Statement From The Estate Of Michael Jackson About The Passing Of Nelson Mandela
Michael Jackson was proud to call Nelson Mandela his friend. Like millions of
admirers around the world Michael drew inspiration from President Mandela’s courage,
his fight for human dignity and his commitment to peace. During his visits to South
Africa Michael met often with President Mandela, who described Michael as “a close
member of our family.” Our hearts go out to President Mandela’s family and to his
beloved South Africans as they mourn their incalculable loss.
- John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors The Estate of Michael Jackson
Le documentaire BAD25, maintenant disponible sur iTunes !
Pénétrez dans les coulisses de la création de l’album Bad de Michael Jackson et de sa première tournée solo, grâce au documentaire BAD25 réalisé par Spike Lee à l’occasion du 25ème anniversaire du phénomène.
25 ans après, l’album visionnaire Bad de Michael Jackson et la tournée qui l’a accompagné ont laissé une empreinte indélébile sur la pop culture. La version intégrale 2 heures de BAD25 vous fera entrer dans l’intimité des sessions d’enregistrements, des tournages de clips mais aussi des concerts joués à guichets fermés, pour redécouvrir le génie créatif du King Of Pop.
Poignant et sincère, Spike Lee a réalisé un documentaire qui va au-delà du simple hommage à cet album record, au sein duquel on retrouve des chansons emblématiques telles que « Bad » et « Man in the Mirror ». A travers des séquences inédites et des entretiens auprès d’invités allant de Martin Scorsese à Kanye West, Lee narre l’histoire de ce tournant dans l’évolution de Michael Jackson en tant qu’artiste, mais aussi dans la musique populaire en général. Le New York Times salue BAD25 qu’il qualifie « rempli de moments « Wahou »", tandis que le Time admire la « vue intime d’un artiste au sommet de son art et dans l’intense splendeur de sa créativité. »
RENCONTRE AVEC BRAD SUNDBERG (update)
Chers amis et partenaires, cette fois ça y est, nous sommes dans la dernière ligne droite de notre événement. Plus que 15 jours avant votre Rencontre avec Brad Sundberg.
Rendez-vous compte, pour la première fois, vous avez la possibilité de partager des moments inoubliables avec quelqu’un qui a été un collaborateur studio et l’ami de Michael Jackson pendant 18 ans ! Le tout dans un cadre intimiste et chaleureux, sans avoir besoin de vous rendre aux Etats-unis.
Bien plus qu’un séminaire, il s’agira d’une véritable expérience multimédia, unique et rare, dans laquelle la musique et l’art de Michael Jackson seront le fil conducteur. Chaque séminaire est unique, mais ceux qui veulent en savoir plus sur les éditions précédentes peuvent lire le compte rendu publié par Damien Shields sur son site.
C’est aussi l’occasion de vous adresser encore une fois nos plus sincères remerciements pour la confiance et le soutien dont vous avez fait preuve envers nous depuis le début de notre projet.
Le blouson de Beat It exposé au hard Rock Café (Paris)
Avis à tous les fans du Roi de la Pop !
A l’occasion de l’exposition « Hard Rock Couture’, des tenues portées par des stars légendaires (John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley…) seront présentées au Hard Rock Café Paris.
Parmi les trésors exposés, les amateurs de musique pourront admirer la veste rouge de Michael Jackson tirée du légendaire short film Beat It.
L’exposition « Hard Rock Couture » se tiendra du 27 septembre au 04 octobre au Hard Rock café Paris (entrée gratuite).
Hard Rock Café Paris – 14 boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Michael – The Last Photo Shoots
« Michael: The Last Photo Shoots » is a fascinating behind the scenes look at Michael Jackson’s last magazine cover photo shoots and the struggle to make them happen. It is a unique story told through the eyes of several of Michael’s closest friends, photographers and stylists that had helped Michael prepare for his planned comeback in 2007.
In 2007, after several years of living over-seas in seclusion, Michael returned to the United States wanting to make a comeback onto the music scene. Taking the cover of L’UOMO Vogue for its October 2007 issue was Michael’s first step. On September 14, 2007 in New York, Photographer Bruce Weber and Vogue Fashion Editor / Michael Jackson’s personal stylist Rushka Bergman captured the magic of the King of Pop for the 25th Anniversary of the release of Thriller.
