*NEW 'MICHAEL' ALBUM ANNOUNCED* ~ The album will be called XSCAPE and will feature 8 new tracks and demos
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:12
NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album.
For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition's are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.
XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson's archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.
Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson's essence and integrity. It's a process Reid calls "contemporizing." The album's lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson's work.
Additional producers include global hitmakers 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 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."
The title of this album honors Michael's album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, "Xscape" has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was 'contemporized' by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.
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."
XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world's most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release of XSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony's strengths and consumer reach.
"Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family," said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. "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."
More news about Michael Jackson's upcoming album will be revealed in the coming weeks. Keep visiting www.michaeljackson.com for new details.
SOURCE Epic Records/MJackson.com
'New' Michael Jackson song emerges online 'Slave To The Rhythm' is produced by Timbaland
- Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:32
The first fruits of a posthumous Michael Jackson album being produced by Timbaland have emerged online.
A 67-second section of the song ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ appeared on Soundcloud on Friday (March 7), but was withdrawn from the service by March 9.
The snippet is dominated by an 808 synth hook and Jackson singing “Because she’s a slave to the rhythm”. It is unrelated to Grace Jones’ 1985 single of the same name, which reached No 12 in the UK.
Timbaland confirmed last September that he is producing an album based on unreleased Jackson songs which the singer recorded before his death in 2009. “I have a lot of unreleased Jackson songs,” Timbaland told Revolt TV. “Producing an album of his would complete my legacy.”
Since Jackson’s death, the only officially-released posthumous album of unreleased recordings was ‘Michael’ in 2010. This featured guest appearances by Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz, with a variety of producers including Teddy Riley and Tricky Stewart.
“Slave To The Rhythm” is featured in the advert of the new Xperia Z2 phone
- Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:14
We are thrilled with the use of the new solo Michael Jackson recording, “Slave To The Rhythm”, which is featured in the 90 second online spot for the new Xperia Z2 phone.
For those of you not lucky enough to be in the room for the premiere of the spot, look for it online!