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Epic Records Announces New Michael Jackson Album 'XSCAPE'

XSCAPE

Earlier today, Epic Records revealed that a brand new album from the King of Pop will debut later this spring. 

From the record company’s announcement:

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.

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.”

XSCAPE, featuring eight brand new recordings, will drop May 13th and will be available for pre-order April 1st on iTunes and elsewhere.

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  1. If you only buy one album this year from a dead pedophile, make sure its this one!

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 31, 2014 11:26:16 AM


  2. No matter how picked clean the corpse is, there is always something more for the vultures to gnaw on.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 31, 2014 11:52:23 AM


  3. ....featuring his hit single "Aksk Me for an Expresso".

    Posted by: See Whatcha Get? | Mar 31, 2014 12:04:42 PM


  4. John Branca and John McClain are the poster children for GREED.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 31, 2014 12:18:57 PM


  5. "was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current."

    Ok so... why did his last three albums he did while still alive (History, Blood on the Dancefloor and Invincible) all sound cheesy, dated, clunky and poorly-produced? His last record that sounded good at the time was Dangerous, and that was in 1991. Even that got bogged down with self-indulgent "because he can" moments like the breaking glass sound effects, the skits with people talking and that weird choir that doesn't really serve any purpose other than sounding like it cost a lot.

    Posted by: Jasun Mark | Mar 31, 2014 12:31:33 PM


  6. this is why prolific artists keep vaults of unreleased music. I'm no huge fan but it will be interesting to hear what transpires. Sounds like there will be several more albums down the road.

    Posted by: joey boyd | Mar 31, 2014 12:40:03 PM


  7. Really? MJ's family and the executors of his estate are/will greedily pump out material that very few people want to hear/watch ....

    Posted by: Infomatic | Mar 31, 2014 1:06:35 PM


  8. Greed is telling your kids to lie about sexual abuse in order to extort money from a naive pop star. Actually, it's downright evil.

    I'll reserve judgement on the album until I can actually hear some of the tracks.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Mar 31, 2014 1:56:18 PM


  9. it's sad that such a profoundly talented person - was likely partly destroyed due to the homophobic climate he grew up in…. if he was gay, and I think he was, he would have been such an amazing role model…but instead, vitiligo (likely partly induced by the stress) combined with being gay - seemed to be his downfall...

    Posted by: steve | Mar 31, 2014 2:03:12 PM


  10. So... no one thought the pre-order release date was a clue??

    Are you all April Fools?

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 31, 2014 3:51:51 PM


  11. they said before the release of his last posthumous record that there would be several more. It would be cool to hear a bunch of off the wall besides, preferably produced a la the era they were created in. I don't think think 'Invincible' was a terrible album, although it had some dated elements, but his persona had overshadowed three music so much by then that it was easy to dismiss. But that album title, Xscape? Come on. Like we need to perpetuate that mis-pronunciation...

    Posted by: antisaint | Mar 31, 2014 4:10:31 PM


  12. This is obviously a big money grab. Michael Jackson was a perfectionist. There is a reason why he would take a long time between releasing albums. And he would release old material not releases old tracks and outakes he would rather have not seen the light of day or else they would have been released during his lifetime. But in death, MJ has become a bigger cash cow than he was in the waning years of his life. And the reality is that MJ's mother and his kids (and lawyers) have a certain lifestyle they need to maintain. Btw, the Michael Jackson One show in Vegas is excellent and I highly recommend it.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 31, 2014 4:38:06 PM


  13. *correction: he would release NEW material, not "old".

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 31, 2014 4:38:54 PM


  14. Wow, just when you thought they couldn't milk a corpse any more...

    Posted by: brandon h | Mar 31, 2014 5:37:05 PM


  15. The cover art is truly scary-creepy- in the 21st century nobody ever dies (specially if you can make a buck!)

    Posted by: jarago | Mar 31, 2014 5:37:34 PM


  16. Make it stop. Please. Just make it stop. (How long before they unearth an album of Whitney Houston discards and outtakes?)

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 31, 2014 5:47:51 PM


  17. APRIL FOOLS?

    Posted by: Reality | Mar 31, 2014 7:52:53 PM


  18. LOL @ JEFF. Couldn't agree more. How can anyone possibly enjoy the music now we know what a disgusting monster he was? Seriously!

    Posted by: elgar | Mar 31, 2014 9:04:47 PM


  19. Well said, Steve. Agree with you completely.

    Posted by: fern | Mar 31, 2014 9:50:38 PM


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