As the age old adage goes, greatness doesn’t die – it lives on and inspires.
Hence, it’s little surprise that the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, continues to do just that five years after his sudden passing.
With the assistance of MJ’s longtime label Epic Records and its present-day leader LA Reid, hitmaker Timbaland is currently hard at work on a project that will see previously unheard Jackson jams re-imagined for a modern audience.
So as to whet appetites, Timbo previewed a cut christened ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ as part of his Timbaland Thursdays series.
Last Summer, a tragic version featuring the unworthy vocals of a certain Justin Bieber hit the interweb, however it appears the cut has been polished aplenty and sanitized of that nonsense.
It is quite literally the biggest show on Earth. Often playing to (present and distant) crowds of 90 million+, the SuperBowl Half-time Show is every year’s must see performance with only an elite group of pop superstar’s able to claim they’ve headlined one.
From pop’s top divas Madonna, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, and Beyonce to pop potentates Michael Jackson and Prince, the Superbowl Half-time show has been graced by its fair share of music royals.
But, is there one that completely takes the crown for ‘best ever’? Billboard seems to think so. In great anticipation for Bruno Mars’ showing tomorrow night, the Music Bible unveiled its top Half-time shows ever. As ever, sparking quite the debate.
After months of testimony, the verdict in Katherine Jackson‘s case against AEG Live has been handed down in a Californian court room.
The concert promoter has been found Not Guilty of causing the death of the King of Pop Michael Jackson by way of negligence.
As has become cemented in history, the iconic star died on June 25th 2009, after being administered a fatal dose of Propafol by Dr Conrad Murray.
Though Murray was found Guilty of causing Jackson’s death back in 2011, this case (brought jointly by Katherine and the singer’s three children) decided whether AEG were at fault for hiring Murray and ultimately causing Jackson’s passing.
In life and now death, the name Michael Jackson denotes more than a musician, it denotes an industry.
It’s no surprise then that another project is being cooked up to add to the late icon’s catalogue.
The singer, who died of cardiac arrest on June 25th 2009 aged 50, was housed at Sony’s Epic Records for the vast majority of his career, and continues to be after his passing. ‘Michael’, the King of Pop’s first posthumous set, arrived in 2010 to much controversy (see: debate over legitimacy of vocals). Hoping to right those wrongs and restore the anticipation for “new Michael” that followed his death, label head L.A. Reid has called on hitmaker Timbaland.
Speaking with Diddy’s Revolt TV, the music maestro revealed that he has been tapped to work on the “big” project and dished on the pressure attached to working on fresh MJ.
Four years after his untimely passing, Michael Jackson returns to his fans via a new song named ‘Slave to the Rhythm‘, produced by Tricky Stewart and reportedly recorded by the ‘Liberian Girl’ over a decade before his death.
Today, that number has made its way to the net featuring contributions from Pop Prince Justin Bieber, who rocks the feel good as best he could.
Is it any good?
Listen and let us know what you think of it below!
Four years may have passed since the King Of Pop tragically left us, yet the dazzling memories Michael Jackson leaves behind are ever-lasting.
Case, point, the megastar’s show-stopping performance at the MTV Video Music Awards 1995. Journeying through a medley of his countless hits, the late, great icon delivered an emphatic performance that visually embodies everything he “is” about. And, no, the present tense is no mistake. For, the legend of Michael Jackson “is” very much alive. Greatness doesn’t die, it lives on and inspires…
Indeed, the coveted biopic role has launched many-an-act to stardom in its tenure by bringing to light the real personal lives of celebrated public figures.
Most recently, VH1 has taken the reins in preparation of a TLC biopic and continues to tease fans with snaps from the set of the highly anticipated film (like the one seen here). With many great biopics of yesteryear to live up to, our excitement for the venture leads us to ask you – That Grape Juice faithful:
Hollywood’s buzz for the 2013 Academy Awards is in high gear, but as ever, That Grape Juice loves to stroll down memory lane to salute the best of performances past. This year we tip our hats to the 1991 performance of ‘Sooner Or Later’ by Queen of Pop Madonna.
The pop vixen, accompanied by date/King of Pop Michael Jackson, took on the task of performing the number from her critically panned film ‘Dick Tracy’. A film that inversely spawned her biggest and (arguably) most iconic music hit to date – ‘Vogue’. Regardless, the performance saw Madge pay an updated, post-‘Material Girl’ (video) homage to idol Marilyn Monroe while Jackson, amongst other high profile onlookers, spectated what few would believe was an awesome vocal showcase from the songstress.
Despite being known mostly for racy on air antics and questionable vocal skills prior, the showing saw the diva belting and sustaining notes with a passion and control rarely demonstrated in her previous hits. Minus her normal troop of dancers, Madge stood center stage with a microphone and mink sole and stole the show (despite her nerves getting the best of her in parts).
Press ‘PLAY’ above and see one of the many steps Miss Madonna took to cement her name beside Michael’s as pop’s reigning royalty.
P.S. – We’d love more of these vocal show-stoppers from Madge before retirement!