The Michael Jackson Archives
Jul 25

Michael reunited with his brothers to perform a medley of their hits “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, and “I’ll Be There”. Jermaine was also there, performing with his brothers for the first time since leaving the group. (Motown 25 - 1983)

(Source: mjjsecretlovers, via brandonousley)

"I’m proud of my heritage. I’m proud of it. I’m proud to be black. I’m honored to be black, and I just hope one day they will be fair in portraying me the way I really, really am….just a loving, peaceful guy wanting to make wonderful, unprecedented entertainment and songs and music and film for the world. That’s all I want to do. I’m no threat. I just want to do that. That’s what I want to do. To bring joy to the world."

- Michael Jackson (via seriouseffect)

(Source: myinspirationmj, via fuckyeahoffthewall)

Jul 25
Michael on the cover of GQ magazine in October 1994. The cover story was “Was Michael Jackson Framed?” by Mary A Fischer, which covered in the 1993 child abuse allegations against Jackson. 

you can read the story here http://floacist.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/gq-article-was-michael-jackson-framed/
Jul 18

Michael on the cover of GQ magazine in October 1994. The cover story was “Was Michael Jackson Framed?” by Mary A Fischer, which covered in the 1993 child abuse allegations against Jackson. 

you can read the story here http://floacist.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/gq-article-was-michael-jackson-framed/

Jul 6

Michael Jackson in downtown Tokyo in September 1987

Jul 6

Michael Jackson in September 1987 in Japan

Jun 27

alchrista:

"Leave Me Alone" (1989)

"For most directors, when they were done shooting the live action, they were kind of done," says Jim Blashfield, who directed "Leave Me Alone." "We had just begun." Blashfield’s "absurd process" for the clip meant a three-day shoot with Jackson, followed by a nine-month animating trek. Commissioned to do a video on "Michael’s idiosyncrasies," Blashfield and his team of animators shot Jackson on 35mm film, had those images turned into stills, then cut figures out with X-Acto knives and layered them by the dozens. The playful, self-aware results sent Jackson through a fun house of tabloid rumors that added another level to the song’s anti-media anger.

Jim Blashfield, director: Michael was really very open to this idea. The fact that he would think it would be OK to represent his plastic surgey, with the nose and the scalpel, it was just pretty great. I heard through the grapevine Michael’s mother didn’t like that particular image that much. Bubbles was not a problem. Bubbles, your job here is to crawl all over the rocket ship as it slowly rotates on this thing that you use to shoot car ads. Bubbles, please crawl over from here to here. And then please do not harm the python.

Michael was always up and ready to go, good-spirited. He was mostly in one set of clothes. It was an easy shoot for Michael. His hair didn’t catch on fire or anything.

If you wanna know how come it took nine months, we’re down on an animal preserve photographing llamas and peacocks. And then we’re off at Oak’s Park, the local amusement park, photographing things there. We’re out photographing skies. Some skies are better then others.

Each and every bit of it is made up of still images that are all stacked on top of one another on a piece of glass. Look in any one scene and look how many different things there are going on, so each one of those had to have its own shoot. There’s a splash that shows up throughout the entire video, and that was so time consuming to cut out that we just had one and it was passed around. Whoever was doing the scene and needed the splash would get to use it for a while. There was a guy, he specialized in that splash, and I think he worked on it for weeks. He also was responsible for hair. So he looked like somebody out of Dickens. He sat on this tall stool kind of hunched over, with these odd glasses that jewelers or somebody wears. Just cutting one 32nd of an inch after another.

(Source: Rolling Stone, via the-king-lives)

Jun 24

Michael Jackson on the set of his 1986 Disney short film “Captain EO”

Michael Jackson’s Billboard Award wins:
1972
Top Singles Artist of the Year
Top Singles Male of the Year

1980
Top Black Artist
Top Black Album - Off The Wall

1983 (Billboard Video Awards)
Best Performance by a Male Artist
Best Overall Video - Beat It
Best Performance by a Male Artist Best Choreography - Beat It
Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist’s Song - Beat It
Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist’s Image - Beat It

1983 (Billboard Music Awards)
Pop Album of the Year - Thriller
Pop Artist of the Year
Black Album - Thriller
Black Artist of the Year
Pop Album Artist
Pop Male Album Artist
Pop Male Singles Artist
Black Album Artist
Black Singles Artist
Pop Singles Artist
Dance/Disco Artist
Dance/Disco 12” LP - Billie Jean
Dance/Disco 12” LP - Beat It

1984
Top Album

1988
Top Black Artist
Outstanding Artist Of The Year
Best Live Show Of 1988
Blues & Soul

1989
Number One Black Artist
#1 Album-Pop/R&B - Bad

1992
Hot 100 Singles Male
Hot R&B Singles Artist
Hot Dance Music Club Play Artist
Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales Artist
1992 World Artist Award - #1 World single Black or White, #1 World album Dangerous
Commemoration of 10th anniversary of Thriller (Biggest selling album of all time).

1995 (Billboard Music Awards)
Special Hot 100 Award

1995 (Billboard Video Awards)
Pop/Rock Video Of The Year- Scream


2002
Special Billboard Award- Thriller
Jun 20

Michael Jackson’s Billboard Award wins:

1972

Top Singles Artist of the Year

Top Singles Male of the Year

1980

Top Black Artist

Top Black Album - Off The Wall

1983 (Billboard Video Awards)

Best Performance by a Male Artist

Best Overall Video - Beat It

Best Performance by a Male Artist Best Choreography - Beat It

Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist’s Song - Beat It

Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist’s Image - Beat It

1983 (Billboard Music Awards)

Pop Album of the Year - Thriller

Pop Artist of the Year

Black Album - Thriller

Black Artist of the Year

Pop Album Artist

Pop Male Album Artist

Pop Male Singles Artist

Black Album Artist

Black Singles Artist

Pop Singles Artist

Dance/Disco Artist

Dance/Disco 12” LP - Billie Jean

Dance/Disco 12” LP - Beat It

1984

Top Album

1988

Top Black Artist

Outstanding Artist Of The Year

Best Live Show Of 1988

Blues & Soul

1989

Number One Black Artist

#1 Album-Pop/R&B - Bad

1992

Hot 100 Singles Male

Hot R&B Singles Artist

Hot Dance Music Club Play Artist

Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales Artist

1992 World Artist Award - #1 World single Black or White, #1 World album Dangerous

Commemoration of 10th anniversary of Thriller (Biggest selling album of all time).

1995 (Billboard Music Awards)

Special Hot 100 Award

1995 (Billboard Video Awards)

Pop/Rock Video Of The Year- Scream

2002

Special Billboard Award- Thriller

Jun 20

Michael Jackson at the 1983 BPI Awards with Kim Wilde, Paul McCartney and Pete Townsend

Jun 14

heavensgladyoucame:

An audio cassette spoken by Michael Jackson and made for Akio Morita the Sony co-founder, and inventor of the Walkman. The tape was made in October 1993 when Morita fell ill.

It was a healing tape that he had made himself on which he had recorded his own voices saying “Mr. Morita…Mr. Morita” many times, as well as phrases such as “Please get better”, “You will get better…you will speak again”, and a gentle song that he had chosen.

He also included a handwritten letter that said, “Play 3 times a day right before awaking before sleeping and mid day. Michael Jackson.” Mr Morita’s wife played the tape every morning for 10 minutes before Aiko got up and every night when she put him to bed for the six years until he passed away in 1999.

(via jaywonder)