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    Re: Michael Jackson

    You can listen to the whole album on the official MJ site:

    Listen To The Entire Michael Album | The Official Michael Jackson Site

    I've listened to the whole album 4 times now. Hold My Hand is still my favorite track, but I actually like them all.

    Seems risky to give the whole album away for free though, doesn't it?

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    The offcial Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand ft. Akon. My only pet peeve, why in da ____ Akon have to say his name first??? The video is more of a homage to the King of Pop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMora View Post
    The offcial Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand ft. Akon. My only pet peeve, why in da ____ Akon have to say his name first??? The video is more of a homage to the King of Pop.
    ***VIDEO***
    I found the video really underwhelming..especially compared to the song (which is awesome).

    Just doesn't seem a fitting tribute to the man who pioneered and revolutionized the music video to have a video that looks like some college freshman cut it together in a weekend on his Mac book using footage from old perfume commercials and the Dangerous tour.
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    Re: Michael Jackson

    Finally, it's official...


    Sony will be releasing Michael Jackson's Bad Tour on DVD, no dates have been confirmed, and will most likely not be for quite some time. It's never been released for home-video, ever! Fans have been waiting for it for years, even before his death. It had aired on TV many of times throughout the years. So, footage of the Bad concert that's being seen is course from people who recorded it, thanks to something I used to have, a VHS player.


    For those who don't know, the Bad Tour was Michael Jackson's first solo tour debut back in September of 1987. The concert went on for 3 years from 1987-1989, and still remains a Guinness World Record for being recognized as the largest grossing tour in history and the tour to play to the most people ever (over 4.4 million people).

    No one really knows which leg of the tour will be seen on DVD but the second leg (1988-1989) was considered the best. There were many stand out moments from this tour, the most memorable was when Princess Diana saw Michael Jackson, and when she met him, guess what favorite MJ song that Diana liked, and wanted to seem him do?

    In addition, I hardly doubt the concert DVD will have bonus stuff from interviews of behind the scenes (there were a lot during those 3 years), but here's a rare interview of MJ doing the Bad Tour, and give insights on the Bad album & tour.


    Making of the Bad Tour


    What's funny, when the second leg of the tour started in February of 1988, it kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia, and Pepsi's top heads objected as the city was home to it's rival, Coca-Cola. MJ got his way, and the show went on. Remember when Sheryl Crow used to work for Michael Jackson?


    The King as left the building

    Source: CONFIRMED: Bad Tour on DVD is Coming! | The Official Michael Jackson Site

    In other MJ news...

    Sony is releasing This Is It in 3D for BluRay only. When the concert was in planning, and rehearsal stages (as seen in the film concert). Some aspects of the show had special 3D segments that would had required audiences to wear 3D glasses. From Thriller to Earth Song, and a few others. Don't worry, the 3D experience is going to be better then what happened at the 2010 Grammy's. If you remember, you were able to get free 3D glasses at some stores, and if you have them still, take a look in 3D.


    Billboard have just released their much anticipated "End of Year Charts," It's no surprise Michael dominates the entire list:

    Top Artists
    #28 Michael Jackson (with 8 charted titles)

    The Billboard 200 Artists
    #7 Michael Jackson (with 8 charted titles)

    The Billboard 200 Male Artists
    #3 Michael Jackson (with 8 charted titles)

    The Billboard 200
    #22 Michael Jackson's This Is It
    #39 Number Ones
    #112 The Essential Michael Jackson
    #137 Thriller

    Top Current Albums Artists
    #22 Michael Jackson (with 1 title charted)

    Top Current Albums
    #22 Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Top Catalog Artists
    #1 Michael Jackson (with 10 titles charted)

    Top Catalog Albums
    #1 Number Ones
    #6 The Essential Michael Jackson
    #7 Thriller
    #44 Bad

    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists
    #10 Michael Jackson (with 7 titles charted)

    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Male Artists
    #6 Michael Jackson (with 7 titles charted)

    Hot Adult R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
    #47 This Is It [with the Jacksons]

    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
    #8 Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums
    #1 Number Ones
    #2 The Essential Michael Jackson
    #3 Thriller
    #7 Bad
    #11 Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. 1
    #14 Dangerous
    #18 Off the Wall

    Top Soundtrack Albums
    #1 Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Top Music Video Sales
    #2 Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour
    #3 Number Ones
    #7 Video Greatest Hits: HIStory
    #24 HIStory On Film, Vol. II

    Top DVD Sales
    #17 Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Top Current Canadian Albums
    #19 Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Top 100 European Albums
    #10 Michael Jackson's This Is It
    #95 King of Pop
    Source: Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music | Billboard.com

    Though Michael Jackson's posthumous album, Michael, opened at No. 3 this week with 228,000 sales in the United States. Billboard said that figure was way better than many in the music industry had expected for the album having a backlash in America. Still, the album was able to sell well over 3 million units in a week world-wide in a week, not bad.
    Source: Posthumous Michael Jackson album sells 3M units worldwide | abc7chicago.com
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    Re: Michael Jackson

    The best belated Christmas present, ever! It's finally arrived, the full length version of Michael Jackson's 'Slave to the Rhythm.' The hottest jam then the entire posthumous Michael album put together. It's not on the album and this is the MJ we all know & love!

