Between his music and dance moves, Usher has always channeled Michael Jackson. On Thursday night (May 1), Ush got to honor the King of Pop in a particularly special way: by helping to debut his new song.
During the first ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, Usher took the stage to perform a dance number to “Love Never Felt So Good,” a brand-new MJ song. The song, produced by John McClain and Paul Anka, was recorded back in 1983. It will be featured on XSCAPE, Jackson’s upcoming album.
The track was introduced by L.A. Reid, a veteran music executive who currently serves as the chairman and CEO of Epic Records. The label will be releasing the album, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, on May 13.
In 2010, Epic released Michael, which was also a collection of previously unheard material from the musical icon.
Back in 2009, Usher paid tribute to Jackson in an interview with MTV News following the legend’s passing.
“I think Michael Jackson is by far one of the most impactful artists in music … when MTV did not play African-American videos, he took a stand and said, ’This is a must,’ and you look what it became after that,” he said. “You can’t say that you are an artist in this century and [not be] influenced by Michael Jackson. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to share the stage with him, to know him personally, and I am always going to remember him.”
“Love Never Felt So Good” will be available for fans to purchase at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning.