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    Default ‘Beat It’: Eddie Van Halen Never Saw a Penny From His Iconic Guitar Solo on the Michael Jackson Hit:

    In 1982, when Michael Jackson recorded his generation-defining Thriller, nearly every song on that album was a hit.

    “Beat It” was no exception.

    Van Halen lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died this week at age 65, played the unforgettable guitar solo on what became a five-times Platinum No. 1 single, selling seven million copies worldwide.

    But the guitarist never received a cent from that success. Here’s why.

    How Eddie Van Halen was recruited to play guitar on ‘Beat It’

    In Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography, author Kevin Dodds reported that in 1982, “Edward received a late-night phone call from famed producer Quincy Jones who was producing Thriller” throughout most of that year.

    Dodds, a contributing writer on the website Van Halen News Desk, noted in his biography of the guitarist that Van Halen “thought the call was a prank and hung up.”

    As it turned out, Van Halen’s friend Steve Lukather was the main guitarist on “Beat It.” It’s not clear if Lukather or Jones or even Michael Jackson himself came up with the idea, but it was decided to get Eddie Van Halen for the track.

    “When it was discussed,” Dodds wrote, “Ed eventually revealed that he had done [his guitar solo] as a favor, for no money at all, for no points on the record at all.”

    Eddie Van Halen could have made a chunk of money off ‘Beat It’

    At the time of his death, Van Halen’s net worth was reportedly $100 million. Who knows what it would have been had he insisted on receiving a cut of the royalties from the enormously successful “Beat It”?

    Van Halen said, according to Dodds, “I was a complete fool, according to the rest of the band, our manager, and everyone else. I was not used. I knew what I was doing – I don’t do something unless I want to do it.”

    His ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, according to Dodds, said, “Ed never saw a dime; nor do I believe that he ever thought to ask to get paid. That was Ed.”

    Quincy Jones’ tribute to Eddie Van Halen

    On Twitter this week, the legendary music producer who worked with Michael Jackson on Thriller paid tribute to the late guitarist.

    “RIP to the GREAT @eddievanhalen,” Jones said. “Even though it took a couple calls to convince U it was actually me on the phone U killed it on Thriller, & your classic guitar solo on “Beat It” will never be matched. I’ll always smile when I think of our time working together. Eternal love & props.”

    Rolling Stone in 2009 reported that the only direction Jones gave Van Halen on “Beat It” was “I’m not gonna sit here and try to tell you what to play – the reason you’re here is ’cause of what you do play.”

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    Default Eddie Van Halen Told No One About His ‘Beat It’ Guitar Solo

    Groundbreaking musician Eddie Van Halen’s death on Oct. 6 from throat cancer shocked his fans around the world.

    Van Halen left an indelible mark on music; in particular, millions got to know him through Michael Jackson’s Grammy Award-winning song, “Beat It.” Next to Jackson himself, Van Halen’s guitar solo was the star of the song.

    Yet Van Halen, after performing on the track, told no one about his role on it. Here’s why.

    Eddie Van Halen contributed his guitar solo to ‘Beat It’ in 1983

    In a 2012 conversation with CNN, Van Halen recalled the recording of what would become one of Michael Jackson’s greatest records. He was given the freedom to do as he wanted on the song, so he did.

    “Michael left to go across the hall to do some children’s speaking record. I think it was E.T. or something,” he said. “So I asked Quincy, ‘What do you want me to do?’ And he goes, ‘Whatever you want to do.’ And I go, ‘Be careful when you say that. If you know anything about me, be careful when you say, ‘Do anything you want!’

    “I listened to the song, and I immediately go, ‘Can I change some parts?’ I turned to the engineer and I go, ‘OK, from the breakdown, chop in this part, go to this piece, pre-chorus, to the chorus, out.’ Took him maybe ten minutes to put it together. And I proceeded to improvise two solos over it.”

    Van Halen wasn’t sure what Michael Jackson would think of his work on ‘Beat It’

    Not only did Eddie Van Halen record the guitar solo for “Beat It,” but he changed and moved things around a bit on the song. He felt it sounded great, but worried that the Thriller singer would be furious.

    “I was just finishing the second solo when Michael walked in,” he recalled. “And you know artists are kind of crazy people. We’re all a little bit strange. I didn’t know how he would react to what I was doing. So I warned him before he listened. I said, ‘Look, I changed the middle section of your song.'”

    “And so he gave it a listen, and he turned to me and went, ‘Wow, thank you so much for having the passion to not just come in and blaze a solo, but to actually care about the song, and make it better.'”

    After recording his solo, Van Halen told no one about it

    Agreeing to take part in Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” to Eddie Van Halen’s point of view, was a simple favor he was doing for the record’s producer Quincy Jones and for his friend Steve Lukather who was a principal guitarist on the song. And so, when Van Halen was done with his part, he never mentioned it to anyone and received no royalties on it. It wasn’t that big a deal to him.

