Slave To The Rhythm by Michael Jackson
Probably one of the few words, that can describe Michael Jackson’s passion for music and dance. The release of the impressively realistic ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ is the effort of The Talauega Brothers, preparing the event for nearly half a year.
The lyrics of the song speak about a female character, captured into a world, that can’t possibly exist without her dancing: ‘A slave to the rhythm of, The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love’. Another lyric argues that although she works so hard, but she isn’t appreciated for her efforts, as consequence dancing remained her only escape.
Michael Jackson in this video reminds us of ‘Black or White’ or ‘Remember The Time’ period, dressed in a gold jacket and a white T-shirt, sitting on a royal chair, accompanied by a band of five dancers, simultaneously dressed as jesters of the king and robots.
The scene for the special act was built by Dick Clark Productions at MGM Grand Arena. The show included, besides Michael Jackson’s virtual performance and the concrete dance of 16 futuristic characters, spectacular lasers and streams of flames.
Similarly to other songs included on ‘Xscape’, ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ is an old song, written by L.A. Reid and Babyface and recorded in 1989, but that for some reason was never released. At that time, ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ was one of the proposals for the album ‘Dangerous’. Justin Bieber tried to draw the attention of fans worldwide, with a leaked duet of the song in 2013, but was soon removed from the market by Michael Jackson’s representatives, who considered that ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ mastered by Timbaland will be the only official version, based exclusively on the artist’s unmatched voice.
The official release of ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ occurred in February 2014, the song being available for download to any Sony customer, buying the new flagship of the manufacturer. The video was displayed on May 18, prompting a visual illusion of Michael Jackson dancing and singing the song, as if he was present in front of the spectators. The idea of the scenario and the choreography belong to The Talauega Brothers, constant collaborators of The King, while the effective production of the video belongs to Pulse Evolution and Tricycle Logic.