m 21 years old. I have my own handmade cosmetic business. I also write articles for Associated Content.com. I’ve been writing stories and essays ever since I was in second grade. I always loved writing, but I didn’t think I was ever going to become a writer. It’s actually something that I just started to take seriously when I was finishing up high school. When I was in school, I was very confident (or even cocky) about my writing skills so much that I felt my teachers wronged me if they gave me anything below a 90 on my essays. Very few of my teachers complimented my writing style, but I figured I was good since I never made below a B on my writing assignments.
    My interest in making cosmetics started when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I used to mix my own lip glosses and creams. It was fun, I felt like it was something I could do for a living, but I never thought I was going to do it. I always wanted my own cosmetic line, but not necessarily a handmade cosmetic line.
    I found out about Associated Content on the Kim Commando website. At that time, I was desperate for a second hustle. I was just beginning my cosmetic line, Vanity, and I wanted something to do on the side to bring in some extra income so I can support my business. I signed up immediately. ”

    She should stay in cosmetic business and leave her novel “writing”. I haven’t read such a naive thing before. While I was reading it I had in mind a bimbo type of girl. She actually writes whatever hits her naive brain so she can fill a page and get extra money.

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  294. December 14, 2010 10:37 pm

    Here is another piece of news from Teddy Riley and others who worked on the album:

    Collaborators Say New Michael Jackson Album Honors Legacy
    December 10, 2010 Associated Press

    Michael Jackson spent the last two years of his life plotting his musical comeback. Besides a spectacular, record-breaking concert series planned for London, he was also tapping the hottest producers and biggest names for an album he hoped would help restore the luster to his spectacular yet troubled career.

    “He wanted to give the world a gift. He didn’t want the world to depend on ‘Thriller,’ or ‘Bad’ or ‘Off the Wall,’” said Theron “Neff-U” Feemster, one of the last producers to work with Jackson. “He wanted to give them something new and fresh, and something they could hold and remember forever.”

    Jackson didn’t live to see his dream come to fruition, but with help from Feemster, the singer’s estate and several other collaborators, another Jackson album has been crafted for his fans.

    “Michael,” to be released Tuesday, contains 10 songs, most of which Jackson was working on when he died in June 2009 at age 50. The tracks were at different stages of completion, but producers like longtime Jackson collaborator Teddy Riley, Grammy-winner Tricky Stewart and rocker Lenny Kravitz worked over the last year to put the finishing touches on an album they believe Jackson would have been proud to call his own.

    “I know he stood behind it, so I’m cool with what I did,” said Kravitz. “I was proud to put it out and knew that he’d be all over it, that he’d be really with it.”

    Yet some are questioning whether “Michael” should be considered a true Jackson album since the King of Pop — a notoriously meticulous creator who labored over his creations until he thought they were as perfect as they could be — never put his stamp of approval on it.

    Earlier this year, the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, who had done some work with Jackson before he died, harshly rebuked the planned posthumous release in an interview with The Associated Press, saying: “Now that he is not part of the process, what are they doing? Why would you put a record out like that? Because he was a friend of mine, I just think that’s disrespectful.”

    That’s not the only criticism of the project. When the single “Breaking News” was previewed for fans on michaeljackson.com, his three nephews publicly assailed the song, a condemnation of the media, and said the voice featured on the track wasn’t Jackson’s. This led Riley, former manager Frank Dileo and others to come out and vouch for the track’s authenticity.

    “I don’t think that it’s fair for anyone to say it without any proof. You have no proof,” said Riley in a recent interview, adding that the producers “took it to the next level” and hired three forensic musicologists in defense of the album.

    Sony Records, which is releasing “Michael,” also got the backing of other Jackson collaborators to prove that it is Jackson.

    John Branca, who was Jackson’s lawyer for years and is co-executor of his estate, would not specifically address the veracity of Jackson’s vocals, saying the facts speak for themselves.

    But as far as whether Jackson would have approved of the release of the songs, Branca, while calling Jackson a “perfectionist,” compared the upcoming album to that of last year’s “This Is It.” That film was based on rehearsals for Jackson’s sold-out comeback shows at London’s O2 arena that were never to be. With careful editing, a dazzling — if unfinished — portrait of Jackson emerged.

    “If you remember, there was criticism about the movie ‘This Is It’ because it contained rehearsal footage,” said Branca. “Some said Michael would not have wanted to release it. But people loved it and it expanded people’s love for him.”

    “Michael,” a mixture of soulful pop ballads and up-tempo, mechanical-sounding grooves that recall his “Dangerous” era, is a much more polished artistic project than “This Is It,” party due to the top names brought in by the estate to finish Jackson’s creative vision.

    Stewart, who has worked with such top talent as Beyonce and Rihanna, never collaborated with Jackson but was asked to work on the ballad “Keep Your Head Up,” which Jackson co-wrote. Stewart said the process was a bit intimidating at first.

