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.

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:

    1. This Place Hotel
    2. Thriller
    3. Blood on the Dance Floor
    4. Somebody’s Watching Me
    5. Dirty Diana
    6. Torture
    7. Leave Me Alone
    8. Scream
    9. Dangerous
    10. Unbreakable
    11. Xscape
    12. Threatened
    13. Ghosts

Bonus Track: Blood On the Dance Floor x Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)


Sources: Paste, StereoGum, Rolling Stone

Images: Twitter, InstagramFanpop

Jeremy is junior majoring in News Journalism and Telecommunications and minoring in Political Science and American History. Though he is Byte’s Senior News Editor, he also writes reviews, features, and guest stars on podcasts.

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