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Michael Jackson + Timbaland 'Contemporized" Album Will 'Xscape' in May

Michael Jackson’s new, posthumous album. Xscape, a set of eight new "contemporized" songs with Timbaland as lead producer, will arrive on May 13 via Epic Records.

"Contemporizing" is Epic Records boss L.A. Reid's word for the process applied to the album. selecting the recordings to give to the producers like Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins & Stargate. According to a press release, they then "retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson's essence and integrity." Epic will also put out a deluxe edition that includes the original versions.

Reid, in a statement, praised Jackson's contributions to music. "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," he said. "We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."

Pre-order of Xscape via iTunes begins April 1. Jackson's last studio album was 2001's Invincible.

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03/31/2014 11:02AM
Michael Jackson + Timbaland 'Contemporized" Album Will 'Xscape' in May
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