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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2012, 06:59:41 PM »
that is so right, moon, but i still question the Estate. like they're supposed to approve the stuff that Sony releases. couldn't they have demanded that Sony improve the quality of the videos that went into the Vision DVD, for instance? say 'that's crap, you better do some real re-mastering, enlarge the frame (or whatever technical term they use) or else.' Michael wouldn't really need to work on them if he were here because they're re-issues; it's just the quality that is wanting.

i hope the remaining projects will be more satisfactory.


Steady I absolutely 100% agree with you.

I too think that the Estate should be quality proofing before any release.
After all, this is the legacy of the one and only KOP.
There will never be another KOP.
Quality proofing prior to any release should be of paramount importance in my opinion.

I too saw and read the comments about the quality of the Bad Concert footage.

I would have thought with today's technology that improvements could be made on the quality.
And "if" the quality is poor once released they are still charging their customers full price for this product.

I would like to see the DVD of the Bad Concert but unfortunately you have to buy it as set including the CD.
I already have Bad album in cassette format and I still have a perfectly good cassette player if I choose to listen to it. 
You cannot beat having the original product.

I will sit this one out and wait for the reviews before I consider a purchase especially after all the controversy of the "Michael" Album.
It is very sad to have to say that I have lost some faith....


I also agree with you Moonstreet, the magic has gone  :boohoo:

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #31 on: July 26, 2012, 06:38:41 PM »
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-26/redford-spike-lee-malick-films-to-premiere-in-venice.html

Redford, Spike Lee, Malick Films To Premiere In Venice
By Farah Nayeri - Jul 26, 2012 2:59 PM GMT


Spike Lee debuts a documentary about the late Michael Jackson.

The 11-day festival starts Aug. 29 and has 16 movies competing for the Golden Lion trophy.

Screening out of the official competition are Spike Lee’s two-hour Jackson documentary “Bad 25.”



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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2012, 01:13:22 PM »
FROM MJOnline

The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate™


OFFICIAL TRACK LIST OF BAD 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION IS UNVEILED
 

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PROJECT TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 18
 
New York, NY – Epic/Legacy Recordings in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson today announced the highly anticipated track listing for the September 18th release of Michael Jackson BAD25   that celebrates the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour. Featured in the deluxe package, are three CDs, two collectible booklets, and the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD World Tour – the July 16, 1988 sold out Wembley Stadium show in London.
 
Filled with previously re-mastered versions of iconic hits and un-released recordings from the King Of Pop, the BAD25 anniversary deluxe edition CDs and DVD will include the following:
 
CD one features re-mastered versions of Michael's biggest hits on the original BAD album, including, "Smooth Criminal,"  "Man In The Mirror," “Bad,” “Another Part of Me,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and "Dirty Diana" arranged in the same sequence as they appeared on the original album released 25 years ago. “Leave Me Alone” was added to the album as a bonus track following its initial release and has been included on the disc.
 
CD two offers fans a rare listen to thirteen additional tracks, 6 of which are previously unreleased demo recordings created at Michael’s personal studio built at his then-home on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, California. Also included are all three bonus tracks from the 2001 expanded edition of BAD, the previously un-released French version of Michael performing the classic, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” a high  power version of “Speed Demon” remixed by Nero and the brand new remix of “Bad” worked on as an electrifying collaboration between Pitbull and Dutch DJ Afrojack.

Recordings included in this package reflect the songs and spirit of Michael Jackson’s artistry during BAD’s recording sessions and have been selected to show the different stages of how Michael’s songwriting and recording genius took shape. Some tracks are so complete that any other artist but Michael Jackson – who worked tirelessly to make sure his songs reflected his vision – might consider them finished tracks. Others are less complete but offer insight into Michael’s creative process in its various stages. Included is the demo, “Al Capone,” an early incarnation of what ultimately became “Smooth Criminal,” “Don’t Be Messin’ Around,” an example of a more complete demo, and a song initially titled, “Song Groove.” That song later became known as “Abortion Papers” which according to Michael’s own records, he spent considerable time in weighing how best to thoughtfully address something that was, and remains, a very personal and sensitive issue.

A true highlight of the package is CD three and the DVD – the never seen before live concert on DVD and its accompanying music CD of Michael’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. This show was one of the seven record-breaking nights played at the venue attended by more than half a million people – three times that many people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have now been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night in 5.1 surround sound taken from the original multitrack recordings made that night.

