A quick joke for you:
What did the record label executive decide to do when he came across a very lucrative dead horse?
Epic Records announced this morning that on May 13th, the first posthumous album of new material from Michael Jackson will be released. It will be called Xscape, possibly to mock all those that thought the finality of death would prevent L.A. Reid, Epic Records chairman, CEO, and the record’s executive producer, from bringing in producers like Timbaland (known for his phenomenal run in the 00’s, as well as his ability to ruin Justin Timberlake’s comeback album) to “contemporize” eight songs that Reid selected “after mining the Estate of Jackson’s archives.”
Other producers tapped to help make everyone forget that the king is dead include Rodney Jenkins, another 00’s-era throwback whose claim to fame is being Brandy’s producer of choice, and Stargate, the hit maker du jour for the tragic queen of pop:
However, John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson went no record saying, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”
Though they may have been distracted by the $250 million that Sony gave them as part of a deal to release 10 Jackson-related products over a 7-year timeframe…
And don’t worry, Sony, also promises an “unprecedented global campaign” for the album, which you can hear a teaser for below.
Just beat it.