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The Prices Of 'The Picture Disc Collection' Box Set Have Been Readjusted. 15-08-'18

Following our July 20 news about the August 24 release of all Picture Discs from Michael Jackson's albums, there was a big price difference between the sale of these products via Michael Jackson's official website in the US and the one in Europe.

MJ France, and certainly other fan sites had then written to officials to raise this difference in price.

Today, these prices have been readjusted and this is how the price of the box set 'The Picture Disc Collection' announced at 215 € + shipping is now readjusted to 155 € + shipping.

For their part, the price of single Picture Discs increased from € 34 to € 23 for singles and from € 62 to € 31 for doubles.

All, for sale and already pre-order on the MJ Store official website of Michael Jackson.

Here below you see all Michael Jackson albums on picture discs in a nice box.

The Picture Disc Collection (Limited Numbered Edition) Box Set

Source: MJ France / Billie Jean


DisneyDisney Takes Stand Against "Overzealous Copyright Holders". 14-08-'18

The entertainment giant and its broadcast subsidiary ABC submit its response in court to a copyright lawsuit over 'The Last Days Of Michael Jackson'.

Disney won't be shamed out of standing its ground in the face of "overzealous copyright holders" like the Michael Jackson Estate. On Monday (August 13), the entertainment giant and its broadcast subsidiary ABC filed an answer to the copyright lawsuit over the two-hour documentary, 'The Last Days Of Michael Jackson', which used excerpts from 'This Is It' and other works including music videos for 'Thriller' and 'Black Or White'.

The lawsuit came in California federal court last May and pointed to just how seriously Disney takes its own intellectual property. The complaint gave examples: Disney threatened to sue childcare centers for having pictures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on the wall; Disney once sued a couple on public assistance for $1 million when they appeared at children's parties dressed as an orange tiger and a blue donkey; Disney sent takedown notices to social media services upon users posting photographs of their new Star Wars toys; and so forth.

In fact, Disney's response to the Michael Jackson lawsuit comes just days after it suffered a setback in a lawsuit against a business that sends individuals in costumes to kids' birthday parties.

No matter and forget any sense of irony.

Answering claims over illicit use of Michael Jackson rights, Disney states, "This case is about the right of free speech under the First Amendment, the doctrine of fair use under the Copyright Act, and the ability of news organizations to use limited excerpts of copyrighted works — here, in most instances well less than 1% of the works— for the purpose of reporting on, commenting on, teaching about, and criticizing well-known public figures of interest in biographical documentaries without fear of liability from overzealous copyright holders."

Disney is being represented in the case by star litigator Daniel Petrocelli, leading an O'Melveny & Myers team that also includes Drew Breuder and Nicole Cambeiro.

"ABC News used and incorporated short excerpts of some songs, music videos and other material featuring Jackson within a two-hour documentary entitled 'The Last Days Of Michael Jackson' for the purpose of providing historical context and explanation tracing the arc and aspects of Jackson’s life and career—precisely what is contemplated and permitted by the First Amendment," continues the court filing. "Plaintiffs’ lawsuit, in violation of these legal principles, constitutes an attempt to exercise unfettered control over public commentary and opinion on Jackson’s life and career."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Sam SmithMichael Jackson Fans Raving At Sam Smith. 14-08-'18

Michael Jackson fans raving at Sam Smith: "First of all, you learn to finish a tour, a dayfly that you are".

A seemingly innocent remark, made in the presence of friends, has turned out pretty bad for Sam Smith. The singer was filmed while on a boat with Adam Lambert, among others, while the song 'Human Nature' by Michael Jackson was played. "I am not a fan of Michael Jackson, but this is a good song," said Sam.

Adam posted the video later on his Instagram and caused a flood of criticism on Smith. Furious MJ fans responded to the singer's remark. Amongst others Stephanie Mills, a former of The King of Pop and a famous American R & B singer, Smith got mercilessly through the mud.

"Do not get it in your head to criticize Michael Jackson. You wish you had sold as many records and as good as he was. I get tired of people like you who study our music and our artists and then say that you do not like it. You first learn to finish a tour, a dayfly that you are. If you are as big as Michael Jackson, you may want to open your mouth. "

'Arrogant, disrespectful and stupid'
TJ, one of the nephews of the legendary singer, also made himself heard. "Sam Smith has made a career by singing r&b and soul songs. So to call straight in a camera that you do not find one of the founders of this movement; that is arrogant, disrespectful and stupid. Everyone has an opinion, but to dismiss someone who has cleared the way for you and your music ... that is not possible."

TJ added that it is fine that Smith does not like the music of his deceased uncle, but that he can not say that on camera. "He could have known that this video would go viral immediately. And with that you show zero respect for a classic Motown artist.

Smith has not yet responded to the resulting commotion.

