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Sunday, January 31, 2010

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Here is Wikipedia information on Earth Song. VERY interesting!

Grammy Awards tonight will be Kleenex box moment

Tonight is shaping up to be, not just an impressive Tribute filled with honor and pride for the man, but moments that will rip our heartstrings right out of our chests.

Prince Michael and Paris Katherine will both attend tonight, escorted by their grandmother, Katherine, and, according to this CNN article, Prince Michael will be reading a prepared statement during the Tribute.  Don't look for them to appear on the Red Carpet however. 

Some reports claim that until Mr and Mrs Jackson complained to the Grammys committee last week, no one in the Jackson family had been asked to participate in this Tribute. If that is true, WOW! What a snub Grammys!  Good for Joe and Katherine for raising the roof on this, and for Katherine's approval allowing Prince and Paris to appear not at the smaller Award ceremony, but the actual tribute.  We know their Daddy would be so proud of them!

If you are in the US, race down to get your 3D glasses free at Target TODAY!  You will need them to watch Michael's Earth Song.  While you are there, make sure you stock up on Kleenex too!

From GrammyLive.com
The 52nd GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube.

Also, if you are on Twitter, include #MichaelJackson and #EarthSong in all your Tweets today. 

It is all for love - L.O.V.E. Bless you Prince, Paris, Blanket and the entire Jackson Family. You will always be in our hearts.

We miss you Michael!

PS.  If you know of any other place online that is streaming the event, please leave a comment with the link, if possible, so others outside the US can watch too.

(video was removed by user: it has also been removed here)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dancing Lizards, Vegas Studio, and MJ

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Here's an article that talks about Michael and this SoBe commercial from the 2008 SuperBowl. Interesting when you see them together. Such a perfectionist he was.

Watch Lifetime Achievement Award TODAY... LIVE... online

For those who want to watch the whole event, here is the partial schedule TODAY. All times are PACIFIC.  Watch it here 

Saturday, Jan. 30
2 p.m.: Vlogger on MusiCares Person of the Year, GRAMMY Salute To Jazz, "Cue The Music"
3 p.m.: Special Merit Awards Ceremony7:45 p.m.: Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons
9:05 p.m.: GRAMMY Live Overnight

Photo credit: Charley Gallay / WireImage.com
Update: 1/30
Well, after sitting glued to the computer for 2 hours, Frank DiLeo accepted Michael's Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. DiLeo did give nice speech. According to E! Online, Prince, Paris and Blanket will attend the actual ceremonies tomorrow and read prepared speeches about their Daddy.

Trend #MichaelJackson tomorrow night during Grammys.

Wonder if they will stream it live tomorrow also?

Come Together, right now, over me... *drools*

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Opus Reality Update! Check your emails

*Below is the email I personally received 30 minutes ago from CustomerCare with Opus.

Order reference: *redacted*

Dear Customer,

We would just like to keep you informed about Opus Reality, an online experience at krakenopus.com available to every owner of the Official Michael Jackson Opus.

It has taken a little longer than we originally expected but we are excited to let you know that we are in the process of finalizing the content that will form the launch of the Michael Jackson Opus Reality experience.

We are able to provide you here with your unique password code that will allow you access to the experience upon final launch. This unique code is important. It gives you alone your own special access to the content on the site.

Your code is: *redacted*

This can be redeemed in the exclusive Opus Extra members' area at:

http://www.krakenopus.com/xxxxxx

Your email address was supplied to us when you purchased the Opus. If you have given it as a gift, please send these details to the owner of the Opus. If you have purchased more than one Opus, you will receive a separate code for each one.

We will contact you again as soon as the site is fully launched.

Thank you for your purchase of the Michael Jackson Opus and for your continued patience.

Opus

Opus Media Group Limited
29 Glategny Esplanade
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 1WR

Registered in Jersey under company number 103152

Also, here is an extract of an email from Andy to another OMG customer/MJ Fan asking for an update on specific issues, one being the OR card:

Opus Reality is a goer. We are still finalising content, but an email is going out to all customers this evening giving them their unique passcode to the site area. If they log on they will currently see a holding page which we will update over the coming days to advise of developments and when we will launch. Once ‘live’, the service allows customers to download the ‘trigger’ image. The card in print format is available to those that want it, but it will be sent on request from customers. As I tried to explain in an email weeks ago, our concern was that this postcard (that is effectively what it is) with an image on it is a risk to our aim of keeping the Opus Reality content specifically for those that bought the Opus.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Join Team Michael with UNICEF to help childen of Haiti

This just in!!  The page begins:
Team Michael is a UNICEF fundraising team for the relief efforts in Haiti. This team was created by and for Michael Jackson fans to continue helping those in need during this crisis.

In honor of Michael Jackson, please make a donation to the relief efforts in Haiti. The children of Haiti are counting on you!
The current goal for Team Michael is $20,000.  At time of this post, $6,642.00 has been donated.  Here's how you can help-

1.  You can make a donation in ANY amount, $1, $10, $100 or any amount.  EVERY single cent counts!

2.  You can also sign up for a Team.  Set a goal of how much you want to raise -- $10, $50, $100, $10,000, whatever-- then tell everyone you know and send them to your page.  Be creative!  Go to businesses, family, friends, internet fan sites, ask people to share the information with everyone they know. (see below for more ideas)  When you reach your goal, start another one! 

Please donate today in Michael's name HERE ! 

Let's help the children of Haiti as we are millions of MICHAEL JACKSON FANS!

*PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL OF YOUR FELLOW MJ FANS, fansites, Twitter, MySpace, Blogs, Facebook, Comment sections of all your favorite websites, Change your signatures in your Emails, neighborhoods, local market stores, family, friends, doctors, hospitals, schools, universities, libraries, gas stations, restaraunts, bars, dance clubs, newspapers, museums, dry cleaners, hair salons, car repair shops, veternarians, fire stations, law enforcement, bakeries, coffee houses, florists. Can anyone think of any other places to reach?

Thank you!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Grammys this Sunday

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Here is just 30 seconds of the upcoming debut of Michael's Earth Song in 3D, which is set to air this Sunday on Grammy Awards. I understand you can go to your local Target stores to get the 3D glasses for free. They will also have a Tribute to Michael during the show.

Should be interesting to see who attends! Stay tuned!

1/28:  According to this article today from CNN, Prince and Paris, (and possibly Blanket) will be accepting Michael's Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, which will be incorporated into the show Sunday. 

Just interesting ....

Time that has lapsed since December 7, 2009
1 month, 21 days ...........or 52 days.

Time that has lapsed since August 15, 2009
5 months 13 days ..........or 166 days

Source  end date used for both:  Jan 27, 2010

Nawww, there's NO reason customers STILL waiting for their MJ Opus to be upset.  Nope.  Not one!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Still not received The Michael Jackson Opus ?

Did you order The Official Michael Jackson Opus before Dec. 7th through Ticketmaster (on behalf of Kraken Opus) or from Kraken Opus/Opus Media Group?  Are you STILL waiting for it?   Please check to see if your country has been delivered .

Opus Contact information:
Andy Clay - Publishing Director andy@krakengroup.com
UK office Tele:  +442072139587
Web:  http://www.krakenopus.com/

If your country has not been delivered, please continue to check for updates or update us if you have news from Kraken Opus/Opus Media Group.  This is fans networking at its best!  I LOVE MJ FANS!

Countries still outstanding per the fans are:
Central America UPDATE *1/28 Per Andy, these have already been sent.
republic of Georgia (customer got reply from OMG)
India UPDATE *1/29 Opuses are being dispatched this weekend
Mexico UPDATE:  Fans are starting to get them!  1/28  Check doorstep, no tracking info was sent. *1/28
New Zealand 1UPDATE Scheduled for NEXT week (@Feb 3rd)  See this for more details
Russia UPDATE *1/29 ANOTHER SHIPMENT TO BE  DISPATCHED NEXT WEEK! YAY!!!
South Africa UPDATE *1/29 Opuses are being dispatched this weekend
South America UPDATE *1/29 Opuses are being dispatched this weekend
UAE UPDATE *1/29 Opuses are being dispatched this weekend
Ukraine UPDATE *1/29 ANOTHER SHIPMENT TO BE DISPATCHED NEXT WEEK! YAY!!!


...............have I missed anyone in this category?

Individuals in countries where one (or more) PRE-order The Official Michael Jackson Opus has/have not been received but their country is listed as delivered at the time of this post are:
Australia  *added 01/28
France
Germany
Hong Kong (*order Dec 9th)
Ireland (*order Dec 29th)
Netherlands
Philippines *added 1/26
South Korea (*order after Dec 7th)
Scotland (assumption is all others have been delivered)
Sweden
United States
*Orders after Dec 7th noted (OMG's site says delivery should be 14 days from order date).

...................have I missed anyone in this category?

Customers in Japan are also asking about the translation pamphlet that was advertised, upon request.  *Cali sent request for info Jan 23.

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  *This site has no affiliation with Kraken Opus/Opus Media Group (thank God!) however as a customer of OMG, have been awaiting answers to concerns addressed back in December and have offered this blog as a central posting site for other Michael Jackson fans who are still awaiting news of delivery of their MJ Opus.  Mass customer communications by OMG have not been sent since December, so this is the fans networking the delivery and other issues that have been addressed with OMG since December.  This site also maintains documentation regarding many of the advertisements for this MJ Opus from various vendors as personal documentation for complaints being filed with various agencies (FTC and CA AG). 

This video tribute, made within days of Michael's passing, reminds ME daily of why this Opus is so important to the fans who purchased it. KLEENEX ALERT!

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VIDEO: Flash Mob for Michael in Brazil !!!

Sao Paulo Brazil Flash Mob January 25, 2010
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Monday, January 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK- listen up!

TONIGHT, there are going to be Flash dance mobs in Culver City and Union Square Best Buys to celebrate the release of Michael's TII!   TII Events Twitter page here

(CA) Culver City Best Buy 9:00 PM pst Go here for details

(NY) Union Square Best Buy 11:00 PM  est Go here for details
Also, meet Kenny Ortega and Travis Payne!

Be sure to watch the video in the previous post from Travis Payne to learn THE DRILL.

ROCK THEIR WORLD!

Travis Payne & TII dancers go to the Philippines

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Be sure to read this article about Travis Payne travels to Cebu, Philippines

Thank you to our fellow MJ Fan in Cebu City for sharing this article some days back. Together this is a powerful message of L.O.V.E.

Bless you Travis Payne!

Here is Travis Payne's instructional video on the DRILL.
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Can't get any better instruction than the Travis himself! AWESOME! Now, if only I could dance. lol

New Polls

I have added 2 new polls on my blog, to the right.  One has to do with communicating with OMG and the other is about purchasing the MJ Opus.

Please take a moment to answer the 2 questions, but please only answer them once.  Also, no one can see what you answered, including me.

In the business world....

