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    Default Fab Morvan: life after Milli Vanilli

    i didn't know Michael was a fan of Milli Vanilli. i kind of knew but wasn't for sure.

    Fab unfolds the film: this contract signed “without a lawyer or manager, old-fashioned of course (laughs)”, the pecuniary advance which dazzles them then the machine which races with these concerts in 107 American cities in front of huge crowds after the Grammy. Among the amused memories, a visit to Michael Jackson who shows them his goldfish named… “Milli” and “Vanilli”.

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    Default Ed Sullivan Helped Propel Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 To New Heights

    Despite a complicated history that blurs the line between inarguable talent and problematic superstar, Michael Jackson‘s impact on the music world cannot be understated. However, while a modern audience might focus on his solo work, his early years with the Jackson 5 cannot go understated. However, had it not been for Ed Sullivan, neither his solo work nor his family project would have reached the heights that changed pop music forever.

    Michael Jackson was in the Jackson 5

    Part of the intrigue and complication of Michael Jackson’s story is his childhood. The late Joe Jackson made no qualms about his kids’ desires to be famous, but his methods of doing so came under scrutiny throughout his life.

    However, while Joe Jackson was hard on all of his kids, many believe that Michael Jackson got the brunt of this. Michael Jackson spoke about how hard his upbringing was.

    “My childhood was taken away from me,” said Michael Jackson, according to Biographay.com. “There was no Christmas, there were no birthdays, it was not a normal childhood, nor the normal pleasures of childhood. Those were exchanged for hard work, struggle and pain, and eventually material and professional success. But as an awful price, I cannot recreate that part of my life. Nor would I change any part of my life.”

    His later downfalls away from music have been covered to every extent. However, Michael Jackson’s masterful artistry remains inarguable. He changed the way that musical performances were done forever. From his high notes to inhuman dance moves, The “Billie Jean” singer started performing from an early age and continued working on his craft until the day he tragically passed away.

    Michael Jackson saw it all from the roots in Gary, Indiana, to the biggest stages in music. However, his most significant breakout came when Ed Sullivan allowed him and his siblings to perform on the show that hosted most of the biggest names in music throughout its run.

    Michael Jackson’s early career journey

    The Jackson 5 were unlike anything that viewers had ever seen. They were not the first family act, nor the first to blend the lines between R&B and popular music.

    However, what they did was a finer-tuned machine than most could ever dream of, and a lot of this had to do with its young frontman Michael Jackson. In the mid-1960s, Michael Jackson and his brothers toured the country performing in competitions and talent shows.

    After winning an amateur singing competition attended by music superstar Gladys Knight, the songstress spoke to Motown founder Berry Gordy about bringing them on board. A year later, this finally came to fruition. With one of the biggest names in music by their side, they started getting the exposure that Joe Jackson had dreamed into existence.

    The Jackson 5, led by Michael Jackson’s 10-year-old vocals, were sweeping the nation. Despite growing racial tensions at the height of the Civil Rights movements, they were quickly becoming household names.

    When they took the stage on Ed Sullivan, they did so with gravitas. Starting with a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Stand” and ending with the original “I Want You Back,” audiences were stunned by the band of brothers’ talent.

    The band officially made it, and they returned to the Ed Sullivan stage for several years as their star-power escalated. Like Elvis, the Beatles, and several other significant acts before them, Sullivan didn’t discover the Jackson 5, but his impact on their success cannot go understated.

    With so many stories about his music and his demons, it’s easy to forget that Jackson was once a child with a whole life ahead of him. For better or worse, none of this would have been possible had he not graced the stage on Ed Sullivan in 1969.

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    Default Michael Jackson Loved Thrifting So Much He Got All the Costumes For This Iconic Video At a Salvation

    Music will never again have a King of Pop like Michael Jackson. With hits including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Off the Wall,” and more, Jackson remains one of the most successful artists of all time. Jackson was also known for his fashion and what he would wear in music videos and out in the world. And while he eventually became known for rhinestones and looking expensive, Jackson himself had surprisingly frugal tendencies.

    Michael Jackson had a humble upbringing

    Jackson was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, about an hour away from Chicago. He was one of ten children in a working-class family that shared a simple two-bedroom house.

    Jackson notably had a tough upbringing. His father often beat him and berated him for having a wide nose. During their rehearsals as the family singing group The Jackson 5, his father Joe was often the hardest on him, as he was viewed as the leader of the group.

    Still, Jackson rose to fame at a young age and maintained his star power up until his death.

