Episode 077 – Let’s Make HIStory Special with Brice Najar

Q flies solo today, welcoming returning guest Brice Najar back on the show, along with his wonderful wife, Laetitia Latouche. Brice is well-known in the Michael Jackson community for his books on The Jacksons and the King of Pop, but this discussion is focused on his most recent book, Let’s Make HIStory. Najar’s book goes into detail about the recording of Michael’s brilliant HIStory album. Based around interviews with key collaborators, the book is a comprehensive and fascinating look into the creation of a masterpiece.

Q, Brice, and Laetitia discuss what makes Let’s Make HIStory an important contribution to Michael Jackson literature, why the HIStory era is of particular significance, what it was like to interview collaborators, the process of getting this book published, and surprises that Brice discovered along the way. Brice and Laetitia also talk about MJ Music Day in France, and how that event came together.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 066 – Long Hair Don’t Care

This episode of The MJCast is dedicated to the victims of the September 19th Central Mexico Earthquake, which has killed more than 300 people to date and those who are suffering in hurricane ravaged Puerta Rico. You can pitch in here and here respectively. A massive recovery effort is underway in Mexico City and Puerta Rico. The MJCast wishes host of The MJCast en Español Ale Huerta and her friends and family all the best…

It’s nearly Halloween and, aptly, John Branca has coughed and spluttered back into action to gift us with a trio of new projects. The first is a compilation CD of songs that are Halloween-themed and also of songs which aren’t Halloween-themed. The tracklist includes Ghosts, Thriller, Torture… and Dirty Diana and Scream.

The second new project, given a preview at Comic Con in New York, is a cartoon about a jeri curl-sporting dog set to ‘reimagined’ Michael Jackson songs. The third is a 3D conversion of Thriller which featured the wrong music at its London premiere.

Two of these peak Michael Jackson Estate offerings – the CD and the new version of Thriller – were launched in recent weeks with a series of invite-only fan parties. After screening the music videos for several of the songs on the CD, John Branca and John Landis teamed up for some Q&As. So fans were treated to the sight of an unconvincing plastic dummy serving as a proxy Michael Jackson. They also saw the Torture video.

Co-host Charles Thomson and friend of the show Paul Black appear on this episode to discuss these latest Estate releases after Jamon and Q’s round-up of all the hottest news.

News

  • Michael’s Aviator sunglasses have been reimagined after 35 years.
  • 3T have performed at the We Love 90s Festival in the Netherlands.
  • A series of projects have taken place to mark 30 years of the Bad album, including The MJCast en Espanol’s first roundtable episode, a new article by Albumism and a new MJ101 eBook by Andy Healy.
  • Some new footage has leaked from the Dangerous Tour in Copenhagen.
  • A new HIStory Tour concert, from Johannesburg, has leaked.
  • A new audio documentary has been released about Janet Jackson’s work with Jam & Lewis.
  • Janet Jackson has kicked off her State of the World Tour in Houston and visited homeless shelters for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
  • Paris Jackson has been announced as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
  • ABC 20/20 has aired a documentary about the murder of Tito Jackson’s ex-wife Dee Dee, about which her sons – 3T – are unhappy.
  • London’s National Portrait Gallery has announced an exhibition of artwork inspired by Michael Jackson, to be held in summer 2018.
  • Behind the scenes footage of Nahko Bear’s new music video, featuring Paris Jackson, has been released.
  • Taryll Jackson has released Start It All Over Again.
  • Chart Masters has published an article detailing how many units the Thriller album has actually sold.
  • A collector claims he has a rare copy of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker Sega game, featuring Thriller.
  • Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, CEO of the Alibaba Group, has performed some Michael Jackson dance moves.

Main Discussion Topic

  • Sony and the Michael Jackson Estate have marked the release of a new Michael Jackson compilation CD with a series of fan parties, featuring screenings of Thriller 3D.

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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

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Episode 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.

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Episode 049 – Season Two Mixtape

We’re interrupting our end of year break to give you Episode 049. This curated mixtape is made up of Jamon and Q’s favourite songs from Season Two of The MJCast. We’d like to give special mention to Michael Jackson’s premiere remix artist, Nick*, who has a monumental nine tracks out of thirty-one on this mixtape. You can follow Nick* on his websiteFacebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Soundcloud, Instagram, and YouTube. Enjoy!

