Sony Music Says No More ‘Full-Fledged’ Michael Jackson Albums — At Least for Now

Michael, the 2010 posthumous Michael Jackson album that allegedly contains tracks sung by an imposter. Just recently, a judge absolved Sony Music of any responsibility in the matter.

Michael, the 2010 posthumous Michael Jackson album that allegedly contains tracks sung by an imposter. Just recently, a judge absolved Sony Music of any responsibility in the matter.

When can we expect a new album from the late Michael Jackson? Not anytime soon, says Sony Music’s CEO.

Perhaps the label is tapping the brakes on releasing music from the late pop singer.  Sony Music’s 2010 album Michael prompted a hardcore fan to launch a class action lawsuit in 2014, alleging that three songs on the album were from an impersonator rather than Jackson himself.

A California judge cleared both Sony and Jackson’s estate on August 29th, stating that neither the label nor the estate knew for sure whether the vocals were authentic.  The suit will continue with Sony and Jackson’s estate removed as defendants, though producers of the album remain on the hook.

That was a close one — though probably a nerve-racking episode for Sony.

So what’s next on the docket from Jackson’s recorded materials?  Nothing at the moment, according to Sony Music Entertainment chief executive Rob Stringer.

“We’re constantly scouring the catalog for ideas, but there are no plans at the moment to put any more full-fledged albums out,” Stringer relayed.  “We are looking at one-off songs, and in this streaming world that works because it’s a track-based world.

“There are a few gems out there that we may unearth individually over the next months and years, but we’re also very, very careful to make sure the fan base doesn’t feel like they’ve been asked yet again to buy material they have.”

The Jackson estate has been receptive to artists making compilation tracks featuring Michael’s vocals, as evidenced by Drake’s usage of an unreleased Jackson vocal on his album Scorpion, which debuted this June.

According to reports, the track used in the album came from a 1983 session involving Jackson and Paul Anka.  The unreleased track was floated to several artists before Drake used the clip after hearing it.  While no new material is planned under Sony’s umbrella, that doesn’t mean fans won’t have anything new from Michael to enjoy.

Collaborators like Mark Ronson continue to honor the king of pop’s memory.

The superstar producer just released a ‘Diamonds Are Invincible’ remix in honor of Jackson’s 60th birthday.  The five-minute track weaves together hits like ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Smooth Criminal,’ ‘The Way You Make Me Feel,’ ‘Human Nature,’ and more to create a haunting experience.

Well worth the listen.

16 Responses

  1. pearljr

    Michael Jackson Ain’t Dead!

    ~No name on crypt
    ~Forest Lawn Mortuary has stated throughout the years we don’t have MJ’s body & have never had it.
    ~death certificate invalid and in wrong name
    ~no record of MJ at Coroner’s office under # given out at Murray trial
    ~no record of MJ at UCLA Medical Center
    ~verdict in the Murray trial calls him an alleged victim on alleged date, which screams the California judicial system never confirmed that dead body to be MJ, plus so much more!

    Docs prove Michael Jackson faked his death. After an 8+ year investigation his “death” is nothing but smoke & mirrors, like a magnificent magic trick. Learn more here: http://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/alive2michaeljackson

    and http://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/aliveiiimichaeljackson

    and http://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/improvedalive1

    or order the DVD here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Alive-Trilogy-Michael-Jackson-Documentaries/dp/B07235HMKD

  2. Frank N. Furter

    Crikey, the above comment is bizarre..

    Anyway, on the subject of this catalog of works.. it’s been over done, milked as much as possible and it’s time to move on..

  3. Captain obvious

    If you all wanted new Michael Jackson songs so badly why didn’t you encourage him, or at the very least, peacefully allow him to work and offer you new material while he was alive… instead of mocking, abusing, and ridiculing the man to death? Now he’s gone and everyone wishes there were new Michael Jackson songs. Well there aren’t. & there never will be again. He’s gone. Bc you killed him, you idiots.

    • THE CITIZEN

      FUCK U ASSHOLES KING OF POP STILL IS THE TOP 3 BEST ARTISTS OF ALL TIME SEE THE FACTS

      • Willis

        King of flop is head like your head. He is forever known as a dead pedo junky.

      • Willis

        Illiterate mong. You’re just a typical trailer trash twat without a clue. Shame on your momma for rearing such a filthy fanatic. Shut your caps off loser.

    • Vitaly

      Umm actually that family that accused him of being a pedofile came out and said that ut wasn’t true and that they just wanted money…so stfu with you dumbass and go read a little more before you start babbling about shit you don’t know

      • Willis

        No they didn’t. Your stupid lie was debunked a million times. You’re deluded deranged pedo lover. Practice what you preach swilling swine. You don’t know shite ever. Wacko willingly paid 23 million to his victims. Moron!

        • Anna

          Skoro twoja świadomość ma się tak dobrze to bez problemu zrozumiesz tą wiadomość, a jak nie, to czas najwyższy poćwiczyć uważność i et cetera. Nie jesteś taki anonimowy jak się tobie wydaje 😉 to są nadal pomówienia i można doczekać się pozwu do sądu Amen (Gdziekolwiek jesteś i cokolwiek robisz, bądź dobry)

          God Bless You