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    Captain EO: Performers recall making Michael Jackson’s 3-D movie set to return to Epcot
    June 29, 2010|By Dewayne Bevil, Sentinel Staff Writer




    The return of Captain EO to Epcot will have folks in remember-when mode. Remember when EO opened in 1986 and director Francis Ford Coppola was there? Remember when Michael stood on that car outside the courthouse and waved to fans? Remember when we heard the news last year that he'd been taken to the hospital and it didn't look good?

    Two people with up-close-and-personal memories of Jackson are Debbie Lee Carrington and Renee Collette, who performed in Captain EO, the 17-minute film that returns to Walt Disney World for a limited (but open-ended) engagement beginning Friday, July 2.

    At the time of the shoot, she didn't know what the project was all about, says Collette, who danced in EO.

    "I had no idea it was for a theme park," she says. "I just knew that it was Michael Jackson's big 3-D extravaganza."

    The EO set was relaxed and professional, she remembers.

    "Michael was a great teacher. He knew what he wanted, and he was adamant  not rude to people at all, ever  but he was adamant on what he wanted," she says. "We'd do it over and over."




    Carrington had a speaking role and a distinctive costume for EO. "I'm half of the three-legged, two-headed character called the geex," Carrington says. "We are the navigator and the pilot for Michael Jackson, who is Captain EO."

    She says a body cast was made for her and another actor while they were lying down and "connected" at the hip. From there, a harness was made to keep them together while in the furry costume.

    "It wasn't very comfortable," Carrington says. "It was actually quite challenging to coordinate and walk together with the other actor because we had to act as one."



    Director Francis Ford Coppola spent the first part of the rehearsal period with the cast, including Jackson and Anjelica Huston, doing improvs. The purpose was to get them to open up to one another and act like a team, just like in EO, Carrington says.

    "Michael came out of his shell after the first day," she says. That led to a fun, playful environment on the set, complete with practical jokes, Carrington says.

    Both Collette and Carrington saw Captain EO for the first time in many years when the film came back to Disneyland earlier this year in California.

    "It brought tears to my eyes to see it again," Collette says. "It really was emotional." It reminded her of what an influence Jackson had been on her and others.



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    Michael Jackson’s First Moonwalk: Thirty Years Later
    May 24th, 2013


    Thirty years ago this month: on May 14, Syria rejected Lebanon’s attempt to persuade it to go along with the U.S.-based plan for an Israeli troop withdrawal; on May 2, a 6.7 earthquake injured 487 in Coalinga, California; on May 13, in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota Vikings, Reggie Jackson, who was then part of the Oakland A’s, became the first major league player to strike out 2,000 times; on May 31, the Philadelphia 76ers swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games of the NBA Finals. Superstar Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” was a number one hit on both the pop and R&B charts; on May 25, Return of the Jedi was released in movie theaters; on May 10, the classic comedy Laverne & Shirley aired its final episode. And on May 16, Michael Jackson premiered his Moonwalk dance step on national television on the Emmy Award-winning NBC TV Special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and forever changed pop music.

    Michael Jackson will forever be known as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He studied many that came before him in the entertainment industry in order to hone his own craft and develop his own style. In the arena of dance, he studied the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, whom Michael stated at the 2003 BET Awards “influenced him more than anyone.” He also studied the fancy footwork of Jackie Wilson, David Ruffin of the Temptations, Fred Astaire and many others.

    Michael was an avid Soul Train watcher and whenever his schedule permitted, he watched the program with dedication. Even when he was out on the road, he and his brothers found out what channel the show was on in whatever city they happened to appear in. Jackson admired the Soul Train Gang’s freestyle movements. The Jackson family were such huge fans of the dancers on the show that they invited several members of the show to their home for parties and get-togethers. Soul Train dancers such as Patricia Davis and Damita Jo Freeman taught Michael and his brothers some of the eye-catching routines they did on the show. As Michael stated in his autobiography Moonwalk, “We picked up ideas from those [Soul Train] dancers who were from our part of the country.”

    One of the popular dance moves he learned from Soul Train was the Robot. Years later he learned another dance from watching Soul Train, the Moonwalk, which was originally called the Backslide.

    Michael might have learned some elements of moonwalking early on in his middle-teens. In 1973, Michael attended a show given by the world famous mime artist Marcel Marceau who was known for his precise robotic-like mime movements. In one of his most famous routines, “Walking Against the Wind,” he appeared to be walking backward and forward at the same time as imaginary wind pushed him back.



    “I saw his show last year and he was really interesting to watch,” Michael stated in a 1974 Right On! magazine interview, referring to Marceau. Motown mogul Berry Gordy even recalled in interviews that Jackson studied Marcel Marceau in his teens. In fact, Michael incorporated abridged versions of this move in some of his concert and TV performances, in which he sort of slid in place but didn’t go all the way backwards. He did a bit of this move towards the end of his performances of “Dancing Machine” on Soul Train and the talk show Mike Douglas, and towards the end of a performance of the Jackson 5 hit “Get it Together” on a TV special entitled “One More Time.” From that time on, the move he saw Marcel Marceau do stuck with him and as the years went on, he became obsessed with it and wanted to perfect it.

