Weekly Singles Review: Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, Foxes & Pitbull

Jon OBrien
Weekly Singles Review: Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, Foxes & Pitbull
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - 'Love Never Felt So Good'

The King of Pop's first posthumous album, 'Michael,' was a poorly cobbled-together cash-in which even drew whispers that an impersonator had been used instead of the real thing on several of its tracks. Thankfully, if its lead single is anything to go by, the forthcoming 'Xscape' sounds like it's going to be a much more authentic affair. Indeed, the classy disco-soul of 'Love Never Felt So Good' could easily have been lifted from 'Off The Wall' or 'Thriller.' While his most obvious successor Justin Timberlake - whose debut 'Justified' was largely intended for Jacko - is the perfect choice to give the 1983 recording a 21st Century flavour.

Foxes - 'Holding Onto Heaven'

Having scored her first Top 10 hit ('Let Go For Tonight') and picked up a Grammy Award for her Zedd collaboration, 'Clarity,' it's already been quite the year for singer-songwriter Foxes. Hoping to build on her recent run of success, her latest single, 'Holding Onto Heaven,' is another triumphant slice of dramatic alt-pop, which indicates that her forthcoming debut album, 'Glorious,' may live up to its rather bold title.

Loveable Rogues - 'Honest'

We thought we might have seen the last of London trio Loveable Rogues after they became the latest act to be ruthlessly dumped by Simon Cowell, despite reaching the Top 10 with their debut single. But two years after first performing the track on 'Britain's Got Talent,' the cheeky chappies are back with 'Honest,' a charming slice of summery folk-pop which suggests that their former boss may have been a little too hasty in throwing them onto the scrapheap.

Pitbull ft. G.R.L. - 'Wild Wild Love'

Fresh from hit collaborations with Ke$ha and Enrique Iglesias, Mr. Worldwide this time teams up with a less established act in the shape of G.R.L., a British-Canadian girl group put together by the manager behind Pussycat Dolls. Unfortunately for the quintet, 'Wild Wild Love' certainly isn't a 'Don't Cha' but yet another trashy acoustic-EDM hybrid which sees Pitbull once again challenge Robin Thicke for the title of pop's biggest sleazeball.

Molly - 'Children Of The Universe'

'Children Of The Universe' was actually released several weeks ago but will undoubtedly reach its highest chart position once it's been performed on the 59th annual song contest this Saturday. Unlike the majority of the UK's entries since the turn of the century, this rousing Florence + The Machine-esque folk-pop anthem is something to be proud of. And if Molly - who previously scored a UK Top 10 hit back in 2008 with Sash vs. Stunt mash-up 'Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)' can replicate her impressive gutsy vocal performance live on stage, then the unthinkable could happen - we might actually win it!

Jon is a music and film obsessive from Wigan. His current favourite acts are Haim, AlunaGeorge, London Grammar, Disclosure and Jessie Ware. He has tried but he still doesn't really get the fuss about 'Blurred Lines' or 'I Love It.'

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