"The world's greatest" – R. Kelly.


Ni vet väl att MJ kunde spela piano?




Detta är demon till "She's out of my life" och den är helt och hållet akustisk, vilket jag älskar. Och man får verkligen höra MJs fina stämma här. :)


När MJ uppträdde 1995 på MTV Video Music Awards!


Fortsätt rösta på MJ hörni!


"The way you make me feel" är skriven och komposerad av Michael Jackson. Det är den tredje singeln som släpptes från albumet Bad (1987). Låten fick mycket bra kritik och hamnade direkt som nummer ett på Billboards Hot 100. Sedan musikvideon släppts har den haft inflytande hos många andra artisters idéer.




The demo of "Don't Be Messin' Round" is among dozens of unreleased tracks from the Bad sessions, and provides insight into King of Pop's songwriting and recording process.
It's been 25 years since Michael Jackson was in Westlake Studio in Los Angeles putting the finishing touches on his classic 1987 album, Bad. Today, a demo of a never-before-heard song from those sessions will finally get an audience when Sony's re-release of Bad's original lead single, "I Can't Just Stop Loving You," hits Wal-Mart shelves. The B-side, an infectious rhythm track called "Don't Be Messin' 'Round," provides a glimpse into Jackson's creative process—and to his incredible profligacy as a songwriter.
Jackson had a habit of writing and recording dozens of potential songs for each new project. This was especially the case for the Bad era, a prolific period in his career. At one point, he considered making Bad a triple-disc album given the amount of quality material. So it's fitting that later this fall, Sony Music and Jackson's estate will put out a full album of previously unreleased material from theBad sessions. While the track list has not yet been finalized and will not be made public until closer to the September 18 release date, more than 20 new, unheard demos from the Bad sessions are currently being considered for the album. The songs being evaluated include a number of real gems and a few titles previously unknown to the most ardent Jackson aficionados.
A team of Jackson collaborators and caretakers—including estate heads, Sony VP John Doelp, producer Al Quaglieri (who oversaw the excellent 2004 box set,Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection) and recording engineer, Matt Forger—combed through the vaults to see what was viable for the Bad 25 release. The criteria used for identifying potential songs were simple: They had to be recorded during the Bad era (1985-1987), and they had to be developed enough to feel like a complete track.
The Michael Jackson estate and Sony Legacy are leaving Jackson's work raw and unembellished this time around, in contrast to the King of Pop's first posthumous album, 2010's controversial Michael. The tracks will thus be less polished but more authentic, organic and true to what Jackson left behind. Similar to the critically acclaimed 2009 documentary, This Is It, the goal is to provide an intimate glimpse of the artist in his element. The listener, in essence, is brought into the studio with Michael Jackson as he works out a variety of musical ideas in his follow-up to the best-selling album of all time.
"Don't Be Messin'" illustrates this concept well. In the track, we can hear Jackson giving instructions, vocally dictating instrumental parts, mapping out where to accent words or add percussion, scatting and ad-libbing many of the unfinished lyrics. "One of the main intentions is to show that these are works in progress," says Matt Forger, a sound engineer and longtime Jackson friend and collaborator. "To pull the curtain back. To actually see Michael in his natural work environment, how he directs, his sense of humor, his focus."


The finished product, then, is intentionally unfinished and spontaneous. "You can just hear him having fun," Forger says. "His spirit and emotion are totally there. He knew in demos he didn't have to be totally perfect in his execution. So he'd be loose. He'd throw in ad libs and dance or sing or pop his fingers or clap his hands. You just hear him enjoying himself."


Jackson first wrote and recorded "Don't Be Messin'" during the Thriller sessions with engineer Brent Averill. Around this time he was working on a variety of musical ideas, including demos of "P.Y.T." and "Billie Jean." "Don't Be Messin'" features Jackson himself playing piano ("He could do more than he ever really let people know," Forger says.) He also produced, arranged, and guided many of the instrumental parts, including the cinematic strings, Jonathan Maxey's piano part in the bridge, and David Williams funky guitar licks.


Ultimately, since "Don't Be Messin'" wasn't fully developed and so much other strong material was coming in for Thriller, Jackson decided to put the song on the back burner, having in mind to revisit it for his next album. "That was kind of how Michael developed ideas and songs," explains Forger. "He let the song unfold in its own time. Sometimes a song wasn't ready or didn't quite fit the character of an album or a project and it would stay in the vaults. And then at a certain point of time, he would pull it out again."