In addition to the complete Wembley Show, the DVD will also contain “The Way You Make Me Feel” from Michael’s July 15th performance at Wembley Stadium. This is the only song not performed on July 16th due to the late start of that night’s show. Also included are the thrilling early performances of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Bad” from the Yokohama Stadium performance in September of 1987 during the first leg of the BAD World Tour.

BAD25 – COMPLETE TRACKLISTING:
DELUXE BOX TRACK LISTING
 
CD ONE – Original Album
1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends
6. Another Part Of Me
7. Man In The Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone
 
CD TWO – Bonus Tracks, Unreleased Tracks, Demos, Remixes
1. Don’t Be Messin’ Around
2. I’m So Blue
3. Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)
4. Free
5. Price Of Fame
6. Al Capone
7. Streetwalker
8. Fly Away
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Spanish Version)
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (I Just Can't Stop Loving You, French Version)
11. Bad (REMIX BY AFROJACK FEATURING PITBULL - DJ BUDDHA EDIT)
12. Speed Demon (REMIX BY NERO)
13. Bad (REMIX BY AFROJACK - CLUB MIX)
 
CD THREE – CD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
5. She's Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Working Day And Night
13. Beat It
14. Billie Jean
15. Bad
16. Man In The Mirror
 
DVD – DVD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
5. She's Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I'll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Bad Groove (the Band Jam section)
13. Working Day And Night
14. Beat It
15. Billie Jean
16. Bad
17. Man In The Mirror (Encore)
 
And Bonus Tracks Include:
1.     The Way You Make Me Feel (Performed at Wembley the previous night, July 15, 1988)
2.     I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Bad (Performed at Yokohama Stadium, September, 1987)

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2012, 07:37:42 PM »
http://www.billboard.com/news/michael-jackson-s-bad-to-be-honored-at-pepsi-1007866552.story#/news/michael-jackson-s-bad-to-be-honored-at-pepsi-1007866552.story

Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert With Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz
by Andrew Hampp, N.Y.  |   August 21, 2012 11:50 EDT


Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's "Bad" Aug. 29 at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with additional tunes from DJ Cassidy.
 
The event will mark the conclusion of Pepsi and Billboard's 2012 Summer Beats Concert Series, which also featured a performance by Katy Perry at the premiere of her movie "Part of Me 3-D," a Nashville concert with country trio Gloriana and, just last week, a special performance by Pepsi spokeswoman Nicki Minaj at New York's Roseland Ballroom.
 
In addition to celebrating the music of "Bad," the Summer Beats Concert will also feature performances of the artists' current hits, including Ne-Yo's "Let's Go," a collaboration with Calvin Harris that was originally written as a European soccer anthem for Pepsi Max.
 
Earlier this year, Pepsi also celebrated the 25th anniversary of "Bad" with 1 billion limited-edition cans featuring Jackson's iconic silhouette, worldwide giveaways for special prizes like jackets inspired by the original BAD Tour and tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour and free downloads of custom remixes by dance producers like A-Trak.
 
"Pepsi has always been at the forefront of pop culture, helping to shape the music landscape," Brad Jakeman, president, Global Enjoyment Brands, and chief creative officer, PepsiCo Global Beverages Group, said in a statement in May. "This unique global partnership, around such a legendary music milestone, invites Pepsi fans from around the world to experience Michael Jackson's music in an engaging and very now kind of way -- it's a model example of how Pepsi's 'Live for Now' campaign can manifest itself in a way that resonates the world over."

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2012, 08:47:38 AM »
http://www.showbiz411.com/2012/08/27/michael-jackson-exclusive-liner-notes-from-bad25

Exclusive Liner Notes from “Bad25″
08/27/12 6:45pmRoger Friedman


Exclusive: Here’s some more info from the boxed set of Michael Jackson’s “Bad 25″ anniversary project coming on September 18th. Jackson fans should be ears up on this since we get some explanations for how the estate put the project together after Frank DiLeo unexpectedly and tragically passed away. Here’ an excerpt, plus a description of some of the unreleased songs I wrote about this morning. I’m telling you, “I’m So Blue” is one I cannot get out of my head. Very annoying, in a good way.

