Episode 070 – Nobody Gonna be Payin’ Us

Q and Jamon are back in the saddle and ready to discuss all things Michael Jackson and the Jackson family! The fellas kick things off with some discussion around a previously unseen version of the Victory album cover, Michael’s influence across the hip-hop genre, Tito Jackson’s interview around unreleased Michael music and a recent Dee Dee Jackson Foundation and Heal Los Angeles Fundraiser. Q and Jamon then delve into the new Blood on the Dancefloor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-up) remix, Paris Jackson’s Melbourne Cup visit, Janet’s State of the World Tour and Out100 Gala appearance and Austin Brown’s new EP Canyon Sessions. To round out the news, the boys update listeners on Katherine Jackson’s position as guardian of Bigi ‘Blanket’ Jackson, Mike Smallcombe and Andy Healy’s book announcements and the Dangerous World Tour (Live in Oslo) leak. The main discussion topic for this episode is all around Q and Jamon’s thoughts on the CBS TV special Michael Jackson’s Halloween.

P.s. We apologise for the audio issues on Jamon’s vocal throughout this episode. He needs a new mic chord!

News

  • Michael Whelan, illustrator of the Victory album cover, has revealed two early concepts for the design
  • MJ’s influence across hip-hop video
  • Tito Jackson gives an interview around unreleased Michael Jackson music
  • Dee Dee Jackson/Heal Los Angeles fundraiser event takes place at Hayvenhurst for Halloween
  • Sony have released a new mash-up video for Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-up)
  • Paris Jackson visits Australia for the Melbourne Cup and suffers terrible treatment by Australian media, and also some great media here, here and here.
  • Janet Jackson attends official LA #SOTW Tour after-party and performs at Hollywood Bowl with Jackson’s in attendance. Reunites with previous dancers for If, Scream & Rhythm Nation medley.
  • Janet Jackson honoured with the 2017 music icon award at the Out100 Gala
  • Austin Brown releases a new EP titled Canyon Sessions
  • Katherine Jackson resigns as guardian of Bigi Jackson
  • Mike Smallcombe is set to release a revised version of Making Michael
  • Andy Healy’s Bad 30 101 is available for download
  • Michael Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour (Live in Oslo, 1992) has leaked
  • LaVelle Smith Jr shares footage of Michael’s 2002 “A Night at the Apollo” lip-synced performance of Heal the World
  • Stance launches official Thriller socks range
  • Director John Singleton shares memories of working with Michael
  • Jermaine Jackson performs on Dutch TV show Tijd voor MAX as well as engaging in some interviews while in the Netherlands.

Main Discussion Topic

  • Michael Jackson’s Halloween

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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 028 – Just the Two of Us

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On Episode 028 of The MJCast, Jamon and Q discuss the latest news around Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. The guys kick things off by detailing Tito Jackson‘s new single Get It Baby (coming on May 17th), Mike Smallcombe‘s new book Making Michael and Lady Gaga‘s 30th birthday party, which featured a special MJ gift. Following this, a discussion around a pair of new OG Cano parody videos on what Michael Jackson trap music might sound like and an interesting Dangerous World Tour London leak thanks to MJ Beats. This episode’s main discussion topic focuses on Janet Jackson‘s explosive announcement! Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the internet’s premiere podcast on all things Michael Jackson and the Jackson family!

News

Main Discussion Topic

Finds of the Week

  • Jamon – Janet Jackson’s All Nite Don’t Stop EP
  • Q –  This is a special request for a sick MJ fan. Fellow MJ fan Scott Devlin is about to go through four months of chemotherapy after having been diagnosed with cancer. Although the prognosis is good, let’s band together as a fan community and show him some L.O.V.E. Mail Scott something to show him how much the community is getting behind him and learn about his story here. You can mail Scott at…

Mr Scott Devlin
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Kirkintilloch
Scotland
G66 3NL
UK

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Episode 027 – Sony/ATV Purchase Roundtable

