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Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is coming to Music Unlimited on May 13. Last week, subscribers got early access to five exclusive tracks from the album, which features contemporized versions of previously unheard work from the King of Pop’s vaults.

In this video, the heavyweight hit-makers behind the album – producers Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, J-Roc and Stargate – talk about how they worked together to keep Jackson’s musical legacy alive.

“Something spoke to me in the last year that said, ‘You should do something really special with Michael,’” says Reid. “That special project ended up being XSCAPE.” 

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Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is coming to Music Unlimited on May 13. In anticipation of its arrival, Epic Records is giving our subscribers early access to five exclusive tracks from the album, which features contemporized versions of previously unheard work from the King of Pop’s vaults. We’ll stream a new song each day this week and reveal artwork for it right here on the Sony Entertainment Network blog.

Today’s track is “Do You Know Where Your Children Are.

About the Song: Written and produced by Michael Jackson, “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” was first recorded during the Bad sessions and further developed during the early Dangerous sessions. The title derives from a popular public service announcement that ran on American television from the 1960s through the 1980s, often just before the nightly news. In a note discovered by Jackson’s estate, the singer writes about the inspiration behind the song: “(It) is about kids being raised in a broken family where the father comes home drunk and the mother is out prostituting and the kids run away from home and they become victims of rape, prostitution and the hunter becomes the hunted. So they are out on the street. Do you know where your children are? It’s twelve o’clock. They are somewhere out on the street. Just imagine how scared they are. It’s about the runaway problem we have in America.” This updated take accentuates the song’s driving riff with radiant synths and a soaring guitar solo.

5/5 Monday – “Chicago” 

5/6 Tuesday – “Loving You

5/7 Wednesday – “A Place With No Name

5/8 Thursday – “Slave To the Rhythm

5/9 Friday – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are

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Jackson Epic Slave to the Rhythm

Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is coming to Music Unlimited on May 13. In anticipation of its arrival, Epic Records is giving our subscribers early access to five exclusive tracks from the album, which features contemporized versions of previously unheard work from the King of Pop’s vaults. We’ll stream a new song each day this week and reveal artwork for it right here on the Sony Entertainment Network blog. 

Today’s track is “Slave to the Rhythm.”

About the Song: Originally recorded with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions in 1991, “Slave to the Rhythm” is a taut robo-pop rhythm track in which Jackson narrates a story about a woman trapped in stifling circumstances. At home and work, the protagonist is compelled to dance to the needs of controlling me, while her own desires are ignored. In a moment of respite, she escapes and can “dance to the beat of her own.” Jackson tells her story using a passionate vocal and his syncopated style of beat-boxing.

Come back for more XSCAPE exclusives all week.

5/5 Monday – “Chicago” 

5/6 Tuesday – “Loving You

5/7 Wednesday – “A Place With No Name

5/8 Thursday – “Slave To the Rhythm” 

5/9 Friday – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”

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KONGOSThis week, we’ve been all about Michael Jackson and our exclusive tracks. After a string of solo success, Jackson signed with Epic Records in the late 70’s and released all of his music through the label, including Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. Current Epic President L.A. Reid is responsible for unearthing and finishing the songs for XSCAPE from Jackson’s archives.

While Jackson is a major part of the history of Epic Records, we’re also excited to talk about the future of the label, including the recently-signed Kongos. The band skyrocketed to success with its No. 1 alternative radio hit, “Come With Me Now,”  (the fastest rise to No. 1 ever.) The group has performed on late night TV and just today was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist. Kongos have already embarked on an extensive summer tour that includes several festival stops, then heads into fall sharing a bill with Kings of Leon.

The Kongos brothers (yes, they’re actually related) are from Arizona by way of South Africa, where they have been hugely successful for years, thanks in large part to the legacy of their father, John Kongos. They include his hit in their artist playlist, which includes artists from around the globe, jokingly titled “You’ll Feel Worldly ‘n Sh*t.” Check it out now on Music Unlimited.