    “It was a tremendous amount of pressure because Michael was one of the great record-makers in the history of music,” said Stewart. “Not only are you trying to make sure that you’re keeping the integrity of the record, but you’re also trying to love up the body of work.”

    To that end, Stewart said he tread more lightly on Jackson’s song than he would have on his own material: “I moved a bit more delicately because I knew there was going to be an approval process … I felt like it was just a situation that I wanted to bring them back the product that they were anticipating.”

    For Kravitz, finishing the song “I Can’t Make It Another Day,” which the two recorded in part while their children were milling about, was bittersweet without Jackson’s participation. But he’s confident in its quality: “I think it was him at a very strong point … he is singing his behind off.”

    Feemster said he and Jackson would spend time listening to all the top hits on the radio before crafting their songs in the hope of making something contemporary but innovative. He said Jackson’s motto was “give them something familiar but also give them something that they never had before.”

    Riley considers “Michael” a work that will stand favorably against classics like “Thriller” or “Off the Wall.”
    “I would say that this is a masterpiece,” declared Riley. “It goes along with the piece of the puzzle.”

    Yet Akon, who co-wrote the album’s first single, “Hold My Hand,” thinks the album should be considered more of an attempt to honor the memory of a legend than an example of his finest material.

    “I wouldn’t compare this album to any of his albums. The albums that he made up ‘til now were legendary … Mike at his peak, at the height of his creativity,” said Akon.

    “This is not like a finished product that you can compare anything to,” he added. “It’s more of an album that you can hold onto to commemorate and appreciate his legacy.”

    Copyright 2010 by Associated Press.
    http://preview3.accesshollywood.com/news/collaborators-say-new-michael-jackson-album-honors-legacy_article_40920?__source=rss|news

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  295. December 14, 2010 10:09 pm

    “But even if the album is a flop no one can blame Michael, no one with a brain at least. I don’t think that it will damage his legacy”.

    Ares, it seems to me that the idea of a flop should be unbearable to all Michael’s supporters and this is why I am so terribly against this senseless boycott of the album. And I really don’t know who did more damage to the album – Sony and the producers or all this negativity from Michael’s fans who categorically refuse to buy the album.

    And as to Michael’s legacy I’ve found one more article about Teddy Riley and what he thinks of all the controversy:

    Teddy Riley Takes Shots At Quincy Jones: “Look At His Age, He Can Barely Hear You Talk. How The H*ll Could He Hear Michael?”

    by Jason Weintraub December 14, 2010, 14:30pm

    As the new Michael Jackson album hits shelves today more than a year after his death, drama continues to erupt as Teddy Riley is the latest to speak on the controversy.

    While Will.I.Am, Katherine Jackson and Quincy Jones have all said that the album should of never been released, Teddy Riley said he fought hard to release it.

    In an interview with the UK Guardian, Riley said,

    “I’m confident Michael would have wanted his message out there, and that’s what counts. I fought against his family big time. The only reason I fought against them all and fought against the fans was to make them believe that this is Michael Jackson’s vocals.”

    Riley also made sure to speak on the comments of Quincy Jones’ comments about the questionable voice that may or may not be Michael on the album.

    “Look at his age. He can barely hear you talk. How the hell could he hear Michael? Anybody who says [it is not Jackson on the album], I do have a comeback, because you’re not right. That’s just the bottom line.”

    ——————–
    (This information was added to the True\Fake friends post: https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/on-true-and-fake-michael-jacksons-friends/)

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  296. lcpledwards permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:09 pm

    @ Suzy,
    Actually, “Vanity Goddess” is a young, black female. She’s 22, and owns her own handmade cosmetic business. (Yes, yes, I know that so far her background sounds very similar to our adversary, but stay with me! LOL!) She isn’t a malicious hater, just someone who is woefully misinformed. If I didn’t think she was reachable, I wouldn’t have commented on her article. (This explains why I didn’t bother to comment on Andrea Peyser’s “Freak of the Week” column several months ago. You can’t reason with unreasonable people!)

    Just to show you how freakin’ clueless this girl is, she wrote a column last week called “The Beatles: I Don’t Get Why They Were so Big–I Mean, Weren’t They Just a Boy Band?” Are you kidding me? She doesn’t know “why” the Beatles were so big? This article is almost blasphemous to the Beatles legacy. Even if you’re not necessarily a fan, we should all respect what they did for music. If they weren’t a legendary band, then Sony wouldn’t have tried to sabotage MJ’s sales in order to get their catalog, right? LOL! Here is a quote:

    I’m young. I’m only 22, so I basically know nothing about the Beatles. I don’t get why people hold on to their legacy for so many years. I thought they were just a typical boy band. I’ve seen girls act crazy over NSYNC, Hanson, and the Jonas Brothers too. Are we going to hold on to their legacy 30 years from now? Probably not.

