The freshly-released, never before heard new single from Micheal Jackson, entitled "Breaking News" is now streaming on Michael Jackson's website. The song is from his album, MICHAEL, which will be released December 14th. Listen to the song here.
The Jackson family (his mom, sisters, even his children) does not believe it's really Michael. And to be honest, it does sound kind of funny… I think they may have done to this song what they did to some of Aaliyah's stuff after she past away. They mixed in her brother's voice to complete the movie Queen of the Damned (and a few of her other projects). I think they probably mixed in the voice of a Michael Jackson impersonator to finish the song. But who knows…
update: after to listening to it for a second time, this really does not sound like michael… i hope this is the only song on the album that sounds "fake".
The full music video for “Bad” is an 18-minute short film written by novelist and screenwriter Richard Price, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Michael Jackson. Jackson portrays a boy named Daryl who has just completed a successful term at an expensive private school. He returns to the city by subway, arriving in a derelict neighborhood.
Daryl arrives to find his house empty (his mother is played by Roberta Flack, albeit in voiceover), but is greeted by his old friends, led by Mini Max (an emerging Wesley Snipes) and spends an evening with them. At first relations are friendly, if slightly awkward, but the situation deteriorates once the rest of the gang realize how much Daryl has changed, and in particular how uncomfortable he has become with their tendencies towards petty crime. In an attempt to show his friends he is still “bad”, Daryl takes the gang to a subway station (The Hoyt Schermerhorn Station in Brooklyn) where he attempts to mug an elderly man but bottles out at the last minute. Mini Max berates Daryl and tells him that he’s no longer bad.
After more abuse from Mini Max, the video jumps from black and white to color and Daryl, now dressed head to foot in leather and joined by a crowd of dancing punks, sings “Bad” (it is at this point that the edited video generally begins when played on television). His insistence that Max is headed for a fall are nearly Daryl’s undoing, but eventually his friend accepts that “that’s the way it goes down”, and, after a final handshake, heads off leaving Daryl. The scene shifts back to black and white as Daryl, alone and back in his tracksuit, watches them leave.
sidenote: im so tired of the media and their attempt to remember the bad, and their search to make sure michael is categorized as a casualty to drugs (cough cough, CNN) i mean seriously? how many times are you going to interview the same nurse who said michael only inquired about the medicine so he could get a decent nights rest… within 10 minutes, CNN went from saying he inquired about it (the truth), to he begged for it, to he repeatedly pleaded for it… ummm, like, seriously though? seriously? yeaaaaaaah NO. Move on, and let’s cover real news instead of doing all you can to damage michael’s image, haven’t you all damaged it enough? (rest in peace mj.)
To be honest, I rarely watch BET (for obvious reasons), but I knew they would be paying tribute to Michael Jackson so I had to tune in. And I must say, Jamie Foxx had me rolling the entire show. He and Ne-Yo dominated this years Awards with their musical ability and I liked their many wardrobe changes into MJ inspired ensembles… basically their jackets were cool. Aside from them everyone else was decently dressed, no crazy ridiculousness except for maybe the over-sized chains of T-Pain and Souljah Boy. Check out some of the photos from the 2009 BET Awards: