Timbaland Announces Major New Michael Jackson Project

Published: Tuesday 27th Aug 2013 by Sam

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…

Your thoughts? 

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  1. Common Sense August 27, 2013

    Can’t they just let the dead rest in peace? Record companies are so desperate for a quick buck these days.

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    • bravo!! August 27, 2013

      There money to be made of the dead especially the most famous ones

    • just sayin’ August 28, 2013

      You must not be a mj fan, for if u were, u would now mj spoke of his music living on.
      Also I must add…there is no scandal with this. So, what is wrong with keeping music alive? MJ is dead and resting in peace. The music is still here. Records dont wake the dead

  2. The Original Truth August 27, 2013

    King Mike!

  3. Bobby August 27, 2013

    Ive always been against posthumous releases. I think its tacky; especially if the person who’s name is on it was an actual ARTIST. No shade to anyone in particular but if they were very hands on in their career then I don’t think its fair to release further projects under their name. However, if they are a gimmick/puppet I guess it doesn’t matter as much

  4. TINA JONES August 27, 2013

    so timbaland can bring mj back from the dead but not brandy??

    • Dev August 27, 2013

      Okay, i dont get this? timberland and Brandy worked many yaers ago

      • Dev August 27, 2013

        *years

      • TINA JONES August 27, 2013

        Okay, i dont get this? timberland and Brandy worked many yaers ago

        exactly!? and how did that work out??

      • Dev August 27, 2013

        It worked out fine, people liked the album…. what does that have to do with this post?

    • TINA JONES August 27, 2013

      It worked out fine, people liked the album…. what does that have to do with this post?

      if they liked it they shoulda bought it!! timbaland couldnt even revive brandy so he needs to leave mj alone!

      • Dev August 27, 2013

        *Sigh* It’s nice of you to cut and paste my point before replying to it but the reply button shows the continuation of the conversation.

        I kinda see your point but it really fell flat because it was kinda lame, people did buy the album but just not as many as her previous ones, and to bring further light to your lame point people in the dozen brought Justin Timberlakes p*** poor album that was produced by Timberland and that sold well.

        Brandy still has a record deal and is making good music, if you were attempting shade it was wasted because you cant throw shade in the dark.

    • TINA JONES August 27, 2013

      @ dev

      ok make sure you use all this energy to buy her next album so she wont have to perform for empty stadiums m’kay.

      • Dev August 27, 2013

        @Tina
        Okay…
        do you feel better now getting that out of your system or have you got a bit more left you need to get out? It still seems like you’re reaching to give Brandy shade, but it still doesn’t seem to be working.
        P.S. I got all the albums hun.

  5. tits mcgee August 27, 2013

    Leave MJ, Whitney and Aaliyah alone! Let them rest in peace. #juststop

  6. POSH RIRI August 27, 2013

    #TheCorporateThirst.

    LEAVE THE F****** MAN, HIS MUSIC AND HIS LEGACY ALONE.

    DAMN.

    Then again, I read on the examiner that Skylar Grey is apparently working on a posthumous Whitney Houston project? WTF… I cannot.

  7. Dev August 27, 2013

    Okay Timbo, no-one can work with Alliyah apart from you but you can work with MJ when you never played any part of his music whilst he was alive (as far as i can recall) Push a few seats together and sit yo fat ass down.
    I think this will be a mess as everything he has done recently has been lackluster and dated. I also dont want to hear Timberland clicking and porly rapping over MJ’s vocals

    • Dev August 27, 2013

      *Aaliyah

  8. eric August 27, 2013

    Michael is not here to contribute, so it’s basically a new Timbaland album, featuring some cut & paste MJ vocals. No thank you.

  9. Fierce & all -Not here for b****** that can only slay in studios August 27, 2013

    I’d have to hear it first. I mean timbaland does make some hot beats. Can’t lie.

  10. Kingstown August 27, 2013

    Using Michael for promotion Tim? Really? That’s what it sounds like.

  11. ratedxxx(next broad) August 27, 2013

    when he was alive, none of these so call people defended him, when he was called a child m*******…

    now suddenly everybody and their mama loves michael…

    let the man rest in peace..

  12. Lovebird (Dark Horse – PRISM – 10.22.13)) August 27, 2013

    So TimbaBitchAssLand sees a little success with Justin Timberlake, with what is probably one of the worst releases of the year and thinks he is worthy of touching Michael Jackson’s work, B**** F****** PLEASE!!!!!

    I am so happy Pharrell would never stoop so low, and he has some of the biggest hits on radio today, I will RIHpeat for you Timbaland, Pharrell Williams has some of the biggest releases on radio TODAY and actually SUBMITTED songs to MJs camp.

    Seat your fake ass down somewhere Timbaland, I am so glad Aaliyah never has to see the b**** ass you’ve become.

  13. PYTFROMAL August 27, 2013

    Hmmm… I don’t know. They disappointed the MJ fanbase with the last album.I didn’t like the way they re-worked his unreleased songs on the “Michael” album. It was all wrong production wise. If they’re going to tarnish the music like that with the then it should remain in the vault. MJ was a perfectionist and it just doesn’t feel right with people messing around with his music. Actually, we fans would prefer to hear the raw, unfinished version rather than that overproduced mess that they did the last time.

  14. dj blurJ has September 5, 2013

    So does anyone really know how many unfinished songs MJ has in his vault….Rodney Jerkins said he was working on a whole album of MJ material also right after MICHAEL came out..

  15. Sandra January 4, 2014

    Maybe this would be good, I just hope Timbaland doesn’t re-work Michael’s voice/songs as badly as Sony did on the ‘Michael’ album. But Timbaland is a great producer so maybe this can become something good to help keep MJ’s legacy alive !! ( not that it needs it, his legacy is doing fine). Love and miss MJ <3

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