LA Reid helms Michael Jackson's second posthumous album
Xscape does well after the 17-track album falling into the hands of critics.
Michael Jackson’s posthumously released album of previously unheard songs has just fallen into the hands of critics.
It’s the first posthumous album, released by Epic Records, under the guidance of American record executive LA Reid.
But there's just one person that's not very happy about the new ablum despite it being a hit with critics.
Jermaine Jackson's disappointment is not of the quality of the album but of an overlooked possible collaboration.
The Jackson Five don’t feature on the album at all – not even as solo artists. According to TMZ, Jermaine Jackson in particular is a bit peeved by the oversight.
The album was released this week was made up of recordings which were unearthed along with eight previously unreleased songs from the Jackson vault, presenting them in their original and spiffy “contemporised” (that’s the word Reid is using to describe the work) forms.
Reid hired a squad of top-flight producers — including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and others — to execute the album which required composing new music around a grab bag of vocal tracks Jackson recorded between 1983 and 1999.
According to Billboard, Timbaland claims to have actually heard the spirit of Jackson give him the thumbs-up during the making of Xscape — namely, while he was replacing the breeze-bent synth lines of “Loving You” with a more 2014-friendly bump of bass.
Bittersweet, don't you think?