Michael Jackson Comeback in the Works

MJ back in the studio with high-profile advisers
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 8:40 PM CDT
Michael Jackson is seen in a photo from EBONY magazine hit stands on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Ebony Magazine)   ((AP Photo/Ebony Magazine))
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(Newser) – The King of Pop is cooking up what one TV pundit calls "the biggest comeback since Lazarus," the Observer reports. After years of legal and financial woes and self-imposed exile, the Gloved One is forging new material and planning a possible concert tour, reportedly collaborating with pop culture icons like Will.i.am and American Idol creator Simon Fuller.

After a string of highly-publicized troubles, including child molestation charges and the near-loss of Neverland Ranch, Jackson’s popularity is on the upswing—partly due to an extensive interview in Ebony last year. High-profile fans like Akon believe Jackson still has what it takes: “Some artists think regional, some think national, I was thinking international. He thinks planets. It's on another level.” (Read more Michael Jackson stories.)