‘Michael Jackson, Inc’ Celebrates The King Of Pop’s Business Savvy


Greenburg hopes his book will open the eyes of Jackson fans of all walks of life to his business acumen.

“He laid the groundwork for this, and I think a lot of people forget or never even knew what a good businessman he was because of the late life struggles.”

Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire will be released on June 3, 2014. It is now available for pre-order at mjinc.co.

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Source: The Grio – By Andrea J. Castillo


Michael Jackson is by far one of the most iconic entertainers of our time, an icon who created a signature sound that we will never be duplicated.

After his death in 2009 at the age of 50, his musical legacy and business savvy were often overshadowed by his personal problems.

Author Zach O’Malley Greenburg looks to right that wrong in his forthcoming biography, Michael Jackson, Inc., which gives MJ fans some insight into why “The King Of Pop” was more than just a trailblazer in music, but in business as well.

Born and raised in New York City and a proud product of the hip-hop generation (he recounts one of his first musical purchases being Puff Daddy & The Family’s No Way Out), Greenburg has reported on how some the genre’s biggest stars make their money. As a senior editor for Forbes…

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Xscape- EPIC CEO LAReid presents- New Michael Jackson Album – Release date May 13th, 2014

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NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” remarked L.A. Reid.

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

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. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, “Xscape” has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.

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.”

XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world’s most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release of XSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony’s strengths and consumer reach.

“Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services.”

More news about Michael Jackson’s upcoming album will be revealed in the coming weeks -

Sources: http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/news/xscape-new-album-coming-may-13th



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MJ Was First ‘Make-a-Wish’ In Wisconsin


We spoke to Make-A-Wish two years ago, while clarifying what their procedure was for sites to have a Make-A-Wish Icon -and were told that they hold Michael Jackson in the highest esteem and that his kindness will never be forgotten by that organization. – Through his gentle nature many children benefited by the ability to visit him and/or his Neverland Ranch. God often works through earth bound angels and Michael Jackson is one of them.

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Source: Source: 620wemj.com / MJWN

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‘Make-a-Wish Wisconsin’ is one of 61 chapters in the U.S. It’s constantly working to make dreams come true across the state.

The first dream was for Tina Scharf. Doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumour at age 6.  In 1984, when Tina was 11 years old, more than anything she wanted to meet Michael Jackson.

Make-a-Wish made it happen. It was the first wish ever granted by Make-a-Wish Wisconsin. In 1984, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin sent Catina to New Jersey to meet Michael and see him in concert. Thirty years later, nearly 5,000 families across the state have experienced the transformative power of a wish. Doctors had only given Tina a few years to live, but she is here today to remember that special event.

Tina recalls, “I liked him.  I thought he was cute.”

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Michael Jackson Saved My Grandma- Transcript of Chris Cantore’s Endearing Story

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.50.17 PMChris Cantore, describes a chance encounter between his grandparents and Michael Jackson on an airplane, which proves to be an endearing story of how gentle and kind a human being Michael Jackson continually demonstrated himself to be. Listen to radio interview at bottom of post.

Radio Interview Transcript- June 26, 2009

Interviewer: We’re just putting some things in perspective, paying respect to Michael from a lot of different angles and on the line right now we have a friend of mine who woke up San Diego for years with a killer radio show and is now doing big things with multimedia and PR at Chriscantore.com, what’s up Chris?

Chris: Hey my brother how are you?

Int: I’m excellent and you?

Chris: Wonderful and first of all, considering and want to say that all of you are doing a great job with the tribute and remembering MJ.

Int: Thanks man, and I hear you have a very personal story.

Chris: Yeah, this is crazy and I actually used to tell this on my radio show annually around Christmas time. It became a tradition and we used to call the segment “Michael Jackson Saved My Grandma” and it’s nuts especially when you look at his history and you look at his trajectory and all the controversy surrounding him, this story really touches the human spirit and really shows underneath all the paparazzi and craziness was a guy who really cares about human beings.

