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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:Nearly five decades of ContinuityPorn in one image.]]²²->''And I'm hoping that my prayers will see''\²''Day that you'll come back to me''\²''But I guess I learned my lesson much too soon...''\²²²''Michael'' is the first posthumous album and eleventh album overall by Music/MichaelJackson, released in late 2010.²²For a time after being acquitted of several child abuse charges, there were rumors that Michael was working on a comeback album and preparing for a world tour. Between 2005 and June 2009, MJ had recorded and produced several songs, some unfinished, with Music/WillIAm of Music/TheBlackEyedPeas, James Porte and Eddie Casico, and was preparing for a 50-show concert series in London's O2 arena titled ''"This Is It"''.²²Tragically, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Michael died from an overdose of Propofol and benzodiazepine on June 25, 2009]], putting a premature (and permanent) end to his plans.²²Inevitably, with the sales of Jackson's discography skyrocketing shortly after his death, his estate made plans to release a selection of the tracks he recorded between 2005 and 2009, as well as others recorded between ''{{Music/Thriller}}'' and ''{{Music/Invincible}}''. {{Music/Dangerous}} producer Teddy Riley was brought on to remix several of the tracks, alongside Neff-U, Tricky Stewart, and Eddie Casico himself. objected to the plans, and blocked the estate from using the tracks he recorded with Michael. Also, Sony released an early version of the album art that featured {{Music/Prince}}'s "Love Symbol", starting speculation that the Purple One had lent his talents to the album's development, but was immediately denied by his camp. Sony scrubbed the symbol from the album art soon after the response.²²On release, ''Michael'' was met with mixed reviews from critics, and controversy from fans over the authenticity of some of the album's tracks. "Breaking News," "Keep Your Head Up", "Monster" and "Hollywood Tonight" were recorded in the basement of Eddie Casico's house during Michael's stay there in 2007 and are credited to him, Casico and James Porte. Many MJ fans have claimed the vocals on the Casico tracks were not genuine and were recorded by an impersonator (the popular target being Italian-American R&B artist and MJ soundalike Jason Malachi). Teddy Riley, who remixed three of the Casico tracks, said the vocals were authentic, but were distorted due to heavy use of AutoTune and Melodyne. This did nothing to appease the fans, to the point where one ''[[ filed a class action lawsuit]]'', and [[CreatorBacklash Riley himself eventually backed down and apologized for working on the album]], claiming that he was "set up".²²Please remember the Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement when adding examples about the controversy to the page, and keep it as neutral as possible.²----²!!Tracklisting:²# "Hold My Hand" (3:32)²# "Hollywood Tonight" (4:30)²# "Keep Your Head Up" (4:49)²# "(I Like) The Way You Love Me" (4:33)²# "Monster" (5:04)²# "Best Of Joy" (3:02)²# "Breaking News" (4:14)²# "(I Can't Make It) Another Day" (3:54)²# "Behind The Mask" (5:01)²# "Much Too Soon" (2:48)²----²!!Examples²* ContinuityPorn: Michael Jackson's career from ''Music/OffTheWall'' and onward is the basis for the cover art, including nods to ''{{Film/Moonwalker}}'' and Neverland Ranch. [[ the full picture]] includes his days with Music/TheJacksonFive, his ''This Is It'' press confrence, and images of his children, parents and other siblings.²* CoverVersion: [[Music/YellowMagicOrchestra "Behind The Mask"]], though some extra lyrics were added by Michael.²* {{Crossover}}: Michael teamed up with Akon and Music/LennyKravitz to make "Hold My Hand" and "(I Can't Make It) Another Day", respectively.²* [[invoked]]CutSong: InvokedTrope, since nearly all of the songs were merely demos before being remixed.²* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Perhaps having the foresight of the many, many accusations of inauthenticity it would receive, the album's pamphlet makes explicit note that it was produced, arranged and performed by The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. ²* {{Paparazzi}}: A recurring theme from MJ since ''Dangerous'', and is discussed in "Breaking News" and "Monster".²* RecordProducer: Teddy Riley returns from ''Dangerous'' and ''Invincible'' to produce three of the Eddie Casico tracks, along with Neff-U, Tricky Stewart, and Eddie Casico himself to flesh out the rest of the album.²* SpiritualSuccessor: Both "Breaking News" and "Monster" continue Michael's commentary on the tabloids from "Tabloid Junkie" and "Privacy".²* UpdatedRerelease: All of the album's tracks were included in the iTunes exlcusive ''Ultimate Fan Extras Collection'', which itself is an updated reissue of the 2004 ''Ultimate Collection''.²* AWildRapperAppears: Music/FiftyCent has a guest verse on "Monster".²----


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