Interesting news about a possible merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster.  Here are some of the latest articles, if you're interested.  Will update this post according to date of article going forward.

Jan 25 - Live Nation, Ticketmaster to be approved: CNBC
Jan 22 - Ticketmaster, Live Nation Approval Challenged in U.K. by CTS
Jan 21 - Live Nation could sell venues to AEG to get merger approved
Jan 19 - Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger: 25,000 contact DOJ to oppose the deal

Are you on Twitter?

You can follow me now on Twitter too!  

http://twitter.com/CaliMJFan

And if you are in New York-- check out this from Kenny Ortega

"It's at 11:00 PM at Best Buy Union Station There will be a flash mob MJ dance and autograph signing. If you're up late come down and say ... "

January 19 announcement from Sony.

While doing some research this morning, I ran across this interesting tidbit.

Sony to donate to Haiti.  In short, they announced on January 19th, a donation of $250,000 and an additional donation in maximum matching funds for its employees' contributions of $100,000.  So grand total is $350,000 (well, $450,000 if you count the $100,000 the empolyees will have to give to get the matching donation).

This donation is in Sony's corporate name, not Michael's, and you can read the details here in Sony's blog.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

LA Times December 8, 2009 Opus article

LA Times December 8, 2009

"...It is composed of long-lost photos by a number of the pop superstar's personal photographers -- some 80% of the never-before-published images are courtesy of Wald's archival research and dealmaking -- ..."
"...Shortly after the announcement of "This Is It," Jackson's planned sold-out, 50-date concert comeback series in London, the publisher approached him about producing two books: one to showcase the concerts and another, more comprehensive one that would encompass the entertainer's entire life in the limelight..."
"...Opus President Jeff Wald, Deborah's husband, had known Jackson off and on since he was a teenager and retains long-standing ties to the special administrators of Jackson's estate, John Branca and John McClain. So after the singer died, "The Opus" was among the first Jackson-related intellectual properties to be approved by a Los Angeles County Superior Court..."
"...Likewise, "The Official Michael Jackson Opus" has become Kraken Opus' bestselling title to date with pre-sales of more than 20,000 copies -- a major sales figure for the small-run imprint..."
Read the full article here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

MJ's Estate needs help!... this according to...

this article on TMZ, well employee-wise with MJJ business that is.  Here's the last paragraph.
"According to the docs, "With the proper executive and creative management and leadership, the opportunity exists for the MJJ Business to become one of the most profitable companies in the music industry."
Speaking of Team Branca, here is a USA Today mention of the new papers filed today regarding their 'salaries'.  Branca and McClain are asking for 10% of MJ's estate, minus proceeds from MJ's portion of Sony ATV catalog, his own songs and This is It. That is fair especially since others appear to ask for 15-25% for similar work.

Question:  Since Team Branca is credited as Executive Producers on TII, would they have received compensation for that title?   Just curious. 

Another interesting development, MJ's Estate appears to have submitted their opposition to a November request for a $15,000 allowance as filed by (cough) Brian Oxman on behalf of Papa Joe.   Read about that here.  In other news, the monthly stipends for Mrs. Katherine and Michael's children were underestimated and have been requested to be increased.   How much is unknown.  ($15,000?  lol)

Here is a 1/28 article from CNN, at the bottom of the article, it addresses an interesting aspect of this. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

URGENT: MJ Fans-- Help Haiti -- Sign and Share

Update:  Please see this post re: TEAM MICHAEL and UniCEF.

As more pictures come from Haiti, the story is unfolding before our eyes, but how can we help Haiti?

Dangerous 91 from MJ.com came up with this idea for a petition to ask Sony to please donate towards Haiti Earthquake Relief through sales of "This Is It" in Michael Jackson's name and in honour of Michael's legacy. This is not a campaign designed to bully Sony into giving money, it is a campaign to ask Sony in honour of Michael's memory and the things that he stood for to help the people of Haiti.    Source  
 GoPetition
You can click the banner here and it will take you directly to the petition.  It only takes a minute to sign.  BUT WE MUST ACT NOW!  Then, share this information with all of your social networks - Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, email, MJ fansite forums, your profiles and favorite blog comment sections.

If you need a list of organizations who have been vetted (checked out), please visit CNN/Larry King's IMPACT YOUR WORLD page with links to organizations.  *Update* Last night during LKL's special 2 hour live program, they raised over $8 million dollars for Haiti.  BLESS YOU LARRY KING!

If you want to text a donation using your mobile phone:  Simply text
"HAITI" to "90999" for a $10 donation to the Red Cross
"UNICEF" to "20222" for $10 donation to UNICEF
"CERF" to "90999" for a $5 donation to The United Nations Foundation
"HAITI" to "25383" to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee.
Your donations will be charged directly to your mobile phone bill. Source

You can get a banner for the Sony petition to put on your webpages and social networking sites, please go here
Please pick only one of these because the others banners link to the site's homepage not this petition:
Counter 1
GoPetition
Counter 2
GoPetition

Please share your ideas too in the comments below.  What other places can we post this to get the word out as far and wide as we can.  This is a call to all Michael Jackson fans around the world.  Let us help Haiti in their dire time of need.  Thank you!

Limited Edition, Artist Edition MJ Opus

Please click any picture to enlarge.

From customer (Cali cropped from original)
This offer is for an Artist Edition Opus, including a Limited Edition numbered print.  Something is limited to 500.


From customer
Here is advertisement with the print (19/500) and 2 gloves. 


From customer (Cali cropped from picture above for zoom)
"19/500"


Received item, picture from customer
The clamshell reads "ARTIST EDITION"


Received item, picture from customer
The Opus book cover reads at the bottom "ARTIST EDITION"


Received item, picture from customer
Page reads "This Artist Edition Opus is one of a worldwide limited edition of 950 copies".


Received item, picture from customer
Actual print xx/500.  (xx/number covered to conceal identity)


From customer (Cali cropped from picture above for zoom)
 xx/500

Additional information:  ISBN:  978-1-905795-29-4

Cali Commentary


1.  Original ad selling:
... 'Limited Edition' MJ Opus for $249.00 OR
...'Artist Edition' MJ Opus for $499.00 with
      "individually number and limited to 500" AND
      a 'hand signed' and 'limited edition' Nate Giorgio print.


2.  Per customer, and based on photos provided, what arrived:
     'Artist Edition' MJ Opus, not individually numbered, but limited to 950.
     An individually numbered Nate Giorgio print, xx/500.

Questions:
1.  Was there 2 offers- 1 with print  (1-500) and one without (501-950)?
2.  Were there 2 sets of prints,, maybe 1-500 in each set-- with 50 of those from 1 set perhaps going with maybe Opi to family members or perhaps retained by the artist?
3.  Was the Opus itself supposed to be numbered, according to the original advertisement (pic 1), thus limited to 500?


*Pictures 1-3 are taken from the email advertisement sent to a Sony Cierge customer who did purchase this AE Opus and forwarded the email to me for posting here.  The remaining pictures were taken by the customer upon receipt and opening their AE Opus.  I have notated where the original picture has been altered by me, however I still retain the originals as they were sent me.

VIDEO: Blood on the Dancefloor

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Oh my heavens-- he is HAWTTTT in this video.  I normally don't find ponytails attractive on men, but ... well, I'll just say I need an ICU unit every time I watch this!  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

FANS: (Auto-repost) If you want mail delivered to Michael at Forest Lawn

This is copied directly from a post on Michael's site (through Sony). Source

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 15:40 — IreneLovesMichael

MJ FANS WORLDWIDE - **PLEASE READ**
**
A P.O. Box has been donated by our Michael Jackson Fans Of Southern California (MJFSC) face book group!!! This box will be available to anyone who wishes to send MJ a card or letter anytime for any reason!! They will be collected and take to FL (Forest Lawn to MJ at Holly Terrace) as the box fills. ANYONE may use this address for at least the next 6 months and most likely longer!! Please WRITE DOWN THE MJ MAIL ADDRESS for post go to the bottom rather quickly here!
****
MJ Mail
2470 Stearns Street #202
Simi Valley, California 93063
U.S.A.
****
Please feel free to start sending in your Valentine's Day Cards for Michael - The Michael Jackson Fans of Southern California will be visiting MJ on February 3rd, 2010 and be bringing all your cards, letters, and gifts to him for L.O.V.E. Day!!! They will be doing their 2nd Visit on this Sunday, 12/20/09 to TAKE MORE LETTERS and CARDS TO MICHAEL!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

VIDEO: Tributes and Ricardo Walker Tributes

Two weeks ago I mentioned a young man from Brazil, Ricardo Walker, who has spent much of his life, like many of us, with Michael Jackson in his heart.  This young man has been dancing to Michael since he was 8 years old!  Here is the re-posted Tribute video I saw in August. 

Tribute to Michael by Ricardo Walker

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The next 2 videos are brand new!  Maybe these will go viral... with your help.  I am honored and humbled to announce that Ricardo is even a follower here on this blog!   YAY!  ((Ricardo))

So please everyone show your support!   GOOD LUCK Ricardo!  We are watching you and THANK YOU! 

Part One Ricardo Walker Live *NEW

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Part Two Ricardo Walker Live  *NEW

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Tribute Mix #1
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Tribute Mix #2 Thank you Volos!  L.O.V.E. it!
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PLEASE be sure to visit each of the YouTube pages for these videos to rate and comment.  Share them on your own homepages too!  Double click the video (or click SOURCE next to the video) and either Embed or UIRL link it.  Awesome! 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

OPUS UPDATE: Cali talked to Andy

*OZ UPDATE BELOW
Current Time at OMG London


Current Time at OMG Los Angeles

*2/11 IF YOU STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN YOUR OPUS, PLEASE EMAIL ME cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com
*1/28 NEW ZEALAND - Please check this post for email to customer from NZ and update!  *added 01/28
*1/28 MEXICO-- First delivery has been reported! YAY! More deliveries are being reported, however NO tracking numbers were sent, according to fans in Mexico.  Check your doorsteps! *added 01/28
*1/26 South America UPDATE: Delivery is expected NEXT week on/after Feb. 3rd *added 01/28
*1/20 SOUTH AMERICA  DELAY: DELIVERIES now week of Jan 25th.
*1/18 - Andy has responded that he is working on the Russia and Ukraine deliveries right now.  Also, his rollerball on his BB broke-- so that's why I didn't hear from him this weekend.  *whew*  Japan deliveries have started. More updates as available.  *added 1/18
*1/17 - Added time clocks for CA and London.  Australia deliveries have started.  No other updates at the moment.  Hoping to hear by 12 noon Jan 18th PST.  (see clock above).  *added 1/17

 (2)*1/16- I apologize. My errands turned into an all-day'er and I am just walking in the door and am exhausted. I hope each of you who have written will forgive me if I wait to reply until tomorrow. I am exahusted. I PROMISE to write FIRST thing in the morning. Again, I am sorry I am so tired. Much L.O.V.E. and sweet dreams to you all! Cali

 (1)1/16: I don't have any updates to pass along yet-- so everyone please be patient. I will be writing Andy today to see where we are.. ok? THANKS! Cali PS. I have some emails and responses to get to which I will be doing this afternoon. I promise. Have some errands to run this morning thru mid-afternoon.
__________________________________________________
Sorry everyone for the delay. Had meetings and could not get back to this any earlier.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
If you copy/paste any portion of this message, please ALSO include the link to this page: http://calimjfan.blogspot.com/2009/12/repost-opusdelivery-status-by-country.html  as updates will appear there by country.

