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Lifetime Readies Michael Jackson Biopic

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The triumphant yet turbulent life of Michael Jackson is to be honoured with its very own Lifetime biopic.

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New Michael Jackson Biopic Pulled From The Air

Complaints Forced Producer To Pull the Plug On Show

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Michael Jackson‘s new “biopic” has been shelved.

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1992 #TBT

Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ Holds On To Top Spot

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

Next up? We’ll rewind to 1992 to revisit one of King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s biggest hits:  ‘Black or White.’  Released in November 1991 as the lead single from Jackson’s 8th album, ‘Dangerous,’ the tune was only on radio 3 weeks before it ascended to #1.  A cause only assisted by its controversial music video, which to date is considered one of the most controversial of all time, the song went on to platinum status and have a 7 week reign at the top of the Hot 100 into 1992 (where it’s seen this week).  The run also made MJ the first artist to have a #1 hit in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Tuck in below to relive ‘Black or White’ and see who else among your faves joined the King of Pop in the top 25 this week 26 years ago:

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Michael Jackson’s Daughter Slams ‘Urban Myths’ For Casting White Man To Portray Him

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As if an ongoing Twitter dragging wasn’t enough to get the message across, now King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s family are chiming in to help slam upcoming British comedy, ‘Urban Myths,’ which features a white actor [Joseph Fiennes] portraying the music royal.

Jackson’s daugher and nephew, Paris and Taj, have both voiced their frustrations with the casting choices and echoed sentiments of a move many are calling “racially insensitive,” “disrespectful,” and even “shameful.”

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Madonna Angers Michael Jackson & Prince Fans: ‘All Of Your Faves Are Dead & I’m Still Standing’ [Video]

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Billboard may have honored Madonna tonight as their ‘Woman of the Year’ at this year’s ‘Women in Music’ event, but the Queen of Pop is certainly receiving a royal dragging after her controversial acceptance speech.

The Grammy-winning pop icon is quoted as saying:

“Michael is gone.  Tupac is gone.  Prince is gone. Whitney is gone.  Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie.  But, I’m still standing.  I’m one of the lucky ones.”

The statement may have earned an awkward applause at the event, but that damn sure wasn’t the case on Twitter.  See what we mean below:

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2016 Year In Review: Michael Jackson Makes More Money Than Anyone…Dead or Alive

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

We continue our royal stroll down memory lane as King of Pop Michael Jackson tops the highest posthumous earners’ list for the fourth year in a row…

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Michael Jackson Tops Prince & David Bowie On Music’s “Top Posthumous Earners” List

Jackson Earned Nearly 20x’s More Than Nearest “Competitor” On Tally

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The King of Pop continues his reign even beyond the grave.

That’s right, for the fourth straight year Michael Jackson has topped the annual list of “top-earning dead celebrities” – a feat that sees him surpass the earnings of fellow musical icons Elvis Presley, Prince, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and more.

Ranking revenue generation for the 12 months preceding October 1, the tally sees Jackson make over 20x’s that of his nearest competitor on the list – ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz (who earned $48 million over the timeframe).

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Michael Jackson Estate Sells Stake In Sony ATV

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It’s official.

Michael Jackson’s estate has sold its stake in Sony ATV to the company.

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Drake Ties Michael Jackson Record With ‘One Dance’s 8th Week At #1

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‘Work’ duo Rihanna and Drake have put in some major work in 2016 to overcome the historic chart records of King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Once thought insurmountable, the rumored on again/off again couple – through their respective projects ‘Anti’ and ‘Views’ – are jointly leaving the pop icon’s Billboard stats in their review.

Indeed, after Rih surpassed the singer’s historic 13 #1’s on the Billboard Hot 100 with her last run atop the tally, now Drizzy – with his monster hit ‘One Dance’ (7 consecutive weeks at #1, 8 overall) – is one week shy of laying claim to one of Jackson’s most unimaginable records.

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Tavis Smiley Turning Michael Jackson’s ‘Last Days’ To TV Series / Dishes On Prince Feud

Smiley’s Statement Follows Surfacing of ‘Secret Recordings’ Where Jackson Slams Prince

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Tavis Smiley, renown television host and political/social commentator, is extending his talents once again to the pen via ‘Before You Judge Me’ – an in depth look at the tragic last days of King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Released in late June, the biographical page-turner “examines Jackson’s highs and lows — including his constant hunt for privacy in a life that was more public than almost any other and the pressures he endured as someone whose fame made him socially fragile and almost unable to live.”

Now, while blazing the promo trail in support of the project, Smiley dishes with ExtraTV on his intention to turn the book into a TV series and even reflects on MJ’s reported longtime feud with fellow pop icon Prince.  Details inside:

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Maxwell Compares Beyonce To Michael Jackson: ‘Her Work Ethic Is Unmatched’

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Fans of crooner Maxwell are undoubtedly marking the days off their calendar as we get closer to the release of ‘blackSUMMERSnight’ – his first album in 6 years.

Kicked off by the #1 AC hit ‘Lake By the Ocean,’ Max is making quite the splash on the promo scene as he gears up for its parent album’s release and a headlining gig at this year’s ‘Essence Festival.’

Recently taking to our friends at 106KMEL, the Grammy winning crooner gave fans a lengthy dish on his new album as well as some insight on his forthcoming tribute to idol Prince at this year’s BET Awards.  When quizzed on his thoughts on Beyonce, however, M gave quite the interesting response when he raved on his love for her – even asserting her work ethic is on an ‘MJ type level. ‘

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Rihanna Ties Michael Jackson’s Hot 100 Record

Songstress Holds Record For ‘Most Career Top 10s of Any Female Artist of Color’

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Despite being galaxies away from their Billboard 200 stats, Rihanna continues to wreck the Hot 100 records of many-a-legend.  Already leaving records set by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson in her rearview (as recently as last week), the diva – who has already “technically” surpassed Michael Jackson‘s #1s streak on the singles chart – now shares his top 10 record.

Thanks to ‘Needed Me,’ the latest gem lifted from her latest opus, ‘Anti,’ Ri – at just 28 years old – can now boast an amassment of top 10s that puts her in 3rd place on the “all time” list.

That’s right. There are only 2 other artists in history who have scored more top 10s on the Hot 100 than her.  Get the details below:

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