Michael Jackson is dead. But the dream lives on! The dream being finding ways to cash in on a body that essentially checked out long before this year. Depending on who you ask, Jacko was either on the verge of a massive comeback or an incapacitated zombie clown floating through life on a demerol carpet. But this much is certain: There were going to be comeback shows, and people were going to pay all the money to see them. Since that won’t happen, the new plan is to do a limited-run screening of a documentary incorporating footage from the stage show’s rehearsals and a companion album with demos and this wholesome and return-to-formish smooth new love song, the title track to the film titled Michael Jackson’s This Is It. (The Jackson brothers are on backing vocals.) This is it:
The Michael Jackson’s This Is It documentary opens 10/28 for a limited two-week run, and its companion album is out on CD 10/27, and vinyl 11/10, via Sony. It features demo recordings, “songs that inspired the film,” and two versions of “This Is It.” Help the Jackson estate sort its financial drama by buying it at michaeljackson.com.