    Ok, now here’s where she shows her hypocrisy by comparing the older generation’s love of the Beatles’ to the younger generation’s love of MJ. I thought she said in the other article that MJ was guilty? She makes this STUPID generalization that all young people don’t like the Beatles:

    I don’t think very many young people get why the Beatles matter so much. Do you hear any young people talking about how cool the Beatles are? What about people that are in the music industry? We young people are able to appreciate old school talent—just not the Beatles. We love Michael Jackson. And it’s not a “black thing”. We have Justin Beiber—a 16 year old white boy—going up on stage to accept his AMA saying, “If it wasn’t for Michael Jackson, I wouldn’t be here.” Justin Timberlake used to say the same thing. When was the last time you heard a young person say something like that about the Beatles?

    And to top it all off, this is something that her mom told her about MJ and the Beatles. At least now we see where Vanity Goddess get’s it from!

    “My mother just revealed to me that John Lennon and Michael Jackson made an album together. I bet that was big, but I don’t hear anyone talking about that at all. You would think that that would be a very cherished album since the both of them are now dead.

    Oh my goodness! How misinformed can one person be! I think her mom probably mistook John Lennon for Paul McCartney, who as we all know made a few songs with MJ, but not an entire album! Oh well, this is the type of person we have to deal with.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6101244/the_beatles_i_dont_get_why_they_were.html?cat=33

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  297. visitor permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:58 pm

    Can please somebody tell me if that article that David has commented on is for real. And how is it possible that they have permited her to writte that sh… thing? Proof doesn’t matter!!! PROOF DOESN’T MATTER!!! Man i can’t cope with this kind of madness.I mean they would say the most absurd think in order to continue to present Michael as guilty.

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  298. December 14, 2010 9:56 pm

    “Michael himself said he slept in the bed with kids!!! That’s my proof! I don’t care what anyone says. THAT’S NOT APPROPIATE!!!!!“

    David, once we are finished with disproving all their lies we will have to handle this issue too because this is practically the only argument they have. They have NOTHING but this – but while they think that way they feel free from any moral obligations towards Michael and think it gives them the right to abuse Michael even after his death. I’ve been reading some articles and comments lately and all of them revolve around this point, so I said what I thought about it – though of course it is far from exaustive (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/8189328/Michael-Jackson-from-beyond-the-grave.html):

    The main issue people have with Jackson is that he “invited boys to sleep with him” which many find so uncomfortable that they cannot overcome it.

    There is ample evidence to prove that this point is all wrong – firstly, these were not just boys but GIRLS too, and secondly, they most often didn’t sleep with him in the same bed either – many say he would stay on the floor in a sleeping bag or a couch when somebody else occupied his bed.

    The above is true, but there is a third point which is completely overlooked – it is the “invitation” thing which is completely wrong.

    NO ONE EVER INVITED ANYONE TO SLEEP with him – that’s the point. All of them practically pressed themselves on Jackson and this was specifically emphasized by many direct witnesses like Frank Tyson (Cascios’ senior son), Macauley Culkin (and even his disciplinarian father Kit Culkin), the Robsons, Brett Barnes and his mother, and many, many others.

    The unique situation of Michael Jackson was that it was HIM who was the major attraction for the people who gathered around him like bees around honey.

    Everyone wanted to stay by his side – children and parents alike – and day and night too, only adults felt more restrained in their desires and were able to more or less check themselves while the children couldn’t and DIDN’T WANT TO.

    Yes, even adults couldn’t resist staying in Michael’s bedroom watching TV, playing games, etc. and some eventually did fall asleep in his bed. June Chandler did it, Joy Robson did it, numerous teenage girls did it, adult men did it – even Dr. Klein and his colleagues did it (he said his whole office slept with Michael Jackson when they were on a tour because Michael couldn’t fall asleep and their presence somehow helped him).

    So the process was reciprocal and going in two directions – various people pressed themselves on him day and night and children were a natural part of it as they don’t respect social limits like ‘it’s an improper thing to do’ (they followed him even to the bathroom as LMPresley said) and it was Michael who also felt most comfortable and slept better when someone was around.

    This is why his door was always open – both to the whole of his house and to his bedroom where having a slumber party was the most natural thing to do for a man whose childhood was spent in a tiny house with numerous brothers and sisters sleeping together.

    Children by the way also like staying up late and never going to bed until morning – which was very much in line with Michael nocturnal lifestyle. He couldn’t show his face into the public in the daytime for fear of being mobbed and often went shopping at night when no one saw him – and children were his most natural companions in doing so.

    Whether this upside-down schedule was the reason for his insomnia or it was the other way about it doesn’t matter – what does matter is that he and his companions did fool about mostly at nights which is what adults are usually not prone to do, though it is a cherished dream of every teenager as you will understand.