    The exact origins of the dance that later became known as the Moonwalk are unclear. Many agree that it started many years ago in black Vaudeville. Indeed, perhaps the earliest performance on film of this dance was at the Apollo Theater in 1955 by singer and dancer Bill Bailey, who tap danced and gracefully moonwalked off the stage towards the end of his performance. This performance is on YouTube and is a must for anyone who wants to see the roots of where this dance came from.

    Michael had also seen kids doing this dance on inner-city streets. As he recalled to Rev. Jesse Jackson in a 2005 interview, “The moonwalk is a dance I would like to take credit for but I can’t. I have to be completely honest here. I get a lot of ideas from watching black children. They have the most phenomenal rhythms of anybody on this earth. I remember riding through Harlem in the late seventies, early eighties and I would see the kids dancing on the street. This one kid was doing this sliding backwards illusion dancing I call it. I took a mental picture of it and I started to dance, create and perfect it. But it definitely started in black culture, there’s no doubt about that.”



    In the 1970s, a dance group called the Electric Boogaloos came out after the world renowned Lockers dance group. The Electric Boogaloos’ movements were more entrenched in popping, roboting and miming. One of its members, Creepin’ Sid, became well known for his dance step called the Backslide.

    In 1979, dancer Geron “Casper” Candidate reportedly called Jeffrey Daniels, a former Soul Train dancer who became a member of the group Shalamar, who was on tour at the time and told him about a new style of dance that he had to see to believe. When Jeffrey was off the tour, Casper tried to demonstrate the move to him, but couldn’t execute it properly. Sometime later Casper, Jeffrey, and dancer Derrick “Cooley” Jackson went to an awards show at a club in Santa Ana, California called Crescendo’s where the Electric Boogaloos received an award for best new dance group. After receiving their award, they decided to give a performance as well which left Daniels and the rest of the audience speechless when he saw Creepin’ Sid perform the Backslide.

    From then on, Jeffrey learned everything he could to perfect and perform this dance. In September 1979, Daniels debuted both the Moonwalk (which was technically popping in a circular motion) and the Backslide on a Soul Train performance with his group Shalamar during the instrumental break in their hit “In the Socket.” A month later, Jeffrey, Casper, Cooley Jackson and Don Newton performed a dance routine on Soul Train as a dance group called Eclipse to Michael Jackson’s hit “Working Day & Night,” in which they demonstrated popping, roboting, moonwalking and backsliding routines to an excited studio audience. Before they performed, Jeffrey told host Don Cornelius that their dancing originated from the Electric Boogaloos, who were booked to perform on the show at the following month’s taping and returned to perform again in the spring of 1980. Michael was intrigued by the Electric Boogaloos as well.



    Coincidentally, Jeffrey, Casper and Cooley all looked like the late seventies Michael Jackson with bouncy afros, black shoes and white socks.
    Little did Eclipse know, Michael and his brothers happened to be watching Soul Train that particular day. Michael was in awe of what he saw. According to J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book Michael Jackson: The Magic & The Madness, Michael, through his then-manager Ron Weisner, got in touch with one of the group’s dancers, Casper. Weisner introduced Casper to Michael. Casper and Cooley both demonstrated various moves to Michael, but it was the backslide he wanted to learn. Michael wanted to know if they had wheels on the bottoms of their shoes, but they told him it was just a dance step. With the aid of a chair, Casper taught Michael the move within an hour. Michael had a couple more lessons with Casper, but he was stiff and it bugged him and he wanted to do it flawlessly like Casper.

    During that time, the Jacksons were on the last leg of their Destiny tour and when Casper went to see their concert in Los Angeles, a month after teaching Michael the Backslide, Michael did not do it. Casper was allowed backstage and asked Michael about it and Michael said he didn’t feel ready to do it yet.

    Hence, Michael continued to practice the step on his own.

    Jeffrey went on to do a solo dance routine on Soul Train in late 1980 to the Jacksons hit “Lovely One.” He wore white gloves and a black policeman’s hat and did the Backslide while walking a toy dog on a leash, which drew cheers from the Soul Train dancers. But the performance he became internationally memorable for was his solo dance routine on the UK TV show Top of the Pops in 1982, when he moonwalked and did the Backslide and other popping routines to the Shalamar hit “Night to Remember.”



    Michael had seen these performances and was enthralled by what he saw, continuing to practice these steps until he got it right.

