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Posts Tagged ‘michael jackson’

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake’s “Love Never Felt So Good”: Listen

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At last night’s truly abysmal iHeartRadio Music Awards, we heard part of Michael Jackson‘s previously unreleased and now updated song “Love Never Felt So Good” as Usher danced to it during an MJ tribute. Shortly after the show, the studio version of the Xscape single featuring Justin Timberlake was released. And fans of the King of Pop can rest easy, because it’s very solid!

The duet has a soulful disco feel, which makes sense since Jackson wrote the song with Paul Anka back in 1983. This final version was produced by John McClain, and one of the highlights of the resuscitated track is hearing MJ and JT join up on the chorus, where their voices make for an uncannily natural combination (which may have more to do with how it was mixed to bolster MJ’s unfinished vocal track, but still, well done everyone). The other great thing is that it’s not trying to be an Event, it’s just a breezy dance floor strut that wouldn’t feel out of place on Off The Wall or The 20/20 Experience.

Hear the song below, along with the more orchestral MJ-only version.

Xscape is out May 13.

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iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014: Watch The Performances

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What are the iHeartRadio Music Awards? Excellent question! In fact, we’re willing to bet that most of the artists performing don’t even know what they are, or why they’re there. What’s that? There were free drinks? Ah, got it.

Anyway, this is happening, so let’s do this werq. Pitbull and G.R.L. started things off with a comically lip-synched performance of “Wild Wild Love” — the only thing more artificial than the vocals was the half-yacht they performed on. Then that joyous harmonica riff from “Timber” kicked in, and we thought we were about to witness Kesha‘s triumphant return to music… but instead it was just more Pit, with Kesha on the backing track. Surely setting the tone for what will be a night full of disappointments.

Below, watch that and all the rest of the performances as we update the post throughout the show. 

Pitbull & G.R.L. — “Wild Wild Love/Timber”

Luke Bryan — “That’s My Kind Of Night”

Bastille — “Pompeii”

Ed Sheeran — “The A Team/Sing”

Ariana Grande — “The Way/Problem”

Usher just dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good”

Kendrick Lamar — “California Love/m.A.A.d city”

30 Seconds To Mars — “City Of Angels”

Shakira — ”Empire”

Blake Shelton — “Doin’ What She Likes”

Arcade Fire — “Normal Person”
Watch here.

Pharrell — “Come Get It Bae/Blurred Lines/Get Lucky/Happy”

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Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” Features Justin Timberlake

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Update: Justin Timberlake just posted the apparent single artwork for the song on Instagram, which lists “Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake” as the artists. Check out his post below, and hear the song here.

Tonight’s inaugural NBC broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Awards will boast appearances by Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Lorde, as well as performances by Pharrell, Drake, Shakira and Ariana Grande. But among all the surprises, bells, whistles and overall hoo ha will be the premiere of a “new” song: Michael Jackson‘s “Love Never Felt So Good,” off the late singer’s forthcoming posthumous release Xscape (out May 27).

iHeartRadio tweeted that the song will debut during tonight’s telecast “with a special guest.” PopJustice notes that “Love Never Felt So Good” will be the first official single from the eight-track Xscape. You can hear an early version of the song from the early ’80s here, and dream about the wondrous possibilities of how the “finished” version will sound until tonight.

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Whatcha Say: Avril Lavigne, Iggy Azalea And Katy Perry Got Our Readers Talking

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Phew! Well, we somehow made it, Idolator readers: It’s Friday! And today alone was action packed in pop world, from Mariah‘s semi-surprise record drop announcement to Billboard, to J.Lo dishing us the dirt on her upcoming LP over breakfast to RiRi‘s drop dead gorgeous spread for Vogue Brazil. This week saw the pranky-heavy premiere of Katy Perry‘s “Birthday” video, the surprisingly controversial, undeniably WTF-heavy clip for Avril Lavigne‘s “Hello Kitty,” plus the release of two major records by two pop divas: KelisFood and Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic, which is already set to make a mighty debut next week on the charts.

