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Calendar 2019 CoverMichael Jackson Official 2019 Calendar Is Released In The USA

The official Michael Jackson 2019 calendar has just released in the USA by Brown Trout.

Since the beginning of his solo career at the tender age of 13, Michael Jackson has won over millions of fans with his chart-topping hits and iconic dance moves. One of the most globally famous pop sensations in history, Michael Jackson's likeliness is instantly recognizable, and his impact on pop music, immeasurable. Celebrate the extraordinary life and career of The King of Pop with this striking wall calendar.

Classic square format. Updated style. Our square 16-month wall calendars include 13 stunning images and even clearer grids and text. Each of these 12" x 12" calendars features an opening spread with a beautiful four-month (September-December 2018) calendar to plan the last four months of the year and rev up for 2019. Filled with an abundance of holidays, each month’s grid is large enough for daily tasks and appointments.

EAN: 9781465075253
Guide price: 12,8 €

Order the calendar here.

Source: Brown Trout / Billie Jean

Pepsi: China Gets Limited Edition Box.

Following the release of Michael Jackson Pepsi cans (and bottles) in the US and the Social Media Statement from the Michael Jackson Estate that more countries will get the privilege to get MJ on Pepsi cans, here come the first one: China!

Back in 2012, Pepsi launched a massive campaign in China with a selection of different Michael Jackson cans and the cans were available everywhere!! Huge success for Pepsi which the cans was later on that year released in the US and Romania.

This time, Pepsi China goes the opposite as only 2,000 people will get a limited box set of 4 retro Pepsi cans including the Michael Jackson one.

To get the box set, you will need to enter a lottery system… and be resident of the Republic of China!

Pepsi Cans (Limited Edition)
Four limited edition Pepsi cans of Michael Jackson.

Hopefully we will get more wildly available MJ cans soon and especially Europe as fans here are hungry for them!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz Hails Inspirational Michael Jackson. 25-05-'18

“Low”, the new Duet with Michael Jackson…

Lenny Kravitz said Michael Jackson “made” music happen for him, after his first concert was the Jackson 5 at Madison Square Garden. Lenny Kravitz has hailed Michael Jackson as hugely influential on his career in music.

The ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ hitmaker’s first ever concert was seeing the Jackson 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and he was a fan of the late King of Pop from that day forward.

And Lenny fulfilled a life-long dream when he got to work with Michael in 2001 during session’s for his final LP ‘Invincible’.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Lenny said: “He’s the person who made it happen for me. He loved [us] working together. He asked me to push him. I did.”

Although Michael tragically passed away aged 50 in 2009, the pair will be heard singing a duet on 53-year-old Lenny’s upcoming 11th studio album ‘Raise Vibration’.

The duo both sing on the track ‘Low’, and Lenny admitted some people listening to the LP – which comes out in September – actually thought he was doing an impression of MJ on the track.

He revealed: “A lot of people say: ‘Oh, you’re doing that Michael Jackson impersonation.’ No, that’s him.”

Earlier this week, Lenny announced his first UK tour in three years, as he confirmed plans to perform next month in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Source: The List / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Estate Slams TV Network Over 'Last Day' Special. 24-05-'18

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson.

The Michael Jackson estate is objecting to an ABC TV special airing Thursday on the end of the life of the late King of Pop, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children.

The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday (May 23) that 'The Last Days Of Michael Jackson' is not sponsored or approved by Jackson’s heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights.

Advertising for the two-hour documentary set to air Thursday night says it will reveal new information on Jackson, and focuses on his apparent decline in the run-up to his death at age 50 on June 25, 2009.

“We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael’s legacy, intellectual property rights or his children,” the estate’s statement says.
Representatives for ABC owner Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The estate said ABC was using a copyrighted silhouette and photo to promote the special, but stopped after demands from Jackson attorneys.

The estate said it understands the show other intellectual property without permission, including music, photos and artwork.

