Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This Is It Single

 Just when you thought it couldn't get any better! Sony has just officially announced a new Michael Jackson single to hit the shelves on October 12th(2009)-"This Is It!" will be launched to coincide with it's eponymous soundtrack and film[Edit: Well, Sony has misled the public once again. It's only a radio promo and an old rough draft at that].


What's More???

 The soundtrack will be a double disc set. The first CD will have his original master recordings. With two versions of the song-"This Is It!" Disc two will contain alternate versions of his greatest hits(remember, there are currently 91 takes to Billie Jean-According to Bruce Sweden)[Edit: Good ol Sony has lied yet again. There's one alternate take and two demos]. Together, this soundtrack will be released the day before the film opens(Oct. 28th). International fans will get it a day early(the 26th)!

No Live Album?

 Now I know what your thinking..."Another one milks the cow". But before we swiftly pass judgment, the DVD/Blue-Ray(set to be released after the limited 2-week cinema showing) has been confirmed to contain raw live performances as extra bonus footage(I mentioned it on my Last Post)! And besides, they'll probably release a live album just in time for the holiday season(hopefully).

 Regardless, I am so happy for a new Michael Jackson single! Could this be the dawning of a new studio album? Maybe...Stay tuned!

Update***Well well...The god's of Sony have spoken! "This Is It" will not be a single(physical nor digital). But a mere radio leak. What's more? It turns out not to be a recent track(but one dusted off from the vault 29 years ago)! For Sony to come this far in misleading the public, it's time to clean out your music department boys(that is Sony's Music Branch)!

O...I bet MJ's Estate can't wait for January 1st, 2011!

Monday, September 14, 2009

This Is It To Premier 10/28/09

 A motion picture behind-the-scenes documentary is poised to come to a theater near you! For two weeks(Oct. 28th-Nov. 10th), you will be able to look at every angle and see every detail of Michael Jackson orchestrating his dream. Even up to the last minute-Moments before the pop star perished.

 The videos content includes parts of the memorial and private funeral. Some live performances by The King of Pop. And a personal touch into the mind of Jackson as he rehearses, warms up, hires, couches, and explains in candid detail of what he wants to come to fruition(in interview and day to day sequence).

 A blue ray/DVD is set to launch just in time for Christmas! Not only will the video contain the whole theatrical material, but also up to two hours of live raw performances of Michael Jackson and his crew! Including warm-ups, rehearsals, and candid vocal sessions of Michael himself. That's not all!

 A live studio soundtrack will be released to coincide with the film. Containing all his greatest-hits(plus a live version of a new song). According to John Branca, a new single should pop up around the same period. I'm not sure if the single is to promote the live album or is a sign of things to come(a new studio album).

 Stay tuned for the latest on this developing story. In the meantime, be sure to sign-up and be the first to purchase tickets on Sep. 27. Watch the official trailer below!

[Update! The movie soundtrack will not be a live album but a double set filled with his greatest-hits(not again). Including alternate mixes(to songs from the first disc), the original 1980 "This Is It"(sad to say this wasn't a new song with an official single release. Sony has once again jibed us), and a spoken-poem with never seen before photos of Michael Jackson.

 Frankly, I hope the estate finds a new label...Fast! Otherwise, enjoy the trailer]

***Update***The first 3,000 who purchase tickets(starting September, 27th) will be able to watch it a day early(Oct. 27th) and receive a This Is It! souvenir(collectors idem)! Details below...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Did MTV Conspire against Michael Jackson?

 Today, I'd like to share with you an exclusive article(by Jose Salas) on what really happened that night 7 years ago for MTV's Video Music Awards. Was Michael really full of himself? Did Sony conspire with Music Television to embarrass Michael Jackson? Was it all just a big misunderstanding? Or was MTV reluctant to give Mr. Jackson his trophy? Read on and decide for yourself...

Did MTV Conspire Against Michael Jackson?

 On August 29, 2002, MTV held their annual Video Music Awards in New York's famous Radio City Music Hall. That date also happened to be Michael Jackson's 44th birthday.

 Britney Spears opened the night with a speech highlighting Jackson’s birthday and also paying tribute to his multiple achievements. While praising Michael's career, Spears referred to him as the "artist of the millennium." She brought Jackson out while at the same time a MTV staffer rolled out a giant birthday cake with a little trophy beside it.

 In what became an embarrassing moment in Jackson’s history, he immediately grabbed the trophy and began giving an acceptance speech, clearly thinking he had been presented with an award for the "Artist of the Millennium".

 "When I was a little boy growing up in Indiana if someone told me I’d be getting the Artist of the Millennium, I’d have never believed it.”
Jackson said.

