Justin Bieber Sings Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Sources: Ad Hoc News | All Things Michael

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Justin Bieber sings the Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” song in a new Instagram video, his latest tribute to the late King of Pop. The Biebs has cited Jackson as a major influence for years, once telling Vanity Fair, “Everybody loved him, and that’s what my goal is — to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me.”

 

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Q&A Will.i.am Launches New Smartwatch And Shares His Thoughts On Apple, Michael Jackson, And Beats Co-Founder Jimmy Iovine

Sources: CNet – By Richard Nieva | All Things Michael

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SAN FRANCISCO — Will.i.am is no stranger to technology. After all, he’s the grammy-award winning artist and member of the Black Eyed Peas who once rapped, “I’ve got that rock and roll, that future flow.”

The musician — born as Will Adams — also served as Intel’s creative director and has a founding stake in Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and streaming music company that Apple bought for $3 billion in August. He has also been a vocal proponent of STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — education.

On Wednesday, Will.i.am added one more thing to his portfolio: He launched the Puls (pronounced Pulse), a sleek minimalist wrist-worn device — he insists it’s “not a watch” — onstage at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference at the Moscone Center here.

The watch can make calls without pairing with a smartphone.

The watch can make calls without pairing with a smartphone.

The device stores music, has a voice navigator named Aneeda powered by the speech-tech company Nuance, and makes phone calls without being paired with a smartphone. While that’s rare when compared with the rest of the smartwatches that have already been unveiled by other companies — including the Apple Watch, coming early next year — it won’t be alone. Samsung’s Gear S watch, demonstrated in September, will also make calls. Network partners for the Puls are AT&T in the U.S. and O2 in the U.K.

While the musician gave the device a proper coming out party on Wednesday, he first showed it off in April, on a British talk show.

The market for wearables is nascent but promising. In 2013, 9.7 million wearables were shipped, according to CCS Insight, a research firm. By the end of 2014, that figure is projected to jump to 22 million units. And by 2018, 250 million wearables will be in use, the research firm estimates.

This isn’t the first wearable device that Will.i.am has put out. Last year, his company i.am+ launched the foto.sosho, an iPhone case worn around the neck that costs $475. The accessory essentially turns your iPhone into a fancier camera, with things like a keyboard, interchangeable lenses, built-in flash and photo editing. On Wednesday, Will.i.am also talked about other connected-wearables his company makes, like shoes, a bag and a jacket.

CNET sat down with Will.i.am in San Francisco, hours before he launched the watch on stage. Below are excerpts of the conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Question: You’ve done wearable tech products before. Why did you think it was important to get into this space?
Will.i.am: The wearable conversation has been led by tech alone. And the fashion world has called it “fashion” for decades. They don’t say wearables. The reason they say wearables is because there’s technology inside of the things you put on your body. And I want to enter the conversation, and suggest, ‘Hey, here’s a device we are bringing to market that is non-tethered.’ And we want to design it from the standpoint of expression.

We’ve created other components that allow you to have two days of [battery] power, or utilize the device with jackets. We’ve created shoes that allow you to weigh yourself and count your steps. Because what good is it to count your steps from your wrist if you don’t know how much you weigh? So we’re completing the conversion by looking at it from a perspective that most folks aren’t looking at if from.

Wearables haven’t gotten mainstream quite yet. What do you think companies haven’t yet done right? And how is your product different?
Will.i.am: That’s a hard question. Because I don’t want to knock other people’s attempt to bring awesome technology to culture. So it’s not my place to say what awesome companies are doing right or wrong. What’s my place is to tell my team what we should aim to do right. Because it’s all relative. Some people like things that I don’t like. I like things some people don’t like. I want to use my energy to corral my team to think of things other companies haven’t thought of.

My colleague saw you at the Apple Watch launch event last month. What do do you think of the watch?
Will.i.am: That’s an amazing piece of technology. It’s awesome. It’s beautiful. It’s Apple. They’re like the most amazing company on earth. [Pauses.] They’re the most amazing company on earth.

You are both in the wearables business now. Do you see them as a competitor?
Will.i.am: There’s a guy that I worked with in the past — I’m going to use music as a metaphor. Before I worked with him, he was my idol. His name was was Michael Jackson. He did the most amazing music on earth. He entertained us all. He showed us what to do when you’re successful.

Michael Jackson was the most amazing artist ever. But that didn’t stop me from doing music — because Michael Jackson made music. I didn’t look at Michael Jackson as a competitor. He was my inspiration. He made me want to make music too. Apple makes me want to make products. How can I compete with those guys? Those guys are the masters of the universe. Literally. And they’re my inspiration. And they make amazing stuff.

