Joe Vogel’s “‘I Ain’t Scared of No Sheets: Rescreening Black Masculinity in Michael Jackson’s Black Or White”
In recent weeks, Joe Vogel, noted author on works about Michael Jackson, has been cyber stalked and bullied in a blatant effort to censor his work. Dr. Vogel is an Assistant Professor at Merrimack College whose Doctoral thesis was on the work of Michael Jackson. His works in include Man In the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson’s Magnum Opus” and numerous articles on Michael Jackson and other popular music and literary figures. Dr. Vogel contributed an essay on “Thriller” for the the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. “Thiller” is the only music short film to be added to the National Registry of the Library of Congress.
Dr. Voge’s essay for the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress on Michael Jackson’s Thriller can be found here:
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Michael Jackson is four weeks into rehearsals in Burbank, Calif.,
and with more than $85 million in the bank from ticket sales, the King Of Pop‘s return to the stage for 50 shows at London’s O2 arena
is looking increasingly profitable.
The shows begin July 8, Jackson’s first in 12 years.
Producer/promoter AEG Live has footed the bill for a $20 million
production, and the show layout is coming together. "Originally we
tried to keep the show down to 90 minutes, but Michael has so many
must-do songs in his repertoire that the shows now will be two-plus
hours," AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips tells Billboard.
Phillips would not reveal details of the production, but one could
expect a multi-media experience that would be "the most cutting
edge ever employed on a tour. We’re using technology that’s never
been used before in live entertainment."
The deal is set up where Jackson shares in net ticket revenue
which, according to Billboard calculations, would make Jackson’s
take on ticket sales alone north of $50 million, though Phillips
would not confirm this.
Tickets average about $115 and capacity for the shows will be about
15,000 per, taking the gross for the run to about $90 million.
Premium and VIP packages and secondary market sales will boost the
gross to more than $100 million. Merchandise sales could bring in
another $15 million.
Phillips says AEG Live is well-insured for the event. "We have one
policy in place and we’re negotiating for an even larger binder,"
says Phillips. "We have insured the production costs. In order to
get the first part of the insurance in place [Jackson] had to have
a physical, and he passed it with flying colors."
Phillips called the rehearsal process "exciting. We’re using two
soundstages, and Michael’s working in one with production designers
and choreographer/director Kenny Ortega and associate director
Travis Payne. And in the other one the dancers and the band –
killer musicians – are rehearsing the set and the choreography for
Dancer auditions were held April 13-15 at the Nokia Theatre in
L.A., with more than 700 dancers auditioning. We weeded it down to
200 by the third day, and Michael sat in on the final auditions and
chose the finalists with Kenny Travis and myself. Everyone’s locked
Jackson is now working out specific songs, though a top-to-bottom
dress rehearsal won’t be ready for a month. "Michael’s in
incredible physical shape, he’s got tremendous stamina, he’s been
working out aerobically preparing for this, and he is totally
engaged," Phillips says. "He sounds like Michael Jackson. He is
laser-focused on making this the greatest entertainment event that
fans have ever seen."
Various legal maneuvers by former Jackson associates attempting to
derail the shows are "completely meritless and have not impacted
rehearsals in any way," Phillips says. "We have a bona fide
contract, the deal’s in place, he’s performing, we’re performing."
Michael Jackson: King Of Pop
Kenny Ortega Announced As Show Director
May 12th, 2009
Kenny Ortega, the renowned Director, Producer, Choreographer and creative
talent is hard at work collaborating with Michael Jackson in the
overall design and direction for the upcoming ‘This Is It’ concert
shows. Ortega previously worked on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous and HIStory tours, some of the most spectacular shows ever staged.
week, thousands of dancers flew in from every corner of the globe
including Japan, Australia, South America and Europe to audition for
Jackson and Ortega – all of them were chasing their dream of winning a
spot to perform on stage with their idol Michael Jackson.
after the selection process narrowed the competition from thousands of
submissions to over five hundred top international dancers, there was
still no dance space large enough in Los Angeles or New York to house
the auditions. The
producers ended up booking LA’s Nokia Theatre LA LIVE, part of the site
where the Grammy Awards are held each year, to handle the unprecedented
numbers of performers who flocked to these auditions.
