Episode 096 – Season Four Mixtape

In the midst of a tumultuous time for Michael Jackson fans, The MJCast wrap up their fourth season with their third annual mixtape, and the hope that this can put the focus back on why we are all fans in the first place: the music. This curated collection is made up of your top-voted, favourite songs from Season Four, as well as a few of Jamon, Q, and Elise’s select favourites. Even as we continue to set the record straight and defend Michael Jackson, this is also a time to take a moment to turn up your speakers and celebrate the King of Pop and the music of his incredible family. Enjoy!

Tracklist

  1. The Jacksons – Can You Feel It (Groovefunkel Remix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  2. Michael Jackson – Workin’ Day and Night (SWG Extended Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  3. Michael Jackson – Another Part of Me (AJAX’s Extended Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  4. The Jacksons – Music’s Takin’ Over (Belabouche & Fendercillo Disco tronix Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  5. Michael Jackson – History (KaiOken Remix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  6. Michael Jackson – R3M3MB3R TH3 T1M3 (Haus of Glitch Remix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  7. Janet Jackson – Made For Now (feat. Daddy Yankee) [Trace Adam Remix] (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  8. Mike Tompkins feat. Michael Jackson – Don’t Matter To Me (Remix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  9. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (35th Anniversary SWG Extended Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  10. The Commodores – Nightshift 2010 (A tribute to Michael Jackson) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  11. Judith Hill – I Will Always Be Missing You (Buy on Apple Music or Google Play.)
  12. Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow (SWG Extended ‘Fader A Capella’ Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  13. Michael Jackson – Will You Be There (SWG Studio Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  14. Janet Jackson – That’s the Way Love Goes (Haus of glitch waltz groove) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  15. Michael Jackson – Beat It (SWG Extended Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  16. Michael Jackson – Black or White (DJ KaktuZ Atmospheric Remix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  17. The Jacksons – State of Shock (Remixed by Nick* Redux) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  18. Michael Jackson – Serious Effect (Donate on Bryan Loren’s website)
  19. Janet Jackson – If (Haus of Glitch 2018 Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  20. Janet Jackson – The 1814 Megamix (Induction Edit) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  21. Michael Jackson – Dangerous (AJAX’s Alternate Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  22. Michael Jackson – Thriller (Stranger Things Season 2 UltraTraxx Maxi Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  23. Michael Jackson – Ghosts (Ajax’s Multitrack Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  24. Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us (Uncensored Olodum Cut)  (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  25. Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle (John Cameron Mix)  (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  26. The Jacksons – Wondering Who (Nick* Deluxe Mix) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  27. Michael Jackson – Al Capone (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  28. Janet Jackson – Nasty (Nick* Cool Summer Redux) (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)
  29. Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) [SWG Original Mix] (Buy on Apple Music, Google Play)

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Episode 095 – Leaving Neverland Roundtable

The recent Sundance screening of Dan Reed’s inflammatory film, Leaving Neverland, has, without a doubt, rocked the Michael Jackson community. Despite being based on the easily discredited stories of Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, and lacking any sort of real investigation, balanced interviews, or responsible journalism, this film has reignited the media’s firestorm against Jackson’s legacy, even as Michael is not here to defend himself.

In this special roundtable episode, The MJCast brings together a panel of experts and those who have seen the film and are taking action against it. Q and Jamon lead the discussion, and are joined by Taj Jackson (member of 3T and son of Tito Jackson, who is currently raising funds to produce his own docu-series), Charles Thomson (The MJCast’s Legal Correspondent and award-winning investigative journalist who has exposed a range of actual child abusers and cover-ups for The Yellow Advertiser in the UK), Marcos Cabotá (a film director who has seen the film and was one of its earlier critics) and Samar Habib (of the Michael Jackson Academia Project, who has been a leading figure in the online movement against the film).

