A call to arms to all our UK MJ Fam and fans from across the world.
Conrad Murray The Murderer has come out of the woodwork and is set to appear on “I’m A celebrity, get me out of here!” in the UK. The felon will be compensated for being on this show you can be sure and his “celebrity” status is purely based on the fact that he murdered the most famous man on the planet, Michael Jackson.
He will receive blood money from his new book about Michael and from his appearances on television promoting this fictitious book full of disgusting lies. His new publicist and manager Australian Max Markson, is being glib in his conversations about the felon’s book and this TV show. He is being promoted not only the UK, but around the world. This murderer also wants to get his Physician’s license back, please read MJ Justice P’roject’s post here to get involved.
We need to go full force against ITV, who produces “I’m a Celebrity…” We are asking you to write, tweet, and make phone calls to stop this murderer from appearing on this show and making money from the death of Michael Jackson. We need to arm ourselves with knowledge, the truth and respect remembering that we our fighting for Michael. Let’s get this done TOGETHER! Let’s be Michael’s voice!
Here is the info to contact ITV UK and some very basic information on the company. Please click on the links provided for the information.
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From Anne Marie Latour – A response to Media running with Tabloid Radar Online fabricated story regarding Michael Jackson-
It’s that time of year again, when the days leading up to June 25 – the date of Michael Jackson’s anniversary – provide an excellent opportunity to drag up sordid stories about the King of Pop. Wha…
Christopher Hamilton published an article at EURWEB about Michael Jackson way back in January 2006. After reviewing “IS IT BECAUSE HE’S BLACK?: What They Don’t Want You to Know About Michael Jackson”, I felt it was appropriate to post it here again. Hamilton states that Michael walked in the shoes that no black man had ever walked in before and how that is and was true. If you haven’t read it, enjoy, and if you have please review and remember what was.
“Is it because he is black?: What they don’t want you to know about Michael Jackson”
by Christopher Hamilton, Thursday, January 5th, 2006
“What do you think of when you hear the name, Michael Jackson? Wacko? Criminal? Great Entertainer? Businessman? Whatever you think of MJ, throw all your thoughts out of the window and let’s examine some facts.
For years the media has labeled him ‘Wacko Jacko’. What happened to MJ? Wasn’t he the biggest thing in music at one point? When did he go crazy?
All anyone has to do is look when Michael started being portrayed as ‘Crazy’. It wasn’t during the ‘Thriller’ years. It’s cool being a song and dance man. That’s what they want. Don’t dare become a thinking businessman. Don’t’ dare buy the Beatles Catalog. Don’t dare marry Elvis’ daughter. Don’t dare beat the record industry at their own game. Michael started being labeled crazy when he began making business moves that no one had been successful at doing.
Michael took two cultural icons and shattered them to pieces. All our lives, we’ve been bombarded with two facts. The Beatles were the greatest group of all time and Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll. Michael bought the Beatles and married the King’s daughter. (if that ain’t literally sticking it to the man) If I wasn’t a cynic, I’d say Michael did the Lisa Marie thing just to stick it to the people who consider Elvis the King.
The Beatles were great, but they weren’t great enough to maintain publishing rights over their own songs.
Elvis was great, but he didn’t write his songs. His manager, Col Tom Parker, was the mastermind behind Elvis… keeping him drugged with fresh subscription pills and doing all the paperwork.
Michael could do no wrong as an entertainer. ‘Off the Wall’, first solo artist with four top ten singles. ‘Thriller’, the biggest selling album of all time, with a then record seven top ten singles. ‘Bad’, the first album to spawn five number one songs (even ‘Thriller’ only had two number one songs). All this is cool. But that is all you better do. Sing and dance. Michael wanted to be greater. He bought the legendary Sly and the Family Stone catalog and no one really cared. When he bought the Beatles, people noticed. The Sony merger took the cake. Sony, in their eagerness to have a part of the Beatles catalog, agreed to a 50/50 merger with Jackson, thus forming Sony/ATV music publishing. Now, Michael co-owns half of the entire publishing of all of Sony artists. Check out the complete lists of songs at sonyatv.com. A sampling of the songs he owns the publishing rights to are over 900 country songs by artists such as Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Alabama. All Babyface written songs. Latin songs by Selena and Enrique Iglesias. Roberta Flack songs, Mariah Carey songs, Destiny’s Child’s songs. 2pac, Biggie and Fleetwood Mac songs. In essence over 100,000 songs. “What is this man doing?” None of the greats did this. Not Bono, Springsteen, Sinatra. “Who does he think he is? Get whatever you can on him.”