“It is particularly disheartening that Disney, a company known to strongly believe in protecting its own IP rights, would choose to ignore these rights belonging to the Estate,” the statement said.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume V' (Pocket Edition) Is Released. 23-05-'18

The Ultimate Collector Book Volume V (Pocket Edition) CoverIn 2015, we released the first publication from ‘The Ultimate Collector Book Series’ – Volume V HIStory: from 1995-2000. The book charts the collectible items for the World’s Greatest Entertainer Michael Jackson, from his epic HIStory era.

Following a number of print runs, the book officially sold out before the end of the year and has become a much sought after publication, even in its infancy!

'Volume V' is released on May 13 and returns in brand new pocket size format. Containing all the same content as the original issue, this paperback, features over 500 pages of collectors items from the 1995 – 2000 time period. Complete with colour images, the book is split in to various chapters to make it easier to navigate through the different types of collectibles that have been carefully catalogued.

Merchandise includes Tape, 7", 12", CD Singles, Maxi Singles, Albums, Tour Merchandise, toys, memorabilia and much more.

Featuring foreword from HIStory Statue sculptor Diana Walczak and an Introduction from Iconic Editor Pez Jax along with praise from assistant engineer for HIStory, Rob Hoffman and HIStory era photographer Christophe Boulmé.

Publisher: Sixteen 11 Media
Author: Sebastian Mille & Fabrice Ancellet
Pages: 6520
ISBN: 978-0993178009
Printed: ?
Guide price: 34 €

Pre-order the book here at Sixteen 11.

Source: Sixteen 11 / Billie Jean

'Michael Jackson: All The Songs' Book Will Be Released In October. 23-05-'18

Michael Jackson: All The Songs Book CoverThis is the full story of every single song that Michael Jackson recorded and released during his long and remarkable solo career. The book will be released on October 4th, 2018 by publisher Cassell.

With fascinating stories and detailed information on every track - as well as key early songs with The Jackson Five and his legendary dance moves and videos - All the Songs is the complete history of one of the greatest musical legacies of all time.

Arranged chronologically by album, expert authors Lecocq and Allard explore the details behind early hits such as 'ABC' and 'I Want You Back', to solo masterpieces such as 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Black Or White', 'This Is It' and more - including outtakes, duets and rare tracks.

Explore the magic behind the King of Pop's music with this in-depth, captivating book.

Publisher: Granta Books
Author: François Allard & Richard Lecocq
Pages: 608
ISBN: 978-1788400572
Printed: ?
Guide price: 53 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

Doctors Explain Michael Jackson's Impossible Dance Move. 22-05-'18

Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video 'Smooth Criminal'.

In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod.

The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes and the artist's core strength.

The spine experts warn others against attempting the potentially injurious but mind-boggling move.

Manjul Tripathi and colleagues from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, say in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine: "Most trained dancers with strong core strength will reach a maximum of 25 to 30 degrees of forward bending while performing this action. MJ pulled off a gravity-defying 45 degree move that seems unearthly to any witness."

If a person were to attempt the 'Smooth Criminal' lean, they would notice that the bulk of the strain to strike the pose moves to the Achilles tendon in each ankle, rather than the erector spinae muscles of the back.

This allows for only a very limited degree of forward bend, even for someone matching Michael's strong athletic abilities, explains Assistant Prof Tripathi.

Michael got the extra degrees of tilt thanks to some fancy footwear.

Smooth Criminal Dance Move
In the short film for 'Smooth Criminal' Michael Jackson, together with some dancers goes straight forward in a corner of 45 degrees.

A v-shaped slit in the bottom of each heel of his spats slotted onto a strong nail or "hitch member" driven into the ground, allowing the dancer to pivot and lean further forward, for the gravity-defying move.

Prior to the patented footwear invention, Michael had relied on supporting cables and a harness around his waist to create the illusion.

