Michael Jackson: New Album Coming In May
MJ had completed vocal recordings before he passed away, so famed producer L.A. Reid took the lead in cultivating those tracks and “contemporizing” each of them, according to Billboard. The album was then taken over by Timbaland, who is the project’s lead producer. Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Brandy), Stargate (Beyonce, Ne-Yo), Jerome Harmon (Beyonce, Justin Timberlake), and John McClain (Janet Jackson) also worked on the album.
“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,” L.A. Reid said in a statement. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”
Xscape is named after one of the eight songs on the album, which was written and produced by Rodney Jerkins and MJ himself.
Epic will be releasing a deluxe edition of the album that will also include all of the sourced recordings in their original form. Both versions of Xscape will be available for pre-order on iTunes and everywhere else on April 1.