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MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘XSCAPE’ Album Details And Artwork Revealed

MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘XSCAPE’ Album Details And Artwork Revealed

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Michael Jackson’s ‘XSCAPE’

On May 13th Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the King of Pop, Michael JacksonXSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard. The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.

The new album will feature eight brand new recordings. A Deluxe Edition of XSCAPE will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Both the standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available April 1st for pre-order on iTunesAmazon and MichaelJackson.com.

The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project.

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

Full press release is available on MichaelJackson.com. Keep visiting the site for more news about the new album being revealed in coming weeks.

Pre-order XSCAPE now on iTunesAmazon and MichaelJackson.com.

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The King of Pop’s Long Lost Son? — DNA Test Results To Be Revealed Today!

The King of Pop’s Long Lost Son? — DNA Test Results To Be Revealed Today!

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FilmOn will present the opening of DNA test results potentially proving that pop artist B Howard is indeed the natural son of Michael Jackson on live television today. Howard is said to be the product of an affair between Jackson and singer Miki Howard. She was the subject of one of Jackson’s first crossover hits from Thriller, “Billie Jean” in 1982. The results will be read on FilmOn.com at 12:00 PM Pacific.

In reaction, Howard released this statement today through his manager Scott Broomfield of Musical Star LLC:

“To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson nor did I contact TMZ regarding the publication of the story.

This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner.

To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate. “

Howard’s musical legacy spans to his mother the pop star Miki Howard and his grandmother, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Josephine Howard. B Howard’s career has been gaining momentum, and he has released a song with pop superstar Akon—an artist who was very close to Michael and released the stars last ever song, “Hold My Hand.”  Scott Broomfield and Akon are partners in managing Howard.

B Howard getting a swab for DNA testing as Corey Feldman and FilmOn CEO Alki David stand by.

B Howard getting a swab for DNA testing as Corey Feldman and FilmOn CEO Alki David stand by.

The live reveal of the test results will be read by Dr. Joseph Goodman DDS at 12 noon PST and can be watched at FilmOn.com online, via mobile and in the UK and Europe on Sky channel 292. FilmOn CEO Alki David will host the event and Corey Feldman, once a close friend of Michael Jackson, will also be in attendance.

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Metal Superstars Reinvent Michael Jackson’s Biggest Hits On A New Tribute Album

Metal Superstars Reinvent Michael Jackson’s Biggest Hits On A New Tribute Album

A hard rockin' tribute!

A hard rockin’ tribute!

Just in time for Halloween, a scarily impressive alliance of metal and hard rock luminaries has formed to create one of the most depraved abominations of musical crossbreeding in history – an all metal tribute to the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, available on CD October 22!

Never before have such quintessential pop hits as “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Billy Jean” and “Man In The Mirror” been so completely transformed, substituting softly stylized synths with crunchy, distorted guitars, replacing the pitter patter of programmed beats with pulverizing double bass acoustic drums, and topping it off with some of the finest, most powerful vocals in metal. When completed, these reinventions pay due respect to the expertly crafted melodies and songs that made Michael Jackson one of the most beloved figures in all of music, and offer legions of metalheads a reason to simultaneously grab their crotchesand throw the horns in celebration!

Spearheaded by producer/musician Bob Kulick, who also helped in the arrangement of these cover versions, the project was in his words a “labor of love” for all involved. Exclaims Kulick, “We made these awesome songs kick ass while still being faithful to the original versions. Add killer players like Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin, Craig Goldy, Bumblefoot, Phil Campbell and you’ve got some real MAGIC!” Rudy Sarzo, a stalwart of the metal scene as a member of both Quiet Riot and Queensrÿche, reflects, “Michael Jackson’s music is synonymous with iconic rockers such as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens and Slash. So it’s only fitting that the rock community pays tribute to this legendary artist with Metal Mike!” And Fishbone’s Angelo Moore expresses great enthusiasm for his contribution, saying “I never thought I would hear myself doing a cover of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel,’ but it’s an honor and a dream come true. We put a different twist on it to give it a whole new light, or maybe I should say a whole new dark!”