    Michael Jackson loved thrift shopping

    Often when people are raised a certain way, their habits follow them into adulthood even if their lifestyle has changed. This couldn’t truer than for Jackson.

    One part of his youth that Jackson held close to his heart his whole life was his love of thrift shopping. Getting clothes and other things secondhand is not only a great way of finding gems on a budget, but it also happens to be environmentally friendly.

    In the documentary The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, costume designer Kelly Kimball noted Jackson’s love of thrifting. Jackson reportedly loved rummaging through thrift stores for “things I haven’t seen since I was little,” and often made sure to visit various secondhand stores wherever he traveled.

    The Michael Jackson music video with costumes from a Salvation Army
    Jackson’s love of thrifting was so intense, in fact, that he made sure to incorporate it into his work. “Thriller” is Jackson’s most iconic video (as well as the foundation of modern music videos), and all of the costumes featured in the video — from the zombies to Jackson himself — were taken from a Salvation Army store.

    “They told us we had to have a lot of dead people, so we went down to the Salvation Army and bought a lot of old suits and things, as-is,” Kimball recalled, adding that the clothes “had holes in them.”

    She then described how they created the “Thriller” look. “We took [the clothes] home and wrecked them!” she said. “We dunked them in water, we rubbed them on the ground, we slashed them up with razor blades. Then we laid them out to dry, and bugs crawled in them,” she remembered. “I don’t know, maybe some bugs are still in them!”

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    Default Martin Scorcese Directed This Iconic Michael Jackson Music Video

    Martin Scorcese is one of Hollywood‘s best and brightest directors. With movies including Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Irishman, he’s achieved legendary status in the world of cinema.

    Martin Scorcese remains one of the best directors of all time

    Early in his career, Scorcese befriended accomplished auteurs such as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg. After cutting his teeth in the 1960s, Scorcese had his breakout with Mean Streets in 1973.

    After Mean Streets, Scorcese continued to built his reputation as a director with films such as Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and New York, New York. With the 1980 boxing biopic Raging Bull, Scorcese had become one of the most highly lauded directors in Hollywood.

    Martin Scorcese and music videos

    In addition to being referenced in countless other movies and TV shows, Scorcese’s work has also been referenced quite a few times in music as well.

    Way back in the 1990s, several rappers riffed on famous Scorcese films in their music videos. In Fat Joe’s video for “Envy,” the Bronx-bred rapper references the end of Raging Bull. Prolific hip-hop director Hype Williams, who was known for referencing films in the music videos he directed, integrated elements of Casino into Nas’ “Street Dreams” video less than a year after the movie’s release.

    In 2000, Williams directed the visual for Murda Inc.’s “We Don’t Give a F*ck,” which also referenced Raging Bull throughout the video. Ashanti — with the help of a young Terrence Howard — paid homage to Scorcese’s classic Goodfellas in her breakout music video for “Foolish.”

    The video for Ludacris’ 2007 song “Slap” references Taxi Driver. After The Wolf of Wall Street‘s release, it became a theme in hip-hop videos including T-Pain’s “All I Want.”

    Martin Scorcese directed 1 iconic Michael Jackson video
    Scorcese may have been honored in several music videos over the past two decades, but as a director, he refrained from venturing into the art form himself. That all changed in 1987 when Scorcese was tapped to direct the earth-shattering music video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad.”

    The “Bad” video was filmed in a New York City subway station and was inspired in part by West Side Story. The full “Bad” video was directed in its entirety by Scorsese and features a young Wesley Snipes. Jackson plays Darryl, a kid who just got back from an expensive private school and is hanging with his friends who are still partaking in petty crimes. After a failed mugging on the subway, Darryl and his friend Mini Max (played by Snipes) argue about how Darryl isn’t “bad” anymore.

    Besides “Bad,” Scorcese has only ever directed one other music video: “Somewhere Down the Crazy River” by Robbie Robertson, a frequent collaborator of his who produced the soundtracks for Raging Bull, Casino, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Irishman, among others.

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    Default When Neil Young Mocked Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton for Selling Their Music for TV Ads

    With the news that Neil Young sold 50% of his music interests to Hipgnosis in 2021, it’s time to believe what David Crosby and others have been saying for months. That is, that recording artists must turn to other ways of generating income since touring (i.e., gatherings) became impossible in March 2020.

    While that won’t fully explain the rash of sales by titans such as Bob Dylan and Young (neither of whom wants for riches), it’s clearly played some factor in these sales. After all, Young once made a record that openly sellout activity of David Bowie and Eric Clapton (among others) in no uncertain terms.

