Michael Jackson

Sep
19
New Music: Queen & Michael Jackson – ‘There Must Be More to Life Than This’

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury

The King and Queen come together on one posthumous collaboration. Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet on the powerful ballad “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” which was written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space.

Mercury visited MJ in L.A. where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984′s The Works, but it was never finished. A year later, a solo version surfaced on Mercury’s debut solo album, 1985′s Mr. Bad Guy.

The new production, which was remixed by William Orbit, mixes Queen’s original backing track with Mercury and Jackson’s distinct vocals.

It will appear on the two-CD set Queen Forever, due November 11.

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Aug
28
New Music: Raekwon – ‘Got to Be There / The Girl Is Mine (Remix)’

Raekwon

In honor of Throwback Thursday and what would have been Michael Jackson’s 56th birthday, Raekwon pays tribute to the King of Pop with a remix mash-up. The Wu-Tang Clan member flows over MJ’s ’70s classic “Got to Be There” before laying down some silky bars over the 1982 Paul McCartney duet “The Girl Is Mine.”

Raekwon is currently working on the new Wu-Tang album, A Better Tomorrow, as well as his own album Fly International Luxurious Art. He also recently shot a video for LL Cool J’s single “I’m Nice.”

Hear what the Chef has cooked up for #TBT.

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Aug
14
Video: Michael Jackson – ‘A Place With No Name’

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson would have turned 55 this month. But his legacy continues to live on in the short film for “A Place With No Name,” the latest single off his posthumous album Xscape, which premiered on Twitter and was shown on the Jumbotron in Times Square on Wednesday evening.

In the beautifully-shot clip, directed by Samuel Bayer (Nirvana, Rolling Stones), a man is led to a magical place by a mysterious woman. The video also includes outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage of MJ shot during the production of his “In the Closet” short film, which has been kept in the vault since 1992.

The Dr. Freeze-produced song, which samples America’s 1972 classic “A Horse With No Name,” was originally recorded in 1998 at Record Plant Recording Studio. Stargate contributed additional production.

All hail the King of Pop.

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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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