Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Album to Be Released in May


Even five years after his sudden death in 2009, the King of Pop is still in the running to become the King of Charts.

Epic Records announced on Monday that they will release a posthumous album from the late Michael Jackson titled Xscape. Label Chairman and C.E.O L.A. Reid was given unlimited access to MJ’s recording archives from the Jackson estate, where he collected eight unreleased tracks featuring completed vocals from the legendary pop superstar.

L.A. later tapped heavyweight producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain, who were responsible for “contemporizing” each song.

“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 the statement on Monday. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

Epic will also release a deluxe version of the disc, which includes all of the sourced recordings sans contemporary treatment. The deluxe edition will be available for pre-order on iTunes in tandem with the standard record.

Xscape will officially drop on May 13.