Episode 063 – Q Q&A

Just when you thought things were getting back to normal, Jamon has deserted ship again, leaving Q to man the deck single-handed. Luckily, Q is more than capable of entertaining himself while Jamon isn’t looking.

In this solo episode, Q answers questions submitted by you, our loyal listeners. Episode 062 was the fastest-downloaded regular news episode in the show’s history, so Q felt Episode 063 would be the perfect opportunity to engage in a little back and forth with our ever-growing audience.

Topics ranged from MJ in the movies to what Q would do if if was manning the fort over at the MJ Estate, instead of here at The MJCast.

From Lina Yakoub:

  • Who are three actors you think would be able to channel Michael the best in a movie (could be singers as well)?
  • What already existing movie roles do you think Michael possibly could have played?
  • Do you have any exciting guests on upcoming episodes and, if so, could you give us a few hints on who they may be?

From live-tweeting queen Carley (@MJIsMyGoldenBoy):

  • Which MJ songs have you not listened to ever since MJ’s passing?
  • What were the highlights of seeing MJOne?

From Lyne Tyler (@FmrMTLr):

  • A common complaint with fellow fans is the lack of available materials from the Jacksons’ touring years. As we gripe about not having the Destiny, Triumph or Victory tours on any media, we never ask who owns the rights to those tours. Is it the band (ie. The Jacksons) or another entity? The MJ Estate may not have full ownership and may therefore not be to blame for not releasing them. I personally have no clue and thought you may have insight.
  • My second question relates to your outstanding work in putting this podcast together. Without revealing your secret sauce, as you all seem to make it so easy, how do you manage to produce such a high quality show with consistent topics and without speaking over each other? How much prep time is involved and how do your respective significant others feel about the time we steal away from them? I love them all for sharing you with us so generously.
  • One last question. Can we get Mr Thomson to live tweet more? He is priceless.

From Kory Wise:

  • If you could go back to witness one moment from Michael’s life or career, what would it be and why?

From Reny SanLuis:

  • If you could own any piece of MJ memorabilia, what would it be and why?
  • If you were in charge of the MJ Estate, what would be the first MJ item/thing that you would put out or do for the public?
  • If you could go back in time and watch Michael create a signature moment during his stellar career, what would it be and why?
  • The famous Oprah Winfrey question: What do you know for sure?

From Ashley White (@1958TO4EVER):

  • Do you know what happened to the tsunami relief song Michael was working on around 2005, that he was shown working on in the Geraldo Riviera interview?
  • Do you think we will get a remastered Thriller on Blu-Ray as a result of Thriller 3D coming to cinemas?

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Episodio 020 – Ya Éramos Amigos Sin Conocernos

En este episodio estamos de celebración en The MJCast en Español, Jason ha debutado como papá de una linda bebé y estamos cumpliendo un año de comenzar este proyecto. Les traemos las noticias más recientes en torno a Michael Jackson, desde el fallecimiento de Bobby Taylor (quien llevo a los Jackson 5 a Motown), el trailer de la serie “Stranger Things 2” con Thriller, hasta la exposición de pinturas hechas por Bubbles. En el terreno legal tenemos la renovación del contrato del Estate con Sony, la demanda que Quincy Jones ganó contra el Estate, y lo ultimo del caso de los Cascio tracks. Además, te platicamos de la entrevista que el baterista de los Jacksons y Michael Jackson, Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett , otorgó a The MJCast. Por ultimo, agradecemos a todos nuestros escuchas por este primer año de The MJCast en Español ¡Gracias!

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Tema principal

Celebramos el primer aniversario de The MJCast en Español y que Jason es papá.

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Episode 062 – They Didn’t Need an Expert to Say That

Jamon is back from his paternity leave, rejoining Q to co-host Episode 062 after a few months off. They are joined by recurring guest host and legal correspondent Charles Thomson, plus lifelong MJ fan Angela Kande. Charles and Angela discuss their recent visits to Santa Maria, Forest Lawn and the Jacksons’ 50th Anniversary Tour, before helping Jamon and Q dissect all of the latest MJ and Jackson family news.

After the news, Jamon and Q first delve into Angela’s fan story, where she shares some of her most vivid memories from the ‘frontline’ of MJ fandom in the 1990s and 2000s. In addition to attending the HIStory Tour in 1997 and the World Music Awards in 2006, Angela spent time at Michael’s hotels and other places he visited during his trips to the UK. She recalls the lows (like witnessing a photographer assault Michael outside a recording studio) and the highs (like bagging a seat right behind Michael at a London theatre) of her time spent in Michael’s orbit. She also discusses the origins of her spoken word poem ‘Legacy’, about the impact of Michael’s death on his fan community.

