Reports have emerged that Michael Jackson‘s entire back catalogue, including previously unreleased material from sessions for classic albums like “Bad”, “Thriller” and “Off The Wall”, has been stolen by computer hackers. Sony Music paid the late singer’s estate over $250milion for the collection back in 2010, and it was from those archives that they complied the material featured on his posthumous album Michael. Over 50,000 files were reported to have been stolen.
Update: Sony have confirmed that number of Michael Jackson tracks have been stolen after its website was hacked but will not confirm how many tracks or what material was taken in the online attack.
It has been suggested that among the tracks stolen are collaborations with legendary late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and will.i.am. Just last week, the Black Eyed Peas frontman claimed that MJ was interested in working with Cheryl Cole - given Cole’s history of being surgically inserted into tracks she was never supposed to appear on and will.i.am‘s inclination towards nonsensical collaborations and casual legacy destruction, it’s perhaps for the best that those tracks might never see the light of day.
via [The Guardian]