On September 24, 2007 in Brooklyn, NY, Michael Jackson did an interview and another photo shoot for Ebony Magazine for its December 2007 issue. This was Michael’s first United States interview and magazine story in a decade.
Michael had a love for art and being an artist himself, Michael had said that he had wanted to be photographed in a space “where art lives on forever.” Ebony selected the Brooklyn Museum of Art as the location. While many magazine covers were done throughout Michael’s career, the Vogue and Ebony shoots were very important to Michael as these were for his comeback. Through these photos, Michael’s image as art lives on forever.
Along with never before seen footage of Michael, « Michael: The Last Photo Shoots » contains engaging interviews with Rushka Bergman (Contributing Fashion Editor of L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia and Michael Jackson’s personal stylist), Phillip Bloch (widely considered to be one of Hollywood’s premier fashion stylists), Bruce Weber (famed photographer and filmmaker) and Kabuki (legendary make-up artist from Northern England known for his unique flair and artistry with make-up and imagery and one of the most exciting talents in fashion today).
There are captivating interviews with Bryan Monroe (an award winning journalist, CNN Politics editor, team leader of the winner of the Pulitzer Price Gold Medal, former Vice President and Editorial Director of Ebony and Jet Magazines and the journalist who conducted the last major interview with the King of Pop – Michael Jackson), Harriett Cole (Life stylist author, nationally syndicated advice columnist, former Editor in Chief of Ebony Magazine and Creative director for Michael Jackson’s last cover photo shoot) and Michael Amir (Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff for Michael Jackson).
For further information, please contact:
Ray Markovich, Esq. at 1-323-401-8032 email@example.com
MICHAEL JACKSON WE ARE ONE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (EN)
Michael Jackson Fans! – Be A Part of the First Michael Jackson We Are One Worldwide Birthday Celebration, Thursday, August 29, 2013
Share Your Instagram Photos & Videos All Day on Michael Jackson Birthday Global Map
Michael Jackson fans around the planet who are unable to attend the special performance of Michael Jackson ONE (https://www.facebook.com/events/627774083908425/) in Las Vegas celebrating the King of Pop’s birthday can still participate in an unprecedented global event honoring Michael starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 29 during the first ever Michael Jackson We Are One Worldwide Birthday Celebration (http://birthday.michaeljackson.com).
Michael Jackson believed that all humans are unique and equal, regardless of race or culture, and that working together as one will make for a better world. His message was one of unity, harmony and hope. What better way to honor Michael on his birthday than by spreading his message and posting a short video expressing hope for making the world a better place.
This worldwide event begins at the international dateline in the first time zones (Kiribati Island and New Zealand), then rolls around the world before ending at midnight in the last time zones (Hawaii and American Samoa). Fans will have the opportunity all day to create and share their Instagram photos and videos honoring Michael with their ideas for a better world and recognizing this special day.
Throughout the day, a Michael’s We Are One worldwide map will display the thoughts and wishes expressed by fans for a better world, linking together the international #MJWeAreOne as a true global community.
Fans are encouraged to post their Instagram videos and pictures with the #MJWeAreOne hashtag to take part in the international celebration of Michael’s birthday.
Michael Jackson ONE, which premiered on June 29, is a new immersive music experience which is the second collaboration between The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil. The critically acclaimed production is in permanent residence at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The previous collaboration between The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil—the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour concert experience–was one of the world’s top-grossing tours in 2012 and is now playing to sold-out arenas in Asia.
Since Michael Jackson was a multifaceted artist who strove to fuse together various musical styles and art forms, Michael Jackson ONE is a fitting title for a unifying journey into the creative world of the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One. But it was actually chosen as the show’s title because it expresses Michael’s philosophy of love, hope and peace: « We Are One.
Please note, the site will only go live when the online event starts, at 12 a.m. on August 29 at the international dateline, and will not be live before.
Behind The Mask – seconde version
La société Agressive qui a produit fin 2010 un clip pour la chanson Behind The Mask (enregistrée pendant les sessions Thriller, réorchestrée et publiée fin 2010 sur la compilation MICHAEL), vient de mettre sur son site la version intégrale de cette vidéo.
