The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage are developing a new stage musical inspired by the life of the beloved pop star. The as-yet untitled show is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020. Playwright Lynn Nottage will pen the book, while Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show. The score will comprise hits from across Michael Jackson's massive catalogue. Nottage has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, first in 2009 for Ruined – a play about women in war-torn Congo – and more recently in 2017 for Sweat, which is about residents in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest cities in America. Wheeldon is an acclaimed choreographer and director best known for adapting the 1951 film An American in Paris into a Broadway musical. The show won several Tony Awards, with Wheeldon picking up the trophy for Best Choreography. The Broadway musical marks a new type of stage venture for the Michael Jackson Estate, which previously sanctioned two Cirque du Soleil shows, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour and Michael Jackson: One. Other projects the estate has produced in recent years include the 2017 compilation Scream, a 3-D rendering of the famed "Thriller" video and two posthumous albums, Michael and Xscape.
2018 is proving to be a major year for pop icon Janet Jackson. Fresh off receiving the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Janet continues to add to her awards cabinet: Radio Disney has announced that Janet will receive the first-ever Impact Award at the 2018 Radio Disney Awards, airing this Saturday (June 23). The award is in recognition of Janet's influence on the world of entertainment and society, across generations of music enthusiasts. Also being honored at the show include Carrie Underwood receiving the Hero Award and Kelly Clarkson receiving the Icon Award. Janet is currently preparing for her State of the World Tour, beginning July 11 in Austin, Texas, and traveling through the States over the summer.
Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson got a warm reception Friday June 15th in the hometown of Motown Records and were given the ceremonial keys to the city by Detroit police Chief James Craig. The celebration was initially supposed to have included the renaming of a street after their more famous brother, Michael, but the plan was abandoned after it emerged that the brothers had thought the street would be named after The Jackson 5. A Detroit ordinance prohibits streets from being ceremonially renamed after groups or organizations. The remaining members of The Jackson 5 performed Saturday at a free concert in the city.
3T have released a brand new single and music video for "Fire". The music video is directed and produced by Taj Jackson and Prince Jackson and besides Taj, Taryll and TJ features TJ's son Royal, model Renee Herbert and Dean Pleasants from Suicidal Tendencies. "Fire" is the first single of the album 'Chapter III' and available at digital platforms and as a CD digipack at Warrior Records. The album Chapter III is also available as a CD digipack, LP and vinyl picture disc at Warrior Records. Please note that 3T updated all the usernames of their social media accounts to "3TWorld".
Superstar and Billboard Icon Award recipient Janet Jackson made her stance on the MeToo movement clear during her acceptance speech at the awards show Sunday night, and thanked God for her artistic career. “I believe that, for all of our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” she began, after performing her 1986 hit “Nasty” and 1993 song “Throb.” “It’s a moment that, at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination, who support us in heart and mind.” She continued with a message about faith. “My prayer is that, weary of such noise, we will turn back to the source of all calmness, that source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience and boundless love. Again I want to thank all of you for this honor and I thank God for giving me the precious energy that lets me live my life as an artist who every day seeks to expend my capacity to love." In the audience various family members of Janet were present such as her mother Mrs Katherine Jackson, sister Rebbie Jackson, nephews Austin Brown and Prince Jackson and niece Yashi Brown.
Janet is the first black woman to receive the Icon Award, as surprise presenter Bruno Mars pointed out in his introduction. “The name ‘Jackson’ represents artistic genius and iconic performance,” said Mars of the legendary superstar. “The Jacksons are music royalty and the first family of entertainment. She is an activist. She’s a humanitarian. She’s a powerful woman.”
La Toya Jackson is the winner of Worst Cooks in America Celebrity edition and received $25,000 for her charity Race to Erase MS. She also won bragging rights for her coach Tyler Florence. Congrats and well done, Toy!
Fifty years after The Jackson 5 signed with Motown and came to Detroit for the first time -- famously performing for the label's roster around Berry Gordy's home swimming pool -- the city will honor the group with a street named after it. Well, one of its members, at least -- and possibly more.
Michael Jackson Ave. was announced Thursday for a block in Detroit's downtown, with an unveiling to take place during the second annual Detroit Music Weekend June 14-17. The surviving Jackson 5 brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon -- will headline the festival and receive a key to the city. But Jackie and Marlon, on hand for the Thursday announcement, were surprised that the street was being named just for their late younger brother and indicated there might be a change.
Marlon told Billboard that the street was "supposed to be" named for the entire group and added that "I think it is going to be that. There was a mistake." A Detroit city ordinance requires any honorary street naming to be for an individual only, but sources said that talks were underway to allow for an exception to that. Festival founder and producer Vince Paul explained, "I'd like to do the other four brothers individually. It seemed appropriate to start with Michael because of his premature passing, so that's the first one we'll start with. But if I had my druthers there'll be [streets named for] Tito, Jackie, Marlon. That's where I'm going with it."
Fifty years after signing with Motown, The Jacksons are celebrating their anniversary with tours in 2018 and 2019, but eldest brother Jackie Jackson is also doing his own thing with his new record label, Critically Amused. Billboard met up with Jackson at a hotel in Brentwood, California, to talk about his new venture and his first two artists, Gold Lemonade and D.B.L. Check out the story on Billboard website and make sure to visit www.criticallyamused.com and follow Critically Amused on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and Instagram.
Make sure to check out Janet Jackson's Billboard Cover Story and Photo Shoot!