French band Phoenix have been lucky enough to have their music graced by the spirit of one of the world’s most recognizable musical artists—Michael Jackson! No, they didn’t summon good ol’ MJ in a séance (that would’ve been cool if not slight creepy), but they do have his console! Bass player Deck D’Arcy and guitarist Christian Mazzalai tell ANDPOP’s Simon Mohos how they got the legendary artifact and why they went Bankrupt!
Don’t forget to watch part 1 HERE.
Bruno Mars’ latest album Unorthodox Jukebox is proof that the singer can do any and all music genres. The fact that this man’s tunes often make Top 40 give me faith in the music industry, but his talents don’t end just there. After watching that Pandora skit on SNL, it’s no doubt that Mars has a knack for impersonations which include Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber.
He is also one of those artists who regularly cover other works for concerts and acoustic sessions. If you didn’t already know how ridiculously talented he is, you will after hearing him tackle the works of iconic artists such as Elton John, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson.
WATCH BRUNO MARS DO COVERS OF SOME OF MUSIC’S MOST ICONIC SONGS HERE:
The Way You Make Me Feel
It seems like just yesterday that Glee celebrated its 30o’s musical number with that Adele mashup of “Someone Like You,” and “Rumour Has It.” We just couldn’t. Stop. Listening. Now, Glee has released “Shout,” its 500th musical number, from the upcoming episode “Boys (and Girls) on Film.”
This episode pays a homage to the music from movies that include Footloose, Top Gun, and Animal House.
Of course, Glee fans are most excited about Kurt and Blaine’s reconstruction of Moulin Rouge’s “Come What May.” In fact, fans wanted the duo to sing this song so badly that Glee creator Ryan Murphy tried to get a petition going to get One million dollars from his fans, as incentive to write the song in.
Troll Murphy, I bow down to you and your sass, and thank you for answering your fans prayers. You have a big heart.
In honour of the shows 500th music number, ANDPOP wants to look back at Glee’s 5 greatest tribute episodes.
Behind the veil of Mckinley High doing another school musical, Glee had an entire episode (and a half if you count the one before hand) dedicated to the music of hit musical, Grease. The musical’s iconic songs matched the show’s plot extremely well; having Blaine sing “hoplessly devoted to you” in reaction to his break up with Kurt was very clever and well done, as was tying in Rachel and Finn with “You’re the One that I Want.” Finchel flashbacks have a special place in my heart.
Stand out song: Grease Lightning
2) Britney 2.0
This tribute episode didn’t only honour the music of Britney Spears, but also the pop star’s past. The episode centered around Brittany following Britney Spears’ path. The character was ready to shave her hair following a less than tasteful performance of “Gimme More.”
Stand out song: Crazy/ You Drive me Crazy
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This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen: a lego-animated MJ. I didn’t realize how badly the world needed this. I love the shoe scuff sound effects, makes it seem authentic. I am a huge MJ fan, so I’ll be playing this over and over again trying to match the dance moves—no, that will not be on film, so you can stop asking.
Not so scary decorations
Not all decorations have to be spooky spider webs or hanging skeletons. Spark things up a bit with these colourful (and glittery) pumpkin lights. You can totally hang them around your dorm and watch some horror films with your roommates. [lesliehay]
Epic music videos
Michael Jackson has one of the best Halloween-inspired music videos EVER in “Thriller.” The 13-minute video is full of zombies, werewolves, and a full moon. Need I say more? At least you’ll enjoy some great music and dance moves while watching! Oh and who could forget “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” where they end up at a haunted house after their bus breaks down. Classics. [threatened]
Hitting up the pubs tomorrow night?
Even though the majority of Halloween parties took place this weekend, I’m sure you’ll still want to go out tomorrow night after a long day of school. Just BEWARE if you have any 8 a.m. classes the next morning, you might want to set your alarm! [daay-dreaam]
Mean Girls reference is a must
Once you hit your teen years, there’s a zero percent chance that you want your parents to go Halloween shopping with you. Technically you can throw on a pair of ears (bunny, mouse, cat, devil, etc.), a tight dress and ta-da, you’re now an animal. Best of all, it’s socially acceptable. [whatshouldbetchescallme]
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I come across a fair share of strange people on public transit. From bag ladies to creepy men proclaiming their love to me, I am definitely not short of adventures while riding the subway.