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    Re: Michael Jackson

    Quote Originally Posted by JMora View Post
    The best belated Christmas present, ever! It's finally arrived, the full length version of Michael Jackson's 'Slave to the Rhythm.' The hottest jam then the entire posthumous Michael album put together. It's not on the album and this is the MJ we all know & love!
    I agree it's good. But I like "Hold My Hand" and "Another Day" a bit better. So why did they drop this separately from the Michael album? Odd

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbabbcomedian View Post
    I agree it's good. But I like "Hold My Hand" and "Another Day" a bit better. So why did they drop this separately from the Michael album? Odd
    No idea why but the same can be said as to why there's only 10 tracks on the album when there's obvious there's a lot more to be heard. Sony is more then holding back the collection for future albums, 10 in fact. Sony signed a new deal with the Jackson estate (little after his death) to extend distribution rights to his back catalog & unreleased material until 2015.

    Sony Music reportedly made $250 million for the deal, the biggest record deal in music history! The record-breaking contract eclipses previous deals by Mariah Carey ($100 million), Bruce Springsteen ($100 million), Madonna ($120 million), and Jay-Z ($150 million).

    Source: Michael Jackson Lands $200 Million-plus Recording Deal | Billboard.com

    Here's more unreleased MJ songs. Recorded during the Invincible recording sessions


    Meant for shelved special edition of the Dangerous album


    Featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Ice Cube. It was recorded as part of the promotion for the 1998–99 NBA season but we all know what happened with that season, lol so the promotion was stopped, along with the release of the song.


    From the Dangerous recording sessions, and you may have heard this song before because Jackson gave it to Loren for his 1992 album Music From the New World.


    From the Thriller sessions.




    Nice megamix
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    Re: Michael Jackson


    Something to dance too, it's a global smash!

    Wii gamers have experienced it. DS and PSP players have experienced it, too. On April 12th, people who have PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles will finally have their chance to experience it.


    I’m talking about Ubisoft’s Michael Jackson: The Experience, of course. Ubisoft has declared the game a “global holiday hit,” with two million copies being sold in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The game won’t come out in Japan, a country loaded with Micheal Jackson fans, until later this year so the two million mark is just the tip of the iceberg.


    On April 12th (in North America; EMEA territories have to wait until the 14th), PS3 and Xbox 260 users will be able to pantomime along to the gloved-one’s hits using Kinect or Move. Perhaps as a little gift for people having to wait so long, the songs Blood on the Dance Floor and I Just Can’t Stop Loving You will be exclusively on these versions, “with additional tracks to be revealed soon,” according to the press release posted on Joystiq.

    Michael Jackson: The Experience will retail for $59.99 and is rated E10 (ages 10 and older) so start limbering up and get ready to do some moonwalking.

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    Filming has begun on Glee's special Michael Jackson Super Bowl post-show, filming at an undisclosed high school in Long Beach, California. Over 500 extras will be involved, as well as the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. The episode is reported to be the most expensive post-Super Bowl episode in television history.
    Lea Michele and the entire New Directions cast have been turned into zombies for the post-Super Bowl special on "Glee". The cast got together on a real football field at Cabrillo High School just south of Los Angeles on Saturday, January 8, to film their version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". They were spotted joined by William McKinley High School football team and band members.

    While the cast were busy shooting for the special episode scheduled to air on February 6, series' co-creator set the record straight on rumor of a Justin Bieber tribute episode. To Entertainment Weekly (EW), he explained that the pop sensation has yet to have enough hit songs to fill an entire hour. "Those [tributes] are reserved for artists with big catalogs," he said.

    Ryan did say, however, that "Bieber comes up in episode 13 as a small plot point." The producer spilled, "Sam [Chord Overstreet] sings a JB song to win Quinn's [Dianna Agron] approval." Deadline, in the meantime, came up with a report that there will be more than one Justin's song to be featured in the episode.

    Insiders informed that Sam decided to start a boy band, and he is planned to sing three songs from the Grammy-nominated singer. Though so, Deadline noted there could be last-minute changes to the episode tentatively set to air on February 15. EW added that it will be titled "Comeback" and will feature Rachel and Mercedes singing a tune from "Rent".

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    Re: Michael Jackson


    Still remains my favorite...

    Still remains the MOST WATCHED Half Time Super Bowl show, EVER! Viewed by over 135 MILLION Americans alone!!! Ratings increased more than the game itself. The show itself became one of the most watched events in television history. After 1993, there was determination on getting "A-list" performers to make the halftime shows the way they are today.

    Source: ABC Campbell (1995), pp. 14–16 & Nielsen.com

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    Opening in selected cities soon!

    UPDATED: Moonwalker: Coming To Theaters?

    (20-1-2011)
    Michael Jackson's video anthology "Moonwalker" may finally get a real theatrical screening in the United States, more than 20 years after it was released.

