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Michael Jackson gets SiriusXM channel focusing on his solo career

6/17/2014
Michael Jackson gets SiriusXM channel focusing on his solo career © AP / Michael Jackson Michael Jackson gets SiriusXM channel focusing on his solo career

By Ryan Reed
Rolling Stone

Michael Jackson's new posthumous album, "Xscape," was released today, and to celebrate the occasion (and honor the King of Pop's immeasurable musical legacy), SiriusXM is launching The Michael Jackson Channel, an exclusive, limited-run station focused on music from Jackson's iconic solo career – from his breakout 1979 LP, "Off the Wall," up to his latest release.

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According to a press release, XM users will gain access to "Xscape"'s eight previously unreleased songs – which have been, according to executive producer L.A. Reid, "contemporized" by a number of high-profile producers (including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain) in order to achieve a "fresh, contemporary sound." In addition, the channel will include "reflections and stories" from those producers involved with the LP.

The Michael Jackson Channel launched Monday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m. EST and will run through Monday, May 26th via satellite on XM channel 50. Fans can also gain access by using the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, and via the company website.

Several "contemporized" cuts from Jackson's new album have already xscaped online. "Love Never Felt So Good" is a groovy collaboration with Justin Timberlake co-written, co-produced and recorded with singer-songwriter Paul Anka; meanwhile, fans have already indulged in three Timbaland-produced tracks: the funky "Chicago,"the futuristic, synth-fueled "Blue Gangsta" and the soulful, upbeat "Loving You."

If any old school listeners are distracted by these polished reworkings, fear not: The album will also be available in a deluxe version featuring the recordings in their original form.

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