In addition to the legends Kulick enlisted, several of today’s modern metal figures also contributed, including Elias Soriano of Nonpoint, who comments, “It was my pleasure to do this tribute to MJ. My admiration for the talent and history he has given to music overall will be hard to replace. My only wish is that I did him justice with my performance.” Jason Myers, of Icarus Witch, one of the current flag bearers in the traditional metal scene, declares, “When we were approached by Cleopatra to contribute to the Michael Jackson tribute we were honored (due to the legendary talent already on board), but a bit skeptical about how our fans would react…Choosing an unorthodox hit took a bit of pressure off and allowed us to put more of ourselves into the track.”

Finally, bassist Tony Franklin, who has worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to Whitesnake, confirms the surprise and astonishment many felt during the creation of the album, “The first thing I noticed was how easily these out and out pop songs translated to the metal genre. That is the sign of, one, a great song and, two, a great production and arrangement.” He goes on to note that it wasn’t just the songs that were transformed when Metal met Pop on these recordings; the performers themselves were transformed. He states, “It was very cool to see how the guest artists interpreted these songs as it brought out a different side of them – a side we wouldn’t usually hear.”

1. Thriller – Chuck Billy (Testament)

2. Man In The Mirror – Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) & Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)
3. The Way You Make Me Feel – Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), & Rudy Sarzo (Queensrÿche)
4. Black Or White – Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (The Firm)
5. Beat It – Priya Panda (Diemonds) & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses)
6. Billy Jean – Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Phil Campbell (Motörhead)
7. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
8. Rock With You – Doug Pinnick (King’s X)
9. Dirty Diana – Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
10. Bad – Paul Dianno (ex-Iron Maiden) & Craig Goldy (Dio)
11. They Don’t Care About Us – Icarus Witch
12. Never Can Say Goodbye – Lonnie Jordan (War)
13. Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm

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Michael Jackson ‘Immortal’ Album To Hit Stores On November 21st!

Michael Jackson ‘Immortal’ Album To Hit Stores On November 21st!

On November 21, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release IMMORTAL – the highly anticipated musical tapestry for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.

Led by esteemed musical designer Kevin Antunes (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Madonna) IMMORTAL takes a fresh, creative approach in redesigning and reimagining more than 40 of Michael Jackson’s greatest original recordings into a compilation that allows listeners to experience his music in an entirely new way.

After spending a year in the studio working with Michael’s original multi-track master recordings, Kevin created IMMORTAL which offers listeners a new soundscape to Michael’s artistry while preserving the power and familiarty of his unparalleled voice and his legendary tracks.

For more information, go to www.michaeljackson.com

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Janet Jackson Announces High Energy North American Tour

Janet Jackson Announces High Energy North American Tour

Janet Jackson has announced the dates for the “Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour”. The tour is slated to kick off at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on March 4 and keep the singer on the road through a Las Vegas show on April 23, when she will wrap up a two-night stand at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The songs Jackson performs on tour will be based on 35 global number one singles that are featured on the greatest hits album. In the press release announcing the tour, she also promises “something different” so no two shows will be the same.

“This tour is Janet more revealed, more intimate, and more personal than ever before,” reads the release announcing the gigs. “Don’t look for special effects. Just listen to and look at Janet, as you have never seen her before.”

Jackson also plans to meet with 20 young community leaders under the age of 20 in each city, during the tour. Those 20 leaders will get VIP passes to go backstage at the show, along with those who nominated them as leaders.

“There are many young people changing the world and I want them to be recognized during my tour,” Jackson said. “I want them to be my guest at my show and they will come backstage as I learn from them how young people are changing the world.”

This tour will be Jackson’s first tour since 2008’s “Rock Witchu Tour” in which suffered many postponements and canceled shows due to migraine-associated vertigo.

Dates and venues for Janet Jackson’s tour are as follows:

» March 4 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Stadium
» March 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
» March 8 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
» March 12 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
» March 16 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
» March 18 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
» March 22 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
» March 25 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center
» March 26 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center
» March 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
» March 31 – Saint Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
» April 2 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
» April 6 – Denver, CO @ Wells Fargo Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center
» April 8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
» April 9 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
» April 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
» April 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
» April 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Caesars Palace — The Colosseum April 22 & 23
» April 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Caesars Palace — The Colosseum

Source: MTV

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Michael Jackson’s “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” Featuring Lenny Kravitz – Now Streaming!

