Michael Jackson's new single, 'This Is It': Stream it here

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.

Some listeners may pick up shades of  “Will You Be There” (also from Dangerous) in the melody, but the song still stands alone as a new release — and reminds us of the singular pop talent Jackson possessed. Listen below (after a 30-second ad for the film), and tell us what you think:

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  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    Michael Jackson died??? OMG!!!! I can’t believe this.

    • S

      You didn’t?????
      Where have you been????

  • KMD

    I love MJ and as a proven perfectionist, I don’t think he would have approved. There was a reason this song was left off of the album. Total letdown.

  • Eliza Hunt

    I’d like it better if the Jackson brothers’ backup wasn’t so prominent – more Michael, less brothers.

  • Big E

    Classic Michael. I am excited to see the movie at the end of the month!!

  • kay

    I agree KMD! I am his biggest fan no doubt but I don’t think this would’ve been one he would’ve wanted out there! Not saying its horrible just saying you can tell it’s not finished they way he would of liked!

  • Abid_hassan

    oohh,…..this is really great.

  • EC NY

    This song is good, but not great. Michael’s vocal is amazing. He had a truly amazing singing voice. His voice is his instruments and he took good care of his voice.

    This song doesn’t have Michael’s magic touch. I don’t think Michael would have released the song in this current form. Clearly, this song was a demo and an outake.

    As a fan of Michael, I will buy the album. But, I have to express my disappointment toward SONY(not Michael). SONY, please please respect Michael Jackson’s legacy. Please stop putting yet annother “greatest hits” albums. Most fans have the entire Michael Jackson catalog. I personally have everything from Off The Wall to Invincible. I pre-order This Is It solely for this new song and the spoken poem. I don’t think Michael would have approved of this album format.

    SONY, please spend some time to research the archive and carefully select the “unreleased” tracks and compile a true album. Please respect and preserve Michael Jackson’s legacy.

    SONY, you failed Michael when he was alive. Please don’t fail him again!

    Michael Jackson, our true King of Music and Dance, may you rest in peace. We love you and miss you!

  • gerritv

    The vocal sounds like a very rough cut of a potential MJ song that someone added overproduced backing tracks to so it could become a song.

    Sounds nothing like anything Michael would have approved.

    It’s a shame really, more dead Michael money mongering. . .

  • Nikki

    This song is beautiful, but I would have preferred a fast, upbeat song. But overall, it’s great. I can’t wait for the film!

  • guillermo partida

    it wasnt really that great,good voice though

  • Monica Simonds

    I don’t think this song is from the 1991 “Dangerous” sessions – it sounds MUCH older than that (around mid-’70’s) and MJ’s brothers had stopped singing back up for him YEARS before “Dangerous” was recorded.

    It’s a pleasant enough song but, let’s be honest here – it was only released because its title just happens to coincide with the aborted tour and upcoming movie.

    I’m all for posthumous MJrecords – but, we should do better than this.

    • theJuanStar

      The brothers’ vocal was recorded recently for the single.

  • gigi

    hmmm…the songs okay. Sounds like all the other MJ ballads, but I guess that’s his signature sound.

  • kaye

    Sounds like a “not quite ready to be released” Michael Jackson song. He sounds good, a little heavy on the backup though. It makes me sad to think that none of us will ever hear another “new” Michael Jackson creation, and that’s a bad thing.

  • sweetmsroslyn

    Not bad for a Ballard…sounds good.

  • mj

    it is amzing i love it cant wait for the movie going to see nov 1 with al my bffs

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