Celebrating Michael Jackson’s new album XSCAPE, with Xperia Z2

It’s official – yesterday, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, announced that it will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

To celebrate the launch of this album on May 13, and as part of a unique ‘One Sony’ collaboration, Sony Mobile customers of select new devices, including Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1S, will be able to get XSCAPE free1 on the day of its digital release, through the Xperia™ Lounge app.

Sony Mobile will not just be providing customers of the latest Xperia Z2 smartphone with incredible access to the new album through this collaboration, they will also benefit from an exceptional audio experience. Sony audio engineers consulted with visionary Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid to re-create the centre seat experience of his recording studio on the Xperia Z2 so that users can hear the music just as its creators intended.

The sound was optimised using the studio’s console and main monitors as a reference point for the audio tuning on the Xperia Z2 and the MDR-NC31EM headset (bundled with the smartphone2).

Xperia Z2 users can access these audio settings with just one touch, simply by selecting the ClearAudio+ mode. The tuning settings have also been burnt to the digital signal processor on the optional Bluetooth® headset SBH-80. The result? A listening experience as it was intended to be heard.

So if you’re anything like us, you’ll be itching for this to drop – in the meantime, be sure to check out a first sneak-peek / listen to one of the new tracks; “Slave to the Rhythm”, as featured in our Xperia Z2 brand film above.

We’ll be bringing you more on our exclusive partnership over the coming weeks – so stay tuned!

Xperia-Z2-Michael-Jackson-Featured1 The promotional offer is only valid with the purchase of select new Xperia devices. Availability may differ by market – please check your local Sony Mobile site for all eligible devices. The offer is not transferable and may not be sold or bartered. One album per eligible device only. Redemption through the Xperia Lounge app that is or should be pre-installed in the device. This promotion runs until 31st May 2014 and album must be redeemed by 30th June 2014. Album availability dates may vary by country and is dependent on album release date. Please check Xperia Lounge for album availability date in your country. Titles are subject to change without prior notice.

A Sony Entertainment Network login will be required to download the album. You must be 18 or older to redeem. Sony Entertainment Network services are not available, or may not be supported, in every country and language. Terms and conditions apply, for more information visit: http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/terms-of-service/.

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Michael Jackson fans prove key to release of new Sony smartphones in Australia

SONY’S next smartphone may be available in Australia before the end of May — at least according to the late Michael Jackson.

Confused?

Sony’s announced that buyers of its Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia M2 will be able to score a free copy of Michael Jackson’s upcoming posthumous album XSCAPE on the day of release, which happens to be May 14th in Australia.

There’s a twist here, though, as a number of the devices, including the high-end Sony Xperia Z2 haven’t actually had firm Australian release dates announced just yet.

But did Michael’s minions just let the cat out of the bag?

What’s interesting in that list is the fact that the promotion starts on the 14th of May, but runs through to the end of May in terms of devices sold. Redemption of the album has to occur before the end of June, but it only applies to devices sold up until the end of May.

In other words, buy an eligible Sony Xperia between now and May 31st, get a free Michael Jackson album, similar to a deal that Samsung struck with Jay Z last year.

Sony even makes the point of mentioning that XSCAPE has been mastered in a way to take advantage of the Z2’s high resolution audio mode, which Sony dubs ClearAudio+.

In order for Australians to be eligible for the free album deal, as per Sony’s own terms and conditions, the phones would have to be available by the end of May.

We knew these smartphones were coming, but now we know they’re coming sooner rather than later.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/michael-jackson-fans-prove-key-to-release-of-new-sony-smartphones-in-australia/story-fn6vihic-1226873575902

Culture Pop – Michael , Madonna, Lady Gaga ~ Font

The Pop music inspires designers long ago. Actually we can classify as a relationship of mutual gains, since without the contribution of talented designers the world Pop possibly not exist. His distinctive rhythm, and his visual language attract all types of audience, but especially teenagers. After all, who ever heard of Madonna, Michael Jackson and now, Lady Gaga. What these artists have in common, besides their ability to constantly changing, it is precisely the power to attract millions of people to their shows. With globalization and the development of the Internet, this capacity can be raised to the nth power. Thinking about this, Billboard recently released on its website a collection inspired by the career of the most famous Pop idols sources. Besides Madonna, you also find tipeface Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and artists from other genres such as 50 Cent, Iron Maiden and Jimi Hendrix. Worth checking out. To make your life easier, you can download right here from sources of Madonna, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. Just click the button at the bottom of the page.

