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“#MichaelJackson's dedication to his art was unique. During the recordings of the albums, which sometimes lasted for months, he rarely rested. He worked on the lyrics all the time. Michael was so professional, he was so amazing to work with. When he arrives at the studio to record the vocal part, he usually has the lyrics and melody memorized. Michael was polite and adorable. So he would say, 'Can I hear a little more of the piano in the headphones, please?' And then he gave thanks. The music industry is a place where you don't hear those words much. That is the reason why I totally respect Michael, and for all his musical quality." #BruceSwedien

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′′ The reason Michael Jackson loves kids so much is because they see him as a human and not an ATM "...
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"Man in the Mirror has really become an anthem for Michael...I´m not gonna say that Michael was Jesus Christ, but if you look at that performance, he´s somewhere else, at least now from the Wembley show - that´s his greatest performance ever -ever, ever, ever, ever. And you see the way that Michael sang that song - he´s not of this world, he´s on another level, he´s somewhere else." #SpikeLee

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"Michael will never lose the quality that separates the merely sentimental from the truly heartfelt. It’s rooted in the blues, and
no matter what genre Michael is singing, that boy’s got the blues." #MarvinGaye

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Testimony by Harry Benson.
'I met Michael on a hillside in Colorado in 1984. He was on the famous Victory Tour with his brothers. Michael was the first to come running to help when I slipped up a steep muddy hill. I was fine but my glasses got covered in mud. This was the first time Michael had taken a liking to one of my brown tweed Scottish sports jackets, so I took it off and gave it to him.
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He seemed satisfied with my gesture and immediately put it on, threw both arms and twirled around in the sunlight while I photographed him running and jumping. On stage that night, he gleamed with sequins. I flew back to New York with the photographs. The Victory Tour dynamic was maintained, so I met Michael in Philadelphia for more pictures. The same thing happened again. This time it was a gray tweed Harris jacket. I saw him looking intently at the tweed colors. They seemed to fascinate him, so I gave him my coat again. Some time later, it was fun to see a video showing Michael actually wearing the jacket, running towards a limo, surrounded by fans. In 1985 I photographed Michael on the night of the recording session for We Are the World in Los Angeles, designed to raise money for starving children in Africa. Quincy Jones put up a sign that read: Leave Your Ego At The Door, and the 45 stars who participated did just that. The artist known as Prince kept calling to say he was thinking of coming. Quincy told him to hurry up, as he had started work. I heard Michael say, 'Prince will never come while I'm here.' When Prince called again, Quincy told him not to worry, it was all over. On the first date Michael seemed shy.
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He spoke softly, with that timbre that the whole world knows, but interestingly after about 10 minutes his tone deepened, although he still spoke very softly. I think a lot of powerful people, the heads of state and such, speak very softly. They don't have to scream at get their attention. Try listening to what they say for the first time, they don't like to repeat it. Michael was like that. An hour later, when we met again, it was like starting over, the quiet voice, which turned into something deeper, after about 10 minutes. When I saw Michael in 1995, again my tweed coat was coveted, so again I gave it to him.
He used it for the photographs with wife Lisa Marie Presley. In 1997, I visited Neverland for Micha's photography el with his eldest son, Prince Michael. While he was feeding Prince, the baby's face was covered with food. Michael joked, "Oh, it's time for Linda Blair…" referring to the actress from the movie The Exorcist. The baby was happy and laughing. Later, we walked up the stairs with Prince to his room, where Michael gave him a bottle and held him until he slept, singing a few songs to him, something like Daddy's baby. Michael told me that Prince inspired him to write more songs than he had written at any other time in his life. The next day Michael took me to the rehearsal studio where he perfected the moonwalk. He told me he often took Prince there to watch him practice in front of the mirrored wall and said they would dance together one day. I was convinced this was going to be the next act. Prince kept playing with a microphone and watching his father's every move. Michael told me the moonwalk was very easy to do. "That's it, Harry, and pull your foot back." Needless to say, I wasn't stupid enough to try. Standing outside his room was a figure of a wax soldier from the Queen's Guard. The room itself was quite dark and plain, in shades of beige and brown, and, to be honest, a little depressing. Adjacent to the bed was a huge red chair, elegantly ornamented in gold. Above the mahogany canopy was a painting of a blond Jesus. Michael was easy to work with and happily showed me around his house.
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All photos were taken quickly. That's the thing people forget - you have to work quickly so the subject doesn't get boring. When Michael asked what I wanted him to wear, I said, "Just be yourself. Wear whatever you feel comfortable with." One could see how Neverland took Michael away from all his worries and transported him out of the reality of his stressful life. He had everything he wanted there. I get the impression that Michael wasn't a recluse. He read the newspapers and kept up with the news.
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He once asked me what I thought of the Reagans, who were in the White House at the time. He was also curious to know what Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was like, Michael had seen the photo I took of him. Michael made a point of knowing who was who, while all the while those sad eyes were searching, looking intently at me. Occasionally he would laugh, but for the most part he was just looking. Although I wasn't close to Michael, we were friendly and respectful to each other, and that's really all you want, someone who lets you do your job. I will miss him. We're all going to miss his immense talent.'
Harry Benson, photographer.
Harry James Benson, CBE, born in Glasgow, Scotland, is an internationally renowned photographer. Photographs of him have appeared in numerous publications, including Life, Vanity Fair, People and The New Yorker.
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" Michael is an inovator, " states Peters, who has seen the superstar grow up from his teenage years." I think you can tell that from the kinds of things he's done in the past couple of years. He likes to be first and do things that no else has. That is his playtime. That's one of the reasons we're all in the business...we get to play and fantasize, make all our fantasies reality and vice versa
"He is that wonderful dichotomy of man-child. On the other hand, he's very naive and cushioned to the world, and on the other hand he's an incredible business person and diplomat. He loves to play, which is really quite nice." #MichaelPeters, choreographer

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https://www.wmagazine.com/culture/madon ... el-jackson

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Madonna Opens the VMAs With a Shady Michael Jackson Tribute
by Kyle Munzenrieder

Madonna seems to have a standing invitation to MTV’s Video Music Awards. After making a surprise appearance to close out the 2018 VMAs, she showed up unannounced at the 2021 VMAs to instead open the show. If you found the moment just a little bit awkward, well, maybe that was on purpose. She was referencing (perhaps in homage, or perhaps as a bit of shade) one of the most awkward moments in VMA history: when Michael Jackson similarly made a surprise appearance to open the 1994 edition of the VMAs. Yes, it’s a reference older than most of the night’s nominees.

Back in 1994, Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, for only a few months. Neither the tabloid press nor much of the public really understood the union, and Jackson and Presely opened that year’s VMAs hand-in-hand. After a minute of silence, and then a welcome given to the audience, Jackson said, “and just think, nobody thought this would last,” while motioning to Presley. The two shared a very public make out session before walking off stage with no further word. The pair would be separated by the end of 1995.

Madonna decided to recreate the moment in her own fashion, though we suppose she meant MTV was the Presley to her Jackson. She, too, quickly walked off with little further comment.

To be quite honest, it is an iconic moment in VMAs history, though one MTV itself doesn’t quite celebrate. Of course, leave it to Madonna to bring it up on the edition of the VMAs that also celebrates the channel’s 40th anniversary. Between Jackson and Madonna, MTV as we know it wouldn’t exist. It’s fitting, we guess, that their legacies would intersect, even in such an awkward fashion, this year.

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.September 14, 2007. #MichaelJackson met Rushka Bergman fashion editor at Uomo Vogue and Vogue Italia, stylist, artist and designer in New York at the Four Sesons Hotel.
"I had been looking for contact with Michael for seven days and finally sent an email to his attorney. I didn't even know if the e-mail address was correct. But my phone rang and the voice said. "I'm Michael Jackson's lawyer, from Washington DC". I could see myself there. And then he added, "Mr. Jackson has agreed to be on the cover of Vogue magazine". So I said, "Please, could you please confirm that again, so that I can be sure that it's the truth," because I couldn't believe that it was the truth. And I hear, "Absolutely." I didn't even wait five minutes between sending the email and getting confirmation of the Vogue cover with Michael Jackson, then my life was turned upside down.
I learned that when we did the photo shoot with Bruce Weber, that was almost 1000 clothing accessories from 66 designers around the world, and that was okay. The sequin jacket he was wearing weighed eight kilos! The next day, Michael called my boss and asked if I would be his personal stylist. And then Michael also called me and said, "Where are you?" I replied that I was at home preparing for the next day's photo shoot. He then informed me, "I cancelled the photo shoot. I'll pick you up. We are going to Las Vegas!
I never left the house. I stayed there, He had chosen me. When he died, I cried for days. I needed to cry to calm myself. I thought, "Why did he die? Why did you die?" I still think in some ways he's still here. I was in that chair when he died. I almost died too. We were picking out shoes while my cousin texted me, "Rushka, I don't know where you are, but can you please watch the news today? Something is wrong with Michael Jackson." In the same second after that text, someone else said to me, "Honey, where are you? Should I come to the studio? When I asked why, I was told, "Something's wrong." Next, my youngest sister asked me, Rushka, are you there? Are you in the studio? I have to tell you some bad news. I don't know if it's true, but your friend Michael Jackson has passed away. I got a big shiver down my spine. I thought, this can't be true! Everyone came to me, I was on the floor screaming. I couldn't even believe it was real. I thought it was all made up. Can you imagine? I was preparing Michael's shoes with Jonathan, my assistant. Michael was in charge of absolutely everything, if he said, "I want it this way" then he got it. He was a genius, a pure genius.
Michael Jackson was an avant-garde music virtuoso, dancer and fashion icon. He was the most daring master. His originality and richness have defined music from the 1980s to today. At the same time, he was a good father and a true humanitarian. His heart was bigger than the planet - bigger even than the galaxy. His gentle and spiritual nature made him one of the greatest people who will ever walk this earth. The more I got to know him, the more I loved him, it was magical. He was so beautiful, he had the strength of love. I miss him very much and I will never forget him. He will remain in my heart and his music will live with us. As we used to say "love forever!".
By Rushka Bergman.

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“I was overwhelmed by the death of Michael Jackson. I couldn’t stop crying. My eyes still swell with tears at the thought of him being deceased. Having met Michael at a very young age (I believe he was about nine when I first met him in Chicago), I felt connected even though it had been years since I last saw him up close and personal.
I remember looking into his innocent eyes and I said to his mother
as I held his hands . . . ‘he has such angelic eyes – I could swear that I’m looking into the eyes of an angel’.
The world lost one precious soul when Michael Jackson died, but
I can’t help but think that our loss was God’s gain. I cried myself to sleep the first night of his passing, and I talked to God through heavy tears saying . . . You told him (MJ), ‘well done my son, you’ve done what I put you on earth to do, now it’s time for you to rest and come home to live with Me. You’ve worked hard most of your life since you were five years old, and now it’s your turn to come home and rest.’
I couldn’t believe Michael was dead, even though in my mind I was aware that it was a reality, and had actually happened. I cried for him, his children, his mom and his entire family. I had to leave a meeting that I was attending when I received a text message from my son, Ricky, saying .. . “mom, Michael Jackson has passed away –yes he did, Mom. I’m sorry.” Ricky knew how much I loved him and he understood my overwhelming sadness. Then, I had to take a day off work on the day of his funeral. I just sat on my couch watching the home going services on tv, in my family room at home with a box of Kleenex and a glass of wine. It pleases me very much to see how much love Michael had for others and the great love that people/fans in America and around the world have for him. All I can say is - long live the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s music will go on forever, into infinity. “
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MJ pure sales alone… but His impact will be remembered when we are no longer here






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"Michael was an angel who dropped to earth and tried to do the best he could with the life that came his way. The Michael I knew, and will always remember, was a wonderful person with a beautiful personality and the biggest of hearts." Lionel Richie talking about Michael.

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the King Of Pop has surpassed 11 Billion views on his OFFICIAL CHANNEL. That's more than #Drake, #TheBeatles, #Queen, #PostMalone, and more. #MichaelJackson #KingOfPop #MJFam

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https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment ... -interview

Michael Jackson ‘so generous and patient’ working in the studio – ‘Encouraging and sweet’
MICHAEL JACKSON was "so generous and patient" when working in the studio on Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, shares songwriting collaborator Glen Ballard in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
By GEORGE SIMPSON
10:19, Tue, Oct 5, 2021 |

Michael Jackson collaborator Glen Ballard famously worked on the King of Pop’s studio albums Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, most notably co-writing Man in the Mirror. And now the lyricist and record producer has shared his studio memories of the late star. It all began when Glen was given his big break on Thriller by Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton.
Glen, who was promoting Back to the Future the Musical which he wrote the lyrics and music with Alan Silvestri, shared: “I was just a young songwriter and they liked my songs. Somehow I got involved with them on a George Benson record in 1980 called Give Me the Night.

“I did work on Thriller. I wrote a song for Thriller that didn’t make the album and actually Michael and I did a little demo of it in the studio at Westlake.
“And the next week Michael Jackson came in with two new songs. One was called Billie Jean and the other was called Beat It.


“So they knocked my little song right off the record. But, you know, I never complained because the two songs that knocked it off were so much better!”
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Nevertheless, Glen stuck around for Jackson’s 1987 album Bad and was fortunate to get a Billboard No 1 hit with Man in the Mirror.

The 68-year-old said: “It’s one of the great weeks of my life to have Michael and the choir and we all felt something special was happening on that record.

“I was just lucky to have been there and to have worked with Quincy. I worked as a staff producer with him for three years.

“I was working with the greatest musicians, the greatest singers, the best studios. It was like a dream come true for me.”
Glen added: “I don’t think I slept for about a decade because I was so happy to be working y’know.”

On being with Jackson in the studio, he shared: “Michael was so generous with his time and with his patience.

“Making records in the eighties was much more difficult. To get enough tracks we had to do all kinds of things to make it like a modern thing where you had unlimited tracks.

“Michael was always patient. He was just a sweet presence always and always encouraging.”

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' has now sold an estimated 150,000 pure copies in the US in 2021 alone.

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The fact that he got the Indigenous American dance troop ( this was their first break but award winning now) the highest paid rate for any kind of back up dancers ever at the time because they used their authentic traditional dress? The thoughtfulness!