    In an interview with former Soul Train dancer Damita Jo Freeman for SoulTrain.com’s Diary of an Ex-Soul Train Dancer column, she recalled that in 1982, Michael attended one of Cher’s shows in Las Vegas which Freeman had choreographed. During one segment of the show, Damita did the Backslide. Michael went backstage later and asked Damita to demonstrate the step to him which she did. He asked her where she learned how to do that move and she told him by studying and watching Marcel Marceau. Although Michael watched Marcel in his teens, he began to study him more closely and seriously, watching and paying strict attention to many of his performances. Moreover, the more Michael saw this dance being done by other people, the more fascinated he became with it. People did the move various ways and he wanted to learn it various ways.

    In February 1983, Berry Gordy approached Michael about participating in a 25th anniversary television special saluting Motown Records. Michael was ambivalent about performing on television but relented and agreed to do a medley with his brothers, but also wanted a solo spot. Berry obliged, thinking Michael wanted to do one of his old Motown solo numbers like “Ben.” But Michael said he wanted to do “Billie Jean,” which was a number one smash at the time. It would be the only non-Motown song performed on the special. Berry gave in.

    So Michael and his brothers rehearsed at the Jackson compound in Encino and at Jackie’s house. Jermaine recalled in his book You Are Not Alone that he and his other brothers had no idea what Michael was going to do for his solo performance. Even Michael didn’t know what he was going to do with his performance the night before the special’s taping. He recalled that in the kitchen of his house, he played “Billie Jean” very loud and let the song tell his body what to do and let the dance create itself.

    So on the day of the taping, Friday, March 25, after great performances by the Four Tops and Temptations (in a classic battle of hits), the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and other acts, it was time for the Jacksons to come on stage. They performed a ferocious medley of “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” (they sang “Never Can Say Goodbye” as well but that was edited out of the TV broadcast and later included in the home video release). Then after an emotional exchange of hugs with his brothers, Michael was on stage by himself reminiscing about “the good ole days” and how much he loved those earlier songs, but how he especially liked the “new songs.”

    All of a sudden, “Billie Jean”’s throbbing drum beat kicked in and Michael placed a black fedora on his head and starting moving to the beat, tossing the hat into the audience and delivering a performance that was spellbinding. Every spin, pose, twist, leg kick, dip and turn caused shrieks in the audience, which was up on its feet throughout the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

    In all honesty, Michael executed several of these same moves in his last TV performance on a 1981 Diana Ross special in which he sang “Rock With You.” That performance in itself was outstanding, but this Motown 25 performance would include something extra special.

    For the performance, Michael worked with the special’s director and editor on all of the camera shots, angles and editing. He had complete control of the performance from start to finish.

    The audience thought they had already seen a dynamite performance, but they had not seen anything yet. During the bridge, Michael proceeded to demonstrate on television for the very first time the Backslide, which caused screams throughout the entire audience. He did the move again towards the end of the song and he recalls seeing a sea of people standing up and applauding him at the end of his performance.

    Everyone backstage–from his brothers, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops and the special’s host comedian Richard Pryor–congratulated Michael on a fantastic performance. He did not feel totally elated about his performance since he wanted to stay suspended on his toes during one part of his performance; he didn’t feel better about his performance until a little kid came up to him and told him, “You are amazing! Who taught you how to dance like that?” “Practice, I guess,” Michael told the star-struck kid.



    As a child watching Michael’s performance when it originally aired on May 16, 1983, and having already been a true diehard fan of his since the Jackson 5 days, I knew he had just done something magical. The next day in my class, everyone, even my teacher, talked about his performance. Although backsliding, which is now forever etched in the minds of people as moonwalking, was not new and was being done in inner-city neighborhoods, Michael’s performance made the dance universal to people who may not have been familiar with that step. People everywhere were trying to learn how to Moonwalk. Even one of my teachers was trying to do it, in high heels!

    Michael’s performance was nominated for an Emmy Award but he lost to Leontyne Price. But his biggest reward was when one of his idols Fred Astaire called him the day after the special aired and praised him for his performance, telling him that he “put the audience on their asses!”

    Sales of Michael’s current album Thriller, which was already number one prior to the special’s airing but had begun to slack off, went through the roof immediately following the special. It remained number one for much of the remainder of 1983 and helped catapult Michael into a world renown megastar, earning him numerous American Music Awards and Grammy Awards and other awards in 1984. Kids everywhere copied his look, from his Jherri curl hairstyle, to the glittery white glove, high water pants and white socks and the jackets he wore in his classic “Beat It” and “Thriller” videos. His popularity surpassed that of Elvis Presley and The Beatles combined. He had people of all ages and races into him.

    So Michael learned the Moonwalk from various people, though he officially paid Casper $1,000 for teaching him the step. Although Michael never publicly acknowledged the names of the people, particularly Casper, who taught him the dance step (in his autobiography, Michael said three kids taught it to him), Casper was nevertheless elated that he taught Michael what would become his signature dance step. He, along with Jeffrey Daniels and Cooley Jackson, went on to work with Michael on the “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal” videos. Jeffrey was very instrumental in choreographing Michael in later years and was later employed as a creative and choreography consultant on Michael’s world tours and also became a consultant to Michael’s MJJ Records label.

