On May 13, the world will hear new music from the iconic Michael Jackson. Epic Records, in conjunction with the estate of Michael Jackson, will release Xscape an eight-track album executive produced by L.A. Reid. After mining Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to four decades’ worth of material Jackson had recorded. Timbaland, along with other producers like Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain, was called in to retool Jackson’s sound and add a fresh, contemporary sound. Xscape was named using the same format Jackson used to name all his albums, by choosing a title from a song on the album; this one chosen because it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the Jerkins who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael. The standard and deluxe edition albums are available for pre-order on iTunes now. Emma Kombora

Emma Kombora first found her interest for writing after graduating a journalism program in which she was Entertainment Editor for a youth-led magazine called Say Word through East Metro Youth Services in Scarborough. Through the same program at East Metro and other art/music initiatives in Toronto, she got a taste of everything that goes into journalism from writing and editing to photography. She hopes through Urbanology she can take her experience and knowledge to the next level and bring a new narrative to the world of entertainment and arts.

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