No pressure for Taylor, then, who tweeted 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 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 introduces the artist, with the blood red title, Scream, breaking the limited colour palette.
There is a new @michaeljackson album out on September 29th and I did the cover art. Here it is #MJScream #michaeljackson pic.twitter.com/4g4GqRSmO8September 6, 2017
Scream posters reportedly first appeared in Germany.
Jackson's official Twitter account, @michaeljackson, 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.
Michael Jackson ‘SCREAM’ is a collection of 13 of Michael’s most electrifying & danceable tracks. Pre-order now! https://t.co/WPb2ZYF0yK pic.twitter.com/EGJhZCgsivSeptember 6, 2017