The panellists discuss Reed’s film, the Sundance Q&A session, and the media reaction, as well as developments coming together to counter the film, such as Taj’s docu-series, which can be supported on GoFundMe. Taj also speaks to his own experiences of actually spending time with Michael at Neverland. The group offers talking points for anyone struggling with how to respond to people who say that Michael Jackson was an abuser, as well as coping strategies and words of encouragement.

Now, more than ever, it is the time to come together as fans, to support each other, and to remind the media and general public of the truth. The MJCast hopes that this episode provides resources, strength, and a sense of community during this challenging moment.

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Topics

  • Leaving Neverland
  • The reality of Robson’s relationship with the Jackson family, and why he turned on them.
  • The effects on the Jackson family.
  • Taj’s memories of spending time at Neverland with Michael, and what it was like being there during the 2005 trial.
  • Taj’s GoFundMe campaign and his vision for the docu-series.
  • How fans can combat this onslaught, and how this compares to 1993 and 2003-2005.
  • Fan Comebacks 101 – Robson.
  • Fan Comebacks 101 – General Allegations.
  • Tips on coping, finding community, and supporting balanced opinions.

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Episode 094 – Harrison Funk Special

This week, just as The MJCast was about to release a surprise episode between seasons, news broke that the Sundance Film Festival was preparing to screen a documentary smearing Michael Jackson as a child molester.

As shockwaves rippled through the fan community and listeners sprang into action, it seemed to be an inappropriate time to release the episode.

The show’s special guest was to be Harrison Funk, renowned entertainment, fashion, and advertising photographer best known for being Michael Jackson’s personal photographer from the early 1980s through the mid-2000s. The interview with Funk had been recorded months ago, and The MJCast team had kept it in the can, ready to release as a special New Year treat for listeners. 

But, upon re-visiting the interview in light of this week’s horrifying news, the timing could hardly be more apt. Harrison spends a great deal of time during his conversation with Jamon Bull and Charles Thomson discussing the false abuse allegations which plagued Michael from 1993 onwards. He speaks movingly about the physical and psychological toll the allegations took on his friend, and how those who loved Michael rallied around him, but watched helplessly as his life and his health slowly fell apart until his eventual death in 2009.
 
As the media prepares to stick the knife into Michael one more time and give it a sharp twist, this interview with one of Michael’s closest friends makes for a sobering listen.

In addition to the allegations, Harrison discusses the kind of man Michael really was, not the lie Dan Reed, Wade Robson and Sundance are going to try and sell the world. The MJCast and Harrison explore stories around Michael’s process as a live musician, the Victory Tour, the Bad era, Harrison’s love of photography, his fascinating observations as he photographed Teddy Riley​ producing Cascio tracks in the studio and SO much more!

This episode of The MJCast is dedicated to Friend of the Show and fellow MJ podcaster Jordan King of King Jordan Radio, who recently and tragically passed away. We will always be missing you, Jordan.

We hope this episode brings some positivity and truth to an otherwise dark time for MJFam.

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Stop Leaving Neverland Now

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is set to premiere Leaving Neverland later this month. The film is a new two-part 233 minute Dan Reed documentary, focusing on the alleged sexual abuse of Wade Robson and James Safechuck by Michael Jackson.

Following initial confusion around who the subjects of the documentary might be, the website for Reed’s Amos Pictures clearly shows a photo with Jackson and Robson, who testified in Michael Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial as a defence witness, and then later sued Michael Jackson’s Estate claiming he was molested after-all, only to have his case thrown out in 2017. 

A representative for Michael Jackson’s Estate has commented “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson. Wade Robson and James Safechuck [who was Jackson’s companion as a child and sued Jackson’s estate over sexual abuse claims] have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed ‘master of deception,’ filed lawsuits against Michael’s estate, asking for millions of dollars. Both lawsuits were dismissed. This so-called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.  It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

Join with us in demanding that this production does not go ahead. We must demand that the Michael Jackson estate pursues legal action and shuts this documentary down.