having once been in partnership with Gene Kelly, is most recently known
for his work as the Director and Choreographer of Disney’s, High School
Musical 1, 2 & 3. Ortega
also Produced and Directed the Barbra Streisand’s Millennium concert
tour and is a two time Emmy award winner for his work as Director and
Choreographer of the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing
ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah.
receiving the phone call from Michael to lead the team, Ortega said,
"My answer was without a beat nothing could keep me away. Collaborating
with Michael on the Dangerous and HIStory tours were two of the
greatest creative experiences of my life, to be invited to partner with
him again is a dream come true. Working
with Michael is always a true and full partnership, he is a creative
mastermind, he assembles top professionals to lead his team and then
inspires each and every one of us to climb to new places, break out of
the box and conquer new challenges. He is the most significant artist and entertainer of our generation.”
It" is a spectacular concert experience incorporating iconic Jackson
songs and choreography mixed with original new works.
Ortega says, "Our show goals are to create more than a concert but a
complete theatrical musical experience with a dynamic balance that
features Jackson in production both spectacular and intimate settings. The
stage set, choreography, costumes, lighting, effects and overall
production will be of the highest standard and pushing the state of the
Michael is dedicated to every detail and aspect of the show working closely with his creative and talented production team. He is “tremendously excited” about sharing his stage show with hundreds of thousands of fans this summer in London.
Ortega goes on to say, "It has been over a decade since Michael and I worked on the HIStory tour together. We had been in discussion in the last couple of years about finding a new project to work on. When I got the call to join him for these concerts I was in-between gigs, catching my breath. I had just finished a World Press tour for High School Musical and was about to start a new film. In accepting the invitation I had to move a few mountains to clear my schedule, but I’m thrilled to say I’m fully on board.”
Casting is in final stages for dancers and the band. The
dedication, passion and determination of these performers, who are all
personally inspired by Michael Jackson brings an unprecedented
intensity to the stage. Michael
Jackson, The King of Pop, has influenced a generation of performers
through his music, dance and stage shows impacting an art form.
This week with rehearsals in full swing the impossible has become
possible as details to this complex and dramatic show are being put
together. And when moments get intense and exciting in rehearsals an age-old British tradition has been adopted – a tea break!
Ortega adds, "I go to work each day with a huge sense of joy just knowing what is in store. Michael, the team and I will hash out a creative idea, we’re ready to implement it and Michael will say let’s sleep on it. The next day he is back in studio raising the bar to the next level and pushing us further for greater dynamic results.”
Randy Phillips, President & CEO of AEG
Live, commented, "The unprecedented demand for these shows turned
public on a normal salt into a cultural phenomenon and pushed the
boundaries by which we measure success. Michael and Kenny are creating an
Escapist adventure that will take the audience on an entertainment
experience only imagined in dreams or big budget motion pictures. This is the perfect pairing on unique creative talents with the greatest repertoire in contemporary music.”
concludes, "I am looking forward to the creative days ahead as we build
a Michael Jackson experience like no other, and to ultimately arriving
at The O2 – a magnificent venue and a worldly place. I am
thrilled to be a part of the team that once again is bringing Michael
Jackson, the greatest entertainer of our generation, back to the stage
and into the light and love of his devoted fans. "
By the end of the 50 concerts, 1 million fans will have witnessed one of the greatest musical events in history. This
will be the last chance to see the King of Pop in London in what will
be a historic stage show, and once in a lifetime concert experience –
this really is it!
Note To Editors – One of the world’s most popular
entertainers, Michael Jackson has sold over 750 million units worldwide
and is one of the very few artists to be twice inducted into the U.S.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records
has recognized Michael Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of
All Time and Thriller as The Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.
Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” 50 concerts sold out in a matter of hours on March 13th smashing box office records.
Production Team Includes: Production Team Includes:
· Kenny Ortega, Producer / Director
· Michael Cotton, Production Designer
· Patrick Woodroffe, Lighting Designer
Bhuwan Thapaliya (Bhuwan)
The very fact that more than 750,000 tickets were sold out in 4 hours
testifies the man’s greatness as the most influential musical icon in
the entire history of the Pop.
"The shows will start on July 8 and run through September before
resuming in January and February of 2010," according to the media
"The 50-year-old ‘King of Pop‘ will play the 20,000-seat venue near
Docklands. The 02 has hosted comebacks by artists such as Prince, who
staged 21 concerts, and was the venue of the Led Zeppelin reunion in
2007," according to the report published by the Bloomberg.