    In Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography, author Kevin Dodds noted that “no one knew the impact Ed’s solo, all of 30 seconds, would have on the music world at large at the time it was cut. For the meantime, though, Ed’s stepping out would remain in the closet for about a year. He told no one about his participation. At the time, Eddie claimed he simply thought nothing of it.”

    That simple song would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1984 for Record of the Year and to sell 7 million copies worldwide. Not bad for 30 seconds of Eddie Van Halen’s time.

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    Default Michael Jackson Spent Millions on a Music Video Stephen King Co-Wrote

    Horror was a surprisingly large part of Michael Jackson’s musical career. In addition to “Thriller,” Jackson made another horror-themed music video — one which was far more extravagant. Here’s the story behind a music video Stephen King co-wrote which cost Jackson around $15 million.

    The movie that got Michael Jackson into horror

    Jackson worked with many famous movie directors during his career. One of them was Mick Garris, the horror director behind several adaptations of King’s work including the miniseries versions of The Stand and The Shining. According to Entertainment Weekly, Garris gave fans insight into how Jackson got interested in horror.

    “I’m really fortunate to have been able to work with, and become friends with, Michael Jackson,” Garris said. “It was right after [the release of An American Werewolf in London] — 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 [in them].” Thanks to King, Jackson and Garris would collaborate on an ambitious music video/short film called Michael Jackson’s Ghosts.

    Why Stephen King helped create the hugely expensive video

    King told Entertainment Weekly it all started with a phone call. Jackson called King on the set of The Stand and said he was a huge fan of King’s work. Jackson said he wanted King to help him make the scariest music video ever.

    King liked this idea because he figured creating Jackson’s proposed “minimusical” would be a welcome change of pace. King lauded the finished film, saying “the video contains some of the best, most inspired dancing of Jackson’s career.” On the business end of things, Garris revealed the budget of the music video ballooned to about twice its original size.

    “It had a very large transformation over the course of it and eventually became by far the most expensive music video ever made,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “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.” Jackson certainly invested a lot into the film — so how did the public react to it?

    How the public reacted to ‘Michael Jackson’s Ghosts’

    Over the course of its 39 minutes, Michael Jackson’s Ghosts includes three songs by Jackson: “2 Bad,” “Is It Scary,” and “Ghosts.” While Jackson had numerous hits, none of the songs included in Michael Jackson’s Ghosts reached the Billboard Hot 100. Compare this to “Thriller,” which reached No. 4. The music video might not have become a cultural juggernaut like the “Thriller” video, but it remains a memorable — and costly — collaboration between two icons: Jackson and King.

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    Default The Significance of Oct. 13 for Both Michael Jackson and Prince (EUR Video Throwback)

    *It’s been well documented that Prince and Michael Jackson were both personal and professional rivals during the height of their commercial success in the 1980s. But it turns out that both enjoyed significant career markers on the same date, 13 years apart.

    On Oct. 13, 1979, Michael Jackson’s single “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, becoming his second ever solo number one hit after 1972’s “Ben.” On Oct. 13, 1992, Prince released an album with a symbol on the cover that represented both his new professional name and defiant independence.

    “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” also represented independence for Jackson. It was the first track on his fifth studio album “Off the Wall” in 1979, but more importantly, it was the first solo recording over which Jackson had creative control. Critics consider the track to be the first that also showcased Jackson’s talent as a songwriter.

    And who can forget the video, with its then state-of-the-art, 1979 green screen graphics and special effects showing Jackson in innovative triplicate.

    “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” went quadruple platinum, topped the chart in nine other countries and earned Jackson his first Grammy.

    Meanwhile, the album that came to be known as “Love Symbol” was actually an unpronounceable blend of the male and female gender symbols that Prince had featured on past album covers. He copyrighted an enhanced version of the image under the title “Love Symbol #2,” and began using it as his unpronounceable stage name from 1993 to 2001 in protest of his label, Warner Bros. Records. The label distributed the album, which was released on Oct. 13, 1992 by Prince’s own Paisley Park Records.

    Warner Bros. wanted the track “7” to be released as the first single.

    But Prince instead insisted that “My Name Is Prince” be the lead single, arguing that its sound would appeal better to listeners that had enjoyed “Diamonds and Pearls.”

    The “Love Symbol” LP was actually a concept album featuring dancer Mayte Garcia, who would become his wife four years later. In visuals for the album, Mayte played an Egyptian princess who falls in love with a rock star (Prince) and entrusts him with a religious artifact, the Three Chains of Turin (or track “Three Chains o’ Gold”). She is eventually captured, then escapes from seven assassins, as referenced in “7.”

    The original cut of the album had eight spoken segues to help tell this story, but most of them had to be cut for time when Prince decided to add one last song, “I Wanna Melt With U,” instead of making it the B-side to the “7” maxi single, as was the original plan.