Michael Jackson Estate Co-Executors
John Branca (johnb@ziffrenlaw.com)
John McClain (jmcclain2004@aol.com)

Michael Jackson Estate Attorney
Howard Weitzman (hweitzman@kwikalaw.com)

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Dear Sirs,
 
I am writing to implore you to take immediate legal action over a new film accusing Michael Jackson of molesting two boys.

Sundance Film Festival has announced plans to screen a film titled Leaving Neverland, in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck will accuse Michael Jackson of grooming and molesting them over a years-long period. 
These two men, as you know, were behind a lawsuit which the Estate successfully had thrown out of court in 2017.

It goes without saying that in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the move towards trial by media over allegations against celebrities, this film poses the most existential threat to Michael Jackson’s reputation and legacy since his death in 2009.

For roughly the last five years, the Estate has used its vast resources to mount legal challenge after legal challenge to frustrate and delay a lawsuit by Vera Serova over the inclusion of three fake songs on a posthumous album. It has also used its clout to suppress a positive documentary about Michael Jackson’s final photo shoots.

So fans around the world are now questioning why the Estate is not using its power and resources to try to block the release of this extremely dangerous film, which has the potential to completely decimate Michael Jackson’s reputation forever.

In 2017, a campaign by Michael Jackson’s family and fans successfully blocked the release of a film in which Michael Jackson was to be portrayed in a demeaning way by the white actor Joseph Fiennes.

That film was merely insensitive. This film could destroy Michael Jackson’s reputation forever. The Michael Jackson fan community therefore calls upon you to employ every legal resource and avenue available to you to frustrate, impede and sabotage this film in any and every conceivable way. 

Sincerely,

[Insert name here]

Jamon Bull

Episode 093 – Season Four Christmas Special

It’s the time of year for cookies and carols and ornaments on the tree…and The MJCast’s annual Christmas Special!

Jamon, Q, and Elise wrap up Season Four with discussion of developments in the world of Michael Jackson, including John Cameron’s terrific Musicology podcast, the “On the Wall” exhibition moving to Paris, Janet Jackson’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett’s health scare, and the inspiring results of a music scholarship which Michael Jackson established in 1984. The MJCast Correspondents also chime in, with news on the Cascio Case, MCFFC charity efforts, and the Jackson family.

It’s been a whirlwind year, full of great discussion, lots of Jackson news, and illuminating conversations with amazing guests. The team reflects on the past year, highlights favorite clips from this season’s Special episodes, and also looks to the year to come, as The MJCast continues to grow.

We want to thank our listeners for all your support throughout the year and hope that you enjoy our episodes coming up in Season 5! Happy holidays, #MJFam!

Follow Up

  • #UndieGate
  • #MoonwalkWalks #Book4 is out in the QLD wild!

News

  • John Cameron has dropped his latest episode of #JCsMusicology, focusing on Michael Jackson’s HIStory era
  • “Michael Jackson: On the Wall” exhibition has moved to the Grand Palais in Paris
  • Janet Jackson is to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett suffered an emergency triple bypass operation and has started a GoFundMe page to help with his medical costs
  • The Cascio Case is headed to the Supreme Court of California
  • The artistic director of Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, is designing a new collection based on Michael Jackson
  • Groovefunkel has released a new remix of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
  • The 1984 music scholarship fund that Michael donated has awarded scholarships to four students! (Thank you to listener Kayla Salem, of Jacksonville, Florida, for this tip.)

Season Four Highlights

Main Discussion Topic

  • A year in review.
  • What’s to come in Season 5!

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Episode 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!

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Episode 091 – The Rarest of Beards

Jamon and Q are back with their first regular news and discussion episode in quite some time. The fellas kick things off with a bit of follow up around the recent Thriller 3D Roundtable episode and a fun story from Jamon’s recent Awards Night experience for work.

Following this, Jamon and Q delve straight into the news, covering The Jacksons’ upcoming Australian tour, more MJ auctions, a new Netflix show featuring Jackson 5 music and the recent Heal The World demo leak. This is followed by discussion around Taryll Jackson’s new music, Michael’s place atop Forbes’ highest earning deceased celebrities list and Amazon’s new holiday ad campaign. To round out the news, the boys chat about Anthony King’s new book on the Dangerous World Tour and Vincent Paterson’s upcoming charity fundraiser around Debbie Reynold’s Legacy Studio’s floorboards.

