Fans of Michael Jackson may have something beyond warmer weather to look forward to this year: more unreleased music.
Today, at a global conference in Barcelona unveiling their new Xperia Z2 mobile phone, Epic Records/Sony Music unveiled a new advertisement for the product that featured an newly-mixed Michael Jackson outtake, “Slave to the Rhythm.” Hardcore fans will recognize the track as first conceived during the sessions to 1991’s Dangerous and considered for release as recently as on Invincible, the last album released in Jackson’s lifetime, in 2001. (A remix of the track featuring troubled pop star Justin Bieber made its way online last year; Jackson’s estate was quick to distance themselves from the mix.)
Beyond the 90-second advertisement embedded above, no further clarification toward future projects has been made. Last year, rumors swirled of a forthcoming album featuring outtakes assembled by producer Timbaland.
A future solo album would be the seventh release from Sony Music since Jackson’s passing in June 2009. By the holiday season, Epic had released a companion soundtrack to the half-concert film/half-documentary This is It, chronicling the rehearsals for 50-date tour Jackson was set to undertake in London. A “new” album, the ill-received Michael, dropped in 2010, while Legacy released Michael Jackson’s Vision, a triple-disc DVD collection of Jackson’s short films for MTV, that same quarter. The following year, a Cirque du Soleil production yielded a new remix album of Jackson’s music, Immortal. 2012 saw the release of the most archival title to date, a celebration of Bad‘s 25th anniversary in 2012 with a 3CD/1DVD box set and Spike Lee-directed documentary. Last summer, the King of Pop’s Epic solo catalogue was released as “Mastered for iTunes,” alongside a rarity-packed digital box set.
Without question, The Second Disc will bring you confirmation of an album as it’s available.