When the iHeartRadio Music Awards announced that they would be premiering a new, never-before-heard song from the late Michael Jackson, it was not mentioned that Justin Timberlake had actually worked on the song as well.
The announcement was simple: Usher would be paying tribute to the late musician during the show. The performance featured several dancers dressed up in black and neon colored costumes, grafitting a virtual brick wall before dancing to the tune.
Dressed in black and gold, Usher appeared. It was assumed that Usher would sing the song, to honor one of his biggest idols, but when a close up shot appeared on the live broadcast, The Voice judge did not have a microphone on nor were his lips moving.
Before the show was even began its Red Carpet broadcast, Timberlake had taken to his Instagram to post a picture of the cover for Jackson’s post-mortem album, Xscape with a gold background. Just a week and a half ahead of the album’s released, the full version of te song “Love Never Felt So Good” has been released.
The track takes it back to the 70s, when dance pop songs were all the rage and people actually danced with each other rather than today’s grinding and twerking.
Check out the full track below and give your own opinion about it, especially if you’re feeling it.
Epic Records and the Michael Jackson estate revealed earlier that they will be releasing a new album on behalf of the late star. The postmortem release will be titled, Xscape and is set to be released on May 13.
In a press release that came along with the announcement, the record label says that the eight-track collection will feature tracks that have been “contemporized.”
The head maestro behind the album is super-producer, Timbaland which confirms the hints that he had given last year about working on this project. The collection also features production from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, and John McClain.
Epic Records head honcho, L.A. Reid reportedly selected the tracks that would be featured on the album and then gave it to the producers working on it. According to the release, the producers then “retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity.”
Epic Records also revealed that they have plans on releasing a deluxe edition of the album which would also include the original version of the tracks.
“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with,” Reid said in a statement. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”
The name of the album follows Jackson’s tradition of naming his album after a certain track on the record pretty much confirming one of the tracks on it will be “Xscape.” Pre-orders for it will begin on April 1st (tomorrow) on iTunes. Jackson;s last album was 2001’s Invincible.