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Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ to be shown in cinemas around the world

Film Drawn From Legendary Entertainer’s Last Rehearsals and Behind-The-Scenes Footage Will Be Released October 30th in High Definition with Digital Sound.

Beginning October 30th, the world will have a front-row seat for Michael Jackson’s final concert, as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release Michael Jackson’s This Is It.

This Is It is being produced with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson and will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage, captured in high definition with state-of-the-art digital sound as the late singer was preparing for his concert series in London. The film, which will also offer select sequences in 3-D, will provide a unique career retrospective and feature interviews with some of Jackson’s closest friends and creative collaborators.

The announcement was made by Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of the studio, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, and Rob Stringer, Chairman of Columbia/Epic Label Group, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The companies serve as the principal entertainment divisions of Sony Corporation.

The rights to the exclusive footage were acquired from AEG Live and The Estate of Michael Jackson. Sony Pictures and Sony Music will co-produce with AEG Live and the Estate, and Sony Pictures will distribute the film worldwide. Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware of AEG Live will serve as producers of the film.

The majority of the film’s footage was shot in June, 2009 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, and The Forum in Inglewood, California, as Jackson prepared for “This Is It,” the series of fifty concerts Jackson planned to present at the O2 Arena in London.

This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer, his career, and the stage spectacular that would have been. The film will provide moviegoers with an unforgettable front row experience compiled from extensive footage that shows Jackson’s meticulous preparation for his 2009 London shows.

August 11, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

Top selling albums in the UK this week

01: Michael Jackson – The Essential – (Epic)
02: Florence & The Machine – Lungs – (Island)
03: Black Eyed Peas – The End – (Interscope)
04: Paolo Nutini – Sunny Side Up – (Atlantic)
05: Beyonce – I Am Sasha Fierce – (Columbia)
06: Lady Gaga – The Fame – (Interscope)
07: La Roux – La Roux – (Polydor)
08: Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – (Columbia)
09: Michael Jackson – Bad – (Epic)
10: Chicane – The Best Of – (Modena)

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jay-Z Michael Jackson tribute

Check out Jay-Z paying tribute to Michael Jackson during his All Points West Festival set last week.

Check out footage here from Jay-Z’s set at All Points West Music Festival and his “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” tribute to the Beastie Boys whom he replaced at the festival.

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 selling singles and albums in the uk this week

Top 10

Top 10

The top 10 singles are:

1. Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feeling’
2. JLS – ‘Beat Again’
3. Mr Hudson ft Kanye West – ‘Supernova’
4. Pitbull – ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’
5. Cascada – ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’
6. Beyonce – ‘Sweet Dreams’.
7. La Roux – ‘Bulletproof’
8. Lady Gaga – ‘Paparazzi’
9. David Guetta Feat Kelly Rowland – ‘When Love Takes Over’
10. Chicane – ‘Poppiholla’

The top 10 albums are:

1. Michael Jackson – ‘The Essential’
2. Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’
3. Black Eyed Peas – ‘The End’
4. Paolo Nutini – ‘Sunny Side Up’
5. A-Ha – ‘Foot Of The Mountain’
6. Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’
7. La Roux – ‘La Roux’
8. Michael Jackson & Jackson Five – ‘The Motown Years’
9. Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’
10. Noisettes – ‘Wild Young Hearts’

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Q-Tip presents: “Long Live The King! A birthday celebration for Michael Jackson”

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Q-Tip Presents:
“Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson”
Special Invited Guests: Mark Ronson & DJ Spinna

NOKIA Theatre Times Square
Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tickets go on Sale Friday, July 31, 2009

On Saturday, August 29, 2009 – what would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday – Grammy award-winning, hip-hop icon Q-Tip presents “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson” at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square. Q-Tip will be joined in the DJ booth by special invited guests Grammy award-winning producer/artist Mark Ronson and the legendary DJ Spinna.

“Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” states Q-Tip.

The event will honor the King of Pop and celebrate his influence on generations of artists and fans across the globe. Attendees will dance the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson’s hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults.

Q-Tip’s DJ skills, currently showcased at his party Open at Santos, have garnered a strong, diverse following. As Diddy told MTV earlier this year, “The hottest DJ in the game right now is Q-Tip. That right there is a DJ playing, taking you on a mind-traveling experience.”

Tickets for “Q-Tip Presents: Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson” on Saturday, August 29, 2009 (10pm doors) are $25.00 and will go on sale Friday, July 31, 2009 at noon via Ticketmaster.com 800-745-3000, and at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square box office (44th and Broadway).

