Monday, November 5, 2007

Michael Jackson Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition

I don't yet have offical U.S. record company information on this, but there was a recent FOXNews report talking about some details on the soon-to-be released 25th Anniversary Edition of Michael Jackson's famed Thriller album.

The original album was released on December 1st, 1982, and the new 25th Anniversary Edition will include four of the original "Thriller" tracks that are being remixed as "extras" for the CD package. Kanye West, Akon and of the Black Eyed Peas are supposed to be doing that work. The songs are "Billie Jean," "The Girl Is Mine," "Wanna Be Starting Something" and "Pretty Young Thing."

Also, four tracks left off "Thriller" in 1982 will be included. Jackson’s longtime producer Bruce Swedien, who no longer works with the pop star, has said that one track he knows of is a killer. It’s called "Don’t Be Messin’ Around."

"Thriller 25" will be issued by Sony because it’s part of that catalog. But Jackson has no recording contract and, frankly, no interest from record companies.

Even though SonyBMG in the U.S. has no information at this time, SonyBMG in Australia does and has listed this album as being released as of this past Saturday (Saturday release date??). Not sure if that actually happened. HMV in the UK has the release for next Monday, November 12, 2007. In Sweden, it appears Thriller 25 will include a DVD and is released today.

Meanwhile, the Ringle for the track "Thriller" in the US seems to have been cancelled:

Michael Jackson was in Brooklyn, New York, recently to shoot a cover for Ebony magazine's upcoming issue, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the world's best-selling album of all time: 'Thriller.'

IMHO... I suspect a 2008 release on this.

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