UNRELEASED MICHAEL JACKSON SONG “THIS IS IT” TO BE UNVEILED at MIDNIGHT ON OCTOBER 12TH ON MICHAELJACKSON.COM
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT DISCLOSES TRACKLISTING OF MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM THIS IS IT
NEW YORK, NY – At the stroke of 12 a.m. (midnight) EST on October 12th, a never-before released song from Michael Jackson – a single entitled “This Is It” – will be unveiled to the world on www.MichaelJackson.com. “This Is It,” a brand new song, marks yet another exciting moment in music history for one of the world’s most revered artists; featuring backing vocals by Michael’s brothers The Jacksons, the song plays during the closing sequence of Sony Pictures’ forthcoming film MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT and is on the 2-disc CD set Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which is the stand-alone companion to the motion picture. The single artwork – a new photo of Michael taken recently at his Staples Center rehearsals – will also be disclosed.
Later this month, Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia/Epic Label Group will release the two-disc album Michael Jackson’s This Is It internationally on October 26th and North America on October 27th to coincide with the worldwide release of the motion picture, which arrives in theaters on October 28th and runs for a limited two-week engagement.
Disc one features the original album masters of some of Michael’s biggest hits such as “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Human Nature,” and “Thriller” arranged in the same sequence as they appear in the film. The disc ends with two versions of “This Is It,” the original and an orchestral version. “This Is It” is featured in the film’s closing sequence and includes backing vocals by Michael’s brothers, the Jacksons.
Disc two offers fans a rare listen to the early demo versions of classics “She’s Out Of My Life,” “Wanna Be Startin’,” “Somethin’,” and “Beat It.” This disc also features a recently discovered spoken word poem from Michael Jackson entitled “Planet Earth.”
Michael Jackson’s This Is It also includes a 36-page, commemorative booklet featuring exclusive photos of Michael from his last rehearsal.
THIS IS IT – COMPLETE TRACKLISTING
Disc 01 1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2. Jam 3. They Don’t Care About Us 4. Human Nature 5. Smooth Criminal 6. The Way You Make Me Feel 7. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) 8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You 9. Thriller 10. Beat It 11. Black Or White 12. Earth Song 13. Billie Jean 14. Man In The Mirror 15. This Is It 16. This Is It (Orchestra Version)
Disc 02 1. She’s Out Of My Life (Demo) 2. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Demo) 3. Beat It (Demo) 4. Planet Earth (Poem)
The motion picture MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from March through June, 2009, the film is drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson’s creative partner and the director of the stage show, is also directing the film, which is being produced by Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing. For more information about the film please visit www.thisisit-movie.com.