The first single from the album, Love Never Felt So Good, is a soulful tune produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain, Giorgio Tuinfort, and Paul Anka. It was released two weeks ahead of the album’s release with the help of Usher dancing to the song at the first annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. A duet version of Love Never Felt So Good with Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, appeared soon after.
Originally written in 1983 with Paul Anka, Love Never Felt So Good is a disco throwback with a sweep of drum kicks and bass pops, which is relevant again in 2014 with Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams taking the same melodic sounds to the top of charts in the last year.
This song is struck by innocence with hope and harmony that makes you want to groove. You can’t help but imagine Jackson swooning across the dancefloor to this song.
Featuring Justin Timberlake in the song as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Xscape reminds listeners of the heavy influence Michael Jackson had on artists today as Timberlake’s vocal strands at times sound interchangeable with the King of Pop. The bonus track makes a nice addition for DJ’s at nightclubs.