behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: August 31, 1987 - “Bad”, the seventh solo album by Michael Jackson is released. Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, it is recorded at Westlake Audio Recording Studios in West Hollywood, CA from January 5 - July 9, 1987. Issued as the long awaited follow up to the massively successful “Thriller”, the final track listing for album (ten on the original LP, eleven on the CD release) will be selected from sixty songs (nearly all written by Jackson himself), with thirty of them being recorded, nine of the eleven songs are written by Jackson. Pre-production on “Bad” begins in November 1986 with the first session taking place on January 5, 1987. The album will also be Jackson’s first to be recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely on digital recording equipment. Following the enormous sales of “Thriller”, anticipation and expectations for the new album are high. The album will spin off seven hit singles including an unprecedented five number one Pop and R&B singles (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man In The Mirror”, “Another Part Of Me” (#1 R&B, #11 Pop) and “Dirty Diana” (#1 Pop, #8 R&B). At the time of its release, American critics will be shortsighted in their critique of the album, calling it “a disappointment” when it sells less half of what “Thriller” sold initially in the US. Internationally, it will more than surpass its domestic sales performance. To date, the album has sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, winning two Grammy Awards, including one for Best Short Form Video for the track “Leave Me Alone” and for Best Engineered Recording (non-classical) (awarded to engineer Bruce Swedien). The album will be reissued twice. In 2001, a remastered edition with seven bonus tracks, including interview clips with producer Quincy Jones on the making of the album. In 2012, a 25th anniversary edition including the bonus tracks from the 2001 release (w/out the Jones interviews), adding seven more unreleased tracks, and remixes of the title track and “Speed Demon”. It is also released as a deluxe boxed edition with a live concert DVD filmed at Wembley Stadium in London in July of 1988 (also sold separately).  ”Bad” will debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 spending six weeks at the top, eighteen weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Javon Beard: He’d planned a special gift for Prince: a seven-week-old chocolate Labrador puppy. But the people that Feldman arranged to get the dog from had arrived too early on Christmas Eve. Mr. Jackson didn’t want Prince to see the dog, and there was nobody else to step up, so I said, “I’ll take him for the night.” 

I took the dog home, kept him at my house. Cute dog. Did not shut up. Whined and whimpered all damn night. I’d barely slept a couple hours when my phone started ringing off the hook. It was only six a.m., but somehow Prince had gotten wind of the surprise and wanted the puppy as soon as possible. So, I dragged my ass out of bed, put the puppy in the car, and drove it over. Little guy was whimpering and whining the whole way.

But the second I brought him inside Mr. Jackson’s house? He shut right up. He was suddenly as sweet and lovable as he could be, like he knew he was finally home. Prince went crazy. He loved that dog. Named it Kenya.

- Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

When are these fans gonna learn about these greedy bodyguards? SMH. They were telling fables in their book. I know none of these events happened in that fashion. They shouldn’t have made up fables to get a publisher to published their fantasy book. 

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truyorkbity:

AvaLynn was attacked by another student on the school playground. We are fighting for answers and for greater supervision at school.

My friend Lacey Harris’s 5 year old daughter was brutalized by another child on the playground at school this week, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Her face is swollen and bruised beyond recognition, and the only thing the school can tell her is that they “are investigating”

This sweet little 5 year old girl is terrified to return to school. She is in pain and she has been MAIMED. This needs IMMEDIATE media attention. The school and local news are ignoring the mother’s and loved ones’ cries for help. This family needs justice for what has been done to their poor little angel, and not just to be swept under the rug, as the school district is attempting to do. PLEASE shine some light on this situation and force school administration and news media to get some answers!

The mother has started a GoFundMe page to request help for paying medical bills and legal fees, as it looks as though she’s going to have to pursue this route in order to get any justice at all for her little girl. Please, please, share this link on your page. Even if people are unable to donate, please just help us get the word out on what is going on with this poor family.

This is really heartbroken for me and extremely hard to look at.

This is the link to Ava’s donation page.
Please donate and share and PRAY!
God bless you all!

http://www.gofundme.com/doid6w

SMH. 

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titytwochainz:

I don’t know the story but I can’t even read it. The little girl that got beat up on the playground kills me. I would beat everybody in the whole school’s ass. Top to bottom. Superintendent down to the kindergarten kid licking the window. Everybody’s ass would be whooped!

Period. 

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yashibrown:

#Peace from Gary, Indiana :)) #MJ weekend. @austinbrown @tjjackson9 #cousins #familytime

When I listen to my song. 

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youfunkybitchyou:

heruniverseunfolded:

mercedesxreal:

Throwback Pics of Jesse Williams

When he had dreads »»

😳😳

Those dreads Omg😍😍😍💙💙💙💙

:) 

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voodouqueen:

southrnbird:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Some fun with President Obama.

😂😂😂😂😂😂 He needs a nice dark charcoal suit from Theory. What the hell is he wearing? He looks as bad as President Reagan with that brown suit he used to wear.

Yall so childish lmaooo

Honestly, when I saw him in that suit, it was a bit weird but I did not make a big deal about it. Some people who did had too much time on their hands. 

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behindthegrooves:

Born on this day: August 29, 1958 - Singer, songwriter, humanitarian, and the greatest entertainer that ever lived, Michael Jackson (born Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, IN). Happy Birthday to “The King Of Pop” on what would have been his 56th Birthday. We miss and love you, Michael.

hexzell:

Marriage

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shamonex:

Happy Birthday to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson (29/08/1958)

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Hmmm, another rare pic of MJ and Tatiana that I saw on facebook today. :) 

Hmmm, another rare pic of MJ and Tatiana that I saw on facebook today. :) 

michaelandthetruthblog:

Tomorrow, August 29th, would have been Michael’s 55th birthday. When I was thinking about the type of post I wanted to do to honor Michael on his birthday, I wanted to do one that would focus on the man. So, I thought of youtube and the power of  the website. I also thought about how anyone that see almost every footage that was ever done on Michael on youtube and I had an idea. My idea was to list 20 videos that I think every MJ fan should see that captures the essence of Michael. The post is now completed and I want you all to read the text and watch the precious footages of Michael. 

http://michaelandthetruth.blogspot.com/2013/08/happy-birthday-michael-20-videos-every.html

I did this blog post last year because this year, my laptop decided to fail on me and a tribute blog post never happened. However, dwelling in the negative will never get you where you need to go. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. So, I hope you enjoy this gem that I posted. It was one of the most popular blog posts I ever did on MJ last year. Happy birthday to the KING and prayers to his family and the people who loved him.