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Michael Jackson Animated Halloween Special Coming to CBS

The Estate of Michael Jackson has teamed up with CBS for a thrilling animated special, which is set to air this fall.

The hour-long “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” will feature millennials Vincent and Victoria, voiced by Lucas Till and Kiersey Clemons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The duo will find themselves at the mysterious This Place Hotel, located at 777 Jackson Street, where they will go on an adventure before a dance-filled finale. The piece will be soundtracked by MJ’s discography.

Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Jim Parsons, Lucy Liu, George Eads, and Brad Garrett are also on board as voice actors. Meanwhile, John Branca and John McClain, the co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, will executive produce the Mark A.Z. Dippé-directed project.

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Report: Janet Jackson To Honor Michael Jackson with Baby Name

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As she gets closer and closer to giving birth, more details of Janet Jackson‘s pregnancy have been surfacing. The latest report claims that Janet has plans to honor her late brother Michael Jackson with the birth of her child.

The baby’s name will “have something to do with Michael Jackson” claims E! News.

Their source added that Janet’s baby is “due very, very soon” and that she “can’t wait to have the baby.” In fact, Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana have already had the baby’s room painted with “soft pastel colors,” though the sex of the baby is unknown to the public.

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Legendary Michael Jackson HIStory Statue Unveiled at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

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On Thursday (July 28), the Estate of Michael Jackson teamed up with Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil and Mandalay Bay to pay tribute to the King of Pop as they unveiled his iconic HIStory Statue. Featured on the cover of his world-famous album HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1, which became the best selling multiple disc album worldwide, the HIStory Statue is the third piece of memorabilia to be loaned by the Estate for display on the Mandalay Bay property.

The highly anticipated unveiling ceremony took place in the Main Lobby of Mandalay Bay, where fans had the opportunity to witness the live reveal of this historic sculpture. To welcome the piece, members from the cast of Michael Jackson ONE delivered a never-before-seen performance created especially for this event, dazzling the audience as they performed to “SCREAM,” the first single from the HIStory album. Following the performance, fans were able to meet and take photos with those cast members.

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Showtime Shares Preview of ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall’ Documentary

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On Feb. 26, Sony Legacy Recordings will release a special edition of Michael Jackson’s classic album Off the Wall. The package will include the original version of the 1979 album along with the new documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, directed by Spike Lee.

The film, which airs Feb. 5 on Showtime, features interviews with Pharrell, Mark Ronson, John Legend, L.A. Reid, and Kobe Bryant. Now the first trailer has hit the net featuring archival tour footage of the King of Pop, along with commentary from one of the many artists he inspired, The Weeknd.

“I always use Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing,” says Abel. “I found my falsetto because of Off the Wall, ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.’”

The Roots’ Questlove laughs when recalling the Star Wars inspired lyrics to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” “I didn’t even know he was saying, ‘Keep on with the force, don’t stop.’ I thought it was about forks,” he says.

Check out the trailer below!

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New Music: Queen & Michael Jackson – There Must Be More to Life Than This

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The legendary duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson has been remixed and mastered for our ears.  The powerful ballad “There Must Be More to Life Than This” was written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space.

Mercury visited MJ at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984′s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, a solo version surfaced on Mercury’s debut solo album, 1985′s Mr. Bad Guy.

The new production of the powerful ballad, which was produced and remixed by William Orbit, mixes Queen’s original backing track with Mercury and Jackson’s vocals.

It will appear on the two-CD set Queen Forever, due November 11. Take a listen to the updated version of the classic record below:

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Historic ‘Motown 25’ Concert & TV Special Coming to DVD! [Watch Exclusive Clip]

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Motown. Where it all began. While it’s been 55 years since the formation of the iconic Motown Records, the legacy that it holds is far beyond it’s years. From the arrival of some of the music’s most celebrated artists to the lengthy careers of some of its most influential, Motown has been home for many of R&B’s most important artists throughout the years.

Now, to celebrate all that it’s done for R&B and the music industry in general, a release of the historic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV Concert and Special is being released on DVD for the first time ever! The legendary televised event originally aired on NBC on May 16, 1983 and is still one of the most talked about concert specials to date.

Hosting iconic occurrences such as Michael Jackson’s premiere of the moonwalk aka “six seconds that changed the world,” and the first battle of the bands between The Temptations and Four Tops, the Emmy Award winning spot has been unreleased since its original broadcast date. Taped before a live audience, the show saw almost every Motown artist to ever serve on the label’s roster including the late Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Miracles, The Temptations, Four Tops and many more. Hosted by legendary comedian Richard Pryor and serving as the back story to the Tony nominated Broadway play Motown: The Musical, the televised concert event was surely a night that has gone down in music history.

Fans will now be able to own this once-in-a-lifetime concert with over 14 hours of bonus features packaged as a 6-DVD collector’s set, a 3 disc special, or just a single disc. Each package features an extended version of Motown 25 with over 20 additional minutes not seen in the original broadcast, exclusive interviews with artists, and much much more. The DVD sets will be available September 30, but pre-orders are available now here.

While you’re waiting though, take a look at our exclusive clip of Diana Ross and The Supremes reunion below!

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Video: Michael Jackson – ‘A Place With No Name’

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Michael Jackson returns to our screens tonight with the official music video to the song “A Place With No Name” off the posthumous album Xscape. The song, which was originally a remake of America’s “A Horse With No Name,” gets the video treatment from director Samuel Bayer (Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”).

Surprisingly, the visual includes some rare behind-the-scenes and outtake footage shot during production of MJ’s 1991 “In the Closet” video. While scenes of a love struck couple lead the video, Michael is seen dancing up a storm with some of his signature moves and laughing off camera.

The video was premiered via his Twitter account and shown on the Jumbotron in Times Square on Wednesday evening. Check it out below:

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Video: Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good [Solo Version]

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With the favorable response to his posthumous album, Xscape, it was only right that a visual for its top contender “Love Never Felt So Good” be released soon following. In addition to the official video for the Justin Timberlake featured version, MJ’s team has now released an alternate visual for those that prefer this solo version of the already classic song.

Featuring old clips of the late and great Michael Jackson, the video shows MJ in his prime. Catching shots of him dancing from old videos such as “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Bad,” and much more, the visual serves as a massive dance party with current day dancers reenacting each of his famed moves.

A total blast from the past and remembrance of what was once great, the new video makes you remember just why you wanted to be like Mike over the years.

Check it out next!

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