    In “This Note’s For You” (1988), Young struck straight at the heart of ’80s commercialism. It was a time when Clapton was marketing Michelob beer with “After Midnight.” Around that same time, Bowie was pitching Pepsi with a reworked version of “Modern Love” featuring Tina Turner.

    Young made it clear what to expect from his corner of the music world. “Ain’t singin’ for Pepsi,” he sang. “Ain’t singin’ for Miller.” And in the video for “This Note’s For You,” he took shots at Clapton, Michael Jackson, and many others. Young struck enough of a chord that MTV banned his video.

    Neil Young took aim at Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson in his banned video for ‘This Note’s For You’

    In the video for “This Note’s For You,” you see how Young had a multimedia experiment in mind. It kicks off almost exactly like Clapton’s cheesy ’87 Michelob ad. But instead of Clapton walking to an after-hours club to jam (with neon Michelob signs everywhere), we see Young on the march.

    Young brings in all the stuff you’d expect from an over-the-top ’80s marketing campaign (and got in the Clapton ad). You see neon lights going out; attractive women sitting at a smoky bar; and Young walking the city streets with awful saxophone music on the soundtrack.

    Then you hear amplifier feedback: It’s Young’s turn to rock. After dispensing with Clapton, the “This Note’s For You” video skewers Whitney Houston and Jackson. At one point, the video references the episode in which Jackson’s hair caught on fire during a film shoot.

    Young also included a parody of a Calvin Klein perfume (Obsession) commercial. And he made sure to trot out old Spuds McKenzie, the dog at the center of ’80s Budweiser campaigns. (Young’s song title plays off the “This Bud’s for you” tagline.)

    Young called MTV executives ‘spineless twerps’ after the network refused to air the video

    All in all, Young had himself a dynamite video for “This Note’s For You.” The thing is, MTV audiences didn’t get to see it in 1987. Claiming concerns about “trademark infringement charges,” MTV refused to air it, Rolling Stone reported in a 2016 lookback article.

    Even after Young’s record label said it would indemnify MTV against lawsuits, MTV still didn’t put the video into its rotation. Young’s manager Elliot Roberts pointed out that MTV wasn’t worried about the artists’ representatives; the real issue was its corporate sponsors.

    Young put it in much plainer language in an open letter dated July ’88. “MTV, you spineless twerps,” he wrote. “You refuse to play ‘This Note’s for You’ because you’re afraid to offend your sponsors. What does the ‘M’ in MTV stand for: music or money? Long live rock and roll.”

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    Default Re: Michael in the Media - Thread for Miscellaneous Articles

    I just found this article and thought that it was really interesting.
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    Default Why Michael Jackson Had His ‘Authorized Soundalike’ Perform His Songs on ‘The Simpsons’

    The Simpsons continues to draw top ratings after being on the air for over 30 years. Featuring the daily lives of Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), his wife Marge (Julie Kavner), and their three kids: Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and baby Maggie, the animated show has also hosted a plethora of A-list guest stars.

    When music icon Michael Jackson agreed to lend his voice to the show, he let someone else take over when it came time to sing.

    Michael Jackson asked to be on ‘The Simpsons’

    Mike Reiss, writer and producer of The Simpsons, recalled when Jackson reached out to show creator Matt Groening and requested to be on the show.

    “Al Jean and I were assigned the script, and we started with an outline,” Reiss recalled in his 2018 book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. “Jackson read it, and offered some funny suggestions. He pitched the scene where Bart tells the town that Michael Jackson is coming to visit, creating an uproar. And he added the scene where ‘Michael’ writes a song with Bart.”

    When Reiss met with Jackson to go over the script, he got to hear the music legend perform.

    “We had the script reading at the home of Michael’s manager, Sandy Gallin,” Reiss wrote. “I sat next to Michael at the reading and was three feet away from him as he sang ‘Ben’, ‘Thriller’, and the song he composed for the episode, ‘Lisa, It’s Your Birthday’. I couldn’t wait til we got that performance on tape.”

    Singing was more in Michael Jackson’s wheel house than acting

    When Jackson came in to voice his scenes, the production team soon realized that acting wasn’t his strength.

    “Jim Brooks stepped in personally to direct Michael,” Reiss noted. “But Michael was no actor, and Jim is not the only Oscar-winning director to try to squeeze a good performance out of him. Martin Scorsese in the ‘Bad’ video and Francis Ford Coppola in ‘Captain EO’ both tried in vain to make Michael look badass.”

