There are a couple of ways to cleverly make a music video to celebrate a new single from an artist who is no longer with us. You can cull some of their greatest moves into a kind of classic moments collage, recruit a current superstar to dance and sing alongside the fallen idol or have everyday people dance and sing joyously to the fresh track.
Or, as in the case with the “new” Michael Jackson video for “Love Never Felt So Good,” do all three.
The clip from the just-released posthumous Xscape album debuted on Wednesday morning (May 14) and it’s an exuberant fiesta of all things MJ, anchored by throwback glimpses of some of his legendary music videos — including “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Bad.”
With acolyte Justin Timberlake joining MJ for a bonus track duet from the eight-song album, the clip is a celebration of all things Michael, from his most iconic dance moves, to the smile his music brought to the faces of people across the globe to, let’s face it, JT’s superbad fanboydom.