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The brothers to record new album following Unity Tour

The Jacksons will return to the studio to work on their first album of new material since 1989's 2300 Jackson Street, according to Jackie. They will start work after reuniting for their Unity Tour of North America this summer. Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito's reformation will mark their first full-scale tour in more than 20 years. "That's what we gotta do - right after the tour, we're gonna go back into the studio and start recording some new music. I can't wait," Jackie told Billboard this week.

Musically, Jackie said the new project would stay true to the original sound of the group, which launched the pop career of the brothers with hits such as "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There" and "ABC'. He said the work would include:

A little bit of today, and also a return to our sound. We're gonna keep it simple… We can't shy away from our sound.

While the band will stick to classic hits for their tour, which begins on June 18 in Louisville, US, they will also honour the legacy of their late brother Michael Jackson, with performances of some of his solo songs as part of a section of the show which will pay tribute to Michael. Speaking of his brother, Jackie said:

I just wish my brother was here with us so we could do it with him…I'm sure his spirit will be in the house when we're out there performing on the stage.