    Reiss wasn’t too concerned about Jackson’s lack of acting skills since he knew the Grammy winner would nail it during his singing segments.

    “If Michael’s acting wasn’t great, at least his singing would be,” Reiss wrote. “We’d recorded all of Michael’s spoken parts in the morning, and we would finish the day with the songs. And that’s when Michael called in a little white guy.”

    Michael Jackson handed over the mic

    To everyone’s surprise, Jackson had brought someone along to perform the songs for the show.

    “‘This is Kipp Lennon – he’s my authorized soundalike,'” Reiss recalled Jackson telling them. “Michael stood by laughing as Kipp performed all the songs in that episode. It’s an amazing impression, but if you watch the show again, you can tell that Kipp is actually spoofing Michael, to Jackson’s delight.”

    The Simpsons team was disappointed and a bit taken aback that Jackson had someone sing in his place.

    “We asked Jackson, ‘Um, Michael … why are you doing this?’ He replied cryptically, ‘It’s a joke on my brothers.'”

    Reiss concluded his story with his own take on the incident, writing, “Let me be the first to say it: Michael Jackson was an odd guy.”

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    Default Michael Jackson Has a Co-Writing Credit on This Rihanna No. 1 Hit

    Michael Jackson generally didn’t write songs for other people, however, he did have a writing credit on one of Rihanna’s No. 1 hits. Interestingly, the Rihanna song in question has a major musical legacy — at least according to one of its other writers. Here’s a look at how Rihanna’s song came together — and how it performed compared to one of Jackson’s classic hits.

    Why a hit-making duo felt they had to work with Rihanna

    Firstly, a little background. Stargate is a songwriting duo composed of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen. They have worked on countless hits for a number of artists, including Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” They’ve written a number of songs for Rihanna.

    According to Entertainment Weekly, Stargate’s history with Rihanna began when they heard RiRi’s earliest hit: “Pon de Replay.” “We just knew, like, ‘We have to work with this girl!’” Eriksen said. “There’s something very special about her voice. I remember when we finished ‘Don’t Stop the Music,’ we were like, ‘Oh my God, this must be the first single! This is the best thing ever!’ And then coming out of the studio room next to us was ‘Umbrella’ and when we heard that, we were like, ‘Oh God, no!’” “Umbrella’ was a very critically well-received song, so it appears Eriksen is saying “Umbrella” sounded better than “Don’t Stop the Music.”

    Michael Jackson’s connection to ‘Don’t Stop the Music’

    People would always say, ‘That four-to-the-floor kick-drum pattern doesn’t work in America, it’s not going to work on radio.’ And up until that point, they would’ve been right. But for this particular song, which started with the ‘mama-say mama-sah’ sample that Michael Jackson used on ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,’ it was the right thing to do. That was our first time making a dance beat, but we tried to keep the melody soulful and the bassline funky and not too cold and techno-y.” Because the track sampled the famous line ‘mama-say mama-sah, ma-ma-ko-ssa’ which Jackson appropriated on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” Jackson has a co-writing credit on Rihanna’s song. By sampling a hit song from the 1980s, “Don’t Stop the Music” set the stage for a revival of 1980s pop music that is still going on.

    Was ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ more popular than ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’?’

    The connection between “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “Don’t Stop the Music” raises an interesting question: Which track performed better commercially? “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. While successful, it wasn’t as popular as other tracks from Thriller like “Beat It” or “Billie Jean.”

    On the other hand, “Don’t Stop the Music” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the success of “Don’t Stop the Music,” Stargate worked on a number of other Rihanna hits, such as “S&M,” “Rude Boy,” and “Only Girl (In the World).” The public liked “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” but they enjoyed a Rihanna song inspired by it more.

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    Default The Michael Jackson Performance Beyoncé Watched ‘For Hours’

    There are many comparisons made between Beyoncé and Michael Jackson as public figures. Jackson was arguably the most important R&B singer of the 1980s and early 1990s while Beyoncé arguably defined R&B since Destiny’s Child came on the scene. In addition, Jackson and Beyoncé’s output both got more socially conscious over time. Because of this, it’s no surprise that Jackson was a major influence on Beyoncé. In fact, two of Jackson’s performances had an incredible impact on Queen B.

    What made Beyoncé want to become an entertainer

    In Beyoncé’s music, there are clear allusions to many great artists. Her catalog contains callbacks to everyone from Lil Wayne to Franz Schubert. Queen B clearly has lots of influences. Republic TV reports Beyoncé’s greatest influence is Jackson.

