On May 13th, Epic records, along with the estate of Michael Jackson, will be releasing Xscape, an album featuring brand new music from the king of pop. The album will feature eight never-before-heard tracks and a deluxe edition will also be released that will feature the original source recordings. Pre-orders for the albums will begin tomorrow.
Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid is overseeing the project after having been granted unlimited access to four decades worth of material. Direct from the press release: Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.
Reid states, “Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world. 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. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”
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