New Michael Jackson Album, Xscape, to Be Released in May

Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE album cover

updated 03/31/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 03/31/2014 AT 4:45 PM ET

The King of Pop lives on – Epic Records is releasing a new Michael Jackson album.

Xscape will come out May 13 and feature eight original songs, the record company announced Monday. Epic also debuted the CD’s cover art, which shows Jackson gazing out from a a futuristic, glittery costume.

The work is a collaboration between Epic’s L.A. Reid and music producers like Timbaland, who has engineered hits for Justin Timberlake and Madonna.

“After mining the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals,” according to Epic’s website. “Reid then teamed up with top producers to ‘contemporize’ the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard.”

Jackson, a thirteen-time Grammy winner, died in 2009 from a deadly anesthetic while preparing for his comeback tour. He was 50.

Xscape will be available for pre-order April 1.


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