    According to Yahoo! News, Beyoncé attended her first concert as a young child. It was a Jackson concert. She said that moment changed her life. At the concert, she decided she wanted to become an entertainer. “He is the reason I do what I do because I would have never experienced that magic if it wasn’t for him.”

    The Jackson 5 performance Beyoncé repeatedly watched to learn Michael Jackson’s ‘soul’

    The Jackson 5 are generally considered one of the greatest boy bands of all time but critics generally see Jackson’s solo work as the pinnacle of his career. However, Billboard reports a certain Jackson 5 performance became a staple for Beyoncé. “When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of [the Jackson 5’s] ‘Who’s Lovin’ You,’” Beyoncé wrote. “He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.”

    Beyoncé discussed Jackson’s talent in supernatural terms. “What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel…It’s something that’s God-given.”

    Beyoncé’s an incredible live performer and she learned quite a bit from that single Jackson 5 performance. “Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go.” “Who’s Lovin’ You” didn’t even reach the Billboard Hot 100 but it still managed to have a huge impact through Queen B, which is a testament to Jackson’s musical prowess.

    Queen B’s Michael Jackson tribute

    The connection between Queen B and the King of Pop goes beyond influence. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Beyoncé also paid tribute to Jackson at a 2009 concert soon after Jackson’s death. At the concert, she performed a number of Jackson’s hits, including “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “I Can’t Help It.” On stage, she thanked Jackson for his contributions to music and the crowd thanked him as well. Although Jackson died over a decade ago, his influence lives on through Beyoncé and other artists.

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    Default Michael Jackson Said He Wrote This No. 1 Hit ‘With School Kids in Mind’

    Michael Jackson isn’t a children’s artist like The Wiggles, however, he intentionally wrote songs for children. In fact, one of his most iconic hits was intended for a young audience. Despite this, it might not be obvious the song was meant for kids because it doesn’t sound much like a traditional children’s song.

    Michael Jackson felt one of his 1980s hits had an important message for kids

    Firstly, a little background. In 1988, Jackson published his autobiography, Moonwalk. Released shortly after his seminal album Bad, Moonwalk provides some valuable insight into Jackson’s peak years. While Jackson had never written a book before Moonwalk, he managed to put together an autobiography which was engaging and easy to digest. In the book, Jackson discusses the creation of many of his most famous songs.

    “‘Beat It’ was written with school kids in mind,” Jackson wrote. “I’ve always loved creating pieces that will appeal to kids. It’s fun to write for them and know what they like because they’re a very demanding audience. You can’t fool them. They are still the audience that’s still most important to me, because I really care about them. If they like it, that’s a hit, no matter what the charts say.”

    Afterward, Jackson explained the moral of “Beat It” — a moral he felt was relevant for kids. “The lyrics of ‘Beat It’ express something I would do if I were in trouble. Its message — that we should abhor violence — is something I believe deeply. It tells kids to be smart and avoid trouble. I don’t mean you should turn the other cheek while someone kicks your teeth, but, unless your back is against the wall and you have absolutely no choice, you just get away before violence breaks out. If you fight and get killed, you’ve gained nothing and lost everything.”

    On one level, it makes sense why this lesson would be important for children to learn. On another level, “Beat It” doesn’t feel much like a children’s song. It’s a hard rock track whose video includes a depiction of a gang fight.

    How the world reacted to ‘Beat It’

    Regardless of who it was intended for, “Beat It” clearly resonated. The track reached the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the only track from Thriller to do so besides “Billie Jean.” Considering the wild success of the album, it may surprise people to know only two of its many singles reached No. 1.

    In addition, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody of the track, “Eat It,” launched him to stardom and paved the way for all of his subsequent parodies. Jackson would return to the subject of childhood in later songs like “Gone Too Soon” ( a tribute to the child AIDS victim Ryan White) and the aptly named “Childhood.” “Beat It” was meant for youngsters, however, people of all ages embraced it.

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    Default How Michael Jackson Almost Died While Working On ‘Billie Jean’

    “Billie Jean” is one of Michael Jackson’s grimmer hits — and it fittingly has some somewhat morbid origins. Jackson nearly died while writing the song. Here’s a look at the song’s background — and how someone saved his life during its creation.

    The strange true stories from the Jackson family’s lives that were similar to ‘Billie Jean’

    Firstly, a little background. “Billie Jean” is from Jackson’s album Thriller, which he released in 1982. Sterogum reports the album, produced by Quincy Jones, took the top spot away from Men At Work’s Business As Usual LP. Jackson and Jones worked hard on the album’s fine details. Jackson was merely 24 years old at the time of Thriller‘s completion.