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Snoop Dogg has revealed that he took inspiration from an unlikely source #MichaelJackson..."Mike was the king. I definitely looked up
to Mike and thought he was an amazing performer and artist."

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After an intense moment spending 41 days in Japan to launch his #BadWorldTour performing 14 concerts within a month !
#MichaelJackson decided to take some days off to rest and visit China. Michael Jackson liked Hong Kong very much. Therefore, they chose to come to Hong Kong for a holiday in 1987, and the return date was repeatedly delayed. As a result, the original stay of two days became a full three weeks.
From Tokyo Narita airport Michael left the country at 10:22 am on October 19th, 1987 from the flight JAL731 to Hong Kong.
Liu Guangzhi, Jackson's guide then, couldn't hold back his excitement speaking of the megastar's one-day visit of a guided trip in his hometown.
"I didn't know whom I was going to pick up until they gave me the tourists' name list. Michael Jackson's name was right there, the first on the list," Liu, 23 then, recalled.
"For most of his fans here, it's a pity he never visited Chinese mainland, but hardly have they known that he was here once 22 years ago," Liu added.
Michael Jackson is a man with few words but very friendly, Liu said of his first impression of the pop icon. "We are not able to have an in-depth talk on any subject, but he mailed me our photo with his autograph on it through his agent later," Liu continued.
The children and the seniors, who took photos with Michael Jackson during his tour of their village, also received the pictures from him. Many of the villagers still have the photos in house.
Liu is grateful to Michael Jackson for the pictures, he said, "it's a cherished memory for us all, and Michael helped us to keep it".
"Though he's not with us any more, I still remember his kindness. He's the unparalleled King of Pop, I'll keep the memory of him in my heart forever."
Michael Jackson came to Hong Kong for vacation and rest until November 10th. He visited Shaw Studios and Wireless Clear Water Bay Recording Factory. He was also treated by Sir mi Gao Jackson has been taking a vacation in Hong Kong.
When Michael Jackson visited the Ocean Park in Hong Kong to buy jewellery, it was a stir. In addition to Wang Mingquan and Yam Dahua, Zhen Ni and Wang Zuxian were also with Shaw. Tea chats with MJ in the Qingshuiwan Villa. MJ has also been to many places. He also wore dragon robes at the Shaw Brothers and Qingshuiwan Studios and took pictures on Minchu Street. During this period, Du Dewei recommended himself as a general, Zhong Shuhui as a court lady, and Liang Shuzhen Instead of Zhang Fengni, who wanted to see MJ, she and Liang Peeling put on cheongsam to accompany MJ to the street photo in the early Republic of China. Taiwanese artist Xu Shuyuan also bumped into MJ in a Hong Kong hair salon and took a group photo.
That year, Wang Mingquan even presented a TV picture tube to Michael Jackson as a souvenir, and the two sat in a dragon chair for a group photo, while Michael was wearing ancient costumes. When A sister was asked about this yesterday, she bluntly said that she had chatted with MJ about Say Hello and took a group photo.
Ren Dahua also met with MJ on the Shaw Brothers studio. Ren Dahua recalled: "In 1987, I filmed "The Book and Sword Encounter Record". When I saw him, I was a little stunned. He was very surprised about Chinese costumes and objects. I was curious. At that time, I was an emperor and lived in a dragon robe. He was very interested in a dragon robe. He touched the dragon robe and scared me with a bald head. I took a photo with him and signed it. In the warehouse, MJ is so nice. There is no shelf at all. It is a singer I really like. He often listens to his songs. Originally, my wife and I both bought tickets to watch a concert in the United Kingdom, but my family had no chance. La, this incident makes me feel that the world is impermanent and I really need to cherish the people around me.”
On October 21, Michael Jackson and his entourage arrived on a private jet, and I was in the office when my boss started freaking out, I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘Michael Jackson is arriving and the press are at the airport. What are we going to do?’ I said, ‘That’s easy. I have an idea.’ I grabbed Peggy Johnson, who was our singer at the club. We rushed back to my place, I put on my costume. My wife dressed Peggy up as Michael Jackson with a hat, weird wig and dark clothing and we rushed off via the subway to get to Kai Tak Airport on time,” recalled Dr Penguin, a Moroccan entertainer... “I was working at Duddell’s on Duddell Street” and the owner of the restaurant knew Michael’s travel agent and ended up in Michael’s hotel room in Japan and the pair invited Michael to come to Hong Kong before flying to Australia to carry on the tour."
“Michael was enthused with the idea as he had never been there and wanted to go. He loved Chinese movies, kung fu and Bruce Lee, They came back to Hong Kong happy with the idea but did not know when Michael was going to arrive. He did say there was one condition. If there was any press at the airport he would turn around and go back to Japan."
“We come down the elevator to where the press were waiting – I look around wearing these dark glasses and I say – ‘Where’s the limo?’ I look at her and said, ‘Quick, Michael, run.’ And we ran toward a taxi and there was only one policeman there. The press were throwing money at the taxi driver and the police did nothing, I was beating them off and yelling at the press saying ‘let us go, let us go.’ Finally we got moving and the press followed us into town.
We went to the Mandarin [Oriental] hotel as we knew there were lots of different exits and it was close to Duddell’s. We got rid of the press and we ran to Duddell’s; by then it was midday – we had a couple of vodka tonics and laughed about it at the bar. When the papers came out we were everywhere – The Standard had a huge colour picture on the front page of me and Peggy with headlines ‘Michael Jackson arrives in Hong Kong.’ I had however called my editor friend Zelda Cawthorne at the South China Morning Post and gave her the story.”
“Meanwhile the real Michael Jackson arrives and gets into his car with no press and goes to the Hong Kong hotel where he was staying. That night Michael came to Duddell’s and we put on a special show for him downstairs in the cellar where the bank vault used to be, and which had been converted into a VIP area. His team were there first. We had jazz musicians, a stand-up base and piano. Just before Michael arrived Rick said, ‘can you put a band together?’ And we said, ‘it’s a little bit late for that.’ Rick then asked us to at least get a drummer, so I hired Sam, a Jamaican drummer who plays reggae. So the three of them, having never played together, were trying to keep the ambience going. Sam was able to play along with the jazz. We brought in acrobats and a kung fu show and I did close up magic. But during the evening, Michael got up and wanted to sing a song and it was hysterical because the band did not know any Michael Jackson songs or any song that he knew – it was an embarrassing moment,” recalls Dr Penguin.
“Michael was a big fan of magic, so we ended up talking for an hour and a half. Michael wanted to see more card tricks and how to do them. Then we were talking about The Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers and arguing over which ones were funnier and he appointed me there and then to be his tour guide in Hong Kong. He asked me how long I had been here and where I had lived, which included Nepal and other places, and he was fascinated by it, so I agreed to take him around.”
“Michael was looking for a roller coaster to buy for Neverland so he wanted to test it out. We had a private tour, and were the last two on the roller coaster. Everyone else had bailed because they were throwing up but Michael and I kept going again and again,” says Dr Penguin. “We took Michael antique shopping. He did a day trip to China and Macau, which he didn’t enjoy too much, but he really loved going up to the Shaw Brothers Studio. He wanted to meet Sir Run Run Shaw who had lent us his Rolls-Royce to use and it was arranged for him to meet some of the stars which he went gaga over.”
Ann Tsang was tasked to look after the star during his visit to the Shaw Brothers Studios in Clear Water Bay. “I had spent just two days in the marketing and PR department having moved over from programming at TVB when my boss called me in to let me about this special project. I had to meet with Jackson’s team and it took four to five days to make the arrangements,” says Tsang. “Michael wanted to dress is period costume and shoot some B-roll for laser disc in the Shanghai Street scenes at the Clear Water Bay studios,” says Tsang, who still lives and works in Hong Kong.
“Only five people were allowed on the set and Michael had four and then there was me. His people had specific requirements to make things go smoothly. It took us two days in the wardrobe department to figure out how to put on the costume. We had a 5am call on the day,” continues Tsang.
“Michael was humble, soft-spoken with no demands. He just wanted to dress up and play. He was curious about Chinese culture and wanted to wear the costume properly. It was a 12-hour shoot. I was not star struck, but I couldn’t comprehend it was happening.”
Because MJ was a vegetarian back then, he came to Hong Kong and brought a private chef to cook for him. Even vegetables were shipped to Hong Kong by air. MJ went to the Tsim Sha Tsui Space Museum and Central to wander around, went to discos, bookstores, Ocean Park, etc., and ordered clothes in Hong Kong, such as special Chinese tunic suits, and went to jewelry and watch shops to buy jewelry and jewelry. He went to Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station again, and he was in a good mood and ran alongside a large number of police officers.
The Hong Kong police officers are no exception to the rule and are even among the first, after their Japanese colleagues, to benefit from the favors of the star during this Bad Tour. Michael Jackson goes to the Tsim Sha Tsui police station, in Kowloon.
Tsim Sha Tsui (often abbreviated to TST) is a shopping district, a paradise for shoppers, and known for its lively nightlife. Nathan Road and nearby Canton Road are the two busiest streets, as well as the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade in Victoria Harbour, which is ideal for its panoramic view of Hong Kong.
The police station is located on Nathan Road. It seems that it is on invitation of the policemen that the singer goes there.
He finds himself in the middle of a unit of the PTU (Police Tactical Unit, the Hong Kong anti-gang brigade) with whom he poses and parades around the police station.
As in most of the big capitals, Hong Kong does not deviate from the rule of the tourist buses, these famous buses which make you go around the city to discover the main sites (for an often expensive sum by the way!). Michael Jackson took the game, got on one of them and enjoyed the city by night. It's hard to find the exact place of these pictures though, as neon lights are omnipresent and even legendary in Hong Kong and in Asian cities.
He stayed in Hong Kong for three weeks, and he praised Hong Kong as a lively and prosperous place, and praised Hong Kong people for their energy and vigor.