Excerpt: “A lot of time was spent listening to all of the recordings in the archives from the BAD era… Some tracks we found were very early recordings. They had no lyrics except possibly the chorus but more complete music tracks. Some were actually so complete that any other artist but Michael Jackson – who worked tirelessly to make sure his songs reflected his vision – might consider them finished tracks… As such, we have given a little information for each recording. As Michael wrote in a note at the time, he was determined to get exactly what he wanted on the recordings of his songs… In addition to the demo recordings, also on the “bonus” disc are the three recordings that were included in the 2001 re-release of the BAD album – “Fly Away,” “Streetwalker” and the Spanish version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” In addition, a French version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” is included along with the earlier mentioned remixes.”

DON’T BE MESSIN’ ROUND
It is well-known that Michael might start a song for one album, and then choose not to use it. The song would later be pulled from his vaults for possible use on a subsequent album project. “Don’t Be Messin’ Round” is an example of one such song, and how it took shape at the time of BAD. Indeed, Bruce Swedien has called it one of his favorites.

I’M SO BLUE
For Michael, creating a demo is how he let someone (in this case Quincy and Bruce) know what he wanted to hear in the finished recording. It also was a vehicle for writing both the lyrics and the music (since he didn’t actually write leadsheets). And because he was such a perfectionist, this really meant giving them a demo that, to most people, would be considered a finished “record” and not a demo at all as Bruce Swedien, among others, have noted. This is an example of one of those “demos.”

SONG GROOVE (A/K/A ABORTION PAPERS)
As noted earlier, this is a song that Michael knew could be controversial and, as a result, he spent a lot of time thinking about the story for the song and the voice through which the song should be told. The song is about a girl whose father is a priest; she was raised in the Church and on the Bible. She gets married in the Church but decides, against the Bible, to have an abortion and she wants “Abortion Papers.” As Michael indicated in his notes, “I have to do it in a way so I don’t offend girls who have gotten abortions or bring back guilt trips so it has to be done carefully… I have to really think about it.“ This is an early example of a song with a controversial subject.

FREE
Generally, Michael’s process for creating a song would start with the chorus and harmonies first and it would build from there to include melodies and the lyrics for the verses. This piece shows a song that is clearly still a “work in progress” but with a full, finished chorus and harmonies.

PRICE OF FAME
Sometimes a song is written with a story in mind. In Michael’s work notes we found the story for this song – blind obsession. He described the story as “the girls who are over-obsessed with me, who follow me, who almost make me kill myself in my car, who just give their lives to do anything with me, to see me – they’ll do anything and it’s breaking my heart. It’s running me crazy. It’s breaking up my relationship with my girl, with my family. That’s the ‘Price of Fame’.”

AL CAPONE
When you listen to some early demos of songs, you can tell instantly what song it is. This is NOT one of those songs. It is an example of how different a song can be during its early stages of development from its later, finished polished version. If it were not a well known fact that “Smooth Criminal” was developed out of “Al Capone,” it would be hard to know that it had its roots in the material based on listening to this early recording.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2012, 06:21:15 PM »
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/tv-zone-1.811968/abc-to-air-spike-lee-doc-on-michael-jackson-s-bad-1.3932512

ABC to air Spike Lee doc on Michael Jackson's "Bad"
25 m ago By Verne Gay


Interesting program note: ABC will air a Spike Lee documentary on Michael Jackson's epochal "Bad" — which turns 25 Aug. 31. Not a lot of detail here yet — notably airdate, length, etc. — but the network indicates this should hit the air on Thanksgiving. Lee has presented this already at some film festivals in Toronto and Venice. 

The details, via ABC's release:

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Legacy/Epic Records, carefully culling The Estate’s archives for rare and never-before-seen footage for the film which focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the “BAD” album and launch the BAD Worldwide Tour. “BAD25” marks the first ever in-depth, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour, and was filmed in advance of the 25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, the record-breaking world tour and the groundbreaking short films that changed music history. The album’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated on September 18, 2012 with the Legacy/Epic Records release of deluxe 25th Anniversary editions of the album. The documentary features numerous interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee, including Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, such as Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese, Joe Pytka . . .
And this from the filmmaker:

Lee offers us a more intimate side of Jackson, one rarely glimpsed amidst the glitter and circus-like atmosphere that surrounded the notoriously private superstar, especially as his personal life (and appearance) became a scandal-rag mainstay in the years that followed Bad. As the landmark album takes shape before our eyes, we see Jackson’s dedication to his craft, his talent for inspired collaboration, and his sly sense of humor — as well as some hints of the toll that his relentless work ethic had on his psyche..