This update is only for those who meet this PRE-ORDER criteria:
1. Ordered through Ticketmaster or Kraken Opus directly, AND
2. Ordered prior to December 7th, AND
3. Have not received information about their outstanding Pre-order by country.

This does NOT pertain to:
1. Orders via vendors such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, MichaelJackson.com AND/OR
2. Orders placed after December 7th, 2009.

For customers who ordered after December 7th, I would ask that you remain patient and please understand OMG is trying to fulfill orders originating almost 5 months ago with a pre-Christmas delivery promise. I know that is not a pleasant pill to swallow, but given the orders, I do hope you can remain patient.

This is per my phone conversation with Andy this morning, January 14th.

I have asked to act as a go-between for country updates for PRE-orders deliveries and will post this and future updates on my blog, MJ.com and Max-Jas as I am updated. Also, remember, I am a customer and am in no way affiliated with Kraken Opus, TM or any other company involved with this. So this call was at my expense and on your behalf.

At my request, and because of your complaints of not getting returned emails, Andy has agreed to provide some information this way. In the conversation, I expressed the delivery concerns from your point of view, and now I am asking each of you to hold off on the emails for delivery issues addressed specifically below. HE IS REALLY TRYING !!! He spent a great deal of time on the phone with me this morning discussing the deliveries and was VERY nice. He is still working behind-the-scenes on the delivery issues and that will not change because of this.

You have been upset about no replies on delivery, well, here's a quick solution for you. So I am asking for us to be fair to Andy now that we have this line open and I (not Andy) am PERSONALLY asking that you hold off on emails about delivery until the dates listed below. Everyone, deal?

For those, like Mido, Autumn Rain and MJTKOP-Nytram, who are in a country where PRE-orders have been delivered (like US, Netherlands, Canada) but have not received yours (and meet PRE-ORDER criteria above) please send me your email address so I can pass that to Andy and he will contact you directly about your orders. My email is cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com

Please keep in mind, these updates are NOT related to the other concerns we have addressed (gloves, price, weight, centerfold, etc). We will address those after the delivery issues slow (and I'm not sure who that is going to be with). OK?

So here goes....

Countries where Andy is awaiting tracking information within 48 hours, and delivery is expected by or before next Friday, Jan 22nd. He will update me when tracking is received. He also has the emails set up and ready to send the minute that information is given to him.
*Australia deliveries are begining to be reported by customers as of Jan 17th 7:11 pm PT YAY!
India
*Japan deliveries are beginning to be reported by customers as of Jan 18th 08:26am PT.  YAY!
*Mexico first delivery has been reported as of Jan 28th @2:00pm PT YAY!  No tracking numbers were sent, so check your doorsteps!
New Zealand *1/28 UPDATE:  Deliveries now on/after Feb. 3rd.  Please see this post for details
South Africa 
South America *1/28 UPDATE: DELIVERIES now on/after Feb 3rd.
United Arab Emirates

Russia and Ukraine Update:
Andy is working on correcting the waybills with Customs, which as you already know may or may not solve the problem you are facing with the fees. He is ALSO working on other ways, which he should know something within 48 hours. Once the final solution comes, he will email me. I have explained there are now two categories of customers: One who has not yet paid the customs fees (like Justice Rainger) and one who has paid the custom fees (like @Russia & I think Fiona). Once there is a solution reached, we will get information posted so everyone knows how to address any issues. So, in short, Russia and Ukraine, PLEASE HANG ON... Don't worry about the storage fees. Something will happen soon and I'll get you the answers as soon as Andy knows them. OK?

Countries where deliveries are outstanding on my blog but have been delivered to all customers from the PRE-orders.
Bulgaria
Ireland

And yes, by the way, I did tell him I was "Cali MJ Fan" and told him about my blog. LOL

Much L.O.V.E. to you all.. hang in there. We are in the home-stretch! YAY!
Cali

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We are the WORLD: Haiti needs our help

MJ Fans around the world:
Haiti, as everyone knows needs our positive prayers, thoughts, love and help.  If you can, please give what you can, but please make sure they are LEGITIMATE organizations.  This means there's going to be bad people out there trying to scam people for money in the name of Haiti's pain.

This is directly from the US Department of State's website.

For those interested in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

Included in the links below are lists of other reputable and vetted organizations:

US Department of State Official Official Blog
CNN Impact Your World Official Blog

Haiti, you are in our prayers and thoughts.  There are just no words for your pain. 

Cali

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

SONY: TII Worldwide Release dates posted on MJ.com

Fantastic long list of the release dates, by country, of when Michael's This is It will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Please check it out here!

Monday, January 11, 2010

REPOST: OPUS:Delivery status by Country *Last Updated 3/14

Current Time at OMG London


Current Time at OMG Los Angeles

* Please stay updated on the main page of this blog for Opus related deliveries.  *March 14th
*2/25  FIRST DELIVERY TO CHILE WAS JUST REPORTED!  Oh yay! Sent via company Decapack not Fed Ex
*2/23  PLEASE SEE FIRST TWO BLOGS POSTS HERE
*2/15 2 Australians Opi have been delivered
*2/12 VENEZUELA reporting deliveries as of 1107am PST
*2/11  UPDATE:  If you still have not gotten your Opus, PLEASE email me at cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com 
*1/29 UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE.  Please check your countries below.  Any updates for this date will be specific quotes from an email from Andy/OMG to another MJ fan/customer asking for updates.  YAY!  PROGRESS!!!
*1/28 NEW ZEALAND  Check for latest from Andy under NZ.  *added 01/28
*1/28 MEXICO .. FIRST DELIVERY HAS BEEN REPORTED! Check in please if you've gotten yours! No tracking numbers are being sent, from fan reports in Mexico.  Check your doorsteps! *added 01/28
*1/28 - Copy of reply to customer from OMG (see BRAZIL) *added 01/28
*1/26 SOUTH AMERICA DELIVERIES NOW EXPECTED NEXT WEEK.  Appears date might start Wednesday February 3rd.  This through 2 independent sources. Also waiting for update on other countries.  Should have something later this afternoon.  Check back-- and make sure you take the 2 polls ========>>>>>>
*1/24  Deliveries for South America are expected (last updated) some time this coming week.  No other updates at this time.  *Changes- Comments for countries that have been delivered are now in smaller font.  This post is long!
*1/20 SOUTH AMERICA DELAY: DELIVERIES now NEXT week starting Jan 25th.   NO STATUS UPDATE YET FROM OPUS ON UKRAINE OR RUSSIA. STILL FOLLOWING UP! Much L.O.V.E. Cranky Cali
*1/18 - Andy has responded that he is working on the Russia and Ukraine deliveries right now.  Also, his rollerball on his BB broke-- so that's why I didn't hear from him this weekend.  *whew*  Japan deliveries have started.More updates as available.  *added 1/18

*1/17 - Added time clocks for CA and London.  Australia deliveries have started.  No other updates at the moment.  Hoping to hear by 12 noon Jan 18th PST.  (see clock above).  *added 1/1716- I apologize. My errands turned into an all-day'er and I am just walking in the door and am exhausted. I hope each of you who have written will forgive me if I wait to reply until tomorrow. I am exahusted. I PROMISE to write FIRST thing in the morning. Again, I am sorry I am so tired. Much L.O.V.E. and sweet dreams to you all! Cali
(1)*1/16:  I don't have any updates to pass along yet-- so everyone please be patient.  I will be writing Andy today to see where we are.. ok?  If you haven't read the thread about my call to him, please read the link in message below dated (1/14)  THANKS!  Cali  PS.  I have some emails and responses to get to which I will be doing this afternoon.  I promise.  Have some errands to run this morning thru mid-afternoon.
01/14 -Please see this thread for full details of my conversation with Andy @ OMG.  I have updated each country here with status 1/14 and in yellow.  Just KEEP THE FAITH and SMILE.  They ARE coming!  Much L.OV.E.,  Cali
*01/13 Updates completed *added 01/13
*01/12 Updates completed *added 01/12
*01/11 Updates completed *added 01/11 - Delivery outstanding or Updates needed if comment is in yellow  Bumping this post to front page.  Original post date 12/28/09 @ 10:02am PT, which is a duplicate of original post started on 12/24/09 at 09:48 am PT. 
*01/10 Updates completed *added 01/10
*01/09 Updates completed *added 01/09
*01/08 Updates completed *added 01/08
*01/07 Updates completed *added 01/07
*01/06 Updates completed *added 01/06
*Special Note:  From PM 1/5 to PM 1/6 had internet connectivity problems.  NO posts were made after @6pm till @6pm.
*01/05 Updates completed *added 01/05
*01/04 Updates completed.  TRACKING NUMBERS starting for some
*01/03 Updates completed *added 01/03
*01/02/10 Updates completed 01/02/10 *added 01/02/10*No updates were done after 12/31 comment next line until 01/02/10 *added 01/02/10*12/31 updates beginning. Not completed as of 08:55am *added 12/31
*12/30 update complete for 12/30 *added 12/30
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Today (12/28), according to the correspondence below from OPUS, deliveries should commence. PLEASE update this post with any deliveries or updates --including what COUNTRY you are from. Thank you so much! Cali````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

(12/24) This is just a start-- and will be updated as comments are found by fans according to country. Maybe this will help some of you who may not have gotten any updates. If you get any communication about the delivery date of your Opus outside the US, please comment below, post links from others or email me at cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com .

