So You Think You Can Dance to celebrate King of Pop’s new single with Michael Jackson-themed episode

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Next week is set to be a big one for Michael Jackson fans in the U.S. To help celebrate the release of the second ‘XSCAPE’ single – “A Place With No Name” – Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance will be dedicating their entire program to the King of Pop.

In a special MJ-themed episode, each performance will be choreographed to a Michael Jackson song – either one of his famous hits, or a track from the latest Epic Records compilation ‘XSCAPE’.

Jackson’s “A Place With No Name” from ‘XSCAPE’ will be featured in the Top 8 group performance to help promote its release as a single. The MJ-themed episode goes to air live on Wednesday, August 13 from 8-10pm Eastern Time. A delayed telecast will be shown afterward on the west coast.

“A Place With No Name” is the second single to be released from the ‘XSCAPE’ album. The first single – “Love Never Felt So Good” – was launched on May 1 with a choreographed performance featuring Usher during the iHeart Radio Music Awards ceremony and was released digitally immediately following the broadcast. The track was released in two versions, one of which featured Justin Timberlake, and quickly shot to the top of the charts around the world, going on to be Jackson’s most commercially successful single in more than a decade.

It’s no wonder “Love Never Felt So Good” was so successful. The single benefitted from featuring on a Dancing With The Stars episode around the time of its release, plus heavy social media promotion from the likes of Justin Bieber, Usher and Jackson’s duet partner JT. Timberlake also gave a live on air interview with Ryan Seacrest about the track, and it features in a series of Jeep commercials as well – see below:

Epic Records and The Estate of Michael Jackson will certainly have their work cut out for them if they hope to make “A Place With No Name” as big a hit as “Love Never Felt So Good” turned out to be. On top of the So You Think You Can Dance episode there will be an official Epic/Estate-funded music video – which fans are hoping is more creative than previous music videos released since Jackson’s death – plus a tribute video produced by the cast and crew of Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE Vegas show.

Click here to buy “A Place With No Name” via Amazon.

Rumours among Jackson fans continue to swirl regarding the MTV VMAs, which take place on August 24. Nothing has been confirmed regarding the VMAs, however Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” is nominated for an award – in the choreography category. It has also been announced that Beyoncé, who is performing at the ceremony, will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – given to artists whose body of work has influenced the MTV culture. No artist has influenced the MTV culture more than Michael Jackson, with the network reportedly personally crediting Jackson for its success – after initially refusing to play his videos at all!

“I was just saying to myself, I have to do something where it is refused to be ignored,” explained Jackson in a 2007 interview with Ebony/Jet magazine. “And every time I was trying to outdo myself. And ‘Billie Jean’ – MTV said, ‘We won’t play it.’ So Walter Yetnikoff, who was president of Sony at the time said, ‘Okay we’re pulling (Barbara) Streisand, we’re pulling Neil Diamond, we’re pulling Chicago!'”

“And when they played it (‘Billie Jean’) it set the all-time record, and they were asking for everything we had… they were knocking our door down! And then it opened the door for Prince and all the other black artists. Because it was (at the time) 24-hour heavy metal. A potpourri of crazy images. And they came to me so many times in the past and said, ‘Michael, if it wasn’t for you there would be no MTV.’ The told me that over and over, personally.”

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