In life and now death, the name Michael Jackson denotes more than a musician, it denotes an industry.
It’s no surprise then that another project is being cooked up to add to the late icon’s catalogue.
The singer, who died of cardiac arrest on June 25th 2009 aged 50, was housed at Sony’s Epic Records for the vast majority of his career, and continues to be after his passing. ‘Michael’, the King of Pop’s first posthumous set, arrived in 2010 to much controversy (see: debate over legitimacy of vocals). Hoping to right those wrongs and restore the anticipation for “new Michael” that followed his death, label head L.A. Reid has called on hitmaker Timbaland.
Speaking with Diddy’s Revolt TV, the music maestro revealed that he has been tapped to work on the “big” project and dished on the pressure attached to working on fresh MJ.
Peep a teaser for the interview after the jump…
As much of mucky mess that the ‘Michael’ LP was, we’re still amped to hear new MJ – as long as it’s produced, packaged, and promoted in the right way.
Yes, there may be validity in the stance of those arguing that his unreleased work stayed unreleased for a reason and that any move to roll out such material is to “make money”. Yet, people (in general) all too often forget that Michael himself was a smart businessman (see: Beatles catalogue). Hence, if there’s money to be made, why not make it?
Of course, we hope those steering any such project have learned from the last outing that smart decisions yield the best commercial rewards. By the look of things, they have. Timbaland is as current and as respected as it gets from a production standpoint. As long as the said LP focusses on latter-day material, and includes Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins (who helmed most of Jackson’s underrated “last” album, 2001’s ‘Invincible’), we’re all for it. Oh, and please – for sake of humanity – no more Justin Bieber collaborations. It’s an abomination.
Anyway, enough my rambling…