On May 13th Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid.
After mining by the Estate of Jackson's archives, Reid was granted
unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on
which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top
producers to "contemporize" the songs while retaining Jackson's essence
and integrity, creating the best music you've never heard. The list of
producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate
and John McClain.
The new album will feature eight brand new recordings. A Deluxe Edition of XSCAPE
will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Both
the standard and Deluxe Edition's are available April 1st for pre-order
on iTunes, Amazon and MichaelJackson.com.
The title of this album honors Michael's album naming
process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects
and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate
of Michael Jackson said, "Michael was always on the cutting edge and was
constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He
was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture
that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision."
Full press release is available on MichaelJackson.com. Keep visiting the site for more news about the new album being revealed in coming weeks.