Michael Jackson's First Posthumous Album Due December 14

 Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

It's official: Michael Jackson's first posthumous album, Michael, will be released on Dec. 14, according to a statement released Thursday by the singer's estate and Epic Records.

The album will include "newly completed recordings" that Jackson, who died in June 2009, had been working on "everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles," according to the New York Times. It was "recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion." No word on who the friend is.

The video was released on michaeljackson.com, and the first single, "Breaking News," will stream for a week beginning Monday.

Kadir Nelson, who authored and illustrated We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, will paint the cover art, the Times reports.

Also in the works for Jackson: A Cirque du Soleil show to kick off in October 2011.

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