Looks like we won’t be able to Xscape more Michael Jackson posthumous albums.
See what I did there?
After last month’s Xscape topping only at #2, plans for Michael Jackson albums are still ahead. Reports RollingStone: “…and that’s just the beginning of its ambitious plans for his career, which could include as many as eight more albums culled from outtakes and repackaged material.
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins adds there’s “more surprises coming”. Do you think the MJ Estate is doing a disservice by releasing all sorts of unreleased material? I think there’s got to be a balance – eight albums sounds like way too much, but I admit, I’m not at that line yet of saying ‘no’ to more Michael Jackson music. And that’s a testament to Xscape being a fun, solidly executed, nostalgic ride from beginning to end.
In high school, I would enjoy our pep rallies from the bleachers, wishing I could be a part of our football team running out to the court, going to State or that I was one of the cool kids who knew how to break dance to hip hop songs. So basically, I’m living vicariously through this guy.
In a viral video that’s garnered over 7 million views in one day, this high schooler put on an amazing, flawless dance homage of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. The moves are nearly identical to the legendary MJ at Motown in ’83.
Just stay tuned through the moonwalk (in both cases). The high schooler starts at 1:15. Just imagine if the production value was even more pro… and if the fellow high school students were on their feet. I would have been on my feet after the intro. At least the kid won the talent show. Pretty fun to watch on this fun Friday on Gowhere.
One day after the release of Xscape comes the new official video for Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake‘s collab “Love Never Felt So Good”. The feel-good, nostalgic single keeps growing on me and provides a new heartwarming feeling with the MJ dance tribute above. The entire video splices in classic dance moves from Michael, then emulated by Justin and a variety of fans of different ages, sizes, and styles. If this video doesn’t make you want to get up and dance, well, then I guess you’re not a dancer? It’s a fun one, enjoy!
Now, I understand the skepticism you may have about posthumous tracks and the energy that comes with using unreleased vocals to fabricate songs for profit. That may have come across more on the first MJ posthumous album, Michael, but I can look past that on Xscape because the 8 tracks are in good hands with frequent MJ collaborators Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and John McClain at the helm, in addition to a couple of big-time producers in Timbaland and StarGate. The bonus to Xscape is that the deluxe version contains the original versions of all 8 tracks. Those should appeal to any MJ fan no matter your feelings on posthumous albums.
As you run through the album, keep note of my *Tibs Favs. In fact, every preview in the last week earned my approval — the JT-featured “Love Never Felt So Good”, “Chicago”, “Blue Gangsta”, and the title track “Xscape” — and joining that top tier of records is “A Place With No Name”. I particularly love the melody of the hook and the StarGate production grew on me to make that song the one I’ve had on repeat the most this weekend.
In general, the album impressively boasts a Michael Jackson whose rhythms, melodies, and layered vocals (see: “Chicago”) are all on point. These aren’t just throwaway tracks; rather, Xscape is a collection that brings MJ to the forefront and a contemporary yet throwback sound that matches the time period of the recorded vocals (said to be pre-1999). I applaud the efforts from all parties involved and would highly suggest Xscape to even the most skeptical MJ fan. Enjoy!
Chart-topping single alert! Here’s your daily dose of MJ‘s upcoming posthumous album, Xscape, and it’s the upbeat title track produced by longtime collaborator Darkchild. Like the three releases below, I’m diggin’ this one. Just so feel-good. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets pushed above the JT collab for mainstream radio. Something to keep your eyes and ears on. Be ahead of the curve below.
One more preview of the upcoming posthumous Michael Jackson album, Xscape, is another standout as “Blue Gangsta” can be heard below, produced by Timbaland.
This one stands out amongst “Love Never Felt So Good” and “Chicago” because of the infectious rhythm of MJ’s vocals and even the dark mood that comes with it. It’s not ‘Weeknd dark mood’ but darker for MJ at least. I loved this on first listen and will have this, and the rest of the album, on download ASAP. May 13th, so I won’t have to wait much longer.
Pharrell was last night’s guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and in addition to performing “Come Get It Bae” (which I’ve heard ad nauseum with TNT on every night), he also sat on the couch for an interview. The best part of the interview was him telling the story of receiving a call from Michael Jackson during the studio session with Justin Timberlake for “Girlfriend”. P tells it well and it was definitely a fun, unexpected story that had P actually unknowingly hang up on Michael a couple times.