 He continued talking about his influences in music, finished his speech and left the stage to a standing ovation from the excited crowd at The Video Music Awards.

 Confusion took over when host Jimmy Fallon came out onto the stage, with the same trophy Jackson had a few moments ago and said...

 "I'd like to accept the 'artist of the millennium' myself; I guess they’re giving them backstage, everybody is getting them".

 At the end of the show most of the media outlets were reporting Jackson as receiving the "Artist of the Millennium Award". That was until MTV news started reporting the total opposite.

 "There is no such award as the Artist of the Millennium. I think some wires got crossed,"
said a spokeswoman for the network. MTV news later would report that
 “Michael apparently got confused, not understanding the concept of his birthday or the big birthday cake on stage, and instead thought that MTV was honoring him with an Artist of the Millennium award”.

 But if what MTV reported was accurate, then why have what looked like a trophy on stage? And furthermore, why would the reclusive Michael Jackson go to an event to receive a birthday cake only? Nevertheless, the moment became the focus of every MTV segment highlighting the award show and another classic Jackson joke.

 Apparently, there was a miscommunication between the MTV producers and MTV's website.

 On the same night of the event, posted Michael Jackson as receiving the Artist of the Millennium Award. BBC News Online noted this contradiction as showed the day after the show on their website;

 "An MTV spokesman in New York told there had been a birthday gift but no such award even existed, a stance contradicted by the music station's own website,"

 The days before the VMA’s, there was a controversy mostly covered by fans sites and the blogosphere, as whether or not Michael Jackson was going to make an appearance on the awards.

 The Michael Jackson Fan Club Website(MJFC), which has become a virtual archive for all things Jackson, reported on August 23, 2002, that Michael Jackson was scheduled to make a rare appearance and receive a special award from MTV in his honor. Days after, MTV reported on their website that it was going to present Jackson with "a new, special award", a sure boost to their ratings considering the rarity of a Michael Jackson appearance on national TV.

 As it turned out, the show averaged more than 11.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in the awards' history at the time.

 But, why would MTV knowingly set up Jackson for a public embarrassment?

 Some insiders speculate that MTV wanted to have some type of event for his coincidental birthday, but Jackson wouldn’t show up unless he was going to receive an important award. All this was around the same time Jackson had a big fallout with his record company; Sony Music. Some think that these two events might’ve been related. Nonetheless, MTV seemed determined to humiliate Jackson and cement their version of history.

 The following year at the 2003 VMA’s, Fred Durst and Jack Black poked fun at the infamous moment. "If someone had told me, when I was a kid, that I was going to win the super-genius of the century award, I would have never believed it," gushed Black, wearing an exact replica of Jackson’s iconic outfit complete with metallic shin guards.

 Since Michael Jackson’s passing, MTV like many other entertainment media outlets have changed their tunes regarding everything related to Jackson. Magazines that used to constantly ridicule him are now making hardcover tribute editions. Even celebrities that ran away from him as fast as they could, before being acquitted in his criminal trial, are now praising him and reminiscing on their great friendship.

 MTV for its part is quietly changing their version of the events on that August 29th of 2002. On their website, MTV is currently showing as one of Jackson’s greatest MTV moments, the presentation of the Artist of the millennium Award, with a picture of Jackson and the award trophy on the podium.

 In 1983, Michael Jackson broke the color barrier on MTV. With his groundbreaking music videos, he helped the cable network to become the global empire that it is today.

 On September 13, MTV once again will air their Video Music Awards and a tribute to Michael Jackson and his achievements will be presented. Artists will talk about his great influence in their careers and MTV will probably show a collection of Jackson's greatest MTV moments, all showcasing The King of Pop as the greatest artist to ever appear on MTV and arguably after all, the "Artist of The Millennium".

BBC News Link

MJFC Article

Michael Jackson Duped By MTV

Spears Presents MJ With Artist of The Millennium Award

Article written by Jose Salas

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Another Rodney Jerkins Interview On Michael Jackson

 Recently, Rodney Jenkins blew the lip off the cap with exclusive details working with Michael Jackson! Once again, he hints at plenty of scrapped tracks so much better then the final cuts. In addition to behind the scenes footage of The Invincible Sessions! I wonder what will become of all that?

 Jenkins further details his once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in the same room as his idol. Of hanging out at Neverland and layering over a hundred snippets(both completed and unfinished) under the microscope.
There's no need to rehash the whole interview so let me take you to the place...

V EXCLUSIVE: Rodney Jerkins Talks MJ's Last Studio Album, Invincible :

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