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Michael Jackson – 2017 in Review

December 31, 2017 • By

If such a thing as a quiet year exists, the world of Michael Jackson is not familiar with it! From new releases, to auctions, collaborations to milestones, 2017 proved to be another one of those years where the foot is firmly on the peddle and we speed forward with MJ-related news and releases bouncing off left and right. Here’s a run down of just some of the moments from Michael Jackson’s World in 2017.

January – Benny Collins, Michael’s production manager for Bad and Dangerous Tour passes at the age of 68. Collins was popular with the crews and Michael himself and was an integral part of the live shows. Rest well Benny. read more

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Steve Jobs only listened to Billie Jean during photo shoots

November 22, 2017 • By

Just because it is mid-week and at MJVibe, we love little facts that made us smile!

Everybody knows Steve Jobs (Just look at your iphone LOL) but little we knew that the man was actually listening to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” for his photo shoots. And “Billie Jean” only!

The fact came from Andy Cunningham, who was Jobs’ publicist back then.

Steve Jobs was a real fan of the top-tier business press. So he loved Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Businessweek, Time Magazine a little bit, and of course the major television stuff he was a big fan of, although he was not very good in front of a camera. So working with him was kind of a challenge in getting him prepared for these interviews, he was very touchy about the photographs so you couldn’t actually take too much time with a photo. It had to be quick, it had to be fast, and he had to like the photographer. And if he didn’t like the photographer they were pretty much dismissed from the room and we had to get another photographer back in. read more

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When Michael Jackson rode roller coaster at Ocean Park Hong Kong, and took the press for a ride

October 20, 2017 • By

King of pop’s female lookalike and minder Dr Penguin lead press pack on a wild-goose chase at Kai Tak airport, while singer slipped in to city on a private visit, 30 years ago this week.

“Michael Jackson in Hongkong”, ran the headline in the South China Morning Post on October 20, 1987, the American singer having arrived on a private visit.

“Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson jetted into Hongkong yesterday – and, in an attempt to shake off pursuing photographers, immediately joined the lunchtime scramble for a taxi outside Kai Tak airport.” read more

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How Hocus Pocus writer Mick Garris went from ‘Thriller’ extra to Michael Jackson collaborator

October 17, 2017 • By

Hocus Pocus writer Mick Garris began his relationship with the legendary Michael Jackson when he and his wife had the opportunity to play extras in the famous “Thriller” music video.

“I’m really fortunate to have been able to work with, and become friends with, Michael Jackson,” Garris said on Entertainment Weekly: The Show. “It was right after American Werewolf — Michael had seen that and had been blown away by it. He wanted to do something on film like that. Michael was very frightened of horror films and was fascinated by the makeup of it.” read more

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The Incredible Way Michael Jackson Wrote Music

September 8, 2017 • By

If you’ve ever heard the below early demo of ‘Beat It’, you’ll know Michael Jackson’s extraordinary process of writing songs – by building each element of a track with his voice. Every note of every chord, harmony, melody, bass and even the rhythm through beat-boxing. The full harmonies will blow your mind:

Jackson couldn’t read or write music at all. Contrary to received wisdom, he could play instruments a bit – he’s credited as playing keyboard, synthesizer, guitar, drums and percussion on ‘HIStory’ – but none proficiently. He didn’t have any formal composition training, though one could say he was trained harder than any other performer by his father. read more