How could someone who's been dead for over a year release a new record? The simple answer would likely be that the people who have control over any remaining recorded material are hungry for the money that accompanies anything involving Michael Jackson's name.
Rolling Stone reports that the King of Pop has a slew of unreleased music, most of which was recorded during his peak. How does this happen?
Rolling Stone quotes Tommy Mottola, the former Sony Music SEO as saying, "Every time that [Jackson] recorded, he over-recorded. He would record anywhere from 20 to 30 songs for each album...Any of them could have been as big a hit as the ones that came out.".
They also mention that one of the more notable recordings is "Don't Be Messin' Around," which didn't quite make it onto Thriller. He also recorded five songs with Will.i.am that fans are hoping will make the cut.
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And apparently, this album is just the first in a series of ten projects, set to be stretched out over seven years. Oh yeah -- don't worry. Michael Jackson: The Video Game is due out by the end of the year.
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