In this case, the track re-surfaced in 1986, during the early stages of the Bad sessions. Jackson worked on the song primarily with recording engineers Matt Forger and Bill Bottrell in the "laboratory," the nickname for his renovated home studio at Hayvenhurst. As was typical for Jackson rhythm tracks, the song was quite long (nearly eight minutes) in its early phases. "Michael loves a song to be long," Forger says. "He loves it to groove because he gets to dance to it—which is a big thing, because when Michael feels the music is making him dance it means the groove is in the pocket."


Jackson's grooves, however, were unusual in that they often lacked the predictable repetition of much dance music, surprising with strange beat patterns, textures and nuances. "Some of these long versions of ["Don't Be Messin'"] really sound very interesting because there's different things happening in different sections," Forger says. "It's really not like you're sitting there for eight minutes thinking it's terribly long, because things are happening within that length of time that make it feel like, 'Yeah, this is cool.' It's actually satisfying to listen to the rhythm."


Cutting the song down was often a brutal process for Jackson, especially the intros and outros. As with other songs on Thriller and Bad, though, Jackson tried to trim it down into the four-to-five minute range, which is where the new mix of "Don't Be Messin'" clocks in.


Jackson continued to work on "Don't Be Messin'" into late 1986, at both his home studio and at Westlake. However, once Quincy Jones came on board, the serious paring began and "Don't Be Messin'" was left on the cutting room floor. Jackson would pull out the song again during both the Dangerous sessions and HIStorysessions, updating its sound and adding new elements. Clearly, it was a song he liked. But ultimately it never found a home.


The version Matt Forger mixed was the last version Jackson worked on during the Badsessions in 1986. Forger feels it is the purest, most emotionally satisfying version: "It's exactly how Michael dictated it at the time. It's precisely Michael saying, 'this is how it has to be.'"


The 1986 demo isn't a groundbreaking song. The vocal is only partial-strength, the lyrics aren't finished, and the production isn't close to what it would be had it been fully realized by Jackson and Quincy Jones. However, it is a solid addition to the growing list of quality Bad-era outtakes (a list that also includes "Streetwalker," "Fly Away," and "Cheater"). "It's such a catchy underlying melodic hook," Forger says. "And it has a rhythmic feel that syncopates in such an interesting fashion." In a 2009 interview legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien cited the track as one of his favorite unreleased Jackson songs. "It's just beautiful," he said . "Oh my God, there's nothing like it."


Like much of his work, the track doesn't fit neatly into a single genre, fusing flavors of Latin, jazz, and pop. With its breezy Bossa Nova rhythm and layers of interwoven hooks, it is a song that easily gets stuck in the head and makes you want to move—yet it also rewards multiple listens with its sophisticated syncopation and complex rhythm arrangement ("Music is like tapestry," Jackson once said. "It's different layers, it's weaving in and out, and if you look at it in layers you understand it better.")


For Forger, working on the track triggered memories of a simpler time in Jackson's turbulent career: "It just brought all the feelings back of what it was like in that era. Michael was just this exuberant, happy person. He wanted to challenge the world and make wonderful, great music."


What was Forger's goal in resurrecting the track?


"Just to make it authentic. Something Michael would enjoy and be proud of. It's got his charm and energy. If people appreciate it and enjoy it for what it is then I'll feel great. All I want it to be is enjoyed for the simple thing that it is."

Källa: TheAtlantic.


What is your greatest lesson learned?
Not to trust everybody.


Haha! En liten segerdans i MJ-anda. Tack för tipset, Madeleine! 




When you walk through the studio doors to prepare to film, you check your identity at the door. I was no longer Michael Bush. I was “wardrobe.” In the business, you are summoned by your job description. If your job is hair someone shouts, “Hair,” and if your job is makeup, then you’ll hear another yell for “Makeup!” And, like a dog to a whistle, you respond. It’s not personal; there are just too many people to remember by name, and the revolving door of the studio makes it virtually pointless to try to remember a name. But working with Michael was different. By 1991, I had been with him in 6 years, so the time when we were on set for the “Black or White” short film, and Michael called out “Wardrobe!” he caught himself. Michael stood in front of the green screen, leg guards sliding down his leg, with his hand over his mouth.


