The King of Pop would have turned 53 today, He’s gone to soon but his music and legacy will live on forever.

R.I.P. M.J.




This is it rehearsal
MUSIC-JACKSON final interview
11 year old MJ
young mj 1

young mj 3
young mj 4
young mj 2
J5 1972
19 years old MJ
destiny your mJ
MJ age 20 in the club shot
enjoy yourself Mj
MJ Dries off
young Mj and JJ
MJ and Quincy
MJ and Quincy 2
cool MJ
grammy MJ
MJ D.Ross
MJ and the Jacksons Vic tour
The Jacksons pose
MJ and L.Richie
thriller poster MJ

Beat it MJ
billie jean MJ
MJ cool as ever

victorytour 2
victorytour 1
serious MJ
nemo MJ
we are the world MJ
inoccent MJ
on stage MJ
spooky MJ
victorytour 3
blackwhite MJ 1
blackwhiteMJ 2
blackwhite MJ 3
blackwhite MJ 4
life mag MJ

michael-jackson_last rehearsal

Teddy as MJ
T.B as MJ 2
tbmjin the middle
ted and tim the jacksons
the wall


Wow! I remember when I was just a young boy and my mother and I were
watching the television and I saw the Jackson 5 for the first time. I
remember saying to my mom, “who is that”! And my mother said that’s
The Jackson 5. At that time they were performing on the Carol Burnett
Show. I was absolutely floored by these five black kids dancing and
playing instruments. From that day forward I knew I wanted to create
music. Looking back in retrospect my mother new what she was doing and I think that she saw a little bit of Michael Jackson in me.

My mother used to always say to me that I was going to do something
with my hands as she picked them up and looked at them as if she was
anointing me. I started playing drums at the age of 4 years old but I
didn’t get exposed to The Jackson 5 till maybe around the age of 8
years old. My mother would set up pots and pans when there was going
to be and appearance by the Jackson 5 on television I.e. The Carol
Burnett Show, American Bandstand, or Soul Train. Later when I got
In my teenage years, I was listening to all types of music, EWF, Chaka Chan, Funkadelic, Al Green, Debarge, Stevie Wonder, Prince, but I
never could get my ears off any of the songs Michael and his brothers
were singing. I remember at that time I was over at a neighbors house watching a very popular TV show called “midnight special” hosted by a
DJ named Wolfman Jack. He announced that the Jackson’s were going be performing at the end of the show singing their hit songs at that time
“Enjoy Yourself” and “Show You The Way To Go”. My eyes were glued to the TV until they performed.

After that aired, I went immediately out the next day and spent my whole
allowance on the album and some of the records that came before the
“Enjoy Yourself” album. I would sit in my room for hours listening to
every song, inflection, and instrument. At that time it was very rare
that you would even see Michael Jackson, it would take like 2 or 3 years
before he was seen again. So I had to look at video recordings of MJ
to study his moves, because by that time I had put together a dance
group and we would perform like we were the Jackson’s. The group
consisted of myself as Michael Jackson of course lol, Timothy Thomas
as Randy Jackson, a high school friend Todd Bridges as Jackie Jackson,
and a girl who could dance her ass off, Divina Buzy as Marlon
Jackson. We didn’t really care about having a Jermaine or Tito
because they never really danced like the other Jackson brothers,
however the problem came when everybody in the group wanted to be
Michael Jackson so guess what? like Mj I went solo.

When I tell you that I was a true MJ fan, I had every picture of
him and the Jackson’s on my wall. I practiced dancing like him every
day, I even wore my hair like MJ. I come from a family of
beauticians, my mother and grandmother started a successful beauty shop called ” Hair Dressers For Christ”. So when the jerri curl hit the
hair industry I got my mother to give me one and damit! I was really
Michael Jackson then. When I would walk through malls or go the
movies, or when walking down the hallways of school, people would be
like dam! You look just like Michael Jackson!

Shortly after The Jackson’s “Destiny Album” Michael’s ” Off The
Wall and then The Thriller Album”, Mj’s music and energy was
everywhere! When MTV premiered “Thriller” I really believe that the
whole world stood still for that 30 minutes the video was played. After that you couldn’t go anywhere without people black, white, hispanic, asian
mentioning Michael Jackson. At that time in my life, I was dealing
with some things I’m sure every teenager deals with, from trying to
figure out what to do with my life, to even the way I felt about
myself confidence. So, that year I enter myself into the schools
talent show. I remember having to report to the principles office to
let the show coordinator know what type of performance I was going to
do, and when I said, I’m going to dance like Mike Jackson, the folks
in that office looked at me like as if to say yeah right! See you had
to be on your shit if your were gonna be Mj because the guys that did
it before me got booed off the stage. So at any rate I filled out my
talent show form and walked out.