    Michael undoubtedly made his first Moonwalk in 1983 more famous than that of Neil Armstrong’s Moonwalk in 1969 and his solo career literally went into orbit. Through that one TV performance which almost didn’t happen, Michael truly became a “thriller.” Even though he is no longer with us, his music, his artistry, his performing and dancing are both legendary and historical and are forever cemented in the annals of show business. Indeed, Michael Jackson will always be The King of Pop.

    - Stephen McMillian

    Stephen McMillian is a journalist, writer, actor, filmmaker, dancer/performer, soul music and movie historian and Soul Train historian as well as a former Soul Train dancer.

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    The Blog Article:
    "Dancing the Dream" at National Portrait Gallery


    In 1992, Michael Jackson published a collection of poetry called Dancing the Dream. Now, the National Portrait Gallery has given the same name to its new exhibit of dance-related art, which, of course, includes images of the King of Pop-and Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, George Balanchine, Savion Glover, and even Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The exhibition aims to explore the relationship between dance and American identity, be it through film, music, or stage performances. But should you be inspired to bust a move while perusing the show, remember that the galleries are rather intimate. Save it for the Kogod Courtyard.

    The exhibition is on view 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to July 13, 2014, at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW.
    Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu.


    Introduction: Dancing the Dream
    A century ago, dance staged the riotous birth of modernism when the Ballets Russes presented The Rite of Spring in Paris. An unsuspecting white-tie audience erupted with fury at the outrage confronting them: what was all that stomping about? Where were the tutus of tradition?

    At the same time, dance in America was similarly confronting the advent of modern life-though with less of a tantrum: here, opportunity flowed freely and here, everything was new. Origins explain a lot. Dance accompanied immigrants to these shores, but the sights and sounds of the American experience beat with the pulse of innovation. Newness demanded innovation, and the fleeting nature of dance incorporated change effortlessly.

    "Dancing the Dream" tells the stories of performers, choreographers, and impresarios who harnessed America's diversity and dynamism into dance styles that defined the national experience: dance was American culture in motion. From the era of live performance to today's media age, dance's "singular sensations" have riveted our attention-iconic figures with signature styles that leap into the starscape and strike us with wonder.

    Five major dance categories are showcased in the exhibition: "Broadway and the American Dream," "Lights! Camera! Action!," "Choreographing Modern America," "The Rise of American Ballet," and "Choreography Goes ‘POP!'" In each, a uniquely "American" quality is discernible. True, dynamism and energy are essentials. But there is something else, something perhaps more ineffable-a rather wonderful sense of experiment and lack of truck with the past. As modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn once said, "When in doubt, twirl!"

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    Michael Jackson's Isolated Vocals For 'Man In The Mirror' Are Raw Emotion
    The Huffington Post | By Ryan Kristobak
    Posted: 12/06/2013 4:05 pm EST

    Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror" is undoubtedly one of the King of Pop's greatest masterpieces, but you've never heard it this way before. Stripped of all accompaniment, Jackson's vocals are allowed to shine even brighter. The power and raw emotion behind each syllable is dumbfounding, and there's nothing better than getting to hear all his grunts, yells, and "shamones" in all their glory. Give the isolated vocal track a listen above, and then compare it with the full-body work below.


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    The Forbes Article:

    What Michael Jackson, Beyonce And Jay Z Have In Common ?
    by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
    4/01/2014 @ 4:02PM

    Michael Jackson’s postmortem fortunes got another boost yesterday with the announcement that Epic Records will release Xscape, an album of all-new material by the King of Pop, on May 13th.

    Xscape came together after Jackson’s estate granted Epic chief Antonio “L.A.” Reid unlimited access to the singer’s musical archives. Reid selected eight tracks on which Jackson had already recorded vocals and passed them along to a team of producers led by Timbaland, who then made additional sonic contributions. The result, according to Reid, is something worthy of Jackson’s legacy.

    “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with,” said Reid in a statement. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

    “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds,” added John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate. “He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”

    With the release strategy for Xscape–radio silence up until an announcement just six weeks before launch–Jackson also finds himself on the cutting edge of album rollout planning. The approach isn’t entirely different from the likes of Beyoncé and Jay Z.

    True, those two superstars left even less time between the announcements and launches of their albums. For Jay Z, it was about three weeks; for Beyoncé, the events occurred simultaneously. But even Jackson’s six-week window is a short one compared to other recent releases by big acts like 50 Cent and Coldplay, both of whom announced their albums more than two months in advance.

    Jackson’s former publicist, Susan Blond, remembers putting together album publicity campaigns that began three to four months before the King of Pop’s releases. For other artists releasing music from beyond the grave, the window is still wide: the estate of Johnny Cash first publicized the launch date of Out Among The Stars, released this month, in mid-December.

    Of course, with a departed act, a short runway can be much easier to negotiate. There are no tours or publicity appearances to organize. And as with living acts, the advent of social media has rendered a lengthy leadup unnecessary. With over 70 million likes on Facebook, Jackson is as well equipped as any to spread the word.

