'This Is It' single to be released on October 12

A previously-unreleased Michael Jackson single called ‘This Is It’ is set to be released on October 12.

A compilation album, also titled ‘This Is It’, will follow on October 26.

The single – the first posthumous new material from the late singer to be released since his death in June – features backing vocals from his Jackson 5 brothers. It features in the closing credits for the forthcoming ‘This Is It’ documentary film.

A message posted on the singer’s official website, Michaeljackson.com, revealed that the ‘This Is It’ album will be a two-disc set. The first will feature past hits by Jackson in the order they appear in the film, plus two versions of the new single. The second disc features previously-unreleased mixes of selected hits, plus a spoken word poem from Jackson entitled ‘Planet Earth’.

Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ film is set to premiere globally on October 28.