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Guess who's back? That's right. MJ. This time MJ isn't just back with more baby dangling scandals, but with a fresh new twist on one of the most successful albums the world has ever seen. In my mind this was sort of a radical move, but the new mixes were actually quite good. Rolling Stone gave it a 5/5, and I would too.

So who's on the new tracks? Well I'll tell you. Michael produced new and improved version of his songs with will.i.am, Akon, Fergie, and Kanye. Michael is also coming out with a new album later this year, and maybe these artists are a good indicator of awesome collaborations that will be going on. Current confirmed artists for Michael's new album include will.i.am, Ne-Yo, and Akon, and hopefully many more.

Of the new 2008 tracks on this album my favorite was definitely "Wanna Be Startin' Something" feat. Akon. First of all, Akon is one of my favorite artists, and he always brings a good vibe to collaborations. Starting off the song with his signature sound, the clink of a jail cell, to his Senegalese voice and words (there are some weird words in this one as awesome fillers), make his tracks awesome. If you were to listen to the original and compare it to the new and improved version, you would definitely enjoy the Akon influenced version much more as I did.

I encourage all of you to at least check out the new tracks along with the whole album especially if you are unfamiliar with Michael's stuff. The other 2008 tracks are sick as well including great new versions of Beat It with Fergie, The Girl is Mine with will.i.am, and Billy Jean produced by Kanye. If you haven't checked out this album, you really don't know what you're missing.

Track List:
Thriller: Original Tracklisting - US Billboard Chart Peaks
01. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" - (#5 Hot 100, #5 R&B)
02. "Baby Be Mine"
03. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) - (#2 Hot 100, #1 R&B, #1 Adult Contemporary)
04. "Thriller" - (#4 Hot 10, #3 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks)
05. "Beat It" - (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B)
06. "Billie Jean" - (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B, #9 A/C)
07. "Human Nature" - (#7 Hot 100, #2 Adult Contemporary)
08. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - (#10 Hot 100)
09. "The Lady in My Life"

Bonus Material
10. Vincent Price

Previously Unreleased Tracks For 25th Anniversary Edition
11. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am
12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008 with Michael Jackson and will.i.am
13. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 with Michael Jackson, Akon and will.i.am
14. Beat It 2008 with Fergie
15. Billie Jean 2008 with Kanye West
16. For All Time (unreleased track from original Thriller sessions)

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