Speaking of Apple, you have a founding stake in Beats Electronics. What do you think of the company’s acquisition by Apple?
Will.i.am: That came out of the blue. That’s a blessing. Jimmy Iovine, that guy’s amazing. I showed Jimmy my device, and he’s proud of me. Because most people have ideas and are afraid to execute them. And when people tell them no, they stop.

I funded this. People in world are waiting for someone to give them money. They say, hey, I’ll promote your product. That’s going to cost you. Rarely are they ever willing to put down X amount of dollars.

I know Jimmy Iovine is one of your mentors. What advice did he give you as you were starting this company?
Will.i.am: Jimmy would say, [starts doing Iovine impression] “Whatever you do will, just gotta focus on it. You can’t be doing a million different things. You already do too much. Focus on it.”

So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two years. I’ve got to build this company. Not only for me but for the kids I’m telling to get into STEM. I’m telling them not to hang out on the corner, and learn to code. And then I’m not doing the same thing?

 

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Please listen to Will’s beautiful, heartfelt tribute to Michael. It will have you in tears. It’s starts at 1:18

Amazing Girl With Asperger Syndrome Will Perform Michael Jackson Tribute

Sources: KoloTV  | Edited By – All Things Michael

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RENO, NV – 13-year-old Falynne Lewing’s infatuation with Michael Jackson started when she saw his Thriller video at the age of 5. That inspired Falynne to learn his moves, and when she first showed her family, her mom Michelle says they were blown away.

“It was unbelievable. Our jaws dropped. We couldn’t believe that she could do something like that on her own,” she says.

Falynne hasn’t had any formal dance training and only started really working at her craft a little more than a year ago. Despite having Asperger Syndrome, which has been classified as an autism spectrum disorder, Falynne has an incredibly positive attitude and a huge heart.

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“The peace, the love, the message that Michael wanted to share with the world, Falynne equally wants to share that same message,” says Michelle.

Falynne had trouble with her speech until the age of 7. She was also delayed in learning how to walk, which seems hard to believe when you see her move. The teen is transformed into a dancing machine when she hits that stage.

“Once that beat or the bass starts, I just can’t help but move,” she says.

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Her kind nature along with her incredible talent seems to always draw a crowd. Falynne’s mom says when they recently attended Vid-Con and Michael Jackson’s final resting place in southern California people surrounded her.

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Michelle says, “They wanted to meet her, they wanted to hug her, they wanted to see her dance. She brings people to tears when she dances and sings, myself included.”

On October 23rd Falynne will get to show off her talents by taking the stage at the Grand Sierra Resort. Her tribute to Michael Jackson starts at 7:30 p.m. The proceeds from her show will benefit the Nevada Humane Society and the Autism Coalition of Nevada.

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“I know that some of the families can’t afford it, so I really want to help them get the medical care they need,” she says.

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Farah Khan Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson In New The Song ‘Nonsense Ki Night’ From ‘Happy New Year’

Sources: IBN Live | All Things Michael

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Mumbai: Choreographer-director Farah Khan has paid an ode to the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson in song ‘Nonsense Ki Night’ from ‘Happy New Year’.

Farah, 49, said she also turned lyricist with the funny song.

In the song, the male actors Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah are doing signature moves of the late pop star’s ‘Thriller’ and donning his iconic body-hugging shimmery leather red pants and jacket with black design.

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“Nonsense Ki Night is also a sort of tribute to my guru Michael Jackson… Check out the thriller inspired costumes and steps,” Farah wrote and added, “It’s my first credit as lyric writer!”

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Ajay Devgn Strikes Pose For Upcoming Film Dedicated To Michael Jackson

Sources: Business of Cinema | All Things Michael

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Prabhudeva puts dancing shoes on Ajay Devgn! Devgn fans will have a special treat in store for them as the superstar will be seen grooving as never seen before in Prabhudeva‘s Action Jackson.

The team was recently shooting in Austria and here is an exclusive image showing Ajay Devgn doing quite the eye catching move for the movie!

Many of the Bollywood stars are a fan of the legendary international Pop Star Michael Jackson; Remo D’Souza has left no space undone to show his love for MJ. It was also recently noted that Hrithik Roshan has copied steps of MJ in his latest flick Bang Bang. And Varun Dhawan will be seen with an MJ Tatoo on his arm for his upcoming movie ABCD2.

But nobody has gone to the extent Prabhudeva has in Bollywood. He made a film based on the pop star! Infact, if sources are to be believed Prabhudeva was adamant on keeping the title of the movie as Action Jackson come what may! We sure expect to see a lot of Michael Jackson‘s famous moonwalk on the big screen as far as the movie is concerned.