    The insomnia Michael Jackson was suffering from most probably had a different reason – he was such an incredible dynamic force that it was difficult to subdue it after the concert was over. Even his fans would not be able to sleep after the concerts – so how can anyone expect it of Michael Jackson who has just given an electric show and danced and sang for some 3 hours non-stop?

    He definitely needed half a night to get over it and several days after the concerts to bring the energy down but this was exactly the chance he was never given as the shows came every other day when he was on a tour. And those tours lasted for many months in a row! This is a totally crazy schedule for ANYONE and I can guarantee you 100% that Michael didn’t sleep in between the shows – at least without that damned propofol – and surely fooled about at nights throwing water balloons at random passersby below the hotel balconies with buddies like Macauley Culkin and the like.

    What I am trying to say is at a certain period of his life – when all those terrible accusations had not yet broken out – Michael behaved like a BIG CHILD, compensating for lack of fun he had in his childhood by fooling about with teenagers, which is of course somewhat unusual for an adult and cannot be recommended as a proper behavior, but is NO CRIME whatsoever.

    This is the reason why he never made any secret of his ways and was resentful when someone said he should stop it – STOP WHAT? He wasn’t doing anything bad…

    To prove this point let me quote the words of a certain DR. KATZ who was the psychologist involved in BOTH 1993 and 2003 cases.

    In 1993 he examined the videotape of Jordan Chandler’s interview with another psychiatrist Dr. Richard Gardner at Larry Feldman’s request and in 2003 he was the one who somewhat unwillingly reported the Arvizos case to the authorities (again after being consulted by Larry Feldman).

    The next day after the report he spoke to the Santa Barbara sheriff investigator by telephone and said off the record that Michael DID NOT FIT the profile of a p-le (though he had just reported him!) and the investigator AGREED with him:

    “Jackson, Katz told Det. Paul Zelis “is a guy that’s like a 10-year-old child… You know, he doesn’t even really qualify as a pedophile. He’s really just this regressed 10-year-old.”
    “Yeah, yeah, I agree,” replied Zelis.
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/d

    Please note that Dr. Katz was the one who had examined Jordan Chandler TOO ten years earlier and if even after that case he said he didn’t think Michael to be a p-le it means that in BOTH cases he never found any guilt on his part. He was just obliged to formally report the 2003 case because he couldn’t ignore the allegations once they were made and that’s that.

    Now if you think that Dr. Katz is another of those soft therapists who are lenient with child abuse suspects and are not severe enough to handle these predators let me tell you one thing – Dr. KATZ IS THE STRICTEST EVER AUTHORITY IN CHILD ABUSE ACCUSATIONS (and this is why lawyer Larry Feldman selected him as a top consultant in both cases).

    Dr. Katz is a former director of the Children International Institute which handled the testimonies of children who accused teachers in the now infamous McMartin case. The interviewers were working under Dr. Katz’ guidance and it was HE who actually assessed 329 children out of the 400 interviewed as ‘sexually abused’.

    The court trial lasted for 18 months if I remember it right and all accusations were proved to be sheer fantasies as the interview techniques were wrong. Now the former children publish their accounts of how they were coerced by the interviewers to tell those lies.

    The fact that those horrible interviewers were trained exactly by Dr. Katz makes the fact of his confidence that Michael is no ped-le all the more impressive to me.

    In short if DR. KATZ says that Michael Jackson is someone who never fitted that terrible ‘profile’ HE IS THE AUTHORITY WE CAN REALLY BELIEVE.

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  299. December 14, 2010 9:30 pm

    “Like I said I’d HATE to see Michael’s name attached to a flop, that’s also why I decided to buy the album”.

    YESSS!

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  300. December 14, 2010 9:29 pm

    “I don’t think any amount of talking will convince me to like it”

    OMG, I hear the familiar notes……..

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  301. Suzy permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:26 pm

    David,

    She seems like a racist to me…..

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  302. lcpledwards permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:11 pm

    Hey guys, with all of the drama going on with the new album, I thought I’d butt in for a moment and provide some comic relief! There is an article written by someone who is “upset” that so many rich and famous black men have been acquitted of crimes over the last few years, and of course MJ’s name was included in that list. As usual, this poor girl is woefully misinformed, and is a very lazy researcher. Actaully, I can’t even call her a researcher because she didn’t provide any facts to say why MJ should have been convicted!! Here is an excerpt from her article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5953028/oj_simpson_to_michael_jacksonwhy_has.html?cat=33

    “We live in a country where we have to have so much physical evidence to prove anything. Those who think Michael isn’t a child molester must have forgotten that he had a horrible childhood, he never had the time to play with other boys as a kid, and he did admit in an interview with Martin Bashir that he laid in bed with some of the boys at the Neverland Ranch. Maybe these boys have no proof that Michael touched them, but why is a grown man lying in bed with boys that aren’t his kids? It’s inappropriate behavior. Psychologists will tell you that men who become child molesters had childhoods where they never experienced much affection from their parents or from other children. Just because Michael was a gifted entertainer doesn’t mean that he was a perfect man all together.”

