Super-producers exhume the King of Pop’s final tracks.
A long-rumoured Michael Jackson album reworking eight of his unreleased recordings will finally arrive on May 13 through Epic Records.
The album, titled XSCAPE, has been pieced together by big-name producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome ‘J-Roc’ Harmon, and John McClain, who’ve added a “fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity,” according to Epic.
Label boss L.A. Reid said: “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.”
Earlier this month a 67-second snippet of one of the Timbaland-produced tracks appeared online. The super-producer confirmed last September that he was working on an album of Jackson songs recorded before the pop star’s death in 2009. At the time Timbaland said the album would “complete my legacy” and suggested that the first single would be a track called ‘Chicago’.
The album will also be available in a deluxe edition featuring the original versions of the recordings. [via CoS]