Michael Jackson ‘This is It’ Leaks

Check out a 43 second clip of Michael Jackson’s posthumous single, “This Is It” from TMZ.

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Michael Jackson’s days as an innovator were clearly over, but it would have been interesting to see if Jackson could have pulled off the comeback he was working so feverishly for at the time of his death.

It’s hard to imagine Jackson would have been able to manage a grueling tour schedule with his drug problems.

So, Michael checks out before he’s got the chance to fail, leaving the public to wonder what could have been…

The full song will debut on Michaeljackson.com tonight. A world-wide release of the documentary, This is It, detailing the last days of Michael Jackson, begins a two-week run on October 28.

UPDATE: You can stream the song now on MichaelJackson.com.

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50 Comments

  1. Makes me said for what could have been :( I still get choked up all this time after his death. Already got my tickets for the movie.

    I saw this advertisement linked from All Access
    http://clients.allaccess.com/mail/M/Michael_Jackson/mj.gif
    Digital release tonight at midnight. I’ve already expected huge numbers, but I bet just the extra couple of days of sales will make it explode.

  2. Michael Jackson’s days as an innovator were clearly over… Michael checks out before he’s got the chance to fail…

    Why so harsh?

  3. From the snippet – I like it. It is very sad – he had tremendous talent. From the autopsy report – he was healthy – for the most part.

    “The Los Angeles County coroner’s report shows Jackson’s weight of 136 pounds was in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. His kidneys and most other major organs were normal.

    Still, the singer did have health issues, many of them age related, including arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was the condition of his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.

    But the report noted the condition of his lungs would not have been a direct or contributing cause of death.”

  4. I agree with xuziqueue… why so harsh?? If I’m not mistaken, “This is It” was actually written in 1992 so no indication of his skills today. And by most accounts he was peforming very well, so we can’t know how his tour would have been impacted.

    I believe that he was an innovator until the very end and his death was a great loss to the world.

  5. Michael Jackson’s days as an innovator were clearly over,
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    Nah MJ I highly doubt it. Never. Unless you mean cus he was going to die and we just didn’t know it yet.

    but it would have been interesting to see if Jackson could have pulled off the comeback he was working so feverishly for at the time of his death.
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    This is Michael Jackson. I bet he would have pulled it off.

  6. I think from the snippets we’ve seen that the show would have been amazing.

  7. Michael Jackson’s days as an innovator were clearly over

    I agree with MJ and I think that in the normal course of events he wouldn’t have been able to finish all of his tour dates and the bottom would have fallen out. Of course we’ll never know, but it is interesting that his tour was outside of the states since he had fallen pretty much out of favor and really out of the social conscience on this side of the Atlantic.

    I am sure the song and the album will go viral, but it will be more of an homage to his earlier legacy and won’t have a thing to do with the song itself. Untimely death always creates a false history…the good is remembered, the bad not so much. We will never know where John Lennon, Elvis, Buddy Holly and many many Actors would have ranked if they had lived out their lives. Death is very very harsh but sometimes it is the ironic “crown” that sits atop the heads of many who didn’t live long enough to write their own end to their history.

    eta: changed spelling while wiping egg off face..Thanks Anthrogeek, but your comment made be blush for myself as well as laugh.

  8. I agree with xuziqueue’ ¦ why so harsh?? If I’m not mistaken, ‘This is It’  was actually written in 1992 so no indication of his skills today

    I believe Jackson would have had a very difficult time making it through the tour because it’s become clear he was addicted to multiple drugs. Canceled shows would have been the headlines if Jackson had lived.

    Jackson’s innovations came early in his career. That he would have had some sort of creative 2nd wind seems unlikely to me. The only chance for Micheal would have been to seek treatment and get off drugs. Unfortunately, Michael didn’t seem to have the self-awareness needed to take that leap at the time of his death.

  9. You may have a point, mj, but I just feel that the harshness factor could have been dialed down.

  10. You may have a point, mj, but I just feel that the harshness factor could have been dialed down.

    Because he’s dead? Nah. Sorry.

  11. Tess: I am sure the song and the album will go virile, but it will be more of an homage to his earlier legacy and won’t have a thing to do with the song itself.

    Given MJ’s rather ambiguous sexuality, it’s hard to imagine any work of his will ever go virile, but…. oh. You meant viral! ;) Well, yes, then most likely it will do exactly that, just as his original music went viral via the media available in its day (e.g., back when MTV actually played music vids, not to mention print media, radio and other TV outlets), and as all his music did again via current technology upon his death. I have to wonder, though, what they’re going to do with the “movie” once it ends its limited run – sell the DVD? If they were smart, they would – just would not want to see it retired after the theatre run.

  12. mj says

    Because he’s dead? Nah. Sorry.
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    No because he doesn’t deserve the harshness.

