Chart Beat Podcast: Jackie Jackson on Michael, Janet & the Legacy of The Jacksons

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights. In the last podcast of 2017, we welcome two special guests: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons and Fred Bronson, longtime Billboardwriter (including of the Chart Beat column) and author of the new book, The Jacksons: Legacy

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Jermaine Jackson performs with his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty

During the MAX Proms event in The Netherlands on December 2nd, Jermaine Jackson introduced his sons Jaafar (21) and Jermajesty (17) to perform together live on stage with the full Metropole Orchestra singing  "The Christmas Song". This exclusive performance marks the stage debut for Jaafar and Jermajesty and is special because it's the first time Jermaine and his sons performed together and because Jermaine sings "The Christmas Song" again which he recorded for The Jacksons 5 Christmas Album in July of 1970 at the age of 15. Jermaine performed a set of hits with the orchestra during the televised MAX Proms event that aired on NPO2 in two shows on Christmas (25 December) and New Year's Eve (31 December) ringing in 2018 with "When The Rain Begins To Fall". 

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Adventure of Humanity continues: Jermaine Jackson performing at Zico All Star Game in Rio de Janeiro

Jermaine Jackson performed during the Adventure of Humanity World Peace Night at Villa Oxygen in May of 2017 and he will be performing again at the Maracana Stadium during the Zico All Star Game on December 27th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where Adventure of Humaity continues in support of all children's Equal Rights. 

LISTEN: Yashi Brown shares how she healed the self imposed stigma of bipolar disorder

Listen how Yashi Brown became a mental health advocate and how bipolar has been a blessing in disguise in her interview with Dr. Denise McDermott. 

Sex abuse lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

The ruling from judge Mitchell L Beckloff resolves one of the last major claims against the holdings of the "King of Pop", who died in 2009 aged 50.  It was decided that the two Jackson-owned corporations that were the remaining defendants in the case were not liable for Wade Robson's exposure to the singer. The judge did not rule on the credibility of the allegations themselves. Mr Robson's lawyer, Vince Finaldi, said his client plans to appeal against the judgement. 

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New Year's Eve on Beale Street Featuring B.B. King's Blues Band & Tito Jackson


It's the biggest party of the year! Say good-bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your closest friends!  Beale Street’s big New Year’s Eve Celebration will be even more spectacular this year due to the addition of some serious star-power with headliner B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring pop music icon Tito Jackson. Together, superstar Tito Jackson and the B.B. King’s Blues Band will continue the mighty legacies of B.B. King and the Jackson 5 in an NYE set that will have music-lovers from around the planet vying for a spot on historic Beale Street this December 31. For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined a genre, averaging over 250 sold-out shows per year. Combine that heritage with the inspired genius of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson and you get a powerful must-see musical act that will be shared with Memphis audiences first. 
The NYE concert, which is free and open to all 21 years old and older, is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music, including sets from multiple Memphis performers and a big fireworks finale. All bands will play at the corner of Fourth Street and Beale, and the event will be broadcast live via the street’s social media channels. 

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Exclusive interview Jaafar Jackson in D’SCENE MAGAZINE Defiant Issue #08

D’SCENE MAGAZINE Defiant Issue #08 (with Anna Clevelenad on the cover) features an exclusive interview with Jaafar Jackson. Before the release of his music debut in 2018, Jaafar talks about the legacy of his family, but also inspiration and future plans. D'SCENE is an internationally distributed biannual print magazine by Design SCENE. Shop at Design SCENE or  MagCloud to order your digital or print copy. Credits to Design Scene for the Jaafar Jackson preview: Photographer: Sharon Mor Yosef. Styling: Gabriel Langenbrunner. Hair & Makeup: Nico Doniele. Assistant photographer: Glen Ayrton Silva. Post production: Iris Markevitch.

Jackson Magazine 2017 edition, the annual print publication by Jackson Source, will also feature an exclusive interview with Jaafar talking about what he has been up to the past year and what we can expect from him in the near future.

Janet Jackson Honored With the 2017 Music Icon Award at the OUT100 Gala

That well-worn cliche "It was a night to remember" has rarely been so true as it was for the OUT100gala, a night of deserved celebration for the LGBTQ community. Janet Jackson was in attendance and received OUT's 2017 Music Icon Award, alongside an audience that included OUT100 honorees Chelsea Manning, Jonathan Groff and Wrabel, as well as guests including Michael Sam, and the Hamilton star and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry. 

“Words are necessary and mine are few so I’m going to try and speak from my heart,” Jackson said to the crowd during her acceptance speech. “My heart says thank you, your appreciation means the world to me. My heart says thank you for being and having the courage to be who you are. Thank you for giving others the courage to be who they are.”

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Austin Brown EP "Canyon Sessions" now available!

Austin Brown's EP "Canyon Sessions" is now available on iTunes and the acoustic album features 8 tracks: 

  • For the Rest of My Life
  • Million Ways
  • Body
  • She's Not for You
  • Get Away
  • Slow Down
  • Smile
  • All over Mine

“Smile” was released on June 1st, 2017 and marked the first release off Austin's Canyon Sessions. Take a listen below, and pick it up on iTunes now. "Smile" was premiered on Apple Music by Ebro Beats 1 Radio worldwide show early June 2017 and Austin also performed at the Revolt sessions to promote his record "Smile".

Katherine Jackson Resigns as Guardian of Bigi Jackson

Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson family, has surrendered her co-guardianship over Blanket aka Bigi, Michael Jackson's youngest child, who is now 15. According to court documents, Katherine has filed papers to hand over sole guardianship of Blanket (real name: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.) to TJ Jackson, Blanket's 39-year-old cousin. "Katherine is no longer needed to fulfill the duties that were necessary when joint-guardians were appointed," the documents state. "Given her own age [87] and the fact that [Blanket] is now 15 years old, Katherine feels that TJ is able to assume all necessary responsibilities of the guardianship for the Minor Child." Along with TJ, Katherine was appointed joint legal guardian of all three of Michael's children (Blanket, Paris and Prince) on Sept. 14, 2012, following Michael's tragic death.