Artist Playlist – Kongos

  1. Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining
  2. Amadou & Mariam – Djama
  3. Bob Dylan – When The Deal Goes Down
  4. Dion & The Belmonts – The Wanderer
  5. Bach – (St. Matthews Passion) Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
  6. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elswhere
  7. The Everly Brothers – Sleepless Nights
  8. John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You Again
  9. Mariza – O Gente Da Minha Terra
  10. Outkast – Return of the “G”
  11. Paul Simon – Under African Skies
  12. Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
  13. Jimmy Guiffre – Brief Hesitation
  14. JJ Cale – Crazy Mama

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Jackson Epic A Place With No Name

Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is coming to Music Unlimited on May 13. In anticipation of its arrival, Epic Records is giving our subscribers early access to five exclusive tracks from the album, which features contemporized versions of previously unheard work from the King of Pop’s vaults. We’ll stream a new song each day this week and reveal artwork for it, right here on the Sony Entertainment Network blog.

Today’s track is:A Place With No Name.” 

About the Song: A re-imagining of America’s 1972 classic, “A Horse With No Name,” Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” tells the story of a man whose car breaks down in the desert. A mysterious woman leads the man to a utopian city where “no one is in fear” and “no people have pain.” Jackson originally recorded the song with Elliott Straite (better known as New Jack Swing producer Dr. Freeze) at the Record Plant Recording Studio in 1998. Straite describes the song, with its vivid imagery and lush harmonies, as “a kind of escape, a song where you just close your eye to find yourself instantly transported into a wonderful world.” America band members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley give Jackson’s take on the song their blessing: “We’re honored that Michael Jackson chose to record it and we’re impressed with the quality of the track,” they said in a statement. “It’s really poignant.”

Come back for more XSCAPE exclusives all week.

5/5 Monday – “Chicago

5/6 Tuesday – “Loving You

5/7 Wednesday – “A Place With No Name” 

5/8 Thursday – “Slave To the Rhythm”

5/9 Friday – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”

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NewRelease56Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • Three new songs from Michael Jackson from the upcoming release, XSCAPE. We have three more coming – one each day until Friday, only on Music Unlimited.
  • Atmosphere’s 8th album, featuring the song “Kanye West” and five bonus songs from the Minneapolis duo.
  • The latest in the Tech N9Ne Collabos series, with the Strange Music founder enlisting his roster including MURS, Jay Rock, Stevie Stone & more.
  • Lily Allen’s first album since 2009, includes her familiar style of social commentary laced between infectious hooks.

New Albums Available This Week [5/6/14]:

AtmosphereSouthsiders
Tech N9ne CollabosStrangeulation
Lily AllenSheezus
Hunter HayesStoryline
SantanaCorazón
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Lykke LiI Never Learn
Nashville CastThe Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack, Season 2, Volume 2
Ben Harper/Ellen HarperChildhood Home
Sarah McLachlanShine On
KIDZ BOP KidsKIDZ BOP Party Pop
Black Stone CherryMagic Mountain
Gregg AllmanAll My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman
The HorrorsLuminous
William OnyeaborWhat?!
PacifikaAmor Planeta
People Under the Stairs12 Step Program
Morning ParadePure Adulterated Joy
Leah Turner – Leah TurnerEP
Brooke CandyOpulence EP
EpicaThe Quantum Enigma
Kina GrannisElements
Andrew Jackson JihadChristmas Island

New Singles Available This Week [5/6/14]:

Michael Jackson“Love Never Felt So Good”
Michael Jackson“Chicago”
Michael Jackson“Loving You”
Usher“Good Kisser”
The-Dream“Black”
DJ Khaled“They Don’t Love You No More (ft. French Montana, JAY Z, Meek Mill & Rick Ross)”

Coming Up Next Week [5/13/14]:

Michael JacksonXSCAPE
Rascal FlattsRewind
Tori AmosUnrepentant Geraldines
The RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Demi LovatoLive In London
Dolly PartonBlue Smoke
DownDown IV Part II
Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband
Jake BuggMessed Up Kids EP
The Civil WarsLive At Eddie’s Attic
CrobotCrobot
MirahChanging Light
Various ArtistsI Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson
Blondie  – Blondie 4(0)
Guided by Voices –  Cool Planet
Kishi BashiLighght
The Pains of Being Pure at HeartDays of Abandon
Blake LewisPortrait of a Chameleon
Killer Be KilledKiller Be Killed
Iamsu!Sincerely Yours
Joseph Arthur Lou
BaneDon’t Wait Up
SwansTo Be Kind
TobaccoUltima II Massage

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Jackson Epic Loving You

Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is coming to Music Unlimited on May 13. In anticipation of its arrival, Epic Records is giving our subscribers early access to five exclusive tracks from the album, which features contemporized versions of previously unheard work from the King of Pop’s vaults. We’ll stream a new song each day this week and reveal artwork for it right here on the Sony Entertainment Network blog.

