119: HIStory 25 Roundtable

Twenty-five years ago, Michael Jackson released what is arguably his most important, and certainly his most personal album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. Emerging from the tumultuous mid-90s era, when Jackson was treated more harshly than ever by the media, the album is an explosion of his rage and frustration. It is the most raw of any of his studio work, addressing the media, race relations, and tapping into his personal struggles in a way he never had before. Despite the fact that the album was reviewed negatively by some critics (primarily those who had written him off after the 1993 allegations), it would go on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the bold messaging of the songs would endure. Ultimately, these iconic tracks feel more relevant than ever today.

To celebrate twenty-five years of this masterpiece, The MJCast brings together a roundtable panel of Michael Jackson experts and mega-fans to discuss this landmark album, analyzing it track-by-track, discussing the short films, and exploring its relevance in the 1990s, and today. This discussion is hosted and moderated by James Alay, and includes panelists Rickey Alexander, Maria Paalberg Musoga, John Cameron, and Samar Habib.

Participants
James Alay, host/moderator.
Rickey Alexander, author of “A Track-By-Track Synopsis of Michael Jackson’s History 25 Years Later”.
Maria Paalberg Musoga, creator of a short documentary on the #BlackLivesMatter protests in Sacramento, California.
John Cameron, creator of the #JCsMusicology podcast.
Samar Habib, creator of The Michael Jackson Academia Project.

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092: Humanitarian: The Real Michael Jackson Special

A crucial aspect of Michael Jackson’s life, which is rarely highlighted (and often blatantly ignored), is that of his amazing humanitarian work. While this comes up on The MJCast frequently as a point of discussion, the team is finally taking the opportunity to dedicate a full episode to this important topic. At last, the time is right for a deep-dive chat. Q welcomes to the show megafan and author Paul Dwyer, whose book, Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson, has just been published, as well as Friend of the Show and MJ Charity Correspondent Steven Hodges, of Michael Jackson Fans for Charity.

We encourage all of our #MJFam out there to #MakeThatChange!

Additional Links
• Official website to purchase Paul Dwyer’s Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson
• The book’s Facebook and YouTube pages
• Michael Jackson Fans for Charity website
• Michael Jackson’s Oxford Union Address
Carnegie Hall/Heal the Kids speech
• A video story behind how Michael Jackson gave Bulief the track “Heal the World”
• ‘Bulief – Heal the World Charity Single’ on Apple Music and Google Play
• Michael Jackson – A True Humanitarian YouTube video
• Steven’s Spotify playlist
• James Bulger’s mum, Denise Fergus, speaks about the “Heal the World” Bulief single and how it’s helping bullied children
• Michael Jackson – We’ve Had EnoughMichael Jackson Fans Australia Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

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• Bulief – Heal The World

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073: Season Three Mixtape

Jamon and Q have interrupted their end of year break to bring you The MJCast’s second annual mixtape. This curated musical experience is made up of your top-voted, favourite songs from our third season, as well as a few of Jamon and Q’s select favourites. Sit back, put your headphones on and let the groove get into you!

Tracklist
1. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something (Louis La Roche Remix)
2. Michael Jackson – Jam/2000 Watts ONE Supermix
3. Janet Jackson – State of the World (United Nations 7″ Remix)
4. Michael Jackson – Remember the Time (Human ’86 Remix)
5. Jackson 5 – The Love You Save (Nick* Redux)
6. Michael Jackson – Best of Joy (Acoustic by Nick* & CCMC)
7. Michael Jackson – For All Time (Eric Hudson Remix)
8. Laura and Berwyn – Human Nature
9. Michael Jackson – Human Nature/Never Can Say Goodbye ONE Supermix
10. Duo Alve – Black or White (Flute and Guitar)
11. Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror (Groovefunkel Remix)
12. The Game – Better on the Other Side (feat. Chris Brown)
13. Cyrano, Esq – Peace For Your Soul
14. Funkyphon – Stranger in Moscow (Orchestral Version)
15. London Symphony Orchestra – Earth Song
16. Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (BlkPanther SOLO Orchestral Mix)
17. Michael Jackson – Thriller (35th Anniversary SWG Extended Mix)
18. Michael Jackson – Threatened (Crook County Remix)
19. Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor (20th Anniversary SWG Extended Mix)
20. Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us (Nick* Crook County Remix)
21. Michael Jackson – Hollywood Tonight (Demo)
22. ForceStudios – Moonlight Groove
23. Michael Jackson – A Place With No Name
24. Michael Jackson – Liberian Girl (Master Chic Mix)
25. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (Accents Bring the Sun Remix)
26. Janet Jackson – Dammn Baby (Noodles Remix)
27. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation (2017 Bit Error Remix)
28. Michael Jackson – Bad (Dance Extended Mix)
29. Michael Jackson – Human Nature (Louis La Roche Remix)
30. 3T – I Need You (Christmas Mix)
31. Tito Jackson – So Far So Good (feat. 3T)

