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Michael Jackson Justice: Beyond Thriller and into Music Publishing

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Beyond Thriller and into Music Publishing

May 31, 2010 - Beyond Thriller and into Music Publishing

On the Time line we left Michael in 1984. This is where things begin getting dicey.

Revelation 12: 7-12 - And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Has California become a fascist state? According to William Wagener, there is common criminal element between the anemic charges and trial of Michael’s murderer, Conrad Murray and political prisoner Richard Fine. This is a very interesting video.

Michael’s time line blog, we left off at 1984 - and will continue with the purchase of Michael’s ATV music catalog.

In 1985, Michael wanted to jump on the ATV music catalog that just came up for sale. This was the same catalog that McCartney withdrew his bid for because of the price, after Yoko declined to partner with McCartney in the purchase. John Branca, his then attorney and current executor of the Jackson Estate, negotiated through other interested parties and the catalog was Michael’s for $47.5 million.

During this time Tommy Mottola was still managing artists like John Mellencamp (Cougar for those of you like me, who remember the time…) Branca was Michael’s legal advisor and negotiator and Frank DiLeo was still working for Michael as his business/career manager.

During 1986, Michael was filming Captain EO and it premiered at the Epcot Center on September 12 of that year. This is also the same year the “oxygen chamber” rumor premiered on the pages of “The National Enquirer”. Some reports blame a publicity stunt that got taken way to far by the press. Michael claimed that the photo taken of him trying out a burn unit machine that he paid for was sold with the story by an unscrupulous photographer. It was also during this time that the Vitiligo that Michael contracted became pervasive enough that he had to use body makeup to cover up the discoloration. It wouldn’t be widely known what was causing Michael’s complexion to become pale until a 1993 interview with Oprah.

In the spring of 1987 Michael and Jehovah’s Witnesses parted ways. From more than one source, Michael severed the ties after being told his fame was against church doctrine. Michael was quoted in Schmuley’s book as saying that they had a problem with his hugging people. Michael “excommunicated” himself and took to studying the Bible primarily on his own. His mother testified co-aborating that it was Michael’s decision. This is the same year that the “Elephant Man Bones” story appeared in the tabloids, claiming that Michael had called the London Hospital where they were kept to try to purchase the skeleton of John Merrick. What started out as his interest in the tragic story turned into another “weirdo” story that haunted him for several years. Both this and the rumor about the oxygen chamber, Michael had to finally set publicly strait on the Oprah Winfrey documentary about him.

Later that year in August, “Bad” was released, which was his last album with Quincy Jones. Bad sold 30 million copies world wide and was the only album ever to this date, to spawn five number one singles from one album. Michael embarked on his “BAD” world tour in September in Japan. Sheryl Crow was his backup singer and sang the duet “I Just Can’t Stop Love You” on that tour.

Michael’s U.S. leg of the tour started in February of 1988. The following month, mid-tour, he bought the 2,700 acre ranch in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara that became his “Neverland” Ranch. At the age of 29 and a multi millionaire, he was finally leaving home for “home”. As he finished his touring throughout 1988, he made plans to renovate and turn the ranch into amusement park and playground. He filled the grounds with a zoo, amusement park rides, a train, pool and a theater equipped with hospital beds so that terminally ill children could also be brought in to see the shows he would book there for them.

It was about this time that the lawsuits began dogging Michael. In June a federal lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles on May 24, 1988 by three musicians. The plaintiffs were seeking $400 million from Michael, Lionel Ritchie and other artists claiming the idea for their songs were pirated. “Thriller”, “The Girl is Mine”, “We are the World” and other songs were targeted. This was one of four copyright suits filed against Michael, all of which were found in his favor.

