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Initial post: Mar 10, 2011 1:36:21 AM PST
YANA Girl says:
The new MJ video for "Hollywood Tonight" is completed and now online. What do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011 2:55:40 AM PST
nikki98 says:
It fantastic!!!!!! I love how the wove in the obvious story line, which is that Michael is her hero!!!!!!!!! And she really has the dance moves down!! This is really awesome - thanks YANA!!

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 3:57:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2011 4:00:10 AM PST
J. Leone says:
It brought tears to my eyes! I love the way it showed Michael dancing all through it too. It is funny, but this is similar to the scenario I thought the storyline should be- even having her arrive on a bus. The difference between my thoughts and the ending of the video, is that the song talks about reality setting in. I felt that after making it "big" in Hollywood that her career went downhill and that at the end of the video she would return back to her small town home. She would knock on the door and her parents would welcome her home. My idea was a downer, wasn't it? LOL! This is ending is so much more uplifiting. I like that idea that they showed her having to waitress and do exotic dancing ("she gives hot tricks to men, just to get in, she's taught that's not clean..") to support herself until she made it big.

I especially smiled, and cried, when the group in front the pantages did a mosaic of all of Michael's iconic dance moves. He was such an innovator, and those moves are all HIS- forever!

Also, here is some of the latest news on the Cirque du Soleil show I got from the MJStar newsletter.

Announcement: Greg Phillinganes Joins Immortal Tour

Cirque du Soleil also announced that Greg Phillinganes, one of Michael Jackson's key creative collaborators on some of his most memorable tours and albums, has joined the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour creative team as music director, providing an unparalleled depth of knowledge of Michael's music and the live Michael Jackson experience. Phillinganes was music director for Michael's Bad and Dangerous tours and worked on such iconic albums as Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, Invincible, and the latest release Michael.

Kevin Antunes, one of the industry's top musical designers, will join creative team as musical designer and will also team with Phillinganes to work on the score for this landmark production. Antunes has worked directly for Madonna, Justin Timberlake and *NSYNC, and has performed with artists such as Janet Jackson, Timbaland, Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg and Christina Aguilera, among others.

For tour cities and ticket information, please go to

Source: MJOnline / The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate®

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 2:52:58 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 10, 2011 4:37:46 PM PST
Jane SJ says:
good video.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 8:45:05 AM PST

I love this tells the story of "Hollywood Tonight" very clearly. It's so moving to see the dancer at Michael's Hollywood's as if she's saying, "I want to be like Mike".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 8:47:51 AM PST

Thanks for this information about the dancer featured in the video...Sofia is such an athletic dancer...I love it!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 11:24:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2011 11:32:40 AM PST
Sarah Jax says:
This vid is fantastic!!!!! The girl sure knows the moves!
This song has a huge no 1 hit potential, and this video is adding to the + side.
I have watched it numerous times today, can`t get enough of it!
Who is this girl, Sofia Boutella? She`s really good, and she was perfect for this role, IMO.
It was so touching AND cool when she was at Michael`s Walk of Fame star.. and the huge "live" "posters" (don`t remember the right term) were breathtaking.
The group dance at the end is awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2011 9:36:47 AM PDT
J. Leone says:
Tink: I loved that "flash mob" scene at the end too! Oh, my, another dance routine to try to learn. I haven't even attempted Thriller!

I see where Samantha DeGosson hates it. She thinks it is "amateurish". Oh well, not every one's tastes are the same.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 9:40:24 AM PDT
LFZ says:
Hasn't Samantha DeGosson been thoroughly discredited by now?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2011 12:46:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2011 2:46:01 PM PDT
Sarah Jax says:
Samantha who?
Sorry for my ignorance, but I`ve never heard about her.
She says it`s amateurish? So, she`s a dancer or choreographer herself then?

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 6:31:44 PM PDT
J. Leone says:
LFZ: I have no idea about her being discredited. What do you mean by that? In what way?

Tink: She is one of the "This Is NOT It" girls. She was one of Michael's "followers" who said that Michael was not well and that he told them that didn't want to do the 02 concerts- that 50 shows were too much. They said they tried to tell some one to help him, but he died before anything on their part could be done. She has a Facebook page.
She is also friends with Karen Faye. She is a photographer by profession.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 2:34:28 AM PDT
Sarah Jax says:
Ok, J,
Thanks for the update.
Of course she has every right to her own opinion along with the rest of the TINI`s, but to say that the vid is amateurish... based on what? I`m just wondering.
Michael is everywhere in that vid, the song is great (and he wrote it himself). I think this song along with the vid will get attention from new potential fans.
I`m just mentioning this because I have the feeling that TINI are kinda negative to everything Michael that is released now. Could be wrong, of course.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 4:08:56 AM PDT
J. Leone says:
I just glanced at her update when my facebook page came up and I didn't get to read all that she said. I will read it and see why she thinks that, and report back.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 10:14:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2011 10:23:19 AM PDT
nenabunena says:
"LFZ: I have no idea about her being discredited. What do you mean by that? In what way?"

