The Michael Jackson franchise is immortal and here is all the proof you need. Rolling Stone reported today that the King of Pop’s “first posthumous album,” titled Xscape, is getting released on May 13 of this year.
The album will contain eight new “contemporized” songs and a deluxe edition will be available, of course, that promises to include recordings in their original form. Music industry mogul L.A. Reid said he sifted through the Jackson estate vaults, which contained four decades of music, and found all the tracks with completed vocals. From there he handed everything over to skilled producers, like Timbaland, for the new record.
In a statement Reid said, "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."
In 2010, Sony made a deal with the singer’s estate to produce and release 10 albums over a seven-year period. That year controversy surrounded the first album Michael, which contained unreleased recordings that Jackson’s brother Randy claimed did not entirely contain the vocals of Michael.
M.J.'s estate recently launched a Cirque du Soleil showcase called "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour," which stopped in Philadelphia.