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Michael Jackson Meets America in Invincible Album Outtake ‘A Place With No Name’
BY DAMIEN SHIELDS –

Below is a chapter from my book Michael Jackson: Songs & Stories From The Vault, revised for this article. The full book is available via Amazon and iBooks.

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On May 20, 1997, Epic Records, released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix – a compilation album including five new songs by Michael Jackson and eight remixes of tracks taken from his 1995 album, HIStory.

While some of the new songs are arguably among the best of Jackson’s illustrious career, only three of them had never been heard at the time of Blood on the Dance Floor’s release, leaving fans hungry for more new music from the pop star.

And so in 1998, Jackson turned his attention towards his next full-length album, returning to the recording studio to work on ideas with his team of trusted collaborators.

As was customary when recording a new album, Jackson also invited a number of new personnel into the fold with whom he had not yet worked, to see what they could bring to the table.

The newest member of Jackson’s team was singer, songwriter, and producer Elliot Straite, who goes by the name Dr. Freeze in the music industry.

Prior to working with Jackson, Freeze was best known for his New Jack Swing style production, and for having co-written the 1991 hit “I Wanna Sex You Up” for boy band Color Me Badd, and “Poison” for Bell Biv DeVoe.

In 1998, Freeze had been working on an album with one of his collaborative partners. But unfortunately, the album never saw the light of day.

“After completing the album, things did not go as planned and we had to cancel the project,” Freeze recalls in a 2011 interview with MJFrance.

At the time, Freeze was being managed by record executive John McClain.

Disappointed that his prior project had failed, Freeze recalls that he received some news from McClain that changed his life forever:

“I was very upset. And then John McClain said, ‘Don’t worry, Freeze. I have another project for you. You’ll be in business with Michael.’ I said, ‘Michael who?’ And he said, ‘Michael Jackson!’”

At first, Freeze thought McClain was crazy, not believing that Michael Jackson would actually want to work with him.

But then, Jackson called Freeze, telling the producer that he was returning to the studio to record another album, and he wanted Freeze to join him.

The collaboration was possible for Freeze because McClain was also managing Jackson at the time. And soon after their initial phone call, Freeze began preparing a collection of songs to present to Jackson.

When the songs were ready, the pair got to work on the tracks Jackson liked best.

“I introduced him to many songs,” recalls Freeze.

“The main songs on which we worked were ‘Break Of Dawn,’ ‘A Place With No Name,’ and ‘Blue Gangsta.’ These three songs were our priorities. He adored them.”

Though already an accomplished artist in his own right, and fully capable of holding his own in a recording studio, Freeze was intimidated during his first studio session with Jackson.

“It was pretty scary for me,” recalls Freeze.

“I felt like I was back in primary school, and not knowing anything about production. With Michael, I relearned everything. The other producers and I were [like] students facing a teacher. With Michael, it was as if we knew nothing [about] the business. We had to start over and relearn everything. He taught us to do everything the best way possible. Michael was a perfectionist… I was very nervous. Very nervous, but very honored. He knew all about the music industry; everything about everything. Nothing was foreign to him, and he taught me a lot.”

“Michael and I, we have a knack for melody,” Freeze continues.

“So every time I proposed something, it was easy for him to study the song because it was as if he already knew it. I gave him some songs that he adored. He cherished them… I did all the music, and he only had to learn the lyrics.”

For “A Place With No Name,” Freeze envisioned a hypnotic song themed around escapism.

“[It’s] a song where you just close your eyes to find yourself instantly transported into a wonderful world,” explains Freeze.

“This song is very cinematic. It would have been a perfect song for a movie like Avatar, because it reveals to us a wonderful world where people are different, but happy. This song is like an escape from everyday life. [It] was inspired by ‘A Horse With No Name,’ by the group America. The lyrics of this song are very deep. I wanted to refresh it and make a version for the 2000s.”
Michael knew the guys from America,” recalls Jackson’s recording engineer, Michael Prince, who worked on the track with Jackson and Freeze.

Jackson also knew America’s longtime manager, Jim Morey, who had co-managed Jackson with Sandy Gallin for a period of time years prior.

“So he called them to ask if it was okay to use the sample from ‘A Horse With No Name,’ and they said yes,” explains Prince.

“I know from my personal time with Michael that he was a musical fan of America. He mentioned it to me several times, actually,” recalls Morey.

