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.

Comments

  1. Jasun Mark says

    “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.

  2. joey boyd says

    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.

  3. Brian W. says

    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.

  4. steve says

    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…

  5. antisaint says

    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…

  6. SpaceCadet says

    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.

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