The hosts then turn their attention to Charles. Despite first appearing on the MJCast in Episode 002 and having been a frequent contributor ever since, Jamon and Q recently realised they had never asked Charles some of the key questions they usually ask guests during their first appearances on the show. What begins as a simple interview about Charles’ favourite songs, albums, videos and concerts turns into an emotional discussion about what Michael means to his fans – and the wider world – and how the fan community must fight for his legacy as his Estate allows it to crumble.

This episode marks Angela’s first ‘live’ appearance on the MJCast, although she did appear as one of Charles’ interviewees in his World Music Awards 10th Anniversary Special last year.

News

  • Michael’s Estate announces a one-off cartoon, ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’, featuring ‘reimagined’ versions of his music.
  • A 3D version of Thriller, plus the Making of Thriller documentary, are to be shown at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Producer Teddy Riley, a major contributor to Michael’s Dangerous album, discusses his time in the studio with Michael in a new two-and-a-half interview.
  • Remixed by Nick* has made a large number of his Michael Jackson remixes available for download.
  • Jimmy Safechuck’s posthumous demands for money over alleged abuse by Michael have been thrown out of court by a judge, and Wade Robson’s case looks set to follow.
  • Quincy Jones has been awarded more than $9million by a jury after he sued the Michael Jackson Estate for underpaying him.
  • An attempt by Frank Cascio to auction a CD of fake Michael Jackson songs for upwards of $50,000 has been called off – but the disc remains available for private sale.
  • Jermaine Jackson performs at the grand finale of BBC talent contest Pitch Battle.
  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller has been used as the soundtrack to the new trailer for Stranger Things – Season Two, after producers were eventually able to secure the rights
  • Michael Jackson’s Estate has granted Sony, a company Michael despised, continued permission to control the licensing of his music.
  • New transcripts from the class action lawsuit over the release of fake Michael Jackson songs reveal a judge has accused lawyers for Sony, MJJ Productions and the MJ Estate of throwing their co-defendants under a bus by conceding they may have been duped into selling bogus material.
  • Michael’s son Prince has produced a music video for Swedish singer Nano.
  • FIlmmaker Spike Lee has announced his latest Brooklyn Loves MJ street party.
  • The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has added new Michael Jackson exhibits to its collection.

Main Discussion Topic

  • Angela and Charles’ fan stories

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Episodio 019 – El Excel de Mauricio

En este episodio de The MJCast en Español tenemos el gusto de tener de invitado a Mauricio Mastroiacomo de La Corte del Rey del Pop. En las noticias, te contaremos del tan anunciado especial de Halloween que prepara el Estate, y de un supuesto album inédito de Michael Jackson puesto en subasta. Mauricio nos contará su historia como fan y cómo fue que se creó La Corte del Rey del Pop, el Club Mundial de Seguidores de Michael Jackson y el más grande de habla hispana que este año cumple 20 años. Mauricio nos compartirá una de sus columnas escritas para La Corte en donde relata la entrañable historia de German y Martín, y con ella nos recuerda lo verdaderamente importante: “Ídolos que cambian la vida de las personas nunca serán olvidados”.

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  • La historia de Mauricio como fan
  • La historia de La Corte del Rey del Pop

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Episode 061 – Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett Special

Drummer Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett first worked with Michael Jackson when he joined the Jacksons on their Destiny Tour in 1979. He remained with the brothers for the Triumph Tour – where his work was immortalised on the Jacksons’ only live album – and then joined them on their legendary Victory Tour. He later played on the Jacksons’ album 2300 Jackson Street and on Michael’s 1988 Grammy Awards performance.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he worked with other music legends including Madonna, Elton John and George Michael. In 1996 he re-teamed with Michael Jackson for the HIStory World Tour, which lasted into 1997, and then joined him again in 2001 for his two 30th Anniversary Celebration concerts at Madison Square Gardens in New York.

In 2009 he was selected for the This Is It band and worked with Michael in his final weeks, days and hours of rehearsals. He performed at Michael’s Staples Centre memorial and has since worked for his Estate on its Cirque Du Soleil Immortal World Tour.

In this special episode, Jonathan joins Jamon and Q to discuss his long career and relationship with Michael Jackson.