Ajay Devgn‘s Action Jackson was set to release June 6 this year along with Akshay Kumar‘s Holiday but was later postponed and now the film is all set to release December 5.

Action Jackson directed by Prabhudeva also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Kunal Roy Kapoor and Yami Gautam in prominent roles.

 

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Usher Talks New Tour, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber And More

Sources: Clizbeats | All Things Michael

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It looks like Usher fans have a lot to look forward to! They may remember that shortly after his awesome performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with Nicki Minaj, Usher made a huge announcement for his upcoming UR Experience  tour! The show that he is producing with the help of Live Nation will serve as a stage to help Usher take his fans down memory lane through his seven albums of classic hits while introducing them to his brand new tracks. In that announcement last month he explained, “With The UR Experience, “I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests.” He then whent on by saying

“I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.” More hints and themes behind the tour were revealed earlier this week during an October 3rd interview with New York City’s Hot 97 radio morning show! In that very candid interview, Usher not only talks about the tour, but he also takes some extra time to share personal stories with him and Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and more!  It was one of the coolest interviews we have seen Usher give in a very long time and we are excited to share it with you below! In that interview, Usher mentions that he is going to be touring without a new album released, however if you are looking forward to a new Usher album in the near future we have a feeling you will not have to wait for very long!  Multiple sources have reported that his eighth album tentatively being called, UR is coming very soon! Fans can expect the album to feature his latest gold single, “She Came To Give It To You” featuring Nicki Mianj, and produced by Pharrell Williams, as well as his new single, “I Don’t Mind” featuring Juicy J. Multiple sources are reporting that the album will also include production from the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Brian-Michael Cox and Brian Morgan.

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5-Year-Old Michael Jackson Fan Gets A Birthday Party Fit For The “King of Pop”

Sources: WIVB.com | All Things Michael

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - 5 year old Jaymire Jackson has musical taste way beyond his years. He celebrated his birthday in a very special way Saturday night.

His parents threw him a Michael Jackson themed birthday party. What makes this family unique, is that his dad’s name is also Michael Jackson.

Jackson showed off his dance moves to family and friends at the party.

His parents say he discovered the “King of Pop” all on his own and became huge fan.

“He absolutely loves Michael Jackson,” said Jasmaine Jackson. “We have to tell him…don’t take Michael Jackson to school with you.”

And in case you’re wondering what Jaymire’s favorite M.J. song is? His parents say it’s “Thriller.”

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‘Rock With You’ Remix

Sources: MJWN |Umesh Dhanji | All Things Michael

Umesh Dhanji a producer, artist and remixer from London has produced an awesome contemporary dance remix with a retro feel of Michael’s classic song ‘Rock With You’ as a tribute, and that he wanted to share with Michael’s fans.

He started making music at the early age of 11, got into the DJ scene when he was 18 and then moved into production some years later initially using the artist name Sonic Fusion.

Umesh’s first track ‘I’m Ready’ was released on the ‘Streetbeats’ CD among artists such as Beverley Knight, Pete Rock and Brand Nubian, receiving a lot of radio support. He then changed the name to Sonik Fusion and was signed to a management deal with DV8 in London during which time his original track ‘Monsoon’ was licensed to Transient Records for their ‘Mashed Mellow Grooves 3’ CD. It was also sub-licensed to Metropol Records in Barcelona for their ‘Cassagrande Lounge’ CD amongst artists such as Thievery Corporation and Groove Armada.

Umesh then took a long break from music and relocated to Spain where he now lives. Last year he built a brand new studio and has gotten back to his love of making music again. His love for Michael’s music has also led him to producing his ‘Rock With You’ cover that is his first remix featuring Michael’s original vocals but in a whole new different way.

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He has kindly agreed to answer some questions on Michael’s influence and inspiration and on his ‘Rock With You’ remix with MJWN and the fans.

1. You are obviously a huge Michael Jackson fan. How long have you been a fan?

I would say I have been a fan of Michael Jackson as long as I can remember and still continue to enjoy his music today, especially the classics from ‘Off The Wall,’ ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad.’

