New Michael Jackson album "Xscape" to be released in May

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The King of Pop may have been gone for years but his legacy lives on as a new Michael Jackson album is set for release by Epic Records on May 13, it was announced Monday.

The new album, titled “Xscape,” consists of eight new and previously unreleased tracks, which were curated by executive producer L.A. Reid, who, together with his team, worked on “contemporizing” these songs while retaining the pop icon’s essence and integrity.

The title comes from one of the tracks in the album, which was written, produced and recorded by Jackson together with Rodney Jerkins. “Xscape” serves as reverence to Jackson’s tradition in naming his albums.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” Reid said in a press release. “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.”

Meanwhile, co-executors of Michael Jackson’s estate John Branca and John McClain 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.”

In line with the album release, a global campaign by Epic and Sony Music will also be launched. Sony Corporation CEO Kazuo Hirai said, “Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services.”

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