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When Michael Jackson Rode The Roller Coaster At Ocean Park In 1987. 20-10-'17

King of pop’s female lookalike and minder Dr Penguin lead press pack on a wild-goose chase at Kai Tak airport, while singer slipped in to city on a private visit, 30 years ago this week.

“Michael Jackson in Hong Kong”, ran the headline in the South China Morning Post on October 20, 1987, the American singer having arrived on a private visit.

“Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson jetted into Hong Kong yesterday – and, in an attempt to shake off pursuing photographers, immediately joined the lunchtime scramble for a taxi outside Kai Tak airport.”

When a photographer pushed his way into the front seat of Jackson’s taxi, the star’s lone minder, formally attired in the unlikely get-up of tails and a bow-tie, told the aggressive press pack, “If you keep coming on like this, Michael will not come back to Hong Kong again.”

Michael visited Ocean Park, Hong Kong (24-10-1987)
Michael Jackson enjoys a rollercoaster ride with Karen Faye at Ocean Park, Hong Kong whilst taking a break from the Bad Tour.

The game was up the following day. “Michael Jackson ‘twin’ dupes press at air­port,” read the Post’s headline. “The Truth is out. Michael Jackson did fly into Hong Kong from Tokyo on Monday afternoon – but it wasn’t Michael Jackson who led reporters on a wild goose chase at Kai Tak airport. And his so-called ‘minder’ was actually a Hong kong-based American entertainer who uses the stage name Dr Penguin.

Even more embarras­sing [for the Post, presumably], the Jackson ‘lookalike’ who had the press in hot pursuit happens to be a female. She’s Canadian singer Peggy Johnson.”

At the time of the deception, Dr Penguin had been wearing what the Post now referred to as the “standard garb” for a man in his line of business: “his magician’s top hat and tails, and a funny button reading ‘just visiting this planet,’” but no one had twigged.

Dr Penguin said instructions for the ruse had come from Tokyo “via a third part”.

On October 24, under the headline “Thriller ride for the real Jackson”, the Post reported that the singer had visited Ocean Park, and, “rode the dipper three times”.

“Michael just loved the roller coaster. He said it was better than the Colossus at Magic Mountain,” said Dr Penguin, who accompa­nied Jackson to the theme park. Penguin said the outing was, “the most fun I’ve ever had; Michael is like a Pied Piper”.

Jackson left Hong Kong on November 11. There was no sign of the “wily Dr Penguin” at Kai Tak airport on that occasion.

Source: SCMP / Billie Jean


Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Took His Michael Jackson Chimp Movie Bubbles To Netflix. 20-10-'17

Taika WaititiFor 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi, Netflix was the natural home for a stop-motion animation movie about Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles.

Taika is following up his foray in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an ode to Michael and Bubbles's friendship, perhaps not the path most directors would take after shooting the biggest film of their career.

When Digital Spy recently caught up with Taika, he explained to us why the streaming service that has invested big in oddball projects like 'The OA' and Okja was right for him.

"Netflix are very supportive, they're a great company who came on board with us, believing in this project, which really when you look at it, is a crazy idea to do a film like this," he admitted to us.

"But it's actually a very unique way of looking at Michael Jackson's life from the point of view of someone who's so close to him.

"To be honest i'm not sure if they've interviewed Bubbles and what information he actually gave them in terms of the authenticity of his stories, that's yet to be seen. Who knows if Bubbles will be taking us to court at some time in the future?"

Now, that would be the trial of the century! Taika, who'll be directing the film with Mark Gustafson, has previously assured the late

"Most people know I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan, so the main thing for me is to make sure it's respectful of him and his legacy.

"I'm not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world."

Shamone and hee hee, we're on board!

His current movie 'Thor: Ragnarok' opens on October 24 in UK cinemas and on November 3 in the US.

Source: Digital Spy / Billie Jean


Here's What Michael Jackson Planned For Final 'This Is It' Tour That Never Happened. 19-10'17

Before Michael Jackson suddenly passed away back in 2009, he was due to play a massive string of shows in London as part of his 'This Is It' tour.

While we never got to see how the shows turned out – except in rehearsal form as part of the Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' documentary – the tour's choreographer has opened up about what plans they did have.