    ”Billie Jean” is about a mother who tells Jackson he is the father of her child even though Jackson denies this is true. The Jackson family had been dealing with situations similar to the song for years. Jackson’s older brothers were often accused of fathering the children of women they encountered while touring. The way he came to this song, however, was not as familiar. It was actually quite bizarre.

    When a child saved Michael Jackson’s life

    Jackson describes the creation of “Billie Jean” in his autobiography, Moonwalk. “One day during a break during a recording session I was riding down the Ventura Freeway with Nelson Hayes, who was working with me at the time,” he recalled. “‘Billie Jean’ was going around in my head and that’s all I was thinking about. We were getting off the freeway when a kid on a motorcycle pulls up to us and says, ‘Your car’s on fire.'”

    He continued “Suddenly we noticed the smoke and pulled over and the whole bottom of the Rolls-Royce was on fire. That kid probably saved our lives. If the car had exploded, we would have been killed. But I was so absorbed by this tune floating in my head that I didn’t even focus on the awful possibilities until later. Even while we were getting help and finding an alternate way to get where we were going, I was silently composing additional material, that’s how involved I was with ‘Billie Jean.'”

    The impact of ‘Billie Jean’

    Jackson said musicians know when a song is going to be a hit because a hit song makes you feel good and is well put-together. He felt that way about “Billie Jean.” His prediction “Billie Jean” would chart well proved correct.

    Stereogum reports the track reached the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100. According to The Guardian, it changed the course of the music industry as songs now required cool music videos to succeed. Because of “Billie Jean,” MTV became a staple and a standard for music lovers. “Billie Jean” also opened the door for Black performers to appear on MTV. The song also propelled Jackson’s career to new heights after he almost died in a very dangerous and wild car ride.

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    Red face Red Dead Online Player Creates Dancing Michael Jackson

    Red Dead Online gets a bit more groovy as one Redditor recreates the "King of Pop" within the game accompanied by outfits and a dance.

    With any popular and populated online game, players are always prepared to make their own fun in various ways and Red Dead Online is no exception. While players are always willing to show off tricks in Red Dead games, another pastime of any system with a character creator is to recreate famous individuals.

    In the most recent demonstration for a player's dedication to making in-game copies, Redditor HonorHHawk opted to bring the "King of Pop" to the untamed lands of Red Dead Online. Through clever use of clothing options, emotes, and locations, all tied to a specifically modelled face, HonorHHawk achieved an impressive feat.

    The minute-long video shows HonorHHawk's tribute to the late musician through both dance and song. By using Michael Jackson's 1987 hit "Smooth Criminal" as a backing track, HonorHHawk has his Red Dead Online avatar dance the night away through various in-game locations. For added effect, HonorHHawk even went so far to change up the attire for his Old West interpretation of Jackson for each of the cuts. What really shines about each, is that they all work. Accompanied by the "Graceful Dance" emote for Red Dead Online, it simply makes magic.

    One of the great spots that HonorHHawk chose to show of his dancing Jackson was in a cemetery within the Wild West plains of Red Dead Online. At this point in the video, HonorHHawk opted to have his Jackson wear an iconic piece of pop culture attire and pay homage to a legendary music video. The sequence riffs on the "Thriller" music video, considered one of the most impactful and celebrated entries within the medium. Beyond just that, every choice of clothing matches some costume Jackson wore over his career.

    This is not the first time players decided to utilize Red Dead Online's character creator for some charming tributes. Back in November, a Red Dead Online player recreated Shay from Assassin's Creed Rogue to similar success as HonorHHawk's Michael Jackson. Character recreations extend far beyond just online focused games like Red Dead Online and are a staple of any game that houses a character creator. Just last year, to accompany the launch of the PlayStation 5, Demon's Souls players brought Kanye West into the dark fantasy world. There are a plethora of examples, but bringing MJ to Red Dead may stand as one of the best and weirdest.

    As for Red Dead Online, the game continues to hold a steady stream of players as the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2 proceeds into its third year. With the recent release of the Red Dead Online standalone edition, there will likely be more players attempting to tackle the West alongside with other would-be cowboys. It's very possible that they might add their own spins on cultural icons as they progress.

    Red Dead Online is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One.

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    Default Michael Jackson Once Called Eminem Out Over ‘Disrespect’: ‘He Should Be Ashamed of Himself’

    During his career, rapper Eminem has feuded with a few pop stars, including Michael Jackson, Moby, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey. There was even a small thing with Will Smith.

