Michael Jackson's posthumous album, produced by Timbaland
The rumour of a possible release of never-heard-before Michael Jackson songs has been floating around for some time – and today it was finally, and officially, announced that the world will get to hear them next month.
The posthumous album will be titled Xscape, and the record will consist of eight songs from the archives of the legendary performer. Producer L.A. Reid took the initial lead in refining and contemporising each of the vocal recordings, before the album was taken over by Timbaland who has led further production on the project. Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins – who has produced for Whitney Houston among countless others – and producers Jerome Harmon and John McClain have also contributed.
"Michael has left behind what we are presenting with great pride today, skipping through the vision of the producers that worked on the material. Some of us managed to collaborate with Jackson personally, some did not, but he expressed a strong desire to work with them," Reed confirmed today, before concluding, "We are incredibly proud and honoured to think that we have the right to present his music to the world."