Did you know that one of *NSYNC’s biggest songs was supposed to be for Michael Jackson?
Well, a lot of revelation like this have been coming out into the open over the past week all thanks to Justin Timberlake. Right before the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards, Timberlake went onto Instagram to post the album art for Jackson’s first post-mortem single, “Love Never Felt So Good” which he participated in. The song would go onto to premiere on the award show with Usher dancing to it in honor of the departed King of Pop.
During an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show yesterday, Timberlake also revealed that *NSYNC’s hit track, “Gone” was originally penned for Jackson by him. The song got turned down, but by some chance the boy band ended up recording the song which made it to number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Interestingly enough, there were songs on the last *NSYNC album…one song in particular, ‘Gone,’ originally I wrote that song for Michael. I’ve always been a big fan of him and I think back to…it made me reminisce to the times he performed at the VMAs with *NSYNC, where we performed at Madison Square Gardens with him, and the numerous meetings I had had with him in the past just about music,” Timberlake told the host.
This isn’t the first time Timberlake has ended up with a song that was originally given to Jackson. Recently, it was revealed that Timberlake’s hit song “Rock Your Body” which was penned by The Neptunes, was offered to Jackson first for his 2001 album, Invincible. The pop star passed on the song and Timberlake took it for his debut solo album, Justified.
And like we say, the rest is history.