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Spike Lee Unveils ‘Off the Wall’ Michael Jackson Documentary Trailer

“I found my falsetto because of ‘Off the Wall,'” the Weeknd says of King of Pop’s breakout solo LP

Spike Lee’s upcoming Showtime documentary Michael Jackson‘s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall will chart the King of Pop’s path from child star with the Jackson 5 to pop icon with the arrival of his breakout solo LP Off the Wall. The film – Lee’s second Jackson documentary, following his Bad 25 in 2012 – will air on Showtime on February 5th. But on Wednesday, the movie channel unveiled the first trailer for Michael Jackson’s Journey featuring archival footage alongside new interviews.

“I’ve always used Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing,” The Weeknd says in the preview. “I found my falsetto because of Off the Wall.” Later, Talking Heads’ David Byrne and the Roots’ Questlove both joke about being captivated by “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” even though they couldn’t decipher what Jackson was singing in the chorus (“Keep on with the force, don’t stop.”)

Journey also features interviews with Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, L.A. Reid, Kobe Bryant and Misty Copeland alongside Jackson’s parents Katherine and Joe Jackson and brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson. The documentary will premiere January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival prior to its Showtime broadcasting; on February 26th, Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall will be available as part of a CD/DVD reissue of Off the Wall.


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