A new Michael Jackson album will soon be released in May by Sony and Epic records who made the announcement on Monday. XSCAPE is an album featuring 8 previously unreleased tracks which were handpicked by former X-Factor judge L.A. Reid.
The songs were chosen out of a very large collection spanning four decades of Jackson’s vocal work in the studio. Timbaland was lead producer on the project, along with a handful of other top producers including Rodney Jerkins, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, Stargate and John McClain. The producers have said in a statement they trust Reid’s vision completely for the re-worked material.
The album promises to wow fans with a modern take on the King of Pop’s songs – what Reid is calling a “contemporized” sound. In a statement, Reid spoke about how Jackson’s contributions to music were simply groundbreaking. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.” says Reid.
Jackson had a special naming process for his album titles. He would always chose one song from the album to be the title, and since releasing Thriller, would only use edgy one word titles.
This May, fans will hear the title track Xscape which is the one track on the new album re-worked by the original producer, Jerkins, who had originally recorded it in studio along with Michael. All unreleased tracks were originally written and produced by Jerkins and Jackson himself. “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” say John Branca and John McClain.
The official press release on Jackson’s website states the new album “retains Jackson’s essence and integrity.” Sony Music was the first to release Jackson’s Off The Wall in 1979 and has released all of the pop king’s music since then. Sony stated being thrilled to be sharing Michael’s unreleased music, they are “bringing his fans an exclusive experience,” they say.
The album art is absolutely stunning, and “Bowie-Esque” some would say. It features the singer’s head popping out through what looks like a futuristic space suit without its helmet, glittered with stars. Pure perfection.
This is highly anticipated new music for the fans, a modern sound for one of the world’s biggest pop stars in history, now brought back to life thanks to Reid and his team. Reid takes great pride in presenting these new tracks and it is clear he is humbled to work alongside such a great team of hit makers to re-tool Jackson’s work.
In a bold statement, the official press release said the album will be “the best music you’ve ever heard” and is convinced it will attract a new generation of listeners to the magic that is Michael. Now that is something everyone can look forward to! More information about the album should be released in the coming weeks through Jackson’s website.
The Jackson album Xscape will be released May 13th with standard and deluxe editions available for pre-order starting April 1st on iTunes and everywhere else music is sold. The deluxe edition will include all of the new songs in their original form.
By Katie Sevigny