Thank you VOLOS for reminding us of this:
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 00:31 — VOLOS
"THERE'S NOTHING THAT CAN'T BE DONE IF WE RAISE OUR VOICE AS ONE." MJ

Countries will be listed alphabetically as they are added:
Africa
Kenya Sat, 12/19/2009 - 11:52 — carolelovesmj4ever
I just received my Opus and it is absolutely gorgeous

Argentina
Tue, December 29, 2009 3:24:21 PM
(private message/2nd hand) Tue, December 29, 2009 3:24:21 PM
From one fan in Argentina to another in Chile, South America is expected to be delivered after January 4th, per Argentian customer phone conversation with Opus. *added 12/30 (approval granted)

(2nd customer/private message) January 7, 2010 6:12:42 AM
I phoned Opus yesterday, and they told me that there is an Opusses shipment in Port of Los Angeles,and they also told that we will receive the tracking information next monday, and that we should have our books with us by the end of next week! *added 01/07 (approval given)
1/11: DELIVERIES EXPECTED BY JAN 15TH 
UPDATE:
(2nd customer/private message) January 11, 2010 09:06am PT
Customer called OMG, is experiencing computer problems.  Tracking information will be sent tomorrow.    *added 01/11  ((Cali paraphrased)
1/14:  Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours.  DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND Please go here for full details

*1/20 ARGENTINA DELAY: DELIVERIES now week of Jan 25th.
*1/26 SOUTH AMERICA DELIVERIES NOW EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. Appears date might start Wednesday February 3rd. This through 2 independent sources.
*1/29 South America – All set to go out yesterday. However I have just been informed that Brazil, Chile and Argentina customs now require the individual tax ID number for each customer which is ridiculous. The cost of delivery to these countries is already more than the customers have paid for their Opus, but that’s my problem. I am however now going to have to send an email to all South American customers asking for their tax ID numbers. I have already jumped through so many paperwork hoops on this and it’s still a problem. I am aiming to gather these ID numbers and ship these next Thursday
*2/12 Email sent 2/11 from Andy.  Another 7 days for delivery.
*2/23  PLEASE SEE FIRST TWO BLOGS POSTS HERE

Australia
Australia and New Zealand will most likely not receive theirs until January 4th because of the timing of ships leaving China.
1/4/10: Delivery expected beginning Jan 8th.  YAY! 
UPDATE: January 7, 2010 5:24 PM
Angvia said... I am from Sydney Australia. It's the 8th of January and I still haven't received a tracking email from Fedex. Is anyone else in the same predicament as me in Australia? Please let me know. *added 01/08
UPDATE: January 7, 2010 10:24 PM
micama said... Hi I live in Queensland and its the 8th and still nothing, no emails no nothing Has anyone in Australia received the book yet ? Please post *added 01/08
UPDATE:
(comment) January 9, 2010 5:34 AM
HI, Re Australian Opus deliveries I emailed Andy and here is his reply:
"The Australian copies have finally arrived and are clearing customs. I am very much hoping that all deliveries will be made next week. I really do understand your frustration and am very sorry for the delays that have occured. As soon as I have your tracking number I will send it to you" *added 01/09
1/11:  DELIVERIES EXPECTED BY JAN 15TH
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND.Please go here for full details
1/17 HEY AUSTRALIA!! You're up!  Fans are starting to report they are getting their Opus' delivered.  They haven't gotten Fed Ex trackings so start checking your doorsteps!!!  YAY!  Please keep us posted!
*2/12 Three known customers still waiting
*2/15 Two customers have received Opus.  (One not of the three mentioned 2/12-so that raises known customers to four).

Austria
12/30 09:12am Post 1387
I´ve got my Opus today!!!! *added 12/30
12/30 Delivered.  YAY!

Belgium
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 13:21 — Gunther112
I've received a tracking number by FedEx 2 weeks ago, I check their site every day and the parcel/book has not been picked up yet !! 2 weeks ! So delivered before Xmas, no way. In the original Ticketmaster e-mail, it was even promised before Dec 18.
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 01:47 — Gunther112
Still waiting....I'ce ordered mine Aug 26...way before Dec 1st.
Thu, 12/31/2009 - 08:12 — Gunther112
Received an update (Belgium) : Date of shipping : Dec 30th Date of delivery : Jan 11th 2010 We'll see.... *added 12/31
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 02:18 — Gunther112
News from Fedex : the book is in transit : at the moment in Paris, France....300 km/187 mls from here... *added 01/04
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 22:53 — Gunther112
Update : The book has arrived in Belgium : Now at the Fedex central depot at Zaventem....100 km to go *added 01/05
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 22:57 — Gunther112
Tracking history : Dec 30 : Stansted UK Jan 2 : Paris FR Jan 4 : Kelsterbach Germany Jan 4 : Zaventem BE Why from Paris to Germany ??? That's quite a huge detour !! *added 01/05
Tue, 01/05/2010 - 04:21 — Gunther112
New update : The book was delivered to me at 10.00 am ...but did not have the time to open it.... Finally. The only thing I can say is : it's huuuge and heavy... : ) *added 01/05
1/5/10:  OPUS RECEIVED! YAY!

Brazil
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 04:57 — Carol
I live in Brazil and ordered my Opus on October 22th. The only thing I´m doing now is waiting....waiting....and nothing happens. No e-mails from DHL or FEDEX....simply nothing... no news. The expectation is getting bigger as the anguish too... I´ve emailed everybody Andy, Customer Care, Ticketmaster.... no replies. *added 12/29
(2nd customer) January 10, 2010 3:13 PM
Hello! I'm from Brazil and I bought my opus on october 9 and still didn't received any emails, nothing! I already sent a lot of emails to Opus, but no one asnwers me. Do you know when they will be delivering in Brazil? I'm starting to worried with this lack of information. Thank you. *added 01/11
(3rd customer) January 11, 2010 4:17 PM
I'm from Brazil! I ordered my Opus on September 30th. Unfortunately, until now, I have nothing.  The last email that I sent to Opus was almost a month ago. No answers!! This is a disrespect. They took our money in purchase act.So they must to us,at least,a satisfaction for the delay.  *added 01/11
Update:  January 12, 2010 10:50 AM
I sent three emails to Andy and he finally gave me a feedback. This is the answer:
"I am very sorry about the delay and lack of response. I apologise.
I have been working on a delivery solution rto Brazill that allows us to ship in a commercially acceptable way and satisfies customs. This has been a difficult exercise but I will be shipping to you early next week and will provide you with tracking information as soon as I have it.
Kind regards
Andrew Clay
Sent from Kraken Opus" *added 01/12  *Clarification -date of this message is also date of email from Andy, after Jan 18th 
1/12:  DELIVERY EXPECTED TO START SOMETIME AFTER JAN 18TH
(private message) 01/13/2010 - 12:26 PM PT
Well , for the third time, I have sent an e-mail to Andy ,and finally he replied. Here it is:
I am sorry for the delays and lack of contact. I have had many commercial problems organizing delivery to Brazil. It looks like my delivery costs will be more than you paid for the Opus because of customs charges. That hoiwever is my problem not yours. We will be looking to ship your Opus and all other orders to Brazil in the next 7 days. I am truly sorry for the delay
Regards
Andy
Sent from Kraken Opus *added 01/13
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND.Please go here for full details

*1/20 BRAZIL DELAY: DELIVERIES now week of Jan 25th.
*1/26 SOUTH AMERICA DELIVERIES NOW EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. Appears date might start Wednesday February 3rd. This through 2 independent sources.
*1/28  Update from fan (private msg w/approval)
Dear *redacted*
I am very sorry for the delay. I have been working with Fedex to ensure that your Opus does not get held up in customs. We have a solution and your Opus is being despatched in the next 48 hours to arrive next Wednesday or Thursday.   Once I have your tracking information I will contact you to discuss how I can make up to you for the delay in delivering your Opus.
Kind regards  Andrew
*1/29 South America – All set to go out yesterday. However I have just been informed that Brazil, Chile and Argentina customs now require the individual tax ID number for each customer which is ridiculous. The cost of delivery to these countries is already more than the customers have paid for their Opus, but that’s my problem. I am however now going to have to send an email to all South American customers asking for their tax ID numbers. I have already jumped through so many paperwork hoops on this and it’s still a problem. I am aiming to gather these ID numbers and ship these next Thursday
*2/12 Email sent from Andy 2/11 another 7 days for delivery
*2/23  PLEASE SEE FIRST TWO BLOGS POSTS HERE

BulgariaThu, 12/17/2009 - 11:54 — Bulgaria
I can't wait mine.I pre-orderet at October.It will great.I love you Michael!!!
DELIVERED.  YAY!

Canada
Edmonton December 23, 2009 6:40 AM edmonton cda said...
I have been promised that my book would be here before christmas.I paid $302.30 and I ordered Nov.4 2009. They have only given me a purchase#. No one returns calls or emails. I have been patient, now I am completely infuriated.
Ontario Wed, 12/23/2009 - 09:43 — llavergne
It came! It came! Today at 10:30 a.m.
missing item  January 9, 2010 - 15:27 nellymj:
here here and i'd like to add i didn't recieve any gloves with my opus *added 01/09
(4th customer/Simone Hunter) January 10, 2010 6:58 PM
I live in canada and i still have not received my Opus. I have tried calling them, I have tried emailing them, and i have yet to get a response. *added 01/11
1/14:  SIMONE.. please email me.  Please go here for full details
cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com

Chile
Mon, 12/28/2009 - 20:08 — byfepo
OCT.10 2009 I BUY opus....TODAY I HAVE JUST USS200 LESS IN MY BANK ACCOUN. IM FROM CHILE, AND I DONT HAVE ANY NOTICE ABOUT IT....CAN YOU HELP ME? *added 12/29(private message) Tue, December 29, 2009 3:24:21 PM) *Another Customer/Fan*
I bought my Official MJ Opus on August 29th via ticketmaster, and it was charged immediately. I've read that some people who bought their opus later than that have received their Opus. I've been calling to Opus, I've sent mails to ticketmaster (they answered me) and Opus. But no one give any solution or information.This afternoon I received a mail from a girl in Argentina and she told me that she talked with someone in Opus. The only information she could get was that Opus to South America will be delivered after January 4th. I think is not necessary to tell you how dissapointing is this whole thing, because I bought my book to have received by Christmas, but it didn't arrive. And the worst part is that no one takes responsability about all this mess, and if they say something they forget that some Opus should be delivered to East europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. I just want my book as soon as possible, some explanation for the delay and some kind of compesation like the Opus group offered to the customers of Europe. *added 12/30 (approval granted)
UPDATE: (private message) January 6, 2010 11:03:21 AM
Today I call to Opus, but they didn't have any information about, so hari (the guy which I talked to) told me he called me later with the information. He just sent me an email with my order and it said: "Your MJ Opus will be with you we are expecting before the end of next week – you will receive a tracking number later this week or early next week from FedEx." ...But, I didn't ask him about the delay or any kind of compensation. I will do it later. *added 01/06 (approval given)
1/11: DELIVERIES EXPECTED BY JAN 15TH
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND. Please go here for full details
*1/20 CHILE DELAY: DELIVERIES now week of Jan 25th.
*1/26 SOUTH AMERICA DELIVERIES NOW EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. Appears date might start Wednesday February 3rd. This through 2 independent sources.
*1/29 South America – All set to go out yesterday. However I have just been informed that Brazil, Chile and Argentina customs now require the individual tax ID number for each customer which is ridiculous. The cost of delivery to these countries is already more than the customers have paid for their Opus, but that’s my problem. I am however now going to have to send an email to all South American customers asking for their tax ID numbers. I have already jumped through so many paperwork hoops on this and it’s still a problem. I am aiming to gather these ID numbers and ship these next Thursday
*2/12 Email sent from Andy-- another 7 days before delivery.
*2/23  PLEASE SEE FIRST TWO BLOGS POSTS HERE
*2/25 First Chilean delivery JUST reported today.  Sent via Decapack company, not Fed Ex.  Anyone else get theirs?  Please comment below. 

