Sony Records began pre-selling the new MICHAEL release recently (CD and DVD).
The cover, designed by painter Kadir Nelson, is a collage of MJ pics and icons. If you look REALLY closely at the tiger on the right hand side, you'll notice the Prince symbol floating in a glass orb. Yes, THAT Prince symbol.
Someone sent it to us and at first we thought it was a Photoshop hoax, but when you visit the Sony website and check out the album artwork, it's very clearly there.
So was Prince involved somehow in one or more of the tracks on the new release? According to Sony, Kadir's painting was created in 2009 and "takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life."
Whether Prince and MJ collaborated or Prince was just considered "important people" in MJ's life remains to be seen. If there is a Prince/MJ collaboration, we definitely want to hear it!
To add to the mystery: Next Monday, November 8th, michaeljackson.com will world premiere “Breaking News,” a full track from the album. It was recorded in New Jersey in 2007.
Prince, want to clear this one up for us? -Dr.FB
UPDATE (1:45pm PST): The official response from Prince's camp: "No permission was granted. Sony Entertainment has removed the symbol." - Dr.FB]