Details Revealed About Posthumous Michael Jackson Album ‘Xscape’
A second posthumous Michael Jackson album – one following 2009’s Michael – has been in talks for some time, but this week, the details finally came out.
Called Xscape, the album comes out on May 13 through Epic Records. Eight previously unreleased tracks make up the album.
According to statements from L.A. Reid, having unlimited access to Michael Jackson’s full back catalog resulted in finding material spanning over four decades with completed vocals. But instead of putting out the music in unfinished form, Reid sent out the tracks to multiple producers, including Timbaland, to “contemporize” it.
According to 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.”
The statement, however, doesn’t touch on how the new music will be released. Previously, reports claimed that the new album would come out only through the new Sony smartphone. Those who purchase the Xperia Z2, which will run about $600 in the U.S. and £600 in the U.K., will supposedly get the release in full.
However, concerns have been expressed that Jackson’s fans would simply purchase this expensive phone just to have access to the music.
A teaser with new music has since come out. Listen to the preview here:
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