by Ryan Fine
Rumors of a newly released posthumous Michael Jackson album have been circulating wildly over the last couple of days. When a 15-second animated video appeared on the official Michael Jackson Twitter account, the world began preparing itself for something called Scream.
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) September 5, 2017
Several posters were found in Germany that said “Album Out September 29”, which further suggested that we might soon be hearing some unreleased music from the King of Pop.
Now, the Michael Jackson estate has come forward with the full announcement. As it turns out, an album called Scream will in fact be released on September 29, but it will contain no new material from the King of Pop himself. The compilation features songs pulled from classic albums like Thriller, and Bad, and also includes music from Xscape, which remains the only posthumous Michael Jackson album to contain previously unreleased music.
The album is named for the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson duet of the same name, which appears as the eighth track on the album. The only unheard music on the compilation is a mash-up of the songs “Blood On the Dance Floor” and “Dangerous”, made by electronic duo The White Panda.
The physical release of Scream will come in the form of CDs and glow-in-the-dark vinyl on October 27 via Epic/Legacy recordings. The track list is as follows:
- This Place Hotel
- Blood on the Dance Floor
- Somebody’s Watching Me
- Dirty Diana
- Leave Me Alone
Bonus Track: Blood On the Dance Floor x Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)
Jeremy is a News Journalism and Telecommunications Major and aPolitical Science and American History Minor. Jeremy is serves as Byte’s News Editor (2017-2019). He also writes reviews, features, and guest stars on podcasts.