  13. I was never an Michael Jackson fan.at.all. I am a contemporary of his, but even at age 12 liked more mature music than what the Jackson 5 offered. By the time he did Thriller, I was so far removed from mainstream music that I never even remember hearing Billie Jean until David Cook decided to perform it.

    I so agree with MJ that Michael would have never made it. I see nothing harsh in that assessment. Hell, he didn’t even make it through rehearsals. It’s not a conspiracy theory folks. It’s plain facts as far as I see it.

  14. I agree with MJ. Him dying doesn’t change what his life had become. She was only speaking the truth and she did it without going into the not so pretty details of his very eventful life. I respect the fact that others liked him so I will move on and keep my opinion to myself.

  15. I believe Jackson would have had a very difficult time making it through the tour because it’s become clear he was addicted to multiple drugs. Canceled shows would have been the headlines if Jackson had lived.

    Have to agree with that. I was a pretty big Michael Jackson fan back in the day. And, I’ve admitted my unabashed love for the Thriller album on multiple occasions. Even though I have the utmost respect for all of the amazing things that MJ did for the music industry, it wasn’t like I was ever spending money again on a man I believed to be a child predator.

    I recognize Michael Jackson for the brilliant artist he was. And, obviously, his tour was selling well in Europe. But, here in the US, he was still viewed by many (if not most) as a complete and total freakshow. That’s the reason I believe an MJ comeback here in the states was very, very unlikely.

  16. bridgette12 says

    I respect the fact that others liked him so I will move on and keep my opinion to myself.

    You don’t have to do that. We all have opinions. People shouldn’t stop you from doing that.

  17. I agree with xuziqueue’ ¦ why so harsh?? If I’m not mistaken, ‘This is It’  was actually written in 1992 so no indication of his skills today

    With all do respect there lies the problem with the song and where I have to agree with MJ (our MJ) This is a song the Michael himself felt was not good enough to make it on his Album Off the Wall or any subsequent albums to date. This is someone trying to make a buck off of sub par Michael work. If he had created something today that was better they would have put that out instead. Our MJ analysis (opinion) I think is very close to the harsh reality that was Michael Jackson.

  18. dhunken: This is a song the Michael himself felt was not good enough to make it on his Album Off the Wall or any subsequent albums to date. This is someone trying to make a buck off of sub par Michael work.

    This is the real problem right here. Are all artists going to need to worry that rejected songs from their pasts are going to be resurrected the minute they turn their backs by up and dying?

  19. From what I can tell from the song this is a perfect way to go out. It sounds very sad and heart wrenching. I miss Michael already.

  20. I agree with (our) MJ. Michael Jackson’s days of ruling the charts and dictating the course of popular music were clearly waning, if not over. In recent years the sideshow aspect of his career had overruled any major impact he could have had. His music prior to his headline grabbing court battles had not sold as well as his previous works and attempted ‘comebacks” didn’t hit. That is the truth. Once he died, a lot of the reality of the man’s life and career was, temporarily at least, forgotten and his musical genius pushed to the forefront. But by and large it was the “old” Michael Jackson (Off The Wall, Thriller and some Bad) that folks were celebrating. Had he lived, Jackson would have to have done much to reclaim his crown as King of Pop.
    Let’s not forget that there were many skeptics -from media folks to doctors- who publicaly questioned whether Jackson could have performed at the level the “This is It” tour would have required before his death. And, as I’ve quoted here before, even Jackson was trying to push the tour performances back to the ten he originally agreed to instead of the 50 concerts his promoters had decided upon.

    After practicing his moves at the Burbank Studios, Jacko, 50, greeted devoted fans waiting outside – and blew off some steam in the process.

    He said: “Thank you for your love and support, I want you guys to know I love you very much.

    “I don’t know how I’m going to do 50 shows. I’m not a big eater – I need to put some weight on.

    “I’m really angry with them booking me up to do 50 shows. I only wanted to do 10, and take the tour around the world to other cities, not 50 in one place.

    “I went to bed knowing I sold 10 dates, and woke up to the news I was booked to do 50.”

    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/2460145/Michael-Jackson-angry-at-50-gig-O2-marathon.html#ixzz0TfBsunOl
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  21. ‘I’m really angry with them booking me up to do 50 shows. I only wanted to do 10, and take the tour around the world to other cities, not 50 in one place.

    ‘I went to bed knowing I sold 10 dates, and woke up to the news I was booked to do 50.’ 

    Now this is tragic and pisses me off ! I am so not buying this single now as it is probably the same A-holes that will make a profit off of the single.

  22. anyone planning on going to see the movie? we’re making an event out of it. r.i.p. king of pop.

  23. I agree with MJ The Blogger about MJ The Singer. I think we should just let his memory stand the way we all individually want it, whether it was a tortured genious or a troubled man. I think bringing all his old material out that was done after his prime will just sully his memory. I prefer to remember the MJ I grew up with.

