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Sony to release ‘This Is It’ CD set

Jackson discs to accompany doc on Oct. 27

“This Is It,” a two-CD companion to Sony Pictures’ like-titled Michael Jackson doc, will be issued by Sony Music’s Columbia/Epic Label Group on Oct. 27.

Album, out internationally Oct. 26, will be prefaced on Oct. 12 by the release of an eponymous new Jackson single.

A fresh set of music from the singer should ignite more sales for music retailers, which have experienced an extended run on Jackson product in the wake of his sudden death June 25.

First disc of the “This Is It” disc will contain original album masters of the late singer’s biggest hits, arranged in the same order as they appear onscreen. Two versions of the new song will be included, with Jackson’s brothers supplying backing vocals for the newer track.

Disc two will include previously unreleased versions of Jackson songs, plus the heretofore-unheard “Planet Earth,” termed a “spoken word poem.”

Curiously, the album will contain no audio from Staples Center rehearsals for Jackson’s series of shows at London’s O2 Arena, the focus of the forthcoming Kenny Ortega-directed pic.

New collection drops in the U.S. one day before the official bow of the “This Is It” doc on Oct. 28. Pic will unspool in special “advance” showings on 2,000 screens in select markets Oct. 27 prior to a limited two-week theatrical run.

In Los Angeles, Regal Cinemas’ L.A. Live Stadium 14 will screen “This Is It” Oct. 27 as part of the multiplex’s grand opening. Tickets go on sale at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, with lineups beginning at 5 p.m. today. Purchases are limited to two per customer; first 500 buyers get a “commemorative ticket” and limited edition Jackson T-shirt.

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