Music industry giant Sony Music and double Oscar winning composer A.R.Rahman’s music school K.M.Conservatory have tied up to create cover versions of two songs of Pop King Michael Jackson’s new music album ‘XSCAPE’. For the first time in India, Michael Jackson’s songs will be released in official versions, giving his music an Indian feel.
Two official song versions of the single ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ and ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ will be available for download and streaming by the third week of June. The project within a week of its release is number one on iTunes India and across all other major streaming platforms.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for KM to be creating Indian-influenced covers of these tracks from such a legendary musician. We hope to capture the spirit and essence of Michael Jackson’s music and infuse them with elements from different Indian traditions to make new musical masterpieces showing homage to his legacy,” said KM executive director Fathima Rafiq, while speaking about the collaboration.
KM academic coordinator Adam Greig said, “Although KM primarily teaches western and Indian classical music, working on MJ’s music demonstrates how connected popular music is with its classical past tradition.
The students are relishing the chance to prove their mastery of these skills in re-working these tracks. I find it amazing how easily and naturally the Indian elements blend into the mix.”