His will stipulates that 20% of his estate be donated to charity.
New Video Promotion For ‘Xscape’
A new 15 second video promotion has popped up online to further promote the forthcoming new album from Michael Jackson, ‘Xscape’.
The video shows a new image of Michael within a graffiti/pop art style way. It once again ends with the phrase “The best you’ve never heard” and with an image of Michael’s silhouette within ripped art. (http://www.mjworld.net/news/2014/04/07/new-video-promotion-for-xscape/)
I’ll always remember how he wasn’t a man of many words but he didn’t have to, because his energy and spirit would totally light up a room.
Patti LaBelle, in a book “Michael Jackson for the Soul”
'Michael was great and very shy. I remember the first time John Landis came over to shoot us working on Michael’s make-up for his behind-the-scenes stuff - which I wasn’t too happy about and Michael wasn’t too happy about - Michael was so nervous that, as soon as the cameras came in, he ran off and hid in the bathroom.
It was so different to when he was performing; Thriller was happening during the making of the Motown Anniversary Special, when Michael first did the moonwalk, and one of the guys bought a tape of the show in and said, “Watch this”. That was him, when he was performing. That was when he came alive.” Rick Baker - make-up effects, worked on Thriller video
Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.