Michael Jackson is considered certifiable by most music fans, though the former King of Pop may still be able to sell in large numbers. Despite a molestation scandal, episodes of balcony baby dangling and increasingly zany levels of plastic surgery, Jackson is now preparing a new release. In 2001, the artist sold several million copies of his album, Invincible, a release that scored multi-platinum success in the United States and France. "He may be one the best-known figures internationally, in music or otherwise," one industry executive told Digital Music News. "Go to India, and find the most remote cattle rancher, and that person will probably know Michael Jackson." Now, marketplace receptivity towards Wacko Jacko is about to be tested. The artist is now in the studio with a number of collaborators, including will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. Akon and Chris Brown are also reportedly tied into the project. Whether a major label would release the upcoming album remains unclear, though the big four may not have the opportunity. During recent comments, will.i.am noted that Jackson would release his next project online, without the help of a major marketing or distribution machine. "Michael is the one act who doesn't need a record label," will.i.am said. "He can do it all through social networking sites." The release could be packaged by an entity simply called The Michael Jackson Company, Inc., according to one source, a group that supersedes MJJ Productions. Meanwhile, some information suggests that an unspecified direct-to-consumer music service may also deliver the release, though that remains unconfirmed. Source: Digital Music News
R&B/Pop king Michael Jackson will lose his Neverland Ranch in January if he fails to pay a $23 million loan, according to reports. Jackson is on the brink of seeing his infamous home being sold, after being given 90 days to meet a final demand on the huge debt. The Fortress Trust, an investment company, is understood to have issued the ultimatum, which expires on January 19. Although Jackson is said to be nearing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing about a financial deal, this is not thought to involve Neverland. It is reported that Jackson is currently residing in a rented property in Washington.
Epic/Legacy Recordings proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Thriller, the world's biggest-selling album of all time, with a newly expanded deluxe edition of the phenomenal record-breaking pop culture touchstone, available in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The album will be available worldwide the week of February 11, 2008. The Michael Jackson Thriller 25th anniversary celebration kicks off in December 2007 with the release of a new single and continues throughout 2008 with a multi-faceted global marketing campaign featuring high-profile television, radio and online events around the world. The Thriller - 25th Anniversary Edition will include the original album in its entirety as well as eight bonus tracks and a DVD featuring Michael Jackson's groundbreaking short films from Thriller ("Thriller," "Beat It," and "Billie Jean") and the artist's Emmy-nominated breakout performance of "Billie Jean" from the legendary "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" television special (first broadcast on NBC on May 16, 1983). The newly expanded version of Thriller premieres five tracks previously unreleased in any form: a new Kanye West remix of "Billie Jean"; a new 2008 version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with Akon and will.i.am; will.i.am remixes of "The Girl Is Mine" and "P.Y.T."; and "For All Time," a rare unreleased cut from the original Thriller recording sessions, newly mixed and mastered by Michael Jackson. Additional bonus material on the Thriller - 25th Anniversary Edition includes "Someone In The Dark," "Carousel," and Michael Jackson's original demo recording of "Billie Jean." The deluxe Thriller - 25th Anniversary Edition packaging contains a personal greeting from Michael Jackson to his fans penned exclusively for this special release. Originally released in the US 25 years ago on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records, Thriller, Michael Jackson's sixth solo album and second with producer Quincy Jones, rocketed the former child-star lead singer for the Jackson 5 into the stratosphere of international superstardom. Introducing the "robot" and the "moonwalk" into the international lexicon of clubland dance moves via the pulsing sounds of Thriller, Michael Jackson revolutionized all aspects of mainstream pop culture -- from radio airwaves to the newly emerging art form of music videos -- becoming the world's most popular entertainer in the process. The original Thriller spent an astounding 80 consecutive weeks in the American Top 10, 37 of those at #1. Seven of the album's original nine tracks became Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 while Individual singles from Thriller reached #1 chart positions in the US, the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada. Thriller made history as the first and only record to be America's top- selling album two years running (1983 and 1984). Thriller has been certified 27x platinum by the RIAA, giving it Double Diamond Award status in the US. In addition, the album has achieved Diamond or Multi-Platinum status in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. In 1985, the Guinness Book of Records named Thriller the Best Selling Album of All Time, an achievement which remains unsurpassed to this day. In February 1984, Michael Jackson held a record-breaking 12 Grammy nominations, going on to win eight, which stands as the record for most Grammy Awards to be won by anyone in a single year. Seven of Michael's Grammys that year were for Thriller: Album of the Year; Record of the Year ("Beat It"); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Thriller"); Best Engineered Recording, Non- Classical (Thriller); Best Male Rock Vocal Performance ("Beat It"); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Billie Jean"); Best R&B Song ("Billie Jean"). (Michael's eighth Grammy that year was in the Best Recording For Children - Single or Album, Musical or Spoken category for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"). That same year, Michael Jackson took home eight American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller" took home the Best Video Album trophy at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards. Named the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" by the Guinness World Records, Michael Jackson is among the most highly acclaimed and influential artists in pop culture. He was named the World Music Award's Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award. He has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice: in 1997 as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist in 2001.
According to Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.Am, Michael Jackson sings like a bird. The hip hop superstar is working with Jackson on his comeback album and says he is amazed with his unique voice. Will.I.Am said: "Man, he still sings like a bird. He could go anywhere. We have a real opportunity to do something here. It's either going to be really big or nobody's going to care. Ain't no middle ground on this one." Will.I.Am, who is producing Jackson's first studio album for six years, recently revealed he was completely shocked to be asked to work with the former 'King of Pop'. He said: "Michael called up and I thought someone was joking. I hear, 'Hello, its Michael,' and I was like, 'Yeah right, stop playing!' "Then he said, 'I want to congratulate you on all your success. Do you mind if I call you in a couple of days at 4pm?' Then he started ringing me every day at 4pm. So I started working on music for him on the tour bus."
King of pop Michael Jackson has returned to the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland. The singer surfaced with his spokeswoman today (Jan. 26) to confirm to the Associated Press that he is back after he withdrew himself from the U.S following his acquittal in a child molestation trial that ended in June 2005. "I can confirm that he is in the United States," spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain said. "We don't give out information regarding our client's whereabouts because of safety, and this is just an ongoing policy." They also said he is on the comeback trail and planning a pair of "fan appreciation events" in Japan in March, one of which will charge $3,300 for the opportunity to meet the Gloved One. Jackson said he has chosen to come back to Japan because of the strong support he enjoys there. "My friends and fans in Japan have been so supportive of me and my family for many, many years," he said. "My fans in Japan helped me achieve historic milestones in the music industry." Broderick Morris, the promoter working the Japan side of Jackson's trip, said they have sold 220 of 300 tickets to a "platinum VIP party" on March 8. Guests will have dinner, get autographed photos and be able to "meet and greet" Jackson for 30 seconds to one minute, he said.