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The tenth full-length studio album by legendary American Funk/Soul/Pop singer.
First posthumous album with previously unreleased tracks. It is the first release of all-new Jackson material since "Invincible" in 2001 and the seventh since Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.
The majority of the songs on the album are songs that were written and recorded during the "Invincible" era and onwards. The album contains two songs that were written during the "Thriller era", "Behind the Mask" and "Much Too Soon". The song "(I Like) The Way You Love Me" previously appeared on "The Ultimate Collection" (2004) with the title "The Way You Love Me" as an unreleased track. For "Michael", the song has been re-arranged and more vocals have been added. The song "Best of Joy" is one of the last that Michael recorded during his lifetime, having written and recorded it in 2009, the year of his death.
Prior to the album's release, a lawyer for Jackson's father Joe stated that Jackson was a perfectionist and "would never have wanted his unfinished material to be released". Jackson collaborator will.i.am said it was "disrespectful" to release the material, as Jackson was not able to approve it. The album drew controversy over the authenticity of some vocals. The authenticity of the vocals on the tracks "Breaking News", "Keep Your Head Up", and "Monster" is still in doubt.
"Michael" debuted at number one in Germany, selling 85 000 copies in its first week. The album also debuted at number one in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In the US, it debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 228 000 copies, followed by 150 000 the next week. In Denmark, the album debuted at number four, selling 4 936 copies in its first week. On December 19, 2010, the album opened in the UK at number four with sales of 113 000, which was Michael Jackson's biggest opening sales week in the UK since the release of "Dangerous" nearly 20 years before. In its first five weeks, the album sold over 434 000 copies in the United States. In the same week, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipping over a million copies. "Michael" received numerous Gold and Platinum certifications worldwide.
MJJ Productions Inc./Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment, (88697 82867 2). Made in EU. First press.
1. Hold My Hand [Duet With Akon] 3:33
2. Hollywood Tonight 4:31
3. Keep Your Head Up 4:51
4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me 4:34
5. Monster [Feat. 50 Cent] 5:05
6. Best Of Joy 3:03
7. Breaking News 4:14
8. (I Can't Make It) Another Day [Feat. Lenny Kravitz] 3:55
9. Behind The Mask 5:02
10. Much Too Soon 2:48
Total playing time: 41:38 min.