On Sunday evening, the Billboard Music Awards will present some type of Michael Jackson tribute in time for the release of his album 'Escape' on Tuesday. The album, which includes several unreleased Jackson tracks enhanced by today's top producers, isn't performing as well on the charts as people expected. However, that could change once the album gets an "official" release Tuesday.
On Amazon.com, "Escape" is sitting at number 3--behind the Black Keys and the Frozen soundtrack. On iTunes, the album is at number 15. Pre-orders for the physical "Escape" album are definitely good, but perhaps not good enough to guarantee a number one position. "Turn Blue" by the Black Keys appears to be outselling "Escape" everywhere. The good news is that the first single "Love Never Felt So Good," a duet with Justin Timberlake, has been very well received and is currently number 9 on the iTunes singles chart.
The possible low sales of Jackson's album has nothing to do with his incredible legacy. Many fans think that Michael Jackson would be turning in his grave if he knew the songs he never wanted to see the light of day are making waves. "Let the man rest in peace," a couple Jackson fans said on Twitter. Message boards on the Internet seem to have a mixed reaction. Most people like the new songs that have been released, but don't think they should have been released in the first place.
There are enough unheard Michael Jackson demos to make about 4 more albums, we are told. The next Jackson album could see the light of day during Christmas season of this year. "It all depends on how well "Escape" does," a music industry insider tells us. Are you a Michael Jackson fan? How do you feel about all of his demos being released? Let us know in the Comments section.