But never once have I encountered a person completely butchering a Michael Jackson classic (Okay, maybe there was once when a woman decided to break out and sing Joy to the World in the middle of the summer).
But upon watching this video, I sure feel sorry for the red bearded man tolerating the
dreadful noise singing next to him.
That awkward moment when you’ve fallen in love with A
After muchos thought and consideration, Spencer had sex with Pretty Little Liars’ Toby, who totally had his eyes open when he was kissing her (why were they open TOBY?). Turns out the dude is part of the A-team, but we’re crossing our fingers he’s working undercover. What did you think of the midseason finale, which was aptly called “BetrAyal?” [prettyl-ittleliars and prettylittleliarsquestions]
Reporters versus Hurricane Isaac
No, this isn’t an episode of Man vs. Wild. NBC’s Al Roker and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore report on Hurricane Isaac from New Orleans. Stay safe everyone! [Buzzfeed]
That’s my tune!!
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I’m already OBSESSED with Collective Cadenza as it is. No really, the seed started with human whistling, sprouted with the seven dudes playing Kanye and Jay-Z and then fully blossomed with the slightly depressing but still fun history of wooing women.
I’m going to stop using gardening metaphors now but I really can’t praise CDZA enough, so I’m going to keep going on and on about them. Their latest experiment was The Human Jukebox, in which three musicians took donations for requests like Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. The audience also controlled how fast or slow they played each song.
This video literally made my morning, not just because the money earned was all donated and because Bach won, but also because my faith in humanity is RESTORED.
Watch it here:
Even though I’ve stopped watching Glee (shh… I read the recaps), I do love Darren Criss, his classy style and of course, their covers in general.
Apparently, they’ve been covering so much more music that they’ve actually had to cut some musical numbers out of the episodes. Showrunner Ryan Murphy has thankfully been uploading some deleted scenes so we don’t have to wait until the DVDs drop to watch them all.
In this clip, The Warblers cover The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” without Criss’ Blaine. It’s a pretty good number but too bad the new Warbler frontman Sebastian had to ruin it all at the end. The fancy haircut gets all sassy which prompts the Queen of Sass, Santana to throw it right back.
Just wait until the very end to see why I’m not going to be able to stop associating Glee’s Sebastian with the Little Mermaid’s Prince Eric.
Michael Jackson’s style of music and dance moves are so influential that he has inspired a walrus to take after him. Dancing to the King of Pop’s greatest hits, this animal really breaks it down for you.
And thus, my jealousy for animals and inventions that can dance better than me continues…
This kid has some serious moves! At a school talent show, this seven-year-old dances to Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ and impresses the crowd. Demonstrating Michael’s trademark moonwalk, it’s not hard to understand why the crowd is screaming for him by the end of the performance.
I guess it’s “Foxx/Fox” power in today’s viral videos. First we see Jamie put on a show for his friends, then a banana scares Megan.
Jamie Foxx does his sexy dance
Another reason to love Jamie Foxx: watch him dance like Michael Jackson in nothing but red briefs and a baseball hat. Although the footage was taken ten years ago at an after-party at Jamie’s L.A. mansion, TMZ just unearthed the footage.
Foxx had swagger while dancing in front of a group of friends to Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”
Megan Fox stopped by the Ellen Degeneres show and talked about everything from tattoo removal to working at a Florida smoothie shop. Once a week someone had to dress up as a piece of fruit at the shop and badger customers. Naturally, she took on the important role of the giant banana. But before she has time to finish her story, a giant banana creeps up behind Fox and scares her. Ellen scares her guests so much, when are they going to catch on?
Michael Jackson wedding dance
This newly married couple took their obsession with Michael Jackson to the next level by learning and performing a dance to Smooth Criminal for their wedding party. The groom is actually pretty good!
Cat thinks her kittens are real
This is the saddest videos I’ve seen all day — nay – all week. This cat, Priya, was taken to a shelter with her eight tiny kittens. Although they eventually found their own homes, her mothering instincts remained.
When she watches a video of kittens on a computer screen, she is convinced they are real. After the video finishes, she searches for them everywhere. It’s adorable but heartbreaking that she misses her kittens.
I know we’re all on a Chris Brown-hating rampage, but we do have to take a moment to admire the guy’s dance skills in his new video for Turn Up The Music.
