A new Michael Jackson album that includes original recordings of the artist will be released on December 14.
It is the first album that appears after the King of Pop’s death in June 25, 2009, announced representatives of Sony Music on Thursday.
Titled “Michael”, the album is the latest commercial product launched by the fund which manages the singer’s assets.
Besides revealing the album title, its cover and the title of one of the songs – “Breaking News” – Sony Music representatives kept a very secretive atmosphere around this album.
Contacted by Reuters news agency, one of the spokesmen of Sony Music Group refused to say how many songs will be included on the new album, he did not reveal the titles of other songs or the period of time it took Sony Music to produce this album, after the star’s death.
Secrecy surrounding this project can be explained by the embarrassing error committed by Sony Music last year, when “This Is It”, presented as Jackson’s first posthumous single, proved to be a song recorded by a singer in Puerto Rico 18 years ago.
One of the authors of the play, Paul Anka, has threatened to sue the fund that manages the singer’s fortune and representatives of the fund immediately granted him half of the copyright.
The documentary “This Is It” and its soundtrack, released in November 2009, topped the box office worldwide.
Sony Music said the song “Breaking News” was recorded in 2007, at one of the star’s friends, and it wasn’t “finished” until recently.
Starting Monday, the song will be available for download for one week on www.michaeljackson.com.
The other songs on the album were recorded in studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and they are Jackson’s collaborations with other artists.
The album cover shows two cherubs which put a crown on Michael’s head. In the background there are numerous photos of the star, made in various stages of his career.
Executors of Michael Jackson’s will have been extremely busy in recent months designing profitable projects in order to raise sufficient funds to pay the star’s debts and to ensure decent living conditions for the children and mother of the artist.
Other ongoing projects include a show inspired by the life and career of Michael Jackson, staged by Cirque du Soleil, which will debut in Montreal in October 2011, and a video game, which will be released later this month.
Michael Jackson died on June 25 in Los Angeles, aged 50 years, as a result of a drug overdose.
Earlier this year, Conrad Murray, the star’s former physician, was accused of murder. If he is found guilty, Murray risks spending the next five years of his life in prison.