People all over the world are very skeptical about spending and the
consumer demand has deteriorated a lot, but it seems that Recession is
not having any effect on Michael Jackson’s fans. Michael Jackson is
Governments all over the world are fighting hard to revive their
economy. The World Bank has already forecasted that 2009 will be the
worst year for the global economy and economic forecasts suggest that
the solution is not just around the corner.
Considering so, nobody and not even Jackson, who has sold more than 750
million records and won 13 Grammy Awards, would have thought that his
750,000 tickets would be sold out in 4 hours.
But it did and the king of pop whose last series of concerts was the
History Tour way back in 1996-1997 is all set to take the musical world
"Is recession just a myth?"
We are forced to ask this question after the enormous monetary craze
shown towards Michael Jackson’s expensive concert in England, a nation
said to be hard hit by Recession.
750,000 tickets were sold and they say that the world is in recession.
And then you may have scratched your head thousand times and said, "How
it happened, how the concert tickets were sold out in such a little
A hard fact to digest, isn’t it? But it would be a sign that the world has understood what it is to be a great entertainer.
One irony though, these people are spending so much to see Michael
Jackson but why aren’t they spending a little more to boost consumer
demand and revive their economy.
Perhaps, they believe more in Jackson and in his entertaining power than their belief in their economy and its stability.
Maybe the Michael Jackson concert will have a spillover effect and at least give some boost to the faltering British economy.
Let us hope for the best. Hail! Entertainonomics.
…and he does a great job!
I think that Michael would be proud (o;
Michael Jackson and his music have been culturally prominent throughout the world for four decades.
Dong-hyun, who is known for his unique and unconventional art, has
devoted an entire exhibition to the man he calls the “king of pop, rock
and soul” in his latest exhibition, which is fittingly titled “Portrait
of the King.”
The 28-year-old artist, who is trained in traditional Korean painting, uses painting methods on hanji, Korean paper
often made out of mulberry, to create various images of Michael Jackson
ranging from his Jackson 5 days to more current images.
“The public loved Michael Jackson right from the start of his career because he has such a beautiful singing voice,” Son said.
The paintings contain portrait-styled images of Jackson in various sitting positions. Upon closer inspection, you can notice the change in the chair that Jackson is sitting on. “The
artist has chosen the year 1989 as the turning point in Jackson’s
career,” said Han Seung-hee, a member of staff at Gallery 2. “Portraits of his earlier years show Jackson sitting on Joseon Dynasty era chairs for kings in waiting,” Han added. The post-1989 portraits have Jackson sitting on red thrones with gold trim used by Joseon-era kings.
The significance of the year 1989 derives from an Artist of the Decade awards ceremony. The film star Elizabeth Taylor announced at the ceremony that the winner, Michael Jackson, was the “King of Pop, Rock and Soul.”
that time of the year when lots of busy people are out and about
looking to buy Christmas gifts. One of the places I stopped on Saturday
was Fry’s Electronics in Houston. As I entered the store I heard a
familiar song blasting through the building. It was Michael Jackson‘s
Smooth Criminal. His greatest hits videos were being played on a big
screen television in the middle of store.
But what I noticed were all
the people who stopped shopping and just watched the videos. At times
more than a dozen people were gathered around watching Michael do the
Moonwalk or several other signature moves. Some were bobbing their
heads and others smiling with excitement as if they were seeing these
videos for the first time.
It was strange to see so many people
embracing the entertainer’s music as if it were new…
I guess great art and great music
will endure despite the adversity of the artist. And did I mention just
how diverse the crowd of onlookers were. Black, White, Hispanic, young,
old, male and female. Way to go Mike in 2008!
MichaelJackson.hu, Jackson has recently established two new companies.
registered as “MJJ Kingdom, LLC,” is believed to be related to his artistic
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awards celebrate the music industry itself, from the Best Artist
Promotion to the Best Music Hardware. Our industry experts have sifted
through the entries to produce a shortlist and select the winners. The
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Best Artist Promotion
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"Digital has established itself as a force to be
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– BT Consumer marketing director
The awards will be held at Camden’s Roundhouse on Wednesday October 1.