    Oh, that’s nothing compared to what she said in response to a comment that I made, where I asked her to provide some proof of MJ’s guilt. She actually said that PROOF DOESN’T MATTER!

    “Everyone who is commenting is making the same comment. Everyone is like, “Where’s the proof that these people are guilty?” The thing with proof is that its not something that matters. When a man cheats on a woman, he asks his woman to PROVE he’s cheating. The woman doesn’t have to PROVE anything, because she has what we call an “intuition” or an instinct. It’s a “gut feeling”. If we have to PROVE everything, we will never believe in anything, because most things are hard to prove. PROVE God exists. PROVE he doesn’t. You see what I mean. Is God non-existent because we have no proof? Michael himself said he slept in the bed with kids!!! That’s my proof! I don’t care what anyone says. THAT’S NOT APPROPIATE!!!!!

    I made another reply to her, asking her to read Charles Thomson’s “Most Shameful Episode In Journalistic History” article, and to give us her thoughts on it. I’ll let you guys know if she replies!

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  303. ares permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:35 pm

    @Suzy
    I also believe that in the US and in the UK the album won’t do well.But that is not only because of the controversy of the songs – wich i don’t support.I know that in those songs is MJ singing. I thing that other reason will play a major role in the low sales. I hope i am wrong but i don’t see the album have a great success. And that is not because of its content.But even if the album is a flop no one can blame Michael, no one with a brain at least. I don’t think that it will damage his legacy. Personally though i really like the album. And there are three – four songs that i am addicted to.

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  304. Suzy permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:27 pm

    Since the title of the thread is “Time to celebrate Michael”, instead of trying to convince each other whether to like or not to like how the Cascio songs were processed and produced (I don’t think any amount of talking will convince me to like it, so I suggest to move on), so instead of that let me talk about the things I like on the album.

    I LOVE Much too Soon. Nobody can sing an intimate song like MJ! With his smooth voice he can make you fall in love with him all over again! I LOVE Best of Joy, another intimate song which he sings so effortlessly. It just highlights the richness and smoothness of his voice – and oh boy it doesn’t need any processing! As far as I know this was one of the last songs he recorded. He recorded it in October 2008. There are rumours he would have introduced it during TII. I also love Behind the Mask. The song was recorded in 1982 for the Thriller album, but didn’t make the cut, apparently because of legal reasons. This song may sound familiar, because other artists (most notably Eric Clapton) have recorded it since. Here’s the story: the music was originally written by the Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1979. Here is their original song:

    Then Michael’s producer, Quincy Jones heard it and recommended it to Michael who wrote lyrics to it and also an additional melody. But like I said it didn’t make it on Thriller so Michael gave it to his keyboardist Greg Phillinganes who recorded it for his solo album:

    Greg then went on to work with Eric Clapton and brought the track to his attention. Clapton recorded it for his 1986 Album, “August”:

    So even though Michael’s version is the last to be released he actually co-wrote it and recorded it before Phillinganes and Clapton.

    I also like “Another day” – the new, album version too. Oh and I’m melting when I hear Michael talk at the beginning of “The way you love me”.

    These are my favourite tracks of the album.

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  305. Suzy permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:05 pm

    I cautiously backpaddle yet on the sale figures part. It’s just early afternoon in North America, so first day sales could still go up in the afternoon. We will see. Like I said I’d HATE to see Michael’s name attached to a flop, that’s also why I decided to buy the album. Anyway, whether a success or a flop, I can’t accept a part of how it was produced. There are individual songs on it that I really like. But as an album, as a whole I do have problems with it. And none of those problems are Michael’s fault.

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  306. Suzy permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:50 pm

    @ Helena

    I thought you said you wanted to end this discussion. I’m personally really tired of speculating how it COULD have been and why. To me that is not hard cold facts, but just speculation.

    All I know is to me it’s not acceptable what they did to Michael’s voice and I don’t think he would ever release such a low-quality stuff as Breaking News and attach his name to it. Even Teddy Riley admitted this. Like I said if a song is so unfinished that his voice needs so much processing then go and choose another song which is more finished.

    Having said all this, I bought the album, so that I “support Michael” – although I don’t really know what is really supporting him: buying or not buying. Sony really messed up with this big time. And I have heard first day sales are not at all as good as expected (in the US only half as what was expected despite of the massive media campaign – Oprah and all). “This is it” started a lot stronger!

    Which is sad, because I wouldn’t like to see Michael’s name and the word “flop” in one sentence, but Sony and the Estate have it thank to themselves. It could have been handled so much better if they had shown a little more respect to Michael! If it’s a flop I won’t consider it Michael’s album and Michael’s flop, because what happened is not his doing.

