Michael Jackson’s latest video has premiered on Twitter.
The promo for “A Place With No Name” was tweeted overnight from the late pop star’s official account. A message tells Jackson’s 1.5 million followers, “It’s time! The first ever premiere of “A Place With No Name” right now on Twitter.”
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) August 14, 2014
The video was directed by Samuel Bayer, who shot the clips for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Blind Melon’s “No Rain,” and Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” among many others.
Bayer’s new work features a photogenic pair dancing and driving a Jeep through a desert. Outtakes from Jackson’s 1992 single “In The Closet” are inserted throughout the short film. The new pictures tell the story in the song; it’s the tale of a guy whose Jeep blows a flat on the highway, where he meets a woman who takes him to a utopia where “no people have pain.”
“A Place With No Name” is a remake of America’s “Horse With No Name,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972, when Jackson was 14 and just releasing his first solo album for Motown. Jackson reworked the arrangement and its lyrics during the “Invincible” sessions in 1998 with producer Dr. Freeze.
It’s lifted from Jackson’s hit posthumous album release “Xscape” (MJJ Music/Epic Records). The L.A. Reid-helmed set opened at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums chart in May, and it bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead producer was Timbaland, with additional work courtesy of Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.
The video for “Love Never Felt So Good” — the first single taken from “Xscape” — also appeared in May.