Chris Tucker was on Ellen where he discussed his new movie "Silver Linings Playbook" and also took time to talk about his friend Michael Jackson. He shared experiences about going with him to the movies and MJ having to put on disguises to go.
He even shared a time where they were already out and he wanted to go to the mall and he just put on a Spider-Man mask and attempted to be unrecognized. This is a person who truly knew him. He needed more people like Tucker around him for sure.
Here is some behind the scenes footage of Michael and Chris filming the video to "You Rock My World".....-DocFB
Diagnosis: Surround yourself with the young, legal, & real friends whose success does not cling to yours....
30 years ago this week, on January 2nd, 1983, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson was released. It became one of the biggest singles of that year and an instant classic.
It is hard to believe that producer Quincy Jones "hated" this song so much that it almost didn't make it onto the "Thriller" album, along with a slew of Grammy wins the next year. It is rumored the song had to be mixed 91 times before we heard the version on the album. The song is rumored to be inspired by groupies that Michael and his brothers would run into on the road.
"Billie Jean" was also released shortly after as a music video. The format was fairly new and it was in MTV's early days where video and music actually ruled......as long as you were a white artist. John Cougar Mellencamp and David Bowie on live interviews on MTV brought up the fact of MTV not playing music videos by black artists but MTV stood with the stance that they are giving "Middle America" what they want, and according to MTV, it was not videos by black artists.
Walter Yetnikoff, the president of Michael's record label, CBS, serviced the video to MTV. MTV refused to play the music video, if you can believe that. Yetnikoff was about to go public with MTV's racism towards black artists and black music videos.
"I said to MTV, 'I'm pulling everything we have off the air, all our product. I’m not going to give you any more videos. And I'm going to go public and fucking tell them about the fact you don't want to play music by a black guy.'"-Yetnikoff 1982
MTV relented and added Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" along with Prince's "Little Red Corvette" to heavy rotation. Here it was. Finally. Black on our TV...and it was beautiful.
The music video for "Billie Jean" was different than any video that MTV played at the time. There was a high production value to it. Here was Michael in a bow-tie and rocking a tux jacket over his shoulder. Michael was being followed by a paparazzo while strolling through a neighborhood, all while the the sidewalk lit up with each step he took on it. "Billie Jean" was the music video that started Michael putting more into each video that came after like "Beat It" and "Thriller". Without "Billie Jean" and it's major MTV success, those videos are, quite simply, nothing.
"Billie Jean" was a song that was born to have a music video and the video 30 years later stands the test of time. The song however, had an even more powerful effect on the prominence of Michael Jackson to come for years. All because of one amazing performance.
The 25th Anniversary of Motown was upon us and Michael was given a spotlight moment and he made the most of it...and then some. The debut of a new dance move that Jackson coined the "Moonwalk" was performed that night. Michael performed to a background track of the song but his performance showed intensity by Michael. The black sequin suit with the one sequin white glove. For weeks, people were wondering what happened to the other glove. If he wore both, no one questions it. Wear one and it causes a weird fashion buzz.
It is quite interesting when you look back on MTV's stance of not wanting to play Jackson's "Billie Jean" because he was a black artist. Some may say, Michael Jackson made MTV. Over the years, his videos would debut on the network and with major hoopla surrounding it. Was MTV still feeling shameful for what they used to stand for or was it knowing that Michael Jackson video's were good for business?
We live in a world where Psy has the most watched YouTube video ever with "Gangnam Style" sitting at over a billion views while "Billie Jean" has just under 80 million and the Motown 25 performance under 50 million. Quite sad. Is it worse that artists like Michael Jackson and Prince had to fight to be on MTV 30 years ago so now rappers can be on the channel pouring Ciroc on girls butts instead of doing something creative with the video format?
"Billie Jean" was a landmark song and video that really catapulted Michael Jackson into super stardom. The song is still as fresh as it was 30 years ago and the video has aged very well. You can still play this song at the club and get a good response to it and see the white guy try to pull out a few MJ moves.....but still not be able to clap on the 2 n 4.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Don't Go Around Breakin' Young Girls Hearts.....
A new holiday album is due out entitled "A Different Kind Of Christmas" and features 2 songs, "Snow Bunny" and "Holiday Wavy" from Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame member and an original member of Parliament Funkadelic, Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey.
Brailey, an OG member of Parliament Funkadelic, or P-Funk for those in the know wrote one of the band's biggest hits "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) with the R&RHOF stated as one of the songs that "shaped rock & roll" and VH-1 listed them as one of the top 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time.
"A Different Kind Of Christmas" also features four songs from the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Buffalo Stille aka B. Stille of Nappy Roots. He’s the youngest member of the chart-topping group and "often considered the best MC" says Rolling Stone Magazine. He has been featured in The Source Magazine for having the prestige hip hop quotable — kicked one of the critically-acclaimed performances and fan favorite verses on the single “Down ‘N Out” featuring Anthony Hamilton.
Other artists included on this album are Michael Jackson's niece, Tanay Jackson, the daughter of Tito Jackson from The Jackson 5, Thulani Jeffries and Oral Brennan of UFO, Pam Behan aka "The Kardashian Nanny", Grandmaster Roc Raida, Smoove Gotti, Da Product, J. Bill$, 1st Blood, Zara Phillips, Ty Healy, Echo, Lea Marie, Stilmatic, Kevin “DJ Dev” Grisham, Big A LTA, Michael Barber, Staxx N Waxx, Nasim, Vahagni and Bondz of Bigfoot & Bondz. “A Different Kind Of Christmas” is Executive Produced by Jonathan Hay who is known as the person who broke Rihanna - one of the most famous celebrities in the world and already one of the biggest selling artists in music history. For more information go to www.differentkindofchristmas.com-DocFB
This is still the cut. From Chris dropping MJ titles from "The Girl Is Mine" to "Beat It" to "Dangerous" was comic gold. Perhaps it will show Justin Bieber how to use actors in future videos.
I was driving in Hollywood the other night trying to escape the heat and I had to turn this up when it came on, full with head bobs and "Shamons" in effect. Kind of like Michael getting down to "Ignition" by R.Kelly.
On that note, you also know we never pass a chance to show MJ getting on down to "Ignition" by R.Kelly while chilling with Brett Rattner.-DocFB
Oh, People Of Walmart site, you amuse me.
It really is the Michael Jackson glove that just makes it.
Wiggle, wiggle wiggle.-DocFB
A letter from Michael Jackson to Lisa Marie Presley where he complains about not being able to sleep has been pulled from auction.
Lisa Marie has not expressed why she wants the letter pulled but it is fairly obvious. Michael Jackson had a problem with sleeping that ultimately led to his untimely death to the drug propofol.
The letter, below, reads;
"Lisa I truly need this rest I haven't slept litterally (literally) in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im' (I'm) crazy for you Love Turd."
Julian's Auction, has pulled the letter. They are the exact same company selling off Elvis Presley's crypt, Lisa Marie's father, and have honored Lisa Marie's request to pull the letter.
She was more than an ex-wife. She was a true friend. Something that Michael didn't really have. It is very cool that she got something so personal from getting out.-DocFB
Last night, PRINCE performed an almost 25 minute version of the song he feels everyone should experience live, "Purple Rain", leaving Australian concertgoers in awe.
"Everybody should experience this song in concert at least once in their lives," he told TheFIX. "No one experience is the same."
Even though he hasn't taken the stage in Australia since 2003, he feels this trip will be the best because of his crew.
"These people are sooo much fun! We actually enjoy one another's company and it's reflected onstage every night."
He talks about songs that used to bore him performing. "It used to be 'Little Red Corvette' until we re-worked it into a slow blues," "It's hot now. A good example of song evolution over time. We actually know better what the song is about now."
Hmm. You mean it wasn't about a.....ahhh nevermind.
His favorite live music right now is Lianne La Havas, his guitarist Mr. (Andy) McKee, support act Delilah and Andy Allo. His all time favorite? Bass legend Larry Graham. "He reminds us all of what was great in the past. "Everyone who meets him has the same response. He's a kind man who is always encouraging. After a shred with him you feel like you can conquer anything."
Prince even brought up Madonna, one of the big 3 of music acts from the good ol' days, the 80's, and her success, although different than his. "Every artist approaches this from a different angle," "[Madonna] has actually become quite successful on her own terms.
He even talks proudly of his first and former record label Warner Bros.
"To us, [credibility] is all subjective. I started off primarily as a live performer, who mastered the studio at an early age by actually owning one.
"Warner Bros. granted rights unheard of at the time that allowed us the freedom to produce music unencumbered. Working without a net or a ceiling benefits us greatly. Thus, music became a real job, not a hobby.
Although Prince and Madonna are still around, 2 of the 80's biggest stars, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston unfortunately, are not.
When asked why he did not have a similiar fate, he asks the interviewer to watch a youtube clip of the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert. We provided the video below.
"The music we create supports families and dreams. Both of which are quite big now."
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