NSync’s “Gone” would have had a completely different sound if it were up to Justin Timberlake.
The boy bander turned solo icon actually wrote the song for the late and great King of Pop, Michael Jackson. While doing media rounds for Justin Timberlake’s song with Michael Jackson, “Love Never Felt So Good” that was released recently, he called in to On Air With Ryan Seacrest and revealed “Gone” was actually intended for Jackson.
“Interestingly enough, there were songs on the last *NSYNC album ... one song in particular, 'Gone,' originally I wrote that song for Michael,” he said. “I’ve always been a big fan of him and I think back to ... it made me reminisce to the times he performed at the VMA's with *NSYNC, where we performed at Madison Square Garden with him, and the numerous meetings I had had with him in the past just about music.”
So why didn’t Michael Jackson sing the hit song? Timberlake gave fans a peek into the inside secrets of the music industry when he confessed it just sat idle for too long.
He added, “At an A&R meeting I said, 'Well I wrote this song and it's kind of sitting around. Everybody heard it and we just decided to cut it. I've been lucky enough to work with a lot of great people in the music industry, and some of the greats have always said, 'A good song is a good song.’” Interestingly enough, Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” written by The Neptunes was also meant for Jackson’s 2001 Invincible project but he passed it along. The song ended up on his very first solo project and debuted at the number five spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
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