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Exclusive Interview With Xscape Artwork Designer

MJWN has had the opportunity to speak with the 42 year old London designer Mat Maitland, the creator of the brand new artwork for the upcoming Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’ and the Creative Director for Big Active Design. He tells us the background to the project, his inspirations and how it was made.

How did it come about that you worked on the ‘Xscape’ album?
Word must have got out that I was a huge MJ fan! We (Big Active, design co) were approached by Sony.

How many designs did you create for ‘Xscape’?
I created about 10 cover ideas.

How was the artwork made? Was it based on a photo?
It’s based on a photograph given to me by The Michael Jackson Estate; it’s a fairly recent image of Michael but like I say, it’s based on that image and uses parts of it.

Was there anything in the design process that you particularly wanted to achieve?
It was really important to everyone (including myself) that the cover felt like a new Michael album, something he might have done today, rather than a retrospective image that may have looked like a best of. I really wanted to capture the magic and power of MJ but also his vulnerability.

Where did you draw inspiration from for the ‘Xscape’ artwork?
I wanted to evoke a contemporary and quintessential incarnation of Michael as an artist who constantly injected new blood into his music and also to focus on both the intriguing and futuristic aspects of MJ. As well as being a tribute, I hope that it will inspire reflection on a man who continues to stimulate and offer unique creative musical possibilities to so many today. I also tried to say that Michael is all around us, in our universe and beyond, on earth and in outer space.

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How long have you been an MJ fan for?
30 years.

What’s your favourite album cover from Michael’s back catalogue?
‘Dangerous’ because it was such a knowing image that acknowledged and commented on the world Michael had created for himself, good and bad. It kind of carried on the theme of the ‘Leave Me Alone’ video as that was the last track on ‘Bad’ and then this was the album after that. It has so much detail in it which was unusual in the times of simple CD covers (although the eyes held your attention). Also, I like that it was true to Michael’s vision whereas on ‘Bad’ (and ‘Invincible’) the label stopped him from using the images he wanted. Actually, coming back to the eyes, this was a big influence on the cover I created for ‘Xscape’ – the magnetic stare, always looking at us.

How does it feel that your artwork is about to be owned by millions of people around the world and will be a part of iconic pop history for years to come?
It’s been a lifelong dream to create a sleeve for Michael Jackson and I feel honoured to be asked to do it. Even if I wasn’t a fan it would have been amazing but as a huge fan it makes it even more special. I hope that the fans like the cover. I’ve heard the album and it’s really amazing!

Source: MJWN with special thanks to Mat

XSCAPE – Long Awaited New Music From Michael Jackson

Out On Epic Records May 13

Epic Chief L.A. Reid Teams Up With Top Producers To “Contemporize” Songs From Iconic Artist’s Archive

NEW YORKMarch 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album.  For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity.  It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” remarked L.A. Reid. “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.”

The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process.  He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them.   This is true of the new project.    Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, “Xscape” has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said,
“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.   We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”

XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world’s most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release of XSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony’s strengths and consumer reach.

“Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services.”

More news about Michael Jackson’s upcoming album will be revealed in the coming weeks. Keep visitingwww.michaeljackson.com for new details.

ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON:

Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time.  He was also a dedicated philanthropist and an astute business professional.   To date Jackson has sold 1 billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and “Thriller” as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 17 Grammy Awards including 8 in one year, a record in itself, and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award.   Jackson defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking short films as “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and the classic “Thriller,” which in 2009 became the first and only music video inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. In his short films “Black or White”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, “Bad and “Smooth Criminal” and others, Jackson set an aesthetic standard for video production that remains unsurpassed even today. The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have produced two top shows:  Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is the #9 top grossing tour of all time; and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE, a new permanent show at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, which is breaking box office records and receiving critical raves.     Jackson’s sound, style and dance moves continue to inspire today’s performers and new generations of fans worldwide continue to discover his artistry.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/xscape-long-awaited-new-music-from-michael-jackson-253182181.html

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New Michael Jackson Album, ‘XSCAPE,’ Coming Five Years After His Death

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/new-michael-jackson-album-xscape_n_5062593.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment

The title track was said to be written by Jackson and producer Rodney Jerkins, who worked with Jackson on his 2001 album “Invincible.” “It is,” according to the announcement, “the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.”

Other producers on the album include the Stargate team (Rihanna), Timbaland pal Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon (Beyoncé) and veteran industry executive John McClain. Epic in 2010 released the posthumous Jackson collection “Michael,” an album that featured the “Hold My Hand” duet with Akon.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-michael-jackson-album-xscape-to-feature-unreleased-recordings-20140331,0,3716910.story?track=rss#axzz2xYpgOHYW