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Posthumous albums from music legends always yield mixed reactions. Without the artist’s input, the music is left in other people’s hands, and if it doesn’t turn out well, fans and critics will let their feelings be known.

On April 1 (April Fool’s Day) a new Michael Jackson album will be made available for pre-order. The album officially comes out on May 13, and it’s called XSCAPE. The project was executive produced by Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid with the approval of the Estate of Michael Jackson. Reid was granted unlimited access to Jackson’s finished vocal recordings, and according to Epic Records’ website, he enlisted producers to “contemporize” the music. Producers involved include Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, and John McClain. More from the announcement:


The new album will feature eight brand new recordings. A Deluxe Edition of XSCAPE will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Both the standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available April 1st for pre-order on iTunes and elsewhere.

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.

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.’

(Epic Records)