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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Love Never Felt So Good" is a single from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape, which was created from unreleased tracks he recorded before his death in 2009. Producers combined the previously recorded tracks with a new vocal by Justin Timberlake and other musical elements to manufacture a Jackson/Timberlake dance-pop "duet" about a person who is madly in love with a partner who won't commit. The lyrics mention loving and holding but contain little to no suggestive language; the music video includes old footage of Jackson dancing and new film of young dancers mimicking Jackson's occasionally suggestive dance moves. The song and video contain no references to drug use, but it is common knowledge that Michael Jackson used powerful narcotic sedatives and pain relievers.
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What's the story?
LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD is a simulated duet between Justin Timberlake and the late Michael Jackson. This is a fairly straightforward love song, in which a lover sings about his partner being the best he's ever had. However, the partner is "in and out my life" and doesn't commit to the relationship. Musically, the song includes some percussive elements and vocalizing that's reminiscent of older Jackson songs, which adds a touch of familiarity for fans.
Is it any good?
"Love Never Felt So Good" is a danceable, poppy love song that's made extra engaging by the addition of familiar musical elements from older Michael Jackson songs. The video for this song is particularly charming, as the always appealing Justin Timberlake and a cast of attractive young dancers imitate Jackson's signature dance moves before a backdrop of older footage. However, anyone familiar with Jackson's music will recall that the supremely talented performer was continually reinventing himself; though a duet with Timberlake somewhere down the line seems within the realm of possibility, it's hard to imagine that Jackson would have chosen to recycle his sounds this way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ethics of manufacturing a "duet" between a living artist and a deceased one. Do you think it's OK to create a song this way?
If you like the dancing in "Love Never Felt So Good," check out Michael Jackson's other videos, such as the iconic long-form "Thriller."
How is this song like older Michael Jackson songs? How is it different?
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