MICHAEL JACKSON LIVES AGAIN IN Xscape

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, fans are now able to enjoy new music by the great and oh- so much-lamented Michael Jackson. New in this sense does not really mean newly created. This means music that Michael had composed at various times in his life but which never made the final cut of any of his albums. They had been privately recorded and had not been performed publicly before. It is so easy to imagine how it was then. Michael would come up with a tune. He would then save it for future use. He would record it on a tape recorder or on his phone, his home studio or anywhere the mood or the situation takes him. Out of these raw materials, he would next choose what he considered were the best with his producers and arrangers. Those selected would then get the final treatment and become cuts in an album. Thankfully, the rest were not erased but were instead stored in his vault to be taken out and possibly resurrected for future projects. These have now become a treasure trove of posthumous Michael music. An initial batch was used in the Michael album two years ago. And now the time has come for some more of those songs to be heard. They are now part of the album titled Xscape, a bountiful collection of works that again calls attention to Michael’s untimely demise. What a loss, indeed. Xscape was released last May 13 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. The executive producer is the famous, multi-award-winning L.A. Reid, who is also the chairman and CEO of the Epic label. L.A. has been granted unlimited access by the Estate to Michael’s files. These contain materials from the past 40 years with, most importantly, Michael’s recorded vocals. READ MORE...

ALSO: Michael Jackson’s Xscape tops the UK’s Official Albums Chart

The late King Of Pop claims his tenth UK Number 1 album, while The Black Keys and Foxes also debut in the Top 5. Michael Jackson has gone straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart to claim his tenth UK chart topper with Xscape. The album is the late King Of Pop’s second posthumous collection of previously unheard tracks to be released since he passed away in 2009. Its predecessor, Michael, reached Number 4 in the UK in 2010. Xscape features ‘contemporised’ versions of Michael’s original recordings by high-profile producers include Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, JRoc, Stargate and John McClain. The Black Keys score their highest charting UK album to date with Turn Blue (Number 2). It is the US duo’s first new studio album since 2011. Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction (3) and Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love (4) trade places, while British singer/songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, AKA Foxes, is new in at Number 5 today with her debut album, Glorious.

ALSO: The Boots-King June 14 wedding entourage

Here come the blushing bride and the triumphant groom: Boots Anson Roa and King Rodrigo all set for their altar date on June 14. The invitation features a crown (for King) and a pair of boots (well, you know). It’s understandable why Boots Anson-Roa is excited about being a June Bride because, as you must have known, it’s the first time she’s having an en grande wedding since she and her late husband Pete Roa eloped and got married in a quiet, simple ceremony at a church in Pasay City. Better late than never. On June 14, Boots will exchange “I do’s” with King Rodrigo (a widower) at what could be the Wedding of the Year late afternoon at The Archbishop’s Palace Manila in Mandaluyong City after faithfully following step-by-step the Filipino tradition leading to the altar — you know, the courtship done with flowers and love poems (King is a poet), the innocent dating, the pamanhikan, the planning…the works! And, yes, as the title of an LVN movie proclaimed, Filipino custom no touch (that is, until the wedding night). READ MORE...

ALSO: Fallout from the Aguilar family feud

After my exposé about singer Maegan Aguilar’s ill feelings toward her dad, fellow musician Freddie Aguilar, came out last Monday, I got all sorts of messages from colleagues. Friends from ABS-CBN and GMA 7 asked me how to get in touch with Maegan since they wanted to pick up my story. I sent Freddie a text message on Sunday to get his side. But at press time, he has yet to reply. In TV reports, he said he was sad about Maegan’s tell-all, but wishes her well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Freddie is in shock after his daughter’s revelations. It’s not my intention to aggravate matters by writing about this family feud. But Maegan sought me out for help and I felt her pain. I even asked her, if she was sure about going public about their misunderstanding. There was no tinge of doubt in her voice. Maegan has reached the point of no return when it comes to her dad. Just to clarify, it was only her father who had converted to Islam and not Maegan and her siblings. Also, Maegan pointed out that it was her mom who left their dad. Her mom got fed up already, she said. After the storm, Maegan told me that she’s “exhausted yet relieved” now that her story is out. “The sad part was, there was an issue about money before,” she said. “Publicly, my father said one of his kids had stolen money from him. Since I’m the one who’s in the business, some people assumed it was me.”
Maegan is hurting. “I’m always on the front line, singing with him and defending him and yet they consider me the black sheep.” READ MORE...


