Michael Jackson ‘Immortal’ Album to Hit Stores November 21
Great news for Michael Jackson fans! A new album from the King of Pop called 'Immortal' will be in stores on Nov. 21. The record is neither a greatest hits collection nor an album of previously-unreleased material like 2010's 'Michael.'
Instead, 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' will give MJ's music the Cirque du Soleil treatment, with mashups, outtakes and new arrangements of Jackson's familiar hits. Billboard reports that the album will be the official soundtrack to the 'Immortal' Cirque du Soleil show, which just launched this weekend in Montreal.
Fans can expect the soundtrack to take hits like 'Thriller,' 'Beat It' and 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'' in new directions, much like the 'LOVE' show and soundtrack re-imagined the Beatles' catalog. Among the 15 tracks on the standard version of the soundtrack is an alternate recording of the Jackson 5's 'ABC.'
Jamie King, director of the Cirque du Soleil show, said, "The big, iconic songs are there, with some other songs mixed and matched throughout. There's some younger Michael in there as well, 'Ben,' the Motown stuff ... It's a mixed bag of tricks in terms of songs."
The news about 'Immortal' should be a welcome surprise for Michael Jackson fans, who for the past week have been hearing some of the heartbreaking details surrounding his death during the trial of Conrad Murray, the physician accused of administering the dose of propofol that killed the singer in 2009. Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert, which celebrates his life and music, takes place this Saturday.
Billboard also reports that 'Immortal' won't be Jackson's last album. Howard Weitzman, co-manager of the Jackson estate, said there might be a 25th-anniversary package of 'Bad' next year, and another album of previously-unreleased songs could be on the way as well.