From The Estate: Michael Jackson Nominated For Three Soul Train Awards


Michael Jackson really is Immortal, Invincible .. the ONE

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We are thrilled to share that Xscape has been nominated for three Soul Train Awards: Album of the Year for Xscape, Song of the Year for “Love Never Felt So Good,” and Best Collaboration for “Love Never Felt So Good.” These nominations further highlight the enduring appeal of Michael’s music and the undiminishing appreciation of his art. For US fans, you can watch the Soul Train Awards on November 30 on CENTRIC and BET.

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Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography featuring Michael Jackson

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Agora Gallery a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York has an exciting exhibition coming soon where it will feature the original work of French Artist Love U Sev’s stunning Michael Jackson photographic collages in ‘Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography.’

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Her surreal portrait photography is both compelling and otherworldly. Love U Sev approaches her photographs in an entirely new way, and for this exhibition she has superimposed her own self-portraits with portraits of Michael Jackson, without retouching either image. The resulting picture is a figurative study in contrast and juxtaposition, as elements of each face emerge and recede to create a surrealistic and highly emotive effect that is almost abstract in its execution. The driving force behind Love U Sev’s art is a deep and abiding love. These photographs were inspired by two intense dramas that occurred in the artist’s life: the death of Michael in 2009 and that of her husband in 2010. The emotional depth of the resulting images is nothing if not intense. And the truncation of the artist’s own face is both symbolic and deliberate, for as she explains “I am not whole any more… these photos are my heart slept on glazed paper.”

Love U Sev currently lives and works in Paris, France.

Her twitter account – @LoveUSev

A video presentation of her art:

Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography presents the striking, stunning and unforgettable images crafted by talented contemporary fine art photographers. These artists use a range of methods to achieve their effects, with some embracing digital technology and its possibilities, and others preferring to remain loyal to the richness of more traditional methods. Each artist puts great thought and care into composing each aspect of their image, without compromising a sense of spontaneity and openness to their surroundings. The result is enormously appealing and often entirely immersive, as if the viewer is being offered an entry into a world which is encapsulated in the magic of the image before them. This time it’s the magic of Michael in Love U Sev’s images that viewers will be immersed into.

Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

The exhibition opens on November 4, 2014 and continues until November 25, 2014.

The opening reception is on November 6, at 6-8 pm.

The gallery is located at 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York and opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11-6pm.

Source: Agora Gallery & MJWN

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Seth Riggs Remembers Michael Jackson -

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Interview by Sarah Levy
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Seth Riggs on Michael Jackson


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Seth Riggs: Michael was, as everyone knows, a very phenominal performer. If they have a good a voice as Michael and can accomplish three and a half octaves, actually three octaves and a minor six he could vocalize and with all that dancing – 21/22 songs. Full out dancing and maybe a couple of ballads and I use to vocalize him on tour three times a day: 12 – 1pm 4 – 4:30 pm and 8:15 – 8:30 pm before he went on. So if he was extravagant one afternoon I’d put him back in and tell him where the mistakes were and tell him what and what not to do and he would go back and you know, revitalize his connection and bingo – off he’d go.

Sarah Levy: When did you start coaching him?

SR: 32 years ago…. 32 years ago..

SL: How was your first meeting. Do you remember the first meeting?

SR: Yeah. First meeting I went — we were going to go out the front door and the carpenter said “no, we’re putting in new stairs so you have to go up over the roof”, I said “what?” “You have to go up on the roof” so he gave us a ladder and we had to crawl up the ladder, walked across part of the roof and there was a couple of steps up and there was a door. So I walked over and knocked on the door and this voice says “hello” and I said, “is that you Michael?” “Yeah, come on in.” So I came in and there he was holding a chimpanzee by both rear feet and with a washcloth he was cleaning up his butt and put a diaper on him. That was my first meeting with Michael. (smiles)

SL: Thats very interesting.

SR: And I taught him in his bedroom all the time because he was very comfortable there and he had all of his toys and things like that around him. He had a two story bedroom and he had mannequins in there; a little girl in a tutu and a little boy in a tuxedo and they’re leaning on the top balcony looking down at him. Pinnochio was hanging on the stairway up to the balcony and if you hit him he would bounce up and down (smiles) and I’d be in there vocalizing Michael on the piano and the chimpanzee would hit Michael in the shoulder and then push Pinnochio who would go up and down and then he would clip me on the shoulder and Michael thought that was so funny. (Laughs) So our lessons were punctuated by animals moving in and moving out.

His heart was on his sleeve (begins to cry) whenever he heard there was somebody in distress he went to rescue them. When a young boy was put in a room and set on fire by his fire by his father and was burnt very badly, Michael read about it and immediately he flew up and the young man was all bandaged in the hospital and one little hole here (motions to his mouth) and everything else was a mass of bandages and he said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do, what am I going to do?” and Michael said, “don’t worry, I’ll take care of you for the rest of your life.” And he did. He always had something for that fellow to do.

SL: What is your favourite memory of Michael Jackson?

SR: (Long pause) There were so many. Mostly they had to do with his heart. He had a great heart (begins to cry) he went everywhere when somebody was in trouble. He went and shelled out money to buy what they needed or to fix their lives. When that little boy Ryan White was given a transfusion of bad blood and got AIDS. He went and buried a young baby that was drowned because her mother threw her off because the father walked away and wouldn’t feed her, so that baby was thrown in the river or whatever off the bridge and the little brother was thrown from the bridge and the woman jumped in. Somebody was able to get the mother and the other child but the baby was drown. Michael read about it and he immediately went down to Long Beach and everybody was waiting for the funeral and the father came back and saw all the trouble he caused and in a way was responsible for his son’s death or whatever someone said, “why isn’t this funeral started?” and he said “the person paying for it hasn’t gotten here yet”. About that time up came a limo and who stepped out? Michael. Didn’t matter where we were. We were in Liverpool and Michael read in the paper that a young person was brought up by wolves and immediately he began to cry and said “how terrible, we have got to get a fundraiser for that little fellow.”

