BSBB Round 1: Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"
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A Sky Full of Stars

Coldplay

Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake



MAURA JOHNSTON: It's not quite "Rock With You," and the addition of Timberlake feels like a superfluous attempt to be down with the "kids" (who aren't kids at this point). But MJ's vocal performances still pop out of a speaker like few of his peers.
My Vote: "Love Never Felt So Good"

WILLIAM GRUGER: While Coldplay really managed to set the tone of their newest album with this single, Justin Timberlake helped Michael Jackson have a moment in 2014, five years after his passing. Bonus points because Michael Jackson sounds pretty good as a sampled beat boxer.
My Vote: "Love Never Felt So Good"

DENISE WARNER: The combination of Jackson and Timberlake’s vocals might have beaten Coldplay at their Coldplay-iest , but fake duets between one live and one dead singer are so 1991. Advantage, the former Mr. Paltrow.
"A Sky Full of Stars"

JOE LYNCH: As crassly commercial as it is to pair a contemporary pop star with a deceased legend, "Love Never Felt So Good" sounded so good as a demo that this rejiggered Timberlake version still satisfies. Coldplay's Avicii collabo is inoffensive, but B-level Michael Jackson beats Coldplay's EDM crossover.
My Vote: "Love Never Felt So Good"

ALEX GALE: After the serene beauty of “Magic,” “A Sky Is Full of Stars” is like being yelled at by a drunk person at an Avicii gig (partly because Avicii produced it.) The lyrics — “You’re a sky full of stars, ‘cause you light up the dark” — may have come from an online Coldplay Song Generator. “Love Never Felt So Good,” on the other hand, could be mixed into a DJ set of MJ classics and no one dancing would mind much (except for when Justin gets ad-lib-y on the bridge). That’s really, really high praise.
My Vote: “Love Never Felt So Good”


OVERALL WINNER:
"Love Never Felt So Good"


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