Michael Jackson Taking ‘Thriller’ To Theater

via Billboard

Michael Jackson will help develop his groundbreaking “Thriller” video into a musical theater production, producers said today (Jan. 26).mikejac

The theater production will recreate the tale of the 14-minute horror film spoof based on the title song. In the video, a young couple are on a date when the boy — played by Jackson — becomes a werewolf.

“This musical will be the exclusive Michael Jackson authorized version of ‘Thriller’ and Jackson will participate in every aspect of the creative process,” said the Nederland Organization, which has acquired the rights to the musical.

“Thriller The Musical” will include songs from the 1982 album “Thriller” and its 1979 predecessor, “Off the Wall.”

The “Thriller” video, featuring dancing zombies and horror film star Vincent Price, was first aired in 1983 and became a staple of MTV. It was directed by filmmaker John Landis, who said it cost $500,000 — about 10 times the cost of the standard music video of the time. Continue reading

Top 20 Artists of 2008 by Combined Sales

What I think is most shocking about this list is that Michael Jackson still managed to sell 1.4 million albums. For all the flack he gets in the media and much of it well deserved, he still is a viable brand and is still making a bunch of people money. Who woulda thunk?

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Close but no cigar for Lil Wayne, he came in a close second for combined record sales in 2008.

via Hitsdailydouble Top 20 Artists of 2008 by Combined Sales of All Releases (in Millions of Units):

1. AC/DC 3.4 2.

Lil Wayne 3.3

3. Taylor Swift 3.2

4. Coldplay 2.5

5. Metallica 2.3

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Michael Jackson not dying, working on a new album

This was fishy from the start because too many high level artists from Will.I.Am to Akon spoke highly of MJ‘s new project and nothing about his detoriating health. Could these guys really keep a dying Michael Jackson under wraps? Then these reports surface out of the blue that he is dying a slow death and needs a lung transplant. The Zorro pictures really did not look like someone taking their last breath and that is saying a lot for Michael Jackson. Anyway a statement from his reps are debunking the recent rumors saying Michael is about do his last moonwalk.

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Despite reports from the U.K. to the contrary, Wacko is in good health, his publicist reveals exclusively to PerezHilton.com.

M.J. was said to be battling A1AD — alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency, a rare disease which has left him half blind and needing a lung transplant.

But, not so, his publicist tells us!

Dr. Tohme, Jackson’s rep, says, “Concerning this author’s allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorized ‘biography.’ The writer’s wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson’s health are a total fabrication. Mr. Jackson is in fine health, and finalizing negotiations with a major entertainment company & television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances.

Nice to know Wacko’s not sicko!

As for the world tour, though, yeah right! The likeliness of that happening is slimmer then the days Janet used to be skinny!

According to Biographer, Michael Jackson Needs Lung Transplant

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via The Sun/NY Post

MICHAEL JACKSON is battling a genetic disease that has left him half blind and needing a lung transplant, it was claimed last night.

The superstar, 50 — seen in a wheelchair earlier this year — is said to be so frail he can barely speak.

Jacko’s secret was revealed by his biographer Ian Halperin, who declared: “He needs a lung transplant, but may be too weak to go through with it. He also has emphysema and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, which his doctors have had a lot of trouble stopping.

“It’s the bleeding that’s the most problematic part. It could kill him.”

Halperin, an award-winning investigative journalist, said Jacko was stricken with an inherited condition called A1AD — alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency. Sufferers lack a protein which protects the lungs.

Halperin, a Canadian who has written for respected Rolling Stone magazine, said: “He can barely speak. The vision in his left eye is 95 per cent gone.

“For years Michael has been working with his doctors to make sure it doesn’t progress.

“He has been on many medications that have stabilised him.”

Jacko’s brother JERMAINE confirmed: “He’s not doing so well right now. This isn’t a good time.”

Skint Jacko, who was cleared of child abuse three years ago, is being forced to flog off treasures from his Neverland ranch — which he has now abandoned.

And a woman calling herself Billie Jean Jackson — who claims she is the star’s wife — is suing him for £700,000.

She insists she is the mother of his youngest child Prince Michael II and is demanding joint custody.