China
damage Hong Kong: Wed, 12/23/2009 - 14:07 — wlmj
I received the Michael Jackson Opus and so disappointed to find that some pages were damaged. There are scratch marks and dirty on at least 5 pages. I emailed kraken opus 3rd times but no reply.
damage   Wed, 12/30/2009 - 07:02 — ctotw
Finally recieved my Opus, after almost 4 months of waiting! But really disappointed to see my book cover (the black cover) damaged! I've emailed OPUS *added 12/30

*2/12 One known customer still waiting


Czech Republic
missing item(s) (private message) January 6, 2010 8:27:48 AM
I have learnt that our friends in Czechia have received the Opus 01/06/2010 ... No gloves were present. *added 01/06
1/6/10:  OPUS RECEIVED! YAY! (no gloves, BOO!)

Denmark
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 16:16 — themjj
None of us fans from Denmark have recived our opus's... I know that most of us ordered it in the begining of the pre-order offer around august-september... I got an e-mail from fed-ex on december 17th saying that my shipment was scheduled to be sent on 12/17/2009, and got a tracking number, but using the tracking number it shows that it has yet to be picked up, so unless they are slow at updating, my opus isn't even underway...
I am personally a little anoyed that we did not recive any email from OMG telling us that the shipment was delayed and telling us when to ecpect it. My mother bought 2 opuses as christmas presents for me and my sister and was really upset when she didn't get them on time, and never heard from OMG. She thought that we had once again been victims of MJ hoax artists (this has happened on 2 orcations earlier this year)... Because I have more faith in OMG I calmed her down, and found the statement from OMG online! But I still think it would have been a better move on their part to send e-mails to the afficted countrys.  Now I just hope we get them soon! *added 12/29
UPDATE: Wed, 12/30/2009 - 08:00 — themjj
Denmark update! Today I finally saw progress on the fedex website... It went from "started" (which it had been saying since the 17th) to "underway", but the part that got me mad is, that it isn't scheduled for delivery until the 11th of january! How does that make sense... At first we where promised delivery before christmas, around the 17th of december, then the shipping was 4 days late due to weather conditions, then another 4 days late due to customs checks... that equals around 8 days late... we where then promised that it would be delivered around the 28th of december... Then today the 30th we finally get the update that it won't come until the 11th of january... that is a 26 day delay, without any explanation, nothing! 8 days are accounted for, but what about the last 18! Bad service!!! *added 12/30
Update: Sat, 01/02/2010 - 15:15 — themjj
Denmark update: Ohh now I get why it takes fedex an extra 13 days to get my opus to me, they decided that it would be in my opus's best interest, to take a trip around Europe before taking it to Copenhagen... Apparently it would be TOO easy to take it directly to Denmark on one of the many planes daily departing from Stansted til Copenhagen... a little trip to Paris first makes much more sense o_O *added 01/02/10
Tue, 01/05/2010 - 07:11 — themjj
It's finally here! *added 01/05/10
1/5/10:  OPUS RECEIVED! YAY!


Estonia Wed, 12/23/2009 - 08:45 — Liis22
I live in Estonia and ordered my Opus 12th september but I haven't recieved it and I'm really disappointed. I know I live far away from US and China and so on, but then they shouldn't have to promise to deliver it by Christmas. I wrote to Ticketmaster, Kraken Opus customer care and that Andy guy. Ticketmaster said that I will have my opus well before christmas (yeah right!) and Kraken Opus haven't replied. I'm so so so sad, because now my Christmas is a litlle bit ruined..
UPDATE (and a little humor) Tue, 12/29/2009 - 13:12 — Liis22
Hello Cali and everyone here! Estonia is reporting - still no answer from Andy, no tracking number, no OPUS (I ordered it on 12th September). I'm getting really frustrated but it's great to see I'm not alone in this. Thank you, Cali, for the enormous effort you have put in to helping us, I really appreciate it.
(*note from Cali- I left this HUMOR in this post because it still is making me laugh!)
I remembered the movie "Cast Away" where Tom Hanks played a FedEx manager who was delivering packages on Christmas eve (sounds familiar?) when he's plane crashed to a remote island. Tom had to make supplies from the packages in order to survive. I'm starting to think that's what happened to my Opus - Tom Hanks burned it (or worse - used it as toilet paper - sorry for that)
OK, to be honest, I really believe we get our books soon, I haven't given up hope and nobody should. *added 12/29
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 03:33 — Liis22
My Opus is on the way here, I can't even begin to describe how happy I am!
Anticipated ship date Jan 4, 2010 Estimated delivery Jan 7, 2010 by 6:00 PM *added 01/014
1/4/10:  Fed Ex Tracking received and delivery expected 1/7/10.  YAY!
1/6/10:  OPUS RECEIVED! YAY!

Europe
12/23/0*:  The UK had additional problems. The boat was four days late arriving from China due to the weather and once again Customs held up one container for four days and one for nine days. Now we are faced with terrible weather conditions in UK with the airport FedEx uses closed for two days. This will make the rest of Europe a little late. We expect Europe to receive their OPUS' by the 28th of December. This date is predicated upon current conditions and is not a guarantee but rather our goal.

NOTE FROM CALI: If you live in Europe, you likely know what countries make up "Europe". For those who are like me, and know some but not all, Wikipedia has an article of European Countries by population. It is the closest thing I can find that lists all the countries - and hopefully this is the same as is being referred to.

1/4/10:  Looks like Europe is starting to get tracking numbers.  Some deliveries *appear* to be on/after Jan 8th - look up country specifically if we've heard anything , it'll be posted there.

Finland
Wed, 12/30/2009 - 02:09 — Liis22
Well, someone from Finland got his/hers Opus yesterday. Finland is only 49 miles from Estonia.. *added 12/30
12/29 Delivered.  YAY!

 
France
See email from Opus on the post here
1/11:  Assumed delivered.
1/24 - Delivered (date unknown)  YAY!
*2/12 One known customer still waiting.

republic of Georgia
Fri, 12/25/2009 - 11:15 — ana19928
Hello I'm from republic of Georgia.When I saw the comment of Russian fans, I also decided to write about me, as Georgia is beneath Russia(on the border of Europe and Asia) and I have the same problem.I haven't receievd my opus yet and i'm very dissapointed:( I have send letter to krakenopus( I've ordered my book by opus, not a ticketsmaster) but there was no answer from them. What can I do, or how can I complain about that? I want my opus!!! Please help:(
*update from ana19928 Tue, 12/29/2009 - 03:03 — ana19928
THE MOST IMPORTANT WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY IS THAT OPUS TOOK THE MONEY FROM THE CARD.I HOPE I'LL GET MY BOOK SOON.SO HAPPY! *added 12/29
*UPDATE: This customer ordered December 3. *added 12/30
1/11:  UPDATE Pending
1/20 OPUS--- WHAT IS THE STATUS?
1/24 Update per customer -- delivery expected this week.
*2/12  ana - where are you sweetie?  Have you gotten your Opus yet?
Germany
Fri, 12/18/2009 - 00:51 — gabun
I have already bought it and my shipment confirmation received me for 2 days ago.
(private message): gabun 12/25/2009 - 01:18am
No, me and all the other German customers, we haven't our Opus yet. We have received an email from the customer care before Christmas (attached was 12/11 and second email- see update 12/25)
UPDATE 12/25: See email sent to a German fan (sent to fan 12/18)
UPDATE: (private message) 01/01/2010 - 08:32
I have received the information over the tracking numbers of FedEx the OPUS to Germany was shipped at 30th December und we can obtain our Opus at 11th January. *added 01/03/10
1/5/10:  OPUS RECEIVED! YAY!
*2/12 One known customer still waiting.
Greece
Tue, 12/22/2009 - 07:34 — VOLOS
I am from Greece and nothing yet.
Fri, 12/25/2009 - 03:50 — VOLOS
Well i've emailed 3 times ticketmaster which is responsible for Europe but it was always a failure. I don't know why. I've emailed also Andy twice but i had no response. All i have to do now is to wait as we all European fans do.The bad thing is to wait forever.That's what i'm afraid of.
UPDATE Tue, 12/29/2009 - 08:20 am PT — VOLOS
I AM FROM GREECE AND I HAVE ORDERED MY OPUS A DAY BEFORE 9/12. I HAVEN'T RECEIVE IT YET. *added 12/29
(2nd customer)Sun, 01/03/2010 - 01:02 — mev
Regarding this whole outstanding replies from this Andy person count me in too... I'm from Greece and still waiting for the opus, for my tracking info and for a reply to my email by Andy ( i emailed him twice and NOTHING ).... I ordered the Opus at September 11 via Ticketmaster..Let's hope the new year will bring us our books among other things.... *added 01/03/10
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 02:18 — mev
I just got an email with my tracking infromation!!! ... Mine should be in Greece by next Monday!!! *added 01/04
(3rd customer/fan) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 01:18 — maria ilia
I can't wait until Friday..... It's the day that I will have it! *added 01/05  *note Fri is Jan 8th
1/4/10:  Fed Ex Tracking received with expected delivery Jan. 11th.  YAY! 
1/6/10:  2 OPUS' RECEIVED! YAY!


Hungary
January 11, 2010 11:43 AM Agnes
I've got the book, 2 days ago. (I'm hungarian.) It's total disappointment. 80% never-seen-before photos? ROTFL!  *added 01/11
1/11:  Delivery appears to have been 01/09 (or 01/08) YAY!

 India
December 28, 2009 8:38 AM TheFinalMiracle said...
I also haven't got my MJ OPUS despite pre-ordering it. None of the customer service will respond. I think all of us have to get together and do something about this. *added 12/28
UPDATE 01-05-2010, 07:19 PM Post #565
They told me yesterday that Sri Lanka/India customers would receive the opus copies between 18th Jan - 31st Jan. The books have not been shipped to these parts yet. He also said the tracking number will be mailed by Fedex, not the Kraken Group, and that if I don't receive a tracking number from fedex to call them. *added 01/08
UPDATE: January 8, 2010 6:55 AM
TheFinalMiracle said... I had called the OPUS office. They said that I should recieve the FedEx link by 15th of this month and the OPUS by 30th of JAN. They said that they have sorted the deliveries by countries. They also promptly asked me to call them back in case I dont recieve the FedEx link by 15th Jan. *added 01/08
1/8:  DELIVERIES EXPECTED BY JAN 30TH
1/14 Please go here for full details
*1/29 Despatched this weekend
*2/12 Update:  One known customer still waiting.  ?? if deliveries have been received by others.

