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LONDON - Michael Jackson's new single, This Is It, began streaming online and playing across the airwaves yesterday, nearly four months after he died.
The track, which features backing vocals by Jackson's brothers, opens with a soft, soulful introduction and the lines: "This is it, here I stand/I'm the light of the world, I feel grand".
It will be on sale as part of the two-disc album, that hits the shelves internationally on October 26 and in the US and Canada on October 27 to coincide with the global release of the movie of the same name on October 28.
A short collection of clips from the film were also featured on websites, showing Jackson and his backing dancers rehearsing their routines for a run of 50 comeback shows at London's O2 Arena, which he was preparing for when he died.
"This song only defines, once again what the world already knows - that Michael is one of God's greatest gifts," said John McClain, co-producer of the album and an executor of Jackson's estate.
The This Is It movie was the subject of a more than R442million deal between Jackson's estate and concert promoter AEG Live and Sony Pictures. Sony Music's Columbia/Epic Label Group will be releasing the album.
Jackson's record sales spiked after his death and the release of the movie and album will add to the value of his estate, which is estimated at about R3b illion. - Reuters