Justin Timberlake joined forces with Michael Jackson for the posthumous release “Love Never Felt So Good,” a track that appears on the late singer’s upcoming album Xscape. Not surprisingly, people are seriously digging the new tune.
The song made its world premiere during the iHeart Music Awards earlier this week. However, it didn’t take long for Justin Timberlake to tweet out a link so people could score an official copy of the collaboration. USA Today explained that the track has an old-school flavor that lovingly recalls “the melodic and rhythmic punch of Jackson’s work with Quincy Jones.”
According to Today, a lot of the songs on Xscape were originally recorded during the same session that produced material for both Bad and Dangerous. Although these tracks were sitting in a vault for quite some time, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins felt it was time to bring these tunes to the late singer’s fans.
“For me it wasn’t about the label, it wasn’t about the estate’s approval; it wasn’t about all of that. I had a personal relationship with Michael, (so) it was about, ‘What would he want from this? What would he want it to sound like now?’” Jerkins explained.
The producer added, “Even when Michael was alive, we never stopped working on the song ‘Xscape.’ It was one of those songs where he specifically said to me, ‘It has to see the light of day one day.’”
Fans will soon get a chance to hear the entire album on May 13. In addition to Justin Timberlake, XXL reports that the posthumous album also features Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, and Questlove. If the entire record is anything like the Timberlake collaboration, then Jackson fans will have plenty of reasons to pick it up.
What do fans of the late singer feel think about “Love Never Felt So Good”? Check out some Twitter reactions to the new single below.
Michael Jackson new song with Justin Timberlake is wicked. Still bringing out hits while 6feet deep. #Legend
— Daley Ojuederie (@IamDaleyStar) May 3, 2014
— Candi (@candi_jt_lover) May 3, 2014
— nick maples (@redman4192) May 2, 2014
So great to have new Michael Jackson music! :) MJ ft Justin Timberlake love never felt so good :D
— Carin H (@Carin1D) May 3, 2014
This new Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake songs got me feelin some typa way
— CalebFranzen (@cfranzen712) May 3, 2014
What do you think about Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson’s new song? Does the tune do the King of Pop justice?