This Is It (3:36)

Cover of Michael Jackson's This Is It

From Michael Jackson's This Is It and 6 other releases

“This Is It” is the title song from Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, which accompanies the upcoming Sony Pictures motion picture release “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”. The song features backing vocals from Michael’s brothers, The Jacksons, and is based on a demo originally recorded in the 1980s.

The song was released worldwide on 12th October 2009 at midnight EST on MichaelJackson.com.

On October 12, 2009 after the song was released, it was reported that the song was co-written with Paul Anka in 1983, for a duet between him and Michael in his album Walk a Fine Line, albeit with different lyrics and title. This version was included as the song “I Never Heard” on the 1991 album I Wasn’t Born Yesterday by Sa-Fire, however this song has partially different lyrics.

While the exact date of recording is unknown, some sources claimed that it was a rejected recording from Dangerous, while co-author Paul Anka has stated that it was recorded in 1983.

The original recording of “This Is It” was apparently found in a box of tapes with only Jackson’s voice and a piano accompaniment. Strings were then added to the bare-bones recording, along with backing vocals from Jackson’s brothers.

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