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Episodio 018 – Ahí Te Lo Dejo

En este episodio de The MJCast en Español tenemos noticias y muchas cosas mas. El productor Teddy Riley habla sobre su trabajo con Michael  Jackson en la época de Dangerous y tiene algunas teorias sobre la portada del álbum y la voz de Michael. Mas de gente que trabajo en el estudio, el ingeniero de sonido Leslie Brathwaite habla sobre la que considera la mezcla de sonido mas difícil en la que haya trabajado: They Don’t Care About Us. Como tema central en este episodio, tenemos el review de la pelicula “Searching For Neverland”. Siguiendo la temática cinéfila, te contamos de otras dos películas muy interesantes sobre MJ , “Sheikh Jackson” y “Munna Michael”, próximas a estrenarse en 2017. Shana Mangatal compartió escenas inéditas del rodaje de “Ghosts” donde se muestra a un Michael pocas veces visto y aquí te lo mostramos.

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Review de la película “Searching For Neverland”

Escucha aquí la transmisión en vivo que hicimos en Facebook apenas vimos la película.

Y aquí puedes ver la película “Searching For Neverland” con subtitulos en Español

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Episode 060 – The Laura Comedy Hour

Laura Nicholson returns to guest host with Jason and Q, and this time she has the chance to share her fan story! This is followed by a range of news stories, reactions to and our reviews of the Lifetime TV film starring Navi, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, details around what you’ll need to send in for an upcoming Q&A episode, finds of the week and some sweet, sweet tunes.

News

  • Association On The Line is hosting the MJ Music Day event in Paris, France.
  • New Who Is It concept art has apparently leaked.
  • Michael Jackson themed Egyptian movie Sheik Jackson is on the way.
  • Prince Jackson attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and presents Drake with the Top Artist Award.
  • Shana Mangatal has released never before seen footage from the original Ghosts shoot, with an interesting back story around it.
  • Janet Jackson reportedly set to document divorce, motherhood and more on Netflix special.
  • MJ’s nephew, Austin Brown, collaborates with fraudster Eddie Cascio.
  • Iconic Michael Jackson film from photo sessions needs $500 000 to be developed.
  • Michael Jackson fan loses home in London’s Grenfell Tower Fire tragedy.
  • Thriller 3D to be released in the US this summer.
  • Review of The Jacksons Glastonbury performance from their 50th Anniversary tour
  • TJ and Frances Jackson launch The Family Rules, a platform with blogs, posts, Q&A videos on marriage, children and family.
  • Paris Jackson appears in The xx’s new short film, I Dare You.

Main Discussion Topic

Finds of the Week

Sean Kenneth O’Hara

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Episodio 017 – Especial 25 de Junio: Estaré Justo Aquí

El 25 de Junio de 2009 está grabado en el calendario como un día de luto para la música, y uno de los más tristes en la vida de muchos de nosotros. Michael Jackson había fallecido en medio de los preparativos de su gira “This Is It”. El mundo se paralizó por completo ante la noticia y lloró al artista que durante 4 décadas nos deleitó con su talento.

En este episodio especial acompaña a  Ale, Sandra y Jason para recordar a Michael Jackson en su octavo aniversario luctuoso. Nuestros invitados de episodios anteriores, Marisa, Rodrigo, Toni y Uriel nos relatan cómo vivieron ese 25 de Junio y sus impresiones 8 años después. De forma muy significativa, retomamos una canción que hoy más que nunca nos reconforta con su letra, “Someone In The Dark”.

Sabemos lo dificil que es esta fecha para muchos, y esperamos de todo corazón que este episodio sirva para que los fans sepan que no están solos, se desahoguen con nosotros y, lo más importante, puedan sentirse reconfortados reflejándose en alguna de las historias que compartimos con ustedes. Aunque el dolor sigue después de 8 años, celebremos juntos todo lo que nos dejó y nos sigue regalando. A 8 años de distancia, recordamos no solamente tu partida sino que celebramos tu permanencia en nuestros corazones.

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Episode 059 – June 25th Special with Isabelle Petitjean and Brice Najar

Eight years ago today on June 25th, 2009 the King of Pop, Michael Jackson tragically passed away amidst preparations for what was to be his final concert tour, This Is It. For fans the world over, the pain still lingers… Each year we come together on this day to remember, honour and reflect on the magical life that was Michael Jackson’s and the love and timeless art he gave to the world. This year, hosts Q and Jason Garcia are lucky enough to be joined by two special guests for The MJCast’s 2017 June 25th episode. Being renowned authors, passionate Michael Jackson scholars, event organisers and…how could we forget…French, our two guests have so much in common that this episode can’t help but be a positive and heart warming reflection on Michael’s life.

Isabelle Petitjean, a classically-trained musician and a teacher of music, is a university academic specializing in Afro-American popular music and particularly in the work of Michael Jackson. She holds a master’s degree and a research mastership in musicology, and is currently preparing a doctorate on Michael Jackson at the University of Paris IV – Paris Sorbonne. She has written multiple books on Michael Jackson including Dangerous: From Mark Ryden to Michael Jackson – Pop Culture in the Pantheon of Fine Arts and Michael Jackson: il état une voix.

