The new year kicked off with a potentially new unearthed Michael Jackson song. A snippet of a track called “Another Day,” reportedly sung by the King of Pop, hit the Web over New Year’s weekend. “Another Day” appears to be Jackson’s version of Lenny Kravitz’s “Storm,” a song that appeared on the rocker’s 2004 album Baptism and featured a guest spot by Jay-Z. The Huffington Post writes that “Another Day” was reportedly a duet between Jackson and Kravitz, but Kravitz doesn’t seem to appear on the 90-second snippet. “Another Day” appears to have emerged via Jackson fan site MJ Star.
In the days following Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death, Kravitz penned a letter to Spinner about Jackson, writing, “I got to work with Michael on a track that has not been released and it was the most amazing experience I’ve had in the studio. He was funny. Very funny and we laughed the whole time.” It remains unclear whether Kravitz worked with Jackson on “Another Day,” or whether their collaboration resulted in another song.
If “Another Day” proves to be legitimate, it’ll be the second track from Jackson’s vault of unreleased material to find its way to the streets. In July 2009, 24 seconds of a Jackson song called “A Place With No Name,” a reinterpretation of America’s 1971 hit “A Horse With No Name,” leaked. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Jackson’s manager Frank DeLeo told RS that Jackson left behind hard drives full of unreleased songs featuring collaborations with artists like Ne-Yo, Akon and Will.i.am, plus leftover material from the ’80s. “There are a couple of songs we recorded for the Bad album that we had to cut that are just sensational,” DiLeo told RS.
UPDATE: In a video posted on TwitVid, Lenny Kravitz said he isn’t responsible for the leaked song as his copy “has been locked up in a vault,” and that the two DJs who are name-checked at the beginning of the leaked snippet played no part in the actual recording of the song. “The version that is out is a minute-thirty seconds of the track, not mixed, but it is the track,” Kravitz said. “The song was recorded by Michael himself, I produced it for him, I wrote the song and I played all the instruments.” Kravitz adds that he hopes the fans eventually get to hear the song in its entirety “the way me and Michael intended it to be.”
According to TMZ, Sony Music and the Jackson estate are actively deleting all snippets of “Another Day” from Websites like YouTube. Watch Kravitz’s entire video statement below:
Compare “Another Day” to the remixed version of Kravitz’s “Storm”:
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