Say michael jackson hadnt died, do you think he could have had a credible future?
He was at a point where it was either complete failure or an excellent comeback. Ideally he needed a hit album to promote to remain relevant. Thats something he hadnt really had since Bad, which at the time in 2009 was over 20 years old. Everything since then was patchy or just plain poor. He needed to get with a producer and create something timeless sounding like thriller or off the wall, go back to using real intruments instead of that 90s sounding electronic pop sound he kinda created, that now sounds dated.
From the footage of the This is It documentary the show looked good but there was no way he could have got through 50 shows. Its a shame not even one was recorded in front of an audience.