Brice Najar is the author of three books about Michael Jackson’s music. The first tackles the subject of his solo discography, through his singles released between 1979 and 2008. The second discusses the albums he recorded with The Jacksons from 1976 to 1989. Both books can be read independently but also compliment one another. In his latest work, Let’s Make HIStory, Brice offers a collection of interviews with some of Michael’s key collaborators  for his 1995 epic double album of the same name.

In addition to being authors in their own right, Brice and Isabelle have joined forces to put together Association On The Line. A group that’s organising unique and unmissable Michael Jackson related events. For its very first occasion, MJ Music Day, Brice and Isabelle are presenting an opportunity to meet musical director Brad Buxer and sound engineer Michael Prince who were both close collaborative partners and friends with the King of Pop. This exceptional and first-of-its-kind visit in France will lead attendees through Michael Jackson’s music at its most intimate and will offer plenty of unique anecdotes about his songs, personality and life. Guests will also experience the HIStory World Tour from behind-the-scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound with the exclusive preview of King of Sound, a documentary by Gareth Maynard about Bruce Swedien. More than a master-class or a conference, this will be a genuine opportunity to share a friendly moment and talk to those men who were very special to Michael Jackson. Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and fellow prominent French MJ fan Hector Barjot will also be there along with other Jackson exhibitors.

Later in the episode, listener submissions are played around how Michael should be remembered. Thank-you to all contributors who submitted audio. For fans who are struggling during this time of year, we hope this episode acts as a way for you to connect with other MJ fans around the world. In this episode there are moments of joy and moments of sadness, but through it all, remember that we are all fans of Michael. We will carry on his message of love and positivity as a way of honouring his memory and everything that he gave to the world. Together we will Michael on!

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Episodio 016 – Especial Día de la Vindicación

El 13 de Junio de 2005, en Santa María, California, Michael Jackson fue absuelto de forma contundente de los 14 cargos que se le imputaban, los cuales iban desde conspiración, abuso (4), intento de abuso, y administración de alcohol para cometer abuso (8) contra un menor. El acusador, Gavin Arvizo, era uno de los tantos niños con cáncer a los que Michael ayudó a lo largo de los años, y que vivió junto a su familia en Neverland durante una temporada. El escándalo se desató a principios de 2003 cuando Arvizo apareció en el documental “Living With Michael Jackson”. Fue entonces que el fiscal de Distrito, Tom Sneddon, contactó a la familia Arvizo para comenzar la indagatoria. Sneddon era el mismo fiscal que desde 1993 había querido llevar a juicio a Michael Jackson, ya fuera con la primer acusación de abuso a un menor, o cualquiera que acudiera a su oficina con el mínimo indicio para tales alegatos.

En agosto de 1993, la prensa mundial se hizo eco de las acusaciones por abuso sexual contra Michael Jackson de parte de Jordan Chandler. Este caso nunca llegó a instancias criminales sino que se mantuvo en el terreno de lo civil y, en el tribunal más peligroso, los medios de comunicación. En la época en que florecían las cadenas de televisión con noticias las 24 horas, y previo al juicio de O.J. Simpson, este caso era lo mejor que le podía pasar a la creciente industria del “info-entretenimiento”. La veracidad y las implicaciones de estas acusaciones eran lo que menos importaba, los medios tenían un indiciado a quien sentenciar en la corte de los hogares de todo el mundo. Meses más tarde y bajo el consejo de sus asesores, quienes se preocupaban más por que Michael siguiera produciendo dinero, se llegó a un acuerdo con los Chandler por una suma que se presume fue de alrededor de $20 millones de dólares. Los abogados argumentaron que con ese arreglo se evitarían problemas y un probable largo juicio cuyo veredicto final no podían garantizar. El daño estaba hecho y la caja de Pandora se había abierto. Ante la corte del público alrededor del mundo, un acuerdo extrajudicial era igual a admitir culpabilidad. Y así lo entendieron muchos.

El “día de la Vindicación” es la primer página del epílogo en la vida de Michael Jackson. Es una victoria que sabe a derrota, una que le valió un altísimo costo económico, físico y emocional. Marcó el comienzo del exilio y puso en marcha el reloj, uno que tristemente terminó por detenerse 4 años después. Michael Jackson ya no está para limpiar su nombre, uno que en un principio nunca debió haberse manchado, es ahora nuestro deber limpiar toda esa basura para que por fin obtenga la justicia que en vida le fue negada. El hombre era inocente, siempre lo fue.

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¿Fue Michael Jackson acusado falsamente?
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