Sony Records and Jackson’s estate announced that a new Michael Jackson album, titled Michael, will be released on December 14, 2010. These will be songs recorded just before he died – not a greatest hits compilation. The first single is called Breaking News and will be streamed on www.michaeljackson.com for one week starting from Monday. A teaser of the song will appear on the site today (November 5). The album cover is shown here. It looks pretty awesome! The album can already be pre-ordered from the site. It looks like it is $12.99 and Free Shipping, or you can get the MP3 download for $10.99.
Here is the official press release from the web site:
MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM FROM THE KING OF POP
MICHAEL TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 14
Exclusive Teaser and Song to be Unveiled on MichaelJackson.com
New York, NY – The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled MICHAEL will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson. Tomorrow, an exclusive teaser for the project will appear on http://www.michaeljackson.com; on Monday, November 8th the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only.
The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise MICHAEL, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.
“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on http://www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.
The attached image of the album cover of MICHAEL was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.
Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the official first single from MICHAEL later this month.