Tito Jackson; legendary superstar; older brother to Michael Jackson and one of the original members of the Jacksons, aka Jackson 5, arrived in London today from Japan, in order to do a collaboration with Chinese singing sensation Ayi Jihu, who is signed to Shlepp Records, and the two artists are recording a new song together at London’s Battery Studios. It will be the first time the two have met in the flesh and the first time they have worked together.
Tito, who started the Jackson’s off on their long lasting music legacy by borrowing his father Joe’s guitar at the age of eight, will be not only collaborating with Ayi Jihu, but also with Brazilian recording star Edu Casanova. The two singers will appear on the Brazilian’s song Bola Vex. Ayi, who is a huge fan of Tito’s, has already collaborated with Edu before and she will be the first Chinese artist to ever perform at the Brazilian Carnival where she will be appearing alongside Edu.
This “tri” collaborative effort on Bola Vex will be released by the German Company Storz Media GmbH. Ayi Jihu, who has been called the Chinese Madonna, was introduced to Tito Jackson by his manager Vie Billups and record producer Peter Doc Bielig. Billups is a former recording artist for Decca and part of the group the Flirtations, aka Pearly Gates and Bielig is the producer of Casanova and his song Bola Vex.
Bielig has produced earlier collaborative tracks with Edu and Ayi and he is close friends with Stevie Eagle E, who is Ayi Jihu’s manager. When Bielig and Billups introduced Ayi to Tito the two found that they were singing the same key. Jihu was already excited at the prospect of meeting one of her childhood idols and she said that to record with Tito was a “dream come true.”
Tito Jackson and Ayi Jihu are in Battery Recording Studios in London to work on the new song that is part of Edu Casanova’s Bola Vex. Ayi has been taking China by storm and has a legion of fans across the country and, after her earlier collaboration with Edu, fans in Brazil as well. Jihu moved to the United Kingdom when she was a child and it was in this country that she started her career.
In 2010 the BBC dubbed the performer the “Chinese Madonna of Cambridge” and publicized the fact that since she signed with Shlepp Records in 2007, her first album had gone gold after being downloaded over 100 million times in China.
Ayi Jihu, and her idol, Tito Jackson will record their vocals on the track and also shoot their parts for the song’s promotional music video. The song is due to be released spring this year. Sadly, Edu Casanova was not able to be in London at the same time as his collaborators, but, he plans to link up with Tito and Ayi in Brazil later in the year.
Jihu has already reached legend status by her own efforts and this meeting in London is the first time that she has come “face-to-face” with her “all time idol.” These two legends performing together on Edu Casanova’s track Bola Vex will be an almost historical event in the music world as this new R&B legend works with one of the best known names in the business.
Tito is planning on heading out to China after finishing his U.S.A. commitments to perform live with Ayi Jihu as well as collaborating on more songs with the 30 year-old Chinese Madonna. Tito and Ayi will be in London until January 29 recording their new collaborative song. Peter Doc Bielig and Stevie Eagle E are currently working on the production and remixing of Tito Jackson’s latest album.
By Michael Smith
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Vocalist Judith Hill (who you may remember from Michael Jackson‘s “This Is It“ or as a contestant on Season Four of NBC’s “The Voice“) has been tapped by multi-platinum-selling singer Josh Groban as support for his fall “In the Round” tour, which kicked off Oct. 2.
Dates include this Sunday, Oct. 13, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In addition to opening the show, Hill joined Groban during his set for two songs: “The Prayer” and “Remember When It Rains.”
Hill, who contributed backing vocals to three tracks on Groban’s latest album, “All That Echoes,” will also be playing a series of headline dates this fall.
Praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals,” Hill recently signed with Sony Music. She is finishing up her debut record, which will be released in early 2014.
In addition to writing and performing her own material, Hill – who wrote her first song at the age of four – has backed such artists as the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John.
She was also featured in Morgan Neville’s acclaimed documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” a film that shines the spotlight on the untold true stories of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.
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In L.A.? Go check out the free concert at 5 Towers at Universal CityWalk by Judith Hill (“The Voice” and Michael Jackson‘s “This Is It“). The powerhouse singer from Season 4 of “The Voice” performs at the 5 Towers outdoor concert arena this Saturday, August 24th at 7PM.
The best part: it’s FREE!
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Check out this music video from our good friend Kevin Stea, a.k.a. That Rogue Romeo.
Machine & Magic was directed by the Brian Friedman and Cha’n Andre’, with choreography by Tessandra Chavez, and featuring former Pussycat Doll, Carmit Bachar.
For those who may not know, besides being a talented dancer, actor, and model, Kevin is one of the founding members of the original Team Yellow– the group of Asian American dancers on the L.A. scene that was working with the top artists in the late-90′s/00′s.
Kevin has danced for Michael Jackson, Prince, Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, George Michael, David Bowie, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cher, Christina Aguilera, and many other megastars. He was also featured on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition world tour and in her documentary film “Truth Or Dare.”
Here is a clip of our good friend, 2-time world champion pole dancer Felix Cane. She is currently a featured soloist on Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil and is the epitome of being multi-cultural. Felix is half Nepalese and half English, grew up in Brunei, and started her professional career in Australia before joining Cirque du Soleil’s burlesque-influenced resident show “Zumanity – The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil.”
Here is an insane clip of her in action with her pole act from the Michael Jackson show, performed on Canada AM.