(DISCLAIMER: This should've been posted two days ago. Forgive me for my tardiness.)
I am thrilled to post the world premiere of one of Michael Jackson's new songs from his forthcoming posthumous album, "Xscape." This particular version of "Love Never Felt So Good" features Justin Timberlake:
"Love Never Felt So Good" debuted May 1 at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards. Usher made a special appearance, which definitely would have gotten a thumbs-up from MJ. Watch it here:
Call me crazy, but I prefer the version sans Justin's vocals. Don't get me wrong--I love Justin Timberlake just as much as the next girl who grew up in the '90s, but the song stands well on its own with Michael's vocals only. It feels more raw and "right." I'm grateful that "Xscape" contains both versions.
For those of you wondering about the tracklist for deluxe edition of "Xscape," which is to be released via Epic on May 13, here it is:
1. Love Never Felt So Good
3. Loving You
4. A Place With No Name
5. Slave to the Rhythm
6. Do You Know Where Your Children Are
7. Blue Gangsta
9. Love Never Felt So Good (Original Version)
10. Chicago (Original Version)
11. Loving You (Original Version)
12. A Place With No Name (Original Version)
13. Slave to the Rhythm (Original Version)
14. Do You Know Where Your Children Are (Original Version)
15. Blue Gangsta (Original Version)
16. Xscape (Original Version)
17. Love Never Felt So Good (feat. Justin Timberlake)
I recommend splurging on the deluxe edition, as it contains all the original versions of the new songs + a DVD. You can pre-order it through Amazon here.
Sidenote: As lovely as it is to have new music being pulled and released from the King of Pop's vaults, it's also heartbreaking to know that these songs could've reached greater heights if MJ were still alive. Damn you, Murray.
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