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All On The Cover: Michael Jackson Covers Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone

(left to right) Michael Jackson singing at home in 1972, on the set of the “Thriller” video in 1983, in a portrait taken in 1983 and performing in New York City on Sept. 10, 2001.

The news media has been buzzing (to put it mildly) about the unexpected June 25 death of Michael Jackson. Newsstands are overflowing with magazines featuring the King of Pop on the cover, including gossip magazines like Us Weekly and news glossies like Time. While it may be tempting to snatch up every cover as MJ memorabilia, there is one tribute cover that, for me, rises above them all: Entertainment Weekly.

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Jackson tribute issue is an absolute must-have for any music fan. Four different covers are available, all depicting Jackson and, inevitably, his transformation throughout the years. The issue features pages of photos in a “His Life in Pictures” section, an in-depth look at MJ’s Jackson 5 and solo albums and an “ultimate playlist” of his songs (I was inspired to compile my own Michael Jackson playlist, myself). The issue also ranks his top 10 music videos, with 1979’s “Rock with You” coming out on top, and includes a touching essay written by Steven King about his memories of briefly working with Jackson on a never-released music video for “Ghosts,” which King described as the “scariest music video ever.”

Rolling Stone- MJ

The issue gets bonus points for having multiple covers. I love when multiple covers are released and I get to choose my favorite – in this case, the Thriller cover.

But EW is going to face some competition soon enough. Rolling Stone’s MJ tribute issue hits newsstands on July 10, and is sure to be a similarly memorable issue. It is currently available for preorder for $8.99. So keep your eyes peeled, but in the meantime, enjoy your issue of EW (you can order copies at EW.com).

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Wire Talk: Paris Jackson’s Memorial Comments Wasn’t Planned, It Came From The Heart

https://i0.wp.com/www.usmagazine.com/files/paris-b_3.jpgAs the star-studded tribute to the King of Pop concluded, Michael Jackson’s own children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris Katherine, 11, and Prince Michael II (Blanket), 7, took the stage during a group performance of “Heal the World.”

The climactic moment of Tuesday’s Michael Jackson memorial service came when after the song, 11-year-old Paris Jackson gave an impromptu speech from the stage surrounded by the Jackson family. Paris stepped to the mic and spoke through tears: “Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine,” she said. “And I just want to say that I love him so much.”

Her aunt Janet Jackson then took her into her arms for a hug before the entire Jackson family left the stage, closing the service that lasted more than two hours. The moving tribute was especially startling because it marked one of the first times Michael’s daughter has ever been heard publicly.

Ken Erlich, the producer of the memorial, has told EW that the moment was in no way planned. “A lot of the show was not scripted,” he says. “A lot of the speakers spoke from their heart. We told them we’d be happy to work with them, but a lot of them — the Smokeys, the Berry Gordys, the people who knew Michael all his life — wanted to speak from the heart, on their own. When [the Paris moment] happened, I had asked the family to come up if they wanted to and say something. I thought, frankly, that we were going to get the brothers and the sisters. This went way beyond that, obviously.”

Erlich also reports that the moment when Usher left the stage to sing “Gone Too Soon” next to Jackson‘s casket was similarly impromptu. “He did that on his own and it was wonderful,” says the producer. “All we had time to do with this show is create the sense of it. The rest of it happened because we allowed it to happen. We didn’t want to get in the way.”

More photos of the kids below…

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Singing to “We Are The World”Above: You notice that Blanket dresses like Michael used to dress, with the high-water pants, white tube socks and penny loafer shoes. Check out the photo I put below to compare.

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