Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture. Michael Jackson’s sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists around the world. His contribution has been imprinted into most of our hearts and his music will remain with us as long as we live. The album cover is an oil painting done by Kadir Nelson. On December 14th, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release the much anticipated new album “MICHAEL” You can hear the first official Michael Jackson single “Hold My Hand,” a duet with Akon, which was released on Nov 15.
Also, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil unveil Michael Jackson” The Immortal” World Tour, written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today. “The Immortal” is a once-in-a-lifetime production that unfolds inside the creative mind of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour by Cirque du Soleil is a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. Who is Jamie King? Written By Papiss Ndir
In selecting Jamie King as Writer and Director for THE IMMORTAL World Tour, which will feature 60 international performers, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil chose a director Variety called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours”. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, having most recently directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, as well as her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour and hit music video, “Sorry”. He most recently directed Rihanna’s Last Girl On Earth world tour, Celine Dion’s Taking Chances world tour, The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour, Britney Spears’ Circus tour and Avril Lavigne’s Best Damn tour. He previously directed and choreographed world tours for Madonna (Re-Invention and Drowned World); Asian superstar Rain (Rain’s Coming); Ricky Martin (Black & White and La Vida Loca); Pink (Try This); Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics and Stripped); and his first collaboration with Britney Spears (Oops I Did It Again). He has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen Degeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will call on the diverse talents of the following creative minds: Guy Laliberté, Creative Guide; Jamie King, Writer and Director; Chantal Tremblay, Director of Creation; Mark Fisher, Set Designer; Zaldy Goco, Costume Designer; Kevin Antunes, Musical Designer; Martin Labrecque, Lighting Designer; Olivier Goulet, Projection and Video Content Designer; François Desjardins, Sound Designer; Scott Osgood, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Germain Guillemot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Michael Curry, Props Designer. Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will begin in Montreal in October 2011 and travel to select North American cities for the first leg. Additional cities and dates will be announced.