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    Tue, 06 May 2014 13:49:20

    L.A. Reid and Producers Talk How They Mined Michael Jackson Vaults for New Album - "Xscape" is out May 13

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    Billboard got the full details on Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape, speaking to Epic chief L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers who re-imagined archival tracks by the King of Pop. They mined his vaults and came up with a groundbreaking album.

    They essentially "contemporized" material in the late singer's archives.

    Eight tracks of Jackson vocals from the vaults are set to new music from A-list producers like Timbaland and J-Rocc, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain, the former A&M Records executive who is co-executor of the Jackson estate.

    Reid admitted, "I had no idea what was in the vaults." He then set off on an unorthodox path to bring the music to life in the modern era.

    "You can hear [Jackson's] foot in the booth when he's singing, and his fingers snapping," said Jerkins. "It was all raw, it was real. It wasn't like, 'Take the snaps out, take the stomps out.' No — it's real. It's him in the booth, and he's feeling what he's doing."

    Wow! It's like we're hearing Jackson from beyond and his legacy lives on. It sounds like Reid and the team of producers were beyond respectful.

    Get more info at billboard.com.

    Will you be making your Xscape on May 13?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    05.06.14



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