Speaking of Iggy and Kelis, we’re hooking you guys up with two very special contests: A giveaway of The New Classic AND a giveaway Food on vinyl — plus a Sonos wireless HiFi system. Make sure you enter ‘em now! PLUS, we’re hosting a special Twitter takeover (#SirensChat) with the “Sirens” diva herself Cher Lloyd on Tuesday. Please join us!

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below!

:: Can I Make It Any More Obvious did not see Avril winning the war on Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” Video Is Probably The Worst Thing You’ll Watch All Week: “It’s a little surprising that Avril thinks she’ll ever have another hit…and even more so that she’s betting on this yowling trash to make it happen. Guess the jilted ex of “Sk8r Boi” is getting the last laugh!”

::While Joseph stood up for Avril’s right to play it cute: “‘Has anyone reminded Avril that she’s nearly 30 lately?’ Oh, cool! We’re being ageist now. If you were to say the same thing about Madonna, you’d have zillions of people jumping down your throat, but I guess Avril’s just an easy target for you. HERE’S TO *NEVER* GROWING UP.”

:: And Peter drew a sugary comparison: “Katy Perry also dresses with cupcakes an nobody starts talking s* about that. #justsaying”

:: ptizzy was PUMPED to hear about Bey’s new single selection on Beyonce Picks “Pretty Hurts” As The Next Single From Her Visual Album: “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! Easily the best song on the album, such an important message that practically everyone can relate to, and the most epic vocals… I can’t with this ***FLAWLESS selection!!!”

:: Scott was not entirely jumping with joy over Mimi’s upcoming record on Mariah Carey Is Planning ‘Beyonce’-Style Release For Her Delayed, Not-Secret Album: “She needs to go back to doing the kind of stuff in the 90′s that made her the best selling artist of that decade, and stop trying to compete with people half her age.”

:: While Alicia demanded to set the record straight about the release deets: “Stop, just stop! Ya’ll are calling this a beyonce like release, when Mariah hasn’t even said that’s what she’s doing!! She has already given her release date AND its only a surprise album in terms of album title, tracklisting, and album cover. So save your snarky comments and just stop.”

:: Chris was perfectly pleased with the tracklisting for Michael Jackson’s posthumous record on Michael Jackson’s Surprisingly Brief ‘Xscape’ Tracklist Has Been Announced: “‘Surprisingly brief’?? Why? There are eight new tracks on the standard edition. One additional track featuring Mary J Blige is on the deluxe edition. So that’s nine tracks. The biggest selling album in the world (Thriller) only had 9 tracks!! Also, it has to be said that when the artists is dead and there is only a finite amount of material to work with, the MJ Estate would be nuts to release too much too soon. It wouldn’t make good business sense.”

:: Sarah was totally unsurprised to see Iggy winning on Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’ Is Heading For A Top Five Debut On The Billboard 200: “No, I’m not surprised. Iggy has always been the most talented all-around with the better personality and had the most potential to be the bigger star.”

:: Sam wasn’t exactly breaking out the big balloons for Katy’s new single on Katy Perry’s “Birthday” Video: Watch Her Pull Several ‘Bad Grandpa’-esque Pranks: “I’m not the biggest Katy Perry fan, but this song just sounds so beneath her, no? It sounds like a filler song for Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato, not someone who has had many #1 singles. After the highs of “Dark Horse” it seems so underwhelming. Like she had nothing exciting left to release.”

:: And finally, Kristen drew a different conclusion after reading Nicki Minaj‘s subtle “Starships” shade on Nicki Minaj Says “Hell No,” ‘The Pink Print’ Will Not Have A “Starships” Or “Super Bass”: “Well, she basically just confirmed her entire album is gonna flop.”

