The King lives on
Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” To Be Released In May
Epic Records and Michael Jackson’s estate have announced they’ll release “Xscape,” an 8-song collection of previously unreleased tracks from the late King of Pop, on May 13.
Label ceo, and the project’s executive producer, L.A. Reid, took the lead in cultivating recordings from Jackson in which his vocals were completed, and went about “contemporizing” each. The album’s lead producer was Timbaland, with additional work courtesy of Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.
“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with,” Reid said in a statement on Monday. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”
“Xscape” continues the tradition of naming Jackson’s albums after one of its songs. The title track was written and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, who recorded the original with the singer.
Epic will release a deluxe edition of the album that will include all the sourced recordings in their original form. Both the standard and Deluxe Editions are available Tuesday (April 1) for pre-order on iTunes and elsewhere.
It goes without saying that just about every artist in the game today would love to have their name placed prominently after the phrase “Michael Jackson featuring…”. However, there are very few rappers, singers or musicians who are qualified to shine MJ’s shoes, much less perform along side him on a record.
We tossed a few names in the hat for possible collaboration consideration, let us know what you think about them after the flip…
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