    “The only thing the record company needs to do is get the word out and the record will sell itself,” says veteran entertainment attorney Owen Sloane, who once represented the Jacksons. “Since social networking is the key to getting the word out, and that happens instantaneously today, long lead times are not necessary.”

    Will other artists follow the lead of Beyoncé, Jay Z and, now, Jackson? A few have, most recently Kid Cudi and Skrillex, with mixed results. As one major label president recently said: “This kind of event is the territory for maybe 10 artists in the world.”

    Even from beyond the grave, Jackson is clearly part of that group.

    For more about the business of the King of Pop, check out my book Michael Jackson, Inc, which will be published in June, and follow me on Twitter and Facebook.


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    Remembering A Classic – Off The Wall (1979) – Michael Jackson
    by Aza May 3, 2014


    I don’t even know where to begin to talk about the awesomeness of this solo effort from MJ. This is prime disco at it’s most spectacular. Every track a hit. Every track an anthem. The 1970′s disco and motown movement is a treasure trove of stunning music and with this effort Michael Jackson proved his star power. But, seriously, I know you know all this. It’s funk, it’s pop, it’s disco, it’s soul but more importantly… It’s gold.

    Everyone’s musical education needs to have a pitstop here!

    Ladies & Gentlemen get your funk on and enjoy!

























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    The Michael Jackson Channel to coincide with the release of the new Michael Jackson album, "XSCAPE"
    New, limited-run channel celebrating Michael Jackson's legendary solo music career to feature music and insights from producers on the new album


    The Wall Street Journal Blog Article:
    The Michael Jackson Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXM..



    NEW YORK, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM announced today that it will launch The Michael Jackson Channel, an exclusive, limited-run channel dedicated to the King of Pop's extensive solo musical career.

    The Michael Jackson Channel will feature Michael's music beginning with the breakout success of his 1979 Off the Wall album through the present. SiriusXM listeners will also hear music from the new album XSCAPE, which features eight new recordings. XSCAPE is scheduled to be released tomorrow, May 13. The channel will also feature reflections and stories from the producers who worked on the new album.

    "The new recordings being unearthed and part of this new release reinforce Michael Jackson's legacy as the King of Pop," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "These are musical treasures that span decades, and the high production quality and updates make them even more enjoyable for a world of listeners hungry for Michael Jackson's music. Our channel will play all the cuts from the new album along with music from his entire body of solo work, giving our listeners the special listening experience they expect from SiriusXM."

    The Michael Jackson Channel will launch today, May 12 at 5:00 pm ET and will run through Monday, May 26, via satellite on channel 50. The Michael Jackson Channel will also be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

    The Michael Jackson Channel is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and prominent artists, including Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, Willie Nelson's Willie's Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King's Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzy's Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem's Shade 45,Tiesto's Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.

    For more information, please visit www.siriusxm.com

    About Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson has sold 1 billion records worldwide, released 13 No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 (a record for a male artist) and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. "Thriller" also holds the record for the most weeks at No. 1 for a studio album on the Billboard 200 chart, with 37 weeks. Jackson won 17 Grammy Awards including 8 in one year, a record in itself, and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award.

    On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. The first single from the album, Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good," produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain, Giorgio Tuinfort and Paul Anka, was released last week along with a duet version of "Love Never Felt So Good," with Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon. The single lit up the iTunes charts around the world, peaking at #5 in the U.S., #1 in 17 countries and #5 in 67 countries. It debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- Jackson's highest bow since 1995 and fourth-highest debut ever -- marking his 49(th) hit single.

    About SiriusXM

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the world's largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has 25.8 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S. and from retailers nationwide as well as at shop.siriusxm.com. SiriusXM programming is available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers in cars, trucks, RVs, boats and aircraft through SiriusXM Traffic(TM), SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic(R), NavWeather(TM), SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine(TM), Sirius Marine Weather, XMWX Aviation(TM), and XMWX Marine(TM). SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers.

    On social media, join the SiriusXM community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.



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    Learn From The Best: The Lessons Of Success We Can Take From Michael Jackson

    JOSEPH MILORD • OCT 16, 2013 - 10:51AM

    The life and times of Michael Jackson will be remembered for many things. There was “ABC,” there was his great number of fans, there were his numerous comebacks, the Neverland ranch, “Black and White,” “Beat It” and “Thriller.” Who could possibly forget “Thriller”!? The answer is not many, but lots of people might forget about just how hard of a worker Michael was. In fact, a lot of people may not even know anything about his work ethic.

    A few people may think of “MJ” as a once in a generation talent, which would actually undermine just how much work the great one had to put into his craft because whenever a close colleague has gotten a chance to praise the hours he put into practice, like many did in this short video, they have and have done so vehemently.

