Michael Jackson's New Track “Love Never Felt So Good” Debuts With Justin Timberlake
May 2, 2014 Untitled Document
Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson has released Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the new album XSCAPE due out May 13. The album of new music features 8 songs originally recorded between 1983 and 1999, and showcases why Michael Jackson remains an indelible influence on contemporary artists today.
“Love Never Felt So Good” was world premiered on iHeart Radio Music Awards on NBC Thursday night (5/1). The single is available for purchase at all digital service providers A duet version with Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake was produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and Jerome “JRoc” Harmon will be also available on the deluxe version of XSCAPE. The song also had its radio world premiere on iHeart stations across the country of Friday (5/2).
“Love Never Felt So Good” was written and originally recorded and produced by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka in 1983, around the time they recorded “This Is It”. Produced by John McClain, co-executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson, the contemporized recording is a combination of the new and the original production that retains the track’s analog, early 80s feel, while also sounding right at home with the disco-soul inflected music of today. USA Today wrote, "old school snap and tingle with warm leaping strings that recall the melodic and rhythmic punch of Jackson’s work with Quincy Jones.”
Executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, XSCAPE features music which the world will be hearing for the very first time. Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.