Michael Jackson/Justin Bieber Collaboration May Still Happen
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.14.2014
So says L.A. Reid...
This is truly, truly the darkest timeline. (Yes, Community references will outlive the show itself.) How do I know that? Because just after we got an album that erases the memory of a Justin Bieber/Michael Jackson collaboration, the album's executive producer says that such a track may pop up once again.
A little background here. Last summer a Justin Bieber/Michael Jackson collaborative version of "Slave To the Rhythm" popped up online and promptly incensed Jackson fans. Luckily that version of the song wasn't included on Xscape which released this week, but according to L.A. Reid it could still pop up. Reid told MTV News that he decided not to let that track come out, saying, "‘Slave 2 the Rhythm' didn't include [Bieber] per my direction. That was something done separate and apart from me, and it was leaked. If it hadn't been leaked it would have been featured, but it sort of took the wrong turn. But we're going to revisit that. We're gonna revisit that and do something special with Justin Bieber and Michael."
Reid also talked about the album itself, saying, "Michael has some of the greatest albums…. it's very, very tough to top that. Michael always lived in his mind of topping it. But in the process of trying to compete and top thriller he made some really great songs, maybe they didn't live up to ‘Billie Jean' and ‘Beat It' and ‘The Girl Is Mine,' but they were still great."