Sony BMG have released the following Press Release, ahead of the forthcoming release of ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008′ from the ‘Thriller 25′ album.
Epic/Legacy and RCA Label Group proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the world’s biggest-selling album of all time, with a new version of the unmistakable classic, Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’. This track is set to become one the big tunes of 2008, with its sacred melody and proven hook.
The never heard before Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 features R&B superstar Akon. The track is produced by both Akon and the legend himself Michael Jackson, who has not worked on new material for over 7 years.
Since the release in February 2008, this new edition of Thriller has been a Top 10 album all over again in nearly every country around the globe, while in the UK it entered the album chart at an impressive No.3 such is the demand for this piece of musical history.
Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 is the second track to be taken from Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition. This includes the original album in its entirety as well as eight bonus tracks and a DVD featuring Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking short films from Thriller (Thriller, Beat It, and Billie Jean) and the artist’s Emmy-nominated breakout performance of Billie Jean from the legendary Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special (first broadcast on May 16, 1983).
The newly expanded version of Thriller premieres five tracks previously unreleased in any form: a new Kanye West remix of Billie Jean; a new 2008 version of Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ with Akon; will.i.am remixes of The Girl Is Mine and P.Y.T.; and For All Time, a rare unreleased cut from the original Thriller recording sessions, newly mixed and mastered by Michael Jackson.
Additional bonus material on this must have package includes Someone In The Dark, Carousel, and Michael Jackson’s original demo recording of Billie Jean.
Additional mixes come courtesy from Johnny Vicious.