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Katherine Jackson

LIVID Over Unpaid Workers

At MJ Tribute Concert

11/16/2011 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson
Katherine Jackson is upset she had anything to do with the recent Michael Jackson Tribute concert -- telling TMZ, Global Live better take care of the workers they allegedly failed to pay.

Scores of crew members recently went on Twitter to slam Global Live -- the concert producers -- and insist the company stiffed them after they busted their asses for the event.

Katherine's lawyer tells us, "After Mrs. Jackson did all she could to help promote and make this a great event for all of Michael's fans, she is extremely displeased to hear that concert promoters have allegedly failed to pay their bills."

The lawyer adds, "Katherine is hoping that they step up and take care of their obligations." So far no word back from Global Live.

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Pegasus    

Michael Jackson's music reimagined in 'Immortal'By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 1:09 PM EST, Mon November 21, 2011
Michael Jackson's vocals were rebalanced to make him more dominant in the mix.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
"Immortal" is the soundtrack for Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour"
The "Deluxe" 2-disc version includes 42 of Jackson's biggest hits
Music designer Kevin Antunes spent a year developing the music from Jackson's master recordings
Remixes offer "a lot more energy, more of a dance groove" than Jackson's original releases, Antunes says
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jackson fans, who just endured six weeks of court testimony about his death, can enjoy a reimagining of the pop icon's music with Monday's release of "Immortal."

Epic Records, which is selling a "Deluxe" two-disc, 100-minute version and a less-expensive 78-minute, single-disc album, says fans will "experience his music in an entirely new way."

The "Deluxe" version is the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which began a North American tour last month.

The 22 tracks include parts of 42 of Jackson's greatest hits, but "with a little extra or a little less than the songs you grew up with," said Kevin Antunes, who has the title of "music designer" for the Cirque project.

Cascio: Jackson 'moved on' from drug use

Jermaine Jackson speaks out on verdict Antunes worked for a year with Cirque show writer/director Jamie King to choose from among 40 years of Jackson master recordings to design the "soundscape" for the live action acrobatics. The challenge was shortening the songs to fit the show, he said.

It's "a reimagining of Jackson's music" put together for the Cirque du Soleil show, but Epic Records executives realized that the soundtrack would be a "powerhouse of a CD," Antunes said.

The Cirque du Soleil performance demanded "a lot more energy, more of a dance groove," than the previously-released Jackson songs, said Antunes, who has also worked with Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Madonna.

Jackson's vocals were rebalanced to make him more dominant in the mix, compared to the original tracks where Jackson often blended his voice with the instruments.

"Sometimes hi*****s were so big you forget about his vocal range, diction, his breathing," Antunes said.

Since Antunes had the multi-track master recordings to work from, he could strip away everything but Michael Jackson and rebuild songs, which he did with "I'll Be There."

The "Immortal" version of the Jackson 5's biggest hit is simply the 11-year-old Michael's voice as heard in June 1970 -- without the digital process that's routine in studios now -- and a single piano track.

"That's his vocal the way that it was, just genuinely beautiful," Antunes said. "A young Michael Jackson is still today schooling all the vocalists of our era."

The song, however, is not on the single-CD version.

Both versions do include a Jackson 5 medley that features Michael and his brothers on an alternative take of "ABC" found on the master tapes from a December 1969 recording session.

The "Immortal Mega-mix," which was released as a single three weeks ago, is a "completely uplifting, a big dance number," including "Can You Feel It," "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough," "Billie Jean," and "Black or White," he said.

Heavy D, who died this month, made it onto "Immortal" through his rap from Jackson's 1992 hit "Jam."

"The Immortal Intro" is a montage of sound from Jackson's songs, videos and TV appearances that longtime fans should recognize, including a snippet of Jackson teaching Michael Jordan to dance at the end of his "Jam" video.

Other tracks include sounds from Jackson videos that were not on the albums when they came out, Antunes said.

"Thriller" is one of them. "You're getting this huge, scary dose of Michael," he said.

Antune's most dramatic "reimagining" may be with "They Don't Really Care About Us."

Antunes found a master recording of a choir that Jackson recorded for the song, but it was never used. The new version has it. He also adds the dramatic marching sounds of the soldiers Jackson created for his "This Is It" show.

Jackson's died just days before his first comeback concert was scheduled.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who served as Jackson's personal physician while he prepared for the tour, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his death this month and will be sentenced next week.