To ‘get’ someone, you have to attack what they love the most. I’ll say no more on that.
The only man who even approaches MJ in taking on the industry is Prince and to a lesser extent, George Michael. They went after poor George Michael, publicly outing the man as a homosexual. Prince fought hard and made his point, but nevertheless still had to resort to using a major company to distribute his materials. There is nothing wrong with that. Prince would get the lion’s share, but the result were years of being labeled crazy and difficult.
The greatest moment for them was the Sneddon press conference. “We got him.” Never was such glee so evident. Who cares if we have evidence?
Michael was acquitted, did not celebrate, went home and left the USA. Best move ever. Now what is there left for the haters to do? He’s gone. “Gone, what do you mean he moved to Bahrain? Well, how the hell can we get him if he’s not here? Quick, get that columnist to write a series of articles on how MJ’s teetering on the brink of destruction. Oh we did that? Well, what can we do?”
On the outer surface, it appears Michael is not doing anything to make money. Don’t even count the weekly sales of his CDs. 15,000 CDs a week is nothing for Michael. The Sony/ATV catalog is money for Michael Jackson every time he breathes. Serious money. The fact that no one reports on the actual amount is proof of that. They would rather you believe he is broke than tell you the truth. Neverland is still owned by MJ. The family home in Encino is still owned by MJ. Michael still owns the Beatles songs through the merger with Sony as well as full ownership of his own songs. But, hey, that’s our little secret.
Michael Jackson is literally walking in the shoes that no Black person has ever walked in before. If he ever writes an autobiography, it will be one of the most interesting ever. A Black man with no real formal education becomes the most powerful man in the industry, despite hatred, racism, enemies in his own camps and a media willing to be bought to the highest bidder.
If Sony had any sense, right now they should offer to continue the partnership. That’s the only way they will make future money off of Michael’s catalogue. Tommy Mattola did not lose his job with Sony because he was a bad label head. It was a casualty of war. MJ exposed him and Sony had to cut their losses. Companies do it all the time. Notice no one at Sony nor did Matolla himself ever sue MJ for slander. Michael always was loyal to his bosses at Epic/Sony. Back at the 1984 Grammys, he even brought then label head Walter Yetnikoff on stage with him at one point. He’s always thanked Dave Glew, Mattola and others at Sony in his acceptance speeches.
Sony can still do right by Michael, but it may be too late. However, they still should make a goodwill gesture, but how many times do businesses do that? If I were them, I’d still want MJ as an ally, not as an enemy. It is/was a mutally profitable merger.
I’d be scared as hell if I was an enemy of MJ while he is with the multi-billionaires overseas. Believe me, they aren’t just over there discussing designer clothing. A conglomerate is in the making.
One last note, these facts that I write here should not be the only times you hear this, but the sad fact is it probably is. I was worried that Michael would go down because of the uncertainty of the jury. That’s playing unfair. If I’m presenting these facts here at EURweb, you can believe the media knows it already as well. They aren’t salivating over everything MJ related just because he made ‘Thriller’. They know what’s up. Think about it. That’s why I laugh when I see shows like BET’s ‘The Ultimate Hustler’. We all know who that is. (How can Damon Dash know who the ultimate hustler is anyway? He lost Roc-a-fella to Jay-Z)
In the end, Michael won’t be known for being an alleged child molester. He won’t be known for ‘Thriller’. He will be known as the man that fought the record industry and won and lived to tell the tale. That is a book worth buying.
