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Michael Jackson /Xscape"the Machiavelli Emperor of Saturn

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Nearly five years after his death, Michael Jackson remains a music industry powerhouse. His voice lives on in the songs that made him famous and the generation of musicians he inspired.

But there's a library of his music the world has never heard. On Tuesday, eight tracks from the vault are being released on a new album called "Xscape."

This is Jackson's second posthumous album, CBS News' Jamie Wax reported. Critics panned the first one, in part, because it included songs Jackson had never finished himself before his death. And some say this new album should never have been released. But the producers of "Xscape" say these songs were meant to be heard.

It's a distinctly recognizable sound -- the sound that made Jackson an international superstar. But while these songs date as far back as 1983/4, they are new to the world.

The eight tracks that make up Jackson's new album were locked up in a vault, until the Jackson estate started combing through the archives. The goal was to find the singer's best and most complete unreleased music, and give it a modern spin.


Jerkins first starting working with Jackson on the new album's title track "Escape," back in 1999.