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Michael Jackson lives again in Xscape

MANILA, MAY 26, 2014 (PHILSTAR) SOUNDS FAMILIAR By Baby A. Gil- Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, fans are now able to enjoy new music by the great and oh- so much-lamented Michael Jackson. New in this sense does not really mean newly created. This means music that Michael had composed at various times in his life but which never made the final cut of any of his albums. They had been privately recorded and had not been performed publicly before.

It is so easy to imagine how it was then. Michael would come up with a tune. He would then save it for future use. He would record it on a tape recorder or on his phone, his home studio or anywhere the mood or the situation takes him. Out of these raw materials, he would next choose what he considered were the best with his producers and arrangers. Those selected would then get the final treatment and become cuts in an album.

Thankfully, the rest were not erased but were instead stored in his vault to be taken out and possibly resurrected for future projects. These have now become a treasure trove of posthumous Michael music. An initial batch was used in the Michael album two years ago. And now the time has come for some more of those songs to be heard. They are now part of the album titled Xscape, a bountiful collection of works that again calls attention to Michael’s untimely demise. What a loss, indeed.

Xscape was released last May 13 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. The executive producer is the famous, multi-award-winning L.A. Reid, who is also the chairman and CEO of the Epic label. L.A. has been granted unlimited access by the Estate to Michael’s files. These contain materials from the past 40 years with, most importantly, Michael’s recorded vocals.

L.A. chose eight new songs for Xscape. These were then farmed out to producers that Michael had already worked with or had expressed interest in working with while he was still alive like Timbaland, J Roc Harmon, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, John McClain and others. I must say that they not only rose to the challenge of the difficult assignment. They crafted every cut with all the love and reverence due the King of Pop.

It is no wonder then that Michael hit a winner on his first time out from Xscape. This is the disco ballad Love Never Felt So Good and the title alone already makes spending for a copy of Xscape truly worthwhile. I love that this song is so typically his. It is romantic and sexy and danceable just like the music from my favorite Michael album of all, Off The Wall, which was his first with producer Quincy Jones and his first solo release outside Motown. I still believe that the period between the Jackson 5 and Thriller was Michael’s best. That was before the themes got darker and when there was no pressure to best himself. Back then, the music was less complicated, less aggressive and there was a light, happy lilt in his singing.

Love Never Felt So Good is Xscape’s centerpiece. Introduced by dramatic strings, it gets the album off to an excellent start. It also closes the package as a bonus track. And when I say bonus, I really mean a big, unexpected bonus. It goes over the top in a duet version of the song by Michael and Justin Timberlake. This one is a real killer and a wonderful video where JT dances with existing footage of Michael from various sources, has been released. It is such a joy watching them together and JT looks ecstatic about the experience.

That is not all. If you bought the Deluxe edition of Xscape, you will find out that Michael’s original recorded vocals for all of the eight songs are also included. These are the tracks that L.A. chose and that the other producers had to work with. Here again is proof of the extraordinary talent that Michael was. These recordings are practically raw and were initially discards but they sound great and Michael’s voice is really something to marvel at. Love Never Felt So Good, with a simple piano accompaniment and finger snaps by Michael, is the best of them all.

The rest of the songs come from different periods in Michael’s life. Xscape mirrors the anguish of the beleaguered celebrity in Scream. Do You Know Where Your Children Are? takes on child abuse, a topic that nearly destroyed Michael. A Place With No Name, a likely next single, borrows from the phenomenal selling A Horse With No Name by America. Loving You is a romantic ballad. Also included are Chicago, Paradise, Slave To The Rhythm and Blue Gangsta.

The first reaction is that no common thread holds the album together. Only Michael’s singing does and when used in treasures such as these, that is more than enough.

FROM OFFICIALCHARTS.COM

Michael Jackson’s Xscape tops the UK’s Official Albums Chart 18/05/2014 By Daniel Lane


Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones at the Grammy Awards in 1984. Quincy Jones has a blunt assessment on the latest posthumous Michael Jackson album release, “Xscape” -- "It's about money." The music legend's comments were broadcast Tuesday in an interview on Jian Ghomeshi's "Q" talk show on CBC Radio.PHOTO FROM BILLBOARD.COM By Lars Brandle

The late King Of Pop claims his tenth UK Number 1 album, while The Black Keys and Foxes also debut in the Top 5.