    Years ago, he did something that offended Jackson and it caused the King of Pop — and Stevie Wonder — to speak out against him for being disrespectful toward him and his family.

    Eminem parodied Michael Jackson in a video

    Eminem released his Encore album in 2004, and it featured the lead single “Just Lose It,” a song with lyrical references to the molestation accusations against Michael Jackson. The accompanying video mocked the 1984 incident where Jackson’s hair caught fire during a Pepsi commercial.

    Eminem dressed as Jackson for the skit, imitated his dance moves, and performed his own reenactment of the fire scenario with a moment where he dunked his head into a toilet. He also parodied MC Hammer and Madonna, but the Jackson-centric scenes drew the musician’s ire.

    Michael Jackson offended by Eminem’s actions

    At the time Eminem’s video came out, Jackson was under investigation for child molestation charges and heading to trial in 2005. It was a case that caught the nation’s attention, but Jackson was irritated by Eminem’s treatment in the music video.

    Geraldo Rivera interviewed the late music legend for Fox News and asked how he felt about “Eminem and the disrespect that he showed” him. “I’ve never met Mr. Eminem and I’ve always admired him,” Jackson said.

    “And to have him do something like that was pretty painful as an artist to another artist and it’s sad. I think what Stevie Wonder said is true and I just don’t want to say too much more than that. But he should be ashamed of himself. Stevie said he’s bulsh*tting is what he said,” he added and deemed Eminem as wrong.

    Jackson spoke about his own longevity in entertainment and noted he never made a habit to slam others. “I’ve been an artist most of my life, doing what I do, and I’ve never attacked another fellow artist. Great artists don’t do that,” said Jackson.

    According to The Guardian, Jackson also told a Los Angeles radio station that Eminem disrespected him, his family, and the community. BET wound up pulling the video from its lineup.

    What Stevie Wonder said about Eminem

    Before Jackson addressed Eminem’s actions, Stevie Wonder commented on the Detroit rapper’s parody in a 2004 interview with Billboard. Snippets of the chat were preserved by Entertainment Weekly, and the outlet reported on Wonder’s defense of Jackson.

    “Kicking someone when he’s down is not a good thing,” said Wonder. “I have much respect for his work, though I don’t think he’s as good as 2Pac. But I was disappointed that he would let himself go to such a level,” said the singer of Eminem.

    “He has succeeded on the backs of people predominantly in that lower pay bracket, people of color,” Wonder continued. “So for him to come out like that is bullsh*t.”

    Eminem would later go on to tell MTV that his song and video were meant to be a joke about Michael Jackson, not a diss.

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    Default Michael Jackson Crashed a P. Diddy Party So He Could ‘Holla at Beyoncé’

    Great recognizes great. Beyoncé has often been called the Michael Jackson of our generation. The two artists got to meet a handful of times before Jackson died in 2009, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, aka P. Diddy, detailed one of those meetings during an interview with David Letterman. As it turns out, the King of Pop crashed one of Diddy’s parties just for a chance to hang out with Beyoncé.

    Michael Jackson is Beyoncé’s biggest musical influence

    Beyoncé loves Michael Jackson. The first concert she ever attended was one of his, and the concert inspired her to become a performer.

    “He is the reason I do what I do because I would have never experienced that magic if it wasn’t for him,” she once said, according to Yahoo! News.

    The “Drunk in Love” singer emulates her dancing and stage presence in Jackson’s image, and in the early years of her career, her producer made her watch one Jackson 5 performance on a loop to learn Jackson’s “soul.”

    “When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of [the Jackson 5’s] ‘Who’s Lovin’ You,'” Beyoncé wrote, according to Billboard. “He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back. What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel…It’s something that’s God-given.”

    Michael Jackson reportedly wanted to date Beyoncé

    Jackson was also a fan of the “Halo” singer. So much so, in fact, that he reportedly was interested in dating her.

    In a past interview with David Letterman on Late Show, Diddy shared the story of the night Jackson crashed his party. It was 2003, and “Crazy in Love” had just come out (what a time to be alive). Diddy was hosting a party for the MTV Movie Awards when Jackson unexpectedly arrived.

    “Security, they come over me, and they say: ‘Mr. Combs, Mr. Michael Jackson is here to see you.’ I’m like, ‘Get outta here!'” Diddy told Letterman. “So, I go over, I find Mike and I’m like: ‘Mike, what’s up, what are you doing here? Thanks for coming!’ So I get him a booth, we go to the booth, we start chit-chatting.”

