Thrilling news: A new Michael Jackson album is set for release on May 13, Epic Records announced Monday. The posthumous album called Xscape will feature eight previously recorded but unreleased songs by the King of Pop.

Xscape will be available for preorder on iTunes on April 1. Epic Records previously showcased material from Jackson following his death in 2009, including the documentary This Is It with six unreleased songs.

Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid was given “unlimited access” to four decades of Jackson’s material, which the iconic singer had completed vocals on, according to a statement from the label and the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Reid curated a “final list of recordings” and employed producers such as Timbaland, Stargatem Jerome Harmon and Rodney Jerkins to “retool” the music. They have promised to retain “Jackson’s essence and integrity” in the new songs.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” Reid said. “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

source: mashable