It was a real testament to the situation where essentially my grandparents, it was in December, 1997 and my grandparents were flying in from JFK in New York to LAX to visit my family for Christmas. On the flight my grandmother gets sick and ends up passing out and falling in the aisle – they were sitting Coach. My grandfather is stressing out and Michael Jackson, it turns out, is sitting in first class. No one on the plane knew and he had first class reserved for himself, security entourage and people he travelled with. He hears about what’s going on in coach and Michael Jackson gets out of his seat and runs back to help my grandmother and when she comes to he’s hovering over her (laughs)

Int: Whoa!

Chris: Seriously and he’s like “Do you need help?” and she comes to and my grandfather’s there and essentially, he invites my grandparents into first class.

Int: You’re kidding me?

Chris: .. so she can get proper attention and part of Michael’s entourage includes medical support and what have you.

Int: Wow.

Chris: .. so while my grandmother is kind of getting her lucidity back if you will, my grandfather ends up having a two hour dialogue with Michael Jackson 35,000 feet in the air.

Int: Unbelievable.

Chris: And what’s insane about my grandfather, and this is why I love him so much, God rest his soul, is that he looked at Michael as if he couldn’t care less if he were Michael Jackson or a plumber and he just engaged him in honest conversation and they talked about family, they talked about Michael’s childhood and they talked about Italy which were my grandfather’s three favorite things to talk about and they had this amazing dialogue. When they land, Michael says, “I’m not letting you guys figure out your way” because my parents at this point might have been alerted that something happened on the plane – everything’s cool. Rather then having my grandparents go off on their own they basically said, “hey, you know what? We’re going to take you to your destination”.

Int: You’re kidding me?

Chris: No. So they get my grandmother a wheelchair and Michael Jackson is pushing my grandmother through the LAX Airport through all these backend crazy little caverns – they’re not dealing with the public but word gets out that Michael Jackson’s at LAX right when he’s pushing my grandmother through and trying to be secretive, not to get any attention. Granted you think they’re trying to get publicity doing stuff like this, he’s doing his best to divert the paparazzi to help my grandparents so they end up doing three different limo changes just to divert the paparazzi with my grandmother in the wheelchair.

Int: Wow – that is great!

Chris: They get in the limo, they hit the 405 on the way to the Valley to see my parents, again it’s Christmas time and Michael pops in his favorite movie at the time “Men in Black” so we have Michael Jackson and my grandparents watching “Men in Black” in his limo (laughing) on his way to my folks house. They show up to my parents and my mom opens the door and there’s my grandfather, my grandmother and, hand to God dude, Michael Jackson carrying their bags.

So they come in the house and Michael was totally enamored by my parent’s Christmas tree and the family spirit that he felt in the house and he couldn’t stop talking about how he felt so much love and warmth in the house and he was enamored by the Christmas tree and just the spirit that was in the house and he was kind of sticking around and kind of looking around and not sure what to do and my mom’s theory is he was kind of, just based on his, obviously career, he was waiting around like “hey, you guys want a picture or something?” for sentiment or what not,  but my mom was just so blown away by what happened they never even took a picture to document the event BUT, I got a big but here though – what I do have and I was going to post this on my blog later to is Michael Jackson actually signed a menu in first class for my parents when they were still in route on their way to Los Angeles and hold on I had my mom scan it and send it down to me and it says “To Concetta De Lisi and Joseph De Lisi, please feel better, love you always, Michael Jackson.  Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.56.56 PM

Int: Hey man, that’s a great story Chris, you know that on a day like today just hoping that the stars will shine your way and you will get the right callers and the right guests on and I couldn’t have paid for a better story the day after Michael’s passing. Thank you my friend.

Chris: Right on brother. Peace!

Int: Right on dude.

Int: Wow, that’s crazy. chriscantore.com keep up with Chris, he’s a great guy and such a creative dude doing cool things. What a story, gotta get that story on CNN or something.

References: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Michael-Jackson-saved-my-Grandma-97087009.html

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Michael Jackson Truly Blessed by God – Qadree El-Amin

“I thank God everyday that I was graced by this angel…”

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“Michael was truly the greatest performer. When he hit that zone, no one could touch him. I remember him doing three shows in a row and Justin Timberlake was supposed to join him onstage, but when Justin came out, he just froze and Michael was poppin’! Awesome! He didn’t need the special effects or anything else; he was the real performer.

