First Listen: Timberlake and Michael Jackson's 'Love Never Felt So Good'
Described as a 1980s-style disco-lite dance groove sounds right out of MJ's Off the Wall, MJ takes the first verse, while Timberlake slides in around the 1:20 mark to sing about how, "Love never felt so fine/ And I doubt if it was ever mine."
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Written by Jackson and 1950s star Paul Anka, "Love Never Felt So Good" is one of a number of previously unreleased tracks on the eight-song album titled Xscape and due on May 9. The track was refreshed and re-worked by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. In addition, the album features production by Rodney Jerkins, Timbaland, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain on songs recorded by Jackson between 1983 and 1999.
Timberlake says that he and the King of Pop nearly first collaborated over a decade ago.
"The first real seed of that was this song I had written, called 'Gone,' " the singer told Oprah Winfrey's OWN. "It ended up on our third and last album [for *NSYNC]. And it was the first song I kind of cut by myself, and then brought it to the guys and included them. We were having an A&R meeting for the third *NSYNC album at that time, and I said, 'Well, I have this other song, but I originally wrote it for Michael.' I originally wrote that song for Michael Jackson."
The song was eventually turned down by MJ's people but rather than letting it go to waste, he and his group-mates used it themselves.
And then, once it came out, Michael heard it.
"And he called me on the phone and said that he wanted to cut the record, but he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I," Timberlake recalled. "And I said, 'It's already out. We've already cut this song as an *NSYNC record.'"
Even though that moment didn't turn out like Justin may have hoped - with a collaboration with Jackson, basically - he still credits it as a turning point in his career.
"I think it's the first idea I ever got about doing something on my own, because it was the first time I have ever really felt the confidence to do it," he admitted. "And I knew that the music that I was interested in and was writing at the time was different than what we had previously done. And it felt like a real departure."
XSCAPE, Jackson's new album, which features "Love Never Felt So Good" as well as 16 other songs on the deluxe edition and eight total on the standard, drops on May 9.