[video] Jackson to sell ‘White Glove’ in Neverland Auction

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The gates of Michael Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch and one of the white gloves first unveiled in his 1983 “Billie Jean” video are going up for auction in a 2,000-item sale organized by the self-styled King of Pop.Auctioneer Darren Julien said Wednesday that Jackson was sorting through thousands of personal items and his vast art collection from the abandoned Neverland Ranch and other places.

He said the five-day auction in Beverly Hills, scheduled for April 21-25, will be the first organized by Jackson, who has been living as a virtual recluse since his acquittal in 2005 on child sex abuse charges.

“He has never had one (an auction),” Julien said. “We have been working closely with him for five months and he is in complete control of this.”

Julien said a similar white glove once owned by Jackson fetched $35,000 at an auction in 2006 ago, while a pair of the singer’s white socks went for $15,000 in 2005. Continue reading

WTF?!! Michael Jackson Turns Muslim

Source: Daily Mail

Michael Jackson, pictured here wearing a traditional Arab women's veil in Bahrain in 2006, is said to have become a Muslim.

The way you Mecca me feel: Michael Jackson, pictured here wearing a traditional Arab women

No words.
via Daily Mail

Beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel, it has been claimed today.

The 50-year-old singer, who has previously been photographed wearing a traditional Arab women’s veil, reportedly became a Muslim in a ceremony at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

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Doctor orders Janet Jackson to postpone tour

Hopefully she recovers from whatever ails her and goes back to what she loves most..performing.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The doctor has again ordered Janet Jackson to postpone a return to her “Rock Witchu” tour. Jackson was scheduled to resume her tour Monday night at the Turning Stone Resort in New York after canceling a show over the weekend in Connecticut. A message posted on the resort and casino’s Web site stated the show had been canceled at the advice of Jackson’s doctor.

She has since postponed several shows, including Thursday night’s show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoters say the dates will be rescheduled.

No one is saying what is ailing Jackson, who was rushed to a hospital in Montreal before a concert in late September.

Jackson is on her first North American tour in seven years.

[pic] What a Plastic Surgery-Free Michael Jackson Might Look Like

What a Plastic Surgery-Free Michael Jackson Might Look Like

What a Plastic Surgery-Free Michael Jackson Might Look Like

This is my first post about MJ concerning him hitting the half century mark(50). There have been a bunch of articles celebrating his timeless music, life and total weirdness.

This particular pic supposedly shows him had not used his face to test out every new plastic surgery procedure in North America in the latter part of his life. I don’t know if this is accurate but anything looks better than the ghost we see nowadays.

Source : Gawker

Owned:Michael Jackson Shuts Down Street Knowledge….

Sources: Michael Jackson, RIAA, WordPress

Yes we were shut down by the King of Pop and the RIAA. We were alerted by the great folks over at WordPress that a power move was made against us concerning a ditty by the name of ‘Hold My Hand’ a new song by Michael Jackson ft. Akon.

Hi,
It was the RIAA that told us to.

The following is the subject of a valid DMCA Notice.

https://streetknowledge.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/audio-akon-michael-jackson-hold-my-hand/

If you believe that you do have the legal right to distribute these files you must take this up with the copyright holder.
You are not permitted to re-publish the files until after you have done this.

If you do not have the legal rights you must delete the post.

Republishing the post without permission or continuing to publish material that results in DMCA notices will get the blog suspended.

Well obviously they were not happy with us posting the song and we were upended early this morning.
Our apologies to Michael Jackson and good luck on the album. And we will only post your videos, so please hurry up and make one. And thank you for reading the blog!!!

Street Knowledge Media

Micheal Jackson & Christian Audigier to Collab on Fashion Line

via People

Michael Jackson hasn’t had a hit in a while, but instead of working on his next platinum album, he’s turning his eye towards fashion! The King of Pop has teamed up with Ed Hardy designer — and pal — Christian Audigier to launch a new line this fall. Audigier tells PEOPLE of the collaboration, “It’s the merging of the King of Pop with the king of fashion. Something explosive is going to happen.”

As for Kitson owner Fraser Ross, who has already committed to carrying the line exclusively at launch, he tells PEOPLE that he has faith in the new line because “Michael Jackson is an international pop icon who has had a huge following throughout his career. I think people will think it’s hip to wear his line. Through all his ups and downs people still love him. He still has a huge fan base.”

