Michael Jackson

Oct
8
Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, & Ne-Yo Salute Michael Jackson at Tribute Concert

Ne-Yo

Some of Michael Jackson’s most famous fans and family members gathered to celebrate the iconic career of the pop legend at a tribute show in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday (Oct. 8). “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert,” which was sanctioned by Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson, featured superstar sets from Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Leona Lewis, and more, with hosts Jamie Foxx and Fearne Cotton. The Jackson family, including Michael’s three kids, took the glove-shaped stage before tens of thousands of devoted fans at Millenium Stadium. Among the highlights…

Ne-Yo kicked off the four-hour extravaganza by channeling the pop icon during “Billie Jean” and “The Lady In My Life.” He thrilled with MJ’s signature moves in his iconic glittery jacket and glove.
• Michael’s children Prince, Paris, and Blanket introduced Beyoncé, who appeared via satellite. Rocking an Afro, B performed one of her favorite Jackson records “I Wanna Be Where You Are.”
• Emotions ran high as Christina Aguilera belted out MJ’s favorite ballad “Smile,” kicking it up a notch with “Dirty Diana.”
• Britain’s “X Factor” champ Alexandra Burke delivered the Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You” and “Scream,” Michael’s collaboration with his sister Janet.
Cee Lo Green toned down the flash, performing “I Can’t Help It” from Off the Wall, wearing a simple white T-shirt.
• Michael’s nephews 3T reunited for the Jackson 5’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Why,” a duet with their late uncle.
Leona Lewis was joined by ballerinas for “Stranger in Moscow.” “What an electric experience!” she wrote. “Honoured to be a part of the show.”
La Toya Jackson hit the stage for the first time in 20 years, performing “In the Closet” and “Jam” with Heavy D.
• Tears streamed down fans’ faces as Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson dueted on a beautiful cover of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”
• Ne-Yo, JLS, and members of the Jackson family came together on stage for the all-star finale of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

Previously announced performers the Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson pulled out of the show. “To my uk fans that were coming to the mj show in wales. I will no longer be attentding due to major production issues,” tweeted Hudson. “I would have thought they would have informed you all by now, so since they did not, I am. Thank u for your support.”

Brothers Jermaine and Randy boycotted the event because of its timing with the Jackson manslaughter trial, while Janet explained that it would be too painful to perform amidst the court proceedings.

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Oct
3
Michael Jackson ‘Immortal’ Album Due in November

Immortal

Michael Jackson’s music lives on. On November 21, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release Immortal, which serves as the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour.

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Aug
11
Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, & Cee Lo to Perform at Michael Jackson Tribute

Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, and Cee Lo Green will honor Michael Jackson by taking part in a tribute concert in October.

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Jul
28
Ciara Channels Michael Jackson in Concert [Video]

Ciara and Michael Jackson

During her recent trip to Africa, Ciara paid homage to one of her inspirations, Michael Jackson. The 25-year-old dancing machine performed the King of Pop’s iconic moves during “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” before going into her hit “Love Sex Magic.”

CiCi, who is currently on the Malibu Rum Station Invasion Concert Tour, previously expressed her love for MJ. “It’s important for me to share with my generation the importance of Michael and what he was to music because to me there will never ever be another Michael,” she told Rap-Up TV. “He’s as big as big gets.”

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Jun
25
Celebrities Remember Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

It’s been two years since the world lost one of music’s greatest talents, Michael Jackson, who passed away on June 25, 2009. The King of Pop lives on through his timeless music and lasting legacy. There are few of today’s pop stars who can’t say they’ve been influenced by him in some way. Some of his most famous fans, including Rihanna, Usher, and Chris Brown, took to Twitter and Facebook to remember the late legend. Where were you when MJ died and what’s your favorite memory? Reminisce on a superstar gone too soon.

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May
26
Nick Cannon Recreates Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You’ [Video]

Nick Cannon channels Michael Jackson in the teaser for “Famous,” the first single from his upcoming studio album. Mr. Showbiz transforms into the King of Pop from his iconic “Rock With You” video, wearing the glittery suit while dancing in the spotlight. He also plays KISS’ Gene Simmons, Fred Astaire, MC Hammer, Antoine Dodson, and more in the parody clip featuring Akon, which debuts in full next week.

“I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan, so to be in that ‘Rock With You’ costume and have it look exactly like the video was crazy,” the new father tells Rap-Up.com. “When it comes on, you can dance like you famous, drink like you famous, party like you famous.”

Do you think Nick did a convincing job? Let us know.

May
9
Rap-Up TV: Lloyd Covers Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You’

Lloyd paid tribute to his idol Michael Jackson at his show with Diddy-Dirty Money in Los Angeles over the weekend. In addition to bringing out surprise guests YG, Nipsey Hussle, and Game, Young Goldie performed a cover of the late King of Pop’s “Rock With You” with his band, later giving it a go acapella. Check out Lloyd’s live rendition and let us know what you think.