Michael Jackson material 'recent'
Some of the Michael Jackson music which has never been released was recorded in the last three years and some was in conjunction with other artists, the man who spearheaded the record-breaking deal in which the star's estate will get up to £132.5 million has said.
John Branca, who negotiated the deal along with co-executor John McClain and team of lawyers, said Sony Music Entertainment bought a treasure trove of new Jackson music.
He said he has not heard all of the 60 plus songs discovered by McClain, but he said what he has heard is "classic Michael Jackson".
Among the songs are two recordings that were never released that he made for charity with other stars. There are also songs he recorded for his famous albums that were never included in the final product.
"Michael had a tendency to over-record," Branca said. "He would record 20, 30, 40 songs for one album. These are the vintage songs."
The recent material was recorded within the last three years. The old and the new are likely to be combined on some of the albums to come, he said.
Among the songs in Jackson's vault is a collaboration with Paul Anka on a song called, Love Never Felt So Good, which Branca described as "quite good".
When he died, Jackson left recorded music including studio sessions from some of his most popular albums and recently recorded songs made with the likes of Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am and Akon.
Branca said of the Sony deal: "The remarkable thing is to make the biggest deal in history in a market with declining record sales. It's a pretty big thing."
He added that "there's more to come" from the deal but declined to elaborate.