Michael Jackson had a wealth of unreleased songs in the vaults at the time of his death last year, but very little has since seen the light of day. Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, who worked with the King of Pop on his 2001 album Invincible, revealed that he is about to work on a project with unreleased material from Jackson.
“I’m about to work on an unreleased project that we’re talking about doing right now,” Darkchild revealed in a chat with VladTV. “It’s definitely going to come, but it takes time. You got to do a lot of the red tape but there’s definitely going to be an unreleased Michael Jackson [album]. There’s definitely going to be stuff to come and hopefully I’ll be a part of that.”
Darkchild later spoke about how working with the entertainer had always been a childhood dream of his.
“It was a blessing. It was definitely a goal of mine as a kid. When I first wanted to be producer, at 11 years old, on a little piece of paper [I] was like, ’One day I wanna work with Michael Jackson.’ I just believe that God granted my wish,” he said. “I had the chance to work with him. We became friends. Of course, we miss him dearly. He was truly the greatest.”
Last year, former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola revealed to Time magazine that unpublished Jackson music could date back decades . “Let’s say 12 or 13 songs end up on the album; Michael could have possibly recorded 15, 20 or 30 songs,” Mottola explained. “This would probably go for every album he recorded and probably predating [Sony] to his Motown days.”
Jackson was reportedly working on a comeback album at the time of his death with contemporary R&B producers like Akon, Ne-Yo and Will.I.Am . He was also in talks to hit the studio with everybody from Kanye West to T-Pain to Chris Brown.
Based on a recent report from Reuters, more music from Jackson would only further increase music sales for the singer. The entertainer’s music has raked in $430 million in sales since June 2009.
An album wasn’t the only unfinished project Jackson had on his plate at the time of his death last June. The King of Pop had asked then-newcomer Lady Gaga to open his This Is It shows in London. “I guess I can speak about it now. I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour. We were going to open for him at the O2,” she revealed earlier this year.
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