Within just the first few days of sales, airplay and streaming, “Love Never Felt So Good” has already entered Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The sleek duet features the pop-plus-R&B royalty Justin Timberlake and the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.
“Love Never Felt So Good” appears on Michael Jackson’s “Xscape”, an posthumous album that’s packed with never heard before music from the King of Pop. Most of the songs were made “new” by Timbaland and J-Roc, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain (a former A&M Records executive and co-executor of the Jackson estate).
According to recording exec and producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, “When I first went into Michael’s archives and heard the in-the-raw version of the song you’re about to hear, I was instantly reminded that, yes, Michael Jackson is the greatest.” That’s because “Love Never Felt So Good” dates back to 1983, a year after Michael Jackson’s other hit, “Thriller”, was released. And just in case you haven’t had the chance to look at the CD sleeve, “Love Never Felt So Good” was co-written, co-produced and recorded with singer-songwriter Paul Anka.
FYI, Paul Anka also worked on the old but gold “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”, Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady”, and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. Surprised yet?
The “contemporised” version introduces Justin Timberlake’s vocals, an upbeat and disco pop-ish beat, and this awesome music video:
The feel-good, “let’s get up and dance” number was also used in the new Jeep commercial, which takes all the best aspects of summer and combines them into one happy-go-lucky ad. It’s the rugged, off-road sport utility vehicle brand’s first ever summer campaign and thanks to the song, we think it’s perfect fit!
Here’s one of the four 30-second TV commercials:
For more information, visit Michael Jackson’s official website.