[Michael] Jackson is involved in putting together a 25th anniversary edition of his best-selling album, “Thriller.” Those with long memories will recall that “Thriller” is considered the biggest-selling pop album of all time, succeeding Carole King’s “Tapestry” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and breaking every record it came near.
Jackson’s new music attorney, Peter Lopez, told me on Tuesday that about four of the original “Thriller” tracks are being remixed as “extras” for the CD package. Kanye West, Akon and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas are supposed to be doing that work. The songs are “Billie Jean,” “The Girl Is Mine,” “Wanna Be Starting Something” and “Pretty Young Thing.”
In addition, Lopez says that four tracks left off “Thriller” in 1983 will be included. Jackson’s longtime producer Bruce Swedien, who no longer works with the pop star, told me that one track he knows of is a killer. It’s called “Don’t Be Messin’ Around.” Swedien doesn’t know any of the other tracks left off the album but said there may be some out there.
Though I’d much prefer Michael to drop his long-awaited new album sooner rather than later, I guess this will wet the appetite of his fans, whilst re-introducing him to the masses.
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Remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for upcoming competitions…
Though the video for Mary J. Blige’s new single ‘Just Fine’ was set to premiere tomorrow on VH1, it has hit the net a day earlier. I’m really liking what both Mary and director Chris Applebaum came up with; from the concept to Mary’s look to the effects – everything was on-point! The little Michael Jackson homage at the end was a nice touch. With the, somewhat, different sound Mary went for with this song, it’ll be interesting to hear what her forthcoming album ‘Growing Pains’ sounds like.
What do you think of the video?
From the director of YOU GOT SERVED & HOUSE PARTY 4, comes this urban horror/thriller on the order of CABIN FEVER, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, and WRONG TURN. SOMEBODY HELP ME delivers a chill a minute as the story revolves around characters Brendan Young (Marques Houston) and Darryl Jennings (Omarion) as they head off with friends and their respective girlfriends for a weekend stay at a remote cabin in the woods. After the couples settle in and start to enjoy the weekend, things take an eerie turn. On trips into the local town, they start to have strange encounters with some of the townspeople who seem a bit askew. One by one of group ends up missing or dead, while the dwindling group is forced to ban together more and more to figure out who or what is behind the killings. Ultimately, they discover even more than they bargain for in a chilling reveal.
The winner(s) of the competition will receive two tickets each to the screening of the film at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles this Thursday, as well as a chance to personally meet the both Omarion and Marques Houston. All you have to do to enter is to email your full name and mailing address to: [email protected] with ‘Meet Omarion & Marques Houston Comp’ as the title.
Please bare in mind that due to the short notice given, the quicker your entry the better your chances of winning. Competition closes tomorrow! Good luck.
Chi-Town rapper Common really has been bringing ‘it’ with the videos from his current CD ‘Finding Forever’ (released this past July), with his latest offering being ‘I Want You’. Interestingly, the vid was directed by actress Kerry Washington and features cameos from the likes of Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Serena Williams. I’m liking the song and the vid; it’s just a shame that Common doesn’t receive the acclaim he deserves.
What do you think of the video?
Check out songstress Mariah Carey’s appearance on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday (October 22nd) to promote her new fragrance, ‘M By Mariah Carey’.
Mariah spoke with the Associated Press recently regarding her new album. Here’s what she had to say:
“It’s hard for me to sit here and talk about it without sounding like I’m bragging if I’m in love with it, but I’m in love with this album,” she says. “I think that having the success with the last record allowed me to have more freedom and just make records that I like. It’s kind of a really fun record” Mimi’s new CD is out on February 2008.
I’m really hoping she comes with the goods. Sources are claiming that the album’s sound is somewhat different to her last effort, with several rappers reportedly featured. I guess, like the rest, we’ll have to wait to next February.