Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake music video debuts

Now that we’ve had a couple days to digest Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, “Xscape,” we’re being hit with a music video for the album’s lead single, “Love Never Felt So Good.”

The music video is an obvious homage to Jackson, who died in 2009, and features cuts of scenes from Jackson’s previous music videos spliced together with footage of Timberlake imitating some of Jackson’s iconic dance moves.

“Xscape” features eight previously unreleased tracks recorded by Jackson and is the second album of the singer’s work to be released posthumously.

“Love Never Felt So Good,” the lead single on the album, was written with Paul Anka and premiered at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night.

Producer Rodney Jenkins told the Associated Press he started working on “Xscape” with Jackson in 1999 and revisited the song in 2003.

“Even when Michael was alive, we never stopped working on the song ‘Xscape,’” he said. “It was one of those songs where he specifically said to me, ‘It has to see the light of day one day.’”

The music video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted to YouTube on Wednesday.

As the RJ’s Mike Weatherford points out, Jackson is having a good week in Las Vegas, as well.

Contact Stephanie Grimes at sgrimes@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @stephgrimes

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