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2012, 07:13:40 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-spike-lee-bringing-michael-jackson-documentary-to-abc-20120828,0,7400207.story

Spike Lee bringing Michael Jackson documentary to ABC
By Gerrick D. Kennedy
August 28, 2012, 1:53 p.m
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ABC has acquired the television rights to Spike Lee’s upcoming Michael Jackson documentary, the network announced Tuesday. 

The acclaimed filmmaker, who had previously collaborated with Jackson, has been prepping “Bad25,” a documentary tracing the late king of pop’s creative vision during the making of “Bad,” the follow-up to his groundbreaking “Thriller.” It is one of two major projects pegged to the 25th anniversary of the 1987 hit-filled album.

“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” Lee said in a statement. “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album.”

Lee teamed with Jackson’s estate and Legacy/Epic Records to search their archives for never-before-seen footage, including some shot by Jackson himself. The director also conducted interviews with some of Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, L.A. Reid and Kanye West.

Before Lee’s documentary "Bad 25" airs on Thanksgiving, the film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Bad,” the third and final album collaboration between Jackson and Quincy Jones, made history with five consecutive No. 1 singles.

To commemorate the anniversary, his estate, in collaboration with Epic/Legacy Recordings, will reissue the disc -- the first re-release of an album from Jackson's catalog since his 2009 death.

Dubbed “Bad 25" (like his 2008 “Thriller” reissue), the deluxe package will feature three CDs, two collectible booklets and the first-ever authorized DVD release of a concert from his record-breaking Bad tour.

Of the three CDs, one is a remastered version of “Bad,” another features demos and songs recorded in Jackson’s studio that didn't make the cut, as well as remixes, and the third will feature audio from the soundtrack recordings of the accompanying DVD, making it Jackson’s first live album.

The album will hit stores Sept. 18.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2012, 06:26:59 PM »
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-31/michael-jackson-glorified-in-spike-lee-movie-in-venice

Michael Jackson Glorified in Spike Lee Movie in Venice
By Farah Nayeri on August 31, 2012


Twenty-five years to the day after Michael Jackson released his chart-topping album “Bad,” director Spike Lee rolled out his documentary on the making of the album at the Venice Film Festival.

“Bad 25” features informal footage shot by Jackson himself and recordings of his vocal exercises. There are also interviews with personalities he influenced -- including Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green, Kanye West and even Justin Bieber.

Lee’s two-hour artistic tribute completely dismisses the tabloid reports of Jackson’s bizarre personal life, his pet monkey, plastic surgery and oxygen tank.

“It’s like saying there’s a cobweb on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,” says producer-composer Quincy Jones early on in “Bad 25.”

The documentary gives a blow-by-blow account of how the “Bad” album came about, focusing on the music videos for a more visual moviegoer experience.

Director Martin Scorsese is interviewed at the start about his 18-minute video for the “Bad” single, shot in the New York subway. Scorsese confesses that Michael’s signature crotch touch was a surprise to him -- and kept it in because it didn’t look inappropriate.

We hear of Jackson’s rivalry with Prince, and their frosty meeting, at which Prince appeared with a voodoo box that Jackson was convinced would put a spell on him.

Beating ‘Thriller’
Jackson had a motivational message of “100 million albums” which he inscribed in a mirror even before “Bad” came out, so determined was he to match and exceed the popularity of the previous album “Thriller.” His record producer also notes that Jackson had a business mind and would count his royalties.

Many segments are devoted to Jackson’s dance moves and choreographies. The film shows his well-publicized admiration of Fred Astaire and classic musicals, as well as of the more recent “All That Jazz.”

The movie ends with participants describing where they were when they heard of his death. The final shots, taken at the end of a mega-concert, are of Jackson saluting the audience with his arms stretched out in a crucifixion-like position.

“For me, this is a love letter to Michael,” said Lee, in a “Bad” T-shirt and a black beret, at a Venice news conference after the screening.

Lee said he and Jackson were close in age, and he related to the pop star: “I had the afro, the look, but singing and dancing: that’s where it stopped.”