  24. Michael Jackson’s days as an innovator were clearly over, but it would have been interesting to see if Jackson could have pulled off the comeback he was working so feverishly for at the time of his death.

    this is not harsh. It is a realistic assessment based on what we know and hear and even from what we could see in some of the video of the tour rehearsals shown immediately after MJ’s untimely death.
    While I mourned MJ, I have no illusions about what his career or his life had become.

  25. I think this is very good but to be sure I’d need to hear the chorus

  26. I like it but then there’s not much of Michael’s music I don’t like.

  27. Why does this and the JC song both sound like coronation songs to me?! Too much AI on my brain!

  28. I think this MJ song IS better and SOUNDS better than most of the CRAP that has been coming out of the music industry. For someone who’s days of innovation are over, he sounds pretty darned innovative to me.

  29. Michael’s music remained innovative, his last few albums just weren’t as big of hits as his earlier work. He’s also had a lot of trauma to deal with in the past 15 years, being the subject of so much prejudice and hatred in America.

  30. being the subject of so much prejudice and hatred in America.

    I don’t think Michael was the victim of any more prejudice than any other black celebrity during the 70s and 80s. And I don’t think there was a lot of hatred towards Michael until he got embroiled in the pedophile controversies of the late 90s. Michael was strange and he sometimes exhalted in the strangism…something a lot of people can’t and obviously didn’t understand.

    If Michael was hated it wasn’t because Americans are a nation of haters…it was because he, personally and not racially, did some strange and bizarre things that upset people. His music was never the issue.

  31. I believe Jackson would have had a very difficult time making it through the tour because it’s become clear he was addicted to multiple drugs. Canceled shows would have been the headlines if Jackson had lived.

    Jackson’s innovations came early in his career. That he would have had some sort of creative 2nd wind seems unlikely to me. The only chance for Micheal would have been to seek treatment and get off drugs. Unfortunately, Michael didn’t seem to have the self-awareness needed to take that leap at the time of his death.

    ITA

  32. And I don’t think there was a lot of hatred towards Michael until he got embroiled in the pedophile controversies of the late 90s.

    Michael was beloved and worshiped. He was a huge superstar who was adored by millions and respected by his peers. The downfall of his career cannot be blamed on any kind of prejudice. He is the one who turned himself into a freak. He is the one who broke the hearts of his fans. Many Americans were very resistant to believe anything bad about him. Until of course, the evidence mounted and his behavior became increasingly bizarre.

    And, I really don’t even want to touch on the racial stuff, because he really was an artist who broke those barriers in certain segments of the industry. And then, he appeared to spend the next 20 years trying to become as un-black as he possibly could. So, that whole subject is just a little bit squicky to me.

  33. As bad as Michael’s health was, I don’t think he would have made it through the tour – either to die and drop out. In some ways (not to be morbid) this was a better end.

    There will be some competittion with the Beatles as to where you want your holiday money to be spent. My young Grandson is more excited about getting getting the Beatles items than Michael Jackson. All who have a limited budget will have some decisions to make regarding these purchases, including which Idol album to buy.

  34. There will be some competittion with the Beatles as to where you want your holiday money to be spent. My young Grandson is more excited about getting getting the Beatles items than Michael Jackson.

    And then there’s kids who don’t care about either The Beatles or Michael Jackson. I’m thinking these will also be scarfed up by adults or by adults wanting their kids to have them. Maybe my perspective is different because neither of my children have ever been into mainstream anything except for a song or two (ok maybe 3 songs total between the two of them over 10 or so years). I think because at home we didn’t listen to pop or really anything mainstream, it allowed them to judge music differently. I don’t always love their choices, but I love that they don’t follow the pack and do make their choices based on what they value in music.

  35. I just listened to the full clip of the song….Out of respect I will just say… the snippet was better.

  36. It’s not meanspirited to think that Michael would not have completed this tour. I adored him, but I don’t think that 50 dates for a man so fragile he couldn’t sleep was in the cards.

    As for his innovation….most people don’t peak past 50 so that idea isn’t cruel, it’s just realistic. I will always remember Michael for his music, even if he was never going to be an innovator again, it certainly doesn’t and can’t diminish what he accomplished.

    I don’t know if I want to see the movie. His death is still hard for me to take, but if this helps his bottom line, and therefore his children, I will probably do it. I can’t listen to the song now, but I am sure it would be vintage Michael and okay with me.

  37. The full song is streaming on MichaelJackson.Com since midnight. For a track that was recorded back in 1980 (do I have this right?), it still sounds good especially when compared to what’s playing on top 40 right now. There’s actual singing going on for one thing. And Michael’s voice stands the test of time really.