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American Express Teams Up With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis For Concert Series: Morning Mix

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:: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Florida Georgia Line have teamed up with American Express for an exclusive concert series. Members will be able to see the two very different acts strut their stuff live, starting with the rap duo’s New York gig on May 21. [StupidDope]

:: It’s not easy being Justin Bieber. The Canadian superstar was held up by customs at LAX yesterday (April 24) for over two hours due to his pending criminal cases. [TMZ]

:: Madonna is being criticized by LGBT activists for calling kale “gay”. While I share the diva’s dislike for the leafy vegetable, perhaps she should choose her words more carefully given her large and loyal gay following. [Gossip Cop].

:: Someone had the genius idea of making the cast of animated movie Frozen perform the choreography to Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”. It’s fun and slightly creepy way to waste two minutes of your day. [Pink Is The New Blog]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

:: Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) — Rita Ora
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
:: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar



 

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Michael Jackson’s Surprisingly Brief ‘Xscape’ Tracklist Has Been Announced

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Michael Jackson‘s second posthumous release Xscape finally has an official tracklist. And it’s surprisingly brief. The album (out May 13) only contains eight songs but the deluxe edition is rumored to include a bonus disc with MJ’s original demos. Two as-yet unspecified video clips will also be available to download from iTunes.

The collection is a little underwhelming given that much of the album has already leaked in one form or another. “Chicago” (also known as “She Was Loving Me”) has been online for a couple of years, while anti-child abuse anthem “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” has been around for almost as long. Timbaland-produced “Slave To The Rhythm” made the cut, as did the recently leaked title track. See the official standard tracklist after the jump.

Michael Jackson’s Xscape tracklist:

1. Love Never Felt So Good
2. Chicago
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
8. Xscape

Are you happy with the tracklist? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via MichaelJackson.com].

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Debbie Rowe Seeking Custody Of Children With Late Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s “Xscape”: Listen To The Title Track From His Latest Posthumous Album

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Michael Jackson‘s forthcoming posthumous album Xscape is set to contain collaborations with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Questlove and D’Angelo, though the title track, which has surfaced online in full, features MJ going it alone.

Kudos to whomever spruced up the driving beat here, because it does resemble the “classic” Jackson sound, somewhat. But overall, the melody in “Xscape”  is pretty much barren of hooks and the chorus is missing that old King-Of-Pop magic. It’s not hard to see why this original demo never went any further, previously…and it doesn’t exactly leave us wanting more from this project.

Bottom line: it’s probably time to put the lid on these reheated Michael Jackson leftovers. Give “Xscape” a listen below and see if you agree.

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ LP Will Contain A Song About Child Abuse & High-Profile Collabs

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Michael Jackson‘s posthumous Xscape LP (due May 13) has been shrouded in mystery but details about the much-anticipated project are finally starting to emerge. For starters, the collection of freshly overhauled unreleased material reportedly includes a song about a child prostitute called “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”

A demo of that song leaked way back in 2010 and contains the disturbing lyric “she is tired of step-daddy using her, saying that he’ll buy her things while sexually abusing her”. In other Xscape news, (former member of The Time) Jesse Johnson revealed that a track he worked on features Mary J. Blige, Questlove and D’Angelo. Pretty impressive line-up! 

Are you excited for Xscape or skeptical about the project? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via The Independent, MissInfo.tv]

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Epic Records today (March 31) announced a new posthumous Michael Jackson album called Xscape. The collection features eight previously unreleased tracks with updated production and is out May 13, and it was executive produced by Epic Chairman and C.E.O. L.A. Reid, who was given unlimited access to Jackson’s recording archive from the Jackson estate.

From there, Reid selected a final list of unheard tracks, and handed them over to producers to clean them up and give them modern tweaks — “contemporizing,” as Reid calls it. Timbaland served as the album’s lead producer, with additional production from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and John McClain. The title track was both written and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, and thus it’s the sole track on the album that was retooled by its original producer. And if you want to hear how MJ originally envisioned the tracks, the deluxe edition includes the original sourced recordings.

There’s no tracklist yet (so it’s unclear if “Slave To The Rhythm” made the final cut), but you can see a high-res version of the album cover below. 

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