“Michael himself never actually spoke to Dewey Bunnell, who is the original writer of the song. What happened was a publishing rep from Warner-Chappell Music notified me that there was going to be a use of the song which Michael had changed and needed permission for. Dewey agreed to the changes subject to payment and I negotiated the fee with Michael’s lawyer. It was very simple. No dramas.”

This wasn’t the first time that Jackson had taken someone else’s song and covered or repurposed it for his own project.

Jackson performed a rock version of The Beatles’ 1969 number one hit “Come Together” in his 1988 feature film Moonwalker, later including the track as a B-side on his “Remember The Time” single in 1992, and again on the HIStory album in 1995.
The HIStory album also features a stunning Jackson rendition of “Smile,” originally composed as an instrumental by Charlie Chaplin for his 1936 film Modern Times and later recorded by Nat King Cole in 1954 featuring newly written lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.

Jackson and Freeze’s 1998 reimagining of “A Horse With No Name” also wasn’t the first – or the last – time a Jackson family member had recorded a track inspired by America’s music.

In 1985, Michael’s sister, Janet Jackson, was working on what would become the Control album.

At the time, Janet had recently hired John McClain as her manager, and McClain brought Minneapolis-based production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on board to help bring the album to fruition.

One of the first tracks Jam and Lewis penned for Control, released in 1986, was “Let’s Wait Awhile,” which bears striking similarities to America’s 1975 hit “Daisy Jane.”

Fifteen years later, Jam & Lewis penned another America-inspired track for Janet, called “Someone to Call My Lover,” released as part of her All For You album in 2001.

“Someone to Call My Lover” directly samples the Dewey Bunnell-written guitar riff from America’s 1972 track “Ventura Highway.”

“I love sampling,” explains Jimmy Jam, who together with Terry Lewis worked on some of the most sample-heavy songs of Michael Jackson’s career, including “History” and “Tabloid Junkie” from Jackson’s 1995 HIStory album.

“I’m not into stealing. I’m not into taking something illegally and using it. But if people get credit for it, the idea of introducing people to new music through old music, and music I grew up with.”

Dewey Bunnell recalls that “Ventura Highway” was inspired when he, his brother, and their father encountered a flat tire during a family trip many years earlier.

“It was 1963, when I was in seventh grade,” recalls Bunnell. “We got a flat tire, and we’re standing on the side of the road, and I was staring at this highway sign. It said ‘Ventura’ on it, and it just stuck with me.”

In what appears to be an unimaginable coincidence, thirty-five years after the Bunnell family’s highway flat tire, the lyrics to first lines of “A Place With No Name” go like this:

As I drove across on the highway,
My jeep began to rock.
I didn’t know what to do so I stopped and got out,
And looked down and noticed I got a flat.

Lyrics to “A Place With No Name”
“America loved the idea,” says Freeze of he and Jackson’s new version of the 1971 chart-topper.

“They found this update absolutely terrific. They were really excited about [the] project.”

“A Place With No Name” was first worked on at Record Plant Recording Studios in Los Angeles in August of 1998.

At the time, CJ deVillar was the Record Plant’s chief engineer.

DeVillar is not only an engineer, but also an accomplished musician. In the early 1980s, deVillar played bass guitar in a couple of moderately successful bands, one of which was signed to Epic Records in 1984 – the same time that Michael Jackson and The Jacksons were.

As chief engineer at the Record Plant, deVillar was responsible for overseeing the recording sessions of high-profile artists, and was always present to ensure the more technically challenging sessions ran smoothly.

When Jackson first arrived at the Record Plant to begin working on new music with Dr. Freeze in the summer of ’98, Jackson wanted to hire a new engineer to assist with their sessions. DeVillar, who had worked with Jackson before, was assigned the task of helping him find the best man for the job.

To test out their skills, Jackson threw several tasks at the engineers, including asking each of them to compile a vocal using a variety of multi-track machines.

However, unfortunately for the engineers, Jackson’s requests were too complex, with deVillar having to constantly step in and fix a problem, or complete the task on his own.

After trialling three different engineers, it became clear that deVillar himself was far more capable of giving Jackson what he needed than any of the engineers they’d trialled.

“So three or four days later,” recalls deVillar, “Michael looked at me and said, ‘Why don’t you be my engineer?’ And I said, ‘Yeah! I’m ready. Let’s do this. Let’s work.’ And he said, ‘Great!’ And the next day I was working in the studio with MJ.”

The first track deVillar, Jackson and Freeze worked on was “Break of Dawn,” which Freeze had written for Jackson.

Production on “Break of Dawn” moved quickly, with Jackson recording it early on in the Record Plant sessions, before moving on to other songs, including “Blue Gangsta” and “A Place With No Name.”
During an early collaborative session for “A Place With No Name,” Jackson recorded a scratch vocal for the track with Freeze, deVillar, and another engineer, Eddie Delena, with whom Jackson and deVillar had previously worked a few years earlier.

At one point during the session, Freeze mentioned to deVillar that he wanted to have a ‘real’ (live) bass guitar on the track.

“Michael’s music usually uses a synth bass,” explains deVillar in an interview with The MJCast,

“So the minute I heard [Freeze say he wanted live bass] I was like, ‘I play bass! I’ve played for years. I could drop in and see if you guys like it.’ And they were like, ‘Yeah, bring it down!’”

DeVillar took Freeze at his word, bringing his bass guitar to the studio.

“I bring it down, and I take it out of the case,” recalls deVillar, “and I sit it in the corner so they can see it. Because I’m not gonna mention it again. I don’t want to be forward and rude [and] I don’t want to be forceful.”

But he didn’t have to be forceful at all. Before long, Freeze had suggested the timing may be right for deVillar to plug in and see what he could come up with.

Jackson, however, was still at the studio, and deVillar insisted that he and Freeze should wait for Jackson to leave the studio before entering the booth to record the bass.

DeVillar’s concern was that he didn’t want to jeopardize his position as an engineer on the project by being caught playing something that Jackson had not requested. And so they waited.

“Michael usually left around the same time every evening,” recalls deVillar, “so we waited for him to leave before I did my thing. The reason I didn’t want Michael to see me play was in case he didn’t understand that I’m also a bass player. I was scared of him seeing me and wondering why his engineer was messing around with his song. I didn’t want to get fired.”

It was a Tuesday evening on August 25, 1998, when deVillar finally laid down his bass parts at the Record Plant. And it was that same night that his worst nightmare became a reality, with Jackson catching him in the act almost immediately after plugging his bass guitar in.

“I saw Mike appear from the studio lounge through the glass right when I had just started playing,” recalls deVillar, “and I was like, ‘Oh, God!’”

Jackson asked deVillar what he and Freeze were doing, to which deVillar replied sheepishly: “Laying down some bass, Mike.”

Jackson wanted to hear what they’d done so far, and questioned whether anything had been recorded.

“Um, no, Mike,” said deVillar. “I’m just trying to find a vibe.”

Jackson encouraged deVillar to keep playing, and for Freeze to record it all, which is exactly what they did.

Jackson liked what he heard so much that he entered the booth and began rocking out with deVillar.

“I had Michael in my face, and he cranked the speakers up loud,” recalls deVillar.