Michael Jackson is still an inescapable presence in
pop, even when he’s a physical no-show. But his brothers made their
contributions too. Marlon Jackson showed great eloquence in accepting the BMI Icon Award for
himself and his brothers. Nearly all of the clan showed up for the big
moment — Jermaine was absent also — and there was a lot of
emotion in the rows they occupied.
Sister Janet emerged at
night’s end to present the award to her brothers, she got so choked up that she
could barely make it through her speech.
Still looking suave at 51,
Marlon praised "my father’s wisdom" in putting together the family
band, gave props to Motown and urged everyone to "study peace" before
thanking BMI for being the first organization to give props to the
Michael’s absence from the ceremony certainly disappointed many, but
in a way it was for the best: This was the time for the other brothers
to shine and for those present to recall that their breakthroughs as a
group made an important mark on pop history, outside of their genius brothers’ later accomplishments. Watching them respond to this
recognition with dignity and pride, I felt strangely grateful to
Michael for staying away and letting his brothers bask a little.
The only simple truth about the Jacksons is that they changed the
face of black pop by creating a sound that appealed to young kids and
created a new crossover market for soul. At the Wilshire, several
contemporary artists paid tribute to that sound, but few could actually
match its perfection.
Photo of the Jacksons by Chris Pizzello / Associated Press
— Ann Powers – L.A. Times
(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
left, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, and Randy Jackson,
of the The Jacksons, arrive at the 8th annual BMI Urban Awards in
Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.
Jacksons reunite at BMI Urban Awards
By DERRIK J. LANG – 6 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards, but the King of Pop was an absentee.
Jackson presented her music-making brothers — Michael, Tito, Jackie,
Marlon, Jermaine and Randy — with the lifetime achievement BMI Icon
award following a musical tribute at the award show celebrating R&B
and hip-hop’s top hitmakers. While Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Randy
reunited Thursday to accept the award, Jermaine and Michael didn’t
attend the Wilshire Theatre ceremony.
Where was the Moonwalker?
"I don’t know," Marlon told The Associated Press before the show. "I think he’s in Egypt riding a camel or something."
Jackson Five — which included Michael along with Marlon, Jackie, Tito
and Jermaine — was a groundbreaking, best-selling act that debuted on
the 1969 album "Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5." The group simply
became the Jacksons after leaving Motown in 1976, replacing Jermaine
with Randy. They continued their multiplatinum success with such hits
as "ABC" and "I Want You Back."
"It’s a great honor to know your music influenced a generation," said Tito. "We’re very proud of this moment."
tribute kicked off with dance troupe Jabbawockeez performing a funky
"Dancing Machine" routine. Music group ONE sang "I Want You Back." JoJo
and Lloyd partnered on "I’ll Be There" before Mario unleashed a
high-energy rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel" and Keri Hilson crooned
"Who’s Loving You." The finale featured Mario, Bobby Valentino, Lloyd
and Ray J teaming up for "Never Can Say Goodbye."
presenting her brothers with the award, Janet said her family was her
greatest commodity and that she was proud to salute her siblings for
their accomplishments in the music industry.
acceptance of the icon award, the Jackson brothers posed on stage for
photos with father Joseph, mother Katherine and sisters Janet, LaToya
and Rebbie. The Jacksons did not perform.
BMI — Broadcast Music Inc. — is
a performing rights organization that collects license fees on behalf
of its songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them
as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
September 5, 2008
BMI Honors The Jacksons at Urban Awards in Los Angeles
BMI saluted the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop
songwriters, producers and publishers September 4 at its Urban Awards.
BMI President & CEO Del Bryant
and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine
Brewton hosted the annual ceremony at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly
One of pop music’s most influential quintets, The Jacksons blazed a
trail for r&b and pop music, creating a sound and musical image
that is emulated to this day. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, and formed in
1966, the Jackson brothers—Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and,
joining in 1976, younger brother Randy—were a true American success
story, transcending race and redefining the sound of pop and r&b
music. They were the first group to have their first four singles hit
no. 1, and they remain one of the most globally influential pop and
r&b groups in history. The Jackson 5 were inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In addition to being premier recording
and performing artists, the Jacksons wrote multiple hits, including the
’80s “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” “2300 Jackson Street,”
“Can You Feel It,” and “State of Shock.”
The Michael Jackson Fan Club family is sponsoring a new project.
