The late Michael Jackson's This Is It soundtrack will reportedly dominate sales charts next week with nearly 300,000 projected copies in its first seven days.
Along with Jackson, new releases from artists like Tech N9ne and Brian McKnight will reportedly chart.
The late superstar continues to bolster the record business, with the Epic release of the companion album to This Is It hitting retail to the tune of what looks now like around 300k in first-week sales. That would be more than enough for it to debut at #1. Soulbook, a collection of R&B standards featuring duets with Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson, is headed for between 80-85k. Tech N9ne (31-35k) and E1's Brian McKnight (18-22k) will also debut. (Hits Daily Double)
The album's lead single, "This Is It," landed online last week and is the first single from Jackson's This Is It film.
This is it, MJ fans -- the first posthumous single from the King of Pop, pegged to his upcoming two-disc CD and concert documentary of the 50-date London stand that he didn't live to complete. If you think the mid-tempo ballad, with its fingersnaps, soaring chorus and big-build strings, sounds like classic Michael, you'd actually be right -- the song supposedly comes from sessions for his 1991 album Dangerous. (Entertainment Weekly)
A portion of the track was found on another artist's album from 1991.
The co-author of that tune, "My Way" songwriter Paul Anka, threatened to sue Jackson's estate for proper credit and his share of royalties. The administrators of the estate quickly acknowledged Anka's claims and granted him 50% of the copyright. The song dates back to 1983, when it was known as "I Never Heard" -- a co-write between Jackson and Anka -- and intended for inclusion on an Anka album. But the pair fell out, Jackson took the master tapes and Anka got them back. The song was eventually released in 1991 after Anka placed it with a Latin singer named Sa-Fire. Both "I Never Heard" and "This Is It" share the same vocal and piano line, although the latter track boasts new overdubs from Jackson's brothers. (Billboard)
The co-writer also confirmed his role in creating the song, which has led to a 50 percent copyright.
"They realize it's a mistake, they realize it's my song, they realize it's my production of his vocal in my studio and I am getting 50 percent of the whole project, actually, which is fair," Anka said in a video. (TMZ)