“I’m hearing his voice, he’s dancing, popping and locking. I’ve got total Michael Jackson immersion. It was like I’d been zapped, like some crazy channeling was going on. It was like some kind of musical blessing that his aura and his power ended up in my space. And that bass line was created. It wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t there, because he’s standing right in front of me. He’s dancing. He’s making faces. He’s cheering me on. He’s playing air guitar. He’s giving me affirmations while I’m playing, and I’m absorbing these affirmations like he’s a fan in the audience. It was like a live concert, and he was producing me live on stage. He kept saying, ‘Oh, yeah, CJ. That was stinky. Hurt me! Let’s do another.’ His enthusiasm was inspiring me. It was hypnotic, and Freeze wanted the track to be hypnotic.”

“I dropped in a total of five or six times, with the last one being a solid groove track so we didn’t have to compile a bunch of bass ideas to make the song listenable right away,” explains deVillar.

“After a few loud playbacks, I put together a quick rough mix and made him a DAT tape to listen to. He graciously thanked me again and then went home for the day… I had a lot of fun recording [with] Michael and Freeze. It showed me Michael’s relentless musical energy so vividly… The whole session went down in about thirty minutes, and it gave me a whole new level of respect for Michael.”

The next day, Jackson arrived back at Record Plant Recording Studios ready to record the background vocals and “na nas” with Freeze.

While the majority of the background vocals on the track belong to Freeze, there are a few instances where he and Jackson have recorded in harmony, with their vocals being layered seamlessly together by engineers.

Early versions of “A Place With No Name” ran eight minutes in length and were recorded across forty-eight tracks including conga drums, wind effects, shakers, claps, the guitar sample from America’s original version of the song, and, of course, deVillar’s live bass part.

After about a week of tweaking and editing the rough “A Place With No Name” mix, Jackson was ready to record the lead vocals.

The recording session, engineered by Eddie Delena with the assistance of deVillar, took place at the Record Plant on September 8, 1998.

Dr. Freeze recalls what it was like to witness Jackson in full force, recording vocals in the booth:

“When he came into the studio to record, he stood before the microphone and set fire to the song. As he left, the studio was in ashes and our jaws on the floor. It was really impressive to see.”

“He sang so well that when he was in the booth, magic was coming out,” recalls deVillar.

“I had to hold my emotions, because I’m more of a music guy than an engineer. When Michael would sing, sometimes he would hit these notes where I would jump out of my seat like, Oh, my god! And I’d have to stop myself, because I’m the engineer and I can’t jump out of my seat. But I did a few times!”

DeVillar continues:

“The pyrotechnics that came out of this man were ridiculous. And it came out like that all the f*cking time. It’s powerful. It’s magic. It was like he was channeling when he would sing. It was scary sometimes. He would actually grab the microphone with his hands and roar and just get into it. Then the part would be over and he would let go of the mic and he would just sit there and simmer. And I would wait sometimes up to twenty or thirty seconds until he got his composure back. He was gathering up energy, widening up his body and then, Bam! Letting it loose. Then relaxing, composing himself, a slight little five-second meditation and then we’d do another take. He was really focused on every part, every swing at the ball. There was a lot of force behind every single take.”

Jackson’s lead vocals were recorded using a Neumann M149 microphone.

Additional leads were recorded on October 16, 1998, by engineer Mike Ging at the Ocean Way Recording facility – commonly referred to as Record One.
From there, “A Place With No Name” did some serious studio hopping.

“It was such a round robin back in those days,” recalls engineer Michael Prince, who was bouncing back and forth between a room with Jackson’s longtime arranger, Brad Buxer, and another with Dr. Freeze.

“At one point we ended up at Marvin’s Place. We then moved back to Record Plant, then back to Record One again.”

“Typically, I was working mostly on the songs Brad and MJ were writing,” recalls Prince. “We had our hands busy with about five or six songs.”

Two of those songs were “The Way You Love Me” and “Hollywood Tonight.”

“A Place With No Name” was again revisited throughout February 1999, with Jackson, Prince, Buxer and Ging making further edits to the track at Record One.

“We were very happy at Record One, and that’s where we got the majority of our work done,” recalls Prince.

“That’s when Rodney Jerkins joined the team. Rodney, Fred Jerkins, and LaShawn Daniels were there for at least the last month that we were at Record One.”

Then, at the end of March 1999, Jackson flew out to New York to work at The Hit Factory recording studio with producer Cory Rooney on the song “She Was Loving Me,” which Rooney had written specifically for Jackson.

After a month of recording, editing and hanging out in the studio, Jackson decided to leave the completion of “She Was Loving Me” in Rooney’s hands, while he moved on to other songs.

But Jackson wouldn’t resume recording in Los Angeles.

Jackson’s month on the east coast had inspired him to move a selection of his production team from LA to New York City, where they would continue working at The Hit Factory, Sony Music Studios, and even in Jackson’s hotel room.

Much to their disappointment, CJ deVillar and Mike Ging did not receive a call to join Jackson in New York. Brad Buxer and Michael Prince, on the other hand, packed their bags and headed to the Big Apple.

Moving studios was a major task back in the days of recording to tape, especially the way Jackson composed songs.

Some of Jackson’s more complex pieces consisted of upwards of one hundred individual tracks.

“It took us days to make copies of all the tapes and hard drives, and to label them,” recalls Prince, “and then everything got shipped to The Hit Factory in New York and we spent months there.”

In early May 1999, once all the tapes had arrived in New York, Hit Factory engineer Paul J. Falcone worked on yet another mix of “A Place With No Name.”

However, as recording sessions for the work-in-progress album advanced, “A Place With No Name” was put on the backburner, along with Cory Rooney’s “She Was Loving Me” and Freeze’s “Blue Gangsta.”

At that time, Jackson shifted his focus to working with producer Rodney Jerkins, and Jerkins had done the same in return.

In the end, the Invincible album was released on October 30, 2001, and “A Place With No Name” was not included.

Years later, in early 2004, when working on music in a makeshift studio at his Neverland Valley Ranch, Jackson revisited the track with engineer Michael Prince.

“It has improved gradually,” explains Freeze.

“It was incremental work. He listened to the different mixes and changed some details around here or there. He was in full creative control. We wanted the song to be perfect… It was a bit like a director looking to improve his film by changing the script or changing players. This is the type of process that was used to create this song, and overall, the album Invincible… All that interested him was to have number one hits.”

Freeze’s sentiments about Michael wanting to have hits have been echoed by many over the years, including producer RedOne, and also by Jackson himself.

“Michael always has been focused on having hits,” says RedOne, who spent time working with Jackson during the final years of his life. “He always records a lot of songs and takes the best of them. That’s his formula, which I love.”

“It was Tchaikovsky that influenced me the most,” revealed Jackson in an interview with Bryan Monroe from Ebony magazine.

“If you take an album like Nutcracker Suite – every song is a killer. Every one! People used to do an album where you’d get one good song, and the rest were like B-sides. They’d call them ‘album songs,’ and I would say to myself, ‘Why can’t every one be like a hit song? Why can’t every song be so great that people would want to buy it if you could release it as a single?’ So, I always tried to strive for that… That was the whole idea… I worked hard for it.”

The 2004 version was briefly considered for a box set called The Ultimate Collection, released by Epic Records on November 16 the same year. But as with the Invincible album three years prior, it was again not included.

The track was then shelved for four more years, before being resurrected merely a year prior to Jackson’s death.

In January 2008, Jackson and his three children had moved into a rented mansion in Las Vegas.

The property was equipped with a home recording studio, in which Jackson began working on music, including with a producer called Neff-U, with whom Jackson had worked for several years.

During their 2008 collaborative sessions, Neff-U was also given a number of Jackson’s unreleased songs from the vault, to see if he could give them a fresh new sound.

“Michael had favourite songs, or songs that were works in progress,” explains engineer Michael Prince.

“Once Neff-U took over in 2008, Michael brought out some songs, including ‘A Place With No Name,’ and said: ‘Here, work with this song. See what you can come up with for this song.’ The vocals were always pretty much the same, but Neff-U would put new music on them.”

Minor edits were made by Neff-U in 2008, at Jackson’s home studio in Vegas. And coincidentally, the song’s original producer, Dr. Freeze, also visited Jackson at his home studio that year.

The pair had reunited to discuss the next chapter of Jackson’s musical journey.

“I was in the studio with him shortly before his death,” recalls Freeze.

“To be precise, I remember going to see him at his residence in Vegas, and there was a studio there… Nothing was recorded. We just brainstormed. We were about to start recording sessions… I offered a few new songs I had written especially for him. He loved [the songs] very much,” says Freeze.

But their work musical reunion wasn’t to be, with Jackson tragically passing away on June 25, 2009 – before they’d actually got in the studio and recorded the new songs.

“This was our last discussion,” recalls Freeze.

“He said ‘I love you’ and voila, it was over. He wanted to [record the songs], but he died.”

Three weeks after Jackson’s death, in July 2009, a short snippet of “A Place With No Name” leaked online, and it was quickly identified as a remake of America’s “A Horse With No Name.”
Following the leak, the writer’s of its predecessor – America’s Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley – expressed their desire for Jackson’s rendition of their 1972 hit to be released in full.

“We’re also hoping it will be released soon so that music listeners around the world can hear the whole song and once again experience the incomparable brilliance of Michael Jackson,” they said in a joint statement in July 2009, adding: “We truly hope his fans – and our fans – get to hear it in its entirety.”

Despite America’s enthusiasm for it to be released, the Jackson’s version remained unreleased for five more years.

Then, in May 2014, the track appeared on Xscape – the second posthumous album of Jackson material from the singer’s estate and Epic Records.

Two versions of “A Place With No Name” appear on Xscape – an original version and a remixed version.

The remix was done by Norwegian production duo Stargate, who had met with Jackson shortly before his death to discuss a potential collaboration
President of Epic Records at the time, LA Reid, who was overseeing the Xscape album project and recruiting the team of A-list producers who worked on it, discusses Stargate’s approach to their “A Place With No Name” remix.

“They approached it was so creative,” recalls Reid.

“They listened to the time signature of the song, which was a 6/8 time signature. So the guys from Stargate asked: ‘Which songs have had the 6/8 time signature?‘ There were songs like Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground,’ which was an influence… It’s a really special record.”

Stargate’s remix indeed had a strong Stevie Wonder “Higher Ground” vibe about it.

Tor Erik Hermansen recalls how Jackson’s rhythmic vocals inspired he and Stargate co-producer Mikkel Eriksen when working on the remix:

“When I listened to Michael, he’s in the booth snapping his fingers, clapping his hands and stomping his feet. He’s doing all these energetic things that gave us a vibe where this track should go. That’s when we started to experiment with the bassline. We didn’t even have the drums on it yet, just the bassline and a chord progression that really worked for something more danceable. Then we started working on drums. But all of that stuff really came from Michael Jackson.”

On August 13, 2014, Stargate’s remix of “A Place With No Name” was released as the second single from the Xscape album, along with a music video directed by Samuel Bayer.
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The original version of “A Place With No Name” included on Xscape is what Jackson heard during those 2008 collaborative sessions with producer Neff-U and recording engineer Michael Prince.

“Compared with the 2004 version, you can hear the drums are different in the final version,” observes Prince.

“It has a different kick drum pattern, a little stronger snare, and the ‘na nas’ are copied to repeat through the fade.”

One element of the track that Jackson never changed, however, was engineer CJ deVillar’s bass part.

“That bass credit is the greatest highlight of my career,” beams deVillar, “because no one told me what to play. Michael just said he wanted to hear some live bass, and I played. Michael used that bass, made it part of his lexicon, sang to it, and kept it on the track for the next decade. He never had anyone redo it. He never removed it. He kept that bass for over ten years. How on earth did I get that privilege? I’m beside myself just thinking about it.”

“Michael loved that song. I mean, who didn’t love that song? It’s still a huge classic,” recalls deVillar of Jackson’s affection for the original, original version – “A Horse With No Name” – by America.

“Michael was a real artist’s artist. He wanted to work on things just because he wanted to. I don’t think Michael made plans with music. I think he sort of just mused and had fun with music [and] I think he just loved that song so much.”

DeVillar continues:

“In hip hop culture it’s just so natural to flip anything – just flip any song you want. And so that was just Michael and Freeze putting love into it. I don’t think they went after that track like it was supposed to be put on a record. I think it was even more personal than that. The feeling I got during that time was that they were just having so much fun trying to play with the melody and the lyrics and the music, and were really just having a great time flipping this classic track. And a successful flip isn’t easy, but I thought that was just wonderful.”

The song’s original writers, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, agreed.

“We’re honoured that Michael Jackson chose to record it, and we’re impressed with the quality of the track,” they said.

“Michael really did it justice. It’s really poignant.”

Damien Shields is the author of the book Michael Jackson: Songs & Stories From The Vault examining the King of Pop’s creative process, and the producer of the podcast The Genesis of Thriller which takes you inside the recording studio as Jackson and his team create the biggest selling album in music history.
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Not only is "Thriller" the world's biggest selling album in music history but his album "Blood On The Dance Floor" is the world's biggest selling remix album in music history

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Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has reached #1 on US Apple Music for the first time. #halloween2021