2. Did you get a chance to see Michael perform live in concert? If so, tell us your experience on that.

I was lucky enough to have seen him perform twice at Wembley Stadium for the ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous’ world tours. I remember a friend and I desperately wanted to go to the ‘Bad’ concert but we couldn´t get the day off work. We refused to miss the concert so we both called in sick and instead went to the concert, but the problem was we both worked at the same place and got called into the manager’s office the next day to be told off. It’s funny thinking about it now after all this time but I wouldn´t have missed that concert for the world, what a show and we were right at the front of the 70,000 plus crowd so we saw him perform pretty close up. I can still remember standing in line all day just to make sure we could get to the front of the crowd. After hours of waiting and the opening acts were finished a massive row of white lights came up and Michael Jackson popped onto the stage. It was amazing to actually see him there in front of us. If I remember correctly the opening song was ‘Wanna Be Starting Something.’ The second concert was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute while the stadium was packed with fans. I think he was not feeling well so it had to be cancelled. I still remember seeing fans in the car park in tears as everybody left the stadium. In the end we went to a newly scheduled date and the concert was amazing. I guess that was Michael Jackson the perfectionist, he wouldn’t just push through and give the fans a mediocre experience but instead reschedule and give a perfect performance to his fans.

 3. Can you recall the first time you really took note of Michael and what impact it had on you?

I think the ‘Off The Wall’ album was the first album of his I took real note of. I still love that album! It´s hard to pin point the impact it had except to say that it most definitely would have shaped my musical taste. Growing up, his songs were playing constantly on the radio and he was just a big part my generation. Even today I am influenced and inspired by his dedication to perfection and try to work to the same high standards when I produce music. I believe it makes all the difference.

4. You have stated that you started making music at the age of 11. Did Michael influence you at all to take that path?

I would say that Michael´s music probably hit me later, when I would have been 15 or 16. His music pretty much dominated the charts and was everywhere all the time. It´s hard to really say just how much influence he would have had but I´m sure those tracks I grew up listening to must have fed my musical DNA and help to form the SoniK Fusion sound.

5. What inspired you to do a remix of one of Michael’s songs and one of his classics?

It would have been a dream to have actually worked with Michael in the studio, unfortunately that wasn´t a possibility and this was the next best thing. I was looking for something challenging musically after a long absence from producing and I felt like doing a remix of a classic from that era. While thinking of ideas ‘Rock With You’ hit me and that was it, I knew that was the one as soon as I began work on it. I really enjoyed the challenge and process of making this remix and in some small way I got at least a bit of the feeling of what it could have been like to have worked with him. While working on the track it was magical hearing his voice on it and that provided a lot of the inspiration to complete the track and for it to sound the way it does, and even though Michael wasn´t there in person he was definitely there in spirit and influenced the production all the way through.

6. Why did you pick this particular song, ‘Rock With You?’

I always liked ‘Rock With You,’ it´s one of my favourite tracks of his. There was something about this particular song that I felt lent itself to being a great modern day dance track, from his sensuous vocals to the actual lyrics, it just had something that inspired me to do it. One of the things that appealed was the chance to give the remix a bit of a retro dance track feel and this worked well with the vocals as they were recorded at the end of the 70´s I believe. I think there are other Michael Jackson tracks I could also remix but ‘Rock With You’ is one of my favourite Michael Jackson tracks as it’s from the era of his music I enjoy the most.

7. Your version is very different to his original version, yet Michael’s vocals are all there, and it is done so well that it sounds like it has been recorded this way and not a remix. Was that the idea?

Thanks Paula, that´s exactly what I was aiming for. My plan was not to make a typical ´house´ remix or do anything that sounded like his vocals were just stuck on top of another track. It was important that my version was really connected to the vocals in terms of feel and groove but also be completely different and fresh. I also kept in mind that Michael Jackson made music for everybody so I produced in a way that I hope will appeal to a wide audience as Michael Jackson’s music always did. I wanted to be respectful to the original song and to Michael. He has no say any more about what happens to his work and I feel it´s a responsibility to do our best to respect his musical legacy, especially as he was so protective of it when he was alive. As everybody knows he was a perfectionist and I made sure I pushed every part of the song as hard as I could, as I am sure he would have made me do if we were working together. All the way through the process I built the track around the feel of the vocals and worked on it and worked on it until it sounded natural and right. It look a lot of time and effort but I think it was worth all those hours spent in the studio. Overall I wanted the track to sound like it was made ´with´ Michael Jackson and capture the magic of the original song and vocals in a completely different way. The other thing that I always kept in mind was the time period that the vocals were recorded, the end of the 70´s, so I produced the track in a way that had a little bit of the feel of that time, for example the R&B horn section, strings and guitar parts. I hope the end result captures a little bit of that late 70´s feel but in a contemporary way.