And you could see him going into that spiritual zone backstage when he was getting ready for a show. He was always calm, relaxed, smooth. He would do his own makeup and take a few minutes alone in his dressing room where he had a picture of The Three Stooges that he liked on the wall. Then he would very calmly emerge and just blow the audience away. Even in Japan on his comeback tour when he was a little nervous about how people felt about him then, he always had the utmost professionalism and was always on time, and again, just blew them away.

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with people like Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey, but the relationship with Michael was very special. Every time I left him, I’d be sad seeing him standing on the porch waving good-bye. He was always so welcoming, so hospitable. He was never about selfishness or harming anyone. He was always about trying to be closer to God, to be Christ-like. He loved more than he was loved and was always trying to get closer to God, to do the right thing, even though it wasn’t always what he wanted to do. And whenever he was tested, he looked for his strength within, from bringing God into his body and putting Him first in his life. Michael was really very spiritual and put God in control of his life.

He was truly blessed by God.

Japan has more orphanages than any place in the world and Michael wanted to do something for them while he was there, so we picked one to visit that just so happened to be supported by Bill and Melinda Gates. Michael would arrive with no publicity and with multiple toys for each child. His own kids would go with him and he would be educating them as to what was going on. The kids were delighted, but Michael would also take the time to personally shake the hands of each of the nuns at the orphanage thanking each of them for taking care of the children.

And people just melted around him. One time when he was taking his kids to Disneyland, word had gotten out that he was coming and everyone knew his favorite ride was Peter Pan, so there was gridlock by the time he arrived. But he just held his hands up and the crowd opened up like parting the Red Sea. Then he would watch the parade from the Main Street rooftop and eat hot dogs and French fries with his kids. I thank God everyday that I was graced by this angel and am reminded even more so that we can’t take our time here for granted. There is no tomorrow promised and you’ve gotta let people know you love them. That’s what Michael was about.”

— Qadree El-Amin, Executive Producer, Southpaw Entertainment

Source: Michael Jackson Remembering the Times

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Bela Farkas: “Why Did You Choose Me?”


Now THIS young man MJJJP can accept as a son of Michael Jackson !!! No DNA required – the heart & soul of Michael shines in Bela Farkas spirit.

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Source: Michael Jackson.ru (Used with permission)


Hungarian magazine “Story” published a surprising article about Bela Farkas, the young man from Hungary, whose life Michael Jackson saved 20 years ago. The story was prompted by a happy occasion: Bela recently became a father.

The young man on the picture is Bela, the same little boy whom Michael and his then wife Lisa Marie met in a children’s hospital in Budapest in 1994 (Bela’s story was briefly told in one of the previous articles). He never gave an interview before – this was his first conversation with journalists in 20 years.

Bela was born with a serious anomaly: an undeveloped hepatic lobe, a life-threatening condition that required a liver transplant. Such surgeries were not performed in Hungary at the time and were very expensive abroad. Bela’s parents abandoned him at birth, so he had no hope to get the money.

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‘Behind the Mask’: An Appreciation

Reprinted with permission of the author @DoggoneCity

Behind the Mask’: An Appreciation

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Every album has one. A song you never thought you’d find on his album, and then realized could appear only on an album of his. That helps you escape to another place, releases you from the just beats, hooks, and lines—verses, bridges and choruses, and achieves a transcendence reserved only for the greatest of performers.

They all had it. The orgasmic, scatting crescendo on Get on the Floor. The insidious strings through an urban wasteland in BJ. The cardiac-throb of the bass in SC. The echoing corridors of vocal layering in Who Is It. The wailing synth-sirens on the rain-soaked streets of SIM. The torture chamber of industrial funk in Morphine. And the simmering pizzicato syncopations of young desire in Whatever Happens. And now it’s that tantalizing saxophone on Behind the Mask like an endless foreplay of hide and seek.

His genius as a musician is that he thinks of sounds in terms of images; his genius as a singer is that he creates melodic lines that evoke body lines; his genius as a producer is that he imagines a song as a concert.

