Pop star’s former duet partner sings ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’
“MJ will be my new name. No more Michael Jackson. I want a whole new character, a whole new look. I should be a tottally [sic] different person. People should never think of me as the kid who sang “ABC,” [or] “I Want You Back.” I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world. I will do no interviews. I will be magic. I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer [sic]. I will be better than every great actor roped into one.”
‘MJ will be my new name,’ wrote the King of Pop as he reinvented himself at 21 years old. ‘No more Michael Jackson.’
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“I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world,” Jackson wrote at 21. “I will do no interviews. I will be magic.”
The note, scribbled in his handwriting on the back of a tour itinerary and tucked away in a secret warehouse full of Jackson’s belongings, details the legendary singer’s dreams and wishes for his career while he was still just 21 years old.
Michael Jackson, 13, was the youngest member of the singing group Jackson Five.
“MJ will be my new name,” he wrote. “No more Michael Jackson. I want a whole new character, a whole new look. I should be a tottally [sic]different person. People should never think of me as the kid who sang “ABC,” [or]“I Want You Back.”
Many close to the “Thriller” singer knew him to be meticulous and detailed when it came to his music. According to these words in 1979, preserved by archivist Karen Langford, Jackson thought well in advance about the level of success he wanted.
MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES
In his manifesto Jackson wrote about wanting to leave the Jackson 5 days behind.
“I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world,” he wrote. “I will do no interviews. I will be magic. I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer [sic]. I will be better than every great actor roped into one.”
His goals were spot on. In the same year he released his first major album, “Off the Wall,” which catapulted his solo career. Jackson went on to become arguably the biggest entertainer in history.
In 1979, the same year he wrote the manifesto, Jackson’s career soared with the release of his first solo effort “Off the Wall.”
Even his shocking death in 2009 happened in the middle of preparations for his fourth sold-out world tour, a come-back effort titled “This Is It.”
May 6th, 2013
“Piers Morgan Live, Rewind”: Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson; Wayne Lapierre slams Piers Morgan and LL Cool J on racism
Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it’s not always possible to get your entire “Piers Morgan Live” fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – “Piers Morgan Live, Rewind” – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.
- Eddie Van Halen on Michael Jackson
On Friday evening, Piers Morgan welcomed legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen to the program. Ranked at the top of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists,” the musician and leader of his eponymously named band spoke about his work with another legendary musician, the late Michael Jackson.
In the early 80s, Jackson invited Van Halen to play on his single “Beat It,” but because of Van Halen’s policy with his band mates he was unable to take financial credit for his contribution.
“Honest to God truth, the band’s policy was, you know, we don’t do things outside of the band at the time, and everybody was out of town so I had no one to ask,” explained Van Halen. “I swear to God, I figured who’s going to know if I play on this black kid’s record.”
Van Halen also shared his memory of Jackson as a person away from the music. “He was a sweet guy is all I know,” he said. “Accused of a lot of things. He was just I think, you know, he wanted to remain a kid himself.”
A new pony for Paris?
Michael Jackson’s daughter, now 15, spent the past weekend with her mother, Debbie Rowe, scoping out horses at a ranch in Temecula, Calif.
Rowe, 54, who lives on a ranch, breeds horses and who has rekindled a relationship with her daughter in recent months, accompanied Paris to Bricker Performance Ponies, a training and show horse facility in Riverside County, Calif. They later shared a sushi meal, capping off a relaxed weekend together.
Rowe is the ex-wife of the late pop star, who died in 2009 and the mother of both Paris and her brother Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr., 16. Paris and Prince live with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, who celebrated her 83rd birthday on Saturday.
That Could Sink Wrongful Death Claim — See The Proof!
Katherine Jackson has been caught in a huge contradiction about her son Michael‘s drug use — a contradiction so big it could sink her $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.
An attorney for Katherine told jurors Monday in opening statements of the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that the late King of Pop had been addicted to prescription drugs for decades and that Michael’s family knew it and only AEG claims to have been unaware of it.
But RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained a statement signed by the Jackson family matriarch claiming that her son DIDN’T have an addiction to painkillers or alcohol.
And you can see the proof below, as Radar has obtained the signed statement that pokes a huge hole in the argument offered by Katherine’s attorney.
In 2007, nearly two years after Jackson had been acquitted of child molestation charges in Santa Maria, California, and two years before his death, Katherine Jackson, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon issued a public statement, signed by all five, declaring Michael didn’t have ANY substance issues.
They all also declared they had never attempted to stage an intervention on Michael. The statement was released after People magazine published a story that the King of Pop was dependent on booze and pills.
It’s a key point because Katherine is suing concert promoter AEG and her attorneys claim everyone knew Michael had painkiller addiction problems — trying to cast doubt on AEG’s claim that it was unaware. Now, suddenly, it seems as if the family’s position has shifted to fit the lawsuit.
The family’s statement, issued on September 7, 2007, says, “People Magazine has followed other publications in reporting untrue and inaccurate information about MIchael Jackson and the Jackson family. Of these wildly reported rumors, what has become the most troubling and heinous, is that my son, and our brother, Michael Jackson, is dependent on painkillers and alcohol. People and other news organizations, have quoted “sources,” indicating that our family has attempted a drug intervention, and engaged in an effort to take over his business affairs, because of this alleged drug and alcohol usage.
“We categorically deny ever planning, participating in, or having knowledge of any kind of intervention, whatsoever,” the statement asserts.
You can read the signed document here:
Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Brian Panish, told jurors during opening statements on Monday in the wrongful death trial, that the Thriller singer had an addiction to painkillers, and that concert promoter, AEG failed to to properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael.
“Over the years Michael’s family and people who knew him believed he had a problem with prescription medication,” Panish told jurors, and that AEG and its executives claim to be the only ones who were unaware of his issues.
Panish revealed to the jury of six men and six women that Jackson had an addiction to prescription drugs, including Demerol, and relied on pain medications after he suffered horrific burns on his head during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in 1984.
The public statement Katherine signed in 2007, “could prove to be very problematic for her when she takes the stand. It could be used to discredit her testimony in front of the jury. Katherine knew for years before he died that Michael had an addiction to Demerol. AEG doesn’t want to rake Katherine over the coals, but she is suing them for $40 billion dollars,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
AEG maintains it did not hire Murray and could not have predicted the events that led to Jackson’s death.
A lawyer for AEG, Marvin Putnam, told jurors during opening statements that there was no way the concert promoter could have known that Jackson was being given Propofol by Dr. Murray.
“That was between doctor and patient and not AEG Live… this case is about taking responsibility for your actions,” Putnam said.
Happy Dance Day! ♥
International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated on April 29 every year. The date was suggested by the International Dance Committee of ITI to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet and author of the famous Lettres sur la danse published in 1760 in Lyon.