People constantly trying to get money out of him. He was accused by a young boy of molestation and when the trial was over — he was acquitted — and later on, the boy admitted that his father had talked him into that – talked him into saying that, and that it wasn’t true and later the father committed suicide.

There are a lot of things that people don’t understand about Michael. HE WOULD NEVER, NEVER UPSET A CHILD IN ANY WAY. He may give them too much popcorn, too much ice cream. Up at the Ranch there were these great big things of Hagen Daz Ice Cream all over the place, out in the parking lot, in the soda fountain. I used to go out there early with no breakfast just to go to the soda fountain and have a big dish of Hagen Daz for breakfast and every year we would take all the kids and the parents up to Neverland Ranch and the parents would come over to him, I’d be sitting there watching because I’d been through all that – I’ve known him for a long time. I was with him when he bought that place and they would come up with tears in their eyes and say “where have you taken us?” “I’ve taken you to you childhood. I’ve taken you to Neverland, this is where Peter Pan is.”

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Joel Vogel’s Essay For The National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress On Michael Jackson’s Thriller

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Sources: Joel Vogel | Edited By All Things Michael Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” changed the trajectory of music-the way it sounded, the way it felt, the way it looked, the way it was consumed. Only…

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Request Michael Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” –

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The Legend Returns –

“As with so many times before, Michael Jackson’s artistry and genius is again at center stage.” MJEstate

And we like to keep it there!! 

We are urging Michael Jackson fans to request:

A Place With No Name on Ryan Seacrest’s popular  iHeart American Top – AT40 radio program by using the online request line  ……’s easy and quick- 

Simple Click red IHeartRadio banner below:

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You should see a self explanatory request form:

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Type in your name and other * required fields and any other message you’d like to include and SEND –       That’s it!!! 

If you prefer you can call in your request:Requests & Shoutouts 1-877-AT40-FAN

Michael Jackson’s fanbase is the largest social media community in the world ..  – Feel free to request Love Never Felt So Good, Slave to the Rhythm as well or any other Michael Jackson song-

Requests can also be made at iHeart Radio/New York click  Z100 banner below  and fill out the form on botton right- Type in three song selections, fill out form name, email and other pertinents and BOOM ..

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Let’s make some noise for our beloved, Michael

Love  & appreciation to HappyChick93 who continually advocates for Michael! 

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Harrison Funk: His friend, Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s Personal Photographer Remembers How They Met

In a New Republic article written by Anna Hiatt, Harrison Funk, who photographed Michael from his early days through to his sad passing in 2009, remembers how he met Michael for the first time.

Harrison Funk remembers being captivated by Michael Jackson’s eyes.

“Michael had the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever photographed,” he told me recently. “They were large. They were expressive. They were deep. I don’t mean that physically. It was a picture into his soul. I think Michael, he knew in every picture what he wanted to convey. Even when he was completely natural he could convey a message to the camera.”

Funk began shooting Michael in the early 1980s and continued on and off until his death five years ago on June 25, 2009. Funk was in his twenties when he made his first shot of Michael, before the singer launched his solo career. Funk had been invited to a party at New York City’s Tavern on the Green, and he found himself shooting pictures of Michael and the rest of the Jackson family backstage. Shortly afterward, Funk got a call from Michael’s publicist, inviting him to Los Angeles. Without promise of a job or even reimbursement, Funk got on the plane.

He remembers the day that he and Michael connected – really connected – for the first time. Tito Jackson’s kids were playing in a softball game, and while a couple of the brothers hung out on the sidelines, Michael sat by himself in a parked car down the block. When he saw Funk approach, Michael told him to get in and the two sat talking about “everything in the world, and baseball.”

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Funk chronicled Michael’s career, starting with the Jacksons’ ‘Victory Tour’ in 1984 and Michael’s first solo tour, ‘BAD’ (1987-89).

“He taught me so much about observing, seeing the moment and capturing the moment,” Funk said. “He taught me so much about perfection and Michael was a perfectionist. He wanted everything to be just so, even when it was spontaneous, it was just so. That was part of his brilliance, the ability to make that happen without any effort.”

Access and trust are key to making documentary images, especially with publicity-conscious celebrities.

“I was just myself,” Funk said. “There was no pretense. I am who I am. I was open, and they knew that no picture would leave my hands without approval. And it got to the point to the middle of the tour where I was able to approve images. They trusted me.”

READ and SEE more Harrison Funk’s historical photographs of Michael.

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Source: New Republic & MJWN

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Dangerous Talk with Susan Fast


Dr. Susan Fast, whose new book on the Dangerous album will be coming out September 25 from Bloomsbury Press.

Originally posted on dancing with the elephant:

Willa:  This week I am thrilled to be joined once again by Dr. Susan Fast, whose new book on the Dangerous album will be coming out September 25 from Bloomsbury Press. I just want to say up front that I’ve read this book twice now, and I’m still staggered by it. For the first time we have a detailed, in-depth analysis of one of Michael Jackson’s albums, and it’s amazing – it reveals how he conveys meaning through every layer of musical creation and performance. Some sections I’ve read numerous times, going through sentence by sentence with my headphones on, trying to catch all the details and nuances of meaning Susan identifies. I was quite simply blown away by it.

Susan, your book is such a treasure trove of ideas, as well as new ways of listening and thinking about his music. There’s so much I want to talk with…

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