The MJCast’s main discussion topic’s this week include 2018’s #RemoveCascioTracksNOW campaign and a new article quoting Sony’s CEO, Rob Stringer, revealing his plans for future Michael Jackson music releases.

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News

  • The Jacksons are set to tour Australia and New Zealand as part of the Summer Series music festival in January 2019
  • One of Michael Jackson’s wigs is up for auction, as well as a black Bad Tour costume, and collection of drawings and hand written poem of Planet Earth
  • Jackson 5 classics to be featured in new children’s Netflix show, Motown Magic
  • Heal the World demo studio recording leaks
  • Taryll Jackson releases a new song titled Next Time
  • Michael again tops the list of highest earning deceased celebrities
  • Amazon’s 2018 holiday campaign is based around the Jackson’s classic track, ‘Can You Feel It’
  • The MJCast’s Live Performance Correspondent Anthony King has announced his new book ‘Anthony King’s Guide to Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Tour‘ through a YouTube video at Germany’s Olympic stadium in Munich
  • Vincent Paterson is selling floorboards that Michael Jackson danced on from Debbie Reynolds’ Legacy Studio

Main Discussion Topic

Finds of the Week

  • Jamon – Viral Dancer Salif Gueye wows Ellen with his Michael Jackson moves. The video that first caught my attention was this one!
  • Q – John Cameron’s Musicology Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts!

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Remove Cascio Tracks Now

Eight years ago, on November 8th, 2010, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson ignored the express wishes of the Jackson family, Michael’s collaborators and his loyal fans. They released a track that they falsely stated was sung by the King of Pop, the Eddie Cascio and James Porte produced ‘Breaking News’. Five weeks later, the song and two other fakes were commercially released on an album sold to millions of fans around the world. The album, ‘Michael’, is still available for purchase through physical and digital retailers, bringing continual profits to those who were complicit in the fraud.

The time has come to once again raise our voice as one and remind Sony Music and the Estate that we will not stand for such disrespect and vandalism of Michael Jackson’s artistic legacy. Demand change. Demand they #RemoveCascioTracksNOW. We will continue our call to action through December 14th, the eight year anniversary of the ‘Michael’ album’s release, at which time we will request a formal response from Sony & the Estate. If sending an email, include the following recipients.

Sony Music CEO
Rob Stringer (rob.stringer@sonymusic.com)

Michael Jackson Estate Co-Executors
John Branca (johnb@ziffrenlaw.com)
John McClain (jmcclain2004@aol.com)

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Howard Weitzman (hweitzman@kwikalaw.com)
Zia Modabber (zia.modabber@kattenlaw.com)

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Dear Rob, John, John, Howard and Zia,

December 14th will mark the eighth anniversary since the release of Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, ‘Michael’.