    I downloaded a web rip MP3 from here so I could have it playing on my iPod while I’m waiting for the cd. Michael is going to be my next Freddie Mercury – meaning I’ll probably buy all the crap or whatever the record company gives me since what else is there? Demos, songs that never made it to the albums, rehearsal tracks – the fans will grab them (like the Queen fans have been doing for the Queen/Freddie releases).

  38. AnalogGirl
    October 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    ‘This is It’  was actually written in 1992 so no indication of his skills today.

    leeann
    October 12, 2009 at 4:14 am
    For a track that was recorded back in 1980 (do I have this right?), it still sounds good especially when compared to what’s playing on top 40 right now.

    New Michael Jackson Music Gets Midnight Release

    In this article, Rob Stringer, chairman of the Columbia/Epic Label Group, says nobody knows when the song was written or recorded:

    If ‘This Is It’  is any guide, the provenance of leftover Jackson songs might be difficult to establish. It is not clear when the song was written or recorded, Mr. Stringer said, and Sony originally believed that the tape was made around the time of Mr. Jackson’s 1991 album ‘Dangerous.’  But it could have been much earlier, perhaps even as early as the album ‘Off the Wall,’  from 1979.

    ‘We just found the song,’  Mr. Stringer said. ‘It was titled ‘This Is It.’ It was in a box, and we listened to it.’ 

    Also, Jackson had nothing to do with the rather treacly and boring arrangement and production:

    Based on a tape Mr. Jackson left behind containing only his piano and vocals, a full arrangement was built, complete with swelling strings and his brothers’ backup vocals.

  39. It’s hard to imagine Jackson would have been able to manage a grueling tour schedule with his drug problems.

    So, Michael checks out before he’s got the chance to fail, leaving the public to wonder what could have been’ ¦

    This sounded to me like Michael Jackson committed suicide.

    As an entertainer , he is subject to open scrutiny for his music, and rightfully so . As pop icon, his personal life , too is subject to scrutiny.
    He may have messed up. May not even be as normal socially or even morally as some may view him. But because he had the talent to create such an astounding music, I think that this shows his humanity. And anything with a semblance of humanity deserves some compassion. That is why above comments bothered me.
    I am not a Michael Jackson fan. I appreciate great music when I hear it.

  40. This sounded to me like Michael Jackson committed suicide.

    I’m not suggesting he committed suicide, just that he happened to die before he could fail.

    Having said that, alcohol/drug addiction is like a slow suicide, and unless the addict gets help, it always ends in death.

    The coroner reports that Jackson was healthy and free of major diseases at the time of his death.

    Personally, I would consider drug addiction a “major disease”, and I would not deem somebody, like Jackson, in the grip of that disease “healthy”.

  41. I liked Michael Jackson’s music as much as the next guy, but this song? Utter crap. And I’ve already heard it twice on the radio today! GAH!

  42. BreakingNews Michael Jackson’s estate agrees to pay Paul Anka 50% of the profits from the song he co-wrote with Jackson, “This is it.”3 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

  43. We will never know where John Lennon, Elvis, Buddy Holly and many many Actors would have ranked if they had lived out their lives.

    I don’t really agree with this list, Elvis was at the mature end of his career and his legacy was well set, and John Lennon had already done enough by 40 to establish his legacy. I don’t think either of them were going to lose that, there was no undoing what they had done by then. Buddy Holly was young and just starting out, so we’ll never know what more he could have done, but surely he would have had a strong career, with his prolific songwriting talent. With Buddy Holly it was just sad that such a talent died so young.

    Nobody remembers just the good and not the bad with Elvis and John, there have been books documenting the bad with both of them. I agree in general that death suddenly makes a person’s music or other creative outpouring more valuable, since they will never be able to make more art so there is a finite amount forever available.

    With Michael Jackson there is right now a “don’t criticize him” prevailing attitude, but there are many saying “let’s not forget how damaged he was, too.” The coronor may have said he was healthy, but he looked terrible at the end, much too thin, he looked wasted away and didn’t look healthy to the naked eye. His best days did seem to be behind him. Years of drug use take their toll, and by age 50 one can’t really get away with it anymore. Maybe he would have found recovery, got off drugs and become viable again, but things were not looking promising at that point.

  44. I don’t think Michael was the victim of any more prejudice than any other black celebrity during the 70s and 80s. And I don’t think there was a lot of hatred towards Michael until he got embroiled in the pedophile controversies of the late 90s.

    I agree. Michael was beloved from a young age by the public. He was an adorable child who sang beautifully. He had hit songs when he was just a child. I loved his songs. He was the light of the Jackson Five.

    The negative feelings towards him developed over the years as he did more and more strange things. His skin turning white, his non-stop plastic surgeries that made him look more and more weird, and then the rumors of pedophilia, were what made people wary of him, not his race.

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