One of the main reasons he did the film was because its producers “wanted to just concentrate on the music,” he said,

Lee heard of Jackson’s death while speaking at a Cannes conference. He flew back to the U.S. and was “out of it” for months, he said. Realizing he only had one Jackson album on his digital player, Lee bought every CD the star recorded and for the next year only played his music.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #38 on: October 09, 2012, 09:56:54 PM »
http://thegrio.com/2012/10/05/siedah-garrett-talks-michael-jackson-writing-man-in-the-mirror/

Siedah Garrett talks Michael Jackson, writing ‘Man In The Mirror’
by Kyle Harvey | October 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM


With the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Bad being re-released in a brand new box set, MJ fans old and new will get to experience the King of Pop in a way they haven’t before. Siedah Garrett is a Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter who co-wrote one of King of Pop’s trademark songs, “Man in The Mirror,” and was featured on the chart-topping duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” TheGrio sat down with Garrett to talk about the process of making “Man In The Mirror,” the impact that it’s had on her fans, and Jackson’s unique spirit.

The 25th anniversary of Bad has just passed. You had the pleasure of crafting one of Michael Jackson’s signature songs within his catalog. What was the creative process behind the making of “Man in the Mirror”?

I was called into Quincy’s house for a meeting along with six of his signed songwriters. Quincy wanted to see if we could come up with one more song to round out and finish what we now know as the ‘Bad’ album. I took a few notes and went to my writing partner Glen Ballard’s house and pretty much gave him the notes and shared with him what I got from the meeting and he said, “okay let’s see what we come up with.” At that moment I sat down on the floor of his studio…two years before that day with Glen Ballard, I was having a writing session with my dear friend John Beasley, an amazing jazz keyboard player.

We were in the process of writing and the phone rang, and instead of letting the machine pick it up, he answers the phone and begins this very long, benign conversation. I’m flipping through my lyric book seething, going, “No he is not just taking this casual conversation when we’re trying to write.”

I’m flipping through my book and I hear him say “The man, what man? Oh the man in the mirror.” So, I wrote down the phrase ‘Man in the Mirror’ and two years later at Glen Ballard’s house, he gets up to find a sound on the keyboard and he just starts playing the intro and I just started flipping through the book and the phrase “Man in the Mirror” pops out so clearly. I started writing feverishly, I couldn’t write fast enough and within 10-12 minutes we had the first verse and the first chorus of ‘Man in the Mirror.’ Glen said “You go home and finish the lyrics, and I’ll finish the track (it was Wednesday), and we’ll meet here on Friday and do the demo.”  It was a message, it was coming through me. I was a pure vessel at that moment.

theGRIO: ‘Bad 25′ — A Michael Jackson masterpiece gets its due

Does it blow your mind when people come up to you and you hear the stories of inspiration that come from that song?

I live for that. Back when I toured with Michael, when we were in Germany in the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of a soccer field, I remember the band being on stage and I wanted to hear what “Man in the Mirror” sounded like from the audience’s point of view. I hightailed it out to the middle of this field and I’m listening to the band play and then this woman comes out to the field that happens to be the secretary for Kenny Ortega, I think her name was Penny and says, “Excuse me, do you know Bill W?” I said, “No, who’s Bill W? Why are you asking me?”  She said, “I just assumed you knew Bill W because he created AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), and the first few lines of “Man in the Mirror” I just knew you knew Bill W.”

She began to tell me her story and said, “I want you to know that a few months ago I was very despondent and I was seriously considering ending my miserable life. I was really in a bad place and I had just bought the album, and “Man In the Mirror” came on and I played it over and over and over again. By the time I finished playing that record, I didn’t want to kill myself anymore.” We both were standing in the middle of field, in the middle of Germany, in the middle of the afternoon bawling our eyes out because of what she just told me. That meant so much, as a songwriter, that means everything. She told me that those words saved her life. Music is a life saver and that’s when I knew that for real.

What was MJ’s reaction on the first time he heard “Man in the Mirror?”

He loved it. I wasn’t with him the moment he heard it but when I met him, he shared with me how he felt about the song. He loved my voice and he was quick to share that with me when I first talked to him. It was kind of weird because I gave the song to Quincy that night Glen and I finished the demo, and it was too late to turn it in to Quest Music Publishing because it was Friday evening. I knew I couldn’t wait until Monday to turn in this song so I had to call Quincy and you heard Michael talking in the background and…he puts Michael Jackson on the phone.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with all of my sisters and cousins [and we all] had a Jackson husband. My husband was Michael, so to me in my mind I’m on the phone with my husband. I’m freaking out in my mind like, “No he did not just put Michael freaking Jackson on the phone!” But MJ was sweet. “How can I help you?” Michael said. “I love your voice and I love your song,” and then he starts telling me what he would like to say in the next few lines of our song. I’m listening to him and all I know is I have to come up with the next few lines so he doesn’t have to. I came up with six different stanzas and the one he choose is “You gotta get it right; while you go the time cuz when you close your heart then you close your mind.”

