Michael Jackson hits reworked for 'Immortal' album, due in November [updated]
As the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's former physician Conrad Murray continues to make headlines, the late king of pop's estate and Epic Records are moving forward with Jackson's third posthumous album, "Immortal."
The album, which is slated to hit stores Nov. 21, is a soundtrack to the new Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. Described as a "musical tapestry," the soundtrack will feature reworked versions of some of Jackson's classic hits, mash-ups and never-before-released outtakes, a la the Beatles' reworked album "Love."
[For the record: An earlier version of this post referred to “Immortal” as Jackson’s second posthumous album. “Immortal” would be the third posthumous album from the Jackson estate released through Epic Records. Other Jackson albums have been released posthumously by other labels.]
“Michael's legacy as the greatest entertainer of our lifetime is inspiring beyond words. It was clear from the start that Michael's voice and overall musical essence was the sole/soul source of creative energy driving the project," musical designer Kevin Antunes said in a statement.
Antunes spent a year in the studio working Jackson’s original masters for the soundtrack, which will feature outtakes, including an alternate take on the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and a choir-led version of “They Don’t Care About Us.”
The collection will, naturally, come in several editions, one of which will be a deluxe $50 bundle that features the CD, a T-shirt and show program.
The Cirque du Soleil production "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" opened in Montreal on Sunday. The show combines Jackson's choreography, music and videos with the acrobatic troupe's signature big-budget spectacle. The tour will travel to 27 cities across North America and reach Los Angeles' Staples Center and Anaheim's Honda Center in January. There will be an extended stay in Las Vegas in December.
Jackson's first posthumous album, "Michael," was released in December.
Check out footage from the show after the jump:
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Artwork for Michael Jackson "Immortal." Credit: Epic Records