Source: ANP - BuzzE / Billie Jean


60th Birthday60TH Birthday Celebrations On Radio 2. 13-08-'18

Across the August Bank Holiday Weekend (25-27 August), BBC Radio 2 will celebrate the 60th birthdays of three of the most influential names in pop music: Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince.

The weekend celebrations begin on Saturday, August 25th where they will cover Madonna and Prince. On Bank Holiday Monday, August 27th, Radio 2 will celebrate Michael with various presenters throughout the day counting down Michael’s best selling songs from 60 right through to Number 1.

Mark Goodier (6.30a.m. – 9.30a.m.), Ken Bruce (9.30a.m. – midday) and Ana Matronic (midday – 3.00p.m.) will each play five tracks an hour during their shows. There is also a chance to hear a personal rendition of ‘Man in The Mirror’ which was recently recorded by Curtis Stigers on Radio 2. Between 3.00p.m. – 5.00p.m. Trevor Nelson will then present a special programme which will reveal the final 20 best selling songs.

Trevor Nelson says: “Michael Jackson is an icon and one of my favourite music artists of all time. It seems only right that we honour what would have been a milestone birthday with a complete run-down of his most well-loved songs. Everyone has a favourite Michael Jackson song, whether it be a dancefloor hit like Billie Jean or Thriller, or one of this superstar collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder or Diana Ross - and listeners will be sure to hear them all across Bank Holiday Monday.”

Nelson will also be featuring archived audio from Michael along with interviews from some of Michael’s famous friends and fans. Contributors include; Lionel Richie, Samuel L Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Rob Brydon, James Bay, KT Tunstall, Pixie Lott, Martine McCutcheon, Jake Shears, Olly Alexander, Alice Cooper, Leon Bridges, Will Young and Siedah Garratt.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna are three of the most important musicians of modern times, and it seems only fitting to honour them in the year they would all turn 60. Collectively, they have sold hundreds of millions of albums and have fans across the globe and I know these special programmes will resonate with the Radio 2 listeners. Hopefully there will be no Controversy about which tracks hit the number one spot!”

Source: BBC / Billie Jean


Auction Of A Glove, Shoes And Other Clothes Worn By Michael Jackson. 13-08-'18

An umpteenth auction of things that once belonged to Michael Jackson will take place on August 25th at the GWS Auctions Legends: Iconic Film & Music Memorabilia Auction, which will take place in Agoura Hills, California.

Among these mythical objects are:
A pair of shoes from the Dangerous Tour signed by the King of Pop as part of a batch consisting of the album 'Dangerous', a photograph of Michael, a pines and a letter from MJJ Productions addressed to Miss Weber. It explains in this letter the reasons for sending such a lot to this person who participated in the Heal The World campaign but could not get to the concert. The mention "I Love U" is also on the shoes.

At the time of writing this info, the current auction is $ 3100.

A black Fedora hat worn by Michael Jackson during the Bad Tour as part of a batch of five vinyl LP's from the 'Bad' album, a 'Bad' vinyl album, a promotional tote bag printed with an album photo and a Polyester hangings, all accompanied by a letter of authenticity from MJJ Production that indicates that Michael Jackson personally signed this hat for a fan to sell in a charity auction.

At the time of writing this info, the current auction is $ 750.

A straight glove worn by Michael Jackson and never auctioned before. Regarding the provenance of this glove, it is explained that it was shipped from Paris, along with other items owned by Michael, and stored in Los Angeles, California. The items were in a warehouse for about 8 years and the bill was not paid, which resulted in a lien sale of the facility to 2003. The storage unit was purchased by two men in 2010 and was been in this private collection since. This iconic white glove is decorated with sewn crystals and is in beautiful condition. The coin will come with a certificate of authenticity, accompanied by a letter of provenance from the buyers of the storage unit.

At the time of writing this info, the current auction is $ 5,000.

MJ Memorabilia
A pair of shoes from the Dangerous Tour, a black Fedora hat worn by Michael Jackson during the Bad Tour and a straight glove worn by Michael Jackson and never auctioned before.

If you are interested in this auction, you can also view other items for sale on GWS Auctions.

Source: Fox Business / MJ France / Billie Jean


The Wiz Blu-ray Cover'The Wiz' Blu-ray Is Released In Japan. 08-08-'18

'The Wiz' is back in Japan on Blu-ray. The re-release will come out just before Michael Jackson’s Birthday!

The magical Land of Oz jumps out of the pan in this spectacularly musical based on the Broadway case success.

In this Motown-production Dorothy 's a shy nursery school teacher out of Harlem. During a heavy snowstorm she goes to look after her lost dog Toto and she's taken along with to a fairy-tale land where she should follow the yellow way.

Director Sidney Lumet wanted more than filming only the theatre production and has conjured New York City into the magical Land of Oz.