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067: Joseph Vogel Special

After an extended break from the Michael Jackson fan community, author and Merrimack College professor Dr. Joseph Vogel is back. He appears on this week’s special edition of The MJCast to mark the release of his fully revised book, ‘Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion‘.  Interviewed by Jamon Bull and Charles Thomson, Vogel gives the most candid interview of his career.

After attracting criticism for his endorsement of fake tracks released on the MJ Estate’s first posthumous album, Vogel left social media several years ago. In this exclusive interview, Vogel tells The MJCast he no longer stands by his old comments and now believes the songs are fake. The Estate assured him it had evidence they were real but, over the years, he came to realise that simply wasn’t true.

Fans who boycott the Estate over the release of those songs are being perfectly reasonable, says Vogel. He hasn’t spoken to the Estate for around two years and hasn’t been approached to appear in Spike Lee’s rumoured Thriller documentary. He is now actively seeking a publisher to reprint his first MJ book – ‘Man in the Music‘ – in part so he can remove his words on the fake tracks and cease to acknowledge them as MJ songs.

Also in this bombshell interview, Vogel discusses how and why he revised his Earth Song book, why he left social media, whether the fans who turned on him were justified and what his next projects will be.

Joe’s revised edition of ‘Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion’ includes fresh insights based on new evidence and interviews with key MJ collaborators, like Earth Song short film director Nick Brandt.

In addition to writing several books on Michael Jackson, Joe has appeared in the Estate’s documentaries on the Bad and Off The Wall albums and wrote the liner notes for the Estate’s Bad 25 box set.

Links
• 
Joseph Vogel’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages
• Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion
• Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson
• Michael Jackson and the Reinvention of Pop
• Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues 1989 documentary
• Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album
• Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
• Michael Jackson’s Dangerous deposition
• Michael Jackson’s The Girl is Mine deposition
• Michael Jackson’s Bad 25 album and documentary
• Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album and documentary
• Crack Kills lyrics
• Nick Brandt’s websiteEarth Song short film
• Stranger in Moscow short film
• Childhood short film
• Brad Sundberg’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages
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Earth Song live at Wetten Dass (1995)
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Earth Song live at the World Music Awards (1996)
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Earth Song live at the Royal Brunei concert in Brunei (1997)
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Earth Song live on the HIStory World Tour in Munich (1997)
• Earth Song live at Michael Jackson & Friends in Munich (1999)
• Earth Song live at the This Is It rehearsals (2009)
• Michael Jackson’s This Is It documentary film
• Jason Malachi – Breaking News
• Joseph Vogel’s Huffington Post article; Exclusive: The Inside Story Behind Michael Jackson’s Controversial New Song and Album
• Joseph Vogel’s Huffington Post article; Is Michael Really Michael? A Review of the King of Pop’s New Album
• Joseph Vogel’s Huffington Post article; Michael Jackson’s Forgotten Humanitarian Legacy
• Howard Weitzman’s official statement on the Cascio tracks
• The MJCast’s online repository for Cascio Case court documents
• Joseph Vogel’s article; Regarding the Cascio Tracks
• The Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music’s Michael Jackson Halloween album; Scream.

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Funkyphon – Stranger in Moscow (Orchestral Version)
• Michael Jackson – Earth Song (Demo)
• Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Live in Yokohama, 1987)

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057: We Are Not as Young as We Look

With Jamon having selfishly abandoned the show to assist his pregnant wife during childbirth (bastard), Q and Jason are manning the station for Episode 057.

