It’s been five years since Michael Jackson’s tragic death, but his music still lives on strong thanks to new-age technology and some pretty talented producers who contemporized old demos for his just-released album Xscape. Just a day after the album hit stores, the music video for the lead single “Love Never Felt So Good” with Justin Timberlake hit the blogosphere and reminded us exactly why Jackson was considered one of the greatest entertainers in pop music.
In the four-minute video, JT — along with a group of talented dancers of all ages — uses various MJ music videos settings to mimic some of Jackson’s timeless moves for the late King of Pop’s video. In addition to mimicking the moves like the routine from “Thriller” and the moonwalk, the clip also features visual takes of MJ from classics like “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal.”
“‘Cause baby, every time I love you/ In and out of my life, in out baby/ Tell me if you really love me/ It’s in and out my life in out baby/ So baby, yes, love never felt so good,” Jackson sings during the song’s hook, before Timberlake does the honors during the second verse. “Love Never Felt So Good” was produced by a mega-team including Timberlake, Timbaland, J-Roc and John McClain.
In a chat with MTV News, the now-divorced Timbaland spoke about what it was like to work on the posthumous project. “I forgot about Michael for a moment and then when I kept hearing his voice, it was like, ‘I’m doing Michael Jackson,'” he said. “It got emotional. I had to tell my engineer to stop, we gotta go to something else. It took about a week [to] process, to really grasp what I’m doing. And once I grasped what I’m doing, I had to call my mom for prayer, like, ‘I need some help, I need some guidance on this, ’cause this is hard.'”
Check out all the moves below.