Muse were inspired by Prince on The 2nd Law.
The British rock legends have embraced electronic music as well as funk on their new album, taking them back to their very earliest influences. "Yep, funk! What are we doing? But 'Panic Station' is a track that reminds me of my youth. Prince, Primus and Michael Jackson all influenced that song," drummer Dominic Howard said.
Frontman Matt Bellamy took a new approach with the track "Unsustainable" and despite many people being skeptical, he is pleased with the end results. "For 'Unsustainable' I wanted to write the idea electronically and when we came to record it, we did it with real, organic instruments and got a real orchestra in. We were trying to see if real instruments could make a sound like electronica. A lot of people were sceptical about it but it works."
Spike Lee couldn't let people down with his Michael Jackson documentary. The filmmaker has been working on Bad 25 - which examines the making of the late King of Pop's classic 1987 album - and was excited by the challenge of living up to the "pressure" of fans' expectations.
"It's good pressure. You can't let people down. If this had been sub-par I'd have been torn limb from limb," he said.
Spike has admired the "Thriller" hitmaker - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - all his life and admits his passing left him "messed up" for some time. "I'm a filmmaker, I love what I do and I grew up admiring and loving Michael Jackson. I saw him in 1969 on TV. He had a big afro and I wanted to be him. Michael's life deeply affected people and they miss him. His death messed me up for a month or two. He touched so many people," he said when asked why he made the film.
Justin Bieber's Believe tour will be inspired by Michael Jackson.
The 18-year-old singer is preparing for his latest concert series and his manager Scooter Braun revealed Justin has been studying the late King of Pop's moves. "He has been watching a tremendous amount of Michael Jackson concerts from the '80s and '90s. And he has been talking to me about how Michael incorporated magic and pyro and reveals and he wants to bring in that. [But] still do that acoustic thing, but he wants to take it to a whole new level," Scooter told MTV News.
Scooter also explained he is excited about the new tour because Justin has matured as a performer. "It's just really exciting. Nothing makes him happier than being onstage. So it's gonna be fun to get back onto the road. I think he was an amazing performer before, but his level of dance and musicianship and his range [has grown]. He's a veteran now. I think he wants to take it to a completely new level," he explained.
Spike Lee is in the final stages of completing a Michael Jackson documentary.
The legendary filmmaker is in the latter part of post-production on the project, which will focus on the story of the late singer's Bad album, world tour and videos to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record following its release in August 1987. The documentary will feature more than 40 interviews, conducted by Spike - who directed both short films for Michael's "They Don't Care About Us" in 1996 - with the "Thriller" hitmaker's confidants, choreographers, collaborators and musicians who worked on the record.
"I'm more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy. With this Bad project I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller - the best selling album of all time - the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day," he said.
Adele's 21 has now outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller in the UK.
The "Rolling In The Deep" hitmaker's second album - which was released in January 2011 - has sold 4,274,300 copies in Britain, more than 500 more than the late singer's 1982 classic record, meaning it is now the fifth best-selling album of all time in the UK. "To add to her many landmark records, Adele's achievement in overtaking Thriller in the all-time sales list is truly remarkable. Thriller has long been recognized as one of the most iconic albums of all time - there is now no doubt that 21 can be spoken of in the same breath," said Official Charts Company's managing director Martin Talbot.
Will.i.am believes Cheryl Cole is similar to Michael Jackson.
The Black Eyed Peas star - who manages the Girls Aloud singer - thinks Cheryl is as much as a perfectionist as the late "Thriller" hitmaker, and claims her upcoming third solo album will be "big."
"I can't give too much away but Cheryl's album is going to be big. Like Michael Jackson she is a complete perfectionist. Unless she is 100 per cent happy with something she just won't put it out there. She has got some of the biggest artists and producers in the industry to work with her, not just because she is talented but because everybody who meets her loves her."
Will.i.am believes Cheryl's genuine nature is what makes people warm to her: "She is one of the most likeable people in the industry and to be genuine is as important as talent."
Katy Perry says she "owes" fans after equaling a US chart record.
The 26-year-old singer thanks fans after her latest song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" topped the Billboard Hot 100, making it the fifth track from her Teenage Dream one album to top the charts - a record initially set by Michael Jackson with the singles from his 1987 album Bad.
Upon hearing the news, Katy Tweeted, "What a way to wake up! SO proud to announce that the little-engine-that-could of a song 'LAST FRIDAY NIGHT' is officially #1 & made HISTORY! & u know, I couldn't have done it with out ya, really I owe u guys BIG... so take this moment to give yourself a high FIVE!!! #allbecauseofu (sic)"
The music video for “Hold My Hand,” the first single from the Michael album, has just been released.
You’ll hear and see Akon, along with video of Michael Jackson himself and several Jackson stand-ins.
The song itself is classic Michael Jackson, but die-hard fans aren’t going to wait for next week’s release. The new album has been leaked on the Internet for weeks now.
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TMZ is reporting that some members of the Jackson family are skeptical of the songs featured on the newest Michael Jackson album.
The gossip site says that the family thinks the singing doesn’t sound like Michael’s voice. Mom Katharine Jackson is scheduled to appear on Oprah Monday, but it’s not known whether or not she’ll address the album controversy.
Paparazzi recently caught up to LaToya Jackson to get her take on the situation. The singer/actress was very quiet and polite as she climbed into a taxi, telling the paps “I listened to it…It doesn’t sound like him.” LaToya was referring to the “Breaking News” single, recently released by Sony as a teaser for the upcoming album.
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Michael, a new album featuring completed recordings performed by Michael Jackson, is scheduled to hit store shelves on December 14. In the meantime, eager fans will be able to hear a preview of the album on the late pop star’s official website.
The first teaser is only a preview of things to come. Michael’s “Breaking News” will premiere worldwide on November 8 on the website. The song has never been heard before and is one of the last tracks Michael worked on before his death.
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