On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of eight new Jacko tracks that were never before released. XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who sorted through scores of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed with a handful of producers to "contemporize" the songs while retaining Jackson's original essence. The producers who participated include Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain.
"Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world," remarked Reid. "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."
In addition to the standard eight-song album, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced recordings in their original form. The standard and Deluxe Editions are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.
The XSCAPE title is in keeping with Jackson's naming process, as he always chose a song from the album to name his projects. Moreover, the song "Xscape" was written and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, making it the one track on the album that was contemporized by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.