We didn’t have that much money but I got up the nerves to ask my
mother to buy me the Thriller jacket that Michael wore in the video.
The jacket cost $500.00 and when my mother heard the cost her
words to me were “boy! you better go and get one of those fake jackets for
$50 up the street, aint nobody gonna know the difference when your up
there on stage boy”! I was like but momma, I got to have the real thing
or I will get laughed at. Once my mother saw how serious I was and how hard I practiced, about two days before the show she took me the mall in Detroit call Northland Mall and bought the real Thriller jacket for me and it was on and popin at that point.

There was this great anticipation throughout the school about me
imitating MJ because others that did it before me were booed or they
would pop lock all throught the performance and then slide in a little Mike
move here and there, but nevertheless I got up there and rocked it, I
danced like Mike to the tee, the audience stood up and screamed to
whole entire time I was up there. What floored them was the famous
Michael Jackson pose when I opened up, my mother was even in the crowd cheering me on.

After my high school days I eventually grew out of whole imitating
Michael Jackson phase, but his music and his perfection stayed with
me. I started exploring the production side of music and I got into
studying producers like Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis,
Teddy Riley and LA Reid and Babyface, to whom which gave me my start in the music business.

Michael Jackson was more than an artist to me, through his music he was
my musical big brother. I once told Teddy Riley that I knew him
before I met him, because through his music were are cut from the same
cloth and that’s how I felt about Michael Jackson, via his music, I got
to know his creative spirit, which taught me how to work hard, perfect
what I do, be confident, and to have humility about it. I had the
opportunity to meet Michael once very briefly, and I will never forget
it, but what I’m going to hold on to the most about him is how he
shaped my life as a young kid aspiring to make my path through music.
Michael Jackson gave me the biggest hope in the world to dream big and I only hope that I can accomplish a mere faction of what he gave to this world through his music. God called home and angel that walked on this earth with us. R.I.P. Michael Jackson. 1958-2009.

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” ~Michael Jackson





The bright memory of Michael Jackson hasn’t dimmed a watt in the year since his death. Neither, it seems, has his earning power.

In the 12 months since his demise last June 25, the octopus-like arms of Jackson’s media empire have generated deals we estimate to be worth an “are-you-sitting-down” figure of $756 million.

It’s a gargantuan haul, certainly large enough to plop Jackson on top of Forbes Magazine’s ghoulish annual list of “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.” (This year’s list comes out in October).

Jackson already made last year’s list — at No. 3, behind winner Yves Saint-Laurent (with $350 million) and Rogers & Hammerstein (at $235 million), and just ahead of Elvis ($55 mil). Jackson earned his place with a take of $90 million, a not-too-shabby sum considering it measured just the three months following his untimely demise.

It’s important to note that our jaw-loosening estimate for Jackson’s one-year haul doesn’t involve all the money his work and image have generated in that time. Here’s what it does include:

1. CD sales
2. The movie “This Is It”
3. The subsequent appearance of “This Is It” on DVD and Blue-ray
4. A new Sony deal that funnels money to the estate for years’ worth of future releases and projects
5. Key parts of his publishing

The last mentioned piece of the puzzle includes moolah fueled by Jackson’s 50% stake in the Sony/ATV catalogue, which has the publishing rights to songs by everyone from the Beatles to Taylor Swift. That catalogue is believed to generate up to $80 million a year, half of which goes to Jackson, according to USA Today.

In addition, Jackson owns most of Mijac Publishing, which controls his own recordings. Though the L.A. Times reports the company has a value of $75 million, it’s not known what yearly profits those rights have thrown off during this moment of intensified interest. However, Billboard’s publishing expert Glenn Peoples says those figures could add “tens of millions of dollars” to our tally.

Neither does the $756 million figure involve the sums which billow in from merchandising, a source which remains the largest income spigot for many departed celebrities. Those figures didn’t make the cut because they can’t be clearly defined. Rest assured, however, that in Jackson’s case they’re gynormous, especially since superstars commonly command between 70% and 90% of profits from merchandising.

At the same time, our kingly estimate for Jackson’s earnings takes into account the total gross generated by the aforementioned aspects of his work. Meaning we’re talking about money created for all interested parties, not just his own estate, which gets just a cut of each deal. More, Jackson’s estate has to square away his oft-reported debt, which has been estimated to be as large as $500 million. Still, measuring the sums that can be known makes an undeniable point that Jackson remains an earnings colossus.

In terms of “This Is It,” Sony Pictures says the flick made $72 million in U.S. box office sales. Worldwide, the company puts the film’s grosses at roughly $103 million. That makes “It” the top grossing concert movie of all time, beating the previous champ: Miley Cyrus 3-D concert flick from 2008 by nearly a third. In its DVD and Blue-ray version, “This Is It” enjoyed revenues of nearly $43 million, based on 2.7 million units moved, according to Sony.

In terms of album sales, Jackson sold 8.9 million CDs in the U.S. between his death on June 25th and the end of ’09, according to Rolling Stone. The Wall Street Journal has reported that he moved 31 million worldwide through last Dec. 31. This year, Jackson moved just over 723,000 albums in the United States, according to figures from Nielsen/SoundScan. The worldwide numbers, and downloaded single sales for the full year, won’t be released by either Nielsen/SoundScan or Sony/BMG Records until June 30th, one week after the first anniversary of Jackson’s death.

Still, from the sales figures we already know, we can estimate a profit to the estate of roughly $62 million. That’s because a star of Jackson’s stature probably gets a royalty rate of about $2 per CD. If we estimate the total amount of money created by known CD sales — figuring $10 generated by each disc — the total tally generated would come to nearly $320 million. And that’s not counting international sales for 2010.

The other trenchant factor in Jackson money stream has to do with a deal, reported back in March, in which Jackson’s label, Sony, will pay the estate a reported $250 million (doled out over a number of years), for dozens of never-before heard Jackson songs. These include songs for a “new” album, scheduled to go on sale in time for Christmas. The deal also covers reissues of classic Jackson albums, plus remixes and DVDs of his videos.

For its quarter billion dollars, the company also bought the right to licence Jackson’s material for video games, films and other theater ventures, like a possible Broadway play or a Vegas show based on his music by Cirque Du Soleil (a la the Beatles’ “Love”). Already the video game part of the deal has paid off for Sony/BMG. Last week, game developer Ubisoft announced a new singing-dancing program that will use Jackson’s music and image in a game playable on Playstation 3, X box, and Wii devices.

That particular pact tips off what could be the most significant ongoing boost to Jackson’s fiscal power. Whatever new machines and media delivery systems develop from this point on will be able to sell some piece of the Jackson magic, ensuring that M.J.’s financial legacy will loom as large as his creative one, essentially, forever.




New York – Michael Jackson’s famous white glove sold for $350,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday, soaring far past pre-sale estimates, and a black jacket he wore during a 1989 world tour fetched $225,000.

The Jackson memorabilia was the highlight of an auction of hundreds of rock ‘n’ roll items, including many not associated with the King of Pop, who died in June.

Darren Julien, chief executive of Julien’s Auctions, which ran the sale, called the glove “the Holy Grail of Michael Jackson,” and many expected it to sell for far more than its pre-sale estimate of about $50,000.

With the added commission, the final price excluding taxes ran to about $420,000.

The buyer was Hong Kong businessman Fossman Ma.

Bidding for the strap- and zipper-laden black jacket Jackson wore during the 1989 “Bad” tour soared to $225,000, more than 20 times its initial estimate. With commission, the tab came to about $275,000.

Fans and dealers turned out at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York’s Times Square for the sale that included a car driven by Jackson, as well as David Bowie’s guitar and memorabilia from the Beatles, Bo Diddley and others.

“I never got to see Michael, and now that he’s gone, this is the closest I could get,” said Jazmynn Moore, 19, a student from Manhattan.

The glove was worn by Jackson when he first staged his signature “moonwalk” dance at the 1983 “Motown 25” television special.

The opening bid of $10,000 leaped immediately to $120,000 before reaching $350,000.

Most of the 80 Jackson lots consisted of items from the singer’s friends and family, the auctioneer said.

Jackson was somewhat of a collector himself, having paid more than $1.5 million for the “Gone With the Wind” best picture Oscar statue at a Sotheby’s auction, one of the highest prices ever paid for memorabilia at auction.

The auction house had valued the Jackson collection at $80,000 to $100,000.

But Julien said such pre-auction estimates were intentionally conservative to help generate interest.

Many of Jackson’s items sold for 10 times, or even more than 20 times, the estimates.