Michael Jackson’s “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” Featuring Lenny Kravitz – Now Streaming!

A new song entitled “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)” from the new Michael Jackson album MICHAEL will be streamed free for one week starting December 7th as an iTunes exclusive on Ping, Apple’s new music-focused social network.

Recorded with Lenny Kravitz during the Invincible era, the song unexpectedly leaked in 2008 prompting Lenny to finish the song. Dave Grohl is the featured drummer on the track. Written and produced by Lenny Kravitz and co-produced by Michael Jackson.

The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

The tracklisting for ‘Michael’ is:

‘Hold My Hand’ (featuring Akon)
‘Hollywood Tonight’
‘Keep Your Head Up’
‘(I Like) The Way You Love Me’
‘Monster’ (featuring 50 Cent)
‘Best Of Joy’
‘Breaking News’
‘(I Can’t Make It) Another Day’ (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
‘Behind The Mask’
‘Much Too Soon’

MICHAEL will be released December 14, 2010.

PRE-ORDER AT iTunes or PRE-ORDER AT MJ.COM

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New Michael Jackson Song “Much Too Soon” Now Streaming!

New Michael Jackson Song “Much Too Soon” Now Streaming!

A third song from the new Michael Jackson album MICHAEL is now streaming free exclusively for one week in iTunes Ping, Apple’s new music-focused social network. The song “Much Too Soon” was written at time of Thriller. Michael always liked the song and would pull it back out of the vaults for each subsequent album project but never found the right home for it; on the new album it finds its place as the bittersweet closing to the stellar collection. The song was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Michael Jackson and John McClain. David Campbell is featured on the strings.

The tracklisting for ‘Michael’ is:

‘Hold My Hand’ (featuring Akon)
‘Hollywood Tonight’
‘Keep Your Head Up’
‘(I Like) The Way You Love Me’
‘Monster’ (featuring 50 Cent)
‘Best Of Joy’
‘Breaking News’
‘(I Can’t Make It) Another Day’ (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
‘Behind The Mask’
‘Much Too Soon’

MICHAEL will be released December 14, 2010.

PRE-ORDER AT iTunes or PRE-ORDER AT MJ.COM

The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

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Tracklisting For Michael Jackon’s ‘Michael’ Album Revealed!

Tracklisting For Michael Jackon’s ‘Michael’ Album Revealed!

The ten-track album, entitled ‘Michael’, includes collaborations with Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravtiz. The album is set for release on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson.

The tracklisting for ‘Michael’ is:

‘Hold My Hand’ (featuring Akon)
‘Hollywood Tonight’
‘Keep Your Head Up’
‘(I Like) The Way You Love Me’
‘Monster’ (featuring 50 Cent)
‘Best Of Joy’
‘Breaking News’
‘(I Can’t Make It) Another Day’ (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
‘Behind The Mask’
‘Much Too Soon’

The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

Fans can already hear the song ‘Breaking News’ now at michaeljackson.com.

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New Michael Jackson Album To Hit Stores On December 14th!

New Michael Jackson Album To Hit Stores On December 14th!

The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled MICHAEL will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. Tomorrow, an exclusive teaser for the project will appear on www.michaeljackson.com; on Monday, November 8th the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only.

The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.

The attached image of the album cover of MICHAEL was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.

Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the official first single from MICHAEL later this month.

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Michael Jackson: The Infamous Pepsi Commercial Fire Footage Unearthed, Now Online

Michael Jackson: The Infamous Pepsi Commercial Fire Footage Unearthed, Now Online

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On January 27th 1984, Michael Jackson was shooting a Pepsi commercial in front of thousands of fans at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium when something went horribly wrong.

The incident occurred when the pyrotechnics were set off too early on the shoot’s sixth take, igniting Jackson’s hair and causing second and third degree burns to his face and scalp.

To relieve the second and third-degree burns on his scalp and body (and later to help him tolerate multiple surgeries on the scorched spot on his head), Jackson was prescribed several medications — which kicked off his addiction to painkillers and obsession with plastic surgery, multiple sources tell Us Weekly.

For the first time, Us Weekly exclusively reveals video from the accident. Fans be warned, the video is graphic.


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