On the cusp of his death’s fifth anniversary, Epic Records plans to release new Micheal Jackson music!
Entitled Xscape, the album will debut on May 13. The idea to create the album was conceived by Epic CEO L.A. Reid, who chose eight songs and handed them over to the lead producer of the project, Timbaland, to “contemporize” the records for 2014 consumption, Gawker reports.
In a statement released by L.A. 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.”
Fans who rather hear the un-contemporized version with Jackson’s authentic vocals can pay extra for the Xscape Deluxe edition, The Los Angeles Times reports. The album will able available for pre-order tomorrow, April 1. The album’s title track was written by Jackson, produced by Rodney Jerkins and was originally intended for Jackson’s 2001 Invincible album. Stargate team producers Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and John McClain also worked on Jackson’s posthumous album.
Despite the excitement revolving around the album, some believe it’s an unsavory act of business simply intended for record companies seeking to make more money off of dead entertainers. Do you agree?