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Collector says he has Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker with a chiptune Thriller

September 17, 2017 • By

A collector says he found a cartridge of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker for the Sega Genesis in which the King of Pop’s “Thriller” — apparently left out of the game because of licensing issues or similar reasons — accompanies the second board of the game’s third stage.

The video was uploaded yesterday. It shows Jackson in his Smooth Criminal getup, getting down to a “Thriller” chiptune as he karate kicks the zombies. The original music for stage 3-2 was “Another Part of Me.”
According to the poster, the cartridge was found at a flea market for $20. Some Redditors challenged its veracity, wondering if it was a bootleg cart with a custom ROM. No, insists the poster. “It’s a preproduction with EPROMs. This thing is real. He provided this image of the cart and its label. read more

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BOOK: Joseph Vogel New Edition of “Earth Song”

September 13, 2017 • By

Joseph Vogel’s book “Earth Song” is having a new edition! A book to have in your MJ Book shelves!

The definitive book on Michael Jackson’s most important song.


What’s in the new edition?

  • New material on Michael Jackson’s humanitarian legacy, one of the most overlooked aspects of his career
  • New insights on Michael Jackson’s powerful short film for Earth Song based on extensive interviews with director Nick Brandt
  • New information on the recording of “Earth Song,” including previously unknown details about the first “Earth Song” demo

Released in 1995, Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” was unlike anything heard before in popular music. Protest songs had long been part of the heritage of rock – but not like this. “Earth Song’s” vision was more panoramic, its roots more primal. Its unusual fusion of blues, opera, rock, and gospel resembled nothing on the radio. A massive hit globally, it wasn’t even offered as a single in the United States. Most critics didn’t know what to make of it. Yet decades later, it stands as one of Jackson’s greatest artistic achievements. In this groundbreaking book, Joseph Vogel traces the song’s evolution, from its inception in Vienna in 1988, to its long gestation in the recording studio, to Jackson’s final rehearsal in 2009. Situating the song within the historical context of the Reagan, Bush and Clinton eras, the book also explores the artist’s broader humanitarian efforts, from his participation in USA for Africa to his Heal the World Foundation. Based on original research, including interviews with the song’s key participants, Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion offers a necessary reassessment of this powerful anthem and Jackson’s audacious efforts to change the world. read more


Where to get tickets for the TIFF Screening & Party for “Thriller 3D” on September 12

September 12, 2017 • By

If you are in Toronto and want to attend the North American Premiere of “Thriller 3D” at the Toronto International Film Fest, Look out for folks in the shirt attached starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept 12)!

Below is a Google Maps link to where fans go to collect screening passes and wristbands for the party. It is Clarence Square Park at 25 Clarence Square in downtown Toronto.


  • Because of the open bar at the party, only fans who are 19+ years of age will get wristbands for the party.
  • Quantity is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.
  • The people in the t-shirts will be there starting at 4:00 PM and when everything has been distributed, they will leave.

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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

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Michael Jackson Estate Expects New Trial in ‘Next Couple of Months’ in Dispute With Quincy Jones

September 7, 2017 • By

VENICE, Italy – As expected, the Michael Jackson estate is appealing the verdict which in July awarded $9.4 million to music producer Quincy Jones in damages for allegedly unpaid royalties. John Branca, co-executor of the late singer’s estate, expects the case to go back in front of a jury “in the next couple of months.”

In an interview with Variety during the Venice Film Festival, where a new 3-D version of the 1983 “Thriller” video directed by John Landis world-premiered Monday, Branca said that “fairly serious errors were made in the trial.” read more