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Other / Michael Jackson Takes to Instagram
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:19:46 AM »
Michael Jackson Takes to Instagram, Surges on Social 50 Chart
By William Gruger, New York | September 05, 2013 7:43 PM EDT

The King of Pop makes a big leap on the Social 50 as his social media channels celebrate the anniversary of his birthday.

Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13), following online activity surrounding the anniversary of his birthday on Thursday, Aug. 29, and the launch of his Instagram account.
The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.
Promoted across Jackson's various social media channels, an interactive social media campaign instructed fans and followers to "spread the message of unity, harmony and hope for a better world." That message was to be delivered by uploading an Instagram video to "honor Michael Jackson on his birthday by sharing your idea for making the world a better place."
By using the hashtag #MJWeAreOne, a tag named after Jackson's Cirque Du Soleil show "Michael Jackson One," participants are able to see their videos displayed on a microsite which also doubled as a promotional board for the Cirque show.
The resulting engagement stirred a 109% rise in weekly conversation about Jackson on Facebook, which led to the addition of 493,000 new fans on the platform (an 80% increase over the previous week). The campaign also marked the launch of Jackson's official Instagram account, which gained 2,900 followers during the charting week.


Famed MJ Attorney
By Conrad Murray Voicemail

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Tom Mesereau -- the lawyer who successfully defended Michael Jackson in the singer's 2005 molestation trial -- literally could not stand to listen to Conrad Murray's desperate voicemail yesterday ... telling TMZ, "This man is despicable."

Tom was out in L.A. when we played the recording for him, and after just a minute, Tom turned it off with a disgusted look on his face ... saying, "I can't listen to any more of this."

Tom then tore into Conrad Murray over his desperate pleas for sympathy -- saying, "This man is despicable. This man has never taken responsibility for what he did to Michael Jackson. He's always been a blamer. He blames Michael Jackson for everything."

Tom added, "[Conrad] wants everyone to feel sorry for his situation. He caused the death of one of the greatest artists in world history ... a kind, decent, wonderful, nice person. He caused his death and he's never taken responsibility for it."

TMZ posted the voicemail recording yesterday morning, in which Murray pleads with a friend to save him from jail -- saying, "I can't sleep now ... it's very hard ... I'm in constant pain ... can someone please help me please!?"

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Elizabeth Taylor / A Collection Fit for a Queen
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:51:02 AM »
Elizabeth Taylor’s Love Affair with Jewelry


Movie star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Elizabeth Taylor is without a doubt one of the most iconic and influential actresses of our era. Unfortunately, the world lost a star when she passed away this March of a heart failure at 79 earlier on this year.
Even though she has left us, her glorious legacy in forms of film and possessions still remain; in which parts of her prized possessions will be auctioned off by Christie’s New York next month. The items of the celebrated film star that will go under the hammer include personal mementoes, incredible gifts from ex-husbands, lovers and friends,that including the late Michael Jackson and some of the most famous stones in history.
If diamonds are forever, Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy on the big screen had made her a precious diamond and her legend will live on along with her jewelry collection. Taylor had more than 1,000 pieces of jewelry that was stored in a room next to her giant closet in her bedroom. Her love for her jewelry is further defined when she published her book, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry in 2002.
Despite the vast number of jewelry pieces, she knew exactly where and when she had acquired each one and frequently admired her collection. The actor Richard Burton, whom Taylor married and divorced twice was a great contributor to her collection. In his diaries, he would recall waking up at the middle of the night to find Taylor playing with her jewels.
“The memory of a piece of jewelry brings back a stab of joy and love”, she once said. This is exceptionally true as her seven husbands gave most of the pieces in Taylor’s collection. Burton bought the Krupp diamond, a 33.19-carat natural marvel for US$300,000 in 1968. Known as the Elizabeth Taylor diamond today, Taylor once marvelled, “it gives me the strangest feeling of beauty”. The diamond is estimated to be auctioned off for US$2.5 million to US$3.5 million.
Another iconic piece in Taylor’s jewelry collection is the 19-th century diamond tiara that Taylor wore to the 1957 Academy Awards when film producer Mike Todd, her third husband who died in a plane crash a year after, won the Oscar for Best Picture with the film Around the Wold in 80 Days. The tiara was given to Taylor when Todd described her as queen.
Other exceptional pieces include the historical Pérégrina or Wanderer pearl, which had been given to Mary I of England by King Philip II of Spain in 1554 and was worn by Queen Margarita and Queen Isabel of Spain before it was snatched during Napoleon’s invasion in 1808; the heart-shaped diamond inscribed with the name Nur Jahan, who was the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir; and a diamond brooch that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.
The special travelling exhibition showcasing the precious jewelry pieces, haute couture, accessories and other possessions of the late Elizabeth Taylor will be hosted in Hong Kong on November 25-27 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The final stop of the exhibition will be in New York from December 3 -12, before the auction begins on December 13 at Christie’s New York.
The possessions of Taylor will be auctioned off into six different auctions categorised into legendary jewels; jewelry; haute couture; fashion and accessories; fine and decorative art; film memorabilia; and will also feature a unique online auction.
A portion of profits from the sales will profit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation that was established by Elizabeth Taylor in 1991 to raise funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV and to provide assistance for those living with the virus.

Ring made in platinum and white gold and is set with a 16.98 carat
pear-shaped diamond with trimmed calibre-cut sapphires.
A gift from Michael Jackson

Diamond “Lord Kalla” Wristwatch by Vacheron Constantin.
A gift from Michael Jackson

 A diamonds necklace.
A gift from Michael Jackson

A suite of diamond and multi-gem monkey jewelry,from the collection of the
Baron and Baroness di Portanova.
A gift from Michael Jackson.

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Introduce yourself / Greetings from Cali-land
« on: October 11, 2010, 11:25:29 AM »
Hello Everyone,

I felt weird browsing through the forum day after day without a proper introduction.  My name is Bree from California. I'm actually a hoax forum transplant (out of respect for both, I won't name the forum)...they were more focused on the "Army of Love " perspective (which is wonderful, but it just didn't suit my particular needs) so I came here because there is such a wealth of information on all subjects.

I am not a "fan" of Michael Jackson's though I do appreciate his brother was the big fanatic---in truth, I had stopped following Michaels career sometime in the mid 90's....not because of the allegations, but more so because I was following Janet's music at the time.  

What led me to the hoax sites were the much debated pictures of Michael at the O2 concert announcement.  I admit, I hadn't paid any attention to any pictures of Michael in many years, but something about those pictures didn't "feel right" to me and I got curious and started digging....the rest is investigative history.

I don't post much, but I will chirp in on things that interest me.  I hope my opinion can be of some value here and thanks in advance for sharing your ideas....I look forward to reading them. :)

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