8. Can you tell us a little about the productive process involved to do a remix like this?

I would start by saying that I approach a remix differently to producing an original track. A remix is always somebody else’s work and I try to respect that as much as possible while putting my SoniK Fusion spin on it. In this case only the vocals are from the original track, however they are the essential part of the original song that carry a lot of the feeling. The vocals I started with were only a single vocal track, the tempo was also the original one which is quite a lot slower and set to a completely different rhythm. I started with creating an 8 bar groove and played around with different beats and bass-lines until I found a groove and feel that I liked and very importantly flowed well with Michael´s vocals. Next I worked on the vocals so that they sat and flowed naturally on the beat. After this I began work on the full song arrangement and as you´ll hear the vocals are pretty much all there but broken up and arranged differently to the original. Throughout the production process I kept an image of people in a club dancing to the track and made sure it continued to work as a dance track. I have disco lights in my studio that I often keep running just to give me the club feeling while producing. Once I had the basics in place the rest of it was hours and hours spent listening in detail, trying out different sounds and parts to see what works. A lot of time went into how the track flowed from beginning to end, making sure the track keeps the listeners interested, is cohesive and concludes well. I kept the instrumentation quite minimal on purpose as I wanted the track to have the feel of a live track that Michael would sing along to rather than the feel of having Michael Jackson vocal samples cut and placed onto an electronic dance track. I also avoided any kind of strange effects on his vocals. I kept them as original as possible with just a small amount of effects and processing. Finally when all the vocals and musical arrangements were in place I worked on the overall sound of the final mix making little adjustments along the way until it was done.

9. What message with this remix did you want to get across to Michael’s fans and why in this genre of music?

I would say it´s probably more feeling or a vibe I wanted to get across rather than any kind of message. There´s this seductive feeling in the song lyrics and vocals that I wanted to bring out in my remix. I wanted the person listening or dancing to the track to just get caught up in that feeling like with the original track and I hope that comes through. In terms of the genre I wanted to produce a contemporary dance track from day one that was completely different from the original rather than make a slower soul / R&B remix. It just felt like the way to go and the rest just happened organically. I wanted the track to give fans of Michael Jackson a new perspective and also for the younger generation going to clubs now a little feeling of the magic of Michael Jackson on the dance floor that I grew up with.

10. Is there anything else you would like to tell Michael’s fans about your remix?

I hope the fans enjoy my take on a classic Michael Jackson track and that it gives them a chance to hear Michael Jackson´s music in another way, maybe what it could have sounded like if it were recorded today. I did my best to capture the spirit of Michael Jackson in the track and hope that comes across.

 11. You are living in Spain now and I know that Michael was and is still loved all over the world. Do you see his influence in Spain and in what way?

Definitely, his music is still everywhere, just recently I was in a club and during the night a couple of his tracks were played including the original ‘Rock With You’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ The crowd loved it. It seems that most nights I am out I hear his music being played. Apart from Spain I remember being in a club in Berlin last year, they were playing a real mixture of music and they played ‘Thriller.’ It’s not a Michael Jackson track I think I have ever heard in a club and it sounded mind blowing on the club sound system. Bearing in mind how old that track is now it still sounded fresh.

 12. As a DJ, did you play Michael’s songs?

Absolutely, at least one track would always be in my sets. I played mostly 80´s soul and R&B and if I were to pick one track in particular that I always played it would be ‘Don´t stop ‘Til You Get Enough.’ That one always got the crowd moving. ‘Billie Jean’ was another one I would play regularly and is just magical on the dance floor, even today!

13. Can we expect more remixes of Michael’s songs from you?

I´m happy to say there is another version of ‘Rock With You’ in production. It´s quite different to this one, slower in tempo, more laid back and deeper. I would say it´s more deep house if I had to label it, but you don´t need to be into deep house to enjoy it. I am also considering creating a slower soul / funk version but at the moment it’s just an idea I am kicking around in my head. I would love to do more remixes of Michael´s songs but only tracks where I feel I can do something special.

14. Is there anything you would like to say about Michael to Michael’s fans?

Continue to keep his musical legacy alive. He left the world a great gift with his music and not to forget his humanitarian work. He was a one of a kind entertainer and person that continues and will continue to inspire people all over the world.

15. Lastly, is there anything more that you would like Michael’s fans to know about you?

If any fans would like to follow Sonik Fusion they can find me ontwittter @sonikfusion or on Facebook here.

I would love to hear feedback on the track from Michael Jackson fans and would be pleased to answer questions and keep the fans updated on new developments. It would also be great to get suggestions for other remixes fans would like to hear in the future. It could provide the inspiration for the next Sonik Fusion remix!

You can listen to Umesh’s remix of ‘Rock With You’ here:

 

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