Michael Jackson has gone straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart to claim his tenth UK chart topper with Xscape.

The album is the late King Of Pop’s second posthumous collection of previously unheard tracks to be released since he passed away in 2009. Its predecessor, Michael, reached Number 4 in the UK in 2010.

Xscape features ‘contemporised’ versions of Michael’s original recordings by high-profile producers include Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, JRoc, Stargate and John McClain.

The Black Keys score their highest charting UK album to date with Turn Blue (Number 2). It is the US duo’s first new studio album since 2011. Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction (3) and Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love (4) trade places, while British singer/songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, AKA Foxes, is new in at Number 5 today with her debut album, Glorious.

New Entries

In addition to Michael Jackson’s Xscape (Number 1), The Black Keys’ Turn Blue (2) and Foxes’ Glorious (5) there are six other new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

British singer/songwriter Nick Mulvey follows up the success of his recent Top 40 single, Cucurucu, by scoring a Top 10 album with his debut full-length First Mind (10).

Tori Amos’ 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, is new in at Number 13 today, while hotly tipped Swedish band Little Dragon enter one place behind her with their fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband (14).

Blondie’s 40th anniversary collection, Blondie 4(0)-Ever, which features re-recordings of some of their Greatest Hits as well as their new studio album, Ghosts Of Download, enters at 16. US group Swans score their highest charting UK album to date with To Be Kind (38), while The Common Linnets, who came second in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest are at Number 40 with their self-titled debut album.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 XSCAPE MICHAEL JACKSON
2 TURN BLUE BLACK KEYS
3 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
4 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
5 GLORIOUS FOXES
6 SHEEZUS LILY ALLEN
7 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST GARY BARLOW
8 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
9 GOING BACK HOME WILKO JOHNSON/ROGER DALTREY
10 FIRST MIND NICK MULVEY
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The Boots-King June 14 wedding entourage FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 25, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0

Here come the blushing bride and the triumphant groom: Boots Anson Roa and King Rodrigo all set for their altar date on June 14.

The invitation features a crown (for King) and a pair of boots (well, you know). It’s understandable why Boots Anson-Roa is excited about being a June Bride because, as you must have known, it’s the first time she’s having an en grande wedding since she and her late husband Pete Roa eloped and got married in a quiet, simple ceremony at a church in Pasay City.

Better late than never.

On June 14, Boots will exchange “I do’s” with King Rodrigo (a widower) at what could be the Wedding of the Year late afternoon at The Archbishop’s Palace Manila in Mandaluyong City after faithfully following step-by-step the Filipino tradition leading to the altar — you know, the courtship done with flowers and love poems (King is a poet), the innocent dating, the pamanhikan, the planning…the works! And, yes, as the title of an LVN movie proclaimed, Filipino custom no touch (that is, until the wedding night).

Will Boots cry at the wedding as she walks blushing down the aisle in a fabulous gown specially designed by Eddie Baddeo? Only family members and close relatives will witness it because, as the invitation says, “due to limited space in church, those invited are requested to proceed directly to the reception.”

I suppose the groom will be flashing a wide “I won, I won!” smile as he’s escorted by his mother, Remedios Enriquez Rodrigo, who is turning 100 on that day (now you know the significance of the date). After H.E. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle declares them man and wife, King will finally (finally!) give his bride their first kiss (they were limited to holding hands during the courtship, no kidding!).

Here’s the complete entourage:

1 • Principal Sponsors: Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Ms. Susan Roces, Mr. Raul B. de Mesa and Ms. Marichu Vera Perez Maceda, Mr. Eduardo N. Roa and Ms. Cristina Xerez Burgos.

• Best Men: Mr. Francisco S. Rodrigo III, Mr. Vicente S. Rodrigo, Mr. Roberto S. Rodrigo, Mr. Rafael E. Evangelista and Mr. Ramon E. Rodrigo.

• Matrons of Honor: Ms. Vicky Anson White, Ms. Leah Roa Cuevas, Ms. Chiqui Roa Puno, Ms. Josefina Rodrigo and Ms. Elizabeth R. Velez.

• Groomsmen: Ryan Cuevas, Randy Puno, Nick Puno and Vicente Velez.

• Bridesmaids: Katrina Cuevas, Jessica Cuevas, Rachel Cuevas and Callie Rodrigo.