Si la version finale retenue par l’Estate of MJ consiste en un montage de séquences filmées par les fans du Roi de la Pop, celle proposée par Agressive se présente comme une suite logique du clip HIStory réalisé en 1997 par Jim Gable.
Selon les réalisateurs Alex Topaller et Dan Shapiro, Behind The Mask est un hommage aux différents masques portés par le Roi de la Pop au cours de sa carrière. Les séquences de danse ont été conçues par The Jabbawockeez et Chucky Klapow.
Vous pouvez découvrir sur cette page la version HD de Behind The Mask ainsi qu’une galerie de photos et les crédits complets du projet.
Source : Agressive / MJJNews.fr
Cirque du Soleil’s Tribute Show ‘Michael Jackson One’ Moves Into Las Vegas (Exclusive Photo)
Helmed by arena concert director Jamie King and choreographer Travis Payne, “One” begins its Mandalay Bay residency with preview performances on May 23.
Celine Dion, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Cee Lo Green (and later this year, Britney Spears) all showcase the chart-topping moments of their careers in spectacular residencies along the Las Vegas Strip. And this month, the timeless tracks of Michael Jackson will come to life in Michael Jackson One, a new theater production at Mandalay Bay by Cirque du Soleil that is written and directed by veteran concert director Jamie King, whose client list includes Spears, Dion, Madonna, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera.
One is King’s second creative collaboration with Cirque, as the former Jackson backup dancer also penned and directed Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. The traveling arena show first premiered in October 2011 and has become Cirque’s largest and most expensive production to date, breaking its own records for the highest attendance of a single performance.
Yet rather than honoring the legendary musician’s memory with elephants, mimes and giant white gloves dancing to mash-ups of memorable songs, King opts for a character-driven plot for the Mandalay Bay Theatre. With 26 scenes, 60 performers and full versions of Jackson’s biggest hits, One follows four misfits on a transformative journey that leads them to personify Jackson’s personality traits: agility, courage, playfulness and love.
« Michael was a storyteller, and certainly he was a showman – he had all these great MTV music video moments and dance stage performances that we all remember, » King tells The Hollywood Reporter, citing « Moonwalker » and « Thriller » as standouts. « You can’t do that in an arena; there’s 16,000 people, they can’t understand, they’re too far away. Whereas in a 2,000-seat theater, you’re right in the show, so you can go on the journey with our heroes. »
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The title of the show is a triple entendre: 70 percent of the set list is Jackson’s number one hits. Michael Jackson was also a one-of-a-kind artist and one of the most influential of all time. But at its core, One aims to celebrate the ethos of love and unity that Jackson captured throughout his career, through his concerts, song lyrics and philanthropy.
« The running theme by the end of the show [is] that we’re just all the same, because we are all the same, » says King. « It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, we’re all the same. It’s that oneness that I want people to leave with, because that was Michael’s message ’til the end. »
With full access from John Branca and the Michael Jackson Estate to the musician’s library of master recordings, musical director Kevin Antunes made sure to showcase the intricate layers that often get lost in a song’s final cut. For example, the theater’s front speakers play Jackson’s lead vocals, while the headrest’s speakers in each seat swoon with his background vocals, giving attendees the experience of being in the recording studio with Jackson himself.
« You’re not listening to a CD or an MP3, you’re listening to the raw audio of these master recordings in their full complete embodiment – you’re hearing it in a way that only Michael and his engineers had heard it when they had done [it], » says Antunes, who has also overseen the music for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Madonna, including her Super Bowl halftime gig. « What is true mastery is when you listen to his background vocals while his lead vocal is singing. If he was in the studio and he had his headphones on and he’s recording layer after layer of background vocals, it’s the things that he’s doing while he’s listening to his lead on his background track: he’s snapping, and he might ghost some of the lyrics, he could whisper some of the lyrics. Hearing that stuff, that’s the kind of stuff that I’d want the fans to get a chance to hear, and I contour some of the arrangements so that some of those things can be highlighted, because it gives you a true look into the artistry of this incredible entertainer. And nobody gets to really hear that except in this theater. »
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Differing from Cirque du Soleil’s other tribute productions, One never has a performer portraying Jackson onstage. Instead, the show strategically uses video and audio footage of the singer throughout the plot’s peaks and valleys.