Christopher Hamilton is a freelance entertainment writer.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is now the only album in music history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum in the United States, breaking the album’s own historic record. Thriller has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The King of Pop also remains the biggest selling artist of all time with over 1 billion records sold globally. Thank you to all of Michael’s fans who have contributed to this milestone. Read the complete announcement:
MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER IS THE FIRST ALBUM CERTIFIED RIAA 30X MULTI-PLATINUM THE KING OF POP MAKES HISTORY (AGAIN)!
THRILLER REMAINS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME, TOPPING 100 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson’s THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop’s…
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More details on instrumental album Michael Jackson started before his death, and his love of classical music by Tim Smith
JULY 10, 2009
More details on instrumental album Michael Jackson started before his death, and his love of classical music.
TV and film composer and conductor David Michael Frank may have been one of the last persons to collaborate with Michael Jackson on an artistic project. The pop singer’s untimely death left that project in an uncertain state. Initial reports suggested that Jackson planned to do an album of “classical music” he had written; the pieces were to be orchestrated by Frank. Actually, Frank says, the pieces were closer to film music and would have gone into an all-instrumental album had Jackson lived. The Baltimore-born Frank, interviewed by phone in California, gives an account here of his experience with the King of Pop.
Four or five months ago, I received…
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Sony Corp. appears to be moving forward with plans to sell off its half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, after recently triggering a clause in its contract with its co-owner, the Michael Jackson estate, that allows one party to buy out the other, according to people familiar with the matter.
The world’s biggest music-publishing company, Sony/ATV is co-owned by Sony and the estate of the late pop star, who died in 2009. Mr. Jackson and Sony had jointly owned the company since 1995, with each partner holding a 50% stake.
Sony/ATV’s catalog includes the copyrights to most of The Beatles’ songs, as well as songs by stars ranging from Marvin Gaye and the Rolling Stones to pop’s Taylor Swift and dance music’s Calvin Harris. Unlike record labels, which own and distribute sound recordings, music publishers own rights to lyrics and melodies and license them out for various uses—including recordings released by…
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“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence (It’s A Wonderful Life”)
Today, on what would have been Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday, we would like to celebrate Michael’s life, his achievements, his philanthropic ways, and most of all his love. Michael’s Legacy will live long after all of us are gone and the impact he has left on the music industry and the hearts of so many is life-changing. Therefore let’s, just for a moment and for the purposes of this particular post, pretend that MJ was never born. Yes, a world without Michael Jackson. What a different world it would be.
There would be no baby born on this day in 1958 in Gary Indiana to Katherine and Joe Jackson, no child born with an innate talent/genius for singing and dancing, there would be no little boy who would lead the group called the “Jackson 5” into stardom. The Motown songs of the Jackson 5 that we all know and love today would never have been recorded. The “King of Pop” would be a title that we had never heard and Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr would be the only entertainers who could sing, dance and perform simultaneously.
R&B would never have reached into pop culture, for Michael was the one that showed the world that a young African American boy could cross over into pop so seamlessly. He paved the way for young singers like Britney Spears, Justin Beiber and boy bands like N’Sync to, at young ages, to move into a music industry that was ruled by adults.
There would be no “moonwalk” Michael’s signature move. Michael Jackson’s “BIllie Jean” is that moment everyone remembers where they were and with whom while watching Motown 25, and it undeniably revived interest in the Motown back catalog, which would become as much a part of the soundtrack of the 1980s as it was in 1960s. Imagine, Motown’s revival at that very moment never happening. Barry Gordy, who called Michael Jackson “the greatest entertainer that ever lived” must thank God every day that MJ was able to sing and dance his way to the resurgence of his label.
There would never be an album that set the bar; a bar so high that no one has ever reached it. It has been said there will never be another “Thriller” and so far that has proven true. This album is still a phenomenon, seven singles were released from the album and approx 104 million copies have been sold world wide. The short film shot this album to fame and Michael was crowned the “King of Pop”. It won seven grammy awards, the most ever won for a single album and an album that remains near and dear to all of our hearts. It changed the music industry forever. A landmark album that I cannot imagine having in my collection.
