There's still no'Xscaping' the King of Pop

Here is the cover of the upcoming - but not necessarily last - album of never-issued recordings by Michael Jackson.
Here is the cover of the upcoming - but not necessarily last - album of never-issued recordings by Michael Jackson.
Posted: April 02, 2014

DEATH DOESN'T seem to have slowed down the Michael Jackson juggernaut.

Sony Music Entertainment's Epic Records division announced yesterday that May 13 will see the release of "Xscape," a collection of eight previously unreleased songs recorded by the King of Pop before his June 2009 drug-overdose death.

The tracks were discovered in an archive of the late King of Pop's recorded material by Epic's head honcho, superstar producer L.A. Reid.

Although there's been no word regarding when the songs were originally created, it must have been a while ago: Reid has recruited a number of hot producers to give the material an up-to-date sheen.

Among those contributing to the project are Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, who has worked with Beyonce and Justin Timberlake; and the Norwegian team of Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, who, under the collective nom de tune Stargate have helped Rihanna and Selena Gomez hit the charts. Another contributor is Atlantic City native Rodney Jerkins.

The entire effort is being overseen by another behind-the-glass titan, Timbaland.

The CD's handle, incidentally, is taken from the name of one of the songs. It continues the MJ tradition of bestowing one-word titles on his albums.

AyCee mystery

Did somebody throw a drink at "Bachelor"-everybody-loves-to-hate Juan Pablo Galavis on Saturday night in Atlantic City?

Depends on whom you believe.

Us Weekly swears that an unidentified female reveler at the Pool at Harrah's Resort not only tossed a beverage right in Galavis' kisser, she also called him a "f---ing douchbag."

Not so, insisted the alleged vic (as the "Law & Order" folks would say).

Galavis took to Twitter and denied that anything untoward happened.

"I WONDER who was the creative MIND that MADE UP the drink-in-my-face STORY," he tweeted. "People: say NO to DRUGS! Thanks @poolafterdark for a GREAT Night."

The glory of Tori

In what is likely to prove to be the greatest step forward for Western culture since the Enlightenment, Tori Spelling has announced a new TV project all about . . . Tori Spelling.

Again.

The ex-"Tori & Dean" co-star returns to the HD screen April 22 on Lifetime with "True Tori."

"With her marriage in crisis, tabloids and gossip sites have been speculating for months about Tori Spelling and [husband] Dean McDermott," reads the breathless news release from Lifetime, the official network of imperiled woman. "Now, the real story will be told as it should be."

That story will play out over six episodes in what the network swears is "almost real time," because the first episode will air just three weeks after filming. The story begins with McDermott leaving treatment for what was reportedly his "sex addiction."

Stalking Gomez

Selena Gomez's $3 million playpen in tony Calabasas, Calif., has been christened by a stalker.

According to TMZ, an unidentified man was arrested on the recently purchased property last night, while the pop tart (and sometime Justin Bieber squeeze) was inside.

The 21-year-old alleged perp rang the doorbell and asked a friend of Gomez who answered the door if she was home. The friend replied she wasn't and the guy left peaceably.

But, responding to a 9-1-1 call, sheriff's deputies from the Malibu/Lost Hills Police Department arrived and discovered that the guy had broken into the guesthouse.

He was arrested and charged with burglary and trespassing.

TATTBITS

* TMZ gave an early Christmas gift to 14-year-old boys everywhere by publishing pix of "Fast & Furious" actress Michelle Rodriguez and supermodel Cara Delevingne (topless, no doubt) locking lips while frolicking in the surf off Cancun, Mexico.

* The nephew charged with shooting hip-hop artist and reality-TV star Benzino during Benzino's mother's funeral procession in suburban Boston is claiming self-defense.

Gai Scott, of Randolph, Mass., pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing tomorrow to determine whether he's a danger to society.

The Plymouth District Attorney's Office said in a statement that "growing family tension" between the men was behind the shooting.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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