120: I’ve Found Peace Within Myself

Damien Shields returns to The MJCast as a guest host, joining Elise for a jam-packed news and discussion episode! Damien is a long-time Friend of the Show, author, and Cascio tracks expert. The duo catches up on loads of updates in the world of Michael Jackson, including several new MJ-related books, a new podcast, updates on MJ One and the Robson/Safechuck hearings, Paris Jackson’s debut EP, lots of recently leaked MJ songs, amazing new content for fans from John Cameron, Marcos Cabota, Brad Sundberg, ?uestlove, Single White Glove—and much, much more. Plus, Damien and Elise discuss the Estate’s approach to HIStory25.

Discussion Topics
• New footage from the Bad World Tour live in Los Angeles 1988 has leaked.
• Single White Glove’s Heal the World video has premiered.
• MJFanGirl and The Detail have teamed up to release a new podcast called Michael Jackson Unspun. The latest episode is with Michael Bush’s assistant.
• Pez Jax’s book ‘The Story of HIStory’ is now available for pre-order, and will be officially released on July 20.
• Brice Najar has announced his new book, ‘Blood on the Dance Floor: Let’s Make HIStory in the Mix’.
• Dwayne Swingler, Neverland Valley Ranch supervisor has released a book.
• MJ Memorial Day Live happened on Facebook on June 25th, hosted by the King of Pop Events group. It featured interviews with Travis Payne, Jimmy Locust, Steven Paul Whitsitt and others. You can see the whole series of interviews here
• New Facebook group for online events and fan chat: Michael Jackson Book Club.
• MJ One is currently set to re-open in Las Vegas in early August. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil is over $1 billion in debt, and is seeking bankruptcy protection. They have laid off 3,500 employees, including Blue Man Group. However, all their non-touring shows plan to re-open as soon as they are allowed to do so.
• Marcos Cabota’s Sonic Fantasy documentary gets a trailer.
• Archival interviews of Michael Jackson’s children have been released on YouTube channel ‘Jacksonology‘, apparently created for a cancelled documentary about MJ.
• Soundflowers’ docuseries, ‘Unfiltered: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn’, streaming on Facebook through the summer. Plus, their debut EP has been released.
• Sia and Paris drama.
• Danny Wu’s Square One has been released on Amazon Prime.
• Charles Thomson has released his first podcast, called Shoebury’s Lost Boys, which details his decade long investigation into one of Britain’s most serious child sex abuse allegations cover-ups.
• Robson and Safechuck trial update. As predicted, Dan Reed was there filming.
• The Jacksons’ video for Can You Feel It gets released on YouTube, as well as Michael Jackson’s HIStory teaser.
• Original versions of some 2007 Ebony photoshoot pics have leaked.
• ?uestlove has streamed three massive Jackson family DJ experiences here, here and here. Full “Quarantine Live DJ Sets” playlist available here.
• John Cameron is about to release his latest episode of #JCsMusicology, which will focus on the Off The Wall era.
• Brad Sundberg has shared his ‘7 Songs, 7 Stories’ series on YouTube as a way to honour ‘MJ Week’ during COVID-19 restrictions.
• So…it’s been a bit leaky lately. See this channel.
• HIStory25 got the Dangerous25 treatment.

Additional Link
• Damien’s website.
• Damien’s excellent book, Michael Jackson: Songs & Stories From The Vault.

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114: Season Five Mixtape

Are you ready to party? It’s that time of year when The MJCast gives their listeners a special treat: the fourth annual MJCast mixtape! This curated collection of tunes is made up of our favourite Michael Jackson and Jackson Family songs from Season Five. While the team is on their break before launching the next season, take a moment to turn up your speakers and celebrate the artistry of the King of Pop. Enjoy!

Tracklist
1. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Nick Party People Remix)
2. Michael Jackson – Remember the Time (Nick* Deep Mix)
3. Michael Jackson – Take Me Back (Regrooved by Parker)
4. Michael Jackson – Another Part of Me (Regrooved Fire Remix)
5. The Jacksons – Walk Right Now (Nick* Redux)
6. Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There (DJ Hasebe Remix)
7. Taryll Jackson – Make You Mine, available on Apple Music
8. Jaafar Jackson – Got Me Singing
9. Michael Jackson – Privacy (Reconstructed NOT GUILTY Remix)
10. Michael Jackson – Tabloid Junkie (Michael Jackson vs. Will Smith Mix)
11. Janet Jackson – Son of a Gun (P. Diddy Explicit Radio Remix)
12. Michael Trapson – F*ck Wade
13. Omer Bhatti – Life Is a Movie
14. Dane Thomson – Smooth Criminal (Instrumental Acoustic Cover)
15. The Jacksons – Lovely One (Groovefunkel Remix)
16. Michael Jackson – Thriller 35th Anniversary (SWG Remastered Extended Mix)
17. Michael Jackson – Beat It (Mute Mutant Remix)
18. Michael Jackson – Why You Wanna Trip On Me (DJ MGR Trip On Mix)
19. Janet Jackson – Escapade (Nick* Maui Sunset Mix)
20. Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror (30th Anniversary (SWG Extended Mix Overture)