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On this episode of The MJCast, Q and Jamon are joined by friend of the show Damien Shields (author of Xscape Origins) for a roundtable discussion on Sony Music’s seven hundred and fifty million dollar acquisition of the Michael Jackson Estate’s 50% share in the Sony/ATV catalogue. The MJCast’s Legal Correspondent Charles Thomson and Web Assistant Jacob Rathjen also phone in to discuss their thoughts around the situation. Included in this segment is a special appearance by none other than Lynton Guest (author of The Trials of Michael Jackson) in which he offers an expert and educational analysis around the catalogue’s significance, Sony’s continual efforts to acquire it and their recent success in doing so.

In addition to this shocking news, the guys talk about the upcoming 2016 Thriller Studio Tour, Brad Sundberg’s MJU multi-day seminar, Janet Jackson‘s cancellation of more Unbreakable World Tour shows and even more MJ leaks! Lastly, Jermaine Jackson‘s record breaking bejewelled bass guitar and La Toya Jackson‘s new duet, Tehran, are also discussed. Thank-you for listening to another episode of the internets premier podcast on all things Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. We hope you enjoy this episode of The MJCast.

Discussion Topic

  • Bloomberg – Sony Music Acquires the Michael Jackson Estate’s Share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing Catalogue for $750 000 000
  • Music Business Worldwide – Sony’s Historic Buyout of Sony/ATV: 5 Things You Need to Know
  • Forbes – Sony to Buy Michael Jackson’s Half of Sony/ATV For $750 Million
  • Wall Street Journal – Sony to Buy Out Michael Jackson Estate for Music Publishing Unit

News

  • The 2016 Thriller Studio Tour has been announced.
  • More details around Brad Sundberg’s MJU multi-day seminar have emerged. Watch a promotional YouTube video for the event here.
  • Janet Jackson cancels more Unbreakable World Tour shows and a new video for the song Dammn Baby has possibly been shot.
  • New Michael Jackson footage leaks! A rough cut of the 2 Bad sequence in Ghosts!
  • Filmmaker Dan Harmon is set to produce a surreal stop-motion movie around Michael Jackson’s pet chimp, Bubbles.
  • Jermaine Jackson sets a new world record for the most jewels on a functioning guitar by playing Let’s Get Serious for three minutes.
  • La Toya Jackson features in a new duet, Tehran, with Iranian singer Andy Madadian.

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Episode 025 – Right Place, Right Time… Black Magic

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On this episode of The MJCast, there’s plenty of news and discussion on Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. Jamon and Q are joined by Paul Black, a long time Michael Jackson fan and Q’s first ever ‘MJ mate’. Paul’s been fortunate to have had some great Michael Jackson experiences, both here in Australia and in Los Angeles, including meeting Michael, doubling for Michael, and singing a Michael Jackson song on stage with none other than the legendary PrinceIn this episode, the guys talk about Miguel’s performance of She’s Out of My Life at the Grammy’s, some rough cut Captain EO leaks, more ‘making of’ footage leaks from the set of Black or White and Ghosts, a new snippet of Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (including never before heard ad lib vocals), the passing of Jackson family friend Majestik Magnificent, Donald Trump’s ‘interesting’ thoughts on his friendship with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson’s future performance at the Dubai World Cup, why the Michael Jackson Estate is suing the owner of KingOfPop.com and Quincy Jones‘ lawsuit against the Estate and Sony going to trial in June.

This episode’s main discussion topic is all around friend of the show Paul Black and his experiences with Michael Jackson, seeing Michael live and even meeting him.Thanks so much for listening to the internet’s premiere podcast on all things Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. We hope you enjoy this episode of The MJCast!

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Discussion Topic

  • Paul Black’s Michael Jackson experiences

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Episode 023 – Christmas Extravaganza!

