Episode 080 – A Good Kind of Weird

Jamon and Q have lots of exciting news and discussion items to get into in this week’s regular episode, including their anticipated follow-up chat about Jamon’s interview with Bryan Loren in Episode 079, which inspired strong reactions from listeners across social media. They get into their personal thoughts on that episode, and also talk about the MJ social media storm around Twitter’s #TweetLikeTheMJEstate.

In Jackson family news, the guys discuss the new Pepsi can design featuring Michael Jackson, as well as updates on La Toya (nope, she did not have a stroke!), Jackie Jackson’s new record label, and the upcoming Jacksons events in Detroit. And, of course, they celebrate Janet Jackson’s well-deserved ICON Award and incredible performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

In controversial news, an essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates, published in The Atlantic, causes quite a stir, leading Joe Vogel to respond with his own article in Forbes. Plus, the debut of the ABC documentary “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” has the fan community talking, and the Estate suing. And, Lenny Kravitz releases a new “duet” with Michael Jackson called “Low“.

Last, but certainly not least, the guys are thrilled to have J.D. from HIStory In The Mix with them on today’s show. J.D. is a massive fan (and very wise for his young age!) whose must-watch web-series chronicles the life and career of Michael Jackson. Jamon and Q will talk with J.D. about his fan story, history of his web-series, thoughts on Michael Jackson, the Estate, and more.

News

  • Michael Jackson features on new Pepsi can design and accompanying TV ad.
  • La Toya wins “Celebrity Worst Cooks in America” cooking challenges, and visits the Cannes film festival for the South Korean film, “Burning”.
  • La Toya and B. Howard feature together in the finally-released track “Let Me Know (Dimelo)”.
  • After all that, obviously La Toya did not have a stroke.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates publishes a controversial essay in The Atlantic, comparing Michael Jackson to Kanye West, to which Joe Vogel responds with his own article in Forbes.
  • Janet Jackson performs at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and receives the ICON Award.
  • Janet Jackson opens up to Billboard in new interview.
  • A new ABC documentary “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” airs, not endorsed by his family nor his Estate Executors.
  • Jackie Jackson discusses his new record label, Critically Amused, and his signed artists.
  • The Jacksons receive a key to the city of Detroit, and get an honorary street renaming, as they are set to headline the Detroit Music Weekend, June 14/17.
  • Lenny Kravitz releases a new ‘duet’ with Michael Jackson, called “Low”.

Main Discussion Topic

Finds of the Week

Additional Links

Ad & Music Breaks

Correspondent Appearances

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Episode 018 – Can You Hear My Footprints?

Episode 018 - Can You Hear My Footprints? YouTube ArtJamon is back from his international trip to discuss all things Michael Jackson with Q! On Episode 018 of The MJCast, the boys celebrate Q’s birthday before talking about the possibility of Sony and The Estate parting ways over the Sony/ATV music publishing catalogue, two new Michael Jackson books including  MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson by Steve Knopper and Making Michael by Mike Smallcombe and Tavis Smiley’s 2016 book on Michael Jackson’s death being adapted into a screenplay for television. They then discuss the televised concert of Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, the Michael Jackson Estate’s announcement around the official 2016 MJ calendar, more MJ and Freddie Mercury duets coming in the Fall of 2015 and the song Bad being featured in the trailer for the upcoming Angry Birds movie. Following this, Q and Jamon delve into the topics of the 2015 remix of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s Say Say Say and its accompanying video, their thoughts on the new Janet Jackson album Unbreakable and IPSO’s recent rejection of Taj Jackson’s complaint against the Daily Mirror (with a little help from UK journalist Charles Thomson). Lastly, a detailed discussion around the brilliant new TV show The Jacksons: Next Generation.

News
Sony Music are investigating the sale of their share of the Sony/ATV music publishing catalogue.
MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson, a book by Steve Knopper is out!
Making Michaela book by Mike Smallcombe is also out.
The events of Michael Jackson’s last days are set to be turned into a TV show…as well as a book thanks to Tavis Smiley.
Tony Succar’s Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson TV concert has aired. Purchase it on DVD here.
The Michael Jackson Estate has issued  an announcement for the official 2016 MJ calendar.
More Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury duets are set to be released this Fall.
The song Bad is featured in the trailer for the upcoming Angry Birds movie.
Paul McCartney has released a music video for the 2015 remix of the song Say Say Say.
The new Janet Jackson album Unbreakable has become her 7th #1 album on the Billboard charts!
IPSO have rejected Taj Jackson’s complaint against the Daily Mirror.

Discussion Topic
Jamon and Q’s thoughts on Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson’s new show The Jackson’s: Next Generation.

Finds of the Week
Jamon and Q – 3T’s new EP The Story of Love

Additional Links
Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean Pepsi ad
Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust live in Montreal in 1981

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Episode 007 – We Come in Peace

Episode 007 - We Come In Peace YouTube ArtQ returns from his US/Canada/Hong Kong trip and is back on board to discuss the future (or lack thereof) of Captain EO in Disney parks, Michael Jackson being nominated by the Billboard Music Awards for Top R&B Album of 2015 with Xscape and the upcoming Broadway version of The Wiz. We also discuss Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, MJ tribute artist Dimitri Reeves performing Michael’s music amidst the Baltimore Riots, the Estate of Michael Jackson partnering with Authentic Brands Group for an international merchandising business relationship, Kingvention 2015 and the Thriller Studio Tour at Westlake Recording Studios, Hollywood! Lastly, we launch into an in depth discussion around Q’s experiences at the Cirque Du Soleil MJOne show at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

News
Disney’s Captain EO to be closed?! What’s really going on here?
Michael Jackson’s Xscape album is nominated for Top R&B Album of 2015 by the Billboard Music Awards.
The Wiz is set to be NBC’s next live musical in late 2015, also coming to broadway in 2016 with Cirque Du Soleil‘s inolvement!
Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson is out. Read all about this great album on this NBC article.
Michael Jackson tribute artist Dimitri Reeves performs MJ songs amidst the Baltimore Riots and gives an interview about it here!
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Authentic Brands Group partner to expand the Michael Jackson brand worldwide.
A Michael Jackson convention called Kingvention 2015 is happening in London on Saturday the 12th of September, 2015.
Thriller Studio Tour at Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood is Back for 2015!

Discussion Topic
Q’s thoughts on Michael Jackson One, the Cirque Du Soleil/Michael Jackson show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Finds of the Week
Jamon – Tristan Jackson’s #MakeThatChange video project
Q – 2CELLOS They Don’t Care About Us music video

Additional Links
Messenger King: Michael Jackson and the politics of #BlackLivesMatter by D.B. Anderson
Kerry Anderson’s Facebook page and Agape Love, the Facebook page for his upcoming book.
Red Bubble’s Keep Michaeling t-shirt
Xscapeorigins.com, the website for the new book on Michael Jackson’s creative process, by Damien Shields.

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