Michael made dancing a requirement. He put on shows like no other, the back up dancers were just that, back up dancers, he was always the star of the show. His dancing was a major part of a 2 hour show, he worked so hard that he would lose 5 lbs every evening from the sweat that poured off him. No one worked as hard as Michael just so that he could give his fans a memorable show. Because of the bar he set, performers like Chris Brown, Usher, & Lady Gaga need to work extremely hard to keep their concerts fresh and new, not only with a stage show but dancing and singing as well. Without Michael’s talents and goals to lead the way there would be less extravagant performances.
Michael’s catalogue of songs, too many to name, most with ecological, political, and spiritual meaning would never have been written, and since many of his songs are used today when referring to upheaval or inequality in the world, they are important and the attraction to them is evident. Few songs today have that kind of impact on their listeners. Michael broke down racial barriers with his work and his strong belief and without these songs, I believe we would be in more precarious position racially and ecologically than ever.
Who could ever forget Michael’s Superbowl XXVII in 1993? The half-time performances up to then were nothing more than marching bands and baton twirlers. Michael changed all that with his performance of a medley of “Jam”, “Billie Jean” and “Black Or White” along with the finale of “Heal the World” where children performed along side of him. It was the first Super Bowl where the audience figures actually increased during the half-time show. This performance is still considered today as one of the most watched television broadcasts in American television history. Imagine if that performance never happened, there would still be those marching bands and baton twirlers boring the football fans out of the stadium.
There was never anyone that could make a video an “EVENT”. Michael was the first artist to realize the power of a medium that was very strong during this time. I remember being in my early twenties, waiting in front of the TV for the premiere of “Thriller” and realizing I was seeing history in the making and it is, and will be, for ever engrained in my head. Today a good video can make the power of a song soar. Had Michael never made this ground breaking short film there would be no rhyme or reason to visuals behind songs.
There has never been an entertainer like Michael who loved so much and gave so much to the impoverished, starving children and the less fortunate globally. The single “We Are The World” with the help of supergroup “USA For Africa” that he helped bring together raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US, millions were fed, clothed and given clean water. He donated more than 300 million dollars in his lifetime. This article shows in detail his donation and charitable acts which still is unbelievable. The Millennium-Issue of the “Guinness Book Of Records” names Michael as the Pop Star who supported the most charity organizations.
These are just a few people who, without Michael’s love and generosity. may have not lived or would have never fulfilled their dreams.
April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic fibrosis is invited to Michael’s home. It was David’s last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.
February 1, 1988: The Song “Man In the Mirror” enters the charts. The proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.
December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia, spends his holidays on Michael’s ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS by contaminated blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination of AIDS victims. Ryan died and Michael dedicated his song “Gone too soon” when her performed it at Clinton Inaugural Gala where he urged President Clinton to help in the AIDS epidemic.
February 1992: Within 11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa, to visit hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions for mentally handicapped children.
March 1995: Little Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was getting a new liver. The Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery and the cost for caring. Bella is alive today and recently got married.
Last but not least he was the wonderful father of three beautiful children, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II. He loved them more than life itself and a world without these children who will make their presence known to the world, would be one of the most tragic things of all. They are already showing their father’s love for humanity and his love of life.
What would the entire world be like had Michael never been born? We don’t have a crystal ball and will never know but from what we do know now of his generosity, genius and love, it would be a different, and perhaps more violent world than we are living in today. We are lucky that, in our lifetime, we walked the planet the same time he did. He forever lives in the hearts of his fans, his family and his friends. He was always there to sign autographs, give hugs, or take the banners that were so lovingly made for him. It has been said that Michael kept everything that he was given and wanted to make a museum of the love that was bestowed upon him. My feeling is that he didn’t need a museum to show us his adoration, we felt it every time he came on stage or walked among us.
Whenever I think of Michael, a Robert Frost poem comes to mind called “The Road Not Taken”. He has always taken the road less traveled which made him a very exceptional man.