As I responded to the call and bent down to fix his guards, Michael reached for my arm, utterly mortified at the thought of being so impersonal and profusely apologized, saying, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry. I know your name, Bush. I didn’t mean that.” We were very close friends and confidants by this point, thanks to all of the travel time that allowed us personal conversations, as well as Michael’s eagerness to share his feelings with me about his day-to-day activities and long-term goals. I knew he didn’t mean it and couldn’t help but admire his humility. It’s not every day you hear about a person of Michael’s fame taking the focus off of himself and recognizing those who directly or indirectly help make his life work.


“That’s okay, Michael. From now on when on set, we’ll call you The Entertainer. ‘Is the Entertainer ready? Wardrobe to The Entertainer!”


Michael chuckled and gave me that raised eyebrow that said, “Man, you are all right.” But I think inside he liked the idea of being called “The Entertainer.” After all, he was the consummate entertainer, a master of ceremony. And nothing proved this truth better than Michael’s tours.


~ Michael Bush



My biggest dream is one day for Prince and Paris to say to somebody, "He was the best dad". I would just start crying, just weeping, that's my reward.






It’s easy to mistake being innocent for being simpleminded or naive. We all want to seem sophisticated; we all want to seem street-smart. To be innocent is to be "out of it."

Yet there is a deep truth in innocence. A baby looks in his mother’s eyes, and all he sees is love. As innocence fades away, more complicated things take its place. We think we need to outwit others and scheme to get what we want. We begin to spend a whole lot of energy protecting ourselves. Then life turns into a struggle. People have no choice but to be street-smart. How else can they survive?

When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and responding. It means being open. And that’s what innocence is. It’s simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades.



Det här är en av mina favoritdelar i This is it. <3


Detta är demon av "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)" – rätt olik "den riktiga" på Thriller. :)


Två män som stulit outgivet material inspelat av Michael Jackson har dömts till villkorligt fängelsestraff och samhällstjänst, uppger BBC News. De båda britterna har erkänt att de lyckats ladda ned tusentals filer från skivbolaget Sony Musics datorer.
Dataintrånget skedde 2011, men bekräftades först i mars förra året av Sony. De båda männen, som är 26 och 27 år gamla, hävdar att de laddade ned filerna för att samla bevis för att en del av de låtar som var med på den postuma skivan ”Michael” inte innehöll Michael Jacksons egen röst.


Förutom den villkorliga domen måste de båda männen avtjäna samhällstjänst i 100 timmar.


Källa: SVD. Tack för tipset, Madeleine!


Rätt åt Sony, för flera av låtarna är det inte ens Michael Jackson som sjunger! Läs mer här. Kan inte fatta hur ett skivbolag kan göra något sådant. De är bara giriga efter pengar... *Suck*


Chris Tucker: *Random noises* Awww man! Ugh, look at that girl right there! Goodness gracious! Ugh, that girl fine, man, look at her. Ohhh, she just too fine, she know she fine, too.
MJ: She is bangin'.
Chris: Oooooh, she's off the hook!
Michael: She looks good. *Chuckles*
Chris: Ugh!
Michael: You're right. *Chuckles*
Chris: Ugh mmm mmm mmm. I bet you nobody can get that girl.
Michael: Chris, I can get her.
Chris: Pft! Can't get that girl, oh Mike, I guarantee you can't get that girl!
Michael: Watch me get that girl.
Chris: I bet you Never Neverland you can't.
Michael: I can get her.
Chris: Alright. Shamone. Shamone!
Michael: Watch.


"Speed demon" hör till albumet Bad (1987). Låten är skriven, komposerad och co-producerad av Michael Jackson, och producerad av Quincy Jones. Enligt Quincy Jones skrev Michael låten strax efter att han hade fått en trafikböter som gjorde att han kom försent till studion. Efter att Michael hade berättat om incidenten till Quincy så bad Quincy Michael att skriva en låt om det. Musikvideon är regisserad av Will Vinton.



Don't be afraid to know who you are. You are much more than you ever imagined.