Michael Jackson To Play Vegas Strip?

via Reuters

Michael Jackson may relaunch his career as a Las Vegas act, thanks to the private equity group that recently bought the loan on his Neverland Ranch in California to help the pop star avert foreclosure.

The investment firm Colony Capital is discussing with Jackson various repayment options for the $23 million debt, including a possible long-term engagement as the resident performer of a Vegas casino or nightclub, a source familiar with the talks said on Friday.

Colony Capital, based in Los Angeles, owns the Las Vegas Hilton and is a major shareholder in the Station Casinos chain.
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Dancing Prisoners a Huge Youtube Hit, Pull Big Crowds…

Source: Reuters

Somehow I don’t think this program of dancing prisoners out of the Phillipines’ is gonna catch on in notoriously violent prison Rikers Island located in NYC.

By now you must have seen the dancing inmates who did a pretty good rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for all the the world to see. Well these guys have become a masssive tourist attraction and people have become enamored with their viral youtube video showcasing their dance moves. Read more below:

The dance sensation, complete with zombie movies and involving over 1,000 prisoners in orange jumpsuits, has attracted nearly 15 million online views. And now spectators are flocking to the live show.

“It was great. I had fun. Two thumbs up,” said Kathleen, a local university student and one of hundreds of people who visit the jail every month to catch the inmates’ grooving in harmony.

From viewing platforms surrounding the exercise ground the audience cheer and dance as if it was a rock concert.

Full story [here]
Prison “Thriller” Dance Video After The Cut..
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Jackson Clan on the Brink Of Financial Ruin

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Bad times have befallen the Jackson Clan. Once owners of a fortune that the “FDIC didn’t care to insure” the Jackson Clan has managed to squander their wealth away on bad investments and unrealized dreams of reuniting with Michael and creating a World Tour for his brothers, the Jackson Five, that would restore some much needed financial relief. Nowadays the brothers are spread about, one stocking product at a grocery store (Marlon) and the other changing tires for a living (Randy). The spectacular fall was said to be aided and abetted by Michael who supposedly “hates his famiy.” Here is an account of where each member is at fiscally these days. Damn, who would have ever thought we’d see this in our lifetime.

Joseph Jackson, 79 and Katherine Jackson, 77

Dad hustles various girl groups in Las Vegas. Mom is still a stay-at-home housewife and the only family member in contact with Michael. Both have previously filed for bankruptcy

Janet Jackson, 41

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The current family breadwinner. She bought her mom a Vegas home in anticipation of losing the family’s mansion, Hayvenhurst, to foreclosure. Like their Neverland colleagues, workers at Hayvenhurst have not been paid for months.

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Neverland Ranch to Auction if MJ Don’t Pay..

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Neverland Ranch is set to be auctioned off unless Michael Jackson can pay the 24 million dollars owed on the property. With MJ bolting for Dubai after  his much publicized child molestation trial(for which he was acquitted), he seems to have to abandoned it for good. Conflicting reports have surfaced saying he has secured a loan to save the property but no official reports from his camp has confirmed this.                                          Read the[ full story here]

Billboard Snubs ‘Thriller’

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Billboard has not given Michael Jackson’s Thriller a number # 2 position on its albums chart this week after selling 160,000 copies. Though his album contained brand new reworkings of some of his biggest hits, they mysteriously classified the album a catalog release. This  seems a little fishy because Billboard supposely changed the rules when The Eagles a sold a whopping 700,000 copies the same week Brit Brit dropped her album besting her by at least 500,00o copies. At that time Billboard did not count any albums sold strictly at one chain(Walmart in this case),plus the Eagle album was previously released material. They eventually reworked the numbers and recognized the Eagle release. Seeing that both of these artists have two of the best selling albums of all time, why not get the equal treatment ?                                                

                                                 More of the story atVariety‘s The Set List

Jackson 5 to reunite at Dupri Bash

Jermaine Dupri 

 On New Year’s Eve the party of the year will be held in Atlanta, thrown by Jermaine Dupri and featuring the highly touted reunion of the Jackson 5.  The only fireworks won’t be provided by Randy, Tito, Janet, Mike & Jermaine…Dupri will be providing a full-fledged fireworks show at the stroke of midnight.  Get full story HERE

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