During that very important time within Michael’s life, was there anything that you witnessed on tour or something that he did backstage that most people didn’t know about Michael?

I’ll tell you what I found most interesting about him that I didn’t know. When he appreciates what you did, he really honored the best and relished in what the best did well. He looked at anyone whom he admired and respected and took what they did and did his whole little twist on it. When Quincy presented the demo to him, the key was one step higher than he was comfortable with. He asked if I would sing the song in the new lower key and I said sure. As I’m singing the song in the new lower key, Michael takes out a video camera and he starts filming me singing this demo.

I remember asking him, “What are you doing? Why are you filming me?” and he said, “Because I want to sing the song like you do. I just love the way you sing the song.” I looked at him and was like, “Great Mike, all my friends are really gonna believe me when I tell them you wanted to sing the song just like me. Thanks.” He was a sponge and he wanted to absorb everything that you did and flip it and make it his own.

Do you see any glimpse of super stardom that would even close to MJ in this current generation at all?

Yes there are many that try to emulate his style and many that are influenced by his music and dance movements, like Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber.

But is there anyone who has that Michael ‘It’ factor?

I don’t know if the ‘it’ is there to be ‘got’ at this point. The way the music industry is, there’s no way anyone is ever going to sell as many records as he sold. That is just not possible anymore because of the way music is sold and distributed. That album came at a really unique time when you actually had to buy the record.

Any final words about MJ’s character?

He was the ultimate perfectionist and he honored the creative artistry in others. He respected that and wanted to flip it and make it his. A lot of the dance moves he does was Fred Astaire, but no one of my generation or the generation after have even heard of or witnessed what Fred Astaire did. Michael studied it. Michael had all of his films and would study all of the choreography, and he would take a move of Fred’s and make it his own. I was with him the day Fred died and when Michael found out that Fred was gone, that was the end of our day. He went into the studio and just wept, they were friends. When I toured with him, we were in countries where we didn’t know what he did on our days off. We didn’t know what he did until we picked up the papers the next day when he was at the children’s hospital or the orphanage. We didn’t know the things that he did until after they were done. I appreciate the fact that he did what he did and no one knew what it was until he died.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2012, 10:18:58 PM »
From the Estate Of Michael Jackson
Thu, October 4, 2012


Michael Jackson’s Wembley Concert is the No. 1 selling DVD in the world. Spike Lee’s Bad 25 documentary is drawing rave reviews from film critics and will air on ABC Thanksgiving night. Entertainment Weekly gave Bad 25 album an “A” calling it “a potent reminder of just how much Bad's pulsing pop holds up.” Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour” was Pollstar’s top selling North American concert tour in the first six months of 2012, debuts this month in Europe and recently received Billboard’s Creative Content Award.  And "This Is It" is the most successful concert film…EVER.

The world loves Michael Jackson. Rest assured that every action the Estate takes will continue to endeavor that fans experience exciting new projects that further build upon and enhance his incredible legacy as an artist and humanitarian, while securing the financial future of those he specifically named as his beneficiaries.

Sadly the full potential of Michael’s legacy continues to be hindered by a small handful of people who recklessly spread false rumors and obsess over stale, internet-fueled conspiracy theories much as they did when Michael was alive.  These rumors have long since been debunked and have no legal or factual foundation.

This week, some of these baseless theories appeared yet again in an article in Vanity Fair in the form of an excerpt from a book written by Randall Sullivan that will rehash these tired theories.  While we do not want or need to respond to all of the nonsense, we do want to remind everyone of at least a few truths.

The suggestion that John Branca or Howard Weitzman have a conflict of interest when it comes to AEG, and for that reason did not join Katherine Jackson in suing AEG, is not only false but reckless and noticeably unsupported by any facts. The Estate chose not to join in the lawsuit because it saw no evidence that AEG was culpable in Michael's tragic passing.  Eventually, should the case proceed to trial any decision on AEG’s liability will be decided by a jury. That said, the Executors are troubled by the unfortunate and distasteful information being brought out in those proceedings which could sully and damage Michael's reputation and our memory of him.

Another outrageously false claim is that Michael’s burial was delayed by any action of the Estate.

As for the Will filed in the Probate Court, let's be clear: IT IS LEGALLY VALID, and the court properly appointed John Branca and John McClain as co-Executors.  Those who wished to contest Michael’s wishes had every opportunity to challenge his Will. It should be noted that the 2002 will is consistent with Michael’s wishes as expressed in three prior wills.