They want to show the entire music industry that we friends and fans of Michael
are still here and honoring him as the one and only King of Pop, Rock and Soul.
They plan to take out a FULL page advertisement in Billboard Magazine dedicated
to honoring Michael on his 50th birthday.
August 29, 2008
Time is counting down!
Offline donations deadline: August 4, 2008.
Online donations deadline: August 13, 2008
Please consider donating to this effort.
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Contest Begins – February 12, 2008 6AM ET & Ends February 22, 2008 11:59:59PM ET
XM’s The ’80s on 8 is celebrating the release of the 25th anniversary of Thriller by giving you a chance to win a copy of the brand-new Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition.
Michael Jackson’s music still inspires and thumps that thing in your
brain that says, "This is tasty, and I can dance to it." Without him
there may not have been a Justin Timberlake or a slew of others that
either sample him or blatantly recreate MJ’s flavor and claim it for
Pop music’s biggest year was 1983 and Thriller was the
biggest album of all time. Listen to Rick, Kandy, and Jo Jo on The ’80s
– XM 8 to find out when to get your copy beginning Monday, 2/11.
In honor of 25th anniversary of Thriller, The ’80s – XM 8 is giving away 50 copies of Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition.
New tracks include "Beat It" with the inclusion of Fergie and the Kanye
West remixes of "Billie Jean." You’ll also find the unreleased ballad
"For All Time" from the original Thriller sessions.
Read the complete rules for more information » | The ’80s – XM 8 »
The ’80s – XM 8 will play tracks off the CD. Listeners will be
instructed to call 1-866-267-0348 whenever they hear a track from Thriller. Each day of the competition, five winners will be selected at random.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. See official rules
for complete details. Must be legal US resident 18 or older at time of
entry. Ends February 22, 2008. Void where prohibited.
During March, XM celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller on XM Thriller channel 63. You’ll hear:
- Tracks from Thriller 25, the special 25th anniversary re-issue of the greatest-selling album of all time
- Other classic Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 tracks
- Thriller producer Quincy Jones’ personal insights into the making of the epic album
which cemented his reputation as the top ’80s pop musician. About 104
million copies of the album have sold worldwide…so far.
Groundbreaking MTV videos for the album’s title track, "Beat It," and
"Billie Jean" were a big part of the record’s success. Seven of Thriller’s nine tracks entered the top ten, and the album remained at number one for 37 weeks in a row.
Multi-talented artist and producer Quincy Jones worked with Michael Jackson to craft the songs that make up Thriller. Jones will be executive advisor for XM Thriller.
‘THE BET HONORS’
An Inaugural Event, Which Celebrates the Lives of Leading African American
Will Premiere Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
Michael is the latest named for THE BET HONORS – an evening dedicated to recognizing the
achievements and contributions of distinguished African American leaders in their fields
The special will feature a large segment on Thriller…
the worldwide biggest selling album of all time.
"We are thrilled to present the first-ever BET HONORS and pay tribute
to the thinkers, trailblazers and trendsetters whose accomplishments
serve as inspirations for current and future generations," said Debra
Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks. "Each of these
remarkable individuals has made significant contributions to the Black
community and American culture overall, and BET Networks is proud to
recognize them through this very special, new tentpole event."
Tuesday Oct 30 20:16
Black Eyed Peas frontman
will.i.am says any new album put out by the King of Pop Michael Jackson will be
because his music is universal.
The songwriter and vocalist
is working on Jackson’s new album, which is due for release early next year,
Jackson is in a unique position as an artist.
"Michael Jackson is
probably one of the only artists that whenever he puts out a record it will
still be relevant,"
will.i.am told reporters in Sydney.
"No matter where you
go in the world they’re playing Michael Jackson’s music, and no matter what
artists come out
they’re going to be doing Michael Jackson moves and emulating
what he did.
"So that’s hard when
you’re going to make new music with him."
The hip hop star said
people should listen to Jackson’s new music with an open mind.
"We … treat Michael
Jackson as a new artist and just make songs with infectious melodies," he
"The songs will speak
But he wouldn’t give away
any hints on how the songs sound.
"I am sworn to silence
or Michael is known to get pretty violent," he joked.
He will grace the October 2007 cover, which includes a feature
story, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 1982 album "Thriller".
The worldwide best selling album in recording HIStory is still popular today.
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