Almost five years after his untimely passing, there will be a new Michael Jackson album coming out in May.
On Monday, Sony and Epic Records announced the release of the album XSCAPE, which consist of previously unreleased tracks from the late King of Pop. It all came together when Epic CEO and Chairman (and former X-Factor judge) L.A. Reid received access to decades worth of Jackson’s archives. From there, he selected eight tracks that would be retooled for a more contemporary sound, with Timbaland as lead producer.
In commenting the album, Reid stated that the plight of modern music and artistry is one if not the result from Jackson’s groundbreaking contributions, and the musical performances left behind is something Reid and Sony took pride in presenting through the vision of music producers Jackson has worked with, or had interest in working with. The album will hit stores on May 13th.
In other music news, wedding bells will be ringing for Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish, again. In celebration of the legalization of the gay marriage in the U.K., they plan marry for a second time in a intimate ceremony in May, as announced during John’s 67th birthday in Las Vegas, where he is performing at Caesars Palace. John and Furnish have been together for over twenty years, and they first entered into a civil partnership in England in 2005. They have two sons, Zachary, three, and Elijah, 14-months.