Sitting in the cheap seats and perpetuating tired cloak and dagger theories as Mr. Sullivan has done is not journalism, it's gossip mongering for profit. Look no further than some of the  sources Sullivan relied upon for much of the incorrect information he chose to include in this book.

Our commitment is and always has been to Michael’s legacy, his beneficiaries, his fans and to the spirit of an extraordinary artist and humanitarian who continues to touch the world.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2012, 06:56:39 PM »
MICHAEL JACKSON DOCUMENTARY ‘BAD25’ TO HIT THEATERS BEGINNING OCTOBER 19th

 ACCLAIMED FILM BY SPIKE LEE PREMIERES ON THE BIG SCREEN FOR EXCLUSIVE ONE WEEK ENGAGEMENTS

IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES


The Michael Jackson documentary, BAD25, directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee recently debuted to rave reviews at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals.  Now fans will be treated to a major surprise - the big screen premieres of BAD25 in both Los Angeles and New York theaters for exclusive one-week engagements beginning October 19th, 2012.

“Spike was the only choice for us when we decided to open up the archives and make this documentary. He has done a masterful jobtaking the audience behind the scenes and revealing how this ‘coming of age’ project was created,” said John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson.

BAD25 ON THE BIG SCREEN:

OCT. 19th to 26th

AMC LOEWS THEATER, 66 THIRD AVE, NEW YORK CITY

OCT. 26th to NOV. 2ND

CHINESE 6 THEATERS, 6801 HOLLYWOOD BLVD, HOLLYWOOD, CA


BAD25 chronicles the making of Michael Jackson’s iconic, record-breaking Bad album and Michael’s first world tour as a solo artist. With BAD25, Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson’s creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era. Michael's lasting artistic legacy comes to life thanks to rare and never before seen footage and the vivid recollections of Michael's collaborators and confidants, such as Martin Scorsese who directed the 18-minute short film for the single Bad. TIME Magazine called BAD25 “an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativity” and the Hollywood Reporter said “restore(s) the reputation of Jackson as a multi-hyphenate musician of peerless discipline, professionalism and perfectionism -- not to mention a pioneering influence in dance and fashion.” 

BAD25 joins an incredible body of Spike Lee documentaries including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS and its follow up, IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE, KOBE DOIN’ WORK and the Academy Award-nominated, 4 LITTLE GIRLS. Lee directed both short films for Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us from the 1996 HIStory album.

The BAD25 documentary aligns with the worldwide release BAD25 (a collaboration of Epic Records, Legacy Recordings and the Estate of Michael Jackson). The deluxe package contains remastered versions of the entire original album, a second disc which includes 13 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks as well as the first ever DVD from the Bad World Tour – the July 16, 1988 sold-out show at Wembley stadium and the first ever Michael Jackson live CD from the same concert.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
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http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/movies/spike-lees-bad-25-about-michael-jackson-and-his-album.html?_r=0

MOVIE REVIEW
The Steps of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’
Spike Lee’s ‘Bad 25,’ About Michael Jackson and His Album
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
Published: October 18, 2012


Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album and subsequent world tour, “Bad 25” reintroduces us to an artist viewed too often through the prism of tabloid speculation.

Deconstructing the design and shooting of the album’s videos — or, as Jackson insisted on calling them, short films — the director, Spike Lee, assembles a fond and meticulously detailed mosaic of a perfectionist at work. Buoyant interviews with Jackson’s friends, collaborators and business partners supply a deluge of revealing yarns and trivia, while priceless rehearsal footage offers glimpses of a genuinely sweet personality. Though at times a tad worshipful, the film’s tone is ultimately more awed than hagiographic, its commenters too cleareyed and candid to back away from negative publicity or public disenchantment.

Filled with oh-wow moments — like a 1988 clip of Sheryl Crow, with mountainous hair, partnering Jackson in the ballad “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” — “Bad 25” confirms the genius of an authentic pop original. Dancing us back to a time when a music video could be directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Richard Price and star a menacing Wesley Snipes, the film insists you don’t need to be a fan: you just need eyes and ears.

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Re: BAD 25 All News & Info
« Reply #42 on: October 27, 2012, 12:48:05 PM »
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-10-18/news/34562202_1_henry-jaglom-human-nature-three-films

Movie reviews: 'BAD 25,' 'The Flat,' 'Just 45 Minutes From Broadway'
ELIZABETH WEITZMAN
Thursday, October 18, 2012


BAD 25 — 3 stars

Documentary about the making of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album (2:11). Not rated. Village 7.

