Epic Records to Release ‘Contemporized’ Michael Jackson Album

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Epic Records and the Michael Jackson estate revealed earlier that they will be releasing a new album on behalf of the late star. The postmortem release will be titled, Xscape and is set to be released on May 13.

In a press release that came along with the announcement, the record label says that the eight-track collection will feature tracks that have been “contemporized.”

The head maestro behind the album is super-producer, Timbaland which confirms the hints that he had given last year about working on this project. The collection also features production from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain.

Epic Records head honcho, L.A. Reid reportedly selected the tracks that would be featured on the album and then gave it to the producers working on it. According to the release, the producers then “retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity.”

Epic Records also revealed that they have plans on releasing a deluxe edition of the album which would also include the original version of the tracks.

“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,” Reid said in a statement. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

The name of the album follows Jackson’s tradition of naming his album after a certain track on the record pretty much confirming one of the tracks on it will be “Xscape.” Pre-orders for it will begin on April 1st (tomorrow) on iTunes. Jackson;s last album was 2001’s Invincible.

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