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085: For all the YANA Lovers Out There?

After hosting four (epic!) back-to-back special episodes, Jamon takes a well-deserved break, handing the reins over to Q, Elise, and Damien Shields, who catch up on more than a month’s worth of MJ and Jackson Family news. They revisit The MJCast’s recent interview with Judith Hill, and look ahead to events planned for MJ’s birthday on August 29th, including a screening of Moonwalker at the British Film Institute, as well as developments around the Estate’s ‘Diamond Celebration’, which include partnering with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the release of a vinyl anthology box set.

In other news, Michael has been making appearances on tracks by major recording artists, including Christina Aguilera’s ‘Maria’, and Drake’s ‘Don’t Matter To Me’, which has earned Michael Jackson his 30th Hot 100 Top 10 Billboard hit. Plus, developments are in the works for a Broadway show based around Michael’s music, and Omer Bhatti reveals the long-rumoured original golden Invincible album cover artwork. In Jackson family news, Janet continues her big year by receiving the first ever Impact Award at Radio Disney Music Awards, and reports are circulating that she is collaborating with Bruno Mars, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on her new album. Lastly, be sure to check out the Michael Jackson Academic Studies courses, which have recently been made available for free online.

Q and Elise also get a chance to ask Damien about the revised and expanded edition of his book, Michael Jackson: Songs & Stories From The Vault (previously titled Xscape Origins), and about the progress on his “A Truth Untold” project.

News
A new German-language book about Michael has been released, Make That Change: Michael Jackson: Botschaft und Schicksal eines spirituellen Revolutionärs (Message and Fate of a Spiritual Revolutionary) by Sophia Pade and Armin Risi.
• Reports are circulating that Janet Jackson is to collaborate with Bruno Mars, as well as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for new album.
• New Christina Aguilera song, “Maria, featuring an MJ sample.
• The Michael Jackson Estate is set to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation for Michael’s “Diamond” birthday celebration.
• Janet Jackson receives the first ever Impact Award at Radio Disney Music Awards and gives another inspirational acceptance speech.
• A Michael Jackson Broadway show may be coming in 2020, organised by the Estate and Columbia Live Stage.
• New Drake song with previously-unreleased MJ vocals, “Don’t Matter to Me“, which has earned Michael his 30th “Hot 100 Top 10” Billboard hit.
• London’s prestigious British Film Institute has announced a screening of Moonwalker on August 29th for Michael Jackson’s birthday.
• The National Portrait Gallery has opened its Michael Jackson – On the Wall exhibition, which will be travelling to France later this year.
• Fashion house Balmain launches its Spring 2019 Menswear collection featuring Michael Jackson-inspired designs from designer Olivier Rousteing.
• SWG (Single White Glove) has released a new (10 minute long!) You Are Not Alone Extended Mix. Enjoy, YANA-heads!
• Omar Bhatti reveals the long rumoured original golden Invincible album cover artwork.
• MJAS have just made all their courses available for free.
• MJ60 Birthday events: What’s happening? Let us know details! Organise something yourself!
• Most of MJ’s albums are to be officially re-released as picture discs in a US$175 vinyl anthology box set. (No BOTDF!)
• Elise shares a few Los Angeles MJ Week stories.

Main Discussion Topic
Damien Shields discusses his new edition of Michael Jackson: Songs & Stories From The Vault (previously titled Xscape Origins).
• Check out Damien’s original appearance on The MJCast about the first edition of his book; The MJCast – Episode 008: Xscape Origins Special
• Damien also brings us up to speed on A Truth Untold

Finds of the Week
Q – Soundtrack (iTunes) for the film “Love, Simon”, which features the Jackson 5 Christmas classic, “Someday at Christmas”. (Check out the film, it’s great!)
• Elise – MJ FAQ by Kit O’Toole.
• Damien – ?