It's said that he and two Hollywood colleagues borrowed the footwear idea from US astronauts' boots, which can be docked to a fixed rail when working in zero gravity.

But even with specially designed footwear and the support of the hitch member, the move is incredibly hard to pull off, requiring athletic core strength from strengthened spinal and lower-limb muscles, say the doctors.

"Several MJ fans, including the authors, have tried to copy this move and failed, often injuring themselves in their endeavours," they caution.

Dr Tripathi said: "The chances of injury to the ankle are significant. You need strong core muscles and good support around the ankle. It's not a simple trick."

Source: BBC / Billie Jean

Sony Agrees To Buy Additional 60 Percent Stake In EMI, Now To Own 90 Percent. 22-05-'18

The purchase from Mubadala Investment Company — which is pending regulatory approval before it can close — brings the Japanese conglomerate’s total share up to 90 percent.

Sony Corporation has signed a deal to acquire a 60 percent share in EMI Music Publishing from a consortium led by the Mubadala Investment Company. It increases Sony’s stake in the company to 90 percent overall, in a deal that carried a $4.75 billion valuation.

It appears the Michael Jackson Estate still owns the remaining 10 percent of EMI Music Publishing.

With both parties signing a “legally binding” memorandum of understanding for the acquisition — which is pending regulatory approval and other conditions before it can close — the arrangement will give Sony publishing assets that generated about $1.334 billion in revenue last year, Billboard estimates.

“We are thrilled to bring EMI Music Publishing into the Sony family and maintain our number one position in the music publishing industry,” Sony Corp. president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said Monday in a statement. “The music business has enjoyed a resurgence over the past couple of years, driven largely by the rise of paid subscription-based streaming services. In the entertainment space, we are focusing on building a strong IP portfolio, and I believe this acquisition will be a particularly significant milestone for our long-term growth.”

Sony & The Michael Jackson Estate in control of EMI.

EMI Music Publishing generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $249 million on revenues of $663 million in the fiscal year ended March 31.

According to the announcement, Sony will assume EMI Music Publishing’s debt, which totaled $1.359 billion as of March 31, and expects to pay $2.3 billion, which totals $3.659 billion. If the Jackson estate still owns its nearly 10 percent stake, which the deal appears to value at $475 million, that leaves another $660 million is unaccounted for — which could be additional debt.

EMI Music Publishing owns or administers over 2 million songs that include classics by Queen, Carole King and the Motown catalog, along with contemporary songs from Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Drake, Sam Smith, Pink, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Fetty Wap, Hozier and more, according to Sony.

“EMI Music Publishing represents one of the world’s largest and most diverse catalog of copyrights with iconic songs that span every decade over the last one hundred years,” said Mubadala Capital head of private equity and EMI Music Publishing chairman Adib Mattar. “The sale of our consortium’s interest in EMI Music Publishing represents a milestone for Mubadala and our private equity business.”

As Johnn Branca is a consultant on the Sony board, it is now clear that Sony will now control all assets from EMI, and of course Sony/ATV. Michael Jackson’s own catalogue is still under the control of the Michael Jackson Estate (still signed at Sony)

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean

Bill GoldRIP Bill Gold Died At 97. 21-05-'18

Bill Gold died on Sunday (May 20) in Greenwich, Conn. He was 97. He was an American graphic designer best known for thousands of film poster designs.

Not many fans will know who was Bill Gold but if we tell you Bill was responsible for the movie posters of first, 'The Wiz' and last, 'Moonwalker', you will now understand the importance Bill had in the fan community!

Bill retired in 2011 but his movie posters will be forever remembered, especially for us the fans!

Thank you Bill and rest in peace!

Moonwalker Poster
Bill Gold designed some of the most memorable movie posters in Hollywood history, including 'Moonwalker'.

Source: MJ Vibe / The New York Times / Billie Jean

Hector Has Released Video About 'They Don’t Care About Us' Mistakes On The Singles! 21-05-'18


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