“New” music from Michael Jackson

Posted: November 30th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson | 2 Comments »

According to the press release from Sony BMG, there is going to be another re-release of Thriller, this time for the 25th anniversary. Some songs will be remixed and a previously unreleased out-take added. And there is a DVD.

Good news, I hope more follows.

Newly Expanded Deluxe Edition of Multi-Platinum Grammy-Winning Album
With New & Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks
Including Remixes By Akon, will.i.am & Kanye West
+ Bonus DVD Featuring Digitally Restored Short Films
& Michael Jackson’s Historic Breakout Performance
From “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” Television Broadcast
Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition
Available Worldwide Week Of February 11, 2008
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Epic/Legacy Recordings proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the world’s biggest-selling album of all time, with a newly expanded deluxe edition of the phenomenal record-breaking pop culture touchstone, available worldwide the week of February 11, 2008.
The Michael Jackson Thriller 25th anniversary celebration kicks off in December 2007 and continues throughout 2008 with the release of a new single and a multi-faceted global marketing campaign featuring high-profile television, radio and online events around the world.
The Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition will include the original album in its entirety as well as eight bonus tracks and a DVD featuring Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking short films from Thriller (”Thriller,” “Beat It,” and “Billie Jean”) and the artist’s Emmy-nominated breakout performance of “Billie Jean” from the legendary “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” television special (first broadcast on NBC on May 16, 1983).
The newly expanded version of Thriller premieres five tracks previously unreleased in any form: a new Kanye West remix of “Billie Jean”; a new 2008 version of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” with Akon and will.i.am; will.i.am remixes of “The Girl Is Mine” and “P.Y.T.”; and “For All Time,” a rare unreleased cut from the original Thriller recording sessions, newly mixed and mastered by Michael Jackson.
Additional bonus material on the Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition includes “Someone In The Dark,” “Carousel,” and Michael Jackson’s original demo recording of “Billie Jean.”
The deluxe Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition packaging contains a personal greeting from Michael Jackson to his fans penned exclusively for this special release.
Originally released 25 years ago early December 1982 by Epic Records, Thriller, Michael Jackson’s sixth solo album and second with producer Quincy Jones, rocketed the former child-star lead singer for the Jackson 5 into the stratosphere of international superstardom. Introducing the “robot” and the “moonwalk” into the international lexicon of clubland dance moves via the pulsing sounds of Thriller, Michael Jackson revolutionized all aspects of mainstream pop culture — from radio airwaves to the newly emerging art form of music videos — becoming the world’s most popular entertainer in the process.
The original Thriller spent an astounding 80 consecutive weeks in the American Top 10, 37 of those at #1. Seven of the album’s original nine tracks became Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 while Individual singles from Thriller reached #1 chart positions in the US, the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada.
Thriller made history as the first and only record to be America’s top-selling album two years running (1983 and 1984).
Thriller has been certified 27x platinum by the RIAA, giving it Double Diamond Award status in the US. In addition, the album has achieved Diamond or Multi-Platinum status in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Thriller was named the Best Selling Album of All Time by the Guinness Book of Records in 1985.
In February 1984, Michael Jackson held a record-breaking 12 Grammy nominations, going on to win eight, which stands as the record for most Grammy Awards to be won by anyone in a single year. Seven of Michael’s Grammys that year were for Thriller: Album of the Year; Record of the Year (”Beat It”); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (”Thriller”); Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical (Thriller); Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (”Beat It”); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (”Billie Jean”); Best R&B Song (”Billie Jean”). (Michael’s eighth Grammy that year was in the Best Recording For Children – Single or Album, Musical or Spoken category for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”). That same year, Michael Jackson took home eight American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller” took home the Best Video Album trophy at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.
Named the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” by the Guinness World Records, Michael Jackson is among the most highly acclaimed and influential artists in pop culture. He was named the World Music Award’s Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium and received the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award. He has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice: in 1997 as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist in 2001.
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Thriller – original track listing – US Billboard Chart Peaks
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” – (#5 Hot 100, #5 R&B)
“Baby Be Mine”
“The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney) – (#2 Hot 100, #1 R&B, #1 Adult Contemporary)
Thriller” – (#4 Hot 10, #3 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks)
“Beat It” – (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B)
“Billie Jean” – (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B, #9 A/C)
“Human Nature” – (#7 Hot 100, #2 Adult Contemporary)
“P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” – (#10 Hot 100)
“The Lady in My Life”
Bonus Material:
10. Someone In the Dark ^
11. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson’s original demo recording) ^
12. Carousel ^
Previously Unreleased Tracks For 25th Anniversary Edition
13. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am*
14. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008 with Michael Jackson and will.i.am*
15. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 with Michael Jackson, Akon and will.i.am*
16. Billie Jean 2008 with Kanye West*
17. For All Time (unreleased track from original Thriller sessions)*
^From 2001 Thriller Special Edition
*-previously unreleased
Bonus DVD
The Videos
1. Thriller
2. Beat It
3. Billie Jean
4. Billie Jean performance from Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever
25th Anniversary Executive Producer: Michael Jackson
Original Album Produced by Quincy Jones for [Quincy Jones Productions logo]
Sony BMG

Michael Jackson Ebony Magazine

Posted: November 6th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson | No Comments »

It seems that MJ is up to something. This is already the second high-profile photo shoot in a short period of time.

MJ is in Vogue

Posted: September 27th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson | No Comments »

The October issue of Italian L’Uomo Vogue will feature a 20-page spread on Michael Jackson. The photos were shot by Bruce Weber.
More here.