Happy Birthday Michael, you are missed and love around the world. I can’t imagine a world without you but what a life you had. So “You see Michael, you’ve really had a wonderful life”
Willa: In late 2011, the Michael Jackson Academia Project posted two videos to YouTube analyzing Black or White and They Don’t Care about Us. Joie and I both thought they were interesting and well constructed – in fact, we liked them so much we published a quick post promoting them, even though we were both on Christmas vacation at the time. These videos were followed in February 2012 by two videos on the HIStory album, and again Joie and I thought they were thought provoking and well produced, and we encouraged others to watch them.
We also added the Academia Project videos to our Reading Room, providing recommendations and links, and we have kept them there ever since, even after the videos themselves were removed from YouTube for copyright infringement (something I strongly disagree with, by the way – those videos were analyzing Michael Jackson’s work, not pirating it, so…
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NOTE from MJJJP- The information, quotes, comments, links and timeline below have been compiled and sent to MJJJP from a MJ fan Twitter Account – ItsBlackItsWhite– Their wish is to present this information and let the Michael Jackson fanbase come to their own conclusions regarding the issues and questions reaised in the entitled article and we are willing to oblige this request.
John Branca; Was He Really Fired In 2003?
If So, Was He Rehired?
A Documented Time Line-
February 2003: A letter notifying Branca that he’s been terminated. For reasons no one has explained, the day date has been whited out and the address of the letter’s origin is vague. Since it says “HAND DELIVERED” we will assume that Branca received it.
Pls note scribd copy the date is whited out but in a filing by Joe Jackson dated Nov. 9, 2009 he states through…
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Ten years ago today, June 13, 2005, Michael Jackson was exonerated, vindicated, and finally given his long awaited justice for the years of hell he was put through during the decade long pursuit by Santa Barbara District AttorneyTom Sneddon.
Michael walked free after a Santa Maria jury, who after three months of testimony found him NOT GUILTY of fourteen charges which could have brought him 20 years in prison. The jury deliberated for over 30 hours over 7 days before reaching their verdict. When it became clear that the jury had found that prosecutors had not proved their case against him dabbed his eyes with a tissue and Susan Yu began sobbing quietly.
I remember watching the fans outside the courtroom, their silence was deafening but their prayers were answered as the court clerk began to read the verdicts at 2:13 p.m. When word of the verdict was heard by the several hundred Jackson fans who were gathered outside the courthouse they screamed in approval, hugged one another and were overcome with joy. Joy in the fact that what we, the fans, knew all along -Michael was an innocent man.
Michael’s innocence remains an important part of history both ethically and journalistically. This trial proved how the media continually saturated the public with falsehoods and innuendos. The judge did not allow cameras in the courtroom, the “journalists” had a field day reporting whatever they wanted in an effort to win ratings, hence the trial became a three ring circus. A prime example of this manipulation was the morning Michael hurt his back and went to the hospital. He was warned by the judge if he did not appear in court, bail would be revoked. He had to rush to court in whatever he was wearing. His pajama bottoms became a media feast. But, they had no bearing on the trial or verdict, It was dubbed “Pyjama Day” and pictures of Michael in his pyjama bottoms were spread across tabloids, newspapers and TV, they had a field day with it even though it later it became known that not one juror even noticed Michael’s pants, or lack thereof. Jay Leno even parodied it on The Tonight Show and he was a future witness at the time.
This case was tabloid overload and the media did everything in their power to push the public into believing that Michael was guilty before the trial had begun. I remember seeing the cameras, the trucks, the wiring, the tents in front of that court room and thought to myself… “my God this Michael is a human being not a man in a freak show.”
To understand how huge this was for media ratings, review this layout of the media carnival that descended on the courthouse and how the over 1000 journalists logistically provided around the clock reporting during the trial.
It had to take Michael being acquitted on all charges for the circus to close. The tents came down, the cameras shut down and the so called “journalists” ate crow while quickly slithering away like snakes crawling under their rocks. It was not the story they professed it to be, it was not the outcome they wanted it to be. Michael’s innocence prevailed and still prevails. Ten years later it’s those NOT GUILTY verdicts that resonate throughout the world, in our hearts and most of all in history.
“The man is innocent always was” – Tom Meserau