Michael Jackson, Queen together in long-lost duet
- Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:56
A long-lost duet from Michael Jackson and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury will be released this fall, more than 30 years after the song was written.
The band said in a statement Friday that "There Must Be More to Life Than This" would be released in its new "Queen Forever" album due out Nov. 10.
The song combines a backing track from Queen and separate recordings from Jackson (who died in 2009), and Mercury (who died in 1991). It was produced and remixed by William Orbit.
"When I first played it in my studio, I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians," Orbit said in the band's statement. "Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level."
The song was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Friday. (It's played at the 1:44:30 mark of the full broadcast of "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show" on the BBC's site. Rolling Stone's website also found a recording of the song below.)
Mercury wrote "There Must Be More to Life Than This" as Queen was recording its 1981 album, "Hot Space."
A backing track was recorded, and Mercury recorded Jackson singing the song at his home studio in Los Angeles, but the song wasn't completed.
Queen revived the track while recording its 1984 album, "The Works," but the song still didn't come together. Mercury sang the song on his 1985 debut solo album, "Mr. Bad Guy."
The album also includes two other previously-unreleased tracks featuring Mercury, "Let Me In Your Heart Again," and a ballad version of "Love Kills," his first solo hit.
Source: CBS News/MJackson.com
Spike Lee Honors Michael Jackson at Annual Summer Party in Brooklyn Crowd Dances, Sings to the King of Pop's Songs
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:59
Director Spike Lee at his annual summer get-together in Brooklyn. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
Spike Lee rarely cracked a smile as he walked around his annual party in Brooklyn signing autographs, fist-bumping fans and throwing T-shirts into the dancing-and-singing crowd.
Mr. Lee's stone-faced hosting style appeared out of sync with the jubilant atmosphere at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, where thousands of revelers gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate what would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.
Paying Tribute to Michael Jackson in Brooklyn
At the party, titled "Brooklyn Loves MJ," Jackson's iconic music boomed for blocks around. In the neighborhood, passersby danced while carrying groceries. Residents of the apartments overlooking the plaza nodded their heads to the beat as they surveyed the scene from their balconies.
Mr. Lee strode through the crowd wearing an orange velveteen fedora (provided by Party City, which outfitted hundreds in free fedoras) and Nike Air Force One sneakers emblazoned with images of Jackson from the "Thriller" era. The sneakers said "Thriller" on the back.
In the early afternoon, Lionel Powell, a 54-year-old man dressed as a tree, caught the attention of many as he danced through the crowd on 10-foot-tall stilts that looked like tree trunks. He crouched on his stilts to speak and to be photographed, and once, when he stood back up, he stretched his arms out, blocking the sun for a moment.
"I'm givin' you a little shade," Mr. Powell said with a laugh.
Gritty James shows off his Michael Jackson moves at Mr. Lee's party, which honored the late pop icon. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Powell didn't charge passersby for taking photos with him, but plenty of others at the event were interested in making money. People sold Michael Jackson T-shirts, holistic health and beauty products, jerk chicken and fruity beverages.
A 44-year-old man who referred to himself as "The Strange One" sang along to the music while selling what he called "nutcrackers," small bottles of liquor mixed with brightly colored fruit-flavored juices. He charged $5 a bottle.
"I do Grey Goose, tequila, Ciroc and tropical juice. I combine them and thus I've got a nutcracker," he said, holding a handful of bottles and grinning. "If there's a really good DJ and he's playing really good music, it hypnotizes people to where they feel like they have to buy my nutcrackers. It's great for my business."
In the crowd, Mr. Lee may have been the only person without a smile. Police officers bobbed their heads as they patrolled. Maintenance workers sang as they picked up litter. Two emergency medical technicians attempted to learn Jackson's moonwalk.
"We're on duty," said one of the medical technicians, "but when 'Thriller' comes on, you can't just stand there."
Source: Wall Street Journal/MJackson.com
MICHAEL JACKSON'S 'A PLACE WITH NO NAME' MUSIC VIDEO TO PREMIERE WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVELY ON TWITTER @MICHAELJACKSON AUGUST 13
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:07
Epic Records and The Estate of Michael Jackson, announced today that “A Place With No Name,” the next single from this year’s critically acclaimed, chart-topping Michael Jackson album XSCAPE [MJJ Music/Epic Records], will make history when it premieres on Twitter (twitter.com). At 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 13, 2014 the short film will be tweeted through @MichaelJackson allowing the Twitter universe to be able to view the video within a tweet.