A new Michael Jackson album, “XScape,” featuring eight songs that have never been released before, is scheduled to come out May 13.
Epic Records Chairman L.A. Reid said in a statement
that producers who had the "gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work" had "contemporized" Jackson’s music.
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"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," Reid said, according to CNN
“The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, and John McClain,” the Epic release said.
Epic, Jackson’s label for about 30 years, signed with the singer’s estate to posthumously release music.
“Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds,” John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the estate, said in the release. “He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”
Jackson fans went on Epic’s website announcement of the album and many critiqued the album cover.
"Cover needs to be redone. Of all the beautiful images of Michael — this is what your art director & team can come up with?" wrote one commenter.
The “Michael” album, released in 2010, wasn’t popular with all Jackson fans.
Others were just excited to hear new music from one of their favorites entertainers.
“L.A. Reid is brilliant, I know he will do right by Michael. I can't wait to have the deluxe edition of Xscape in my hand. I hope the album will be available on vinyl too,” a commenter wrote on the Epic release.
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