"It was really driven by Michael," Kenny Ortega told Good Morning Britain earlier today.

Kenny Ortega
Kenny Ortega was driving force behind Michael's 'This Is It' tour.

"From the very, very start, when Michael called me, he said to me, 'Kenny, this is it'. He said 'this is it' so many times that I went back to him and said, 'Why don't we just call the tour 'This Is It'?'

"But he had given me reasons, and he really wanted to do a tour so that his children could have an opportunity to see him in action, and to see him doing what he's loved all his life.

Ortega also revealed that Jackson wanted to do the tour for his "loyal" fans, as well as using the stage as a "platform to remind the world" of the "vulnerability of the planet".

"So Michael really had a vision for this tour, and every part of it played into those three reasons," Ortega continued.

"He wanted a likefulness to it, and he wanted to make sure that there were really important moments that were reminding his audiences to step out there and to take a responsibility, to do their part to make sure that we have a world that we recognise in the future."

Source: Digital Spy / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson LegacyMichael Jackson Tribute In Gent And Hasselt - One Night Only! 18-10-'16

On Saturday December 2nd 2017, the famous Michael Jackson impersonator Christ'OF comes to the Capitole Gent and on Saturday 9th in Hasselt Ethias Theatre (Belgium). Order your tickets for Gent and tickets for Hasselt now!

Relive during a spectacular show the unforgettable dance moves of the King of Pop! Expect a best-of which all Jackson classics like 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Beat It' and many other hits will pass in review!

Jackson impersonator Christ'OF proved his dancing skills already in many TV shows at home and abroad, and in 2002 even received compliments from Michael himself when he was allowed to occur during an exclusive show for the King of Pop. In 2010 Christ'OF was the deserved winner of the talent show "My Name Is Michael", a program of VTM and RTL 4 it was looking in Belgium and Netherlands for the best Michael Jackson impersonator.

After this victory Christ'OF went on tour. The result? 17 sold-out shows and more than 49,000 fans who enjoyed a dazzling spectacle. In Ostend Christ'OF will not only be on the podium. With live vocals, a live band, dancers and spectacular stunts this promises to be an evening not to be missed!

Look here for more events.

Source: Capitole Gent / Ethias Theatre Hasselt / Billie Jean


Trailer Michael Jackson’s Halloween'. 18-10-'17

Michael Jackson's Halloween special will be broadcast Friday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Here is the TV trailer for 'Michael Jackson’s Halloween'.

Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till.

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean


We Love You! - The Definite Classics Collection CD Album CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 18-10-'17
We Love You! - The Definite Classics Collection (CD Album)

Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 'The Definite Classics Collection' album was released on June 30th, 1997 in Germany on the Motown/Motor label. Great hits of Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five.

In total 20 songs from Motown, like 'Rockin' Robin' (Michael Jackson Solo), 'People Make The World Go Round', 'Stand!', 'Euphoria' (Michael Jackson solo) etc... This compilation is a good one.

My cd album is printed in Germany with the series number: 530 801-2.

Track list:

1. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:33
2. Ain't No Sunshine - Michael Jackson - 4:11
3. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 - 2:57
4. People Make The World Go Round - The Jackson 5 - 3:11
5. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:22
6. Dapper-Dan - Michael Jackson - 3:08
7. Stand! - The Jackson 5 - 2:32
8. My Girl - The Jackson 5 - 3:07
9. We've Got A Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson - 3:01
10. Doctor My Eyes - The Jackson 5 - 3:07
11. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - The Jackson 5 - 3:19
12. Euphoria - Michael Jackson - 2:45
13. ABC - The Jackson 5 - 2:57
14. You've Got A Friend - Michael Jackson - 4:48
15. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Michael Jackson - 2:51
16. Doggin' Around - Michael Jackson - 2:48
17. Ain't Nothing But The Real Thing - The Jackson 5 - 2:27
18. Take Me Back - Michael Jackson - 3:24
19. We're Almost There - Michael Jackson - 3:42
20. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 - 3:56

Record label: Motown/Motor
Released: 30-06-1997
Series number: 530 801-2
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 16 €

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Source: Billie Jean


How Hocus Pocus Writer Mick Garris Went from 'Thriller' Extra To Michael Jackson Collaborator.
16-10-'17

Mick GarrisHocus Pocus writer Mick Garris began his relationship with the legendary Michael Jackson when he and his wife had the opportunity to play extras in the famous 'Thriller' music video.

