Michael Jackson Album ‘Xscape’ Set for May Release


The King of Pop lives on. Five years after his death, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release the posthumous album Xscape.

L.A. Reid has teamed with today’s top producers to “contemporize” songs from Jackson’s archive. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time.

Timbaland serves as the album’s lead producer, with additional production from Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, John McClain, and Rodney Jerkins, who “contemporized” the title track with Jackson in the studio.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” said Epic chairman L.A. Reid. “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.”

In August, Timbaland announced plans for the album, and recently leaked a snippet of a song called “Slave to the Rhythm.”

Xscape will also be available as a deluxe edition, which includes all of the sourced recordings in their original form.

Pre-orders begin April 1 on iTunes, while the full album arrives on May 13.

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  1. Cebo Genius

    Lack the king rest….i hate them posthumous albums


    tala Reply:

    @Cebo Genius, Let’s wait and trust Darkchild!
    AS long as there is no bimbo R&B a la Akon or Pitbull involved , I am curious to see and hear!


  2. Unk

    Can’t wait to hear this


  3. Twista

    No doubt there’s general interest with anything associated with MJ, my only concern with posthumous releases is that they are technically not approved by the artist. Like Missy said about Drake’s attempt to release an Aaliyah album, we’ll never know exactly what reason the artist had behind not releasing a specific record.


    CBE Reply:

    @Twista, There is a famous MJ quote, look it up about what he says about people messing with his music or doing remixes.


  4. Yollo

    I Am Very Intesrested In This. Rodney Jerkins, Timbo., Stargate, Bring On The Hits. [Sounds Like The Makings Of A Good Rihanna Album] Ppl Have Been Waiting For New MJ Music For A While. Bring It!


  5. Peter

    Lord have mercy … not another one.


  6. CBE

    Im not supporting this crap…too much respect for Michael, if it was money was going to his kids I would spend a couple bucks on it because that’s the only thing he cared about…his kids.


    ThomBeller Reply:

    @CBE, A major of the royalities from sales will go to the estate.


  7. Mario

    I don’t like this at all, I feel like these songs won’t really be Michael Jackson’s songs…just his 80′s voice and a modern day beat. If anything get him on some 80′s inspired track and bring us back to those feel good Michael Jackson moments!


  8. SorryMac

    MJ wouldn’t want his songs to dust away in the treasure chest. He wants his fans to hear it. And what’s better than to let todays top producers bring his music out to the world?


  9. Sharp Tongue

    The snippet draws me in then again I’m like something isn’t right about this let Michael R.I.P


  10. Blondie™

    Sooooo … It’s okay for Timbaland to head produce Michael’s posthumous release regardless of never working with him , but he shaded Drake for the Aaliyah track ?


    Unk Reply:

    @Blondie™, They asked him to do it look it up


  11. Ice

    I thought MJ was Lorde when I saw the cover.


    Jiimmy Reply:

    @Ice, You mean you think Lorde is MJ. MJ owned that look for years.


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