It promises to be another big year for Michael Jackson.
The late singer could possibly sell 400,000 copies of his posthumous Epic Records album, “Michael,” in its first week of release starting Dec. 14, according to Billboard.com. It said that Sony, the parent company of Epic, projects that CD sales in the first week could total 340,000 with another 60,000 in the form of digital album sales.
Billboard further reports that music merchants believe that the new album’s sales could be boosted by the song “Breaking News,” which recently garnered some debate on whether Jackson actually sang on the song. "I think people will come out to buy the album, especially with the controversy," Danny Cohen, a music buyer for Edge Entertainment Distribution, told Billboard.
An attorney for Jackson’s estate, however, maintained that the vocal is indeed Jackson’s, said Rolling Stone.
In other related album news, the tracklisting of the new album was revealed on the singer’s official Web site. A track, “Hold My Hand,” a duet with Akon produced in 2007, will be issued as the first single on Monday at 12:01 a.m. EST.
“The world was not ready to hear “Hold My Hand” when it leaked a couple years ago,” said Akon in the statement announcing the tracklisting. “We were devastated about it. But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”
In addition to “Breaking News” and “Hold My Hand,” "Michael" the album also features songs such as “Monster” with 50 Cent, “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” with Lenny Kravitz, and “Best of Joy.”