Tracklist
1. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Nick* Disco Redux)
2. The Jacksons – State of Shock (Nick* ElectroFunk Radio Edit)
3. Janet Jackson – Escapade (North Shore Remix)
4. Michael Jackson – She’s Out Of My Life (Nick* Drama Redux)
5. Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone (Nick* Remix)
6. Michael Jackson – Scream (Le P Remix)
7. Africa Tribute to the King of Pop (Original African Ugandan Version)
8. Ahmed Alshaiba – The Don’t Care About Us (Oud Cover)
9. Michael Jackson – Jam (Nick* Redux)
10. Paulina Citzman – Still
11. Sway – The King Full Stop
12. Leslie Wai – Michael Jackson Mashup
13. Michael Jackson – Butterflies (Track Masters Remix feat. Eve)
14. Michael Jackson – Human Nature (Nick* Tropical Remix)
15. Michael Jackson – Hold My Hand (Bergs Tropical Remix) [feat. Akon]
16. Michael Jackson – You Rock My World (Neobeats Remix)
17. Nigel George – M.J. You Are Loved
18. Jeremy Green – Man In The Mirror (Viola Cover)
19. The Jacksons – Different Kind of Lady (Jam Master Re-edit)
20. Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (Nick* Remix)
21. Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Groovefunkel Take It Slow Remix)
22. Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principal (Rank¹ ”Airwave” 2K15 Classic Radio Edit)
23. Duwende – Smooth Criminal
24. Michael Jackson – Do You Know Where Your Children Are (2010 Version)
25. Michael Jackson – Threatened (Nick* Remix)
26. Michael Jackson – Thriller (James Egbert Remix)
27. Michael Jackson – Give In To Me (Demo)
28. Maati Baani – Heal The World (Child Prodigy Cover)
29. Boyce Avenue – Will You Be There
30. Accent – Keep The Faith
31. Michael Jackson – Remember The Time (Funk LeBlanc Remix)

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Episode 035 – MJ101 Special: The Performances

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On Episode 035 of The MJCast, Jamon and Q are joined by prominent Michael Jackson author Andy Healy. Andy has been writing on Michael for a number of years with his MJ101 series. Starting back with his debut MJ101 book in 2013 called Greatest Songs (which counts down his picks for the 101 best Michael Jackson songs) he then branched off and released other supplementary books in the 101 lineup, including The Short Films, The Remixes, Off The Wall and HIS2ORY.

ipadpro101Andy’s books are not only known for providing great factual detail and deep opinions around Michael’s art, but getting conversations going between fans around what Michael’s best work actually is.

Today, as an exclusive for The MJCast, we are proud to announce the launch of Andy’s brand new entry in the MJ101 series, The Performances. Listen to this latest episode of The MJCast which features a fascinating interview with Andy Healy to learn about his early years as a fan, his writing process, his own thoughts and opinions on Michael’s catalogue and of course lots of great detail around his new book…

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Episode 030 – Rob Hoffman Special

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Michael Jackson collaborator and studio engineer Rob Hoffman joins us for a conversation on this special episode of The MJCast. Rob is a producer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer who has collaborated with some of the most iconic individuals in popular music. From ground-breaking artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and P Diddy, Rob has worked with the best. And not just the best artists and musicians either, Rob has had the honour of collaborating with fellow engineers and producers such as Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien.

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But it was through his work at New York City’s The Hit Factory studios where he first met recording legend Bruce Swedien, who would go on to become Rob’s long-time mentor. This relationship made possible a four-year period as one of Michael Jackson’s core team members; working on the HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and Blood on the Dancefloor: HIStory in the Mix studio albums, the HIStory World Tour, the ill fated HBO special Michael Jackson: One Night Only and Michael’s seminal film, Ghosts.

Rob had an incredibly important relationship with Michael, allowing him to express himself artistically and creatively with a level of freedom that resulted in some of Michael’s most innovative, creative and complex music.

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Episode 012 – HairCast

Jamon and Q discuss recently released footage of Michael rehearsing to Billie Jean in 2001, newly published photos of Michael and his family from the 1970’s onwards, the Munich Memorial Petition and the Michael Jackson Estate’s fourth Accounting Report. Following this, a reflection on the recent and unfortunate death of Captain EO composer James Horner, Janet Jackson’s new single and BET appearance and finally, the prospective sale of Neverland Valley Ranch.

News
UK tribute artist, choreographer, author and media personality Anthony King has released new footage of Michael Jackson rehearsing Billie Jean for his 30th Anniversary Celebration concerts in 2001.
Alex DeJean and Time publish never before seen photographs of Michael and The Jacksons from the 1970’s and Hamid Moslehi has also released photos of Michael from a range of eras, including his rehearsals with Britney Spears for his 30th Anniversary concerts in 2001.
German MJ fans have invited fans from around the world to sign this  Munich Memorial Petition.
The Michael Jackson Estate’s fourth Accounting Report document summary as published by Ivy of DailyMichael.com.
James Horner, famed composer of Captain EO has tragically and suddenly passed away.
Janet Jackson has released the first single from her first album, entitled No Sleeep and recently appeared on the 2015 BET Awards.

Discussion Topic
Jamon and Q’s thoughts on the sale of Neverland Valley Ranch as discussed by Forbes and DailyMichael.com. Also take a look at Enola Lee’s website Neverland – For Michael, For Love, Forever to see some amazing photographs of Neverland, and more!
An announcement of the winners of our competition for three copies of D Francis’ book Michael Jackson: Innocent – 28 February 2005 Book 1.

Finds of the Week
Jamon – The Kelly Alexander Show and their 20th Anniversary of Scream episode which features an exclusive interview with choreographer Tina Landon.
Q – E82 The Epcot Legacy’s Captain EO: The Complete Experience album

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Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special
The 3T song Why from their debut album, Brotherhood
Piers Morgan’s 2012 interview with Katherine Jackson
60 Minutes’ The Resurrection of Michael Jackson segment with a special interview with Karen Langford, the Archivist of the Michael Jackson Estate
Nick*’s remix of 2Bad. Check out his Soundcloud page as well!
Author D Francis’ book Michael Jackson: Innocent – 28 February 2005 Book 1 on Amazon

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