His best songs always evoke stories, surreal and haunting. And what do we have here? A roaring stadium, swirling lights, fireworks, projections, mist-clouds. A sinuous saxophone line amongst the mass of swirling arrangements. The camera panning out and zooming in on a face among the flashes. She’s one among thousands, but he can see her. A girl in the crowd. Like Joanna Thomae at the Virgin Megastore, who’s number he made sure to get? ‘I want you…I know you’— ‘Who do you love?’ See that girl, she knows he’s watching. Is asking her to take off her mask and show her as herself. You can almost imagine him raising his voice, ‘Turn up the house lights’ – ‘I want to see you.’

This is the ultimate mask – between a performer and his audience. We never showed ourselves to him, any more than he showed himself to us. When he cried ‘Aaaow’, we could cry back, but we could never talk to him, because none of us knew what it was like to be him. As he sat signing autograph after autograph at the Virgin Megastore, they all came up to him with tears, awe, and stars and spangles in their eyes and on their clothes, but none could talk to him, human being to human being. We could say we loved him, and he’d say he loved us more. And that was it. It was a strange, distant love. Always about the show, always about the performance – his perfectionism and our adoration. ‘See you in July.’

See how that saxophone plays with and against his voice. A melody that falls and rises and falls and rises again, the pendulum of passion and indifference, the back and forth of desire and release, of thirst and quenching. She always takes it and all she does is throw it back. Like the two-edged sword of desire.

For all his greatest music is about desire. With Prince, that other great poet of desire, desire is a simpler sentence, subject, verb, object. I want you, let me count the ways, clauses following upon clauses, endlessly cumulative. But when MJ sings about desire, it’s like a complex sentence with a simple base clause but many subordinate clauses zooming in and out, dense, turgid, flowing, flowering, fading, full of textures that ripple on the surface, because his voice changes and transforms like the sea standing on a beach, the softness of shingles under leaden skies, when he is both panderer and seducer. Words will never be enough to describe him or his desire because, as someone said of religion, the central dilemma is trying to express the inexpressible. ‘Don’t try to understand me, because your words just aren’t enough.’

But when he looked at swarming sea of millions upon millions in tour after tour, what was he thinking? That thinking is the biggest mistake a dancer could ever make? Who was he looking at? Who was there to look at? Invisible presences, heavenly muses? Or an audience demanding to be quenched? One more comeback, one more number – why didn’t he stand on his toes, why does he lip-synch, why the same choreography, why was the lean so shallow? The mothers of the United States wanting to know why he always grabs his crotch? And was it a tourniquet or a mask – the finger tape, the wrist bandage, the arm band, the knee pads, the bullet strap, the epaulettes, the unrelenting emblems of his bleeding hope, a soldier of love and desire, his body emanating static, a conduction wire, a twisting line, a shapely misshapenness and misshapen shapeliness, like some gargoyle, spouting, empty but consuming, unfilled but fulfilling, enervated but exhausting, a drugged somnolence embodying a lifetime of desire in one concert night. They could never be satisfied, and he could never be satisfied with himself. See you in July.

And there he stands, still singing in December 2010, at some concert on high, here I am and I want you. Rapt in smoke and mists on stage, never transparent, always masked. But baring his talent naked, a spirit walking on the waters, a dove of desire. With the funkiest rhythm guitar riff that Prince never wrote; a snap-crackle rat-a-tat beat like breaking glass that Jonathan Moffet would have killed; a saxophone solo that plays hot and cold with his charged, panting, in-heat voice – as if taunting and egging him on through corridors backstage; the ominous samples from the Yellow Magic Orchestra; audience sounds from Moonwalker and Bucharest that works like a charm or a chant; a backing vocal that fades out with squeals that could come right out Stones’ Gimme Shelter; and for once, his hee-hees that constitute a melodic line by themselves in the bridge and chorus and not simply an adornment of the melody. I walk around I’m sufferin’/In my doom. And us sitting in our rooms.

It’s an incandescent performance, like a complex kiss of fame and fandom, tongues of fire duelling, enfolded in an ecstasy of longing, the desolation to which all thought leads, from which all action proceeds – the desolation we still feel after year and a half. But he’s still enacting orgasm, with his moaning, wheedling, growling ad-libs, on bended knees now, or standing upright as if directing Orianthi, longer, higher, higher, his lust an act of concentration. He touched us, and it stabs. Still.

Once it was as if the whole world was watching him all the time; now it seems as if he’s always watching the world. I might never see you, but hope you see me in July, Michael. Behind the Mask.

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