Michael Jackson

Jul
25
Video: 2 Chainz – ‘Freebase’

2 Chainz

It’s triller night. 2 Chainz recreates one of the greatest music videos of all time, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” in the video for “Freebase.” The Hairweave Killer shows off his acting chops and rocks a red leather jacket before turning into a zombie just like MJ in the cinematic clip.

“Hands down best video I’ve Ever shot!!!” tweeted 2 Chainz.

The song serves as the title track off his EP, which features appearances from Lil Boosie, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, and Ty Dolla $ign.

Watch the freaks come out at night.

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Jun
25
Beyoncé Remembers Michael Jackson on 5-Year Death Anniversary

Michael Jackson and Beyoncé

Five years ago, the world lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time. But Michael Jackson’s legacy lives on through superstars including Beyoncé, who paid tribute to her idol in a short and sweet note on her website.

Bey recalls listening to MJ while growing up and learning “soul” and “swag” from the seasoned performer.

“Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am thank you Michael,” she wrote.

Read her heartfelt tribute to the King of Pop.

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May
21
Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Debuts at No. 2

Xscape

Five years after his death, the King of Pop returns to the charts with his posthumous album Xscape.

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May
18
Michael Jackson Hologram Performs at Billboard Music Awards

Michael Jackson

The king lives on. Five years after his death, Michael Jackson was resurrected at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The King of Pop appeared as a hologram to perform the Timbaland-produced “Slave to the Rhythm” off his posthumous album Xscape, which was released last week. Much like Tupac at Coachella, the digital creation was eerily lifelike, dancing its way across the stage.

The controversial performance drew a mixed response on Twitter. Some were impressed, while others were skeptical. “Dat was mike?” said Nicki Minaj.

Watch the MJ moment that had everyone talking.

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May
14
Video: Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – ‘Love Never Felt So Good’

Justin Timberlake

Long live the king. Justin Timberlake pays homage to Michael Jackson through dance in the video for “Love Never Felt So Good” off the late legend’s posthumous album Xscape.

In the feel-good clip, co-directed by Timberlake and Rich Lee, dancers recreate the pop icon’s signature moves from videos including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller,” while fans sing along to his lyrics. It also features throwback footage of the King of Pop throughout his career.

The disco-soul jam, originally recorded by Jackson as a demo in 1983, was “contemporized” by Timbaland before Timberlake got on board. But he was hesitant to do the song at first.

“I’m such a loyal fan to him and his music that it seemed almost too much of a thing, but then I kept hearing this song and it just felt so good,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “It kind of spoke to me. It reminded me of some of the stuff [Timbaland] and I had worked on on 20/20 Experience.”

Even after death, MJ continues to sell records. Xscape is vying for No. 1 on next week’s chart with 125-150,000 copies.

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May
13
Review Roundup: Michael Jackson – ‘Xscape’

Xscape

Nearly five years after his death, Michael Jackson lives on with his second posthumous album Xscape. The eight unreleased tracks, originally recorded between 1983 and 1999, have been “contemporized” by executive producer L.A. Reid and hitmakers including Timbaland, Stargate, and Rodney Jerkins.

Justin Timberlake duets with the late legend on the Off the Wall outtake “Love Never Felt So Good,” the Timbaland-assisted “Blue Gangsta” evokes a “Smooth Criminal” vibe, and the Darkchild-produced title track recalls latter-day MJ.

Is the King of Pop still able to win over critics? Read the reviews and stream Xscape below.

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May
9
New Music: Michael Jackson – ‘Xscape’

Xscape

After blessing our ears with the Timbaland-produced “Blue Gangsta” yesterday, MTV has premiered the title track off Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape, due Tuesday.

The King of Pop, in his signature falsetto, sings about escaping from the pressure of a relationship on the Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins production.

Jerkins and Jackson originally started working on the song around the time of Invincible in 1999. The producer revisited the track in 2003 before finishing it this year.

“Even when Michael was alive, we never stopped working on the song ‘Xscape,’” Jerkins told the AP. “It was one of those songs where he specifically said to me, ‘It has to see the light of day one day.’”

Xscape features eight previously unreleased songs, which were originally recorded between 1983 and 1999, with additional production from Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain.

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