^^^She is one of those loonies like Taaj or Muzikfactory. You'll see her on every MJ pic in the late 00s, she was following him & his kids around, sleeping on benches & on a rented car wherever he went like the stalker she was. She is also one of the major KF head minion who stalks & harasses people in KF's good name. She & her 'hood' go to sites as 'spies' try to get personal info on people on KF's HATE LIST & target them relentlessly through intimidation & harassment. Think SINGLE WHITE FEMALE - that's KF & her minions. Hardly anyone takes her seriously, I think that's what LFZ meant.

When the TINIs were starting, I was linked to their site & read ther 'eye witness testimonies of MJ's dilapidated state'. One of those TINI testimonies said that they saw MJ after the O2 rehearsals in 2009. She said that he 'SOMEHOW(?)' removed his shirt in front of her & all the other fans waiting for him outside stadium. The sight of him (MJ) made her want to 'PUKE' her guts out but that 5 minutes after she left him, she was happy like the shallow person that she is, & forgot the 'VOMIT-INDUCING sight of MJ'. Yeah, I wouldn't take their tales all too seriously.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 10:18:51 AM PDT
nenabunena says:
More on Hollywood Tonight by Joseph Vogel:

Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson's "Hollywood"

Michael Jackson was so impressed with dancer, Sofia Boutella - star of the late icon's new music video for "Hollywood Tonight" - he was ready to offer her the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to dance alongside him on his This Is It concert series at the O2 Arena in London. Unfortunately, she was still under contract for Madonna's Confessions Tour at the time and couldn't get out of it. Seeing how disappointed Boutella was, Jackson turned to a couple of his collaborators and said: "I used to date Madonna. I should call her."

While Boutella ultimately missed out on This Is It, she pays admirable homage to the King of Pop in his most recent posthumous video, which paints the story of a young, ambitious girl trying to make it in Hollywood without being swallowed by its trappings and illusions. It's a well-worn tale, but is carried out tastefully by director, Wayne Isham, and sparked by the infectious energy and talent of Boutella. The video also reminds - along with recent MJ tributes on American Idol and Glee - how profound Jackson's influence continues to be on new generations (many of whom only "discovered" him after his tragic death in 2009).

"Hollywood Tonight" is the second single to be released from Jackson's posthumous album, MICHAEL
("Behind the Mask" is the alternate single for several countries, including the United States).

The song has a long and winding history. Jackson first put down a sketch of the lyrics in 1999 while staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Soon after, he began working out the music with longtime friend and collaborator, Brad Buxer (who co-wrote the song). The song traveled with them from Los Angeles to New York, Miami to Neverland, during the early Invincible sessions. Jackson and Buxer were pumping out some outstanding material around this time, including songs like "Beautiful Girl," "The Way You Love Me," "Speechless," "The Lost Children," "Shut Up and Dance" (a great dance track Jackson and Buxer worked on with Michael Prince and Eric Kirkland with echoes of Stevie Wonder and MJ circa Bad which, unfortunately, doesn't have complete vocals) and "I Was the Loser" (a nice, melodic mid-tempo tune about lost love that is mostly finished), among others. A couple of years earlier Jackson and Buxer had also worked on artistic standouts like "Morphine" and "In the Back."

Jackson loved parts of "Hollywood"-the opening Gregorian chant (his idea), the "westbound, greyhound" harmonies, the whistling in the outro-but stopped working on it once producer Rodney Jerkins came on board for Invincible.

Over the next ten years, however, he returned to the track numerous times. For the bass line, he was searching for something similar to "Billie Jean," but distinct. "Do smooth muted bass on `Hollywood,'" he indicated in one note. His early demos feature two layered bass lines (Michael Prince added the "Billie Jean"-esque kick and snare in the last mix MJ requested). Jackson and Brad Buxer continued tinkering with it in Las Vegas in 2007. For a while, he liked the idea of ending with the sound of a bus leaving or arriving. Yet he ultimately decided to conclude with the whistling, since the juxtaposition was a bit awkward.