« His presence, even on video, is so powerful, that it can be very tricky to use him, » says Welby Altidor, One’s director of creation. « What we wanted to do in this show is build Michael’s presence through his voice and feeling his shadow, to feeling him progressively becoming more and more present throughout the show, until we can create the longing. And then the apex, the moment where we’ll really feel that he’s there and he’s still with us. »
One is Cirque du Soleil’s most ambitious endeavor to date, as no production has ever had so many acrobatic performances in a single show. To avoid recycling routines from The Immortal, choreographers take advantage of the intimate theater setting and spotlight Jackson’s iconic moves at new heights. Cirque is also working with dance crews for the first time, having found new inspiration in groups from South Korea, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. All stage performers are dressed by Zaldy Goco, Jackson’s longtime designer, who also outfitted Lady Gaga’s first North American Monster Ball tour and joined with Gwen Stefani for her L.A.M.B. label.
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The high level of ambition for originality in One is familiar to choreographer Travis Payne, who has worked with Beyonce, Shakira, Usher and Jennifer Lopez, and collaborated with Jackson on and off for more than 15 years.
« Michael was always very, very clear that he just wanted to get to the best idea – it did not always have to come from him, the only thing he asked is that it’s something he’d never seen before, » Payne tells THR. « If it was anything that felt similar to anything else that’d come before it, he didn’t want any part of it. That’s what made him so innovative in all of his music and visuals … a lot of times, he was just inspired and motivated by things around him in everyday life. He might come into rehearsal with a drawing he did on a napkin the evening before because he just got a great idea, and then it becomes the set for ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ in This Is It. … You always left exhausted because he always pulled everything out of you and wouldn’t allow you to settle, because he wasn’t gonna settle. »
Many steps of One draw from Jackson’s creative process and attention to detail, which King witnessed firsthand during his first gig in showbiz as a dancer on Jackson’s Dangerous tour in 1992. He recalls watching Jackson backstage as he prepared for arena shows that had yet to use enhancements like video screens.
« You could see the attention to detail: every light mattered, where he was positioned so that he could get the right silhouette mattered, » says King. “To watch that level of interest and detail and to really care about every aspect of the stage so that it matches his movement and really goes along to the music so that every accent is hit with the lights, it was something I’ll never forget. »
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Cirque du Soleil already has seven resident shows along the Las Vegas Strip, but One is Mandalay Bay’s first Cirque production and moves into a theater that previously housed musicals Mamma Mia! and The Lion King. The Mandalay Bay Theatre’s entry is now outfitted with six floor-to-ceiling portraits of Jackson dancing the moonwalk in his white socks, sequined jacket and black hat. Brightly lit jewels accessorize the sapphire blue lobby, which features black and gold double doors that pay homage to Jackson’s signature military-inspired blazers.
« To be the entertainment capital of the world and now to feature the work of the greatest entertainer of all time, it didn’t take me too long when [Cirque du Soleil] presented the opportunity to us, I said, ‘Where do we sign?’ » says Chuck Bowling, president and COO of Mandalay Bay. « We think Michael Jackson’s music is generational, relevant and crosses so many genres overall. As long as people continue to love and want to celebrate Michael’s music, we’re gonna be the home for it for many, many years to come. »
But even with all the venue changes, master recordings and record number of acrobatics, the question remains: how can anyone make a Michael Jackson show that isn’t created by Michael Jackson himself?
« I do a lot of, what would Michael think? And how would he feel about this? Not trying to replicate anything that he would do, because we can’t do that. There’s only one Michael Jackson, » says Payne. « But to think, would Michael get a kick out of that? Would he think this is really great? Would he think that this is thematic enough? Or would he think this is strong enough? We’re just grinding in rehearsals to make the answers to all of those questions ‘yes’ and make it a piece in entirety that Michael would love and he would enjoy being an audience member at, that he would enjoy bringing his mother and his children to. »
Michael Jackson One opens at the Mandalay Bay Theatre on June 21, with previews beginning on May 23. Tickets range from $69 to $150 for nightly performances Saturday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.