The video, which was co-directed by Godfrey Tabarez and Brown himself, starts with him drinking booze out of a brown paper bag, hopping into a hoover-cab (yes a hoover cab) and asking to be taken to the best spot in town. Brown is definitely hopped up on something because everyone at the club is wearing animal masks.
Then we move on to the synchronized, Matrix-esque dance portion of the video. His moves are a mixture of Michael Jackson (of course) and even Justin Bieber’s Somebody to Love video ran through our heads at the andPOP offices.
What do you think of the video?
There’s so much you can do with Lego. One man by the name of Aaron Savage has taken famous albums and recreated them using only Lego pieces.
Pet Shop Boys – “Yes”
Coldplay – “X & Y”
Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon”
Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.”
You can find more Lego magic on his Flickr page.
For a 13-year-old girl, Paris Jackson is very articulate and mature.
She was on the Ellen Show earlier today talking about her late father, Michael Jackson. It was her first solo interview and I think she really held her head high.
She told Ellen about the many times Michael would put masks on her and her brother’s faces when they’d go out in public.
“This is stupid,” Paris remembers thinking. “Why am I wearing a mask?…But he was only trying to protect us”
She also talks about how much she enjoys school, because she doesn’t get any special treatment. She may be a regular kid now but she’s still got her eyes on the stars. She’s set to appear in a film called “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys”.
Watch a clip of her interview with Ellen below.
Judge Michael Pastor has just sentenced Doctor Conrad Murray with the maximum sentence – four years – for the death of Michael Jackon.
TMZ dished all the details about the sentence hearing. Apparently, Murray will do time in an L.A. county jail, and so the site thinks he’ll just end up doing half the time.
TMZ also says Murray must pay an $800 fine, a $30 court security fee, and a $40 criminal conviction assessment. In addition, he must pay “appropriate restitution” to Michael Jackson’s estate and close family, I ‘m assuming his kids.
What was appreciated in the tense courtroom today was the Judge’s opinion on all the backlash (not to mention death threats) the doctor’s been recieving.
“There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint. There are those who feel he’s the devil. He is neither. He’s a human being,” the Judge said.
Alas, this aggravating trial has finally come to an end and the Jackson family can finally be at peace.
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Days after Dr. Conrad Murray failed as a smooth criminal (get it?), many the King of Pop’s assets have shown up in auction houses including the bed that he died in.
Yes, this would be the famous bed on the second-floor bedroom that Murray should have taken Jackson from to perform CPR in 2009. On Monday, Murray was convicted on manslaughter after the emotionally exploited six-week trail. It was concluded that the doctor administered a fatal dose of Propofol to the highest amount.
It is up for grabs in an auction of property from Jackson’s final residence, there is also a variety of creepy (but timeless) pop-memorabilia. Included is a letter written on a chalkboard to Jackson from his kids, which reads “I (heart) Daddy. SMILE, it’s for free.” There is a bunch of fancy, pricey paintings by the likes of Maurice Utrillo and Henri Rousseau set to be auctioned as well. You can pretty much weigh how expensive a painting will be by the degree of difficulty it takes to pronounce the artist’s name.
The Holmby Hills mansion is currently up for sale also and it is expected to sell for somewhere around $18 million.
Auctioneer Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions said, “We want to preserve the history of these items.”
The Alternative Press reports that Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is aware of the auction and has “done everything we can to ascertain that items from this address are not being auctioned using Michael’s name and likeness to enhance the items’ value.”
The auction is scheduled to take place from December 12-17 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Start saving.
Michael Jackson had some of the most loyal fans in the world. While Conrad Murray awaited his verdict, the world waited too. As some waited outside the courtroom with posters yesterday, some waited with smart phones in hand, ready to tweet their reactions.
Hop-hop singer Nicki Minaj tweeted: ”People are cheering but there really are no winners here,” Minaj tweeted. “This has been an utter tragedy from beginning to end. #RIPMichaelJackson.”
Michael’s siter Latoya Jackson tweeted: “”VICTORY!!!!!! Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice! Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!”
CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted: “#ConradMurray didn’t deliberately kill #MichaelJackson, but his negligent actions allowed the death to occur.”
A member of the Roots, Questlove, tweeted: “Guilty. Now what?” and he even retweeted something Conrad Murray wrote, suggesting he believes Conrad is innocent.