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Last Updated: Friday July 10 2009 11:44 GMT

New Michael Jackson music will be released

Michael Jackson rehearsing

New music recorded by Michael Jackson before his death will be released, according to his record company.

But fans will have to wait some time because the tunes aren't ready yet.

The popstar had been working on new music for a few years with hip-hop and R&B stars like from the Black Eyed Peas, Ne-Yo and Akon.

The president of his record label Epic says that "the appetite is definitely there". But she says that she "has no idea" when the music is coming out.

She added: "If we do release anything of unreleased material, it has to be fantastic."

Meanwhile, Thriller Live, a stage show celebrating Michael Jackson's music, is set to go on a world tour.