Michael Jackson

Aug
30
Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, & Swizz Beatz Honor Michael Jackson at BAD25 Concert

Melanie Fiona

On what would have been his 54th birthday, some of the artists Michael Jackson inspired gathered to celebrate his birthday and the 25th anniversary of his iconic album Bad. Melanie Fiona, Ne-Yo, and Swizz Beatz were among those who paid tribute to the King of Pop by covering his Bad classics at the BAD25 Pepsi & Billboard Summer Beats Celebration at Gotham Hall in New York City on Wednesday night.

“Is the world ready to celebrate Michael Jackson?” asked Melanie Fiona, who served up a soulful set of her own hits plus covers of “Dirty Diana” and “Bad.”

Ne-Yo channeled his idol on “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and dueted with his artist RaVaughn Brown on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” “You try Michael Jackson songs and hope that it works, so with that said I hope I made Mike proud just now,” said the R&B gent, who also performed new material off his upcoming album R.E.D., due in November.

A 25th anniversary edition of Bad featuring remixes, remastered hits, and unreleased demos will be released on September 18.

If you missed the live stream, you can watch some of the highlights below.

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Aug
10
New Music: Michael Jackson f/ Pitbull – ‘Bad (Afrojack Remix)’ [Snippet]

Bad 25

Michael Jackson gets the remix treatment courtesy of Afrojack and Pitbull. Mr. Worldwide “toasts to the King” on a sped-up club remix of his 1987 classic “Bad.” The DJ Buddha edit, along with other remixes, remastered hits, and unreleased demos, will appear on Bad 25, the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the King of Pop’s seventh album, due September 18. Preview a 60-second snippet below.

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Jul
25
Chris Brown Wants Jackson Family Feud to End

Chris Brown

The drama that’s unfolding in the public eye within the Jackson family was bound to make headlines. However, Chris Brown is not happy about it. The R&B crooner took to his Twitter account to vent his feelings on the family feuding over the King of Pop’s estate and guardianship over his children.

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Jun
26
Beyoncé Remembers Michael Jackson

Beyoncé

Three years ago, the world mourned the loss of Michael Jackson. While he’s gone too soon, the King of Pop lives on through his music and the legions of artists he inspired including Beyoncé. On the anniversary of his death, the 30-year-old singer pens a letter to her idol, thanking him for making her the artist she is today. She recalls watching a young MJ perform live and realizing the soul and swag that he possessed.

“Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on,” writes B, who performed the Jackson 5’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” while auditioning for a record deal with Destiny’s Child.

Read her touching tribute to the late legend below.

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Mar
9
Jamie Foxx Dances Like Michael Jackson in His Underwear [Video]

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx has always been a smooth operator and he once again proves it. Before he went on to win an Oscar and Grammy, the Hollywood superstar gave an award-worthy performance in his own L.A. mansion. TMZ has unearthed a video from roughly 10 years ago where Jamie busts out his best Michael Jackson moves to Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” wearing only red briefs, white sneakers, and a hat. His friends can be heard laughing as the comedian grabs his crotch and moonwalks down the hallway. Watch Foxx in action.

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Jan
28
Rihanna, Brandy Attend Michael Jackson ‘The Immortal’ Tour Opening

Rihanna

The stars were shining bright on opening night of Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night (Jan. 27). Rihanna looked every bit a rock star, sporting her new “Thug Life” tattoo and studded leather motorcycle jacket, black leggings, and shades. She even found an “MJ mini-me” and snapped a photo with him for Twitter.

Her fellow diva Brandy paid homage to the King of Pop in a sheer MJ-inspired blouse with shoulder pads. Quincy Jones and Michael’s three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, also turned out for the tour kickoff.

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Dec
15
Paris Jackson Steps Into the Spotlight on ‘Ellen’ [Video]

Paris Jackson

The daughter of pop royalty sat down for a rare interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s show. Michael Jackson’s daughter recalled fond memories of her late father and shared her passion for acting. The 13-year-old will make her Hollywood debut in the movie Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.

On how her father inspired her acting: “When I was really little my dad was in the movie Moonwalker and I knew he could sing really well but I didn’t know he could act. I saw that and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be just like him.’”

On attending a regular school: “I love it. It’s definitely a different experience. … I do have like a regular childhood. I mean, I’m treated the same. When I came to Buckley [her school] they didn’t know who I was. I was like, ‘Yes, I have a chance to be normal.’”

On wearing a mask as a child: “Yeah, I’m like, ‘This is stupid; why am I wearing a mask?’ But I kind of realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us and he’d explain that to us, too.”

On her father’s enduring words: “He said, ‘If I die tomorrow always remember what I told you.’ I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me.”

Watch the King of Pop’s daughter step into the spotlight.

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