My name is [insert name here]. Unfortunately, I’m not writing to you today to express joy around your representation of the greatest entertainer who ever lived, like I’d one day hope to be able to, but to express my disappointment that there are still fake Michael Jackson songs for sale at retail outlets (online and physical) around the world even after eight years of protest from Michael’s family and fans.
The songs I am referring to are known as the Cascio tracks, a set of songs written, produced and arranged by Eddie Cascio and James Porte, sung on by vocal impersonator Jason Cupeta AKA Jason Malachi, and then sold to Sony Music. Three of them; Breaking News, Keep Your Head Up and Monster, were included on Michael’s titular debut posthumous album in 2010. I’m sure you’re aware of the controversy that ensued after ‘Breaking News’ premiered on www.michaeljackson.com eight years ago.
Regardless, any member of Michael’s family that has spoken out about this issue has said the songs are fake (including some of his beneficiaries). Most of Michael’s studio collaborators have confirmed the same thing and thousands upon thousands of his fans, yet the songs remain for sale. It concerns me greatly that Sony and Michael’s estate executors continue to defend the people who are responsible for this fraud, instead of defending Michael’s own beneficiaries and Michael’s artistic legacy itself.
This is an affront to what Michael stood for as an artist. He publicly stated he wanted to immortalise himself through his work. Michael deserves much better than this. So here’s what I am asking for…
1) All three Cascio tracks are permanently removed from sale in all retail stores around the world (digital and physical).
2) The Estate of Michael Jackson & Sony Music release public statements apologising to fans for selling fake Michael Jackson songs.
3) Fans who wish to receive a refund for the 2010 ‘Michael’ album are offered one.
I appreciate the position you found yourself in, in 2010. In fact, many fans agree that the Estate and Sony are victims of the Porte/Cascio fraud too. Im sure there were contracts signed, but I see no excuse for ignoring the advice of Michael’s own mother, a beneficiary to his Estate. The right choice would have been to not include the songs on the Michael album and to challenge Eddie Cascio and James Porte in court, but alas, it’s not too late to do the right thing, even though eight years have passed.
I hope that I don’t need to send a similar email to this one in the future, but I will continue to contact you until this matter is resolved. I would really appreciate a reply from someone this time. Let’s open the lines of communication around this.


Sincerely,

[Insert name here]

“Cause there’s a time when you’re right and you know you must fight.” – Michael Jackson.

Jamon Bull

Episode 090 – Thriller 3D Roundtable

Happy Thriller Night 2018! While Jamon is busy setting up Studio Brisbane and Q is on holiday, Elise takes over for this special roundtable discussion focused on the world’s favorite dancing zombie, Michael Jackson. She welcomes two long-time Friends of the Show and regular guests, James Alay and Andy Healy, to join her for an in-depth chat about the recent IMAX theater release of ‘Thriller 3D’.

The Halloween trio discuss their first memories of the original ‘Thriller’ short film, experiences seeing ‘Thriller 3D’, thoughts on promotion and screenings (the decision to not screen the film in Australia is another reason that Jamon and Q are not part of this episode), the quality of the remastering, impact of this iconic film which changed the landscape of pop culture, their feelings around supporting the Estate when it comes to respectful and quality products, and the possible future of ‘Thriller’ in the years and decades to come.

The MJCast wishes all of our listeners a great Thriller Night!

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  • First time seeing ‘Thriller’.
  • Thriller 3D experiences.
  • The Remastering: audio and video quality.
  • The impact and legacy of the ‘Thriller’ short film.
  • The Estate: If/when/how we should cautiously give support?
  • What’s next for ‘Thriller’ and other potential Estate products?

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Episode 089 – John Barnes Special

The MJCast’s Elise Capron and Jamon Bull are honoured to interview renowned musician, arranger, songwriter and mixer John Barnes, who has worked with an incredibly wide range of the world’s top musicians and entertainers, including, of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

John has been recording music since the early ’70s, and has collaborated with artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, and many more. He first teamed up with the Jackson family in the early ’80s, playing synthesizer and handling arrangements on The Jacksons’ Victory album. He also worked independently with Janet and Jermaine during this time.

Captain EO and the Bad album marked the beginning of John’s deep involvement in Michael Jackson’s solo career. While Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien were working at Westlake, John, Matt Forger, and Bill Bottrell spent their days at Michael’s private home studio at Hayvenhurst, bringing to fruition Michael’s own musical creations. John took on many different roles in the creative process. He was a musician, programmer, and developed ideas from the group up alongside Michael, including co-writing ‘We Are Here to Change the World’.

John worked with Michael in his later years as well, and spent time with him in Bahrain following the 2005 criminal trial in which he was found not guilty. Not only was John a crucial member of MJ’s creative team, but he has also had a major impact on the popular music landscape as we know it, both as a traditional musician and with his revolutionary work with synth sound programming. Today, John continues his work in the music industry as the CEO of Innersound Studios.

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