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Top 20 albums in the UK this week

Top 20

Top 20

The top 20 albums in the UK this week

01 Michael Jackson – The Essential – (Epic)
02 Florence & The Machine – Lungs – (Island)
03 Lady Gaga – The Fame – (Interscope)
04 Paolo Nutini – Sunny Side Up – (Atlantic)
05 La Roux – La Roux – (Polydor)
06 Michael Jackson – Thriller – (Epic)
07 Michael Jackson & Jackson Five – The Motown Years – (Motown)
08 Black Eyed Peas – The End – (Interscope)
09 Noisettes – Wild Young Hearts – (Vertigo)
10 Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – (Columbia)
11 Jordin Sparks – Battlefield – (Jive)
12 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – (Epic)
13 Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor – (AATW / UMTV)
14 Michael Jackson – The Collection – (Epic)
15 Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night – (Hand Me Down)
16 Take That – The Circus – (Polydor)
17 Lily Allen – It’s Not Me It’s You – (Regal Recordings)
18 New Seekers – It’s Been Too Long – Greatest Hits – (UMTV)
19 Beyonce – I Am Sasha Fierce – (Columbia)
20 Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown – (Rep)

July 26, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top ten selling music DVDs in the UK this week

DVD Charts

DVD Charts

01: Michael Jackson – Moonwalker – (Warner Home Video)
02: Michael Jackson – Number Ones – (Epic)
03: Michael Jackson – Live In Bucharest – The Dangerous Tour – (Epic)
04: Michael Jackson – History 1 & 2 – (Sony BMG)
05: Michael Jackson – Video Greatest Hits (History) -(SMV Epic)
06: Cast Recording – High School Musical – The Concert – (Walt Disney)
07: Michael Jackson – The Trial & Triumph Of The King Of Pop -(Wienerworld)
08: Michael Jackson – Unmasked(Imc Vision)
09: Michael Jackson – Dangerous – The Short Films – (SMV Epic)
10: Leonard Cohen – Live In London – (Columbia)

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment

Michael Jackson owes the tax man millions

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

It has been revealed that Michael Jackson’s children’s inheritance will be dramatically shrunk  as the late singer owes the taxman $80 million.

The King of Pop who passed away last month leaving behind children Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II.

Before any of the children can be given any cash from the star’s album sales, the executors of his will must pay a federal estate tax bill of at least $80 million.

A source told Britain’s Sunday Express that Jackson’s family was prepared for a death tax bill, but had no idea it would be so high.

The source says, “This is a terrible added burden for the family to have to carry at a time like this. There’s no question that it’s going to mean a lot less money going to Michael’s children.”

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

This week’s top selling UK albums and singles

Top 20

Top 20

This week’s Top 20 selling singles in the UK.

01:  JLS – Beat Again – (Epic)
02:  Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor – (AATW / UMTV)
03:  Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling – (Interscope)
04:  La Roux – Bulletproof
05:  Lady Gaga – Paparazzi – (Interscope)
06:  David Guetta Ft Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Ove (Positiva/Virgin)
07:  Chicane – Poppiholla – (Modena)
08:  Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror – (Epic)
09:  Pitbull – I Know You Want Me – (Calle Ocho)(Positiva/Virgin)
10:  Chipmunk Ft Emeli Sande – Diamond Rings – (Jive)
11:  Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow – (Interscope)
12:  Keri Hilson/Kanye West/Ne-Yo – Knock You Down – (Interscope)
13:  Beyonce – Sweet Dreams – (Columbia)
14:  Agnes – Release Me – (3 Beat/AATW)
15:  Jordin Sparks – Battlefield – (Jive)
16:  Florence & The Machine – Rabbit Heart  (Raise It Up) – (Island)
17:  Pussycat Dolls – Hush Hush Hush Hush – (Interscope)
18:  Daniel Merriweather – Red – (J)
19:  Dizzee Rascal/Armand Van Helden – Bonkers – (Dirtee Stank)
20:  Veronicas -Untouched – (Sire)

This week’s Top 20 Selling albums in the UK

01:  Michael Jackson – The Essential – (Epic)
02:  Florence & The Machine – Lungs – (Island)
03:  Michael Jackson – Thriller – (Epic)
04:  Michael Jackson & Jackson Five – The Motown Years -(Motown)
05:  Lady Gaga – The Fame – (Interscope)
06:  Paolo Nutini – Sunny Side Up – (Atlantic)
07:  Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – (Epic)
08:  La Roux – La Roux – (Polydor)
09:  Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor – (AATW / UMTV)
10:  Michael Jackson – Number Ones – (Epic)
11:  Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – (Columbia)
12:  Take That – The Circus – (Polydor)
13:  Black Eyed Peas – The End – (Interscope)
14:  Dead Weather – Horehound – (Columbia)
15:  Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night – (Hand Me Down)
16:  Noisettes – Wild Young Hearts – (Vertigo)
17:  New Seekers – It’s Been Too Long – Greatest Hits – (UMTV)
18:  Lily Allen – It’s Not Me It’s You – (Regal Recordings)
19:  Jim Reeves – The Very Best Of – (Sony M)
20:  Michael Jackson – King Of Pop – (Epic)

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment