Justin Bieber's surprising collaboration with Michael Jackson leaked to the Internet on Friday. The song was originally a Michael Jackson solo track that also leaked online, shortly after the superstar's death back in 2009. MJ’s vocals and lyrics remain intact, but a heavier dance beat and Justin Bieber's contributions have been added, "making for a monster collaboration of unknown origin and authenticity", according to The Hollywood Gossip on Sunday, Aug. 18.
With a heavier dance beat and the addition of Justin's vocals, it's still not clear whether the song was an intended collaboration or a fan produced jam. However, what is clear is Bieber's endorsement of the track, named "Slave to the Rhythm".
Click here to listen to the new song. One version uploaded to YouTube had already racked up over 600,000 views before it was removed.
The 19-year-old tweeted, "He set the bar high", according to E! News. Justin also posted a split pic of himself and Jackson performing in front of massive crowds.
Adding an air of mystery to the new cut, Bieber also tweeted that he is excited about what is yet to come, while at the same time praising Michael Jackson.
Justin said Jackson set the bar for music, how to be an entertainer and how to treat fans. He finished calling MJ the "greatest of all time".
Hollywood Gossip weighed in on the song's authenticity, noting how it was just before the track hit YouTube and Twitter that Bieber started posting about Michael Jackson.
They think that gives the impression that the song is legit.