Hur många operationer gjorde han?
Han har själv sagt två stycken. Men hans mamma, Katherine, har sagt att han har gjort fler – att han bara var för generad att berätta. Michael tyckte att han var väldigt ful som tonåring, och ni kan ju tänka er känslan att höra ifrån sin egen pappa att man är ful och har en stor näsa – vilket Michael ofta fick höra ifrån honom när han var ung. Och sådant lämnar såklart sina spår genom hela livet! Så om ni dömer honom om något sådant är ni bara elaka.
Varför ändrade han utseendet så mycket?
Jag tror det är så som jag skrev här ovan. Jag vet inte hur mycket sanning det är i det, men jag har också hört att han inte heller gillade att han liknade sin pappa så mycket, eftersom han inte ville likna honom på något sätt. 
Varför tror du att han var så hatad och så älskad? Det är verkligen varierande åsikter.
Lätt. Han var hatad av de människor som inte visste vem han var, och älskad av de människor som vet vem han var. Jag tycker det är lustigt – exakt alla människor som har stått Michael nära älskade honom och tycker han var en underbar person, men ingen lyssnar på det, utan endast på vad tidningarna skrev och ljög om. Vem bryr sig om vad någon journalist som inte kände honom tycker?! Förut gjorde många det och jag kan på sätt och vis förstå det, eftersom Michael var väldigt reserverad och personlig i offentligheten; han gav sällan intervjuer.
Om ni vill få en uppfattning om vem han verkligen var så tycker jag ni ska se klippen här nedan –
Har du BAD 25 Collection och vad tycker du isf om den?
Nej, men jag vill ha den!
Vilket är ditt favoritalbum han har gjort?
Älskar alla, men måste nog säga Off the wall. <3
Under vilken period tycker du han såg bäst ut?
Han var alltid vacker. Men jag antar att du menar eftersom som han gjorde operationerna. Jag tror alla kan hålla med om att han inte borde ha gjort en till efter Thriller-eran.
Vad handlar låten "Jam" om?
I låten betyder "jam" att dansa och ha kul, trots allt negativt och alla orättvisor i världen. Det är i alla fall vad jag och många andra tror. :)
Hur började pedofil-anklagelserna? Sjukt att tro att Michael var det.
Han var inte det! Det absolut bästa vore om du såg dokumentären Michael Jackson: The life of an icon, vilket du kan göra gratis och lagligt om du klicka här. Efter att det har gått 91 minuter in i filmen (spola dit) börjar de som kände Michael tala om dessa anklagelser. Allt om det. Det är bättre att ni hör av dem än mig. Men låt mig bara säga att de inte kunde hitta ett enda bevis till att Michael var skyldig. Inte ett enda bevis! Dessa människor var bara ute efter pengar, det är allt. Och familjen var känd för att ha tidigare pressat folk på pengar! Och tycker ni inte att det är lite konstigt att Evan Chandler, som var pappan till pojken, begick självmord strax efter Michaels bortgång?
Vet man vilka alla mammor var till hans barn?
Mamman till Prince och Paris heter Deborah (Debbie) Rowe och Blankets mamma är okänd, eftersom hon inte vill vara i rampljuset. 
Vet man varför han dog?
Av en mängd mediciner, huvudsakligen propofol. Michael var inte drogberoende, utan han hade sömnsvårigheter i vissa perioder. Michaels privata doktor Conrad Murray gav han alla dessa mediciner, och ja... Murray ska sitta i fängelse i fyra år dömd för vållande till annans död. Endast fyra år..
Hur många barn hade han?
Tre. Prince, Paris och Blanket.
Hur gammal var han när han dog?
50 år gammal.
Vilken var hans mest framgångsrika låt?
Svårt. Här kan ni gå in och kolla alla priser han nånsin vunnit. Men spontant skulle jag nog tro att det är "Billie Jean" just därför att det är då han moonwalkar, bär sin Fedora hatt och diamanthandsken... Allt sådant man lätt förknippar MJ med.
Hur många album har han släppt?
Tillsammans med The Jackson 5 släppte han Diana Ross presents The Jackson 5, ABC, Third album, Christmas album, Maybe tomorrow, Goin' back to Indiana, Lookin' through the windows, Skywriter, Get it together, Dancing machine, Moving violation och Joyful jukebox music. Sedan bytte Jackson 5 namn till The Jacksons när de bytte skivbolag, och som The Jacksons släppte de albumena The Jacksons, Goin' Places, Destiny, Triumph och Victory. Michael har gjort soloalbumena Got to be there, Ben, Music & Me, Forever Michael, Off the wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory, Blood on the dancefloor och Invincible
Hur många låtar har han släppt?
På hans soloalbum får jag ihop till 140 låtar + så har det släppts låtar vid andra tillfällen som "We are the world", "This is it", "Hold my hand", "Say say say", "Can't get outta the rain", "On the line", "Someone put your hand out", "Ease on down the road", "You can't win", "Lovely one", "Sunset driver", "We are here to change the world", "Scared of the moon", "Someone in the dark", "Monkey business", "Cheater", "We've had enough", "The way you love me", "Beautiful girl", "In the back", "2300 Jackson Street" och "Fall again". På Jackson 5s album får jag ihop till 143 låtar. The Jacksons släppte 47 låtar. Allt som allt blir då ungefär 353 låtar. 
Hur många låtar spelade han in sammanlagt?
Ca 353 låtar har han släppt, men hur många demos han har gjort vet jag inte. Men till exempel till albumet Bad så arbetade de med 60-65 demos, så då kan man räkna ut att det finns väldigt många "ofärdiga" låtar på lager.
Vilken musikvideo är din favorit?
Det är nog kortfilmen av "Bad"! 
3 favoritcitat av honom?
Hur många Grammys vann han sammanlagt?
1980 –
Best R&B Vocal Performance, "Don't stop 'til you get enough"
1984 –
Album Of The Year, Thriller
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Thriller 
Record Of The Year, "Beat it"
Best Rock Vocal Performance, "Beat it"
Best R&B Vocal Performance, "Billie Jean
Best Rhythm & Blues Song, "Billie Jean
Best Recording for Children, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Producer Of The Year, MJ och Quincy Jones
1985 –
Best Video Album, Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
1986 –
Song Of The Year, "We are the world"
1988 –
Best Music Video, "Leave me alone"
1996 –
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, "Scream" med Janet Jackson
Vilken är din absoluta favoritlåt av MJ?
Öööööhhhh.... "Smooth Criminal", "Man in the mirror", "Dirty Diana", "My girl", "I'll be there", "Human nature", "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)", "Get on the floor", " "Hold my hand"... Nån av dem kanske. ;)
Vilken låt är hans bästa tycker DU?
Vilken min favorit är och vilken hans bästa låt är två olika saker, tycker jag. Jag tycker hans bästa låt nog är "Man in the mirror", eftersom den har ett så viktigt budskap som fler människor behöver inse. If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.
Varför bar han mask ibland?
Det vet jag inte. Han gillade inte paparazzis så kanske han ville skydda sig mot dem, eller kanske berodde det på att pressen var så elak mot honom. Vet inte.
Var Michael Jackson och Elizabeth Taylor bra vänner?
Är du ett stort fan av Michael Jackson? Har du varit det länge? Ifall ja, har du sett honom uppträda live någongång?
Ända sedan jag såg musikvideon av "Dirty Diana" på YouTube i mars 2008 (jag skulle fylla tretton) har jag varit fast. Allt jag kunde tänka på när jag såg videon var "Wow!". Nej, jag har inte sett honom uppträda live, men jag skulle det på en av hans This is it konserter.. Läs mer i kategorin Min historia.
Hoppas ni blev nöjda med svaren!




