Michael Jackson's Estate Planning More Posthumous Music
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.09.2014
As many as eight albums...
I hope you're not sick of Michael Jackson posthumous albums, because there could be as many as eight more on the way. Rolling Stone reports that the Michael Jackson estate is planning to continue putting out content from the late singer that include as many as eight more albums taken from "outtakes and repackaged material." Producer Rodney Jerkins, who worked on Xscape, told the site, "We got more surprises coming."
The site notes that Xscape didn't have quite the sales mark that the estate was hoping for, with a #2 placement in its debut behind The Black Keys and a hefty second-week drop. However, the estate has earned $600 million since his 2009 passing due to projects like Cirque du Soleil's Immortal tour along with a $250 million deal with Sony Music for the new albums. Former Epic Records executive Dan Beck, who worked closely with Jackson, said of Sony and the estate, "They've done a very good job – think of how dysfunctional it could be. We may not like particular elements of it, but Michael made the music, and they've kept that going."
Of course there was also the holographic performance of "Slave to the Rhythm" at the Billboard Music Awards, which is rumored to be going on tour. While reps from the estate didn't say how many usable songs Jackson left on the the shelf, he was famous for overrecording songs. As Jackson's engineer Matt Forger said, "It was frequent that Michael would record songs and put them on the shelf." It is believed that as many as twenty or more songs are in the estate's vault.