On June 10th, 2021, the upload of music video "Billie Jean" on Michael Jackson's VEVO YouTube channel passed 1 billion views!
The next video to reach for that milestone is "They Don't Care About Us"! Share, stream and enjoy!
Members of the Jackson family have called for an investigation into journalist Martin Bashir’s treatment of Michael Jackson during the making of a headline grabbing ITV programme back in 2003. This follows the recent investigation into and subsequent Dyson Report on Bashir’s 1995 interview with Princess Diana on the BBC’s ‘Panorama’ programme, which found that he had used deceitful methods in order to secure that particular royal exclusive. Taj Jackson has said that Bashir’s “manipulated footage and unethical journalism is one of the main reasons my uncle Michael is not here today … my family deserves an investigation and apology too”.
Meanwhile brother of Michael, Tito, told the Mirror: “Bashir created a fake narrative about my brother, which becomes crystal clear when you view the outtakes Bashir kept secret. He used Michael’s trust and friendship with Diana to get the interview, manipulated Michael throughout the interview, then deceptively edited the footage”. Behind the scenes footage from the Jackson programme at the time showed that Bashir had praised the musician about certain things during filming that he then overtly criticised in the final edit of the show.
The programme put the spotlight back on Jackson’s relationships with children, leading to an investigation by the Santa Barbara district attorney. That resulted in allegations that the musician had molested a child who had been seen in the Bashir programme, which in turn led to criminal charges and the big 2005 child abuse trial.
Although Jackson was acquitted of all charges at the end of that trial, Taj Jackson argues that the court case “broke” his uncle. Meanwhile Bashir pursued a successful TV career in the US, in part based on the hype surrounding his Jackson documentary. “Shame on those who provided cover for Bashir [and] shame on those who rewarded him”, Taj added.
Michael Jackson himself made an official complaint to TV watchdog ITC after the programme aired, saying: “Martin Bashir persuaded me to trust him, that his would be an honest and fair portrayal of my life, and told me he was ‘the man that turned Diana’s life around'”. “Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps ever before”, he added, “that someone, who had got to know my children, my staff and me, whom I let into my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice the trust I placed in him and produce this terrible and unfair programme. Everyone who knows me will know the truth, which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child”.
Bashir was introduced to Michael by his friend Uri Geller, who now says that he was convinced to set up an initial meeting after the journalist showed him a handwritten letter from Princess Diana. This letter was presented as evidence in Lord Dyson’s investigation, and in it she wrote that she had “no regrets” about speaking to Bashir. “What convinced me to introduce him to Michael was a letter he pulled out of his pocket”, Geller told the Mirror. “It was folded two or three times and there was a logo on it. He said it was from Princess Diana, writing to him about how happy she was with the interview. I had felt unease, but it was the Diana letter that won my feelings over. He was a super-smooth operator. I regret that terrible introduction. It was the beginning of, I believe, Michael’s spiral downwards”.
ITV has not yet commented on calls for an investigation into the Michael Jackson interview. The Jackson family meanwhile, have reportedly threatened legal action.
On 13 May, a small crowd gathered (including Tito Jackson and Marlon Jackson) just outside the Jackson family home at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana as local dignitaries joined the brothers and State Sen. Eddie Melton to unveil wayfinding signs to the property. The state is installing new signs on Interstate 80/94 and on Broadway leading tourists to the home. On May 14th, Tito and Marlon were present at the grand opening of the new Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana located on 29th Street just off Interstate 80/94 at the Burr Street exit in Gary. The $300 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex has nearly 1,600 slot games, 80 gaming tables, restaurants, a theater and a live performance venue. The new casino is the result of the relocation of the two Majestic Star Riverboat Casinos that are owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, into one land-based facility. Since the groundbreaking for the new facility in January 2020, Gary officials hoped it will provide the economic boost that the struggling Northwest Indiana city needs. Dozens of pieces of memorabilia from the Jacksons are prominently featured throughout the facility. Whenever the Hard Rock opens a new property, its tradition to smash guitars. Tito and Marlon all took part, along with Pete Wentz from "Fall Out Boy," and Mark McGrath of "Sugar Ray." The menu at the casino serves "The Triumph" Famous Jacksons' Chicken Sandwich: A chicken breast in a honey brushed homemade crispy batter, red onion pirckles, frisee lettuce and a spicy aioli sauce served on a toast bun. A recipe by Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon.
Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, today will release the second wave of expanded digital editions of essential titles in The Jacksons catalog: Triumph (1980), Victory (1984), and 2300 Jackson Street (1989). In addition to The Jacksons X MLK remix released on March 19, the Triumph re-release includes two additional new remixes of The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It": The Kirk Franklin Remix and The Island Remix featuring David Sanborn.
"These albums were released at a defining time in our career, and we thank Sony Music for recognizing the legacy of this music and our historic relationship with the label," said Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson.
The third single from the Triumph album, "Can You Feel It" hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts (and #77 on the Hot 100) following its release in March 1981. Written and arranged by Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson, the track was produced by The Jacksons and features lead vocals by Michael and Randy Jackson accompanied by gospel choirs.
On Kirk Franklin's remix of the classic Jacksons recording, the Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel artist reminds everyone that "the winds of change are blowing your way" while channeling a Sunday church service with gospel musicians and choir, the soulful vocals of the legendary Tamela Mann and Franklin's own call-and-response with Michael Jackson. This remix also serves as the electrifying soundtrack to a new music video set in a church and celebrating the inspirational soul-gospel vibe and message of the song.
Watch The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It": The Kirk Franklin Remix music video here.
Produced by Greg Curtis, "Can You Feel It" (The Island Remix) showcases six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist/jazz legend David Sanborn lending his signature sound to the laidback groove propelling this new mix.
The new "Can You Feel It" music video and remixes are the latest installments in this year's celebration of the groundbreaking series of albums The Jacksons recorded for Epic Records from 1976-1989.
The Jacksons' definitive album project:
The expanded digital releases of Triumph, Victory and 2300 Jackson Street are now available alongside The Jacksons (1976), Goin' Places (1977) and Destiny (1978), released February 12. The six studio albums recorded by The Jacksons for Epic Records trace the group's spectacular transformation from their Jackson 5 boy band roots to their role as avatars of an R&B/pop revolution (1976-1989). Each title includes the original album in its entirety, bundled with additional bonus tracks and may be ordered here:
A 2LP 12" vinyl edition of The Jacksons Live! (recorded during their 1981 North American Triumph Tour) was released on Friday, March 26.
American writer and music journalist Alan Light has penned a new Jacksons essay featured on Medium here.
Michael Jackson's estate has succeeded again in having a lawsuit from one of the late pop star's accusers dismissed. A Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday 26 April 2021 that Wade Robson cannot sue Jackson's businesses over the childhood sexual abuse he allegedly suffered. Robson is expected to appeal the decision. Last year, the same judge ruled against fellow accuser James Safechuck on similar grounds. In his latest ruling, LA County Superior Court Judge Mark A Young held that Jackson's companies had "no legal ability" to control his behaviour because he was the sole owner, and could "remove any and all of the board members without cause or notice". Robson and Safechuck were allowed to pursue legal claims against two of Jackson's companies last year, having had previous lawsuits dismissed. On Monday, however, lawyers for MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures succeeded in obtaining a summary judgment dismissing Mr Robson's claims. The judge ruled there was no evidence of misfeasance and that Mr Robson had been unable to demonstrate "extreme and outrageous conduct". Lawyers for Jackson's estate welcomed the ruling and accused Mr Robson of "pursuing frivolous claims [that] have no merit whatsoever." Taj Jackson welcomed Monday's decision, saying his family had "stood strong and never wavered" despite being "ridiculed, vilified and marginalised".
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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young has tentatively dismissed the last of the cases brought by choreographer Wade Robson against the Estate of Michael Jackson. A final ruling will come after a hearing on April 26th. Robson’s cases against Jackson, his Estate and companies were based on an out of left field claim that he’d been sexually harassed and abused by Jackson when he was a child. But Robson had testified in Jackson’s defense in his 2005 child molestation trial and continued to sing his praises after he died. It was only in 2013 when Robson had been rejected by the Estate to do work on Jackson projects that he made the claims. The claims then became the basis of the film Leaving Neverland. Robson was joined in his lawsuit by James Safechuck, who also made the sexual molestation claims, appeared in the documentary, and so on. His case was dismissed last year. Keep reading for some points from the case. But as you read through the judge’s decision, you’ll see the words “no triable issue.” The case has been essentially tossed.
Janet Jackson’s socially conscious album Rhythm Nation 1814 is among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said they received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry. “The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. According to the New York Times, Janet's album received the most votes in the public nominating process. “Rhythm Nation 1814,” which racked up a then-record seven top five singles including such chart-toppers as “Escapade,” “Miss You Much,” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded in the Twin Cities at Jam & Lewis’s Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina. Rhythm Nation 1814 has been certified as six-time platinum by the RIAA. The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. The titles have to be at least 10 years old.