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Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration - Show

JT & MJ (almost) connect.

Michael Jackson‘s “new” album, XSCAPE, will be in stores tomorrow, and more often than not, the latest releases from the pop star’s new posthumous album have been given favorable reviews. L.A. Reid & Timbaland have come together to resurrect the fallen icon’s vocals, and one of the new cuts became “Love Never Felt So Good”, a blissful duet between former N’SYNC frontman Justin Timberlake, and MJ.

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Apparently, their working relationship almost included N’SYNC’s huge 2001 Grammy-nominated single, “Gone”, which Justin Timberlake revealed to Ryan Seacrest was originally written for Michael Jackson’s use. Apparently, after Timberlake wrote the record for Jackson, Jackson’s camp declined the offer, so it became a hit-single for N’SYNC. However, after N’SYNC’s version was already released, MJ called Justin Timberlake saying he wanted to record the song as a duet with himself, and JT.

[He] said that he wanted to cut the record, but he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I. And I said, ‘It’s already out. We’ve already cut this song as an ‘NSync record.’
“I’m on the phone, I’m literally punching myself in the face, because I said, ‘I can’t do that. Could we do an ‘NSync featuring Michael Jackson? Or Michael Jackson featuring ‘NSync?’ And he was very absolute about the fact that he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I.

We almost had a Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson music video in 2001. Let that marinate for a few minutes.

Then get ready for XSCAPE, out tomorrow.