(AllHipHop News) It is nearly impossible to remove the impact of a man who has sold 1 billion records across the world. Today (March 31st) Epic Records announced that it will be releasing Xscape, the first album featuring unreleased Michael Jackson songs in over three years.
Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid executive produced Xscape and fans will be gifted with eight unreleased songs that were reworked. Timbaland was the lead producer of the album with Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain also making contributions on production.
The title of the album is drawn from the title of one of the songs on the new disc that was originally written and produced by Michael Jackson himself along with Rodney Jerkins in the studio together. Jerkins “contemporized” his collaboration with Jackson, according to the press release. The song was originally leaked in 2002 and is rumored to have been recorded during the recording sessions for Jackson’s 2001 Invincible album.
This is the compilation of unreleased Michael Jackson songs since 2010′s Michael, the first album released after Jackson’s death in June 2009.
Xscape will be released in Standard as well as Deluxe editions. The deluxe edition will have the eight unreleased songs in their original form before they were “contemporized”. Both editions will be available for pre-order tomorrow (April 1st) on iTunes.
Xscape will be released to retailers on May 13th.
Check out the leaked version of Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” from 2002: