Monday, May 21, 2012

The Wait Is Almost Over...#BAD25

MAY 21, 2012


New York, NY – Twenty-five years after the phrase “Who’s Bad” became a generation’s cultural catchphrase, Epic/Legacy Recordings, in collaboration with the Estate of
Michael Jackson, will celebrate the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour on September 18, 2012 with the release of a deluxe package, BAD 25, which includes three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour.
“The era of BAD represented Michael’s creative ‘coming of age’ as a solo artist in charge of every aspect of his career – from recording to touring to endorsements to merchandising. This was the first album on which nearly all of the songs were written by Michael. It was also was the first album in history to produce five consecutive #1 singles and it took 2 1⁄2 decades for another artist to match that success. It was also the first time Michael would tour as a solo artist - his vision, his decisions on what the show would be. The enormous success of the BAD album and tour was a pivotal moment in Michael’s growth as a composer, performer and producer cementing his role as the King of Pop. We are thrilled to celebrate such an historic era in Michael’s career with this release”, stated John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.
The BAD 25 anniversary deluxe edition will feature three CDs and 1 DVD as follows:
The highlight of the package is the DVD 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 record-breaking seven 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 been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night
  • A CD of the re-mastered original BAD album
  • A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael’s personal studio at
    Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing has been added. In addition, this CD will also include new remixes from internationally renowned DJ/producers
  • A CD showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only concert from the BAD Tour known to exist on multitracks
    This magnificent 3 CD/1 DVD box set will also include two extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster and more. A BAD 25 two CD standard edition featuring the original album plus the CD of demos and new remixes will also be made available as will a stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.
    On June 5 in the U.S. (June 4th ex-U.S.), Epic / Legacy Recordings will re-release the original first single from the album "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" as a CD Single with a previously unreleased bonus track from the BAD sessions, "Don't Be Messin' 'Round (demo)." This is a Wal-Mart exclusive CD single in the U.S. and will not be available digitally.
    On June 26 a replica edition of the original 7" vinyl of this single with the original B-side "Baby Be Mine" will be made available to the world. The first single for BAD, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” was originally released on 7" vinyl in 1987. The 7" single edit of the song has only been available on that original 7" vinyl until now.
    Recently, Pepsi announced an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson as part of its new “Live for Now” campaign. Starting this month, Michael Jackson and Pepsi fans in more than 20 countries around the world will experience this partnership in a variety of ways, including a retail campaign featuring one billion special edition Michael Jackson Bad 25 Pepsi cans, live events, and opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise and new music from BAD 25.

The BAD album was the third Michael Jackson album produced by Quincy Jones and was originally released on August 31, 1987. It was monumental in many ways; Michael wrote nine of the album's eleven tracks and received co-producer credit for the entire album. The album was #1 around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard chart, produced ten chart-topping singles, nine ground breaking short films and to date, the Bad album
has generated over 45 Million units in sales. BAD was nominated for six Grammys and won two; the album earned Michael the first-ever Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMA Awards. Songs on the original album are: “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Speed Demon,” “Liberian Girl,” “Just Good Friends” featuring Stevie Wonder, “Another Part of Me,” “Man in the Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” with “Leave Me Alone” added to the album once released.
The BAD World Tour was Michael’s first concert tour as a solo artist. The legendary tour included 123 concerts attended by more than 4.4 million fans over sixteen months. When it concluded, the tour had shattered all previous touring records for attendance and total gross revenue adding three new entries in the Guinness World Records for the largest grossing tour in
history, the tour with the largest attended audience and the most sold out shows at Wembley Stadium.
More details on this and other exciting projects relating to BAD’s 25th anniversary will be announced soon. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Twitterthon Hashtag: #BuyOneRose4MJ

Credit: OneRose4MJ Group

Esteemed members of One Rose for Michael J. Jackson. The journey of arising from the ashes and reforming this group and restrengthening the causes we believe in has been a long, hard effort, but we've made great strides in restoring this group's good name.

As many of you know, we've pulled through and thanks to Robyn, we've been able to continue our tradition of sending gorgeous, long-stemmed, freedom roses to Our Beloved Michael at Forest Lawn on June 25th.In 2010, the members of this group were able to shower Michael with 3,000 roses. Last year(2011), we filled Forest Lawn with 4,500 roses...this year, we'd love nothing more than to hopefully be able to shower Michael with even more beautiful roses.As a means to promote the purchasing of roses for Michael's anniversary, we have decided to hold a twitterthon on May 20, 2012.

While the slot is for 3hrs, please know that you do not have to tweet for the entire 3hrs. Contribute to the trending topic as much as you can for as long as you can. Every little bit counts and is appreciated!

The Details for the Event are as follows:

Date: May 20, 2012
4pm-7pm ET
3pm-6pm CT
1pm-4pm PT

**To find your start time for your time zone, you may also go to this link and view the world clock created for this event by Tina: World Clock for #BuyOneRose4MJ Twitterthon

Hash Tag: #BuyOneRose4MJJ

***Important note: Please do not use the hash tag until the beginning of this twitterthon. Overuse of this hash tag before the event could cause twitter to mark it as SPAM and it will prevent it from making the TTs list. Also, please only use the hash tag ONCE, per tweet, to avoid tweets being marked as SPAM as well.

For example: Tweets that look like this, "#BuyOneRose4MJ #BuyOneRose4MJ #BuyOneRose4MJ" are marked as SPAM by twitter and are blocked from contributing to the trending topic!

Also, please try to refrain from retweeting and instead please copy and paste tweets that you like. RTs do not count towards trending topics. Useful info for Trending Topics: 

If you can, please provide a link to our blog post on how to purchase a rose(s) in your tweets:

Let's blanket Michael with roses on June 25th 2012