Epic Records president and singer songwriter Amanda Ghost spoke with BBC about releasing new music from the late Michael Jackson.
“We don’t want to be seen as jumping on any bandwagon whatsoever associated with his death,” she said in regards to being respectful of the King of Pop. “Obviously there has been a renewed interest in the catalog, which has been phenomenal. It just goes to show what an incredible artist he is to have that kind of impact still some 20, 30 years after he’s making records to still be able to command the sales and I think he’s got four records in the top ten.”
While not immediately coming out with new music from Michael, the material he has recorded will eventually see the light of day. “The appetite is definitely there for Michael Jackson. The new material, I have no idea when it will come out. It will come out on Sony/Epic,” Ghost said. “Again we haven’t made any decisions because we just want to let the dust settle and be really respectful to his memory really and not to be seen in any way trying to cash in. If we do release anything of unreleased material, it has to be fantastic and it can’t damage in any way his legacy or his legend, and I won’t let that happen to Epic, because we have to be respectful to the artist as well as the man.”
Watch it at YouTube.
Jermaine Jackson’s Mission To Spread Michael’s Message
July 7, 2009 – Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine wrote about a mission for his life at the Larry King Live Blog, which will be to spread the King of Pop’s message. Jermaine writes:
I want to make people aware of the humanitarian side of Michael. I want to show them how his true emphasis wasn’t music, or performing; it was improving the world. Understand this, and you begin to understand the essence of who my brother was.
Video of Jermaine’s appearance on Friday’s ‘Larry King Live’ has since been removed..
Authorities Return Michael Jackson’s Brain To His Family
August 10, 2009 – Michael’s relatives are closer to finding a final resting place for the King of Pop after the authorities returned his brain. Pathologists had custody of the singer’s brain since his June 25th death to carry out tests in a bid to discover what killed him. Watch a report from ITN at MSN.com.