The Cirque du Soleil show, which focuses fans away from Jackson's death and back to his art, is on a year-long tour of the United States and Canada.

While the CD is its soundtrack, it is not exactly like the show, which Antunes said is still evolving. The show uses live musicians, while the CD's music is almost entirely from recordings made during Jackson's life.

No matter where you hear it -- in an arena, your car or on an iPod -- "it will touch you," Antunes said.

1044 days ago
77.

mymjj5.    

typo:

The Cooke family were interactive with the fans.

1044 days ago
78.

nan    

mymjj5...
tomato , tomaaahtoe..LOL
we will just have to agree to disagree on this one.
If it makes you feel better, I bought Jermaines book..:))
even paid retail...LOL
by the way , I want to commend you for all your efforts to hold Murray accountable on this site and I am sure you must have been doing it on other sites as well..good for you !!
They probably did have people posting and putting out feelers for what might work with the general public..
I watched the entire trial on line .He is a narcissist and sociopath..
I am so glad that cameras recorded that trial..I just wish that Michaels had been recorded as well so the truth could have been shown to the public as well.

1044 days ago
79.

mymjj5.    

Siggisis: 4 hours ago

Mymjj5,

Come to think of it. They don't call you Mymymy for nothing.

Have you ever asked yourself: "Whywhywhy???"
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BBBaaahhh!!!!!!!! pleaszzz. Only two buffoons on this site have bothered to use that lame phrase. In your case, I guess three really does make company....

1043 days ago
80.

mymjj5.    

Siggisis: 4 hours ago

Mymjj5,

Spare us the theatrics, we have no respect for Liars.

Especially - Liars that don't keep their promises.

Didn't you promise that you would leave????????

Enough already!!!
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@ Siggisis or who the heck ever you are!!!!
yes I said I would leave after the verdict. yet haters continued to harrass me nontheless to leave earlier. I can't remember exactly if it was Bnb or some other clone that really tried to bite me off this site. I responded with a thank YOU. I assured him and them that because of their relentless effort to run me off, I would stick around a little while longer after the verdict.
i never anticipated that an appeal would be pending or forthcoming after the verdict. therefore, if it makes you feel worse, I'll be here fighting for my king every chance I get. If you have a problem with it, that's all it is.....YOUR DAMN PROBLEM!!!

1043 days ago
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mymjj5.    

hI nAN!!

People are free to purchase whatsoever they want to. I've simply had enough of all decades of books and magazines published on michael. no one has to agree with me but I think the books by the jacksons are more therapeutic for them than anything else. this mean old world and media madness put michael through the ringer. i believe books by the family are their way of getting information out there that will last forever rather than the interviews that are temporary and of course the hateful spin that seems to project itself on network tv when it comes to michael. just for the record, i have not posted on other sites about michael's murder. for i know the culprits wanted michael's death to be taken lightly and to push their suicide agenda. not everyone bought into that media lies about michael. now that he's dead I wanted to ensure they knew the lies did not work and never will....that's all.

1043 days ago
82.

Pegasus    

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY EVERYONE!!

There is so much for each of us to be Thankful For: Loved Ones, Friends, a roof over our heads, food to eat, we do not live in a war zone area, we can wake up each day and see the sky and all the Wonderful things in which God created for us, for some its a job (if you have one), and so many other things! Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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eddie     

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mymjj5.: 3 days ago

hI nAN!!

People are free to purchase whatsoever they want to. I've simply had enough of all decades of books and magazines published on michael. no one has to agree with me but I think the books by the jacksons are more therapeutic for them than anything else. this mean old world and media madness put michael through the ringer. i believe books by the family are their way of getting information out there that will last forever rather than the interviews that are temporary and of course the hateful spin that seems to project itself on network tv when it comes to michael. just for the record, i have not posted on other sites about michael's murder. for i know the culprits wanted michael's death to be taken lightly and to push their suicide agenda. not everyone bought into that media lies about michael. now that he's dead I wanted to ensure they knew the lies did not work and never will....that's all.
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I agree with you 100%!! mymjj5 (Your "GREAT" insightful posting is need here and in the WORLD!!

1040 days ago
84.

nan    

hi mymjj5
Yes I did like Jermaines book alot , thought it was very insightful.Also liked Frank Cascio book too.
Idont have Katherines and probably would have bought it..I may look around for it ..

1039 days ago
85.

mymjj5.    

thank eddie!!!!

1039 days ago
86.

mymjj5.    

"Thanks" Eddie!!!

LOL!

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