The official artwork has now been unveiled for Michael Jackson’s posthumous simply entitled Michael.
The album artwork comes from an oil painting by Kadir Nelson, who tried to explain the collage of Michael’s various looks and moments in an e-mail to Reuters: “Michael wears a golden suit of armor and stares at the viewer as he is crowned by cupids. He places his hand over his heart and looks directly at the viewer, a symbol of Jackson’s big heart and strong connection to his fans and music. A monarch butterfly sits on his shoulder, another symbol of Jackson’s metamorphosis as a singer and entertainer, as well as a symbol of royalty. His musical history unfolds behind him.”
The collection is comprised of previously unheard music from the King of Pop and is slated for a December 14 release through Epic Records. The first single “Breaking News” premieres this Monday, November 8th.