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An Unreleased Michael Jackson Album Up For Auction

An Unreleased Michael Jackson Album Up For Auction

According to Billboard, a CD of several unreleased Michael Jackson songs will make its way to the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction house.

The report reads that “Lot #236″ will make one fan very happy, as it contains songs from the legendary King of Pop by purchasing the body of work, handwritten with the world Bible on the front.

The work is described as “Michael Jackson’s personally owned copy of his final album consisting of 12 finished tracks, all with finished vocals.”

According to a close friend/personal assistant of the musician, the album is described as being in “very good condition.” The auction will begin on Jul. 19, and will conclude on Jul. 28. There is a minimum bid of $50,000 for items.

The latest Jackson album is one of many items of pop memorabilia obtained by Gotta Have Rock and Roll for the upcoming sale. Other Jackson items include hand-drawn self-portraits, clothing, his “personally owned teddy bear” and a “Best Daddy in the World” Oscar statuette given by his children.

The auction will also include the handwritten letter Tupac sent to Madonna while in prison in 1995 in which the rapper discusses the reasons for their breakup. That letter is expected to sell for over $100,000.

Two albums of Jacksons’ songs have come out since his death in 2009. The first, Michael, was a source of controversy: several longtime Jackson associates believed that the vocals on some songs – notably “Breaking News,” included again on this album for auction – did not actually belong to the King of Pop. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Will.i.am, who worked with Jackson during the 2000s, said the new record was “not Michael Jackson,” before adding flatly, “it disgusts me.” Jackson’s brother Randy also questioned the authenticity of the vocals.

In response to these concerns, Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, went so far as to release a statement saying that “one of the best-known forensic musicologists in the nation” – Weitzman did not name the investigator – had determined that the vocals belonged to Jackson.

The follow-up album, 2014’s Xscape, did not set off as many high-profile arguments. A-list producers like Timbaland, Stargate and Darkchild filled out tracks that Jackson started between 1983 and 1999. Lead single “Love Never Felt so Good” climbed to Number Nine on the Hot 100.

Michael Jackson Unreleased Album Track List

1. “Monster”
2. “Breaking News”
3. “Stay”
4. “Keep Your Head Up”
5. “Everything’s Just Fine”
6. “Black Widow”
7. “Burn Tonight”
8. “All I Need”
9. “Water”
10. “Let Me Fall in Love”
11. “Ready to Win”
12. “Soldier Boy”

Whyte Daniel

July 13th, 2017

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