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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”

August 29th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Source: Epic Records | "Bad" Album

Source: Epic Records | “Bad” Album

MadameNoire compiled a list of iconic moments and behind-the-scene secrets about the making of the legendary album, Bad. The visionary pop album came out two days after MJ’s 29th birthday. The release date was August 31, and he was born on today, August 29. The Bad album became MJ’s third consecutive number one album and another historic moment for the King of Pop.

Bet you didn’t know, MJ originally planned for Bad to be a third-disc album, after MJ wrote over 60 songs for the album, but Quincy Jones convinced him to make an one-disc LP.

Ray Charles Could’ve Seen Those Mistakes! 20 Successful People Who Lost it All

August 29th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Whether it’s living outside of your means, making a bad business deal or trusting the wrong people to handle your finances, things can happen that might leave you in the red. It’s very easy to assume a person who we think “has it all” is living free of issues when in fact they could very well be on their last. Here’s a look at some successful people who at one time lost it all. Luckily many have bounced back, though some continue to go through the fire.

Do you think they are to blame, or is it on their accountant?

Check out the trailer for “When The Checks Stop Coming In,” the latest from Moguldom Studios. And purchase this new documentary, click here.

The King Of New Jack Swing: 11 Hit Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Teddy Riley Wrote And Produced

August 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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A majority of the music we were jamming to in the late ’80s and early ’90s we can thank Teddy Riley for. One of the big New Jack Swing producers of the time, Riley made hits for all your favorite artists. Jams for Heavy D. “Remember The Time” for Michael Jackson? Yeah, that was him. He also collaborated with Jay Z (“City is Mine”). And it should be known that all Guy songs and Blackstreet jams (“No Diggity” anyone?) were brought to fruition with the help of Riley. He’s a genius really. And while we knew he was behind some major hits, there are others we found out about that surprised us, like the following songs:


“It’s In The Mornin’” by Robin Thicke feat. Snoop Dogg

The song, off of Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Session album 2009), was probably the biggest hit on the CD next to the song the album is named after. It was the anthem for those who enjoy fooling around first thing in the morning.

Is Jhene Aiko Really The Next Sade? 10 Musical Comparisons Made That Don’t Make Sense

August 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In today’s day and age, you can’t just be a talented musician without someone looking to compare your talents to someone else. That includes the legends, as well as today’s icons. But sometimes, even when people mean well, some reach quite far when comparing today’s artists to those of the past and present. Here are a few examples of musical comparisons gone left…

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Jhene Aiko Being Compared To Sade

I’m a pretty huge Sade fan, and really, I don’t think there is anyone like her musically. This is not to say that she’s the greatest to ever do it, but she carved out her own lane and is one of the few performers who can go on long breaks and still be welcomed back with open arms (and #1 albums) when she returns. So when I heard the comparisons between Sade Adu and Jhene Aiko, I raised an eyebrow. Aiko said that at one point, people classified her and her music as a “younger Sade with urban stories.” And in VIBE she said it’s a comparison she embraces: “That’s great if people think that because she’s amazing. That’s someone I’d love to be in the same lane as.”

Billboard Reports Nicki Minaj Has More Hot 100 Hits Than The King Of Pop

August 15th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Nicki Minaj is undeniably on fire right now and she has the numbers to prove it. With her latest single, “Anaconda” making the charts this week at #19, Minaj has earned her 51st entry on the Hot 100 Hits list. Therefore, she has surpassed Michael Jackson, The King Of Pop, who held 50 entries on the Hot 100. Now Minaj is tied with the legendary singer, Rod Stewart.

Billboard magazine reports that Minaj has taken the lead on the Hot 100 as a female rapper and Missy Elliot has the second slot in the category with 31 entries. Currently in the genre of hip hop, Minaj ties with Eminem who has the seventh best total and Lil Wayne leads the entire Hot 100 with 122 entries as a rapper. Minaj expressed her gratefulness through Instagram, captioning the news with:

Made history today. I didn’t even know I was tied with Michael Jackson with 50 Hot 100 entries on Billboard. Anaconda makes 51 and now I’m tied with Rod Stewart. God bless, and thank you.

This serves as good news for Minaj, who recently spoke to The Fader about her upcoming album “The Pink Print” and how she survives the music industry.

Congratulations, Nicki!

Beyoncé To Perform And Pick Up The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award At MTV Video Music Awards

August 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Another day, another big accolade coming Beyoncé’s way.

According to Rolling Stone, ‘Yoncé will pick up this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. For those who don’t know, the award is something of a Lifetime Achievement Award for artists who have had an impact on MTV’s culture. It’s been given to directors (Hype Williams picked up one in 2006 for example) as well as musicians whose videos and work have transformed the way people watch music videos and watch MTV in general. Considering that her visual album from December was a huge success, I guess it makes sense that she would be the next artist to be honored. Justin Timberlake picked up the award last year and put on a pretty epic performance that included ‘N Sync reuniting, and a medley of all his solo hits. With that in mind, I’m sure Beyoncé will put on quite the show. Other Vanguard winners include Jackson of course (the award, once just the “Video Vanguard Award” was renamed after him in 1991), Janet Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, LL Cool J, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and more.