    “Michael’s a machine, Michael was in insane, Michael was obsessed with perfection.”
    All the words of praise came in different words, but they all sent the same message. Michael Jackson wasn’t just blessed with a skill, but he also matched it with great amounts of effort and dedication to turn that skill into immense success. And, because of that, you would do well to note the lessons that can be taken away from that dedication. So, here are the five lessons of success that anyone can take from the career of Michael Jackson.

    There’s actual hard work behind people’s flashy moments
    It may be hard to consider in this era of the quick Instagram post, the even quicker Twitpic, and even the Vine, but when people brag about the bright points in their lives — the highs and the great successes — we must remember, there’s actual work that had to be put in for them to get to where they are. It’s tempting to get jealous and covet what “they” have when we should be coveting the energy and sense of direction needed to get us to a point of success.

    A lot of people they’re used to just seeing the outcome, they never see the side of the work you put through to produce the outcome.

    Michael knows all too well what it’s like to be lauded for the finished product, only for people to disregard the processes of trial and error that said product had to go through. Many people acknowledge “Thriller” for being the groundbreaking music video of the 80s, but do they know about the eight weeks during which Michael had to work like a slave to produce the piece of genius. They probably don’t know, as Quincy Jones mentions, that Michael would stay up days at a time, until he was ready to drop, searching for perfection.

    What’s the point, then? We may not see it, but behind every Kodak moment capturing one success, there is always likely to be hours and hours (and hours) of hard work that led to it. Instead of being jealous of others’ accomplishments, we probably should be jealous of their desire to get there, and try to mimic it as well.

    From time to time, you’ll have to check your constituents
    Your friends and co-workers are around you for a reason. You chose for them to be. At some point in time, you chose to enter a certain circle or you chose to go for a certain job that has landed you in the environment that you’re in. One way or another, you had a part in getting yourself where you are now.

    Just because you had a hand in placing yourself in and around these associates doesn’t mean they think the same way as you and, if you intend to work with them as a team, it might just be important you check their priorities and ways of thinking once in a while.

    That’s exactly what Michael (who boasted about how phenomenal “Thriller” would be) did when Quincy Jones (who thought it would be just “good”) said otherwise. It was then time for MJ to keep his constituents in check and a close friend recalls just how he did it too.

    “[He said] ‘If Quincy doesn’t believe in this record the way I do, then let’s cancel the whole thing. Fine, we’re just not gonna put it out. ‘Thriller’ is cancelled.’ But Michael said to me he wasn’t really gonna cancel the release of the record, he was motivating people. The only way he thought he could achieve that was to pull the project from them, get them all upset and worried, and then give it back to them. And make them prove to him that they all had the same vision he had.”
    In order for you to reach success, you’re most likely going to have to do it with the help of others around you. How much more difficult, then, would that task be if they don’t believe in what you believe? With the recognition that, at the end of the day, your sense of accomplishment is at risk, you might find it necessary, like Michael did, to check your constituents.

    Use the days of your youth to think big and disrupt
    Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re either young or have a heart that’ll remain forever young. And if you are, perhaps this is the most valuable of lessons that can be taken away from the life and career of Michael Jackson, the idea that we should cherish are youthful age and the energy and room for error that come with it and think of new ideas.

    Long-time friend and record producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins recalls a time that Jackson tried to push this concept into his head:

    “Michael calls me and he says, why can’t we create new sounds? Someone created a drum right? someone created a piano, why can’t we create a new instrument? …He used to always tell me Rodney, we have to do things, we have to push ourselves because we still have our youth.”
    Everyone doesn’t have to come up with a product, idea or service that is revolutionary by tomorrow, but with each day that passes by, our ability to do so is likely to dwindle. So, there’s now better way to put a cap on this lesson than the way Jackson said it. The time is now for us to push ourselves.

    Of all things to get discouraged by, don’t let it be someone’s words
    There are lots of good reasons to stop what you’re doing and throw plan A in the garbage in favor of plan B. Maybe plan A just doesn’t work, maybe it’s a terrible idea, maybe you didn’t go about it the right way from the start and need to begin anew. All of these (very general) reasons, and more, could serve as legitimate cause for you reconsider your actions.

    Being on the receiving end of ridicule, however, is not. Let’s not forgot, as Michael points out, even the greatest of greats were teased.

    “Some of the greatest men that have made a mark on this world were treated like that. ‘You’re not gonna do it, you’re not gonna get anywhere.’ They laughed at the Wright brothers, they laughed at Thomas Edison, they laughed at Walt Disney, they made jokes of Henry Ford and said he was ignorant, he didn’t have a college degree he dropped out of school, Disney dropped out of school…”
    And so on and so forth. What’s the moral of the story? If people find an opportunity to laugh at what you’re doing, they will take it, if not for anything than to make themselves feel better. But there is no reason why jokes, ridicule, criticism and negative words alone should persuade you to quit, especially if they’re coming from people who haven’t accomplished anything themselves.