Jag älskar Madonna för detta tal – tack!



På begäran att ha frågestund kör jag igång en. Fråga vad ni vill.



Escapism, that's what I like. I'm not so crazy about the reality of everything.


Today in HIStory: On this day in 2010, the United States Library of Congress officially inducted "Thriller" into the National Film Registry. “Thriller” was the first and only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry!
Källa: MichaelJackson.com


Michael använde sina hjärtslag till "Smooth Criminal".


Why do you want to forget so much? Do you think life is really hard?
No, maybe it's because I just like jumping in other people's lives and exploring. Like Charlie Chaplin, I just love him to death. The little tramp, the whole gear and everything, and his heart – everything he portrayed on the screen was a truism. It was his whole life. He was born in London, and his father died an alcoholic when he was six. He roamed the streets of England, begging, poor, hungry. All this reflects on the screen and that's what I like to do, to bring all of those truths out. 


Inte lika fin som den förra headern, men blev så less den så var tvungen att byta, hehe. Får försöka göra en finare senare. :)


Alla ville ta reda på om det var sant, så allt kraschade. Google också.


I don't know how to process it. It's just unbelieveable – him leaving before me. I can't believe it.




"My fondest memory would be living in New York City with him (1995) while he made the HIStory album, especially the night he played the piano for me and sang while I cooked him dinner. I met Michael for the first time at the Golden Temple when I was the chef there. We were both shy. He came in everyday. What I'll miss the most is the laugh, the love and fun that I have never seen since."
Detta har Akasha Richmond sagt, som blev Michaels personliga kock i fjorton år efter att de träffats på Golden Temple. I videon hyllar de MJ på årsdagen av hans bortgång genom att servera hans favoritmat på den restaurangen, som han besökte ofta under 80-talet.
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