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Two days with Michael
Dear friends. Michael Jackson. We were friends since he visited me in our mountain hut in Sulden in 2001. A sensitive genius of the century who lived in his own world!
I asked him for a song, but he wanted to protect his voice. He asked me if I could sing a German song for him. Me??? It was very strange. But he kept insisting. I had to sing Lili Marleen and Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind again and again. Two anti-war songs. With guitar.
JT sings for MJ. There's nothing more absurd.
Until today I keep thinking about the pillow fights with Michael, Valerie and Françoise at 5 a.m. Michael could not sleep. I think about our meditations together. We had the same mantra. About our Spagetti with Langustinos whose eyes he covered with a serviette because they made him sad.
I remember a phone call with my children who were in London at the time and did not know anything about the secret visit of Michael in Sulden. Michael had a long conversation with Freddy about God and the world. Freddy stayed cool. It could not disturb his calmness that he was on the phone with a world superstar.
Michael called Nathalie, my youngest daughter. But she only laughed at him: "If you are Michael Jackson then I am the Pope." - she said and hung up. Michael came back from the call with Nathalie totally unsettled.
We talked a lot about wars which he despised. When he was about to be awarded with a Bambi award in Berlin in the fall of 2002 he was to have a speech. I asked him to say something about the upcoming Iraq war. A big part of the US troops were already in Kuwait. Michael stared at me long and said: "You know that will bring me a lot of flak in the US." I nodded my head. I knew too well.
At night at the award ceremony in front of millions of TV viewers Michael said in his speech:
"We are German, French, Italian, Russian, African, Asian, so many nationalities. We are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus. We are black, we are white. We are a big community with so many differences. So complex yet so simple. WE DO NOT NEED WAR!"
Michael, you were a wonderful human being and a one of a kind artist. That is why you were so much hunted like a wounded deer. Destroying the winners is the favourite game of our world.
We will never forget you. I keep listening to your songs. My favourites are Earth Song and We Are The World. For millions of people you will never die.
Thank you, Michael! Your JT
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''Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous'' was #MichaelJackson's unique attempt to sing in French.
He choosed to adapt the song "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
in Spanish and French to reach new audiences.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb3dte8JKho...
"Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous" (With Spoken Intro)
Other singers also went in that direction, and the aim was simply to improve their image in specific markets. Just as the Spanish version Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu was co-written by Ruben Blades, the French version was written by Belgian artist and writer Christine Decroix.
''Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous'' was recorded in a rush, just before the King of Pop went to Japan to launch the Bad tour. It took about a night to write the lyrics and Christine was in the studio with him to train him and give him instructions so he could get the accent right.
''First I wrote a few sentences. It was difficult, I had never done that. For me it was the first time. The lyrics appealed to Michael Jackson who started recording in July 1987. So he had to continue touring and we finished recording in early September''.
Belgium singer Christine Decroix’s recorded music with Michael and here are some of her thoughts on the King of Pop.
“Together let’s stand up and denounce the “wolves who killed the little lamb”, the people like journalist Bashir who didn’t know him and abused of his trust for their profit. As a friend I spent a great amount of time in the recording studio with him, we always had children with us and were always laughing and playing between recording sessions. He brought a lot of joy in people lives.
I grew up in Belgium raised by my dad who, as a chief of police, taught me to always be suspicious and I can tell you that I couldn’t see anything wrong with Michael except maybe that it was a man who at a young age never had the time to be a kid. He told me once that children are pure and innocent and adults always want something from him. That’s the sole reason he felt more comfortable with children, they just loved him because he was magic for the kids, and made them feel like giants.
He loathed vulgarity and would have been upset at me laughing with a dirty joke in the studio. He built a movie theatre for disabled children in his house. People are sick to think he did that to attract them as a child molester. They judge without knowing and should be ashamed because they largely contributed to his downfall and his death. Michael Jackson was hypersensitive, maybe it was the key of his talent. He suffered tremendously of all these false accusations, and the slanders that were spread. These unscrupulous persons took everything away from him including his amazing career. He did not have a childhood, his dad still beat him after he was 30. People always criticized his look but when your own father keeps telling you your nose is too big, you finally believe it and you try to fix it.
Michael was a strange guy for a lot of people because of his look.
So it was both an easy and profitable target for some media wanting to bring him down. He was a genius and an amazing talent already at a young age. Nobody can judge him without knowing him.
If one of you had spent only one hour with him, you would have fallen in love with his pure heart. He could make everybody around him feel special. He was even thanking you for working with him, and had definitely not a big star attitude, he was down to earth, lived on a healthy diet, never drank alcohol. The day of my birthday party in Tokyo he took my glass of champagne away from me and replaced it by a glass of water. He was not joking he just cared for people.
He already suffered from back problems in 1987 but I never saw him taking any drugs. It’s just a disgrace to compare his death with Anna Nicole Smith. Michael Jackson told me once “Coco (nickname he gave me), don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins ” so stop judging him, love him because he loved you all and that’s what he suffered from and why he was accused of committing such an horrible crime. He didn’t do it, he was found not guilty. They tried for years but couldn’t find any proof.
Once he also told me: animals kill to eat, humans kill by pleasure. He was like a child but a smart one. I tried a few years ago to gather people who knew him to speak out but nobody wanted to do it by fear of the media. Let’s unite to denounce the true murderers of Michael. I know today that his place belongs in paradise. Let’s get together, let’s get together and honour his life and legacy, simply because he was the greatest of all time.
Christine Decroix, a forever friend of Michael Jackson

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"He can tuck his long, thin frame into a figure skater’s spin without benefit of ice or skates. Aided by the burn and flash of silvery body suits, he seems to change molecular structure at will, all robot angles one second and rippling curves the next. So sure is the body that his eyes are often closed, his face turned upward to some unseen muse. The bony chest heaves. He pants, bumps and squeals." #GerriHirshey, for Rolling Stone Magazine

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Mourad Mesellaty shared a memory.

#StoryOfTheDay...That day, 15 years ago, the World Music Awards took place at Earls Court Arena in London, where #MichaelJackson received the ′′ Diamand Award from Beyonce for his incredible solo career with over 750 Million records sold, 104 million of which belonged to his best-selling album Thriller.
The DIAMOND AWARD is presented to those select top-selling artists who have sold over 100 million Records during their career. It is not presented every year. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the very first Diamond Award to Rod Stewart at the 2002 World Music Awards in Monte-Carlo and to Mariah Carey in 2003.
Celine Dion received this prestigious award from the Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas at the 2004 WMAs in the Thomas & Mac Arena in Las Vegas. Bon Jovi received the Award from Melissa Etheridge at the 2005 WMAs in the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Beyoncé presented the same Award to Michael Jackson at the 2006 WMAs in Earl's Court London on his last public appearance on TV.
Unbelievable the warmth of the audience dragged by Beyonce, cheers: ′′ Michael! Michael! Michael!"... at the award ceremony, but truly unforgettable and the scene of the entrance of the King del Pop at the choir ′′ We Are the World", who is almost moved by the devotion of his fans, who never failed to show him affection, even in the darkest years of his life.
During the ceremony, Michael Jackson also received the Guinness Book World Record certificate for his album ′′ Thriller", which is still the best-selling album of all time.

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"#MichaelJackson was clearly one of the greatest entertainers of our era. His influence dominated and defined our culture not only in music, but in fashion, dance, film and so much more. Often overlooked are his spectacular skills as a songwriter, composing both music and lyrics for his immense body of work. In an era in which most songs are composed by teams, Michael was the sole composer of dozens of songs that endeared him to audiences around the world. A BMI songwriter since 1976, his BMI catalog contains more than 150 songs, more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television."
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.@michaeljackson's 'Dangerous' re-enters this week's #Billboard200 at No. 85, earning its highest ranking since 1993.
It last appeared on the chart in 2010.

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"He was kind, wonderful and I have nothing but
positive memories of him. That guy was awesome." Eddie Garcia

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Now this is lovely - a 'lost' bonus feature from Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009), featuring the band discussing how the set-list for the show came together - only available on iTunes France back in the day! Some insights I had never heard before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzVBRLf7odg&t=113s

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Sickick - I Can Feel It (Michael Jackson x Phil Collins Remix)

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