    “You don’t count your money, when you’re sittin’ at the table.”
    As the famous lyric goes, you just can’t rest on your laurels. It may sound like an oxymoron, but if your goal is to “make it,” you’ve failed the moment you think you’ve actually “made it.” Kenny Rodgers, who first sang that famous lyric, knew it and so did Michael Jackson, who offered this reply in an interview with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera when asked if the making of “Thriller” still excited him.

    “I try not to think about it too hard, I don’t want my subconscious mind to think that I’ve done it all, you’re done now, no. That’s why I don’t put awards or trophies in my house. You won’t find a gold record anywhere in my house, because it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished, “look what I’ve done’ But I always wanna feel, not I haven’t done it yet.”
    It’s tempting, at this moment, to list MJ’s accomplishments and all that he has done to further solidify this point, but it might be easier to just ask this question: What hasn’t Michael Jackson won? Take your you time, answer it, then consider this.

    He still wasn’t satisfied.


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    Michael Jackson Names a few Songs He has Written but Never Released





    The Song List:

    She's Not a Girl
    You Ain't Gonna Change Nothin
    Lucy is in Love with Linus
    Who is the Girl with her Hair Down
    Lonely Man
    Goin to Rio
    Tomboy
    Buffalo Bill
    Al Capone
    Michael McKeller
    Thank you for Life
    Much Too Soon
    What a Lonely Way To Go
    Who Do You Know
    You Are A Liar
    Cry
    Make A Wish
    Crack Kills
    Free
    Fly Away
    Children's Hour
    Baby Smiles
    Sister Sue
    Little Susie
    Tragedy of a Cheerleader
    Get Around
    Little Girls
    In The Valley
    Red Eye 
    Eye for Beauty
    Why Shy
    I Have This Love of Me
    Rumma Lola
    California Grass
    kentucky
    Someone Put Your Hand Out
    Do You Know Where Your Children Are
    Bad Girl
    Lonely Bird
    Smooth Criminal
    PYT Original
    Cheater
    People Have to make Some Kind of Joke
    Love Never Felt So Good
    Alright Now
    Scared of the Moon
    Neverland Landing
    We Are the Ones
    What Was Your Life
    Have a Seat
    The Sky is the Limit
    Saved By The Bell
    Chicago 1945
    Make or Break
    Turning Me On
    Sunset Driver
    Far Far Away
    State of Shock
    Get on the Floor

    To be continued..as there are many more we have yet to still discover about our Earth Angel


    (**This was during the 1993 deposition in Mexico where he gave the information at the time, a few of the songs he mentions here are now released.
    Michael also lets us know what era that each songs were actually written! ** )
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    MJ Unreleased Song Titles from a paper found from inside Holmby Hills Mansion


    THE MJ SONGS ON THE LIST (From what I see)


    1. The Loser
    2. She Coming Back I Freez
    3. D.I.E.
    4. Darck Lady (maybe he mispelled dark? idk
    5. Bottom Of My Heart
    6. Hold My Hand
    7. Remember What I Told You
    8. Can't Stop Loving You
    9. Silent Spring
    10. You Were There
    11. Hollywood Tonight
    12. Shut Up And Dance
    13. Rock Tonight
    14. Adore You
    15. Cheater
    16. Lady Of Summer
    17. Beautiful Girl
    19. Coco Butter
    20. Don't Walk Through
    21. Too Late To Turn Back Now
    22. Ghost Of Another Lover
    23. Black Widow
    24. Burn Tonight
    25. "Finish- Scared of the Moon"


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    It's 13:05 -13:07 of the docu:







    Thank you so much to Wenghua for originally posting and sharing this with us
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    Original sketch drawn by Michael Jackson for a friend visiting him at Neverland Ranch for four days in 1994

    Original sketch drawn by Michael Jackson for a friend visiting him at Neverland Ranch. The following items are from the collection of Sony Records Producer Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer who visited Neverland for four days in 1994 as a guest of Michael. Featured is an original portrait of a sad old man by Michael Jackson, sketched in person, in pencil on a leaf of artist’s illustration paper measuring 18 x 24 in. Boldly signed, “Michael Jackson”. Exhibits vertical and horizontal folds; otherwise, excellent condition. In addition are a number of Neverland Valley memorabilia items including: blue plastic lunch box, Frisbee, markers and crayons, t-shirt in original bag, napkin, wristwatch, playing cards, stickers, notebook and other items bearing the Neverland Valley logo.
    Includes a letter of provenance from Bruce Vanderveer.

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    A Hostess Potatoe Chip Commercial that Michael Jackson is animated in !
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    TORONTO, ONTARIO: DECEMBER 7, 2011 - A student reads a book about Michael Jackson at Brookview Middle School in Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. The school for grades 6, 7 and 8 students is in Toronto's infamous Jane/Finch neighborhood that is know for being one of the toughest parts of the city.

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    Toronto District School Board to develop a new mental-health strategy !
    by Megan O'Toole and Jodee Brown | February 12, 2013 | Last Updated: Feb 13 11:26 AM ET

    The Toronto District School Board plans to introduce a new mental-health strategy after a recent survey found many of the city’s students scored low on questions measuring social and emotional well-being.