Ireland
Tue, 12/22/2009 - 09:51 — michelle2g
HI, I WAS JUST WONDERING DOES ANYONE HAVE A PHONE NUMBER TO RING THE OPUS COMPANY, AS I ORDERED MY BOYFRIEND THIS VERY SPECIAL BOOK BACK IN SEPTEMBER AND I REALLY WANTED TO GIVE IT AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT, HOWEVER I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TRACKING NUMBER YET AND I HAVE SENT LOTS OF EMAILS TO customercare@michaeljacksonopus.com AND HAVE HAD NO REPLY'S WHAT SO EVER IT IS VERY ANNOYING NOT TO RECEIVE ANY INFORMATION FROM THE COMPANY OR ANY REPLY'S . I HAVE RANG TICKETMASTER BUT THEY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ( (*added 12/26 awaiting update if received)
2nd customer Sun, 01/03/2010 - 13:15 — JohnKenna
(republic of Ireland) I fully agree!! This is being handled very poorly on behalf of the opus group. I am in the Republic of Ireland, I ordered my opus on November 27th, it was to be a Christmas gift from my girlfriend which I was assured of getting in time for Christmas. The last I heard from the opus group was on the 22nd of December, I sent two emails since then and no response to either of them. Its wrong how there threating their customers, its alot of money to hand out, they are full of false promises and lacking deeply in their customer relations. Once I receive my book I will never be a customer of theirs again and I will happily be spreading the word about this poorly run company. Totally uncalled for, Michael would be very unhappy with the service their providing in his name! I agree fully with cali, this is exactly why Michael got so involved in everything right down to the design of tickets, because he knew thats the only way it would be done with his trademark perfection of everything! *added 01/03/10
1/14:  Delivered.  YAY!    John and/or Michelle - Please email me:  cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com Please go here for full details
*2/12 One known customer still waiting
 Italy
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 01:18 — Stef4ni4L
I have not received the book, there is written by 01/05/10 , I'm sorry because I had booked Sep 1 ... but no matter...
Thu, 12/31/2009 - 07:20 — Stef4ni4L
Boys is crazy ... I am following my package (opus book) for days, and today I was suspicious and I made a series of calls in various cities .. . I finally found the package here in my city with my name wrong (a mix with my name and address) and without number address... they told me that on Monday there'll finally ... (from September) ... Happy New Year to all, I L.O.V.E. You *added 12/31
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 06:19 — Stef4ni4L
I just received the book MJ Opus, incredible how beautiful it is (and what is big). I am vey happy....finally *added 1/4/10
1/4/10:  OPUS RECEIVED!  YAY!

Japan
See copy of letter sent by OMG to customers *added 01/07


1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND. Please go here for full details
*1/18 Customers from Japan have emailed me and reported deliveries have started.  YAY!  08:26am PT

 Mexico
(from private message)
12/21 I ordered mine back in August, and I have not received anything yet.
12/25 No news so far.
(update from private message)12/28/2009 - 23:31 Although the billing address I gave during the purchase is in Mexico, my mailing address is in Texas and I have not received my Opus yet. I pre-ordered back in August 29th, and my credit card was charged the same day. I will keep in touch. *added 12/29 & posted under US also
(comment: 2nd customer/fan) January 4, 2010 11:14 PM
I am from Mexico, City. I pre ordered my MJ OPUS in September 25. And I don´t received anything yet. *added 01/05
Tue, 01/05/2010 - 01:13 — Dancingirl
I have not received anything yet. I am sending a new email to Andy (with the old one attached). I hope it works this time. *added 01/05
(comment: 2nd customer/fan)  January 10, 2010 8:39 PM
I haven´t receive my Opus and any comunication by Kraken Group.  *added 01/11

1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND. Please go here for full details
1/20-- based on the delay of South America's delivery, Cali assuming delivery wek of 1/25-- but if you have update, please post/email me.  TY .
*1/28 MEXICO .. FIRST DELIVERY HAS BEEN REPORTED! Check in please if you've gotten yours! No tracking numbers have been sent, according to fan reports in Mexico.  Check your doorsteps! *added 01/28

Netherlands
See email from Opus on the post here
01/06:  Delivered!  YAY!   MJTKOP-NYTRAM please email me at cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com   Please go here for full details 

New Zealand
12/23/09 Australia and New Zealand will most likely not receive theirs until January 4th because of the timing of ships leaving China.
UPDATE: 12/30 08:01am Post 1381
I received an email from Opus last week and they said I would get my opus THIS WEEK. And now, just a few minutes ago, I checked the status from my Opus on the FedEx site. ... It says that my Opus should be here 11th of January in stead of THIS WEEK! This is a disgrace! I ordered my Opus in August!!! First they promise us it would be here before Christmas, but a few countries (including mine) wouldn't get their Opus before Christmas due to weather conditions. B.S!! And then they promise us we would receive it this week, and they break their promise AGAIN! *added 12/30
1/11:  DELIVERY EXPECTED THIS WEEK
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND. Please go here for full details
1/20: KIWIs - Sorry, NO WORD YET.  *growls*
UPDATE:  EMAIL FROM ANDY TO CUSTOMER in NZ
"Iam actually preparing an email to send to our New Zealand customers which will be sent tomorrow. New Zealand orders should have been delivered at a similar time to our Australian orders, however I have been informed this week that the shipment of Opuses has been damaged in transit. Without being able to examine the shipment myself I have not been able to commit to delivering any potentially damaged Opuses so I have now arranged an air freight shipment which will arrive in Auckland in the next 3-4 days and be despatched at the start of next week.
*2/12 Some known to have been delivered.  Has everyone receievd theirs?  Kiwis please check in either comment below or email Cali.

Phillipines
(via email) Sun, December 27, 2009 8:02:22 PM
I am truly sorry about this and other delays to the delivery of your Opus, but you will receive it next week and as soon as I have tracking information I will email it to you.

Kind regards
Andrew  *added 01/28

Hey there. I ordered mine last November via Ticketmaster USA and had it delivered to the Philippines. I haven't received it yet. It's just way disappointing -- beyond words. I sent e-mails to Kraken Opus through Andy Clay and Ticketmaster. The person who holds the Ticketmaster account on Twitter feels sorry for me but could not do anything more. And now, Amazon is offering the Opus at a special pre-order price. Had I known that Amazon would sell this, I would have waited for it. But Opus announced that it was an exclusive thing and that only Ticketmaster was allowed to sell it. Geez. Hey, Opus, surely you have noticed all these complaints, yes? Then what in the world are you doing about it? You wouldn't want your (bad) image damaged now, would you? *added 12/29
Update
(private message) December 29, 2009 11:06:21 PM
"You wouldn't believe what I went through to get it. I had to pore over message boards so I could get an idea as to when my item left China. Using that minimal info, I called Fedex and fortunately, they were able to narrow down their search in their database. Fedex gave me a tracking number and its status was under clearance delay. That meant local customs was holding it up for inspection and computation of local duties and taxes. The longer it is delayed, the longer it stays in the warehouse, which meant bigger storage fees that will be charged to me." ... "So off I went to the customs at the airport, even if I had a migraine in the runs. I paid something like US$9 to have my item cleared at customs and released from the Fedex warehouse. I wanted to argue with Fedex people since it wasn't my fault that customs held it. But my head was just throbbing with pain and all I wanted was to go home with Opus. The excitement at opening the book was gone. Opening the box felt like a chore. There was just no giddy feeling, excitement, jumping for joy -- thanks to the delay in the delivery and customer non-support from Ticketmaster and Opus. Had these people been very transparent as to the status of our orders, we wouldn't be checking our mails and bugging Fedex people as to where our books are. Thanks to a friend who was so excited for me, a little happiness rushed back but only for a while. And that's how I spent $253 ($225 for Ticketmaster and $28 for shipping) this Christmas. *added 01/2/10 approval granted
Update (private message) January 2, 2010 1:27:11 AM
I hope this will serve as a warning to those in other countries because local taxes do apply. I was afraid they would charge me a big amount because I didn't know the amount that the shipper declared. By the way, the shipper is not Opus, not Ticketmaster, but the printer from China. I'll be sending you a photo of the damage on the spine. *added 01/02/10 approval granted
12/29:  OPUS RECEIVED.  YAY!
*2/12 One known customer still waiting
 Poland
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 14:57 — Jolanta
I pre-order it in september, now is 23 december and I haven't a e-mail yet. No informations so I don't think I receive it before Christmas.
UPDATE: (private message) 12/29/2009 - 13:30 I'm waiting, waiting..... and no informations about date. *added 12/29
UPDATE: Sun, 01/03/2010 - 14:16 — Jolanta
Now I think that I'll never see my Opus. Still no emails, still nothing. *added 01/03/10
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 08:54 — Jolanta
I received my tracking number today morning. I'll receive my Opus about 11th of January. I'm so happy.
1/4/10:  Fed Ex Tracking received with expected delivery Jan. 11th.  YAY! 
1/6/10:  OPUS RECEIVED! YAY!


Romania
(private message) Sun, December 27, 2009 5:49:49 PM
I'm from Romania. Do you think that I might also receive my book starting this week since I'm from Europe as well? I have emailed Andy from Opus 4 times but no reply. *added 12/27
UPDATE: (private message) Tue, December 29, 2009 2:14:09 PM I haven't got my opus yet. I hope that maybe I will receive it tomorrow (actually I hope that everyday, that "tomorrow" will be the big day)... *added 12/29
UPDATE: (private message) January 4, 2010 10:38:28 AM
I received an email from Fed Ex too! I'm soooooo happy! It shows "in transit" and the estimated delivery is January 13. Right now by opus is in Stansted, England. This just made my day! Yaaaaaay! *added 01/04
1/4/10:  Fed Ex Tracking received with expected delivery Jan. 13th.  YAY! 
UPDATE: January 6, 2010 3:41 AM
Romania got their Opuses! I got mine today! Perfect condition! Work of art! *added 01/07
1/6/10:  OPUS RECEIVED!  YAY!

