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New Jackson album to be released

The album features five previously unheard Michael Jackson songs.

A new Michael Jackson album will be released 13 May. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Almost five years after Michael Jackson's death, Epic Records has announced it will release a new album by the King of Pop.

_Xscape _consists of eight previously unheard Jackson songs which were compiled from four decades of recordings.

The album was executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid.

Reid was granted unlimited access to archives of material spanning four decades on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

Reid then teamed up with top producers to "contemporise" the songs while retaining Jackson's essence and integrity.

The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.

The album, to be released on 13 May, will be available for pre-order from today.