In October 2008, Jackson, now living in Los Angeles, asked recording engineer Michael Prince to put the latest mix of "Hollywood" on CD so he could listen to it and see what might be improved. Sadly, he never got around to working on it again.

The new single of "Hollywood" is truer to this last version than the album cut. Of course, Jackson had intended to keep working on it, which is why his estate and Sony originally brought in two of Jackson's close collaborators, Theron Feemster (aka Neff-U) and Teddy Riley, to try to finish it. Feemster had the first crack and came up with some solid mixes; yet Sony didn't feel it was quite right and subsequently gave Teddy Riley a shot. Riley's production, which retained much of Michael and Brad's demo (including the intro and outro), elements of Feemster's mix (including the fantastically funky guitar riff and horns), and added a bit more punch, became the album version.

After it was released, however, many fans voiced concerns about a) the over-processed vocals, and b) the lengthy spoken bridge. Jackson had, in fact, written lyrics for his own bridge, which were much darker than Riley's. Jackson's bridge reads:

She doesn't even have a ticket
She doesn't even have a way back home
She's lost and she's alone
There's no place for her to go
She is young and she is cold
Just like her father told her so

While Jackson's version highlights the tragedy and uncertainty of a dream deferred, Teddy Riley's bridge opted for a more positive and tidy resolution. "With the bridge we kind of made her succeed," Riley explained. "[She] completed her mission."

Riley would have undoubtedly used Jackson's version had their been vocals for it. Unfortunately, they were never recorded. With the new single, however, Sony decided to cut the spoken part completely and showcase instead some of the heightening drama and tension Jackson intended for this section. They used his beatboxing, his idea of swelling horns and strings, and his operatic vocal (pulled from a tape left running during a recording session in a hotel room). In addition to the bridge, the vocals on the new single are left un-processed and the production is scaled back. The result is a single that has a rawer, funkier, but less finished feel than the album version.

"Hollywood Tonight," then, has gone through many incarnations:
the several different demos Jackson recorded with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince, from 1999 to 2008; the two versions Theron Feemster worked on following Jackson's death (one of which is reportedly quite impressive); the polished album version completed by Teddy Riley; and, of course, the new single. All are necessarily approximations to what Jackson would have ultimately put out in finished form.

That's the nature of posthumous releases.They will always be imperfect and they will always generate fierce debate.

But for most music lovers, we will take whatever new Michael Jackson we can get, whether demos, new mixes or remixes. "Hollywood Tonight" could be gathering dust in a vault; instead, it has people dancing in the streets.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 10:48:11 AM PDT
LFZ says:
nenabunena wrote: Hardly anyone takes her seriously, I think that's what LFZ meant.

That's exactly what I meant. Unfortunately, those "ladies" take themselves waaaay too seriously, and cause a lot of trouble in the MJ Community.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 3:16:03 PM PDT
nikki98 says:
Nena -this is insanity - plain and simple - and very, very sad

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 3:34:42 PM PDT
Wizard says:
nenabunena: "Think SINGLE WHITE FEMALE - that's KF & her minions."

OK, I'm thinking SINGLE WHITE FEMALE. Am I supposed to be drawing some conclusion from that?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 3:51:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2011 3:52:59 PM PDT
nenabunena says:
"OK, I'm thinking SINGLE WHITE FEMALE. Am I supposed to be drawing some conclusion from that? "

^^^Girl, I'm talking about the movie! Here:


@Nikki: You know 2 years ago, I couldn't imagine being in the same community as these people, it's really freaky stuff if you dwell on it too long!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 3:51:47 PM PDT
J. Leone says:
Wizard: I think Nena is referring to the movie, "Single White Female". A girl advertises for a roommate "Single white female seeks roommate", or something like that. The girl that moves in with her is, unbeknownst to her- a real nut case. She starts to trying to be just like her, copying her hair style, inserting herself totally into her life, etc. I think that was the jist of the movie. It has been a lonnnggg time since I saw it. It was a really good movie, but scary!

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 3:53:48 PM PDT
nenabunena says:
Yep, that's what I meant J!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 3:54:54 PM PDT
Wizard says:
Thanks for explaining that. I'm not a movie buff, or an entertainment buff in general, and have never heard of that movie. You were making me wonder there, I must admit.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 4:55:00 PM PDT
nikki98 says:
I just saw "Single White Female" on cable this weekend!! Too funny...I've seen it before, of course, but it's so funny you mention that movie and it was just on!'s scary the lengths some "fans" go to. Yes, Nena, it is very, very freaky stuff.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 5:22:27 PM PDT
Magsy17 says:
She is no longer associated with TINI she went solo....LOL
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