MJ Songs In New 2017 Movie As Michael Jackson ‘Image’ Caught In $1 Billion IRS Tax Trial ‘Thriller’

Maryam Louise - Author
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Feb. 13 2017, Updated 1:55 a.m. ET

Were the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller” a premonition about his posthumous row with the IRS?

Michael Jackson may be getting royalties long after his death for his legendary contributions to music, but new income from an upcoming 2017 Despicable Me movie might go directly to the tax man instead of his family.

Michael Jackson songs are extremely popular during Christmas, but MJ’s music is going to be revisited in a new movie just as his estate is embroiled in what some have called “one of the biggest tax trials” of all times.

Fans may be sad to see Michael Jackson embroiled in a tax trial that is to the tune of $1 billion. Despite this, MJ fans can get in a few laughs via the trailer for Despicable Me 3.

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While the Despicable Me 3 movie is coming to theaters in the summer of 2017, the newly released trailer was put online around mid-December, and it features Michael Jackson in several ways.

For example, the Despicable Me 3 trailer is full of Michael Jackson references outside of his songs. This includes one of the main characters saying a phrase unique to Michael Jackson: shamone.

The word shamone was featured in Michael Jackson’s song “Bad,” and the tune itself has been incorporated into the 2017 Despicable Me movie. Also interesting is the famous Moonwalk dance that Michael Jackson popularized, and the way that Despicable Me uses MJ’s dance in the trailer.

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