Pop superstar Usher premiered Michael Jackson's newest single "Love Never Felt So Good" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night (May 1). Usher did a special dance tribute to the late King of Pop's breezy love song.
"Love Never Felt So Good" is the first single from Jackson's forthcoming album "Xscape" on Epic Records. The label's head honcho L.A. Reid spearheaded the project, digging through many of Michael's unreleased tracks. The ones with the most potential were given to producers like Timbaland, Stargate and Rodney Jerkins for remixing to a more contemporary sound.
According to Rolling Stone, "Love Never Felt So Good" was written around 1983, the year Jackson most likely first recorded the track. The "Xscape" version of the "Love" was premiered during the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night. Many thought Justin Timberlake, who revealed he recorded a duet of the single with Jackson, would perform it at the ceremony but Usher instead did a smooth dance routine tribute. Pulling off many of Michael's classic moves, Usher provided a great visual accompaniment to premiere of "Love Never Felt So Good."
"Love Never Felt So Good" captures the disco-pop sound of Jackson's earlier hits. His vocals (with the signature Michael tics) soar over the breezy production. "Tell me, if you really love me / It's in and out my life," he sings with ease. "Love Never Felt So Good" may not be a formal Michael Jackson comeback but it is nice to hear his soothing voice sing words of love once again.
Jackson's new album "Xscape" will be released in the U.S. on May 13. It will feature 8 previously unheard songs by the King of Pop in remixed form. The original versions of the tracks will also be included on the deluxe package. The duet version of "Love Never Felt So Good" with Justin Timberlake should premiere soon since the "Xscape" album release is only days away.
Watch Usher dance to Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good" on DailyMotion.com
UPDATE: Justin Timberlake premiered the duet version of "Love Never Felt So Good" with Michael Jackson. Listen to it here!