    Michael Jackson crashed P. Diddy’s MTV Movie Awards party just to dance with Beyoncé

    Jackson and Diddy ended up snapping a picture together, and then Jackson revealed his true intentions for crashing the star-studded event right after.

    As Diddy shared, “He whispered in my ear: ‘Where’s Beyoncé?’ He came to the party to holla at Beyoncé. This is before Jay-Z, though. He came to the party to holla at Beyoncé, finds her, and dances with Beyoncé in the party! Mike was smooth.”

    In another interview, the producer shared more details about this MTV party. Stars like Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, David and Victoria Beckham, Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, and Chris Rock were all at the event, which Diddy said was meant to be part of his “entrée onto the scene as an actor.”

    Given that it was such a star-studded guest list, it’s surprising that Jackson had to crash. But let’s be real, no one would assume to think that the Michael Jackson would actually show up if invited. But based on Diddy’s story, he probably would have RSVP’d yes in one minute had he known Beyoncé was going to be there.

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    Default The King of Pop Once Said the ‘Vogue’ Singer Was ‘Not a Nice Person

    Throughout the years, many celebrity power couples have taken the entertainment industry by storm. But no celebrity couple, past or present, could ever live up to the potential of Madonna and Michael Jackson’s whirlwind relationship.

    Though many were initially convinced the two were dating after they were spotted together at the 1991 Academy Awards, it was later revealed that the King and Queen of Pop were just friends with a very interesting relationship.

    But despite being pals, Jackson and Madonna reportedly didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, which ultimately caused their friendship to fizzle out.

    Michael Jackson and Madonna were a match made in music heaven
    Madonna and Jackson first met sometime in the 1980s when both were at the height of their music careers.

    Jackson, who was already a household name thanks to his stint as a member of the Jackson 5, was topping the music charts with his hit songs off his best-selling 1982 album Thriller, which cemented him as one of pop music’s dominant forces.

    Meanwhile, Madonna had just started making waves in the music industry with her second studio album, Like A Virgin, that made her internationally famous.

    According to New Idea, the singers met in the early 80s after being introduced at a party by their manager at the time, Freddy DeMann.

    After meeting, Jackson and Madonna struck up a friendship that they kept under wraps until 1991 when they attended the 63rd Academy Awards together.

    A few weeks later, the couple was spotted out on another date in Beverly Hills. However, that was the last time anyone saw them together out in public.

    Things between Michael Jackson and Madonna got romantic at one point

    While Jackson and Madge’s relationship never developed into a romance, the “Vogue” singer previously revealed that she and the “Billie Jean” crooner had kissed once.

    During a 2016 episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, Madonna shared that she and Jackson made out one day, adding that she made the first move because he was too shy.

    After Madonna “loosened” Jackson up a bit with a glass of Chardonnay, she said was a “willing accomplice.”

    Following their makeout session, Madonna and Jackson continued their friendship as if nothing had happened between them.

    They were even close to collaborating on Jackson’s song “In the Closet,” hoping it would turn into a duet.

    However, after the Papa Don’t Preach singer criticized Jackson’s sense of style (per Mercury News) and refused to ever go to Disneyland – Jackson’s favorite place in the world — the pair stopped being friends.

    But according to the King of Pop, that wasn’t the only deal-breaker that caused his relationship with Madonna to take a tumultuous turn.

    Michael Jackson distanced himself from Madonna in subsequent years

    Between August 2000 and April 2001, Jackson recorded a series of tapes in which he shared his thoughts on life, love, and his childhood turmoil.

    At one point during the 30 hours of recorded conversations the singer had with his one-time spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, he brought up Madonna, who he did not hold in high esteem.

    “She is not a nice person,” the singer told Boteach, per CNN.

    According to Jackson, he and Madonna had once bickered about where they would socialize. It was then the King of Pop realized she was pushy and rude, which didn’t sit well with him.

    “Madonna laid the law down to me before we went out. [She said] I am not going to Disneyland, OK? That’s out,” Jackson explained. “I said, ‘I didn’t ask to go to Disneyland.’ She said, ‘We are going to the restaurant. And afterwards, we are going to a strip bar.'”

    Jackson continued, “I said, ‘I am not going to a strip bar, where they cross dress. … I am not [going there]. If that’s how it is, forget this whole thing. … Afterwards, she wrote some mean things about me in the press. And I wrote that she is a nasty witch, after I was so kind to her.”

    Though it’s unclear if amends were ever made between Jackson and Madonna, she still gave a heartfelt tribute to the singer, who died of acute propofol intoxication, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

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