This episode’s news round-up commences with the announcement that Jermaine Jackson has teamed up with MemOrigin to flog a chain of watches. In other news, Janet Jackson is planning her latest tour, the State of the World Tour.

Elsewhere, there are more Paris Jackson updates, a recent performance by Marlon and Tito Jackson and Charles Thomson’s latest update on the lawsuit over the inclusion of the allegedly fake ‘Cascio tracks’ on the first posthumous Michael Jackson album.

Then the boys discuss the trailer for the new Lifetime ‘biopic’ Searching for Neverland and a new MJ tribute video in the vein of Disney’s Maleficent.

Q and Jason announce the winners of our In The Studio with MJ competition and then delve into the show’s main discussion topic; their top ten favourite Michael Jackson songs. Brace yourself – someone has included tracks from Invincible. Yes, really.

Follow Up
• The Taryll Jackson and Breana Cabral episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life has aired
• Pepsi incident timeline – confirmed
• Audio submissions for June 25

News
• MemOrigin has debuted its Jackson Series of watches with Jermaine Jackson’s Jelephant
• 
Janet Jackson announces recommencement of her tour, now retitled the State of the World Tour. Australian waitlist at Ticketek.
• 
Paris Jackson to star in a scene in an Amazon Studios feature film
• 
Paris Jackson reportedly signs major deal with Calvin Klein
• 
Marlon and Tito share the stage in the La Voix Grand Finale episode in Canada
• 
The Cascio Case judge has ruled that Vera Serova will not have to pay Angelikson’s legal fees
• 
The trailer for the Memorial Weekend Lifetime’s new MJ biopic, In Search of Neverland drops
• 
Maleficent video, remade with Michael Jackson songs
• 
Competition draw and winner announcement

Main Discussion Topic
• Andy’s MJ101 challenge – finally. Our Top 10 Michael Jackson songs.

Finds of the Week
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Q – Stance iPhone app
• Jason – Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us (A cappella & Looper Cover by Nági)

Additional Links
• 
The Jacksons website and tour information
• 
Dangerous deposition video
• 
In the Studio with MJ
• Tito Jackson’s Tito Time album
• Moonwalk Talks – Episode 014: I Met The Jacksons!!
• Scream A cappella MJ lead
• 
How to make Michael Jackson’s Scream
• Smooth Criminal ‘making of’ footage
• Remember the Time ‘chair’ performance at the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards
• Speechless as performed in Michael Jackson’s This Is It
• Billie Jean A Cappella – version one and version two

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Janet Jackson – State Of The World (United Nations 7″)
• Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror (Haus of Glitch Mix)
• Michael Jackson – Earth Song (London Symphony Orchestra)

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Episode 037 – The Land of the Piñata

Episode 037 - The Land of the Piñata Show Art

Join The MJCast crew on Episode 037 as they launch their new sister show The MJCast en Español. Sandra De la Vega joins Jamon and Q along with returning guests Jason Garcia and Ale Huerta to introduce the world to their brand new show, a version of The MJCast for Spanish speaking listeners. To begin the show, Charles Thomson calls in to discuss Michael Jackson’s nephews filing a lawsuit against Radar Online and his experiences at the recent MJ On The Wall art exhibition in London. Following this, the team discusses a never-before-seen but recently leaked fourteen and a half minute version of Michael’s short film The Way You Make me Feel, new footage from Ghosts, new Dangerous era footage of Michael, an update on the Sony/ATV catalogue sale, Diana Walczak‘s HIStory statue being unveiled at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and finally Taryll Jackson‘s imminent solo music project. The main discussion topic for this episode is Sandra’s fan story and of course discussion around the new podcast from The MJCast, The MJCast en Español.

News

  • Michael Jackson’s nephews file a libel lawsuit against Radar Online. Read the complaint here.
  • A never-before-seen 14:28 version of Michael Jackson’s short film for The Way You Make Me Feel has leaked.
  • New footage from Ghosts has leaked.
  • New Dangerous era Michael Jackson footage has leaked.
  • Sony wins unconditional approval for Sony/ATV sale.
  • Diana Walczak‘s HIStory statue unveiling at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
  • Taryll Jackson‘s new solo music project is launching on his Birthday, August 8th.

Main Discussion Topic 

Finds of the Week

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