RUSSIA
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 13:24 — Russia
Dear Cali,
Fans from Russia trace your letters and messages concerning the Opus. First of all we wish to thank you for support of admirers of Michael Jackson all over the world! Also, we wish to express our discontent with the Opus company and Ticketmaster.
All of us placed the orders for Ticketmaster till 01.12.2009, and many of us till 01.10.2009. We saved money and refused to ourselves in everything to have this book! It was promised to us at the order that we will receive the complete set (2) gloves, a 3D card and a copy of a banner of a memorial wall. None of us received the Opus till now, though all guaranteed its reception till December, 25th 2009. Those fans who addressed the Opus, Ticketmaster and Andy by e-mail have not received any answer concerning delivery terms. Many countries received some information on carrying over of the terms of delivery in connection with the problems at customs, weather conditions etc., but our inquiries are persistently ignored.
One of us communicated the Opus by phone and as well as much had been gave the answer that all is completed and in the nearest future we can receive the Opus. More exact data has not been given to us, meantime other European countries receive the information on exact date of reception. We cannot remain more in ignorance when we can receive the book!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Michael Jackson's Russian fans

UPDATE: Tue, 12/29/2009 - 11:24
Dear Cali,
We hurry to inform you that none of us in Russia received any message from the Opus or TiŅketmaster. We are much worry whether we can receive the Opus at all because in the case of FedEx delivery the goods should not be expensive more then 75 USD otherwise the problem with Russian customs would be. Therefore we wrote many letters to the Opus explaining this fact but we received no answer.
Also, we have informed the Opus on the huge desire to receive the book, instead of the refund.
Thank you for the rendered assistance.
With great respect, best regards and L.O.V.E.
Russia *added 12/29

Sat, 01/02/2010 - 12:24 — Russia
Each of us letters was sent to the publishers the Opus and to Mr. Andy of the following maintenance, but we have not received the answer.

1. Dear publishers of OPUS!

Thanks for the given letter on change of terms of delivery.
Under the data given in this letter, it was informed that in the beginning of this week you inform me on the departure of OPUS and will give number for tracing Fedex. Unfortunatly till now any information is not received meanwhile many customers receive the book already!
The order has been made on September 23rd as you guaranteed delivery will be made till December 25th, in some cases to 18th, but today already is December 16th and no data about sending!
Please, if you had any problems on delivery or not any data about the addressee, inform the client by this e-mail! Thanks!

2. Dear Andy,

I am turning to you on behalf of Russian customers, who ordered MJ Opus back in August and September.
We kindly ask you to clarify the situation with Official Michael Jackson Delivery dates to Russia.
On the 12th of December most of us who ordered MJ Opus received a letter stating the following:
"For Opus orders placed before December 1:
Rest assured that your Opus will be delivered well before Christmas and, in the majority of cases, by December 18 2009. To help you better track your package, once your order is fulfilled, you will be sent a shipping email and tracking code from Fedex, either later today or early next week.the book is due to arrive before December 18th, 25th at the latest."
Today is December the 22d, we did not receive any futher information about the so-called tracking code from Fedex, let alone a book. More to that, we discovered that the date of delivery is postponed - till January 30, 2010.
Even more to that - some people who ordered Opus AFTER December 1st have already received it. We found out that this happened not only to Russian customers but to the customers from the other countries.
We are really dissapointed by this fact, since making early orders back in September and August ensured Opus company of the demand and funded MJ Opus publishing in a way.

We really do not understand why the delivery date is postponed till the end of January 2010.

Also, and this is important - please, be infromed that Moscow branch office of FedEx DOES not accept deliveries the value of which exceeds 75 USD, since they do not have the custom broker.
That's why we kindly ask you to change the deliverer - for DHL, for example - since there are no problems like described above with DHL, and DHL will accept the delivery and clear the customs if necessary .

Waiting for your earliest reply and hoping for the quick solution of the situation.

Here dates when inquiries went:

2009-12-16
2009-12-18
2009-12-20
2009-12- 21
2009-12-22
2009-12-23
2009-12-27 *added 01/02/10

1/4/10:  Tracking number received.  Expected delivery Jan 22nd  CONGRATS!
01/05/10: UPDATE: St. Petersburg should be no problem.  Moscow ... problems.  Customs and/or Fed Ex have denied cargo due to value of each Opus is more than $75 USD. Awaiting more info from Russian fans. I have suggested they write Andy at OMG with RUSSIA in the subject line. More details as they develop.

UPDATE (private message/cc: letter sent 1/5) January 5, 2010 2:16:31 PM
Dear Andy!
All Russian customers have received numbers for tracing but faced a problem of customs registration in Fedex.
As you already wrote Fedex does not accept the goods more than 75 USD in cost because of the absence of the customs broker. This order does not concern customers in St.-Petersburg since in this city there is a customs and they are ready to accept expensive cargoes.
I live in St.-Petersburg and my Opus was sent from Great Britain yesterday on January, 04th, was brought to Paris and after there is a mark of its leaving and that's ALL! For details to find my Opus I called to Moscow Fedex service where I was informed that the Opus will be returned to sender. WHY? Those requirements do not extend to St.-Petersburg. May be its the incompetence of the operator?
We have the Christmas vacation in Rossia now (till January, 11th) and more exact information in our country could't be received. I called to representatives of Fedex in S.t.-Petersburg personally and they are ready to accept all cargoes going to other cities of Russia and also to make all appropriate customs papers BUT the consent from the sender is required for this purpose.

Please, help to solve the question with delivery,
With hope of your help, *added 01/06

UPDATE: January 8, 2010 3:57 AM
fiona-adam said...
Hello! Thank you for updates. I'm from Russia (Saint-Petersburg). Something weird has been going on according FedEx tracking information. From Jan 6 till Jan 8 it shows these two lines: "Delivery exception - FRANKFURT DE - Business closed - No delivery attempt" and "At local FedEx facility - FRANKFURT DE". There are about 11 lines with info like that. So right now FedEx is displaying it as a critical info. All lines are written in red. I don't quite understand why it stuck in Germany. *added 01/08
UPDATE: (private message @ Russia) January 11, 2010 9:57:20 AM
Has gone to make customs papers. NO! Worker FedEx has counted to me of 235 dollars!!!  Kraken Opus has increased BOOK cost! Why I should pay more because Kraken the Opus has made error! The OPUS to me will  cost 450 dollars In Moscow and other cities of delivery all are not present. Andy has not answered my letter *added 01/11

UPDATE:  (private message @ Russia)  January 11, 2010 11:27:04 AM
I do not work. The big money at me is noot present. I save on all even on meal and I will borrow at friends. I simply wished to carry out the dream... To have OPUS+My heart is broken+ Cry+ *added 01/11
1/11:  DELIVERIES EXPECTED, UHH, ??    **PLEASE SEE UKRAINE UPDATE 01/12 for new info on RUSSIA too.
(Fiona/St. Petersburg)  January 12, 2010 9:59 AM
Unfortunately I have the same problem as the Ukrainian fan stated :( A courier has brought a telegram today calling me to the customs office (which is situated very far from the city - in the airport). They want me to pay ALOT of money and they don't accept any invoices or webpages where the real cost of Opus stated. I ordered my Opus in August. I was one of first people who ordered it. But they don't want to hear how much I paid, they believe that wrong-filled declaration attached to the package. Now I seriously don't know what to do....  *added 01/12

Fiona (Russia, Saint-Petersburg) January 13, 2010 12:23 PM
I was talking to a pretty nice customs representative today. At least the woman was understanding. She said that the whole situation was insane and it was so unfair for people who ordered the book so many months ago. Yes, she knew that this was Michael Jackson Opus book. She called me today and started her conversation with: "Hello! You ordered the book about Michael Jackson." She said there were 16 people from Saint-Petersburg who ordered Opus and they know the mistake with wrong-filled declarations, but Opuses have come through some phase of customs clearance so they can't change anything now. In any case we have to pay that duty. Tomorrow I need to pay the invoice in bank, then it will take 3 days for it to proceed, then they will verify it, then I have to take documents from one place and to bring them to other place (airport). And finally after this they will deliver the book by courier (they don't allow to pick up the book by ourselves). She also offered services by a customs broker, but it takes extra money. One of Russian fans used such broker so he received his Opus already. It's what that woman said to me. *added 01/13

1/14:  Russia and Ukraine-- Please see this thread and know Andy is hoping to have an answer within 48 hours.  Bottom line:  KEEP THE FAITH.  I promise, it IS going to be okay!  Okay?  Just SMILE!!!  
1/20 NO STATUS UPDATE YET FROM OPUS ON UKRAINE OR RUSSIA. STILL FOLLOWING UP!   Much L.O.V.E. Caranky Cali
*1/29 ( FINALLY SOME WORD) Despite numerous attempts to sort, many held in customs. We have had to re-submit these deliveries and these will be despatched again next week
*2/12 RUSSIA IS STILL WAITING.  Cali has a request in for update.  Will put here when received.
*2/23  PLEASE SEE FIRST TWO BLOGS POSTS HERE

Saudi Arabia
(private message) January 17, 2010 11:55am
Please do include Saudi Arabia. I did my pre-order dated Sept 30, 2009. Still no tracking number from FedEx received. I will be looking forward for your updates.  *added 1/17
1/17 Cali will try to get confirmation of delivery.  *Guess* is between Jan. 22nd and Jan 30th

Scotland
1/24 Have these been delivered?  (One Pre-order customer is still waiting)
*2/12 One known customer STILL waiting.


South Africa
Sat, 12/26/2009 - 22:11 — shad
I received an email stating that I will be receiving my fedex tracking code but I have not received anything yet. Can you follow up for me please. I pre-ordered in October and was promised delivery before xmas. That did not happen. *added 12/26
UPDATE: Jan 08, 2009 11:37 AM Post #1559
Still not a word ... *added 01/08
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND.
*1/29  Despatched this weekend
*2/12 Delivery known so this is a YAY! now!

South America
(private message/2nd hand) Tue, December 29, 2009 3:24:21 PM
From one fan in Argentina to another in Chile, South America is expected to be delivered after January 4th, per Argentian customer phone conversation with Opus. *added 12/30 (approval granted)
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND. Please go here for full details
*1/20 SOUTH AMERICA DELAY: DELIVERIES now week of Jan 25th.
*1/26 SOUTH AMERICA DELIVERIES NOW EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. Appears date might start Wednesday February 3rd. This through 2 independent sources.
*1/29 South America – All set to go out yesterday. However I have just been informed that Brazil, Chile and Argentina customs now require the individual tax ID number for each customer which is ridiculous. The cost of delivery to these countries is already more than the customers have paid for their Opus, but that’s my problem. I am however now going to have to send an email to all South American customers asking for their tax ID numbers. I have already jumped through so many paperwork hoops on this and it’s still a problem. I am aiming to gather these ID numbers and ship these next Thursday
*2/12 Received email stating another 7 days.  Deliverys should now be around Feb 18th.  *sigh*

Spain
private message - 12/20 10:11am PT
I've been reading the post os a spanish forum, and in Spain they're receiving heir Opus since last week *added 12/30 I can not independently confirm the comments of Spain, but forum itself has been sourced. Translation needed.