Ad & Music Breaks
Mike Tompkins feat. Michael Jackson – Don’t Matter To Me (Remix)
Michael Jackson – Maria (You Were the Only One) [Emile Haynie Remix from the Michael Jackson Remix Suite album]
Moonwalker cinema promo
The Jacksons – Wondering Who (Nick* Deluxe Mix)
Janet Jackson – Nasty (Nick* Cool Summer Redux)

Correspondent Appearances
Janneke van der Linden of Jackson Source (Jackson family Correspondent)
Steven Hodges of MJFFC (Charity Correspondent)

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075: I’m a Strange Guy

Welcome to Season Four of The MJCast! After a long (but much-needed!) winter break, hosts Jamon and Q are excited to be back to discuss everything that’s been happening in the world of Michael Jackson and the Jackson family, and to look ahead to the year to come. The guys kick things off by discussing Paramount Network’s Lip Sync Battle: Michael Jackson Celebration, Paris Jackson’s ‘soundtrack to her life’, and the Kickstarter campaign for the Moonwalkers documentary, which explores the world of MJ tribute artists. And, looking ahead to events happening in 2018, British fans can check out the London Portrait Gallery’s ‘On the Wall’ exhibition, while fans around the world can see The Jacksons, who have announced new concert dates, and 3T, who will be attending the 5th Annual MJ Day in Paris on August 29th, as well as performing on September 1st. Plus, Janet Jackson will perform alongside MJ luminary Teddy Riley at the Essence Festival happening this July. To round this segment of the show out, Q offers a touching reflection on the late MJ fan, Mustafa.

As they launch this new season, Jamon and Q also have some exciting announcements. Going forward, the team is expanding with correspondents, several of whom you’ve heard on previous episodes. They will be the official reporters on particular aspects of MJ news, history, and the fan community, and will be involved in episodes regularly. Two featured correspondents on this episode include Steven Hodges of Michael Jackson Fans For Charity (MJFFC) and Janneke van der Linden of Jackson Source. And, the team is pleased to announce that Elise Capron has joined The MJCast as Web Assistant. Her work will be focused around shownotes, and you’ll also be seeing her on social media, so feel free to say hi! Elise tells her fan story and talks a bit about the market for MJ-related books. Plus, Q covers his recent visit to the MJ HIStory statue in the Netherlands, and his visit with Janneke van der Linden of Jackson Source.

News
• 
Paramount Network launches with Lip Sync Battle: Michael Jackson Celebration
• Paris Jackson creates the soundtrack to her life
• 
Moonwalkers documentary on Kickstarter
• London Portrait Gallery ‘On the Wall’ exhibition coming to London
• The Jacksons have a range of upcoming concert dates
• 3T to perform in Paris on the 1st of September after attending the 5th annual ‘MJ Day’ on August 29th
• Janet Jackson to perform at 2018’s Essence Festival from the 5th – 8th of July
• Mustafa’s story

Main Discussion Topic
• 
Introducing some of The MJCast Correspondents! More to come next episode…
• Legal Correspondent – Charlie Thomson
• Jackson Family Correspondent – Janne Van Der Linden of Jackson Source
• Charity Correspondent – Steven Hodges of MJ Fans for Charity
• Live Performance Correspondent – Anthony King
• Elise Capron’s fan story
• Q’s travel stories

Finds of the Week
• 
Jamon – Michael Jackson – Ride With Me
• Q – Brittany Spanos’ Rolling Stone article; How Michael and Janet Jackson created the New Black Rock Star
• 
Elise – Joseph Vogel’s new article in The Guardian; Black and White: How Dangerous Kicked off Michael Jackson’s Race Paradox and Bryan Alexander’s USA Today article on Paris Jackson in the new film; Gringo

Additional Links
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Elise Capron’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages
• Episode 073 – Season Three Mixtape
• Episode 074 – J Q&A
• Episode 058 – Vindication Day Special (Pirates in Neverland: The Michael Jackson Allegations)
• Episode 052 – Michael Prince Special
• Jaafar Jackson’s a cappella vocal video on Instagram
• Moonwalk Talks – Episode 027: “Moonwalkers Documentary” via the web and Apple Podcasts
• Episode 054 – CJ DeVillar Special

Music Breaks & Ads
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Michael Jackson – Workin’ Day and Night (SWG Extended Mix)
• Michael Jackson – In The Closet (KaiD’s 80’s Remix)
• Brandy – It’s Not Worth It (feat. Michael Jackson)

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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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