NEW YORK (May 2, 2014) When Michael Jackson's record label released his first posthumous album in a year after his 2009 death, producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins was asked to work on the project, but declined.
Years later, the hit-maker who worked heavily on Jackson's 2001 comeback album "Invincible," says he's finally comfortable again producing the King of Pop's music.
He produced the title track from the upcoming album, "Xscape," out May 13.
"I had a personal relationship with Michael, (so) it was about, ...'What would he want it to sound like now?'" Jerkins said.
"Xscape,” whose executive producer was Timbaland, includes songs Jackson recorded in the 1980s and 1990s.
Some tracks were taken from early recording sessions for successful albums such as "Bad" and "Dangerous."