MJWN have attended an exclusive hearing of three songs from Michael’s forthcoming 25th Anniversary Edition of Thriller.
The three tracks played at Sony BMG’s headquarters in London were ‘The Girl Is Mine’ performed by Michael and Will.I.Am, ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” performed by Akon and the un-released track ‘For All Time’. Below is a review of what we heard and some never before released details.
‘The Girl Is Mine’ – We can exclusively reveal that ‘The Girl Is Mine’ will be released as a digital single on January 14th 2008, followed two weeks later on January 28th 2008 by a three track CD version.
The song, credited as a remix by Michael Jackson and Will.I.Am, has a heavy beat and Paul McCartney’s vocals from the original song have been removed. New unheard vocals from Michael also appear at the end of the song. The song is just over three minutes in length. It’s absolutely FANTASTIC and could easily be a number one single. Probably the best re-mix to be given to a Michael song.
‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” – Akon has given this classic song a new modern touch. It’s predominately a cover (rather than remix) with Michael providing backing vocals and one verse.
‘For All Time’ – This is a wonderful ballad with loads of emotion driving through it. Many know that it has unfortunately been leaked in the past. For those who have heard this version around the Internet, this is the same version but re-mastered to sound brilliant as well as featuring a bridge in the song that has previously not been heard. The song is just over four minutes in length.
The album will be released in four different ways:
Classic CD Edition: This will be an audio CD featuring the tracklist as per the Press Release. It will have a cardboard slip on case with the traditional ‘Thriller’ picture. The only twist will be that it is a holographic cover.
Zombie CD Edition: The content is identical to the Classic Edition, but has the famous picture of Michael with the zombies around him as the slip on case display. This will also be a holographic cover.
Deluxe Limited Edition: This comes as a hardbound book, containing the same CD and DVD as above. However, it will also come with a booklet containing more photos and extra content. This will be limited to only 20,000 copies.
12″ Vinyl: The album will be released as a gatefold double LP. A must have for all collectors!
As well as planned posters and radio advertising, the album will get a thirty second TV advert; the first time ‘Thriller’ has ever been advertised on TV. The advertisements are due to start on February 11th 2008.
The single ‘The Girl Is Mine’ will get its first radio airplay on the same day as the digital release, January 14th 2008.
The Classic and Zombie CD Editions, with an audio CD and DVD, will be printed up to near the end of 2008. They then plan to revert to just the audio version of the CD being sold.