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  307. December 14, 2010 7:18 pm

    “when vindicating Michael you don’t rely on opinions but on hard cold facts, documents, evidence etc. That’s a huge difference.”

    Suzy and all the readers here, please – if you are ready to do a little research now (though none of us are specialists in the music field) you’ll see that even a song can provide hard-core FACTS.

    You remember I told you about the fragments of the 40th symphony by Mozart which cannot be fused together in one piece because they are different in tempo and key? I’ve found several of them and am ready to demonstrate to you what I mean.

    While you listen to each fragment (a few seconds are enough) imagine that in order to turn the fragments into a single piece one version should be used as a basic one while the tempo of the other two should be changed. However when the record is played in a quicker tempo the quality of the sound changes too (everyone knows this effect when the tape produces funny squeky noises when it is fast-forwarded) and this makes the problem of fusing them together a much more difficult one.

    Please see how different the fragments are though it is one and the same symphony by Mozart and the same score :

    Now please try to tie the first and the last renditions together and tell me whether it is possible at all? IT ISN’T? But both of them are genuine, aren’t they? So why couldn’t Michael make similar different renditions of one and the same song which the producers had to somehow fuse together despite their glaring differences?

    I’ve listened to Michael’s MONSTER song so many times that I clearly see at least two different parts there – which are by the way separated from each other by instrumental music (in one version) and by 50 cents rap (in the other version). I think there is a reason for it because if they had put the two parts immediately together the difference between the two could have been much more distinct.

    Now the final part of Monster is clearly a non-processed one – the voice sounds perfect and very much like Michael. Then it should have been the first and much longer part which must have been adjusted.

    Why did the difference arise? Because Michael most probably worked on them separately and at a different time – and if he did their tempo could have easily become different.

    Most probably the tempo of the first part was slower – so when they “sped it up” Michael’s vibrato manisfested itself more dramatically. And if you rememember that the sound also gets higher in tone when the record is sped up the producers evidently had to do quite a job to fuse them together.

    If my version is correct they could have processed either of the parts – only if they had done it to the end the beauty of Michael’s singing there would have been lost. So they chose the first part istead.

    Mind you that in the above version of the events both parts are genuine and it is only the tempo which is making them different (though in reality the variations could have been multiple).

    What I’m saying here is absolutely consistent with Teddy Riley’s words: “With the Melodyne we actually move the stuff up, which is the reason why some of the vibrato sounds a little off or processed, over-processed. We truly apologize for that happening, but you are still hearing the true Michael Jackson.”

    Listen to Monster once again and see what I mean – the song seems to be telling all the facts behind it:

    And I am not in the least afraid to put Michael Jackson and Mozart together – Michael IS the Mozart of today.

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  308. December 14, 2010 6:11 pm

    Obviously Kadir Nelson’ s news find me! Here it is another one. And perhaps we should write comments as well.

    “Though Nelson only spoke to Jackson that one time in 2003 over the phone, he worked with the singer’s brother, Jackie Jackson, on the image over a five month period at the studio where the Michael album was being completed and said that Jackie gave some insight into his sibling’s thoughts. When the final image was produced, MJ’s brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson and McClain gave it a thumbs-up and said he did a good job.”

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1654180/20101213/jackson_michael.jhtml

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  309. December 14, 2010 6:07 pm

    “Perhaps in future years there will be even more over-processed, really bad material released where we will be of one opinion. And I am confident that perhaps in future years we will unite again in one opinion because we will see that this album really is the closest to what Michael would have done with it”

    Susanne, thank you so much for sharing the joy. It is of course mixed with tears but it is nevertheless joy! Hugs to you, Michael and all of us!

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  310. Susanne permalink*
    December 14, 2010 4:58 pm

    Thank you for this celebration post. With all this vindication work we need a time to celebrate and this should be now.
    The new album gave me so much joy during the last days. I became very emotional, I cried a lot of tears. I cried tears of joy about the wonderful songs, and tears of sadness that Michael couldn’t introduce them himself to us.
    I like very much what Rick Massimo wrote at the end of his article:
    “The questions remain: How close to finished are any of these tracks? How close to Jackson’s vision do the final products come? Would he have even released these songs?
    We just don’t know, but we have some beautiful music to listen to while we wonder.”

    @Suzy:
    I understand the concerns of you and the fans who have problems to accept some of the songs. But you see, we shouldn’t be always too negative. It’s not good to loose any trust. And in my opinion there is no difference in over-processing between for example “Breaking News” and “Hollywood Tonight”. It’s the same voice. But it doesn’t really make sense to discuss this again and again. I wish you could just enjoy the music Michael created.
    Perhaps in future years there will be even more over-processed, really bad material released where we will be of one opinion. And I am confident that perhaps in future years we will unite again in one opinion because we will see that this album really is the closest to what Michael would have done with it (like Jay Lustig wrote at the end of his article).
    L.O.V.E. to everybody.