“I’m really fortunate to have been able to work with, and become friends with, Michael Jackson,” Garris said on Entertainment Weekly: The Show. “It was right after American Werewolf — Michael had seen that and had been blown away by it. He wanted to do something on film like that. Michael was very frightened of horror films and was fascinated by the makeup of it.”

Though Michael Jackson apparently didn’t remember Garris’ extra work on 'Thriller', the two got to work together extensively on the 35-minute 'Ghosts'. Horror expert Stephen King linked the two together after the pop superstar pitched his original idea to the author. Though the final product did take quite a bit of time and money, Garris stands by the results.

“It had a very large transformation over the course of it and eventually became by far the most expensive music video ever made,” he says. “We shot for two weeks and never got into the music video part because when you work ‘Michael hours,’ they’re not the same as regular hours. By the time everything shut down, we’d spent $7 million dollars. It ended up coming in at about $15 million dollars, all of it out of Michael’s pocket. It became this 35-minute — what do you call it? It’s not really a short, it’s not a music video, but it’s something unique.”

Source: EW / Billie Jean


Scream (with Janet Jackson) [Pink Cover] Maxi-CD CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 16-10-'17
Scream (with Janet Jackson) [Pink Cover] (Maxi-CD)

'Scream' is the first single from Michael Jackson's ninth studio album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I' released on May 29th, 1995 in the UK through Epic Records.

'Scream' is cited primarily as an aggressive, retaliatory song directed at the tabloid media and their coverage of the child sexual abuse accusations made against Michael Jackson in 1993. It was written, composed and produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson; Michael played many of the instruments. It incorporates elements of pop, electro rock, new jack swing, dance-pop, and funk.

Recording for 'Scream' took place at the Hit Factory in New York City and at Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota in December 1994. The song was leaked to radio stations early, despite Epic Records' attempt to keep it off air until the official release date.

This maxi-cd contains the single edit version and 2 remixes of 'Scream' remixed by David Morales,and Dave "Jam" Hall. The bonus track is 'Childhood'.

My (pink cover) maxi-cd is printed in Austria with the series number: 662022 2.

Track list:

1. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Single Edit) - 4:03
2. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Def Radio Mix) - 3:20
3. Scream (with Janet Jackson) (Dave "Jam" Hall's Urban Remix Edit) - 4:37
4. Childhood (Theme From "Free Willy 2") - 4:27

Record label: Epic
Released: 29-05-1995
Series number: 662022 2
Printed: Austria
Guide price: 12 €

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Source: Billie Jean


Triumph GloveMichael Jackson's Glove Up For Auction. 13-10-'17

Michael Jackson's rhinestone glove, Prince's "Cloud" guitar and Elvis Presley's aviator sunglasses are among the notable items that will hit the auction block as part of Julien's Auctions' upcoming Icons & Idols: Rock-n-Roll event.

Jackson's white-and-black rhinestone glove, worn by the King of Pop on the Triumph tour in 1981, is expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000. Other Jackson items include a red snakeskin jacket from the Bad tour, Eddie Murphy and Iman's headdresses from the 'Remember The Time' video and other Jackson-related wardrobe.

Other notable items include Madonna's corset pattern from the Blonde Ambition tour, Prince's blue "Cloud" guitar that he used in the late Eighties to early Nineties, the suits worn by the Beatles wax figures at Madame Tussaud's and the event's most expensive item, a grand piano previously owned by Englebert Humperdinck and Jayne Mansfield.

Artists ranging from the Beatles and Miley Cyrus to Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix will also have items up for auction at Julien's, which will hold a public exhibition for the event from October 30th to November 4th in Los Angeles. The live auction itself, which contains over 500 music-related items, will commence on November 4th.