The Mitchell Brothers – Michael Jackson

Posted: August 29th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson | No Comments »

Today is Michael Jackson’s 49th birthday. Watch this new video about wanting to dance like Michael Jackson from The Mitchell Brothers.

Michael Jackson – Mamacita

Posted: August 19th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson, music | 4 Comments »

A new song by Michael Jackson? Sounds like him, and the song is great as well.

EDIT: Removed YouTube video link, because it was deleted.

Sonny Jim – Can’t Stop Moving!

Posted: May 18th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson, music | No Comments »

New summer track with Jackson 5 sample. It is interesting how recently MJ songs or vocals have been used for these remix tracks. It joins the likes of Hi Tack’s Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U), Rhythm Fatal’s Man in The Mirror and Beatfreakz’ Somebody’s Watching Me.

Pras Michel ft DJ Tempamental and Michael Jackson – No Friend of Mine (Gangsta)

Posted: February 17th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson, music | No Comments »

I love the Michael Jackson vocals on this new track. Listen to it on Pras Michel‘s or DJ Tempamental‘s MySpace.

World Music Awards

Posted: December 5th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: london, michael jackson, music, travel | 1 Comment »

In mid-November I made a quick trip to London to see the World Music Awards. How and why I ended up there? Well, I was following the preparations for the event as Michael Jackson was supposedly going to appear there. I keep up with a number of things going on in the world, and MJ activities are one of those things. There was this possibility for fans of MJ to get free tickets for the WMAs, and I thought I should give it a go, just for fun.

Unexpectedly I won two tickets (there were a total of 100 winners I think), so I had a choice: either to forget about it and not go or try to find a way to go there. So I chose the latter. This might sound bizarre or out-of-character for people who know me, but I do give a lot of importance to random events, taking them for a sign. So me winning the tickets was a sign that I should go. And so I went.

Besides the WMAs another great thing about my visit to London was that I was able to meet a dear friend, who I had not seen for a while. But back to the WMAs…

The event took place at Earls Court, which apparently is a concert and exhibition centre (something like the Pirita Expo in Tallinn). There were scores of fans there already, dressed in all kinds of MJ paraphernalia, which did creep me out a little bit. It was obvious who most of these people had come to see…

Had to stand in the queue to get my free tickets, sold one afterwards to a nice American lady, who had asked to use my mobile (very strange coincidence). Then right before the end stood in the queue for further three hours waiting to be let in.

Once everyone got in it became clear that the place was made for three times more people than there was. Either very poor planning (because the tickets had sold out), or intentionally keeping the crowd sparse… Having been there myself, I think it must have been the former.

I positioned myself strategically between the middle of the stage and the VIP area and directly in front of the place where people would present the awards. Before the show started, VIP area started to fill up. A fellow called Chris Brown created the biggest fuss among the crowd, although I have no idea who he is. There were some local celebrities there as well, who I did not know.

Things got started (after a slight false start) by Beyonce, who performed really well (and who looks really good, even from close distance). I also liked Bob Sinclar and especially Nelly Furtado’s performance. Andrea Bocelli and Enya were a bit boring. Russian Eurovision singer Dima Bilan did his act well (and was given an award for best-selling Russian artist by Filipp Kirkorov). I cannot quite remember who else were there (Bob Sinclar was good). The presenters were interesting: models (Elle Macpherson), celebrities (Paris Hilton, Peaches Geldof, Peter Andre and Jordan), fashion icons (Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli) and others.

After another long pause Chris Brown performed Michael Jackson’s Thriller to the surprise of some, looking like a not so good MJ impersonator. Then Beyonce presented an award for MJ, who turned up with his face looking very white. Some guy from Guiness World Records also arrived and gave MJ some sort of award for selling gazillion albums. He said thanks (strangely thanking his children for their support) and left, after which the crowd, who had been in a frenzy from the first moment of seeing MJ, were left quite angry. When Rihanna started performing next, she did not get any love from the crowd, who wanted to see more of MJ (they had been chanting “Michael, Michael” throughout the show, whenever possible). Rihanna sang quite well, despite the outright hostile crowd.

Then there was a longer break and a choir of children stepped on the stage, starting to sing along We Are the World, a charity song written in the 80s by MJ and Lionel Richie. To the excitement of the crowd Michael Jackson appeared as well and sang two or three lines of chorus (for some reason background tape was not used for the song). And then suddenly the music was cut and MJ left the stage. Obviously people were disappointed that that was it, but apparently there was noise curfew from 11pm so they were forced to stop the show (Tokio Hotel for example could not perform at all, although they were there).

On the whole I think it was an interesting experience and I loved it still.

Posted: August 12th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: michael jackson | 1 Comment »

Michael Jackson – Elizabeth, I love you

I was scouring YouTube and came across this little gem. Imagine that you have a friend who happens to be a world famous singer and you are a world famous actress. And then the world famous singer writes a beautiful birthday song to you and performs it as well.

Some trivia: MJ has also written a birthday song to a cartoon character. That was Lisa Simpson from the Simpsons. MJ also provided the voice of a chracter in the Simpsons episode “Stark Raving Dad” (under pseudonym John Jay Smith), but was not allowed to sing the birthday song due to contractual obligations. Similarly, MJ secretly wrote the only bigger the Simpsons hit “Do the Bartman”, but this was not known until late 1990s when Simpsons author Matt Groening talked about it in an interview.