    MJ reportedly said that Prince was “nasty” and “one of the rudest people I’ve ever met.” Although Prince and MJ were rivals, they were respectfully competitive. Prince’s good friend Tavis Smiley told Conan O’Brien that Prince was devastated by Jackson’s death and “[locked] himself literally in his room for days, and didn’t come out. Didn’t talk to anybody.”

    There are videos of Prince playing Michael Jackson songs in concert as a salute to the King of Pop following his death. Below is one of them.

    Prince dips into the MJ song that reached number one on the very date that he would release his pivotal “Love Symbol” album 13 years later.

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    Default Mike tyson tells how he met michael jackson

    In a recent interview with podcaster T.I’s expediTIously, Mike Tyson talked about the first time he met Michael Jackson and how his relationship grown after the pop superstar blanked him.

    “Mike is interesting, right,” Tyson said. “I met Mike one day, I think he was at a concert in Cleveland, I’m with Don King. So me and Don come in, right? And I’m champ and everything, did all this s–t, undisputed. So Don goes and Don gives Michael Jackson the ‘peace’ sign, like this. And then so Michael gives Don the ‘peace; sign, and so I give Michael the ‘peace’ sign, and Michael put his hand down. In a way, I say, ‘Did he play me? Nah, he didn’t play me, he just didn’t see me. I knew he didn’t play me, cause I’m f—ing champ.”

    “So we went backstage, right? So I’m backstage, and so there’s his backstage, some of his singers and stuff. He’s on stage, it’s over I’m signing autographs and stuff, so Michael comes over and he talks to Don, he doesn’t talk to me. … I say ‘Let me just go on and meet Mike’, cause that’s really why I’m here, I want to meet Mike. And then I go over to meet Mike, … and he goes like this, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere? Where I know you from?’

    “He broke my ego, he crushed me,” Tyson said. “I said ‘No, I’m just a fan, pleasure to meet you, sir. He said, ‘Okay’, and then he got out and went in the car”

    “So I hated his guts forever, Tyson said. “Every time Michael Jackson’s name came, I said ‘F–k that mother f—er’, and this and that and this and that …”

    But Michael Jackson invited him to “hang out”…

    “I said ‘Okay, I’m coming, I’ll be over there’, right?” Tyson said. “So I got on a plane, went over there, hung out, and we just started hanging out together. And I said ‘F–k man, he’s a good guy, but in my mind, I said ‘Why’d you play me though, Mike, why’d you play me like that? You knew who I was, why’d you play me?”

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    Default Michael Jackson, Prince, and Bobby Brown Inspired This Disney Character

    Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, and Prince each left their mark on pop culture — but few would guess they left their mark on Disney. One character from a 1990s Disney movie was directly inspired by all three of them. In fact, one of the songs he sings was directly inspired by Prince.

    How Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown inspired a Disney character

    The 1990s were a huge decade for the Walt Disney Company. Thanks to movies like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, the studio was making lots of money and earning significant critical praise. Many saw the decade as the studio’s best period since Walt Disney died in 1966. Much of the material Disney produced during this decade was timeless — but some of it was heavily influenced by 1990s popular culture.

    Enter A Goofy Movie. While other 1990s Disney films are cultural touchstones, A Goofy Movie received less attention. However, it has a major following now. One of the most indelible elements of A Goofy Movie is a secondary character called Powerline. A major pop star, Powerline sings some amazingly catchy songs and shows off some great dance moves. In an interview with Forbes, the actor who portrayed Powerline, Tevin Campbell, discussed how the dance moves of two major stars inspired Powerline’s movement.

    “[The people at Disney] just had me do some dance moves [in front of a green screen] and I doubt if they based any of Powerline’s dance moves off of me,” Campbell said. “I was more of a dancer back then, I did choreography, but I was nothing like Powerline. I think they sort of took [inspiration] from a lot of people: Michael Jackson, you got Bobby Brown, you got all kinds of people that they took away from as far as dances, because I really wasn’t a [professional] dancer.” In a different way, Prince inspired Powerline as well.

    How Prince inspired ‘A Goofy Movie’

    Jackson and Brown were not the only superstars who inspired Powerline. In an interview with Slashflim, director Kevin Lima said Prince influenced the character as well. Powerline performs two songs in the film: “Stand Out” and “I-2-I.”

    Patrick DeRemer wrote “1-2-1” and said the title of the song was a throwback to Prince, who would sometimes use letters and numbers in the titles of songs he wrote. For example, Prince used “I Would Die 4 U” and “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?,” as well as another famous song he wrote, Sinéad O’Connor’s ”Nothing Compares 2 U.” In addition, the synthesizers from both songs sound like the synthesizers from Prince tracks.

    Many of the Disney characters from the 1990s are based on characters from age-old stories like “Beauty and the Beast” or “Aladdin.” Powerline proved Disney could create a character who was a little more modern — while taking inspiration from major pop stars in the process.

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