On top of picking up that award, the singer is also the most nominated artist for this year’s awards ceremony. She is nominated for eight awards, including Video of the Year for “Drunk in Love” with her husband, Jay Z. This will be her first time at the show since she revealed to the world that she was pregnant with Blue Ivy back in 2011.

The show will take place on August 24, 9/8 c.

You Got Your Degree in Beyoncénomics? Surprising Pop Culture College Courses

July 10th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Pop culture always seems to have a way of influencing society whether it’s through trendy styles and habits. Should it be that surprising that universities across the country are also taking note and even tailoring classes to discuss non-traditional topics? Take a look at these surprising pop culture college courses. Does it make you want to go back to school?

14 Music Videos With “Attempt-able” Choreography

July 8th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’ve been harboring a deep desire to dance.  Every since my aunt Annette made my sisters and I watch a VHS of all of Michael Jackson’s music videos up until “Smooth Criminal” when we were children, I have loved everything that is choreographed and put to music.

However, I’m a little shy to dance on a stage… in front of a crowd… with eyes watching me.  So, I dance in private, while practicing these popular music videos with amazing choreography. And if I was a betting person, I would bet you have too (or at least marveled at them).  Which videos you ask?

Long Live The King Of Pop: 15 Of Michael Jackson’s Best Pop Moments

June 25th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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MadameNoire can tell you how great Michael Jackson is, but you already know. He’s the King of Pop!

But just because you know it, doesn’t mean you couldn’t use a refresher course. It’s only right that we recap Michael Jackson’s best moments in celebration of his life on the 5th anniversary of the pop icon’s death.

Long live the King of Pop who broke down barriers for black artists, inspired generations of people and united the world through music. No other entertainer can ever touch his impact. FACT!

Enjoy and relive his magic, once again!

Big Fortunes After A Famous Death: The Business Of Michael Jackson’s Estate… By The Numbers

June 25th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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It’s unfathomable that Michael Jackson, from six feet under, can still — to this day – make a fortune. But it will blow your mind to know that MJ’s making millions more than the full-of-life King of Pop at the peak of his career.

June 25th marks the fifth anniversary of Jackson’s passing. So hey, why not commemorate the Moonwalkin’ Master with a “by the numbers” story?

Honoring his father’s passing, Prince — the King of Pop’s 17-year old son — is working closely with the many charities MJ has supported. “He was always concerned about humanity,” Prince said. “In his songs his message was simple — love.” The numbers don’t lie. Sources say Jackson gave up $500 million in his lifetime to countless causes.

His philanthropic heart landed him in The Guinness Book of World Records for being the most charitable pop star.

Today, if MJ’s ghost felt a bit generous, he’d have $700 million at his disposal to yield to various charities. That’s right — since the King of Pop’s death five years ago, Jackson has made just $300 million short of $1 billion, according to The Telegraph.

According to Business Insider, MJ made $160 million last year. He’s the highest-earning dead celebrity, far surpassing Elvis Presley — No.2 — by $105 million.

“Michael Jackson is making more money now, five years after his death, than he had been since the prime of his career,” said Zack Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson Inc.

At the pinnacle of fame, the beloved Billie Jean performer reeled in almost $100 million a year.

After Jackson’s tragic death, his estate’s first lucrative venture was the This Is It film — the motion picture made over $261 million worldwide. The Jackson estate also possesses the Beatles’ entire music catalog; it’s currently worth $1 billion, Fox News reports. MJ bought the collection for $47.5 million in 1985 — or $106 million in today’s inflation rate. What a return!

The estate is also bathing in cash from its 2010 $250 million Sony contract. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal allows Sony to release 10 Jackson albums over a span of seven years. Sony is hoping that the MJ appeal will linger until 2017, but the latest posthumous Jackson album sales have been surprisingly sluggish.

The MJ CD, Xscape, only sold 286,000 copies after four weeks of sales (Coldplay’s Ghost Stories bested MJ with 386,000 units sold in two weeks). The Billboard Music Awards‘ King of Pop hologram was actually a marketing ploy for Xscape – it had the world talkin’, but definitely not buyin’.

As of last week, Xscape had sold 309,000 copies since its May 13 release. These numbers pale next to MJ’s other posthumous album sales: This Is It (890,000 copies) and Michael (434,000), according to Billboard.

But projects like the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil tour remind us that Michael Jackson’s still got it. It’s one of the highest grossing music tours of all time. Catering to more than two million fans, the spectacular show has raked in $340 million, the Tampa Bay Times says.

So who oversees of the Jackson estate? MJ’s lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain.”The executors of Jackson’s  estate have been paid more than $25 million in compensation,” Fox News said. Jackson’s kids — Prince, Paris and Blanket — receive $8 million a year, according to The New York Post.

Taxes and business licenses are the estate’s biggest expense: $91 million between 2009 and 2013.

The estimated worth of the Moonwalk Master’s estate is over $1 billion.