MJEstate & Sony Music #XSCAPETOVEGAS Contest

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The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music are very excited to announce the launch of a contest today providing two lucky winners (and a guest) the opportunity for the ultimate Michael Jackson weekend in Las Vegas.

The contest is open to fans in many countries worldwide, but not all. Due to local legal restrictions, residents in certain territories are not eligible to participate in the sweepstakes.

However, all fans worldwide are welcome and encouraged to create a video and participate in the contest for fun, even if they are not a resident of a country in which they are eligible to win.

Please visit http://vegas.michaeljackson.com for contest details and eligibility.

The Official Online Team of The Michael Jackson Estate™

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Backstory: Michael Jackson XScape Mural by Mr. Brainwash

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 12.24.10 AM“The subject of Mr. Brainwash comes up and John (Branca) shares that as he drives to work everyday there is a liquor store he passes. He must have driven by it literally 1,000s of times and never really noticed anything special about it but this one day he sees a painting of Marilyn Monroe in the window and thinks, “That is really different.”

Each day after he continues to notice that painting… it seems to jump out at him. Then on a subsequent day he passes a billboard on the same route and there is the most interesting painting which he is very drawn to. Finally he stops at the liquor store to inquire who did the painting… he researches the billboard for the same answer and learns the same artist did them both… Mr. Brainwash.

They contact Mr. Brainwash to come in for a meeting asking him to bring samples of his work. He begins to tell Mr. Branca that he is so thrilled because Michael Jackson was one of his first clients. John is totally taken aback… he asks him, “What? What do you mean Michael Jackson was one of your first customers?”

Mr. Brainwash relays the story of Michael approaching him and buying many of his paintings. John shaking his head at what he has heard as he remembers and relays the story needed not to verbally complete the connection for me… as I sat there with ‘Michael chills’ all over my body. Clearly Michael was in charge of connecting Mr. Branca with Mr. Brainwash for the promo Xscape artwork… for me there are no coincidences. Once again Michael has reached out from the heavenly spheres to put his touch, his final nod, guidance on this… his own album.”

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On the street ~ Michael’s quote at 1255 La Brea near San Vicente Boulevard by artist Mr Brainwash. Mr Brainwash [Thierry Guetta] who transitioned from a street artist to a commercial artist has held several exhibitions which have included artwork of Michael, including the ‘Icon’ series of pictures made from broken vinyl records.

In the video link Mr Brainwash tells that Michael was his first patron buying several of his paintings, that he has footage of Michael in the studio, visited him at Neverland and would bump into him on Halloween ~ see at 2 mins of video ~

Source: http://mjbliss.blogspot.com/2014/04/xscape-la-listening-party.html?spref=tw

Thanks to Christina Tozer for additional information on Mr. Brainwash 1255 La Brea mural.

Thank you Sarrah for the heads up on this lovely backstory.

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‘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.

Originally posted on ALL THINGS MICHAEL! ♥:

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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Visit MichaelJackson.com for confirmation and more information in the coming weeks.

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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