His sister LaToya has taken possession of computer hard drives that contain a trove of unreleased songs he recorded with A-list singers such as Ne-Yo, Akon, and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
The drives were in the Thriller singer’s rented Holmby Hills, California, mansion when he died suddenly in June.
Hours afterward the family descended on the house to claim all its contents, and LaToya grabbed the drives, Rolling Stone said, quoting Jackson’s manager, Frank DiLeo.
“They backed up trucks, removing everything,” DiLeo was quoted as telling the magazine. “They thought Michael owned it all, so they took even the rented furniture. That’s who’s going to run his estate?”
Jackson’s will gave 40% of his estate to his 79-year-old mother, Katherine, who wants more control.
DiLeo told Rolling Stone that there were at least 100 songs – including many recorded at Jackson’s 1980s peak – that were never released.
Meanwhile, plans are under way for a full-length feature movie filled with footage of Jackson’s last rehearsals.
The film would come with all the elements of a major studio release – but that’s only if a Los Angeles probate judge approves the deal.