Sweden
Stockholm
(private message) January 2, 2010 7:58:04 PM
Just wanted to let you know that neither my friend nor I, who both ordered OPUSes back in September, have received them. We live in Stockholm, Sweden. I sent 3 emails to Kraken (none of which were answered) and filed a complaint to FTC. I can see my FedEx tracking number has been updated, but the estimated delivery is 11th of January. It’s a real shame…*added 01/03/10
UPDATE
(private message) January 5, 2010 5:24:35 PM
My FedEx says this: Estimated delivery Jan 11, 2010 by 6:00 PM
However, the status says: Jan 5, 2010 3:53 PM Arrived at FedEx location
STOCKHOLM-ARLANDA SE
So I believe I will probably get it before the weekend. Why would it be delivered Monday if it’s already in Sweden? *added 01/09
UPDATE
(private message) January 9, 2010 6:24:39 AM
Apparently it takes 6 days to transfer it from a local facility to my place (I live downtown). Eeeeh… They must have sent it with the cheapest tariff! I still haven’t got it. *added 01/09
1/11:  DELIVERED FINALLY!  YAY!
2/12 One known customer still waiting.

Ukraine
(priavte message) January 6, 2010 8:27:48 AM
(fan update) Ukraine will receive on 01/11/2010 *added 01/06

(2nd customer) Mon, 01/11/2010 - 05:49 — Justice Rainger
I am absolutely outraged at the way the Opus shipped my book.
They put a much higher price in the waybill - 200 pounds, although I purchased it off Ticketmaster website for USD 165 (which is about twice as less considering our local exchange rates).
Now, according to law, I have to pay another USD 150 as customs fees because the free import limit in my country is about USD 300, and according to the exchange rates and the price specified in the waybill my Opus costs USD 450.
This is ridiculous. What the &*%$& is going on, why did not they just put the correct purchase price in the waybill? Even if they placed the price for which they are selling it now (USD 229), I would still receive my book normally without overpaying.
I'm going to write to Andy and claim my money back. I simply don't have another USD 150 to pay customs fees. I have written to him previously but he did not respond to me at all. And to get the Opus back to the seller, the seller has to claim the package back, I cannot even send it back myself, according to local FedEx rules.
I just hate this situation. I wish I have never purchased this book.
This is just not the right way to do business, people.  (I'm from Ukraine). *added 01/11
1/11:  Problems with customs fees/see post above. 
Tue, 01/12/2010 - 01:19 — Justice Rainger

I called Ukrainian FedEx again in hope that maybe they would consider my documents proving I haven't paid that much, I told them they could easily get online and check that the Ticketmaster site from which I bought my Opus still has a price much lower than the limit for customs-free import.
Like hell they would.
They told me it's not their problem and I should get it straight with the sender.
Now, what's wrong with the sender, by the way? My waybill specifies the sender is Gary Yandle, Fedex SCS, and NOT Opus.
That means that we're calling Opus in vain because they'll probably divert us back to Fedex and say they are the ones responsible for making those waybills. That would be convenient.
I asked my local Fedex if they can send an inquiry to the sender to claim the package back and give me a refund. They said they tried - but got no response.
It means I'll have to pay the damned USD 150 customs fees to get it. Otherwise I'm losing my USD 193 I have initially paid for it.
I have to think fast because the local FedEx will start charging me for storage of the package starting from the 11th day of its being in the customs zone. There are only 6 days left, and after that I need to make a decision what to do.
The book will be, like, golden to me, if you understand what I mean. *added 01/12

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 03:25 — Justice Rainger
UPDATE:
Andy has just responded to me by email.  He said he's already working on the problem with incorrect waybills for Russia and Ukraine, and asked us to bear with him, he's working on it.  I hope this won't last more than a week, Ithere are still charges for extra storage.  *added 01/12

1/14: Russia and Ukraine-- Please see this thread and know Andy is hoping to have an answer within 48 hours. Bottom line: KEEP THE FAITH. I promise, it IS going to be okay! Okay? Just SMILE!!!
1/20 NO STATUS UPDATE YET FROM OPUS ON UKRAINE OR RUSSIA. STILL FOLLOWING UP!
*1/29 (FINALLY SOME WORD) "Despite numerous attempts to sort, many held in customs. We have had to re-submit these deliveries and these will be despatched again next week
2/12 Still no word on delivery.  Cali is waiting for response from new contact.  WIll update when received.
*2/23  PLEASE SEE FIRST TWO BLOGS POSTS HERE


United Arab Emirates
Dubai - *Cali removed information as fan has not yet purchased Opus* 

via email/2nd customer) December 29, 2009 11:42:22 AM
im from united arab emirates i ordered mine on dec 12th thro ticketmaster and phoned opus on the 17th, i was told to expect the delivery on JAN 4th or a bit later. *added 01/02/10
1/14: Tracking #'s expected within 48 hours. DELIVERY EXPECTED ON/BEFORE JAN. 22ND. Please go here for full details
*1/29 Despatched this weekend
*2/12 Contacted another 7 days

United KingdomWed, 12/23/2009 - 08:49 — laura17
I ordered my OPUS on 21st Aug and still have not recieved it! I was sent a tracking number today but when looking it up there is no details. I called Fedex the delivery people and they said they thought they were going out in the new year. I was told i will get it before christmas and am still being emailed that i will recieve it before christmas. This leaves 1 day tomorrow!


Posted Email from UK Fan- Communication from Opus


York Sat, 12/19/2009 - 19:07 — missye29
Well, I just opened it up and found no glove. Was disappointed, but the book itself is awesome.
12/23/09:  The UK had additional problems. The boat was four days late arriving from China due to the weather and once again Customs held up one container for four days and one for nine days. Now we are faced with terrible weather conditions in UK with the airport FedEx uses closed for two days. This will make the rest of Europe a little late. We expect Europe to receive their OPUS' by the 28th of December. This date is predicated upon current conditions and is not a guarantee but rather our goal. 
Mon, 01/04/2010 - 18:23 — rose1968
now i have read some of these email/comments i am a bit worried as i placed my order and paid for the book over the phone with andy at opus (after he left me a message on my machine) too like others on here so the payment went through but so far i have recieved no confirmation e-maIl or letter that the payment went through at opus (even though i have kept a copy of my bank statement payment) and according to their web pages those who paid and ordered their books in september was supposed to get their copy before christmas but christmas has now gone and so has new year and im still waiting,i have so far sent three e-mails-----two to the london branch of opus and one to the geurnsey office and still no reply from either but i intend to keep on until i finally get a reply or a call back as i want my book afterall i paid for it well in advance,i wouldnt mind if they were polite enough to reply to my email stating that the payment has been recieved and that they are behind with dispatching the books then i would understand but to be completly ignored that is just ignorent and not good customer service at all as usually when anyone pays so a large amount they get some sort of reciept and a thank you for the purchase but opus never even acknowledge the payment after they get the cash you dont hear nothing else from them as i have heard from people(on youtube) that placed their order after my date and they have been lucky enough to have their books now,i only hope in a few days i can put an appology comment on here and say my book has finally arrived but i have serious doubts at the moment especially when im being ignored by phone calls and emails but like i said i want my book so im not going to give up until i recieve it no matter how long i have to wait i only hope others have better luck as well *added 01/05

**United StatesThis is just to see the earliest someone has received it.
Earliest so far: Tuesday December 15th:
Thu, 12/17/2009 - 13:44 — Smile4michael
OH MY GOD I GOT MINE 2 DAYS AGO

(UPDATE from private message)12/28/2009 - 23:31 Although the billing address I gave during the purchase is in Mexico, my mailing address is in Texas and I have not received my Opus yet. I pre-ordered back in August 29th, and my credit card was charged the same day. I will keep in touch.  *added 12/29 & posted under Mexico also 
Sun, 01/03/2010 - 17:30 — Mido..
Wow... I wonder if I will EVER receive the MJ Opus I purchased on 15 Sep 09!! After 5 emails to Kraken's POC Andy and 2 website inquiries I still have no information regarding the status of this order. WOW!! If NOT for Ticket Master taking my money, charging my credit card and sending me email verification and confirmation of the purchase, stating the OPUS would be delivered by 25 Dec 09, it would be as if my purchase and the Opus never existed! Very bad customer service by KRAKEN. My last email to Kraken is posted below with still NO response!!
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Andy,
I still have NOT received the MJ Opus purchased 15 Sep 09!


This is the 5th email requesting information regarding Michael Jackson Opus purchased 15 Sep 09 and I still have NOT received a reply from you or anyone else at Kraken, Ticketmaster or DHL! Although I have emailed Kraken (you) verification of the purchase of the MJ Opus and verified that all contact information for myself associated with this order is correct - and I have Not yet received any response via email, phone, written correspondence, etc. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I still have NOT received the MJ Opus purchased 15 Sep 09.


This is extremely poor customer service for a reportedly prestigious company such as Kraken. The poor customer service I have received from you and Kraken has ensured that will not support any other projects from this company. Extremely poor customer service and bad form!


I am reporting this company to all appropriate authorities for fraudulent advertising and mail fraud as product and services which were advertised by Kraken have been purchased but NOT fulfilled as advertised.   Please advise of the status of this order *added 01/03/10


UPDATE: (private message) 01/04/2010 - 04:43 am PT
MJ Opus Update: After 5 emails to Andy I received a response today.
Here is Andy's response:
Dear Sir/Madam
Could you please let me know which country you are calling from and I will sort this out as soon as I can.  Regards  Andrew *added 01/08
Fri, 01/08/2010 - 13:31 — Autumnrain
This is a nice gesture to Japanese customers. But what about American customers who are still waiting for their book? I'm still waiting on an email response from Opus after sending numerous emails. This is getting ridiculous. Andy Clay, I paid for my book in September 2009 and I want my book too!!!!! *added 01/08 (REF: Letter to customers in Japan)
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 09:40 — Mido..
I AM SO OVER THE MJ OPUS!!!  This is the WORST customer service I have ever received!  I purchased the Opus 15 Sep 09 and STILL have NOT received it!  I also HAVE NOT received a response from Andy or Kraken as to the status of the delivery!  OUTRAGEOUS!!  I'll be filing a complaint with the FTC!!  UNBELIEVABLE!!  Andy, Kraken ... YOU ALL SUCK at CUSTOMER SERVICE and should be Ashamed of Yourselves!  *added 01/11


1/14:  AutumnRain @ Mido-- please email me at cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com I have info for you. Please go here for full details
1/20 MIDO AND AUTUMNRAIN STILL DO NOT HAVE THEIR OPUS OR STATUS UPDATE ON WHEN THEY WILL GET THEM!
AutumnRain & Mido both have their Opi!  YAY!

Venezuela
*2/12 VENEZUELA reporting deliveries as of 1107am PST

 

 Vietnam
December 26, 2009 9:47 AM
Anonymous said...
The Opus has been delivered to me (Vietnam) but 3D card is missing from the box!!! does any one happen to know what's wrong? please advise *added 12/26
Link to forum conversation about receipt of Opus on The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait *added 12/27

**This comment is not under a country as not sure what country this customer/fan is from. 
Sun, 01/03/2010 - 13:28 — aj13
I emailed twice at opus not specifically to this andy person but I havent got a reply.. I ordered my Opus in september and I havent received it yet. *added 01/03/10

Merry Christmas Michael from Russia
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