• Secondary Sponsors: Mr. Melencio Rodrigo and Ms. Remedios R. Sevilla (Candle), Dep. Speaker Roberto Puno and Ms. Lani V. Enriquez (Veil), and Mr. Cecil Oscar Anson and Ms. Elaine R. Villar (Cord).

• Coin Bearer: Mia Roa.

• Cross Bearer: Ethan Roa.

• Ring Bearers: Benj Rodrigo and Tico Rodrigo.

• Flower Girls: Sabrina Puno, Alyssa Won, Amelia Won and Miel Santos.

• Bible Bearer: Mandy Rodrigo

• Page Boys: Timo Rodrigo and Nathan Rodrigo

• Offertory Sponsors: Alexander Chua and Marjorie Lacap (Flowers); Oscar Anson Jr. and Tessie Pangilinan, and Alvin Anson and Myra Nograles (Fruits); Ramon Anson (Chalice); Susan Anson (Ciborium); and Angelina Montemayor (Cruets).

A “pakiusap” is included in the invitation, written by King:

Sa mga dadalo at magreregalo

Isang pakiusap sa lahat sa inyo:

Kaming dal’wa ni Boots’y titira sa condo

Na ang mga gamit ay pawang kumpleto.

Sana ay iwasan ang mga regalo

Na gamit sa bahay o mga pangluho

Ano mang halaga ang makakayanan

Ay ibabahagi sa nangangailangan

FROM THE INQUIRER

Fallout from the Aguilar family feud Dollywood By Dolly Anne Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer May 21, 2014 | 1:09 am
 


FREDDIE and daughter Maegan Aguilar during happier times. Facebook photo

After my exposé about singer Maegan Aguilar’s ill feelings toward her dad, fellow musician Freddie Aguilar, came out last Monday, I got all sorts of messages from colleagues.

Friends from ABS-CBN and GMA 7 asked me how to get in touch with Maegan since they wanted to pick up my story.

I sent Freddie a text message on Sunday to get his side. But at press time, he has yet to reply. In TV reports, he said he was sad about Maegan’s tell-all, but wishes her well.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Freddie is in shock after his daughter’s revelations.

It’s not my intention to aggravate matters by writing about this family feud.

But Maegan sought me out for help and I felt her pain. I even asked her, if she was sure about going public about their misunderstanding. There was no tinge of doubt in her voice.

Maegan has reached the point of no return when it comes to her dad.

Just to clarify, it was only her father who had converted to Islam and not Maegan and her siblings.

Also, Maegan pointed out that it was her mom who left their dad. Her mom got fed up already, she said.

After the storm, Maegan told me that she’s “exhausted yet relieved” now that her story is out.

“The sad part was, there was an issue about money before,” she said. “Publicly, my father said one of his kids had stolen money from him. Since I’m the one who’s in the business, some people assumed it was me.”

Maegan is hurting. “I’m always on the front line, singing with him and defending him and yet they consider me the black sheep.”

Parent-child conflicts are inevitable—especially for the Aguilars, who have been constantly in the news.

It’s not easy growing up in the shadow of a famous parent. I should know because I experienced it myself. But somewhere along the way, celebs’ kids must learn how to step out of the darkness and seek their own light.

There are days when we feel that we don’t like our parents or our children because of something they’ve done. But even in those turbulent times when they are not likable, we cannot unlove them.

Hopefully, time apart will soften Maegan’s and Freddie’s hearts. So the next time they fight, they will argue about who loves the other more.

My Guy


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORA AUNOR

On the lighter side, since it’s the birth anniversary of superstar Nora Aunor today, let me share some cute anecdotes about Ate Guy (Nora’s nickname) as relayed to me by my mom, Inday Badiday.

My mom and La Aunor rose to fame at the same time. Mommy took to the grave some of Guy’s deepest secrets.

When they shot a film in Hawaii, Guy and my mom left the set during break time to watch the filming of the TV show, “Hawaii Five-0.” Their own shooting got delayed because the staff couldn’t find them.

Guy used to get nervous whenever she was interviewed by English-speaking colegialas.

One time, my mom got surprised when Guy pretended that she had no voice and asked her to answer the colegialas’ questions.

Guy once pulled a prank on my mom when we left for the United States. It’s too wacky to publicize. Suffice it to say, it remains to be my fave, top-secret Nora Aunor story to this day.


LOURDES “Inday Badiday” Carvajal


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