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Singles: May 16, 2014

Reviews of the new songs from Justin Timberlake and Usher

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Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, ”Love Never Felt So Good”
Written with Paul Anka in 1983, this lost recording (which appears on Jackson’s posthumous release Xscape, out May 13) was reimagined by co-producer John McClain, who added Timberlake’s vocals. The disco revamp rocks as gently as Off the Wall, but JT doesn’t add much. It’s a sad reminder that we lost real magic with the old MJ, and Timberlake may never become the new one. BMelissa Maerz

Usher, ”Good Kisser”
Just in time to enter a horse in the annual Song of Summer derby, Usher returns with the first single from his still-untitled next album. The most immediately memorable thing about “Good Kisser” is that it focuses on smooches on a section of the singer’s anatomy located well south of his face. But unlike R. Kelly or Trey Songz, Usher doesn’t let the bedroom nastiness become the whole story. Instead, he lets it coexist with his elastic croon and a punchy, direct bass-and-cowbell beat. Filthy has rarely sounded so fresh. AKyle Anderson

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