Matthew Jenner Staff Writer @MovieUnchained
Nearly five years after his tragic death, Michael Jackson will be heard again. The estate of Jackson, along with Epic Records, are set to release Xscape, an album of songs by the late King of Pop that have never been heard by the public. L.A. Reid, who you may know as a judge on the U.S. version of The X-Factor for the first two seasons, is producing the album. He was granted full access to Jackson's entire catalog of work that extends over forty years of quality music.
Reid commented by saying: "Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world. 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 producers Reid references include John McClain (who produced the Jackson documentary This Is It), Jerome Harmon (better known as J-Roc) and multi-Grammy Award winner, Rodney Jerkins. The title of the album refers to the lead track, "Xscape," which is a cutting-edge song that was recorded by Jackson and "contemporized" by producers to give it a fresh, new sound. McClain, who is also the executor of Jackson's estate, 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 can be pre-ordered on iTunes starting tomorrow, or bought from music retailers on May 13th.