On his signature
song 'Thriller,' Michael Jackson sang about things that came back from the grave. You can add his recording career
to the list.
On Dec. 14, 'the King of Pop' will resurface with a new album titled 'Michael.' The set features 10 songs that were completed after the singer's death in 2009 at the age of 50.
Sony Corp.'s Epic Records plans to ship nearly one million copies of the record to stores, according to Billboard magazine. Mr. Jackson's estate
has earned about $275 million over the past year, according to a person familiar with the matter. The estate
came largely from its deal with Sony Music, the film 'This Is It,' and from music-publishing revenue
据Billboard杂志称，索尼公司（Sony Corp）旗下史诗唱片（Epic Records）计划这张专辑的发售量为100万张。知情人士说，杰克逊遗产管理公司去年获得了约2.75亿美元的收入。这些收入大部分来自与索尼音乐公司（Sony Music）的交易、《天王终点》（This Is It）演唱会电影收入和音乐出版收入。
John Branca, a co-manager of the Jackson estate
, said that after making 'This Is It,' a wealth
of unreleased material surfaced. 'It would have been a sin to leave it in the vaults,' Mr. Branca said.
Some of the songs on 'Michael' were originally
recorded in the New Jersey home of the Cascios -- a family Mr. Jackson stayed with in 2007 -- an informalarrangement
that spurred some critics and fans to question the authenticity of the tracks.
Representatives of the estate
said they verified that the tracks used on 'Michael' really featured his voice by playing them for musical
experts, including producers who had worked with Mr. Jackson.
Mr. Branca said Mr. Jackson left behind numerous vocal tracks and 'in terms of material that we might feel comfortable releasing,' there is enough for another album, in addition
Singer-songwriter Akon, who co-produced the first single off 'Michael,' titled 'Hold My Hand,' said the song was essentially
completed before Mr. Jackson passed away. The theme of the composition
, Akon said, captured the way that Mr. Jackson wanted to relaunch his career
. 'He wanted to come back with records that would bring the world together,' said Akon, who also sang on the track.
《迈克尔》中第一首歌《握住我的是手》（Hold My Hand）是由创作歌手阿肯（Akon）联合制作的，他在这首歌中也有演唱。
Producer Teddy Riley, who worked on several songs on the new record, said that the tracks Mr. Jackson left behind were in various stages of completion
. To prepare them, Mr. Riley added drums and sound effects and did some remixing.