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Haunting new Michael Jackson album art revealed

A new 13-track album from the late king of pop Michael Jackson is set to drop later this month. And who better to design the art than UK illustrator and king of posters Matt Taylor (opens in new tab)

According to Sony Music, Michael Jackson: Scream (opens in new tab) will be a collection of the singer's “all-time most electrifying and danceable tracks including Ghosts, Torture, Thriller, and Dirty Diana."

No pressure for Taylor, then, who tweeted (opens in new tab) earlier this week that he's the man behind the album's cover art. 

Spooky negative space

The final artwork is hauntingly stunning – which is appropriate, given the September 29 release is just in time for Halloween.

MJ’s eyes stare out of a partially obscured full moon that uses negative space (opens in new tab) to craft layers of eerie texture and meaning. Some shapes cut recognisable silhouettes – the descending crows, for example – while others suggest creepy, otherworldy creatures lurking in the shadows.

In the lower left-hand corner, inline text (opens in new tab) introduces the artist, with the blood red title, Scream, breaking the limited colour palette. 

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Scream posters (opens in new tab) reportedly first appeared in Germany. 

Jackson's official Twitter account, @michaeljackson (opens in new tab), teased a 15-second-long video on Monday that featured black cats, full moons and other imagery commonly associated with Halloween. You can watch it below.

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Julia Sagar
Julia Sagar

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.