Epic Records chief L.A. Reid has teamed up with other talented producers to ‘contemporise’ songs Michael Jackson – who died in June 2009 at the age of 50 – as part of a new record which will be released on May 13 and called XSCAPE.
The Estate of Michael Jackson gives L.A. unlimited access to four decades of the King of Pop’s material.
The music mogul and the executive producer the record, revealed to the media: “Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world.”
He went on, adding: “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.”
By the way, Timbaland will be the leading producer on the highly expected album, while Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome ‘Jroc’ Harmon and John McClain will also produce the record.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said: “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”
The name of the record is a nod to the late singer’s favoured naming process of picking one of his songs to name his record after. The song XSCAPE was written by the King of Pop himself and Jerkins, and was produced by Jackson and Jerkins.
Which is more, XSCAPE track is the one on the album that was ‘contemporised’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with the star.
Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, told the media representatives that the organisation is ‘thrilled and privileged’ to be working on a new part of Michael’s legacy.
He said: “Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family. Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings.”
“We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services.”
A Deluxe Edition of the record will also see the world and will include all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form.
The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition’s will be available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.
“Michael’s last studio album was his 10th and final record Invincible, which was released in 2001 and featured singles You Rock My World, Cry and Butterflies,” The Daily Mail reports.