Source: Rolling Stone / Billie Jean


The Jacksons Legacy Book CoverThe Jacksons Legacy: The 50TH Anniversary Book Is Released. 12-10-'17

The book 'The Jacksons Legacy' book is released by publisher Thames & Hudson. The historic book release is available in English, French, Spanish and German.

'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the first ever official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. This major volume reveals the untold, unseen and utterly unforgettable story behind the legend that is the Jacksons. Four specially commissioned chapters deftly weave together an unprecedented 12 days’ worth of exclusive interviews with the brothers, recounted in their own words, with contributions from key players throughout their careers. The compelling tale unfolds from their childhood days living at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, through the years signed to Motown as the Jackson 5, their radical move to Epic as The Jacksons, the blossoming of their solo careers, the dizzying successes of the Victory tour, and right up to the present day.

During unrivalled access to the family archives as well as the private collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, bespoke photography captures a multitude of never-before-seen images, rarities and personal possessions. The result is a mind-blowing collection of visual material: intensely personal family pictures; all-angle shots of the first guitars the boys ever held; top photographer Harrison Funk’s exclusive coverage of their professional lives; photos of Michael Jackson on tour with his brothers during the release of 'Off The  Wall' (1979) and the 1982 phenomenon that was 'Thriller' – the best-selling album of all time; editions of teen and black culture magazines featuring the family; and official merchandise, right down to Jacksons-branded breakfast cereal boxes with giveaway 7” records attached.

Published to coincide with their 50th anniversary, 'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the definitive behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons’ lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Jackson Five's début single 'Big Boy'. The Jacksons: Legacy is a “comprehensive” and “definitive” book that tells the band’s story in their own words, alongside “outstanding” visuals. The publisher holds world rights in all languages.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Author: The Jackson Family
ISBN: 978-0316473736
Pages: 320
Printed: ?
Guide price: 28 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


'Scream' Gets A Video For The New Remix! 12-10-'17

The Michael Jackson Estate has just released a new video for the remix which is on the new compilation album 'Scream': 'Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)”

The video includes sharp images from 'Ghosts', 'Blood On The Dance Floor', 'You Rock My World', 'Black Or White' and 'Leave Me Alone'!

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Ivana TrumpIvana Trump Talks About Michael. 11-10-'17

During an interview with Good Morning America on Monday (October 10) Ivana Trump talk about Michael Jackson.

President Donald Trump's first wife said that the only person she trusted to be around her children was Michael Jackson, Ivana Trump reveals in her new book.

Ivana, who divorced the President in 1992, said that she and her then husband taught their children not to 'trust anyone' and discouraged young Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric from bringing friends to the house.

One caveat, however, was the world renowned 'King of Pop,' who at one time lived at Trump Tower in New York City, according to her memoir 'Raising Trump.'

Ivana writes that Jackson was a close personal friend of the whole family and was 'the only person who had an open invitation to come to the triplex for playdates whenever he wanted,' according to People Magazine.

'He'd stop by and chat with Donald and me for twenty minutes, and then he'd go up to the kids' floor to hang out with them for hours and hours,' she said.

'They'd watch MTV, play Mario Brothers or Tetris, and build Trump Tower in Legos.'

'Michael was a 30-year-old kid. He could relate to Ivanka and the boys better than to us,' she added.

Ivana stated in her book that 'never believed the accusations that he molested' any children, but said that nannies would always be present in the room with Jackson.

'My read on him was asexual,' Ivana said. 'He was a child himself in a man's body, tender, sweet and gentle … there's no way he could have hurt anyone.'

Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 following a four-month trial, but accusations continued to dog the singer until his death in 2009.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


'Scream' Celebration Lands In LA On October 24. 10-10-'17

We have very special news for you. As many of you have heard, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music are hosting an event in select cities around the world to celebrate the release of 'Scream'. The next party announced is in Los Angeles on October 24 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood!

Those of you who are on our list have the first chance to RSVP in order to reserve a spot for yourself. You MUST RSVP by 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 11 in order to be guaranteed a seat with your RSVP. After the exclusive window has passed, an RSVP no longer guarantees a seat in the screening.

We hope to see you at the party in LA! Screamevent@sonymusic.com

More details are here below.

Scream Celebration
'Scream' celebration lands in LA on October 24.

Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

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