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  311. Suzy permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:17 pm

    @ Helena

    I don’t think you should be worried about this. You are doing a great job in vindicating Michael. These things around the album are totally different of nature and most of us have nothing but opinions on either side of the debate. However when vindicating Michael you don’t rely on opinions but on hard cold facts, documents, evidence etc. That’s a huge difference.

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  312. Gingersprings permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:13 pm

    I just bought the new album. It’s a fantastic. I highly recommend it!

    It’s lovely.

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  313. December 14, 2010 3:53 pm

    “You know what they usually use Melodyne for? To correct it if a singer sings off key. Now, Michael never in his life sang off key. I have seen a comment from one of his sound engineers, Rob Hoffman on the Gearlsutz forum a couple of months ago, and when asked he said the thing that impressed him the most in Michael that he never hit a bad note! Never ever! And now they use Melodyne on his voice? Why? Michael Jackson’s voice doesn’t need Melodyne! He COULD sing!”

    Yes, Michael could sing very well, but if he recorded his solo acapella at another time than the rest of the song it could just be in a slightly different key – and when they put several recorded parts side by side they could have sounded differently.

    I know of these things as I personally have three interpretations of the 40th symphony by Mozart performed by different orchestras. When I listened to them I registered with great amazement that the interpretations were so different that it would be impossible to take one and stick it to another as they wouldn’t make a single whole – the tempo is different in all the three, and even the key looks to me different! (I don’t know how they manage to do that as the notes are written there!). And all the 3 interpretations were by good orchestras where no one was playing off key!

    The same could happen if Michael was recording at different times – a slight change in the tempo and key – and here you are with nothing fitting each other. This is why they can’t show it the way it is.

    However I wouldn’t like to go on with this discussion. You are perfectly entitled to your own opinion and I fully respect it. The only thing I am sorry about is that I didn’t manage to convince you that the album is genuine.

    It does upset me, but for a different reason – if I cannot convince people of such a relatively simple thing like ignoring vibrato in the new album the prospects of my vindicating Michael become even more dimmer. Over there the job is much more difficult and my inability to make people change their opinion even over a minor thing like that is very discouraging.

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  314. Olga permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:24 pm

    A party was held last night in New York at Roseland Ballroom for the album’s release. Eddie and Frank Cascio ateneded as well as John Branca, John MacLaine and Frank Dileo.

    http://www.kiisfm.com/cc-common/news/sections/special/michaeljackson/

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  315. Suzy permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:48 pm

    @ Helena

    Like I said, I won’t say I’m 100% certain they used another singer to fake Michael’s vocals because I don’t know. I wasn’t there.

    What I know is the end product doesn’t sound right. Whether it is because they used an impersonator or “just” because they processed Michael’s voice to death, doesn’t make much difference to me at the end of the day. Because either way this should never have been released this way if they have just a tiny little bit of respect towards the quality Michael represented. If I accept his voice being processed to death, next time I may as well as accept if they process his voice into how the chipmunk’s are singing and they still could claim: ‘But it’s OK, it’s MJ, only his voice is a bit over-processed.’

    Why on Earth did they have to process his voice so much that it raises all these doubts and strange feelings? Why not leave it as it was originally recorded? Or if it’s so unfinished that you cannot release it without this over-processing then maybe it’s better to leave it alone and look for other songs.

    Teddy Riley himself admitted that Michael wouldn’t have wanted it to be released this way…. If you know, Teddy, then why don’t you respect him?

    You know what they usually use Melodyne for? To correct it if a singer sings off key. Now, Michael never in his life sang off key. I have seen a comment from one of his sound engineers, Rob Hoffman on the Gearlsutz forum a couple of months ago, and when asked he said the thing that impressed him the most in Michael that he never hit a bad note! Never ever! And now they use Melodyne on his voice? Why? Michael Jackson’s voice doesn’t need Melodyne! He COULD sing!

    Helena, I’m sorry if this upsets you. I don’t want to spoil anybody’s joy or celebration. I celebrate songs like “Much too Soon”, “Best of Joy”, “Behind the Mask” etc. But there is a part of the album that I just cannot celebrate.

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  316. Olga permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:26 pm

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  317. ares permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:14 pm

    Why the negativity? I don’t understand you.What is the purpose? If you don’t want to listen at MJ’s new music then don’t listen to it.But there are people that are actually happy that there is new music by him and that we can focous again in his music. We have not forgotten the trial or that there are people that should be punished for what they did to him but let us just for a minute celebrate the new disc.Is that too much to ask? Αs for the three Cascio songs, I am not a sound engineer ,you are not a sound engineer. So i am going to trust me ears and what people that loved him have said (Cascios,Teddy Raley) that the songs are him. So you can not do anything about those songs apart from not listen to them. I don’t see the reason of analysing again and again those songs.

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  318. December 14, 2010 12:01 pm

    “Hold my hand has more of Akon than MJ. Do you know how irritating it is when you want and look forward to MJ’s voice you hear someone else’s.”