Diana Ross plays the beautiful role as Dorothy and is working together with stars such as Michael Jackson the scarecrow), Nipsey Russell (the tin man), Ted Ross (the cowardly lion), Lena Horne (Glinda the good witch) and Richard Pryor (the big magician of Oz).

With such a cast, splendid musical songs and fantastic visual effects 'The Wiz' shall charm movie fans of different generations.

Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross
Director: Sidney Lumet

Publisher: Universal
Series number: 4988102689865
Playing time: 135 Minutes
Sound: English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1ch / Japanese Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo
Picture format: 1080p HD Wildescreen
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 11 €

Order the Blu-ray here at CD Japan.

Source: CD Japan / Billie Jean


Blood On The Dance Floor Maxi-CD CoverRecently Added To My Collection. 08-08-'18
Blood On The Dance Floor (Maxi-CD)

'Blood On The Dance Floor' is released as the first single from Michael's remix album, 'Blood On The Dance Floor - HIStory In The Mix' on April 22nd, 1997 in the USA through Epic Records. Jackson and Teddy Riley created the track in time for the 1991 release of 'Dangerous'. However, it did not appear on that record and was minimally altered before commercial release in April 1997.

The song is about a predatory woman by the name of Susie, who seduces Jackson before plotting to stab him with a knife. The composition explores a variety of genres ranging from rock to funk and Hi-NRG.

The maxi-cd contains 5 remixes made by Tony Moran, Refugee Camp and Farley & Heller.

My maxi-cd is printed in Austria with the series number: EPC 664462 2.

Track list:

1. Blood On The Dance Floor - 4:13
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Mix) - 8:38
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Mix) - 5:26
4. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Vocal Mix) - 8:55
5. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Dub) - 8:55

Record label: Epic
Released: 22-04-1997
Series number: EPC 664462 2
Printed: Austria
Guide price: 12 €

Go and see my collection

Source: Billie Jean


Dave DaveDave Dave Has Died At 41. 08-08-'18

Dave Dave, formerly known as David Rothenberg, has died at 41 on July 15th of Heat Exhaustion in Las Vegas.

Known by fans for being Michael’s Friend, Dave was burnt at 90% by his father and become friend with Michael throughout the 80’s.

Dave was also known for being an avant-garde artist with his paintings, drawings and photos.

“I wanted to meet him, and he wanted to meet me, and that just turned into a lifelong relationship that never ended,” Dave said. “It was amazing being friends with Michael Jackson. He was an amazing person.”

His death came to a surprise to all his friends and family and he will be deeply missed.

RIP Dave.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Forgotten About For 34 Years, Michael Jackson’s Money Will Fund Jacksonville Music Scholarships.
08-08-'18

Victory TourIn 1984, there was no bigger star in the world than Michael Jackson. With the songs from 1982’s Thriller still resonating on the charts, he and his brothers thought the time was right for a family Victory tour.

That tour came to Jacksonville: a three-night Gator Bowl stint in a metropolitan area much less populous than it is today, with $30 tickets a measure of what a hot gig it was.

The concert was out of Jacksonville’s league, but proving that some things never change, the city spent $275,000 to make the gig happen.

That era is long gone now. The King of Pop has passed on. Yet, in a strange twist of fate, a small piece of his legacy will remain, to impact Jacksonville youth with musical aptitude.

Per Jacksonville Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa, Jackson “gifted the City $100,000 for music scholarships to deserving Duval County students seriously interested in and actively pursuing the study of music. The funds were placed in a City of Jacksonville Trust Fund; however, only the interest earnings there from may be spent on scholarships.”

“To the best of my knowledge and research,” Mousa asserted in an email last week, “no scholarships have been provided from the trust fund.”

The fund has earned, per Mousa, $73,600 in interest. And while the $173,600 must remain in the fund, the city can use an anticipated $5,500 of projected interest this next fiscal year for scholarships, which will be administered via the Kids Hope Alliance, Mayor Lenny Curry‘s reformed structure for children’s programs that budgets at $41 million this year.

Source: Florida Politics / Billie Jean


'Behind The Mask' Video On Vevo. 04-08-'18

Five years ago we reported on an unreleased music video for Michael’s posthumously released song ‘Behind The Mask'. Now the video has been officially uploaded to the Michael Jackson Vevo account on YouTube. No reason has been given for its surprise release, thought we’re not complaining! The released video for the song back in 2011 was a compilation of many clips showing fans sing along to the song.

 

The video was filmed back in 2011 and directed by Aggressive, who are the directing duo of Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro. The song itself, though mixed for the 2010 album ‘Michael,’ was originally recorded by Michael in 1982 during the ‘Thriller’ sessions. An agreement to share the royalties equally between the original writers, performers, and Michael broke down and this prevented the song from being released on 'Thriller', which went on to become the best selling album of all time. ‘Behind The Mask’ remained unreleased for 28 years.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


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