Also during the “BAD” tour, Michael visited the widow of one of his creative heroes, Charlie Chaplin, in Switzterland. Ms. Oona O’Neil Chaplin told Michael that her husband and Michael had much in common in their rise from poverty to success. Michael fulfilled another childhood dream that day. Charlie’s song “Smile” was sung by his brother Jermaine at Michael’s Memorial. Michael also published his first book, "Moonwalker" at the bequest of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Michael found another common drive when he met Princess Diana during his European leg of the “BAD” tour. Children. Michael admired Diana’s work with children and organizations dedicated to improving their well being. They became friends. Michael’s song “Tabloid Junkie” alluded to Diana’s death at the hands of a chase posse of paparazzi. During the European tour, Michael made it into the Guiness World Book of Records for the third time, for selling out Wimbley Stadium seven times, for a total of 504,000 spectators. Michael devoted all the proceeds from his hit single “Man in the Mirror” to charity.

Michael began 1989 with the release of “MoonWalker”, a feature length movie summarizing his life and career. Many considered this to be his commercial “peak”. Who knows what would have happened had Michael never met the Chandler family. In 1989, Michael and Frank DiLeo parted ways. It was never revealed what the reason for the split with his business manager. Speculation over whether it was the failure to get “Moonwalker” into U.S. Theaters and fallout over the tabloid stories that some thought DiLeo was responsible for starting, to boost publicity. At this time Tommy Mottola was closing in on his first year as head of CBS records.

Michael’s “BAD” tour actually ended on January 27, 2009, two months after his last scheduled concert during that tour because swollen vocal chords prompted him to reschedule five L.A. shows. All told, the “BAD” tour, with it’s 16 month duration all over the world, 123 concerts and $125 million in revenue became another Guinness record entry.

Later in the summer of 1989, Michael’s family persuaded him to reunite with his brothers for a few concerts, which were supposed to take place in South Korea. The concerts were purely the brother’s idea and promised the Moonies (who were said to have offered $1million of they could get Michael to perform with them), that Michael would do them. The concerts never came to fruition and lawsuits were the result.

Michael spent some time with Ryan White, during June of that year and through the Christmas holiday in 1989 through January of 1990. It would be Ryan’s last. Ryan died from complications from AIDS on April 8, 1990. Michael wrote a song for him in his memory, “Gone too Soon”. Ryan was the child who was kicked out of school when they discovered he had contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion. During the mid to late 1980’s, Michael’s propensity for taking up causes for social underdogs got headlines, but unfortunately not as much as the tabloid rumors. Michael befriended another boy, Dave Rothenburg after the boys father set him on fire, burning 90 percent of his body. He survived with the love and support of his mother and Michael Jackson.

Michael’s entry into the next decade would start off as a tumultuous one. During 1990, Michael spent some of his previous year’s earnings ($125 million in 1989 alone) on charity and setting up his “Heal the World” foundation. He donated $500,000 to the Negro College Fund and began his collection of “home movies” video taping what would be rare, fun times with cousins, siblings, friends and disadvantaged children that visited his ranch. His “You Where There” performance for Sammy Davis Jr.’s 60th birthday won an Emmy nomination that year.

Michael renewed his contract with Sony in 1991, which bought out his original contract with Epic Records in 1986. The contract was a record at the time for any artist, for $100 million dollars. Michael released “Dangerous” album, which to date has sold 32 million copies. In 1992, Michael’s “Heal the World” foundation got into full swing, bringing underprivileged children to the Neverland Ranch for free theme park rides, food and ice cream, and hospitalized children to enjoy shows at his theater. “Heal the World” provided millions of dollars to children who were impoverished in the U.S. and around the world, providing food, medical treatment and clothing.

That year also saw the release of Michael’s second book, “Dancing the Dream”, which was a book of his poetry, and he began his “Dangerous” world tour on June 27, 1992 and didn’t finish until November 11, 1993. Michael’s 1993 saw the heart breaking result of his fame. One of the most vicious lawsuits was about to be filed, attacking the very core of his dream to help children all over the world.

Our next Michael timeline will cover the 1993 allegations through the 2002 Sony battle.

Good night and God Bless.


  1. Thank you Bonnie for this important time line. each day I read your blog, I learn a valuable lessons about Michael that I did not know before. I hope one day we all going to find a way to keep his mission alive.

    God bless you,

  2. Thank you Mimi . . . Things are getting interesting. Getting threats now. Nice, huh?


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