Michael Jackson Would Not Approve Of New Album, Says Family
The late King Of Pop's nephew, TJ Jackson, who along with his brothers Taryll and Taj formed the pop group 3T, insists his late uncle was a "perfectionist" and would not be happy with the collection of new material being released without his final seal of approval.
Speaking of the album, which sees eight unheard tracks released on May 13, TJ told The Sun newspaper: "I have mixed emotions because as an artist and as his nephew I know he'd want a final listen before anything he did was released to the public. "Saying that though, that's my uncle and I want him and anything associated with him to be successful."
"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," said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson's estate.
A Deluxe Edition will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Among the producers brought in to give a modern edge to the tracks were global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain. Epic Records published its first posthumous Jackson album in 2010. Michael included Nine previously Unreleased Songs, mostly drawn from the singer's final recording sessions.
Michael Jackson - Xscape (2014) (May 13th)
- Xscape (Darkchild)
- Slave To The Rhythm (Timbaland)
- H** ** *** *********e (D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Questlove, Pino Palladino, Eric Leeds)
(+ Five Tracks)