Before his untimely death, Michael Jackson was often portrayed as a wild and fascinating character by the media. Amidst circulating accusations in the years before his passing, Michael was often times vilified by those in the press. It’s interesting how the tables have turned since Michael left the planet in June 2009. Suddenly every major media outlet took part in mass remembrance, praising the King Of Pop as one of the greatest musical icons of our time.
With his first posthumous album on the horizon, Sony Music unveiled the lead single from Michael, entitled “Breaking News.” Recorded in 2007 at a friend’s house in New Jersey, “Breaking News” features the Thriller creator lashing out at the paparazzi and media. The song opens with news outlet snippets of taken from periods of Jackson’s life, dispersed with clips taken after his death. Over a poppy production that sounds like a minimized version of Britney Spear’s “Toxic,” Michael ponders to the public, “who is the boogeyman you’re thinking of?” At one point, the pop sensation ominously asserts, “they want to write my obituary,” before his layered vocals push through the chorus.
This is quite an interesting song. I’m not crazy about it, and for all we know, Michael may have never intended on releasing it. Let me know what you think. Michael hits stores December 14th and is currently available for pre-order via Sony Digital. The physical pre-order offers an accompanying t-shirt with the purchase. Currently no info on the producers contributing to the project is available.