Michael Jackson fans will love Spike Lee’s look back at the making of a classic, even if the extensive collection of clips and contemporary interviews — which could have used a firm edit — feels more suited to DVD.

Lee takes more than two hours to build a portrait of an album. He revisits the decisions, collaborations and personalities that helped create Jackson’s historic “Bad.”

Kanye West confesses that “Dirty Diana” provided a soundtrack to his life; Wesley Snipes gets his break in Martin Scorsese’s video for the title track, and Justin Bieber raves about Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” moves. In general, though, the celebrities offer more star power than enlightenment; it’s the memories of those who were there that matter most.

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Preview Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad25'
by Taylor Berman  /  October 18, 2012


A 60-second preview of the upcoming trailer for Spike Lee's highly anticipated Michael Jackson documentary, Bad25, has arrived. The preview will surely thrill fans of the late, great pop star. Watch it below. So how did Joe Jackson, Michael's father, celebrate the release? By flashing a handgun in Las Vegas, of course (more on this later...)

Bad25 celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jackson's Bad, the follow-up to his seminal 1982 album, Thriller. Despite selling 45 million copies and having five consecutive number one singles, Bad has always been overshadowed by its predecessor, which sold an estimated 65 million copies worldwide and spawned seven top 10 singles.

In a recent interview with CNN, Lee said he hopes the film can return focus to Jackson's musical legacy instead of his personal life. "Hopefully, that's what this documentary is about--it's gonna have people return to focusing on the music, his art, which I feel is his legacy, in addition to his children," said the Do the Right Thing director.

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Review: Michael Jackson triumphs in 'Bad 25'
By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2012, 4:06 p.m.


An unexpected narrative has solidified around Michael Jackson's legacy since the pop superstar died in 2009: that as much as he was a creative genius — an artist capable of pulling inspiration from the cosmos, as Jackson himself describes it in Spike Lee's new documentary "Bad 25" — his success came largely as the result of hard work.

The master is being remade as a trouper.

We saw the beginnings of this in "This Is It," the 2009 documentary-cum-concert film assembled by Kenny Ortega from footage recorded during rehearsals for Jackson's ill-fated run of shows at the O2 Arena in London.

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And now the story advances in "Bad 25," which takes an in-depth look at the making of Jackson's 1987 follow-up to the world-dominating "Thriller." (It's part of a 25th-anniversary onslaught that also includes a deluxe reissue of the album.)

"This documentary celebrates the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and the achievements of his album 'Bad,'" reads a title card at the end of the movie, and the word "achievements" seems instructive: Lee revels in the long hours and musicianly expertise required to produce hits such as "Smooth Criminal" and "Man in the Mirror."

The album's commercial triumph, in his account, simply rewarded a job well done.

"Celebrates" is another telling word. Packed with flattering performance clips and fawning testimonials from A-list admirers, Lee's two-hour film is no less worshipful than "This Is It."

The director nods to the extra-musical pursuits that threatened to destabilize Jackson's career during the extended layover between "Thriller" and "Bad." He's especially insightful on the singer's controversial acquisition in 1985 of the Beatles' songbook, which cultural critic Nelson George says unsettled people — white people, one infers — who view those songs as "sacred."

But those were distractions, Lee decides.

What elevates "Bad 25" over sizzle-reel utility Lee's his distinctive personal touch. Partly, that means Lee's ability to get celebrities in front of a camera, as he did here with Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Kanye West, who thanks Jackson for introducing him in "Dirty Diana" to a predatory-groupie type he's since come to know well.

In one memorable sequence, the director dissects the "Bad" video with its director, Martin Scorsese — a kind of "Behind 'Behind the Music'" moment that reflects the obsession with minutiae that animates all of Lee's work.

And with Jackson, there's never any shortage of fascinating insider anecdotes. Who knew, for example, that playwright August Wilson had been asked to write a script for the video for "The Way You Make Me Feel"? (Wilson said no.)

All those details suggest that a nearly Jacksonian level of effort went into this meticulously researched movie, which following a theatrical run in L.A. is due to air on ABC on Thanksgiving. But not unlike the singer and his producer Quincy Jones, Lee stitches them together with speed and precision.

On-screen, "Bad 25" moves in the style of a great pop song.