On May 13, Epic Records released “XSCAPE,” a new Michael Jackson album of never-released music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop.
So far there’s been a lot of positive and negative reactions from the media asking: Is Sony exploiting or honoring the singer’s legacy?
One of the few songs of the albums that has received great support, even from the non-supporters of “XSCAPE,” is “Love Never Felt So Good.” This remake, which will undoubtedly drive the album to success, has managed keep the pure essence of MJ through the addition of a melody that to the ears of fans sounds like something he would do, very much like a mixture between “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
Today, the video for a version that features Justin Timberlake singing (and doing his usual breathing thing) on the Jackson track, came out and all I have to say is … I can’t stop watching it!
The reason I’m loving it so much is because JT is one of the many artists that through the years, have incorporated a bit of MJ into their musical personas — just like Usher and Ne-Yo, for example. This incorporation speaks to the fact that JT has an understanding of and a respect for the late singer’s musical legacy (of course for you Negative Nacies out there it could mean that he is using JT’s image to get bigger, please stop being so negative!).
The duet is truly amazing simply because the producers kept the enhanced tune as is, and just added the ex-N’Sync member to track, in which he fits flawlessly because, again, his RnB sound has an MJ essence to it.
The video is also a success because there weren’t any funky gimmicks like digitally recreating Jackson, instead the clip celebrates everything he represents as a pop icon: his songs, his fashion, his dance moves, and of course his global and generational influence — because what race and ethnicity is not present in this video, and did you see little kids breaking it down?
What do you think of the new tune and the video for MJ’s and JT’s “Love Never Felt So Good”? Share your thoughts in the comments below.