After producer Timbaland dropped hints he’s working on a Michael Jackson project last year, and a snippet of the Timbo-revamped song “Slave To The Rhythm” dropped earlier this month, Epic Records has officially announced an upcoming, full-length, posthumous album of material from the late King of Pop called Xscape, set for release on May 13.
Anything surrounding MJ’s music catalog is guarded with thick red tape, so the rumors of this ever happening was taken with a grain of salt, but it seems to be true per an official statement issued by Epic Records:
“XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard. The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.”
With all the unreleased material, Xscape is reported to feature eight songs (surely to hold out from future releases!)
However, the mystery behind the man STILL follows him after his death: there are some who are skeptical STILL, because the pre-order date for the album begins tomorrow on April 1, or April Fool’s Day.
The news seems pretty legit, but we’ll see! Who’s copping?