    While most students in Grades 7 through 12 said they felt “reasonably happy” and hopeful about the future, a significant portion reported a host of physical symptoms associated with depression. The numbers were highest among Grades 9 through 12, where 76% of students said they felt “tired for no reason” and had difficulty concentrating, 57% said they lost sleep because of worries and nearly a third said they “often” or “sometimes” felt like crying.

    “It is disturbing because we didn’t expect a high percentage,” said research co-ordinator Maria Yau. “What we need to do are more focus groups, more conversations with parents and students to get deep into what they feel and think. It is a wake-up call.”

    The new strategy, said TDSB spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz, is more centralized as opposed to the existing “piecemeal” approach, where programming varies from one school to the next. “We see this as a gap, an area that needs to be addressed,” she said.

    The 2011 census of more than 100,000 students — which included new questions to measure social and emotional well-being, the board says — found stress and anxiety to be the most prevalent emotional issues.

    In other areas, the survey showed little change from the last census in 2006, with demographic variables such as gender distribution, sexual orientation and parental education levels remaining relatively static. The census recorded slight decreases in the white and East Asian student populations, and increases in the South Asian and Middle Eastern populations.

    The survey also cited a “positive shift” in students’ school experiences — particularly among Grades 7 through 8 — with improvements in perceptions of schools, teachers and school safety. More than 90% of students said they felt safe “all the time” or “often” in the classroom, while around 80% said they felt accepted and got along well with others.

    The survey also pointed to an increase in the number of students participating in extracurricular activities, such as sports, music and clubs.

    The new mental-health strategy will aim to help those who may not be comfortable sharing their difficulties.

    “We don’t want anybody to suffer in silence alone,” said Dave Johnston, senior manager of TDSB support systems. “We want to take our responsibility and help students to see their social responsibility in helping one another.”

    Keerthana Ravigulan, a student ambassador and Grade 11 student at Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, says she wasn’t surprised by the census findings among ninth to 12th graders. She attributes that to the stage of life students are experiencing.

    “This is the age where we’re changing, thinking about our future,” said Keerthana. “That’s why our self-esteem may be so low because we didn’t have much to worry about [earlier on].”


    That’s where the student ambassador program can help, said fellow student Anosha Rahmany. The 16-year-old tries to help other new students identify with their surroundings and build their self-esteem.

    “Sometimes, we find students that speak different languages and pair them together with students from other countries,” she said. “We do smile at them, make them feel welcome.”



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    Are You a Pepper? The Jacksons Commercial (Various Worldwide Clips)
    June 11th, 2013

    Launched in 1977, the “Be a Pepper” campaign was one the Dr Pepper Company’s most successful and unforgettable advertising campaigns.

    The “Be a Pepper” campaign was introduced at the 1977 Dr Pepper’s Bottler Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada. (For those that are interested – It was at the Sahara Hotel and Casino where the 1960 version of Ocean’s 11 was filmed.) At the meeting, the company’s executive officers highlighted the success of the company’s previous landmark campaigns including “Drink a Bit to Eat at 10-2- 4 o’clock” and “America’s Most Understood Soft Drink.” The company recognized that in order for its success to continue it needed to gain additional volume by introducing greater usage frequency among current drinkers. In particular the company wanted to focus on drinkers between the ages of 13-30. With those ideas in mind, the advertising was introduced.


    Michael Jackson & The Jacksons - Be a Pepper (Русские субтитры)

    David Naughton with clownFirst, to hit the scene was the “Pied Piper” of Peppers, David Naughton, who appeared in many of the campaign’s commercials. (He later would be known for his role in the horror film, American Werewolf in London, in 1981.) Other commercials soon introduced other famous Peppers – artists such as Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Chic, The Statler Brothers, Tanya Tucker, the Little River Band, and Popeye the Sailor Man. Thanks in part to its tenacious advertising, the campaign itself became the third most popular in the U.S. in 1980. In that same year, J.C. Penney announced that 1,800 of its stores would offer a variety of sportswear and accessories featuring the “I’m a Pepper” logo. From 1977-1982, it was pretty hard not to have heard or seen anything related to “I’m a Pepper” or “Be a Pepper.” The “Be a Pepper” theme officially ended in 1983 when it was changed to “Dr Pepper Made a Pepper Out Of Me.”


    Michael Jackson & The Jacksons - Be a Pepper (Commercial Dr. Pepper)

    According to the Dr Pepper Company, “A Pepper is a person who loves Dr Pepper. So a Pepper can be anyone. And any age. Because being a Pepper is really more a state of mind than a counting of years. The only thing about a Pepper that’s sure is their absolute craving for originality. Even what they drink must be unique. Peppers aren’t weird, strange or oddball. They’re positive, self-confident, bold and willing to try something new. Peppers are proud. And Peppers are popular. So wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?

    Well… would you?



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