Backstage Pass

Music, concerts, musicians and more.

HEAR IT: New Michael Jackson single, "This Is It"

This is a Thursday, March 5, 2009 file

This is a Thursday, March 5, 2009 file photo of US singer Michael Jackson as he announced that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July. (Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Michael Jackson's "This Is It," the new single and title track from the late King of Pop's upcoming documentary and soundtrack, hit the Internet and radio this morning and is a sweet throwback to his simpler times.

Featuring backing vocals from his brothers, sweeping strings and an easy groove, the midtempo "This Is It" is in the style of the ballads from his "Dangerous" era, especially "Will You Be There" and "Heal the World." He sounds peaceful as he croons, "This is it, here I stand/I'm the light of the world, I feel grand."

"This Is It," which is set for the documentary's credits, launches the promotion of the two-CD soundtrack, which arrives Oct. 27, the day before the documentary begins a special two-week run in movie theaters. Both will cover the preparation behind Jackson's comeback tour that was to begin in London in July.

Jackson died in his Los Angeles home in June of a cardiac arrest, which the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled as a homicide. He was 50.

Tags: Michael Jackson , This Is It

advertisement | advertise on newsday

@ndmusic

Follow Newsday music writer Glenn Gamboa for the latest from pop's biggest voices.
Twitter | Blog

Follow Newsday Entertainment

advertisement | advertise on newsday