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Merry Christmas, listeners. What a year it’s been for The MJCast! It astounds us to think how much success we’ve had over this past twelve months. We’d never have guessed our little Michael Jackson podcast would have been received so well. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts. We recently put together this Christmas Extravaganza episode for everyone to enjoy over their holidays. With such a long running time (over five hours), we’d suggest you listen to it in portions rather than in one sitting. Though if you want to binge out on The MJCast, feel free to do that as well! In this episode, Jamon and Q kick things off with a brief discussion around the latest MJ news, including Thriller achieving 30x multi-platinum status, a possible new biopic on Michael Jackson (but this time from the point of view of Bubbles the chimp) and Spike Lee’s new artwork for his upcoming documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. Following this, Jamon and Q reflect back on the year that’s been through taking the listener on a journey through some of their favourite clips from each of the previous twenty-two episodes. They follow this up with a chat around their favourite MJ and the Jacksons related products from the year before closing out the show with their hopes and wishes for 2016. Keep your ears open for the post show Season One gag reel after the outro music!

Honestly though…thank-you for making this show what it is. The MJCast wouldn’t have come as far as it has without the support of the listeners and guests. We are committed to honouring and furthering Michael Jackson and his family’s impact and legacy and look forward to an even more amazing second season in 2016 with extensive commentary on all things MJ and interviews with more special guests. Keep an eye on our social networks, as we will still be very active on them keeping our audience informed of any developments in the MJ world. From everyone here at The MJCast…best wishes for your holiday season. Stay safe, look out for each other and spread L.O.V.E. and happiness wherever you can.

News

  • According to the RIAA, Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become the first ever 30x multi-platinum selling album. See ‘announcement’ here.
  • Is there a new biopic on Michael Jackson coming…but narrated by Bubbles?
  • The artwork for Spike Lee’s new MJ documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall is here!

Discussion Topic

  • Jamon and Q take a look back at the last twenty-two episodes of The MJCast…providing commentary on some of their favourite moments before reflecting on their favourite Michael Jackson and Jacksons related products of 2015. We also talk about our future hopes for our podcast.

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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

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Episode 017 – No Kaiju!

While Jamon is away travelling, Q is joined by Dan Villalobos as Co-host. Topics include Ciara’s rendition of Heal the World to commemorate the 14th anniversary of 9/11, Sony Music’s October plans for Michael Jackson, a wrap up of The Jackson’s performance at Proms in the Park and Jermaine Jackson’s fantastic new song, Summer Time Feeling. Q and Dan then also discuss Kingvention 2015 (with a little help from Jay Hoffman), the use of Thriller in a new Party City TV ad, Paul McCartney’s Pipes of Peace album reissue with a new version of Say Say Say, Tony Succar’s Unity album being disqualified from the Latin Grammy’s and all the latest on 3T’s The Jacksons: Next Generation TV show. Q and Dan then delve into a discussion around their own personal Michael Jackson experiences as fans and their initial thoughts on Janet Jackson’s new album, Unbreakable.

News
Ciara performs a cover of Heal the World on The View to commemorate the 14th anniversary of 9/11.
Does Sony Music Australia’s communication with @MJBookClub on Twitter indicate that plans for celebrating Michael in October are in the works?
The Jacksons perform live at Proms in the Park in the UK. Read all about the show through Syl Mortilla’s wrap up blog.
Jermaine Jackson’s new song Summer Time Feeling
Kingvention 2015
The song Thriller and its use in the new Party City tv ad
Paul McCartney re-releases his Pipes of Peace album with a new version of the song Say Say Say which features newMichael Jackson vocals!
The Tony Succar album Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson has been deemed ineligible to qualify  for a Latin Grammy Award. Tony responds to this news.

Discussion Topic
Dan and Q discuss their personal Michael Jackson experiences, including seeing him live and in person at various locations.
Dan and Q’s initial thoughts on the new Janet Jackson album, Unbreakable.

Finds of the Week
Q – The latest two episodes of the Michael Jackson podcast, Moonwalk Talks.
Dan Villalobos – Wesley Snipes on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon discussing his role in the short film Bad.

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