    I do.
    If someone thinks they faked it why don’t you ask them why they didn’t put more of Michael into it?
    However I think that it is genuine and is evidently the way it was recorded.
    Irritating?
    Yes, very much so, but it can’t be helped…

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  319. malcy permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:03 am

    Hold my hand has more of Akon than MJ.Do you know how irritating it is when you want and look forward to MJ’s voice you hear someone else’s.

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  320. December 14, 2010 10:53 am

    “I have never heard Michael have a vibrato LIKE THAT…”.

    Okay, let me make another try.

    The reason might be a different TEMPO. Those who don’t believe it please record your own speech or singing and then play it at a higher speed – and you’ll see the incredible vibrato you’ll have (besides the voice getting much higher in tone).

    If Michael was singing his solo at a slightly slower tempo than in the instrumental parts, adding a little speed to it and thus taking his solo ‘up’ could produce exactly this very effect.

    If the producers wanted to fake Michael’s voice they could have used other singers without the vibrato not to raise any questions. If they left it intact there must have been a reason for it – which was most probably the desire to preserve Michael’s own precious voice even at the risk of being asked questions.

    The fact they have kept this somewhat strange vibrato in the album is exactly the proof that it is genuine. In our times of computer miracles it would have been absolutely no problem to create a totally identical effect (if they wanted to).

    This is only one of the possible explanations given by a non-specialist in this field. But I feel quite happy about it.

    What I am terribly unhappy about is that at a time when MICHAEL is clearly calling us to HOLD HIS HAND we are doing our best to REJECT IT.

    And even what some in his family say is no excuse for it.

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  321. December 14, 2010 5:36 am

    “What are you celebrating?”

    That the wind is stronger than human beings.

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  322. skeptikos permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:24 am

    No way, I won’t celebrate anything because MJ is death so is Justice! Besides, this so called new album isn’t Michael’s, it’s only another Sony product!
    I will celebrate the day Justice will be served!

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  323. Beatriz permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:00 am

    What are you celebrating? Michael is dead in justice have not been served.

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  324. ares permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:34 pm

    Good for him David.But i think that he should have mentioned that the song was written by MJ. And that he is doing a cover.He doesn’t mention that. I wonder why. I don’t really like when people using Mj’S name do became famous.Very dissapointing. And to tell you the truth i am starting to feel a bit angry with those Malachi and Williams covers and singings and all those things. And it’s not even funny any more. You know? So, if this boys did really sang on that album, they should just say it.But leaving innuendos, making covers and playing with the fans in order to advertise themselfs is really pathetic.

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  325. lcpledwards permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:08 pm

    Maybe if Jason Malachi isn’t available to sing on MJ’s next album, they can use Marcus Joseph Williams instead! LOL! Here is his cover of “Much Too Soon”!

    I’m just joking guys! Don’t take this too seriously! I know Jason Malachi didn’t actually sing on this album. Marcus actually did a good job covering the song, and should be commended for it!

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  326. December 13, 2010 9:19 pm

    CBS News video: Art Work for Michael Jackson’s New Album – California-based artist Kadir Nelson has been drawing Michael Jackson since he was eight years old. Now, his art work will grace the cover of Jackson’s posthumous album, “Michael.”

    Louise, thanks a lot. Yes, Kadir Nelson deserves to be included in the celebration. I hope you don’t mind I’ve changed it to Youtube as otherwise the video wouldn’t be available.

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  327. Olga permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:48 pm

    If you have any problem with my e-mail answer me there and I will help you:)

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  328. December 13, 2010 8:45 pm

    You’re right Helena. It is time for celebration. Here is my contribution for now.

    Art Work for Michael Jackson’s New Album – CBS News Videowww.cbsnews.com

    CBS News video: Art Work for Michael Jackson’s New Album – California-based artist Kadir Nelson has been drawing Michael Jackson since he was eight years old. Now, his art work will grace the cover of Jackson’s posthumous album, “Michael.” CBSNews.com’s Felipe Maya reports.

    http://www.facebook.com/l/f05520iPpAT4_FFK7tFziV-jXUQ;www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7138118n

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  329. December 13, 2010 7:25 pm

    Olga, what would I do without you! Thank you so much!!! I’ve included both this and the new video into the post. I am also currently struggling with what you’ve sent me by email, but something is not working (don’t worry please, I think I’ll finally manage)

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  330. Olga permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:48 pm

    In Holland the album had 30.000 sales (gold) and in France 25.000 (gold) the first day of its release sometime last week. Today they also counted 25.000 in Netherlands (gold). In Greece is no 1 album in sales as we speak-it was released last Friday.

    The recent updates for itunes are: France & Greece itunes ”Michael” Album #1

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  331. Olga permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:41 pm

    Here is another one where they hear the songs

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