Today’s track is “Loving You.”

About the Song: A breezy, mid-tempo groove, “Loving You” was written and produced by Jackson. It was originally recorded at Red Wing Studio in the San Fernando Valley during the Bad sessions. “Sometimes he got a song idea and he just wanted to test it out before going to Westlake,” says Matt Forger, Jackson’s longtime recording engineer. “He’d sneak away to these smaller studios and it would just be a place where he could work and experiment and add different layers.” After his home studio was renovated, Jackson continued work on the track at Hayvenhurst. With its charming Motown-like vibe and effortless vocals, the song takes the listener back to an earlier era, offering another gem from one of the most prolific periods of Jackson’s career.

Come back for more XSCAPE exclusives all week.

5/5 Monday – “Chicago

5/6 Tuesday – “Loving You

5/7 Wednesday – “A Place With No Name”

5/8 Thursday – “Slave To the Rhythm”

5/9 Friday – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”

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Jackson Epic Chicago

Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is coming to Music Unlimited on May 13. In anticipation of its arrival, Epic Records is giving our subscribers early access to five exclusive tracks from the album, which features contemporized versions of previously unheard work from the King of Pop’s vaults. We’ll stream a new song each day this week and reveal artwork for it right here on the Sony Entertainment Network blog.

Today’s track is “Chicago.

About the Song: Michael Jackson fell in love with “Chicago” (a/k/a “She Was Lovin’ Me”) the first time he heard it. Written by songwriter, producer and former Sony VP Cory Rooney, a scratch demo was sent  to Jackson in Los Angeles in 1999. Within days, Jackson was on a flight to New York City, ready to record the song at The Hit Factory in midtown Manhattan. Jackson sings in his lower register in the verses over an ominous beat, slowly painting a story of an illicit affair, before unleashing a torrent of pain and regret in the chorus. The song has often been referred to as “Chicago” (likely due to the lyric, “I met her on my way to Chicago,” though it is not to be confused with Jackson’s unreleased Bad session recording “Chicago 1945”).

Come back for more XSCAPE exclusives all week.

5/5 Monday – “Chicago

5/6 Tuesday – “Loving You”

5/7 Wednesday – “A Place With No Name”

5/8 Thursday – “Slave To the Rhythm”

5/9 Friday – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”

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The Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club (we know, it’s confusing) performed three songs at an intimate Music Unlimited LIVE Lounge session at San Francisco’s LIVE 105 radio station last week, playing songs from its latest album, Forcefield.

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The quartet initially wrote some 50 songs for its third official album, which was four years in the making. They eventually narrowed the track list down to nine, including the epic leadoff tune “Argentina (Parts I, II, III)” as well as the jaunty “Hot Tonight” — both of which they played at Live 105. The group also pulled out the classic “Tessellate,” from its breakthrough 2008, release, Elephant Shell.

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Listen to Forcefield now on Music Unlimited. You can also play Tokyo Police Club Forcefield 8-bit video game on the band’s official website, click here.

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You already know Music Unlimited will offer exclusive previews from Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE album starting next week. But you don’t have to wait until then to hear new music from the King of Pop. We’re offering an exclusive stream of the single “Love Never Felt So Good,” originally recorded during the Thriller-era but never released, right now! Give it a spin and get ready for more. A lot more.

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Listen now: “Love Never Felt So Good

About the Song: Originally recorded with music veteran Paul Anka (best known for his work with Frank Sinatra) in 1983, “Love Never Felt So Good” was produced for this album by estate co-executor John McClain. “Michael sounds incredible on this track just like he always does,” says McClain. “He is immortal. And the song is great.” McClain notes Jackson and Anka’s shared love for “melodies and real music… That’s what we need right now.” The producer collaborated with the classical composer Girogio Tuinfort (who previously worked with Jackson and Akon on “Hold My Hand”) on the string arrangement. The result is “a magic collaboration of the new and the original production” that retains the track’s analog, early-80s feel, while echoing the disco-soul inflected music of today.

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