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New Michael Jackson album set for release in May

Michael Jackson performing at the Brit awards in 1995 Photo: Reuters

A new Michael Jackson album, featuring eight unreleased recordings from the late artist’s archives, is set for release worldwide on May 13.

The track listing for the album, titled 'Xscape’, was chosen by Epic Records chairman LA Reid, who trawled through four decades of Jackson's demos and off-cuts.

Reid teamed up with producers to ‘contemporise’ the songs while retaining ‘Jackson’s essence and integrity’.

The album includes material that has been reworked by global hitmakers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, John McClain, Stargate and Jerome ‘Jroc’ Harmon.

'Xscape' is the only track on the album to be updated by its original producer Rodney Jenkins, who worked on sessions for Michael Jackson’s final studio album, Invincible, in 2001.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said: “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.”

The King of Pop's record label, Epic, have continually released Jackson material since his death in 2009. The news of the new album follows a video, released by Timbaland last year, in which he announced he was working on original music by the late artist.