The songs on this album could simply have become part of the rich legacy of unreleased work left behind by one of the world‚Äôs great artists. But as it soon became clear to both the Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music, there was an obligation not only to Michael‚Äôs fans but to Michael himself not to let this amazing music gather dust in a vault. It was decided the album that was taking shape needed to be properly completed and released in a thoughtful, dignified way that would honor Michael‚Äôs legacy.
Sony Music India managing director Shridhar Subramaniam said, "We at Sony Music India are extremely excited to launch Michael Jackson’s new album- "Michael" in India. Michael Jackson stands apart from all other international artists in India- his popularity cuts across age, language and towns. We will pull out all the stops to make Michael’s new music available to all his fans in India."
Michael is the first release in nine years of new material by one of music‚Äôs most beloved icons whose artistry continues to touch new generations of fans. The album marks another release under the new agreement between the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music announced in March that continues the label‚Äôs 35-year relationship with Michael and his music. During that time, Michael sold hundreds of millions of records, had 13 #1 singles and released the pop culture phenomenon ‚ÄúThriller,‚Äù which remains music‚Äôs all-time bestselling album with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide.