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    Every Project Michael Jackson’s Estate Has Released Since His Death

    Don’t stop ’til you get enough! Since Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009, his estate has kept his legacy alive by treating fans to a number of posthumous projects.

    Over the past decade-plus, the estate — which entertainment lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain oversee — has released two albums of unreleased material in addition to creating a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows, among other ventures celebrating the King of Pop.

    Branca had worked with Jackson throughout the 1980s, guiding him through career highlights including his “Thriller” music video and subsequent Bad tour. After the entertainer died at the age of 50, the attorney helped transform the massive debt that Jackson had accrued over time into a fortune. (The Associated Press reported in June 2019 that Jackson owed nearly $500 million when he died. His estate has since reportedly grossed nearly $2 billion.)

    Although the money has continued to roll in, making Jackson out-earn most living artists, there have been plenty of controversies along the way. After his 2010 posthumous album, Michael, was released, the Grammy winner’s mother, Katherine Jackson, children Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson, sister La Toya Jackson and other family members questioned the authenticity of the vocals on some songs. And nearly nine years later, two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland that they had been sexually abused by the late singer as children. Michael, who was tried and acquitted on separate molestation charges in 2005, maintained his innocence until his death.

    Despite the scandal, Michael’s popularity around the world has hardly wavered. In 2021, his estate plans to launch a Broadway musical featuring his biggest songs.

    “Like one of those tropical storms, it’s passed,” Branca told the AP. “Michael Jackson is alive and well and living everywhere in the world.”

    Scroll down to see every project Michael’s estate has released since his death.



    ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’


    The documentary chronicling Michael’s rehearsals for his planned This Is It residency premiered in October 2009, giving fans an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the show that never was. The Kenny Ortega-directed film, which some family members did not support, became the highest-grossing documentary of all time. The accompanying soundtrack included an unreleased song, also titled “This Is It.”



    ‘Michael Jackson: The Experience’

    The estate teamed up with Ubisoft in November 2010 to release a video game that allowed players to dance to Michael’s greatest hits through the years. It was available for platforms including Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.



    ‘Michael’

    In December 2010, the estate released Michael’s first official posthumous album, which included the Akon-featured single “Hold My Hand.” Michael recorded the never-before-heard tracks between 1982 and 2009. After the release, fans and relatives accused producers of using a sound-alike to complete three of the songs: “Breaking News,” “Keep Your Head Up” and the 50 Cent-assisted “Monster.” Sony Music Entertainment denied the speculation.



    Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’

    The first Cirque du Soleil production featuring Michael’s music launched in October 2011 and ran through August 2014. It toured across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, amassing $371 million in revenue. An album featuring remixes from the show was released in November 2011.



    ‘Bad 25’

    To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Michael’s seventh album, Bad, his estate released a special edition in September 2012 featuring unreleased songs, demos and remixes. It also included a DVD of his July 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium in London, which Princess Diana and Princes Charles attended.



    ‘Michael Jackson: One’

    Cirque du Soleil’s second Michael-themed show premiered in May 2013. Unlike the Immortal tour, the ongoing production is only performed at one location: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.



    ‘Xscape’

    Michael’s second posthumous album came out in May 2014 and was met with critical acclaim. Its lead single, “Love Never Felt So Good” featuring Justin Timberlake, reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The eight songs were recorded between 1983 and 1999 and reworked by producers including L.A. Reid and Timbaland.



    ‘Scream’


    The estate released the Halloween-themed compilation album in September 2017, packaging together spooky, previously released songs such as “Thriller,” “Somebody’s Watching Me” and “Ghosts.”



    ‘MJ: The Musical’

    Michael’s family announced in June 2018 that it was working on a jukebox musical telling the story of his life with more than 25 hits. The show was set to premiere on Broadway in the summer of 2020 but has been postponed to March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Source: https://www.usmagazine.com/entertain...j-the-musical/

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    The only good thing they've done in eleven years is the Cirque shows. Saw both in Vegas and they were fantastic. Otherwise they've been dicking his legacy around and not truly giving the fans everything they want for majority of it. The fans have done more for sustaining his legacy in the same amount of time the Estate has messed it up.

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    They forgot about "Vision", which was nice, but remastering and the absence of "HIStory (Remix)" short film sucked.

    „Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”

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    I've barely been looking out for new MJ Estate releases since about 2016, when it became obvious that there wasn't going to be an imminent Xscape follow-up or anything else worth getting properly excited about. The Scream compilation was desultory, that This Is It vinyl set tacky-looking and wildly overpriced. Meanwhile, the Prince Estate has been more-or-less doing precisely the kind of thing the 2009-spec me was expecting the MJ Estate to go on to do - generally tastefully judged, fun and comprehensive releases.

    The MJ Estate could win me back with some big Jacksons-related releases, or something else properly meaty from that late '70s/early '80s era... that doesn't seem to be anywhere near being on the horizon, though. Ah well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenMcNuggets View Post
    I've barely been looking out for new MJ Estate releases since about 2016, when it became obvious that there wasn't going to be an imminent Xscape follow-up or anything else worth getting properly excited about. The Scream compilation was desultory, that This Is It vinyl set tacky-looking and wildly overpriced. Meanwhile, the Prince Estate has been more-or-less doing precisely the kind of thing the 2009-spec me was expecting the MJ Estate to go on to do - generally tastefully judged, fun and comprehensive releases.

    The MJ Estate could win me back with some big Jacksons-related releases, or something else properly meaty from that late '70s/early '80s era... that doesn't seem to be anywhere near being on the horizon, though. Ah well.
    I would never imagine MJ's Estate ever having the generosity Prince's Estate does. They wanted the Sony/ATV publishing catalog out of Michael's hands and back with Sony. That was their main goal as executors of his estate. Now that they accomplished that they will do whatever they so please,regardless of how it benefits Michael's brand or legacy. I won't ever count on an Estate release to occur ever again until Branca & McClain are ousted as executors or their eventual deaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetlovers1224 View Post
    I won't ever count on an Estate release to occur ever again until Branca & McClain are ousted as executors or their eventual deaths.
    I really get the feeling that these two didn't like MJ and don't think I'm alone in that as a lot of people who worked with him have said they want nothing to do with the estate whilst these two are in charge. Speculation aside you can tell by the ways things have been handled there ain't no love there because its all been so sloppy with no care or attention as it all screams "quick cash in" again and again.

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