    Back in 1988, Jackson first unveiled the ambitious project, which contained several videos - or short films - for songs from his then-just-released new album, "BAD." The anthology included Jackson's famous 25-minute clip for "Smooth Criminal." The film had been scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters that Christmas but, due to failed negotiations with U.S. movie distributors at the time, that plan was scrapped.

    The movie was eventually released on VHS early in 1989, and - no surprise - became a massive success. But now, more than two decades after its debut, one theater is planning to give "Moonwalker" a proper premiere here in the States.

    According to TMZ, Hollywood's Arclight Cinemas is actively searching for a print of the film, with intentions to show it on the big screen, for one night only.

    The idea came after Jackson fans flooded Arclight Cinema's Facebook page with requests to show "Moonwalker," and the theater is now on the hunt for a copy of the film. Even if their search is successful, there is no word on when the premiere would happen.

    "Moonwalker" features videos for Jackson tracks like "Speed Demon" (directed by Claymation innovator Will Vinton), "Leave Me Alone" (which was released as a promo and won the King of Pop a 1989 Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form) and, of course, the iconic "Smooth Criminal," which features Jackson battling a group of evil mobsters led by Joe Pesci.

    It was also the inspiration for the mega-popular Sega game "Moonwalker," which featured a digital Jackson morphing into a laser-blasting robot with the aid of his chimp pal, Bubbles.

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    Re: Michael Jackson

    Making more then $275 million in 2010? Wow, and when Michael Jackson said to his fans, "Don't believe the media." Maybe we should had taken his word for it. Forbes has done some homework & research. As it turns out, Michael Jackson was indeed NEVER broke in his life! In the end, Michael Jackson has become the most profitable music singer (mega star), ever.

    Was MJ Secretly A Business Genius?

    (26-1-2011) In 2010 Michael Jackson earned $275 million — more than Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Jay-Z combined — despite the fact he's no longer with us.
    And though much of that total can be attributed to the swell of nostalgia that boosted sales of all things Michael in the months following his death, a sizable portion is the product of his much-underrated business acumen.


    It is no secret that Jackson's spending habits put him in a great deal of trouble. He blew through the profits from sales of 750 million records on extravagances ranging from $10,000-a-night hotel stays to the construction and upkeep of his sprawling Neverland Ranch. Keeping money was not one of the King of Pop's strong suits. But piling up huge stacks of it — and finding unusual ways to ensure that more would follow — was one of his many talents.


    By far the best move of Jackson’s financial career was one that had nothing to do with his own music. In 1985, he paid $47.5 million to buy a publishing catalog that included 250 Beatles songs. Ten years later Sony paid Jackson $90 million for half the rights, forming the joint venture, 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. Industry 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. That estimate marks a 3,000% increase in value from the catalog’s initial purchase price.


    “You’re talking about the greatest catalog in existence,” Ryan Schinman, chief of Platinum Rye, the world’s largest buyer of music and talent for corporations, said shortly after Jackson’s death. “When you have that many No. 1 hits in a catalog, you almost can’t put a price on it.”


    One of Jackson’s smartest business habits was to keep shrewd advisers around him. Perhaps the best example is superstar entertainment attorney John Branca, who negotiated many lucrative deals for Jackson and has done an amazing job with the singer’s estate so far. It was Branca who scored the industry-leading royalty rate that Jackson enjoyed at the time - earning him nearly $2 per album sold - allowing him to reap untold profits from what turned out to be the biggest-selling album of all time.


    Throughout his career, Jackson also sought out the advice of other shrewd businessmen, including billionaires David Geffen and Ron Burkle. It was Burkle who urged Jackson to keep his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog at all costs, even when the singer was in dire financial trouble during the 2000s. The catalog’s value today is a testament to the wisdom of both men.


    Purchasing the Neverland Valley Ranch for nearly $20 million in 1987 was another smart investment on Jackson's part. The property is now estimated to be worth as much as $90 million. The only bad part was spending $35 million in improvements to the property, including the amusement park, the zoo and a railway line large enough for a full-sized antique steam locomotive.


    So how much of Jackson’s business sense was actually his own, and how much belonged to his advisers?


    “I think it was a combination of both,” says entertainment attorney Donald David. “Predominantly it was his own business sense. I once sat and talked to him for over an hour and he just knew the music business front to back. And he had good instincts. He had really good instincts.”
    The eccentric and often flighty demeanor that Jackson exuded gave almost no indication of the shrewd mind on the inside.


    “He was not the kind of person people portrayed him to be,” David explains. “He would play the game and use that high squeaky voice. Underneath it all, he was a very intelligent, very savvy individual, one of the smartest artists I’ve ever dealt with.”


    The bottom line is that, if he had been able to control his impulsive spending, Jackson would have been a billionaire just on the strength of the Sony/ATV catalog alone before he passed away. Unfortunately, he died nearly half a billion dollars in debt.

    Source: MJFC / forbes.com
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    MJ would be proud & it's awesome!

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